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The project had been going by the running title “Marwencol,” and is based on the true story of a man who — after being brutally attacked — finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.
Zemeckis will direct, with Caroline Thompson working with him to pen the script.
Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner will produce alongside the director. It will be executive produced by Jeff Malmberg, who directed the 2010 documentary upon which this film is based, and Jackie Levine.
The actor has also lent his voice to Universal Picture/Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me” franchise, playing Gru.
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- Justin Kroll
The Summer movie season is nearly upon us and with it come a bevy of blockbusters and smaller films looking to occupy your time. The Cinelinx team is eager to see what this Summer season will bring, and have banded together to discuss the films they’re looking forward to most. Come inside to check it out!
Next week, will see the launch of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, effectively signaling the start of the 2017 Summer movie season. As always, it’s a busy time and packed with films (both small and large) that we’re anxious to see. There’s a lot coming out this Summer, so our team here at Cinelinx decided to take the time to break down the Five films they’re most excited to see this Summer. It was tough to narrow down, but we also gave some quick reasons why certain »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow: you know these names as superheroes who comprise a team – the Avengers. Star-Lord, Drax The Destroyer, Gamora: these are also superheroes who make up a team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. So what – if anything – differentiates these two savior squads? An Avengers film thrills through action, while Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 strikes development depth and marvels at cosmic swirls of psychotropic ether.
By way of sequel furtherment, James Gunn has created far more than an offbeat Marvel franchise. His collection of misfits represent the most personal, emotionally-tethered personas across the entire McU, soulful and composed beyond marketable costumes or A-list names. Soak in the psychedelics, kick out the jams and zoom alongside the galaxy’s zaniest outlaws once again – Vol. 2 rocks with the goofiness of an air-guitar virtuoso, even if storytelling skips a few beats (Nicole Perlman does not return as co-writer).
Where Vol. »
- Matt Donato
These 20 standout schools offer competitive, world-renowned cinema instruction for aspiring filmmakers:
American Film Institute
With several of its alumni receiving awards and nominations during the 2016-17 awards season, AFI’s newly implemented programs aim to further increase the progression of students from education to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to take screenwriting courses that employ the collaborative format of a TV writers’ room for creating pilots, and participate in the AFI Writers’ Room Ready, pairing graduating screenwriters and their pilot scripts with accomplished AFI mentors. This year, AFI alumnus and cinematographer Frederick Elmes will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, an honor that recognizes the exceptional creative talents of an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of cinematographer Schaffner.
Art Center College of Design
The private Pasadena college boasts a wide range of educational partnerships, allowing students to collaborate with industry partners and gain real-world experience. »
- Variety Staff
While U.S. and Chinese studios attempt to uncover the formula for cracking each other’s markets, a number of colleges and universities have begun an educational exchange in which American and Chinese film students become immersed in an array of disciplines from each other’s film industries, from technology and storytelling to law, ethics and communication.
The long-term goal of such programs is to not only foster what Robert Bassett, dean of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, describes as “an amalgam of Chinese and Western storytelling that’s satisfying to both cultures,” but also a stronger connection between both countries and cultures.
According to Forbes.com, China’s box office revenues in 2016 totaled nearly $6.6 billion, placing it second only to the United States in terms of ticket sales and number of theaters (an estimated 39,000). Should China continue these modest gains, says Michael Ellis, Motion Picture Assn. »
- Paul Gaita
Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” will release in China on June 2, in a day-and-date outing aligned with the North American and international releases.
Disney’s “Cars 3” is scheduled for June 16, simultaneous with the sequel’s North American release.
“Transformers” has been given a June 23 slot, again a day-and-date with North America.
Universal’s Illumination Entertainment-produced “Despicable Me” will reach Chinese audiences on June 30.
In an earlier announcement, Disney revealed that Shanghai will host the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on May 11, ahead of a commercial release on May 26.
Hollywood studios are not permitted to handle release of their own films in China. Those titles imported under the revenue-sharing quota are distributed by state-owned enterprise China Film Co. »
- Patrick Frater
24 April 2017 4:33 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The third installment of the Despicable Me franchise will make its world premiere at this year's Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, set to run June 12-17, organizers announced Monday. In what has become a tradition, the Paris-based Illumination MacGuff will debut its latest Steve Carell- and Kristen Wiig-voiced comedy in a special event at the animation fest in the French Alps ahead of the pic's June 30 U.S. release.
It will debut as one of the 10 »
- Rhonda Richford
China Film Animation, part of the China Film Group, will team with Spain’s Dragoia Media, Movistar Plus and Atresmedia Cine to produce “Dragonkeeper,” a CGI family film based on the first of a six-book series by Carole Wilkinson.
Set to be announced Friday at the Beijing Film Festival, the most ambitious co-production to date between China and Spain underscores the Middle Kingdom’s escalating importance for European animation.
“Dragonkeeper” also marks a dive into animation by two of Spain’s most important fiction forces, Movistar Plus, the pay-tv arm of giant telco Telefonica, and Atresmedia Cine, the film production division of broadcast network Atresmedia.
Envisaged as the first movie in an international brand and film franchise, “Dragonkeeper” will be directed by Spain’s Ignacio Ferreras, who won an Annecy Jury Award and best screenplay Spanish Academy Goya for “Wrinkles,” an animated feature that went on to be distributed in Japan by Studio Ghibli. »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
It’s always interesting to think about which movies stand a chance of making $1 billion at the box office when looking ahead at the year, but it’s fair to say that Despicable Me 3 is right up there with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi as being among those which are almost guaranteed to hit that particular benchmark.
After all, Despicable Me grossed $543 million back in 2010, while the 2013 sequel scored $971 million. The Minions spinoff in 2015, meanwhile, nabbed $1.15 billion, and that’s the figure which this third instalment is going to have to aim for if it hopes to be the biggest entry in the series yet.
So far, the threequel is shaping up to be another enjoyable romp, and today, a new TV spot for Despicable Me 3 has been released which offers up a fresh look at Gru’s apparent return to villainy after meeting his long-lost brother. »
- Josh Wilding
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Despicable Me 3 here
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. »
- Amie Cranswick
The most high-profile Chinese screen adaptation of a foreign novel in years, “The Devotion of Suspect X” by bestselling Japanese mystery writer Keigo Higashino is given a diligent, if a tad colorless treatment by Taiwanese actor-turned-director Alec Su. Nevertheless, the plot of how a math geek devises the perfect cover-up to clear his loved one of murder is so ingenious, it will impress anyone who doesn’t already know the source material.
Higashino is arguably the most popular Japanese writer in China, and the release of this remake comes at the peak of China’s unprecedented buying spree of Japanese novels and manga content. Its box office performance serves as an indicator of how future remakes may fare in the domestic market. Upon opening, the film instantly led the pack among weak domestic titles, grossing nearly $44.4 million in just over a week.
“The Devotion of Suspect X” is part of Higashino’s “Galileo” series, »
- Maggie Lee
Just a few weeks after Sony Pictures handed out a new Baby Driver release date, the studio has debuted a thrilling new international trailer that should appease both comedy and action junkies alike. This action-comedy marks the long-awaited return of beloved writer-director Edgar Wright, with Baby Driver representing his first film in four years, since 2013's The World's End. If the critical reception this movie has already gotten is any indication, the director is most certainly back and better than ever.
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, »
From Star Wars sequels to superhero franchises, blockbusters still rule the film industry. But with Amazon and Netflix tearing up the release schedules, are they on shaky ground?
Is the blockbuster in trouble? On the surface, to suggest such a thing might seem as foolish as handing out the wrong envelope at the biggest event of the film calendar because you were busy tweeting pictures of Emma Stone. This is the blockbuster we’re talking about. It’s Luke Skywalker, Jurassic World, Disney, The Avengers, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Pixar. It’s the Rock punching his fist through a building. It’s the effects-driven cultural juggernaut that powers the entire film industry. Does it look as if it’s in trouble?
A glance at the balance sheet for the year to date would cement the view that the blockbuster is in rude health. Total grosses are higher at this stage than »
- Gwilym Mumford
Even five years ago, it would have been hard to imagine Jason Segel, the Muppet-loving, butt-baring star of modern comedy classics like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Knocked Up” as some kind of Sundance darling, but that’s exactly how the actor found his unexpected second act.
When Segel was picked to star as the lauded and immensely troubled late author David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” the filmmaker’s decision to cast the lovably goofy “This is 40” and “How I Met Your Mother” star was met with plenty of skepticism. Segel, however, dove deeply into preparing for the role, listening to the recordings of journalist David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg in the 2015 drama) and watching clips of Foster online to get a sense of the writer’s presence. He even started his own book club to read and discuss Foster’s “Infinite Jest. »
- Kate Erbland
Despicable Me 3 - Universal kicked things off pretty low-key, with Steve Carell taking the stage to talk a little bit on the process of becoming Gru (and his twin brother, Dru, for Despicable Me 3). The discussion ran a little long given the content, but then paved the way for an extended trailer for the film. There's really not much to say, except that if you dig Despicable Me and its brand... Read More »
- Sean Wist
CinemaCon opened this year with the movie business at an inflection point. The annual gathering of theater owners and Hollywood studios took place as the entertainment industry inches toward a grand bargain. It’s a deal that could make major releases available on home entertainment platforms within weeks of their openings.
The talks have been taking place behind closed doors for months, at the very highest levels, but instead of engaging in a public discussion about the potential benefits and risks of shaking up the way films are distributed, the convention’s backers opted to ignore the elephant in the room.
Over and over again, studio and exhibition executives waxed poetic about the magic of the movie theater. Nothing, they insisted, beats the communal experience of sitting in a darkened auditorium, popcorn and coke at the ready, as bold new worlds flicker across the silver screen.
Studios Flirt With »
- Brent Lang
29 March 2017 7:14 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Melandandri and Steve Carell, the voice of Despicable Me's Gru, on Wednesday got the Universal slate presentation at CinemaCon underway with new footage from Despicable Me 3.
The offering included clips during which Gru meets his brother, Dru (also voiced by Carell); Gru and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are fired from their jobs; the Minions land in prison; Agnes ("Fluffy!") brings the cute; '80s-inspired villain Balthazar Bratt (South Park-co-creator Trey Parker) steals a gem; and an action sequence takes place on Hollywood Blvd.
"I think Gru is the best character ever in the history of cinema," enthused Carell. "There »
- Carolyn Giardina
First known as a singer, songwriter and record producer, Pharrell Williams began composing music for movies with the soundtrack for Despicable Me in 2010. Since then, his movie credits have included Despicable Me 2 -- his original song "Happy" was nominated for an Academy Award -- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Paddington and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. His songs have been heard in nearly 300 movies and television shows.. More recently, he earned another Academy Award nomination as a producer on last year's Hidden Figures. He also shared in composing original songs and music for the movie. Now his life story is heading to the big screen. Titled Atlantis, it will be a musical inspired by Williams' childhood, according to The Hollywood Reporter...
- Peter Martin
A Pharrell Williams musical biopic is on the way from 20th Century Fox, according to reports. The planned film will be helmed by The Seagull and Flicka director Michael Mayer from a script by Martin Hynes.
The story will reportedly explore Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach.
Williams has been in the film spotlight recently having been involved with the Hidden Figures soundtrack, a film that he also co-produced, and also on Despicable Me, where the song ‘Happy’ originated from.
More as we get it.
The post Fox are planning a Pharrell Williams biopic appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
Fox is developing a movie musical inspired by Pharrell Williams’ childhood.
The film is inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach. Williams and Valdes will produce through their I Am Other production company while Netter produces for Netter films. Martin Hynes, whose credits include “Toy Story 4” and “Curious George,” is writing the screenplay.
Williams has won 10 Grammy Awards. He was one of the producers on Fox’s hit “Hidden Figures,” and also wrote several songs for the film in addition to supervising the soundtrack.
Williams also produced “Roxanne Roxanne,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He’s also known for his musical contributions to the “Despicable Me” films, as well as his judging stint on NBC’s “The Voice.”
- Dave McNary
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