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Untitled Witch Project Brewing Over At Disney With Tina Fey

2 July 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Few comediennes currently have as much mass appeal and cultural influence as Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock alum Tina Fey, who has successfully made the jump to the big screen with films like Admission and Muppets Most Wanted. Every big studio out there wants to work with her in some way – Warner Bros. recruited her for this fall’s This Is Where I Leave You, and Universal has booked her and gal pal Amy Poehler for next year’s The Nest. Now Disney wants in and is apparently developing something currently known as Untitled Witch Project with the actress.

Few details have been made available as of right now, but news of the project appears to have trickled out today in order to refute rumors that Fey is producing a sequel to Hocus Pocus. According to Deadline, that’s bunk – but Fey will be delving into the supernatural for this flick. »

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Tina Fey to Produce, Possibly Star in 'Hocus Pocus 2' with Melissa McCarthy

2 July 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

More than 20 years after it debuted in theaters, Walt Disney Pictures is developing a sequel to the 1993 magical comedy Hocus Pocus, which now has Tina Fey on board to produce.

There has been talk of Hocus Pocus 2 for several years, with Disney denying rumors of a follow-up entitled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch back in 2012. In April, The Tracking Board reported that the production is seeking two lead female actresses, "in the same vein as Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy." It isn't known yet if Tina Fey will take on one of these leading roles, but she is producing alongside Allison Shearmur, Bryan Oh and Stephen Meinen, along with Disney executives Jessica Virtue and Tendo Nagenda.

The original Hocus Pocus starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson Sisters, three immortal witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. It's up to »

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Tina Fey Is Going to Make Your 'Hocus Pocus 2' Dreams a Reality (Update)

2 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Update: Deadline has crushed our "Hocus Pocus 2" dreams. The site is reporting that the Tina Fey-starring witch movie being developed by Disney isn't, in fact, a sequel to the 1993 kids' movie as we'd all hoped. Should we launch a Kickstarter?

It's natural to be skeptical of a sequel, especially ones like "Hocus Pocus" that seem like nothing more than a Disney pipe dream. Sure, there have been names tossed around, but there's been nary a detail for us to hang our pointy black hats on until now. According to the insidery biz site The Tracking Board, Tina Fey and her production company Little Stranger have signed on to produce the untitled sequel. Although there's no news about whether or not she'll star in the film, the very idea that she'll be a guiding hand behind the scenes is enough to pique our interest.

Fey's name was bandied about when »

- Jenni Miller

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Jason Bateman to direct and star in 'FBI wedding comedy'

28 June 2014 3:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jason Bateman is to direct and star in a new Universal Pictures project.

The movie, described as an FBI wedding comedy, will be re-written by David Bar Katz and based on earlier drafts by David Flebotte and Phil Alden Robinson.

Deadline reports that the Arrested Development star will also produce the film alongside James Garavente (under their Aggregate Films banner), with Bob Cooper also taking on producing duties via his company Landscape Entertainment.

Universal's senior vice president of production Kristin Lowe and director of development Sara Scott are said to be overseeing the project.

Bateman can next be seen in comedy drama This Is Where I Leave You, which also stars Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda.

Watch a trailer for the September 12 release below: »

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Jason Bateman to star in and direct an untitled 'FBI wedding comedy'

27 June 2014 1:06 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

For his directorial debut Bad Words, Jason Bateman took on the raunchy underbelly of spelling bee tournaments–or, at least posited a situation where a rule-bending, middle-aged grump forced participants to the lowest common denominator. Now, the Arrested Development star has set his sights on a new project: an untitled “FBI wedding comedy” for Universal Pictures.

What that combination of words means, exactly, is unclear. There’s no logline attached to the pic at the moment, but The Pest screenwriter David Bar Katz is writing the latest draft of the script, and Bateman will once again direct and star. The »

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Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in Untitled FBI Wedding Comedy

27 June 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just a few months after debuting his directorial debut Bad Words, Jason Bateman has signed on to direct and star in an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal Pictures. The actor-filmmaker is currently in pre-production on his second directorial effort, The Family Fang.

No plot details were given for the untitled comedy, but Jason Bateman will direct from a screenplay by David Bar Katz (The Pest). Earlier drafts of the script were written by David Flebotte (Raising Hope) and Phil Alden Robinson (The Angriest Man in Brooklyn).

Jason Bateman and James Garavente are producing for their Universal-based Aggregate Films company, with Bob Cooper producing for Landscape Entertainment. No production schedule was given.

Jason Bateman will start production in mid-July on The Family Fang, which he also stars in alongside Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. On the acting side, Jason Bateman will next be seen in This Is Where I Leave You and Horrible Bosses 2. »

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Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in FBI Wedding Comedy for Universal

27 June 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jason Bateman is lining up another project, but this time as a director.  The actor recently made his directorial debut with the very funny comedy Bad Words, and now he has been set to direct and star in an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal.  The film revolves around two undercover FBI agents who pretend to fall in love in order to use their wedding as a law enforcement trap against the mob.  The project has actually been in development for years, initially coming together at Warner Bros. as a star vehicle for Steve Carell, though he’s no longer involved with the film. Hit the jump for more, including the status of Bateman’s next directorial effort. Per THR, playwright David Bar Katz is currently writing a new take on the script for the wedding comedy, as earlier drafts were written by David Flebotte and Phil Alden Robinson. It »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jason Bateman To Direct, Star In FBI Wedding Comedy For Universal

27 June 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Jason Bateman has inked a deal with Universal to star in and direct the Untitled FBI Wedding Comedy, marking his third film as director after debut Bad Words and the upcoming The Family Fang. David Flebotte and Phil Alden Robinson wrote the initial script, which David Bar Katz (The Pest) has been tapped to rewrite. Bateman’s about to dive into production on Family Fang next month in New York City and stars in that pic opposite Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. He’ll next be seen in This Is Where I Leave You in September and Horrible Bosses 2 in November, […] »

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Ensemble TV Actors Shine in Smaller Roles

10 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Let’s be honest: While it’s great to win an Emmy — any Emmy — almost every actor would prefer a leading role to a supporting one.

That said, some of today’s top movie stars got their start in a supporting TV role. Woody Harrelson first came to fame playing the dim but sweet Woody on “Cheers,” a role for which he was nominated for six Emmys and won once (Harrelson also was nominated in 2012 for playing Steve Schmidt in HBO’s “Game Change”). Two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was once Sydney Bristow’s (Jennifer Garner) best friend on J.J. Abrams’ “Alias.” And even Leonardo DiCaprio got his start playing foster child Luke Brower on “Growing Pains.”

So it’s not all bad playing second fiddle. After all, Lupita Nyong’o made quite a splash as the stylish newcomer and ultimately Oscar’s supporting actress.

Still, it can be hard »

- Paige Albiniak

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Rose Byrne Is Max Mara’s Face of the Future

10 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For Rose Byrne, being honored with the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future award from its global brand ambassador Nicola Maramotti is incredible and also slightly ironic. “I think I’m sort of the middle-aged future, perhaps,” she jokes. Byrne is at a turning point in her career with comedy at the center.

She says she always wanted to try comedy, but did not get the chance to do so until her late 20s. “I’m still very new to it, so it’s actually far more challenging for me still,” says Byrne. “I’m going where it’s warm, as they say.”

More like heading where it’s hot. With major roles in comedies such as “Neighbors” and “Bridesmaids,” Byrne is now set to be seen in “This Is Where I Leave You,” alongside Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, and she is filming action-comedy “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy. »

- Nikara Johns

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‘Are You Here’ Trailer: More Comedians Gather For a Different Funeral

5 June 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

While Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Dax Shepard and crew are dealing with their own family dysfunction and trying not to stare at Jane Fonda’s chest in Shawn Levy’s This is Where I Leave You, the three comedians who didn’t get to join in the festivities have joined forces for a familial drama of their own. Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler are taking bitter sibling politics to a whole new place, guided by the man who kind of knows how to do messed up families better than most — Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. The first trailer for Are You Here (formerly titled You Are Here) is supposedly for a comedy, but doesn’t offer up as many laughs so much as it thrusts its comedians in a terrible, bleak reality. We meet Ben Baker (Galifianakis) as he desperately attempts to break past security and bust into a local news studio; it’s where »

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Rose Byrne Will Bring Comedy Into Space For The Something

5 June 2014 5:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fresh off her incredible turn in this summer’s comedy hit Neighbors, comedy actress Rose Byrne has become one of the hottest actresses in the industry. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Byrne’s Neighbors producers (Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe) and studio (Universal) are keenly interested in working with her again, as soon as possible, though the part that they have in mind for her may surprise you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Byrne is being eyed for a supporting role in a film called The Something, about astronauts who end up lost in space.

We don’t know a lot about The Something, but Rodney Rothman (a former writer for Late Show With David Letterman) is lined up to direct. Point Grey, Good Universe and Universal want Byrne to come aboard as the love interest, described as someone with “an approachable beauty, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Rose Byrne reteams with Bad Neighbours producers for space comedy

4 June 2014 4:16 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rose Byrne is in talks to star in space comedy The Something.

The actress is being eyed to reteam with her Bad Neighbours producers for the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Seth Rogen's Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe are working with Universal Pictures on the film about astronauts lost in space.

Byrne's love interest role is described as "an approachable beauty, though she hates being approached".

The Something will be the directorial debut of former Late Show With David Letterman head writer Rodney Rothman, who recently served as co-writer on 22 Jump Street.

Byrne will next be seen in This is Where I Leave You with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda.

The Something is yet to set a release date.

Watch the red band trailer for Bad Neighbours below: »

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AFI Honoree Jane Fonda Draws Strength From Engagement

4 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Given Jane Fonda’s hard-earned stature as an actress, activist, author and self-help guru, she’s amazingly humble and grounded in the moment. There’s no calcified nostalgia for the past. Sentences don’t begin with “In my day…” There are no unfavorable comparisons between today’s conglomerated entertainment landscape and Hollywood’s second Golden Era in the ’70s, when she earned Oscars for “Klute” and “Coming Home.”

Instead of citing the icons of her generation and those previous, she’s generous in her praise of younger peers. On Meryl Streep: “She has raised the bar so high that it throws the gauntlet at our feet.” When asked who the equivalents of Costa-Gavras and Stanley Kramer are today, she points to Clooney, Damon and Affleck: “These young and big movie stars also direct and produce movies that are very, very relevant politically and socially.”

Even the relatively green Adam Driver, »

- Steve Chagollan

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'This Is Where I Leave You': Six movie revelations from BookCon

30 May 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

You can go home again — sometimes with less drama than going to your actual home.

Five years ago, author Jonathan Tropper debuted This Is Where I Leave You at Book Expo America, and on Friday afternoon he returned to his old stomping grounds to present footage from the upcoming film version of the novel, about a combative family brought together by their father’s funeral.

The event kicked off BookCon, the new public section of the convention, and along for the ride were director Shawn Levy (Real Steel, the Night at the Museum movies) and stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. »

- Anthony Breznican

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'This Is Where I Leave You': Tina Fey, Jason Bateman Talk Shiva and Jane Fonda's Boobs

30 May 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"I think I'm gonna keep bringing movie stars on book tours, because I never get this crowd!" said Jonathan Tropper, author of the 2009 New York Times best-seller, This Is Where I Leave You, at a panel discussion hosted by Plume on Friday at New York City's Javits Center, as part of Book Expo America 2014. While teasing the anticipated film adaptation alongside Tina FeyJason Bateman and director Shawn Levy, each of his jokes were met with loud laughter, and the book passages he read were greeted with applause before never-before-seen scenes from the Warner Bros. feature were revealed. Bateman told Tropper

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Watch: Siblings Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Jason Bateman in Trailer for 'This is Where I Leave You'

30 May 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The trailer has landed for the latest literary adaptation, the Shawn Levy funeral dramedy "This is Where I Leave You" (September 12), adapted by Jonathan Tropper from his own 2009 novel. Tina Fey plays the estranged sister of three brothers (Jason Bateman, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll). The quadrille are reunited by their father's death-- only to be imprisoned by their psychologist mother (Jane Fonda), who is determined to reunite her family. “We need a new term for the tone," Tina Fey told EW. "It’s not a dark comedy—because it’s not that dark. But it’s an ­emotional ­comedy." All four siblings are struggling with the opposite sex. Mom Fey still nurtures a crush on the boy next door (Timothy Olyphant); Bateman lost both his wife and his job when his wife got together with his boss; Stoll hasn't been able to father a child; Driver brings home his »

- Katelyn Trott

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Watch Daniel Radcliffe And Zoe Kazan Be Super Sweet In The New What If Trailer

29 May 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Above you'll find the trailer to What If, the new romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. After years of Hollywood mocking and subverting the romantic movie formula, it almost seems daring that this is a film following the tried-and-true storytelling device of the two young lovers who can't be together because of a significant other. The bad news is that the trailer gives away everything. The good news is that you can't "spoil" a good movie, so maybe the whole thing is worth it anyway. In the film, Radcliffe plays a med school dropout in New York City who can't get his life straight. His buddy is played by Girls star Adam Driver, here providing comic relief just a day after he did the same in the first trailer for Shawn Levy's This Is Where I Leave You. Driver may just be the breakout star of Girls, »

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This Is Where I Leave You (2014) Movie Trailer: Death & Family Collide

29 May 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  This Is Where I Leave You Trailer. Shawn Levy‘s This Is Where I Leave You (2014) movie trailer stars Rose Byrne, Ari Graynor, Abigail Spencer, Adam Driver, and Timothy Olyphant. This Is Where I Leave You’s plot synopsis: “When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up [...]

Continue reading: This Is Where I Leave You (2014) Movie Trailer: Death & Family Collide »

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Trailer for This Is Where I Leave You with Jason Bateman and Tina Fey

29 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The first trailer for Shawn Levy's comedy, This Is Where I Leave You, has been released. The movie has a great cast of actors that includes Jason Bateman, Tina FeyAdam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, and Rose Byrne. This actually looks like it could be the best movie that Levy has made. That's not saying much, though, as his career consists of Night at the Museum and a bunch of other silly films. Here's the synopsis for the entertaining looking move.

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, »

- Joey Paur

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