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Who says Barbie couldn't possibly resemble a real woman? The iconic flaxen-haired doll will be the namesake of a live-action comedy sometime in the near future, according to Los Angeles Times. Production on the film will begin at the end of the year.
The film, which will be written by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, What a Girl Wants) and produced by husband and wife Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Men in Black 3), will draw from the mythos of Barbie in her many guises. »
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Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation today announced a partnership on a live-action comedy featuring the beloved and dynamic icon Barbie.
The studio sees this as its next big, global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year. Written by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2) and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Men In Black 3, Flight), the film will be executive produced by Parkes+MacDonald’s president Marc Resteghini alongside Julia Pistor, who will executive produce for Mattel’s Playground Productions.
From princess to president, mermaid to movie star, Barbie® has done it all – through her more than 150 careers, she has gained valuable experiences and shown her fans that anything is possible for a modern woman.
In her live-action big screen debut, Barbie will inhabit many of these roles, utilizing her personal and professional »
- Michelle McCue
Los Angeles (AP) — Barbie is coming alive. Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation have partnered to create a live-action movie focused on the iconic doll. The companies said Wednesday the comedy will be written by Jenny Bicks ("What a Girl Wants") and produced by husband-and-wife team Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ("Men in Black 3"). Executive producers will be Parkes+MacDonald president Marc Resteghini and Julia Pistor for Mattel's Playground Productions. Sony sees the film as a global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year. It's the second collaboration for Mattel and Sony. The companies are developing the film adaptation of "Masters of the Universe," based on Mattel action figures. Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. »
David Koechner has been cast in Scouts vs Zombies.
The Anchorman actor will star in the long-awaited, Christopher Landon-directed horror comedy, reports Deadline.
The film centres around a group of Scouts who stumble upon an army of the living dead during a camping trip.
They must use all their survival skills to protect a small town from the zombie hordes.
Scouts vs Zombies will begin shooting on May 8. »
Lumbering through development hell since at least 2010, zom-com Scouts Vs. Zombies is finally heading into production. Last we heard (a year ago), Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was directing, but he's since been replaced by Christopher Landon, who most recently made Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and wrote 2007's Disturbia. The film also now has its scout leader, in the jocular form of Champ Kind himself, David Koechner.As you might surmise from the title, Scouts Vs. Zombies finds a troop of bob-a-jobbers facing down a horde of flesh-craving undead on a camping trip. They’ll need all their survival skills to avoid becoming the zombies’ latest meal, and to help save their small town.Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki wrote the original script, which hit the 2010 Black List and attracted interest from Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. He’s still involved, but only as producer, »
Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, the Black Widow, and Hawkeye joined forces to battle evil (otherwise known as Loki) in this 2012 Marvel film that incited mixed reaction from fans and critics alike. Could director Joss Whedon convincingly weave multiple superhero storylines? Would the ensemble cast of heroes conjure up bad memories of bicker-filled family reunions? Or would it be a feel-good film about the fantastic nature of the good guys?
Skeptics wondered whether a film combining so many heroes would work, but Whedon packed in scene after scene that left audiences craving more and cemented America’s fascination with comic book movies. »
- Nina Terrero
Cannes– Scandinavia’s entertainment company Modern Time Group, which spans four continents and owns TV channels group Viasat Broadcasting, has signed an exclusive multi-year content deal with Sony Pictures Television (Spt).
Under the pact, Modern Time Group’s Nordic free-tv movie channels and platforms will now feature the most recent Sony movies and TV series, including “The Smurfs,” “Django Unchained ” (pictured above), “Men In Black 3″ and “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
Spt’s library will be made available on Mtg’s ten Scandinavian free-tv channels, as well as Viasat’s paybox channels and the VOD platform Viaplay (either via streaming or downloading), across the Nordics.
Mtg’s free and pay-tv channels are available both on the Viasat satellite platforms and nearly all other pay-tv platforms in the Nordic region.
“We are witnessing the birth of a new paradigm. Consumers want TV anywhere and everywhere, and that is what we are delivering together with Spt, »
- Elsa Keslassy
This is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): was not a fan of the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Why the hell anyone thinks kids would be interested in the marital happiness of a bird boy is beyond me. But this is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in. Nerd bird Blu (the voice of Jesse Eisenberg: Now You See Me, The Social Network) was happy when last we saw him, at the end of the stridently mediocre Rio, and clearly that could not stand. So here, in the oh-so-creatively entitled Rio 2, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Apr 2014 - 06:26
There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.
In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) March 20, 2014
Ivan Reitman decided to step away following the death of original Ghostbusters star/writer Harold Ramis, although he is still attached as a producer and is helping Sony find a new director, in hopes of starting production in early 2015.
The original version of the script, written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, had all of the original Ghostbusters set to appear in cameo roles. With the passing of Harold Ramis and the uncertainty of Bill Murray's involvement, it isn't known if the original Ghostbusters will still be appearing in the reboot. »
Will Ferrell will star as a loaded banker wrongly convicted of a serious crime. When handed jail time, he turns to Kevin Hart (who will play Ferrell’s ‘car washer’) who teaches him the ways of surviving in prison. Brie, who has also featured in The Five-year Engagement, Mad Men and The Lego Movie, will play Ferrell’s fiancee.
Etan Cohen (the writer behind Tropic Thunder, Men In Black 3 and the upcoming Ghostbusters III) is set to direct. Aside from the names currently attached, nothing else is known about the project at this time. Hopefully some other big comedy names will join to really get the ball rolling.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The third "Ghostbusters" installment is happening - just not with Ivan Reitman at the helm. The "Ghostbusters 1-2" director says he's officially turned down the opportunity to direct the long-awaited follow-up, which he says will likely begin production in early 2015 with an all-new cast of spook-hunters. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and it was never clear what Bill [Murray] was going to do,” said Reitman in an exclusive interview with Deadline. “A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold [Ramis], who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both 'Ghostbusters.'” As to the question of the ever-elusive Murray, Reitman said actor became "literally impossible" to track down when they pursued him for the original version of the threequel written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky ("The Office, »
- HitFix Staff
Alison Brie is hopping on the Kevin Hart bandwagon. The "Community" actress has joined the cast of "Get Hard," the forthcoming big-screen comedy in which Hart will star as a car washer who helps toughen up a white-collar criminal (Will Ferrell) for prison. Brie is set to play the fiancee of Ferrell's character in the film, which will serve as screenwriter Etan Cohen's ("Men in Black 3," "Tropic Thunder") feature-directorial debut. The news was broken by Deadline. In addition to "Community," Brie has a recurring role on AMC's "Mad Men." She'll next be seen in the big-screen comedy "Search Party" opposite Krysten Ritter. Does "Get Hard" sound like something you'd like to see? Let us know in the comments. »
- HitFix Staff
The Labor Day star's past as a Hollywood brat featured more than his share of drugs, booze and tattoos. How much did he draw on his own history in his portrayal of fugitive killer Frank?
Labor Day spins the story of Frank, an escaped convict who gatecrashes suburbia and proceeds to cook a peach cobbler to die for. "Let's put a roof on this house," says Frank, up to his muscled forearms in flour, as he prepares to add the pastry to the filling. Labor Day, it should be noted, is not a film to skimp on its metaphors. The peach cobbler represents the tumbledown family home, sad and broken and in need of repair. No doubt it also represents Frank, whose crusty exterior contains a warm, gooey centre. Perhaps it even says something about the actor who plays him too.
If you're looking for the classic outsider on the inside, »
- Xan Brooks
"Sin City is where you go in with your eyes open – or you don't come out at all." So says Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) during the trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long-awaited sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez' acclaimed 2005 noir-thriller. Though barely over a minute long, the clip offers a gripping preview of the seedy brilliance that lies ahead – including lots of sex, gun-wielding "dames," creepy color schemes and hair-raising one-liners.
The Dark Knight Reads: 15 Essential Batman Graphic Novels
The trailer's highlights include Ray Liotta's terrifying eyes, »
Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Earlier today we brought you the news about Robert Rodriguez confirming that Frank Miller has started work on Sin City 3, but before then there is of course the small matter of the upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. So far, all we've seen in the way of promotional material is a teaser poster and a shot of Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3) as Dwight, but now we've got another look at the film thanks to Entertainment Weekly, who has given us a look at Jessica Alba (Nancy), Mickey Rourke (Marv), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Johnny)...
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is set for release on August 22nd, with returning Sin City stars Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King and Powers Boothe joined by Basin City newcomers Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Dennis Haysbert (24), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Jamie Chung (The Man with the Iron Fists »
- Gary Collinson
Update: Jurassic World has its villain! Vincent D'Onfrio, who was unforgettable as the exterminator turned alien in the first Men in Black, will go bad again for the next movie in the Jurassic Park series. Also joining the cast is Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Amazing Spider-Man) , although his role was undisclosed.
Oct. 18, 2013 - : The world of Jurassic World is filling up. Josh Brolin (Men in Black III) is under consideration for a lead role. The rest of the cast (who have definitely signed on) are Bryce Dallas Howard (Twilight movies), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Nick Robinson ("Melissa & Joey"). Good reason for Brolin to sign on: it films in Hawaii early next year.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Sept. 20, 2013 - Jurassic Park 4 is back on the schedule, one year later than originally planned. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Warner Bros is moving forward with "Get Hard," a new comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. The studio just announced that it will release the new film in theaters on March 27th, 2015. "Get Hard" follows a rich bank manager (Ferrell) who is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to time in a maximum security prison. To prepare himself for his incarceration, Ferrell's character hires the man who washes his car (Hart) to toughen him up in his final 30 days of freedom. The new movie will be directed by Etan Cohen ("Men in Black 3" writer). It will be released against Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie" sci-fi film and 20th Century Fox's "The Penguins of Madagascar." »
Warner Bros. has announced early 2015 release dates for a pair of upcoming films. The studio will release the comedy Get Hard on March 27, 2015, where it will square off against Neill Blomkamp’s (Elysium) sci-fi comedy Chappie and the animated spinoff The Penguins of Madagascar. Get Hard stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence. Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen makes his directorial debut on the pic, which starts production this spring. Additionally, the studio will release director Jaume Collet-Serra’s (Unknown) actioner Run All Night on February 2, 2015 directly opposite the long-delayed fantasy film Seventh Son. Run All Night stars Liam Neeson as an aging hitman who, in order to protect his wife and son, must take on his former boss in a single night. The »
- Adam Chitwood
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