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Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio Movie Loses Director Sam Mendes

Disney's Live-Action Pinocchio Movie Loses Director Sam Mendes
Disney's live-action Pinocchio movie is searching for a new director tonight, after filmmaker Sam Mendes backs out. Director Sam Mendes entered talks for Pinocchio back in May, but nearly six months later, the filmmaker has exited the project, although no reason for his departure is given. There is no indication if the studio has any top contenders in mind to replace Sam Mendes, but this new report claims Disney shouldn't have too hard a time finding a replacement, given the success of similar live-action adaptations in recent years.

Disney has been able to lure top-notch directorial talent into its stable with their growing slate of live-action adaptations, including Jon Favreau taking the helm on last year's hit The Jungle Book, and Bill Condon directing this year's Beauty and the Beast, currently the highest-grossing movie of the year. Director Tim Burton is currently shooting Dumbo for the studio and Guy Ritchie
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Greenlit: Julia Roberts and Ryan Murphy Projects Staff Up to Film This Year + More

Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition! “Ben is Back”Julia Roberts and “Manchester by the Sea” breakout star Lucas Hedges will star together in a drama directed and written by Hedges’ father Peter Hedges. Peter Hedges’ recent work includes “Dan in Real Life,” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” and other past works include, “Pieces of April,” “About a Boy,” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” The story follows Lucas Hedges as a troubled son who returns to his family for Christmas when his mother learns he is in harm’s way and must aid in the family’s survival. No other talent is attached, and no casting director has been announced, but Hedges has consistently worked with Telsey + Co on past films.
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Exclusive clip from The Hunter’s Prayer with Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush

Thanks to Signature Entertainment, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the action thriller The Hunter’s Prayer, which sees Sam Worthington leading a cast that includes Odeya Rush, Martin Compston, Allen Leech and Amy Landecker. Check it out below or watch it on our YouTube channel here…

Lucas, (Sam Worthington; Hacksaw Ridge, Sabotage) is a solitary assassin who is hired to kill a young woman, Ella, (Odeya Rush; Goosebumps, The Odd Life of Timothy Green). When he can’t bring himself to pull the trigger the plan falls apart, setting in motion a twisted game of cat and mouse with both now marked for death. Forced into an uneasy alliance, the pair is relentlessly pursued across Europe, their only hope for survival lying in the exposure of those responsible for the brutal murder of Ella’s family…

Also starring Martin Compston (fresh from TV’s Line Of Duty) as a dogged,
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First Look Photo of Johnny Depp From Set Of Richard Says Goodbye

Principal photography started on location in Vancouver on Richard Says Goodbye starring three-time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp, it was announced today by Im Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford.

Golden Globe® nominee Danny Huston (Wonder Woman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land, Rachel’s Getting Married), Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some!!, upcoming The Disaster Artist), Devon Terrell (Barry), and Odessa Young (Looking for Grace, The Daughter) have joined the cast of the comedy drama, which is written and directed by Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye).

Im Global and Cirrina Studios are co-financing the film with additional financing from Leeding Media.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister, Midnight Special) of Automatik Entertainment and Im Global’s President of Production Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) are producing the film. Ford and Miguel Palos of Im Global, Karine Martin, David Lipman and Jim Pesoli of Cirrina Studios, David U. Lee
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Exclusive: Listen to a track from Geoff Zanelli’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales score

Before its May 26th release, we would like to exclusively share with you a track from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales titled ‘El Matador Del Mar’ by Emmy winning composer Geoff Zanelli.

Some of Zanelli’s other credits include Steven Spielberg’s Into The West, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, HBO’s The Pacific, DreamWorks and Paramount PicturesDisturbia, 20th Century Fox’s Hitman, Lionsgate’s Gamer, DreamWorksGhost Town, The Weinstein Company’s Outlander and more recently Lionsgate’s Mortdecai, for which he collaborated with Grammy-award winning Mark Ronson on both the co-written score and songs.

Zanelli’s full Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales soundtrack will also be available May 26 and can be preordered via Amazon Us or Amazon UK.

See Also: Read our review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp
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Interview: Damien Chazelle & Rosemarie DeWitt of ‘La La Land’

Chicago – Bringing the musical movie genre back requires a bit of nostalgia, a nod to modernity and always old fashioned star power. Writer/director Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) combined all three to produce “La La Land,” with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as star-crossed lovers. Rosemarie DeWitt also has a featured role.

Set in the mythical land of Los Angeles, the story features actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as artists who are trying to reach their own peaks in their respective professions. The tale feeds off the time-honored musical tradition of lovers trying to connect, often through song and dance, and the film embraces its soaring music and touchingly romantic choreography.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land

Photo credit: Lionsgate

Damien Chazelle exploded onto the film scene in 2014 with his feature debut “Whiplash,” the intense and searing drama about a jazz drummer. From Rhode Island,
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Here Is Freeform's Pre-25 Days of Christmas Marathon Lineup

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You know that brief window of time after Thanksgiving, but before December? When you're still digesting your food but not quite ready for holly, jolly holiday movies? Enter Freeform's annual Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas. The marathon features tons of feel-good movies, from Toy Story to Despicable Me. Of course, it's appropriate for kids . . . but even better for adults. It'll be the perfect follow-up to the Gilmore Girls marathon! Take a look at the schedule, and check out the official 25 Days of Christmas lineup. Thursday, Nov. 24 11:30 a.m. - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2:05 p.m. - Mulan 4:10 p.m. - Brave 6:20 p.m. - Toy Story 8:20 p.m. - Toy Story 2 10:30 p.m. - Toy Story of Terror! 12 a.m. - Dennis the Menace Friday, Nov. 25 11:30 a.m. - Little Rascals 1:40 p.m. - The Odd Life of Timothy Green 4:10 p.
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Taps Composer Geoff Zanelli

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Taps Composer Geoff Zanelli
Disney’s upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will be the first film in the “Pirates” franchise not to feature composer Hans Zimmer. Yet the fifth entry will nonetheless stay within the same musical family, tapping Geoff Zanelli, one of Zimmer’s longtime protégés, to take over.

Zanelli’s composer credits include HBOs “The Pacific” and TNT’s “Into the West” (for which he won an Emmy), as well as “No Stranger Than Love,” “Mortdecai” and his breakout score for 2012’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” As part of Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions, Zanelli composed themes for several of Zimmer’s previous “Pirates” scores, most notably “On Stranger Tides” in 2011.

“What Hans did for the ‘Pirates’ movies redefined the sound of the entire genre,” Zanelli says. “It has been very fulfilling to work alongside him and [producer] Jerry [Bruckheimer] on the past four films. ‘Dead Men
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Director David Lowery explains why his 'Pete's Dragon' is so intentionally gentle

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Director David Lowery explains why his 'Pete's Dragon' is so intentionally gentle
It seems very strange to me that it took until 2016 for me to meet David Lowery face to face. Not because I expect I should meet every single working filmmaker. That’s just silly. I’ve met a staggering number of writers, directors, actors, and people working at every other level in film and television over the years, but there are are plenty of people I’ve never run into, and I’m fine with that. With David, though, I have a history. You see, he used to be a spy for me. More accurately, he was a regular reviewer at Ain’t It Cool under the name “ghostboy,” and his beat was the festival circuit. I edited dozens and dozens of his pieces over the years, and I came to rely on him as a guy with a very strong sense of what he does or doesn’t like,
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'Suicide Squad' Gets Things Started with $20.5 Million from Thursday Night Screenings

'Suicide Squad' Gets Things Started with $20.5 Million from Thursday Night Screenings
Even before it has officially been released Suicide Squad is already breaking records as it will premiere in over 4,250 theaters nationwide making it the widest August release of all-time. Next is the August opening weekend record, which is currently held by Guardians of the Galaxy with $94.3 million, a number that will surely be blown away come Sunday evening, as Suicide Squad looks to become the third superhero film to break an opening weekend record in 2016. Earlier this year it was Deadpool taking the February opening weekend record with a massive $132.4 million debut. A month later, Warner Bros' DC Comics adaptation Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice broke the March record with a $166 million opening despite largely negative reviews and a mixed audience response. Suicide Squad is Warner's latest attempt to breathe life into their DC Comics Universe, this time relying on a Dirty Dozen-esque team of antiheroes. Director David Ayer
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Weinstein Co. Boards Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Movie

Weinstein Co. Boards Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ Movie
The Weinstein Company is in development on a movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical.

Miranda is producing the project, which had been set at Universal with Kenny Ortega attached to direct and Miranda starring before the studio put it into turnaround in 2011.

Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the musical and starred in the show’s lead role, earning him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. “In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

Miranda is performing on Broadway in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical “Hamilton,” for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics. “Hamilton” was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards,
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'Mary Poppins 2' Wants 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda

'Mary Poppins 2' Wants 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
Disney's Mary Poppins sequel is moving forward in the right direction, with Emily Blunt entering talks to play the magical nanny last week. Today, Variety has word that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of the hit Broadway sensation Hamilton, has engaged in talks with the studio to play Jack. This character is said to be a lamplighter, who resembles Dick Van Dyke's character Bert from the original Mary Poppins.

This new Mary Poppins project will be set in the 1930s, 20 years after the events of the original movie, in Depression-Era London. The plot follows the adult Michael Banks, who now has children of his own. When his big sister Jane returns to town, after falling on hard times, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help. The story will be pulled from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back, but
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‘Goosebumps’ Star Odeya Rush Signs With Mgmt Entertainment (Exclusive)

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‘Goosebumps’ Star Odeya Rush Signs With Mgmt Entertainment (Exclusive)
Israeli actress Odeya Rush, who starred in both “Goosebumps” and “The Giver,” has signed with management company Mgmt Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. She joins an impressive crop of talent at Mgmt, which also represents Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke and Aubrey Plaza, among many others. Rush landed on Hollywood’s radar after she secured a role in Disney’s family film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” which led to a supporting turn in Jim Mickle‘s cannibal movie “We Are What We Are.” Also Read: 'Goosebumps' Author R.L. Stine on Movie Cameo, Stephen King
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Shock Video: Gil Kenan, Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt Talk Poltergeist

Hitting theaters today is 20th Century Fox and MGM’s big screen remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 Poltergeist. But is it a remake after all? That’s one of the questions we’re asking director Gil Kenan and stars Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back, Iron Man 2) and Rosemarie DeWitt (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Kill the Messenger)…

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Disney's planning a live-action Pinocchio

No strings attached: Disney's set to make a live-action version of its 1940 animated classic, Pinocchio...

Disney's grand tour through its own animated history continues with news that it's to make a live-action version of the much-loved 1940 film, Pinocchio.

It's to be written by Peter Hedges, who wrote What's Eating Gilbert Grape - both the book (1991) and the film (1993) - and, most recently, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green for Disney.

Pinocchio is far from the only live-action adaptation of a classic Disney film, of course. We've previously heard that Tim Burton's directing an adaptation of Dumbo with a CG elephant flapping about in a live-action environment.

There's a live-action version of Mulan in the offing, as well as The Jungle Book, Pete's Dragon, Beauty And The Beast, Cruella de Vil, and even Winnie The Pooh.

Neither is Disney's Pinocchio the only version of the classic Italian story on the horizon.
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'Pinocchio' Will Be a Real Boy in Yet Another Live-Action Disney Movie

Another day, another report of Disney turning one of their animated classics into a live-action feature film. This time Deadline is reporting that Pinocchio is up for a live-action revamp with Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) basing the story loosely on the original story about a wooden puppet who wishes to become a real boy. And of course, there's that whole thing about his nose growing when he tells a lie. We're not sure about how this new version of the story will change things up from the classic, but the core of the story has always been about the relationship between Geppetto and Pinocchio as a father and son. Read on! Hedges has plenty of experience with family relationship drama since he's written What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and About a Boy, not to mention directing Dan in Real Life and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, both of which he also wrote.
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Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ Movie

Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ Movie
Disney is developing a live-action version of “Pinocchio” with Peter Hedges on board to write the story loosely based on the studio’s 1940 animated movie.

Hedges wrote the screenplays for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “A Map of the World” and “About a Boy.” He directed “Pieces of April,” “Dan in Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” from his own scripts.

Pinocchio,” which has no other attachments, is the latest in Disney’s strategy of drawing from its extensive animated library.

The studio recently announced that it was developing live-action movie versions of its animated “Winnie the Pooh,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo,” in the wake of successful live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” A live-action “Jungle Book” is set for a 2016 release and “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, is coming in 2017.

The 1940 movie was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book “The Adventures of Pinocchio,
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Disney Wants A Live-Action Pinocchio

Disney Wants A Live-Action Pinocchio
Disney has once more donned its Indiana Jones fedora and raided the archives for yet another film the studio once brought to life via animation to turn into a live-action adventure. Today’s discovery pulled into the light? Pinocchio.The Mouse House has The Odd Life Of Timothy Green writer/director Peter Hedges aboard to craft a script that will once more follow the wooden boy as he wishes to become a real child, sees that come true and then has adventures. All the while being unable to tell a lie lest his nose grow.It’s very early days for the new film, which like the 1940 original will be drawn from Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel The Adventures Of Pinocchio. It joins fellow Disney conversion jobs already in the works including Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Beauty And The Beast, Winnie The Pooh and Mulan.This one, though, faces competition from Guillermo del Toro,
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'Pinocchio' Inspired Live Action Movie Planned at Disney

'Pinocchio' Inspired Live Action Movie Planned at Disney
Disney is developing a project loosely based on their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, bringing on screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) to write the screenplay. This is the third live action adaptation of an animated movie that Disney has put into development over the past week, following Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. The studio has also announced new live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast over the past few months.

The story of Pinocchio originated with author Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, following a boy made out of wood who ultimately gets his wish to become a real human, but each time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer and longer. Peter Hedges' take on Pinocchio is said to be inspired by the original story, but no specific plot details were given. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently developing his own version of Pinocchio,
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Disney Plans Live-Action "Pinocchio"

Disney has announced that the latest live-action film version of an animated classic that they have put into development is a new adaptation of their 1940 film "Pinocchio," which itself was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children's book.

Peter Hedges ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "About a Boy") is on board to write the story which will be loosely based on the earlier movie. No word if he will direct as he has helmed several films including "Dan in Real Life" and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green".

No other attachments have been announced at this time. The announcement follows in the wake of news about live-action takes on "Mulan," "Dumbo," and "Winnie the Pooh" being in the works along with live-action "Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast" films which are already in various stages of production.

Source: Variety
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