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The movie, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a science-based survey to find the perfect mate — only to see those theories splintered when he meets the spontaneous Rosie Jarman (played by Lawrence), who possesses the opposite qualities.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who teamed on “(500) Days of Summer,” have revised Simsion’s adaptation of the novel. “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially interested, but have opted to take on Disney’s Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone movie.
Paramount announced Monday that it will release Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About »
- Dave McNary
The show, which began its run in 2012, is now in its fifth season. The final episode of the series will air sometime in September.
Keegan-Michael Key, co-creator and star of the show, confirmed the news while speaking to The Wrap. Key said, “This is our final season – and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us. It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie.”
- Justin Cook
Don’t be fooled by the posters: like most Sandler films Pixels is a casually sexist, awkwardly structured, bro-centric comedy, starring some of Sandler’s buddies
The posters for Pixels are alluring, with characters from classic arcade games hovering over some of the world’s major cities. The most eye-catching one boasts a giant Pac-Man, mouth wide open, devouring San Francisco. What these adverts fail to get across is that Pixels is an Adam Sandler movie. Pity the poor souls who go into the comedy blockbuster thinking they’ve signed up to watch The Lego Movie by way of Independence Day. They’ll be disappointed.
Being a Sandler movie from the actor’s own Happy Madison Productions (responsible for dreck like Jack and Jill and Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Pixels is a casually sexist, awkwardly structured, bro-centric comedy, starring some of Sandler’s buddies. The only difference this time is »
- Nigel M Smith
Massively popular game "Minecraft" is getting a dose of sunshine for its big screen debut: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" co-creator and star Rob McElhenney has been tapped to direct a "Minecraft" movie.
Mojang, the company behind the game, announced McElhenney's hiring earlier this week. According to Deadline, studio Warner Bros. snapped up the game in the wake of the warm critical and commercial reception of "The Lego Movie," and the hope is that "Minecraft" will have similar success.
McElhenney may seem like an odd choice, since he's most known for his caustic, foul-mouthed "Always Sunny" character, though Deadline reports that his involvement with that long-running FX/Fxx series is indicative of his ability to transform a vague concept into a winning idea. He famously, along with "Always Sunny" co-creator Glenn Howerton and co-star Charlie Day, shot several episodes of the show before getting a network commitment, then shopped it »
- Katie Roberts
Even as an Adam Sandler/Kevin James-vehicle, Pixels deserves to be more inspired. The arcade-loving, '80s-centric action-comedy transitioned to the big screen from Patrick Jean's inventive world-domination-by-8-bits short film wields the fine set pieces, tech resources and token-required games to earn a top score. But Sandler and his team don't even attempt to advance to the next level, constantly drawing on the comedian's trademark sophomoric cheat codes to hastily produce what's essentially the poor man's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, global-annihilation movie. Make no mistake: this is a Happy Madison production through-and-through. Minus extensive pratfall jokes with James or unnecessary Rob Schneider or Steve Buscemi pop-ups, almost every check mark from the Sandler production list is marked. Cheap insults directed towards one physical trait from different supporting charactersc Check. Sandler getting the out-of-his-league girl (in this case, Michelle Monaghan) because he's our main slubby do-gooderc You bet. »
- Will Ashton
If the Minecraft movie is even half as popular as the video game, then Mojang will have a true, ahem, blockbuster on its hands. As anticipation builds for Minecraft's silver screen debut, we've decided to dig around for some more information.
From potential release dates and budgets, to storylines, directors and producers, here's everything we know about the Minecraft movie so far.
What's the Minecraft movie all about?
Plot details are thin on the ground, but Mojang COO Vu Bui told The Guardian that it will tell one of the countless possible stories from Minecraft's build-it-yourself game world. "When coming up with a story, we want to make sure it is just a story within Minecraft, as opposed to the story within Minecraft," he said.
Elaborating on his comments, Bui said that the company doesn't want to discourage players by coming up with an official story of the Minecraft universe. »
Sony Pictures Animation must certainly be enjoying how people are taking in the Pac-Man-heavy marketing for this weeks' Pixels (and, to the film's mild credit, he is the best part of it), because the suits in charge have ponied up the near seven figures to have some other yellow-faced friends transition to the big screen. In a heated three-studio audition, Sony won the right to have their banner placed in front of an Emoji movie. With Warner Bros and Paramount reported to be the other two studios vying to get the expressive, social media/text message-based personalities their cinematic due, it's apparently a ripe opportunity to take this property (c) to the next level, as the Japan-hatched ideograms don't subside themselves to any pesky rights, making them essentially free-reign when it comes to marketing, promoting and all that jazz. Does it matter that they'll have to take the extra route »
- Will Ashton
When it was revealed that a Minecraft movie is in the works, most of us scoffed. However, thinking back to The Lego Movie and what a fantastic couple of hours that ended up being, there’s really no reason why this adaptation of the popular video game can’t find similar success, especially with the director it’s
- Josh Wilding
Sony has announced an entire movie about emoji. Which beloved characters should it be based on? That one who does the dancing? The suggestive aubergine?
History has taught us not to smirk at faddy, opportunistic-sounding film announcements. After all, the Facebook movie turned out to be The Social Network, and the Lego movie turned out to be, well, The Lego Movie. Still, it’s hard not to rub your eyes in disbelief at the announcement that Sony Pictures is making an entire movie about emoji, directed by the man behind Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters.
So let’s just assume that the emoji movie will be a thunderous success. If this is the case, in keeping with current trends, the next step will be an anthology series set in an Emoji Cinematic Universe, each telling a different story about several specific beloved emoji characters. Because this is something I desperately want in on, »
- Stuart Heritage
It was going to happen eventually, wasn't it? A Hollywood movie about emojis is in the works.
Sony Pictures Animation won a three-studio auction to produce an animated movie centring around the popular colourful emoticons. All of your favourites will be there, including smiley face, confused face, angry face and of course, the pile of poo.
Can you guess the 15 films from the emojis? Play our quiz
There is also another potential movie about emojis being shopped around studios, so be prepared for more than one.
Has Hollywood lost its marbles? An emoji film is in the works ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ http://t.co/5MvDxfXnRG
— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) July 22, 2015
World Emoji »
Proving that Hollywood thinks anything is a good idea (even when it is absolutely terrible), Emoji’s are headed to the big screen. Yes, those cute winky faces that you send to your friends are getting their own movie. And whats more, Deadline is reporting there was even a heated bidding war between Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Paramount over Eric Siegel (Men at Work) and Anthony Leondis' (Igor, and slated to direct this project) pitch for an Emoji centric movie, which Sony won with a reported seven figure pay out. So apparently, this license is something people actually want to make, but will anybody actually want to see it? Sure, The Lego Movie proved there is a market to make something genuinely compelling out of the most unlikely of sources, as evidenced by the the upcoming Pixels, but it’s a big jump from iconic characters from multiple »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Have you ever texted a smiley face and wondered, “there’s a movie in this sign.” Well, you’re in luck because Sony thought that exactly.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures Animation defeated Warner Bros. and Paramount in a bidding war to the right of an emojis movie. The script is coming from Eric Siegel with Anthony Leondis directing the film.
While there have been some crazy ideas lately, this may take the cake. The Lego Movie seemed like a crazy idea, but there was enough worldbuilding within the toys that a movie could be created. Making a movie about emojis seems like a completely far-fetched idea and who knows what direction they’ll take with it.
Deadline adds that there isn’t an IP attached to emojis so another project could be on the way from someone else.
The post An emojis movie is a real thing and is »
- Zach Dennis
Warner Bros. found a director for their Minecraft movie and it’s Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to make a movie based on the incredibly popular video game right after The Lego Movie became a big hit for them, grossing $468.8 million worldwide. Minecraft, which was created […]
Read Minecraft Movie Finds Director on Filmonic.
Sony Pictures Animation plans to make an animated feature film centered on icons beloved of text message and social media addicts around the globe
The Lego Movie proved that anything can be turned into a blockbuster franchise with sufficient imagination. Now the stakes have been raised, with an upcoming animated movie centering on the emoji, the (usually) yellow spherical faces and symbols used for text and social media correspondence, hoping to have the same success.
Related: The Lego Movie sequel gets director and title: The Lego Movie Sequel
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- Nigel M Smith
Sony Pictures Animation has emerged victorious in a bidding war for a project based on the social media icons known as Emoji. Warner Bros. and Paramount were also vying for the project, but Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Animation was much more aggressive in their pursuit of the animated movie. Anthony Leondis (B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) is attached to direct and he is co-writing the screenplay with Eric Siegel.
What makes this project unique is there are no underlying rights to purchase, because the Emoji icons are in public domain. There is reportedly another pitch that will be shopped to the studios soon centering on Emoji, but it isn't clear who is behind that project quite yet. No details were given about how the story will be brought to life, but director Anthony Leondis pitched the studios using storyboards that explained how the movie would play out.
Emoji icons »
With The Lego Movie as the current gold standard for turning products and games into movies, Warner Bros. was quick to nab the rights to massive property Minecraft. According to Mojang, the Swedish developers behind the game, the new director for the film version will be It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney. The game as you may know, allows you to create and shape an entire world, and has sold more than 35 million copies across PCs, the Xbox 360 and mobile platforms. Much like with Lego, the only stories are those created by users, who can choose whether to explore, create or fight with each other. There are also nocturnal monsters stalking the place, which you can choose to avoid or deal with.When Warners bought the rights back in February last year, Night At The Museum man Shawn Levy was quickly hired, and developed a take on »
It’s no secret that Warner Bros. has been toiling long and hard to turn world-building video game Minecraft into a feature film, and today brings word that the studio has finally tapped a new director for the high-profile project: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Rob McElhenney.
The multi-talented thesp is one of the driving creative forces behind the long-running FX comedy, serving as the show’s star, creator, developer and executive producer, as well as occasional writer and director. In addition to helming three episodes of It’s Always Sunny, McElhenney also shot a TV movie called Pariah that is still awaiting release.
Shawn Levy, who directed the Night at the Museum film, was previously attached to direct the Minecraft, but he left seven months back over creative differences, taking writers Kieran and Michelle Mulroney with him.
Mojang.com first reported news of McElhenney’s involvement, and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Warner Bros. has hired “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Rob McElhenney to direct the “Minecraft” movie based on the popular video game that boasts 100 million users worldwide, it was announced Tuesday by Vu Bui, COO of game publisher Mojang. “Minecraft,” was introduced to gamers in 2009 by creator Markus “Notch” Persson. The game allows players to create avatars and build virtual worlds. McElhenney is excited about the game’s potential as a movie, having recently attended Minecon in London as a sign of his commitment. Roy Lee (“The Lego Movie”) will produce the “Minecraft” movie under his Vertigo Entertainment banner. »
- Jeff Sneider
As if they weren’t ubiquitous enough already, the Emojis, those colorful little icons found throughout social media communications as a particularly vivid way to articulate emotional reactions, are inexplicably getting their own movie. Because no idea is too silly or abstract for a Hollywood studio to develop the hell out of in hopes of coming up with something midway marketable.
Believe it or not, there was actually a three-studio auction over an animated movie pitch centering on the Emojis, involving Warner Bros., Paramount and Sony, but Sony ultimately swooped in and made an almost seven-figure deal. That’s right, people – Hollywood is so convinced that you’re dying to see a movie about cute little winky faces that major studios shelled out bucketloads for the rights to make it. Let that one sink in.
- Isaac Feldberg
Just when you thought Hollywood had run out of ideas comes news that Sony just won a intense bidding war for the right to make a movie about emoji. Seriously.
Yes, those cute -- and sometimes crude -- little symbols you use in texts and on Twitter are set to hit the big screen in their own movie, written by Eric Siegel (TBS comedy "Men at Work") and Anthony Leondis ("Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters"), with Leondis directing. Deadline reports that Sony snatched up the pair's pitch (which already included storyboards) for a rumored seven-figure payout. That's a lot of dollar sign emojis.
According to Deadline, the bidding on the project was so intense because "Unlike, say Lego, there are also no underlying rights here to purchase, which makes this as much a catnip idea to Hollywood as public domain fairy tales that fuel so many blockbusters." And »
- Katie Roberts
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