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Forget about all that American Idol feuding between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj! The upcoming season will have none of that, says new judge Harry Connick, Jr. The singer-actor joins Idol vets Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for season 13. "It's three people who are having a friggin' ball," Connick tells me during a break from filming the sequel to his 2011 family film Dolphin Tale. "The show is really goofy, it's really serious and it's real fun. It's really heartfelt. It's everything you want Idol to be." Just last month, Carey said during a radio interview that she "hated" her time with Idol because it was like going to work every day "in hell »
These "Hart of Dixie" recaps seem to say the same thing every week without fail: Joel is not the right guy for Zoe. And once again, he proved his inadequacies in "Family Tradition," and even though Wade never even shared a scene with Zoe, he once again proved he's the right guy for her now that he's grown and matured and found himself. How long is it going to take for these two to get back together? How long must we suffer from the era of Joel? Make it stop, we beg of you!
Alright, so that got a little dramatic. But hey, we just call it like it is. So how exactly did Joel fail once again at being the right guy for Zoe? In this week's episode of "Joel Sucks" ... erm, we mean "Hart of Dixie," Zoe decided it was time to finally get to know the Wilkes »
Surfer Bethany Hamilton, whose life inspired the 2011 drama “Soul Surfer,” has joined the cast of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2,” the company said Monday. Hamilton will play herself in writer-director Charles Martin Smith’s sequel to the 2011 family film, “Dolphin Tale.” Also read: Box Office Goes for Upbeat: ‘Dolphin Tale’ Takes $14.2M in Downer Market Inspired by another true story, the 2014 Warner Bros. release will revolve around bottle nose dolphin Hope, the real-life baby of Winter, the dolphin who was the animal star of the first film. Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff are among. »
- Greg Gilman
Hamilton, the inspiration for the movie “Soul Surfer,” was bitten by a 14-foot tiger shark at the age of 13 while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore, leaving her with a severed left arm. She went on to recover, winning a national surfing title.
Warner Bros. is releasing “Dolphin Tale 2” on Sept. 19, 2014. The sequel will tell another true story inspired by the life of Winter the Dolphin, involving a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010.
“Dolphin Tale” generated a solid $72 million at the U. »
- Dave McNary
Men, Women & Children
The story chronicles the sexual frustrations of junior-high students and their parents in the digital age. Greer will play Joan Clint, a mom who posts alluring photos of her daughter online. [Source: The Wrap]
- Garth Franklin
Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton has joined Alcon Entertainment Dolphin Tale 2 where she'll play herself, reports Variety. Hamilton served as inspiration for the film Soul Surfer starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood. At thirteen-years-old, while surfing off Kuai's North Shore, she was bitten by a 14-foot tiger shark and lost her arm. Courageously, Hamilton went on to recover and won a national surfing title. The first Dolphin Tale cast of Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd and Nathan Gamble return and Warner Bros. is sending the film to theaters on September 14th, 2014. »
Inspirational professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (the subject of the feature Soul Surfer ) has joined the cast of Alcon Entertainment's family feature Dolphin Tale 2 , it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Dolphin Tale 2 is the sequel to the successful 2011 family film Dolphin Tale , released by Warner Bros. Pictures. Hamilton will join the original film's returning cast, including Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff, among others. Charles Martin Smith, who wrote Dolphin Tale , has written the screenplay for the sequel and is again directing. Dolphin Tale 2 tells another true story inspired by the life of the rescued bottle nose dolphin, Winter . the star »
Is Ashley Judd's divorce off? The beautiful Us actress has been separated from husband Dario Franchitti, but his recent spectacular Indy Car crash during a race may have sparked some of the old feelings and may bring them back together. Dario Franchitti is healing up after his frightening brush with death, but now there are rumors Ashley is reuniting with her estranged husband Dario Franchitti. The 'Dolphin Tale' actress, who announced she had separated from the Scottish racing car driver after 11 years of marriage in January, rushed to support him after he was injured in a crash at the Houston Grand Prix in Texas on Sunday, and the incident has reportedly brought them closer. A source told the National Enquirer magazine: ''Something good has already come out of this terrible accident. It's brought Dario and Ashley closer together again and on the path to patching things up. »
IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: Twx), today announced that Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) will narrate the upcoming IMAX 3D® documentary adventure Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar. The film will be released in select IMAX® and IMAX® 3D theatres starting April 4, 2014.
Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary Born to Be Wild 3D, and director David Douglas, who served as director of photography on that film.
Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar is the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers – lemurs. Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. »
- Melissa Thompson
IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc., today announced that Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) will narrate the upcoming IMAX 3D documentary adventure Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. The film will be released in select IMAX and IMAX 3D theaters starting April 4, 2014.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary Born to Be Wild 3D, and director David Douglas, who served as director of photography on that film.
Here's what director Drew Fellman had to say about his latest project.
"I am thrilled to continue my partnership with IMAX and Warner Bros. Lemurs are amazing critters and one of the most canny survivors in the history of life on earth. Their incredible story belongs on the giant screen and deserves to be told by such a powerful and distinctive voice as Morgan Freeman's. »
Family audiences ate up Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 this weekend, though the movie still fell short of the September opening record. Meanwhile, Prisoners held off newcomers Rush, Baggage Claim and Don Jon, none of which were particularly impressive.The Top 12 earned $95.7 million this weekend, which is off 10 percent from the same frame last year. This is a fine finish to a decent September*it won't be a record-setter, though it will still be slightly up from last year.Playing at 4,002 theaters*a new record for September*Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opened to just over $34 million. That's an improvement over the first Cloudy movie, which debuted to $30.3 million in September 2009. However, it's noticeably lower than Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania, which set a September opening record with $42.5 million on the same weekend last year. Overall, Cloudy's opening is the fourth-highest ever in September behind Hotel Transylvania, »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In spite of its difficult subject material, kidnapping drama Prisoners easily took first place at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, 3D dance movie Battle of the Year tanked. The Top 12 earned $73.1 million, which makes this one of the slowest weekend yet this year. Still, this is typically a quiet time at the box office, and this haul is only a bit off from the same weekend last year.Prisoners opened to $20.8 million from 3,260 locations this weekend. That's in the same general range as Warner Bros. similarly-timed dramas The Town ($23.8 million), Contagion ($22.4 million) and Argo ($19.5 million). WB clearly recognizes that there's a market for adult-oriented movies at this time of year*the audience for Prisoners was 72 percent over the age of 25.The release date wouldn't have mattered much, though, if Prisoners didn't look appealing, which was a huge possibility given the movie's heavy story and bleak visual palette. Instead of shying away from the story, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Ld Entertainment has signed on to produce and finance Santa School.
“Patrick brings with him over 20 years of production experience and we are honoured that he brought Santa School to us,” said Liddell. “We are excited to be making a family film and feel lucky to be working with a seasoned talent like Karen.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Described as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but with Santa Claus, Ld Entertainment will make Santa School. In the film, Santa wants to retire and needs to find a top quality replacement so he sets out to find one in his own way. Karen Janszen, who wrote Dolphin Tale and the Mandy Moore tearjerker A Walk to Remember, wrote the family film.
Source: Deadline »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Exclusive: Ld Entertainment has signed on to produce and finance Santa School, a Karen Janszen-scripted family film. Patrick Aiello is producing with Ld Entertainment CEO Mickey Liddell, and Pete Shilaimon. The film has elements of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, in that Santa Claus is confirmed to be real, and he wants to retire. That leads to a lengthy search for a worthy replacement. Aiello, who is producing As Above, So Below for Legendary, hatched the concept. Jennifer Monroe and Patrick Raymond will oversee for Ld Entertainment. The company began by acquiring finished films, but now is branching into production. Janszen’s script credits include A Walk To Remember, Duma, Gracie and Dolphin Tale. She’s separately adapting the Ingrid Law novel Savvy at Walden Media. She’s repped by Gersh and Rain Management. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Alcon Entertainment isn’t playing it safe any more.
The 15-year-old production-financing banner – known for such middle-of-the road fare as “The Blind Side,” “P.S. I Love You” and “Dolphin Tale” – has veered away from the safety zone with Friday premiere “Prisoners” and has high-profile sequels to “Blade Runner” and “Point Break” in development.
Telluride reviews were strong for “Prisoners,” a thriller about the abduction of two girls that Alcon’s Kosove says is its most complex film to date.
On Wednesday, Alcon and “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve announced a two-year deal covering his directing and writing services with a “blind script” commitment for another project, to be determined.
“Denis is Canadian so were hoping to get into Toronto and we looked at the path that ‘Argo’ took as being a good way to go,” said Alcon co-topper Broderick Johnson.
- Dave McNary
Austin Stowell is keeping busy. The Secret Life of the American Teenager alum has been cast in Whiplash opposite Miles Teller and is expected to reprise his role in the Dolphin Tale sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Whiplash is centered on a talented young drummer (Teller) who strives for perfection under the instruction of a ruthless band conductor (J.K. Simmons). Stowell will play the champion drummer, the rival to Teller's character. Paul Reiser is also part of the cast. Bold Films, Blumhouse Productions and Right of Way Films are producing Whiplash, a feature-length adaptation of writer-director Damien Chazelle's
- Philiana Ng
Alcon Entertainment (“The Blind Side,” “Dolphin Tale,” “P.S. I Love You”) has acquired film and television rights to the famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Alcon is set to finance and produce a major feature film that shares the brand’s name, “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”
Writer Brandon Camp (“Love Happens”) will write the screenplay, which is inspired by a variety of characters and stories from the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. Warner Bros will release via Alcon’s output deal.
Originally created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in 1993, Chicken Soup for the Soul has evolved into a worldwide multi-channel brand now stewarded by publisher Amy Newmark and expanded by veteran CEO Bill Rouhana.
Alcon’s next film “Prisoners,” is a dramatic film about abduction directed by Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhall, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and Paul Dano. It will »
- Michelle McCue
The Chicken Soup For The Soul series has produced over 200 book titles, but now it's apparently ready to cross mediums. Alcon Entertainment, the studio behind films like Dolphin Tale, and The Blind Side, is now planning on producing adaptations of the long-running self-help books for both film and television. For the movie, The Hollywood Reporter says that Brandon Camp, the director and co-writer of the 2009 Jennifer Aniston/Aaron Eckhart romantic drama Love Happens, has been hired to pen the script. While it still seems strange that a self-help book could be inspiration for a movie, the fact of the matter is that we've already seen it happen three other times. First director Ken Kwapis adapted Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo's He's Just Not That Into You; then Tim Story brought Steve Harvey's Think Like A Man to the big screen; and then most recently director Kirk Jones made »
Since the pregnancy advice book What to Expect When You're Expecting was turned into an ensemble romantic comedy, it's time for another series of life improvement books to hit the big screen. Alcon Entertainment, recently behind uplifting stories like The Blind Side and Dolphin Tale, is bringing the Chicken Soup for the Soul books to the big screen with Warner Bros. distributing. In what sounds like it will certainly be a cheesy melodrama, the film will bring a variety of characters and stories from extensive series of books to the big screen with Love Happens scribe Brandon Camp writing the script. More below! Millions of books have been sold around the world, and it seems only fitting that the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series brings news of a film adaptation. In the publicity fluff, the CEO of the book series brand says, "Our fans and readers trust »
- Ethan Anderton
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