12 items from 2014
The stars of Warner Bros rom-com Blended, set for release on May 23, will receive the honours at the Las Vegas convention on March 27.
“Is there anyone who isn’t in love with Drew Barrymore, one of the most captivating and incredibly talented actresses of our time?” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser.
“With phenomenal box office success as an actor, writer and producer, Adam Sandler has brought some of the most entertaining and hilarious comedies of the »
Check out the first spooky trailer for “Sinister” director Scott Derrickson’s latest, “Deliver Us From Evil,” which is based on a true story. No, really, this stuff all actually happened. Ahem. Just go with it, I guess, because to not do so would just be silly, wouldn’t it? Anyways, here’s the first trailer for the movie, which takes a rather novel approach — it spends much of the two minutes on the kid in her bed hearing things. Basically two scenes stitched together. That’s a somewhat unique way to cut a trailer. If you’re interested in knowing what the movie is about, though, feel free to read the synopsis below. In Deliver Us From Evil, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez »
Adam Sandler is set to star in Chris Columbus’ big-budget Sony movie “Pixels,” while Kevin James and Josh Gad are in early talks to join the comedy superstar, though other actors remain in the mix, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. See video: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore Travel to Africa in Trailer for Romantic Comedy ‘Blended’ Sandler’s “Just Go With It” co-star Jennifer Aniston has been courted for the female lead and not only is she a fan of the script, but there was mutual interest in having her reteam with Sandler. However, with “Mean Moms” picking up. »
- Jeff Sneider
Sony Pictures’ long-in-the-works adaptation of the short film Pixels is finally moving towards a production start. The studio teamed up with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company to adapt Patrick Jean’s short film of the same name three years ago, but movement on the video game-themed project has been slow. Now, after setting family friendly filmmaker Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 and 2) to direct last year, Josh Gad and Kevin James are in line to possibly lead the pic as champion arcade gamers who are needed to help defeat alien attacks who have an affinity for 80s arcade games. Hit the jump for more, including the original short. [Update: The Wrap adds that Sandler will also be leading the cast of Pixels with Jennifer Aniston in the mix for the female lead, though scheduling may ultimately prevent her from signing on.] Deadline reports that Gad and James are in early talks to star in Pixels as the film gears up to finally go in front of cameras this summer, though this is still an early stage as schedules need to be worked out. »
- Adam Chitwood
Adam Sandler has lined up his next project -- and he may be reuniting with some familiar faces.
The Wrap reports that the star is headlining "Pixels," a big-budget adaptation of Patrick Jean's short film about '80s video game characters attacking New York City. Kevin James (a frequent Sandler collaborator) and Josh Gad are in talks to join Sandler in the "Ghostbuster"-like action-comedy.
Sony is also hoping to sign on Jennifer Aniston as the female lead to re-team the "Just Go With It" duo. But Aniston's plate is very full and scheduling conflicts may prevent her from facing off with Sandler again.
Chris Columbus is set to direct the big-screen version of the viral video, which featured characters like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger wreaking havoc on the streets of New York.
Let's see if Sandler can get top score.
- Kelly Woo
The parallels between "Once Upon a Time" and "Lost" are many: Both are set in a magical, mysterious location; there is a similar storytelling format using both present-day actions and flashbacks; and there are several actors in common. It's no wonder, with "Ouat" co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis having executive produced "Lost" for several seasons.
Now the Storybrooke/Fairytale Land universe is gaining another "Lost" face in the form of Eric Lange. E! Online reports that Lange has been cast as the young Prince Leopold, the man who will grow up to be King Leopold, Snow White's father -- kudos on the resemblance between Lange and Richard Schiff (above), who plays the older Leopold.
Lange was a part of "Lost's" fifth season as Stuart Radzinsky, the Dharma Initiative's head of research at the Flame station. He becomes the fifth "Lostie" to appear on "Once Upon a Time," along with Emilie de Ravin, »
It was Samuel Butler who wrote of dogs that “you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” He did not reckon with the prissy, annoyingly infallible canine hero of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” Swift, peppy and defiantly unendearing, DreamWorks’ latest toon updates the zany adventures of the time-traveling dog-and-his-boy sideshow from Jay Ward’s 1960s TV series “Rocky and Bullwinkle” — an arcane starting point for contempo kiddie fare, and not one that adapts entirely comfortably to the studio’s blend of state-of-the-art imagery and touchy-feely personal issues. Though the pic is sufficiently bright and gag-laden to lure families in a release frame short on comparable distractions, its commercial legs will depend on how readily tots accept its bizarre premise.
The film’s release in Blighty on Feb. 7 precedes its U.S. opening by a month — a surprising strategy, »
- Guy Lodge
When John Milius first put pen to paper on a screenplay that set Joseph Conrad’s seminal novel Heart of Darkness in the jungles of Vietnam, he had no idea he’d be embarking on a decade-long trip through creative hell. When George Lucas dropped out of directing Apocalpyse Now in favor of making Star Wars, he had no idea he’d be subjecting his friend and fellow director, Francis Ford Coppola, to the wrath of the filmmaking gods. And when Coppola—with dreams in his eyes of his own company that would make ambitious films with directors like himself—packed up his family and left for the Philippines, he had no idea he was in for years of creative frustration, physical and mental exhaustion, and near-financial ruin.
Perhaps Eleanor knew something. Francis’s wife had the foresight to chronicle her family’s odyssey on videotape. This footage—along with »
- John Gilpatrick
A long-gestating Disney musical received a big boost this week, signing on a "Rock of Ages" writer to pen the script while keeping the songwriters behind recent blockbuster "Frozen" attached to the project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allan Loeb will now write "Bob the Musical," which focuses on a man who, after a sudden blow to the head, can hear the inner songs in other people's hearts. Much to his chagrin, his entire life becomes a musical.
"Bob" has been in the works for a decade, and has seen several high-profile filmmakers (including Adam Shankman and "21 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller) come and go. But "Bob" has no doubt benefited from the recent success of "Frozen," since its songsmiths, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez »
- Katie Roberts
CBS’s “Intelligence” is going for smart & sexy but too often ends up silly. “Lost” star Josh Holloway casts a charismatic shadow but his character is a cipher in the premiere, a walking computer chip that lacks the personality for a show like this to work.
However, it’s not hard to see “Intelligence” developing a loyal following a la another “Lost” alum show, “Person of Interest,” which also features a relatively blank lead. Sometimes the concept is enough and “Intelligence” may be just barely smart enough to be a hit.
Television Rating: 3.0/5.0
Holloway plays Gabriel, a legendary intelligence operative who gets a super-computer microchip implanted in his brain. Before you go, “Hey, isn’t that the plot of Chuck,” you should know that this is no database. Gabriel is a walking, Active computer, which means he can see when plane manifests are updated and, theoretically, search the internet for any piece of information needed. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The story follows an ordinary man named Bob, who suffers a blow to the head that causes him to hear the inner songs of everyone he meets, essentially turning his life into a musical, although he is not pleased with this new gift.
We first reported on the project in July 2004, when Mark Waters was attached to direct from a script by Mike Binder. The project was stalled until December 2010, when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were in talks to direct. Matthew Fogel signed on to rewrite the script in December 2011, but that was the last we heard about the musical, until now.
Screenwriter Allan Loeb ( Rock of Ages , Just Go With It ) is the latest name to board Walt Disney Pictures' Bob the Musical , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . The high concept project will also feature original songs from the Frozen duo of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Bob the Musical , most recently planned for Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct, centers on a mild-mannered man who suddenly hears the 'inner song' of people's hearts after being struck on the head. At this time, however, no director is attached. Chris Bender, Beau Flynn, J.C. Spink, Tripp Vinson and Jake Weiner are producing. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
12 items from 2014
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