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Rogen will play an unemployed journalist named Fred Flarsky, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — his childhood crush and babysitter, who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth. The script is written by veteran comedy scribe Dan Sterling.
Producers are Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver, alongside Denver and Delilah’s Theron, Beth Kono, and A.J. Dix. Sterling will also executive produce alongside Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake. Alex McAtee »
- Dave McNary
Simon Brew Sep 29, 2017
On the day that a belated sequel to Flatliners quietly arrives in UK cinemas, we get the news of another sequel project to a film over 25 years old. In this case, it’s the classic Eddie Murphy-headlined comedy, Coming To America. A follow-up has been rumoured for a while, but it’s got a fresh boost with the news that Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine is set to direct the movie.
Furthermore, Coming To America 2 is set to be penned by Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish. Eddie Murphy is said to be involved in the development of the film, and it’s assumed that he’ll be starring in the movie too.
Murphy, too, is involved in the long-gestating Beverly Hills Cop 4, which is also an active project.
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That long-developing Coming to America sequel just took one major step closer to becoming a reality. THR reports that Jonathan Levine, the director behind Warm Bodies and this year’s Snatched, has signed on to direct Coming to America 2 with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris writing the script. Paramount has long been developing a follow-up, and Eddie Murphy is expected to reprise his role from the first movie. There’s still a ways to go yet, but this is a pretty big move on Paramount’s part to actually make this sequel. Levine’s had an interesting … »
- Adam Chitwood
A sequel to the 1988 film starring Eddie Murphy has long been discussed but Paramount made it official earlier this year when the studio hired Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who wrote the screenplay for the original film, to write the sequel.
Murphy is expected to return for the follow-up, although no formal deal is in place yet. Kevin Misher will produce.
The original film. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
- Ana Dumaraog
Levine, whose credits include “Snatched,” “The Night Before,” “50/50,” and “Warm Bodies,” will direct from a script that Barris will rewrite from a screenplay by original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Kevin Misher is producing.
Murphy is involved with the development of the sequel, although there’s no deal in place yet for him to star. Kevin Misher is the producer.
The original movie was directed by John Landis, with Murphy playing a charming African prince who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos co-starred in the “Coming to America,” which was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.
Humorist Art Buchwald sued the studio on grounds that the »
- Dave McNary
25 September 2017 1:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Levine has been tapped to direct a follow-up to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy, with Barris on board to rewrite the script.
The sequel has long percolated at Paramount, but it was only this spring that the studio made it official, with Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, who penned the 1988 original, hired to write the follow-up.
Although there is no deal in place, Murphy is involved with the development of the sequel — which will be produced by Kevin »
- Borys Kit
Goode will star opposite Teresa Palmer — who has her own history of romancing the undead, thanks to 2013’s Warm Bodies — in A Discovery of Witches, an adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ internationally best-selling All Souls Trilogy. The story follows Oxford student Diana Bishop (Palmer), a descendant of the witches of Salem who becomes romantically involved with Matthew, a 1,500-year-old vampire.
Filming of the Sky Original/Bad »
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, will open on Oct. 6 in New York, followed by a release to Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and select cities across the U.S.
The movie is directed by Kief Davidson, whose credits include “The Ivory Game” and “A Lego Brickumentary,” and Pedro Kos, an editor on “Waste Land” and “The Island President.” The producer is Cori Shepherd Stern (“Open Heart,” “Warm Bodies”).
The film centers on three Harvard med students — Jim Kim, current president of the World Bank; Paul Farmer; and Ophelia Dahl — who became pioneers of global health by inventing an international framework for fighting diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, Sars, and Ebola.
Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire gave “Bending the Arc” a strong review: “For anyone who wants to believe in »
- Dave McNary
The unique romantic comedy with a paranormal twist, Warm Bodies, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) for the first time ever on October 3 from Lionsgate. In this story about the power of human connection, Nicholas Hoult stars as an unusual zombie who forms a special relationship with a human girl as they struggle to survive during a zombie epidemic. Rounding out the all-star cast is Teresa Palmer, Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama, “Childrens Hospital,” 2008) and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, 1993, In the Line of Fire, and 1984, Places in the Heart). 4K Ultra HD provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. Written for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, »
- ComicMix Staff
In this story about the power of human connection, Nicholas Hoult stars as an unusual zombie who forms a special relationship with a human girl as they struggle to survive during a zombie epidemic. (Review)
Rounding out the all-star cast is Teresa Palmer, Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama, “Childrens Hospital,” 2008) and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, 1993, In the Line of Fire, and 1984, Places in the Heart).
4K Ultra HD provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast.
- Michelle Hannett
In February, a number of directors emerged as the top picks to direct Suicide Squad 2, including Hollywood golden boy Mel Gibson, Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer, Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa, and Warm Bodies’ Jonathan Levine. Now, none of those guys are attached any longer, and The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra is the new frontrunner. That’s according to Deadline, but a separate Hollywood Reporter story says that Gibson decided not to take the job over some script delays and that Warner Bros. has a new treatment written by Zak Penn (who worked on The Avengers and Ready Player One).
Collet-Serra is also the director behind the Liam Neeson movies Non-Stop, Run All Night, and The Commuter, and he has apparently been in high-demand in Hollywood for a while now. Of course, Suicide Squad 2 isn’t an unforgettable Liam Neeson vehicle like Run All Night, so it remains to »
- Sam Barsanti
For years, he's brought the dead to life in books like Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin, so it's rather fitting that prolific author Jonathan Maberry has now teamed up with the legendary George A. Romero to co-edit an anthology set within the early stages of the zombie uprising in Night of the Living Dead. Titled Nights of the Living Dead, the new anthology is now available from St. Martin's Press (check out our giveaway here), and to celebrate, we caught up with Maberry for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his work on the living dead dream project, and we also have a claustrophobic excerpt from his short story "Lone Gunman."
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Jonathan. How did the opportunity come about to collaborate on a Night of the Living Dead anthology with the legend himself, George A. Romero?
- Derek Anderson
Newly minted blockbuster superstar Gal Gadot was hardly a household name when she was picked to play Wonder Woman in DC’s Extended Universe, including turns in “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League” and a starring role in the studio’s newest smash hit, “Wonder Woman.” Best known to action-loving audiences for her supporting roles in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, the former Israeli soldier is now a bonafide breakout, thanks to her work in the long-awaited and instantly beloved superhero film. Fortunately, she’s not the only actress who made the jump from rising star to tentpole leading lady.
Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is toplining the newly re-launched “Tomb Raider” franchise, while “Kingsman” and “Star Trek Beyond” standout Sofia Boutella will star in the upcoming “The Mummy” reboot and presumably continue on in the planned “Dark Universe” franchise. Daisy Ridley has handily taken over chief badass status on the »
- Kate Erbland
To entice Goldie Hawn back to the big screen -- for her first film in 15 years -- it took a special script (Snatched), a special co-star (Amy Schumer) and a special director: Jonathan Levine, whose past work includes the cancer dramedy, 50/50, and the stoner Christmas carol, The Night Before. In his latest, Levine is tackling mother-daughter bonding (and snatchin') and Et phoned the director to discuss the road to bringing Hawn out of semi-retirement, doing improv with Schumer and the movie he would like to direct with Jennifer Lawrence.
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Let's wax nostalgic for a moment and celebrate the physical side of home video. Even though many of us fondly recall the VHS era, the popularity of DVD players surpassed videocassette recorders back in 2006. This popularity was reflected in movies like Hot Fuzz (top) and This Means War (below). Blu-ray, originally envisioned as the higher-fidelity successor to the DVD, was fated to survive the zombie apocalypse, according to Warm Bodies (below). But Blu-ray players have not achieved the same popularity as DVD players; the rise of digital streaming has had a large impact over the past few years. Still, 15% of U.S. homes do not have a broadband internet connection and many people have held onto their DVD machines and treasure their collections, which sometimes number...
- Peter Martin
Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Marvel started the summer with a huge bang (as it does every summer) with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this weekend looks to be much calmer. Guardians looks to dominate the box office again, but two newcomers will attempt to take on mighty Marvel. Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will try to take away some of the action buffs, while Amy Schumer’s Snatched looks to provide an alternative for comedy film fans.
What we are excited about: A modern re-telling of the classic King Arthur story is an intriguing concept. The 2004 film King Arthur was a little too bland for our taste, and Legend of the Sword looks anything but bland. Guy Ritchie is a polarizing director, but what worked so well »
- Scott Davis
Directed by Jonathan Levine.
When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
Around halfway through Snatched (an exotic-vacation-gone-wrong comedy from Jonathan Levine who is known for directing emotional cancer dramedy 50/50 and the underrated zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, and written by Katie Dippold who most recently worked on the divisive Ghostbusters reboot) is a scene where daughter Emily (played with the crudeness and feminist bite to be expected from the consistently controversial Amy Schumer) is told by random local doctors out in the Amazon (don’t ask me, nothing in this movie really makes a lick of sense, increasingly becoming too ridiculous even for an outlandish comedy) that a tapeworm has invaded her upper body. Of course, this »
- Robert Kojder
Lauded actress and boundary-busting comedian Goldie Hawn hasn’t appeared in a film in over a decade, let alone starred in one, so her return to the big screen should be considered a very big deal. Too bad that the Oscar-winning actress’ first project in 15 years isn’t just a misfire, but one that commits the unforgivable sin of not allowing Hawn to inhabit her stature as a great comedic performer. Jonathan Levine’s “Snatched” has bigger problems than just that one, but the decision to cast Hawn as a worrywart mother saddled with a woefully immature daughter (Amy Schumer) on a trip from hell is indicative of many of this limp action-comedy’s biggest sins. And there are so many.
Eschewing the kind of flinty, in-your-face charm that made her turn in 2015’s bawdy rom-com “Trainwreck” (which she both wrote and starred in) such a treat, Schumer’s role »
- Kate Erbland
While the upcoming R-rated comedy Snatched will probably get more attention for its two stars, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn--the latter making her first big screen appearance in almost 15 years--the man behind the camera is director Jonathan Levine, who continues to diversify his filmography with this female-driven comedy.
Levine first got attention for his early indie The Wackness, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and he followed that by adapting the young adult zombie romance Warm Bodies, then making the cancer comedy 50/50 and the Christmas comedy The Night Before, the latter two with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
In Snatched, Amy Schumer plays Emily Middleton, who has plans to go to South America on a romantic trip with her boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her she asks her mother Linda (Hawn) to make the trip with her. Once there, the two are constantly fighting, but »
- Edward Douglas
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