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<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastThe InterviewRelease Date: December 25thStudio: Sony/ColumbiaGenre: ComedyDirector: Seth Rogen & Evan GoldbergWriters: Dan SterlingCast: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy CaplanStudio Description: Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.Analysis: The Interview arrives seven months after Neighbors, which became star Seth Rogen's highest-grossing live-action movie ever with $150.1 million. It also marks the second directorial outing for Rogen and Evan Goldberg after last Summer's This is the End, which also topped $100 million.While the Rogen brand has probably never been stronger, »
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We can never have too many wacky road trip comedies, but they need to involve particular formula to make things extra off-the-wall. Here’s one version: take a no-nonsense youngster — extra points if he’s a millennial completely dependent on technology who doesn’t appreciate how good things are nowadays (a mile uphill in the snow to school, etc., etc.) — and pair him with a zany sex-obsessed octogenarian who just wants to party. And party hard! Where we going? Vegas? Why? Who cares? Such an adventure is set to star Zac Efron and Robert De Niro with a script by John Phillips and direction by frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer (he’s a writer on Borat, Bruno and The Dictator). The project is going through a bit of an identity crisis at this point — it’s either called Dirty Grandpa or Driving Dick Kelly, depending on which outlet you consult. But »
- Samantha Wilson
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are in early talks to star in Qed International's Dirty Grandpa. The story follows a young man (Zac Efron) who, just before his wedding, gets tricked by his perverted grandpa (Robert De Niro) to go on a road trip to Florida for spring break. The grandfather, a former U.S. Army General, tries to prove to his grandson that he is about to marry the wrong woman.
Dan Mazer, who has co-written the scripts for Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, is directing from a script by John Phillips, with Barry Josephson producing. The project was initially set up at Universal Pictures, but now Qed International will be shopping the project at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Here’s a first look at the hilarious new trailer and poster for Horrible Bosses 2.
Jennifer Aniston and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx also reprise their Horrible Bosses starring roles, while Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in Horrible Bosses 2. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. »
- Michelle McCue
Universal picked up Dirty Grandpa as a spec script in 2011 and later put it turnaround, now Bill Block is packaging the pic for Qed to sell internationally. The film stars Robert De Niro as a recently widowed older man who gets to know his grandson (Zac Efron) who is about to marry a girl who is not right for him. Dan Mazer — who co-wrote Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat, Bruno and The Dictator will direct from a script by John Phillips. Block, Barry Josephson, Jason Barrett, and Michael Simkin are producing. CAA is handling U.S. rights.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are in talks to star in road trip comedy Dirty Grandpa. Talks are very early on, but if they stick Efron will play a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather (De Niro), a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, to Florida for spring break. I Give It a Year helmer Dan Mazer, who's worked with Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno and The Dictator as a writer, is directing. The project was originally set up at Universal but is now being packaged
- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit
Alcon Entertainment is in negotiations to finance and produce roadtrip comedy “Bastards.”
The project was in development at Paramount, but has been put into turnaround.
Lawrence Sher is attached to direct from Justin Malen’s script about two siblings who were raised believing their father was dead, only to find their mother was sleeping with many powerful celebrities — leading to the duo to set out on a roadtrip to find their real father.
Sher was the director of photography on all three “Hangover” films as well as “The Dictator” starring Sacha Baron Cohen for Paramount Pictures. He recently finished work on Zach Braff’s film “Wish I Was Here.”
“Bastards” will mark Sher’s directorial debut.
Alcon produced “Transcendence” and the upcoming “Dolphin Tale 2″ and “Point Break. »
- Dave McNary
Orkian will play Mahmoud Nassir, a Muslim man who discovers that he was adopted and that his birth parents are Jewish. The role was originally played by Omid Djalili in Baddiel's feature film.
Baddiel is directing The Infidel – The Musical with Kerry Michael of Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Baddiel said of the stage production: "Despite being released in 43 countries, The Infidel movie, with its message of tolerance through comedy, seems not completely to have fixed Muslim-Jewish relations.
"Luckily The Infidel – The Musical, with its terrific cast, »
London – Never one to tiptoe away from causing offense, British comic Sacha Baron Cohen has this time upset residents of an entire British town, according to local media reports. The latest offering from The Dictator and Bruno star, Sony’s James Bond spoof Grimsby — named after a port town in northern England — has recently been shooting in a village just outside of London, which has been made to look like a somewhat run-down version of the title location. But locals from Grimsby haven’t been altogether amused by the aesthetic results, which have reportedly seen gardens covered in
- Alex Ritman
The story centers on a highly-trained British spy (Mark Strong) who is forced to go on the run with his idiotic soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Isla Fisher is said to be playing either a "femme fatale or other comely vixen." She joins a supporting cast that also includes Annabelle Wallis, Rebel Wilson, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Johnny Vegas.
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) is directing from a screenplay by Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids), Peter Baynham (The Dictator) and Sacha Baron Cohen, based on an original story by Sacha Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston. Sacha Baron Cohen and Nira Park are producing, with shooting scheduled to begin this summer.
The story centers on a British black ops spy, who is forced to go on the run with his idiotic, soccer hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Annabelle Wallis is playing one of the soccer hooligan's suitors, although no details were released regarding Rebel Wilson's role. David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Johnny Vegas also star.
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) is directing from a screenplay by Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids), Peter Baynham (The Dictator) and Sacha Baron Cohen, based on a story originally created by Sacha Baron Cohen and Phil Johnston. Sacha Baron Cohen and Nira Park are producing, with shooting scheduled to begin this summer.
Rebel Wilson recently wrapped production on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and she »
Following the success of Now You See Me, we're interested to see what director Louis Leterrier does with a little more comedy in the mix with Grimsby. The film stars Mark Strong as a British black ops spy forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother, played by Borat and The Dictator star Sacha Baron Cohen. THR reports the cast has expanded with the addition of Hercules and Jack the Giant Slayer star Ian McShane, Precious and Tower Heist star Gabourey Sidibe, "Homeland" star David Harewood and British comedian Johnny Vegas, however, specific roles were not revealed. The best part of this news is definitely McShane being added to the mix. The actor is better known for roles in dramas and thrillers, but his more rare turns in comedies like Hot Rod are absolutely great. Otherwise, we're not sure what's so appealing about Gabourey Sidibe anymore. »
- Ethan Anderton
It was revealed today that Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator, TV's Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) will write a reimagined version of the cult Australian hit The Man Who Sued God for New Films International (Nfi) with an eye toward directing.
Nfi founder and President Nesim Hason and Mace Neufeld (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Sony's upcoming The Equalizer with Denzel Washington) are producing the new project with Sixth Sense Productions principals Richard Harding and Sam Feuer (The First Grader).
Charles' take on The Man Who Sued God is expected to veer from the original premise, which involves a former lawyer who had found happiness with a simpler life and career - until a natural disaster strikes and he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God'. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself. »
Since he's no longer at the helm of A Walk in the Woods, director Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator) is on the hunt for a new project, and it seems he's found one. Deadline has word that New Films International has hired Charles, who was also behind "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld," to write The Man Who Sued God, based on a 2001 Australian cult favorite of the same name. Charles also has expressed interest in directing the film where he'll put his own spin on the story about an ex-lawyer who files a claim against God himself after his insurance company dismisses the destruction of his boat as an “act of God.” Read on! Here's the trailer for the original Australian comedy from 2001: As you can see, Billy Connolly starred in the original film, and it opened at #1 at the box office down under. There was already a Bollywood remake, »
- Ethan Anderton
While the period of time between original films and their eventual remakes is getting shorter and shorter, some projects just call out to certain filmmakers. As such, Larry Charles has been set to pen the New Films International remake of The Man Who Sued God. The original 2001 Australian film from director Mark Joffe starred Billy Connolly as a lawyer-turned-fisherman whose only possession - his boat - is destroyed by lightning. When the insurance company turns down his claim citing the uncovered "acts of God", he decides not to take on the deep-pocketed insurance men, but rather God himself. Charles will write the script with an eye to direct. Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for the original film. Deadline reports that Charles will write the remake of The Man Who Sued God with a possibility of directing. He's said to be putting his own spin on the story in his reimagining. »
- Dave Trumbore
Brad Pitt, you're not alone.
Plenty of A-list celebs have been attacked in very public places, mostly on the red carpet, on stage, or, you know, on the way to court.
Here, we offer a brief history -- going back about 10 years -- of some of the most notable attacks on Hollywood's biggest names.
Brad Pitt Is Attacked at the 'Maleficent' Premiere (2014)
Last night (May 28, 2014), Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian journalist who has made a "career" out of humiliating celebrities on the red carpet, broke through a barrier and allegedly attacked Pitt before being hauled away by police. But don't worry. From what we can tell, Pitt's beautiful face came away unscathed.
The madness of Sediuk can be traced back to the 2012 premiere of "Men in Black 3," where he tried to kiss star Will Smith on the red carpet. Smith was not having it, and slapped Sediuk. The next year, »
- Tim Hayne
Hopefully you've had some sort of experience with the comedic force that is Jason Mantzoukas. He's not a household name, but he's been seen in the likes of The Dictator, Baby Mama and has a small role in Neighbors, not to mention roles in shows like "The League" and "Englightened." He'll been seen this summer in the stellar parody They Came Together (don't let the unflattering trailer steer you away), and now he's just booked a supporting role in the new comedy Sleeping with Other People, starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie and Adam Scott. But Mantzoukas isn't the only new cast member entering the mix. A press release from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has revealed that Amanda Peet (The Way Way Back, Saving Silverman) and Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) are in the film too. The press release says the three new cast members and previously announced names are all headlining the film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Principal photography will begin April 28 on Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action Peter Pan feature from director Joe Wright. Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the film follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. The film stars Oscar® nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as Hook; Oscar® nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (“The Dictator”) as Smee; and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter. Amanda Seyfried (“Les Misérables”)is now also on-board and rounds out the cast as Mary. Wright is directing the as-yet-untitled Peter Pan adventure from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. Greg Berlanti, Paul Webster and Sarah Schechter are producing, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the film follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) as Tiger Lily; Adeel Akhtar (“The Dictator”) as Smee; and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter.
- Michelle McCue
Filming on Joe Wright's Peter Pan prequel, Pan, begins in a few days, and now the production has rounded out the cast. The film "tells the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds great adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan." New additions to the film include Amanda Seyfried as Mary; Jack Charles (Mystery Road) as The Chief/Tiger Lily's father; Taejoo Na (The Kick) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (Ender's Game) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (In the Name of the Children) as Nibs; and newcomer Leni Zieglmeier as Wendy Darling. These actors will join the already announced cast members—Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) as Hook; Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo »
- Matt Goldberg
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