15 items from 2015
Recent tabloids suggest things are not going swimmingly for Will Smith at home, so constant work may benefit the former Fresh Prince's good spirits. He's got Concussion coming this Christmas, Suicide Squad still in production and now, in just a matter of months, he's got the lead role in Collateral Beauty, the highly buzzed-about Me & Earl & the Dying Girl follow-up for director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, to keep his mind preoccupied at the moment. Smith takes the role from fellow superhero star Hugh Jackman, who departed last month from the role he received in June due to his final Wolverine commitments in James Mangold's 2017 sequel. Rumors persisted on Johnny Depp taking the turn, as part of his dramatic comeback expected to kickstart with this fall's Black Mass and, while the filmmakers did court the actor at some point in time, he either turned it down or Smith edged him out. Smith »
- Will Ashton
Whatever is in the script for "Collateral Beauty" penned by Allan Loeb ("The Dilemma," "Just Go With It," "Rock Of Ages," and "Here Comes The Boom"), it has attracted some big attention. Hugh Jackman was attached for a spell before he dropped out when his scheduling couldn't work, and then Johnny Depp was taking a peek for a moment. Now a big name has finally signed up to replace Jackman and star opposite Rooney Mara in the film. The usually quite picky Will Smith is putting his name down for the flick, reports Deadline. "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will helm the tale that follows a New York City ad executive who slips into depression following a tragedy and embarks on an unconventional method to get out of his funk. Read More: Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Talks “Me & Earl & The Dying Girl,” Brian Eno & The Movie Being Compared To ‘The. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Will Smith has signed on to replace Hugh Jackman in the new drama Collateral Beauty for Anonymous Content, PalmStar and Likely Story. Hugh Jackman backed out of the project last month, with Deadline reporting at the time that the filmmakers were going after Johnny Depp to replace him. That isn't happening anymore, with Will Smith now on board to star.
The story centers on a New York advertising executive who suffers a terrible personal tragedy that sends him into a funk. When his co-workers come up with an unorthodox plan to get him out of this depressive state, it works in ways they couldn't have possibly fathomed. Rooney Mara and Jason Segel are also attached to star, although no details were revealed regarding their roles.
As recently reported, there's been a change at the top of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Collateral Beauty, with Hugh Jackman forced to drop out due to a schedule clash with Wolverine 3. There was some talk of Johnny Depp being sought to step in, but apparently that went nowhere, because the official word this morning is that Will Smith has picked up the baton. He'll co-star with Rooney Mara.Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably now Smith - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down.Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start »
Although Hugh Jackman will soon say goodbye to Wolverine with X-Men: Apocalypse and James Mangold's upcoming Wolverine sequel, in the process of putting away the claws the actor has to give away some other roles in the meantime. That would include the lead role in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's much talked-about Me & Earl & the Dying Girl follow-up Collateral Beauty, also starring Rooney Mara. It was only last month when the Aussie actor signed onto the project, but time commitments apparently won't let Jackman play the role when production begins this fall. Producers don't seem too discouraged, though, for they've taken their efforts towards bagging another big-name star: Johnny Depp. Even if the Mortdecai's star seems to be fading these days, Depp does have the buzzed Black Mass coming up, in addition to another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel set for release in two years time. So don't rule out a comeback, »
- Will Ashton
Maybe this is the reason why Hugh Jackman is finally ready to lose Wolverine's mutton chops —playing the marquee X-Man gets in the way of other projects. The actor's about to start shooting "The Wolverine 3" soon, which has seen him removed from starring in the developing "Collateral Beauty" co-starring Rooney Mara and set to be helmed by "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. But another big name might step in. Read More: 5 Ways Johnny Depp Can Get His Career Back On Track Post-'Mortdecai' Deadline reports that the producers are reaching out to Johnny Depp to take over for Jackman. Penned by Allan Loeb ("The Dilemma," "Just Go With It," "Rock Of Ages," and "Here Comes The Boom"), the story follows a New York City ad executive who slips into depression following a tragedy and embarks on an unconventional method to get out of his funk. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sony Pictures Animation just dropped the trailer for the new Hotel Transylvania followup and it just so happens to be a winner. The first film was a blast fit for the family and it looks as though Hotel Transylvania 2 will keep all eyes glued to the tube as well. Check it out below The voice cast includes Adam Sandler (50 First Dates) Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom) Steve Buscemi (Fargo) Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) Andy Samberg (Brooklyn NineNine) David Spade (Joe Dirt) Mel Brooks (Spaceballs) and KeeganMichael Key (Pitch Perfect 2). »
Following Joe Wright's Pan, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are already both set to work together again on Collateral Beauty, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's follow-up to his Sundance hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Now it's looking as if they'll be joined by Jason Segel, who's in talks to take on an as-yet unspecified role.Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably Jackman's character - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start on television with Glee and American Horror Story. He also »
Despite being mauled by critics the world over, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 amassed another $330,000 this weekend to cross the $100 million mark worldwide.
This achievement admits Sony’s clumsy comedy to an elite group of only twenty films to attain $100 million worldwide this year. The picture is now only trailing Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, sitting in 19th place for the year, by $600,000, so could perceivably continue its remarkable rise in the box office charts. Also, this weekend’s box office smash, Spy, made $86.5 million upon its worldwide opening, only $15 million less than Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2‘s total gross, and will surely crack the top 20 in the next few days.
Cracking $100 million is a huge achievement, and quite a shock, for a film openly branded “a gobsmackingly witless excuse for entertainment.”
- Jake Wilson
Having just worked together as, respectively, Blackbeard and Tiger Lily on Joe Wright's Pan, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are set to be reunited. They've both signed on for Collateral Beauty, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's follow-up to his Sundance hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which according to Variety revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably Jackman's character - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start on television with Glee and American Horror Story. He also directed this last year's clever remake of »
Kevin James.s latest comedy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, may not be the runaway success of the previous film, but it.s found decent box office success, raking in $76 million worldwide so far. We.re used to seeing him as a schluby, bumbling everyman, but for his next role, James is up to something very different, playing a real life assassin, or at least someone mistaken for one. Deadline reports that the star of such films as Here Comes the Boom and Grown Ups is set to headline The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Jeff Wadlow, who helmed the superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2, will direct. The script comes from Jeff Morris, and landed on a recent edition of the Black List, an annual collection of the best, as-yet-unproduced scripts floating around Hollywood. That right there is enough to indicate that this movie, if handled in the right way, »
After stinking up the multiplex with Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 last month, is Kevin James finally searching for critical redemption? Nah, don’t think so. The actor has signed on to star in comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, with Blart producer Todd Garner returning in the same capacity and Jeff Sussman (Zookeeper) exec-producing.
The pic, to be directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, the upcoming Masters of the Universe) from a Black List script by Jeff Morris, will center on a bumbling, mild-mannered accountant who tries his hand at novel-writing, only for his book about an international assassin to top the charts – as a non-fiction memoir. Bombarded by publicity and unsure of how to deal with a world that now believes him to be a stone-cold killer, he vacations in Belize. Predictably, he ends up snared in an actual assassination plot in the Central American country »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a pre-Cannes move, Kevin James has come on board to star in action-comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin” for PalmStar Media and Global Film Group, with production starting in September.
Merced Media and PalmStar will finance. Good Universe will launch international sales at the upcoming Cannes market. Wme is handling U.S. rights.
Todd Garner and Kevin Frakes will produce alongside Raja Collins and Justin Begnaud of Global Film Group and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media. Hey Eddie’s Jeff Sussman and PalmStar Media’s Mark Fasano and Buddy Patrick will exec produce.
James will play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape his sudden fame and celebrity, »
- Dave McNary
Vin Diesel and company continued their dominance over the North American box office, fending off two new releases that debuted respectfully. In its third lap, Furious 7 topped the box office with an estimated $29.1 million, a drop of 51% from last weekend. That is a third weekend now that’s almost as good as American Sniper ($30.7 million), a film that will finish just shy of the $350 million mark.
Furious 7 is very close to surpassing the three-century mark in North America, with $294.4 million so far, but with hefty drops the last two weekends and Avengers: Age of Ultron set to assemble massive audiences in 12 days, the film will need more gas in its tank to reach the $350 million mark.
Regardless, even if the sixth sequel doesn’t hit a threshold in North America that no film from 2014 was able to, its worldwide grosses already have. A $1.15 billion take worldwide means that after just 17 days of release, »
- Jordan Adler
A new trailer for war comedy-drama Little Boy has debuted.
The forthcoming movie is centred on a 7-year-old boy who desperately wants to end World War II so his father can come home.
Little Boy opens on April 24 in the Us. No UK release date has been set. »
15 items from 2015
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