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New Goosebumps Synopsis Is Intriguingly Meta

5 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When I first heard that Jack Black and his Gulliver’s Travels director Rob Letterman would be spearheading a live-action adaptation of R.L. Stine’s beloved Ya horror anthology series Goosebumps, my gut reaction was one of horror. Beyond the obvious challenges of adapting a series like Goosebumps, which features dozens of spine-tingling but unrelated stories, Black and Letterman’s track record is pretty dismal.

However, a new synopsis for the film gives me hope that it may not be as terrible as I originally suspected. It looks like Darren Lemke and Mike White took a rather out-of-the-box approach to translating Goosebumps to the big screen, and the results will certainly be interesting when the film hits theaters. Check it out below:

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Goosebumps movie begins filming, synopsis revealed

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Sony Pictures has announced that filming is underway on Goosebumps, an adaptation of R. L. Stine’s hugely popular Scholastic book series, which is set to reunite Gulliver’s Travels star Jack Black and director Rob Letterman. Joining Black in the cast are Dylan Minnett (Prisoners), Odeya Rush (The Giver), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Jillian Bell (Bridesmaids), Ryan Lee (Super 8) and Ken Marino (Veronica Mars). Here’s the official synopsis…

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is »

- Gary Collinson

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Casting Net: Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson in talks to star in 'The Jungle Book'; Plus, Zooey Deschanel, more

18 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers’s Scarlett Johansson are both in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s upcoming live-action/CG adaption of The Jungle Book. Nyong’o is currently in talks to play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson is in early negotiations to lend her voice to the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. Iron Man’s Jon Favreau is set to direct the film based on the classic novel by Rudyard Kipling which will also star Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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Goosebumps Adds Super 8's Ryan Lee

23 April 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With any luck, the upcoming Goosebumps movie will be packed with all kinds of various nostalgia triggers for audiences who grew up reading the books back in the 1990s, and one good sign that the project is heading in that direction is that they've just hired an actor with a good amount of nostalgia experience. Ryan Lee, who was one of the highlights of J.J. Abrams' Spielbergian-riff Super 8, has become the latest actor to join the cast of the upcoming R.L. Stine adaptation. Variety was the first to report the news, adding that Lee will be joining a cast that includes Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush. The movie will be bringing many classic from the Goosebumps series to the big screen, and is based on a script written by Darren Lemke (Jack The Giant Slayer) and Mike White (The School of Rock). Minnette will play a »

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Never Mind Acne; Super 8 Actor Ryan Lee Gets Goosebumps

23 April 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of our favorite actors from the monster mash that was Super 8, young Ryan Lee, will soon be tackling creatures of a different kind. Ones born out of the mind of kid-friendly horror maven R.L. Stein and his unique brand of Goosebumps!

According to Variety, Lee (pictured) has joined the cast of Sony’s adaptation starring Jack Black, Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Odeya Rush, and Dylan Minnette. Rob Letterman directs.

The flick follows Dylan Minnette’s character, who moves from New York City to the small town of Greendale, Maryland, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be veteran young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Jack Black).

When all the many demons of Stine’s mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Minnette’s character and Stine’s niece Hannah (Rush) to put all the evil genies back in the bottle. »

- Steve Barton

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Casting: Speedman, Lee, Jones, Hurt, Yelchin

23 April 2014 12:11 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

October Gale

Scott Speedman is set to star opposite Patricia Clarkson in Ruba Nadda's "October Gale". Speedman plays a mysterious man who, during a violent October storm, washes up on a remote island cottage, unconscious and bleeding from a gunshot wound.

Clarkson plays a recently widowed doctor who takes him in, only to find that the shooter is coming back to finish the job, and that the storm has cut them off from the mainland. [Source: Deadline]

Goosebumps: The Movie

Ryan Lee ("Super 8") has joined the cast of the film adaptation of R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" book series at Sony Pictures.

Dylan Minnette plays a young man who must team with a horror author (Jack Black) and his niece (Amy Rush) to stop the demons of the author's mind which have been set free by a demonic ventriloquist's dummy. [Source: Variety]

A Monster Calls

Felicity Jones ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Rosaline »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Super 8′ Actor Joins Sony’s ‘Goosebumps’

23 April 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Super 8″ actor Ryan Lee has joined the cast of Sony’s “Goosebumps” starring Jack Black.

Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush also star with Rob Letterman directing.

Story is loosely based on R.L. Stine’s book series and follows Minnette’s character, who moves from New York City to the small town of Greendale, Maryland, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be veteran young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Black). When all the many demons of Stine’s mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Minnette’s character and Stine’s niece Hannah to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.

Darren Lemke and Mike White wrote the script. Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz will produce.

Lee can currently be seen on ABC’s “Trophy Wife.” He is repped by Principato-Young, ICM Partners and Myman, Greenspan.

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- Justin Kroll

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Heaven Is For Real: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

21 April 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

A current movie trend is the True Story. The Railway Man, Philomena, the upcoming Million Dollar Arm and Walking with the Enemy are some of the April and May titles. Just released is Heaven is for Real, and KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) say it's a film that will get you thinking:

"What happens after we die? This age old question is tackled by an adorable 4 year old named Colton in Heaven is for Real. The film follows the story of the Burpo family, headed by Renaissance man Todd, the towns pastor, wrestling coach, fireman, and garage door repairman, as they struggle with questions of life, death, faith, family, and community surrounding the near death of their son Colton. The cast of this film was quite brilliant creating an ensemble that had a genuine thread of connectivity and community between each character. »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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Son Of God: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

18 April 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

It's Easter weekend so no better time to see the story behind the holiday! KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) review Son of God:

"Son of God stayed true to the storyline of the Bible even to the point of being painfully realistic during Herod's slaughter of the innocents and during the Crucifixion. One difference between Son of God and other biblical films is that this one begins with the creation account in Genesis and ends with the book of Revelation. The cinematography is quite majestic creating a beautiful film and a feeling of reverence toward the story being presented. One of the most outstanding performances came from Diogo Morgado as Jesus. He embodied the essence of a traditional interpretation of the warm, loving Jesus presented in the Bible and his pain during the Crucifixion sequence was especially excruciating. This is a »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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First featurette for Disney’s Maleficent

17 April 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a little over six weeks to go until its release, Walt Disney Pictures has debuted the first featurette for Maleficent, Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg’s (Alice in Wonderland) live-action reimagining of the animated classic Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) as the Mistress of All Evil and Elle Fanning (Super 8) as Princess Aurora. Check it out below… From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, »

- Gary Collinson

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier -Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

13 April 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

The Captan America sequel is here - and already Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the biggest movie of 2014. Does it live up to the other Avengers films? KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) say oh-yeah:

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a character-driven action movie perfect for Marvel's first venture in 2014. Some of our favorite characters return as fantastic as ever including Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and, of course, Chris Evans as Captain America. There is never a dull moment as the film has a steady flow of action from beginning to end. The amazing fight sequences certainly do not disappoint, and the computer graphics were visually stunning. This is a great film for the family but may be a bit intense for younger children. 5 stars"

What did You think about Captain America: The Winter Soldier? »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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New images from Disney’s Maleficent

13 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, Walt Disney Pictures has released a batch of fourteen images from its upcoming live-action Sleeping Beauty reimagining Maleficent, which sees Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland) directing Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) as the iconic Mistress of All Evil. Check them out here via Stitch Kingdom….

From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ is Returning to the Skywalkers’ Tatooine Home

9 April 2014 9:35 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Leave it to J.J. Abrams to begin production on Star Wars: Episode VII before making any official casting announcements for the hotly-anticipated blockbuster. The Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness director has managed to keep a lid on most of the movie’s secrets, though of late small details have been sneaking through the cracks. (As Princess Leia observed, “The more you tighten your grip Abrams, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” Yes, that’s the correct quote.)

Disney Chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that Episode VII picks up more than thirty years after the events in Return of the Jedi, with a storyline that features three young leads alongside “very familiar ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Daniel Craig Drops out of Courtroom Drama The Whole Truth; Charlize Theron in Talks for Sean Penn’s The Last Space

9 April 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We have a bit of casting and anti-casting news for you this morning.  First up in anti-casting, Daniel Craig has unexpectedly dropped out of the courtroom drama The Whole Truth slightly a week before filming was set to begin.  Although plot details are scarce, Craig was set to play a district attorney and star alongside Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso (Super 8).  Danny Huston and other actors were in talks to co-star, but according to THR, Craig's exit has put these negotiations in limbo.  The production is now scrambling to find a replacement, and the start date might be pushed back three weeks.  Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is set to direct a script by Nicholas Kazan (Fallen).  It will be interesting to find out why Craig exited the project so close to the start date. Hit the jump for news on Charlize Theron possibly joining Sean Penn's new film. »

- Matt Goldberg

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First Full Trailer & Image For Extraterrestrial Adventure ‘Earth To Echo’

4 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Thn have received the first trailer for kid-based family adventure Earth To Echo, and it looks pretty interesting if you like an unexpected Alien-type adventure…both young and old!

At the end of last year, we saw the first teaser trailer for this and that set us up nicely. The first look gave a number of Thn writer’s flashbacks to the likes of Flight Of The Navigator, E.T. and, due to the found-footage style, a touch of Chronicle more recently. I also loved J.J. Abrams Super 8 for so many reasons, from nostalgia to the great concept, characters and storyline, it felt like a look back to those classic films from the 80s but completely updated and relevant for audiences today – who doesn’t love a bit of escapism and imagination?

On a basic level, Earth To Echo focuses around a group of friends who are sent a series »

- Dan Bullock

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New Banner Hits For ‘Maleficent’

3 April 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Yahoo! Movies released a new banner for Maleficent, starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.

The film also co-stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

Maleficent was directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Muppets Most Wanted: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

2 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Muppets make their first action thriller in Muppets Most Wanted, but is it still funny? KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) give us the low down:

"Muppets Most Wanted brings back some of the most beloved characters from the seven previous Muppet movies. Kermit is kidnapped and replaced by his evil doppelgänger, Constantine, who plans to carry out his master plan by framing the Muppets. The musical numbers will warm your heart and bring back childhood memories of classic Muppet entertainment. The leading ladies of the cast, Tina Fey and of course Miss Piggy, stole the show with their performances. Brilliantly placed cameo appearances from some of your favorite entertainers will constantly surprise you as to who will appear next! The film keeps you in stitches from beginning to the very end. The whole family, young and old, will love this movie. 5 stars »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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Noah: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

30 March 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

It's just a few weeks until Easter and Passover - the perfect time to dive into your faith and see the story many American kids grew up with: Noah's Ark. Check out KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) review - here's an excerpt:

"One thing we can say about Noah is that there has been quite a bit of controversy surrounding it. For our purposes, we are choosing not to take sides in the debate and focus on the film itself. Overall, the film itself was good. The cast gave outstanding performances, the standouts being Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Douglas Booth. The special effects team did a fantastic job of augmenting the epic landscapes to create visually stunning scenes - one of note being the scenes with the animals boarding the ark. The sound design of the film was brilliant as well »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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New ‘Maleficent’ TV Spot

28 March 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Walt Disney Pictures released a new TV spot for Maleficent, starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie. The TV spot features more footage from the film.

The film also co-stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).

Maleficent was directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”).

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Divergent: Joel Courtney & Kat McNamara's Movie Star Movie Crix Movie Review

26 March 2014 12:19 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Everyone's talking about Divergent, but is it worth seeing? KidsPickFlicks' Movie Star Movie Crix Joel Courtney (Super 8) and Katherine McNamara (Contest) give the lowdown:

"Based on the first installment of the best selling book series, Divergent is set in a dystopian Chicago where citizens are must choose one of five groups based on what they feel the most important trait is for a person to possess: kindness (Amity), honesty (Candor), intelligence (Erudite), selflessness (Abnegation), or bravery (Dauntless). What if a person displays more than one of these traits? They are the Divergent. The film is a cautionary tale about how ultimate power can corrupt even the best of intentions. It is also an inspiring story of how people can find passion, joy, and even love in the face of a seemingly impossible odds. Top notch performances by Theo James (Four), Jai Courtney (Eric), and Kate Winslet (Jeanine Matthews) really »

- contactus@kidspickflicks.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)

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