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Despite his usually tough appearance on screens, Jamie Foxx is no stranger to family films thanks to the Rio movies and last year’s Annie. He’s taking a further step for a new animation, producing and providing the voice for a streetwise dancing mouse in Groove Tails.He’s teamed up with indie company Ambi and director Cameron Hood to work on the new film, which finds him voicing Biggz, a mouse who has hit some hard times. In serious cheese debt to more dangerous rodent hoodlums, he finds himself caught up in the competitive world of street dancing. Whether that means he’ll be showing off his moves against humans (unlikely, given the size difference) or other animals (more promising – less chance to be squished by a wayward shoe) has yet to be decided.And though this will be Hood’s first directorial effort, he boasts experience from DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment, »
This story first appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Cameron Diaz is a bigger star than Jamie Foxx. At least that's the way Sony saw it when paying the actress $7.5 million to appear in Annie, $2.5 million more than her male co-star. To illustrate the state of Hollywood salaries, THR analyzed two full production budgets revealed in the Sony hack — one for a midrange family movie, the other the pilot for Battle Creek, a CBS series that aired this spring — chosen
- Austin Siegemund-Broka, Paul Bond
No heavy coverage here! Cameron Diaz looked fresh-faced while out for lunch in L.A. with sister-in-law Nicole Richie on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The blonde pair was spotted enjoying a casual meal at SugarFish as they smiled tentatively for cameras, while the Annie star clutched her jacket to her stomach. Diaz, 43, who married Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden in January, wore a knee-length denim skirt with a white denim jacket and paired the ensemble with tan Rag & Bone booties and a matching shoulder bag. She appeared to [...] »
After working with Sony on its reboot of “Annie,” Will Gluck is in negotiations to produce and direct a movie about baseball pitcher R.A. Dickey for the studio’s TriStar label, TheWrap has learned. Actors Ben McKenzie and Logan Marshall-Green, who played brothers on “The O.C.,” are producing under their A Thing Or Two Productions banner, while Gluck would produce for his company Olive Bridge Entertainment. Buzz Bissinger wrote the script, which is based on Dickey’s memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up.” Also Read: Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Hitman Movie 'The Black Phantom' Dickey has a unique story, »
- Jeff Sneider
This was not the 40th edition of the “Festival of Festivals” that Toronto was hoping for. The 2015 Toronto International Festival began with legal issues forcing the Aretha Franklin concert documentary “Amazing Grace” to cancel its opening night slot and has pretty much ended with the withdraw of the Amber Heard drama “London Fields” after director Matthew Cullen took the film’s producers to court claiming (among other things) that they re-edited the film without his input. Considering how weak the world premieres were overall this year it was par the course for a festival’s whose opening weekend was colder and rainier than in recent memory. Granted, There were certainly a lot of good movies that screened at the fest this year, but almost every single one of them debuted somewhere else. That’s not good for an event that considers itself one of the premier film festivals in the world. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The details surrounding Foxx’s role are being kept under wraps. Edgar Wright is writing and directing the pic.
Working Title principals Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are producing along with Nira Park through her Big Talk Productions. “Baby Driver” will see a 50/50 financing split between Mrc and TriStar, with TriStar handling worldwide distribution.
The story follows a young, talented getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best. After being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a heist goes awry.
Production is expected to start later this year with Sony recently announcing that the film will bow on Mar. 17, 2017.
Foxx is currently filming the action thriller “Sleepless Night,” which revolves around a cop searching »
- Justin Kroll
Jamie Foxx has been curiously absent from the big screen following a turn in last year’s musical Annie. The Oscar-winner could be playing it safe though, after a string of roles in underperforming sequels like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rio 2, and Horrible Bosses 2. Choosing to be selective over his upcoming projects during that period out of the spotlight, Foxx has zoned in on a potential return to his former glory, as Deadline reports that he’s currently engaged in talks to co-star in Baby Driver.
Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Ansel Elgort scored the titular role a while back as a music-obsessed getaway driver who assists a criminal kingpin on snatch-and-grab missions. If you hadn’t guessed, Foxx’s people are working to land him the role of Elgort’s mentor who encourages him to risk his life out on the streets. Together with Lily James »
- Gem Seddon
Having found his Baby Driver leads in Ansel Elgort and Lily James, Edgar Wright has looked for someone to bring a little menace into their lives. Jamie Foxx is now in talks to do just that. Elgort is playing a talented young getaway driver who uses his personal soundtrack to be the best in the business. But then a doomed heist throws a spanner into the works of his life, putting him at risk as well as the people he loves. Foxx, assuming he locks in the role, will be a crime boss who coerces Elgort to work for him. We’re guessing he won’t be best pleased when things go wrong.This is a project that Wright has been working on for years, tooling on the script in between other projects. He’s now gearing up to direct for Working Title, Mrc and Sony’s TriStar, with the latter company handling distribution. »
The story of the famous house in Seattle that caused a media sensation due to its similarities to Pixar’s Up is getting the movie treatment. Fox Searchlight, the high-minded movie arm of Fox, has picked up an untitled project from John Whittington with the owner of the house at the center. Will Gluck, the filmmaker behind Emma Stone's breakout Easy A and, more recently, Annie, is on board to produce the drama along with Jodi Hildebrand, his partner at Olive Bridge Entertainment. Gluck is not attached to direct at this stage. Also part of the deal is the 2013
- Borys Kit
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
We don't want to get involved in the whole 'Poor Jen' narrative - painting her like some kind of modern day Ophelia - but it's true that the recently married actress has struggled to replicate her success outside of Friends (not that's she's alone there).
But among the laboured romantic 'comedies' and dramas rank with the stench of pathos, Aniston has actually appeared in a few cinematic gems. We've searched out these tranquil islands in the sea of Metacritic reds and yellows:
A cult comedy with a dark edge but soft heart, Mike 'Beavis & Butt-head' Judge's Office Space was a flop on release in 1999 but has rightly become a cult classic in the years since. Peter, Samir and Michael are three programmers stuck in an office job from hell, which only gets more hellish with the arrival of a pair of consultants looking to "downsize".
A mishap at »
Rapper Jay Z and actor Will Smith are teaming up to produce a miniseries for HBO that will tell the story of Emmett Till and the effect it had on the Civil Rights Movement. Emmett Till Miniseries Jay Z and Smith, who worked together on 2014’s Annie remake, will be joined in producing the untitled […]
- Chelsea Regan
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
Jay Z and Will Smith will executive produce an upcoming HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, a teenager whose death in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement. A writer is currently being sought for the project that is in "active development," Deadline reports, with the as-yet-untitled miniseries expected to run six hours.
Till was 14 years old when he was brutally murdered in Mississippi after allegedly flirting with a married white woman. The two men charged in Till's killing were later acquitted; they would eventually admit to slaying the teenager but avoided further prosecution. »
On the heels of their collaboration last year for the musical Annie, Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming up once again: They've signed on to executive-produce a mini-series about Emmett Till for HBO. In 1955, 14-year-old Till was lynched by a white mob in Mississippi in what's known as one of America's most brutal hate crimes. His mother famously had an open-casket funeral for her son so that newspapers would print photos of the gruesome nature of Till's attack. Till's killers were acquitted but later confessed to murdering the teen. Smith and Jay Z, along with Jay Brown, James Lassiter, and Aaron Kaplan, will bring "an immersive and in depth exploration" of Till's story to HBO for what's expected to be a six-hour series. So far the mini-series is untitled and has no writers onboard. Also in the works are two competing Emmett Till movies: one spearheaded by Roger »
- Dee Lockett
"Trainwreck," the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, examines the plight of one snarly woman as she exits her familiar world of sexual freedom and hangovers for a detour into serious romance. Though several eye-popping cameos and supporting performances buttress the film, Schumer's performance is the acting triumph of "Trainwreck." Without her shaky conscience and burgeoning sense of fulfillment, the movie's conventional story might feel staid. Thankfully, it's anything but. Schumer's performance marks a welcome addition to cinema's long line of strident, hilarious female protagonists. We're celebrating that lineage with a list: the 20 best female-driven comedies ever. Some are old and some are new, but all are marked by a degree of cosmopolitan fun and nerviness -- and the occasional slap from Cher. 20. "How to Marry a Millionaire" We remember Lauren Bacall as a glamor girl with a damning grimace, but let's start revising that narrative to include her chops as a comic force. »
- Louis Virtel
Cara Delevingne has been making music with her girlfriend. The model-turned-actress - who is dating St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark - is keen to establish her acting career before officially branching out into music, but has been working hard in the recording studio behind the scenes. A source said: ''Cara's recorded music with Pharrell Williams and she's working and writing with her girlfriend Annie. ''Once Cara finds success in her acting career, she'll be ready to share her songs with the world.'' The 22-year-old beauty recently spoke publicly about her relationship for the first time, and friends say she wants everyone to know what a ''positive'' effect Annie has on her. The source said: ''Cara has been with guys and girls and could have chosen to hide this side of herself. ''But she can't live a lie, especially when Annie has made her so happy. ''Cara wants the world »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
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