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Proving that Hollywood thinks anything is a good idea (even when it is absolutely terrible), Emoji’s are headed to the big screen. Yes, those cute winky faces that you send to your friends are getting their own movie. And whats more, Deadline is reporting there was even a heated bidding war between Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and Paramount over Eric Siegel (Men at Work) and Anthony Leondis' (Igor, and slated to direct this project) pitch for an Emoji centric movie, which Sony won with a reported seven figure pay out. So apparently, this license is something people actually want to make, but will anybody actually want to see it? Sure, The Lego Movie proved there is a market to make something genuinely compelling out of the most unlikely of sources, as evidenced by the the upcoming Pixels, but it’s a big jump from iconic characters from multiple »
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You read that right: Emoji The Movie is in the works at Sony Pictures Animation...
And you thought some of the remake stories we've been running have been odd.
Still, we suppose it was inevitable, really. The rise of the Emoji - those little pictures designed to get across messages that used to be conveyed by things such as words - has been quick and brutal. The Emoji first came to prominence in Japan in the late 1990s, and we now learn that there's going to be an Emoji movie.
The film has come about courtesy of a pitch from Eric Siegel (the TV show Men At Work) and Anthony Leondis (who made Igor, and DreamWorks' unreleased B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations). Leondis reportedly storyboarded the film in detail, leading to a bidding war breaking out between Sony Pictures animation, Warner Bros and Paramount.
Sony has won the battle for the film, »
As if they weren’t ubiquitous enough already, the Emojis, those colorful little icons found throughout social media communications as a particularly vivid way to articulate emotional reactions, are inexplicably getting their own movie. Because no idea is too silly or abstract for a Hollywood studio to develop the hell out of in hopes of coming up with something midway marketable.
Believe it or not, there was actually a three-studio auction over an animated movie pitch centering on the Emojis, involving Warner Bros., Paramount and Sony, but Sony ultimately swooped in and made an almost seven-figure deal. That’s right, people – Hollywood is so convinced that you’re dying to see a movie about cute little winky faces that major studios shelled out bucketloads for the rights to make it. Let that one sink in.
- Isaac Feldberg
Just when you thought Hollywood had run out of ideas comes news that Sony just won a intense bidding war for the right to make a movie about emoji. Seriously.
Yes, those cute -- and sometimes crude -- little symbols you use in texts and on Twitter are set to hit the big screen in their own movie, written by Eric Siegel (TBS comedy "Men at Work") and Anthony Leondis ("Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters"), with Leondis directing. Deadline reports that Sony snatched up the pair's pitch (which already included storyboards) for a rumored seven-figure payout. That's a lot of dollar sign emojis.
According to Deadline, the bidding on the project was so intense because "Unlike, say Lego, there are also no underlying rights here to purchase, which makes this as much a catnip idea to Hollywood as public domain fairy tales that fuel so many blockbusters." And »
- Katie Roberts
Lesure will play a father whose children are looked after in a childish way by his older brother (Epps), Deadline reports.
ABC chose to move forward with the project in February, regardless of objections from the Candy and Hughes families.
James Lesure (Men At Work) is set to co-star opposite Mike Epps in Uncle Buck, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the classic John Hughes film starring John Candy. Like the movie, the series adaptation, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, centers on Buck Russell (Epps), a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of the kids of his younger yet more accomplished brother Will (Lesure) in a very childish way. Nia Long plays Will's wife in the… »
You may not have seen him in quite some time, but Ryan Phillippe has kept himself pretty busy over the last couple decades. Phillippe rose to fame in the late 1990’s starring in such movies as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions, 54, and Little Boy Blue. He would continue to act in movies during the 2000’s. Some of his more memorable performances were as Brandon King in 2008’s Stop-Loss, as John Bradley in Flags of Our Fathers, and as Officer Tom Hansen in Crash. After spending twenty years away from the small screen, Ryan Phillippe returned to television in 2012 to portray Channing McClaren in the final season of Damages. He would also make a comedic guest-star appearance on a 2014 episode of Men at Work. Now Phillippe is back on television in the new series Secrets & Lies, which began airing on ABC earlier this month. …
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- Tim Gerstenberger
Men At Work star Michael Cassidy is set as one of the two leads of another workplace comedy — NBC’s untitled pilot written by Aseem Batra and directed by Betsy Thomas. The politically incorrect office comedy centers on best friends Dale (Cassidy) and Georgie whose relationship is upended when he starts dating the "perfect" woman. Batra is executive producing with Joe and Anthony Russo for Universal TV. Cassidy is with Gersh and Principal La. Being Human star Sam Huntingto… »
Co-created by actor-writers Matt Angel (“Complications”) and Adam Kulbersh (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), “Ten” centers around 10 people who are brought back from the dead as part of an elaborate human trial. But their second chance at life soon spirals out of control, with the fate of mankind suddenly resting in their recently resurrected hands.
Tarses, who served as an executive »
- Travis Reilly
Exclusive: Wyatt Russell and Girls’ Alex Karpovsky are getting more company in their road comedy Folk Hero & Funny Guy. Glee standout Heather Morris has joined the cast as Nicole alongside Meredith Hagner of TBS series Men At Work, who will play Bryn.
It’s a Disaster producer/star Jeff Grace makes his directorial debut with the indie comedy about a struggling stand-up comic (Karpovsky) who hits the road as the opening act for his childhood buddy, a successful singer-songwriter (Russell). Grace will direct from his own script.
Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Togetherness) will also star in the pic inspired by Grace’s own experience touring with musician pal Adam Ezra. Ezra is providing original music for the film and took part in on the project’s successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which closed last month. Ryland Aldrich (Snap, Enter the Dangerous Mind) is producing and filming is scheduled »
- Jen Yamato
It seems that TBS is raising their ratings standards for their original sitcoms. After all, the cable channel has cancelled Men at Work and Sullivan & Son and, Cougar Town is ending. The ratings for Ground Floor weren't very strong last year so could it already be destined to be cancelled? How will the numbers be this time around -- good enough for the sitcom to earn a third season? Stay tuned.
Ground Floor follows the romantic relationship of a young hotshot banker (Skylar Astin) and a beautiful maintenance worker (Briga Heelan). The rest of the sitcom's cast includes Rory Scovel, Rene Gube, James Earl, Emily Heller, and John C. McGinley.
11 items from 2015
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