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After news broke last week about Bruce Willis’ departure from the cast of Woody Allen’s now-shooting new film, the production has moved quickly to secure the services of Steve Carell to replace Willis, Variety reports.
Carell joins a cast that includes American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as well as Blake Lively (The Age of Adeline), Parker Posey (Irrational Man), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man).
Willis had to depart the project due to scheduling conflicts with his appearance on Broadway in Stephen King’s Misery, although some reports suggest he was dismissed. No official announcement on the reason behind his exit has been made.
Allen’s new film is set to debut in 2016 and is currently untitled.
- Scott J. Davis
Aca-ahhhhh! Rebel Wilson's reaction to Nicki Minaj's jab at Miley Cyrus during the live broadcast of the 2015 MTV Music Video Awards was everything, as evidenced in new GIFs from the now-viral moment. The Pitch Perfect franchise star, clad in a stripped-down police woman costume and aviator shades inside L.A.'s Microsoft Theater, took to the stage to present the Moonman to Minaj after the rapper's win for Best Hip Hop Video for "Anaconda." What started off as a calm presentation quickly spiraled into havoc, when Minaj called [...] »
Universal Pictures said it has just surpassed North American box office grosses of $2.113 billion, which passes the calendar-year record set by Warner Bros.' 2009 year-end domestic grosses of $2.105 billion. Universal, which has had a monster year so far with five of the 10 top-grossing domestic movies including Jurassic World, Furious 7, Minions, Pitch Perfect and Fifty Shades Of Grey, has done this with four months to go in 2015. The news comes two days after… »
Willis was one of the cast members for the Irrational Man director’s new film, which features American Ultra co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as well as Blake Lively (The Age of Adeline), Parker Posey (Irrational Man), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man). Allen is said to in the process of recasting the role so that the production can continue.
The Die Hard star has had to depart due to a scheduling clash with his upcoming role on Broadway in an adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. Willis had actually started shooting the film, which has led to some rumours of a dispute leading to his exit.
- Scott J. Davis
Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”), Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect”) and Blake Cooper (“The Maze Runner”) have signed on to join Johnny Simmons in Kevin Pollak‘s feature directorial debut “The Late Bloomer,” which is being produced by Eclectic Pictures and Ineffable Pictures. Simmons plays Dr. Peter Newmans, a sex therapist who works in an office headed by Caroline (Jane Lynch). He’s got two well-meaning wingmen in Luke (“SNL’s” Beck Bennett) and Rich (“Silicon Valley’s” Kumail Nanjiani) and his young friend Josh (Cooper). His suffocating parents James (Oscar winner Jk Simmons) and Brenda (Maria Bello) bemoan his lack of a girlfriend. »
- Jeff Sneider
“Jurassic World” towered over the competition this summer, racking up an astounding $1.6 billion worldwide and guaranteeing that mankind will continue to muck around with dinosaur DNA for many more installments to come.
But, not every franchise was so lucky. Max Rockatansky, an Austrian-accented cyborg, and a superpowered quartet saw their ambitions to relaunch a once-profitable film series derailed, as reboots like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Terminator Genisys” and “Fantastic Four” sputtered out or failed to live up to hype and expectations.
They join the pile of sequel rejects like “Ted 2” and “Magic Mike Xxl,” offering up a stark reminder that there are no sure bets in Hollywood. It’s difficult to unearth the next tentpole series in a market saturated with cinematic juggernauts such as “Despicable Me” spinoffs and “Avengers” adventures.
“The competition is fierce,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “It’s a battle week in and week out. »
- Brent Lang
Some of our favorite things from around the web this week: 1) What do you have? source 2) Is this terrifying, or hilarious... Both! source 3) When will the Empire spend some resources on target practice? source 4) Finally! Someone used the word "literally" correctly. source 5) Touche, Spider-Man. source 6) It is human nature to love a good plot twist... and hate a bad one. source 7) Yes, we're still laughing at the Deadpool trailer. 8) aaaaaaaaaand Ant-Man. 9) We love Adam DeVine. In Workaholics. In Pitch Perfect. On Conan... source 10) Daniel Radcliffe doesn't discriminate. source Check out this Hilarious Iron Man vs Captain America Vine »
- Tucker Kolanko, Brendan O'Brien
It happens to the best of us! Sarah Hyland became the latest in the list of celebrity trippers as she nearly went flying while taking to the stage at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, Aug. 16. The Modern Family star was walking to take her place at the microphone with Pitch Perfect actor Skylar Astin to present the first award of the night, when she stumbled over a piece of stage furniture. Managing to save herself kind of gracefully, the actress then blurted out, "Are [...] »
It's Ok, Sarah Hyland. It happens to the best of us. The Modern Family actress was called up to present the first award for the night, Teen Choice Comedian, alongside Pitch Perfect star Skylar Astin, and definitely made a grand entrance that we won't forget. Hyland casually quick-stepped to the stage before tripping over her feet and going flying onto the stage. Luckily, she didn't actually fall, but the entire experience clearly rattled her a little bit, because she ended up yelling, "Are you f--king kidding me" before catching herself and quickly covered her mouth. Lol! Once she gained her composure (and balance), the young beauty laughed the entire thing off and told the audience, »
“Straight Outta Compton” may take place more than two decades ago, but its themes of racial tension, poverty and police brutality still speak to moviegoers living in a post-Ferguson world.
The biopic about rap group N.W.A debuted to a blistering $56.1 million this weekend in 2,757 theaters, surpassing “American Pie 2” to become the biggest-ever August debut for an R-rated movie. It’s the kind of opening usually reserved for so-called tentpole movies that trade in costumed heroes and special effects, not urban violence.
“The movie tapped into something in our culture and that made it more of a must-see,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
Its debut nearly doubles “Straight Outta Compton’s” budget of $29 million in a single weekend, meaning the film could be among the most profitable releases of the summer. N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre helped produce »
- Brent Lang
NBC is rounding out the cast of “The Wiz Live!” with recording artists Common and Ne-Yo, and “Hairspray” star Elijah Kelley, the network announced Thursday at its Television Critics Assn. summer press tour presentation.
Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy (Shanice Williams). He’s always dreamed of having brains, never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all. The role marks a reunion between Kelley and his “Hairspray” co-star Queen Latifah. It will be the actor’s second collaboration with “Wiz” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also served as EPs on “Hairspray.”
Oscar and Grammy winner Common will play the Bouncer, the »
- Laura Prudom
The call sheet is slowly filling up for Pitch Perfect 3! The third film in the Pitch Perfect franchise is headed to the big screen in 2017, and we only have a few details so far. What we do know is that Anna Kendrick is reprising her role as Beca (yay!), and she's not the only one who is set to return. Keep scrolling to see everyone who is definitely signed on for the film, and check back as we update with more! »
Sing out, people! The third Pitch Perfect movie is coming along quite nicely, thankyouverymuch. Hailee Steinfeld exclusively tells me that she will be returning to the hit musical franchise after making her debut in the second flick. "I'm in," she said last night at a special screening of her new indie drama Ten Thousand Saints (in theaters and on demand Aug.14). "I can't wait! It's all happening." Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow previously onfirmed they're coming back. Kay Cannon, who wrote the first two, is also writing no. 3. Elizabeth Banks, who directed the second, and her hubby Max Handelman will once again produce. Universal Pictures announced »
Anna Kendrick is a Broadway and film actress who most recently garnered global attention for the box-office hit, Pitch Perfect 2. But beyond her recognition as a Pitch Perfect Barden Bella, The Hollywood Reporter looks at five facts you probably didn't know about Kendrick. Tony and Oscar Nominee Kendrick scored her best featured actress Tony nomination in 1998 for her role in High Society at the age of 12. At age 24, the actress earned her best supporting actress nom in 2010 for Up in the Air, in which she starred opposite George Clooney. Taco Bell Lover "It's a
- Natalie Stone
Over the course of his long career, Woody Allen has always managed to line up stellar casts for each of his films. Having said that, the cast for Allen’s still untitled 2016 film was recently revealed in a press release, and it’s no exception.
The cast includes Kristen Stewart (On the Road), Blake Lively (Age of Adaline), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Parker Posey (Dazed and Confused), Ken Stott (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid) and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man). Set to co-star in the film are actors Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Stephen Kunken (Still Alice), Sari Lennick (A Serious Man) and Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation).
Some of the listed actors have worked with Allen before, such as Eisenberg, Parker and Stoll. Eisenberg worked with him on 2012’s To Rome With Love, Parker starred in his recent film Irrational Man and »
- Justin Cook
Backing also allocated to China-Australia co-production The Nest.
At the same board meeting, the government agency also backed Kimble Rendall’s The Nest, a China-Australia co-production to be primarily made in Australia.
Arclight Films International will represent both films.
A Few Less Men will see Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop return to their roles as hapless friends, who become stranded in the Australian bush with a friend’s body after their plane makes a forced landing.
Peter Templeman will take on directing duties, marking his second »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
This film looks absolutely charming!
In The Intern, De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).
The cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam DeVine (“Pitch Perfect”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), Reid Scott (“Veep”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).
The Intern opens in Us theaters on September 25 and in UK cinemas on October 2.
- Michelle McCue
Prepare for an UnREAL season ender that you won’t soon forget.
But before we get to the romance of it all and explore Season 2 ideas with executive producer Marti Noxon, »
“Shaun the Sheep” was ready for his closeup with his own movie, which Lionsgate unspooled Saturday in Westwood’s Regency Village theater with an interactive green carpet. They brought the farm with booths offering balloon toys, bumper cars and photo ops with Shaun.
The writing-directing team of Mark Burton and Richard Starzak said Shaun was ready for a spinoff thanks to his hugely popular TV show, which plays in 170 territories, as Starzak pointed out. Shaun made his debut in the 1995 Oscar-winning “Wallace and Gromit” short “A Close Shave.”
“He’s gotten quite big-headed and wants his own dry cleaner,” Burton said. “Very popular character, the farmer,” Starzak added. “He’s got a very big part in the film anyway.”
Jason Constantine, Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions, said, “Aardman (Animation, the production company) for years and years has been the gold standard when it comes to stop motion and great family entertainment. »
- Shalini Dore
Sweetie darling, we're going to the movies!
Yes, after years of rumours, teases and broken promises, it was announced this week that an Absolutely Fabulous movie is 100 per cent, definitely, absolutely going into production this October.
It's been a long road to get here, with Jennifer Saunders first mooting the possibility of taking Edina and Patsy to the multiplexes way back in 2011.
The Early Buzz
"We thought it would be hilarious if [Edina and Patsy] went to a party on an oligarch's yacht, got drunk, fell asleep and woke up in the middle of the ocean. Everyone else has left, and the ship has been moved on."
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