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Bateman signed the initial deal in 2012. Aggregate and Bluegrass Films produced Melissa McCarthy’s “Identity Thief,” which grossed $139 million for Universal. Aggregate also produced Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words.”
Aggregate is also producing Fox Searchlight’s “Ipo Man” and an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal from a script by David Bar Katz. Aggregate is one of more than 20 first-look deals at Universal, including pacts with Judd Apatow, Ron Howard, Vin Diesel, Chris Meledandri and Elizabeth Banks.
Bateman directed and stars in “The Family Fang” along with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. The drama, in which a brother and sister return to their family home after their world famous parents disappear, »
- Dave McNary
In the fifth installment of the two-decade-old series, Cruise clings to the side of an Airbus A400 plane during takeoff, holds his breath under water for six minutes, and rappels down the side of the Vienna Opera House. For part six, he’ll likely have to strap himself to the undercarriage of a ballistic missile and go soaring across the Pyongyang skyline if he wants to top himself.
Despite his willingness to risk doing some damage to that beautiful barrel chest, “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” may struggle to bring in crowds. The action adventure is on pace to open to $40 million, a soft opening considering the franchise’s long history and its hefty $150 million pricetag.
“It seems low to me,” said Eric Handler, an analyst with Mkm Partners. »
- Brent Lang
Another day, another remake. This time Paramount is finally putting together an update "big-screen take" on the 90s TV show that originally starred David Hasselhoff & Pamela Anderson. THR reports Paramount has set director Seth Gordon, of Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, Four Christmases and The King of Kong, to take on the new Baywatch which is also set to star Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has been attached since late last year, and the project has been gestating for at least a decade. We've been hearing about some rumblings and rumors of a Baywatch movie forever, but now it sounds like they're pushing forward with it (another name brand project, of course) with Gordon in negotiations to take the job directing. I'm intrigued. Paramount's new take on a Baywatch movie has been in the works for years. The script has undergone many revisions and the latest iteration is by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. »
- Alex Billington
Gordon is responsible for the superb documentary The King Of Kong, as well as the recent Jason Bateman/ Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief, so we’re expecting a tongue-in-cheek version of David Hasselhoff‘s hit 1990s TV show when it arrives in cinemas.
The film has Dwayne Johnson on board in the lead, but it has been nine months since the actor took to social media to tell us all about it. Remember what he said?
“This is my beach bitch!”
“Rumors are true… we’re making #Baywatch the movie. Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beach… »
- Paul Heath
After endless rumors that we'll one day get a "Baywatch" movie, it was recently reported that Paramount Pictures is officially moving forward with the film and has brought on Dwayne Johnson to star. Now comes word that Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) is in negotiations to direct. Plot details are being kept a secret, but the plan is to go the comedic route. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script. A release date has yet to be set. »
It's been a while since we last heard an update about the proposed Baywatch movie, with Dwayne Johnson signing on to star all the way back in October of last year. Well, today the film took a huge step forward, and looks like it will actually become a reality, as new reports say that Seth Gordon is now in talks to direct. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news, noting that the filmmaker hasn't been behind the helm of a feature since 2013's Identity Thief. Gordon will be working from a script that has been written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy vs Jason, 2009's Friday The 13th), though it's noted in the trade that they are hardly the first writers to take a crack at Baywatch. According to the trade report, Baywatch will feature Dwayne Johnson as a lifeguard who is forced to partner with a "young rule-flouting »
Paramount has been struggling to turn the ’90s TV series Baywatch into a movie since 2004, and the project has finally found solid ground tonight with word that Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is in negotiations to helm.
Dwayne Johnson is attached to topline the pic, which will update the beloved show for modern times. David Hasselhoff, Pam Anderson, Yasmin Bleeth, Carmen Electra and David Chokach were among those who starred in the slo-mo-happy series, which always had a light and silly vibe.
The movie take is said to find Johnson playing a by-the-book lifeguard who is forced to team up with a young, carefree daredevil in order to save their beach from an oil tycoon primed to destroy the environment.
Nailing the tone for a Baywatch movie has proven exceptionally difficult for Paramount, which has sent over a dozen writers packing over the years. Now, though, the studio and producer »
- Isaac Feldberg
Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon has signed on to direct Paramount's movie adaptation of the hit TV series Baywatch, which has Dwayne Johnson set to star. The actor has been attached to the project since October, when, ironically, Horrible Bosses 2 filmmakers Sean Anders and John Morris were set to direct. It is unclear at this point when production may begin, but the studio has been trying to get this project off the ground for many years.
The Baywatch movie has been in the works since July 2009, when Jeremy Garelick signed on to write and direct. A slew of writers have worked on the project between now and then, including Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka, Peter Tolan and Justin Malen. The writing team of Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, which the studio is moving forward with.
The original Baywatch TV »
T.I. burst onto the music scene back in 2006 with his hit song "What You Know," but that year also marked his acting debut in Atl, which was shot in and set in his hometown of Atlanta. While more hit albums and singles followed throughout the years, the rapper also started putting together a fine acting resume, with roles in American Gangster, Takers, Identity Thief and TV shows such as Boss and House of Lies. After appearing in two movies already this year, Get Hard and Entourage, T.I. joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a role in the highly-anticipated superhero movie, Ant-Man, arriving in theaters today, July 17.
The actor plays Dave, who, along with Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, Michael Peña's Luis and David Dastmalchian's Kurt, plan a heist that will change their lives forever. After successfully breaking into the home of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), they don't find the riches they expect, »
Laremy is a little under the weather so I'm taking over for today's predictions write-up, but the numbers are all his and he's got an interesting call at #1, at least as far as the number is concerned. He's got Ant-Man in the top slot, which isn't too surprising, but the $67 million prediction is an interesting one, but I can see where he's coming from. This is an origin story for a lesser-known Marvel character and looking back in time, in 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger opened with $65 million and earlier that same year Thor opened with $65.7 million. So Laremy has taken a mild bit of inflation in mind and gone just a couple notches higher. Of course, we can't overlook the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011 and last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, which was even more of an unknown property and it opened to the tune of $94.7 million. »
- Brad Brevet
Producers have launched a $650,000 Kickstarter campaign for a documentary on science educator Bill Nye, best known as “The Science Guy.”
David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, who teamed on the documentary “The Immortalists,” will direct, with Seth Gordon and Nick Pampenella producing. Gordon won the Academy Award for best documentary for “Undefeated.”
Nye is the CEO of the Planetary Society, where he’s leading a mission to launch a solar-powered satellite into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, technology and discovery.
Donation incentives include a sneak peek of the film, in which Nye witnesses the launch of his solar sail into space, his handwritten notes from the evolution vs. creationism debate, one of his bow ties and an associate producer credit for $10,000.
- Dave McNary
"Uncharted" continues to be Sony's white whale. David O. Russell and Neil Burger have already come and gone on the long brewing adaptation of the hit video game. But things seemed to start coming together last year, with Seth Gordon ("Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses") signing up to direct and a summer 2016 release date slated. However, Sony is not going to make that target. Gordon has exited the movie once again putting the entire project back at square one. Sony's new head Tom Rothman apparently wanted to change creative direction, rather than cut the budget for the flick, but that still sounds euphemism for getting this thing made more cheaply. And one does have to wonder how much money has been burned into development costs so far. Read More: Marc Forster To Direct Futuristic Thriller 'Red Riding' & Seth Gordon Will Helm Lewis Carrol Pic 'Queen Of Hearts' The plan »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: 7 Secrets to Successful Female-Fronted Comedies From 'Spy' Guy Paul Feig After earning an Oscar nomination for "Bridesmaids" in 2012, longtime supporting player Melissa McCarthy made one of the more respectable career moves of the past several years: She seized her newfound exposure to mainstream audiences and demanded the opportunity to be put front and center. Lucky for her, it worked like gangbusters. In the years since "Bridesmaids'" blockbuster success, McCarthy's three star vehicles -- "Identity Thief," "The Heat" and "Tammy" -- have grossed approximately $377 million domestically, making her one of the biggest and most reliable box office draws in the business. "Tammy" may have received some of the worst reviews of McCarthy's career, but it still managed to gross four times its $20 million budget because of her undisputed popularity, which is quite remarkable for such a critical punching bag. If »
- Zack Sharf
You could say the narrative was the battle of the bros vs. the outsized lady and if you thought the dudes would take it, you were wrong. Three new films vied for box-office dominance this weekend and 20th Century Fox’s “Spy” starring the still eminently bankable Melissa McCarthy won the weekend singlehandedly from all the newcomers. The flipside, Warner Bros.’ “Entourage” movie mostly flopped barely even topping the $10 million mark despite being on more than 3,100 screens. While McCarthy’s spy spoof opening dipped a little from the $34 million of 2013's "Identity Thief" — her number one grossing starring solo starring vehicle thus far— "Spy" is her third +$30 million grosser which includes the $39 million for "The Heat" co-starring Sandra Bullock. And the figure is much higher than her last film “Tammy” which opened to a much lower $21 million opening in 2014. Read More: Why Melissa McCarthy Deserves Awards Consideration »
- Rodrigo Perez
It has got to be the advertising... rightc Why else would Spy, which is Melissa McCarthy's comedy since Bridesmaids have opened with only $30 millionc Outside of The Heat, which scored an "A-" CinemaScore, Spy performed better with opening day audiences earning a "B+" CinemaScore compared to Identity Thief (B) and Tammy (C+), and yet it was only able to top the latter in terms of opening weekend box office. Do general audiences prefer the white trash, oafish characters McCarthy has been relegated to playingc Is that itc Admittedly, I wasn't all that interested in seeing Spy, but solid reviews suggested I should give it a shot and I found it was worth it. With a $65 million price tag, Fox is going to have to work some magic overseas, where it brought in $25.6 million this weekend from 54 markets, to get this one to a good place, but McCarthy has been »
- Brad Brevet
20th Century Fox has announced that their new comedy is currently Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. In honor of opening day, the studio is debuting a new Mondo poster and some fun gifs.
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
Read Tom Stockman’s review here: http://www.wearemoviegeeks.com/2015/06/spy-review/
Spy is in theaters now.
McCarthy was recently seen »
- Michelle McCue
Before emerging as complex ex-cop Mike Ehrmantraut on “Breaking Bad,” which led to his powerful turn in the same role on this year’s “Better Call Saul,” Jonathan Banks was best known for his Emmy-nominated work as Frank McPike in the 1980s series “Wiseguy” and his sharply etched tough guys and villains on TV and in hit films from “48 Hrs.” and “Beverly Hills Cop” to “Identity Thief.” His first brush with Variety came in the June 24, 1974, Daily for the Los Angeles stage production of “A Little Night Music.”
Before you became one of the hardest working men in films and TV, you trod the boards.
My first paycheck in the business was the Brown County Playhouse in 1967. I thought I was the cat’s a–. It was the summer theater at the University of Indiana, where I graduated.
How long did you work in theater?
When I got out of school, »
- Steven Gaydos
Melissa McCarthy’s been very active in the industry for quite some time now, but clearly Bridesmaids was the game changer. After that movie hit it big in 2011, McCarthy became a certifiable star and since has headlined three major studio comedies - Identity Thief, The Heat and Tammy. All three have confirmed that she can draw a crowd, but they’ve also proved that her shtick can grow tiresome. The problem isn’t McCarthy as an actress. She always gives 100% and manages to make her characters’ antics feel authentic no matter how ridiculous. The issue pops up when writers and directors think that stupid equals funny. Hopefully McCarthy’s next big release, Spy, will convince filmmakers that she’s much better suited to play smart, capable characters who find themselves in crazy situations rather than ones who get themselves into trouble by making dumb decisions. Tammy [caption id="attachment_341759" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] »
- Perri Nemiroff
There's a special something about Melissa McCarthy as an actor and comedian. Even when she stars in the likes of Tammy and Identity Thief audiences show up in droves as critics scowl in disgust, hoping to see more from an actor many agree is more talented than merely playing an overweight character that falls down and spouts vulgarity for laughs. This, however, has been the evolutionary "want" for McCarthy, who made us howl with laughter in Bridesmaids all the way to an Oscar nomination, but hasn't really evolved since, outside of her solid, but brief appearance in the under-appreciated St. Vincent. Now, back with writer/director Paul Feig, who directed both Bridesmaids and The Heat, comes the action-comedy Spy, which shows the cinematic evolution of McCarthy is finally becoming a reality. Spy is not without its flaws, but in terms of character, McCarthy's Susan Cooper, a desk-bound CIA analyst-turned-field-agent, doesn't »
- Brad Brevet
Spy Hard: Feig’s Generally Entertaining Espionage Parody
Director Paul Feig does a James Bond send-up for his latest Melissa McCarthy headlined romp, Spy. But for as many laughs as this talented duo is able to generate, its ability to linger in your mind remains questionable. Running a bit long in the tooth, clocking in at two hours and with a handful of scenes and tangents that flat line, a love for the talented and likeable McCarthy will determine audience response to a scenario that’s not exactly fresh. Once again, she’s saddled with playing the buffoon who comes to learn a thing or two about a thing or two, and it would be nice to escape the creepy feeling wherein it sometimes seems we’re supposed to laugh at McCarthy in these illogical scenarios rather than with her.
Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is a deskbound CIA analyst, guiding »
- Nicholas Bell
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