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Matt Shakman direct The Phantom Tollbooth

Last August it was announced that TriStar Pictures was developing an adaptation of the classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, and now Deadline is reporting that the studio has enlisted Matt Shakman (Game of Thrones, Fargo) to direct the project.

Based on the 1961 book by writer Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer, The Phantom Tollbooth “tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly received a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom, where he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom from a castle in the air.”

The Phantom Tollbooth has been scripted by Michael Vukadinovic (Rememory) and Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph 2), and has Donald De Line and Ed McDonnell producing.
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‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Movie Coming From ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Matt Shakman

‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Movie Coming From ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Matt Shakman
If you watched the Game of Thrones episode “The Spoils of War” earlier this year and thought “Wow, whoever directed this is going to get to make a big movie in the very near future,” congrats. You were right. And it looks like director Matt Shakman will make his big screen debut with an adaptation […]

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Matt Shakman to Helm TriStar's 'Phantom Tollbooth' Adaptation

Matt Shakman to Helm TriStar's 'Phantom Tollbooth' Adaptation
Matt Shakman is set to direct TriStar's live action/hybrid adaptation of the Norton Juster classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Phil Johnston wrote the latest draft of the script, originally by Michael Vukadinovich. Donald De Line and Ed McDonnell are producing, with TriStar head Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown overseeing.

First published in 1961 with illustrations by Jules Pfeiffer, The Phantom Tollbooth centers on Milo, an apathetic child who is bored by everything. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through it and discovers the magical Lands Beyond — which is full of intriguing places...
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Matt Shakman To Direct TriStar’s ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Adaptation

Exclusive: TriStar is setting Matt Shakman to direct The Phantom Tollbooth, a live-action/hybrid adaptation of Norton Juster’s classic children’s book. Shakman is the artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse who spent five years as executive producer of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and directed two Game of Thrones episodes last season, “East Watch” and “The Spoils of War.” He chose this over a number of offers as he steps up to a big feature. The script is by…
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Eddie Munster is Back! Butch Patrick at the Toyman Toy Show in St. Louis This Sunday!

The Toyman Toy Show in St. Louis has been going strong for over 25 years now and just keeps getting bigger and better! The fun takes place seven times a year at The Machinists Hall 12365 St Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton, Mo 63044. There are over 120 vendors at the Toyman Toy Show spread out over 220 tables. all selling vintage toys, comics, dolls, diecast cars, movie memorabilia, and more as well as cosplayers and artists. It’s an unbelievable amount of fun for only $5!

The next Toyman Show is November 6th from 9:00a to 3:00p and Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster from the beloved ’60s TV show The Munsters will be there! Butch was born on August 2, 1953 in Los Angeles California. He made his acting debut in 1961 at the age of eight opposite Eddie Albert in the film “The Two Bears”. While living in Illinois with his grandmother, Butch was flown to
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Eddie Munster is Back! Butch Patrick at the Toyman Toy Show in St. Louis September 24th!

The Toyman Toy Show in St. Louis has been going strong for over 25 years now and just keeps getting bigger and better! The fun takes place seven times a year at The Machinists Hall 12365 St Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton, Mo 63044. There are over 120 vendors at the Toyman Toy Show spread out over 220 tables. all selling vintage toys, comics, dolls, diecast cars, movie memorabilia, and more as well as cosplayers and artists. It’s an unbelievable amount of fun for only $5!

The next Toyman Show is November 6th from 9:00a to 3:00p and Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster from the beloved ’60s TV show The Munsters will be there! Butch was born on August 2, 1953 in Los Angeles California. He made his acting debut in 1961 at the age of eight opposite Eddie Albert in the film “The Two Bears”. While living in Illinois with his grandmother, Butch was flown to
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Gina Rodriguez wanted for Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss Bala remake

According to Deadline, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is wanted for the lead role in a remake of the 2011 Mexican drama Miss Bala, which is set to be directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood).

The original film follows a young beauty pageant contestant who witnesses a drug-related murder and is kidnapped by the gang and forced to do their bidding. The script for the remake is being written by Gareth Dunnet Alcocer, while Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz are set to produce.

Hardwicke is also said to be circling an adaptation of the classic 1961 children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, although Miss Bala could jump to the front of the queue if Rodriguez’s casting is confirmed.
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16 Sneaky Literary References in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events

The first season of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events is littered with Easter eggs that every major fan will excitedly gobble up. However, while most of those allude to the Asoue book series, there is a whole slew of additional Easter eggs that reference other famous works of fiction. Easily missed, these literary references can be found in character names, settings, witty dialogue, and more. Take a look below to see the ones we spotted! The Bad Beginning (Episodes one and two) The last name Baudelaire is a nod to 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire. His most notable work is a collection of poems entitled Les Fleurs de Mal, or The Flowers of Evil, which considered how to find the beauty in miserable circumstances. Furthermore, one of the poems in the collection is titled "La Beatricé," which could be where the Baudelaire's matriarch got her name. Mr. Poe
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Im Global TV To Adapt Fantasy Novel ‘The Hike’ As Series Produced by David Goyer

Im Global Television has optioned Drew Magary’s fantasy novel The Hike to develop as a TV series. It will be executive produced by David S. Goyer will under his recently-signed first-look deal with Im Global TV, along with Kevin Turen. Magary will pen the TV adaptation. Described by reviewers as Cormac McCarthy's Alice in Wonderland, and The Phantom Tollbooth mixed with a game of Dungeons & Dragons, The Hike, published in August, is a blend of fantasy, folklore, and…
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Butch “Eddie Munster” Patrick at the Toyman Toy Show in St. Louis November 6th!

The Toyman Toy Show in St. Louis has been going strong for over 25 years now and just keeps getting bigger and better! The fun takes place seven times a year at The Machinists Hall 12365 St Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton, Mo 63044. There are over 120 vendors at the Toyman Toy Show spread out over 220 tables. all selling vintage toys, comics, dolls, diecast cars, movie memorabilia, and more as well as cosplayers and artists. It’s an unbelievable amount of fun for only $5!

The next Toyman Show is November 6th from 9:00a to 3:00p and Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster from the beloved ’60s TV show The Munsters will be there! Butch was born on August 2, 1953 in Los Angeles California. He made his acting debut in 1961 at the age of eight opposite Eddie Albert in the film “The Two Bears”. While living in Illinois with his grandmother, Butch was flown to
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TriStar Pictures bringing The Phantom Tollbooth to the big screen

According to The Tracking Board, TriStar Pictures has tapped screenwriter Michael Vukadinovich (The Three Misfortunes of Gepetto) to pen a big screen adaptation of the classic 1961 children’s novel The Phantom Tollbooth by writer Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer.

The Phantom Tollbooth “tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly received a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom, where he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom from a castle in the air.”

The project has been in development for several years now, and was initially set up at Warner Bros., where The Hunger Games director Gary Ross was attached alongside screenwriter Alex Tse (Watchmen). An earlier live-action
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‘The Phantom Tollbooth’: Michael Vukadinovich to Adapt Beloved Children’s Book for Tristar

‘The Phantom Tollbooth’: Michael Vukadinovich to Adapt Beloved Children’s Book for Tristar
Readers who grew up with the beloved Norton Juster children’s book, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” are in for a treat. The Tracking Board reports that Tristar Pictures is developing a film adaptation of the 1961 novel and has tapped Michael Vukadinovich to pen the script.

The film has been in the works for quite some time and recently moved from Warner Bros. to Tristar. The project previously had Gary Ross directing the feature from a script written by Alex Tse.

Now, Donald De Line is producing through his De Line Pictures with Ed McDonnell of Maple Shade Films. Nicole Brown is the studio executive for Tristar.

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For those unfamiliar with the classic tale, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” illustrated by Jules Feiffer, follows a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Birkin & Gainsbourg, Michael Mann, Vertov & More

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The second weekend of “Jane and Charlotte Forever” offers two from Varda, a rare Rivette picture, Serge Gainsbourg’s tribute to his daughter, Zeffirelli‘s Jane Eyre, and a Bertrand Tavernier title, among others.

Museum of Modern Art

Lubitsch, Clair, and Griffith wrap up “Modern ‘Matinees’: Fashionably Late.”

“All That
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Academy of Motion Pictures Scores Donation from ‘Looney Tunes’ Animator

Academy of Motion Pictures Scores Donation from ‘Looney Tunes’ Animator
“Looney Tunes” animator Abe Levitow’s heirs are making sure that his work will be viewed by generations by donating his collection to the Academy.

The Abe and Charlotte Levitow Collection, featuring the work of the noted Warner Bros., Upa and MGM animator and director, includes not only “Looney Tunes” and “Tom ’n’ Jerry,” but also large animated features, such as “Gay Purr-ee” for Upa and “The Phantom Tollbooth” for MGM.

The gift, from Levitow’s children Roberta, Judy and Jon, announced Thursday, features animation cels, backgrounds, storyboards, graphic art materials and related film prints. Along with the more than 500 pieces of original production art, the collection contains scripts and sound recordings.

Levitow’s “Gay Purr-ee” was voiced by Judy Garland and Robert Goulet with songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. He also made animated tuner “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol.”

The collection will be in both the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library,
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Animator Abe Levitow's Work Donated to Academy

The children of animator Abe Levitow have donated the Abe and Charlotte Levitow Collection, which traces their father’s work as an animator at Warner Bros., Upa and MGM, to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy announced the gift Thursday. Donated in their parents’ honor by the Levitows’ three children, Roberta, Judy and Jon, the collection features animation cels, backgrounds, storyboards, graphic art materials and related film prints and includes Levitow’s work on the features Gay Purr-ee (1962) and The Phantom Tollbooth (1970). The collection will be housed in the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy

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Muppets director in talks for Alice in Wonderland 2

James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, The Muppets, the upcoming The Muppets...Again!) is in talks to direct the sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), provisionally titled Into the Looking Glass. It'll be a challenge for any director to match the sheer visual audacity and vibrancy that Tim Burton brought. (And if they don't, then the series will risk losing its muchness.) A few possible candidates with that kind of visual flair that come to mind, who've already made use of colour on that level, are Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Sam Raimi (Oz, The Great and Powerful, which arguably made the most integral use of 3D of any film other than Martin Scorsese's Hugo), Kurt Wimmer (Ultraviolet), the Wachowskis (Speed Racer), and Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers).

James Bobin may not have made a film as obviously visually stylish as those mentioned above with The Muppets,
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Emily S. Whitten: Phil Lamarr at Awesome Con DC!

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So, ComicMix readers, as per my previous column, Awesome Con DC happened April 20 and 21…and, I say this unironically, it was awesome. I had a blast. I spent time with good friends; I met new friends; I walked the con floor and met comics legends (great chat, Larry Hama!) and witty and charming award-winning artists (hello, Ben Templesmith!); and was delighted with the strong turnout of talented local comics folks. I went to a couple of panels (amazing, for me, since I usually plan to go to tons and then don’t go to…any); and wore my Girl Jayne Firefly costume. And yes, naturally, I bought some stuff (surprise!). I also pretended to be Nick Galifianakis for awhile (don’t tell!) and did three fantaaaastic interviews: with Nick, and with the amazingly talented Phil Lamarr and Billy West. (More convention pictures here, and oh by the way, next year
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California Auditions at a Glance: Jan. 10-30

The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below. Thurs. Jan. 10 • 'Gypsy' • HBO Camera Assessment Fri. Jan. 11 • HBO Camera Assessment Sat. Jan. 12 • 'Dana's Dilemma' • 'Gypsy' • 'Grease' • 'Hairspray' • 'Ragtime' • 'Ramona' • 'See Rock City and Other Destinations' • '12 Angry Men' Sun. Jan 13 • 'Damn Yankees' • 'Grease' • 'Hairspray' • 'Ragtime' • 'The Vagina Monologues' • '12 Angry Men' • 'Avenue Q' Mon. Jan. 14 • 'Caught in the Net' • 'Damn Yankees' • 'Jersey Boys', Nv • 'The Lover' • 'The Scottsboro Boys' • 'Little Shop of Horrors', NoCal • 'The Mission Play' • 'Avenue Q' Tues. Jan. 15 • 'Caught in the Net' • 'Damn Yankees' • 'Jersey Boys', Singers & Dancers, Nv • 'Grease' • 'The Scottsboro Boys' Weds. Jan. 16 • 'The Phantom Tollbooth' Thurs.
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50 Upcoming Movie Remakes (Yep, 50!)

Whenever a movie studio announces plans for another remake, the reaction among fans and pundits is always the same: Hollywood doesn't have any new ideas.

But we like to look on the bright side of things, which is why we're so happy when we hear of a cool remake or reboot. Hey, who needs new ideas when there are already so many great old ideas waiting to be rediscovered?

With that in mind, we've compiled a list of 50 — that's right, 50! — upcoming Hollywood remakes that tickle our fancy. Because if these films were good the first time, you never know, you might just enjoy them even more the second time around.

'Dredd'

Attached: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby

Status: The good news for director Pete Travis ("Vantage Point") and star Urban ("Star Trek," "The Lord of the Rings") is that they won't have to do much to meet fan expectations; Sylvester Stallone
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My First Job: ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Illustrator Jules Feiffer

Everett Jules Feiffer, illustrator of “The Phantom Tollbooth

The year was 1939, the tail end of the Depression was in sight and the war years were yet to begin. Jules Feiffer, “The Phantom Tollbooth” illustrator who would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize, was 10 years old and desperate for money.

So he went to his corner store and asked if there was any job he could do. Turns out, they needed a delivery boy.

“I was a very shy kid
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