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Snake Eyes Is Getting a G.I. Joe Spin-Off Movie

As Paramount Pictures keeps prepping its long-awaited G.I. Joe 3, which currently has a March 27, 2020 release date in place, the studio is also moving ahead with a spin-off based on one of the franchise's most popular characters, Snake Eyes. Paramount has brought aboard writer Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast) to write the script, with Hasbro's Brian Goldner slated to produce, most likely through the toy company's film division, Allspark Pictures, which has a distribution pact with Paramount that was renewed in November.

No director is attached at this time, and the news is quite intriguing, given the nature of the Snake Eyes character, who, along with being highly skilled in combat and martial arts, is also known for never speaking. Martial arts expert and actor Ray Park portrayed Snake Eyes in both Paramount's 2009 movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 follow-up, G.I. Joe: Reltaliation. There
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie review: a great disturbance in the Force

MaryAnn’s quick take… Upends expectations, demythologizes the mythos, and takes an iconic series in a bold new direction with a story full of humor, courage, and dazzling imagery. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a huge Star Wars fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This is not going to go the way you think,” Luke Skywalker says to… well, someone who needs to hear it. Someone whose arrogance is borne of shortsightedness and narrow expectations. And this is also Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s word of warning to the audience. To us. This is the Star Wars movie, after all, from writer-director Rian Johnson, the guy who gave us The Brothers Bloom, a tricksy movie about con artists that knows we go into a movie about con artists with certain assumptions about what we’re about to see.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie review: a new hope

Charts a path to a future that refuses to get mired in nostalgia. Yet all the Star Wars notes are here, remixed into a glorious new arrangement. No Spoilers! I’m “biast” (pro): huge Star Wars fan…

I’m “biast” (con): … but was deeply worried about this new film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s no 20th Century Fox fanfare this time, of course, which is weird, because to this day, whenever I hear it, no matter what film it’s allegedly attached to, the excitable eight-year-old inside me pops up to whisper, “Maybe it’ll secretly turn out to be Star Wars. Thankfully, there is no Disney ident, either. X-wing fighters doing a flyover of Cinderella’s castle would have been an unpleasant reminder of how worried I was about the Mouse’s takeover of this franchise.

All those worries have been laid to rest.
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Loveable polar bear Norm of the North goes on a New York adventure in this new trailer

Loveable polar bear Norm of the North goes on a New York adventure in this new trailer
One loveable polar bear goes on the adventure of a lifetime in the trailer for Norm of the North.

The CGI animated comedy tells the story of a bear who travels to New York City in the hope of convincing humans to save his homeland.

Rob Schneider voices a quippy polar bear whose friendly demeanor helps him to make friends wherever he goes.

The voice cast for Norm of the North also features Bill Nighy, Colm Meaney, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong and Game of Thrones' Michael McElhatton.

Norm of the North is produced by Lionsgate, the studio behind Happily N'Ever After and Battle for Terra.

A Us release is set for January 15, 2016.
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Strange Magic movie review: bad spell

Apparently this was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but it has about as much in common with that as Burger King does with Macbeth. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Strange Magic is the first animated feature George Lucas has had a hand in since 1988’s The Land Before Time, and he should have left well enough alone.

Lucas gets a story credit and served as executive producer, but this has the whiff of a vanity project for cowriter and director Gary Rydstrom, making his feature debut. Yes, legendary sound designer Gary Rydstrom, who’s won seven Oscars in that field and has created some of the most memorable movie noises ever for films including Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report, but who, the evidence of this movie suggests, has no business writing and directing a movie.
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James Garner Passes Away at Age 86

James Garner Passes Away at Age 86
Actor James Garner, who starred in hit TV shows such as Maverick and The Rockford Files, passed away on Saturday at the age of 86 in his Brentwood area Los Angeles home.

Born James Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, James Garner became a merchant seaman before moving to Los Angeles to work at his father's carpeting business, before serving in the Korean War, where he earned the Purple Heart before his discharge in 1952. After studying business administration at the University of Oklahoma for a semester, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

After landing small roles in the TV series Cheyenne, James Garner landed a contract at Warner Bros. at $200 a week, where he had a number of supporting roles before his breakout performance in Sayonara alongside Marlon Brando. That lead to his first starring role in Darby's Rangers after Charlton Heston walked off of the production.

In
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Hercules Writer Evan Spiliotopoulos In Talks To Script Seven Wonders From Ben Mezrich’s Thriller

With Dwayne Johnson vehicle Hercules under his belt and recently announced sequel Snow White and the Huntsman 2 coming down the pipeline, screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos is rapidly gaining favor with major Hollywood studios. Though he cut his teeth on kiddie flicks like Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Battle for Terra and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the scribe has been steadily transitioning into larger blockbusters, and now, thanks to his work on Hercules, Spiliotopoulos has been brought on board to adapt another high-profile project – Fox’s adventure thriller Seven Wonders.

Based on the upcoming book by Ben Mezrich (The Accidental Billionaires, Bringing Down the House, Sex on the Moon), Seven Wonders focuses on a man who attempts to discover the reasons for his reclusive mathematician brother’s murder, a venture which hurtles him into a vast conspiracy involving the Seven Wonders of the World. For more on the book, you can
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Disney’s Live-Action Beauty And The Beast Has Bill Condon At The Helm

Disney’s quest to re-imagine the contents of its back catalogue continues, with confirmation that Bill Condon will direct a live-action version of the studio’s 1991 Oscar nominated animated feature, Beauty And The Beast. The great modernisation of Disney classics has thus far been well-received by audiences, who embraced updated versions of Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz (aka Oz the Great and Powerful), and most recently carried Maleficent to a $170 million opening weekend. With this latest project, the studio is clearly hoping to capitalize on that success.

The story – based on the traditional fairy tale first published in 1740 from the pen of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve – has been filmed many times since Jean Cocteau’s 1946 version, La Belle et la Bete. Disney’s own 1991 animation of the tale was directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale from a screenplay by Linda Woolverton. Billed as a musical romantic fantasy,
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Ouija Back From the Dead...with a Secret

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Update: Ouija is back from the dead. Michael Bay is still producing and the first actor was cast today. In the story, a gruop of teens try to contact their dead friend with a Ouija board but contact a very, very evil spirit. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star Daren Kagasoff will play Trevor, who doesn't think trying to connect with the dead friend's spirit is a good idea. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote and will co-direct, they co-wrote The Possession and the Nicolas Cage movie Knowing.

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Aug. 25, 2011 - Ouija has been scrapped by Universal, allowing producer Michael Bay to shop the film elsewhere. Fandango reports that he already took it to Paramount (where he's made over $1 billion this year alone with Transformers 3) and they said no. In this case, we can safely assume that it supersucks because Paramount definitely owes Bay one. Universal's original multipicture deal
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Dwayne Johnson to Lead the Fight Against Evil in Seal Team 666

Leave it to Hollywood to turn something as respectable as the Navy’s formerly uber secretive Seal Team 6 into a silly horror movie idea about Navy SEALs fighting supernatural demons and monsters and whatnot. That’s the idea behind the movie “Seal Team 666″ (Get it? 666 instead of 6? Gut buster!), which has Dwayne Johnson currently attached as its lead, as well as executive produce. The movie will be based on the series of books by Weston Ochse, and will chronicle “an elite group of Navy SEALs who battle demons and assorted threats and discover that there’s a greater supernatural force bent on destroying the world.” Evan Spiliotopoulos, who penned “Battle for Terra” and recently the Dwayne Johnson vehicle “Hercules: The Thracian Wars”, will adapt the books for MGM. There is currently no director attached yet, so who knows, this might end up in the toilet of development hell and never happen.
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Dwayne Johnson Joins 'Seal Team 666,' Sienna Miller Does The 'Mississippi Grind,' Aaron Eckhart Will 'Fade Out' & More

The American Film Market is now underway, which means lots of casting and updates to projects that are looking to get sold over the next week. And so, let's just dive into some of the movies that will be hawked on the sales floor.... Because normal dramas don't get made by studios anymore, stuff like "Seal Team 666" keeps happening. Dwayne Johnson will star in the MGM movie about "an elite group of Navy Seals who battle demons and assorted threats and discover that there’s a greater supernatural force bent on destroying the world." Believe it or not, this is actually based on a book written by Weston Ochse with a script from Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Rock's upcoming "Hercules," "Battle For Terra"). No director is attached yet. [THR] In more heartening news, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's "Mississippi Grind" is still moving along, adding Sienna Miller to the cast of Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn.
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Japanese Anime Vexille Remake Coming From Hercules Screenwriter

I think we can all agree that Spike Lee.s upcoming remake-joint of Chan-wook Park.s South Korean masterpiece Oldboy is the most nefarious remake of an Asian film that we.ve heard about, we can now anticipate the second-place holder, but without any of the virulent verve that Oldboy inspires. TheWrap is the bearer of weird news this time, reporting the 2007 Japanese CGI anime film Vexille will be getting Americanized in live action, which actually makes sense given the United States is involved with the film.s plot. Here.s the kicker, though. The screenplay will be written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, one of the co-writers of Brett Ratner.s upcoming Hercules remake with Dwayne Johnson. Warning signs ablaze yet? His biggest collective claim to fame is having written a shitload of not directly-awful direct-to-video sequels of Disney classics, as well as the mediocre animated sci-fi flick Battle for Terra.
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Young Sherlock Holmes Remake in the Works

In the last few years, we've had two "Sherlock Holmes" movies, and both an American and British TV series based on the character. Apparently that's not enough, because Paramount Pictures is now in talks with Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Lion King 1 1/2) to write the script for the remake of "Young Sherlock Holmes." The story follows Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they meet as teenagers in England, and embark on a series of sleuthing adventures. Chris Columbus wrote the original film, which was executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall, and directed by Barry Levinson. Columbus is producing the remake. The new movie will likely go straight to DVD, since Spiliotopoulos writes mostly DVD films like "Cinderella III: A Twist in Time" and "The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning." He was also responsible for "Battle for Terra," one of the lowest-grossing wide releases.
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In Defense of 'John Carter'

"John Carter" is coming. You can't escape him. This Confederate soldier turned Western outlaw turned world explorer turned interplanetary warrior (and lover, reowwwr!) is the most discussed fanboy movie since "Avatar."

Even my old man peeked his head out from behind his copy of "The Wall Street Journal" to ask if Disney was gonna lose their shirt on this picture. Then I fetched him his pipe and slippers and waited for Mother to finish braising the roast.

A lot of weisenheimers have taken it upon themselves to beat their social media chests over how derivative the movie looks. "Haven't I already seen 'Attack of the Clones/Avatar/Flash Gordon/Stargate/Planet Hulk'?" some of these douchenozzles have been musing. (Hey, fellas, they're called Tharks, not Snarks!)

As a reaction to this, many righteous among the nations have loudly rebuked them, proudly pointing out that "John Carter" is a
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TV highlights: 26/12/2011

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The Borrowers | Agatha Christie's Poirot | Bear's Wild Weekend With Miranda | Wonders Of The Universe | Terra Nova | Dolly Parton: Live At The O2

The Borrowers

7.30pm, BBC1

Adorable modern adaptation of the classic novel starring Sharon Horgan and Christopher Ecclestone as ma and pa Borrower and Victoria Wood as the full-size grandmother trying to entrap one of them. Her young grandson secretly befriends teen Borrower Arietty, who decides it's time to explore the world. Mild peril arrives in the form of Stephen Fry as an academic who believes in little people and wants one as a specimen. The direction is sophisticated; it looks modern and yet still traditional. And it's more festive than turkey-flavoured holly. A must watch. Julia Raeside

Agatha Christie's Poirot

9pm, ITV1

Agatha Christie's novel, set in Dover in the run-up to the second world war, begins with the discovery of a man's body in the
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TV Review: Sons Of Anarchy: Season 4, Episode 14: To Be, Act 2

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Episode 14 To Be Act 2 Review. Sons of Anarchy: Season 4, Episode 14: To Be, Act 2 contained a big surprise but also something that I wished did not happen. I wanted Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller (Charlie Hunnam) to get free of Samcro and go off and be happy with Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) and his two children. I knew, just like with Alias and Sydney Bristow, that some reason would pop up that would keep him there. My guess was accurate. Sons of Anarchy took the road most traveled and kept Jax around.

What would have been fantastic is if Jax did leave and then was drawn back around episode 3 of season 5 for some reason.

I knew something big was going to happen in the season finale but I never expected the Central Intelligence Agency. I am an avid watcher of Showtime’s Homeland but never saw that coming.
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Why Are We Getting Two Snow White Movies Next Year?

Certain stories stick with us as a culture, providing imagery that can cause a flood of emotions to most of the general populace. These themes, tracing back to the earliest orally told tales, resonate with us in ways we aren’t always fully conscious of: the lone hero’s triumph over oppressive evil, the hilarious case of mistaken identity leading to wacky hi jinks, two people falling in love despite all the odds being against them. We are familiar with all of these stories and they affect us in amazing ways. The characters and settings may change, but ultimately all of our favorite stories borrow from what’s come before, building on a tradition of fictive conventions going back to ancient times.

Next year, two movies will be released in theaters based on the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tale, Snow White. In March, Mirror Mirror, a Julia Roberts vehicle that
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Universal Taps a New Screenwriter For ‘Asteroids’

Briefly: In 2009 Universal and Atari partnered [1] to begin the process of developing a movie based on Asteroids, one of the very earliest classic arcade video games. (Or, more properly, Universal won an auction to the rights and Atari took the studio's money.) There is no story in the game at all -- players control a small ship that has to blast its way to safety (which never comes) through a field of giant asteroids. Appropriately for a big sci-fi film with little story, Roland Emmerich was loosely attached [2] to Asteroids for a while, but ultimately passed [3] and decided to make Singularity for Sony instead. But Universal is going forward with the movie, and has just hired Evan Spiliotopoulos (Pooh's Heffalump Movie, Battle for Terra, and perhaps most crucial, some work on Snow White and the Huntsman and Wanted 2) to write a new draft. All we've got with respect to
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Lionsgate Finds Its ‘Next’ Great Horror Film

Company Acquires Adam Wingard’s You’Re Next

Santa Monica, CA (September 21, 2011) – Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to You’Re Next, following its screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival. The announcement was made jointly by Joe Drake, Lionsgate’s co-coo and Motion Picture Group President, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

Directed by Adam Wingard from a script penned by Simon Barrett, You’Re Next is a petrifying horror story starring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, A.J. Bowen, Nicholas Tucci and Barbara Crampton. Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produced the project with Simon Barrett and Kim Sherman. The film reunites the principal cast from Wingard and Barrett’s shocking serial-killer thriller A Horrible Way To Die, which screened at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

In You’Re Next, during a family reunion getaway, the Davison family comes under a sadistic attack.
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Take Three: Danny Glover

Craig here with Take Three. Today: Danny Glover

Over the last decade Glover hasn’t seen the prolonged exposure that he once enjoyed, yet mostly still deserves. But he’s been doing good work in a vast array of projects, both mainstream and arthouse none the less. In a quintet of artful independents The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Manderlay (2005), Bamako (2006), Honeydripper (2007) and Blindness (2008) he gave strong, varied turns. Barnyard, The Shaggy Dog (both 2006) and Alpha and Omega added family fare to his résumé. A couple of pay-the-rent Saws (first and fifth) and a thankless turn in Death at a Funeral (2010) didn’t harm his career. A couple of presidential engagements, Battle for Terra (2006) and 2012 (2009), kept him afloat. And finally some bona fide solid gold support in Dreamgirls (2006) and Shooter (2007) reminded multiplex audiences just how good he is.

Take One: Be Kind Rewind (2008)

But the most recent role in which he’s perhaps
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