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After co-directing the nostalgic, comedic mess that was Dumb & Dumber To, one-half of the Farrelly Brothers is heading out on his own behind the camera. Deadline reports Bobby Farrelly, who has co-directed every film made with his brother Peter Farrelly (despite being uncredited on the original Dumb & Dumber), will go solo for One Night Stan. The project is described as following Stan, a serial commitment-phobe, who falls hard for a beautiful girl named Amy. When he decides to change his ways, he discovers Amy has her own ideas about relationships. But back in 2009, details were a bit more specific.
After taking home an Academy Award for the lead role in Dallas Buyers Club, and getting all sorts of acclaim for "True Detective," you can say that the McConaissance is going strong. Matthew McConaughey will next be seen in Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees, which could land him another Oscar nod when the time comes, and there may be yet another awards contender in the future for McConaughey as well. Deadline reports the laid back actor is attached to star in Born to Run, an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's book of the same name which was once reported to be adapted by Peter Sarsgaard. Read on!
We've already got one project coming up that will see actress turned filmmaker Angelina Jolie directing husband Brad Pitt with the relationship drama By the Sea (see the first look photos here). But it turns out they'll be working together again very soon as The Wrap reports Pitt is currently in talks to take the lead role in Africa, the new film that Jolie was announced to be directing last fall. Focusing on a subject close to her heart, the film is a biopic about Richard Leakey, a paleo-archaeologist known for battling with ivory poachers in Kenya in the 80s as hunters gravely threatened the African elephant population. More below!
Surprisingly enough, the teaser trailer for Minions, the spin-off of Illumination Entertainment's animated hit Despicable Me, looked pretty great. There's a cool, original story that takes place before they even meet Gru (Steve Carell), and the film follows the little yellow creatures, always looking to help out their next master, looking for someone new to oversee them. And since the Super Bowl is right around the corner, we get a Super Bowl spot with the gibberish-speaking little guys going crazy, just like they're at the big game. Unfortunately, the film doesn't hit until this summer, but this should hold your kids over until then. Watch!
We're still a few weeks out from the 87th Academy Awards, and the folks at The Academy will certainly be busy leading up to the ceremony. But Academy Originals has taken the time to post a new Creative Spark video, this time featuring screenwriter John August, writer of films such as Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Go. He's a hit or miss screenwriter, but online, he's been very open about Hollywood as a business, and what it takes to get a screenplay bought and produced. This time he's explaining where his ideas come from, how he writes scenes and brings them together for a film. Watch!
As the high school auditorium converted to a movie palace begins to fill, I glance around. Behind me sits the entire executive team of Fox Searchlight, in front of me the entire cast & crew of the movie we're about to see. A few seats over are two writers for Rolling Stone; amongst the crowd are all of my other critic/blogger/movie friends – from the lead reviewers at industry trade magazines like Variety and Hollywood Reporter, to my pals Peter from SlashFilm and Neil from Film School Rejects, and Ethan Anderton, too. We're all here, sitting together, all about to experience the world premiere of a movie no one has seen yet. This is what I love about film festivals. It puts us all on the same level, and together we get to experience cinema.
If you've been anxiously awaiting some new/old horror from Paramount Pictures, you'll be waiting a little bit longer. Today the studio shifted around some release dates for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and the gestating reboot of Friday the 13th. The sixth film in the found footage horror franchise was slated to arrive in March, but now it's been pushed back into Halloween territory on October 23rd this fall. As for Friday the 13th, the movie will now miss this year's 35th anniversary since it's been pushed to May 13th, 2016. Thankfully that's also Friday the 13th, so it won't lose the novelty release date.
Yes! This is great news. Following his Oscar nomination, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum has lined up his next project - the sci-fi script Passengers written by Jon Spaihts. This films has been in development for years and years, it was one of the first scripts that Spaihts wrote, and has gone through numerous development changes. One version last year with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk attached fell apart before it could go into production, but thankfully the project ended up at Sony with ambitious producers involved, giving it new life and preventing it from dwindling further. Now it's official - Tyldum is on board.
After we heard that Melissa McCarthy was in talks for a role in Ghostbusters, it looks like director Paul Feig has found the rest of the paranormal investigators. Feig just took to Twitter with a picture of four actresses for the lead roles and not only is McCarthy confirmed to be in the film, but the rest of the crew is all "Saturday Night Live" cast members, though not all of them are the ones many were hoping for. Instead, Kristen Wiig Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the other three Ghostbusters. Deadline says the studio is still in talks with all the stars, but Feig seems to be sure that everything is going to work. Read on!
With only one more film in The Hunger Games franchise left, Australian actor Liam Hemsworth (brother of The Avengers and Thor star Chris Hemsworth) is figuring out his next step, and it sounds like he may be sticking with blockbuster franchise territory. The Wrap reports Hemsworth currently has an offer for ID Forever, the sequel to the 1996 sci-fi smash success Independence Day. It's just a single film for now, despite earlier rumblings of back-to-back sequels, though if successful, we're sure 20th Century Fox would be interested in continuing the story. However, there's no details on who Hemsworth may play. Read on!
We're just under two weeks away from seeing a new original sci-fi flick from the Wachowski siblings. Jupister Ascending looks truly out of this world, and even though it's getting dumped in February, I really hope people give it a chance, because it looks like the kind of epic, sci-fi adventure that doesn't get made anymore unless it's based on a book or comic. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the film, and while they've been featured on the posters for the film, some alternate poster artwork from Art Machine and Little Giant Studios make them look infinitely better than any of the official studio posters released to hype the film thus far. Why can't we get official movie posters that look this good more often? Look!
We've already seen Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman at odds in The Dark Knight Rises, but now they are teaming up in the period thriller Child 44. The film chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. The two must work with General Mikhail Nesterov (GOldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. It looks like your average thriller, but judging from the first trailer just released, the performances seem likely to make it worth the price of admission. Watch it!