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Following a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the eye-opening documentary Ivory Tower is coming to theaters, and the first trailer has arrived. Director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) dives into the world of higher education, looking at alternatives to the expensive universities that many of us flock towards after high school. With student debt climbing, and the quality of schools declining as they irresponsibly spend their money on many irrelevant amenities, it's a dangerous time to clamor for more education. This is a must watch for anyone considering a college education. Watch!
With Pacific Rim star Idris Elba already lined up to voice the antagonist tiger Shere Khan in Disney's gestating live-action and CG hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau, there's still plenty of roles to be filled. THR reports two top notch actresses have joined the mix with Scarlett Johnansson and recent Best Actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o entering talks for two more animal roles. The story follows a young boy named Mowgli who lives and is raised in the jungle, and while that part has yet to be cast, Johansson will play another villainous animal in the form of Kaa, the hypnotizing python.
After negotiations to direct Warner Bros. adaptation of The Jungle Book fell through, director Ron Howard has found a different project at the studio instead. Deadline reports the studio has picked up Joel Dicker's novel The Truth About the Harry Quebart Affair for Howard to direct and also produce, with the help of his Imagine Entertainment production banner partner Brian Grazer. The book has been a sensation overseas in Europe, winning the Grand Prix du Roman, and tells the story of a young superstar novelist who finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery when his mentor, an icon of American literature, is implicated in the crime of a missing 15-year old girl who turns up dead in the author’s backyard. Read on!
In case you hadn't heard, the film Midnight Rider, about musician Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers, encountered a tragic production halt when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on set in an accident involving a train during filming in Atlanta, Georgia. The accident has actually put the project and some of the filmmakers in hot water due to some uncertainty regarding the safety of crew members on set in what might have been a dangerous production decision. Courts and various unions are dealing with the issue, but director and producer Randall Miller has been trying to resume production in LA. But that might be hard.
Following a premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater a year ago and hitting theaters in Japan shortly thereafter, the directorial debut of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is coming to United States theaters by way of an eight-city tour. The film is called Jellyfish Eyes, and features a coming-of-age story that unfolds due to an unusual relationship with an odd jellyfish creature. Though the film is in the same vein as something like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, you've never seen a story like this told with such a unique visual palette. Details on where you can catch this film are below along with the trailer.
When the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits theaters in August, it will have been nearly 10 years since the first graphic novel adaptation hit theaters. It remains to be seen if there's still an audience eager for more of Frank Miller's seedy, stylized film noir, but with an impressive cast that posts Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Ray Liotta, Rosario Dawson, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba and many more, there should be some interest at least. Now to hype things up we have a shorter trailer for the sequel, which is like a condensed version of the original teaser from last month. Watch below!
Following news that director Colin Trevorrow has already been part of the planning of more sequels in the Jurassic Park franchise to follow next summer's pseudo franchise reboot Jurassic World, we have the first official photos from the tropical set on location in Hawaii. Production began on April 14th, so we don't have any shots of the dinosaurs, but we do get a glimpse of Bryce Dallas Howard shooting a scene. She's dressed pretty fancy, and judging from the room, it seems like she might be the new John Hammond, behind the scenes of the operational dinosaur theme park we saw in some concept art recently. There's also a look at Isla Nublar and one of the park's new vehicles that has some damage, likely from a dinosaur. Look!
This summer we'll see The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman's sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow hit theaters, but the filmmaker has a whole slew of projects in his future. The latest directing gig for Liman seems to be the video game adaptation of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell starring Tom Hardy, and now THR has word that the director will head into children's sci-fi territory for a new project called Railhead set up at Warner Bros. Based on Philip Reeve's upcoming book of the same name, the book is set in a futuristic world where trains run through space by way of portals. Sounds like there's the potential for a space western here.
With Transformers and G.I. Joe making the jump to the big screen, and other toys like Hot Wheels in development, maybe it's time the girls had some fun too. With something like The LEGO Movie making waves with everyone, Mattel is finally ready to bring their classic doll Barbie to the big screen with Deadline reporting Sony Pictures has landed the rights to the bestselling toy with the intention of turning it into a live-action comedy franchise. This isn't just a development deal, but rather a plan that is moving very quickly to get the film made, with Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, What a Girls Wants, "Sex and the City") writing it.
After finding success at Disney with The National Treasure franchise, even though development on a third film in the franchise has been stagnant, director Jon Turteltaub is staying comfortable at the House of Mouse with a new project. Deadline has word that the man who was also at the helm of Disney's Cool Runnings, The Kid and The Sorcerer's Apprentice will now direct It's a Small World, an adaptation of the staple theme park attraction with an infectious song that is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. Again, this sounds silly, but if Pirates of the Caribbean can turn into a billion dollar franchise, anything can happen.
Following their tasty, international comedy The Trip in 2010, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back for seconds with The Trip to Italy. The comedy sequel debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and is already airing for our friends across the pond on BBC. But here in the United States, the film will hit theaters sometime this year, and the first trailer has arrived to show off more fantastic impressions, in depth discussions on particular music, and in a bit of meta writing, the merit of sequels. For anyone who enjoyed the largely improvised original film (which is on Netflix Instant), this looks like a fun return. Watch below!
Briefly: For those who might not know, while Mark Ruffalo voiced The Incredible Hulk when he delivered his single line mocking Loki in The Avengers, the rest of the roaring, grunting and other various sounds made by the big green hero were brought to life by television's Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno. While appearing at WonderCon over the weekend, Nuke the Fridge (via Digital Spy) revealed that Ferrigno confirmed his return to voice Hulk again for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We're betting Hulk's dialogue will be very limited again, but his role should be pivotal, and we've already seen him fighting with Black Widow and Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor in the cool concept art revealed recently. Stay tuned for more.
Though we won't see Universal's sequel Jurassic World until next summer, that doesn't mean the studio isn't already planning on more sequels to follow what will essentially be a franchise reboot. Though we haven't gotten any specific details on the plot, the concept art that surfaced shows off a fully functional version of Jurassic Park, and one that will likely be stricken by disaster when dinosaurs break free again. Hopefully we'll get more information on that soon, but in the meantime, director Colin Trevorrow spoke with Empire and discussed an awareness of plans for sequels to follow Jurassic World to not be episodic.
Just two days after Easter brought religious people another moving Sunday, and people who love candy a series of pastel colored chocolates and edible bunnies, one of the signature candies of the spring holiday just struck a movie deal. Deadline reports Adam Rifkin, known for writing family fare like Mousehunt, Underdog and Small Soldiers and directing films like Detroit Rock City and The Chase, has optioned the rights to the sugary, marshmallow candy Peeps into a feature film and maybe even a TV series. Candy company Just Born was sold on a pitch for an animated feature in the vein of The LEGO Movie, so whatever.