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This week, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters, and in honor of the Middle-Earth set trilogy, the folks at "Sesame Street" decided to reach back into cinema's past to parody Lord of the Rings, the trio of tales that actually follows The Hobbit in J.R..R. Tolkien's fictional timeline. Much like their recent parody of The Hunger Games, this segment takes cues from the aforementioned Peter Jackson films, and mixes them with lessons for kids in Lord of the Crumbs. This lesson is about self-control and delayed gratification to wait for something delicious like a cookie, which proves difficult for someone like Cookie Monster, who plays a character called Gobble, on a quest to bake cookies ("Me precious!"). It's pretty cute.
Warner Bros. new adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novel Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgard had some trouble back in April when the studio shut down the production offices due to some problems. Part of the issue was rounding up a cast to fit their schedule, but thankfully, the temporary shut down has worked out for the film from Harry Potter franchise director David Yates with a script featuring work from John August, Marianne Wibberley and Adam Cozad. Christoph Waltz is on board the revived film and now Samuel L. Jackson, who was once in the mix for a role before it was delayed, is in talks once gain to star.
Even after "Arrested Development" was revived on Netflix earlier this year, there's still rumblings of a movie in the future. However, series creator Mitch Hurwitz will be directing a different feature film comedy before that. THR reports Fox 2000 has picked up a new comedy called Guinea Pigging with Hurwitz attached to direct a script from comedians, Night at the Museum writers and "Reno 911!" creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. The film is based on an article from The New Yorker which chronicled the lives of semiprofessionals who work as test subjects for drug companies, hospitals and universities.
Last February we learned that Peter Jackson was still planning on directing the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin, which he produced with Steven Spielberg, the director of the first film. Jackson said he would tackle the sequel after he was completely finished with The Hobbit trilogy and almost exactly a year ago, Jackson said he was hoping to get the motion-capture animated film into theaters in 2015. Jackson was again asked about the return of Tintin as he made the rounds for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (hitting theaters this week), and he reiterated the sequel is coming after The Hobbit is all finished.
After hearing that a new Terminator TV series would like lead into the film franchise reboot at Paramount Pictures, we have our first official cast member in talks. The film is officially titled Terminator: Genesis (which sounds like a generic Resident Evil sequel title), and Deadline reports Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) is in early talks to play John Connor, the future leader of the revolution against the intelligence Skynet system and its army of cyborg soldiers wiping out humanity. No plot details have been revealed, but this reports says time travel to the future will happen.
We've seen Caesar in war paint and Andy Serkis riding a horse on set in photos from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the surprise success Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and now the first batch of teaser posters are here showing the ape revolutionaries in ready for battle. These might be part of one large banner for the sequel, but they're all show in parts on the film's official website. In addition, we have word that the first trailer for the film will arrive on December 18th, and you'll likely see it in theaters when Fox's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty hits theaters a week later on Christmas Day. See posters below!
Back in 2009, we got word that Sony Pictures was developing Bad Boys 3, a sequel to the Michael Bay action franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Then in 2010, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said, "It's a wish and a hope and a dream. We've been working on a screenplay, which is excellent. It's an idea Will gave us, so hopefully, it will come to fruition, we would love it to." But it's been three years and no dice. But now the project has life again as Deadline reports Sony, with producer Michael De Luca situated as production co-president, has hired Safe House scribe David Guggenheim to write Bad Boys 3 this time.
Though Kevin Smith was all about self-distribution for his film Red State, this time he's letting a couple indie distributors take over. A24 and Demarest Films have just announced that they will distribute Smith's new horror film Tusk, the story of a podcast host and journalist (Justin Long) who follows finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses. But what he really finds is himself in a terrifying and peculiar scenario you have to see to believe. Haley Joel Osment also returns to horror with this film along with Genesis Rodriguez.
Just last week, we learned that Disney gained the rights to Indiana Jones from Paramount Pictures, making their ownership of Lucasfilm complete. Disney picked up "distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining its current ownership rights," which means the House of Mouse can now make Indiana Jones sequels, reboots, etc. at their leisure, just like their continuance Star Wars saga starting with Episode VII with director J.J. Abrams. Now a tweet from Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall seems to indicate that Disney is moving swiftly to get a new Indiana Jones movie off the ground.
It's been awhile since we've gotten a generic thriller starring Nicolas Cage. And when I say awhile, I really mean only a year. But 2014 will see the release of the oddly titled Tokarev, which finds Cage seeking revenge after some Russian mobsters kidnap and kill his daughter, making him pay for something he did to wrong the gangsters in the past. There's gunshots, concerned cops like Danny Glover and a man willing to do anything for revenge along with all the other cliches we've come to expect with films like this. I'm hoping Cage pays back the money he owes the IRS soon, so he can stop doing garbage movies like this for money.
In what looks like a film that escaped the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, we have a new trailer for the delayed animated sequel Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. With animation that feels unfinished and cheap, a surprising all-star cast that includes Lea Michele ("Glee") along with veteran actors like Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and more populate this film which sees Dorothy Gale's (Michele) return to the magical land of Oz, where she reunites with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion (along with some silly new companions) to face a new threat, the Jester, who is trying to control Oz with the wand of the Wicked Witch of the West. Yeah, sounds pretty damn stupid to us.
The premiere category was just announced for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival featuring films like A Most Wanted Man with Philip Seymour Hoffman and the promising action-packed sequel The Raid 2. Another exciting entry to the festival in this special category is the newest film from The Guard director John Michael McDonagh. Reateaming with Brendan Gleeson, the story follows the In Bruges star as Father James Lavelle, a priest who has just found himself threatened during a private confession and is unsure what to do. It has some dark dry comedy helped along by Chris O'Dowd, Dylan Moran and more in this first trailer, and we'll definitely be checking it out at the festival next month. Watch the trailer now!
After hearing in October that Skyfall and Cloud Atlas star Ben Whishaw was the hopeful to take the lead role in a biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, it's official. Deadline has word that Whishaw has signed on to play the lead singer of the iconic classic rock band in a film from British actor turned director Dexter Fletcher, fresh off the musical adaptation Sunshine on Leith with featured music from the music group The Proclaimers. As of now the plan is to shoot the film next year, whether or not Sony Pictures is ready to pull the trigger on the film produced by Graham King (The Town) and his own GK Films banner.
Just the thought of not having any more films from Martin Scorsese is a real bummer. But at 71 years old, the iconic director of such films as GoodFellas, The Departed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and this month's The Wolf of Wall Street is tired, and it sounds like he sees the end of his career coming sooner than later. Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival (via The Playlist), Scorsese explained that he has the desire to make more films, but it's not likely he'll go much longer. Scorsese says, "Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them." Uh-oh.