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After being stuck in development hell for some time, there's finally a big screen adaptation of The Jetsons in the works, but it won't be live-action as was originally the plan. Instead, the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon will be getting an animated feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures, and the studio has just hired Matt Lieberman, who has scripted a lot of films that are in development at various studios. Since this is an animated adaptation of the cartoon, we're guessing that the plans for a live-action version that somehow involved Kanye West. Honestly, we're a little bummed that we'll probably never get to see that version.
It's been about 14 years since director Peter Bogdanovich was at the helm of narrative feature film, and now he's back with She's Funny That Way. The first trailer has just debuted, and it's certainly not going to be for everybody, but it has a classic charm that we normally don't see in films nowadays. It feels old fashioned, for better or worse, but it doesn't exactly look bad. The film follows a prostitute and aspiring actress (Imogen Poots) who has a one night stand with a married Broadway director (Owen Wilson), hoping to further her career. But the real story begins when the hooker auditions for a play starring his wife.
After being a washed up writer for pop tunes in Music and Lyrics, it looks like the perpetually charming Hugh Grant is hitting rock bottom in another part of the entertainment industry. The Rewrite sees Grant playing a former award-winning screenwriter who is now broke, divorced and desperate. So he takes a gig teaching screenwriting at a small town university, and wouldn't you know it, he falls in love with someone there. It's Grant being charmingly befuddled all over again, which some people can't get enough of no matter how many times he does it. And hey, J.K . Simmons has a small role in this one too. Watch below!
After exposing the despicable world of illegal dolphin hunting and meat sales in Japan, the director of The Cove is broadening the scope a bit to shine a light on something even more threatening and on a much larger scale. Louie Psihoyos is back at Sundance with his documentary Racing Extinction, a film focusing on mankind’s role in precipitating mass extinction, potentially resulting in the loss of half of the world’s species. This seems to be much more than just tree-hugging, hippie stuff as some like to say, and you can see for yourself in the first trailer. This looks like a documentary to pay attention to very closely. Watch!
Though DreamWorks Animation just landed an Oscar nomination for How to Train Your Dragon 2 in the Best Animated Film category, the studio still isn't doing so hot. Even though The Croods was a success, other recent releases like Rise of the Guardians, Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman haven't done as well at the box office as anticipated, resulting in their stock prices dropping and more layoffs happening as the company begins a massive restructuring of their feature animation business. And part of that restructuring includes a plan to only release two films each year now, one original project and one sequel. More below!
After being in the works for about 20 years, Martin Scorsese finally has full funding to get his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence off the ground. Production was originally supposed to begin this past fall, but it took a little long to get all the money together to make it happen. Now Deadline reports Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have boarded the project as producers and are fully financing the film. The cast is also solidified with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Tadanobu Asano (though Ken Watanabe was once involved, he's no longer in the film). Production begins next week in Taiwan.
Well, hot on the heels of Chiwetel Ejiofor being sought after for a role in Doctor Strange, and the official addition of Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner and Alexandra Shipp in X-Men: Apocalypse, we've got one more superhero story, but this one is a little less solid. The first big screen iteration of Aquaman isn't slated to arrive until July 27th, 2018, but that's not stopping Warner Bros. from getting their DC Comics cinematic universe in order ahead of time. Latino Review has early word that Star Trek franchise star Karl Urban is in the running for a supporting role in the aquatic adventure that already has Jason Momoa as the hero.
After scouring Hollywood for young talent, director Bryan Singer has finally found the stars who will play the younger versions of the familiar mutants Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment of the comic book franchise. Singer took to Twitter to make his casting announcement, revealing that "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner will play Jean Grey, Mud star Tye Sheridan is Cyclops and Drumline: A New Beat star Alexandra Shipp has landed the role of Storm. We're getting a little bit closer to the original X-Men line-up from back in 2000, but these are still very young versions.
Now that Marvel Studios has Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed to play Doctor Strange in the Phase Three film of their cinematic universe, it's time to fill out the rest of the cast. THR has word that Marvel has their eye on Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) for a leading role in the film, but there's no specifics on what character he might play. Reportedly some sources are saying that Ejiofor is wanted for a villain role while others say the opposite. All we know about Doctor Strange right now is that Cumberbatch is playing the title character, a surgeon named Stephen Strange who becomes the titular sorcerer supreme.
Pretty much everyone is well aware of the abundance of lens flares in the reboot of Star Trek from director J.J. Abrams, so much that it's become a bit of a tired joke to even reference that element of the film anymore. And to put the nail in the coffin, fan Dylan Browne decided to put together a video showing and counting every single lens flare that appears in Star Trek. And if that wasn't enough, he also went through the trouble to see how many lens flares were also in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. Browne says that even he underestimated just how many lens flares there were in the film. Watch below!
After bringing some pretty big laughs in last summer's hit comedy Neighbors, young star Zac Efron is sticking with comedy for a new project called Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. As if the title wasn't explanatory enough, THR reports the film will follow two brothers who post an online ad for wedding dates. Presumably they'll encounter some bad options in their search, making for some comedy. The film will actually reunite Efront with Neighbors producers and writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, who also had scripting duties on this new comedy set up at Fox. But just who will be directing?
If you're one of those who has held off on watching the Fast & Furious franchise, but for some reason you feel compelled to join the crowd in the blockbuster fun this April when Furious 7 hits theaters, then we have just the video for you. The folks over at Cinefix have put together a fast and fun recap of the entire franchise in under three minutes, starting with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's first outing in The Fast and the Furious back in 2001 and moving through the most recent Fast & Furious 6. It doesn't have all the fun and action the movies do (which are about 50% good for what they are), but it's not a bad way to catch up.
As Universal Pictures is preparing a new cohesive cinematic universe for their classic movie monsters like Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman ad more (albeit without as much horror in the films), Goldcrest Films has just announced a remake of another horror classic. A press release reveals The Expendables 2 and Con-Air director Simon West will direct a remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror flick The Blob, about a gelatinous alien life-form attacking a small town. West says, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying."
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, and we'll have plenty of updates of the most buzzed about films, acquisitions of the indies for distribution, and plenty more from Park City, Utah. But before the films start playing this evening, the teaser trailer for one of the entries in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition has been unveiled. Partisan is a drama from Australia starring Vincent Cassel (Trance, Oceans 12) as a man running a closed community, overseeing a boy named Alexander, who runs dangerous errands to help provide for the group. But slowly, Alexander gets more inquisitive, and that's a problem.