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Kevin James Plots TV Return With New Sony Deal

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 18:45

The 'King of Queens' alum has inked a new two-year deal with SPT, while Columbia Pictures has renewed its first-look deal with the 'Paul Blart' star.

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Anna Kendrick Joins Zac Efron in Comedy 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 18:43

Efron and Adam DeVine are starring as the title characters, brothers who place an online ad to find plus-ones for a wedding.

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'Orange Is the New Black' Actor Joins Rachel Weisz in Joshua Marston Drama (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 18:42

Michael Chernus will appear with Michael Shannon and Kathy Bates in the untitled film.

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'Godzilla' 2016 Poster; Toho Announces Japanese Directors

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 18:20

On the heels of Warner Bros.' success with the Godzilla reboot, the Japanese studio Toho, which originally brought this iconic monster to life in 1954, has announced their own Godzilla project, slated for release in 2016. The studio has brought on Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to direct. Toho has also released a teaser photo featuring one of Godzilla's massive claws.

Toho has released 28 Godzilla movies since the 1954 original classic, directed by Ishir&#244 Honda. The studio last released Godzilla: Final Wars back in 2004, and licensed the rights to Godzilla to Warner Bros. for director Gareth Edwards' remake, which earned $525 million worldwide, $26 million of which came from Japanese markets. Given the renewed interest in the franchise, Toho has decided to produce another Godzilla project. Here's what a studio spokesperson had to say in a statement.

"Ever since Hollywood announced that Godzilla was to be resurrected, the expectation for another Japanese Godzilla grew. And if we were to newly produce, we looked into Japanese creators who were the most knowledgeable and who had the most passion for Godzilla."

Hideaki Anno will also write the screenplay, while Shinji Higuchi will oversee the visual effects work. The filmmakers are best known for their work on Neon Genesis Evangelion and their upcoming live-action movie Attack on Titan. Toho will co-distribute the film with Warner Bros. Japan. Warner Bros. is currently prepping director Gareth Edwards' Godzilla 2 sequel, which will be released in June 2018. Check out the first teaser from Toho's own reboot, in Japanese theaters 2016 (no U.S. yet announced).

Godzilla (Toho) comes to theaters in 2016. The film is directed by Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi.

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Canyon Creek to adapt Lauren St John novel 'The Glory'

Film Industry News - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 18:18
Love, Rosie producer acquires film rights to YA novel about a 1,200 mile horse race.
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Universal's 'Minions' Head to Comics This Summer (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 18:12

Titan Comics will publish a line based on the 'Despicable Me' spinoff.

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Imax to Launch Laser Projection Technology at 'Furious 7' Global Premiere

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 18:03

The giant-screen exhibitor's first U.S. laser projector installation is at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

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Kaleidoscope takes Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' for UK

Film Industry News - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 18:00
Comedy documentary, featuring Tom Hanks among others, premiered at Sundance.
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STX, Huayi Brothers formalise pact

Film Industry News - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:54
Bob Simonds’ STX Entertainment has officialy sealed the deal on its 18-film co-financing and distribution agreement with the private Chinese company.
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Chris Rock Claims He Was Stopped By Police Three Times in Two Months, Posts Selfies

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:52

Rock captioned the latest photo, "Stopped by the cops again wish me luck."

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R2-D2 Falls in Love in Tearjerker of a Short Film (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:49

The droid heads to San Francisco to find romance.

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'Straight Outta Compton' Trailer: The Story Behind N.W.A.

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:47

Following the red band trailer released in February, Universal Pictures has debuted an all-ages theatrical trailer for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. Original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre serve as producers on this biopic, with Ice Cube's own son O'Shea Jackson Jr. portraying his father alongside Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Corey Antonio Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Aldis Hodge as M.C. Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. Paul Giamatti also stars as the group's original manager, Jerry Heller, who helped the group revolutionize rap music as we know it.

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

In addition to the trailer, Universal Pictures has also released five character posters and new photos from director F. Gary Gray's biopic, which also stars Keith Stanfield as Snoop Dogg and Carra Patterson as Eazy-E's wife Tomica Woods-Wright. Will you head to theaters on August 14 to watch the rise and fall of N.W.A. in Straight Outta Compton? Take a look at the trailer and photos, and chime in with your thoughts below.

Straight Outta Compton comes to theaters August 14th, 2015 and stars Jason Mitchell, Corey Antonio Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Paul Giamatti, Keith Stanfield, Carra Patterson. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray.

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'Agents of SHIELD' Writer Tapped to Adapt Heavy Metal Comic 'Hoax Hunters' (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:42

Don Murphy is producing along with Heavy Metal's Jeff Krelitz and David Boxenbaum.

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Lionsgate launches specialty label

Film Industry News - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:41
Top brass have launched Lionsgate Premiere, a multi-platform channel of up to 15 Lionsgate and Summit films a year that kicks off in autumn with Chinese epic Dragon Blade followed by zom-com Cooties.
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'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Story Treatment Is Finished

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:37

James Gunn never shies away from fan questions and always prides himself on telling the truth. He doesn't want to keep too many secrets about Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and is as open as he is allowed to be. Yesterday, the director announced that his horror script The Belco Experiment is moving forward with Wolf Creek director Greg Mclean at the helm. Conducting an impromptu Q&A on Periscope (via Screen Rant) about the project, he also offered fans an update on Guardians of the Galaxy 2. He confirms that the story treatment is finished, and that scripting will start soon. He says:

"I turned in my treatment. I'm going in to meet about it Friday and we will start working on the screenplay next week."

The Belco Experiment, which James Gunn is also producing, will begin shooting in June, just as the director starts pre-production on his own epic follow-up to last year's blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn went on to reveal that a pre-draft version of the script is 'very, very far along' and currently clocks in at 70 pages. He notes that he likes to plot out the entire movie first, and then move into writing the actual screenplay. Gunn is working with producers Kevin Feige, Louis D'Esposito, Jonathan Schwartz, and Victoria Alonso to bring the project to completion.&#160About the experience thus far, James Gunn calls it the "best experience [I] ever had with a pitch."

James Gunn offered up other interesting information during the Q&A, calling the design and set up of the characters the most difficult thing he had to do in Guardians of the Galaxy, though that is making the sequel easier to move forward on. He reiterates that Ronan is dead, and probably won't come back. He also notes that the screenplay he is working on will definitely deviate from the comic books, especially in terms of who Star-Lord's real father is.

With Guardians of the Galaxy 2, we can expect a deeper understanding of the characters. The sequel will be in 3D, and the director is currently trying to figure out a way to shoot Karen Gillan as Nebula that doesn't require her going bald during the shoot. What do you think? Will Guardians of the Galaxy 2 be worth the wait?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 comes to theaters May 5th, 2017 and stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista.

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China Removes Unlicensed Foreign Movies and TV Shows From Streaming Sites

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:34

The move is part of a broad crackdown on pornography and violence online.

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A24 Acquires Amy Winehouse Documentary (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:28

'Amy,' which chronicles the late singer's life and career, is directed by Asif Kapadia.

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STX's Bob Simonds: Huayi Brothers Deal Will "Supercharge" Film Financing Facilities

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:08

The 18-film co-financing and distribution agreement marks one of the first major investments by a Chinese company in a Hollywood studio film slate.

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'Da Vinci Code' Sequel 'Inferno' Shoots This April in Italy

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:05

After the main cast was announced in February, production is about to get under way on director Ron Howard's Robert Langdon adventure Inferno. BadTaste.it is reporting that filming is set to begin at the end of April in Florence, Italy, where shooting will take place until mid-May. Production will then move to Venice, Italy and then Istanbul, Turkey.

Inferno is the third adaptation of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon novels, following The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009). Tom Hanks returns as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. Felicity Jones plays Dr. Sienna Brooks, who helps Langdon recover his memory and unravel a terrorist plot that has ties to Dante Alighieri's literary classic Inferno.

The supporting cast includes Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and Sidse Babett Knudsen. We also reported earlier this month that Ben Foster is in talks to play the villain. Ron Howard is directing from an adapted script by David Koepp, with the director also producing alongside Brian Grazer. Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David B. Householter are serving as executive producers.

In related news, Ron Howard has posted a number of behind-the-scenes images, featuring models that the production team is using to map out the adaptation's opening sequence. The models depict the Bad&#236a Fiorentina, which also has a connection to author Dante Alighieri and serves as the opening location in Dan Brown's novel. Take a look at the photos below, and stay tuned for more details on Inferno.

Methodology meeting for the opening action sequence of #InfernoMoviepic.twitter.com/e3semKxlgs

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) March 31, 2015

Models of key sets are always cool to look at and shed a lot of light on problems & possibilities pic.twitter.com/3dXTs0BWo8

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) March 31, 2015

Models suggest ideas 4 specific shots and other cinematic aspects of the movie. Lots of ideas - lots of arguing too pic.twitter.com/eIahSVOhXz

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) March 31, 2015

Unsettling research item for #InfernoMoviepic.twitter.com/DTqwTPIAB5

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 1, 2015

Inferno comes to theaters October 14th, 2016 and stars Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster. The film is directed by Ron Howard.

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UTA Nabs Two More CAA Agents

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 17:03

Mackenzie Condon and Chelsea McKinnies also jump following the move of five top comedy agents.

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