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Jon Turteltaub Directing It's A Small World Movie For Disney

The ear worm ride is being adapted...

When the practice of turning theme park rides into movies was freshly sparked with Pirates Of The Caribbean, we’d often joke that Disney was now achingly close to adapting sugary, singing, animatronic nightmare fuel It’s A Small World. We really have to learn to keep our gobs shut, because the Mouse House now has National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub in charge of the project.

The blame – or, depending how you see it, credit – for the new movement lies at the feet of The Internship/The Watch writer Jared Stern, who pitched the concept and will write the script. It’s early days for the idea and Deadline’s report carries no details on what the film would be about, but we’re guessing it’ll involve a lot of warbling characters that must unite to, oh, save the world from a terrible racist menace or something while singing a horrendous earworm of a song. Disney would like this one to spawn another franchise to match the Pirates films, and The Lego Movie’s Dan Lin is aboard to shepherd the film.

Turteltaub has some experience with Disney franchises, having delivered two National Treasure movies and developing a third. He had less success with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but has recently seen his stock rise again thanks to Last Vegas’ box office haul. Now click here and thank us for getting the song well and truly lodged in your noggin.

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Robert Downey Jr. Reveals First Official Pic From Age Of Ultron

Genius billionaire playboy publicist?

While there have been pap-grabbed early set pics and imagery from Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it has fallen to recent Twitter arrival and Marvel Cinematic Universe Prom King Robert Downey Jr. to release the first official look at the superhero sequel. And it’s… Er… Well, just look.

You asked for it! My first tweet from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron with exec producer @jlatcham.

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) April 22, 2014

Yes, it’s the sort of ordinary, nothing-to-see-here display that you can only imagine Downey Jr. getting away with, essentially punking anyone who thought he mighty deliver some massive spoiler. He’s pictured dressed in what is best described as Industrial Safety Chic alongside long-time executive producer Jeremy Latcham. What clues can we gain from the image? Well, given the sneaky yellow figure creeping up behind the pair, we feel confident in predicting that popular Marvel villain Ladder-Man will be making his debut in the film, causing no end of trouble for any of our heroes who are a bit superstitious of walking beneath him. Tremble at his terrible laddery powers! Or not.

The film will also find Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye meeting and either befriending or battling the likes of Paul Bettany’s Vision, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver and James Spader’s Ultron. Ladder-Man or no, Age Of Ultron will be out on April 24, 2015. 

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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Prequel to Film in New Zealand

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 9 hours 57 min ago

The Weinstein Company-produced martial arts film will take advantage of the country's newly increased production incentives, as will the trilogy of "Avatar" sequels when they go into production there.

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The Other Woman: Film Review

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Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann enact revenge on a cheating cad of a husband in Nick Cassavetes' adultery comedy.

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Japanese TV Networks Reschedule 'Titanic,' 'Pokemon' Episode After S. Korean Ferry Tragedy

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 10 hours 27 min ago

The rescheduled "Pocket Monsters" episode featured a storyline about a submarine searching for a sunken ship.

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Kevorkian lines up thriller Georgie

Film Industry News - 10 hours 40 min ago
Johnny Kevorkian will direct psychological thriller Georgie, written by Craig Rutherford.
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Denzel Washington looks badass in first images from The Equalizer

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 11 hours 49 min ago

Sony has released the first two images from The Equalizer, in which Denzel Washington plays former covert ops officer turned avenging angel, McCall.

The new images show Washington in full-on badass mode, posing with a firearm in the pouring rain, and escorting Chloë Grace Moretz’s vulnerable teen through a pitch-black Boston night.

The film is based upon an ‘80s TV show of the same name, but according to Washington, it’s the story’s big-screen qualities that drew him to the project.

“It’s a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt,” says Washington. “You’ll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours.”

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and co-starring Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Haley Bennett, The Equalizer will open in the UK on 10 October 2014.

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Cannes: European Film Promotion Names 'Producers on the Move'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 11 hours 56 min ago

The 24 up-and-coming producers from across the EU will take part in the two-day networking session organized by European Film Promotion.

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Gone Girl author talks differences between book and film

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 12 hours 23 min ago

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn has commented on reports that the screenplay she has penned for the forthcoming movie adaptation makes wholesale changes to her original story, describing them as “greatly exaggerated.”

Earlier this year, reports were quoting Ben Affleck as saying Flynn had “literally thrown that third act out and started from scratch”, but according to the author, this is misleading.

“Those reports have been greatly exaggerated!” says Flynn. “Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways - you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room.”

“But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact,” she continues. “I've been very involved in the film and loved it. Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter.”

That said, it’s worth noticing that she doesn’t explicitly deny changing the ending for the movie version, which should keep people guessing right until the credits roll…

Directed by Fincher and co-starring Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl will open in the UK on 3 October 2014.

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Roberto Orci hoping to replace J.J. Abrams as Star Trek 3 director

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 12 hours 47 min ago

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been Hollywood’s go-to writing partnership for a raft of major blockbuster pictures over the past decade or so, but the pair are now parting ways to pursue directorial careers.

With Kurtzman already having directed 2012’s People Like Us, Orci is now keen to make Star Trek 3 his directorial debut, having worked with Kurtzman on the scripts for the previous two films.

Variety reports that Orci has been lobbying hard to step into Abrams’ shoes, with Abrams himself a firm advocate of his talents. However, Paramount is thought to be unsure at this stage, and weighing up all available options.

Joe Cornish had reportedly already been approached by the studio, only to turn it down due to concerns over stepping into what he perceived as somebody else’s franchise.

Meanwhile, Orci and Kurtzman’s split will not be absolute, with the duo still set to collaborate on small-screen projects like Sleepy Hollow and Hawaii Five-0.

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Chinese Director to Oliver Stone: Mind Your Own Business

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 12 hours 49 min ago

Ning Hao challenged the Hollywood director's recent criticisms of the Chinese film industry, saying "foreigners alone don't decide good and bad films" and securing free speech in China will be a gradual process.

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Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in new biopic

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 13 hours 9 sec ago

Jessica Chastain could be about to step into the shoes of a silver screen icon, with The Wrap reporting that she is in discussions to play Marilyn Monroe in a new biopic.

According to the report, Chastain is nearing a deal to star in Blonde, Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the Joyce Carole Oates biography of the same name.

Naomi Watts had initially been attached to play Monroe, but recently departed the project, freeing things up for Chastain to step into the breach.

Produced by Brad Pitt, Dominik claims this version of the Monroe story will come together as a “sprawling, emotional nightmare, fairy-tale type movie”, which certainly sounds more interesting than your run of the mill biopic.

With a Dominik-penned script already in place, production on Blonde is set to begin this summer, ahead of a planned release date in 2015.

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Fox planning Flash Gordon remake

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 13 hours 12 min ago

Fox is planning a remake of Flash Gordon, with THR reporting that the studio has snapped up the rights to the classic sci-fi comic-book.

Famously adapted by Mike Hodges back in 1980, Flash Gordon follows the adventures of the titular space adventurer, as he sets about thwarting the nefarious schemes of the evil Ming the Merciless.

It seems that Fox has decided that now’s the time to give the story an update, with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay currently hard at work on a script.

No word as yet regarding the storyline they will be focusing on, but with the title first published some 80 years ago, they’ve got plenty of source material to choose from.

Now all we need is a band willing and able to cover Queen’s title theme. What are The Darkness up to these days?

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Tribeca: 'Intramural' Writer, Director on Improvising 'Epic Tales of Glory'

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The indie sports comedy stars "Saturday Night Live's" Kate McKinnon, Jay Pharaoh and Beck Bennett alongside "Twilight" alum Nikki Reed.

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Visit Films to sell Charlie’s Country

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EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films has come on board to handle world sales excluding Australia, New Zealand and Italy on the Un Certain Regard selection.
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China's Wanda Group Eyeing IPO for Cinema Chain

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The country's largest exhibitor, Wanda Cinema Line, plans to raise $325 million via a listing on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange two years after the real estate conglomerate behind it acquired AMC Entertainment.

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Sony Classics Picks Up Cannes-Bound Hockey Doc 'Red Army'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 16 hours 30 min ago

Filmmaker Gabe Polsky looks at the Soviet Union's famed hockey team in the documentary, which will premiere as a Special Screening at the festival.

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Director Doug Liman Circles Sci-Fi Adventure 'Railhead'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 16 hours 39 min ago

Warner Bros. has acquired the upcoming Philip Reeve penned children's book Railhead, with Doug Liman in negotiations to direct.

The novel, which is aimed at readers between 10 and 11 years old, is set in a futuristic world where trains travel through outer space by a series of portals. The story centers on a young thief who is hired to steal an object that is much more important than he is lead to believe, which starts him on an adventure that could alter the course of the universe.

Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan are producing the adaptation through their Di Noi Pictures company. The book, which is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2015, is said to be filled with a number of compelling human and non-human characters.

Philip Reeve wrote the Mortal Engines and Larklight book series', the latter of which was acquired by Warner Bros. and Denise Di Novi, and is still in development.

Doug Liman signed on to direct the video game adaptation Splinter Cell last month, although it isn't clear when production will begin on Railhead, since no screenwriter has been attached yet. His next movie, Edge of Tomorrow, hits theaters on June 6.

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Jon Turteltaub to Direct Disney's 'It's a Small World' Movie

Just hours after it was revealed that National Treasure 3 is still a long ways away, director Jon Turteltaub has signed on to direct a feature based on Disney's It's a Small World theme park ride.

Jared Stern, who signed on in February to write The Lego Movie 2 for Warner Bros., pitched a take on the ride to Disney and will write the screenplay. Deadline reports that this project will likely take quite a while to come together, but Disney envisions it as a potential franchise.

Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) is producing alongside the writer and director. No production schedule was given.

It's a Small World was designed by Walt Disney himself, and debuted at the 1964 World's Fair on April 22, 1964, which was described as follows in the 1965 Official Guide Book to the New York World's Fair.

"A salute to the children of the world, designed by Walt Disney, presents animated figures frolicking in miniature settings of many lands. Visitors are carried past the scenes in small boats. In an adjoining building Pepsi sponsors exhibits by the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Children's Fund. Above the pavilion rises the 120-foot Tower of the Four Winds, a fanciful creation of colored shapes that dance and twist in the breeze."

The attraction currently runs at six Disney theme parks around the world, consisting of a boat ride through several international cities while viewers are treated to the catchy theme song of the same name, sung by a choir of animatronic children, which promotes global unity.

Jon Turteltaub most recently directed Last Vegas, which took in $134 million worldwide.

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'Flash Gordon' Moves Forward at Fox with 'Star Trek 3' Writers

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 17 hours 26 min ago

Last Week, FilmDivider reported that Flash Gordon, which had been stuck in development hell for years, was moving forward with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Today, THR confirms 20th Century Fox has finalized a deal to pick up the screen rights, with both writers attached.

John Davis will produce this sci-fi reboot, after the studio spent more than a year trying to lock down the rights from the Hearst Corporation. The veteran producer worked on Chronicle for Fox, and is behind The Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot. He used his own discretionary fund to secure the rights.

George Nolfi wrote the initial draft of the screenplay, which will be updated and reworked by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Nolfi will now be a producer on the project.

The original comic strip was created by Alex Raymond in 1934, and was turned into the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon. The character first appeared on screen in the early 1930s serial movies such as Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (1936), Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), which served as inspiration for George Lucas to create the original Star Wars trilogy. Aside from these serials and the 1980 movie, Flash Gordon was also adapted into the 1979 animated TV series The New Animated Adventures of Flash Gordon and the live-action Syfy Flash Gordon series which ran from 2007 to 2008.

In the original Alex Raymond comics, Yale graduate and polo player Flash Gordon was kidnapped and taken to the planet Mongo, where he does battle with Ming the Merciless alongside friends Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov. The tone of this new version is said to be similar to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, full of "adventure and razor's edge escapades, balanced by plenty of character work."

Breck Eisner was at one time attached to direct back in 2008, with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama writing the script. That was when the movie was set up at Universal. The property then moved to Sony, where Neal H. Moritz was set to direct.

Flash Gordon was released in 2011.

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