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Briefly: Ruben Fleischer launched his feature career in a big way with Zombieland, made a quick left turn into bitter comedy for 30 Minutes or Less, and then hit a big bump with Gangster Squad. The problems with that last film are many (beginning with a terrible script) and so here’s hoping that his next film starts on better footing, and has a much better fate.

That next film might be a currently untitled sci-fi/fantasy movie for Sony, as Fleischer been set to produce and direct after bringing the idea to the studio. Eric Pearson (a Pixar vet with two Black List-ranked scripts) has been set to write, but we don’t have any details about the plot at this point. Fleischer is also developing an adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter for Warner Bros., but that is a project that has taken so long to move forward that we wouldn’t be surprised if this new Sony project gets to the starting line first. [The Wrap]

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21 Jump Street Prom

When Sony announced plans to shoot a 21 Jump Street sequel later this year for a release in 2014, we didn’t know if original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be returning to oversee the new chapter. The two are, after all, still hard at work on The Lego Movie for Warner Bros., and that should involve a heavy dose of post-production before the February 7 2014 release date.

Most of that post-production, however, should be somewhat hands-off for the directors, giving them the freedom to develop and direct a live-action movie while the endgame work is done on Lego. And so one of the 21 Jump Street producers now says that the timing should work out for the original directors to be in charge of the sequel as well. Read More »

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Not long ago we saw the first images of Jamie Foxx in character as Max Dillon, aka the villain Electro, in Marc Webb‘s film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The set pics weren’t official, and showed the character after he has become something more than human.

Now Webb has released an official new image of Foxx, via Twitter, showing Dillon looking a little more normal. In addition to that shot, actor Dane DeHaan has also tweeted a photo of his character, Harry Osborn. For those who don’t want to see set pics and advance shots before a trailer arrives, we’ve got the images after the break. Read More »

Sony Aiming For 2014 With ’21 Jump Street’ Sequel

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Briefly: The idea of another 21 Jump Street movie is hardly new; writers Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall were working on a sequel even before the first movie  opened. In the summer of last year, we heard the sequel might shoot last fall. That obviously didn’t happen, but not long afterward, Hill said that Sony wanted to shoot in September 2013. And, in fact, the studio is still holding on to the idea of a sequel.

Tonight at CinemaCon said that the movie is actively in development for a 2014 release. That’s all we’ve got at this point — there was no hint of a storyline, of returning cast, or of a firm date within 2014. But a 2014 window would fit in with the idea of a fall shoot this year. We don’t know who might direct; Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who made the first movie, may still have their hands full with WB’s Lego movie.

David O Russell

We’ve pondered the appeal of the cast for David O. Russell‘s next film, which includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Louis C.K., Jennifer LawrenceAlessandro NivolaElisabeth Rohm, Dawn OlivieriJack Huston, Michael Pena and Robert De Niro. We’ve chuckled at their exaggerated hairstyles. And we’ve assumed that the successful streak for the guy who made The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook will continue with an adaptation of the true story about an FBI sting operation that jailed several congressmen and other public officials.

When the script by Eric Warren Singer first became a big thing in Hollywood, it was called American Bullshit. That was changed to Untitled David O. Russell Abscam Project when the director came on board. Now the much more salable American Hustle will be used when the film goes out to theaters in December. Read More »

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Sony held an event today in four cities across the world to launch to buzz for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s new film Elysium. Fans in the four cities were invited to the event through the film’s viral website. Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg and co-star Sharlto Copley were in attendance at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood to answer questions.

Star Matt Damon also answered questions from a theater in Germany, with his appearance also simulcast to the other venues. The event was to premiere the first trailer for Elysium, which will be online tomorrow at some point. But the filmmakers also screened a 10-minute sizzle reel of footage from the movie. Get our thoughts on the footage in a video blog we recorded, after the jump.

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Grown Ups is one of the movies from the past few years that many people love to hate — even those people who haven’t seen it. (Confession: I have not seen Grown Ups.) Presented below, mostly without comment, is the trailer for Grown Ups 2, in which Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek move out of LA and back to their home town. Soon they’re joined by much of the rest of the cast from the first film, and if this trailer is any indication, the hijinks that ensue are wacky.

And keep an eye out for Taylor Lautner, doing comedy on purpose. Read More »

BJ Novak Added to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

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Briefly: Social media is quickly changing the way some news stories are broken in the entertainment world. Pro-active directors post casting stories themselves (as Bryan Singer did with a series of X-Men tweets) while others use Instagram to preview their films with oblique and occasionally informative images from set.

Marc Webb has offered up a steady stream of pics from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the latest features a casting confirmation. The pic above comes from Webb, and shows BJ Novak (The Office, Inglourious Basterds) on the set. The post was captioned with “Day 38. A supposed rumor about a Dunder-Mifflin takeover of Oscorp?” which suggests that Novak plays an employee of Oscorp. (The film also features Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, and Dane DeHaan as his son Harry.)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also features Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field. It opens on May 2, 2014.

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