Bill Murray

Bill Murray hasn’t expressed much of an interest in fighting ghosts lately, but he’s evidently not opposed to becoming one. The former Ghostbusters star has joined the starry voice cast of B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, along with Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Coolidge.

Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Rashida Jones, and Matt Bomer were already part of the lineup. Hit the jump to find out just what kinds of ghosts Murray and the others will be playing.

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Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft

Following a successful collaboration on Lincoln, Steven Spielberg and author Doris Kearns Goodwin are teaming up to tell the tale of two more iconic American presidents.

Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has picked up the rights to Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, which details the friendship and eventual bitter rivalry between the two historical figures. Hit the jump for more on their juicy tale, and DreamWorks’ plans for it.

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If each human year is equivalent to seven dog years, that makes Mr. Peabody, who first appeared in the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show around the late ’50s, nearly 400 years old. Given that, he looks pretty damn great in these new stills from DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman. There’s nothing like a shiny CG makeover to make one feel young again, apparently.

The film sees the brilliant canine (voiced by Ty Burrell) and his kid companion (voiced by Max Charles) traveling through time in their WABAC (pronounced “way-back”) machine. Along for the ride is Penny (voiced by Burrell’s Modern Family co-star Ariel Winter), a classmate of Sherman’s who gets under his skin. Check out the first-look images after the jump.

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Oliver Stone is going back to his favorite subject matter: influential American personalities, particularly those of the past middle century. He’s already chronicled JFK and Nixon (and George W. Bush) and now Stone is in early talks to make a film about Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is one of a few different MLK films that have been in development recently, but the DreamWorks and Warner Bros. co-production have the all-important approval of the King family in addition to the influence of producer Steven Spielberg. The script is by  Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) who is reworking a draft by Ronald Harwood (The PianistAustralia).

If things work out, Stone will make the film, and he’ll have his Any Given Sunday actor Jamie Foxx in the starring role.

Update: This week, Stone confirmed that he and Foxx are moving forward with the MLK film. He told the Wall St. Journal “we’re looking for a way to relate to this extraordinary man.”

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Voltron He-Man

In 2012, DreamWorks Animation acquired the library of Classic Media, a company that owns the rights to many pop culture brands. Some examples are Masters of the Universe, Voltron, Rocky and Bulwinkle, Lassie, Mr. Magoo and Where’s Waldo, but the company owns even more than that. As far as the public knows, nothing has really happened with the purchase yet but, the CEO of the company revealed the plans are big.

Jeffrey Katzenberg believes the Classic Media library is to DreamWorks what the Marvel library is to Disney. And, in the future, the company plans to “reinvent” these franchises. Read More »

Need for Speed 2

Breaking Bad might end this week, but you have not seen the last of Aaron Paul. Not by a long shot. He’s starring in next year’s Need for Speed, based on the popular video game series, and the first trailer is now out. Check it out below. Read More »

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Noah Baumbach‘s last film, Frances Ha, was shot and finished without many people knowing about it; the director’s involvement was only revealed just before the film premiered at Telluride. He’s currently in production on the film While We’re Young, about which we also know little.

Now it seems like the Greenberg and The Squid and the Whale director is taking a similar approach with another film; the difference is that this is an animated project, for a major studio. Even better, the film, Flawed Dogs, is based on recent work by cartoonist and author Berkley Breathed. The adaptation was announced a couple years ago, but this is the first we’ve heard of Baumbach’s involvement. Read More »

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Paul Greengrass‘s on-again, off-again affair with DreamWorks’ The Trial of the Chicago 7 is, well, off again. The Captain Phillips director has just left the Aaron Sorkin-penned drama, two months after we heard he was in talks and five years after he originally started circling. Hit the jump to find out what happened.

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