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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Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Derek Cianfrance knows a thing or two about tricky family relationships, judging by his previous works. Brother Tied explored a troubled sibling rivalry, Blue Valentine examined the breakdown of a once-promising marriage, and The Place Beyond the Pines saw fathers unwittingly passing their sins down to their sons.
His next directorial effort continues in a similar vein, though this time the family’s biggest problem seems to come from outsiders rather than from each other. Cianfrance has signed on for DreamWorks’ The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of the bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman. Get the plot details after the jump.
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In 2008, Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks earmarked The 39 Clues as their own, personal Harry Potter. They purchased the rights to the franchise which follows two children who find out they’re part of the most famous family in history, with a lineage that includes Napoleon and Houdini. The pair then sets out on a global treasure hunt to find 39 clues, ingredients to a potion which will create the most powerful person in the world. Dreamworks bought the rights, three years passed and Brett Ratner was attached to direct. Then another year passed and Shawn Levy replaced him. That was the last the public heard of it.
Five years have passed since Dreamworks purchased The 39 Clues and it seems like the rights are about to lapse. Cue Universal, who is in talks to buy the rights The 39 Clues. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Benedict Cumberbatch definitely has a silly side, as anyone who enjoyed his cute little video greeting from the Sherlock panel at San Diego Comic-Con can attest. Unfortunately, it’s not a part of his personality we get to see much in film. His name’s practically synonymous with prestige dramas like the upcoming 12 Years a Slave. Even his big-budget franchise turn in Star Trek Into Darkness was more grim than playful.
But that’ll change with his latest gig, in The Penguins of Madagascar. Cumberbatch has just signed on for a key role in the animated family film, along with fellow acclaimed person John Malkovich. Hit the jump to find out whom they’ll play.
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Steven Spielberg just dropped out of his second project in a row. This time it’s the true story American Sniper, about Navy SEAL and marksman Chris Kyle, to be played by Bradley Cooper. (The actor is also producing.) Warner Bros. will continue to move ahead with the project.
Before signing up for American Sniper, Spielberg also was set to helm Robopocalypse. However, issues with the script forced the filmmaker to delay production on that film indefinitely. According to reports, in this case, the director simply couldn’t get his vision to mesh with the proposed budget.
Spielberg still has tons of films on his plate, but having dropped this one, there’s no word what he’ll direct next. Let’s try and figure it out below. Read More »
The first trailer for Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, has just been released. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, the October 18th release dramatizes the rise, and fall of the controversial website Wikileaks. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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This teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 is pretty great, because it doesn’t skimp on footage, but it also doesn’t barrage us with a rapid-cut montage. Instead, this is one long sequence that makes for an ideal teaser — it will remind those who saw the first film of the pleasures it contained, while also promising something new. And for those who haven’t seen the first film, this just offers a great look at the animation that will be seen when the film hits screens in just under a year.
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