Key and Peele

The Police Academy remake has just been given new life thanks to Key and Peele. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, best known for their Comedy Central sketch comedy show Key and Peele, have just been attached to produce a remake of the goofball Eighties franchise about misfits training to become police officers. Read More »

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We're the Millers

Briefly: One of the biggest box office surprises of 2013 had to be Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s We’re The Millers. Made for just under $40 million, the comedy grossed $150 million in the U.S. and $270 million worldwide. That’s a huge number, so it’s no surprise a sequel is in the works. Stars Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts are all expected to come back, but no deals are set, and New Line has hired Adam Sztykiel to write the sequel. Sztykiel wrote Due Date and Maid of Honor. Marshall Thurber is also expected to return to direct. No release date has been set. [THR]

y: the last man

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Y: The Last Man co-creator Brian K Vaughn revealed that New Line Cinema has only a few months left to get Y: The Last Man into production before they lose the rights to make the big screen adaptation.

It’s my understanding that the rights to “Y: The Last Man” will revert back to co-creator Pia Guerra and me for the first time in a decade if the planned New Line adaptation doesn’t start shooting in the next few months, so I expect there will be some “Y” news in 2014 either way.

Last we heard, New Line was fast tracking the project to get the adaptation into production this year. But if they don’t act soon, New Line could lose the rights to make the film at all. The Warner Bros-owned company has been trying to bring the comic book series to the big screen for nearly a decade. I’ve been following and reporting on the developments of this adaptation for the last eight and a half years. Lets take a look back at the history of the development.

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The Conjuring

Though she wasn’t the main focus of The Conjuring, Annabelle the doll was one of its most memorable visions. Her cracked gray face and clown-like smile look like the stuff nightmares are made of, even before it’s revealed that she’s possessed by demons hell-bent on destroying her roommates.

She was so effectively creepy, in fact, that now she’s getting her own movie. New Line is moving ahead with the Conjuring spinoff Annabelle, casting Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton in the leads. Shooting will get underway later this month. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Dwayne Johnson Fast Five

Yet another massive movie has joined the packed slate of Summer 2015. This one, however, isn’t a sequel or a franchise film. It isn’t even based on a prior property. It’s an old school, original high concept Hollywood pitch starring the most in-demand action star of the decade. Like summer movies used to be.

Dwayne Johnson‘s upcoming film, San Andreas, a 3D action film about a major earthquake in California is now set for release June 5, 2015. Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which Johnson also starred in) is directing from a script by Carey and Chad Hayes. Read More »

Boogie Nights Reynolds Wahlberg

These days, it’s easy to look back on Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1997 masterpiece Boogie Nights with reverence. Personally, it’s my second or third favorite movie of all time; it was nominated for all kinds of Oscars; and launched (or re-launched) the careers of numerous actors we’re all familiar with today. Since its release, Anderson has continued the same level of excellence and some of his seventies-influenced, but modern filmmaking techniques have become the fodder of film discussion across the world. Boogie Nights is a modern American classic, period.

However, before the film was released, New Line wasn’t quite sure what they had besides a two and a half hour movie about porn starring Marky Mark, from the director of Hard Eight, featuring a flamboyant Burt Reynolds and a massive ending. According to a new interview, producer Michael De Luca looks back on that uncertainty with fondness but admits, if it wasn’t for the positive reviews that came out of the New York Film Festival, the movie might have gone straight to video. Read More »

beorns-house-1

One of the characters set to debut in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Beorn, a man who is sometimes a bear (or a bear who is sometimes a man). Beorn is gigantic, and accordingly, he has a home that is of such a size that normal human men look like hobbits when sitting at his table. That’s illustrator and designer John Howe at the table, above.

To shoot the film, Jackson’s crew built the entire outsized home, complete with gigantic furniture and props, so that the characters would look appropriately small in Beorn’s surroundings. A new featurette shows off the house, and as is the case with so many of the behind the scenes videos for Jackson’s tour of Middle-Earth, is a good way to spend a few minutes.  Read More »

Horrible Bosses

The original cast of Horrible Bosses – Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey — are now at work bringing their original roles back to life in Horrible Bosses 2. Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz are also on board, playing “new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.”

What are those dreams of success, exactly? They involve what can only be called a giant paradigm shift for these losers. Read More »

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