Today you may be seeing rumors that Sony is going to sell off rights to Spider-Man. It’s all based on six degrees of uninformed speculation, which is to say: don’t believe it for a second. The point of the real conversation going on is that the Sony Entertainment division — music and movies, in other words — is the profitable arm of the company, and has been propping up Sony as a whole while the electronics divisions lose money.
That being the case, why would the company even think of selling the character that is among its most reliable earners? Answer: it would not. You might want to see Marvel Studios produce an Avengers 2 that features Spider-Man, but it ain’t happening. Not without a very unlikely partnership with Sony, at least. Details below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
The summer schedule is chock full of sequels we’re dying, or at least very curious to see. This weekend alone has Fast & Furious 6 going up against Before Midnight, for example. Monsters University and The Wolverine are due out in the following months. And so on.
Today, however, we have a trailer for what may be the least-anticipated follow-up of the season. (Least-anticipated by the hardcore movie crowd, that is.) Grown Ups 2 reunites Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, and Chris Rock in their hometown for still more hilarious shenanigans. The film also brings some fresh blood into the mix, in the form of Taylor Lautner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Shaquille O’Neil. Watch the video after the jump.
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Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Sony held an early screening of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, This Is The End, which opens June 12. In the film Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Jay Baruchel all star as themselves. They, along with half of Hollywood, are at Franco’s house for a party when the world literally starts to end.
Watching the trailers, we could see a lot of promise in the film. However, mixing Hollywood gossip with gross-out humor and Biblical stakes is a weird premise with plenty of risk. Could the laughs, cameos and other surprises balance out to make an actual funny, entertaining movie? According to the tweets coming out of the screening, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Here’s just one, from a name you may recognize, then read more below.
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Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Like a bird slingshotting into a pig-inhabited pile of bricks, Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds movie is picking up speed. Just a few days after Sony Pictures stepped up to distribute the film, Emmy-winning writer/producer Jon Vitti has been hired to script it. In addition, Catherine Winder has just stepped up to produce. Hit the jump to get all the details.
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Zombieland started as a TV pitch, became a movie, went back to a TV format and is now dead. The TV pilot, which premiered on Amazon last month, has been officially axed by the streaming service, ending a rollercoaster ride for the creators and fans of the franchise who’d been clamoring for a follow-up. Franchise creators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote and directed the pilot which featured the same humor, violence and characters and as the movie, but with less recognizable actors.
Reese took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the show’s dismissal, suggesting Zombieland fans “hated it out of existence.” Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Self-professed Bond fanboy Christopher Nolan has confessed his desire to direct a 007 film a number of times over the years, and even gone so far as meeting with the producers. So far, it hasn’t quite worked out. Now that Sam Mendes has officially turned down Bond 24, though, it seems Nolan may finally get his shot.
A new report indicates that the Dark Knight director is in informal talks to helm the next Bond film, and possibly even the one after that if all goes well. Given that Skyfall bore more than a few marks of Nolan’s influence, Nolan seems like an obvious but excellent pick. More details after the jump.
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There’s a showdown brewing in the kitchen. Years ago, David Fincher was attached to direct a film called Chef. His version never happened, but John Wells, whose film adaptation of Osage: Orange County just debuted a trailer, is going to make the movie from the script by Steven Knight. The Weinstein Company is behind the film, and they’ve just landed Bradley Cooper as the star. Good job, guys!
But while that Chef was floundering, before Wells and Cooper came on, Jon Favreau wrote his own indie called Chef, and has recruited actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Sofia Vergara (and possibly Scarlett Johansson) to join him. He plans to shoot the film this summer.
So who gets the title? The film that had it first, or the movie that shoots first? How about the one with the more powerful lawyers? Read More »
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We just gave you the Rio 2 teaser, and now here’s an appropriate accompaniment. The original Rio was promoted with a movie-specific version of the massively popular mobile game Angry Birds, and the original Angry Birds concept (inasmuch as it can be called a concept, at least as far as a movie goes) is also being turned into a film.
Rovio, the company that developed the game, is making the movie in-house, but has just signed a big contract to distribute it. Sony will now put the movie in theaters on July 1, 2016. Read More »