David Foster Wallace biopic

David Foster Wallace fans aren’t the only ones harboring doubts about James Ponsoldt‘s upcoming biopic The End of the Tour. As it turns out, the late writer’s family is none too thrilled about the project, either.

In a new statement, the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust stressed that they “neither endorse nor support” the project, which is based on journalist David Lipsky‘s notes from a never-published story. What’s more, the Trust plans to “review its legal options,” potentially blocking distribution of the film.

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WTF: Peeps Movie in Development

Peeps movie

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, someone decides to make a Peeps movie. Yes, that’s Peeps as in those sugary marshmallow confections that crop up in drugstores everywhere around Easter.

The specific “someone” in this case is Adam Rifkin, director of Detroit Rock City, who has just optioned the film and TV rights to the candies. There’s no word yet on what the small-screen plans are, but the film is described as an animated “Lego Movie-esque family epic.” Hit the jump to learn more about Peeps’ journey to the screen.

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‘It’s a Small World’ Movie in the Works at Disney

Its a Small World movie

The world scoffed when Disney first announced plans to turn Pirates of the Caribbean into a movie. But after that experiment proved a big, big success, it seemed like just a matter of time before Disney’s other classic rides got similar treatment. Today, it’s It’s a Small World‘s turn to get a Hollywood makeover.

The studio announced today that it will make an It’s a Small World movie, with Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) directing. Jerry Bruckheimer, who turned Pirates into such a massive hit, will produce. More details after the jump.

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Mitch Hurwitz Developing New Netflix Shows

Mitch Hurwitz has said that there will probably be another season of Arrested Development, perhaps even a movie. And his successful deal with Netflix to air the show’s fourth season has now come up with a new benefit The Arrested Development creator has a new deal, under which he’ll develop new original series for Netfix. Read More »

New Philip Reeve Book Railhead

Doug Liman directed Edge of Tomorrow for Warner Bros., and the studio is evidently happy with the film. How do we know? Because WB has just set Liman to direct an adaptation of a forthcoming young adult sci-fi tale, the new Philip Reeve book Railhead. The book won’t be out for a while, but it sounds like a big adventure with a cast of humans and aliens scattered across stretches of space. Read More »

The Love Punch trailer

Pierce Brosnan hasn’t played James Bond in years, but his days of daring aren’t totally behind him. In the new The Love Punch trailer, he plans to steal a $10 million diamond after a shady French financier makes off with his pension fund.

The difference is that this Pierce Brosnan is not a badass spy, but an ordinary businessman with three equally ill-equipped co-conspirators: his snarky ex-wife Kate (Emma Thompson) and two bumbling neighbors (Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie). Naturally, sparks fly and hilarity ensues. Watch the Love Punch trailer after the jump.

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Ratatouille ride

Updates on lots of new, exciting rides and attractions at theme parks around the world are in this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Meet the animatronic characters in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and see the interactive queue.
  • The Ratatouille ride officially opens July 10; see a new video.
  • Four new, limited theme-park t-shirts are available from Disney.
  • You can meet Spider-Man in a Disney park.
  • The Frozen princesses have officially moved to the Magic Kingdom.
  • Second Harry Potter land to open July 15 in Japan.

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Transcendence

David and Devindra discuss the new Fargo and About a Boy TV series, wonder why anyone was disappointed with Homefront, and Peter Sciretta reports back from WonderCon. Laremy Legel, author of Film Critic, joins us for this episode.

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