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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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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 »

If Sequel Bits has a mascot, it’s gotta be Bruce Willis. Guy has four sequels due out this year, and in this edition he talks about two of them, A Good Day to Die Hard and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Also after the jump:

  • Dirk the Daring and Angry Birds could be in Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • James Wan continues casting for Insidious Chapter 2
  • Hasbro will bring Jurassic Park 4 toys to shelves in 2014
  • Nicholas McCarthy‘s indie horror The Pact is getting a sequel
  • Andy Serkis is excited for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Star Trek production designer discusses his biggest challenge
  • Jai Courtney explains why the McClanes don’t get along

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It’s hard to believe it’s only been three years since Rovio Entertainment launched a little mobile game called Angry Birds. In that time, the franchise has become totally ubiquitous. I’m not just talking about the countless special editions of the game itself, either. I can’t walk into a drugstore without seeing Angry Birds-branded candy and plush toys for sale, and Angry Birds t-shirts are a common sight on the subway or the sidewalk.

Now, the cute but vicious creatures are pushing into new territory with a planned movie. Rovio has announced that a 3D CG-animated feature adaptation will hit in 2016, with John Cohen (Despicable Me) producing. David Maisel (formerly of Marvel Studios) remains on board as executive producer. More details after the jump.

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There are two major pieces of Star Wars speculation out there today, followed but a bunch of smaller pieces. Hence this edition of Star Wars Bits, where you can read about the following:

  • Promoting his latest movie Sushi Girl, Mark Hamill says he still isn’t sure if he’ll be back for Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Corey Feldman throws his hat in the ring to play of Han Solo’s son.
  • Samuel L. Jackson defends George Lucas and his Star Wars prequels.
  • Angry Birds: Star Wars gets its first DLC this week: Hoth.

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Fake Angry Birds movie trailers are nothing new. We even posted a good one, done in the style of Michael Bay, a few months back. But as Hollywood struggles to get an official version off the ground, the gang over at Machinima and The Quarter Bin, such as director Nick Murphy, have come up with surprisingly simple, I-can’t-believe-I-didn’t-think-of-that way to take the Angry Birds concept and port it to the mainstream. And if it happens to be a total plagiarism of the works of Guy Ritchie? Well, at least they picked someone whose style is fun to watch. The unofficial movie trailer for Angry Birds is after the jump. Read More »

For over a year and a half, Angry Birds has been one of the most popular games in the world. It’s big enough that Aaron Sorkin spouted a joke about it on 30 Rock (and also gave out some play advice in the same scene); hell, big enough that it has replaced Farmville as the image of casual gaming. What Pac Man was in 1981, Angry Birds is now.

A movie has been in the very early stages of development since April of 2010, and the project is finally moving forward with the addition of former Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel, who is now working with the game’s publisher, Rovio, to launch the cartoonish birds right at the sensitive eggs of audiences everywhere. Read More »

What if the popular mobile video game Angry Birds was a live-action feature film directed by action filmmaker Michael Bay? Imagine no more: RoosterTeeth has created a movie trailer. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Angry Birds is probably the most addictive game on the iPhone or iPad. The game basically involves slingshotting various different types of birds, each with different atributes (one can slingshot for instance, where another drops a egg bomb) at structures housing green pig creatures. The goal is not to knock down the structures, but to kill the pigs. Of course, knocking down the structures is how you accomplish this, and the puzzels can be quite challenging, but not too challenging — it’s always fun.

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