Barbie and Ruth

There’s already a live-action Barbie movie in development at Sony Pictures with a script from Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2), rewritten by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), and slated for release on June 2nd, 2017. But now a movie about Barbie’s origins is in the works, focusing on how the creator came up with the idea for the iconic doll.

Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea are developing a film based on Robin Gerber’s book Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her, chronicling “how one visionary woman and her product changed an industry and sparked a lasting debate about women’s roles.” Read More »


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Tom Whalen's Masters of the Universe

If you grew up in the past half century, then your childhood was probably filled with toys made by Mattel. My childhood was filled with a ton of He-Man figures and those M.U.S.C.L.E. minis could be found all over my room. I always wanted the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Mattel Overboard from Back to the Future Part II and childhood me would probably be shocked at which one of those officially released Mattel products future-Peter ended up owning.

A new art show will be opening up at Gallery 1988 next week called Mattel: A Tribute To 70 Years Of Toys. The show, curated by artist Dave Perillo, is a small group show that features different artists take on some of Mattel Brand most iconic toys from over the past 70 years. Hit the jump to find out more, see some artwork from the show, and learn what great artists (such as Dave Perillo and Tom Whallen — yes, thats his kick-ass Masters of the Universe piece above) are involved.

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Barbie in Toy Story 2

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Sony has just announced they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the Barbie toy line on June 2nd 2017. The film was written by Jenny Bicks (What A Girl WantsRio 2) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JunoJennifer’s BodyYoung Adult)Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes and Amy Pascal are producing.

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Barbie Movie on Fast Track From Sony and Mattel

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One of the biggest toy franchises in the world is in a race to the big screen. Sony has just signed a deal with with Mattel to make a movie version of BarbieJenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) is writing the script, with the studio hoping to be shooting by the end of the year. Mattel agreed to the film based on a new pitch that would embrace Barbie’s multiple careers and turn her into a fashionable chameleon who can jump from job to job, helping people around the world. Read more about the Barbie movie below. Read More »



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You Knew This Was Coming: Universal Plans a Barbie Movie


I’m so glad that on the same day we get to report that the likely to be extra-silly Masters of the Universe movie may be a go at Columbia, I also get to cover Universal’s plans for a film based on the Barbie toy line. But, really, how is there not already a Barbie movie? (One that isn’t porn?) How has Mattel failed to make a whole damn series of these movies? There are direct to DVD animated things, sure, but nary a notable or forgettable feature. According to Mattel, the time is now! Read More »

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