Producer/star Seth Rogen‘s cancer comedy has endured at least two title changes, two directors and two lead actors. So it seems fitting that its new, and final, title is 50/50 and Summit will release it on September 30. Directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) the film stars Rogen as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Philip Baker Hall and Angelica Huston. 50/50 is based on the true story of Will Reiser (who also wrote the screenplay), “a producer on Da Ali G Show and Best Week Ever, who was diagnosed with cancer in his mid-20s and successfully battled the disease over several years.” Michael Giacchino is rumored to be writing the score as well. There’s more information after the jump. Read More »

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Michael Giacchino has personally solved the problem of unemployment in America: just win an Oscar for Best Original Score. After Giacchino’s 2010 Oscar win for his amazing score to Up, the composer behind Star Trek and Lost has more jobs than a normal person would know what to do with. He just finished Let Me In, we already found out he will be scoring Andrew Stanton’s John Carter of Mars, but now we have official confirmation that he’s currently scoring Cars 2 for John Lasseter and Pixar, followed by Super 8 and Mission: Impossible 4 for frequent collaborators J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird respectively. He’s also “adapting John Williams’ themes for the refreshed Star Tours ride at Disneyland.” And that’s not even everything on the man’s plate. Find out what else he’s scoring, and more, after the break. Read More »

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For the last two years or so, we’ve been reporting on Summit Entertainment’s Untitled Cancer Comedy, which was formerly titled I’m With Cancer. The movie finally has an official title: Live With It, clever eh?

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I’m not sure where the comment section trend of suggesting Joseph Gordon-Levitt for every available male role went from the spirit of genuine fandom to outright jokester parody, but here’s some fuel for the fire: James McAvoy has dropped out of the film formerly called I’m With Cancer, and will be replaced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Read More »

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Consider this a courtesy report on the fact that New Line is making a film based on the Warner Bros. cartoon character Speedy Gonzales, with George Lopez providing the voice of the character. Because, like the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, the Garfield films, et al, this one is a movie purely for the kids. As an adult who always thought the character was the worst of WB’s stable, this sounds awful.

Speaking of Garfield, the writers behind that first movie (Alex Sokolow and Joel Cohen) are writing Speedy, which will be a live-action/CGI hybrid. Anne Lopez, wife of George, says “We wanted to make sure that it was not the Speedy of the 1950s — the racist Speedy. [He's] going to be a misunderstood boy who comes from a family that works in a very meticulous setting, and he’s a little too fast for what they do. He makes a mess of that. So he has to go out in the world to find what he’s good at.” My guess: he doesn’t become Mexico’s cultural ambassador to the UN. [THR]

After the break, Anjelica Huston and Philip Baker Hall help make the cast for Rogen and McAvoy’s upcoming ‘cancer comedy’ look more like one for a Paul Thomas Anderson movie. Could there be any more ridiculous story pairing? OK, sure there could, but it probably won’t happen today. Read More »

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Writing about films that don’t have a real title can be confusing, so I’ll try to make this clear. I’m With Cancer was once the title of a comedy / drama that will star Seth Rogen, James McAvoy and Anna Kendrick. That title has been abandoned for some time, so for the time being it’s just the Seth Rogen Untitled Cancer Dramedy, which isn’t really the way to pull in an audience. Neither is I’m With Cancer, I agree, but what do you call a sorta-comedy inspired by the screenwriter’s real battle with cancer? Read More »

Anna Kendrick

Twilight and Up in the Air star Anna Kendrick has been cast and Wackness director Jonathan Levine has signed to helm the very tentatively titled I’m With Cancer, an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1′s Best Week Ever. Kendrick joins Seth Rogen and James McAvoy. Reiser’s spec script tells the story of a 25-year-old who learns he has the disease. Nicole Holofcener (Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money) was attached to direct when the project was announced in October 2008.

This project just keeps getting better. We’ve been singing the praises of Kendrick since first seeing her in the Sundance dramedy Rocket Science, and like everyone else, were very impressed with her part in Up in the Air. And if you’ve been reading the site for a couple years, then you’ll know that we were one of the strongest supporters of Levin’s coming of age film The Wackness, which sadly got mismarketed and dumped in the marketplace by Sony Pictures Classics. You can read the official press release after the jump.

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James McAvoy

James McAvoy has signed on to star in I’m With Cancer, an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1′s Best Week Ever.

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