Briefly: There’s no title yet for this new project, but the 50/50 team of writer/director Jonathan Levine and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are coming together once more for a Christmas comedy. Sony bought in over the weekend and has fast-tracked it for production this summer. (How this will affect Rogen’s work on Preacher is impossible to tell at this point.)
THR reports that the script, by Levine, is about “three childhood best friends who reunite in New York City for their annual tradition of going out on Christmas Eve.” Two of the three will be played by Gordon-Levitt and Rogen, while a third actor will be cast to round out the trio.
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Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Channing Tatum is reuniting with his Magic Mike producing partner Reid Carolin, but unfortunately for waxed chest enthusiasts everywhere, it’s not for a sequel. Instead, they’re set to produce MGM’s Bad Romance, the latest project by 50/50 and Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine. Tatum will star as well as produce. Hit the jump to learn everything we know so far about the project.
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This weekend marks the release of You’re Next, which made its festival debut in 2011 and has had horror fans waiting for two years. But there’s also new materials for a delayed festival horror fave that has been waiting even longer for release.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was the feature debut of Jonathan Levine, who has gone on to make The Wackness, 50/50, and Warm Bodies. The film debuted at TIFF in 2006, where the Midnight Madness crowd ate it up. (I was there; it was a fun show.) Amber Heard takes an early starring role as a girl who is the center of attention in her high school, and who finds herself at a secluded weekend party where attendees are being violently dispatched.
Years of difficulty with distributors has kept the film off screens in the US even as it has been released in other countries. The film finally hits VOD on September 6, with a limited theatrical release planned for October 11th. There’s a new official US trailer to promote that release, which you can see below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over the past several years, we’ve watched as director Jonathan Levine has climbed up the Hollywood ranks. His ’90s indie drama The Wackness received lots of praise, as did his cancer comedy 50/50, and he even managed to find new life in the paranormal romance subgenre this year with Warm Bodies.
However, we in the States have so far been denied the pleasure of seeing where it all began. Levine’s directorial debut All the Boys Love Mandy Lane garnered enough positive buzz on the festival circuit in 2006 that Dimension Films scooped up the distribution rights, but the company never actually got around to releasing the film. And so it is that, seven years later, RADiUS-TWC has only just scheduled a U.S. premiere date for the movie.
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In 2006 the film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane generated some buzz in the midnight program at Toronto. The director, Jonathan Levine, went on to make films such as The Wackness, 50/50, and Warm Bodies, and star Amber Heard made her way into other genre fare including Zombieland and Drive Angry, as well as films such as The Rum Diary.
Harvey Weinstein lined up to buy All the Boys Love Mandy Lane at TIFF, and his Dimension label walked away with the distribution rights. But the failure of Grindhouse cooled Weinstein’s interest in the movie, and it was sold to Senator, which proceeded to do nothing with the film. For seven years it has collected dust on a shelf.
Now, ironically, Radius-TWC, the digital arm of The Weinstein Company. has picked up the Mandy Lane rights, and the film will finally be released this year. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s no coincidence that the official website for author Isaac Marion includes glowing blurbs from both Stephenie Meyer and Simon Pegg. Marion’s novel Warm Bodies, and Jonathan Levine‘s film adaptation of same, owes as much to Twilight as it does Shaun of the Dead. It attempts to infuse some self-aware humor into a tale of star-crossed inter-species romance. Ultimately, however, the combination turns out to be less than the sum of its parts.
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Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Both paranormal romances and zombie thrillers have abounded on the big screen in recent years, but next year’s Warm Bodies promises to do something a little different by combining the two subgenres.
Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50) based on the book by Isaac Marion, the zom-rom-com follows an unlikely relationship between the handsome-but-undead R (Nicholas Hoult) and the very-much-alive Julie (Teresa Palmer). The promos we’ve seen so far suggest a movie that’s equal parts sweet and funny. Now the first four minutes have come online, giving us a better look at R and the grim, gray world he inhabits.
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There’s a short new trailer for Warm Bodies, the zombie romantic comedy from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness), starring Nicholas Hoult as a zombie who falls for a human girl (Teresa Palmer). It’s the classic wrong side of the tracks romantic setup, complete with the girl’s father (John Malkovich) being a guy who is opposed — really, violently opposed — to the idea of their relationship.
Malkovich gets a bit more play in this trailer, which, despite being only one minute long, is probably more effective than the first longer spot for the film was. Read More »
As a genre, the zombie film is pretty thoroughly mined at this point. There has even been a zombie romantic comedy (or zom-rom-com) that made a few fans. You’ve probably seen Shaun of the Dead four or five times by now.
But Warm Bodies, from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) might not be as redundant as the idea of another zom-rom-com might seem. It plays with the tropes of rom-coms and zombie films even more, creating an exaggerated “wrong side of the tracks” romance where, in this case, the “track” in question is actually the line between life and death.
See, Nicholas Hoult is a zombie, but when he meets Teresa Palmer, his heart starts to beat again. Her father, John Malkovich, isn’t too keen on this. Eventually, it seems other zombies are edging back towards life, too, but in the meantime there’s some weird comedy and romance to play with. Two trailers for the film have hit today, and through them you can start to get an idea of how the mix all works. Read More »