In part because of the runaway success of Alice in Wonderland, a story like The Wizard of Oz is hot stuff in Hollywood right now. So there are loads of Oz-related projects in the works: Disney’s Oz, the Great and Powerful, to be directed by Sam Raimi with Robert Downey, Jr. starring; the Polish Brothers’ Oz; a Wizard of Oz sequel called Surrender Dorothy potentially to be directed by Drew Barrymore; and the animated Dorothy of Oz.
We’ve now got a set of character sketches for the animated film, which at the very least demonstrate that it won’t be subject to any unsavory ‘dark fantasy’ whims. For that reason alone I’m willing to think about giving it a shot. Read More »
It must be trailer week at Sony Pictures International. Yesterday they released an international trailer for Zombieland, and today they’ve released a new Japanese trailer for Roland Emmerich‘s new disaster flick 2012. It might start off similar to the previously released domestic trailer, but about half way through we begin to see a lot of scenes and sequences we haven’t seen before. We also begin to learn more about the story — where are the main characters going? How will they survive? The countdown clock is introduced.
To be honest with you, I’m more excited for this film than I should be. Yes, I’m not expecting a great movie, or even a good story, but the sequence we saw at Comic-Con with a limo outrunning an earthquake was so ridiculous, yet fun in all the ways that Transformers 2 should have been, but wasn’t. Check out the new Japanese trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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HBO has premiered a full trailer for the new television series Bored to Death, which is being billed as “A Noir-otic Comedy”. Jason Schwartzman stars as Jonathan Ames (well, not the real Jonathan Ames, although he is a writer on the show), an alcoholic noir-fiction-obsessed writer who impulsively decides to become an unlicensed private detective. The show also features Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) as Ames’ best friend Ray, a comic book writer, who along with Ames’ editor (played by Ted Danson), winds up tagging along for a few detective cases. Seems like a great concept for a television show.
The trailer also features guest appearances from John Hodgman (Daily Show, Mac ads), Patton Oswalt, Kirsten Wiig, Parker Posey, Bebe Neuwirth, Oliver Platt and while I didn’t notice her in the trailer, IMDb also lists the wonderful Olivia Thirlby. And if you’re not sold yet… Paul Feig, of Freaks and Geeks, The Office and Arrested Development fame, directs a couple episodes. Check out the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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In the wickedly underrated David Wain comedy Wet Hot American Summer, there is a sequence where Michael Showalter, in character as a stand-up comic geezer, entertains a bunch of kids at camp with awful jokes about the Stone Age. The joke isn’t his routine, but that the kids are laughing at these terrible, stale caveman gags. Thinking along those lines, I’d be happier (though unconvinced) if Harold Ramis argued that his new movie Year One was a full-length meta comedy about terrible jokes, though I know it’s just a bad, ramshackle movie that assumes its audience is comprised primarily of children. Read More »
Sony Pictures has released the first full trailer for 2012, the next big disaster film from Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and Godzilla.
Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Oliver Platt.
To be honest, I had kinda gotten tired of the disaster movie genre as a whole, and wasn’t really looking forward to 2012 at all. But judging from this trailer, 2012 looks like it could be the first fun disaster film we’ve seen in a long while. Some of the effects-infused scenes just look incredible. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about seeing a disaster film since first witnessing the alien ship blow up the White House in the Independence Day teaser during the Superbowl. Watch the trailer after the jump (we’ve also included the international trailer which features a few different shots) and leave your thoughts in the comments below. What do you think?
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We’re still trying to catch up on some of the photos that were released in last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Above is your first look at the upcoming Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day) biblical comedy The Year One (I’ve heard it has in fact been retitled from Year One to The Year One). When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers named Zed and Oh (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.
The film also features Paul Rudd and David Cross, who play Cain and Abel, Hank Azaria as Abraham, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin) as Isaac, and Oliver Platt as a High Priest. Based on an original idea by Ramis, and a screenplay by The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg (yes, the guys who are writing the new Ghostbusters movie), The Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.
Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Oliver Platt are in discussions to join Roland Emmerich‘s epic disaster project 2012. An academic researcher (John Cusack) opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans. December 21st 2012 is the last day of the Mayan calendar, believed to be the end of the world. Glover would play the president of the United States, Newton would be his daughter, and Platt would be his chief of staff.
THR also says that 2012 was being shopped around Hollywood with a $200 million budget, but Columbia claims it will be made for less than that. This either means the preproduction budget is like $180-190 million or the Sony-owened studio just doesn’t want to fess up to the real price tag. Bottom line is that the film is expensive. Emmerich is best known as the director of Independence Day, Stargate and Universal Soldier. But as of recent years the German director has produced lackluster efforts: Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC. Bad news is that Emmerich penned the screenplay with composer turned writer Harald Kloser, the same guy behind 10,000 BC.
2012 is scheduled to begin shooting in July 2009, and is penciled in for a July 10th 2009 release (however, the actors strike could delay everything).
Details have have been kept tightly under wraps involving the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day) comedy Year One. All that has been revealed thus far is the cast and creative list behind the film, which includes Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), Jack Black, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple, and Oliver Platt. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Oh, and the story is “set in biblical times”. Jack Black talked to Collider while promoting his upcoming film Be Kind Rewind, and spilled the beans:
“Year One is a biblical comedy. It’s about the old testament. I’m just a dude wandering through biblical times. I’m not a famous character that you would have heard of before. Me and Michael Cera are just sort of wandering through, and you get to see all these old stories from the Torah, told through Agnostic, sort of, eyes.”
It appears we might have a new controversial comedy that takes aim at religion (ala Monty Python’s Life of Brian), which may explain why details have been kept hush hush. Black also confirmed that the script was finished before the strike, and the project is plowing ahead without the constant rewrites that he is accustomed to. Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.
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Christopher Mintz-Plasse will forever be known as McLovin. In the way that Seann William Scott will probably always be referred to as Stiffler. Plasse would probably be better off changing his name officially to McLovin.
Judd Apatow is trying to get Mintz-Plasse some more work in Hollywood, casting the SuperBad star in the 2009 Harold Ramis comedy Year One (no relation to the Frank Miller Batman graphic novel) starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple are also in final negotiations for the film.
Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Wellâ€¦ ummm its about the first year ofâ€¦ okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). All we know is it’s a comedy “set in biblical times” and that Platt is in talks to play a platform-shoe-wearing high priest, while Jones is on board to play a head palace guard named Sargon.
With Judd Apatow on such a roll as of late, we have to keep a close eye on all his upcoming projects. And Ramis has directed some of the best comedies of all time, including Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Anaylze This (we’ll try to forget about Bedazzled, Stuart Saves His Family and Multiplicity). With an early Summer 09 release date, this is definitely one to watch out for.
Year One will hit theaters on June 19th 2009.
What if Disney decided to produce live action remakes of their animated classics with top Hollywood stars? How about Rachel Weisz as Snow White? Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella? BeyoncÃ© as Alice in Wonderland? Don’t get worried yet Disney fanatics, these photos are not part of a feature film production, but instead Photographer Annie Leibovit’s Disney Dream Portrait Series which will star appearing in magazines in November. Check out some of the photos below. Click on the photos to enlarge.
Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella
Roger Federer as King Arthur
Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy from Disney’s Pinocchio with her apprentice fairy, Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin
Beyonce as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter and Lyle Lovett as the March Hare.
David Beckham as Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty