Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver have already dabbled in comic book adaptations by executive producing The Boys for Amazon Prime. But now the gang from Point Grey Pictures is getting back together for an even bigger comic book franchise.
Nickelodeon has announced that the trio behind the likes of Neighbors, This Is The End, Good Boys, and Sausage Party has been brought in to develop and create an all-new computer animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which will mark the first-ever fully CG theatrical production from Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Read More »
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The Movie: Ghost Town
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime
The Pitch: After a near-death experience during a routine colonoscopy, people-hating dentist Bertrum Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is shocked to discover that he is suddenly able to talk to the dead. Constantly cornered by unhappy spirits who want him to help resolve their earthly problems, the misanthropic Pincus is driven to distraction. Eventually talked into helping the dearly departed Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), Pincus attempts to talk to Frank’s widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni)
Why It’s Essential Viewing: David Koepp is best known for writing blockbusters hits like Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man and War of the Worlds. Comedian Ricky Gervais is known for being smarmy, snarky, and generally pompous. But when these two come together in Ghost Town, the result is a charming romantic comedy that somehow turns Ricky Gervais into an endearing leading man when all is said and done. Read More »
Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet and Disney’s remake of Mulan have been pushed back into August, which has shaken up how soon movie theaters will be reopening. That means several more movies are shifting their release dates too. The thriller Unhinged starring Russell Crowe and the return of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in Bill and Ted Face the Music have each been pushed back slightly, but Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan has been delayed four months to early in 2021. Read More »
Top Gun: Maverick was supposed to be flying into theaters this month, but the coronavirus changed that. Now, the Tom Cruise sequel is due out in December, but if you’re impatient to feel the need for speed, here’s a fun little treat. A very quick, but very cool, Top Gun: Maverick behind-the-scenes video is here to remind you again that instead of CGI, Maverick is really putting Cruise in the cockpit of a plane and letting him fly like a bat out of hell.
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After 32 seasons on the air, Cops has been canceled at Paramount Network. The wildly popular law-enforcement reality TV show, which has been the subject of plenty of criticism over the years for its glorification of police aggression, has finally been canned by Paramount Network after the network pulled it from its schedule amid global protests against police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
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Event Horizon, Paul W. S. Anderson‘s sci-fi horror movie about a starship that accidentally opens a gateway to hell, is getting a new Blu-ray release from the fine folks at Scream Factory. That would be good news on its own, but it also comes with the reveal that Scream Factory is searching for the fabled long-lost footage that was removed from the movie due to its extreme violence.
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As protests continue, more and more people in the entertainment business are taking notice. Today, Paramount has decided to make Ava DuVernay‘s Selma available for free rental on digital platforms through the end of the month. The Best Picture-nominated film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and his involvement with the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. This is good news – but it comes with a slightly sour bit of info, as both DuVernay and star David Oyelowo have revealed that Academy members refused to vote for the film after the cast and crew wore “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts in remembrance of Eric Garner.
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There’s a lot going on in the world right now, so you might’ve forgotten there’s a deadly pandemic still in our midst. The coronavirus hasn’t gone anywhere, and Hollywood is still trying to figure out how to swim in these uncharted waters. Even before the coronavirus, the mid-budget movie – that is, a standalone film that wasn’t meant to be a big, franchise-launching blockbuster – was a dying breed. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, the mid-budget movie might be gone for good – at least theatrically.
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Mission: Impossible 7, the latest excuse for Tom Cruise to risk his life, is currently on hold due to the coronavirus. But the production is gearing up to start shooting soon. According to co-star Simon Pegg, the latest IMF adventure will resume filming this September. Pegg isn’t quite sure how production will resume, and it goes without saying that the behind-the-scenes process will be considerably different than when everything halted.
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Filmmaker Victoria Mahoney made history as the second unity director on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, becoming the first person of color to take on such a key role in the sci-fi saga. Now she’s stepping up to helm an entire production with Paramount Pictures. Mahoney is in talks to direct Kill Them All, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Kyle Starks, described as a love letter to the action movies of the 1990s. Read More »