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one and only ivan featurette

The One and Only Ivan is the latest Disney flick that was originally intended for theaters only to end up on Disney+. Based (loosely) on a true story, the star-studded family is about a 400-pound silverback gorilla who sounds exactly like Sam Rockwell, and also has a talent for drawing. Blending live-action and CGI, the film is adapted from the Newbery Medal-winning book by Katherine Applegate. A new One and Only Ivan featurette goes behind-the-scenes of the film, and features a moment where Bryan Cranston enthusiastically proclaims, “A gorilla who draws!” What more do you need?

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superworld

Game Night alumni Jason Bateman and Mark Perez are reuniting for Superworld, based on the Gus Krieger Audible original set in a world where everyone has superpowers except for one man. Bateman will direct the project while Game Night writer Perez will handle the script. And while we’re making this an official Game Night reunion, may I please request they bring Rachel McAdams into the fold as well? We all need more Rachel McAdams.

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Virtual Tribeca Film Festival

After being forced to go virtual this year, the Tribeca Film Festival is forging ahead with a physical festival for its 20th anniversary edition next year. The Tribeca Film Festival has set its dates for its upcoming 20th anniversary edition in June 2021, two months after the New York City-based festival is usually scheduled. The June 2021 date was set to reflect “shifting calendars and efforts to ensure the Festival moves forward in the safest environment.”

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the big goodbye

The Big Goodbye, the excellent, recently-published book about the making of 1974’s Chinatown, is headed to the screen. Ben Affleck will return to the director’s chair to helm the project, and he’ll write the script, too. Lorne Michaels (yes, that Lorne Michaels) is producing. This is sure to be a high-profile project, as it’ll focus on the making of one of the best movies Hollywood released in the ’70s, and will also feature figures like Roman Polanski and Jack Nicholson as main characters.

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Friday the 13th Cartoon - Jason and Friends

There was a time when tons of movies from the 1980s and 1990s were given their own animated series. Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Ghostbusters, Dumb & Dumber, Police Academy, RoboCop, The Mask, and many more all got their own shows. But there’s one staple film franchise that never got its due diligence as a cartoon: Friday the 13th.

Artist Mike Chiechi, AKA Frank’s Kid, has created the opening credits sequence for a Saturday morning cartoon adaptation of Friday the 13th called Jason and Friends. Taking a cue from the likes of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, Josie and the Pussycats, and many other cartoons featuring an ensemble of characters, this series finds Jason on a series of adventures with the Camp Crystal counselors he can’t seem to stop killing. There’s also an adorable dog with a hockey mask and the floating severed head of Jason’s mother. It’s for kids! Read More »

star trek reboot on hold

Noah Hawley‘s Star Trek movie, which isn’t to be confused with the long-delayed Star Trek 4, is now on hold. Paramount actually has three different Trek movies on the backburner: Star Trek 4, the Star Trek movie that Quentin Tarantino was going to direct, and Hawley’s movie. The fate of all three remains in doubt now, and sources state that one of the reasons for the delay of Hawley’s film is that the plot involves a deadly virus, which audiences might not be in the mood for anytime soon.

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Killers of the Flower Moon production

The behind-the-scenes saga of Martin Scorsese‘s Killers of the Flower Moon has been a bit of rollercoaster. The pic, based on the true story of a series of murders of wealthy Osage people in the early 1920s, was originally set up at Paramount and was supposed to start shooting in March 2020. Of course, the coronavirus destroyed that March shoot date, and then Paramount got cold feet about the film’s ballooning budget of $200 million. Apple TV+ then swooped in to save the project. Now, the movie is eyeing a new production start date: February 2021.

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On the August 7, 2020 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.

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Stay Tuned TV series

Stay Tuned, a 1992 movie in which John Ritter and Pam Dawber play a husband and wife who get sucked into their television and inhabit different worlds as they bounce through the TV’s hellish programming, is being adapted into a TV show.

Just two months ago, I wrote a piece proclaiming that this goofy little quasi-forgotten movie was an ideal candidate for a modern remake. Am I to believe it’s a coincidence that a new version is now in the works? Or do the people behind this Stay Tuned TV series read /Film? Hopefully my check is in the mail. Get the details about the new show below.
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Trollhunters Rise of the Titans

Oh Guillermo del Toro, you trickster. When the animated series Wizards arrived, it was heralded as the conclusion to the Tales of Arcadia saga. But it turns out…there’s more. Rather than wrapping things up with Wizards, del Toro and company are launching the feature film Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, and now that is being sold as the proper conclusion to the story. Until they change their minds again and make a sequel.

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