Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Melissa McCarthy to Star in, Produce Raunchy Puppet Comedy “The Happytime Murders”

Melissa McCarthy The Happytime MurdersSet in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist, the film follows two clashing detectives — one human and one puppet — who are forced to work together to try and figure out who’s brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

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Shia LaBeouf to Coach a Wrestler With Down Syndrome in Indie Movie “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

Shia LaBeouf Peanut Butter FalconDescribed as an adventure drama in the vein of a Mark Twain tale, the film follows Zak, a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Along the way, Zak meets a small-time outlaw (LaBeouf) who becomes his unlikely friend and coach.

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J.C. Spink Memorial Set for This Thursday, Friends and Colleagues Welcome

J.C. SpinkThose who knew Spink are invited to a memorial service that will be held this Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, which is located at 504 N. Camden Drive in Beverly Hills. Following the memorial, there will be a small reception on the church grounds.

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Amazon Studios Shows Off Its Great Taste With First-Look Deals for “Birdman,” “Carol,” “Nebraska” Producers

Amazon Bona Fide Killer Films Le GrisbiThe exclusive deals for Bona Fide Productions and Killer Films cover film and television for two years, while Le Grisbi Productions’ deal covers indie-sized films for two years, as John Lesher often produces larger films such as Fury and Black Mass.

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“A Bad Moms Christmas” and Robert De Niro’s “The War With Grandpa” Add Cast, Start Production Ahead of Fall Release

A Bad Moms Christmas The War With Grandpa Start ProductionA pair of family comedies have kicked off production in that East Coast Hollywood known as Atlanta, Georgia. One has added a quartet of Quentin Tarantino veterans, while the other has cast three really talented veteran actresses.

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Hollywood Avoids Shutdown as WGA Strikes Late-Night Deal With AMPTP

Picket Signs WGANegotiations were extended about an hour past the early Tuesday morning deadline when word came down that the two sides had reached an agreement. Though details remain sparse, the problems surrounding the WGA’s ailing health plan appear to have been solved.

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“Vincent N Roxxy” Trailer Finds Emile Hirsch Unleashing His Inner Badass In the Name of Love (Video)

Vincent N RoxxyEmile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz star as the titular lovers on the run in this ode to Bonnie and Clyde from writer-director Gary Michael Schultz, who got Questlove to compose the score.

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“Black Mirror” Recruits “American Gods,” “Twilight” Director David Slade for Season 4 Episode

David Slade Black MirrorSlade is the gifted stylist who directed Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night before landing a job directing the blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Since then, he has focused his attention on television, directing episodes of Breaking Bad, Powers, Hannibal and the new Starz series American Gods.

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Jeremy Renner Will Star In and Produce a Doc Holliday Movie Once He Wraps “Avengers: Infinity War”

Jeremy Renner TagKevin Frakes’ PalmStar Media has optioned Mary Doria Russell’s Doc and Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral, which together chronicle Holliday’s life from Atlanta-based dentist to the deadly gunfighter who headed West to stand beside Wyatt Earp.

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“House of Cards” Season 5 Trailer Is Downright Scandalous and Full of Political Intrigue (Video)

House of Cards 200The new season will find Frank (Kevin Spacey) fighting for his marriage and his presidency as his political opponents circle like vultures. Frank foresees his family in the White House for years to come, with America “one nation, Underwood.”

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Trailer for “Star Wars” Love Letter “5-25-77” Confirms Release This May in Time for 40th Anniversary

5-25-77 Trailer Star WarsJohn Francis Daley (Freaks and Geeks) stars in the Ultimate Fan Film from Angus director Patrick Read Johnson, which is finally on its way to theaters this May.

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SUPERMAN VS THE KKK (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMRick Bowers’ book chronicled the creation of a real-life 1946 radio drama in which Superman took on a Ku Klux Klan-like group, but the film will follow a former Klan member who goes undercover in Atlanta in 1946 and works with the Anti-Defamation League and the producer of the Superman radio show.

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ARTHUR: THE DOG WHO CROSSED THE JUNGLE TO FIND A HOME (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThis true story starts in Ecuador, where Mikael and his racing team cross paths with a remarkable stray dog named Arthur, who follows them through the jungle of the unforgiving course. Mikael and Arthur formed a special bond, and after the race, Mikael and others worked tirelessly to get Arthur out of the country and back to his home in Sweden.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Sleight” Star Jacob Latimore Has More Tricks Up His Sleeve, Including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

Jacob Latimore SleightSleight star Jacob Latimore may play a street-smart magician in J.D. Dillard’s impressive directorial debut, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. The charismatic 20-year-old is a multi-talent who got his start in the music business before discovering his passion for acting. A natural-born performer, Will Smith and Forest Whitaker helped prepare him for his biggest role yet.

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“Firestarter” Remake in the Works With Akiva Goldsman Directing for Universal, Blumhouse

Firestarter Remake Akiva Goldsman BlumhouseBased on a book by Stephen King, the original 1984 movie starred Drew Barrymore as a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities who is kidnapped by a secret government agency that wants to use her as a weapon.

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THE SPY’S SON (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe true story of a high-ranking CIA officer who was caught selling secrets to the Russians. He then embarrassed the U.S. government when he did it again, this time from behind prison bars. What the imprisoned officer did was train his son in the ways of spycraft so he could continue to spy for Russia and even ferret out the mole that ratted out his father in the first place.

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“13 Reasons Why” On Verge of Season 2 Renewal at Netflix (Exclusive)

13 Reasons Why Season 2 NetflixOne reason that Netflix is eager to bring back 13 Reasons Why is that the show dominated social media, garnering more than 11 million tweets since its launch on Mar. 30. That made it the most tweeted-about show of the year, besting The Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead.

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Sony’s Animated “Spider-Man” Movie Swings Away From “Aquaman” Release Date

Miles Morales Animated Spider-ManIn other release date news from Sony, the studio will release Masters of the Universe on Dec. 18, 2019 — two days before Universal’s long-gestating Wicked movie and a live-action fairy tale film from Disney. No word yet on who will play He-Man, but John Cena would seem to fit the bill.

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“Jumanji” Director Joe Johnston Set to Revive “Narnia” Franchise With “The Silver Chair”

Joe Johnston Narnia The Silver ChairSure, Johnston has directed his share of stinkers, such as Jurassic Park III, The Wolfman, The Pagemaster and Hidalgo, but he also has credits on the original Star Wars trilogy, and how many working filmmakers can say that?

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An Ode to Jonathan Demme, His Perfect Film, and the Compassion of “Philadelphia”

Jonathan Demme ExcerptJonathan Demme died early Wednesday morning at the age of 73 and left behind an incredible legacy — not just with this films, but with his creativity, empathy, and social impact.

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Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm Returns for “Jurassic World” Sequel

Jeff Goldblum Jurassic World 2J.A. Bayona is directing the blockbuster for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment after the first film from director Colin Trevorrow grossed nearly $1.7 billion worldwide. Trevorrow returned to write the script with Derek Connolly, though plot details are being kept inside the raptor pen.

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Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Unleashes Full Cast, 2018 Release Date

Wes Anderson Isle of DogsSet in Japan, the story follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his dog. The voice cast includes Anderson regulars such as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and Bob Balaban, as well as Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig and none other than Yoko Ono.

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Bruce Willis Prepares to Go All “John Wick” on Jason Momoa in “Once Upon a Time in Venice” Trailer (Video)

Once Upon a Time in Venice Bruce WillisWillis plays Venice Beach P.I. Steve Ford, a detective who’s good with the ladies, bad with the punches, and wild about his dog Buddy. But when his beloved pet is stolen by local thugs, Steve makes a questionable alliance with their devious leader (Jason Momoa) and teams up with his best friend (John Goodman) to set things straight and get Buddy back where he belongs.

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Will Smith, Ang Lee in Talks to Team Up for Action-Thriller “Gemini Man” at Skydance

Will Smith Ang Lee Gemini Man SkydanceJerry Bruckheimer is producing the high-concept movie, which follows an aging assassin who finds himself battling his own clone, who is much younger, faster and stronger.

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Madonna Calls Out Hollywood on Instagram After Universal Picks Up Biopic Script “Blond Ambition”

Madonna Blond AmbitionWritten by Elyse Hollander, the script is set in the early ’80s in New York as young Madonna Louise Ciccone works on her first album, falls in love, and begins to find fame in a business that doesn’t always treat women very well.

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Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen Poised to Play Timon and Pumbaa in “The Lion King” for Disney, Director Jon Favreau

Billy Eichner Seth Rogen The Lion King DisneyTimon and Pumbaa are the lovable meerkat and warthog who introduced the Swahili phrase “Hakuna Matata” into popular culture via a particularly catchy little number from the original 1994 animated movie.

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Adam Sandler, Chris Rock to Star in Netflix Comedy “The Week Of” From Director Robert Smigel

Chris Rock Adam Sandler The Week Of NetflixSandler and Smigel co-wrote the script, which chronicles the hectic week leading up to a wedding between Sandler’s daughter and Rock’s son. Things could get interesting.

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WWE’s Vince McMahon Is Subject of TriStar Biopic “Pandemonium” From “This Is Us” Directors

Vince McMahon PandemoniumJohn Requa and Glenn Ficarra will direct from a script by Craig A. Williams, while Andrew Lazar will produce with WWE Studios president Michael Luisi and Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment.

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“Star Wars: Episode IX,” “Indiana Jones 5,” “Frozen 2,” “The Lion King” Get Release Dates from Disney

Disney LogoWhat’s interesting about the release date for Episode IX is that it seems to be positioning the Star Wars franchise for a shift from December to May, as the Avatar sequels just claimed December release dates in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025.

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” Trailer Finds Matthew Vaughn Taking a Cue From Frank Sinatra and Doing It “My Way” (Video)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle TrailerThe sequel sees Taron Egerton return as Eggsy alongside Mark Strong and, yes, a one-eyed Colin Firth, who reprises his role as Harry Hart even though the character died in the original 2014 movie. That trio is joined by four Oscar-winning new cast members, Julianne Moore Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Sir Elton John, as well as Channing Tatum.

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