Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

THE SPY WITH NO NAME (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent whose stolen identity broke the heart of an innocent woman who thought she’d found her long-lost son. To maintain his cover, the spy deceived the woman, Johanna, for 11 years, until MI5 agents caught him red-handed transmitting coded messages.

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MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSet in 1960s Chicago, the story is told from the point of view of a 10-year girl who loves monsters (and wants to be one) and hates the cancer that is eating her mother. When her Holocaust survivor neighbor dies under mysterious circumstances, the girl decides to play detective.

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HELLO, SUNSHINE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSunshine Mackenzie is a lifestyle guru for the modern age, beloved by millions who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and scour her website for recipes and wisdom in how to live a perfect life. However, when her secret is revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. What Sunshine does in the ashes of her own destruction may just save her life.

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FRAGMENT (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMKept under wraps, but project is being pitched as Predator meets Lost.

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RUIN (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA nameless ex-Nazi captain navigates the ruins of post-WWII Germany determined to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.

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There’s a Reason Why Just About Everyone in Hollywood Wants to Be FX

Legion ExcerptOver the past five years FX has asserted itself as the network with the best programming lineup. In both comedy and drama, FX is consistently putting out the most successful shows that are enjoyed by fans and critics. Neil Turitz examines the network’s rise to prominence and how long he thinks they’ll stay at the top.

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Justin Kurzel Attached to Direct Hot Spec “Ruin,” Which Has Multiple Studio Offers (Exclusive)

Justin Kurzel RuinDescribed as a gritty revenge thriller, Ruin follows a nameless ex-Nazi captain who navigates the ruins of post-WWII Germany determined to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.

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Fox Debuts Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp Movies at CinemaCon, But “Apes” Still Reign Supreme

War for the Planet of the ApesThe first trailer for Kingsmen: The Golden Circle ends with Channing Tatum saying “fuck yeah!” and we’d like to echo that on behalf of fans, who will no doubt be quite pleased with the star-studded sequel.

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Hot Off “Get Out,” Jordan Peele Is Being Courted to Direct “Akira” for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

Jordan Peele CinemaConLeonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is producing Akira with Andrew Lazar, while Marco Ramirez wrote the most recent draft of the script,

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Universal, Focus Play Tug of War Over Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde” at CinemaCon as “Fate of the Furious” Debuts to Mixed Response

Fate of the Furious ExcerptUniversal Pictures delivered an uneven presentation at CinemaCon, which included a surprise screening of Fate of the Furious, following by the studio’s sister label Focus Feature, celebrating its 15th anniversary with an intriguing 2017 slate.

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Disney Plays Hard to Get at CinemaCon, Saving the Goods for D23

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2As expected with D23 just around the corner, Disney kept its cards close to its chest at CinemaCon, where the studio opted to debut Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in full instead of any new footage from its Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm stables.

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Paramount’s “Baywatch,” “Annihilation” and Matt Damon Get Tongues Wagging at CinemaCon

BaywatchParamount has a strong year ahead with new films from George Clooney, Alexander Payne and Darren Aronofsky, but will Viacom’s new mandate to incorporate content from its TV networks ultimately hurt the studio?

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STX Out to Make a Name for Itself at CinemaCon With Luc Besson’s “Valerian,” Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game”

Valerian Mollys Game STXThe upstart studio is making a major push into the action genre with Den of Thieves, Renegades, The Foreigner and Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming Mile 22.

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“Netflix My Ass!” Sony’s “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049” Steal the Spotlight from Spider-Man at CinemaCon

Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049Big, star-driven movies such as The Dark Tower and Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle also looked good, indicating a strong year ahead for Tom Rothman’s studio.

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Sizing Up the CinemaCon Awards, Which Are Pretty On Point This Year

Jordan Peele CinemaConAs they do every year, CinemaCon has bestowed more than a dozen awards upon actors, directors, producers and other members of the industry, so let’s take you through this year’s honorees, shall we?

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“Justice League” Trailer Unites Bad Music With Even Worse CGI (Video)

Justice LeagueBatman. Wonder Woman. Aquaman. The Flash. Cyborg. All your favorite DC heroes are here (well, not Superman), but we can’t say we’re enthused.

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Wyatt Russell and “Girls” Star Alex Karpovsky Have a Threesome in “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” Trailer (Video)

Folk Hero and Funny Guy TrailerProduced by writer-director Jeff Grace and Ryland Aldrich, the indie movie co-stars Michael Ian Black, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Heather Morris and David Cross.

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Robert Rodriguez in Talks to Direct Fox’s “Escape From New York” Remake (Exclusive)

Robert Rodriguez Escape From New YorkAndrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing under their Picture Company banner, while original director John Carpenter will serve as an executive producer.

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No “Do-Over” Here: Netflix Wants to Grow Old With Adam Sandler, Orders Four More Movies

Adam Sandler NetflixSandler’s Happy Madison Productions will produce each film for Netflix, which boasts 93 million members worldwide and will release his new film Sandy Wexler on April 14.

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Dakota Johnson in Talks to Star in Sony’s “Queens of the Stoned Age,” Based on GQ Article (Exclusive)

Dakota Johnson Queens of the Stoned AgeThe film follows the Green Angels, a high-end weed delivery service that hired models to work as drug dealers. The group operated for nearly a decade without being busted, all while growing into a multi-million dollar operation.

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Funny Business: Amy Schumer Drops “Barbie” for Indie Dramedy as Kristen Wiig Joins Blanchett in “Bernadette”

Amy Schumer Kristen Wiig Barbie BernadetteInstead of Barbie, Schumer will join Steve Carell and Nicole Kidman in Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me, which is described as a multigenerational story about family and the complexities of modern life, as filtered through the lens of two intertwining love stories.

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“La La Land” Producer Jordan Horowitz Working with Martin Scorsese on Rodrigo Prieto’s Directorial Debut “Bastard”

Jordan Horowitz BastardSet in the small town of Bird’s Point, Missouri, the story is described as a taut revenge thriller set against the backdrop of a looming flood, though plot details beyond that are being kept under water.

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“Life” Duo Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Espinosa Reteam for Middle East Drama “The Anarchists vs ISIS”

Daniel Espinosa Jake Gyllenhaal The Anarchists vs ISISGyllenhaal is expected to star in the film, which is based on the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia known as the YPG to beat ISIS in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.

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Jeff Garlin Pays Homage to “Columbo” in First Trailer for “Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie” (Video)

Jeff Garlin Handsome: A Netflix Mystery MovieGarlin is the kind of respected funnyman whom other comedians want to work with. This time around, he’ll be joined by Natasha Lyonne, Christine Woods, Steven Weber, Eddie Pepitone, Timm Sharp, Leah Remini and Amy Sedaris.

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INCONCEIVABLE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMSet in a futuristic world where 80% of the population is sterile or infertile, a young virgin parolee is placed in a work program at a beautiful but secluded estate where she bonds with the sophisticated woman of the house, until our young heroine ends up pregnant and uncovers a haunting secret agenda.

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Sony’s Marvel Universe Expands With Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie From “Thor 2” Writer

Silver Sable Black Cat Christopher Yost SonySilver Sable is a mercenary who hunts war criminals, while the better-known Black Cat is an acrobatic thief named Felicia Hardy, who was played briefly by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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“Insecure” Star Issa Rae Joins Bill Hader in “Empress of Serenity”

Issa Rae Empress of SerenityJesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) will direct the film, which stars Hader as a man whose elaborate plan to win back his ex-wife is upended when he’s guilted into a month long mega-cruise with his widowed father.

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Will Kevin Hart Give “Wonder Woman” a Run for Her Money With “Captain Underpants”? (Video)

Captain Underpants TrailerBased on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey, the animated film follows two mischievous kids who hypnotize their mean elementary school principal and turn him into their comic book creation — a kind-hearted but incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

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“Fargo” Season 3 Trailer Begs You to Keep an Eye on Shifty Scoot McNairy (Video)

Ewan McGregor Fargo Season 3Set in 2010, this season stars Ewan McGregor in dual roles as brothers Ray and Emmitt Stussy, whom life treats very differently, and not just in terms of the siblings’ hairlines.

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Adam Wingard’s “Death Note” Drops an Awesome First Trailer, But the Shinigami Stays in the Shadows For Now (Video)

Death Note NetflixNat Wolff stars as a high school student who stumbles upon a supernatural notebook that gives him the ability to kill just by writing someone’s name in it while picturing their face. Drunk on his new godlike power, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

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