‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy Eyeing ‘Timmy Failure’ at Disney
McCarthy would also co-write the pic with the book’s author, Stephan Pastis.
The popular book series centers on an 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and runs the agency Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound, imaginary polar bear, and his sidekick Rollo Tookus.
Jim Whitaker, who has a strong track record with the studio producing such tentpoles as “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” will produce.
Though better known for his adult fare like “Win Win” and “Spotlight,” McCarthy has always been drawn to family friendly stories, going back to when he penned the baseball movie “Million Dollar Arm.” He recently did a rewrite on “Christopher Robin,” a live-action take on the “Winnie the Pooh” tale, and was also a writer on Pixar’s “Up. »
- Justin Kroll
Wes Anderson’s Next Movie ‘Isle of Dogs’ Gets Poster, Premiere Date
The animated film — which has a massive, star-studded cast including Wes Anderson regulars Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jeff Goldblum as well as virgins of the auteur Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber — is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey to find his dog.
As such, the poster features the Japanese language translations of all of the billings, as well as the title in massive red characters.
While the stop-motion film’s plot may sound ordinary, in typical Wes Anderson fashion, it’s sure to be creative. For starters, a video released in December revealed that the dogs talk.
The poster features five of the dogs, although it is not identified which actor voices which pup. »
- Erin Nyren
Adam Sandler, Chris Rock to Star in Netflix's 'The Week Of'
The Grown Ups actors will reunite in the comedy directed by frequent Happy Madison collaborator Robert Smigel, who co-wrote the script with Sandler. It centers on the week before a wedding in which their characters' kids get married. The film will begin production in Long Island, New York this summer, and debut on Netflix globally in 2018.
The Week Of is the final title »
- Ashley Lee
Madonna Doesn’t Approve of Movie About Her Life: ‘Only I Can Tell My Story’
Madonna has condemned Universal for its planned movie about her life. On Monday, the studio announced it had picked up rights to Elyse Hollander’s script for “Blonde Ambition,” a biopic about the rise of the famed pop star. Hollander’s script was ranked No. 1 on the Blacklist, a list of the best screenplays in Hollywood that have yet to be produced.
Madonna had remained silent on the project until Tuesday, when she took to Instagram to voice her displeasure. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen, »
- Nigel M. Smith
Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020
Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the release dates for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.
Here’s the studio’s full release schedule:
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18
A Wrinkle In Time (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18
Magic Camp is final title of previous Untitled Disney Live Action – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18
Gigantic (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20
Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) now dated on 5/24/19
Untitled Indiana Jones previously dated on 7/19/19 moves to 7/10/20
The Lion King (Live Action) (3D) now dated on 7/19/19
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Michael K. Williams Joins Chris Evans in True-Life Drama ‘Red Sea Diving Resort’ (Exclusive)
Previously titled “Operation Resort,” the film will be written and directed by “Tyrant” executive producer Gideon Raff. Bron Studios, which backed “Fences,” is fully financing the movie. Alexandra Milchan is on board to produce “Red Sea Diving Resort,” which begins shooting this summer.
Raff had originally sold the pitch to Fox Searchlight, but recently put it back on the market, with Bron Studios now coming on to finance.
Han Solo Spinoff Eyes Michael K. Williams in Key Role (Exclusive)
The film is based on the 1981 rescue of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan. The story picks up in 1977, when Israel’s Mossad spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities. It was ordered by then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin to rescue thousands of Jewish men and »
- Justin Kroll
Alexandra Shipp Boards Simon Kaijser’s Thriller ‘Spinning Man’
Exclusive: Alexandra Shipp, last seen as young Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, is set to co-star in the upcoming psychological thriller Spinning Man, from director Simon Kaijser. She joins Pierce Brosnan, Guy Pearce and Minnie Drive in the pic written by Matthew Aldrich, with filming slated to begin this week. Based on George Harrar’s novel, the pic follows Evan Birch, a professor and family man, whose past reveals a number of illicit relations with his students. When a young… »
Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’ May Reunite ‘Hell or High Water’ Stars Chris Pine & Ben Foster
David Mackenzie’s sweaty western heist film Hell or High Water was ripped straight from the headlines last year, depicting the aftermath of the mortgage crisis as a Robin Hood-style revenge thriller. It resonated with audiences and critics alike, earning four Oscar nods and catapulting Mackenzie to a higher level of recognition. For his follow-up film, Mackenzie is looking to reteam with stars Chris […]
- Ben Pearson
Chris Pratt Gives ‘Suicide Squad’ Some Critical Tips; Zoe Saldana Delivers An ‘Avengers’ Spoiler?
Only yesterday, we learned that one of the reasons that the title for the fourth “Avengers” movie in 2019 hasn’t been revealed yet, despite the film being two years away, is that Kevin Feige considers it to be something of a spoiler for future “Avengers” movies. Well, nobody gave the memo to Zoe Saldana, who even before the day was out might have managed to spill the beans on that secret title.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars
Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.
The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.
“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”
The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.
While the mix-up »
- JD Knapp
Superhero Bits: Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Trailer, General Zod on Supergirl, Animated Spider-Man & More
Who is playing General Zod on this season of Supergirl? Which two villains combine to form one mega villain in the trailer for Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite? Has James Gunn told Chris Pratt the undiscovered easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy? Will Barbara turn into Harley Quinn on Gotham? All that and more in […]
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- Ethan Anderton
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