April 23, 2014

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Thinking Out Loud: Who Could/Should Direct Ghostbusters III?

For this weekend’s edition of Thinking Out Loud, I only really have one topic in mind, and it’s on the direction of the Ghostbusters franchise. With the recent passing of Harold Ramis and the even more recent announcement that Ivan Reitman won’t be directing the in development sequel/reboot, I’ve been thinking about who might be best suited for the job. Bill Murray already is almost assuredly not going to be involved and Dan Aykroyd mostly is helping shape the script and will be a supporting player at best, so this is an opportunity to take the concept in a potentially new direction…
If I were in charge of offering the job to whatever filmmakers I desired, these would be the six (or technically eight, but you’ll see what I mean in a moment) that I’d be wining and dining. The half dozen different choices represent some unique takes on the material, but I think they’d all be successful candidates:
-Judd Apatow – For a few years now I’ve secretly hoped that at the very least Apatow would help produce a Ghostbusters movie. His stable of friends/actors seem perfectly suited to become wisecracking paranormal exterminators. You could have any combination of Jay Baruchel, Michael Cera, James Franco (maybe), Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr in the roles, and that’s a solid recipe for comedy in my eyes. Apatow probably isn’t too interested in this gig, but I really wish he would be.
-Joe Cornish – I may not have loved Attack the Block, but in some ways Cornish’s film is almost a calling card for this type of studio project. He could make a rather unique mark. I’d think that he’d be a less likely pick because of his relative lack of experience, but if Godzilla turns out to be a big success, I could see Cornish following in the footsteps of Gareth Edwards and getting a big franchise to play with.
-Duncan Jones – A darker choice to be sure, but anyone who follows Jones on Twitter knows that he has a sense of humor as well. He’s certainly elevate the franchise and make it a real legitimate “film” as opposed to a comedy tent pole, but isn’t everything supposed to be darker and grittier anyway? He’s another less than likely candidate, but I’d hope that his name is at least floated about.
-Phil Lord and [...]

David O. Russell, Whoopi Goldberg among Tribeca Film Fest jurors

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: David O. Russell, Nora Ephron, Rainn Wilson, Paul Dano, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne Wiest are some of the celebrity names added to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury, announced today.
The jurors have been divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 28.
The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
“This year’s jury is made up of a range of accomplished individuals in their respective fields, bringing a fresh and well-rounded perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s an honor to have a jury of such caliber watching and discussing the films in competition this year.”
Following is a list of all 2011 Festival jurors and their respective categories.
World Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition are:
• Souleymane Cissé: Noted Malian director; films include the 1995 Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Waati, 1987 Cannes Jury Prize Winner Brightness and Tell Me Who You Are.
• Scott Glenn: Actor; films include The Right Stuff, The Silence of the Lambs, The Virgin Suicides, Freedom Writers, The Bourne Ultimatum, W., Secretariat, Sucker Punch and TFF 2011 selection Magic Valley.
• David Gordon Green: Independent Spirit Award nominated director/producer; films include George Washington, All the Real Girls, Great World of Sound, Pineapple Express, the recently released Your Highness and the upcoming film The Sitter.
• Rula Jebreal: Journalist, author, screenwriter and actress: books include The Bride From Assuan, Rejected and Miral, which was adapted into a film of the same name.
• Art Linson: Gotham award winning producer; films include Singles, Fight Club, Lords of Dogtown, Into the Wild, What Just Happened and The Runaways.
• Jason Sudeikis: Actor. Best known for roles in Going the Distance, Hall Pass and 2011 TFF selection A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Also a cast member on television’s Saturday Night Live.
• Dianne Wiest: Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award winning actress; films include Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, Bullets Over Broadway, Synecdoche, New York and the upcoming The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
The jurors for the 2011 World Documentary Competition are:
• Amir Bar-Lev: Documentary filmmaker and producer; films include Fighter, My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story and the upcoming Garcia.
• Michael Cera: BAFTA and SAG Award nominated actor; films include Superbad, Juno, Youth In Revolt, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Currently filming The Untitled Mark [...]

Zach Galifianakis at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: Zach Galifianakis will soon be seen in Todd Phillips’ “Due Date,” co-starring Robert Downey Jr.. He moved to New York City after failing his last college course by one point at North Carolina State University. He got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to doing stand-up at night in clubs and coffee houses in the city. While working as a busboy, he got his first acting job on the NBC sitcom “Boston Common.”
Galifianakis’ breakout role came in Todd Phillips’ blockbuster hit “The Hangover,” the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. He will reunite with Phillips and castmates Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha in “Hangover 2,” slated for a 2011 release.
He also stars in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Recently, he also co-starred with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in Jay Roach’s comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.” Galifianakis’ additional film credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced hit “G-Force”; the indie feature “Youth in Revolt,” with Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta; a cameo in Jason Reitman’s Oscar®-nominated film “Up in the Air”; “What Happens in Vegas,” with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher; and the critically acclaimed true-life drama “Into the Wild,” from director Sean Penn.

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David Cross says “Arrested Development” movie idea is “great”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Another day, another “Arrested Development” rumor.
This one comes to us from “Development” ensemble member David Cross, who talked about the potential of an “AD” movie during this weekend’s “Megamind” premiere in Los Angeles. Cross lends his voice to the character of Minion, a fish in a gorilla suit who helps Will Ferrell’s Megamind with his evil plots.
”I have not seen a script,” Cross told EW.com. “I know the story they’ve got in mind, and it is great. I think it is [a] perfect continuance of the Bluths, although I cannot say anything. I know the outline is done.”
Of course, Cross also told reporters and fans last April that an “Arrested Development” movie is “just not going to happen.” And despite these recent comments, I still believe him. Too many figurative “stars” need to align before the rumored “AD” movie gets off the ground. And too many literal stars – from Cross and Will Arnett to Michael Cera and Jeffrey Tambor – would need to synch their busy schedules to make this happen.
What do you think? Will an “Arrested Development” film happen? Has too much time passed? Has the window of interest closed? Was it ever really open? The “AD” movie is one of those myths that I won’t fully believe until it finally opens in theaters. Until then, folks like Cross, Arnett and the rest of the former cast members can look forward to questions about its potential on red carpets for years to come.
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Hollywood Fest to Honor Zach Galifianakis and Jennifer Lawrence at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that the star of “Due Date” Zach Galifianakis will receive the “Hollywood Comedy Actor Award” and actress Jennifer Lawrence will be recognized with the “New Hollywood Award,” at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala.
Previously announced honorees for this year’s Hollywood Awards Gala include: Sean Penn for the “Humanitarian Award”; Sylvester Stallone for the “Career Achievement Award”; Annette Bening for the “Actress Award”; Robert Duvall for the “Actor Award”; Helena Bonham Carter for the “Supporting Actress Award”; Sam Rockwell for the “Supporting Actor Award”; Andrew Garfield for the “Breakthrough Actor Award”; Mia Wasikowska for the “Breakthrough Actress Award”; Morgan Freeman and Lorie McCreary for the “Innovator Award”; Danny Boyle and Chris Colson for the “Producer Award”; Tom Hooper for the “Director Award”; Aaron Sorkin for the “Screenwriter Award”; Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″ and director Lee Unkrich for the “Animation Award”; Hans Zimmer for “Film Composer Award”; Wally Pfister for “Cinematographer Award”; Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall for the “Editor Award”; Paramount Pictures’ “Iron Man 2″ and visual effects supervisors Ben Snow and Janek Sirrs for the “Visual Effects Award”; and Robert Stromberg for “Production Designer Award.”
ABOUT ZACH GALIFIANAKIS
Zach Galifianakis will soon be seen in Todd Phillips’ “Due Date,” co-starring Robert Downey Jr.. He moved to New York City after failing his last college course by one point at North Carolina State University. He got his start performing his brand of humor in the back of a hamburger joint in Times Square, graduating to doing stand-up at night in clubs and coffee houses in the city. While working as a busboy, he got his first acting job on the NBC sitcom “Boston Common.”
Galifianakis’ breakout role came in Todd Phillips’ blockbuster hit “The Hangover,” the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. He will reunite with Phillips and castmates Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha in “Hangover 2,” slated for a 2011 release.
He also stars in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” which premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Recently, he also co-starred with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in Jay Roach’s comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.” Galifianakis’ additional film credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced hit “G-Force”; the indie feature “Youth in Revolt,” with Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta; a [...]

Jason Reitman-Diablo Cody comedy goes to Paramount

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Their first collaboration put them both on the Hollywood map, furthered the skyrocketing careers of Ellen Page and Michael Cera, helped open doors that led to “Up In the Air” (and, sadly, “Jenifer’s Body”), and carried one of them to the podium on Oscar night.
Now Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the pair who brought us “Juno,” will deliver a new, dark comedy titled “Young Adult,” which Paramount Pictures will distribute, according to a release.
Cody will write and Reitman will direct the story of a divorced writer who returns to her Minnesota hometown and reconnects with an old flame, who’s now married with a baby. Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson are on board as the leads. Elizabeth Reaser and Patton Oswalt will co-star. The picture begins filming in New York shortly.
Given that Cody is an Oscar-winning writer who spent chunks of time in Minnesota, one wonders how much of “Young Adult” is biographical. We’ll find out when the picture is released. IMDb has it down for a 2013 date, but that can’t be right. Expect to see “Young Adult” in theaters sometime late next year.
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“Scott Pilgrim” DVD and Blu-ray bursting with extra features

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: By most standards, Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” underperformed.
Buoyed by a boatload of pre-release publicity – including a major push at San Diego’s ComiCon – the graphic novel adaptation only earned $31M this summer. The common belief was that “Scott Pilgrim” had a niche audience, and they turned out. But that was all.
Expect that same audience to show support when “Scott Pilgrim” hits DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 9. Universal Studios released details on a DVD-Blu-ray Combo Pack that should satisfy the tech-friendly followers of “Scott.”
Full specs are below, from the studio’s release:
Both the Blu-ray and DVD come loaded with:
Deleted scenes
Laugh-out-loud bloopers
Cast commentaries assembled by director, producer and co-writer Edgar Wright.
The 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack is packed with :
Hours of additional in-depth bonus features
A Blu-ray and DVD copy of film
For a limited time only, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere.
Blu-ray consumers will also be able to stream a free bonus movie instantly to any internet-connected player, Smartphone or iPad™ using the free pocket BLU™ app.
Starting with ”Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, iPad™ owners can also enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen and high resolution display. With this app, Blu-ray™ consumers will be able to stream their full-length bonus movie in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK:
INSIDER DOCUMENTARIES:
o Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
o Music Featurette
o You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb
ALTERNATE FOOTAGE: A special look at alternative edits to the film.
PRE-PRODUCTION: A look inside the film’s pre-production process
including storyboards, pre-visualizations, animatics, motion capture tests, rehearsal footage, casting tapes, hair/make-up tests and more!
THE MUSIC OF SCOTT PILGIRM VS. THE WORLD: This feature includes four complete music videos and video remixes from legendary DJ Osymyso.
VISUAL EFFECTS: This feature takes a second look at the movie’s inventive visual effects.
SOUND WORK: A mini documentary about the creation of the film’s super-powered sonic landscape.
TRAILERS & TV SPOTS from the theatrical release of the film
ADULT SWIMTM: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE CENSORS: TV safe version
BEHIND-THE-SCENES PRODUCTION BLOGS from the set of
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by director /producer/ co-writer Edgar Wright.
FREE BONUS MOVIE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Blu-ray Combo Pack [...]

Vanity Fair sending mixed messages over “Scott Pilgrim”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Will the real Vanity Fair please stand up?
The contemporary culture magazine seems to be suffering from split personality lately. In July, curmudgeonly contributing editor James Wolcott hurled jabs at HollywoodNews.com and Cinematical writer Todd Gilchrist for his “earnest unreview” of Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” Gilchrist caught the film at Comic-Con, loved it, and expressed those emotions in a heartfelt review.
Wolcott disagreed. Sort of. Seemingly disgusted that Gilchrist could possibly like a movie, he linked his readers to a deeper criticism of Cinematical’s review by Tom Shone. Because there’s nothing quite as productive as one critic critiquing another critic’s critique.
So Vanity Fair hates “Scott Pilgrim,” and condemns those who sing its praises. Got it.
Why, then, is John Lopez – in the magazine’s “Little Gold Men” section – begging people to go see the film now that it has underperformed? Holy backpedal, Batman! Is this better than taking a stand on a movie before the masses have had the ability to weigh in? Is it nobler to defend a failure than it is to champion a potential underdog? The magazine might be sending mixed messages to its readers, but at least all of the notes are being handed down from the magazine’s lofty pedestal.
As for “Scott Pilgrim,” I don’t quite understand the public pleas for additional business. It’s as if certain film scribes have a piece of the back end.
Lopez’s piece follows Drew McWeeny’s open letter to “Twilight” fans asking them to support Wright’s film. Both writers link the film’s box-office success (or, in this case, failure) to the potential future of other “challenging” films … though in all honesty, “Scott Pilgrim” isn’t as revolutionary as its supporters believe.
I also don’t believe the failure of one film to find its audience will stop a studio from bankrolling another offbeat adaptation any more than I think the underperformance of, say, “The Back-Up Plan” is all of a sudden going to grind the rom-com gravy train to a halt. Wright will make more films. Michael Cera will make more films. Both will connect to larger audiences through other projects. I’d bet most of “Scott Pigrim’s” box-office take on it.
What bothers me more is this. Where were similar requests for equally impressive films that came out this summer? I’m sure the Duplass brothers wanted more people to see “Cyrus.” (And I’d heartily second their recommendation, as it’s a fantastic [...]

Michael Cera has his next movie role planned out

By Molly Sullivan
HollywoodNews.com: Michael Cera is thinking about changing things up a little for his next movie role and he will do anything to get his new dream role.
Cera is ready to take on an action role in the sequel of Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Expendables.’ And in order to get the role, Cera has a plan: “I am going to do a very hard push, get him on the phone and get his email address — I’m assuming Sylvester Stallone’s email is slydog@gmail.com so I will just keep sending emails to that until I get a call from him,” reports Showbiz Spy.
With Terry Crews joking that he’d like Justin Bieber in the sequel and now this, the second Expendables may have quite the young cast.
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So, who is Rooney Mara, and why is she Lisbeth Salander?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Did you have to Google Rooney Mara when you heard she’d scored the coveted Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s planned “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” remake? Did you hit up her IMDB page?
You’re likely not alone. Mara isn’t a household name. She’s certainly not as recognizable as some of the other actresses who were reportedly in the running for the part. Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart were the biggest stars in the running. Even Carey Mulligan could point to her recent Oscar nomination (for “An Education”) and her upcoming turn in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel when it came to backing up her acting resume.
But Mara? There’s not much to discuss. Not yet, anyway. She first caught my eye, quite literally, as the scantily clad roommate of Michael Cera’s girlfriend in “Youth in Revolt.” And to be honest, it was Mara’s figure, and not necessarily her acting chops, that stood out in the very small part.
Though Mara has other films and TV spots to her credit, audiences got their longest look at the actress in Samuel Bayer’s new “Nightmare On Elm Street.” It wasn’t pretty.
Mara played Nancy, a part that put Heather Langemkamp on the map (to a certain degree) when she went toe-to-toe with Freddy in her dreams. Mara’s performance, however, was more of a nightmare. She gave a low-wattage turn – very strange for a scream-queen part. She also barely connected with her co-stars. I didn’t leave “Nightmare” forgetting Mara’s performance. I walked away notably turned off by her lack of energy.
And Salander, if nothing else, is an energetic force to be reckoned with.
So is Mara the right choice? Only Fincher knows. And he did just work with Mara on “The Social Network,” so maybe we’ll see something in that picture when it opens later this fall that convinces us why Rooney was Right for Lisbeth.
Because it takes a lot more than a tattoo to play Lisbeth Salander.
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