EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has closed a deal for domestic distribution on Dumb And Dumber To, the sequel to the classic comedy that brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, with Peter and Bobby Farrelly directing their rewrite of the script by Sean Anders and John Morris. Wolf Of Wall Street financier Red Granite is stepping up to finance the $35 million budget film and sell foreign territories. Deadline reported this is how it would likely go after Warner Bros finally stepped away from the project, after hovering over it like a dark cloud since January. That studio will retain a participation stake in the film, but its exit made all this possible. All this is going down as we speak, and now the scheduling will begin for a movie that will find its way into production very quickly, with Conundrum’s Bradley Thomas and The Farrellys producing with Charlie Wessler. The film will be PG-13 like the original, and once again it puts Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) back on a road trip. The urgency has to do with scheduling: Daniels needs to do it soon before returning for his Aaron Sorkin HBO series The Newsroom. Carrey also has that bank heist comedy at Relativity with Jared Hess directing and Owen Wilson co-starring. For physical comedy fans, this is a real win. ... Read More »
Isn't there a Lego movie every other week with Batman, Superman and Star Wars? It's honestly hard to tell, there's a Lego trailer all the time and this writer personally just drowns them all out, but Warner Bros. "The Lego Movie" is something else entirely. First up, it's directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors behind "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" who more than successfully transferred over into the world of live action with "21 Jump Street." Writers and directors from the animation world, they have a great sense of comedy, rhythm, dimension and space; must-have elements for filmmakers.Well, they're back in the world of animation with "Lego: The Movie," and as lame and generic as the title may be -- the whole thing can seem like just an excuse to sell toys (which it probably is, anyhow -- the trailer is admittedly awesome. Here's the official synopsis: The 3D computer animated adventure tells the story of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly...
“In 2014, the world’s greatest heroes will join forces for the biggest movie ever.” A serious boast? Not if you’re the blockheads (and bodies) that are Lego folks. The first trailer is out for The Lego Movie — written and directed by the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs/21 Jump Street duo of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller — and there’s no shortage of big-name licensees to be seen, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even the 2002 NBA All-Stars, featuring Shaquille O’Neal in a period-correct #34 Lakers jersey. You might have heard of some of the folks in the voice cast of the Warner Bros-Village Roadshow toon: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman: Watch this video on YouTube.
Showtime has officially announced that Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) will helm the first two episodes of the upcoming eight-episode drama series Penny Dreadful, created, written and executive produced by John Logan and executive produced by Sam Mendes and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris. The psychosexual horror series features some of literature’s most iconic figures — including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray, and characters from the novel Dracula — as then become embroiled in Victorian London, and will begin production in London this fall.
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