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This Week In Movie History…

On September 13, 1916, children’s author Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales. Although his career was focused mainly in print, Dahl’s career has made a significant contribution to popular film. The author is behind such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, all which have seen big-screen adaptations. His career in the film industry includes several screenwriting endeavors. He wrote an early script for the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and another for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, although both of these scripts were later reworked by other screenwriters. As if his scripts being thrown out and reworked wasn’t enough to make him steer clear of the film business, Dahl also wrote the initial script for the film adaptation of his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Paramount Pictures, however, brought in a second screenwriter, David Seltzer, to write another version with the character focus falling on the magical chocolatier Willy Wonka instead of the young boy Charlie in Dahl’s novel. The title of the film was also changed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to reflect the importance of the character. Continue reading

Studios Lining Up Opposing Agatha Christie Biopics with Emma Stone and Alicia Vikander

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Murder-mystery novelist Agatha Christie.

Same-subject movies coming out at the same time aren’t necessarily unheard of; Deep Impact and Armageddon (May and July, 1998), Dante’s Peak and Volcano (February and April 1997), Mission to Mars and Red Planet (March and November 2000), The Illusionist and The Prestige (August and October 2006). Now a new pair of movies will be joining the list, focused around the life of famous murder-mystery author Agatha Christie. Paramount has signed Oscar-nominee Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to star as Christie during her 11 day disappearance in 1926. Sony, however, has signed Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) to star in Sony’s production, which focuses on the author’s youthful days as a pro-feminist supporter. Continue reading

SXSW Will Host Remastered Cut Of ‘The Breakfast Club’ For 30th Anniversary Celebration

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The Breakfast Club (from left to right): Judd Nelson (the criminal), Emilio Estevez (the athlete), Ally Sheedy (the basket-case), Molly Ringwald (the princess), and Anthony Michael Hall (the brain).

Writer/director John Hughes‘ 1980s classic The Breakfast Club will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The movie will be released on Blu-Ray next week, but fans of the film will get to see a newly remastered cut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX this March. The Breakfast Club was released in February 1985 and starred Emilio Estevez (Young Guns, The Mighty Ducks), Molly Ringwald (Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink), Judd Nelson (St. Elmo’s Fire, New Jack City), Anthony Michael Hall (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Weird Science), and Ally Sheedy (WarGames, Short Circuit) in the famous Saturday-detention story of “a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel, and a recluse” and how they found out they had a lot in common. Late actor Paul Gleason (All My Children, Die Hard) also starred in the movie as their high-strung teacher Richard (Dick) Vernon, with John Kapelos (Internal Affairs, Forever Knight) as janitor Carl. Since it’s release, The Breakfast Club has become an iconic symbol of the 1980s, reminiscent of the fashions, culture, and music of the time; the theme song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Keith Forsey for Simple Minds was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 Single for 3 weeks in 1985. If you haven’t seen this one you should definitely check out the new Blu-Ray when it hits shelves next week; and if you’re attending SXSW this year, consider seeing the remastered cut on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre March 26-31st.

MGM And Paramount Pictures Preparing Remake Of 1959 Epic ‘Ben-Hur’

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A remake of director William Wyler‘s 1959 epic Ben-Hur is currently in the works at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Pictures, and the producer’s and director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) are working hard getting the pre-production check list in order. Thus far the cast includes actors Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, American Hustle), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Nezanin Boniadi (Iron Man, The Next Three Days), with Rodrigo Santoro (Love Actually, 300: Rise of an Empire) making an appearance in the role of Jesus Christ. The story of Ben-Hur comes from the 19th-century book by Lew Wallace titled Ben Hur: A Tale of Christ, which tells the story of a Jewish prince who is betrayed by his Roman friend and sent into years of enslavement, only to regain his freedom and return to seek his vengeance. The original movie starred Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, and Stephen Boyd and won 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Heston), Best Director (Wyler), Best Cinematographer (Robert Surtees), and Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith). The new movie is expected to be in theaters sometime in 2016, so we’ll be following it for a while; in the meantime you should definitely check out the original; you can find it available on both DVD and Blu-Ray disc.

‘Zoolander 2’ May Still Be A Possibility According To Will Ferrell And Justin Theroux

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Word of a potential sequel to the 1990s comedy hit Zoolander has been circling around Hollywood for some years now, but according to Will Ferrell there may still be hope that the sequel will still appear on the big screen. Ferrell recently supported comments made by writer/director Justin Theroux that a sequel was still in the works in an interview with JoBlo when he was asked if his character Mugatu would be reprised in the new film. On the other hand Ben Stiller has been going back and forth with the press for some years now as to whether or not Ferrell would be part of a sequel or not, but his most recent comments point to Ferrell being involved in the project after all. That means Stiller, Ferrell, and Theroux are all throwing us hints that we’ll see Zoolander 2 at some point in the near future, but this is all still rumored as far as we can tell. Paramount has had the project on hold since as far back as 2009, and there is no word of anyone having completed a script or even written a blueprint for the plot, so I’m going to remain skeptical until I hear otherwise, but you can dream if you want to.

‘Terminator: Genisys’ Sequels Receive Release Dates For 2017 And 2018

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We’ve been following the production on Terminator: Genisys, the upcoming sequel/prequel to James Cameron’s original classic, for some time now, and while director Alan Taylor is still filming with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paramount Pictures is looking to its future plans to set release dates for the next installments to follow Genisys, which is due out next July. Recent news has stated that the next two movies will be released in May 2017 and June 2018, which means the majority of both films will most likely be filmed back-to-back. While this seems like an ideal timeline, the studio will have to schedule the filming dates very carefully. Aside from Schwarzenegger, the movie also stars Emilia Clarke, who also has her Game of Thrones duties to worry about, Jai Courtney, who is already filming Insurgent for 2015, and Jason Clarke, who is also currently filming Weightless, which means the cast members may be difficult to keep together for a full period of filming. James Cameron, who wrote and directed the original Terminator in 1984, will also recover the rights to the franchise in 2019, which puts more pressure on the studio to get their take on the story finished before more potential projects come from Cameron or the director decides to cut the series off completely. While I can’t really predict anything about these new back-to-back sequels, the rumors surrounding the Genisys plot do sound pretty interesting. The film will supposedly follow a double-parallel story that features a new plot running alongside Cameron’s original film in a time-travel scenario. Sounds pretty good right? We’ll keep an eye out for more info on this one.

Ava DuVernay To Direct Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, And David Oyelowo In Civil Rights Drama ‘Selma’

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Paramount Pictures has found a replacement director for their Civil Rights drama Selma after Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) backed away from the project. Ava DuVernay, who has served as publicity specialist on projects like The Help, Rush Hour 3, and Spider-Man 2, has taken the job after just directing her own episode of Scandal. The film revolves around the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights marches that happened in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 and has Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, The Incredible Hulk) set to star as Senator George Wallace, Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Michael Clayton) as President Lyndon Johnson, and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator George Wallace is famous for his extreme opposition to banishing segregation in the United States; he famously stood in front of the doors at the University of Alabama in an effort to block newly admitted black students from entering, and when the Selma marches began the politician ordered state troopers to stop the first waves of marchers by beating them, stirring national attention and building great support for desegregation. No word yet on when this one is expected to hit theaters, but we’ll keep you informed.

Roberto Orci Will Make Directing Debut With Star Trek 3 In Place Of J.J. Abrams

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Following the successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise from director J.J. Abrams with 2009’s Star Trek and last year’s Star Trek: Into Darkness, many fans of the series were extremely concerned when Abrams took up the opportunity to direct Star Wars: Episode 7 with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, fearing that he would not be able to return for a third Star Trek movie. Well their worst fears have officially been confirmed, as Paramount recently announced that Roberto Orci would be taking over directing duties for Star Trek 3. Although Orci is no stranger to the Star Trek series (he co-wrote the first two movies with Alex Kurtzman), Star Trek 3 will be his first major picture as a director, so the fans, and especially Paramount, may be a bit anxious to see how the third installment turns out. Orci is currently working on the script with screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Here’s wishing him the best of luck in his new endeavor!

New Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s Next Project ‘Interstellar’ Is Finally Here


I have been waiting to see some visual hints about director Christopher Nolan’s next movie for several months now, and it looks like we finally have an initial trailer to give us some idea. The Dark Knight and Inception director is now looking to the stars to tell his next story, which will focus on the future of mankind and our impact on Earth and the implications of further space exploration. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine (a Nolan regular!), the film is written by Nolan and his brother, Jonathan (who also cowrote Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) and will be released this November by Warner Bros. with Paramount and Legendary Pictures. If you need further convincing after watching this trailer, just go back and watch Inception, Memento, or Insomnia (three of Nolan’s earlier works) and watch filmmaking at it’s best!

New ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ With Eddie Murphy Set For Spring 2016 Release

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So it’s official. After more than a year of speculation, a series reboot of Beverly Hills Cop is finally moving forward and has been given a theatrical release date of March 25, 2016. The film will feature original star Eddie Murphy in his leading role and will be directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon) from a screenplay by Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec. A reboot for the Beverly Hills Cop franchise has been planned for several years now, and Paramount will finally release the film with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure) in the producer’s chair, but there is no word yet on how the plot will play out, especially with Murphy returning to reprise his role of Axel Foley.