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Horror-Comedy ‘Cooties’ & The Bill Hader/Kristen Wiig-Starring ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Picked Up At Sundance
Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to SpectreVision and Glacier Films’ ‘Cooties’ at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The comedic horror film marks the feature film directorial debut for Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. It is written by Leigh Whannell (co-creator of’ Saw’ and ‘Insidious’) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of ‘Glee’), and stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Jorge Garcia and Nasim Pedrad.
Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said, “We’re thrilled to have another Leigh Whannell project back at Lionsgate to build on our 10-year history together during which we released seven films in the ‘Saw’ franchise that he co-created. Leigh and Ian, along with all the filmmakers and cast of ‘Cooties,’ have created a project that we found ourselves laughing out loud throughout and we cannot wait to share it with moviegoers!”
This latest TV spot has arrived online for Akiva Goldsman’s ‘Winter’s Tale,’ which is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. Set in 1916 and present-day Manhattan, ‘Winter’s Tale’ follows the story of Peter Lake (Colin Farrell). Peter Lake is a thief who falls in love with Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a dying girl who occupies one of the houses he breaks into. The film also co-stars Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Eva Marie Saint and Will Smith, who will cameo as a judge. ‘Winter’s Tale’ opens on February 14th in the US and February 21st in the UK.
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.
The Wrap bring word that Kevin Hart has signed on to voice one of the lead roles in DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Captain Underpants’ along with fellow comedy superheroes Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch. Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) is directing from a script by Nick Stoller (The Muppets), who adapted Dav Pilkey’s popular book series.
Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch will voice scheming fourth graders George Beard and Harold Hutchins, who love playing pranks, hiding in their secret treehouse and writing comic books. But when they accidentally bring their favorite comic book character, Captain Underpants, to life through a hypnosis accident involving their megalomaniacal principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms), their elementary school life becomes anything but elementary. Jordan Peele will voice George and Harold’s nerdy nemesis Melvin, while Nick Kroll will voice the villain, Professor Poopypants.
Variety are reporting that Simon Kinberg has finished rewriting the ‘Fantastic Four’ script and that 20th Century Fox plans to begin testing actors for the roles of Reed Richards (aka Mister Fantastic) and Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman) by the end of the month. Rumors have circulated that Miles Teller is in talks to play Richards after he said in an interview that a decision would be made shortly. Other actors expected to test for the part include ‘Game of Thrones’ stars Kit Harington and Richard Madden.
According to outlet, Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan are expected to test for Sue Storm. Michael B. Jordan is attached to play Johnny Storm, but he is expected to test with the actors to see which group has the best chemistry. Josh Trank (Chronicle) is on board to direct the film with Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Gregory Goodman serving as producers.
Roadside Attractions has premiered this first clip from Anton Corbijn’s (Control, The American) spy thriller ‘A Most Wanted Man.’ Starring the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright, the film is based on John le Carre’s acclaimed novel of the same name. Screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness, Lantana) adapted the story for the big screen.
‘A Most Wanted Man’ is set in present-day Hamburg, Germany, where a mysterious half-Chechen, half-Russian man, brutally scarred from torture, surfaces in the city’s Islamic community, on the run and desperate for help. He seeks to recover his late Russian father’s fortune and soon connects with a conflicted British private banker and a young female lawyer fiercely determined to protect the rights of persecuted emigres.
Universal Pictures has just unveiled this first official still from Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s ‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ which will arrive in cinemas on November 14th. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd and Harry in the film, while Rachel Melvin, Rob Riggle, Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom co-star. Set twenty years after their last adventure, good-hearted yet dimwitted best friends, Harry and Lloyd, head out in search for one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.
The official logline for the film is as follows: “Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.”