Oh lord. Variety bring word that Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions are collaborating on the production of a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. The sequel, titled ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,’ is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.
Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original, will return for the ‘Wonderful Life’ sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born (truly WTF). Grimes, of course, bellowed the iconic line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” in the original movie, about a troubled family man (Stewart) whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve brings on the intervention of his guardian angel. Farnsworth and Martha Bolton have written the screenplay. “The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original – every life is important as long as you have friends,” Farnsworth said.
Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli have released this US trailer for ‘The Wind Rises’ (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu), the latest animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo). The film is slated for limited release in North American theaters on February 21st, 2014, and expanded release on February 28th, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. ‘The Wind Rises’ is said to be the final film directed by the retiring legendary filmmaker. Expect word on the film’s UK release shortly.
In ‘The Wind Rises,’ Jiro – inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni – dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro – the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
Dwayne Johnson has took to his Twitter account to reveal two images from the set of James Wan’s ‘Fast & Furious 7.’ The above image image is captioned, “I didn’t bring the cavalry.. I AM the cavalry” – #HobbsTheBeast #FastAndFurious7 Call action…”. While the below image was captioned, “Olympic Gold medalist, UFC/WWE Champs & lunatics – I’ve fought ‘em all. This was fun. #FastAndFurious #RockVsStatham.”
No plot details have been unveiled yet, except that ‘Fast & Furious 7′ will return to Los Angeles after the previous five films were set in other locations. Newcomers to the cast include the likes of Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Djimon Hounsou, while the likes of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Ludacris and Jordana Brewster are returning. This May’s ‘Fast & Furious 6′ is the highest grossing film for Universal Pictures, having made more than $750 million at the worldwide box office. Expect more news about ’Fast & Furious 7′ shortly. The film is set for July 11th, 2014.
DreamWorks and EA have released this new trailer for the upcoming video game adaptation ‘Need for Speed.’ Directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson and Harrison Gilbertson, ‘Need for Speed’ is set for a March 14th, 2014 release.
Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, “Need for Speed” taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing.
To celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney Animation Studios has set loose this clip from the short, ‘Get a Horse!’, which you can see in full in front of Disney’s ‘Frozen.’ Starring the one and only Mickey Mouse and featuring Walt Disney himself as the voice of the iconic character, the short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical wagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. ‘Frozen’ journeys into theaters on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK.
Chris Pratt Talks About Playing Peter Quill/Star-Lord & The Tone Of Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’
Chris Pratt recently spoke with The Huffington Post and shared some info about his upcoming 2014 blockbuster, Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Asked if he felt like he nailed his audition to play the leading character, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the ‘Parks and Recreation’ star said, “For me it felt like a perfect fit right off the bat. I felt like at my very first audition that I nailed it, but, I was afraid that I wasn’t physically right for it because I was still pretty big from this movie. And so I just thought, If they could just believe in me, then I can lose this weight, then I’ll get this role. But I had a feeling it was a little too much weight to expect any person to lose — I was determined at that point. I was like, Well, you know what, if I’m not going to get this, that’s fine. But no one is ever going to tell me that I’m too fat for a role again. I’m going to start getting in shape. So I started getting in shape right away. We wrapped “Delivery Man” right around this time last year — oh my gosh, what a year — and I had gotten heavy, heavy, heavy and I went through the holidays and I continued to gain weight. Then, right at Jan 1st, I started working out. Then around the 15th, this audition came up. So I had lost probably 10 pounds … but I was still around 280 and that’s too big to be a Marvel character. But, it was in the audition. I mean, I knew he had my spirit — I knew that my spirit was right. And I knew it sounded right, I just didn’t look right yet.”