Deadline are reporting that the ‘Runner, Runner’ and ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ director Brad Furman has signed on to write and direct ‘Bigger’ for Bee Holder Productions. The biopic tells the story of the Weider brothers – bodybuilding icon Joe Weider, the Canadian entrepeneur who created the Mr. Olympia competition and mentored budding champ Arnold Schwarzenegger, and brother Ben, who with Joe co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilders. The film will be based in part on ‘Brothers of Iron,’ the siblings’ 2006 memoir. The synopsis for the memoir is as follows.
In the depths of the Great Depression a scrawny, dirt-poor Jewish kid with a seventh-grade education picked up a barbell and got hooked on weight training. Building his muscles gave him confidence and hope for a better life. He pledged to make the great, transforming power of strength training available to everyone and to give bodybuilding all the glory it deserved. The kid, Joe Weider, enlisted his younger brother Ben in his quest, and together the Weider brothers accomplished things much bigger than Joe’s boyhood dreams. The little muscle magazine Joe started, working at his family’s dining room table, grew into a publishing empire. From a backyard barbell business, Joe and Ben built equipment and food supplement companies each as big as Weider Publishing. And they transformed bodybuilding into a hugely successful sport, organized under one of the largest and best-run athletic federations in the world.
Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled this new character video for their 53rd full-length animated flick, ‘Frozen,’ highlighting Olaf the Snowman (voiced by Josh Gad). Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Gad, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana and Alan Tudyk, ‘Frozen’ journeys into theaters on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck direct the 3-D musical adventure, while Tony-award winner Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the music. The official synopsis for ‘Frozen’ is as follows. Source: Bleeding Cool.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” comes to UK cinemas December 6, 2013.
Pathe has revealed these three images from the much anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’ Based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s autobiography of the same name, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and produced by Anant Singh. Alongside Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris plays his wife, Winnie. The likes of Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto co-star.
Anant Singh began communicating with Nelson Mandela about making a film based on his life while he was still in prison and acquired the film rights to Mandela’s book at the time of its publication in 1996 and development on the film began immediately when Academy Award Nominee, writer William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Gladiator, Shadowlands) signed on. The film tells the story of the legendary South African freedom fighter, spanning over seventy years, including his struggle against apartheid, 27 years in jail and his rise to prominence as a political leader and head-of-state. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ arrives in cinemas on November 29th in the US and January 3rd in the UK.
2 More ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Banners Highlight Lee Pace’s Thranduil & Luke Evans’ Bard
Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing five banners (banner #1 can be viewed here) in the run up to the new trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ which is hitting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6am PT/9am ET/2pm GMT. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and set to conclude with ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ (2014). The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014.
After making a movie centered on ‘Maleficent,’ the villainess from Sleeping Beauty, Disney is reportedly setting its sights on another iconic villain: Cruella de Vil. Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) has been hired to pen Cruella, which will bring the dog-fur-loving fashionista from ‘101 Dalmations’ into a live-action feature.
Cruella de Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians,’ but became a Disney icon with the 1961 animated movie. And it’s not the character’s first incarnation in a live-action feature. Glenn Close memorably played the character in 1996’s ‘101 Dalmatians’ and the 2000 sequel, ‘102 Dalmatians.’ Disney is currently keeping its latest take on the character under wraps.
Paramount Pictures has unleashed this new TV spot for Jeff Tremaine’s ’Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.’ Set for a October 25th release, the comedy blends Jackass-style pranks with a narrative involving Johnny Knoxville’s 86-year-old Irving Zisman and his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll).
86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companions, his 8 year-old Grandson Billy in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”. This October, the signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicholl) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera.