06
Sep
2017

‘City of God’s’ Fernando Meirelles to Direct Pope Movie for Netflix Starring Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

Netflix has set Fernando Meirelles to direct an untitled film centered on the relationship between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. Benedict will be played by Anthony Hopkins and Francis will be played by Jonathan Pryce. The movie will begin shooting in Argentina this November. Meirelles’ long time cinematographer Cesar Charlone will also join him on [...]


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04
Aug
2017

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Finds Its Jafar

Marwan Kenzari, the actor who is poised to break through as part of the all-star cast of the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express, is in negotiations to star as the villain in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. At the same time, former Saturday Night Live comedienne Nasim Pedrad has landed a role created specifically [...]


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27
Jul
2017

How to Make a Movie Out of Anything — Even a Mindless Phone Game

Hollywood is aggressively adapting material that doesn’t have a narrative or even any characters. But not all intellectual property is created equal. In 2013, a movie producer named Tripp Vinson was thumbing through Variety when he stumbled upon a confounding item: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, a pair of writers and directors, were working on [...]


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24
Jul
2017

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie reveals new villain: A cat!

The third film in the LEGO movie world chopped its way through the crowd at Comic-Con and stood out with a packed panel that showed off the geeky side of its well-assembled (lol, get it? lol) cast. The panel enlisted Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, and Zach Woods, [...]


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15
Jul
2017

‘Aladdin’: Disney Remake Finds Its Leads

Guy Ritchie will direct the movie musical, which will see Will Smith as the Genie. Relative newcomer Mena Massoud and Power Rangers star Naomi Scott have booked a flight on a magic carpet ride. Massoud has secured the coveted role of Aladdin while Scott will be playing Jasmine in the Guy Ritchie-directed Aladdin movie. The [...]


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11
May
2017

‘Lego Movie’s’ Unikitty Gets Animated Series at Cartoon Network

Unikitty has another reason to “stay positive.” The character from the box-office hit The Lego Movie is getting her own show. Cartoon Network on Wednesday announced that it has ordered Unikitty!, an animated series from Warner Bros. Animation, that will follow the title character and her friends “into a world full of adventure, excitement and [...]


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29
Mar
2017

‘It’ Trailer Brings Stephen King Classic Back to Life

Sometimes, it pays to be afraid of clowns. Stephen King’s It is back. The first footage of the film from Mama director Andy Muschietti proves people with a phobia of clowns may have legitimate reasons for it. The film stars Bill Skarsgard stars as the demonic clown Pennywise. The kids he terrorizes are played by [...]


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17
Mar
2017

Lego Stays on Script

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10
Mar
2017

Meet the Man Responsible for Protecting the Lego Brand as It Became a Mega Movie Franchise

How producer Dan Lin convinced Lego to take a risk Few brands can make movies that people want to see. Over the past few years, that’s something Lego has been able to accomplish thanks to Dan Lin, CEO of Lin Pictures and producer of the Lego movies. The latest film in the franchise, The Lego [...]


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10
Mar
2017

THE BUSINESS OF LEGO BATMAN — DAN LIN (MBA 1999)

Lego Movie and Lego Batman producer Dan Lin offers an inside look at the role of a modern Hollywood producer—and how he manages a burgeoning franchise. Dan Lin is the Hollywood producer behind the hit films Sherlock Holmes, Gangster Squad, and the Lego Movie. Lin’s most recent film, Lego Batman, opened last month and was [...]


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