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Author R.L. Stine’s fantastic series of Goosebumps books is being adapted into a movie, and before you curse about yet another childhood something or other being destroyed you should hear me out. I grew up on the books and held onto the entire series so a long time before giving them away (I have them all in e-book form now). It’s a great series for kids that blended humor, darkness and horror to make for some quick entertaining reads.
When I first heard about the movie, I was skeptical as well; which book is being adapted? Why? The TV series of the same name was also enjoyable but I don’t have a lot of memories of that compared to the books. Director Rob Letterman (Gulliver’s Travels) is bringing the books to life and Jack Black plays the author of the series R.L. Stine in the film.
Intrigued yet? Check out the full synopsis:
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Black), the author of the bestselling “Goosebumps” series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange…he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
Speaking with EW, Black said this about playing R.L. Stine:
“This is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. So I felt like, I was just going to approach it as a character, doing what I thought was most dramatically interesting and right for what was needed. I also got to meet R.L. and he’s a really great guy. Really smart and funny and sweet. But I made [the character] more of a sort of curmudgeonly dark, brooding beast master. So from the very beginning, I was taking liberties. I think he’s cool with it though. [Laughs] He’s been on set and he actually did a little cameo.”
So is sounds like an interesting way to take these books to the big screen; a great way to get more than one character in there too which I’m happy about. See the first images (including one of Slappy from “Night of the Living Dummy”) below. Goosebumps opens in theaters on August 7, 2015. We will keep you posted on this project as it’s expected to share some goodies at Comic-con 2014.
Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused) new dark comedy Bernie has a trailer below and it’s delightfully weird. Jack Black is pretty great in most things he does, but it’s Matthew McConaughey here with his shirt on finally that had me laughing. He needs to do more comedy, as does Shirley MacLaine who looks to have a few crabby scenes reminding me of Anne Ramsey.
Based on a true story out of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Black) was one of the town’s most beloved residents. So it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine), an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.
Watch the trailer below, Bernie opens April 27th.
- The creator of Arrested Development not only still has plans for a movie but a new season is happening too. [deadline]
- Kurt Russell will be reuniting with Quentin Tarantino in his next film Django Unchained. [THR]
- Kevin Kline, Jack Black, Steve Carell, and Nicolas Cage are attached to Charlie Kaufman’s new film “Frank or Francis”. [variety]
- “In Bruges” writer/director Martin McDonagh’s next project “Seven Psychopaths” with Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken. [variety]
- Universal Soldier TV series coming, canceled in 3,2…[moviehole]
- New Star Trek comics will act as prequel to the next movie. [startrek]
- Mad Men – Art of the opening title sequence. [artofthetitle]
I still can’t remember the last time Steve Martin made me laugh. That being said, here’s a trailer for The Big Year, a new comedy starring Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson…still nothing.
Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory is in the movie, blink and you’ll miss him in the trailer but there’s a change he will steal whatever scenes he’s in, so there’s that to look forward to. The film is an adaptation of Mark Obmascik’s 1998 book The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession [see]. It tells the story of “three men who try to outdo each other in a bird-watching competition to spot the rarest birds in North America’.
Check out the trailer below:
It’s a slow news day, can you tell? Yesterday we shows you the 25 Greatest Unscripted Scenes in Film, today we have 25 Actors Before They Were Famous. I didn’t know Daniel Craig was in A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, I did however know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was on Roseanne because I’ve watched the series enough times. Leonardo DiCaprio was on an episode in a non speaking role too [see].
Hit the jump to watch the compilation courtesy of YouTube user pleatedjeans:
No more parody trailers, this is the real deal. They spoofed romantic comedies and Green Lantern, but now The Muppets have their own feature trailer, and the whole gang is here. Written by Muppets fan Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the Muppets return to the movies to raise $10 milllion to save the Muppet Theater.
There will be cameos galore (some we don’t even know about yet) that include Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Blunt, Billy Crystal, and Jack Black
The Muppets opens on November 23. Watch the trailer after the break; we also included the full synopsis. What do you guys think? Can The Muppets comeback?
Before Gulliver’s Travels hits theaters on Christmas Day, co-stars Jack Black and Jason Segel thought it fitting to spread some Christmas cheer. Thanks guys! They have recorded an updated version of the 1977 hit Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth, which featured David Bowie and Bing Crosby (see below). It’s worth checking out. Watch it after the jump. (more…)
DreamWorks Animation has posted the synopsis for Kung Fu Panda 2 on the official KFP website. They added the number 2 to the title, and we have a little teaser below. I really enjoyed the first film, it looked amazing and had some genuinely funny moments. I was surprised how great the action sequences were, I’m sure they will step it up for this sequel.
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Dustin Hoffman are all set to reprise their roles from the first movie; they will be joined by Gary Oldman, Jean Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh and Victor Garber for Kung Fu Panda 2’s May 27, 2011 3D release.
Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.
The trailer for Gulliver’s Travels hit a few days ago and I was just going to ignore it. I can’t. This trailer is so unbelievably bad words don’t even come close to saying what I feel. This guy on youtube had a few choice words:
Whatever that means; seriously though, the trailer acts like we know what’s going on or something. Oh yeah the girl in the elevator, gotta hit that Jack! Oh look, now you’re sailing all by yourself and we get to see Jason Segel for a second so we think this will be good. Enter poor Billy Connolly looking like Colonel Sanders and you got yourself a movie! Wait, Jack black has to say something jack Blackish – “mutton chops” brilliant. Why is he pounding a fist and getting his hair cut and cart wheeling and WHAT IS GOING ON? I HATE THIS!
Gulliver’s Travels will hit 3D/2D theaters December 22, 2010. See you there! (more…)
DreamWorks has confirmed that Gary Oldman and Jean-Claude Van Damme have joined the voice cast of Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and added that Michelle Yeoh and Victor Garber are on board as well. They join Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and James Hong in the film, which is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2011 (Memorial Day weekend).
Note: Other releases scheduled around May 27, 2011 are Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20), The Hangover 2 (May 26) and X-Men: First Class (June 3).
Oldman voices the character of Lord Shen (a peacock), the film’s new villain while Yeoh brings to life the mystical character of The Soothsayer (a goat). Van Damme and Garber round out the cast as Master Croc and Master Thundering Rhino, respectively. In the sequel, Po goes on an amazing personal journey in a quest to overcome the forces of evil.