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Donna Tartt’s ‘Goldfinch’ Film Rights Have Been Claimed by Warner Bros.

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The brilliant Donna Tartt’s New York Times bestseller, The Goldfinch, may be heading to the big screen!  Warner Bros. has officially acquired the film rights to the book, and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force will produce.

The Goldfinch tells the story of Theo Decker, whose mother is killed in the bombing of a New York museum. Abandoned by his father, Decker is taken in by a wealthy family. The epic, post-traumatic tale reveals the nearly two-decade aftermath of those events, anchored by Decker’s attachment to the piece of art (Dutch master Carel Fabritius’ “The Goldfinch”) he walked out of the devastated museum with years ago.

This book is so amazing and I loved it (though I didn’t love the last 50 pages).  If it comes to the big screen I will be VERY nervous about them doing it justice.  Apparently Warner Bros. has the rights to The Secret History, Tartt’s first novel- but it’s never been made.

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Posted Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 1:13pm
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Wonder Woman is Coming to Bring ‘Justice’

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Comic-Con has been a treasure trove of new spoilers, trailers, pictures and rumors this year – each nugget more scintillating than the next.  One of the many exciting sneak peeks – was the first pictures of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The film, which won’t be out until May 2016, will feature Henry Cavill reprising his role of Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther… as well as many others.  A pretty epic cast really.

Zack Snyder, the director of the film, shared the picture on Twitter after it was shown at Comic-Con.  Turns out that Wonder Woman has gotten an updated ensemble – trading in the red, white, and blue for a bronze one-piece.

Gadot, an Israeli actress best known for Fast & Furious 6, is also slated to be in her own Wonder Woman film, as well as a later Justice League film.

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Posted Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 1:13pm
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Stars of ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ Honor Firefighters at Premiere

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Planes: Fire & Rescue,’ the animated sequel to Planes, premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood last night.  The stars were out for the show, and many brought their children to the premiere with them.  Dane Cook (seen above with Hal Holbrook) voices Dusty Crophopper in both films, and he explains to The Hollywood Reporter how excited he was to have this role:

“Getting a phone call from John Lasseter was like, in in my 24 years of performing, just like getting Willy Wonka to call you and say, ‘Come into the factory.’ This is going to be unlike anything you’ve ever done before. It was like a dream come true,” Cook told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet. “To get a second call from John Lasseter, saying, ‘We’d like to do it again,’ was outstanding.”

Cook also noted the movie carries an important message.  “We are celebrating the brave men and women that fight fires day in and day out, with a really heartwarming story to it,” he added.

Disney blocked off the street for the kid-friendly event, which featured several fire and rescue vehicles supplied by the Planes of Fame Air Museum, while the L.A. Fire Department provided coats, pants, helmets, boots and other firefighting equipment that kids could try on.

What a fun premiere to be able to take your kids to!  Many more pics from the premiere after the jump! (more…)

Posted Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 3:15pm
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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Sings ‘America the Beautiful!’

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Who is excited about Pitch Perfect 2?  I am.  Very very excited.  The original was so awesome.  Anyway.  Elizabeth Banks, the director of the sequel – which is due out in 2015, posted a video on her Facebook page and on YouTube showing Skylar Astin and Ben Platt doing an a cappella performance of ‘America the Beautiful.’  Astin and Platt were in the original film.

The two actors appear in what looks like The Treblemakers’ signature costume — a dark red velvet blazer — with an American flag as a backdrop.

“Happy (early) 4th of July from the set of Pitch Perfect 2!” Banks wrote.

The first movie, about a cappella singing teams in college, became a surprise success upon its release in September 2012, earning $65 million at the box office.

Banks appeared in and produced the first movie; she also is set to appear in the sequel, alongside returning cast members Astin, Platt, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Rebel Wilson and newcomers Hailee Steinfeld and Katey Sagal.

You can see the video here.

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Posted Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 1:13pm
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FIRST LOOK: Disney releases first image from ‘Cinderella’ live-action movie!

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Disney has just released the first image from ‘Cinderella,’ the live-action movie that just begun filming in London!

The photo shows Lily James (‘Downton Abbey’) as Cinderella, on a horse. Kenneth Branagh is directing the new movie. In the new movie, Cinderella gets a new name. She’ll be “Ella” in the new take on the classic 1950 Disney cartoon.

“With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella,” says director Kenneth Branagh in an statement announcing the start of production. “She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace.”

While it looks like it’s set in a similar time period to the 1950 Disney animated movie, the new project seems to feature a stronger, sexier, more independent version of Cinderella who isn’t afraid to wear a lower neckline while living a very active lifestyle. Cinderella will also star Rickard Madden as the Prince, Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.

Best known for playing Lady Rose MacClare on TV drama Downton Abbey, James will play Ella, a young girl whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. When Ella’s father suddenly dies, Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel new family. They make her into a servant girl and give her the nickname “Cinderella” out of spite. But Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” And then she meets a handsome prince, and, with a little help from a fairy godmother, finds her way to the ball.

I’m excited! Disney’s Cinderella is slated to open on March 13, 2015.

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Posted Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 4:16pm
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