27
Aug
2014
Acme 'Looney Tunes' Movie Finds New Momentum with 'X-Men: First Class' Writers

X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are going a little looney, and directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa may soon join them. The power writing duo has been hired to write the untitled Acme movie project being developed by Warner Bros. At the same time, Ficarra and Requa, who directed Crazy Stupid Love for the studio, are in early negotiations to direct the project, which has its roots in…


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20
May
2014
Warner Bros Dates Lego Spinoff ‘Ninjago’ For Fall 2016

Warner BrosWarner_Bros._Pictures_intro has slotted the animated 3D action pic Ninjago for September 23, 2016. Building off the Lego Group’s popular ninja-inspired minifigures, Ninjago will mark the directorial debut of Tron: Uprising’s Charlie Bean. The Lego Movie team of Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are producing. Jill Wilfert, Seth Grahame-Smith, John Powers Middleton, NinjagoJames Packer and Steve Mnuchin are executive producing and Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley penned the…


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19
May
2014
Postcard: Los Angeles

A couple of weeks before The Lego Movie opened earlier this year, producer Dan Lin professed to being a tad nervous. Sure, the early buzz was hugely positive, and everyone involved with the project figured they had a solid production on their hands. “But still,” thought Lin, “you never know.” He needn’t have worried. The animated adventure comedy has become a global phenomenon and earned…


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16
May
2014
ABC’s New Series Trailers

Check out the first look at ABC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation is underway. The sole holdout: Midseason drama Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stay tuned for that one. Here’s the rest:


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23
Apr
2014
Disney Taps Jon Turteltaub To Direct ‘It’s A Small World’ Feature Film

Appropriate considering today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the It’s A Small World attraction that has been such a staple of the Disney theme parks, the movie studio has hired Jon Turteltaub to direct a feature based on the venerable family film ride with theJon Turteltaub catchy tune. Jared Stern pitched Small World and will write the…


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30
Mar
2014
Box Office Milestone: 'The Lego Movie' First 2014 Film to Hit $400 Million Globally

The 3D animated movie has launched a new family franchise for Warner Bros. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s The Lego Movie has marched past $400 million at the global box office, becoming the first film of 2014 to reach that milestone. To date, the 3D animated family film, opening in early February, has taken in $248.3 million domestically and $152.2 million internationally for a worldwide total of…


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12
Mar
2014
Chris McKay to Direct ‘Lego Movie’ Sequel for Warner Bros.

Chris McKay is set to helm the sequel to the “Lego Movie” for Warner Bros..The first movie bowed in February and has since grossed more than $360 million worldwide. Producers Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee are steering the franchise, with Jill Wilfert from the Lego Company exec…


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10
Mar
2014
Alana De La Garza To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Forever’, Mehcad Brooks Joins ‘Identity’

Law & Order alumna Alana de la Garza has been tapped as the female lead opposite Ioan Gruffudd in ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason — he is immortal. His investigative work with recently widowed Detective Jo Martinez (de la Garza), a recovering alcoholic, and relationship with best friend Abe (Judd Hirsch) will peel back the layers of…


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27
Feb
2014
3 Penn Alumni In One Powerful Production Company (& they’re looking for interns!)

Over the years it’s great to see Penn alumni working together in Entertainment. One very Penncentric and prominent company has recently come to our attention. Lin Pictures was started by Penn alum Dan Lin (W’94) and has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. in both film and television. The small production company has started to pack a powerful punch with hits such as The Lego Movie (starring Penn alum Elizabeth Banks). Jennifer Gwartz (C’90) was the first Penn hire on…


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21
Feb
2014
Ioan Gruffudd To Topline ABC Pilot ‘Forever’

Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd is set as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Forever, written by Matthew Miller and directed by Brad Anderson. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner. But what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason…


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21
Feb
2014
Chicago's stuck on brand aid, and it hurts to watch

The other day I went to see "The Lego Movie," the biggest blockbuster of 2014 so far, currently in the midst of its second wave of word-of-mouth-driven box office, and I left the theater not feeling scuzzy. I didn’t feel bullied or solicited. In fact, I felt no desire to buy Legos or declare my love for the endless ways in which mankind has learned to shape a pile of plastic blocks. I didn’t even have some overwhelmingly nostalgic yearning for my favorite childhood…


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