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Hannah Simone is new Greatest American Hero, but will reboot be as entertaining as the original?

A few weeks ago it was announced that ABC was to remake the hit 1981 series The Greatest American Hero with a new female lead. Earlier this week it was announced that Hannah Simone is the chosen one to don the tight red lycra costume and strut her stuff to the cheesy theme song. For those who are not in the know, The Greatest American Hero was a superhero comedy devised by the late Stephen J. Cannell who would go on to create such shows as The A-Team and 21 Jump Street to name a few. The original series starred...read more
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Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want Female James Bond Because Women “Should Get Their Own Stories”

Before Daniel Craig officially announced his return for the untitled Bond 25, it seemed every male actor under the sun (see: Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, et cetera) was linked with the supposedly vacant role of 007.

Among those mooted reports were one or two rumors of a female-fronted reboot, as well, one which would have welcomed an actress like Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) into the ranks of MI6. It would certainly play into the whole gender-swapping craze that has gripped Hollywood in recent years, resulting in such projects as Ocean’s 8 and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, along with mooted female-flipped reboots of The Nice Guys and 21 Jump Street.

But when it comes to James Bond, in particular, Rachel Weisz (real-life partner to current 007, Daniel Craig) disputed the idea of a female-led reboot on the belief that “women should have their own stories.”

Why not create your own story rather than
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Hasbro's Action Man Movie Gets Muppets Director James Bobin

Hasbro's Action Man Movie Gets Muppets Director James Bobin
The Action Man movie is on like Donkey Kong, with The Muppets director James Bobin set to helm the project. The movie was first talked about as a movie back in 2012 when Emmett/Furla Films secured the rights from Hasbro. Additionally, movies for Monopoly and Hungry Hungry Hippos were to be made, but none of those projects ever got off of the ground. Monopoly was supposed to be the first of the Hasbro movies to start production in 2013, but was later announced again in 2015.

Action Man is being written by Paddington 2 scribe Simon Farnaby, which is promising for the project along with James Bobin. The solid partnership will bring England's answer to America's G.I. Joe to the big screen. No release date has been set and the movie is said to be in the very early stages of pre-production. It will be interesting to see what kind of demand
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Ron Howard Won’t Say How Much Of Solo: A Star Wars Story He Directed

Ron Howard is playing coy about how much of Solo: A Star Wars Story he directed, following Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s departure from the anthology film last summer. The directing duo, who are known for writing and directing comedies such as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, were originally attached to being Han Solo’s origin story to life on the big screen for Lucasfilm. But in the wake of numerous creative differences, the pair exited the project with only three weeks of principal photography left on the schedule.
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The Test of Time: Why Groundhog Day is a Comedy Classic that will never age

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Matt Rodgers

As our own radio alarm clock ticks over to 2018, with its digital display and the latest tune from an interchangeable pop star blaring from the speakers, it’s worth taking stock of the comedy landscape. A baron wasteland full of recycled formula and man-child shtick, in which admittedly there have been genre-defining breakouts, such as The Hangover, that have inspired limp sequels and imitations, or rare gems in the form of What We Do in the Shadows and 21 Jump Street.

In order to find some genuine laughs, here at HeyUGuys we’re turning back the clock to 1993, setting our alarm for 6:00am, and getting ready to be driven to breaking point by Sonny & Cher with comedy masterpiece Groundhog Day, which is released on 4K Ultra HD today. Altogether now, “They say we’re young and we don’t know, we won’t find out until
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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director Set For ‘Men In Black’ Reboot

F. Gary Gray, director of Straight Outta Compton and this past year’s Fast and Furious 8, is being lined up by Sony Pictures to reboot the Men In Black series.

The news comes via Deadline who say that Gray is now officially in negotiations to helm the movie, which is written by Iron Man scribes Matt Holloway & Art Marcum. The film is a go project at the studio, but sources say that neither Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, who both starred in the first three movies, will return for more action.

The trade blog reiterates that this movie is not the 21 Jump Street crossover that still remains in active development.

More as we get it.

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'Fate of the Furious' Director Touted for 'Men in Black' Spin-off

Here come the Men in Black… again. Everyone’s favorite alien-monitoring agency will see a spin-off film in 2019. We last saw the sunglasses-wearing, neuralyzer-wielding gents in Men in Black 3 (2012), which came out a whole decade after Men in Black II. This new installment is separate from the previously reported crossover with 21 Jump Street, a mashup that may never see the light of day. According to Deadline, Sony and Amblin are in negotiations with F. Gary Gray (above on the set of The Italian Job) to helm the spin-off, who has directed back-to-back successes for Universal. The hot streak began with Straight Outta Compton in 2015. He followed that up with The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the ongoing action saga and the 12th top grossing film of...

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F. Gary Gray in talks to direct Men in Black spinoff

Coming off the box office success of The Fate of the Furious, it seems that Sony and Amblin have identified F. Gary Gray as the man to launch its Men in Black spinoff, with Deadline reporting that the Straight Outta Compton helmer is now in talks with the studio.

Sony has been looking to reboot the franchise since the release of Men in Black 3 back in 2012, even going so far as to develop a crossover with the 21 Jump Street franchise. However, the plan now is to produce a reboot which will “acknowledge and build on the world” of the previous movies, albeit with new characters and a more global scale.

Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man) have written the script for the reboot, which will see Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald back as producers and Steven Spielberg executive producing. Neither Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones are expected to return,
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F. Gary Gray is in Talks To Direct New Men In Black Film

F. Gary Gray, the director behind Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious is in negotiations with Sony Picture and Amblin Entertainment to direct the new Men in Black movie. I've enjoyed these most recent films that Gary Gray has made and it seems like Men in Black would be a solid project for him.

The script for the film comes from Iron Man scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum and the studio greenlit the picture on their draft. The producing team, which consists of Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Steven Spielberg, have been trying to figure out the best way to reboot the franchise. 

There's no word on what this next installment will entail, but we do know that it will feature a whole new cast. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not return. And in case you were wondering, Sony Pictures is also still developing
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F. Gary Gray To Direct ‘Men In Black’ Spinoff

You might be wondering why Sony has forever been trying to make another “Men In Black” movie, and the simple answer is: $$$. However you felt about “Men In Black 3,” it was the franchise’s highest earner to date, garnering $624 million worldwide. A few different approaches have been bandied about for a follow-up, including roping in Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill for some kind of hybrid between “Men In Black” and “21 Jump Street.” However, that seriously feels unlikely to ever happen, but last fall Sony put a “Men In Black” spinoff on the calendar.

Continue reading F. Gary Gray To Direct ‘Men In Black’ Spinoff at The Playlist.
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F. Gary Gray in Talks to Direct ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff

F. Gary Gray in Talks to Direct ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff
“Straight Outta Compton” and “The Fate of the Furious” director F. Gary Gray is in talks to direct Sony Pictures’ “Men in Black” spinoff, Variety has learned.

The studio fast-tracked the project earlier this fall, setting Matt Holloway and Art Marcum to pen the script and dating a May 17, 2019, release.

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not reprise their roles in the film, which is meant to launch a new franchise with fresh talent. Sony had originally planned on combining the “Men in Black” and “21 Jump Street” franchises, but have since tabled that idea.

The original movie followed Smith and Jones, who played agents of a secret organization, known as the Men in Black, and protected Earth from intergalactic bad guys. The first film was huge hit and produced two more sequels.

Sources tell Variety that the new leads will not be different versions of Smith’s Agent J and Jones’ Agent K, but rather
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Ezra Swerdlow, ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Spaceballs’ Producer, Dies at 64

Ezra Swerdlow, ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Spaceballs’ Producer, Dies at 64
Longtime New York film producer Ezra Swerdlow died of complications from pancreatic cancer and Als on Jan. 23 in Boston. He was 64.

Swerdlow amassed more than two dozen producing credits on feature films, including “Spaceballs,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Wag the Dog,” “Enchanted,” “Zombieland,” “21 Jump Street,” and “The Equalizer.”

Swerdlow was the son of Amy and Stanley Swerdlow, and grew up in Great Neck, N.Y. He attended Hampshire College, where he met his wife, Lindsey Hicks, and studied political theory at Rutgers University.

In 1979, he was hired by a friend as a location scout on the Woody Allen film “Stardust Memories.” Swerdlow then worked on “Arthur” as a unit production manager, on “Tootsie” as a location manager, and on “Zelig,” “The King of Comedy,” and “Broadway Danny Rose” as a unit manager. He was an associate producer on “Radio Days.”

He briefly moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and collaborated with Mel Brooks
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Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64

Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64
Ezra Swerdlow, the crackerjack, New York-bred producer and production manager who worked on such movies as The King of Comedy, The First Wives Club and Zombieland, has died. He was 64.

Swerdlow died Jan. 23 in Boston after a struggle with pancreatic cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a spokesman at ICM Partners announced.

More recently, Swerdlow served as an executive producer on the Smurfs movies released in 2011 and 2013, on 21 Jump Street (2012) and on a pair of films directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer (2014) and The Southpaw (2015).

Although he briefly moved to Los Angeles in the...
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Ezra Swerdlow, Producer on 'The First Wives Club' and 'Zombieland,' Dies at 64

Ezra Swerdlow, the crackerjack, New York-bred producer and production manager who worked on such movies as The King of Comedy, The First Wives Club and Zombieland, has died. He was 64.

Swerdlow died Jan. 23 in Boston after a struggle with pancreatic cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a spokesman at ICM Partners announced.

More recently, Swerdlow served as an executive producer on the Smurfs movies released in 2011 and 2013, on 21 Jump Street (2012) and on a pair of films directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer (2014) and The Southpaw (2015).

Although he briefly moved to Los Angeles in the...
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Star Wars: Solo - where’s all the marketing?

Ryan Lambie Jan 18, 2018

It’s little more than four months from its release, yet still no trailer. We look at the timeline for Solo's subdued marketing...

It was less than a year ago that the first official cast image emerged. There was lead actor Alden Ehrenreich, dominating the scene inside the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit. Crowded around him were his fellow actors Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke; along for the ride were the director duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, then hot off such films as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie.

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In theory, this was the start of what would inevitably a huge campaign for what in time would be Solo: A Star Wars Story - the latest in a planned series of spin-offs that explore the more obscure, previously
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This New Trailer For Netflix's Die Hard-Inspired Comedy Game Over, Man! is Freakin' Hilarious

Game Over, Man! is the new film project from the Workaholics cast and crew. Kyle Newacheck (Workaholics) directed the film and it stars Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Blake Anderson. Watching this trailer reminded me of 21 Jump Street mixed with Die Hard and it’s pretty incredible. Here’s a brief synopsis for the hilarious-looking film to let you know what you have to look forward to:

Three friends are on the verge of getting their video game financed when their benefactor is taken hostage by terrorists.

Game Over, Man! comes to Netflix on March 23, 2018. Now, watch the new trailer and let us know what you think!
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle review

The new Jumanji film is a very pleasant surprise. Here's our review...

90s nostalgia culture is upon us and, like it or not, one of the first targets of this new era is family adventure movie Jumanji. It’s a tricky one to get right even disregarding the pressure to do right by the late Robin Williams, but Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle manages to deliver two hours that are way more fun and inventive than they needed to be.

When ‘nerd’ Spencer (Alex Wolff), ‘jock’ Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), ‘princess’ Bethany (Madison Iseman) and ‘weirdo’ Martha (Morgan Turner) are all given detention, they discover an old games console in the school basement. Eager to avoid the actual job at hand (endlessly removing staples from old magazines), they turn it on to find old 90s video game, Jumanji.

Choosing their characters - Dr Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Moose Finbar (Kevin Hart
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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff: Lord & Miller Fired After Clashing With Kathleen Kennedy (Exclusive)

‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff: Lord & Miller Fired After Clashing With Kathleen Kennedy (Exclusive)
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s reputation for writing irreverent, poppy films such as “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie” helped the white-hot writing and directing duo land one of the most coveted gigs in Hollywood — a chance to call the shots on a “Star Wars” film.

But their chance to put their stamp on a galaxy far, far away collapsed on Tuesday with the stunning announcement that the pair would be departing the still untitled Han Solo spin-off movie in the midst of production. Their exit comes after months of conflict with producer Kathleen Kennedy, others from her LucasFilm team, and co-writer and executive producer Lawrence Kasdan, and the two directors hired to infuse the “Star Wars” universe with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility.
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‘Baywatch’ Super Bowl Spot: Dwayne Johnson & Zac Efron Have Some Fun in the Sun

‘Baywatch’ Super Bowl Spot: Dwayne Johnson & Zac Efron Have Some Fun in the Sun
Can Baywatch the movie do to Baywatch the TV show what 21 Jump Street the movie did to 21 Jump Street the TV show? We don’t know yet, but it looks like Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron will make it happen or die trying. They star as a couple of lifeguards tasked with restoring the Baywatch brand (how meta) and tracking down […]

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Men In Black/Jump Street Crossover Gets Official Title And Logo

Men In Black/Jump Street Crossover Gets Official Title And Logo
Here come the Men in Black – and they’ve brought Jenko and Schmidt along with them for the ride.

During Sony’s panel at the ongoing CinemaCon event, the studio’s planned Jump Street/Men in Black crossover was given an official title: MIB 23. An official logo was also showcased during the event – you can find it below, courtesy of ComicBook – though no further details were disclosed at the time of writing.

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Last we reported on Sony’s franchise crossover, both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were attached to reprise their roles as the bumbling undercover cops, with James Bobin (The Muppets, Alice Through the Looking Glass) primed to take up the reins from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, themselves busy with Disney’s Han Solo origins movie. Having helped fire the Jump Street series into an international success, though, Lord and Miller remain involved as creative consultants.
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