ZOMBIELAND 2 Back from the Dead with New Writer; Ruben Fleischer Intends to Direct

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Could it be that Zombieland 2 might actually happen after all?  The 2009 comedy was a big hit with both audiences and critics, putting a smart spin on the zombie genre with an excellent ensemble and one of the best-used cameos in recent memory.  Sony Pictures was keen on making a sequel, as was some of the cast (most notably Woody Harrelson), but they were never able to come up with a script that everyone was happy with.  Last we heard—which was nearly two years ago—director Ruben Fleischer said there were no immediate plans for Zombieland 2, and Amazon even attempted a Zombieland TV series that was met with a resounding “no thank you.”

But now it appears that there’s life in the follow-up yet, as Sony has hired a new screenwriter to pen a script under the supervision of Fleischer, who intends to return as director.  More after the jump.

Yvette Nicole Brown Leaving COMMUNITY

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Though Community was brought back from the dead this summer after Yahoo Screen picked up the comedy following NBC’s cancellation, it will return with one less original cast member.  TV Guide reports that Yvette Nicole Brown will be departing the show before its upcoming sixth season due to family reasons, as the actress explains that she needs to care for her ailing father.  The split from the show was amicable as executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna said in a joint statement, “Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best.”  More after the jump.

Brett Ratner and Bill Lawrence Developing RUSH HOUR TV Show

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Hot on the heels of the news that Fox is developing a TV series adaptation of the 1988 film Big comes word that a Rush Hour TV show is also in development—and from another Cougar Town executive producer, no less.  Deadline reports that director Brett Ratner and TV vet Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) have closed a deal with Warner Bros. TV to co-write and executive produce an hourlong action comedy adaptation of the Rush Hour franchise.  Ratner directed all three films in the series, which was essentially a trio of buddy cop action-comedies revolving around a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (Jackie Chan) who is paired with a cocky, fast-talking LAPD officer (Chris Tucker).  More on the Rush Hour TV show after the jump.

Matt Bomer Joins THE NICE GUYS; Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall in VACATION Reboot; Pierce Brosnan to Create Designer Drug in URGE

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How about some more casting news?  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • Matt Bomer just joined Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys.
  • New Line’s Vacation reboot just picked up Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall.
  • Pierce Brosnan is locked to headline Urge for first-time feature director Aaron Kaufman.

Hit the jump for more on all three films.

Exclusive CHEF Food Truck Graphics Celebrate Jon Favreau’s Filmography in Pun-Tastic Fashion

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After making three films on a very large scale (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys & Aliens), director Jon Favreau opted to go much smaller on his most recent feature, Chef.  The result is a character-centric dramedy about a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reconnecting with his family and getting back in touch with his artistic freedom.  In conjunction of Chef’s release on Blu-ray and DVD today, we here at Collider have been provided with four exclusive Chef food truck graphics that bring the punnery to Favreau’s filmography.  Stop by the Elf Eatery for some breakfast food, or hit up the Swingers truck for cocktails and wings.

Take a look at the Chef food truck graphics after the jump, and click here to buy the film on Blu-ray.

Uncover the Details of RFK’s Secret Mutation Prior to the X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST DVD Release

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Thanks to X-Men: Days of Future Past we know that President John F. Kennedy was a mutant.  Magneto (Michael Fassbender) tried to save him, but he was apprehended before he could stop Lee Harvey Oswald’s bullet.  When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (James McAvoy), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) broke him out of a Pentagon prison, Magneto insisted that he tried to save JFK because he was “one of us.”

What if Robert F. Kennedy was a mutant as well?  According to the X-Men viral campaign, “Kennedy Curse,” he was and he was assassinated because of it.  Hit the jump to see more from RFK’s “Mutants Are Among Us” file.  X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently available digitally and will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on October 14th

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to Voice DreamWorks Animation’s BOSS BABY; Quvenzhane Wallis Will Lead COUNTING BY 7S

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DreamWorks Animation is putting together the voice cast for one of its upcoming films.  Heat Vision reports that Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey will lead the voice cast for Boss Baby, which is described as a fantastical comedy revolving around a “fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby (Baldwin) and his seven-year-old brother, who is jealous of the new arrival.”  The brother sets out on a mission to win back the sole affection of his parents and ends up stumbling upon a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (Spacey).  The two brothers are then forced to come together in order to stop the dastardly scheme.  Megamind director Tom McGrath is set to helm the pic, which is slated for release on March 18, 2016.

Hit the jump for news concerning an adaptation of Counting by 7s that is being developed as a star vehicle for young Quvenzhane Wallis.

New DRACULA UNTOLD Featurette Highlights Sarah Gadon’s Mirena

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Dracula Untold is all about Vlad’s (Luke Evans) choice to become a vampire so that he can defend his people against Mehmet’s (Dominic Cooper) threat, but one of the main reasons he makes that decision at all is due to his undying love for his wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon).

Clearly Dracula Untold will be loaded with fangs, bats and epic battles, but it’s also a movie rooted in romance and family.  Hit the jump to find out more about Mirena’s effect on Vlad in a brand new Dracula Untold featurette and if you’d like even more information on the character, click here to check out my interview with Gadon from our set visit.  Dracula Untold hits theaters in 2D and IMAX on October 17th and also stars Charles Dance, Noah Huntley and Art Parkinson.

The Films of David Fincher: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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Up to this point in this series, I’ve mostly sided with Fincher, his decisions, and his thoughts on his movies.  But even by his own metric and intentions, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is almost a complete and utter failure.  I understand why Fincher would feel a kinship with Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), but his reasons for making the movie—the prospect of an R-rated franchise and the relationship between Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and Salander—are, respectively, superficial and underdeveloped.  Looking over the making-of documentary and his commentary track, I’m astonished at the gulf between Fincher’s intentions and what the movie presents.

Fox Developing BIG TV Show from ENLISTED Creators

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Mining familiar IP is not a new notion in the world of television, and fresh off the debut of its Batman semi-prequel series Gotham, Fox is now developing a Big TV show.  Deadline reports that Enlisted executive producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce have sold a half-hour comedy adaptation of Big to Fox that they will write and executive produce.  Loosely based on Penny Marshall’s classic 1988 film starring Tom Hanks, the potential series is described as a show that “explores what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever.”  This is actually pretty thematically relevant material as today’s generation doesn’t feel forced to “grow up” as soon as they graduate from college, and instead fully embrace their nostalgia for the movies, TV shows, and even commercials that they enjoyed as kids.

More on the potential Big TV show after the jump.

Keanu Reeves Continues to Kick Ass in New JOHN WICK Trailer and Images

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Lionsgate has released a new John Wick trailer for what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest out-of-nowhere surprises of the year.  Just a month or so ago, I didn’t even know this movie existed.  Then Lionsgate acquired the revenge thriller off of positive buzz and released a fantastic debut trailer that teased a fun, slick, and highly quotable actioner complete with a swell-looking lead performance by Keanu Reeves.  The actor plays a former hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him, and this new, final trailer offers up another promising look at the film.  Yeah, I’m thinking I’m gonna see this.

Watch the new John Wick trailer after the jump, along with some new images.  Directed by veteran stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski, the film also stars Adrianne PalickiWillem DafoeBridget MoynahanIan McShaneJason IsaacsAlfie AllenLance ReddickJohn Leguizamo, Dean Winters, and Michael Nyqvist.  John Wick opens in theaters on October 24th.

Ioan Gruffudd Talks FOREVER, Keeping an Element of Danger with an Immortal Character, Working with Judd Hirsch, and More

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On the new ABC drama series Forever, Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) is hiding a big secret. New York City’s star medical examiner not only studies the dead to solve criminal cases, but also to look for answers as to why he’s been alive for 200 years. With the help of his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch), who is the only one that knows his secret, Henry’s remarkable observation skills are proving to be quite useful for Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza), but they’re also raising questions and curiosity.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Ioan Gruffudd talked about how he got involved with Forever, keeping the element of danger when your character can never die, the awkwardness of always coming back to life naked, working with Judd Hirsch, Henry’s mysterious enemy, and not needing to know all of the answers.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

“A Very Big, Epic Sci-Fi” TETRIS Movie in the Works, Obviously [Updated]

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There was Battleship in the summer of 2012, Ouija’s on the way and there were attempts to give Stretch Armstrong and View-Master the big screen treatment as well.  At this point, why would anyone be surprised that someone’s determined to turn Tetris into movie, too?

Apparently Threshold Entertainment is joining forces with the Tetris Company to bring the iconic 80s game to the big screen live-action-style.  The film’s got no director or actors attached, but the companies do have the story figured out.  Hit the jump for more on the plan to make a Tetris movie.

Fall Pilot Review: SELFIE

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Based on Pygmalion and My Fair LadySelfie follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) as she comes to learn that there is more to life than social media.  Helping her along on her journey of self discovery and manners is Henry Higenbottam (John Cho), who works with Eliza, and who is a master of rebranding (she, naturally, works in sales).  The series is created by Suburgatory‘s Emily Kapnek, who gives it her trademark fast-paced style.  Hit the jump to see if this ABC comedy deserves a spot on your DVR.

Monday TV Ratings: GOTHAM and SCORPION Hold Strong; THE BLACKLIST and SLEEPY HOLLOW Drop

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TV ratings for Monday, September 29th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s Gotham showed a fairly strong hold of its audience in week two (read Dave’s recap here), scoring a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.33 million viewers.  That’s a drop of just 13% from last week’s premiere and marks a solid retention of its audience.  Sleepy Hollow, on the other hand, was down 15% from last week with a disappointing 1.7 rating and 5.1 million viewers.
  • The strongest hold for a new show this week, however, goes to CBS’ Scorpion (read Dave’s recap here), which dipped only 6% from its premiere and garnered a 3.0 rating and 12.23 million viewers.  It was second only to The Big Bang Theory as far as scripted programming goes, with the comedy hitting a towering 4.7 rating and 16.18 million viewers for a drop of 13% from last week.  Elsewhere on CBS, NCIS: Los Angeles stumbled 37% from last year’s premiere with a 1.9 rating and 9.44 million viewers.
  • Over on NBC, The Blacklist was down 18% in its second week, notching a 2.8 rating and scoring 10.66 million viewers.  The show is one of the most heavily DVR’d, though, so expect its numbers to go way up once Live+7 ratings are figured.
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