Warren Beatty’s Long-Gestating Howard Hughes Film Begins Production; Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins to Star

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Almost three years ago, we reported that Warren Beatty was planning to direct his first movie since 1998′s Bulworth.  Initial reports said that the film might be a comedy about an elderly Howard Hughes (played by Beatty) having an affair with a younger woman.  At the time, Beatty’s prospects for the cast included Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Shia Labeouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara, and wife Annette Bening.  However, word on the film went silent, and it looked like it had slipped into development hell.

But now it looks like Beatty has the budget ($26.7 million) and the cast to make the project a reality, and shooting is already underway.  Hit the jump for more.

Director John Badham Talks WARGAMES, Seth Gordon’s Remake, and the Secret to SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER’s Success at the Tribeca Film Festival

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WarGames left theaters nearly three decades ago, but a special screening and panel at The Tribeca Film Festival showed little erosion on its emotional impact or the immediacy of its ethical questions.  The production wasn’t easy on Its director, John Badham, who came in mid-shoot to right the production.  Having not screened it for 15 years, the filmmaker had enough perspective to be able to truly enjoy his work.  Hit the jump for our interview with Badham, including some pretty incredible backstory from the set, how he handled the controversial production, his thoughts on Seth Gordon’s upcoming WarGames remake and why another of his classics, Saturday Night Fever, is still relevant.

Ally Sheedy Talks WARGAMES and Seth Gordon’s Remake at the Tribeca Film Festival

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In 1983, Ally Sheedy catapulted to stardom as Jennifer, the beautiful girl next door, in WarGames, about a computer hacker (played by Matthew Broderick) whose innocent prying turns into a game gone very wrong, with potentially global consequences.  Instant stardom and a successful film career followed.  29 years later, the award-winning actress revisited her role, as part of a Tribeca Film Festival panel on the film and the ethical questions it continues to raise.

Hit the jump for our interview with Sheedy and her thoughts on seeing the film for the first time since its release, its relevance, Seth Gordon’s upcoming remake (including casting options) and more.

Check out the Extended Version of the Ferris Bueller-Inspired Super Bowl Ad starring Matthew Broderick

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A few days ago, we showed a sneak peek at the Honda CR-V Super Bowl Ad featuring Matthew Broderick playing off his Ferris Bueller role.  Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), the ad is pretty cute and funny, although it has a notable lack of Alan Ruck.  The ad would be perfect if the CR-V belonged to Alan Ruck’s dad, they took it, and then Ruck destroyed it in a fit of cathartic rage at the end.

Hit the jump to check out the ad.  A shorter version will play during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Matthew Broderick Reprises His Role as Ferris Bueller in Super Bowl Commercial; Watch a Teaser for the Spot Now

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Some of life’s greatest nuggets of wisdom come from the Philosophy of John Hughes.  One of the writer-director’s best works (and one of my all-time favorite movies) is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s one of the most re-watchable movies in history, and Matthew Broderick gives a spot-on performance as the coolest teenager to grace the screen. Who didn’t want to be Ferris Bueller growing up?

For a commercial during the upcoming Super Bowl, Broderick is apparently reprising his role as Bueller. I have no idea what the product is, but I’m beyond excited to see the full spot. A 10-second teaser has been released and I guarantee that it’ll put a giant smile on your face. Hit the jump to check it out, and watch the full commercial during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5th. [Update: Jalopink reports that the ad is actually for Honda and the company hired Todd Phillips (The Hangover) to put the ambitious piece together. The spot will mimic much of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, except it will (obviously) feature some Hondas.]

TOWER HEIST Review

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I was trying to figure out a way to find a more backhanded compliment than Brett Ratner‘s “Tower Heist is surprisingly not terrible,” but I came up empty.  At first glance, it should be the poster child for everything that’s wrong with mainstream American cinema.  Ben Stiller has been playing the same character, his co-star Eddie Murphy doesn’t seem to care about acting anymore, and Ratner is an unimpressive journeyman director.  And yet Tower Heist is kind of an entertaining movie.  Stiller plays against type, Eddie Murphy shows he can deliver when he’s not phoning it in, and Ratner keeps the film upbeat.  There are a mind-blowing number of obvious plot-holes, and the crappy screenplay relies heavily on coincidence, but the movie never comes off as insulting or offensive.  Tower Heist is like a sweet child who draws a terrible picture of your house, but he doesn’t know any better and just wants you to be impressed.

8 Clips from TOWER HEIST

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We’ve been provided with eight clips from director Brett Ratner’s upcoming comedy Tower Heist. The film centers on a group of disgruntled employees who decide to rob a white-collar criminal living under house arrest in their high-rise after he scams them all out of their savings. The all-star cast includes Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Sidibe, Téa Leoni, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch, Michael Peña, and Alan Alda. Tower Heist opens November 4th.

THE LION KING Blu-ray Review

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Though there’s no touching the early wave of classic Disney animated features, when the studio reinvented its animation department in the late 1980’s they had a run of successful and impactful films that deserve to be shelved near those great works. 1994’s The Lion King is the best of that run (which arguably goes from 1989’s The Little Mermaid through to 1999’s Tarzan) and a film that captures much of the same terrain of those classics, but reimagines those stories in a way that feels fresh. It’s a crowning achievement, and the Diamond Edition Blu-ray presents the film in a pristine transfer. Our review of The Lion King on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Character Posters for TOWER HEIST Starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy

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Universal has released six bland character posters for Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist.  Each poster features a main character standing on top of a building, we get the actor’s name and their character’s profession, and I guess this sells a movie.  I suppose having an adorable dog on Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy’s posters doesn’t hurt.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Tea Leoni, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, and Gabourey Sidibe.  Tower Heist opens November 4th.

New Trailer for TOWER HEIST Starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy

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A new trailer for Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist has gone online.  The film centers on a group of employees working in a high-rise who decide to rob a white-collar criminal after he fleeces them out of their savings. After viewing both trailers, I stick by my conclusion that it will be a popular movie featuring the kind of safe humor that makes a crummy show like Two and a Half Men the #1 show on comedy.  However, it looks like we might finally get another funny performance from Eddie Murphy.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Casey Affleck, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch, Michael Peña, and Alan Alda.  Tower Heist opens November 4th and hits VOD in select markets three weeks later.

Trailer and Poster for MARGARET Starring Anna Paquin and Matt Damon

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The trailer and poster for Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret have gone online.  The long-awaited and long-delayed follow-up to Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me, Margaret centers on a high school student (Anna Paquin) who discovers that watching Alison Janney get hit by a bus will really throw you for a loop.  There’s definitely going to be a tough balance here between hitting honest emotions of a teenager who witnesses and feels responsible for a tragedy and going too melodramatic.  Hopefully Lonergan and his excellent cast, which also includes Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon, can keep the story grounded.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Jeannie Berlin, and Matthew Broderick.  Margaret opens September 30th.

First Trailer and Poster for TOWER HEIST Starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy [Updated with 5 New Images]

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I know I should have zero interest in Tower Heist.  It’s directed by Brett Ratner, it has Ben Stiller playing a straight man, and Eddie Murphy hasn’t done a good comedy this century, but I have to admit that the trailer got a couple laughs out of me although they weren’t from Stiller or Murphy.  The movie’s got a great supporting cast that includes Michael Peña, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, and Alan Alda, but the biggest laugh in the trailer comes from watching Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) hit on Murphy.  I also have to mention that this and Horrible Bosses share the message that if you’re interested in committing a crime, ask a black guy (preferably one who was in Dreamgirls).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer as well as the new poster.  Tower Heist opens November 4th. [Update: We've added five new images from the film and replaced the poster with a hi-res version]

Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, and Judd Hirsch Join Brett Ratner’s TOWER HEIST

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Brett Ratner’s comedy Tower Heist continues to add more faces to its already star-studded cast. Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, and Judd Hirsch are set to join Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Peña and the recently announced Téa Leoni in the action-comedy, which is being produced by Brian Grazer from a Jeff Nathanson script. This will be Broderick’s first major role since 2009’s Wonderful World, and it’s a big change-of-pace for Affleck who recently starred in the dark, controversial drama The Killer Inside Me.

According to Deadline and THR, Broderick will play Chase Fitzhugh, a Wall Street tycoon who joins a gang of disgruntled employees attempting to break into the high rise of their former boss (played by Alda). Affleck, meanwhile, will play a “straight arrow” buddy of Stiller, intent on turning the group over to the police.  No word yet on who Hirsch will play. Filming is set to commence in November for a 2011 release.

Update on NBC’s Favorite Pilots, Including THE ROCKFORD FILES, THE CHASE, THE EVENT, OUTSOURCED, BEACH LANE and More

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All eyes are watching as the struggling NBC assembles its fall schedule, and Variety has some early insight into how it’s shaping up.  The network announced an early pickup of the J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers yesterday, and things are looking very good for The Rockford Files remake led by David Shore (House), the Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI) fugitive-hunt procedural The Chase, and Kindreds, the latest legal drama from David E. Kelley (Boston Legal).  Likewise, the conspiracy thriller The Event and the romantic anthology series Love Bites has impressed some key execs.

Among the half-hours, workplace sitcom Outsourced is looking for writers (“always a good sign”), and NBC has reacted positively to the quirky family tale This Little Piggy, the Friends-ian romantic comedy Perfect Couples, and Next, the latest from Paul Reiser (Mad About You).  Though not without flaws, Beach Lane is still in contention thanks to star Matthew Broderick.  Details on each project after the jump:

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