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.

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.

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.

We’re Giving Away Two Badges to New York Comic-Con 2014

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The upcoming New York Comic-Con 2014 is completely sold out, but we here at Collider have two badges to the convention to give away to two very lucky readers.  The contest is in conjunction with the Blu-ray and DVD release of A Million Ways to Die in the West on October 7th, as the film will have a booth set up at NYCC where you can take your own old-timey western photos.  We’re only giving away the badges for NYCC, which you can pick up at will call, so airfare and hotel will be on you.  But if you’re up for making the trip or live in the New York area, then you should absolutely enter this contest.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win.  New York Comic-Con 2014 runs from October 9-12th.

Geek Gifts: Marvel Deadpool Sixth Scale Sideshow Collectibles Figure

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With the recent news that 20th Century Fox is finally moving forward with a Deadpool movie, set for release in February 2016, the “Merc with a Mouth” may be getting some renewed interest here pretty soon.  What better way to prove your longtime fandom than with your own Deadpool Sixth Scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles?  The new figure comes complete with an assortment of weapons and a number of cheeky dialogue boxes that you can place over the figure’s head, making this a genuine representation of the Deadpool character.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Marvel Deadpool Marvel Sixth Scale Figure, and click here to pre-order.

Robert Downey Jr. Goes Dramatic Opposite Robert Duvall in 8 Clips from THE JUDGE

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of eight The Judge clips from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming drama.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  The film marks a major departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies like Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey.  These clips offer a good snapshot of the film’s tone, which is certainly dramatic but also tinged with Downey’s signature quick-witted sense of humor.

Watch the Judge clips after the jump.  The film also stars Vera FarmigaBilly Bob Thornton, Vincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

INHERENT VICE Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Leads Paul Thomas Anderson’s Psychedelic Detective Romp

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Warner Bros. has released the highly anticipated first Inherent Vice trailer for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, and it is glorious.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as private detective Larry “Doc Sportello” who is enlisted to help a former lover thwart a potential kidnapping involving her current billionaire boyfriend.  While PTA has trended a bit darker with his past few films, Inherent Vice looks to be a delightfully goofy romp that’s closer in tone to Boogie Nights than There Will Be Blood.  I found myself laughing multiple times during this trailer, and Joaquin Phoenix looks to be absolutely perfect casting as the pothead protagonist.  Moreover, the supporting cast appears to be phenomenal as well, with Josh Brolin getting a particularly hilarious standout moment here.  Anderson cuts his own trailers so this is likely a very accurate snapshot of the film’s vibe as a whole, and all I can say is it’s made the wait for the film’s release feel so, so, so much farther away.

Hit the jump to watch the Inherent Vice trailer.  The film also stars Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna NewsomInherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th.

David Fincher Will Direct Every Episode of UTOPIA’s First Season on HBO

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With a new David Fincher film set for release this Friday (the highly anticipated Gone Girl, obviously), talk has turned to what the filmmaker will do next.  There was a significant wait between The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, as Fincher was developing his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake at Disney for some time before the project floundered.  More recently, Fincher flirted with possibly reteaming with Aaron Sorkin on Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic, but he walked when Sony was unwilling to give him the kind of creative control he was insisting upon (no doubt still sour from the contentious Dragon Tattoo production).  He also even took a meeting on Star Wars, but turned it down.

Fincher recently said that he will be focusing on his HBO series Utopia for all of 2015, and now we know why: the filmmaker has revealed that he intends to direct every episode of the show’s first season.  More after the jump.

Chris Pratt Proves Marvel Can’t Fail in SNL Parody Video

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There was a lot of talk about how big of a risk Guardians of the Galaxy was for Marvel Studios, and on some level it was.  But after the film’s massive box office success (it’s currently the highest grossing film of the year stateside), it became clear that the Marvel brand has now somewhat overshadowed the studio’s actual content—audiences trust that a Marvel movie will be fun, humorous, and entertaining, and so there’s a certain amount of built-in audience Marvel can expect for the properties that the studio chooses to develop.  When Chris Pratt hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, the variety series opted to poke some fun at this notion by putting together a trailer for some of Marvel’s other upcoming projects.  Personally, I would buy a ticket for Pam 2: The Winter Pam in a heartbeat.

Watch the Marvel SNL parody video after the jump, and prepare yourself for Fancy Ghosts.

New X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Viral Video Teases Quicksilver’s Parentage

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The viral marketing for the DVD and Blu-ray release of X-Men: Days of Future Past continues today with another social media post from “Peter Maximoff” aka Quicksilver.  The character as played by Evan Peters was an undeniable highlight of the X-Men sequel earlier this year, and 20th Century Fox is capitalizing on his popularity with a series of viral videos that tease the home video release of Days of Future Past.  While I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the film again and thumbing through the extras, Fox has already announced that an extended cut of the movie will hit home video next summer.  The question then becomes, to double dip or not to double dip?

Watch the new X-Men: Days of Future Past viral video after the film, and click here to pre-order the film on Blu-rayDays of Future Past will be released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 14th and is currently available on Digital HD.

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY/SIMPSONS Crossover Tops the Night; ONCE and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Return Up

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TV ratings for Sunday, September 28th are in, though CBS’ preliminary numbers are inflated due to NFL overrun and therefore useless for now.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s season premiere of The Simpsons was up 34% from the previous season premiere with a 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.5 million viewers, but it was the hourlong Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover that owned the night.  The episode—which acted as Family Guy’s season premeire—notched an impressive 4.5 rating in the demo and scored 8.39 million viewers.
  • Elsewhere on Fox, the season two premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (read Evan’s recap here) was up 100% from the season one finale’s 1.3 rating, hitting a 2.6 rating in the demo and scoring 5.45 million viewers.  Excellent news for an excellent show.
  • Over on ABC, the Frozen-infused fourth season of Once Upon a Time got off to a solid start with a 3.4 rating and 9.34 million viewers, up 31% from the season three premiere and 48% from the finale.
  • Also on ABC, the season two premiere of Resurrection was up 5% from the finale with a 2.2 rating and 7.57 million viewers, while the season four premiere of Revenge was even with its finale with a 1.4 rating and 5.26 million viewers.

LONDON HAS FALLEN Gets New Director in Babak Najafi

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The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen now has a new director, and in the nick of time too.  Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond was previously set to direct after Olympus helmer Antoine Fuqua declined the opportunity over creative differences, but Bond subsequently left the project over a week ago when he felt the time crunch was just too intense.  Millennium and star Gerard Butler began scrambling to find a replacement with production set to begin next month, but when Butler wasn’t liking many of the choices, he started considering leaving the project altogether.  That won’t be happening, however, as Easy Money II: Hard to Kill helmer Babak Najafi is now in negotiations to take the helm.  Hit the jump for more on the London Has Fallen director and the atypical, two-part shooting schedule that the film will undergo.

William Shatner Confirms J.J. Abrams Has Contacted Him About Appearing in STAR TREK 3

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For the past week, rumors have been swirling that William Shatner may finally get his wish of appearing in the rebooted Star Trek franchise by way of a role in Star Trek 3.  While Leonard Nimoy got a fairly significant role in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film and an all-too-convenient part in the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, Shatner has been vocal about his displeasure at not having appeared in the new franchise.  Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof actually wrote a role for Shatner to reprise his role as Kirk at the end of Star Trek 2009, but subsequently dropped the scene because they felt it was too gimmicky.

A week ago, a rumor surfaced that Orci—who is now directing Trek 3has written a role for Shatner to appear in Star Trek 3.  Shatner subsequently played coy about the prospect, but this weekend he said “to hell with it” and flat-out confirmed that Abrams contacted him about appearing in Star Trek 3.  More on the potential William Shatner Star Trek 3 cameo after the jump.

THE WALKING DEAD Spin-Off Character Descriptions Reveal Level-Headed Parents and Rebellious Teens

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Since AMC’s The Walking Dead is currently the highest rated drama series on all of television in the coveted 18-49 demo, it was only a matter of time before AMC expanded the brand.  The network announced plans for a Walking Dead spin-off last year, and officially ordered a pilot for the potential series earlier this month.  With the wheels in motion to finally move forward on this new corner of the Walking Dead universe, character descriptions for the pilot episode have landed online that give us a few hints as to what we may expect from the Walking Dead companion series.  We previously heard that the new show might be a prequel of sorts, focusing on the early efforts to combat the zombie infection in its infancy, and these character descriptions appear to corroborate that information.

Hit the jump to read the Walking Dead spin-off character descriptions, which seem to have a heavy focus on family.

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