MRS. DOUBTFIRE 2 in Development; Robin Williams and Chris Columbus Will Return

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With $219 million, Mrs. Doubtfire ranks second on the 1993 domestic box office charts, just behind Jurassic Park.  That was Robin Williams‘ peak as a box office draw, so he was in no rush to make a sequel.  Fox started developing a Mrs. Doutbfire sequel in 2001, but Williams reportedly rejected the script in 2006, and the project has remained dormant since.  The actor noted in a recent interview, “They kept trying and it doesn’t work… because at the end of the first one they reveal who [Mrs. Doubtfire] is.”  David Berenbaum (Elf) must have found a way to make it work, because The Wrap reports Fox 2000 has revived Mrs. Doubtfire 2 with a script by Berenbaum.  Williams is on board and Chris Columbus will return to direct.

In the original Mrs. Doubtfire, Williams played a recently divorced actor who whipped up a disguise as a Scottish nanny to spend more time with his kids.  The report does not specify where Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will pick up.  More after the jump.

Trailer for THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN Starring Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, and Peter Dinklage

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The trailer has been released for the comedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Robin Williams plays an obnoxious New Yorker who badgers an annoyed doctor (Mila Kunis) about how much time he has left, and she decides to tell him 90 minutes even though that’s not true.  Believing this false diagnosis, the man tries to right all of the wrongs in his life, and the regretful doctor tries to track him down.  It’s an amusing premise for a comedy (it reminds me of the episode of The Simpsons where Homer thought he only had a day left to life) and it has a good supporting cast (Peter Dinklage and Melissa Leo co-star), so I might check this one out.

Hit the jump to check out the The Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer.  The Angriest Man in Brooklyn opens in theaters and will be available on VOD on May 23rd.

Promo Poster for ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING Starring Simon Pegg and Members of Monty Python

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Last week at the European Film Market (EFM), Steve landed some images of promo art for upcoming movies.  EFM is loaded with promotional materials as production companies attempt to woo financing and distribution deals.  Among the materials was a promo poster for Terry JonesAbsolutely Anything.  The story revolves around Neil Clarke, “a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens.”  Simon Pegg is set to star and the voice cast will include Jones, fellow Monty Python alums John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin as well as Robin Williams.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Production on Absolutely Anything is set to begin in London on March 24rd.

Trailer for THE FACE OF LOVE Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams

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IFC Films has released the trailer for director Arie Posin’s (The Chumscrubber) upcoming drama The Face of Love.  The film stars Annette Bening as a grieving widow who happens upon a man (Ed Harris) who looks almost exactly like her deceased husband.  The two strike up a relationship and a flood of old feelings come rushing back to her again.  The film looks to be a pretty interesting romantic drama that sidesteps the clichéd psychological thriller aspect that the premise might suggest.  Bening and Harris appear to have solid chemistry, and I’m interested to see how the story plays out.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Robin Williams and opens in select theaters on March 7th followed by a VOD release March 13th. 

Robin Williams in Talks to Return for Shawn Levy’s NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3, Olga Kurlyenko to Co-Star in Russell Crowe’s THE WATER DIVINER

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Here’s tonight’s casting news:

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THE CRAZY ONES: CBS Comedy Pilot Goes Big and Wins

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Of all of the network comedy pilots screened so far this season, The Crazy Ones is the first to come ready-made out of the box.  Most comedy pilots rely heavy on tropes and convention to start with in order to win over a broad audience, but The Crazy Ones does its own thing in the clear hope viewers will join along.  Created by David E. Kelly (Ally McBeal), the show also marks Robin Williams‘ first TV role since Mork & Mindy, illustrating once again that some of the best roles today are on the small screen.  Hit the jump for why “you need a break today.”

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER Review

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Lee Daniels has no place for subtlety in his movies, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It can translate to earnestness.  It can also translate to bugfuck insanity that makes the audience uncomfortable in a way that feels incredibly exploitative.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler (formerly titled “The Butler” but forced to change due to a petty dispute between The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros.) disconcertingly hints towards the latter before thankfully settling into the former.  Daniels takes his passion towards race relations, and brings a fresh perspective to the civil rights movement by providing not only the unique viewpoint of a White House butler, but also from the butler’s son, who was fighting on the ground while those in government wrestled with the increased racial tension of the 1960s and 70s.  The film could stand to lose 15 minutes of unnecessary material regarding Oprah Winfrey‘s character, but it’s a solid story of a father and son pulled apart by the tides of history.

4 Clips from Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER Starring Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

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The Weinstein Company has released four clips from director Lee Daniels’ upcoming historical drama The Butler.  The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986, and tells his life story against the important historical events of the time as seen through the eyes of the many inhabitants of the White House.  Whitaker leads the pic alongside Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as his son, but Daniels has filled the rest of the cast out with a litany of familiar faces on tap to play the many Presidents and First Ladies over the years, including John Cusack as Nixon, Robin Williams as Eisenhower, and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding Jr.Terrence HowardMinka KellyLenny KravitzMelissa LeoAlan RickmanAlex PettyferVanessa Redgrave, and Liev Schreiber.  The Butler opens on August 16th.

CBS Fall Primetime Schedule Announced; Robin Williams Comedy and Jerry Bruckheimer Drama Included in the New Additions

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Unlike its broadcasting cohorts, CBS doesn’t typically use its upfronts as a time to frantically throw the everything and the kitchen sink out there in the hopes one sticks.  CBS knows its audience, and it’s steadily successful because of it.  What is so interesting with this year’s upfronts then is that they actually did shake things up a little: they didn’t pick up another NCIS spinoff, and they overlooked Beverly Hills Cops.

Instead, CBS is adding two single-camera comedies (The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams, and We Are Men with Kal Penn) and a limited series run of Hostages, a Jerry Bruckheimer production.  Though most of the CBS schedule will look familiar (crime shows, canned laughter comedy), these new additions add a level of interest to CBS’s schedule not usually seen.  Hit the jump for the schedule details.

First Trailer for THE BUTLER Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Robin Williams, and More

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The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Lee Daniels’ (Precious, The Paperboy) historical drama The Butler.  Based on a true story, the film stars Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986.  The trailer plays up the film’s awards prospects as we see a flash of famous faces playing the many notable persons who walked the halls of the White House throughout this period (Alan Rickman is particularly striking as President Reagan), and that’s balanced with an overview of Gaines’ life in a racially tense America.  While the film certainly looks like it has the potential to be powerful, cautious optimism is key whenever Lee Daniels is involved.

Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer.  The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah CareyJohn CusackJane FondaCuba Gooding Jr.Terrence Howard, Minka KellyLenny KravitzMelissa LeoJames MarsdenAlex PettyferVanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and Robin WilliamsThe Butler opens on October 18th.

New Trailer for THE BIG WEDDING Starring Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Katherine Heigl

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Lionsgate has released a new trailer for director Justin Zackham’s ensemble romantic comedy The Big Wedding.  The film centers on a divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) who are forced to pretend like they’re still married when their adopted son’s (Ben Barnes) deeply religious biological mother comes to town for his wedding.  Though the cast boasts some actual talent, the way the movie is framed in this recent trailer almost plays like a parody, complete with cheesy voiceover, zany physical comedy, and The Romantics’ “What I Like About You.”  The pic was previously scheduled for release last October before Lionsgate decided to push it to this spring.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new trailer.  The film also stars Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, and Robin WilliamsThe Big Wedding opens on October 26th.

Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, and Robin Williams to Star in FRIGGIN’ CHRISTMAS; Douglas Booth Joins JUPITER ASCENDING

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A couple of casting additions have been announced.  First up, Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, and Robin Williams will topline the dysfunctional family holiday comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle.  Per THR, the story follows “Boyd Mitchler (McHale) and his wifeLuann (Lauren Graham), as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.”

Tristram Shapeero (Community, Workaholics) will make his feature directorial debut on the project, with production looking to begin in late March in Atlanta.  Community vets and Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo are producing the film.  Hit the jump for casting information regarding Lana and Andy Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending.

Watch Highlights from Matt Damon’s JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE Takeover with Guest Stars Aplenty Including Ben Affleck, Gary Oldman, and Nicole Kidman

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A momentous occasion happened last night on late night television: Matt Damon finally reached a breaking point and hijacked Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Damon has been the brunt of a long-running joke on the show in which Kimmel ends each night’s broadcast by apologizing for bumping Matt Damon when they run out of time.  Damon has appeared in a few sketches here and there that tie-in with the gag, but fresh off Kimmel’s timeslot change that puts him up against Letterman and Leno, Damon hosted the entire show last night as he had “kidnapped” Kimmel.

It was a hilariously fun 90 minutes, as Damon must have picked up the phone and called all his closest friends since the broadcast was filled with the likes of Ben Affleck, Gary Oldman, Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Andy Garcia, Amy Adams, Sheryl Crow, Demi Moore, and plenty others.  Hit the jumps to watch a few highlights from the show.

FIGHTING Helmer Dito Montiel to Direct Drama BOULEVARD, Starring Robin Williams and Roberto Aguire

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Director Dito Montiel (Fighting) is readying his next film.  The Guide to Recognizing Your Saints helmer most recently wrapped the crime pic Empire State starring Dwayne Johnson and Liam Hemsworth, and now Montiel is turning his attention to the drama Boulevard.  Written by Doulgas Soesbe, the story centers on “a devoted husband in a marriage of convenience until run-in with a guarded young man forces him to come to terms with his own secrets.”  It was announced today that Robin Williams will star as the husband, while newcomer Roberto Aguire is set to play the young man.  Production begins in May in Nashville.

A timetable for production isn’t given, but Williams has a number of upcoming films in the can.  He’ll appear in the ensemble romantic comedy The Big Wedding this spring, and also stars in the indie The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and director Lee Daniels’ White House drama The Butler as President Dwight Eisenhower.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

New Set Photos from THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN

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New photos have emerged from the sets of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.  The set photos from Catching Fire show off Donald Sutherland as the nefarious President Snow.  I would like to think that Snow plays a larger role in the new film, but I doubt it since Sutherland is never in a movie for more than ten minutes total (go ahead and look back at his work from the last decade; it’s always a small but significant role).  As for Angriest Man, the film centers on a stand-in doctor who mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient that he has an hour-and-a-half left to live.  While the patient goes on a tirade in New York City, attempting to right all the wrongs in his life, the doctor tries in vain to track him down.  The film stars Mila Kunis, Robin Williams, and Peter Dinklage.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due out November 22, 2013.

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