Tina Fey Rumored to be Producing HOCUS POCUS 2 [Updated]

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You never want to ruin a childhood classic, but when someone throws out the idea of more Hocus Pocus, all sequel/reboot/remake logic is lost to the thrill of possibly getting to spend more time with the Sanderson sisters.  A rumor that a Hocus Pocus sequel was in the works first popped up just about two years ago, but there hasn’t been a single stitch of news about the film since – until now.  Hit the jump to find out who’s rumored to have joined the project and what direction they plan to take with the story this time around.

[Update: Unfortunately, Tina Fey's reps have reached out (via Deadline) to say that she is not developing a Hocus Pocus sequel after all.  Instead, Fey is actually in early development on an untitled witch project at Disney, which is described as being in the vein of Ghostbusters.  She will produce and is also attached to star in the supernatural pic (which, again, is not Hocus Pocus 2).  Our original story follows after the jump.]

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to Helm TALIBAN SHUFFLE Starring Tina Fey

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Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are currently at work on the con-man movie Focus starring Will Smith, but they’re already lining up a future project with an adaptation of the memoir Taliban Shuffle.  Per THR, Kim Barker‘s wartime memoir covers her time “as a fish out of water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war-correspondent culture.”  Reading this brief description, my mind flashes to a potentially cool mashup of Three Kings and Jarhead, but Taliban Shuffle seems like a fun story with plenty of room for interesting takes.

Additionally, Tina Fey has signed on to star, and Robert Carlock, who worked with Fey as a writer on 30 Rock, handled the script.  While this hints at a more comedic bent, it’s important to remember that Fey hasn’t shied away from more dramatic roles such as last year’s Admission.  Furthermore, Ficarra and Requa’s feature directing debut, I Love You Phillips Morris, is a dark comedy.  Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Kim Barker’s The Taliban Shuffle.

First THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Trailer Features a Grieving Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver

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Warner Bros. has released the first This Is Where I Leave You trailer for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  This movie throws a lot of talented actors together, and it looks like they’re playing off each other wonderfully.  I was smiling throughout this trailer, and I’m glad that there appears to be so much chemistry among this amazing cast.

Hit the jump to watch the This Is Where I Leave You trailer.  The film stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

First Look at Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Many More in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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The first This Is Where I Leave You image has landed online for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  The fantastic ensemble cast of the comedic drama is led by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Cory Stoll, and Adam Driver as the Foxman siblings, with Jane Fonda playing their psychologist mother.  I’ve read the book and it’s a sharply comedic and rather emotional chronicle of this relatable, dysfunctional family, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Levy and his cast bring the story to life—especially with Tropper penning the script himself.

Hit the jump to check out the full cast in the debut This Is Where I Leave You image.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, and the not-pictured Abigail Spencer and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

FOXCATCHER Set for November 14th Release; Tina Fey/Amy Poehler Comedy THE NEST Faces STAR WARS on December 18, 2015

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Release dates have been announced for two very promising projects.  First up, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s new drama Foxcatcher will finally arrive in theaters on November 14th of this year.  The pic was originally slated for release last fall, before Sony Pictures Classics pushed it to 2014 in order to get out of the incredibly competitive awards season pile-up.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).

Based on the incredible first trailer, this looks to be a serious awards contender, and its November release date puts it in prime position to take advantage of the buzz.  The pic will square off against Dumb and Dumber To and the WWII actioner Fury on its date, but again, this is all about riding the buzz through the December awards voting period.  It’ll have a nice head start, as Foxcatcher has its world premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival.  Hit the jump for release date news concerning the new Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy.

Amy Poehler to Join Tina Fey in THE NEST, Cate Blanchett in Talks for THE DIG, and John Magara Added to CAROL

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • The brilliant Golden Globes hosting duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be reuniting for another feature, as Poehler is looking to co-star with Fey in the comedy The Nest.
  • Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) archaeological drama The Dig.
  • Not Fade Away star John Magara has signed on to star alongside Rooney Mara in director Todd Haynes’ (I’m Not There) drama Carol.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

TOP 5: GODZILLA Set Visit, DIVERGENT, Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MUPPETS MOST WANTED Interviews, CHEAP THRILLS

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Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.

In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.

Tina Fey Talks MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Working with Kermit the Frog, How the Muppets are Great Improvisers, and More

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With Muppets Most Wanted now in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Tina Fey.  In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.  The film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and features a ton of celebrity cameos.  For more on the film, watch 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or check out all our previous coverage which features TV spots, clips, interviews, and more.

In my interview with Fey, she talked about how she was offered the role, what it was like working with Kermit the Frog, how the Muppets are great improvisers, how quickly she said yes to being in the film, and what fans of 30 Rock should do to get more of Jack and Liz’s relationship.

Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Constantine and Sam Eagle Talk MUPPETS MOST WANTED, Musical Sequences, and More

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Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a tour of Europe’s most exciting destinations, but once they’re overseas, they find themselves caught up in a crime caper at the hands of Kermit’s evil doppleganger Constantine.  Featuring numerous Muppets, great musical numbers and surprising cameos, this action-comedy-musical will most certainly make you laugh, and might even bring a tear to your eye.

During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Tiny Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Constantine and Sam Eagle talked about how they felt about doing a musical, why Nadya (Tina Fey) is a better woman for Kermit than Miss Piggy, what kids will like most about the movie, how the actors’ kids feel about them working with Muppets, how The Muppets inspired the humans, and what Kermit is most proud of.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Watch 20 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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The Muppets return to the big screen later this month in the caper Muppets Most Wanted, and Disney has provided us with 20 minutes of fantastic behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.  Included in the video are great on set moments, the cast and Muppets recording some of the songs, some of the big stars that cameo in the film, Bret McKenzie singing one the songs, and so much more.  I promise if you’re a fan of The Muppets, you’re going to love the video.  Saying that, if you’re trying to stay spoiler free, you might want to wait to watch this as some of the jokes/cameos will get spoiled.

Directed by James Bobin, the follow-up finds the gang on a successful tour in Europe when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine, and thrown in jail.  The human cast is led by Ricky Gervais as a hotshot agent named “Dominic Badguy”, Tina Fey as a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell as an Interpol agent.  Hit the jump to watch the extended behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made.  Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.

Watch 6 Clips from MUPPETS MOST WANTED Featuring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey

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If you want to take a look at James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted before it hits theaters March 21st, you’re in luck, because we have six clips from the sequel to share with you today.  In addition to appearance by the famous Muppets Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, these clips also feature their human co-stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell.  There’s humor, intrigue, romance, betrayal, and musical numbers aplenty on display, truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Also featuring appearances by Tom Hiddleston, Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo, Lady Gaga, and Stanley Tucci to name a few, Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

MUPPETS MOST WANTED Soundtrack Features Vocals from Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, and More

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James Bobin’s Muppets Most Wanted hits screens in just three weeks, but you’ll be able to enjoy the soundtrack of the crime caper comedy a few days earlier.  Featuring songs by the Oscar-winning Bret McKenzie and scored by the award-winning Christophe Beck, the sequel’s soundtrack will be available starting March 18th.  You can get a taste of the music in this trailer that includes the “Sequel Song”.  Much like the film itself, the soundtrack features vocals from Kermit the Frog, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Miss Piggy, Josh Groban, Constantine, Celine Dion, and More.

Hit the jump for the track listing and press release.  Click here to pre-order a copyMuppets Most Wanted opens March 21st. 

New Trailer for MUPPETS MOST WANTED Sings the “Sequel Song”

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Even though I’m not as excited as I feel I should be for Muppets Most Wanted, the marketing has become fairly clever as they’ve parodied Twitter and now they’re taking aim at Hollywood’s demand for sequels.  The latest trailer features new footage from the upcoming movie while the Muppets sing a catchy song about returning to a second go-round.  This time, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film’s human cast features Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina FeyMuppets Most Wanted opens March 21st.

Tina Fey to Produce and Star in THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE

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Tina Fey recently did an incredible job co-hosting the Golden Globes last month with Amy Poehler, but now it looks like she’ll be tackling something a bit more dramatic for an upcoming film.  The Wrap reports that Fey is attached to star in and produce an adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which recounts the journalist’s time in Kabul trying to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As Barker delved deeper into the hapless countries, her love for them grew along with her fear for their future stability.  Fey’s longtime 30 Rock executive producer/collaborator Robert Carlock will pen the Paramount feature film adaptation, and Lorne Michaels will also produce.

Fey balanced drama quite well in last year’s Admission, and she’ll be tackling the same kind of tone in Shawn Levy’s upcoming dramedy This Is Where I Leave You.  Barker’s book is described as darkly comic, so one assumes Fey is a fine fit for the lead role.  The actress will next be seen in Muppets Most Wanted.  Read a synopsis for The Taliban Shuffle after the jump.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON Begins with a Slew of Cameos and the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith

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Jimmy Fallon engendered a lot of good will during his time hosting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it looks like that will carry over to his new gig hosting The Tonight Show.  It feels like a fresh start that has a good chance of luring a younger audience, or at least an audience that will likely tune in to check out clips the following morning.  For example, during last night’s show, Fallon was welcomed by a string of cameos including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, and most notably, Joan Rivers, who was banned by Johnny Carson from The Tonight Show in 1986.  Fallon also had a fun bit where he and Will Smith showed off the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.

Hit the jump to check out the videos.  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35pm EST on NBC.

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