Sonny Pictures Drops Steve Jobs Biopic

Sonny Pictures Drops Steve Jobs Biopic
Dave McNary — Variety »

Sony Pictures has surprisingly ditched its Steve Jobs project, putting the high-profile feature into turnaround.

The studio had no comment on the story.

An informed source said that Universal was likely to make a deal for the biopic.

In recent weeks, producers had set Michael Fassbender to star as the late Apple mogul after Christian Bale dropped out. Seth Rogen is also in talks to play Apple…

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Russo Brothers May Direct ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Russo Brothers May Direct ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Nathan Rabin — The Dissolve »

Downey isn’t the only familiar face who will help make Captain America: Civil War happen. He’ll also be joined by Cap himself (Chris Evans) and directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who previously helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Russo brothers, whose roots go back to television favorites like Arrested Development and Community, did a bang up job on Winter Soldier, so they’re now…

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Disney’s Live Action ‘Cinderella’ Trailer

Disney’s Live Action ‘Cinderella’ Trailer

I’ve said in the past that I am just not the target demographic for this film, and that remains true. I’m not sure why we need this film or what it offers to compel me to go to the theaters to see it. In fact, this trailer makes the film look like an almost completely straight up retelling of the animated classic, without quite so much of the outlandishness — well, in some ways. The whole fairy…

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The MovieByte Podcast #113: Diagnosis, Puberty

Diagnosis, Puberty

Find out about TJ and Joe’s differing view on ‘Big Hero 6’ — even if they both liked it. TJ liked it a lot more than Joe did it seems. But they can both agree it’s a great film and representative of the good influence John Lasseter is having over at Disney Animation Studio. Also find out about some follow up from last week having to do with Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ sound issues. Other items on the docket include Playmobil coming out with their own toy movie (because they want a piece of that pie too!), James Gunn talking about a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trilogy, the ‘Peanuts’ official trailer, ‘Night at the Museum 3’ trailer, and ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ trailer.

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Big Hero 6 — Review

Big Hero 6

You guys remember Wreck-it Ralph? It was a film by Disney Animation Studios in 2012, and in many ways very much in the same line of work as the latest offering from Disney, Big Hero 6. I don’t mean that in terms of plot it is similar — indeed, it is very dissimilar in that way. What I do mean is that this is the new Walt Disney Animation Studios. I think we got a little hint of this with Bolt…

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‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Taken No. 1 Domestic Box Office Spot

‘Dumb & Dumber To’ Taken No. 1 Domestic Box Office Spot
Rodrigo Perez — The Playlist »

Despite reuniting Jim CarreyJeff Daniels and directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly twenty years after the fact, Universal’s “Dumb & Dumber To” took the weekend slot with an impressive $38 million; much higher than most original estimates that pegged the film for around a $25 million opening. And the number is a huge increase from the $16.3 million “Dumber & Dumber” grossed its opening…

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Daniel Bruhl Joins ‘Captain America 3’

Daniel Bruhl Joins ‘Captain America 3’
Kevin Jagernauth — The Playlist »

The studio announced today that Daniel Bruhl has joined the cast of “Captain America: Civil War.” The actor is likely best known for his turns in “Good Bye Lenin!,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” and Ron Howard’s “Rush.” In both foreign and Hollywood films he’s always a welcome presence, but who will he play here?

Well, Marvel isn’t saying (though Deadline…

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Have You Heard? Podcasts are “““Back”””

Have You Heard? Podcasts are “““Back”””
Marco Arment — Marco.org »

The story of podcasts suddenly being “back” strongly suggests, and mostly requires, that they had been big at one time and had since gone away. That New York Magazine article even cites a “bottom” time: 2010. But that never really happened.

Podcasts in 2010 were a lot like podcasts in 2007, which were a lot like podcasts in 2004, which are a lot like podcasts in 2014. There’s a lot of…

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Christopher Nolan Responds to Sound Issues with ‘Interstellar’

Christopher Nolan Responds to Sound Issues with ‘Interstellar’
Carolyn Giardina — The Hollywood Reporter »

“I’ve always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it’s the right approach for this experiential film,” Christopher Nolan said, speaking for the first time in detail about the use of sound in his new film Interstellar.

Describing his approach to the movie’s sound mix as “adventurous and…

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