Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski set to star in Imaginary Friends

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures. Reynol…

Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski are in talks to star in new fantasy-comedy Imaginary Friends.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actors will headline the upcoming project, which will be overseen by bosses at Paramount Pictures.

Reynolds is to have a starring role, while it was reported that Krasinski will write, direct, produce and act in the movie. Little is known about the plot, but it is expected to tell the story of a man who can see and communicate with people’s imaginary friends.

However, some of the imaginary friends who lack friendship turn to the dark side, with Reynolds’s character tasked with saving the world from those that are evil and threatening the world with their powers.

The project marks the 42-year-old’s second major casting in recent weeks. Reynolds is also attached to appear in a musical version of A Christmas Carol alongside Will Ferrell, with the movie to be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

He is now in the post-production phases of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy, and will soon begin filming Clue and Red Notice.

Meanwhile, Krasinski is currently working on A Quiet Place 2, the follow-up to his 2018 hit movie, with his wife Emily Blunt reprising her role as Evelyn Abbott, alongside Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Djimon Hounsou, and Cillian Murphy. The film is slated for release in March 2020. The 39-year-old was most recently seen onscreen in TV series Jack Ryan.

A potential release date for Imaginary Friends has not been announced.

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Ryan Reynolds & Will Ferrell set to star in musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are reportedly set to star in a musical version of A Christmas Carol.The novel, written by Charles Dickens in 1843, follows the story of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past…

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are reportedly set to star in a musical version of A Christmas Carol.

The novel, written by Charles Dickens in 1843, follows the story of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in an effort to curb his selfish ways.

Now, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, executives at multiple studios are currently bidding on Reynolds and Ferrell’s project, which will be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

The Anchorman star’s company Gloria Sanchez is producing, alongside Reynolds’ firm Maximum Effort.

Dickens’s novel has been adapted numerous times for cinema and TV, such as Bill Murray’s 1988 comedy Scrooged and 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Its most recent interpretation was back in 2009’s animation A Christmas Carol, which starred Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, with supporting characters voiced by Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright, and Cary Elwes.

Reynolds, 42, last appeared in the spin-off movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and will next feature in Netflix’s 6 Underground, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and Shawn Levy’s Free Guy.

Ferrell is set to star in Downhill, which is a remake of the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure, alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The 52-year-old is currently featuring in Netflix’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie, with Zach Galifianakis, a spin-off of the successful web series of the same name.

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Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns movie gets release date

Zach Galifianakis’ movie version of Between Two Ferns has finally received a release date.The long-rumoured project between The Hangover star and executives at Netflix was confirmed in December, with production well underway. Now, the movie – based o…

Zach Galifianakis’ movie version of Between Two Ferns has finally received a release date.

The long-rumoured project between The Hangover star and executives at Netflix was confirmed in December, with production well underway.

Now, the movie – based on the Funny or Die low-budget talk show series – will be released on 20 September.

The announcement was made on Wednesday at the FYSEE Event for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman in Los Angeles, according to Deadline.

The movie will document Galifianakis and his crew as they take a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation, after the actor is humiliated by Will Ferrell.

Scott Aukerman, who has directed a number of episodes of Between Two Ferns, will helm the movie alongside Galifianakis.

However, it is not yet known whether the feature will follow the same format as the original, in which the host chats with stars while sitting between two potted ferns.

Galifianakis often trades barbs and insults with his A-list guests for the duration of the interview, and in keeping with the amateur aesthetic of the show, on-screen graphics contain deliberate comedic errors.

Casting is billed as “celebrities you’ve heard of,” but no one was confirmed in the latest announcement.

Yet, editors at The Hollywood Reporter indicated that the likes of Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, TV host Letterman, and actor Keanu Reeves may appear. In addition, the 49-year-old’s co-stars from The Hangover franchise, such as Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, are likely to be involved.

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Laura Dern and Will Ferrell sign on for real-life embezzlement tale

Laura Dern is teaming up with Will Ferrell to play a real-life couple involved in an embezzlement scandal at a famous fruitcake company. The actors will play Kay and Sandy Jenkins, who used Sandy’s job as an accountant to steal nearly $17 million (£1…

Laura Dern is teaming up with Will Ferrell to play a real-life couple involved in an embezzlement scandal at a famous fruitcake company.

The actors will play Kay and Sandy Jenkins, who used Sandy’s job as an accountant to steal nearly $17 million (£13.2 million) from bosses at the family-owned Collin Street Bakery, based in Corsicana, Texas.

Their scheme was only discovered in 2013, eight years after Sandy began forging cheques on the company accounts to pay his own family bills and support a lavish lifestyle, which included taking trips on private jets, splurging on expensive jewellery, and buying a second home in New Mexico.

Sandy ended up receiving a 10-year sentence for money laundering and fraud charges in 2015, while his wife Kay was ordered to spend five years on probation.

The story has been adapted for the big screen by Trey Selman, whose work initially ended up on The Black List, an annual survey of top screenplays not yet picked up for production.

Titled Fruitcake, the project caught the attention of Dern and filmmaker Max Winkler, who is now attached to direct the movie.

“Trey’s writing is original and dynamic and unlike any I’ve read before,” Winkler shares in a statement to Deadline, “and I’m deeply excited to help tell this story along with two of my favourite actors working today.”

The Big Little Lies star will co-produce Fruitcake, while Collin Street Bakery president and CEO Bob McNutt has also signed on as an executive producer.

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Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo reuniting for new comedy

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. …

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.

The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

To be directed by Josh Greenbaum, the movie will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this movie which showcases Kristen and Annie’s original, fresh and undeniably hilarious voice in spades,” said Greenbaum, known for directing episodes of New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, in a statement. “I’m also always looking for projects with titles that rhyme, so it really all worked out on this one.”

In addition, Wiig and Mumolo will serve as producers, working alongside Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gloria Sanchez Productions, a female-focused production company.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group executive vice president of production and development Jim Miller and vice president of production and development Meredith Wieck will oversee Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, with studio president Nathan Kahane thrilled by the premise of the upcoming flick.

“It is such an honour that Kristen and Annie have entrusted us with their follow-up to Bridesmaids. Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” he commented. “Barb and Star are true cultural icons in the making, and as they embark on this hilarious adventure, we are more than thrilled to partner with Kristen, Annie and Gloria Sanchez on what we know is going to be a great ride.”

Wiig will next be seen onscreen in Where’d You Go, Bernadette and as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, while Mumolo penned the story for 2015 Jennifer Lawrence feature Joy and most recently acted in TV movie Amy’s Brother.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is set to hit cinemas sometime in 2020.

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Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes to star in dark comedy The Menu

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu. The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a…

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu.

The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a remote tropical island that becomes “the hot ticket to die for”, according to Deadline.

The Harry Potter star will play a world-class chef who sets up the event and “adds some unexpected ingredients to the menu planned”, and the Oscar-winning La La Land star will play one half of an A-list foodie couple which takes part in the event.

According to the publication, the movie has been described as a Quentin Tarantino-style take on 2006 documentary The One Percent, which explores the gap between the wealthy elite and the general American public. It has been tagged as both a comedy and horror on the IMDb movie database.

The script is being penned by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver staff writer Will Tracy and Late Night with Seth Meyers’ writer Seth Reiss. It is being produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who announced over the weekend (06-07Apr19) that they were ending their 13-year production partnership. Existing projects at the firm will be developed until completion, with the same attached producers in place, before they go their separate ways.

The Menu will mark Payne’s next feature after 2017’s Downsizing. He is also known for films such as Nebraska, About Schmidt, and Election.

Stone, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year for The Favourite, recently completed filming Zombieland sequel Double Tap and has also reprised her voice role in The Croods 2.

Fiennes is attached to many projects in development. He is currently filming Bond 25 and Kingsman prequel The Great Game.

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay end production partnership

Longtime pals Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are ending their production partnership after 13 years together. The funnyman and The Big Short filmmaker, who met while working on U.S. comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1995, have been working side-by-sid…

Longtime pals Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are ending their production partnership after 13 years together.

The funnyman and The Big Short filmmaker, who met while working on U.S. comedy series Saturday Night Live in 1995, have been working side-by-side under their Gary Sanchez Productions company since its launch in 2006, finding box office success with films like the Oscar-nominated Vice, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, and the Anchorman and Daddy’s Home franchise.

They also gave producer Jessica Elbaum the go-ahead to establish the Gloria Sanchez Productions sister firm in 2014, to focus on female voices in comedy.

However, this weekend (06Apr19) marked the beginning of the end as Ferrell and McKay announced plans to go their separate ways, reports Deadline.

“The last 13 years could not have been more enjoyable and satisfying for the two of us at Sanchez Productions,” they shared in a joint statement.

“We give massive thanks to our incredible staff and executives and all the writers, directors and actors we worked with through the years. The two of us will always work together creatively and always be friends. And we recognise we are lucky as hell to end this venture as such.”

Existing projects at both firms will be developed until completion, with the same attached producers in place.

Among the projects currently in the works under their banners include Netflix comedy Eurovision, which Ferrell is set to star in and produce with McKay, while Jennifer Lopez’s strip club drama Hustlers is being co-produced by Gloria Sanchez executives.

“The duo is committed to working together creatively on their extensive slate of shared projects,” the statement continued. “They will to continue to support each other both personally and professionally as they explore new endeavors as well as their own individual projects. Moving forward, any future projects they may partner on will go through their yet to be announced new ventures.”

Following the news, McKay took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the years of support.

“Thank you to everyone who collaborated with us for 13 years. Proud of the stuff we got to work on and most of all, the amazing people we worked with,” he wrote. “Also excited for new stuff to come…”

The production split comes as McKay continues to explore more dramatic and politically-driven projects like Vice, a biopic about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, while Ferrell has remained firmly in the comedy genre.

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Gotti and Holmes & Watson lead 2019 Razzie Awards nominations

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday…

Gotti and Holmes & Watson are among the top contenders to be named worst movie of 2018 at the upcoming Golden Raspberry Awards.

The spoof film prizes, also known as the Razzies and Razzie Awards, were announced in a YouTube video by organisers on Sunday night (20Jan19), with John Travolta’s crime-drama Gotti and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s buddy comedy Holmes & Watson each receiving six nominations.

In addition, Melissa McCarthy’s black comedy The Happytime Murders garnered six nods, as did Dinesh D’Souza’s political documentary Death of a Nation, while Winchester, Robin Hood, Fifty Shades Freed and Death Wish all received multiple nominations.

Travolta is up for the Worst Actor for his performance as mob boss John Gotti, with the category rounded out by Bruce Willis in Death Wish, Ferrell in Holmes & Watson, Johnny Depp in animated feature Sherlock Gnomes, and perhaps most controversially, U.S. President Donald Trump is nominated over archival footage of himself in documentaries Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9.

Travolta and his real-life wife Kelly Preston also scored a nod for Worst Screen Combo.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is up for worst actress in two films, The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party, while Peppermint’s Jennifer Garner, London Fields’ Amber Heard, Winchester’s Helen Mirren, and The Clapper’s Amanda Seyfried join her in the category.

The winners of the 39th edition of the Razzie Awards will be announced on 23 February – the night before the 91st annual Academy Awards.

The full list of Razzie Awards nominations is as follows –

Worst Picture:

Gotti

The Happytime Murders

Holmes & Watson

Robin Hood

Winchester

Worst Actress:

Jennifer Garner – Peppermint

Amber Heard – London Fields

Melissa McCarthy – The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party

Helen Mirren – Winchester

Amanda Seyfried – The Clapper

Worst Actor:

Johnny Depp (voice only) – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell – Holmes & Watson

John Travolta – Gotti

Donald Trump – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Bruce Willis – Death Wish

Worst Supporting Actor:

Jamie Foxx – Robin Hood

Ludacris (voice only) – Show Dogs

Joel McHale – The Happytime Murders

John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Justice Smith – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Worst Supporting Actress:

Kellyanne Conway – Fahrenheit 11/9

Marcia Gay Harden – Fifty Shades Freed

Kelly Preston – Gotti

Jaz Sinclair – Slender Man

Melania Trump – Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Screen Combo:

Any two actors or puppets – The Happytime Murders

Johnny Depp and his “fast-fading film career” – Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – Holmes & Watson

Kelly Preston and John Travolta – Gotti

Donald J. Trump and his “self-perpetuating pettiness” – Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel:

Death of a Nation

Death Wish

Holmes & Watson

The Meg

Robin Hood

Worst Director:

Etan Cohen – Holmes & Watson

Kevin Connolly – Gotti

James Foley – Fifty Shades Freed

Brian Henson – The Happytime Murders

Peter and Michael Spierig – Winchester

Worst Screenplay:

Death of a Nation – Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley

Fifty Shades Freed – Niall Leonard

Gotti – Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs

The Happytime Murders – Todd Berger and Dee Austin Robinson

Winchester – Tom Vaughan, Peter and Michael Spierig

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Holmes & Watson was written for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly years ago

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s new film Holmes & Watson was written for them years ago.The Step Brothers co-stars have reunited onscreen for a comedic take on the legendary fictional characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The movie’s dir…

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s new film Holmes & Watson was written for them years ago.

The Step Brothers co-stars have reunited onscreen for a comedic take on the legendary fictional characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.

The movie’s director/writer Etan Cohen penned the script for the duo around eight years ago, but he decided to sit on it while filmmaker Guy Ritchie made his detective films with Robert Downey Jr. – 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and 2011 sequel A Game of Shadows – before taking a break ahead of a scheduled 2020 instalment.

“The script was written for Will and me I guess – eight? – years ago by Etan Cohen,” Reilly explained to Total Film magazine. “And then some other people jumped in to do Sherlock movies, so it was off the table for a long time. But I guess they took a break, which gave us our chance.”

The film follows Holmes and Watson, played by Ferrell and Reilly, respectively, as they use their minds to stop villain Moriarty, played by Ralph Fiennes, from assassinating the queen.

However, Reilly has explained that the case won’t be the sole focus of the flick.

“The relationship between Holmes and Watson is given almost as much weight as the case they’re trying to solve,” the 53-year-old said. “We’re always dealing with our feelings for each other. It’s this hilarious melodrama of a male friendship.”

The characters have been portrayed onscreen on numerous occasions and the film gives the actors the opportunity to send up previous attempts.

“It’s all very true to the period, true to what you would expect from the two of them solving a mystery… But at the same time, everything’s a little bit heightened,” Ferrell added. “Any chance to make things ridiculous, we took it.”

Holmes & Watson, which was shot entirely in London, hits cinemas from late December.

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James Franco in talks to direct ESPN origins movie

James Franco is in negotiations to direct ESPN origins movie Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.The film is based on the 2011 book of the same name by James A. Miller and Tom Shales, which chronicled the life of the famous sports net…

James Franco is in negotiations to direct ESPN origins movie Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.

The film is based on the 2011 book of the same name by James A. Miller and Tom Shales, which chronicled the life of the famous sports network through interviews with approximately 500 members of current and former staff.

Franco’s involvement was first reported by Collider, and editors at The Hollywood Reporter have now confirmed that the 40-year-old is indeed in talks to direct the upcoming project, having recently directed, starred and produced biographical feature, The Disaster Artist.

Miller was initially hired to write the film’s script in 2015, and told former SportsCenter anchor Dan Patrick that the film will be a corporate biopic similar to films like The Social Network and Moneyball.

However, Halt and Catch Fire co-creator Christopher C. Rogers has reportedly been tapped to rewrite the script, which will follow Bill Rasmussen, a communications executive who teamed up with his son Scott to launch the world’s first 24-hour cable television sports network.

Other key characters will include Stu Evey, the former Getty Oil executive who became the founding chairman of ESPN, and NBC Sports president Chet Simmons, who left NBC to become the president of ESPN.

Michael De Luca, Jamie Patricof and Julie Yorn are all signed up to produce the film.

Franco is also directing Bukowski, based on the life of writer Charles Bukowski, and comedy-drama Zeroville, which he also stars in alongside Seth Rogen, Megan Fox and Will Ferrell.

However, he has been relatively quiet on the Hollywood scene since accusations of sexual misconduct were made against him by five women in January (18), allegations he has denied.

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