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Legendary Pictures Picks Up Movie Rights For The Damned

DamnedLegendary Pictures has optioned the movie rights for Andrew Pyper’s The Damned.

Deadline reports that the book is “an elevated supernatural thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense or Jacob’s Ladder.” The story follows a writer named Danny Orchard who is haunted by the ghost of his psychopath twin sister.

Simon & Schuster will release this novel on February 10, 2015. Alex Hedlund and Tracy Stevens, two executives at the film production company, will oversee the development of this film adaptation.

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Ruby Barnhill Cast as Sophie in The BFG Movie

Roald Dahl BFGRuby Barnhill, a newcomer English actress, will play Sophie in The BFG. This project marks the first time Barnhill will take on a feature part.

Steven Spielberg will take the helm of this Roald Dahl film adaptation as the director. Mark Rylance, a British theatre actor, has been cast in the titular role.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Published in 1982, The BFG is the story of a young London girl and the world’s only benevolent giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. The two set off on an adventure (with the aid of the Queen of England) to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world. Spielberg is beginning production early in the New Year and Disney releases on July 1, 2016 in the U.S. EOne will bring it to the UK on July 22, 2016.”

Barbara Walters Declares George R.R. Martin to Be a Fascinating Person

georgerrmartinGeorge R.R. Martin has made it onto the 2014 edition of Barbara Walters’10 Most Fascinating People.”

Martin earned his place on Walters’ list due to the great popularity of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the Game of Thrones TV adaptation; both projects have made a serious mark in pop culture history.

The nine other people alongside Martin include Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Michael Strahan, David Koch, and Amal Clooney. (via The Huffington Post)

Trailer Unveiled For The Gunman

A trailer has been unveiled for The Gunman movie. The story for this film adaptation comes from Jean-Patrick Manchette’s noir fiction title, The Prone Gunman.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Sean Penn in the role of a former Special Forces soldier named Jim Terrier. The release date is set for March 20, 2015. (via Deadline)

Lionsgate Unleashes Official Insurgent Trailer

Lionsgate has unleashed the official trailer for Insurgent. The video embedded above features glimpses of Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Kate Winslet reprising their roles as Tris, Four, Caleb Prior, and Jeanine Matthews. The second installment of the Divergent film franchise be released on March 20, 2015. Follow this link to watch the teaser trailer.

‘The Hobbit: The Complete Journey’ Fan-Made Trailer Goes Viral

To honor the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, film editor Joel Walden created a fan-made trailer called “The Hobbit: The Complete Journey.” The video embedded above has drawn more than 159,000 views on YouTube—what do you think?

New Line Cinema had originally planned to shoot a two-part Hobbit film adaptation. Many J. R. R. Tolkien fans have criticized Peter Jackson for stretching out The Hobbit story into a trilogy.

Stephen Colbert Dresses Up to Celebrate The Hobbit

In celebration of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies movie, The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert dressed up as Bilbo Baggins, Legolas Greenleaf, and Gandalf the Grey for the cover of Entertainment Weekly. In the video embedded above, he talks about the experience.

Besides The Hobbit photos, this issue also features an essay where Colbert talks about his long-time infatuation with J.R.R. Tolkien’s books and an interview between Colbert and director Peter Jackson. Follow this link to watch a behind-the-scenes footage of the cover shoot.

International Trailer Unleashed For The Walk

The international teaser trailer for The Walk movie has been unleashed. The story focuses on Philippe Petit’s famous high-wire crossing between the the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as told in Petit’s 2002 book, To Reach the Clouds.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring as Petit. This film adaptation will hit theaters on October 02, 2015. (via The Gothamist)

Lion Forge Comics & IDW Publishing Partner Up For Miami Vice Remix

Miami ViceLion Forge Comics and IDW Publishing are teaming up to produce the Miami Vice Remix comic series. The story comes from the classic 80′s TV show.

Writer Joe Casey and artist Jim Mahfood will collaborate on this project together. The first issue will be released in February 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The comic follows the Metro-Dade Police Department detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs through modern-day Miami as they go undercover facing dangerous encounters with voodoo, zombies and Crockett’s mysterious past…Miami Vice Remix is the latest Lion Forge title crossing over from digital to hard copy through IDW. The comic joins licensed and celebrity titles Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier and Saved By The Bell, which also are based on hit NBC television series.”

International Trailer Unveiled For Le Petit Prince

The international trailer for the Le Petit Prince animated movie has been unveiled. The story for this film adaptation is based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s book. The video embedded above offers glimpses of this film in French.

According to ComicBookMovie.com, the actors who have leant their voices for the English-language edition of this project include Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, and Ricky Gervais. The movie will come out in France on October 07, 2015. No release date has been announced yet for the United States or the United Kingdom.

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