Watch: Otis Day Entertains National Lampoon Sundance Party with Rowdy Version of "Shout"
The Sundance Film Festival isn't just about watching new movies on the big screen -- it's also about re-creating them on the dance floor, too. One of the most anticipated parties at this year's festival was in celebration of the terrific documentary about the history of National Lampoon called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead. Featuring rare, never-before-seen footage, the film tracks the comedic publication and production company behind classics like Animal House and Vacation from its beginnings in the 1970s all the way through 2010.
Speaking of Animal House, Sundance partygoers were especially excited for this party because it was to feature togas and a performance from none other than Otis Day, who you might remember from this...
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Emma Watson Will Be Belle in a Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' for Disney
Hermione Granger and Emma Watson go hand in hand, and they'll be associated together for generations to come, but now the former Harry Potter starlet is set to embody another iconic character. The Wrap has revealed Watson has been cast in a new, live-action rendition of Beauty and the Beast for Disney.
Naturally, she'll be playing the beauty side of the title. And apparently it's always been a dream role of Watson, as she took to Facebook to share her excitement with fans:
Bill Condon of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn fame will be directing the new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The most recent pass on the script was written by Stephen Chobsky, who wrote and directed The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson.
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Harvey Weinstein Reveals Only One Person Knows the Real Ending to Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'
A year ago Quentin Tarantino was up in arms when the script to his next movie, The Hateful Eight, ended up online after he'd reportedly shown it to only a small handful of select actors and their agents. He threatened to sue websites that posted it, and even declared that he was so angry about the leak that he was scrapping any plans to make the movie and would probably instead just publish the screenplay as a book instead.
Fast-forward a year and Tarantino has thankfully simmered down a bit (not that his outrage wasn't justified). The Hateful Eight, a Western about a group of unsavory characters who all find themselves trapped together in a saloon during a blizzard, is not only now being made, it's currently being filmed. Tarantino started shooting it in glorious 70 mm... Read More
Movie News: 'The Jetsons' Flying to Big Screen; a Sequel to 'The Strangers' and More
The Jetsons: Popular TV series The Jetsons may finally be returning to the big screen in animated form. The show ran for two seasons in the early 1960s and then for one more season in 1987; a movie version flew into theaters in 1990 with limited box office success. A live-action adaptation was in development for several years, most recently in 2012, but now Warner Bros. has hired Matt Lieberman to write a new script for an animated project. [Deadline]
The Strangers 2: Marcel Langenegger, who previously directed the 2008 mystery Deception, is in negotiations to direct a sequel to The Strangers. The original starred Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a couple who are stalked by a masked trio of home invaders. The sequel will follow the trio as they visit new terrors upon a... Read More
See What Everyone's Talking About at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is currently underway in Park City, Utah, where some of the year's most talked-about independent films are screening for the first time. Here's our rundown of what everyone's talking about so far.
The Movie Everyone's Talking About
So Tell Me: The best way to describe Dope is to envision a mash-up of '90s "hood" movies -- everything from Juice and Menace II Society to House Party and Friday -- but with contemporary sensibilities, including scenes involving Bitcoin, drones, Amazon and hacking. Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa -- and featuring a breakout performance by newcomer Shameik Moore -- the film tracks the lives of three "nerds" (Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons) navigating... Read More
Sundance Today: Brad Pitt and James Franco Walk the Red Carpet; 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' Stirs Divided Reactions
People We're Buzzing About
Brad Pitt: The actor walked the red carpet on Friday in behalf of True Story, starring James Franco. Pitt serves as a producer for the project.
Keanu Reeves: Making his first-ever appearance at Sundance, Reeves showed up with members of the cast as well as director Eli Roth for the world premiere of Knock Knock. The director says it's a "great thrill" to be making his Sundance debut with the film, which he says is a suspense movie rather than a hard-edged horror entry. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Courtney Love: The musician and occasional actress attended the premiere of Montage of Heck, a documentary about her late husband, Kurt Cobain. Love walked the red carpet with her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, now 22 years of age... Read More
Best of the Week: Sundance Begins, New 'X-Men' Cast, Joss Whedon's 'Wonder Woman' Teaser and More
The Important News
Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan became X-Men's new Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops.
Tye Sheridan was also cast in Christopher Smith's next movie. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to join Doctor Strange.
Rooney Mara, Kate Mara, Tatiana Maslany and Felicity Jones are up for a role in a Star Wars movie.
Emily Blunt will play a new villain in the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman.
Kaya Scodelario will play the female lead in the next Pirates of the Caribben movie.
Karl Urban might play the villain in Aquaman.
Simon Pegg is cowriting Star Trek 3. Simon West is remaking The Blob.
Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a special kind of spin-off sequel.
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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week
Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.
The It Follows marketing campaign continues to kill it with another international trailer that highlights the film’s ingenious concept and also does a solid job of teasing the especially haunting and unique tone. Similar to the full feature, this promo nails the balance between the minimalist approach and bolder scare tactics, giving the trailer a hypnotic quality that pulls you in and then puts you on edge.
The Hunting Ground
Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground just got a fantastic trailer to celebrate its Sundance Film Festival premiere today. The piece is brilliantly structured... Read More
Today in Movie Culture: 'Grease,' Martin Scorsese, 'Selma' and More
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
This is not the baby bump you're looking for (via Geekologie):
Speaking of Star Wars, here's a trailer for the original trilogy in the style of the most recent Avengers: Age of Ultron spot:
Below is a computer-animated trailer for a (fake) futuristic adaptation of Grease. Head over to Dangerous Minds to see more animated reimaginings of classic films, including a steampunk Alien and a wuxia version of The Big Lebowski.
Watch a scene from Selma with commentary from director Ava DuVernay (via Thompson on Hollywood):
This video claims the easiest way to win an Oscar is to make a... Read More
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