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Tom and Jerry Movie Shoot Left Michael Pena Very Excited: Man, That Was So Cool!

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Tom and Jerry Movie Shoot Left Michael Pena Very Excited: Man, That Was So Cool!
It's raining live-action reboots of beloved animation features in Hollywood, and the cat and mouse duo of Tom and Jerry will soon be added to the list. The live-action adaptation of the popular children's cartoon show is in the middle of filming, and Michael Pena, who plays a central character, Terrance, recently spoke about doing scenes for the film with co-star Chloe Moretz.

"Oh, man, that was so cool. Sometimes, you show up on these movies, and the actor is still trying to find it. I don't know if they're not prepared or whatever, but it happens every so often. But, Chloe Moretz was so on the money... She knew the script, and she was just awesome to go back and forth with. And Tim Story is just a stud.

There are some directors who are good indie directors or good dramatic directors, but he's a big movie director. He's
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Marvel Reportedly Tweaking Fantastic Four’s Origin For The McU

With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox last year, the Mouse House officially acquired the rights to additional Marvel characters including the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. And the thought of both properties eventually joining the McU is an enticing proposition, especially in the case of the latter.

While we’ve seen a number of great X-Men movies, the Fantastic Four are 0 for 3 (4 if you include that early ‘90s version) when it comes to feature films. Tim Story directed two goofy pics in the mid-’00s and besides the curiosity of seeing a young and pre-Cap Chris Evans in the role of the Human Torch, those movies have not aged well.

Then came the disaster that was the 2015 Fantastic Four. That’s a film that’s on my shortlist of Bts documentaries that would be must-see. Between the countless reshoots, bad wigs and director Josh Trank’s behavior on set,
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John Travolta To Star With Kevin Hart In Quibi Series ‘Die Hart’

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John Travolta To Star With Kevin Hart In Quibi Series ‘Die Hart’
John Travolta is set to star opposite Kevin Hart in Quibi comedic action series Die Hart (fka Action Scene). Production starts Monday.

Written by Tripper Clancy and Derek Kolstad and directed by Eric Appel, in Die Hart, Hart plays a fictionalized version of himself who’s tired of being the comedic sidekick. He gets his wish when a famous director offers him his dream – to be a leading man action star – but there’s a catch: Kevin must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, run by a lunatic (Travolta). Pushed to his limits by this action school coach and a tough-minded rival student, Kevin must survive a series of hilarious, over-the-top action sequences and face his fears if he wants to achieve his dream and land the role of a lifetime.

Die Hart is the first production of its kind from Laugh Out Loud. Hart executive produces with Candice Wilson,
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‘The Blackening’: Mrc & The Story Co. Adapting Comedy Central Short To Feature Film

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Exclusive: Mrc Film and The Story Company are developing The Blackening, a feature film adaptation of a Comedy Central digital short that lampooned horror film tropes with its tale of seven African-American friends trapped in a cabin with a homicidal maniac.

Writers Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins (Brooklyn Nine Nine) will write a script expanding on the 2018 short and its basic premise: “The black cast member is always the first to die in a horror movie, but what happens when everyone is black?” Click on the video player above to watch the Comedy Central short.

E. Brian Dobbins of ArtistsFirst, Oliver, and The Story Company’s Tim Story & Sharla Sumpter Bridgett will produce.

Perkins wrote the original digital short for 3-peat, the Chicago comedy improv troupe whose membership includes Perkins, Chris Redd, John Thibodeaux, Shantira Jackson, Lisa Beasley, Nnamdi Ngwe, Patrick Rowland, Allison Blair, and Torian Miller.
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The Fantastic Four’s McU Origin Story Has Been Revealed

Despite being part of one of the most famous and recognizable superhero teams in history after making their debut in 1961, and remaining relevant in the pages of Marvel comic books ever since, the Fantastic Four are still waiting for a big screen blockbuster that will finally do them justice.

They’ve been the subject of a low budget effort that was made just to retain the rights to the characters that was never even released, two Tim Story-directed adaptations that did decent business at the box office but didn’t get much love from either fans or critics, and a few years ago, they featured in one of the most notorious box office bombs in recent memory.

However, with the rights to the Fantastic Four finally under the Marvel Studios banner, folks are optimistic that they’ll soon get the cinematic treatment that they deserve. And while we won
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Pallavi Sharda is on a roll with ‘Tom and Jerry’ and more

Pallavi Sharda.

In the last 18 months, actress Pallavi Sharda has barely lived life outside of a TV or film set.

Darting from the opulent sets of 18th century colonial India in Beecham House to grungy night shoots in Kings Cross recreating the gritty 1980s noir kingdom of underground crime lords in Les Norton, to getting messed up in the Bermuda Triangle set in New Zealand, and back to London again with Tom and Jerry, Sharda is definitely in forward motion.

As an Australia-born performer of Indian heritage, defining her place in the world and on screen has been at the core of Sharda’s career from its inception. It also informs much of her cultural advocacy work that she has passionately maintained throughout her hectic international filming schedules.

Sharda hasn’t baulked from calling out the limitations of the screen industry on representation and gender, both here and in Bollywood.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Tom and Jerry’ Movie Moves Forward to 2020

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In today’s film news roundup, Warner Bros. is giving an earlier date to “Tom and Jerry,” “Inside the Rain” gets distribution, Lionsgate is launching a crime drama, and the Napa Valley Film Festival annnounces its honorees.

Release Dates

Warner Bros. has moved its live-action hybrid comedy “Tom and Jerry” forward by four months to Dec. 23, 2020.

The cat and mouse story, directed by Tim Story, was initially slated for release on April 16, 2021. The studio said Friday that it will fill that slot with a yet-to-be titled “event” film.

Tom and Jerry” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken Jeong, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda. The story centers on Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse getting kicked out of their home and relocating to a fancy New York hotel where Moretz’s character is an employee who will lose her job if she can’t evict Jerry.

Warner Bros. also
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Warner Bros. Moving Live-Action ‘Tom and Jerry’ to Christmas 2020

According to THR, Christmas 2020 is shaping up to be a violent affair, as the live-action adaptation of your classic cat-on-mouse brawl Tom and Jerry (whatever that means) shifts dates from April 2021. Tim Story will direct the Warner Bros. release. Yes, that means we’re in for consecutive Decembers of feline-based entertainment, together with 2019's Cats adaptation. Story most recently directed this year’s Shaft and the Ride Along films, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. The script was written by Eric Gravning, Katie Silberman (Booksmart), April Prosser, and Kevin Costello (Brigsby Bear). It …
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‘Tom & Jerry’ Jumps To Christmas 2020, ‘The Witches’ Inches Up A Week Next Fall

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Rather than go two weeks after Easter 2021 on April 16, Warner Bros. is moving up their Tim Story-directed Tom & Jerry movie to Christmas 2020, specifically Wednesday Dec. 23.

Pic will go up against DreamWorks Animation/Universal’s The Croods 2. Then, on Christmas, comes Universal’s News of the World and an untitled Paramount/Skydance Media movie.

Tom & Jerry arrives in the wake of Amblin/Fox’s West Side Story, Paramount’s Coming to America 2, Sony’s Uncharted and Warner Bros./Legendary’s Dune, all opening on Dec. 18, 2020.

Warners will still hold on to April 16, 2021 for an untitled event film. The only other competition on this date is an untitled Universal event pic.

Also next October, Warners is moving up their Robert Zemeckis redux of Roald Dahl’s The Witches with Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci by a week from Oct. 16 to Oct. 9. The Witches moves away from Paramount’s
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‘Tom and Jerry’ Live-Action and Animated Hybrid Film Moves Up to Christmas 2020 Release

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‘Tom and Jerry’ Live-Action and Animated Hybrid Film Moves Up to Christmas 2020 Release
Warner Bros. has moved up the release of its upcoming movie based on the “Tom and Jerry” cartoon from April of 2021 to Dec. 23, 2020.

The untitled film from Warner Bros. Animation Group based on the cat and mouse cartoon characters is directed by Tim Story and stars Chloe Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong and Colin Jost.

Warner Bros. has now dated an untitled event film in the spot it’s vacating. Further in this same announcement, Warner Bros. has shifted up the release of Robert Zemeckis’s “The Witches” by one week from Oct. 16, 2020 to now opening on Oct. 9, 2020.

Also Read: HBO Max Orders 5 New 'Sesame Street' Seasons and 4 Spinoffs, Including an Elmo Talk Show

The Tom and Jerry movie will now open the same day as Universal’s animated film “The Croods 2,” and the Tom Hanks film “News of the World” is set to open Christmas day.
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Warner Bros. Slates 'Tom and Jerry' Live-Action CGI Movie for December 2020 Holiday Release

Tom and Jerry will liven up the festive season next year as Warner Bros. on Friday moved the upcoming film to a Dec. 23, 2020, release. 

The live-action hybrid pic of the beloved cat and mouse, directed by Tim Story, was initially slated for release in April 2021. Warners will instead fill that slot with a yet-to-be-titled event film. 

Tom and Jerry will star Chloe Grace Moretz, Michael Pena, Ken JeongRob Delaney, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda and is being developed by Warner Bros. Animation Group. The new film sees Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse getting ...
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‘Watchmen’: How the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Influences the Series

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Last Sunday, HBO’s “Watchmen” recreated the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 in its first episode, boosting Google searches of the horrific event, one of the most devastating in American history.

There have been previous attempts to bring the Tulsa story to the screen – Oprah Winfrey, John Legend and Tim Story all had projects in the works at one time or another. But “Watchmen” is the first to do so on such a grand scale, highlighting a very important piece of American history and making its themes current. “What is creating the most anxiety in America right now? For me the answer is undeniably race,” series creator Damon Lindelof told NBC News. “Superheroes cannot defeat racism.”

With that, “Watchmen” becomes a cutting-edge treatise on our present-day upheaval. The new series remixes the DC Comics graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, setting it in present day Tulsa, Okla., and not
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Blu-ray Review – Shaft (2019)

Shaft, 2019.

Directed by Tim Story.

Starring Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree, Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall, Matt Lauria, Avan Jogia, Lauren Vélez, Method Man, Almeera Jiwa, Ian Casselberry, Aaron Dominguez, and Isaach De Bankolé.

Synopsis:

John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death.

Whether you’re a fan of the Shaft franchise or a fan of Samuel L. Jackson just being pure Samuel L. Jackson in another action film, there is very little to love with 2019’s Shaft reboot, where Jackson once again reprises the role of the tough and street-wise private investigator John Shaft. The story is predictable and tired while much of the raunchy comedy falls flat. The only saving grace of the reboot is Jackson’s chemistry with Jessie T. Usher, who plays Shaft’s estranged son,
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Warner’s ‘Shaft’ 2019 Comes to Home Video in September

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has unveiled release dates for the 2019 version of Shaft from director Tim Story.

Shaft is first scheduled to arrive on September 10th via Digital HD. Two weeks later on September 24th is when the Shaft Blu-ray and DVD will be released. Pre-order Shaft 2019 on Blu-ray combo for a discounted price at Amazon.

There is no Shaft 4K Ultra HD disc release planned at this time.

Shaft stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria, Titus Welliver, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, and Richard Roundtree -- who was the original Shaft character.

Bonus features on all formats sans DVD include:

Can Ya Dig It? The Making of Shaft

A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part One: A Bad Mother Born

A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part Two: No Questions Asked

A Complicated Man: The Shaft Legacy – Part Three: A Legend of His
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Hush Yo Mouth! This September own Shaft on Blu-ray, DVD, or Digital.

Experience the most badass private detective ever to walk the streets when “Shaft” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. New Line Cinema’s action comedy “Shaft” was directed by Tim Story (the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” franchises). JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher), may be a cyber security expert […]

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Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer Almost Included Nick Fury

Now that characters pertaining to the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool franchises reside under Disney’s umbrella and all that jazz involving Fox lies in the past, it’s not like we can just wipe it from our memory. Plus, it’s always fun learning new bits of trivia.

As you may already know, some characters existed within a legal grey area and were fair game for both Disney and Fox. Chief among them were Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, the former of which wound up having two live action versions of him existing at the same time. The alien race known as the Skrulls were also of this ilk, though they wound up being called something else in Dark Phoenix.

Nick Fury, however, wasn’t residing over at Fox, though they did try to get him at one point. Believe it or not, Andre Braugher’s character in Fantastic
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Chris Evans Rumored To Return To The McU For A Human Torch TV Series

Avengers: Endgame gave Chris Evans the perfect exit stage left out of the McU. But a new rumor has began to circulate that suggests the famed actor could very well find himself another place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to Tvo from the Lords of the Long Box, Marvel’s been tossing the around the idea to bring Evans back to star in an original Human Torch television series. If this were to be the case, he wouldn’t be reprising his role from the Tim Story-directed Fantastic Four film. Instead, he’d be playing Jim Hammond, who began his existence as an android in Professor Phineas T. Horton’s laboratory.

What’s interesting to note is that the Hammond character’s first appearance dates back over 20 years before Johnny Storm’s, who’s been portrayed in both Fantasic Four film casts – first by Evans, and then again
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‘First Jobs’ Program Has Created Over 200 Jobs For USC School of Cinematic Arts Graduates In 2 Years

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‘First Jobs’ Program Has Created Over 200 Jobs For USC School of Cinematic Arts Graduates In 2 Years
Two years after leading TV producer Aaron Kaplan launched First Jobs with the goal of helping recent USC Cinematic Arts graduates get their start in the entertainment industry, the program has provided more than 200 paid entry-level jobs to alumni within five years of their graduation. Over 20 of the USC graduates have been promoted by the company that hired them.

More than 300 Sca recent alumni from all seven divisions as well as graduates of the Business of Cinematic Arts Program, have registered in the program since its 2017 launch. While registration does not guarantee a hire, the program’s goal is to reach 100% placement of its participants (It is now at over 66% and climbing).

Kaplan, a graduate from USC’s Marshall School of Business, who as an agent at Wma taught at the School Of Cinematic Arts and
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Tom and Jerry movie adds Ken Jeong, Rob Delaney and more to cast

The live-action/animation hybrid Tom and Jerry has just added several more to its cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chloe Grace Moretz (Suspiria) will be joined by Ken Jeong (The Hangover), Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2), Jordan Bolger (Peaky Blinders) and Pallavi Sharda (Lion).

Tom and Jerry will follow Moretz’s Kayla, a new employee at a posh hotel where Jerry takes up residence, threatening to ruin a glamorous wedding. Kayla hires the broke alley cat Tom to get rid of Jerry, but the duo find themselves forced to team up against Kayla’s villainous boss, who isn’t a fan of either. Also starring in the film is Michael Pena (Ant-Man & The Wasp) as Terrance, the deputy general manager who bullies Kayla around, and Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live).

Jeong will play a character named Jackie, Delaney will play DuBros, Bolger will play Cameron and Sharda will play Preeta.
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Tom and Jerry Movie Brings in Ken Jeong & Rob Delaney

Tom and Jerry Movie Brings in Ken Jeong & Rob Delaney
The ensemble cast of the upcoming Tom and Jerrymovie continues to grow, as Ken Jeong and Rob Delaney have officially signed on. Jeong is very well-known for appearing in comedic roles on Community and the Hangover movie series, but is a real-life physician as well. He will be playing a character named Jackie in the movie.

As for Rob Delaney, the actor is probably best known for playing Peter in Deadpool 2 and can again be seen in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw when it hits theaters this weekend. In Tom and Jerry, Delaney will reportedly be portraying DuBros. Also reported was the additions of Jordan Bolger (The 100) as Cameron and Pallavi Sharda (Lion) as Preeda.

Ken Jeong, Tom Delaney, Jordan Bolger, and Pallavi Sharda join several other famous faces already announced as part of the cast for the Warner Bros. project. Chloe Grace Moretz (Suspiria) has previously
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