Comingsoon.net Source: The Hollywood Reporter August 22, 2014 Steve Martin is set to headline a new live-action family comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Martin, who was last on the big screen in 2011's The Big Year, will play the leading role in Magic Camp, originally scripted by Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs and recently rewritten by A.C.O.D. writer/director Stu Zicherman. Magic Camp will feature Martin as a banker who returns as a counselor to the camp he loved as a child, hoping to spread a love of magic while getting the campers ready to compete in the prestigious Golden Wand competition. No director has, as of yet, signed on for the project, but check back for details as soon as they become available. (Photo Credit: Dimitri Halkidis / WENN) http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=122191

Mrs. Doubtfire Writer Signs Onto Alvin and the Chipmunks 4

Doubtfire screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer has been hired to write the fourth installment. 20th Century Fox recently moved the sequel to 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked back a year and it's now scheduled for December 16, 2016, giving them a little more than two years to get going on the movie. Combined, the three previous movies, which started with 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks, have grossed over $560 million domestically and $1.1 billion worldwide, although the last movie grossed $100 million less in North America than the previous two movies. All the previous movies have received a similar pre-Christmas release. Nothing is known about the plot for the new movie although it will once again feature the three singing chipmunks, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, created by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=122192

Matthew McConaughey Wanted to Play Randall Flagg in The Stand?

Below are the highlights which you can click if you want to know more. There's also an interesting confirmation / debunking article. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=122168

The Star Wars News Roundup - 8.22.14

Comingsoon.net Source: Yahoo! Movies August 22, 2014 35 years after the horror classic The Amityville Horror and ten years since the 2005 remake starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George, Dimension Films are giving one of the original "based on a true story" horror movies another go with next year's Amityville: The Awakening , directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, P2) and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan and Bella Thorne. This will be the 12th film in the series--many of them, including the last two, The Amityville Haunting and The Amityville Asylum, having gone direct-to-DVD--but Dimension Films has released the first trailer for the film via Yahoo! Movies which you can check out below. Amityville: The Awakening is scheduled for release on January 2, 2015. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=122186

Gotham: New Behind-the-Scenes Preview Special

Gotham: New Behind-the-Scenes Preview Special Source: FOX August 22, 2014 FOX has brought online "Gotham: The Legend Reborn," a preview special that takes you behind the scenes of the "Gotham" pilot with key players both behind and in front of the camera, including creator Bruno Heller, director Danny Cannon and star Ben McKenzie. You can watch the special in four parts below! "Gotham" is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist," "Rome"), "Gotham" follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. Ben McKenzie, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Erin Richards, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova star in the series, which premieres September 22 on FOX. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=122187

Watch the Trailer for Amityville: The Awakening

O'Connell's year didn't just start and end with Starred Up, because he also had a role in the worldwide blockbuster 300: Rise of an Empire and stars in the Yann Demage Northern Ireland action-thriller '71 , which was picked up by Roadside Attractions at this year's Berlin Film Festival and will be doing the September festival circuit: Telluride, Toronto and the New York Film Festival. (It opens in the UK in late October and in the States sometime next spring.) If that weren't enough, O'Connell was also personally picked by Angelina Jolie to play the late Louis Zamperini in her second film as a director, Unbroken , which has already gotten huge Oscar buzz sight unseen. Zamperini's story is an amazing one that took him from the 1936 Berlin Olympics to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after he enlisted in the Air Force, and after seeing O'Connell in those other movies, we can only imagine what he will bring to that role. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=121811

It reminds me of Altman's 'Mash' or a great Hal Ashby script. But really, let's face it, if Coppola was doing 'Apocalypse Now' today, it would be an AMC series," Gaghan said.. Mundy added: "We're unbelievably excited that Steve is doing this. Before the pilot was even ordered, we talked about him as our dream director so to have it come to fruition is incredible. He not only knows and cares deeply about the terrain we're covering but he brings an energy and intelligence that you can�t match. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=122189

CS Video: How Actor Jack O'Connell's Star is Ascending with Starred Up

wants McConaughey to play the role of the demonic figure Randall Flagg in the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand , which will be directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in our Stars). Flagg has been a recurring character in much of King's work, sometimes appearing in different guises, but he first appeared in his 1978 novel "The Stand" and then became the primary antagonist of his serialized "The Dark Tower" (which also has been in development to become a feature film or serialized television show). Jamey Sheridan played the role of the character in the 1994 television mini-series directed by Mick Garris, and Flagg has been brought to the comics in recent years with Marvel adaptations of both King works. The Deadline story also mentions that McConaughey might team with Oscar-winning Traffic writer (and Syriana writer/director) Stephen Gaghan to make Gold for Black Bear Pictures, a movie that previously had director Paul Haggis attached. Written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman, it's based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal where large amounts of gold were found in the Indonesian jungle. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=122193