Movie News Wrap Up: January 15th 2013

Published 1 year ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 am,

This week:

Workaholics has been picked up for seasons 4 and 5; Sony Pictures Classics will distribute Woody Allen’s next film; Guillermo del Toro discusses the likelihood of a Hellboy 3; The first image from Michael Fassbender in Frank; Jurassic Park‘s 3D re-release will include a short IMAX run; and Warner Bros. notches another court room victory in their ongoing Superman copyright battle.

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Alongside their announcement that popular web series Drunk History was coming to their network, Comedy Central also revealed they had picked up Workaholics for season numbers 4 and 5.

Workaholics Renewed for Seasons 4 and 5 Movie News Wrap Up: January 15th 2013

The two season order will comprise 26 episodes in total (presumably 13 per season) and comes only a few days before season 3 of Workaholics returns for two more episodes. Though Comedy Central, as of late, has been fostering many of their comedic talent from within – acts like Anthony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross, and Amy Shumer – they are also making a concerted effort to promote unique talents across the board.

Workaholics season 3 returns Wednesday January 16th on Comedy Central.

Source: Deadline

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Sony Pictures Classics announced they have acquired the rights to distribute Blue Jasmine, the forthcoming new film from iconic director Woody Allen, in North America.

Sony Distributing Woody Allen Film Blue Jasmine Movie News Wrap Up: January 15th 2013

Said to be about “the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York housewife,” the film boasts another stunning ensemble cast, featuring Alec Baldwin, Louis CK, and Cate Blanchett. Aside from that, not much is known about Blue Jasmine.

After delighting critics and audiences with Midnight in Paris, Allen then delivered the comedy To Rome With Love, which didn’t go over quite as well as Midnight. Here’s hoping that Rome was just a slight lull and that Blue Jasmine is another crowd pleaser.

Source: Coming Soon

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Director Guillermo del Toro already has plenty of film projects lined up (both potential and probable) but fans are still hopeful that he might one day deliver a third Hellboy film someday.

Del Toro Talks Hellboy 3 Movie News Wrap Up: January 15th 2013

Unfortunately, according to del Toro, it’s going to take substantial studio backing in order for that to happen. While doing press for the horror film Mama (which del Toro produced), the director revealed there is a concept, but it’s an expensive one, and would therefore need to exceed its predecessors in the box office to be profitable.

“A couple of weeks ago or months ago, I did make a couple of phone calls to test, to gage the possibility of doing that because it’s a big movie. There’s no takers for a movie of that size. The two movies made their money back and a little bit. They were financially good, but one was fifty and the other one was eighty, eighty five. This is a hundred and forty. So no one wants to do that leap, from the financial side. So unless we find a way to do the mother of all kick starters.”

We’re not counting out the possibility of Hellboy 3 just yet, but as of right now it doesn’t appear like it will happen any time soon. On the other hand, del Toro is bound to be a hot commodity for a while to come, especially if Pacific Rim is a hit.

Source: Latino Review

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The first official image from Michael Fassbender’s new film Frank has been released, although you’d be hard pressed to realize the actor is involved – at least based on the single image below.

First Image Michael Fassbender Film Frank 570x379 Movie News Wrap Up: January 15th 2013

Yes, that’s Fassbender inside the goofy head as the title character Frank, the enigmatic leader of a group of pop musicians. Flanking the Prometheus star are Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays Frank’s “sidekick” Clara, and Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina), who plays Jon.

Frank is said to be loosely based on the experiences of Jon Ronson as he encountered real-life enigmatic musicians like Daniel Johnston, Captain Beefheart, and comedian/musician Chris Sievey. Frank began production in New Mexico this past week with Lenny Abrahamson at the helm.

Source: Coming Soon

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Alongside the re-release of Jurassic Park in 3D will be a short, one week IMAX run for die-hard fans to experience giant dinosaurs on a giant screen.

Jurassic Park IMAX Release Movie News Wrap Up: January 15th 2013

The one-week IMAX 3D release will begin on April 5th, the same day the film re-releases in 3D. It is important to note, if it wasn’t already obvious, that the 3D and any IMAX upgrades for the film’s re-release are both post-conversion jobs –  so don’t expect an experience akin to Dark Knight Rises or Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Still, getting to see some of Spielberg’s iconic shots and sequences on the largest screen possible does have its draws.

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Warner Bros. has just won yet another landmark victory in their ongoing struggle to retain the rights to Superman - at least for the foreseeable future.

Warner Bros Superman Court Victory Movie News Wrap Up: January 15th 2013

Though the studio has already won several cases against heirs to the Superman legacy, namely the surviving relatives of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, they have also had to contend with the heirs on Joseph Shuster’s side as well. Thankfully, at least for Superman fans, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled in Warner Bros.’ favor this past Thursday.

Sparing readers the legal jargon, the main thing to focus on is that Warner Bros. now can tell future Superman stories, after this year’s Man of Steel, with fewer legal headaches.

Source: Variety

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  1. I didn’t know that Woody Allen was even still alive.

    “the final stages of an acute crisis and a life of a fashionable New York washed-up writer/director/actor, who’s career peaked in the 70′s, and has been living on name recognition alone for the past 35 or so years…”

    • Didn’t he also marry his adopted asian step-child or something perverted like that? He’s a freak.

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      • Who’s Roger?

      • As Doris evaporated, my mind is simply blown by the wads of cash that killer dolls stuff into my empty jam jars on a daily basis. Come smell my garden.

  2. I don’t get what the draw is for IMAX post conversion jobs, especially of older films. To me it’s akin to people watching upscaled DVDs on an HD projector and trying to convince themselves that it looks amazing.

    Unless we’re talking about the new digital LieMAX screens, in which case the picture won’t be much better than watching it on a regular screen.

  3. “FRANK” is somehow referencing the famous Frank Sidebottom, but I’m not sure why?

    • Thats exactly what i thought motoko, i wonder will he use the same nasaly voice?

    • Jon Ronson (the Domhnall Gleeson character) was in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey! Big Band for about three years in the early ’90s, and helped raise money for Chris Sievey’s funeral in 2010.

  4. I want a “HELLBOY 3″ dammit!!!

    • + 1 000 000 others !

  5. I don’t think ive ever watched a Woody Allen movie, I know that’s really bad, especially being a massive film geek, but they have just never appealed to me

    Can’t believe that Fassbender is making a movie about Frank Sidebottom!! I thought he was only famous in the North West of England, was super shocked when I saw that image a few days ago!!

    • Haha yeah, we here in the Midlands (some of us weird kids anyway who loved Reeves and Mortimer and Monty Python anyway) were huge fans of Frank Sidebottom so it’s awesome they’re making a movie based on him in parts.

      I hope they add in a reference to how Sievey/Sidebottom was buried in a pauper’s grave and the whole country put in money to a charity dedicated to getting him a proper gravestone.

      • Haha yeah it’s crazy isn’t it!! I wonder if we will also get to Little Frank? I couldnt figure why the head looked so different the realised that they have changed the shape of his eyes lol

        I wonder if this may be a new trend in Hollywood, making movies of obscure British celebrities?

        I mean who doesn’t want to see the family comedy ‘Rod Hull – Emu’s Last Stand’ or the sick horror ‘Saville – Now Then Now Then’ lol

        • Different eyes and no lipstick!

          • Maybe the original Frank Sidebottom design is copyrighted!!??

            • That way they don’t have to pay royalties and Little Frank ends up eating out of a dumpster, or maybe the producers just thought he looked “too gay” as he was? Wouldn’t surprise me.

    • Being a massive film geek and not having seen any Woody Allen films is pretty darned bad. :) May I make the recommendation of Husbands And Wives (emotionally brutal film) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (fun as it gets), both were made right around the same era, super hard to not like immediately, and a good warm up for his truly great films, of which there are tons. He just does not make bad movies.

      • Ooh ok thanks for the heads up, I’ve started on Annie Hall and Midnight in Paris before but always got sidetracked, I even owned a copy of Bananas on VHS (because Stallone was in it) but never watched it, then i sold it on with it being quite valuable at the time lol

        • also check out “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)” that movie is freakin’ hilarious!

          • Word. Hysterical movie.

            Also, Sleeper, What’s Up Tiger Lily, Radio Days… The list is endless, Woody Allen is awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I love the big guns like Avengers and Batman and Bond and Trek, but the world needs Woody Allens and Wes Andersons just as equally.

            Too bad folks are hung up on the nonsense about his foster daughter, but if you watch Husbands And Wives it’s hard to believe he made a movie like that right in the middle of the wake of the scandal. If I was Mia Farrow I’d still be pi$$ed and a little humiliated but the rest of us should just enjoy his truly great artistry as a filmmaker. It takes a lot of guts to make such personal films in such an entertaining and prolific fashion.

        • Christopher Walken in Annie Hall: classic. Play It Again, Sam’s another good one.

  6. Hellboy was a lot of fun hope the third one comes soon

    • +1

      • The road to Hellboy 3 was already unlikely, but Del Toro making jokes about enlisting kick starter is the nail in the coffin. Do these folks not realize that kick starter for big budget movies is going to make Hollywood even less likely to shell out big bucks for these kind of things?!?? Why should they spend money on development when the little guys can fork it over for them on kickstarter? Kickstarter is good for people up and coming and wanting to make small personal projects, but once Hollywood gets the idea that it can make the little people do all of the work while still completely having them over a barrel it’s all over.

        Because of this sort of thinking, expect more safe sure thing giant hits like Amazing Spider Man and Avatar that were going to get the money anyway, or on the other end of the spectrum tiny budget films like Blue Valentine that kickstarter is more tailored to, but middle of the road fare like Hellboy 3? Straight to video now at best. DOA. Way to go, ya knuckleheads..

  7. Glad the families finally can ride WB/DC the rest of the way!

  8. can’t

  9. Just a heads up: workaholics is about to air their 4th season. Not 3rd.

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