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All Five Top Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview'

It's a sad day for comedy, free speech, and people who hate losing against terrorists. According to THR, all five major movie theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas, and Cineplex Entertainment — have announced that they've decided to not release Seth Rogen and James Franco's new film The Interview, which was scheduled to premiere in theaters on Christmas Day. "Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres," Regal said to [...]

Leaked Sony Documents Confirm That Adam Sandler Films "Have No More Value"

Sony has been dealing with the effects of a major hack from last week, and among the many leaked documents is a 25-page collection of Sony employee complaints that reveal even the people who make Adam Sandler movies hate Adam Sandler movies. Gawker combed through the complaints and highlighted some of the best digs at Sandler's expense:

Be more focussed and ruthless in directing our resources to businesses that will sustain the long term health of SPE – networks, broadcast TV shows, new movie franchises, digital distibution By the same token, stop or reduce support for areas that have no more value (Sandler movies, DVD)

There is [...]

Nick Stoller Is Writing a Tinkerbell Comedy Starring Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy just landed another starring role. Deadline reports that McCarthy has signed on to play Tinkerbell in an upcoming feature film by Fox with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy attached to direct. The film is described only as "a fresh take on the classic tale" that Levy conceived with McCarthy. Nick Stoller (Undeclared, Muppets Most Wanted, director of Neighbors) will pen the script.

What Horror and Comedy Have in Common

A funny thing about Americans: every year, crowds flock to the theatre and spend millions of dollars for the chance to see pretty people die on screen. The horror genre is popular for the same reason that people spend hundreds of dollars to go to a theme park to ride roller coasters — people love being scared. In fact, while sitting in a movie theater watching a horror movie, you’re likely to hear equal parts laughter and screams coming from the audience. Generally the cries of terror are heard first, followed almost immediately by a wave of chuckles, giggles, and knee slapping. In a paper on the functions of humor, Dr. [...]

Fred Armisen, Judy Greer, Selma Blair, and Billie Joe Armstrong to Star in 'Geezer'

Fred Armisen, Selma Blair, and Judy Greer are teaming up with Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong for a dramatic film. Variety reports that Armstrong will star in Geezer, a movie that follows "the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the presidential suite of the Drake Hotel — where he encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have since moved on to bigger and better things." Other announced cast in Geezer includes Dallas Roberts, Chris Messina, and The Office's Brian Baumgartner, with writer/director Lee Kirk (The Office, The Giant [...]

Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Lawrence, and More Reportedly Want in on the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

One of the newer finds in the recently leaked Sony documents is an update on the in-the-works Ghostbusters reboot by Paul Feig. According to The Wrap, an October 8 email exchange between Ivan Reitman and Sony exec Amy Pascal reveals some of the actors who have already expressed interest in starring in Feig's all-women reboot:

Agree that everyone is way too nervous about how this issue and how we. present it but it's isn't a sequel to the 80s movies and it is gonna be totally original with completely different characters and our job is to find a clever way to connect the movie to the original franchise [...]

Jonah Hill to Star in Todd Phillips-Directed Comedy 'Arms and the Dudes'

Jonah Hill just landed a new starring film role. THR reports that Hill has signed on to star in Arms and the Dudes, a crime drama directed by Todd Phillips based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article about "two stoners from Miami Beach who ended up becoming arms dealers for the US government." Prior to Hill signing on, both Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg considered the role. Todd Phillips is also producing alongside Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff, and Bradley Cooper.

Sketch Group Whale Thief Produced the Fastest Movie Ever Made Over the Weekend

Sketch comedy group Whale Thief pulled off an impressive feat over the weekend that might get them in the Guinness Book of World Records. The group — which consists of former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Benjamin Apple, Two Guys Named Josh's Brandon Gulya, Take Me to Your Mother's Matt Mayer, and Funny or Die/The Onion writers Matt Klinman and Zack Poitras — managed to put together a feature-length film in just over 24 hours, beating out the previous Guinness record of the fastest made feature. Titled Consti2tion, the film is the result over 150 writers, directors, producers, actors, artists, and musicians' efforts on this past Saturday, November [...]

Brooks Wheelan and Kurt Braunohler Cast in Indie Comedy 'The Out of Town Wedding'

Kurt Braunohler and SNL alum Brooks Wheelan just landed new movie roles. THR reports that both comedians have been cast alongside Men at Work's Michael Cassidy in an indie comedy by Jed Rigney called The Out of Town Wedding, which follows "group of five friends who reluctantly travel to a resort for a wedding that quickly deteriorates into mayhem." According to the report, Wheelan is also set to star alongside H. Jon Benjamin in an Adult Swim pilot called Biker Bar, while Braunohler most recently sold a late night talk show pilot to Comedy Central as well as his web series Roustabout.

Christopher Nolan on Why He Won't Make Comedies: "There's No Hiding Behind the Art of the Film"

"I would try anything I think except comedy or romantic comedy. Those are very tough genres to work in. They rely on an unanimity of audience response. You screen a comedy for people, and if they don't laugh, you've got to figure out a way to make them laugh. There’s no hiding behind the art of the film. There's [no] 'Oh, you don't get it.'"

- Writer/director Christopher Nolan explains why he has no intention to make a comedy in a new interview with USA Today.

Sony Is Reportedly Developing an Animated Spider-Man Comedy and '23 Jump Street'/'Men in Black' Crossover

The Sony hack from last month has resulted in a ton of studio leaks lately (including a bunch of anonymous employee complaints about Adam Sandler movies), and one of the newer finds includes two potential new projects from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street. According to the leaked emails between Sony executives, the studio is considering the possibility of an animated Spider-Man comedy from Lord and Miller as well as a crossover film combining 23 Jump Street and Men in BlackThe crossover doesn't yet have a script attached, but execs are reportedly pushing to release the film as [...]

Will Ferrell to Star in a Movie About a Shakespearian Theater Company

Will Ferrell just landed another big screen role. Variety reports that Ferrell is attached to star in an untitled comedy from Sony focusing on the "intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company." No other plot or cast details have been revealed yet, but writers David Guion and Michael Handelman (Dinner for Schmucks, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) will pen the script. In the meantime, Ferrell can next be seen in the upcoming Get Hard with Kevin Hart, and he recently confirmed that his character Mugatu will return in Zoolander 2.

An Alleged 2009 Draft of the 'Ghostbusters III' Script Has Leaked Online

Over the years Ghostbusters III has transformed from a sequel stuck in development hell to a reboot directed by Paul Feig, but for longtime fans who have wondered what the original sequel may have looked like prior to the death of Harold Ramis earlier this year, today is your lucky day. According to Bloody Disgusting, a draft of the original sequel penned by Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg has leaked online. Its authenticity hasn't been officially confirmed yet, but the script — labeled "Second Draft — 04/08/2009" — is definitely worth the look for Ghostbusters fans. Here's an excerpt from Bloody Disgusting's summary:

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Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to Star in Buddy Comedy 'Central Intelligence'

Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are teaming up for a buddy comedy. Variety reports that both stars have signed on for New Line's upcoming comedy Central Intelligence directed by We're the Millers' Rawson Thurber, which centers on Hart as a "former high school sports star turned accountant" who is contacted by his once-bullied former classmate (Johnson): "The 'loser' that the accountant remembers is now a CIA contract killer who ropes him into helping foil a plot to sell classified military secrets." Mindy Project writers Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen wrote the original script, and We're the Millers writers Sean Anders and John Morris are onboard for [...]