Via Quartz, a recent study on Hollywood films has confirmed the obvious: As more and more non-US moviegoers are accounting for the industry's yearly profits (70% in 2013), comedy — the least translatable movie genre — is on the decline as a result. From the article:
But the emerging world enthusiasm for Hollywood films does not extend to comedies, or at least not relative to its love of action movies and animated films. In China, for example, US comedies account for only 10% of box office spending, compared to 25% in the US … By contrast, Hollywood action films are 44% of the box office in China (the latest [...]
There's a sequel to Hocus Pocus in the works, and it's coming from an unlikely source: Tina Fey. The Tracking Board reports that Fey is producing an untitled Hocus Pocus sequel via her production company Little Stranger. There are currently no stars attached to the film, but it's written for two female leads and one of them could hypothetically end up being Tina Fey if she's interested. The original movie, a horror comedy starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three witches/sisters tormenting modern day Salem Massachusetts, wasn't a big hit when it was released in 1993 but it went on to become very popular on home video and [...]
Writer/director Paul Mazursky passed away yesterday from a pulmonary embolism yesterday at LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The LA Times reports. Mazursky, who was nominated for five Oscars over the course of his five-decade-long career, wrote and/or directed (usually doing both) 17 movies. His most widely-known features include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Harry and Tonto, and An Unmarried Woman, all of which blended comedy and drama to create movies with realistic, grounded characters that explored real life problems with plenty of humor and heart.
Jason Bateman has signed on to direct his third feature film following Bad Words and the upcoming The Family Fang costarring Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. According to Deadline, Bateman will star and direct the currently untitled FBI/wedding-themed comedy originally written by David Flebotte (Desperate Housewives, Boardwalk Empire) and Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) with The Pest's David Bar Katz tapped to rewrite the script. While there are no further details on the film's plot, this news follows Bateman's other recently announced projects, including a Horrible Bosses sequel and comedy-drama with Tina Fey This Is Where I Leave You due out September 19th.
Here's the trailer for Life After Beth, a teen zombie comedy starring Aubrey Plaza and written and directed by I Heart Huckabees co-writer Jeff Baena. It looks like a fun and fresh take on a what's become a relatively overdone genre. It also stars Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Anna Kendrick and it's out on August 15th.