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Rashida Jones and Will McCormack Are Writing 'Toy Story 4'

Writing partners Rashida Jones and Will McCormack just added a big movie project. Slash Film reports that they've signed on to cowrite Toy Story 4, the latest sequel to Pixar's megahit franchise after the original film in 1995 and two sequels in 1999 and 2010. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news that Pixar will release the film on June 16, 2017 with original director John Lasseter onboard to direct. No details on the plot have been confirmed yet, but Lasseter called it a "love story" in an interview with the LA Times. Here's what he had to say on the sequel in a statement:

We love [...]

Louis C.K. on Chris Rock's Film Career: "All He Really Needed to Do Was Be Who He Is Onstage"

"Louis C.K. thinks that the solution to Rock’s movie problem was obvious in retrospect. 'His honesty and thoughtfulness and intelligence—it isn't a good match for just putting a guy up there, building a big premise around him, and raking in the bucks,' he says. 'Chris was trying to figure out the formula to make a movie, but all he really needed to do was be who he is onstage.'"

- Louis C.K. reflects on Chris Rock's movie career and new film Top Five in a new profile in The New Yorker.

How Adam McKay Directs at the Top of His Intelligence

Adam McKay’s path to becoming a director began as a notoriously mischievous improvisor under the tutelage of guru Del Close in Chicago, then joining SNL as a writer, eventually ascending to head writer in the mid-nineties. It was there he began his collaboration with Will Ferrell that would come to define his feature directing career. The two have collaborated on Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, establishing a formula of highly designed and actively structured plays on genre that have shaped the modern comedy landscape beyond their work alone.

Since Judd [...]

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Will Write 'The Lego Movie 2'

The writing/directing duo behind The Lego Movie might not be returning to the director's chair for the sequel, but they've officially signed on to pen the script. According to Variety, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will both write and produce the upcoming Lego Movie sequel, though a director has not yet been found despite March's reports that Chris McKay had signed on for the project (he's onboard as a producer). The Lego Movie 2 is now slated for a release sometime in 2018 after Ninjago in 2016 and Lego Batman in 2017 starring Will Arnett.

Charlie Kaufman Is Adapting Sci-Fi Novel 'IQ 83' as a Film Starring Steve Carell

Over the summer it was announced that FX passed on Charlie Kaufman's comedy pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes, but now Kaufman has a new project in the works with a big comedy star. Deadline reports that Kaufman has signed on to rewrite the film adaptation for IQ 83 based on Arthur Herzog's 1978 science fiction novel about a virus outbreak that lowers humanity's IQs, and Steve Carell is attached to star. Here's a description of the book via Coming Soon:

You are Dr. James Healey and last week you were a genius. That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could [...]

Ernie Hudson Still Has Mixed Feelings About Playing Winston in 'Ghostbusters'

"The sad part is the thing that I thought that Ghostbusters would do, which is really kickstart my career into high gear. It never really materialized. I’ve never been told that I’ve gotten a job because of Ghostbusters; I think there have been a few jobs that I’ve lost [because of it]. Since [the movie], I’ve been given and taken advantage of the opportunity to perform a myriad of challenging roles, so what am I complaining about?"

- Fourth Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson — who called the all-female Ghostbusters reboot a "bad idea" last month — explains how Winston went from a fleshed out main character to more of a [...]

Jon Stewart Talks 'Rosewater' and His Future at 'The Daily Show' with 'New York' Magazine

New York magazine has a lengthy and fantastic interview with Jon Stewart out this week that's a must read for Daily Show fans and longtime Stewart viewers who are curiously anticipating the release of his directorial debut Rosewater. The interview covers everything from the making of Rosewater to Stephen Colbert's 50th birthday party (Stewart calls the attending crowd a "love bomb") to Stewart's brush with NBC's Meet the Press to how much longer he plans to host The Daily Show.

On the risk of making his first movie:

But is it a risk at this point in my life? Yes, it’s very different from the forgiving [...]

Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in 'IPO Man'

Jason Bateman has another film lined up. Deadline reports that Bateman will both direct and star in a film adaptation of the 2013 Wired magazine article by Joshua Davis called "Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share." Bateman will play the lead character based on the real-life story of Mike Merrill, whose decision to sell stock in himself "created a host of problems … when shareholders demanded control over life decisions like whether to have a vasectomy or even whether he should move in with his longtime girlfriend (and minority shareholder)." Transparent writers Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster co-wrote the script. [...]

James Franco's Film 'Zeroville' to Feature Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and More

Hollywood's ultimate multi-hyphenate James Franco is directing and starring in an upcoming dramedy called Zeroville, and according to Slash Film it just added a ton of great guest stars. Based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson, Zeroville centers on Franco's character Ike Jerome (nicknamed "Vikar") as "a young and awkward architecture student obsessed with cinema. He heads to Hollywood in 1969, just as the industry is entering a transitional phase. Vikar makes a striking impression on those around him, including several movie icons. Eventually he breaks into the industry himself to become a film editor, entering a dizzying world of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll." [...]

Eddie Murphy Lines Up Another Dramatic Role in 'Cook'

Eddie Murphy just landed his first dramatic film role since 2007's Dreamgirls. Slash Film reports that Murphy has signed on to star in an upcoming film directed by Driving Miss Daisy's Bruce Beresford and written by Two and a Half Men writer/producer Susan McMartin. Titled Cook, the film follows Murphy's character as a man "hired by a dying man to cook meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he’s gone." Murphy is reportedly replacing Samuel L. Jackson, who dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. "Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the [...]

Judd Apatow and Laura Dern Are Developing a Movie About Female Football Fans

Laura Dern and Judd Apatow are teaming up for a film. THR reports that the pair are currently developing an untitled comedy based on an idea by Dern for a "female-driven ensemble comedy set in the world of obsessive female football fans." No further details on the project have been revealed yet, but the script will be penned by South Park writer Pam Brady, who also co-wrote Team America: World Police alongside Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Dern and Apatow will co-produce the movie together.

Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana to Star in French Comedy Remake 'Special Correspondents'

Legendary comedic duo Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana have teamed up for a new film. THR reports that the pair will star in a remake of the 2009 French film Envoyés très spéciaux. While the original film focused on the war in Iraq, Special Correspondent centers in Ecuador:

The story tells of a once-hot radio journalist (Bana), and his technician (Gervais) who, when tasked with reporting on a rebel uprising in Ecuador, fake their own kidnapping, pretending to be on the ground while actually “reporting” from the comfort of a hideout above a New York City restaurant across the street from their station. As their false reports [...]

Jordan Peele's Horror Movie Will Be About "the Fears of Being a Black Man Today"

In last month's issue of Entertainment Weekly, Jordan Peele revealed that he was developing and potentially directing a horror film for Darko Entertainment. "That's a straight horror movie. I want to be essentially a thriller director," Peele said. "I'm a big fan of horror movies. Rosemary's Baby, Stepford Wives — I'm sort of taking a lead from that genre of film. It'll be, just, very cool." Peele recently shared more details on the project with Playboy:

"I've been spending the first half of my career focusing on comedy but my goal, in all honesty, is to write and direct horror movies. I have one that I'm working [...]

Will Ferrell's Gloria Sanchez Productions Is Producing a Movie About a Newly Single Woman

Earlier this year, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions added a female-centric label called Gloria Sanchez, and the company just added a new project to its slate. Variety reports that Gloria Sanchez has teamed up with The Weinstein Company to produce a comedy called Plus One, which follows "a woman who comes out of a long-term relationship only to realize that all her friends have married off — leaving her with an oversharing wild card as the only option for a wing woman." No casting decisions have been revealed yet, but the script comes from April Prosser, whose screenplay The One That Got Away was [...]