Comedian Kevin Hart arrives at the HBO Game of Thrones Catch The Throne All Star Weekend Event at Republic on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana
*Warner Bros has scheduled the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard” for March 27, 2015, reports Deadline.com.
The Etan Cohen-directed comedy stars Ferrell as a rich, soft-handed investment bank manager who is sentenced to a maximum security prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He hires the streetwise guy (Hart) who normally washes his car to get him ready to do hard time in the 30 days before he has to report.
“Get Hard” will face box office competition from Fox’s animated pic “The Penguins Of Madagascar” and Sony/Columbia’s sci-fi actioner “Chappie.”
*Dang it! Fans really wanted to believe he could fly!
But let’s guess he’s staying on the court, not film.
LeBron James was rumored to star in “Space Jam 2.”
But reps for the Miami Heat star confirmed that’s not happening.
*2 Oslo, Norway natives are putting Norwegian R&B/hip-hop on the map.
Nico & Vinz, formerly known as ‘Envy‘, signed a worldwide deal with Warner Bros.
Nico Sereba, 22 and Vincent Dery, 22, have secured pan-Nordic success.
“We’ve signed a huge deal,” Nico told 730.no. “This clearly proves the record label’s enthusiasm. We are committed to do the job that now needs to be done. The real job starts now. Props to our fantastic team and loyal fans!”
Morgan Freeman film ‘Life Itself’ on September 23, 2013.
*Morgan Freeman will narrate yet another film.
Warner Bros has tapped the veteran actor to narrate “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.” The IMAX 3D docu-adventure features lemur expert Patricia Wright and tracks the species indigenous to the lands of Madagascar.
The film reteams Freeman with writer/producer Drew Fellman and director David Douglas (“Born to Be Wild 3D”).
“Island of Lemurs” opens in select IMAX and IMAX 3D screens April 4.
*The Weinstein Co. will make another bid today to secure the title “The Butler” for its upcoming Lee Daniels-directed movie, as it takes its case to an appeal hearing of the MPAA’s Title Registration Bureau.
The appeal is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 19 at the MPAA’s offices in Sherman Oaks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In its original ruling July 2, the TRB ruled against The Weinstein Co., finding it had no right under TRB rules to use the title, which also belongs to a 1916 short film that is now part of the Warner Bros. library.
TWC was told to stop promoting the movie, which opens Aug. 16, under the title “The Butler” or face fines of $25,000 a day.
Although TRB also ruled TWC could not use the word “butler” in any alternative title, TWC had earlier registered “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” as an alternative title, setting the stage for a possible solution to the standoff. Behind the scenes, according to sources, Warners has proposed possible ways to resolve the issue to TWC, which has not yet responded to the proposals.
TWC has continued to use the title and enlisted attorney David Boies, who fired off letters to the MPAA and Warners threatening a restraining order and making an antitrust violation claim. A Warners attorney responded to Boies by accusing TWC of a “disturbing pattern and practice of flagrant [Title Registration Bureau] rules violations.”
The movie, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, is based on the life Eugene Allen, who served as a White House butler through eight administrations.
Forest Whitaker in “The Butler”
*In its ongoing campaign to win the right to use the movie title “The Butler” from the MPAA’s Title Registration Bureau, the Weinstein Co. announced Tuesday that Katy Butler, a teen activist in Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a petition aimed at Warner Bros. supporting the Weinstein Co.’s position.
“Claiming that this new movie will take away from the 1916 short and cause confusion for the audience is almost as ridiculous as saying my name, Katy Butler, will create confusion,” Butler wrote in an introduction to the petition, which posted Tuesday morning on Change.org. “Warner Bros. needs to let people see ‘The Butler’ with its original title. I just hope they don’t make me change my last name after this petition gets out there!”
Butler has become TWC’s go-to teen activist since she posted an earlier petition supporting the company when it unsuccessfully appealed an R rating given to the documentary “Bully” in 2012. TWC subsequently eliminated some of that movie’s F-words, and the MPAA’s ratings board reclassified it PG-13.
“The Butler,” which TWC continues to promote under the disputed title, stars Forest Whitaker and is directed by Lee Daniels. It is due to be released Aug. 13.
Butler’s full petition attracted just over 100 supporters in its first few hours.