1. Sausage Party animators denied screen credits and forced to work unpaid overtime
Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg’s Sausage Party might have seemed a risk, but for all intents and purposes it’s a risk that has paid off… kinda. The film opened to good numbers last weekend and has been greeted by generally favourable reviews. The creative team behind the R-rated animated hit have since come out to comment on how pleased they were to be able to produce the film, not to mention being able to do so on such a measly budget (via Cartoon Brew). Since release, however, news has emerged of unpaid overtime and missing screen credits for some of the animators who were working on the film for Nitrogen Studios (via Variety).
There are emerging stories of this not being an isolated incident with one industry veteran stating that this is not “an uncommon story” and that more attention should be drawn to this “mess”. Regardless of a film’s success it is essential that artists and creative experts are paid fully; it’s nothing short of cruel to boast about a film coming in under-budget and making a fortune if hardworking individuals are denied wages and credit.
2. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are your new Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are getting the band back together! Eight years after their collaboration in Step Brothers, the two will reunite in a PG-13 comedy that sees them playing the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. John Watson [via Deadline]. Etan Cohen will write and direct for Sony Pictures. This doesn’t mean that the ongoing Guy Ritchie/Warner Bros. Holmesiverse is coming to an end anytime soon, but rather Sony have noticed that, hey, people seemed to love the other half-dozen adaptations floating about; why wouldn’t they go for another? Works every time.
3. Please watch the trailer for Same Kind of Different As Me
Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Same Kind of Different As Me sees Renée Zellweger and Greg Kinnear seeking to save the world one homeless guy at a… nope, just one homeless guy. Through the course of the trailer we learn that there’s more to life than sales calls and that “whether we is rich or poor, we is all homeless.” It’s fantastic. It’s brilliant. It’s been covered in horrifying detail here. Watch this trailer and start to appreciate Crash.
4. Amber Heard donates $7 million divorce settlement to charity
The marriage and divorce of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp has never been too far from the public’s eye. Having met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011, the couple embarked on a relationship and were married in 2015. In May 2016 the couple announced their split, with Heard citing incidents of violence as one of her motivations to leave Depp.
Although some speculated that Heard’s promise to donate any proceeds from the divorce to charity was a bid to increase her entitlement, the actor has stuck to her word and donated all $7 million to charity, half to American Civil Liberties Union to help prevent violence against women and half to an LA-based children’s hospital (via BBC).
5. Like audiences worldwide, Jared Leto unhappy with his Suicide Squad role
Last weekend at Camp Mars, the annual celebration of all things Thirty Seconds To Mars (the band in which Leto plays… well, whatever he wants), the man behind the Joker let slip some details about how he’s feeling regarding Suicide Squad. He’s not feeling great. What has already become apparent is that Leto shot a whole load of footage as the Joker – enough for an entire movie – which was promptly moved to an important folder on David Ayer’s desktop labelled Recycle Bin. The ensuing semi-cameo has left no one particularly happy, whether because audiences wanted more of the Clown Prince of Gotham, or less. According to Batman-news.com, Leto confessed that he was particularly disappointed with the theatrical cut (although he hasn’t seen it) and some sources have him feeling “tricked” into signing, though there’s no evidence of him using that particular word.
In any case, Leto should count himself lucky; he did better than his former The Thin Red Line costar Adrien Brody, who was ostensibly the lead in the 1998 war epic only to find himself with about five minutes of screentime when he attended the premiere. See, Jared, it could be worse.
6. Is Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time finally headed our way?
Those lucky people over at Empire had the thrill to exclusively share the first trailer for Terrence Malick‘s upcoming documentary Voyage of Time. Conceived of as a companion piece to Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning The Tree of Life, Voyage of Time is a documentary set to tackle the universe’s beginnings and end and has previously been the subject of a minor legal wrangle. Now though, it all looks set to arrive.
7. Details emerge of a past allegation against Nate Parker
Earlier this week details came to light of a rape allegation that was made against actor-director Nate Parker and screenwriter Jean McGianni Celestin. The two have been at the forefront of recent industry gossip and Oscar speculation after their Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation debuted earlier this year to strong reviews. Deadline have reported details of rape allegations that were made against the two some 17 years ago while the cowriters were college roommates at Penn State University.
At the time Parker was acquitted and Celestin found guilty before that decision was overturned upon appeal for the fact that the accuser refused to give a statement. She has since committed suicide. Parker has always maintained his innocence and has since come out to comment that “I cannot – nor do I want to ignore the pain she endured during and following our trial. While I maintain my innocence that the encounter was unambiguously consensual, there are things more important than the law” (via BBC).
8. Lin-Manuel Miranda will cowrite songs for The Little Mermaid
Because he’s so hot right now, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been tapped to cowrite the songs for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The Hamilton creator has a well-known affinity for the Disney animation, going so far as to name his son Sebastian, and Deadline reports that talks are progressing swiftly on the level of Miranda’s involvement. This marks an ever-closer relationship for the House of Mouse and the three-time Tony Award winner who is already set to star in the Mary Poppins reboot, alongside Emily Blunt, and was involved with Moana, Disney’s latest animated feature due in UK cinemas on December 2.
9. Allied teaser offers a glimpse of Zemeckis’ WWII thriller
Having returned to live action-filmmaking with Flight, Robert Zemeckis followed it with The Walk, a rather unspectacular retread of Man on Wire. Now the Oscar-winning director is back with WWII espionage thriller Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. With that sort of talent on offer, Allied shouldn’t be written off without a fair trial; however, this looks like a by-the-books thriller and we should expect more of the man who once gave the world this brilliance.
10. Bad Boys 3 has a title, release date, lot to live up to
According to Exhibitor Relations, the third instalment in the Bad Boys franchise has itself a title: Bad Boys For Life. Now, despite the fact that that should obviously be the title for the next sequel (Bad Boys 4: Life writes itself), it does look like it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are getting back together. Exhibitor Relations’ post also names the release date as January 12, 2018, aiming squarely at the Martin Luther King Day crowd and the three-day weekend that is bundled in with such a time of remembrance. If true, it looks like Columbia Pictures is betting pretty big on the Joe Carnahan-directed actioner.
Sony’s BAD BOYS 3 is now titled BAD BOYS FOR LIFE–and will NOT be released next summer, instead drops January 12, 2018.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) August 11, 2016
-SON & EF