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Another John Green story is headed to the big screen

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John Green fans rejoice: more of The Fault in Our Star‘s author material is heading to the big screen. Universal has optioned the rights to Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances, a short story collection Green wrote with fellow YA writers Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. The book consists of three, interrelated stories, all taking place at Christmastime. Johnson wrote the first story, The Jubilee Express; Green wrote the second, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle; and Myracle the third, The Patron Saint of Pigs. The stories feature new romances, cheerleaders, and trips to Waffle House. This could end up a sort of Love Actually for the teen set.

Green tweeted:

Johnson added her relief that the news is out.

Earlier this week the adaptation of Green’s Paper Towns found its female lead. A film based on his Looking for Alaska is also in the works. 

Joe Lynch talks about Fantastic Fest and his Salma Hayek film 'Everly'

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Who on earth would set a high-octane, high-body count, bulletfest of an action movie in a single room? The answer is director Joe Lynch. The filmmaker’s new film, Everly, stars Salma Hayek as a prostitute who must kill a small army of assassins sent to murder her at an apartment by a yakuza crime boss. At Christmas.

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Angelina Jolie signs on to direct biopic 'Africa'

Angelina Jolie has only just offered a first look at her next project By the Sea, and her upcoming biopic Unbroken hasn’t yet hit theaters. But already the busy actor/writer/producer/director has lined up her next project.

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'Into the Woods' character names not getting Disney makeover (Updated)

Update: Musical theater fans can rest easy. According to Disney, a cast listing in which Into the Woods characters were listed as their Disney counterparts on Disney.com was incorrect, and the page has been edited. This post has been updated to reflect this. READ FULL STORY

Amber Heard joins 'Magic Mike XXL' cast

Magic Mike XXL has already begun filming, and the final cast has been slowly revealed: Matthew McConaughey is out. Andie MacDowell is in. And now, another female lead has been cast for the sequel. Amber Heard has been hired as one of the film’s new leads, EW has learned.

Details remain unknown about Heard’s character, but she joins a continually growing cast that also includes returning lead Channing Tatum for what has been described as an “on-the-road adventure.”

Heard can next be seen alongside her Friday Night Lights costar Billy Bob Thornton in London Fields, while XXL will arrive just in time for Independence Day when it hits theaters on July 3, 2015.

Dax Shepard: The 'CHiPs' remake is like 'Bad Boys' with tighter pants

When news broke that Dax Shepard was writing, directing, and starring in a remake of CHiPs, the popular television series that ran from 1977 to 1983 and followed two California patrol officers, fans immediately wondered what a “more serious” take on the story would look like. And according to Shepard, it will add the FBI to the mix, but retain a few things from the original (namely, the tight pants).

EW caught up with Shepard to get some details on the upcoming remake.

EW: So CHiPs might have been my favorite show growing up.
DAX SHEPARD: Really? Did you have a major crush on Poncherello?

Actually, I had a major crush on Jon.
That’s so counterintuitive. Most gals were obsessed with Ponch. Your dad must’ve been a really sweet man.

He was. Well, he is.
Yeah, that explains that. I think the litmus test is, if you’re attracted to Jon, you had a really nice father, and then if you’re attracted to Ponch, your dad was probably not around as much and was maybe a little more you know risque. But I’m going to play a little bit more dangerous version of Jon. My version of Jon is a little scarier.

So it’s for people whose dad was sort of around?
My dad, who was a car salesman who spent a lot of time at the bar and drove a Corvette.

The only thing I’ve really heard is that it’s a more serious take on the series, but what can you tell me about the angle you’re going for?
Yeah, that’s exactly it. It’s not the spoof version at all, and it’s not the comedy-first version. It’s the action-first version. It’s way more tonally in keeping with Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys. I’m super, super into motorcycles. It’s something that I take absurdly seriously, so my commitment to it being a very kick-ass motorcycle movie is No. 1. And then I doubt you saw Hit and Run, but if you saw Hit and Run, my other commitment being to, you know, authentic dialogue that maybe isn’t expositional in nature but more slice-of-life in nature. So it’s not set-up jokes. The comedy I’m trying to mine is the intricacy of male relationships and how awkward those are at the beginning—and then once they take off, how kind of funny and satisfying.

Where are you in the process?
I’ve already written it. I’m really, really happy with it. I was a tiny bit intimidated. It has a legit crime plot to it, and I had never tackled that kind of a plot. I guess Hit and Run was also a crime plot, but not, “Oh, there’s clues and they’re uncovering things and they’re discovering things.” So the mechanics of that were slightly intimidating to me. I spent more time writing this than anything else I’ve written, but the end result, I was really happy with. I feel like it actually has a really good engine, a really good plot to it.

So does it have one central crime?
There’s a series of crimes happening, and it seems quite evident to the FBI that one or more people in the CHP is complicit in this or involved in it, so the movie starts with Ponch, who’s an FBI agent, getting sent to the CHP undercover.

That’s a twist.
I kind of wanted to acknowledge the funny fact that Poncherello is an Italian name and was originally, in the series, written for an Italian guy, but Erik Estrada came in and crushed an audition and they cast a Mexican lead, which was not happening a ton at that time. I think it’s really funny and cool, that you have this Mexican guy playing what was conceived of an an Italian guy, so I wanted to acknowledge that in our script—like, why is this guy playing an Italian? So the fact that he’s undercover explains that.

Anything you definitely want to keep from the original?
I will keep the pants tight. I promise to keep the pants tight from your childhood show.

Thank you. I appreciate that. Wait, wait. Are you going to be wearing different color aviators?
Why do you ask that?

That was always crucial to me. Jon had the lighter, yellow aviators and Ponch had the darker, black aviators.
Well you know what’s so bizarre, by pure coincidence, I shot a teaser for the studio of [Michael] Pena and I, and in the teaser, I’m wearing blue aviators and he’s wearing red aviators.

So they’re different but not the exact same as the original.
Right.

I like it.
And that’s a coincidence, I’m glad you just pointed that out to me. It makes me feel like I really stayed true to something that escaped me.

Now you can tell people that’s a little homage to the original.
Yes, this was a conscious choice. Yeah, but in the teaser we’re in red and blue. Which I just liked because those are police-siren colors.

Nicholas Stoller talks 'Neighbors,' Rose Byrne gets nasty in NSFW clip

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Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, Old School—all classic college comedies that inspired generations of devoted fraternity idiots. But Neighbors, the summer blockbuster that pitted Zac Efron’s fun-loving Greeks against the yuppie couple next door—Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne—realized something new and important: a woman—a mother, even—can be just as outrageously funny and asinine as a dude. When the loud fraternity parties into the night and leaves condoms for the neighbors’ darling baby to play with, Byrne’s Kelly proves to be just as formidable as the guys in the tit-for-tat war that ensues.

In an exclusive—and extremely NSFW—alternate scene from the Blu-ray, which arrives on Sept. 23, Kelly uses her feminine wiles and shrewd negotiation skills to convince a harassed pledge with an unfortunate nickname to turn against his brethren. For those of you yet to see the film, I believe the bleeped-out word is “cherry tomatoes,” judging by Byrne’s  suggestive gesture. He wants infinite cherry tomatoes, and who can blame him.

Director Nicholas Stoller, already known for his work with the Judd Apatow company of players and the revitalized Muppets, was personally responsible for amping up Byrne’s role and making the couple’s marriage the essential element of the story. He spoke to EW about how the film drew from his own personal life, his theory on the growing clout of R-rated comedies, and, of course, the dildo duel between Efron and Rogen. READ FULL STORY

Watch Nick Cave consider his will in this '20,000 Days on Earth' clip

Calling 20,000 Days on Earth “a documentary about Nick Cave” is both accurate and deeply reductive. Yes, its primary focus is a walk through Cave’s life and career and zeroes in on the creation of his last album, 2013’s Push the Sky Away, but it is so full of stunningly considered ideas and cheeky surrealism that it is unlike any rock doc ever made.

That was the point, according to Cave. “Music documentaries are often very similar to meeting a hero, you know? You love the person’s music but you wish you never met them,” he told EW during a discussion of the film. “They often do more damage than good, I think. They attempt to make the subject of the documentary human, and that’s not really what we want to see.” READ FULL STORY

Play 'The Donna's Brain Show' in this 'Obvious Child' clip

Waiting for a results of a pregnancy test is always an anxiety-filled situation. And for the heroine of this summer’s romantic comedy Obvious Child, it’s especially anxiety ridden, as she tries to remember whether or not she and her one-night-stand used a condom or just, well, played with a condom.  READ FULL STORY

'London Has Fallen' loses its director

London Has Fallen is down a director.

Fredrik Bond, a commercial director who also helmed the Shia LaBeouf pic Charlie Countryman, has stepped down from the project, EW confirmed Thursday.

The sequel to 2013’s box office hit Olympus Has Fallen was set to begin shooting in just six weeks, with original cast members Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman set to return. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news, the split was due to creative differences that may have stemmed from the accelerated production schedule. Bond only boarded the project in August.

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