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Disney picks up 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' movie

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Good news for fans of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: a rep for Disney confirms to EW that the studio is now developing an adaptation of Judith Viorst’s classic picture book. Previously, the project was being overseen by 20th Century Fox.

The story, first published in 1972, follows ginger-haired Alexander, a five-year-old who trips on a skateboard when he’s getting out of bed one morning — and things only get worse from there. Two sequels followed: Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday and Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move. READ FULL STORY

Ang Lee, Yann Martel discuss challenges of filming 'Life of Pi' -- VIDEO

It’s almost impossible to watch the trailer for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi without getting chills, especially considering the challenges that Lee faced while filming.

The Oscar-winning director discusses the difficulties of adapting Yann Martel’s best-selling novel, which Martel describes as a “completely unfilmable story,” in a new behind-the-scenes clip released by Twentieth Century Fox Film today. The author and director explain how they brought the story to life, despite filming with water, kids, animals, and 3-D — or, as Lee told EW’s Anthony Breznican earlier this year, “everything you should avoid in the movie business.”

The film hits theaters nationwide November 21.

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'Fat Kid Rules The World': Matthew Lillard weighs in on his directorial debut

If a fat kid really did rule the world, then a movie version of KL Going‘s 2003 book Fat Kid Rules The World would have hit cinema screens years ago. But it took actor-turned-first-time director Matthew Lillard (Scream, The Descendants) almost a decade to get his adaptation of the young adult novel in the can and a subsequent, successful Kickstarter campaign to guarantee a run in theaters. (The film opens this Friday at New York’s Cinema Village, followed by a nationwide roll out. Fat Kid Rules The World will also be available on VOD and iTunes on Oct. 25.)

Below, Lillard talks about making this tale of an overweight, suicidal high schooler, played by Jacob Wysocki (ABC Family’s Huge), who is recruited to play drums in a band called the Tectonics by Matt O’Leary’s charismatic, drug-addicted guitarist.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You are one of the film industry’s lankier performers…
MATTHEW LILLARD: [Laughs] I used to be, that’s for sure. READ FULL STORY

Jeff Bridges' movie adaptation of 'The Giver' -- will it ever happen? Lois Lowry says...

Fans of canonical children’s book The Giver were torn when word broke last year that Jeff Bridges’ big screen adaptation of the novel was finally moving forward in the development process. On one hand, Bridges’ twinkly eyes and grizzled wisdom make him a natural fit for the titular role; on the other, The Giver‘s unique, simple charms may not translate well to celluloid. But one year later, those who felt ambivalent may no longer have to worry that Hollywood will ruin their favorite story — Giver author Lois Lowry doubts that the long-incubating film will ever get made at all.

“The film rights have been out there for 15 years now,” Lowry tells EW. “And every now and then, some big studio gets involved, and some major player gets involved. And then time passes, and it all collapses again,” she says with a laugh. “So it’s out there, and I should be feeling excited, as if now is the time it’s actually going to be made. But this has happened so often before that I’ve become kind of sanguine about it.”

So why does Lowry think that the book has languished in development longer than its protagonist, 12-year-old Jonas, has been alive?  READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit' character poster: Start making dwarf flashcards!

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Are you concerned you won’t be able to tell the dwarves apart in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Hobbit trilogy? Never fear, for the studios behind the films have released a banner poster to help you learn all their names.

Last week, a full poster featuring the dwarves surfaced on the film’s Facebook page, but it did not do us the courtesy of listing the (very similar) monikers of the 13 dwarves. (And we thought we had it bad with Snow White’s seven dwarves.) So New Line and MGM have released an entirely new banner with all the major players. Check it out below (for a larger photo, click here): READ FULL STORY

'Life of Pi' trailer: 'An amazing story' comes to life -- VIDEO

Ang Lee’s Life of Pi arrives this Friday for the select few attending the New York Film Festival. Based on Yann Martel’s “unfilmable” 2001 novel about an Indian boy who shares a lifeboat with some wild animals — including a Bengal tiger — after his ship sinks on its way to Canada, the 3-D movie features some stirring cinematic imagery.

The new clip recycles many of the amazing sequences from the initial trailer — chaotic ship sinking, vicious tiger, cresting whale — but here, it is wrapped in the narration of grown-up Pi (Slumdog Millionaire‘s Irrfan Khan) and a tune from Coldplay. READ FULL STORY

'Beautiful Creatures' trailer: The devil you know? -- VIDEO

The atmosphere of the new trailer for the highly anticipated adaptation of supernatural teen novel Beautiful Creatures is… well, moody. Over the ghastly, thumping ecstasy of Florence + The Machine’s “Seven Devils,” it tells the story of teenage outcast Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), who is feared, distrusted, and deemed evil by her Southern townsfolk. Except Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), who wants to get to know Lena for himself. But judging from the deaths and shattered glass the mysterious beauty leaves in her wake, will it be at his own peril? Judge for yourself below. READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' producer to make 'Shadow and Bone' fantasy for DreamWorks -- BREAKING

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DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Leigh Bardugo’s bestseller Shadow and Bone, about an orphan girl whose ability to harness a rare magic makes her one of her nation’s most coveted warriors.

Holly Bario, DreamWorks’ president of production, will announce the acquisition later today, and although every studio would like to grab a fresh YA book series in the hope that it can be turned into the next Harry Potter-style film franchise, not every film has the actual producer of the Potter movies overseeing it.

Shadow and Bone would be the exception.

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Check out the trailer for animated Graham Chapman biopic 'A Liar's Autobiography' -- VIDEO

We haven’t heard much from Monty Python comedy team member Graham Chapman recently. Although, as directors Bill Jones and Ben Timlett point out in the production notes for their new animated Chapman biopic A Liar’s Autobiography, that’s mostly because the troubled funnyman has been dead since 1989.

Before his demise, however, Chapman recorded an audio version of his memoirs — also called A Liar’s Autobiography — and will thus be heard in the film alongside the freshly recorded voices of his fellow Pythons Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam.

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Emma Watson on 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' and leaving Hermione behind

The Perks of Being a Wallflower marks Emma Watson’s first major post-Harry Potter role. She remembers meeting with Stephen Chbosky (who not only wrote the 1999 novel but wrote the screenplay and directed the movie, too) who persuaded her to take on the part of Sam, a rebellious and popular high school girl. “At our initial meeting, he said, ‘Okay, not  only is this going to be one of the most important parts you play, you’re also going to have the summer of your life and meet some of your best friends.’ I thought, ‘That’s quite a claim. Who is this guy?” Watson says with a laugh. “Everything he said came true.”

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