After creating quite a bit of chatter at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival—made only louder by a rather fierce bidding war—we’re finally getting our first look at Chris Rock’s Top Five with the film’s first trailer.
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For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.
“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. “This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and IACF for its worldwide launch.”
Rock’s film, which he co-wrote and directed, garnered wide acclaim at the festival—Vanity Fair even called it Rock’s Annie Hall. In the film Rock plays Andre Allen, a comedian-turned-movie star, who is being profiled for the New York Times by a reporter played by Rosario Dawson. Gabrielle Union is Andre’s reality star fiancée, and a variety of comedians—including Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, and Leslie Jones—also appear.
But Top Five isn’t the only film to score a deal at the festival. Here’s what studios have bought so far. We’ll be updating this post as more come in. (U.S. distribution deal unless otherwise noted.)
The Grown Ups 2 trailer leaves us with many questions. Is this the most method Taylor Lautner has ever been? Why does Kevin James wear a towel over his shoulders when the rest of his body is supposed to be naked? Could we have gone our entire lives without hearing David Spade yelling ”I was inside you” to Kevin James?
One thing’s for certain, someone’s been reading our dream diaries with this whole The Lonely Island and Taran Killam washing-a-car-in-cheerleading-uniforms thing.
Watch the trailer below:
MTV has announced the first wave of presenters for the 22nd annual MTV Movie Awards. The docket includes Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, Zac Efron, Kerry Washington, Amanda Seyfried, This Is the End‘s Seth Rogen and Danny McBride, Grown Ups 2 stars Chris Rock and Adam Sandler, and Star Trek Into Darkness headliners Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto.
Rebel Wilson is set to host the ceremony, which has already confirmed appearances by Will Ferrell, who’ll receive the inaugural Comedic Genius Award, and MTV Trailblazer recipient Emma Watson.
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Casting Net: Chris Rock to write, direct, and star in new film; Plus Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel, more
• Chris Rock is set to direct and star in a new film that he wrote, which is described as an “edgy showbiz-themed comedy with romance.” The busy comedian is also working on a number of documentaries, including Eat, Drink, Laugh, about New York’s Comic Strip Live, and Credit Is the Devil. This will be Rock’s third directorial effort. Rock also wrote and directed I Think I Love My Wife and Head of State. [Deadline]
• We’re tempted to roll our eyes at the thought of yet another Coco Chanel film, but this one might actually be interesting. Karl Lagerfeld, the delightfully irreverent creative director of Chanel, is reportedly working on a short film starring Keira Knightley as the lady behind the famous fashion house. Knightley’s the face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume, and the short will be in celebration of the brand’s 100th anniversary. It’s a dressed up marketing campaign, but thanks to David Lynch’s short film for Dior with Marion Cotillard, we’re interested in what collaborations like these can breed. [Guardian]
• Colin Firth may play an aristocrat who becomes quadriplegic after a tragic accident in Untouchable. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is also in talks to direct the remake of the French dramedy (originally called The Intouchables). [Variety]
• True Story: Jonah Hill is set to face off against James Franco. Brad Pitt‘s production company Plan B is producing the stranger-than-fiction tale about New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill), who must come face to face with accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) after Longo steals Finkel’s identity and flees to Mexico. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
This may seem like a bit of a digression, but when the first Madagascar came out in 2005, my sister happened to be living on the island nation off the southeast African coast. Suffice it to say, other than the presence of lemurs, the movie did not exactly have a great deal in common with its namesake. I know, I know. It’s a cartoon. It shouldn’t.
But that brings me to the new trailer for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which depicts our beloved lost foursome – Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) — on the lam in Europe as part of a traveling circus. Sight gags featuring Marty’s “circus afro,” Melman’s attempt a high-wire act, and lady bears riding tiny tricycles abound, set in comparatively accurate portrayals of Monte Carlo, Rome, and the Swiss Alps. So not to put too fine a point on it, but why is this franchise still called Madagascar?
I know, I know. It’s cartoon.
Check out the new trailer below: READ FULL STORY
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