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Key and Peele's first film together is about a cat

After working separately on a few films, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have finally settled on their first joint project. And it was a cat that brought them together.


New Line hires director for 'Y: The Last Man'


Fans of the thrilling post-apocalyptic graphic novel series Y: The Last Man can rejoice that New Line has officially hired a director to helm a movie adaptation.

Dan Trachtenberg, mostly a commercials director, is set to direct the film, a New Line spokesperson confirmed to EW. The screenplay is by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia.

Y: The Last Man is the saga of Yorick Brown — the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent and a brilliant young geneticist, Yorick sets out in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on Earth,” according to a New Line statement.

The comic book series, written by Brian K. Vaughn and drawn by Pia Guerra, is filled with action, violence, and a ton of mystery and great female characters, with backdrops ranging from Boston to Tel Aviv. Who will be cast as handsome, at first dopey, and ultimately courageous Yorick, paired in the comic with a sidekick pet monkey named Ampersand, remains to be seen.

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Warner Bros., New Line deny animal abuse on 'The Hobbit,' note allegations from wranglers fired 'for cause'

Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have released a strongly worded statement denying recent accusations that many animals were abused during production of the films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The statement pointedly notes that the “primary source of these new allegations can be traced to freelance animal wranglers who were dismissed by the production over a year ago for cause.” (Warner Bros. and New Line, like Entertainment Weekly, are owned by Time Warner.)

On Monday, director Peter Jackson issued his own statement, along with the rest of The Hobbit‘s producers, rejecting the accusations. It also noted that the wranglers in question were “dismissed from the film over a year ago.”

Read the full statement below:


J.R.R. Tolkien estate suing Warner Bros. for 'Lord of the Rings' casino games, digital merchandise

Forget orcs. The most fearsome creatures in the Tolkien universe may be lawyers.

The estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien, the man who brought forth all things Middle Earth with the magic tucked inside his pen, has filed suit against Warner Bros., New Line, and the Saul Zaentz Company for copyright infringement and breach of contract, alleging that the studio had gone far beyond the “limited” merchandising rights it holds for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. When the estate sold the film rights to those Tolkien books in 1969, the suit alleges, it only allowed for “the manufacture, sale and distribution of … any and all articles of tangible personal property,” but the suit claims the defendants have “with increasing boldness, engaged in a continuing and escalating pattern of usurping rights to which they are not entitled.”  READ FULL STORY

'The Hobbit': Second film gets new title, third film gets release date

After Peter Jackson announced last month that he would be making a third film from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, the inevitable speculation began: How would the second film change, now that it was a middle chapter instead of a final one? What would the new film be titled? And when in the summer of 2014 would it be released?

Never fear, Tolkien fans, your questions have been answered — sparking an entirely new round of questions! READ FULL STORY

Peter Jackson in talks about possibly turning 'The Hobbit' into a trilogy

Earlier this month, director Peter Jackson teased the crowd at Comic-Con with the news that he was interested in shooting additional material beyond his planned two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic The Hobbit. “There’s other parts of the story that we’d like to tell that we haven’t been able to tell yet,” he said. But as to the question of whether that extra footage could potentially translate into an actual third Hobbit film, Jackson wouldn’t go that far. “It’s very premature,” he said. “The discussions are pretty early.”

Well, it may still be early, but EW has confirmed that serious discussions between Jackson and Warner Bros. are indeed taking place to explore the possibility of turning The Hobbit into a trilogy. READ FULL STORY

'Journey 3' in the works with Josh Hutcherson and Dwayne Johnson's characters returning

New Line Cinema is moving full steam ahead on a new film in its highly lucrative Journey franchise, with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island writers Brian and Mark Gunn three weeks into work on a new script for Journey 2 director Brad Peyton, EW has confirmed.

Producer Beau Flynn, who’s marshaled all of the Journey films starting with 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, tells EW that both Josh Hutcherson’s character Sean and Dwayne Johnson’s character Hank are “absolutely” returning for the new film, which is aiming for a 2014 release. READ FULL STORY

'Police Academy' remake underway with 'Tosh.0' director

Maybe this will be what finally coaxes Steve Guttenberg out of hiding?

After news first broke of a possible remake to the 1984 comedy Police Academy almost two years ago, EW has confirmed that New Line Cinema has hired director Scott Zabielski to helm a new version of the so-bad-it’s-good cult favorite that spawned no less than six sequels. Zabielski, who is making his feature directing debut, cut his teeth directing episodes of the Comedy Central hit Tosh.0, so he obviously knows from smart aleck renegades striving to buck the system. He is also, amazingly, a reserve police officer with the City of West Hollywood.

A rep for New Line says there is no word yet on casting.

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