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Sony sets plans for a 'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie

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The mischievous little blue hedgehog of some of our youths is about to race into your local multiplex.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet announced Tuesday their plans to develop a feature film based on Sega’s $1 billion Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The live-action/CG-hybrid will be penned by Upright Citizens Brigade alums Evan Susser and Van Robichaux (who are also writing a live-action Jetsons movie) and feature the evil Doctor Eggman character as a nemesis. READ FULL STORY

Mark your calendars for Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party'

Anyone care for a Sausage Party compliments of Superbad writing team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg?

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have slated the raunchy animated comedy for a June 3, 2016 release, the studio announced Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Box office brief: Will Christian audiences turn out for 'Heaven Is for Real'?

It’s no secret that Christian-themed films have the potential to be box office gold, but even though faith-based audiences are starved for more material, it doesn’t always pan out the way studios might hope.

While Paramount’s expensive and provocative Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah continues to climb the steep slope toward domestic profitability and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God failed to reach Passion of the Christ heights (after seven weeks in theaters it still hasn’t even made Passion‘s opening weekend numbers), the independently released God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere and stunned the major studios with its mighty box office ascent. The $2 million film, now playing in 1,860 locations, has made nearly $41.5 million in just four weekends in theaters.

Now, TriStar Pictures is rolling out its drama Heaven Is for Real on Wednesday in 2,400 locations. Based on the best-selling book by Pastor Todd Burpo about his real-life encounter with the divine, Heaven Is for Real tells the story of his young son, who claims to have visited Heaven during a near-death experience. Greg Kinnear portrays the pastor in the adaptation, and newcomer Connor Corum plays his son Colton. Despite the heavy religious bent, analysts believe that the film will play to both faith-based and mainstream audiences and predict a $20 million five-day opening for the $12 million film. READ FULL STORY

Inside 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' -- And Sony's strategy to supersize its franchise

This appeared in the April 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

WITH GREAT MARKETING comes great responsibility. In December, Sony released its first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — the idea, as always, being to spill exactly the right number of secrets and not half a secret more. “I was nervous about it,” says director Marc Webb. “But we wanted to raise the stakes. We want people to appreciate the scope of what’s to come both in this movie and in subsequent films.” So fans saw their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) swinging exuberantly between the gleaming skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. They saw him verbally sparring with his love, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and facing down evil in the sparkling blue form of Electro (Jamie Foxx). Spi-hards also got the briefest glimpse of two other famous foes, Rhino and the Green Goblin. And, in a tease that elevated the trailer from a pretty good ad for a movie to a document that fans studied with Zapruder-like intensity, they saw Vulture’s signature wings encased in glass at Oscorp, and wait, were those the long, telltale mechanical arms of Doc Ock?

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Ivan Reitman will not direct 'Ghostbusters 3'; Sony eyes early 2015 shoot

Ivan Reitman has decided that he will not return to direct the next installment of Ghostbusters, EW has confirmed.

After producing and directing the previous two films and staying with the third project for years, Reitman will produce and help Sony find a new director for the film, which is eyeing an early 2015 shoot in New York. Deadline first reported the news.

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Veterans, active military can see 'White House Down' for free July 4

What could be more patriotic than seeing the White House blown to bits on July 4?

To thank active military and veterans for their service, Sony is offering free admission to the Channing Tatum-Jamie Foxx action film White House Down on Independence Day, the studio announced Tuesday.

Several movie theater chains — Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, and Carmike Cinemas — are participating in the promotion. To get in, patrons must present a valid military ID. The offer is only valid on July 4.

The Roland Emmerich-directed film, which opened wide last weekend, follows Capitol Policeman John Cale (Tatum) who dreams of being a Secret Service agent but has been denied the opportunity. He finds himself indispensable to the President (Foxx) when he’s in the right place (on a White House tour with his daughter) at the wrong time (a paramilitary group takes over 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.), and he must save the President, his daughter, and the country.

'Captain Planet' movie in development at Sony

Fondly-remembered and rarely-rewatched early-’90s cheesefest Captain Planet and the Planeteers will be adapted into a hilariously expensive franchise-baiting blockbuster film, if Hollywood has its way. EW has confirmed the news, initially reported by the Hollywood Reporter, that Sony is working on a film version of the cartoon, which starred five kids with magic elemental powers, a monkey, and a superhero whose only weakness was garbage. Mark Gordon, Don Murphy, and Susan Montford are slated as producers on the film — Montford and Murphy  previously had a deal to turn Planet into a Cartoon Network movie, before Cartoon Network adopted a new pro-pollution policy and/or came to their senses. READ FULL STORY

'Amazing Spider-Man': Third and fourth films get release dates

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t come out until May 2, 2014, but Sony has already set dates for the third and fourth films. The third is set to be released June 10, 2016, and the fourth on May 4, 2018.

Sony Pictures’ Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Jeff Blake, said in a press release, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.”

The first movie made more than $750 million worldwide.

Read more:
‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Gwen Stacy’s outfit looks like a major SPOILER
‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ photos: Jamie Foxx is Electro, Dane DeHaan is Harry Osborn
Jamie Foxx reveals Electro’s voice on ‘Tonight Show’ — VIDEO

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