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Summit nabs rights to 'Dork Diaries' book series


Rachel Renée Russell’s children’s book series Dork Diaries is going to be on screens someday soon: Summit Entertainment just acquired film rights to the bestselling series.

The books follow “dork” Nikki Maxwell, an eighth grader who chronicles her high-drama middle school life in a diary with a combination of words and drawings.

“Summit Entertainment bringing Dork Diaries to life is a dream come true!” Russell said in a statement. “My fans and I are super excited to see Nikki Maxwell and her dorky world come to life.”

Karen Rosenfelt, known for her work on the Twilight movies, is in talks to produce the film.

'Twilight' parodists sue Lionsgate and Summit for $500 million. Do they have a case?


A clan of faux-fiends is plotting to suck Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment dry.

Behind the Lines Productions, the company behind a Twilight parody called Twiharder, has filed a $500 million suit against the makers of the Twilight films. In a 219-page complaint obtained by EW, the parodists write that they were planning to release their film last fall — around the same time that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 hit theaters.  A trailer for the movie was posted to YouTube last June:


'Warm Bodies' trailer 2: The lighter side of a zombie apocalypse

Yes, Warm Bodies was produced by Summit Entertainment — but that doesn’t mean this paranormal romance, an adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel, is just a Twilight mad lib that trades vampires for zombies. Warm Bodies is a horror comedy, with an accent on the comedy — think Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland, two films to which it seems to owe a debt of gratitude.

The flick stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as R, a reanimated teen who’s slowly shuffling through unlife until he meets Julie (I Am Number Four‘s Teresa Palmer), a blond hottie who also happens to be an accomplished zombie fighter. Sparks fly, and soon R begins to feel reanimated. Could love be the cure for zombification?

Check out the movie’s second trailer — featuring a truly excellent sight gag involving an evolution poster — below. Warm Bodies debuts in theaters February, making it a godsend for quirky guys and girls who are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date.


'Warm Bodies' poster: Are sexy zombies the new sexy vampires? -- EXCLUSIVE

The Twilight saga ends with the release of Breaking Dawn — Part 2 this Friday, but that doesn’t mean Summit Entertainment is getting out of the paranormal teen romance game. Like Twilight, their upcoming film Warm Bodies is adapted from a YA novel about a supernatural boy who falls for a normal human girl. The twist: The pair lives in a postapocalyptic wasteland, and oh yeah, he happens to be a zombie. Here’s an exclusive look at the movie’s new one-sheet:


'Breaking Dawn': Global countdown to final poster begins tomorrow

As the end of The Twilight Saga gets ever nearer (47 days!), Summit is showing no signs of slowing its momentum on an extravagant, globally-minded marketing campaign. Echoing Breaking Dawn — Part 2‘s assembly of international vampire covens, the series’ final one-sheet poster will be revealed progressively throughout different international time zones, Cullen-minating with a dramatic reveal at “dawn” (or, more precisely 9 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, Oct. 2. READ FULL STORY

'The Impossible': New trailer shows brutal start of tsunami -- VIDEO

The new trailer for Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor’s upcoming tsunami drama The Impossible shows literally the calm before the storm, and then the horrific storm itself.

Classical music plays over flashes of serene waves, scuba diving, kids frolicking on a perfect, bright beach in Thailand and pensive, loving looks between Watts as Maria and her husband Henry, played by McGregor, at dinner.

Then all hell breaks loose.

Check out the trailer from Summit Entertainment below.

'RED 2' gets greenlight, Catherine Zeta-Jones joining cast, including Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren

The geriatric gang is getting back together — and getting some new (i.e. young) blood. Summit Entertainment announced today that Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker have all signed on for RED 2, a sequel to the studio’s modest 2010 hit. (It grossed $199 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo.)

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-Hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) have joined the cast, and Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) will take over directing reins from the first film’s director, Robert Schwentke. (SPOILER ALERT: RED co-star Morgan Freeman isn’t returning due to the vexing fact that his character died in the first film.) Screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber are officially returning for the second installment; they began penning the script last year.

As is often the case with franchise sequels, RED 2 will take place largely in Europe. It’s set for release on Aug. 2, 2013.

Read more:
EW’s review of ‘RED’
‘RED': Action Mathematics?
‘RED’ writers working on a sequel. I’m okay with that.

Gary Ross' next movie may be 'Houdini'

It’s just been a few weeks since Gary Ross’ curious disappearance from the director’s chair of Catching Fire, but already it appears the filmmaker is cooking up his next project.

EW has confirmed that Ross is in talks with Summit Entertainment to direct an adaptation of the 2006 biography of famed magician Harry Houdini, The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero, by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. (The book suggests that that Houdini also worked as a spy for Britain.) Ross has not yet decided, however, whether his next film will be this project, which at one point had Catch Me If You Can screenwriter Jeff Nathanson attached to write and direct.

Summit, notably, was recently acquired by Hunger Games studio Lionsgate.

(The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.)

Read more:
Gary Ross will not direct second ‘Hunger Games’ installment ‘Catching Fire’
‘Hunger Games’ star Josh Hutcherson says he’s looking forward to working with Francis Lawrence
Harry Houdini gets Googled: Celebrating the great magician’s 137th birthday

'Ender's Game' release date pushed to same month as 'Catching Fire'

Ender’s Game, the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s seminal sci-fi YA novel starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, and Abigail Breslin, has staked out some interesting territory today. Originally slated for release on March 15, 2013, Summit Entertainment announced today the film had been pushed to Nov. 1, 2013.

That puts Ender’s Game – currently in production with director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) at the helm — just three weeks ahead of the release date for the thematically similar Hunger Games‘ sequel Catching FireThat franchise is the newly minted crown jewel for Lionsgate — which recently purchased Summit for $412 million. Apparently, the Summit and Lionsgate folks think there’s room in the same month for two dystopian literary adaptations about a group of adolescent children rounded up by a totalitarian government to do battle with each other. Of course, Nov. 2013 is a long way off, and Catching Fire has yet to nail down its director, let alone commence production. Someone may flinch yet.

Read more:
Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin set to play ‘Ender’s Game’
‘Ender’s Game’ eyes 2013 release date
‘Ender’s Game': Meet the Cast!

'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' scene to premiere in Target stores on eve of 'Part 1' DVD release -- EXCLUSIVE


This is certainly one way to get people to attend a release party. Target will extend store hours in nearly 500 stores across the country on Feb. 10 to host a DVD-Blu-ray event for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, which hits shelves at midnight. Beginning at 11 p.m., fans will be treated to the exclusive world premiere of a scene from the fifth and final film, in theaters this November. The scene will not be available on Target’s exclusive Limited-Collector’s Edition DVD. That does, however, come with an authentic prop flower from Bella and Edward’s wedding scene. To search for participating stores, go to

And before you try to bribe Target employees into telling you which scene will be shown, EW is told that no one at Target will know the answer to that question until that evening.

Read more:
EW’s latest ‘Twilight’ news
EW reviews ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1′
‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1′: A hater’s guide

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