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POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 3:51 PM

Jun 10 ( - Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a movie, even if it's a decade or two too late.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet have teamed to develop a hybrid CG-animated/live-action feature film based on the popular “Sonic the Hedgehog” video game series. 

The movie will be written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux and produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, along with Marza's Takeshi Ito and Mie Onishi. Toby Ascher will serve as an executive producer, while Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons will be involved as co-producers. 

POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 9:44 AM

Jun 11 ( - The brain behind Inside Out gave the world its first extended look at a feature film all about the human mind.

Pete Docter presented concept art, some working footage, and a deeper plot synopsis at a panel at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on Tuesday. The Oscar-winning director of Up explained that the film follows the life of a young girl as she learns to experience feelings and deal with the real world; sort of like in Up, the beginning of the film shows her early years, with color-coded and anthropomorphized emotions popping up based on corresponding events. 

At, a reader sent in a description of the early montage that was shown to audiences at the festival: 

POSTED: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 11:54 AM
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In the first picture, YayaD DeCosta attends the 'Fed Up' premiere at Museum of Modern Art on May 6, 2014 in New York City. In the second image Singer Whitney Houston poses backstage at the VH1 Divas Duets, a concert to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 22nd, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ contestant, Yaya DaCosta will play Whitney Houston in the late singer’s new Lifetime biopic.

Since her stint on season three ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ DaCosta, who gave birth to her son in September 2013, has appeared in ‘All My Children,’ ‘Ugly Betty,’ ‘House,’ ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’ and ‘Tron: Legacy.’

The new film, due out in 2015, will be actress Angela Bassett’s directorial debut. Bassett is best known for her role as Tina Turner in ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It,’ and her role in ‘Waiting to Exhale.’

POSTED: Friday, June 6, 2014, 10:46 AM

LOS ANGELES ( - Sony Pictures will re-release Ivan Reitman's "Ghostbusters" over Labor Day weekend in honor of its 30th anniversary, the studio announced Thursday. 

Sony will also celebrate the milestone anniversary of the blockbuster franchise with a series of special events and home entertainment releases. 

The original 1984 film, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts, has been restored and remastered in 4K and will return to the big screen on Aug. 29 for a limited engagement in over 700 locations in the U.S. and Canada. 

POSTED: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 9:08 AM
29 Apr 1993: Outfielder Lenny Dykstra of the Philadelphia Phillies stands on the field during a game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.

Now that director John Lee Hancock has honed his sports movie chops with The Rookie and The Blind Side, it looks like he’s ready to bring to life the story of baseball’s last troubadour: Lenny Dykstra.

Hancock recently signed on to the as-yet-untitled project to direct alongside Blind Side producer Gill Netter to tell Dykstra’s story. As Philadelphia knows, that story is an interesting one—after all, from his legendary presence on the ’93 Phils to the bankruptcy follies of his post-retirement life, we collectively just can’t get enough of ‘ol nails. Unless it’s about his time with the Mets. 

Dykstra suggested when the project was announced last year that Mark Wahlberg or Matt Damon play him in the film, which is both hilarious and a spot-on, oddly self-aware choice for Dude. Especially, as Collider’s Dave Trumbore notes, because Nails' ’86 Mets beat the Boston Red Sox in the ’86 World Series. And, you know, Mark Wahlberg hasn’t been in town since The Lovely Bones

POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 1:15 PM

Jun 04 ( - Josh Trank is the latest young filmmaker to be given a “Star Wars” film. 

The director of “Chronicle,” who is working on Fox's “Fantastic Four” film, was announced as the director of another “Star Wars” stand-alone movie by Lucasfilm on Wednesday, putting him on the roster alongside “Godzilla” helmer Gareth Edwards. 

“We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX.”

POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 10:16 AM
Smith in 2007's 'I am Legend.'

Of all the stellar journalism that came out of the NFL concussion class-action case, GQ’s 2009 article, “Game Brain,” is arguably the most important. Written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, it kickstarted serious inquiry into the way NFL handles concussion injuries for players. Naturally, it has now been optioned for a film starring Will Smith. 

Framed around Dr. Bennet Omalu’s discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in a pro football player that ultimately brought the problem to the public, the film will feature Smith in the doctor’s lab coat. Producers describe the movie as “a whistle-blower tale in the vein of ‘The Insider,’ but, being as this is Will Smith we’re talking about, maybe thing about it as ‘Enemy of the State’ with pigskin. 

The feature is currently untitled, but counts itself as one future project among several dealing with the NFL concussion problem. Isiah Washington will soon star in Game Time Decision, and Parkes/MacDonald Productions are currently producing a film version of League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth. 

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:58 PM
Photo via Kickstarter.

Back in 2011, a hubbub began in Detroit around erecting a RoboCop statue to honor the Motor City’s greatest resident. After all, went the tweet, “Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & RoboCop would kick Rocky’s butt.” Today, we find out if that’s true—in terms of statues, of course. 

For, as you may know, today marks the official “Robocop Day,” an honor owed to the DVD release of the RoboCop remake from earlier this year. And, naturally, there is no better way to celebrate such an occasion than with an enormous statue of a hyper-violent android. 

 But wait, there’s more: In addition to the RoboCop statue, Detroit residents will get a meet-and-greet with their hero, and, later, they’ll get to see him throw out the first pitch at today’s Tigers game at Comerica Park. I mean, just look at that schedule: 

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