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POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 3:52 PM
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Writer Sam Simon accepts the 'Valentine Davies Award for Humanitarian Efforts and Community Service' onstage at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live on February 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for WGAw)

Aug 13 (TheWrap.com) - Sam Simon is bringing his struggle with terminal cancer to the small screen.

“The Simpsons” executive producer Simon, who was diagnosed with terminal colorectal cancer in 2012, is teaming with Fusion on a documentary that will chronicle Simon's battle with cancer and his efforts to save animals from harmful and abusive situations.

Simon, whose cancer has spread to several other organs since his diagnosis, is giving away most of his money to the cause of animal welfare. A longtime member of the national board of PETA, he also founded Sam Simon Foundation, which is devoted to saving the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people. He's also a contributor to marine conservation organization Captain Paul Watson's Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 1:18 PM
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Aug 13 (TheWrap.com) - There are some things zombies are innately good at, such tearing apart flesh with their bare hands, and other things they're quite terrible at, like being sexy. Sorry to say, but your typical zombie just doesn't have the requisite skill set for seduction; being a good conversationalist or not actively decomposing in front of your eyes ranks low in their abilities.

Thus it's a bit strange that we're seeing our second “zom-rom-com” in as many years, with at least a third (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) in the works. Writer-director Jeff Baena offers a gender-flip of last year's “Warm Bodies” in “Life After Beth,” an emotionally inert, tonally scattershot romance that's impossible to root for. 

Twenty-something Zach (Dane DeHaan) has just embarked on the first stage of grief, after the sudden death of his ex-girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) in a hiking accident, when he discovers that she might not be gone after all. Furious that Beth and her parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) may have faked her death, Zach storms into their home to discover that his former S.O. has come back from the dead — and that she has no recollection of the break-up she initiated.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:27 AM
Image via DC Comics.

Aug 12 (TheWrap.com) - A standalone “Aquaman” movie is swimming its way towards the big screen, as Warner Bros. has hired Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad to write separate screenplays in an effort to speed up the development process, an individual familiar with the studio's plan has told TheWrap.

Warner Bros. no comment. 

Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in Zack Snyder‘s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and its follow-up, “Justice League,” though Warners has yet to confirm Momoa's role.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:23 AM
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 21: Actor Bradley Cooper attends the premiere of Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' at the Dolby Theatre on July 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Aug 13 (TheWrap.com) - “American Sniper,” the Clint Eastwood-directed action film starring Bradley Cooper, will be released on a limited basis on Christmas Day and will go wide on January 16 of next year, Warner Bros. said Tuesday.

Jason Dean Hall wrote the adaptation of Chris Kyle's autobiography of the same name. Sienna Miller, Max Charles, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Cory Hardrict and Sam Jaeger co-star. Kyle was a heavily decorated Navy SEAL who claimed more than 255 kills during four tours in the Iraq War.

The studio also pushed “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from Jan. 16, 2015, to Aug. 14 of next year, and moved the release of “Point Break” up a week, from Aug. 7 of next year to July 31, 2015. 

POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:06 PM
Filed Under: Movies
(DC Comics)
A standalone “Aquaman” movie is swimming its way towards the big screen, as Warner Bros. has hired Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad to write separate screenplays in an effort to speed up the development process, an individual familiar with the studio's plan has told TheWrap.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in Zack Snyder‘s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and its follow-up, “Justice League,” though Warners has yet to confirm Momoa's role.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10:56 AM

Aug 12 (TheWrap.com) - Adolescence is a time of disorienting hurt and pain, which makes it a perpetually popular cinematic trope. Yet one of its potentially longest-lasting injuries has hardly been explored onscreen: the shock of awareness that comes through learning history. 

For many students, the upending of their seemingly functional world and the outwardly sane people in it probably begins with a middle-school curriculum about the Holocaust. Future lessons (about slavery, religious slaughters, mass rape as a war tactic) can be as potent a catalyst for an identity crisis as the more common plot twist of “he's not your real father.” 

When humanity can be capable of such evil, it's impossible not to ask, “What am I?”

POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:53 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Actor Robin Williams arrives at BAFTA Los Angeles 2011 Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on November 30, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For BAFTA Los Angeles)
President Barack Obama has issued a statement following the news that Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams has been found dead in his California home:

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.

POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:05 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt in the upcoming "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which he already wrapped shooting and Fox is set to release Dec. 19.
Beloved actor Robin Williams died Monday morning at age 63, leaving behind four completed films that are slated to hit theaters within the next 12 months.

Always game to entertain children Williams reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which he already wrapped shooting and Fox is set to release Dec. 19, allowing audiences to enjoy his comic gifts over the holidays.

Williams also stars in the holiday comedy “Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” which Phase 4 Films plans to release in the U.S. on Nov. 7. Universal Pictures International is distributing overseas. The film co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Candice Bergen, Jeffrey Tambor, Oliver Platt, Clark Duke, Tim Heidecker and Pierce Gagnon.

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