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Casting: Mike Epps Frontrunner For Richard Pryor Biopic, Daisy Ridley Returning For 'Star Wars 8 & 9' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2014 5:00 PM
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Repentant Mike Epps
From Marlon Wayans to Eddie Murphy to Nick Cannon, it seems every six months or so a new name surfaces as the potential lead for the forever developing Richard Pryor biopic. And with Lee Daniels now attached to direct, another contender is now in the pole position for the job —Mike Epps, who recently aced a screen test.

Interview: 'Neighbors' Duo Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Talk 'The Interview,' Developing 'Preacher,' Crazy 'Sausage Party' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 7, 2014 12:26 PM
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in This Is the End
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have the kind of career that young comedy writers look upon with envious eyes. The two writer/producers have had an unprecedented streak, nimbly shifting from one hit R-rated comedy to the next, while occasionally stopping to expand their focus and bring in new collaborators (like "Warm Bodies" filmmaker Jonathan Levine, who they worked with on "50/50"). And for the most part these guys have stuck to their guns, honed their craft, and had tremendous success. We got a chance to speak with them at the South by Southwest Film Festival, where they debuted "Neighbors" to a thunderous response (read our review), and the unusually frank duo let us in on a whole battery of upcoming projects.

Jonathan Levine To Direct Feature Film Version Of Acclaimed Documentary 'Brooklyn Castle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 3:24 PM
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Jonathan Levine is spending February lining up project after project. This summer, he's reteaming with his "50/50" stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to shoot a Christmas comedy, he's got a TV series based on the life Nas called "Street Dreams" cooking, and he's also in the mix to direct Marvel's "Doctor Strange." (And don't forget he's also got "Bad Romance" with Channing Tatum in there as well). And yet another project has crossed Levin's desk which he'll be taking on.

Directors Behind 'Warm Bodies,' 'Brave,' 'A Royal Affair' & More In The Mix To Helm Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 21, 2014 9:24 AM
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Doctor Strange
With the recent trailer for James Gunn’s “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and the forthcoming Edgar Wright-helmed “Ant-Man,” it’s clear Marvel Studios is pulling from the deep bench now and while it remains to be seen how the casual moviegoing audience is going to respond to a gun-toting talking raccoon in space, the comics giant-turned-movie company is only focused on getting more strange.

Jonathan Levine Writing/Directing 'Street Dreams' Based On Life Of Nas & Lasse Hallström Takes On 'Rockefeller'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2014 6:18 PM
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Jonathan Levine
It seems we're only entering the streaming content arms race. With Netflix having planted the flag and Amazon Studios making a run for it, XBox Live Entertainment is adding to their own growing slate of projects with something they hope will connect with their button-smashing audience.

'50/50' Trio Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Jonathan Levine Reteam For Christmas Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 9:51 PM
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Jonathan Levine Seth Rogen Joseph Gordon-Levitt 50/50
If one thing has marked the majority of Jonathan Levine's films to date, it's been a desire to blend genres. From the stoner comedy/coming-of-age tale "The Wackness," to the zombie rom-com "Warm Bodies," the cancer drama/buddy laffer "50/50," Levine doesn't like to take the path already traveled. And he's reteaming with the stars from the latter film to take on the holiday season.

Channing Tatum Is Going To Have A 'Bad Romance' With '50/50' & 'The Wackness' Director Jonathan Levine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 5:54 PM
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While we'll have to wait until a yet-to-be determined date in 2014 to watch Channing Tatum wrestle with murder (or something) in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," the guy has no shortage of projects on the go. Next year it seems he has a movie coming every other month with the animated "The Lego Movie," comedy sequel "22 Jump Street" and sci-fi actioner "Jupiter Ascending" (and may we point out the diversity of those gigs too) all on tap. And he's not resting on his laurels as he gears up another gig.

Fantastic Fest Review: Jonathan Levine's Belated Horror ‘All The Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Starring Amber Heard

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 24, 2013 4:04 PM
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​Horror movie fans have it rougher than most. Their breed is one of the most loyal of audiences, and yet what they are often served is predictable, by-the-numbers tripe. Smart, well-crafted horror movies are usually in short supply (yes, there are small exceptions) and instead the industry has been overrun by lowest common denominator, found-footage frighteners made at bargain basement prices because the yield ratio is so high. Savvy producers/studios take advantage by realizing most cheaply made horror gross well regardless of the quality or investment, so what’s the incentive to produce an expensive or well-made product? It's a vicious cycle and cynical industry that often green lights any half baked project simply because it’s a ROI no-brainer that works, especially when calculably programmed during traditionally slow weekends.

Watch: New Trailer For Long-Awaited Horror 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 23, 2013 10:39 AM
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It’s been seven years since Jonathan Levine’s directorial debut “All The Boys Love Mandy Lane” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In that time, Levine delivered three more directorial outings—“The Wackness,” “50/50” and “Warm Bodies”—while his first film sat gathering dust on the proverbial shelf. This year The Weinstein Company’s genre shingle Radius landed the rights—nearly a decade since its parent company first bought the film—and it will now finally see a release this fall. A proper release begets a proper advertising campaign, so the studio has released a brand new trailer through CraveOnline.

Watch: Trailer For Jonathan Levine's Debut 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane' Finally Getting U.S. Release This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 4:49 PM
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Let's say you're a first time director, and you go to the Toronto International Film Festival hoping that maybe your film will get noticed and perhaps land a modest distribution deal. Now imagine that it's a hit, and none other than The Weinstein Company come calling with plans to release your movie through their Dimension Films shingle. Awesome! Or so it would seem to anyone, but this was 2006 and director Jonathan Levine -- who would go on to make "The Wackness," "50/50" and "Warm Bodies" -- found himself in a curious situation with "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane." He had a hot distributor for his movie, but they got cold feet after "Grindhouse" flopped, and sold his picture to Senator Entertainment...who went out of business. But now the movie has come full circle.

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