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Shawn Levy Takes Over 'This Is Where I Leave You' From Adam Shankman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2012 9:36 AM
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Putting together a cast that included Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, Leslie Mann, Malin Akerman and Jason Sudeikis, earlier this year things were looking good for Adam Shankman's "This Is Where I Leave You." But when we caught up with the director last month at the Savannah Film Festival, he told us the movie was on hold, something that "destroyed" him because it had "literally everything I wanted to do" within it. And unfortunately it won't be returning to him, as a new director is now on board.

Savannah Fest: Adam Shankman Says Making 'Hairspray' The Happiest Time Of His Life, Reveals He Initially Didn't Get The Job

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 11:03 AM
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With Warner Bros. putting "Jersey Boys" into turnaround yesterday, it's another reminder that getting a musical made in Hollywood isn't easy. Generally big and expensive productions, not even a smattering of A-list stars in something like "Nine" can guarantee a success, but when they do connect with an audience, it's the rare kind of genre that invites repeat visits to the theater and big crowds to enjoy it with. And successes certainly endure.

Review: 'Rock of Ages' Is Anything But a Good Time

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • June 13, 2012 3:09 PM
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"Rock of Ages" will make you want to raise your arms...and then immediately plunge your fingers into your eyeballs for salvation (you can go back for seconds to rescue your ears). "Hairspray" helmer Adam Shankman directs this movie that will finally kill the '80s nostalgia that continues to plague us if we're lucky and will further root karaoke performances and bar jukeboxes in that hairspray-choked decade if we're not. We've had a sub-par version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" stuck in our head since we saw it, and we wouldn't wish this fate on anyone, except perhaps the development heads at Warner Bros. As much as everyone keeps trying to make Julianne Hough a star, Steve Perry she is not (though admittedly she is cuter).

Adam Shankman Eyeing Former David Yates Drama 'This Is Where I Leave You'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2012 3:19 PM
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Well, Warner Bros seems eager to get this movie made. Initially Greg Berlanti was tapped to helm the pic before "This Is Where I Leave You" was offered up to David Yates last summer, as part of a handful of projects the studio was discussing with the director. But he's directing "Your Voice In My Head" next, with a potential gangster trilogy with Tom Hardy waiting in the wings. So, WB has moved on, and are eyeing a vastly different helmer for the gig.

Brett Ratner & Adam Shankman Line Up TV Pilots; Paz De La Huerta Exits 'Boardwalk Empire' & Louis CK Returns To 'Parks & Recreation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 4:34 PM
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Listen, going to the movies rules, but sometimes, you just want to sit on the couch with giant bag of [insert favorite snack food here] and watch TV. And considering the insane of great stuff these days on the small screen, it doesn't take much convincing to stay home. So here's a brief round up of some TV bits and bobs.

Adam Shankman's 'The Nutcracker' Will Be An Action-Adventure Movie (Of Course)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 6, 2011 4:21 PM
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With seemingly every fairy tale being adapted for the big screen in the next few years ("Snow White and the Huntsman," etc. etc. blah blah blah) in bigger and more extravagant ways, we're bracing ourselves for a choking onslaught of pixie dust. And one of the adaptations we could care less about is "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman's "The Nutcracker" redux. Given the director's choreography background (he's also a frequent judge on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"), we kind of assumed his 'Nutcracker' would stick to its famous ballet roots. But nope. According to the director its going in a completely different but altogether predictable direction.

Happy Holidays! Adam Shankman To Direct Yet Another Version Of 'The Nutcracker'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 1, 2011 11:44 AM
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After 1993’s Macaulay Culkin-fronted “The Nutcracker” grossed $2.1 million and last year’s “The Nutcracker 3D” grossed $110,000, there’s absolutely no reason why New Line Cinema wouldn’t think it prudent to line up yet another update of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet. But if you’re starting to think that New Line knows something you don’t, you’re right: They’ve hired Adam Shankman to direct the thing.

Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin Eye 'Trading Places' Meets 'Grumpy Old Men' Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 6:57 AM
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It looks like old pals, "Saturday Night Live" rivals and Oscar co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are going to make another movie together.

'Breaking Bad' Star Bryan Cranston Latest Addition To Randomly Assembled Cast For 'Rock of Ages'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 2, 2011 1:24 AM
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Justin Theroux Rewriting Script With Director Adam ShankmanIt's always satisfying when someone finds success later in life, having worked quietly for years, and we're delighted that the latest actor to follow that path is Bryan Cranston. The 55-year-old has credits stretching back 30 years, and achieved relative fame as the father in long-running sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle," but he demonstrated a range far beyond a sitcom dad with his turn as the cancer-riddled, meth-dealing chemistry teacher at the center of AMC's "Breaking Bad," which has seen the veteran win three Emmys on the trot.

Tom Cruise Not Quite Set For 'Mountains Of Madness'; Slowly Inching Forward To 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 14, 2011 4:52 AM
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Cruise Not Officially Signed On To Either Project Yet; Seth Rogen Denies His Musical InvolvementOK quickly, two things. While Tom Cruise will probably sign on to star in the musical "Rock of Ages" eventually, the man is notoriously picky so he must be asking for the script to be tweaked slightly or something because he's been in discussions to take a supporting part in Adam Shankman's new film for what feels like more than six months now (OK, it's more like four).

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