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Will Smith's 'The City That Sailed' Gets New Life With Shawn Levy Now Set To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 7:06 PM
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Way back in 2010, Will Smith had a decision to make: make "Men In Black 3" or the magical realist "The City That Sailed." And obviously, the franchise movie won out. But it seems "The City That Sailed" is still something Smith wants to make, although it now has a whole new creative team.

The Saga Continues: Ben Stiller & Shawn Levy Return For 'Night At The Museum 3,' Christmas 2014 Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 5:00 PM
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So what happens when you're Ben Stiller and your last movie was the execrable "The Watch"? You have to make amends (and then some it seems). While he's in post on the fantastical "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" which he is both directing and starring in, it looks like the writer/director/actor isn't doing the "indie-movie-for-me" thing after. Nope, he's headed right into another tentpole, as if to ensure that his brand gets built back up.

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.

Ben Stiller & Jonah Hill Say 'Aloha'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 11:22 PM
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Ben Stiller is sort of the comedy version of Brad Pitt, in the sense that if he enjoys the experience of working with someone on one project, chances are he'll do it again. And he seems to have found that in Jonah Hill. The actor first popped up in a little cameo in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," and they both had voice roles in "Megamind" (so did Pitt, for what it's worth) but it's next week's "The Watch" that sees them finally sharing considerable screen time. And it looks like Stiller had a blast and wants to do it again.

Rose Byrne Has An 'Internship' With Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2012 4:22 PM
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Frankly, you could shoot Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn doing their taxes, then mowing the lawn and having a nap, and we'd probably watch it and love it. Those dudes crack us up ("Wedding Crashers" rules, "Starsky & Hutch" is pretty hilarious) so thank God for Shawn Levy (wow, never thought we'd type that out) for bringing them together again in "The Internship." And he's not skimping on the supporting cast either.

Max Minghella May Join Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn In Shawn Levy's 'The Internship'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 21, 2012 7:00 PM
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Let's look at this as the good, the bad and the ugly. Max Minghella, the son of the late Anthony Minghella, is in early negotiations to join the 20th Century Fox comedy, "The Internship." The good: it's a film written by Vince Vaughn, and it reunites Vaughn with his "Wedding Crashers" co-star Owen Wilson. The bad: Neither of them have been as good since that now undisputed modern comedy classic film arrived in 2005 (Though Vaughn's "The Break-Up" is very underrated). The relatively ugly (or to be fair, slightly unfortunate): It's directed by Shawn Levy, the rather toothless filmmaker behind MOR hits like “Just Married,” “Cheaper By The Dozen” the 2006 version of “The Pink Panther” whose career unexpectedly took off after his back to back “Night Of The Museum” films became major hits (he then helmed "Date Night" and "Real Steel").

'Sesame Street' Movie In The Works Courtesy Of Producer Shawn Levy & Fox

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 20, 2012 9:37 AM
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"Sesame Street" celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, so, in many ways, the fact that a movie version of the popular kids program is in the works probably shouldn't be much of a surprise. Of course, there've been individual character movies like 1985’s "Follow That Bird" and 1999’s "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland," but director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") and his 21 Laps banner, along with fellow producers Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360's Guymon Casady, want to produce an adaptation of the entire show.

Finally, Shawn Levy Gets To Make His Version Of 'The Road'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 18, 2012 11:21 AM
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Shawn Levy may not be one of the most popular directors in Hollywood by film nerds with access to a keyboard and a "comment" button, but that doesn’t seem to make it any tougher for the man to find work. His films are largely forgettable, but anyone who has ever come into contact with the man will attest to the fact that his enthusiasm is infectious, and you’d have to imagine that comes across in the meetings he takes. If IMDb is to be believed, Levy currently has 28 films (give or take) in development (as either a director or producer), and while a handful of those may never come to pass you wouldn’t bet against the majority.

Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire: Shawn Levy Replaces Brett Ratner On 'The 39 Clues'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 10, 2012 8:52 PM
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Even for a series of books with a youngish fanbase, it must have been dispiriting for those with a vested interest in "The 39 Clues," a series of adventure novels written by multiple authors, which number 15 to date, that Steven Spielberg, who was initially eying the project as a potential directorial effort, was replaced by cinephile bete noire Brett Ratner. While it's not a backslide of quite the same degree, the latest change in personnel on the long-gestating film can't delight too many fans either.

Shawn Levy Produces Peek Into The American Male Psyche With Jake Kasdan-Directed 'Man Made'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 17, 2012 10:38 AM
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The concept of masculinity has been called into question repeatedly over the past decade, and now with men turning to old-fashioned ideals and “Mad Men” re-runs for any sort of guidance, a new book-to-film adaptation, “Man Made,” aims to achieve some answers.

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