Development on an “Angry Birds” movie is taking flight now that Rovio has tapped former Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel as a special advisor to the company behind the blockbuster mobile game.
If anything this should be animated or at least half animated (like The Smurfs or Roger Rabbit). Come to think of it, an Angry Birds variation on The Smurfs or Mr Popper’s Penguins wouldn’t be half bad.
Despite the fact that they were included in the initial press release, AMC will not be participating the San Francisco area MoviePass beta. AMC Corporate has explicitly told their theaters that were said to be included not to honor the service.
Kay Cannon (30 Rock) adapted the script from GQ editor Mickey Rapkin’s nonfiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate Acappella Glory. TV and Broadway director Jason Moore (Avenue Q) is set to direct.
Universal and Gold Circle Films will finance and produce along with Elizabeth Banks (yes, that Elizabeth Banks) and Max Handelman via their Brownstone Productions.
For those who haven’t read the book (which is probably most of you), it tells the history of modern college acappella music and explores its rituals through the exploits of three groups: University of Oregon’s all female Divisi, Tufts’ all male Beelzebubs (as seen on The Sing Off), and Virginia’s all male Hullabahoos.
Fans of Glee will certainly recognize Divisi, whose version of Usher’s “Yeah!” (as documented in the book) was recently covered on the show and kicked up a bit of controversy.
Also, the screenplay I wrote in college about a cappella is officially irrelevant.
other than the premise, the content of the two films is very different. NSA is raunchier and sillier while FWB has more heart. I didn’t expect to actually like either going into them, but enjoyed both. FWB I think is the better film, ultimately.
It went from The Invention of Hugo Cabret to Hugo Cabret to now just Hugo. I’m sure this has to do with people presumably not knowing how to pronounce “Cabret” and the studio’s fear of American audiences not wanting anything to do with something French sounding.
Not that I’m complaining. It makes it that much easier to type out.
I too witnessed a couple of walkouts at my screening towards the beginning of the film and then many leaving early in the last 15 minutes before it fully ended.
I can understand the motivation behind walking out. The first 25 minutes of the film really test the patience of the viewer. Modern American audiences are so brainwashed into a certain formula and when a film touts big stars like Brad Pitt and Sean Penn one doesn’t expect it to be this unconventional.
Last night at the premiere of Horrible Bosses, Kelly, uh, sorry, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen returned the compliment, wearing a Bieber T-shirt only slightly less awesome than this Photoshopped tube-dress look.
Now I’ve been linked to before by Vulture, but never to an original work and never with such a compliment. So thanks much Vulture!