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‘Night At The Museum’ Director Shawn Levy Latest Hired For ‘Uncharted’ Movie
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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

A movie based on developer Naughty Dog’s hit Uncharted video game series has been in the works for a long time now. Many have tried, and failed, to bring it to life on the big screen. At this point, most of those interested in seeing the movie roll their eyes when news of another attempt at making the movie arrives.

So, with that said, here’s some new news on the Uncharted movie! It’s being reported that yet another director has been hired in Shawn Levy to try to pull off the adaptation. Levy is best known as the director behind the Night at the Museum movies, and he is an executive producer of the Netflix hit Stranger Things and directed a couple of episodes. He’s also directed titles like Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther (2006), Date Night, Real Steel, and The Internship.

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TV Review: Stranger Things “Chapters 2-4”
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Stranger Things Chapter 2 Header

Stranger Things
Episode 1.2 “Chapter 2: The Weirdo of Maple Street,” 1.3 “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly,” 1.4 “Chapter 4: The Body”
Written by The Duffer Brothers (1.2), Jessica Mecklenburg (1.3), Justin Doble (1.4)
Directed by The Duffer Brothers (1.2), Shawn Levy (1.3 & 1.4)
Created by The Duffer Brothers
Starring Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, John Reynolds, Joe Chrest
Netflix
Air date: Friday, July 15, 2016

Stranger Things is the latest binge-worthy effort to hit Netflix, with all 8 episode debuting on July 15th. Check out my review of the first episode here: Chapter 1.

Hitting all the good nostalgia checkmarks, the show lets its audience know who the creators grew up with. Movie posters adorn the kids’ walls showing Jaws, The Thing, Evil Dead, etc. Stranger Things takes place in Hawkins, Indiana in the winter of 1983, where something has escaped from a Department of Energy research facility and a young boy is now missing. At the same time, a strange young girl mysteriously shows up and encounters the boy’s friends who are out desperately searching for him. There are evil government scientists, led by Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) hunting the girl and hiding some giant monster in the facility.

Spoilers below.

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson To Helm ‘Darkest Minds’
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The Darkest Minds

Jennifer Yuh Nelson—the assistant designer who moved up into the role of character designer and storyboard artist (while also debuting as a director on a few episodes of the animated TV series Spawn), and then up again to story artist, and then again to head of story on the original Kung Fu Panda before taking another big step up into the role of director on Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 (along with co-director Alessandro Carloni)—is now set to make her live-action debut on Darkest Minds for 20th Century Fox.

The movie is based on the “Darkest Minds” young adult book trilogy by author Alexandra Bracken. The book series is described as “combining superhero conventions with tones of coming-of-age stories such as Stand By Me and post-apocalyptic survivor tales like The Walking Dead.”

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Second Trailer For Netflix Supernatural Thriller ‘Stranger Things’
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Stranger Things Netflix

Netflix has released a second trailer for Stranger Things, their self-described love letter to the supernatural movies from the ’80s many of us grew up with. The story begins with a young boy disappearing into thin air and, while everyone is searching to find him, a mysterious girl shows up. From there, things just keep getting, well, stranger.

The series comes from Matt Duffner and Ross Duffner (Wayward Pines), and stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

You can read more about the show and check out the new trailer below.

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‘Stranger Things’ Trailer: Netflix’s Nod To ’80s Sci-Fi
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Netflix's Stranger Things

Netflix has released a trailer for an upcoming series that those who grew up with ’80s supernatural thrillers and science fiction along the lines of the works of Steven Spielberg are likely going to be very excited about.

The show is titled Stranger Things, and it definitely has an E.T. the Extra Terrestrial vibe going on. The series tells the story of a town searching for a boy who vanishes without a trace, and the strange girl who shows up out of nowhere. It comes from Wayward Pines writers and producers the Duffner brothers, Matt Duffner and Ross Duffner, who handle writing, directing, and showrunning duties, and executive producers Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel), who also directs episodes, and Dan Cohen (The Spectacular Now, Table 19). Starring is Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Click on over to the other side to check out the trailer for Stranger Things.

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‘The Internship’ Trailer: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson Are Technologically Out Of Touch
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Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson in Shawn Levy's The Internship

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson haven’t starred in a movie together since Wedding Crashers. The two definitely had some chemistry together hitting all the comedic notes at just the right time. So it was pretty exciting to hear that they would pair up for a second time in Shawn Levy’s The Internship. The film will focus on two 40-something year olds who are out of a job and out of touch with the technological world. They try to navigate their way back into work by taking internships at Google and realize they may be out of their league.

Check out the first trailer for The Internship below.

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Paul McGuigan In Negotiations To Replace Shawn Levy As Director Of ‘Frankenstein’
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Paul McGuigan

While doing the pressers last year for his lighthearted family boxing drama Real Steel, Shawn Levy revealed that one of his next upcoming projects would be a revision of Frankenstein. Not much was heard since the announcement was made, but now we are learning that Levy is actually leaving the project, which could be helmed by Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan.

McGuigan is in talks with Fox to direct the project. At first Levy wanted to create a big-budget version of the classic horror film, which would involve motion-capture technology, but Fox wanted to have a low budget film. There has been no confirmation if that was the difference that made Levy leave the project, but we do know that McGuigan will still be using the script written by Chronicle director Max Landis.

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Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn To Become ‘Interns’ For Shawn Levy
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Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn

Fan of Wedding Crashers and have been looking forward to the day to see the pair of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn back together again? Well, Vulture has just made your day.

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Movie Review: Real Steel
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Real Steel movie posterReal Steel
Directed by Shawn Levy
Starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goya
Release Date: October 7, 2011

Let’s clear the air right now, readers. Real Steel is on the surface an homage to the popular kids’ game Rock’em Sock’em Robots. It is hard to dispute that fact and I don’t think that the creators can even deny that there are similarities. What you don’t notice is that under the metal exterior lies a rather human story.

Real Steel‘s focuses on Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), an ex-boxer down on his luck. Once, he went toe to toe with the champ, but as the world changed, so did boxing. Now, only robots compete in the squared circle, but even Charlie’s robot can’t cut a break. Things go from bad to worse when his ex-girlfriend passes away leaving him to care for his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo). Charlie wants nothing to do with the kid and only takes him in exchange for some cash, but eventually he warms to the kid and fights to keep him.

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NBC Picks Up ‘Romancing The Stone’ For TV Adaptation; Shawn Levy Could Direct
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Romancing the Stone

NBC has acquired the rights to adapt the 1984 Robert Zemeckis action–adventure romantic comedy, Romancing the Stone, into a TV series.

The deal with NBC comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Shawn Levy (director, Night of the Museum 1 & 2, Real Steel) and Marty Adelstein’s (producer, Hanna, Prison Break) 21 Laps Entertainment and Adelstein Productions. Mark Friedman (writer, Home of the Brave, creator/writer/producer, The Forgotten) will write the adaptation, and Levy could step in to direct if no feature film projects (like Night of the Museum 3) become available to him.

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