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Hot Trailer: ‘Horrible Bosses 2′

The gang’s all back for the sequel to the 2011 comedy that banked more than $209M worldwide. This time, workaday dudes Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis try to launch their own business in Horrible Bosses 2, which also returns Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx. Franchise rookies Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz turn up as our hero trio’s new adversaries. High jinks ensue when the boys hatch a plan to kidnap the adult son of a rogue investor who has taken over their company. Sean Anders, who co-wrote the script with John Morris, is in the director’s chair for this go-round. Warner Bros releases the New Line pic during Thanksgiving week. Here’s the first trailer:

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New Line Promotes Publicity Vet Candice McDonough

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 10:42am PST

New_Line_Cinema smallerCandice McDonough has been upped to SVP Publicity & Corporate Communications at New Line Cinema and Warner Bros Entertainment. She had been VP since 2011. In her new post, she will continue her duties for New Line and expand her role working with Warner Bros Pictures to include overseeing business and trade press surrounding production, distribution and executive news. She will also support Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, which is overseen by her New Line boss Toby Emmerich. She will report to him and Susan Fleishman, Warner Bros Entertainment’s EVP Worldwide Corporate Communications & Public Affairs. McDonough joined New Line Cinema in 2001 in the publicity department and has worked on The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, Wedding Crashers, Sex And The City, Horrible Bosses and The Conjuring among other pics. Her role on the corporate side first grew after New Line became part of Warner Bros in 2008.

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‘Kids Are All Right’ Scribe Stuart Blumberg Makes Comedy Pitch Deal At New Line

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 9:39am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Blumberg has sold an original comedy pitch to New Line Cinema with Scott Stuber and Maven Pictures duo Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler producing. The untitled comedy centers around two very different families, one a blue-state liberal, the other a red-state conservative, who discover that they have been raising the other’s son since they were switched by accident 17 years ago.

Blumberg scripted The Kids Are All Right, for which he got an Oscar nom, and he made his directing debut on the sex addiction tale Thanks For Sharing with Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow. Stuber will produce through his Bluegrass Films banner and Styler and Rattray through Maven Pictures. Blumberg’s Class 5 Films cohorts Edward Norton and Bill Migliore are exec producing. This is a reunion between Rattray and Blumberg, who collaborated on The Kids Are All Right. New Line’s Richard Brener and Michael Disco are overseeing for New Line. Stuber’s coming off the hits Identity Thief and Ted, while Maven is coming off the Kristen Wiig-Annette Bening comedy Girl Most Likely and the James McAvoy-starrer Filth, which surprised to become the UK’s second highest grossing R-rated film of the year. Maven’s next, Black Nativity, will be released Thanksgiving by Fox Searchlight. Blumberg is repped by WME.

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Seth Gordon Exits ‘Horrible Bosses 2′; Search Is On For New Helmer

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 1:06pm PDT

After bringing in a $209M global hit with 2011′s comedy Horrible Bosses, Seth Gordon will not be returning to direct the sequel for New Line. Sources say scheduling conflicts are to blame, but the studio is still moving forward towards a fall shoot and they’re “actively looking for a replacement”. Gordon’s busy slate includes new ABC sitcom The Goldbergs which he executive produces. Earlier this year he scored another hit with Universal’s Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief. Back in March Gordon inked a deal with Uni to direct Horrible Bosses stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis in One Night On The Hudson.

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New Line Sets Beth McCarthy-Miller To Helm ‘Mean Moms;’ Could Be All-Star Cast For Edgy Comedy

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 9:16am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema has set Beth McCarthy-Miller to direct Mean Moms, a comedy that essentially takes the spirit of Mean Girls into a venue where that film company can get big female stars to galvanize the bitch-fest. The plot: a happily married mother of two moves from small town America to the high-class suburbs and is faced with confronting the cutthroat world of competitive parenting. Jill Messick is producing with Offspring Entertainment partners Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman.

While it is not at all a sequel, the comparison of Mean Mom to Mean Girls is valid as both are based on advice books written by Rosalind Wiseman. This film is based on Queen Bee Moms And King Pin Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future; Mean Girls was based on Queen Bees And Wannabes. Messick exec produced that earlier film and brought this adult-themed comedy to Offspring which set it at New Line. Read More »

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Mark Duplass Joins Melissa McCarthy Comedy ‘Tammy’

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT

Mark Duplass TammyEXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy is getting some company on the road in her starring vehicle Tammy. The New Line comedy has cast Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, The Mindy Project) in a key role in the pic about a woman (McCarthy) who loses her job and discovers her husband is cheating, then hits the asphalt with her foul-mouthed grandmother. She meets a man (Duplass) on her trip and they develop a strange relationship. McCarthy wrote the script with husband Ben Falcone, who will direct, taking over for original helmer Beth McCarthy-Miller. Duplass just wrapped Open Road’s JFK drama Parkland and the Universal-Blumhouse horror Mercy, based on a Stephen King short story. He also stars in, produced, and co-wrote the upcoming Peachfuzz for Blumhouse, is starring in and exec producing the indie The One I Love, and is gearing up for a spring shoot on his HBO pilot with brother Jay Duplass, Togetherness. Duplass is repped by ICM.

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UPDATE: Warner Bros Hails ‘Hobbit’ Victory Over “Cynical” Mockbuster Producers

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 3:39pm PST

UPDATE, 3:39 PM: Just hours after a federal judge today granted Warner Bros, MGM and others a temporary restraining order against mockbuster Age Of The Hobbits, WB hailed the court action as a victory over producer Global Asylum’s “cynical business model.” Warner Bros is the distributor of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novelHere is Warner Bros’ statement:

“This victory underscores the importance of protecting the unique work of our industry’s creative community from companies like Asylum, whose cynical business model is designed to profit from the work of others.  Their intent to create confusion in the marketplace on the eve of release of ‘The Hobbit,’ one of the most anticipated films of the year, has met with defeat.”

PREVIOUSLY, 2:47 PM: There will only be one Hobbit on the screen this week and that will be Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Warner Bros, New Line Cinema, MGM and producer Saul Zaentz today were granted the temporary restraining order they sought against Global Asylum’s mockbuster Age Of The Hobbits (read the order here). “There is substantial likelihood that consumers will be confused by Age Of Hobbits and mistakenly purchase the film intending to purchase The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey“, said federal judge Philip Gutierrez today. “Indeed, Plaintiffs have presented evidence that Asylum’s other films have caused confusion among consumers, who mistakenly purchase Asylum films intending to purchase a different film”. Read More »

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Warner Bros & New Line Cinema Deny ‘Hobbit’ Animal Abuse Allegations

By | Tuesday November 20, 2012 @ 6:32pm PST

Warner Bros and New Line Cinema are fully supporting Peter Jackson and The Hobbit producers regarding the recent allegations of animal abuse. You can read their statement below:

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Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema join Peter Jackson and the producers of THE HOBBIT in vigorously refuting and condemning accusations of animal abuse on the films. The production acted swiftly and responsibly in addressing any incidents involving animals in its care throughout the long filming process, and in fact, measures were taken to protect all farm animals, including those uninvolved with the films.

We question the timing of this misinformation — given THE HOBBIT’s imminent release — and have no recourse other than to reveal that the primary source of these new allegations can be traced to freelance animal wranglers who were dismissed by the production over a year ago for cause. We are immensely proud of our association with Sir Peter Jackson, his dedicated film crew and the people of New Zealand.

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New Line Saddles Up For Western Pitch ‘Redemption’

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 12:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Line has bought a Western pitch titled Redemption from Carey and Chad Hayes that John Rickard will produce through his Rickard Pictures banner, which has a first look deal at New Line. Deal comes after the Hayes brothers wrote The Conjuring for New Line. That James Wan-directed thriller stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson and will be released in January.

Rickard is separately developing Rampage at New Line and is an exec producer on Jack The Giant Killer. He was co-producer on Final Destination 5, Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Michael Disco and Sam Brown will oversee Redemption for New Line. The Hayes brothers are repped by WME and Circle of Confusion.

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‘Veep’s’ Matt Walsh Joins Steve Quale’s ‘Untitled’ Tornado Movie

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 2:06pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Walsh is going to chase tornados for Steve Quale. The Veep actor has joined Quale’s Untitled natural disaster thriller at New Line. Walsh will play Pete, a storm chaser looking to get a picture of the eye of a tornado. Directed by Quale, the film, once known as Category 6, is written by John Swetnam. Todd Garner is producing. Untitled follows a group of teens and the devastating consequences of a tornado hitting their town. The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callie joined the movie in June. One of the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, Walsh plays the Vice-President’s Communications Director on the Emmy nominated HBO series Veep. He recently starred in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted and will be appearing on NBC’s new sitcom Animal Practice later this year. Walsh is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg.

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‘Veep’s’ Matt Walsh Joins Steve Quale’s ‘Untitled’ Tornado Movie

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 2:06pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Walsh is going to chase tornados for Steve Quale. The Veep actor has joined Quale’s Untitled natural disaster thriller at New Line. Walsh will play Pete, a storm chaser looking to get a picture of the eye of a tornado. Directed by Quale, the film, once known as Category 6, is written by John Swetnam. Todd Garner is producing. Untitled follows a group of teens and the devastating consequences of a tornado hitting their town. The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callie joined the movie in June. One of the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, Walsh plays the Vice-President’s Communications Director on the Emmy nominated HBO series Veep. He recently starred in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted and will be appearing on NBC’s new sitcom Animal Practice later this year. Walsh is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg.

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Emma Roberts Joins ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 6:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Emma Roberts is in talks to join the Rawson Thurber-directed New Line comedy We’re The Millers opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Roberts will play Julia, a 20 year-old runaway with a dark side who pretends to be the daughter of Sudeikis’ and Aniston’s fake family while on a cross country vacation. Roberts recently completed the starring role in the indie film Adult World opposite John Cusack and the love interest to Liam Hemsworth in Empire State for Lionsgate. She is repped by manager David Sweeney and CAA.

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‘The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage To Star In New Line’s Tornado Film

By | Wednesday July 11, 2012 @ 1:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Richard Armitage, who plays Dwarves’ leader Thorin Oakenshield in the Peter Jackson-directed The Hobbit, will move over to star in another New Line film. He’ll topline the untitled tornado film, the one that originally was set up under the title Category 6. Armitage has an accomplished resume, and was particularly good as tragic agent Lucas North in the British series MI-5.

The Walking Dead‘s Sarah Wayne is also starring, making this a very Comic-Con-centric film. Steve Quale is directing John Swetnam’s script. Todd Garner is producing. Alycia Debnam-Carey also recently joined the film, which follows a group of high school teens dealing with the aftermath of a devastating tornado. Armitage, who also appeared in The First Avenger: Captain America, is repped by WME and United Agents.

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FilmDistrict Hires New Line’s Elissa Greer As SVP Publicity

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 2:56pm PDT

Related: FilmDistrict Hires Trio Of Marketing Execs

LOS ANGELES – June 25, 2012 –Independent North American distributor FilmDistrict announced today that Elissa Greer has joined the studio as Senior Vice President of Publicity, overseeing the Company’s domestic theatrical publicity and promotional campaigns. Greer, a seasoned executive who built her career at the independently oriented New Line Cinema, will report to Christine Birch, FilmDistrict’s President of Marketing, who made today’s announcement. The hiring of Greer completes the senior executive team working under Birch, a team that shares a wide range of experience, a passion for film, and the desire to build FilmDistrict into a market leader.

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Alycia Debnam-Carey Joins Steve Quale Tornado Film

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 1:55pm PDT

Alycia Debnam-Carey MovieAlycia Debnam-Carey has signed up for the untitled Steve Quale tornado thriller at New Line. The film by the Final Destination 5 director and Avatar second unit director Quale was formerly known as Category 6. John Swetnam wrote the screenplay. Todd Garner is producing. Debnam-Carey will play the female lead in the found-footage film, which follows a group of high school teens dealing with the aftermath of a devastating tornado. Debnam-Carey will also soon be seen in the thriller The Occult with Jennifer Carpenter and Rufus Sewell. She is repped by ICS in Australia, Management 360 and attorney Stewart Brookman.

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Adam Mazer Signs On To Write Miami Nightclub Owner Biopic

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 4:48pm PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA- MAY 23, 2012 –Atlas Entertainment has made a pre-emptive pitch sale to New Line Cinema and is currently developing a script based on the life of Chris Paciello, the nightclub impresario who transformed the Miami club scene. Emmy® winning writer, Adam Mazer (HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack) has been tapped to write the original screenplay. Charles Roven, William Green, Richard Suckle will produce for Atlas. The company’s Andy Horwitz will co-produce. New Line Cinema’s studio executives Richard Brener and Walter Hamada will oversee production for the company.

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New Line Acquiring ‘Crazy U’ Book; Will Ferrell To Play Dad Of College-Bound Son

By | Monday March 26, 2012 @ 1:07pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Will Ferrell Crazy UEXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema is acquiring screen rights to the Andrew Ferguson book Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College. The film will be developed as a potential star vehicle for Will Ferrell. Misher Films’ Kevin Misher will produce with Gary Sanchez’s Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum. The book is about one father’s adventures trying to brave the cutthroat competition to get his son accepted into the perfect college.

Crazy U New LineObsessed with keeping his son from making that one wrong step that could dash the youth’s dreams, dad tries to get an audience with the most sought after and expensive private college consultant in the country, insinuates himself in helping his son past the SATs, and all the campus tours and stressful admissions interviews, all culminating in waiting for the fat envelope that will determine success or failure in getting into an elite school that will siphon off all dad’s savings. This is all so different from when I went to college — my strategy was to basically matriculate at the first college that would accept me, thank you C.W. Post –but I’ve been through the process with my kids and this certainly seems like fertile ground for comedy. Ferrell and his Gary Sanchez gang are coming off the Spanish-language comedy Case De Mi Padre.

CAA repped the book with Writers’ … Read More »

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New Line Taps Scott Zabielski To Helm ‘Police Academy’ Remake

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 4:07pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: New Line Cinema has set Scott Zabielski to direct Police Academy, its remake of the long-running film series that started at Warner Bros in 1984 and spanned seven films. They were considered lowbrow, but how many Warner Bros series has spanned that many movies, other than Harry Potter? Zabielski is making his feature directing debut after directing several seasons of episodes of the hit Comedy Central show Tosh.O. While Zabielski is new to features, he’s quite familiar with the concept of police academy: He went through the academy and is a reserve police officer in West Hollywood. He’s repped by Underground and UTA.

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Beth McCarthy-Miller To Direct ‘Tammy’ With Melissa McCarthy

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 3:01pm PST
Mike Fleming

New Line has tapped Saturday Night Live vet Beth McCarthy-Miller to helm Tammy, the comedy set up last year as a star vehicle for Melissa McCarthy. The Emmy-winning Mike & Molly and Bridesmaids star wrote the script herself to play a woman who is laid off from her fast-food job and finds her husband is cheating, and chucks her life to take a road trip of self-discovery with her foul-mouthed diabetic grandmother. It’s a hard-R effort. The comedy was set up late last year and was originally to be helmed by The Help‘s Tate Taylor, but that deal never got done. McCarthy-Miller makes her feature helming debut after directing for many years on SNL, where McCarthy recently served a most memorable hosting stint. The director’s repped by CAA.

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