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April 23, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
To those who say cinema may be dying a slow death, have you heard about the new Peeps movie? OK, so it doesn't seem like the animated film will actually happen anytime soon. As first reported on Deadline, it's just one screenwriter (Adam Rifkin, best known for “Mousehunt” and “Underdog” - at least there's an animal theme) who's optioned the film and TV rights to the quirky candy and still needs a script, let alone financing and a distributor. But still. Think of the puns.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | David Ng
William Shakespeare, whose 450th birthday is being celebrated around the world Wednesday, never seems to go out of vogue for movie directors eager to put their own spin on his classic texts.  Most of Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for the big screen multiple times over, ranging from faithful (Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet") to wildly unconventional (Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"). Because Shakespeare's plays exist in the public domain, adapting them for the movies is an economical way of co-opting some literary prestige.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Authorized biopics are rarely the most juicy or revealing films. But what happens in the opposite instance, when‎ the family of your subject actively doesn't want a movie and is willing and eager to share that sentiment with the world? That's the situation that James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour," a look at the late acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace starring Jason Segel, finds itself in. Ponsoldt's movie, based on reporting from magazine writer and novelist David Lipsky, recently finished shooting and is about to enter the editing room.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell and Steven Zeitchik
Over a 20-year career making stylized, often genre-tinged films, Danny Boyle has been known to look at a well-worn area in new and dynamic ways. With a potential Steve Jobs movie, he could be taking on a worthy subject. The British auteur is in talks to helm Sony Pictures' much-buzzed, sometimes-bumpy Jobs biopic that "The Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin has adapted from Walter Isaacson's comprehensive biography, The Times has confirmed. Boyle would replace David Fincher, the "Social Network" director who appears to have moved off the project.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The trailer is out for the Sony Pictures movie about Concord De La Salle and former head coach Bob Ladouceur. Entitled, "When The Game Stands Tall," the movie is scheduled to be released on Aug. 22, a week before the high school football season begins in California. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back - and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it's something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube. The boom in popular songs from animated movies comes after a long fallow period when the form yielded few hits in the music world, despite box-office juggernauts like the "Toy Story," "Shrek" and "Ice Age" franchises. Though all incorporated music in their films, it was rarely the kind that had come to define the genre at Disney Animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it was making music-driven hits like "The Lion King," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Ice Cube wants the world to know he's not a sore loser. After coming under fire for complaining that he and "Ride Along" costar Kevin Hart were "robbed" at the MTV Movie Awards, losing best onscreen duo to the late Paul Walker and his "Fast & Furious 6" costar Vin Diesel, the rapper-actor backed off his comments in a series of tweets. "I wasn't really mad we didn't win," Cube wrote on Twitter . "So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people!"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
For Zac Efron, it appears that one awesome shirtless performance has led right to another, as he accepted his MTV Movie Award half naked on Sunday night.  The actor, who won the trophy for shirtless performance by stripping down in "That Awkward Moment," had promised in March to take off his top for the awards if he beat Chris Hemsworth's hotness in "Thor. " At first, it seemed as if he wasn't going to follow through on his pledge. But with Rita Ora providing a bit of stripping assistance - she came up behind him and ripped open his snap-closure shirt - he eventually delivered.  "If I beat Thor- I'm accepting the award shirtless on stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
There's no sport in America as widely watched as professional football. The highest-rated show in primetime for many weeks during the season is NBC's “Sunday Night Football,” postseason games can notch 50 million viewers and the Super Bowl is, well, the Super Bowl. So why did barely a million people turn out to see "Draft Day," Ivan Reitman's adaptation of a Black List script about real teams and fictional players that, with the significant contributions of the NFL, takes us behind the curtain of how a pro team is run?
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