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The Lego Movie—a film based on a wildly popular brand of toys that holds licensing deals with some of the most popular franchises in media history—was a hit, so what could possibly go wrong with a Peep movie. Sure Peeps are an inanimate novelty candy with no real back-story, only purchased once a year, but why not make a feature length major motion picture out of their brand. What could possibly go wrong? Everybody loves Peeps, right? ... Discuss

 

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is back. According to Deadline, the comedy writer has signed a long-term deal with Netflix to produce another show, help develop new series and even possibly bring back the Bluths for another season or a movie. In a press release, Hurwitiz hinted that what sealed the deal was getting a discount that softens the blow of the upcoming Netflix price increase everyone’s worried about:

It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for Netflix, a company that not only doesn’t resist change but is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone in forging it. The fact that I’m also getting one month of their streaming right to my TV or Xbox free … well, it really takes the sting out of buying that Xbox.

 

Now that filmmaker David Fincher is no longer attached to direct an upcoming biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs—written by Aaron Sorkin—Sony is reportedly now in talks with director Danny Boyle to helm the project. And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, unlike Fincher, who wanted Christian Bale for the role of Jobs, Boyle is lobbying for Leo DiCaprio to get the part of the iconic tech industry leader. Though deals aren’t yet signed, it wouldn’t be the first time the two have worked together; DiCaprio starred in Boyle’s 2000 thriller The Beach. Unlike the poorly received Ashton Kutcher flop, Sorkin’s film is based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography, which was written in close collaboration with Jobs before his death .. Discuss

 

A journalist for Vice Media has been taken hostage by a pro-Russian separatist group while reporting on the situation in Ukraine. Details of Simon Ostrovsky’s abduction are still not completely clear, but his last Tweets seem to indicate that a press conference with a local pro-Russian “mayor” had suddenly taken a concerning turn when reporters were not allowed to leave. In a statement, the State Department wrote, “The Department of State takes its obligation to assist U.S. citizens abroad seriously and stands ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. We have no further information at this time” ... Discuss