** The final performances of “The Last Night of Monty Python” from London’s O2 Arena in early July will be shown in theatres worldwide by Picturehouse on July 20th as an Event Cinema presentation. The shows will be the first time the troupe has performed together on stage since 1998’s Aspen Comedy Festival. Come for the Argument Clinic, stay for the Spam, Spam, Eggs and Spam.
** Movie ticketer Fandango has launched a brand new ticketing feature for both “Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Godzilla”, whereby readers of the company’s tweets will be able to instantly click a button that will bring them to the Fandango website to immediately purchase tickets.
** Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson have signed on to voice characters in director Jon Favreau’s CGI’live action, “The Jungle Book” for Disney. The cast already includes Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan. Disney is hoping to get started on the film ASAP as Warners has another “Jungle Book” project in the works. Competing “Jungle Book” movies? Seriously? I haven’t seen anything this ridiculous since the Battle Of The Lambadas, which I still get the shakes remembering.
** Peter Jackson has finally settled on a title for the third “Hobbit” movie in the trilogy. It will be called “The Battle of the Five Armies”,which certainly helps describe the film’s plot for us lay people easier than “Desolation of Smaug” did.
** “Jimi: All Is By My Side”, the biopic of the late great Jimi Hendrix, will open this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival on May 15th. The film stars Andre Benjamin, best known for both being one of the members of the group OutKast as well as that annoying shaving commercial, as guitarist Hendrix, and Imogen Poots as his girlfriend Linda Keith. John Ridley, who was the screenwriter on “12 Years A Slave”, is along to direct. No distributor or release date yet.
** Disney announced they will have sneaks (hey, remember those???) on Saturday May 10th on “Million Dollar Arm”, their cricketeers-turned-baseball-pitchers movie starring Jon Hamm. The company claims this is the highest scoring film with test audiences they’ve ever had.
** CineEurope will honor Universal Pictures International’s Duncan Clark with the International Distributor of the Year award during the convention, which runs June 16-19 in Barcelona, Spain. During his illustrious career, Clark also handled International duties for Sony Pictures for many years.
** Universal’s Head of Distribution, Nikki Rocco, announced she will retire at the end of the year, thereby closing the book on a remarkable 47 year career with the company. Nikki is one of the most well respected executives ever to grace the industry.
** Netflix announced they will raise subscription prices $1-$2 for new customers. The company added that current subscribers will be able to hold on to their monthly $7.99 fee for “a generous time period”.
** “Foxcatcher”, from director Bennett Miller (“Moneyball”), has finally landed on a release date. The Sony Classics film, which follows the bizarre true relationship between billionaire John Du Pont and the wrestling Schultz Brothers, will be released November 14th in a prime awards season slot. The film’s cast includes Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell and Mark Ruffalo and will be shown at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.
** Another week, another change in the “Jobs” saga. Now Danny Boyle appears to be the favorite to win the directing chair on the Sony biopic and, in addition, it is reported that Leonardo DiCaprio is interested in the lead role. Leo loves his biopics, doesn’t he? It should be mentioned that Boyle directed DiCaprio in 2000’s “The Beach”.
** Dusting off from the ashes that was “Transcendence”, Johnny Depp has signed on to play the suave art dealer, “Mortdecai”, for Lionsgate. The film also includes Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany and Jeff Goldblum, who is certainly enjoying a career resurrection.