Live on August 14th at 7:30 p.m. from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media, and AEG present TEACHERS ROCK presented by Walmart and Walden Media’s upcoming feature film “Won’t Back Down,”a special tribute concert celebrating teachers and education and benefitting several non-profit organizations, featuring some of the biggest names in music, film and sports.
“We believe that TEACHERS ROCK and our upcoming movie, WON’T BACK DOWN, will both inspire parents to believe that they can make a real difference in the lives of students and teachers.”
The benefit concert will showcase live performances by Dierks Bentley, Fun. and Josh Groban and special appearances by Viola Davis from “Won’t Back Down,” Josh Hutcherson, Miranda Cosgrove, Pauley Perrette, Roshon Fegan and many more. Proceeds from TEACHERS ROCK will benefit three non-profit organizations: DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America and Teach for America.
The first poster from the surfer film Chasing Mavericks (previously titled Of Men and Mavericks) has landed online. Directed by Curtis Hanson, the film stars Gerard Butler as mentor to Moriarty (played by newcomer Jonny Weston), a soul surfer who made his name on the waves over Mavericks in Northern California.
Chasing Mavericks opens on October 26th.
Won’t Back Down will be released on September 28, 2012. The drama, produced by Walden Media & 20th Century Fox, is centered on two frustrated mothers (played by Viola and Maggie Gyllenhaal) who team up to transform an inner-city public school.
Specifically, Viola plays a teacher who risks plenty to join the cause; while Gyllenhaal plays a single mother who sells cars, tends bar and rouses parents to take charge of their grade school.
Rosie Perez as well as Fringe and The Wire star Lance Reddick co-star in the film playing the tough head of the school board (Perez), and Viola Davis’ husband who also happens to be a teacher (Reddick).
You’ll see several familiar faces in this including: Ving Rhames, Bill Nunn, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
Earlier this year, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was released in theaters, furthering the story that began in Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Soon after the release, there were rumors of a potential third film in the Journey series, to round out the trilogy.
The second chapter, The Mysterious Island is both fun and a bit cheesy at times, but it has a great cast and keeps moving, taking you on a really fun adventure into a world unlike any you’ve seen before.
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Walden Media is producing a reboot of the Benji movies. Brandon Camp, the son of Benji creator Joe Camp, Jr., will direct the new movie. Now, they’re looking for the dog that will portray Benji on the big screen!
“Finding the right dog to play him is an essential element of making this movie, so we’re casting a wide net and leaving no stone unturned,” said Brandon Camp in a statement. “That includes using social media to reach dog-owners who might have a perfect Benji of their own at home.”
“Braveheart” writer Randall Wallace will direct “The Conscientious Objector” for Walden Media, Walden confirmed to TheWrap.
The film tells the true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss served in WWII, joining the army as a medic. He was ostracized by his fellow soldiers because of his refusal to kill or even carry a gun. He proved his courage, saving 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa.
Drafted in 1942, the Seventh-day Adventist became a medic because he refused to carry a weapon into combat.
Wallace earned his lone Oscar nomination as a writer, penning the script for “Braveheart,” but his directing credits include “The Man in the Iron Mask,” “We Were Soldiers” and “Secretariat.” He wrote the first two but not the latter.
Aaron Schneider had previously been attached to direct.
The script was written by Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the Pulitzer-winning play The Kentucky Cycles and whose script credits include The Pacific and The Quiet American. The film is a co-production between Pandemonium and Permut Presentations, and is being produced by Bill Mechanic, David Permut and Terry Benedict (who directed the 2004 documentary bearing the same title). Steve Longi is co-producer.
Walden Media has hired Joe Ballarini to rewrite Atlantis 7, a thriller in which an elite military Navy SEAL force attempts to find the mythical city of Atlantis. A military code breaker seeks out his absentee father, who may hold the secret to unlock the clues that make an Atlantis discovery possible, which is key to saving the world.
Dean Parisot is attached to direct, and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps is producing with The Gotham Group. Adam F. Goldberg wrote the first draft adaptation of M. Zachary Sherman’s graphic novel Seal Team 7 and Robert Nelson Jacobs did a rewrite.
In an early announcement to retailers, Disney/Buena Vista has slated ‘Ghosts of the Abyss – 3D’ for Blu-ray 3D on September 11.
For the first time on Disney Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray 2D, see the real story behind the Titanic and watch this groundbreaking cinematic achievement in a beautiful new digital restoration!
Academy Award®-winning Director and master storyteller, James Cameron journey’s back to the site of his greatest inspiration – the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world’s foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never-before. With the most advanced 3D photography, moviegoers will experience the ship as if they are part of crew, right inside the dive subs. In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D theatres and specially outfitted 35MM 3D theaters across the country, Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 90 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel – more than any shipwreck – continues to intrigue and fascinate the public.
The Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will feature both the theatrical (60 minute) and extended (90 minute) cuts in 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include Reflections from the Deep.
Brooks will also write a new draft of the script for the film, which revolves around four moms on their special day. Walden exec Eric Tovell would not go into further detail about the plot.
Nia Vardalos wrote the initial draft with Keith Nerryman and David A. Newman following up with another draft.