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Howard Takes Us Inside His Ambitious ‘Dark Tower’
Friday, January 14 by

Ron Howard appeared on Howard Stern yesterday and was very forthcoming with details about his upcoming 6-hour miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s epic series The Dark Tower, including casting ideas and platform specifics.

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Review: The Dilemma
Friday, January 14 by

From Academy Award winning director Ron Howard comes a January movie. The Dilemma is about a dilemma that’s very real, but it’s not funny.

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‘Arrested’ Movie: Ron Howard Toys With Our Emotions Again
Tuesday, January 11 by

Another week, another piece of vague news about the Arrested Development Movie. Ron Howard, EP and narrator of the beloved/canceled sitcom, said that the film stalled while show creator Mitch Hurwitz was busy developing about 50 TV projects over the last few years.

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The Dilemma
Monday, January 3 by

Director: Ron Howard Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Kevin James, Channing Tatum Synopsis: A man discovers that his best friend’s wife is having an affair. Release Date: January…

Ron Howard Keeping the Gay In ‘The Dilemma’
Monday, November 1 by

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You wouldn't know it by the trailer for his most recent movie, but Ron Howard is a protector of comedy. The director won't cave to the pressure that GLAAD is applying to edit the offensive Vince Vaughn line "Electric cars are gay," from both advertising and the final version of The Dilemma. He's quoted as saying:
"'The Dilemma' is a comedy for grown-ups, not kids.  It's true that the moment took on extra significance in light of some events that surrounded the release of the trailer and the studio made the decision to remove it from advertising, which I think was appropriate.  I believe in sensitivity but not censorship. I feel that our film is taking additional heat as an emblem for many movies and TV shows that preceded it that have even more provocative characterizations and language. It is a slight moment in THE DILEMMA meant to demonstrate an aspect of our lead character's personality, and we never expected it to represent our intentions or the point of view of the movie or those of us who made it."
Very well put. When reached for comment, Vince Vaughn added:
"This pressure is gay."
And then Kevin James made out with a sandwich. (LA Times)

Will Smith To Fight A Computer In Ron Howard’s ‘The Forbin Project’
Thursday, October 21 by

"Welcome ta Urff!!!"
Much like Kenny Powers, Will Smith will soon hate computers. All kinds. He's attached to Ron Howard's science fiction film The Forbin Project, the movie that tells the story of a super-computer who pulls a Stealth/Short Circuit and becomes sentient. The computer then uses its super-brain to take over the world. Which really doesn't seem that bad actually. In fact, it would be awesome. There'd be porn everywhere.
Not sure who Smith will play yet, but he'll probably be the guy who invented the computer, who now has to run around with a hot Hispanic chick in order to stop it. And then he makes the ultimate sacrifice of diving into the computer's battery core or something in order to disable it. Because that's how super-computers work, you guys. (Deadline)

Vince Vaughn Is Challenged In Trailer For ‘The Dilemma’
Friday, September 17 by

From Academy Award-Winning Director Ron Howard comes… a movie where Vince Vaughn gets poison ivy on his schlong. And Channing Tatum probably gets worse when he puts his in Winona Ryder. Despite the Farrelly-esque setups, The Dilemma looks funny. Hate on Vince Vaughn all you want but the man flawlessly delivers the line, "Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay."
Back to schlongs, Queen Latifah mentions that she's sporting "ladywood." Cute, but I'd have called it a "HERection." I'm not an Academy Award winner though, so what do I know?
Check out the trailer after the jump…

Ron Howard Taking On Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’
Wednesday, September 8 by

Ron Howard might be biting off more than he can chew. The best ginger director working in the business today is teaming up with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to adapt Stephen King's beloved novel series The Dark Tower into a feature film and television series. He's going to direct everything himself, battle all the haters who say it can't be done, and stave off a nervous breakdown in the process. Ronnie, you be crazy! Deadline has the deets:
The plan is to start with the feature film, and then create a bridge to the second feature with a season of TV episodes. That means the feature cast—and the big star who’ll play Deschain—also has to appear in the TV series before returning to the second film. After that sequel is done, the TV series picks up again, this time focusing on Deschain as a young gunslinger. Those storylines will be informed by a prequel comic book series that King was heavily involved in plotting. The third film would pick up the mature Deshain as he completes his journey. They will benefit from being able to use the same sets cast and crew for the movie and TV, which could help contain costs on what will be a financially ambitious undertaking.
Peter Jackson is sh*tting in his britches right now. I remember when his back-to-back-to-back Lord of the Rings Trilogy was an unprecedented cinematic feat. If Howard's plan comes together it'll put the whole thing to shame. Thanks Jackson, but we don't need your contributions to film anymore. Ronnie's got the medium on lockdown. 

First Look at Ron Howard’s ‘The Dilemma’
Sunday, August 22 by

USAToday has a first look at Ron Howard's new film, The Dilemma. It stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that his best friend's (Kevin James) wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him with Channing Tatum. Not the real Channing Tatum, but the character he plays. In case you're confused as to where this movie came from, it used to be called Cheaters.
It's great to see Ron Howard taking on a comedy again. I've grown weary of his religious projects with Tom Hanks in long, stringy hair. Hopefully The Dilemma will be more Parenthood than EdTV. I'd also like to mention that the above scene takes place at Chicago's famous hot dog joint, Weiner Circle. A more dangerous place to bring Vaughn and James I cannot think of.

Akiva Goldsman to Direct ‘Man and Wife’
Thursday, May 20 by

Akiva Goldsman (Left) and Ron Howard (Right) on the set of Inspector Gadget 2.Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is putting down his pen and picking up his wand, or whatever instrument directors use while directing. The Oscar-winning writer is slated to make his directorial debut with the 20th Century Fox drama, Man and Wife. The film follows an assassin who falls in love with the woman he is supposed to kill. In most relationships, a man falls in love with a woman and then ends up wanting to kill her, but this film turns that convention on its head. Brilliant!You have to hand it to Goldsman, especially considering he wrote Lost in Space and Batman and Robin. A lesser man (like myself) or a traditional Japanese samurai would have committed ritual suicide after penning such awful scripts. But Goldsman kept at it and went on to do great things. Aside from trying his hand at directing, he is also producing the upcoming Jonah Hex film and is slated to adapt Stephen King's The Dark Tower for director Ron Howard. (Deadline)

Ron Howard to Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’
Friday, April 30 by

Those who have tackled their own home-made adaptations of Stephen King's The Dark Tower are about to be upstaged twice over. Universal is in talks to condense the seven books by the creepy author (I said it) into a film trilogy directed by Ron Howard. Not only that, but they'll also produce a far crappier television version for shut-ins and Nielsen families.I'm not really sure how the story of the last gunslinger Roland Deschain will divide across film and television wthout confusing the chronology, and thinking about it has given me another one of my murder headaches. Well, time to chain myself up for the night again I suppose. (Deadline)

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to Make ‘Great Escape’
Tuesday, April 20 by

Having grown bored with dominating the fields of movie-making and silly hair-having, Imagine Entertainment brohams Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are pulling a Michael Bay. The pair have created an action-oriented reality thriller for TNT that challenges contestants to escape from movie-inspired scenarios. From THR:In "The Great Escape," ordinary people are put in cinema-inspired settings, challenging them to find a way out using everyday ingenuity. Each week, teams are dropped off blindfolded in a different extreme environment — lost in the desert, trapped in the mountains, locked in a prison, marooned on an island. This sounds like a fun and fresh premise. There's so many classic films that can be channeled for the program. Contestants could spend a terrifying night at Camp Crystal Lake, or get your teeth drilled by a nazi dentist. Or worse yet, they could be forced to raise an illegitimate child with Katherine Heigl.

Kevin James and Vince Vaughn to Double-Team Craft Services Table
Tuesday, February 23 by

A lot of food gets wasted on film and commercial sets but that shouldn't be a problem on Ron Howard's upcoming comedy. Kevin James is expected to sign-on to play opposite Vince Vaughn in the untitled comedy about infidelity. In the film, Vaughn will play a man who finds out his best friend's wife is cheating and struggles with what to do with that knowledge. James, who appears next in Grown Ups, will play the betrayed friend who struggles with a pair of Docker's.It's good to see Ron Howard returning to comedy. I'm optimistic that these three will turn out genuinely touching, funny moments with a lot of heart. An enlarged heart, if you will. (THR)

Vince Vaughn and Ron Howard are Looking to Break Some Hearts
Tuesday, January 5 by

Age is a cruel bitch. Anyway, Vince Vaughn and Ron Howard have decided to team up for a movie written by Wall Street 2 scribe Allan Loeb. The story follows a man who learns that his best friend's wife is cheating and must then navigate treacherous waters to decide what do with that knowledge. I hope it takes place in the middle of the Pacific, and Vaughn's character befriends an abrasive but quick-witted shark who's only looking out for his pal's best interests. Treacherous waters, indeed… Ron Howard hasn't directed a comedy since Edtv, and some would argue (me) Angels & Demons offered more laughs than that movie. If this new project with Vaughn echoes the tone of Parenthood I think we could all be in for a real treat. Also, I'd like to make a casting suggestion for the cheating husband:AHHH, LITTLE CLINT HOWARD!!! I take back what I said about age!(via THR)

Mitch Hurwitz Weighs In On ‘Arrested Development’ Movie
Monday, October 26 by

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has been silent thus far in the back-and-forth speculation on whether or not the cult favorite will find its way to the big screen. Until now. While appearing on a panel alongside series executive producer and Hollywood's beloved ginger Ron Howard, he was asked about the status of the film. Hurwitz confirmed that it is happening and he will be directing. When pressed for more details, Hurwitz only commented that the script will feature "a heavy jail presence." So there you have it. Once again, not much substantial info. The stars haven't been contacted and the project doesn't appear on any production schedules. So let's reclassify this one from a "Maybe" to a "Strongish Maybe Kinda". Don't let this one linger in Production Limbo too long. It very well may be our last chance to see Scott Baio on the big screen. (The Playlist)