We've seen board games, theme park rides and Legos make their way to the silver screen, so it's about time that Easter candy got a movie star moment of its own. Deadline reports that filmmaker Adam Rifkin has secured the film and TV rights to Peeps candies, and plans to give them a starring role in an animated feature sometime soon. The film would reportedly tell the story of a diorama contest in which the sugar-covered marshmallows are the central focus. But on the night before the judging, one Peep gets separated from his family, and must make the treacherous journey back to his diorama before morning.
While that sounds like an exciting and heartwarming film, we can't help but feel like Peeps are capable of more. They're not just bouncy little marshmallow shapes; they have dreams, desires, bravery and skill. They can be the heroes or the villains, they can fall in love or they can save the planet. In order to help prove their cinematic potential by coming up with a few ideas for some other Peeps films.
Like one where one of the Peeps goes stale and its hard, congealed shell causes more damage that anyone could have predicted:
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Or one where scientists take their experiments too far, and the intelligent Peep goes after them for revenge:
Or one where a the tragic death of one Peep leaves his family tense and riddled with guilt:
Or one where Craig Robinson is in over his head when he meets his girlfriend's disapproving albeit sugar-coated family.
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We're looking forward to seeing all of them.
Actress America Ferrara's film dreams look set to become reality - Alloy Entertainment executives are developing a new Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie. Just last year (13), the Ugly Betty star confirmed she and her pals Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel would love to make a third film in the series - and now it looks like the quartet will get its chance to reunite before cameras.
Ferrara told Entertainment Weekly magazine that she was hoping author Ann Brashares' fifth book in the Sisterhood book series could be turned into a movie, explaining, "It picks up 10 years after the fourth book, so the characters are all basically the ages that we are now. I know that the four of us would love it (to make another film), and it would be wonderful."
Ferrera, Tamblyn, Lively and Bledel have all become close friends since teaming up for the first film back in 2005; they reprised their characters for a 2008 Sisterhood sequel, and now Ken Kwapis, the director of the original, has signed on to make a third movie, titled Sisterhood Everlasting.
"I was 14 or 15 when they were bringing back The Sound of Music to Broadway and I got five callbacks... (but) they were afraid I'd grow taller than the girl they'd cast as the oldest daughter... When I didn't get that job, I thought I would die from the rejection." Actress Kate Mara on her dashed Broadway dreams.
Producer/singer Boots has recruited his pal Beyonce to sing on a new charity single, which unexpectedly went on sale on Tuesday (22Apr14). Boots, who served as a co-writer and co-producer on the singer's surprise Beyonce record earlier this year (14), revealed the final track of his Winter Spring Summer Fall mixtape - a duet with the superstar titled Dreams.
The producer shared the track on his Facebook.com page, and said that profits from iTunes sales will go towards Day One, a charity whose mission is to stop teen dating violence. Boots, real name Jordy Asher, praises Beyonce's talents and friendship, telling Vogue, "I love that the song has me and what I’m doing in my realm and her and what she’s doing in hers, and it’s so completely opposite but they work incredibly together."
"It's in the works. I'm doing this play at the moment, but eventually, at some point, yes." Actress Leighton Meester is still hoping to find the time to work on her debut album, two years after she initially unveiled plans to launch a music career. The Gossip Girl beauty, who is currently starring in Broadway play Of Mice and Men, recently showed off her musical skills in a YouTube.com video featuring herself and pal Dana Williams performing an acoustic cover of Fleetwood Mac's 1977 classic Dreams.
Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have launched a charitable foundation for performing arts in their native Australia. The Wolverine star and his wife of 18 years have set up the Jackman Furness Foundation for Performing Arts, which will support art education groups Down Under such as the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, which trains students in theatre, music, and dance.
Jackman shared the charity's logo on Instagram.com on Tuesday (22Apr14), alongside the caption, "Excited to announce the Jackman Furness Foundation! An initiative we hope will make dreams come true."
Billie Joe Armstrong made a surprise appearance at the second weekend of the Coachella festival by joining rockers The Replacements onstage. The band, which reunited in 2012 after more than 20 years, was one of the main draws on the Outdoor Stage at the California music event on Friday (18Apr14) and the crowd went wild when they brought out Green Day frontman Armstrong.
Dressed in the same plaid suit as the rockers, and he performed on tracks including Color Me Impressed, Can't Hardly Wait and Alex Chilton.
Armstrong seemed thrilled to be a temporary member of the group, and told the crowd, "Dreams really do come true!"
The Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg had to perform while sat down on a couch during some parts of the set due to a back injury.
Sir Paul McCartney's brother insists it was "lucky" he missed out on a chance to join The Beatles, because he fears their sibling rivalry would have wrecked the band. Mick McCartney acted as a drummer when his elder brother first started collaborating with John Lennon, but his dreams were dashed when his arm was left severely damaged during an accident in his early teens.
George Harrison and Pete Best later joined the group as guitarist and drummer, before the latter was replaced by Ringo Starr, and the band went on to become the biggest act in the world.
However, Mick McCartney is adamant he is not bitter over the missed opportunity, insisting the result of sharing fame with his sibling could have left them estranged like Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I was nearly in The Beatles. I was The Beatles drummer, but I broke my arm in the Scouts
"It was when John (Lennon) used to come to the house in (Liverpool, England) with The Quarrymen, before George (Harrison) was even there. I broke my arm at camp and it affected the nerves that control the wrist. They were dead. If I hadn't broken my arm, I'd have been a Beatle. But I did break my arm and I'm not a Beatle. You always have to deal in reality, not dreams.
"You could look at this another way. If I hadn't broken my arm, if I had joined The Beatles, maybe we'd have ended up fighting like Liam and Noel Gallagher in Oasis. So, it's fortuitous and lucky I didn't join. I have a nice, close, stable relationship with my brother."
Liam and Noel Gallagher have been estranged since Oasis split in 2009 following years of bust-ups between the brothers.
Inspired by the premiere of AMC’s Mad Men, and the oncoming spring, it’s time to dust off those social skills and grab some after work drinks — or midday drinks, we don’t judge. However, as the TV-obsessed folk that we are, we can't help but dwell on the television characters we wish were real so that they could join us for a hard beverage.
Whether these characters are drinking at a dive bar, in the office, or hawking some hooch in prison, we’d love to hang out, pick their brains, or go out for a night on the town... even if a night out with one or more of these characters could end in arrest, destruction of property, or shenanigans worthy of the next sequel to The Hangover. So maybe it’s for the best that these men and women are fictional.
Still, in our dreams, we’re drinking buddies with these famous TV characters. Cheers to you, Don Draper.
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"Hilary Duff? Are you freaking serious? Hilary Duff was there last night? This is what dreams are made of! Was she vibing it? Was she bobbing her head? This is the most insane thing that's ever happened to me. That's my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan - that freaks me out!" Teen singing sensation Lorde gushes over her idol Hilary Duff, who attended the Royals hitmaker's private concert in Los Angeles in February (14) without her knowledge.