Quick Cuts: Emily the Strange, The Great Buck Howard, Shorts

Emily the StrangeThe Hollywood Reporter reports that Dark Horse Entertainment president Mike Richardson (Hellboy, 30 Days of Night) will be producing a feature-length Emily the Strange movie. The film would tell the origin of Emily and her four cats, which were created by Rob Reger in the early 1990s. If you’ve never visited a Hot Topic before, Emily is a cartoon goth girl whose likeness is on every product imaginable, and is described as “a figure for female empowerment and anti-conformity” somehow. Dark Horse has released Emily the Strange comics since 2005. A director has yet to be announced, with the format (live, animated, both) dependent on the choice. The film will feature 13 new characters and will lead in to a young adult novel, to be published next year.

Magnolia Pictures has nabbed the domestic rights to The Great Buck Howard, according to Variety. The film, which debuted at Sundance in January with a bit of hype but no buyer, stars John Malkovich, Steve Zahn, Colin Hanks and Emily Blunt. In the flick, Malkovich is “Howard, a once-famous mentalist, who, by the hands of fate, is pushed from obscurity back into the limelight.” Plans are set for a fall release, with Magnolia’s Eamonn Bowles declaring it “a rare find in the current marketplace — a charming, incredibly likeable film that has something for everyone.”

Also at The Hollywood Reporter, it has been announced that Jon Cryer and James Spader are both making their return to the big screen in Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming Shorts. Rodriguez also wrote the screenplay for the “family adventure movie,” which will also star Leslie Mann and William H. Macy. The film “is set in fictional Black Falls, a suburb where everyone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated whose communication gadget is sweeping the country. A young boy (Bennett) discovers a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it, which first causes havoc amongst the kid population before turning up several notches when adults get their hands on it.

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