The Ottumwa Courier

Entertainment

November 21, 2013

Paramount: 'Wonderful Life' sequel has no wings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans outraged that a sequel to a beloved holiday film is in the works are no longer out in the cold.

A spokeswoman for Paramount Pictures, who owns the rights to "It's a Wonderful Life," said Wednesday that the studio would fight a group of producers who are working on a follow-up to the 1946 holiday classic. Directed by Frank Capra, the film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a desperate family man who imagines during Christmas time what his town would be like if he'd never been born.

"No project relating to 'It's a Wonderful Life' can proceed without a license from Paramount," the studio noted in a statement after Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions announced their sequel plans Monday. "To date, these individuals have not obtained any of the necessary rights, and we would take all appropriate steps to protect those rights."

The Internet collectively groaned this week when Bob Farnsworth, president of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hummingbird Productions, and Allen J. Schwalb, president of Orlando, Fla.-based Star Partners, unveiled their pitch for "It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story," a follow-up that would focus on Bailey's unlikeable grandson.

"This can't be real," many tweeted.

"Please don't," posted others.

"Maybe George Bailey should have killed himself after all," said one blogger.

Soon celebrities were chiming in:

"I don't know if they have a title yet, but if not, I have a suggestion. I would call it 'It's a Terrible Idea,'" joked Jimmy Kimmel.

"Stop messing with classics, people! What's next? 'Gone with the Wind 2'?" pondered Andy Cohen.

"It would've been better if we'd never been born," tweeted comedian John Fugelsang.

Farnsworth and Schwalb said the film would star Karolyn Grimes, who played Bailey's daughter in the original film, as an angel who comes to the aid of her nephew. They also said they were in talks with other surviving cast members to return. The producers estimated it would cost between $25 and $32 million, far less than many Hollywood remakes and sequels.

Text Only
Entertainment
  • 'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fantasy saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. The meth kingpin drama "Breaking B

    July 10, 2014

  • Daytime Emmys red-carpet banter turns dark LOS ANGELES (AP) — When four social media divas were handed red-carpet and backstage interviewing duties for the Daytime Emmys, the result was anything but Hollywood magic. The women who hosted the Emmy pre-show Sunday appeared largely ignorant about

    June 24, 2014

  • 0619 OTT Los Lobos color photo -L -T -M Los Lobos headlining FAIRfest Friday

    FAIRFIELD — Three-time Grammy-winning band Los Lobos has strong ties to Iowa, and that connection will be solidified this weekend as the iconic group headlines FAIRfest while on its 40th anniversary tour. Los Lobos will perform Friday night during th

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0530 OTT 5 things logo -T -M Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — When the weather forecast says "slight chance of thunderstorms" all weekend, you can make two sets of plans. Have a set of activities to enjoy outdoors, but have a backup plan for staying in out of the rain. 1. Outside: Get your landscaping

    May 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Author Maya Angelou dies at 86 in North Carolina NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. "I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes

    May 28, 2014

  • 0524 OTT Bill Cosby color photo -L -T Bill Cosby proves he's 'Far From Finished'

    OTTUMWA — Talking to comedian Bill Cosby for just a few moments, you suddenly understand how appropriate the name of his "Far From Finished Tour" really is. One of the most legendary personalities of all time, Cosby is coming to spend an evening in O

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Networks' plea to viewers: Watch now! NEW YORK (AP) — One day into the annual week where television's biggest networks reveal their future programming plans and it was clear what the buzzword was going to be: Eventize. No matter whether it's a word or not, broadcasters talked frequently

    May 19, 2014

  • Supreme Court TV on the Internet [Duplicate] High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-b

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest LOS ANGELES (AP) — Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.

    April 14, 2014

  • 0411 OTT Five things logo -M Five things to do in southeast Iowa this weekend OTTUMWA — Music, monster trucks and memorable moments — this weekend will bring an eclectic mix of performing arts, sports, activities and informational sessions to the region. 1. Start the weekend by taking special care of your furry friends. Noah’s

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National