Barbie is coming to life.
Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation have partnered to create a live-action movie focused on the iconic doll.
The companies said Wednesday the comedy will be written by Jenny Bicks (What a Girl Wants) and produced by husband-and-wife team Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Men in Black 3).
Executive producers will be Parkes+MacDonald president Marc Resteghini and Julia Pistor for Mattel’s Playground Productions.
Sony sees the film as a global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year.
It’s the second collaboration for Mattel and Sony. The companies are developing the film adaptation of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel action figures.
Amazon to stream classic HBO shows
Fans of classic HBO shows such as The Sopranos and The Wire will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.
Starting May 21, Amazon Prime members – who pay $99 a year for streaming entertainment, two-day shipping and other perks – will be able to watch other older shows, such as Six Feet Under and Big Love, as well as early seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood.
Past seasons of newer shows such as Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will also become available throughout the multi-year agreement, about three years after airing on HBO.
The exclusive deal also includes older original movies such as Too Big to Fail (2011) and Game Change (2012), as well as original comedy specials.
There was no mention of Game of Thrones, one of the most pirated shows in history. Other shows such as Sex and the City and Entourage were also left out of the deal.
VMAs returning to West Coast
Live from Inglewood!
After visiting New York last year, the MTV Video Music Awards announced Wednesday that the show is returning to the West Coast this summer to become the first major awards ceremony broadcast from the storied Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
For decades, the Fabulous Forum, as it was known, hosted some of the world’s biggest musical talents, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones. But in recent years, the arena and its working-class neighborhood near the LA airport fell on hard times as newer, hipper venues gained favor.
Then, after a $100 million makeover, the Forum reopened in January as the largest indoor entertainment venue in the country. It has already hosted such acts as the Eagles and Justin Timberlake.
The 2014 VMAs will air Aug. 24.