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Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel'
Amazon Studios is moving full steam ahead into film distribution.
It's a significant step for Amazon, which has previously partnered with traditional distributors like Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate to put its films into theaters. Amazon's Bob Berney has always played a key role in the marketing of its films, but until now, the company has never had the infrastructure in place to book theaters and physically distribute movies. The company has been quietly building »
- Tatiana Siegel
Box-Office Preview: 'Emoji Movie,' 'Atomic Blonde' to Battle 'Dunkirk'
If moviegoers ever wanted to hear Sir Patrick Stewart voice the poop emoji, they are about to get their chance.
This weekend, Sony Pictures Animation unfurls The Emoji Movie, based on the popular ideograms that have become their own, popular language. But it remains to be seen whether The Emoji Movie can pass up Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which opened to $50.3 million last weekend, and win the weekend.
The Emoji Movie is tracking to debut in the $25 million-$27 million, although Sony is being more conservative in suggesting $20 million.
Tony Leondis directed the original film, about an emoji named »
- Pamela McClintock
Venice Lineup: Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ Lands on the Lido, Plus Films by Clooney, Del Toro, Kechiche
Rome – Darren Aronofsky’s horror thriller “Mother!” and new films by George Clooney and Guillermo del Toro will world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, along with hotly anticipated titles from directors such as France’s Abdellatif Kechiche.
As previously reported by Variety, Clooney’s “Suburbicon” (pictured), a black comedy starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac, will launch from the Lido. The film is one of three Paramount titles destined for Venice, along with “Mother!” and festival opener “Downsizing” by Alexander Payne. All three movies will also screen in Toronto.
In “Suburbicon,” Damon plays the father in a well-to-do suburban family that finds itself caught in a violent spiral. The actor also stars in “Downsizing,” a social satire in which his character agrees to have »
- Nick Vivarelli
Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Replace Ben Affleck in ‘Triple Frontier’
Mark Wahlberg is in talks to join Netflix’s “Triple Frontier,” TheWrap has learned. The “Transformers” franchise star would replace Ben Affleck in the J.C. Chandor border thriller, two individuals familiar with the project said. Affleck remains a producer on the film, which has also seen exits from actors Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum and originally-attached director Kathryn Bigelow. Also Read: Mel Gibson Is Mark Wahlberg's Womanizing Dad in 'Daddy's Home 2' Trailer (Video) Atlas Entertainment is producing the Netflix original, who inherited the project from Paramount. Wahlberg will next be seen in “Daddy’s Home 2,” and »
- Umberto Gonzalez and Matt Donnelly
Will Darth Vader Appear in Han Solo Film? A Cancelation Drives Speculation
Lucasfilm has been notoriously tight-lipped on details about upcoming “Star Wars” movies, but a cancellation by one actor at a fan convention may have accidentally revealed that cinema’s most famous villain, Darth Vader, may appear once again in next year’s untitled Han Solo movie. Spencer Wilding, who wore the Vader suit in last year’s “Rogue One” — James Earl Jones, of course, voiced the Sith Lord — was slated to appear at Fandom Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. However, on Tuesday Wilding was added to the convention’s cancellation list because he was “filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘Star Wars’: Warwick Davis to Appear in Han Solo Film
When a Twitter user asked when fans could expect a sequel to the 1988 film “Willow,” Ron Howard — who is now directing the Han Solo origin story, and directed Davis in “Willow” — casually revealed that Davis has a part in the latest “Star Wars” tale.
“Glad you are asking for one! I directed Warwick Davis for the first time in 30 years today,” Howard wrote. “It made me happy.”
Glad you are asking for one! I directed @WarwickADavis for the 1st time in 30 years today. It made me happy https://t.co/yW8E19MPCn
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 26, 2017
Davis also confirmed the news.
“Reminded me what a wonderful experience ‘Willow’ was, made so by your expert direction and friendship,” Davis tweeted. “After 30 years, you’ve still got the magic!”
Reminded me what a wonderful experience #Willow was, made so by your expert direction & friendship. After »
- Jacob Bryant
Nick Offerman to star in musical 'Hearts Beat Loud'
The film, co-written by Haley and Marc Basch, is the story of Frank and Sam, a father and daughter who form an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before the daughter leaves for college.
This marks Offerman’s first leading role as he reunites with Haley after the two collaborated on The Hero.
Haley’s film The Hero starring Sam Elliott is currently in theatres. The Hero and Haley’s previous film I’ll See You In My Dreams, both co-written with Basch, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Offerman is an actor, writer, and woodworker best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC »
HBO Exec Addresses Controversial ‘Confederate’ Series From ‘Game of Thrones’ Producers [TCA 2017]
On Wednesday, July 19, HBO made headlines when they announced the new show from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The news wasn’t high anticipation for their follow-up – it was controversy over the show’s racially charged concept. Confederate is a dystopian drama about a world in which the South won the Civil […]
- Fred Topel
Rob Liefeld on Comic-Con, Writing Screenplays, Josh Brolin as Cable and More
Rob Liefeld, the co-creator of Deadpool and plenty of other comics, was on hand at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and our own Steve Weintraub got the chance to sit down and talk with him about a variety of subjects. During their conversation, they talked about partnering with us for the IMAX screening of Deadpool, what it’s like for him to attend Comic-Con, if he sells his original artwork, the progress he’s making in adapting his fallen angel story Evangline, his thoughts on Josh Brolin as Cable in Deadpool 2, moving into writing screenplays, … »
- Matt Goldberg
Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See ‘The Dark Tower’
The first novel in The Dark Tower series was published in 1982. 35 years later, Stephen King’s magnum opus is finally reaching the big screen. It carries with it a lot of expectations and possibly a lot of complications. I’ve covered the various iterations of this project for years, and I’m curious to see how it’s all come together. I’m also eager to hear what die-hard fans of the books think of the big screen realization of this project. I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 25 admit-two passes to the … »
- Matt Goldberg
Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Gets China Release Date In Late August
Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets has been granted an August 25 China release date, Deadline has confirmed. China is a hoped-for key play on the expensive sci-fi epic, and this late August date means it will be one of the first imports allowed into the Proc after the traditional (if unofficial) summer blackout. An official announcement on the dating is expected tomorrow, after speculation had begun to emerge in the Middle Kingdom. The EuropaCorp pic… »
Male Nerd Entitlement And The Threat of (Fictional) Women
If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet recently, you’ve no doubt read that BBC fan favorite “Doctor Who” has cast Jodie Whittaker to play the thirteenth Doctor, making her the first woman to ever play the protagonist in the show’s 54-year history. The Doctor, an alien who regenerates as another humanoid being instead of dying, has “coincidentally” reappeared as a white man for the show’s duration. Whittaker, of “Broadchurch” and “Attack the Block” fame, will take on the historical mantle of first female Doctor when the show debuts its 11th season next year.
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- Lena Wilson
The Mystery Screenwriter for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ Might Not Exist
Logan Lucky is already getting rave reviews as a “high-spirited” and “brilliantly constructed” heist thriller, with first-time screenwriter Rebecca Blunt getting much of the acclaim for penning Steven Soderbergh‘s return to cinema. But rumors are swirling that Blunt may not be who she says she is. In fact, she may not exist at all. The Hollywood Reporter first […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Judy Greer Set To Return For Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’
Exclusive: Judy Greer has signed on to reprise her role of Maggie Lang, Scott Lang/Ant-Man’s ex-wife and mother to his daughter, in Marvel/Disney’s upcoming Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man And The Wasp. Greer’s news comes on the heals of Marvel’s Comic-Con presentation where it was announced that Michelle Pfeiffer will be playing Janet Van Dyne and Laurence Fishburne was cast as Dr. Bill Foster. The studio is remaining tight-lipped on plot details on the film, which will bow in… »
2017 Best Writing For A Comedy Series Emmy Predictions
If there is justice in the world Lena Waithe‘s deeply personal “Master of None” episode “Thanksgiving” will take this Emmy. If not, either “Veep” episode (we’re going with the funnier “Georgia”) or “B.A.N.” from “Atlanta” are next up. [Updated July 27]
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
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- Gregory Ellwood
One Change It's Director Made From Stephen King's Book
It director Andres Muschietti highlighted a specific change his made to the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's book to make it more frightening. »
‘Master of None’ Co-Creator Alan Yang on Asian-American Representation and What It’ll Take for Season 3 to Happen
“Master of None” has been a boon for showcasing diversity with its inclusive casting and storylines that take a look at people who don’t always get screen time. From its Asian-American leading man Aziz Ansari and a slew of supporting cast who are people of color (and one who is gay) to the unique narratives that shift the spotlight to underserved groups, the Netflix series is also a standout for diversity behind the camera. It’s currently only one of a handful of TV series that can boast Asian-American creators.
Alan Yang, who created the series alongside Ansari, alluded to the importance of representation behind the scenes in his Emmy acceptance speech in 2016.
“Seventeen million Asian-Americans in this country, and there are 17 million Italian-Americans,” he said. “They have ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Goodfellas, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Stephen Colbert-Produced Comedy Animates Donald Trump for Showtime
Read MoreStephen Colbert Compares Donald Trump, Jr.’s Russia Meeting to ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ — Watch
Showtime announced Thursday that the host will be executive producing a 10-episode animated series about Donald Trump and his family — the official description, per Showtime:
“The fresh, cutting-edge comedy will present the truish adventures of Trump’s confidants and bon vivants – family, top associates, heads of government, golf pros and anyone else straying into his orbit – intrepidly exploring their histories and their psyches, revealing insights into what makes them so definitively Trumpian. It’s a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval; it’s a character study in search of character, as seen through the eyes of an imaginary documentary crew.”
The series is inspired by the opening sequence »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘It’ Trailer Breakdown: Pennywise Terrorizes The Losers’ Club
Warner Bros. has unleashed a new trailer for Andy Muschietti‘s upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s classic horror novel It, and it’s even scarier than the frightening trailer that preceded it. A good portion of the new trailer consists of moments we’ve seen in other marketing materials, but there’s plenty of new footage that’s worth digging […]
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- Ben Pearson
Writer Of Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ Revealed
You never really know when something’s going to cause a big stir on the interwebs, especially inside baseball jobs. Today, THR wrote a piece questioning the authenticity of the screenwriter Rebecca Blunt, credited as writing filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming hillbilly heist movie “Logan Lucky” starring Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and, as the final credits say, “introducing Daniel Craig” among many others.
- Rodrigo Perez
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