Matt Reeves Teases a “Noir-Driven, Detective Version” of ‘The Batman’
With War for the Planet of the Apes landing in theaters next month, director Matt Reeves has already started making the press rounds for the final chapter in the new Apes trilogy. As you might expect, people have some questions about The Batman. What's a bit more surprising is that Reeves actually had some encouraging and interesting things about his vision for the project rather than the boilerplate non-answers and roundabout diversions most major studio directors feed the junket press. In an interview with New Trailer Buzz, Reeves emphasized that it's early days yet on the project, … »
- Haleigh Foutch
Troy Duffy ('Boondock Saints') Returns With 'The Blood Spoon Council'
Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.
The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.
When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.
Ansel Elgort to Portray John F. Kennedy in World War II Drama ‘Mayday 109’
The project has been in development since 2015, when Beau Flynn and Basil Iwanyk acquired a script by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Kent Kubena and Taylor Zea will oversee for Thunder Road and Scott Sheldon will oversee for Flynn Picture Co. No director is yet attached.
Kennedy was the commander of patrol torpedo boat PT 109 in the South Pacific when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagin, killing two crewmen. With the crew presumed dead by allies, Kennedy led the 11 survivors in swimming to a deserted island, where the crew had to hide from passing Japanese barges.
Kennedy swam over two miles to two other islands in search of help and food, then led his men to Olasana Island, which »
- Dave McNary
Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Drama
Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are also starring in the movie. Carell will star as a man who builds a miniature World War II village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Christie will be his caretaker.
the story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.
Christie is well known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones and stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Moss in “Top of the Lake.” She appeared as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
- Dave McNary
Gail Mancuso Directing Road Trip Comedy ‘Besties’ for DreamWorks
The project has been in the works since last year when DreamWorks picked up the film rights to the script written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. Ivan Reitman and Ali Bell are producing with Tom Pollock as executive producer.
The story follows a woman embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush after discovering a long-lost love note.
Universal would distribute. The project is eyeing late 2017 start.
Mancuso is a back-to-back Emmy winner for “Modern Family” in 2013 and 2014. She has directed over 300 television episodes, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Friends” and “Roseanne.” Mancuso also has received three DGA nominations for directorial achievement in a comedy series.
She is represented by ICM Partners and law firm Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.
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- Dave McNary
Michael Nyqvist, ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Star, Dies at 56
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films alongside Noomi Rapace, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.
“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” said his rep in a statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”
Though best known for his role in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, Nyqvist also broke into American film. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol »
- Alex Stedman
‘Deadpool 2’ Production Kicks Off, Ryan Reynolds Shares First Photo From Set
“The sun sets on day 1. Feels good to be back. This dog can hunt,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds will return in the sequel as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin signed on as Cable. »
- Dave McNary
Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)
A 104-day shoot for the high-end series starts at end-August and will take in La Rochelle, Prague, Malta and Munich. Billed as a sequel to the 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, the show will go out on Sky’s pay TV channels in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.
Other cast members include Vicky Krieps (“Colonia Dignidad”), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (“Robin Hood”), Leonard Scheicher (“Finsterworld”), Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”), Franz Dinda (“The Cloud”), and Stefan Konarske (“The Young Karl Marx”). German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) will direct the eight-part series, which launches on Sky next fall.
- Stewart Clarke
Chilean veterans back genre co-production event
Exclusive: Suspense! Co-Producer Network to launch in July.
Patricio Valladares, the Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods and Downhill, and producer Francisco Inostroza are among a coterie of professionals behind next month’s inaugural Suspense! Co-Producer Network.
The event for aspiring genre filmmakers will take place from July 26-28 in Concepcion, Chile, when filmmakers can pitch industry professionals and participate in one-on-one meetings.
The schedule includes round-table networking for producers without a project, panels addressing new trends in genre cinema, and social events.
Three projects will receive co-production deals at a follow-up event in September when judges will consider 10 finallists selected from July.
Valladares (pictured) is on board as industry director and his launch collaborators include Inostroza, Working Place CEO Ricardo Campos, and Luis Aguirre España, CEO of national agency Concepcion Crea y Produce (Ccp).
Partners include Corfo, Working Place, Ccp, government body Comité de Desarrollo Productivo Regional, and Carriel Sur Pictures.
This year’s »
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‘Downward Dog’ Finale: Saying Goodbye to a Show That Was More Human Than Anything Else on TV
On Tuesday night, “Downward Dog” bid farewell to TV. For now.
The short-lived ABC sitcom only got eight episodes on network television — still surprisingly more than you would expect for a show co-anchored by a dog pontificating on the true nature of “loyalty” or “boundaries.” But what makes the show’s disappearance from the airwaves so disheartening is that it had much more to offer to an audience beyond the bevy of dog owners who watched the show with their four-legged friends at their side.
It’s impossible to boil down this show to one simple takeaway, but “Downward Dog” did truly capture the worth of seeing the world through different eyes. Martin the dog became the conduit through which the audience reevaluated many of Nan’s (Allison Tolman) interpersonal relationships as well. But despite having an animal in the title, the lasting ways this show will resonate for fans »
- Steve Greene
Michelle Rodriguez Tells ‘Fast’ Folks To “Show Some Love” To Female Characters Or Else
With Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious getting its digital release today, original franchise star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to tout it — sorta. What it ended up being was a gentle but notable nudge seen by her 3.8 million followers to Universal and the series’ producers to “show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.” Rodriguez has always kept up with the boys in Fast And The Furious… »
Elizabeth Gillies Cast In Comedy Feature ‘Untitled Arizona Project’
Exclusive: Elizabeth Gillies, who stars in CW’s upcoming Dynasty reboot, has been cast in the Untitled Arizona Project, a comedy film directed by Jonathan Watson. The film follows a residential real estate agent, Cassie, whose life is turned upside down when she’s kidnapped by Sonny after he witnesses him impulsively throw her boss over a balcony. Gillies will play Kelsey who on the surface you might think she’s not the deepest creature, however she’s a gritty, and a… »
‘Baby Driver’ Review: Edgar Wright Conducts a Brilliant Symphony of Cinema
It’s been almost four years since Edgar Wright’s previous film, The World’s End, but as his new film Baby Driver shows, he hasn’t missed a beat. Baby Driver is a unique, thrilling triumph of modern filmmaking. While the plot takes its cues from standard crime thrillers, the filmmaking surrounding that story is anything but ordinary. Like Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Baby Driver is essentially a spin on the musical, but instead of characters bursting into song, they live inside the song. Everything is soundtrack, everything is music, and it all combines into an … »
- Matt Goldberg
‘Okja’ Review: You’ll Fall for a CGI Super Pig in Bong Joon-ho’s Cinematic Marvel
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Box Office: ‘Despicable Me 3’ to Dominate Independence Day Weekend
The summer box office this year hasn’t been the friendliest to franchise films, but “Despicable Me 3” looks to buck the trend.
In a record 4,529 locations — the widest domestic release ever — Illumination and Universal’s threequel could land in the $90 million-$100 million range this weekend. The studio is estimating slightly lower, around $85 million.
Either way, that’s a win for the franchise, which has grossed over $955 million domestically and $2.7 billion worldwide with the first three installations (including the “Minions” spinoff). “Despicable Me 2” opened this weekend in 2013, and earned $83.5 million. The franchise has historically performed well overseas — this installment has already taken in $20 million internationally from six select territories over the past two weekends.
Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’
Steve Carell plays double duty in “Despicable Me 3” as the series’ protagonist Gru, and now also his twin brother, Dru. The plot centers on the brothers, as they team up for a criminal heist. “South Park »
- Seth Kelley
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