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Robert Rodriguez To Direct ‘Ugly Dolls’ For STX For May 2019 Bow – CinemaCon
Robert Rodriguez will direct STX Entertainment’s animated Ugly Dolls, based on the kids toys, which the company has long planned as the film to launch its family and animation division. The movie will come out May 10, 2019.
The dolls were created by David Horvath via his company Pretty Ugly LLC and have taken off in popularity in Asia. The film version will be produced by STX with Gigi Pritzker and OddLot co-producing. Horvath and business partner Drew Matilsky will… »
Anne Hathaway’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake Finds Director
The movie marks Addison’s big-screen directorial debut. Jac Schaeffer will write the screenplay.
Cave 76 Productions’ Roger Birnbaum and Wilson’s Camp Sugar Productions are producing.
The film gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed comedy classic that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The ’80s film was itself a reboot of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie “Bedtime Story,” starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.
“Nasty Women” follows two female scam artists, one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. The title calls to mind Donald Trump’s insult to Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, a »
- Justin Kroll
‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Darlene Cates Dies at 69
Cates’ daughter, Sheri Cates Morgan, announced in a Facebook post that her mother died “peacefully in her sleep” on Sunday morning.
“We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior, Jesus,” the daughter wrote. “(Dancing was something she talked about loving to do ‘back in the day’!)” »
- Seth Kelley
‘Terminator’ Sequel Bumped Off Paramount Release Schedule
Paramount removed a sequel to “Terminator: Genisys” from its upcoming film slate while adding release dates to three upcoming projects as part of an announcement Monday.
The sequel, which was listed as “Terminator 3,” had been set for a June 29, 2018 release date. 2015’s “Terminator: Genisys,” a follow-up to 2009’s “Terminator Salvation,” saw the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to his most famous role for the first time since “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” in 2003.
“Genisys” made $440.5 million worldwide against a $155 million budget.
Elsewhere on »
- Jeremy Fuster
Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ Moves Up Nearly Two Months to June
Sony announced the news at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday. The new release date puts Wright’s latest smack dab in the middle of the July 4 frame, going up against “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Despicable Me 3,” Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s “The House,” “Amityville: The Awakening,” and Sofia Coppola’s “Beguiled.”
CinemaCon: 3 Major Issues Facing the Movie Business
In its previous August slot, it would have opened against New Line’s “Annabelle 2” and Weinstein Co.’s “Wind River.” It’s a sign of confidence for the action heist film, which garnered major buzz upon debuting at SXSW earlier this month. In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge wrote, “Like all Edgar Wright movies, ‘Baby Driver’ is a blast, featuring wall-to-wall music and a surfeit of inspired ideas. »
- Alex Stedman
‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Debuts New Footage at CinemaCon
The studio chief dropped the zinger while debuting new footage of the “Blade Runner” sequel to exhibition industry professionals at CinemaCon, with star Ryan Gosling on hand. The extended preview that the actor brought with him to Las Vegas stunned the crowd, featuring an apocalyptic Los Angeles and Las Vegas filled with snow, dust storms, and dazed looking androids, all of it created in Budapest. There were also several visual callbacks to sequences and sets from the first picture that are sure to tickle fans.
- Alex Stedman and Brent Lang
Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Dolittle Movie to Hit Theaters in May 2019
Stephen Gaghan directs the new take on Dolittle, which will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), along with Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” films, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.
The project is based on the 1920s tales by Hugh Lofting, following a peculiar doctor who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters. The release date news comes two days before Universal’s CinemaCon presentation, where the studio will tout its upcoming release slate to exhibition industry professionals in Las Vegas.
Universal acquired the rights to the beloved character after a heated bidding war, and announced Downey’s casting earlier this month. »
- Alex Stedman
Noreen Fraser, TV Producer and ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ Co-Creator, Dies at 63
Noreen Fraser, a TV producer who dedicated her life to raising money for cancer research, has lost her own battle with the disease. She was 63. Fraser, who’s TV credits include “Entertainment Tonight,” “Home Show” on ABC and “The Richard Simmons Show,” died at her Brentwood, California, home on Monday, a representative for the Noreen Fraser Foundation confirmed to TheWrap. The producer and philanthropist was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer 16 years ago, and since then has not only fought her own battle but helped countless fellow sufferers live better, longer lives. Also Read: Sick Teen Who. »
- Debbie Emery
‘Big Little Lies’ Sets New TV Ratings Record Ahead of Final Episode
“Big Little Lies” is killing it in TV Ratings. The HBO thriller just broke an internal TV Ratings record with its penultimate episode, drawing 1.4 million total viewers in Nielsen’s Live + Same Day numbers. That’s up about 20 percent from last week’s 1.17 million. With streaming tune-in counted and some late replays, that sum for last night’s episode grew to a cool 2 million, per HBO. Also Read: Was That Alexander Skarsgard's Real Penis on 'Big Little Lies'? Fans Need to Know The Jean-Marc Vallee series stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley and follows the »
- Tony Maglio
The Weinstein Co.’s ‘Leap!’ Jumps Back to Labor Day Release
The Weinstein Company’s animated comedy “Leap!” will have a nationwide release Labor Day weekend, the company announced Tuesday. The movie was originally slated for an April 21 release. The film follows an 11-year-old orphan (Elle Fanning), who dreams of moving to Paris and becoming a dancer — but faces plenty of obstacles. “Leap!” also stars Nat Wolff and Maddie Ziegler, along with Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks. Jepsen, Demi Lovato and Sia provided original music for the movie. “Leap!” was directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin and produced in partnership with Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou of Quad Productions, »
- Matt Pressberg
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director’s Karl Marx Film Lands at The Orchard
Peck was nominated this year for an Academy Award for the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”
“The Young Karl Marx” premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Directed, produced, and co-written by Peck (with Pascal Bonitzer), the film stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, and Vicky Krieps. The producers are Nicolas Blanc, Remi Grellety, Robert Guediguian, and Peck.
“The Young Karl Marx” explores the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League, and its founding document, the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
Peck said, “A few years back, while the world was going through yet another financial crisis, I felt the need to go back to the basics: The analysis of the violent capitalist society we are still embedded in, »
- Dave McNary
Elle Fanning Animated Movie 'Leap!' Shifts Release Date (Exclusive)
Leap! tells the story of an 11-year-old orphan, voiced by Fanning, who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer and who teams up with a young inventor, voiced by Nat Wolff, as they pursue their passions in 19th century Paris, where the Eiffel Tower is still under construction. Along the way, they encounter such characters as a devious classmate (Maddie Ziegler) and a tough but encouraging mentor (Carly Rae Jepsen).
The film’s original »
- Gregg Kilday
Ondi Timoner Didn’t Want to Make Documentaries Anymore – Then Came ‘Jungletown’
Ondi Timoner arrived at Kalu Yala — a town in the middle of the Panamanian jungle — for a short consulting gig. She wasn’t expecting to jump into a multi-year documentary project. She actually didn’t want to film anything, having decided she was going to be leaving documentaries to make feature films. But there was something about the tiny town that compelled her to not just film a documentary, rather a series called “Jungletown.” It wasn’t just that it was a unique town. It was an evolving one. It was new. “You’re looking at a town in its nascent stages, »
- Carli Velocci
Bret Easton Ellis’ 9 Biggest Feuds, From Meryl Streep to ‘Glee’ (Photos)
“American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis is not one to hold back from airing his often-controversial thoughts — over the years, he’s cultivated the personae of an expert rabble-rouser. Here are seven people (and two TV shows) he’s unleashed his wordy wrath upon. Barbra Streisand Ellis tore into the icon for saying she’s gained weight after Trump’s election. “Really?,” he said on his podcast. “You’re blaming the president for your own problems and neuroses?” Lena Dunham He attacked the “Girls” star for that same reason on the podcast. Dunham famously declared she’s lost weight because of the president. »
- Nigel M. Smith
NBC’s 2018 Olympics Coverage Will Air Simultaneously in Every Us Time Zone
For the first time ever, NBC will broadcast all of the 2018 Winter Olympic programming at the same time across all time zones, the broadcast network announced Tuesday. The Xxiii Olympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, and all events will be be broadcast simultaneously across all Us timezones in daytime, primetime and late night. “Nothing brings America together for two weeks like the Olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time, both on television and streaming online,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production & Programming, in a statement. »
- Linda Ge
Film Review: Scarlett Johannson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’
In “Ghost in the Shell,” the mind and soul of a brilliant original being are extracted, preserved, and rehoused in a sleek, expensively built, technologically advanced new body, enhancing her original abilities at some cost to her identity. That’s the premise, of course, of the cult manga created by Masamune Shirow in 1989, but it’s also an apt enough description of what has happened with director Rupert Sanders’ fast, flashy, frequently ravishing live-action transmutation.
Spectacularly honoring the spirit and aesthetic of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved animated adaptations without resorting wholly to slavish cosplay, this is smart, hard-lacquered entertainment that may just trump the original films for galloping storytelling momentum and sheer, coruscating visual excitement — even if a measure of their eerie, melancholic spirit hasn’t quite carried over to the immaculate new carapace. Box office returns should be muscular, minting what could be one of the more enticing franchises »
- Guy Lodge
'Ghost in the Shell': Film Review
If the "ghost" of anime classic Ghost in the Shell refers to the soul looming inside of its killer female cyborg, then this live-action reboot from director Rupert Sanders really only leaves us the shell: a heavily computer-generated enterprise with more body than brains, more visuals than ideas, as if the original movie’s hard drive had been wiped clean of all that was dark, poetic and mystifying.
Not that it’s easy to follow in the footsteps of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 Japanimation masterpiece, which remains a cornerstone of the genre and sits somewhere between Blade Runner and The Matrix, but Sanders »
- Jordan Mintzer
'Crazy Rich Asians' Lands Its Male Lead (Exclusive)
Fresh Off the Boat actress Constance Wu is starring in the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's hit book about the lives of wealthy Chinese families living in Singapore. Jon M. Chu is directing the Warner Bros. film.
The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he's perhaps the most eligible bachelor »
- Rebecca Ford
‘Duck Dynasty’ Producers Dealt Blow in Court, Can’t Return to Company
Despite receiving good news last week, “Duck Dynasty” producers Scott and Deirdre Gurney are still out at their company. A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge denied the Gurneys’ request for an Order to Show Cause on Tuesday, which supports ITV America’s view that they shouldn’t return to the heads of Gurney Productions after being accused of fraud. “We have held from the very beginning that we are extremely confident of success in the merits of our case,” a spokesperson from ITV said in a press release obtained by TheWrap. Also Read: Judge Says 'Duck Dynasty' Producers »
- Carli Velocci
FilmRise Picks Up Sundance Hit ‘Marjorie Prime,’ Plans Fall Awards Push for Lois Smith
FilmRise has acquired U.S. rights to Sundance winner “Marjorie Prime” and is planning a mid-summer release and a fall awards push for star Lois Smith, the distributor announced Tuesday. “Marjorie Prime” is a sci-fi drama that stars Smith as Marjorie, an 86-year-old widow who spends time with a holographic likeness of a younger version of her deceased husband, Walter (Jon Hamm). The hologram version of Walter provides companionship and stimulates Marjorie’s memory as she lives with dementia. Michael Almereyda adapted the film from Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play of the same name. Uri Singer of Passage Pictures produced. »
- Matt Pressberg
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