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The Joker Origin Story On Deck: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Martin Scorsese Aboard WB/DC Film
Exclusive: Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and… »
‘Han Solo’ Cuts Michael K Williams’ Role
The actor told Deadline that the Han Solo film’s production schedule was conflicting with his commitment to “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” which is now shooting in South Africa with Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans.
New director Ron Howard, who took over the film from fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller in June, is handling the reshoots. “When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale to Be Longest Episode Yet
For many fans, the latest “Game of Thrones” episode, “Beyond the Wall,” was an emotional roller coaster. It’s teased deaths, major plots developments, and hinted at budding romances that left social media reeling.
Unfortunately, though, Season 7 is shorter than the usual 10 episodes, but fans can take solace in one thing: the finale, airing this Sunday, will be the longest episode of the HBO hit yet, clocking in at 79 minutes and 43 seconds, the networks confirmed on Tuesday.
Ravens tell us that the #GoTS7 finale will be 79 minutes and 43 seconds.
Watch “The Dragon and the Wolf” Sunday at 9Pm on @HBO. pic.twitter.com/zcCutpjqtp
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) August 22, 2017
HBO also revealed the episode’s name: “The Dragon and the Wolf.” The Season 7 finale will feature a meeting of the warring forces of Westeros, houses Lannister, Stark, and Targaryen, in order to discuss how to deal with the threat of a White Walker invasion, as »
- Matt Fernandez
Peter Tolan, Norman Lear Developing NBC Comedy With Production Commitment
The network has given the new single-camera series, currently titled “Guess Who Died,” a pilot production commitment. Based on Lear’s personal experience of working well into his 90’s, the series is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges people experience at any stage of life.
Lear and Tolan will serve as executive producers and writers, with Brent Miller also executive producing. Lear’s Act III Productions and Tolan’s Cloudland Company will produce along with Sony Pictures Television. Cloudland is set up under an overall deal at Sony.
Lear is a television legend, having created, produced, and written classic shows such as “Good Times,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” and “One Day at a Time.” He has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards during his storied career, winning »
- Joe Otterson
‘Stranger Things': Duffer Brothers Say Season 3 Is a Go, Show Might End After Season 4
Season 2 of “Stranger Things” hasn’t even been released yet, but the Duffer Brothers have teased that Season 3 of the Netflix series is a go and that they plan to do one — but just one — more after it. “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” co-creator Ross Duffer told Vulture, explaining that they can’t have their protagonists constantly running through the Upside-Down. “We just have to keep adjusting the story,” brother Matt Duffer added. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.” »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Common to Lead Starz ‘Black Samurai’ Series From RZA, Jerry Bruckheimer
The series, which is currently in development, will follow Robert Sand (Common), a highly-trained American Army Ranger whose life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master who invites him to train as a samurai. After his beloved sensei and samurai brothers are killed by mercenaries, Sand is thrust on a worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.
“We cannot wait for the world to meet Robert Sand – part Jason Bourne, part James Bond, and 100% the hero we need today,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “‘Black Samurai’ promises to be an action-packed ride and with the Bruckheimer team, Common, RZA and Andre at the helm, we can feel certain this will be exceptional storytelling.”
- Joe Otterson
Asghar Farhadi Begins Filming ‘Everybody Knows’ With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz in Spain
Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of “A Separation” and “The Salesman,” has kicked off principal photography on “Everybody Knows” (“Todos Lo Saben”), his psychological thriller starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin.
Budgeted at 10 million euros ($11.8 million), the Spanish-language film is being produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Films Production and Alvaro Longoria at Spanish outfit Morena Films.
Written by Farhadi, “Everybody Knows” follows the journey of Carolina as she travels with her family from Buenos Aires to her hometown in Spain for a celebration. Meant to be a brief visit, the trip is disturbed by unforeseen events that will completely change the lives of Carolina and her family. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Hellboy Reboot Has Added A Deadpool Star
It's hard to believe it, but a new Hellboy project is becoming more of a reality as time goes on. Even better is the fact that the Neil Marshall directed film is pulling in a fantastic cast, with genre favorites like Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and David K. Harbour all playing important parts in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen. But hold on, because a new fan favorite character is joining the B.P.R.D., and he's being played by Deadpool's Ed Skrein. Prepare for the big screen debut of Major Ben Daimio. »
‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot Scrapped by NBC
Xena’s sword is going back in the sheath.
NBC’s planned reboot of “Xena: Warrior Princess” is not moving forward following the recent departure of writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The network considers the project to be dead in its current iteration, although it remains possible that a new “Xena” revival could be developed down the road.
- Ryan Gajewski
Thomas Meehan, Writer of ‘Annie,’ ‘Hairspray’ and ‘The Producers,’ Dies at 88
Thomas Meehan, the Tony Award-winning writer of “Annie,” “Hairspray” and “The Producers,” has died at the age of 88. Meehan’s collaborator Martin Charnin confirmed the news to Playbill on Tuesday. “It’s a great loss. It’s incalculable. I have a huge hole in my heart right now,” he said. Meehan holds the distinction of being the only writer to have written three Broadway shows that ran for more than 2,000 performances. He earned Tonys for all three of those works, “Annie” in 1977, “The Producers” in 2001 and “Hairspray” in 2002. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) His other credits include “Young Frankenstein, »
- Reid Nakamura
Cornerstone Films Takes Worldwide Sales on Jehovah’s Witness Film ‘Apostasy’
Cornerstone Films has boarded Daniel Kokotajlo’s directorial debut feature “Apostasy” ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. The sales company will introduce the film to buyers in Toronto.
“Apostasy” is based on Kokotajlo’s own experiences as a former Jehovah’s Witness, telling a story of the complex nature of faith, family, duty and love. It follows the story of two sisters (Sacha Parkinson and Molly Wright) in Manchester’s Jehovah’s Witness community whose faith and family connection is tested when one if condemned for fornication with a non-believer and the other is pressured to shun her sibling. Siobhan Finneran plays the girls’ equally devout mother. Robert Emms also stars.
“Daniel has sensitively questioned the notion of unconditional familial love [and] while doing so created three powerful roles for strong and complex women struggling to find their place in their community and in their relationships with one another,” said »
- Robert Mitchell
Content Media Boards ‘Bees Make Honey’ for Worldwide Sales
Content Media was acquired worldwide sales rights to British murder mystery comedy “Bees Make Honey,” the company announced Wednesday. The film, which stars Alice Eve, is set to make its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London, Sept. 23. Content will introduce the film to buyers in Toronto next month.
The sophomore feature of Eve’s younger brother Jack Eve, who wrote, directed and produced the film, “Bees Make Honey” is set in England in 1934. It sees Alice Eve’s high society widow, hosting her annual Halloween costume party for her friends, secretly employ a police inspector to solve the crime of the murder of her husband that took place at the same event one year earlier.
“Jack has taken a traditional ‘Who Dunnit?’ format, infused it with a Baz Luhrmann like energy, and combined it with a wonderful old school British comedy,” said Jamie Carmichael, president of film at Content.
- Robert Mitchell
Oldenburg: German Gangster Film 'Familye' to Open 2017 Fest
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Familye, a black and white drama set in the mean streets of Berlin's Wedding district, will open this year's Oldenburg International Film Festival, one of Germany's leading indie film events.
Familye is the debut feature from directors Kubilay Sarikaya and Sedat Kirtan and was made entirely outside Germany's film subsidy system. The drama follows and ex-con who, following his release, has to care for his two younger brothers: one of whom is a gambling addict, the other has Down Syndrome. Sarikaya and Kirtan co-star in the film, as well as writing, directing and producing the feature.
- Scott Roxborough
Russia's Enjoy Media Settles with Creditors, Avoids Bankruptcy
Enjoy Movies, the production company of the Russian superhero movie Zashchitniki (Guardians), has managed to avoid bankruptcy.
Angelina Pavlichenko, general director of Enjoy Movies, was quoted by Russian business daily Vedomosti on Wednesday saying he has reached agreement with the company's creditors. Earlier this summer, Enjoy said it would file for the Russian equivalent of Chapter 11 due to outstanding debts that were crippling the company. That prospect has apparently been avoided.
The size of the company's outstanding debt has not been disclosed. One of its main creditors was the cinema fund, a government agency that administers state cash »
- Vladimir Kozlov
Wide House, ICM Partners Board Nancy Buirski’s ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ (Exclusive)
After joining forces on Raoul Peck’s “I am Not Your Negro,” Wide House is re-teaming with ICM Partners for Nancy Buirski’s “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a historical, yet timely documentary which will world premiere at Venice Film Festival.
Slated for Venice’s Horizons section, the documentary feature tells the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama.
Although Recy Taylor was represented by Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice, her six assailants were never prosecuted. It took nearly 70 years for the rape to be acknowledged by authorities, explained Anais Clanet, the boss of Paris-based Wide House.
Recy Taylor’s courage inspired other black women to speak up and their noble efforts to take back their bodies led »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sanfic: Alfredo Castro to Star in ‘My Tender Matador’ for Forastero (Exclusive)
Chile’s Alfredo Castro, star of multiple Pablo Larrain’s titles and Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar,” is attached to play the lead role of La Loca del Frente in “Tengo Miedo Torero” (My Tender Matador), a big-screen adaptation of the only novel of Pedro Lemebel, maybe the most politically transgressive of writers who emerged in the last years of Chile under Augusto Pinochet.
The casting of Castro, star of Larrain’s breakthrough “Tony Manero” and last seen in Cannes Critics’ Week entry “Los Perros,” is a first building block in a flagship project from leading Chilean production house Forastero which speaks of its heightened ambition to make films that enroll Latin American co-production and high-level talent to leverage big festival play into overseas theatrical distribution.
“My Tender Matador” also looks on paper like a highlight at San Sebastian’s main industry event, its Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, which runs Sept. 24- »
- John Hopewell
Sanfic: Chile’s Roberto Doveris Producing ‘The Prince,’ Santiago Muñoz’s Directorial Debut (Exclusive)
Santiago De Chile — Chilean helmer-scribe Roberto Doveris (“Plants”) is producing the “The Prince,” the directorial debut of veteran art director Santiago Muñoz, with a prestige cast headlined by Chile’s Alfredo Castro (“Tony Manero,” “From Afar”) and Argentina’s Gaston Pauls (“Nine Queens”).
“The Prince” is slated to start shooting in February. It will also be the first time Doveris lead produces a film. He is currently preparing his second directorial outing, “The Sequel.”
Muñoz’s multiple art director credits include Alicia Scherson’s “Il Futuro” and her seminal feature debut “Play,” as well as Cristian Jimenez’s “Optical Illusions” and Pablo Larrain’s HBO Latin America TV series “Profugos.”
Chile’s Marianne Mayer-Beckh of El Otro Film (“Rara”) and Nicolas Grosso of El Tiro Films (“Rara,” “La Visita”) in Argentina, have also boarded the drama as co-producers. Castro and Pauls lead a cast that includes newcomer Juan Carlos Maldonado who plays the ‘Prince’ and dozens of »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Sanfic: Documenting Art Theft: Cristóbal Berríos Discusses his World Premiere ‘Stealing Rodin’
Santiago De Chile — In 2005, the Palace of Fine Arts in downtown Santiago, Chile, hosted a collection of sculptures by the French master Auguste Rodin. Late one morning, after a party celebrating another of the museum’s exhibits, security guards were shocked to find that one of the Rodin pieces had gone missing during the previous night’s festivities. For a frantic afternoon officials at the museum debated how to move forward. Authorities were contacted and a search begun. But, just as things moved into high gear, a young man, a local art student, Luis Onfray, showed up with the statue in his backpack, claiming he had found the piece in a patch of flowers in the park across the street. As quickly as the robbery had been discovered, the piece had been returned. The story of the pieces abduction, however, and its evening on the town, had just begun to unfold and the international art community would »
- Jamie Lang
Demian Aditya performs on ‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017 live show: Escape artist earns two X’s from judges [Watch]
Escape artist Demian Aditya performed Tuesday night during the Quarterfinals 2 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. The past two times Aditya performed he made the “Agt” judges believe that he’d failed his stunts and possibly died, before then appearing from another location very much alive and well. Was Aditya able to trick the judges […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Merrick Hanna performs on ‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017 live show: ‘Overlooked’ 11-year-old dances to ‘Lost Boy’ [Watch]
Eleven-year-old dancer Merrick Hanna performed Tuesday night during the Quarterfinals 2 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. This time around, Hanna danced to “Lost Boy” by Alec Benjamin. Unlike other dance acts, Hanna’s specialty is telling stories through robotic movements, and he even had one judge declaring that he’s been “overlooked” so far in this […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
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