‘Blade Runner’ Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Foy, who stars in the Netflix series “The Crown,” is on board to play Lisbeth Salander. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.
The studio had no comment on the casting. »
- Justin Kroll
‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Haunts Thursday Box Office With $760,000
Tyler Perry’s “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up $760,000 at Thursday previews. The Lionsgate release is projected to top this weekend box office with $20 million to $22 million from 2,500 locations, with Lionsgate projecting a start on the lower end of that range. That would be a step down from the $28 million opening for last year’s “Boo!,” which opened to $855,000 at the Thursday previews and went on to gross $73 million. But with a reported budget of $20 million, this will still be a strong opening for Perry’s ninth Madea film, which he wrote and directed. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'
Set during the 1977 New York blackout riots, the film will see the Oscar-nominated actress play June Leigh, a cultural icon and activist during the '60s who has since fallen from grace and is a shell of her former self, now facing her demons at the height of one of the darkest points in the city's history. Watts will also executive produce.
- Alex Ritman
‘Magnum Pi’ Reboot Lands at CBS
“Magnum P.I.” is getting ready to ride again at CBS. A reboot of the classic Hawaii-set TV series has picked up a pilot-production commitment from the network. The update centers on Thomas Magnum, played by Tom Selleck in the original series, and follows the ex-Navy Seal as he returns home from Afghanistan to become a private investigator. Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim are writers and executive producers on the co-production from CBS Television Studios and Universal Television. Also executive producing are John Davis and John Fox, both of Davis Entertainment. “Magnum P.I.” originally signed off in May 1988 after »
- Ryan Gajewski
Ben Bates, Stunt Double for 'Gunsmoke' Star James Arness, Dies at 84
In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.
In 2001's James Arness: An Autobiography, Bates said that each »
- Mike Barnes
Busan: Korea’s ‘After My Death,’ Iran’s ‘Blockage’ Win Competition
Films from South Korea and Iran were announced Saturday as joint winners of the Busan Film Festival’s main competition section.
Kim Ui-seok’s “After My Death” and Mohsen Gharaei’s “Blockage” won the New Currents competition which focuses on first and second features by filmmakers from Asia.
“My Death” is critique of the world where reason and tolerance have no sway and is the story of a girl who is suspected of having goaded another schoolgirl into killing herself. “Blockage” reflects the current economic condition of Iran by depicting the overwhelming chaos that happens to a vicious, despicable temporary worker.
The jury was headed by American filmmaker Oliver Stone, and included Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, French cinematographer Agnes Godard, Philippines’ Lav Diaz and South Korea’s Jang Sun-woo. The jury said that “both films are tightly scripted, and display vivid detail and excellent craftsmanship.”
The first Kim Ji-seok Award, a newly prize »
- Sonia Kil
27 Club: Stars Who Died at Age 27, From Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain (Photos)
27 Club of stars who died tragically at age 27 Robert Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) The American blues legend made the Mississippi Delta style famous, but his premature death near Greenwood, Mississippi, remains as mysterious as much of his short life. Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) The rock guitarist died in London of asphyxiation while intoxicated on barbituates. Brian Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) The founder and original leader of the Rolling Stones drowned in the swimming pool of his home in East Sussex, England. Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) The blues singer »
- Thom Geier
‘Real Time': Weinstein’s Fall the Result of ‘Sublimated Anger’ at Trump, Says Janice Min
Bill Maher marked the return of “Real Time” by laying into disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein while talking with top-of-the-show guest Janice Min. The former Hollywood Reporter editor said that the “feeding frenzy” surrounding Weinstein is the result of “sublimated anger” about Donald Trump, noting that October marked a year since his infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Trump wasn’t punished for bragging about grabbing women “by the p—y” — but Min said Weinstein got the “crime and punishment” Trump didn’t. Min also described the difficulty THR had under her tenure publishing a story about Weinstein, largely because “no one in seven years. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
‘Coco’ Review: Pixar’s Journey Down Mexico Way Pays Colorful, Moving Tribute to Family
If an animated movie is going to offer children a way to process death, it’s hard to envision a more spirited, touching and breezily entertaining example than “Coco,” Pixar’s full-throttled foray into the intricately celebratory world of Mexico’s annual remembrance festival Día de los Muertos. In unfurling a story of dreams and curses, tradition and redemption, all experienced via the otherworldly adventures of a musically-inclined village boy named Miguel, the animation juggernaut has once more shown how its storytelling acumen and visual splendors are still the surest dance partners in movies today. Though Pixar has been at the top of the. »
- Robert Abele
Film Review: Pixar’s ‘Coco’
Conceived as a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture, writer-director Lee Unkrich’s “Coco” is the 19th feature from Pixar Animation Studios and the first to seriously deal with the deficit of nonwhite characters in its films — so far limited to super-sidekick Frozone in “The Incredibles,” tagalong Russell in “Up” and Mindy Kaling’s green-skinned Disgust in “Inside Out.” It’s a point worth making from the outset, not so much for political reasons (although they matter) but to indicate how this effective yet hardly exceptional addition to the Pixar oeuvre finds at least one significant front on which to innovate, even while coloring comfortably within the lines on practically everything else.
Like Remy, the rodent hero of “Ratatouille” who dreamed of working in a French restaurant, 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) has just one passion in life: He wants to play the guitar. Unfortunately for him, Miguel belongs to a family of humble shoemakers where music »
- Peter Debruge
'Coco': Film Review
Dia de los Muertos, the multi-day Mexican-originated holiday honoring dead family members and friends, proves to have a remarkably revitalizing effect on Pixar, as evidenced by the truly resplendent Coco.
Not only does the Disney outfit’s 19th feature, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, emerge as Pixar’s most original effort since Inside Out, it’s also among its most emotionally resonant, touching on themes of belonging common to Finding Dory and the Unkrich-directed Toy Story 3.
Delivering a universal message about family bonds while adhering to folkloric traditions free of the watering down or whitewashing that have often typified Americanized »
- Michael Rechtshaffen
Teen: Fired Agent Tyler Grasham Asked Me to Be His Boyfriend, Start a Family
Hollywood agent Tyler Grasham reached out to a 16-year-old boy on Instagram in 2015, and over the next year professed a desire to be his boyfriend and start a family while helping him break into Hollywood, the teenager told TheWrap. Brady Lindsey, pictured above and now 19, is one of three men who described what they said was predatory behavior by Grasham. The agent was fired from Agency for the Performing Arts on Friday, one day after TheWrap reported on former actor Blaise Godbe Lipman’s accusation that Grasham got him drunk and sexually assaulted him a decade ago, when he »
- Matt Donnelly
Wong Kar-Wai Feted at Thierry Fremaux's Lyon Lumiere Festival
The audience at the Lumiere festival was in the mood for love, with Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux, directors Olivier Assayas and Bertrand Tavernier and actress Isabelle Adjani celebrating director Wong Kar-Wai in a lavish ceremony Friday night in Lyon.
His longtime cinematographer Christopher Doyle also took to the stage in a funny, »
- Rhonda Richford
‘Chappaquiddick’ Moves Out of the Crowded Awards Season — Exclusive
When Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, riding high after the early hit “47 Meters Down,” bought “Chappaquiddick” and “Hostiles” out of Toronto, it looked like they might provide direct competitors for a Best Actor Oscar slot. Now Scott Cooper’s $50-million western “Hostiles,” which earned upbeat reviews and press out of Telluride and Tiff, is heading for a December release and an Oscar campaign for Christian Bale.
“Chappaquiddick,” however, will have to wait.
John Curran’s “Chappaquiddick” (a $4 million pickup, with a $16 million P&A) will wisely hold off for a 2018 release on April 6. Jason Clarke would have not only been competing with Bale for a Best Actor slot, but also with himself in Dee Rees’s southern drama “Mudbound” (November 17, Netflix).
- Anne Thompson
Harvey Weinstein Has ‘Different Recollection’ of Lupita Nyong’o Account, Spokesperson Says
Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson says the producer has “a different recollection” of the encounters detailed by Lupita Nyong’o in her Thursday op-ed for the New York Times. “Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry,” Weinstein’s spokesperson said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show, ‘Eclipsed.'” This response follows the Oscar-winning actress’ account of a series of run-ins with Weinstein prior to her breakout role in 2013’s “12 Years a Slave. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Film News Roundup: Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions Backs Oliver Sacks Documentary
In today’s film news roundup, Paul Allen comes on board an Oliver Sacks documentary, the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival unveils its lineup, and animation veteran Teresa Cheng gets a USC post.
Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions is backing the documentary “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” in partnership with Steeplechase Films, American Masters Pictures, Motto Pictures, Passion Pictures, and Tangled Bank Studios.
Directed by filmmaker Ric Burns (“New York,” “Andy Warhol”), the film attempts to provide an exploration of human consciousness and the intimate relationship between art and science. Burns shot footage in the months before Sacks died in 2015, including more than 80 hours with the physician himself, his partner, and his closest family, friends, and colleagues.
Allen and Carole Tomko, general manager of Vulcan Productions, are executive producers of “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life,” along with Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures and Michael Kantor of American Masters Pictures. Vulcan said Friday »
- Dave McNary
'Magnum P.I.' Reboot Series in the Works
A reboot of the Tom Selleck detective drama Magnum P.I. is in the works at CBS, which aired the original series for eight seasons in the Eighties.
The rebooted Magnum P.I. will feature an updated plot that "follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck's former role), a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore 'Tc' Calvin and Orville 'Rick' Wright, as well as that of disavowed former Mi:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on »
'Transparent's' Jeffrey Tambor to Be Honored at Israel Film Festival
Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor will be honored with the 2017 Iff Achievement in Television Award at the 31st Israel Film Festival’s opening night gala, which will be held Nov. 5 at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
The fest’s opening night film is Yariv Mozer’s documentary Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, winner of this year’s Ophir Award for best documentary, and will screen following the award »
- Gregg Kilday
‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ Gets Flamed After Latest Promotion: ‘That’s Still On?’
This couldn’t have been the response that the “Marvel’s Inhumans” team was hoping to get after its latest promotion. Marvel Entertainment’s Twitter account posted an image today of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl toy collection for the embattled ABC series, leading to a litany of fan messages criticizing the show and showrunner, Scott Buck. “Better get those out quick. I don’t really see this show lasting beyond its current run, which it’s already halfway through,” one person quipped. Also Read: Can 'Marvel's Inhumans' Still Succeed After Rocky Start? “Hopefully once they fire Scott Buck and »
- Ryan Gajewski
'Where's the Money': Film Review
A light comedy that dabbles in racial commentary but pulls in too many directions simultaneously, Scott Zabielski's Where's the Money puts a Vine celebrity in the lead and finds that mastery of a six-second video format is no predictor of big-screen success. Andrew "King Bach" Bachelor is amiable but hardly star material here, playing a young man whose hunt for buried treasure forces him to infiltrate a college fraternity. Commercial prospects are slim, but helped by a supporting cast including Method Man, Terry Crews, and others.
Bachelor plays Del, a South Central slacker who runs a small gym with his »
- John DeFore
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