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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
Behind Netflix's Bold Bet on Comics King Mark Millar
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A day before Disney unveiled plans for a competing streaming service to Netflix, the digital giant made a preemptive strike in what may become a new intellectual property arms race, snapping up Mark Millar’s “mini-Marvel” imprint Millarworld.
The prolific comic creator, who launched his company in 2004, is said to have approached studios earlier this year offering a deal for his library and future stories. But because some of his marquee properties, such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Wanted, already are spoken for, it was difficult to determine the deal’s value, a studio source tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Netflix, however, determined the answer »
- Borys Kit ,Graeme McMillan
The Defenders Recap: Enter the Dragon
“Fish in the Jailhouse” reveals the personal costs of this increasingly fantastic conflict. »
- Oliver Sava
Confederate Confusion: Espn’s Robert Lee Pulls Out of Uva Football Game in Charlottesville
Espn has reassigned play-by-play reporter Robert Lee so that he will no longer cover a football game at the University of Virginia next month because his name is similar to that of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Espn’s Lee, who is Asian American, needless to say is not related to the Confederate general. But the network responded after potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue near the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked a series of violent protests by white supremacists and neo-Nazis earlier this month. Three people died and dozens were injured. “We collectively made the decision. »
- Brian Flood
George R.R. Martin Says He’s Too Busy Writing to Watch Game of Thrones
He does not have an answer about when The Winds of Winter is coming. »
- Jackson McHenry
‘America’s Got Talent’ Ukrainian Dance Crew Will Make You Feel the Glow (Video)
Step aside, kid singers — “Agt” had a real unique act in town last night. Dance crew Light Balance had Howie Mandel standing the whole time, which ended up being very efficient for their earned on-your-feet ovation. The other judges would join the “Bobby’s World” alum in the full, upright clapping position. Just how good was Light Balance? They was so impressive that we won’t even spend time here trying to figure out how a Ukrainian act ends up on “America’s Got Talent.” Also Read: 'America's Got Talent': Watch This Dude Scarily Spin Lady-Skater by His Beard (Video) Just watch the video above. »
- Tony Maglio
DeMario Jackson Tears Up Addressing Bachelor in Paradise Controversy: ‘I’m Not That Monster’
Jackson was accused of sexual assault, though an investigation from the studio found no evidence of misconduct. »
- Jackson McHenry
Elizabeth Debicki to Play Virginia Woolf in 'Vita & Virginia'
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Guardians of the Galaxy and The Night Manager actress Elizabeth Debicki will play the writer Virginia Woolf in Vita & Virginia, the upcoming period drama based on the love letters between Woolf and 1920s socialite Vita Sackville-West.
The film is an adaptation of the award-winning play by actress and writer »
- Scott Roxborough
Bachelor in Paradise Recap: The DeMario Interview
This debacle is being handled so poorly. »
- Ali Barthwell
Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini Join Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita & Virginia’
Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined the cast of Virginia Woolf biopic “Vita & Virginia” for Protagonist Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop. The finance, production and sales company has also closed a deal with distributor Thunderbird Releasing to take all U.K. rights on the film.
“The Night Manager” star Debicki, who recently appeared in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” will play Virginia Woolf opposite Gemma Arterton in the period drama, which tells the true story of the unconventional love affair between socialite Vita Sackville-West (Arterton) and Woolf. Rossellini’s role has not been announced.
“‘Vita & Virginia’ is the true story of two of the most fascinating and progressive women of their time, who end up in the throes of a passionate affair which shapes their work and changes their lives forever,” said Vanessa Saal, managing director of sales and distribution for Protagonist.
- Robert Mitchell
‘America’s Got Talent’: Will Mandy Harvey win season 12 of ‘Agt’? [Poll]
Mandy Harvey was the last act to perform on Tuesday’s second live “America’s Got Talent” but could well end up in first place when the results are announced on Wednesday. This talented singer-songwriter, who is deaf, did an original tune, “Mara’s Song.” All four judges were overwhelmed by the raw emotion of her performance, including […] »
- Paul Sheehan
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