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Aaron Sorkin is Taking Meetings With DC and Marvel
Can you imagine Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince doing a classic walk and talk through the hallways of Wayne Enterprises? How about Spider-Man and Hawkeye exchanging not just a throwaway line or two, but having an epic back-and-forth conversation full of quotable one-liners? Well, the future is wide open, because Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, A Few Good Men) […]
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- Ben Pearson
Lee Daniels Reveals Plans for Oprah's 'Terms of Endearment' Remake and 'Empire' Spinoff
The Empire co-creator offered plot details at Loyola Marymount's Hollywood Masters series with THR's Stephen Galloway on March 22, revealing that the film — still uncast, except for Winfrey in the Shirley MacLaine role — will be set in the '80s and include a storyline about black men who brought HIV/AIDS to their female partners.
"I've got to tell stories that are important to me, and so many African-American women died," said Daniels. "I want to »
- Stephen Galloway
Title of Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph' Sequel Revealed
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 has been unveiled as title of the upcoming sequel to Walt Disney Animation Studios' Oscar-nominated Wreck-It Ralph, Disney announced Tuesday during its slate presentation at CinemaCon.
Directed by Rich Moore (who recently won an Oscar for Zootopia) and Phil Johnston and produced by Oscar-winning Zootopia producer Clark Spencer, the movie is scheduled to open March 9, 2018 and has a returning voice cast that includes John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch.
While Disney Animation doesn't have a release in 2017, its sister company Pixar has two films this year. They include the Nov. 22 release Coco, which centers »
- Carolyn Giardina
Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ First Footage Puts American Life Literally Under a Microscope
Paramount surprised CinemaCon audiences on Tuesday with 10 minutes of Alexander Payne’s new drama “Downsizing,” a surprisingly high-concept movie from a filmmaker known for more grounded, down-to-earth moviemaking. How high-concept? Think a Payne-like version of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” In the clip, which got a very warm reception from the crowd in Vegas, Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who attend a presentation about literally shrinking themselves. The pitch is made by Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who has already shrunk himself and now lives in a stunning home, bigger than he could’ve ever dreamed of in the. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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… »
Vin Diesel Chokes Up While Paying Tribute to Paul Walker at CinemaCon
He said that he decided to go forward with “The Fast and the Furious” franchise to make good on a promise Walker made that there would be an eighth chapter in the long-running series. That film, “The Fate of the Furious,” opens next month. Universal later surprised the audience by debuting the full movie.
“It was Paul Walker who promised eight,” Diesel said. “It played over and over again in my brain.”
Walker died in an automobile crash in 2013.
‘Fate of the Furious’: ‘The Game Has Changed’ in New Trailer
“Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot,” Diesel said. Diesel, who has called Walker his best friend, said the actor continues to live through the characters.
“You are reminded of this angel that was so integral to »
- Brent Lang
WGA to Send Strike Authorization Vote to Membership
Writers Guild of America’s two boards voted unanimously to send a vote to its membership, raising the stakes in the contract wrangling with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The board of the WGA West and council of the WGA East have approved the recommendation from the WGA negotiating committee to conduct a strike authorization vote among members of both guilds who have worked under the AMPTP master contract during the past six years — about 6,000 members i total. The negotiating committee took that step on Friday after ending two weeks of contract talks with the AMPTP. The current Minimum Basic Agreement, jointly negotiated by West and East, expires on May 1.
The strike authorization vote does not mean the writers will automatically walk. But a vote by the membership is necessary before the governing bodies of both guilds can call a strike against the studios. The turnout and vote on the authorization question will also »
- Cynthia Littleton
‘War & Peace’s’ Tom Harper to Direct ‘The Rocks,’ With ‘La La Land’s’ Fred Berger Attached
Director Tom Harper, whose credits include “War & Peace” and “Peaky Blinders,” has boarded “The Rocks,” a TV adaptation of Peter Nichols’ novel, with “La La Land” producer Fred Berger attached as one of the executive producers.
Entertainment One acquired the TV rights to the book and controls worldwide rights to the series. Laura Eason (“House of Cards,” “Sex with Strangers”) will write the show, and Harper will also produce. Josh Varney, Ben Pugh and Eleanor Moran of 42, and Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) of Automatik serve as executive producers.
Set on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, “The Rocks” is a love story and a mystery, told in reverse. “It begins in the present day with the death of an older married couple who fall from one of the island’s many cliffs after an argument,” according to a statement. “From this striking opening, the story rewinds through time, following the intertwined lives of the duo and »
- Leo Barraclough
Why 'The Expanse' Is the Best Sci-fi TV Show You're Not Watching
Quick, name the last great science fiction TV show you've seen. HBO's Westworld might count, though that's almost as much western as it is sci-fi. Orphan Black and Black Mirror have some of sci-fi elements, sure, but they aren't quite representative of the genre. You may have to go all the way back to Battlestar Galactica, which went off the air in 2009, to find a show that's done for sci-fi what Game of Thrones has done for fantasy or The Walking Dead has done for horror.
But here's the thing: »
Channing Tatum’s Production Banner and Tencent Pictures Team on ‘Zombie Brother’ (Exclusive)
Tencent Pictures, the fast-expanding film and television arm of China’s internet and social media giant Tencent, has joined forces with Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin’s Free Association to produce a film adaptation of the comic “Zombie Brother.”
The project is an adaptation of the top title on Tencent’s digital comics platform and has already been adapted in China as a hit animated series and stage play, with Tencent and Free Association planning to develop it for the international market.
“‘Zombie Brother’ is one of the first products of Tencent’s trans-media pipeline, utilizing animation and comics, gaming, literature and live-entertainment platforms. The material has already attracted an incredible loyal fan base in China, and we are delighted to be working alongside Free Association in bringing this »
- Justin Kroll
'It' Trailer: See Terrifying First Footage of Pennywise
In the first official trailer for the long-awaited It remake, seven children from fictional Derry, Maine unite after being terrorized by a disturbing clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård).
The clip begins in 1957 with the opening scene straight from Stephen King's 1986 novel, as six-year-old "Georgie" Denbrough chases after a newspaper boat that falls down a gutter. As he stares down the drain, the boy locks eyes with the evil, face-painted villain.
Tom Cruise’s Zero-Gravity Stunt in ‘The Mummy’ Took 64 Takes
Tom Cruise is committed.
For a plane crash sequence in “The Mummy,” the actor’s upcoming monster movie, Cruise did 64 takes in zero gravity. The sequence took two days to shoot and four high-altitude flights, the filmmakers said during a trailer presentation on Wednesday at CinemaCon.
“There was a lot of barfing,” said Alex Kurtzman, the film’s writer and director.
Cruise was offered the option to do the scene on a sound stage, but he insisted on filming the sequence in zero gravity, believing it was important that audiences got the most realistic experience possible.
“He did not barf,” said co-star Annabelle Wallis at the Universal Pictures presentation, who said much of the 64-person crew became sick to their stomachs. Wallis also held down her lunch, but credited Cruise with being a gentleman.
“I was happy »
- Brent Lang
'Atomic Blonde': Charlize Theron Having "Fourth Root Canal" After Cracking Teeth On Set
Theron stars as an undercover MI6 agent, who's operating during the Cold War. The film is from John Wick filmmaker David Leitch, who is set to helm the upcoming Deadpool 2. It also stars The Mummy's Sofia Boutella, James McAvoy, John Goodman and Toby Jones.
Theron's journey started when her production company was sent an unpublished graphic novel five years ago and it grabbed her attention.
"She's a bitch," Theron deadpanned when asked to describe her character.
Leitch spoke about the fight-fest that includes long uncut scenes, saying it's not »
- Aaron Couch
Kristen Bell and James Corden Aerial Duet Goes Hilariously Wrong (Watch)
They may be up in the air, but that’s not where they belong.
During an attempted duet on “The Late Late Show” on Tuesday, Kristen Bell and James Corden paired up to perform the 1982 Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes hit “Up Where We Belong,” which started off nicely but ended unsuccessfully.
The pair began with some gentle banter about love. “You know Kristen, I was just thinking — love can be a funny thing,” Corden said. “You know, I love love, James,” Bell replied.
Corden added, “and I love love too, but love can lift us up,” introducing their duet that almost instantly went amiss.
Things began pleasantly as Bell began belting out the first verse, bringing out the chops she graced us with as Anna in the 2013 Disney hit “Frozen.” Yet as suspenders started lifting her up to the ceiling in front of the star-studded backdrop, Corden didn’t find as much success, having »
- Sarah Ahern
CinemaCon Buzzmeter: What’s Hot and Cold in Las Vegas
Hollywood’s biggest studios are gathered in Las Vegas to preview their upcoming films for theater owners and the press. Are there any sure bets? Here’s the latest buzz from CinemaCon, which runs through Thursday:
Cinemacon Buzzmeter What’S Hot And Cold At This Year’S Exhibitor Confab In Vegas:
“Downsizing” Sure to go down as Alexander Payne’s most bizarre film. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as a couple who decide to shrink themselves in order to live the good life. The 10 minutes that screened were out there, but hilarious and compelling. (Paramount)
- Variety Staff
Film Review: ‘Cézanne et moi’
The Impressionist painters were to the French Academy what punk rockers were to the conservative pop-music establishment — wild, unruly artists who refused to conform to the standards of what passed for good taste — and yet, to watch a movie like “Cézanne et moi” is to be treated to one of those frou-frou French costume dramas in which Pathé specializes: an impeccably tasteful night at the art house for those who fail to see the contradiction in appropriating this once-scandalous chapter in art history as fodder for mousepads and screensavers.
The cinematic equivalent of calendar art, “Cézanne et moi” oh-so-politely recaps the lifelong relationship between Paul Cézanne (played by thoroughly nonthreatening French actor Guillaume Gallienne) and Émile Zola (the even blander Guillaume Canet, husband of Marianne Cotillard), as the two once-rowdy friends meet as children and grow to see their respective life paths diverge. While Zola “sells out” and becomes a celebrated novelist, »
- Peter Debruge
What Could Virtual Reality Bring to the Cinema? Stakeholders Converge on CinemaCon
Virtual reality headsets, tailored to the individual, and moviegoing, a group activity, might seem poles apart, but various Vr business models will be rolled out at CinemaCon, where it is expected to be trumpeted as the newest addition to the multiplex. A bullish Imax is already developing its plan to install Vr pods in theaters and other public spaces with a test site, the Vr Experience Centre near The Grove in L.A., supported by content deals from the likes of David Ellison's Skydance and game developer Ubisoft. (Regal is developing two pilot centers in L.A. and New York, and AMC »
- Carolyn Giardina
Studio71 Breathes New Life Into McN Business Model Overseas
When Disney laid off thousands of content creators at its Maker Studios division in February, it sent the clearest signal yet of how troubled the so-called multichannel networks (MCNs) had become. While aggregating billions of digital video views had attracted a rash of M&A activity, like Disney’s 2014 acquisition of Maker, other MCNs like Fullscreen and AwesomenessTV have since pivoted to businesses more oriented around original-content creation.
But if McN is a dirty word, don’t tell Studio71. The company that rode the McN wave while known as Collective Digital Studio is sticking to its business model, but with a twist it will pitch at MipTV: It’s partnering with an array of overseas broadcasters to sell a combination of TV and digital inventory.
Studio71 emerged from the now defunct Hollywood management firm the Collective and began reshaping itself in 2015 when German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 bought a controlling stake. Earlier this year, France »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Older Moviegoers Have Box Office Clout, AARP Study Shows
U.S. moviegoers who are at least 50 years old comprise more than 30% of all admissions, a new survey by the Aarp shows.
The study — dubbed “The 50-plus Moviegoer, An Industry Segment That Should Not Be Ignored” — was conducted late last year of about 500,000 moviegoers by marketing data analytics firm Movio on behalf of Aarp. The conclusions were released Wednesday during CinemaCon.
Heather Nawrocki, director of Aarp Movies for Grownups, touted the study as providing concrete evidence of the power of older moviegoers. “The 50-plus audience segment has disposable income, more leisure time and high loyalty to specific actors making this segment extremely valuable,” she added. »
- Dave McNary
Fowl Play: Saying Goodbye to 'Duck Dynasty,' TV's Worst Show
These days it's tough to find reasons to be cheerful about the state of the nation – but an America without Duck Dynasty is a good place to start. No show in television history has ever sucked quite like this one. And if the TV gods are willing, no show ever will.
A&E's massive hit became a cultural presence in 2012 for its down-home charm – the zany adventures of a real-life Lousiana clan who kept their country manners and backwoods habits, with Phil, Miss Kay, their bearded sons and loopy Vietnam vet Uncle Si. »
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