‘Clerks’ Actress Lisa Spoonauer Dies at 44
Lisa Spoonauer, who played Caitlin Bree in the 1994 film “Clerks,” has died, the film’s director Kevin Smith said Tuesday. She was 44. “Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away,” Smith wrote. “In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she’d play in my life.” Smith went on to recall how, after a night of open auditions, he failed to find the “perfect Caitlin Bree,” so he dropped in at an acting class at Brookdale Community College to scout for talent. Also Read: Roger Moore, Star of. »
- Tim Kenneally
Sam Claflin to Replace Miles Teller in STX Thriller ‘Adrift’ (Exclusive)
Teller dropped out two weeks ago over scheduling conflicts, multiple individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap. Actor Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games, “Me Before You”) is in close talks to replace him as Woodley’s co-star in the survival tale. »
- Matt Donnelly
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sailing for $80 Million Launch, ‘Baywatch’ at $40 Million
Forecasts place the fifth iteration of Disney’s “Pirates” franchise at about $80 million at 4,276 North American locations during the Friday-Monday weekend. The international launch — which begins Wednesday — should deliver between $150 million and $175 million.
“Dead Men Tell No Tales” is only the third wide release film in 2017 for Disney, which has so far seen blockbuster results from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with a combined $1.8 billion in global box office so far. The estimated budget for “Dead Men” is $230 million, so Disney needs to see the same kind of ticket sales.
‘Baywatch’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Dominate Social Media Buzz
Paramount’s “Baywatch” is tracking for an opening at around $40 million at about 3,500 domestic »
- Dave McNary
Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Gets Summer 2019 Release Date
Sony Pictures has slated Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” reboot for a June 7, 2019, release. The studio has also dated “The Nightingale” for Aug. 10, 2018, and an untitled Sony Animation film for July 24, 2020.
Banks will also produce via her Universal-based Brownstone Productions with her husband and producing partner, Max Handelman.
“Charlie’s Angels” premiered in 1976 on ABC and lasted five seasons, with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith portraying private detectives working for a benefactor named Charlie. Cheryl Ladd replaced Fawcett, with Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts joining the show in later years.
- Justin Kroll
Cannes: 'Room' Director Lenny Abrahamson to Tackle Ghost Story for Focus
The new film from the Oscar-nominated director of Room is a ghost story that will star Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. It begins shooting this summer in the U.K. for release in 2018. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ The Danish Girl, has adapted The Little Stranger from Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name. Set in a remote English village after World War II, the film revolves around »
- Gregg Kilday
Bona Film Group Stakes $80M On Roland Emmerich/Mark Gordon WWII Battle Pic ‘Midway:’ Cannes
Exclusive: In the biggest deal made at this Cannes Film Festival, Bona Film Group has closed a deal near $80 million to lead the investment on director Roland Emmerich's next feature Midway, based on the seminal WWII battle, for The Mark Gordon Company. The Chinese company has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding the U.S., and Bona will release the film in China. Wes Tooke wrote the script, and Bona's Yu Dong will produce with Emmerich, Mgc's Mark Gordon and… »
‘Baywatch’ Critical Roundup
The reviews are in for “Baywatch,” which opens in theaters this Thursday, May 25. Seth Gordon’s feature film remake of the iconic ’90s series about a group of very hot lifeguards stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as devoted rescuer Mitch Buchannon (the role played by David Hasselhoff in the original series), who has a really hard time with a reckless new recruit named Matt Brody (Zac Efron). Priyanka Chopra co-stars as the villainous vixen, Victoria Leeds, Alexandra Daddario is Summer, Ilfenesh Hadera is Stephanie and Kelly Rohrbach takes on the role of C.J. Parker (originally played by Pamela Anderson).
In her B- review for the film for IndieWire, Judy Dry describes it as “a splashy summer hit full of dick jokes,” adding that “something about the blow-up floaties, the water rescues, and the red suits just screams summer blockbuster. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
'Baby Driver' Actress Eiza Gonzalez Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Drama (Exclusive)
The untitled feature is based on Jeff Malmberg's 2010 doc Marwencol, which followed a man who builds a miniature WWII-era village with action figures and dolls as a way to recover from a violent assault. The studio is describing the project as “one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human »
- Borys Kit
Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.
Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.
Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.
In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill »
- Carmel Dagan
Collider Heroes: Zack Snyder Exits ‘Justice League’; Tom Hardy Cast in ‘Venom’
Plus, early reactions to 'Wonder Woman' and a tribute to Rick Buckler. »
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‘The Flash’ Season 3 Finale Recap: “Finish Line” – Into the Speed Force
From “Flashpoint” to “Finish Line,” The Flash Season 3 took its hero, Barry Allen, through various emotional states after deciding to save his mother at the end of last season. The highs and lows ended with the ultimate sacrifice– Barry … »
- Carla Day
Jon Stewart’s HBO Animated News Project Has Been Dropped
Sadly, Jon Stewart’s long-gestating animation project with HBO will never see the light of day.
The network announced that it would not proceed with the short-form digital venture that was supposed to comment on topical events. The problem comes from the difficulty of marrying the longer production times of the medium to the quick turnaround needed to stay newsworthy.
“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project. We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” HBO and Stewart said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “We’re excited to report that we have some future projects together which »
- Hanh Nguyen
Joel Edward Dean, Hollywood Producer and Agent, Dies at 77
Veteran Hollywood producer and agent Joel Edward Dean died May 13 in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia. He was 77.
Dean, a New York native, broke into show business in 1960, when he started in the mailroom as a runner/agent trainee at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif. He went on to work at Apa, ICM, and TalentWorks.
His clients included Joan Rivers, David Hasselhoff, Polly Bergen, Faye Dunaway, Rita Moreno, Donna Mills, Randal Kleiser, Larry Hagman, Linda Lavin, Tony Roberts, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, George Hamilton, Mario Lopez, James Brolin, and Elaine Stritch.
Dean was also involved in producing “The Blue Lagoon,” starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins; “Summer Lovers,” starring Daryl Hannah and Peter Gallagher; and “Grease,” starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.
Dean became vice president of talent at TalentWorks in 2005 and retired in 2013. He is survived by his sister. Funeral arrangements are pending. »
- Dave McNary
Doug Liman Exits ‘Justice League Dark’ Movie
Doug Liman has backed out of directing Warner Bros’ Justice League Dark, the film that was to be a cog in the studio’s DC Universe of movies. The move is not surprising, as Liman’s schedule is officially tied up for the time being: As we reported, Lionsgate is moving forward with the Daisy Ridley-Tom Holland movie Chaos Walking based on Patrick Ness’ Ya novel, with a franchise play being eyed and Liman at the helm. It is now in preproduction and is currently on offer at… »
Doug Liman Quits ‘Justice League Dark’
Warner Bros. and DC Films is not having a good week. Yesterday it was revealed that director Zack Snyder was stepping down from “Justice League” due to a family tragedy (his daughter committed suicide in March) and Joss Whedon of “Avengers” fame would be taking over post-production duties and shooting a new few scenes that he had written.
- Rodrigo Perez
‘Hanna’ TV adaptation ordered straight-to-series by Amazon
The TV adaptation is based on the 2011 film starring Saoirse Ronan.
Hanna the TV series is described as equal parts a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama which follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.
Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will serve as executive producers alongside Scott Nemes, and JoAnn Alfano for NBCUniversal International Studios. Scott Herbst and Tom Coan will serve as co-executive producers.
Elisabeth Moss producing ‘Fever’ miniseries for BBC America
The Handmaid’s Tale actress will also star in the series being produced by Annapurna Television.
Moss, who holds the rights to the novel, will star and serve as executive producer on the period drama.
Fever centres on the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever, known as “Typhoid Mary”, as she spread typhoid across the burgeoning metropolis of early twentieth century New York.
Moss acquired the original rights to Keane’s book and first sent the material to Phil Morrison (Enlightened, Junebug), who has signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith (The Expanse, True Blood) is currently set to pen the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.
“I’m so honoured to be working with the incredible »
Ifp announces 2017 Ifp Filmmaker Labs selections
The year-long fellowship is designed to nurture first-time documentary feature directors.
Ifp Filmmaker Labs support first-time feature directors with projects in post-production as they complete, market and distribute their films.
The selected projects and their attending Lab Fellows for the 2017 Ifp Documentary Lab are:
The Area David Schalliol (director, producer, Dp), Brian Ashby (producer, editor), Peter Galassi (editor)
Baato Lucas Millard (director, writer, producer, Dp), Kate Stryker (director, writer, 2nd camera)
Shadow of His Wings Lucas Habte (director, producer, Dp), Isidore Bethel (writer, producer, editor »
AFI Docs to honour Laura Poitras
The Oscar and Peabody award-winning documentarian will be receive the Charles Guggenheim award on June 16.
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that AFI Docs will pay tribute to Laura Poitras.
The symposium will take place at the Newseum on June 16 and will include an in-depth conversation with Poitras along with clips from her films.
Poitras’ documentary catalogue also includes The Oath, Flag Wars, which was Emmy nominated and won a Peabody Award, and My Country, My Country, which was nominated for a best documentary feature Oscar.
In 2015, Poitras won the Academy Award for Citizenfour. That same year, Poitras co-founded Field of Vision, an entity that commissions and creates original short-form nonfiction films about global events »
Roland Emmerich Directing ‘Midway’ Battle Movie With China’s Bona on Board
The project was unveiled Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival. Bona will distribute the film in China and retains worldwide distribution rights, excluding the U.S. CAA brokered the deal and will represent U.S. distribution rights.
The Battle of Midway in the South Pacific was a decisive naval battle in June, 1942, six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The U.S. Navy defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy near Midway Atoll after U.S. codebreakers were able to pinpoint the time and place of the attack. The damage to the Japanese fleet was so extensive that it never recovered and military historians regard the battle as a turning point in the war.
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- Dave McNary
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