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‘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
Helsinki to preview 'Iron Sky 2', 'Guardian Angel'
New projects selected for Helsinki scheme.
Helsinki International Film Festival – Love and Anarchy will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the September 2017 edition, and has confirmed a new CEO, Anna Möttölä, who takes the reins from former CEO Sara Norberg.
Möttölä formerly worked at the National Audiovisual Institute and was a film critic for Finland’s biggest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat.
The industry programme, Finnish Film Affair (Sept 19-21) has confirmed a few of its works in progress selections.
The confirmed titles so far are:
Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the anticipated sci-fi sequel by Timo Vuorensola, Stupid Young Heart, the sophomore feature by Little Wing director Selma Vilhunen, Guardian Angel by Princess director Arto Halonen and starring Pilou Asbæk and Josh Lucas’ Untitled new project directed by Klaus Haro of Golden Globe nominated The Fencer.
In addition to around ten Works in Progress projects, Finnish Film Affair will present around ten works in development and around 15 completed films.
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
‘The Summit’ Review: Christian Slater Is Enjoyably Smarmy In Santiago Mitre’s Political Drama — Cannes 2017
“There’s nothing worse than a politician without ambition.” So says the newly inaugurated president of Argentina in Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit.” It’s the kind of boilerplate dialogue you could hear in any broody portrait of politics and power, but it sounds particularly egregious coming from this one. Despite its larger festival platform and starrier cast, “The Summit” remains a wan, frustrating, and narratively unambitious follow-up to Mitre’s Critics Week prizewinner, “Paulina.”
With big-name actors and top-level access, Mitre’s third feature is an impressively scaled-up production. “The Summit” opens in the halls of the Casa Rosada, the sprawling presidential palace in the heart of Buenos Aires, and Mitre shot in the actual palace. As the steadicam rigs sweep from the back entrance to the kitchen to the gilded corridors of power, it introduces us to the characters who make the country run. First among equals is »
- Ben Croll
Jon Stewart and HBO Made The Right Call to Kill Their Animated Cable News Parody, and Here’s Why
For Jon Stewart, the idea seemed like a natural fit: An animated daily show parodying cable news that could comment on current events in real time.
But after a lengthy development, Stewart and HBO officially pulled the plug this Tuesday. And it was probably for the best.
As part of its 4-year deal with Stewart, HBO built him an animation studio in New Jersey. He started working with 3D graphics company Otoy on the creation of short-form video projects.
The idea: Stewart would come up with a way to produce animated shorts online throughout the day that would post almost immediately after news arises. A web destination (think “The Onion”) would be created, and the shorts would be collected into a half-hour version that would also air on the linear HBO channel.
“It allows him to comment in »
- Michael Schneider
Readers' competition: win one of 15 double passes to a preview screening of Churchill
Churchill, the new thriller directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), looks at the actions of the British wartime prime minister in the days before the 1944 D-day landings, at a time when his uncertainty over invading Normandy clashed with the gung-ho spirit of his political opponents.
Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart, Troy) stars as Sir Winston Churchill and Golden Globe-winner Miranda Richardson plays his headstrong wife Clementine, while Mad Men’s John Slattery makes for a spiky General Eisenhower.
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- Guardian Staff
Wolfgang Peterson's 'Four Against The Bank' scores key deals
Exclusive: Das Boot director’s first film since 2006’s Poseidon.
Picture Tree International has pre-sold Wolfgang Peterson (Das Boot) comedy Four Against The Bank, starring Til Schweiger, to Cis (Voxell Media), China (Beijing Shangzhou Media), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Poland (Monolith), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Taiwan (Av Jet) and airlines (Global Eagle).
The film marks Petersen’s first film as director since 2006’s Poseidon.
The crime comedy stars Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighoefer, Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig and Jan Josef Liefers as four men, betrayed by a bank, who unite to take revenge. The cast also features Alexandra Maria Lara and Anje Traute.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
mk2 acquires Danielle Lessovitz's Cannes title 'Port Authority'
Paris-based mk2 has acquired world sales rights on Danielle Lessovitz’s debut feature Port Authority, a tragic love story set against the backdrop of the Bronx which is due to shoot this autumn.
The $2m production will be the debut feature of San Francisco-born, New York-based Lessovitz, who is described as a “key artistic collaborator” on Vladimir de Fontenay’s Mobile Home, which premieres at Directors’ Fortnight this year.
The story revolves around Paul, a teenager living in a youth shelter in NYC, who meets Wye who belongs to the “ball community” and expresses herself through “voguing” - a queer dance style inspired by the poses struck by fashion models.
When Paul realizes Wye was born a boy he »
'Borg/McEnroe' star Sverrir Gudnason joins 'Imagine Murder'
Exclusive: Nordic noir inspired by infamous real-life Icelandic murder case.
The film will shoot in Iceland in 2018 and is inspired by the true story of an infamous Icelandic murder case from 1974, when a young couple was accused of murdering two disappeared men and were systematically broken down by the police until they confessed. The case recently inspired the documentary Out Of Thin Air.
Thorsteinn Bachmann (Trapped) will also star.
Deals already done include to Pandastorm for Germany and to Scanbox for Scandinavia. »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Benedict Cumberbatch mindfulness documentary scores key deals
Exclusive: Us, Germany, Australia, Latin America among deals for ‘Walk With Me’.
Rights have gone to the Us, as part of a co-acquisition between Gathr Films and Kino Lorber, to Benelux (Cinemien), Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Dcm), Australia and New Zealand (Village Roadshow), Latin America (Energia), Italy (Feltrinelli), Japan (Gaga), China (Jetsen Huashi Wangju Cultural Media Co), Hong Kong (Cinehub), Korea (Tcast), Taiwan (Encore) and Thailand (Doc Club).
Footage of the monastic life is paired with Cumberbatch reading from insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals.
The Revenant and Birdman »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Iñárritu shines in Cannes Vr push
Carne y Arena was the highlight of this year’s Vr crop at the festival.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s lauded Carne y Arena was the star of Cannes’ Vr offering this year but the Marche’s innovation hub Next also offered up plenty of debate and experiences.
Among companies to showcase Vr compilation experiences were Arte, Telefilm Canada, Cnc and China’s Polyhedron Vr Studio.
San Francisco-based operation Penrose Studios screened the first episode of Arden’s Wake, an immersive 15-minute experience, which tells the story of a young girl living with her father in a lighthouse.
The experience was created with Penrose’s software Maestro, which allows their development team to fully collaborate in a virtual space.
Read: ‘The Revenant’ director Iñárritu’s Cannes Vr project: report
In the booked-out interactive effort Ximoan, part of the »
Jane Mansfield doc heads to America
Exclusive: Film focuses on a bizarre episode of Mansfield’s personal life.
Gunpowder & Sky have acquired Us rights for Jane Mansfield doc Mansfield 66/67 fromStray Dogs.
The film, directed by Todd Hughes and P. David Ebersole, follows the last two years of the movie star’s life and her association with notorious Hollywood satanist Anton Lavey, with whom she was rumoured to have had an affair.
The Ebersole Hughes Company produced. Jake Hanly negotiated the deal on behalf of Gunpowder & Sky.
The latest Cannes news, reviews and features »
- email@example.com (Orlando Parfitt)
Tallinn Black Nights initiative Storytek gets government backing
Up to 20 projects to be selected for programme at November festival.
Storytek, the content, media and tech incubator that was pilot launched by Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival at last year’s Cannes, is gearing up to select its first projects after receiving backing from the Estonian government.
Also funded by private investors and backed by the festival itself, the initiative is headed up by Black Nights’ head of development and special projects Sten-Kristian Saluveer. Its aim is to support the emergence of alternative storytelling and projects can be features, shorts, television, or web series.
A maximum of 20 projects will be selected for a 10-week incubator programme held at the Estonian festival later this year. They will go on to receive up to three years’ residency in the initiative, including year-round sales and PnA support.
Selected producers will also benefit from complimentary access to the Estonian e-residency program.
Mentors on the inaugural programme will include Michael Favelle from Australian »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
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