Brie Larson To Play First Female White House Candidate Victoria Woodhull In Amazon Film
Exclusive: Amazon Studios has acquired Victoria Woodhull, with Oscar winning Room star Brie Larson poised to produce, and play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States. Amazon bought it in a pitch package deal. Ben Kopit, who wrote the Warner Bros film Libertine that has Brett Ratner attached to direct, will write the script. Larson will produce alongside Whalerock Industries’ Lloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman. Anne Woodward is exec producer and… »
Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’
While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.
The debut date for Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is in a year’s time — March 2, 2018. “John Wick” director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.
The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »
- Dave McNary
French Cannibal Horror ‘Raw’ Inspires L.A. Theater To Hand Out ‘Barf Bags’
The Nuart Theater in Los Angeles handed out “custom-made” barf bags to attendees at screenings of “Raw,” French filmmaker Julia Ducournau’s tasty art horror about a teenage vegetarian’s newfound obsession with meat that turns cannibalistic.
Girding themselves for another potential fainting incident like the one that called an ambulance to a Midnight screening during the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, theater employees apparently decided it was better to be safe than sorry. “One of the staff at the Nuart took up the initiative to make the barf bags out of paper lunch bags. What a fun idea!” Mark Valen, a Nuart programmer, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I remember that used to be done with some horror releases in the 1970s.”
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- Jude Dry
Laura Dern In Talks To Join Justin Kelly’s Biopic ‘JT Leroy’
Exclusive: Laura Dern is in talks to co-star in director Justin Kelly’s biopic JT Leroy, the true story behind writer Laura Albert’s made-up literary persona JT Leroy. If the deal closes, Dern will be joining Kristen Stewart, who was attached to the project early on.
Kelly wrote the screenplay, which is based on Savannah Knoop’s book Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt LeRoy. Knoop spent six years pretending to be the enigmatic Jt Leroy, a man who identified as transgender. In… »
China Punishes More Than 300 Cinemas For Box Office Cheating
Chinese film regulators have punished 326 cinemas for their part in box office fraud. They are the first to be punished under the Film Promotion Law which came into effect at the beginning of the month.
Punishments range from the forced closure of theaters for three months and fines of $145,000 (Rmb 1 million) for the 63 biggest cases, down to fines of $24,000 (RMB200,000.) The 90 theaters caught out in frauds of less than $12,000 (RMB100,000) were given written warnings.
News of the regulatory action was announced via state media on Wednesday. It did not specify the nature of the fraud.
Box office cheating was widespread in China with other cases hitting the headlines in 2014 and 2015. In some cases theaters have colluded with distributors in massive ticket buying operations that are intended to give the impression that a film is enjoying greater success than in reality. In other cases, theaters have stolen receipts.
And in still »
- Patrick Frater
Paramount TV, Telefe team on 'Cazadores'
Serialised drama follows Nazi hunters in South America after Second World War.
Paramount Television and Telefe, the Argentinian network that Viacom acquired last year, announced on Wednesday they will team up to develop the one-hour, multilingual drama.
Created by journalist-turned-tv writer Jason George, Cazadores (Hunters) is based on recently declassified documents about the men and women who resolved to track down the Nazi high command that fled to South America after the Second World War.
The serialised cable drama begins as the war is ending and a Cold War begins, yet the hunters, many of whom had personally suffered under the Nazi regime, refuse to forget the crimes of the Third Reich.
“We are excited to have Telefe as part of the Viacom family,” president of Paramount TV Amy Powell (pictured) said. “Their unmatched leadership in Argentina’s high-growth market and their on-the-ground knowledge of this fascinating moment in history, will allow for »
French cinema guild sends message of solidarity over proposed Trump cuts
L’Arp expresses love for Us culture and “consternation” at Us president’s budget plan.
French cinema guild L’Arp has issued a message of solidarity with Us filmmakers and artists, condemning Us President Donald Trump’s recently revealed proposals to slash cultural spending.
“We love American culture and cinema which for us [are] our inexhaustible sources of inspiration and escape,” said the body, jointly presided over by Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (pictured) and filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli.
“We therefore wish to express our solidarity with the American filmmakers and artists who have recently mobilised against this decision.”
Under its budget proposals for the next fiscal year, the Trump administration is planning to cut some $971m previously earmarked for non-profit cultural entities, including theatres, writing programmes, orchestras, libraries and public broadcasters.
The biggest losers are expected to be the National Endowment For The Arts, the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, the Institute Of Museum And Library Services, and the National »
Ten Takeaways on Entertainment Marketing From Variety’s Massive Summit
Marketing gurus from the film, television, and digital worlds were on hand for Variety‘s Massive Entertainment Marketing Summit on Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, sharing their experiences in getting the word out to consumers about their projects.
Being a genius is “now sexy,” according to “Genius” producer Ron Howard, who was half of the keynote conversation at Massive, along with his Imagine Entertainment co-founder and fellow producer on the National Geographic show, Brian Grazer. According to Howard, as the platforms through which to tell stories multiply and become more specific, especially in the world of TV, so the stories become more linked to the platforms themselves. “I knew that the platform, Nat Geo, could actually inform this project and challenge me and the story in important ways,” Howard said “It’s an interesting thing in this moment, it’s the story linked to the platform, »
- Dave McNary and Will Thorne
‘The Magicians’’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last
“The Magicians” went into battle on Wednesday night and pulled out the ultimate weapon: a Broadway musical song.
In the episode, Fillory’s High King Eliot (Hale Appleman) is about to enter into mortal combat with the King of Lauria, who has never been defeated. Eliot’s right-hand magician and partner in every crime imaginable Margo (Summer Bishil) gives him a pep talk and reminisces about how well he did in a production of “Les Miserables.” Inspired by that success, she used magic to force him and others to perform the number “One Day More” from the musical in order to get him pumped up for his duel.
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- Hanh Nguyen
Jason Blum Revels in Micro-Budget Moviemaking for Horror Hits ‘Get Out,’ ‘Split’
“When you have a movie that doesn’t have to make $100 million, you can take chances in the marketing,” he said at the keynote address at Variety’s Massive Entertainment Marketing Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Blum was enthusiastic about Universal’s marketing capabilites, saying the work of making a movie is 50% percent done when you make a good movie and 100% done when it’s marketed right.
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” starring James McAvoy and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” starring Daniel Kaluuya, were both made for under $10 million. They have each grossed $136 million domestically with plenty more yet to be banked by Universal. “Split” has also taken in another $120 million overseas.
Low-budget producer Jason Blum: "Your job is 50% done when »
- Dave McNary
Relativity Scores Rare Legal Win As Netflix Ordered To Pay Lawyer Fees
Ryan Kavanaugh hasn’t come out with any more dough in his pocket, but Relativity gained a bit of financial traction today in the company’s ongoing skirmish with Netflix. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Wednesday ordered the streaming service to pay more than $800,000 in legal fees and expenses to the embattled film studio. "The Court holds that Relativity is entitled to an award of attorneys' fees and expenses as to Relativity's own counsel, but that Mr. Kavanaugh and… »
Sony Developing Spider-Man Spin-Off Centered on Black Cat and Silver Sable
Last week, Sony announced that they were making a Venom movie. And now, it looks like they’re trying to go all-in on the Spider-Man spin-off business, as a film centered on Black Cat and Silver Sable is on the way. The two characters, both adversaries and allies of Peter Parker depending on the storyline, represent […]
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- Jacob Hall
‘He Will Not Divide Us’: Shia Labeouf, Luke Turner & Nastja Säde Rönkkö’s Anti-Trump Project Relocates Overseas
Shia Labeouf tweeted today that his four-year anti-Donald Trump exhibit, "He Will Not Divide Us," has found a new home overseas. As of today, the live-streaming protest was adopted by the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact) in Liverpool, UK. The project, co-created with Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, was removed at the end of last month from its second location at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, Nm, after reports of gunfire in the area. Prior to that… »
The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 72 – Boys Life
The Tobolowsky Files is back, and will be releasing weekly episodes for the next 12 weeks! In this episode: A journey down the creek past the end of the known world leads to treasure and the unexpected – proving that what is gone, can return with a vengeance. The Tobolowsky Files is a podcast from […]
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- David Chen
MPAA Report Says Non-White Audiences are Growing, While Women Drive Blockbusters
Breaking a tradition that goes back to the Jack Valenti era, MPAA Chairman Christopher Dodd will not attend the upcoming CinemaCon exhibitors’ convention, citing personal commitments. That means John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners, will have to make the state of the industry speech solo on Tuesday at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. However, he and Dodd spoke with press on Wednesday via conference call to announce the MPAA’s early release of their annual Theatrical Market Statistics report for 2016.
We knew that box office was virtually flat in 2016: Global box office returns reached $38.6 billion, up just 1 percent from 2015, while in North America, receipts rose by 2 percent to $11.4 billion. However, MPAA 2016 statistics reveal some seismic changes. It supports an increased focus on the domestic market and movies that appeal to women and minorities, which are growing while white audiences decline.
Let’s do the 2016 numbers. »
- Anne Thompson
‘The Affair’s’ Julia Goldani Telles Joins Rachel Bloom in ‘Most Likely to Murder’
Dan Gregor, who works as a writer and consulting producer with Bloom on her CW series “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Doug Mand, his writing partner on “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Mand will also appear in the movie, which starts production in New York in March.
Pally will portray a man — once the most popular student in high school — who returns to his hometown 10 years after graduating to find that the girl he still likes is now dating the former high school outcast. When the outcast’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances, he tries to prove she was murdered.
Pally and Bloom will produce, »
- Justin Kroll
Superhero Bits: Wonder Woman MPAA Rating and Comic Influence, Hydra Targets Inhumans & More
Which comics inspired or influenced the Wonder Woman movie? What does James Gunn think of the Howard the Duck movie from 1986? What’s the official rating the MPAA gave Wonder Woman? What other Marvel character would Anthony Mackie like to play? Which McU star helped Sacha Dhawan land a role on Iron Fist? All that […]
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- Ethan Anderton
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