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Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Dolittle Movie to Hit Theaters in May 2019
Stephen Gaghan directs the new take on Dolittle, which will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), along with Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” films, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.
The project is based on the 1920s tales by Hugh Lofting, following a peculiar doctor who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters. The release date news comes two days before Universal’s CinemaCon presentation, where the studio will tout its upcoming release slate to exhibition industry professionals in Las Vegas.
Universal acquired the rights to the beloved character after a heated bidding war, and announced Downey’s casting earlier this month. »
- Alex Stedman
Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ Moves Up Nearly Two Months to June
Sony announced the news at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday. The new release date puts Wright’s latest smack dab in the middle of the July 4 frame, going up against “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Despicable Me 3,” Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s “The House,” “Amityville: The Awakening,” and Sofia Coppola’s “Beguiled.”
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In its previous August slot, it would have opened against New Line’s “Annabelle 2” and Weinstein Co.’s “Wind River.” It’s a sign of confidence for the action heist film, which garnered major buzz upon debuting at SXSW earlier this month. In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge wrote, “Like all Edgar Wright movies, ‘Baby Driver’ is a blast, featuring wall-to-wall music and a surfeit of inspired ideas. »
- Alex Stedman
‘Terminator’ Sequel Bumped Off Paramount Release Schedule
Paramount removed a sequel to “Terminator: Genisys” from its upcoming film slate while adding release dates to three upcoming projects as part of an announcement Monday. The sequel, which was listed as “Terminator 3,” had been set for a June 29, 2018 release date. 2015’s “Terminator: Genisys,” a follow-up to 2009’s “Terminator Salvation,” saw the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to his most famous role for the first time since “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” in 2003. “Genisys” made $440.5 million worldwide against a $155 million budget. Also Read: Asian Americans Saw More Movies Last Year Than Any Other Ethnic Group Elsewhere on »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Debuts New Footage at CinemaCon
The studio chief dropped the zinger while debuting new footage of the “Blade Runner” sequel to exhibition industry professionals at CinemaCon, with star Ryan Gosling on hand. The extended preview that the actor brought with him to Las Vegas stunned the crowd, featuring an apocalyptic Los Angeles and Las Vegas filled with snow, dust storms, and dazed looking androids, all of it created in Budapest. There were also several visual callbacks to sequences and sets from the first picture that are sure to tickle fans.
- Alex Stedman and Brent Lang
‘Ness’ Locks Up Paul Greengrass and Brian Helgeland For Paramount Pictures
Exclusive: An updated version telling the story of one of America’s bravest and incorruptible lawman has grabbed the attention of Bourne franchise director Paul Greengrass who is negotiating to direct the project Ness, written by Brian Helgeland for Paramount Pictures. Helgeland won and Oscar for his LA Confidential screenplay and worked with Greengrass on The Bourne Supremacy. Based on the life of Elliot Ness, who led the team of Prohibition agents known as The… »
Natalie Portman To Star In Rodeo Drama From ‘The Fits’ Director, Johnny Depp Goes On The Run In ‘King Of The Jungle’
With a potential writers strike looming, studios may be looking down a slew of projects in the weeks ahead, as they to avoid any disruption to their content flow. So it means that high profile projects are getting a sharper eye, and more meetings are taking place, as no one wants to be left without something to put into production while writers and Hollywood hash out a new deal. And two very high profile projects are making the rounds.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star O’Shea Jackson Jr. Eyes ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (Exclusive)
The movie already stars “Stranger Things” stand-out Millie Bobby Brown, along with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. “Krampus” helmer Michael Dougherty is directing the project from a script he penned with Zach Shields.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen starred in the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, directed by Gareth Edwards. Sources tell Variety that Watanabe is the only original cast member likely to return for the second installment.
Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up “Godzilla vs. Kong” slated to bow the following year on May 29, 2020.
- Justin Kroll
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Marathon Bombing Drama ‘Stronger’ Gets Awards-Season Release
Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, while Tatiana Maslany plays his girlfriend Erin Hurley, in a story about love triumphing over adversity. Clancy Brown (“Hail, Caesar!”) portrays Bauman’s father and Miranda Richardson plays his mother Patty Bauman.
Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller by Bauman and Bret Witter, the film stars Gyllenhaal as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing gained worldwide notice.
Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of »
- Dave McNary
Amber Heard Attached To Star In ‘The Kind Worth Killing’
Exclusive: Amber Heard is attached to topline Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions’ crime thriller The Kind Worth Killing, with Agnieszka Holland at the helm. The pic is based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel, with Christopher Kyle adapting the screenplay. The HarperCollins book follows Lily, a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston. Ted confesses that he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful… »
Barclays reveals £100m UK TV fund
Cashflow fund to compensate for staggered SVoD deals; Roughcut Television among clients.
British bank Barclays has launched a £100m fund aimed at UK TV production companies.
The fund has been established to directly target producers making content for SVoD platforms such as Netflix and Amazon, whose repayments can be staggered.
According to Barclays, the fund, Barclays SVoD Financing, will help companies manage cashflow and sustain employment, and the bank has developed a bespoke loan structuring method for producers.
As part of that deal, the bank has purchased Roughcut’s receivable as part of its SVoD deal with Netflix for Cuckoo, giving the company an upfront cash benefit as part of its multi-year streaming agreement.
Roughcut’s commercial director Tim Sealey commented: “Netflix are notorious for paying over a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Filming begins on 'Speed', the first Chinese TV drama to shoot in Australia
$2.5m production underway in Adelaide and surrounding area.
The first ever Chinese TV drama to shoot in Australia has begun filming in Adelaide.
15 episodes of Speed, a 32-part Chinese TV and online series, are scheduled to shoot in South Australia over three weeks.
The $2.5m shoot will employ around 50 local crew, alongside 120 cast and crew from China.
From Beijing-based Chinese broadcaster Ciwen Media, Speed follows the journey of an underground street racer who goes on to race professionally.
The production will be serviced by 57 Films, which faced competition from producers in Canada, Italy and the USA to secure the production.
Ryan said Speed will be one of the largest international TV series to be shot in South Australia.
“Speed will further strengthen relationships between China and South Australia, inject millions »
- email@example.com (Orlando Parfitt)
Fulwell 73, Irvine Welsh, Sony team on 'Ibiza87'
TV drama series to chronicle dance music scene.
Loosely based on the exploits of UK DJs Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and Nicky Holloway - all of whom are attached to the project - the series chronicles the story of a group of friends from south London who became well known DJs at the forefront of the acid house and electronic dance music scene.
The soundtrack is set to be curated and compiled by Rampling, Oakenfold and Holloway.
Pearlman said “This is the story of a youth culture movement that swept a nation and eventually the world, the wider cultural »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
MipTV: Filmax Develops Pau Freixas Dramedy ‘Welcome To The Family’ (Exclusive)
Barcelona– Julio Fernández’s Barcelona-based Filmax Ent. is developing its next big TV play, the 13-hour TV series “Welcome to the Family,” which will be presented at next week’s MipTV to potential buyers and co-production partners.
Negotiations with a Spanish broadcaster to co-produce “Welcome to the Family” are under way.
A choral dramedy, “Family” centers on Angela, a victim of Spain’s recent economical turndown, who sees how the bank forecloses on her house. A solution might be her estranged multimillionaire father, Eduardo. But the reunion ends in a bitter row, her father collapsing and dying. Fearful that they will see nothing from him, Angela and her family set out to locate his will. Meanwhile, just in case, they hide the corpse.
- Emilio Mayorga
Jan Mojto’s Beta Film Gears Up Pan-European Production Operation
In a first – and eye-catching – joint move between the building blocks of Beta Films’ new pan-European production operation, Dramacorp, the Stockholm-based company Jan Mojto’s Beta set up last year with high-flying TV exec Patrick Nebout (“Midnight Sun”) is teaming with Paris-based Isolani Pictures, Beta Film’s newly-launching French production house, to co-develop TV drama“Rare.”
Written by Sweden’s Alex Haridi following the critically-acclaimed “Real Humans,” “Rare” will be directed by France’s Thierry Poiraud after upcoming France2 thriller “Black Spot.” It marks a further addition to the international genre of choice for many creators: Sci-fi, with a large contempo import.
“Rare” is set in a not-too-distant parallel future where the earth is running out of air. To ensure life on earth, its healthiest inhabitants are frozen for two centuries. Hannah, “Rare’s” main character, who has a dicky heart, does her best to survive in a world without hope or help. »
- John Hopewell
MipTV: Millimages Picks Up International Rights to G&G’s ‘Kemy’
In the run-up to Mip-tv, Paris-based animation producer-distributor Millimages has picked-up international rights to “Kemy Expedition,” produced by G&G, an animation company based in Seoul, and with offices in Japan, known by its anime productions such as “Kaleido Star,” co-produced with Japanese toon house Gonzo.
A 52-part short-format edutainment show, “Kemy Expedition” centers on Kemy, a small dinosaur, and his two duck friends. As a curious child, Kemy wants to explore his new world. The friends embark on an expedition through a cave connected to a secret base where Kemy explores a documentary world with his magic shuttle. Thanks to it, he discovers the animals’ wildlife and visits extraordinary places.
Blending 3D CGI and live action, the series is targeted at 4-9 kids.
“’Kemy’ will provide children with a lot of answers to their questions about animals and nature, while having fun. Which animal can see the best at night? »
- Emilio Mayorga
‘Feud: Bette and Joan’: Alison Wright On How Her Fictional Character May Fare Better Than Real Women in Film
“I kind of love her too,” she told IndieWire. “She’s a strong, assertive, capable, able woman, and not a victim in any sort of sense. She’s got her head screwed on pretty tight. Ryan [Murphy] initially described her as being whip-smart and cool as a cucumber, so that’s an attractive concept right there.”
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Wright first became familiar to FX audiences as another 20th century secretary, “poor Martha” of “The Americans.” But the two characters couldn’t be further apart. As the loyal and clever assistant to director Robert Aldrich (played in the show by Alfred Molina), Pauline represents a rare breed of Hollywood women for the year 1962 — an aspiring director, who in this week’s episode has the »
- Liz Shannon Miller
'Berlin Station' starring Richard Armitage heads to Europe
Spy drama licensed to Italy, Nordics and Spain.
Paramount Worldwide Television has announced a trio of international licensing deals for Berlin Station.
The spy drama will be available in Italy on TIMvision (the Tim on-demand television platform), in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland on HBO Nordic and in Spain on HBO España.
Berlin Station is a contemporary spy drama that takes a look at the activity of a CIA office on a global stage in the midst of an investigation into a now-infamous whistleblower.
The series airs on Epix in the U.S. and is also available in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the Middle »
- email@example.com (Orlando Parfitt)
How David Storey's This Sporting Life created a great working-class film hero
Storey delivered a blast of energy to the dull early 60s with the character of Frank Machin, a rugby player who capitalised on the new magic of celebrity
David Storey, in an unforgettable partnership with the director Lindsay Anderson, provided one of the great energising shocks of the 1960s, a blast of energy, smashing at the dullness, the complacency and hypocrisy of class-ridden Britain. Storey adapted his own 1960 novel This Sporting Life for the screen: Lindsay Anderson directed it, and won from Richard Harris a performance to rival Brando. He is Frank Machin, a gifted sportsman who wants to make it as a professional rugby league player (like Storey himself), but is poignantly in love with his widowed landlady, played by Rachel Roberts. Frank is a superstar on the field; he has money, success with women and a cocksure sense of »
- Peter Bradshaw
WGA West’s Board Votes To Send Strike-Authorization Ballots To Members
Updated: Hollywood moved a step closer to an industry-crippling writers' strike tonight when the WGA West's board of directors approved sending strike authorization ballots to the guild's members. Tonight's vote came at the unanimous recommendation of the WGA negotiating committee, which broke off contract talks with management's AMPTP on Friday. The WGA East's council will vote tomorrow to send strike authorization ballots to their members. Earlier tonight, the WGA West… »
Miles Teller to star in Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Too Old To Die Young'
Film star boards Danish auteur’s TV project.
In his first regular TV series role, Teller will play Martin, a police officer entangled in the world of assassins.
Refn, known for directing Drive and the Amazon Studios film Neon Demon, will write the dramatic series that explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai. Refn will direct the entire series.
“I’m a huge fan of Nic’s work so the opportunity to work with him, and for a company like Amazon, with this type of material is very exciting,” Teller said.
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