Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017
Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script
The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.
New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.
The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.
Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”
- Dave McNary
'War for the Planet of the Apes': What the Critics Are Saying
Step aside, Wonder Woman; there's a new beloved blockbuster of the summer — and War for the Planet of the Apes has a level of critical praise that would make even the first lady of superhero movies jealous. Simply put, it's getting reviews that summer tentpoles just don't traditionally receive.
To wit, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy raves about the movie, praising its visuals ("the sheer beauty of the film is intense," he writes, noting that cinematographer Michael Seresin "intoxicatingly" captures the world around the apes), score and a story that dares to be morally complex instead of reductive »
- Graeme McMillan
'Inconvenient Sequel' Directors to Change Film in Light of Trump's Climate Accord Exit
In a sit-down interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Nantucket Film Festival, where the Al Gore-fronted climate change documentary was the closing-night film, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen say they have been scrambling to make additions to the film, including a new epilogue, before its July 28 opening.
“We spent a great deal of time with Al thinking about how to respond in the film,” says Cohen, who previously issued a joint statement with Shenk on »
- Tatiana Siegel
Warner Bros. Developing 'The Accountant' Sequel With Ben Affleck
Writer Bill Dubuque and director Gavin O’Connor are also in talks for the proposed sequel to the 2016 feature, which followed a highly functioning autistic man who worked as an accountant for criminal organizations. When the Treasury Department starts to follow his activities, he uses his background as an assassin to protect himself and others.
The action-drama grossed $86 million at the domestic box office on the relatively modest budget of $44 million. »
- Mia Galuppo
Sundance Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’ Acquired By Netflix
Netflix has taken global rights to Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky’s comedy biopic The Polka King starring Jack Black as local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. Deadline hears that Netflix paid seven figures for the movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. A deal has been in the works since the movie premiered at Sundance. A streaming date has not been determined yet, but Polka King will hit Netflix before the end of this year. No word on… »
Lucky Red reveals plans to become 'most important production company in Italy'
Distributor plots move into genre and family movies, beginning with Asghar Farhadi’s upcoming thriller.
Italian distribution company Lucky Red is planning to ramp up its production operation, with a focus on genre and family movies.
At an event held in Rome yesterday (June 26) to mark the company’s 30th anniversary, founder and CEO Andrea Occhipinti said: “Distribution will remain our core business, but we want to become one of the most important production companies in Italy.”
“Production may be a good way not to be too dependent on acquisitions, since it’s becoming harder to get the good movies. Instead a good Italian film can make a big difference at the box office”.
As Screen announced during Cannes, the $12-13m project is a French-Spanish-Italian co-production with Lucky Red »
The Little Hours review – foul-mouthed nuns run riot in flimsy but fun comedy
Rather like 2011’s Your Highness, the initial gimmick proudly, even boastfully, revealed in The Little Hours is based on the notion that medieval characters can be just as puerile as their contemporary counterparts. Within seconds of the titles ending, 14th-century nuns are swearing, shouting, vandalizing and attacking any local man naive enough to look their way. But the test here – and it’s one that Danny McBride’s misjudged comic fantasy failed at – is whether the film can sustain itself beyond mere shock value.
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- Benjamin Lee
BFI hires Danny Leigh, Will Massa for archive roles
BFI National Archive makes key hires for curatorial team.
Leigh is a journalist with more than 20 years experiences working in print, for the Ft and Guardian, as well as on television where he is co-host of the BBC’s long-running film programme Film 2017.
He joins the BFI as senior curator of fiction film and television and will have a remit including developing and promoting the current collection, as well as building the archive. He took us his position yesterday, June 26.
Massa joins from the British Council’s film department where he was senior programme manager, working on a variety of UK film showcase projects across the Americas and Europe. Prior to that role, he worked in talent development at regional screen agencies Screen Yorkshire and North West Vision+Media.
Massa has been »
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Baby Driver: can a bad title sink a film?
Will Edgar Wright’s decision to make his latest film sound like a slapstick childcare comedy affect its impact – or make no difference?
There is a lot going on in Baby Driver, a caffeinated splicing of crime thriller and jukebox musical. Once you clunk-click into the central conceit – audacious heists, hard-boiled badinage and breakneck car chases all wittily synced and choreographed to its central character’s eclectic iPod playlist – it is an intoxicating, heightened huff of pure cinema. But if you don’t read advance reviews (especially ones heavy on terms like “diegetic music”), your first exposure to writer-director Edgar Wright’s latest movie will probably be its title.
Baby Driver ... is it an impressively rushed sequel to Alec Baldwin’s animated semi-hit The Boss Baby from two months back? Baby Driver – even if it does make perfect sense in context (Ansel Elgort, as gifted wheelman Baby, operates in a »
- Graeme Virtue
Japan Box Office: ‘Confession of Murder’ Strikes Again in Third Weekend
“Confession of Murder,” Yu Irie’s hit take on Jung Byung-Gil’s 2012 Korean thriller, took top spot at the Japanese box office for the third consecutive weekend. For the June 24-25 frame, the film earned $2.1 million on 165,000 admissions, while running its cumulative total to $12.8 million. Distributed by Warner Japan, the film looks likely to end its run near the $20 million mark.
Holding onto second place was Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Now in its tenth week on release, the film extended its cumulative total to $106 million. This puts it at number 19 on the all-time Japanese box office chart, for both foreign and domestic films.
Highest ranking among the new releases, at number four, was Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge.” In its opening weekend, the film made $950,000, with Kino Films distributing. With an audience of mainly males aged forty and over, the film is forecast to finish near the $5 million milestone.
- Mark Schilling
Korea Box Office: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Debuts on Top
Paramount’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” topped the Korean box office, albeit with a franchise low score.
Debuting Wednesday with local distribution by Lotte Entertainment, the fifth film in the hugely popular franchise earned $12.9 million from 1.75 million admissions over five days. Dominating 1,727 screens nationwide, “Last Knight” accounted for 64% of the total weekend revenue.
Local thriller, “A Day” remained in second. It earned $1.67 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $7.07 million after two weekends.
“The Mummy” slipped to third from the previous weeks’ top spot. The Upi release earned $1.2 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $26.1 million after three weekends on release.
Cannes action drama, “The Villainess” took fourth place, earning $712,000 between Friday and Sunday. The New release has a cumulative $8 million after three weekends.
- Sonia Kil
Johnny Depp's dogs: Australia's deputy Pm threatens actor with 'perjury' investigation
Barnaby Joyce says government will examine whether it can take further legal action after saga of dogs Pistol and Boo
The saga of Pistol and Boo, the Yorkshire terriers who infamously landed the then Hollywood couple in strife in 2015, took another twist with allegations by Depp’s former managers that he was “fully aware that he was illegally bringing his dogs to Australia”.
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- Joshua Robertson
‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof Promises Naked Justin Theroux if HBO Drama Earns Emmy Nominations
On Monday evening, the co-creator and showrunner of “The Leftovers” unveiled an Emmys Fyc campaign on his Instagram page, and made voters an offer they couldn’t refuse. If “The Leftovers” gets nominated for an Emmy, Justin Theroux gets naked.
Ok, Ok, it’s a little more specific than that. Take a look for yourself at his first post.
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“Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” Lindelof wrote over a photo of Theroux wearing gray sweatpants and only gray sweatpants. That’s a pretty clear message paired with a pretty enticing photo. It »
- Ben Travers
Josh Duhamel To Make Directing Debut On WWE Studios’ ‘The Buddy Games’
Josh Duhamel will make his directorial debut for WWE Studios on The Buddy Games. He also will star in the film alongside wrestling star Seamus and Nick Swardson. Actually, you would know all this if you were watching WWE Raw, as Duhamel just announced it on the broadcast. Duhamel, who just opened in Transformers: The Last Knight, wrote the script with Jude Weng and Bob Schwartz. The premise: A group of thirtysomething friends reunite to play the Buddy Game. That is a wild… »
Collider TV Talk: ‘Watchmen’ Series in the Works with Damon Lindelof for HBO
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Colin Trevorrow Responds to Negative ‘Book of Henry’ Reviews: ‘I Do Stand by the Movie’
“It’s a little heartbreaking, without getting too personal,” he told the Empire Podcast. “It came to us as a bit of a shock because we had screened this movie to so many people, and we’d had reactions from so many people that we felt we knew what we had and we knew how it was affecting the audience. And that actually hasn’t changed. It affects audiences in the same way that we thought it would.”
“We did not anticipate that level of vitriolic dislike for the film,” he added. “In the end, do I want to be somebody who pleases both audiences and critics? Absolutely. Is that hugely disappointing? It is.”
- Dixie Limbachia
Jared Leto Partners With Omni Magazine for Production Deal (Exclusive)
Jared Leto is partnering with Omni magazine in a deal to produce original content, Variety has learned exclusively
Jerrick Media and Leto’s Paradox made the announcement Monday. The companies did not disclose any specific projects.
Omni was a science and science fiction magazine published in the Us and the UK between 1978 and 1995. It contained articles on science, parapsychology, and short works of science fiction and fantasy and included authors such as Isaac Asimov, George Rr Martin and William Gibson.
Jerrick Media purchased the rights to Omni in 2012 along with several other brands, and has since reestablished the magazine as an online archive and forum for user-generated fiction.
Rick Schwartz, founder of Jerrick Media, said in a statement, “Omni is one of the crown jewels in the Jerrick portfolio. I can’t think of a better person to partner with in developing its content than Jared, whose career has been defined by fearlessness, otherworldly »
- Dave McNary
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