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Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks Reflect on ‘Philadelphia,’ Jonathan Demme at Tribeca Film Festival

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Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks were the main event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday night (April 28), taking the stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for an hour-long discussion about writing, performing, directing, and even mourning. “The strongest union of our two names is from the motion picture ‘Philadelphia,'” said Hanks, who won an Academy Award for his leading role in the film about being afflicted with AIDS. “God bless [director] Jonathan Demme. We just lost him.” (Demme died earlier in the week at the age of 73, following a long battle with cancer.)

Springsteen also took home an Oscar for the 1993 movie, for Best Original Song. Demme, he shared, first came to asking him to write “more of a rock song.” Said Springsteen: “I tried for a day or so to come up with something, and I didn’t come up with anything. I had some lyrics, and eventually, »


- Michele Amabile Angermiller

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7 Things You Don’t Know About ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ As Told by Quentin Tarantino and the Cast

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Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. Brown: They all reunited for the 25th anniversary retrospective screening of “Reservoir Dogs” at the Tribeca Film Festival April 28. Cast members Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and writer-director-actor Quentin Tarantino all got together to reminisce after the 1992 movie screened to a packed house at the Beacon Theater. Here are seven fun facts they revealed.

1. Tom Waits auditioned.

Tarantino let this tidbit slip as he discussed the casting process. “We had the casting director from ‘L.A. Law,'” the director recalled. “A lot of really wild people came in and read the parts. Tom Waits came in and read. I had Tom Waits read the Madonna speech, just so I could hear Tom Waits say those lines. And actually, other than Harvey, he gave me one of the first profound compliments on the script. No one had ever »


- Gordon Cox

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Whitney. “Can I Be Me”‘

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“Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me'” is Nick Broomfield’s documentary about the life and death of Whitney Houston, and it’s the rare Nick Broomfield movie in which the filmmaker isn’t center stage. He co-directed it with Rudi Dolezal, and there isn’t a single scene in which Broomfield, with his puckish, dogged delight in stalking interview subjects, invades a room tailed by a crew member holding a boom mike, thrusting himself into the face of Bobby Brown or Clive Davis or Whitney Houston’s relatives or the maid who cleaned her hotel room the night she died. I’m a fan of Broomfield’s conspiracy-theory music docs (“Biggie & Tupac,” “Kurt & Courtney”), but “Whitney: ‘Can I Be Me'” has no conspiracies to uncover. It just has a story to tell, and it does that incredibly compellingly.

“Can I Be Me” gets us to know Whitney Houston, to feel her »


- Owen Gleiberman

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Strike Watch: More WGA Talks on Sunday, SAG-aftra Eyes Mid-May Start for Negotiations

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Update, 10:15 p.m. – Negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and major studios are expected to return to the bargaining table Sunday for a rare weekend session as the sides try to head off a strike that could begin as early as May 2.

Negotiators for the companies will meet with executives on Saturday before sitting down Sunday for a bargaining seesion with the WGA.

The contract wrangling is expected to go down to the wire on Monday night when the current contract expires. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and WGA have been in talks since Tuesday, but there’s speculation that both sides are watching the clock and holding back on their final moves until Monday.

One source said that as of Friday evening the AMPTP was still awaiting a formal response from the WGA on key points in the talks, including residual rates and script »


- Dave McNary and Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Mummy’ Star Sofia Boutella in Talks to Join Jodie Foster for ‘Hotel Artemis’ (Exclusive)

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Sofia Boutella, who wreaks havoc as the titular monster in Universal’s upcoming “The Mummy,” is in talks to join Jodie Foster in Drew Pearce’s “Hotel Artemis.”

Simon and Stephen Cornwell are producing for The Ink Factory, which will also finance. Pearce, whose writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” will direct from his own script. The logline is under wraps.

Adam Siegel and Marc Platt are producing for Marc Platt Productions. Pearce will executive produce through his Point of No Return production banner.

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The project is expected to launch international sales next month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Boutella’s star has been on the rise since breaking out as Samuel Jackson’s henchman in Fox’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” The Algerian actress followed that up with a major role »


- Justin Kroll

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Universal Moves ‘Doctor Dolittle’ Up to April 2019 to Avoid ‘Star Wars IX’

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Universal Pictures has moved up its untitled “Doctor Dolittle” pic from May 24, 2019 to Apr. 12, 2019. The move is likely being made to avoid “Star Wars: Episode IX”, which Disney recently announced would also be opening that weekend.

Universal recently won a bidding war for the new “Doctor Dolittle” that has Robert Downey Jr. attached to star and Stephen Gaghan on board to write and direct.

The film 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. »


- Justin Kroll

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Liev Schreiber on ‘Chuck,’ Fame, and How He Almost Appeared in ‘Logan’

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Chuck Wepner tried to do a lot with his fifteen minutes of fame.

The journeyman boxer stunned everyone by going fifteen rounds in a 1975 title fight against Muhammad Ali, even knocking him down at one point. His million-to-one shot helped inspire “Rocky,” which sanded off some of Wepner’s rougher edges as it punched its way to the top. Wepner struggled with his fictionalized alter-ego, embracing its Oscar success and befriending Sylvester Stallone before engaging in long-running litigation against the actor and writer.

In “Chuck,” an upcoming indie biopic, Wepner is casting off his Rocky Balboa alter-ego. The boxer is brought vividly to life by Liev Schreiber, who capturers the Jersey bruiser’s tender side and his dangerous attraction to the limelight. Schreiber got involved in the project because he felt that Wepner represented an important cautionary tale about celebrity, and that his life story was a way for him »


- Brent Lang

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‘Logan’ Gets B&W Release in Theaters

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Following its box office success earlier this year, Fox has decided to release a black and white version of “Logan” in theaters on May 16 for a limited run.

Director James Mangold tweeted the news telling fans who wanted to see that version to “not make any plans on the evening of May 16.”

Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving Logan fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.

— Mangold (@mang0ld) April 28, 2017

The director answered questions on Twitter telling fans it would only be in domestic theaters and explaining “To make a great B&W version of a film, the whole thing’s gotta be regraded & timed shot by shot.”

Mangold said earlier he was inspired to make a black and white version after he posted some monochrome photos from the set on Instagram and got a strong positive reaction from fans.

“It caused such an extreme reaction, »


- Justin Kroll

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MPAA Shakeup: Chief Chris Dodd to Be Replaced by Charles Rivkin

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Chris Dodd is stepping down as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Variety has confirmed. He will be replaced by Charles Rivkin, the former assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs under President Barack Obama.

Though not as well known as Dodd, Rivkin boasts film business and Beltway ties. He was president of The Jim Henson Company and ambassador to France and Monaco, and is considered to be well connected in Washington D.C. He will join the organization on Sept. 5. Dodd will remain onboard for a short time, with a goal of completing the transition by the beginning of next year.

In an interview, Dodd said that when he joined the MPAA in 2011, he planned to serve for five years. He said he later agreed to a two-year extension through 2018 to give the trade association time to search for a successor. He noted that he will turn 73 next month, »


- Brent Lang and Ted Johnson

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Universal Dates Robert Zemeckis-Helmed Steve Carell Pic for November 2018

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Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have dated Robert Zemeckis next pic starring Steve Carell for Nov. 21, 2018.

The project had been going by the running title “Marwencol,” and is based on the true story of a man who — after being brutally attacked — finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

Zemeckis will direct, with Caroline Thompson working with him to pen the script.

Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner will produce alongside the director. It will be executive produced by Jeff Malmberg, who directed the 2010 documentary upon which this film is based, and Jackie Levine.

Zemeckis most recently directed “The Walk” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Carell can be seen next in Fox Searchlight’s “Battle of the Sexes.”

The actor has also lent his voice to Universal Picture/Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me” franchise, playing Gru.

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- Justin Kroll

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WGA Says Estimated $156 Million in Increased Payments Would Be ‘Reasonable’

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With no resolution in sight for contract negotiations, the Writers Guild of America is estimating that it would cost employers $156 million annually to increase payments to writers under its proposal to production companies.

The WGA West, in a Friday afternoon post on its website, said, “The cost of settling is reasonable.” It also estimated that the combined annual costs to the six major companies — CBS ($14.02 million), Disney ($18.57 million0, Fox ($22.3 million), NBC ($15.68 million), Sony ($11.21 million) and Time Warner ($24.01 million) — would be $103 million.

The guild says those six companies generated $51 billion in operating profits in 2016. The additional estimated costs include $8.58 million for Viacom and $41.83 million for “smaller companies,” which it said includes Netflix, Amazon, Lionsgate, AMC and hundreds of others.

With four days left before the contract expires, sources indicate that the talks are likely to go on all weekend and into Monday. A strike could start as early as 12:01 am Pt on Tuesday. »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Runs Circles Around Tom Hanks-Emma Watson Thriller

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Universal’s tentpole “The Fate of the Furious” will win its third straight box office crown with about $18 million this weekend, easily fending off the Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle,” early estimates showed Friday.

The Circle” will wind up the weekend with about $11 million at 3,163 sites. Romantic comedy “How to be a Latin Lover” is performing respectably in its debut with a projected $7 million at 1,118 venues.

Both new movies had been expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend. The eighth film in Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has dominated the domestic box office for the past two weeks, topping $173 million in its first 14 days.

The Circle” generated a modest $430,000 in Thursday night previews, trailing the take for “Latin Lover” by $20,000. The film is being jointly handled by Stx and EuropaCorp, and had been projected to reel in between $10 million and $15 million. »


- Dave McNary

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Chris Messina on Returning to ‘Mindy Project,’ His Sexy New Thriller ‘Blame’

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Chris Messina courts controversy in “Blame,” a new thriller about a substitute drama teacher who develops an unhealthy obsession with an emotionally damaged student.

The film earned solid reviews at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and marks the feature debut of Quinn Shephard, a 22-year-old wunderkind who also edited, produced, wrote, and stars in the film as the object of Messina’s desire. Messina shot his part in the indie drama in a little over a week, as he juggled several different projects, but he wanted to do the film because he was convinced of Shephard’s talent.

The “Mindy Project” and “Julie & Julia” star keeps busy, hopping between big and small screens. He’ll next be seen in Jean-Marc Vallee’s HBO limited series “Sharp Objects” with Amy Adams. Messina spoke with Variety shortly before “Blame’s” festival premiere about working with Shephard, his openness to returning to “The Mindy Project, »


- Brent Lang

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Laura Dern in the Mix for Film Academy President (Exclusive)

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With current president Cheryl Boone Isaacs set to term out at the end of July, the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will soon be voting on new leadership. A handful of contenders have been bubbling up, but one particularly compelling name has just been tossed into the hat: two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern.

Sources tell Variety the actress is interested in taking the reins after being elected to the board of governors last July. If she runs and wins, it would be a splashy choice, not least of all because Dern is Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. She would also be the fourth woman to hold the office, after Isaacs, Bette Davis and Fay Kanin — not an incidental footnote given the organization’s push for diversity as of late.

Dern did not respond to a request for comment. »


- Kristopher Tapley and Brent Lang

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Film Review: ‘Rupture’

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There appears to be no onscreen torture we can invent but some producer’s first thought is “I’d like to see Noomi Rapace undergo that in a movie.” Graphic sexual violence? Niels Arden Oplev’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” Excruciating self-surgery? Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” Strangulation by a dead woman’s identical twin? Brian De Palma’s “Passion.” And now we get “Rupture,” perhaps the sine qua non of the “let’s torture Noomi Rapace” subgenre in which she is tased, kidnapped, tied to a gurney, repeatedly drugged, forced to wear a helmet full of spiders and other things too spoilery, and too daft, to go into here.

But maybe the cruellest extreme rendition to be visited on Rapace is her ongoing, tantalizing proximity to the A-list, where despite an impressive resume, she’s never quite managed to establish herself. And that is one effort in which “Rupture” does her no favors. »


- Jessica Kiang

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Take Me’

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In the history of bad ideas, entrepreneurial or otherwise, perhaps none has ever been worse than that of Ray Moody (Pat Healy), who earns his living providing kidnapping role-playing scenarios for clients interested in confronting personal issues or acting out deviant fantasies. Ray’s wannabe-therapeutic business predictably leads to trouble in “Take Me,” star Healy’s nimble directorial debut, which exploits its screwy premise for both unnerving laughs and volatile thrills. Tailor-made for a cult following, it should be eagerly snatched up by audiences after its Tribeca film festival premiere.

Having relocated from Atlantic City to Los Angeles due to a shady past incident involving his ex-wife, Ray finds banks unwilling to financially commit to his Kidnap Solutions, LLC, which he claims “helps people,” such as an early, overweight client (Jim O’Heir) who uses a seizure scenario to overcome his fast-food eating habits. Forced to secretly borrow cash from his brother-in-law, »


- Nick Schager

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Tom Shadyac to Direct ‘Brian Banks’ Biopic for ShivHans Pictures

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Producer and film financier Shivani Rawat and her production company ShivHans Pictures have acquired the rights to the project “Brian Banks” and have attached “Bruce Almighty” director Tom Shadyac to helm.

“Banks” tells the real-life story of Brian Banks, an all-American high-school football player committed to USC by his junior year whose life was upended in 2002 when falsely accused of rape. Despite furiously maintaining his innocence, Brian was nonetheless railroaded through the system and sentenced to a decade of prison and parole. Ultimately, with the help of the California Innocence Project, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012 and he ultimately achieved his NFL dream with the Atlanta Falcons’ pre-season squad in 2013.

“After meeting Brian and hearing his story, I felt compelled to make this movie,” Rawat said. “I’m committed to stories about social justice, which is why this project resonated with me. Tom’s life journey the past »


- Justin Kroll

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Metropolitan Filmexport Acquires ‎Taylor Sheridan’s Cannes-Bound ‘Wind River’

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Paris– Gaul’s top indie distributor Metropolitan Filmexport has acquired French distribution rights to Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” which will play in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

Wind River,” which world premiere at Sundance, marks Sheridan’s directorial debut. Sheridan is the screenwriter of “Sicario” and most recently “Hell or High Water” which had also played at Un Certain Regard and earned four Oscar nominations, including a best picture nom.

Set on a Native American reservation, “Wind River” stars Elizabeth Olsen as an FBI agent who is investigating the murder of an 18-year-old Native American with the help of a local wildlife officer played by Jeremy Renner.

Voltage reps the film in international markets. “Wind River” will be released in the States on August 4.

Headed by Samuel and Victor Hadida, Metropolitan Filmexport is one of main purveyors of American films, both indies and studio movies, in France. Its upcoming »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Yeah, Baby! ‘Austin Powers’ Shagged Its Way to Theaters 20 Years Ago

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When “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened May 2, 1997, Variety described it as an “odd mix of sophisticated and lowbrow humor” but was enthused about the Mike Myers-Jay Roach collaboration. The film had cost less than $20 million so it was profitable with a modest $67 million worldwide. There was no deal in place for a sequel, but New Line execs noticed the comedy was a huge hit in home video and on cable. When the studio greenlit a sequel, many rival execs were surprised: They were still defining success solely by domestic box office.

Boosted by massive marketing tie-ins, 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” saw a spectacular domestic opening weekend of $55 million and completed its global run with $312 million. “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002) scored $296 million worldwide. After many years, rumors persist that a fourth edition is imminent. As Powers himself would say, “Yeah, baby!”

The nothing-is-sacred »


- Tim Gray

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‘Justice League’ Star Ray Fisher Signs With CAA

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Rising star Ray Fisher has signed with Creative Artists Agency.

Fisher is best known for his role as Victor Stone/Cyborg in the DC cinematic universe. He made his feature film debut in Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last year and will reprise that role in the upcoming “Justice League,” which hits theaters on Nov. 17. The ensemble cast includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, and Jesse Eisenberg.

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Fishers will also star as the superhero in a standalone “Cyborg” movie from Warner Bros. and DC. The project was announced by the studio in 2014, but has not yet moved into pre-production or been dated.

Fisher, a native of New Jersey, gained notice after receiving strong reviews for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the Off-Broadway production of “Fetch Clay, Make Man »


- Dave McNary

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