‘Han Solo’: Donald Glover Officially Cast as Lando Calrissian in ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff
Disney’s Han Solo spinoff has found its Lando Calrissian. Over the summer word got out that Donald Glover had emerged as the frontrunner to play Han’s smooth-talking, sweet-space-cape-wearing buddy, and today Lucasfilm has made it official. Glover joins Alden Ehrenreich, who was announced to play Han Solo at Star Wars Celebration a few months ago. See the Han Solo […]
- Angie Han
Jennifer Lawrence to Star as Zelda Fitzgerald in Biopic From Ron Howard
Jennifer Lawrence is taking on another iconic role for her next feature film. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy Award winner is set to star as the Jazz Age socialite and writer Zelda Fitzgerald in the biopic “Zelda.”
The drama is inspired by Nancy Milford’s bestselling biography “Zelda,” which the filmmakers optioned for the project. The story, based on a screenplay by Emma Frost, will chronicle Fitzgerald’s life, her marriage with author F. Scott Fitzgerald and explore Zelda’s desperate attempt to define herself through her own art. The film asks: Can love exist between creative equals?
- Liz Calvario
Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Sam Phillips Biopic for Paramount
Paramount Pictures has acquired the book “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll” for an adaptation to star Leonardo DiCaprio, TheWrap has learned. The film will be developed by Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The book, written by Peter Guralnick (“Last Train to Memphis”), tells the story of Phillips and the music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, introducing a sound that had never been heard before. Also Read: Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Signs 3-Year Deal »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Doctor Strange’ Cast Addresses Whitewashing Controversy at Film’s World Premiere
The world premiere of “Doctor Strange” was held at the famous Tcl Chinese Theater on Thursday night. Fans braved the 90-degree heat to get a glimpse of the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Hollywood Boulevard was transformed into a grand magic sanctum as the cast and crew took the red carpet to celebrate the opening of 14th Marvel Universe movie.
They also took the opportunity to address criticism from some fans over the casting of British actress Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, who in the comics is depicted as an Asian man.
Director Scott Derrickson took on the whitewashing controversy, explaining how selecting Swinton was a diversity choice itself.
“I think diversity is the responsibility of directors and producers,” Derrickson told Variety. “In this case, the stereotype of [the Ancient One] had to be undone. I wanted it to be a woman, a middle-aged woman. Every iteration of that script played by »
- Lawrence Yee
Weekend Box Office Forecast: 'Jack Reacher', Madea's 'Boo!' and 'Ouija 2'
Four new wide releases this weekend should help propel the top twelve over $100 million this weekend and, for the first time in six weeks, show improvement over the same weekend last year. This weekend is also going big with sequels, delivering three of them including Tom Cruise returning as the title star in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the horror sequel Ouija: Origin of Evil and Tyler Perry's latest outing as Madea in Boo! A Madea Halloween. Fox will also be releasing the ensemble comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses and Pure Flix is releasing the faith-based, Columbine drama I'm Not Ashamed into just over 500 theaters. Overall the weekend top twelve should come in around $100-105 million if all goes as forecasted. At the top, it would be a nice win for Paramount should they land a #1 finish with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The studio has had a rough go this year, »
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Dwayne Johnson Developing Wrestling Comedy at Fox From Seven Bucks & Gary Sanchez Prods. (Exclusive)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is going back to his beginnings for his latest project.
Fox has nabbed a hot comedy from the wrestler-turned-superstar and producer Will Ferrell, inspired by the real life experiences of Johnson and former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz, Variety has learned.
The project, hailing from Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions, received a put pilot commitment at Fox. Andrew Gurland, who created FX’s “Married,” will write the pilot script.
The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional professional wrestling outfit and chronicles the one-of-a-kind odd couple relationship that develops between a charismatic young character, like the The Rock, and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling. A fish-out-of-water among all of these alpha males, this beta former sitcom writer needs as much help as he can get navigating the extremely passionate, sometimes crazy and always unpredictable world of professional wrestling.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Chris Pratt to Romance Wife Anna Faris on CBS' Mom — Get Details
Something tells us that Anna Faris will have plenty of chemistry with her next co-star.
Pratt will play a hunky horseback riding instructor who catches Faris’ character’s eye. The only problem? He’s the nephew of Mimi Kennedy’s Marjorie, who labels him strictly off-limits.
Also on tap for Mom‘s upcoming fourth season, premiering Oct. 27 at 9/8c: a reunion between former »
Jeffrey Katzenberg Blasts "Bully" Donald Trump: "Toxic, Abusive, Despicable Message"
Jeffrey Katzenberg never mentioned Donald Trump by name on Friday night from the podium during Glsen Respect Awards - Los Angeles, but everyone in the Beverly Wilshire ballroom knew who he was talking about. And the former DreamWorks Animation CEO, a respected philanthropist and longtime supporter of Glsen, the national education organization that champions Lgbt issues in K-12 education, somehow managed to both condemn the Republican nominee for president while keeping a focus on the organization and its cause. Katzenberg, one of the first speakers of the night during a program that saw such A-listers as Julia Roberts and
- Chris Gardner
Kevin Meaney, Comedian and ‘Uncle Buck’ Actor, Dies at 60
Kevin Meaney, the veteran comedian and actor who briefly starred in the TV adaptation “Uncle Buck” and was beloved for the catchphrase, “That’s not right!,” has died. He was 60. “It is true as confirmed to me by his family. It is a tremendous loss to the comedy community as well. He was loved and will be missed,” Meaney’s agent Tom Ingegno, told Laughspin. The site said Meaney had been scheduled to perform in East Providence, R.I. on Saturday Night. One of the breakout stars of the 1980s comedy boom, Meaney appeared on shows including “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night With. »
- Tim Molloy
Kevin Meaney, Veteran Stand-Up Comic, Dies at 60
Kevin Meaney, a veteran stand-up comedian and actor, has died. He was 60. Meaney's agent confirmed that he was found in his home in Forestburgh, N.Y., and that an autopsy is pending. The comedy world, including Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Roseanne Barr and Michael McKean, paid tribute to Meaney on social media following the news. "Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man," Apatow tweeted. "He could make you lose your mind laughing." Meaney was a stand-up comedian for more than 25 years, with his first HBO special airing in 1986, according to his website. Since then, he has appeared on The
- THR Staff
Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Elvis Producer Sam Phillips in Upcoming Biopic
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to produce and star in an upcoming, still-untitled biopic about Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, the rock pioneer who produced landmark records by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and many more.
Mick Jagger will also serve as a producer on the Paramount Pictures film, based on the Peter Guralnick's book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll. According to Deadline, Jagger will hold a similar role in helping to foster the Phillips story to the silver screen as the Rolling Stones »
The 13 Scariest Movies We’ve Ever Seen, and Why They Still Scare Us (Photos)
In an effort to exorcise our demons, TheWrap staffers are confessing about what movies and TV shows scared us more than anything else in our lives… and trying to explain why they still scare us. Happy Halloween. “Darkness” I still have nightmares about one scene. The one time I wanted to show my friend the trailer I hoped to God the scene wasn’t in it, and it was, and it was horrifying. “Darkness” stars Anna Paquin and was released in 2002. Directed by Jaume Balagueró, it follows an American family who moves in a house where six children previously disappeared during an occult. »
- Rasha Ali
NBC Buys Remake of Hacker Drama ‘Sneakers’ From Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald
NBC wants to hack back into “Sneakers.” The network has bought a script for a proposed series remake of the 1992 feature, which starred Robert Redford as a hacker leading a team of computer security specialists. The original movie cast also included Sidney Poitier, Ben Kingsley and River Phoenix. At the moment, there is no cast attached or episodic order for the NBC series. But the executive producers for the TV version are Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald; Parkes co-wrote and was one of the producers on the original film. Tom Szentgyorgyi, who has worked on “The Mentalist,” is also on. »
- Scott Collins
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Commit Rhymes Against Humanity in Bad Lip Reading Debate Spoof (Video)
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are poets, and they probably don’t know it. But the folks at Bad Lip Reading are here to give them a clue. Bad Lip Reading turned its attention to the second presidential debate on Friday, publishing a video that transformed the town hall showdown between Trump and Clinton into a poetry slam. Trump kicks things off with a little ditty titled “Bird’s Eye.” Also Read: Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump Debate Gets the Bad Lip Reading Treatment (Video) “There was always parts of birds in our ice cream/Such as a little bird’s eye, »
- Tim Kenneally
Donald Glover Cast as Lando Calrissian in Han Solo 'Star Wars' Film
Donald Glover will travel to a galaxy far, far away to play Star Wars fan favorite Lando Calrissian in the space saga's upcoming young Han Solo film, Lucasfilm announced Friday. Glover will star alongside Alden Ehrenreich, who portrays the smuggler made famous by Harrison Ford, in the 2018 spinoff directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Like the series' upcoming anthology film Rogue One, the Han Solo standalone movie will chronologically take place between the prequel Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and George Lucas' first Star Wars film, dubbed "A New Hope. »
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