Robert Rodriguez To Direct ‘Ugly Dolls’ For STX For May 2019 Bow – CinemaCon
Robert Rodriguez will direct STX Entertainment’s animated Ugly Dolls, based on the kids toys, which the company has long planned as the film to launch its family and animation division. The movie will come out May 10, 2019.
The dolls were created by David Horvath via his company Pretty Ugly LLC and have taken off in popularity in Asia. The film version will be produced by STX with Gigi Pritzker and OddLot co-producing. Horvath and business partner Drew Matilsky will… »
Anne Hathaway’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake Finds Director
The movie marks Addison’s big-screen directorial debut. Jac Schaeffer will write the screenplay.
Cave 76 Productions’ Roger Birnbaum and Wilson’s Camp Sugar Productions are producing.
The film gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed comedy classic that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The ’80s film was itself a reboot of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie “Bedtime Story,” starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.
“Nasty Women” follows two female scam artists, one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. The title calls to mind Donald Trump’s insult to Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, a »
- Justin Kroll
‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Darlene Cates Dies at 69
Cates’ daughter, Sheri Cates Morgan, announced in a Facebook post that her mother died “peacefully in her sleep” on Sunday morning.
“We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior, Jesus,” the daughter wrote. “(Dancing was something she talked about loving to do ‘back in the day’!)” »
- Seth Kelley
‘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.
Elsewhere on »
- Jeremy Fuster
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
‘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
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
Noreen Fraser, TV Producer and ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ Co-Creator, Dies at 63
Noreen Fraser, a TV producer who dedicated her life to raising money for cancer research, has lost her own battle with the disease. She was 63. Fraser, who’s TV credits include “Entertainment Tonight,” “Home Show” on ABC and “The Richard Simmons Show,” died at her Brentwood, California, home on Monday, a representative for the Noreen Fraser Foundation confirmed to TheWrap. The producer and philanthropist was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer 16 years ago, and since then has not only fought her own battle but helped countless fellow sufferers live better, longer lives. Also Read: Sick Teen Who. »
- Debbie Emery
Matt Damon Shrinks in ‘Downsizing’ Footage Presented at CinemaCon
The director of “The Descendants” and “Nebraska” specializes in small-scale portraits of Midwesterners. He chronicles their daily lives, peeling back the curtain to show, usually humorously, the quiet desperation that lies behind their stoic facade.
“Downsizing” is something different entirely. It’s funny, to be sure, but it’s also Payne’s first foray into science-fiction. Think of it as “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” with a deeper social message. Payne brought 10 minutes of footage from the film to CinemaCon on Tuesday, flanked by star Matt Damon. It was screened as part of Paramount Pictures’ annual presentation of its film slate to theater owners.
Paramount Marketing Chief: Jim Gianopulos Appointment ‘Marks a New Moment’
The Oscar-winning writer and director cut an incongruous figure — looking downright professorial in a sports coat and sweater. The dress code at »
- Brent Lang
‘Survivor: Game Changers’ elimination odds: Will J.T. Thomas have to pay for his ‘Dirty Deed’?
Last week’s shocking tribal council on “Survivor: Game Changers” ended with Malcolm Freberg‘s elimination, unintentionally caused by a power play from one of his closest allies, J.T. Thomas. On this week’s episode, titled “Dirty Deed,” J.T. will have to explain his actions to his tribe mates, but his chances of remaining in their good graces are slim. […] »
Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ First Footage Puts American Life Literally Under a Microscope
Paramount surprised CinemaCon audiences on Tuesday with 10 minutes of Alexander Payne’s new drama “Downsizing,” a suprprisingly high-concept movie from a filmmaker known for more grounded, down-to-earth moviemaking. How high-concept? Think a Payne-like version of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” In the clip, which got a very warm reception from the crowd in Vegas, Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who attend a presentation about literally shrinking themselves. The pitch is made by Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who has already shrunk himself and now lives in a stunning home, bigger than he could’ve ever dreamed of in the. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Natalie Portman's 'Annihilation' Shows Off Creepy First Footage at CinemaCon
Annihilation made its way to CinemaCon Tuesday, where moody footage debuted.
Portman's character gets emotional when her husband (Oscar Isaac) returns home after 12 months, but he's impassive, barely responding to her when she kisses him.
Readers of the adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel from Jeff VanderMeer will know that when a person returns from their missions … they aren't quite themselves.
She presses him for details of his mission.
"I don't know where it was, or what it was," he says.
He drinks from water, and she sees blood on his glass. Soon, he's in an ambulance, spitting »
- Aaron Couch
Paramount’s ‘Amusement Park’ Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release
Paramount’s Motion Picture Group President Marc Evans announced that the studio’s 2018 animated release “Amusement Park” is headed to Nickelodeon as a TV series. The TV series is aiming to launch in 2019, said Nickelodeon Chief Marketing Officer Pam Kaufman, who joined Evans on stage at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project is a Ilion Animation Studios production that Paramount will distribute, and has a voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor. Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Calls 'Baywatch' Cast the 'Avengers of the Beach' Viacom CEO Bob Bakish gave »
- Matt Donnelly
Al Gore Brings 'Inconvenient Sequel' Trailer to CinemaCon — With Help from Nelly
Now that's an interesting choice of song.
Former Vice President Al Gore walked out to Nelly's risqué song "Hot In Herre" to introduce the trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel.
"The climate crisis is not a partisan issue. As I've traveled around the world, I've found communities are embracing … solutions and transcending politics," said Gore.
Though Gore did not speak out on stage about Trump, the trailer featured President Donald Trump speeches in which he touted plans to end the »
- Aaron Couch
Paramount Touts First Footage From George Clooney's 'Suburbicon,' Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing'
“We knocked over a few casinos here, haven’t we?” said Clooney to laughs from the audience. He and his stars charmed the crowd with plenty of jokes. Clooney asked Damon, “What was it like to be directed by Batman?,” with Damon responding that he’d almost forgotten that Clooney even played that role.
The upcoming film, »
- Rebecca Ford
Elle Fanning’s Animated Film ‘Leap!’ Moves to Labor Day Weekend
“Leap!” is making the jump to Labor Day weekend.
The release date for Elle Fanning’s animated film is moving from April 21 to Sept. 4, The Weinstein Company announced on Tuesday.
TWC acquired U.S. rights to the film back in May of last year.
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“Leap!” follows 11-year-old orphan Felicie (voiced by Fanning) and her best friend, Victor (Wolff), who dream of moving to Paris to become a dancer and inventor, respectively. The two run away together, and quickly learn that talent alone is not enough to overcome the obstacles in their way.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Matt Damon, Julianne Moore Prove a Dangerous Duo in George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’ Footage
Paramount Pictures showcased George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” on Tuesday — which will release in the awards strike zone this year — and Clooney himself introduced the footage with stars Julianne Moore and Matt Damon at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Damon and Moore play in-laws who share a dead woman in common – her twin, his former wife — and Oscar Isaac is a detective who finds something very fishy about the way she met her demise. The period piece has a very noirish feel with some comedy wedged in — Damon took a brutal punch to the nose, and Moore sits for an excruciating »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
15 White Actors Miscast in Non-White Roles, From Mickey Rooney to Emma Stone (Photos)
Rooney as Japanese? Stone as native Hawaiian? TheWrap looks at history of racially misguided castings Katharine Hepburn in “Dragon Seed” (1944) Caucasian Hepburn played a Chinese woman in this big-screen adaptation of the Pearl S. Buck novel. Marlon Brando in “The Teahouse of the August Moon” (1956) Brando starred as an Okinawan translator for the U.S. Army in this comedy about the American occupation of the island nation. John Wayne in “Conquerer” (1956) Wayne was cast as Mongol conquerer Genghis Khan in what’s considered by many to be one of the worst films of all time. Charlton Heston in “Touch of Evil »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Watch Ewan McGregor Play Feuding Brothers in New 'Fargo' Trailer
Ewan McGregor pulls double duty as the suave "Parking Lot King of Minnesota" and his schlubby brother in the clever and violent new trailer for Season Three of Fargo. The show returns to FX April 19th.
The third installment of the anthology series, based on Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 classic, is set in 2010 and centers around McGregor's Emmit and Ray Stussy, the former a successful real estate mogul and the latter a floundering parole officer who blames his brother for his misfortune. The new trailer teases out a string »
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Has No ‘Concrete Return Date’ for ‘DWTS’
Sorry, Maksim Chmerkovskiy fans, this “Dancing With the Stars” pro will be keeping his dancing shoes in the closet for the foreseeable future. Chmerkovskiy, who was forced to bow out of this week’s episode after suffering a calf injury, took to Instagram on Tuesday to give fans an update on his well-being, and to make it known that he won’t be on next week’s episode either. He added that he doesn’t “have a concrete return date” for the ABC competition series. Also Read: Nancy Kerrigan Told to 'Break a Leg' on 'DWTS' by Kristi Yamaguchi »
- Tim Kenneally
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