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David Fincher Close to Deal to Direct ‘World War Z 2’ (Exclusive)

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After previously taking the film off its calendar, Paramount Pictures looks to be moving forward with a “World War Z” sequel, with David Fincher directing and Brad Pitt back to star, thanks to the studio’s new chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, according to knowledgeable sources.

While Gianopulos has not officially official greenlit the movie yet, he is expected to do so in coming weeks. This will likely be among the studio chief’s first greenlit movies. Sources say that production would probably begin in the first quarter of 2018.

A spokesperson for the studio has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Variety first reported last summer that Pitt had been courting Fincher to direct the pic and that the director was intrigued by the idea. The plans had to be put on hold while Pitt dealt with his divorce from Angelina Jolie, and were put into question once the studio, »


- Justin Kroll

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‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston Boards ‘Narnia’ Revival ‘The Silver Chair’ (Exclusive)

4 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Captain America: The First Avenger” helmer Joe Johnston will journey to “Narnia: The Silver Chair,” a revival of C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series.

TriStar Pictures will partner with the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One on the project with Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams producing the pic. “Life of Pi” scribe David Magee adapted the script.

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said. “Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen.”

The “Narnia” franchise’s three films — “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn »


- Justin Kroll

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M Night Shyamalan Unveils ‘Glass’: ‘Unbreakable’ & ‘Split’ Sequel To Star Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, James McAvoy

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Breaking: In perfect M. Night Shyamalan style, the director teased he would share some “unbelievable news” on his Twitter feed today. And he has not disappointed. The helmer whose latest film, Split, has been a $275M worldwide hit, says his next picture will be the sequel to both that movie and 2000’s Unbreakable. Titled Glass, it will reteam Unbreakable stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, along with Split‘s James McAvoy. Shyamalan says of the “crazy comic book… »


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Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ Dies At 73

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Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker whose career ranged from the David Byrne documentary “Stop Making Sense” to the Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” died this morning in New York. He was 73.

The cause was esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, according to a source close to the family. He was originally treated for the disease in 2010, but suffered from a recurrence in 2015, and his condition deteriorated in recent weeks.

Demme maintained a private personal life, but his career was marked by a remarkably versatile creative output that included acclaimed narratives and documentaries films stretching back to the early ’70s. He made his debut with the 1971 biker film “Angels Hard as They Come,” a Roger Corman production during the B-movie producer’s heyday, but his career reached another plane of critical and commercial success with a string of ’80s dramas, »


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Box Office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' Soars to $6.6M on First Day Overseas

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened to a stellar $6.6 million in its first three foreign markets on Tuesday as it began its international assault in 58 territories this weekend, a week ahead of its May 5 launch in North America.

So far, the Disney and Marvel sequel is pacing well ahead of the first film. Guardians Vol. 2 debuted to $4.5 million in Australia, including previews. That's three times more than Guardians of the Galaxy in August 2014. It is also the second-highest opening day for any Marvel release behind The Avengers.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Hilary Swank Joins Danny Boyle’s FX Limited Series ‘Trust’ (Exclusive)

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Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has been cast in a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series “Trust,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Swank will star as Gail Getty, mother of the kidnapped John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. It is left to her to pay her son’s multi-million dollar ransom, despite the fact she is broke.

The role marks Swank first TV role since the late 1990’s, when she appeared on such shows as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Leaving L.A.,” and “Camp Wilder.” Since then, she has forged an impressive film career, winning Oscars for both “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005 and “Boys Don’t Cry” in 2000. She also won Golden Globes for both films, and was also nominated for a Globe for her role in the TV movie “Iron Jawed Angels.”

Swank will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky“ opposite Channing Tatum and Adam Driver, and »


- Joe Otterson

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Paul Verhoeven to Direct ‘Blessed Virgin,’ Based on True Story of Lesbian Nun

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Paul Verhoeven’s next project will be “Blessed Virgin,” which will see the director re-team with producer Said Ben Said and actress Virginie Efira from “Elle” on a film about a lesbian nun.

The new French-language project was revealed late Tuesday night in a tweet by Said and confirmed by production company Sbs on Wednesday.

In “Blessed Virgin,” Belgian actress Efira, who had a key role in “Elle,” will play a 17th-century nun who suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. A companion is assigned to assist her through these visions, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic affair.

The film is based on a 1986 book by Judith C. Brown, “Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy.” Based on candid archival documents, “Immodest Acts” tells the true account of the rise and fall of Sister Benedetta Carlini, abbess of the Convent of »


- Robert Mitchell

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'Fargo' Recap: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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For three seasons now, Fargo's heroes and villains have shared the same exaggerated upper Midwestern accent, all clipped consonants, elongated vowels and pleasant cadence. Listen closely, however, and you can hear how the show's creator Noah Hawley has borrowed as much from David Mamet as the Coen brothers, in the way that he has his cast sputter out sentences riddled with incomplete thoughts. So it's a credit to the writing and the acting that although the players are clearly speaking the same stop-start language, they're easily distinguishable – especially when played by the same actor. »


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Discovery Asia Strikes Dual Digital Deals With Vs Media, Tabilabo

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Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has struck two new partnerships in Asia. One is with Vs Media, a multichannel network addressing digital natives in Greater China. The other is with Tabilabo, a leading digital media and technology businesses in Japan.

The deals are among a series of measures intended to help Discovery connect with hundreds of millions of younger, predominantly mobile, consumers in Asia Pacific, who may not be fully served by the group’s linear channels and current digital offerings.

Having last year acquired a minority stake in Vs Media, Discovery is now partnering with Vs to launch Tanba, a platform for customized short-form video that stimulates curiosity and new learning. Material is sourced from Discovery’s global catalogue and is localized by Vs Media to deliver packages of video content on subjects ranging from health and wellness, science and technology, travel and lifestyle, art and fashion, to history and nature.

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- Patrick Frater

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Justin Timberlake Pays Tribute to ‘Master of Humanity’ Jonathan Demme

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Justin Timberlake paid tribute to Jonathan Demme following the Oscar-winning director’s death on Wednesday. The singer shared a black and white photo of himself and Demme, with a lengthy caption honoring the director. Demme directed last year’s concert documentary “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids,” which chronicled the final days of Timberlake’s most recent tour. “Where do I begin..? Words just aren’t enough with heartache like this,” Timberlake wrote. “You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul.” Also Read: Meryl Streep Remembers 'Big Hearted,' 'Compassionate' Jonathan Demme “You »


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Veteran Executive Geneva Wasserman Joins the Whitener Company

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The Whitener Company has tapped industry veteran Geneva Wasserman as its president, Variety has learned exclusively.

Wasserman will be based in Los Angeles. She will also be a partner in the company alongside Brett Thomason and Gordon Whitener and oversee all operations including development, acquisition, production, and marketing for the studio. Wasserman will be in charge of executing an aggressive growth strategy for the production arm.

Whitener Entertainment Group’s first feature film, “Dog Years,” starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, is premiering as a featured selection at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. Reynolds portrays an aging movie star invited to a low-rent film festival. Whitener is a producer on the film, directed by Adam Rifkin.

Wasserman has served in numerous executive and legal roles focused on content development, licensing, technology, and business affairs while working with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Starz Animation, Arc Animation, the Hub, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, »


- Dave McNary

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‘Bandstand’ Broadway Review: Dance, Soldiers, Dance! Singing Is Another Story

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It has not been a spectacular season for dance on Broadway — until now. A year ago, Andy Blankenbuehler won the Tony Award for choreographing “Hamilton,” against such stiff competition as Savion Glover and his superb work on “Shuffle Along.” This year, there’s almost no competition for Blankenbuehler’s arresting choreography in the new musical “Bandstand,” which opened Wednesday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Set in post-World War II America, the show almost never stops dancing, and when it does Blankenbuehler keeps the motion going with a few steps here, a few steps there, that in a later scene will. »


- Robert Hofler

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Bonnie Aarons to Return as the Demon Sister in ‘The Nun’

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New Line has hired Bonnie Aarons to reprise her role as the demonic sister for the horror-thriller “The Nun,” its spinoff of “The Conjuring 2.”

Demian Bichir and Taissa Farmiga are starring, with shooting starting in May in Romania. Corin Hardy is directing. Bechir will portray a priest and Farmiga will play the titular nun.

The studio began developing “The Nun” last June, shortly after “The Conjuring 2” opened. Producers are James Wan, who directed the two “Conjuring” movies and produced the sequel, and Peter Safran, who produced both movies.

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Taissa Farmiga to Play Titular Role in Horror Movie ‘The Nun

The current script for “The Nun,” written by Gary Dauberman and Wan, centers on Bichir’s character traveling to Rome to investigate the killing of a nun.

The demon nun, a manifestation of the evil spirit Valak, came to life in “The Conjuring 2” from a painting by »


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Lady Gaga Invites Fans to Be 'A Star Is Born' Extras at L.A. Concert

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Lady Gaga is calling on her fans to be a part of her new film with Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born.

The superstar musician tweeted out an invite to all her Little Monsters on Wednesday to attend a filming event at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on May 2 and 3. According to a posting on the Greek website, tickets are $12 per day to be a member of the audience in a scene portraying a country western music concert.

"All you Monsters that can attend should get decked out in your most comfortable denim & boots, throw »


- Colin Stutz, Billboard

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Writers Guild Talks Going Down to the Wire as Hollywood Wonders Why

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Indications are strong that industry negotiators will need be working down to the wire during the next five days to avoid a writers strike.

Sources tell Variety that there have been mixed results from the past two days of contract negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday. There were no public comments from either side at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers as both camps are observing a media blackout.

On Tuesday, sources said the AMPTP made some adjustments to the previous offer extended to the WGA on April 13. The studio side was awaiting a detailed response from WGA on Wednesday. One person noted that on Tuesday WGA negotiators came into the room toting papers with “96.3%” printed out in large type — a reference to the record percentage of eligible guild members who supported the strike authorization vote.

Sources characterized the mood in the room at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, California »


- Dave McNary and Cynthia Littleton

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Writers Guild Talks Going Down to the Wire as Hollywood Wonders Why

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Indications are strong that industry negotiators will need be working down to the wire during the next five days to avoid a writers strike.

Sources tell Variety that there have been mixed results from the past two days of contract negotiations Tuesday and Wednesday. There were no public comments from either side at the headquarters of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers as both camps are observing a media blackout.

On Tuesday, sources said the AMPTP made some adjustments to the previous offer extended to the WGA on April 13. The studio side was awaiting a detailed response from WGA on Wednesday. One person noted that on Tuesday WGA negotiators came into the room toting papers with “96.3%” printed out in large type — a reference to the record percentage of eligible guild members who supported the strike authorization vote.

Sources characterized the mood in the room at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, »


- Dave McNary and Cynthia Littleton

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‘Survivor: Game Changers’ episode 10 recap: Did Sarah Lacina play like a criminal in ‘A Line Drawn in Concrete’?

2 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Wednesday’s episode of “Survivor: Game Changers,” titled “A Line Drawn in Concrete,” presented police officer Sarah Lacina with her first major chance to play like a criminal and make a big move. Did Sarah take advantage of the opportunity and break up her dominant alliance of six, or did she go along with their plans as the lowest-ranking member […] »


- Marcus James Dixon

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Nicolas Cage Breaks Ankle on the Set of Heist Movie ‘#211’ in Bulgaria

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Nicolas Cage has broken his ankle on the set of upcoming heist movie “#211,” according to media reports. The 53-year-old action star was initially hospitalized in Sofia, Bulgaria, near where the film is shooting, but has since been transported back to Los Angeles for treatment. While it is not currently known how Cage’s injury will affect the production, he reportedly hopes to return to set in about two weeks. Also Read: 'Dog Eat Dog' Review: Nicolas Cage, Paul Schrader Reteam for Empty Crime Drama Millennium Films and Nu Image, the production companies behind “#211” have not yet announced how »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules Called 911 Before Fleeing Scene of Deadly Crash (Audio)

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Former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules called 911 and checked the pulse of the man killed in the deadly car crash he fled from, according to newly released audio recordings. Soules, 35, was taken into custody by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa after the truck he was driving rear-ended a tractor at around 8 p.m. Monday night. According to local station Kwwl, both vehicles went into a ditch. Kenneth Mosher, 66, who was driving the tractor died and Soules fled the scene, leaving his truck behind. On the newly released audio of the 911 call Soules placed before leaving the »


- Linda Ge

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John Knoll "Tinkering" With A New 'Star Wars' Story Idea

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Industrial Light & Magic’s John Knoll, who served as visual effects supervisor on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, also conceived the film's original story — and now he's at it again, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he’s “tinkering” with another Star Wars-related idea.

“I have another idea I’ve been tinkering with,” he said after participating on a Rogue One Super Session during the National Association of Broadcasters Show. “It’s maybe 75 percent there. I haven’t pitched it to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy]. It’s another Star Wars thing.”

Upcoming Star Wars films already in the works include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, opening in December; a »


- Carolyn Giardina

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