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Kevin Bacon says the 'Tremors' reboot is heading to SyFy channel

26 June 2017 5:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kevin Bacon has revealed that the Tremors reboot which he is developing with Oscar-nominated Whiplash producer Jason Blum is set to be made with broadcaster SyFy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel).

“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy,” the Footloose and Diner star told Screen while at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was attending a screening of Story Of A Girl, in which he co-stars.

Bacon originally approached Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum, whose horror credits include Paranormal Activity and Insidious, with the idea of reviving cult comedy-horror Tremors as a feature film, but the project is now being developed as an eight-episode TV series, which Bacon will star in and produce.

He will again be playing Valentine McKee, the Nevada handyman who tussles with gigantic man-eating sandworms. »


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‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script

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

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.”

The two “Conjuring” films and 2014’s “Annabelle” have combined to gross $897 million in box office worldwide. “Annabelle: Creation »


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Sissy Spacek to Make Return to Stephen King Multiverse in ‘Castle Rock’

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sissy Spacek is making her return to the Stephen King multiverse in the upcoming Hulu series “Castle Rock.” In “Castle Rock” she will play Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Andre Holland). Henry is the series lead — a retired professor with fading memories and a complicated history about the town. One of Spacek’s best known roles is thanks to a King work. She starred in the 1976 adaptation of “Carrie,” in which she played the titular, telekinetic high schooler. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. Also Read: 'Moonlight' Star André Holland Cast as Lead Stephen King. »


- Carli Velocci

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo Untitled Drama From Dan Gilroy Lands at Netflix

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

Netflix has won an auction for the movie rights to an upcoming untitled feature film drama set in the art world and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.

Dan Gilroy will direct from his own script. The project re-teams Gilroy with “Nightcrawler” stars Gyllenhaal and  Russo in which the former played an ambitious cameraman and the latter a local news producer.

Gilroy has been directing a legal thriller with Denzel Washington for Sony, which recently changed the title from “Inner City” to “Roman Israel.”

Gyllenhaal stars Netflix’s “Okja,” directed by Bong Joon-Ho, which competed at the Cannes Film Festival last month. The movie also starred Korean child actress Ahn Seo-hyun alongside Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano. Netflix will make “Okja” available to stream on June 28.

He will be seen next as Jeff Bauman in the Boston Marathon drama “Stronger.” Gyllenhaal’s production company Nine Stories produced “Stronger” along with Mandeville and Bold. The film, »


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Warner Bros. Developing 'The Accountant' Sequel With Ben Affleck

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

Warner Bros. is readying a sequel for The Accountant, with Ben Affleck in talks to return to star.

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. 

Producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams are also eyeing a return.

The action-drama grossed $86 million at the domestic box office on the relatively modest budget of $44 million. »


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CNN Claps Back at Trump Over Ratings Diss

18 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to attack CNN following the network’s retraction of a story about one of the president’s former staffers, which led to the resignation of three of its reporters. Trump has a history of attacking media outlets he deems “fake news,” with CNN being one of his most common targets. He has also used TV ratings as an attack topic against his opponents, as he did against Arnold Schwarzenegger during his run as host of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Tuesday morning was no different, as Trump criticized the network for its “phony Russian stories” and said that its ratings. »


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‘Castle Rock’ casting news: Sissy Spacek, Jane Levy join Stephen King’s new Hulu series

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Last year, the streaming service Hulu had one of its biggest success with the limited series “11.22.63,” which starred Oscar nominee James Franco as a time traveler hoping to stop the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. This taut thriller was adapted from a bestselling book by Stephen King and produced for television by J.J. […] »


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Seth Meyers Slams Trump for Getting ‘Trolled’ by Obama (Video)

28 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

On Monday night’s episode of “Late Night,” Seth Meyers called out President Donald Trump for getting “trolled” by former President Barack Obama. In his “Closer Look” segment, Meyers laid out the latest on the Gop-backed health care bill, which included Trump admitting that he did call it “mean,” after hearing Obama call it that. “Obama trolled you! You’re so easy,” he exclaimed. The bill draft, which has been worked on behind closed doors, was finally released. A report by the Congressional Budget Office also came out, saying that over 22 million Americans would be uninsured over 10 years if the bill passed. »


- Carli Velocci

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Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler on Their ‘The House’ Characters: ‘I Light a Guy on Fire’

30 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Five days into the summer, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler welcomed the season unpretentiously at New Line’s world premiere Monday of R-rated comedy “The House” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

“For something you’d want to see on a summer weekend, I think it hits the mark,” Ferrell mused. “Amy and I play very ordinary people who will do anything for their kid [and] get sucked into making this decision to open a casino in a basement. There’s this allure to Vegas  — that it’s one special hand to change your life even though most of the time, it doesn’t. I think we did a good job of moving that to a suburban setting.”

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The House’ Trailer: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler Run an Underground Casino (Watch)

Indeed, “The House” tells the story of parents (Ferrell and Poehler) who are talked into launching the casino to pay for their daughter’s college costs. Poehler »


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Ed Sheeran Helps Drive Record Glastonbury Viewing Figures

36 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Over 150,000 people were at this year’s Glastonbury while the number of stay-at-home festival fans watching on TV and online hit record numbers, reaching almost 21 million.

U.K. public broadcaster the BBC has exclusive rights to the event and covered the event in depth, following the action across all fields and stages, including film star Johnny Depp’s comments about Donald Trump, and, controversially, U.K. opposition party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Saturday afternoon speech.

The BBC said that 20.9 million watched Glastonbury for three minutes or more, a 12% increase on the 2016 figure. Ed Sheeran’s Sunday night closing set garnered a peak audience of 4.1 million and average 2.9 million, beating previous ratings record holder Elo from last year’s festival.

Radiohead’s Friday headline set had a peak of 1.3 million, and coverage of the Foo Fighters the following day, won 2.5 million at its peak. Former Bee Gee Barry Gibb’s Sunday “legends” slot had peak of 3.7 million. Online »


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Tony Awards wins for ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and ‘Indecent’ boost Broadway box office

51 minutes ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Broadway did boffo business last week with total takings of $35.2 million. While some of that was spent by theater goers on long-running shows like “The Book of Mormon” and “Wicked,” a big slice of the pie went to fare that was new to the rialto this year. Among the hottest shows in town are […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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20 Movies Where the Bad Guys Win

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Sometimes, the heroes take the L. »

- Jordan Crucchiola,Kevin Lincoln,Nate Jones,Jada Yuan

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Katy Perry Vacations With Pharrell Williams in ‘Feels’ Music Video

52 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Calvin Harris is back at it again with another song of the summer, and the music video is giving us major “Feels.” Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean all lend their voices to “Feels,” Harris’ latest track from his album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1,” which comes out this Friday. Also Read: Calvin Harris Thanks Taylor Swift for Co-Writing His Hit Song After Calling Her Out Over It In the video, the four music stars are dressed in vacation-wear on a set complete with palm trees, sand and tropical animals like a parrot, turtle and monkey. Perry lounges in a field, »


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Jimmy Fallon Challenges Pharrell to a Song-Naming Battle (Video)

56 minutes ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Pharrell Williams tested his pop music Iq against Jimmy Fallon with a “Name That Song Challenge” on Monday’s “The Tonight Show.” The challenge was simple: Fallon and Williams would both hear a song picked by The Roots, which would start with a single instrument and then build to include the entire band. First person to buzz in gets to guess, and the first to guess four correct wins. Also Read: Ashton Kutcher, Jimmy Fallon Nearly Puke Playing 'Secret Ingredient' (Video) Fallon pulled out to an early lead with correct guesses of A-Ha’s “Take on Me” and Oasis’ “Wonder Wall, »


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Would You Buy a Dress From Daniel Day-Lewis?

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The actor is reportedly interested in becoming a dressmaker. »

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Google Slapped With $2.7 Billion Fine in Europe Over Online Searches

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

Alphabet Inc. — the parent company of multifaceted tech giant Google — has been hit with a massive €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) fine by the European Union’s antitrust regulator for favoring its own shopping service over competitors in search results. The penalty was more than double the previous record for an EU fine, when Intel was slapped with a €1.06 billion fine in 2009. “Google abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service in its search results, and demoting those of competitors,” said Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s antitrust chief. “What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust. »


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David Lynch, Ian McKellen, Xavier Dolan, Vanessa Redgrave set for Rome Film Festival Events

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — David Lynch will be feted with a lifetime achievement award by the Rome Film Festival where the U.S. director of “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks” will also hold an onstage conversation with artistic director Antonio Monda.

Monda at a Rome press luncheon on Tuesday, called Lynch “simply the coolest director alive.” He also announced that British actor Ian McKellen; French Canadian wunderkind director/actor Xavier Dolan; Oscar-winning British actress Vanessa Redgrave and U.S. author Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”) will be participating in other public conversations within the fest’s dedicated Close Encounters section.

As for movies, Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming “Logan Lucky” will have its European preem in Rome. The heist comedy with an all star cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank,  Katie Holmes and a platinum-coiffed Daniel Craig, hits U.S. theatres on August 18.

The twelfth edition of the Rome fest will run October 26-November 5, separately from Rome’s Mia »


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CNN Producer Says Trump-Russia Story ‘Mostly Bulls— Right Now’ in Leaked Undercover Video

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

A right-leaning government watchdog group, led by conservative firebrand James O’Keefe, released an undercover video on Tuesday showing what appears to be a CNN producer criticizing the network’s coverage of President Trump’s ties to Russia. In the nearly nine-minute-long video, an associate from O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is seen asking a man the video identifies as John Bonifield, a supervising producer in the CNN Medical Unit, if the network’s coverage of the Russia investigation is “bulls—.” “Could be bulls—,” the man responds. “I mean, it’s most bulls— right now. Like we don’t have any giant proof. »


- Nigel M. Smith

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The Most Twisted Things ‘A’ Has Ever Done on Pretty Little Liars

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Who could possibly forget that cow tongue? »

- Devon Ivie

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Franchise Report Card: From Marvel to DC to the Dark Universe, Grading Hollywood’s Big Series

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In Hollywood, a studio is only as strong as its franchises. That’s bad news for a number of players. Recent months have not been kind to a number of major film series, as sequels to “Transformers,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Alien” have sputtered to the box office, and attempts to spawn new franchises, such as the Dark Universe, have collapsed. Some properties, particularly those in the DC Comics and Marvel realms, have emerged from the box office blood sports unscathed, but they remain exceptions to the rules.

Through the first half of 2017, here’s a look at which major series are still going strong and which franchises have spawned their last sequel.

Alien

State of the Franchise: After four decades and seven films, this extraterrestrial chiller may have offered up its last chestburster with “Alien: Convenant.” So far the film has earned a little more than half of what its predecessor, 2012’s “Prometheus, »


- Brent Lang and Seth Kelley

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