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Bill Clinton and James Patterson Are Courting A-List Hollywood Directors To Adapt Their Mystery Novel
The mystery novel The President Is Missing won’t hit bookshelves until summer 2018, but that isn’t stopping the book’s co-writers, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, from getting a head start on selling the movie rights. »
- Tolly Wright
Albert Hughes, Studio 8 Tackling Remake of 'The Fury of a Patient Man' (Exclusive)
The movie centers around a quiet man who seeks revenge on the criminals who turned his life upside down after a violent robbery. The man enlists the help of a recently released »
- Borys Kit
‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date
The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening.
“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said in an interview at the time. “The goal is to make another great ‘Wonder Woman’ film.”
Johns said that he “had a blast” working with Jenkins on the first “Wonder Woman” and that the pair already have a “cool idea” for the »
- Dave McNary
Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie ‘My War Gone By, I Miss It So’ (Exclusive)
Tom Hardy will produce and star in the Bosnian War movie “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O’Connor is attached to direct and produce, along with Scott Lastaiti, who launched Palantir Group as an entertainment fund last year.
“My War Gone By, I Miss It So” is Lloyd’s personal account of the Bosnian War, and alternates between his experiences in Bosnia and personal reflections of his time in the British army, his parents’ divorce, his estrangement from his father, and his heroin addiction.
“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war,” Hardy said. “I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important »
- Dave McNary
‘Shot Caller’ Director Boards ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel ‘Angel Has Fallen’ (Exclusive)
Butler returns as secret service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman is also on board to reprise his role.
Butler will produce with his partner Alan Siegel at their G-base production banner, alongside Danielle Robinson. Millennium Entertainment’s John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, and Les Weldon will also produce, with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, and Boaz Davidson exec producing.
“Olympus Has Fallen” bowed in 2013, grossing $170.3 million worldwide, including $98.9 million at the domestic box office. The sequel, “London Has Fallen,” did even better overseas, earning $205.8 million worldwide, leading Millennium to move forward on a third installment.
After saving the president in the first two pics, secret service agent Banning himself becomes the target of terrorists, this time while mid-flight on Air Force One.
Insiders say Butler has been a fan of Waugh’s work since seeing his first »
- Justin Kroll
Rick Famuyiwa in Talks to Direct Martial Arts Movie ‘Son of Shaolin’
“Son of Shaolin” is based on on the graphic novel by Jay Longino and Caanan White, which focuses on a struggling street artist discovering he is the last of his bloodline and must find a way to survive a seemingly unstoppable killer.
The logline for “Son of Shaolin” is under wraps, but it will be a modern day martial arts movie influenced by classic Hong Kong cinema.
- Dave McNary
Nicholas Hoult in Early Talks to Play Young J.R.R. Tolkien
- Mia Galuppo
Melissa McCarthy to Star in ‘Super-Intelligence’ From ‘The Boss’ Co-Writer
Falcone will direct as well as produce along with McCarthy via their On the Day banner.
Mallory, McCarthy and Falcone have a history of working together, most recently teaming on the Universal comedy “The Boss,” which grossed $78.8 million worldwide.
New Line also is releasing upcoming comedy “Life of the Party,” which stars McCarthy and is helmed by Falcone. The film is set to bow on May 11, 2018.
Mallory is represented by Mgmt and Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman.
- Justin Kroll
Abbi Jacobson to Lead Voice Cast for Netflix's Animated Matt Groening Comedy
The company announced Tuesday that it has officially picked up 20 episodes of adult animated comedy fantasy Disenchantment.
The series, news of which first leaked in January 2016, takes place in a crumbling medieval kingdom called Dreamland. The series follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, »
- Lesley Goldberg
Daniel Craig to Return as James Bond in 2019 Movie (Report)
Daniel Craig will reprise his performance as James Bond in the spy series’ next installment, according to the New York Times. Franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of Eon Productions, announced on Monday that the 25th James Bond film will hit the U.S. on November 8, 2019. It will rollout in Europe one week prior, keeping with tradition. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will return to write the script, as they have for each Craig-led Bond — titles including “Skyfall,” “Spectre,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale.” Also Read: New James Bond Movie Set for 2019 Release, No Word on Daniel Craig The. »
- Nigel M. Smith
Toronto Film Festival Books Films From George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Angelina Jolie
George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” and Andy Serkis’ directorial debut “Breathe” are among the films that will screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday. Those films will bring such stars as Matt Damon (“Suburbicon” and “Downsizing”), Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Andrew Garfield (“Breathe”) to Toronto, along with dozens of others in the additional films announced in the Galas and Special Screening sections. »
- Steve Pond
Stan Lee's Pow! Teams With China's Linking Star on Five Superhero Films
Startup Chinese film company Linking Star Pictures is partnering with comic book legend Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment to develop five superhero films, with former Marvel vice president Bob Sabouni serving as an art consultant on the projects.
Linking Star Pictures is a new joint venture between Beijing Film Co., Beijing Novo United Films Co. and Hong Kong-based Camsing International, which acquired Lee's Pow! for an undisclosed sum in May.
Lee was retained in the deal as Pow!'s chief creative officer.
In addition to the plans with Pow!, Linking Star unveiled a development fund Monday to go towards cultivating Chinese superhero »
- Patrick Brzeski
‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017: Yoli Mayor’s Rihanna cover of ‘Love on the Brain’ will give you goosebumps [Watch]
“I don’t feel like I showed you everything that I’ve got, and this time I really want to,” Yoli Mayor teased to Simon Cowell after she stepped onto the stage for Tuesday’s Judge Cuts 2 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. Last time, Cowell and host Tyra Banks helped Mayor deglam herself and appear more like […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
China’s Linking Star Picture to Develop Superhero Projects From Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment
Newly established Chinese company Linking Star Picture is to develop five superhero figures and associated projects from Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment as well as Chinese superhero movies, with Bob Sabouni, the the former vice president of Marvel, acting as art consultant for Linking Star.
The new Beijing-based company, unveiled Monday in the Chinese capital, is a joint venture by Beijing Film, Beijing Novo United Films, and Hong Kong-based Camsing International, which owns Pow! Entertainment. Besides the Pow! projects, Linking Star has also set up a fund to groom young talents and Chinese superhero projects.
Among the initiatives is a competition to discover new talent, judged by a panel of experts including Wolf Totem producer Weimin Wang; Dan Yang, vice president of online ticket-selling service Wepiao; and Yonghong Deng, vice president of the Beijing Film Assn. The panel members will also collaborate in the Chinese superhero projects.
Camsing International acquired Pow! Entertainment »
- Vivienne Chow
‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017: Evie Clair breaks Dad’s heart singing ‘I Try’ during Judge Cuts 2 [Watch]
“A lot of things are happening right now, and we don’t really know what’s gonna happen next,” Evie Clair explained to Simon Cowell after she stepped onto the stage for Tuesday’s Judge Cuts 2 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. Clair’s family is currently going through a tough time as her dad has been diagnosed […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Be Honored by Locarno Film Festival
Rome – Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, known for his vivid color palette and his work with Pedro Almodovar and other influential directors, will be recognized by the Locarno Film Festival with its Vision Award honoring technical achievements and advancements in film.
Besides working on five Almodovar films, including “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988), “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1989), and, more recently, “Volver” (2006) (pictured), Alcaine has been instrumental in defining the original look of Spanish cinema starting in the early 1980s alongside such directors as Victor Erice, Fernando Trueba, and Vicente Aranda. He made a dozen films with Aranda, including steamy Franco-era-set noir “Lovers” (1991).
Outside Spain, Alacaine has also collaborated with Italian directors Alberto Lattuada, Fabio Carpi, and Giovanni Veronesi, among others. He is currently shooting Brian De Palma’s new thriller, “Domino,” starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten, and will soon be working on the next project by two-time Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi, a »
- Nick Vivarelli
ITV Revenues Down 3% Amid Drop in Profit for ITV Studios
ITV recorded a 3% drop in revenues of £1.5 billion ($1.95 billion) and an 8% fall in adjusted Ebita profit of £403 million in the first half of 2017, weighed down in part by a decline in profits at its production and distribution arm, ITV Studios.
Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster blamed the decline at ITV Studios on its investment in its budding U.S. drama business and the absence of revenues from “The Voice of China.” Revenue at ITV Studios rose 7%, to £697 million, but profit went down 9%, to £110 million.
ITV executive chairman and interim CEO Peter Bazalgette said Wednesday that the overall numbers were in line with expectations and that the strategy of re-balancing the business is working.
“ITV’s performance in the first six months of the year is very much as we anticipated and our guidance for the full year remains unchanged,” Bazalgette said. “We are confident in the underlying strength of the business as we continue to invest both »
- Stewart Clarke
‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017: Puddles Pity Party belts out ‘All By Myself’ during Judge Cuts 2 [Watch]
“This is gonna be quite an uncomfortable situation,” Simon Cowell told Puddles Pity Party when he stepped onto the stage for Tuesday’s Judge Cuts 2 episode of “America’s Got Talent” 2017. While Puddles is an amazing opera singer, the sad clown is known for never speaking a word. How did the judges react to his […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017: Singer-songwriter Chase Goehring earns DJ Khaled’s Golden Buzzer [Watch]
Guest judge DJ Khaled made waves on Tuesday’s Judge Cuts episode of “America’s Got Talent” by anointing singer-songwriter Chase Goehring with his Golden Buzzer. (See the complete list of “Agt” 2017 Golden Buzzers below.) Goehring sang an original tune, “A Capella,” which he described as a song that’s “about me.” He added, “I really just want […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Rick Perry Falls for Borat-Style Prank by Russian Comedians
Trump Administration Energy Secretary and Former Texas Governor Rick Perry turned himself into a national laughing stock back in 2011 when, during a debate between contenders for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination, he forgot mid-sentence the name of a government agency he was planning to close down if elected President. But in hindsight, he’s probably glad the question wasn’t about world leaders. That’s because on July 19, Perry, thinking he was speaking with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, held a 22-minute phone call with Russian comedy duo Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov, known for pulling pranks on famous people reminiscent. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
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