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Verve Signs WGA Code of Conduct

Literary and talent agency Verve became the most prominent Hollywood agency to sign the Writers Guild of America’s new code of conduct on Thursday.

“In 2010, Verve established itself as an agency where clients’ interests are the top priority. Today, we affirm that commitment by signing the WGA Code of Conduct,” Verve management wrote in a memo to staff on Thursday. “As a result of our meaningful dialogue with our clients and their elected leadership, Verve has decided this course of action is in the best interest of our clients and our company.

“Although there will be modifications to our business practices that are necessitated by today’s decision, one thing that will not change is our commitment to providing long-term, premium service to our clients,” the letter continued.

Also Read: How the WGA Crisis Has Rocked the TV Business: 'Best Staffing Season in Years' or 'Complete S- Show'

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‘The Hustle’ Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer on Her Female Con Artist Comedy and the Upcoming ‘WandaVision’ Series [Interview]

‘The Hustle’ Screenwriter Jac Schaeffer on Her Female Con Artist Comedy and the Upcoming ‘WandaVision’ Series [Interview]
It’s clear Jac Schaeffer is going to be a writer we’re following for a long time, since she wrote a screenplay for Black Widow and is running Marvel’s WandaVision for Disney+. Even now, her current film captures the hearts of ‘80s movie buffs like me. The Hustle is a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Rebel […]

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‘The Hustle’ Review

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver, Emma Davies, Dean Norris, Casper Christensen | Written by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dale Launer, Jac Schaeffer | Directed by Chris Addison

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as a pair of rival con artists in The Hustle, a remake of 1988′s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (with Michael Caine and Steve Martin), which was itself a remake of 1964′s Bedtime Story, with David Niven and Marlon Brando. That might sound like a tantalising proposition on paper, but the actual film is a profound disappointment with an almost criminal lack of laughs.

Wilson plays low-rent Aussie grifter Penny Rust, whose regular scam involves fleecing gullible men she meets on a dating app. On a train to the South of France, she meets high class con artist Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway), who immediately schemes to divert Penny from her home turf of Riviera town Beaumont-sur-Mer, on the
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Movie Review – The Hustle (2019)

The Hustle, 2019.

Directed by Chris Addison.

Starring Rebel Wilson, Anne Hathaway, Tim Blake Nelson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver, and Emma Davies.

Synopsis:

Two scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.

Of all the “gender-flipped” movies released recently, The Hustle was certainly among the more promising offerings, what with its obvious potential to serve as an exuberant, empowering cri de coeur wrapped around a broader heist romp.

Yet despite the popularity of its 1988 inspiration, the Steve Martin and Michael Caine-starring Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – which was itself a remake of 1964’s Bedtime Story – the directorial debut of Brit comedian Chris Addison is a cinematic black hole from which laughs rarely escape.

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson are both prime comedy talents, so the prospect of them teaming up to swindle gross men for 94 minutes doesn
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Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to Triumph for Third Weekend Over ‘Detective Pikachu’

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Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to Triumph for Third Weekend Over ‘Detective Pikachu’
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are likely to live to reign another day at the box office.

Avengers: Endgame” is on its way to its third weekend at No. 1 with an estimated $62 million.

The first real challenger to “Endgame’s” rule, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Detective Pikachu,” is heading for about $55 million from 4,202 locations after taking in $20 million on Friday.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the cheeky yellow Pokemon with Justice Smith co-starring as Tim, a young man with whom the world class detective teams up to figure out what happened to his partner, who is also Tim’s father. Reviews for the CGI-heavy pic have been mixed, with a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and A- CinemaScore.

Rob Letterman directed the film, which he co-wrote with Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, and Derek Connelly. “Pikachu’s” audience is skewing slightly male, with 59%, and very slightly older, with 51% over the age of 25.

Avengers: Endgame
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‘The Hustle’ Review: You’ll Feel Horribly Cheated

You don’t need immersive technologies like Dolby Cinema, Screen X or 4Dx to feel the effects of The Hustle. After 94 minutes without a single laugh, you’ll definitely feel the pain knowing that you’ve wasted time and money on this dreadful farce. Allegedly a remake of the far superior Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which itself was a remake of Bedtime Story), the Chris Addison-directed picture credits four screenwriters and yet adds nothing to the original formula nor does it do anything exciting with a well-established genre built on double and triple crosses.

Of the four credited writers, two have passed on years ago, previously credited with Bedtime Story. Dale Launer received credit for this mess as the writer of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This leaves Jac Schaeffer, the only new writer with a credit to bear the brunt of the shame for a picture that no doubt was conceived
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Film Review: Predictable, Unfunny ‘The Hustle’ Has No Game

Chicago – As the “Oceans Eight” remake of last year proved, it is simply not enough to redo a film and flip the gender focus. Anne Hathaway may be the kiss of death for this genre, as she appeared both in O8 and the current “The Hustle,” which in turn is a remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988). Rebel Wilson, doing what Rebel Wilson does, portrays her sidekick.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Hathaway and Wilson have little chemistry together, but that is the least of sins for “The Hustle.” Not only is the title lazy as hell, but the whole she-bang (ha) is flat and unfunny. It’s been years since I’ve seen the original – which was in itself a remake of the 1964 film “Bedtime Story” – but both those films must have more life than this tepid exercise in dreck. The screenplay credits list four names, a sure tip that the film we’re about to see is lost,
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Movie Review – The Hustle (2019)

The Hustle, 2019.

Directed by Chris Addison.

Starring Rebel Wilson, Anne Hathaway, Tim Blake Nelson, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver, and Emma Davies.

Synopsis:

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the men who have wronged them.

The Hustle is a misguided disaster with no spark between its two rival con artists played by Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson and a lazily constructed narrative that re-creates every single plot point from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels without taking one single second to think if a beat for beat remake is the way to tell this story as a form of women’s empowerment. It’s also possible they weren’t going for feminism considering the extremities of the rehash job, but whatever the case may be, The Hustle is anything but funny.

The setting is still a
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‘The Hustle’ Film Review: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson Are Robbed of a Worthwhile Comedy

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‘The Hustle’ Film Review: Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson Are Robbed of a Worthwhile Comedy
There is a smart movie nestled somewhere in director Chris Addison’s romp, “The Hustle,” but you have to weed through a whole lot of foolery to get to it. The new film is ripe for big laughs with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as, respectively, the snobby British bombshell with sticky fingers and the rough-around-the-edges though equally cunning con artist, but neither actress is given rich enough material to bring the film’s most interesting ideas to the finish line.

Hollywood has had a growing fascination with the female swindler, often to confront a larger issue of sexism and lack of female agency. And for about the first 20 minutes of “The Hustle,” it looks like screenwriter Jac Schaeffer — sharing credit with her antecedents, the creators of 1964’s “Bedtime Story,” Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning, as well as Dale Launer, who wrote that film’s 1988 remake, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” — is
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‘The Hustle’ Review: Audiences, Prepare to Feel Conned

‘The Hustle’ Review: Audiences, Prepare to Feel Conned
They say it’s all in the timing, especially when it comes to funny business. But in The Hustle everyone’s inner comedic clock is calamitously off. The setups are flat, the jokes don’t land and the actors don’t — or won’t — connect. How does this happen in a movie that stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, two proven experts at the art of farce? Oscar winner Hathaway stole the show from her A-list costars in Ocean’s 8. And Wilson, best known as Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect franchise,
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Anne Hathaway on Her Walk of Fame Star, ‘The Hustle’ and the ‘Gender Tax’

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Anne Hathaway on Her Walk of Fame Star, ‘The Hustle’ and the ‘Gender Tax’
In her lengthy career, Anne Hathaway has tackled stage and screen, playing everything from an actual princess to a Godzilla-like monster. She won so many awards for her performance in “Les Miserables” they had to invent new ones. And on May 9, she will add one more honor — a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It comes at a busy time for Hathaway, who has spent the past year working on several anticipated film and TV projects. “It was a good year in terms of artistic growth,” she says of working with Oscar-nominated filmmakers including Todd Haynes and Dee Rees and playing a bipolar woman in an upcoming episode of John Carney’s musical series for Amazon, “Modern Love.”

First up is “The Hustle,” a remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” in which Hathaway and Rebel Wilson play con artists, opening May 10. Hathaway first heard about the project from writer Jac Schaeffer,
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Win ‘The Hustle’ Movie Merchandise

In cinemas from this Friday is the new comedy The Hustle, a comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. In the hilarious new comedy, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.

The film is written by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dales Launer and Jac Schaeffer and directed by Chris Addison.

We have two merchandise bags to give away, each comprising of:

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All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer the following question:

Who stars opposite Anne Hathaway in The Hustle?

a) Rebel Wilson

b) Rachel McAdams

c) Ruth Wilson

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The competition will close on 31st May 2019 Prize for 2 winners is 1x merchanside pack
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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Normalizing Diversity Will Be Marvel’s Focus as It Looks to Future

The Marvel superhero movie universe — responsible for a huge chunk of Hollywood’s box office in recent years — has begun to see a broad push to embrace diversity and inclusion, both in front of and behind the camera. The studio is starting to fully recognize that fans of these movies are extremely diverse, and are more vocal than ever with demands to be properly represented and spoken to. To that end, Marvel has asserted that it will answer these challenges.

So far, so good.

Black Panther” earned its way into box office history, while also becoming the first superhero movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

Captain Marvel” – the first solo Marvel film with a female superhero in Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers – has earned over $1 billion worldwide so far.

Not to mention that, if you look beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” centered around the Afro-Latino Miles Morales,
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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Burning Questions About Where the McU Goes From Here (Spoilers)

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: Burning Questions About Where the McU Goes From Here (Spoilers)
Note: This article contains major spoilers about the events in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Avengers: Endgame” brought a definitive end to many characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as everyone following these movies knows, every ending is really just a new beginning. Marvel’s slate looks busier than ever, but “Endgame” only goes so far in terms of explaining the next steps. Here, we dig through some of the most pressing questions that viewers may have after watching this weekend’s biggest release and what they might mean for the future.

How will these events impact “Spider-Man: Far From Home”?

Though “Endgame” ends with the resurrection of the youngest Avenger, Tom Holland’s darling Peter Parker seems to be (quite understandably!) taking Tony Stark’s death very hard. The film’s final scenes show a devastated Spidey as he deals with 1) watching Iron Man die, 2) attending his tearjerking funeral, and 3) trying
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What’s Next For Marvel After ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

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More than a decade after embarking on its audacious plan to forge an interconnected cinematic universe — resulting in 22 films and $18.8 billion in worldwide box office — Marvel is finally putting a cap on one of the most historic runs in cinematic history.

But this can’t actually be the endgame…

While “Avengers: Endgame” marks a fervent end to Marvel’s self-fulling prophecy, the superhero studio ain’t done yet. Here’s what we know about what’s next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe post “Avengers: Endgame.”

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Next up is Tom Holland’s solo follow-up, “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” Marvel fans have speculated for the better part of a year — since some of the franchise’s new favorites were dusted — who would explicitly die in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Also Read: What You Need to Know About Mysterio and the Elementals in 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

We’ve
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What Does Avengers: Endgame Ultimately Mean for the Black Widow Movie?

The Black Widow standalone movie is currently in development at Marvel Studios. Studio boss Kevin Feige has yet to officially announce the movie, but the casting process is underway and it has a 2020 release date. This will all more than likely be officially announced at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Avengers: Endgame is the current focus of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans and it was just released in theaters, leading to many questions about the past and future of the McU. So what does it mean for the Black Widow movie? There are Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame below, so read ahead at your own risk.

Avengers: Endgame sets up the McU's Phase 4, but it also leaves a lot of questions as to how everything is going to work out moving forward. For Black Widow, things especially get a little more complicated. She and Hawkeye end up heading to Vormir to retrieve the Soul Stone,
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Elizabeth Olsen Says Disney+ Series ‘WandaVision’ Is Set in 1950s

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Elizabeth Olsen Says Disney+ Series ‘WandaVision’ Is Set in 1950s
Avengers: Endgame” star Elizabeth Olsen tells Variety that “WandaVision,” the forthcoming Disney+ series about her superhero character, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, will be set in the 1950s.

“There’s quite a few other comic books that we’re pulling from and it’s going to be Wanda and the Vision, and I think at the Disney+ launch chat, they showed a photo of us in the ’50s,” Olsen says.

“Paul [Bettany] and I are really excited. They have a great group of writers. I think it’s going to be a total of six hours,” she continues. Olsen also says shooting would begin in the fall.

Olsen’s character was introduced in 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as having telekinetic and telepathic powers. She was killed off in the previous installment, 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” but Olsen reprises the role in “Endgame.” Bettany portrays the android Vision, who is also Wanda
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After ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ What Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Might We Expect Next?

After ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ What Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Might We Expect Next?
[Editor’s note: Some mild spoilers ahead for “Avengers: Endgame.”]

By the end of Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe was forever altered, at least until this month’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which promises to provide a satisfying conclusion to both the world-changing “snap” that killed off half the known universe and end the franchise’s so-called Infinity Saga. While both Disney and Marvel have remained predictably mum on what’s to come for the McU after the Avengers-centric series presumably concludes, they’ve been unable to avoid setting aside a slew of dates for upcoming features, along with lining up new titles, directors, and casts to kit them out.

Over the coming years, Marvel and Disney have already staked out a number of future release dates for new McU movies, including eight locked-in dates that run from 2020 until 2022 — only one of these, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” is confirmed for one of these dates.
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It’s payback time in new trailer for ‘The Hustle’

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Universal Pictures has released the second UK trailer for the all-female reboot of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ ‘The Hustle’ starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson.

Directed by Chris Addison from a script by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dales Launer and Jac Schaeffer the film stars Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson and Tim Blake Nelson.

The film is a fresh new take on the 1988 movie which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin as two con artists trying to hustle a single female of her cash only for the duo the finally find out it was a double con.

Also in trailers – Jamie Bell is a confused White Supremacist in trailer for ‘Skin’

The film is released in the UK May 10th

The Hustle Synopsis

In the hilarious new comedy, Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down
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That Time Rebel Wilson Called Anne Hathaway an ‘Animatronic C— Tease’ (Video)

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That Time Rebel Wilson Called Anne Hathaway an ‘Animatronic C— Tease’ (Video)
Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway tossed aside any urge to be ladylike and went right into potty-mouthed name-calling when asked to ad-lib for their upcoming film “The Hustle.”

While on “The Graham Norton Show” Friday promoting the female-centered remake of the 1988 comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Wilson said that there was a lot of improvising during filming, which she and Hathaway really began to enjoy.

“Annie especially,” Wilson said. “She enjoys when I, like, insult her.”

“It’s true. You’re really good at it,” Hathaway acknowledged. “My favorite is when you called me an animatronic c— tease.”

Wilson nodded, “Yeah. On that day, you really looked like her.”

Also Read: Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway are 'Dirty Rotten' Con Artists in 'The Hustle' Trailer (Video)

And Hathaway didn’t pull any verbal punches when it came to swinging back. Watch the video below to see what we’re talking about.
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