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Last month, reports surfaced that Will Smith had dropped out of contention to star in Disney's live-action Dumbo remake, with the actor reportedly failing to come to terms with the studio on his salary, while scheduling complications also arose with Bad Boys III. Today we have word that Disney has set its sights on a new leading man, with Colin Farrell in negotiations to join the cast, which currently includes Eva Green and Danny DeVito. Disney is reportedly getting close to a production start date with Dumbo, but an exact filming date has not been given quite yet.
Deadline reports that Colin Farrell will play a widowed father of two named Holt, who hails from Kentucky. Eva Green joined the cast earlier this month, portraying a French trapeze artist named Colette, who works for the big top circus leader named Vandermere, who has yet to be cast. This role marks »
Did you know that Emma Watson has a brother? And on top of that, did you know the two of them look almost exactly alike? The same goes for a handful of other celebrities, and whether they're siblings you never knew existed or a part of Hollywood families you've been seeing around for years, there's no denying their jaw-dropping physical similarities. From Emma and Alex Watson to Meryl Streep's daughters, and more familiar faces, keep reading to see every set of stars who could pull a faux-Sister, Sister if they wanted to. Related:You'll Be Surprised These Celebrities Are Actually Twins! »
- Quinn Keaney
Every week, IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit rounds up the latest in opportunities that can help those looking to advance projects or get a career started in the film industry. The following grants, labs, fellowships, contests and other non-profit opportunities could be a great way to help kickstart your movie and TV dreams.
New Opportunities & Upcoming Deadlines
NBC’s Writers on the Verge
– NBCUniversal’s Writers on the Verge 12-week program focuses on polishing and preparing television writers for a staff writer position on a television series. Writers who are “almost there” but need assistance with their final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills are encouraged to apply. The program consists of two night classes, which will typically be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 – 10 Pm weekly at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.
- Allison Picurro and Chris O'Falt
After earning her Mfa from New York University and playing at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Erica Tazel made a splash in TV in a number of roles before becoming a series regular on “Justified” in 2010. After that, she portrayed Matilda in the 2016 remake of the miniseries “Roots.” Now she plays the founder of a law firm, alongside Delroy Lindo, who hires down-on-her-luck Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) in the CBS All Access series “The Good Fight,” which picks up a year after the final episode of “The Good Wife.”
Were you a fan of “The Good Wife”?
I was a huge fan, and I’m in the Christine Baranski fan club. I »
- Sarah Ahern
The Brazilian actor delivers her finest performance in this affecting tale of a woman defiantly refusing to move out of her flat while also determinedly pursuing a thrilling sex life
Aquarius is a rich and complex character study from the Brazilian auteur Kleber Mendonça Filho: densely observed, scrupulously realised, and with a wonderful lead performance. There’s an expansiveness to this film’s intelligence; it has a diffuse narrative focus, bringing in a host of scenes, sights and sounds that a leaner and more obviously unidirectional drama might have chopped out. But none of it is superfluous.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Seasoned show business veterans Christina Ricci, Julie Delpy, and Judith Light are all set to be honored this spring. Variety reports that the Vail Film Festival will celebrate women in film during its 14th edition, specifically Ricci and Delpy. And the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center will present its Monte Cristo Award to Light for her work in theater, according to Broadway World.
Ricci will accept the 2017 Vail Film Festival Renegade award, Variety writes. Ricci currently stars as Zelda Fitzgerald in the Amazon series “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” and also serves as an exec producer. The actress has been working steadily since 1990 in projects like Patty Jenkins’ “Monster,” “The Ice Storm,” “The Addams Family,” “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Ally McBeal.”
Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award for her work (onscreen and off) on over 50 films. Delpy co-wrote and starred in Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight,” and earned Oscar nods for Best Adapted Screenplay for the latter two. Delpy has written and directed “2 Days in Paris,” “2 Days in New York,” “The Countess,” “Skylab,” and “Lolo.” She will next write, direct, and star in “My Zoe.”
“I can’t say I like every film by any male director,” Delpy has said, “which is actually a paradox because no one in Hollywood — no producer in Hollywood — is looking into a woman to be the next [Stanley] Kubrick , because no one believes a woman is a genius. They believe that any young guy that comes up with one Ok film can be the next Kubrick, but not a woman.”
The Vail Film fest — which takes place March 30 to April 2 — is also set to open and close the fest with the female-helmed “Carrie Pilby” and “Sticky Notes,” respectively. Starring Bel Powley as a young woman who can’t adjust to life after college, “Carrie Pilby” is directed by Susan Johnson and written by Kara Holden. “Sticky Notes,” written and directed by Amanda Sharp, centers on a backup dancer (Rose Leslie) who goes home to Florida to care for her father (Ray Liotta).
Elsewhere, director Thomas Kail will present Light with the Monte Cristo Award at a gala dinner May 21, Broadway World writes. The event will be hosted by Preston Whiteway, Executive Director of the O’Neill.
“The O’Neill annually bestows its Monte Cristo Award on a prominent theater artist whose lifetime work has had an extraordinary impact on American theater, in memory of its namesake,” according to the source. Past recipients include Meryl Streep, Zoe Caldwell, playwright Wendy Wasserstein, and director Barbara Gelb.
Light first performed at the O’Neill’s 1977 National Playwrights Conference in Wasserstein’s “Uncommon Women and Others.” “Beloved the world over, Judith Light brings artistry of the highest caliber to every role she takes on,” Whiteway emphasized. “We are delighted to recognize her with our 2017 Monte Cristo Award.”
Light, who stars in Jill Soloway’s Amazon series “Transparent,” made her Broadway debut in “A Doll’s House.” She’s also acted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Wit in New York” and “Hedda Gabler.” Light took home Tonys and Drama Desk Awards for her work in “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties.” Known for her work onscreen in “Who’s the Boss?” “Law & Order: Svu,” and “Ugly Betty,” Light is currently acting in the play “God Looked Away” alongside Al Pacino.
Awards Roundup: Honors for Christina Ricci, Julie Delpy, and Judith Light was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
In 2014, after financing features and TV shows for some three decades, Haim Saban was ready to establish a North American film label of his own. “With the very rapid expansion of distribution platforms, we want to be in the supply chain with as many types of programs as we can,” he says.
“I pitched a business plan based in the premium VOD world, and there were many people that I had to get through in order to get Haim to approve it,” says Saban Films president Bromiley. “He was concerned that the film business could be very volatile, and wasn’t interested in taking huge chances, so he asked lots of questions.”
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- Gregg Goldstein
Selena Gomez is opening her heart—and her doors—to you. As the latest star of Vogue's "73 Questions" series, the April issue cover girl took fans inside where she was staying while answering dozens of questions ranging from her biggest pet peeve ("people who are rude") to her spirit animal (Meryl Streep, of course). However, in the mix of listing her fashion regrets ("shoulder pads") and her must-have dessert ("chocolate cake"), Gomez got a touch sentimental. When asked what she would would tell her 15-year-old self, she quipped, "Go ahead and do it because you're going to do it anyway." Where does she see herself in 10 years? »
The Los Angeles conservancy group is gearing up for its 31st season of “Last Remaining Seats,” and the full lineup for the event (which begins June 3) has been revealed. The nine films included cover a wide range of classic, foreign, and Oscar winning films, proving that this year’s showings are not to be missed if you’re a film fan in L.A.
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The event will also hold two showings in the Warner Grand Theatre for the first time in its history, among other prestigious venues. Here’s the full list, including dates and locations:
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre (1926), downtown L.A.
Wednesday, June 7 at 8 p.m.
Million Dollar Theatre (1918), downtown L.A.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m.
Warner Grand Theatre (1931), San Pedro
On the Waterfront (1954)
- Michael Gonzalez
It all started with an innocent picture taken of Meryl Streep cheering on Debbie Reynolds at the 2015 SAG Awards. Little did Streep know, that photo would resurface two years later and be turned into a meme of her yelling the lyrics to your favorite songs. Here she is singing the notorious “Mulan” song. Here she is stealing Whitney Houston’s spotlight. Here she is singing-a-long to the Spongebob Squarepants theme song. Here she is unleashing her inner Rihanna. Here she is singing the most well known verse to Jim Jones’ “We Fly High.” Here she is giving Drake a run for his money. »
- Rasha Ali
In the wake of the untimely death of beloved husband and father, grief threatens the relationship between the newly widowed Julieta and her daughter Anita. Unable to bear the weight of her father’s death, Anita disappears without a trace.
Enduring the death of her husband and the trauma of her daughter’s disappearance, Pedro Almodóvar’s “Julieta” displays the painful journey of a woman struggling with uncertainty and the impracticality of fate. Abandoned by her daughter and unable to escape the obsessive reasoning as to why she left, Julieta is pushed into solitude. In the silence and loneliness, Julieta finds herself experiencing life again.
- Kerry Levielle
Bruce Springsteen will discuss his position in American rock history during an intimate conversation with Tom Hanks for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. The event, set for Friday, April 28th at the Beacon Theater, is one of several newly announced "Tribeca Talks" scheduled throughout the festival.
Scarlett Johansson, Kobe Bryant, Lena Dunham, Barbra Streisand (interviewed by director Robert Rodriguez), Dustin Hoffman, Noah Baumbach, Common, filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant) and will also participate in panels and discussions at the festival, which runs April 19th through the 30th.
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If there’s one thing you’ll rarely find in Hollywood it’s a conservative or even just a mere Republican for that matter. Aside from maybe Vince Vaughan and Mel Gibson giving a scowling look to Meryl Streep during her Golden Globes speech, most of Hollywood is super liberal and very anti Donald Trump. But there’s still a small group of Republicans and even conservatives out there within the celebrity community. One of them is Tim Allen who stopped by Jimmy Kimmel live Friday night. While Allen hasn’t specifically said that he’s turned on Donald Trump (as studies show many people are
- Nat Berman
While Dick Van Dyke announced he will be returning for the sequel, Andrews tells Et's Leanne Aguilera that she doesn't think she'll be a part of it, but she is thrilled to be able to pass the torch to the Golden Globe-winning actress.
Disney's upcoming sequel to the classic 1964 film is set in Depression-era London, where a grown-up Jane and Michael Banks are visited by Mary Poppins after their family suffers a personal loss. Poppins uses her magical skills to help Jane, Michael and Michael's three children rediscover the joy missing in their lives.
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As a general rule, I don’t usually update the initial year in advance predictions so quickly, but this is a special situation. Not only is there a new big time potential contender looking to come our way in 2017 now, it’s also replacing what was formerly seen as a major player. That sort of disruption right at the start is a perfect excuse to tinker a bit with what I’ve initially come up with. It won’t look too different, but there will be some definite switches that you’ll see. Then, we’ll wait a month until updated in April, so this won’t be a weekly occurrence, fear not. For now though, this is just a bonus of sorts. Below you will see the tinkering in question. Mainly, it was switching out one Steven Spielberg project for another. That would be his Pentagon Papers film The Post »
- Joey Magidson
The three actors reprised their roles as the Beast, LeFou and Gaston from Disney's upcoming live-action reboot, while Corden was not only the company's overzealous director, but also the lead, Belle. "Daniel Day Lewis played Abraham Lincoln, Meryl Streep played Margaret Thatcher, James Corden played Belle," the host cracked. "I think in many ways those three »
Sienna Miller is captivating company, but as she talks I find myself thinking about Harriet Harman instead. The veteran Labour MP spoke not long ago about the mysteriously elusive timing of a woman’s prime; when young she is a floozy, too flighty to take seriously, then motherhood casts her to the margins, and by the time her children have grown up she is over the hill. Every woman will recognise the conundrum, but probably none more than Miller.
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- Decca Aitkenhead
Seth Meyers and his team have a dating app for Trump fans who are "ready to tear down that wall" around their hearts: Trump Mingle.
Late Night aired a commercial for the fake dating service, proclaiming that other dating apps are "sad" and "pathetic." Trump Mingle only allows users to list their dislikes, so they can talk about how overrated Meryl Streep is and the failing New York Times.
"I just started kissing her; I couldn't even wait. When you're a Trump Mingle user, they let you do it," said one man in the ad. Trump Mingle includes extreme vetting, »
- THR Staff
This "dream team" has assembled for the film The Post, about the Washington Post's involvement in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Hanks will play the Washington Post's editor Ben Bradlee while Streep will portray his publisher Kay Graham. Both worked with the New York Times to challenge the federal government in order to publish the classified study about the Vietnam War commissioned by the Defense Department.
Were you not convinced The Post had Oscar potential before that bit of info? Now that you know we have a timely drama similar to Spotlight and All The President's Men on our hands, it is quite obvious why Amblin and Fox decided to fast-track the picture, even though it was just announced last week!
- Nick Doll
Gareth Edwards’ keynote Monday at SXSW Film began years ago, in fact, when “Monsters” became part of the screening lineup in 2010. It had been rejected from every major – and minor – festival before that.
Today it was a trip down memory lane complete with laughing, (stories of) crying, swearing and a true look into the shaky beginnings of a now-big-time director, who followed “Monsters” with “Godzilla” and then dove into the Star Wars universe with “Rogue One.”
“I hate doing this stuff,” he said, like a true director who’s comfortable being behind the camera. “Please forgive me, it’s a little nerve-wracking.”
Here are some of Edwards’ favorite memories.
He was always going to join the rebel alliance.
When I was very young, my parents forced me to watch this film that was artistic and groundbreaking and revolutionary at the same time – you may have heard about it – it was »
- Valentina I. Valentini
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