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23 February 2017 1:29 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The "Night Before," one of the most exclusive events of Hollywood’s awards season, is returning for its 15th year.
Leonardo DiCaprio, George and Amal Clooney, Denzel and Pauletta Washington and Emma Stone are among the A-listers who have signed on as host committee members for this year's event, which benefits the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
The 2017 host committee for the party also includes Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, Casey Affleck, Javier Bardem, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Tanya Haden Black and Jack Black, Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Luciana and Matt Damon, Viola Davis »
- THR Staff
Netflix has announced the new titles arriving on the streaming platform next month, with five original films leading the pack: “Burning Sands” (3/10), “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train” (3/17), “Pandora” (3/17), “The Most Hated Woman in America” (3/24) and “The Discovery” (3/31). Three of these — “Burning Sands,” “Deidra & Laney,” “The Discovery” — are Netflix Origins that premiered during the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Also available to stream next month are “The Bfg,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Life Aquatic,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Chicago,” “Jurassic Park,” “Memento,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Evolution,” “Fire at Sea” and “Welcome to New York,” among others, while the likes of “Jaws,” “Animal House,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” and “Entertainment” are all expiring at the end of February. Find a full list of what’s coming in March below.
Read More: Why Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Deal Is »
- Michael Nordine
With it being nearly four years since Steve McQueen‘s last drama, the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, production is finally coming together on his follow-up, an adaptation of the crime drama Widows, based on the British television series. Co-scripted with Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn, the cast already includes Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, and André Holland, and now a few more actors have joined.
Following four widows who come together to finish a robbery after their crooked husbands are killed on the job, Fast and the Furious‘ Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Great Gatsby) have now rounded out the main cast. Intriguingly, Joe Walker, who has edited all of McQueen’s films thus far, has said he won’t be re-teaming with the director this time around, so perhaps we can expect a different feel for this genre outing. [Variety/Deadline]
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- Mike Mazzanti
The Price Is Right is getting major star power starting Monday for their Celebrity Charity Week.
"It's incredibly anxiety-producing. I've been shouting and jumping for the last hour," Bowen admitted. "It was stressful. When you're picking between a two and a three, and the difference between someone winning a car or not winning a car? Oh my gosh! I need to rest. I need to rest now!"
Host Drew Carey explained how the rules of the special week work, saying, "Different celebrities come on and they play along with the contestants and we match their winnings dollar for dollar and give it to a charity of the celebrity's choice."
And Carey couldn't »
Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the film, which is based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. The title is taken from one of Callahan’s cartoons, which often touched on taboo topics.
Callahan became paralyzed following a car accident at the age of 21. He turned to art as a form of therapy, drawing by clutching a pen between his two hands. He died in 2010 at the age of 59.
Black most »
- Dave McNary
Sweding aficionados Brian Harley and Roque Rodriguez have created a shot-for-shot, low-budget homemade remake of the teaser trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which hits theaters on May 5. Watch the clip below.
For those who are not familiar with the term, sweding is the faithful, shortened remake of a film or trailer, which is usually done by fans who have lots of creativity and a very low budget. In sweded versions of films and trailers, most of the props are made out of cardboard, for example.
The term originates from the 2008 comedy “Be Kind Rewind,” starring Jack Black and Mos Def. They play two incompetent video-store clerks who mistakenly erase the footage from all of the tapes in the shop and then scramble to recreate all the »
- Yoselin Acevedo
The Price Is Right is getting some serious star wattage for Celebrity Charity Week.
Jack Black, Jane Lynch, NCIS‘ Wilmer Valderrama, NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Chris O’Donnell and Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen will all appear on the CBS game show the week of Feb. 20 — and People has the first look at the stars on set.
But the celebs aren’t just appearing because they’re fans of Price or host Drew Carey — they’re also out to raise money for charities that they’re passionate about.
Black will appear Monday, Feb. 20 supporting Society of Women Engineers.
Valderrama will appear Tuesday, »
- Patrick Gomez
Less than one month after its January 26th, 2018 release date was announced, Sony Pictures has moved its Goosebumps sequel to a September 2018 slot on the calendar.
Deadline reports (and Box Office Mojo confirms) that Goosebumps 2 is now set to come out in theaters on September 21st, 2018. The new release date is within reaching distance of the Halloween season and is likely a more fitting slot for the adaptation of R.L. Stine's popular book series (the first Goosebumps movie came out on October 16th of 2015).
While plot details are unknown at this time, Rob Letterman and Darren Lemke, the director and writer of the first film, respectively, are returning for the follow-up film, along with producers Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.
- Derek Anderson
Ridley Scott’s son Jake Scott will direct from a script by Brad Ingelsby about a woman whose life is changed when her teenage daughter mysteriously disappears and she is left to raise her young grandson.
Miller starred in James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” which will be released in April by Amazon and Bleecker Street, and in Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night.” Weaver starred in Jack Black’s “The Polka King,” which debuted at Sundance.
- Dave McNary
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
More often than you might think, scenes that appear in movie trailer don’t turn up in the finished film. This can leave trailer-loving audience members confused as the credits roll, wondering if they dropped off and missed something important.
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A couple of massive movies have done this recently, and the internet has been quick to fill in the blanks with speculation. Fingers have been pointed at tinkering studio bigwigs and extensive reshoots, when the reality is often a little less dramatic: filmmakers always chop some footage in the edit, and they rarely have much involvement in the trailers. »
It's been 15 years since Colin Hanks' breakout role in Orange County, and the 39-year-old star is still grateful.
"I'm really proud of that movie," Hanks tells Et. "I'm really proud of the people I made it with and I had a really fun time. And the fact that anybody is talking about something you did 15 years ago, that's very special. It's not lost on me. I'm so happy that the people who saw it when it came out still remember it, and there's a whole other generation of people that have seen it since and dug it just as much."
Hanks went on to tackle memorable roles -- from the hilarious to the dramatic, in The House Bunny, Dexter, Fargo, and many more -- over the years. In 2015, he made his directorial debut with All Things Must Pass, a telling documentary about the rise and fall of the iconic Tower Records.
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Welcome to the first, hopefully annual, Weekend Warrior Sundance Awards, where I go through the couple dozen movies I had a chance to see over the course of the past week and pick some of my favorite things.
I ended up seeing roughly thirty movies in total, only walking out of a couple (that won’t be mentioned), and overall, it was a generally decent Sundance, although only a few movies really stood out and will be remembered later in the year when we start talking about next year’s Oscars.
Oddly, I missed many of the movies that won actual awards at Sundance, so I’ve decided to give a few of my own.
Most Literal Use of a Movie Title
1. Beatriz at Dinner (starring Salma Hayek as a Mexican healer named Beatriz who is invited to stay for dinner at »
- Edward Douglas
Andrea Giannetti, who has been with Sony for about 25 years, has re-upped at Columbia Pictures in a long-term contract with the same title Evp Production. Giannetti, who has survived several regimes over her long stint, is currently overseeing overseeing the remake of Jumanji, the second installment of Equalizer and Tim Miller’s Sonic. Jumanji, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan, is one of the studio’s tentpoles. It will be released is in… »
Veteran production executive Andrea “Ange” Giannetti has re-upped her contract with Sony’s motion picture group, the studio plans to announce today.
Giannetti has served since 2003 as executive vice president, production in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s motion picture group. In previous jobs with the studio, she served with Columbia Television (starting in 1990), as a creative executive with the TriStar Pictures label (1996), before joining Columbia Pictures in 1998.
Paramount Taps Former Sony Exec Andrew Gumpert as COO
Among the films she has been associated with are last year’s “Passengers,” and “The Magnificent Seven,” along with “Julie & Julia,” “Hancock” and “Equalizer.” Her upcoming projects include the Christmas 2017 release “Jumanji,” starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart, »
- James Rainey
Kudos to Jack Black for trying new things. The actor seems to be on a mission to expand his comedic (and dramatic) palette with interesting turns in smaller fare like Bernie, The D Train and now The Polka King. Written and directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky (also responsible for recent Sundance flick Infinitely Polar Bear), the film tells the true story of Jan Lewan, famed Polish polka singer and Ponzi scheme scammer in Pennsylvania (try saying that five times fast). Based out of a novelty store in Hazleton, Jan wraps himself up in the American Dream. Playing everything from weddings to county fairs and other senior citizen-heavy venues, his polka fanbase grows as he continues to expand the number of band members, much to the chagrin of friend and band clarinetist Mickey (Jason Schwartzman).
Jan is a untenable ball of ambition, determined to become rich and famous while remaining well-loved by all. »
- Dan Mecca
(Photo by: Dan Campbell / Horizon Award)The Horizon Award heads back to Sundance Film Festival for its third year and cofounders Cassien Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon bring new and returning sponsors.
The Wme Lounge in Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival hosted the crowded celebratory event where everyone freely mixed and met each other.
Six directors judged the final 53 films to select the two winners. Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen”, “Twilight”), Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”, “Carrie”), Jamie Babbit (“But I’m a Cheerleader”, “Addicted to Fresno”), Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer’s Body”, “Æon Flux”), Tina Mabry (“Mississippi Damned”, “Queen Sugar”), and Vicky Jenson (“Shrek”, “Shark Tale”) chose. Brittany “B Monét” Fennell and Andy Villanueva whose self-directed short films of two minutes or less were submitted through the website (www. »
- Sydney Levine
Plot: The true story of Jan Lewan (Jack Black), a Pennsylvania Polka sensation who ran a $5 million ponzi scheme, to the complete ignorance of his wife (Jenny Slate) and best friend/ band-mate (Jason Schwartzman. Review: The Polka King is so strange a tale, it could only be based on fact. Were it not, people would have written-off Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear) and Wallace... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
The Horizon Award returned to the Sundance Film Festival and Park City, Utah on Sunday night to announce the winners of their third annual event. Co-founded by Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon, the Horizon Award seeks to honor emerging filmmakers from around the world.
This year’s winners included Brittany “B Monét” Fennell and Andy Villanueva, who both submitted their self-directed short film (two minutes or less) for consideration. They were both awarded a cash prize during the event, and came to Sundance as part of an all-expense paid mentorship to the festival. ShivHans Pictures CEO Shivani Rawat also donated $25,000 to the Horizon Award winners for continuing education and sponsorship on film projects.
Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Of the event, Rawat commented, “Being a woman in a largely male-dominated field presents challenges, one of which »
- Kate Erbland
I’ve been coming to the Sundance Film Festival since 1995, and if you asked me to pick the most audacious film I’ve ever seen here, it would probably be “Chuck & Buck,” the thrillingly twisted — but humane! — arrested-development stalker love story written by Mike White and directed by Miguel Arteta. (White also starred in it.) It played here in 2000, and though other films grabbed bigger headlines, it was enough of a landmark that White and Arteta recognized what they’d brought out in each other and decided to team up again. Two years later, they were back with “The Good Girl,” a solid but much safer comedy (it starred Jennifer Aniston). Now, after 15 years, they’ve reunited for “Beatriz at Dinner,” a small-scale but elegantly deft squirmfest that features a luminous performance by Salma Hayek. It also has the distinction of being the first dramatic comedy that’s an explicit »
- Owen Gleiberman
The industry is in the age of reboots, where it seems nearly every pop culture phenomenon is being developed into a new television series or film.
But, if it’s up to Geena Davis, “Thelma & Louise” won’t be joining the growing list of remakes.
“I would be against somebody doing, let’s say, ‘Thelma & Louise’ without it being Susan and me,” Davis said, speaking of her co-star Susan Sarandon, on Monday at the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival. “I wouldn’t like it. Maybe they’ll do it someday, but I wouldn’t like it.”
Davis is currently starring in an adaptation of “The Exorcist” on Fox, though the actress calls the series a “continuation” of the horror film 40 years later, rather than a reboot.
“Thelma & Louise” starred Davis and Sarandon as the title characters. The 1991 film also launched Brad Pitt’s career.
While Davis doesn’t »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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