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Larocca had been senior VP at Chernin Entertainment and is an executive producer on Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming comedy “Spy.” He also worked on “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy; “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” starring James Franco and Andy Serkis; and the Tom Cruise sci-fier “Oblivion,” directed by Joseph Kosinski.
Prior to working at Chernin, Larocca was an executive at Spyglass Entertainment.
The news about Larocca was first reported by THR.com.
- Dave McNary
Gillian Flynn, who received a Writers Guild of America nomination for adapting her novel “Gone Girl,” has joined “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller for New Regency.
The project is based on the British miniseries “Widows,” written by Lynda La Plante, and follows four widows of robbers who perished in a botched robbery who join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves.
McQueen will also direct the yet-to-be-titled film, which will be produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Canning and Sherman’s producing credits include McQueen’s “Shame” and his upcoming HBO project “Codes of Conduct.”
Flynn also wrote the novels “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places,” the first of which is being developed for TV while the second was adapted into a film. She has been developing the HBO series “Utopia” with “Gone Girl” director David Fincher.
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- Dave McNary
When you’re offered the chance to sit down with Robert Duvall for almost twenty minutes, you clear your schedule. Which is exactly what I did at this year’s SXSW. Duvall was in Austin to promote his latest directorial effort, Wild Horses, which he also wrote. The film stars Duvall, James Franco, Josh Hartnett, Luciana Duvall, and Adriana Barraza and it’s about a Texas Ranger that puts her life in jeopardy when she tries to prove a powerful family's involvement in a boy's 15-year-old disappearance and murder. Here’s the official synopsis: Texas Ranger Samantha Payne reopens a 15-year-old missing person case, and uncovers evidence that suggests that the boy was likely murdered on a ranch belonging to wealthy family man, Scott Briggs. When Scott’s estranged son unexpectedly returns home during the investigation, Samantha becomes even more convinced that the Briggs family was involved, and will stop »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
McQueen, who collaborated with New Regency on best picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, will direct and produces alongside his Shame and upcoming Codes Of Conduct collaborators Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films.
New Regency is understood to be in talks with Film4 to co-finance the project and license UK free TV rights.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Months after the limited theater and digital release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial 2014 comedy, The Interview, the actors are still being asked to reflect on the film's political and ethical implications. During a sit-down Thursday on The Late Show With David Letterman, Franco was adamant that the movie's plot – which finds the duo playing celebrity journalists tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – did more good than harm. "We never felt like we were irresponsible or doing something wrong," he told the host. »
As many expected, the big news out of last night's Academy Board of Governors meeting wasn't that the Best Picture nomination process would be changing, but that telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were out. The news broke in an "exclusive" spin session, er, interview with Deadline's Pete Hammond and the longtime producing partners insist the choice was theirs to make. In fact, the duo insist they had been thinking long and hard about coming back and that "if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again." Of course, they could have announced their "decision" before last month's Academy Award telecast or even in the weeks following. Instead, they tweeted cryptic comments and waited for their bosses to decide. Now that the Academy has decided to move on? Well, let the spinning begin! "What people don’t know is that we signed a three-year deal with the Academy, »
- Gregory Ellwood
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
The new film from acclaimed director Harmony Korine is gathering pace, with THR reporting that not only has the filmmaker set his cast of actors for The Trap, but that Focus Feautures is set to pre-buy the film before it begins production.
The Trap is “a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene” that will see Idris Elba (The Gunman) stars as “a gangster rap artist” and Benicio Del Toro (Inherent Vice) as “his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier.”
In The Trap, written by Korine, “Rico (Elba) is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards »
- Scott J. Davis
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Mitt Romney kicked off the late night docket with an appearance on "The Tonight Show," which was surprisingly hilarious thanks to a lil' something called Mitt in the Mirror -- in which the governor talked to his reflection (aka Jimmy Fallon). Let's just say Jimmy does Mitt even better than Mitt!
Time for another edition of Lie Witness News on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" This time, Jimmy's crew took to the streets of Hollywood Boulevard to ask people who claimed to be March Madness fans about a bunch of random basket ball players that definitely don't exist. Prepare for lots of second-hand embarrassment.
James Franco swung by "Late Show »
- Mehera Bonner
Creative multitasker James Franco always has a toe in academics, and Wednesday evening will see the premiere screening of a feature film he led UCLA graduate students in producing. “The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards” plays Atlanta’s Rialto Center for The Arts, part of the Atlanta Film Festival, and TheWrap has an exclusive first look. The film is based on Robert Boswell’s short story collection and was executed by eight teams of Mfa students in a UCLA master class taught by Franco in 2012. A star-studded cast populates seven vignettes, with actors including Franco, Natalie Portman, Kristen Wiig, Matthew Modine, »
- Matt Donnelly
"I can't talk about it. It's really, really exciting but I can't talk about it," she said in a recent interview.
The film was confirmed by Disney's Bob Iger at a shareholders meeting in San Francisco earlier this month.Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will begin directing this summer. The movie is scheduled for a Dec. 16, 2016, release.
Jones, 31, said she has had "a fantastic, fantastic few months." She was nominated for a best-actress Oscar for her role as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and she says all the women nominated in that category supported each other.
"It felt very uncompetitive which was really nice," she said. "It felt like we were all supporting each other." (Julianne Moore won for Still Alice. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
After delivering the unexpectedly harrowing Spring Breakers, director Harmony Korine is choosing to dabble in a new realm of crime for The Trap. Swapping out the sunny undertones of his 2012 offering, this next jaunt hones in on the same Floridian setting for an albeit much darker tale of revenge. The gritty caper has now caught the eye of Focus Features, who are angling to lock down distribution on the pic. And it’s no surprise considering the calibre of talent now attached.
Per THR, Idris Elba has replaced Jamie Foxx, who was originally tied into one of the leading roles as a gangster rap artist. He is said to be joined by Benicio Del Toro as his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the pair committed years earlier.
The crux of the action is poised to take place in the present day as Del Toro’s convict »
- Gem Seddon
After canceling the Apocalypse in “Pacific Rim,” Idris Elba looks to be joining another major sci-fi franchise, as he’s in negotiations to play the villain in “Star Trek 3,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Justin Lin will direct Paramount’s sequel, which brings back Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin. J.J. Abrams will produce with his Bad Robot partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison. Production will start this summer after Elba wraps Harmony Korine’s “The Trap.” Also Read: Idris Elba, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, Al »
- Jeff Sneider
Read More: New Films Starring James Franco, Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning to Premiere at 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Musician and activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith is the subject of the upcoming documentary "In My Father's House," which is set set to premiere in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Smith recently co-wrote the Academy Award-winning song "Glory" from "Selma." From Emmy-nominated directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg ("Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work"), the upcoming documentary spotlights themes of fatherhood and gang violence, as Smith tries to reunite with his estranged father and strengthen the bonds within his own young family. In an exclusive clip (posted above), Smith reunites with his father and expresses the great deal of pain that's coming with being estranged for so long. Directors Stern and Sundberg said about the clip: "This scene stands out to us. It is the first moment of »
- David Canfield
Last fall, both Jamie Foxx and Benicio del Toro had joined Harmony Korine's next film, a revenge tale called The Trap. However, it looks like only one of those actors has stuck with the project as THR reports Focus Features is now picking up the Us rights to the film, but with some changes to the cast. Idris Elba will be stepping up to take the role meant for Jamie Foxx, which is that of a gangster rap artist with a friend (del Toro) who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years ago. But now that friend is out of jail and looking for revenge. Honestly, you had me at Idirs Elba as a gangster rapper, but there's a great cast here. In addition to Elba joining the project, Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and Korine's Spring Breakers scene stealer James Franco are all in final talks »
- Ethan Anderton
Elba will play Rico in the movie, a successful gangster rapper confronted by a friend from the past who is released from prison after 14 years.
Slim (Del Toro) is hellbent on revenge after taking the rap for a robbery and recruits a crew of Uzi-wielding surfers led by Max (Pattinson) and Rico's manager (Franco).
Elba recently began filming for the BBC's Luther miniseries, which will return for two 60-minute episodes later this year.
The 42-year-old will appear in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, and has also been working on war drama Beasts of No Nation, as well as a new documentary titled Mandela, My Dad and Me. »
Harmony Korine has lined up a stellar cast for his next film The Trap, which is on the precipice of being purchased by Focus Features. The studio is currently negotiating for the U.S. rights to the film, while Idris Elba, Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino have each signed up to appear in it, too. But who are each of these actors going to play in Harmony Korine’s follow-up to Spring Breakers? Here’s a quick run-down: According to The Wrap, Idris Elba has signed up to replace Jamie Foxx in The Trap. Elba will play a gangster rapper and the former friend of Benicio Del Toro’s ex-con. The Usual Suspects actor’s character is seeking revenge against Elba after he let him take the blame for a robbery that the pair committed together 14 years previously. But it also sounds as though »
Harmony Korine’s “The Trap” is already going to be on our most anticipated list, presumably for next year, but the project just got that much more interesting. The movie is finalizing its major casting pieces, and three more actors have joined the cast: Idris Elba (“Luther,” and “The Wire” star) is evidently the new lead actor, and James Franco and Al Pacino are in supporting roles. They join the already cast Robert Pattinson and Benico Del Toro in additional supporting roles. What does this mean for the originally cast Jamie Foxx? Well, he’s dropped out of the project and has been replaced by Elba. But his loss is really the “Thor” actor’s gain, as aside from TV work, Elba hasn’t scored many plum lead film roles yet, and this sounds like the part. “The Trap” is set in Miami’s music scene and is a revenge »
- Rodrigo Perez
To say Harmony Korine is one of my favorite filmmakers would be a boldfaced lie. That is not to say his movies are not interesting, except for Mr. Lonely, but his approach of getting a group of people together and just messing around for a bit does not gel with me. Up until now, though, he has not had a group of people of this caliber, so his latest film, The Trap, certainly has me raising an eyebrow with a bit of a smirk. Idris Elba, everyone's favorite actor to hypothetically cast in movies, has signed on to play the film's lead Rico, a gangster rap artist at the height of his power, taking over for Jamie Foxx. Benicio Del Toro will play Rico's former best friend Slim, who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years earlier, and Slim is just now getting released from prison to »
- Mike Shutt
A project that made my Oscar 2015 predictions list, Cult filmmaker Harmony Korine’s "The Trap" was to feature the acting talents of Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro in front of the camera. But Foxx has now been replaced by Idris Elba. In terms of plot, the film will follow 2 childhood friends who become estranged. Later, as adults, one is successful while the other has become an incarcerated criminal, and is now out for revenge against his former friend. Del Toro will play the friend who was incarcerate and is seeking revenge against Elba, his former friend for whom he took a fall. Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino round out the cast, with Focus »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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