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Schwartz will report directly to Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg, who also made the announcement Tuesday.
Helfgot came on board slightly over a year ago, replacing Jason Cassidy in the post. That shuffle came a month after Open Road’s “Spotlight” had won best picture at the Academy Awards.
Helfgot is returning to 20th Century Fox, where he will be exec VP of theatrical marketing and report to Pam Levine, president of global marketing. He previously worked at Fox in a number of roles from 2004 to 2011.
Open Road also announced that Liz Biber has been promoted to president of publicity and will continue to report to Ortenberg. Biber has been head of publicity since the company’s inception in 2011.
Schwartz was previously executive VP of marketing at Screen Gems »
- Dave McNary
Et caught up with the lovebirds at the opening night of the 36-year-old actor's Magic Mike Live show at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas on Friday, where they simply couldn't stop talking about one another.
"Oh my God, I'm so proud. I'm so proud because this is a big feat," Jenna, 36, said of her husband's involvement with the show. "I mean, to open a show like this and for him to create this, direct this, have this vision… what's so wonderful about it is it's a really fun, crazy awesome show, and obviously it's sexy."
"There's incredible sexy dancers and men, but the intention with it is really beautiful," she continued. "It's like asking women to ask for more for themselves. It's creating »
Tribune Media abruptly shut down a national digital news service — which would have included content aggregated from its 42 local TV stations — less than two weeks before it was slated to launch as part of a broad restructuring of its digital operations.
Tribune’s move to kill the digital news project was first reported by Politico. The company also has scrapped plans to resurrect Television Without Pity, the snark-laden site previously owned by NBCUniversal, and laid off the staff of the Screener entertainment news site.
The new Tribune Media digital news product was previously scheduled to debut on Tribune.com on April 25, before the company decided to pull back on its digital efforts. The nationwide news initiative had been headed by Gm Steven Belser, a member of the founding team at NowThis Media and former head of production at Vice Media, who joined Tribune Media in March 2016. For the new site, Tribune Media »
- Todd Spangler
After months of trying to figure out a budget to get “Triple Frontier” into production, sources now tell Variety that Paramount has decided to not move forward on the project.
The action thriller has faced obstacles dating all the way back to when Kathyn Bigelow was on board to direct the script by Mark Boal. Bigelow left the project years ago with J.C. Chandor coming on to replace her.
The film seemed to be in good shape after Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum signed on to star, followed by “Moonlight” stand-out Mahershala Ali as well as Adria Arjona in the female lead. According to sources, two problems have arisen in recent months that »
- Justin Kroll
Before they starred in blockbusters and hit shows, these actors were honing their skills via some pretty hilarious (in retrospect) ad campaigns.
Take a look back at who tried to sell us everything from soda to tampons in their pre-a-list days.
Dressed as a dancer, Cox and her unforgettable haircut “told it to us straight” about Tampax in the ’80s.
Long before repping Jim Beam, a bubbly Kunis appeared in commercials for Telephone Tammy, Glitter Hair Barbie and Lisa Frank.
Affleck played an optimistic would-be suitor equipped with a car phone in a 1989 Burger King ad. »
- Lydia Price
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Nicholas Cage, Rhys Ifans, Tom Wilkinson, Joely Richardson | Written by Oliver Stone, Kieran Fitzgerald | Directed by Oliver Stone
It seems the perfect time to be releasing Snowden on DVD and Blu-ray, we are constantly hearing about how hacking has influenced events in America. With Oliver Stone directing, it seems he is a good choice because of his Anarchic choice of films he directs, but has he delivered a movie fitting of such a massive historical event?
When Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) decides to go down the Nsa/CIA route of fighting to protect his country he proves to be very adept at creating systems to spy on individuals of interest. When he learns of the true scale of surveillance though, he finds himself turning whistle-blower to wake people up to how governments are attacking people’s privacy.
We all know the »
- Paul Metcalf
MaryAnn’s quick take… A gripping précis of what Edward Snowden learned at the CIA and Nsa, why he went public, and why it matters. Entertaining yet also deeply unsettling. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Oliver Stone, and of Edward Snowden; love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Snowden opens in June 2013, as journalists Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo: London Has Fallen, The Big Short) and Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto: Star Trek Beyond, Hitman: Agent 47) first meet and interview, over several days, Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt: The Night Before, The Walk), in a hotel in Hong Kong. My first thought upon my second viewing this weekend of Oliver Stone’s (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, W.) gripping docudrama about these shocking real-life events is »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Author: Scott Davis
Over the last few years Hasbro has moved from toy manufacturer to big Hollywood player after a slew of projects reached screens based on their products but thus far it has been somewhat of a mixed bag. Biggest, of course, is Transformers which continues to go from the strength to strength at the global box office – $3.779billion grossed thus far – and the next installment, The Last Knight, is due in cinemas this summer.
G.I. Joe is perhaps the company’s next big franchise and it’s perhaps no surprise that news from The Los Angeles Times suggests that the film version of the series is set for a reboot, as is the Hollywood norm these days. The first film, released in 2009 under the helm of Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) and starring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, grossed just over $300million.
The sequel, G.I. »
- Scott Davis
Directed by Oliver Stone.
The Story of Edward Snowden, whistle-blower of the Nsa’s illegal surveillance techniques. The film follows his life and the impact of his actions as he releases thousands of classified documents to the public.
The Us government could be watching you right now. After the explosive revelations regarding the reach of the surveillance state, we all looked at that ominous pinhole webcam nestled atop our screens with a lot more suspicion. It’s a concern that is as relevant today as it ever was, the news still reporting on supposed wiretapping and hacking. Oliver Stone’s latest film Snowden manages to give an accessible account of mass surveillance and the moral questions behind it, whilst focusing on the personal story »
- Tom Nightingale
To mark the release of Snowden on 3rd April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
From three-time Oscar-winner, Oliver Stone, Snowden is a riveting personal look at one of the most polarising figures of the 21st century, the man responsible for what has been described as the most far-reaching security breach in U.S. intelligence history. Snowden opens the door on the untold story of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), examining the forces that turned a conservative young patriot eager to serve his country into a historic whistle-blower and posing provocative questions about which liberties we are willing to give up in order for our government to protect us.
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Dumbo: Colin Farrell (Saving Mr. Banks, above) is in negotiations to star in Disney's new version of Dumbo. Tim Burton will direct; if things work out, Farrell will play a widowed father with two children, joining Eva Green as a trapeze artist and Danny DeVito as the owner of a small circus in the live-action movie. [Deadline] Wingmen: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Night Before, above) is in early negotiations to direct a musical comedy. He is already set to star alongside Channing Tatum in the movie, which has been provisionally titled Wingmen and follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas and then sing cover versions of popular songs "with a touch of adult humor." [Variety] Archer & Armstrong: Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, above) will...
- Peter Martin
Perhaps due to the success of La La Land, or perhaps just because singing and dancing is great, it seems everyone wants to make a movie musical these days. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are collaborating on one, and now Pharrell Williams has another in the works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox will make a musical inspired by Williams’ childhood called Atlantis. Williams and producing partner Mimi Valdes worked with the studio on Hidden Figures, which he also scored. The pair will produce this project as well, along with as Gil Netter. Michael Mayer, best known for his work on Broadway, will direct. THR doesn’t say whether or not Williams would actually score the project, although if he doesn’t, that would be a huge missed opportunity. Apparently, the story cribs a bit from Romeo And Juliet, so be forewarned: This could be very, very sad.
- Esther Zuckerman
It seemed like a match made in movie heaven when it was announced last year that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum were to headline the R-rated musical comedy, Wingmen, together. Now, in addition to his dancing shoes, Gordon-Levitt may be donning the director’s hat for the Universal movie in his second time directing since his feature […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
I’ve been watching Joseph Gordon Levitt since he was in the movie A River Runs Through It. He’s practically been on screen his entire career and yet he seems like he’s completely on the straight and now. I personally think that 500 Days of Summer was his coming out party and since that film he’s been a superior star. Not only does he have incredible dramatic skills but Jgl is hilarious as well. And let’s not forget he knows how to entertain. Ever see this guy on Lip Sync Battle? There’s pretty much nothing this guy can’t do. Now he’s
- Nat Berman
Having completed all pre-flight checks, Universal is officially moving forward with Wingmen – a project clearly designed to zero in on the film market sweet-spot created by the successes of R-rated action movies, and big-budget musicals. The project – currently in development – will marry those two genres, creating what the studio undoubtedly hopes will be the first R-rated musical to do big business at the box office. The secret to this hoped for success lies in the casting, and Wingmen will toplined by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum.
Reportedly described as “Pitch Perfect meets Book Of Mormon,” the film was originally pitched to Universal by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street), and the former is now under consideration to direct the film, as well as star and co-produce. Such an undertaking would be the actor’s second time at the helm of a feature »
- Sarah Myles
Dumbo: Colin Farrell (Saving Mr. Banks, above) is in negotiations to star in Disney's new version of Dumbo. Tim Burton will direct; if things work out, Farrell will play a widowed father with two children, joining Eva Green as a trapeze artist and Danny DeVito as the owner of a small circus in the live-action movie. [Deadline] Wingmen: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Night Before, above) is in early negotiations to direct a musical comedy. He is already set to star alongside...
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The project is based on a pitch from Gordon-Levitt and screenwriter Michael Bacall (21 Jump Street) and follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. It is described as “Pitch Perfect meets Book of Mormon“, and will feature covers of Top 100 hits with a touch of adult humour.
Before Gordon-Levitt entered talks to direct, the studio was cricling filmmakers such as Seth Gordon (Baywatch), James Bobin (The Muppets) and Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon). However, it now looks like it will become Gordon-Levitt’s second directorial effort after 2013’s Don Jon. »
- Gary Collinson
NPR there's a way to search IMDb now for movies that are female created or female focused... but it's tricky
Vanity Fair life tips from Shirley Maclaine
/Film Soderbergh's Cinemax series The Knick has been cancelled. :(
Av Club Wonder Woman pees fire
Interview shares an old interview / photo session of Penélope Cruz from '99
Playbill recaps 'everything we know (so far) about Mary Poppins Returns' but they leave out the most important news that we covered »
- NATHANIEL R
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to direct and star in a musical comedy for Universal, Variety reports. Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are already attached to star in the R-rated film, currently titled “Wingmen.”
Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” writer Michael Bacall reportedly pitched the idea in 2016, starting a heated bidding war among several studios.
The story centers on two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. Sources told Variety the movie will be in the vein of “Pitch Perfect” and “The Book of Mormon.” Other filmmakers who were considered to direct the project included James Bobin, Seth Gordon and “The Book of Mormon” director Casey Nicholaw.
Marc Platt Productions’ Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce alongside Tatum’s Free Association and Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord Films. Universal senior VP of production Kristin Lowe will oversee the project for the studio. »
- Graham Winfrey
It’s Friday, so we’re ready to take a load off and celebrate the thwarting of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. And what better way to kick up our heels than to revel in the news that professional charmers Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are going to combine their powers to put on what could possibly be the most personable musical ever? Variety reports the two affable actors, who last worked together on Stop-Loss, will star in a musical film that Gordon-Levitt will also direct. It won’t be much of a departure for Tatum, who recently starred in Hail, Caesar!, or Gordon-Levitt, who did all kinds of musical things for the now-defunct Pivot.
The film has a working title—Wingmen—and a plot that will center on two pilots (Tatum and Gordon-Levitt) who crash-land in Las Vegas, and presumably have to sing their way out of »
- Danette Chavez
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