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Oscar Isaac to Lead ‘Operation Finale,’ ‘Puppet Master’ Franchise Returns, and More

We didn’t see much of him on screens last year, but Oscar Isaac has been quite busy. This year, we’ll see him in the next Star Wars film, along with the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon, as well as alongside Christian Bale in The Promise next month, not to mention next year in Alex Garland’s Annihilation next year. He’s now found his next role, according to Deadline.

The Inside Llewyn Davis star is set to lead the WWII drama Operation Finale, which will be directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Described as a drama akin to Argo and Munich, it will follow his character as an Israeli spy named Peter Malkin, who hunts down the Nazi general Adolf Eichmann, as scripted by Matthew Orton. Production is expected to begin this fall in Argentina, so we could see it by next year.
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Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing”

Amber Heard in “Syrup”: Magnolia Pictures

Amber Heard is teaming up with Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland. Heard will topline Holland’s upcoming crime thriller “The Kind Worth Killing,” Deadline reports. The feature hails from Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions.

The Kind Worth Killing” is based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel of the same name, which has earned comparisons to Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train,” recently adapted into a movie starring Emily Blunt, and Patricia Highsmith’s classic “Strangers on a Train,” the source material for the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film.

The novel centers on Lily, “a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston,” Deadline summarizes. “Ted confesses that he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful wife. Lily offers to help, and the two form a strange, twisted bond while plotting his wife’s demise.”

“[I’m] really intrigued by this story. It’s full of paradoxes and I love paradoxes,” Holland has said of “The Kind Worth Killing.” “The main heroine is tough as steel, but also as fragile as glass. Is she a victim? A psychopath? An avenger? What a great role for a talented actress!” She continued, “The storyline is unpredictable, the genre feels fresh. A psychological thriller, which sometimes veers off towards black comedy, mixing humor with gore, genuine emotions with a detective mystery.”

Holland’s “In Darkness” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars, and she received a nod in 1992 for her “Europa Europa” script, which she also directed. Her most recent film, “Spoor,” premiered at the Berlinale this year, where it won the Silver Bear. Holland has directed episodes of series such as “The Killing,” “Treme,” “House of Cards,” and “The Affair.”

Penned by Christopher Kyle (“Serena,” “Alexander”), “The Kind Worth Killing” is being produced by Wechsler, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Steve Schwartz.

Heard’s credits include “The Adderall Diaries,” “The Danish Girl,” and “Magic Mike Xxl.” She’ll play Mera, the Queen of Atlantis, in the highly anticipated “Justice League” movie, opening November 17.

Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Amber Heard Attached To Star In ‘The Kind Worth Killing’

Amber Heard Attached To Star In ‘The Kind Worth Killing’
Exclusive: Amber Heard is attached to topline Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions’ crime thriller The Kind Worth Killing, with Agnieszka Holland at the helm. The pic is based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel, with Christopher Kyle adapting the screenplay. The HarperCollins book follows Lily, a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston. Ted confesses that he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful…
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Spider-Man Spin-Off Silver Sable and Black Cat Is Happening

Spider-Man Spin-Off Silver Sable and Black Cat Is Happening
Last week, Sony Pictures handed out a 2018 release date for their new Venom spin-off that will expand the studio's Spider-Man universe, although it will not be connected to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Today we have word that the studio is expanding this universe even further, developing a new spin-off that will feature the popular female characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat. The studio has brought on screenwriter Christopher Yost to write the script, building on a previous script that was originally worked on by Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy.

The Hollywood Reporter doesn't reveal any specific story details, but it does indicate that the studio wants to find a director soon, eyeing a fall production start date. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing the project, which was previously known as the "secret female spinoff project." While Sony Pictures has a shared rights deal with Marvel Studios for the main Spider-Man character,
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The Accountant's Gavin O'Connor To Direct A Green Hornet Reboot

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Back in 2011, actor Seth Rogen and his creative partner Evan Goldberg could do no wrong. The pair had penned such great films as Superbad and Pineapple Express, and while two comedy writers taking on the iconic green-masked crime-fighter seemed like an odd fit, most were open to the idea. After all, even if Rogen and Goldberg had mostly made comedies, their films had a solid emotional core backbone to them that put them a cut above your standard comedies of the time. If they’d made sure to have that same backbone with the Green Hornet, and change the skin a bit, it could turn out pretty good, right?

Well, sadly, it didn’t turn out well. There are certain films crimes never should commit. One of them is being boring. While I wouldn’t call Green Hornet an inept film, I’d call it beyond
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Green Hornet Reboot Gets The Accountant Director Gavin O'Connor

Green Hornet Reboot Gets The Accountant Director Gavin O'Connor
There are two things Hollywood is doing a whole lot of right now; reboots and comic book movies. The Accountant director Gavin O'Connor has just signed on for his next project, which is going to be both. News broke today that he will be helming a reboot of The Green Hornet for Paramount, which will be nothing like the 2011 Seth Rogen version.

Deadline is reporting that Gavin O'Connor is set to direct the movie after the rights were acquired by Paramount and Chernin Entertainment. As it turns out, this is not just a filmmaker jumping on the comic book movie bandwagon, because according to the director himself, this has been a lifelong dream and a serious passion project. Here is some of what he had to say while speaking to Deadline about his upcoming reboot of The Green Hornet.

"I've been wanting to make this movie - and create this
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WGA East Council Election Sees Incumbents Go 6-For-6; Women Win Half Of Seats

Incumbents had a field day in the WGA East's latest council election, winning all six seats they were running for. Female candidates also fared well, picking up half of the 10 seats up for grabs. Incumbents re-elected include freelance writers John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet, Christopher Kyle and Beau Willimon, and staff writers Gail Lee and Kathy McGee. Newcomers elected include freelancers Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes and Therese Rebeck, and staffer Matt…
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WGA East Council Election Sees Incumbents Go 6-For-6; Women Win Half Of Seats

Incumbents had a field day in the WGA East's latest council election, winning all six seats they were running for. Female candidates also fared well, picking up half of the 10 seats up for grabs. Incumbents re-elected include freelance writers John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet, Christopher Kyle and Beau Willimon, and staff writers Gail Lee and Kathy McGee. Newcomers elected include freelancers Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes and Therese Rebeck, and staffer Matt…
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Beau Willimon Wins Re-Election to WGA East Council

Beau Willimon Wins Re-Election to WGA East Council
House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats for the Writers Guild of America East.

Voting opened on Aug. 24, with about 4,000 members eligible to cast ballots. The WGA East announced the results on Thursday.

Willimon was one of 16 candidates vying for seven open freelance seats. Three other incumbents — John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet, and Christopher Kyle — also won, along with newcomers Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes, and Theresa Rebeck.

Gail Lee and Kathy McGee were re-elected to open staff seats, along with Matt Nelko, from six available candidates.

The WGA East negotiates jointly with the WGA West on the master contract with production companies. That deal expires on May 1 with no negotiations set yet.

Willimon promised in his candidate statement that he would be active in negotiations.

“Should I be re-elected to Council, I plan to be very involved in the negotiating process,” he
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Beau Willimon Wins Re-Election to WGA East Council

Beau Willimon Wins Re-Election to WGA East Council
House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats for the Writers Guild of America East.

Voting opened on Aug. 24, with about 4,000 members eligible to cast ballots. The WGA East announced the results on Thursday.

Willimon was one of 16 candidates vying for seven open freelance seats. Three other incumbents — John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet, and Christopher Kyle — also won, along with newcomers Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, A.M. Homes, and Theresa Rebeck.

Gail Lee and Kathy McGee were re-elected to open staff seats, along with Matt Nelko, from six available candidates.

The WGA East negotiates jointly with the WGA West on the master contract with production companies. That deal expires on May 1 with no negotiations set yet.

Willimon promised in his candidate statement that he would be active in negotiations.

“Should I be re-elected to Council, I plan to be very involved in the negotiating process,
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WGA East Council Elections: Beau Willimon, Five Other Incumbents Seek Re-Election

WGA East Council Elections: Beau Willimon, Five Other Incumbents Seek Re-Election
House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and five other incumbents are seeking re-election to council seats for the Writers Guild of America East.

Ten council seats will expire this year. Voting will take place online beginning on Aug. 24 with about 4,000 members eligible to cast ballots.

Willimon is one of 16 candidates for seven open freelance seats. Other incumbents are John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet and Christopher Kyle; the other candidates are David Angelo, Timothy Michael Cooper, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Jack Helmuth, A.M. Homes, Tom Jennings, Joseph Mazzarino, Melissa Salmons, Marygrace O’Shea, Theresa Rebeck, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stuart Zicherman.

Incumbents Gail Lee and Kathy McGee are among the six candidates for the three open staff seats along with Jay Alpert, Christopher Barry, Matt Nelko and Terence Taylor.

Incumbents Walter Bernstein, Terry George and Jenny Lumet are not seeking re-election to freelance seats.

Bernstein was blacklisted by the Hollywood studios during the 1950s.
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Alicia Vikander Teams With Charlotte Rampling and Eyes Agatha Christie Film

Coming off of one of last year’s best performances in 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling has just signed on to writer-director Lisa Langseth‘s latest drama Euphoria, which will be her English-language debut. Deadline reports Rampling will join cast members Eva Green and Langseth-regular Alicia Vikander, who is also producing through her new company Vikarious. The story focuses on two sisters (Green and Vikander), traveling towards an unknown destination in Europe while in conflict. No more information is currently known about the film, which has plans to shoot in the German Alps this August.

In related news, two Agatha Christie films are in the works from Sony and Paramount, with their eyes on Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone, respectively, THR reports. The projects will not be adaptations of Christie’s work, but instead examinations of her life. Sony’s project, titled Agatha Christie, would focus on the titular character (Vikander) crossing
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The Leaves: Josh Radnor to direct new sci-fi drama

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How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor is set to direct the upcoming sci-fi drama, The Leaves...

Josh Radnor, of How I Met Your Mother and Mercy Street fame, will be exploring uncharted (for him) territory as director of Lionsgate/Summit’s sci-fi drama The Leaves, the latest supernatural comic to come alive on the big screen.

This isn’t Radnor’s first time behind the camera (though it is his first paranormal one). His first venture behind the scenes was writing and directing the buzzed-about dramedy Happythankyoumoreplease, followed by Liberal Arts, which he also starred in. Both of his films received serious accolades even though neither was a box office smash.

In an uncharacteristic move, he won’t be making an onscreen appearance this time around. The Leaves is also a departure from his usual comedic material as he enters the world of science fiction.
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What will ‘How I Met Your Mother’ alum Josh Radnor bring to the sci-fi genre?

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How I Met Your Mother alum Josh Radnor is getting into sci-fi. He will direct a sci-fi drama called The Leaves, based on a Virgin Comics (now Liquid Comics) one-shot comic of the same name. Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the graphic novel way back in 2008. Here is the description of The Leaves on Amazon: Inspired by the real-life Naadi fortune-tellers of India and one man’s legendary experience, Doctor Max Mellick has the universe at his fingertips — a world-renown heart surgeon with a striking girlfriend and extravagant New York lifestyle. When he attends a friend's funeral in India, something deep within him is forever changed. Identified as evil by an Indian fortune-teller, Max is forced to flee the country — to save his own life, but more importantly, to preserve his destiny. Interestingly, there’s a major aspect of The Leaves’ story (which Variety mentions) that’s not in that summary.
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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Star Josh Radnor Directing Sci-Fi Drama ‘The Leaves’

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Star Josh Radnor Directing Sci-Fi Drama ‘The Leaves’
How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor will direct Lionsgate/Summit’s sci-fi drama “The Leaves.”

Gotham Chopra and Carla Hacken (“Hell or High Water”) are producing. Radnor is directing from a script by Christopher Kyle and Kevin J. Walsh in a story focused on a man who must fight to convince the love of his life that they are soul mates when he ends up in a parallel universe where she has no idea who he is.

Radnor is not expected to star in “The Leaves.” It’s the third feature directing job for him, six years after he made his feature directorial and screenwriting debut with the 2010’s “Happythankyoumoreplease.” The comedy-drama won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

Radnor also directed and starred in 2012’s “Liberal Arts” opposite Elizabeth Olsen. The comedy-drama also premiered at Sundance.

Radnor starred for
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Josh Radnor To Helm Sci-Fi Drama "Leaves"

"How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor will direct the sci-fi drama "The Leaves" for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment.

The story follows a man who must fight to convince the love of his life that they are soul mates when he ends up in a parallel universe where she has no idea who he is. Radnor is not expected to star.

Radnor, who also helmed "Happythankyoumoreplease" and "Liberal Arts," is directing from a script by Christopher Kyle and Kevin J. Walsh. Gotham Chopra and Carla Hacken ("Hell or High Water") are producing.

Source: Variety
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News Bits: Speck, Kind, War, Caretaker, Nike

A Speck in the Sea

Weinstein Books has acquired publishing rights for John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski's novel "A Speck in The Sea" which will be developed into a film at The Weinstein Company. Jeff Pope will adapt the script while Rachael Horovitz, Jason Blum and Harvey Weinstein will produce.

Aldridge is a Montauk fisherman who fell of his boat into the ocean, forty miles off Montauk in the middle of the night without a life vest. His childhood best Sosinski helped launch a multi-state rescue operation - with the film set to cover that rescue in real time. [Source: Deadline]

The Kind Worth Killing

Agnieszka Holland ("In Darkness," "Angry Harvest") is attached to direct an adaptation of the Peter Swanson thriller novel "The Kind Worth Killing" for Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions. Christopher Kyle penned the adapted screenplay.

The story follows a man who tells a female fellow passenger about
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'Thor: Ragnarok': New Details About Hulk's Role Surface

'Thor: Ragnarok': New Details About Hulk's Role Surface
With a summer production date rapidly approaching, there have been no shortage of rumors swirling around Thor: Ragnarok. Last week, we reported that Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett has been set to star, reportedly playing the main villain Hela, although those details have yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios. Last year, it was also confirmed that Mark Ruffalo is coming back as Hulk, with the actor himself confirming that Hulk goes on a "universal road trip" with Thor (Chris Hemsworth), comparing this aspect of the movie to Midnight Run. Today we have a new report from Geek.com, which sheds some new light about how Hulk re-connects with Thor in the first place. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.

When we last saw Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron, he stole a QuinJet and took off for parts unknown, after the damage he
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Anaheim Ducks Goalies Get More Video Game Inspired Masks

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Two of the coolest goalies in the NHL gets yet another awesome mask inspired by your favorite video games!

Look I'm a Coyotes fan which means I take a lot of heat from every fanbase in the league, but I have to admit it when another team does something neat.

In this case it's the goalies of the Anaheim Ducks. Last year they had video game and Lego inspired masks, and they are at it again this year.

Goalies Gibson and Anderson have gotten some nifty new helmet designs for the upcoming season. One features Lego Batman, and from what I can see it also has some Darkwing Duck style images too, but it is hard to tell from these teaser images. The second helmet goes retro and has the classic Duck Hunt game from Nintendo, which is kind of funny too considering they are the Ducks after all!

(Sorry,
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News Bits: Bone, Max, Peyton, Move, CSI

Bone Tomahawk

Rlj Entertainment has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox-led western "Bone Tomahawk" which will premiere at Fantastic Fest next month.

S. Craig Zahler helmed the project about an unlikely team of gunslingers who set out to bring a group of settlers home after they're kidnapped by ruthless cannibal savages. [Source: THR]

Mad Max: The Wastelands

Though there's demand for it, talk of a sequel to "Mad Max: Fury Road" remains premature at this point it would seem. Though having already scored a rumored title - "Mad Max: The Wasteland" - "Fury Road" star Charlize Theron did not seem to know anything about another 'Max' film when asked about it this week.

Speaking with USA Today, Theron says: "What's Wasteland? This is all news to me. I have not heard anything like that."

Untitled Brad Peyton Project

Brad Peyton ("San Andreas
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