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Oscars Ups Diversity With 2016 New Members

22 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In its push for more diversity among its ranks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued a record 683 invitations to new members, easily the largest number of new members ever.

The new members are heavily weighted to favor women and people of color - 46% are women, 41% are people of color. Should all elect to join, it would shift the demographic makeup of the Academy from 75 to 73% male, and from 93% to 89% white.

28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees are on the list, while 283 are considered international members. Amongst the high profile names are actors like John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Greta Gerwig, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Johnson, Byung-Hun Lee, Regina King, James Hong, Michelle Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Alicia Vikander, and Damon Wayans Jr.

There's also writers and directors like Xavier Dolan, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Taika Waititi, James Wan, Lily & Lana Wachowski, »

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‘Don’t Worry Baby’ Exclusive Trailer: Father & Son Discover One Of Them Has Fathered The Child of a One Night Stand

29 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Don’t Worry Baby” follows struggling photographer Robert (John Magaro) and his philandering father Harry (Christopher McDonald) as they learn they both had a one-night stand with the same woman, Sarah-Beth (Dreama Walker). Years later, they realize that one of them is the father of Sarah-Beth’s four-year-old daughter.

While they wait for a paternity test, they both decide to assume fatherly duties and soon learn to connect and mend their rocky relationship. The film also stars Tom Lipinski (“Suits”) as Robert’s friend Lenny and Talia Balsam (“Mad Men”) as Robert’s mother and Harry’s ex-wife. Watch the exclusive trailer for the film below.

Read More: Here’s How This First-Time Director Shot A Feature Film in New York City

The film is the feature-length directorial debut of Julian Branciforte, who previously acted in Antonio Campos’ “Afterschool” and directed the shorts “The Necessary Defilement »

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John Boyega Teases New Movie with Attack the Block Director

26 June 2016 4:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When John Boyega was first cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in April 2014, he only had a handful of credits to his name, but he was best known for his feature film debut role in Attack the Block, a 2011 indie sci-fi thiller that was beloved by critics, but didn't make a huge dent at the box office ($1 million domestic, $5.8 million worldwide). The actor is now currently filming Star Wars: Episode VIII and he also recently signed on to star in a new untitled project from Kathryn Bigelow, but it seems the young actor is looking to team up with his Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.

Over the weekend, John Boyega revealed on Twitter that he ran into Joe Cornish and that they have already started "brainstorming" for "something new." Naturally, the actor wouldn't divulge any more details about this project, and we don't know for sure if »

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Oliver Stone Talks ‘Snowden’ Financing Struggle, Film vs. TV and Military ‘Adulation’ in Movies

25 June 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nantucket, Mass. — Oliver Stone pulled no punches and named names in detailing the struggle to finance his new movie about National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden during a Q&A Saturday with fellow director Bennett Miller.

During the wide-ranging discussion, held as part of the Nantucket Film Festival, Stone also weighed in on his lack of enthusiasm for most serialized TV dramas, his disdain for the “adulation” of the U.S. military in many contemporary films and how Dino De Laurentiis dashed his hopes for “Conan the Barbarian” to have blossomed as a long-running franchise.

The intimate gathering at a private home on the water included actor Zachary Quinto, who plays journalist Glenn Greenwald in “Snowden,” and numerous writer-directors with pics at the fest, such as Mike Birbiglia (“Don’t Think Twice”), Julia Hart (“Miss Stevens”), Clay Tweel (“Gleason”) and Chris Kelly (“Other People”). The Nantucket fest, which wraps Monday, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Wasp Won’t Be A Supporting Character In Ant-Man And The Wasp, Says Peyton Reed

24 June 2016 3:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After netting a massive $519 million at the box office, it came as no surprise when Marvel decided to greenlight an Ant-Man sequel. Specifics on Ant-Man And The Wasp remain under wraps right now though, as the script is currently being bashed out by returning scribe Adam McKay. The title itself offers up a pretty big hint, however. The Wasp’s inclusion is a major distinction between this movie and its predecessor, and that’s exactly what director Peyton Reed intended.

Talking to Modern Myth Media, he excitedly discussed plans for the sequel, making mention of The Wasp’s role in Ant-Man’s second venture:

“It’s something we’re excited about. For me as a comic nerd, I always thought of Ant-Man and Wasp as a team and that’s a lot of what the second movie is really about is how they work together, what their personal and professional relationships are like. »

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Peyton Reed Talks Ant-man And The Wasp; Teases Comic Inspiration, Integrating 'The Wasp,' & Other Returning Faces

24 June 2016 12:25 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Ant-Man, after the gargantuan Avengers: Age of Ultron, was a nice change of pace for Marvel Studios as they closed the chapter on Phase 2 and started looking ahead to Phase 3. The Peyton Reed-directed film managed to garner a solid amount of critical acclaim and earned over $519 million worldwide on a modest budget of $130 million, which is coincidentally the smallest budget for any Marvel Studios film ever. Because of its success, the studio quickly announced plans for a sequel, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, and inserted it in their Phase 3 line-up with a tentative release date of July 2018.  Since it's still a ways out, we understandably don't know much about the film's plot. What we do know, however, is that stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas will all be back reprising their roles from the first installment and that Reed is returning to direct with a script he's currently penning alongside Rudd, »

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Legendary gets Lawrence's 'Bad Blood'

24 June 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Legendary Pictures has won a bidding war for a high finance tale with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star and Adam McKay set to write and direct.

Legendary Pictures has won a bidding war for Bad Blood, a high finance tale with Jennifer Lawrence (pictured) attached to star and Adam McKay set to write and direct.

Universal will distribute worldwide under its deal with Legendary.

Lawrence will play Elizabeth Holmes, the controversial Us health tech entrepreneur who founded Theranos, a startup whose blood testing technology earned it a multi-billion dollar valuation before the company came under federal investigation.

McKay most recently directed and co-wrote Wall Street dramedy The Big Short, for which he and Charles Randolph won last year’s best adapted screenplay Oscar.

The Bad Blood package - which included film rights to a book proposal about Holmes and Theranos - reportedly attracted bids from Big Short-distributor Paramount and several other studios and mini-majors as well as »

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Legendary Scores McKay, J-Law's "Blood"

24 June 2016 7:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary Pictures has won a heated bidding war for "Bad Blood," a new feature project about the Theranos blood testing company scandal.

Adam McKay ("The Big Short") penned and will direct the project which will star Jennifer Lawrence as 32-year-old entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the company which at one time was valued at $9 billion.

That value dropped to effectively zero following news that the company is under investigation for inaccurate testing that took place at their California labs. Cms regulators are trying to ban her for two years from owning or operating a blood lab.

McKay, Lawrence, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick are producing.

Source: THR »

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Legendary Wins Massive Bidding War For Jennifer Lawrence/Adam McKay Movie ‘Bad Blood’

24 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Few directors have managed to rebrand their careers as successfully as Adam McKay has in the last six months or so. Prior to last year’s awards season, McKay was known as a comedy guy whose absurd comedies starring Will Ferrell are among the best broad comic movies of his generation. He had a little political […]

The post Legendary Wins Massive Bidding War For Jennifer Lawrence/Adam McKay Movie ‘Bad Blood’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

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Legendary Wins Bidding War for Jennifer Lawrence Movie ‘Bad Blood’

23 June 2016 8:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary has won an auction for the movie project “Bad Blood” with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star.

“Bad Blood” will be written and directed by “The Big Short” director Adam McKay. Lawrence will play Elizabeth Holmes, founder of controversial blood testing company Theranos.

The value of Theranos has plunged following news that the company is under investigation for inaccurate testing. Holmes has continued to stand by Theranos.

Producers are McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick through their  Gary Sanchez company, along with Lawrence. McKay and Charles Randolph won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in February for “The Big Short.”

The package drew bids from several studios — including Paramount, which distributed “The Big Short” — and production companies. The deal includes movie rights to a book proposal about the Theranos controversy by John Carreyrou, who has reported on the company for the Wall Street Journal.

Universal will distribute the film through its deal with Legendary. »

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Legendary Lands Jennifer Lawrence, Adam McKay's Theranos Film 'Bad Blood'

23 June 2016 8:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Legendary has landed the hot project Bad Blood, which will be written and directed by Adam McKay and star Jennifer Lawrence as the founder of controversial blood testing company Theranos. A bidding war erupted over the pitch package after McKay, whose previous film The Big Short was critically acclaimed and nominated for the best picture Oscar, and two-time Oscar winner Lawrence became attached. Lawrence would play Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the blood-testing startup that at one time boasted a $9 billion valuation. Theranos' projected value has since plummeted, following news that the company is under investigation for inaccurate

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Legendary Wins Jennifer Lawrence-Adam McKay ‘Bad Blood’ Auction

23 June 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Legendary Pictures emerged victorious and has landed Bad Blood, the pitch package that will be written and directed by Adam McKay, with Jennifer Lawrence starring as Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the controversial blood-test company Theranos. Legendary will pay around $3.5 million for the script to be written by McKay, who just shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Big Short. Universal will distribute through its deal with Legendary. The pic will have a… »

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TV News Roundup: Frances Conroy Joins ‘The Mist,’ Cinemax Sets Premiere Date for ‘Quarry’

23 June 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO releases the first trailer for Issa Rae’s “Insecure,” Cinemax sets premiere date for marine driven “Quarry,” Frances Conroy joins the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Mist” and more in Thursday’s TV news roundup. 

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Cinemax has confirmed the premiere date for the eight-episode season of “Quarry,” which tells the story of a marine who returns home from Vietnam in 1972 to find himself rejected by those he loves and demonized by the public. The series, which stars Logan Marshall-Green as marine Mac Conway, will premiere on September 9 at 10 p.m. on Cinemax.

PBS has announced its Fall TV schedule, which will includes “Churchill’s Secret” featuring Michael Gambon on September 11 at 8 p.m.; “Hamilton’s America,” which will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look of the creation of Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” on October 21 at 9 p.m.;”Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” on October 25 at 9.m.; “Anne of Green Gables »

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‘Bad Blood’ Bids Mobilize for Jennifer Lawrence-Adam McKay Package: 9 Offers

21 June 2016 5:20 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: We’ve rarely seen the feverish level of response that has greeted the pitch by Adam McKay for Bad Blood. This is the movie package that has Jennifer Lawrence attached to play Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the controversial blood-test company Theranos. A total of nine bidders are in the mix this evening, a day after McKay pitched his vision for the hot-button film he’ll write and direct, very much in the spirit of last year’s The Big Short — for which he and… »

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Buyers Lining Up For Adam McKay-Jennifer Lawrence Pitch On Medical Company Theranos

17 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The hottest package going into the weekend is the drama about the controversial medical company Theranos, which has Jennifer Lawrence attached to play its 32-year-old founder Elizabeth Holmes, and Adam McKay directing after he came off winning the Oscar for co-writing and directing another hot button pic, The Big Short. Deadline revealed last week that Lawrence and McKay would be teaming on this, and a package of background materials was sent to numerous… »

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‘Making A Murderer’ Creators & George Clooney Teaming Up For Scripted Drama

16 June 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company Smokehouse Pictures has just inked a deal with Sonar Entertainment to produce television content.  For their first project, they will team up with “Making a Murderer” creators, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, on the scripted drama “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker.”

Based on the Huffington Post series of articles by journalist Steven Brill, the true story followed a venerable pharmaceutical company that created a powerful drug and marketed it aggressively to children and the elderly while allegedly manipulating and hiding data about its terrible side effects. The drug company made a reported $30 billion in sales of the drug worldwide but was later investigated and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in penalties and settlements. Ricciardi and Demos will adapt the series along with Nicki Palugawill. The “Making a Murderer” duo are also on board to direct.

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‘Making A Murderer’ Creators & George Clooney Teaming Up For Scripted Drama

16 June 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company Smokehouse Pictures has just inked a deal with Sonar Entertainment to produce television content.  For their first project, they will team up with “Making a Murderer” creators, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, on the scripted drama “America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker.”

Based on the Huffington Post series of articles by journalist Steven Brill, the true story followed a venerable pharmaceutical company that created a powerful drug and marketed it aggressively to children and the elderly while allegedly manipulating and hiding data about its terrible side effects. The drug company made a reported $30 billion in sales of the drug worldwide but was later investigated and agreed to pay more than $2 billion in penalties and settlements. Ricciardi and Demos will adapt the series along with Nicki Palugawill. The “Making a Murderer” duo are also on board to direct.

Read More: Coen Brothers New Documentary — Watch George Clooney, Jeff Bridges & More Pay Tribute to the Dynamic Duo

“We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with George and Grant and their talented team at Smokehouse,” Sonar CEO Thomas Lesinski said. “Smokehouse has a stellar track record of delivering commercial and critically acclaimed content. Smokehouse will be a great partner for Sonar Entertainment, as the two companies align perfectly in our approaches to premium TV programming.”

A network is not yet attached to the project and the number of episodes it will have is unknown at this time.

Read More: Jennifer Lawrence To Star In Adam McKay’s Theranos Medical Drama

Clooney and Heslov’s deal with Sonar will have their company produce drama and comedy series for cable and streaming outlets. Currently on Smokehouse’s roster is “Ms,” a miniseries about Gloria Steinem and the founding of Ms Magazine, set up at HBO, and set up at Showtime, they have “The Studio,” an ongoing series about a movie studio in the 1990s. Previous film work includes “The Ides Of March,” “The Monuments Men,” “Argo,” “Money Monster” and “Our Brand Is Crisis.”

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Curb Your Enthusiasm to Return for Season 9, HBO Officially Confirms

14 June 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Yeah, we’ll say it: Here’s some pretty, pretty, pretty good news.

Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for a ninth season, nearly five years after Larry David’s curmudgeonly HBO comedy aired its Season 8 finale. HBO announced the news Tuesday.

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No word yet on how many episodes, when the new season will premiere, which famous faces will guest-star or how often Susie will throw Larry out of her house in anger.

“We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of Curb and can’t wait to see what he has planned, »

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Malignant Man: new comic book movie lands San Andreas director

13 June 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Brad Peyton will be directing Malignant Man, for producer James Wan...

San Andreas director Brad Peyton will be taking on disasters of a more supernatural kind for his new project. He'll be teaming up with James Wan to co-direct Malignant Man, the Boom! Studios graphic novel about a cancer-patient-turned-mutant-hero which Wan co-wrote and Fox is adapting to film.

Malignant Man is the story of terminal cancer patient Alex Gates, who believes that a malignant tumor is gnawing away at what days he has left until he finds out the even more ghastly truth. What he thought was a tumor is actually an alien parasite that has been unknowingly giving Gates a transfusion of paranormal powers.

Not unlike like the genetically engineered spiders that bite Peter Parker and turn him into a web-slinging superhuman, the alien bloodsucker mutates Gates into something of a hybrid hero with a new lease on life. He is assigned to fight an evil army creeping under the skin of society, as he slowly unravels secrets about his path that lead to the truth about what seems to be a symbiotic connection between him and the parasite.

Wan, who has just come off the second installments of The Conjuring and Insidious, will be producing Malignant Man under his Atomic Monster label. Executive producing with Wan are Peyton and his partner Jeff Fierson, with Boom! Studios’ Adam Yoelin, Stephen Christy and Ross Richie co-producing and Matt Reilly and Ryan Jones overseeing for Fox.

Zak Olkewicz drafted the screenplay. We wait to see just where the film will land on Peyton's busy slate, given that he's also got Rampage, Journey 3 and San Andreas 2 in various stages of development.

Meanwhile, Boom! has been revving up several of its smash graphic novels to take the leap from printed page to big screen. Irredeemable, has just snagged director Adam McKay, and The Empty Man is currently in preproduction.

No release date for Malignant Man has been released yet since it is still in development, but the prognosis looks positive.

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James Wan and ‘San Andreas’ Director Brad Peyton Partner for ‘Malignant Man’

13 June 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“San Andrea” director Brad Peyton has signed on to Fox’s “Malignant Man” comic adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter shares, and the action filmmaker will be helped along by a somewhat unexpected ally: Horror and action director James Wan, who will produce the action sci-fi project. Wan has previously helmed numerous projects in the horror genre, such as the first “Saw,” and is credited with launching both the very popular “Insidious” and “The Conjuring” franchises.

Read More: Review: ‘The Conjuring 2’ is a Smart Movie Driven By Dumb Scares

Malignant Man” was co-created by Wan and will be ushered into actualization under the Fox side production company Boom! Stephen Christy and Ross Richie are also signed up to produce alongside Wan and Peyton.

The comic’s narrative follows terminal cancer patient Alex Gates as he discovers his malignant tumor is actually an alien parasite that imbues him with otherworldly powers. Gates must use his newfound abilities to battle a secretive army while also investigating his own mysterious origins.

Originally from the comic side of Boom!, “Malignant Man” will move to the film arm, where Zak Olkewiz has already written a draft of the adaptation. The company also has “The Empty Man” and a version of the comic “Irredeemable” with director Adam McKay  in preproduction.

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The directing and producing duo have both seen previous monster success, with Wan’s “Conjuring 2” bringing in $40.1 million in its opening weekend lat week and Peyton’s “San Andreas” grossing $473 million internationally. Wan is slated to direct “Aquaman” for Warner Bros. Meanwhile, Peyton has just wrapped shooting on Netflix’s “Frontier,” which revolves around the 18th century North American fur trade.

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