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Late September is usually far too early for definitive Academy Award predictions, but on this one I’m solid: This year’s film slate will inevitably yield an Oscars Less White.
Some small credit can go to the Academy, which pushed the diversity needle just a tad by adding twice as many new voters as last year (683, almost half of whom were women or people of color).
However, the most significant reason we’re unlikely to see a repeat of last year — when every single one of the 20 acting nominations went to white thespians — is the movies. Last year, films like “Beasts of No Nation,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Concussion,” and “Creed” boasted diverse ensembles before and behind the screen, but they were less-than-Academy-friendly. In 2016, there are at least 8 films that present as strong awards candidates with diverse talent, and they are a far more formidable selection.
Read More: Oscars: Diversity »
- Anne Thompson
Indie distributor Abramorama just launched Ron Howard’s Beatles doc The Beatles: Eight Days A Week — The Touring Years. Heading into the New York Film Fest season, the company has acquired distribution rights to Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, the Scott Rudin and Eli Bush exec produced documentary about a legendary flop and one of Broadway’s most beloved musical fiascos, Merrily We Roll Along. The film is produced by Atlas Media Corp. with Allright… »
When it comes to deliciously complicated back stories (and sideshows), movies don't get better than Fences, the soon-to-be Oscar contender based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning August Wilson play starring and directed by Denzel Washington, with Scott Rudin among its producers. Back in 1987, Wilson's play was set up at Paramount as a potential vehicle for Eddie Murphy, who was looking for a serious role. He had his eye on a part as the older son of Troy Maxson, the aging… »
Australian actor Jordan Rodrigues has joined the cast of Greta Gerwig's directorial debut Lady Bird starring Saoirse Ronan. Loosely based on Gerwig's high school experience, the film follows a school senior (Ronan) spending her last year at home in Sacramento while trying to figure out how to get out of the city. Rodrigues will play Miguel, her adopted older brother who is destined for better things and helps his sister on her journey. Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn… »
John Karna has been cast Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, a film loosely based on Gerwig’s high school experience that stars Saorise Ronan, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Laurie Metcalf and Timothee Chalamet. Karna will play the lead of the high school musical who, in a twist, turns out to have be hooking up with the school's hot jock. The pic is being produced by Scott Rudin, Evelyn O'Neill and Eli Bush. Karna starred as Noah Foster on the MTV series Scream. On the film side… »
From The Birth Of A Nation to TWC, Screen reveals the key talking points.1. Has Toronto found an opening-night film that will get tongues wagging again?
After what might be described generously as a barren patch in the curtain-raising department since Looper kicked off proceedings in 2012, have artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team found the right weave of star power and spectacle again with the world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven? The western remake feels relevant in today’s uncertain times, boasts stupendous action sequences and features a diverse cast led by Fuqua regular Denzel Washington alongside Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeir. It’s popcorn with a message, but will the audience agree?
2. Can The Birth Of A Nation maintain its awards momentum?
Nate Parker’s slave-revolt drama had had tongues wagging all year, but now the conversation has taken a darker turn. Back in January, Fox Searchlight »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
It’s starting to feel like there’s something very wrong with the Gambit movie. Is that fair? The thing’s gone through a number of different directors at this point, and it doesn’t feel like it’s any closer to actually happening. I’ve talked to directors who got close and then backed away, and I have yet to be able to pin down exactly what’s going on here. Considering this is a major release for Fox, it’s got Channing Tatum attached, and anything X-Men related is given pretty much any resources they need, it is shocking that it’s this hard to get a filmmaker to say yes to the job. Doug Liman is the latest guy to jump ship, and in his case, he’s got a pretty great plan B, one that I’ve been curious about since Guillermo Del Toro first mentioned it years ago. »
- Drew McWeeny
Warner Bros. still has a lot of confidence in their DC Comics movies, despite dreadful reviews for both Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even with a full slate already announced for the next few years, the studio is working on even more projects for their DC Extended Universe. That being the case, it looks like Warner Bros. is finally moving ahead with a Justice League Dark movie, also known as http://movieweb.com/justice-league-dark-movie-story-production-start-date/Dark Universe, with director Doug Liman at the helm.
Variety broke the news on Wednesday, confirming that the Edge of Tomorrow director would be taking on the movie. According to the report, Scott Rudin, who has long been attached to the project, will be producing Justice League Dark, with Michael Gilio writing the script. Warner Bros. has yet to officially make the announcement, but Variety is confidently stating that this is indeed happening. »
Kayti Burt Aug 25, 2016
Holy moley. We might finally get that Justice League Dark movie that's been in development within the DC Universe for years...
According to Variety, Edge Of Tomorrow's Doug Liman has signed on to direct the film, which will potentially feature the characters of John Constantine, Swamp Thing (please let Swamp Thing be in it), Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. The project would be part of the DC Cinematic Universe from Warner Bros and DC Entertainment.
Though Warner Bros currently has no comment, the story confirms that Scott Rudin is producing and Michael Gilio is writing the script. Sources also suggest that this means Liman will not be directing the X-Men universe's Gambit starring Channing Tatum as part of a "mutual split" on the part of the studio and the director. »
Injecting new life into the languishing superhero project, word of Liman’s appointment comes by way of Variety, revealing that this new interpretation of DC and Warner’s Dark Universe will be penned by Michael Gilio. It’s welcome news for fans of the cult supernatural property, though such a coup only portends trouble for the Channing Tatum-fronted Gambit spinoff, with sources close to Variety claiming that Liman has now departed the troubled X-Men spinoff.
Though 20th Century Fox offered no comment at the time of writing, that’s an amicable split that had been long in the cards, given that Liman has been quietly lining up additional projects beyond the mutant universe over the past few months, during which time Gambit was ordered to »
- Michael Briers
While the next few films in the DC movieverse are locked in, we were curious to find out what movies would be included in the next wave, and it looks like we’ll be getting a big screen adaptation of the darker side of the DC universe.
According to Variety, Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has left Gambit for Fox and will instead be directing Justice League Dark, also referred to as Dark Universe, for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.
At one point, Guillermo del Toro was interested in directing, but THR is reporting that he is no longer involved with the project, while Scott Rudin is now onboard as a producer. Michael Gilio will write the screenplay.
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- Jonathan James
Doug Liman will direct “Justice League Dark” for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Scott Rudin is producing the project. Michael Gilio is writing the script. The story follows a dark Justice League team consisting of Det. John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: Kevin Smith Thinks 'Justice League' Gets the Message: 'We Don't Want Doom and Gloom' Keanu Reeves played Constantine in a 2005 movies and by Matt Ryan in the NBC Series “Constantine,” which was canceled »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Warner Bros. has hired its Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman to helm the DC title Justice League Dark, and producer Scott Rudin, after Guillermo del Toro dropped off to pursue his many other projects. Del Toro is hard at work on Fox Searchlight’s Cold War drama which he wrote, is directing and produced that stars Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer. He also has Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark at CBS Films, which is an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz's popular children's… »
Justice League Dark is finally happening. Doug Liman has been set to direct Warner Bros.’ DC adaptation. Scott Rudin will produce, and Michael Gilio will write the screenplay. If you’ve got a bit of déjà vu that may be because Liman was recently linked to another superhero project, 20th Century Fox’s Gambit. As you’ve probably guessed, he’s not making that one […]
- Angie Han
We all wondered if Justice League Dark/Dark Universe would even get off the ground once original director Guillermo del Toro parted ways with the project, but Variety just announced that Warner Bros. has replaced him with none other than Doug Liman, who will be most familiar to CBMers for the likes of The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow. Though story details are under wraps for now, the site does confirm that the team will consist of Det. John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon. It seems this incarnation of ol' Jc shall be a lawman. Del Toro and Scott Rudin will produce Dark Universe, which is expected to "play a major role in the new D.C. Cinematic Universe" Update: As many assumed given this news, it appears Liman will no longer direct Fox's Gambit movie. »
Scott Rudin is producing. Michael Gileio is writing the script.
Warner Bros. had no comment.
The film is an ensemble focused which speaks to one of his early hits “Go”, which dealt with a similar ensemble. The film will play a major role in the new D.C. Cinematic Universe.
Constantine was played by Keanu Reeves in a 2005 movie, as well as by Matt Ryan in NBC series “Constantine,” which was canceled in 2015 after one season. Swamp Thing has also had his own movie, with Dick Durock playing the creature in Wes Craven’s 1982 film.
Del Toro was originally attached to direct, »
- Justin Kroll
On paper, the long-awaited musical remake of Groundhog Day has the DNA of a surefire hit. Based on the beloved 1993 movie, directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray, the show has been adapted by the same key creative team as the sensational stage smash Matilda, notably British director Matthew Warchus and Australian composer Tim Minchin. It already stands on the shoulders of two modern classics. In reality, this $16.5 million production has had a slightly troubled birth, with early preview performances canceled for technical reasons and original lead Broadway producer Scott Rudin departing the project, citing
- Stephen Dalton
The advent of Showtime’s digital standalone offering last year has delivered a windfall of more than 1 million subscribers that promises to transform CBS Corp.’s pay TV service, according to Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins.
The subscriber growth has boosted revenue and bottom line numbers, allowing Showtime to invest more heavily in a broader range of programming, particularly documentaries, Nevins told reporters Thursday in his Q&A alongside Showtime programming president Gary Levine at the Television Critics Association press tour at the Beverly Hilton.
The alternative distribution model has meant that Showtime is “reaping the benefits of all the trends reshaping the television business,” Nevins said. He said that the Ott Showtime service has added more than 1 million new subscribers since its launch in October — new sign-ups that do not appear to be compromising its traditional subscriber base that flows through traditional Mvpd players.
“We’ve built a new business in the last year,” he »
- Cynthia Littleton
Details of the project are still sketchy but it’s believed to be a serialized limited series. Russell’s reps at CAA are understood to have sent out feelers to network buyers asking for a hefty financial commitment even in advance of a formal pitch from Russell.
Russell has developed a few TV projects over the past decade at FX, CBS and ABC, and he was an exec producer on the offbeat five-episode Syfy series “Outer Space Astronauts” in 2009. But the Moore-De Niro project would mark his most significant foray into TV. It’s unclear if there are other writers involved »
- Cynthia Littleton
“Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny” is a fun, wily, and infectious portrait-of-the-artist documentary, filled with things we haven’t seen before (there’s a ton of footage of Linklater on the set), crafted with a deep curiosity about the mysterious, ever-changing nature of how movies actually get made. The film starts by going back to the halcyon indie days of 1991 and replaying the opening minutes of “Slacker” — a sequence that features the director himself, though no one knew it at the time. He’s a talky young guy in a loose-fitting green T-shirt, with dreamy eyes and a quasi-’70s bowl cut, who climbs into a taxi cab and starts waxing poetic to the driver (who greets his words with stone-cold indifference) about how if he had decided to walk or hitch a ride instead, he might have been inside a different reality. In that one, he could have met »
- Owen Gleiberman
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