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Lionsgate has signed a deal to distribute many of its high-profile films on iQiyi, China’s largest streaming platform.
The deal covers both subscription and transactional VOD for Lionsgate titles including: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2”; “Allegiant,” the next film in the Divergent franchise; “Now You See Me 2”; action film “Deepwater Horizon”; ‘Sicario”; the teen thriller “Nerve”; “The Shack,” starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer; and the Emma Stone musical “Lala Land.”
iQiyi, controlled by Baidu, runs video platforms that have more than 500 million unique users. Under the deal, it will have an exclusive Svod and Tvod window for the Lionsgate titles and make a major promotional commitment on their platform for those movies.
“We’re thrilled to partner with iQiyi, a major game changer and one of the largest and fastest-growing digital platforms in China,” said Lionsgate Executive VP of International Sales Wendy Reeds. “They will provide a »
- Dave McNary
Details on are scarce at the moment, but the new film is called Okja, a “multilingual monster movie” that will feature “a Korean female lead and a host of English-language supporting actors whose scenes will be set in New York.”
Along with Gyllenhaal, the film has already secured the services of Oscar Winner Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash), who worked with Joon-ho on Snowpiercer. In addition, Paul Dano (Love & Mercy), Bill Nighy (About Time) and Kelly MacDonald (Anna Karenina) are in talks to join the eclectic castlist.
Joon-ho enjoyed huge international success with Snowpiercer, which has grossed over $82million worldwide despite still not being released in some territories, such as the UK. Chris Evans, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Kang-ho Song, »
- Scott J. Davis
Sources close to the production told Variety that the cast negotiations were “preliminary discussions with old friends.” Swinton, in Korea, at the Busan Film Festival earlier this week, dropped heavy hints that she will soon work again with Bong, though did not name the project.
“I’m already planning more adventures with Bong Joon-ho,” said Swinton this week. “He is a great master.”
“Okja” is currently in early pre-production ahead of a shoot that will begin in April next year and span locations in Korea and the U.S. Delivery of the completed picture is expected in the first or second quarter of 2017.
Production is headed by Korea-based Lewis Pictures, which will likely structure the movie as an indie effort. Budget »
- Patrick Frater
Back in 2011, he same red-haired woman seemed to be in every movie you saw. That was Jessica Chastain who by year's end had racked up six roles on her resume -- “Coriolanus,” “The Help," “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields.” “The Tree of Life” and “Wilde Salome,” The buzz was so hot for her that she landed a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for “The Help." She may have lost that race to co-star Octavia Spencer, but a star was born nonetheless. This year another fresh-faced ingenue has arrived in town by the name of Alicia Vikander. -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums Over the past several years, this Swedish import has been slowly building her profile with small roles in “A Royal Wedding” (2012), “Anna Karenina” (2012), and “The Fifth Estate” (2013). This year, she’s been just...' »
For the uninitiated... in short, "Drunk History" is a Comedy Central TV series based on an award-winning Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, that re-enacts famous events in history as told by inebriated storytellers; hence the title. It airs on Tuesday nights, on Comedy Central, at 10:30pm. In the episode that aired last week, which focused on spies, viewers learned all about how Harriet Tubman became a spy for the Union during the Civil War, eventually leading raids on slave owners' plantations in South Carolina. Crissle West (our "inebriated storyteller") narrates Tubman's tale, as we watch Octavia Spencer play Harriet Tubman, in a piece titled "Harriet Tubman Leads an Army of Bad Bitches." By the way, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Viola Davis is developing a Harriet Tubman biopic for HBO which she will star in. But while you wait for that to happen, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
For the uninitiated... in short, "Drunk History" is a Comedy Central TV series based on an award-winning Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, that re-enacts famous events in history as told by inebriated storytellers; hence the title. It airs on Tuesday nights, on Comedy Central, at 10:30pm. In the episode that aired last week, which focused on spies, viewers learned all about how Harriet Tubman became a spy for the Union during the Civil War, eventually leading raids on slave owners' plantations in South Carolina. Crissle West (our "inebriated storyteller") narrates Tubman's tale, as we watch Octavia Spencer play Harriet »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The big topic of conversation among TV fanatics this past week? The overall lousiness of the network's new fall shows. After a summer filled with UnREAL, Mr. Robot, Show Me a Hero, and The Carmichael Show — not to mention the soon-departing Fear the Walking Dead, which aired its best episode yet — it was damned dispiriting to have to slog through the likes of Life in Pieces, Blindspot, and Rosewood. Where's the panache? Where are the series with something to say?
Yes, ABC's The Muppets and Fox's Scream Queens had memorable debuts, »
Read More: A Drinking Game Interview With 'Drunk History' Creator Derek Waters In this new, perfect "Drunk History" clip (in a long line of perfect "Drunk History" clips), we find comedian Crissle West going hard with her drunken retelling of Harriet Tubman's days as a spy for the Union army during the Civil War. The video, in keeping with "Drunk History" tradition, overlays the audio of Crissle's down and dirty telling of Tubman's "real stealth operation" with Octavia Spencer's reenactment of the story, which leads her to take an "army full of bad bitches" on a full recon mission to free 750 slaves. The results, as per usual, are incredible. Watch the glorious, glorious video above. Read More: Podcast: 'Drunk History' Creator Derek Waters Shares Stories of Underdogs and Not Changing the Title of the Show »
- Aubrey Page
When you get to a certain point in a series, it sometimes becomes difficult to know exactly what you’re going to use to hype the film, and try to draw people in. Allegiant, which now wants to be called The Divergent Series: Allegiant, is in a strange place in the story, which makes this all the more difficult. The first two films covered a lot of ground, and gave us our twist end.
Now Tris and Four need to venture outside the wall, which is obviously the mystery to end all mysteries, so what’s a trailer to do? We don’t want to give away much about what’s out there, but if we don’t show anything beyond the wall, we’ve got nothing to show.
The teaser trailer actually reveals quite a bit about the destruction outside the Chicago wall, and lets us in on some »
- Marc Eastman
Lionsgate has unveiled the trailer for "The Divergent Series: Allegiant," the third installment in the franchise that stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts. Check it out below. Plot: After the Earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Allegiant's Tris (Woodley) must escape with Four (James) beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it. The new movie co-stars Miles Teller, Ray STevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer and Jeff Daniels. It's set to hit theaters on March 18th, 2016. The fourth installment, "The Divergent Series: Ascendant," will follow on March 24th, 2017. Trailer: »
On March 18, discover what lies beyond the wall. Watch the teaser trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant.
The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jonny Weston, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Nadia Hilker and Bill Skarsgård.
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who »
- Michelle McCue
The Obvious Child star will star opposite Captain America himself Chris Evans in the drama as well as Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer), Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) and newcomer McKenna Grace. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) is in the director’s chair for this one.
Gifted “tells the story of Frank Adler (Evans), a single man raising his 7-year-old, intellectually gifted niece Mary off the grid in rural Florida. In an attempt to help her experience a “normal” upbringing, Frank enrolls her in school, attracting the unwanted attention of his scheming mother who fights for custody of the girl only to exploit her gifts for selfish reasons. A familial tug-of-war takes form as they attempt to decide what is best for this remarkable girl.”
No release date has been set for the film, but expect to see it »
- Scott J. Davis
Though long rumored, Marvel has finally confirmed Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of its third Netflix series "Luke Cage". Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, a local Harlem politician and cousin to Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes (Mahershala Ali).
Her life is thrown into turmoil by Harlem's super-strong newest hero Luke Cage and Cottonmouth's nefarious acts. The series premieres in 2016 on Netflix. [Source: Twitter]
Jenny Slate ("Married") will star opposite Chris Evans in the Marc Webb-directed drama "Gifted" at Fox Searchlight. Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and McKenna Grace also star and filming begins this Fall. »
- Garth Franklin
Scripted by Tom Flynn, “Gifted” tells the story of Frank Adler (Evans), a single man raising his 7-year-old, intellectually gifted niece Mary off the grid in rural Florida. In an attempt to help her experience a “normal” upbringing, Frank enrolls her in school, attracting the unwanted attention of his scheming mother who fights for custody of the girl only to exploit her gifts for selfish reasons. A familial tug-of-war takes form as they attempt to decide what is best for this remarkable girl.
- Justin Kroll
The first epic teaser trailer for the third installment of the blockbuster, action-adventure Divergent franchise, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, has arrived. After the earth-shattering revelations of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Tris (Shailene Woodley) must now escape with Four (Theo James) beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it. Check out the electrifying new teaser trailer and poster and don't miss The Divergent Series: Allegiant, in theaters March 18, 2016.
Last week, Lionsgate confirmed that the last two installments of this franchise have changed the titles, slightly. The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 1 was shortened to The Divergent Series: Allegiant, with the final installment now entitled The Divergent Series: Ascendant, still slated to hit theaters on March 24, 2017. It hasn't been revealed what these title changes could mean for the story, but author Veronica Roth recently released a statement on her Tumblr page regarding the title change. »
We already know that Chris Evans will swap his shield and superpowers for something a little more ordinary in Mark Webb’s Gifted. Now Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and newcomer McKenna Grace will join him in the film.Gifted, written by Tom Flynn, is a drama about Frank Adler, a deliberate underachiever, who is raising his niece Mary (Grace), in rural Florida. When he enrols her in school for the first time, she is labelled as gifted. All Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing in his way is her mother Evelyn (Slate), who wants to exploit her abilities. So being proactive for once, he sues to win custody of the girl. Webb is looking to have that one shooting in the coming months.Slate, who scored praise for her performance in Obvious Child, has been working steadily recently. She’s currently filming »
It’s not reached the heights of rivals like “The Hunger Games” (and the second film undergrossed the first, which isn’t a great sign), but the “Divergent” series presumably has its fans, because we’ve got two movies to go from Summit’s Ya franchise, which toplines Shailene Woodley and Theo James. Following the pattern of other Ya properties, the new movies split the final book of the trilogy into two entries, with the first, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” hitting in March and then “The Divergent Series: Ascendant” following in 2017. Director Robert Schwentke, who helmed the last movie, returns, as do a number of other actors, including Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and Maggie Q, with Jeff Daniels stepping in for Kate Winslet as the big bad villain for the last two movies. We haven’t seen any of these, because they couldn’t look more generic. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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