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Manager and producer J.C. Spink, who founded Benderspink with Chis Bender and produced comedies like “The Hangover,” died Tuesday at his home in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed to Variety. He was 45.
Spink was found unresponsive in his home by his brother and pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the coroner. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. An autopsy will be conducted, and he appeared to have died of natural causes. Foul play is not currently suspected.
The relentlessly upbeat Spink was well-liked by the Hollywood community for his good humor and industriousness. Even as the spec market began to dry up in Hollywood over the past decade, Spink remained as active as ever with dozen of projects in development. And while he was known for his ability to package specs, Spink also made sure to stay busy on branded material, »
- Dave McNary
19 April 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Spanish-born Martin-Calero, who has helmed spots for companies such as Honda and videos for artists such as The Weeknd, is making his directorial debut with Stonefly, described as a psychological thriller driven by family drama and teenage angst and underpinned by a murder mystery.
Martin-Calero is known for having a penchant of blending the real with the surreal, something that will come into play, as his feature project also delves into hyperthymesia, »
- Borys Kit
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
The next Mulan promises to pack some serious punches. Niki Caro (Whale Rider), who will direct Disney’s upcoming live-action movie, called the remake “a girly martial arts extravaganza” during a new interview.
“I haven’t started yet so I can’t give you any real detail,” Caro told ScreenCrush while promoting her latest film, The Zookeeper’s Wife. “But the budget and the location and the story offering such scope to me for incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I can’t wait.”
“I’ve got my little girl, »
- Nick Romano
If director Niki Caro gets her way, Disney's latest live-action adaptation of a classic animated movie will be a bit different from recent outings. In a new interview, the filmmaker confirmed that Mulan won't be a musical Ala this weekend's Beauty and the Beast. Instead, it will be a very girly martial arts adventure the likes of which the RZA would be very proud.
Mulan will hit theaters November, 2018. And when it does, it promises to deliver quite a punch. Literally. Niki Caro, best known for her family masterpiece Whale Rider, has some big ideas when it comes to resurrecting the fairy tale Mulan for the big screen. We already know that the cast will be all-asian, as to avoid any whitewash controversy that might come with it. And now we know the movie will be a kid-friendly version of Kill Bill. She says this in a new interview with ScreenCrush courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. »
Disney has finally found a director for its highly-anticipated Mulan remake, with New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro signing on to take the helm. This news comes just a few months after Ang Lee passed on the project back in October. But now the project is back on the right track. This hiring also makes Niki Caro the second female director at the studio to be at the helm for a project budgeted at over $100 million, following in the footsteps of Ava DuVernay and her film A Wrinkle In Time. Along with adding Niki Caro, the Mulan remake has brought on veteran Chinese producer William Hong as an executive producer.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Disney was considering other female filmmakers such as Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins and celebrated TV director Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead). With Niki Caro taking the reins on this project, »
If you're excited about Disney's live-action adaptation of Mulan, then hold onto your seat. Not only do we have the release date, but the studio has finally selected a director for the production. While the quest for the heroic princess is still in full swing, we already have a few important details about the upcoming movie. Check them out below, then see which other Disney films are getting rebooted. The Cast Disney is currently searching for a Chinese actress to play the title role of Mulan after fans signed a petition earlier this year to make sure that the character wouldn't be "whitewashed." The Production Team Niki Caro will direct, making her Disney's second female director, following Ava DuVernay with A Wrinkle in Time. Jurassic World's Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are set to write the script, while Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner will produce. The studio »
- Kelsie Gibson
The film has been fast-tracked into production with Jason Reed attached to produce along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. Hong Kong-based producer Bill Kong will executive produce the movie, which is set to bow on Nov. 2, 2018.
The studio’s emphasis on live-action reboots follows the successes of “Maleficent” (2014) and “Cinderella” (2015), while “Beauty and the Beast” is already one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The first official “Beauty and the Beast” trailer in November scored a record 127.6 million views in its first 24 hours. The movie, starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens, »
- Justin Kroll
Schroeder has sold a scripted drama to E! about an aspiring songwriter, which she is producing with music manager Scooter Braun, Variety has learned exclusively.
“Inspiration” is a music-themed series with a few scenes that will have musical break-out-into-song elements.
Schroeder is writer on the project. She will serve as executive producer with Braun and Scott Manson of Braun’s Sb Projects, and Good Fear‘s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. Sb Projects’ David Appleton and James Shin, and Good Fear’s Daniel Vang are producers.
The drama centers on an upcoming musician, Elise Moreno, who’s trying to make it in Los Angeles. Growing up in small-town Texas, the young songwriter has never met her rock star father until he falls into a coma and then she’s granted his Power of Attorney, entrusting »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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