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Steve Carell, Amy Schumer & Nicole Kidman Team For Rebecca Miller’s ‘She Came To Me’
Rebecca Miller continues to be arguably one of the most undervalued directors — female or not — working right now. Despite assembling an impressive body of work including “The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee,” “The Ballad Of Jack And Rose,” “Personal Velocity,” and most recently, the utterly charming “Maggie’s Plan,” her films don’t tend to breakout beyond the arthouse.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Power Rangers’ Morphs to $3.6 Million at Thursday Box Office
“Power Rangers” earned $3.6 million at the Thursday previews, with the Mighty Morphins on track for a $35 million weekend. Heading into the weekend, independent trackers predicted the film will make $35 million in its 3,693 screen opening, while Lionsgate’s predictions were a tad lower, at $30 million to $33 million. Back in 2014, the live-action reboot of another classic kids TV show, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” had a preview gross of $4.6 million and went on to earn $65 million its opening weekend. Last summer’s “Tmnt” sequel “Out of the Shadows” grossed $2 million at the Thursday box office for »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Cuban-American Actor Tomas Milian, Italian Genre Movies Star, Dies at 84
Rome – Versatile Cuban-American-Italian actor Tomas Milian, known for the intensity he brought to disparate roles, whether in dramas by directors like Bernardo Bertolucci and Steven Soderbergh or as the Roman lowlife character that made him a household name in Italy, died Thursday. He was 84.
Milian died of a stroke in his Miami home, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
A Method actor who studied with Lee Strasberg, Milian played in about 120 movies during a career spanning six decades. Most of the films were shot in Italy, where he worked with directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini besides acting in Spaghetti Westerns, cop movies, and the franchise based on his Roman lowlife character “Er Monnezza” (“Mr. Trash”).
Later in his career, Milian moved to the U.S. where, among other films, he appeared in Sydney Pollack’s “Havana,” in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” and played corrupt General Arturo Salazar in Soderbergh’s “Traffic, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (Exclusive)
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May.
Sony, however, needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date as Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders.
“We respect and support Amy’s decision, »
- Justin Kroll
Miles Teller’s War Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Gets Awards Season Release
Based on David Finkel’s 2013 book, “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The cast includes Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith.
- Dave McNary
'Beauty and the Beast' to Repeat at #1 Over 'Power Rangers', 'Life' and 'CHiPs'
As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jake Gyllenhaal, ‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa to Reteam on ‘The Anarchists vs ISIS’
Gyllenhaal is attached to star with Espinosa on board to helm the film adaptation.
The article tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists, and outcasts, who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia, known as the Ypg, to beat Isis in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.
“Jake and I are thrilled to partner with Daniel Espinosa on Seth Harp’s daring story. Thematically, »
- Justin Kroll
/Response: Your Favorite Books That Demand Movie Adaptations
(Welcome to /Responses, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.) Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about which books they’d love to see adapted into movies. We then opened the floor to our readers: what books do you want to […]
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- Jacob Hall
James Franco and Seth Rogen Set to Produce Kelly Oxford’s Totally Rad ’90s Teen Drama Series
Not much is known about the hourlong series other than it’s a teen show that’s set in the 1990s, according to Variety’s source. The duo will serve as executive producers on the project, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg.
Franco and Rogen first met when they played outcast students on Paul Feig’s “Freaks and Geeks” alongside other future stars like Linda Cardellini, Jason legal, Martin Starr, John Francis Daley, Busy Philipps and Samm Levine. »
- Hanh Nguyen
Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Buys ‘The Old Man and The Gun,’ Grasshopper Film Picks Up ‘Bronx Gothic’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
-Fox Searchlight will acquire the U.S., Canada and U.K. rights to to “The Old Man And The Gun,” Deadline reports. Director David Lowery’s drama stars Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek and Danny Glover and begins shooting on April 3.
Based on a true story, the film centers on bank robber and 17-time prison escapee Forrest Tucker (Redford). Affleck plays a detective obsessed with bringing Tucker to justice while Spacek plays Tucker’s love interest. The film is produced by Conde Nast Entertainment Wildwood Enterprises and Identity Films.
Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Neon Picks Up Errol Morris’ ‘The B-Side,’ FilmRise Gets Two Sundance Premieres and More
-Grasshopper Film has acquired the U.S. »
- Graham Winfrey
Life, Or Something Terrifying Like It
Life is an upbeat title for a movie about six astronauts stuck in an orbiting slaughterhouse. Director Daniel Espinosa has made a salute to our cells; put them under a microscope and each one is a galaxy. Put the cells together and form creatures who run, jump, eat, breathe, grow, think, and, if they’re lucky,... Life, Or Something Terrifying Like It">Read more » »
- Amy Nicholson
Emma Thompson Says Donald Trump Creepily Asked Her Out, But She Rejected Him — Watch
One day in the late 1990s, when Academy Award winner Emma Thompson was on the set of Mike Nichols and Elaine May’s political satire “Primary Colors,” she received a mysterious phone call in her trailer.
“So I lift up the phone — ‘Hi, it’s Donald Trump here,'” Thompson said during a recent talk show taping, donning an American accent for the impression. “And I said, ‘Really? Can I help you?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I just wondered if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers. They’re really comfortable.”
Thompson was taken off guard when Trump added: “Well, I think we would get along very well — maybe have dinner sometime.”
“I didn’t know what to do with myself,” said Thompson. “I just said, ‘I’ll get back to you. »
- Jude Dry
‘Pretty Woman’: Looking Back at Julia Roberts’ Star-Making Role
On March 21, 1990, Touchstone Pictures previewed “Pretty Woman” at the Avco Westwood near UCLA, two days before its national launch. Variety columnist Army Archerd reported that laughter drowned out much of the dialogue and young Julia Roberts “is headed for heavy stardom.” In retrospect, that seems like a pretty safe prediction, but Roberts was not well known when she was cast in the film. (She had completed her role as Sally Fields’ daughter in “Steel Magnolias,” but the film hadn’t been released yet). Roberts was only cast in “Pretty Woman” after numerous other actresses had passed on the role, including Meg Ryan, Karen Allen, Molly Ringwald, Diane Lane and Michelle Pfeiffer.
And the project began with a much darker tone; in J.F. Lawton’s original screenplay, streetwalker Vivian (Roberts) agrees to give up cocaine for her week with banker Edward (Richard Gere), but at the end he dumps her back »
- Tim Gray
Netlflix Lands Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’
Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the “Jackass” movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing, while Chris Nilsson, Steve Kline and Rick Yorn are exec producing. Members of the now-retired band are co-producing.
Though Netflix is still in talks for the rights, sources say Liam Hemsworth, Emory Cohen, and Douglas Booth are top choices to play Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Tommy Lee, though no official offers have been made yet.
Adam Sandler to Release Four More Movies on Netflix
Based on the 2001 autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” the book follows the group’s rise during the ’80s “hair band” rock scene on the Sunset Strip, and pulls no »
- Justin Kroll
New Trailer For Werner Herzog’s Epic ‘Queen Of The Desert’ Starring Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, And James Franco
With Werner Herzog directing Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson, in a sweeping period epic, you might understand why we were initially excited for “Queen Of The Desert.” But you might also understand why, over two years after its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, we’re a bit less enthused. With weak reviews and almost no buzz, the drama has been languishing for a while, but it’s now headed to U.S.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Grace and Frankie’ Season 3 Review: Lily Tomlin Invents Geriatric Vibrators and the Series Has Never Been Better
By now, you know if “Grace and Frankie” is for you.
After two seasons of curiously addictive TV, it’s clear the talents of Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are as undeniable as the show’s comedic and dramatic rhythms are challenging. You may love the cast, but find the storytelling uneven. You may want more comedy, more drama, or just more episodes — like the stars. But “Grace and Frankie” is exactly what it wants to be, whether you love it or remain oddly drawn to it, and Season 3 is all about being proud of that identity.
And to this critic, it should be.
The main thrust of Season 3’s first six episodes is unabashed openness: Grace and Frankie have started their own business, manufacturing vibrators for the elderly, and they’re not going to let social hang-ups about sex or ageist business practices get in their way. Grace’s »
- Ben Travers
David Lynch Revisited: Why We Need His Genius Now More Than Ever — Critics Debate
Editor’s note: On the heels of David Lynch’s imminent return to the small screen with Showtime’s much-anticipated “Twin Peaks” continuation, the singular filmmaker is also the subject of a brand new documentary — “David Lynch: The Art Life” — and a full-scale IFC retrospective. With Lynch poised to rocket back to the cultural consciousness, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, Kate Erbland and Anne Thompson traded emails about the mysterious auteur’s talent and its continuing relevance today.
Eric: I love David Lynch, but find the source of his popularity questionable, and am concerned about his imminent return with “Twin Peaks.” He’s one of the best-known American filmmakers of our time and probably the least understood. When “Eraserhead” became a midnight movie phenomenon in 1977, it wasn’t because people flocked to the theaters in the hopes of understanding the literal meaning of Lynch’s nightmarish black-and-white debut. »
- Anne Thompson, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Kate Erbland
Laura Dern Set To Co-Star In Hans Petter Moland’s Thriller ‘Hard Powder’
Exclusive: Laura Dern has been tapped to play Liam Neeson character’s wife in Michael Shamberg/StudioCanal’s revenge thriller Hard Powder with Hans Petter Moland at the helm. She joins Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Domenick Lombardozzi and Tom Bateman in the English remake to Moland’s 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Frank Baldwin wrote this upcoming adaptation, which follows snowplow driver Nels, whose son is murdered by the… »
Why TV Binge-Watching is Bad, According to ‘The Leftovers’ Showrunner Damon Lindelof
We may be in the age of Peak TV, but The Leftovers showrunner Damon Lindelof says that’s no reason to engage in bad TV-watching habits. In a tongue-in-cheek letter accompanying preview episodes of HBO’s apocalyptic drama series provided to critics, Lindelof shared his opinion about the rapidly-changing TV business model, and how streaming has negatively […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Adam Sandler Continues As Netflix’s Cornerstone Comedy Star: 4 More Movies
Netflix has extended its deal with Adam Sandler, who has quietly established himself as the streaming service’s king of feature comedy. As Sandler preps the fourth film in the first deal — word is that he might be joined by Chris Rock, who just signed a Netflix deal for two stand up comedy specials — Sandler has made a new deal for another four films that he will star in and craft through his Happy Madison production banner. He may take the odd actor for hire in a… »
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