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Ice Cube to Play Fagin in Contemporary 'Oliver Twist' Reboot
Ice Cube is attached to star as Fagin in Disney's upcoming remake of the musical version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story, while a source connected to the production confirmed the casting to Rolling Stone.
The movie will reportedly be directed by Thomas Kail, who earned a Tony Award for helming Hamilton. Ice Cube is also set to serve as a producer and is writing the treatment with co-producer Jeff Kwatinetz.
The new movie will put a contemporary spin on the stage musical Oliver! »
Kevin Costner Suit Seeks $3.85M for Film Festival 'Fraud'
Kylin Pictures used Kevin Costner's name to sell a film at the Shanghai International Film Festival and then removed him from the project without paying him, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Costner, along with Treehouse Films, is suing Kylin for breach of contract and fraud. In April, Treehouse and Beacon Films signed a deal to produce Shanghai Sojourners, which according to Kylin's website is the story of a Chinese woman who falls in love with a Jewish man during World War II and tries to help him escape the Nazis. Kylin is credited as
- Ashley Cullins
Shawn Levy To Direct ‘Uncharted’; PlayStation Vidgame Movie On Fast Track
Exclusive: Sony Pictures has set Shawn Levy to direct Uncharted, the long-awaited live-action feature film based on the PlayStation video game series featuring the treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Joe Carnahan, who wrote the most recent script draft, had an eye to direct, but he has moved over to focus on helming Sony’s Bad Boys For Life, the action comedy that reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Uncharted is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, with Charles Roven… »
Inside the ‘Deadpool 2’ Fight Over ‘Two Totally Different Movies’ (Exclusive)
Soaring budgets, conflicting visions about story and a lack of peacekeeping from a former studio chief were at the heart of the creative rift between “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller that led to Miller leaving the director’s chair, multiple individuals told TheWrap. The Saturday report that Miller would no longer return to helm the blockbuster’s sequel shocked fans, with both sides citing “creative differences” between Miller and his star as a reason. But those differences were vast, TheWrap has learned, and expanded to the long-devoted group at the film’s core. A sequel to “Deadpool” was »
- Matt Donnelly and Umberto Gonzalez
Box Office: Tom Hanks’ ‘Inferno’ Looks to Ignite With $25 Million U.S. Debut
Tom Hanks is an indefatigable pitchman. The Oscar winner has been on the trail for the past few days, reciting the famous rap from “Big” during a press stop, hitting up Zoltar on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” in the hopes of shaving 30 years off his age, and gracing the world with David S. Pumpkins on “SNL.” It’s all been in service of “Inferno,” the third adaptation of Dan Brown’s series of books about Robert Langdon, Harvard symbologist and exposer of Opus Dei shenanigans. Hanks and director Ron Howard previously partnered on “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons,” which tickled fans of shadowy conspiracy yarns to the tune of $1.2 billion globally.
Sony, the film’s distributor, is eyeing a debut of $20 million to $25 million when it opens on 3,563 locations. The film will be available with extra bells and whistles — 377 of those locations will be Imax and »
- Brent Lang
IM Global Backs Charlie Hunnam and Lea Seydoux’s Romance ‘Zoe’
The picture will be produced by Scott Free’s Michael Pruss alongside Doremus, and Robert George. Ridley Scott will executive produce along with Im Global CEO Stuart Ford, President of Production Greg Shapiro and Kate Buckley.
Im Global is also handling international sales starting at the American Film Market next week with UTA representing domestic rights. Production is planned to start in Montreal in April, 2017.
Doremus’ credits include “Like Crazy,” “Equals” and “Breath In.” He is directing “Zoe” from a script by Rich Greenberg, in which two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound.
- Dave McNary
Jack O’Connell Cast As Alexander McQueen In Pathé’s Untitled Biopic
Jack O'Connell has been cast as Alexander McQueen in Pathé's untitled project about the legendary fashion designer, directed by Andrew Haigh. This will be a major vehicle for O'Connell, one of the UK's hottest young actors at the moment. Haigh, who directed 45 Years, will direct from a script written by playwright Chris Urch, whose latest play The Rolling Stone played to critical acclaim when it debuted in London earlier this year. Urch's script is based on the biography B… »
‘Knight Rider’ Reboot in the Works at Machinima
Justin Lin and Machinima have teamed up to bring back ’80s NBC classic, “Knight Rider.” “‘Knight Rider’ is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact,” said Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein. “Justin is one of the leading storytellers of his generation and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him on re-invigorating ‘Knight Rider’ for a new generation of fans.” Machinima has revived quite a bit of beloved IP, also producing “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2,” “Street Fighter »
- Tony Maglio
Andrew Cripps Joins Fox as President of International Distribution
Veteran distribution executive Andrew Cripps is joining Twentieth Century Fox Film as president of international theatrical distribution.
Cripps has been president of Imax International and will assume his new post in January. He will report to Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider, who announced the hiring Wednesday.
Cripps will oversee all strategic and managerial international theatrical distribution activities for the studio. He also will be involved with developing business opportunities in the foreign marketplace.
He will also work closely with Chris Aronson, president of domestic theatrical distribution, and with Tomas Jegeus, Fox International Productions president, Cripps will relocate with his family from London to Los Angeles.
“I have known Andrew since we worked together when I was at Universal Pictures and he ran United International Pictures, which distributed all of our pictures internationally,” Snider said. “He is not only an expert on the global distribution marketplace, but he is »
- Dave McNary
‘Split’ Trailer: M. Night Shyamalan Unleashes 23 Different Versions Of James McAvoy In Wild Kidnapping Thriller
In the 14 years since “Signs” was released, M. Night Shyamalan fans have gotten pretty used to being disappointed. Thrillers like “The Village” and “The Happening” crippled under the weight of their ridiculous twists, while an excursion into family-friendly territory with “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth” yielded major box office duds. But even when Shyamalan is down, you can’t count him out, and it looks like he might finally board the comeback train with his wild new movie, “Split.”
James McAvoy gives his most unhinged performance yet as Kevin, a man with 23 different personalities who kidnaps three teenage girls, played by Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson and “The Witch” breakout Anya Taylor-Joy. Held captive in Kevin’s basement, the girls begin to meet each of his personalities, with a 24th one on »
- Zack Sharf
James McAvoy Gets Creepy In New Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’
Who would’ve thought it would be modestly budgeted horror that would allow M. Night Shyamalan to get his mojo back? But that’s just what happened, with director scoring a hit last year with the no frills “The Visit.” Now he’s back with “Split,” and if advance word from the surprise screening at Fantastic Fest last month is anything to go by, he’s done it again.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Horror’s Spooky Secret: Why Serious Scary Movies Like ‘The Witch’ Get No Respect
Researcher Stephen Follows specializes in data-driven analyses of the movie industry, so he has the numbers to prove what most of us already believe: Movies with positive reviews make more money than movies with negative reviews. But there’s one genre where this idea breaks down — or, as Follows puts it, goes “downright bonkers.”
That would be horror movies, where good reviews and profitability correlate fewer than one time out of five.
According to Follows, part of that wildly divergent result is because horror movies don’t get good reviews. Raw data on the more than 3,700 films studied is here, but Metacritic’s entire database shows only 26 horror movies that rate 80 or higher, and that’s reaching as far back as Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” (and for some reason, includes Béla Tarr’s “Werckmeister Harmonies”). From 2000 to 2015, the period Follows studied, only three horror movies — “Drag Me to Hell,” “It Follows, »
- Sam Adams
Uwe Boll Announces His Retirement From Filmmaking
The career of Uwe Boll has been marked by one distinguishing factor: nearly all of his movies are terrible. The director himself would never say so, and has often proclaimed his works to be better than what his colleagues in Hollywood have been doing, but his greatest accomplishment might’ve been using German tax laws to keep his string of modestly budgeted movies financially viable. At his peak, Boll found himself working with Jason Statham on “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” and helming the video game adaptation “Alone In The Dark,” but for the most part, his movies got limited stateside release, and were viewed as cult curios at best.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Andrew Cripps Joining Fox As President International Theatrical Distribution
Respected industry veteran Andrew Cripps has been named President International Theatrical Distribution at 20th Century Fox. The exec will join from IMAX in January and oversee all strategic and managerial international theatrical distribution activities for the studio. He also will be involved with developing business opportunities in the offshore marketplace, including established territories as well as newer areas. Cripps’ appointment follows the exit of Paul Hanneman… »
MondoCon 2016: What Happens When Three Artists Try to Design a Poster Live on Stage?
What happens when you take three popular artists with very different design aesthetics, put them on a stage in front of a live audience, and ask them to design a movie poster together based on a title thrown out by the crowd? Well, a MondoCon 2016 panel decided to find out. Despite the unassuming title, […]
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- Jacob Hall
Will Ferrell Revives George W. Bush on ‘@midnight’ to Slam Donald Trump — Watch
It’s been a while since we’ve last seen Will Ferrell’s famous George W. Bush impression that he honed during his tenure on “Saturday Night Live,” but Ferrell revived the character on last night’s episode of “@midnight,” Comedy Central’s popular late night improv game show. In the segment, host Chris Hardwick tries to get Bush to commit to an endorsement of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for President, but though Bush spends most of the time slamming Trump, he still won’t pull the trigger on an official endorsement. Watch it below.
The segment begins with Bush defending his cousin Billy Bush’s reputation after his lewd remarks said with Trump became public. “I just wanna say, we Bushes don’t act like that,” he says. “We have standards. We were raised a certain way. »
- Vikram Murthi
Iggy Pop and Jim Jarmusch: 'The world urinated on the Stooges'
In Detroit, the director and rock legend unite to discuss a cathartic new documentary about the Stooges, the ultimate ‘ass-kicking rock’n’roll band’
When Jim Jarmusch took the stage of the Detroit Film Theatre on Tuesday night, he sounded rather amused that his new documentary about Iggy Pop and the Stooges was about to be screened in such an ornate venue.
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- Ryan Felton in Detroit
Small wonders: the tiny world of F Percy Smith
From acrobatic flies to suckling bees, Smith’s stop-motion nature films astonished viewers a century ago. Now Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples has set them to music in a dark and dreamy movie
Mould spreads like a firework. A bee suckles at a sweet pea bloom like a baby on a breast. Runner bean shoots sway and twirl as gracefully as dancers. It is difficult to put into words the alien strangeness of the microscopic worlds depicted by the pioneering film-maker F Percy Smith. Self-taught and working before and after the first world war, Smith mastered early microscopic, time-lapse and underwater photography with contraptions he fashioned from Meccano, candle wicks and gramophone needles.
Related: Secrets of nature
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- Patrick Barkham
Faith-Based Drama ‘Believe’ Launching Smith Global Media (Exclusive)
In the latest entry in the faith-based market, Smith Global Media and Power of 3 Entertainment are teaming up for a Dec. 2 release of the family drama “Believe” in about 600 U.S. locations.
Harry Smith, Will Smith’s younger brother, heads Smith Global Media in partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe), with creative and infrastructure support provided by Overbrook Entertainment. Smith said the company will focus on projects with budgets in the $5 million range.
The film centers on the annual Christmas pageant in a small Virginia town, where the automotive business backing that pageant has been hit by financial hardships. The owner is forced to choose between selling the family business and canceling the beloved pageant or sticking out hardships despite his rapidly declining popularity in the community — when he meets a boy who believes in miracles.
“I picked ‘Believe’ as our first release because it’s a great way »
- Dave McNary
‘Rectify’ Continues To Be One Of TV’s Best In Its Fourth And Final Season [TV Review]
As it begins its fourth and final season, “Rectify” is still among the most special series on television. The unsolved crime at its center isn’t what sets the SundanceTV show apart; in fact, if it were truly focused on solving a decades-old rape and murder, it would fit neatly with a number of other dramas or even true crime shows. But while the question of if Daniel Holden (Aden Young) killed his high school girlfriend is still a part of the narrative, it’s not what drives “Rectify” forward at its perfectly leisurely pace.
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- Kimber Myers
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