Box Office: ‘Deepwater Horizon’ No Match for Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s’
Tim Burton has had a rough spell at the box office. “Big Eyes” was an Oscar contender that failed to grab any gold, “Frankenweenie” was a bridge too bizarre for family crowds, and “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp, revived a campy ’70s show that most of America had forgotten. Burton, once a reliable purveyor of popcorn hits, hasn’t scored since 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
But the director of “Batman” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is on firmer ground with “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” an adaptation of the best-selling novel about a young boy who is taken in by an orphanage populated by children with extraordinary powers. It’s mixture of the magical and the macabre seems a perfect fit for Burton’s quirky sensibility. The film is expected to open in first place, with roughly $26 million when it debuts in 3,520 locations. Fox is distributing the film, »
- Brent Lang
‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin to Drive ‘Hot Wheels’
He will also develop and produce the property through his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner. Lin and Perfect Storm will also have an option to co-finance the movie.
Plot details are unknown at this time. Since the film still needs to find a writer, it’s not expected to be Lin’s next project.
Legendary’s Alex Garcia will oversee the movie for the company, while Universal will distribute the pic.
Hot Wheels is one of the world’s biggest toy brands, with Mattel claiming that it’s the best-selling toy in the world, with more than 5 billion tiny cars produced since 1968. According to Mattel, the company creates nine million cars every week and sells 10 every second.
Lin, who is repped by CAA, helped reboot the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, »
- Justin Kroll
Jon Favreau to Direct ‘Lion King’ Live-Action Remake
Having become king of the jungle, Jon Favreau is heading to the African Savannah.
Disney has tapped the filmmaker to oversee its upcoming live-action remake of “The Lion King.” Favreau already had success modernizing “The Jungle Book” for the studio. He’s also the director of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.” Disney has been busy delving into its vaults, and modernizing classic animated fare like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” with flesh and blood actors, and, in the case of “The Jungle Book,” pixilated critters. Barring tremendous advances in lion taming, presumably real animals won’t be used in this one either. They’ll be of the digital variety.
“The Lion King” has already been turned into a Tony-winning Broadway musical, that continues to draw crowds. The 1994 version was one of the studio’s most successful films, earning $968.8 million globally. The story centers on a young lion whose »
- Brent Lang
Johnny Depp & Michelle Pfeiffer Reportedly Eyed For Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’
With a release date just over a year from now, the clock is ticking on Kenneth Branagh‘s “Murder On The Orient Express,” and at the moment he has everything in place except for one major thing: a cast. Previously set to star Angelina Jolie, the actress dropped out of the project over the summer, and while Charlize Theron was eyed as a possible replacement, not much has been heard about that.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson to Star in Late-Night Talk Show Film (Exclusive)
In what is sure to become one of the hottest packages in town, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are set to star in an untitled movie Kaling also wrote revolving around a veteran late-night talk show host.
The story follows a venerated late-night talk show host, played by Thompson, who’s in danger of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer, played by Kaling. Sources describe the film as “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Broadcast News.”
No studio is currently attached, but sources say a bidding war for the package is expected to be heated with several bidders already in the mix.
Kaling has quickly become one of the biggest triple threats in the world of comedy. She is creator, writer, and star of “The Mindy Project,” which aired for three seasons on Fox before heading over to Hulu, »
- Justin Kroll
David Mamet To Direct Movie Adaptation Of His Hollywood Play ‘Speed-The-Plow’
Exclusive: David Mamet has stepped up to direct his scripted adaptation of Speed-The-Plow, Mamet’s scathing 1988 stage play about Hollywood. The set up: newly minted studio chief Bobby Gould, who is under pressure to deliver a hit. His longtime colleague Charlie Fox gifts him with one that will enable the studio chief to land a superstar who always works for the competition. This leads the men to Karen, an attractive temp secretary, and a bet on who'll bed her. Turns… »
‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scribe to Write Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Scarface’ Reimagining (Exclusive)
Sources tell Variety, Winter has signed on to do a polish of Jonathan Herman’s latest draft of Universal’s new retelling of the “Scarface” story. Given Winter’s expertise creating such characters, and the fact that Winter has real-life relationships with former crime figures, the studio was quick to turn to the writer for “Scarface,” sources said.
Antoine Fuqua is on board to direct.
The film will be a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, and will be produced by Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark. Marty Bregman, producer of the 1983 “Scarface” film, will also produce.
The pic is a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. The new film will be set in Los Angeles and will focus on a Mexican immigrant. »
- Justin Kroll
Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen Enroll In ‘Business Ethics’
Exclusive: Business Ethics, the dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Know Rules Media, has set Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick and Angus Macfadyen for supporting roles in the Nick Wernham-directed pic. Starring Larenz Tate, the film is based on a short from Wernham of the same name about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme. Shooting will commence in October. Smith will play Magnus Hardcastle, a rich, greedy, self-confident, and self-made businessman, who works… »
Nate Parker Gets Warm Reception at Virginia ‘Birth of a Nation’ Appearance
Norfolk, Va. — Nate Parker got a rapturous reception on Tuesday at Norfolk State University, a historically black college half a mile from the housing project where he lived during his early years.
“I’m home,” he told the packed theater, to a huge ovation.
The appearance was “The Birth of a Nation” director’s first on a college campus since controversy erupted last month over his acquittal on rape charges 17 years ago.
Parker did not mention the controversy, nor was he asked about it. Instead, he stuck to the themes of the film. The audience of about 350 people — almost entirely African-American — greeted him like a returning hero.
He had a confession, he said. The first time he was on the campus he was three years old in campus care as his mother, Carolyn, attended classes. But not for long. “I actually got kicked out,” he said. “I think it was for biting. »
- Jim Morrison
‘Black Panther’ Casts Winston Duke as the Villain Man-Ape
Chadwick Boseman had better be sharpening his claws, because it looks like Black Panther will be up against some formidable foes when his solo film hits theaters in 2018. Marvel Studios has just cast Person of Interest actor Winston Duke as the villain M’Baku, also known as the Man-Ape. That’s in addition to previously announced baddie Erik Killmonger, who’ll […]
- Angie Han
San Diego Film Fest Honors Annette Bening, Jason Mitchell, Simon Helberg, and Kate Beckinsale
The Gregory Peck Award
The actress may have been born in Topeka, Kans. , and grown up in San Diego, where she’ll receive her award this year, but she’s long been Hollywood royalty and is a four-time Academy Award nominee, and a two-time Golden Globe and SAG winner. And at an age when most of her peers have either slowed down, are struggling to find meaty roles, or contemplating retirement, Bening is busier than ever. In the next few months alone she has three high-profile, female-centric projects. In November she stars opposite husband Warren Beatty in his Howard Hughes romantic drama “Rules Don’t Apply” for Fox. In December she stars in another period piece, A24’s “20th Century Women,” directed by Mike Mills. She’ll also be starring as Irina in the upcoming Michael Mayer adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull,” and she just »
- Iain Blair
San Diego International Film Festival: Five Days of Screenings, People, and Parties
This year’s fest is anchored by two high-profile films. “Other People,” written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kelly, and starring Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford and Jesse Plemons, will open festivities on Sept. 28. Then, in a very different vein, Otto Bell’s documentary “The Eagle Huntress” will be the closing film on Oct. 2.
While the former is a heartfelt, biographical story about a struggling comedy writer helping his mother as she’s dying from cancer, the latter tells the story of a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who breaks with ancient tradition in her quest to become Mongolia’s first female practitioner of the art of hunting game in tandem with a trained eagle.
In between, the festival will screen Garth Davis’ debut “Lion,” starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and Dev Patel. The Weinstein crowd-pleaser tells the story of how a 5-year-old Indian boy was separated from his family, »
- Iain Blair
San Diego Film Festival Sets Its Aim for a Global Reach
Now in its 15th year, the San Diego Intl. Film Festival has established itself as a major showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, the event will once again showcase more than 100 films as it celebrates the year’s best indie cinema from emerging and established filmmakers around the world.
This year, the fest’s global outlook theme reflects an ambitious strategy that promises “an even bigger and better festival experience,” says Tonya Mantooth, the exec VP of the festival.
But the impact is also local. “One of the main things we’re excited about is the footprint of the festival downtown,” Mantooth says. “We’re building out a very walkable festival in the heart of San Diego, and a lot of our screenings will be held in the renovated historic Balboa Theater, a beautiful setting that seats 1,200. So there’s »
- Iain Blair
Contender Countdown: Oscar Contenders Get Ready For The Nyff Spotlight
After the triple play of Venice, Telluride and Toronto the film festival world has collected itself and is ready for its second wind.
On Friday, the 54th New York Film Festival will get underway with Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary “13th” before closing over two weeks later (whew) on Oct. 16. Next Friday, Oct. 6, the five-day Hamptons International Film Festival will kick off with Jeff Nichols’ “Loving.” Both events are major opportunities for contenders to screen in a prestige setting for guild and, most importantly, Academy members.
Continue reading Contender Countdown: Oscar Contenders Get Ready For The Nyff Spotlight at The Playlist. »
- Gregory Ellwood
‘Black Panther’ Taps ‘Person of Interest’ Actor Winston Duke to Play M’Baku (Exclusive)
Marvel declined to comment.
The film, directed by “Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler, also stars Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o. Boseman will play T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the mantel after his father’s murder. Marvel unveiled the character in “Captain America: Civil War” before the standalone film bows on Feb. 16, 2018.
In the comics, M’Baku was one of Wakanda’s most powerful warriors and one of T’Challa’s biggest rivals.
- Justin Kroll
Superhero Bits: John Cena for Superior, Deathstroke Returning to Arrow, Wakandan Accent & More
How did Chadwick Boseman come up with the Wakandan accent for Captain America: Civil War? Is Deathstroke coming back to Arrow this season? What were Kevin Feige and Anthony & Joe Russo most scared of while making Captain America: Civil War? Who does Mark Millar want to play Superior? Why did Marvel decide to make […]
- Ethan Anderton
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