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Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin (Exclusive)

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cate Blanchett is attached to star in an authorized biopic of Hollywood legend Lucille Ball that Aaron Sorkin is set to write for Escape Artists, TheWrap has learned. The film will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Ball had two children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. She married Gary Morton the following year. Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. will produce with Escape Artists, whose executive Jenna Block will oversee development of the project on behalf of the Sony-based company. Also Read: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Quietly. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Paramount Sets Release Date for Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher 2’

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Paramount Pictures will release “Jack Reacher 2” on Oct. 1, 2016, the studio announced today. The film stars Tom Cruise, and Cobie Smulders has been in talks to play the female lead in the sequel. Ed Zwick is set to direct from a script by Richard Wenk that Zwick recently rewrote with longtime collaborator Marshall Herskovitz. Christopher McQuarrie directed the first “Jack Reacher” movie, which grossed $218 million worldwide. The sequel will be based on author Lee Child‘s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels to the headquarters of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and finds his commanding officer has been arrested. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Leave Disney, Possibly for Universal

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks will not renew its current distribution deal with the Walt Disney Co., which expires in August, sources have confirmed to Variety.

The Disney deal dates back to 2009, but since then Disney has acquired both Marvel and Lucasfilm, underlining its focus on branded, tentpole films.

Disney will release two more DreamWorks films, both directed by Steven Spielberg, before the deal expires: Tom Hanks’ Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies” on Oct. 16 and “The Bfg” on July 1.

The Bfg” is a co-production with Disney that will be Spielberg’s first Disney-branded film. All of the previous films from DreamWorks have been released under Disney’s Touchstone banner.

Sources also indicate that DreamWorks is most likely to wind up with a distribution deal at Universal while emphasizing that no agreement has been reached. They noted that Spielberg has kept his offices on the lot, even after the Disney deal was struck, and »

- Dave McNary

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Venice film festival: 'Everest' could peak at Oscars

8 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In 1996, eight climbers lost their lives as they struggled to reach the top of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. Baltasar Kormakur ("2 Guns") has turned their epic journey into the fall release "Everest," which has its world premiere Wednesday (Sept. 2) as the opening night attraction of this year's Venice film festival. This Universal release was shot on location in Nepal prior to the recent devastating earthquake. (Below, watch the gripping trailer for the 3D IMAX version due out Sept. 18.) -Break- Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke play Scott Fischer and Rob Hall, rivals who lead separate teams of amateur climbers to the top. When an unexpected snowstorm strands them midway, the competitors are forced to come together to save as many of their teams as they can. Among these are people played by past Oscar nominees Josh Brolin and John Hawkes while Sam Worthington is expert Guy Cotter who warns o. »

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Box Office: ‘Transporter Refueled,’ ‘Walk in the Woods’ Debut Over Sleepy Labor Day

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Transporter Refueled” and “A Walk in the Woods” head into a sleepy Labor Day Weekend at the multiplexes, hoping to forage for a few remaining crumbs as the summer box office comes to a close.

Neither film is expected to dethrone “Straight Outta Compton.” The rap drama should top charts for the fourth consecutive weekend, picking up $10 million over the four-day holiday. It will be the first film to pull off that feat since “Furious 7” dominated the domestic marketplace last spring.

Not that the competition is particularly fierce. “The Transporter Refueled,” an attempt to reboot the European action series that made Jason Statham a star, is expected to bring in $9 million over the four-day period when it launches in approximately 3,400 theaters. That’s less than the $12 million that the third film in the series made over a three-day period and trails the $20.1 million part deux brought in during »

- Brent Lang

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Two of Your Favorite TV Actresses Might Be in the New Star Wars

9 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Big news: The Wrap has got the scoop on the actresses on the short list for the new Star Wars movie! Wait — didn't we just do this a few months ago? Well, that was for Star Wars: Rogue One, and this is for Star Wars: Episode VIII, but you're forgiven for the confusion: Both short lists include Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, who lost out to Felicity Jones for Rogue One, and is back again to be considered alongside the likes of Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl's Olivia Cooke for a major role in Episode VIII. All three have reportedly been scheduled for "chemistry reads" with John Boyega, which sounds like it's maybe a love-interest part, but who knows? And if Maslany doesn't get this one, no worries: There are Star Wars films scheduled for every year until 2019, which »

- Nate Jones

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IFC Films acquires 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'

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Wim Wenders’ 3D car crash drama will receive its North American premiere in Toronto and stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze.  

Bjørn Olaf Johannessen wrote the screenplay about a car crash that connects a struggling writer, his girlfriend, a grieving mother and a publisher.

IFC acquired Us rights from HanWay Films and will distribute on December 4.


- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Abramorama, Film Buff partner on This Changes Everything

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Avi Lewis’ documentary based on the Naomi Klein’s book about global warming will open in the Us in early October following its Toronto world premiere on September 13.

FilmBuff handles worldwide sales and presold all Canadian rights to Video Services Corp, while Abramorama and FilmBuff will distribute in the Us.

This Changes Everything shot in nine countries over four years and profiles seven communities dealing with climate change triggered by fossil fuel extraction.

Special one-off screenings will take place in major cities across Europe on September 26 in the run-up to the Un climate talks in Paris in November.

Klein narrates the film and the executive producer roaster includes Alfonso CuarónDanny Glover and Seth MacFarlane.


- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Brie Larson to receive Mill Valley honour

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The 38th Mill Valley Film Festival will host the California premiere of awards season prospect Room accompanied by a Spotlight on star and Mvff Award recipient Brie Larson.

The actress’ feature breakthrough came wonith Destin Daniel Cretton’s SXSW 2013 hit Short Term 12, having already earned a small screen following for her recurring role in United States Of Tara.

She was recently seen in Trainwreck and stars in Ben Wheatley’s upcoming crime thriller Free Fire.

Room is based on Emma Donoghue’s bestseller about a mother who shields her five-year-old son from the reality that they are incarcerated in a single room. The film will receive its world premiere in Toronto.

The 38th Mill Valley Film Festival is set to run from October 8-18. »

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David Strathairn, Valorie Curry join 'American Pastoral'

34 minutes ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lakeshore Entertainment has announced the latest cast additions on its Philip Roth adaptation before Ewan McGregor starts shooting in Pennsylvania later this month.

Besides Strathairn and Curry (pictured), the new arrivals include Peter Riegert and Uzo Aduba.

As previously announced, McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning also star.

John Romano adapted the screenplay to American Pastoral, Roth’sPulitzer Prize-winner about an immigrant whose daughter brings tragedy and shame upon the family when she joins an anti-Vietnam terror group.

Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi produce.


- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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