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‘Escape Plan 3’: China’s Max Zhang Joins Sylvester Stallone Sequel
Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista will be joined by China’s Max Zhang in “Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station.” The film is the third in the “Escape Plan” prison break franchise produced by Emmett Furla Oasis.
The new movie sees Stallone and Bautista’s characters again join forces to break out one of their team members from an inescapable prison. The pic is directed by John Herzfeld (“Death and Life of Bobby Z,” “15 Minutes”) from Miles Chapman and John Herzfeld’s script.
The film is now beginning principal photography. Lionsgate will release the completed picture. »
- Patrick Frater
Kate Winslet to Play Famed WWII Correspondent Lee Miller
Kate Winslet is joining a growing cohort of British actresses set to play noted war correspondents.
The Oscar winner is set to star as Lee Miller in an as-yet-untitled biopic about the famed American photographer, model, artist and correspondent who was a leading figure in documenting WWII for Vogue magazine, bringing images of the Nazi concentration camps and the atrocities that were committed to the attention of the world.
- Alex Ritman
Fox Developing Step-Sibling Comedy With Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman Producing (Exclusive)
Titled “Step Strangers,” the series would follow five 20-something adults who are forced to become step-siblings after their overbearing divorced mother and oblivious widower father meet on a singles cruise and fall in love. Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached.
Lauren Caltagirone will write the project and executive produce. Banks and Handelman will executive produce under their Brownstone Productions banner. Warner Bros. Television will produce in association with Brownstone.
“Step Strangers” marks the latest broadcast project this season for Brownstone Productions. ABC recently announced the order of the drama “Spirited” written by Heather Mitchell and staring Laverne Cox. “Pitch Perfect 3,” another Brownstone project, is due for release this December from Universal. The first two films collectively grossed over $400 million globally. The company also currently has “Charlie’s Angels” at Sony »
- Joe Otterson
Samuel Goldwyn Films Nabs Toronto-Venice Prizewinner ‘Sweet Country’ From Memento (Exclusive)
“Sweet Country” won the top prize at Toronto’s Platform, the festival’s only competitive section. At the Venice Film Festival, where it world-premiered, the film won the Special Jury Prize. “Sweet Country” will next compete at the BFI London Film Festival and is generating buzz as a potential Oscar contender.
Memento Films International, which represents “Sweet Country” in international markets, has now sold the film nearly worldwide, including in the U.K. (Thunderbird Releasing), France (The Jokers), Spain (Wanda), Benelux (Cherry Pickers), Italy (102 Distribution), Switzerland (Praesens), Greece (One From The Heart), Turkey (Filmarti), Eastern Europe (HBO), Hungary (Ads Services), Romania (Macondo), former Yugoslavia (Megacom), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision), China (Lemon Tree) and Middle East (Falcon Films).
Set in Australia’s rugged Northern Territory, “Sweet Country »
- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang
'Star Wars': Ron Howard Teases Millennium Falcon's Famous Kessel Run in Han Solo Film
It appears Star Wars fans are finally going to see the Millennium Falcon's famous Kessel Run.
Ron Howard on Wednesday tweeted a photo that shows an entrance to a cave with one word: "Spicey?"
The Run is a hyperspace route which smugglers use to move spice from the mines on Kessel.
It seems Howard is once more giving fans a slight taste of what is to come without really giving away much at all. Ever since the »
- Ryan Parker
Mark Wahlberg to Star in Paramount’s ‘Instant Family’
Mark Wahlberg is set to star in the Paramount comedy “Instant Family,” sources confirm to Variety.
Anders and Brian Burns, the writing duo behind the “Daddy’s Home” series, wrote “Instant Family” and will produce alongside Wahlberg and Steve Levinson. Paramount is fast-tracking the project and aims to start shooting next year.
The film is about a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented. »
- Justin Kroll
Disappointing August 2017 Closed Out the Worst Summer Movie Season in Over 10 Years
As the September box office attempts to get 2017 back on track*the month is currently up 14% compared to last year*the chapter ends on what was a dismal August 2017 at the domestic box office. August was the fourth month in a row to show a decline compared to the previous year, all of which contributed to the worst Summer movie season in over ten years, in which the total summer gross failed to top $4 billion for the first time since 2006. August 2017 wrapped up as the worst August in twenty years with calendar grosses delivering a combined $657.7 million from 225 movies, 35.5% behind last year's gross and failing to top $700 million for the first time since 2000. Thanks to the continued performance of Annabelle: Creation, which just topped $100 million domestically yesterday, the month did deliver a $100+ million earner, a feat that looked as if it might not happen not too long ago. Annabelle also »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Zack Snyder says he won’t be returning to help complete Justice League
Despite rumors that he would be returning to the set of Justice League to assist Joss Whedon in finishing the film, it looks like Zack Snyder has stepped for good. Speaking to Wired about his latest film Snow Steam Iron, a short film that he has shot entirely on an iPhone, the director provided an update in regards to where he stands with Justice League.
Snyder stressed that returning to production would be “unfair in a lot of ways” before going into further detail: “I’m at a place where I feel excited about it and I’m happy for my guys and I love these people that are working on it, and they’re my family and I think they’re doing an amazing job. But I’ve kind of just let them do their thing.”
As we know, Zack Snyder decided to step down from directing duties following »
- Jordan Jones
Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Casts Former Nightlife Kingpin Danny A Abeckaser (Exclusive)
Reps for the actor and Netflix did not immediately return TheWraps’ request for comment. »
- Matt Donnelly
‘It’ to Pass ‘The Exorcist’ as Highest Grossing Horror Film Ever
Warner Bros.’ runaway horror hit “It” will pass “The Exorcist” on Wednesday to become the highest domestic grossing horror film of all-time. Upon its initial release in 1973, “The Exorcist” grossed $193 million domestically, followed by an additional $39.9 million from two director’s cut releases in 2000 and 2010, for a total of $232.9 million. “It” currently has $228.4 million after adding $4.2 million on Monday and $5.3 million on Tuesday. The movie should easily pass “The Exorcist” record this week — as early as Wednesday night. “It” is the highest grossing R-Rated film of 2017 so far. While expected to »
- Jeremy Fuster
Linda Hamilton to Return to ‘Terminator’ Franchise
Arnold Schwarzenegger is also on board to reprise the role of the cyborg he made famous more then 30 years ago. The sequel will be produced by Skydance and series creator James Cameron. The upcoming film will mark the first time that O’Connor, Schwarzenegger, and Cameron will be working together on the franchise since the 1991 smash “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
- Justin Kroll
The Four Surprising Characters That Inspired Julianne Moore’s Kingsman Villain
‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 4 Episode Titles Tease Connections to the Cinematic Universe
Star Wars Rebels is less than a month away from its season premiere, its fourth and final one, to be exact. But as newly revealed episode titles (and their premiere dates) reveal, the excellent animated series will be closing the gap between its story and that of the Star Wars movies more and more as we approach the series finale. Some titles make clear references to the ongoing strife on the planet Mandalore, a self-contained bit of military conflict captured by the series itself, while others make nods to the greater war against the Empire and the rise of … »
- Dave Trumbore
Film Review: ‘Friend Request’
We live in an era of second-screen-watching. It’s not just the theatrical experience that is being increasingly compromised by cell-phone addiction, but a majority of home viewers reportedly divide their attention between their TV screens, smartphones and laptops, too. It’s somewhat ironic, then, that Simon Verhoeven’s “Friend Request,” a disposable horror film destined to make more impact on recommendation algorithms and DVD bargain-buckets than the box office, purportedly cautions us against the evils of Facebook (or a Facebook-like site that remains unnamed for legal purposes) yet actually instills a longing for distraction, an urgent desire to share some funny cat memes with an old school friend. We might lament declining attention spans in general, but more chilling than anything in “Friend Request” is the idea that anyone’s whole attention could possibly be absorbed by so flimsy and forgettable a film, one that seems made with the sole aim of being perfectly adequate background »
- Jessica Kiang
Nnamdi Asomugha on ‘Crown Heights’: ‘I Could Be a Voice for Something I Had Been Through’
When Nnamdi Asomugha was growing up in Los Angeles, he briefly hoped for a career playing for the Lakers. “But that dream ended when I was like 10 and I realized I couldn’t compete with the other guys at that level,” Asomugha tells Variety. Instead, the self-professed “curious” guy listened to those around him when they saw his talents and wound up playing pro football for 11 years, mostly as cornerback for the Oakland Raiders. He began moonlighting as an actor in 2008, and has become a producer since the end of his football career, in 2013.
At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to move from the sports side of entertainment to film and television?
I was maybe halfway through my career, and I was shooting a Nike commercial, and the director came to the trailer and said, “Hey man, you’re really gifted at this. I get a lot of athletes that come in »
- Danielle Turchiano
Tom Hanks to Star in Remake of Swedish Hit Comedy ‘A Man Called Ove’
Hanks will also produce along with his producing partner Gary Goetzman through their Playtone production banner. Rita Wilson will also produce along with Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro for his Nordic major Sf Studios.
“A Man Called Ove” was nominated for two Academy Awards earlier this year and was the highest-grossing foreign language film in the United States in 2016. In addition, the film was awarded best comedy at the European Film Awards in 2016.
Fredrik Backman’s debut novel became an international sensation following its 2012 publication, hitting No 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and remaining on the list for a consecutive 77 weeks. It has been translated into 43 languages.
“This story about love, tolerance and hope amplifies the qualities in movies that are »
- Justin Kroll
Tom Hanks To Star In ‘A Man Called Ove’ Remake
Tom Hanks is attached to star in a remake of A Man Called Ove, the Oscar nominated Hannes Holm-directed Swedish comedy that became the highest grossing foreign language film released in the U.S. in 2016. Pic will be produced by Playtone partners Hanks and Gary Goetzman, along with Rita Wilson and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro for Nordic major Sf Studios. Hanks will play the protagonist, a grumpy widower whose overall unhappiness is exacerbated when he is unceremoniously… »
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Luc Besson, EuropaCorp Face Day of Reckoning With Shareholders Over Flop of ‘Valerian’
EuropaCorp has weathered storms before, notably after the flop of Luc Besson’s pricey “Arthur” animated franchise in 2010. But the studio, with record losses of $135 million during the last financial year, is now facing a crisis of much larger scope, as the numbers for sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” trickle in.
The failure of “Valerian” to live up to expectations has forced Besson’s 18-year-old company, whose stock has dropped by more than 40% since July, to rethink its strategy and scale back its impressive ambitions. As executives gird for a Sept. 27 shareholders meeting, EuropaCorp is now focused on slashing overhead and shrinking its lineup of films, sources close to the company say.
After posting a $44 million loss in 2010, EuropaCorp began concentrating on building a slate of English-language movies to raise its global profile and seek bigger profits. The strategy worked with the three action-packed pics in the “Taken” franchise and Besson’s »
- Elsa Keslassy
9 Awesome Movies You Need To Watch Before They Leave Netflix In October
Some pretty awesome movies are leaving Netflix in October. Take a look at what's heading out the door next month. »
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