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‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy Eyeing ‘Timmy Failure’ at Disney
McCarthy would also co-write the pic with the book’s author, Stephan Pastis.
The popular book series centers on an 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and runs the agency Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound, imaginary polar bear, and his sidekick Rollo Tookus.
Jim Whitaker, who has a strong track record with the studio producing such tentpoles as “Pete’s Dragon” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” will produce.
Though better known for his adult fare like “Win Win” and “Spotlight,” McCarthy has always been drawn to family friendly stories, going back to when he penned the baseball movie “Million Dollar Arm.” He recently did a rewrite on “Christopher Robin,” a live-action take on the “Winnie the Pooh” tale, and was also a writer on Pixar’s “Up. »
- Justin Kroll
Wes Anderson’s Next Movie ‘Isle of Dogs’ Gets Poster, Premiere Date
The animated film — which has a massive, star-studded cast including Wes Anderson regulars Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jeff Goldblum as well as virgins of the auteur Bryan Cranston and Liev Schreiber — is set in Japan and follows a boy’s odyssey to find his dog.
As such, the poster features the Japanese language translations of all of the billings, as well as the title in massive red characters.
While the stop-motion film’s plot may sound ordinary, in typical Wes Anderson fashion, it’s sure to be creative. For starters, a video released in December revealed that the dogs talk.
The poster features five of the dogs, although it is not identified which actor voices which pup. »
- Erin Nyren
Adam Sandler, Chris Rock to Star in Netflix's 'The Week Of'
The Grown Ups actors will reunite in the comedy directed by frequent Happy Madison collaborator Robert Smigel, who co-wrote the script with Sandler. It centers on the week before a wedding in which their characters' kids get married. The film will begin production in Long Island, New York this summer, and debut on Netflix globally in 2018.
The Week Of is the final title »
- Ashley Lee
Madonna Doesn’t Approve of Movie About Her Life: ‘Only I Can Tell My Story’
Madonna has condemned Universal for its planned movie about her life. On Monday, the studio announced it had picked up rights to Elyse Hollander’s script for “Blonde Ambition,” a biopic about the rise of the famed pop star. Hollander’s script was ranked No. 1 on the Blacklist, a list of the best screenplays in Hollywood that have yet to be produced.
Madonna had remained silent on the project until Tuesday, when she took to Instagram to voice her displeasure. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen, »
- Nigel M. Smith
Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020
Disney dated a slew of films on Tuesday, including “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the live-action “Lion King” reboot, and “Frozen 2.” It also moved the release dates for “Indiana Jones,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” “Wrinkle in Time,” and others.
Here’s the studio’s full release schedule:
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 7/28/17 moves to 8/3/18
A Wrinkle In Time (3D) previously dated on 4/6/18 moves to 3/9/18
Magic Camp is final title of previous Untitled Disney Live Action – previously dated on 8/3/18 now moves up to 4/6/18
Gigantic (3D) previously dated on 11/21/18 moves to 11/25/20
Star Wars: Episode IX (3D) now dated on 5/24/19
Untitled Indiana Jones previously dated on 7/19/19 moves to 7/10/20
The Lion King (Live Action) (3D) now dated on 7/19/19
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Michael K. Williams Joins Chris Evans in True-Life Drama ‘Red Sea Diving Resort’ (Exclusive)
Previously titled “Operation Resort,” the film will be written and directed by “Tyrant” executive producer Gideon Raff. Bron Studios, which backed “Fences,” is fully financing the movie. Alexandra Milchan is on board to produce “Red Sea Diving Resort,” which begins shooting this summer.
Raff had originally sold the pitch to Fox Searchlight, but recently put it back on the market, with Bron Studios now coming on to finance.
Han Solo Spinoff Eyes Michael K. Williams in Key Role (Exclusive)
The film is based on the 1981 rescue of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan. The story picks up in 1977, when Israel’s Mossad spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities. It was ordered by then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin to rescue thousands of Jewish men and »
- Justin Kroll
Alexandra Shipp Boards Simon Kaijser’s Thriller ‘Spinning Man’
Exclusive: Alexandra Shipp, last seen as young Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, is set to co-star in the upcoming psychological thriller Spinning Man, from director Simon Kaijser. She joins Pierce Brosnan, Guy Pearce and Minnie Drive in the pic written by Matthew Aldrich, with filming slated to begin this week. Based on George Harrar’s novel, the pic follows Evan Birch, a professor and family man, whose past reveals a number of illicit relations with his students. When a young… »
Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’ May Reunite ‘Hell or High Water’ Stars Chris Pine & Ben Foster
David Mackenzie’s sweaty western heist film Hell or High Water was ripped straight from the headlines last year, depicting the aftermath of the mortgage crisis as a Robin Hood-style revenge thriller. It resonated with audiences and critics alike, earning four Oscar nods and catapulting Mackenzie to a higher level of recognition. For his follow-up film, Mackenzie is looking to reteam with stars Chris […]
- Ben Pearson
Chris Pratt Gives ‘Suicide Squad’ Some Critical Tips; Zoe Saldana Delivers An ‘Avengers’ Spoiler?
Only yesterday, we learned that one of the reasons that the title for the fourth “Avengers” movie in 2019 hasn’t been revealed yet, despite the film being two years away, is that Kevin Feige considers it to be something of a spoiler for future “Avengers” movies. Well, nobody gave the memo to Zoe Saldana, who even before the day was out might have managed to spill the beans on that secret title.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Faye Dunaway Felt ‘Very Guilty’ About Best Picture Mistake at the Oscars
Faye Dunaway is finally speaking out about her role in #EnvelopeGate, two months after the now-infamous 89th Academy Awards best picture gaffe.
The Oscar-winning “Network” actress sat down with anchor Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” Monday, recounting the moments leading up to the mistake.
“[Beatty] took the card out, and he didn’t say anything. He paused, he looked over me, off-stage, he looked around, and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’ I thought he was joking! A dramatic pause.”
The confusion was cleared up moments later when the “La La Land” producers were informed they had lost, prompting both movies’ casts and crews to awkwardly crowd the stage.
While the mix-up »
- JD Knapp
Chris Pratt Thinks ‘Suicide Squad’ Tried to Introduce Too Many Characters, Too Soon
Though there are plenty of passionate fans who absolutely love the movies release in the DC Extended Universe so far, there are also plenty of viewers who have been disappointed with the recent offerings of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, even fans who liked what director Zack Snyder did with Man […]
- Ethan Anderton
Zosia Mamet on Her First Big Post-‘Girls’ Project: ‘I Had Never Read a Script That Was So Well-Written’
There’s more than one love story at play in Sophie Brooks’ “The Boy Downstairs,” which follows a young New Yorker who returns to the city after two years away, only to discover that her wonderful new home just so happens to be located right above an apartment inhabited by her broken-hearted ex. Behind the camera, the first-time feature filmmaker fell head over (friendship, professional, creative) heels with her star, Zosia Mamet. For Mamet, who is now carving out the next stage of her career after the end of her name-making role in HBO’s “Girls,” the feeling was mutual.
Brooks used her own life as inspiration for the film – after being felled by a nasty bout of appendicitis, she dreamed up a story where a character is ill and can only be cared for by an ex – which she eventually expanded out into what would become “The Boy Downstairs. »
- Kate Erbland
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’: $100M Offshore Bow In The Mix? – International Box Office Preview
A little less than three years after Guardians Of The Galaxy become an out-of-this-worldwide breakout hit, the sequel begins overseas rollout today. Debuting in the sweet late-April spot that's seen Disney release such Marvel tentpoles as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Iron Man 3, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 rockets into 37 material markets through Friday, repping 58% of its international box office footprint. Domestic and the rest of the… »
' Titans', 'Young Justice: Outsiders' to air on DC-branded digital service
Akiva Goldsman among writers and executive producers on Titans.
Warner Bros Digital Networks Group is preparing to launch a DC-branded digital service in 2018.
Goldsman, Berlanti and president and DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Johns will write the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Warner Bros Animation’s Young Justice: Outsiders aired its first two seasons on Cartoon Network, before it was cancelled in 2013. The third season of the popular Young Justice series is ramping up for its first mission on the new direct-to-consumer platform next year.
Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be super heroes recruited from every corner »
Michael Mann Will Produce and Direct Miniseries ‘Hue 1968’
Filmmaker Michael Mann is now working on an eight-to-10 hour long miniseries based on Mark Bowden‘s (Black Hawk Down) upcoming non-fiction novel, “Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam,” due out this June. Bowden, who spent five years writing his new book, recounts the Tet Offensive. Michael De Luca (The Social Network) is producing […]
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- Jack Giroux
Madonna Disapproves of ‘Blonde Ambition’ Biopic
Madonna is unhappy over Universal’s development of the biopic “Blonde Ambition.”
“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”
Watch Madonna’s Fiery, Expletive-Laden Speech at the Women’s March on Washington
“Blonde Ambition” led the 2016 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Hollander’s script received 49 votes among the 250 executives voting. The project details Madonna’s efforts in the early 1980s in New York City to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and »
- Dave McNary
Andie MacDowell on Hollywood Ageism, Nude Scenes, and ‘Love After Love’
Andie MacDowell waited until age 59 to do her first nude scene. As a grieving matriarch trying to get over her husband’s death and re-entering the dating scene in “Love After Love,” MacDowell has several sexual encounters in the indie drama that leave her emotionally and physically baring all.
“I kept making a joke to everybody that I waited until I fell apart before I took my clothes off,” the actress told Variety during an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival where “Love After Love” is debuting. The experience left her advising her actress daughters, Sarah Margaret Qualley and Rainey Qualley, not to wait as long before shedding their clothes on screen.
“I keep telling my girls, ‘you’re so beautiful, you should just do it,'” she says with a laugh. “‘Go. Do it. Don’t wait.'”
Ultimately, getting naked on screen didn’t feel as vulnerable as »
- Brent Lang
Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in Live-Action ‘Lion King’
Disney Dates ‘Lion King’ and ‘Frozen 2,’ Pushes Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Film to 2020
In the original, Timon and Pumbaa were the lovable meerkat and warthog who look after Simba after he flees his kingdom.
“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.
The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and, »
- Justin Kroll
How a Bunch of Guys Made a Movie About Teenage Female Sexuality — Tribeca 2017
“Flower” is the kind of movie that seems to be asking for trouble: A racy story about a 17-year-old girl who sexually schemes men out of their money, the film was written by three men, one of whom, Max Winkler, also served as director. At a time when Hollywood is already taking heat for not creating enough opportunities for women filmmakers, having a group of men tell a story about a sexually adventurous teenage girl could be seen as playing with fire.
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Though billed as a dark comedy, “Flower” veers into both drama and suspense after a late twist that significantly raises the stakes of the story. Produced by David Gordon Green’s Rough House Pictures, the film had its world premiere last week at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired for U. »
- Graham Winfrey
‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Trailer: Bruce Willis Wants His Dog Back from Jason Momoa
It looks like Bruce Willis is on the verge of following in the footsteps of John Cusack and Nicolas Cage by starring in movies that no one sees or cares about. Did you see The Prince, Vice, Extraction, Precious Cargo or Marauders? Those are all real Bruce Willis movies released in the past few years […]
- Ethan Anderton
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