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George Clooney's 'Suburbicon' Release Date Moved Up
Darren Aronofsky's horror film mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, will get a wide release on Sept. 15, opposite the wide releases of Open Road's Blake Lively drama All I See is You and Lionsgate's Michael Keaton actioner American Assassin, as well as the Annapurna comedy Brad's Status directed by Mike White, IFC's J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye from Danny Strong and the A24 thriller Woodshock, starring Kirsten Dunst. It was previously scheduled to open on Oct. 13.
- Ashley Lee
John Corbett, Lana Condor Join 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' Film (Exclusive)
Awesomeness Films has found the cast for its newest teen flick.
X-Men: Apocalypse actress Lana Condor has signed on to star in To All the Boys I've Loved Before alongside John Corbett. The film, based on the novel by Jenny Han, is being directed by Susan Johnson and was written by Sofia Alvarez. Production on the film, which is also being produced by Awesomeness and Overbrook Entertainment, has begun in Vancouver.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of Lara Jean Covey (Condor), a high school junior who spends her lunch reading and imagining her life as »
- Natalie Jarvey
Ben Affleck's Batman Future in Doubt as Warner Bros. Plots Franchise
Ben Affleck is heading to Comic-Con this weekend to promote Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League movie, set for a Nov. 17 release. But how many more times is he likely to put on the Batsuit? Probably not many, if ever again.
Yes, Warners’ film studio chief Toby Emmerich tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can." And Matt Reeves, who will direct the studio’s still-undated (and unwritten) The Batman, has said that he means to keep Affleck in the »
- Kim Masters
Fox Reportedly “Reassessing” Future of the ‘Alien’ Franchise in Wake of ‘Alien: Covenant’
It appears the future of the Alien franchise is once again uncertain. Anticipation was mighty high for director Ridley Scott’s return with 2012’s Prometheus, and indeed despite some mixed reviews, the sci-fi pic grossed a hearty $403.3 million worldwide. Scott intended for Prometheus to relaunch the franchise in an intriguing way, but while he was busy making Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Martian, filmmaker Neill Blomkamp convinced Fox to give his own separate idea for an Alien movie a go. However, as soon as Scott got wind of this, he forged ahead with Prometheus 2, … »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Cloverfield’ Movie Bumped to February 2018
Paramount’s “2017 Cloverfield Movie” has been pushed from October 27, 2017 to February 2, 2018, the studio announced Friday. Jennifer Lawrence’s “Mother!” was previously scheduled for an Oct. 13 release but will now open a month earlier, on Sept. 15. George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” will also open a month earlier than previously announced, on Oct. 27. Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” will be a horror-thriller, and a star-studded one at that. Lawrence and Javier Bardem lead a cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig. The synopsis reads: “A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)
U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, a village on the Amalfi Coast, sources tell Variety.
Netflix was not available for comment.
Vidal’s beloved gravity-defying villa La Rondinaia, nestled on a craggy cliff in Ravello a thousand feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, will feature prominently in the movie, according to the president of the Ravello Foundation, Sebastiano Maffettone, local media reported. At La Rondinaia, which he sold in 2004, Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances, including Greta Garbo, »
- Nick Vivarelli
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Star Storm Reid Joins David Oyelowo in Thriller ‘Only You’
A Wrinkle in Time hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but young star Storm Reid is already booking exciting new projects. Having shouldered an anticipated Disney sci-fi blockbuster that boasts a slate of Oscar-nominated stars and directors, Reid’s next choice is understandably a little more low-key. Storm Reid has joined David Oyelowo in the Blumhouse Productions time […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mother!’ Moves Forward to September Release
The studio confirmed the date change Thursday but did not elaborate. It’s possible that “Mother!” could be premiered at the Telluride Film Festival or Venice Film Festivals — both which open on Aug. 30 — or even at the Toronto Film Festival, which opens Sept. 7.
“Mother!” is directed and produced by Darren Aronofsky through his Protozoa Pictures banner along with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel. It co-stars Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kristin Wiig, Domnhall Gleeson, and Ed Harris, in addition to Lawrence.
Lawrence and Bardem portray a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
- Dave McNary
Noah Hawley Developing Doctor Doom Movie for Fox
At the end of a Comic-Con panel for “Legion” Thursday, Hawley announced that he was developing a new film at Fox — one he would say just two words about. “I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom,” he said.
More to come.
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- Daniel Holloway
Zoey Deutch to Co-Star With Johnny Depp in Im Global’s ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ (Exclusive)
Wayne Roberts is writing and directing the pic with Im Global financing. Producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and Im Global president of production Greg Shapiro, with Stuart Ford and Depp executive producing.
Judge Tosses Part of Tmg’s Lawsuit Against Johnny Depp
The dramedy follows a college professor who lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Deutch will play his daughter in the pic, and production is already underway.
This is a major gig for Deutch, whose star has been on the rise since breaking out in her first starring role earlier this year in Open Road’s “Before I Fall.” She »
- Justin Kroll
‘Purge 4’ Finds Director in ‘Burning Sands’ Filmmaker Gerard McMurray
McMurray’s feature directorial debut “Burning Sands” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix. The film chronicles the brutal hazing process at an all-black university. McMurray also produced and co-wrote “Burning Sands.”
All three films center on America having devolved into a culture where murder is legal for one night every year. The franchise’s producers are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum; Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller »
- Dave McNary
Anna Faris-Eugenio Derbez Comedy ‘Overboard’ Lands April Release
Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, and Edward Herrmann starred in the 1987 original directed by Garry Marshall. Hawn played a selfish heiress who got amnesia when she fell off her yacht, while Russell portrayed a carpenter who ultimately fell in love with her.
The original movie has been re-imagined with a reversal of the leading roles. The story now focuses on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families, portrayed by Derbez, who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mom that he is her husband. Eva Longoria also stars. »
- Dave McNary
'Dunkirk' Delivers $5.5M from Thursday Previews, 'Valerian' and 'Girls Trip' Each with $1.7M
Friday Am Update: Dunkirk led the way last night, delivering $5.5 million from Thursday night previews in ~3,400 theaters beginning at 6Pm. This compares to Star Trek Beyond, which also delivered $5.5 million before opening with $59.2 million last July and is an improvement on the $4.23 million Jason Bourne brought in from preview showings ahead of its $59.2 million debut. Other comparisons used in our weekend preview below include: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - $4m Preview / $55.5m Opening Mad Max: Fury Road - $3.7m Preview / $45.4m Opening Interstellar - $3.5m Preview / $47.5m Opening The Magnificent Seven - $1.75m Preview / $34.7m Opening Fury - $1.2m Preview / $23.7m Opening Unbroken - $850k Preview / $30.6m Opening Stx's release of the EuropaCorp production Valerian delivered $1.7 million from Thursday previews that began at 5Pm at ~2,600 locations. This is better than the $1 million in previews Jupiter Ascending brought in before opening with $18.3 million in February 2015 as well as the $1.4 million »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Bill Hader Eyeing Disney’s Female Santa Claus Film With Anna Kendrick (Exclusive)
The story revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight. Hader will play said brother.
Susanne Todd is producing while Louie Provost is overseeing for Disney. Production is expected to start sometime this fall.
While this film is not related to the Tim Allen “Santa Clause” triology, Disney seems to be in the Kris Kringle business as they are also developing another holiday-themed project with Kevin Hart, “Dashing Through the Snow.”
Hader cut his teeth on the “Saturday Night Live” scene for ten years »
- Justin Kroll
Mads Mikkelsen in Talks to Join Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Chaos Walking’
Doug Liman is directing while Allison Shearmur, Doug Davison, and Erwin Stoff are the producers. The screenplay will be written by Charlie Kaufman, Lindsey Beers, John Lee Hancock, and Gary Spinelli (“Mena”).
The film is based on Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go,” a book that was published in 2008 as the first in a trilogy. It is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.
The book is centered on the only boy in a town of men, who discovers something awful hidden from him and is forced to flee with only his dog. With the townspeople in pursuit, the duo then stumbles upon a strange and silent girl and together set off »
- Dave McNary
Nicole Ari Parker To Star In Indie Comedy ‘Headshop’
Exclusive: Nicole Ari Parker has signed on to topline Headshop, an indie comedy from writer and director Kim Bass. Evan Ross, Arden Myrin, and Roger Cross round out the cast in the film, which is currently shooting in Los Angles. Parker stars as Dr. Latrice Monroe, a therapist who, after a devastating loss, tries to reconnect to her roots by opening her new office in a neighborhood that's very resistant to her services. As her new neighbors slowly open up, they… »
Marisa Tomei on Playing Aunt May in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ Sequels and Hollywood Sexism
After one Oscar win, two nominations, and roles in more than 60 movies, Marisa Tomei needs no introduction. Yet playing Aunt May in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has changed the energy around her. She noticed it on the day of her interview with Variety when a disdainful contractor in her Manhattan building in the West Village suddenly offered a welcoming smile. “He pulled out a picture for me to sign for his son,” Tomei recalled, with a laugh.
With nearly $500 million in box office receipts worldwide, “Spider-Man” is one of the biggest hits of the year. The reboot of the comic-book series features Tom Holland as a high-school web slinger. And his Aunt May is hipper, too, than the version played by Rosemary Harris in the 2002 tentpole. Tomei spoke to Variety about not watching other “Spider-Men” films and how she found the character.
How has the reception been to your “Spider-Man?”
I think the most gratifying has been the reaction »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Harry Styles on Shooting His Debut Film Role in ‘Dunkirk’: ‘It Was So Intense’
Harry Styles sat down with Elvis Duran on the Z100 Morning Show on Friday, where the two discussed Styles’ debut acting role in Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic “Dunkirk” and how it impacted the creation of Styles’ self-titled solo album.
According to Styles, he stopped all work on his new album to film the movie.
Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Battles to $5.5 Million on Thursday Night
“I started the album, I’d been kind of writing for not very long at all, and then the movie thing happened,” Styles said. “I just stopped for five months and took a complete break.”
Styles went on to discuss what it was like working on the set of a film starring such seasoned actors as Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy. The singer said he’s a huge fan of Nolan and he felt lucky to be working with the cast on his debut film.
- Erin Nyren
‘Inhumans’ Creators and Cast Talk about Filming in IMAX and More at Sdcc
Inhumans might be the biggest risk that ABC and Marvel have taken, but if successful, the payoff premiering a television series on IMAX screens would be unprecedented. Unlike Game of Thrones, Inhumans does not have a ready built fan base to rely on, so the show will have to pull out all the stops to really show audiences what it can do. Based on a comic series about a race of technologically advanced, super-powered people who’ve been secretly living on the moon, they certainly have a lot to work with. Today at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel and … »
- Rachel Howard
‘Insecure’ Season 2 Review: Issa Rae Gets Lost in Los Angeles
When not name-dropping Ava DuVernay or hooking up ramshackle sound-systems to blast Kendrick Lamar's "DNA" in the park, the denizens of Issa Rae's Los Angeles in Insecure often indulge in one particular race-driven period melodrama on TV. In the show, Regina Hall plays a slave who carries on an illicit affair with her master (Scott Foley). In one scene, they plan a clandestine rendezvous; in another, she is getting scolded for learning how to read by the lady of the house. It's tawdry, obvious, manipulative, and clearly very popular. [caption id="attachment_652198" align="alignright" … »
- Chris Cabin
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