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Woody Harrelson’s ‘LBJ’ to Hit Theaters in November
- Thom Geier
First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details
The cautious curtain raising for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continues this week as Vanity Fair reveals more from their latest issue dedicated to the upcoming blockbuster. And some fresh details have spilled about a couple of a new characters joining the ranks of the franchise.
Most significantly, it’s been revealed that Benicio Del Toro will be playing the enigmatically named DJ (which I’m sure is short for a much longer, more spoilery name), who plays an “unscrupulous drifter,” which the galaxy seems to be filled with.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Russian Director Detained in $3.5M Fraud Probe
Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has been detained after state investigators and security forces raided his Moscow theater, the Gogol Center.
Serebrennikov, whose The Student won the Francois Chalais award in Cannes last year after competing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, was arrested at his Moscow home Tuesday following the raid on the theater during a rehearsal for a performance of Nikolai Gogol's satire Dead Souls.
Around 50 actors and members of theater staff were held, and their mobile telephones confiscated during the raid, which investigators say is linked to a probe into suspected fraud between 2011 and 2014 of 200 million »
- Nick Holdsworth
‘Clerks’ Actress Lisa Spoonauer Dies at 44
Lisa Spoonauer, who played Caitlin Bree in the 1994 film “Clerks,” has died, the film’s director Kevin Smith said Tuesday. She was 44. “Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away,” Smith wrote. “In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she’d play in my life.” Smith went on to recall how, after a night of open auditions, he failed to find the “perfect Caitlin Bree,” so he dropped in at an acting class at Brookdale Community College to scout for talent. Also Read: Roger Moore, Star of. »
- Tim Kenneally
Sam Claflin to Replace Miles Teller in STX Thriller ‘Adrift’ (Exclusive)
Teller dropped out two weeks ago over scheduling conflicts, multiple individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap. Actor Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games, “Me Before You”) is in close talks to replace him as Woodley’s co-star in the survival tale. »
- Matt Donnelly
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sailing for $80 Million Launch, ‘Baywatch’ at $40 Million
Forecasts place the fifth iteration of Disney’s “Pirates” franchise at about $80 million at 4,276 North American locations during the Friday-Monday weekend. The international launch — which begins Wednesday — should deliver between $150 million and $175 million.
“Dead Men Tell No Tales” is only the third wide release film in 2017 for Disney, which has so far seen blockbuster results from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with a combined $1.8 billion in global box office so far. The estimated budget for “Dead Men” is $230 million, so Disney needs to see the same kind of ticket sales.
‘Baywatch’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Dominate Social Media Buzz
Paramount’s “Baywatch” is tracking for an opening at around $40 million at about 3,500 domestic »
- Dave McNary
Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Gets Summer 2019 Release Date
Sony Pictures has slated Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” reboot for a June 7, 2019, release. The studio has also dated “The Nightingale” for Aug. 10, 2018, and an untitled Sony Animation film for July 24, 2020.
Banks will also produce via her Universal-based Brownstone Productions with her husband and producing partner, Max Handelman.
“Charlie’s Angels” premiered in 1976 on ABC and lasted five seasons, with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith portraying private detectives working for a benefactor named Charlie. Cheryl Ladd replaced Fawcett, with Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts joining the show in later years.
- Justin Kroll
Bona Film Group Stakes $80M On Roland Emmerich/Mark Gordon WWII Battle Pic ‘Midway:’ Cannes
Exclusive: In the biggest deal made at this Cannes Film Festival, Bona Film Group has closed a deal near $80 million to lead the investment on director Roland Emmerich's next feature Midway, based on the seminal WWII battle, for The Mark Gordon Company. The Chinese company has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding the U.S., and Bona will release the film in China. Wes Tooke wrote the script, and Bona's Yu Dong will produce with Emmerich, Mgc's Mark Gordon and… »
‘Baywatch’ Critical Roundup
The reviews are in for “Baywatch,” which opens in theaters this Thursday, May 25. Seth Gordon’s feature film remake of the iconic ’90s series about a group of very hot lifeguards stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as devoted rescuer Mitch Buchannon (the role played by David Hasselhoff in the original series), who has a really hard time with a reckless new recruit named Matt Brody (Zac Efron). Priyanka Chopra co-stars as the villainous vixen, Victoria Leeds, Alexandra Daddario is Summer, Ilfenesh Hadera is Stephanie and Kelly Rohrbach takes on the role of C.J. Parker (originally played by Pamela Anderson).
In her B- review for the film for IndieWire, Judy Dry describes it as “a splashy summer hit full of dick jokes,” adding that “something about the blow-up floaties, the water rescues, and the red suits just screams summer blockbuster. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
'Baby Driver' Actress Eiza Gonzalez Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Drama (Exclusive)
The untitled feature is based on Jeff Malmberg's 2010 doc Marwencol, which followed a man who builds a miniature WWII-era village with action figures and dolls as a way to recover from a violent assault. The studio is describing the project as “one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human »
- Borys Kit
Rob Reiner’s 'Lbj' gets release date
Woody Harrelson stars as the 36th Us President.
Johnson agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president.
That all changes on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency.
IMAX set to expand in France and Holland
IMAX joins Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé for six new IMAX theatres.
IMAX Corporation has signed a hybrid joint revenue share agreement with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé for six new IMAX theatres in France and Holland.
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé is the biggest cinema chain operator in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Five IMAX theatres featuring IMAX’s next-generation laser technology will be added to the exhibitor’s circuit in France, and one IMAX theatre will be added to its network in Holland.
The deal was finalised during a meeting between the parties at the Cannes Film Festival.
The agreement, which follows a five-theatre deal the companies announced at the end of 2016, brings Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé total IMAX commitment to 28.
There will now be 17 theatres in France, seven in the Netherlands and four in Switzerland that are currently open or contracted to open.
“We’re extremely encouraged by the strong momentum and accelerated growth that IMAX continues »
Takashi Miike's 'Blade Of The Immortal' cuts UK deal
Exclusive: HanWay inks deal with Arrow Films, which plots “major” release.
Takashi Miike’s samurai epic, based on Hiroaki Samura’s long-running manga of the same name, follows an immortal warrior who is enlisted by a young girl to avenge her parents’ slaughter at the hand of a group of master swordsmen.
Arrow plans to release the film later this year.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé
Pathé does brisk business across Cannes slate.
Also among sellers were Gurinder Chadha’s drama Viceroy’s House, which scored a Us deal with IFC, and Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Silvio Berlusconi movie Loro, which will reunite the director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo.
The movie, due to start production in July, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute the film in France and Switzerland.
The film goes into production next month and is scheduled »
Rian Johnson Reveals Details on ‘The Last Jedi’s New Characters and Glitzy Casino City
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, Vanity Fair is serving up heaps of new details on Rian Johnson‘s The Force Awakens follow-up, The Last Jedi. As always, Lucasfilm has kept details on the next sequel locked … »
- Haleigh Foutch
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer Portends the Great War
Dragons + the Dothraki horde make for a very imposing army. »
- Dave Trumbore
‘Despicable Me 3’: New Trailer Touts Gru’s Return to Supervillainy
And yes, this is a trailer for a family film set to an Eminem song. »
- Matt Goldberg
‘Arrival:’ Video Essay Examines How the Script Helps Us Further Understand Ourselves — Watch
In his latest Lessons from the Screenplay video, YouTube user Michael Tucker takes a look at Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” the film adaptation of the short story by Ted Chiang “Story of Your Life.” He focuses on the changes made to the original story by screenwriter Eric Heisserer and the further tweaks made by Villeneuve and editor Joe Walker, “in order to bring the essence [of the story] into the cinematic realm.
“Pure, thoughtful science fiction is never just about aliens or other worlds, or exciting visions of the future. At its core, hard sci-fi is about humanity, our hopes and fears, and behaviors,” Tucker says at the beginning of the video, adding that Chiang’s short story “is a great example of exactly this kind of science fiction.”
Read More: The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Cannes: Netflix & Yorgos Lanthimos Lead The Buzz On The Croisette
While “Twin Peaks” may be stealing some of the Cannes Film Festival’s spotlight since this weekend’s premiere of the new season (the first two episodes of the series screen this week), there’s still lots of talk swirling around the most prestigious film festival in the world. And no, we don’t mean the walking-talking-dancing-robot installation that’s been striding up and down the Boulevard de la Croisette. Read below for the highlights, the lowlights and the major discussions that have been dominating conversations in line-ups and press rooms.
Continue reading Cannes: Netflix & Yorgos Lanthimos Lead The Buzz On The Croisette at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Great War Arrives In ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer
“Game Of Thrones” left its fans with a longer wait between seasons than usual, with the series returning this summer after wrapping up its previous season in June of last year. And with the announcement that HBO could expand George R.R. Martin’s universe with four potential spinoffs, anticipation for season 7 of the massive hit is at a fever pitch.
Read More: The 20 Best TV Shows Returning In 2017
Naturally, spoilers for the new seven-episode season are nonexistent, but last year left us with plenty to speculate over.
- Anthony Casella
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