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Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin (Exclusive)
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
Paramount Sets Release Date for Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher 2’
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
Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Leave Disney, Possibly for Universal
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.
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
Venice film festival: 'Everest' could peak at Oscars
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. »
Box Office: ‘Transporter Refueled,’ ‘Walk in the Woods’ Debut Over Sleepy Labor Day
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
Two of Your Favorite TV Actresses Might Be in the New Star Wars
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
'Sand Dollars' to open 2015 AFI Latin American Film Festival
The 26th edition will screen more than 40 Latin American and Ibero-American films and runs from September 17-October 7 in Silver Springs, Maryland.
Programming selections include Jayro Bustamante’s Guatemalan award-winner Ixcanul, Javier Fuentes-León’s The Vanished Elephant from Peru and Sebastián Silva’s dark comedy Nasty Baby starring Kristen Wiig and Pablo Larraín’s No follow-up The Club from Chile.
For the complete programme click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Tallinn Black Nights to boost filmmakers support
The festival will put a focus on future film talent at this year’s event.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 13-29) will this year look to boost its support for emerging filmmakers through its new Tridens first feature competition, and by expanding its works in progress programme.
Now in its 19th edition, the festival’s first feature competition will look to present films from talent all over the world. The participants of the competition will also be mentored at the Industry@Tallinn event, and will have their features showcased at the new sales agents and distributors meeting point.
The festival is also bringing back its European genre forum, a talent lab for genre film directors, producers, SFX and VFX specialists and composers, for a second year.
The works in progress section will also be expanded this year, with 15 features selected by Industry@Tallinn to be presented in a new section alongside the current Baltic Event co-production »
BBC Music launches 'Ten Pieces Secondary'
BBC Music has launched Ten Pieces Secondary, an hour-long film composed of ten segments designed to introduce students to classical music, following the launch of Ten Pieces Primary last year.
The film will play at cinemas around the UK in October, with schools invited to book free tickets for the screenings.
Ten Pieces Secondary features the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Alpesh Chauhan playing alongside the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Hallé Choir, as well as soloists Nicola Benedetti, Alison Balsom, and DJ Mr Switch. All the performances were shot at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.
Each segment will be introduced by a celebrity presenter. The line-up of presenters is: TV presenter James May; musician Pixie Lott; actor Bobby Lockwood; comedian Doc Brown; ex-footballer Dion Dublin; Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo and composer Gabriel Prokofiev; poet Lemn Sissay; TV presenter Molly Rainford; comedian Vikki Stone; actor »
Venice Film Review: ‘Looking for Grace’
“How we make sense of the mess of our lives and what it all means,” is how the official synopsis describes the subject of fragmented Australian family drama “Looking for Grace.” That’s a tall order for any film, surely, not least one as modestly scaled as Sue Brooks’ diverting but slightly disappointing fifth feature. Reprising some of the gentle existential concerns raised in her outstanding broken-backed romance “Japanese Story,” Brooks’ latest begins in a promisingly melancholic key, as the teenaged Grace of the title retreats into the Outback after mysteriously leaving home. As the splintered, overlapping narrative expands to include the interior crises of her parents, however, “Grace” morphs less confidently into a brittle suburban satire. The film’s tone —not to mention what it all means — remains elusive to the end.
Thanks to a Cannes Un Certain Regard slot and the relative name casting of a peak-form Toni Collette, »
- Guy Lodge
Geraldine Chaplin’s ‘Sand Dollars’ to Open AFI Latin American Festival
Geraldine Chaplin’s “Sand Dollars” has been set as the opening night film for the AFI Latin American Film Festival on Sept. 17 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md.
“Trash,” starring Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, has been selected as the Oct. 7 closing night film. The movie is directed by Stephen Daldry from Richard Curtis’ script, which follows three trash-picking boys from Rio de Janeiro who team up with two American missionaries to uncover political corruption.
Other screenings will include Kristen Wiig’s comedy “Nasty Baby” from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva; Pablo Larraín’s “The Club,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival; “Ixcanul” from Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante; and Spanish thriller “Marshland, »
- Dave McNary
Tom Hanks, Lisa Cholodenko to Be Honored by Outfest
Hanks will be honored with the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his Oscar-winning performance in 1993’s “Philadelphia.” Outfest noted that it was the first major studio film to sympathetically portray characters with HIV/AIDS.
Cholodenko is receiving the Visionary Award, which recognizes artistic and creative contributions to Lgbt media visibility, for a body of work that includes “The Kids Are All Right.”
“More than two decades later, Tom Hanks’ performance as a gay man with AIDS in ‘Philadelphia’ stands as a landmark example of a risk well taken,” says Outfest Board Co-President and Legacy Awards Event Co-Chair Ari Karpel. “And his Oscar acceptance speech, in which he eloquently honored two gay men who were influential in his life, sent an essential message during a time of crisis.”
“When Lisa Cholodenko burst onto »
- Dave McNary
Venice Review: Tom McCarthy's 'Spotlight' With Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber & Stanley Tucci
A film as passionate about the exposure of the corruption of one institution as it is ferociously proud of the integrity that can be shown by another, Tom McCarthy's scintillating, superb "Spotlight" may just be the best film about inspirational investigative journalism since "All The President's Men." Marking not just a return to form for its director after the wild wobble of "The Cobbler," it's the best film McCarthy has made: restrained, intelligent and grown-up, but unfolding with the pacing and rhythm of a thriller. Like the Alan J. Pakula touchpoint it emulates, there are no subplots, little human-interest backstory for our principals and not a hint of anything as crass as love interest or a car chase or even a shady meeting in an underground car park. Instead it is just a fluid, deeply engrossing story of intelligent, dedicated people doing their jobs brilliantly (in a vanishing newspaper »
- Jessica Kiang
Director Cary Fukunaga explains why his remake of Stephen King's It didn't work out
Fukunaga - who directed the first season of True Detective - told Variety that studio New Line wanted a very different movie to what he was pitching.
"I was trying to make an unconventional horror film," Fukunaga said. "It didn't fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience.
"Our budget was perfectly fine. We were always hovering at the $32 million mark, which was their budget. It was the creative that we were really battling.
"It was two movies. They didn't care about that. In the first movie, what I was trying to do was an elevated horror film with actual characters. They didn't want any characters. They wanted archetypes and scares.
"I wrote the script. They »
Deadmau5 says Zac Efron's DJ movie bombing "restored my faith in music"
Now it seems its portrayal of Edm culture isn't translating very well either, with superstar DJ Deadmau5 saying that the movie's disastrous opening has "restored [his] faith in the perception of 'Edm culture'".
Well if anything restored my faith in music, apparently that zac efron trying to be a DJ movie bombed out this wknd. https://t.co/UYEhRGx6rR
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) August 31, 2015
Let's make an Edm movie, they said. It'll be fun, they said.
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) August 31, 2015
He had earlier said that it "restored my faith in music" but later clarified his comments:
Well... Restored my faith in the perception of "Edm Culture"... That's more what I meant. But yeah. https://t.co/VzDX9fevHr
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) September 3, 2015
The film centres on DJ Cole Carter, played by Efron, »
Emma Stone on Woody Allen, whitewashing and why Hollywood pairs her with older men
She’s equally at home in comic-book blockbusters, arthouse fare and awards bait, but could this coolly unflappable screen presence have made her first career missteps by returning to work with Allen on Irrational Man, and courting controversy in Aloha?
In the boiling mid-afternoon heat, Emma Stone looks as cool as you like. There’s no detectable air conditioning, and while I stagger in from the street puce of face and clammy of brow, Stone, as befits a pampered scion of Hollywood, is sitting calmly in a breeze that wafts through the window, peering around the wing of a large cane armchair.
It’s how you expect Stone to present herself, somehow: self-possessed, unflappable, wise beyond her years. She’s only 26, and has been an authentic movie star for just five years – since the release of high-school comedy Easy A in 2010 – but appears to have cycled through the Hollywood gears with apparent nonchalance. »
- Andrew Pulver
Watch: Ethan Hawke Is Chet Baker In First Clip From Biopic 'Born To Be Blue'
It will a fall calendar filled with music biopics. Tom Hiddleston will be strumming the guitar as Hank Williams in "I Saw The Light," Don Cheadle will take on the legendary Miles Davis in "Miles Ahead," and Ethan Hawke channels Chet Baker in "Born To Be Blue." And today we get the first taste of the latter in action. Directed by Robert Budreau, who previously made a short about the jazz musician "The Deaths Of Chet Baker," his new picture celebrates his life, mixing fact and fiction to detail Baker's comeback journey following a personal and public fall. Here's the official synopsis: Ethan Hawke is an utterly magnetic screen presence as Chet Baker, the legendary trumpeter and singer who, after becoming a jazz icon in the 1950s, became equally famous for his drug addiction. Born to be Blue reimagines Baker's life as a mixture of factual and fictional events, picking »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Japan Selects ‘100 Yen Love’ as Academy Awards Contender
Tokyo – Masaharu Take’s “100 Yen Love,” a gritty drama about a thirty-something slacker who takes up boxing to turn her life around, has been named as Japan’s nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
Starring Sakura Ando as the disheveled, but determined, heroine, “100” premiered at the 27th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival in the Japanese Cinema Splash section for local indie films, where it won the best picture award.
Released in Japan on December 20, 2014 by Spotted Productions, the film won many domestic honors, including several best actress prizes for Ando. Receiving its international premiere the 17th edition of the Udine Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, “Love” went on to screen at festivals including Frankfurt, Edinburgh, Montreal and New York.
The last Japanese film to win the foreign language film Oscar was the 2008 “Departures,” directed by Yojiro Takita.
- Mark Schilling
Can't Buy Me Love actor Amanda Peterson died from accidental drug overdose
Toxicology report finds Peterson, who starred opposite Patrick Dempsey in the 80s romcom, had taken anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications, opiates and marijuana
The 80s teen movie star Amanda Peterson died as a result of an accidental overdose after ingesting a deadly combination of drugs, according to an official coroner’s report seen by the TMZ website.
Peterson, who was briefly a star name in Hollywood following her turn as an Arizona cheerleader in the 1987 romantic comedy Can’t Buy Me Love, was found dead at her home in Greeley, Colorado, on 5 July. The 43-year-old was 16 when she starred opposite Patrick Dempsey as high school student Cindy Mancini, who agrees to feign a relationship with a local “nerd” for $1,000.
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- Ben Child
‘The Lobster’ Trailer: An Absurdist Love Story From the Director of ‘Dogtooth’
When you’re single and lonely, it can feel like the whole world is full of smug couples judging you for your solo status. In Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster, they literally are. Singlehood is a crime in this society, and those caught committing it are given 45 days to find a mate, or else be turned […]
- Angie Han
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