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19 People Killed at Ariana Grande’s Manchester UK Concert After Explosions, Police Say
Nineteen people were killed and up to 50 injured when two explosions rocked Ariana Grande‘s Monday night concert in Manchester, England, according to multiple media reports and Twitter updates. Concertgoers were evacuated from the Manchester Arena following a “loud bang,” Greater Manchester Police have confirmed. Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017 A previous statement from police on Twitter stated: “There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please avoid the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene.” The incident is being investigated as a possible terrorist incident by counter-terrorism police. »
- Debbie Emery
Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy
The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal
Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.
“Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »
- Justin Kroll
‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script
Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »
A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet
The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.
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- Guardian staff
Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ To Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’
The enterprise is relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema. While “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein” are the only two films in the initiative to be dated, the studio is currently developing “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp set to star, and a “Frankenstein” film with Javier Bardem on board to play the classic monster. “Van Helsing” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon” films are also planned. »
- Justin Kroll
‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise
Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Ted Sarandos Says Netflix Returning to Cannes Is ‘Less Attractive’ Under New Rule
Returning to Cannes is “less attractive” for Netflix if its films must play out of competition under a new rule requiring all competition titles to have a theatrical release, Ted Sarandos said early Monday.
Netflix made a splash on the Croisette this year with two movies in the official competition, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But outrage from French exhibitors and others over the selection prompted the festival to issue its new restriction on competition eligibility, effective next year.
Speaking to Variety at Netflix’s late-night bash in Cannes, Sarandos at first said “no” when asked whether the streaming giant would be willing to come back with its films relegated to out-of-competition. But he added quickly: “Well, I shouldn’t say that. It would be less attractive, for sure, because it would affect [Netflix’s] festival strategy around the world.”
Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India
Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation.
The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second to the Hollywood superhero movie in its first weekend. But as “Guardians” lost momentum, “Dangal” picked up speed and screens.
This week, its third on release and second at the top of the chart, “Dangal” overtook “Your Name,” the Japanese animated smash hit that scored $82 million (RMB566 million) in China last year. “Dangal,” with more than $113 million (RMB780 million,) has now made more in China than in India.
- Patrick Frater
Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52
Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »
Cannes Film Review: ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’
Watching “Gabriel and the Mountain” is like getting to know all the sides of a friend’s character: You may discover more arrogance than expected, but the elements you always liked are reinforced. That was presumably Fellipe Barbosa’s goal when making this follow-up to his much-acclaimed debut “Casa Grande,” as it’s based on school friend Gabriel Buchmann, who traveled to Africa and died on the slopes of Malawi’s Mount Mulanje in 2009. Though Gabriel came from the same milieu as the characters in Barbosa’s previous film, the two features are very different in feel; there’s some social critique, but mostly the director extends heartfelt warmth to his friend, with the help of men and women who met Gabriel on his journey. The length may give art-house programmers pause, but fests will have an audience pleaser.
Barbosa’s softmore feature belongs to the school of so-called “docu-fiction »
- Jay Weissberg
Cannes Film Review: ‘Out’
Like an Eastern European Candide, a downsized Slovak power-plant engineer leaves for Latvia, pursuing a dream of a better job and good fishing in the absurdist picaresque “Out,” from feature debutant György Kristóf, who like his protagonist is an ethnic Hungarian Slovak. Although a tad lacking in dramatic oomph, the smartly stylized episodic tale is crammed full of oddball characters and boasts a deeply sympathetic turn from Hungarian actor Sándor Terhes as the protagonist, who sets out on his odyssey with barely more than schoolboy Russian and a vintage fishing pole. Fests most definitely should bite; sales agent Cercamon is closing on several Asian territories and following up on interest from European distributors.
Embracing the opportunity to go out into the world, naïve, fiftysomething Ágoston (Terhes, who has a minor role in competition title “Jupiter’s Moon”) leaves his stoic wife (Éva Bandor) and university student daughter (Judit Bárdos) for »
- Alissa Simon
Fox TV, ProSiebenSat.1 Extend Licensing Agreement (Exclusive)
ProSiebenSat.1 and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution have extended a licensing agreement that provides the German broadcasting group with major feature films and TV series, including blockbusters “Alien: Covenant” and “Logan.”
While the broadcasting rights apply to ProSiebenSat.1’s free TV stations in Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland, the deal also includes selected exclusive rights for the group’s pay-tv and subscription video-on-demand platforms.
Titles covered by the agreement include such recent box office hits as “Deadpool,” “The Martian” and “Ice Age: Collision Course,” as well as series “The Gifted,” “The Mick” and the critically acclaimed “This Is Us.” The broadcasting group said 20th Century Fox Television’s TV series would strengthen the group’s programming supply in the long term.
“Be it big-budget blockbusters or strong series, the studio delivers exactly the kind of television our viewers want to see,” said Ruediger Boess, ProSiebenSat.1’s executive vice president of group programming acquisitions. “We »
- Ed Meza
‘Baywatch’ Review: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron Sink in the Shallows
We have come to think of Dwayne Johnson — former pro wrestler, action star with a sense of humor, Disney animated singer, just-kidding-maybe presidential candidate and self-described “franchise Viagra” — as the movie star this generations needs, and for the most part, he is. But as the saying goes, he can heal the sick but not raise the dead. And make no mistake: “Baywatch” is dead on arrival. A summer franchise movie that can’t decide if it wants to be a hard-r bawdy comedy, a d-bag-comes-of-age tale or a fairly unironic reboot of the glossy TV show (which ran from 1989- »
- Alonso Duralde
‘Dancing with the Stars’ rankings: Who had the best redemption & freestyle dances during finals? [Poll]
We’re now in the final nights of “Dancing with the Stars” season 24. On Monday night Normani Kordei, David Ross, and Rashad Jennings each danced twice in the hopes of garnering enough support from the judges and viewers to take home the Mirror Ball Trophy. The first routine was a redemption dance in which the stars hoped to improve on a dance style […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Film Review: ‘Baywatch’
“Baywatch,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, is a stupidly entertaining trash folly, the kind that could only be made today: an obscenity-and-insult-laced, aggressively “competent” adaptation of a 25-year-old TV show that manages to repackage every aspect of the series except, perhaps, the reason it was popular in the first place. And what was that reason? If Rodney Dangerfield were around, he might say, “There were two reasons!” But actually there’s a bit more to it.
“Baywatch,” which premiered at the tail-end of the 1980s (and stumbled out of the gate, becoming a hit in syndication the way “Star Trek” did), was a muscle-beach soap opera that anticipated the sexy-youth-kitsch-for-adults appeal of “Beverly Hills 90210.” It was also an L.A. crime series where the law enforcers wore spandex swimwear; a cheeseball star vehicle that revamped the camp-stud Ken-doll mystique of the former “Knight Rider” hero David Hasselhoff; and, yes, »
- Owen Gleiberman
'Baywatch': Film Review
Andy Warhol got it wrong. It’s not that everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes; it's that all moderately successful, mediocre television shows are destined to be reborn as feature films. The latest example of the distressing trend attempts to wink knowingly at its inspiration. But a character acknowledging that the proceedings resemble an “entertaining but far-fetched TV show” isn’t enough to make Baywatch anything more than the cynical cash grab that it is.
That the film’s guiding creative ethos was apparently to push the envelope and go for an “R” rating becomes painfully clear. The endless profusion of »
- Frank Scheck
James Corden Sends Heartfelt Message to Manchester Following Ariana Grande Concert Tragedy
James Corden spent a few minutes of his “The Late Late Show” on Monday night addressing the people of Manchester, following the deadly explosions that took place that night near an Ariana Grande concert.
The host acknowledged that they’re just now seeing reports unfold, and that “all we know is the tragic news that there are multiple fatalities and many injuries.” “It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news, that attacks like this can happen, and especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight,” he said.
“Many won’t have ever been to Manchester, but you will definitely have heard of it. It’s famous all over the world for so many wonderful things,” he said before going on to list some of those attributes, from the football teams to being the birthplace of the leader of the suffragettes.
“But when I think of Manchester, the »
- Alex Stedman
Cannes: Mubi Buys Bruce McDonald’s Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Weirdos’ for U.S. (Exclusive)
Streaming platform Mubi has acquired all U.S. rights to coming-of-age drama “Weirdos” for a late summer release in theaters, followed by an exclusive streaming premiere, Variety has learned exclusively.
Canadian director Bruce McDonald directed from a script by Daniel MacIvor. The movie is set in 1976 in Nova Scotia during the weekend of the American Bicentennial. Dylan Authors plays a 15-year-old running away from home with the help of his girlfriend, portrayed by Julia Sarah Stone, to move in with his estranged mother and to find himself. Molly Parker plays the mother.
“Weirdos” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Dennis Harvey said in his review for Variety: “More a short story than a novel in terms of cumulative heft, ‘Weirdos’ nonetheless benefits from the literary virtues of revealing character through a seemingly casual, anecdotal narrative. The performances are nicely in tune with the general tenor of wry, lower-case observation. »
- Dave McNary
Priyanka Chopra Reassures 'Baywatch' Viewers of Raunchy Content, Female Appeal
Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra and the cast of Baywatch indulged in some good, clean fun on Monday night at a special screening of the Paramount film in New York City. Despite plunging necklines on the red carpet and “cadaver penis” jokes onscreen, the actors reassured that the reboot isn’t too raunchy for fans of the original series.
“Yes, it’s an R-rated comedy, but hey, it’s about time we saw a good penis in a movie!” Alexandra Daddario told The Hollywood Reporter at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Kelly Rohrbach also shot down the notion: “Can anything be too raunchy in 2017?”
- Ashley Lee
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