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Wonder Woman: Chris Pine in Talks to Play Love Interest Steve Trevor
It looks like Wonder Woman is starting to build out its cast. Gal Gadot is set to play the Amazonian warrior, and now Variety reports that Chris Pine is in talks to play love interest, Steve Trevor. For those who are unfamiliar with the comics, Trevor occupies a unique place not just in terms of his relationship with Wonder Woman, but also her origin story. In the original Wonder Woman comics, Trevor is an intelligence officer who crashes on the Amazonian homeland of Paradise Island. Princess Diana/Wonder Woman rescues him and she eventually follows him back to America under the alter-ego, Diana Prince. Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston designed the character to be strong and independent, but her origin story is linked to her love interest. [caption id="attachment_464849" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via DC Comics[/caption] It's a trickly balancing act between setting up a woman who doesn't need to rely on a man, »
- Matt Goldberg
The Rock’s ‘San Andreas’ to Quake and Bake to $40 Million at Box Office
The Rock is on a roll, and it’s not going to end with “San Andreas.” The 3D earthquake disaster movie will rumble to $40 million in its box office debut for New Line and Warner Bros. this weekend, bullish analysts predict. That should be plenty to knock off the reigning No. 1 movie “Tomorrowland” and the weekend’s other wide opener, “Aloha,” which is written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Sony’s romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and Bill Murray has had a hard time overcoming negative buzz that began last December, when hacked emails from former studio chairwoman. »
- Todd Cunningham
Watch Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reunite on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee!
The Seinfeld reunion is officially going down! In a preview for season six of Jerry Seinfeld's Crackle show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the 61-year-old funnyman reunites with his longtime friend and former co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus! In addition to Louis-Dreyfus, the season six trailer clip shows Seinfeld having hilarious conversations with stars like Jim Carrey, Steve Harvey, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher and Trevor Noah. Seinfeld and his guests hop into a bevy of rare and expensive cars before heading to the nearest diner for some coffee (hence the name of the show). At one point, Seinfeld and Louis-Dreyfus have each other in stitches while strolling around Los Angeles. "You are the James Bond »
Fast & Furious 8 Is Promising a Location Change
Vin Diesel isn't subtle. One time, when he wanted to tease fans with the title art of his planned Hannibal biopic, he did it from the inside of a private helicopter. This is how Vin Diesel rolls. Today, he's continuing to sell Fast & Furious 8, basically confirming on Instagram a nugget he dropped earlier: the gang is heading to Manhattan in 2017. #TorettoTuesday A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on May 26, 2015 at 12:26pm Pdt As part of #TorettoTuesday, Vin Diesel posted the above graphic on his Instagram page. There.s no message to the fans beyond, "Here.s a shot of New York City. We.re coming." The photo actually lacks some of NYC's major, distinguishable landmarks. We don.t see the Chrysler Building, or the Empire State Building on this skyline. But that.s undoubtedly the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground, so the photo confirms what »
Kate Upton, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning Eyed for J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trilogy (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. and director David Yates have narrowed down their choices for the two female leads opposite Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling‘s “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” TheWrap has learned. Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons and Alison Sudol are up for the role of Queenie, while Kate Upton, Katherine Waterston and Elizabeth Debicki are being eyed to play Queenie’s older sister, Tina, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap. Though it’s unclear whether all of those actresses are available or even wish to pursue the project, »
- Jeff Sneider
California Rebounds Sharply in 2014 Feature Film Production
Amid rising optimism about California’s status as a production center, producers returned to California last year in a big way as the state became the top site for major feature films with 22 of the top 106 projects, according to a new Film L.A. study.
The number of California-made projects — 18 live action and four animated — jumped 47% from 15 in 2013. California was far and away the top shooting state for features, leading New York with 13, the U.K. and Canada with 12 each, Georgia with 10 and Louisiana with five as the Bayou State saw production plunge from its leading number of 18 in 2013.
It was the second year in which FilmL.A. has issued the report and it came five weeks before California’s sweetened tax incentive program goes into effect for the next five years. FilmL.A. said the 22 projects filmed in California in 2014 brought an estimated $1.11 billion in total production spending to the state, »
- Dave McNary
Curators Weigh In on Whether (and How) They’d Display Emma Sulkowicz’s Protest Mattress
Emma Sulkowicz’s Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) concluded this month with her graduation from Columbia University. Now that it’s put to bed, so to speak, a series of questions arises. Among them: What should become of the mattress itself? She herself told the Times on Class Day: “If some sort of museum wants to buy it, then I’m open to that. But I’m not going to just throw it away.” Mattress Performance has been admired for, among other things, its ability to catalyze a conversation outside the bounds of art. It has also been controversial for that same reason. As an art object, it could fit in with a rich lineage of bed-based artworks. In 1955, Robert Rauschenberg arrived upon one of his first so-called “combines” with Bed, an assemblage of a pillow, sheet, and quilt splattered with oils and hung like a painting on the wall. »
- Andy Battaglia
Emilia Clarke Will "Never Again" Google Herself After Being Called a "Fat Bitch," Is Wary of Being Naked Onscreen
Emilia Clarke is undoubtedly beautiful. Ever since her character, Daenerys Targaryen, disrobed in the premiere episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, though, too much attention has been placed on the actress' appearance. "I remember when everything first kicked off, I Googled myself. You just do; it's instinct," she tells Marie Claire U.K. "But never again. It just takes that one person who says, 'She's a fat bitch,' and you're like, 'I'm a fat bitch!'" In the magazine's July issue, Clarke also reveals why she's wary of being naked onscreen so often. In fact, it's the main reason she turned down the lead role of Anastasia Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. »
Imax China Unit Files for Hong Kong Ipo
Imax Corp. said Thursday that its Imax China Holding unit has submitted a listing application in connection with plans for an initial public offering and listing of its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Management has long signaled it was looking for a stock market listing of its Chinese subsidiary. Incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands, Imax China was established by to oversee the expansion of Imax's business throughout Greater China. Read More China's Huayi Bros., Imax Deepen Relationship With First Theater Deal Imax filing for a Hong Kong Ipo was preceded by the giant-screen exhibitor
- Etan Vlessing, Georg Szalai
Stockholm Fest Launches Impact Award For Best International Film
Stockholm International Film Festival is launching the Stockholm Impact Award, a kudo that will go to an international movie.
The Impact Award will be given to a film presented in the newly-created Impact selection, which will be dedicated to “headstrong visionaries who reflect our contemporary world,” stated the fest.
The Impact lineup will comprise seven to ten films from all over the world have their world. Pics will either have their international or European premiere at the fest.
The award will be joined by a grant of 1 million Sek, the equivalent to approximately $120K, to
support the development of the winning director’s upcoming project.
“We are proud to present this new award, which will be one of the biggest film awards in the world. Several factors point to Stockholm as an ideal platform, the timing after Toronto and Afm is attractive for a European launch,” said festival director Git Scheynius. »
- Elsa Keslassy
'Game of Thrones' death watch: Jon Snow has 33/1 odds of dying next
According to exclusive Gold Derby predictions, Jon Snow has 33/1 odds of dying on the next episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "Hardhome." Do you agree or disagree with those odds? Hurry -- make your own predictions for Sunday's episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will die next. -Break- Who will die on 'Game of Thrones'? See exclusive predictions In our "Game of Thrones" predictions center, you get to answer the following seven questions each week: Which Main character will die in this episode? Which Recurring character will die in this episode? Which Minor character will die in this episode? How many dragons will appear in this episode? Will Tyrion have a drink in this episode? Will we see a white walker in this episode? Will there be full frontal nudity in this episode. »
Lagardère Active Kick Starts Euro Expansion Buying ‘Mysteries of Laura’s’ Boomerang TV
Madrid – In a first step in international expansion, Lagardère Active, one of France’s biggest media groups, has acquired an 82% stake in Spain’s Grupo Boomerang TV, producers of the original TV series “The Mysteries of Laura,” remade by Warner Bros. for NBC.
But Lagardère doesn’t look likely to stop there. In a drive for scale, Denis Olivennes (pictured), Lagardère Active president, recently signaled his interest to Le Figaro in acquiring a TV production group in the U.K., Germany or Scandinavia catapulting Lagardère into the top five entertainment forces in Europe.
“With Arnaud Lagardère’s full support from day one, we have the drive and means necessary to reach critical mass on the European audiovisual production market; this acquisition is a first step to get us there,” Olivennes said in a press statement Thursday.
Lagardere Entertainment, Lagardère Active’s entertainment division, is already France’s leading drama producer, »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Russell Brand to Headline India's Comedy Central Chuckle Festival
Russell Brand will be performing in India at the second edition of the Comedy Central Chuckle Festival in June. The event is organized by Comedy Central India, part of Viacom18 Networks. A Viacom18 spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Brand will be performing in all the three cities where the festival will be held. The fest kicks off in June 26 in the capital New Delhi, followed by Bangalore on June 27 before culminating in Mumbai on June 28. Tickets are expected to go on sale shortly. The festival was launched in 2013 and featured American comedians Gabriel
- Nyay Bhushan
FIFA Corruption Scandal: The Best Memes
The arrest and U.S. indictment of high-level officials of world soccer governing body FIFA and others has not only drawn media headlines across the globe. It has also led to a slew of memes poking fun at FIFA, its boss Sepp Blatter, who was not arrested and is not facing charges, and the U.S. interest in the soccer body. Quite a few memes include Hollywood references. Here is a look at some of the memes that have been posted within a day of the early Wednesday morning arrests in Zurich, Switzerland: FIFA Scandal: The Movie? The Usual
- Georg Szalai
U2 Pays Tribute to Late Tour Manager at La Concert
Taking the stage about 15 hours after the death of Dennis Sheehan, their tour manager of more than 30 years, the members of U2 turned Wednesday night’s concert at the Forum in Los Angeles into a tribute to the man they called a member of their family. Sheehan passed away early Wednesday morning in his room at the Sunset Marquis Hotel following the band’s first concert at the Forum on Tuesday night. He had been working for the band since 1983, said Bono after the first few songs in the Forum show. “Last night we lost a member of our family, »
- Steve Pond
Thom Yorke’s Latest Work Is on the Longer Side
Thom Yorke's latest project is a 432-hour-long soundtrack, which has no two minutes sounding exactly the same, The Independent reports. Dubbed Subterranea, the evolving project is playing in the background of a new, 18-day-long Stanley Donwood exhibition ("The Panic Office") in Sydney, Australia. (Yorke did Donwood the majorly dedicated solid because the latter is the guy who has designed a massive chunk of Radiohead's album art.) The show began May 21 and will continue through June 6; it so far sounds like "an eerie mix of ambient textures, experimental sounds, and field recordings," according to Australia's radio station Triple J. Consequence of Sound adds that the work's "subs will boom from the floor, mids will echo through the walls, while the highs rain down from the ceiling." Neat. At the moment, it unfortunately looks like the marathon track won't be released to the public after the exhibition, but you can »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
5 Things We Learned from ‘Empire’ Star Terrence Howard and Show’s Creators at the Code Conference
Team “Empire” dropped in on the Code Conference on Wednesday night to talk about the intersection of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. The event, held at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and now in its second year, featured star Terrence Howard, who plays hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon in the Fox series, and the show’s producers, including executive producer Brian Grazer, creators Danny Strong and Lee Daniels and executive producer and showrunner Ilene Chaiken. Also Read: Emmy Contenders to Watch: 'Mad Men,' 'Transparent,' 'Empire,' 'Game of Thrones' and Netflix Breakouts Five things we learned: »
- Deborah Day
Tyler, the Creator, Is Freaking People Out With These Cryptic Odd Future Tweets
Tyler, the Creator — the odd and future king of the hip-hop collective Ofwgkta — decided to wax sentimental Wednesday night, and people are losing their marbles because of it. Going through some of his old Tumblr posts, the rapper began a tweet-spree about how he misses his crew as well as the good old days. He reminisced about messing up his leg, making "Trouble on My Mind," and putting slugs on the faces of sleeping people. Oh, and here's what everybody's making a fuss about: He also kind of dropped a bomb along the way, implying that Odd Future might be "no more."Initial reports have presumed that the "7 letters" refer to Ofwgkta (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, the full name of the Odd Future collective), but Tyler hasn't yet elaborated on the tweet and what it could mean. (At time of publication he also hadn't yet »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill Cries While Debating Duggar Molestation Scandal on CNN (Video)
HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill seemed to get emotional Wednesday on Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight,” as the panel discussed the child molestation scandal surrounding TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.” The panel debated conservative support of the show’s evangelical Duggar family, whose eldest child Josh has admitted to acting “inexcusably” while a teenager. “What he did was awful. There should be punishment, there should be justice, there should be all of those things,” said Hill, who is also a CNN political commentator. As tears began streaming down his face, he added, “But I also think a lot of »
- Deborah Day
Bono Honors U2 Tour Manager at Forum Show: "We Lost a Member of Our Family" (Video)
U2 took a pause during its sold-out show at The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday night to honor a loss of "family": the band's longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, who died earlier in the day. Bono paid homage to Sheehan early in the set, as he introduced "Iris" from Songs of Innocence. "What a privilege to share the stage with these brothers of mine and to share this evening with you who have given us everything. U2 is kind of family. It's a brotherhood, although there's a lot of sisters too. But our extended family is very very important to us. We look
- Billboard Staff
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