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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
How Louis C.K. Became a King of Comedy
Over the last few years, Louis C.K. has become comedy royalty, due in large part to his much-adored FX series Louie, which closes out its fifth season tonight. C.K., 47, has won two Golden Globes and multiple Emmys; become the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden four times in the same month; enjoyed unprecedented creative freedom; and changed the game in terms of how comics promote their work, cutting out the middlemen and distributing many of his specials and independently funded projects on his website for as little as $5. But, as is the case with most in the comedy biz, C.K.'s ascent was the result of many a Diy risk and gamble. He's been on the scene for nearly three decades, in places you might not have suspected. Below, we document the gradual rise of Louis C.K. *** Louis Székely (phonetically close to C.K. — he would »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Letterman’s Sign Comes Down From Broadway
For more than 20 years, David Letterman's massive glowing Late Show marquee marked the entrance to Broadway's Ed Sullivan Theater. Not anymore — according to a tweet from SportsNet New York's Adam Rotter, the famous sign has joined Letterman's backdrop in the great TV-set Dumpster in the sky. There is no off position on the genius switch, but apparently there was one for that giant sign. »
- Nate Jones
Chris Pratt Plays the Piano and Documents His International Jurassic World Press Tour on Instagram—See the Pics!
Feel like traveling the world? Just follow Chris Pratt's Instagram. The Jurassic World star has been documenting his press tour for the upcoming reboot and is taking his fans along for the ride. Pratt has already visited Beijing and seems to be in London right now, but the silly actor is having some fun while promoting his highly anticipated dinosaur flick. While out and about in Beijing, the Parks and Recreation alum stumbled upon a "I heart Bj" T-shirt. Not one to overlook an obvious joke, Pratt posed with the tee and made a funny face. "I ❤ Bj I do. I mean I really do. And I for one am not afraid to admit it. I love Beijing. Ok?! There. I said it. I ❤Bj I feel so much »
’19 Kids and Counting’ Pulled From Hulu
Hulu appears to have removed “19 Kids and Counting” following star Josh Duggar’s admission that he acted “inexcusably” as a teenager in response to reports that he molested underage girls, including some of his sisters. Episodes were available on Wednesday, and while they will appear when searched for, users of the streaming service will be greeted with a “404” error message when they try to watch them. Hulu did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Also Read: Inside TLC's '19 Kids & Counting' Disaster: Why Network Is Facing Another Molestation Scandal The reality series has also been pulled from TLC’s schedule. »
- Reid Nakamura
Cannes: Patrick Stewart’s Grisly ‘Green Room’ Goes to Picturehouse-Altitude in U.K.
London — Picturehouse Entertainment and Altitude Film Entertainment have jointly acquired the U.K. distribution rights to Jeremy Saulnier’s ultraviolent backwoods horror pic “Green Room,” which played in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Pic stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Patrick Stewart.
The film centers on a group of punk rockers who have to escape the clutches of a neo-Nazi gang in Oregon. Variety‘s reviewer wrote: “This wilfully unpleasant midnight special further demonstrates its helmer’s machete-sharp sense of craft.”
Picturehouse released Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin” last May. “Green Room” marks the second joint acquisition by Picturehouse and Altitude after the purchase of Cedric Jimenez’s “The Connection” in Cannes last year. Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, which runs 22 theaters and programs a further 42 venues across the U.K. »
- Leo Barraclough
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Reunite—Watch Now!
Who brought Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez back together? God, of course. The famous exes both appeared in a Snapchat video presumably taken on Wednesday evening and shared by Hillsong preacher Rich Wilkerson Jr. The full video—which is 77 seconds long—shows the "Where Are Ü Now" singer, 21, and the "I Want You to Know" singer, 22, in the same room with a group of people. (Yes, Wilkerson is the same man who married Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.) The Snapchat videos were captured and posted on YouTube within minutes. According to reports, the exes also attended the same church service Sunday night. Needless to say, the singers' fans were divided over »
Jack White’s Contentious History With the Internet
We're starting to think Jack White doesn't fully grasp the internet. It's not that he doesn't know how to use it to communicate with fans, bring them high-end streaming music with Tidal, sell albums and tickets through various outlets, etc. It's just that things like Third Man Records' lengthy rant against it, "Jack White Click Bait Bingo Exhaustion," seems to show a lack of understanding that when a famous person says something interesting or borderline controversial, fans are going to react and writers are going to post about it, sometimes fairly and sometimes not. His high standards for internet discourse and journalism are admirable, but still unrealistic. And call us skeptical, but with Jack's penchant for toying with people pretty evident at this point, we have to wonder how often he loves steering into the skid and saying something sarcastic or, at least, scowling his way through a Cubs game »
- Dan Reilly
Riley Curry Helps Stephen Curry Deliver Mvp Press Conference, Sings Drake—Watch Now!
Riley Curry's encore press conference did not disappoint! Stephen Curry's adorable 2-year-old daughter returned to the podium Wednesday after the Golden State Warriors' 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets advanced them to the NBA Finals. Dad was technically center stage and fielding media questions, but let's be honest: Riley was the real Mvp! The little scene-stealer was feeling slightly sleepy at first, but as her NBA star dad started talking basketball, the game and what not, Riley perked up, realizing it was time to reclaim the spotlight. So what's a girl to do? Sing the Drake hook from Big Sean's "Blessed," of course! Steph couldn't help but smile as his baby girl »
Tracy Morgan’s First Interview Since Deadly Accident to Air on Monday’s ‘Today’ Show (Video)
Tracy Morgan is set to sit down with Matt Lauer for his first television interview since the June 2014 car crash that left him critically injured. The live in-studio conversation will air Monday, June 1 on NBC’s “Today” show, when Morgan will be joined by his lawyer Benedict Morelli. Morelli was also on “Today” Thursday, speaking about the prior day’s settlement with Walmart, the mega-company whose semi-truck rear-ended a limo bus carrying Morgan and other comedians. The New Jersey Turnpike accident left James McNair dead and the others badly injured. Also Read: Tracy Morgan, Walmart Reach Settlement in Car Crash »
- Tony Maglio
Universal Studios Japan Plans Tokyo Listing
Tokyo — Usj, the company that operates the Universal Studios Japan theme park in Osaka, plans to list its shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as early as September, pending Tse approval. The exact value of the shares to be listed has not yet been revealed.
In 2007 Usj listed on the Tse’s Mothers market for start-ups, but when the Usj park struggled to turn a profit, Usj’s largest shareholder, an investment fund affiliated with Goldman Sachs, launched a takeover bid and trading on Usj shares halted in 2009.
The company’s fortunes have since revived with the addition of new attractions, including the popular Harry Potter area, and the recovery of the Japanese economy. Attendance reached a record-setting 12.7 million in 2014. For the fiscal year ending in March, 2014 sales rose 17 percent year-on-year to $772 million, while ordinary profit soared 48 percent to $192 million — another all-time record.
- Mark Schilling
David Oyelowo on Commanding the Screen Solo for 90 Minutes in HBO’s ‘Nightingale’
Before he became Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma,” David Oyelowo took on one of his most challenging roles yet, as a man descending into madness in “Nightingale.” It was his first lead role in a film, and it required him to carry the drama solo for the entire 90 minute duration. “I knew it would be very exposing, I knew if it failed it would be glaringly obvious whose fault it was,” the actor told TheWrap. “Nightingale,” which premieres Friday on HBO, was written by Frederick Mensch and directed by Elliot Lester. Oyelowo plays a disturbed war veteran who suffers from. »
- Linda Ge
Evolution Expands Creative Team, Ups Alex Baskin to Partner
Exec vice president of programming and development Alex Baskin’s role has now been expanded and he will join chief executive officer Douglas Ross and chief financial officer Gregory B. Stewart as a partner at the company. Baskin will continue to oversee Evolution’s development team and provide creative oversight for all Evolution productions.
Evolution has also announced that Sara Hansemann has joined as vice president of development, where she will be tasked with generating new character driven docuseries and creating original formats for U.S. broadcast and cable networks. And Robert Carroll has been named vice president of current programming. He will manage a slate that includes “Vanderpump Rules” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” Both Hansemann and Carroll will report directly to Baskin. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Wade Robson's Molestation Claim Against Michael Jackson's Estate Dismissed; Choreographer Plans to Appeal
Choreographer Wade Robson, who accused Michael Jackson of molesting him over a seven-year period, cannot pursue his allegations against the singer's estate because he waited too long to file the legal action. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled on it Tuesday, saying the claim is untimely and should be dismissed. Robson had previously denied allegations that the King of Pop molested him. He even testified in Jackson's defense during the singer's criminal trial in 2005. However, Robson sued Jackson's estate in May 2013 over the molestation allegations. Attorneys for Jackson's estate have denied Robson's claims. Robson's attorney, Maryann Marzano, said via e-mail that her »
Tracy Morgan to Give First Interview Since Highway Crash on Monday's 'Today'
Tracy Morgan is finally ready to return to television. The Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock alum will appear on Monday's Today show, in his first TV interview since he was critically injured in a car crash last June. Morgan will be interviewed by Matt Lauer live in Today's Rockefeller Center studios and will be joined by his lawyer Benedict Morelli. Read More Tracy Morgan Settles Suit Against Walmart Over Highway Crash Apart from a few written statements sent out by Morgan's team and paparazzi photos that have emerged since the incident, Morgan essentially hasn't been seen or heard from
- Hilary Lewis
Michael King, TV Exec Who Helped Launch Oprah Winfrey’s Talk Show, Dies at 66
Michael King, the syndication mogul who with his older brother Roger helped launch Oprah Winfrey’s talk show, “Dr. Phil,” “Wheel of Fortune” and Jeopardy” into hugely profitable syndication franchises, died Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 66.
King reportedly died after contracting a virus several weeks ago. He had mostly been retired from the TV biz ever since the brothers sold their King World Productions banner to CBS for $2,5 billion in early 2000. Roger King died in late 2007.
The company was launched in the 1950s by their father, Charles King. It started out selling rerun packages of “The Little Rascals” and other vintage programs to local TV and radio stations. By the time Roger and Michael took the reins in the late 1970s, they were well positioned to capitalize on the demand for high-end nationally syndicated shows as TV stations around the country began moving away »
- Variety Staff
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