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Halo: Steven Spielberg and Microsoft Creating Live-Action TV Series
Master Chief, prepare for your TV debut. Microsoft announced today that they, along with legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, are developing a live-action TV series based on the world of Halo. "The Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet to produce something truly groundbreaking," Spielberg said in a pretaped video during Microsoft's official reveal of the Xbox One. "Halo has always been more than a game," 343 Industries' Bonnie Ross added while announcing the series. The Halo series will be commissioned exclusively for Xbox Live. Release date is yet to be determined, but we can just go ahead and »
Kristen Wiig to star in Will Ferrell-produced comedy 'Welcome to Me'
"Saturday Night Live" buddies Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell are at it again. Wiig has signed to star in the upcoming comedy-drama "Welcome to Me," which will be produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum, with Robyn Wholey as executive producer. It was previously reported that Ferrell will also appear in the film, but that hasn't been confirmed. Ferrell and Wiig are co-starring in McKay's upcoming "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." "Welcome to Me" centers on Alice (Wiig), a woman who suffers from dissociative personality disorder. When she wins the lottery, Alice invests it in an endless cable access talk show about herself, alienating »
- Dave Lewis
Will Smith: Kanye West Is Pushing Me to Make New Music
Is Will Smith ready to release new music? Well, not so fast. The actor did admit to HipHollywood.com that Kanye West has been urging the star to get back to his musical roots. "I've been messing around with Kanye," he revealed. "We went in the studio a couple times, so I might get the bug. I'm not going to do it unless I'm truly inspired, but Ye's been pushing me a little bit." Smith's already dipping his toe back into the musical pool. Last night on the Late Show, Big Willie reprised one of his classics, "Summertime," and didn't miss a beat on the mic. We're definitely ready for him to top the charts again! »
Damon Lindelof Admits 'Star Trek' Strip Down Was 'Gratuitous,' 'Misogynistic' Moment
"Star Trek Into Darkness" co-writer Damon Lindelof has kind of, sort of apologized for anyone offended by the gratuitous display of Alice Eve's nearly-naked body in movie theaters (and the movie's marketing) around the world. "I copped to the fact that we should have done a better job of not being gratuitous in our representation of a barely clothed actress," Lindelof wrote on Twitter on Monday night. Also read: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Can't Hit Warp Speed at Box Office Given the fact the image in question was featured in numerous trailers leading up to »
- Greg Gilman
Carol Burnett Wins Mark Twain Prize for Humor
This year, the Kennedy Center has chosen Carol Burnett as the recipient of the 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The TV legend launched The Carol Burnett Show in 1967, and it ran for 11 seasons on CBS, scoring 25 Emmys; Burnett herself won six over the course of her career, not to mention eight Golden Globes, 12 People's Choice Awards and a Peabody (for the 1979 ABC movie Friendly Fire). "I can't believe I'm getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center. It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington," Burnett said Tuesday in a statement. Photos: TV's
- THR staff
Catherine Zeta-Jones to Check Out of Treatment for Bipolar Disorder Today
Catherine Zeta-Jones got the help she needed. In late April, the Side Effects star checked herself into treatment for her bipolar II disorder. And on Tuesday, Michael Douglas' love is expected to be released from treatment, the actor tells People. "Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility," Zeta-Jones' rep said in a statement last month. "Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner." The 43-year-old Oscar winner first sought treatment for bipolar disorder in April 2011. Afterwards, she candidly opened up about her struggle. "This is a disorder that affects millions of people, and »
Ang Lee Exits FX Pilot Tyrant
Two months after boarding the FX drama pilot Tyrant, Ang Lee has bowed out. "It is one of the most brilliant ideas for a series that I’ve seen and one about which I was very excited," the two-time Oscar winner said. "However, after spending over four years making and promoting Life of Pi, I have recently realized that I need some rest." Bummer — seeing what Lee would've done with the political thriller was high on our curiosity list. Tyrant comes from Homeland's Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright. »
- Zach Dionne
Pda of the Day: Emma Roberts and Evan Peters Kiss During Museum Date in NYC
Pucker up! While waiting in line at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC today, Emma Roberts and boyfriend Evan Peters enjoyed a smooching session to pass the time. The 22-year-old Scream starlet and 26-year-old American Horror Story actor were snapped kissing with their arms wrapped around each other. Roberts sported a white lace top while Peters looked casual in a green shirt during their cultural outing. The cute couple was spotted laughing while enjoying the Big Apple art scene. Roberts tweeted a photo of a painting today with the caption, "My favorite piece I saw today #met." She also posted a shot of a Picasso work. »
Cannes: Strand Releasing Grabs 'Stranger at the Lake' for North America
North American rights to Alain Guiraudie's Stranger at the Lake (L’Inconnu du lac) have been picked up by Los Angeles-based Strand Releasing. The psychological thriller, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the fest, stars Pierre Deladonchamps as Frank, a young man who find himself attracted to a man (Christophe Paou) who may be a killer. Photos: Cannes Competition Lineup Features 'Behind the Candelabra,' 'Only God Forgives,' 'Nebraska' Films du Losange’s head of sales, Agathe Valentin, and Jon Gerrans from Strand Releasing brokered the deal in Cannes. In THR's review of the film, critic Jordan
- Rebecca Ford
Amy Fine Collins’ ‘God of Driving’ Heads Toward Big Screen
Dignity Film Finance is driving toward a feature film version of “The God of Driving,” acquiring movie rights to the Amy Fine Collins novel.
Dignity will fully finance and “Gray Matters” director Sue Kramer will direct from her own adaptation of the novel. Jill Footlick (“Greetings from Tim Buckley”) will produce and Marina Grasic will exec produce.
The novel’s full title is “The God of Driving: How I Overcame Fear and Put Myself in the Driver’s Seat (with the Help of a Good and Mysterious Man).”
Dignity plans to start international sales at Berlin next February. The project is set to start shooting in spring next year.
The novel was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. It follows Collins, a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and Manhattan socialite, as she decides to overcome her lifelong phobia of driving — eventually becoming captivated by her instructor and obsessed with the automotive world. »
- Dave McNary
Ischia Fest to Fete Iginio Straffi
Italo animation mogul Iginio Straffi will be feted by the Ischia Global Film Festival, which Cannes fest juror Christoph Waltz is expected to attend, along with other expected guests in a stellar roster.
Straffi is topper of Rainbow Animation, in which Viacom holds a stake, creator of the “Winx” movies and TV series aired globally. He is also maker of 3D feature “Gladiators of Rome” to be released by Paramount Stateside. Straffi will receive Ischia’s Filmmaker of the Year Award.
Titles screening at Ischia will include the European premieres of Dito Montiel’s “Empire State,” Amanda Eliasch’s “The Gun The Cake and The Butterfly,” Omar Ynigo’s “Marcelo,” Shari Singer Berman’s “Girl Most Likely” and Rory Kennedy’s docu “Ethel.” Shawn Levy’s “The Internship,” produced by Milchan, will have its Italo preem. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Action-Packed New Man Of Steel Trailer
After several moody, tonally Terrence Malick-style teases for Man Of Steel, and then that impressive, grandiose effort more recently, things kick up a notch further on the action stakes with this combat-laden new trailer. There’s a greater chance for big moments (fights, not plot) to be spoiled, so take care, but otherwise… enjoy. Launched with another message from Michael “I Will Find Him!” Shannon’s General Zod as he demands that we Earthlings tell him where Kal-El is hiding, it then segues into a blistering barrage of action scenes as Superman (Henry Cavill) faces off against Zod and, in particular in this one, Antje Traue’s Faora, who delivers a chilling threat to our hero: “For every human you save, we will kill a million more…” So if you were wondering whether Zod and Faora would be basically decent types, there’s your answer. Those two (and the »
Cannes: Weinstein's Radius Picks Up Keanu Reeves' 'Man Of Tai Chi'
Radius-twc, the Weinstein Company''s self-styled boutique label, has inked a deal for North American rights to Keanu Reeves' directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi. No financial details were revealed. Set in modern Beijing, the story follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights grow tougher, he must compromise his own beliefs in order to survive. Photos: Radiant 'X-Men' Star Fan Bingbing Honored at Glittery Cannes Fest Reeves stars in the film opposite Chen – a
- Stuart Kemp
Cannes 2013: Transporter 4-6 Announced
It's a long five years since Jason Statham last fastened his seatbelt for a Transporter movie. In the meantime, Stath has gone on to bigger things in the Expendables and others, and The Transporter has continued quietly without him, as a TV series with Chris Vance. More movies are finally on the way though, with Luc Besson's EuropaCorp just striking a deal at Cannes for another three instalments.Before you get too excited, there's no mention at all yet that Statham will be returning to his signature role of Frank Martin, the driver who never changes the deal and never opens the package. Statham played the role in three films (four if you include his cameo in Collateral) and sad as it feels to say it, we'd kind of be surprised to see him return: it would feel like a step backwards for a man recently confirmed to be »
Cannes Film Review: ‘Grigris’
Working-class hoofer Billy Elliot was living the high life compared to “Grigris,” the eponymous hero of Chadian writer-helmer Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s typically studied fifth feature. The story of a disabled, dance-crazy young buck whose involvement in an illegal gasoline-trafficking ring eventually has him running scared, this elegant, geographically vivid pic is considerably leaner than its melodramatic premise might suggest, though wan characterization makes it less immediately engaging than Haroun’s last film, 2010′s Cannes jury prizewinner “A Screaming Man.” Distributors may well feel the same way, though fest programmers routinely starved for accessible African fare will keep the film’s dance card full.
With the film set in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena, a large but still-disenfranchised city where radio carries a slow trickle of outside culture to the population, it’s perhaps appropriate that “Grigris” opens, quaintly, with an apparent reference to “Saturday Night Fever”: Dressed in »
- Guy Lodge
Peter Webber to Direct Rose Tremain's 'The Colour'
Peter Webber (Emperor, The Girl With The Pearl Earring) will direct an adaptation of English author Rose Tremain's epic novel, The Colour, which is to be made as a U.K.-New Zealand co-production, the New Zealand Film Commission said Wednesday. Video: Peter Webber Cannes 'Emperor' 2012 The Colour has been developed by producer Ray Marshall's Festival Films, with support form the New Zealand Film Commission and will be co-produced with New Zealand producer Tim Coddington's Nukuhau Films, reuniting Coddington and Webber who worked together on Emperor. Story: Peter Webber to Direct 'Happy Camp' Tremain, who won the
- Pip Bulbeck
Sony Board to Discuss Spin-off of Stake in Entertainment Business
Tokyo – Sony's board will examine the proposal from a U.S. hedge fund to sell off a stake in its entertainment division, but refused to give a timetable for when it would reply, CEO Kaz Hirai said at a strategy meeting at Sony's global headquarters on Wednesday afternoon. Story: Sony Investor Seeks Spinoff of Stake in Entertainment Business The proposal was not mentioned specifically in a 40-minute presentation on Sony's medium-term strategy across its wide-ranging portfolio of businesses, but Hirai faced repeated questions about the company's response afterward. Story: Sony Posts First Annual Profit in Five
- Gavin J. Blair
Last Night on Late Night: Jason Bateman, Goaded into Blaming Will Arnett for Arrested Development Hold-Up
Last night on the Late Show, David Letterman made it a mission to figure out the cause for the lag in reuniting the Arrested Development cast. "It was, uh, nothing really exciting," Jason Bateman stuttered. "Money, huh?" Letterman interjected. "Um, yes, uhh, no, ahhh." "Who was the holdout?" "Will Arnett." Oh, Gob. Plus: Gillian Anderson, seated between two bearded gentlemen, Aziz Ansari and Jimmy Fallon, caused a bit of a quibblefest over the manliness of manscaping. Also, Tom Hanks, in his quest for a new theater, disrupted David Letterman's monologues over and over and over. As Hanks sees it, the Ed Sullivan theater will soon go the way of the Tonight Show. And finally, Craig Ferguson's zany comedy left Zach Galifiankis utterly defeated and speechless. Watch our compilation to see what you missed. »
- Caroline Shin
Allison Anders, Jewel Sing June Carter Cash’s Praises
The enduring and oft-tortured romance and marriage of Johnny Cash and the Carter Family’s June Carter Cash continues to provide compelling cinematic subject matter. The latest incarnation of the country music saga reaches the small screen May 27, when Lifetime airs director Allison Anders’ new take on the story, “Ring of Fire.” The pic had its premiere screening Tuesday night as part of the Grammy Museum’s “Reel to Reel” film series.
The telepic covers some of the same ground as James Mangold’s 2005 biopic “Walk the Line.” Matt Ross (“American Horror Story”) essays Johnny Cash this time around, but – it being a Lifetime production – the film focuses on June Carter Cash and her long-running struggle to keep her pill-addicted partner straight. Taking her first major screen role since Ang Lee’s 1999 feature “Ride With the Devil,” pop/country singer Jewel portrays Carter Cash from the ages of 22 to 72.
- Christopher Morris
The Wolfpack gets together one last time to talk about working on 'The Hangover Part III'
When you go to Vegas to talk about "The Hangover Part III," of course part of your trip has to be a sit-down conversation with The Wolfpack. Already, I am getting hammered with letters and comments from people who seem genuinely angry with me over my review for the film, and one guy suggested that I go easy on films where I interview the talent. Let me explain once again the way this works. When I sit down with people to discuss their movie, that is their opportunity to tell me what movie they think they've made. When I write the »
- Drew McWeeny
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