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Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (Exclusive)
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May.
Sony, however, needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date as Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders.
“We respect and support Amy’s decision, »
- Justin Kroll
'Beauty and the Beast' to Repeat at #1 Over 'Power Rangers', 'Life' and 'CHiPs'
As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jake Gyllenhaal, ‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa to Reteam on ‘The Anarchists vs ISIS’
Gyllenhaal is attached to star with Espinosa on board to helm the film adaptation.
The article tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists, and outcasts, who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia, known as the Ypg, to beat Isis in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.
“Jake and I are thrilled to partner with Daniel Espinosa on Seth Harp’s daring story. Thematically, »
- Justin Kroll
You’ll See More of Host Angela in ‘Westworld’ Season 2 – and Her Plot Thickens
A standout “Westworld” guest star has been promoted to series regular in Season 2 of the HBO series. Talulah Riley, who played the host and greeter Angela, will continue to play the character into Season 2, TheWrap has learned. Angela is the “host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Westworld' Could Be Another 'Game of Thrones'-Type Hit, Time Warner Boss Says As for what her role will be in the upcoming season, the spokesperson added something more sinister: “Angela will prove to be one of the last faces many guests will ever see. »
- Carli Velocci
James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing ’90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (Exclusive)
The duo is developing a ’90s teen drama with author and social media personality Kelly Oxford, who is writing the script, Variety has learned exclusively.
Franco and Rogen will serve as executive producers on the project that is in early development, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. The hourlong series is currently untitled. Variety‘s source described the project as a teen show set in the 1990’s.
Funny enough, Franco and Rogen started working together on their own teen series in the ’90s, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was a comedy set in the ’80s.
To date, the pair has worked on a number of films together from “Pineapple Express” to “The Interview” to “This Is the End” and most recently, “The Disaster Artist,” which debuted at SXSW to rave reviews. The »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Bob Iger Reveals Young Han Solo’s Age, More ‘Star Wars’ Details
Disney CEO Bob Iger shed a little more light on the upcoming young Han Solo movie at a USC event Thursday, providing details about the “Star Wars” universe film centered around the pilot iconically played by Harrison Ford. In an interview with USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay — also Iger’s wife — in Santa Monica, he said the still-untitled film, scheduled for release on May 25, 2018, will cover Solo’s life from the ages of 18 to 24 and show him finding the Millennium Falcon, meeting Chewbacca and obtaining his name. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing »
- Matt Pressberg
Andrew Dice Clay In Negotiations To Join ‘A Star Is Born’ In Key Role
Exclusive: The Diceman cometh. Andrew Dice Clay, whose acting prowess was on display in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and HBO’s Vinyl, is in negotiations to play the coveted role of Lorenzo in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. The role is known to be significant and considered the comic relief in Warner Bros’ remake; Clay will portray Lady Gaga’s “very Italian” father in what’s said to be a scene-stealing role. A Star Is Born is about a singer (Lady Gaga) who falls in love… »
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Hits $461 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney’s blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” has notched $461.9 million at the worldwide box office in its first week.
The live-action remake took in $11.4 million in North America on Wednesday, setting an all-time record for earning the most revenue on a Wednesday in March — with $8.4 million, it’s 36% above “Passion of the Christ.” “Beauty and the Beast” has already surpassed the entire domestic run of the live-action “Cinderella,” which totaled $201 million in North America.
Internationally, “Beauty and the Beast” reeled in $21.9 million on Wednesday. It opened in France yesterday with $1.8 million, including previews with a 50% market share, representing the second-biggest opening day of 2017 in the country, behind only “Fifty Shades Darker,” and more than double that posted by “Cinderella” and “Maleficent.”
“Beauty and the Beast” also launched in first in Belgium with a 70% market share — the biggest debut of the year in that territory. »
- Dave McNary
Miles Teller’s War Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Gets Awards Season Release
Based on David Finkel’s 2013 book, “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The cast includes Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith.
- Dave McNary
Cottonwood’s Pre-School Series ‘Ollie & Moon’ Sold to Italy, Finland
DeAGostini channel Super! in Italy and pubcaster Yle in Finland are the latest buyers on pre-school series “The Ollie & Moon Show,” a Cottonwood Media production distributed by Federation Kids & Family.
The deals add to the show’s global reach of over 150 territories already licensed. Previous key sales include to France Télévisions in France, NBC Sprout in the U.S., Tvo and Knowledge in Canada, Discovery in Latin America, D-Kids in Middle East and North Africa, Vrt in Belgium and Ietv in Israel.
An edutainment short-format series, “Ollie” follows a couple of six-year-old globe-trotting cats on a world tour, introducing to kids the joys of unlikely friendships, global citizenship, memorable adventures and new food, language, cities, and customs.
“These new acquisitions just go to show that good storytelling and magnetic characters are truly universal,” said Monica Levy, senior VP, co-production and sales at Federation Kids & Family, a joint-venture launched in 2015 by »
- Emiliano De Pablos
'Life' Star Ariyon Bakare on Wanting to Be America’s "Elegant Black British Guy"
The U.K. could soon lose another one of its acting talents to the lures of the U.S.
Ariyon Bakare, after a career spanning two decades on British TV in shows such as Doctors, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and Dancing on the Edge, alongside some acclaimed stage performances, has Hollywood in his sights.
While the Londoner has already notched up a number of smaller roles in some major blockbusters – most notably The Dark Knight and Rogue One (playing Blue Squadron pilot Blue Four, no less) – in Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi thriller Life – released by Sony Friday – he’s found »
- Alex Ritman
Film Review: ‘Bokeh’
“Last people on Earth” movies are practically a genre in themselves, having begun as a reaction to 1950s atom-bomb anxiety (“On the Beach,” “Five”), then remained a sporadic presence in all subsequent waves of screen sci-fi, including environmental and zombie apocalypses. “Bokeh” belongs to the category’s least populist corner, in which the catastrophic event itself is not depicted and/or left entirely mysterious, with the focus on the few survivors. and how they manage — or fail — to carry on after civilization’s end.
Movies of this stripe (like “Glen and Randa,” “The Quiet Earth” or, more recently, “The Road”) are bound to frustrate those anticipating any conventional fantasy thrills, while instead aiming to provide the abstract rewards of a speculative mood piece. That’s likely to be the reaction to “Bokeh,” which takes its name from the photographic term for blurry parts of a picture produced by variable lens focus. »
- Dennis Harvey
Galaxy Weiying Receives Additional Investment
Galaxy Weiying Entertainment, the Hong Kong-based investment vehicle, that last week revealed a stake in Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell,” has received an additional cash injection.
The capital has come from family-controlled Huang’s Entertainment. The value of the injection was not disclosed.
Galaxy Weiying is a joint venture between Beijing Weiying Technology, one of China’s leading online ticketing firms, and investor Johnny Hsu. Gary Locke, former U.S. Ambassador to China, is an adviser to the fund. Hsu heads Lead Capital, a mergers and acquisitions boutique.
Weiying has moved upstream into film production and investment and aims to make use of its massive access to big data flowing from its cinema booking services and relationships with other companies including WeChat. In summer last year it launched Chinese production company Nextainment. With a more international investment outlook, Galaxy Weiying was established in December last year.
Weiying Galaxy says »
- Patrick Frater
Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu Named Jury President of Shanghai Film Festival
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu will preside over the jury that decides the winner of the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Award, event organizers revealed Friday.
Considered one of the leading lights of the Romanian New Wave, Mungiu burst onto the international scene in 2007 with his second feature, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, marking the first time the prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker. He later won the best screenplay award at Cannes for his 2012 drama Beyond the Hills.
"I have tremendous respect for Asian films, so »
- Patrick Brzeski
‘Scandal': Abby Whelan is the Shadiest of Them All (Recap)
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Y’all remember Abby Whelan? Former red-headed gladiator turned Chief of Staff Abby, played by Darby Stanchfield? Remember how innocent — I mean as innocent as any character on “Scandal” can really be — and just good-hearted she was? Yeah, that’s all out the window because a new Abby’s in town. Thursday night’s episode was all about Huck (Guillermo Diaz) running around in circles trying to find out who the mole was after Rowan Pope (Joe Morton) convinced him that he’s »
- Rasha Ali
Even Patton Oswalt Can’t Make Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Terrible Twitter Jokes Funny (Video)
Former Arkansas Governor and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has become notorious in recent months for using his twitter feed as a forum for terrible jokes, inspired by current events. Often as mean spirited as they are unfunny, they’re also quite frequently just as notable for being completely indecipherable. You know, kind of like a dadaist take on the classic dad joke — if dad liked poop jokes, Ambien references, and of course, taking transphobic, homophobic cracks at the expense of murder victims. But what if the problem wasn’t the jokes, just the person telling them? After all, Huckabee »
- Ross A. Lincoln
SXSW Film Review: ‘The Work’
Locked away in Folsom State Prison, the tough, tattooed men seen in “The Work” are serving heavy-duty time, in some cases multiple life sentences, for violent crimes. Most will never be released, and yet, as we discover via Jairus McLeary’s remarkable vérité portrait — winner of the SXSW documentary competition — a handful of these maximum-security inmates are committed to mastering their tempers, getting in touch with their emotions, and making an effort to help outsiders do the same.
Pushing its cameras past the gates, past the guards, and even past the imaginary emotional barriers its subjects erected years ago in order to deal with their personal demons, “The Work” brings audiences into the “Inside Circle,” an intensive four-day group therapy program where society’s worst offenders interact with individuals from the free world. It’s not hard to imagine the benefit messed-up convicts might see in addressing their issues; less clear, »
- Peter Debruge
‘Grey’s Anatomy': Why Dr. Owen Hunt is Husband Goals (Commentary)
(Spoiler alert: Do Not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”) We all know Dr. Owen Hunt right? Tall handsome doctor with reddish hair, played by Kevin McKidd? Who was previously dating Dr. Christina Yang (Sandra Oh), before that all went south and now he’s married to Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone)? Yeah well he’s just given all of us husband goals. Hunt has been an a-plus role model almost from the start. He and Dr. Shepherd — McDreamy’s sister — fell in love and got married. Great for them, but during their wedding, »
- Rasha Ali
New York Times: ‘Trump Misleads’ About Paper’s Coverage of Obama ‘Tapp’ Claim
The New York Times tonight is pushing back — hard — against statements made by President Trump, in an interview with Time Magazine, that the paper’s coverage supports his repeatedly-disputed claim that he was under surveillance ordered personally by former President Barack Obama. Stating outright that “Trump Misleads,” The Times’ rebuttal doesn’t call the President a liar, as it has several times in recent months. But nonetheless the Gray Lady offered a scathing, point-by-point fact check of Trump’s assertions about the paper’s reporting. Also Read: Fox News 'Knows of No Evidence' That Backs Up Trump's Wiretapping Claim (Video »
- Ross A. Lincoln
‘Scandal’ Main Characters Ranked By How Shady They Are (Photos)
“Scandal” is known for being … scandalous (duh), but the show wouldn’t have its notoriety for being so without its shady characters. So we’ve got the definitive ranking of how shady all the main characters of “Scandal” really are. Eli Pope Poppa Pope Is Shady Af!!! There’s really nothing we can say that will exemplify how shady Eli Pope is. Combine all the manipulative characters into one and you’d probably get a third of how truly twisted Daddy Pope is. Other than being the head of B613 for over 20 years (as if that doesn’t mess you »
- Rasha Ali
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