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'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Filmmakers to Write, Direct Joker and Harley Quinn Movie (Exclusive)
Who’s laughing now?
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors and executive producers of the hit NBC drama This Is Us and who also wrote and helmed the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love, are entering the DC cinematic universe at Warner Bros.
The duo are in final negotiations to pen and helm an untitled movie project centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn.
Insiders say that the plan is »
- Borys Kit
Will Ferrell to Star in ‘The 100 Year-Old Man’
The project is based on bestselling author Jonas Jonasson’s “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.”
Ferrell is producing the film with partners Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via their Gary Sanchez shingle alongside Andy Licht and NiceFLX Pictures’ Pontus Edgren and Mikael Wallen. Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer will serve as executive producers, and Joshua Mehr will co-produce.
- Dave McNary
‘The Batman’ Director Matt Reeves: ‘It’s a Standalone, It’s Not Part of the Extended Universe’
Matt Reeves, director of the upcoming “The Batman,” says the film won’t be a part of the DC Extended Universe that includes the Justice League and Wonder Woman, but rather a standalone Bat-story. In an interview with Los Angeles’ KCRW, the filmmaker said: “Well, I have a vision for a way to do something with that character that feels like it resonates with me personally, and a perspective that can grow out into other things. When they approached me, what they said was ‘look, it’s a standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.'” The filmmaker has previously said he. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Robert Zemeckis, Jeff Rake Score Put Pilot Order for Missing Plane Mystery Series at NBC
The series, currently titled “Manifest,” follows the passengers of a plane that disappeared from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane but, for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by.
Rake will executive produce and write. Zemeckis will executive produces through his Compari Entertainment banner Compari’s Jack Rapke will also executive produce, while Compari’s Jackie Levine will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television, where Zemeckis is set up under an overall deal, will produce. Zemeckis and Rake are repped by Wme.
This is Zemeckis’ second put pilot order in the past few weeks, with ABC giving out such an order for a “Jetsons” live action series that »
- Joe Otterson
‘Student’ Director Kirill Serebrennikov Put Under House Arrest in Russia
Acclaimed Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has been put under house arrest in Russia pending trial on charges of embezzling state funds. The filmmaker, whose 2016 film “The Student” won the Francois Chalais award in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, was arrested in St. Peterburg on Tuesday where he was shooting a new movie about Soviet singer-songwriter Viktor Tsoi.
Appearing in a Moscow court Wednesday, Serebrennikov found his request to be freed on bail rejected despite character-witness statements on his behalf from a number of Russian actors and directors, including Fedor Bondarchuk. Serebrennikov pleaded innocent to the charges and told the court he needed to “finish filming a movie.”
The decision means he will not be able to return to work on his biopic of rock star Tsoi and is banned from communicating with anyone aside from close relatives and his legal team without investigators’ approval. »
- Robert Mitchell
‘Bad Boys 3’ Update: Martin Lawrence Says Movie Won’t Happen After All
“I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. “Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Last year, Smith teased a third film in the “Bad Boys” franchise, telling TheWrap it was “very close” to happening. He said that he and Lawrence make “one a decade.” In 2014, Lawrence also »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
George R.R. Martin Says He’s Too Busy to Watch ‘Game of Thrones’
Warning: There are major spoilers below for “Game of Thrones,” up to Season 7.
In an interview with Metro, the author revealed what he’s been up to lately, gave a non-update on “The Winds of Winter” (it’s still happening) and gave some insight into how the show will differ from future books. That includes some characters who died in the show that are still alive at this point in the books. »
- Carli Velocci
David Oyelowo Joins Doug Liman's 'Chaos Walking'
The post-apocalyptic thriller has amassed an A-list cast of talent that includes Nick Jonas, Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, as well as Mads Mikkelsen, who will play the villain in the project alongside Oyelowo.
Adapted from a book by Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking take place on a planet colony where almost all women have been killed by a virus and all living creatures are struck by The Noise, a virus that inflicts immersive visions of one's every thought. The story follows a guy (Holland) who discovers a girl (Ridley) who may be »
- Mia Galuppo
Darci Lynne Farmer (‘America’s Got Talent’): When does ventriloquist girl with puppets return to ‘Agt’?
Many people who turned into “America’s Got Talent” 2017 this week found themselves wondering the same thing: Where was the ventriloquist girl with puppets, Darci Lynne Farmer? Don’t worry, “Agt” fans! Farmer will be back live on the reality TV show as soon as the current Quarterfinals wrap up next Tuesday and Wednesday, August 29 […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Lucasfilm Launching 'Star Wars' Augmented Reality Treasure Hunt
Star Wars fans are already adept at hunting for Easter eggs in movies and scouring the Internet for any scrap of information about the next installment in the franchise. Soon that treasure hunting skill is going to come in handy in the real world (well, technically in the real world).
Disney and Lucasfilm are launching a new augmented reality event that will allow fans to search for Star Wars characters using their smartphones and the Star Wars app. the game, called Find the Force, hits Sept. 1 on Force Friday II, the massive product launch tied to December's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- Aaron Couch
Studiocanal Poaches Thierry Lacaze From Wild Bunch to Head Distribution in France (Exclusive)
Studiocanal, the Vivendi-owned pan-European film and TV group, has appointed Thierry Lacaze to the position of head of theatrical, video and VOD distribution in France.
Lacaze is currently working at Wild Bunch, where he has been in charge of distribution since 2013. The well-seasoned executive previously worked at Pathe Distribution as head of marketing.
Lacaze will report to Géraldine Gendre, head of Studiocanal’s production and distribution in France, and will begin his new job in September. He succeeds Francois Clerc, who stepped down from Studiocanal in July to launch his new production and distribution outfit, Apollo Films.
During his tenure at Wild Bunch, Lacaze has worked on a mix of mainstream comedies and dramas, as well as auteur films. Some movies released under his leadership include “The Odyssey” and “Nicholas on Holiday.”
At Studiocanal, Lacaze will play a strategic role, overseeing both theatrical and video/VOD, which were previously handled by two different executives.
- Elsa Keslassy
Haugesund: Izer Aliu Hires ‘Taken’ Actor for Heist Movie (Exclusive)
Haugesund, Norway — Amanda winner and Nordic Council Film Prize Norwegian nominee Izer Aliu has attached Arben Bajraktaraj (“Taken”) to star in “Teacher Izat and the Lottery Heist.” LevelK is handling international sales.
Albanian-born, Norway-based writer-director Aliu was just bestowed at Haugesund’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival, with the Amanda award for best director for his feature debut “Hunting Flies,” also nominated for the coveted Nordic Council Film Prize for 2017.
Set in Kosovo, his third film, with the working title of “Teacher Izat and the Lottery Heist “ mixes for the first time a string of local non-professional and profesional actors. Besides Arben Bajraktaraj (“Taken”, “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1”), cast also includes Alihajdaraj (“Agnus Dei”) and well-known Kosovo actor-producer Naser Rafuna.
Using “Hunting Flies” techniques of improvisation to catch a spontaneity in acting, the crime drama will challenge the traditions of genre cinema and question the true meaning of friendship.
- Annika Pham
Trevor Noah, Equal Justice Initiative and Andra Day Talk America’s History of Racial Violence
- Tolly Wright
Trump Set to Order Military to Enact Transgender Ban
A month after announcing his intention to ban transgender people from serving in the United States military forces, President Trump is close to ordering the Pentagon to enact the ban. The Wall Street Journal reports Wednesday that, potentially as soon as this week, Trump will send a 2½-page memo to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis outlining implementation of the policy. Also Read: Science Envoy's Resignation Letter to Trump Spells Out 'Impeach' According to unnamed U.S. Officials cited by the Wall Street Journal, the ban will not only forbid new enlistment of transgender people, it will also allow the military to kick out transgender. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
Watch Kathy Bates and Conan O’Brien Sing ‘Star Spangled Banner’ in Baltimore Accents
- Tolly Wright
‘The Silence,’ ‘American Paradise’ Take Top Prizes at TheWrap’s Shortlist Film Festival 2017
Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari’s “The Silence,” a tender story about a young girl and her Kurdish mother, won the Industry Prize at TheWrap’s Shortlist Film Festival on Wednesday. Joe Talbot’s “American Paradise,” a dark comedy about race and bank-robbing, took the Audience Prize at a ceremony at IMAX headquarters in Playa Vista, California. And “Fanny Pack,” a story by a USC student about a young Indian woman hilariously clashing with her conservative father, won the first-ever ShortList prize for a student film. Also Read: ShortList 2017: 'The Silence' Is Haunting Tale of Grief Lost in Translation »
- Wrap Staff
Espn President Blames ‘Someone With a Personal Agenda’ for Flap Over Robert Lee Replacement
Espn president John Skipper has spoken out about the flap over the decision to replace broadcaster Robert Lee for its coverage of a football game at the University of Virginia next month, saying that the decision to replace Lee was “intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda.” In an internal memo Wednesday, Skpper said, “Given the media attention being generated by one of the countless, routine decisions our local production teams make ever day, I wanted to make sure you had the facts. There was never any concern — by anyone, at any level — that Robert Lee’s name »
- Tim Kenneally
The Real Housewives of New York City Reunion Recap: Lower East Snide
Remember when Bethenny was a lovable underdog? »
- Brian Moylan
Younger Recap: The Company Picnic
Josh versus Charles is a matchup for the ages. »
- Maggie Fremont
Meghan Trainor Denounces Use of Her Image, Lyrics in Anti-lgbt Ad: ‘So Wrong,’ ‘Not Okay’
An Australian anti-lgbt rights group has illegally used American singer Meghan Trainor’s picture and lyrics to promote its ideals. According to BuzzFeed, the group, called Vote No Australia – Marriage Plebiscite, unveiled an ad on its Facebook page featuring Trainor’s face, along with the words, “My vote is no. You need to let it go.” The caption is a play on the chorus of Trainor’s hit song, “No.” (The actual song lyrics are, “My name is ‘no.’ My sign is ‘no.’ My number is ‘no.’ You need to let it go.”) Also Read: Meghan Trainor Removes Latest Video: 'They Photoshopped the. »
- Ashley Eady
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