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Lionsgate Plotting Six-Movie Arc For Power Rangers, Sequel May Enter Production Imminently
If you’re reading this on March 24th, you’ll likely find that there are two main options at theaters this weekend: Life, Sony and Daniel Espinosa’s starry space thriller in which Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal make first contact, and Power Rangers, the budding franchise-starter from Lionsgate and director Dean Israelite.
And make no mistake, Israelite’s revival is aiming to jump-start an entire series of live-action movies. Echoing previous comments made by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Power Rangers co-creator and producer Haim Saban told Variety (via Cbm) that plans have been drawn up for “a six-movie story arc.”
When asked about the creative process involved in rebooting a dormant ’90s icon, Saban went on to talk about the cutting-edge VFX coursing through the movie, and why audiences hold films to a higher standard »
- Michael Briers
‘Power Rangers’ Morphs to $3.6 Million at Thursday Box Office
“Power Rangers” earned $3.6 million at the Thursday previews, with the Mighty Morphins on track for a $35 million weekend. Heading into the weekend, independent trackers predicted the film will make $35 million in its 3,693 screen opening, while Lionsgate’s predictions were a tad lower, at $30 million to $33 million. Back in 2014, the live-action reboot of another classic kids TV show, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” had a preview gross of $4.6 million and went on to earn $65 million its opening weekend. Last summer’s “Tmnt” sequel “Out of the Shadows” grossed $2 million at the Thursday box office for »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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
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
Cuban-American Actor Tomas Milian, Italian Genre Movies Star, Dies at 84
Rome – Versatile Cuban-American-Italian actor Tomas Milian, known for the intensity he brought to disparate roles, whether in dramas by directors like Bernardo Bertolucci and Steven Soderbergh or as the Roman lowlife character that made him a household name in Italy, died Thursday. He was 84.
Milian died of a stroke in his Miami home, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
A Method actor who studied with Lee Strasberg, Milian played in about 120 movies during a career spanning six decades. Most of the films were shot in Italy, where he worked with directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini besides acting in Spaghetti Westerns, cop movies, and the franchise based on his Roman lowlife character “Er Monnezza” (“Mr. Trash”).
Later in his career, Milian moved to the U.S. where, among other films, he appeared in Sydney Pollack’s “Havana,” in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” and played corrupt General Arturo Salazar in Soderbergh’s “Traffic, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Adam Sandler Extends Netflix Deal for 4 Feature Films
Netflix has extended its deal with comedian Adam Sandler to encompass four more feature films after his first two were the streaming giant’s biggest-ever film releases. Sandler inked a four-picture deal with the streaming service in 2014, and while his first two straight-to-Netflix releases registered a combined 5 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, they have proven to be a serious draw for the platform’s 93 million worldwide subscribers. The comedian’s third Netflix film, “Sandy Wexler,” premieres on the service April 14. The film is a romantic comedy set in 1990’s Los Angeles that also features Academy Award and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, »
- Matt Pressberg
TLC ‘Long Lost Family’ Shocker: Family Lies Give Seanne Identity Crisis (Exclusive Video)
In Sunday’s episode of TLC’s “Long Lost Family,” Seanne must reckon with a shocking discovery — one that her family kept from her for most of her life. Spoiler: She was adopted as a baby. “If family can hold a secret that big for that long, then I felt a lack of trust in almost every relationship that I had with everybody else,” she says in a new preview clip from the new episode. Also Read: 'Long Lost Family': 'Heck Yeah,' Mark Wants to Meet His Half-Sister (Exclusive Video) Seanne found out about her adoption when she was 25 years old, »
- Reid Nakamura
Tatiana Maslany Talks ‘Emotional’ End of ‘Orphan Black’
“Orphan Black” fans, known as the Clone Club, got a special treat at PaleyFest — a very early look at the Season 5 premiere, which won’t air until early June. The company had wrapped production on the farewell season a mere 36 hours earlier.
Tatiana Maslany remarked, “Every day was somebody’s goodbye. It was emotional. It was sad. It was awesome.” The company is tight-knit and Maslany was sincere when she talked about what she’d miss most. “The community, the Clone Club and the set — it’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” she said.
One of the major storylines in the final season is longevity. Co-creator Graeme Manson noted, “John [Fawcett] and I knew that, in this feminist show, there’s a man at the top. Someone’s got to bring the man down. Think of the most evil patriarchal figure — the world’s oldest man. Westmoreland’s the top dog, like »
- Diane Gordon
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anna Kendrick Audition to Be Stephen Hawking’s New Voice (Video)
Stephen Hawking is on the market for a new voice after using the same computerized one for over 30 years. Stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liam Neeson, Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick want in. “Stephen, it’s me, surely it has to be me,” Neeson says in a mock-audition reel, made to celebrate Red Nose Day. “Listen to my voice. It’s deep, it’s sexy, it’s got a tinge of … physics.” Kendrick argues the role should go to her because she’s intelligent (“kind of”) and cool (“kind of”). Other A-listers trying out for the part include Kylie Minogue, Felicity Jones, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Leah Remini and Kevin James to Reunite on 2-Part Season Finale of ‘Kevin Can Wait’
Kevin James and Leah Remini will again play husband-and-wife on a CBS sitcom — though there’s a bit of a catch with this one. The duo is set to reunite for the two-part season finale of “Kevin Can Wait,” James’ new CBS sitcom. Fans of “The King of Queens” (pictured above) will want to circle Monday, May 1 on their calendars. Viewers will get a double dose of nostalgia, as Remini will return the following week for the actual Season 1 finale episode. Over the two half hours, Kevin (James) agrees to come out of retirement briefly to reprise his undercover assignment in an ongoing. »
- Tony Maglio
Univision’s ‘El Chapo’ Drama Series Premiere Date Set
“El Chapo,” a drama that tells the story of one of the world’s most notorious drug lords, is set to premiere on Sunday April 23 on Univision at 8 p.m. Est, the network announced Friday. Univision has described the series as a “ripped from the headlines drama,” which will chronicle Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s story over three decades. The story will air in three separate cycles. Stage and screen actor Marco de la O (from telenovela “Tanto Amor”), will play El Chapo, Univision announced Friday. Also Read: Mexico Extradites Drug Lord El Chapo to United States “We are thrilled to have Marco take on. »
- Carli Velocci
‘Liv and Maddie: Cali Style’ Series Finale Sneak Peek – Dove Cameron Says Goodbye (Exclusive Video)
After four seasons, Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie,” now “Liv and Maddie: Cali Style,” is saying goodbye, and the cast got a bit emotional while discussing the end. In this exclusive clip (above), star Dove Cameron and her co-stars reflect on the four seasons of the Disney Channel sitcom about a pair of twins (both played by Cameron) and their zany family. “Series finales are hard,” star Joey Bragg told TheWrap. “We have been through too much with the audience to be able to do the entire series with all its beloved characters and stories justice in 22 minutes. »
- Linda Ge
13 Live-Action Disney Movies in the Works Based on Animated Classics After ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Photos)
Disney will be pumping out live-action versions of their animated classics for a long time time to come. Here’s a list of titles in the works, including the release date of the original. Beauty and the Beast, 1991 The next one up, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and voices like Emma Thompson, hits March 17, 2017. The Lion King, 1994 Favreau transplanted to Disney after proving himself a major player with Marvel’s “Iron Man.” When Bob Iger scooped up at immensely profitable unit, Favreau knocked “Jungle Book ” out of the park for the Mouse itself. Maleficent Adapted from 1959’s “Sleeping. »
- Matt Donnelly
Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’ Heads to Netflix
Netflix is in negotiations to pick up the Motley Crue biopic “The Dirt,” TheWrap has learned. “Jackass” director Jeff Tremaine is attached to helm the project, based on a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. The project is based on The New York Times bestselling autobiography, “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” which was written by Motley Crue members Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx and author Neil Strauss. Also Read: Vince Neil Slapped With Lawsuit Over Alleged Attack on Woman The book chronicles the iconic 1980s band’s rise to »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘El Chapo’ Univision-Netflix Series Casts Marco de la O as Cartel Head
The manhunt for Univision and Netflix’s “El Chapo” is over: Marco de la O will step into the lead role of infamous drug lord and prison escapee Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán for the upcoming original series about Guzmán. “El Chapo” will premiere in the U.S. on Univision on April 23; the network has also released a teaser, which you can watch above.
Based on the life story of one of the world’s most notorious criminals, the series will cover the three-decade span of El Chapo’s drug trafficking career, from 1985, when he was a low level member of the Guadalajara Cartel, to his ultimate downfall.
Rounding out the cast are Humberto Busto as Attorney Conrado Sol, a.k.a. “Don Sol” (an important political party figure); Juan Carlos Olivas as El Güero (Joaquín’s main partner); Alejandro Aguilar as Toño (Joaquín’s main assassin); Tete Espinoza as Chío (Joaquín’s lover); Rodrigo Abed as Amado »
- Oriana Schwindt
Leah Remini to Reunite With Kevin James in ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Season Finale
Leah Remini will partner up once again with her former TV husband, Kevin James, in a guest role on the Season 1 finale of James’ new CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” Variety has learned. James and Remini starred together for nine seasons on the hit series “The King of Queens,” which also aired on CBS.
“Kevin Can Wait” stars James as a New York cop who retires after 20 years on the force, only to discover retirement is not as easy as he thought it would be. In the two-part finale airing May 1 and May 8, Kevin agrees to come out of retirement briefly to reprise his undercover assignment in an ongoing police investigation where he and fellow cop Vanessa Cellucci (Remini) will, once again, pose as husband and wife.
- Joe Otterson
Kevin Nealon Remembers Garry Shandling, One Year Later
Amid the crop of notable and creative entertainers who died last year, it did not go unnoticed that the world lost an inventive and trail-blazing comedian. Most remember Garry Shandling from his groundbreaking TV series, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” or from his brilliant stand-up comedy. I met Garry 38 years ago, soon after arriving in Los Angeles to pursue my own career in comedy. I always admired his work ethic and hilarious point of view. He was an inspiration and mentor not just to me but to a large percentage of today’s most brilliant comedy writers and standups. In that spirit, I would like to be incredibly honest and authentic here about my friend Garry Shandling.
I think it was very, very difficult to be Garry. He was complex, at times neurotic, persnickety, high-maintenance, child-like, a perfectionist with the highest standards, and, since we’re being honest, he »
- Kevin Nealon
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Nears $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney’s blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” has already topped the $490 million mark at the worldwide box office as it moves into its second weekend.
The live-action musical took in $10.9 million domestically on Thursday, down only 5% from the previous day, to take the seven-day total to $228.6 million — making it one of the top seven opening weeks of all time in North America. Disney noted that the weekday numbers rival those for summer and holidays.
“Beauty and the Beast” opened in Australia with $1.6 million on Thursday for the second highest March opening day of all-time behind only “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It had already grossed $1.3 million in previews. In Argentina, the film opened to $600,000, the highest opening day of 2017.
Thursday’s international take was $17.8 million, pushing the overseas total to $262 million. China is the leader with $60.3 million, »
- Dave McNary
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