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Cate Blanchett to Play Lucille Ball in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin (Exclusive)
Cate Blanchett is attached to star in an authorized biopic of Hollywood legend Lucille Ball that Aaron Sorkin is set to write for Escape Artists, TheWrap has learned. The film will chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Ball had two children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. She married Gary Morton the following year. Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. will produce with Escape Artists, whose executive Jenna Block will oversee development of the project on behalf of the Sony-based company. Also Read: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Quietly. »
- Jeff Sneider
‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets Amazon Series Order; More Scripts For ‘Casanova’
It may have taken four months longer, but Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hourlong pilot Sneaky Pete got where it was looking to get last spring — with a series order. I hear Amazon is picking up to series the Giovanni Ribisi-starring pilot, from Sony Pictures TV. It was one of two pilots Amazon put on its Instant Video platform for viewing on August 7, along with Casanova, starring Diego Luna as the famous playboy. I hear Casanova remains in contention with an order… »
Paramount Sets Release Date for Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher 2’
Paramount Pictures will release “Jack Reacher 2” on Oct. 1, 2016, the studio announced today. The film stars Tom Cruise, and Cobie Smulders has been in talks to play the female lead in the sequel. Ed Zwick is set to direct from a script by Richard Wenk that Zwick recently rewrote with longtime collaborator Marshall Herskovitz. Christopher McQuarrie directed the first “Jack Reacher” movie, which grossed $218 million worldwide. The sequel will be based on author Lee Child‘s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels to the headquarters of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and finds his commanding officer has been arrested. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Leave Disney, Possibly for Universal
DreamWorks will not renew its current distribution deal with the Walt Disney Co., which expires in August, sources have confirmed to Variety.
The Disney deal dates back to 2009, but since then Disney has acquired both Marvel and Lucasfilm, underlining its focus on branded, tentpole films.
Sources also indicate that DreamWorks is most likely to wind up with a distribution deal at Universal while emphasizing that no agreement has been reached. They noted that Spielberg has kept his offices on the lot, even after the Disney deal was struck, and »
- Dave McNary
Dean Jones, ‘The Love Bug’ Star, Dies at 84
In addition to his appearances in films like “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “The Million Dollar Duck,” “Snowball Express,” “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” and “Beethoven,” Jones also had roles in five Broadway shows and appeared in numerous television series and specials. Overall, he appeared in 46 films over the course of his career.
Jones was born in Decatur, Ala., and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He attended Asbury University in Kentucky, which awarded him with an honorary degree in 2002.
- Alex Stedman
Report: Game of Thrones Snags Borgias Vet for Pivotal Season 6 Role
Winter may be coming to Game of Thrones — but so too is Silence.
According to the Thrones community site Watchers on the Wall, Danish actor Pilou Asbæk (The Borgias) has been cast as Euron Greyjoy — uncle of Theon, er, Reek, and captain of the Silence, a ship manned entirely by crew members whose tongues he yanked out.
The one-eyed Euron is infamous for raping and plundering wherever he drops anchor — meaning it’s likely that #TeamGreyjoy t-shirts will continue to lag behind even #HouseLannister merchandise among fans of the sprawling HBO drama.
Vulture’s sources spotted Asbæk shooting what it referred to as “A Feast for Crows‘ pivotal Kingsmoot scene in Northern Ireland this week, alongside [actress] Gemma Whelan.”
Excited about Euron’s introduction? Are you familiar with any of Asbæk’s past roles? Sound off below! »
Venice film festival: 'Everest' could peak at Oscars
In 1996, eight climbers lost their lives as they struggled to reach the top of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. Baltasar Kormakur ("2 Guns") has turned their epic journey into the fall release "Everest," which has its world premiere Wednesday (Sept. 2) as the opening night attraction of this year's Venice film festival. This Universal release was shot on location in Nepal prior to the recent devastating earthquake. (Below, watch the gripping trailer for the 3D IMAX version due out Sept. 18.) -Break- Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke play Scott Fischer and Rob Hall, rivals who lead separate teams of amateur climbers to the top. When an unexpected snowstorm strands them midway, the competitors are forced to come together to save as many of their teams as they can. Among these are people played by past Oscar nominees Josh Brolin and John Hawkes while Sam Worthington is expert Guy Cotter who warns o. »
Who Broke the Blacklist? ‘Trumbo’ Splits the Difference in Battle for Credit
Kirk Douglas has insisted for more than a quarter century that he is the man who “broke the blacklist.” By demanding Dalton Trumbo get credit in 1960 for writing “Spartacus,” the screen icon asserts he struck a death blow to a system that forced creatives out of Hollywood, or left them to work in its shadows.
For almost as many years, Trumbo’s family has charged that Douglas — while admirable for disagreeing with the anticommunist witch hunts of the 1940s and ’50s — awarded himself too much credit for a victory that belongs to many people. They have advocated for more recognition of “Exodus” director Otto Preminger, who first called for an onscreen credit for the blacklisted writer.
“Trumbo’s” Toronto Film Festival premiere seemed like an occasion that might renew the long-running feud. Instead, the biopic, starring Bryan Cranston and directed by Jay Roach, uses artful creative license to give Douglas his due, »
- James Rainey
Two of Your Favorite TV Actresses Might Be in the New Star Wars
Big news: The Wrap has got the scoop on the actresses on the short list for the new Star Wars movie! Wait — didn't we just do this a few months ago? Well, that was for Star Wars: Rogue One, and this is for Star Wars: Episode VIII, but you're forgiven for the confusion: Both short lists include Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, who lost out to Felicity Jones for Rogue One, and is back again to be considered alongside the likes of Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl's Olivia Cooke for a major role in Episode VIII. All three have reportedly been scheduled for "chemistry reads" with John Boyega, which sounds like it's maybe a love-interest part, but who knows? And if Maslany doesn't get this one, no worries: There are Star Wars films scheduled for every year until 2019, which »
- Nate Jones
Box Office: ‘Transporter Refueled,’ ‘Walk in the Woods’ Debut Over Sleepy Labor Day
Neither film is expected to dethrone “Straight Outta Compton.” The rap drama should top charts for the fourth consecutive weekend, picking up $10 million over the four-day holiday. It will be the first film to pull off that feat since “Furious 7” dominated the domestic marketplace last spring.
Not that the competition is particularly fierce. “The Transporter Refueled,” an attempt to reboot the European action series that made Jason Statham a star, is expected to bring in $9 million over the four-day period when it launches in approximately 3,400 theaters. That’s less than the $12 million that the third film in the series made over a three-day period and trails the $20.1 million part deux brought in during »
- Brent Lang
Former Atlas Entertainment Evp Alan Glazer Launches Trimax Media
Alan Glazer, former executive vice president for Charles Roven‘s Atlas Entertainment, has officially launched Trimax Media, the company announced Thursday. Trimax is an independent multi-media company focusing on the development of feature films, television, digital content and applications. The company has secured an overhead deal with a private equity investor as well as a production financing alliance with Toronto based Dominant Entertainment (De), led by financier Michael Gianfriddo. The joint venture will focus on financing and producing up to three films annually. Each film will carry budgets between $5 million to $40 million. The partnership intends to expand into a broader spectrum. »
- Joe Otterson
Telluride Film Festival Books Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass,’ Michael Fassbender’s ‘Steve Jobs’
Johnny Depp in “Black Mass,” Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs,” Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton in “Spotlight” and Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation” are among the actors who will be highlighted at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, which announced its lineup on Thursday morning. Other films that will be playing in the mountains of Colorado include Sarah Gavron‘s “Suffragette,” with Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Todd Haynes‘ Cannes hit “Carol,” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Charlie Kaufman‘s “Anomalisa,” Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” Andrew Haigh‘s “45 Years” and Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul” are also on the lineup, »
- Steve Pond
‘Empire,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Score Fox, ABC Family A+ Grade – But A&E, History Get Big Fat F on GLAAD TV Diversity Report
Fox and ABC Family earned a grade of “Excellent” in the 2015 GLAAD Network Responsibility Index (Nri), according to the annual report released Thursday. Fox led all other broadcast networks with the highest perentage of Lbgt-inclusive original programming with 45.4 percent. The report notes that this is the highest percentage for a broadcast network since GLAAD began releasing the Nri in 2006. The report credits shows like “Empire,” featuring Jussie Smollett’s openly gay breakout character Jamal Lyon, with lifting Fox’s percentage in not only Lgbt visibility, but also diversity. Thanks to the hit show, 36 percent of the network’s Lgbt impressions. »
- Joe Otterson
Amid Festival Reindeer Games, Telluride Keeps On Keeping On
Robert Redford often admits that the Sundance Film Festival has been “a victim of its own success,” referring to press inundation at the event over the years. For Telluride, it was the festival’s steady rise as a launching pad for awards season power players that attracted increasing media numbers (ahem). But that kind of attention is admittedly antithetical to the goals of the annual cinephile retreat.
So I put the question to Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger bluntly when we spoke earlier this week about the 2015 lineup. Would she and co-founder Tom Luddy have preferred folks like me stay away?
“No,” she exclaims. “I think the discussions that sometimes happen about the awards derby, I kind of wish those weren’t going on. But they’re happening anyway and who are we to say one thing or another about it? This little secret on the mountain has been doing »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘Steve Jobs,’ ‘Black Mass’ and Sydney Pollack’s Swan Song Set for Telluride
The 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival promises yet another eclectic mix of fall Oscar hopefuls looking for a leg up on the season and international festival favorites hoping to make waves on these shores.
The four-day event kicks off Friday with a restored version of German filmmaker Fritz Lang’s 275-minute epic “Die Nibelungen” before diving headlong into a program that will feature the world premiere of Danny Boyle’s Michael Fassbender-led “Steve Jobs,” new documentaries from Oscar-winners Charles Ferguson and Davis Guggenheim and the final film from late director Sydney Pollack.
“We always say ‘all glory goes to the filmmakers,’ but we’re really lucky to have a bunch of beautiful, beautiful films,” Telluride executive director Julie Huntsinger said of the lineup, noting that passes sold out “stupefyingly fast” as the fest continues to be a popular mountain retreat for dedicated attendees.
In addition to “Jobs,” there will »
- Kristopher Tapley
Jimmy Kimmel Proves Too Many People Still Think President Obama is a Muslim (Video)
According to a new public policy poll, 54 percent of Republicans believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and so do some strangers Jimmy Kimmel found on the street on Wednesday. The ABC late-night host used the topic to play his regular audience guessing game, “Pedestrian Question,” for which Kimmel’s team asked people passing by on Hollywood Blvd. if the sitting Commander in Chief is a Muslim, then left it up to his studio audience to predict the answer. Responses were mixed, but one thing is for sure: After seven long years in the Oval Office, Obama still hasn’t convinced some. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Vice News Journalists Freed From Turkey Prison
Two Vice News journalists have been released from a Turkish prison while their assistant remained detained. Correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, who along with their driver and fixer were detained a week ago on charges of aiding an unnamed terrorist organization, were freed. Their assistant, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, had his appeal rejected and remains imprisoned. “Vice News has received confirmation from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office that two of our journalists, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury have been released from a Turkish prison,” the network said. Also Read: Vice News Crew Faces Terrorism Charges in Turkey “While we are grateful that. »
- Jordan Chariton
Ray Stevenson Will Give Your Kids Nightmares With Chilling ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Reading (Video)
Ray Stevenson Really doesn’t want to eat green eggs and ham — and sure as hell not with no goat. The “Black Sails” actor read the iconic Dr. Seuss children’s book for Yahoo — for some reason — delivering a bone-chilling rendition of the rhyming kid’s tale. The basic moral of “Green Eggs and Ham” is if you try something scary, you just might like it — though Stevenson’s reading is more of the give-your-young-ones-nightmares variety. By the end, however, Stevenson is grateful for being forced into discovering his new favorite food, just as the good doctor intended. Also Read: 'Divergent's' Ray. »
- Tony Maglio
Telluride Film Fest Unveils Lineup Featuring 'Jobs' and 'Suffragette'
Danny Boyle’s Jobs, Cary Fukanaga’s Beasts of No Nation, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight and Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette are among the films awaiting festival-goers heading to the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through Sept. 4. Following their own idiosyncratic tradition, festival organizers waited until Thursday, when moviegoers are already beginning the annual pilgrimage to the Rocky Mountain town in Colorado, to unveil the fest’s carefully-curated lineup. “It’s a very strong intelligent lineup,” promises Tff executive director Julie Huntsinger. “A lot of thought and process has gone into every single film.
- Gregg Kilday
The Lobster Trailer: Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz Want to Be Each Other’s Lobsters
When The Lobster premiered at Cannes, our Jada Yuan said it has a "hilarious deadpan absurdity," and that's evident in the film's first trailer. The film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos bills itself as a sci-fi romantic thriller starring Colin Farrell in a dystopic world that really hates single people. Singles are rounded up and forced to find a mate in 45 days, lest they be turned into an animal of their choice. Farrell's character chose the lobster, obviously, because lobsters mate for life.The Lobster comes out in theaters in the U.K. October 16. It doesn't have a U.S. theatrical release date yet. »
- E. Alex Jung
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