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Brie Larson Eyed for Lead in Lionsgate’s ‘Glass Castle’
Sources tell Variety Larson is in early talks to star in the studio’s adaptation of “Glass Castle.”
Lionsgate had no comment.
If Larson does choose to do the film, it would reunite her with her helmer Destin Cretton, who directed the critically acclaimed drama “Short Term 12,” a film where Larson first earned early awards consideration for her perf.
The pic is based on the Jeannette Walls memoir about a young girl who comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads. Walls’ eccentric »
- Justin Kroll
Greg Berlanti’s ‘Blindspot’ Gets Full-Season Order from NBC
NBC has ordered an additional nine episodes of freshman action-drama “Blindspot,” TheWrap has learned. The show has been the number one-rated new series in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, averaging a 2.7 rating, 9 share and 9.6 million viewers overall. The series follows a Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) with no memories of her past who’s found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Also Read: 'Blindspot,' 'Scream Queens,' 'Muppets': See New Fall TV Shows' Delayed-Viewing Rankings for Premiere Week Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately attracts the attention of the FBI, »
- Joe Otterson
‘Expendables 4’ Secures China Pre-Sale (Exclusive)
Upcoming Nu Image / Millennium movies “Expendables 4” and “Security” are headed for China. That follows deals with Steven Paul’s Sp International Pictures on behalf of Ssxh Beijing and Max Screen Film Distribution.
The deals cover equity investments in both films and provide Chinese distribution rights. Both movies may use China as a location for some scenes, though it is not expected that there will be enough Chinese elements for them to be considered as full co-productions.
Action thriller, “Security” is now beginning production in Bulgaria at Nu Image studios. It will star Antonio Banderas (“The Mask of Zorro,” “Desperado”) and Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi,” “Schindler’s List”) under the direction of Alain Desrochers (“Nitro”). The budget is pegged at $15m.
“Expendables 4” will shoot in 2016 and be delivered in 2017. Neither director nor cast have yet been announced, though the picture is expected to have maintain its all-action star formula. It is to »
- Patrick Frater
Gene Allen, Former Academy President, Dies at 97
Production designer Gene Allen, a former three-term president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (1983-1985) and an Oscar winner for his work on “My Fair Lady,” died on Wednesday, October 7, from natural causes. He was 97 and lived in Newport Beach, California.
In addition to his art direction Oscar for “My Fair Lady,” Allen received Oscar nominations for “A Star Is Born” (1955) and “Les Girls” (1958). In 1997 he received a Special Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild, where he served as executive director from 1970-1997. He had also served as a vice president of Iatse. He was a member of the Directors Guild of America, having worked as second unit director in addition to production designer for director George Cukor on “A Star Is Born.”
- Variety Staff
Disney Channel’s ‘The Lion Guard’ Movie Gets Premiere Date & Teaser
Disney’s latest incarnation of its massive franchise The Lion King now has an airdate and a first-look teaser: The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar TV movie will premiere November 22 at 7 Pm on Disney Channel. The Disney Television Animation pic, which features a voice cast including Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Max Charles, Atticus Shaffer and Sarah Hyland, is part of a coordinated rollout of the reboot over the next month and serves as the launch point into a new Lion Guard… »
Shia Labeouf Arrested in Austin for Public Intoxication
Shia Labeouf has been arrested again, this time at the Austin City Limits music festival in Austin, Texas, TheWrap has learned. Officers noticed the actor’s bizarre behavior on 6th Street in downtown Austin and he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication around 5:30 p.m. Pt. The crime is a misdemeanor. LeBeouf is no stranger to handcuffs, having been arrested in June 2014 at the Broadway musical “Cabaret” in New York for being drunk in public. Also Read: Shia Labeouf Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Addiction, Says Rep He pled guilty last September to disorderly conduct, and in March, a »
- Jeff Sneider
‘Extant’ Cancelled After 2 Seasons, Halle Berry To Produce Legal Drama For CBS
After two seasons and one creative revamp, CBS and star Halle Berry have pulled the plug on summer sci-fi drama series Extant. The network is staying in business with the Oscar-winning actress, putting in development Legalease, a drama which Berry will executive produce. "CBS, Halle Berry and the producers have decided to conclude the Extant story after last season's exciting and fitting conclusion," said Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment. "Extant played an… »
The Supposed Avengers: Infinity War Budget Is Almost Shocking
The budgets for anticipated blockbusters are ballooning. Studios who seek massive financial returns on their event pictures often have to pony up the dough, so that their movie looks more like Gravity, and less like Green Lantern. But how much is too much? If a production costs $1 billion, is that the official designation that too much has been spent? Can a studio possibly recoup that investment? If we're talking about Marvel's two-part The Avengers: Infinity War, it's wholly possible. And the only reason we're dipping our toe into this discussion is because Bleeding Cool posted some borderline wonky math to conclude that the combined production budget for two upcoming Avengers movies set to drop in 2018 and 2019 will come in at $1 billion. Continuing the alleged breakdown, the site claims that $400 million of that price tag will go to screenwriters, the co-directors (Joe and Anthony Russo), assorted producers »
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Star Jack Davenport Boards Amma Asante, David Oyelowo’s ‘A United Kingdom’ (Exclusive)
London — Jack Davenport, who played British naval officer James Norrington in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, is in final negotiations to join the cast of inter-racial love-story movie “A United Kingdom,” which will be directed by Amma Asante, and stars “Selma’s” David Oyelowo and “Gone Girl’s” Rosamund Pike. Shooting on the film starts today in Botswana.
“A United Kingdom” has also added several other cast members: Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise and also appeared in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Nicholas Lyndhurst, who was three times BAFTA nominated for comedy “Only Fools and Horses…,” Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley in “Downton Abbey,” and Arnold Oceng, who starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in “The Good Lie. »
- Leo Barraclough
Busan: ‘Immortal,’ ‘Walnut Tree’ Share Top Prizes
Top prizes at the Busan Film Festival were shared between Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh’s “Immortal” and Kazakh director Yerlan Nurmukhambetov’s “Walnut Tree.”
Prizes for the New Currents competition section were announced Saturday morning and selected by a jury headed by Taiwanese actress, director and screenwriter Sylvia Chang.
“Immortal” is the story of an old man who repeatedly attempts suicide from a guilty conscience. “Walnut Tree” is the story of a wedding comedy that shows up everyday life in a small village. It is Nurmukhambetov’s first feature .
“’Immortal’ is an extraordinary feat of visual storytelling, filled with emotion. It is partly about how to die, but mostly about how to live, and how to keep our dignity as human beings. It is a beautiful film,” said Chang. “’Walnut Tree’ is a film that shows a way of life that’s unfamiliar to most of us but proves how humor, »
- Sonia Kil
'Strike Back' finale review: Did Stonebridge & Scott go out in a blaze of glory?
A few thoughts on the end of "Strike Back" coming up just as soon as I'm just a guy carrying something that happens to be white... "Ain't my fault you're the good guys, huh?" -Faber "Hey, Faber? We were never that good." -Stonebridge "Strike Back" wrapped up its UK run earlier this year, which meant that recent news about a possible sequel film with Stonebridge and Scott was not a spoiler to anyone living in England or watching through extra-legal means. But given the design of the series in its Cinemax-affiliated incarnation, I'm not sure anyone was expecting either Michael or Damien to go out in a blaze of slo-mo glory like Faber talked about. I mean, it could have happened, and the finale went for a fake-out earlier with Scott appearing to die after winning the fight in the river. But that seemed more a case of "Strike Back »
- Alan Sepinwall
Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo': 4 reasons why he'll be nominated for Best Actor Oscar'
You may know Bryan Cranston as a six-time Emmy winner (four for acting on "Breaking Bad" and two for producing the AMC drama) or as a recent Tony champ (Best Play Actor for "All the Way"), but could an Oscar be next for his buzzed-about performance in "Trumbo"? Scroll down to see my four reasons why I think Cranston will overcome his sixth-place odds of 25/1 to reap a Best Actor nomination for playing controversial 1940s Hollywood screenwriter/Communist Dalton Trumbo. -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums 1. He plays a real-life person. The list of recent Best Actor Oscar winners plays like a who's who of real-life history: Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking ("The Theory of Everything"), Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln ("Lincoln"), Colin Firth as King George ("The King's Speech&q..." »
‘Minority Report’ Order Cut From 13 Episodes to 10 by Fox
Fox has cut its order for freshman drama “Minority Report” from 13 to 10 episodes. The Steven Spielberg-produced drama has struggled in Nielsen ratings, drawing a o.7 live-plus-same day rating in the 18-49 demo for its most recent episode. Fox is planning to keep the series in its current time period Mondays at 9 p.m. Et for the time being. The network had planned for the show to break at midseason, with episode 10 serving as the midseason finale. Also Read: 'Extant,' 'Under the Dome' Are Dead - But Not CBS' Summer Streaming Strategy “Minority Report” struggled coming out of the gate, »
- Daniel Holloway
Fox Cuts 'Minority Report' Order to 10 Episodes
They probably saw it coming. Fox's Minority Report has been given the first dose of bad news for the 2015-16 broadcast season, with the network trimming its initial 13-episode order to just 10. The move comes as little surprise given the drama's inauspicious debut and equally lackluster time-shifting. It boasted the lowest bow of the freshman class when it premiered to a measly 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and only 3.1 million viewers on Sept. 21. Initial DVR stats saw big percentage growth, but little raw improvement. And, by the third episode, Minority Report
- Michael O'Connell
‘Mr. Holmes’ Copyright Lawsuit Settled
The estate of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle has reached a settlement with the makers of the recent Sherlock Holmes movie “Mr. Holmes,” which the estate claimed infringed on stories that still remain under copyright.
“Conan Doyle Estate Ltd., Miramax, LLC, Roadside Attractions, LLC, and Bill Condon announce that the lawsuit filed by Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. against Miramax, Roadside Attractions, and Condon in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico has been settled to the satisfaction of these parties,” according to the statement issued by Miramax. “Miramax, Roadside Attractions, and Condon thank Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. for the use of certain material authored by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the film ‘Mr. Holmes.’”
- Ted Johnson
Shia Labeouf Arrested in Austin
Shia Labeouf was arrested in Austin on Friday night, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Lieutenant Ryan Moon with the Austin Police Department told THR that 29-year-old Labeouf was arrested shortly after 7:30 p.m. for public intoxication. He was later released, according to Travis County public records. He was first contacted by authorities in the street near the intersection of Sixth and San Jacinto and arrested on a sidewalk nearby. The actor is in town for the Austin City Limits music festival, TMZ reported. A rep for Labeouf did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request
- Natalie Stone
Film Review: ‘Girls Lost’
The ’80s body-transfer movie is apparently alive and well in Sweden, or at least in “Girls Lost,” a modest teenage fantasy in which three girls get a shot at being boys after drinking the sap of a magic plant. Adapted from a novel by Jessica Schiefauer that won a Swedish prize for Ya fiction, screenwriter-helmer Alexandra-Therese Keining’s movie is fitfully complex in its depiction of fluid sexual identity, but also somewhat plodding and eager to spell out what might have worked better as subtext. Lbgt-oriented fests seem like the most likely option for play; critical support will be crucial to determining whether the film goes further, as the tonally similar “Let the Right One In” did.
Mood-wise, “Girls Lost” also sometimes suggests a distaff version of the Spielbergian adolescent-bonding movies from the “Goonies” era. (A synth score by Sophia Ersson, who sings some of the songs on the soundtrack, »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Why ‘Spotlight’ Is the Film That Will Make Journalism Look Good Again
It’s been nearly 40 years since “All the President’s Men” turned two young reporters into stars, inspired a generation of young people to become journalists and conferred on the Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee a national renown.
Now, the best journalism movie since Alan J. Pakula’s classic is coming to theaters and fans of early screenings are hoping “Spotlight,” opening November 6 from Open Road Films, gives a similar boost to journalists and their profession. It could also cement Marty Baron as the 21st century reinvention of Bradlee.
“Spotlight” takes audiences inside the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation into how that city’s Catholic hierarchy ignored and even enabled priests who sexually abused children. Audiences have been impressed and awards buzz is rising — for the film, director Tom McCarthy and an ensemble cast that includes Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton.
But nowhere is early excitement greater than in the hearts and minds of newspaper people, »
- James Rainey
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