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‘Bad Boys 3’ Director Joe Carnahan to Write ‘Uncharted’ Adaptation for Sony (Exclusive)

30 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has recruited Joe Carnahan to write the latest draft of the script for its adaptation of the popular video game “Uncharted.”

Carnahan, who is also an accomplished director and producer, told Variety that he’s unable to also helm, unless production is pushed back, due to schedule constraints. “Bad Boys 3” will be his next directing gig. Production on the sequel gears up early next year — after Will Smith wraps David Ayer’s “Bright.”

In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script,” he said.

Uncharted” is an action-adventure film based on the critically-acclaimed and top-selling PlayStation video game series, which follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake.

Carnahan said entering the world of Nathan Drake is a dream come true.

“Archaeology today is in itself an antiquity, but that world has always fascinated me. »

- Justin Kroll

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Box Office: Matt Damon’s ‘Jason Bourne’ Shoots Down $4.2 Million on Thursday

5 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal’s “Jason Bourne” has opened with a solid $4.2 million on Thursday night.

The actioner screened at 2,928 locations in North America in showings starting at 7 p.m.

Stx Entertainment’s raunchy comedy “Bad Moms” took in $2.1 million in Thursday night previews.

Matt Damon’s fourth “Bourne” movie is expected to dominate the weekend with about $50 million at 4,025 theaters. He’s returning to the signature role as a former CIA assassin for the first time since “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which launched with $69.3 million in 2007.

Paul Greengrass directs “Jason Bourne,” which also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Riz Ahmed. Greengrass also directed “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opened with $55.5 million over the same weekend last year, including $4 million from Thursday night previews. “The Bourne Legacy,” starring Jeremy Renner, debuted with $38 million in 2012 with Damon not appearing.

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- Dave McNary

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Weekend Forecast: 'Jason Bourne', 'Bad Moms' and 'Nerve' Hit Theaters

28 July 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the Bourne franchise after a nine year, one film hiatus as Jason Bourne is looking at a #1 finish as it debuts in over 4,000 theaters this weekend. The weekend also features the R-rated comedy Bad Moms and Nerve, a PG-13, teen-targeted thriller that opened on Wednesday with $3.75 million and hopes to find an audience over the weekend as a piece of counter-counter-programming. Looking at a comfortable first place finish is Universal's Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the Bourne franchise and fourth starring Damon in the title role following the lackluster response to 2012's The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. That said, this should be looked at more as a sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, which opened with $69.2 million in August 2007. Of course, this year has not been kind to the majority of sequels. Following last weekend's opening for Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collision Course, »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Nick Jonas In Talks To Join ‘Jumanji’ Movie

28 July 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Nick Jonas is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black in the Jake Kasdan-directed reimagining of Jumanji that Sony Pictures has set for a July 28, 2017 release. Matt Tolmach is producing. While Jonas is best known for his singing voice as a solo artist who started as one of the Jonas Brothers, he showed real chops in the frat hazing drama Goat, which premiered at Sundance in January and which Paramount releases September 23. He also stars in… »

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Morgan Freeman Joining Disney's 'The Nutcracker' (Exclusive)

20 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to join Disney's live-action The Nutcracker. Interstellar actress Mackenzie Foy is starring as Clara while Misty Copeland will play the lead ballerina in the live-action film, which is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The story, set at Christmastime, follows a young girl named Clara whose favorite toy, a Nutcracker, comes alive. After he defeats the Mouse King, he takes Clara away to a magical kingdom inhabited by dolls. The story inspired the famous ballet that featured one of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most iconic

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Meryl Streep Joins Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel (Exclusive)

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Is Meryl Streep ready for a spoonful of sugar?

Sources tell Variety, the Oscar-winning actress is in talks to join Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel-Miranda in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

If a deal closes, the family film would reunite Streep with the “Into the Woods” musical team of Blunt, director Rob Marshall, and producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Streep and Blunt also shared the screen in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Marshall and John De Luca are also producing.

Streep is said to play the role of Poppins’ cousin, Topsy, a supporting role that wasn’t in the 1964 classic. Streep would also sing for the part, much like she did in “Into the Woods,” which earned her a record 19th Oscar nomination.

The Mary Poppins sequel hits theaters Dec. 25, 2018.

David Magee wrote the screenplay, based on the stories by P.L. Travers, with Marc Shaiman composing an all-new score and »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Roadies’ Casts John Mellencamp, David Spade, Rosanna Arquette and Marc Maron

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Showtime’s “Roadies” has added a number of high-profile guest stars for its upcoming episodes, Variety has learned.

David Spade will appear as Harris DeSoto, star of the fictional drama “Dead Sex,” a must-see favorite of the roadies. Rosanna Arquette has signed on as a smug and intimidating iconic rock photographer who battles with Shelli (Carla Gugino) over her unusual concepts. This Sunday, comedian Marc Maron, playing himself, finds that comedy and rock aren’t always in perfect harmony, and legendary rocker John Mellencamp will also guest star as himself, giving some much-needed wisdom to Wes (Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly) and Winston (Ethan Michael Mora).

The show has already drafted a number of guest stars including Rainn Wilson, Eddie Vedder and Matt Passmore, among others.

Roadies” is created, written and executive produced by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe. The season finale will air Sunday, August 28th.

Watch a sneak preview of Mellencamp’s performance »

- Laura Prudom

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Fox ‘s Fourth ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Movie in the Works

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox is rebooting its “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” franchise with Jason Ian Drucker and Owen Asztalos on board for the fourth film in the series.

David Bowers, who directed “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” has been tapped to helm the new film based on Jeff Kinney’s book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

Fox’s Wimpy Kid films are all produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson via their Color Force production company. Based on Kinney’s book series, the three films grossed a total worldwide box office of $225 million with Zachary Gordon starring as the main character Greg Heffley.

Gordon has aged out of the part with Drucker taking over the role. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” follows Greg Heffley, who goes on a summer road trip with his family »

- Dave McNary

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Stephen Frears to receive honorary Sarajevo award

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British director’s latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins, to screen at the festival’s open air theatre.

Stephen Frears, the British director of The Queen and Philomena, is to receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 12-20).

Frears, who was previously the subject of the festival’s tribute programme in 2002, will have his latest film - Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant - screened as part of Sarajevo’s Open Air programme.

Previous recipients of the honorary award have included Angelina Jolie, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mike Leigh and last year Benicio del Toro.

Frears breakthrough as a feature film director came with the low budget hit My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985 and made his Hollywood debut with Dangerous Liaisons in 1989, which received six Oscar nominations.

His first Oscar nomination as best director can in 1991 for The Grifters, produced by Martin Scorsese, while his 1998 western »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Megan Fox Returning to New Girl for Major Season 6 Stint

22 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

So… Nick and Reagan’s summer in New Orleans apparently went well.

Megan Fox has signed on to return to New Girl in Season 6 for a huge arc (as many as eight episodes!), TVLine has learned exclusively. In the Fox comedy’s Season 5 finale, Nick (Jake Johnson) informed Jess (Zooey Deschanel) that he intended to spend three months in the Big Easy with sorta-girlfriend Reagan (Fox) as she adjusts to her new job.

RelatedFall TV 2016: Your Handy Calendar of 90+ Season and Series Premiere Dates

However, when Nick reappears at the loft at the start of Season 6 don’t expect »

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Vice President Joe Biden Will Make a Cameo on ‘Law & Order: Svu’

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Vice President Joe Biden wasted no time following the DNC to film a cameo on NBC’s “Law & Order: Svu.”

According to the schedule listed on the White House website, Biden traveled to New York Friday morning to tape the episode, to talk about “the rape kit backlog and efforts to end violence against women.”

Ice-t, who plays NYPD Detective Odafin Tutuola on the show, tweeted a picture of Biden on set with Mariska Hargitay. He captioned the photo, “Joe is in the Building…. Svu.”

Joe is in the Building…. Svu. pic.twitter.com/ZAd4CyWFb1

Ice T (@Finallevel) July 29, 2016

The role is not exactly out of character for Biden. He is a known advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who has worked in the past with Hargitay on her philanthropic endeavor “The Joyful Heart Foundation.” She started the organization to help sexual assault survivors heal and “reclaim a sense of joy in their »

- Seth Kelley

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' star Adrianne Palicki blasts off to Fox space series

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It appears that Bobbi Morse’s (a.k.a. Mockingbird) days are through on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Deadline is reporting that the actress who plays Morse, one time Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki, has joined the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s untitled space dramedy. In the show, Palicki plays Kelly, ex-wife of MacFarlane’s character, Ed, the pilot of a spaceship. Fox went straight to series with the program, ordering 13 episodes. Palicki had been a series regular on S.H.I.E.L.D., appearing on 31 total episodes. She and co-star Nick Blood had been targeted for a spin-off series, Marvel's Most Wanted, but that show never made it past the pilot stage before getting the kibosh from ABC. As for the MacFarlane series, that show is looking to kick off in the 2017-18 season. »

- David Eckstein

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Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Central Intelligence’ Breaks $200 Million at Global Box Office

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Central Intelligence” has crossed the $200 million milestone at the global box office, making it the highest-earning action comedy this year.

Central Intelligence,” starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, is being handled by New Line Cinema domestically and Universal Pictures internationally.

The film opened with $35.5 million in its first weekend in North America and generated strong holdover numbers, topping $124 million. International grosses have reached $75.9 million.

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of worldwide distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, stated: “We knew audiences would respond to the unbeatable chemistry of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in this fun, action-packed comedy. ‘Central Intelligence’ plays big and delivers across a wide demographic.”

In the film, Johnson portrays a CIA agent who was bullied in high school and Hart plays his high school friend and reluctant recruit. Rawson Marshall Thurber directed from a script he co-wrote with Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen.

The film also stars Amy Ryan, »

- Dave McNary

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Montel Williams Detained by German Customs Over Medical Marijuana

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Montel Williams had a brush with German authorities on Friday morning, after customs officials found medical marijuana that he uses to treat his Multiple Sclerosis in the television personality’s possession. A statement from a spokesman noted that Williams was “briefly held” at the Frankfurt Airport, as authorities verified the validity of his prescription. “Once it was verified, he was promptly released. The process took less than an hour, and we’d like to thank German officials for their professionalism. He was neither arrested nor cited.” Also Read: Montel Williams Gives Heated Response to Bill O'Reilly: 'Leave Me Alone »

- Tim Kenneally

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'Suicide Squad': Director David Ayer on Creating a New Joker

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"I don't even know how to describe the damn thing," says director David Ayer, just after wrapping post-production on Suicide Squad, his star-packed, supervillain-centric, DC Comics-based probable blockbuster, hitting theaters on August 5th. "It's not like anything else. And it's not trying to be like anything else." In an interview for our Jared Leto cover story, Ayer discussed creating a new Joker with Leto, as well as the broader goals behind Suicide Squad, which also stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie, among many others.

Jared has mentioned that he »

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John Carpenter Wins Second Round of Plagiarism Case vs. Luc Besson Over ‘Lockout’

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Rome — A Paris appeals court on Friday found French director-producer Luc Besson guilty of plagiarizing John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic “Escape from New York” with the 2012 space-set movie “Lockout.”

The court ordered his EuropaCorp production company to pay  450,000 Euros ($502,000) in damages to the U.S. horror helmer, according to a report on French news service Bfmtv.

Besson, who is France’s most international director and recently drew applause at Comic-Con with footage of his big-budget sci-fier “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” had denied the charge. The suit was brought by Carpenter and his “Escape” co-writer Nick Castle in 2014.

Besson did not direct “Lockout.” He co-wrote it with Stephen Saint Leger and James Mather, who co-directed it. His EuropaCorp produced the film at the center of the plagiarism suit.

There was no comment from EuropaCorp on Friday.

The court ruled that “Lockout” had “massively borrowed key elements” of “Escape, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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John Cena’s ‘American Grit’ Renewed for Season 2 by Fox

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Fox has renewed WWE star John Cena’s competition series “American Grit” for a second season, the network announced Friday.

Season one of “America Grit” ended June 9. The show, hosted by Cena and produced by Leftfield Pictures, features competitors split off into teams led by military veterans and engaged in contests of strength. The season finale drew a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.

Producers are also casting now for season two. To nominate a potential contestant, go to FindYourStrengthCasting.com.

David George, Brent Montgomery, Adam Sher, Will Nothacker and Simon Thomas serve as executive producers of “American Grit.” Cena is also an executive producer on the show. This month, Cena hosted to the 2016 Espy Awards on ABC. On July 31, he will co-host the 2016 Teen Choice Awards with Victoria Justice.

In addition to “American Grit,” Leftfield Pictures produces “Pawn Stars,” “Alone,” “Counting Cars,” “Blue Collar Backers,” “Buddy’s Family Vacation” and “Cutting It: »

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John Cena’s ‘American Grit’ Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

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Fox has renewed “American Grit” for a second season, the network announced Friday. John Cena serves as host and executive producer on the reality competition series, which premiered in April. The series splits 16 everyday men and women into four teams and puts them through a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. The show is currently casting for Season 2. Also Read: WWE Superstar John Cena Partners With Leftfield Entertainment in Development Deal In Season 1, Cena led a group of mentors, including Navy Seal Commander Rorke Denver, Army Sergeant Noah Galloway, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tawanda “Tee” Hanible and Army Ranger Nick “The Reaper” Irving. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Sumner Redstone Medical Examination Approved by Delaware Court

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A Delaware court has approved a medical examination for 93-year-old media mogul Sumner Redstone, as part of a contentious ongoing battle with defunct members of his Viacom board. The exam, approved by Judge Andre Bouchard, will be used as evidence in an October 17 trial debating the legality of Redstone’s May decision to remove Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and other prominent members of the media company’s board. Judge Bouchard indicated that “human dignity” was his priority, and gave both sides a week to formulate a plan for an independently conducted, one-time medical exam. He cautioned against “unnecessary duplication” in the process. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl, Vincent Cassel in Talks for Hijacking Drama ‘Entebbe’

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Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl, and Vincent Cassel are in negotiations to star in Working Title’s hijacking drama “Entebbe.”

If their deals close, Pike and Bruhl will play German terrorists in the movie, based on the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane headed from Tel Aviv to Paris. A total of 248 hostages were held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, then rescued by Israeli forces.

The plane was hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells.

RoboCop” director Jose Padilha will direct from a script by Greg Burke. He’s an executive producer of the Netflix series “Narcos.”

Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Liza Chasin are producing alongside Kate Solomon. Participant Media is co-financing and co-producing.

Pike received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for 2014’s “Gone Girl.” She is currently filming Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles. »

- Dave McNary

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