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Nicholas Hoult to Play Author JD Salinger in ‘Rebel in the Rye’
The script was adapted from the Kenneth Slawenski biography “J.D. Salinger: A Life.” Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman, and Danny Strong.
Bloom will introduce “Rebel in the Rye” to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, while CAA is representing the North American rights.
The movie will explore the life and mind of the secretive author and tell the story of the birth of “The Catcher in the Rye.” The story will explore his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War 2, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of The New Yorker and his writer’s block — which led to a spiritual awakening.
- Dave McNary
6 Oscar Season Narratives That Could Shape the Race This Year
With summer doldrums in the rearview, In Contention has found a new home just in time for the annual Oscar season…and not a moment too soon. A number of fall film releases sit primed for reveals at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals over the next several weeks, kicking off the race to the 88th Academy Awards.
As ever, a number of the season’s hopefuls will live and die by the narratives conjured in their wake. Because as we know — and I can’t imagine this notion is all that controversial — an Oscar race is as much about the stories told off-screen as it is about the stories told onscreen.
Here are a few such stories to keep an eye on as we wade into the deep end of the year. Don’t be surprised if a number of them are revisited at length in this space over the next six months. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Wes Craven, ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Director, Dies at 76
Known for creating the iconic Freddy Krueger character from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and Ghostface in “Scream,” the versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.
Craven’s first feature was the controversial shocker “The Last House on the Left,” which he wrote, directed an edited in 1972. He followed with the blackly comic “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Swamp Thing,” an early entry in the comic book genre.
“Serpent and the Rainbow,” in 1988, was based on non-fiction book about voodoo.
Craven tried his hand at non-horror »
- Pat Saperstein
‘Supergirl’ Teases First Look at Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Lucy Lane (Photo)
Lois Lane’s little sister has arrived in National City, and the newest photo from CBS’ “Supergirl” shows Jenna Dewan-Tatum in character for the first time. The photo, shared via EW, shows Dewan-Tatum as Lucy in a scene with Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and Supergirl herself, Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist). The show will explore the character’s comic book roots of a romantic history with Jimmy, who’s now going by James on the show. This version of Lucy Lane is described as brash and funny and just as successful as her older sister. Also Read: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's. »
- Linda Ge
Billionaire Offers $1M Charity Donation if People Watch His Reality Show
Billionaire Tim Draper wants people to watch his ABC Family unscripted series. The founder of Draper University and one of the cast members on the Disney-owned cable network's Startup U has offered a sizable charity donation in exchange for viewers to the freshman series. "Tell all your friends to watch StartupU Tuesday at 10:00 on ABC Family. I will give away $1 million to charities if we get 1 million viewers this week," Draper wrote on his Facebook page. »
- Lesley Goldberg
‘The SpongeBob Musical’ Aims to Clean Up on Broadway
“SpongeBob SquarePants” is heading to Broadway. Nickelodeon’s cartoon about a sentient yellow sponge is being adapted into a stage musical that aims to open on Broadway for the 2016-17 season, following a limited run at Chicago’s Oriental Theater next June. The score will feature original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I. and David Bowie. “The SpongeBob Musical” is co-conceived and directed by Steppenwolf veteran Tina Landau (“Superior »
- Reid Nakamura
Bella Hadid Just Scored Her First Victoria's Secret Pink Campaign—But Will She and Gigi Become the Next Angels?
Hinting at a new gig, are we Bella Hadid? After a few less-than-conspicuous Instagram teasers, Victoria's Secret confirms to E! News that the 18-year-old will appear in the brand's upcoming Pink ads. Yup, that means Bella's following in big sis Gigi Hadid's footsteps once more (after, you know, following her into modeling as well). The Instagram pics may also explain why she skipped out on beau The Weeknd's MTV VMAs performance last night. Hmmm. Based on the festive naughty and nice signs in Bella's teaser post, we'll go ahead and speculate that this Pink stint will be out in time for the holiday season. So in the meantime, we'll just have to reference Bella's behind-the-scenes »
Taylor Swift Dazzled With Her Squad at the VMAs—and Now #SquadGoals Needs to Go Away Forever
Taylor Swift's squad realized its goal last night. So here's hoping the twitterverse finds something else to hashtag into oblivion, Asap. At Sunday's 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, which as far as we could tell involved Swift and roughly four other people, the crop-top-rockin' star walked the red carpet with, sat with and ultimately accepted Video of the Year while flanked by her pack of supermodel/actress/singer besties of Victoria's Secret, Vogue, Law & Order: Svu and Instagram fame. There was of course a reason for what otherwise would have been the most annoying thing ever—the entire bevy of beauties, including Mariska Hargitay, appeared in Swift's "Bad Blood" »
Lewis Hamilton Talks Rihanna Dating Rumors—Are They a Couple Or What? Watch Now to Find Out!
Rihanna and Lewis Hamilton seem like they've been hanging out a lot recently, and they most definitely would make an attractive couple... So what's the deal between the 27-year-old singer and 30-year-old Formula 1 race car driver? Lewis, who previously dated Nicole Scherzinger, opened up to E! News' Zuri Hall about his relationship with Rihanna at the 2015 MTV VMAs Sunday... "You know, I've known Ri for a long time," he began. "We've been friends for a while. We get to hang out every now and again..." That they do! Romance rumors first began to swirl about the twosome earlier this month when they were photographed living it up in Barbados for the island's annual »
Jennifer Lawrence Perfects Her Pout in Glam Dior Lipstick Commercial—Watch Now!
Pucker up, Jennifer Lawrence! (Although we see you've got that down already.) The actress and longtime Dior brand ambassador is starring in a short film (or microfilm, really) for the new Dior Addict series of lipsticks, and the latest commercial is a testament to the lush pout that Jennifer calls her own (lucky gal). Wearing a slinky pink dress and an even deeper berry pink hue, the actress lets her lips do the talking in the blink-or-you'll-miss-it ad (and seriously, we can't take out eyes off them for those entire 20 seconds). With sleek pinned waves and subtle eye makeup, this may be the most beautiful we've ever seen Jennifer in a campaign (then again, there's also her many, many other Dior »
‘The View’ Ep Bill Wolff to Exit: Read ABC News President James Goldston’s Internal Memo
“The View” executive producer Bill Wolff is leaving the ABC News program. He follows Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace out the door. Rosie O’Donnell also came and left (again) this season. In Wolff’s absence, Candi Carter is coming aboard as interim showrunner, ABC News President James Goldston said in an internal memo. This fall, the show will launch Season 19 with the return of Joy Behar and new co-hosts Paula Faris and Candace Cameron Bure. Michelle Collins will become an official co-host when the new-look talker is reborn on Sep. 8. Joining her will be returning panelist Raven-Symone and veteran moderator Whoopi Goldberg. »
- Tony Maglio
These Newscasters' Horrified Reaction to a Giant Shark Represents Everyone Who Hates the Ocean
Apparently Today Show host Karl Stefanovic forgot for a second that he lived in Australian, where the spiders are as big as your head and giant sharks leap out of the water in an effort to keep you from going near any form of water ever again. After watching a terrifying segment on how the Discovery Channel now has better technology to study sharks, which ended with footage of the biggest shark we've ever seen leaping out of the water, Karl and his cohost Lisa Wilkinson's were scared speechless. And as Australians they're probably used to the weird, freaky stuff that happens in nature down under. (Again, have you seen their spiders?!) So when a video leaves them looking like this: You know »
Miley Cyrus Doesn't Want to Be in Taylor Swift's ''Squad,'' Says She's ''100 Percent in Love'' With Wayne Coyne
At this rate, Taylor Swift's next single just may be about Miley Cyrus. About a month after the 22-year-old pop star, who hosted the MTV Video Music Awards last night, seemingly threw shade at Taylor Swift and her "Bad Blood" music video, the "Wrecking Ball" beauty is making headlines for her candid interview with the New York Times—and it's safe to say she has zero squad goals. "I'm not trying to be in the squad," Cyrus told the publication, referring to Swift's famous girl group. "None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I'm inspired by »
Noted Babe Nicholas Hoult to Play Noted Non-Babe J.D. Salinger
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know about the upcoming J.D. Salinger biopic is who's starring in it, and what kind of lousy title they gave it, and if anyone you've heard of is occupied with it, and all that Hollywood Reporter kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. Just kidding — the answers to those questions, respectively, are: Nicholas Hoult, Rebel in the Rye, and Empire's Danny Strong, who is writing and directing a script based on Kenneth Slawenski's 2011 Salinger biography. And that's why you don't tell anybody anything. »
- Nate Jones
WWE Diva Zahra Schreiber Fired After Nazi-Themed Instagram Posts Come to Light
Zahra Schreiber is down for the count as far as the WWE is concerned. Schreiber, who had been a wrestler with the league’s developmental arm Nxt, has been cut from the WWE, after it was revealed that she posted an image of a swastika on her Instagram account. In a statement provided to TheWrap, the WWE said that Scheiber, the girlfriend of wrestler Seth Rollins, was cut loose for “inappropriate and offensive remarks.” Also Read: Tila Tequila Booted From 'Celebrity Big Brother' Over Hitler Views (Report) “WWE released Zahra Schreiber due to inappropriate and offensive remarks she »
- Tim Kenneally
‘The View’ Shakeup: Bill Wolff Out as Executive Producer
Bill Wolff is departing his post as exec producer of ABC’s “The View,” the latest shakeup on the daytime series that has had nothing but turmoil in front of and behind the camera during the past two years.
ABC has yet to line up a permanent replacement for Wolff, who will remain at the helm through the end of September to see the show through the launch of its 19th season with a revamped panel of hosts. Candi Carter, an “Oprah Winfrey Show” alum who recently joined as a consulting producer, will serve as interim showrunner until a successor is named.
Wolff joined “View” last summer after serving as exec producer of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” His departure from the show had been expected after the show endured a rocky first season following the retirement of its founder, Barbara Walters.
Last week, “View” unveiled its host lineup »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and North West Move Back in With Kris Jenner—Find Out Why!
Kris Jenner's got her roommates back! The 59-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians momager told E! News on Saturday that pregnant daughter Kim Kardashian, 34, her husband Kanye West, 38, and their daughter North West, 2, have moved back in with her. The three had lived with her for more than a year after buying a $20 million house and an adjacent, estimated $2.9 million house and beginning renovation work on the properties and had moved out several months ago. Kris said the two recently returned to live in her home temporarily because they still have more renovations to complete. The momager dished to E! News that Kim surprised her when she asked to move back into her »
Wes Craven: A Tribute to the 'Scream' King
It was hard to see writer/director Wes Craven, who died yesterday at the age of 76 after a battle with brain cancer, in person without experiencing a sense of cognitive dissonance. A dignified man with an academic air, kind eyes, and an easy smile, Craven defied the expectations created by his films, which sent character after character to their deaths, usually in imaginative — and always brutal — ways. Could the man expanding on the cultural roots of horror be the same man who turned Johnny Depp into geyser of blood in A Nightmare on Elm Street? »
What’s New on Amazon Prime: September 2015
At the beginning of (and throughout) every month, Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video add new movies and TV shows to their libraries. Some of these may also have previously been on Amazon, only to have been removed and then added back. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below.With the exception of Hand of God, Amazon won’t start airing its full-season pickups until later this fall, which means the “Moneyball network” is currently playing with trades from other production teams. Amazon doesn’t have the biggest catalogue and tends to focus on bringing on new titles that will play as well as possible to particular audiences. This month’s selections, a jumble of targeted titles that don’t make much sense as a unit, are no exception. Here are a few of the most interesting new choices, along with the highly specific Google »
- Jackson McHenry
'The View' Exec Producer Bill Wolff to Exit
One week before it debuts an almost completely new host lineup, The View will lose executive producer Bill Wolff. Wolff's exit comes two years after he was personally wooed by former ABC News president Ben Sherwood to take over the flagging daytime franchise from founding exec producer Bill Geddie. ABC declined comment. But the decision is said to be Wolff's. He will stay on through next week when the show bows its 19th season Tuesday, Sept. 9, with a new panel that includes Candace Cameron Bure, Good Morning America's Paula Faris and Joy Behar, making her return after leaving the show in
- Marisa Guthrie
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