Amber Heard Joins Channing Tatum in ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Amber Heard has been cast as one of the new leads in “Magic Mike Xxl,” TheWrap has learned. Also read: Matthew McConaughey Not Returning for ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel Due to Gus Van Sant Film Channing Tatum returns as the titular stripper, who embarks on a road trip with his stripper friends from the first film, including Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Matthew McConaughey played their ring leader in the Steven Soderbergh-directed original, but due to a scheduling conflict because of his involvement in Gus van Sant's upcoming drama “Sea of Trees” he won't be reprising his role. »
- Jeff Sneider
'Olympus Has Fallen' Sequel Loses Its Director (Exclusive)
London Has Fallen has lost its director. With shooting just six weeks away, Fredrik Bond and Millennium have parted ways over the sequel to 2013’s surprise action hit Olympus Has Fallen. A spokesperson for the company confirmed Bond’s exit, which is due to creative differences. Those differences may be a result of the movie’s accelerated schedule and Bond only coming aboard in August. One insider said prep time was a factor. Bond, a commercials director, was making the leap from the dramatic indie world — he directed the well-regarded Shia Labeouf drama Charlie Countryman — to the big-budget action world.
- Borys Kit
Ang Lee will direct 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk'
Ang Lee never met a literary adaptation he couldn’t tackle, it seems. The multi-Oscar winner, who’s been largely absent since winning Best Director for Life of Pi, has picked his next project: Ben Fountain’s celebrated 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about a group of Iraq war vets, including 19-year-old Billy Lynn, who must endure a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas on their exhaustive “Victory Tour” before they return to the war. TriStar Productions and Film4 announced the news Thursday.
“I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Co-Author of California Tax Credit Bill: Studios Shouldn’t ‘Pit The States Against One Another’
When news broke earlier this month that the MPAA was planning to hold a summit of film commissioners, the timing stirred concern from some California lawmakers that it was happening right on the heels of the state tripling the size of its tax credit program.
In other words, after California took a major step to being more competitive in its tax credits, would other states be encouraged to up their game as well?
The Sept. 29 summit in Washington D.C. will gather film commissioners to discuss “how to better partner to garner additional legislative and other political support for your jurisdiction’s production incentive program,” according to the invite. An MPAA spokeswoman said that the event had been in the works since July, before California’s state Assembly and Senate passed AB1839, the tax credit bill, on Aug. 29.
But Assemblyman Mike Gatto, principal co-author of AB1839, said he was “very »
- Ted Johnson
Screen Gems Launching Horror-Thriller ‘Scarecrow’ (Exclusive)
Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
Bertino wrote and directed “Mockingbird,” which he also produced with Biddle. That title will be released Oct. 6 through Blumhouse’s newly launched Bh Tilt label.
Unbroken is currently in pre-production on “There Are Monsters” with Atlas and Bertino directing from his own script.
It’s also developing supernatural horror movie “February” with »
- Dave McNary
Melissa Rivers Confirms That Fashion Police Will Continue On—Get All the Details!
In the above clip from the "Fashion Police: Remembering Joan" special, Melissa Rivers addresses the question everyone has been asking, "Will Fashion Police go on?" "Yes, Fashion Police will continue. We're going to hit pause for a little while, but Fashion Police will be back in January." She went on to say, "I really want to thank all of the Joan Rangers for the outpouring of love and support, it has meant so much to Cooper and me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you." Joan Rivers tragically passed away earlier this month at 81-years-old after suffering from complications while undergoing a throat operation in New York »
Stefan Gierasch, Who Appeared in ‘Carrie,’ Dies at 88
During his career, Gierasch was cast in several roles that played on his rugged physicality. He worked alongside Robert Redford in 1972’s “Jeremiah Johnson” as the mayor of Lago. In 1973, Gierasch shared the screen with Clint Eastwood in “High Plains Drifter.”
In “Carrie,” Gierasch played the unsympathetic principal and antagonist to Sissy Spacek who was shocked by the bloody incident during the high school prom. He also appeared in “What’s Up Doc?” and “The New Centurions.”
On television, he appeared in “M*A*S*H,” “Barney Miller,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Untouchables” and “ER.” Gierasch also did work on Broadway, making his debut at 18 in 1944 in “Snafu,” and he also performed in the original production of “The Sound of Music. »
- Jordyn Holman
Read the Ad That Inspired Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ and Meet Hoaxer-Producer Chris Parkinson
As we reported earlier this week, Kevin Smith’s offbeat new horror-comedy “Tusk” came about after the filmmaker read a bizarre Internet ad. Originally posted on England’s free classified site Gumtree, the notice purported to be from a retired gentleman offering free rent to a person willing to dress up in a walrus costume for approximately two hours a day.
While discussing the ad on his Smodcast podcast with co-host Scott Mosier, Smith found himself increasingly fascinated with the story, and essentially spinning it into a movie idea where an obsessed maniac surgically transforms another man into a walrus. He asked his audience to vote on whether they would be interested in seeing this movie, and to put their vote on Twitter with the hashtag “Walrus Yes” or “Walrus No.” Telling the story at the L.A premiere on Monday, Smith revealed, “The next day I woke up to »
- Jenelle Riley
Clint Dempsey Isn't Just a Soccer Hero—He Raps, Too, Remember?! Watch Him Do His Hip-Hop Thing Right Here
In case you didn't already have a major crush on soccer stud Clint Dempsey... At the launch party for EA Sports' FIFA 15 last night, the Seattle Sounders forward and 2014 World Cup super-star reminded us that he's more than just swift feet, cool tattoos and dreamy eyes. He also raps! Dempsey, aka Deuce in the hip-hop world, joined Houston rapper Xo onstage to, not just test out his chops in front of a live audience, but to help perform a song that they're putting out together on an album that Dempsey is also co-producing. "I do this here 'cause I want to, I do this here 'cause I can," the guys traded lines of their new tune, "Hot Fire." And, whether you »
Mariah Carey and Dem Babies "Have Fun 'Under the Sea'" During Aquarium Date—See the Pics!
With everything going on in Mariah Carey's marriage, it seems as though the superstar is keeping her focus on the two most important people in her life—dem babies. Carey shared a bunch of fun pictures from her recent aquarium date with her twins, Monroe and Morocco, on her Instagram today. Mariah captioned one photo of the trio up against the glass with, "Having fun 'under the sea!' Thank you @GeorgiaAquarium 4 a great experience. Learning Can be fun! Knowledge is power!" She followed with numerous cute snapshots of the famous family learning everything there is to know about our friends under the sea, and even got some photos with a couple of dolphins. (Only question left »
Daniele Watts Refuses to Apologize to the Lapd: There Was No Charge Against Me
“Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts is refusing to apologize to the Los Angeles Police Department despite backlash from critics and “overtly racist and sexist remarks” on social media. Also read: Daniele Watts’ Boyfriend Reveals Why the Actress ‘Pulled the Race Card’ During Police Stop “When I was forced into handcuffs, the detaining officer cited this as his reason: ‘My supervisor said that you, he ordered you to stay and you left, so that's why we pulled over — and that's why you're being detained,'” she said in a statement given to TheWrap. “This is simply not true.” As TheWrap previously reported, »
- Travis Reilly
'When the Game Falls Down': The Thrill and Despair of Jenga
If "When the Game Stands Tall" didn't strike you as tough, competitive, or grueling enough, regain your strength (and grip) with "When the Game Falls Down," the first and best movie about the rough-and-tumble world of Jenga. You think you have the guts and fingertips for this harrowing sport? Can you handle the despair of plummeting wood? Then you might just be ready for this gritty reality (made by Hasbro). »
- Louis Virtel
Box Office: ‘Maze Runner’ Flying By Liam Neeson for $24 Million Opening
Fox’s dystopian “The Maze Runner” is leaving rivals in the dust as it heads for an opening weekend of about $24 million in the U.S., early estimates showed.
The young-adult vehicle was dominating moviegoing Friday with a forecast of $9 million to $10 million at 3,604 locations, including $1.1 million from late Thursday screenings.
The futuristic saga had been tracking somewhat higher earlier in the week with Fox indicating it expected a launch weekend in the high $20 million range. Instead, “Maze Runner” looks likely to come in the vicinity of last weekend’s leader, Sony’s “No Good Deed,” which opened at $24.5 million.
Fox had deployed the young cast, led by Dylan O’Brien of “Teen Wolf,” on an active promo campaign for “Maze Runner” to tap into the fickle young-adult audience that turned “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” into successful franchises.
Based on James Dashner’s novel, the $34 million tale of teens »
- Dave McNary
Honey Boo Boo All Smiles, Mama June and Sugar Bear Ditch Wedding Rings Post-Split—See the Pics!
While Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fans continue to mourn Mama June and Sugar Bear Thompson's shocking split, the reality stars themselves seem to be in good spirits. Despite the unfortunate news, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson was all smiles while paparazzi snapped her pic in Georgia earlier today, enjoying some soda and rocking a tank top that read, 'Laugther Is The Best Exercise." Mama June and Sugar Bear were each also spotted by shutterbugs, and it was clear that both decided to ditch their wedding rings. Mama June was caught laughing and joking with her security guard and a crew member from the family's hit TV show, appearing happy as she hung out on the front porch of the family »
NY Times Critic Unapologetic Over Shonda Rhimes ‘Angry Black Woman’ Remark
New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley is standing by calling Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman” in her Friday review of the TV executive's upcoming ABC drama “How to Get Away With Murder.” “The whole point of the piece — once you read past the first 140 characters — is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype,” said Stanley in a statement to TheWrap. Also read: Shonda Rhimes Fires Back at New York Times Critic Who Called Her ‘Angry Black Woman’ Rhimes had called Stanley out just hours after the review went online. ”Wait. I'm ‘angry’ and a romance. »
- Travis Reilly
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