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Emily Blunt to Make SNL Hosting Debut
The Girl on the Train is hopping off at Studio 8H.
Emily Blunt will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut next month, TVLine has learned exclusively. An NBC spokesperson declined to comment, but I’m hearing the actress will headline the Oct. 15 edition (which falls one week after the release of her new thriller, The Girl on the Train).
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Jon Favreau to Direct ‘Lion King’ Live-Action Remake
Having become king of the jungle, Jon Favreau is heading to the African Savannah.
Disney has tapped the filmmaker to oversee its upcoming live-action remake of “The Lion King.” Favreau already had success modernizing “The Jungle Book” for the studio. He’s also the director of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.” Disney has been busy delving into its vaults, and modernizing classic animated fare like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” with flesh and blood actors, and, in the case of “The Jungle Book,” pixilated critters. Barring tremendous advances in lion taming, presumably real animals won’t be used in this one either. They’ll be of the digital variety.
“The Lion King” has already been turned into a Tony-winning Broadway musical, that continues to draw crowds. The 1994 version was one of the studio’s most successful films, earning $968.8 million globally. The story centers on a young lion whose »
- Brent Lang
Johnny Depp & Michelle Pfeiffer Reportedly Eyed For Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’
With a release date just over a year from now, the clock is ticking on Kenneth Branagh‘s “Murder On The Orient Express,” and at the moment he has everything in place except for one major thing: a cast. Previously set to star Angelina Jolie, the actress dropped out of the project over the summer, and while Charlize Theron was eyed as a possible replacement, not much has been heard about that.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jennifer Lopez to Serve as Judge on NBC Reality Competition Series ‘World of Dance’
“World of Dance” was greenlit this July with a 10-episode order, and when the series was picked up, Lopez was only attached in a producing capacity, though sources said an on-camera role was always a possibility.
Lopez, of course, has experience as a reality TV judge, just coming off of “American Idol.” The multi-hyphenate has strong ties with NBC, as she stars in the network’s scripted drama “Shades of Blue,” which is entering its second season.
Lopez’s company Nuyorican Productions is producing “World of Dance” with Universal Television Alternative Studio.
“I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance. I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer’s career and help guide them to success,” said »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson to Star in Late-Night Talk Show Film (Exclusive)
In what is sure to become one of the hottest packages in town, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are set to star in an untitled movie Kaling also wrote revolving around a veteran late-night talk show host.
The story follows a venerated late-night talk show host, played by Thompson, who’s in danger of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer, played by Kaling. Sources describe the film as “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “Broadcast News.”
No studio is currently attached, but sources say a bidding war for the package is expected to be heated with several bidders already in the mix.
Kaling has quickly become one of the biggest triple threats in the world of comedy. She is creator, writer, and star of “The Mindy Project,” which aired for three seasons on Fox before heading over to Hulu, »
- Justin Kroll
‘NCIS’ Showrunner Gary Glasberg Dies at 50
CBS said Glasberg died in his sleep.
“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight,” the “NCIS” cast said in a statement. ” ‘NCIS’ will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”
The New York City native began his career writing comic books and working on animated series for Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., Disney and Nickelodeon. He segued into drama by the early 1990s, working on the staff of such series as Upn’s “Swift Justice” and “Mercy Point,” CBS’ “L.A. Doctors” and Fox’s “The Street.”
Glasberg’s reputation as a writer-producer grew as he advanced to supervising producer and co-exec producer status on such series as »
- Cynthia Littleton
Producer Claims NBC’s ‘Timeless’ Infringes on Spanish Series
The Spanish producer of a time travel series claims in a federal copyright infringement lawsuit that NBC’s upcoming “Timeless” is a ripoff of their show.
The series is set to debut on Oct. 3. A press screening of one of the episodes is scheduled on the Sony lot on Wednesday.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday, claims that Onza Partners, producers of the Spanish series “El Ministerio del Tiempo” contend that their storyline was stolen for “Timeless,” in which a trio travels through time to try to stop a criminal trying to alter the course of history.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as well as a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting the “production and/or distribution (in any form or medium whatsoever) of any episodes” of “Timeless,” including the pilot. But the producers are not filing a separate application for a temporary restraining order to immediately halt the series »
- Ted Johnson
"This Is Us" Scores Full-Season Pickup
That was fast: After just one airing, This Is Us has snagged a full(ish)-season pickup of 18 episodes, NBC announced Tuesday.
Enthused executive producer Dan Fogelman in a statement: “This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we’d wanted and hoped for. We’d carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show, and this allows us to follow through with our exact initial intent. And to get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew.”
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Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen Enroll In ‘Business Ethics’
Exclusive: Business Ethics, the dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Know Rules Media, has set Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick and Angus Macfadyen for supporting roles in the Nick Wernham-directed pic. Starring Larenz Tate, the film is based on a short from Wernham of the same name about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme. Shooting will commence in October. Smith will play Magnus Hardcastle, a rich, greedy, self-confident, and self-made businessman, who works… »
Nate Parker Gets Warm Reception at Virginia ‘Birth of a Nation’ Appearance
Norfolk, Va. — Nate Parker got a rapturous reception on Tuesday at Norfolk State University, a historically black college half a mile from the housing project where he lived during his early years.
“I’m home,” he told the packed theater, to a huge ovation.
The appearance was “The Birth of a Nation” director’s first on a college campus since controversy erupted last month over his acquittal on rape charges 17 years ago.
Parker did not mention the controversy, nor was he asked about it. Instead, he stuck to the themes of the film. The audience of about 350 people — almost entirely African-American — greeted him like a returning hero.
He had a confession, he said. The first time he was on the campus he was three years old in campus care as his mother, Carolyn, attended classes. But not for long. “I actually got kicked out,” he said. “I think it was for biting. »
- Jim Morrison
4 Takeaways From TheGrill 2016: DVDs and Vr Headsets Are Out but China Is Everywhere
TheGrill, TheWrap’s annual conference about convergence in entertainment and technology, wrapped Tuesday. And after two days of hearing from the smartest people in the entertainment industry and the most disruptive people in digital media, here are my most pressing takeaways: 1. DVDs are down again? What it means for movie windows After being in double-digit freefall in the earlier part of the 21st century, the downslide is back. According to Sony CEO Michael Lynton, DVD sales are down in double digits in the past six months. Once upon a time in the 1990s, Dvds and the home entertainment divisions of Hollywood studios. »
- Sharon Waxman
‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scribe to Write Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Scarface’ Reimagining (Exclusive)
Sources tell Variety, Winter has signed on to do a polish of Jonathan Herman’s latest draft of Universal’s new retelling of the “Scarface” story. Given Winter’s expertise creating such characters, and the fact that Winter has real-life relationships with former crime figures, the studio was quick to turn to the writer for “Scarface,” sources said.
Antoine Fuqua is on board to direct.
The film will be a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, and will be produced by Marc Shmuger, Scott Stuber, and Dylan Clark. Marty Bregman, producer of the 1983 “Scarface” film, will also produce.
The pic is a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. The new film will be set in Los Angeles and will focus on a Mexican immigrant. »
- Justin Kroll
Lin-Manuel Miranda will be in the room where ‘Saturday Night Live’ happens — hosting!
The Saturday Night Live writers better have their rap-scribing skills dusted off. Lin-Manuel Miranda will host SNL’s October 8 episode, NBC announced today. Twenty One Pilots is lined up for the musical guest slot that night. The Hamilton star’s gig for that episode, the second of SNL’s 42nd season, will follow Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie hosting the premiere this Saturday, October 1. Emily Blunt may also have scored an SNL hosting job, as TVLine posted today, though NBC isn’t commenting on that report. Maybe her Mary Poppins Returns co-star will have some tips on how to host a kickass SNL episode. »
- Emily Rome
Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’: Oscar experts make loud predictions for Best Picture, Best Director
Now that Martin Scorsese‘s new film “Silence” has been added to our Oscars predictions center, our experts derived from major media outlets are anything but silent. In fact, four Oscarologists now loudly predict the Paramount Pictures film will be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Director. Do you agree? Vote in our poll below. Sign up to get Gold Derby’s […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to Stop Publishing Print Edition
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review will stop printing hard copies and become a digital-only publication, costing 106 employees their jobs, the paper announced on Wednesday. Trib Total Media president and CEO Jennifer Bertetto informed employees that the last print edition would be published Nov. 30. Bertetto explained that the goal is to bolster the free, digital edition in order to ensure a sustainable future. The newspaper industry continues to struggle, with many big-name papers having taken drastic measures to improve their digital presence in recent years. As part of the plan, 106 full- and part-time Ptr employees will face layoffs in addition to the 95 »
- Brian Flood
Warner Bros. Promotes Jeff Goldstein to President of Domestic Distribution
Warner Bros. Pictures has promoted veteran Jeff Goldstein to president of domestic distribution, the studio announced Wednesday. Goldstein will assume all responsibility for the day-to-day oversight of the studio’s domestic distribution activities and work closely with Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, on longer term strategies. Goldstein previously served as executive vice president and general sales manager of domestic distribution since 2000. Before that, he served as senior vice president and general sales manager of domestic distribution. Also Read: Margot Robbie Signs First Look Deal With Warner Bros. Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, who served as the president of worldwide distribution at Warner. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Warner Bros. Gets Into Japanese Pop/Metal Scene With Babymetal Scripted Series
Japanese pop-metal group (yes) Babymetal is getting its own scripted series at Warner Bros. Blue Ribbon Content digital studio. Japanese studio Amuse Inc. will also be producing through its Amuse USA arm. The live-action/animated hybrid show will follow a band of warriors (Babymetal) as they travel through the besieged world of metal music. Protagonists Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal are brought together by a lonely god named Kitsune to create a new musical genre. The short-form series is being developed for digital distribution. Blue Ribbon produces a number of projects for digital-first platforms, like “Now We’re Talking,” a send-up of the world. »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin to Drive ‘Hot Wheels’
He will also develop and produce the property through his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner. Lin and Perfect Storm will also have an option to co-finance the movie.
Plot details are unknown at this time. Since the film still needs to find a writer, it’s not expected to be Lin’s next project.
Legendary’s Alex Garcia will oversee the movie for the company, while Universal will distribute the pic.
Hot Wheels is one of the world’s biggest toy brands, with Mattel claiming that it’s the best-selling toy in the world, with more than 5 billion tiny cars produced since 1968. According to Mattel, the company creates nine million cars every week and sells 10 every second.
Lin, who is repped by CAA, helped reboot the “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, »
- Justin Kroll
Benedict Cumberbatch interviews Tom Hiddleston about film and regrets
Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston have starred together in War Horse, but now they're both part of Marvel's cinematic universe as Doctor Strange approaches. Hiddleston recently took time off from reprising his role as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok to speak to Cumberbatch about life, the universe, and many things. Interview Magazine had the brilliant idea of having Cumberbatch interview Hiddleston, two of today's hottest actors. And I don't mean in terms of attractiveness though many would say that as well. What started out as a one-way interview quickly turned into just a conversation between two friends. If you ever wanted to know about the actors' personal film interests, you're in luck! Cumberbatch: I was wondering if there was an era of film—if you had a time machine—that you could go back and be a part of? Whether it's musicals or neorealism in Italy post World War II or »
- Jill Pantozzi
‘Long Way North’ Review: Gorgeous Visuals Undermined by Flat Characters in Animated Adventure
Lovely visuals are key for the success of any animated film, arguably more so even than for live-action movies. But a compelling story is also essential, and that’s where “Long Way North” trips up. This tale of a late 19th Century Russian teen on an Arctic quest is undeniably dazzling to behold, but as an epic action-adventure saga it must, by definition, be exciting and brisk. It is instead stately and a bit bland. Intrepid young aristocrat Sacha (voiced in the English-language version by Chloé Dunn) has a lifelong fascination with the adventurous exploits of her grandfather, a famous scientist and. »
- Claudia Puig
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