Nikki Finke Is Now Making Up Her Stories (Sort Of)
For Nikki Finke, fiction was always the enemy. “As a journalist, that was the worst thing you could say about something,” she says. “That’s fiction.” In the years she spent covering the entertainment industry for the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, and her own Deadline website, Finke became famous — and famously feared — for telling the unvarnished (and highly entertaining) truth about everyone in Hollywood, even her own business partner, Jay Penske. “I am a very old-school journalist,” she says throatily over the phone from her home in Los Angeles. “I believe you make the comfortable uncomfortable, and that’s the whole point of doing it. A friend of mine who is in the business always used to say, Why do you always act surprised when people hate you for something you have written? And I said, But it’s the truth! My feeling was always the truth trumps everything. »
- Jessica Pressler
Watch: Julie Delpy Writes, Directs and Stars in Venice Premiere 'Lolo'
Venice Days has slotted Julie Delpy's "Lolo" as the eleventh title in its competition lineup. This marks the world premiere of the comedy, before it heads to Toronto later in September. (Check out the first international trailer, sans subtitles, below.) Co-written by Delpy and Eugénie Grandval, "Lolo" looks to be another one of her very French comedies of manners and errors, heated with anxiety and confusion and romantic fretting. The story surrounds who else but a neurotic Parisienne, Violette (Delpy), who falls for Jean-René while vacationing in the south of France. But the pair gets a major reality check once back home, where Violette's tyrannical son Lolo attempts to manipulate and control the relationship. Read More: Now and Then: Waiting for Julie Delpy Delpy can write a good, smart farce, such as her 2012 sequel "2 Days in New York." But I can't help but miss the bubbly, frantically charming energy of the original, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Watch 'Uptown Funk' as sung by the movies
"Spaceballs," "Pulp Fiction," "Back to the Future," "The Breakfast Club," "The Muppet Movie" and about 275 more movies have combined together for one noble cause. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" is obviously a runaway hit of 2015, and now somebody (probably your new best friend) has combined dialogue from dozens and dozens of movies to "remake" the funky hit, supercut style. According to the info on YouTube, user dondrapersaywhat spent three months cobbling this together. Watch! Or "Watch!" »
- Katie Hasty
‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie in Works at Warner Bros. as Lawsuit Ends
A movie based on the widely popular game “Dungeons & Dragons” is in the works at Warner Bros., the studio announced Monday, 10 months after the trial ended over who owned the rights to the fantasy game.
After months of negotiation, Warner Bros., Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment revealed that they had come to an undisclosed arrangement, ending the two-year old lawsuit, and are moving forward with the feature film franchise.
David Leslie Johnson (“The Conjuring 2”) has already written the screenplay set in the “D&D” fantasy world of Forgotten Realms. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Sweetpea Entertainment’s Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman, and Roy Lee (“The Lego Movie”) are producing the high-priority project.
“This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president of creative development and worldwide production. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie in Works at Warner Bros.
A feature film based on the fantasy role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons” is in the works at Warner Bros., the studio announed Monday. WB is teaming with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures and Sweetpea Entertainment on the project. The film production company and the toy giant have struck a truce on a legal battle over who owned the rights, and Warner Bros. has fast-tracked the production. It already has script, written byby David Leslie Johnson (“The Conjuring 2,” “Wrath of the Titans”), but there is no director or cast yet. “We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life. »
- Todd Cunningham
Deauville Festival Kicks off With ‘Everest,’ Wraps With ‘Sicario’
Paris — Baltasar Kormakur’s 3D adventure thriller “Everest” is set to open the 41st edition of the Deauville American Film Festival.
A Universal Pictures movie, “Everest,” which will also kick off the Venice film festival, stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal. Pic is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, along with Kormákur, Icelandic’s biggest film director-producer, Nicky Kentish Barnes, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson.
Deauville is expecting “Everest’s” “film team” to attend the premiere.
Penned by William Nicholson (“Gladiator”) and Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”), “Everest” is based on the tragic 1996 expeditions to Mount Everest that left several climbers dead. “Everest” will be released in the U.S. by Universal on September 25.
- Elsa Keslassy
Eminem Says He "Replaced Addiction With Exercise" After Ballooning to 230 Lbs., Ran 17 Miles a Day to Get Fit!
After Eminem lost weight, he gained a new perspective. The "Kings Never Die" rapper wrote an essay for the September issue of Men's Journal, in which he opened up about his past drug and alcohol abuse and the toll it took on his body. "In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 lbs. I'm not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas," the 15-time Grammy Award winner recalled. "The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I'd been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating—and eating badly." Eminem went to rehab to treat his addictions. After he completed treatment, the 42-year-old »
Ronda Rousey to Star in Her Own Biopic
Ufc champion Ronda Rousey, who has been diving into Hollywood with roles in Entourage, Furious 7 and Expendables 3, will see her own life story make its way onto the big screen. Paramount has nabbed the rights to the 28-year-old's autobiography My Fight/Your Fight, and Rousey is attached to star in the biopic. Mark Bomback will write the script for the film, which would follow Rousey's life and career. Rousey is an Olympic medalist in Judo and the reigning Women's Mma Bantamweight Fighter. (On Saturday in Rio, she knocked out challenger Bethe Correia in 34 seconds to defend
- Rebecca Ford
People Are Mad the Ghostbusters Cast Visited a Hospital Because Apparently Helping Sick Kids Is a Bad Thing
First these women dare to remake Ghostbusters with an all-female cast and now This?! This is definitely taking it too far. They visited a children's Hospital! The nerve! Look at those smiles on the faces of kids battling cancer and other terrible diseases! Personally, we are disgusted that celebrities would take time out of filming a movie to go and visit with sick people. Thanks, Obama! We are clearly being sarcastic by trashing Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones for visiting Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. After kids put up signs on the windows of the hospital that read "Who ya gonna call?" and caught the attention of the cast and crew, the four ladies »
‘Broad City’ Star Abbi Jacobson Channels Jennifer Hudson in ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Sneak Peek (Video)
If “Dreamgirls” gets a remake, Abbi Jacobson is ready for the auditions. In an upcoming “Lip Sync Battle” episode, the “Broad City” actress (sort of) sings her heart out, silently belting out “I Am Telling I’m Not Going,” the song that helped Jennifer Hudson win an Oscar for the musical “Dreamgirls.” From the sneak peek above, Jacobson puts up a strong fight. Tune in Thursday, Aug. 6 to see how her opponent and “Broad City” costar Ilana Glazer responded to this incredible performance. Also Read: Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice Takes on Gregg Sulkin in Sticky 'Lip Sync Battle' »
- Kathy Zerbib
‘Hand of God’s’ Ron Perlman, Dana Delaney Tout Amazon’s Creative Freedom
“Hand of God” stars Ron Perlman and Dana Delaney are veterans of broadcast and cable TV. Promoting their new series at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Monday, both extolled the virtues of working for one of the streaming services shaking up the television business. “This is the most exciting period I’ve ever seen in television,” Perlman said. “Probably the most exciting place to be if you’re a storyteller is television, because of that very factor. Ten years from now it’ll all be fucked up. But for right now, it’s a beautiful place.” Also Read: 'Mercy Street' Creator Says Confederate. »
- Daniel Holloway
Amy Schumer and Chuck Schumer Team Up to Take on Gun Violence
Amy Schumer and her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, are teaming up for a good cause: to end gun violence. The comedienne and her politician cousin are calling for tighter gun laws in the wake of a mass shooting in a movie theater in Louisiana. The theater had been playing her hit comedy, Trainwreck, when three people, including the gunman, were killed. Approximately nine people were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for injuries. They ranged from non-life threatening to critical and life-threatening. "I'm not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me," said Amy, per Mashable. "We always find out how the shooter got their »
Ronda Rousey to Star in Film Based on Her Autobiography (Exclusive)
Following her dominating win Saturday night in Brazil, where she knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is already making moves for her film career and this latest project hits close to home.
Mary Parent is producing along with Rousey, with Bomback serving as exec producer.
“It’s a real honor to be a part of bringing Ronda’s incredible story to the big screen,” Parent said.
Written by Rousey with her sister Maria Burns Ortiz, “My Fight/Your Fight” is an inspirational story celebrating the accomplishments of Rousey, who was faced with extraordinary challenges on her path to glory. The book was published this spring by ReganArts.
No timetable has been set »
- Justin Kroll
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Recap: Heart Attack of Love
Whas:fdoc’s fourth episode, “Auditions,” begins by filling in a backstory of another minor film character, the until-now-unseen astrophysicist Henry Newman. Henry is a brilliant scientist and mathematician, teaching his students complex formulae like the Pythagorean theorem.He’s struggling professionally, and personally, because of his inability to get published. His main rival on campus is Professor Broadfarb Gilroy (Rob Huebel). But still, he plugs away. Unfortunately, the pressure gets to Henry. He snaps at his superior, a “back-slapping, booze-swilling, glad-handing fuck dick of a shit butt.” A colleague suggests that he get away for a while. She refers him to a real estate agent who specializes in summer rentals up in Maine. Despite the neighboring summer camp, Henry is satisfied. “It’s perfect. I’ll take it.” Over at Electro City rehearsals, Danny and Becky are out as the leads, so they’re going to have to recast. In addition, »
- Brian Feldman
‘The View’s’ Whoopi Goldberg Can’t Stand Talking About Donald Trump Anymore (Video)
With Donald Trump still leading the Republican presidential field, the women of “The View” disagreed on Monday about how the other candidates should handle him in the first debate. “Why would you spend that much time on this?” asked an exasperated Whoopi Goldberg in response to the news that the other candidates are spending their time prepping to go against the real estate mogul. “Because they have to,” co-host Raven-Symonè responded during the “Hot Topics” segment . “Donald Trump knows how to tell you how he feels to your face and not care one second about it. I don’t know those other. »
- Reid Nakamura
Weinstein Co. and Radius Figure Out Hybrid Amazon Release Plan for Fassbender's 'Macbeth'
The Weinstein Co., which has an ongoing deal with Netflix, is playing the field, getting into bed with production chief Ted Hope and distribution head Bob Berney at Amazon Studios to release Michael Fassbender vehicle "Macbeth." The second high-profile Fassbender movie will hit theaters in December (no exact date as yet) not via Weinstein but its nimble digital subsidiary Radius-twc, followed two to three months later by exclusive VOD streaming for Amazon Prime subscribers, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Thus Amazon Prime offers its subscribers a first-run art film. Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel's bloody Shakespeare adaptation, which costars Marion Cotillard, played well at Cannes but did not earn any prizes; it's more art film than crossover material. Hope and Berney are evaluating the release plan for each Amazon film on a case by case basis; they may decide to open Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" in theaters this December to qualify for the Oscar. »
- Anne Thompson
Olivia Munn shows off her impressive new Psylocke moves
Most people know Olivia Munn as the former host of G4’s “Attack of the Show!” but she’s been kicking around Hollywood in bit parts for years. Now her big break may be upon her as Munn takes on the role of Psylocke in the upcoming film “X-Men Apocalypse.” Psylocke is well-known within the comic community as a mutant who combines her telepathic/telekinetic gifts with martial arts to become a deadly assassin. Recently, Munn showed off her hard work behind-the-scenes to capture that aspect of her character. Freestyle #latergram @karine_lmx A video posted by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on Aug 1, 2015 at 11:15am Pdt »
- Donna Dickens
Taylor Swift sang 'Am I Wrong' with Nico and Vinz
Taylor Swift‘s “1989” tour took things things way, way back to 2014 over the weekend at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. At her August 1 show, she brought Nico and Vinz onstage for their huge hit from last year, “Am I Wrong?” Watch the video above. Swift likes having other famous folk and hit makers on her stage... Read the complete article at Radio.com. »
- Brian Ives - Radio.com
Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool Teases ‘Deadpool’ in a Trailer for the Trailer (Video)
Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool uses his talkative nature once again to tease the upcoming trailer of “Deadpool,” which is set to be released tomorrow. In the video, the self-dubbed Merc of the Mouth narrates the clip from a leather chair. At first speaking from complete darkness, Deadpool later reveals himself with a clap of his hands. “In a world, divided by fear, one man must stand alone, against the forces of darkness,” the voice says. “From the studio that inexplicably sewed his f—ing mouth shut the first time, five-time Academy Award-viewer Ryan Reynolds as a man on an eHarmony date with destiny… »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Top 5 TV: Robots, Race Relations & the Return of 'Review'
Every day, small-screen addicts have the chance to check out dozens upon dozens of offerings: network police procedurals, basic-cable sketch shows, late-night hosts gaming with their guests, streaming sitcoms, Britcoms and rebooted series, premium-channel prestige dramas, off-brand reality TV and those unclassifiable oddities that reside left of the virtual dial. But here at Rolling Stone's new column, we're zeroing in on and counting down the five best moments of the viewing week — from the scenes everyone's been talking/recapping/tweeting about to the underseen, undersung performances and undeservedly neglected episodes you might have missed. »
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