‘Now You See Me 3’ In Development at Lionsgate
“Now You See Me: The Second Act” doesn’t hit theaters until June 2016, but Lionsgate is already working on a sequel. “We’ve already begun early planning for ‘Now You See Me 3,'” studio CEO Jon Feltheimer said Friday during a call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings. “Now You See Me,” a magical crime caper starring Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, was a sleeper hit in 2013. See video: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson Fight Zombie Kids in 'Cooties' Trailer Although it grossed just under $30 million its opening weekend, »
- Greg Gilman
Brad Bird and Dp Claudio Miranda Turn 'Tomorrowland' into More Than a Blast from the Past
The secret to "Tomorrowland" for Brad Bird is that it's more about the journey than the destination, which explains why it's such a subversive Disney fantasy/adventure, despite the pedigree and star power of George Clooney. Because once we get there, it's not at all what it seems and there are no simple answers. Yet Bird and producer/co-writer Damon Lindelof still consider it more of a fun popcorn movie than a preachy, good-for-the-soul tonic. "We also hope that if our popcorn sticks to the ribs, that's a good thing," Bird said. "Underneath it all, we want to be heading toward a positive place. And we were trying to make a fable about just that." But getting there is nerve-racking for Casey (Britt Robertson), which is why her so-called "Pin Experience" is so brilliantly executed. The eternally optimistic teen is like Dorothy in search of Oz, and with the touch »
- Bill Desowitz
Bollywood Shootout Near Amitabh Bachchan Film Set Leaves One Injured
In a real life shoot-out, a Bollywood security contractor was shot and critically injured inside Mumbai's Film City complex Friday. The incident occurred quite close to a set where Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan was filming. Reports quoted a police official stating that two people arrived on a motorcycle and fired at least three shots at security guard Raju Shinde from close quarters. The seriously injured Shinde was rushed to hospital where he is undergoing treatment. “There may be a possibility of personal rivalry as he was shot from close range,” the police official was quoted stating as
- Nyay Bhushan
Is a Gilmore Girls Reunion in the Works? Scott Patterson is Giving Us Serious Hope
Could there really be a Gilmore Girls reunion in the works? According to Scott Patterson, that might not be such a far-off dream. The cast is already planning to reunite at next month's Atx festival in Austin, Texas, but Patterson recently appeared on the popular Gilmore Guys podcast to give us a little bit of hope for something more. "There are talks going on at the moment," Patterson revealed. "I can't really go into any detail, but there is some activity. So I'm hopeful, and you know, I'm in. I think it would be a big event, and I think it would be a great fan celebration. They deserve it." Could it be?! We are so skeptical, but we want to believe. We're »
‘Face of Emmett Till’ Movie Adaptation in Works (Exclusive)
Skyland Pictures and FireRock Bay Pictures are producing an Emmett Till movie based on the play “The Face of Emmett Till,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Anthony Miller is producing for Skyland Pictures. Brynn Lucas and Michael Popek are producing for FireRock Bay. James Moll, who won a best documentary Oscar in 1998 for “The Last Days,” is attached to direct from a script by David Barr III and screenwriter David Scott Hay.
“The Face of Emmett Till” is the second movie in the works about the 1955 lynching murder of Till, a 14-year-old who was visiting relatives in Money, Miss., when he was tortured and murdered after reportedly whistling at a white woman. Till’s murder ignited the Civil Rights Movement. »
- Dave McNary
6 Craziest Things We Saw Inside 'Red Nose Day'
There wasn't a telephone in sight. For the inaugural celebration of the goofy and good-hearted Red Nose Day in America, NBC invited seemingly everyone in Hollywood to hang out at New York City's own Hammerstein Ballroom for three hours in an attempt to "be funny for money" — and it didn't require a single participant to awkwardly answer a phone on stage in order to collect donations.
The British import (it was partially conceived of by director Richard Curtis, which means it's about as British as Love, Actually) brings together »
The New Poltergeist Isn’t Quite a Travesty, But It’s Not That Scary Either
Call off the bomb threats. The new Poltergeist is not the raging hellfire of sacrilege many of us feared it might be. This reboot of Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s 1982 horror classic seemed like a bad idea from the start. The original, about a little girl sucked into a television set by ghosts from the beyond, played on the weirdly unsettling phenomenon of TV white noise. To those of us who grew up in the age of the cathode ray, that blast of blank sound and static overload felt like a time bomb waiting in the family boob tube. But it’s largely absent in today’s HDTV world. Plus, the earlier film’s greatness may even have been something of an accident — a result of the fortuitous, though at the time reportedly quite contentious, conflict between Hooper’s go-for-broke nihilism and Spielberg’s paeans to suburbia. Besides, if »
- Bilge Ebiri
Watch Coldplay Adapt 'Game of Thrones' Into Ridiculous Musical
"George R.R. Martin meets Chris Martin — what could go wrong?" asks Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) in "Game of Thrones: The Musical," a comedy video in which Coldplay attempt to adapt HBO's epic fantasy-drama for the Broadway stage. The results, as expected, are disastrous.
As the start of the clip, recorded for the fundraising event Red Nose Day, narrator Liam Neeson tells us that Coldplay are "secretly working" on their Thrones musical. The band begins to flesh out 16 ridiculous songs – from the reggae-tinted "Rastafarian Targaryen" to the Coldplay-sounding "Closer »
Review: 'Louie' - 'The Road, Part 1': Left luggage
A quick review of last night's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I get a hot pour bun... Given that last night's episode was the first half of a two-parter that will wrap up this abbreviated season, and that "Louie" multi-part stories don't always fully reveal themselves until they're done, I was half-tempted to just pass on writing up "The Road, Part 1" and returning next week to discuss the finale. But whether the vignettes this week were setting up some larger point for the next — perhaps about Louie finally making a human connection on this road trip he's just hoped to survive — I thought each individual story was interesting enough that the episode was able to function on its own. We get a glimpse of Louie's packing ritual (he is not the only man of a certain age and size who makes sure to include at least one »
- Alan Sepinwall
Cannes Film Review: ‘The Little Prince’
Any animated feature screening in Cannes in the wake of Pixar’s universally adored “Inside Out” was bound to seem like an anticlimax. And when the movie in question happens to be an adaptation of one of the most beloved children’s novels of all time, the potential for disappointment looms especially large. But to the sure relief of armchair aviators everywhere, director Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince” turns out to be a respectful, lovingly reimagined take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic 1943 tale, which adds all manner of narrative bells and whistles to the author’s slender, lyrical story of friendship between a pilot and a mysterious extraterrestrial voyager, but stays true to its timeless depiction of childhood wonderment at odds with grown-up disillusionment. Independently made (on a reported $80 million budget) by French producer Dimitri Rassam, “The Little Prince” may lack the fast pace and high-concept storytelling of »
- Scott Foundas
Billy Eichner and Martin Short Yelled at New Yorkers for Charity
For Red Nose Day, Billy Eichner decided to switch up his usual routine a bit. He still went around with a microphone and screamed at strangers, but this time, instead of throwing dollar bills at them, he asked them for money. With the help of Martin Short — or at least the world's best Martin Short look-alike — he raised at least 21 dollars! »
- Nate Jones
Lionsgate's 'Now You See Me' to Get Third Installment
Lionsgate is working on a third installment for the Summit Entertainment hit movie Now You See Me. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts during an earnings call Friday that another sequel is in "early planning" at the studio. Feltheimer predicted that the box office gross for Now You See Me 2, to bow in June 2016, will exceed the $351.7 million worldwide take for the original movie about magicians who perform heists. Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine will return for Now You See Me 2, which is directed by
- Etan Vlessing
How 5 Former WWE Stars Took Careers From the Top Rope to Hollywood’s Bottom Line
WWE and its spinoff businesses are multibillion dollar franchises and though professional wrestling is often greeted with a tongue and cheek attitude there’s no question the industry has spawned legitimate international stars. One of Hollywood’s most visible is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who will hit the big screen in one of this summer’s anticipated movies “San Andreas.” Johnson turned his wrestling fame into a lucrative film career that also includes roles in megahits like the “Fast & Furious” and “G.I. Joe” franchises. But he’s not the only former WWE superstar who has parlayed body slams and pile drivers from inside the. »
- Joe Otterson
A Very Murray Christmas Teaser: A Lonely Bill Murray Will Be Waiting for You on Netflix at Christmastime
This December, Bill Murray will reunite with his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for a Netflix Christmas special. (Scrooged 2: Scroogeded.) It's an homage to the variety show, in which some of Murray's A-list friends — George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus, etc. — will appear in sketches and sing holiday carols. That's if they can make it to Bill's hotel (there's a snowstorm — oh, no!), where, in the special's first teaser, we see a sad, lonely Murray waiting with his reindeer antlers on. Someone, give him a hug. »
- Dee Lockett
Book fans are getting a 'World War Z' movie sequel, whether they want it or not
There’s no denying the box office draw of “World War Z.” The film generated over $200 million in domestic gross. This, despite a troubled production and a third act that felt akin to a writer backed into a corner saying “Disease vials are basically modern day magic potions, right?” In today’s Hollywood landscape, that meant a sequel was inevitable. Yesterday Paramount Pictures revealed their plan. “World War Z 2” — hopefully just the working title — is set to be released on June 9, 2017. If that date seems familiar, it’s because it’s already been tagged by Fox for their Fantastic Four sequel. While a box office rumble between genre titans makes for good headlines, the more interesting bit of “WWZ2” news is that “Locke” writer Steven Knight has been tapped for the blockbuster sequel. As it’s still early stages, no whisper of the plot for “WWZ2” has been mentioned. »
- Donna Dickens
‘Now You See Me 3′ in the Works at Lionsgate
Feltheimer said production has wrapped on “Now You See Me 2.” Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are reprising their roles while Lizzy Caplan has replaced Isla Fisher.
Feltheimer said Lionsgate believes that the movie will top the $350 million grossed by the original comedy caper in 2013.
Lionsgate has seen strong performances from its “Twilight,” “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” franchises and »
- Dave McNary
Netflix Releasing Bill Murray Christmas Special Directed by Sofia Coppola (Video)
Netflix is releasing Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola‘s holiday special, “A Very Murray Christmas,” the company announced Friday. Coppola directed and co-wrote with Murray and Mitch Glazer. The special will be an homage to the classic variety show featuring Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. Coppola previously directed Murray to an Oscar nomination for his role in her 2003 film “Lost in Translation.” See photos: 12 First Look Stills of Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin's Netflix Series 'Grace and Frankie »
- Joe Otterson
Leonardo DiCaprio Sells Yacht Dinner for $280,000 at Cannes amfAR Gala
In a mansion-sized tent at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc outside Cannes, Tom Ford and Eva Longoria were trying to sell a collection of dresses to the highest bidder. The garments up for grabs at the Thursday night’s amfAR Cinema Against AIDS auction had just been showcased in a fashion show on steroids, which featured 40 models strutting up and down the runway and then returning onstage for an impromptu dance. The crowd of A-list celebrities, oligarchs and other rich-and-famous were impressed.
But nobody seemed to love the spectacle more than “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke, 38, who sat a table close to the action. He kept standing up, sitting down, standing up and clapping, like he was cheering on his favorite sports team. His date, 20-year-old April Love Geary (also a model), didn’t seem to mind.
This annual amfAR event feels like the Golden Globes (or the Met Gala) of France. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix Has Assembled All Your Favorites for Some Classic Holiday Fun
Yes, it's summertime right now, but Bill Murray has us wanting Christmas So Badly right now. Why? Because A Very Murray Christmas is a thing that's happening on Netflix this holiday season. Murray, Sofia Coppola and Mitch Glazer teamed up for the special, which is described as "an homage to the classic variety show." Murray plays himself as he worries no one will be on his TV show thanks to a terrible snowstorm in New York City. "Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit," Netflix said in a release. Click: Watch Bill Murray's final Late Show surprise So who's showing up? George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy »
Poop Falls From Sky Onto Sweet 16 Party, Lands on Birthday Girl
Forrest Gump popularized the phrase "S--t Happens" back in 1994. A Pennsylvania girl named Jacinda wasn't even born when the Tom Hanks film first hit theaters, but she learned this lesson firsthand Sunday when poop—yes, poop—came raining down on her Sweet 16 birthday party! Joe Combray, the B-Day girl's stepfather, was playing horseshoes in the backyard at the time of the incident. "Out of nowhere, from the sky, comes a bunch of feces, lands on her," he told Fox 29. The falling excrement slammed into the middle of a canopy that had been purchased earlier that day to protect partygoers from the elements. And while no one wants No. 2 raining down on their birthday party, the »
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