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Remember when Zack Snyder officially announced his intention to put a Batman movie inside a Superman movie? On Wednesday, he got even more ambitious: Warner Bros. officially announced that Gal Gadot was playing Wonder Woman. We’ve all had a day to work through our complicated feelings about that news. But now it’s time to move on to more important things. Snyder’s incipient Superman saga »
- Darren Franich
Despite saying last summer that “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” would be his last at-bat, it seems Michael Bay’s having a great time on set and may have changed his mind about walking away from the hugely successful franchise. And he may not be alone in continuing the saga of giant robots and rampant product placement. In an interesting roundtable discussion THR held with some notable producers behind awards contenders (watch the whole thing here), Mark Wahlberg talked about the difficulties of signing up actors and renegotiating as a franchise gets successful. While the actor-producer at first explained all the problems getting the “Entourage” movie off the ground—“Everybody’s saying it was all about money. It wasn’t, necessarily”—he also talked about his own experiences as an actor at the mercy of other producers, saying “You know ‘Transformers,’ I definitely had to sign up for three. Does that mean we’ll make three? »
- Cain Rodriguez
Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot has officially landed the part. The former 'Miss Israel' previously appeared in the TV series "Entourage", plus street-racing features "Fast Five" and "Fast & Furious 6".
"Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.
"We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character".
- Michael Stevens
It’s all really happening, Marshmallows: The Veronica Mars movie has a release date!
The cult hit’s Kickstarter-funded, big-screen revival, now officially titled Veronica Mars, will hit theaters on March 14, 2014 — almost exactly a year after the film’s fundraising efforts began.
Video | Veronica Mars Movie — Which Character Is Accused of Murder?
The film’s original distribution plan involved a limited run in a handful of cities, along with a later release via video-on-demand and other digital platforms. But creator Rob Thomas tells EW.com that Warner Bros. is now planning a wider, nationwide launch, with the number of screens still Tbd. »
- Megan Masters
This gorgeous Fast & Furious star was just cast in the role of Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero flick Batman vs. Superman. Here are five things you probably don't know about Gal Gadot.
1. An Israeli actress and model, she won the Miss Israel title at age 19 and went on to represent the Jewish state at the 2004 Miss Universe pageant.
Pics: Stars Without Makeup
2. Did two years of service in the Israeli Defense Forces, during which time she served as a sports trainer.
3. Is an avid motorcycle rider and owns a black Ducati Monster S2R.
Related: Fast & Furious Cast & More React to Paul Walker's Death
5. Speaking about her role as Gisele in Fast & Furious 6, she said she »
Mark Wahlberg said that he planned to have the "Entourage" movie out by Thanksgiving of 2014. Although he had other things to talk about (including his upcoming movie, "Lone Survivor") as a guest on "Live with Kelly and Michael" on Wednesday (Dec. 4), Wahlberg's "Entourage" news was still the biggest part of the interview.
"It's happening," Wahlberg said simply when asked about the long-awaited film. "We finally got everybody on the same page. It's really exciting."
If you still doubted that Wahlberg wanted to get the film out, take heart in the fact that they have a shooting and release schedule for "Entourage." Production is set to begin in January and to resume in April after a break. "It will probably be out Thanksgiving of next year," Wahlberg explained.
Fans have been hoping for an "Entourage" film since before the HBO show ended in 2011. Reports in October indicated that the follow-up to »
Gentlemen, meet your Wonder Woman. Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie has added Gal Gadot to its cast as the iconic heroine. The Israeli actress, 28, will play the role of the strong, Amazonian Princess opposite Ben Affleck as the caped crusader and Henry Cavill, who reprises his role as the hunky man of steel. Gadot is best known for her role as Gisele Harabo in three films in the Fast & Furious franchise and Vince's girlfriend in HBO's Entourage. "Not only is Gal an amazing actress, [...] »
Warner Bros' upcoming sequel to this summer's Superman reboot Man of Steel will bring Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen. The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015. Henry Cavill will return to play Superman, a.k.a Clark Kent, with Ben Affleck (Argo) playing Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, in director Zack Snyder and writer David Goyer's entirely new incarnation of the character. Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are also slated to return. Variety broke the news that model turned actress Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6, Entourage) has been cast as Wonder Woman, one of the film's female leads. This will be the first live-action feature film incarnation of DC Comics' iconic Amazonian superhero. The Flash is »
- Pietro Filipponi
On TV this Wednesday: TNT’s Mob City gets its guns blazing, Saturday Night Live yuks it up under the mistletoe, ABC reveals a hidden Super Fun Night and Kirstie debuts with a mother of a surprise. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Frankie and Mike’s romantic weekend of house-sitting for her »
- Kimberly Roots
The Weinstein Company is the latest big movie name to be making the shift to television.
A feature in The New York Times reveals that the Weinstein brothers are plotting a shift to scripted television in 2014. According to the newspaper, they're hard at work on more than six new scripted series.
Among the series currently being developed are a 10-episode ancient Egypt-set detective drama called "Book of the Dead"; a 10-episode series called "10 Commandments" where directors like Lee Daniels and Madonna could oversea an episode about one of the commandments given to Moses; a Netflix "martial arts-filled adventure series" called "Marco Polo"; a 14-episode retelling of "War and Peace" with BBC; a look at Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's later years called "Stan and Ollie" with BBC; and an "Entourage"-style comedy.
But that's not all Weinstein is considering. The company is also looking to develop scripted shows based on its own movies. »
We know that Robert Rodriguez is bringing one of his previous films to the small screen, with a TV adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn currently filming, and now it's being reported by The New York Times (via ComicBookMovie) that The Weinstein Company is looking to branch out into the TV business and could be planning a Sin City series to follow the theatrical release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For next year.
Apparently, Sin City is one of several movies that Bob Weinstein is looking to adapt for TV, with Rodriguez is said to be involved alongside with comic book creator and co-director Frank Miller. Meanwhile, in addition to the previously announced Scream pilot for MTV, Weinstein is also said to be working with director Frank Darabont on a 10-part series based upon Darabont's 2007 feature adaptation of the Stephen King tale The Mist.
- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company is looking to get into the TV business, and they are in the process of developing several TV series, including adaptations of Frank Miller's Sin City and Stephen King's The Mist. Both of these are properties that have potential to be great series.
While talking to the New York Times, Harvey Weinstein talked about their TV division, saying, “The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business,” he then went on to say that his goal was to have a television operation “as powerful as the theatrical division.”
They currently have more than a half a dozen series in development, those series include:
A 10-part series with Frank Darabont, based on Dimension’s film version of Stephen King’s The Mist.Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez would develop a Sin City TV series.A 10-episode detective drama set in ancient Egypt called Book of the Dead. »
- Joey Paur
Now that Star Wars: Episode VII has an official release date, hopefully we'll not have much of a wait until we get some official casting news on the first instalment of Disney's Sequel Trilogy and can finally put to rest the incessant rumours and speculations about potential additions to the cast.
At the forefront of many of these rumours is Jedi News, and while we're still waiting for a single one of the fan site's many scoops to be proven to be true, they've now thrown another three names into the mix, claiming that Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), Alexis Dziena (Fool's Gold) and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) are up for roles in the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel.
So, is there any truth to this report? Your guess is as good as mine. »
- Gary Collinson
On TV this Sunday: The Good Wife hits 100 with a bang, The Walking Dead lurches into winter hibernation, Treme kicks off its final season, PBS shares a peek inside the Abbey and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | Once Upon a Time Creators Tease Adoption Flashback Twists, Warn of Peter Pan’s Resilience
- Misha Solomon
As the awards season heats up, The Weinstein Company, who has at least one horse in the race with Lee Daniels' the Butler, is shifting its focus to scripted TV. The studio already has its hands in a couple of reality programs including Project Runway, but now its looking to produce a number of one-hour dramas, one of which may be a Sin City spin-off that comes on the heels of the theatrical release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, opening across the country this August.
There are at least six shows in pre-production right now, including the 10-episode Book of the Dead, a detective drama set in ancient Egypt. Also, 10 Commandments, another ten-episode drama. It will feature one episode helmed by such big name directors as Wes Craven, Lee Daniels, Madonna and Ryan Coogler, each of which will tackle one of the commandments as handed down by Moses. »
The hilarious 2003 cult comedy Bad Santa saw Billy Bob Thornton as a Grinch-like department store Santa Claus, who alongside his dwarf sidekick (Tony Cox), used their position to rob the store of its expensive contents and annual takings. The film has gone on the become a firm festive favourite but sadly, the original director Terry Zwigoff has stated he has “no interest in sequels”, so a follow film has struggled to make it to the big-screen despite Thornton being desperate to reprise his role.
Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was attached to the project early last year, with Entourage creator Doug Ellin tasked with penning the screenplay. Since then, things have remained rather quiet. While it’s been a long time coming, Thornton has confirmed his loathsome (yet loveable) alcoholic character of Willie T. Stokes will return to cinema screens soon.
“It’s been very hard trying to get the script right. »
- Craig Hunter
Billy Bob Thornton has been pushing for a sequel to his 2003 "Bad Santa" comedy ever since the original film hit theaters. But there have been script issues and director Terry Zwigoff said that he has "no interest in sequels." Despite all the bad news, Thornton has now confirmed that "Bad Santa 2" will begin shooting in 2014. "It's been very hard trying to get the script right. We've been through three or four drafts but we're getting real close," he explained. "Then there's the business dealings to sort out, all the stuff I don't understand. But one way or another, the sequel will happen and the idea is to shoot it next year." He went on to admit that "we'll never beat the first film," adding: "but we'll get as close as we can." Steve Pink (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity) has stepped in to direct from a script by "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin. »
Emmanuelle Chriqui (left), Alexis Dziena (center) & Taissa Farmiga (right) I'm really looking forward to the day when the official cast is announced for J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode VII. There seems to be an endless supply of casting rumors, and today is no exception. Jedi News is reporting that they know three more actresses in the mix for roles. So, you can add: Emmanuelle Chriqui a.k.a Sloan from HBO's Entourage, Alexis Dziena a.k.a. Gemma Honeycutt from Fool's Gold, and Taissa Farmiga a.k.a. Vera Farmiga's ("Source Code") younger sister. "Just this past two weeks I have heard the names of Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexis Dziena, and Taissa Farmiga all linked with roles – all exceptionally talented actresses. Whether any of them are cast is still unknown." - Jedi News Release Date: December 18, 2015 »
Sarah Silverman didn’t hold back in her performance at the Friends of the Saban Community Clinic Annual Dinner Gala at the Beverly Hilton in L.A. Nov. 26. Still, even she had to give pause a couple of times.
“I shouldn’t mention Walt Disney being a Holocaust denier in this room, right?” she asked the audience. “I’m being a hypocrite because I’m in a Disney movie, but if they do not make a sequel to ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ I will speak my mind.”
The event honored Showtime Networks Inc. president of entertainment David Nevins and attorney Eric Siegel for their work at L.A.’s Saban Community Clinic, the longest continually running free clinic in the nation.
The evening also served as a fundraiser for the clinic, and according to Friends of the Saban Community Clinic board president Peter Benedek, the night had served its purpose, raising over $1.3 million. »
- Alex Stedman
Let's hear it for the boy! O.C. alum Autumn Reeser welcomed her second son on Monday, Nov. 25, the actress announced via her Twitter and WhoSay accounts. Sharing a photo of her newborn with fans, the 33-year-old TV star wrote, "After a swift home birth, Dashiell joined our family at 2:45am this morning. We are So thrilled!!!" According to People, the midwives at Gracefull Birthing assisted Reeser during her delivery. In addition to Dashiell Ford, Reeser and husband Jesse Warren are also parents to son Finneus James, 2. The actress—who's had roles on Entourage, Necessary Roughness, No Ordinary Family, Last Resort and Hawaii Five-0—announced her second pregnancy in May. Reeser »
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