4 items from 2016
On the heels of yesterday's news that Brie Larson is the frontrunner to play the titular role in Captain Marvel comes word from The Hollywood Reporter that a couple of filmmakers have emerged as contenders to direct the comic book movie. Sources tell the publication that Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) are both in the running to helm Captain Marvel. Kent made her... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Exclusive: Writer-director Niki Caro has signed with UTA. Caro, whose breakthrough came on Whale Rider, is in post-production on Focus Features' The Zookeeper's Wife starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl, set for a 2017 release. She also directed McFarland for Disney, starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Caro followed Whale Rider with the Warner Bros film North Country, which starred Charlize Theron, Jeremy Renner and Frances McDormand. She’s a strong actor’s… »
Kylie Bunbury will topline the potential series, which follows a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.
Fogelman (“Grandfathered,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Singer (“Younger,” “American Dad”) co-wrote the pilot and will serve as exec producers, along with Tony Bill (“The Sting,” “My Bodyguard”) and Helen Bartlett (“North Country”). 20th Century Fox will produce the hourlong drama.
Bunbury most recently was in “Under the Dome” on CBS. She also starred on ABC Family’s “Twisted.” She is repped by ICM and Gotham. Her role marks a continuation in diverse casting, which Fox has found success in with “Empire.” Revolving around a young woman who becomes a success story, the project is likely being well-received in a television landscape that »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“We were thinking about how we break back into the Hollywood awards season with a social change-human rights message, and since the Globes were first up, we said, ‘why don’t we go for it?'” explained Art for Amnesty’s creative director Marvin Bing at the inaugural Art for Amnesty Pre-Golden Globes Recognition Brunch on Friday afternoon at Chateau Marmont.
There, the historic organization — which was founded 55 years ago, and has fought beside activists from Nelson Mandela to Malala Yousafzai — honored three individuals for artistically promoting freedom of expression: Participant Media founder and chairman Jeff Skoll, “The Big Short’ writer/director Adam McKay and “Homeland” actress Nazanin Boniadi.
“I think it’s been an amazing year for movies challenging entrenched power and corruption,” McKay — who founded comedy video website Funny or Die with Will Ferrell, and partnered with Amnesty in 2010 — told Variety before the program. “‘Beasts of No Nation, »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
4 items from 2016
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