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Meryl Streep recorded live cover versions of Bruce Springsteen's "My Love Will Not Let You Down," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "American Girl," Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and nine other hits for the Jonathan Demme-directed family drama Ricki and the Flash, Entertainment Weekly reports. The film, out August 7th, stars Streep as Ricki Randazzo, the frontwoman of a cover band who abandoned her three children to chase her rock and roll dreams. When her daughter Julie (played by Streep's real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer) stares down a life crisis, »
Juno is all grown up. It's been a little more than a year since Ellen Page came out to the world as gay. In that time, the star has undoubtedly found more confidence—and has also hit her style stride. In the April issue of Vogue, the actress—who plays Julianne Moore's life partner in the upcoming film Freeheld—shared her personal and style evolution. "I used to feel this constant pressure to be more feminine; a quiet or sometimes not-so-quiet demand—'You need to wear a dress or people will think you're gay.'" she explains. "Now I feel a sense of freedom in dressing, and I'm enjoying it so much. I love wearing a Saint Laurent suit to an event," »
Supernatural‘s Bobby Singer is rising from the great beyond.
Jim Beaver will reprise his role as Sam and Dean’s dead father figure on Season 10 of the CW series, our sister site Variety reports.
RelatedThe CW Sets Season Finales for Arrow, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and More
In the episode, airing April 1, Sam and Castiel need help from someone in heaven, so they turn to Bobby.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Six Feet Under) has joined the cast of Hulu’s single-cam comedy series Casual, from executive producer Jason Reitman (Juno), our sister site Deadline reports. »
Ms. Mattel herself turned 56 on Monday, though she barely looks a day older than her little sister Skipper. From astronaut to flight attendant, Barbie is a lady of many hats (and high heels), bravely taking on a variety of occupations throughout the decades - and with perfectly applied lipstick to boot. Starting as a simple doll in 1959, Barbie has since become an unforgettable part of pop culture. Over the years, her style, shape and relationship status have changed, but she still remains one of the top toys in the business. Fifty-six looks to be another fabulous year for Barbie; we're »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Last April it was announced that Sony had snapped up the rights to the iconic Mattel toyline Barbie for a live-action movie, and now it has been revealed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) has signed on to rewrite the script from Jenny Bicks (What a Girl Wants).
“Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs,” states producer Walter Parkes. “It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie.”
The movie will see Barbie using “her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a modern-day Mary Poppins”, and Sony is planning to discover a young cast of leads, as well as filling out the supporting roles with stars who could rotate should the film succeed in launching a franchise. Which you’d »
- Gary Collinson
Samuel L Jackson will also have a supporting role as a character known as the Wight.
Beauty and the Beast: Dan Stevens (The Guest, TV's Downton Abbey) will star as the Beast in Disney's upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, joining Emma Watson as Belle, aka Beauty. Luke Evans is in talks to play the vain, villainous Gaston. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is set to direct; what's not yet known is whether the new version will feature song and dance numbers, as in Disney's 1991 animated musical edition. [Heat Vision/Variety] Barbie: Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody (Juno) will rewrite the screenplay for Barbie, inspired by the much-beloved doll. Sony Pictures hopes that the live-action movie will become a franchise; producer Walter Parkes says the hire "signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone."...
- Peter Martin
Whether we like it or not, there are still some toys and board games heading to the big screen. One of the more potentially interesting attempts though might be Sony Pictures bringing Mattel's iconic doll Barbie to the big screen in an effort to create a global film franchise. With such a rich history and endless possibilities for Barbie, much like The Lego Movie, this film adaptation can be about anything. As of now, we still don't know much about the story involved, but a first draft of the script has been completed by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, What a Girl Wants), and now a surprising screenwriter is stepping up to deliver another draft. Read on! Deadline reports Juno and Young Adult scribe Diablo Cody has been hired to write the next draft of Barbie. That seems like an odd choice for a family film, but Cody is an empowering »
- Ethan Anderton
Previously, Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, Rio 2) had been on script duties but Sony Pictures has opted to start afresh with Cody at the helm of the toy brand adaptation. Without doubt, the reputable, Oscar-winning screenwriter is an interesting if bold choice for the studio to make, given that Cody’s previous efforts — Jennifer’s Body, Charlize Theron vehicle Young Adult and, to a lesser extent, Juno — all harboured a sense of edginess to them that differentiated them from their genre contemporaries.
It remains to be seen whether the writer can adopt Barbie with a similar approach, who, despite claims of portraying a negative, unrealistic body image for young girls, is intended to represent female empowerment. In light of her appointment, producer Walter Parkes touched upon how »
- Michael Briers
According to Deadline, Juno writer Diablo Cody has been brought on to pen the script for Sony's live-action Barbie movie, which will be produced by Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation. Apparently the plan is to craft a "fashion film franchise" based on the ever-popular doll. Barbie is seen (by some) as a symbol of female empowerment, so Cody (who's journey from stripper to Oscar-winning screenwriter is well documented) would seem like a good fit. “Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs,” said Walter Parkes. “It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie.” From what we can tell, the story will re-imagine Barbie as a "Mary Poppins" type figure, arriving into the mundane lives of another bunch of characters, and "using her personal and professional skills to improve them". »
Jenny Bicks penned the first draft of the comedy which will follow Barbie in a contemporary setting. Details of the plot remain undisclosed.
Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal are producing. In a statement, Parkes says: "Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs…It signals we’re going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We’re bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie."
The Barbie line is reportedly worth around $3 billion a year to Mattel.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Diablo Cody is working on the script for the upcoming live-action Barbie film.
Producer Walter Parkes said: "Diablo's unconventionality is just what Barbie needs. It signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone.
"We're bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie."
It was announced last year that Sony was developing a live action Barbie movie, but since news of the film broke, very little else has been heard about it. In particular, the casting of this one was already raising a few questions.
There has been a bit more progress however, with Variety breaking the news that Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning writer of Juno, has signed up to rewrite the script. The original draft was the work of Jenny Bicks, but according to producer Walter Parkes, "Diablo's unconventionality is just what Barbie needs", adding that "it signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone".
Cody also penned the excellent, chilling Young Adult. If she adopted that tone with the Barbie film, then it would be fair to say that'd be a very bold approach. »
Diablo Cody has been hired to write the next draft of the script for Sony’s live-action Barbie movie.
The studio launched the comedy project last April with Mattel and Parkes/MacDonald Image Nation with Jenny Bicks writing the first draft. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and former studio chief Amy Pascal are producing.
The story will follow Barbie in a contemporary setting, but details of the plot have not been disclosed.
The Barbie doll has had 150 careers over more than 50 years as princess, president, mermaid and movie star.
Cody is repped by Wme and manager Mason Novick.
News was first reported Deadline.
- Dave McNary
It's been nearly a full year since we last heard any kind of development on the upcoming Barbie movie... but you didn't think that would be enough to kill it, did you? Instead, Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation are still moving ahead with the project, and have even gone as far as to hire Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody to try and boost the in-the-works script. Deadline has the scoop on Cody's new gig, saying that the Juno writer will be taking the pen from Jenny Bicks - whose credits include the movie What A Girl Wants and television shows like Sex and the City and The Big C. It's noted that the studio and producers hired Cody because of her "unconventionality," and the belief that she can help make Barbie with a proper, modern tone. As producer Walter Parkes put it in an official statement, It »
Sony Pictures has brought on screenwriter Diablo Cody to rewrite the screenplay for their live action Barbie movie. The project was first announced in April 2014, when the studio hired Jenny Bicks to write the script. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with former Sony executive Amy Pascal coming aboard to produce as well.
Diablo Cody may seem like an odd choice to tell Barbie's story, since she famously rose from working as a stripper to winning an Oscar for her Juno screenplay 10 years ago. Producer Walter F. Parkes revealed that the writer's "unconventionality" is why they chose her. Here's what he had to say in a statement to Deadline.
"Diablo's unconventionality is just what Barbie needs. It signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone. We're bringing her on because she had great ideas, but even more importantly, she truly loves Barbie."
Julia Pistor is executive producing for Mattel's Playground Productions. »
Last year, the improbably-proportioned doll Barbie and her parent company Mattel suffered an embarrassing PR gaff with a storybook about a computer engineer Barbie who needed the men in her office to do her coding for her. With the resultant universal opprobrium (and Feminist Hacker Barbie parodies) clearly very fresh in their minds, Mattel and Sony have been careful to position the developing Barbie movie as being all about female empowerment. Sex And The City's Jenny Bicks took the first crack at the screenplay, and it's just been revealed that the writer of the next draft will be Diablo Cody.Cody, of course, famously smashed through the glass ceiling, from stripping to Hollywood A-list status via scripts like Juno, Jennifer's Body and Young Adult. She made her directorial debut in 2013 with Paradise (although that one has yet to see release in the UK)."Diablo’s unconventionality is just what Barbie needs, »
It’s been a while since I’ve defended a movie I’m passionate about so I thought it was high time I did it again. This time it’s the much-maligned Jennifer’s Body, starring Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox. Released in 2009, Jennifer’s Body was stripper-turned-screenwriter Diablo Cody’s much-anticipated follow-up to Juno, the movie that won her a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. On […] »
- Trace Thurman
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's selection is "Whiplash." This interview originall ran in October, 2014.] You know J.K. Simmons' stern, malleable face. If you don't, you should. Over the last 20 years, the character actor's been appearing in films such as Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy and "Juno," as well as TV shows including "Oz" and "Law & Order." Yet despite this flurry of activity, stardom has evaded the actor. That could change this fall as his latest release, Damien Chazelle's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Whiplash," expands following a limited release last Friday. Since its premiere in Park City and its subsequent screening at Cannes, Simmons' performance has been courting Oscar buzz for Best Supporting Actor -- and for good reason. As Fletcher, a psychotic music instructor »
- Nigel M Smith
As all 29 of our Oscar experts predicted, J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor on Sunday night. He played the aggressively competitive music teacher Terrence Fletcher in "Whiplash" and had swept through awards season with victories at the Golden Globes, SAG, Critics' Choice, and BAFTA. -Break- Simmons was the only first-time nominee in this supporting category and was the overwhelming 1/10 favorite. His lengthy career, mostly as a character actor, has included "Burn After Reading," "The Cider House Rules," "Juno," "Spider-Man," "Thank You For Smoking," and "Up in the Air." Simmons was also predicted by all seven of our Editors, all of our Top 24 Users, and 92% of our overall Users. Edward Norton, who reaped his third nomination for "Birdman," and "Boyhood" featured player Ethan Hawke, who has contended once before in this category as well as twice ...' »
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