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The Young Adult novel The Extincts, written by British author Veronica Cossanteli, will become the first animated feature from Cirrina Studios. The adaptation will be directed by Epic’s William Joyce, an author and illustrator in his own right, for a 2019 release.
The Extincts follows the madcap adventures of George Drake, a boy who goes to work on a farm hidden deep in the woods where he discovers a hidden cache of extinct and mythological creatures, one of which escapes and terrorizes the town in which he lives.
Joyce won a Academy Award in 2011 for the short animated film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The Extincts will be produced by Cirrina president David Lipman and The Bfg‘s Michael Siegel. The film will enter pre-production in June at Dwarf Animation Studio in France, founded by Olivier Pinol.
“Feature animation is one of the cornerstones of Cirrina Studios broad ambitions, »
- Ricky Church
Electric Entertainment acquired all North American rights earlier this month for the movie, starring Harrelson as President Lyndon B. Johnson with Rob Reiner directing. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan, and Michael Stahl-David. It was produced by Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Trevor White, and Tim White. “Lbj” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The story follows Johnson through his work as Senate Majority Leader, his loss of the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), and his agreement to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. »
- Dave McNary
Oyelowo plays a newly married, mild-mannered American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that’s about to go public when his life is thrown into turmoil by an incident in Mexico. He’s stranded with a price on his head and discovers the existence of a side of life that he had never known.
Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron play the key supporting roles in “Gringo,” which will mark the movie debut of Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s 19-year-old daughter, who has been cast in a supporting role as “an edgy 20-year-old.” The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, and Sharlto Copley.
- Dave McNary
It helps to be in Tina Fey's world.
The triple-threat writer, actress, and producer is building a bona fide comedy empire, and followers of her prolific body of work have become accustomed to seeing some familiar faces amid the ensembles and guest-starring roles.
Watch: Alec Baldwin Reflects on First Time He 'Fell in Love' With Tina Fey: She Was 'Completely Uninterested in Me'
Following her success on Saturday Night Live, Fey expanded her TV world with 30 Rock, on which she played the flappable sketch show writer Liz Lemon, as well as Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Emmy-winning series starring Ellie Kemper as a woman reclaiming the years she lost spent kidnapped in an underground bunker. (The Netflix series is returning for its third season on Friday, May 19.) And with the 46-year-old comedian's latest series, Great News, the local news comedy created by former 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield and executive produced by Fey currently airing on NBC »
James Corden will once again emcee music's biggest night!
The Late Late Show host is officially returning as host of the 2018 Grammy Awards. The news was announced during the CBS Upfront presentation in New York City on Wednesday.
Corden hosted the ceremony for the first time earlier this year, replacing longtime host LL Cool J, who had been the presenter for five consecutive years. The Carpool Karaoke mastermind kicked off the show with a fun song and dance number, scaring everyone into thinking he had technical difficulties when he got stuck on the rising platform and then fell down the stairs.
Instead of the traditional monologue, Corden opted for a rap, naming nominated artists and adding a bit of political humor.
"Beyonce performing, the Queen is here dummy, slay the whole stage with twins in her tummy," he sang. "Live »
Yorgos Lanthimos has completed shooting his juicy period drama “The Favourite,” starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, Academy Award winner Emma Stone, and Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman (“The Lobster”). New plot details for the period drama reveal that Weisz and Stone’s characters vie for power and influence in Queen Anne’s court by any means necessary — including seduction.
Described as a “bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy, and betrayal,” the film is set in 18th century England during the court of Queen Anne (Colman). Weisz plays Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and confidante, advisor, and secret lover to the Queen. The power shifts when the Duchess’s younger cousin (Stone) arrives to court, and the two women battle for influence and the Queen’s affections.
The tawdry period »
- Jude Dry
Social media is a great place to connect with people, learn more about the world — and share all of the weird, hilarious and embarrassing things that your mom has done that week.
And since celebrities are just like us — but with bigger social media followings — even they can’t resist showcasing some of the stranger things that their mothers have gotten up to. Remember, moms of the world: We only do it because we love you. (And because it’s guaranteed to get us plenty of likes.)
Obviously the funniest woman »
- Julia Emmanuele
Alanis Morissette's meteoric rise to fame put her in need of someone who could wisely invest her fortune for her future.
She thought she found that person in Jonathan Todd Schwartz, a money manager to the stars, who earned her trust and assured her that her nest egg was secure and growing.
But even as she was repaying the favor by singing her hits at a benefit for a charity Schwartz founded, he was pocketing royalties from her hit 1995 record Jagged Little Pill and other albums.
Schwartz was sentenced Wednesday to six years in federal prison for embezzling more than $7 million from Morissette and others after the singer made a pitch for a lengthy and severe sentence saying he stole more than her money — he stole her dreams.
"He did this in a long, systematic, drawn-out and sinister manner," Morissette said, adding »
It’s a very stuffed month on Netflix, from Aziz Ansari to Brad Pitt, but genre fans will perhaps be most psyched about the show that the streaming service will be bowing tomorrow: the second run of the Wachowskis’ “Sense8.” The globe-spanning genre-bender — not quite sci-fi, not quite action, not quite drama — drew mixed reviews on its debut, but has a passionate base of fans who’ve been patiently waiting for further adventures.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Apple Music has bought the rights to the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” which opens the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday evening at the Radio City Music Hall.
The screening will be followed by performances featuring Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson and Earth, Wind & Fire. Apple did not disclose when it will release “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” or whether it will have a theatrical release.
The film is directed by Chris Perkel and based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography. The film is produced by Michael Bernstein of Scott Free Productions, with Ridley Scott and Mary Lisio executive producing alongside Im Global’s Stuart Ford, David Schulhof, and Deborah Zipser.
Im Global announced during last year’s Cannes film Festival that it had come on board to finance the film.
Davis became president of Columbia Records at the age of 35. He signed Donovan, who became a folk-rock star through Columbia’s Epic label, »
- Dave McNary
If you’ve got “99 Problems”, this pricey champagne might be one of them. Related: See Beyonce And Jay Z’s Epic Anniversary Vacation To The Grand Canyon! Hip hop mogul Jay Z is launching a new champagne blend from the Armond de Brignac champagne brand, also known as “Ace of Spades”, of which he owns a portion. The […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Honoring the “best of the internet,” the 21st annual Webby Awards announced their nominees April 4. The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (Iadas), and their awards fall into two categories: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. The 2000-member body selected nominees in both cases, but the winner of the People’s Voice will still be decided by the voting public. The six major categories are Websites, Film and Video, Advertising, Media and PR, Social, Mobile Sites and Apps, and Podcasts and Digital Audio. R/Ga, a New York–based web agency, received an impressive 13 nominations. The list of additional nominees this year doesn’t disappoint—“Stranger Things,” “Game of Thrones,” Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Spotify are just a few of the contenders. See below for a partial list of nominees! To view the full lineup, visit WebbyAwards.com. Comedy: Individual »
Apparently the Grammy-winner is yet to make a decision about whether to join the project due to her pregnancy, although the studio and director Jon Favreau are reportedly very keen for her to take on the role, and are willing to work around her schedule in order to secure her participation.
The remake of the 1994 animated classic is being fast-tracked into production by Disney, and will see Donald Glover lending his voice to Simba, while James Earl Jones will once again voice Simba’s father Mufasa.
- Gary Collinson
What Favreau’s choice for Nala says about the adaptation.
As Beauty and the Beast rakes in enormous sums, Disney’s next live-action remake appears to be coming together in big way. Variety reported yesterday that director Jon Favreau is courting Beyoncé for the role of Nala in his upcoming reimagining of The Lion King. This announcement comes just one month after Favreau nonchalantly declared on Twitter that Donald Glover and James Earl Jones would be playing the roles of Simba and Mufasa respectively. While Beyoncé hasn’t confirmed yet, her potential casting provides us with a number of clues about how Favreau might be intending to adapt the classic story. Details on the project have been scarce, but irresponsible speculation is in order.
The role of Nala in the original animated film, though vital, is actually a relatively minor one in terms of music. Simba’s queen only gets to sing a small part of “Can »
- Jake Orthwein
Who run the Pride Lands? Possibly Beyonce. The R&B singer and diva extraordinaire may be heading to the big screen four years after her last stint with movies (voicing Tara in Epic), as Disney is reportedly eyeing her to play Nala in the upcoming remake of The Lion King. The Lion King director Jon Favreau […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is currently taking the world box-office by storm. The film is a live-action remake of the animated classic, the latest in a long line of proposed reworks. The House of Mouse is now currently working on bringing the likes of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and The Lion King, to life.
The Lion King will be directed by Jon Favreau, who has already delivered Disney a colossal hit with last year’s The Jungle Book. Work is currently underway on casting; both Simba and Mufasa have already been cast. Donald Glover is Simba and James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa. The next key character Favreau is looking for is Simba’s gal-pal-turned-girlfriend, Nala. Variety are reporting that his shortlist for the role is very short, with the actor / director setting his sights firmly on Beyonce.
The female mega-star is currently pregnant with twins, »
- Kat Hughes
Expressing his interest in all the single lions (yes, all the single lions), Jon Favreau has his sights set on another big-name performer for his upcoming live-action Lion King movie. Variety reports that Favreau—who recently announced that Donald Glover would star as the voice of Simba in the planned remake, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa—has offered the part of Simba’s childhood friend and eventual love interest Nala to Beyoncé Knowles.
It’s been a few years since the Lemonade star (and reigning queen of the pop culture universe) stretched her acting muscles; her last gig was in Fox’s 2013 animated snoozer Epic. Beyoncé has yet to confirm or deny whether she’ll take the part; she’s currently pregnant with twins, but that might not stop her from taking on the voice acting role as Simba’s fiery friend, or our hearts ...
- William Hughes
Disney’s “Lion King” live-action reboot is getting in formation.
Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the role yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month’s end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.
Watch Beyonce’s Stunning Performance »
- Justin Kroll
Fans of “Girls” star Alex Karpovsky will likely feel comfortably familiar with some of the dynamics that play out in his latest starring role in Jeff Grace’s “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” as the multi-hyphenate returns to the same wacky — and insightful! — road trip high jinks that marked his own feature, “Red Flag.” In that film, Karpovsky played a filmmaker who takes his latest feature on the road and encounters all kinds of strange characters, all of whom have lots to say about his creative output.
In Grace’s film, Karpovksy is again a struggling artist — this time, an aspiring comedian — who (somewhat against his will) takes his shtick on the road, only to find some unexpected people and situations along the way. He’s the funny guy, so of course he also »
- Kate Erbland
With Nacho Vigalondo’s much-anticipated monster flick “Colossal” quickly approaching its theatrical release, a new scene has been revealed, simply titled “Bench.” The clip, which you can watch below, features Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis’ characters chatting on a park bench, discussing the events that led to Hathaway returning to her hometown, and it also sheds light on the two characters’ relationship.
While there’s no giant monster action present in the video, the scene does offer a glimpse at the dramatic and humorous elements of the film. It’s great to see that even in a film that will surely feature plenty of sci-fi spectacle, Vigalondo is still allowing room for his talented actors to show off their charm in quiet moments such as this one.
- Michael Gonzalez
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