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MaryAnn’s quick take… Sweet, subversive, and absolutely hilarious, at once a snarky superhero sendup and an unironically joyful celebration of friendship and imagination. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of toilet humor
I have not read the source material
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There is no bigger unfan of toilet humor than yours truly. So what the heck was I doing at a screening of a kiddie movie entitled Captain Underpants? Laughing my head off and being thoroughly charmed, to my very great surprise. I’m still trying to figure out precisely how this absolutely delightful little movie gets it right, but I’m zeroing in on how it somehow manages to engage a kindergarten-level sense of humor without pandering to it, and by mining huge glee out of its own amusement rather than what has generated that amusement. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Exclusive: 1821 Pictures is partnering with Warner Bros to develop action-thriller Bombshell. Based on an original concept by Terry Dougas, the screenplay will be written by Dave Matillo, the writer behind 2015 Black List script Bare Knuckle. Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis and Dougas will produce, while Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street) will exec produce. Courtney Freedman will oversee the project for Warner Bros. Bombshell is a secret government program that… »
Now that he has his Oscar, Leonardo DiCaprio can start making fun movies that are just excuses to hang out with his pals. Case in point, Variety is reporting that DiCaprio will soon be reuniting with his old friend Marty—a.k.a. acclaimed director Martin Scorsese—for an adaptation of true-crime thriller Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI. Of course, as hinted by the title, this doesn’t sound like a particularly fun movie, but at least Leo and Marty will be able to talk about how much they enjoyed making The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf Of Wall Street together.
The book is set in the 1920s, and it’s about a series of murders in Oklahoma targeting members of the Osage nation who recently discovered oil underneath their land. The mystery was one of the then-nascent FBI »
- Sam Barsanti
Thanks to cinematographer Roman Vasyanov, we’ve got a new look at Jared Leto’s Joker from a deleted scene in last year’s DC Extended Universe blockbuster Suicide Squad, which presumably takes place towards the end of the movie after he’s been shot down in the helicopter; check it out here, via Batman-News…
It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their »
- Gary Collinson
The filmmaker is set to begin production on his gangster movie return “The Irishman” next month, which will reunite him with “Goodfellas” duo Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. But Scorsese isn’t stopping there, as he’s got two different Leonardo DiCaprio vehicles in development for after. Scorsese and DiCaprio haven’t worked with each other since “The Wolf of Wall Street” four years ago.
The first project is an adaptation of Erik Larson’s book “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.” DiCaprio purchased the film rights to the book in 2010 and Scorsese has gone on record praising the script.
“Right now, there is a script being worked on, »
- Zack Sharf
Hansen, former president and COO of Endgame Entertainment, will be tasked with inspecting the company’s books, monitoring transactions, and supporting the post-production and distribution of Red Granite’s next release, “Papillon.”
The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Red Granite used funds stolen from a Malaysian development fund to produce “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Daddy’s Home,” and “Dumb and Dumber To.” The government has been seeking to seize Red Granite’s portion of the proceeds of the films as one part of a much broader, multibillion-dollar effort to recover funds on behalf of the Malaysian people.
Red Granite has been seeking to settle the case, and hopes that Hansen’s appointment will speed that process along.
“As ongoing, productive settlement discussions continue, Red »
- Gene Maddaus
Back in May, rumors were swirling that Joe Pesci was attached for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” but it was unclear if the semi-retired actor would actually reunite with his “Goodfellas” co-star, Robert De Niro, for the $100-million gangster movie. Now, it seems that Pesci is officially on board to star as mafioso Russell Bufalino, Deadline reports.
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Netflix acquired “The Irishman” earlier this year, and shooting is scheduled to start next month. The movie marks the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro, who plays Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who supposedly was involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa.
Steve Zaillian (“Moneyball”) adapted “The Irishman” from Charles Brandt‘s 2003 book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” about Sheeran’s career as a hitman. In certain scenes, De Niro will be made to look around 30 years old by VFX company Industrial Light & Magic. »
- Graham Winfrey
Duncan Bowles Jul 20, 2017
Jon Bernthal is a very busy man. In 2017 alone he’s got seven projects listed and you’d be hard pressed not to catch at least one of them, with Pilgrimage just hitting the shelves, Baby Driver currently across cinema screens, and the rather exciting prospect of The Punisher series hitting Netflix in November.
In Pilgrimage Bernthal plays a mute, channelling his performance through an unspoken relationship with a young, naïve monk (Tom Holland) which gives the film its heart and drive, as they set off as part of a group to try and remove a sacred relic from harms’ way. The film is, for the most part, a tense game of cat and mouse with various threats closing in on them from all sides (including an especially nasty »
Sideshow has revealed its Harley Quinn Premium Format figure which is based on the likeness of Margot Robbie in last year’s DC supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad. The limited edition collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $530, and is expected to ship between May and July 2018; check it out here…
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Gotham’s very own maid of mischief is stepping out (of prison) with style, and every inch of her exudes attitude. Standing 19” tall, Harley Quinn is decked out in her Suicide Squad outfit, which features a bright red and blue color scheme with her dip-dyed matching hair from the film. Her traditionally clownish makeup is replaced with vibrant eye shadow and striking red lips, keeping with her updated theme.
Harley’s now-iconic “Daddy’s Lil Monster” shirt and shorts are sculpted onto the figure, and she wears a matching fabric jacket and fabric tights. »
- Amie Cranswick
This summer, join BAFTA Rising Star for 2017, Tom Holland (The Lost City of Z, Spiderman: Homecoming) on a perilous quest for survival when Pilgrimage comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on 3rd July 2017, through Studiocanal. We have three copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to three lucky readers.
Ireland, 1209. An island on the edge of the world. A small group of monks begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. Escorting their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the monks’ progress is seen through the eyes of a pious young novice (played by Holland) and a mute lay-brother (Jon Bernthal – The Wolf of Wall Street, The Walking Dead, The Punisher), who form an unlikely partnership to lead the quest after their group is ambushed leaving only them left alive. As the true material, political »
- Paul Heath
29 June 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Red Granite Pictures and the U.S. government are in "productive settlement discussions" relating to a Malaysian embezzlement investigation — and they're asking the court for an independent third party to keep an eye on things while they continue negotiating.
The government filed multiple civil forfeiture cases in 2016 against The Wolf of Wall Street, Dumb and Dumber To and Daddy's Home seeking any rights to profits, royalties and distribution proceeds that are owed to Red Granite. Federal authorities are targeting more than $1 billion in assets that were allegedly diverted by high-level Malaysian officials into shell companies, »
- Ashley Cullins
The master filmmaker and a deadly sin.
- H. Perry Horton
Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
The film, which began principal photography on June 19, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.
Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi ”).
Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.
Meanwhile, Tag! You’re It!
Production begins this week on location in Atlanta for the new comedy “Tag,” directed by Jeff Tomsic (Comedy Central’s “Broad City”) for New Line Cinema. The film’s starring ensemble cast is led by Ed Helms (The “Hangover” movies, “We’re the Millers”), Jake Johnson (TV’s “New Girl”), and Hannibal Buress (“Neighbors”), with Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker, “The Town”).
For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.
Tomsic directs from a screenplay written by Mark Steilen (TV’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) and Rob McKittrick (“Waiting”), based on the Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It.” The film is produced by Todd Garner, Mark Steilen and Sean Robins, with Hans Ritter serving as executive producer. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Larry Blanford, editor Josh Crockett, production designer David Sandefur, and costume designer Denise Wingate.
“Tag” is set for a June 29, 2018, release.
- Michelle Hannett
Most people in the entertainment industry dream of having the talent to make it as an actor, writer, or producer. While most never achieve success in any of these roles, a select few have the diverse skillset needed to thrive in all of them. Such is the case with the highly talented and driven Brian Sacca. Although he has spent years in the entertainment industry, Sacca has only recently begun to achieve widespread recognition through his acting in productions like The Wolf of Wall Street and Wrecked. While his acting is deserving of much attention, so are his gifts in
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Brian Sacca »
- Timothy Hickey
22 June 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
When the U.S. Department of Justice last July announced it was looking to seize the rights to The Wolf of Wall Street, part of a record-breaking $1 billion forfeiture claim of assets allegedly bought with money laundered from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund called called 1Mdb, it was a rather unheard-of situation for Hollywood. A Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film, starring arguably the biggest actor on the planet and made by one of its most celebrated directors, which had grossed nearly $400 million, was being chased by the Feds.
But less than a year on, while the case against The Wolf »
- Alex Ritman
The Twilight Zone movie is finally starting to see some forward motion with the announcement of Christine Lavaf coming on board to write the screenplay. The project has been in development since 2009 at Warner Bros. and has had Rand Ravich, Anthony Peckham, and Joby Harlold as previous writers attached, but this is the first major development for the movie since 2013 when it was announced that Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) was in talks to direct and that Anthony Peckham would be writing the screenplay.
Variety reports that Christine Lavaf will take over the reigns and write the newest screenplay for the "in development hell" Twilight Zone movie. Lavaf has recently sold three original pilots to FX, including I'Human with Nina Jacobsen's Color Force producing. In addition she was also in the writing room for Legendary's next Monsterverse movie Godzilla 2. She has also written or co-written Fringe: Tales From the Fringe for DC Comics. »
"Do you have any creamer?" He seemed nice enough when he knocked on her door, but Lindsey begins to realize that Smith may not be who he says he is in a tense new clip from Midnighters, which recently premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Synopsis: "Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime and find themselves entangled in a Hitchcockian web of deceit and madness. From Walking Dead director Julius Ramsay, Midnighters is a layered, enigmatic thriller set in the Gothic backwoods of New England – the perfect place to get away with murder."
"Midnighters marks the debut feature of director Julius Ramsay (“The Walking Dead”) and features compelling and complicated female leads played by Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes, Tales of Halloween), Perla Haney-Jardine (Steve Jobs, »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that shooting has started on the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla. The film will be directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus), and will be released in cinemas in 2019.
The official title of the film is reportedly Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, and stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring), ad Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles, Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, »
- Paul Heath
Back in 2014, Legendary released the American reboot of Godzilla. Of course, this is a character that’s been in the pop culture zeitgeist for decades, starting with the 1954 film, Godzilla, and after the botched attempt in the late ‘90s, fans hoped that this would be the one Hollywood interpretation to succeed. And succeed it did. The film was certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it managed to rake in over $500 million at the worldwide box office, securing not only a sequel, but its place in a larger MonsterVerse.
We’ve known for some time that the sequel would be called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and with the film hitting principal photography today, we now know why. According to a press release from Warner Bros., the film will have Godzilla going up against three other legendary monsters.
Here’s what we have as the most basic synopsis for the flick:
“The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.”
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring films), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles; Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea); Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (Get Out); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley); Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton); Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
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- Joseph Medina
Today filming has started on the next Godzilla movie (which is apparently back to being untitled), and to commemorate the beginning of production, Warner Bros. has released the full, impressive, cast list along with confirmation on the plot this time around. Come inside to check it out!
As a huge monster movie fan, Gareth Edward's Godzilla (2014) really got my blood pumping, and hoping that a new wave of monster movies would be on the way. Thankfully, that's exactly what's happening, with this year's Kong: Skull Island setting the groundwork for a more interconnected "monster-verse."
The sequel to Godzilla was announced quite some time ago (during Sdcc) in which Edwards, who was still signed on to direct at the time, revealed iconic monsters Rodan, Mothra, and King Gihdorah would appear. When Edwards stepped away from the project, coupled with the amount of time passing, many wondered if the plot would stick. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
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