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Michael De Luca joins Suicide Squad 2 in producer role

As Warner Bros. continues to shake up its slate for the DC Extended Universe, the studio has added a new name to Suicide Squad 2. Michael De Luca has joined the film as a producer, partnering with Charles Roven to craft the sequel according to Variety.

Roven will remain the lead producer on the film and was reportedly enthusiastic to De Luca coming on board. This seems to point once again to WB’s shifting attitude towards a shared universe for the DC films by having individuals focusing on one project rather than one single voice in charge of several films.

The sequel to David Ayer’s film is said to be a top priority for WB at this time and is only one of two DC films entering production this year, the other being Shazam! with Zachary Levi starring and David F. Sandberg directing.

Other films De Luca has produced
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Suicide Squad 2 Brings in Fifty Shades Producer Michael de Luca

The creative team for Suicide Squad 2 is starting to take shape. We've known for a little while now that Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, The Accountant) is on board to write and direct the sequel, but now Warner Bros. has brought on a very established producer in the form of Michael De Luca to help handle Suicide Squad 2 behind-the-scenes. This is just a small part of the major changes being made to the way that DC Films is being handled at Warner Bros. now in the wake of Justice League's disappointment.

It sounds like Michael De Luca will primarily be focused on Suicide Squad 2 and won't be managing a big chunk of the upcoming DC slate for the studio. As for his resume? He's produced many prestigious movies like The Social Network, Moneyball and Blow. But he's also got some misses on his record as well, having been
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‘Suicide Squad 2’: Michael De Luca Joins as Producer

‘Suicide Squad 2’: Michael De Luca Joins as Producer
Warner Bros. has added Michael De Luca to produce “Suicide Squad 2,” sources tell Variety.

Variety first reported the news that Warner Bros. would be reconfiguring the look of its DC Universe, including the arrangement of executives in charge of each film. The addition of De Luca seems to signal that the studio would prefer having a central figure focused on a single project rather then having one individual oversee several films, as Charles Rovin and Zack Snyder had been doing up until these recent stumbles.

Gavin O’Connor is on board to write and direct the sequel to “Suicide Squad,” which stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto.

The movie is a top priority at Warner Bros. and looks to be one of the two DC properties (the other being New Line’s “Shazam!”) to begin production this year. Given the ensemble’s busy schedule, the shoot isn’t expected to start until fall of
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Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words

Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words
After years of letting Hollywood’s best directors take over his meticulous scripts for Oscar winner “The Social Network” (David Fincher) and Oscar nominee “Moneyball” (Bennett Miller), Aaron Sorkin finally decided to do it himself. While Sorkin was an executive producer of shows like NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s “The Newsroom,” directing his adaptation of poker wrangler Molly Bloom’s confessional “Molly’s Game” was a first.

“Molly’s Game” debuted in Toronto, and since Stx released it December 25 (Metascore: 71) it’s picking up steam in the awards race, with Globes, BAFTA, and Writers, Editors and Producers guild nominations. I screened the film for my UCLA Sneak Previews class, and afterward Aaron Sorkin came in for a chatty Q&A: The man loves to talk. He did stop to ask me one question: “Can I just ask you, in the history of doing this, has there ever been an answer this long?
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Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words

Aaron Sorkin Q&A: Why He Directed ‘Molly’s Game’ and Refused to Let Jessica Chastain Change His Words
After years of letting Hollywood’s best directors take over his meticulous scripts for Oscar winner “The Social Network” (David Fincher) and Oscar nominee “Moneyball” (Bennett Miller), Aaron Sorkin finally decided to do it himself. While Sorkin was an executive producer of shows like NBC’s “The West Wing” and HBO’s “The Newsroom,” directing his adaptation of poker wrangler Molly Bloom’s confessional “Molly’s Game” was a first.

“Molly’s Game” debuted in Toronto, and since Stx released it December 25 (Metascore: 71) it’s picking up steam in the awards race, with Globes, BAFTA, and Writers, Editors and Producers guild nominations. I screened the film for my UCLA Sneak Previews class, and afterward Aaron Sorkin came in for a chatty Q&A: The man loves to talk. He did stop to ask me one question: “Can I just ask you, in the history of doing this, has there ever been an answer this long?
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Elizabeth Banks, Michael De Luca Producing ‘Uncanny Valley’ for Universal (Exclusive)

Elizabeth Banks, Michael De Luca Producing ‘Uncanny Valley’ for Universal (Exclusive)
Universal Pictures has optioned “Uncanny Valley,” a novel about life in the tech bubble, Variety has learned. The studio snagged the rights to the unpublished book in a highly competitive bidding situation, one that drew interest from several suitors.

Michael De Luca, the man behind the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, the duo responsible for the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, are set to produce the picture through their Universal-based Michael De Luca Productions and Brownstone Productions, respectively.

“Uncanny Valley” originally started life as a 2016 blog post from author Anna Wiener. It detailed her life at a startup on its last gasps, as the workers grapple with their Ipo dreams evaporating and dust off resumes. The novel version of that initial post is said to deal with Weiner’s transition from the world of publishing to Silicon Valley life. The book is tentatively set to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Roles Where Actors Lost Weight

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New Year’s resolutions are a time to work towards a transformation of your body and/or your life. To honor these goals, this month we’re going to look at transformative roles in film. This week we look at some prominent examples of actors losing weight for roles.

It’s one thing to mentally prepare to play a character in a movie or a play. It’s another thing to physically transform yourself in order to better identify with the role. Some transformations are only skin deep; extensive makeup or prosthetics may be sufficient to pull of the necessary look. Other transformations are more involved; many actors may take part in weeks, if not months, of preparations for a role. This can include intense training, specialized diets, and exhaustive exercise routines. The end result of an actor going through such a transformation is not only a more accurate visual resemblance,
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'Molly's Game': How Aaron Sorkin Bet the Farm on Poker-Queen Biopic – and Won

'Molly's Game': How Aaron Sorkin Bet the Farm on Poker-Queen Biopic – and Won
There are two things you should know about Aaron Sorkin.

One is that the man likes to talk. A lot. This will not surprise anyone who's seen the 1992 screen version of his play A Few Good Men, starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Or has watched a TV show he's had a hand in developing, like the one about an all-sports cable channel (Sports Night) or the one about an all-news cable channel (The Newsroom) or the Emmy-winning one about an all-drama idealistic White House (The West Wing). Or remembers the sharp,
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Molly’s Game review – Jessica Chastain is phenomenal in Aaron Sorkin's poker drama

Playing high-stakes poker hostess Molly Bloom, Chastain carries Sorkin’s screenplay-heavy directorial debut – and sizzles with Idris Elba

We all know Aaron Sorkin can write. The one-man zeitgeist behind The West Wing, The Social Network, Moneyball, The Newsroom and more, his confrontational style blends skill, smartness and, particularly, showiness in a way that leaves no question about his talent. But can he direct? Having now watched his directorial debut twice, I am still not entirely sure that he can.

Most certainly he can put together a slickly entertaining story: Molly’s Game, based on the autobiography of disgraced “poker princess” Molly Bloom, rattles along nicely. He can offer us a privileged vantage point from which to gaze into the closed world of the high-stakes poker games that Bloom runs. He can most certainly tell a story. But this is a story that is told primarily with words rather than pictures.
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Molly's Game review

Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, Molly's Game, offers plenty to get your teeth into. Here's our review...

Aaron Sorkin is to writing what Meryl Streep is to acting – one of a few screenwriters who is visible and renowned enough that he's automatically a player in the awards season conversation whenever he gets a new movie made. And just in time for the end of the year, here comes Molly's Game.

As with his recently nominated scripts The Social Network, Moneyball and Steve Jobs, his directorial debut is also based on the exploits of a real life figure. Adapting the memoir of the same name, Molly's Game is about “self proclaimed Poker Princess” Molly Bloom, who became the subject of tabloid infamy a few years ago, when she was outed as the brains behind a prestigious underground poker empire frequented by celebrities, CEOs and mobsters.

Jessica Chastain plays the title character across 12 years of her lie,
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Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True Stories

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Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesTop 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesAmanda Wood and Jenny Bullough12/18/2017 10:00:00 Am

Sports movies are a dime a dozen these days, but not all of them are able to claim the highly-coveted title of true stories. Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

There are plenty of other sports movies based on true stories that we love, and we’ve made a list to put all of our faves in one place. A wide variety of sports are represented here, with movies about baseball,
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‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Jessica Chastain Powers Aaron Sorkin’s Sensational Directorial Debut

‘Molly’s Game’ Review: Jessica Chastain Powers Aaron Sorkin’s Sensational Directorial Debut
It is hard for me to believe that in his long writing career, Aaron Sorkin has never once had the desire to direct, and that includes every episode of The West Wing, Sports Night and other series he created and wrote, along with such bellwether movies as Moneyball, Steve Jobs, Charlie Wilson’s War and The Social Network, which earned him an Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Most of his movies revolve around real people and real stories, and such is the case with Molly’s Game, his…
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Mike De Luca, John Legend Will Produce ‘Long Way Down’ for Universal (Exclusive)

Mike De Luca, John Legend Will Produce ‘Long Way Down’ for Universal (Exclusive)
Universal has optioned the rights to “Long Way Down,” beating out several other studios for the chance to make a movie based on the best-selling novel.

As part of the package, Michael De Luca will produce alongside John Legend for their respective banners, Michael De Luca Productions and Get Lifted Film Co. The book was a hit with young adult readers and was written by Jason Reynolds. It has an unusual premise. The story takes place in sixty seconds, as a young man struggles to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother. Another dash of unorthodoxy: the book unspools in free verse and is set in an elevator. “Long Way Down” was a finalist for the National Book Award.

De Luca is an Oscar nominee, whose credits include the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, “The Social Network,” and “Moneyball.” Legend is best known for his work as a singer and songwriter
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Aaron Sorkin ('Molly's Game')

"For me, growing up, writing was just a chore to be gotten through for a school assignment," says Aaron Sorkin — the writer of A Few Good Men, Malice, The American President, Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, The Newsroom, Steve Jobs and 2017's Molly's Game, an adaptation of the memoir of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic-level skier who ran bicoastal poker games that landed her in the sights of the FBI and the Russian mob — as we sit down in his dimly lit and...
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Aaron Sorkin ('Molly's Game')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Aaron Sorkin ('Molly's Game')
"For me, growing up, writing was just a chore to be gotten through for a school assignment," says Aaron Sorkin — the writer of A Few Good Men, Malice, The American President, Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, The Newsroom, Steve Jobs and 2017's Molly's Game, an adaptation of the memoir of Molly Bloom, a former Olympic-level skier who ran bicoastal poker games that landed her in the sights of the FBI and the Russian mob — as we sit down in his dimly lit and...
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AFI Fest Review: Molly’s Game – The Female Goodfellas

Like The Social Network and Moneyball, Aaron Sorkin makes another complicated scenario engaging and understandable. Well, Molly’s Game Is much easier to understand than Moneyball. If Henry Hill was a Goodfella, would Molly Bloom be a Goodgal? After an Olympic injury, Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) aims to go to law school. But in her first legal job, she helps run a private poker game for Dean Keith (Jeremy Strong). When Dean fires her, she takes the players with her and builds her own poker empire. Sorkin breezes through the particulars of everything from skiing to Hold ‘Em to the mechanics...read more
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New Trailer For Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain's High Stakes Poker Movie Molly's Game

Aaron Sorkin is the writer who brought us A Few Good Men, The West Wing, Moneyball, The Social Network and more. I've always enjoyed his storytelling style and now he's making his directorial debut with a film called Molly's Game, which is based on a true story that is set in the world of high stakes poker.

It looks like it's going to be a great film and it's got a crazy impressive cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Chris O'Dowd, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, and more.

There are a lot of great films that revolve around gambling and Molly's Game looks like it will make a great addition to those other movies. As you'll see in this new trailer, this looks like an intense film and according to the reviews, it's a must-watch film that's worth checking out. Here's the synopsis:

Molly’S Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom,
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Wendi Deng-Produced Documentary Set for Theatrical Release in China

Wendi Deng-Produced Documentary Set for Theatrical Release in China
China's film market will soon be getting a welcome dash of diversity as Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang opens theatrically in the country on Sept. 22.

The critically lauded documentary, which world premiered at Sundance in 2016, traces the career of Cai Guo-Qiang, the internationally acclaimed China-born artist famous for his mystical use of fireworks.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void) and produced by Wendi Deng, Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood), the film was snapped up by Netflix after its premiere and has been available on the platform since last fall.<br...
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