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The Expendables 4: Sylvester Stallone has decided to retire from The Expendables action movie series (above). We heard last December that he would be joining Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the planned fourth installment, but the actor and filmmaker reportedly had creative differences on the selection of a director, the script and other issues with producer Avi Lerner, though Lerner says: "In my opinion, it's not dead." [Deadline] Creature From the Black Lagoon: Based on his own idea, Will Beall (Gangster Squad, Aquaman) will write the script for a new version of Creature From the Black Lagoon. The 1954 original (above) followed a group of scientists seeking to capture a prehistoric beast living in the Amazonian jungle. The project has been...
- Peter Martin
Simon Brew Apr 3, 2017
Universal finally launches its classic monsters movie universe in earnest this summer with its latest reboot of The Mummy. That film arrives in June, headlined by Tom Cruise, and it’s the first in a whole host of big screen remakes/reboots of some of Universal’s classic horror properties.
Taking its place in the queue is a new take on Creature From The Black Lagoon, and there’s been a bit of progress on this one. Specifically, a new writer has been hired to help bring the new take on the 1954 original to the screen.
Universal is getting ready to officially kick off their shared monster movie universe this summer with Tom Cruise's new take on The Mummy. The studio, despite the fact that the movie hasn't even been released yet, seems to have a lot of confidence in this idea and is already moving ahead with several other projects. One such project is a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake and they have just hired Will Beall to pen the script.
According to Deadline, the former police officer turned screenwriter has been hired by Universal to write this new take on The Creature From the Black Lagoon. His most recent credit includes James Wan's Aquaman, which is set to hit theaters next December as part of Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe. His other credits include Gangster Squad and The Legend of Conan. He also served as a producer on the CBS drama Training Day, »
Nailing down his rep as Hollywood’s go-to guy for the damp action genre, Aquaman screenwriter Will Beall is making his way over to Universal’s The Creature From The Black Lagoon. Beall—who also penned Gangster Squad and the TV version of Training Day, although there’s no fish parallels there, so whatevs—will write the reboot of the classic monster film, just the latest in the studio’s ongoing efforts to turn its old monster properties into a cinematic universe of its very own. Other potential entries in the franchise include Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, the Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, all of which would follow in the shambling footsteps of Tom Cruise’s The Mummy, which has a new trailer arriving this Sunday.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]
- William Hughes
Screenwriter Will Beall recently spent time writing adventures set in the high seas for James Wan's new Aquaman movie, and now he's heading back underwater, as THR reports that Universal Pictures has tapped the writer to pen the new Creature from the Black Lagoon movie for their shared cinematic universe of Universal Monsters.
Creature from the Black Lagoon will be produced by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman, who are overseeing the new version of the shared Universal Monsters world, which will kick off with the theatrical release of The Mummy (directed by Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise) on June 9th.
In addition to Aquaman, Beall wrote the big screen adaptation of Paul Lieberman's novel Gangster Squad, developed the Training Day TV series, and has also been working on The Legend of Conan film (produced by Morgan) for Warner Bros.
Other new Universal Monsters movies that are in the »
- Derek Anderson
Ryan Gosling knows he has hit the jackpot.
The La La Land star may not have found a literal hidden treasure, but if his captivating onscreen chemistry with costar Emma Stone is anything to go by, it could win him a gold statue at the Academy Awards on Sunday.
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“It’s so much fun working with her, »
- Alexia Fernandez
Barring anything else crazy happening by the end of Friday, this week’s winner in the category of “Wtf News” belongs to yesterday’s reports that Mel Gibson is in early talks to direct “Suicide Squad 2.” It’s not a done deal and there are other contenders in the mix — Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House,” the upcoming sci-fi “Life“), Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland,” “Gangster Squad“), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies,” “50/50“) — but that Gibson is even at the table is surprising.
Continue reading Mel Gibson Confirms Talks For ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ Plus 3 Times He Dissed Superhero Movies at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Leading Actress nominee Emma Stone has arrived! #EEBAFTAs https://t.co/a4rTicLznl
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 12, 2017
“They have incredible chemistry because they are phenomenal actors and they also like each other in real life and help each other in real life,” La La Land director Damien Chazelle told Zoe Ball on the BAFTA Awards red carpet Sunday.
The musical is nominated in 11 categories at the award show, including best actor nods for Stone and Gosling, and »
- Mike Miller
In her 23-year career in costume design, Mary Zophres has worked for the biggest directors in the business, outfitting all manner of stars on their films. Having garnered her second Oscar nomination for her work on “La La Land,” Zophres spoke with Variety about inspirations for the film, her long-term collaboration with the Coen brothers, and George Clooney messing around with his outfit on the “Hail, Caesar!” set.
“La La Land” was inspired by old Hollywood and French musicals; did you apply similar techniques that they used back then to your costume design for the movie?
I wasn’t around in the heyday of Hollywood, but I’m sure they had conversations like the ones we had [when they were making] movies like “Young Girls of Rochefort,” because the synchronicity of the shots and the dance numbers and the color, it doesn’t happen accidentally. But we had the advantage of modern technology because »
- Will Thorne
In her 23-year career in costume design, Mary Zophres has designed for the biggest stars and directors in the business, from George Clooney, to Scarlett Johansson, to the Coen brothers. Having garnered her second Oscar nomination for her work on “La La Land,” Zophres spoke with Variety about working with Damien Chazelle, her long-term collaboration with the Coen brothers, and George Clooney messing around with his dress on the “Hail, Caesar!” set.
“La La Land” seems like it was an incredibly fun movie to make, what was your experience like working on it?
I have to say [Damien Chazelle] was very inspiring and he was our greatest advocate, and cheerleader, and brainstormer, it was like an unstoppable ship. We went over the script page by page, which I had never done before as a costume designer, and after the first meeting I was like, “On your marks, get set, let’s go! »
- Will Thorne
Documentarian Liz Garbus is making her narrative feature film directing debut on “Lost Girls.” Michael Werwie wrote the script, based on Robert Kolker’s 2013 nonfiction book about a mother searching for her missing daughter in Long Island and discovering the murdered bodies of four girls in 2010. Kolker’s book, published in 2014, details the world of online escorts and the search for a serial killer who is still at large.
Paulson won the SAG, Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her work portraying prosecutor Marcia Clark in the FX series “The People vs. O.J.Simpson: American Crime Story.” Paulson also stars in “Rebel in the Rye” with Nicholas Hoult, »
- Dave McNary
Emma Watson wasn’t the only Hollywood star who almost nabbed Emma Stone‘s role in La La Land. Ellen DeGeneres was also considered to star in Damien Chazelle’s whimsical musical — at least according to her.
The 58-year-old host debuted some “exclusive, behind-the-scenes” footage from the seven-time Golden Globe winner on her show Wednesday, except it showed DeGeneres as Ryan Gosling‘s love interest.
“When we were casting up the movie, part of the appeal to me was that you know they’re going to be a couple. You can see them and imagine them together. It was like »
- Stephanie Petit
Emma Stone did not have the time of her life filming one scene in Crazy, Stupid, Love.
In what is possibly the most iconic part of the 2011 romantic comedy, Ryan Gosling lifts Stone into the air, mimicking Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s legendary scene in the 1987 classic Dirty Dancing.
During a candid interview on The Graham Norton Show, the La La Land costars talked about one of their many films together — especially their awkward-yet-steamy romance in Crazy, Stupid, Love. At one point, Gosling’s character shares that he sweeps women off their feet — literally — by picking them up Swayze style. »
- Blake Bakkila
Emma Stone's dancing may appear flawless on camera, but the red-headed beauty admits she actually has some fears about the performance art form.
The 28-year-old actress was a guest on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, where she got candid on working opposite Ryan Gosling for the third time. The two currently star together in La La Land, following their performances in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad.
While rehearsing for La La Land, Stone said the process wasn't an easy feat -- "it was a little bit of a mind game" -- as she and Gosling were solo for most of their dance lessons.
"I would go to my tap dancing lessons every day, and I was learning these primitive moves, and every day I would ask how Ryan was doing," she explained. "They would say, 'He is really good, he is amazing »
It’s hard to imagine Damien Chazelle’s whimsical musical La La Land — which just nabbed a historic seven Golden Globe awards on Sunday — without Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling at the helm. After all, both actors also scored Golden Globes of their own for their charming performances as an aspiring actress and frustrated jazz musician.
However, the frequent costars — who also appeared together in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad — almost didn’t make it to the screen. In fact, at one point, La La Land was originally set to star a different duo.
Miles Teller, who headlined Chazelle’s previous film, »
- Stephanie Petit
This article originally appeared on EW.com
There were so many ways La La Land could have gone wrong.
Damien Chazelle, who previously wrote and directed 2014’s Whiplash, wanted to whip up some Old Hollywood magic. Using 1950s CinemaScope lenses, he set out to create a modern-day musical — a love story of two 21st-century dreamers trying to make it in Los Angeles. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a struggling jazz pianist who wants to open his own club, and Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress who decides to write her own role.
The dramatic scenes needed to be as intimate as the best indie film, »
Domestic weekend estimates are in, but the full story won't be told until actuals arrive Monday afternoon as the top two films are within a mere fraction of one another as severe winter weather had a clear effect on this weekend's grosses. For the time being Rogue One: A Star Wars Story holds the top spot over Fox's expanded release of Hidden Figures by less than $200,000. The weekend's lone new wide release, Screen Gems's Underworld: Blood Wars, scored a fourth place finish while Focus's expansion of A Monster Calls failed to generate much interest despite strong reviews and audience response, ultimately finishing outside the top ten. Currently holding the #1 spot for the weekend is Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which dropped 55.7% and finished with an estimated $21.97 million as its domestic cume climbs to $477.2 million, placing it just $9 million behind Finding Dory as it is soon to become »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Sara Hemrajani on the rise of Ryan Gosling…
La La Land, the award-tipped ode to musicals from Hollywood’s Golden Age, sees Ryan Gosling dance, sing, wax lyrical about jazz and woo Emma Stone’s aspiring actress in modern day Los Angeles. It’s a terrific performance and the 36-year-old seems to be a lock for one of the best actor Oscar nods. To top that off, he will be hitting the screens across the year in Terrence Malick’s Weightless and the eagerly anticipated Blade Runner sequel.
Showbusiness isn’t new to Gosling – he was a Mousekeeter (alongside pre-teen Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera) in The Mickey Mouse Club, and he played the title role in the Young Hercules series in the late 1990s. Gosling followed television with some smartly chosen indie features and, not too long after, he was primed for the big leagues as a major movie star. »
- Sara Hemrajani
The Star Wars spinoff topped the box office, just as it has since opening three weeks ago. “Rogue One” racked up $64.3 million for the four-day holiday weekend. That pushes its North American total to $424.9, putting it in second place among last year’s highest-grossing domestic releases. Globally, “Rogue One” has made $774.9 million, with China, the world’s second-largest film market, yet to open.
Disney, which released “Rogue One” through its LucasFilm banner, has four of the year’s top five domestic earners, including “Finding Dory,” which was the highest-grossing stateside film with $486.3 million. The company had a lot riding on “Rogue One.” It invested roughly $4 billion to the rights to the Star Wars canon, with a goal »
- Brent Lang
1 January 2017 9:46 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling may be getting attention for their big-screen reunion in Damien Chazelle's acclaimed musical. But the duo — who formerly shared the screen in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad — weren't the only onetime movie pair to reunite in a non-sequel or franchise-continuation film in 2016.
Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg and Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman starred opposite each other for the third and fourth times in Cafe Society and Office Christmas Party, respectively. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard had a Garden State reunion, 12 years later, in Jackie. »
- Hilary Lewis
20 items from 2017
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