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According to Latino Review's Dave Gonzalez, we might just have the name of another contender for one of the female lead roles in Rian Johnson's still-not-officially titled Star Wars: Episode VIII. He's heard that Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Jupiter Ascending, Beyond The Lights, Concussion) has joined Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Olivia Cooke (Me And earl And The Dying Girl) on the shorlist - and also that it's actually two separate characters that they ladies are in the mix for, meaning two of 'em could well wind up nabbing parts in the flick. No details on the roles themselves, but apparently both are "substantial". Who emerges as the frontrunners remains to be seen. Star Wars: Episode VIII, which also stars Benicio Del Toro and the returning The Force Awakens cast, has a release date of May 26, 2017. »
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. In the end credits of Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne as transgender pioneer and artist Lili Elbe, the director and the actor offer a list of thank-yous that includes one to Lana Wachowski. So how exactly did the trans filmmaker assist? When Redmayne began researching the part, he was working on the sci-fi movie Jupiter Ascending, which Lana and her brother Andy Wachowski directed. And as Redmayne, the best actor Oscar winner for his performance as Stephen Hawking in last year's The Theory of Everything, explains
- THR Staff
Us cable network Starz is dipping its toe further into the bloody water of horror mixed with comedy after Ash Vs. Evil Dead. The channel now has Mila Kunis and Rob Zombie developing a show called Trapped. While Kunis will be producing and Zombie offering his directorial services, Arrested Development veteran Joey Slamon will be on scripting duty after coming up with the idea for the series. The plot apparently takes place during a single night in the home of a wealthy family who are under attack by a murderous cult. There are no details on when it might hit screens – things are only just getting moving, after all – but if it all works out, it’ll be a half-hour mixture of laughs and screams that sounds a little bit like You’re Next: the series. Kunis, last seen in Jupiter Ascending, will also mix horror and humour in Hell And Back »
Saban Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to Mi-5 starring Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones,”, Testament Of Youth), Academy Award nominee Peter Firth (“Spooks”), Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades Of Gray, Zero Dark Thirty), Tuppence Middleton (“Sense 8”, Jupiter Ascending), and Elyes Gabel (“Scorpion”, A Most Violent Year). Mi-5 (known outside the Us as Spooks: The Greater Good) is based on the original BAFTA Award® winning BBC television series.
Series director Bharat Nalluri (Tsunami: The Aftermath, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day) has also directed the screen adaption, which was written by the series writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent (“Humans”).
The thriller is currently scheduled to open theatrically at the end of the year.
When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway (Harrington) must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce (Firth) to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.
“Mi-5 is »
- Michelle McCue
Rob Zombie and Mila Kunis are teaming up to executive produce Trapped, a new horror comedy series in development at Starz. In addition to producing, Zombie is also lined up to direct the story about a family under siege by a violent cult.
Press Release (via The Futon Critic): "Beverly Hills, Calif. - September 22, 2015 - Starz today announced the series development of "Trapped" in association with Mila Kunis' Orchard Farm Productions with Kunis (Black Swan, Ted, "Family Guy," Jupiter Ascending) serving as Executive Producer alongside Rob Zombie (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween) who will also direct. Created and written by Joey Slamon ("Arrested Development") and produced in association with Orchard Farm Productions, the half-hour horror comedy series takes places over a single night in the home of a wealthy family under attack by a murderous cult. Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov of Orchard Farm Productions will also executive produce. »
- Derek Anderson
Saban Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to Bharat Nalluri’s espionage thriller “Mi-5,” which stars Kit Harington from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the company announced Tuesday. Oscar-nominated actor Peter Firth (“Equus”) co-stars alongside Jennifer Ehle (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Tuppence Middleton (“Jupiter Ascending“) and Elyes Gabel (“A Most Violent Year”). “Mi-5,” which is known outside the U.S. as “Spooks: The Greater Good,” is based on the original BAFTA Award-winning BBC television series. Series director Nalluri also directed the screen adaption, which was written by series writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones »
- Jeff Sneider
Starz today announced the series development of Trapped in association with Mila Kunis' Orchard Farm Productions with Kunis (Black Swan, Ted, Family Guy, Jupiter Ascending) serving as Executive Producer alongside Rob Zombie (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween) who will also direct. Created and written by Joey Slamon (Arrested Development) and produced in association with Orchard Farm Productions, the half-hour horror comedy series takes places over a single night in the home of a wealthy family under attack by a murderous cult. Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov of Orchard Farm Productions will also executive produce. Here's what Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik had to say in a statement.
Starz retains all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, »
Mila Kunis and Rob Zombie join forces on the Starz series Trapped Starz today announced the series development of Trapped in association with Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm Productions with Kunis (Black Swan, Ted, “Family Guy,” Jupiter Ascending) serving as Executive Producer alongside Rob Zombie (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), who will also…
- Max Evry
London — At the Production Guild of Great Britain’s annual awards on Saturday, Roy Button, executive VP and managing director, Warner Bros. Productions Ltd., received an award for his contribution to the industry. Variety spoke to him about his 46-year career.
Button started as a runner, rising up through the ranks of 1st and 2nd assistant director, production manager and producer. In his assistant director roles he worked with such filmmakers as Richard Attenborough (“Cry Freedom,” “Gandhi,” “A Bridge Too Far”), Steven Spielberg (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Empire of the Sun”), Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa”), Richard Marquand (“Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”) and Richard Donner (“Superman”).
As head of physical production for Warner Bros. Productions Ltd., Button is responsible for all the studio’s movies based out of the U.K., Europe, Africa and the Middle East. »
- Leo Barraclough
London — The U.K. production team behind Twentieth Century Fox Television’s TV series “24: Live Another Day” was named team of the year at the Production Guild of Great Britain awards on Saturday. The awards, which took place at The Grove in Hertfordshire, recognize achievements made by guild members working in film or television within the production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles.
The “24” team, which was led by producer and British Film Commission chairman Iain Smith, included unit production manager Kathy Nettleship, location manager Casper Mill and production accountant David Jones. “The production team delivered on every count, achieving a fast-paced, challenging shoot with precision. The speed of turnover of writing, shooting and going to air was unprecedented in British production with filming taking place around the clock and Fox’s U.S. air dates rolling as the team worked,” the guild said. »
- Leo Barraclough
Gambit: Marvel's Gambit, starring Channing Tatum (above in Jupiter Ascending) as a Southern cardshark and ladies' man with superpowers, now needs a new director. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler) has stepped aside, citing scheduling conflicts created when the start of production on the movie got pushed recently. It's not known what project Wyatt will be working on instead. Lea Seydoux is set to co-star with Tatum; filming is expected to begin in the early spring next year. [Deadline] Mary Poppins 2: We just heard that Disney is developing a sequel to 1964's Mary Poppins, and popular actresses are already being touted for the lead role. A new rumor suggests that Emily Blunt is "on Disney's radar" and "may even...
- Peter Martin
Gambit: Marvel's Gambit, starring Channing Tatum (above in Jupiter Ascending) as a Southern card shark and ladies' man with superpowers, now needs a new director. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler) has stepped aside, citing scheduling conflicts created when the start of production on the movie got pushed recently. It's not known what project Wyatt will be working on instead. Lea Seydoux is set to costar with Tatum; filming is expected to begin in the early...
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Producer Mairi Bett named Inspiration award winner.
Roy Button, Evp and MD at Warner Bros. Productions, is to receive the Production Guild Contribution to the Industry Award for his outstanding contribution to the development and sustainability of the UK film and TV industry.
The industry veteran will receive the honour at the Production Guild of Great Britain Awards, set to be held on Saturday (Sept 19) at The Grove, just outside of London.
The awards pay tribute to leading UK film and TV industry professionals working in production, locations, VFX, prod-production and assistant directing.
As head of physical production for Warner Bros. Productions, Button is responsible for all of the Us studio’s films based out of the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
He has also been the driving force for the studio’s investment in Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Europe’s largest studio and the production base for films including the Harry Potter franchise, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
After years of development, Channing Tatum's Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic finally seems to be moving forward, with The Tracking Board reporting that Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct. Peter Berg was attached to direct back in April, but dropped out for unknown reasons. Channing Tatum's longtime producing partner Reid Carolin wrote the original screenplay, but that will now be rewritten by Scott Silver (The Fighter).
Evel Knievel, born Robert Craig Knievel, became a world-famous stuntman and entertainer in the 1960s and 1970s. The performer got his start by jumping over crates of rattlesnakes and mountain lions to provide for his family. After performing on the state fair circuit in Indio, California, Evel Knievel suffered the first of his numerous injuries, which lead to his stunt troupe disbanding while he recuperated. He ended up going solo, jumping cars and other vehicles instead of animals, as he became a household name. »
The last few winners in this category have been of the period piece variety -- with sci-fi or action films sitting out of the winners circle since "Star Trek" and "The Wolfman" won back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. This year could very well mark a return in that regard if "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" delivers on what arguably is a frontrunner status at this point. History is on its side: This was actually the only category the last "Star Wars" was nominated in. But competition is already heavy. Period films like "Black Mass," "The Danish Girl," and "Carol" have impressive makeup and hairstyling, and "Mad Max: Fury Road" could give "Star Wars" competition from the action/sci-fi world (as could "Jupiter Ascending" if Oscar voters don't mind nominating a critically trashed film with good makeup and hairstyling -- they've done so in the past). We also haven't seen the likes of. »
- Peter Knegt
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters next year, kicking off the DC Comics cinematic universe, fans will be introduced to the new Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. Before the actress joins the rest of her new superhero friends in Justice League Part 1, she will star in her own stand alone Wonder Woman movie, set for release on June 23, 2017. Aside from Chris Pine, who is playing Wonder Woman's love interest, Steve Trevor, no other cast members or characters have been confirmed for that project yet. Today we have yet another unconfirmed rumor from Heroic Hollywood, which claims that Warner Bros. is eyeing Eva Green and Sean Bean for villainous roles. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
We might have dismissed it as "relentlessly dull", but Terminator Genisys has found a powerful fan: China. Even bad press can't penetrate the Great Firewall, apparently.
And this isn't the first time that a film has defied expectations on its journey eastwards. Come marvel at these unlikely Chinese hits. (If some of these figures look small, it's worth noting that the Chinese box office has grown exponentially over the last handful of years. Thanks to Box Office Mojo for all stats.)
Global box office: $57,497,699
Chinese box office: $7,936,392
Rotten Tomatoes: 14%
Filmgoers and Dragon Ball fans were equally turned off by this incomprehensible monster of a film. Even Chow Yun-fat and Spike from Buffy couldn't save it, so how Dragonball: Evolution became the tenth highest grossing film in China in 2009 we'll never know.
Global box office: $10,442,808
Chinese box office: $2,250,837
Rotten Tomatoes: 1%
Here's an equation even Stephen Hawking »
Fans have been wondering which comic book baddie Wonder Woman would be going up against in her solo movie outing, and now we might just have the identities of not 1 but 2 Very powerful villains that are bound to cause all sorts of problems for the Amazonian Princess - plus, we might know the actors that are on Warner Bros.' radar to play them. Heroic Hollywood's El Mayimbe just appeared on the Source Fed Nerd YouTube show and dropped the following info: According to him, Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones, Lord Of The Rings, Jupiter Ascending, Troy) is looking to add yet another legendary Greek character to his repertoire, as he's being looked at for the role of Ares, the God of War. Plus, none other than Eva Green (300: Rise Of An Empire, Dark Shadows, Casino Royale) is wanted to play long-time Wondy foe, Circe the Sorceress. Fans of »
For once, things were looking up for Terry Gilliam. His last movie “The Zero Theorem” received better notices on the whole than some of his previous pictures, and after years of seemingly fruitless questing, Amazon stepped up to finance his longtime passion project “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” and potentially other projects, including a miniseries version of his old script “The Defective Detective.” Read More: Interview: Terry Gilliam On Rewriting 'Don Quixote,' His Role In 'Jupiter Ascending' & Lacking Diplomacy And then he had to go and die! For about ten minutes. If you read Variety anyway: the trade accidentally published an obituary for the american Monty Python animator and filmmaking great yesterday, sparking a brief spout of Twitter panic and then a million jokes about dead parrots. Gilliam responded in typically hilarious fashion on his Facebook page, saying “I Apologize For Being Dead, especially to »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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