7 items from 2017
Scarlett Johansson says she thinks it isn’t “natural” to be a monogamous person.
The 32-year-old Ghost in The Shell actress, who quietly split from husband Roman Dauriac last summer, shares her opinions of marriage in a new interview in the March/April 2017 issue of Playboy magazine — which appears to have been conducted before news of the split surfaced in late January.
“I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing,” she says. “I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person. »
- Brianne Tracy
Universal’s reboot of Scarface will open on August 10, 2018. The studio already had RSVP’ed the date under untitled event film. The Coen brothers are rewriting the script, the studio said. The siblings won’t direct. Several filmmakers are up for the job, notably Hell or High Water‘s David Mackenzie and Patriots’ Day’s Peter Berg. It’s a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production, produced by Marc Shmuger (Lucy), Scott Stuber (Ted) and Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes… »
Mid-90s: Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea, above) is in talks to star in Mid-90s. Jonah Hill wrote the script and will make his feature directorial debut. The story follows a 12-year-old boy who must come of age while dealing with peer pressure from his skateboarding buddies in Los Angeles. If things work out, Williams will portray the boy's mother. [Deadline] Saw: Legacy: The next, secretive installment in the Saw horror franchise completed production in November and is now in post-production, according to a new report. Laura Vandervoort (Ted, above) and Hannah Anderson are the first cast members to be announced. It appears that Peter and Michael Spierig (Predestination) are directing the project, based on a script by Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg and...
- Peter Martin
The film — the first “Saw” title in seven years — is directed by the sibling team of Peter and Michael Spierig from a script by Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell. Producers are Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, and Oren Koules, the trio that has produced all eight films.
Lionsgate has long specialized in genre fare such as the “Saw” franchise, produced by Twisted Pictures. The original “Saw” cost $1.2 million in 2004 and was Wan’s feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Whannell with Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, and Whannell starring.
The seven “Saw” films grossed more than $870 million worldwide combined.
The franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the “Jigsaw Killer” or “Jigsaw, »
- Dave McNary
Oscar statue (Courtesy: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
By: Carson Blackwelder
We’re just hours away from finding out the nominations for the 2017 Oscars — but this year is going to be a little different. Instead of a decades-old tradition of delivering the nominations via a live ceremony with press and publicists in attendance, the Academy has a new format and will produce its own in-house announcement that will stream online and on Good Morning America. The super early reveal time, unfortunately, will be sticking around.
There are different ways of looking at this change in the process. It could be a way to go more digital and spread the nominations in a more efficient way or it is an opportunity for the Academy — specifically president Cheryl Boone Isaacs — to avoid having to confronting the press about how the nominations shake up. Before this modification takes hold, let’s look »
- Carson Blackwelder
Bryan Cranston was moving around the set like a lion on the prowl.
On a soundstage in Brooklyn on a late September morning, he was in his element, working on a tense, confrontational scene with actors he had handpicked for the drama series “Sneaky Pete,” which drops Jan. 13 on Amazon. With each take, Cranston changed his approach to the showdown among unsavory characters in the backroom of a seedy gambling joint in New York City. He added and subtracted menacing physical gestures, throaty snorts, and nervous laughter. He switched the path of his pacing around a large table. He massaged his monologue, adding pauses and changing the inflection of key words from a guttural whisper to an angry bark.
As he experimented through at least eight lengthy takes that morning, he held the rapt attention of everyone on the set. Actors who weren’t even in the scene gathered around the periphery to catch a master class »
- Cynthia Littleton
[[tmz:video id="0_dkbduqec"]] Bill and Hillary Clinton are clearly not satisfied with Donald Trump, but it's a good bet they were more than satisfied with the best fish in NYC. The former Prez and the former Prez candidate dined at Milos in Midtown, with good pals Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. They weren't much in the mood for chitchat as they left, but Ted spilled the beans on who paid. Hint ... it's someone with a steady job. Read »
- TMZ Staff
7 items from 2017
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