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Rapper Jay Z and actor Will Smith are teaming up to produce a miniseries for HBO that will tell the story of Emmett Till and the effect it had on the Civil Rights Movement. Emmett Till Miniseries Jay Z and Smith, who worked together on 2014’s Annie remake, will be joined in producing the untitled […]
- Chelsea Regan
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming with Aaron Kaplan to produce an HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the African American teenager who was tragically and brutally murdered in 1955 for reportedly asking a white woman on a date.
After allegedly flirting with a 21-year-old white co-owner of a Mississippi grocery store, Carolyn Bryant, Till was killed when Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, showed up at the house of the 14-year-old teen’s great uncle and took him away, gouged out one of his eyes, shot him in the head and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River. Till’s family had an open-casket funeral so everyone could see the brutal attack on his body.
Jay Brown and James Lassiter will also serve as exec producers, alongside Jay-z, Smith and Kaplan. Kaplan originally pitched the idea to the A-list duo, who immediately jumped at the chance to tell the story. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Jay Z and Will Smith will executive produce an upcoming HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, a teenager whose death in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement. A writer is currently being sought for the project that is in "active development," Deadline reports, with the as-yet-untitled miniseries expected to run six hours.
Till was 14 years old when he was brutally murdered in Mississippi after allegedly flirting with a married white woman. The two men charged in Till's killing were later acquitted; they would eventually admit to slaying the teenager but avoided further prosecution. »
On the heels of their collaboration last year for the musical Annie, Jay Z and Will Smith are teaming up once again: They've signed on to executive-produce a mini-series about Emmett Till for HBO. In 1955, 14-year-old Till was lynched by a white mob in Mississippi in what's known as one of America's most brutal hate crimes. His mother famously had an open-casket funeral for her son so that newspapers would print photos of the gruesome nature of Till's attack. Till's killers were acquitted but later confessed to murdering the teen. Smith and Jay Z, along with Jay Brown, James Lassiter, and Aaron Kaplan, will bring "an immersive and in depth exploration" of Till's story to HBO for what's expected to be a six-hour series. So far the mini-series is untitled and has no writers onboard. Also in the works are two competing Emmett Till movies: one spearheaded by Roger »
- Dee Lockett
"Trainwreck," the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, examines the plight of one snarly woman as she exits her familiar world of sexual freedom and hangovers for a detour into serious romance. Though several eye-popping cameos and supporting performances buttress the film, Schumer's performance is the acting triumph of "Trainwreck." Without her shaky conscience and burgeoning sense of fulfillment, the movie's conventional story might feel staid. Thankfully, it's anything but. Schumer's performance marks a welcome addition to cinema's long line of strident, hilarious female protagonists. We're celebrating that lineage with a list: the 20 best female-driven comedies ever. Some are old and some are new, but all are marked by a degree of cosmopolitan fun and nerviness -- and the occasional slap from Cher. 20. "How to Marry a Millionaire" We remember Lauren Bacall as a glamor girl with a damning grimace, but let's start revising that narrative to include her chops as a comic force. »
- Louis Virtel
Cara Delevingne has been making music with her girlfriend. The model-turned-actress - who is dating St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark - is keen to establish her acting career before officially branching out into music, but has been working hard in the recording studio behind the scenes. A source said: ''Cara's recorded music with Pharrell Williams and she's working and writing with her girlfriend Annie. ''Once Cara finds success in her acting career, she'll be ready to share her songs with the world.'' The 22-year-old beauty recently spoke publicly about her relationship for the first time, and friends say she wants everyone to know what a ''positive'' effect Annie has on her. The source said: ''Cara has been with guys and girls and could have chosen to hide this side of herself. ''But she can't live a lie, especially when Annie has made her so happy. ''Cara wants the world »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Cameron Diaz’s new role isn’t in front of a camera! A source tells Us Weekly the actress is taking a year off from making movies to "be a wife and try to have a baby" with husband of five months, Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden. "All she wants is to stay home and enjoy this special time in her life," the source reveals. Although the 42-year-old raked in $18 million in 2014 from films such as Sex Tape, The Other Woman, and the musical adaption of Annie, "she [...] »
Informative interview with Abu Dhabi-based arts and culture magazine The National, which sheds some additional light on this project I alerted you to in February, but didn't have enough information on at the time, and my email to the production company went unanswered... First, a quick recap... Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has partnered up with Barajoun Entertainment, a Dubai-based animation and visual effects studio, to produce and star in its first feature film production. The "Lost," "Annie" (and more) star voices the lead character in an animated feature film titled "Bilal," which will be unlike anything produced in the region to date. "The »
- Tambay A. Obenson
I’m “biast” (con): …but have not been a fan of her movies
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Director Paul Feig has made some very bad movies with Melissa McCarthy. The Heat and Bridesmaids were popular, this is true, but they were also cruel and unforgivably unfair to the women they were about. I console myself with the thought, however unlikely it may be, that it was McCarthy’s irrepressible charm and inherent likability, even amidst all the abuse she was forced to endure, that drew moviegoers to her (as well as to the other women featured in these films, of course).
But now, Feig — also taking on the screenwriting task — has made »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The project had originally been centered on on a consistently unlucky man whose streak of bad luck continues when everyone in his small town wins the lottery except for him. Disney has decided to make the protagonist female with Martin Hynes rewriting.
The project is based on a 2012 New York Times article by Suzanne Daley about a tiny town in Spain named Sodeto in which every cititzen but one contributed to the national lottery and won a $950 million dollar jackpot.
- Dave McNary
A couple of projects scored impressive directors today.
The story follows "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald in the last years of his life when he came to Hollywood to start anew as a screenwriter in 1937. Troubled with poor health, finances, and a wife committed to an asylum, his time in Los Angeles did not go well. This is juxtaposed with flashbacks to his early days as a literary king.
The lead character has also changed gender, with the story now following a consistently unlucky woman whose streak of bad luck continues when »
- Garth Franklin
The pic, which was originally written for a male lead and titled Lucky Guy but is being retooled to feature a female protagonist, centers on a perpetually unlucky young woman who is flabbergasted when everyone in her small town wins a lottery apart from her. However, this apparent misfortune turns out to leave her as the only person standing between her town and total disaster.
Gluck is helping scribe Martin Hynes to rewrite the pic for a female lead. He’s uniquely qualified for the gig, given his killer breakthrough Easy A, which proved a star-making vehicle for Emma Stone, and crowd-pleasing comedy Friends with Benefits, which featured Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake.
Annie was an absolute train-wreck and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back in January, 300: Rise Of An Empire’s Noam Murro signed on to direct Blink, which promises to be a tricky thriller script with challenging central roles. Jamie Foxx has made a deal for one of the leads.Hernany Perla’s script follows what happens when a man is left paralysed after a famous and still-unsolved bank robbery. When criminals kidnap him and hold him hostage, determined to pry the secrets of the incident out of his head, he’s forced to outwit his captors. The twist is that he can only control his eyes, and he’s got to figure out the big mystery of the heist. He’s helped by a caregiver (Foxx) who initially seems to have our hero’s best interests at heart but secretly has his own agenda. Is he trying to hoard hospital jelly? It’s probably more sinister than that.Foxx, who »
More movie news coming at you from this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Blink tells the story of a hospital caregiver (Foxx) taking care of a patient who was a victim of a bank robbery, but has his ulterior motives.
The actor-singer also revealed that he is releasing his fifth album Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses on Monday, May 18. His last album was in 2010 with Best Night of My Life.
Foxx defended his performance, telling people to calm down.
"Well, here's the thing with it," he said. "First of all, »
Jamie Foxx has been cast in director Noam Murro’s heist movie Blink. Foxx, whose most recent roles include Horrible Bosses 1 & 2, Annie and Django Unchained, will play a hospital caregiver whose patient is the victim of a bank robbery who it turns out has ulterior motives. Murro recently directed 300: Rise Of An Empire. Blink was a 2014 Black List script by Hernany Perla. Production is expected to begin this fall with Atlas Entertainment's William Green and Aaron Ginsburg… »
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