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Less than two weeks ago it was announced that James Foley was being targeted by Universal to steer the second instalment of its Twilight fan fiction franchise. As shocking as that rumored tidbit was, today’s news is even more jaw-dropping, as Variety reports that Foley has been “officially offered the job” to direct Fifty Shades Darker.
What strikes as odd is the masterful roster of work Foley has accumulated over the years: The chatterbox character piece Glengarry Glen Ross and Netflix’s powerhouse politico hit House of Cards to name but two of his recent successes. Earlier in his career he made a name cultivating character studies that spoke to a different clientele than the Fifty Shades demographic, with the likes of underrated ’80s classics After Dark, My Sweet and At Close Range.
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Nevertheless, Universal’s sights are on Foley for one reason or »
- Gem Seddon
Sitting around the table of The Hollywood Reporter's latest Emmy season chat are the writers behind some of the shows that have became breakout hits, critical darlings, and long running successes. Lee Daniels ("Empire"), Damon Lindelof ("The Leftovers"), Alex Gansa ("Homeland"), Michelle King ("The Good Wife"), Sarah Treem ("The Affair"), and Beau Willimon ("House of Cards") all participate in a fascinating discussion that's well worth the seventy minute sit down. Read More: 10 Essential Films About 20th Century Writers A large portion of the opening finds the group diving into how they handle criticism, and what their thoughts are on creating in an era when each episode of show gets reviewed. From there the conversation turns to tackling controversial issues, clashing with the writers room, embracing diversity, and more. It's a great talk, and a real insight into the mechanics of writing for the small screen. Watch it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Netflix's new drama Narcos is a nimble, impressive series. But how does it stack up against Netflix's other originals? For these purposes, we included only new or current series, and excluded stand-up specials, movies, and shows designed for children. This list also excludes shows Netflix saved or revived from cancellation: no Arrested Development (would have ranked highly!), no The Killing (uh, would not have ranked highly), no Trailer Park Boys, no Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp does qualify, however, because it's not a continuation of an extant television series. In a lot of ways, House of Cards seems like it should be Netflix's signature show: It's the most prestigious, with the most previously famous cast and pedigree, and it made such a splash when it debuted in 2013. And yet, looking at the overall landscape of the shows that have come to »
- Margaret Lyons
Deadline Hollywood first reported that Foley was a front-runner for “Fifty Shades Darker” and sources now tell Variety that negotiations are expected to start shortly. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are attached to reprise their roles, with author E.L. James, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, penned the script.
Execs had been meeting with directors over the past several months since Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the first film in the trilogy, announced that she would not be returning to helm.
Production will begin in the first quarter of 2016, with the film set to bow on Feb. 14, 2017. Casting should get under way once Foley’s deal is worked out.
Foley directed several stylish dramas in the 1980s and ’90s, »
- Justin Kroll
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will appear on the second week of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” CBS announced Monday. Other guests for week two will include “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey, “Everest” star Jake Gyllenhaal, and Oscar nominee Naomi Watts. Colbert will also speak with Un Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Us Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is due to appear on “The Late Show” during Colbert’s first week on the air ahead of Sanders. Bush will join George Clooney and musical guest Kendrick Lamar for the premiere episode. »
- Joe Otterson
Wait — does the ‘N’ in TNT stand for ‘November’?
The cabler is using the eleventh month to kick off the debut of the Sharon Stone-starrer Agent X and the returns of Legends and The Librarians. (As previously reported by TVLine, Major Crimes‘ expanded Season 4 resumes on Nov. 2.)
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The action-drama Agent X kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9/8c. Jeff Hephner (Chicago Fire) and Gerald McRaney (House of Cards) co-star in the series about America’s first female vice president (Stone), who learns her job comes with »
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here's the 4th part of its annual Emmy season roundtable chats that we all love so much, released leading up to the September 20 Primetime Emmys this fall. Today's hour-long conversation features the writers, including Lee Daniels (Fox's "Empire"); Damon Lindelof (HBO's "The Leftovers"); Alex Gansa (Showtime's "Homeland"); Michelle King (CBS' "The Good Wife"); Sarah Treem (Showtime's "The Affair"); and Beau Willimon (Netflix's "House of Cards"). In the "raw, uncensored" conversation, the writers speak candidly about everything (almost) you'd want to know about the business, from »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here's the 4th part of its annual Emmy season roundtable chats that we all love so much, released leading up to the September 20 Primetime Emmys this fall. Today's hour-long conversation features the writers, including Lee Daniels (Fox's "Empire"); Damon Lindelof (HBO's "The Leftovers"); Alex Gansa (Showtime's "Homeland"); Michelle King (CBS' "The Good Wife"); Sarah Treem (Showtime's "The Affair"); and Beau Willimon (Netflix's "House of Cards"). In the "raw, uncensored" conversation, the writers speak candidly about everything (almost) you'd want to know about the business, from a hit-show writer's Pov. For example, a snip of Daniels' contribution: "There was a character that I wrote into the original pilot who was Hakeem's love interest, a mother figure, [played by] Macy Gray... There was a love scene, and [network executives] said, 'This is too...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Rudnitsky, 25, was featured this summer in Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival as part of its New Faces showcase. He previously won the Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl college comedy competition in 2012. He’s a New Jersey native who graduated from USC.
- Variety Staff
It may have stumbled at the North American box office with just $89.5 million, but Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ Terminator Genisys has pushed its worldwide gross to $409.5 million, topping the international box office for the second weekend in a row thanks to its continued strong performance in China.
This weekend saw Genisys adding a further $23.6 million from 25 markets, with $23.4 million of that coming from China, where it has so far earned $82.8 million since it debuted last Sunday and scored the fourth-biggest ever opening day for a Hollywood movie.
Before its opening in China, Genisys had been perceived as a box office flop, but is now closing in on Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ $433.4 million gross, which would place it second behind Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($519.8 million) in terms of the franchise’s biggest earners.
Oh, and it’s also the tenth-biggest movie of 2015. So, how long until we get confirmation on a sequel? »
- Gary Collinson
Officially over — for now. Robin Wright and Ben Foster have called off their engagement for the second time, Us Weekly can confirm. A source tells Us that the couple split again a few months ago. “They gave it another go,” the insider notes, “but were still having the same issues.” The House of Cards actress, 49, and Foster met on the set of their 2011 drama Rampart and got engaged in January 2014. They split that November, but reconciled in January 2015. "She got swept up in the [...] »
Black Widow can punch explosions.
Fantastic…Bore. Fantastic…Fourth Worst Movie Ever Made. Fantastic…4%. Or, as some have taken to calling it, just ‘Four’.
It was the fail story of the Summer, with Twentieth Century Fox’s tentpole superhero blockbuster bombing so hard at the box office, it took out a five-mile stretch of Odeons in the Greater Bexleyheath area. In the September edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, Oli Davis, Rebecca Perfect, Luke Owen and Kat Kourbeti discuss the problems with the movie, the practice of entrusting $100million+ franchises with young, independent filmmakers (think Gareth Edwards on Godzilla and Colin Treverrow on Jurassic World), and who is really to blame for the movie’s failure – Fantastic Four’s director Josh Trank, or the studio that allegedly hamstrung his production?
Fantastic Four also gets to be the first film receiving the Best Bad Reviews treatment – our new series that »
- Oli Davis
Already shaking up TV with the likes of House of Cards, the on-demand pioneer is to unveil its move into film production
Like a heavenly body twinkling down from another time and galaxy, the Venice film festival still beams out the glamour of the old world. From its first incarnation in 1932, when the likes of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, James Cagney, Ronald Colman and Joan Crawford, not to mention Boris Karloff, sipped drinks on the terrace of the Excelsior in the Lido, the festival has offered the perfect gilded backdrop for the shiny hoopla of film promotion.
This summer, however, the future is coming to the lagoon city and to the longest-established of all film festivals. As a billboard-sized sign of things to come, Netflix, one of the new breed of video-on-demand services, is bringing its first in-house production, Beasts of No Nation, to open at Venice 3 September. It stars »
- Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media correspondent
Has yet another Hollywood romance crumbled like a "House of Cards"?
According to People, the on-again, off-again couple split quietly "a few months ago."
Photos: Stars Who Split In 2015
They first got engaged in early 2014 and broke it off that November, but reunited in January and attended the Golden Globes together – where Robin was ...
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Robin Wright and Ben Foster have broken up and called off their engagement for the second time. The Princess Bride and House of Cards star had confirmed in January 2014 she and the X-Men actor were set to marry. E! News learned in November of that year that the two had split. In January of this year, Wright and Foster reunited at the 2015 Golden Globes. On Saturday, E! News learned the two split and called off their engagement a few months ago. Wright, 49, and Foster, 34, have not commented. People had earlier reported that their engagement was off again. The two met on the set of the movie Rampart, which was released in 2011, and began dating months later. After »
In her long and celebrated career, Polish writer-director Agnieszka Holland has written films for legendary helmers such as Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski, and garnered Oscar and Emmy nominations for films like “Europa, Europa” as well as series such as “Treme.” This year, Holland earned raves for directing episodes of “House of Cards.” But it was her work on the Polish omnibus film “Pictures of Life” in 1976 that brought her first mention in Variety.
Your section in “Pictures of Life” is one of nine short films. Was it a big step in your career?
In 1976 Andrzej Wajda was the most talented director working in Poland, and he became head of a creative group that he called “X.” After 1970, there was a liberalization, so he had a large degree of freedom of development, but (the shorts) still had to pass through official censorship and communist party censorship. Most of Wajda’s »
- Steven Gaydos
The first international trailer for the indie comedy-drama Nasty Baby has arrived online, and you can view it in the player below….
Nasty Baby tells the the story of “a gay Brooklyn couple, Freddy and his boyfriend Mo, who enlist their best friend, Polly, to help them have a baby. As you might imagine it’s a complex arrangement, but things take a darker turn when an aggressive man from neighborhood gets involved.”
Kristen Wiig (Diary of a Teenage Girl) stars in the film alongside director Sebastian Silva (Magic Magic), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Tunde Adebimpe (Rachel Getting Married), Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards) and Anthony Chisolm (Premium Rush).
Released by The Orchard, Nasty Baby has yet to be given a official Us release date.
- Scott J. Davis
uInterview caught up with the House of Cards star Sakina Jaffrey on the red carpet at the premiere of Learning to Drive. Sakina Jaffrey On Mindy Kaling Jaffrey told uInterview that we can look forward to seeing her in another streaming hit – this time on Hulu. “My new project is that I’m playing Mindy Kaling’s mom on The […]
As the Emmys approach (September 20), Vulture reached out to some of the nominees to talk about the episodes they submitted for consideration. Today, House of Cards' Michael Kelly walks us through Doug Stamper's season-three transformation, and the day he found out he was nominated for his first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The Episode: "Chapter 27" Going into House of Cards' third season, fans were left with a crucial cliff-hanger: Was Doug Stamper alive? We last saw Frank Underwood's chief of staff and go-to henchman lying in the middle of the woods, having been bludgeoned with a rock by his captive, Rachel Posner, and presumably left for dead. The season opener revealed that while Stamper had survived the attack, he'd suffered a severe brain injury that would require months of rehabilitation away from the White House corruption he thrived on. The blow to his »
- Dee Lockett
At Monday's cocktail reception for Emmy nominees hosted by the Performers Peer Group of the TV academy, we chatted with Best Drama Guest Actress contender Rachel Brosnahan (“House of Cards") on the red carpet about being in an Emmy race for the first time. Watch our fun interview below. -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions For Brosnahan, the nomination was “very shocking." As she explains, “it was never going to happen, I was not expecting this.” Although she has been busy since her exit from "House of Cards," she readily admits, “to play this beautifully complex woman was a dream come true.” When Gold Derby spoke with her in June she told us that she was as shocked as the audience would be about the death of her character. “I had no idea I was making a grand exit until I turned up for the table reading. »
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