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Judi Dench, Leslie Mann and Dan Stevens to lead cast in ‘Blithe Spirit’

Judi Dench, Leslie Mann and Dan Stevens are all set to lead the cast in an adaptation of Noel Coward’s play ‘Blithe Spirit’.

Directed by Edward Hall and written by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth, Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum, Confessions of a Shopaholic), Julian Rhind-Tut (Rush, Stardust), Emilia Fox, Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), James Fleet (Outlander, Four Weddings and a Funeral) all join Dench, Mann and Stevens on the reimaging of Coward’s classic comedy, about love that just won’t die…

The story follows Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Stevens), struggling with catastrophic writer’s block and a stressful deadline for his first screenplay. His picture-perfect second wife Ruth (Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood.

Charles’ desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite Madame Arcati (Dench), a medium recently exposed as a fraud,
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Harmony Korine’s 'The Beach Bum' lands UK and Ireland deal with Blue Finch (exclusive)

Harmony Korine’s 'The Beach Bum' lands UK and Ireland deal with Blue Finch (exclusive)
The film premiered at SXSW in March.

Harmony Korine’s comedy The Beach Bum, starring Matthew McConaughey, has secured a UK and Ireland theatrical deal with nascent distributor Blue Finch Film Releasing.

Rocket Science is handling international sales on the film, which premiered at SXSW in March and was then released in North American by Neon where it has grossed $3.5m to date.

Korine’s sixth feature, and his first since 2012 hit Spring Breakers, follows the misadventures of the rogueish Moondog (McConaughey) around the tropics of Cuba and Florida. Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill and Martin Lawrence co-star.
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‘Blithe Spirit’ With Judi Dench, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher Scores International Sales

  • Variety
Filming has started on “Blithe Spirit,” an adaptation of Noel Coward’s classic comedy about love that just won’t die. Judi Dench, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens are among the cast in the picture, which is helmed by Edward Hall (“Downton Abbey”). Protagonist has closed a raft of pre-sales on the project, which was previously adapted for the screen by David Lean in 1945.

Other cast members in the movie from Fred Films, Powder Keg Pictures, British Lion Films, Align Pictures and Protagonist Pictures include Leslie Mann, Julian Rhind-Tut, Emilia Fox, Dave Johns, and James Fleet.

The story tracks crime writer Charles (Stevens), who is struggling with writer’s block and a deadline for his first screenplay. His second wife, Ruth (Fisher), is doing her best to keep him focused in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. When Charles invites medium Madame Arcati (Dench) to perform a séance,
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Studiocanal acquires 'Blithe Spirit' for UK, Leslie Mann joins cast

Principal photography has now started on the project, which is directed by Edward Hall.

Studiocanal has acquired UK rights to Edward Hall’s Blithe Spirit, an adaptation of Noel Coward’s 1941 play, from Protagonist Pictures.

Leslie Mann has also joined the previously announced Judi Dench, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens in the cast, which also includes Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Dave Johns and James Fleet.

Principal photography has now started on the project, which is written by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth. It is shooting in and around London.

London-based Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide rights on the
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‘Blithe Spirit’: StudioCanal Among Buyers Of Comedy With Dan Stevens & Judi Dench, Shoot Under Way

  • Deadline
Principal photography is under way in UK on comedy feature Blithe Spirit, starring Dan Stevens (Beauty And The Beast), Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum), Julian Rhind-Tut (Rush), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Dave Johns, James Fleet (Outlander) and Judi Dench (Skyfall). As we revealed yesterday, Leslie Mann (This is 40) has also joined in a lead role.

StudioCanal has acquired the film for the UK with Protagonist also closing several territories in Cannes including Australia/New Zealand (Transmission), Spain (A Contracorriente), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Latin America (Cinepolis), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Cis/Baltics (Paradise), Eastern Europe (M2), Greece/Cyprus (Tanweer), Israel (Forum Films), Philippines (Pioneer), Taiwan (Cai Chang), the Middle East (Front Row), South Africa (Empire) and Airlines (Echo Lake).

Edward Hall (Downton Abbey) is directing from Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth’s adaptation of the Noel Coward play about best-selling crime novelist Charles (Stevens) who is struggling with
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Leslie Mann Joins Adaptation of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit'

Leslie Mann Joins Adaptation of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit'
Leslie Mann has joined the all-star cast of Blithe Spirit, based on the renowned play by Noel Coward.

Mann joins Dan Stevens (Legion), Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum), Julian Rhind-Tut (Rush), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Judi Dench (Philomena) in the film, being directed by Edward Hall (Downton Abbey) from a script by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth. Production has begun.

The re-imagining of Cowards's classic comedy sees Stevens playing a best-selling crime novelist struggling with catastrophic writer’s block whose desperate search for ...
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Leslie Mann To Star In Noel Coward Adaptation ‘Blithe Spirit’

  • Deadline
Leslie Mann To Star In Noel Coward Adaptation ‘Blithe Spirit’
Exclusive: Leslie Mann is set to star as Elvira in Blithe Spirit, the adaptation of the 1941 Noel Coward play that already had Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench set to star, and Ed Hall to direct the script by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth.

The new film re-imagines the Coward play, as a writer of bestselling crime novels invites an eccentric mystic to his home in hopes of curing a terrible case of writer’s block he encounters as he tries to finish his first screenplay. That block isn’t helped much when the mystic contacts the spirit of his first wife. David Lean directed the first film adaptation of the play in 1945.

Producers are Fisherman’s Friends trio James Spring, Leonard, and Moorcroft, alongside Hilary Bevan Jones, Peter Snell and Tuni Pinnolis. The project is a Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures production in association with British Lion Films.
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Camila Cabello’s Retelling of ‘Cinderella’ Gets 2021 Release Date

  • The Wrap
Camila Cabello’s Retelling of ‘Cinderella’ Gets 2021 Release Date
Kay Cannon’s retelling of the classic “Cinderella” tale, starring Camila Cabello, will be released on February 5, 2021, Sony Pictures announced on Thursday.

Cabello is set to make her feature acting debut in the film written and directed by Cannon (“Blockers”). James Corden will produce alongside Leo Pearlman through their Fulwell 73 banner.

Corden came up with the original idea, and Cabello will also be involved with original music for the film. Details on the storyline are being kept under wraps, but it will focus on an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow.

Also Read: Camila Cabello to Make Feature Acting Debut in New 'Cinderella' Movie

Cabello was part of the girl group Fifth Harmony before departing and pursuing a solo career. Her 2018 single “Havana” was a massive hit, and became Spotify’s most-streamed song ever by a female solo artist. She is represented by Wme and Roger Gold.
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Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann’s Daughter Maude Is All Grown Up at the Premiere of New Show Euphoria

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann’s Daughter Maude Is All Grown Up at the Premiere of New Show Euphoria
Maude Apatow is all grown up and making her own stamp on Hollywood.

The daughter of comedy heavyweights Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, Maude, 21, stepped out on the red carpet on Tuesday night for the Los Angeles premiere of her new HBO show Euphoria.

The young actress wore a pale blue pleated dress with sequins as she smiled at the cameras. This is far from Maude’s first TV or film gig — she appeared in her parents’ 2012 comedy This is 40 alongside her little sister, Iris, as well as in their 2007 film Knocked Up — but it is her first leading role.
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Glen Powell to Star in Stx Comedy ‘I Want to F*** Your Brother’

  • Variety
Glen Powell to Star in Stx Comedy ‘I Want to F*** Your Brother’
Glen Powell is set to star in the Stx comedy “I Want to F*** Your Brother,” sources tell Variety.

The pic is a co-production between Stx and Mwm Studios and a reimagining of the 2007 Black List script that was formerly set up at Paramount. Stx Entertainment bought the property for Powell, with “The Other Woman” scribe Melissa Stack attached to rewrite and direct. Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch from Escape Artists will produce.

The story follows a buttoned-up lawyer who gets her black sheep younger brother a summer job at her New York law firm. He quickly becomes the toast of the town — and the object of desire of the powerful women they work for.

Powell starred opposite Zoey Deutch this summer’s surprise hit “Set it Up” for Netflix and will reteam with Deutch for the comedy “Most Dangerous Game.” He is currently filming the Jerry Bruckheimer
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Brendan Fraser Used to Kiss Leslie Mann "On the Lips" Every Morning On Set: "I Was in Love With Him!"

Brendan Fraser Used to Kiss Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann never told Brendan Fraser about her late '90s crush. But the cat's out of the bag in this clip from Wednesday's Busy Tonight, which sees Leslie waxing nostalgic about early mornings on set with her George of the Jungle co-star, who apparently used to greet her with a casual lip-kiss before getting into costume. "Every morning before work we were in the hair and makeup trailer getting ready. And he would come in and kiss me on the lips," she tells host Busy Philipps with an ear-to-ear grin. "Just like, 'Good morning!' And kiss. You know, like he's European or something." Leslie got used to those morning smooches—earlier in the clip, the actor...
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Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery & Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Natalie Krinsky’s Romantic Comedy ‘The Broken Heart Gallery’ – Cannes

Geraldine Viswanathan, Dacre Montgomery & Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Natalie Krinsky’s Romantic Comedy ‘The Broken Heart Gallery’ – Cannes
Miracle Workers’ Geraldine Viswanathan, Stranger ThingsDacre Montgomery and Pitch Perfect’s Utkarsh Ambudkar are to star in Selena Gomez-exec produced romantic comedy The Broken Heart Gallery. The feature is the directorial debut of Gossip Girl writer Natalie Krinsky.

Jesse Shapira, David Gross and Jeff Arkuss of Room producer No Trace Camping are producing with Juno and 500 Days of Summer producer Mason Novick, while Gomez and her mother Mandy Teefey, who are behind Netflix breakout 13 Reasons Why, are exec producing with Josh Clay Phillips.

Endeavor Content is to launch sales of the film at Cannes and are handling worldwide sales with Jamie Feldman of Lgnafc. Production starts in August.

The Broken Heart Gallery follows Lucy, played by Viswanathan, a born collector, who suffers a bad break up with her boyfriend, played by Ambudkar, who also happens to be her boss at the Whitney Museum. Unsure of what to
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John Cena in talks for Suicide Squad sequel

Actor-wrestler John Cena is circling a role in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel. According to sources, Cena is in talks to join actors Idris Elba and Margot Robbie in the follow-up to 2016's Suicide Squad, reports variety.com. Robbie is set to return as Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney is back as Captain Boomerang.? It was first reported that the studio Warner Bros decided to have Elba play a brand-new character instead of taking on Deadshot, a character portrayed by actor Will Smith in the first film.?

It's currently unknown who Cena and Elba will be playing.

James Gunn will write and direct the movie. It is scheduled to hit the theatres on August 6, 2021.

The film will mark Cena's first comic-book role. Cena made his foray into acting after years as one of the top WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) stars.?

Cena's latest big-screen roles include Blockers, alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz.
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John Cena Eyed for ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel (Exclusive)

  • Variety
John Cena Eyed for ‘Suicide Squad’ Sequel (Exclusive)
The time may be now for John Cena to join the “Suicide Squad” sequel.

Sources tell Variety that Cena is in talks to join Idris Elba and Margot Robbie in Warner Bros.’ follow-up to 2016’s “Suicide Squad.”

Robbie is returning as Harley Quinn and Jai Courtney is back as Captain Boomerang. Variety first reported that the studio decided to have Elba play a brand-new character instead of taking on Deadshot, a character portrayed by Will Smith in the first film. It’s currently unknown who Cena and Elba will be playing.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

James Gunn will write and direct the movie, which is expected to go into production this fall. The tentpole hits theaters on Aug. 6, 2021.

The original “Suicide Squad” — starring Smith, Robbie and Jared Leto — became a massive box office sensation when it hit theaters in 2016, grossing $746.8 million worldwide.

The film will mark Cena’s first comic-book role.
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Michael Fassbender’s DMC Signs First Look Deal With Brian Oliver’s New Republic

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Michael Fassbender’s DMC Signs First Look Deal With Brian Oliver’s New Republic
Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan’s production company DMC has signed a first-look production deal with Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures (Nrp).

Producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough are joining the new partnership with Nrp.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Michael, Conor and Dmc Film,” Oliver and Nrp vice president of production and acquisition, Angus Sutherland, said in a statement. “At Nrp we strive to align ourselves with partners who are looking to broaden their influence on the industry in innovative ways. Dmc Film embodies this fully and continues to produce dynamic and compelling projects for audiences across the globe. We look forward to this next chapter together.”

Also Read: Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Michael Fassbender in 'Kung Fury'

Fassbender added, “At Dmc, we work on ambitious and authored projects with bold and original filmmakers. It’s so exciting to have found the ideal Us partners in Brian,
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Film News Roundup: Leslie Jones, Kristen Bell Starring in Coupon Story ‘Queenpins’

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Leslie Jones, Kristen Bell Starring in Coupon Story ‘Queenpins’
In today’s film news roundup, Leslie Jones and Kristen Bell get roles in “Queenpins,” “Sing 2” gets a new date and Sid Ganis launches a U.S.-China project.

Castings

Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones and Kristen Bell are attached to star as Phoenix housewives in “Queenpins.”

The story centers on creation of a scheme to counterfeit coupons, leaving the housewives with $40 million coupon cartel. The team of Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, who directed “Beneath The Harvest Sky,” have been attached to direct from their own script.

Linda McDonough is producing. CAA is shopping the package. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Date Changes

Universal has moved back Illumination’s “Sing 2” from Dec. 25, 2020, to July 2, 2021, and placed DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods 2” on Dec. 23, 2020.

Sing 2” is being directed again by Garth Jennings. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll
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‘Sing 2’ To Croon Summer 2021; ‘The Croods 2’ Moves To Holiday Season 2020

  • Deadline
Universal Pictures had release date changes for two animation sequels today: Illumination Entertainment’s Sing 2 will now open on Friday July 2, 2021 instead of its original Dec. 23, 2020 release date. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods 2 will take over that Dec. 23 date and relinquish its Friday, Sept. 18 2020 opening date.

In Sing 2, the performing animals of the $634.1M global grossing hit, Buster, Meena, Rosita, Gunter, Johnny and Ash prepare for a bigger stage as they leave Moon Theater for the big city. Writer/director Garth Jennings returns along with voiceover stars Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll and Tori Kelly.

Croods 2 which was in and out of development as Dwa settled in at Universal, will now open in the wake of Disney/Fox’s Avatar 2 on Dec. 18, competing against an untitled Disney live action movie on Dec. 23, an untitled Paramount/Skydance feature, and an untitled WB event movie.
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‘Welcome to Marwen’ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Steve Carell, Eiza González, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Janelle Monáe | Written by Caroline Thompson, Robert Zemeckis | Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis’ recent cinematic entities have entailed one single word if anything else is “mediocre”. The one-time directing king of spectacle with Cast Away, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump etc., has, in the last decade, delivered slog after slog in the likes of underwhelming pictures in Allied, Beowulf, Flight, The Walk and now Welcome to Marwen. A living breathing tragedy of a film if ever you’re unfortunate to witness one develop in front of your eyes. Zemeckis latest is a masterclass of how to convey every sense of the phrase “tone-deaf” into the medium of film. An absolute disaster from start to finish with one of the most truly painful performances I’ve had to endure in Steve Carell in his constant need for attention in the dramatic sense of performance.
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Camila Cabello to Star in New ‘Cinderella’ Movie for Sony

  • Variety
Camila Cabello to Star in New ‘Cinderella’ Movie for Sony
Singer-songwriter Camila Cabello will star in writer-director Kay Cannon’s re-telling of “Cinderella” for Sony Pictures.

Cabello will be involved in the music for the project, which grew out of an original idea from James Corden. The film will be produced by Corden and Leo Pearlman through their Fulwell73 banner.

The new “Cinderella” will be a music-oriented version of the traditional tale of the orphaned girl with an evil stepmother. Sony is putting the project on the fast track for production.

The best-known “Cinderella” movies been Disney’s animated drama, released in 1950, and two live-action remakes: 1997’s version starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, and the 2015 film with Lily James. The latter grossed $543 million worldwide.

Cuban native Cabello, who was part of Fifth Harmony before going solo, hit superstar status last year with her single “Havana” and her debut album “Camilla,” which debuted at No. 1 on 110 different iTunes charts around the world.
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Camila Cabello to Make Feature Acting Debut in New ‘Cinderella’ Movie

  • The Wrap
Camila Cabello to Make Feature Acting Debut in New ‘Cinderella’ Movie
Camila Cabello will make her feature acting debut in a reimagining of “Cinderella,” which James Corden will be producing.

Kay Cannon (“Blockers”) will write direct the new take of the classic fairytale for Sony’s Columbia label. Corden came up with the original idea. Leo Pearlman will also produce with Corden through their Fulwell 73 banner.

Cabello will also be involved with original music for the film.

See Video: Camila Cabello Performs 'Havana' Using Toys With Jimmy Fallon & The Roots

Sony is putting the project on the fast-track for production. Details on the storyline are being kept under wraps.

Cabello was part of the girl group Fifth Harmony before her solo career and had a massive hit with her single “Havana,” which became Spotify’s most-streamed song ever by a female solo artist. She is represented by Wme and Roger Gold.

Also Read: Grammys 2018: Watch Camila Cabello Deliver
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