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Andy Muschietti Promises a Darker, Much Scarier ‘It: Chapter 2’

Andy Muschietti Promises a Darker, Much Scarier ‘It: Chapter 2’
Director Andy Muschietti is set to begin filming It: Chapter 2 this coming July in Toronto, with Gary Dauberman currently working on the script. Jessica Chastain has been confirmed as our adult Beverly Marsh, with Bill Hader in talks to play adult Richie Tozier and James McAvoy likely playing adult Bill Denbrough. As if last year’s ’80s-set It wasn’t scary enough, Muschietti just […]
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It Director Promises The Sequel Will Be Scarier And More Intense

With Andy Muschietti and Gary Dauberman back behind the lens as director and screenwriter, respectively, not to mention the fact that the prolific Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee have agreed to leverage producing duties between them, It: Chapter Two is fast beginning to fall into place.

Story-wise, those of you familiar with Stephen King’s horror opus will know that the sequel plans to whisk viewers back to the future – 2015, to be specific, by which point Eddie, Richie, Bill and Beverly Marsh will be fully-grown adults. The latter role has purportedly been earmarked for Jessica Chastain, while James McAvoy and Bill Hader will join her as Bill and Richie, respectively.

It’s shaping up to be an all-star cast – not that we’d expect anything less, mind you – and now, we’re being told that the pic is looking to seriously raise the stakes, with Muschietti revealing to
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Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’

Denis O’Hare, John Early Join Mindy Kaling’s Comedy ‘Late Night’
In today’s film news roundup, Denis O’Hare joins the cast of Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” Global Road and Participant make executive hires and the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival unveils its lineup.


30West and FilmNation Entertainment have cast Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke for Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Late Night,” directed by Nisha Ganatra.

The film also stars Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott and Paul Walter Hauser. 30West and FilmNation Entertainment are financing. Kaling wrote the script and is also producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which are also handling international sales. 30West and CAA are handling Us rights.

Thompson plays a late-night talk show host at risk of losing her long-running show right, when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Principal photography has commenced in New York.
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Wild-Card Emmy Predictions: 12 Crazy (and Early) Snubs and Surprises That Could Happen This Year

Wild-Card Emmy Predictions: 12 Crazy (and Early) Snubs and Surprises That Could Happen This Year
Across the country, countless Americans have been long-awaiting the ouster of an elected entity that’s overstayed its welcome. Some suspected it would be gone last year, while other, more pessimistic people have accepted its seemingly permanent place in power.

But no more. The tea leaves have been read, and a future without this fading former favorite feels inevitable. That’s right. In 2018, “Modern Family” will not be nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys.

Ok, to be fair, comparing a four-time winner in the category (and a still solid) ABC family comedy — and a somewhat progressive one, at that — to our all-but-officially corrupt Cheeto-in-Chief is out of line. Steven Levitan, we apologize. But even you would probably admit it’s time for TV Academy voters to shine their light on lesser known series in need of a boost.

Will they? Probably not. But could they? That’s what
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Emmys 2018 exclusive: HBO categories for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for HBO. While the premium network does not have three-time comedy champ “Veep” eligible for this cycle, they do have drama winner “Game of Thrones” back, returning drama nominee “Westworld”, returning comedy nominee “Silicon Valley” (Thomas Middleditch), the relaunch of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Larry David) and TV movies “Paterno” (Al Pacino) and “The Tale” (Laura Dern) among their 2018 contenders.

SEE2018 Emmys: Which drama will have the most nominations? ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things’ … [Poll]

Below, the list of HBO lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series, TV movies plus other genres. More names might be added by the network before final Emmy paperwork deadlines. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.


Comedy Series

Comedy Actor – Dwayne Johnson

Comedy Supporting Actress – Emayatzy Corinealdi,
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After ‘I Feel Pretty’ Disappoints, What Should Amy Schumer Do Next?

After ‘I Feel Pretty’ Disappoints, What Should Amy Schumer Do Next?
Amy Schumer is undeniably funny, so why have her two latest films underperformed?

The comedian’s third starring vehicle “I Feel Pretty,” written and directed by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, launched to a soft $16 million last weekend. It’s not a disaster, but it does represent Schumer’s lowest opening for a film yet.

“In terms of her career trajectory, it’s been a declining scale,” box office analyst Jeff Bock said. “It’s a matter of her finding her feet. She’s relatively new on the scene.”

The comedian made her film debut alongside Bill Hader in 2015’s hit “Trainwreck.” The incisive rom-com, written by Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, bowed with $30 million and went on to earn $110 million. That’s an impressive tally, particularly for a genre that has struggled to live up to the glory years of Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts. Audiences were familiar
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Exclusive: Bill Hader Breaks Down ‘Barry’ Episode 5

Spoilers for Barry Episode 5, “Do Your Job” follow below. One of the best shows currently airing on television is Barry, the new half-hour comedy series on HBO from creators Bill Hader and Alec Berg. The show is a terrifically exciting mix of dark comedy, rich characters, and a compelling narrative drive that rivals plot-driven serial dramas like Breaking Bad. It’s hilarious, but at the end of each episode you’re dying to find out what happens next. Luckily the eight-episode first season won’t be leaving things open-ended, as HBO recently picked the series …
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‘Barry’: Sarah Goldberg on Why Sally’s Unresolved #MeToo Moment Feels True to Life

‘Barry’: Sarah Goldberg on Why Sally’s Unresolved #MeToo Moment Feels True to Life
Barry” is a story filled with payback. Rival mafia gangs order retaliatory hits as payback for dwindling numbers. Even Barry’s (Bill Hader) decision to stick with his acting class is, on some level, a way to get back at Fuches (Stephen Root), his manipulative handler.

A character who doesn’t get that same sense of revenge is Sally (Sarah Goldberg), one of Barry’s classmates. In last week’s episode, a meeting with her potential agent goes from hopeful to predatory when he tells Sally, “I get to this point with a lot of my prospective clients where I have a decision to make: Do I wanna sign them or do I wanna fuck them?” The jarring comment hangs in the air as Sally, unsure of how to respond, pauses, then fumbles until the agent tries to play it off as joke.

“What I thought was so brilliant about
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The Angry Birds Movie 2 sets its voice cast

Having set a 2019 release date to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the hugely popular mobile game series, Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment have now unveiled the voice cast for The Angry Birds Movie 2, the sequel to the hit 2016 animated comedy.

Reprising their roles from the first movie are Jason Sudeikis (Red), Josh Gad (Chuck The Yellow Bird of Speed), Bill Hader (King Mudbeard), Danny McBride (Bomb The Bird of Bomber) and Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle). GhostbustersLeslie Jones has been cast as the film’s villain, and will be joined by fellow new additions Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, and Brooklynn Prince.

The Angry Birds Movie grossed $352.3 million worldwide back in 2016, which made it the highest-grossing video game adaptation at that point (it was subsequently overtaken by Warcraft). The video game series meanwhile continues to prove hugely popular,
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Universal Wins Bidding War For Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers

The portioning of Stephen King’s oeuvre continues today, as Universal Pictures won a three-way bidding war against Netflix and Sony for Atomic Monster Productions’ feature film package centered on the author’s 1987 novel, The Tommyknockers. The project had been making the rounds following several studios’ rapid consumption of lingering King literature, prompted by the cyclopean success of Andy Muschietti’s It.

King’s 558-page sci-fi horror pivots on the residents of Haven, Maine, who fall under the influence of a peculiar object buried in the woods. Atomic Monster Productions’ founder, James Wan, is currently attached to produce but is said to be mulling over stepping behind the camera to direct, as well. Also producing are Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) and Larry Sanitsky, the latter having executive produced ABC’s 1993 miniseries based on the King novel in question.

King’s body of work has been picked clean as of late,
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Angry Birds 2 Heats Up with Leslie Jones and Sterling K. Brown

Angry Birds 2 Heats Up with Leslie Jones and Sterling K. Brown
Leslie Jones, Sterling K. Brown and Rachel Bloom, among others, have been added to the Angry Birds 2 cast, Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment have announced. Angry Birds 2 is coming our way next year. Even if you didn't like The Angry Birds Movie, it's hard not to be a little impressed and interested in the voice cast that has been assembled for the upcoming sequel.

Starting with Leslie Jones, the Saturday Night Live cast member and Ghostbusters reboot star has been tapped to voice the movie's villain character. Additionally, Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us), Eugenio Derbez (Overboard), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley), Awkwafina (Ocean's 8), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Dove Cameron (The Descendants), Beck Bennett (Brigsby Bear) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) have all signed on for roles in The Angry Birds Movie 2. Here's what producer John Cohen had to say about the additions to the cast.
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Leslie Jones, Brooklynn Prince, Sterling K Brown Join ‘Angry Birds Movie 2’

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Leslie Jones, Brooklynn Prince, Sterling K Brown Join ‘Angry Birds Movie 2’
Leslie Jones, Sterling K. Brown and Brooklynn Prince have joined the cast of “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” Sony Pictures announced Friday.

Others actors who have signed onto the voice cast are Rachel Bloom, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Lil Rel Howery, Beck Bennett and Awkwafina.

The original cast from the first film, which includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage, are back for the sequel as well.

Also Read: Why 'The Angry Birds Movie' Won't Slingshot Rovio to Disney Heights

“I’m thrilled about our incredibly talented filmmaking team and the hilarious people we’ve brought together for the sequel,” said John Cohen, the producer of the film. “We’re so happy that Jason, Josh, Bill, Danny, and Peter are back for a second adventure joined by Leslie, Rachel, Sterling, Eugenio and this awesome ensemble of new talent. We’ll have many more exciting announcements to share soon.”

The Angry Birds Movie” has become the second-highest grossing video game adaptation of all time, with $352 million at the global box office. It opened to $38.2 million in May 2016. The “Angry Birds” games have been downloaded more than 4 billion times.

Also Read: 'Angry Birds' Box Office Can't Offset $103 Million Sony Pictures Loss

Thurop Van Orman (“Adventure Time”) is directing the sequel with John Rice (“Rick and Morty”). Peter Ackerman is writing the screenplay, while Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews is co-producing. David Maisel and Catherine Winder are executive producers.

The Angry Birds Movie 2” will fly into theaters on Sept. 20, 2019.

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Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad to Return for ‘Angry Birds Movie 2’ Voice Cast

Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad to Return for ‘Angry Birds Movie 2’ Voice Cast
Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Peter Dinklage are returning as voice cast for Sony Pictures’ “The Angry Birds Movie 2.”

Sony announced last year that it had set a Sept. 20, 2019, release date for “The Angry Birds Movie 2” — coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the hit video game. The studio is re-teaming with Finland-based Rovio Entertainment Ltd. for the animated sequel.

“Angry Birds” grossed a solid $350 million worldwide, including $107 million domestically. The film, directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, was set on an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – except for Red (voiced by Sudeikis), speedy Chuck (Gad), and Bomb (McBride). Hader returns as Leonard, king of the pigs, and Dinklage voices the Mighty Eagle.

Leslie Jones is on board as the voice of the film’s villain. Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, and
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This week’s best home entertainment: from Westworld to Barry

The brilliant yet baffling sci-fi drama returns, while Bill Hader stars as hitman-turned-actor in HBO’s new black comedy

The furious sci-fi drama returns and there’s a hell of a lot of cleaning up to do after the carnage that closed season one. With Delos in disarray, it’s far from clear who might be capable of this task. Instead, the “hosts” appear to be faced with a brutal dilemma: conform or die. The likes of Thandie Newton’s fierce Maeve seem unlikely to accept either option.

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Have a Big Fat Crush on I Feel Pretty's Rory Scovel? Here's Where You've Seen Him Before

Regardless of how you feel about Amy Schumer's two romantic comedies - 2015's Trainwreck and the recently released I Feel Pretty - you have to admit that the actress and comedian knows how to pick a leading man. In the former, Bill Hader charms the pants off of just about everyone with his performance as an endearing sports doctor. Let's just say that if you walked into the theater without already having had a crush on the Saturday Night Live alum, you definitely had one by the time you left.

In I Feel Pretty, out April 20, Rory Scovel introduces us to a similarly crushable character. The scruffy, sensitive, and shy Ethan is bowled over by the bold confidence of Schumer's Renee, who suffers a head injury during a SoulCycle class that makes her believe she's been transformed into a supermodel. Her delusion affords her with a boundless sense of self-assurance and body positivity,
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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary

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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary
The Tribeca Film Festival traditionally opens with a documentary, but “Love, Gilda” may be the most poignant one yet. Nearly half of the films in this year’s program were directed by women, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to represent that commitment than with Lisa D’Apolito’s tender and lovely portrait of a beloved icon.

It’s no easy task to find a fresh way to approach a familiar face, but D’Apolito does a wonderful job ushering us through the highs and lows of Gilda Radner’s life.

D’Apolito worked directly with Radner’s estate, and was lucky to have access to a trove of personal information. Despite the fact that this is her first feature film, she uses her archival sources with uncommon dexterity.

Also Read: Gilda Radner Documentary 'Love, Gilda' to Open Tribeca Film Festival

Home movies introduce us to a little girl who’s always mugging for the camera, a trait that continues into and after high school and college. We travel with Radner while she moves to Toronto, makes her debut in “Godspell,” and dates an equally mischievous Martin Short. Then we head for New York, after John Belushi calls in 1974 and invites her to be “the girl in the show,” the latter being the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

You may know what comes next, but the footage of her “Saturday Night Live” sketches feels as inventive as ever. She was the very first performer cast for the show, and it’s purely joyful to watch her throw her whole self into characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella, and Lisa Loopner.

Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman and Chevy Chase show up to reminisce briefly, as do former staff writers Rosie Shuster and Anne Beatts. But the film could have used stronger representation from the early days of “SNL”; it’s hard not to miss Radner’s absent castmates Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd and, especially, Bill Murray (whom she dated during the show’s run).

Also Read: Read Gene Wilder's Heartbreaking Essay About Wife Gilda Radner's Death

A broader sense of background might have been helpful, too. Radner was a trailblazer who remains immensely relevant in the Time’s Up era, and it would have been appropriate to further contextualize her status as one of the few women working in comedy in the 1970s. “SNL” was a notoriously difficult environment, and she faced systemic sexism. As Newman once said, “Jane and I and Gilda shared a dressing room until the third year. The boys always had their own … And Gilda used to make this joke about how when we were tired we would have to split a couch three ways.” But we don’t hear much of this, nor do we learn enough about how she dealt with the challenges of being a rare pioneer.

One area in which her femininity is given particular charge is in the history of her eating disorders. She was teased for being overweight as a child, and her mother and doctor had her on diet pills before she hit her teens. As she notes in her diary, “Because I’m not a perfect example of my gender, I decided to become funny.”

Her insecurities are given more import after she moves on from “SNL,” checks into a hospital to deal with anorexia and bulimia, and experiences some professional setbacks.

Also Read: Kate McKinnon Becomes First 'SNL' Cast Member to Win Comedy Supporting Emmy

And then the anvil falls. As an emotional Tina Fey observed when introducing the film to the festival audience, we’re already aware of how this story will end. But the impact comes harder still because D’Apolito so deftly weaves Radner’s presence into every aspect of the movie.

In addition to archival interviews and performances, she uses the memories of those who were there — including Short, Paul Shaffer and executive producer Alan Zweibel — to flesh out the past. She also intersperses Radner’s voice through audio diaries and touching footage shot by her late husband, Gene Wilder.

And instead of asking younger stars to offer typical talking-head praise, she uses their presence to further illuminate Radner’s own words. Each section of the film is multilayered in different ways. But it’s especially moving to see comedians she’s inspired — like Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, and Bill Hader — read her journals and letters with an awe that’s made easy to understand.

Despite the breadth of material, the film is beautifully edited and paced, with little of the filler so often seen in biographical documentaries. The soundtrack (which includes several songs performed by Radner) is well-chosen, and minor visual flourishes add a sweet personal touch.

Most crucially, D’Apolito allows her subject to guide the story from start to finish. Radner’s gentle spirit and wise observations connect each chapter, bringing us into her life with an unusual intimacy. Hers is a complex and bittersweet story, but what you’ll remember most is the impossible radiance of her smile.

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‘Love, Gilda’ Review: Gilda Radner Gets the Last Laugh (And a Few Tears) in Intimate Documentary — Tribeca

‘Love, Gilda’ Review: Gilda Radner Gets the Last Laugh (And a Few Tears) in Intimate Documentary — Tribeca
God bless Gilda Radner for having the foresight to know that people wanted to know her. In Lisa D’Apolito’s intimate new documentary, it’s the late, beloved comedian and original “Saturday Night Live” breakout star who gets to tell her own story. Aided by a trove of diary-style audio tapes that serve as voiceover narration and reams of handwritten pages, the woman behind Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Litella opens up about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

By no means a vanity project — Radner’s diaries are as clear-eyed as anything when it comes to her struggles involving fame, relationships, and her health — “Love, Gilda” offers the kind of keen personal insight that few documentaries can pull off.

D’Apolito directed the film with the full support of Radner’s estate — when she introduced the film at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, where it kicked off
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Anthony Carrigan (HBO’s ‘Barry’) as henchman with a heart of gold steals scenes from ‘SNL’ veteran Bill Hader

Anthony Carrigan (HBO’s ‘Barry’) as henchman with a heart of gold steals scenes from ‘SNL’ veteran Bill Hader
One of the biggest scene-stealers for this TV season is Anthony Carrigan, who plays a mobster alongside “SNL” veteran and Emmy nominee Bill Hader in HBO’s buzz-worthy “Barry.” Audiences are already noticing his star-making turn as NoHo Hank, a bald, tattooed Chechen thug that also happens to be a polished henchman with a heart of gold.

If he is on the Emmy ballot this summer, voters love in the comedy supporting categories when a person is a flamboyant, over-the-top character. Just ask Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”), Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”), who were all Emmy nominated early on in their respective shows’ runs as standout comedic talents, often out-shining their lead actors.

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The critics agree that Carrigan is force of nature on “Barry.
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Variety, PBS SoCal Announce Lineup for Eighth Season of ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors’

Variety and PBS SoCal Koce have announced the lineup for the eighth season of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”

The Emmy Award-winning series will air in two episodes on PBS SoCal Koce, the first on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. and the second on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Both episodes will stream on following their premieres.

This year’s lineup of pairings includes: Issa Rae (“Insecure”) with Michael B. Jordan (“Fahrenheit 451”); Laura Dern (“The Tale”) with Angela Bassett (“9-1-1”); Tiffany Haddish (“The Last O.G.”) with John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”); Benedict Cumberbatch
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Cinematographer Revealed for the It Sequel

They defeated It when they were kids, but the Losers' Club will have to face the ancient entity again as adults in It: Chapter Two, and following recent potential casting reveals for the sequel, a new cinematographer is reportedly on board for the anticipated film.

Collider reports that Checco Varese will be the cinematographer for It: Chapter Two. Chung-hoon Chung served as the director of photography on the first It film, but as Collider points out, director Andy Muschietti could be looking for a different visual style in the sequel, which will take place around 27 years after the 1989-set first film, with the Losers' Club inevitably returning to their hometown of Derry to face the return of It, aka Pennywise. This change in visual style is also reflected with The Shape of Water production designer Paul Austerberry coming on board for the It sequel (Claude Paré was the production designer
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