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  • HeyUGuys
We’ve been writing about movies here on HeyUGuys for almost a decade. We’ve seen an enormous change in both the industry and the audience’s expectations of what is considered important. It’s fair to say that fifteen years ago there were very few ways to get into the business. Now with a website, a desire to be heard and some hard graft anyone can do it.

Self publishing has taken over the world, with millions of photos, texts, reviews and conversations published daily. The various pillars of social media encourage and elicit you to have your say, to be heard amongst the crowd. The questions we’re asked all the time have gone from ‘How do I become a film blogger?’ to ‘Ok, I’m a film blogger, how can I stand out?’

Those who have succeeded in any field will know that a dedication to your craft,
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Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson join HBO’s Chernobyl

HBO and Sky have announced that Stellan Skarsgard (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything) have joined Jared Harris (Mad Men) in the cast of Chernobyl, a five-part miniseries detailing the devastating 1986 nuclear power plant disaster.

Skarsgard is set to play Boris Shcherbina, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy of the Ussr, with Watson as Ulana Khomyuk, a nuclear physicist investigating the cause of the disaster to ensure it can never happen again.

The miniseries is being directed by Johan Renck from a script by Craig Mazin, and promises to tell “a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility [focusing] on the heartbreaking scope of the nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of
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Veteran Lit Agent Bill Zotti Joins UTA

UTA has hired motion picture literary agent and industry veteran Bill Zotti.

Zotti joins the agency from CAA, where he was an agent for the past 12 years. At CAA, Zotti represented a roster of high-profile writers, directors, and producers that included Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber, Kenya Barris, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Colton, John Aboud, Katie Silberman, Craig Mazin, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, and Jeff Tremaine, to name a few.

“Over the years, we have continued to be impressed by Bill’s reputation, work ethic and extensive relationships,” said UTA co-president and motion picture head David Kramer. “He will be a tremendous asset to our group and we are excited to welcome him back to agency.”

Zotti began his career in entertainment in the UTA mailroom and went on to work at Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann before landing at CAA.

“In the years since beginning my career in the UTA mailroom,
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CAA Motion Picture Lit Agent Bill Zotti Moves Back To UTA

UTA has hired Motion Picture Literary Agent Bill Zotti, who is moving over from CAA where he was stationed the past 12 years. His roster of high-end writers, directors and producers include Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber, Kenya Barris, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Michael Colton, John Aboud, Katie Silberman, Craig Mazin, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra and Jeff Tremaine among others. He begins work this week in the Los Angeles office. It’s a return to the agency of sorts…
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Motion Picture Lit Agent Bill Zotti Exits CAA for UTA

Years after starting his entertainment career in the UTA mailroom, motion picture literary agent Bill Zotti is returning to the agency, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He starts in UTA's Beverly Hills office this week.

As an agent at CAA for the past 12 years, Zotti's clients included The Disaster Artist's Oscar-nominated screenwriters, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber; Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, Harold & Kumar scribes Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg; Penguins of Madagascar writers Michael Colton and John Aboud; How to Be Single co-producer Katie Silberman; Cowboy Ninja Viking writer Craig Mazin; This Is Us executive producers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra;...
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Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson Cast in HBO, Sky Miniseries ‘Chernobyl’

Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson Cast in HBO, Sky Miniseries ‘Chernobyl’
Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson have signed on to star in “Chernobyl,” the HBO and Sky nuclear disaster miniseries. The five-parter will dramatize the tragedy that took place at the titular nuclear plant in 1986 and the subsequent investigation.

Skarsgard (“Mamma Mia”) will play Boris Shcherbina, head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy of the Soviet Union and leader of a government commission investigating the disaster. Watson will star as Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the scientific mystery of what led to the accident.

The project reunites the pair after they worked together on 1996 movie “Breaking the Waves.
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‘Chernobyl’: Stellan Skarsgård & Emily Watson To Star In HBO & Sky’s Miniseries

Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Emily Watson (The Dresser) are set to star opposite Jared Harris in HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, a co-production between HBO and Sky. Written by Craig Mazin, the five-part miniseries dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — the April 26, 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in then- Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic — and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed…
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‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Adds ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Scribe Eric Pearson

‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Adds ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Scribe Eric Pearson
Exclusive: Eric Pearson has been set to rewrite Cowboy Ninja Viking, the Universal Pictures film that will star Chris Pratt with Michelle MacLaren directing. Pearson is coming off Thor: Ragnarok. The attitude-laced hard-edged actioner is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by Aj Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Pearson takes over an earlier draft written by Craig Mazin, who rewrote the original by Paul Wernick & Everett David Reese. Pratt stars as an assassin…
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Michelle MacLaren to direct Chris Pratt in Cowboy Ninja Viking

Back in 2014 it was announced that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has signed on for another comic book movie role in an adaptation of Image’s Cowboy Ninja Viking, and now the project has found a director.

According to THR, Michelle MacLaren has signed on to helm the Universal Pictures production, having beat out the likes of Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda) for the job. MacLaren, who was originally attached to direct Wonder Woman before Patty Jenkins, has worked extensively on the small screen, directing episodes of shows such as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Leftovers, Westworld, Better Call Saul, The Deuce and Modern Family.

Cowboy Ninja Viking is based on the comic book by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, with Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II) writing the most recent draft of a script originally penned by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese
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Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking Will Be Helmed By Game Of Thrones Director Michelle MacLaren

Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren is set to direct Universal Pictures' feature film adaptation of the crazy comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking. Chris Pratt is set to star in the film and it's great to see that the project is actually moving forward.

The project was initially announced three years ago so it's one of those films that has been slowly moving ahead. The comic was created by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, and the film was written by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese, with a recent draft by Craig Mazin.

I'm extremely excited about this movie because the concept is so unique and so cool. MacLaren, who also directed episodes of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The X-Files, Better Call Saul, and Westworld, should do a fine job. It looks like this is her first feature film, so I wish her the
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Michelle MacLaren To Direct Chris Pratt In ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

The big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, which has Chris Pratt cast in the lead role, has found a director in Michelle MacLaren, so reports Variety. MacLaren, a seasoned television director with credits including Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones and this year’s The Deuce, will helm the project, which already has a release date set for next summer.

The graphic novel was created by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, the latest rewrite of the movie screenplay by Craig Mazin. The original draft was written by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese.

Here’s a bit more about the source material:

It started with Dr. Sebastian Ghislain: rogue psychotherapist/covert op/DJ. Tasked with creating a counter-intelligence unit, he turned to those long thought useless to society…patients with Multiple Personality Disorder. These agents became known simply as Triplets. Misguided? Yeah. Impractical? Sure.
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Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking Movie Gets Director Michelle MacLaren

Universal Pictures is finally moving forward with its long-awaited comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking, landing director Michelle MacLaren. While this will not be the filmmaker's feature film debut, it will be only her second film after the 2006 indie thriller Population 436, which starred Jeremy Sisto and Fred Durst. After spending the past decade on the small screen, with two Emmy wins to her credit, the filmmaker finally returns to the big screen with Cowboy Ninja Viking.

We first reported on this project back in November 2014, when Chris Pratt scored the lead role, just months after his blockbuster turn as Star-Lord in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The actor confirmed his starring role in this comic book adaptation a few days later, but there has been little to no movement on the project since then. This new report reveals that Michelle MacLaren beat out two other candidates for this coveted gig,
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Chris Pratt’s Cowboy Ninja Viking movie lands director

David Crow Feb 1, 2018

Michelle MacLaren is moving from Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Deuce to direct Chris Pratt as a Cowboy Ninja Viking

If ever there was a would-be blockbuster that sold its high-concept in the title, it is Cowboy Ninja Viking. What is a cowboy-ninja-Viking you might ask? Well it’s an action movie that is slated to star Chris Pratt, and if that wasn’t Aaa enough in genre appeal, Game Of Thrones’ Michelle MacLaren has been hired to direct the picture.

The hiring of MacLaren demonstrates that Universal Pictures is still very intent on making Cowboy Ninja Viking happen after the film was first announced in 2014. Pratt signed onto the conceit then, which is based off an Image Comics property, while fresh off making waves in Guardians Of The Galaxy but before Jurassic World. Now he’s out to stake a claim in a franchise
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Michelle MacLaren to helm Cowboy Ninja Viking starring Chris Pratt

  • JoBlo
Game Of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren has signed on to direct an adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking starring Chris Pratt for Universal. The project is based on the Image Comics-published series of the same name from writer A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Craig Mazin (Identity Thief, The Huntsman: Winter's War), will pen the script for a tale that tells of a... Read More...
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Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Taps ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Michelle MacLaren

Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Taps ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Michelle MacLaren
Michelle MacLaren has come on to direct Universal’s adaptation of “Cowboy Ninja Viking” starring Chris Pratt.

Based on the Image Comics graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, the pic was most recently written by Craig Mazin. The original draft was written by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese.

The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel revolving around an assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking.

Entertainment 360, the production arm of Management 360, Mark Gordon via the Mark Gordon Company, Michael De Luca for Michael De Luca Productions, and Pratt will produce. VP of production Sara Scott will oversee production on behalf of the studio.

The pic is set to be released on June 28, 2019.

The film marks yet another collaboration between Pratt and Universal, which recently wrapped production on “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” That movie is
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Early Buzz For Star Wars: The Last Jedi Says It's a Surprising, Funny, and Jaw-Dropping Film! Plus New Poster Art!

The world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi took place on Saturday night and the early buzz is starting to flood Twitter from those lucky people who were in attendance! So far that buzz is extremely positive. The film left fans shaking with excitement and a lot of them are saying it's a surprising, funny, and jaw-dropping film!

I've also included a couple new posters for the film. One of them features Kylo Ren, the other features Ray. I really dig these poster designs! They were created by artist Matt Ferguson.

You can read the reviews below. Don't worry, there are no spoilers. Just lots of reactions that will make you wish you were there watching the movie with them at the premiere. I'll be seeing the film for myself early next week! I can't wait!

#TheLastJedi is absolutely fantastic - gripping, touching, funny and powerful w/ gorgeous shots and the most badass battles.
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Ted Cruz’s College Roommate Spanks Senator Over Porn Twitter-Like

  • The Wrap
Ted Cruz’s College Roommate Spanks Senator Over Porn Twitter-Like
Spanks for the memories, eh, Craig Mazin? “The Hangover Part III” writer Mazin, who roomed with Ted Cruz at Princeton, is offering his uniquely grim perspective following news that the Texas senator’s official Twitter account “liked” a porn video on Monday. Mazin weighed in on the topic via a series of tweets Monday, ranging from the cringe-worthy to amusing, and sometimes a little of both at once. Also Read: Ted Cruz Angers Porn Actress Whose Video He Liked: 'He Should Have Paid' for It “Now imagine Ted Cruz is doing this four feet below you in the bottom bunk bed.
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Jared Harris cast in HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries

HBO is set to make a new miniseries called Chernobyl, a five-part series that tells the story of the failed nuclear power plant in Chernobyl that caused a catastrophic disaster in Ukraine and the rest of Europe. And now we have our first piece of casting news, with Mad Men and The Crown actor Jared Harris signing on for the lead role.

Harris will play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident. The miniseries is written by Craig Mazin and will be directed by Johan Renck and produced by HBO’s President, Miniseries and Cinemax Programming Kary Antholis and executive produced by Caroline Strauss, Jane Featherstone and Mazin.

“From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told,” said Antholis. “It will engage — and enrage — our viewers, as well as audiences around the world.
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‘Chernobyl’ Miniseries Starring ‘The Crown’s Jared Harris Set By HBO & Sky – TCA

Five-part miniseries Chernobyl, the first production under HBO and Sky’s recently announced drama partnership, is set to begin filming next year, with The Crown‘s Jared Harris in the starring role. Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, announced the project today during HBO’s presentation at the TCA summer press tour in Pasadena. Written by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter's War) and directed by Johan Renck (The Walking Dead), Chernobyl…
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HBO Sets Chernobyl Miniseries Starring Jared Harris from ‘Breaking Bad’ Director

HBO Sets Chernobyl Miniseries Starring Jared Harris from ‘Breaking Bad’ Director
HBO’s latest miniseries is going back to the ’80s.

The network announced that “Chernobyl,” their latest limited series, will follow the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear meltdown that devastated an entire region.

Jared Harris is set to star as Valery Legasov, a Kremlin-appointed scientist charged with looking into the accident that made global headlines.

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“Chernobyl” will focus on the literal and figurative fallout from the incident, but will also highlight responders who went into the area to prevent further damage.

As HBO explained in a statement:

“The miniseries is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the Chernobyl–2 nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking,
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