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Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’

Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley Join Dave Bautista’s Comedy ‘My Spy’
Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Chloe Coleman have joined Dave Bautista’s action-comedy “My Spy” for STXFilms.

Peter Segal is directing the script penned by the writing team of brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber. Bautista plays a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family. The film is currently in production in Toronto.

“’My Spy’s the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, said. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing the project alongside Mwm Studios, Bautista,
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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped
The planned theatrical release of big-budget Chinese war movie “Unbreakable Spirit,” has been scrapped following allegations of money laundering. The film had earlier been at the center of the tax avoidance allegations involving actress Fan Bingbing.

The film, previously known as “The Bombing,” was originally set for an August release. That was rescheduled to Oct. 26 after the Fan affair became major news. But Chinese media now report the release as cancelled.

Aside from Fan, the film has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, and Nicholas Tse. Director, Xiao Feng said the film had taken eight years to make.

“It is time to let it go,” Xiao Feng wrote on social media. “My sincere apologies to my crew, the distribution team, and all audiences who had high expectations of the film.” The film’s distributors, Beijing United Exhibition Partners, and Qi Tai Culture did not respond to Variety’s inquiries.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days

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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner BrosBradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.

Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped their astronaut drama First Man would launch to $20M in three days; it’s at $19.1M through five days. Quite often the better PR win is in a platform release: You celebrate your theater averages up front, and then, wow, the film has crossed over to bigger numbers later on in its run.

For the third midday to date in its run, A Star Is Born beat Venom in daily grosses — the pic did so last Thursday, on Monday and last night, edging out Tom Hardy’s fanged superhero $3.95M-$3.75M. Every studio depends on a huge opening-weekend gross for their event movies to survive, but sleeper movies, especially ones which continually draw out adult audiences — a crowd notorious for crawling to the multiplex — is pure manna from heaven. While Universal/ Miramax/ Blumhouse’s Halloween will soak up around $70M worth of business this weekend, Venom and A Star Is Born will continue to fight for second with around $18M-$20M. “A Star Is Born will continue to ease 30% every weekend in its run,” praised one rival studio executive about the pic’s longevity.

Yes, Sony’s Venom hit $100M in its first six days last week, but its commercial success after overcoming negative reviews can largely be attributed to being a long-awaited Marvel spinoff finally hitting the screen and clicking. Nice IP if you can get it.

But here we have A Star Is Born, the fourth remake of a classic property in an 81-year period, a movie by a first-time director in Cooper, coupled with ambitious dramatic performances that have paid off, not just for The Hangover actor, but in pop star Lady Gaga too. It’s a recipe that’s paying off. Note this movie could have been a very different one, with various directors having circled at various points in time, i.e., Joel Schumacher, Nick Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood, and stars including Will Smith and Tom Cruise, with Beyonce being a constant attachment throughout various iterations.

A Star Is Born through 12 days counts $101.4M to Venom‘s $148.9M. Versus other October hits, Warner Bros’ Gravity (final stateside gross $274M) hit $100M in nine days, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian (final domestic $228.4M) in 10, and Fox’s Gone Girl ($167.7M) in 16.

It’s fair to say, A Star Is Born is just getting warmed up.
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Chadwick Boseman’s ‘17 Bridges’ Adds ‘Deuce’ Star Jamie Neumann (Exclusive)

Chadwick Boseman’s ‘17 Bridges’ Adds ‘Deuce’ Star Jamie Neumann (Exclusive)
Jamie Neumann, who can currently be seen on HBO’s “The Deuce” as Dorothy, has joined the cast of the Stx action movie “17 Bridges.” Sources also tell Variety she has landed a recurring role on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” and “NOS4A2.”

17 Bridges,” directed by Brian Kirk, stars Chadwick Boseman, J.K. Simmons, Taylor Kitsch, and Stephan James.

Boseman will portray a disgraced NYPD detective who, after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 17 bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.

Boseman, Logan Coles, and Joe and Anthony Russo are producing along with Mwm Studios. Gigi Pritzker (“Hell or High Water
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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.

The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production.

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In act two, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap, and Alonzo.

Elba is currently filming Fast and Furious
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A Scripted Series Based on the Property Brothers Is in Development at Fox

Fox is developing a scripted comedy series based on the lives of Jonathan and Drew Scott, a.k.a. The Property Brothers. Look, there are worse ideas. The series will be called It Takes Two, the same title of the brothers' memoir, and will follow "two entrepreneurial twin brothers who decide to join forces in the real estate business when they realize they are stronger together than apart." I mean obviously. The Property Brothers have risen to household-fame status through their exceptionally popular series on Hgtv, which has spawned several spinoffs like Brother vs. Brother and Property Brothers: At …
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Blumhouse Founder Explains Not Hiring Female Filmmakers: “There Are Not A Lot Of Female Directors, Period”

Jason Blum is a name that is brought up time and time again when people are talking about the most prolific and profitable producers in the film industry. Maybe only behind someone like Marvel StudiosKevin Feige, Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have been on a tear in the last decade-plus, releasing hit microbudget film after hit microbudget film. And in a new interview promoting his next financial triumph “Halloween,” the producer discusses the future and why it’s been so difficult finding a female director to helm a project.

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‘Nathan For You’ Season 5 Won’t Be Happening

With stunts like Dumb Starbucks going viral, the Comedy Central series Nathan for You became quite the favorite series of those who loved seeing comedian Nathan Fielder convince business owners to take a chance on totally ridiculous practices in an effort to revitalize yogurt shops, computer repair, real estate sales and much more. But sadly, […]

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How DVD Reissues Undo Stanley Kubrick’s Careful Work

It’s long bothered me that all the design work that goes in to film promotion—often deliberated over at length by industry-leading art directors and designers in conjunction with the actual filmmakers—is routinely discarded when that film hits home video. The world of home video is, for the most part, unregulated in such matters; whether it be studios’ own in-house art departments or boutique labels, they all take different approaches to art direction. Some employ actual living and breathing art directors and some leave it to a dilettantish coterie of everyone-including-the-tea-lady chipping in with their own thoughts. Many home video distributors […]
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Women In Film’s Kirsten Schaffer Looks to ReFrame Inclusion at Mia

Women In Film’s Kirsten Schaffer Looks to ReFrame Inclusion at Mia
Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film, Los Angeles, heads to Rome’s Mia Market this week to join key representatives of the Italian media as they push for systemic changes in the local entertainment industry.

On Oct. 21, Schaffer will be joined at Mia by Paul Feig and prominent Italian bizzers on a panel, hosted by Women In Film, TV & Media Italia, that will present the tools of ReFrame, the organization promoting a formal action plan to achieve gender parity in film and TV.

Schaffer said the group’s goal in Rome is to see how the strategies adopted by industry leaders in the U.S. can be applied locally. “We’re not bringing ReFrame to Italy,” she said. “We’re sharing our tools and our knowledge with that industry for them to adapt as they see fit.”

Established in 2017, ReFrame is a joint partnership between Women In Film and the Sundance Institute.
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Emilio Rivera on ‘Mayans M.C.’, How He Found Out He’d Be Returning, and More

From co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, the FX series Mayans M.C. is the next chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga, now set in a post-Jax Teller world. Fresh out of prison and trying to carve out a new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with big dreams, Ezekiel “Ez” Reyes (Jd Pardo) is trying to navigate what it means to be a Prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the California/Mexico border. While figuring out what the next step in his life can be, Ez is torn between …
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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Political Assassination Thriller ‘The Silver Bear’

Michael B. Jordan will star in and serve as producer of Lionsgate’s film adaptation of The Silver Bear from production company Nickel City Pictures and based on the popular book series by Derek Haas. Haas, a screenwriter in his own right, has made his novel-writing debut with this book, the first in a series that could launch a new thriller franchise for Jordan & Co. Nickel City optioned the rights to the book franchise last year and engaged Frank Baldwin (The Godmother) to adapt the first book of the series. …
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Michael B. Jordan to Star in, Produce Hitman Drama ‘The Silver Bear’

Michael B. Jordan to Star in, Produce Hitman Drama ‘The Silver Bear’
Michael B. Jordan will star in and produce Lionsgate’s film adaptation of assassin story “The Silver Bear.”

A director has not yet been attached to the project, announced Wednesday. “The Silver Bear” is based on the book series by Derek Haas, the screenwriter for “Wanted” and “3:10 to Yuma.” The novel centers on an assassin named Columbus — called the Silver Bear by some — who tracks a powerful politician with presidential aspirations. Frank Baldwin (“The Godmother”) wrote the script.

“’The Silver Bear’ is the kind of story that needs to be experienced on the big screen and Michael is the perfect movie star to inhabit the skin of this dynamic character and take us into the cinematic world of Columbus,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake. “We’re incredibly honored that Michael and Nickel City chose Lionsgate to partner with in bringing this exciting property to life.”

Nickel City
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Jason Blum Horribly Explains Why There Are No Female Blumhouse Directors (Yet)

Jason Blum Horribly Explains Why There Are No Female Blumhouse Directors (Yet)
There has yet to be a female filmmaker in charge of a Blumhouse movie, and that’s unfortunate. Even more unfortunate: Jason Blum‘s response when asked why he’s yet to hire a female director. When questioned about the distinct lack of female representation behind the cameras over at Blumhouse, Blum gave a rather misguided answer. I’m […]

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‘Narcos’ Director Josef Kubota Wladyka to Helm First Episode of ‘The Terror’ Season 2

In case you had not heard, AMC's excellent limited series The Terror is being set up as an anthology, which means it will be back for Season 2 with new showrunners and a new story. If it can live up to to the heights reached by Season 1, we're in for more exceptional TV next year. Season 2 is being co-created by Alexander Woo (True Blood) and Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), and will run for 10 episodes, with Woo showrunning. The new season "will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter …
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Michael B. Jordan to produce, star as hitman in 'The Silver Bear' for Lionsgate

Michael B. Jordan to produce, star as hitman in 'The Silver Bear' for Lionsgate
Based on novel by Wanted screenwriter Derek Haas.

Michael B. Jordan of global smash Black Panther and the upcoming Creed II will star in and produce The Silver Bear for Lionsgate.

The studio acquired film rights from Nickel City Pictures based on the book series by Derek Haas, who also wrote the screenplays to Wanted and 3:10 To Yuma.

Frank Baldwin was brought on to adapt the first book of the series, which tells the story of Columbus, the most feared and respected hitman in the criminal underworld.

Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta of Nickel City Pictures will produce
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‘The Clovehitch Killer’ Trailer: Dylan McDermott Plays A Boy Scout Dad That Is Hiding A Deadly Secret

At one point or another, many teenagers might believe their parents are somehow evil. Mostly, it’s a hyperbolic thought that springs to mind after your parents take away your phone privileges or deny you the right to go to a party. But in the case of Tyler and his dad in the film “The Clovehitch Killer,” there might be something more sinister below the surface.

In the trailer for the IFC Midnight film, we meet teenager Tyler and his new girlfriend.

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Nicole Kidman Faces a Dark Past in ‘Destroyer’ Trailer

Nicole Kidman Faces a Dark Past in ‘Destroyer’ Trailer
Nicole Kidman is almost unrecognizable as a damaged Los Angeles Police Department detective in the first trailer for Annapurna’s “Destroyer.”

The footage, released Wednesday, shows Kidman’s character, Erin Bell, haunted by the memory of an undercover operation with a gang in the California desert that ended with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she has to confront her own history.

“I’m mad,” she says. “I’m still mad. It’s burned a circuit in my brain.”

Karyn Kusama directed “Destroyer” from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. The cast also includes Sebastian Stan, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, and Toby Kebbell. Fred Berger, Hay and Manfredi are producing.

Destroyer” premiered at this year’s Telluride Film Festival. In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge gave the thriller high praise, noting Kidman’s physical transformation: “Nothing Nicole Kidman has done in
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Exclusive ‘Suspiria’ Clip: Dakota Johnson Gives Her Soul to the Dance

Folks, you are in for a cinematic treat with Suspiria. Certain to be one of the most divisive and discussed films of the year, Luca Guadagnino's remake of the horror classic is a bold, bewitching and often confounding film that, love it or hate it, is sure to be one of the most unique moviegoing experiences you have this year. I caught the film at Fantastic Fest and fell head over heels in love with it for countless reasons, but one of the most impressive elements in the film is the way Dakota Johnson commits to her peculiar, full-…
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Diablo Cody Signs On To Write A TV Reboot Of Popular ’70s Sitcom ‘Alice’

Lately, the news about reboots and remakes seems to focus on properties created within the last decade. However, according to Variety, Fox has teamed up with acclaimed screenwriter Diablo Cody for a new remake of a popular TV series from 40 years ago. And given the subject matter, it looks like now seems like the perfect time to revisit “Alice.”

Alice” tells the story of a Long Island housewife, Alice, that leaves her horrible husband and hits the road to find a life of her own.

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