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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies Land Top Talent at Warner Animation Group (Exclusive)

  • Variety
‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies Land Top Talent at Warner Animation Group (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. has big ambitions for its animation division, and the studio has zeroed in on the talent to help steer the ship on two popular properties.

Sources tell Variety that Warners and Warner Animation Group are in negotiations with “Shaft” helmer Tim Story to direct the new “Tom and Jerry” hybrid live-action pic. The studio has also brought on Chris Columbus as creative producer on the new “Scooby-Doo” animated movie.

Warners has been strengthening its animation slate going back to production on the “The Lego Movie,” which coincided with the formation of Warner Animation Group (Wag). Allison Abbate was tapped to oversee the division and executives including Jesse Ehrman and president of production Courtenay Valenti have made a big push to get classic titles like the Hanna-Barbera properties off the ground.

The studio understands how much of its history is rooted in these iconic characters, and wants to give
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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works

  • The Wrap
Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works
Amy Winehouse’s family has signed a deal to executive produce a biopic about the late singer, who died in 2011, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Monumental PicturesAlison Owen and Debra Hayward will produce the film, while “Kinky Boots” writer Geoff Deane will write the screenplay and executive produce. Production is set to start in 2019.

Proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse. Representatives for Winehouse’s family have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said in a statement that the family had been repeatedly approached about the rights but never felt the “time was right.”

“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent,” he said. “And we know through
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China Box Office: ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins Quiet Weekend With $20 Million

China Box Office: ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins Quiet Weekend With $20 Million
Hong Kong crime thriller, “Project Gutenberg” held its lead to win a second weekend at the Chinese box office. However, overall numbers remain weak and Hollywood is on the sidelines.

Starring Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun-fat, “Gutenberg” earned $20.6 million in its third weekend of release, according to data from Ent Group. That was down 45% on its previous winning weekend, and lifted its score to $135 million after 15 days of release.

Drama, “Lost, Found” improved on its opening weekend and climbed one place to second position. It earned $7.97 million and has a cumulative of $22.0 million after 10 days in theaters.

Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow” incurred a 54% decline and slipped to third place. After 15 days of distribution it has accumulated $80.1 million.

Newly-released Indian comedy drama “Hichki” (aka “Hiccup”) earned $4.20 million for fourth place. Starring Rani Mukherji as a woman with Tourette’s Syndrome, the film was released in India and diaspora territories in March this year.
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SAG-aftra to Honor Norman Lloyd, June Lockhart

SAG-AFTRA is awarding Marsha Hunt, Norman Lloyd, June Lockhart, and Barbara Perry the Founders Award for their contributions to the union.

The tribute, to be presented Oct. 21 during the SAG-aftra National Board plenary, honors early members of SAG-aftra’s predecessor unions, SAG, and AFTRA. Hunt is 100 years old, and Lloyd is 103. Lockhart is 93 and Perry is 95.

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris said, “I am so honored to recognize the extraordinary achievements of these courageous actors and leaders. Their pioneering spirit and advocacy for their union and peers in those early years was pivotal and helped to make us who we are today.”

Perry became a Screen Actors Guild member in 1934, one month before her 13th birthday and a year after SAG was founded. When she joined, she was already a professional who began her career at the age of four. During World War II, she was an entertainer on
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Superhero Bits: Finn Jones Reacts to ‘Iron Fist’ Cancellation, ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Shoot This Winter & More

Superhero Bits: Finn Jones Reacts to ‘Iron Fist’ Cancellation, ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Shoot This Winter & More
What did Finn Jones have to say about the cancellation of Iron Fist? What was the last line Chris Evans said as Captain America during Avengers 4 reshoots? How did the cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp find out about The Snappening? Who did Thanos creator Jim Starlin see as the Mad Titan before Josh […]

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‘Arrow’ Ep on That Shocking New Storyline, Keeping the Show Grounded, and More

After keeping the storytelling devices of Season 7 a secret, and with Oliver (Stephen Amell) still in prison with no easy way out and no real way to protect his family, The CW series Arrow has set up quite a few interesting threads that it will unravel. And while Oliver is just trying to survive on a day-to-day basis, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Diggle (David Ramsey), Curtis (Echo Kellum), Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) and Rene (Rick Gonzalez) are left having to redefine what being a hero means to them. Following a screening of the episode at the offices of …
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Ads placed for the drama had an estimated media value of $6.19 million through Sunday for 847 national ad airings on 33 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Oct. 8-14. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox prioritized spend across networks including NBC, Adult Swim and ABC, and during specific programming such as NFL Football, This Is Us and College Football.

Just behind “Bohemian Rhapsody” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “First Man,” which saw 1,063 national ad airings across 38 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.33 million.

TV ad placements for Universal Pictures’ “Halloween” (Emv: $4.87 million), Columbia Pictures’ “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” ($4.59 million) and Twentieth Century Fox’s
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Water Cooler: Horror Made Here, Ireland, First Man, You’ve Got Mail, Searching, Halloween, Big Mouth, The Hate U Give, Zelda

Water Cooler: Horror Made Here, Ireland, First Man, You’ve Got Mail, Searching, Halloween, Big Mouth, The Hate U Give, Zelda
On the October 15 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about what we’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on […]

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‘Deadpool’ Star Brianna Hildebrand to Star in Netflix Series ‘Trinkets’

‘Deadpool’ Star Brianna Hildebrand to Star in Netflix Series ‘Trinkets’
After trading barbs with Ryan Reynolds in two Deadpool movies and winning over horror fans with the slasher comedy Tragedy Girls, Brianna Hildebrand is set to headline a new series on Netflix. Based on the Ya novel of the same name by Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith, Trinkets will star Hildebrand as Elodie, a young misfit who makes an unlikely group of friends when she's forced to attend a Shoplifter's Anonymous meeting. The series will run for ten thirty-minute episodes and also stars Kiana Madeira (The Flash) as Moe, Quintessa Swindell as Tabitha, Odiseas Georgiadis (The Stand-In) as …
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Movie Talk: ‘Avengers 4′ Wraps and Chris Evans Clarifies His Goodbye to Cap

On today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff and John Rocha discuss the following: According to multiple box office reports, Damien Chazelle's First Man starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy fell short of box office expectations with a $16.5 million opening weekend. Joe Russo and Anthony Russo take to social media to announce that Avengers 4 has wrapped production. During an appearance at Ace Comic Con over the weekend, Chris Evans clarified his comments about possibly playing Captain America for the last time. In an interview with Indiewire, Oscar Isaac says that there is …
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‘Wrong Turn’ Remake in the Works Only 15 Years After the First Movie

‘Wrong Turn’ Remake in the Works Only 15 Years After the First Movie
Get ready to head back to the wilderness of West Virginia with a Wrong Turn remake. Alan McElroy, who wrote the original 2003 film, will return to pen the remake, which will presumably once again focus on unlucky travelers stumbling upon a family of inbred cannibals. The 2003 film resulted in two sequels and three prequels, and […]

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‘The Flash’ Movie Production Pushed Back, Now Eyeing a 2021 Release Date

Warner Bros. has hit yet another jumble on the road to creating their DC Extended Universe. Variety reports that The Flash standalone film—which was tentatively set to start filming in March—is now eyeing a late-2019 production date, which would place DC's speediest hero in theaters sometime in 2021. The issue seems to simply be one of bad timing. WB and J.K. Rowling have insisted the world needs five installments of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, a Harry Potter spin-off that features Flash star Ezra Miller—who explicitly insisted we call him "Sweet Bitch", you're …
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‘Searching’ Easter Egg Predicts the End of the Movie During the Movie

‘Searching’ Easter Egg Predicts the End of the Movie During the Movie
Searching, this year’s innovative and electrifying thriller that takes place entirely on computer screens, is coming to home video next month. It’s full of twists and hinges on a big mystery, and one of the bonus features reveals that the film’s ending is spelled out in exact detail for all to see in John Cho‘s […]

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Flash Standalone Movie Pushes Start Date, Eyes 2021 Release (Exclusive)

Comic book fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see the Flash race into theaters, and Albus Dumbledore may be partly to blame for the delay.

Warner Bros. is pushing back the start of filming on the studio’s still untitled standalone Flash film, sources tell Variety. The film never received a formal greenlight nor did it have a set release date, but it had been expected to begin shooting in March. However, a script is still being tweaked and the studio thinks that it won’t enough time to get the script in shape in order for the film to make its original start date.

That’s a problem, because Ezra Miller, the live-wire performer tasked with playing the Flash, also has a key supporting role in “Fantastic Beasts,” the “Harry Potter” spin-off series. The third film in the franchise begins shooting in July, which would cause scheduling headaches.
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Fox Testing Extra Long and Extra Short Commercials During Fall Sunday Lineup

In an effort to figure out just what the hell it is their viewers want, Fox is about to test some new commercial formats during its fall Sunday lineup. There will be two types: longer commercial blocks running for more than five minutes, and shorter spurts that only air two commercials at a time. According […]

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ and ‘Halloween’ Release New Soundtrack Samples

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ and ‘Halloween’ Release New Soundtrack Samples
This fall’s sequels Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Halloween are two of the most anticipated movies of the year, and they also come with two of the most anticipated scores as well. James Newton Howard is tackling the Harry Potter spin-off sequel while John Carpenter himself returned to craft the score for the […]

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‘Iron Fist’: Why Getting Canceled Could Be the Best News Yet For Marvel’s Least-Favorite Superhero

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When Netflix canceled “Marvel’s Iron Fist” — making history as the first-ever official Netflix cancelation of a Marvel show — it might have seemed not a moment too soon for the McU’s least-liked superhero. With his superpowers and inherited wealth, and with the show’s sloppy storytelling, it was never easy to empathize with Danny Rand (Finn Jones). However, now that Netflix has declared the end of his standalone show that disappointed audiences and critics, Danny may finally have a chance to shine.

After all, the best episode featuring the immortal Iron Fist isn’t an episode of “Marvel’s Iron Fist;” it’s the “Luke Cage” Season 2 episode “The Main Ingredient,” in which Danny strolls into Pop’s Barber Shop to spend some quality time with Luke (Mike Colter) as he contends with a personal crossroads.

In “The Main Ingredient,” Danny isn’t exactly a sidekick; after all, his
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Beyond Christopher Nolan: ‘First Man’ Redefines In-Camera VFX

Beyond Christopher Nolan: ‘First Man’ Redefines In-Camera VFX
With inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Damien Chazelle set out to redefine shooting in camera for “First Man,” dramatizing Nasa’s mission to the moon, with Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong. “We had to create a gentle balance using a diverse mixture of visual effects, special effects, archival footage, and scaled models to help create the 1960’s documentary style film that was Damien’s vision,” said production VFX supervisor Paul Lambert of Dneg (this year’s Oscar winner for “Blade Runner 2049”).

The biggest challenge was how to shoot the space and in-flight elements with Dneg’s CG content to fit within the boundaries of a movie being shot 16mm and 35mm (the climactic lunar sequence was shot with IMAX cameras by cinematographer Linus Sandgren for a surreal “Wizard of Oz” effect).

“The effects had to be subtle and shot in a particular way to make it feel like footage from the day,
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Chris Evans Insists His Spoiler-y ‘Avengers 4′ Wrap Message Is Not a Spoiler

Sales of smelling salts assumedly rose at a drastic level last week when Chris Evans tweeted a heartfelt message that seemed to indicate Avengers 4 would be the death of Steve Rogers, a.k.a Captain America. "Officially wrapped on Avengers 4. It was an emotional day to say the least," Evans wrote. "Playing this role over the last 8 years has been an honor. To everyone in front of the camera, behind the camera, and in the audience, thank you for the memories! Eternally grateful.” To quell the ensuing uproar, Evans is somewhat backtracking, not on the sentiment but …
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