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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)

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‘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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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’: Netflix Spotlights Trans Talent As Daniela Vega & Jen Richards Join Cast

‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’: Netflix Spotlights Trans Talent As Daniela Vega & Jen Richards Join Cast
For the first time in her onscreen life, Anna Madrigal will be played by a trans woman. Emmy-nominated “Her Story” creator Jen Richards has been hired to play a young Anna Madrigal in Netflix’s “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” revival. “A Fantastic Woman” star Daniela Vega will play her friend, Ysela. Earlier this year, Netflix announced plans to revive the beloved Lgbtq series, based on Maupin’s books about a young woman living in 1970s San Francisco.

Reprising their roles from the original 1993 Channel 4 miniseries, which aired on PBS in 1994, Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are returning as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal. Ellen Page later joined the cast as Shawna, the daughter of Linney’s character, Mary Ann.

Per the official synopsis: “This next chapter follows Mary Ann (Linney), who returns home to San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter (Page) and ex-husband Brian,
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Ike Barinholtz on ‘The Oath’ and Advice He Got from Jordan Peele, Mindy Kaling, and Seth Rogen

This weekend, Ike Barinholtz’ directorial debut, The Oath, hits theaters. The film is set in an America where the President has requested that citizens take a loyalty oath and do so by the day after Thanksgiving. Liberal couple Chris (Barinholtz) and Kai (Tiffany Haddish) are hosting their family for Thanksgiving, and trying to keep things civil, but the holiday keeps deteriorating as political tensions become more heated. Last month, I got to sit down with Barinholtz in Atlanta to talk about the movie. We talked about what he learned from friends and family screenings, specifically from fellow directors Jordan Peele, …
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Chris Gethard Knows What It’s Like to Write a Book About Failing While Your TV Show is Ending

Chris Gethard Knows What It’s Like to Write a Book About Failing While Your TV Show is Ending
While writing “Lose Well,” Chris Gethard sensed that by the time it was published, the circumstances of his career might be a little different. That led him to crafting a sort-of self-help book that, well, helped himself.

“It was about about a month before I had the meeting that officially ended ‘The Chris Gethard Show,'” said Gethard, referring to his unclassifiable cable-spanning talk show. “It was such a weird bittersweet feeling to know that we were locking the book and I was like, ‘I think the show might be done.'”

At the end of May, “The Chris Gethard Show” ended after nearly 50 episodes on cable, following a robust four-year life on public access. Throughout “Lose Well” there are vague references to the show’s potential imminent demise.

“I think this book is as much an ending to the TV show as the final episode itself,” he said. “Even
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Willem Dafoe Defends ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Casting, in Which the 63-Year-Old Actor Plays 37-Year-Old Vincent van Gogh

Willem Dafoe Defends ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Casting, in Which the 63-Year-Old Actor Plays 37-Year-Old Vincent van Gogh
Willem Dafoe has earned rave reviews for playing Vincent van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate,” the new drama from Julian Schnabel, but the film’s casting isn’t being celebrated by everyone. Van Gogh was only 37 years old when he died, which has resulted in some backlash against the film for casting the 63-year-old Dafoe as the legendary painter. Many have questioned whether or not a woman would be given the chance to play a character nearly half her age.

“Anyone who’s talking in those terms [against the age gap] is not understanding the kind of movie we’re making, and doesn’t have an imagination about physical health and how things have changed over the years,” Dafoe told Vulture when asked about the casting criticism.

“It’s not a regular biopic, number one,” he continued. “And number two: I was surprised that he was only 37 years old, and then I looked
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Trailer for Adam Sandler’s Netflix Standup Special ‘100% Fresh’ Is Devoid of Actual Jokes

Netflix has released the trailer for the upcoming Adam Sandler standup special 100% Fresh, and it’s pretty ambitious in that it showcases exactly zero jokes. There’s footage of Sandler performing to be sure, but it’s mostly just a mishmash of him making silly noises, singing bits of songs, and laughing with the audience. I’ve no doubt there are actual jokes to be found in the special itself, but to release a trailer that doesn’t have any at all is certainly something. It’s a bold move, Cotton. Let’s see how it plays out. 100% …
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First ‘Rwby Vol. 6’ Trailer Brings the Title Team Together Again

Rooster Teeth's Rwby arrives later this month for the highly anticipated debut of the anime series' sixth volume, but today fans everywhere can get a glimpse of just what adventures are in store for the title team. Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are reunited in the new season to take on new and returning threats alongside some familiar faces and what may turn out to be some surprising allies. Rwby is the first western-style anime to be distributed in Japan and is produced by Rooster Teeth in Austin, Texas. Rwby Volume 6 premieres October 27th exclusively on Rooster …
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Constantin Film plots sci-fi epic 'Haven: Above Sky' with Roland Emmerich (exclusive)

Constantin Film plots sci-fi epic 'Haven: Above Sky' with Roland Emmerich (exclusive)
First look at Nora Arnezeder in project; Mister Smith Entertainment launching sales at Afm.

Munich-based Constantin Film has begun production on sci-fi epic Haven: Above Sky, from director Tim Fehlbaum and executive producer Roland Emmerich.

Screen can reveal a first look at the film, which is starring Nora Arnezeder (Mozart In The Jungle), Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones), Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (Mary Magdalene), Sope Dirisu (The Huntsman: Winter’s Tale), Sebastian Roché (The Man In The High Castle) and Joel Basman (Land Of Mine).

Director Fehlbaum co-wrote the screenplay with Mariko Minoguchi. Set in the near future, after a global catastrophe
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The Dude Abides: Win A 20th Anniversary Limited Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Gift Set

Odds are, if you are an avid reader of this website, you’re probably a fan of “The Big Lebowski.” One of the preeminent films in the illustrious filmography of the Coen Brothers, ‘Lebowski’ debuted in 1998 to a less-than-great box office. However, over the last 20 years, the film has reached incredible heights as a cult classic, spawning an avid fanbase and an annual festival, Lebowski Fest.

And to mark the film’s 20th anniversary, fans will have the opportunity to buy a special limited edition release of the film, unlike anything else.

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‘Child’s Play’ Creator Teases New Details for TV Series, Which Takes Place After ‘Cult of Chucky’

While a Child’s Play remake is coming together over at MGM, the franchise’s creator Don Mancini is hard at work on a TV series that will follow the events of the most recent horror comedy installment, Cult of Chucky. Speaking at 2018 Screamfest, Mancini offered up some new details about the series. However, in order […]

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Elaine May’s ‘Mikey And Nicky’ Joins ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ & Hitchcock’s ‘Notorious’ In January’s Criterion Releases

Sure, it may only be October, but it’s never too early to think about 2019. Skip past the holidays and those requisite family dinners. It’s time to talk January 2019 and specifically, which new Criterion films you’ll be purchasing in the new year.

Leading the way in January is actress, writer, and director Elaine May, who joins the esteemed Criterion Collection with her 1976 film “Mikey and Nicky.” The crime film stars Peter Falk and John Cassavetes as two former friends and mobsters that find their friendship brought back into light when one of them is scared for his life.

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Every John Carpenter Movie Ranked from Worst to Best

Westerns are all about the standoff – that final showdown, ticking seconds off the clock as sweat trickles down the face of a lone cowboy with his hand over his pistol, ready to pounce. They’re about the long game, the waiting game with the big payoff. Being an avid fan of westerns his entire life, this is the kind of tension director John Carpenter has always attempted to bring to each scene of his polished projects, even if the stories don’t necessarily fall in the sweltering heat of gunslinger territory. That’s why all of his horror movies pack …
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‘Riverdale’ Flashback Episode Images Show the Kids Playing Their Parents

Riverdale is taking a trip to the past with its upcoming Season 3 flashback episode, which will see the show's main cast taking on new roles -- as their parents. Taking place in the early 90s, viewers will get to see Alice as young South Side Serpent, but the episode will also connect to the larger story. In an interview with EW, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said: “One of the things that the kids discover pretty early on is that the murder victims in the present were playing a game called Gryphons & Gargoyles, which is of course the …
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Exclusive ‘Castle Rock’ Blu-ray Clip Teases the Hulu Series’ Extensive Bonus Features

Castle Rock, the small rural town carved out of the deepest woodland in Maine in which many of acclaimed, best-selling author Stephen King’s most-loved works of fiction come to life, recently came to life itself as the setting of Hulu's new, original series. Now, you can bring the first mysterious and thrilling season home with you thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's release of Castle Rock: The Complete First Season on Digital now, and coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on January 8, 2019. In addition to all 10 episodes of the …
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‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Becomes an Action Star in Catherine Hardwicke’s Kidnapping Thriller

‘Miss Bala’ Trailer: Gina Rodriguez Becomes an Action Star in Catherine Hardwicke’s Kidnapping Thriller
Gina Rodriguez is best known for playing the title role on The CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” but she’s about to redefine her acting career with the upcoming thriller “Miss Bala.” The film is the latest from Catherine Hardwicke, famous for directing “Twilight” and whose last directorial effort was the 2015 drama “Miss You Already.” “Miss Bala” is the English-language remake of Gerardo Naranjo’s Mexican drama of the same name, which debuted at Cannes and was Mexico’s entry for the 2012 foreign language Oscar.

Miss Bala” stars Rodriguez as a woman who is kidnapped and forced into smuggling drug money for a cartel. The title character works her way into the good graces of the cartel boss, but she ends up using her newfound mercenary skills against him and his gang. The supporting cast includes Anthony Mackie and Ismael Cruz Córdova.

“I had been dying to do action for so long,
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Remembering the ‘Enterprise, Enthusiasm and Zeal’ of Arnold Kopelson

Remembering the ‘Enterprise, Enthusiasm and Zeal’ of Arnold Kopelson
Back in the 1980s, before I became a Variety “mugg” (as journalists were once known in our parlance here), I was an ink-stained wretch, aka an indie screenwriter with a pirate picture getting peddled to the buyers in the Cannes market. And before he became an Oscar best picture-winning producer (for Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” in 1987), Arnold Kopelson, who died Oct. 8 at his home in Beverly Hills at age 83, was already a Cannes market big shot, running his fast-growing international shingle Inter-Ocean Film Sales.

Established in the early ’70s, Kopelson’s firm was a two-person outfit perhaps better known as “Arnold and Anne,” as Kopelson and wife-to-be Anne Feinberg were, along with Dino De Laurentiis and the Salkinds (Ilya and father Alexander), pioneers of presales of North American films to independent distributors all over the world. One early success that helped catapult Inter-Ocean to the top ranks of sellers was
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Jonah Hill and Edie Falco in Conversation: Hollywood Humility, Performance Anxiety, and Much More — Exclusive

Jonah Hill and Edie Falco in Conversation: Hollywood Humility, Performance Anxiety, and Much More — Exclusive
First-time filmmaker Jonah Hill’s imminent debut feature “Mid90s” harkens back to the multi-hyphenate’s own misbegotten youth amongst the skate rats of his native Los Angeles. In celebration of the film’s upcoming release, indie distributor A24 asked the newly minted writer-director to interview a handful of celebrities he admires most, including his “Superbad” co-star Michael Cera, Kathryn Hahn, Q-Tip, skateboarder Mark Gonzalez, and his own sister Beanie Feldstein, with an eye towards chatting about their own hidden inner lives, especially the lives of their youth.

The interviews all appear in A24’s own recurring zine, together under the title “Inner Children.” IndieWire is proud to exclusively debut Hill’s interview with his self-professed “favorite actress,” Edie Falco. As Hill says in the interview, he “wanted to interview a bunch of people that I really admire, essentially about the idea that we all have versions of ourselves that we’re most embarrassed of.
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Director Jeff Nichols on Crafting ‘Long Way Back Home’ and Making a Song Into a Short Film [Interview]

Director Jeff Nichols on Crafting ‘Long Way Back Home’ and Making a Song Into a Short Film [Interview]
Jeff Nichols‘ very first music video is both new and familiar for the filmmaker. The director behind Mud, Take Shelter, and Loving reunited with a slew of his frequent collaborators, including actor Michael Shannon and cinematographer Adam Stone, to create a music video/short film for Lucero’s new album, “Among the Ghosts.” It isn’t Nichols’ first collaboration with his brother (and Lucero frontman) […]

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Oscars: Olivia Colman Will Compete in Best Actress for ‘The Favourite’ as Acting Races Get Clarified

When it comes to predicting the Oscars, one of the major hurdles early in the season is figuring out in which categories some of the actors will be competing. Someone like Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained is more of a co-lead performance, but it’s on the studio to decide where to campaign for the actor, and on the Academy to either accept or re-categorize. In the case of Waltz and Django, he was submitted for Best Supporting Actor …
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