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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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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works

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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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Carey Mulligan, Andy Serkis lead British voice cast on 'A Christmas Carol' as Saboteur boards for Afm (exclusive)

Production on radical retelling of Dickens classic wrapped in UK and Ukraine in August.

Saboteur Media has boarded worldwide rights heading into the Afm on a radical retelling of Charles DickensA Christmas Carol featuring a voice cast led by UK luminaries Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman.

Mark Lindsay, president of distribution at the New York-based company, will introduce the project to buyers in Santa Monica later this month after production wrapped in the UK and Ukraine in August.

David Morris adapted the story from the Charles Dickens classic. The film opens on a Victorian family
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France’s Cineteve Ramps Up International Drama Production With Top Creatives (Exclusive)

Paris-based independant company Cineteve is on board to produce a flurry of ambitious series, including the political comedy “Parlement,” the border-crime thriller “Nine,” the French revolution western “Cagliostro” and the spy thriller “Gaston.”

All four projects are being spearheaded by Cineteve’s founder Fabienne Servan-Schreiber, and Thomas Saignes who joined the company less than a year ago to develop and produce high-profile international drama.

“Parlement” is a half-hour comedy series about the European Parliament written by Noé Debré, whose credits include Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan.”

The series centers around an aimless 20-something man who works at the European Parliament in the midst of a post-Brexit chaos and sets off to take his fate in his own hands. Cineteve is partnering up with Studio Hamburg’s CineCentrum and All3’s 7Stories to produce the series which is now in advanced development. A French commissioning partner will soon be announced.
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Lionsgate in Negotiations for Star-Studded Roger Ailes Movie Dropped by Annapurna

Lionsgate is in negotiations to back the untitled Fox News sexual harassment film starring Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, sources have told Variety.

Lionsgate had no comment Monday. Annapurna decided on Oct. 9 to back out of the project due to budgetary concerns. Focus Features was considering a move to come on board, but that has not materialized. Bron Studios is expected to co-finance the film.

Despite Annapurna’s withdrawal, the project remains attractive due to its pedigree and an all-star cast that includes Kidman, Theron, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, and Margot Robbie. The film is directed by Jay Roach (“Trumbo”) and written by Academy Award winner Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”).

The movie focuses on Ailes’ downfall as seen through the eyes of a group of female employees. Kidman will play Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor who sued Ailes for harassment in 2016, and Theron will portray Megyn Kelly, whose
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‘The Good Doctor’ Loses Its Mind When a Psychotic Hallucination Leads to the Truth

‘The Good Doctor’ Loses Its Mind When a Psychotic Hallucination Leads to the Truth
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Good Doctor” Season 2, Episode 4, “Tough Titmouse.”]

The Good Doctor” showrunner David Shore throws everything at Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff). He just underwent surgery for a brain tumor, but Monday’s episode deals with another kind of trauma when he starts interacting with a hallucination of his dead daughter Maddie (Holly Taylor).

“We wanted an opportunity to deal with what is the most important event in his life and his own unresolved issues,” Shore said. “This seemed like an opportune time as he is himself facing his own mortality.”

Glassman’s hallucination stems from the a combination of brain surgery and extreme sleep deprivation, with psychosis as the result. “ICU psychosis is fairly common. Psychosis obviously can mean many, many things, but sleep deprivation can cause the onset of it,” said Shore. “You experience all this as if it is completely real. It can be disturbing.”

Conversation between father
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Film Review: ‘Change in the Air’

Though director Dianne Dreyer’s “Change in the Air” opens on a shocking, attention-grabbing scene of a desperate elderly man (played by M. Emmet Walsh) deliberately stepping in front of a moving vehicle, the rest of the film takes its sweet time to ramp up to faux profundity about humanity, spirituality, friendship, and forgiveness. The title is not only an allusion to the mysterious young lady (played by Rachel Brosnahan) who changes lives in a quiet suburban neighborhood, but also applies rather morbidly to the literal change that flies from the hand of that suicidal man.

With religious hymns scattered throughout, along with mentions of miracles, Eastern philosophy, and overt metaphysical powers, it’s clear the filmmakers are aiming for the faith-based market. However, the film has about as much resonance as a “Coexist” bumper sticker. Without a compelling, coherent narrative drive, the film’s own spirit sags.

Wren Miller
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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 have 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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