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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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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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Biggs to hit Small Screen in TeleImage’s ‘Odd Man Out’ (Exclusive)

Biggs to hit Small Screen in TeleImage’s ‘Odd Man Out’ (Exclusive)
The story of Ronnie Briggs, one of the U.K.’s most notorious and well-known criminals of the past century, will be making its way to TV screens thanks to “Odd Man Out,” an upcoming series produced by Brazil’s TeleImage.

The series will tell the true story of the once-petty thief straight from the source, using his co-authored autobiography from 2011, “Ronnie Biggs: Odd Man Out : the Last Straw” as its source material.

To that end, they have enlisted the help of the book’s co-author Christopher Pickard, who told Variety, “Patrick and his team at TeleImage understand the scope and scale of the story we are trying to tell of an ordinary man’s extraordinary full life. It is not a tale that can be told in a 90-minute film, or four to six episodes. It needs the wider canvas of a multiple series and episode format to
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‘The Rookie’ Review: Nathan Fillion’s New ABC Cop Drama Is a Perfectly Fine Procedural, Except for One Thing

‘The Rookie’ Review: Nathan Fillion’s New ABC Cop Drama Is a Perfectly Fine Procedural, Except for One Thing
Nathan Fillion is back and this time he’s a real cop. With “Castle” dead long enough for its creator to launch a new ABC comedy and one of its stars to get an ABC drama all his own, it’s time Castleites move on from watching Fillion tagging along with the boys in blue and witness him become one instead. Network executives hope so, and the sturdy pilot doesn’t give much reason to expect otherwise.

There’s not much to “The Rookie” beyond the obvious — a man in a midlife crisis finds new purpose by becoming a cop — but familiarity is kind of the point. Loosely inspired by a true story, “Castle” executive producer Alexi Hawley’s series is still an episodic cop drama built around its star and for his fans, as well as the genre’s. After the dutiful first episode, odds are Fillionites and procedural
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New French culture minister faces familiar film and TV challenges

Franck Riester takes up poison chalice role in country where art and culture remain sacrosanct.

France has changed its culture minister for the fifth time in six years with Franck Riester being appointed to the role on Tuesday to replace outgoing Françoise Nyssen, who held the post for 17 months.

The new appointment was announced as part of a long-expected government cabinet reshuffle by embattled French President Emanuel Macron, following the resignation of one his key supporters Gerard Collomb to re-run for his former job as mayor of Lyon.

The appointment of Riester, who leans to the centre-right, is seen as
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Climax Films Sees No ‘Ordinary’ Future for Europe (Exclusive)

A complex spy thriller set in the near future imagines Europe on the brink, manipulated by a shadowy organization bent on destroying democracy across the continent.

With far-right political parties making strides across Europe, it’s an all-too-plausible scenario portrayed in “An Ordinary Citizen,” a 10 x 52’ series from Belgium’s Climax Films that has been selected for Mia’s drama series pitching competition.

Set on the eve of the campaign to elect the first President of the newly formed United States of Europe, the series follows an ordinary family man who becomes a fugitive when his daughter disappears, and he’s accused of killing his wife. Hunted by the secret service, he gradually realizes he’s a pawn in a much larger game that could ultimately tear Europe apart.

“An Ordinary Citizen” arrives at a pivotal moment in European history. “It looks like our democratic societies have lost their goal and direction,
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‘Charmed’ Stars on Rebooting the Series for the 2018 Climate

From executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane the Virgin) and inspired by the original TV series, The CW’s Charmed follows sisters Melanie “Mel” Vera (Melonie Diaz), a graduate student in the women’s studies department, and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery), a fun-loving freshman whose biggest concern is pledging a sorority. After a shocking tragedy affects their family, Mel and Maggie learn that their mother (Valerie Cruz) was keeping some big secrets from them, like the fact that they have an older sister named Macy (Madeleine Mantock) who’s a brilliant geneticist, and that they are witches who each have …
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‘Halloween’ Revisited: John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis Revisit the Horror Franchise That Changed Their Lives Forever

‘Halloween’ Revisited: John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis Revisit the Horror Franchise That Changed Their Lives Forever
True confession #1: I’m going to dress up as Laurie Strode on “Halloween.” Let’s just say Jamie Lee Curtis and I are of an age. Grey hair? Check. Glasses? Check. Jeans, boots and jacket? No problem. And I’ve got a good-size kitchen cleaver, if not a rack of semi-automatics. That’s Strode’s new weapons arsenal, stacked and ready to wreak revenge on Michael Myers after he escapes from a mental hospital after 40 years.

Curtis, the daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, first made her name with John Carpenter’s “Halloween” in 1978, when she was 19, followed by Rick Rosenthal’s “Halloween 2,” also written and produced by Carpenter and his producing partner Debra Hill. True confession #2: I worked on that film as a young press agent at Maslansky/Koenigsberg, followed by Carpenter’s “The Fog” and “Escape from New York” (also co-written by Hill).

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’: Black Love In The Face Of Racist, American Obstacles [Nyff]

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to “Moonlight,” is a rich panorama of black life in the 1970s New York. While the plot centers on a life-shattering injustice and other forms of prejudice are always lurking around the corner, those moments are unable to destroy the passionate and enduring love between childhood sweethearts Tish (KiKi Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James).

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Steve McQueen Explains the Meaning Behind Kanye West’s Erratic Behavior: ‘He Wants to be a Free Black Man’

Steve McQueen Explains the Meaning Behind Kanye West’s Erratic Behavior: ‘He Wants to be a Free Black Man’
Kanye West’s polarizing behavior and love of Donald Trump has confounded many of his fans over the last several months, but at least one person understands where the rapper is coming from. Steve McQueen, the Oscar winner behind “12 Years a Slave” and the upcoming “Widows,” knows Kanye West after directing his “All Day/ I Feel That” video, and the director explained to Bossip his interpretation of the rapper’s recent trials and tribulations.

“Listen, I understand Kanye in a way. Well, I think I do, obviously, everyone thinks they understand people and don’t,” McQueen said. “What I’m trying to say is I understand it in a way that he wants to be a free Black man. He wants to be totally free. Free, free. He wants to be Free.”

McQueen explained that West’s “idea of being free” manifests in “him having an idea of something
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How Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Leans into Family Drama with Stellar Results

Netflix is releasing so much content so fast these days that it’s sometimes hard for anything to really stand out. But when a show does break out from the streaming service deluge of content, it usually does so in a big way. That’s the case with The Haunting of Hill House, a horror TV series that dropped on October 12th as a little pre-Halloween treat. But while those who tuned in looking for scares certainly got frights and terrifying imagery in spades, The Haunting of Hill House is a far deeper, more emotionally devastating series than most …
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