Top News

Paramount Developing Third ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie

  • Variety
Paramount Developing Third ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie
Paramount has launched development of a third “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie — two years after “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” was a serious disappointment.

The studio has hired Andrew Dodge, whose credits include “Bad Words,” to write the script. Producers are Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller through their Platinum Dunes production company.

The studio is aiming to reboot the franchise through the third “Ninja Turtles” project.

Paramount’s two movies are based on the comic by Kevin Eastman and Kevin Laird about wisecracking pizza-loving turtle superheroes named after the Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello, using ninja skills acquired from a radioactive New York City rat. The first movie, simply called “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” was released in 2014 and grossed $493 million worldwide while “Out of the Shadows” took in about half that.

Both films starred Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher
See full article at Variety »

Jamie Bell in Talks to Play Bernie Taupin in Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Jamie Bell in Talks to Play Bernie Taupin in Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ (Exclusive)
Jamie Bell is in negotiations to play Bernie Taupin, the famed songwriter who collaborated on 30 albums with Elton John, in Paramount’s biopic “Rocketman” starring Taron Egerton as John.

Dexter Fletcher is attached to helm the project. Lee Hall penned the script. Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute the pic.

Taupin began collaborating on songs with John back in 1967, when the two both answered an advertisement for talent that was placed in the New Musical Express by Liberty Records A&R man Ray Williams. Though both were rejected for that job, John would stumble across Taupin’s poetry, leading to one of the greatest music collaborations for the next several decades.

The two worked on hits together that included “Crocodile Rock,” “Honky Cat,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and the title of the project, “Rocketman.”

Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films will produce,
See full article at Variety »

‘Berlin Syndrome’s’ Cate Shortland Topping The Shortlist Of Directors For Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’

‘Berlin Syndrome’s’ Cate Shortland Topping The Shortlist Of Directors For Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’
It appears that Marvel Studios isn’t just stringing along fans who have been begging for a “Black Widow” film for years. While nothing has officially been announced, it’s been widely reported that Marvel Studios has begun the process of bringing everyone’s favorite Russian spy to the big screen. And according to Deadline, we now know that Marvel Studios is starting to narrow down its shortlist of directors, with one name popping up as a favorite.
See full article at The Playlist »

Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm

Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm
It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported …
See full article at Collider.com »

Zachary Quinto says Star Trek 4 news expected in the next few weeks

Zachary Quinto says Star Trek 4 news expected in the next few weeks
Actor Zachary Quinto has offered an update on the future of Star Trek movies.

2009’s Star Trek brought the franchise back to the big screen in a significant way but it’s television that has been mostly dominating conversation of late. The films, however, are still integral to the franchise’s future, with several in development at Paramount, including Star Trek 4 and Quentin Tarantino’s mystery project.

Speaking during a recent interview with Andy Cohen’s Sirius FM show (via ComicBook.com), Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, says that news should be arriving very soon:

“You know, I think we’re going to know more in the next few weeks actually. There is a fourth movie that’s being developed right now. They’ve brought a director who’s actually a wonderful woman who I’ve worked with before named S.J. Clarkson into the mix to develop and to helm that project.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

George Clooney To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Echo’ From The Producers Of ‘Arrival’ And ‘Stranger Things’

George Clooney To Direct Sci-Fi Film ‘Echo’ From The Producers Of ‘Arrival’ And ‘Stranger Things’
George Clooney’s track record as a director is hit or miss. While he’s an A-lister actor, with numerous hits under his belt, when he steps behind the camera, things are a bit more…dicey. Last year, he released “Suburbicon,” which had all the makings of a great film, but ended up not doing much for audiences and critics. It feels like it’s been an eternity since 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” put him on the map as a filmmaker to keep an eye on.
See full article at The Playlist »

Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series

Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series
Kristen Wiig is stepping down as star of the half-hour comedy series being developed for Apple by Reese Witherspoon, due to scheduling conflicts with the production of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The show is now on hold as Apple and the show’s producers consider their options, including finding a new lead actress.

Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the project from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine received a 10-episode order, and was set to become Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Wiig signed onto the series when it was ordered in January, and was set to executive produce as well as star.

However, Wiig joined “Wonder Woman 1984” just two months later. That film is currently in production, with Wiig playing classic DC comics villain Cheetah. The superhero sequel’s shooting schedule,
See full article at The Wrap »

Dennis Quaid to Play Ronald Reagan in New Biopic

Dennis Quaid to Play Ronald Reagan in New Biopic
Dennis Quaid has inked a deal to play President Ronald Reagan in a film expected to begin shooting in the fall, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The long-in-the works feature film will explore Reagan's life from boyhood through his presidency — of both the U.S. and the Screen Actors Guild — and he will be played as a young man by David Henrie, best known for his role as teen Justin Russo in the kid's show Wizards of Waverly Place, and as an older adult by Quaid.

The film is also expected to explore Reagan's ...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Fran Drescher Teases ‘The Nanny’ Revival: ‘We’re Talking About It’

  • The Wrap
Fran Drescher Teases ‘The Nanny’ Revival: ‘We’re Talking About It’
It’s been 25 years since “The Nanny” premiered on CBS, and just in time to mark that anniversary, star Fran Drescher is teasing a revival of the classic sitcom.

“We’re talking about it. Peter and I are talking about it,” Drescher told Entertainment Tonight. Peter Marc Jacobson, who co-created the sitcom with her, is also her ex-husband and collaborator.

“We’re working on a very big project,” she added. “It’s going to be very exciting for the fans, but I’m not at liberty to announce it yet. But it’s gonna be big.”

If a revival were to get greenlit, Drescher said that her character would’ve become more involved in social issues over the past 20 years.

“She would’ve maybe gotten involved in more things [that] Fran Drescher is involved with,” she said. “All kinds of things from environmental issues,
See full article at The Wrap »

Stephen King & J.J. Abrams’ ‘Castle Rock’ Sets Comic-Con World Premiere + More

Stephen King & J.J. Abrams’ ‘Castle Rock’ Sets Comic-Con World Premiere + More
Exclusive: Castle Rock doesn't premiere on Hulu until July 25, but San Diego Comic-Con attendees will get a lot more than a sneak peek at the psychological-horror drama. The entire opening episode of the J.J. Abrams-produced series based on Stephen King's stories will be played for fans at the confab next month, I've learned.

Additionally, the home of The Handmaid's Tale is planning a big Rock presence offscreen at SDCC.

Abrams is working on the next Star Wars movie over…
See full article at Deadline TV »

James Cromwell, Bruce Dern & More Join Civil War-Era Drama ‘Emperor’

James Cromwell, Bruce Dern & More Join Civil War-Era Drama ‘Emperor’
Exclusive: Oscar nominees James Cromwell and Bruce Dern have signed on for Emperor, joining previously announced star Dayo Okeniyi in the Civil War-abolitionist film directed former Lionsgate exec Mark Amin. Paul Scheer, Harry Lennix, Naturi Naughton, Mykelti Williamson, Ben Robson, Keean Johnson, and Kat Graham are also attached to co-star in the film, which hails from Amin’s Sobini Films banner. Inspired by the true story, the pic follows Shields Green (Okeniyi), who in…
See full article at Deadline Movie News »

Samantha Bee Skewers Trump’s Border Policy, Kirstjen Nielsen on ‘Full Frontal’ (Exclusive Video)

Samantha Bee Skewers Trump’s Border Policy, Kirstjen Nielsen on ‘Full Frontal’ (Exclusive Video)
Samantha Bee’s Wednesday opener for “Full Frontal” did not shy away from decrying Donald Trump’s new executive order to remedy his “policy-not-a-policy” on separating families at the border.

She kicked her monologue off by commiserating with her audience, offering that “if like most people you’ve been feeling a little uncomfortable this week with our new Pre-k prisons, good news. The President has fixed it with the next worst thing.”

Exasperated with how the crisis at the border indeed feels like it has gone on for 60 years, rather than Trump’s statement that “nobody’s taken care of
See full article at Variety - TV News »

TV News Roundup: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Launches Women’s Rights Campaign with Equality Now

In today’s roundup, “The Handmaid’s Tale” launches a campaign with international womens’ rights organization, Equality Now, while the Paley Center for Media reveals their upcoming screening series, which is set to feature a reunion of “West Side Story” cast members George Chakiris, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, and Eliot Feld.

First Looks

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and international women’s rights organization “Equality Now” have partnered up to launch a new campaign to fight for equality under the law and urge for people to speak out in support of women and girls’ rights. The centerpiece of the
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Film Review: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

Film Review: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’
First it was drugs. “Sicario” captured that threat as few movies have, depicting the brutality with which cartels control the flow of illegal substances across the U.S.-Mexico border, and imagining a no-nonsense response by a shadowy group of American enforcers every bit as corrupt as the criminals they’re attempting to extinguish. Now, the cartels are dealing in human traffic, introducing a toxic dimension to what may once have seemed a simple refugee issue. That’s the dynamic screenwriter Taylor Sheridan wanted to explore in his cold-blooded follow-up, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” addressing not only the ultraviolent Mexican gangs who control which people cross the border but also the notion that outlaws and potential terrorists may be able to enter the country with their blessing.

Considering how rare it is that an intelligent, topical action movie comes along, there might be reason to question whether “Soldado” stands
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Film Review: Slick Sequel Ups the Violence But Loses the Point

  • The Wrap
‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Film Review: Slick Sequel Ups the Violence But Loses the Point
Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” is a somewhat remarkable thriller, one where all of the movie’s biggest thrills are just disturbing symptoms of a morally compromised government. It’s surprising that a film so dour and portentous would lead to a sequel, but it’s a little less surprising once you realize that “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” sidelines most of that pointed commentary in favor of blunt force, action-packed trauma.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado” begins with a group of people illegally crossing the Mexico-u.S. border, but when American agents hold one of the immigrants at gunpoint, he blows himself up using an explosive vest. The camera then slowly pans over several prayer blankets as threatening music emanates in the background, an overblown moment which would be absurd if it wasn’t followed by Middle Eastern terrorists blowing up a big-box store while a blonde woman begs for the life of her child.
See full article at The Wrap »

Sony Pictures Classics Calls Peter Fonda’s Trump Tweet ‘Abhorrent, Reckless and Dangerous’

Sony Pictures Classics released a statement Wednesday evening condemning actor Peter Fonda’s tweet about Donald Trump and his son, Barron, but says it will not remove Fonda from the film “Boundaries,” which the indie distributor will release this weekend.

“Peter Fonda’s comments are abhorrent, reckless and dangerous, and we condemn them completely,” the statement read.

“It is important to note that Mr. Fonda plays a very minor role in the film. To pull or alter this film at this point would unfairly penalize the filmmaker Shana Feste’s accomplishment, the many actors, crew members and other creative talent that worked hard on the project.”

Also Read: Peter Fonda Apologizes for 'Highly Inappropriate' Barron Trump Tweet: 'I Went Way Too Far'

Fonda made the tweet during a late-night online rant against Trump and his administration’s family separation policy against undocumented migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We
See full article at The Wrap »

Universal Starts Direct Distribution in Hong Kong, Appoints Anita Cheung

Universal Pictures is taking direct distribution control of its movie releases in Hong Kong and has appointed Anita Cheung Woon-man to head its new outpost in Hong Kong. For more than 10 years, Universal movie titles have been sub-distributed in Hong Kong through Edko Films.

Cheung joins from 20th Century Fox, where she has worked for 16 years, most recently as general manager. As Gm of the Hong Kong office, Cheung will oversee sales, marketing, and provide local leadership to all functions in Hong Kong, and build an integrated team operation. She reports to Jo Yan, MD and executive VP, China, Universal Pictures International.

Universal set up its mainland China office in Beijing in November 2014. It has a consumer products division in Shanghai. The company is responsible for managing the marketing of all of Universal’s movies accepted for release in the market.

“Anita is an exceptional, commercially astute business leader who
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Watch Pete Davidson Confirm He and Ariana Grande Are Engaged (Video)

  • The Wrap
Watch Pete Davidson Confirm He and Ariana Grande Are Engaged (Video)
Ok, you guys, it’s officially official: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande are, in fact, engaged. Davidson confirmed the news on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday night.

“You know you didn’t have to get engaged to Ariana Grande to come on our show,” the late-night host told Davidson in the clip.

“But I did though!” the “Saturday Night Live” star replied. “I feel like I won a contest.”

Tonight Pete Davidson confirms his engagement to Ariana Grande. Here's a sneak peek. Tune in to #FallonTonight for the full interview. pic.twitter.com/NjxmZ2njgR

— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) June 20, 2018

Also Read: Donald Glover Drops New Childish Gambino Video During 'SNL' Broadcast

Davidson went on to tell Fallon that “it’s f—-ing lit” being engaged to the “No Tears Left to Cry” pop star.

“It’s so lit. It’s so funny walking down the street, ’cause
See full article at The Wrap »

Film News Roundup: Jane Fonda to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Michael Moore’s Festival

Film News Roundup: Jane Fonda to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Michael Moore’s Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Jane Fonda is set for an award at Michael Moore’s film festival, Shout Factory buys Angie Wang’s crime drama “Mdma,” and the Palm Springs festival sets its opening and closing dates.

Honor

Jane Fonda will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 5.

Fonda has won acting Oscars for “Klute” and “Coming Home” and been nominated for “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” “Julia,” “The China Syndrome,” “On Golden Pond,” and “The Morning After.” She’s also won four Golden Globes, two BAFTAs, and an Emmy.

Moore, who is the founder and president of the Michigan festival, made the announcement Wednesday.

“I can think of no other artist who has given more to her country,” said Moore. “What an honor for our festival audience to welcome and to be
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Oscar Winner Kobe Bryant Barred Entry Into Film Academy

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant may have an Oscar to show for his and director Glen Keane’s animated short film “Dear Basketball,” but he won’t be granted entry into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Individuals who win an Academy Award or are nominated for one are often considered for inclusion in the organization, which numbered more than 8,000 members at most recent count. Bryant was considered as well, and the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation branch actually voted in the affirmative to admit him into the branch.

However, the Academy’s governors committee overruled the decision and rescinded the invitation, Variety has confirmed. Though the branch, through governor Bill Kroyer, argued that Bryant has expressed a desire to work in the short films space, the committee felt the Los Angeles Lakers legend needed to show evidence of a larger career in the field before
See full article at Variety - Film News »
An error has occured. Please try again.