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Netflix Picks Up Gal Gadot Spy Film ‘Heart of Stone’ From Skydance

Netflix Picks Up Gal Gadot Spy Film ‘Heart of Stone’ From Skydance
Netflix has acquired in an auction the worldwide rights to “Heart of Stone,” a spy thriller that will star Gal Gadot in what could be an action franchise in the vein of the “Mission: Impossible” series for Skydance Media.

The Old Guard” writer Greg Rucka wrote the screenplay with Allison Schroeder. Tom Harper, known for “The Aeronauts” and “Wild Rose,” will direct.

Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Gadot would also produce through her Pilot Wave banner along with Jaron Varsano, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lyn, and Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger will also produce.

Gadot returned to her superhero franchise with “Wonder Woman 1984” back on Christmas Day, and she’ll also reunite with her director on that film Patty Jenkins for a new take on the “Cleopatra” story, as well as a third “Wonder Woman” movie that’s being fast-tracked. She’ll also
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Netflix Wins Auction For Skydance Spy Thriller ‘Heart Of Stone’; Gal Gadot Starring & Tom Harper Directing

Netflix Wins Auction For Skydance Spy Thriller ‘Heart Of Stone’; Gal Gadot Starring & Tom Harper Directing
Exclusive: Netflix has prevailed in a competitive auction for worldwide rights on Heart of Stone, the espionage thriller developed by Skydance Media with Gal Gadot starring. Tom Harper, who helmed The Aeronauts and Wild Rose, will direct a film that aspires to hatch a female-centric franchise with the action and global scale of films like Mission: Impossible and 007.

It is the second major deal with a streamer this week for a Skydance-generated tentpole-sized film, after Amazon acquired the Chris Pratt starrer The Tomorrow War.

The deal brings Gadot back into the Netflix fold. The actress, who just opened in Wonder Woman 1984 for WarnerMedia, will star with Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds in Netflix tentpole Red Notice, the Rawson Marshall Thurber-directed heist film.

Deadline revealed Skydance Media film in December, when David Ellison and team at Skydance signed an eight-figure deal for Gadot to star in Heart of Stone.
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Elizabeth Raposo Named President of Michael B Jordan’s Outlier Society

Elizabeth Raposo Named President of Michael B Jordan’s Outlier Society
Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society has named Elizabeth Raposo president of the production banner, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Raposo most recently served as president of production at Paramount before leaving the position last fall. During her time at Paramount, she oversaw multiple films in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, as well as J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” series and the “Transformers” franchise. Her other credits include “A Quiet Place,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Interstellar,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Jack Reacher.” Most recently, she oversaw the development and production of “A Quiet Place II,” “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” starring Jordan.

During her 15-year tenure at Paramount, she also worked with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Martin Scorsese due to their overall deals with the studio.

Prior to Paramount, Raposo worked at Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures,
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Michael B. Jordan Names Elizabeth Raposo As President Of His Outlier Society Banner

Michael B. Jordan Names Elizabeth Raposo As President Of His Outlier Society Banner
Exclusive: Studio exec Elizabeth Raposo looks to have found her next big gig as she has been named President of Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society banner. Raposo was most recently the President of Production at Paramount before leaving this past fall.

The exhaustive search for the position took six months with the company meeting with a dozen execs before landing on Raposo. Following exit from Paramount, Raposo quickly one of the more highly-coveted execs in town and found her fit with Jordan and Outlier Society to be exactly what she was looking for. In this role she will oversee production and development for all aspects of the business alongside Jordan.

During her 15 years at Paramount Pictures, most recently as President of Production, Raposo shepherded franchises, large-scale films and filmmaker-driven material. She oversaw multiple entries in the Mission: Impossible series including Mission: Impossible-Fallout, J.J. Abrams Star Trek series, Abrams
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Top Gun: Maverick: Jon Hamm says sequel meant to be seen on the big screen

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Top Gun: Maverick: Jon Hamm says sequel meant to be seen on the big screen
One of my most anticipated films of last summer was Top Gun: Maverick and I was thoroughly upset when the film initially got shifted to December of 2020 to only get moved again to the summer of 2021. Fingers crossed that it gets to keep its summer release date this year because one of the film's stars, Jon Hamm, is revealing that he saw a screening…
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Joe Jonas & Thomas Sadoski Join Big-Budget War Movie ‘Devotion’ Alongside Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell & Christina Jackson

Joe Jonas & Thomas Sadoski Join Big-Budget War Movie ‘Devotion’ Alongside Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell & Christina Jackson
Exclusive: Here’s some hot casting. Joe Jonas and Thomas Sadoski (John Wick) are joining the cast of big-budget war movie Devotion, which is due to get underway next month in the state of Georgia.

We brought you news earlier today that The Good Fight and Outsiders actress Christina Jackson has been cast as the female lead.

Sony pre-bought domestic last fall on Jd Dillard’s (Sweetheart) Korean war pic, which will star Jonathan Majors (Da 5 Bloods) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) in the lead roles, and is backed by Sicario and La La Land outfit Black Label Media.

The aerial epic will chart the true story of U.S. Navy fighter pilots, Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner, two young men from different worlds. Initiated together into the Vf-32 squadron, they are pushed to their limits flying a new design of fighter jet. But their friendship is tested when one
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‘Devotion’: Christina Jackson Cast As Female Lead In Big-Budget War Movie From ‘Sicario’ & ‘La La Land’ Backers Black Label

‘Devotion’: Christina Jackson Cast As Female Lead In Big-Budget War Movie From ‘Sicario’ & ‘La La Land’ Backers Black Label
Exclusive: The Good Fight and Outsiders actress Christina Jackson has been cast as the female lead in big-budget war movie Devotion, which is due to get underway next month in the state of Georgia.

Sony pre-bought domestic last fall on Jd Dillard’s (Sweetheart) Korean war pic, which will star Jonathan Majors (Da 5 Bloods) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) in the lead roles, and is backed by Sicario and La La Land outfit Black Label Media.

The aerial epic will chart the true story of U.S. Navy fighter pilots, Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner, two young men from different worlds. Initiated together into the Vf-32 squadron, they are pushed to their limits flying a new design of fighter jet. But their friendship is tested when one of them is shot down behind enemy lines. Jackson will play Daisy Brown.

Dillard will direct from a screenplay written by Jake Crane and Jonathan A.
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Jon Hamm Is Confident Top Gun 2 Will Blow Audiences' Minds on the Big Screen

Jon Hamm Is Confident Top Gun 2 Will Blow Audiences' Minds on the Big Screen
After 35 years, actor Tom Cruise is bringing the sequel to Top Gun to the big screen. Top Gun: Maverick features Cruise returning to the role of naval aviator Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. The movie will also see a lot of new actors playing the offsprings of characters from the original movie. One such actor is Jon Hamm, who will play Vice Admiral Cyclone, son of "Viper", Maverick's old mentor. In a new interview with Ksdk, Hamm appeared confident that the upcoming sequel will leave a big impact on audiences.

"It's going to leave a lot of people with their minds blown I think. I got the good fortune to see it over the summertime. They opened a theater for us and we all had to sit 15 feet apart and wear masks and everything, but we got to see it on the big screen, which is the right way to see it.
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Star Glen Powell Signs With CAA

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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Star Glen Powell Signs With CAA
Exclusive: Glen Powell, who stars alongside Tom Cruise in Paramount and Skydance’s upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, has inked with CAA.

The Austin, TX native is set to begin production next month on Jd Dillard’s war epic Devotion, in which he stars and is producing, based on The New York Times bestseller.

Powell plays the lead role in Richard Linklater’s upcoming animated film Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure. He previously starred in the Netflix romantic comedy Set It Up and Linklater’s 2016 feature Everybody Wants Some!! which followed a group of college baseball players in 1980.

Powell’s first feature role was in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over opposite Antonia Banderas and Sylvester Stallone. In 2007, before his first year of college, he landed a role in Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters. Powell would work with Stallone again in The Expendables 3.

His TV work includes Scream Queens,
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5 Questions Facing a Post-Pandemic Film Industry in 2021

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5 Questions Facing a Post-Pandemic Film Industry in 2021
The movie business is ready to shake off 2020 and the world-shattering pandemic that fundamentally altered the way films are made, distributed and enjoyed. But before the box office can roar back to life, there are still major issues that Hollywood is grappling with, involving everything from cinemas’ red-ink-filled balance sheets to the evolution of studios’ comic book universes.

Here are five big questions facing the film industry in 2021 as it looks to turn the page on an annus horribilis.

Can movie theaters stay solvent?

AMC, Cineworld and, to a lesser extent, Cinemark, piled on the debt in recent years as they acquired competitors and tore up theaters to replace old seats with luxury recliners. That left them with a smaller rainy day fund when the deluge of misfortune that was coronavirus hit last spring. AMC has already warned investors that it needed an additional $750 million to avoid filing for bankruptcy this year,
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2021: Hollywood’s year of superheroes, reboots & follow-ups lineup

2021: Hollywood’s year of superheroes, reboots &  follow-ups lineup
When it comes to Hollywood, 2021 is going to be a year of superheroes, reboots and follow-ups on the big screen -- and, of course, James Bond.

The Hollywood calendar of the year comes packed with big blockbusters including Scarlett Johansson's solo superhero outing "Black Widow", the/-+ Dwayne Johnson adventure "Jungle Cruise", Marvel's latest superhero genre addition "Eternals", Tom Cruise's new "Top Gun" sequel and Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond, "No Time To Die".

Here's a list of the Hollywood releases lined up in 2021 that sure gets us excited:

No Time To Die

Certainly the most talked-about Hollywood film not to release in 2020, Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond is now scheduled to release on April 2 this year. The 25th instalment of the franchise also features Rami Malek as the new Bond villain Safin, and brings back Lea Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Ben Whishaw as Q,
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A New Space Race Begins: Russia Aims to Beat Tom Cruise by Sending an Actor to Space in 2021

A New Space Race Begins: Russia Aims to Beat Tom Cruise by Sending an Actor to Space in 2021
One of the biggest films to be announced in 2020 was Tom Cruise and Doug Liman’s $200 million space movie that will become the first Hollywood narrative feature to film scenes in space. The project will also make Cruise the first actor to travel to the International Space Station (Iss) to film a movie — unless Russia beats Hollywood to it. As Sky News reported last month, Channel One is teaming up with Russian space agency Roscosmos for the film “Challenge,” which is aiming send an actress to space for a shoot at the Iss in October 2021.

A casting announcement posted by Roscosmos says the production is looking for “a real superhero to go to the stars…at the same time as becoming a big international star.” An open casting call is taking place to find the actress who will travel to space for the film. Applicants do not have to be professional actors,
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Jon Hamm Talks ‘Wild Mountain Thyme,’ ‘Top Gun 2’ & The Changing Landscape Of TV [The Fourth Wall]

Jon Hamm Talks ‘Wild Mountain Thyme,’ ‘Top Gun 2’ & The Changing Landscape Of TV [The Fourth Wall]
Mad Men” star Jon Hamm seeks creative fulfillment in more places than the alpha-male, womanizing life of Don Draper. Whether he’s in budget giants like the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick” or festival titles like “Lucy in the Sky,” he gravitates toward projects he’s passionate about. In the world of television, too, he prioritizes creative alignment over adherence to a consistent personal brand, landing recurring roles in shows like “30 Rock,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Saturday Night Live.” As the distinction between TV and film has grown more and more blurred, Hamm’s versatility has been an important asset.

Continue reading Jon Hamm Talks ‘Wild Mountain Thyme,’ ‘Top Gun 2’ & The Changing Landscape Of TV [The Fourth Wall] at The Playlist.
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Hans Zimmer and David Fleming on Scoring ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Under Lockdown (and After Zimmer Caught Covid-19)

Hans Zimmer and David Fleming on Scoring ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Under Lockdown (and After Zimmer Caught Covid-19)
When Hans Zimmer signed up to compose the score to Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy, he probably thought he knew what to expect.

It was the pair’s ninth project together, following successful collaborations on the likes of Backdraft, Frost/Nixon, and The Da Vinci Code. David Fleming, who previously collaborated with Zimmer on the music to Blue Planet II, The Lion King, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 and Top Gun: Maverick, had come onboard Hillbilly Elegy as co-composer.

But just as Howard was wrapping production on the film — an adaptation of J.D. Vance’s best-selling autobiography starring Gabriel Basso as Vance, Amy Adams as ...
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Patty Jenkins Calls Star Wars: Rogue Squadron ‘The Greatest Fighter Pilot Movie of All Time’

Patty Jenkins Calls Star Wars: Rogue Squadron ‘The Greatest Fighter Pilot Movie of All Time’
When folks think of Star Wars, their minds tend to the lightsabers or the blaster pistols: big laser sword fights or shootouts with Stormtroopers. But what is overlooked, at least by some, is just how thrilling the old school dog fights were between ace fighter pilots and daring bombers in the original Star Wars trilogy. It’s safe to Patty Jenkins is not one of those people, and she’s going to prove it with Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, the first movie all about the aerial combat in that galaxy far, far away.

Revealed late during Disney’s Investor Day Thursday evening, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is the next Star Wars movie to take to the skies, and the theaters, with a Christmas 2023 release date already penciled in. And it’s a movie that’s clearly close to Jenkins’ heart, as she revealed in the below sizzle video.

Seen on
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Jerry Bruckheimer’s Longtime Paramount Deal Will Not Be Renewed

Jerry Bruckheimer’s Longtime Paramount Deal Will Not Be Renewed
Megaproducer Jerry Bruckheimer’s first look deal with Paramount Pictures will expire in February and will not be renewed, TheWrap has learned.

Reps for Paramount and Bruckheimer had no comment. The news was first reported in Variety.

Bruckheimer first signed a first-look deal with Paramount in 2013, after Disney failed to renew its 20-year deal with the producer despite the blockbuster success of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise starring Johnny Depp.

At Paramount, Bruckheimer produced last year’s Will Smith sci-fi film, “Gemini Man,” which disappointed at the box office. He also produced next year’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” a sequel to his 1986 megahit starring Tom Cruise. “Maverick” starred Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer.

Bruckheimer took a cavalier approach to the failure of “Gemini Man” as compared to his previous box office gold. “Sometimes you get it right, and
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Paramount Won’t Renew Deal With Jerry Bruckheimer (Exclusive)

Paramount Won’t Renew Deal With Jerry Bruckheimer (Exclusive)
Jerry Bruckheimer’s first-look deal with Paramount Pictures is set to expire in February and will not be renewed.

That makes the superstar producer of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise a free agent. Bruckheimer first signed a pact with Paramount in 2013, leaving Disney where he had been housed for two decades. The studio had moved away from the kind of action movies that were Bruckheimer’s stock in trade, instead devoting more of its attention to Marvel movies and animated fare. That made Paramount a natural landing spot. It’s unclear if Bruckheimer will try to find a new studio to hang his shingle or if he will instead move fully off the lot and explore life as a truly independent producer.

At Paramount, Bruckheimer produced the box office disappointment, “Gemini Man,” an Ang Lee thriller that starred Will Smith, as well as “Top Gun: Maverick,” the highly anticipated sequel to his 1986 blockbuster.
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Peter Bart: For One At Least, The Pandemic Has Made Movie Theaters An Anachronism

Peter Bart: For One At Least, The Pandemic Has Made Movie Theaters An Anachronism
With movies, as with marriages, it’s always best to dwell on the best moments: Cringing at Get Out, convulsing at Borat, wiping tears at A Dog’s Journey. As a confirmed ticket buyer, I’ll never forget seeing Parasite with a mostly Korean audience, hearing their laughs at jokes I’d missed.

But with 2020 almost behind us (gratefully), journalists are supposed to reflect on the “big trends” and mine is one of regret: I have concluded that I don’t miss movie theaters anymore. I am resigned to the fact that the plexes and the Landmark Theaters have become part of my past.

That admission is a relief in some ways, but also a source of alarm. The movie theater has always represented a cool, dark escape, and also a mini-island of cultural civility. And if it disappears, how will “special” movies get made? What will become of those fragments
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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Alum Noah Reid Among Four Cast in Amazon Series ‘Outer Range’

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Alum Noah Reid Among Four Cast in Amazon Series ‘Outer Range’
The upcoming Amazon series “Outer Range” has rounded out its main cast.

Lewis Pullman, Noah Reid, Shaun Sipos, and Isabel Arraiza have all been cast in the series, Variety has learned. They join previously announced cast members Josh Brolin, Lili Taylor, Tamara Podemski, Tom Pelphrey, and Imogen Poots.

Outer Range” centers on Royal Abbott (Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness.

Pullman is set to take on the role of Rhett Abbott, the family’s younger, more rebellious son. He never thought much past his ambition to become a championship bull rider — until a shocking event, and a girl just returned to town, push him to reconsider everything he thought he knew.

Pullman will next be seen in the film “Top Gun: Maverick” opposite Tom Cruise. His previous credits include the Hulu limited series “Catch-22” and
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Akatsuki Wraps ‘Room 203’ U.S. Adaptation of J-Horror Tale

Akatsuki Wraps ‘Room 203’ U.S. Adaptation of J-Horror Tale
Akatsuki Entertainment, the U.S. film production branch of Japanese gaming firm Akatsuki, has recently wrapped production on English-language horror feature “Room 203.” It is now looking for investors.

Adapted from a Japanese novel from Kobunsha Publishing, the story is a tale of two female roommates who are tormented by the vengeful spirits dwelling in their gothic-style, rented apartment, which contains an ornate centerpiece. The adapted screenplay is by John Poliquin, Jagger and Nick Richey (“Low Low”).

Filming took place in Shreveport, California under full Covid-19 protocols with rising British director Ben Jagger (“Corbin Nash” and the upcoming “Dark Peak”) in the chair. The cast is headed by Francesca Xuereb, Viktoria Vinyarska and Eric Wiegand.

“The apartment is a decrepit, but amazing American Gothic. But there’s an ever-present smell of rot, eerie sounds and noises,” said Bradley in a prepared text. “As the warning signs mount, one of the women
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