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'Crazy, Stupid, Love' Filmmakers to Write, Direct Joker and Harley Quinn Movie (Exclusive)

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Who’s laughing now?

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, directors and executive producers of the hit NBC drama This Is Us and who also wrote and helmed the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love, are entering the DC cinematic universe at Warner Bros.

The duo are in final negotiations to pen and helm an untitled movie project centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn.

Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are due to reprise their roles as the villains, among the most popular characters in the DC pantheon and which they first portrayed in 2016’s Suicide Squad.

Insiders say that the plan is »

- Borys Kit

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Palme d’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Is Sweden’s Pick for Foreign-Language Oscar

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or-winning “The Square” will represent Sweden in the foreign-language Oscar race at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018.

A satirical drama weaving dark comedy, “The Square” takes place in the contemporary art world. Written by Ostlund, the film stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West.

The Square” world premiered in competition at Cannes, where it won the Palme d’Or. It will next play at Toronto, in the Special Presentations section. Magnolia pre-bought U.S. rights to “The Square” a year ago.

Commenting on the selection of “The Square,” Ostlund, who spoke about his despair over missing out on an Oscar nomination for his 2015 “Force Majeure” in a YouTube clip, said he “really hope it’s less painful this time round.”

Although it missed out on an Oscar nomination, “Force Majeure” was a critical hit. It took home six Swedish Guldbagge Awards and won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Joshua Satine Joins Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Thriller ‘A Simple Favor’ (Exclusive)

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Six-year-old Joshua Satine has been cast in Lionsgate’s thriller “A Simple Favor” opposite Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Henry Golding, Variety has learned exclusively.

Satine will play the son of Kendrick’s mommy blogger character, who tries to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend, portrayed by Lively. Golding plays the husband of Lively’s character. The story is described as being a post-modern film noir with twists, betrayals, secrets, revelations, murder, and revenge

Paul Feig is directing the film. Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing through their Feigco production company. Jessica Sharzer wrote the script based on Darcey Bell’s book of the same name.

Fox 2000 was originally developing the project after buying the movie rights to “A Simple Favor” in a preemptive deal. The story is in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl” and Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut “The Girl on the Train” — two best-selling thrillers in which a »

- Dave McNary

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Sony Nabs New Line Founder's Thriller 'Nightlight' (Exclusive)

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Sony has picked up the spec Nightlight with Bob Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema, on board as one of the producers.

Rising filmmaker Tyler MacIntyre co-wrote the script with Chris Hill and is attached to direct what Sony envisions will be a low-budget thriller.

Plot details are being kept in the dark, but the pic is known to center on a 10-year-old boy who must fight off some sort of invaders while home alone.

Sara Rastogi is overseeing for Sony’s Columbia Pictures division, which picked up the project in a competitive situation. (Paramount was also chasing.)  

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- Borys Kit

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Robert De Niro’s Comedy ‘War With Grandpa’ Gets February Release

22 August 2017 6:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

TWC-Dimension Films has set a Feb. 23 release date for its family comedy “The War with Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

Tim Hill directed the movie, which also stars Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Oakes Fegley, Jane Seymour, and Faizon Love. The film was written by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, and Dave Johnson and produced by Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart of Marro Films.

The film was shot over six weeks in Atlanta. It was originally slated to be shot in Toronto for an Oct. 20 release date.

Fegley portrays the grandson of De Niro’s recently widowed character, who moves into the house and takes over the grandson’s bedroom. The grandson schemes with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out, but finds that his grandfather isn’t going to give up easily — leading to an all-out war.

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- Dave McNary

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Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini Join Virginia Woolf Biopic ‘Vita & Virginia’

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Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined the cast of Virginia Woolf biopic “Vita & Virginia” for Protagonist Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop. The finance, production and sales company has also closed a deal with distributor Thunderbird Releasing to take all U.K. rights on the film.

The Night Manager” star Debicki, who recently appeared in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” will play Virginia Woolf opposite Gemma Arterton in the period drama, which tells the true story of the unconventional love affair between socialite Vita Sackville-West (Arterton) and Woolf. Rossellini’s role has not been announced.

“‘Vita & Virginia’ is the true story of two of the most fascinating and progressive women of their time, who end up in the throes of a passionate affair which shapes their work and changes their lives forever,” said Vanessa Saal, managing director of sales and distribution for Protagonist. »

- Robert Mitchell

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Why The Star Wars Spinoffs Should Stop Retreading The Original Characters

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Lucasfilm looks primed to center more of its Star Wars Anthology movies on existing characters from the franchise, but this would be an unwise move. Here's why. »

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‘The Sinner’: Why This Mystery Is Swapping Out Red Herrings for Something Much More Satisfying

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In the lead-up to “The Sinner,” the creators, actors, and loglines stressed the idea that this was a crime story that concerned itself more about the “why.” But Wednesday night’s episode, down to the horrific discovery that closed out the show’s fourth installment, proved that the show has still been concerned with plenty of those other “w” questions, particularly “what” it is that every character in this USA drama thinks they’re pursuing.

The murder that opened the series has been combed over by all the show’s major players: possibly unwitting perpetrator Cora (Jessica Biel), detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman), and Cora’s husband Mason (Christopher Abbott). Determined to stumble on some sort of meaning to a senseless act of violence, each of them have had to confront times when they were not who they purported to be. Harry is struggling through his infidelities and Mason even »

- Steve Greene

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Joker and Harley Quinn Movie Moving Forward at Warner Bros. with ‘Focus’ Directors

2 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Joker is one popular guy. A day after word broke that Warner Bros. was developing a Joker origin story movie for Todd Phillips (War Dogs) to direct as part of a series of non-dceu standalone films, news comes that a Joker and Harley Quinn movie is in the works. THR reports that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the directors behind Crazy, Stupid, Love, Focus, and the Tina Fey dramedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, are in final negotiations to write, direct, and produce an untitled movie centering on Joker and Harley Quinn, with Jared Leto and Margot Robbie reprising their … »

- Adam Chitwood

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Report: Matt Reeves’ ‘Batman’ Movie Won’t Star Ben Affleck

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Seriously, I do not know what to make of the DC Films and Warner Bros. strategy. Grab a pen and paper. Ok, the world of “Batman V Superman,” “Wonder Woman” and “Suicide Squad”? That’s one timeline and one extended universe (the Dceu). But there are two films apparently coming that are going to live outside of the extended universe. One of them is a Joker origin story that won’t star Jared Leto (something gritty, like an early Martin Scorsese film) and the other is Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” film which was revealed to be a stand-alone movie that also exists outside of the current continuity.

Continue reading Report: Matt Reeves’ ‘Batman’ Movie Won’t Star Ben Affleck at The Playlist. »

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The Joker and Harley Quinn Getting Their Own Movie from ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ Filmmakers

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s surprising news that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment were developing an origin movie for The Joker that would be directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and produced by Martin Scorsese, yet another project featuring The Clown Prince of Crime has been revealed, and this time he’s bringing his […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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A Joker & Harley Quinn Movie Is Coming From The ‘Crazy.Stupid.Love’ Directors

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What.is.going.on over at DC Films and Warner Bros? The film industry is suffering from whiplash in the last 24 hours thanks to schizophrenic news coming out of Warner Bros.’ Dceu. First up, you’ve got a spin-off origin Joker film announced last night coming from producer Martin Scorsese and director Todd Phillips, and it was meant to live outside of the current DC Films continuity; yes, this would be a new Joker not played by Jared Leto but possibly someone much younger.

Continue reading A Joker & Harley Quinn Movie Is Coming From The ‘Crazy.Stupid.Love’ Directors at The Playlist. »

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The Joker And Harley Quinn Movie Has Found Its Directors

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The Joker and Harley Quinn project may have just found its directors. Read on to see the lucky names being prepped to join the Dceu. »

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Joker-Harley Quinn Movie in the Works With Jared Leto, Margot Robbie

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Warner Bros. is developing an untitled tentpole movie starring Jared Leto as the Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who direct and exec produce NBC’s “This Is Us,” are in final negotiations to direct the villain movie as part of the expanding DC Entertainment universe.

Leto and Robbie will reprise the roles they played in the studio’s 2016 super-villain mash-up “Suicide Squad.” The studio has not unveiled any logline other than a “criminal love story.”

And the Joker-Harley Quinn project is separate from Warner’s recently unveiled standalone Joker origin movie being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Todd Phillips of “The Hangover” — which will not star Leto.

Ficarra and Requa directed Robbie and Will Smith in the 2015 heist movie “Focus.” Their other big-screen credits include “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

Warner Bros. has been attempting to take advantage of Leto »

- Dave McNary

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Where You Can Catch Hulk And Thor Fighting Each Other Next

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Thor and Hulk will be clashing soon in Thor: Ragnarok, but there's another place you'll be able to catch the two heroes fighting each other. »

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John Requa & Glenn Ficarra Circling Margot Robbie Harley Quinn Spinoff Movie

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Busy week for news in Gotham City. John Requa & Glenn Ficarra are in talks to write, direct and produce the Suicide Squad spinoff movie that is will have Margot Robbie and Jared Leto reprising their roles, she playing Harley Quinn and he playing her demented boyfriend The Joker. This comes a day after Deadline revealed that Warner Bros/DC have Todd Phillips writing with Scott Silver and producing with Martin Scorsese a new origin story about The Joker, a film that will… »

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‘Hellboy’ Casting Of Ed Skrein As Japanese Character Draws Whitewashing Backlash

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The latest casting of Ed Skrein in the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen has raised a lot of eyebrows — specifically in the Asian American community. The British actor is set to play the role of Ben Daimio, who, in the Mike Mignola comic books, is a Japanese American whose heritage has a heavy influence on his character. Skrein took to Twitter to express his excitement in the role in the Hellboy reboot of an Asian character, whose grandmother was a Japanese… »

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Griffin Dunne Joins Kevin Spacey In ‘Gore’ Netflix Biopic

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Exclusive: Griffin Dunne has come aboard the Netflix biopic Gore, joining Kevin Spacey, whose been tapped to play the title character Gore Vidal. The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman is directing Gore, which is filming in Italy. Vidal spent large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the Italian capital city and a grand villa called La Rondinaia in the Amalfi Coast village of Ravello where he hosted an array famous faces like Andy Warhol, Mick… »

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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn’s Stolen Nude Photos Removed From Website After Hack

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After being threatened with legal action, a porn site has removed stolen photos and video of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn.

“The hackers responsible for these despicable invasions of privacy should be prosecuted, and the websites that post the stolen photographs and videos should be held accountable, too, because they provide a platform for these lowlifes to showcase their ‘work,'” attorney Andrew Brettler, whose firm Lavely & Singer represents a number of the hacking victims, told Variety.

In addition to images of Vonn and Woods, dozens of nude photographs of other celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Katharine McPhee, and Stella Maxwell, were published online on Tuesday.

Lavely & Singer was also successful in getting the photos and videos of other celebrities removed from the site, although the firm declined to name its clients.

A rep for the Olympic skier called the hackers’ act “outrageous and despicable.”

“It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Millennium’s Avi Lerner Rips Into Keanu Reeves For Walking Away From Movie ‘The Detail’; Reeves’ Lawyer Disputes

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Exclusive: The Detail was a film that was expected to star Keanu Reeves with the well-regarded second unit director Simon Crane making his feature film directorial debut. The action/adventure film was to shoot in South Africa starting on October 14 and end by Christmas. Producer/financier Steve Richards at Endurance Media was financing along with Millennium. Crew was hired, location scouting had begun, script was being tweaked and all seemed on course. Until Monday… »

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