Harmony Korine Wants To Present ‘The Beach Bum’ In Odorama
Originally planned to start shooting in July, cameras are still waiting to get rolling on Harmony Korine‘s next film, “The Beach Bum.” The project has Matthew McConaughey lined up to star in the stoner comedy that will follow the misadventures of the rebellious and lovable rogue Moondog. Previously, the director has described the movie as “a cross between a Cheech and Chong movie and that movie ‘Scarecrow,’ ” but it looks like he has one more element up his sleeve to make it truly special.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘The Sinner’ Ep Antonio Campos Tapped To Write & Direct ‘Splitfoot’ Horror Film Based On New Yorker Article
Exclusive: Antonio Campos (Afterschool) has signed on to rewrite and direct the upcoming horror film, Splitfoot (fka Voices Through the Trumpet), based on a 1936 article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house, written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer. It follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a… »
Cher Joins ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel ‘Here We Go Again’
Cher has joined Universal’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” The multi-hyphenate hinted at her appearance in the movie over the weekend in a tweet and Variety has confirmed that she has been cast in the film.
— Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017
Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski are returning, with Ol Parker writing and directing. The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Lily James will play the role of Young Donna. Young versions of Rosie and Tanya will be portrayed by Alexa Davies and Jessica Keenan Wynn, respectively. Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine, while Young Bill is Josh Dylan and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner.
- Justin Kroll
‘Veep’ Actor Reid Scott in Talks to Join Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’ (Exclusive)
Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”), Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”), and Kelly Marcel will write the script for “Venom.” Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the movie, along with Amy Pascal. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.
The studio has made it clear that Spider-Man will not be in these standalone films, but has left the door open for Venom to possibly appear in other “Spider-Man”-related movies. “Venom” hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.
Since its inception in 1988, the alien symbiote Venom has been one of “Spider-Man’s” most popular characters, making the film a top priority for Sony. The villain made his first big-screen appearance in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” where »
- Justin Kroll
Paramount Horror Movie 'Eli' Gets January 2019 Release Date
Paramount is kicking off 2019 with Eli.
The studio announced on Monday that the horror movie will get a wide release on Jan. 4, 2019. The film from Sinister 2 director Ciaran Foy tells the story of a secluded clinic, where a boy with a rare disease is being treated. Soon, the clinic becomes a haunted prison without a way out. In addition to Eli, Foy is writing and directing the upcoming project The Shee for Blumhouse.
David Chirchirillo penned the script for Eli, which made the 2015 Black List. Screenwriters Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, known for their 2016 supernatrural horror film The Autopsy of Jane Doe, revised »
- Ashley Lee,Aaron Couch
‘Blade Runner’ Nears $100M Offshore, Has Soft Korea Open; ‘Kingsman’ Closes In On $200M – International Box Office
Update, Writethru: Alcon/Sony's Blade Runner 2049 leads studio movies abroad this session, although it again has butted heads with Chinese comedy success Never Say Die coming in slightly ahead to win the international box office weekend. BR2049 grossed a Sony estimated $29.3M in 64 markets this session, taking its overseas total to $98M. Tied in with domestic, that brings the worldwide cume to $158.6M through two frames. Holds were very solid in some markets on the sequel… »
‘The New Mutants’ Will Be the First in a Trilogy of X-Men Horror Movies
The New Mutants director Josh Boone is nothing if not efficient, beginning production for his X-Men spin-off film earlier this summer, releasing a trailer last week, and now revealing that the horror-inspired superhero movie is the first in a planned trilogy. In the superhero genre, where films are planned years in advance, this is nothing new. But Boone’s […]
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- Hoai-Tran Bui
David Fincher Says There’s Not Much “Sustenance” Working For Marvel
Marvel‘s massive machine may be dominating the multiplex and growing like crazy on the small screen, but no one would call the efforts high art. While Kevin Feige has certainly done a tremendous job rounding up top-tier talent for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are no illusions that the movies are anything more than well-executed, but still largely disposable, entertainment. But David Fincher sees hope on television for those who want to do something richer, without having to serve a blockbuster machine.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Netflix Wins Bidding War for ‘Power,’ White Hot Spec Script (Exclusive)
Netflix has swooped in and nabbed “Power,” a spec script from Mattson Tomlin that was drawing a lot of interest and bids from multiple studios.
Details of the project are being kept under wraps, as is the sale’s price, but this was a hot one. “Power” is a sci-fi thriller and will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The pair are long-time collaborators. They recently partnered on 2016’s “Nerve,” a thriller with James Franco and Emma Roberts that was a sleeper hit for Lionsgate. They also directed “Viral,” a twisty horror movie about a deadly contagion that came out the same year.
Joost and Schulman got their start with “Catfish,” a 2010 documentary about a young man whose internet romance takes an unexpected turn. The film was later turned into an MTV series of the same name. In addition, the pair directed “Paranormal Activity 3” and “Paranormal Activity 4.”
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- Brent Lang
‘Icarus,’ ‘LA 92’ Among Initial IDA Documentary Awards Nominees
The International Documentary Assn. has announced its initial round of nominees for the 33rd annual IDA Documentary Awards.
Nominations for best feature and short, along with awards for creative recognition, will be announced on Nov. 1.
The 33rd annual IDA Documentary Awards will take place on Dec. 9.
Pare Lorentz Award
“Watani: My Homeland” (Recipient)
Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen
“Intent to Destroy” (Special Mention)
Director: Joe Berlinger
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- Kristopher Tapley
Hollywood Film Awards to Honor 'Coco,' 'Mudbound'
The honors will be handed out Nov. 5 at a ceremony hosted by James Corden at the Beverly Hilton.
Disney-Pixar's Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt in a story about a boy who, inspired by his idol, the late, great musician Ernesto de la Cruz, sets off on an adventure of music and mystery, resulting in the most unusual family reunion.
- Kimberly Nordyke
Luca Guadagnino Planning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel For 2020
Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy is famous for checking in on the relationship between Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) every 9 years, and Elio and Oliver from “Call Me By Your Name” will operate similarly on the big screen if Luca Guadagnino has his way. ScreenDaily reports that the Italian filmmaker is planning a sequel to his Sundance darling in which the movie will pick up with the characters three years later. Similar to the “Before” trilogy, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer will match the ages of their characters.
“I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems,” Guadagnino said during the BFI London Film Festival. “The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. »
- Zack Sharf
Guillermo del Toro Is Making a Documentary About Michael Mann, Which We Hope Will Be Called ‘Mann’s Labyrinth’
While presenting the new director’s cut of “Heat” at the Lumière Film Festival, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux made an announcement sure to please cinephiles: Guillermo del Toro is making a documentary about Michael Mann. That’s enough to make films about well-known auteurs a trend, what with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” and Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg.”
No other information is available as of yet, though the news is in keeping with del Toro’s habit of pursuing as many different movies as possible. (His list of unrealized projects is longer than his actual filmography, with everything from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Hobbit” to “At the Mountains of Madness” and “Silent Hills” leaving fans to wonder “what if?” forever.)
Del Toro has sung the “Collateral,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” and “Blackhat” director’s praises on Twitter, calling “Heat” both “a film that is part of the lexicon of the medium” and “a stark Western set in a hyperreal LA.”
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 20, 2015
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- Michael Nordine
Producers Guild Votes Unanimously to Terminate Harvey Weinstein’s Membership
Harvey Weinstein’s membership to the Producers Guild of America is on track for termination. “This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership,” the guild said in a statement. Guild leadership met Monday in an emergency session originally called for Saturday, following two explosive reports of sexual misconduct by Weinstein including multiple allegations of rape. Also Read: The Weinstein Company in Sale Talks With Colony Capital, Gets Emergency Cash Infusion “As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr. Weinstein will be given the opportunity »
- Matt Donnelly
‘The Good Doctor’ Is Destroying One Misconception About Autism at a Time
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers about “The Good Doctor” Episode 4 titled “Pipes.”]
Although autistic characters have been seen plenty of times on the big screen, their portrayals on TV have been fewer and far between. Maintaining stories about autistic characters is a challenge that can go very wrong if done without the proper understanding, but the benefits are hopefully worth it if done correctly. “The Good Doctor” is taking its time addressing some of the misconceptions about those on the autism spectrum, and in doing so have made headway in trying to foster greater understanding of how autistic people may not process the world around them as neurotypical people might.
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The usual caveats should apply though in discussing autistic surgeon Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) though. No two people are a like much less two autistic people, and he also happens to have savant syndrome as well, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Turning to the dark side: is Luke Skywalker really the villain of Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
When giant Snoke told us last time out that there had been an “awakening”, most Star Wars fans assumed the alien overlord must be referring to Daisy Ridley’s proto-Jedi Rey and her madcap Force visions. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious in the run-up to Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi that disturbances in the Force are more insidious and potentially wide-ranging.
First came last week’s final trailer for the middle part of the new Star Wars trilogy, in which Ridley seems to be cosying up to Adam Driver’s sinister Kylo Ren. And this week there’s been plenty of talk online to the effect that Luke Skywalker himself might finally be set to turn to the dark side, »
- Ben Child
Jeffrey Katzenberg: Harvey Weinstein Is a Monster, But Didn’t Act Alone
Former Dreamworks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg repudiated his former colleague Harvey Weinstein at Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. Monday evening, but also said that Weinstein couldn‘t have acted alone — and that it was time for Hollywood to change key policies.
“Make no mistake about it: He is a monster,” Katzenberg said. However, Weinstein had not been a lone actor, but had instead been protected by other men around him. “There is a pack of wolves.”
He went on to say that abuse of power and sexual exploitation had been part of Hollywood for a long time — but that there may be a fundamental shift ahead. “You are gonna see in the coming weeks and months real action,” he said. “We cannot go on this way.”
Katzenberg said that he had spent a long time in a mode of introspection ever since the Weinstein story broke. “I do a lot »
- Janko Roettgers
'Not the case': Lars Von Trier denies sexually harassing Björk
Danish director rejects singer’s allegation as the producer of Dancer in the Dark claims he and Von Trier ‘were the victims’
“That was not the case. But that we were definitely not friends, that’s a fact,” Von Trier told Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in its online edition.
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- Agence France-Presse
Jack Gao Departs Wanda Group, Legendary Entertainment
The move comes after Wanda has been rebuffed by the Chinese government for its aggressive overseas expansion moves. Gao had been instrumental in many of those moves — some successful, others that were aborted.
Zeng Maojun, president of Wanda Film, will take the reins as Legendary’s interim leader. Founder, Thomas Tull departed the studio in January, leaving it without top leadership, while in June Peter Loehr, head of China-based Legendary East, also departed. Mary Parent, Legendary’s head of production, is said to be staying with the Burbank-based studio.
Dalian Wanda has its roots in property development, but has expanded massively into entertainment, and latterly sports. It is controlled by billionaire Wang Jianlin, and operated through a web of listed and privately owned companies.
Wang recently made it clear that Wanda will, in the near »
- Patrick Frater and Erin Nyren
‘The Gifted’ Recap: “eXodus” – Who Protects the Unprotected?
There’s a short window for a new TV show to find its footing these days. Most TV shows don’t, crashing and burning under the monumentally difficult task of telling a good story. However, when a show does take flight, it’s pretty gratifying to see. After two thoroughly mediocre episodes, The Gifted has proven itself one of those rare shows that has worked out a winning formula early on in its run. “eXodus” was everything an X-Men TV show should be — a story of prejudice and found family — and if it continues to hit the high mark … »
- Kayti Burt
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