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Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Lands at Paramount
The project will be directed by “The Handmaid’s Tale” exec producer Reed Morano, from a script by Mark Burnell with Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing. IM Global will finance the film. Lively was attached to the project a month ago.
The movie is a contemporary adaptation of the first of Burnell’s Stephanie Patrick series of four British novels. Lively will play the titular heroine, who is on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash. After discovering from a journalist that the crash wasn’t an accident and watching that journalist get killed, she adapts the identity of an assassin in order to track down those responsible. »
- Dave McNary
Emma Stone Dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as World’s Highest-Paid Actress
Emma Stone is this year’s highest-paid actress, according to Forbes, banking $26 million pretax in Forbes’ 12-month scoring period. The actress beat Jennifer Aniston, who took the second spot on the list with earnings of $25.5 million, and Jennifer Lawrence, who came in at number three with $24 million. Lawrence had topped Forbes’ ranking two years in a row, last year making $46 million. Aniston, according to the publication, continues to make millions due to films like the upcoming “The Yellow Birds,” and endorsement deals with Emirates Airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. Most of Lawrence’s paycheck comes from the upcoming Darren Aronofsky »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
'Mission: Impossible 6' Shoot Set for 8-Week Hiatus Following Tom Cruise Injury
A video taken on the London set obtained by TMZ showed the actor jumping between buildings and falling short his mark, smacking into one side hard and limping away afterwards.
A source has now told THR that the injury – believed by many among the film’s crew to be a damaged ankle – is likely to force producers to put the shoot "on hiatus" for »
- Alex Ritman
‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Creator Developing Female Police Drama at Fox (Exclusive)
Currently titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” the series would follow a seasoned former detective who is now a mom stuck behind a desk and raising two kids. She is unexpectedly pulled back into the field to cover for a sick colleague and work alongside a young rookie female detective who has been deep undercover.
Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Tamaro will write and executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television is producing. »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’: St. Vincent to Direct Female-Led Film Adaptation (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has launched development of a movie based on Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The studio is putting a twist on the classic Victorian age story of a hedonistic man whose self-portrait ages while he stays eternally young. In this project, the title character will be a woman.
The film will be directed by Annie Clark, a.k.a St. Vincent, the experimental rock multi-instrumentalist. Her album, the self-titled “St. Vincent,” won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2015. She has been the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Q Maverick award, both given for outstanding innovation in the arts. »
- Dave McNary
'Suits' Spinoff With Gina Torres Set for Season 7 Finale
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network on Wednesday confirmed that the backdoor pilot will air as the Aaron Korsh-created procedural's season seven finale and is slated to air in the first quarter of 2018.
The episode will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world »
- Lesley Goldberg
Tribeca Enterprises Launches New TV Festival, Initial Lineup Includes ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’
Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch a new standalone TV festival this fall, Variety has learned.
”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca, said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”
The inaugural Tribeca TV Festival will present curated shows and conversations with the cast and creators from numerous shows. It will take place September 22-24, 2017 in New York City. Like the Film Festival, the TV Festival will highlight highly-anticipated new premieres, and also draw attention to under-the-radar work and talent. It will feature programs from broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, and Vr.
“We’re launching a new standalone, but »
- Joe Otterson
Daniel Craig Confirms Return to James Bond Role
James Bond fans were shaken and stirred Tuesday night.
Daniel Craig officially confirmed he will return to the role of Agent 007 in the upcoming Bond 25 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday. Craig had previously been attached to the project by reports from the New York Times and others, but never confirmed personally — until his appearance on Colbert's show.
"Yes," Craig told Colbert point-blank, when asked if he will return as the secret agent. He said he's known he would reprise the role for "a couple of months" now. "We've been discussing it, we've just »
- Patrick Shanley
Cate Blanchett Joining Jack Black in Eli Roth's 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls'
Eli Roth is directing the adaptation of the 1973 gothic horror novel, written by John Bellairs with illustrations by Edward Gorey, which tells of a recently orphaned boy who moves in with his uncle. The uncle turns out to be a mediocre witch, and soon the boy finds himself in a world of magic and danger, especially when he discovers a clock inside the walls of his house that is designed to bring about doomsday.
Black is the uncle. »
- Borys Kit
Amazon Studios Developing ‘The Beast Is an Animal’ With Ridley Scott (Exclusive)
Amazon is in final negotiations with the female directing team of Bert & Bertie to direct and the adapt the film from Peternelle van Arsdale’s book about a child who lives in a world fearful of soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly grew into something not quite human. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she realizes that she has a gift that she must keep secret, for fear they will call her a witch. »
- Dave McNary
Emmy episode analysis: Thandie Newton (‘Westworld’) is murderous and sympathetic in ‘Trace Decay’
Thandie Newton has enjoyed a long and illustrious career, including Best Picture winner “Crash.” That role led to her first major award win when she upset at the Baftas to claim Best Supporting Actress. But her role as a rebellious robot “host” Maeve in HBO’s “Westworld” might just be the performance of her career. Maeve […] »
TV News Roundup: Joy Nash to Star in AMC Series ‘Dietland’
AMC has announced that Joy Nash has been cast in the lead role for the network’s upcoming project “Dietland.” The original 10-episode drama series is based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name, and explores society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty. Nash plays Plum Kettle, obese all her life and preparing for lap band surgery when her world is upturned by two rival feminist factions. Caught between old ideas and radical new extremes, Plum must decide for herself what it means to be a revolutionary as the ‘war of the sexes’ becomes literal. Marti Noxon serves as writer, showrunner, and exec producer in addition to directing several episodes. “Dietland” is a co-production between AMC Studios and Skydance Television. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross are executive producers, along with Maria Grasso of Tiny Pyro, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Jackie Hoyt. Nash »
- Erin Nyren
Art Directors Guild Adds Animated Feature Category to Its Awards
The Art Directors Guild has added an animated feature category to its Excellence in Production Design Awards, slated for Jan. 27 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
The award for production design for an animated feature film accompanies the theme for the event’s latest edition, “Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination.”
“It is our intention to honor and celebrate great Production Design achievements in the remarkable and evolving art form of animation through this new award. By separating feature animation into its own constituent category, we wish to pay tribute to these creative works in a manner equivalent to all our other feature design categories,” said Thomas A. Walsh, an Adg Event producer along with Thomas Wilkins.
Animated features in hand-drawn, CGI, clay animation/puppet, and motion-capture styles may qualify for the category, but animation must figure in at least 75% of the film’s running time.
Animated films, »
- Terry Flores
‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’ Casts Broadway Star Jessica Keenan Wynn
Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski are returning with Ol Parker writing and directing. Keenan Wynn will play the younger version of Baranksi’s character, Tanya. The film moves back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.
The movie begins shooting in September in locations including the U.K. and Croatia. Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will re-team for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical.
The original 2008 movie was a surprise blockbuster, grossing »
- Dave McNary
Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard,’ ‘Logan Lucky’ to Open on Another Drowsy Weekend
Two action-packed, star-studded films hit multiplexes this weekend, but will anyone notice?
We’re heading for another sleepy weekend at the domestic box office, as Lionsgate’s “Hitman’s Bodyguard” and Bleecker Street/Fingerprint’s “Logan Lucky” seem unlikely to boost an extremely slow summer — more than 12% behind the same point in the season last year.
Film Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’
That said, “Hitman’s Bodyguard” should lead the pack. Tracking puts the R-rated action comedy between $15 million and $20 million from 3,350 screens. Sometimes, as is the case here, the setup is right there in the title: Ryan Reynolds plays a bodyguard who is assigned to a notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson). The mismatched duo work together to bring down a common enemy — an Eastern European dictator played by Gary Oldman. The product comes courtesy of director Patrick Hughes (“The Expendables 3”) and writer Tom O’Connor. So far critics have been mixed, earning »
- Seth Kelley
YouTube Adds Jon Wax and Angela Courtin to Originals Team
YouTube continues to ramp up its focus on original programming, hiring two entertainment executives to spearhead its YouTube Red Originals content division. Former Wgn Evp of Scripted Programming Jon Wax is joining YouTube as head of Drama, Scripted and Current Programming, along with Angela Courtin, former Evp and Chief Marketing Officer at Fox. Courtin will become Global Head of YouTube TV and Originals Marketing. Wax joined Wgn in 2013, and worked on series like “Salem,” and “Manhattan.” Before that, He spent 15 years on the Fox lot, where he was involved in a number of shows, including “Prison Break,” “24,” and »
- Sean Burch
Will Feds Seize ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli’s $2 Million Wu-Tang Clan CD?
When federal prosecutors unsealed their securities fraud indictments of “Pharma Bro” hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, they added a warning that “the government will seek forfeiture” of “any property” traced to Shkreli’s crimes if convicted. Now that Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud in Brooklyn on Aug. 4, one of his most mysterious and expensive pieces of property that might be up for government seizure and auction is “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” the one-of-a-kind copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s double album sold to Shkreli in 2015 for a record price of $2 million. The feds refuse to say whether they »
- Susan Seager and Jeremy Fuster
Emmy predictions: ‘Veep’ is still the frontrunner for Best Comedy Series despite a strong challenge from ‘Atlanta’
As we get closer to the Emmys in September, more Experts are letting us know who they think has the advantage in top races. As of this writing we have 16 TV journalists from top media outlets making their picks, and based on their forecasts “Veep” is still the frontrunner to win Best Comedy Series, […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Hallucinate Your Way Through the First Gemini Trailer
Co-starring John Cho! »
- Jordan Crucchiola
Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Lead a Joyous Ham4Ham Revival in Los Angeles
Plus: A special appearance by Daveed Diggs! »
- David Canfield
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