Harry Dean Stanton Fest Will Go on Following Actor’s Death
Harry Dean Stanton is no longer with us as of Friday, but the Harry Dean Stanton Fest will go on, the annual event’s founder told TheWrap on Monday. “We will be proceeding with the festival as scheduled. In fact, it feels more important to do so now than ever. Usually we celebrate his work, but this year we will celebrate his life,” Lucy Jones, founder of the annual Lexington, Kentucky-based fest said. Jones added that, while the festival made its programming choices months in advance, some of them will carry a particular resonance following Stanton’s death, culminating with the screening of. »
- Tim Kenneally
Judi Dench in Talks to Join Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ Movie Adaptation (Exclusive)
Written by Eoin Colfer, the children’s books follow the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the crosshairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. Over the course of the book series, Fowl becomes an antihero rather than a full-fledged villain, often working together with the fairies to stop a slew of treacherous megalomaniacs.
Irish playwright Conor McPherson is on board to pen the script. Disney recently dated the film for Aug. 9, 2019.
Harvey Weinstein and Branagh are attached to produce. Judy Hofflund will exec produce. Seth Spector is overseeing the film for The Weinstein Company, and Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing it »
- Justin Kroll
Sony Pictures Worldwide Lands Package Based On Dan Simmons ‘Summer Of Night’ Fright Novel
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has stepped up to buy a package based on the Dan Simmons horror novel Summer of Night. Mexican helmer Isaac Ezban is set to direct a script by Ben Poole, and Ehren Kruger & Daniel Bobker are producing. The deal comes after the success of coming-of-age horror hits It and Stranger Things. Even though the novel was published in 1991 (it spawned a book series), the framework is familiar. The book revolves around a series of… »
George Gallo’s Bodybuilding Pic ‘Bigger’ Buffs Up With Pair
Exclusive: Dunkirk‘s Aneurin Barnard and The Strain‘s Kevin Durand are boarding George Gallo’s bodybuilding guru pic Bigger. Pic follows the rags to riches tale of the grandfathers of the fitness movement, the Weider brothers. Barnard takes on the role of Ben Weider, brother to the iconic Joe Weider, played by Tyler Hoechlin, who was the brains of the fitness empire. Durand will portray the brother's foreboding nemesis, fitness magazine publisher Bill Hauk. Steve Lee… »
Paramount Responds to Mother! Backlash: ‘Everyone Celebrates Netflix When They Tell a Story No One Wants to Tell’
In the words of the prophet Beyoncé, Paramount Pictures ain’t sorry. If Mother!’s mania wasn’t for you, then … maybe there’s a sleepy showing of Tulip Fever you could slip into? The studio is standing behind Darren Aronofsky’s controversial film and its “F” CinemaScore rating. (To be fair, The Emoji Movie has a “B” rating, so maybe take this with a grain of salt.) Paramount’s worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan released a statement addressing the critics and audiences who were disgusted that the studio would release such a gruesome movie. »
- Hunter Harris
New Cable Photo From 'Deadpool 2' Is Intense
The black-and-white photo shows a bloody Cable screaming into a broken mirror.
"Oh my God, wait until you see 'Deadpool'. It's So funny!!!" #L2 #cableinsanity #cableswole #cablepowered #cableporn," Brolin wrote with the photo.
The initial reveal of the time-traveling character occurred in early August when Brolin and star Ryan Reynolds shared photos. Brolin got in ridiculous shape for the role.
The Oscar-nominated actor has been posting pictures for a couple of months of him <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/deadpool-2-josh-brolin-shows-huge-muscles-new-haircut-1012769" »
- Ryan Parker
‘A Man of Integrity’ Director Mohammad Rasoulof Gets Passport Confiscated in Tehran
Mohammad Rasoulof, one of Iran’s most prominent filmmakers, whose latest movie “A Man of Integrity” won this year’s Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, had his passport confiscated upon his return to Tehran from the Telluride Film Festival. The incident occurred at Tehran Airport last Friday; Rasoulof was ordered to attend a court hearing.
“A Man of Integrity” lays bare the corruption and injustice in Iran through the journey of a man driven by his uncompromising desire for justice. Rasoulof told Reuters in Cannes that he had received the permission to shoot the film from Iranian authorities, but “only after signing a paper promising it would not be completely ‘dark.'”
A politically engaged director, Rasoulof has clashed with the Iranian government before. In 2011, the year he won two prizes at Cannes with “Goodbye,” he was sentenced with fellow director Jafar Panahi to six years in prison and a 20-year ban on filmmaking for alleged »
- Elsa Keslassy
Teyana Taylor, Blair Underwood & French Montana To Topline Netflix Comedy ‘The After Party’
Teyana Taylor, Blair Underwood and recording artists French Montana, Wiz Khalifa and Kyle Harvey (also known by his stage name Kyle) are set to star in the Netflix film The After Party from Def Pictures, WorldStar Hip Hop, Hunting Lane Films and Live Nation Productions. Ian Edelman (How to Make It in America) wrote the screenplay and is directing the coming-of-age comedy, which also co-stars Jordan Rock, Harrison Holzer (Sex Tape) and Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf). The pic… »
London Film Festival Adds Pics From John Woo, Alex Gibney, Venice Winners
The BFI London Film Festival has added four titles to its lineup, including three fresh from the Venice Film Festival and one that heads to New York at the end of this month. Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned will screen in Lff’s Debate strand. From Jigsaw Productions and Fine Point Films, the documentary reopens the case of the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Northern Ireland. A murder mystery, it’s a true-crime investigation that uncovers a shocking case of collusion and… »
The state of the Oscars race: who's in the lead after the big film festivals?
With Venice and Toronto out of the way, there’s an ultra-competitive best actress race shaping up – but a lack of major best picture contenders
By the end of September last year, after the annual onslaught of festival premieres, we’d already seen seven of the year’s nine best picture nominees. Again, we’re back at the informed speculation stage: the reviews are in, the first trophies have been handed out and we can start to assemble a loose, yet likely, list of potential candidates.
The race officially kicked off in January and although Sundance has become a less reliable starting point for awards-friendly films, this year did offer up three major contenders. The most ecstatic reviews were given to I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino’s heartfelt gay romance Call Me by Your Name, which also received special notices for leads Armie Hammer and breakout star Timothee Chalamet. »
- Benjamin Lee
Heroes to zeroes: the Batman and Superman movies that never were
Hollywood history is littered with the corpses of unmade superhero movies, destined only ever to be mentioned when a franchise slips into decay and is looking for a fresh way to breathe life into Superman, Batman, Spider-Man or whichever masked titan has currently hit the skids. And so it is perhaps inevitable this week that we are once again locked in the DC mortuary, staring at what might have been if Tim Burton and Darren Aronofsky had been allowed to pursue their respective superhero visions in what now seems like another era entirely.
Few would argue that either the caped crusader or the man of steel is currently top of the DC tree, following the meat-headed, convoluted mess that was last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. »
- Ben Child
Toronto Film Review: ‘Razzia’
If political courage were a measure of artistic merit, Moroccan director Nabil Arouch’s “Razzia,” a kaleidoscopic drama about intolerance and social tumult in Casablanca, would be a formidable achievement. As it stands, Arouch’s decision to keep courting controversy after his last film, “Much Loved,” was banned from Morocco for its depiction of prostitution in Marrakech is laudable in a country where the censors hold sway. Yet the everything-is-connected framework, linking five stories across a 30-year span, plays like a multipronged pitchfork wielded against the establishment, with each character sharpened to a point. The message-first approach drains the film of spontaneity and depth, despite the rousing passion of its director. A prime spot in Tiff’s Platform competition will raise its profile, but “Razzia” may struggle to find a home, inside and outside Morocco.
- Scott Tobias
Toronto Film Review: ‘Jane’
Few living figures outside the realm of religion, politics or entertainment have enjoyed such widespread affection and respect for as long as primatologist Jane Goodall. So it’s somewhat flummoxing to be reminded in Brett Morgen’s new documentary how she was originally treated as a public person: as a “girl scientist” “playing Tarzan” in the jungle, with more ink spilled on her blond hair and long legs than on the breakthrough research that would change how we viewed not only chimpanzees but humanity.
That condescending tenor, sampled in fleeting flashback, is dismissed with a snort by the now 83-year-old subject of “Jane.” Never particularly interested in talking about herself — a matter on which she is characteristically straightforward and plainspoken here — she used the celebrity thrust upon her, then as now, strictly to gain support for her work and causes. Nonetheless, “Jane” provides as much insight as we might hope for (in visual media at least) into »
- Dennis Harvey
Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions (Exclusive)
Paris – Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni.
Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any French-language project produced or co-produced by Marvelous Productions. The agreement underscores the Hollywood studio’s aim to increase its footprint in local production with strong partners.
“We have a deep respect for the talent and professionalism of the founders of Marvelous Productions, and we are convinced of their ability to deliver quality films that have a wide appeal,” said Iris Knobloch, president of Warner Bros. France.
Le Grand and Aslanian were at the helm of Pathé for 19 years before exiting in 2016. Together, they produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies »
- Elsa Keslassy
Laos Selects ‘Dearest Sister’ as First Foreign-Language Oscar Submission
Horror-thriller, “Dearest Sister” has been selected by Laos as its first submission of a film in the Academy Awards foreign-language category. The film is directed by Mattie Do, regarded as one of Asia’s hottest new film-making talents.
The story follows an in impoverished young woman who moves to the city to take care of a wealthy older cousin. The older woman is losing her sight, but increasingly able to communicate with ghosts who provide them with a helpful set of numbers.
The Oscars submission decision was taken by a newly formed AMPAS Selection Committee, made up of six Laos film professionals. Logistical support was provided by the Luang Prabang Film Festival, a celebration of South East Asian cinema held annually in Luang Prabang, the cultural capital of Laos, (aka Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic).
The film is a co-production between Lao Art Media (Laos), France’s Screen Division and Estonia’s Oree Films.
- Patrick Frater
‘Midnight Texas’ Finale: Boss Talks Switching Up That Sexy Ending and Cueing the Danger Up for Season 2
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Virgin Sacrifice,” the season finale of “Midnight, Texas.”]
In a surprisingly romantic season finale, “Midnight, Texas” took a significant departure from the books it’s based on by moving one love scene back behind closed doors. On the show, a demon wants to mate with Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) because she’s a powerful virgin witch. Her plan is to go through with it but kill the demon in the act, since she’s accidentally killed someone once before when she was in the throes of passion. Her love interest Bobo (Dylan Bruce) has other ideas though, and realizes that if he sleeps with her, she will no longer be a virgin. Therefore, the budding couple move to the next level of intimacy while a war between good and evil is waged outside.
In the novels by Charlaine Harris that inspired the series, Fiji’s plan plays out more dramatically and in a far ickier way. She makes the »
- Hanh Nguyen
John August Tops Voting in Writers Guild West Election, Incumbents Dominate
Results were released Monday night. David A. Goodman officially became the new WGA West president after running unopposed, succeeding Howard Rodman, who opted not to seek re-election. Goodman had been selected by the guild’s nominating committee as a candidate to succeed Rodman and was unopposed, as another unnamed candidate selected by the nominating committee declined to run.
Writers Guild of America West: ‘President Trump Disgraces Our Nation’
The ninth finisher, »
- Dave McNary
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review: Suave British Spies Are Back & The Wacko Formula Still Works For Fans
In 2015 director Matthew Vaughn with the help of longtime screenwriting partner Jane Goldman turned the movie spy conceit on its head with the twisty and welcomely frenetic Kingsman: The Secret Service. It became an instant smash, grossing more than $400 million worldwide and creating a star in the making with Taron Egerton. He plays Eggsy, the London street tough who transformed into a super spy after being recruited into the British spy organization called Kingsman who… »
‘Just Getting Started’ Trailer: Morgan Freeman & Tommy Lee Jones Are Rivals-Turned-Partners
Morgan Freeman is Duke Diver, the resident manager of a resort community. He’s also “the resident champion of everything” at the place. And that includes makin’ time with the ladies. Then, suddenly, “there’s new food on the buffet” in the form of Leo (Tommy Lee Jones) — a charming military vet and “citizen of the world” who shakes things up at Villa Capri. But he’s not the only one rattling cages: Enter Suzie (Rene Russo). They compete at poker, golf, ping-pong and for… »
Netflix Hip-Hop Movie ‘The After Party,’ Starring Kyle, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Begins Production
Def Pictures has teamed with Live Nation Productions, WorldStar Hip Hop, and Hunting Lane Films for the Netflix comedy “The After Party.” Principal photography has begun on the coming-of-age film, which is written and directed by Ian Edelman (“How to Make It in America”). It is Live Nation’s first scripted production.
The movie has a music business theme, following two buddies looking to land a record deal before one heads to college and the other to the military. The story takes place during “one wild night,” but will shoot for six weeks in New York, including on location at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, and a live concert at the Gramercy Theater.
The film stars Kyle Harvey (better known as the artist Kyle), Teyana Taylor, Jordan Rock, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Blair Underwood, Harrison Holzer (“Better Living Through Chemistry,” “Sex Tape”), and Shelley Hennig (“Teen Wolf”), and will feature a »
- Shirley Halperin
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