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Jennifer Lopez to Star in Romantic Comedy 'Second Act' for STX
Jennifer Lopez is returning to her romantic comedy roots for STX.
The Wedding Planner actress will star in and produce a new rom-com, titled Second Act, which follows a big box store employee reinvents her life and her lifestyle, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree. The project is pitched as Working Girl meets Maid In Manhattan.
- Mia Galuppo
‘Jurassic World’ Sequel Gets Official Title, Poster
The sequel to “Jurassic World” got an official title on Thursday morning — one year ahead of its expected release.
The new poster for the upcoming film, subtitled “Fallen Kingdom,” includes a tag line for the film: “Life finds a way.”
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles from the last movie. Jeff Goldblum — who appeared in 1993’s “Jurassic Park” and in 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” — joins the sequel. The rest of the cast includes B. D. Wong, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, and James Cromwell.
Bayona shared a first-look photo of “Fallen Kingdom” in March. The image shows a mysterious young girl in a natural history museum with her back turned to the camera.
“Jurassic World” grossed $1.67 billion worldwide, the fourth-highest-earning movie in history. Vice president of production Sara Scott is overseeing production for the sequel on behalf of the studio.
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is scheduled to hit theaters in exactly one year on June 22, 2018.
See the poster below:
In one year, life finds a way. pic.twitter.com/32Cu62xn1Y
— Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) June 22, 2017 »
- Seth Kelley
Ron Howard will direct the Han Solo movie following Lord & Miller’s departure
After yesterday’s surprising news that Disney and Lucasfilm had parted ways with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, The Hollywood Reporter have broken word that Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) has taken over. An official announcement is expected by Disney soon.
Howard was revealed to be the front-runner yesterday.
The split between Lord, Miller and Lucasfilm came from disagreements over the film’s tone, and with the film’s writer Lawrence Kasdan. It was reported that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wasn’t happy with Lord and Miller’s early cut of the footage they’d shot, and Kasdan agreed, one one source saying it “wasn’t like a Star Wars movie”.
- Luke Owen
Could 'Papillon' Remake Be the Next Casualty of the Red Granite Scandal?
When the U.S. Department of Justice last July announced it was looking to seize the rights to The Wolf of Wall Street, part of a record-breaking $1 billion forfeiture claim of assets allegedly bought with money laundered from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund called called 1Mdb, it was a rather unheard-of situation for Hollywood. A Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film, starring arguably the biggest actor on the planet and made by one of its most celebrated directors, which had grossed nearly $400 million, was being chased by the Feds.
But less than a year on, while the case against The Wolf »
- Alex Ritman
‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018
The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.
The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.
- Stewart Clarke
Box Office: 'Transformers 5' Posts Series-Low Opening Day With $15.7M
Paramount and Hasbro's Transformers: The Last Knight easily topped the Wednesday box-office chart with $15.7 million from 4,069 theaters, but that's the lowest opening day for any film in the franchise, including those titles that likewise debuted midweek.
Prerelease tracking suggests Transformers 5 will post a five-day domestic debut in the $70 million-$75 million range, notably behind the $100 million North American launch of the last title, Transformers: Age »
- Pamela McClintock
Ron Howard confirmed as director on Han Solo feature
The film, which had begun production in the UK, will still open on May 25, 2018. Alden Ehrenreich plays Solo in the origins story. The cast includes Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jean-Claude Van Damme Got Fired From Predator In The Most Van Damme Way Possible
‘Desolation’ Review: There’s a New Killer in the Woods [Laff]
A mysterious man with reflective glasses stalks a trio of isolated campers in Desolation, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Sam Patton. When Abby (Jaimi Paige) loses her husband to sickness, she takes her 13-year-old son Sam (Toby Nichols) and her best friend Jenn (Alyshia Ochse) on a multi-day hiking trip to spread her husband’s […]
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- Ben Pearson
Ron Howard Is Perfect For ‘Han Solo’…At Least For Lucasfilm
The shockwaves rippled through Hollywood, the entire film industry and the media at large: two directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller of “The Lego Movie” and ‘Jump Street’ series fame, were fired from a “Star Wars” movie during production. Canned from the untitled “Han Solo” prequel, this was a sacking unheard of on such a gigantic blockbuster of this scale.
Continue reading Ron Howard Is Perfect For ‘Han Solo’…At Least For Lucasfilm at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Has Lowest Opening Day for the Series; Mark Wahlberg Thinks Bay Might Return
Michael Bay‘s Transformers: The Last Knight had the lowest grossing opening day for any film in the 10-year-old franchise. The massive sequel, which has received terrible reviews but a fine Cinemascore, is still on track to make $65 million over the next five days. According to box-office analysts, it’ll fall short of expectations. Meanwhile, the film’s star, Mark […]
- Jack Giroux
Transformers Struggles With The Lowest First-Day Box Office In Franchise History
Transformers: The Last Knight is now playing in theaters, but its first-day performance is not measuring up to what the previous Transformers movies pulled in. »
‘Never Here’ Review: An Art Project Turns Violent in This Psychological Drama [Laff]
Miranda (Mireille Enos) is an installation artist interested in exploring the concept of identity. One of her exhibits is based on the time she found a man’s phone, went through it to learn the places he normally visited, and then trekked to those places to surreptitiously take photos of him, which she put on display […]
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- Ben Pearson
L.A. Film Fest Award Winners: ‘Becks’, ‘The Keeping Hours’ Among Honorees – Complete List
Becks, the musical drama directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell starring Lena Hall, won the La Film Festival’s U.S. Fiction Award today, while Karen Moncrieff’s The Keeping Hours took the Audience Award for a fiction feature. Those winners were among the awards announced today at the festival’s Awards Reception by Festival Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh (see the complete list below). Festival Guest Director Miguel Arteta (Beat… »
‘Better Call Saul’: Why That Blockbuster Video Scene Was Important, But Also a ‘Nail-Biter’ to Make
[Editor’s Note: Mild spoilers for Season 3, Episode 10, “Lantern” follow.]
It’s at times easy to forget that “Better Call Saul” is a period piece, if only because its 2002-2003 setting isn’t always noticeably distinguishable from the present day. But then every once in a while, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould slap us in the face with a reminder that this show is happening in the past. It can be as simple as a trip to a video store — but not just any video store.
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It’s something we all accepted as routine, just 15 years ago: Want to watch a movie? Go to Blockbuster Video. So in the Season 3 finale, “Lantern,” Kim (Rhea Seehorn) asks her assistant Francesca (Tina Parker) for a ride to what was once the dominant source for Americans in search of movie rentals, and we then get to see her browse the aisles in search of the perfect comfort viewing, following her near-fatal car accident the episode prior.
Executive producer Gennifer Hutchison, who wrote the season finale, told IndieWire that the decision to have Kim visit a video store came in the writers’ room, as the team discussed what Kim might possibly do after deciding to relax following her accident. “I just really loved the idea of her renting a bunch of videos and sitting around watching movies and eating junk food. Just because it’s something I relate to, it’s something I like to do when I destress. And I feel like it’s not something you see a lot of on TV and in movies,” she said.
And as a result, Gould — who directed the finale — got very excited about the idea of Kim going to not just any video store, but Blockbuster in particular. However, don’t think that this was an easy choice for the show — because according to production designer Michael Novotny, “it was a total nail-biter.”
Novotny told IndieWire that as soon as he received word that “Saul” wanted to recreate a Blockbuster, he got his team to work — specifically, the graphics department. “I can always do a set. A set’s the easy part. The hard part is the graphics and all of the art work you’re going to turn out,” he said.
But that process started before the show had actual permission to recreate a Blockbuster. “We started to build it without approval. That’s part of the nail-biting process,” he said. “It wasn’t until the day before we shot it that we got approval.”
This is because, as anyone who works in production might tell you, trying to depict a real brand on screen can be an incredibly difficult task. And the “Saul” team want to actually use Blockbuster iconography, which isn’t the easiest thing given that it’s a brand name you haven’t probably seen in the wild in years.
Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010, and “roughly a dozen” stores currently exist today. Thus, the set was built on one of the show’s Albuquerque soundstages, and in fact, a great deal of what was on screen was made from scratch by the “Saul” production team, including the big Blockbuster sign hanging in the wall and the period-accurate movie covers.
One thing they were able to buy: the shelving units came thanks to an ironic stroke of luck and an Albuquerque video store that was going out of business. The production was thus able to buy those displays, which Novotny made sure were shortened so that, as they shot the scene, Kim and Francesca could be seen walking through the aisles. That framing was based on Gould’s storyboards, which were altered slightly during the production process, but otherwise didn’t require any major additional construction.
But really, here’s what people care about — the movies that are being considered, as Kim prepares for an epic binge in the pre-Netflix days. None of the titles are fake; and Novotny did work carefully with his team to carefully curate the movies that appeared on screen during the scene, all of which were drawn from a list provided by Peter Gould and the writers.
Here are just some of the ones we happened to spot while freeze-framing:
“A Knight’s Tale” “Lawrence of Arabia” (the 40th anniversary special edition) “Love Liza” “The Mothman Prophecies” “Punch-Drunk Love” A Richard Pryor stand-up special “Beverly Hills Ninja” “The Cheap Detective” “Hanky Panky” “Blue Thunder” “American Sledge” “Darkness Falls” “Night of the Living Dead”
They’re all movies that feel appropriate to the era at least within a year or two or as classics, though unfortunately a quick Internet search can reveal whether a film in question would have been available on DVD in the year 2003. Perhaps the most glaring oversight is the appearance of Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” which was released in theaters December 10, 2003 and made available on DVD April 27, 2004 — something Hutchison’s husband (who actually worked at Blockbuster in the past) noticed while watching the final product. “We don’t always get it right,” she admitted.
Novotny acknowledged the “Big Fish” error, but he was relatively zen about it, given the intense pressure of making the scene happen in the first place. “It really was a down to the wire thing,” he said. “If that’s as much as I’m wrong… I’m sad to hear that but at the same time I’m happy that it went as good as it did.”
Hutchison couldn’t remember every one of the 10 films Kim officially rented, though such a list was made during production. Beyond “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Monty Python,” she said the rest were mostly legal dramas, though she did make sure to include the Luc Besson sci-fi romp “The Fifth Element.” “That was one for some reason I was really stuck on making sure was in her stack,” Hutchison said.
While hardly the most memorable scene of the finale, it still sticks in the mind because of how it triggers memories of an experience we’ve largely lost, traded in for the convenience of Netflix.
“I like the idea of physically walking around and choosing movies,” Hutchison said. “There is something about actually going into a store, having everything broken down by genre. Sometimes with the streaming services it’s a little overwhelming, but having that physical space… I don’t know. It was like a ritual.”
And depicting that ritual was just more proof that “Better Call Saul” will always find a way to surprise us with the seemingly mundane.
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‘Black Panther’ Villain Nightshade Was Hiding in Plain Sight in the Trailer
We know that Chadwick Boseman’s heroic Wakandan king T’Challa has to face off against villains like Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and M’Baku, aka Man-Ape (Winston Duke) in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, but those aren’t the only foes he’ll go claw to claw with in the film. Turns out there’s another villain in the movie, and we’ve […]
- Ben Pearson
Movie Talk: Carnage Will Be Villain in ‘Venom’ Movie; ‘Blade Runner 2049′ Featurette Reveals Story
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‘Fleabag’ Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge Bringing Spy Series ‘Killing Eve’ To BBC America
BBC America is emerging as one of the networks making some very original and different series. “Orphan Black” has been a mainstay on the channel, and has a dedicated fanbase and a good amount of critical acclaim. “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” hasn’t been around very long, but most definitely falls under that aforementioned “different” category. Now, BBC America is gearing up production on another series titled “Killing Eve.”
- Charles Dean
‘Superior Donuts’ Star Jermaine Fowler Cast In ‘Sorry To Bother You’
Exclusive: Jermaine Fowler, exec producer and star of the CBS comedy Superior Donuts, has joined the cast of Sorry to Bother You, from first-time writer-director Boots Riley. The drama centers on a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices. When he uncovers the macabre secret of his corporate… »
‘Stronger’: First Trailer Shows Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany bring to life the struggles of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his then-girlfriend Erin Hurley in the trailer for Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate’s “Stronger.”
Bauman was standing at the finish line to support Hurley in the race when two bombs detonated in the 2013 terrorist attack that killed three people and injured hundreds more. He lost his legs at the knee and went on to write a 2015 memoir of the same name describing his efforts to adjust to his new life.
The trailer depicts the couple’s relationship leading up to the bombing and how they struggled to remain together as Bauman faced despair after the injury and worked to cope with his newfound position as a symbol of American and Bostonian bravery.
The film is directed by David Gordon Green from a script written by Boston local John Pollono, and also stars Miranda Richardson as Bauman’s mother and Clancy Brown as his father. It is produced by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, Mandeville Films, Bold Films, and Nine Stories. It’s Gyllenhaal’s first production under his Nine Stories banner.
Lionsgate also produced “Patriots Day,” another Boston bombing film starring Mark Wahlberg. Although the film received generally positive reviews, some Boston critics took issue with its depiction of the tragedy and the fictional nature of Wahlberg’s character.
“Stronger” premieres Sept. 22.
Watch the trailer here or above.
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