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Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy
The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script
Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »
A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet
The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.
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- Guardian staff
Does ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Although it’s been six long years since Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow hit the big screen, he returns May 26 in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” And what’s more, audiences who stick around to the very end of the credits will see a bonus scene — one that also teases a possible sixth installment in the fantasy adventure franchise. (The studio has not slated another installment.) “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by series newcomers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, features returning stars Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom as well as newcomers like Javier Bardem, »
- Thom Geier
'Angry Birds Movie' Sequel Set for 2019 Release
Sony is set for a second Angry Birds Movie.
Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment announced that a sequel to last year's animated film will hit theaters on Sept. 20, 2019, a release date coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the original mobile gaming app. It will open ahead of Universal's animated adventure Everest and a Warner Bros. event film, both of which debut the following week.
Thurop Van Orman will make his feature directorial debut with the followup, as the flightless birds and scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level. John Rice, who served as lead storyboard artist on The Angry Birds »
- Ashley Lee
‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise
Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India
Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation.
The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second to the Hollywood superhero movie in its first weekend. But as “Guardians” lost momentum, “Dangal” picked up speed and screens.
This week, its third on release and second at the top of the chart, “Dangal” overtook “Your Name,” the Japanese animated smash hit that scored $82 million (RMB566 million) in China last year. “Dangal,” with more than $113 million (RMB780 million,) has now made more in China than in India.
- Patrick Frater
Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal
Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.
“Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »
- Justin Kroll
Failure To Launch: ‘War Machine’ Starring Brad Pitt Is A Major Misfire [Review]
You’ve heard the refrain from filmmakers before: making a movie is like going off to war. The director leads the troops, his actors are soldiers on the battlefield, and everyone leaves their loved ones behind for months. The crucial key to the battle plan is a vision and the unswerving belief in that ideal in the face of all odds and obstacles. For filmmakers, faith in what you’re doing — as you take the plunge and jump off the cliff to make a movie — is everything.
- Rodrigo Perez
Zack Snyder Leaves ‘Justice League’ Due to Family Tragedy; Joss Whedon to Replace Him
A horrible tragedy has occurred in the lives of director Zack Snyder and his producing partner/wife Deborah: in March of this year, their 20-year-old daughter Autumn committed suicide. After diving headfirst into work in an attempt to keep his mind off of his unthinkable loss, Snyder has now decided to step down from Warner Bros.’ Justice League and […]
- Ben Pearson
Mel Brooks Says He’s Talking to MGM About ‘Spaceballs 2’
In Mel Brooks’ classic 1987 Star Wars spoof Spaceballs, Bill Pullman’s Han Solo stand-in, Lone Starr, asks Brooks’ Yoda stand-in, Yogurt, if they’ll ever see each other again. Yogurt responds: “Who knows? God willing, we’ll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money.” That was thirty years ago, and ever since, Brooks and the cast have been […]
- Ben Pearson
Joss Whedon To Wrap Up ‘Justice League’ Movie After Snyder Family Tragedy
Zack Snyder and his producer-wife Deborah Snyder have stepped aside from Warner Bros’ Justice League tentpole to deal with a family tragedy, and The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon has stepped in to wrap up some reshoots and postproduction, a source close to the movie has confirmed to Deadline. Whedon and Snyder had been collaborating for the past month after the death by suicide of the Snyders’ daughter Autumn. Whedon was already in the studio family, having just… »
Joey King, Julia Goldani-Telles & More Join ‘Slender Man’ From Director Sylvain White
Exclusive: Joey King and The Affair‘s Julia Goldani-Telles have been tapped to co-star the Sylvain White-directed horror thriller Slender Man, along with Captain Fantastic actress Annalise Basso, Jaz Sinclair (When The Bough Breaks) Talitha Bateman and Alex Fitzalan. Screen Gems will distribute the film May 18, 2018, and co-producing with Mythology Entertainment, Madhouse Entertainment and It Is No Dream Entertainment. Written by David Birke and Mike Scannell, the pic… »
‘Justice League’: Joss Whedon to Direct Remaining Scenes as Zack Snyder Deals with a Family Tragedy
Zack Snyder is stepping down from directing “Justice League.” The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, which comes for a very unfortunate reason: Snyder’s daughter committed suicide in March and he’s bowing out to deal with the loss. Joss Whedon is coming aboard to finish the film, which is still expected to hit its planned release date of November 17.
Autumn Snyder was 20 at the time of her passing. Deborah Snyder, a producer on “Jusice League,” is likewise taking a step back from the superhero team-up film, which stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller. “In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” Snyder told THR alongside his wife.
“The demands of this job are pretty intense. »
- Michael Nordine
Sequel Bits: ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel, ‘Cars 3,’ ‘Johnny English 3,’ ‘The Angry Birds Sequel,’ and More
In today’s edition of sequel bits: Mark your calendars for a sequel to Mamma Mia! Watch a moody Cars 3 TV spot. Johnny English is getting another sequel. Info on Dan Conner’s (John Goodman) return to Roseanne. And more! It’s been almost ten years since Mamma Mia! destroyed it at the box-office. The adaptation of the 1999 Abba musical grossed over $600 […]
- Jack Giroux
Joss Whedon Taking over ‘Justice League’ as Zack Snyder Tends to Personal Tragedy
Our thoughts are with the Snyders during this incredibly difficult time. »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Justice League’: Zack Snyder Steps Away After Family Tragedy, Joss Whedon to Take Over
Snyder’s daughter died of suicide in March and the director, along with his wife Deborah, who is also a producer on the film, have decided to take a break from the film in order to deal with the sudden tragedy.
Filming on “Justice League” had already finished, and Snyder was in the throes of post-production in order to meet the film’s Nov. 17 release date. Whedon will now oversee a handful of reshoots that had already been scheduled prior to Synder’s daughter’s death, as well as the post-production process.
There are no plans to push the release date at this time. »
- Justin Kroll
Women Lead The Charge Toward A Gender Balance Not Seen In The History Of Entertainment — Deadline Disruptors
Last year, all it took was a hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to re-energize an important conversation. Twelve months later, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins made history by becoming the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, Picture and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. And, as everyone knows, his film went on to take the Best Picture Oscar—literally—from the hands of the favorites, the makers of La La Land. Meanwhile, a similar conversation about… »
‘War Machine’ Review: Brad Pitt Gets the Job Done
'War Machine' should please both sides of the aisle. This is a thoughtful and often hilarious anti-work war satire. »
- Brian Formo
‘Saturday Night Live’: As Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata Exit, We Remember Their Best Sketches
“Saturday Night Live” went out on a high note this weekend with The Rock as host, but the season finale also marked the departure of three cast members. While Bobby Moynihan had already announced he was leaving (and thus we had time for a tribute), there was less notice to offer farewells for fellow exiting cast members Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata.
Bayer sneakily announced her news on Instagram just hours before the finale began. Thus it felt symbolic when Moynihan and Bayer took part in a graduation sketch – allowing fans to subtly say goodbye to them during the episode. Moynihan also got to wear the Drunk Uncle attire again on Weekend Update, and Bayer went out on a high note with the Rko movie set skit and the parody for Cartier’s fidget spinner.
Sadly, Zamata’s exit had less fanfare, »
- Hanh Nguyen
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