Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum (Exclusive)
Sources tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt is in early negotiations to direct Universal’s R-rated musical comedy with the running title “Wingmen.” He’s already attached to star in the movie alongside Tatum.
Universal landed the pitch that Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” scribe Michael Bacall hatched last year following a competitive bidding war that saw several studios chasing the project.
The story follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. According to sources, the film is in the vein of “Pitch Perfect” meets “Book of Mormon,” with the dup covering Top 100 hits with a touch of adult humor.
- Justin Kroll
‘Sing Street’ Star Ian Kenny Joins Han Solo Movie (Exclusive)
Ian Kenny, who broke out with his scene-stealing performance in “Sing Street,” has joined the ensemble of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo stand alone pic starring Alden Ehrenreich, Variety has learned exclusively.
Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, and Emilia Clarke are already set to co-star in the Disney-Lucasfilm feature, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Jon and Lawrence Kasdan are penning the script.
The untitled Han Solo movie hits theaters May 25, 2018. Production is currently underway.
Details about Kenny’s character are unknown. Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call earlier this week that the movie would cover Solo’s life from when he was 18 to 24, revealing how he came to own the Millennium Falcon as well as how he met his Wookie sidekick, Chewbacca.
- Justin Kroll
Lola Albright, Sultry Actress in 'Peter Gunn' and Kirk Douglas' 'Champion,' Dies at 92
Lola Albright, the charming actress with the smoky voice who sang and starred on TV's Peter Gunn and was spurned by the back-stabbing Kirk Douglas in the classic 1949 boxing drama Champion, has died. She was 92.
Albright died Thursday in a home in the Toluca Lake enclave of Los Angeles, her friend, Eric Anderson, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. News of her death was first reported by the Akron Beacon-Journal; she was born and raised in the Ohio city.
Albright was perhaps best known for playing the sultry singer Edie Hart, the girlfriend of private eye Craig Stevens, »
- Mike Barnes
Adam Sandler Expands Netflix Deal With Four New Movies
Adam Sandler and Netflix expanded a previous deal to release four additional movies for a total of eight on the streaming platform. The original collaboration was announced in 2014.
"Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them," Sandler said in a statement, via Variety. "I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see." Sandler's first two films with Netflix included 2015's western spoof The Ridiculous 6 and the 2016 spy-comedy The Do-Over. On April 14th, his Hollywood satire Sandy Wexler will »
Colin Farrell in Talks to Star in Tim Burton’s ‘Dumbo’
Colin Farrell is in negotiations to star in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic, “Dumbo,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. If the deal goes through, he will play the role of Holt, a widowed father of two kids from Kentucky. Eva Green and Danny DeVito already star. Tim Burton is set to direct and will reunite with Green for their third effort after previously working together on “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and “Dark Shadows.” Also Read: Eva Green to Reteam With Tim Burton for Disney's 'Dumbo' Remake Ehren Kruger »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘Sinister 2’ Director Ciaran Foy Boards Broad Green’s Horror Movie ‘Eli’
The movie, which begins shooting this summer, centers on a young boy who undergoes treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison with no way out.
After ‘The Infiltrator’ Fizzles, Broad Green Plots Its Comeback
Trevor Macy producing via his Intrepid Pictures banner. John Zaozirny will also produce for Bellevue Productions, and Gabriel and Daniel Hammond will executive produce for Broad Green. Melinda Nishioka will co-produce for Intrepid.
Foy has several projects in the works at Blumhouse Productions, including “The Shee,” which he will write and direct. Foy’s debut feature was “Citadel,” which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and won the festival’s midnighters audience award. Focus Features »
- Dave McNary
Steve Carell, Amy Schumer & Nicole Kidman Team For Rebecca Miller’s ‘She Came To Me’
Rebecca Miller continues to be arguably one of the most undervalued directors — female or not — working right now. Despite assembling an impressive body of work including “The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee,” “The Ballad Of Jack And Rose,” “Personal Velocity,” and most recently, the utterly charming “Maggie’s Plan,” her films don’t tend to breakout beyond the arthouse.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Power Rangers’ Morphs to $3.6 Million at Thursday Box Office
“Power Rangers” earned $3.6 million at the Thursday previews, with the Mighty Morphins on track for a $35 million weekend. Heading into the weekend, independent trackers predicted the film will make $35 million in its 3,693 screen opening, while Lionsgate’s predictions were a tad lower, at $30 million to $33 million. Back in 2014, the live-action reboot of another classic kids TV show, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” had a preview gross of $4.6 million and went on to earn $65 million its opening weekend. Last summer’s “Tmnt” sequel “Out of the Shadows” grossed $2 million at the Thursday box office for »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Cuban-American Actor Tomas Milian, Italian Genre Movies Star, Dies at 84
Rome – Versatile Cuban-American-Italian actor Tomas Milian, known for the intensity he brought to disparate roles, whether in dramas by directors like Bernardo Bertolucci and Steven Soderbergh or as the Roman lowlife character that made him a household name in Italy, died Thursday. He was 84.
Milian died of a stroke in his Miami home, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
A Method actor who studied with Lee Strasberg, Milian played in about 120 movies during a career spanning six decades. Most of the films were shot in Italy, where he worked with directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini besides acting in Spaghetti Westerns, cop movies, and the franchise based on his Roman lowlife character “Er Monnezza” (“Mr. Trash”).
Later in his career, Milian moved to the U.S. where, among other films, he appeared in Sydney Pollack’s “Havana,” in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” and played corrupt General Arturo Salazar in Soderbergh’s “Traffic, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote
The Writers Guild of America is inching a step closer toward a potential writers’ strike.
The WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members on Friday, recommending that the guild’s 12,000 members take a vote on strike authorization. It did not give a timetable for such a vote, however, and such a vote would not automatically lead to a strike.
Negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers started March 13, but without any movement, the guild is looking to take the next step.
Read More: Another Writers’ Strike May Be Looming — Report
“On the last day of these two weeks, the companies’ proposal has barely a single hard-dollar gain for writers,” the letter said. “$51 billion in profits and barely a penny for those of us who make the product that makes the companies rich. But that’s not all. In response to our proposal to »
- Michael Schneider
Power Ranger R.J. Cyler Joins ‘White Boy Rick’ Cast
The film stars newcomer Richie Merritt as Ricky Wershe Jr.and Matthew McConaughey as Ricky’s father, Richard Wershe Sr. Merritt was discovered in Baltimore during an extensive nationwide talent search.
Previously announced cast features Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane as the FBI agents who begin working with Wershe as a confidential informant; Brian Tyree Henry as a narcotics detective Officer Jackson; Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie as Wershe’s grandparents and Bel Powley as sister.
Cyler will portray Rudell Curry, one of the drug dealers. He previously starred in “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl” as Earl and joined the “Power Rangers” cast in 2015. Kyanna Simone Simpson (“Fist Fight”) has also joined the cast.
Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic, »
- Dave McNary
WGA “Broke Off Negotiations,” Producers Claim As Strike Vote Looms
One day before negotiations originally were scheduled to end between the WGA and AMPTP, the labor tension in Hollywood is at a 10-year high. As the scribes now confirm Deadline’s exclusive of earlier today that a strike-authorization vote has been called, the producers shot back this evening with claims of bad faith from the other side of the table. “The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its… »
WGA Negotiators Call for Strike Authorization
Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have asked their 12,000 members for strike authorization, following two weeks of negotiations.
The WGA leaders have asserted that the talks with the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers, which launched March 13, have been unproductive and contain two major rollbacks in the guild’s health plan. The AMPTP accused the WGA of breaking off the talks.
“First, they have demanded that we make cuts to the plan – $10 million in the first year alone,” the WGA negotiating team said in a letter to members. “In return, they will allow us to fund the plan with money diverted from our own salaries. More, they’ve demanded the adoption of a draconian measure in which any future shortfalls to the plan would be made up by automatic cuts in benefits – and never by increases in employer contributions.”
“This, too, is unacceptable. The package, taken as a whole, »
- Dave McNary
WGA Negotiators Call For Strike-Authorization Vote – Read The Letter
Lead negotiators for the WGA just sent a letter to the membership that reads, “Your Negotiating Committee has voted unanimously to recommend that the Wgaw Board of Directors and Wgae Council conduct a strike authorization vote by the membership.” Read the full letter below. This would not be a vote to strike but to authorize the guild's board of directors to call a strike if further talks fail to produce a deal. Management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television… »
Dakota Johnson’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake Gets Backing From ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Production Company (Exclusive)
K Period Media, the production company that financed “Manchester by the Sea,” is co-financing the upcoming remake of the horror thriller “Suspiria” with Amazon Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.
The remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Italian cult classic stars Dakota Johnson as a young ballerina who travels to a prestigious dance academy in Europe, only to discover, following a series of increasingly grisly murders, that it’s a front for something far more sinister and supernatural. Jessica Harper toplined the original movie.
- Dave McNary
The Weekend Read: Every /Film Original From the Past Week
If you’re looking for something to read over the weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here’s every review, editorial, list, feature, column, and rant published by the /Film staff and our team of freelancers over the past week. Josh Spiegel went deep on how the new Beauty and the Beast compares to the 1991 animated classic. […]
The post The Weekend Read: Every /Film Original From the Past Week appeared first on /Film. »
- /Film Staff
WGA Strike Vote Could Be “Very Soon” As Talks Continue
Exclusive: With one day left in scheduled negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over a new film and TV contract, a strike vote by the scribes is now looking like a real possibility. “That’s the way the wind is blowing,” a source with intimate knowledge of the ongoing talks told Deadline this afternoon. “We could have a strike vote very soon,” another insider told Deadline. While this could be posturing to light a fire… »
Thomas Lennon to Star in ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ (Exclusive)
The Cinestate production begins principal photography in Dallas next week. Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Charlyne Yi, Alex Beh, Barbara Crampton, Tina Parker, Skeeta Jenkins and Michael Pare are also starring.
Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund (“Wither”) will direct from a script written by “Bone Tomahawk” screenwriter S. Craig Zahler. Dallas Sonnier and Amanda Presmyk are producing for Cinestate, along with Jack Heller of Assemble Media. “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian of Di Bonaventura Pictures are also producers on the project along with frequent Laguna & Wiklund partner David Liljeblad.
Charles Band (the original franchise producer) is executive producing, as are Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz Facility, Jonathan Feuer of Flexibon Films, Red Sanders of Red Productions, Will Evans of Cinestate, Adam Donaghey, Johnathan Brownlee and Rick Prince. »
- Dave McNary
Power Rangers gets 18+ age restriction in Russia over inclusion of Lgbt character
Russian distributor informed cinemas that the film would have highest possible restrictions after hardline anti-gay legislator suggested it should be banned
The Russian distributors have given Power Rangers an 18+ rating after criticism from several anti-gay legislators who complained about the film’s inclusion of a Lgbt character.
Wdsspr, the Russian distributor of Power Rangers, informed cinemas on Friday that the film would have the highest possible age restrictions after hardline anti-gay legislator Vitaly Milonov suggested it should be banned.
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- Guardian staff
Film Review: ‘Tickling Giants’
I would argue that the way we watch political documentaries has changed in the last two months. Before that, if I had seen a movie like “Tickling Giants,” an ebullient portrait of Bassem Youssef, the heart-surgeon-turned-comedian who became known as “the Jon Stewart of Egypt” (or, at least, he did until his show was squashed by the regime and he felt like he had to escape the country), I would have been drawn to Youssef’s barbed glee and charismatic cunning, and to his extraordinary fearlessness. But I also would have thought, as a documentary about a repressive government can lead one to think, “How lucky I am to live in America,” and also, “There’s no way that could ever happen here! We value our freedom way too much.”
I still believe those statements are true, yet after two months of President Trump — his menacing autocratic style, his overt hostility to an unrestricted press, »
- Owen Gleiberman
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