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Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie ‘My War Gone By, I Miss It So’ (Exclusive)

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Tom Hardy will produce and star in the Bosnian War movie “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O’Connor is attached to direct and produce, along with Scott Lastaiti, who launched Palantir Group as an entertainment fund last year.

“My War Gone By, I Miss It So” is Lloyd’s personal account of the Bosnian War, and alternates between his experiences in Bosnia and personal reflections of his time in the British army, his parents’ divorce, his estrangement from his father, and his heroin addiction.

“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war,” Hardy said. “I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important »

- Dave McNary

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‘Shot Caller’ Director Boards ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel ‘Angel Has Fallen’ (Exclusive)

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Ric Roman Waugh will direct the next installment in the “Olympus Has Fallen” series, “Angel Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler.

Butler returns as secret service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman is also on board to reprise his role.

Butler will produce with his partner Alan Siegel at their G-base production banner, alongside Danielle Robinson. Millennium Entertainment’s John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, and Les Weldon will also produce, with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, and Boaz Davidson exec producing.

Olympus Has Fallen” bowed in 2013, grossing $170.3 million worldwide, including $98.9 million at the domestic box office. The sequel, “London Has Fallen,” did even better overseas, earning $205.8 million worldwide, leading Millennium to move forward on a third installment.

After saving the president in the first two pics, secret service agent Banning himself becomes the target of terrorists, this time while mid-flight on Air Force One.

Insiders say Butler has been a fan of Waugh’s work since seeing his first »

- Justin Kroll

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Rick Famuyiwa in Talks to Direct Martial Arts Movie ‘Son of Shaolin’

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Sony Pictures is in negotiations with “Dope” director Rick Famuyiwa to come on board teen martial arts movie “Son of Shaolin.”

Dwayne Johnson is producing with Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia through his Seven Bucks Entertainment company. Johnson is not attached to star in the film.

“Son of Shaolin” is based on on the graphic novel by Jay Longino and Caanan White, which focuses on a struggling street artist discovering he is the last of his bloodline and must find a way to survive a seemingly unstoppable killer.

Longino wrote the first draft of the script and will serve as an executive producer. Ryan Kalil is also executive producing. Sony execs Matt Milam and Maia Eyre are overseeing for the studio.

The logline for “Son of Shaolin” is under wraps, but it will be a modern day martial arts movie influenced by classic Hong Kong cinema.

Famuyiwa’s credits as a director and screenwriter includes “The Wood” (1999), “Brown Sugar »

- Dave McNary

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Nicholas Hoult in Early Talks to Play Young J.R.R. Tolkien

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In the latest installment of Nicholas Hoult plays-young-versions-of-famous-authors, the English actor is set to portray J.R.R. Tolkien.

Hoult, who stars as a young J.D. Salinger in upcoming biopic Rebel in the Rye, is in early talks to play a young Tolkien in Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment's Tolkien.

Tolkien was the architect of Middle-earth, having written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings book series that were later adapted into two Hollywood trilogies from Peter Jackson.

Tolkien, written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, will take place at the outset of WWI and follow the orphaned author as he befriends »

- Mia Galuppo

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in ‘Super-Intelligence’ From ‘The Boss’ Co-Writer

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New Line has landed the spec “Super-Intelligence” from Steve Mallory who co-wrote “The Boss” with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. McCarthy is attached to star.

Falcone will direct as well as produce along with McCarthy via their On the Day banner.

The spec is another high-concept action, unconventional buddy comedy, like McCarthy’s “The Heat” and “Spy,” but this time set against the phenomena of technological singularity.

Mallory, McCarthy and Falcone have a history of working together, most recently teaming on the Universal comedy “The Boss,” which grossed $78.8 million worldwide.

New Line also is releasing upcoming comedy “Life of the Party,” which stars McCarthy and is helmed by Falcone. The film is set to bow on May 11, 2018.

Mallory is represented by Mgmt and Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman.

McCarthy will soon be seen in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me” for Fox Searchlight which was written by Nicole Holofcener and is attached to produce and »

- Justin Kroll

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Abbi Jacobson to Lead Voice Cast for Netflix's Animated Matt Groening Comedy

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A year and a half after word leaked that The Simpsons creator Matt Groening would be tackling an animated comedy for Netflix, the streaming giant is making it official.

The company announced Tuesday that it has officially picked up 20 episodes of adult animated comedy fantasy Disenchantment.

The series, news of which first leaked in January 2016, takes place in a crumbling medieval kingdom called Dreamland. The series follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Daniel Craig to Return as James Bond in 2019 Movie (Report)

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Daniel Craig will reprise his performance as James Bond in the spy series’ next installment, according to the New York Times. Franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of Eon Productions, announced on Monday that the 25th James Bond film will hit the U.S. on November 8, 2019. It will rollout in Europe one week prior, keeping with tradition. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will return to write the script, as they have for each Craig-led Bond — titles including “Skyfall,” “Spectre,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale.” Also Read: New James Bond Movie Set for 2019 Release, No Word on Daniel Craig The. »

- Nigel M. Smith

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Toronto Film Festival Books Films From George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Angelina Jolie

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George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” and Andy Serkis’ directorial debut “Breathe” are among the films that will screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday. Those films will bring such stars as Matt Damon (“Suburbicon” and “Downsizing”), Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”) and Andrew Garfield (“Breathe”) to Toronto, along with dozens of others in the additional films announced in the Galas and Special Screening sections. »

- Steve Pond

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Judge Cuts 2 recap: Who earned DJ Khaled’s Golden Buzzer?

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Tuesday night, Season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” continued the final stage of the competition before the live shows begin. Twenty performers presented their act in front of series judges Simon Cowell, Heidi KlumHowie Mandel and Mel B as well as guest judge music producer DJ Khaled. In the judge cut phase of the show, 20 acts perform in […] »

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‘The Walking Dead': AMC Announces Rewards Program, Subscription Swag Boxes for Super-Fans

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AMC is getting ready to thank its fans (and pry more money from them) for making two of its shows — “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” — two of its biggest hits. The network announced two new programs, “The Walking Dead Fan Rewards Club” and “The Walking Dead Subscription Box,” which are set to begin in September. Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, announced the initiatives at TheWrap’s TheGrill Special Event on  Tuesday. Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Season 8: Enjoy 5 Minutes of Context-Free Footage in First Trailer (Video) The Rewards Club allows fans to trade in. »

- Carli Velocci

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Wonder Woman Sequel Gets an Official December 2019 Release Date

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You’ve got two years to get properly hyped. »

- Tolly Wright

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Watch Kevin Smith, AMC President Charlie Collier Talk the Future of Cable TV on Facebook Live (Video)

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Charlie Collier, President and General Manager of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios is the featured speaker at TheGrill Special Event on Tuesday, with an introduction from filmmaker Kevin Smith. He’ll be speaking with TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on ___ at the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel. Collier has been at the helm since 2008, spearheading AMC’s popular and acclaimed slate of original programming, from “The Walking Dead” to “Better Call Saul.” Under Collier’s leadership, AMC is the most Emmy-winning cable network in the drama series category. In addition, the network boasts basic cable’s highest-rated drama series ever for “The Walking. »

- Sean Burch

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set Dec. 13, 2019, as the release date for “Wonder Woman 2.” Gal Gadot will reprise the role of the superheroine, this time facing off against the Soviet Union during the 1980s. Director Patty Jenkins is currently in negotiations to return to the helm, with DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns is currently developing the script. Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' Becomes Top-Grossing Summer Film as Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Domestically Aside from the period setting, other details — including which characters from Wonder Woman lore may appear have not been revealed — but it’s notable that WB still has an option for Chris Pine, »

- Debbie Emery

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ Gets 2019 Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 2” for release on Dec. 13, 2019.

The studio made the announcement early Tuesday evening.

Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, has been an outsize hit for the studio with $389 million in domestic grosses after 53 days, and another $390 million from international markets.

Warner Bros. previously announced an “untitled event film” for the Dec. 13, 2019, slot. “Wonder Woman 2” is the first title to land on the date.

Variety reported on June 20 that Jenkins was already working on a script for the sequel with Geoff Johns, who oversees the DC film universe along with Jon Berg for Warner Bros.

“Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said in an interview at the time. “The goal is to make another great ‘Wonder Woman’ film.”

Johns said that he “had a blast” working with Jenkins on the first “Wonder Woman” and that the pair already have a “cool idea” for the »

- Dave McNary

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Netflix Orders New Series From 'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening

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Netflix has picked up a new animated comedy from Simpsons creator Matt Groening starring Broad City's Abbi Jacobson, Deadline reports. The series received a 20-episode order with the first 10 expected to premiere next year.

Disenchantment is an adult fantasy set in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland. The series centers around the hard-drinking princess Bean (Jacobson), her elf friend Elfo and "personal demon" Luci. Comedian Eric Andre is attached to voice Luci with actor Nat Faxon voicing Elfo.

"Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and »

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Indie Entertainment, Butcher Brothers, Orama Teaming on ‘Star Light’

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Horror veterans Jeffrey Allard of Indie Entertainment, Mitchell Altieri of the Butcher Brothers, and Orama Filmworks are teaming to develop and produce a feature slate, starting with “Star Light,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The independent film slate will be financed by private equity, and is currently looking to produce three or four features a year. The filmmakers teamed on vampire comedy “The Night Watchmen,” which was the first title at last year’s Fantasia Fest to be sold to a distributor.

Gravitas Ventures is planning to release “The Night Watchmen” in the late fall with worldwide rights being sold through Automatic Entertainment.

“Star Light” is set to shoot this September in Kentucky with Lee Cummings directing the story of a teen whose life is turned upside down when he helps a world-famous pop star on the run from her violent pursuers. Altieri, Allard, and Cheryl Staurulakis will produce with Leo Staurulakis and Andrew Mardirous executive producing. Mardirous »

- Dave McNary

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Teen Angelina Green ‘Could Barely Talk’ Before Golden Buzzer-Winning Song

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Angelina Green recently won over the “America’s Got Talent” judges with her emotional rendition of “I’ll Stand by You,” but she almost had trouble finding her voice. Green earned the golden buzzer after the performance, which she dedicated to her mother for raising her after Angelina’s estranged father was no longer in the picture. “Before I went on stage, Tyra Banks really helped me calm down,” the 13-year-old singer told TheWrap about the show’s host. “When I was actually on the stage, the judges talked to me right before, so it also helped me soak it all in before I started. »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Bill Clinton and James Patterson Are Courting A-List Hollywood Directors To Adapt Their Mystery Novel

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Clinton and co-writer James Patterson are reportedly holding meetings with J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg and more. »

- Tolly Wright

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Will Packer Crafts Content Production Pact for ‘All Screens’

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Will Packer wasn’t satisfied with his options for setting up a new TV production pact. So he tackled the problem like an entrepreneur, setting up an unusual partnership with Discovery Communications, Own, and Universal Pictures that gives him much more flexibility to tackle film, TV, and digital projects in all shapes and sizes, from miniseries to short-form branded digital content.

The wide-ranging pact to launch Will Packer Media was unveiled Tuesday, hot on the heels of the strong box office debut this past weekend of Packer’s latest Universal Pictures release, “Girls Trip.”

“We wanted to put ourselves in a position to expand beyond the traditional TV model and produce content for all screens and all formats,” Packer told Variety. “We wanted to get our production business in line with the democratization of media that is happening right now. We want to be able to get the right content to consumers in the way they want »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Jason Hirschhorn, Rich Greenfield, Thai Randolph Join TheGrill 2017

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TheGrill 2017 is pleased to announce the first round of speakers and topics for TheWrap’s annual conference, to be held Oct. 2-3 at the Montage Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California. Jason Hirschhorn, CEO, Media Redef; Chris Williams, CEO, Pocket.Watch; Thai Randolph, Svp Marketing, Laugh Out Loud; David Shell, CEO, The Weather Channel and Rich Greenfield, CEO, Btig Research all join the line-up for the 2017 event. New product presentations will include Cubic Motion showcasing a high performance social Vr product and ZoneTV presenting a new cable/satellite content category that offers a best-in-class personal user experience blending the convenience of linear. »

- Wrap Staff

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