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Anne Hathaway and Alethea Jones Frontrunners to Star, Direct Sony’s ‘Barbie’ Movie
Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to star in Sony’s upcoming “Barbie” film with Alethea Jones in talks to direct, TheWrap has learned. Based on the famous doll line, the film is currently slated for a June 29, 2018, release and is produced by Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Richard Dickson, president and COO of Mattel, is executive producing the movie. Kim Caramele and Diablo Cody share writing credit on the screenplay, and Jones is considered the frontrunner to direct. Amy Schumer was previously attached to the project, but later dropped out. »
- Jeremy Fuster
New James Bond Movie Set for 2019 Release, No Word on Daniel Craig
James Bond is heading back to movie theaters with or without Daniel Craig.
Franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of Eon Productions, announced that the 25th James Bond film will hit the U.S. on November 8, 2019. It rollout in Europe one week prior, in keeping with tradition.
More to come. Read the full announcement from Eon:
Producers Michael G. »
- Matt Donnelly
ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for Marvel’s ‘Inhumans,’ Daveed Diggs’ ‘The Mayor’
ABC has set their fall premiere dates for the 2017-2018 season.
The network’s new offerings will kick off with medical drama “The Good Doctor” starring Freddie Highmore premiering on Monday, Sept. 25 following “Dancing with the Stars.” The new Marvel series “Inhumans” will then launch with a two-hour premiere on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Kyra Segdwick-led drama “Ten Days in the Valley” will begin on Sunday, Oct. 1 following the Season 9 premiere of “Shark Tank.” Comedy series “The Mayor,” from executive producer and “Hamilton” breakout Daveed Diggs, will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 3 after the Season 4 premiere of “black-ish.” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” formerly “The Gospel of Kevin,” will air immediately after.
Read the full list of premiere dates below. All times listed are Et, and new shows are listed in bold.
- Joe Otterson
‘Justice League’ Extensive Reshoots Causing Headaches for Star Schedules (Exclusive)
The studio, which had no comment on the scheduling trouble, is spending approximately $25 million on extensive reshoots that have dragged on for roughly two months in London and Los Angeles, according to multiple insiders. Like “The Avengers,” “Justice League” centers on a group of superheroes who band together to save the world. The ensemble nature of the comic book movie, and the fact that its cast includes several of the most in-demand actors working in Hollywood today, is creating scheduling headaches that have prolonged the shooting.
It’s standard for big Hollywood movies to schedule a few weeks of pick-up work, but the cost and time allotted to the work on “Justice League” is raising some eyebrows. Reshoots, or additional photography, to »
- Justin Kroll and Brent Lang
George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Could Hit Shelves in 2018
George R.R. Martin gave fans another update on his long-awaited next installment in the “Song of Ice and Fire” novel series.
“I’ve seen some truly weird reports about [‘Winds of Winter’] on the internet of late, by ‘journalists’ who make their stories up out of whole cloth,” Martin wrote on his Livejournal. “I don’t know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say.”
Martin also said that he is working on a two-volume history of Westeros’ history under the Targaryen dynasty, which is currently titled “Fire and Blood,” with »
- Joe Otterson
C.C.H. Pounder Returning for 'Avatar' Sequels
In the 2009 sci-fi fantasy, Pounder played the Omatikaya Clan's tsahik, or spiritual leader.
Oona Chaplin is one of the few newcomers joining the four follow-ups.
Avatar 2 will open wide on December 18, 2020, with subsequent movies coming out in December 2021, 2024 and 2025.
- Mia Galuppo
Sarah Paulson Joins M. Night Shyamalan Thriller 'Glass'
Sarah Paulson has signed on for M. Night Shyamalan's thriller Glass. The American Horror Story actress joins James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, who already have boarded the Universal film.
Written by Shyamalan, Glass is a sequel to the writer-director's 2000 thriller Unbreakable, which centered on a man (Willis) who learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.
The film has been dated by Universal for Jan. 18, 2019.
Shyamalan announced the news in a tweet, writing: "Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic »
- Tatiana Siegel
SXSW: Barry Jenkins Among Keynote Speakers at 2018 Festival
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, author and psychotherapist Esther Perel and the technology entrepreneur and quantum computing expert William Hurley, who goes by the name whurley, have been selected to serve as keynote speakers at the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will run from March 9-18 in Austin, Texas.
Featured speakers, announced Monday, include space entrepreneur and futurist Bob Richards; Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson; Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 chairman and CEO Ingrid Vanderveldt; artist and poet Cleo Wade; and author and Future Today Institute founder Amy Webb.
“We are overjoyed to invite »
- Gregg Kilday
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Apple Siri Mini-Movie Goes Viral
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson found time to squeeze one more thing into his already packed schedule: making a mini-movie for Apple that promotes the digital assistant, Siri.
The actor's packed schedule is important to mention because that is what the nearly four-minute commercial revolves around.
In The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day, Johnson does an assortment of adventures only one of his larger-than-life characters could pull off, including flying an airliner to Rome to touch up the Sistine Chapel and walking in space to get a selfie, all while making it back in the nick of time for a large action scene in »
- Ryan Parker
Justin Bieber Cancels Remainder of Purpose World Tour
Justin Bieber has canceled the remaining dates on his Purpose World Tour, the pop star announced on Monday. No reason was given for the decision beyond “unforeseen circumstances.” Bieber had 15 more shows scheduled in the U.S., Canada, Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia through October. He has played more than 150 shows since the stadium tour began in March 2016. Tickets for the upcoming shows will be refunded. Also Read: Justin Bieber Banned From Playing in China Over 'Bad Behavior' Bieber’s 29 shows in 26 cities in the first half of 2017 earned more than $93 million. Combined with the shows Bieber performed »
- Reid Nakamura
Justin Bieber Cancels the Rest of His Purpose Tour to Ride Bikes
Due to “unforeseen circumstances” – Biebs just wants to “ride some bikes.” »
- Hunter Harris
Nielsen Weaves Views from Hulu, YouTube TV Into Traditional Ratings
A not-so-simple question has plagued the TV and advertising industries for years: What is the value of TV programming that is no longer being watched on TV?
A partial answer has arrived. Nielsen said Tuesday it is now counting views of certain types of programming on Hulu’s live service and YouTube TV, which can then be used as currency in negotiations between TV networks and advertisers. The maneuver would place viewing from so-called “skinny bundles” of programming offered by subscription-video-on-demand players into the mix when Madison Avenue decides what types of content to support.
With the new technology, media companies “are able to measure their content as it flows across platforms, across devices, through whoever is distributing it, then roll it up and include it in their rating numbers,” said Megan Clarken, president of product leadership at Nielsen, in an interview.
The disclosure shows Nielsen attempting to find a solution to a growing problem in the »
- Brian Steinberg
‘America’s Got Talent’: DJ Khaled is guest judge on July 25 [Watch]
“America’s Got Talent” has moved into the next phase of the competition: Judges Cuts. This week, DJ Khaled joins the four regular judges — – Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel — to sort through some of the acts that have been sent through in the six weeks of the audition phase. […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Charter Strikes Partnership With Analytics Firm 605
Charter Communications said it struck a new partnership with 605, a data and analytics company that is controlled by Dolan Family Ventures. As part of the pact, Charter will appoint two members to the smaller company’s board of directors.
Under the terms of the deal, Charter will provide 605 with aggregated and anonymized television platform data from all of its cable system operations nationally. Charter will not share customers’ personally identifiable data with 605. In turn, 605 will utilize its proprietary data infrastructure and analytics capabilities to enhance advertising and campaign measurement solutions for Spectrum Reach, the advertising sales division of Charter.
“We believe our efforts can accelerate the transformation in the advertising industry’s approach to measurement and accountability by moving beyond traditional ratings to include impressions in buying decisions,” said Kristin Dolan, CEO and founder of 605, in a statement. “Given our close and longstanding relationship with their management team, we are pleased to have Charter as our strategic »
- Brian Steinberg
In Sally Rooney’s Smart Novel, Conversations With Friends, the Narrator Strives to Matter
The first novel by the 26-year-old Irish writer wears its influences on its sleeve. »
- Christian Lorentzen
‘So You Think You Can Dance’ episode 6 recap: Only 30 dancers remain after contemporary, ballroom and group routines
On Monday, “So You Think You Can Dance” continued the second round of the competition of its 14th season with dancers showing off their skills at contemporary and ballroom in classes at The Academy. In this round the artists must dance to impress a panel of 10 “Sytycd” all-stars that will select a team of four […] »
'Double Date': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2017
A boorish but competently crafted debut feature from British director Benjamin Barfoot, Double Date is a horror comedy pitched at the kind of knowingly lowbrow fanboy crowd that helped give Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright their early career breaks. Technically polished, but let down by a patchy screenplay penned by its leading man Danny Morgan, Barfoot’s date-from-hell bloodbath romp never quite shakes off its B-movie trappings despite a few thrillingly grisly detours into grindcore carnage.
After making its international bow at Karlovy Vary film festival earlier this month, Double Date is scheduled to screen at more genre-friendly festivals ahead »
- Stephen Dalton
‘The Bachelorette’ episode 9 recap: Rachel brings the men home to meet her family
While last week’s episode of “The Bachelorette” saw Rachel Lindsay visiting the hometowns of the final four contestants, the July 24 episode saw her bringing the final three bachelors to Dallas, TX, to meet her family. With her father sitting this out, the guys were introduced to Rachel’s mother, sister, aunt, uncle, brother-in-law, and cousin, who […] »
- Zach Laws
Venice Days: Works by Chloe Sevigny, Canada’s Kim Nguyen, China’s Pengfei in Lineup
Rome – The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled a promising lineup mixing known auteurs and potential discoveries, with 11 of 12 competition titles slated for world premieres.
New works from China’s Pengfei; Canada’s Oscar-nominated Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”); Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang (“Last Life in the Universe”); U.S.-based Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat (“Women Without Men”); and Italy’s Vincenzo Marra (“La Prima Luce”) are among competition highlights.
Pengfei, who was in Venice Days in 2015 with his first film, “Underground Fragrance,” is returning with followup “The Taste of Rice Flower” (pictured), a mother/daughter drama set in a village in China’s Yunnan province.
Venice Days will also play an active role in a “Focus on China” film industry forum being held during the fest this year.
Pen-ek’s Venice Days entry is “Samui Song,” in which a Thai opera actress comes into conflict »
- Nick Vivarelli
Wanda Boss Signals Retreat From Hollywood Dealmaking
A little less than a year ago, Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin said he planned to pour billions into all six of Hollywood's major studios. Now he's unlikely to sign a sizable deal with any of them.
Addressing the swift regulatory crackdown that has engulfed his Dalian Wanda Group in recent weeks, Wang said his new international investment strategy would essentially be a retreat from the world stage.
"Wanda will respond to the state’s call and has decided to keep its main investment within China," Wang told Caixin, a leading Chinese business news outlet, over the weekend.
- Patrick Brzeski
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