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Robert Downey Jr.’s Doctor Dolittle Movie to Hit Theaters in May 2019
Stephen Gaghan directs the new take on Dolittle, which will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), along with Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” films, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.
The project is based on the 1920s tales by Hugh Lofting, following a peculiar doctor who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters. The release date news comes two days before Universal’s CinemaCon presentation, where the studio will tout its upcoming release slate to exhibition industry professionals in Las Vegas.
Universal acquired the rights to the beloved character after a heated bidding war, and announced Downey’s casting earlier this month. »
- Alex Stedman
Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ Moves Up Nearly Two Months to June
Sony announced the news at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday. The new release date puts Wright’s latest smack dab in the middle of the July 4 frame, going up against “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Despicable Me 3,” Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s “The House,” “Amityville: The Awakening,” and Sofia Coppola’s “Beguiled.”
CinemaCon: 3 Major Issues Facing the Movie Business
In its previous August slot, it would have opened against New Line’s “Annabelle 2” and Weinstein Co.’s “Wind River.” It’s a sign of confidence for the action heist film, which garnered major buzz upon debuting at SXSW earlier this month. In his review for Variety, Peter Debruge wrote, “Like all Edgar Wright movies, ‘Baby Driver’ is a blast, featuring wall-to-wall music and a surfeit of inspired ideas. »
- Alex Stedman
‘Terminator’ Sequel Bumped Off Paramount Release Schedule
Paramount removed a sequel to “Terminator: Genisys” from its upcoming film slate while adding release dates to three upcoming projects as part of an announcement Monday. The sequel, which was listed as “Terminator 3,” had been set for a June 29, 2018 release date. 2015’s “Terminator: Genisys,” a follow-up to 2009’s “Terminator Salvation,” saw the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to his most famous role for the first time since “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” in 2003. “Genisys” made $440.5 million worldwide against a $155 million budget. Also Read: Asian Americans Saw More Movies Last Year Than Any Other Ethnic Group Elsewhere on »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Debuts New Footage at CinemaCon
The studio chief dropped the zinger while debuting new footage of the “Blade Runner” sequel to exhibition industry professionals at CinemaCon, with star Ryan Gosling on hand. The extended preview that the actor brought with him to Las Vegas stunned the crowd, featuring an apocalyptic Los Angeles and Las Vegas filled with snow, dust storms, and dazed looking androids, all of it created in Budapest. There were also several visual callbacks to sequences and sets from the first picture that are sure to tickle fans.
- Alex Stedman and Brent Lang
‘Ness’ Locks Up Paul Greengrass and Brian Helgeland For Paramount Pictures
Exclusive: An updated version telling the story of one of America’s bravest and incorruptible lawman has grabbed the attention of Bourne franchise director Paul Greengrass who is negotiating to direct the project Ness, written by Brian Helgeland for Paramount Pictures. Helgeland won and Oscar for his LA Confidential screenplay and worked with Greengrass on The Bourne Supremacy. Based on the life of Elliot Ness, who led the team of Prohibition agents known as The… »
Natalie Portman To Star In Rodeo Drama From ‘The Fits’ Director, Johnny Depp Goes On The Run In ‘King Of The Jungle’
With a potential writers strike looming, studios may be looking down a slew of projects in the weeks ahead, as they to avoid any disruption to their content flow. So it means that high profile projects are getting a sharper eye, and more meetings are taking place, as no one wants to be left without something to put into production while writers and Hollywood hash out a new deal. And two very high profile projects are making the rounds.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star O’Shea Jackson Jr. Eyes ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (Exclusive)
The movie already stars “Stranger Things” stand-out Millie Bobby Brown, along with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. “Krampus” helmer Michael Dougherty is directing the project from a script he penned with Zach Shields.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and Elizabeth Olsen starred in the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot, directed by Gareth Edwards. Sources tell Variety that Watanabe is the only original cast member likely to return for the second installment.
Alex Garcia will oversee the tentpole for Legendary. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” hits theaters on March 22, 2019, with the monster mash-up “Godzilla vs. Kong” slated to bow the following year on May 29, 2020.
- Justin Kroll
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Marathon Bombing Drama ‘Stronger’ Gets Awards-Season Release
Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, while Tatiana Maslany plays his girlfriend Erin Hurley, in a story about love triumphing over adversity. Clancy Brown (“Hail, Caesar!”) portrays Bauman’s father and Miranda Richardson plays his mother Patty Bauman.
Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller by Bauman and Bret Witter, the film stars Gyllenhaal as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing gained worldwide notice.
Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of »
- Dave McNary
Amber Heard Attached To Star In ‘The Kind Worth Killing’
Exclusive: Amber Heard is attached to topline Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions’ crime thriller The Kind Worth Killing, with Agnieszka Holland at the helm. The pic is based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel, with Christopher Kyle adapting the screenplay. The HarperCollins book follows Lily, a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston. Ted confesses that he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful… »
'Berlin Station' starring Richard Armitage heads to Europe
Spy drama licensed to Italy, Nordics and Spain.
Paramount Worldwide Television has announced a trio of international licensing deals for Berlin Station.
The spy drama will be available in Italy on TIMvision (the Tim on-demand television platform), in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland on HBO Nordic and in Spain on HBO España.
Berlin Station is a contemporary spy drama that takes a look at the activity of a CIA office on a global stage in the midst of an investigation into a now-infamous whistleblower.
The series airs on Epix in the U.S. and is also available in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the Middle »
- email@example.com (Orlando Parfitt)
WGA West’s Board Votes To Send Strike-Authorization Ballots To Members
Updated: Hollywood moved a step closer to an industry-crippling writers' strike tonight when the WGA West's board of directors approved sending strike authorization ballots to the guild's members. Tonight's vote came at the unanimous recommendation of the WGA negotiating committee, which broke off contract talks with management's AMPTP on Friday. The WGA East's council will vote tomorrow to send strike authorization ballots to their members. Earlier tonight, the WGA West… »
Miles Teller to star in Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Too Old To Die Young'
Film star boards Danish auteur’s TV project.
In his first regular TV series role, Teller will play Martin, a police officer entangled in the world of assassins.
Refn, known for directing Drive and the Amazon Studios film Neon Demon, will write the dramatic series that explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai. Refn will direct the entire series.
“I’m a huge fan of Nic’s work so the opportunity to work with him, and for a company like Amazon, with this type of material is very exciting,” Teller said.
‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Comes Out Swinging With New Footage at CinemaCon
Sony didn’t pull any punches while kicking off CinemaCon in Las Vegas Monday night, as the studio took a shot at Netflix while debuting dazzling new footage of ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ After previewing an extended clip from the sequel to 1982’s “Blade Runner,” Sony chairman Tom Rothman remarked, “Netflix, my ass.”
Star Ryan Gosling was also on hand for the sneak peek, which showed the actor in a doom-laden Los Angeles that looks every bit as hypnotizing as the original film, but set in a future with sharper images, brighter lights, and more vivid colors.
“It was so surreal to be walking around in the universe of ‘Blade Runner,'” Gosling said, adding that the original film had a profound impact on him as a teen. “The craftsmanship on this film was really on another level. Every location was real, »
- Graham Winfrey
‘Blade Runner 2049’ CinemaCon Sneak Peek With Ryan Gosling Comes Early From…Sony Pictures?
Las Vegas – The big showstopper from Sony Pictures’ CinemaCon presentation was supposed to be a sneak peek of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” And, yes, the new Peter Parker himself, Tom Holland, director Jon Waitts along with producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal were on hand to introduce footage, but it turned out to be the same trailer you will likely already have seen by the time you read this story.
- Gregory Ellwood
Tom Rothman Takes A Shot At Netflix As He Reveals The “New Sony”; Plus ‘Spiderman’ Interview – CinemaCon
Perhaps the biggest CinemaCon gathering yet in the seven years the reinvented ShoWest has been coming to Las Vegas kicked off tonight at the gigantic Caesars Palace Colosseum Theatre, where the nation’s theatrical exhibition community will gather over the next four days to see what’s in store for their theaters this summer and beyond. Clearly, what this crowd wants to see is big and familiar. Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman delivered on that as he promised the… »
‘Dark Tower’ Footage References Overlook Hotel From ‘The Shining’
Sony is banking that fans of the series of adventure novels will turn out in force this summer, helping the dark fantasy break through at the crowded summer box office. “The Dark Tower” stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a mission, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, a mysterious sorcerer. Newcomer Tom Taylor plays an 11-year-old named Jake who dreams about an alternate universe, and discovers a portal to another world.
On Monday, the studio gave theater owners at CinemaCon a sneak peek at the epic battles and elaborate standoffs in store when the film opens on July 28. It was the first time audiences have gotten a look at a project that’s been shrouded in secrecy. »
- Brent Lang
‘Spider-Man’ Footage at CinemaCon Features Deeper Look at Michael Keaton’s Vulture
Sony showed footage from the second trailer, scheduled to be released Tuesday. The footage emphasized Tom Holland’s experiences as a high schooler as he discovers the power he possesses, along with giving insight into the motivations of Vulture, who appears to be engaged in some kind of class warfare due to his hatred of Iron Man/Tony Stark.
“The rich and powerful like Stark — they don’t care about us,” Vulture says.
‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Debuts New Footage at CinemaCon
He then turned his attention to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, »
- Dave McNary
Tom Holland on ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ Spinoffs, and Planning for Bathroom Breaks
Spider-Man has become the Hamlet for comic book movie stars. Every actor under the age of 30 wants to put their stamp on the role.
Now it’s Tom Holland’s turn to pull on Spider-Man’s tight-fitting trunks, following in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. After a showy supporting turn in last year’s “Captain America: Civil War,” Holland swings onto center stage with this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
This time Spider-Man is going back to class. “Homecoming” will focus on the complexity of balancing completing algebra assignments in between saving the world. Holland, a 20-year-old English actor, brought a wide-eyed energy to the part in his earlier appearance in “Captain America: Civil War,” and in a backstage interview shortly before footage of “Homecoming” screened at CinemaCon, a theater owner trade show unfolding this week in Las Vegas, Holland had the same youthful enthusiasm that radiates on screen. »
- Brent Lang
Zach's Ceremony review – an affecting portrait of growing up Indigenous in two worlds
Observant and low-key, Aaron Petersen’s coming-of-age documentary follows one boy’s journey through Indigenous and non-Indigenous rites of passage
When I spoke to renowned Australian choreographer Stephen Page in January last year about his sublime movie musical, Spear, our conversation broached a small but significant character in the film known only by the ominous moniker Suicide Man. Page described him as an urban Aboriginal, “probably similar to me”, driven to madness after failing to reconcile a torn culture: his ancient heritage on one hand and place in mainstream western culture on the other.
Just as we saw Spear explore that challenge in lush metaphysical detail, we see it play out in lower key in director Aaron Petersen’s touching documentary Zach’s Ceremony. The film was shot over six years and captures the coming of age of subject Zach Doomadgee, who is 10 years old at the beginning and 16 at the end. »
- Luke Buckmaster
‘Jumanji’: How Director Jake Kasdan & Producer Matt Tolmach Are Changing The Game Of The Classic Book – CinemaCon
Sony capped off their CinemaCon presentation tonight with a brand new five-minute clip of its upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, due out on Dec. 22. Introducing Dwayne Johnson, the studio’s worldwide marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein said that the movie will appeal to everyone “from eight to 80.” Released 22 years ago, the original Jumanji was built as a Robin Williams blockbuster vehicle at the height of his B.O. trajectory post Mrs. Doubtfire. Based… »
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