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Amy Schumer Drops Out of ‘Barbie’ Movie (Exclusive)
“Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress said in a statement to Variety. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen.”
The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy “Snatched,” which opens in May.
Sony, however, needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 release date as Mattel already has merchandise and product cycles in motion–shifting the production to accommodate Schumer would have put on a strain on other partners on the film, according to insiders.
“We respect and support Amy’s decision, »
- Justin Kroll
'Beauty and the Beast' to Repeat at #1 Over 'Power Rangers', 'Life' and 'CHiPs'
As has been the case over the last three weekends, this weekend is looking to outperform last year and, once again, by a significant margin. The big story, of course, is Disney's Beauty and the Beast as it continues to blow the doors off, becoming one of the fastest films to top $200 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of this weekend, will have topped $300 million in just ten days of release. In addition to Beauty and the Beast's second weekend, three new wide releases make their debut including Lionsgate's Power Rangers, Sony's R-rated sci-fi Life and WB's R-rated comedy CHiPs, all of which will have varying degrees of success as the top twelve should top a combined $180 million, making it the second largest weekend of the year. As of Wednesday, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has brought in $217.6 million domestically and another $244.3 million internationally. This »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jake Gyllenhaal, ‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa to Reteam on ‘The Anarchists vs ISIS’
Gyllenhaal is attached to star with Espinosa on board to helm the film adaptation.
The article tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists, and outcasts, who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia, known as the Ypg, to beat Isis in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.
“Jake and I are thrilled to partner with Daniel Espinosa on Seth Harp’s daring story. Thematically, »
- Justin Kroll
You’ll See More of Host Angela in ‘Westworld’ Season 2 – and Her Plot Thickens
A standout “Westworld” guest star has been promoted to series regular in Season 2 of the HBO series. Talulah Riley, who played the host and greeter Angela, will continue to play the character into Season 2, TheWrap has learned. Angela is the “host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Westworld' Could Be Another 'Game of Thrones'-Type Hit, Time Warner Boss Says As for what her role will be in the upcoming season, the spokesperson added something more sinister: “Angela will prove to be one of the last faces many guests will ever see. »
- Carli Velocci
James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing ’90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (Exclusive)
The duo is developing a ’90s teen drama with author and social media personality Kelly Oxford, who is writing the script, Variety has learned exclusively.
Franco and Rogen will serve as executive producers on the project that is in early development, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. The hourlong series is currently untitled. Variety‘s source described the project as a teen show set in the 1990’s.
Funny enough, Franco and Rogen started working together on their own teen series in the ’90s, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was a comedy set in the ’80s.
To date, the pair has worked on a number of films together from “Pineapple Express” to “The Interview” to “This Is the End” and most recently, “The Disaster Artist,” which debuted at SXSW to rave reviews. The »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Bob Iger Reveals Young Han Solo’s Age, More ‘Star Wars’ Details
Disney CEO Bob Iger shed a little more light on the upcoming young Han Solo movie at a USC event Thursday, providing details about the “Star Wars” universe film centered around the pilot iconically played by Harrison Ford. In an interview with USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay — also Iger’s wife — in Santa Monica, he said the still-untitled film, scheduled for release on May 25, 2018, will cover Solo’s life from the ages of 18 to 24 and show him finding the Millennium Falcon, meeting Chewbacca and obtaining his name. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing »
- Matt Pressberg
Andrew Dice Clay In Negotiations To Join ‘A Star Is Born’ In Key Role
Exclusive: The Diceman cometh. Andrew Dice Clay, whose acting prowess was on display in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and HBO’s Vinyl, is in negotiations to play the coveted role of Lorenzo in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. The role is known to be significant and considered the comic relief in Warner Bros’ remake; Clay will portray Lady Gaga’s “very Italian” father in what’s said to be a scene-stealing role. A Star Is Born is about a singer (Lady Gaga) who falls in love… »
‘Beauty and the Beast’ Hits $461 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Disney’s blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” has notched $461.9 million at the worldwide box office in its first week.
The live-action remake took in $11.4 million in North America on Wednesday, setting an all-time record for earning the most revenue on a Wednesday in March — with $8.4 million, it’s 36% above “Passion of the Christ.” “Beauty and the Beast” has already surpassed the entire domestic run of the live-action “Cinderella,” which totaled $201 million in North America.
Internationally, “Beauty and the Beast” reeled in $21.9 million on Wednesday. It opened in France yesterday with $1.8 million, including previews with a 50% market share, representing the second-biggest opening day of 2017 in the country, behind only “Fifty Shades Darker,” and more than double that posted by “Cinderella” and “Maleficent.”
“Beauty and the Beast” also launched in first in Belgium with a 70% market share — the biggest debut of the year in that territory. »
- Dave McNary
Miles Teller’s War Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ Gets Awards Season Release
Based on David Finkel’s 2013 book, “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The cast includes Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith.
- Dave McNary
Rupert Everett on His Directorial Debut, Oscar Wilde as a "Christ Figure" for the Gay Community
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter about his directorial debut, the $13 million biopic The Happy Prince, he says he hopes to premiere it later this year, possibly at the Venice Film Festival. Everett said the film, a co-production involving BBC Films, Lionsgate and backing from Eurimages, the Bavarian Film Fund and Belgium's Wallonia fund, as well as private equity, is "about Oscar Wilde in exile in France and Italy, a kind of 19th century »
- Nick Holdsworth
French Government to Back International Series Festival in Lille
Paris – The French government has decided to back the launch of a new international fest dedicated to series in Lille, in Northern France – the country’s third such event, on top of a recently announced drama festival to be held in Cannes and the high-profile Series Mania festival in Paris.
The decision to establish a new festival in Lille was taken by a committee specially appointed by the French government and overseen by Audrey Azoulay, the president of the Cnc (National Film Board).
Lille was chosen over Paris, whose Series Mania has already gained international recognition, drawing 40,000 spectators and 1,300 industry professionals in 2016. The upcoming edition of Series Mania will feature world premieres of anticipated shows such as Jim Carrey’s “I’m Dying Up Here,” Adam Price’s “Ride Upon the Storm” and Jimmy McGovern’s “Broken.”
Meanwhile, the mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, announced the launch of Cannes International »
- Elsa Keslassy
Globo’s Gael Arraes on ‘Jailers’ and Brazilian TV Giant’s ‘New Age of Series’ (Exclusive)
Globo’s “Jailers,” the sole Latin American series selected for next week’s MipTV Drama Screenings, is more than a gritty Brazilian penitentiary-set thriller.
At just 12-episodes, and already renewed for a second season, it also forms part of Globo’s drive into unprecedented fiction formats, subjects and characters as the Brazilian behemoth, one of the biggest TV production powerhouses in the world, faces the same quandary as other free-to-air broadcasters worldwide: How to maintain traditional linear TV audiences while appealing to cordless millennials.
Globo’s answer, as many TV networks, is increasingly robust diversification. It has most certainly not given up on its telenovelas. But, it is leveraging its production expertise, huge studio muscle and traditional zeal for technological innovation, to create what it hopes are event novelas, in line with the event programming distinguishing ever more free-to-air networks. Exhibit A: Aired on Globo’s main channel from March 22, the 186-seg telenovela “Novo Mundo,” set »
- John Hopewell
Cottonwood’s Pre-School Series ‘Ollie & Moon’ Sold to Italy, Finland
DeAGostini channel Super! in Italy and pubcaster Yle in Finland are the latest buyers on pre-school series “The Ollie & Moon Show,” a Cottonwood Media production distributed by Federation Kids & Family.
The deals add to the show’s global reach of over 150 territories already licensed. Previous key sales include to France Télévisions in France, NBC Sprout in the U.S., Tvo and Knowledge in Canada, Discovery in Latin America, D-Kids in Middle East and North Africa, Vrt in Belgium and Ietv in Israel.
An edutainment short-format series, “Ollie” follows a couple of six-year-old globe-trotting cats on a world tour, introducing to kids the joys of unlikely friendships, global citizenship, memorable adventures and new food, language, cities, and customs.
“These new acquisitions just go to show that good storytelling and magnetic characters are truly universal,” said Monica Levy, senior VP, co-production and sales at Federation Kids & Family, a joint-venture launched in 2015 by »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Filmart: South Korea's Finecut Inks Deals for 'House of the Disappeared'
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has inked a slew of deals at this year's European Film Market and Hong Kong Filmart for House of the Disappeared, One Step and Operation Chromite, among other titles.
House of the Disappeared, a mystery thriller directed by Lim Dae-woong (Horror Stories) starring Lost/Mistresses star Yunjin Kim and K-pop star Ok Taec-yeon has been pre-sold to major Asian territories including Japan (New Select), the Philippines (Viva Communications), Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei (mm2 Entertainment), Taiwan (Long Shong International) and Vietnam (Red Pictures). The film presented by Peppermint&company (I Saw the Devil, New World) is currently in post-production »
- Lee Hyo-won
'Life' Star Ariyon Bakare on Wanting to Be America’s "Elegant Black British Guy"
The U.K. could soon lose another one of its acting talents to the lures of the U.S.
Ariyon Bakare, after a career spanning two decades on British TV in shows such as Doctors, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and Dancing on the Edge, alongside some acclaimed stage performances, has Hollywood in his sights.
While the Londoner has already notched up a number of smaller roles in some major blockbusters – most notably The Dark Knight and Rogue One (playing Blue Squadron pilot Blue Four, no less) – in Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi thriller Life – released by Sony Friday – he’s found »
- Alex Ritman
Film Review: ‘Bokeh’
“Last people on Earth” movies are practically a genre in themselves, having begun as a reaction to 1950s atom-bomb anxiety (“On the Beach,” “Five”), then remained a sporadic presence in all subsequent waves of screen sci-fi, including environmental and zombie apocalypses. “Bokeh” belongs to the category’s least populist corner, in which the catastrophic event itself is not depicted and/or left entirely mysterious, with the focus on the few survivors. and how they manage — or fail — to carry on after civilization’s end.
Movies of this stripe (like “Glen and Randa,” “The Quiet Earth” or, more recently, “The Road”) are bound to frustrate those anticipating any conventional fantasy thrills, while instead aiming to provide the abstract rewards of a speculative mood piece. That’s likely to be the reaction to “Bokeh,” which takes its name from the photographic term for blurry parts of a picture produced by variable lens focus. »
- Dennis Harvey
Galaxy Weiying Receives Additional Investment
Galaxy Weiying Entertainment, the Hong Kong-based investment vehicle that last week revealed a stake in Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell,” has received an additional cash injection.
The capital has come from family-controlled Huang’s Entertainment. The value of the injection was not disclosed.
Galaxy Weiying is a joint venture between Beijing Weiying Technology, one of China’s leading online ticketing firms, and investor Johnny Hsu. Gary Locke, former U.S. Ambassador to China, is an adviser to the fund. Hsu heads Lead Capital, a mergers and acquisitions boutique.
Weiying has moved upstream into film production and investment and aims to make use of its massive access to big data from its cinema-booking services and relationships with other companies, including messaging platform WeChat. In the summer of last year it launched Chinese production company Nextainment. With a more international investment outlook, Galaxy Weiying was established in December.
Galaxy Weiying says »
- Patrick Frater
Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu Named Jury President of Shanghai Film Festival
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu will preside over the jury that decides the winner of the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Award, event organizers revealed Friday.
Considered one of the leading lights of the Romanian New Wave, Mungiu burst onto the international scene in 2007 with his second feature, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, marking the first time the prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker. He later won the best screenplay award at Cannes for his 2012 drama Beyond the Hills.
"I have tremendous respect for Asian films, so »
- Patrick Brzeski
‘Scandal': Abby Whelan is the Shadiest of Them All (Recap)
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Y’all remember Abby Whelan? Former red-headed gladiator turned Chief of Staff Abby, played by Darby Stanchfield? Remember how innocent — I mean as innocent as any character on “Scandal” can really be — and just good-hearted she was? Yeah, that’s all out the window because a new Abby’s in town. Thursday night’s episode was all about Huck (Guillermo Diaz) running around in circles trying to find out who the mole was after Rowan Pope (Joe Morton) convinced him that he’s »
- Rasha Ali
Even Patton Oswalt Can’t Make Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Terrible Twitter Jokes Funny (Video)
Former Arkansas Governor and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has become notorious in recent months for using his twitter feed as a forum for terrible jokes, inspired by current events. Often as mean spirited as they are unfunny, they’re also quite frequently just as notable for being completely indecipherable. You know, kind of like a dadaist take on the classic dad joke — if dad liked poop jokes, Ambien references, and of course, taking transphobic, homophobic cracks at the expense of murder victims. But what if the problem wasn’t the jokes, just the person telling them? After all, Huckabee »
- Ross A. Lincoln
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