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Kevin Hart Starring in Paul Weitz’s ‘Fatherhood’

Kevin Hart Starring in Paul Weitz’s ‘Fatherhood’
Kevin Hart is ready to show off his serious side.

The comedian will star in Sony Pictures’ “Fatherhood,” a big screen adaptation of the Matt Logelin best-seller “Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir Of Loss & Love.” The film, which centers on a widower who must raise his daughter after his wife dies in child birth, is directed by Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”).

Hart just scored a box office hit with “The Upside,” another change-of-pace role. Its success came despite controversy surrounding Hart’s selection as Oscar host. He abandoned the emcee gig amidst blow-back over homophobic jokes he made earlier in his career. Hart had been alternately apologetic and defiant while promoting “The Upside,” a stance that further inflamed the controversy.

Hart will shoot “Fatherhood” after he wraps up the sequel to “Jumanji.” Hart’s other films include “Night School,” “Get Hard,” and “Central Intelligence.”

Dana Stevens adapted Logelin’s book,
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Kevin Hart to pass go and collect $200 for Tim Story's Monopoly

  • JoBlo
For whatever reason, Hollywood has been chomping at the bit to transform the extremely popular boardgame Monopoly into a movie; hell, Ridley Scott spent years trying to get a Monopoly film off the ground, but it seems that Tim Story and Kevin Hart may have succeeded where he failed. Deadline reports that Kevin Hart (Night School) is set to star in Lionsgate and Hasbro's live-action…
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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Monopoly Movie

  • Variety
Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Monopoly Movie
Kevin Hart is in talks to star in Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Monopoly live-action movie, which he will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label.

Tim Story is in final negotiations to direct the film and also produce through his Story Company banner. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and oversee the pic with Carli Haney. Story Company president Sharla Sumpter Bridgett will produce as well.

Lionsgate and Hasbro have been attempting to produce a Monopoly movie since 2015, when they hired Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) to write the screenplay about a boy from the game’s Baltic Avenue embarking on a quest to make a fortune.

Hasbro will co-produce the untitled film through its Allspark Pictures label. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, and Greg Mooradian will serve as producers.

Hart’s currently starring in the comedy-drama “The Upside” with Bryan Cranston. The film led the box office last weekend,
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Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro
Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he will be putting on a top hat and tuxedo very soon.

Hart is in final negotiations to star in Lionsgate’s and Hasbro’s movie based on the board game “Monopoly,” and Tim Story, Hart’s longtime collaborator on “Ride Along” and other stand-up specials, is in final negotiations to direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Hart will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and HartBeat’s Carli Haney will oversee with John Cheng. Story will produce as well through his The Story Company banner. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, President of The Story Company, will also produce.

The logline is under wraps, but the film is inspired by Hasbro’s popular board game franchise. Hasbro
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Kevin Hart To Star In ‘Monopoly’ Movie For Lionsgate & Hasbro, Tim Story To Direct

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Lionsgate and Hasbro’s live-action feature Monopoly is passing Go with Kevin Hart set to star and the actor’s Ride Along collaborator Tim Story due to direct. The hot package, inspired by the iconic board game, is in final negotiations, I understand.

Hart, John Cheng and Carli Haney will produce for Hart’s HartBeat Productions label. Story and Prince Of Peoria exec producer Sharla Sumpter Bridgett will produce for The Story Company. Hasbro is co-producing via its Allspark Pictures label with the company’s Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Greg Mooradian serving as producers.

Logline is being kept under wraps for now and a writer and shoot date have not been set. A previous version of the project centered on a young man from the game’s modest Baltic Avenue on a quest to make a fortune.

The Oscar hosting saga has been a forgettable episode for Hart
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‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie

‘The Upside’ Opened at #1, But $20 Million Is Low for a Kevin Hart Movie
The opening weekend of “The Upside,” the Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston remake of the worldwide French hit “Intouchables,” ended the three-week reign of “Aquaman.” It made just over of $20 million — besting estimates — and comes after a few weeks of controversy for Hart that suggested the long-delayed film might take a hit.

The odd-couple pairing of a wealthy and paraplegic New Yorker and the ex-con hired to care for him is a curious inverse of “Green Book.”

Initially a Weinstein film, it premiered to mixed critical response at Toronto 2017, with plans for an early 2018 opening upended by the company’s demise. Its pickup by Stx, a totally capable distributor with access to top theaters, still suggested to some a limit to its, shall we say, upside. The company has had several successes, but only one opening over $20 million. And Hart’s promo tours for the film got more attention for
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Regina Hall gets her comeuppance in Us trailer for ‘Little’

  • HeyUGuys
Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer for coming of age comedy ‘Little’, with an all-too-familiar story you might think you have seen before.

Directed by Tina Gordon with a story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and a screenplay by Oliver and Gordon, based on an idea by teen actress Marsai Martin. The film is produced by Packer and his producing partner James Lopez and by Kenya Barris, and is executive produced by Preston Holmes (Night School), Hall, Marsai Martin and Josh Martin.

Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily
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New Trailer For Universal’s Upcoming Body-Swap Comedy ‘Little’

Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders in new movie Little — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation. The new trailer has just gone live.

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Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.

Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.
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Trailer And Poster For Director Tina Gordon’s Little Starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae And Regina Hall

Hitting theaters on April 12 is Universal PIctures upcoming film Little, starring Starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae And Regina Hall. Check out the brand new trailer.

Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.

Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No.
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Little Trailer: Regina Hall and Marsai Martin Pull the Old Body-Swap Switcheroo

Little Trailer: Regina Hall and Marsai Martin Pull the Old Body-Swap Switcheroo
Fans of 13 Going on 30 finally have a new reason to get up in the morning. While it's not exactly a remake, Little follows basically the same premise, with one woman swapping bodies with her younger self. It's been awhile since a good old fashion switcheroo comedy has landed on our stoop. We'll enjoy it while we can.

Girls Trip star Regina King and Black-ish star Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders. Hall is the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan, and Martin is the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self's penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.

Insecure star Issa Rae plays Jordan's long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the
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Blu-Ray Spotlight: Kevin Hart Gets A Much Needed Education In ‘Night School’

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish are the stars behind the comedy Night School, but it’s a talented ensemble cast that basically steals the show. Fans of the stars will probably satisfied by their banter, but there are a ton of jokes to go around in the comedy.

Teddy Walker (Hart) is a BBQ salesman who accidentally [...]

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Tiffany Haddish Defended by Patton Oswalt, Kathy Griffin, and More After Bombing Comedy Set

Tiffany Haddish Defended by Patton Oswalt, Kathy Griffin, and More After Bombing Comedy Set
Comics and industry professionals are sticking up for Tiffany Haddish on social media after the “Girls Trip” actress faced negative press due to a botched New Year’s Eve comedy set. Haddish performed December 31 at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida and bombed her performance, with reports saying many fans walked out of the show in frustration as Haddish flubbed some jokes and forgot others. The comedian challenged audience members to be funny while she drank on stage.

Responding on Twitter to an article from The Root titled “Tiffany Haddish Bombs, Drinks with Fans Instead,” Haddish admitted her New Year’s Eve set did not go as planned. “Yes this happened,” the comedian wrote. “I wish it was better Miami. I prayed on it and I have a strong feeling this will never happened [sic] again.”

While Haddish owned up to bombing her comedy set, fellow comics such as Marlon Wayans,
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Universal Landed a Wide Range of Hits, From ‘Jurassic World’ to ‘Halloween’

  • The Wrap
To understand the success that Universal has kept up over the past decade, you need only look at the production budgets and genres for the studio’s three highest grossing films in 2018: $170 million for the dinosaur blockbuster “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $75 million for the animated Dr. Seuss adaptation “The Grinch,” and $10 million for a belated installment in the venerable horror series “Halloween.”

The result was a domestic annual total of more than $1.7 billion, 17 percent more than 2017’s total gross. And that gross jumps to $1.9 billion if you factor in Universal’s indie distribution wing, Focus Features. “The most consistent performers are obviously Disney, that has been in a league of its own, Universal and Warner Bros. have been back-to-back 2 and 3,” said Tuna Amobi, media analyst at Cfra Research.

Universal’s big moneymaker was “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” a sequel that proved the 2015 revival of “Jurassic Park” was so much
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10 Busiest Movie Actors of 2018, From Tessa Thompson to Michael B Jordan (Photos)

  • The Wrap
10 Busiest Movie Actors of 2018, From Tessa Thompson to Michael B Jordan (Photos)
Michael B Jordan

The actor is in serious awards contention for his role in “Black Panther,” but also most recently starred in “Creed II,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “Kin.”

Josh Brolin

We all know Josh Brolin played the villain in both “Deadpool 2” And “Avengers: Infinity War” (which is a feat in itself), but he also starred in “Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado” and “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter.”

Tessa Thompson

Thompson seems to have been in every movie this year, and that’s for good reason: She starred in “Annihilation” alongside Natalie Portman, as well as “Sorry to Bother You,” “Little Woods,” “Furlough” and “Creed II.”

Patrick Wilson

Wilson is now just making the rounds as King Orm in James Wan’s “Aquaman,” but the actor also starred in “Insidious: The Last Key,” “”The Commuter,” “The Nun,” “Nightmare Cinema” and he is currently filming the Untitled “Annabelle” film.
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Jingle Punks at 10: How the Production Music House Turned Passion Into Profits

  • Variety
Jingle Punks at 10: How the Production Music House Turned Passion Into Profits
In a typical post-awards show scene, two music professionals start a friendly conversation at a bar. “I start telling him, ‘I’m the king of all jingles,’” says Jared Gutstadt, co-founder of Jingle Punks, the venerable production music house that he launched 10 years ago.“I thought I was talking to a complete stranger.” Turns out he was chatting up Justin Bieber, who was himself interested in the jingle game. As Gutstadt recalls, the pop star “was riffing on, like, a Wrigley’s commercial, going, ‘What if I did a pitch and nobody knew my voice was on it?’”

Waving over a couple of friends, the Biebs proceeded to change Gutstadt’s life.“In that brief interaction I met Poo Bear and Maejor, who I’ve worked with more in the last three or four years than anyone outside the company,” Gutstadt says.

The 2015 incident at an American Music Awards afterparty
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Malcolm D. Lee Producing Movie Set In The Double Dutch World For Universal

  • Deadline
Malcolm D. Lee Producing Movie Set In The Double Dutch World For Universal
Exclusive: Malcolm D. Lee is set to produce The Untitled Double Dutch Project at Universal, based off an original idea by Thembi Banks which she will write.

The story we hear will revolve around the journey of a coach and his double-dutch jump rope team.

Banks is currently the co-producer on the Untitled Hilde Lysiak Project for Apple, and she’s a 2018 HBO Directing Fellow, and was a 2017 Directing Fellow for Film Independent’s Project Involve.

Lee will produce Double Dutch under his banner Blackmaled Productions. Universal Vice President of Production Sara Scott is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

Lee’s Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish fall comedy Night School recently grossed over $101M at the global box office. In total, Lee’s directing canon has amassed close to $600M worldwide. Lee’s Girls Trip last year repped a high mark for comedies at the B.O.
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‘Night School’ VOD Review

Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Keith David, Anne Winters, Taran Killam, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Romany Malco, Ben Schwartz, Rob Riggle | Written by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, Matthew Kellard, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg | Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

Tiffany Haddish and her Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee reteam in the Kevin Hart produced star vehicle Night School. A film which epitomises Hart’s career at the moment as an average simplistic venture into comedy that offers very little in the wake of either originality or personality, yet the recipient of financial success with such a weak time for the genre available for audiences to indulge and celebrate.

Night School is as straightforward and inconsequential, both contextually and conceptually, as one can imagine for such a venture. It is a grab and run sort of operation at the core of production. A cash grab if you will.
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Who Should Replace Kevin Hart as Oscars Host?

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Who Should Replace Kevin Hart as Oscars Host?
Less than two days after announcing Kevin Hart as its Oscar host, the Academy is already on the look-out for a replacement, following widespread protests about Hart’s homophobic past tweets. Many are turning to “Saturday Night Live” actresses Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig as possible solutions, while others are looking to proven veterans like Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris. See Variety‘s full list of possible host replacements below.

Awkwafina

The rapper-turned-actress claimed the hearts of fans with scene-stealing roles in “Ocean’s Eight” and “Crazy Rich Asians” this past summer. Soon after, she also hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” where she further showcased her comedy chops in skits about a late-night dance battle and an ancient Egyptian team of hair and makeup artists.

Ellen DeGeneres

The three-time Academy Award host would have some big shoes to fill, but considering that they’re her own, it
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Apa Ups Sheva Cohen To Senior Vice President In Talent

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Apa has promoted Sheva Cohen to Senior Vice President in the agency’s Talent department.

A Los Angeles native, Cohen began her career during her junior and senior years of college, interning for producer-writer Mike Fleiss, working on the daily syndicated show Extra, and for top youth agent Bonnie Liedtke. Shortly after her graduation from Colorado State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Cohen started in Apa’s mailroom before joining the agency’s Agent Training Program. She was promoted to agent in 2010.

Cohen’s current list of clients includes Tiffany Haddish, Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter franchise), Dexter Darden (Maze Runner franchise), Bre-z (All-American), Ryan Potter (DC’s Titans), Adeline Rudolph (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), and Blair Redford (The Gifted).

“Over the past several years, Sheva has played an instrumental role in the overall growth and success of our talent department,
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Kevin Hart Drops Out Of Hosting The 2019 Academy Awards

A little over 48 hours after announcing he’d be hosting the 91st Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has withdrawn at the telecast’s emcee. After increasing controversy over twitter posts he’d made referencing gay men, homosexuality and the word “fag,” Hart decided the best option was to no longer host the Oscars.

The 39-year-old comedian and star of recent hits such as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Night School” was initially seen as a new host who could not only bring in new viewers but much-needed diversity to the role.

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