‘Captain Fantastic’s’ Matt Ross to Direct ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ for TriStar
Published in 2014, the novel is set in a near future world where humanity’s relationship with evolving virtual environments becomes isolating.
“‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ is prescient,” Ross said. “It posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us.”
He continued, “I hope to examine, following the book’s lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced and deeply compromised by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence. Lynette and I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Hannah to translate »
- Justin Kroll
The Batman: Matt Reeves Will Officially Direct and Produce
After an initial rumor, then having the negotiations break down entirely, Warner Bros. has officially hired Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, which will give the newest incarnation of the Caped Crusader a standalone story. Come inside to check out the announcement!
The film industry, like any other business, will go back and forth. We've seen people attached to movies drop out at the last minute, and "done deals" entirely fall apart. A couple weeks ago, after Ben Affleck dropped The Batman directing gig, word came out that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes) was in talks to direct.
The internet exploded at the possibility as he's a fantastic storyteller...but then last week, news came out that the negotiations had fallen apart and it looked like the WB would have to keep searching. So imagine our surprise today when they revealed, »
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Lauren Graham to Star in Fox Comedy 'Linda From HR'
Lauren Graham is returning to broadcast television.
Fresh off Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival and NBC's gone but not forgotten family drama Parenthood, the actress has booked the lead role in the Fox comedy pilot "Linda From HR," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The pilot was picked up pending casting, with Graham's commitment to the single-camera comedy lifting the contingency. Graham had received multiple offers this pilot season — all for comedies.
"Linda From HR" is a high-concept family comedy that explores the one bad decision that throws Linda's monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of »
- Lesley Goldberg
Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary
Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray […]
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- Ethan Anderton
‘American Gods’ Gets April Premiere Date on Starz (Photo)
Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation will premiere on April 30, the premium cable network announced Thursday. Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.” Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct. Also Read: 'American Gods' First Look: Kristin Chenoweth as Easter (Photo) Additionally, Starz has released a new poster for the series, »
- Linda Ge
Box-Office Preview: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' to Impress With Possible $20M U.S. Debut
Look for Universal and Jason Blum to score another win at the box office this weekend with the micro-budgeted Get Out, a thriller and social commentary on race relations that marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele).
Pre-release tracking suggests the film, costing under $5 million to make, could approach or cross $20 million in its debut. Universal is being more cautious and suggesting high teens. Get Out, which premiered in a secret midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is getting a berth in 2,777 theaters.
Peele's film — boasting a rare »
- Pamela McClintock
Martin Scorsese Criticizes At-Home Movie Viewing Day After Netflix Deal for ‘The Irishman’
Martin Scorsese explained why watching movies at home is not as good as going to the cinema on the heels of signing a deal with Netflix to distribute his new film “The Irishman.” “The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” Scorsese told the audience at a BFI London event on Wednesday, per Screen Daily. “Now you can see a film on an iPad,” he continued. “You might be able to push it closer to your in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Separate Tables’ Screenwriter John Gay Dies at 92
Long active in the Writers Guild of America, Gay wrote 14 feature films and 39 miniseries and TV movies, scripting projects for John Huston, Vincent Minnelli and John Sturges. He helped lead the Writers Guild through difficult negotiations while serving on the Wgaw’s Board of Directors (1971-75, 1977-79), and as Vice President (1985-87).
Gay started out in live television starring with his wife Barbara in “Mr. and Mrs. Mystery,” and went on to write for numerous live TV dramas. Lancaster helped recruit him to Hollywood, where he wrote Clark Gable-Lancaster starring submarine film “Run Silent Run Deep.” He »
- Pat Saperstein
'Twin Peaks' SXSW Events to Feature Kyle MacLachlan, Neko Case
Twin Peaks is heading to Austin for the South by Southwest Conference and Film Festival. Showtime's two-day event will feature one of the show's stars and a host of artist performances "inspired by the series." It takes place March 16th-17th at The Showtime House at Clive Bar on Rainey Street.
The lineup includes Neko Case, Real Estate, M. Ward, Tame Impala's Cameron Avery and Let's Eat Grandma, among other artists. Kyle MacLachlan, who plays series star Special Agent Dale Cooper, is slated to make an appearance during the first night's events. »
‘Flip or Flop’ Couple’s Daughter ‘Asked if We Could Get Back Together’ After Split, Christina El Moussa Says
Christina and Tarek El Moussa’s daughter Taylor hoped that the couple would flip-flop on their decision to break up, and lobbied to bring her parents back together, according to one half of the estranged reality TV couple. In an interview with People, “Flip or Flop” star Christina El Moussa revealed that the couple’s six-year-old daughter “asked if we could get back together.” Ultimately, Christina added, she and Tarek could only reassure her that she and her 18-month-old brother Brayden would remain foremost in their parents’ hearts. Also Read: 'Flip or Flop' and 9 Other Shows With Busted »
- Tim Kenneally
‘Sunday in the Park With George’ Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Paints as Well as Sings
There’s deep irony in the producers’ decision not to make the new revival of “Sunday in the Park With George” eligible for the Tony Awards. It is, after all, the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical that infamously lost the Tony for best musical to “La Cage aux Folles” in 1984. Back then, the contest was between hummable show tunes and a musical that eschewed melody (at least the kind you could go out humming) in favor of novel changes in key and time signatures that highlight the lyrics. In 2017, it’s easy to watch the new “Sunday,” which opened Thursday. »
- Robert Hofler
Lea Michele Joins ABC Comedy Pilot From Daveed Diggs
Lea Michele has joined the cast of the untitled ABC comedy pilot from “Hamilton” alum Daveed Diggs, TheWrap has learned. The pilot, written and executive produced by Jeremy Bronson, centers on an outspoken, idealistic rapper who runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected. He surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall. The part, originally written as the mayor’s chief of staff, is being reworked to accommodate Michele’s casting. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Alum to Star in 'Marvel's Inhumans' on ABC “Search Party »
- Reid Nakamura
Lea Michele to Co-Star in ABC Comedy Pilot
Lea Michele has signed onto star in another broadcast series.
The “Glee” alum has joined ABC’s comedy pilot that hails from “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs, Variety has learned. The Untitled City Mayor pilot is about an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, then surprising everyone, including himself, when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.
No word on Michele’s character name or details. The lead rapper/mayor will be played by Brandon Michael Hall.
The single-cam comedy hails from writer Jeremy Bronson, who will executive produce alongside Diggs, who starred on Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber and James Griffiths who will direct the pilot. ABC Studios is producing.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Illumination Taps Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer
Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — also announced Thursday that it’s appointed Scott Broock as exec VP of digital strategy and innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as executive producer.
Schube will work alongside Meledandri on business strategy and will oversee all core business operations, including finance, business development, and administrative functions. Schube was the president and chief operating officer at Henson before leaving last year.
Fischer helped devise the original business plan for 10-year-old Illumination with Meledandri and was its first COO. She’ll scale back her role at the company after its release of “Despicable Me 3” this summer, but will continue serving as a close strategic adviser to Meledandri and Illumination.
Broock was global virtual reality evangelist at YouTube, »
- Dave McNary
‘Taken’ Star Clive Standen Says His Character Is a ‘Nerd’ Compared to Other Action Heroes (Video)
“Taken” star Clive Standen says there’s only one thing that separates his character from the one Liam Neeson originated in the film series — competence. “It’s really a modern-day origin story,” Standen said in an interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “He doesn’t have yet, so he’s tripping and falling. But he has this forward momentum. He has something you can’t train.” The protective streak shown in Neeson’s character throughout Luc Besson’s film trilogy will be brought to the NBC series when it premieres on Feb. 27, Standen says. “This guy has this one thing, »
- Reid Nakamura
Profits Drop 13% as IMAX China Suffers Box Office Headwinds
In a year of highs and lows, IMAX China suffered a drop in profits, but booked a record number of orders for new screens.
The company, which is controlled by IMAX Corp. but has a separate Hong Kong Share listing, reported adjusted profits of $37.6 million. That was down 13% compared with 2015. Group revenues were up by 7% at $119 million, despite a 7% depreciation of the Chinese currency, compared with the U.S. dollar.
In a statement the company pointed to decreased box office and to an increase in the number of revenue sharing theaters it opened. These come with greater long term revenue than sites which are sold or leased, but higher initial costs.
At the end of 2016, IMAX China operated 407 commercial screens in the Greater China region, compared with 290 at the end of 2015.
Box office revenue at IMAX theaters slipped from $312 million in 2015 to $295 million in 2016. Per screen box office dropped from $1.34 million to $932,000. (In comparison, »
- Patrick Frater
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Courting Nancy Kerrigan, Nick Viall & Fifth Harmony for Season 24 (Exclusive)
With less than one month until the Season 24 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC is setting the new cast of celebrity contestants.
Nancy Kerrigan will compete on the upcoming season, along with a member of Fifth Harmony, a source tells Variety. Our insider also tells us that “The Bachelor” Nick Viall will more-than-likely be a contestant.
Mr. T. and Simone Biles will also compete on Season 24, our source says, confirming the participation of the wrestler and Olympic gymnast, who was courted to dance on the competition series last year, but was unable to due to scheduling. (Her Rio teammate Laurie Hernandez competed and won last season).
Kerrigan was one of the most notable figure skaters of the ’90s, having won the bronze medal at the ’92 Olympics and the silver at the ’94 games. She also is known for the highly-publicized 1994 incident in which she was attacked by associates of her rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband. The »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
TV News Roundup: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff ‘Mayans Mc’ Casts Jd Pardo in Lead Role
In today’s TV News Roundup, “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff “Mayans Mc” casts its lead, former Disney Channel star Debby Ryan lands a role in a CW pilot, Netflix releases the premiere date for part two of “The Get Down,” and more…
In the show, which is set after the events of “Sons of Anarchy,” Ez Reyes is a prospect in the Mayan Mc charter on the California/Mexico border who struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel as well as his need for respect from the women he loves.
- Dani Levy and Will Thorne
‘Rock Dog’ Review: This Animated Musical Isn’t Very Amped Up
Don’t get too excited, geologists: “Rock Dog” isn’t about an animal into minerals. It’s music that stirs the mountain mastiff in this sweet if ineffectual animated movie, purportedly the first instance of a Chinese animation property — an adaptation of Zheng Jun’s graphic novel “Tibetan Rock Dog” — outsourcing its production to America (“Free Birds” studio Reel FX). With obvious nods to the melding of Eastern and Western cultures, and a hoped-for international appeal, the result is a low-key, simple — very, very simple — story of pursuing one’s dreams (and protecting sheep and foiling wolves) that never exactly soars. »
- Robert Abele
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