Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

“Meet the Movie Press”: Superhero Sequels Heat Up as “Wonder Woman” Gets Her Man But “Spider-Man” Doesn’t (Video)

MTMP 3-30The guys also talk about what’s next for Hugh Jackman, the possibility of A24 being up for sale, and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which is heading for a $50 million opening weekend.

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Ranking Steven Spielberg’s Top 10 Movies: Dinos and Aliens and Sharks, Oh My! But No “Indiana Jones”

SS QuadIn reviewing Spielberg’s filmography, what stands out most is his range, as illustrated by the fact that Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List both came out the same year. Those two films couldn’t be more different, and yet they were made by the same singular storyteller. Imagine having that kind of talent!

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A24 Is a Prime Acquisition Target In a Buyer’s Market, So Who’s Interested? Maybe Apple, Maybe Not

AppleExcerptWhile insiders have denied that a deal is in the works, one would make sense since Apple is preparing to make a formidable entrance into Hollywood production, and it could use a library to build around.

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James Wan, Roy Lee to Produce “Tommyknockers” Movie Based on Stephen King Book

TommyknockersThe story concerns a town in Maine where a space craft is unearthed. It emits a dangerous gas that begins to transform all the town’s residents except for one man who is immune to the effects of the gas thanks to a steel plate in his head.

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Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston to Star in Action Comedy “Murder Mystery” at Netflix (Exclusive)

Adam SandlerSandler will play a NYC cop who finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long promised European trip. A chance meeting on the flight gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the Super Yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. When Quince is murdered, they become the prime suspects in a modern day whodunit.

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Hot Off Emmy Win, Reed Morano to Direct Fox Searchlight’s Anne Frank Drama “Keeper of the Diary”

Reed Morano Keeper of the DiaryThe story concerns Otto Frank’s struggle to find a publisher for his daughter’s diary, which became one of the enduring documents of the Holocaust. Only one woman was willing to help him change the world — an ambitious young editor named Barbara Zimmerman.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” Star Sebastian Stan Lands Lead in Leonardo DiCaprio-Produced “Beat the Reaper” (Exclusive)

Beat the ReaperBased on the excellent book by Josh Bazell that was adapted by Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the story follows a young ER doctor whose life is upended when a patient recognizes him from his past life as a mafia hitman.

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Scarlett Johansson to Star in Taika Waititi’s WWII Movie “Jojo Rabbit”; Also Leaves Manager Rick Yorn

ScarJo Jojo RabbitThe film follows a young German boy who doesn’t quite fit in with his peers, prompting him to turn to an imaginary friend for advice during a stressful period in history. The catch? The imaginary friend (Waititi) looks like Adolf Hitler.

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Pedro Pascal Joins “Wonder Woman 2,” So What’s His Role, and Is Chris Pine Coming Back?

Pedro and PineWe all saw Pine’s Steve Trevor die at the end of Wonder Woman. Or did we? We’re expecting him and a handful of other cast members to return for the sequel.

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“Lost in Space” Star Taylor Russell Joins Charlie Plummer in Indie Film “Words on Bathroom Walls”

Taylor Russell Bathroom WallsLost in Space will debut next month on Netflix, and when it does, it’s going to make a star of the up-and-coming actress who plays Judy Robinson on the reboot of the classic sci-fi series.

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Rob Gronkowski Goes Hollywood After All, Joins Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson in Action Movie “Boss Level” (Exclusive)

Gronk Boss LevelJoe Carnahan (Narc) is directing the indie film, which finds his producing partner Frank Grillo playing a retired special forces veteran who becomes trapped in a never-ending loop that results in his death every day.

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DeWanda Wise in Talks to Join Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow in Netflix Rom-Com “Someone Great” (Exclusive)

DeWanda WiseThe story follows a young woman (Rodriguez) who suffers a devastating breakup and decides to seek adventure in New York City with her two best friends before she moves across the country for her dream job.

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Fox Moves Up “Bohemian Rhapsody” But Delays “X-Men” Movies “Dark Phoenix” and “New Mutants”

X-Men DelaysThe second significant New Mutants delay will only lead to increased speculation that the film will forgo a theatrical release and instead debut on Disney’s new streaming platform, once that studio’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox is finalized.

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Javier Bardem to Play Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés in Amazon Miniseries From Steven Spielberg

Bardem Spielberg CortesSpielberg’s Oscar-winning Schindler’s List scribe Steven Zaillian wrote the script, which is based on a 50-year old script by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo.

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A24 Co-Founder John Hodges Exits as Sale Rumors Plague Indie Studio Behind “Moonlight,” “Lady Bird”

John Hodges A24Surely David Fenkel and Daniel Katz have learned by now that there’s a ceiling for arthouse films these days. A24’s biggest success, Lady Bird, grossed $49 million domestically, so can that ceiling support the duo’s ambitions, or will a larger distributor make them an offer they can’t refuse?

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DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson Taking Leave of Absence

Diane NelsonNelson’s leave of absence comes just as Justice League ends its theatrical run as the lowest-grossing entry in the DCEU. According to reports, she needs time to deal with personal matters, including recovering from a recent back surgery.

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Kevin Bacon Back With Blumhouse for “Shining”-Esque Horror Thriller “You Should Have Left”

You Should Have Left TrioThe story follows a screenwriter who takes his wife and daughter to a remote house in the Alps so he can finish writing a sequel to his big hit movie. And then, as in The Shining, unexplained occurrences prompt the writer to begin going mad.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Oscar Isaac Heads to Netflix, “MIB” Spinoff Sets Cast, Kumail Nanjiani Lines Up a Pair of Pics (Video)

MTMP 3-23We also talk about Shane Black’s Predator getting the 3D conversion treatment, the Cannes Film Festival’s new selfie policy, the box office prospects for Pacific Rim: Uprising, and Ben Affleck’s hideous back tattoo.

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Studio 8 Acquires Action Thriller Spec “Champion” About American Brothers Forced Into Thai Boxing

Champion SpecGary Scott Thompson (The Fast and the Furious) penned the original spec, which has since been rewritten by Run All Night scribe Brad Inglesby. Storyscape Entertainment is producing with Pioneer Pictures.

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Amy Adams in Talks to Star in “The True American” as Amazon Nears Deal for Annapurna’s Prestige Drama

Amy Adams ExcerptWhile the team at Annapurna has loved this project since the company first became involved with it several years ago, sources say Megan Ellison was wary about financing the film, given the hit the company took on Kathryn Bigelow’s underperforming drama Detroit.

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“Barry” Review: Bill Hader’s HBO Show Plays Like “Dexter” Goes to Theater Camp, And It’s One of the Best Comedy Pilots We’ve Seen in Years

Barry TV ReviewBarry feels like something Shane Black might’ve written, but rather than being big, broad and commercial like Black’s early hits, it’s more in line with the crime comedies he’s been making of late, such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys,” writes Jeff Sneider.

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Verve, Bellevue Shopping Timely Spec “Sanctuary City” About Violent Standoff Between LAPD and ICE

Sanctuary CityHot off selling Body Cam to Paramount Players, Richmond Riedel’s new script is set against the backdrop of an aggressive, politically-motivated deportation raid that escalates into an explosively violent standoff in East Los Angeles.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Reunion In the Works as Tessa Thompson Joins Chris Hemsworth in “MIB” Spinoff

MIB Spinoff ThorKeep in mind that while the original MIB was a two-hander starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the spinoff is being designed as an ensemble piece that is more global in nature, so there’s more casting to come, and sources aren’t necessarily describing Thompson as the co-lead of this film.

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Inside the MGM Coup That Led to Gary Barber’s Firing and a Studio Without Leadership

Gary Barber MGMBarber relaunched Orion Pictures, led the company’s $1 billion acquisition of Epix, cut costs across divisions, and squeezed every penny possible out of MGM’s library with the help of streaming platforms that were hungry for content. So what’s behind his abrupt exit?

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Aaron W. Sala’s Launch Pad Finalist “The Beast” Sells to The H Collective

The BeastSherryl Clark will produce the horror thriller, which follows the sole survivor of a plane crash, who washes ashore on a mysterious island where she faces her worst fears.

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“Insecure” Star Natasha Rothwell to Write Amnesia Comedy “Bridal Recall” for Paramount

Natasha RothwellThe story follows a woman who wakes up with amnesia, only to discover it’s her wedding day. She has to remember who she is, figure out who she’s marrying, and decide whether to go through with the ceremony.

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Kumail Nanjiani to Join Dave Bautista in Fox’s Action Comedy “Stuber”

Kumail NanjianiNanjiani will play a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu who picks up a grizzled cop (Bautista) and gets sucked into his hunt for a vicious killer. Can he survive the chase and keep his five-star rating intact?

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Michael B. Jordan to Produce WWII Drama “The Liberators” for Warner Bros.; Will Studio Adopt Inclusion Rider?

Michael B. Jordan A Bittersweet LifeThe studio has picked up the spec from Madison Turner and set Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safehouse Pictures to produce alongside Jordan’s Outlier Society.

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Juliette Lewis Joins Jennifer Garner in Lena Dunham’s New HBO Series “Camping”

Juliette Lewis CampingDavid Tennant will co-star in the comedy alongside real-life couple Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman, as well as Bridget Everett, who will have a recurring role as a gun-loving lesbian.

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Fresh Off “The Irishman,” Gino Cafarelli Joins Tom Hardy in Al Capone Movie “Fonzo” (Exclusive)

Gino FonzoJosh Trank (Chronicle) is writing and directing the film, which co-stars Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon and Kyle MacLachlan as Capone’s wife, his best friend and his doctor, respectively.

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