Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Fox Pulls Plug on Patty Hearst Movie After Heiress Complains the Book Romanticizes Her Rape

Patty Heart Movie DeadIt’s now unclear what’s next for director James Mangold, but we’d love to see him get serious about making The Force, based on the excellent cop novel by Don Winslow. Mangold’s last film, Logan, was one of the best movies of 2017.

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“2 Fast 2 Furious” Scribe Michael Brandt Sells Supernatural Thriller Pitch to 20th Century Fox

Michael Brandt Fox PitchBrandt co-created NBC’s Chicago Fire and its two spinoffs, and currently serves as an EP on all three Chicago series. He also directed the 2011 Richard Gere thriller The Double, and co-wrote Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma with Derek Haas.

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“Deadpool 2” Pushed Up Two Weeks as “New Mutants” Moves to 2019 and Channing Tatum’s “Gambit” Gets a Summer Date

Deadpool Oh NoChanning Tatum’s Gambit was also given a new release date following Gore Verbinski’s abrupt exit earlier Thursday morning.

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Channing Tatum Should Just Direct “Gambit” Himself After Latest Exit, This Time From Gore Verbinski

Gambit Duo Tatum is producing the comic book movie so he has a bit more say than he normally would, and I’m sure the storyboards are already finished. I’m hardly saying directing is easy, but we’ve underestimated Tatum his entire career. He just might be able to pull this off, and he’s also been looking to get behind the camera, too.

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“Black Widow” Solo Movie In the Works Now That Marvel Hires Writer for Scarlett Johansson Film

Black Widow MovieJac Schaeffer is an up-and-coming writer with two Anne Hathaway projects in development — the alien invasion comedy The Shower, and the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake Nasty Women.

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Jenna Block Named Lit Agent at Verve, Where Her Good Taste Should Come In Handy

Jenna Block VerveBlock’s hiring makes her the 20th agent at Verve, one of the few agencies that hasn’t been dragged into Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal. She’s well known in development circles for having a good work ethic and a strong sense of story.

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“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” Review: Darren Criss Kills It As Gay Serial Killer Andrew Cunanan

Andrew Cunanan“I don’t care how much of this actually happened and how much is artistic license on the part of Ryan Murphy and writer Tom Rob Smith. All I care about is whether or not it’s entertaining, and on that front, Versace delivers spectacularly,” writes Jeff Sneider.

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DGA Award Nominees: “Game of Thrones” to Battle “Stranger Things,” Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari Recognized

DGA NomsThe documentary nominees include veteran filmmakers such as Errol Morris, Steve James and Ken Burns, as well as newcomer Bryan Fogel (Icarus).

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David Oyelowo, Dominic West, Lily Collins to Star in BBC’s “Les Misérables” Miniseries

Les Miz TrioThe Weinstein Company is no longer involved with the project, which will co-star Ellie Bamber as Cosette, Erin Kellyman as Éponine, Josh O’Connor as Marius, and Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier.

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CAA Signs “Carmen Sandiego” Stars Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard Following Their APA Exits

Gina FinnRodriguez is preparing for a major year, as not only does she co-star alongside Natalie Portman in Alex Gardland’s sci-fi movie Annihilation, but she’s also the lead in Sony’s remake of the acclaimed Mexican thriller Miss Bala.

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Warner Bros. Shake-up: Toby Emmerich Promoted, Sue Kroll Leaving Job as Exec to Become Producer on the Lot

Sue Kroll OutIt will now fall on Emmerich, newly-crowned marketing chief Blair Rich and new DC Films president Walter Hamada to restore luster to the DC brand following the critical and commercial failure of Justice League.

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Dakota Johnson to Star Opposite Chris Hemsworth in Drew Goddard’s Thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale” (Exclusive)

Dakota Johnson Bad Times at the El RoyaleChris Hemsworth is set to star alongside Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Russell Crowe, Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, and up-and-coming actress Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising).

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Golden Globes Party Diary: Drake DJ’s Netflix’s Epic Shindig, But His Bodyguard Was the Real MVP

Netflix GG Party MVPsMindhunter star Cameron Britton owned the dance floor, which was stocked with Netflix talent such as Millie Bobby Brown, Joel Kinnaman, Candace Cameron, Lori Loughlin, Jimmy Tatro and Rob Morgan.

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Fox Searchlight May Face an Uncertain Future, But It Dominated the Golden Globes

Three Billboards Wins Golden GlobesNot to be outdone, indie studio A24 took home two trophies for Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, which lost two awards early on, but rallied when it mattered to win Best Picture – Comedy/Musical and Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan). Hulu and Amazon were the big winners on the TV side.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: A New Era Begins for DC Films as Netflix Lures “Batman” Director Matt Reeves and Greenlights “Bright 2” (Video)

MTMP 1-5-18The guys also discuss the PGA Award nominations, Ridley Scott’s decision to direct The Merlin Saga for Disney, and the current state of the box office, which sees one major new release (Insidious: The Last Key) enter the fray this weekend.

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Ridley Scott to Direct “The Merlin Saga” for Disney, But We Have No Idea Why

Ridley Scott Merlin SagaKids today don’t care about Merlin, King Arthur, or any of this medieval mumbo jumbo. Was that not made evident by the underwhelming box office performance of Guy Ritchie’s recent King Arthur movie?

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“Animaniacs” Reboot Coming to Hulu Along With Old Episodes of “Pinky and the Brain,” “Tiny Toon Adventures”

AnimaniacsSteven Spielberg will return as executive producer of the series, which received a two-season, straight-to-series order, and marks the first Hulu Original made for families.

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Golden Globes Party List: Netflix and HBO Have Their Champagne Ready, But Where Art Thou A24?

Brooklynn PrinceThe only prediction we’re willing to make at this time is that The Florida Project star Brooklynn Prince is going to stay up late dancing the night away.

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Netflix’s Year in Review: From “Mudbound” to “Mindhunter” and Everything in Between

Best of Netflix QuadJeff Sneider offers 18 things to look forward to on Netflix in 2018, including comedy specials from Chris Rock and Ali Wong, a new sci-fi movie from Duncan Jones, and an anthology series from the Coen brothers.

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“Black Mirror” Season 4 Review: No More Mr. Nice Guy for “USS Callister” Star Jesse Plemons

Black Mirror Season 4“I quite liked the fourth season overall, which seems to be more consistent than past seasons, with fewer ups-and-downs. The highs may not be as high as past seasons, but neither are the lows. These six episodes also feature enough thematic variety that they offer something for everyone,” writes Jeff Sneider.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Top 10 Lists, “The Last Jedi” Reviews and More on Disney-Fox (Video)

MTMP 12-15The guys also discuss this year’s Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, the latter of which — in a bit of a surprise — saw Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya beat out Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger) for a coveted slot.

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If Jeff Sneider Had an Oscar Ballot, “Stronger,” “I, Tonya” and “Call Me by Your Name” Would Win Big

Ballot QuadEven though Sneider didn’t vote for War for the Planet of the Apes as a Best Picture nominee, he thinks it deserves two Oscars this year — one for its jaw-dropping visual effects, the other for Michael Giacchino’s beautiful original score.

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“The Last Jedi” Star Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez in MGM’s Animated “Addams Family” Movie (Exclusive)

Oscar Isaac The Addams FamilyThere’s no word on any casting yet for Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch or Uncle Fester yet, as MGM is waiting to close its deal with Isaac first before moving on to the rest of the family.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Paul Walter Hauser On His Scene-Stealing Turn in “I, Tonya” and Working With Margot Robbie

Shawn EckhardtThe actor opens up about his role as Shawn Eckhardt and what it’s like to be a bigger guy in Hollywood, as well as his recent experience on the set of Spike Lee’s Black Klansman.

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“Kill or Be Killed” Movie In the Works From “John Wick” Duo

Kill or Be KilledEd Brubaker’s gritty comic follows a depressed college student who tries to kill himself, only to be given a new lease on life by a demon who tells him he must kill one person each month if he wants to continue living. The young man figures if he’s forced to kill to survive, he might as well take out some bad people.

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“It” Director Andy Muschietti in Talks to Team With Russo Brothers on “The Electric State”

The Electric StateProduced with the help of Kickstarter contributions, Simon Stålenhag’s illustrated novel is described as a bold, apocalyptic vision of the American West.

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Disney-Fox Deal Is the Rotten Cherry On Top of a Miserable 2017 For Everyone But Theater Owners and the X-Men

Disney Fox 2Here’s the other elephant in the room: Is Disney even done buying right now? After all, the company isn’t just battling current threats like Netflix and Amazon, but future ones like Apple.

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Hot Script About Young J.K. Rowling Voted to The Black List and The Hit List

JK RowlingWritten by Anna Klassen, When Lightning Strikes chronicles the true story of 25-year-old Joanne Rowling as she weathers first loves, unexpected pregnancies, lost jobs, and depression on her journey to create Harry Potter.

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Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Getting His Own Biopic With Black List-Approved “Strongman”

Strongman
Written by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson and Dalton Leeb, the script is based on the confusing, sometimes offensive, borderline-insane memories of Prowse, the irascible Englishman behind Darth Vader’s mask.

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Will Smith to Produce Movie About Michael Jordan’s Detour Into Baseball

Will Smith MJIn The Prospect, written by Ben Epstein (Netflix’s You Get Me), Michael Jordan uses a year as a baseball prospect to find himself after his father’s death.

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