Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Mark Ruffalo, Kumail Nanjiani in Talks to Star in Annapurna Drama “The True American” (Exclusive)

True AmericanKathryn Bigelow was previously set to direct the film, which once had Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed attached to star. Bigelow is now producing alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, as well as director Pablo Larrain’s producing partner Juan de Dios Larraín.

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“Handmaid’s Tale” Star Elisabeth Moss Joins Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish in “The Kitchen”

Elisabeth Moss ExcerptAndrea Berloff is directing the crime drama from her own screenplay, which is based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series of the same name.

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“Schindler’s List,” “Scarface” Reunions In the Works at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival

Schindler ScarfaceSteven Spielberg’s Best Picture-winning Holocaust drama is celebrating its 25th anniversary along with Steve Buscemi’s cult classic In the Soup, while Brian De Palma’s Scarface turns 35 this year.

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Melissa McCarthy Plays Master Forger Lee Israel in First Trailer for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Video)

Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller directed the film, which tells the true story of bestselling celebrity biographer Lee Israel, who turned to forging letters once she was no longer able to get published.

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Lucas Hedges in Talks to Join Shia LaBeouf in Indie Movie “Honey Boy” (Exclusive)

Lucas Hedges Honey BoyAlma Har’el (Bombay Beach) is directing the movie, which is based on LaBeouf’s childhood and his explosive relationship with his father, an ex-con and recovering drug addict.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: DC Lures a “New” Director, “Terminator” Lands a Lead, and “Tomb Raider” Starts Its Adventure

MTMP 3-16The guys also recap the Oscars and SXSW, delve into the latest trailer for Avengers: Infinity WarFear remake in the works at Universal.

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“Moonlight” Star Ashton Sanders to Play Bigger Thomas in A24’s “Native Son” Movie

Native SonRichard Wright’s celebrated novel emphasizes the systemic inevitability behind Bigger’s crimes, and the protagonist’s lawyer argues that his client cannot escape his destiny, as he’s a product of a society that has told him since birth who, exactly, he is supposed to be.

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“Stranger Things,” “Annabelle” Producers Team for Coming-of-Age Slasher Movie at Netflix

There's Someone Inside Your HouseBased on the bestselling novel by Stephanie Perkins, the Nebraska-set story follows a young girl whose high school friends begin to die in a series of gruesome murders.

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Ridley Scott in Talks to Direct Spy Thriller “Queen & Country” for Fox

Ridley Scott ExcerptEllen Page was once attached to star in the adaptation of Greg Rucka’s award-winning graphic novel, which follows a British female intelligence agent who is used as bait to lure the mastermind behind a terrorist attack in London out of hiding.

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Ava DuVernay to Direct “The New Gods” for WB and DC, But Is This Where We Saw Her Career Going?

Ava DuVernay ExcerptThis seems like the kind of superhero movie that could be made by anyone, not material that’s crying out to be turned into an Ava DuVernay movie — whatever that means, these days.

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The Ramsay Brothers Bring the Pain With Hitchcockian Thriller “Midnighters” (Interview)

Julius and Alston Ramsay Midnighters LAFFNine months after its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, IFC Midnight has unleashed the violent thriller, which has been well-received by genre fans and critics alike. After all, how many genre movies rate 92 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes?

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SXSW Highlights: “Ready Player One” Delivers, “A Quiet Place” Surprises and “Blockers” Scores

SXSW 2018The festival made stars out of directors Kay Cannon (Blockers), Julia Hart (Fast Color) and the Prospect team of Zeek Earl and Christopher Caldwell.

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Shailene Woodley Rescues Sam Claflin From Certain Death in First Trailer for “Adrift” (Video)

Adrift TrailerBaltasar Kormákur directed the romantic survival drama, which STX will release on June 1.

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Abbi Jacobson Tries to Save Her Heroin Addict Brother Dave Franco in Trailer for Netflix Drama “6 Balloons” (Video)

6 Balloons TrailerSet over the course of one night, the film finds the Broad City star driving around Los Angeles with her heroin addict brother and his two-year-old daughter in search of a detox center.

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Madonna to Direct MGM’s Ballerina Drama “Taking Flight” After Being Swept Away By Orphan’s Journey

Madonna Taking FlightTaking Flight tells the true story of Michaela De Prince, who grew up as an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone before being adopted at the age of four and taken to the United States. She later became a world-famous ballerina, most recently appearing in Beyonce’s Lemonade.

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Bruce Willis’ New “Die Hard” Movie Enlists “The Conjuring” Scribes to Rewrite Script (Exclusive)

Hayes BrothersLen Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) is set to produce and direct the action sequel, which will see Bruce Willis return once again as supercop John McClane, though the film is said to be an origin story of sorts.

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Robert Pattinson’s Western Comedy “Damsel” Slated for Summer Release Following Sundance, SXSW Screenings

Damsel ReviewThe Good Time star plays a wealthy pioneer who sets out across the American frontier to marry the love of his life (Mia Wasikowska), but that logline hardly does the film justice, and since the film kind of defies description, just go in expecting a clever deconstruction of traditional gender roles.

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Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren to Star in Bill Condon’s New Line Thriller “The Good Liar”

Mirren and McKellenThe story follows a career con artist who finds his next mark in a wealthy widow whom he meets online. She takes him into her home and as she opens her life to him, he finds himself starting to care for her… but not all is what it seems in this cat-and-mouse game.

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A+E Chief Nancy Dubuc Leaving to Become CEO of Vice Media, Where She’ll Broaden Brand’s Appeal to Women

Nancy DubucDubuc is expected to provide some much-needed leadership at Vice, which has been forced to fire several top executives following sexual harassment allegations from multiple employees who have also taken aim at the company’s corporate culture, suggesting it is in dire need of repair.

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Michael Bay May Be Done With “Transformers,” But He Plans to Direct “Robopocalypse” for Steven Spielberg

Michael Bay and Steven SpielbergBay will turn his attention to Robopocalypse after he directs 6 Underground this summer. Written by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the secretive Skydance project is described as a cross between Suicide Squad and Bay’s own The Rock.

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“The Strangers: Prey at Night” Director Johannes Roberts on the Trick to Making a Sequel 10 Years After the First Film

Johannes RobertsThe director talks about how John Carpenter influenced the film, which finds our old friends Dollface, Pin-Up Girl and Man in the Mask chasing a family (including Christina Hendricks as Mom) around an abandoned trailer park this time around.

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Super-Premature 2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions, Because You Know You’re Curious About “Black Panther’s” Chances

2019 NomineesDamien Chazelle and his First Man star Ryan Gosling will square off once again against Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk), but will the team behind the Dick Cheney movie get the last laugh, or will it be Martin Scorsese and his Netflix movie The Irishman?

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Verve Shopping Hot Spec “Invasion,” a Home Invasion Movie Set During an Alien Invasion

SignsJohn Swetnam and Harris Wilkinson wrote the script, and according to those who have read it, it’s a home invasion movie set during an alien invasion.

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After Stealing Awards Season, Tiffany Haddish to Star in Tyler Perry’s Next Movie “The List”

Tiffany Haddish The List Perry is producing and directing from his own screenplay, while Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick are set to star in the film, which is set up at Paramount Players.

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“The Shape of Water” Triumphs at the Oscars, Becoming the First Sci-Fi Movie to Win Best Picture

shape of waterBut in the end, when everything was said and done, the right movie probably won Best Picture. The Shape of Water truly represents the best of Hollywood, from its flawless direction and stunning production design to its sumptuous score and rich performances, three of which earned Oscar nominations.

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Nicole 4 Eva! Universal, Brian Grazer to “Reimagine” Mark Wahlberg-Reese Witherspoon Thriller “Fear”

Fear Remake, Er, ReimaginingThe studio has hired its Straight Outta Compton scribe Jonathan Herman to write the script, and there’s no word on whether the Rollercoaster will return, or whether it’ll be replaced by a sexy Ferris Wheel.

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Go Big or “Get Out”: No, PricewaterhouseCoopers Wasn’t Hacked, It’s Just Our 2018 Oscar Predictions

Get Out Best PictureAll eyes are on the heated Best Picture race, but Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay are two categories that are worth paying close attention to, as either one may signal this year’s big winner.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Wonder Woman 2,” “MIB” Spinoff, QT’s Latest and Conflicting Best Picture Predictions (Video)

MTMP 3-2Hosts Jeff Sneider and Simon Thompson also review Eli Roth’s Death Wish starring Bruce Willis and discuss its box office prospects along with those of the new Jennifer Lawrence thriller Red Sparrow.

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Launch Pad Alum Aaron W. Sala Signs With Verve and Madhouse Entertainment

Aaron W SalaHis original screenplay Beast follows a woman facing off against a bloodthirsty beast after her plane crashes in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Launch Pad Alum David Case Signs With Jeff Portnoy at Bellevue Productions

David Case LP AlumHis original screenplay The Noble Woman tells the remarkable true story of a 16th Century French noblewoman who must fight to survive under impossible conditions when she and her lover are marooned on a remote Canadian island during an expedition to the New World.

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