Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Spike Lee Pays Tribute to “Rodney King” in Netflix Trailer for Roger Guenveur Smith’s Powerful One-Man Show (Video)

Rodney King Spike Lee Roger Guenveur SmithThe film offers a fresh perspective on the infamous incident courtesy of Guenveur Smith, who has been performing this monologue for several years, earning no shortage of critical acclaim.

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“Spectacular” Reunion in the Works, as Miles Teller Will Join Shailene Woodley in STX’s Survival Thriller “Adrift”

Miles Teller Shailene Woodley AdriftBaltasar Kormakur (Everest) is directing Adrift, which is based on a true story about a couple who set sail for Tahiti when a massive storm ruined their boat, leaving them stranded at sea roughly 1,500 miles from Hawaii.

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Meet the Real-Life “Rocky” in First Trailer for Liev Schreiber’s Boxing Movie “Chuck” (Video)

Liev Schreiber ChuckChuck Wepner was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career when his life changed overnight in 1975 after being chosen to take on Muhammad Ali in a highly-publicized heavyweight title match that, as legend has it, was witnessed by Sylvester Stallone.

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Melissa Leo Owns the Mother-Effin’ Strip in New Trailer for Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” (Video)

I'm Dying Up HereJim Carrey executive produces this one-hour drama series set in the not-so-glamorous world of stand-up comedy in the ’70s, when comics and audiences alike were less concerned about political correctness.

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THE PUNCH ESCROW (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA sci-fi thriller with a love story at its core, the action unfolds in the year 2147, when teleportation is the travel method of choice and most diseases are curable. The story’s protagonist, Joel Byram, lives a normal life, spending his days training AI engines to act more human — until the day he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

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Dick Cheney Movie Coming Together With Christian Bale as Former VP, But at What Cost for New Paramount?

Christian Bale Dick CheneyCan the Dark Knight star open a political movie like this, and does it make financial sense for Paramount to move forward given its new creative mandate?

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Norm MacDonald Recalls Chilly Meeting With His Comedy Hero, “Mr. Warmth” Don Rickles, on Set of “Dirty Work”

Don RicklesIn his new memoir, MacDonald recalled being humiliated on the set of the 1998 comedy after the legendary comic made some jokes at his expense.

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Legendary Comic Don Rickles Dies at 90, Read His Letter to Donald Trump

Don RicklesRickles voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies, though he also played a wise-cracking theater manager in Norm MacDonald’s Dirty Work, and played against type as Robert De Niro’s trusted pit boss in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 masterpiece Casino.

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“Avengers” Star Jeremy Renner Makes Time to Play “Tag” With Ed Helms, But Not for “Mission: Impossible 6”

Jeremy Renner TagRenner hasn’t really done a big, broad comedy (unless you wish to count Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) since his movie debut in 1995’s Senior Trip, so this strikes me as a great opportunity to showcase a different side of himself as an actor and flex his comedy muscles.

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“The Conjuring” Spinoff “The Nun” Grabs Hold of Oscar-Nominated Actor Demian Bichir

Demian Bichir The NunCorin Hardy is directing the horror movie, which will see Bichir play Father Burke, a priest who’s dispatched to investigate a nun’s mysterious death.

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Emma Stone Lands Major Offer Following Oscar Win… to Some Kid’s High School Prom

Emma Stone Jacob StaudenmaierHigh school student Jacob Staudenmaier doesn’t strike me as an IRRATIONAL MAN — he knows they’re not going to become FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, even if there is a sense of MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT. Following a viral video like this, it would be awfully CRUELLA of Stone to turn the young man down.

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“Get Out” Editor Gregory Plotkin to Direct “Hellfest” for CBS Films (Exclusive)

Gregory Plotkin HellfestGale Anne Hurd is producing the film, which is set on Halloween night and follows a costumed killer who begins murdering unsuspecting patrons at a horror theme park.

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Michael Keaton Reteams With “Batman,” “Beetlejuice” Director Tim Burton on Disney’s “Dumbo”

Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Tim Burton, Dumbo DisneyColin Farrell and Eva Green will star in Dumbo as parents, while Keaton is making a deal play the new circus owner out to exploit the titular elephant.

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“Jackie” Director Pablo Larraín Replaces Kathryn Bigelow as Director of “The True American” for Annapurna

Pablo Larrain The True AmericanThe last we heard, this project was being developed as a starring vehicle for Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed, but anything could happen with a new director at the helm, and neither actor was mentioned in Annapurna’s press release.

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Simon Pegg to Star in Music Industry Dramedy “Lost Transmissions” for Pulse Films

Simon Pegg Lost TransmissionsThe story follows a shy songwriter named Hannah who discovers her friend, respected record producer Theo Ross, has lapsed on his schizophrenia medication. Hannah rallies a group of friends to help commit Theo to a psychiatric facility, chasing him as he outruns his colorful delusions through the glamour and grit of Los Angeles.

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Gina Rodriguez, Catherine Hardwicke Circling “Miss Bala” Remake at Sony

Gina Rodriguez Catherine Hardwicke Miss BalaWhile Rodriguez doesn’t have an offer yet since Hardwicke just boarded the project, there’s no doubt she would absolutely crush this role, as the rising star of Jane the Virgin is a strong match for the material.

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March 2017 Agency Moves Find Rising Stars Nick Jonas, Glen Powell, Maika Monroe On the Move

March 2017 Agency Moves 200WME also signed Ice Cube and Power Rangers director Dean Israelite, while CAA added Sarah Paulson and Chronicle director Josh Trank to its roster of clients.

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THE WIZARDS OF ONCE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMCenters on Xar, a 12-year-old wizard prince without magic, and Wish, a 12-year-old warrior princess with a magical object in a world where magic is reviled and illegal. When they collide in the wildwood on the trail of a deadly (and thought to be extinct) witch, it’s the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their world.

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CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTen years after the raid that killed her mother and took away magic forever, Zélie Adebola has one chance to bring magic back. Through a fortuitous encounter with the Princess Amari, Zélie comes into possession of a sacred scroll necessary to restore a connection to the gods and secure magic for another hundred years.

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THE SPY WITH NO NAME (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story of Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent whose stolen identity broke the heart of an innocent woman who thought she’d found her long-lost son. To maintain his cover, the spy deceived the woman, Johanna, for 11 years, until MI5 agents caught him red-handed transmitting coded messages.

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MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSet in 1960s Chicago, the story is told from the point of view of a 10-year girl who loves monsters (and wants to be one) and hates the cancer that is eating her mother. When her Holocaust survivor neighbor dies under mysterious circumstances, the girl decides to play detective.

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HELLO, SUNSHINE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSunshine Mackenzie is a lifestyle guru for the modern age, beloved by millions who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and scour her website for recipes and wisdom in how to live a perfect life. However, when her secret is revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. What Sunshine does in the ashes of her own destruction may just save her life.

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FRAGMENT (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMKept under wraps, but project is being pitched as Predator meets Lost.

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RUIN (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA nameless ex-Nazi captain navigates the ruins of post-WWII Germany determined to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.

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There’s a Reason Why Just About Everyone in Hollywood Wants to Be FX

Legion ExcerptOver the past five years FX has asserted itself as the network with the best programming lineup. In both comedy and drama, FX is consistently putting out the most successful shows that are enjoyed by fans and critics. Neil Turitz examines the network’s rise to prominence and how long he thinks they’ll stay at the top.

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Justin Kurzel Attached to Direct Hot Spec “Ruin,” Which Has Multiple Studio Offers (Exclusive)

Justin Kurzel RuinDescribed as a gritty revenge thriller, Ruin follows a nameless ex-Nazi captain who navigates the ruins of post-WWII Germany determined to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.

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Fox Debuts Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Johnny Depp Movies at CinemaCon, But “Apes” Still Reign Supreme

War for the Planet of the ApesThe first trailer for Kingsmen: The Golden Circle ends with Channing Tatum saying “fuck yeah!” and we’d like to echo that on behalf of fans, who will no doubt be quite pleased with the star-studded sequel.

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Hot Off “Get Out,” Jordan Peele Is Being Courted to Direct “Akira” for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

Jordan Peele CinemaConLeonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is producing Akira with Andrew Lazar, while Marco Ramirez wrote the most recent draft of the script,

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Universal, Focus Play Tug of War Over Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde” at CinemaCon as “Fate of the Furious” Debuts to Mixed Response

Fate of the Furious ExcerptUniversal Pictures delivered an uneven presentation at CinemaCon, which included a surprise screening of Fate of the Furious, following by the studio’s sister label Focus Feature, celebrating its 15th anniversary with an intriguing 2017 slate.

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Disney Plays Hard to Get at CinemaCon, Saving the Goods for D23

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2As expected with D23 just around the corner, Disney kept its cards close to its chest at CinemaCon, where the studio opted to debut Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in full instead of any new footage from its Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm stables.

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