Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Universal’s Distribution Chief Nick Carpou to Retire After 35 Years at the Studio

Nick CarpouJim Orr will take over Carpou’s post, while Peter Levinsohn will take on an expanded role at the studio, which is having a strong year thanks to microbudget hits such as Split and Get Out.

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Colin Trevorrow Exits “Star Wars: Episode IX” as Vision Clashes With Lucasfilm

Colin TrevorrowOne intriguing potential replacement would be Patty Jenkins, who still hasn’t closed her deal to direct Wonder Woman 2. It sure would be interesting if she handed that superhero sequel off to someone else to make Star Wars history as the franchise’s first female filmmaker.

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Casey Affleck to Star in Joe Wright’s Adaptation of John Williams’ “Stoner” for Blumhouse

casey-affleck-excerptEthan Hawke will serve as an executive producer on the indie movie, which follows a dirt-poor farmer turned academic who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th century.

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Christian Bale Makes a Case to Join This Year’s Oscar Race in First Trailer for “Hostiles” (Video)

HostilesScott Cooper directed the film, which co-stars Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Stephen Lang, Timothee Chalamet, Adam Beach, Bill Camp, Q’orianka Kilcher and Peter Mullan.

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“Default” Scribe Hannah Rae Dillon Signs With Manager Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment

Energy Entertainment LogoSet in the near future, the sci-fi drama follows an artificially intelligent robot who decides to propose to his human girlfriend. However, a series of events show him just how unequal he still is in society, and hint at a coming revolution amongst those like him.

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Paul Bettany Reunites With Director Ron Howard for Mysterious Role in “Han Solo” Movie

ronPaul200It’s unclear whether Bettany is coming in to replace Michael K. Williams, who was unable to return to the Star Wars set due to a scheduling conflict, or whether Bettany has been cast as an entirely different character.

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August 2017 Agency Moves, From Roseanne Barr and Missy Elliott to Three Up-and-Coming Actresses

Roseanne and Missy CAA and WME signed a trio of up-and-coming actresses in Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time), Grace Van Patten (Tramps) and Letitia Wright, the latter of whom will be seen in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One and the fourth season of Black Mirror.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker, Men Writing Female-Driven Remake of “Lord of the Flies” (Video)

Leo as JokerThe guys also discuss the likelihood of Ben Affleck directing the war movie Red Platoon for Sony, Drew Goddard’s starry cast for Bad Times at the El Royale, and the Brawl in Cell Block 99 trailer featuring Vince Vaughn beating up a car.

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Sony Fires Up “The Crow Reborn” as Tom Rothman Lands Another Potential Comic Book Franchise (Exclusive)

The Crow RebornWhile it’s a bit unclear whether Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy remain attached to respectively star in and direct the film, insiders suggest both men are still part of the studio’s plan, as both are on the rise.

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“True Detective” Season 3 Finds HBO Following Netflix Into the Ozarks, But With the Great Mahershala Ali

mahershala-ali-excerptJeremy Saulnier, the director of Blue Ruin and Green Room has come on to executive produce and direct alongside series creator Nic Pizzolatto.

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“Pirates 5” Star Brenton Thwaites to Play Dick Grayson in “Titans,” Coming Next Year to DC’s Digital Service

Brenton Thwaites TitansThe series hails from Warner Bros. TV and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Akiva Goldsman and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns.

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“Dracula” Reunion Coming, as Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder Wrap Indie Comedy “Destination Wedding”

DraculaDirector Victor Levin (5 to 7) wrote the original script, which follows two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.

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Female-Driven “Lord of the Flies” Remake In the Works at Warner Bros.

Lord of the FliesThe Deep End filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel have signed on to write and direct a new adaptation of William Golding’s timeless novel about a group of young boys stranded on an island.

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Two of “Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” Six Credited Writers Will Return to Pen the Tom Holland-Led Sequel

MTMP Spider-Man HomecomingJon Watts is in talks to return to direct the film, which will see Tom Holland reprising his role as Peter Parker. The question is, who will be the next villain to tangle with Spider-Man?

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Jon Bernthal to Cap Off Impressive Summer By Joining Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” (Exclusive)

Jon Bernthal First ManBernthal is in negotiations to play Dave Scott, who walked on the moon in July 1971 as part of Apollo 15, making him one of only a dozen men to have set foot on its surface. He was also a member of NASA’s 1969 Apollo 9 mission.

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“Maleficent 2” Moves Forward as Disney Taps “Spectre” Scribe Jez Butterworth to Rewrite Sequel (Exclusive)

Jez Butterworth Maleficent 2Joe Roth is producing the sequel, which will see Angelina Jolie reprise her role as the iconic Sleeping Beauty villain. Plot details remain unknown at this time, and any potential release date would depend on Jolie’s schedule.

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“Nutcracker” Actor Nick Mohammed to Voice Piglet in Disney’s “Christopher Robin”

Nick Mohammed PigletJim Cummings will return to voice Winnie the Pooh, and joining him and Mohammed will be three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett as the voice of Eeyore. The studio is still searching for the voice of Tigger.

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Ben Affleck in Talks to Direct Afghanistan War Movie “Red Platoon” for Sony (Exclusive)

ben affleck excerptAffleck’s brother, reigning Oscar winner Casey Affleck, is being eyed for the lead role, according to insiders. Ben previously directed Casey in his first film, Gone Baby Gone, though the two haven’t worked together since.

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“Brawl in Cell Block 99” Looks Like an Improvement Over “Bone Tomahawk” Thanks to Vince Vaughn (Video)

Vince Vaughn Cell Block 99One of the programmers of TIFF’s Midnight Madness is quoted as saying the film is “absolutely deranged,” and judging from Vaughn’s transformative turn here, it seems hard to argue.

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The Oscar Map #1: Will Netflix Land Its First Best Picture Nod With “Mudbound,” This Year’s Most Diverse Contender?

2017 Oscar Map #1Last year’s crop of acting nominees featured seven performers of color, but expect a regression on the diversity front this year even though Denzel Washington seems like a shoo-in for Roman Israel, Esq.

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HBO Renews Duplass Brothers’ Anthology Series “Room 104” for Second Season

room 104 excerptJames Van Der Beek, Orlando Jones, Nat Wolff, Mae Whitman, Philip Baker Hall, Keir Gilchrist, Meloni Diaz, Karan Soni, Tony Todd and Jay Duplass are among the actors who have appeared in the first season of the show.

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“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” Directors Are the Best Warner Bros. Can Do for Harley Quinn-Joker Movie

HQJokerDescribed as a “criminal love story” in the vein of Natural Born Killers, this project would come on the heels of the characters’ reunion in Suicide Squad 2, and it’d be separate from the Joker origin story that was revealed on Tuesday.

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Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth to Star in Drew Goddard’s “Bad Times at the El Royale”

Jeff Bridges Chris Hemsworth Bad Times at the El RoyaleGoddard is courting Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising) for the contained thriller, and he already offered one of the roles to Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, who passed on the project.

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Will Ferrell to Star in “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” for CBS Films

Will Ferrell The 100 Year-Old ManThe Tracking Board also hears the SNL alum is circling a project titled American Huckster in which he would play Chuck Blazer, the controversial and flamboyant central figure in the recent FIFA scandal, who died in July.

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Aspiring TV Writers Should Listen to Launch Pad Alumni on New Episode of Paper Team Podcast

Paper TeamTalia Gonzalez, David Hoffman and T.A. Snyder share their experience in terms of entering competitions and working as professional writers, and they also offer great insight into writer room dynamics.

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Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese Developing a “Joker” Movie That Won’t Star Jared Leto

Joker Todd Phillips Martin ScorseseWarner Bros. is creating a new label that will expand the canon of DC properties to give the studio a bit more freedom in terms of storytelling, casting and last but not least, budget.

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Michael K. Williams Cut From “Han Solo” Movie Due to Scheduling Conflict Stemming From Production Delay

Michael K Williams Han SoloIt seems the culprit behind the conflict was the independent spy movie The Red Sea Diving Resort starring Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley.

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Warner Bros. Taps Google Veteran Andrew Hotz as EVP of Worldwide Digital Marketing

Andrew Hotz Warner Bros.Upcoming releases from WB and New Line include It (Sept. 8), Ninjago (Sept. 22), Blade Runner 2049 (Oct. 6), Geostorm (Oct. 20), Justice League (Nov. 17) and Bastards (Dec. 22).

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Screen Gems Buys Spec Script About Police Violence Caught on Body Camera

Screen Gems Police Body CamsThe untitled project follows a rookie African-American female cop whose body cam records her fellow Detroit police officers murdering several drug dealers. Her colleagues hunt her down in order to destroy the incriminating footage, while the dealers’ gang comes after her too, demanding answers.

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Bryan Singer Casts Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy as Queen Members Brian May, Roger Taylor in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Queen BandRami Malek is set to star as Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 at age 45 due to complications from AIDS. Production will start this fall, and Fox will release the film on Dec. 25, 2018.

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