Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Megan Colligan Exits Paramount Following a String of Flops, Alleging “Gender Bias” On Her Way Out the Door

George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” and Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” probably looked good on paper, but they certainly didn’t do her any favors.

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“Stranger Things” Star Dacre Montgomery Joins Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult in “True History of the Kelly Gang”

Justin Kurzel will direct the indie film, which will co-star Essie Davis, George MacKay, Travis Fimmel, Sean Keenan and Harry Greenwood.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Thor: Ragnarok” Reactions, “Shazam!” News, and “The Lion King” Finds a Queen… Bey (Video)

Hosts Jeff Sneider and Simon Thompson also discuss the “Pet Sematary” remake and the troubling allegations against Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Set to Hulk Out at the Box Office, Leaving “Bad Moms” to Settle for Second Place

On the arthouse side, it’s actually a good weekend to be an adult at the movies, as this weekend sees the release of Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.”

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Tom Ortenberg to Exit Open Road Films After Guiding the Company to a Best Picture Win for “Spotlight”

Under Ortenberg’s leadership, Open Road released some really good movies, including “Nightcrawler,” “End of Watch,” “The Grey,” “Snowden” and “Bleed for This.”

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Mark Strong in Early Talks to Play Villain Doctor Sivana in New Line’s “Shazam!” Starring Zachary Levi

The British actor is no stranger to DC fans, having played Sinestro in 2011’s “Green Lantern.”

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Veteran Literary Agent David Boxerbaum Leaves Paradigm for Verve (Exclusive)

After five years at Paradigm, the spec king is heading to new offices, though at this point, it’s unclear which of his clients will follow.

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Beyoncé to Play Nala Opposite Donald Glover’s Simba in Disney’s Update of “The Lion King”

Jon Favreau is directing the film, which roars into theaters on July 19, 2019. Oh, and Hans Zimmer is coming back to do the score!

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Up-and-Comers of the Month: “Florida Project” Stars Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite on Their Blessed Hollywood Journey

The past month has been a dark time for Hollywood, which is why we need feel-good stories like these two more than ever.

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“Undateable” Creator Adam Sztykiel to Write Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam” Movie for DC, New Line (Exclusive)

The news comes just days after New Line and DC set Zachary Levi (NBC’s “Chuck”) to play Shazam in the superhero film of the same name.

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Joe Gazzam’s Horror Thriller Spec “Knox” Heating Up Hollywood Heading Into Halloween Weekend

The script follows a group of thieves who target Fort Knox, though they soon learn that it was never built to keep people from getting in… it was built to keep something from getting out.

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“Jigsaw” Review: Blood and Gore Galore, But the Lack of a Killer Twist Proves Fatal to This Sequel

“The underlying issue with this franchise is that it’s hopelessly stuck in the past, unable to move on from Tobin Bell’s fair-minded killer John Kramer,” writes Jeff Sneider.

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“Thor: Ragnarok’s” Zachary Levi to Star in “Shazam!” Movie From “Annabelle: Creation” Director

David F. Sandberg is directing from a script by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke. Peter Safran is producing the superhero film, which is slated to start shooting in February.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Harvey the Horrible, “Justice League” Tracking and the Return of “Jigsaw” (Video)

Variety’s Justin Kroll joins the show to discuss his “Captain Marvel” scoop, as well as the “Deathstroke” movie at WB

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Jerry Bruckheimer Sets Up Cop Drama “Chasers” at CBS After Failing to Crack the “Apaches” Movie

Boomer, Dead-Eye, Pins, Geronimo, Reverend Jim, Mrs. Columbo and Buttercup are headed to network TV. Gulp.

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“Girls” Duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner to Adapt and Produce “Genuine Fraud” for Lionsgate (Exclusive)

E. Lockhart’s New York Times bestseller is described as a psychological suspense novel that challenges preconceptions about identity.

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“Fast and Furious 9” Bringing Back Justin Lin to Direct, Plus Jordana Brewster Will Return

Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth films before handing the reins to James Wan, and most recently, F. Gary Gray.

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Tom Hanks, “Game of Thrones” Director Team Up for Sci-Fi Movie “Bios” About a Robot and a Dog

Miguel Sapochnik will direct the film after winning an Emmy for his work on the “Battle of the Bastards” episode

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The “Baby Driver” Effect: Warner Bros. Picks Up Music-Driven Horror Thriller “Survive the Night”

“Girls Trip” scribe Tracy Oliver will make her feature directorial debut with the film, which will be produced by Pharrell Williams.

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“48 Meters Down” to Follow Five Girls in Brazil When It Hits Theaters in 2019

Will Mandy Moore return? Judging by the end of the first film, we doubt it, but anything’s possible in Hollywood these days.

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Nicolas Cage to Play Mob Enforcer in Action Thriller “A Score to Settle”

Shawn Ku will direct the movie for Highland Film Group, which will be shopping international rights at AFM

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BloodList 2017: A Home Invasion, a Deadly Virus, the Occult and Airbnb for Haunted Houses

This year’s BloodList features horror veterans such as Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer (“Starry Eyes”) and Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala (“Goodnight Mommy”), as well as the buzzy Nazi-hunting thriller “Ruin,” which has Gal Gadot attached to star.

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“Baby Driver” Star Ansel Elgort Offered Lead Role in Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” (Exclusive)

Ansel Elgort The Goldfinch John Crowley (Brooklyn) is directing the film, which is being co-financed by Warner Bros., Amazon Studios and RatPac.

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Jenny Slate in Talks to Join Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed in Sony’s “Venom” Movie

Jenny Slate VenomThe SNL alum is slated to play a scientists in Ruben Fleischer’s comic book movie, which will co-star Michelle Williams as a district attorney who may fall for Hardy’s Eddie Brock.

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“Titanic” Reunion In the Works, as James Cameron Casts Kate Winslet in “Avatar” Universe

James Cameron Kate Winslet AvatarSam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder and Matt Gerald are returning for the sequels, which have also added Oona Chaplin and Cliff Curtis.

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“Brawl in Cell Block 99” Review: Vince Vaughn Elevates S. Craig Zahler’s Latest Deranged Genre Film

Vince Vaughn Cell Block 99“This is exploitation fare served strong, and while it is the humanity of Vaughn’s performance that grounds the film and makes it something more than “just” exploitation, you still may need a shower afterwards,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Blade Runner 2049’s” Mackenzie Davis to Star in Amblin’s Ghost Story “The Turning” (Exclusive)

Mackenzie Davis The TurningDavis is one of Hollywood’s hottest up-and-coming stars thanks to Halt and Catch Fire, The Martian and the “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror.

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Tom Petty Dead at 66, But Hollywood Will Help Ensure His Music Lives On Forever (Video)

Tom Petty TrioFor decades, Hollywood has turned to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to provide the perfect song for a number of films and television shows, though no one seems to have been a bigger fan than Cameron Crowe, who used Petty tunes in Jerry Maguire, Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo.

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Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston Join Felicity Jones in Ruth Bader Ginsburg Movie

On the Basis of Sex TrioRising stars Jack Reynor and Cailee Spaeny are also joining Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex, which co-stars Armie Hammer as the husband of the Supreme Court Justice.

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“Sonic the Hedgehog” Movie In the Works at Paramount With Tim Miller as EP

Sonic the Hedgehog MovieJeff Fowler will make his feature directing debut on the film, having worked alongside Miller at the latter’s Blur Studio. Fowler previously wrote and directed the 2005 Oscar-nominated animated short Gopher Broke, which Miller executive produced.

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