Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch Heading to “Rio” With Director Luca Guadagnino

Benedict Cumberbatch Jake Gyllenhaal RioWritten by Steven Knight (Locke), the film follows a reporter (Gyllenhaal) who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get roped into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

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Dee Rees, Blumhouse Developing Horror Movie About Black Lesbians in Rural America

Dee Rees Jason Blum Horror MovieRees has an idea for a low-budget horror movie set in one location, inspired by her and her wife’s own experiences when they first moved into their new home in a small town. Rees said they felt like “a ghost, or maybe some other force” didn’t want them to be there, let alone fitting in with their neighbors.

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Christina Hendricks Will Fight for Her Life in “The Strangers 2,” Which is Finally Happening

Christina Hendricks The Strangers 2The sequel follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park. After the power goes out, three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.

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Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez, Zendaya to Star in WB’s Animated Movie “Smallfoot” (Exclusive)

Gina Rodriguez SmallfootAnimation veteran Karey Kirkpatrick is set to write and direct the film, which is being produced by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Rather than a traditional Bigfoot movie, a mythical Yeti is the hero this time around, who believes that humans really do exist.

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Jeff Goldblum Joins Jodie Foster in “Hotel Artemis” as the Goldblumaissance Continues (Exclusive)

Jeff Goldblum Hotel ArtemisThe 64-year-old actor is on a roll, with upcoming turns in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, the Jurassic World sequel, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs and an untitled Amazon comedy series co-starring Danny DeVito.

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“Workaholics” Trio Light Up the First Trailer for Netflix’s 4/20 Comedy “Game Over, Man!” (Video)

Game Over, Man!Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson play aspiring video game creators who must rescue the financial backer of their dreams when the hotel they work at is taken over by terrorists.

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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke to Compose Original Score for “Suspiria” Remake Starring Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson

Thom Yorke SuspiriaIt will be Yorke’s first time scoring a feature film, and it’s possible he was encouraged to give it a shot by bandmate Jonny Greenwood, who scored Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood and is currently working on the Joaquin Phoenix movie You Were Never Really Here.

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Animated “Deadpool” Series Coming Soon from Donald Glover, His Brother Stephen, and Marvel TV

Donald Glover DeadpoolDonald Glover’s impressive juggling of Atlanta and Deadpool for FX (not to mention thriving film and music careers) mirrors that of Noah Hawley, who created Fargo for the network before launching the comic book adaptation Legion to great success.

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James Cameron’s “Avatar” Sequels Add Their First New Cast Member — and He’s Going Underwater

Cliff Curtis Avatar SequelsWe fell for Cliff Curtis following his brief turn as Smiley in Training Day, though the New Zealand-born actor was also really good in Danny Boyle’s Sunshine. And did you know he produced a pair of Taika Waititi films before the director graduated to the Marvel universe?

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Jamie Dornan, Peter Dinklage to Star in Sacha Gervasi’s “My Dinner With Hervé” for HBO Films

Jamie Dornan Peter Dinklage My Dinner With Herve HBOThe movie will chronicle the unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in LA between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and world-famous actor Hervé Villechaize (Dinklage), resulting in life-changing consequences for both.

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Liam Neeson to Star in “Retribution,” a Thriller in the Vein of “Speed”

Liam Neeson RetributionNeeson will play a successful Wall Street executive who’s on his way to work when he discovers that a bomb has been planted in his car. He’s subsequently forced to follow a series of orders throughout the day, or else the mysterious bomber will be detonate the device. The situation is even more dire because the man’s family is in the car with him.

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Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard to Star in “The Hummingbird Project” From “La La Land” Producer

Jesse Eisenberg Alexander Skarsgard The Hummingbird ProjectEisenberg and Skarsgard will play high-frequency traders who dream of building a fibre-optic cable between Kansas and New Jersey, which would make them millions. Of course, they face opposition from their old boss, a psychopathic trader who will stop at nothing to see them fail.

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Johnny Depp to Star in Dramedy “Richard Says Goodbye” from Director of Unrelated Film “Katie Says Goodbye”

Johnny Depp ExcerptThe story follows a college professor who decides to throw caution to the wind and live life to the fullest after receiving a life-changing diagnosis. Indeed, he smokes, drinks and has sex as much as he wants, and God help anyone who annoys him, because he isn’t shy about speaking his mind.

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S.T.A.G.S. (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSet at an exclusive boarding school in England, the story follows a first-year student named Greer, who is invited for a weekend getaway by the Medievals, the school’s elite and most popular group. The invite promises a weekend of bloodsports, but what Greer and the other invitees don’t know is that the Medievals just might be hunting, shooting and fishing them over the next three days.

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Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette Eyed to Star in Ben Stiller’s Limited Showtime Series “Escape at Clinton Correctional” (Exclusive)

Clinton Correctional ShowtimeThe Tracking Board hears that Benicio del Toro is in negotiations to star opposite fellow Oscar winner Patricia Arquette in Escape at Clinton Correctional, an eight-episode limited series about the 2015 prison escape in upstate New York that Ben Stiller will direct for Showtime.

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Paramount Buys Horror Spec “The Infinity Reel” From Newcomer Adam D’Alba

Paramount ExcerptThe story follows a paranormal investigator who finds himself drawn to a small town that has experienced bizarre phenomena. He soon discovers that these instances have an eerie connection with his own past.

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THE INFINITY REEL (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMThe story follows a paranormal investigator who’s drawn to a small town that has gone through bizarre phenomena. These instances have an eerie connection with the investigator’s own past.

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THE INFINITY REEL (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story follows a paranormal investigator who’s drawn to a small town that has gone through bizarre phenomena. These instances have an eerie connection with the investigator’s own past.

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Dave Chappelle Joins Lady Gaga in Bradley Cooper’s Remake of “A Star Is Born”

Dave Chappelle A Star is BornHot off a pair of Netflix comedy specials, Chappelle will play Cooper’s best friend Noodles, who started out playing blues clubs with him.

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Michelle Williams Moves From “Manchester by the Sea” to Carmel-by-the-Sea With Spy Film “All the Old Knives”

Michelle Williams ExcerptWilliams and Chris Pine will play ex-lovers and veteran spies who reunite for dinner, where they reminisce about a failed mission, though it’s unclear whether Pine hopes to rekindle their romance or get to the bottom of a conspiracy.

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Selling Schlock: Watch the Trailers for Familiar Thrillers “2:22” and “Inconceivable” (Video)

222 InconceivableIn the vast world of B-movies that are made for VOD and its undiscerning audiences, there are time-killers and time-wasters. Inconceivable looks like a cheesy way to kill 90 minutes, whereas 2:22 looks like a ridiculous waste of time. If only it starred Nicolas Cage…

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UNTITLED WILL FERRELL/JASON MOMOA COMEDY (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMDescribed as Galaxy Quest meets Ocean’s Eleven, the film finds Ferrell playing a washed-up TV star who reunites with the actor (Momoa) who played his son, who has since become a huge star.

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“Martian” Reunion in the Works as Fox Acquires Andy Weir’s New Book “Artemis” for Simon Kinberg to Produce (Exclusive)

Andy Weir Aditya Sood ArtemisPlot details are being kept under wraps, though back in December 2015, Weir said his next book would take place in a city on the moon and follow a female protagonist. He also said it would be released by late 2016/early 2017, so it may be safe to assume that Artemis is that very book.

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Kevin McCormick Returning to Warner Bros. as Executive (Exclusive)

Kevin McCormick Warner BrosSince January 2010, McCormick has operated Langley Park Productions, which produced Gangster Squad, The Lucky One and the Arthur remake. McCormick is also a producer on the Amazon Studios thriller Lost Girls starring Sarah Paulson.

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“Avatar 2” Scribe Shane Salerno to Write “Gears of War” Movie for Universal

Gears of War Shane SalernoMicrosoft’s iconic video game franchise boasts more than 45 million players worldwide, who have generated more than $1 billion in sales for the series.

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KILLERMAN (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story follows small-time money-launderer Moe Diamond (Liam Hemsworth) who is suffering from amnesia after a freak accident during a deal gone wrong, which explains how he has no idea why there are dirty cops and vicious gangsters chasing after him.

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PEPPERMINT (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMDescribed as “a female John Wick,” Peppermint is a revenge story about a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose and eager to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.

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April’s Biggest Agency Moves, From Spider-Man and Cyborg to the Stars of “Westworld” and “Dunkirk”

April Agency Signings Ray Fisher Shameik Moore T.I.April was another good month for CAA, which signed Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Shameik Moore (the voice of Miles Morales/Spider-Man) and T.I. (Ant-Man) — three up-and-coming actors of color with plum roles in superhero franchises.

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Jordan Peele Sets Next Film at Universal, Which Has Signed the “Get Out” Director to a First-Look Deal

Jordan Peele CinemaConUniversal staved off a major push from Warner Bros., which had been courting Peele to direct one of its long-gestating development projects such as Akira, The Flash and Uptown Saturday Night.

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Craig Johnson to Direct Baseball Movie “The Art of Fielding” for “Varsity Blues” Producer

Craig Johnson The Art of FieldingBased on the bestselling novel by Chad Harbach, the story follows college baseball star Henry Skrimshander, who seems destined to become a star in the big leagues. But when a routine throw misses its intended target, the fates of five people are upended. As the season winds down, these five individuals forge new bonds that will help them find their true paths in life.

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