Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Disney Delays Live-Action “Mulan” More Than a Year, Unveils New Marvel and Pixar Release Dates

Mulan and NoelleDisney also removed Anna Kendrick’s fantasy comedy Noelle from its release calendar. It had been planned for a holiday release on Nov. 8, 2019, but it’s now expected to debut on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service.

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Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o to Play Mother and Daughter in African Military Movie “The Woman King”

Viola and Lupita The Woman KingBased on true events and an original story by Maria Bello, the film tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), General of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.

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“Avengers: Infinity War” Moves Up One Week, Distancing Itself From “Deadpool 2”

InfinityWarRobert Downey Jr. may take credit for this decision on Twitter, but this is such a smart idea that it surely must’ve come from Shuri (Letitia Wright), the breakout star of Black Panther.

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Kristen Wiig Eyed to Play the Villain Cheetah in “Wonder Woman 2,” But Is She Right for the Part?

Kristen Wiig Wonder Woman 2Wiig is obviously a comedic force of nature, but she has always seemed to stand out the wrong way when it comes to dramas like mother! and The Martian,” writes Jeff Sneider.

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Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio Confirmed to Star in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Tarantino TrioLt. Aldo Raine will meet Calvin Candie in Tarantino’s ninth film, which will be the director’s first film released without the involvement of Harvey Weinstein.

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“Dope” Filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa to Write, Direct “Black Hole” Adaptation Produced by Brad Pitt

Rick Famuyiwa Black HoleSet in the ’70s in the Pacific Northwest, Charles Burns’ acclaimed graphic novel follows a group of high school kids who contract a mysterious STD known as “the Bug” that causes physical mutations, leaving the community to deal with the fallout.

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WME, Bellevue Shopping Hot Spec “Just the Facts” About Former Gawker Editor A.J. Daulerio (Exclusive)

A.J. DaulerioWritten by Kenny Kyle, the script follows Daulerio’s meteoric rise from obscure sports blogger to the EIC of Gawker during the wild, heady early days of the digital journalism boom.

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Chris Hemsworth in Talks to Star in “Men in Black” Reboot, Which Will Also Have a Black Female Lead

Chris Hemsworth MIBFrankly, this is a smart decision by Sony, and should a deal close, a good decision for Hemsworth, who could use another franchiVacation reboots, not to mention Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, which is rife with laughs.

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James Badge Dale to Star in Militia Drama “The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber”

James Badge Dale The IncidentA complex tale of moral ambiguity and social isolation, Henry Dunham’s screenplay was featured on the 2015 Black List under the title Militia. The script mixes the locked-room paranoia of Reservoir Dogs with the gritty intrigue of classic espionage fiction.

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Peter Dinklage-Elle Fanning Drama “I Think We’re Alone Now” Sells to Momentum Pictures

I Think We're Alone NowReed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed the thought-provoking indie movie, which won a Special Jury Prize last month at Sundance, where it premiered in competition.

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“Doctor Strange” Star Benedict Wong Joins Will Smith in Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man”

Benedict Wong Gemini ManClive Owen will co-star as the villain, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will play the female lead in the Paramount film, which hails from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison.

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Launch Pad Alum Amber Alexander Signs With Jeff Portnoy at Bellevue Productions

Amber Alexander BellevueHer fantasy-romance manuscript Beautifully Damned is described as a cross between Twilight and True Blood. The YA story follows two immortal beings who are living as teenagers as they fight to find each other while struggling against the systematic persecution of humans with magical powers.

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Antoine Fuqua in Talks to Direct “Scarface” Remake, But Diego Luna Is Likely Out

Scarface Trio“I can’t say whether the next actor will be an improvement or not, but given Fuqua’s knack for outside-the-box casting — remember a wheelchair-bound Snoop Dogg in Training Day, along with Macy Gray and Dr. Dre? — I’m confident that he’ll be able to find someone else who is more appropriate for this iconic role,” writes Jeff Sneider.

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Hot Off “Girls Trip,” Queen Latifah to Star in Alcon’s Inspirational Drama “Hope’s Wish”

Queen Latifah Hopes WishThis moving true story follows Hope Stout, a precocious 12 year-old girl who, when diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, set out on a mission to fund the wishes of 155 other health-challenged children with the help of dedicated Make-A-Wish Foundation executive Toni Dubois (Latifah) and the community of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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“Captain Marvel” Adds Gemma Chan, the “Humans” Star Who’s Poised for a Breakout Year in 2018

Gemma Chan Captain MarvelThe star of AMC’s Humans will play Minn-Erva in the Marvel movie, which will arrive on the heels of WB’s adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians and Focus’ period piece Mary Queen of Scots.

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Matt Reeves to Produce “Life Sentence” for Netflix After Streamer Wins Bidding War for Short Story

Matt Reeves Life SentenceThe story follows a criminal who decides to enroll in a futuristic program that erases his memories rather than go to jail, forcing him to reconcile his past actions and relationships.

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Amazon Acquires #MeToo-Themed Novel “The Wife” by Alafair Burke

The Wife Alafair BurkeThe twist-filled story follows a woman named Angela who learns that her celebrity husband may be a sexual predator after his intern accuses him of sexual harassment. When a second alleged victim comes forward, Angela is forced to confront a deep-seated trauma from her past, and eventually, someone winds up murdered.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Batgirl” and More DC Drama, “Bond 25” Rumors, and Box Office King “Black Panther” (Video)

MTMP 2-23TheWrap’s ace scooper Umberto Gonzalez joins Jeff Sneider and Simon Thompson to discuss Disney’s Pinocchio, as well as Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons movie and its impact on the DCEU.

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Launch Pad Alum Miley Tunnecliffe Signs With Management Company Fictional Entity

Miley TunnecliffeTunnecliffe, who hails from Australia, first made a splash stateside with her original screenplay The Grow House, which earned her a spot in the Top 75 of the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition.

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Joss Whedon Exits DC’s “Batgirl” Movie: “I Really Didn’t Have a Story”

Joss Whedon ExcerptShould the superhero project movie move forward, Warner Bros. and new DC chief Walter Hamada plan to hire a female filmmaker for Batgirl, who has never had her own movie despite the character’s popularity.

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Kiersey Clemons to Star in Jonás Cuarón’s New Zorro Movie Opposite Gael Garcia Bernal

Kiersey Clemons ZorroThe Dope actress is coming off last year’s Flatliners reboot and Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York, and she remains poised to play Iris West in the solo Flash movie.

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Father-Son Serial Killer Thriller “Anderson Falls” Lures French Director Julien Seri

Julien Seri Anderson FallsStarry Eyes executive producer Giles Daoust wrote the script and will produce for Title Media alongside Luke Barnett and Vincent Masciale of Lone Suspect and Mike Macari of Koji Productions.

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With “Nightwing” Less of a Priority for DC Films, Chris McKay Enters Talks to Direct “Dungeons & Dragons” for Paramount

Chris McKay D&DDC already has Matt Reeves’s Batman, Todd Phillips’s Joker standalone with Joaquin Phoenix, Joss Whedon’s Batgirl in the works, and The Flash solo film directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, plus the upcoming Aquaman and Shazam!, and sequels to Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad.

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“Bond 25”: Danny Boyle Is Frontrunner to Direct Daniel Craig’s Last Movie as 007

Danny Boyle Bond 25Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle is the frontrunner to direct the next film in the James Bond franchise, casually known as Bond 25, an agency source has told the Tracking Board.

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“It” Girl: Jessica Chastain to Star as Adult Beverly in “It: Chapter Two”

Jessica Chastain It SequelChastain has been in discussions to play Beverly for months, but her team had been waiting to see if she’d receive an Oscar nomination for Molly’s Game, which would’ve upped her quote and likely given her more leverage in any negotiation.

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Up-and-Comers of the Month: “Black Panther” Stars Letitia Wright and Winston Duke on Joining the MCU and Working With Ryan Coogler

Black Panther QuadAs T’Challa’s brainiac sister and his rival-turned-ally, these two actors practically steal the movie from their more famous co-stars. Get to know them beyond their characters, who are both slated to return in Avengers: Infinity War.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Black Panther” Sequel, Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow” and Robert Pattinson’s New Movie (Video)

MTMP 2-16The guys also discuss the new directors on the Call of Duty movie and WB’s new Willy Wonka movie, as well as the absurdity of comparing The Cloverfield Paradox to fellow Netflix movie Bright.

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Scott Eastwood Joins Morgan Freeman in Nick Cassavetes’ Thriller “The Manuscript”

Scott Eastwood The ManuscriptThe indie film follows a jailed genius (Freeman) who writes and sends chapters from a mysterious novel to an aspiring young writer (Eastwood), ensnaring him in a high-stakes ploy to recover $100 million in stolen diamonds.

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Post-“Fifty Shades,” Jamie Dornan to Star in Action Thriller “Borderland” From “Game of Thrones” Director

Jamie Dornan BorderlandSam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is set to co-star in the film, which is set in London in the 1970s, and is described as being in the vein of Michael Mann’s Heat.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Michael Fassbender in “Kung Fury” Movie

Arnold Schwarzenegger Kung FuryThe Kung Fury short film, which co-starred David Hasselhoff, was a record-breaking success on Kickstarter, and has gained over 40 million views worldwide. The feature, which will be a sequel to the original short, will shoot this summer.

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