Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Up-and-Comer of the Month: Charlie Tahan on Channeling His Dark Side for “Super Dark Times”

Charlie TahanTahan may be young but he has already worked with acclaimed indie filmmakers such as Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine), Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange) and Todd Solondz (Wiener-Dog), so I think it’s a safe bet you’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the coming years.

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Telethons Lose Their Identity as Celebrities Overshadow the Cause

Telethon“Crowdfunding has made a splash with apps like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, so now that anyone can run their own mini-telethon by sourcing funds from friends and family, what’s the point of even having a telethon,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Simon Reviews “Blade Runner 2049,” Michelle Williams Joins “Venom,” “Hocus Pocus” Heads to TV (Video)

MTMP Sept 29The guys also discuss Friday’s breaking news that Kristen Stewart and Lupita Nyong’o are circling the Charlie’s Angels reboot at Sony.

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O.J. Simpson’s Possible Parole Prompts Hot Comedy Script “Cuba Gooding Jr. Must Die” (Exclusive)

Cuba Gooding Jr Must DieWriter Jimmy Tsai (Ping Pong Playa) imagines a newly-paroled O.J. Simpson as he sets out on an obsessive quest for revenge against actor Cuba Gooding Jr. for exploiting his image on American Crime Story.

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Russian Model-Actress Gia Skova Making Directorial Debut With Action Movie “The Serpent”

Gia Skova The SerpentIn addition to directing, producing and starring in the film, Skova also wrote the script, which follows a CIA agent who discovers she’s being manipulated by her own agency, forcing her to escape its watchful eye long enough to head to China in order to unravel a major conspiracy.

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Eddie Murphy’s “Coming to America” Sequel Lands Director Jonathan Levine, Writer Kenya Barris

Coming to America 2While Murphy doesn’t have a deal to return for the sequel, he is expected to star, as he’s been intimately involved in the development of the Paramount project.

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Launch Pad Alum Timothy Jay Smith Signs With Book Agent Mark Gottlieb at Trident Media Group

Timothy Jay Smith Trident Media GroupSmith’s manuscript THE FOURTH COURIER is described as A Most Wanted Man meets Bridge of Spies, and is a current Top 10 Finalist in the 2017 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition.

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J.J. Abrams Developing Live-Action Version of Japanese Anime Movie “Your Name”

abrams-excerptParamount and Bad Robot have hired Oscar-nominated Arrival scribe Eric Heisserer to write the script, which follows a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies.

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“Blade Runner 2049” Director Denis Villeneuve in Talks for “Cleopatra,” So “James Bond 25” Is a No Go

Denis Villeneuve CleopatraWith Villeneuve soon to be focused on Dune, and Cleopatra now waiting in the wings, today’s news would seemingly take Villeneuve out of the running to direct the next James Bond movie, leaving Yann Demange as the clear frontrunner for the coveted gig.

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Ever “Wonder” What’s In a Movie Title? This Year, It’s Probably That Word

Wonder2There are four films coming out before the end of the year that feature the word “wonder” in their titles, and they arrive on the heels of a wonderful summer movie called Wonder Woman.

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“Mudbound” Filmmaker Dee Rees to Direct Political Thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted”

Dee Rees The Last Thing He WantedMarco Villalobos will adapt Joan Didion’s bestselling 1996 book, which is described as a political thriller in the vein of The Parallax View. The story follows a Washington Post journalist who is thrown unexpectedly into the dangerous world of arms dealing.

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Michelle Williams in Talks for Female Lead Opposite Tom Hardy in Sony’s “Venom”

Michelle Williams VenomIt’s been remarkable to see Williams’ career blossom since her Dawson’s Creek days, as she’s racked up four Oscar nominations for her work in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week With Marilyn and Manchester by the Sea.

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Launch Pad Alum Sarah Lampert Signs With UTA, Energy Entertainment

Sarah LampertLampert’s script I Love College is described as Greek meets Mean Girls, and it generated considerable buzz from the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, where it placed in the Top 25.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Reunite for Teddy Roosevelt Movie at Paramount

Leo and MartyRoosevelt was a noted environmentalist who helped preserve countless forests and national parks, which may be why DiCaprio is so invested in playing the politician.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Heading Back to Space to Direct “Artemis” for Team Behind “The Martian”

Lord and Miller ArtemisThe story follows a directionless twenty-something named Jazz who dreams of escaping her small town of Artemis, which just so happens to be on the moon. When the chance at a life-changing score drops in her lap, she can’t say no, and she quickly finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.

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John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani to Star in Buddy Cop Comedy From “Venom” Director

John Cena Kumail NanjianiUniversal won the project in a competitive situation, and Ruben Fleischer will produce and direct from a script written by Girls scribe Murray Miller.

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Teyonah Parris in Talks to Join Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” Follow-Up “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Exclusive)

Teyonah Parris Beale StreetThe star of Chi-Raq and Dear White People is making a deal to join newcomer Kiki Layne and Stephan James (Shots Fired) in a new film based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name.

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Young Oprah Winfrey Script Is the Hottest Read in Hollywood This Weekend (Exclusive)

Young OprahBefore she was Oprah, she was a nascent reporter in 1970’s Baltimore, struggling through personal and professional failures that threatened to derail her career unless she could find the true, inner voice that would change media forever.

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Hollywood Needs to Stop Looking to the Past to Define Its Future

JLCHamiltonNeil Turitz is glad Jamie Lee Curtis and Linda Hamilton have been cast in high-profile movies, but thinks it be far more interesting if they each fronted something new, something that could accentuate their respective strengths without necessarily revisiting frequently trod paths.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Hollywood Embraces Nostalgia as Stars Return to Old Franchises (Video)

MTMP nostalgiaThe guys also discuss the possibility of Taika Waititi directing the Akira movie, and Tom Hanks starring in a remake of A Man Called Ove.

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Hollywood’s Lit Landscape Altered as Howie Sanders, Kassie Evashevski Exit UTA for New Roles at Anonymous Content

Anonymous Content UTAEvashevski has worked for UTA since 2007, while Sanders has been there twice as long. Both are major figures in the literary world, where Evashevski is known for brokering author Stephanie Meyer’s deals for her Twilight series.

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Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Manuscript Competition Unveils Top 10

2017LPMC & LPPC Announcement 200X133This year’s finalists come from a wide range of genres, from heart-wrenching period dramas to pulse-pounding thrillers, and feature teen sleuths, charming sociopaths, very real magicians, 19th Century gold miners, and everything in between.

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Mark Hamill Joins Guillermo del Toro’s Animated Netflix Series “Trollhunters”

Mark Hamill TrollhuntersPremiering later this year, season two picks up with Jim (the late Anton Yelchin) entering the Darklands by himself, leaving behind his best friends and fellow Trollhunters, Toby and Claire.

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Mark Wahlberg to Star in Paramount Comedy “Instant Family” From “Daddy’s Home” Director

Mark Wahlberg Instant FamilySean Anders will direct the film, which follows a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented.

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Gal Gadot to Join Bradley Cooper in MGM’s Max Landis-Scripted Thriller “Deeper”

Gal Gadot DeeperCooper will play a former astronaut who’s hired to lead an expedition to the deepest part of the ocean, where supernatural activity lurks.

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Toronto: 13 More Memorable Performances From the Festival, Including James Franco as Tommy Wiseau

James FrancoPeople will be talking about Sally Hawkins’ turn as a mute cleaning lady in Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairy tale The Shape of Water, but don’t forget about Richard Jenkins, who nearly steals the show.

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“Thor: Ragnarok’s” Taika Waititi in Talks to Direct Live-Action “Akira” Movie for Warner Bros.

Taika Waititi BubblesWaititi may be a blessing in disguise for Akira, as he values diversity when it comes to casting, and I don’t see him embracing the idea of an all-white cast playing Japanese characters.

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Joe Cornish Eyes Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson for “The Kid Who Would Be King” (Exclusive)

The Kid Who Would Be King20th Century Fox’s family-friendly fantasy film will be Cornish’s first since his acclaimed 2011 debut Attack the Block, which launched John Boyega as a major star.

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“All You Can Eat Buddha” Director Ian Lagarde Signs With Lee Stobby Following TIFF Premiere (Exclusive)

Ian LagardeThe film, which will make its U.S. debut at Fantastic Fest, follows a mysterious man who begins performing miracles at an all-inclusive resort, leading curious onlookers to believe he may be connected to a higher power.

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“The Purge” Prequel Sets Two Leads, Including “Insecure” Star Y’lan Noel (Exclusive)

The Purge 4Lex Scott Davis, who starred in the Lifetime movie Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, will co-star in the genre film from Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes.

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