Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Robert Pattinson to Star in Fantasy-Horror Movie “The Lighthouse” From the Director of “The Witch”

Robert Pattinson The LighthousePattinson and Robert Eggers nearly worked together once before, as we heard the director wanted to cast him alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in his Nosferatu remake. We’re glad the duo were able to find a project to work on together, as they strike us as a strong fit on paper.

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Fangoria Lives! Dallas Sonnier’s Cinestate Acquires Iconic Horror Movie Magazine

Fangoria CinestateThe beloved magazine will return to print as a collectible quarterly this Halloween, and the deal also includes the assets and trademarks to out-of-print publications such as Starlog and Gorezone.

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LeBron James to Produce Basketball Movie “Hustle” After Legendary Wins Auction for Hot Spec Script

LeBron HustleWritten by Taylor Materne, the story follows a washed-up basketball scout who discovers a Chinese streetball phenom and talks him into coming to Los Angeles to train for the NBA draft. The young phenom is overwhelmed by the transition and struggles with being away from his family, while the scout deals with his own family problems.

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“Wonder” Filmmaker Stephen Chbosky to Direct Dr. Seuss Movie

Dr. Seuss and wife Helen PalmerJonathan Stewart and Eyal Podell wrote the script, and Carla Hacken (Hell or High Water) will produce the film via her Paper Pictures banner.

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“School of Rock” Star Tony Cavalero in Talks to Play Ozzy Osbourne in Netflix’s Motley Crue Movie “The Dirt” (Exclusive)

Tony Cavalero Ozzy The DirtOzzy was never a member of Motley Crue, but served as the headliner on one of the band’s early tours. His antics on the road were even more outrageous than theirs — no easy feat, mind you.

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Ryan Murphy Heads to Netflix In One of the Richest Deals in Hollywood History

Ryan Murphy NetflixFrom Glee to American Horror Story to American Crime Story, this is one producer who knows what he’s doing… and now he’s going to do it for Netflix. Look out, world!

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Sony’s Silver Sable-Black Cat Movie “Silver and Black” Lands Pair of In-Demand Female Scribes

Silver Sable Black Cat Christopher Yost SonyLindsey Beer (Chaos Walking) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) have been tapped to write the superhero movie, which is being directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

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Jason Statham to Play — What Else? — Another Assassin in Action Thriller “The Killer’s Game”

Jason Statham The Killer's GameStatham will play a veteran assassin who takes out a hit on himself after being diagnosed with a painful terminal illness. The catch? It turns out he was misdiagnosed, and now he must fend off the onslaught of fellow assassins out to cash in on the contract.

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Michael Fassbender to Star in Action Comedy “Kung Fury,” a Feature-Length Sequel to the Viral Short Film

Michael Fassbender Kung FuryThe movie will co-star David Hasselhoff, who appeared in the original short film, which was a record-breaking success on Kickstarter and has earned over 40 million views worldwide.

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Jim Parsons to Play Drag Queen in Fox’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Jim Parsons Georgia McBrideParsons will play the role of Miss Tracy Mills, a veteran drag queen who coaches the protagonist in the art of performing, transforming him from a washed-up Elvis impersonator to a show-stopping Florida drag queen.

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Armie Hammer to Star in Untitled Annapurna Thriller From “Under the Shadow” Director

Armie Hammer AnnapurnaIn other news, Babak Anvari is teaming with screenwriter Mary Laws (The Neon Demon, Preacher) on an elevated horror anthology for Annapurna Television and Two & Two Pictures, and that project has multiple bidders.

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“Star Wars” Rumor Du Jour: Lucasfilm Has Hired Women and People of Color In Secret

Star Wars LogoIs it Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay, or someone else entirely? Either way, change could be coming to a galaxy far, far away sooner than you think.

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Super Bowl Movie Trailers: “Avengers,” “Westworld,” “Cloverfield,” “M:I6,” “Skyscraper,” “Jurassic World 2” (Video)

Chris Pratt JW2Emily Blunt stars opposite her husband John Krasinski in Paramount’s thriller A Quiet Place, which could make some noise this April. Also, see the new trailer for Jennifer Lawrence’s steamy thriller Red Sparrow.

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“Solo: A Star Wars Story” Teaser: Alden Ehrenreich Meets Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke (Video)

Donald Glover LandoRon Howard directed the big-budget origin story, which co-stars Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany, and remains on schedule for a May 25 release.

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Lionsgate, Roadside Acquire Romantic Comedy “Juliet, Naked” Starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd

Juliet, Naked ReviewBased on the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances. Jesse Peretz directed from a script by Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor and Evgenia Peretz.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Black Panther” Reactions, Directors Set for “MIB” Spinoff, “Bad Boys 3,” “Cowboy Ninja Viking” (Video)

BlackPantherTVSpotTowards the end of the episode, the guys delve into the Dumbledore drama that had the internet up in arms this week, and Jeff also reveals some of his favorite films from Sundance.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Versace” Star Cody Fern on the Controversial FX Series and Wanting to Play Marilyn Manson

Cody Fern 5The fast-rising Australian actor discusses the audition process with Ryan Murphy, why he admires actors like Cilliany Murphy and Richard Jenkins, and why he’s wary of social media.

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Michelle MacLaren to Direct Chris Pratt Action Movie “Cowboy Ninja Viking” for Universal

Michelle MacLaren Cowboy Ninja VikingPratt is also a producer on the film, and sources say he was a big part of the push for a female director on Cowboy Ninja Viking, as Jennifer Yuh Nelson was also a finalist for the action-heavy gig.

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John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place” to Open SXSW, But Could “Ready Player One” Steal Its Thunder?

SXSW QuadLike Sundance before it, female filmmakers are well represented at SXSW, and a quick glance at the lineup reveals such potential gems as Julia Hart’s Fast Color starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lynn Shelton’s Outside In starring Jay Duplass, and Hannah Marks and Joey Power’s Shotgun starring Maika Monroe.

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Clint Eastwood Circling 90-Year-Old Drug Courier Tale “The Mule” at Warner Bros., Imperative (Exclusive)

Clint Eastwood The MuleLeo Sharp was an award-winning horticulturist and decorated WWII veteran known for his prized day lilies when he was busted for running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, and sent to prison at the age of 90. He was transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan in his beat-up old pickup truck when he was arrested by the DEA.

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Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller “The Rhythm Section” Extends Production Hiatus Due to Her Hand Injury

Blake Lively Hand InjuryRoughly 40-45 percent of the Paramount film has already been shot, but the crew has been told to find other work, since production is unlikely to resume for another five months, if not longer.

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Hollywood Hot for “73 Seconds” Spec About Aerospace Engineers Who Warned of Challenger Disaster

73 Seconds Spec Several scripts have already been written about Christa McAuliffe and the crew of the Challenger, as well as the Rogers Commission, which was formed by the government to investigate the disaster, but no one has ever written a script about Bob Ebeling and Roger Boisjoly, whose story is fascinating in its own right.

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Trevor Groth Leaving Sundance Film Festival After 25 Years to Join 30West

Trevor GrothWhile at Sundance, Groth helped champion acclaimed titles such as Whiplash, Fruitvale Station, Hard Eight, Pi, Memento and Napoleon Dynamite.

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Tom Hanks to Play Mister Rogers in TriStar Movie as Iconic TV Show Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Tom Hanks Mister RogersMarielle Heller will direct You Are My Friend, which is inspired by the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod.

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Juliette Lewis Joins Aaron Taylor-Johnson in “A Million Little Pieces” Movie (Exclusive)

Juliette Lewis A Million Little PiecesSam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) is directing the adaptation of James Frey’s book, and the cast also includes Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, Charlie Hunnam, Giovanni Ribisi and David Dastmalchian.

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Annapurna Buys “Sorry to Bother You” Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer

Sorry to Bother You AnnapurnaBoots Riley’s directorial debut stars Get Out‘s Stanfield as an Oakland-based telemarketer who discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe.

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Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart’s Racy Drama “Lizzie” Sells to Saban Films, Roadside Attractions

LizzieBCraig William Macneill directed from a script by Bryce Kass, and Sevigny produced the film with Naomi Despres and Liz Destro.

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Charlie Kaufman to Write and Direct Netflix Thriller “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

Charlie Kaufman NetflixIain Reid’s bestselling novel follows a young woman who is thinking of ending things with her boyfriend while on a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm. When her boyfriend makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues.

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Helen Mirren to Star in HBO Miniseries “Catherine the Great” From the Director of “The Crown”

Helen Mirren Catherine the GreatThe four-part miniseries will follow the 18th century Russian monarch at the end of her reign, and explore her affair with Grigory Potemkin.

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Netflix in Negotiations to Acquire Next “Cloverfield” Movie From Paramount (Updated)

Cloverfield DuoJulius Onah directed Bad Robot’s sci-fi movie, which boasts a strong international cast including David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O’Dowd, Daniel Bruhl, Elizabeth Debicki and Zhang Ziyi.

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