Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Lizzy Caplan to Play Female Lead in “Gambit” Opposite Channing Tatum’s Superhero

Lizzy Caplan GambitLea Seydoux had previously been cast as the superhero film’s female lead back when Rupert Wyatt was directing the comic book movie for 20th Century Fox.

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New Regency Developing “Devils Unto Dust,” Described as “True Grit” Meets “28 Days Later”

Emma BerquistThe story is set in West Texas during a Reconstruction period plagued by a deadly virus infecting thousands with a rabies-like disease that turns people into murderous “Shakes.” When the teenage protagonist’s father disappears, she hires two Shake-hunters who specialize in killing the infected, and sets off into the terrorscape of the western frontier to find him.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Justice League” Reaction, Quentin Tarantino’s “#9” and “Mudbound” at AFI Fest (Video)

JusticeLeagueBOTNWith Simon Thompson out, Carla Renata (aka The Curvy Critic) stops by to talk about the Lion King movie and the impressive rise of Tiffany Haddish, who spent years paying her dues in comedy before her breakout turn in Girls Trip.

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Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern to Star in Noah Baumbach’s Next Movie (Exclusive)

Baumbach SplitNetflix is back in business with the writer-director of The Meyerowitz Stories, who has also cast Emmy winner Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) in his next film.

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Mahershala Ali to Star in Crime Thriller “Burn” Following “True Detective” Season 3

Mahershala Ali Triple FrontierBurn follows a Northern California detective who brought a cartel to its knees while working undercover, all while keeping that part of his life from his family.

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Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener Join Voice Cast of Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” (Exclusive)

odenkirkkeenerincredibles2TNCraig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Huck Milner are back as the Parr family, aka Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet and Dash, while Samuel L. Jackson is slated to return as Frozone.

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Michelle Williams in Talks to Join Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal in Luca Guadagnino’s Next Movie (Exclusive)

Michelle Williams RioGyllenhaal will play a financial reporter who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

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Hollywood High on Matt Tente’s “Green Rush,” a Heist Spec Set In Medical Marijuana Industry

Green RushWhile the official logline is being kept under wraps, Green Rush is described as a dramatic heist thriller in the vein of Hell or High Water, but in an urban setting, and with a father-daughter dynamic instead of two brothers.

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Dwayne Johnson Returns to Save the Day Once Again in First Trailer for “Rampage” (Video)

The Rock RampageNew Line’s adaptation of the popular video game finds The Rock playing a primatologist who must save the world from three gigantic, mutated animals — a wolf, a crocodile and a silverback gorilla named George, who he considers a friend.

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New Regency, “The Purge” Duo Team Up to Produce Hot Genre Spec “Take Back the Night” (Exclusive)

New Regency LogoJames DeMonaco and Sebastien Lemercier will produce the genre film from up-and-coming scribe Ryan Riley, who recently landed a spot on the 2017 Young & Hungry list.

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“The Florida Project’s” Brooklynn Prince Joins Angelina Jolie in Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan”

Brooklynn Prince One and Only IvanThe live-action hybrid follows a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella (Jolie) and a stray dog named Bob. Ivan doesn’t remember life outside the mall, but when a baby elephant named Ruby (Prince) enters Ivan’s life and he finds himself taking care of her, he hatches a plan to rescue the baby elephant from its abusive owner.

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Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan Join Nicole Kidman in Karyn Kusama’s Crime Thriller “Destroyer”

Tatiana Sebastian DestroyerDestroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell (Kidman) who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

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Disney Taps “Wonder” Director Stephen Chbosky to Reimagine “Prince Charming”

Prince CharmingChbosky will reimagine the project and develop it with an eye to direct. Prince Charming reunites Chbosky with his Wonder producers Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who are producing with Tripp Vinson.

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Broadway Musical “Come From Away” Will Be Adapted for Film by Producer Mark Gordon

Come From AwayTwo-time Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, will write the screenplay for the film. The play was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning for Best Direction of a Musical.

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“Wonder Woman 2” Sets New Release Date and No, Brett Ratner Isn’t Involved With Superhero Sequel

wonder woman excerptGal Gadot has closed a deal to reprise her signature superhero role, and Patty Jenkins will be calling the shots once again as the sequel’s director.

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“Daddy’s Home 2” Runs “Orient Express” Off the Tracks In Race for Second Place

Daddys Home 2Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok predictably won the weekend with $57.1 million, representing a larger-than-expected 53.5 percent drop. Justice League won’t help matters next weekend, but Taika Waititi’s sequel has already passed Thor: The Dark World in the box office history books.

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Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon Team for Psychological Thriller “A White Lie” as Buyers Consider Hot Package

Zendaya A White LieMonica Beletsky will adapt Karin Tanabe’s book The Gilded Years, having previously episodes of such hit TV shows as Fargo, The Leftovers, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights.

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“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Movie In the Works at Paramount Players (Exclusive)

Are You Afraid of the Dark?Gary Dauberman, who wrote It and the Annabelle movies, has been hired to turn Nickelodeon’s beloved TV series into a feature film.

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Sam Mendes Exits Disney’s Live-Action “Pinocchio” (Exclusive)

Pinocchio Sam MendesThe next James Bond movie still doesn’t have a director, but now that Mendes has a hole in his schedule, we wonder if he could re-team with Daniel Craig one more time so they could ride off into the sunset together.

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Chris Rock Joins Justin Timberlake in Neil Bogart Biopic “Spinning Gold” (Exclusive)

Chris Rock Spinning GoldBogart was the infamous record executive from Brooklyn who went on to define the pop-music culture of his time, and who was closely aligned with the rise of disco. His son, Timothy Scott Bogart, is expected to direct from his own screenplay.

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Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” to Derail “Orient Express,” “Daddy’s Home 2”

Thor: RagnarokOn the specialty side, Fox Searchlight opens Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri on four screens, and it could very well end up challenging Lady Bird for this year’s per-screen average crown.

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“Hostiles” Trailer Finds a Stoic Christian Bale Fending Off Attackers on Horseback (Video)

HostilesTNScott Cooper’s violent western also stars Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp and the great Rory Cochrane.

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New “Star Wars” Trilogy In the Works From “The Last Jedi” Director Rian Johnson

Rian JohnsonThe new films will be set in a different galaxy and feature a brand new set of characters, Disney chief Bob Iger announced Thursday on an earnings call.

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Kevin Spacey Cut From “All the Money in the World,” Will Be Replaced by Christopher Plummer

All the Money in the WorldThis is an unprecedented move from Sony and director Ridley Scott, but it allows the studio to salvage the film’s planned release date of Dec. 22.

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“Stranger Things” Producer Shawn Levy in Talks to Direct Hot Spec “Crater” for Fox

Shawn Levy CraterJohn J. Griffin’s script is described as a coming-of-age story set on the moon. It follows a boy living a lunar mining colony who, after the death of his father, takes a trip with his four best friends to explore a mysterious crater prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks Team Up for Justice in First Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” (Video)

The PostThere is no Oscar race without this movie, which features supporting turns from Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Carrie Coon, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tracy Letts, Alison Brie, David Cross, Matthew Rhys, Zach Woods and Bruce Greenwood. Hey now!

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Brad Weston’s New Company Makeready Wins Auction for Timely Sci-Fi Story “The Appearance”

Iain McDonald (“Rodney and Sheryl”) will adapt Matthew Baker’s short story, which has been compared to “Arrival” and “District 9.”

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The Oscar Map #2: “Lady Bird” Comes On Strong, But “The Post” Is Still the Movie to Beat Thanks to Meryl Streep

Unfairly or not, Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” is now doomed as far as awards go in the wake of the Kevin Spacey scandal.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Enjoys Thunderous Opening Weekend as Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” Posts Year’s Highest Per-Screen Average

Halloween may be over, but Lionsgate hung on to 3rd and 4th place thanks to “Jigsaw” and “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” which finished behind “A Bad Moms Christmas.”

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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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