Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Shea Whigham in Negotiations to Join Ryan Gosling in Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” (Exclusive)

Shea Whigham First ManThe talented character actor is making a deal to play Gus Grissom, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts.

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Paramount Hires Its First-Ever Futurist to Explore Virtual and Augmented Reality

Paramount Futurist Ted SchilowitzSchilowitz is the chief creative officer at Barco Escape who was also a founding member and an integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema.

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“Landline” Breakout Abby Quinn Joins “Transformers” Spinoff “Bumblebee”

Abby Quinn BumblebeeHailee Steinfeld and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. will play the two young leads in the film, which is expected to co-star Rachel Crow from Deidra & Laney Rob a Train.

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Blake Lively to Star in Spy Thriller “The Rhythm Section” From Producers of James Bond Franchise

Blake Lively Rhythm SectionLively will play Stephanie Patrick, whose family dies in a plane crash that should’ve claimed her life too. When she discovers the crash wasn’t an accident, she sets out to exact revenge, Jason Bourne-style.

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“Vegas Dave” Biopic In the Works About Star Sports Bettor Banned from Las Vegas Casinos (Exclusive)

Vegas DaveThe well-known sports bettor won $2.5 million when the Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series, and $2.3 million when the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2016.

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Rachel Crow in Talks for Key Role in “Transformers” Spinoff “Bumblebee” (Exclusive)

Rachel Crow BumblebeeHailee Steinfeld and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. will play the two young leads in the film, which Travis Knight is directing from a script by Christina Hodson.

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Why Jaume Collet-Serra Has Been the Right Director for “Suicide Squad 2” All Along

Jaume Collet-Serra Suicide Squad 2He’s a homegrown director for Warner Bros., where he made House of Wax, Orphan, Unknown and Run All Night. The studio also hired him to direct Akira at one point.

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Quentin Tarantino Courting Brad Pitt to Star in Charles Manson Movie

QT and Brad PittThe Oscar-winning filmmaker will no doubt put his own spin on the Manson family and its killing spree for his ninth movie.

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Liev Schreiber Trains Seann William Scott’s Doug the Thug in “Goon: Last of the Enforcers” Trailer (Video)

Goon: Last of the Enforcers TrailerJay Baruchel steps in to direct the hockey comedy sequel, which features Wyatt Russell, Alison Pill and T.J. Miller.

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Clint Eastwood Flips the Script, Casts Real Life Heroes Instead of Actors in “The 15:17 to Paris”

Alexander Ludwig, Jeremie Harris, Kyle Gallner, Clint Eastwood MovieIt’s easier to sell three real heroes than three little-known actors, as it makes for a much sexier story, especially at a time when there seems to be more superheroes than real heroes on the big screen.

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“Vinyl’s” Annie Parisse to Play Joe Paterno’s Daughter in Barry Levinson’s HBO Movie

Annie Parisse Mary Kay PaternoKathy Baker and Greg Grunberg will play Paterno’s wife and son, respectively, while Riley Keough will co-star as Sara Ganim, the 23 year-old journalist who first reported on the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

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John Oliver to Voice Zazu in Jon Favreau’s “Lion King” Remake at Disney

John Oliver The Lion KingIn the classic 1994 animated film, Zazu served as a key advisor to Mufasa, and later, his son Simba. The character was voiced by Rowan Atkinson.

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“Silence” Producer Brent Ryan Green to Direct “Teratorn” Spec Described as “Jaws” In the Sky

TeratornE. Niemi’s script follows a professor with a fear of heights who teams up with his ex-wife and estranged daughter to defeat an apex predator long thought extinct on a mountainous tropical island.

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Paramount Animation Taps DWA Alum Mireille Soria as President

Mireille Soria Paramount AnimationIn her new role, Soria will be responsible for all operations of the animation group from creative development to release. She’ll also work closely with the Viacom teams to develop animated features.

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Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Jason Leigh to Play Benedict Cumberbatch’s Parents in Limited Series “Patrick Melrose”

Benedict Cumberbatch Excerpt The sweeping limited series will journey to the South of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and Britain in the early 2000s.

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Horror Honcho Eli Roth to Produce “Extreme” Haunted House Movie “Haunt”

Eli Roth HauntSet on Halloween, the story follows a group of friends who get more than they bargained for when they enter a haunted house that preys on their deepest fears.

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Steven Spielberg Heading to Comic-Con Again With “Ready Player One” as WB Unveils Slate

Steven Spieberg Comic-ConThe director has assembled a really interesting ensemble that includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Oscar winner Mark Rylance.

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Randall Park to Play SHIELD Agent Jimmy Woo in Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (Exclusive)

Randall Park Jimmy Woo AntMan 2Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will return to play the title characters, and they’ll be joined by Black Mirror actress Hannah John-Kamen, whose role remains a mystery.

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Tim Blake Nelson to Play Title Character in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” as Coen Brothers Assemble Cast (Exclusive)

Coen Brothers Buster ScruggsAnnapurna Television is backing the omnibus series, which will be comprised of six segments, each featuring different characters.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Spider-Man,” “Baby Driver” Sequels and “Hellboy,” “Grudge” Reboots (Video)

Spider-Man Homecoming ExcerptThe guys also weigh in on the new Geostorm trailer and discuss David Lowery’s new film A Ghost Story.

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“Nurse Jackie” Alum Merritt Wever Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Next Movie (Exclusive)

Merritt Wever MarwencolBased on the documentary Marwencol, the film’s female-driven ensemble includes Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae, Diane Kruger, Gwendoline Christie and Eiza Gonzalez.

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Steve Buscemi Back With Adam Sandler for 13th Time in Netflix Comedy “The Week Of”

Sandman 200Production is set to start this summer on Long Island, and the film will premiere next year on Netflix.

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“The Grudge” Reboot In the Works From “Eyes of My Mother” Director Nicolas Pesce

Grudge Reboot Nicolas PesceThe jury is still out regarding the return of J-horror, but regardless of whether or not this reboot is a good idea, Pesce is an exciting choice to direct.

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Felicity Jones-Led “Swan Lake” Movie Sparks Bidding War Over July 4th Holiday

Felicity Jones Swan LakeBased on Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, Swan Lake follows a princess named Odette who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.

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Launch Pad, “Hitman” Producer Adrian Askarieh Partner for Competition’s Guaranteed Option Prize

Launch Pad 2017Prime Universe Films joins a growing list of high-profile industry partners that have included Scott Free Productions, Michael De Luca Productions and Vertigo Entertainment, all of which have optioned projects from previous competitions.

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“Assassin’s Creed” Animated Series In the Works From “Castlevania” Producer Adi Shankar

Assassin's Creed TV SeriesWhile the series doesn’t have an official home yet, it’s possible it could wind up at Netflix, which is hungry for content and is already in business with Shankar on Castlevania.

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Paul Rudd, David Wain Sell Molly Shannon Some Weed in “Fun Mom Dinner” Trailer (Video)

Fun Mom Dinner TrailerWhile this film may not be as financially successful as Bad Moms let’s hope it brings the laughs that the Mila Kunis movie forgot.

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Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” Coming Back to Theaters 40 Years Later (Video)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Re-ReleaseSony waited until World UFO Day on Monday to release a cryptic teaser on YouTube titled “This Means Something,” which references a line of dialogue from the landmark sci-fi movie.

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Mahershala Ali to Star in “True Detective” Season 3 (Exclusive)

mahershala-ali-excerptTrue Detective has never had an African-American lead before, and Ali is a rising star in Hollywood, so his casting is a smart move on the network’s part.

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June 2017 Agency Moves, From Aaron Sorkin and Aaron Rodgers to the New “Deadpool 2” Villain

Aaron Sorkin Taylor Sheridan CAAICM Partners signed Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa), a really interesting director who Hollywood doesn’t seem to know what to do with anymore.

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