Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

There’s Going to Be a “Jingle Jangle” Movie On Netflix, But It’s Not What You Think

David E Talbert Jingle JangleIn this family holiday musical, a cobblestone world comes to life in this tale of an embattled toymaker, his precocious granddaughter, and a magical invention that could change their lives forever — if they can get it to work in time for the holidays.

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James Mangold, Elle Fanning Team for Patty Hearst Movie at Fox 2000

Mangold Fanning Patty HearstThe film will examine Patty’s relationship with SLA leader Cinque, aka Donald DeFreeze, and it should be another juicy role for Fanning, who will be coming off of Woody Allen’s new movie.

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“The Girl In the Spider’s Web”: “Borg/McEnroe” Star Takes Over Mikael Blomquist Role From Daniel Craig

Mikael BlomquistMoviegoers may not be too familiar with Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Claes Bang and Cameron Britton, but that could prove to benefit this film in the long run.

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Courtney B. Vance to Play Julia Roberts’ Husband In Drama “Ben Is Back”

Courtney B Vance Ben Is BackOscar-nominated actor Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) plays the title character in the film, which is written and directed by his father, Peter Hedges.

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Lionsgate Drops John Travolta’s Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

Gotti MovieEmmett/Furla/Oasis Films should find there’s actual interest in this mafia movie, which offers the Oscar-nominated actor his juiciest role in years.

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Joe Greenberg’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Capsule” Attracts “Happy Death Day” Director Christopher Landon (Exclusive)

Christopher Landon CapsuleCapsule follows a lonely astronaut who is marooned on his ship billions of miles from Earth. On the verge of starvation, he reprograms the computer AI system to digitally look and sound like a beautiful woman who soon becomes his only companion — until a rescue team shows up with questionable intentions.

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“Coherence” Filmmaker James Ward Byrkit to Direct Bob Geldof Thriller “Do They Know It’s Murder” (Exclusive)

James Ward ByrkitThe film is set during the recording of the 1984 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” as songwriter Bob Geldof discovers a dead body and must find out who killed the star without derailing the song.

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Warner Bros. Picks Up Leo Sardarian’s Action Sci-Fi Script “The Expansion Project” (Exclusive)

Brad Peyton Expansion ProjectBrad Peyton (San Andreas) is nearing a deal to direct the film, which follows a rookie female marine who gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization with nothing but an Exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.

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Fox Searchlight Picks Up Horror Script “Antlers,” Co-Written by “Channel Zero” Creator (Exclusive)

Nick Antosca AntlersWritten by Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca, the story follows a fourth-grade teacher who tries to help a troubled boy in her class, only to discover that he’s been hiding a nightmarish secret. Now something terrifying is coming for the boy, and she has to protect him.

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Easy Come, Easy Go: Fox Lets Go of MIA “Bohemian Rhapsody” Director Bryan Singer

Bryan SingerYou don’t leave a studio in the lurch like this, let alone a movie and its entire crew. This isn’t a good look for Bryan Singer, nor does it bode well for Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury film. Oh, mama mia, indeed.

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Toby Huss, Cult Leader In “The Invitation,” Reteams With Karyn Kusama on “Destroyer”

Toby Huss DestroyerThe Los Angeles-set crime thriller stars Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan, Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell and Scoot McNairy.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer, “Justice League” Rumors, the Oscar Race (Video)

MTMP 11-17We also talk about the downtrodden box office and how it’s being reported these days, as well as the rise of blaxploitation movies, with updates of Shaft, Super Fly and Cleopatra Jones on the horizon.

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20th Century Fox’s Chelsey Summey Earns Well-Deserved Promotion to SVP of Corporate Communications

Chelsey SummeyIn her new role, Summey will oversee several aspects of the studio’s external and internal communications, including box office reporting, trade media relations and transactional announcements.

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Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali to Star in Peter Farrelly’s Road Trip Drama “Green Book”

Viggo Mortensen Mahershala Ali Green BookMortensen will play Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer who in 1962 was hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South.

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“Super Fly” Reboot in the Works at Sony With Joel Silver Producing

Super FlyWatchmen scribe Alex Tse has been hired to write the script for this update of the blaxploitation classic, and while no actor has been cast yet, we have a couple ideas.

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Sundance 2018: Kristen Stewart’s Lizzie Borden Movie, Robin Williams Documentary Highlight Festival Lineup

LizzieBWhile there are plenty of new directors (47 first-time directors to be exact, including actors Paul Dano and Idris Elba), there are even more returning filmmakers, such as Sebastian Silva, Desiree Akhavan, Nicolas Pesce and the Zellner brothers.

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Netflix’s “Dark” Could Be Your New Favorite Sci-Fi Series… If You Can Get Over Your Fear of Subtitles

Dark NetflixThe German-language series has a chance to rival Stranger Things, The OA and Black Mirror for sci-fi supremacy on the streaming site, but audiences have to be willing to give it a chance first.

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Bradley Whitford Moves From “The Post” and “Get Out” to Nicole Kidman’s Thriller “Destroyer”

Bradley Whitford DestroyerScoot McNairy and Toby Kebbell have also signed on to join Tatiana Maslany and Sebastian Stan in the next film from The Invitation director Karyn Kusama.

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John Hawkes, “Neon Demon’s” Jena Malone Join Miles Teller in Nic Refn’s “Too Old to Die Young”

Nic Refn Too Old to Die YoungBilly Baldwin and Callie Hernandez have also joined the cast of Amazon’s LA-set drama series along with Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones), Augusto Aguilera (The Predator), Babs Olusanmokun (The Defenders) and Cristina Rodlo .

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John Lasseter Takes a Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, But It May Not Be So Temporary

John LasseterIt’s going to be hard for Lasseter to recover from these allegations, because the fact that he essentially functions as not just a studio head, but the head of two animation studios, only compounds the severity of the situation.

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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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