Category Archives: Film News

Disney Taps “Jungle Book” Director Jon Favreau for Live-Action “Lion King”

the-lion-king-imageAfter finding success together with the live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau are reteaming to bring a live-action version of The Lion King to the big screen.

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Mindy Kaling & Emma Thompson Team Up for Late-Night Talk Show Pic

Emma ThompsonWriter-actor Mindy Kaling is teaming up with Oscar-winner Emma Thompson for a feature film depicting the behind-the-scenes drama of a late-night talk show. Kaling penned the script and will produce alongside Scott Rudin and Howard Klein.

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Danny Glover Lands Role in “Come Sunday” for Netflix with Robert Redford

Danny Glover ExcerptVeteran actor Danny Glover is joining the likes of Robert Redford and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Come Sunday, a new film for Netflix. Joshua Marston is set to direct, based on a script by Marcus Hinchey.

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Vivica A. Fox Elected to Play President in Sci-Fi Pic “Crossbreed”

vivica-fox-excerptThe indie sci-fi movie Crossbreed has tapped Vivica A. Fox to play the President of the United States. The story follows a group of retired military war heroes who are sent to retrieve an extraterrestrial from an illegal Medical Facility using its DNA to manufacture weapons.

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Viola Davis To Topline Steve McQueen Heist Thriller “Widows”

viola-davis-excerptDirector Steve McQueen has tapped Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis for his adaptation of the heist thriller Widows. The film, which will be based on the 2002 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, will be co-written by the 12 Years a Slave helmer as well as Gone Girl screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn.

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Will Forte & Jorma Taccone Start Work on “MacGruber 2” Script

forte-taccone-excerptThere have been talks and rumors circulating about a sequel to the Saturday Night Live sketch-turned-film MacGruber, which gained a cult following after being a box office flop in 2010. But based on a tweet from Jorma Taccone, it looks like MacGruber 2 is gaining some traction.

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“Jurassic Park” Alum Sam Neill Boards “Thor: Ragnarok” in Secret Role

sam-neill-excerptGolden Globe-nominated actor Sam Neill is set to reunite with Hunt for the Wilderpeople director Taika Waititi for the upcoming Marvel pic Thor: Ragnarok in a hush-hush role.

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“Hunger Games” Actor Amandla Stenberg to Star in “Darkest Minds”

amandla stenbergYA trilogy Darkest Minds adaptation from Fox has tapped Amandla Stenberg to star. Jennifer Yuh Nelson is set to helm the project, making her live-action directorial debut.

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James Corden Set For “Peter Rabbit” Along With Daisy Ridley, Rose Byrne, & Elizabeth Debicki

corden-excerptSony’s Columbia Pictures has officially landed James Corden as the voice of the titular character in Peter Rabbit. The live-action/animated adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s children’s classic has also announced that Rose Byrne will be playing the live-action role of Bea and that Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki will be lending their voice to the feature.

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Amy Pascal Acquires Rights to “American Rebel” Spec

Amy Pascal ExcerptThe hot new spec American Rebel, about one of the United States’ first female heroes, has landed in the hands of Amy Pascal and her banner Pascal Pictures. From writer Christopher Cosmos, the deal was reportedly negotiated in the high six-figure range.

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Gina Gershon Teams Up with Nicolas Cage in “Inconceivable”

Gina Gershon ExcerptJonathan Baker’s Inconceivable has tapped Gina Gershon for a role. The movie stars Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway, Nicky Whelan, and Natalie Eva Marie.

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Newest Cast Member to Join “Pacific Rim” Sequel is Levi Meaden

Levi Meaden ExcerptThe plot details around Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 giant robot action flick, continue to be vague, but its cast is shaping up nicely and the newest name to join is Aftermath star Levi Meaden.

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Pierce Brosnan to Headline “Only Living Boy in New York”

Pierce Brosnan ExcerptThe Marc Webb-helmed feature The Only Living Boy in New York has added Pierce Brosnan to star. He joins previously cast Kate Beckinsale, Kiersey Clemons, Callum Turner, and Jeff Bridges.

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“Sandman Slim” Gets Picked Up by Studio 8 as Potential Franchise

Sandman Slim ExcerptThe eight-book fantasy series by Richard Kadrey (with the ninth on the way next year), Sandman Slim, has been acquired by Studio 8. The production company has secured the rights to the New York Times-bestselling series and is considering the possibility for a new franchise.

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Carey Mulligan Join the Paul Dano-Directed “Wildlife”

gyllenhaal-mulligan-excerptActor-turned-director Paul Dano has tapped Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan to star in the big screen adaptation of the Richard Ford novel Wildlife. Earlier this year, the Tracking Board broke the news of Dano’s directorial debut of the drama which centers on a boy who witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mom finds another man.

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Your Complete Guide to the Fall Movies of 2016

fall-movie-preview-excerptNow that the dust from the summer blockbuster season has settled, Hollywood is ready to open the floodgates to a steady stream of films that range from fantastical epics to blatant awards season bait. From now until the end of the year, the titles hitting theaters will prove that contrary to popular belief, 2016 is quite a good year for film.

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“Jumanji” Sequel Adds Rhys Darby and Morgan Turner

rhys darbySony Pictures’ Jumanji has added Rhys Darby and Morgan Turner to the cast. The pair join previously cast Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas.

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Antoine Fuqua Film “Wolf Boys” Taps Sheldon Turner as Screenwriter

Sheldon Turner ExcerptThe upcoming Antoine Fuqua-helmed Wolf Boys, based on the non-fiction book by Dan Slater, has found its writer in Sheldon Turner. TriStar previously secured the rights to the book, which was published earlier this month by Simon & Schuster.

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Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua Set To Reunite For “The Equalizer 2

<> on September 17, 2014 in Rome, Italy.There have been talks circulating around a sequel to the 2014 crime thriller The Equalizer, but producer Todd Black has officially confirmed that The Equalizer 2 is happening with director Antoine Fuqua directing and Denzel Washington set to reprise his role as Robert McCall.

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Amazon Snags Mike White Comedy “Brad’s Status” Starring Ben Stiller

<> at Paris Theater on March 23, 2015 in New York City.Feature dramedy Brad’s Status from Mike White has been picked up from Amazon for distribution. The film was written and directed by Mike White and stars Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams.

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Ed Skrein Boards James Cameron’s Adaptation of “Alita: Battle Angel”

ed-skrein-excerptDeadpool star Ed Skrein has been tapped for the big screen adaptation of the popular manga graphic novels Alita: Battle Angel. The sci-fi action pic will be directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron.

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New Comedy “Naked” with Marlon Wayans Lands at Netflix

Marlon Wayans ExcerptThe upcoming comedy Naked from producer and actor Marlon Wayans has landed at Netflix for a global streaming premiere in 2017, with production set to start next month in South Carolina. The film is a remake of the 2000 Swedish comedy Naken from Mårten and Torkel Knutsson.

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Reese Witherspoon Comedy “Home Again” Lands at Open Road

<> on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.North American rights for romantic comedy Home Again have landed at Open Road Films. The film starring Reese Witherspoon marks the feature directing debut for Hallie Meyers-Shyer.

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Rooney Mara to Play a Pop Star in Music Drama “Vox Lux”

rooney-mara-excerptAcademy Award-nominated actress Rooney Mara has been tapped to star in the upcoming music drama Vox Lux where she will play a pop star. Set to original music from singer-songwriter Sia, the film will be a 15-year odyssey, taking place from 1999 to present day, and will track the rise of singer Celeste to superstardom while looking at the major cultural changes in the 21st century through her eyes.

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Denzel Washington and Dan Gilroy Spec Project Lands at Sony Pictures

Denzel Washington ExcerptThe spec Inner City from Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy is nearing a deal with Sony Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures. The new project, which Gilroy will write and direct, already has Denzel Washington attached to star.

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The Whole Truth – Official Trailer (Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, James Belushi, Gugu Mbatha-Raw)

Untitled design (2)An attorney with a reputation for success defends a conflicted and distraught teenager who stands accused of murdering his wealthy father.

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Jason Moore Signs on to Helm the Lionsgate Film “Goodbye for Now”

Jason Moore ExcerptSisters and Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore is swapping out female-led comedies for a romantic drama, Lionsgate’s Goodbye for Now. The film is based on the novel by Laurie Frankel and in development with Temple Hill Entertainment.

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Kate Beckinsale Boards Marc Webb’s “The Only Living Boy in New York”

kate-beckinsale-excerptThe cast of Marc Webb’s forthcoming drama The Only Living Boy is starting to take shape with Kate Beckinsale being the most recent star to join the cast. The film follows a young man who learns of his overbearing father’s affair, but after trying to stop it, ends up becoming involved with the woman as well.

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Todd McFarlane Developing R-Rated Adaptation of “Spawn”

spawn-excerptIt’s been nearly 20 years since the lukewarm live-action adaptation of Spawn starring Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, and Martin Sheen. But now, Image Comics co-founder and creator of the series Todd McFarlane is looking to make a reboot the movie to match the adult-oriented nature of the original comic book.

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Jared Leto Tapped to Star as Andy Warhol in Upcoming Biopic

jared-leto-excerptThere’s another Andy Warhol film in the works because the world could never have enough of them. This time, Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto is set to star as the iconic pop artist in the biopic appropriately titled Warhol.

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