Category Archives: Jeff Sneider

All articles written by Jeff Sneider.

“Meet the Movie Press”: Cannes-Netflix Beef, “It” Sequel Casting News and “Rampage” vs. “A Quiet Place” (Video)

MTMP 4-13The guys also talk about Warner Bros.’ decision to cut ties with Brett Ratner and weigh in on Universal’s hiring of David Leitch to direct the Fast and Furious spinoff.

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Remind Yourself to Read UTA’s Hot Spec “Before We Forget,” Described as “The Fugitive” With a Female Lead

AliensWritten by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman, who previously wrote the Black List script The Civilian, the plot involves a cataclysmic event that erases humanity’s memories. When a woman wakes up with no memory of her young daughter, she uses her maternal instincts and clues that she left for herself to find her child amid the chaos.

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Sundance Standouts “Three Identical Strangers,” “American Animals” Unveil First Trailers (Video)

Three Identical American AnimalsThree Identical Strangers is the best film I’ve seen this year, period. Without spoiling anything, the story follows three men who discover at age 19 that they are identical triplets who were separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The question is… why?

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Warner Bros. Hires Former Google Exec Michelle Slavich as EVP of Global Publicity and Strategy

Michelle Slavich WBSlavich is leaving her post as head of entertainment communications for YouTube to join the studio, where she’ll report to Blair Rich, WB’s president of worldwide marketing.

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“Ant-Man and the Wasp’s” Randall Park Joins “Aquaman,” Meaning He’ll Appear in DC and Marvel Movies In the Same Year

Randall Park AquamanDirector James Wan took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that Park is joining Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman.

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Haley Lu Richardson, Moises Arias Join Cole Sprouse in Justin Baldoni’s Romantic Drama “Five Feet Apart”

Five Feet ApartThe story follows two young people in love who refuse to be defined by the obstacles that separate them, including a big one — they’re forbidden to touch.

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Hot Off “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski and Platinum Dunes to Produce Sci-Fi Movie “Life on Mars”

John KrasinskiThe project will be based on the short story “We Have Always Lived on Mars” by Cecil Castellucci, which follows a woman who discovers she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists.

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Cannes Needs Netflix A Lot More Than Netflix Needs Cannes, So Why Can’t the Elitist Film Festival See That?

NetCanThe idea that Cannes is telling filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and Paul Greengrass to take their new movies elsewhere is mind-boggling to me. It’s not like Netflix is offering the festival a bunch of Adam Sandler movies. No, the streaming service is offering Cannes the cream of their crop, so to speak, and yet, somehow, that still isn’t good enough.

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The Top 20 Fox Searchlight Movies That the Studio’s New TV Division Should Consider for the Small Screen

Fox4A series based on 28 Days Later seems like a no-brainer. After all, The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on TV, but it can’t go on forever. Wouldn’t it be smart to have a show ready to fill that void once it signs off?

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TriStar Lands Alex Garland’s New Haunted House Script “The Toymaker’s Secret”

Alex GarlandGarland’s wife, Paloma Baeza, will direct the film, which follows an American family who move into an old Victorian house in London and begin to believe it might be haunted.

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Joel Coen to Support Inclusion Riders After Taking Wife Frances McDormand’s Fiery Words to Heart (Exclusive)

Coens and FranIt’s a relief to see the Coen brothers leading by example when it comes to this important issue. The effort will begin with the Coens’ next project, since their upcoming series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was already in production at Netflix when the inclusion rider movement began gaining traction in Hollywood.

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Up-and-Coming Writer Has ‘High Hopes’ for Hot Spec “Junior,” About Frank Sinatra and His Son’s Kidnapping

Junior SpecWritten by Peter Malone Elliott, the story finds the mercurial Frank Sinatra at the apex of his career when he’s forced to team up with the FBI to rescue his son from a group of inept kidnappers, giving Ol’ Blue Eyes the chance to repair their broken father-son bond.

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“The Meg” Trailer: Jason Statham Takes on a Giant Shark That Makes Bruce From “Jaws” Look Like a Minnow (Video)

The Meg TrailerJon Turteltaub (National Treasure) directs the sci-fi action movie, which co-stars Chinese actress Li Bingbing as well as Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao and Cliff Curtis.

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Warner Bros. Turns to Trusted Female Scribe to Write “Batgirl” Movie That Stumped Joss Whedon

BatgirlChristina Hodson will be starting from scratch on the project, and she’s a solid replacement, not just because she has already written the Batgirl character for Birds of Prey, but because she brings a much-needed female perspective to the film.

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Writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods Make Noise With “A Quiet Place,” Years After All the Agencies Passed On Them

Beck and Woods A Quiet Place“There are certain set pieces that we have discarded in Microsoft Word documents on our computers dating back five years, so we certainly would be open to putting those into something new,” one of the writer says of a potential sequel.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Has the “Fast” Family Become Too Furious to Work With Each Other Again? (Video)

MTMP 4-6The guys also discuss the tracking figures for Avengers: Infinity War and rumors about Venom and Deadpool 2, plus they consider the likelihoods of both a female Indiana Jones, and a Quentin Tarantino-directed Star Trek movie.

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Half-Hour Comedy “Pissed” Has Hollywood Wetting Itself With Laughter

PissedThe half-hour, single camera comedy from writers Adam Rose and Scott Shapiro follows a clean urine dealer who has an anger management problem, so the title works on multiple levels.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Thriller “Welcome to Vienna” for Focus Features

Jake Gyllenhaal ExcerptThe Oscar-nominated actor will also produce the adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s upcoming novel To Die in Vienna under his production company Nine Stories.

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“Solo: A Star Wars” Story to Premiere Out of Competition at Cannes Film Festival

SoloRon Howard directed the film, which officially comes out on May 25 and co-stars Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.

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Sony Marketing Exec Christine Birch Exits Studio Under a Cloud of Controversy; Was It Pot or Not?

Birch and BassettHigh Times cover boys Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg both have offices on the Sony lot, where like the rest of Hollywood, there seems to be a real double standard, not just between men and women, but between talent and executives, who used to be able to get away with just as much as their famous collaborators.

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Sue Kroll Launches Kroll & Co. Shingle on Warners Lot; Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock to Star in First Projects

Kroll and Co.Kroll will serve as an executive producer on Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born and Edward Norton’s directorial debut Motherless Brooklyn, as well as John Crowley’s adaptation of The Goldfinch.

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Jay and Silent Bob to Return With New VR Series Shot From Kevin Smith’s POV

Silent Bob VRShot entirely from the perspective of Bob (Kevin Smith), viewers will embody the silent fanboy himself while alpha-slacker Jay (Jason Mewes) leads the way through a string of idiotic adventures.

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“Riverdale” Star K.J. Apa to Replace YouTube Phenom Kian Lawley in Fox 2000 Drama “The Hate U Give”

K.J. Apa Kian Lawley The Hate U GiveGeorge Tillman Jr. is directing the film, which is gearing up for reshoots in Atlanta. Those reshoots were deemed necessary after video surfaced of Lawley making racist remarks, and it’s sure hard to sell a topical movie like this one with that kind of cloud hanging over the film.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Geraldine Viswanathan on Avoiding Racial Stereotypes and Why “Blockers” Wouldn’t Land If It Were About Boys

Geraldine ViswanathanThe rising Aussie actress talks about her new raunchy comedy, plus emojis, keg stands, inclusion riders and whether or not she reads her own reviews.

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Kathryn Newton to Return for Season 2 of “Big Little Lies” as HBO Series Adds Two New Cast Members

Kathryn NewtonRobin Weigert, Merrin Dungey and Sarah Sokolovic are also coming back, and they’ll be joined by Crystal Fox and Mo McRae. Andrea Arnold is directing the seven-episode second season.

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Bellevue Shopping Thriller Spec “Three Day Hold,” Described As a Female “Prisoners”

Three Day Hold PrisonersWritten by Scott Blaszak, the script follows a psychology grad student who comes to believe that her new patient holds the key to the mystery surrounding her sister’s disappearance 13 years earlier. When no one believes her, she takes matters into her own hands and sets out to find her sister by any means necessary.

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WME Shopping Hot Spec “Bolsa Negra,” Like a Dark “Jerry Maguire” With a Latino Lead

BolsaThe script hails from the writing team of David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel, who penned Spike Lee’s Black Klansman, which sounds like it could be Lee’s first commercial hit since his 2006 heist movie Inside Man.

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Tracy Morgan Joins Taraji P. Henson in “What Men Want” as Lavar Ball-Esque NBA Dad (Exclusive)

Tracy Morgan WMWInspired by the Nancy Meyers movie What Women Want starring Mel Gibson, the new film finds Henson playing a sports agent who gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts and uses it to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

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“Atlanta” Star Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Join Gina Rodriguez in Netflix Rom-Com “Someone Great” (Exclusive)

Lakeith StanfieldIf a deal makes, this would be Stanfield’s fifth Netflix film following War Machine, Death Note, The Incredible Jessica James and the upcoming drama Come Sunday.

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Inside the Drama Surrounding Fox’s “New Mutants,” Including a Top Secret New Cast Member (Exclusive)

New MutantsDirector Josh Boone filmed material that led up to the reveal of Jon Hamm as Mr. Sinister, only for Fox to change their minds after shooting had been completed. Now it’ll be Antonio Banderas playing an unspecified villain at the end of New Mutants, sources tell the Tracking Board.

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