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‘Deadpool 2’ Production Kicks Off, Ryan Reynolds Shares First Photo From Set
“The sun sets on day 1. Feels good to be back. This dog can hunt,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds will return in the sequel as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin signed on as Cable. »
- Dave McNary
Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)
A 104-day shoot for the high-end series starts at end-August and will take in La Rochelle, Prague, Malta and Munich. Billed as a sequel to the 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, the show will go out on Sky’s pay TV channels in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.
Other cast members include Vicky Krieps (“Colonia Dignidad”), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (“Robin Hood”), Leonard Scheicher (“Finsterworld”), Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”), Franz Dinda (“The Cloud”), and Stefan Konarske (“The Young Karl Marx”). German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) will direct the eight-part series, which launches on Sky next fall.
- Stewart Clarke
Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017
Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script
The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.
New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.
The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.
Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”
- Dave McNary
'War for the Planet of the Apes': What the Critics Are Saying
Step aside, Wonder Woman; there's a new beloved blockbuster of the summer — and War for the Planet of the Apes has a level of critical praise that would make even the first lady of superhero movies jealous. Simply put, it's getting reviews that summer tentpoles just don't traditionally receive.
To wit, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy raves about the movie, praising its visuals ("the sheer beauty of the film is intense," he writes, noting that cinematographer Michael Seresin "intoxicatingly" captures the world around the apes), score and a story that dares to be morally complex instead of reductive »
- Graeme McMillan
George Lucas Museum Gets L.A. City Council Ok
The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to approve the the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, George and Mellody Barnes’ $1.5 billion project to be built in Exposition Park next to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and USC, where Lucas went to film school. When the L.A. site was chosen in January after overtures from Chicago and San Francisco, the museum board said the facility will generate more than 1,500 new construction jobs and 350-plus permanent jobs with no cost… »
Movie Talk: More Details About ‘Han Solo’ Emerge; ‘The Accountant’ Sequel in the Works
- Collider Video
‘Baby Driver’ Director Edgar Wright Talks His Favorite Heist Films & Soundtracking Your Own Life [Interview]
If the Edgar Wright narrative has to revolve around “Ant-Man,” and to many it does, it goes like this: the English director of “Shaun Of The Dead,” and “Hot Fuzz” was all set to make a Marvel movie and it essentially was pulled away from him at the last minute as it was preparing to shoot. But, rather than sulking or stewing, Wright came back with a vengeance to direct what is arguably the most thrilling summer popcorn movie of the year.
- Rodrigo Perez
Lena Dunham To Co-Write ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake Starring Jack Nicholson & Kristen Wiig
We could hardly believe it either when news arrived earlier this year that a remake of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” was in the works. We were even more surprised that it would star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. Well, the bombshells don’t end there.
- Kevin Jagernauth
SAG-aftra Contract Talks Continue Despite Strike Threat
Negotiations for a new SAG-aftra film and TV contract continued today against the backdrop of a strike threat. The union says it will ask members for strike authorization if a fair deal isn't reached by Friday. On Sunday, the union accused management's AMPTP of demanding "outrageous rollbacks" at the bargaining table. Now, in the first vague inkling of what the main sticking points are, the guild is saying that those demands "will mean more for less – more hours, more… »
Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx on Making ‘Baby Driver’ with Edgar Wright
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Ed Asner Retracts And Apologizes For Allegations Against SAG-aftra Leaders
Former SAG President Ed Asner has renounced claims he and a group of actors made earlier this year accusing SAG-aftra's leaders of a long list of financial misdeeds. The accusations, which an independent investigation since has found to be without merit, were contained in a 10-page letter Asner signed in April – shortly before the union began negotiations for a new film and TV contract. "I signed on to this letter, not knowing it would go public, to right what I was led… »
China Box Office Audit: Why Hollywood Needed to Get Tough
The movie business has taken a hands-off approach to ticketing fraud in China over the last few years, worried that if it’s too aggressive, it could alienate the world’s second-largest film market. But as negotiations loom for a new film import agreement, Hollywood is finally getting tough.
The Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood’s lobbying arm, has tapped PricewaterhouseCoopers to audit the box office results of certain select titles, according to two individuals with knowledge of the situation. Bloomberg News first reported details of the audit.
The audit results could be used in trade negotiations to bolster the major studios’ case for stricter accounting standards or a greater share of the China box office.
“If Pricewaterhouse can show that Hollywood has not gotten their fair due, then that would be an argument for increasing the percentage,” says Stanley Rosen, a political science professor at USC who specializes in China.
- Brent Lang and Gene Maddaus
Emmys’ Generation Gap: Digital Short-Form Series Contenders Wonder If Older Voters Even Know They Exist
Digital producers cheered last year when the Television Academy expanded its short-form programming categories. But then they saw the nominees and winners.
Most of last year’s short form contenders didn’t come from digital-first producers or platforms, but came from traditional networks and talent. Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” led all nominees, followed by the History channel’s “The Crossroads of History” and AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462.”
“Childrens Hospital” ultimately won the Outstanding Series category, which included just one independent contender: “Her Story,” about two transgender women living in Los Angeles. Besides “Crossroads of History” and “Flight 462,” the two other nominees were behind-the-scenes looks at popular TV shows: “Hack into Broad City” and “UnREAL The Auditions.”
In the short form nonfiction or reality series, another marketing series won, FX’s “Inside Look: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
That wasn’t quite what »
- Michael Schneider
Wow! Unlimited Media hires Greg De Winter
De Winter will oversee the 2D animation division at Rainmaker Studios.
Wow! Unlimited Media Inc., comprised of its core companies Rainmaker and Mainframe Studios, as well as Frederator Networks, has announced the appointment of Greg De Winter as director of production and planning of Rainmaker Studios.
De Winter will oversee the studio’s new 2D animation projects and bring in 2D talent as a part of Rainmaker’s strategic expansion plan.
He will report directly to Kim Dent Wilder, senior vice-president of production/operations, and will handle production on work-for-hire projects, bid on CG and 2D projects and oversee the production of development materials for original IP projects.
De Winter joins Rainmaker rom Bardel where he was director of production finance. His credits include the animated series Puss ’N Boots, Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Rick And Morty.
“We are happy to have Greg join us as we continue to develop new programming and expand »
Edgar Wright Has Never Seen ‘Ant-Man’ and Probably Never Will
Filmmaker Edgar Wright notoriously spent nearly a decade working on “Ant-Man” — his Marvel passion project about the world’s smallest superhero — before leaving the project back in May of 2014, mere months before production started on the Paul Rudd-starring feature. While the film snagged a new director in Peyton Reed (and a slew of rewrites along the way), Wright retains some connection to the project: a screenwriting credit for the film he so desperately wanted to make.
Now that Wright is back on the publicity trail for his latest film, “Baby Driver,” talk has inevitably turned to the infamous “Ant-Man” fallout and its impact on Wright, both personally and professionally. Earlier this week, Wright appeared on Variety’s Playback Podcast, where he quite smartly explained, “I think the most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie. »
- Kate Erbland
‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Hits An Avant-Garde High In Part 8 [Podcast]
Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.
Rod and Bingeworthy host Kimber Myers left off their discussion at Part 2 (Part’s 1 and 2 aired on Showtime proper at the premiere, but Part’s 1-4 were dropped on premiere night on-demand).
Continue reading ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Hits An Avant-Garde High In Part 8 [Podcast] at The Playlist. »
- Ryan Oliver
‘Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort To Play Young JFK In ‘Mayday 109’
Exclusive: As he prepares to rev up the Edgar Wright-directed Baby Driver for tomorrow’s opening, Ansel Elgort has been set to play young president John F. Kennedy Jr in Mayday 109, the true story of the future American president’s feats of heroism as a Navy captain during WWII. The film is a co-production between Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and Beau Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo. Elgort and Emily Gerson Saines will produce alongside Flynn and Iwanyk. The producers are… »
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner In Talks to Script ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake — Report
We’ve heard precious little about Paramount’s planned English-language remake of Maren Ade’s beloved Oscar nominee and Indie Spirit winner “Toni Erdmann” since the project cast Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig in its lead roles, but a new report from The Tracking Board packs a doozy of an update.
Read More: ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake: Why We’re Skeptical About the New Cast — Analysis
Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Jessica Elbaum are producing under their Gloria Sanchez Productions banner. The Tracking Board adds that writer-director Ade will executive produce, along with original producers Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski, though the filmmaker has said in the past that she will not be involved with the project.
Dunham and Konner recently wrapped their HBO series “Girls, »
- Kate Erbland
The Ultimate Summer Binge Guide: Where to Stream The Best Summer TV, Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: What is the perfect summer show? Why? (Note: This doesn’t have to be a current show)
Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx
When you’re picking the perfect summer show, you first have to define your terms. “The Oc” and “American Idol” debuted in the summer, but so did “The Wire” and “Mad Men.” So your definition can be wide and varied. And with most of TV history available to us with a few clicks, almost anything can become a summer binge on a boiling day when you really need to stay indoors. That said, while some of the greatest series ever aired at times while school was out, »
- Hanh Nguyen
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