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Daniel Craig ‘Absolutely First Choice’ for Bond Producers
Callum McDougall, executive producer on the last four Bond films, told the BBC Friday that Craig is the “first choice” of Broccoli and Wilson, who run Bond’s production company Eon Prods.
McDougall, who has worked on nine 007 movies, was asked if Craig would be returning. “I wish I knew,” he said. “We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.” He added that if Craig is willing to join the next Bond movie the role would “absolutely” be his.
Eon did not respond immediately to a request for confirmation.
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- Leo Barraclough
Lee Daniels to make movie musical based on his own life
Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated director of Precious, The Butler, The Paperboy and TV series Empire, is to make an autobiographical movie musical. Speaking to Billboard, Daniels, 59, said he was “in talks about doing a musical film about my life. I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I’ve come from the projects. I’ve been homeless.”
Daniels’ career began as a receptionist at a nursing agency, which he quit to found his own agency; it had 5,000 nurses affiliated with it by the time he was 21. After selling up he became an actors’ agent, representing Wes Bentley and Michael Shannon among others.
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- Catherine Shoard
'Miss Peregrine', 'Deepwater Horizon' and 'Masterminds' Close Out September
When compared to last year, September 2016 has been a bit of a rough and tumble month. While there have been a pair of $30+ million openers, there have also been more than a fair share of disappointments. This weekend closes out the month with two new big budget releases in the form of Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, both hoping to make a case for their price tag while the long-delayed ensemble comedy Masterminds finally hits theaters after enduring six release date changes over the past 18 months. Overall, the weekend is once again looking to underperform compared to the same weekend last year, which saw The Martian top the box office with $54 million. At the top, Tim Burton returns to work at Fox for the first time since 2001's Planet of the Apes remake and he does so with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench Among Stars Boarding ‘Murder on the Orient Express’
Lucy Boynton, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi, and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. are also on board. Kenneth Branagh will direct and also star as detective Hercule Poirot. Angelina Jolie was in negotiations in June to join the cast, but has since passed on the remake.
“Christie’s ‘Murder’ is mysterious, compelling and unsettling,” Branagh said. “I’m honored to have this fantastic group of actors bring these dark materials to life for a new audience.”
Production begins this November.
Michael Green wrote the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around »
- Variety Staff
Jay Z Signs TV and Film First-Look Deal With Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company has signed a two-year overall deal with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter to produce TV and film projects, the studio announced Thursday.
According to the announcement, there are already projects in the works that will be announced in the following weeks.
“I’m excited to tell stories from real life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight,” Jay Z commented. “I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”
- Seth Kelley
Rachel Weisz to Produce and Star in Adaptation of Naomi Alderman Novel ‘Disobedience’ (Exclusive)
Weisz will produce alongside Ed Guiney, who will produce through his Element Films shingle, Frida Torresblanco, who will produce through her banner Braven Films and Film 4. Sebastian Lelio direct the film based on a script he co-wrote with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
In the original book, the story follows young woman who returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after learning about the death of her estranged father. She causes an upheaval in the quiet community when she rekindles a repressed love with her best friend – a woman now married to her cousin.
Weisz has previously produced the pic “Radiator.”
The actress recently wrapped »
- Justin Kroll
Michael Shannon Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘The Current War’
The movie takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around power titans Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed the use of a direct current for electric power distribution over an alternating current, which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.
The pic is one of two films centered on this rivalry with Black Bear Pictures developing “The Last Days of Night” starring Eddie Redmayne as the lawyer caught in the middle of the patent battle that ensued following Edison’s discovery of the electrical current.
TWC will finance and distribute the film.
Timur Bekmambetov, who was originally eyed to direct the movie, »
- Justin Kroll
Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Maudie’, Period Romancer Starring Sally Hawkins & Ethan Hawke
Sony Pictures Classics is brushing up on its Canadian art history. The specialty unit has acquired U.S. and other territory rights to Maudie, which bowed at Telluride and went on to screen at Toronto. It tells the true story of Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada's premier folk artists. Spc also has rights in Latin America, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, the UK… »
Podcast: ‘Bingeworthy’ Shares Our Affection For ‘You’re the Worst’ & ‘Fleabag’
For episode two of Bingeworthy, I’m joined by Oliver Lyttelton, Senior Features Editor here at The Playlist to discuss two of our favorite shows: Fxx‘s “You’re the Worst” and Amazon Prime‘s “Fleabag.” With “The Rise of the Sadcom,” TV’s comedies are more and more populated by characters who are self-destructive and not always charmingly so.
Thanks to Oli, we’ve been singing the praises of “You’re the Worst” longer than most, and its second season earned a place high in our list of the best TV of last year.
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- Kimber Myers
‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Latest Paramount Pic To Bond With China
Paramount Pictures has unveiled its latest China investment deal on a movie today, saying its upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will receive a significant investment from a joint venture of Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group. The China companies will also join Paramount China as marketing partner on the sequel movie, from Paramound and Skydance, which will open in both China and U.S. theaters October 21. This deal follows similar tie-ups with… »
‘Nocturnal Animals’ Ellie Bamber Set For Disney’s ‘Nutcracker And The Four Realms’
Exclusive: The 19 year-old British actress who plays India Hastings, the entitled daughter to Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in Tom Ford’s upcoming Nocturnal Animals is adding to her dance card with Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Pic, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, is a live-action re-telling of E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King which was the source material for the classic 1892 ballet scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In the… »
Will Wonder Woman be the movies' first major queer superhero?
DC Comics has confirmed the Amazonian princess is bisexual, so why not celebrate the superhero’s queer identity on the big screen?
The Twitter campaign to alter Captain America’s traditional sexuality was always going to be a struggle. In May, the hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaaBoyfriend was trending like a Kardashian selfie on the social network. But given Chris Evans’ patriotic superhero has been shown to have feelings for both Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter and her grand-niece Sharon during his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such a major canonical shift always looked about as likely as Hulk agreeing to attend anger management sessions.
Related: Wonder Woman writer confirms superhero is queer
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- Ben Child
Nyff 2016: 9 New Films From Cinema’s Brightest Auteurs And Beloved Masters
The New York Film Festival kicks off this week, sending us straight into the second half of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the festival, we’re rolling out a series of previews to point you in the direction of all the movies you have to see (or at least, all the movies you have to start anticipating right now). Today, some new offerings from cinema’s greatest master and auteurs — new, emerging and beloved.
Over the course of just three feature films, multi-hyphenate Kenneth Lonergan has proven himself to be one of America’s most exciting rising auteurs. Uniquely capable of capturing great emotion without even a hint of melodrama or a single false note, his long-awaited follow-up to the grievously mistreated “Margaret” — perhaps this decade’s cinematic endeavor most deserving of critical reappraisal after critical reappraisal — again returns him »
- Kate Erbland, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Chris O'Falt and Graham Winfrey
Fox Searchlight Bringing ‘A United Kingdom’ To North America
Fox Searchlight confirmed today that it has scooped up North American rights to A United Kingdom, Amma Asante’s historical drama about forbidden love starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. The film, which premiered at Toronto and will open the London Film Festival next week, is set for release February 17. Written by Guy Hibbert, A United Kingdom recounts the story King Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Pike), a white woman from London, which… »
‘Memory Box’ Short: Watch ‘Until The Light Takes Us’ Filmmaker Aaron Aites’ Final Film, Starring Shane Carruth and Mackenzie Davis
Earlier this year, filmmaker Aaron Aites passed away after a long battle with cancer, leaving behind both an enviable and exciting body of work — in addition to his films like “Until the Light Takes Us” and “99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film,” he was also the lead singer of the band Iran — and his partner in both life and work, fellow filmmaker Audrey Ewell. At the time of his death, Aites and Ewell were working on a new film, a sci-fi-tinged short starring Mackenzie Davis and fellow filmmaker Shane Carruth entitled “Memory Box.”
The film — which Aites and Ewell were originally imagining as the proof of concept for a full feature — follows a young mother (Davis, who continues to excel at every role put in front of her) who works at »
- Kate Erbland
Is Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamotto the Fifth Infinity Stone?
Earlier this week, Benedict Cumberbatch let slip that he will probably play a role in Avengers: Infinity War. The epic event film will bring together many of the major players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but how does Doctor Strange fit into the mix? Could his Eye of Agamotto actually be the fifth Infinity Stone? A History […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Lee Daniels Making A Movie Musical Based On The Life Of Lee Daniels
The saying goes to write what you know, and it looks like Lee Daniels is going to do just that for an upcoming project. The director of “Precious,” “The Paperboy,” and “The Butler,” and one of the creative forces behind the TV hit “Empire,” has always tended to favor tales with lots emotional and dramatic color, but it appears his own life has enough twists and turns to be worthy of a movie itself, and a musical no less.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Terry Gilliam’s Passion Project ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Delayed Just Days Before Production
Terry Gilliam just can’t catch a break! Back in May at the Cannes Film Festival, the director confirmed his long-in-the-works passion project “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” would finally begin production this fall. Casting quickly began to take shape, with the likes of Adam Driver and Michael Palin joining the project as its two leads. Photos even hit the web that proved Gilliam and his team had scouted out all the locations for the new movie. But with production ready to begin this Monday, October 4, unfortunate news has struck again.
During a visit to Jonathan Ross’ BBC Radio 2 talk show, Gilliam confirmed that production on “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has been delayed for the umpteenth time. Apparently, a producer on the project had lied about getting proper funding together in time for the movie’s October start date.
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- Zack Sharf
New ‘Fast 8’ Image Reveals When The First Trailer Will Arrive
Back in August, production wrapped on Fast 8, the next sequel in the surprisingly long-running Fast & Furious franchise. The official page for the film series announced the end of production and teased the arrival of the first trailer in December. Now Vin Diesel has taken to his Facebook page with a more specific update […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp In Negotiations To Sell Multiplex Business To Gaumont-Pathé
Luc Besson's EuropaCorp has entered exclusive negotiations with France's largest exhibitor, Cinémas Gaumont-Pathé, to sell off its multiplex business. The company announced the news Friday, a mere day after it unveiled that China's Fundamental Films was set to become the company's second-biggest shareholder (behind Besson) in a $67M (€60M) deal. The potential sale of the exhibition business represents another part of EuropaCorp's strategy to refocus on its core business… »
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