Aaron Sorkin is Taking Meetings With DC and Marvel
Can you imagine Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince doing a classic walk and talk through the hallways of Wayne Enterprises? How about Spider-Man and Hawkeye exchanging not just a throwaway line or two, but having an epic back-and-forth conversation full of quotable one-liners? Well, the future is wide open, because Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, A Few Good Men) […]
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- Ben Pearson
Lee Daniels Reveals Plans for Oprah's 'Terms of Endearment' Remake and 'Empire' Spinoff
The Empire co-creator offered plot details at Loyola Marymount's Hollywood Masters series with THR's Stephen Galloway on March 22, revealing that the film — still uncast, except for Winfrey in the Shirley MacLaine role — will be set in the '80s and include a storyline about black men who brought HIV/AIDS to their female partners.
"I've got to tell stories that are important to me, and so many African-American women died," said Daniels. "I want to »
- Stephen Galloway
Title of Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph' Sequel Revealed
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Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 has been unveiled as title of the upcoming sequel to Walt Disney Animation Studios' Oscar-nominated Wreck-It Ralph, Disney announced Tuesday during its slate presentation at CinemaCon.
Directed by Rich Moore (who recently won an Oscar for Zootopia) and Phil Johnston and produced by Oscar-winning Zootopia producer Clark Spencer, the movie is scheduled to open March 9, 2018 and has a returning voice cast that includes John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch.
While Disney Animation doesn't have a release in 2017, its sister company Pixar has two films this year. They include the Nov. 22 release Coco, which centers »
- Carolyn Giardina
Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ First Footage Puts American Life Literally Under a Microscope
Paramount surprised CinemaCon audiences on Tuesday with 10 minutes of Alexander Payne’s new drama “Downsizing,” a surprisingly high-concept movie from a filmmaker known for more grounded, down-to-earth moviemaking. How high-concept? Think a Payne-like version of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” In the clip, which got a very warm reception from the crowd in Vegas, Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who attend a presentation about literally shrinking themselves. The pitch is made by Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who has already shrunk himself and now lives in a stunning home, bigger than he could’ve ever dreamed of in the. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Academy Chooses to Stick with Accounting Firm Despite Envelopegate
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to continue working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the wake of the massive Best Picture mix-up at last month’s Oscar telecast.
“Last night the Board of Governors met for the first time following what was, in so many ways, the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades. As you may know, the Board meets approximately six times a year to discuss the business of the Academy,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs said in an email to its members. “After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, »
- Ale Russian
Golden Globes: HFPA Announces Timetable for 75th Annual Awards
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the timetable for next year’s Golden Globes.
Nominations will be unveiled on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.
Full timetable below.
Monday, July 10, 2017 — Submission Website for 2018 Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entries is now open
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms
Friday, November 24, 2017 — Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young
Monday, December 4, 2017 — Final screening date for Motion Pictures
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — Final date for Motion Picture press conferences
Thursday, December 7, 2017 — Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots by Ernst & Young, at 8:00p.m.
Monday, December 11, 2017 — Announcement of »
- Kristopher Tapley
Vin Diesel Chokes Up While Paying Tribute to Paul Walker at CinemaCon
He said that he decided to go forward with “The Fast and the Furious” franchise to make good on a promise Walker made that there would be an eighth chapter in the long-running series. That film, “The Fate of the Furious,” opens next month. Universal later surprised the audience by debuting the full movie.
“It was Paul Walker who promised eight,” Diesel said. “It played over and over again in my brain.”
Walker died in an automobile crash in 2013.
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“Part of Paul’s legacy lives through every frame that we shoot,” Diesel said. Diesel, who has called Walker his best friend, said the actor continues to live through the characters.
“You are reminded of this angel that was so integral to »
- Brent Lang
WGA to Send Strike Authorization Vote to Membership
Writers Guild of America’s two boards voted unanimously to send a vote to its membership, raising the stakes in the contract wrangling with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The board of the WGA West and council of the WGA East have approved the recommendation from the WGA negotiating committee to conduct a strike authorization vote among members of both guilds who have worked under the AMPTP master contract during the past six years — about 6,000 members i total. The negotiating committee took that step on Friday after ending two weeks of contract talks with the AMPTP. The current Minimum Basic Agreement, jointly negotiated by West and East, expires on May 1.
The strike authorization vote does not mean the writers will automatically walk. But a vote by the membership is necessary before the governing bodies of both guilds can call a strike against the studios. The turnout and vote on the authorization question will also »
- Cynthia Littleton
CinemaCon: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Stuns Theater Owners With Epic War Drama
“This is a story that needs to carry you through and make you feel you are there,” Nolan told exhibitors at Warner Bros.’ presentation on Wednesday afternoon at CinemaCon, the annual theater owner trade show taking place this week in Sin City.
Nolan shot “Dunkirk” from his own screenplay on a combination of Imax 65mm and 65mm large format film. “I wanted to tell the story in the most visceral way possible,” he added.
‘Aquaman’ Concept Art Makes a Splash at CinemaCon
“Dunkirk” will focus on the rescue through a quickly assembled British fleet of more than 800 boats, which saved more than 335,000 soldiers who had been cut off by the German Army. As the rescue was concluding, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told Parliament, »
- Dave McNary
‘The Voice’: JChosen is best singer on Team Gwen Stefani from first two battles say 45% of readers
In the first two Battle rounds of “The Voice” last week, coach Gwen Stefani pitted three pairs of her artists against each other. She had to choose one singer in each duet to take on to the knockout rounds. And she picked up one more artists for her team when she stole away one of her rival coach (and real-life fellow) Blake Shelton‘s rejects. Stefani has […] »
- Paul Sheehan
‘Aquaman’ Concept Art Makes a Splash at CinemaCon
Consequently, the superhero film didn’t have a trailer to show exhibitors. That didn’t stop Momoa and director James Wan from debuting a video rich with production art that promised to take audiences to a dazzling underwater universe.
The mockups that Wan showed were arresting. They included drawings of an elaborate dogfight pitting warriors riding sharks and octopus-like creatures. There were also deep sea dragons, glittering palaces, and an image of Aquaman, trident in hand, riding a hammerhead shark.
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“Aquaman is an absolute bada–,” said Wan. »
- Brent Lang
‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Head Writer A.D. Miles to Step Down
Miles has been working with Fallon for the past eight years, with the two meeting at NBC’s “Late Night” before Fallon took over “The Tonight Show.” They have since collaborated on over 1500 episodes of late-night television. Miles and his family will relocate from New York to Los Angeles but he and Fallon are still planning to work together on an animated feature.
“Riding Jimmy Fallon’s coattails for the past eight years has given me all the confidence I need to strike out on my own and work on a movie with Jimmy Fallon,” Miles said in a statement. Fallon added, “Miles was there for the launch of ‘Late Night’ as well as the launch of ‘The Tonight Show.’ He »
- Joe Otterson
‘Van Wilder’ Stokes Legal Battle 15 Years After Release
The producers who brought “Van Wilder” to the screen 15 years ago are now engaged in a legal fight over who owns the distribution rights to the film.
Myriad Pictures filed suit Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court, seeking a declaration that it will take full rights to the film on the 15th anniversary of its release on April 4.
According to the lawsuit, Myriad contends that its partner in the project, Tapestry Films, engaged in secret negotiations with the distributor, Lionsgate, to extend the distribution agreement beyond the 15-year term. Myriad asserts that under the agreement, Tapestry was receiving 80% of the proceeds to just 20% for Myriad, though Myriad put up the financing for the film.
“The participation split is extremely favorable to Tapestry,” the lawsuit argues.
According to Myriad, Tapestry sought to extend the agreement in order to maintain the favorable split. However, Myriad insists that the full distribution rights should »
- Gene Maddaus
CBS Chief Glenn Geller to Take Leave of Absence Following Mild Heart Attack
CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller will take a leave of absence from the network after suffering a mild heart attack, Variety has learned.
In a note to staff Wednesday, Geller said that he is “on track for a full recovery” after resting at home. He added, “The bad news is that pilot season and the Upfront isn’t the best environment to achieve that recovery. After consulting with my doctors, my husband, and my family, I plan to take off a few more weeks and return at the end of May.”
In a separate memo, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said that company leadership is “fully supportive of Glenn focusing on restoring himself to 100%.” But, he continued, “At the same time, it’s clear that we must now adjust ourselves to a new situation as we finish our pilots and head into the Upfront.”
No change in leadership structure at the network was announced. Moonves »
- Daniel Holloway
‘The Voice’: Lauren Duski is best singer on Team Blake Shelton from first two battles say 47% of readers
In the first two Battle rounds of “The Voice” last week, coach Blake Shelton pitted four pairs of his artists against each other. He had to choose one singer in each duet to take on to the knockout rounds. And he picked up one more artists for her team when he stole away one of rival coach Alicia Keys‘ rejects. Shelton has won five of his 11 […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Democrats Launch Petition to Try to Save FCC’s Privacy Rules for Internet Providers
President Donald Trump is expected to sign a measure that would roll back consumer protections on the privacy of their data, but Democrats are making a last-ditch appeal to urge him to veto the legislation.
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) launched a petition on Whitehouse.gov on Wednesday, a day after the House passed a resolution, in a 215-205 vote, that restricts the FCC from imposing the new privacy restrictions. The Senate passed the resolution last week.
“This bill has been rushed through both the House and Senate at breakneck speed with one clear goal — to get it signed into law before the American people know about it,” Doyle said in a statement.
Last year, under then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC passed new privacy rules that required internet providers to obtain subscribers’ consent before sharing data on such activity as browsing history and app usage. Broadband providers opposed the rules, »
- Ted Johnson
Film Review: ‘Leap!’
If your blush-pink daydreams of tutus, pirouettes and adoring spotlights were darkly dashed by the shattered psychological mindwarp of “Black Swan,” take heart: “Leap!” is here to generously restore them. An unabashed wish-fulfilment fantasy that sweetly checks off every conceivable follow-your-heart cliché, this elegantly animated French-Canadian production isn’t inventing any new narrative choreography with its slender tale of Félicie, a plucky, impoverished Brittany orphan who heads to Paris to realize her ambition of joining the ballet. But even if it never quite takes the risks implied by its exclamatory title — adopted for its upcoming U.S. release — “Leap!” follows the established steps with general grace and good humor. Sure to please children of a gentle, fanciful persuasion, Eric Summer and Eric Warin’s film may pleasantly surprise their minders with the painterly CG beauty of its Gallic backdrops; for all our heroine’s efforts, the City of Lights remains »
- Guy Lodge
Christopher Nolan Rejects Early VOD Minutes After WB Exec Talks It Up at CinemaCon
Las Vegas — Warner Bros. addressed the elephant in the room during its presentation to theater owners at CinemaCon, which made for an uneasy few minutes Wednesday afternoon.
Moments after worldwide marketing and distribution president Sue Kroll made a pitch for shortening the amount of time between a film’s theatrical debut and its premiere on home entertainment platforms, director Christopher Nolan all but shunned the idea.
“The only platform I’m interested in talking about is theatrical exhibition,” Nolan quipped.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker was there to introduce footage from “Dunkirk,” his upcoming World War II epic, which he said would be available on IMAX, 70mm and 35mm screens at cineplexes.
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Kroll, who worked with Nolan on all three “Dark Knight” movies, had stressed just moments prior that any changes must be made in concert with the exhibition community.
- Brent Lang
See 'An Inconvenient Truth' Sequel Trailer Take on Trump
The first official trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power was released on Tuesday. The timing of the clip's release comes at a crucial point for climate change discussion, it dropped the same day Donald Trump signed an executive order to rescind Obama's Clean Power Plan and a host of other climate-related regulations.
The trailer opens with a clip of Trump mocking climate change while on the campaign trail. "It's supposed to be 70 degrees today, it's freezing here. Speaking of global warming, where is – we need some global warming. »
Warner Bros. Exec Sue Kroll Addresses Windowing Issue at CinemaCon
While studio execs and exhibitors have been discussing the status of theatrical windows behind the scenes at CinemaCon this week, Sue Kroll, Warner Bros. president, worldwide marketing and distribution, became the first studio exec to address the topic from the stage at Caesar's Palace, where Warners presented its upcoming slate Wednesday.
"Consumer tastes are changing, and that is changing the way we do business. What our customers are telling us is they want more choices with how and where they watch content," the exec said at the beginning of the studio's presentation.
"Where there is demand, somebody is going to »
- Rebecca Ford
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