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'It' Sequel Gets September 2019 Release Date
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again.
Since its debut earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book has shattered numerous records, including becoming the top-grossing horror film of all time, not adjusting for inflation. The Exorcist, released in 1973, made $233 million in North America and $441.3 million worldwide, but the domestic portion swells to $917.5 million when adjusting for inflation.
It has earned »
- Pamela McClintock
Leslie Abramson Won’t Watch Edie Falco Play Her in NBC’s Menendez TV Movie
Leslie Abramson, the spitfire Los Angeles defense attorney who represented one of Erik Menendez in two sensational murder trials, says she will not watch Edie Falco portray her on NBC’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.”
“Oh boy,” Abramson told TheWrap when asked about true-crime TV movie. “I have nothing to say. Absolutely nothing. Goodbye.”
Before she hung up, she was asked “Are you going to watch it?” “No,” she said.
NBC and Dick Wolf Productions are betting big on Falco’s performance. »
- Susan Seager
Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey Joins Scream
Well that didnt take long, at all.
The horror drama’s brand-new chapter follows Dion (played by Rj Cyler), a football player who on track to score a college scholarship… until a masked killer uses his darkest secrets against him, turning his life upside down and making him question his own sanity.
Per THR. »
‘Star Trek: Discovery': 5 of Your Biggest Questions Answered
Major spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery’s” first two episodes. “Star Trek: Discovery” always had a lot to live up to. It’s the first new “Star Trek” TV show in over a decade, so it has to be both a new take on the franchise and a tribute to the original series. There’s over 50 years of canonical history to pick and choose from, but how do you do it without outright copying a previous installment, especially when the J.J. Abrams films have been just that? As the flagship product for CBS All Access, the network’s new streaming service, »
- Carli Velocci
Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino Ink Overall Deal at Amazon Studios
The husband and wife team currently serve as executive producers on the Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which is written and directed by Sherman-Palladino. The series was picked up for two seasons in April, the first multi-season order for a new series in Amazon’s history. It follows a 1950’s New York housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) who discovers a talent for stand up comedy. The pilot became available on Amazon Prime in March.
“Amy and Dan are brilliant,” said Joe Lewis, head of comedy, Drama and VR for Amazon Studios. “Everything they create has such an incredible vision behind it. On top of that, they’re wonderfully funny and smart people. Also, Amy has the best hats in show business. We’re excited about the next two seasons of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ with them and, with »
- Joe Otterson
Casey Affleck's Sea Change Media Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon
The two-year deal, covering both film and television projects, repairs Affleck with Amazon, after he won the best actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, which Amazon nabbed out of the Sundance Film Festival. Whitaker Lader, a Sundance Institute alum, serves as head of production and development of Sea Change, which looks to develop bold, authentic, smart content, shining a light on underrepresented voices and stories, and operating with a philosophy of inclusivity and collaboration.
"This deal with Casey exemplifies our focus in expanding Amazon Studios’ relationships »
- Ashley Lee
Jan Triska, Star of ‘Ronin’ and ‘Ragtime,’ Dies at 80 After Fall From Bridge in Czech Republic
Jan Triska, a Czech actor who starred in such Hollywood movies as “Ronin” and “Ragtime,” has died after a fall on Saturday from Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80 years old. According to the Associated Press, Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death on Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital overnight from his injuries after Saturday’s fall. The circumstances of the fall are still unclear. Triska moved to the United States in 1977 after he signed a human rights manifesto against Czechoslovakia’s then-Communist government, according to The Guardian. He had been inspired by his close friend, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
'Insecure' Director to Adapt Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel for Amazon Studios (Exclusive)
Matsoukas is developing the project as a series and will executive produce as well as direct the episodes. Teaming with her is James, who will write the script as well as executive produce, while Malcolm Spellman, a writer and co-executive producer on Empire, will be the showrunner and exec produce as well.
Seven Killings begins with the attempted assassination of reggae icon Bob Marley and explores its aftermath, looking at one vital »
- Borys Kit
Wme Signs ‘The Mermaid’ Co-Writer Lu Zhengyu (Exclusive)
Wme has signed Chinese actor-filmmaker Lu Zhengyu, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
Lu is a protégé of Hong Kong-based superstar director Stephen Chow and served on the writing team for 2013’s Journey to the West and 2016’s The Mermaid, which at $527 million was China’s all-time highest-grossing film until that record was broken by Wolf Warrior 2 last month. Lu appeared onscreen in both Journey to the West and The Mermaid and served as executive director, a position similar to first assistant director in the U.S. but described as having more responsibilities.
In the vein of Chow’s own »
- Rebecca Sun
‘The Voice’ blind auditions: Mitchell Lee sings ‘Hold My Hand’ after ditching dentistry for super-stardom [Watch]
Former aspiring dentist Mitchell Lee blew the coaches away on Monday’s premiere episode of “The Voice.” In the Season 13 debut, Lee caused three of the coaches — Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton — to turn their chairs around, while Miley Cyrus remained still after his performance of Hootie & the Blowfish‘s “Hold My Hand.” Watch […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
‘Dancing with the Stars’ Vanessa Lachey ‘Ballroom Night’ foxtrot was ‘stunning,’ like ‘liquid gold’ [Watch]
“Maks is very intense,” said Vanessa Lachey about training for her “Ballroom Night” foxtrot on “Dancing with the Stars” with her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, one of the most demanding pros on the show. “But at the same time, my dad was in the military — ‘You need to be downstairs at 0700 hours.’ With […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Third ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Short Prequel to Be Unveiled in Japan on Tuesday
“Blade Runner Black Out 2022” is the last of three short prequels commissioned by Alcon Entertainment to help bridge the gap between the end of the original “Blade Runner,” whose events wrapped up in 2019, and the highly anticipated sequel set 30 years later. The first prequel, “2036: Nexus Dawn,” was released Aug. 30, and the second, “2048: Nowhere to Run,” dropped Sept. 15. Both were directed by Luke Scott, the son of original “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott.
Watanabe says in a trailer shown in Japan that “Blade Runner” was the biggest inspiration for him to work in the animation industry. Watanabe also says that he was eager to »
- Variety Japan
‘The Voice’ blind auditions: Dave Crosby and daughter melt America’s heart with ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ [Watch]
Dave Crosby is already a viral sensation thanks to his four-year-old daughter Claire’s performance of Randy Newman‘s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” And now he’s a major contender to win Season 13 of “The Voice.” Monday’s premiere episode of NBC’s Emmy-winning reality TV show featured Crosby singing a haunting version of Death Cab for Cutie‘s […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
San Sebastián: Director Ivana Mladenovic on ‘Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari’
San Sebastian — “Boy or girl?” jokes Adi (Adrian Schiop), poking the vast dome of a belly of boyfriend Alberto (Pavel Vasile-Digudai), who lies on his sofa, on which he takes up frequent residence, in the mid-stretch of “Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari.”
Even in physical terms, the love story of Adi, a wiry thin-rim-glassed intellectual and Alberto, an young ox of a man who has gone to fat, seems a near surreal conjunction. And sex is one of the best things the couple’s got going for them.
Adi and Alberto meet when Adi moves into a dreary flat in the Ferentari Roma neighborhood of Bucharest, to research a doctorate on menele, Roma urban folk music. But homosexuality is frowned upon in Ferentari. The lovers can frolic together in a park in the rich part of Bucharest, but not even hold hands in the neighborhood. Adi comes from Romania’s middle-class, a »
- John Hopewell
Tommy Lee Jones to Head Tokyo Festival Jury
Veteran American actor, Tommy Lee Jones will head the competition jury at next month’s Tokyo International Film Festival.
The 30th edition of the festival will run Oct. 25 – Nov. 3 in venues across Tokyo. It will open with Japanese fantasy film “Fullmetal Alchemist” and close with Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”
Jones will be joined on the jury by Belgian director Martin Provost (“Serafine”,) Iranian writer-director and producer Reza Mirkarimi, Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase, and Chinese actress, director and investor Vicky Zhao Wei.
The jury will decide a Grand Prix, a jury prize, best director, screenplay, actor, actress and artistic contribution prizes.
The 15 films in competition, mostly hailing from Asia, Central Asia and Europe, include: erotic crime thriller “Gutland”; “The Lowlife,” adapted from a novelist by a Japanese porn starlet; Vanessa Paradis in another female-focused drama “Maryline”; and Jean-Marc Barr in “Grain,” a Turkish sci-fi film with strong environmental themes.
- Patrick Frater
‘Dancing with the Stars’: Was Jordan Fisher’s ‘Ballroom Night’ waltz perfect, or lacking grace? [Watch]
“Tonight I would love for us to have the best dance of the night,” said Jordan Fisher right before his “Ballroom Night” Viennese waltz with his pro partner Lindsay Arnold on “Dancing with the Stars.” He got his wish, though just like in the season premiere episode he had to share the top spot on […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Koch Media Nabs Italian Distribution Rights to Horror Film ‘Nest’
It also teams Argentine producer Juan Crespo at Buenos Aires’ 3C Film Group and partner Marcelo Altmark. In development, psychological horror movie “Nest” will shoot in a studio in Italy with only two thesps, an Italian actress and Argentine actor, under director Mattia Temponi. Argentina will host the film’s post-production stage. 80% of co-production will be Italian; 20% Argentine, Seregni said at San Sebastián.
“Nest” was unveiled Monday during a panel that celebrated the entry of Italy as a country member of the Ibermedia film fund, joining Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
“Italy’s arrival alleviates the deficit from the respective crises of members such as Brazil, Venezuela and Spain,” said Ibermedia co-production and distribution co-ordinator Victor Sánchez.
Chiara Fortuna, at Italy’s Mibact government funding entity, gave »
- Emiliano De Pablos
eOne’s Peppa Pig Heading to Japan
It will launch on TV Tokyo on Oct. 10, marking the latest rollout in the show’s push into Asia.
U.K.-listed eOne owns the property after acquiring a controlling stake in its producer Astley Baker Davis in 2015 for £140 million ($188 million). In Asia the show is on Nick Jr. and Viacom’s Voot Svod platform, and in China on CCTV and several streaming platforms including iQIYI, and Youku.
“‘Peppa Pig’ is enjoying tremendous ratings and retail success across Asia, so we’re incredibly excited to be bringing the brand to Japan,” said Andrew Carley, head of global licensing at eOne Family. “Asia is a key focus for our global licensing strategy so we’re keen to explore opportunities in this exciting new market.”
Peppa has become a huge brand for younger viewers and also generates »
- Stewart Clarke
San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Mademoiselle Paradis’
It’s the kind of teasing what-if with which we begin torturing ourselves as children: If you had to choose one, would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have the gift of sight for a brief time only to have it taken away, or never know exactly what you’re missing? And if regaining your vision meant losing your most unique talent, would you take that trade? For blind Austrian pianist Maria Theresia “Resi” Paradis, the latter wasn’t a hypothesis or a choice, but a perverse quandary into which her body threw her — not that the draconian patriarchy of the late 18th century would have permitted her much say either way. A fresh, inquisitive portrait of her pivotal teenage years from director Barbara Albert, “Mademoiselle Paradis” is less interested in its subject’s potted biography than in how her era’s vicious politics of class and gender affected her plight. The »
- Guy Lodge
San Sebastián: 5 Directions Public Film Funding is Heading in Europe
San Sebastian — A new public film funding mindset is emerging in Europe. Moderated with brio by SampoMedia/Michael Gubbins, himself head of Wales Film Cymru, one of the U.K.’s biggest regional funds, a San Sebastian panel – The Bigger Picture: A Fresh Approach to Public Film Funding – set out some of its evolving priorities. The presence on the table of Eurimages’ Enrico Vannucci and Creative Europe’s Media Program head Lucía Recalde led a pan-European weight to discussion. Here are five major takeaways from a largely consensus debate:
A phrase first used by Recalde, suggesting room for collaboration between the E.U’s Media Program and Eurimages.
The concept of “de-siloing,” whether across national boundaries or sectors, was, however, approved by many of the panelists who also took in producers – Czech Artemio Benki, analysts – Ilse Schooneknaep at Smit/Brussels Vrij U; – and, among other policy makers: Gubbins, the »
- John Hopewell
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