Point Grey, Good Universe Team With 'Hello Ladies' Creators for 'Good Boys'
Described as in the vein of Sausage Party and Superbad, Good Boys is an R-rated comedy about four 12-year-olds caught between childhood innocence and lewd teenage corruption, who embark on an epic quest from Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.
- Rebecca Ford
Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Lands at Paramount
The project will be directed by “The Handmaid’s Tale” exec producer Reed Morano, from a script by Mark Burnell with Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing. IM Global will finance the film. Lively was attached to the project a month ago.
The movie is a contemporary adaptation of the first of Burnell’s Stephanie Patrick series of four British novels. Lively will play the titular heroine, who is on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash. After discovering from a journalist that the crash wasn’t an accident and watching that journalist get killed, she adapts the identity of an assassin in order to track down those responsible. »
- Dave McNary
Emma Stone Dethrones Jennifer Lawrence as World’s Highest-Paid Actress
Emma Stone is this year’s highest-paid actress, according to Forbes, banking $26 million pretax in Forbes’ 12-month scoring period. The actress beat Jennifer Aniston, who took the second spot on the list with earnings of $25.5 million, and Jennifer Lawrence, who came in at number three with $24 million. Lawrence had topped Forbes’ ranking two years in a row, last year making $46 million. Aniston, according to the publication, continues to make millions due to films like the upcoming “The Yellow Birds,” and endorsement deals with Emirates Airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. Most of Lawrence’s paycheck comes from the upcoming Darren Aronofsky »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
'Mission: Impossible 6' Shoot Set for 8-Week Hiatus Following Tom Cruise Injury
A video taken on the London set obtained by TMZ showed the actor jumping between buildings and falling short his mark, smacking into one side hard and limping away afterwards.
A source has now told THR that the injury – believed by many among the film’s crew to be a damaged ankle – is likely to force producers to put the shoot "on hiatus" for »
- Alex Ritman
‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Creator Developing Female Police Drama at Fox (Exclusive)
Currently titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” the series would follow a seasoned former detective who is now a mom stuck behind a desk and raising two kids. She is unexpectedly pulled back into the field to cover for a sick colleague and work alongside a young rookie female detective who has been deep undercover.
Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Tamaro will write and executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television is producing. »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’: St. Vincent to Direct Female-Led Film Adaptation (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has launched development of a movie based on Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The studio is putting a twist on the classic Victorian age story of a hedonistic man whose self-portrait ages while he stays eternally young. In this project, the title character will be a woman.
The film will be directed by Annie Clark, a.k.a St. Vincent, the experimental rock multi-instrumentalist. Her album, the self-titled “St. Vincent,” won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2015. She has been the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Q Maverick award, both given for outstanding innovation in the arts. »
- Dave McNary
'Suits' Spinoff With Gina Torres Set for Season 7 Finale
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network on Wednesday confirmed that the backdoor pilot will air as the Aaron Korsh-created procedural's season seven finale and is slated to air in the first quarter of 2018.
The episode will reunite Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) with their old friend Jessica Pearson (Torres) as she adjusts to her new life in the Windy City. When she is forced to enter the dirty world »
- Lesley Goldberg
Tribeca Enterprises Launches New TV Festival, Initial Lineup Includes ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Queen Sugar’
Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, will launch a new standalone TV festival this fall, Variety has learned.
”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca, said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”
The inaugural Tribeca TV Festival will present curated shows and conversations with the cast and creators from numerous shows. It will take place September 22-24, 2017 in New York City. Like the Film Festival, the TV Festival will highlight highly-anticipated new premieres, and also draw attention to under-the-radar work and talent. It will feature programs from broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, and Vr.
“We’re launching a new standalone, but »
- Joe Otterson
Daniel Craig Confirms Return to James Bond Role
James Bond fans were shaken and stirred Tuesday night.
Daniel Craig officially confirmed he will return to the role of Agent 007 in the upcoming Bond 25 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday. Craig had previously been attached to the project by reports from the New York Times and others, but never confirmed personally — until his appearance on Colbert's show.
"Yes," Craig told Colbert point-blank, when asked if he will return as the secret agent. He said he's known he would reprise the role for "a couple of months" now. "We've been discussing it, we've just »
- Patrick Shanley
Subscription Aggregation: The Rx for Ott Fatigue? – Part 2 (Guest Blog)
All together now! Last week we introduced you to the idea of Subscription Aggregation as a possible remedy for Ott fatigue. This week we take a look at the possible implications of subscription aggregation in the near future. As the number of Ott offerings continues to climb, the opportunity to consolidate the management of these services on behalf of consumers is likely to accelerate as well. So-called Ott aggregators directly address the issue of subscription fatigue by allowing users to group multiple subscriptions under a single umbrella with one account, login, payment preference, and so forth. L.E.K.’s survey revealed strong interest. »
- Alex Evans and Michael Kaufman
Chinese Auteur to Tackle Trump Era in Political Thriller 'American Wall'
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The first high-profile political thriller to broach the Donald Trump era could be coming from an unexpected direction: China.
Award-winning Chinese auteur Wang Quan'an has signed to write and direct American Wall, a U.S.-set feature that will delve headlong into the current politically charged moment. Dubbed "a tale of greed, vengeance, sex and ambition," the film is set around Donald Trump's infamous U.S.-Mexico border wall. It will be Wang's first English-language film.
Upstart New York-based indie film company Lupi Pictures is producing the project, which is expected to go into production later this year in New York and Berlin.
- Patrick Brzeski
Marlon Wayans on Hollywood Diversity: ‘We Have to Do More’
Marlon Wayans has had a lengthy and successful career, including “Scary Movie” and the recent Netflix romantic comedy “Naked,” but he still feels that the industry has a ways to go regarding diversity. “I encourage people to write and create and produce, and not to sit around waiting on jobs,” he said. “We’ve got to create jobs. We have to do more. I don’t think diversity’s there yet — we’re far from it.” Wayans’ latest creation is the sitcom “Marlon,” based on his own life, which premieres tonight on NBC. The actor plays Marlon Williams, a divorced dad of two who. »
- Ryan Gajewski
Film Review: ‘Dave Made a Maze’
“Dave Made a Maze” is a whimsical fantasy about a dude who gets lost in a living-room labyrinth of his own making. Bill Watterson’s directorial debut is itself like an awesomely scaled home craft project. The idiosyncrasy and resourcefulness are impressive, even inspiring to a point. But at 80-odd minutes, the self-conscious novelty begins to seem stretched, enough so that you notice this clever conceit is never particularly funny or meaningful — just cute. Nonetheless, it’s just the kind of project that’s bound to accrue a cult following.
Dave (Nick Thune) is an artist plagued by creative block. When his girlfriend, Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), leaves for the weekend, he devises a wee craft project to get the juices flowing. Upon her return, Annie is nonplussed to discover the results occupying their entire apartment living room: Dave has built a cardboard maze, and while he responds cheerfully to her greeting and sounds just inches away »
- Dennis Harvey
‘Logan Lucky’ Review: Steven Soderbergh Returns With Well-Oiled Heist Flick
The biscuits-and-grits comic caper “Logan Lucky” is Steven Soderbergh’s return to movies after a self-imposed retirement from feature directing that no one really believed he would adhere to — especially considering how well-received his TV forays were during that time. (They included the strange and gaudy “Behind the Candelabra” for HBO and the evocative, period-immersive Cinemax series “The Knick.”) Like the proverbial top-drawer safecracker drawn by the lure of a juices-invigorating job, the “Ocean’s” movies’ steward has given first-time screenwriter Rebecca Blunt’s race-car robbery romp his undivided attention, and produced a precision-timed entertainment that, if not among his best efforts, »
- Robert Abele
Alicia Vikander’s ‘Tulip Fever’ Moved Back to Quiet Labor Day Weekend
TWC shifted the release Wednesday back a week from Aug. 25 to the Labor Day weekend, when it will be the only film opening in wide release. The original release date was scheduled for July 15, 2016.
The story is set in 17th century Amsterdam, with »
- Dave McNary
Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family Museum
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco
The award honors those who have made an outstanding impact in arts, education, community involvement, and technological advancement.
“I’m honored to be receiving the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award. Diane was an incredible person and an incredible champion of her father’s legacy,” Lasseter said. “The Walt Disney Family Museum is such an inspiring place for me, and I think for anyone who’s ever seen one of Walt’s movies, or visited one of his theme parks. I was proud to call Diane my friend and I’m very proud to be receiving this recognition in her name.”
Lasseter is a pioneer of computer animation and a driving »
- Terry Flores
Talent Manager Michael Einfeld to Close La Office After Nsfw Email Scandal (Exclusive)
Talent manager Michael Einfeld is shuttering his Los Angeles office in the wake of the public disclosure of emails in which he called a female assistant an “uppity selfish c—,” TheWrap has learned. Einfeld has let go his four staffers at Me Management, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. He has also parted ways with the vast majority of his roughly 50 clients, including Heather Tom (“The Nanny,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Paul Iacono (“Girls”). The instant social media frenzy — and stream of death threats — have made it impossible for the company to continue operations. At. »
- Matt Donnelly
Spotify Purges Violent, Hate-Inspired Music From Its Service Amid Charlottesville Fallout
Sorry, white supremacists; you’ll have to look somewhere other than Spotify for the playlist to your next dance party. A spokesperson for Spotify told TheWrap on Wednesday that the streaming service is taking action to remove music that “favors hatred” from its catalog. “The music in our catalog comes from hundreds of thousands of record companies and aggregators all over the world, and those are at first hand responsible for the content they deliver,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Illegal content or material that favors hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like is not tolerated by. »
- Tim Kenneally
Damien Chazelle Joins Twitter to Slam "Loathsome" President Trump, Call For Impeachment
Twitter gained a new user on Wednesday in the form of Oscar-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle, who made it immediately clear why he opened a new account: to challenge President Donald Trump, eventually calling for his impeachment.
The 32-year--old fired off a series of 10 tweets straight out of the gate, showing that while he may be new to the game, he knows how to string together a statement using 140 characters or less. "Decided to join Twitter because I feel a responsibility to add my voice to the chorus," Chazelle tweeted from his new @DSChazelle. "The Trump administration »
- Chris Gardner
Fox News Host Eboni K. Williams on Receiving Death Threats After Segment Criticizing Trump
The co-host addressed Trump on Monday in her “Eboni’s Docket” segment, which she writes herself, berating him for failing to specify white nationalist groups in his condemnation of the violence that occurred at Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. She told Variety in an interview on Wednesday that her personal website, which usually receives an average of 10-15 emails after each segment, was inundated with over 150 emails, only three of which were anything other than “seething, scathing” takedowns.
“I should meet my maker soon, I shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets of New York,” she cited as some examples of the type of comments she received. “They heard that I live in Harlem — Harlem needs to watch out.” Her book publisher became so concerned that he asked her »
- Erin Nyren
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