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Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal on DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’ Shortlist (Exclusive)
Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal are on the shortlist of actors DC Entertainment is considering pursuing for the role of Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern Corps,” multiple people with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap. The casting process is still in the very early stages, and there are no talks with any of the actors as of yet. DC is considering whether Reynolds, who played Jordan in the 2011 film “Green Lantern,” should return to the role, an insider told TheWrap. His superhero stock soared last year when he starred in “Deadpool. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Weekend Premiere And Press Junket Cancelled Amid Video Controversy
Due to the swirling controversy over the now viral video of a German shepherd being forced into the water and later slipping under the water as a handler scrambles to save it on the set of A Dog’s Purpose, Universal has cancelled both the press junket and the weekend’s scheduled premiere of the film. A Dog’s Purpose, based on the best-selling book of the same name, goes wide into theaters on Jan. 27th. The move to keep the press at bay comes as those involved with the… »
‘Split’ Scares In Solid $2M; ‘Xander Cage’ Takes $1.2M In Previews – Friday Am Box Office
M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is off to an incredibly strong start, grabbing $2M in Thursday night previews in 2,295 theaters. Paramount Pictures/Revolution Studios’ xXx: Return of Xander Cage just logged in with $1.2M in 2,536 locales. It’s been a long time coming for fans of the xXx franchise — the last film in bowed in 2005 and did not star Diesel. This brings the actor back to the franchise after 14 years. One of xXx‘s comps is the 2012 film Looper which grossed $6.8M on… »
Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings
While last weekend's new releases failed to energize the box office, two of this week's new titles will top the weekend chart. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, Split, and the return of Vin Diesel in the title role of xXx: Return of Xander Cage are both looking to score $20+ million openings while Hidden Figures and La La Land look to continue to capture audience attention amid their already-strong domestic runs. Additionally, this weekend features the release of The Founder into just over one thousand theaters and High Top releasing brings The Resurrection of Gavin Stone into 887 theaters as it hopes to attract the attention of the faith-based audience. At the top of the weekend box office expect to find M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Shyamalan's career has featured plenty of ups and downs, but following the performance of The Visit in 2015 and the solid early reviews for Split, we »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Berlin Festival Rounds Out Lineup With Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve Titles
The Berlin International Film Festival on Friday finalized its competition lineup of films that will compete for this year's Gold and Silver Bears.
The competition title added is Hao ji le (Have a Nice Day) by Liu Jian (Piercing I). Out of competition slots went to ythe world premieres of Stanley Tucci and Catherine Deneuve titles. Final Portrait, directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner and Sylvie Testud, and Sage femme (Midwife) by Martin Provost (Violette), starring Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve and Olivier Gourmet. »
- Scott Roxborough,Georg Szalai
Jesse Plemons Joins Jason Bateman in New Line Comedy ‘Game Night’ (Exclusive)
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley — the directing duo behind the 2015 comedy “Vacation” — will helm the movie with Bateman producing alongside James Garavente for Aggregate Films. John Davis and John Fox will produce for Davis Entertainment. Goldstein and Daley also wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.
“Game Night” follows several couples who gather for their regularly-planned game night when something goes terribly wrong. Max Perez wrote the original draft.
Production is expected to start sometime in the first quarter.
Plemons has “The Discovery” premiering at this »
- Justin Kroll
‘Bad Day For the Cut’ Trailer: Revenge Has an Irish Accent
Much like how the Sundance Film Festival itself helps set the stage for every other film festival in the year that follows, the fest’s Midnight category helps to gauge what we can expect from independent genre cinema over the next twelve months or so. While I’m not attending Sundance (our own Peter Sciretta, Angie Han, […]
The post ‘Bad Day For the Cut’ Trailer: Revenge Has an Irish Accent appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
‘Icarus’ is an Alarming Look at Russia’s Secret Doping Operation — Sundance Review
“Icarus” starts out as one kind of movie, and then becomes a much better one. At first, director Bryan Fogel seems intent on making the sporting world’s answer to “Super Size Me,” by subjecting himself to performance-enhancing drugs to see if he can avoid detection. But then he stumbles into shocking revelations about Russia’s massive doping conspiracy and the scenario gets dark, gripping, and altogether more important.
The jarring shift doesn’t quite rescue the movie from uneven storytelling and murky research, but “Icarus” undoubtedly succeeds at emphasizing the shocking nature of Russia’s cover-up — and the dangerous reverberations it has for a key whistleblower.
That would be Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the antidoping laboratory chief who eventually fled to the United States and leaked information about Russia’s tactics for burying its athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs to a group of New York Times reporters in early 2016. Fogel »
- Eric Kohn
Michael Fassbender Brings Charisma To The Eccentric Crime Dramedy ‘Trespass Against Us’ [Review]
In the centerpiece scene of the eccentric UK crime dramedy “Trespass Against Us,” the cocky son of an unlikely mastermind leads his gang on their biggest smash-and-grab yet: driving through the ceiling-to-floor-length front windows of a country estate, and then driving off again with millions of dollars worth of art and antiques. Michael Fassbender plays the heist’s point-man, Chad Cutler, who reluctantly takes the assignment from his dad and boss, Colby (Brendan Gleeson), yet comes to life when he’s behind the wheel of the getaway car, leading the cops on a chase through narrow streets and bumpy fields.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sundance: Park City Will Be “Under Siege” For Women’s March With Huge Crowd Expected
The storm that was predicted to hit on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival never arrived. But Park City is about to get swarmed by Saturday's Women's March On Main. "We are going to be under siege in terms of people on the street and coming into town," a local official told Deadline today of the thousands expected for tomorrow morning’s planned protest march. "We've had parades before but nothing like this — Main Street and Sundance are going to come to a… »
Slamdance Docu ‘Supergirl’ Sells To FilmRise
Even the Slamdance slate is getting preemptive deals. FilmRise acquired worldwide rights to Supergirl before its Slamdance debut tomorrow. The Jessie Auritt-directed pic explores the extraordinary life of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, who at the age of nine broke world records in powerlifting and became an international phenomenon. The coming-of-age docu tracks the youth as she fights to hold on to her title, along with the distraction of adolescence… »
‘Split’: M. Night Shyamalan Explains the Thriller’s Shocking Twist Ending
M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller “Split” follows James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with 23 discrete personalities, all different and dangerous with agendas of their own. The story follows him as he kidnaps three teenage girls and holds them hostage in his basement. The girls soon begin to meet each personality, with the final persona being the most terrifying of them all.
The film looks to be Shyamalan’s big return after a string of disappointments like “The Happening” and “After Earth.” “Split” has critics excited, with some, like io9, saying that the film has the “best twist since ‘The Sixth Sense.'” The website spoke with the director about the shocking ending, that may surprise and excite many M. Night fans.
Readers beware, if you have not seen “Split,” turn away.
[Editor’s Note: Major spoilers for “Split” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]
In “Split, »
- Liz Calvario
Tim Story Will Direct the ‘Shaft’ Reboot, Can You Dig It?
It’s been well over a year since we heard anything about the new version of Shaft that New Line has been cooking up with screenwriters Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, but now we know that Tim Story will be sitting the director’s chair. Deadline has the news about Tim Story being hired as the Shaft reboot director, which […]
- Jacob Hall
ABC TV’s Ben Sherwood Updates Status Of Live Action ‘Star Wars’ TV Series
Last summer, “Star Wars” fans freaked when at the Television Critics Association August event, network president Channing Dungey said that “hush, hush” “conversations” were happening with Lucasfilm about a potential live action series that would take place in a galaxy far, far away. Would George Lucas‘ scrapped “Star Wars: Underworld” get revived? Would the show connect with the main saga?
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Cortez’ Exclusive Trailer: Slamdance Film Follows Musician Who Seeks Out an Old Flame in New Mexico
The Slamdance Film Festival begins today and runs through January 26 and features a host of independent feature films from emerging filmmakers. One of the films premiering is “Cortez,” about a musician who seeks out an old flame after his life spirals out of control. When his new album tanks and low ticket sales cancel half his tour dates, self-involved musician Jesse (Arron Shiver) begins to lose control, so in an act of self-preservation, he decides to seek out his old girlfriend (Cheryl Nichols) living in New Mexico. They slowly begin to rekindle the flame, but soon Jesse learns that Anne has been hiding a secret from him that will permanently alter the course of his life. The film co-stars Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”), Judith Ivey (“The Devil’s Advocate”) and Drago Sumonja (“Black Wedding”). Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
Read More: Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2017 Lineup: ‘Aerotropolis,’ ‘The »
- Vikram Murthi
Sundance: The Orchard, CNN team up on 'Trophy'
The Orchard will handle all North American distribution excluding broadcast and plans a theatrical release later this year on a minimum of 150 screens.
CNN will air the documentary later this year. It is understood a studio international deal is in the works.
Lauren Haber and Pulse Films’ Julia Nottingham produced the film about the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation. Production companies include Reel Peak Films and Impact Partners.
The Orchard’s vice-president of acquisitions Danielle Digiacomo and CNN Films vice-president for business affairs Stacey Wolf and CNN Films vice-president for content development Courtney Sexton brokered the deal.
Michael Showalter’s Second Act: How the ‘The Big Sick’ Filmmaker Reinvented His Career — Sundance 2017
It took 25 years of working in film and TV, but comedian Michael Showalter has landed what could be his career-defining role: indie filmmaker.
Showalter’s third feature as a director, “The Big Sick,” is one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.
Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry (Hunter and »
- Graham Winfrey
The Orchard and CNN Acquire Documentary ‘Trophy’ — Sundance 2017
The Orchard and CNN Films have acquired the North American rights to the Sundance entry “Trophy,” directed by Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau. The Orchard is taking all North American rights except broadcast, which will be handled by CNN. A studio is in the process of negotiating international rights to the film.
“Trophy” is a “startling exploration of the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation,” and will be released this year on at least 150 screens, according to The Orchard. The film looks at endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions, and investigates the industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation to ask the question: What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? »
- Graham Winfrey
Alexandra Shipp Negotiating For Lead Role In Fox 2000’s ‘Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’
Exclusive: The popular Ya novel Simon v. The Homosapiens Agenda is one step closer to becoming a film. Alexandra Shipp, who starred as Storm in Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse and will be reprising her role in the next installment of the franchise, is in negotiations for the Fox 2000 film. The actress who is becoming a go-to for the studio would be taking on a lead role. Fox acquired the popular Ya novel in October for The Fault in Our Stars filmmakers Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen… »
M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ to Twist Past Vin Diesel’s ‘xXx’ at Weekend Box Office
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has separated from its rivals, and is on its way toward a surprisingly strong $28 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Vin Diesel’s launch of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” is heading for a second-place finish with about $20 million at 3,651 sites while the historical drama “Hidden Figures” continues its solid performance in third with $16 million. Michael Keaton’s biopic “The Founder” is showing little traction with a modest $3 million to $4 million weekend at 1,115 locations.
“Split” is outperforming recent expectations, which had been at around $20 million at 3,037 sites earlier this week. Early grosses point to a $12 million $14 million opening day with Thursday night previews of $2 million, while “Xander Cage” heads for a $7 million to $9 million opening day. Some early estimates project that “Split” will hit as much as $35 million during the weekend.
Film Review: ‘Split’
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- Dave McNary
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