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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
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, Teaser
While the eyes of the country are on Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, “House of Cards” announced the date for yet another transition of power: the premiere of Season 5.
With a post on Twitter, the Netflix drama revealed that the DC-set drama will return May 30. The date was revealed at the end of a somber recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and the ominous message “We make the terror.” Netflix has also released the same teaser on YouTube, which you can watch above.
We make the terror. pic.twitter.com/VpChwGOSMj
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017
The line is a recall of the quote from the season finale, when president Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) said, “We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror.” His wife, Claire (Robin Wright), subsequently broke the fourth wall for the first time. The two have been each other’s strongest allies, but »
- Debra Birnbaum
TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ Gets a Premiere Date
Amazon original “I Love Dick” will premiere on Friday, May 12 on Amazon. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Griffin Dunne plays Chris’ husband, and Kevin Bacon as the eponymous Dick, an enigmatic, macho scholar. The series, from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is also getting a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23.
TV Land has cast actor and social media celebrity Ray Diaz as a series regular on the second season of “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez. Diaz will make his debut in the first episode of the new season as Hector, a friend from Manolo’s (Anthony Campos) past, who »
- Will Thorne
How Trump’s ‘Designated Survivor’ Fooled Everybody
President Donald Trump had a “designated survivor” during his inauguration, and he totally gave everyone the slip. A few hours after Trump was sworn in, the truth came out. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch took the role of designated survivor for the inauguration. If the worst had happened, he might have become the 46th President of the United States. Members of the House of Representatives, Senate and Judiciary often attend events like the Presidential Inauguration or State of the Union Address. And lots of government officials in one location brings with it the awful possibility of a disaster or attack that could wipe out the. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Kellyanne Conway’s Outfit Mocked: ‘This Is What Happens When the Gays Won’t Dress You’
The inauguration of a new president is certainly supposed to be a patriotic day, however Donald Trump’s White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took the theme to the extreme with her red, white and blue outfit Friday. On such a serious day when the swearing in of the new Potus sparked protests and riots across the country, Conway’s far-out fashion, at least, provided a source of light entertainment on social media. While her Gucci A-line wool coat with cat-head buttons (retailing at $3,600 on Gucci.com) could have looked stylish alone — or perhaps worn on a less official occasion — when paired with a red. »
- Debbie Emery
Remote Controlled: Dan Stevens on ‘Legion’ Weirdness, ‘Bachelor’ Nick Viall Pleads Patience for Corinne
Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
This week’s episode features Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and senior TV reporter Daniel Holloway in conversation with “Legion” star Dan Stevens about the show’s psychedelic take on the superhero genre — and its differences from his previous TV gig, “Downton Abbey.”
“Remarkably similar,” Stevens joked when asked how the two shows stack up against one another. He added, “They’re fundamentally different things. Although I am in a wheelchair in one of the early episodes.”
Stevens, who played charming aristocrat Matthew Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” stars on FX’s “Legion” as David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who learns that what he’s been told his whole adult life are delusions are instead manifestations of a mutant superpower. The series, based on Marvel’s “X-Men” comic books, is »
- Daniel Holloway
The Orchard and CNN Films Acquire Domestic Rights to ‘Trophy’
The Orchard and CNN Films announced that they have joined forces to acquire North American rights to Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau’s documentary “Trophy.” “Trophy” is produced by Lauren Haber and Julia Nottingham of Pulse Films. The Orchard will handle all North American rights except broadcast, which will be acquired by CNN. A studio is closing international rights to the film. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? A startling exploration of the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation, “Trophy” screens at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Documentary Competition. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Supergirl’ Doc About Pre-Teen Powerlifter Picked Up by FilmRise
FilmRisehas acquired worldwide rights to director Jessie Auritt’s feature documentary “Supergirl,” the film and TV distributor announced Friday. The film, which screens Saturday at Slamdance Film Festival, follows an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen named Naomi Kutin, who at age nine broke world records in powerlifting and became an international phenomenon. As she fights to hold onto her title, Kutin navigates the perils of adolescence — from religious obligations to cyber-bullying and health issues, which could jeopardize her future in powerlifting. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? “Supergirl” will make its broadcast debut on »
- Thom Geier
Broad Green Pulls Buena Vista Social Club Doc From Sundance
Oscar nominee Lucy Walker’s forthcoming documentary about revolutionary musicians in Cuba has been abruptly pulled from the Sundance lineup. The untitled project was a pseudo-follow up to the hit Wim Wenders doc “Buena Vista Social Club” about the ensemble from 1999. Sundance officials announced the change early Friday morning, with the film’s distributor Broad Green following up with a statement about delayed post-production. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut Hold Up at Sundance? “We at Broad Green are disappointed that we will not be able to premiere this compelling documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, »
- Matt Donnelly
President Trump Initiates Standing Ovation for Hillary Clinton (Video)
After defeating Hillary Clinton in the election last November, now-President Trump he took a few moments during his inauguration day Friday to honor his former opponent. “I was very, very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton were coming today … and I’d like you to stand up,” Trump said at the inaugural luncheon. The room erupted with applause when Hillary rose and she can be seen saying, “Thank you,” as Trump himself clapped loudly with his hands above his head. Also Read: Donald Trump's Inaugural Address: 10 Most Memorable Lines “Honestly, there is nothing »
- Brian Flood
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’
“Split,” starring »
- Dave McNary
Sundance: Orchard, CNN Films Partner for Hunting Doc 'Trophy'
The big-game hunting doc Trophy has been acquired by CNN and The Orchard for North America.
CNN will handle the broadcast rights to the film, with all others going to Orchard, which has plans to release the film later this year on a minimum of 150 screens.
Trophy, which screened in the fest's U.S. documentary competition, is an in-depth look at the intersection of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation, with interviews from a Texas-based trophy hunter to the world’s largest private rhino breeder in South Africa.
Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau co-directed the documentary, which was produced by »
- Mia Galuppo
‘I Dream in Another Language’ (‘Sueno en Otro Idioma’): Film Review | Sundance 2017
As in Blue Eyelids and Dark Spring, the previous work of Mexico’s Contreras brothers -- director Ernesto and writer Carlos -- has mostly focused on unusual relationships. The more ambitious I Dream in Another Language also features an unusual relationship, the one between two elderly speakers of a dying tongue, but this time it’s embedded in a bigger, potentially fascinating issue: that of language death.
This tale of a young linguist seeking to keep a dying language alive is thought-provoking, visually compelling, and will hopefully help to raise awareness about this indirect form of cultural destruction. But its themes are »
- Jonathan Holland
Annapurna Launches Distribution Arm With Kathryn Bigelow Detroit Riots Movie
Marc Weinstock, who recently joined the company as president, will oversee the new division alongside marketing chief David Kaminow and Erik Lomis, the distribution president. Annapurna, which was founded by Megan Ellison in 2010, has specialized in adult dramas such as Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy,” “20th Century Women,” “Foxcatcher,” “American Hustle” and “Her.”
“Kathryn’s untitled Detroit project is exemplary of the type of films we will be distributing,” Weinstock said. “I couldn’t be more confident in the team we are establishing to distribute and market the film in a way that is as creative and masterful as her film is.”
- Dave McNary
On Inauguration Day, Sundance Film Festival Experiences Trump Aversion Syndrome
Park City — Hollywood is renowned for creating wormholes, matrices and parallel universes. In this mountain town turned cultural capital Friday, the out-of-towners are conjuring an alternative reality worthy of the industry’s biggest tentpoles.
It might be called “Trump Aversion Syndrome,” and it features thousands of outsiders determined, at least for the better part of one day, to shut out all news emanating from that locale alongside the Potomac River.
At least for those willing to talk about it at the Sundance Film Festival, Donald Trump is a regrettable, even loathsome, figure. Many are not sure his election was legitimate, due to allegations of Russian intervention and FBI dealings.
Many seemed loathe even to speak the Trump name.
“I’m not going to watch it. I don’t think a lot of people are going to watch it,” said one top Hollywood producer said before a meeting Friday morning. He added, »
- James Rainey
Trump’s Inauguration ‘Designated Survivor’ Revealed
Please don’t give Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch any grief for missing Donald Trump’s inauguration — he’s the new president’s designated survivor. And he tricked us all into thinking he wouldn’t be. ABC’s excellent new hit drama “Designated Survivor” has shined a light on a position that rarely received much attention in the past: that of the member of the presidential line of succession who is hidden away when a huge number of government officials are all in the same place. Hatch announced Friday that he was Trump’s answer to Kiefer Sutherland, who plays the »
- Phil Owen
'Icarus': Film Review | Sundance 2017
Playing like a gonzo Laura Poitras film, Jewtopia star and co-writer Bryan Fogel's first documentary pulls back the curtain on the man who was both the facilitator and whistle-blower of Russia's massive sports doping program. Having the good doctor front-and-center to reveal how he pulled off the staggering deception (just as two of his former colleagues happened to die “unexpectedly”) is the kind of major “get” that occasionally transforms a documentary into an event. But while Icarus technically doesn't break any news, it certainly scores many points by showing a diabolical wizard so surprisingly laying his secrets on »
- Todd McCarthy
Kathryn Bigelow's 'Untitled Detroit Project' To Be First Film Released Through Annapurna's New Marketing/Distribution Operation
Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming, untitled film about Detroit’s 1967 riots will become the first film released through Annapurna Picture’s new marketing and distribution operation when it hits theaters on Aug. 4.
Marc Weinstock, who recently joined the company as president, is overseeing the new division alongside president of marketing David Kaminow; president of distribution Erik Lomis; and their respective teams.
“Kathryn’s Untitled Detroit Project is exemplary of the type of films we will be distributing. I couldn’t be more confident in the team we are establishing to distribute and market the film in a way that is as creative and masterful »
- Gregg Kilday
TV Anchors Take Wary View of Trump Inauguration Speech
Speaking on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow said the address was “militant” and “dark,” while Charlie Rose, holding forth on CBS noted, “I thought this speech was call to arms rather than an appeal for unity.” Anchors speaking on Fox News Channel engaged in discussion pronounced the address “radical,” and then proceeded to parse out what the new President really meant. “It was a dark, even pessimistic view of where we are at the moment,” said John King on CNN.
Trump’s address was a short and fiery, and aimed to evoke the populist sentiment that carried him into office. “January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again,” Trump said, adding, “From this day forward, it »
- Brian Steinberg
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