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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri Join 'Million Little Pieces' Movie

Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri Join 'Million Little Pieces' Movie
Billy Bob Thornton, Blade Runner 2049 actress Carla Juri and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the adaptation of A Million Little Pieces.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, is behind the camera for the adaptation of the James Frey best-seller that is being financed by Brad Weston’s Makeready Films.

Weston is producing along with The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.

The book was for years set up at Warner Bros., but the Taylor-Johnson husband-and-wife team extricated it. Million Little Pieces became controversial after Frey was exposed for inventing or embellishing...
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Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’

Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’
Colson Baker, known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, has been tapped to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s adaptation of the band’s biography “The Dirt.”

Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the “Jackass” movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing, while Chris Nilsson, Steve Kline, and Rick Yorn are exec producing. Members of Motley Crue are co-producing.

Based on the 2001 autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band,” the movie follows the group’s rise during the ’80s “hair band” rock scene on the Sunset Strip and pulls no punches as it dives into the band’s highs and lows along the way. Motley Crue played its final concert on New Year’s Eve in 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The band was formed in L.A. and released
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was initially reported that Jones decided to step away from the project because of unwanted advances from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut

‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed; No Zack Snyder Cut
Fans clamoring to see the non-existent Zack Snyder cut of Justice League will be bummed to discover that Snyder’s iteration of the film, which almost certainly was never finalized, is not included on the home video release. Indeed, the Justice League Blu-ray details include a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes, but really nothing substantial to speak of. Unsurprisingly there’s no director’s commentary, no extended cut, and only a single deleted scene: “The Return of Superman.” While it’s true that Zack Snyder traditionally creates director’s extended cuts of his films—and the extended …
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Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)

Stanley Tucci Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’ (Exclusive)
Stanley Tucci has enlisted in “A Private War,” the upcoming movie about famed war correspondent Marie Colvin, Variety has learned. He joins Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), and Tom Hollander (“The Night Manager”) in the picture. Pike plays Colvin, and Dornan photographer Paul Conroy.

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the film follows the exploits of American-born Brit Colvin, who was tragically killed in Homs, Syria, in 2011. It takes in her fearless work in war-torn locales including Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, which are juxtaposed with her home life back in London.

“A Private War” is BAFTA, DGA and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s first narrative project after helming feature documentaries including “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) penned the script.

Little is yet known about Tucci’s character in the film, but he will figure in the London part of the project
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance

'Handmaid's Tale' Actress Ann Dowd Has 5 Films at Sundance
The Handmaid's Tale Emmy winner Ann Dowd is appearing in a quintet of world premieres, all shot in the past 11 months — from horror (Ari Aster's Hereditary) to crime thriller (Bart Layton's American Animals) to drama (Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Christina Choe's Nancy, Sebastian Silva's Tyrel).

"I have a wonderful manager and agent, Marsha McManus and Gary Gersh, who were so generous in trying to work the schedules...
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87

Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87
Bradford Dillman, who starred with Dean Stockwell in the taut 1959 crime drama Compulsion and portrayed Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, has died. He was 87.

Dillman died Tuesday in Santa Barbara due to complications from pneumonia, family spokesman Ted Gekis announced.

The lanky, dark-haired Dillman also played Robert Redford's best friend J.J. in The Way We Were (1973), and his daughter Pamela said that it was this movie that "perfectly captured the essence" of her father, particularly during the scene on a boat when the actors reminisce about their lives and best moments.

Dillman...
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Film News Roundup: Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, Charlie Hunnam Join ‘A Million Little Pieces’ Movie

Film News Roundup: Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, Charlie Hunnam Join ‘A Million Little Pieces’ Movie
In today’s film news roundup, Billy Bob Thornton signs up for “A Million Little Pieces,” “The Bricklayer” moves forward, and Greenwich Entertainment finds its first release.

Castings

Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Giovanni Ribisi in the detox drama “A Million Little Pieces.”

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing for Brad Weston’s Makeready. Makeready’s Pam Abdy is producing with the Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.

Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who are married, adapted the script from James Frey’s 2003 book “A Million Little Pieces.” Though the novel was promoted as a memoir, it was later discovered that many of the events described in the book never happened.

Makeready will fully finance the film. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and plans to take the project to Berlin.

Thornton is repped by Wme and Media Talent Group; Juri by UTA, Independent Talent Group and [link
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Netflix snaps up 'Sierra Burgess Is A Loser'

Cyrano de Bergerac retelling to debut on streaming platform this year.

Netflix has pounced on Black Label Media’s high school rom-com Sierra Burgess Is A Loser starring Shannon Purser from Stranger Things.

Ian Samuels makes his feature directorial debut on the Cyrano de Bergerac retelling from a screenplay by Lindsay Beer. The story follows an intelligent teenager who falls into a romantic entanglement over mistaken identity and must team up with the popular girl to win her crush.

Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck and Lea Thompson star.

Black Label Media produced and fully financed Sierra Burgess Is A Loser and Black Label’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill serve as producers

Netflix will debut the film on its streaming platform this year and brokered the deal with Endeavor Content.

Black Label Media’s credits include Sicario, 71, The Good Lie, Rebel In The Rye and Begin Again, and it served
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Luke Kleintank Joins ‘The Goldfinch’

Luke Kleintank Joins ‘The Goldfinch’
Luke Kleintank is set to join the ensemble in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ movie adaptation of “The Goldfinch.”

Ansel Elgort will portray Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard is Boris in the film from director John Crowley. Kleintank will play Platt Barbour, the older brother of Theo’s friend Andy.

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Goldfinch” follows a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.

Earlier this year, Amazon Studios agreed to co-finance the film, which will go into production at the beginning of 2018. As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be in the $40 million range, according to insiders
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Wes Ball, Gotham Group Developing Suburban Horror Film ‘The Chrysalis’

Wes Ball, Gotham Group Developing Suburban Horror Film ‘The Chrysalis’
Wes Ball’s Oddball Productions and the Gotham Group are teaming up on a movie project based on Brendan Deneen’s horror novel “The Chrysalis.”

The novel centers on a twentysomething couple who are forced out of New York City and buy an old house in the suburbs, where the husband gets a big-bucks corporate job and the pregnant wife opens a small gym catering to moms-to-be. They make friends despite their worries about becoming boring suburbanites. But they also discover something growing in the basement, which begins to slowly destroy their lives.

The novel, which will be published in September, is described as “The Shining” meets “Alien.” Deneen has written “The Ninth Circle,” “Mortimer The Lazy Bird” and a variety of “Flash Gordon” titles.

No decision has been made on cast or a director.

Ball and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein have teamed on each installment of the “Maze Runner” franchise, based on the
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‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Artist’ Best Picture Oscars Currently Missing From the Weinstein Company’s Offices — Report

‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Artist’ Best Picture Oscars Currently Missing From the Weinstein Company’s Offices — Report
A new Vanity Fair feature on Harvey Weinstein’s October panic right before investigations guillotined his career includes an engrossing footnote: The Best Picture Oscars won by “The Kings Speech” (2011) and “The Artist” (2012) have reportedly gone missing from the Weinstein Company (TWC)’s Manhattan offices. TWC has not yet responded to IndieWire’s requests for comment. Weinstein produced three additional Best Picture winners (“The English Patient,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Chicago”).

Read More:The Weinstein Company Is Close to Being Sold for Less Than $500 Million

Weinstein was fired from the mini-major studio he co-founded with his brother, Bob, on October 8, three days after the New York Times published details about eight sexual harassment lawsuits he had settled. The ousting also arrived two days before a New Yorker exposé detailed more allegations against the producer, including three rapes. Several dozen women have now made claims against Weinstein, whose past is now being
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Disney-Pixar Hires New Screenwriter for ‘Toy Story 4’

Disney-Pixar has hired Stephany Folsom as the screenwriter on “Toy Story 4,” which is set for release on June 21, 2019.

Folsom is filling the slot left vacant by Rashida Jones and writing partner Will McCormack in November. Jones denied a published report that she had left over an unwanted advance from Pixar and Disney animation chief John Lasseter and said instead they left over “philosophical differences,” and asserted that their exit was over the fact that they believed women and people of color did not have “an equal creative voice” at Pixar.

Lasseter was originally the co-director of “Toy Story 4,” but stepped down in July, with Josh Cooley taking over as the sole director.

Folsom made the Black List with the script “1969: A Space Odyssey Or: How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On The Moon” about a publicist who convinces filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to work with Nasa in order to fake the
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The Full-Length ‘Super Troopers 2’ Trailer is Chock-Full of Shenanigans

Get ready to chug a whole lot of maple syrup, because the Super Troopers are back and they're headed to Canada. Seventeen years after Super Troopers unleashed full-force goofiness and the Meow game on the world, the gang is back together for even more shenanigans in Super Troopers 2. We got a glimpse at the sequel in the red-band teaser, but Focus Features has released the official full-length trailer and it's got all the foul-mouthed silliness you could hope for in a Broken Lizard film. The sequel reunites the whole squad; Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), …
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Morgan Neville On His Mister Rogers Sundance Docu, New Netflix Series & Civility

Morgan Neville On His Mister Rogers Sundance Docu, New Netflix Series & Civility
"I'll tell you, when I started documentaries were the spinach of filmmaking, and now they're the cool kids," Morgan Neville said on the eve of his latest Sundance Film Festival debut Won't You Be My Neighbor? "The kind of freedom we have as filmmakers now, whether in terms of getting funding or just distribution, has just made it night and day from where it was even 10 years ago," the Oscar winner adds. A longtime veteran of the Robert Redford-founded fest, Neville will…
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