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‘Wonder Woman’ London Premiere Called Off in Wake of Manchester Bombing
“Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK,” the studio said in a statement. “In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the Wonder Woman premiere and junket activities in London.”
“Wonder Woman” will have its U.S. premiere Thursday in Los Angeles.
Monday’s terrorist bombing left 22 people dead, and dozens more wounded. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Woody Harrelson’s ‘LBJ’ to Hit Theaters in November
- Thom Geier
First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details
The cautious curtain raising for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continues this week as Vanity Fair reveals more from their latest issue dedicated to the upcoming blockbuster. And some fresh details have spilled about a couple of a new characters joining the ranks of the franchise.
Most significantly, it’s been revealed that Benicio Del Toro will be playing the enigmatically named DJ (which I’m sure is short for a much longer, more spoilery name), who plays an “unscrupulous drifter,” which the galaxy seems to be filled with.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Russian Director Detained in $3.5M Fraud Probe
Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov has been detained after state investigators and security forces raided his Moscow theater, the Gogol Center.
Serebrennikov, whose The Student won the Francois Chalais award in Cannes last year after competing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, was arrested at his Moscow home Tuesday following the raid on the theater during a rehearsal for a performance of Nikolai Gogol's satire Dead Souls.
Around 50 actors and members of theater staff were held, and their mobile telephones confiscated during the raid, which investigators say is linked to a probe into suspected fraud between 2011 and 2014 of 200 million »
- Nick Holdsworth
‘Clerks’ Actress Lisa Spoonauer Dies at 44
Lisa Spoonauer, who played Caitlin Bree in the 1994 film “Clerks,” has died, the film’s director Kevin Smith said Tuesday. She was 44. “Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away,” Smith wrote. “In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she’d play in my life.” Smith went on to recall how, after a night of open auditions, he failed to find the “perfect Caitlin Bree,” so he dropped in at an acting class at Brookdale Community College to scout for talent. Also Read: Roger Moore, Star of. »
- Tim Kenneally
Sam Claflin to Replace Miles Teller in STX Thriller ‘Adrift’ (Exclusive)
Teller dropped out two weeks ago over scheduling conflicts, multiple individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap. Actor Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games, “Me Before You”) is in close talks to replace him as Woodley’s co-star in the survival tale. »
- Matt Donnelly
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Sailing for $80 Million Launch, ‘Baywatch’ at $40 Million
Forecasts place the fifth iteration of Disney’s “Pirates” franchise at about $80 million at 4,276 North American locations during the Friday-Monday weekend. The international launch — which begins Wednesday — should deliver between $150 million and $175 million.
“Dead Men Tell No Tales” is only the third wide release film in 2017 for Disney, which has so far seen blockbuster results from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with a combined $1.8 billion in global box office so far. The estimated budget for “Dead Men” is $230 million, so Disney needs to see the same kind of ticket sales.
‘Baywatch’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Dominate Social Media Buzz
Paramount’s “Baywatch” is tracking for an opening at around $40 million at about 3,500 domestic »
- Dave McNary
Elizabeth Banks’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Gets Summer 2019 Release Date
Sony Pictures has slated Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” reboot for a June 7, 2019, release. The studio has also dated “The Nightingale” for Aug. 10, 2018, and an untitled Sony Animation film for July 24, 2020.
Banks will also produce via her Universal-based Brownstone Productions with her husband and producing partner, Max Handelman.
“Charlie’s Angels” premiered in 1976 on ABC and lasted five seasons, with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith portraying private detectives working for a benefactor named Charlie. Cheryl Ladd replaced Fawcett, with Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts joining the show in later years.
- Justin Kroll
Bona Film Group Stakes $80M On Roland Emmerich/Mark Gordon WWII Battle Pic ‘Midway:’ Cannes
Exclusive: In the biggest deal made at this Cannes Film Festival, Bona Film Group has closed a deal near $80 million to lead the investment on director Roland Emmerich's next feature Midway, based on the seminal WWII battle, for The Mark Gordon Company. The Chinese company has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding the U.S., and Bona will release the film in China. Wes Tooke wrote the script, and Bona's Yu Dong will produce with Emmerich, Mgc's Mark Gordon and… »
‘Baywatch’ Critical Roundup
The reviews are in for “Baywatch,” which opens in theaters this Thursday, May 25. Seth Gordon’s feature film remake of the iconic ’90s series about a group of very hot lifeguards stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as devoted rescuer Mitch Buchannon (the role played by David Hasselhoff in the original series), who has a really hard time with a reckless new recruit named Matt Brody (Zac Efron). Priyanka Chopra co-stars as the villainous vixen, Victoria Leeds, Alexandra Daddario is Summer, Ilfenesh Hadera is Stephanie and Kelly Rohrbach takes on the role of C.J. Parker (originally played by Pamela Anderson).
In her B- review for the film for IndieWire, Judy Dry describes it as “a splashy summer hit full of dick jokes,” adding that “something about the blow-up floaties, the water rescues, and the red suits just screams summer blockbuster. »
- Yoselin Acevedo
'Baby Driver' Actress Eiza Gonzalez Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Drama (Exclusive)
The untitled feature is based on Jeff Malmberg's 2010 doc Marwencol, which followed a man who builds a miniature WWII-era village with action figures and dolls as a way to recover from a violent assault. The studio is describing the project as “one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human »
- Borys Kit
‘Wonder’ Gets Emotional First Trailer With Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts
The film, based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name written by R.J. Palacio, shares the story of a young boy struggling to overcome facial differences.
Roberts and Wilson play the protective parents of August “Auggie” Pullman (Tremblay), a fifth grader who is starting school for the first time. By the time he’s 10, Auggie has had 27 surgeries to help him breathe, see, and hear without a hearing aid — but none have made him look like the other kids, he explains in the trailer.
As Auggie learns to navigate school, he is faced with both bullies and friends. Auggie becomes an unlikely hero as his journey teaches his family, classmates, and community about compassion, acceptance, and inner beauty — and retains a sense of humor.
“It takes a lot of work to look this good, »
- Rebecca Rubin
Joseph Kosinski the Frontrunner to Direct Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun 2’
The idea of a Top Gun 2 has been floating around Hollywood for nearly a decade. It flew through a rough patch of air following the 2012 suicide of original Top Gun director Tony Scott, but a couple of years later, Paramount and producer Jerry Bruckheimer hired The Jungle Book writer Justin Marks to rewrite the script. Star Tom Cruise […]
- Ben Pearson
Director Chad Stahelski Talks ‘John Wick 3,’ Promises More Cool Reveals Over Big Budget Setpieces
When it comes to sequels, there’s always a balance between taking the big studio check and running with it, expanding the scope and size of the franchise, or being considered in how the world of the series is expanded. This winter’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” had the right touch of opening up the underground universe of assassins that we glimpsed in the original, and allowing the story to include more international locations, but never to the point of obscuring the film’s most important focus: John Wick.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Annapurna To Jump Start France, Italy, Japan Output Deals With ‘Detroit’ – Cannes
Expanding its international distribution network, Annapurna has inked new output deals with Longride, Mars Distribution, and Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group in select territories. The multi-year partnerships will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit which releases domestically on August 4. Longride and Mars will handle the Japanese and French markets, respectively. Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group are teaming for Italy. Each of the new pacts will cover… »
‘Teen Wolf’ Star Tyler Posey, Violett Beane & More Are Game For ‘Truth Or Dare’ From Blumhouse
Exclusive: Tyler Posey and The Flash‘s Violett Beane are set for Blumhouse’s upcoming horror thriller Truth Or Dare along with Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto, and Sophia Taylor Ali rounding out the cast that already includes previously announced headliner Lucy Hale. Jeff Wadlow is at the helm of the pic, which is scheduled to go before cameras next month. The film centers on a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare… »
What we learned from Vanity Fair's Star Wars: The Last Jedi issue
The magazine’s latest issue offers an in-depth look at the highly anticipated sequel. From Leia’s role to the remote planet of Ahch-To, here’s what it revealed
The closer we get to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, the more Jj Abrams’ achievement on The Force Awakens begins to crystallize. That cliffhanging final scene – with Daisy Ridley’s Rey reaching out to a mute, disbelieving Luke Skywalker on the remote planet of Ahch-To – left Rian Johnson with the perfect platform to go deeper into the new Star Wars galaxy in part two. Vanity Fair’s latest issue offers an in-depth look at the highly-anticipated sequel to Abrams’ blockbuster megalith. Here are six takeaways from the magazine’s extensive behind-the-scenes view.
Related: 40 years of Star Wars – why the blockbuster saga is the greatest soap opera in the galaxy
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- Ben Child
‘Top Gun 2’ Zeroing in on Joseph Kosinski to Direct Tom Cruise
Cruise might reunite with his ‘Oblivion’ helmer for the long-awaited sequel. »
- Matt Goldberg
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Signs Distribution Deals for Japan, France, Italy
The film, Annapurna’s inaugural release under its new marketing and distribution arm, will launch in the U.S. on Aug. 4. Longride and Mars will be handling the Japanese and French markets, respectively, with Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group teaming for Italy.
Each of the new deals will cover both theatrical and home entertainment for “Detroit” as well as all subsequent Annapurna film titles in the respective territories. Earlier this week, Annapurna announced a partnership with distributor eOne covering Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
The deals were unveiled during the Cannes Film Festival. Annapurna revealed last week that it had joined Amazon Studios for »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: ‘John Wick 3’: Chad Stahelski on When They Hope to Start Filming and More
The ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ helmer also talks about where they are in the pre-production process, taking a closer look at Wick's world, and if he’ll return to direct. »
- Matt Goldberg
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