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Arrival Screenwriter Developing AMC Sci-Fi Series
One of the most acclaimed films of 2016 came from the fusion of the prose fiction of Ted Chiang and the screenwriting talents of Eric Heisserer, and AMC is looking to capture that magical brew once again. Heisserer, who adapted Chiang’s 1998 piece Story of Your Life to create the Denis Villeneuve-directed Arrival, announced during a Vulture panel at San Diego Comic-Con that he’s tackling another Chiang tale as a sci-fi-tinged prestige drama. The source story is called Liking What You See: A Documentary, and it has an idiosyncratic premise. »
- Abraham Riesman
Stan Lee Makes IMDb STARmeter History
16 minutes ago | IMDb News
From aboard the IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham and Kevin Smith presented Stan Lee the first-ever IMDb STARmeter Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his impact on the comic book and film industries.
Said Needham: "It is my honor to bestow the first-ever IMDb STARmeter Award for Lifetime Achievement upon Stan Lee, whose creative genius is responsible for many of the characters and franchises that dominate the comic book and film industry landscapes.”
- IMDb Editors
John Heard Dead at 72; TV Roles Included The Sopranos, Prison Break
A cause of death is not yet known, reports TMZ.
On the smaller screen, Heard’s credits included CBS’ adaptation of the 1994 John Grisham film The Client, The Sopranos (for which he earned an Emmy nomination as corrupt cop Vin Makazian), Jack & Bobby, Prison Break (playing Sara Tancredi’s governor father), NCIS: Los Angeles and, most recently, spring episodes of Fox’s APB and WGN America’s Outsiders.
In addition to his turns as Peter McCallister, »
Deborah Watling, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion, Dies at 69
The actress traveled across the galaxy with Patrick Troughton’s “second Doctor” in the BBC sci-fi series, playing Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.
Her death was first reported by the BBC and her brother, Giles Watling, a Conservative politician, said she would be “sorely missed.” Born in Loughton in Essex, England, in 1948, Watling made her TV debut as a child in. »
- Debbie Emery
‘Iron Fist’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix has renewed the Marvel series “Iron Fist” for Season 2.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. In addition, Loeb hinted that Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) would team up with NYPD detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick), who first appeared in Season 1 of “Luke Cage.” The characters previously partnered together in the Marvel comic books.
“Iron Fist” stars “Game of Thrones” alum Finn Jones as Danny Rand, the heir to the multi-billion dollar Rand Corp. who returns to New York after training for years in the mysterious city of K’un-Lun. Through his training, he was chosen to be the living weapon known as the Iron Fist, which allows him to channel his chi energy into his fists.
In addition to Jones and Henwick, the series also starred Rosario Dawson, who has appeared as nurse Claire Temple in all of the Marvel-Netflix shows to date. Season »
- Joe Otterson
Charlize Theron to Guest Star on Seth MacFarlane’s Sci-Fi Series ‘The Orville’
Well, this is a surprise. Charlize Theron will reunite with her Million Ways to Die in the West co-star/director Seth MacFarlane for a guest starring role on his upcoming Fox sci-fi spoof series, The Orville. Per EW, the details of her role are being kept under wraps but her episode is expected to air in the fall. Theron has largely steered clear of the small screen throughout her career. She had a guest arc on Arrested Development in 2005 and executive produced the short-lived Netflix series Girlboss. She will also executive produce David Fincher's Netflix … »
- Haleigh Foutch
Todd McFarlane Announces New 'Spawn' Movie at SDCC
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During a Facebook Live with Kevin Smith aboard the #IMDboat at Comic-Con 2017, comic-book creator Todd McFarlane dropped an exclusive: He's working with producer Jason Blum on a new Spawn movie. What's better: McFarlane has a draft of the script ready to go, he'll be making his directorial debut on the project, which will certainly be a hard-R vision of his former mercenary turned reluctant soldier of the devil.
‘Dunkirk’ Takes $8.6 Million in Early International Openings
France is the leading market with $1.8 million on 668 screens in its first two days, followed by South Korea with $1.6 million on its opening day on Thursday at 1,252 locations. The Korean results were in line with Nolan’s “Interstellar” and above “Gravity” and “American Sniper.”
“Dunkirk,” based on the 1940 evacuation of 300,000 stranded Allied troops from France, stars Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, and Harry Styles. Film critics have already offered extensive praise for the cinematography, direction, acting, and musical score.
Australia took in $938,000, including Wednesday night sneaks, on 535 screens for a 54% share of the top five films. The results are 45% ahead of “Gravity,” 33% ahead »
- Dave McNary
Amazon US Streaming Deal for Sky’s Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Series ‘Tin Star’
Amazon has taken the US rights to “Tin Star,” the upcoming cop thriller starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. It will play on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service later this year, after it bows on the Sky Atlantic channel in the U.K.
The series has Roth (“The Hateful Eight”) as Jim Worth, a British cop who moves the Rocky Mountains to start a new life as a local police chief in an idyllic rural community. He takes on an oil firm who are setting up locally, with disastrous consequences for his family, setting up a revenge plotline that plays out over the ten parts. Hendricks (“Mad Men”) plays a lobbyist working for the oil firm.
“We are thrilled to be adding ‘Tin Star’ to Prime Video in the U.S. this fall,” said »
- Stewart Clarke
Dwayne Johnson Won't Appear in 'Shazam!,' DC's Geoff Johns Says
"We haven't announced any casting yet," Johns told Yahoo Movies. "But Dwayne isn't going to be in this movie. He's still doing Black Adam, but he won't be in Shazam!"
News of Shazam!, which follows a young boy who transforms into Earth's mightiest mortal, being the next DC film in line to shoot was reported Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter. The film is yet to cast its leads, but Johnson has been attached to the role of Shazam's main antagonist, »
- Patrick Shanley
Venice: New Films by George Clooney, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen Frears Expected to World Premiere (Exclusive)
Rome – George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Stephen Frears’ “Victoria and Abdul,” and Paolo Virzi’s “Ella and John,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, are among the titles strongly tipped to world premiere at the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival.
Less than a week before the official announcement, the buzz on the Venice lineup remains somewhat muted, though some locked-in titles have surfaced, including Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” which will open the fest. There’s also certainty over the absence of some titles – especially “Blade Runner 2049” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, both high-profile movies that had been considered as possibilities.
- Nick Vivarelli
Ben Affleck's Batman Future in Doubt as Warner Bros. Plots Franchise
Ben Affleck is heading to Comic-Con this weekend to promote Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League movie, set for a Nov. 17 release. But how many more times is he likely to put on the Batsuit? Probably not many, if ever again.
Yes, Warners’ film studio chief Toby Emmerich tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Ben is our Batman. We love him as Batman. We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can." And Matt Reeves, who will direct the studio’s still-undated (and unwritten) The Batman, has said that he means to keep Affleck in the »
- Kim Masters
John Boyega Slams ‘Game of Thrones’ For Lack of Diversity: ‘There Are No Black People’
“There are no black people on ‘Game of Thrones.’ You don’t see one black person in ‘Lord of the Rings,'” Boyega said in a recent interview with GQ. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. Because you see different people from different backgrounds, different cultures, every day. Even if you’re a racist, you have to live with that. We can ruffle up some feathers.”
- Jude Dry
‘Cloverfield’ Movie Bumped to February 2018
Paramount’s “2017 Cloverfield Movie” has been pushed from October 27, 2017 to February 2, 2018, the studio announced Friday. Jennifer Lawrence’s “Mother!” was previously scheduled for an Oct. 13 release but will now open a month earlier, on Sept. 15. George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” will also open a month earlier than previously announced, on Oct. 27. Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” will be a horror-thriller, and a star-studded one at that. Lawrence and Javier Bardem lead a cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig. The synopsis reads: “A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)
U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, a village on the Amalfi Coast, sources tell Variety.
Netflix was not available for comment.
Vidal’s beloved gravity-defying villa La Rondinaia, nestled on a craggy cliff in Ravello a thousand feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, will feature prominently in the movie, according to the president of the Ravello Foundation, Sebastiano Maffettone, local media reported. At La Rondinaia, which he sold in 2004, Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances, including Greta Garbo, »
- Nick Vivarelli
'Dunkirk' Heading Toward $51M Debut, 'Girls Trip' Strong, 'Valerian' Sinks
Saturday a.m. Update: With an estimated $19.8 million, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is heading toward an opening weekend right around $50 million to $52 million. It's a great start for the WWII feature, especially given the holds Nolan's films have shown in recent history as well as the critical response and now the "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, a notch above the "B+" audiences gave Interstellar. Additionally, Dunkirk has now been released in 46 international markets where it has so far grossed $21.2 million after releasing earlier this week in a handful of territories. We'll have more on the overall international performance with tomorrow morning's report. In second is Universal's release of Girls Trip, which is scorching the weekend, delivering an estimated $11.68 million on Friday, heading toward a $29+ million opening. The film should also show long legs looking ahead after receiving a rare "A+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Finally, Stx's release of EuropaCorp's »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sean Spicer Criticizes Melissa McCarthy's 'Malicious' 'SNL' Sketches
"I'm a prankster, I like a good joke. I think when it's funny, it's funny. Sometimes it goes from funny to mean," Spicer told Sean Hannity Friday night.
"I think that there were parts of it that were funny, but there's a lot of it that was over the line. It wasn't funny. It was stupid, or silly, or malicious. »
Seth MacFarlane, Of All People, Has Successfully Convinced Charlize Theron to Return to Television
Our girl is coming to Fox. »
- Devon Ivie
‘Cold Justice’s’ Kelly Siegler on Getting A Second Life on Oxygen
In her previous career as a prosecutor, Kelly Siegler never had to tell a victim’s family that she couldn’t solve a case. Unfortunately, in her more recent role as executive producer and on-camera investigator on “Cold Justice,” where she digs into small town murder cold cases, she does not have the same luxury.
“The first time I ever sat down with a family and told them I didn’t solve a case, I was probably about 51. I was bawling; they were bawling; it was horrible. But [the other producers] said, ‘No Kelly, it’s fine, we have an ending,'” Siegler tells Variety. “It just wasn’t a happy one.”
That experience took place in the earlier seasons of “Cold Justice,” when the true crime procedural was on TNT. The Turner cabler cancelled the show after two years in the fall of 2015, blindsiding Siegler, who had helped bring 30 arrests and 16 convictions in that time.
- Danielle Turchiano
Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ on Course for $51 Million Debut, ‘Girls Trip’ in Second Place
“Dunkirk” is making quite the splash in the domestic box office this weekend, already tracking for a debut of over $50 million. “Girls Trip” is over-performing expectations as well, managing to snag second place from last weekend’s super-charged winners.
The World War II drama from Christopher Nolan is on course for a $51 million opening after taking in just shy of $20 million on Friday. After $5.5 million from Thursday night previews, Warner Bros.’s “Dunkirk” has now amassed $19.8 million from 3,720 locations so far.
Equally as impressive is Universal’s “Girls Trip.” The R-rated comedy starring Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith took in over $11 million on Friday, setting the girls up for a $28 million weekend from 2,591 theaters.
- JD Knapp
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