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Matt Damon to Star as Con-Man Doctor in ‘Charlatan’ (Exclusive)
After headlining two movies that debuted on the fall festival circuit — “Suburbicon” and “Downsizing” — Matt Damon has found a new project. He’s set to star as John R. Brinkley, a real-life 20th century doctor who conned his patients into thinking that he had discovered the cure to impotence, in the drama “Charlatan,” Variety has learned.
The movie marks another collaboration for Damon as a producer with Kimberly Steward, who worked together behind-the-camera on the Oscar-winning drama “Manchester by the Sea.” Steward’s company K Period Media, which she launched in 2013 with a mandate to tell edgy stories, will co-produce the movie with Damon’s Pearl Street Films alongside Jennifer Todd.
Venice Film Review: ‘Suburbicon’
The independent film is based on a best-selling 2008 non-fiction book, “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam,” by Pope Brock. The screenplay will be adapted by the writing team of Brian Koppelman and »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Homeland EP Teases Carrie-Keane Showdown in Season 7, Confirms [Spoiler] Is Definitely Dead
Sometimes dead is dead — even on Homeland.
At Sunday’s Emmy Awards, the Showtime drama’s longtime EP/director Lesli Linka Glatter officially confirmed that the death of Rupert Friend’s seemingly immortal Quinn in the Season 6 finale will indeed stick. “I wish he wasn’t [dead],” she lamented to me on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, where she was up for her fifth Emmy for directing Homeland (she lost out to Handmaid Tale‘s Reed Morano).
At the start of our brief Q&A — which »
Elisabeth Moss to Star in Abortion Drama 'Call Jane' (Exclusive)
On the heels of her groundbreaking best actress Emmy win for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Elisabeth Moss has signed on to star in Call Jane, an abortion drama to be directed by My Week With Marilyn filmmaker Simon Curtis.
Call Jane focuses on the true story set in 1960s Chicago of an underground network of suburban women who secretly provide safe abortions for women in need pre-Roe v. Wade.
- Borys Kit
Judi Dench in Talks to Join Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ Movie Adaptation (Exclusive)
Written by Eoin Colfer, the children’s books follow the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the crosshairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. Over the course of the book series, Fowl becomes an antihero rather than a full-fledged villain, often working together with the fairies to stop a slew of treacherous megalomaniacs.
Irish playwright Conor McPherson is on board to pen the script. Disney recently dated the film for Aug. 9, 2019.
Harvey Weinstein and Branagh are attached to produce. Judy Hofflund will exec produce. Seth Spector is overseeing the film for The Weinstein Company, and Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing it »
- Justin Kroll
Netflix Issues Cease-and-Desist Order on Unauthorized ‘Stranger Things’-Themed Bar
The world is turning upside down for a “Stranger Things”-themed bar in Chicago that has been ordered by Netflix to close its doors.
“The Upside Down” pop-up in Chicago, named after the dark parallel universe from the Netflix show, launched in August and became a hit. The bar serves drinks including a syrup-flavored cocktail called “Eleven’s Eggos,” and features decor that matches the show, like the Christmas-light alphabet wall. Due to the bar’s success, the owners had planned to extend their six-week run to coincide with the premier of “Stranger Things” Season 2. However, Netflix issued an (albeit cheeky) cease-and-desist letter.
“Unless I’m living in the Upside Down, I don’t think we did a deal with you for this pop-up,” the letter reads. “You’re obviously creative types, so I’m sure you can appreciate that it’s important to us to have a say in how our fans encounter the worlds we »
- Matt Fernandez
Darren Aronofsky Was Working On A Kids Movie Before ‘mother!’
For the few moviegoers who braved “mother!,” they’re likely spending the day still unpacking Darren Aronofsky‘s madhouse thriller. No matter what side of the fence you’re sitting on with regards to the film, there’s no doubt that it’s packed with ideas, and unafraid to provoke. However, what might surprise you is that before the writer/director turned his creative attention to a movie about the Biblical creation, toxic masculinity, and god knows what else, he was working on something far tamer.
Continue reading Darren Aronofsky Was Working On A Kids Movie Before ‘mother!’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Oscars: Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ is Cambodia’s Foreign Language Film entry
Angelina Jolie just got more good news about her new film “First They Killed My Father,” which opened on Sept. 15 to rave reviews. Cambodia is submitting the Netflix release, which chronicles the horrific childhood of Loung Ung under the deadly Khmer Rouge of the 1970s, for Oscar consideration as Best Foreign Language Film. There […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Paramount Responds to Mother! Backlash: ‘Everyone Celebrates Netflix When They Tell a Story No One Wants to Tell’
In the words of the prophet Beyoncé, Paramount Pictures ain’t sorry. If Mother!’s mania wasn’t for you, then … maybe there’s a sleepy showing of Tulip Fever you could slip into? The studio is standing behind Darren Aronofsky’s controversial film and its “F” CinemaScore rating. (To be fair, The Emoji Movie has a “B” rating, so maybe take this with a grain of salt.) Paramount’s worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan released a statement addressing the critics and audiences who were disgusted that the studio would release such a gruesome movie. »
- Hunter Harris
Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’): How will she do at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards?
Earlier this year, Claire Foy won Best Drama Actress at both the Golden Globes and SAG for her breakout performance as Queen Elizabeth II on the first season of Netflix’s “The Crown”. She seemed poised to top off her winning streak with an Emmy. Then Hulu debuted “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which won Elisabeth Moss her […] »
- Jeffrey Kare
Billboard Hot 100: Taylor Swift continues her reign for 3rd week while Sam Smith has big debut
It’s been two years since Sam Smith had a song in the Billboard Hot 100 — the last was his Oscar winning “Writing’s on the Wall” from the movie “Spectre. And it’s been even longer since he had a song in the top five — the last was his 2014 single “I’m Not the Only […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Jada Pinkett Smith Denies Being a Scientologist, Says She’s Just Sci-Curious
“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.” »
- Hunter Harris
James Corden Regrets Kissing Sean Spicer at Emmys: ‘I’m Disappointed’
To say that some viewers were not pleased with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s cameo on the Emmys Sunday evening would be an understatement. To make matters worse, a photo posted to Variety‘s Instagram account caught late night host James Corden on camera giving Spicer a peck on the cheek at the awards show, which elicited further blowback.
Corden, however, addressed the incident in his opening monologue on “The Late Late Show” Monday night, stating that he was “disappointed” in himself.
After cracking a few Donald Trump jokes, Corden went on to lambast himself. “According to some reports at the after-party, Spicer was the most popular guy in the room,” he began. “And I just wanna say, I think people are forgetting this man lied to the American people and should not be embraced. These Hollywood phonies kissing up to Spicer are disgusting, I mean, who did this, who »
- Erin Nyren
Vulture Investigates: Jennifer Lawrence’s Immortality
In one year, she played a 49-year-old mutant (X Men: Apocalypse) and a 34-year-old businesswoman (Joy). »
- Hunter Harris
Master of Celebrity Torture Ellen DeGeneres Spooked Poor Sarah Paulson With a Two-Clown Sneak Attack
Paulson gets not one, not two, but three scares. »
- Jackson McHenry
Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ Jab at Kim Jong-un Fails to Launch on Twitter: ‘Makes Us Appear Childish’
President Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea to defend the United States and its allies if necessary — but that’s not the part of Potus’ speech that has gone viral online. No, the line Twitter users latched onto was Trump’s taunt at Kim Jong-un: “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump said of the North Korean leader. He has called Jong-un a “rocket man” before, but this time it was in the very formal and global view of the United Nations. »
- Ashley Boucher
‘America’s Got Talent’: Are Darci Lynne Farmer and Angelica Hale too young to be on ‘Agt’? [Poll]
“America’s Got Talent” is likely to be won by a child: either 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer or 9-year-old singer Angelica Hale. Both are set to compete in the live season 12 finale of “Agt” on Tuesday (Sept. 19). The winner of the $1 million grand prize and contract to headline a Las Vegas […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Mitú Taps Former Nickelodeon Exec Herb Scannell as CEO
Mitú — the Latino-influenced digital media company that reaches 100 million viewers in the U.S. each month — has tapped former Nickelodeon President Herb Scannell to be its new Chief Executive Officer. During his time at Nickelodeon, Scannell oversaw the launch of landmark shows like “Rugrats,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Dora the Explorer,” while guiding the network to the top of the cable ratings for a decade straight. The New York native has also held high-level positions at MTV Networks, BBC North America and Next New Networks, an online content network that was sold to YouTube in 2011. “As the son of a »
- Sean Burch
Gucci Mane Got Out of Prison and Wrote a Book. Here’s How It All Happened.
“If you want to be a rapper, you have to put yourself in the public eye. You subject yourself to the praise, ridicule, and insults.” »
- Morgan Jerkins
Porn Again: How 'The Deuce' Nails Seventies Skin-Flick Sleaze
Times Square, 1971: The sleaziest cesspool in New York City is about to get sleazier. All around 42nd Street – known as "the Deuce" – the streets are full of pimps and hookers, XXX theaters and drug dealers, cops and johns and gangsters. The obscenity laws are relaxing, opening the way for the porn business to expand into the mainstream – massage parlors, private booths, sex shops. The cops let it all happen, as long as they keep getting their cut of the money. Everybody here is a tough crowd, because everybody's got a tough story. »
Kate Guinzburg, Producing Partner of Michelle Pfeiffer, Dies at 60
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Guinzburg died Sunday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her friend, journalist Annie Bardach, said.
Guinzburg was serving as a production coordinator on Sweet Liberty (1986) when she met Pfeiffer, who was starring in the film opposite Alan Alda. The launched Via Rosa in 1990 and signed a deal with Sony and then Disney, and their first film, Love Field (1992), earned Pfeiffer an Oscar nomination for best actress.
- Mike Barnes
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