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Margot Robbie in Negotiations to Star in Barbie Movie

Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie is attached to star in “Barbie,” Mattel’s feature film based on its globally recognized doll. Robbie is also on board to produce through her production banner Lucky Chaps. The film was previously set up at Sony, but after the...

Arnold Kopelson, Producer of ‘Platoon’ and ‘The Fugitive,’ Dies at 83

Arnold Kopelson, the Oscar-winning producer of such films as “Platoon” and “The Fugitive,” died Monday at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83. Kopelson’s death was confirmed Monday his wife and business partner of 42 years, Anne Kopelson. Anne Kopelson said her...

Michael Pena to Play Mr. Roarke in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

Michael Pena will play the Mr. Roarke role in Blumhouse and Sony’s upcoming “Fantasy Island” movie. Ricardo Montalban originated the role in the television series “Fantasy Island” as the white-suited Mr. Roarke who oversaw a mysterious island where people could live...

James Gunn’s Movie ‘BrightBurn’ Postponed till 2019

DATE CHANGE Sony has moved the previously untitled James Gunn horror project “BrightBurn” back from Nov. 30 of this year to May 24, 2019 — the start of the Memorial Day weekend. The studio unveiled the name “BrightBurn” on Monday along with the date change. Gunn...

James Gunn in Talks to Take on ‘Suicide Squad 2’

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is in talks to write “Suicide Squad 2,” jumping ship from Marvel to DC. Gunn’s deal was made “with an eye to direct” the Warner Bros. film, which is expected to be a completely new take. Gunn helmed the first two...

Margot Robbie in Negotiations to Star in Barbie Movie

Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie is attached to star in “Barbie,” Mattel’s feature film based...

Michael Pena to Play Mr. Roarke in ‘Fantasy Island’ Movie

Michael Pena will play the Mr. Roarke role in Blumhouse and Sony’s upcoming “Fantasy Island”...

James Gunn’s Movie ‘BrightBurn’ Postponed till 2019

DATE CHANGE Sony has moved the previously untitled James Gunn horror project “BrightBurn” back...

James Gunn in Talks to Take on ‘Suicide Squad 2’

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is in talks to write “Suicide Squad 2,” jumping ship...

Venom Officially Rated PG-13. Could Open at $70M

One of the central questions about Sony’s Venom movie has been about its rating, and now the...

Margot Robbie in Negotiations to Star in Barbie Movie

Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie is attached to star in “Barbie,” Mattel’s feature film based on its globally recognized doll. Robbie is also on board to produce through her production banner Lucky Chaps. The film was previously set up at Sony, but after the...

James Gunn in Talks to Take on ‘Suicide Squad 2’

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn is in talks to write “Suicide Squad 2,” jumping ship from Marvel to DC. Gunn’s deal was made “with an eye to direct” the Warner Bros. film, which is expected to be a completely new take. Gunn helmed the first two...

Venom Officially Rated PG-13. Could Open at $70M

One of the central questions about Sony’s Venom movie has been about its rating, and now the answer has officially arrived: Venom is going to be PG-13. Also, some new box office tracking numbers have arrived and have zeroed in on how the film might perform during its...

‘Star Wars’ s Gary Kurtz Dies at 78

“Star Wars” producer Gary Kurtz died of cancer on Sunday, his family said in a statement. He was 78. In addition to helping bring the Skywalker stories to the big screen, Kurtz produced “American Graffiti” and “The Dark Crystal.” His career was closely aligned with...

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker Makeup

Todd Phillips, the director of the upcoming Joker origin film, posted a camera test of Joaquin Phoenix Friday on Instagram. Phoenix plays the infamous villain in the currently untitled movie, which is slated to hit theaters on Oct. 4, 2019. In the video, Phoenix...

Jeff Bridges Open to a ‘Big Lebowski’ Remake On One Condition

Jeff Bridges is open to a “Big Lebowski” remake, but only under one condition — he has to be in it. “Yeah, if I was in it!” he said with a laugh. “So many things flash,” he said, when asked about any memorable moments from filming “Big Lebowski.” “I’m thinking of the...

‘Birds of Prey’ to Open in February 2020

With Warner Bros. and DC entertainment getting closer to assembling its team for its Harley Quinn pic “Birds of Prey,” the studio has dated the film for Feb. 7, 2020. Cathy Yan is directing with Margot Robbie reprising her role of Quinn, which she first put on display...

Halloween Movie Review

First the trick: David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” sequel pretends like the last nine films in the franchise don’t exist, picking up 40 years after John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 slasher movie as if none of that other nonsense has ever happened. Now the treat: His take...

Movie Star Burt Reynolds Dies at 82

Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82. Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when...

Box Office Premiere: ‘The Nun’, ‘Peppermint’

As the summer movie season officially came to a close, a pair of darker titles are hoping to terrorize the domestic box office this weekend. Estimates show “The Nun,” the fifth installment in “The Conjuring” series, launching with $36 million to $45 million when it...

Hot Titles for Toronto Film Festival 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival is a launching pad for Oscar-hopefuls, but it’s also a thriving market. In the past, movies such as “I, Tonya” and “Still Alice” have scored major deals at the Canadian gathering, going on to enjoy critical success and awards...

Reason Why Zack Snyder gets Aquaman’s production Credit

Despite the DC Extended Universe charting a new path and moving away from Zack Snyder's original plans for a more self-contained 5-part Superman-centric story, Snyder's name is still listed as an executive producer on Aquaman. Some fans of the DCEU's progenitor have...

Daniel Craig to Star in Rian Johnson’s New Movie

Both known for their major franchises, Daniel Craig and Rian Johnson are teaming up on an indie. Craig will star as a detective in Johnson’s murder mystery “Knives Out,” with Johnson producing and directing from his own script. Production is expected to start in...

10 Movies Getting the Biggest Buff In Advance for TIFF 2018

TIFF's track record of premiering the film that eventually wins Best Picture at the Oscars is impeccable, so the festival has become a main player in award season predictions. Not all the works below will vie for the big prize next February, but these are among...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Aims to Lead Slow Labor Day Weekend

This summer’s surprisingly strong August might end on a low note with the lack of high-profile releases over Labor Day Weekend. That might not be cause for concern, considering popcorn season is up over 13% compared to 2017. The weekend should, at the very least, top...

Alec Baldwin Joins ‘Joker’ Film as Batman’s Father

Warner Bros. has hired Alec Baldwin to appear opposite Joaquin Phoenix in its “Joker” origin film, playing the role of Thomas Wayne, the father of Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Variety first reported that Phoenix was in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime. As soon...

Warner Bros. Working on a Wile E. Coyote Movie

Warner Bros. is developing “Coyote Vs. Acme” as a Wile E. Coyote animated movie with “Lego Batman” director Chris McKay on board to produce. The sibling team of Jon and Josh Silberman, whose writing and producing credits include “Living Biblically,” “Bordertown,”...

Eva Longoria Joins ‘Dora the Explorer’ Movie

Eva Longoria is joining Paramount’s live-action “Dora the Explorer” movie. She will portray the mother of the title character. Isabela Moner is playing Dora in the movie version of the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series. Paramount has set an Aug. 2, 2019 release date....

Can ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Save the Rom-Com?

It’s no secret that a lot was riding on the opening weekend of “Crazy Rich Asians.” That’s because Warner Bros.’ romantic comedy is the first movie backed by a major studio in a quarter of a century that features a predominantly Asian-American cast. The last film to...

Benicio Del Toro to Star in Drama ‘White Lies’

Benicio Del Toro is set to star in Oliver Stone’s drama “White Lies.” Stone will direct from his own script in a project that’s departure from his previous work, offering an intimate exploration of family, loss, and love. Nighthawk Capital Limited is financing the...

Paramount Moves ‘Instant Family’ Up Three Months

Paramount has decided to move the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne comedy “Instant Family” forward three months to a holiday season release on Nov. 16. It was previously set for Feb. 15, 2019. The studio is citing strong responses from test screenings. Paramount wants to take...

‘The Meg’ Makes Strong $45.3 Million Debut

Warner Bros.’ big-budget shark thriller opened well above expectations, biting off $45.3 million when it opened in 4,118 North American locations, according to Monday’s final numbers. That was easily enough to nab the No. 1 slot over “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,”...

Dave Bautista Speaks Against James Gunn Firing

After the “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast released a statement supporting fired director James Gunn, Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the franchise, has shared his personal thoughts on the matter and called the situation “pretty nauseating.” Bautista wrote on Twitter...

Michael Bay Developing Horror Movie ‘Meet Jimmy’

Aiming to duplicate the blockbuster success of “A Quiet Place,” Paramount has launched development of the horror film “Meet Jimmy” with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes producing. The studio won a bidding war for movie rights to a short horror film by Dutch filmmakers...

New ‘Supergirl’ Movie in the Works

Supergirl is flying back to the big screen. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are in the early stages of a “Supergirl” film. They have hired “22 Jump Street” writer Oren Uziel to pen the script, but have not found a producer yet. The character has been played by...

D.W. Griffith’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Some people see history as a linear progression, but Hollywood offers plenty of evidence that it’s cyclical. Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” which opens Aug. 10, is based on true events in the 1970s, but it reflects the current battles over the rise of white...

‘The Meg’ Is ‘Jaws’ on Steroids -Rainn Wilson

Going to the beach is about to get a bit scarier with the release of sci-fi horror movie “The Meg.” The Warner Bros. film centers around an 80-foot prehistoric shark that emerges from the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the world’s oceans in the Pacific Ocean....

Priyanka Chopra, Chris Pratt in ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

Priyanka Chopra is in talks to join Universal’s adaptation of “Cowboy Ninja Viking” starring Chris Pratt. The role was one of the more highly coveted in town and Chopra beat out a slew of talent after a chemistry test with Pratt went extremely well. The film is based...

‘Mission: Impossible’: Is Tom Cruise Indispensable?

After underwhelming receipts from “American Made,” “The Mummy” reboot, and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” Cruise’s latest blockbuster, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” signals a return to form for a movie star who needs to prove he’s still profitable as he nears his...

The Impossible Task of Rebooting an Iconic Movie Theme

Composer Lorne Balfe’s task, like any in the 52-year history of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, was simple but not easy: Use Lalo Schifrin’s classic, iconic television theme, but find a fresh approach to effectively score Tom Cruise’s sixth outing as Ethan Hunt...

George Clooney involved in Bike Accident

GEORGE Clooney was apparently thrown 20ft into the air when his bike collided with a Mercedes in Sardinia today. The Hollywood star's helmet is reported to have shattered when he smashed against the car's windshield at around 60mph. George Clooney was knocked off his...

Gal Gadot Visits Children’s Hospital in Wonder Woman Costume

Gal Gadot followed in a long line of actors inhabiting their superhero characters in the real world Friday when she visited a children’s hospital dressed as Wonder Woman. Kids at Inova Children’s Hospital in Annandale, Va. got to meet the star of “Wonder Woman” and...

Warner Bros. To Build Tramway to Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. has proposed building an aerial tramway from its Burbank lot to the Hollywood Sign. The studio will pay the estimated $100 million for the project, which would include a visitor center near the sign. The tramway would be more than a mile long and last...

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Now Over $1 Billion Worldwide

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has officially joined the billion-dollar club. The fifth film in the “Jurassic” franchise hit $1 billion at the global box office, making it the 35th movie to reach that milestone. “Fallen Kingdom” joins its predecessor, 2015’s...

Buddy Holly’s ‘Clear Lake’ in Development

Veteran creative executives Rick French and Patrick Shanahan are partnering with Buddy Holly’s widow on “Clear Lake,” depicting Holly’s 1958 music tour with Clarence Collins,Variety has learned exclusively. French is the chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based...

‘Indiana Jones 5’ Postponed till 2021

“Indiana Jones 5” has officially been delayed. Disney pushed back the film’s release a year to July 9, 2021. It was reported late last month that the Harrison Ford-starrer would miss its 2020 launch date. The return of the action hero has been halted following issues...

Is Marvel’s Future Female?

The 20th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe also marked a franchise first. With “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” audiences finally saw a Marvel movie co-headlined by a woman as Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne (a.k.a. the Wasp) shared center stage with Paul Rudd’s...

Harlan Ellison of ‘Star Trek’ Dies at 84

Speculative-fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who penned short stories, novellas and criticism, contributed to TV series including “The Outer Limits,” “Star Trek” and “Babylon 5” and won a notable copyright infringement suit against ABC and Paramount and a settlement in...

Jumanji 3 Sequel Sets Official Release Date

Dwayne Johnson has unveiled an official release date of Dec. 13, 2019, for Sony’s sequel to “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The untitled movie will open a week before Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” launches. Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman revealed in...

‘The First Purge’ Review

In “The First Purge,” the National Founding Fathers of America — they’re the kind of fascists who pretend not to be — launch an audacious (or maybe it’s just sick) experiment in state-controlled chaos: a 12-hour zone of anything-goes bedlam in which the crimes you...

North American Box Office Hits Record High in Second Quarter

Blockbuster performances by “Avengers: Infinity War,” Incredibles 2,” and “Deadpool 2” have lifted the North American box office to a record $3.33 billion in the second quarter — the highest mark for any quarter. The previous mark was set in the second quarter of...

Third TMNT Movie in the Works

Paramount has launched development of a third “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie — two years after “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” was a serious disappointment. The studio has hired Andrew Dodge, whose credits include “Bad Words,” to write the...

‘Scarface’ Producer, Martin Bregman Dies at 92

Martin Bregman, producer of Al Pacino films “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Scarface” and “Sea of Love,” died Saturday. He was 92. His wife Cornelia told NBC 4 he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. As producer of “Dog Day Afternoon,” he shared a best picture nomination...

Blue Sky’s Mission for ‘Spies in Disguise’

ANNECY, France — Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios were in Annecy this week to introduce the world to their new feature film, the Will Smith and Tom Holland-led animated feature “Spies in Disguise.” The presentation was led by director Troy Quane and production...

Heather Graham, Jodi Balfour in Drama ‘The Rest of Us’

Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse, Jodi Balfour, and Abigail Pniowsky are starring in the independent drama-comedy “The Rest of Us.” Aisling Chin-Yee’s is making her directorial debut in “The Rest of Us,” the first feature film from female-driven production company Babe...

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