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Creative Artists Agency Co-Founder, Rowland Perkins, Dies at 84

Rowland Perkins, who launched Creative Artists Agency with Michael Ovitz, Ron Meyer, Bill Haber, and Michael Rosenfeld, died Wednesday of pneumonia in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 84. Perkins died at the Village retirement community, his daughter Kamala James...

Sony Classics Purchase Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev Biopic ‘The White Crow’

Sony Pictures Classics has bought rights in North America and many foreign markets to Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev biopic “The White Crow.” In a deal announced Monday, Sony Classics also acquired rights to Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia (excluding...

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...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Expected to Shine With $26 Million-Plus Debut

It’s about to get crazy at the domestic box office. Earlier tracking showed “Crazy Rich Asians” on pace for a $20 million debut, but updated estimates now indicate that a $26 million-plus five-day total is likely when Warner Bros. launches the romantic comedy...

Sony Classics Purchase Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev Biopic ‘The White Crow’

Sony Pictures Classics has bought rights in North America and many foreign markets to Ralph...

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...

Paramount Moves ‘Instant Family’ Up Three Months

Paramount has decided to move the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne comedy “Instant Family” forward three...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Expected to Shine With $26 Million-Plus Debut

It’s about to get crazy at the domestic box office. Earlier tracking showed “Crazy Rich Asians” on...

How ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Delivered Spike Lee’s Best Opening in Over Ten Years

When “BlacKkKlansman” had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the rapturous...

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...

Future Tackles ‘SuperFly’ Soundtrack With ‘No Shame’

Remaking “Super Fly” was never going to be without its perils. The 1972 film, directed by Gordon Parks Jr., was one of the essential building blocks of the decade’s Blaxploitation movement, and first-time feature helmer Director X surely had his hands full balancing...

How ‘Incredibles’ Became Animation’s Top Franchise

Incredible doesn’t even begin to describe it. Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” shattered box office expectations with its $180 million domestic debut — the eighth-best opening weekend of all time in North America and the biggest ever launch for an animated film....

‘Halloween’ Reboot Trailer #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po7khO_7l2M Universal Pictures dropped the first eerie trailer for its “Halloween” reboot on Friday. Most notably, the reboot features Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode, who famously escaped the edge of Michael Myers’...

First Look at Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in ‘First Man’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eimb4cy7UY Ryan Gosling is headed to space. The first trailer for his next movie, “First Man,” debuted Friday night during “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” showing Gosling as the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. It’s Damien...

‘Arachnophobia’ Remake in the Works

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and James Wan’s Atomic Monster are teaming up on a remake of 1990’s horror-comedy “Arachnophobia.” The film, which was unveiled on Monday, is at the early stages with no director, actors, or writers attached. Wan will not...

Paul Hogan to Star in ‘Mr Dundee’ Film

Iconic Australian actor, Paul Hogan is to star in upcoming feature film “The Very Excellent Mr Dundee.” Production starts next month in Australia, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Hogan recently thrilled and infuriated fans of the “Crocodile Dundee” film series in which he...

Voice of Prince Charming, William Phipps Dies at 96

Character actor William Phipps, who starred in sci-fi films of the 1950s and voiced Prince Charming in 1950’s “Cinderella,” died Friday, June 1 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 96. Phipps’ friend and entertainment industry author Tom Weaver...

Doug Liman in Talks to Direct ‘Cannonball Run’ Remake

Action specialist Doug Liman is in early negotiations to direct a remake of “The Cannonball Run” for Warner Bros. Jesse Ehrman and Paul Perez are overseeing the project for the studio. Warner Bros. was negotiating last year with “Central Intelligence” director Rawson...

The Disney Princesses Appear in New ‘Wreck it Ralph 2’ Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHQhp2cGZtE Disney has dropped a new trailer for “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2″ with all the Disney Princesses making an appearance. The footage, released by Walt Disney Animation Studios on Monday, finds John C. Reilly’s...

Jurrasic World: The Fallen Kingdom at the top of TV Spending Ads

Ads placed for the latest installment of this sci-fi franchise had an estimated media value of $4.86 million through Sunday for 774 national ad airings on 40 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from May 28 through June 3. Estimates may be updated...

Paramount Pulls the Plug on ‘Transformers 7’

Paramount has pulled the seventh “Transformers” movie from its 2019 schedule. The film was set for release on June 28, 2019. The studio will still open the spinoff “Bumblebee” on Dec. 21. Michael Bay directed the first five “Transformers” movies and Travis Knight...

‘Six Billion Dollar Man’ Moved Back a Year to 2020

Warner Bros. has pushed back the release date for Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi action film “The Six Billion Dollar Man” by a year, moving the opening from May 31, 2019, to June 5, 2020. The change, announced Wednesday, comes two weeks after Damian Szifron departed as...

Gal Gadot to Produce Fidel Castro’s Journalism Drama

Wonder Woman may be headed to Cuba. Gal Gadot is on broad to produce and possibly star in a movie based on Peter Kornbluh’s Politico article “‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro.” Warner Bros. has acquired movie rights for Sue...

Star Wars Boba Fett Movie is in the making

Boba Fett is getting his own spinoff. Disney is developing a “Star Wars” standalone movie centered on the bounty hunter Boba Fett from “Logan” director James Mangold, Variety has learned from several sources. Simon Kinberg, best known as a writer-producer on the...

Universal Obtain International Rights to James Bond 25

Universal has won the rights to internationally distribute the upcoming Bond 25 film directed by Danny Boyle. Daniel Craig will return as 007 and Boyle will direct from an original screenplay by John Hodge. The film will begin production December 3, and MGM will...

David Leitch on Breaking the Video Game Movie Curse

“John Wick” and “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch recently signed on to helm a movie adaptation of the online action-role-playing game “Tom Clancy’s The Division.” Video game movies are notoriously lousy. So, is Leitch worried? Yes and no, he told Collider in an...

The Big Movies Dominate at Cannes 2018

Seeing worldwide sales sell-outs on Jessica Chastain’s “355,” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Ironbark,” from FilmNation, plus Studiocanal’s “The Secret Garden,” the 2018 Cannes Film Festival market proved the second big international market in a row to buck, though only...

‘This Is Jane’ Casts Mitchelle Williams

Michelle Williams will star in “This Is Jane,” Amazon Studios’ historical drama that follows women who provided abortion services in the years before legalized abortion. “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce came on board in 2017 to helm “This Is Jane,” set up at...

Jim Carrey: ‘Dark Criimes’

In “Dark Crimes,” Jim Carrey wears a grayish beard, cropped hair, and the jacket and turtleneck of a silently dissident Slavic literature professor from the mid-’60s. His character, named Tadek, is actually a Polish police officer, and Carrey speaks in an accent...

‘Deadpool 2’ On Top With $176 Million Debut

The Merc With a Mouth stuck the landing overseas. Ryan Reynold’s “Deadpool 2” bowed internationally with $176 million — and that’s without a boost from China. Combined with its $125 million domestic debut, the superhero sequel secured a global weekend total of $301...

Donald Glover talks ‘Solo’

Donald Glover is ubiquitous lately. In the weeks leading up to the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which finds the 34-year-old multi-hyphenate slipping into the cape as a young Lando Calrissian, he hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” dropped a...

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ to Kick Start a Huge Holiday Weekend

For the first time in weeks, superheroes won’t wear the crown at the domestic box office. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is looking to lift off with $130 million to $150 million at 4,380 locations over Memorial Day weekend. While that is down significantly from tracking...

TV Goes Crazy for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wedding

America loves a royal wedding. But this time around, the fact that the fair prince’s betrothed is an American actress has sent interest in the May 19 nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle into overdrive, creating programming and marketing opportunities for major...

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