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Warner Bros. Developing 'The Accountant' Sequel With Ben Affleck
Writer Bill Dubuque and director Gavin O’Connor are also in talks for the proposed sequel to the 2016 feature, which followed a highly functioning autistic man who worked as an accountant for criminal organizations. When the Treasury Department starts to follow his activities, he uses his background as an assassin to protect himself and others.
The action-drama grossed $86 million at the domestic box office on the relatively modest budget of $44 million. »
- Mia Galuppo
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’ Filming Dates, Title Details Revealed
It’s a good thing the early reactions to Spider-Man: Homecoming are positive, because it sounds like Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are moving full-steam ahead on the sequel. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 was announced for release in 2019 back in December, and with less than two weeks to go before Homecoming hits theaters, Sony and Marvel are wasting no time in getting preparations underway for the follow-up. Collider’s own Steve Weintraub caught up with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and producer Amy Pascal at the press day for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and while the two … »
- Adam Chitwood
Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (Exclusive)
Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he might have committed murder. »
- Dave McNary
Spike Lee’s Netflix Series ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Sets Fall Premiere Date
The 10-episode series will launch Thanksgiving Day (November 23). DeWanda Wise stars as Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers: Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), and Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos).
The series also stars Chyna Layne, Ilfenesh Hadeara, Margot Bingham, Sydney Morton, and Joie Lee. Lee directs all 10 episodes of the series, in addition to producing. Lee has previously directed for television, but this is the first time he has directed an entire series. Tonya Lewis Lee is executive producer, with Barry Michael Cooper and Lynn Nottage producing. »
- Joe Otterson
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Dawns With $196M Overseas; $265M Global – International Box Office
Update, writethru: Launching in 41 offshore markets, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight opened to $196.2M at the international box office. That's a big number and is towards the higher end of the pre-weekend range. But it’s also a swing from where we saw this coming in yesterday — partially the result of an unexpected 31% drop in China from Saturday to Sunday. The debut Fss cume there is $123.4M (63% of the full offshore bow). Factoring in domestic, the global… »
Silicon Valley: Here's How T.J. Miller Was Written Off
Warning: Spoilers for the Silicon Valley season finale follow. Read at your own risk!
Halfway through the current season of Silicon Valley, HBO announced that T.J. Miller was leaving the show. The actor, who has starred as Erlich Bachman since Season 1, revealed that he made the decision to allow »
- Sadie Gennis
Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Migos, Remy Ma Among Bet Awards Winners
Kendrick Lamar was named Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Chance The Rapper took home Best New Artist and Remy Ma nabbed Best Female Hip-Hop Artist from such nominees as Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott. Those were just a few of the honors handed out at the Bet Awards in Los Angeles on June 25.
Other winners included Beyonce, for the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award, Bruno Mars for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, and Migos for Best Group. New Edition received a special Bet Lifetime Achievement Award, and before taking the stage for a medley that included the songs “Mr. Telephone Man,” “Can You Stand The Rain,” and “If It Isn’t Love,” the boy band trailblazers from Boston were treated to performances of their biggest hits by the cast members of Bet’s New Edition miniseries, among them: “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now.”
- Variety Staff
'Transformers 5' Opens with Franchise Low as 'Wonder Woman' Surpasses 'Batman v Superman' Domestically
Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight took the #1 spot this weekend as expected, but that opening was the lowest the franchise has seen thus far by a rather significant margin as a lot of attention will now turn toward the film's international run. Meanwhile, WB's Wonder Woman is still tearing up the box office as it has now become the highest grossing release within the DC Extended Universe and it is showing little sign of stopping. Only one of the previous four Transformers features opened on a Wednesday and that was 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third feature in the now five-film franchise, and it debuted with $162.6 million over its first five days in release, $97.8 million of that from the three-day weekend. By contrast, Transformers: The Last Knight brought in a mere $69.1 million over its first five days in release, an estimated $45.3 million of which over the three-day weekend. »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
‘Girlboss’ Canceled After One Season at Netflix
Sophia Amoruso, whose life was the inspiration for the series, shared the news in a series of Instagram stories on Saturday.
“So that Netflix series about my life got canceled,” she wrote. “While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”
The series was based on Amoruso’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name. It »
- Joe Otterson
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing”
“I’m not afraid to say, ‘I don’t know,’” says Leslie Hope, director of TV and docs, in a trailer for “Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct.” “I’m also not afraid to say, ‘This is what I want…Can you please make it the way I want? Because, by the way, I’m the director.’” Hope is one of the characters featured in Cady McClain’s upcoming documentary, which turns the camera on female filmmakers and interviews them about their career experiences, their goals, and the roadblocks they have encountered as women in the film industry.
The full feature doc version of “Seeing Is Believing” made its world premiere at the Soho Film Festival on June 19 and took home the Audience Award. McClain’s project, which was partially a crowdfunding effort, has been presented in many forms. In addition to the feature documentary version, the subjects’ commentary has been developed as a limited series and as individual interviews. McClain and her team are also writing a book from their conversations with directors like Hope (“Murdoch Mysteries”), Deborah Riley Draper (“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”), Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Marianna Palka (“Bitch”), Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), and Meera Menon (“Equity”).
“I am really excited about the audience reaction to this piece and thrilled that we just won the Audience Award at the Soho Film Festival. Viewers of the piece always tell me that they are inspired after watching it, which to me is a major win,” McClain told us. “The statistics and stories of how women are silenced are too many, and it makes me really happy to give something to them that will help them feel there is a way forward, and that there is hope.”
Check out the “Seeing Is Believing” website for a full list of the women interviewed for the project as well as “some good guys” who are vocally supportive of their female colleagues. You can watch the trailer below.
Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The 10 Essential Roles of Michelle Pfeiffer
From Batman Returns to Scarface. »
- Angelica Jade Bastién
Kevin Kline’s Tony-winning ‘Present Laughter’ coming to TV, Emmy could soon follow
Kevin Kline won his third Tony Award two weeks ago for his over-the-top turn as a self-indulgent actor in the acclaimed revival of Noel Coward‘s 1946 comedy of manners “Present Laughter.” While the production is shuttering on July 2, the June 23 performance was filmed by BroadwayHD and Thirteen/Wnet under the direction of David Horn. […] »
- Paul Sheehan
‘The Accountant’ Sequel: Ben Affleck in Talks to Return
Ben Affleck is in talks to return for a sequel to Warner Bros.’ guns-and-spreadsheets action flick “The Accountant,” a person familiar with the project told TheWrap. Director Gavin O’ Connor and Screenwriter Bill Dubuque are also in talks to return along with producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams for the untitled sequel. In “The Accountant,” Affleck played Christian Wolff, an autistic savant and math genius who works as an accountant for some of the most powerful criminal organizations on earth. But when law enforcement begins closing in, they discover this accountant is much more deadly than he seems. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Mike Tyson Tries His Best to Impersonate a Songbird on ‘Superhuman’ (Exclusive Video)
Mike Tyson shows off his animal-inspired singing chops on Monday’s episode of Fox’s “Superhuman,” as seen in an exclusive sneak peek. The clip introduces Greg, an expert at identifying bird calls. This prompts host Kal Penn to ask panelist Tyson to summon his feathered friends. “Mike, how’s your singing voice if you impersonate the birds?” Penn inquires. Also Read: 'Beat Shazam's' First Million-Dollar Winners Spent Three Months Cramming for the Show Tyson’s reply involves a comparison to fellow judge Christina Milian. “Well, not as good as Christina’s boxing, of course,” Tyson quips. This leads Penn to ask, »
- Ryan Gajewski
Why Edgar Wright Makes Some of the Best Movie Soundtracks
▶️ In the heist film Baby Driver, Wright uses his favorite trick again: The characters in his films can hear the music as well. »
- Granger Willson
DeMario Jackson Chokes Up in First Interview Since ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Scandal
In the video, Jackson states that the hardest part of deal with the allegations leveled against him, was seeing his mother cry “every day.”
“My dad, he kept me extremely strong, and kept me grounded and humble, but having your mom cry every day for something that you know you didn’t do,” Jackson said, shaking his head.
The scandal erupted after reports that cast member Corinne Olympios and Jackson had a sexual encounter that involved heavy drinking while cameras were still rolling. Warner Bros. suspended production pending an investigation into the matter and released a statement saying that it was aware of the allegations of misconduct. Recently, Warner Bros. announced “Bachelor in Paradise” would resume production following an internal investigation that found no “misconduct by a »
- Erin Nyren
Kelly Osbourne Slams Starbucks After She Pees Herself: ‘I Have P–s in My Shoe’
Sounds like Kelly Osbourne’s Pride plans ended up being all wet. Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter took to Twitter on Sunday to tear into coffee giant Starbucks on Sunday, saying that she had wet herself after she was refused use of the restroom at one of the company’s locations. “Shame on U @Starbucks #PissedMyOwnPants in this location because Ur shameful employees refused to let me use the ,” Osbourne vented. “I have p–s in my shoe.” Also Read: Kelly Osbourne Sued by Ozzy's Mistress Over Elder Abuse Claim Which is usually not what people mean when they run into Starbucks for a drip. »
- Tim Kenneally
‘Veep’ Season 6: Which episode should Julia Louis-Dreyfus submit for Emmy consideration? [Poll]
If our Emmy experts are correct that Julia Louis-Dreyfus will earn yet another Best Comedy Actress nomination for playing ex-President Selina Meyer on HBO’s “Veep,” she’ll need to select one episode to submit for awards consideration. Louis-Dreyfus is no stranger to this unique process, having taken home five Emmys for “Veep” (2012-2016), one for “The New […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
MTV to Debut Comedy Game Show ‘SafeWord’ From ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Producers
MTV is set to launch a new comedy game show called “SafeWord,” the network announced Monday.
From the producers of “Lip Sync Battle” and hosted by Terrence J, the series will feature celebrity guests such as Kevin Hart, Damien Dante Wayans, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Marlon Wayans, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, Lala Anthony, Amber Rose, “13 Reasons Why” cast mates Ross Butler and Justin Prentice, Charlamagne Tha God, Drake Bell, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler and more.
The series is based off the U.K. format that aired on itv2 and was originally developed and produced by Stv Productions and Motion Content Group. In each episode, the celebrity guests will partner with superstar comedians, including Carly Aquilino, Sam Jay, Ricky Velez, Leonard Ouzts, Taylor Tomlinson, Akaash Singh, Matt Pavich, Sherry Cola to help them play a series of games in front a live audience. Throughout multiple rounds, the teams go head-to-head daring each other in a variety of challenges including »
- Joe Otterson
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