Gemma Chan Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Opposite Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie
EXCLUSIVE: British actress Gemma Chan has joined the cast of Working Title and Focus Features' Mary Queen Of Scots. Chan will play Bess of Hardwick, the friend and confidante of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) who, along with her husband the Earl of Shrewsbury, eventually became keeper of the captive Mary, Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan) for 15 years. Pic also stars Martin Compston, who plays the Earl of Bothwell, and Jack Lowden, who plays Lord Darnley.
Stage director Josie… Read
‘Logan Lucky’ Pulls In $525K On Thursday Night
Summer is expected to go to sleep for a three week nap before New Line/Warner Bros.’ It wakes up moviegoers in time for the fall with a potential $60M opening on Sept. 8. On deck for this weekend is Lionsgate’s action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds sans Deadpool get-up and Samuel L. Jackson who play enemies respectively as a bodyguard and a hitman, and who are forced to be with each other over 24 hours. Lionsgate will be reporting Thursday night figures… Read
Colbert Cold Open Goes Hard Right: ‘Late Show’ Haters Stunned By Trump
Even today – especially today – hooded Klansmen and arm-banded Nazis can bring a quick shock to even the most outrageous of comedies, but The Late Show with Stephen Colbert went there head-on last night.
For the CBS show’s cold open, Late Show began with the news clip of President Donald Trump expressing his now historic “blame on both sides” insanity about last weekend’s Charlottesville violence. The Late Show then cuts to a TV, which we see from behind, and as the… Read
‘Human Flow’ Trailer: Ai Weiwei’s Documentary About The Refugee Crisis
To celebrate World Humanitarian Day, renowned artist Ai Weiwei is debuting the trailer from his forthcoming documentary on the planet’s staggering refugee crisis and its impact.
Human Flow captures an eventful year in 23 countries, following a chain of human stories that stretches across the globe. The desperate search of people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico and Turkey for safety, shelter, and justice is… Read
BBC Commissions New Dramas From ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ Scribe & ‘Poldark’ Producer
BBC has commissioned two new eight-part drama series for its flagship channel BBC One.
The Three, based on a trilogy of books by Sarah Lotz, is adapted by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy scribe Peter Straughan. It's described as a multi-stranded, international thriller with a supernatural twist and sees four planes crash on the same day in four different countries, with three children left as survivors. Commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore… Read
Weinstein Company Launches Mizchief Animated Film Label
The Weinstein Company will put a new film logo, Mizchief, on the August 25 release of Leap!, and will use it to make more animated films, TWC cochairman Harvey Weinstein announced. Pic features the voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks. It is about an orphan who dreams of going to Paris to be a dancer, teaming with a youth who wants to be a famous inventor.
The second release under the label is The Guardian Brothers, TWC's… Read
China’s Puji Capital Invests In Peter Guber’s Mandalay Endurance
Shanghai-based investment firm Puji Capital has launched Puji Films, a new entity that will focus on investments into the Chinese and Hollywood film industry. To kick open its doors it's backing former Columbia Pictures head Peter Guber's Mandalay Endurance Media Ventures.
MEMV is a joint venture between Mandalay Entertainment, Endurance Media and sports owner Jeff Vinik. Guber heads up the new production, financing and international distribution platform with Steve… Read
Arnold Schwarzenegger To Trump: “Send An Unequivocal Message That You Won’t Stand For Hate And Racism”
Arnold Schwarzenegger has a video message for Donald Trump, telling the president he has “a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won’t stand for hate and racism.”
The video is the latest broadside against Trump’s response that “both sides” were responsible for the carnage in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 12 that resulted in one death and 19 injuries. “There are not two sides to bigotry and there are not two sides to hatred,” said Schwarzengegger… Read
Patty Jenkins In Final Negotiations On Historic Deal To Helm ‘Wonder Woman 2’
EXCLUSIVE: It’s been over two months since Wonder Woman opened to a staggering $103.2M and went on to gross close to $800M worldwide for Warner Bros. (with Japan yet to bow). The movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, not only re-invigorated DC movies and the studio itself, but became a symbol of strength for women across the country. Now Jenkins is returning to the director’s chair to helm the second film in the franchise that she was so instrumental in starting.
Last month… Read
21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch Donates $1M To ADL: “Standing Up To Nazis Is Essential”
Add Fox News boss James Murdoch to the growing list of business executives taking issue with President Donald Trump’s Charlottesville riot response.
Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox, the parent of conservative Fox News Channel, said he and his wife, Kathryn, would donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League in the wake of Trump refusing to assign sole blame to a white supremacist/neo-Nazi group for fights on August 12 in Charlottesville, VA. Two factions squared… Read
‘SNL’: Tina Fey Endorses Anti-Hate Cake; Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Do Forefathers
SPOILER ALERT! This story contains details – and punchlines – from tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update Summer Edition.
UPDATE with video Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers returned to their spots on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update tonight, mocking Donald Trump, Confederate generals and, in Fey’s case, making a comically serious plea to avoid upcoming and potentially violent white supremacist rallies.
“Treat these rallies this weekend like… Read
Ryan Kavanaugh Sued For Fraud By Relativity Investor
Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh was sued today by one of his investors over monies that the plaintiff put into the struggling company, saying he was “fraudulently induced” into providing financial investment.
Carey Metz, a hedge fund investor, alleges in the complaint that “Kavanaugh desperately needed money to save Relativity from bankruptcy and to save his reputation and lifestyle, so [Kavanaugh] said whatever he thought would be persuasive, regardless of the truth, to… Read