Ron Howard Talks Han Solo Movie & ‘Star Wars’ Universe – Cannes Lions
One day after he was confirmed to be directing Disney/Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo movie, Ron Howard appeared on the main Palais stage here at Cannes Lions. In a discussion alongside New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, there were many subjects touched upon, but the audience was clearly clamoring for comment from Howard on his new gig.
Smiling, he called his first foray into the Star Wars universe, “A little opportunity that came my way.”
Looking back, he added… Read
Jay Roth Fete: The Reason You Can’t Get A Hollywood Mogul On The Phone Tonight
UPDATED with more details: Hollywood is bidding farewell tonight to Jay Roth, who recently retired after 22 years as the DGA's national executive director. The by-invitation-only send-off, which is going on now at the DGA's headquarters in Hollywood, is being attended by a slew of the industry's top movers and shakers.
Industry execs on hand include Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures; Kevin Tsujihar… Read
Johnny Depp Jokes About Donald Trump: “When Was The Last Time An Actor Assassinated A President?”
Keep an eye on the Sparrow? Well, the Secret Service might be having a little chat with one Johnny Depp after the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s joke about President Donald Trump went over like a lead zeppelin Thursday at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England.
Speaking to the crowd from a stage, Depp said: “Can we bring Trump here? … I think he needs help.” That’s OK so far, but the one-time Lone Ranger went on to crank it up to 11, drawing mostly cheers and a… Read
Peter Bart: Are Fabulous Female Directors Limited By Tired Dude Genres?
Five very attractive actresses sewed their wild oats on 3,100 screens last weekend, but hardly anyone noticed. With a female director and an all-female cast, Rough Night from Sony sat a sad seventh on the box office charts (barely above Captain Underpants), stirring some to ask these questions: Are female filmmakers squandering their newly acquired muscle by recycling tired dude genres? Are the feminine sensibilities of a Nora Ephron or Nancy Meyers getting lost in… Read
L.A. Film Fest Award Winners: ‘Becks’, ‘The Keeping Hours’ Among Honorees – Complete List
Becks, the musical drama directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell starring Lena Hall, won the LA Film Festival’s U.S. Fiction Award today, while Karen Moncrieff’s The Keeping Hours took the Audience Award for a fiction feature.
Those winners were among the awards announced today at the festival’s Awards Reception by Festival Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh (see the complete list below).
Festival Guest Director Miguel Arteta (Beat… Read
‘Superior Donuts’ Star Jermaine Fowler Cast In ‘Sorry To Bother You’
EXCLUSIVE: Jermaine Fowler, exec producer and star of the CBS comedy Superior Donuts, has been added the cast of Sorry to Bother You, from first-time writer-director Boots Riley. He joins Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Lakeith Stanfield, and Steven Yeun.
The drama centers on a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues who discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against… Read
OAZ Makes Daniel Abrams A Partner
Oscars Abrams Zimel & Associates has promoted Daniel Abrams to partner, joining longtime partners Michael Oscars, Gayle Abrams and Perry Zimel. The management and production company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month,.
OAZ reps a roster that includes Christopher Plummer, Andrea Martin, Wendy Crewson, Kim Coates, Victor Garber, Edward Asner, Sharon Gless, Henry Czerny, Katie Ford, Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney and Kristin Lehman among others.
Daniel Abrams began… Read
Neve Campbell Joins Dwayne Johnson In ‘Skyscraper’
EXCLUSIVE: Neve Campbell has signed on to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in Skyscraper, Legendary’s 3D action thriller written and to be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Universal already has staked out a July 13, 2018, release date. Production starts in August.
Johnson stars as a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and… Read
Michael Beach Joins Warner Bros’ ‘Aquaman’
Michael Beach is set for a role in Warner Bros’ Jason Momoa-starring DC Comics stand-alone film Aquaman. He joins Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Ludi Lin, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the cast. James Wan is at the helm of the pic, which will hit theater during Christmas season 2018.
Warner Bros says Beach will play Jesse Kane, part of a group of high-seas hijackers who has a fateful interaction with Aquaman. But… Read
‘Jurassic World’ Sequel Gets A Title
Jurassic World‘s sequel now has a title — and a poster. Universal unveiled the name, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, on its social handles this morning. The reveals come exactly a year before the tentpole’s June 22, 2018, release date.
In one year, life finds a way. pic.twitter.com/32Cu62xn1Y
— Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) June 22, 2017
Juan Antonio Bayona is directing the sequel, taking over from franchise resurrector Colin Trevorrow. Chris Pratt and Bryce… Read
Jennifer Lopez Boards STX’s ‘Second Act’ With Director Peter Segal
Jennifer Lopez, who is is working on the third season of her hit NBC series Shades of Blue, has come aboard to star in and produce the romantic comedy Second Act, which Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Anger Management) is directing for STXfilms. In the vein of Working Girl and Lopez’s 2002 starrer Maid in Manhattan, the film is about a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as… Read
‘Stronger’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal Takes First Steps In Boston Bombing Drama
“I just want people to see how amazing my son is,” says Miranda Richardson’s Patty Bauman in this trailer for Stronger, as the clip makes her case. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the 2013 terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Co-starring as his girlfriend Erin is Tatiana Maslany.
The trailer, which includes a realistic depiction of the explosion, lays out the film’s premise: Bauman is waiting at the finish line for his… Read