‘Trolls’ Trailer: Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake Seek Their Happy Place
DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released the first official trailer for this fall’s Trolls. Starring Anna Kendrick as the eternally peppy Poppy, and Justin Timberlake as her polar opposite, Branch, the film hails from the creators of Shrek. Extended footage recently shown in Barcelona had folks bouncing in their seats — and, as Jeffrey Katzenberg noted, featured what may be the very first “poop cupcakes” seen on screen. Check out the clip above, it’s way… Read
Aharon Ipalé Dies: ‘The Mummy’ Actor Was 74
Aharon Ipalé, the Morocco-born actor whose 50-year career stretched from early 1960s soap operas to Ray Donovan but is perhaps best remembered as the Pharaoh in the Brendan Fraser-starring Mummy franchise, has died at his home in Israel. The 74-year-old actor’s death was confirmed by his manager Susan Ferris.
With 1960s appearances on Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital, Ipalé later had roles in 1971’s Fiddler on the Roof and the 1974 mini-series Moses the Lawgiver… Read
DMX Joins Cast Of Indie Feature ‘Pimp’
EXCLUSIVE: Rapper DMX has just committed to star in Pimp, an indie film from writer-director Christine Crokos that looks at life for women on the streets of New York amidst the hustles and dangers facing those working in the illegal sex trade. At the center of this film is a love story between a pimp (Keke Palmer, Akeelah And The Bee) and her girlfriend (Haley Ramm, The Originals) who dream of a better life and hope to get out of the one they're in. Filming is underway in… Read
Tom Hiddleston Returning To Comic-Con With Legendary’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’
EXCLUSIVE: San Diego Comic-Con attendees know him as Loki, the complex and duplicitous brother of Thor, but actor Tom Hiddleston will return to the convention under another guise this year.
The Night Manager star will be in Hall H as Captain James Conrad of Legendary’s upcoming Warner Bros. title Kong: Skull Island. We hear that the pic will be featured prominently as part of Warner Bros’ Comic-Con presentation, which looks to also be loaded with DC teasers — if past… Read
Daniel Craig In Talks To Star In L.A. Riots Pic ‘Kings’ Opposite Halle Berry
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Craig is in talks to star opposite Halle Berry in Mustang director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s anticipated English-language debut pic Kings. The project is set against a backdrop of rising tensions in Los Angeles during the Rodney King trial in 1992. Craig will play Ollie, a loner who lives in South Central — one of its only white residents — who befriends Berry’s character, a tough, protective mother who looks after a group of kids. When the riots explode in… Read
‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Adds ‘Captain Phillips’ Co-Star Barkhad Abdi
Captain Phillips Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi has joined Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright in the untitled sequel to Blade Runner. As has been the case with most casting announcements for the film, there are no details on his role. The cast also includes Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri and Dave Bautista.
Denis Villeneuve is directing the Alcon Entertainment pic, whose story picks up several decades after the conclusion of Ridley Scott's 1982 original… Read
Morgan Spurlock To Direct Movie On Hollywood Superagent Sue Mengers
EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has acquired rights to Brian Kellow’s bestselling biography Can I Go Now: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s Superagent. Spurlock will direct a feature on Mengers, writing a script and producing with Warrior Poets COO Jeremy Chilnick, with Richard Arlook also producing.
In her heyday, Mengers crashed the boys club that was Hollywood agenting, brandishing an outsized personality to go with her client list. In stints at MCA, ICM… Read
Truth Entertainment Finds Next Project In ‘Team Joy’
Truth Entertainment, one of the producers behind Dallas Buyers Club, has found its next project: it will be Team Joy, written and directed by Emmy-winning producer Joe Tripician. The film is centered on the complex relationship of a father-daughter grifter team whose life begins to unravel when the teenage hacker daughter second guesses their way of life and unknowingly puts the pair in danger. The story represents the pitfalls that occur when a child is raised under a… Read
William Hurt To Star Opposite Helen Hunt In ‘Live Like Line’
EXCLUSIVE: William Hurt has been set to star opposite Helen Hunt in Live Like Line, the inspirational sports movie about a girls volleyball team trying to win against all odds. The film rejoins the actor with director Sean McNamara as they just completed The King’s Daughter (aka The Moon & The Sun) together. McNamara is directing Line with a script by David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights) and revisions by Elissa Matsueda (Spare Parts).
Shooting on the new film will… Read
WME Signs ‘Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo
WME has signed Alien: Covenant actress Carmen Ejogo, who will next been seen as one of the new female leads in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them for Warner Bros. So the agency brings in a talent with two big tentpoles under her belt already. David Yates' Fantastic Beasts will bow November 18, while Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is scheduled for release August 4, 2017 via Fox.
Prior to these films, Ejogo portrayed Coretta Scott King in director Ava DuVernay's Selma… Read
Nate Parker To Receive Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award For ‘Birth Of A Nation’
The Birth of a Nation was the talk of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and now the nonprofit behind the annual Park City event is celebrating the pic’s director-star. The Sundance Institute said today that Nate Parker will receive its Vanguard Award.
Parker, who also wrote the screenplay, will be honored August 11 at Night Before Next, a summer celebration benefiting the Institute and its artists on the eve of Sundance Next Fest at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown… Read
Danny Trejo Looking For Some ‘Social Security’ Funding For New Pic With Craig Moss
Danny Trejo and his Bad Ass franchise director Craig Moss are reteaming and going the crowdfunding route for their next tie-up, the action comedy Social Security. The pair are eyeing a production start this year for the pic, which tells the story of Trejo, playing himself, who protects a retirement home from a group of menacing jewelry thieves. It had been set up briefly at 20th Century Fox, where the duo made three Bad Ass films, the latest in 2015. Now they’re looking… Read