Ron Howard On Jumping Into ‘Solo’, How George Lucas Helped Out, And New Seasons Of ‘Genius’ And ‘Arrested Development’ – Behind The Lens
This week’s edition of my Deadline video series Behind The Lens goes on location to the French Riviera and the Cannes Film Festival, where I sat down a few days ago with Oscar-winning director Ron Howard for a wide-ranging discussion of the varied aspects of his career.
Howard was in Cannes for the splashy international premiere of his latest film Solo: A Star Wars Story, which opens in much of the world today. He talks candidly about the unexpected assignment when he was… Read
Haley Bennett-Starring ‘Swallow’ Rounds Out Cast
Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche and Denis O'Hare have been added to the cast of Swallow, the indie psychological thriller starring Haley Bennett. Austin Stowell is also aboard the pic, which serves as the debut feature film of writer-director Carlo Mirabella-Davis. Shooting is now underway, with CAA and UTA handling domestic rights and Charades repping international.
Bennett plays a newly pregnant woman who develops the compulsion to consume dangerous objects. The story… Read
Netflix And Telefónica Confirm Their Partnership On Twitter
Netflix and Telefónica announced a global partnership that will bring the Internet video service to Telefonica’s TV and video platforms in Europe and Latin America, confirming speculation about a potential deal.
Telefónica Executive Chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete announced the partnership by tweeting a campy video in which he calls CEO Reed Hastings via a 1920s era payphone reminiscent of the Netflix Spanish-language original series, The Cable Girls. Hastings is seen… Read
Sinqua Walls Cast In ‘Otherhood’; Madelyn Cline Boards ‘Once Upon A Time In Staten Island’
Sinqua Walls (Once Upon A Time, Power) has come aboard the Netflix film, Otherhood, which has Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette attached as leads. Cindy Chupack is directing the romantic comedy about three Moms who leave their suburban life to reconnect with their estranged sons in NYC. Walls will play Matt Walker, a good-looking, overachieving art director for a magazine who is a serial womanizer. The film was adapted by Chupack and Mark Andrus based on William… Read
Paul Bettany On ‘Star Wars’, ‘Avengers’, Taking Advice From Peter O’Toole & Those ‘Master And Commander 2’ Whispers
Paul Bettany has been living in Disney’s world of late, reprising his role as Vision in Marvel’s mega-blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War and suiting up as villain Dryden Vos in Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story which began international rollout this week and releases domestically today. The latter is a reteam for Bettany with director Ron Howard following collaborations on 2001’s A Beautiful Mind and 2006’s The Da Vinci Code. In a recent chat, Bettany and I geeked out… Read
Elizabeth Sung Dies: Actress Whose Scores Of Credits Include ‘Y&R’, ‘Sopranos’ & ‘Curb’ Was 63
Elizabeth Sung, a character actress whose 30-year career included such popular TV series as The Young and the Restless, The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm and films including Memoirs of a Geisha and The Joy Luck Club, has died. She was 63. The Associated Press reported that she died Tuesday but gave no other details.
A Hong King native, Sung also was a Juilliard-trained dancer and an acting coach/teacher. She did a stint in the American Film Institute’s Directing… Read
Emmys: ‘Tickling Giants’ Director Sara Taksler On Her Doc About The “Jon Stewart Of Egypt” & Lessons For Trump’s America
When supporters of President Trump expressed outrage over Michelle Wolf's comedy routine at the recent White House Correspondents' Dinner, one interested observer kept a wary eye on the controversy. His name was Bassem Youssef and he knew a little something about the importance of political humor.
"Instead of being petty and getting all wrapped up in their egos, they should embrace the likes of Michelle Wolf," Youssef wrote in a statement provided exclusively to Deadline… Read
Pascal Pictures Picks Up Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch ‘Genus’ From Screenwriter Kat Wood
EXCLUSIVE: Winning what was a competitive bidding situation, Amy Pascal via Pascal Pictures just nailed down a sci-fi pitch from screenwriter Kat Wood. This is the second project that Pascal has bought from Wood, following another sci-fi project, Envoy, that Pascal brought into her company last year. This latest pitch is entitled Genus, described as a thriller about a scientist who accidentally brings back a prehistoric form of human species. It’s set in modern day and… Read
‘Christopher Robin’ Trailer: Pooh, Tigger & The Milne Menagerie Get Their Close-Ups
A.A. Milne’s silly old bear is back and looking ever so slightly — and altogether endearingly — scruffy in this new trailer for Disney’s live-action Christopher Robin. It’s the best glimpse we’ve had yet of director Marc Foster’s visually realistic, stitched-at-the-seams take on the Pooh bear, depressed donkey Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and the rest of Milne’s menagerie.
The trailer, posted exclusively today on Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellentube, focuses more on the animals than… Read
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Starts Offshore With $11.4M; China Grounds Flying Ace
UPDATE: Disney/Lucasfilm’s Han Solo origins tale, Solo: A Star Wars Story, has kicked off with $11.4M in two days at the international box office. The Ron Howard-directed film opened in 43 markets on Wednesday and Thursday including majors the UK, France and Korea. However, not included in the figure above is the unofficial $3.3M Day One estimate out of China today where the Millennium Falcon is stalling.
Ahead of the weekend, we were hearing estimates for the full 3-day… Read
‘Violent Delights’ Rounds Out Cast With Wolf Fleetwood-Ross & More
EXCLUSIVE: Wolf Fleetwood-Ross, Noah Luis Brown and Meghan Wiggins have been cast in actress Taylor DeVoe’s feature directing debut, Violent Delights. They join The Florida Project breakout Bria Vinaite and Timur Magomedgadzhiev (the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days One Night, The Unknown Girl).
Based on an original screenplay by DeVoe, Violent Delights tells the story of three young musicians whose inner demons threaten to derail their budding careers. As the European leg of… Read
‘Kim Possible’ Live Action Disney Channel Movie Adds Alyson Hannigan And More
The live action Disney Channel movie version of animated hit Kim Possible has announced some casting additions, led by Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Connie Ray (The Big C).
Also joining the cast are Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys) and Taylor Ortega, who will play fan-favorite villains Drakken and Shego, respectively; Ciara Wilson (OMG!) has been cast as new high school student Athena; and Erika Tham (Make It Pop) will play Kim’s… Read