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Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ To Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’
The enterprise is relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema. While “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein” are the only two films in the initiative to be dated, the studio is currently developing “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp set to star, and a “Frankenstein” film with Javier Bardem on board to play the classic monster. “Van Helsing” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon” films are also planned. »
- Justin Kroll
‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise
Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Ted Sarandos Says Netflix Returning to Cannes Is ‘Less Attractive’ Under New Rule
Returning to Cannes is “less attractive” for Netflix if its films must play out of competition under a new rule requiring all competition titles to have a theatrical release, Ted Sarandos said early Monday.
Netflix made a splash on the Croisette this year with two movies in the official competition, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But outrage from French exhibitors and others over the selection prompted the festival to issue its new restriction on competition eligibility, effective next year.
Speaking to Variety at Netflix’s late-night bash in Cannes, Sarandos at first said “no” when asked whether the streaming giant would be willing to come back with its films relegated to out-of-competition. But he added quickly: “Well, I shouldn’t say that. It would be less attractive, for sure, because it would affect [Netflix’s] festival strategy around the world.”
Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Why ‘Dangal’s’ Triumph in China Could Be a Game-Changer For India
Indian drama “Dangal” crossed the $100-million mark at the Chinese box office Saturday, becoming the biggest foreign-language film of all time in China and reshaping perceptions of the movie market in the world’s most populous nation.
The film opened May 5, going head to head with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and coming second to the Hollywood superhero movie in its first weekend. But as “Guardians” lost momentum, “Dangal” picked up speed and screens.
This week, its third on release and second at the top of the chart, “Dangal” overtook “Your Name,” the Japanese animated smash hit that scored $82 million (RMB566 million) in China last year. “Dangal,” with more than $113 million (RMB780 million,) has now made more in China than in India.
- Patrick Frater
Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52
Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »
‘Gma,’ Ginger Zee Take Viewers on Virtual Tour of Shark Infested Waters (Video)
“Good Morning America” co-host Ginger Zee made history on Monday with an underwater Facebook Live shot in virtual reality, surrounded by sharks in the Bahamas. Also ABC News chief meteorologist, Zee told TheWrap that she wasn’t scared of the wild predators. “I learned that as long as we take all the precautions and respect the sharks they will respect us,” Zee said Monday. “That said, when I was down there I definitely had a few moments where they were coming straight at me to check me out, their eyes looking me up and down and my heart was beating a bit. »
- Brian Flood
MSNBC Beats Fox News Among Weekday Primetime Viewers for First Time Ever
MSNBC beat both Fox News and CNN in weekday primetime among both total viewers and the key news demo for the first time ever last week. MSNBC was the No. 2 most-watched network in all of basic cable for prime fromMay 15-19, behind only behind TNT’s NBA-playoff heavy schedule. MSNBC averaged 2.44 million primetime viewers, compared to 2.4 million for Fox News and 1.6 million for CNN. Among the key news demo of adults age 25-54, MSNBC averaged 611,000 viewers from 8-11 p.m., compared to 497,000 for Fox News. More to come… »
- Brian Flood
MSNBC Hits Ratings Milestone, Fox News Drops to Third Place for First Time in 17 Years
For the first time in its history, MSNBC ranked number one in both total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic during primetime for a full week among the big three cable news networks.
For the week of May 15, the network averaged 2.44 million viewers with 611,000 in the key demo from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., beating both Fox News and CNN for the week. Four MSNBC programs were number one for the week in total viewers in their respective time periods: “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”, “The 11th Hour” and the midnight re-air of “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Maddow had the top ranked non-sports program in all of cable for the week.
Fox News ranked number three in primetime in the key demographic for five straight days with 497,000 viewers, the longest streak at number three the network has had in that measure in 17 years, since June 2000. CNN finished second in the demo »
- Joe Otterson
Cannes 2017: IFC Nears Deal for Directors’ Fortnight Film ‘The Rider’ (Exclusive)
IFC Films is near a deal to acquire Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title “The Rider,” written and directed by Chloé Zhao, TheWrap has exclusively learned. ‘The Rider” is Zhao’s second feature and second film selected for Directors’ Fortnight. Based on the true story of Brady Jandreau, the film stars Jandreau along with Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott and Cat Clifford and tells the story of a young rodeo hotshot grappling with the aftermath of an accident that leaves him unable to ride. Read More See Chloe Zhao's latest Power Move. PowerRank: 16455 »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: Are ‘Blood Boys’ a Thing?
Horse-mating scenes aside, “Silicon Valley” has now really gone beyond the pale. In Sunday’s episode, tech “maverick” and Hooli founder Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) made use of a “blood boy” — receiving a blood transfusion from a young man in an effort to life-hack his way to the fountain of youth. As it turns out, the practice depicted in Season 4’s Episode 5 isn’t out of reach in real life. In the episode, aptly titled “The Blood Boy,” Gavin listens to a presentation from Richard while his “transfusion associate” Bryce (Graham Rogers) sits by his side, supplying him with his young blood. »
- Sean Burch
‘So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation’: Emmy voters can watch ‘Top 4 Perform’ on Fyc website
The “Top 4 Perform” episode of “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” has been submitted as Fox’s paid entry on the TV academy’s Fyc website, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. While the Emmy site is updated frequently, as of this writing “Sytycd” is the only Best Reality-Competition Program contender available for voters to watch on their laptops, tablets and […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
The Orchard Nabs U.S. Rights to Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ (Exclusive)
Sold in international markets by Films Distribution, “Bpm” is a group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-founder of Films Distribution, said “Bpm” was powerful enough to break out of the Lgbt niche and reach broader audiences.
“Bpm” marks Campillo’s first film to play at Cannes. The buzz on the Croisette is that the film could scoop up a prize. The film has earned near-unanimous strong reviews, and a good shot at capturing the festival’s Palme d’Or. Variety‘s Guy Lodge »
- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang
Bryan Fuller Compares ‘Alien: Covenant’ to ‘Bad Friday the 13th Sequels’
Bryan Fuller, the creator of “American Gods,” “Hannibal,” probably isn’t going to be collaborating with Ridley Scott anytime soon. When asked about his thoughts Scott’s latest, “Alien: Covenant,” at the Vulture Festival Saturday, Fuller said, “I think the last two movies have had too many similarities to bad ‘Friday the 13th’ sequels and not enough similarities to good ‘Alien’ movies.” Scott also directed the last film in the franchise, “Prometheus.” Ouch. Fuller added, “So, you see this chest-burster and how disturbing and snakelike it is, and then the other chest-burster in ‘Alien: Covenant’ is just standing up,” he laughed. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Does ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Although it’s been six long years since Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow hit the big screen, he returns May 26 in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” And what’s more, audiences who stick around to the very end of the credits will see a bonus scene — one that also teases a possible sixth installment in the fantasy adventure franchise. (The studio has not slated another installment.) “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by series newcomers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, features returning stars Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom as well as newcomers like Javier Bardem, »
- Thom Geier
‘Amazing Race’ Creators on Surprise Renewal, Emmys and Plans for the Future (Exclusive)
“The Amazing Race” has been on since September 5, 2001. A cornerstone of the founding generation of modern primetime reality, the CBS franchise has won 15 Emmys and ruled the Reality Competition category for seven years in a row. After 16 years in non-stop pre-production, global production, or post, fans began to worry. First, there was no slot on the 2016-17 schedule. Then an 11-month hiatus. A rescheduled season premiere arrived just before April in a wonky Thursday 10 p.m. timeslot. “Double episode” weeks plowed through the season quickly. This season of “The Amazing Race” has included legs in Venice, Italy (above), Sao Paulo, »
- Mikey Glazer
Cannes Competitor ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Closes Clutch of Deals
Sold in international markets by Films Distribution, “Bpm” was acquired for Italy (Teodora), Spain (Avalon), Turkey (Bir Films), Sweden (Folket Bio), Denmark (Camera), Switzerland (Agora), Portugal (Midas), Hungary (Vertigo), Benelux (Cineart), Israel (Lev), Hong Kong (Edko),Taiwan (Filmware) and Mexico (Canibal).
A U.S. deal is in negotiation. Earlier in the festival, the film was also picked up by Curzon for U.K. distribution.
“Bpm” marks Campillo’s first film to play at Cannes. The buzz on the Croisette is that the film could scoop up a prize.
The film has earned near-unanimous strong reviews. Variety’s Guy Lodge said the movie “melds the personal, the political, and the erotic to heart-bursting effect.”
“Bpm” is a group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Cannes: Tunisian Drama ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ Lands at Oscilloscope for U.S.
The story centers on a young Tunisian woman, portrayed by Mariam Al Ferjani, who’s raped by police officers after leaving a party and is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors.
Production companies for “Beauty and the Dogs” are Cinetelefilms, Tanit Films, Laika Film & Television, Film i Väst, Schortcut Films, Integral Film & Literature and Chimney. Producers are Habib Attia and Nadim Cheikhrouha. Co-producers are Georges Schoucair, Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen, Jorgen Lorentzen, Andreas Rocksen, Tomas Eskilsson and Jon Mankell.
Jour2Fete made the deal. Additionally, the film will be released in Benelux (Cinéart), France (Jour2Fête), Switzerland (Trigon), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Middle East (Mc Distribution), Greece »
- Dave McNary
Christina Ricci, John Cusack, Brendan Fletcher Starring in Drama ‘Distorted’
Production companies are Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and Invico Capitol. Voltage Pictures will handle international rights with Minds Eye International managing domestic and Canadian rights.
Kevin DeWalt and Danielle Masters will produce, with Andrew Holmes and Ben DeWalt Co-Producing. Executive producers include Guy Griffithe, Allison Taylor, Jason Brooks, Darren Benning, Frank White, and Nicolas Chartier.
Rob W. King is directing from a script written by Arne Olsen. Ricci plays an artist who suffers from bipolar disorder and who is recovering from a the loss of a child. Plagued by disturbing memories and fears for her own safety, she and her devoted husband (played by Fletcher) move to an apartment building that boasts ultra modern design features and integrated security systems. Ricci’s »
- Dave McNary
Kix Brooks and John Kuelbs Form Vaquero Entertainment, Announce First Film
Team Two Entertainment producing partners Kix Brooks, William Shockley, Dustin Rikert and Eric Brooks have joined forces with John Kuelbs, Chairman of Group 1200 Media and Funimation, to create Vaquero Entertainment.
Developing product for film, home entertainment and television, Vaquero Entertainment will be distributed through Group 1200 Media. The first venture will be the direct to video film “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” which has a release date scheduled for June 6.
The film tells the story of how a deceased country music star (John Schneider) sends his estranged sons (Justin Deeley and Leo Howard) on a road trip to collect their inheritance. Along the way, the brothers learn about life, love, and the power of forgiveness through a series of misadventures.
A founding member of the country band, Brooks & Dunn, Brooks’ past credits in the film world include “Ambush at Dark Canyon” and “Born Wild.” He is repped by Wme.
- Justin Kroll
‘Billions’: How Gender-Neutral Star Asia Kate Dillon Elevated Season 2 To Emmy Contender Status
Showtime’s Wall Street drama series “Billions” came up empty Emmy nominations morning last July. Although the show’s first season was both popular and well-reviewed, there’s a lot of shows that fit the same bill.
This year, things could be different thanks to Asia Kate Dillon’s performance as Taylor Mason. Sporting a shaved head and buttoned-down men’s clothes, the actor portrays a whip-thin Mensa-level analyst who was born female and identifies as non-binary.
Showrunner Brian Koppelman learned about non-binary fluidity from his kids. “I was fascinated,” he said. “It seemed to fill something Dave [Levien] and I were looking for, a character to come in from the external world, an atypical intern that Axe recognizes could be helpful.”
“It did free us up have a different lens to look at Axe Capital,” said Levien, who also serves as showrunner. “On the surface they are all looking at Taylor, »
- Anne Thompson
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