Category: Film-News

$ 100 M Multi-year Ava DuVernay Inks, Multi-Genre Warner Bros TV Overall Deal

The relationship between Ava DuVernay and the Warner Bros Television Group just got much deeper and richer, literally and figuratively. The Emmy - winning and Oscar - nominated director signed a multi-year and multi-genre deal with the studio in Peter Roth.  The WRT production and development deal for DuVernay and its Forward Movement Shingle covers drama and comedy series, documentaries, digital content, event projects and long - form projects for broadcasting and cable, premium cable, streaming services and other platforms is a big leap for a primary filmmaker known as director. It is the first pact of DuVernay with any studio and will begin in January.  " I had only lovely experiences working with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul, " said DuVernay, also Queen Sugar and Red Line EP, today.  " In fantastic and nourishing ways, they love and support artists.  They work in a traditional studio led by Kevin Tsujihara with unconventional energy and fresh protocols for deliberate, inclusive imaging.  Warner Bros is an excellent partner in matters of visibility and belonging to all kinds of people and cultures, which is our mission in the Future Movement.  I couldn't be happier to call my production home Warner Bros TV. " " We had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are very excited about the new stories she has to tell." While DuVernay is no stranger to the contrary, many might have considered her a more natural fit in Netflix, where her Oscar- appointed 13th documentary was launched.  She also has the newly wrapped four- part Central Park Five drama coming from the streaming service next year and a Prince documentary with exclusive access to the archives of Purple One. " Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliantly talented author, producer, director and entrepreneur whose ability to inspire her art is only surpassed by her ability to entertain," said Roth, Chairman and Chief Content Officer of the Warner Bros Group.  " We had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are very excited about the new stories she has to tell." While DuVernay is no stranger to the contrary, many might have considered her a more natural fit in Netflix, where her Oscar- appointed 13th documentary was launched.  She also has the newly wrapped four- part Central Park Five drama coming from the streaming service next year and a Prince documentary with exclusive access to the archives of Purple One. In an environment where everyone tries to lock up talent, however, it makes sense for DuVernay to move to a traditional studio when Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy go to the streamer.  For one thing, in addition to the range and reach offered by WBTV, one must take into account the relationship between the Selma helmer and the studio through the Warner Horizon Scripted Television-produced Queen Sugar, which was renewed in August for a fourth season at Oprah's OWN, and the CBS event series Red Line, which the executive produces with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter in-house superman.  In addition, unlike a streamer, the WBTV deal offers DuVernay the opportunity to sell its shows to everyone, instead of being locked in one place.  It also does not affect the big - screen ambitions of the indie collective ARRAY founder, which will also see DuVernay directing a big - budget adaptation of the Jack Kirby created The New Gods for Warner Bros Pictures.   New Gods will be the second such film for DuVernay, who was the first colored woman to host a $ 100 million live action movie earlier this year with Disney's A Wrinkle In Time.

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Scott Wilson, Actor in 'The Walking Dead' and 'In Cold Blood,' Dies at 76

His first film was 'In the Heat of the Night,' and he also stood out in 'The Ninth Configuration,' 'Dead Man Walking' and 'Monster.' Scott Wilson, the Georgia-born actor admired for the intensity he demonstrated in such dark, disturbing projects as In Cold Blood, The Walking Dead and The Ninth Configuration, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 76. Details were not immediately available, but the official Twitter account for the Walking Dead comic book, on which the popular AMC show of the same name is based, confirmed the news Saturday. "We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76," the statement read. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you." At New York Comic-Con 2018, Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang announced that Wilson would reprise his role as Hershel in season nine — which premieres Sunday — though she offered no word on the timing of his appearance or how many episodes in which he was slated to appear. However, sources have confirmed that Wilson had filmed some scenes. The announcement was made a little more than an hour before news of Wilson's passing spread on social media. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for AMC said: "Scott will always be remembered as a great actor, and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed." CSI fans know Wilson as the crooked Las Vegas casino owner Sam Braun, the father of Marg Helgenberger's Catherine Willows, and he played the troubled neighbor Judd Travers in the three Shiloh family films released in 1996, 1999 and 2006. Wilson also was memorable in The Great Gatsby (1974), where his character, the owner of a filling station, shoots and kills Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford) while he's lounging in his mansion swimming pool, then turns the gun on himself. He often brought anxiety and melancholy to his roles. After portraying the murder suspect Harvey Oberst in his first feature, the best picture Oscar winner In the Heat of the Night (1967), Wilson was cast as real-life murderer Dick Hickock for In Cold Blood (1967). The chilling documentary-like drama was directed by Richard Brooks, who also adapted Truman Capote's sensational 1965 best-selling novel for the screenplay. Hickock had met fellow drifter Perry Smith (played by Robert Blake in the film) in jail, and after they were paroled, they headed to a farm in Holcomb, Kansas, for a robbery. Finding little cash on hand, they killed four members of the Clutter family — the husband, wife and two of their teenage children — in 1959. (The pair spoke with Capote for the book before being executed in 1965).

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Halle Berry Will Executive Produce ‘Boomerang’ TV Series With Lena Waithe

It's been 26 years since "Boomerang" wowed moviegoers... It’s been more than two decades since Eddie Murphy brought the story of Marcus Graham, a handsome, high-powered marketing executive to life in Boomerang. After BET announced it was adapting the 1992 hit comedy for the small screen, now we know Boomerang star Halle Berry will partner with Lena Waithe to executive produce the series. “I’m thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a doubt a leading voice of her generation and a trail blazer in her own right,” Berry said in a statement. “I’m truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and beloved film to the small screen.” Waithe, who made history as the first Black woman to win an Emmy Award for comedy writing, will pen the pilot episode with writer and producer Ben Cory Jones, who will also serve as Boomerang’s showrunner. While many may be weary about yet another reboot, Waithe assured fans that she’s not trying to simply recreate the magic of the original film, but rather tell a modern story based on a film many of us love. “This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story,” Waithe explained. “There’s no point in trying to remake a classic,” she continued. “It can’t be done. So we want to create something fresh that speaks to a new generation. We hope people will come to the show with an open mind and ready to embrace the new world we’ve created!” According to Deadline, the show will center on the children of the film’s main characters — Marcus (Murphy), Angela (Berry), and Jacqueline (Robin Givens) — and will premiere on BET in early 2019.  

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(WATCH TRAILER) WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR? TRAVOLTA'S 'GOTTI' REVIEWS EARNS 0 PERCENT SCORE ON ROTTEN TOMATOES

After it took nearly a decade to get Gotti off the ground, the John Travolta-led flick scored a 0 percent with critics on Rotten Tomatoes... "That the long-gestating crime drama Gotti is a dismal mess comes as no surprise," Glenn Kenny, a New York Times critic and featured reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes, wrote Friday. "What does shock is just how multifaceted a dismal mess it is." Travolta, 64, stars as the late John Gotti—an Italian-American mobster who became the leader of the Gambino Crime Family in New York. The film, directed by Kevin Connolly (Eric "E" Murphy in Entourage) and penned by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi, depicts Gotti's three-decade run as head of the Gambino clan and the repercussions that came with the task. Travolta's real-life wife Kelly Preston stars opposite as Victoria Gotti, the gangster's loyal wife. Gotti's low score is based on 18 reviews. It joins an elite club of films that have managed to receive the rare 0 percent rating. Critics felt movies like The Ridiculous 6, Killing Me Softly, Max Steel and One Missed Call were also worthy of such low marks. Travolta's latest project also earned unfavorable feedback on Metacritic, but it succeeded in generating a slightly higher—yet, still dismal—27 percent rating. "Gotti is a connect-the-dots disaster—the don's greatest hits, so to speak—without discernible theme or cohesive narrative," Critic Frank Lovece wrote for Newsday Friday. "What feel[s] like plot pieces from different movies are strung together with long excerpts from vintage newscasts featuring the likes of WNBC/4's John Miller and WABC/7's Roger Grimsby substituting for dramatized events." It took eight years for John Gotti Jr. to bring his father's story to the big screen. Gotti was initially announced in 2010, but the project didn't begin to move forward until 2015. The film's supporting cast was rounded out in 2016.

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(WATCH TRAILER) Halloween‘s First Trailer Recalls The Most Chilling Parts Of The Original Slasher...

The first trailer for the new Halloween is here, and it arrived straight from your darkest nightmares.... The upcoming film ignores all previous incarnations of the franchise except for the original, taking place 40 years after the events of the 1978 Halloween, which ended with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) narrowly escaping the murderous grasp of Michael Myers (Nick Castle) after he finished off her friends, and culminated with Myers ominously running from his own death into the small town of Haddonfield. Both Castle and Curtis reprise their roles in the upcoming movie, scars and all, and both have spent the past 40 years awaiting their rematch. To be honest, it's hard to tell which of the two is going to be the more chilling player: the boogeyman, or the woman who has turned her backyard into target practice while awaiting vengeance. The trailer opens with an explanation of what happened after October 31, 1978. In this new version of events, Myers was caught by police soon after fleeing the crime scene. He has remained in prison since, and Laurie has prayed for his escape every night, "So I can kill him." On this fateful Halloween, her prayers are answered — and the killer promptly returns to his terrorizing ways. In one particularly gruesome moment that seems to set the tone for the slasher flick, Myers drops a fistful of bloody human teeth into a public restroom stall, then attacks the woman using it. As Laurie had always suspected, Myers makes his way back to Haddonfield to finish what he began four decades earlier — but this time, Laurie's more than ready for the fight. Watch the first trailer above. Halloween hits theaters Friday, October 19.

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Morgan Freeman Is Accused of Sexual Harassment by Several Women

Morgan Freeman, one of the most celebrated actors in the film industry, has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, according to a report by CNN on Thursday. The accusations ranged from unwanted touching to sexually suggestive comments — on movie sets, in office environments and during meetings with the news media... One production assistant told CNN that she had endured several months of harassment while working on the set of “Going in Style,” a film released last year starring Mr. Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine. She said that on one occasion Mr. Freeman had tried to lift up her skirt until Mr. Arkin intervened. A woman described as a senior member of the production staff of “Now You See Me,” a 2013 movie, said Mr. Freeman would routinely comment on her physical appearance and that of her assistant. Three reporters said that Mr. Freeman made inappropriate comments to them during publicity events to promote coming films. One reporter, Chloe Melas of CNN, said that, during an interview last year for “Going in Style,” when she was six months pregnant, Mr. Freeman looked her up and down and told her, “You are ripe.” A camera caught Mr. Freeman saying “Boy, do I wish I was there,” directed toward Ms. Melas. CNN aired the video with the remark on Thursday.

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Harvey Weinstein set to turn himself in on sex crime charges in New York NYPD

Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday to face charges related to alleged sexual misconduct in connection to a probe by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and NYPD, the Daily News has confirmed... The fallen former Hollywood honcho is facing charges in connection to at least one accuser — Lucia Evans — who reported to investigators that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004, sources said. Because of the nature of the allegations, the statute of limitations does not apply. A special grand jury was also being presented with evidence related to possible financial fraud against Weinstein but it was not immediately clear if the charges include money mishandling allegations. The grand jury hearing Weinstein evidence was convened weeks ago, sources told The News. Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing. His attorney Benjamin Brafman declined to comment Thursday.

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John Wick 3 Has Officially Cast Halle Berry And More

The last we saw our favorite retired hitman and puppy avenger John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 2, he was in a world of trouble, having been declared officially excommunicado from the Continental and dealing with a global contract out on his head. When it releases next year, John Wick: Chapter 3 will pick up after the events of the last film and find Keanu Reeves' character facing countless threats with no sanctuary to turn to. Joining the action franchise this time around is Halle Berry. The Oscar-winning actress took to social media to confirm her role in the film, check it out: I am Sofia ? #johnwick3 @rikerbrothers A post shared by Halle Berry (@halleberry) on May 21, 2018 at 9:29am PDT We had heard that John Wick: Chapter 3 was eyeing Halle Berry for the female lead, but it is nice to finally get that official confirmation from the actress herself. We don't know much at this point other than that her character will be named Sofia and that she reportedly won't be the film's villain, suggesting she could be an ally for John Wick and potentially even a new love interest. Halle Berry is, of course no stranger to the action genre, having starred as a Bond girl in Die Another Day and just last year in the more comic-booky spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. But Halle Berry isn't the only talented actor being added to the cast for this next chapter either, as Angelica Huston and Asia Kate Dillon are also joining John Wick 3.

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Jet Li Looks Frail & Unrecognizable shocks fans with frail appearance

Fans of action star and martial arts hero Jet Li are worried about his health after a new photo surfaced of him looking frail and unrecognizable. The 55-year-old actor revealed in 2013 that he was suffering from hyperthyroidism and a heart condition. He also has been struggling for years due to injuries to his legs and spine, which were sustained on the set of his movies. The new fan photo, which has been spreading around on social media, has fans saying he looks 20-30 years older than his age.

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