NCM Entertainment Roundup – June 6, 2018

The heist is on in Ocean’s 8.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

MGM is close to securing a deal with Reese Witherspoon to reprise her classic role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3. The studio is quickly putting the project together with the original film’s writers and producers. While the third installment will maintain the spirit of the first Legally Blonde released 17 years ago, “the intention [with Legally Blonde 3] is to make this more about female empowerment.” (Deadline)

Warner Bros. has plans to create a standalone film for Jared Leto’s version of The Joker. While plot details are unknown, the studio is looking to expand on the world of Suicide Squad that will tie into future installments of that property. A Harley Quinn film based on the Birds of Prey comic series has already been announced. (Variety)

On the other side of the Warner Bros. lot, Ryan Gosling, Donald Glover and Ezra Miller are on the shortlist for the lead actor role in a Willy Wonka remake. The project, led by Paddington director Paul King, is rumored to be a prequel that explores Wonka’s origin story. (Collider)

Sterling K. Brown will join Blake Lively in Rhythm Section, a spy movie in which “a woman (Lively)…assumes three different identities as she seeks to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family – a flight that she was meant to be on.” Filming will resume this month following Lively’s recovery from an on-set hand injury. Rhythm Section is slated for release on February 22, 2019. (Hollywood Reporter)

Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron have been cast as the voices of Gomez and Morticia Addams in MGM’s animated comedy The Addams Family. Additional cast members include Chloe Grace Moretz (Wednesday Addams), Finn Wolfhard (Pugsley Addams), Nick Kroll (Uncle Fester), Bette Midler (Grandmama) and Allison Janney (Margaux Needler, the Addams’ arch nemesis). The film opens October 11, 2019. (Variety)

Noah Hawley has finished his screenplay for a solo Doctor Doom film, but there are no plans to move forward. Not only will Hawley’s focus shift to Pale Blue Dot when filming begins in July, but the recent acquisition by Disney of 20th Century Fox leaves ownership of Doctor Doom’s character in question. “I think the studio would like to make it,” said Hawley. “I think we’re all just trying to figure out how and when we’re gonna do that.” (Vulture)

James Marsden will star in live-action/animation hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog, the first film adaptation of SEGA’s classic video game character. Jeff Fowler will direct the film, while Deadpool director Tim Miller will serve as executive producer along with Toby Ascher. The movie is scheduled to release on November 15, 2019. (Variety)

Details surrounding the Billie Holiday biopic Billie are coming together. In addition to rumors that R&B artist Andra Day will play the titular lead and Sorry to Bother You’s Lakeith Stanfield will take on the lead male role, Lee Daniels is in talks to direct the film. The project is still in need of a studio, though hopes are production will begin before the end of the year. (Variety)

Justin Bieber is developing an animated movie about Cupid. The film will be produced by Bieber’s agent, Scootber Braun, through his co-founded Mythos Studios. Bieber shared a first look at sketches of the main character on Instagram. (Variety)

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  • Ocean’s 8: Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.
  • Hotel Artemis: Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.
  • Hereditary: When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor: An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.
  • Hearts Beat Loud: A father and daughter form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for college.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – May 30, 2018

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Johnny Knoxville operates a very unsafe amusement park in Action Point.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Disney announced the start of production for Maleficent 2 yesterday. The impressive cast includes Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfieffer, Ed Skrein, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lesley Manville and more. Plot details and a release date have not been revealed. (Disney)

Jamie Foxx will star in Spawn, Blumhouse’s upcoming anti-hero film. The comic book adaptation follows double-crossed CIA operative Al Simmons who “is convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for being able to be reunited with his wife.” Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn comics, will make his directorial debut. (Deadline)

Daniel Craig will reprise his Bond role in a 5th outing as 007. Tentatively referred to as “#Bond25,” the film will be directed by Danny Boyle with an original screenplay from John Hodge. Production is set to begin December 3, 2018. (James Bond)

A Boba Fett stand-alone film is in the works at Lucasfilm with James Mangold tapped to write and direct. Mangold gained recognition for his work on Logan which he co-wrote and directed. Lucasfilm is also rumored to be working on a stand-alone film for Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Hollywood Reporter)

A lawyer representing STX Entertainment, the creators of The Happytime Murders, issued a statement in response to Sesame Street’s lawsuit against the film’s controversial marketing (“No Sesame. All Street.”). The lawyer is a puppet named Fred, Esq. Read the full statement here. (HuffPost)

Annihilation director Alex Garland is not interested in a sequel. In an interview with IndieWire, Garland did not object “to someone else [filming a sequel], but I’m not interested in the idea.” Annihilation is based on a book of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, the first in a trilogy of sci-fi novels. (/Film)

Empire shared a first exclusive look at Bad Times at the El Royale, a thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges and Nick Offerman. The photo shows Hemworth standing in the pouring rain with a sign reading “See You Again Soon” in the background. The film is slated for release on October 5. (Empire)

In an interview with Collider, Infinity War and Avenger 4 screenwriter Stephen McFeely confirmed that Brie Larson shot scenes for the upcoming Avengers film before her origin story, Captain America. The decision was based on scheduling conflicts. Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 both release in 2019, March 6 and May 3 respectively. (/Film)

Warner Bros. registered domains for Wonder Woman that could hint at the sequel’s title. One set of domains contain years ranging from 1980-1989, suggesting that the events of the second film could take place in this time period. Additional domains feature the words “Arrives,” “Cheetah,” “Lives,” “Minerva,” “Part 2,” “Returns” and “Rises.” The highly-anticipated sequel hits theaters November 1, 2019. (ScreenRant)

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  • Action Point: A daredevil designs and operates his own theme park with his friends.
  • Adrift: Based on the true story of survival, a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.
  • American Animals: Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.
  • Upgrade: Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – May 24, 2018

Han Solo gets his start in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Zachary Levi shared a first look at his upcoming DC superhero character Shazam. At the Licensing Show in Las Vegas. Levi posed next to a photo of his character drinking a large beverage. Shazam is a boy who can transform into a adult hero with abilities taken from Greek gods. Shazam will be in theaters April 5, 2019. (/Film)

Also at the Licensing Show was a poster of Aquaman’s new suit for his solo film due this December. While only the top portion of the suit is pictured, there are clear differences from the armor featured in Justice League. (Cinema Blend)

Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play classic Marvel villain Mysterio in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. This isn’t Gyllenhaal’s first opportunity to take on a role in the Spider-Man history of films. When original star Tobey Maguire injured his back filming Seabiscuit in 2003, Gyllenhaal was briefly considered to take over. (Hollywood Reporter)

While talks of a Zombieland sequel have been ongoing for nearly 10 years, Deadpool writer Paul Wernick hinted at the start of production in early 2019 with the original cast. “We’re going on the tenth anniversary of Zombieland,” said Wernick. “We don’t know what you get someone for their tenth anniversary, but it may be a Zombieland 2.” (Collider)

Halle Berry has joined the cast of John Wick: Chapter 3 alongside newcomers Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos and Jason Mantzoukas. The third and final installment in the John Wick franchise will introduce Berry as “Sofia”; Huston as “The Director” and Dillon as “The Adjudicator” of the High Table; Dacascos as an assassin named “Zero;” and Mantzoukas as the “Tick Tock Man.” John Wick: Chapter 3 hits theaters May 17, 2019. (Variety)

Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man has been pushed from a May 31, 2019 release to June 5, 2020. The film, based on a 1970s TV series of the same name, features a former astronaut turned secret agent with superhuman strength due to bionic implants. The change in release date comes two weeks after Damian Szifron departed as director. (Variety)

Liam Neeson will join Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in Sony Pictures’ Men in Black. Neeson will play the head of MiB’s UK office in the spinoff slated for a June 14, 2019 release. (The Wrap)

The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord are returning to Sony Pictures Animation to create The Mitchells vs the Machines, a story of artificial intelligence gone wrong. According to the official plot, the Mitchells are a family that work together to save the world from electronic devices that have turned against humanity. There is no release date scheduled for this film. (Deadline)

Paramount has pulled the 7th Transformers movie from its 2019 schedule and replaced it with Tiffany Haddish’s Limited Partners for a June 28, 2019 release. Michael Bay directed the first 5 Transformers installments, and the 6th will release on December 21, 2018 (Bumblebee) directed by Travis Knight. (Variety)

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story: During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties: An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – May 16, 2018

Ryan Reynolds gives maximum effort in Deadpool 2.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed a Ms. Marvel movie is in the works with more details to be revealed following the release of Captain Marvel. Ms. Marvel is Marvel’s first Muslim hero, and a fan favorite among comic readers. Introduced in 2014, the hero’s given name is Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American from Jersey City, New Jersey with shapeshifting abilities. (/Film)

Shortly after Lucasfilm Studio Chief Kathleen Kennedy expressed interest in a Lando Calrissian spinoff, Lucasfilm released a statement that shut down the idea. “We would love to tell a story about Lando Calrissian one day,” reads the statement, “but it’s not relevant, it would be fun to rell the story of Han and Chewie.” Lucasfilm has other origin stories in the works, including projects for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett. (CinemaBlend, ScreenRant)

Lucasfilm is known for their incredible use of practical effects, but according to a new featurette for Solo: A Star Wars Story, the bar has been set even higher. Costume Designer David Crossman states “This particular film has been the most costumes we’ve ever produced for a Star Wars film. We’ve made over a thousand costumes.” See the amazing details come together May 25. (/Film)

Why did Marvel decide to launch the MCU with Iron Man? According to Ben Fritz, author of The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies, the decision was made by groups of children. “Marvel… asked kids which [hero] they would most like to play with as a toy. The overwhelming answer, to the surprise of many at Marvel, was Iron Man.” At the time, Marvel believed they would simply break even on ticket sales with their profit coming from toy sales. (Quartz)

Empire shared an exclusive photo from Jason Statham’s The Meg that gives us a better look at the size of the giant shark. In the photo, the megalodon passes by a diver, clearly showing how large Statham’s enemy will be. The Meg hits theaters August 10. (Empire)

The Leonard Bernstein estate has officially granted music and life rights to Paramount Pictures and Amblin Entertainment for a biopic about the legendary composer. Bradley Cooper will direct, produce and star in the film. (Deadline)

Do you want to hear your voice on the big screen? 20th Century Fox is giving Queen fans a chance in a new promotion for Bohemian Rhapsody, a Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek. Through PutMeInBohemian.com, fans can record themselves singing the titular track for a chance to have their voice included in the film which debuts November 2. (PutMeInBohemian.com)

Kevin Hart will star in the long-awaited remake of 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night. Will Smith and Denzel Washington were in talks to star in the project, but busy schedules for both actors forced a change in casting. Instead, Smith and Overlook Entertainment Partner James Lassiter will produce. (Variety)

Meryl Streep will start in The Laundromat, a drama based on the Panama Papers that Steven Soderbergh will direct. Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas are also in early talks to join the production. (Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Deadpool 2: Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.
  • Book Club: Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.
  • Show Dogs: Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.
  • On Chesil Beach: Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
  • First Reformed: A former military chaplain is wracked by grief over the death of his son. Mary is a member of his church whose husband, a radical environmentalist, commits suicide, setting the plot in motion.
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NCM Entertainment Roundup – May 9, 2018

Melissa McCarthy gives life the old college try in Life of the Party.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Avengers: Infinity War currently sits in 13th place on the all-time domestic earners list, passing Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars with an 11-day total of $461.4 million. The film is also tracking to become the first summer movie to gross $2 billion worldwide. (Forbes, Hollywood Reporter)

Last night, Jordan Peele revealed the poster for his next film project titled Us. Peele made waves last year with Get Out, leading to his first Academy Award win. Us, hitting theaters March 2019, will be a horror film according to the poster’s tagline. (Twitter)

Presales for Solo: A Star Wars Story tickets have doubled those for Black Panther in the first 24 hours of sales. Solo trails behind Avengers: Infinity War as the second-best first day of presales this year. Han Solo’s backstory hits theaters May 25. (Variety)

Deadpool made history as an R-rated film. Now, Deadpool 2 is extending that rating to the soundtrack. Tyler Bates’ score for the sequel is the first to earn the Parental Advisory warning. See the full tracklist on Billboard to find out why. (Billboard)

In an early draft of the Deadpool 2 script, cowriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick envisioned Deadpool as a father. Reese and Wernick quickly abandoned the idea, reworking the script to focus on “wanting to have a child, which is something that so many people…experience on a daily basis.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are confirmed to reprise their roles in a third Bill & Ted movie titled Bill & Ted Face the Music. According to Deadline, “the new movie will see [Bill & Ted] as middle-aged men with family responsibilities who have yet to fulfill their destiny.” The project is currently being shopped at Cannes Film Festival. (Deadline)

Reeves has also begun work on the threequel for the John Wick franchise. Production began yesterday in New York, confirmed in an Instagram post by cinematographer Dan Lausten. No plot details have been revealed yet, but rumors indicate Hiroyuki Sanada and Halle Berry will be cast in significant roles. John Wick 3 hits theaters May 17, 2019. (CinemaBlend)

According to Juassic World: Fall Kingdom cowriter and director Colin Trevorrow, next month’s film will be the last to feature hybrid dinosaurs. Trevorrow says Jurassic World 3, set for a 2021 release, will be a “science thriller” that takes the franchise “back to basics.” (Bloody Disgusting)

Laika, the studio behind Kubo and the Two Strings, revealed the title of their next project at Cannes Film Festival. Missing Link will be their next animation project starring Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifinakis, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson. The film is slated for release in Spring 2019. (Variety)

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  • Life of the Party: After her husband abruptly asks for a divorce, a middle-aged mother returns to college in order to complete her degree.
  • Breaking In: A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion.
  • Beast: A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.
  • The Seagull: An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate.
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Entertainment Roundup – CinemaCon 2018 Edition

CinemaCon 2018

In its 7th year, CinemaCon exceeded expectations with a engaging industry talks and, of course, a series of studio presentations that has us excited for the near future of cinema! We got a taste of some standout films that are sure to drive large movie theater audiences in the months and years to come. Click below to learn more about the slates from each major studio, as well as some fun facts about several films.

20th Century Fox

Amazon Studios

Disney

Entertainment Studios

Focus Features

Lionsgate

Paramount

  • Book Club (JustJared) – Release Date: May 18, 2018
  • Action Point (Collider) – June 1, 2018
    • Did You Know: Johnny Knoxville got four concussions, a broken wrist, knocked-out teeth, and a fractured left eye during the filming of the movie.
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Variety) – July 27, 2018
    • Did You Know: Filmmakers had to develop new technology to film stunt scenes between Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill. Cruise does all of his own stunts.
  • Overlord (IndieWire) – October 26, 2018
  • The List (Variety) – November 2, 2018
  • Bumblebee (Deadline) – December 21, 2018
    • Did You Know: This film tells the origin story of Transformer’s Bumblebee and how he/it began as a VW Beetle. Billed as having the same emotion and spirit as other Transformer movies, but with more humor.  This will be set in the 80s and will be more character-driven than normal Transformers films.  It will be similar to the classic coming of age movies from the 80s.
  • Wonder Park (Hollywood Reporter) – March 15, 2019
  • Instant Family (Deadline) – February 15, 2019
    • Did You Know: This film is inspired by the real life fostering/adoption experience of the director.
  • Dora the Explorer (Twitter) – August 7, 2019
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark (Horror Fuel) – October 11, 2019
  • It’s a Wonderful Sponge (Hollywood Reporter) – July 31, 2020
  • Monster on the Hill (Hollywood Reporter) – TBD
  • Luck (Hollywood Reporter) – TBD

Sony

  • Superfly (Hollywood Reporter) – June 15, 2018
    • Did You Know: This remake is billed as a love story to Atlanta even though the original was based in Harlem. Music will play a significant role in this movie (from the artist Future).
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado (IndieWire) – June 29, 2018
  • Hotel Transylvania 3 (FANDOM) – July 13, 2018
    • Did You Know: The movie was inspired by a true story in which the director’s in-laws invited him on a cruise, and his immediate thought was how on earth would he survive such a thing.
  • Equalizer 2 (Business Insider) – July 20, 2018
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Deadline) – August 9, 2019
    • Did You Know: This is Quentin Tarantino’s next film which will feature Dicaprio and Brad Pitt. It is about to go into production and the story is under wraps, but we know that it is set in 1969 Los Angeles, at the height of the “counter-culture explosion” and hippy revolt. The story is set against the backdrop of the Manson murders.  Tarantino said that this film is the closest to Pulp Fiction that he has done.
  • White Boy Rick (Just Jared) – September 21, 2018
    • Did You Know: This film is based on a true story of a 14-year old drug kingpin set up as an informant by the government. The actor playing the 14 year old in the movie was not a real actor, but was a juvenile delinquent picked directly out of high school.
  • Venom (Deadline) – October 5, 2018
    • Did you Know: Tom Hardy’s character is billed as both Jekyll AND Hide in one. He is both good and evil all at once.
  • Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween (Deadline) – October 12, 2018
  • Holmes & Watson (Deadline) – November 9, 2018
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Variety) – November 9, 2018
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Hollywood Reporter) – December 14, 2018
  • Miss Bala (Variety) – February 1, 2019
    • Did You Know: The film uses a strong Latino production, with 95% Mexican cast & crew, and almost exclusively shot in Mexico. The characters in the film will switch from English to Spanish throughout.
  • Men in Black Untitled Spinoff (IndieWire) – May 17, 2019
  • Jumanij 2 (IndieWire) – December 2019

STX

Universal

Warner Bros.

  • Life of the Party (ScreenDaily) – May 11, 2018
    • Did You Know: This movie was inspired by a true story. When Melissa McCarthy’s mother came to visit her, she was wearing a very interesting and ugly sweater.  This inspired the idea of somebody older and very “square” going back to school with today’s much more sophisticated generations.
  • Ocean’s 8 (ScreenDaily) – June 8, 2018
  • Tag (ScreenDaily) – June 15, 2018
  • Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (Bleeding Cool) – July 27, 2018
  • The Meg (ScreenDaily) – August 10, 2018
  • Crazy Rich Asians (ScreenDaily) – August 17, 2018
  • The Nun (ScreenDaily) – September 7, 2018
  • Smallfoot (Deadline) – September 28, 2018
  • A Star Is Born (Deadline) – October 5, 2018
    • Did You Know: Star Lady Gaga insisted that all the singing in the movie be done live in front of real crowds and not lip synched. Bradley Cooper plays opposite in what is also his directorial debut.
  • Mowgli (Deadline) – October 19, 2018
    • Did You Know: This will be a darker telling of the Jungle Book story, pulling more from the source material of the book.
  • Aquaman (Deadline) – December 21, 2018
  • Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald (Variety) – November 16, 2018
  • Shazam! (Deadline) – April 5, 2019
    • Did You Know: This movie is very different from other superhero films in that the main character/hero is a teenager who suddenly becomes an adult when his superpowers are activated.
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