SJ Clarkson in Talks to Become ‘Star Trek’ Film Franchise’s First Female Director

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Veteran TV director S.J. Clarkson is in talks to direct “Star Trek 4,” becoming the first woman to take on a film in Paramount’s sci-fi franchise, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Paramount announced at CinemaCon on Wednesday that the studio would be putting out a fourth film with Chris Hemsworth, who in the 2009 “Star Trek” appeared as Chris Pine’s father, and Zachary Quinto and John Cho are expected to return as well.

“Star Trek 4” will have a script from J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Paramount is also developing a separate “Trek” movie from J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino.

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Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through Bad Robot Productions, while David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Media will executive produce the project.

The 2009 reboot earned $385 million worldwide, while the sequel “Star Trek: Into Darkness” grossed $467 million globally four years later. The third film, “Star Trek Beyond,” earned $343 million worldwide in 2016.

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Clarkson’s credits include “Dexter,” “Bates Motel,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Jessica Jones.” She also most recently directed several episodes for Marvel’s “The Defenders.” She is represented by WME.

Paramount Pictures declined to comment.

 

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‘Black Panther’ Cinematographer Rachel Morrison to Be Honored by AFI

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Rachel Morrison, cinematographer on films like “Black Panther” and “Mudbound,” will receive the 2018 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni medal from the American Film Institute.

Morrison made history this year as the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for her work in “Mudbound.” She was also the first woman to shoot a Marvel Cinematic Universe film with “Black Panther.”

Her other credits include “Fruitvale Station,” “Cake,” “Dope,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Confirmation.”

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Morrison, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, has won a New York Film Critics Circle Award; she has also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy and an ACD Award.

The Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal honors creative talents who embody the qualities of the filmmaker, who earned a total of 28 Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Director for “Patton” in 1970.

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Previous recipients include Patty Jenkins, Darren Aronofsky, Terrence Malick, Amy Heckerling, Anne Garefino, Steven Rosenblum, Todd Field and most recently, Frederick Elmes.

The presentation is set to take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to George Clooney in Hollywood, California on June 7.

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Woman Who Says She Was Raped by Golden State Killer in 1976: ‘I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face’

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Jane Carson-Sandler, who says she was raped by the Golden State Killer in 1976, appeared on “Megyn Kelly TODAY” to discuss the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo in what was a decades-long cold case.

“I’d like to punch him in the face,” Carson-Sandler told Kelly.

On Wednesday, 72-year-old DeAngelo was arrested and charged with two counts of murder. He has since been charged with two more counts. The Golden State Killer was linked by DNA and method to 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to Orange County between 1976 and 1986.

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Carson-Sandler, who appeared on the show just a month ago to talk about the case, says she was bound and raped by the Golden State Killer in 1976, with her three-year-old son sitting just feet away.

When she found out about the arrest, she said she “called Carol Daly, the detective that had taken me to the emergency room years ago. My husband and I were sobbing, sobbing and laughing and crying. We woke up the whole hotel, I mean seriously, it was so amazing.”

Carson-Sandler says the arrest means “closure — no more looking over our shoulders. How many families did this man destroy?”

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Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert also told Kelly: “[There is] no doubt in my mind we have the right guy.”

The Golden State Killer case was also the subject of a true-crime book titled “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” by Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt’s late wife. McNamara worked with investigators on the case but died before the book was published. It was finished by co-writer Billy Jensen, researcher Paul Haynes and Oswalt.

Watch the full interview here.

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Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Deadpool 2’ on Pace for $150 Million Opening Weekend

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Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool” sequel is on pace for a $150 million opening weekend, according to early tracking estimates.
That would mean it would surpass the opening weekend number of its predecessor, which launched in February 2016 to …

‘Rampage’ Breakout Star Jason Liles Joins ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ (Exclusive)

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Jason Liles, who most recently played the albino gorilla in Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage,” has been cast as one of several motion-capture actors playing Godzilla’s three-headed archenemy in Legendary and Warner Bros.’ “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” TheWrap has learned exclusively.

King Ghidorah is a kaiju film monster that has golden-scaled wings and three heads. Liles plays the middle head, while Alan Maxson is the right head and Richard Dorton is the left head in the epic action-adventure film that pits Godzilla against some of the biggest monsters in pop culture history; additional mo-cap actors contribute to the body movement of the creature.

Michael Dougherty is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Zach Shields. Liles is joining the previously announced cast of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, O’Shea Jackson, Sally Hawkins, Thomas Middleditch and Bradley Whitford.

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Liles has starred in “Men in Black III” and “Death Note” as a stellar performance capture actor, entering the blockbuster arena alongside actors like Andy Serkis and Doug Jones. Liles will work with “Godzilla’s” Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron.

Most recently, Liles portrayed the silverback albino gorilla in “Rampage,” a performance for which he was praised. The film has grossed $286.5 million worldwide.

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“Godzilla: King of Monsters” will hit theaters on March 22, 2019.

Liles is represented by Jeff Witjas at the Agency for the Performing Arts and Integrated PR.

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Golden State Killer Suspect Arrest: ‘We Found the Needle in the Haystack,’ DA Says

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Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert says they “found the needle in the haystack” following the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo in the decades-long Golden State Killer case.

“Yesterday an arrest warrant was issued, a complaint was filed charging that individual with two counts of murder here in Sacramento,” Schubert said during a press conference. “It is fitting that today is National DNA Day. We found the needle in the haystack and it was right here in Sacramento.”

On Wednesday, 72-year-old DeAngelo was arrested on two counts of murder. The Golden State Killer was linked by DNA and method to 12 murders, 45 sexual assaults and more than 120 burglaries from Sacramento to Orange County between 1976 and 1986.

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Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told reporters at the press conference that they were able to get some discarded DNA to confirm that DeAngelo was “our man.”

“It was DNA ultimately that led us down the right road, but there were a lot of places that road could’ve led,” Jones said, crediting the arrest to the “true convergence of emerging technology and the determination of our detectives.”

The Golden State Killer case was also the subject of a true-crime book titled “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” by Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt’s late wife. McNamara worked with investigators on the case but died before the book was published. It was finished by co-writer Billy Jensen, researcher Paul Haynes and Oswalt.

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So far, DeAngelo has been charged with two counts of murder in Sacramento and capital murder charges were filed in Ventura County earlier today. In terms of the other crimes committed in California, Schubert said: “There’s many of them that match in DNA, but they haven’t been charged yet.”

While this filing is only the beginning of DeAngelo, “it is the culmination of a decades-long unrelenting investigation that focused on bringing this rapist and killer to justice,” Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten said. “A new phase begins as we commence the prosecution of charging of DeAngelo, and this will involve a lot of jurisdictions working collaboratively together. We are committed, we are determined and we will — God willing — hold this man fully accountable for his crimes.”

Sheriff Jones also spoke about the arrest of DeAngelo, saying the suspect was “surprised.”

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“We were able to surveil him, feel for some of his activities, routines, and we got some information to what he might do if confronted or apprehended, so we developed a plan to wait for him to come out of his residence rather than approach him in his residence or out and about in his car,” he explained. “We had a team in place that was able to take him into custody. He was very surprised by that, it looked as if he might have been searching his mind to execute a plan, but he was taken into custody with no incident at all.”

Schubert and Jones also confirmed that DeAngelo is indeed an ex-police officer, having served at two departments in the time spans 1973 to 1976 and then 1976 to 1979. “It is quite possible he was committing crimes while he was employed as a police officer,” Jones said.

Jones also added that he is “absolutely” certain that there will be a trial. Schubert jumped in with the fact that more than 10 counties are involved and decisions for where, when and how a trial will be held will be made in “the immediate future.”

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Bruce Harrington, the brother of Keith Harrington who was murdered in 1980 alongside Patrice Harrington in Laguna Niguel, appeared at the press conference. Bruce Harrington had played a major part in changing the state’s DNA collection law in hopes of catching the killer.

“Sleep soundly tonight,” Harrington said. “He will not come through the window. He’s now in jail, and he’s history.”

“Finally after all these years, the haunting question as to who committed these terrible crimes has been put to rest,” said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “We always believed at least for many years that this case would begin and end with DNA. This defendant was able to live free in a nice suburb in Sacramento. Our team is going to work hard to make sure that he never gets out.”

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Amy Adams Signs on to Star in Joe Wright’s ‘The Woman in the Window’

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Amy Adams has been cast as the lead in Joe Wright’s “The Woman in the Window,” Fox 2000 announced Wednesday.

“The Woman in the Window” is based on A.J. Finn’s best-selling novel, 2018’s best-selling adult fiction title.

Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing the project for the studio. Tracy Letts wrote the screenplay, while Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing.

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The book follows a child psychologist who lives alone in a New York suburb with a case of agoraphobia so debilitating that she hasn’t left the house in months. She wastes her time watching movies and spying on her neighbors until she witnesses a horrible crime taking place in the house across the park.

Amy Adams will next star in “Sharp Objects” for HBO, where she serves as an executive producer as well. She will also next star in Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming film opposite Christian Bale. She is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.

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Wright’s most recent film is “The Darkest Hour” which was nominated for six Academy Awards. It won for Best Actor. He is represented by Independent Talent Group, CAA and Slate PR.

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