Producers Amy Pascal and DeVon Franklin to Talk Mentorship at WrapWomen’s BE Conference

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Producer and former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Amy Pascal will talk about the benefits of mentorship with producer and author DeVon Franklin at WrapWomen’s BE Conference on Thursday, April 25 in Los Angeles.
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‘Cruel Intentions’ 20th Anniversary: Director Roger Kumble on Where the Film ‘Crossed the Line’

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[Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you haven’t seen “Cruel Intentions” in the 20 years since it was released]

“Cruel Intentions” hit theaters 20 years ago today, and it was a movie that tackled topics which included substance abuse, sex, and other taboo subjects. However, the film’s director, Roger Kumble, believes that it only truly “crossed the line” once.

“The only time we kind of crossed the line was the scene Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) outs Greg (Eric Mabius),” Kumble told TheWrap. “I wanted to make a statement about gay rights at the time, but so subliminally that Sebastian couldn’t care. There are takes where we put it pretty far. A couple (of) people said, ‘rein it in, Roger.’”

Kumble never anticipated his first movie as a writer/director to resonate 20 years later, especially given that he wrote it as a $1 million movie. Neal Moritz, who had just come off producing “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” was instrumental in getting the film made, telling Kumble that Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar should star in the movie. Phillippe was dating Reese Witherspoon at the time, and both Kumble and Phillippe convinced Witherspoon to star as Annette Hargrove. Witherspoon signed on under one condition: the character needed to be rewritten.

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“She was like, ‘oh, you know… the character needs work,’” Kumble explained. “I said, ‘I’ll do whatever, let’s rewrite it,’ she said ‘yes.’ She came over and hung out with me, and we rewrote the character and she’s such a phenomenal actor and great writer and gave the character some strengths. It’s the reason why the movie works.”

Selma Blair auditioned in character, which immediately landed her the role, Kumble said.

“It’s the greatest audition I’ve ever had,” Kumble said. “Sometimes, I teach acting and I still talk about it. These girls would come in, and I would ask, ‘how old are you’ and they’d say ‘I’m 18 and blah blah blah’ and they’d audition. Selma came in, and I said, ‘how old are you?’ And she goes, ‘how old are you?’ She came in as the character… she was somewhat obnoxious and I couldn’t get her out of my mind.”

“Cruel Intentions” was a surprise hit when it debuted in 1999, pulling in $75 million worldwide on a $10.5 million budget. It also helped launch the careers of Witherspoon and Blair. It was an adaptation of French novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, which followed two step-siblings of an elite Manhattan family who make a wager to deflower their school headmaster’s daughter before the beginning of the term.

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“Cruel Intentions” will be back in theaters for its 20th anniversary for a one-week engagement starting March 22.

See TheWrap’s Q&A with Kumble below.

TheWrap: Had you ever thought in your wildest dreams that the movie would still be such a cult classic 20 years later?

Kumble: No. No way, I was just happy to make a first movie and get something made. You are definitely not thinking that far ahead but boy, am I grateful.

Tell me how the movie came together and how the main actors got involved. Did you always want Ryan, Reese, Sarah and Selma for it?

No! It was my first movie that I wanted to do direct and I wrote it as $1 million movie, and I thought, maybe someone will let me do this. I was just coming off of a play in L.A. that I wrote and directed. Luckily though, Heather Lieberman got the script to Neal Moritz before he was Neal Moritz. They were amazing and they were like, “we can get this thing made.” Neal had just come off “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Ryan and Sarah and he was like, “these are the people that should be in your movie.” I was like “OK!” I was just so happy to get the experience. I knew Sarah less from “Buffy,” but more from when she played Kendall in “All My Children” — I knew she could do it. And then we had to find an Annette and Vinessa Shaw came in. Loved her and Katie Holmes, but Katie was so new to Hollywood, I think she just did the “Dawson Creek” pilot. Ryan could be aggressive and the scales needed to be even. The studio and I, even though we agreed on pretty much everything, we had a disagreement on that role. One day, I’m hanging out with Ryan, and I was like, “what about your girlfriend? Let’s take her out to dinner and get her drunk,” and we did — the problem was, we ended up getting drunk. I remember, I got on hands and knees and said, “oh please do it, it’s 15 days!” She was like “oh, you know… the character needs work.” I said, “I’ll do whatever, let’s rewrite it,” she said yes. It’s crazy thinking back on this, that would never happen today with agents and this and that. She came over and hung out with me, and we rewrote the character and she’s such a phenomenal actor and great writer and gave the character some strengths. It’s the reason why the movie works.

Selma, we auditioned. We had a big audition for that role, and I do remember we had to cast someone over 17 because of the subject matter and that ONE scene. It’s the greatest audition I’ve ever had. Sometimes, I teach acting and I still talk about it. These girls would come in, and I would ask, “how old are you” and they’d say “I’m 18 and blah blah blah” and they’d audition. Selma came in, and I said, “how old are you?” And she goes, “how old are you?” She came in as the character… she was somewhat obnoxious and I couldn’t get her out of my mind. I thought, that girl is amazing, beautiful and she understood comedy and I said, “I think this is the girl.” She hadn’t done anything at the time, thank God — the subject matter is intense and in today’s context — I have three kids — it’s not my proudest moment. It worked for 1999, and I still can’t grasp whether this was a good thing, but because my background was comedy, I played more with comedy to make those situations go down easier. I wasn’t playing those moments with drama — I go for a laugh, and that was carefully planned or otherwise, it would’ve creeped them out.

The movie is extremely dark and pushed the envelope quite a bit in terms of sex, substance abuse, etc.. Did you ever have any troubleshooting it or convincing the actors to go this dark?

I didn’t have to convince everybody because everyone knew what we were getting ourselves into. I didn’t shoot nudity unless it was the guy. I didn’t want to make the movie gratuitous, but I thought it was Annette’s POV, she’s never seen a naked person. Ryan was on board with some of that. The only time we kind of crossed the line was the scene Sebastian outs Greg. I wanted to make a statement about gay rights at the time, but so subliminally that Sebastian couldn’t care. Sebastian’s best friend was gay and it never comes up. In Sebastian’s mind, he doesn’t care what your sexual orientation is but if you’re in the closet and a bully, it’s fair game. There are takes where we put it pretty far. A couple of people said, “rein it in, Roger.”

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Do you think the story would still work today given #MeToo?

Possibly, but not where it would open on several thousands of screens. Not where it had. It would be a million dollar indie that would probably be on iTunes, but it wouldn’t resonate as much. I’m very glad it came out when it did. Given the #MeToo thing, no way. When the movie came out, it didn’t do as well as we thought it did because of theaters in Middle America with signs that read, “We Will Not Let People Under 17 In.” We were definitely pushing the envelope. But we have many people to thank for the film, especially Amy Pascal — she was so smart and such a champion of the film and she was my boss — she was the president of Sony at the time. When we tested the movie, it didn’t test well. You get these cards and it was like, “I hated that he died,” and “can’t he come back?” and “can’t he be in the car?” I remember reading those cards and thinking “we’re f—ed. Here comes the reshoot,” and to Amy’s credit, she said, “the reason it doesn’t test well is because people love it. They are so sad he’s dead, you took them on a journey.” For her to have that kind of insight was amazing.

The ending was always the way it was supposed to go. Outside of the dialogue and the setting, it really is a tale of redemption and love, and without that, the movie is a nasty little movie. The reason it still resonates is because of those themes.

Talk to me about the song “Bittersweet Symphony.” It has kind of become synonymous with the film. I heard you had some trouble getting the rights.

When I wrote the film, I listened to music and I wrote the ending to the song not knowing that The Verve didn’t own the rights, but the Rolling Stones did. It became exceedingly expensive but fortunately because we had Lia Vollack over at Sony and Virgin Records to help [get it cleared].

You also directed films like “The Sweetest Thing” and “Just Friends,” which are obviously completely different than “Cruel Intentions.” Was that intentional?

No. “Cruel Intentions” — that wasn’t in my wheelhouse. My mentor was [“Green Book” director] Peter Farrelly — he’s having quite a week, isn’t he? — I came out through comedy — broad comedy — that’s what I was doing. “Cruel Intentions” was just a really good idea in my back pocket, and I had done a little in my pocket, and then “The Sweetest Thing” was just a brilliant script.

What’s next for you?

I’m doing a rom-com with Netflix, titled “Falling Inn Love.” Netflix are starting to make films with smaller budgets, so I was like, “oh!” I saw this script and thanks to Netflix, my genre is coming back.

And a little bit of trivia for you: Was the film really supposed to have the title, “Cruel Inventions?” 

There is this singer, Sam Phillips, and she had an album called “Cruel Inventions” and I was listening to it at the time. We tested the title and people thought it was a sci-fi film, so we said, “we’re going to call it “Cruel Intentions.”

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Female-Led Movies Outperform Male Peers At All Budget Levels – Study

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New research from CAA and tech firm Shift7 shows casting women as leads in films at all budget levels offers a significant box office boost compared with male-led averages.
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Female-Led Films Earn More Than Movies Starring Men in the Lead, Study Finds

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Female-led films outperformed movies with male leads at the box office in the period between January 2014 and December 2017, a study researched by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and shift7 found.

The study looked at the top-grossing U.S. films and found that female-led films outweighed male-led films on all budget levels. Films were categorized into five budget levels (under $10 million, $10 million – $30 million, $30 million – $50 million, $50 million – $100 million, and over $100 million) and further identified films that had a woman listed as its lead actor. In every budget category, films with female leads performed better at the worldwide box office.

“This is powerful proof that audiences want to see everyone represented on screen,” Amy Pascal, who leads the content-focused working group alongside shift7 CEO Megan Smith, producer Liza Chasin, Geena Davis and CAA Agent Alexandra Trustman, said.  “Decision-makers in Hollywood need to pay attention to this.”

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Davis applauded CAA and shift7 for furthering the conversation about gender balance in the industry: “I started commissioning data back in 2004, realizing there is so much unconscious bias in this space. The truth is that seeing women and girls on screen is not only good for everyone – especially our children – it’s also good entertainment and good business.”

“This analysis affirms data showing that diversity has a positive impact on a company’s bottom line,” TIME’S UP president and CEO Lisa Borders added.  “As studios consider their fiduciary responsibilities to their investors, these findings offer a clear approach to delivering the best results.”

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The research also showed that every film that grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office also passed the Bechdel Test, which tests whether a film has at least two women in it, two women speak to one another in that film and they speak about something other than a man.

“The Bechdel Test is a low bar to clear, and it’s surprising how many movies don’t clear it,” said Chasin. “Understandably, the studios think about the bottom line, so it’s great to see a growing body of data that should make it easier for executives to make more inclusive decisions.”

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‘Spider-Woman’ and Other ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Follow-Ups in the Works at Sony

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Building on the buzz surrounding the upcoming “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Sony Pictures is looking at ways to continue its expansion of the animated franchise. The studio is planning a Spider-Verse sequel that will continue Miles Morales’ story, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Joaquim Dos Santos, whose recent credits include Netflix’s “Voltron” series, has been tapped to direct the sequel.

The studio is also looking for other spin-offs, and one that is gaining traction is a Spider-Women film that will focus on three generations of women with Spidey powers. Though no decisions have been made, one of these characters could very well be Spider-Gwen, a breakout character from the Spider-Verse. Bek Smith will write the screenplay.

Amy Pascal will produce, and it’s likely that Avi Arad and filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will also be involved.

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These films are next up on the animated side of Sony’s schedule, and the studio continues the development of its live-action universe of Marvel characters as well.

Smith is repped by Verve and Kaplan/Perrone.

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ will be released on Dec. 14. The movie’s voice cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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New ‘Venom’ Trailer Unleashes Tom Hardy’s Body-Ripping Alter Ego (Video)

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‘Silk’: Sony Developing Project About Marvel Comic Korean-American Heroine

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Sony is developing “Silk,” from Sony’s universe of Marvel-licensed characters about Korean-American heroine Cindy Moon, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Amy Pascal is producing.

“Silk” first appeared in April 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #1” and was created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos.

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According to the Marvel Wiki, when high school student Cindy Moon was attending a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials, sponsored by the General Techtronics Corporation, a spider irradiated by a particle accelerator used in the demonstration bit Peter Parker on the hand and fell from his hand. The spider then bit Cindy in her ankle before dying. Cindy’s story was revealed to Peter Parker 13 years later, when he was the hero known as Spider-Man.

“Silk” would be a part of Sony’s universe of Marvel-licensed characters along with other Marvel Comics properties such as “Venom,” “Silver and Black,” “Nightwatch,” and “Morbius the Living Vampire.”

Spike Lee is eyeing “Nightwatch” as a possible directing vehicle, TheWrap has confirmed.

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In terms of other “Spider-Man” projects at the studio, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” opens on Dec. 14 and Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to star as the Marvel villain Mysterio in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Sony had no comment.

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Pascal Pictures Picks Up Sci-Fi Thriller Pitch ‘Genus’ From Screenwriter Kat Wood

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Tom Hardy Appears in Full Venom Mode in Leaked Trailer Footage (Video)

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An eight-second first look at Tom Hardy in full Venom mode leaked online Monday — hours before the full trailer for Sony’s upcoming Marvel movie “Venom” was due to be released.

Fans, who had criticized an earlier teaser of the movie that showed Hardy only as photographer Eddie Brock, welcomed the reveal of the character’s alter ego, the horrifying, sharp-fanged creature known as Venom.

“Well holy s—, Venom looks like Venom,” someone with the Twitter handle MisterBatfleck wrote in a caption attached to the leaked eight-second footage.

A rep for Sony declined to comment.

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The film, which is not considered a spinoff of the Sony-based “Spider-Man” franchise even though the character originated in the Spider-Man universe for which Sony controls film rights, also stars Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on a script by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

Hardy himself took to Instagram on Sunday to tease a new “Venom” trailer screening at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week.

After the first trailer dropped, “Venom” fans were enraged that the trailer didn’t actually show Venom.

Inbound CinemaCon new trailer Venom ????????????????????????????????

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“Ah, now eventually you DO plan to have Venom in your, in your VENOM movie, right? Hello?” wrote one fan, while another said, “How can you tease the movie without showing the character? GG Sony… You deserve to be sold at this point.”

Looks like Sony got the memo.

“Venom” is due in theaters October 5.

See the footage below.

Well holy shit, Venom looks like Venom.

— MisterBatfleck (@Mister_BatfIeck) April 23, 2018

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Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’

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Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’

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Amid awards season recognition as a producer, Amy Pascal has admitted that her 2015 dismissal as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment was probably merited. Pascal made the remark Saturday at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills at the Producers Guild of America’s panel discussion featuring the nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award. Pascal is […]

Tom Hardy Is Eddie Brock in First Official ‘Venom’ Image (Photo)

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Have you been dying to see Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the upcoming film “Venom?” Well, the first official image from the movie is here!

In the image, obtained by IGN, Hardy is in full reporter mode. Images of Hardy post-transformation are being kept under wraps.

“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters and will not be a “Spider-Man” spin-off. Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and dates back to the 1980s when Spider-Man briefly adopted a black costume which later turned out to be a living alien being. Photographer Eddie Brock was able to merge with it and become the horrifying, sharp-fanged Venom. Brock was played by Topher Grace in “Spider-Man 3.”

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Throughout Marvel Comics history, “Venom” has appeared alongside “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “Deadpool,” “Hulk” and many other Marvel Comics characters.

Hardy is starring in the film opposite Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed and Michelle Lee.

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Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that will be written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”). Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal.

“Venom” will be released on Oct. 5.

See the image below.

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‘The Post’ Producer Amy Pascal on What Happens in a World of ‘Women Not Speaking Up’

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“The Post” is billed as a movie championing the power of the press, but it’s as much about how Katharine “Kay” Graham, a woman in a male-dominated publishing world in 1971, spoke up and made a difference.

“It was a story about a woman finding her voice,” producer Amy Pascal said in an interview with TheWrap’s CEO and Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman. “And in this woman finding her voice, the country found theirs. That really spoke to me, and I related to the idea of how hard it is to speak up.”

Pascal read screenwriter Liz Hannah’s script in October 2016, just before the presidential election — and bought it that day. But when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump, everything changed.

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“1971, it’s not that different from 2017 in many ways,” Pascal said. “I think that the culture in our world that is created by women not speaking up about all sorts of things, not speaking up about what they feel, feeling dismissed and overlooked — leads to the kind of culture that we find ourselves in now.”

There’s a scene in “The Post” where Graham, played by Meryl Streep, is sitting in a board room full of men. She knows the answer to a question, but is intimidated to speak up. She whispers and demurs while a man chimes in with the answer and takes the credit.

As the head of Sony from 2006 to 2015, Pascal could relate to Graham’s fight to be heard. But that power and confidence shouldn’t be limited to women in positions of authority.

“It’s more than the voice that your job gives you,” she told Waxman. “It’s the way you conduct yourself all the time. It’s the way you are in meetings. It’s the way you stand up for yourself in all sorts of small ways. This issue speaks to everything.”

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Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger said that when she and Steven Spielberg saw the script, they felt the need for a feel-good movie in 2017, one that could start a discussion between men and women, Republicans and Democrats alike.

“This movie is giving everyone a voice, Republicans, Democrats, to say — the truth matters,” Macosko Krieger said. “We care about the truth. We care about a free press. All of this matters to us. That makes me feel really hopeful for the future. And I haven’t felt hopeful for a long time.”

“I feel really hopeful too,” Pascal added. “I think there’s a sea of change that’s occurring. It’s always one step forward, two steps forward, three steps back. It’s slow, it doesn’t go in a straight line. But it sure feels to me like things are changing in a way I’ve never experienced before.”

“The Post” starring Streep and Tom Hanks is currently in theaters.

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Time’s Up, the new initiative to combat sexual harassment and gender inequity in the workplace, launched just four days ago (Mon. Jan 1). By Friday’s AFI Awards lunch at the Four Seasons, one of the densest star-packed Hollywood events of the year, “The Post” screenwriter Liz Hannah was already sporting a t-shirt for the mission. Here, she poses with Amy Pascal, Greta Gerwig, and Stacey Snider.

Hannah told TheWrap that she picked up the shirt by making a donation at a fundraiser at the Peninsula Hotel. The location appears to be symbolic as much as much as it is convenient – across the street from the home of the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton. For years, the Peninsula was the favored haunt of Harvey Weinstein.

Hannah’s fashion statement rang loudly in a room of Hollywood’s most accomplished artists of 2017. The AFI brought the creative ensembles of the top 10 films and TV shows together at the Four Seasons for this event. The crowd included Gerwig, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, and Reese Witherspoon….

Steven Spielberg, Holly Hunter, and Guillermo del Toro…

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And unlikely pairings of standout performers, like “The Big Sick’s” Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon making a Tom Hanks sandwich.

This is it, folks. The 200 people who entertained the entire world in 2017.  Every studio head, prestige network chief, filmmaker, showrunner, or star from the marquee productions was distilled to this luncheon.

Timothée Chalamet, you have arrived. In addition to his Globe-nominated performance in “Call Me By Your Name,” he also played in fellow honoree “Lady Bird.” He’s having the breakout year Jessica Chastain had in 2011 where he is suddenly everywhere.

Even Spielberg is on the Chalamet train. The famed director joked that they should pose for a two shot on the carpet on the way in.

Beyond Chalamet, co-lead Armie Hammer is nominated for a Globe. Michael Stuhlbarg plays Chalamet’s father in the film.

All of these heavyweights came together as the guest of AFI President/CEO Bob Gazzale (right).

Over the last 24 hours, young Brooklynn Prince has found a new friend in “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot.  Producer Zack Snyder joined the group shot.

Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” table anchored the right side of the room, near Jordan Peele and the “Get Out” crew.  Alessandra Mastronardi plays Francesca.

Sterling K. Brown, nominated for “This is Us” at the Globes, represented one of only two network shows to earn AFI honors. The other is “The Good Place,” also an NBC show.

Richard Jenkins, Guillermo del Toro, and Octavia Spencer at AFI.


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‘Get Out’ Star Lakeith Stanfield Joins Sony’s ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

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“Get Out” breakout star Lakeith Stanfield has joined the cast of Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” TheWrap has learned.

Stanfield’s role is being kept under wraps. The film will commence production this month in Berlin and Stockholm, and will be released on Oct. 19, 2018.

Fede Alvarez (“Don’t Breathe”) is set to direct.

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The screenplay is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu, based on the global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird in producing the franchise’s new film. David Beaubaire  is overseeing for the studio.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is the fourth installment of the “Millennium” series of crime novels featuring Lisbeth Salander. The original novels were written by Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in November 2004, and this was the first book not to be written by him.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” will also be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was a remake of the Swedish film. Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, it became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

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Stanfield has been on a roll with a series of high-profile supporting turns — from playing Snoop Dog in “Straight Outta Compton” to civil rights martyr Jimmie Lee Jackson in “Selma,” and Logan King in Jordan Peele’s monster horror hit “Get Out.”

He is repped by CAA and Colin Stark at Stark Management.

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Woody Harrelson in Talks to Join Sony’s ‘Venom’

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Woody Harrelson is in talks to join Tom Hardy in Sony’s Marvel superhero movie “Venom,” TheWrap has learned.

Harrelson’s role remains under wraps. The actor, last seen playing the villain in last summer’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” just recently wrapped a role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” playing Han Solo’s mentor.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film, based on the script that is written by Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”).

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing with Amy Pascal. Harrelson has a strong relationship with Fleischer and has previously worked with the director on his break out hit “Zombieland.” Sony declined to comment on the casting news.


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“Venom” is from Sony’s Marvel Universe of characters and will not be a “Spider-Man” spinoff.

Venom is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel Universe and dates back to the 1980s when Spider-Man briefly adopted a black costume which later turned out to be a living alien being.

Photographer Eddie Brock was able to merge with it and become the horrifying, sharp-fanged Venom. Brock was played by Topher Grace in “Spider-Man 3.”

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Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, Venom has appeared alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, the Hulk and many other Marvel Comics characters — though the film rights to most of those characters (aside from Spider-Man) are tied up with other non-Sony studios.

Harrelson is represented by CAA.

“Venom” will be released on October 5, 2018.

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