‘Charlie Says’ Trailer: Matt Smith, Merritt Wever Star In Mary Harron-Directed Manson Family Drama

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IFC Films has released the first trailer to Charlie Says, the film which focuses on the females who fell prey to the manipulation of the infamous murderer and cult leader Charles Manson. American Psycho filmmaker Mary Harron directed the film, which de…

We now have a better idea of what to expect from Jared Leto’s living vampire in Morbius

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Just yesterday, we reported that Jared Harris from Mad Men had joined Jared Leto in director Daniel Espinosa’s Morbius movie (a spin-off from the Spider-Man comics with no relation to the Spider-Man movies). We assumed that this meant Morbius would be …

Jared Harris Joins Cast of Sony Marvel Film ‘Morbius’

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Jared Harris has joined the cast Sony’s “Morbius,” which will star Jared Leto as the titular Marvel comic book villain turned antihero, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Harris’ role is being kept under wraps.

“Morbius” is one of several projects being developed by Sony based on characters from the “Spider-Man” comics. The franchise paid dividends for the studio in 2018 with “Venom,” which grossed $855 million worldwide, and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which grossed $327 million and earned a Best Animated Feature Oscar last week. Both films have sequels in the works.

Daniel Espinosa will direct the film from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster are producing with Palak Patel overseeing for the studio.

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The Morbius character was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane and first appeared in “The Amazing Spider-Man” issue no. 101 in 1971. In the comics, Michael Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who is transformed into a vampire while attempting to cure a rare blood disease with a highly experimental approach involving electroshock therapy… and vampire bats.

As a “pseudo-vampire,” Morbius does not possess all the powers of an actual vampire, and isn’t subject to all the traditional limitations and weaknesses thereof, according to Marvel lore.

He must digest blood to survive and has a strong aversion to light, like most vampires. But he also has the ability to fly, and superhuman strength, speed and healing abilities. His bite tends to be lethal, but his victims do not necessarily become vampires themselves.

Morbius almost made it to the big screen before. In 2000, when Avi Arad was president and CEO of Marvel Studios, the company entered into an agreement with Artisan Entertainment to turn at least 15 Marvel superhero franchises into live-action films, television series, direct-to-video films or internet projects. Morbius would have been among the franchises.

Harris, best known for his roles on AMC’s “Mad Men” and Netflix’s “The Crown,” is repped by ICM, Gateway Management and Independent.

Deadline first reported the news.

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‘Last Night In Soho’: Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith Join Edgar Wright’s Next Movie

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Matt Smith in Final Talks to Join Sony Marvel Film ‘Morbius’

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“The Crown” star and “Doctor Who” alum Matt Smith is in final talks to join the cast of Sony’s “Morbius,” which will star Jared Leto as the titular Marvel comic book villain turned antihero.

Smith’s exact role is being kept under wraps.

“Morbius” is one of several projects being developed by Sony based on characters from the “Spider-Man” comics. The franchise paid dividends for the studio in 2018 with “Venom,” which grossed $855 million worldwide, and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which grossed $327 million and earned a Best Animated Feature Oscar this week. Both films have sequels in the works.

Also Read: Jared Leto to Star as ‘Morbius,’ Daniel Espinosa Set to Direct

Daniel Espinosa will direct the film from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Lucas Foster are producing with Palek Patel overseeing for the studio.

Smith is also set to appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which will hit theaters in December. He is repped by UTA and Troika.

The signing was first reported by Variety.

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‘Mapplethorpe’ Official Trailer Shows Controversial Artist’s Rise In NY

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The official trailer for director Ondi Timoner’s Mapplethorpe biopic is out, portraying the controversial artist as he ascends from nowhere to become one of the most talked-about media creators of the 20th Century.
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Tim Tebow to Host LeBron James-Produced ‘Million Dollar Mile’ for CBS

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Former NFL quarterback and current minor league baseball player Tim Tebow will host CBS’ upcoming “Million Dollar Mile” competition series produced by LeBron James.

In “Million Dollar Mile,” contestants will have the chance to win $1,000,000 every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. Standing in their way is the most challenging course ever designed and a group of elite athletes with one mission – to stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs. The series, which is currently in production in Los Angeles, does not yet have a premiere date.

Along with Tebow, Matt “Money” Smith and Maria Taylor will serve as the show’s commentators. Smith currently serves the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Chargers on AM radio station KFI, while Taylor is a host and reporter for ESPN.

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“Watching good people compete at their highest ability is always inspirational to me,” Tebow said in a statment. “‘Million Dollar Mile’ is a show that does just that – it motivates, thrills, and is aspirational and I’m excited to be hosting this show.”

Tebow is best known for his days as the University of Florida quarterback, winning the 2007 Heisman Trophy and leading the Gators to a pair of national championships in 2006 and 2008. After a brief tenure in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, Tebow is now trying to make it in baseball, where he is a minor leaguer with the New York Mets organization.

In addition, James and his producing partner Maverick Carter, “Big Brother” duo Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan with Fly on the Wall Entertainment will also executive produce. The series comes from Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.

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‘Mapplethorpe’ Director Ondi Timoner Inks With APA

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IFC Films Lands US Rights to Charles Manson Family Drama ‘Charlie Says’

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IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to “Charlie Says,” about three young women who fell under Charles Manson’s spell and carried out a series of brutal murders, including that of Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife. The company announced the deal on Monday.

The film, which premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival, was directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) from a script penned by Guinevere Turner (“American Psycho”). The film is based on Ed Sanders’ 1971 bestselling book “The Family.”

Matt Smith (“The Crown,” “Doctor Who”) stars as the infamous Charles Manson alongside Suki Waterhouse, Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendon and Merritt Wever.

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The film follows three young women who were sentenced to death in the Manson murder case. But after the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment. As one young graduate student visits Manson’s former followers in prison, the audience witnesses their psychological rehabilitation through her eyes, as the women face the reality of their horrific crimes.

The deal is in the seven figures, according to an individual with knowledge of the pact who told TheWrap.  It was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, EVP of acquisitions and production at IFC Films and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmaker. IFC Films is planning for a 2019 theatrical release.

“Charlie Says” was produced by Epic Level Entertainment and Roxwell Films.

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The movie was produced by Dana Guerin, Cindi Rice, John Frank Rosenblum and Jeremy Rosen. David Hillary, Ed Sanders and Michael Guerin executive produced.

Variety first reported the news.

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Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner on Manson Murders Movie ‘Charlie Says,’ Starring Matt Smith

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‘The Crown’ Stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith on What They’ll Miss Most About Royal Roles

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This story about Matt Smith and Claire Foy first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

Peter Morgan was forthcoming from the start about the nature of his drama series “The Crown,” in that the series would span several decades and would require multiple actors to portray the British royal family and their cohorts at different ages.

But every time we saw Claire Foy and Matt Smith (Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, respectively) discuss their inevitable exits, it didn’t feel quite real.

The pair were dazzling as the pre-coronation couple of Season 1, before Elizabeth’s father passed and she was called to duty. They were even more compelling in Season 2 as two people in an imploding marriage, with an ancient monarchy and increasingly modern subjects hanging in the balance. By day they may have represented an aspirational ideal, but in the bedrooms and hallways of Buckingham Palace they lived out entirely common human melodrama.

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“Just because this family is royal doesn’t mean that they don’t go through the universal things we all do,” Smith said. “That’s where I think the show lives and dies, in that domesticity — yes, they are royal, but they do come in drunk and dive on the bed.”

And make no mistake, those are the moments he loves. “Often, the stuff that looks really ugly on the screen is the stuff that you’re enthralled by as an actor,” he said. “It means you can sink your teeth into something. Sometimes the mundane can be the hardest to play.”

Olivia Colman (“Broadchurch”) will take Foy’s crown and scepter to play Elizabeth II. Tobias Menzies (“Game of Thrones”) will step into Philip’s shoes, a baton-passing Smith is familiar with thanks to his work on the BBC anthology “Doctor Who.”

“There’s something kind of groovy about going, ‘Hey, here’s this part,’” he said. “No matter what you think of him, Philip has been a wonderful servant to this country and a wonderful support. There have been bumps in the road, but he’s making a laugh. He’s a total rebel.”

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We’re not worried about Morgan’s long-proven ability to pull compelling drama out of the dustiest historical retellings — “The Crown” has an episode about an unpleasant fog that plays more like an action movie — but it will be difficult to let go of seeing these icons in their historical infancy.

For his part, Smith is happy to be relieved of his title — though he will miss one of the role’s best perks. “Claire and I are very close friends and have had a wonderful working relationship,” he said. “We were a team, on screen and off.”

That friendship was tested by one offscreen story: the revelation that Foy was paid less than Smith despite her more prominent role.

“I am incredibly proud of what I’ve been part of, and I don’t want my work in that program to be overshadowed by my pay,” she said. “Something good has got to come out of all the shame and the embarrassment of talking about my worth in comparison to one of my best friends.”

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James Corden & Matt Smith Crowned As Parody Crimebusters ‘Lizzie & The Duke’

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Meets ‘The Crown’ in Fake Promo for James Corden, Matt Smith’s New Cop Drama (Video)

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Matt Smith and James Corden are kicking ass and taking on royal names in a fake promo for a gritty new cop drama, which aired during the “Late Late Show” Thursday night.

In the teaser for “Lizzie & the Duke” (think “Lethal Weapon” meets “The Crown”) Prince Philip (Smith) is assigned a new partner, his wife, Queen Elizabeth II (Corden). The two have an awkward history, but their chief (played by Terry Crews) thinks the by-the-book Duke and the loose cannon queen are the best of the best and forces a team up.

“Come on, Philip! Let’s go and teach these ghastly ruffians some manners,” Her Majesty says before the two take off in slow motion to go bust some bad guys.

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The rest is a long compilation of classic cop show tropes being mashed up with subtle (and some not so subtle) nods to Smith’s tenure on the Netflix drama about the royal couple, and the fact that he and Corden are both super British.

“Bend the knee!” Corden screams while holding a perp against a wall, while Smith interrogates a suspect during tea time. The queen then beheads someone and during a shootout, Philip cries, “I am too royal for this s—.”

It ends with the tagline: “This fall on CBS, criminals are royally screwed.” Oh, we wish.

Watch the clip above.

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‘The Crown’: Matt Smith Has Great (Pay Equality) Advice for New Prince Philip Tobias Menzies (Video)

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Matt Smith shared some solid advice with the new Prince Philip on Netflix’s “The Crown,” Tobias Menzies. James Corden coaxed the counseling out of Smith on Wednesday night’s “Late Late Show.”

“Don’t do it,” Smith (seemingly) joked about what he told pal Menzies when asked.

“I just said, ‘God, make sure they pay you enough — and make sure it’s even,” a (semi) more serious Smith said, emphasizing the latter half of that statement for comedic effect.

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Smith, a former Doctor on “Doctor Who,” found himself in the middle of an income inequality controversy earlier this year when it came out he was paid more than female co-star Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II over the show’s first two seasons.

“We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own,” production company Left Bank Pictures said in a statement. “Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on ‘The Crown’ have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity.”

“As the producers of ‘The Crown,’ we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues,” the company continued, with producers later vowing that “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”

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Watch the video from Smith’s CBS appearance above.

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