Michael Rooker Set To Star In ‘Monster Problems’ For Paramount Players

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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Rooker has been set to star alongside Dylan O’Brien in Monster Problems, a potential franchise film that Michael Matthews (Five Fingers for Marseilles) will direct with Shawn Levy producing at 21 Laps. Rooker will play Clyde, a…

Paramount Players Lands YA Novel ‘Opposite Of Always’ For Temple Hill

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Players has closed a deal for the Justin A. Reynolds YA novel Opposite Of Always. The film will be produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, John Fischer, and Isaac Klausner.
The novel was just published by Katherine Tegen/Harpe…

‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints Of Newark’ Sets Tony-Winning ‘Hamilton’ Star Leslie Odom Jr. For Key Role

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EXCLUSIVE: New Line has set Tony-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr. for a starring role in The Many Saints Of Newark, the prequel film to David Chase’s iconic HBO series The Sopranos. He joins Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal,…

Charlotte Kirk “Deeply Saddened” Over Warner Bros Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara’s Exit

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EXCLUSIVE: Though Warner Bros chairman and CEO was felled by the emails and texts divulged by THR that pointed to a sexual relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk and an inference that he subsequently tried to help her get film roles, the actress rema…

With Barack & Michelle Obama Chasing For Netflix, Warner Bros In Final Talks For Will Smith ‘King Richard’ Williams Tennis Sibs Deal

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Warner Bros is looking like the favorite to capture King Richard, a spec script by Zach Baylin that has Will Smith poised to play Richard Williams,  the father of Venus and Serena Williams. This deal will fall in the $60 million budget range, making it…

Disney Reinstates Director James Gunn For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’

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EXCLUSIVE: Redemption and second chances have long been superhero movie staples, and today it looks like life has imitated art. I’ve learned that Disney has reinstated James Gunn as the writer-director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and I’ve…

Destin Daniel Cretton Marvel’s Choice To Direct ‘Shang-Chi’

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EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios is setting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. Cretton is directing Just Mercy, a film he wrote that stars Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan.
This …

Universal Names Longtime Fox Creative Exec Matt Reilly To Executive Vice President Post

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has hired Matt Reilly as Executive Vice President, Production Development. Reilly becomes the latest film production executive to leave the Fox lot as the studio prepares to be absorbed by Disney.
Reilly spent the past six…

Upstart Limelight Sets ‘Palm Springs’ As First Go Picture; Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons To Star

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EXCLUSIVE: In its first go picture, Limelight has set an April start date for Palm Springs, a Max Barbakow-directed comedy that will star Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons.
The comedy has a script by Andy Siara (Lodge 49), and it will be p…

Alison Brie, Dan Stevens To Star In Dave Franco Directing Debut ‘The Rental’

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EXCLUSIVE: Dave Franco is set to make his directing debut with the horror thriller The Rental, and Alison Brie and Dan Stevens will star with Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White. The film will be fully financed by Black Bear Pictures, which is producing…

Paramount Wins Bidding Battle For Kay Oyegun Comedy Spec ‘Assisted Living’ As ‘King Richard’ Still Volleying

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EXCLUSIVE: There were two big movie spec properties in play this week, and one of them is now spoken for.
In a high six against seven figure deal, Paramount Pictures tonight won Assisted Living, a script by Kay Oyegun that had Sony, Endeavor Content an…