Kumail Nanjiani to Star in Fact-Based Spy Action Comedy ‘No Glory’

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Kumail Nanjiani will star in the upcoming fact-based spy action comedy “No Glory,” which will be adapted by Sam Bain (“Corporate Animals”).

No director is attached yet. Bain is adapting the feature based on the original manuscript of the same name. Valparaiso Picture’s David Carrico and Adam Paulsen are producing alongside Gary Sanchez Productions’ Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Will Ferrell. Valparaiso’s head of development Bobby Hoppey will executive produce. McKay and Nanjiani are overseeing the script, while 30West is co-repping the film with UTA.

The manuscript for “No Glory,” written by a former national security operative and author Scott Shephard about the operative’s time in service, was described as “The Rambunctious Patriotism and World-Wide Shenanigans of a First Generation American in the Clandestine Service of a Grateful and Mostly Unwitting Nation.”

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“I can’t wait to dig into this incredible true story,” McKay said. “With Kumail at the helm this has a chance to be really ‘special,’ as Kumail likes to say.”

Valparaiso ‘s David Carrico continued: “This is the type of story that we created our company to help tell, narratives that can have broad commercial appeal without sacrificing artistry.  We found the prefect partners and storytellers in Kumail & Adam.”

Nanjiani was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “The Big Sick,” in which he also starred with Zoe Kazan. He will next be seen in “Men in Black: International” as well as “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.”

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McKay most recently wrote, directed and produced “Vice,” which was nominated for eight Academy Awards. He also directed “The Big Short,” which was also nominated for five Academy Awards and earned one.

Valparaiso Pictures recently premiered “The Sound of Silence” at Sundance 2019. Nanjiani is represented by UTA and Mosaic. Bain by UTA.  Valparaiso Pictures is repped by Craig Emanuel of Paul Hastings.

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Producer Jason Blum on Why This Oscar Nomination ‘Feels More Fun’

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For Jason Blum, the Best Picture-nominated “BlacKkKlansman” marks the third project of his that has been nominated for an Academy Award. But this one, he says, feels different.

“It feels more fun because I can actually enjoy it and not be so nervous about it,” Blum told TheWrap. “I’ve been through it before. With awards season, you don’t know what events you have to go to, what’s good, what’s bad — it’s just been much, much easier this time around and I’ve been able to enjoy it more.”

In total, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director.

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“When the movie screened at Cannes, there were conversations that it merited Academy attention, and we felt it merited attention but I was happily surprised by the Best Picture nomination, and prouder still of Spike’s nomination,” Blum said. “He’s never been nominated before, so that’s the best single thing about my experience with ‘BlacKkKlansman.’”

One of the categories the film is also nominated in is Film Editing — one of the categories the Academy recently decided to announce during the commercial break instead of announcing it during the broadcast. The decision was mostly met with criticism, with the condemnation stretching from Oscar watchers to past Oscar winners Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki. But Blum has a different point of view on the matter.

“I think the show can’t be three hours — everyone agrees,” he explained. “The first Academy Awards had just eight categories. I commend John and the Board of Governors for the choices they make. Someone has to make a leadership choice — ratings are going down and they have to make it a show for consumers. It’s not going to make everyone happy but they have to rein in the length of the show. It’s a compromise. Everyone is outraged about the decision but at the same time, everyone says the show is so boring and so long. You have to address that. The Academy Awards are so important because they push a business about money to being a little bit less about money. The only way to do that is to be seen and make the show that much better. And that’s one of the hardest choices.”

The upcoming awards show isn’t the only thing on Blum’s schedule. In fact, he has 17 upcoming projects that have been announced. There’s also “Happy Death Day 2U,” which just hit theaters this week, and the TV series “Into the Dark” which is premiering on Thursday.

He will next serve as a producer on Jordan Peele’s “Us,” Tate Taylor’s “Ma,” Jeff Wadlow’s “Fantasy Island” and Leigh Whannell’s “The Invisible Man.” And Blum has worked with Peele previously, on last year’s “Get Out” and this year’s “BlacKkKlansman” — and he doesn’t see that relationship ending anytime soon.

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When asked whether he says yes to any project Peele pitches, Blum said, “Totally! Especially if it’s scary. [In terms of ‘Us’] I thought it was great that he wanted to do another scary movie. If he comes to us, we’ll say yes!”

And Blumhouse Productions, which Blum founded in 2000 and is behind films like “The Purge” and “Insidious” franchises,” has a Rolodex of actors, directors and partners it consistently wants to work with. Peele is just one example — Blumhouse has worked with Lucy Hale, Whannell, Christopher Landon and M. Night Shyamalan on multiple projects.

“We always go back to the people we worked with before — we definitely have a shorthand,” he said. “‘Happy Death Day 2U’ is Chris Landon and I’s seventh movie, and I’m proud of that — it shows that people like the experience with the company, and that was part of my goal for Blumhouse Productions.”

Still on his dream list of people to work with: “Nightingale” director Jennifer Kent, Edgar Wright and Ben Stiller as a director.

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Edgar Wright’s next film gets a name and a star, specifically Anya Taylor-Joy

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Edgar Wright Preps London-Set Psychological Horror Movie, Talks ‘Baby Driver 2’

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Edgar Wright’s next project will be a psychological horror film set in London’s Soho district and with a female lead. The “Baby Driver” writer and helmer has also talked about the sequel to that movie, and said a first draft of “Baby Driver 2” is ready…

Edgar Wright Says ‘Baby Driver 2’ First Draft ‘Exists’

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Edgar Wright isn’t putting “Baby” in a corner just yet. The British director teased that some progress has been made on a potential sequel to “Baby Driver,” Wright’s 2017 film starring Ansel Elgort that married action, comedy, musicals and heists.

“A first draft of ‘Baby Driver 2 exists,” he told Empire in a interview. Wright added that the film will introduce new characters following the deaths of many of the characters in the original and it “takes the story further.”

In a previous interview with Empire back in July 2017, Wright said he was urged to write a sequel to his film and felt there was potential by recognizing that by the end of the movie, “Baby has got to a new place.”

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“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one, unless there’s somewhere deeper for them to go,” Wright said. “I think with ‘Baby Driver’ there’s more that you can do in that realm, and I sort of have an idea that if you did another [film] you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he’s not the apprentice anymore.”

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Wright also spoke with Empire about an upcoming project he’s working on, which he describes as a psychological horror-thriller inspired by films such as “Don’t Look Now” and “Repulsion.” While he didn’t reveal a title, he says the film is set in central London, has a female lead, and is co-written by “Penny Dreadful” staff writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Wright also claims the film will shoot this summer.

“I realized I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years,” Wright said to Empire. “With ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in.”

Empire’s full interview with Wright will appear on newsstands on Jan. 24.

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RIP William Goldman: Robert Redford, Cary Elwes, Ben Stiller and More Pay Their Respects

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Hollywood is paying their respects to Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, who died Friday at age 87.

The influential writer behind “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men” and the novel “The Princess Bride” left a mark on Hollywood’s crop of modern writers and directors, who today took to Twitter to celebrate his work and the impact he left on them.

“His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt starstruck seeing him at Knicks games,” actor and director Ben Stiller said in a tweet.

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“We had a long earlier history and I’m sorry to hear of his passing,” Robert Redford said in a quote to TheWrap.

“I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend,” said Ron Howard in a tweet. “Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world.”

“Today we lost a National treasure. I give thanks not only for the immense talent of #BillGoldman but for the life and career he gave me by allowing me to portray Westley and giving me those three magical words to say: ‘As You Wish,’” Cary Ewles, star of “The Princess Bride” wrote on Instagram.

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Several other Hollywood professionals not only shared quotes, photos or GIFs from some of his most famous films, but also mentioned how his book “Adventures in Screen Trade” shaped their career and writing.

“Bill was a consummate storyteller whose tales touched millions and will endure as pinnacles of the art form. Having worked with him for many years, I can attest that his brilliant and inventive work seemed to defy his own suggestion that “nobody knows anything” in movies. He was a true original and a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn in a statement. Horn worked with Goldman during their days at Embassy Pictures and at Castle Rock Entertainment.

Goldman is a two-time Oscar winner for both “Butch Cassidy” and “All the President’s Men” and also wrote films such as “Marathon Man,” “Misery,” “Chaplin” and many more. He died in his home in Manhattan Friday from complications of colon cancer and pneumonia.

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Read some of the tweets celebrating his life below:

RIP #WilliamGoldman. One of the greatest most successful screenwriters ever. I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend. Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world. https://t.co/RWRdCoO1Cm

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 16, 2018

William Goldman was huge part Of creating some of the seminal movies of the 70’s and beyond. His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt star struck and intimidated seeing him at Knicks games. #RESPECT https://t.co/ED9HUJc50R

— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 16, 2018

It’s no small feat to be a smart, witty writer and smart and witty about writing. RIP the legendary adventurer in screenwriting, William Goldman. https://t.co/oqSyQaRq2R

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 16, 2018

Legendary William Goldman, has died. He gave us ‘The Princess Bride’, ( book even better than the film) ‘Butch Cassidy-’ screenplay of “All the President’s Men’ and best book on show biz, ‘Adventures in the Screen Trade’. He was also a true friend. Thank you dear Bill pic.twitter.com/dcwfYPd3ue

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 16, 2018

William Goldman. What can one do in the face of such a legacy but bow our heads in gratitude?

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 16, 2018

A great writer and a wonderful man…R.I.P. https://t.co/oDRTkjiL2m

— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) November 16, 2018

“Nobody knows anything” is a liberating concept. It means don’t take no for an answer, be bold, try something new. Yes, the fall will probably kill ya… but listen to your inner voice. R.I.P. the great screenwriter William Goldman. pic.twitter.com/MmLLmsxQtt

— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) November 16, 2018

RIP to William Goldman, the fantastic novelist turned screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, Misery, All the President’s Men, and much more – including The Princess Bride, one of the best and most quotable movies ever, adapted from his own book. pic.twitter.com/3M2ilUnTQH

— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) November 16, 2018

William Goldman’s All the President’s Men is one of the best screenplays ever–a miracle of thoughtful adaptation. His most famous aphorism about Hollywood was “Nobody knows anything.” I don’t think he believed it for a minute. RIP.

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 16, 2018

William Goldman, Norman Mailer and Paddy Chayefsky at the 1977 Academy Awards. Goldman won best adapted screenplay (for ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN) the same year Chayefsky won best original screenplay (for NETWORK). pic.twitter.com/GGI1TCCGyh

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 16, 2018

RIP to William Goldman. If you are even thinking about being a writer then read Adventures in the Screen Trade and Which Lie Did I Tell? ASAP https://t.co/FIIum3uYLc

— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 16, 2018

William Goldman wrote brilliant novels, screenplays and razor-sharp takes on filmmaking. He was also a very nice man. RIP.

— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 16, 2018

RIP William Goldman, the bard of Hollywood scripts and the screen trade — and someone who tried so hard to be a Great American Novelist but ended up in a better spot. https://t.co/auZ2IRmgGJ

— Sarah Weinman (@sarahw) November 16, 2018

William Goldman was an amazing guy. I need some time to gather my thoughts on this one. This hurts.

— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 16, 2018

RIP “William Goldman” The un work I did on Crocodile Dundee 2 was my tribute to you. Witty streetwise “Kevin” leading Paul Hogan around New York would’ve taken the sequel to new heights.

— Colin Quinn (@iamcolinquinn) November 16, 2018

RIP William Goldman – a man who seemed to see the screen so clearly & wrote for it wonderfully. Defying genre as he did – compare & contrast Butch, Princess Bride, Presidents & Misery. Devoured his films, devoured his books, nobody knows everything but he had SO MUCH to share.

— Jack Thorne (@jackthorne) November 16, 2018

“No one knows anything”. The very accurate advice of the great William Goldman.

— Al Jean (@AlJean) November 16, 2018

One less giant….

William Goldman Dies; Oscar Winning Writer Of ‘Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid’ Was 87 – Deadline https://t.co/ipARwOdkNs

– Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) November 16, 2018

This guy was the best ever.
William Goldman Dies; Oscar Winning Writer Of ‘Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid’ Was 87 – Deadline https://t.co/tvrYG2KamM

– Vincent D’Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 16, 2018

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Fans Remember ‘Spider-Man, ‘Doctor Strange’ Creator Steve Ditko: ‘Often Copied. Never Equalled.’

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The comics world mourned one of the last living legends of comics’ Silver Age with the news of Steve Ditko’s death. The writer-artist co-created “Spider-Man,” “Doctor Strange,” “The Question,” and many more.

Through a career that spanned more than six decades, Ditko’s trippy art and uncompromising ideas influenced generations of comics writers and artists and made publishers and movie studios rich. Though he died in June, at 90, news of his death didn’t come until Friday. Fans and former colleagues came out in force on social media to say goodbye.

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One tribute came from his former employer, Marvel, home of “Spider-Man” and “Doctor Strange.”

Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko. Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and fans during this sad time. https://t.co/uKKR9oClqg pic.twitter.com/1ovYnE8Y2V

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 7, 2018

Another cane from DC, where he created The Question.

Steve Ditko was one of the most amazing creators in the history of comics, and showed us there is a hero in all of us. Our hearts go out to his loved ones, and everyone who knew him. pic.twitter.com/ukvuA7odF5

— DC (@DCComics) July 7, 2018

Creators weighed in too, including Brian Michael Bendis, who created “Ultimate Spider-Man.”

I spoke to Steve ditko on the phone once. I’ve talked about it often. I got to thank him for creating Spider-man and putting food on my table. I hope he really heard me


DC Comics publisher Jim Lee praised Ditko as well.

Sad to hear of the passing of the legendary artist and creator Steve Ditko. Beloved for generations– his work was the Quirky to Kirby’s Majesty and helped provide the early visual vocabulary in counterpoint to Kirby’s power and influence. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/GvH8Mcrxg6

— Jim Lee (@JimLee) July 7, 2018

Walt Simonson, best known for his influential run on Thor, also expressed his fandom.

Steve Ditko has caught the last web out across the city into the mystic. An early influence on my work, I met Steve exactly once many years ago for a few moments in the Marvel offices. Getting to shake his hand was a privilege. Thanks for all the lovely work, Steve. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/gOsdFdJa92

— Walter Simonson (@WalterSimonson) July 7, 2018

“Sandman” creator Neil Gaiman thanked Ditko for “making my childhood weirder.”

I had heard rumours, hoped they were not true. Thank you Steve Ditko, for making my childhood weirder, and thank you @wossy for taking me with you when we went in search of Steve Ditko, and found him. A kind man, who gave me comics. https://t.co/SnBGneZgLx

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 6, 2018

Steve Ditko was true to his own ideals. He saw things his own way, and he gave us ways of seeing that were unique. Often copied. Never equalled. I know I’m a different person because he was in the world. pic.twitter.com/2GFSA86Btj

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 7, 2018

In which @wossy and I get to meet and talk to Ditko. One of the best days of my life. https://t.co/Ay5hvn8Ogf

RIP Steve Ditko.

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 6, 2018

Marvel and DC heavy hitter Gail Simone said Ditko had a unique way of illustrating the small and weak.

He did his best with desperate characters. Kirby excelled at drawing bigger than life, Ditko was best with the small man, the weak man.

— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) July 7, 2018

But even his superheroes had that feeling of need. His best Spider-man tales showed Peter at his most troubled and afraid and human.

— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) July 7, 2018

I can’t imagine the Marvel Universe without him. He was the guy playing all minor chords at the symphony.

— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) July 7, 2018

Gerry Dugan, known for his work on “Deadpool” and “Doctor Strange” comics, had recently been revisiting Ditko’s work.

The uncompromising and brilliant Steve Ditko is gone. Here’s my favorite image of him: trapped in an ink bottle between his two iconic collaborations. pic.twitter.com/R75q4yv9i5

— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) July 7, 2018

I wrote Ditko on and off for a while. I was just going back and re-reading a few – his description of life also happens to be some of the key ingredients in great comics. pic.twitter.com/8bUxnU33r7

— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) July 7, 2018

Warren Ellis called him a “weird legend.”

Goodbye, Steve Ditko, and thanks for everything, you weird legend. What strange and amazing things you achieved. pic.twitter.com/xIGOExiCYt

— Wᴀʀʀᴇɴ Eʟʟɪs (@warrenellis) July 7, 2018


Filmmakers influenced by him weighed in too, like Scott Derrickson, who directed 2016’s live action “Doctor Strange”:

Goodbye Steve Ditko pic.twitter.com/DXAkw8BQIk

— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) July 6, 2018

And Edgar Wright, who almost directed another Marvel movie, “Ant-Man,” said Ditko’s influence was unmeasurable.

RIP to comic book legend Steve Ditko, beyond influential on countless planes of existence. He never truly profited from his comic creations that have lasted for decades, but his work will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/UBZQWpF79i

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 7, 2018

But Gaiman and “Deadpool” creator Rob Leifeld pretty much summed it up:

Spider Man. Dr. Strange. Creeper. Hawk and Dove. The Question. Captain Atom. Mysterio. Green Goblin. Dr. Octopus. Dormammu. Baron Mordo. Kraven. Lizard. Nightmare. Electro. STEVE DITKO.

— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) July 7, 2018

Without Steve Ditko there would have been no Spider-Man, no Doctor Strange, no Creeper, no Hawk and Dove, none of the black and white reprint comics I read in seaside resorts as a boy. No The Question (which means no Rorschach). No Mister A. No mystery.

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) July 6, 2018

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Edgar Wright Surfaces Ron Howard’s Painfully Dated Race Car Movie (Video)

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Actor and director Ron Howard is best known for critically acclaimed movies such as “American Graffiti,” “A Beautiful Mind,” and “Apollo 13,” but “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright has reminded us that the “Splash” filmmaker also has roots in the automobile action genre.

After Howard congratulated Wright for his “original and excellent” car film on its one-year anniversary in a tweet on Friday, Wright responded with a throwback to one of the earliest films of Howard’s career: a little-known action comedy from 1976 called “Eat My Dust!”

In the film, Howard played the son of a local sheriff who steals a racing car with his girlfriend and then faces a pursuit from his father and the car’s owner and professional racer. According to PopMatters, Howard’s role in the movie was the result of a deal with director Roger Corman: If Howard acted in “Eat My Dust!,” Corman would let him direct its pseudo-sequel “Grand Theft Auto.”

It would be Howard’s first feature-length directing gig.

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Wright shared the trailer to the movie, which shows Howard in the car with his girlfriend Darlene, played by Christopher Norris. The film appears painfully dated, particularly in the #MeToo era, with Howard grabbing Darlene’s rear end.

While Wright may be a fan of this long-forgotten movie from Hoaward, “Eat My Dust!” is a far cry from “Baby Driver,” which hit theaters last summer to critical and commercial success, earning several Academy Award nominations and grossing $226 million worldwide.

See the exchange between Howard and Wright below.

Thank you boss. Although you did beat me to it… https://t.co/dpaKnv2Jqa

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 29, 2018

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