Martin Scorsese has come on board to produce an origin film of The Joker for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment with The Hangover’s Todd Phillips on board to direct. Phillips will co-write the screenplay with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter). Is Phillips really the best person to direct this film? For all the talk about Rotten Tomatoes making or breaking a movie, there’s only two films marked as Certified Fresh for Phillips: Borat:…"The Joker Origin Movie: Martin Scorsese to produce, Todd Phillips direct"
The first films were announced today for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival. This year’s festival will run October 12-26 and will be headlined by special presentations of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Goodbye Christopher Robin, and The Square. One change entering this year’s edition is that Mimi Plauché took over for Michael Kutza as the artistic director of the festival. Kutza is now the CEO and president of Cinema/Chicago. The following films have been…"53rd Chicago International Film Festival: First Films Announced"
Actor Morgan Freeman has been named as the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. “I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur,…"Morgan Freeman to receive 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award"
Love knows no species in Unleashed, a movie so crazy absurd that one can’t help but just sit back and enjoy it–not knowing what is going to happen next. Written and directed by Finn Taylor, the sci-fi romantic comedy stars Kate Micucci, Steve Howey, Justin Chatwin, Hana Mae Lee, Josh Brener, with Illeana Douglas and Sean Astin. The film starts out as Emma (Micucci) shows her boyfriend, Luke (Brener), an app she’s been working on. …"Unleashed: Love knows No Species"
A $30 movie rental service is expected to be released in 2018, reports The Hollywood Reporter. According to the report, both Comcast and Amazon have joined Apple in helping to develop a system that will deliver premium VOD titles to be viewed in home for just 30-45 days after they are released in theaters. It has the potential to be more expensive to rent the movies than it would be to see them in theaters…"A $30 Movie Rental Service is On the Way"
Bushwick may be too timely as it depicts the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn breaking out into an all-out civil war. Directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott from a screenplay written by Nick Damici and Graham Reznick, the military invasion thriller stars Dave Bautista, Brittany Snow, Angelic Zambrana, Christian Navarro, Arturo Castro, and Jeremie Harris. As Lucy (Snow) comes home from college and gets off of a New York subway stop in Bushwick, the neighborhood…"Bushwick: Action Thriller is Realistic and Timely with Civil War"
NEW UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM Lucasfilm has greenlit an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie to take place in some time period set in the Star Wars universe. What we do know is that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry is in talks to lead the stand-alone story according to The Hollywood Reporter. What we don’t know yet is when in the saga that it will take place. All betting money appears to be the time period between the end…"Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi movie greenlit, time period unknown"
Comedian Jerry Lewis has died at the age of 91. Lewis, one-half of the popular Martin and Lewis duo with Dean Martin, hosted the annual MDA telethon over Labor Day weekend from 1966 through 2010. A statement by the Lewis family was tweeted by Las Vegas Review reporter John Katsilometes: “Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home w/ family by his side.” Born Joseph Levitch on…"Comedian Jerry Lewis dead at 91"
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson clearly have chemistry in The Hitman’s Bodyguard but that’s just about the only positive thing to like about the action comedy. Directed by Patrick Hughes from a screenplay written by Tom O’Connor, the action comedy stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell, with Richard E. Grant. Following a client being murdered in front of his eyes, Michael Bryce…"The Hitman’s Bodyguard: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson display comedic chemistry"
The thought-provoking Marjorie Prime goes from stage to screen with Lois Smith delivering an awards-worthy performance. Written for the screen and directed by Michael Almereyda, the film stars Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Lois Smith and Tim Robbins. Smith reprises her role as Marjorie from Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play. Harrison had been inspired to write the play after seeing his grandmother battle dementia and after reading Brian Christian’s 2011 book, The Most Human Human: What Artificial…"Marjorie Prime: Lois Smith delivers Awards-Worthy Performance in Sci-Fi Indie"