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The director is planning to tackle the project after a ‘Predator’ reboot for Fox. Dwayne Johnson is adding a new superhero to his resume: Doc Savage.  The actor said on Monday that he would be teaming with director Shane Black to bring the pulpy action hero to life in a new film, which had been in development at Sony Pictures. Black is planning to tackle the project after a Predator reboot for Fox.  Johnson wrote on Monday that he had sat down with screenwriters Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry over the weekend...

Four years after its YouTube upload, ‘Clown’ — about a dad possessed by a demonic clown costume — will hit theaters this summer. Director Jon Watts has a way of getting Hollywood to take notice. When he was competing for the gig of directing Spider-Man: Homecoming, he had the Marvel webslinger tattooed on his chest. (The ploy helped: Watts, 34, is filming the reboot, due July 7, 2017.) In 2010, the Cop Car director uploaded a fake trailer to YouTube for Clown — about a dad possessed by a demonic clown costume...

9:29 AM PDT 5/30/2016 by Michael Rechtshaffen THR film critic (and non-dog person) Michael Rechtshaffen (because Keanu the cat wasn’t available) offers a sneak preview of the screened highlights. Following in the paw prints of its New York debut in 2014, the Dog Film Festival, a human-canine bonding experience created by Vermont-based pet wellness advocate and radio personality Tracie Hotchner, takes its West Coast bow next weekend. The fest kicks off in L.A. with an al fresco Afternoon Tea Pooch Party at VCA West Los Angeles...

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Timed to Memorial Day in 2001, Michael Bay unleashed a historical epic aimed to conquer the box office. Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale, debuted to negative reviews but topped the holiday weekend chart, eventually raking in nearly $450 million worldwide. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  Theater owners, start your popcorn machines. Despite a filmmaking sensibility that will deeply divide audiences — and inflame more than a few critics — Disney’s Pearl...

A Facebook page set up against Jonathan Sothcott is “just the tip of the iceberg,” claims one former employee, as several others come forward with allegations of scores of unpaid wages and major financial mismanagement. British film fans of a certain age have a special place in their hearts for the Carry On movies. The silly, slightly bawdy comedy franchise, which produced 31 films between 1958 and 1992, harkens back to a simpler time: when sexual provocation meant a wee double entendre and a flash of boob. Never a major...

2:22 AM PDT 5/30/2016 by Scott Roxborough The Oscar-winning actress will present episodes of ‘House of Cards,’ in which she co-stars, as well as Todd Solondz’ ‘Weiner-Dog.’ The Munich Film Festival will this year honor Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn with its CineMerit Award for lifetime achievement. In Burstyn’s honor, the festival will screen a homage of her life’s work, including Todd Solondz’s upcoming feature Weiner-Dog, in which Burstyn co-stars alongside Greta Gerwig, Zosia...

8:14 PM PDT 5/29/2016 by Gavin J. Blair The prolific animator worked on nearly every major Studio Ghibli animation, including the hit factory’s final feature, ‘When Marnie Was There’. Animator Makiko Futaki, who worked on all of Studio Ghibli’s biggest hits, including 2002 Oscar-winner Spirited Away, died on May 13. She was 57. A private funeral was held for Futaki, who died in a Tokyo hospital from an unspecified illness. Futaki worked for Studio Ghibli for three decades and was an animator for all of legendary...

7:39 PM PDT 5/29/2016 by Patrick Brzeski A local art house movie, meanwhile, has become a modest hit after its producer recorded a video of himself weeping and begging theater owners to devote more screen time to independent cinema. Disney’s big-budget Alice Through the Looking Glass cruised to an easy first-place win at the Chinese box office, debuting to $27.1 million during a quiet late-May release window in the Middle Kingdom. Stateside, Alice 2 has been decimated by Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which doesn’t...

The trailer has been dubbed the most disliked ever on YouTube. Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy isn’t fazed by the online negativity surrounding the trailer for her upcoming film. The trailer posted March 3 on YouTube has received more “thumbs-down” votes than any other on the site, with 849,981 “thumbs-down” votes vs. 244,692 “thumbs-up” votes based on 32,874,674 views. As a result, it’s been dubbed the most disliked trailer ever. But McCarthy brushed off the criticism in an interview...

“Keira has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done, and so I was very ready to come back to Ireland and make films that nobody cared about who was in it or any of that crap.” Keira Knightley has been nominated for two Oscars and starred in such hit movies as the Pirates of the Caribbean films, but it seems that not everyone is a fan. Her Begin Again director, John Carney — whose new movie, Sing Street, is in theaters now — recently told the U.K.’s Independent...

“That was a lot; I wasn’t quite expecting that,” Smith said, accepting the award, revealing that when the network told him it planned to give him the Generation Award, “I thought that was code for the old ass dude award, ‘Congratulations, your best work’s behind you'” ...

9:57 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Alex Ritman Courtesy of Warner Bros. ‘Eddie the Eagle’ scored the highest opening for a British film since ‘Spectre.’ Mirroring its fall in the U.S., Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was able to stay on top of the box office despite a steep drop of 69 percent from its record-breaking British bow. Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment universe launcher fell from $20.7 million opening to $6.4 million, and may now need some superhuman efforts if it’s to match...

8:05 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Ashley Lee The Daniels’ absurd R-rated comedy stars Radcliffe as a dead body that Dano uses to escape death on a tiny deserted island. “So this is the life I forgot.” A24 released a trailer for Swiss Army Man, also known as the Daniel Radcliffe-Paul Dano “farting corpse” movie that caused a stir in its Sundance premiere earlier this year. Written and directed by the music video-directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively known as “the Daniels”),...

6:13 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Alex Ritman “It was a bit painful — I didn’t want to go back into my life and imagine things that I hadn’t understood so far.” The world isn’t going to get to read Sir Ian McKellen’s autobiography. Last year it emerged that the celebrated and Oscar-nominated thespian would be penning his own memoir in a deal with publishers Hodder & Stoughton reported to be worth £1 million ($1.4 million). But earlier this month the 76-year-old stage and screen icon revealed...

4:17 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Alex Ritman Broccoli joins recently appointed vp for TV Greg Dyke in an ambassadorial role for the organization. Barbara Broccoli, who together with her brother Michael G. Wilson has produced the last eight Bond films through their Eon Productions banner, has been named vice president for film at BAFTA. The appointed was made Monday, and sees Broccoli join outgoing BFI chair Greg Dyke — recently named BAFTA’s vp for television — and assume an ambassadorial role for the organization. Previous...

4:18 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Nick Holdsworth Bazelevs and Youngle Pictures agree China release of ‘He Is a Dragon’ after romantic fantasy is downloaded illegally more than 5.6 million times. The producers of Russian fantasy film On – Drakon (He Is a Dragon) – have turned piracy to their advantage after signing a distribution deal with China’s Youngle Pictures – part of YL Entertainment, the country’s largest cinema holding company. The film – a romantic fantasy about Princess Miroslava, who...

The French studio has taken a 20 percent stake in Cumberbatch’s TV company in addition to minority stakes in Britain’s Urban Myth Films and Spain’s Bambu Producciones. France’s Studiocanal has taken a 20 percent stake in Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company Sunny March TV and grabbed minority stakes in two other prominent European television companies: Atlantis producer Urban Myth Films of London and Spain’s Bambu Producciones, who has signed on to produce Netflix’s first original...

Perhaps the receptionist at Disney’s London offices simply hasn’t seen the studio’s most successful film to date. Given that he’s had a not-exactly-major but still somewhat crucial role in its biggest film to date, Mark Hamill could be forgiven for assuming Disney might know how to spell his name.  Unfortunately for the actor, it seems the receptionist at the studio’s London HQ may have missed Star Wars: The Force Awakens (or at least left before the final scene), along with the franchise’s first,...

12:35 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Patrick Brzeski ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Courtesy of Warner Bros. The second-weekend plunge is the largest on record for a studio superhero movie in China. Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice suffered a precipitous decline at the Chinese box office in its second weekend, plummeting an unprecedented 78 percent and landing with a dull thud in a third-place tie with Disney Animation’s Zootopia, which has been on release for over a month. After debuting to $57.2...

8:00 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by THR Staff Cavu Pictures will release the documentary in select locations starting in May. Cavu Pictures will distribute the documentary Art Bastard, which is set to open May 20 at the Angelika Film Center in New York. The film will then open June 3 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica and the Edwards University Town Center 6 in Irvine, Calif. Then, June 10, it will screen at the Angelika Pop-Up in Washington, D.C., before rolling out across the country.  Art...

Plus, the 19th-century Supreme Court case that is being called upon to knock the contention that the language of Klingon is copyrighted. The lawsuit brought by Paramount and CBS over Axanar, a crowdfunded Star Trek film, continues to chart a course for exploration of the intellectual property galaxy. To quickly review, Star Trek rights holders, despite tolerating decades of fan-made works, sued Axanar producers led by Alec Peters in December. This drew a motion to dismiss that called upon Paramount and...

8:56 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Alex Ritman Courtesy of Warner Bros. Warner Bros.’ superhero universe starter defied critics to also claim the year’s biggest opening to date. Mirroring its smash hit results in North America, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice posted record-breaking numbers in its first weekend in U.K. cinemas. Warner Bros.’ big-budget superhero movie, launching the DC Entertainment universe — defied critics to amass $20.7 million, the biggest opening of the year to date (Deadpool bowed to $19.5 million)....

2:09 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Scott Roxborough Gavier Productions Inc. Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg star in the story of a young couple in 1930s Hollywood. Woody Allen is going to Cannes. Again. The director’s latest film, Cafe Society, will open the 69th Cannes International Film Festival on May 11 in an out-of- competition slot.  Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg head an all-star cast that includes Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell.  Eisenberg plays a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the...

1:58 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Alex Ritman The follow-up to last year’s hit spy thriller is due out in 2017 and has signed up Halle Berry and Julianne Moore. It was the unexpected box-office hit of 2015, grossing in excess of $400 million internationally, giving British star Taron Egerton his breakout and ensuring a follow-up. Now the 20th Century Fox sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service has a title. Speaking to Empire magazine, director Matthew Vaughn said the spy thriller – which will see the return of Egerton and Mark Strong,...

1:41 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Lee Hyo-won Courtesy of Warner Bros. The Warner Bros. superhero film dominated 68.3 percent of the market share, while ‘Zootopia’ crossed the $20 million mark at No. 2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice recorded the biggest March weekend opening ever at the South Korean box office, with a cumulative haul of $10.2 million. After opening Thursday with virtually no major competitor, the Warner Bros. title dominated 73 percent of the revenue among the top five films for the weekend of March 25-27....

8:43 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Mike Barnes The actor also starred on Broadway in ‘1776’ and potrayed Bo Derek’s father in ’10.’ James Noble, who played the scatterbrained Gov. Eugene X. Gatling on the long-running ABC sitcom Benson, has died. He was 94. Family spokesman Douglas Moser told The New York Times that the actor suffered a stroke last week and died Monday at Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital. Benson, which ran for seven seasons (1979-86), starred Robert Guillaume as the title character, the same role he played...

6:13 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by THR Staff L.A. Live The Expo takes place Nov. 2-3 at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter has been chosen to partner on the U.S. China Film & TV Industry’s (UCFTI) third annual Expo. THR joins the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and China Film Co-Production Corp as partners for the event, which will take place Nov. 2-3 at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles and allows industry leaders from the world’s two biggest film and television markets meet to foster closer business...

5:14 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by Karen Chu Malaysia’s Film Kingdom Group is also collaborating with Hong Kong’s Pegasus Motion Pictures and Eunice and Tonia Entertainment for ‘Miss Sunshine’. Malaysia’s Animasia Studio has inked a deal with China’s Zero One Animation to produce the CGI animated feature film Chuck Chicken – The Movie. The $8 million film is adapted from the successful television series Chuck Chicken a.k.a. Kungfu Chicken. Production will take place in China, but animators from both...

5:20 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by Karen Chu Produced by HongKong’s Pegasus Motion Pictures, China’s Shanghai Xinyi Media, and South Korea’s Union Investment Partners, ‘Bounty Hunter’ is scheduled for a 2016 summer release. Pegasus Motion Pictures has unveiled the cast of its $16 million Bounty Hunter, that in addition to South Korean superstar Lee Min-Ho, Wallace Chung, Louis Fan, and Karena Ng are joining the cast. Produced by Pegasus, China’s Shanghai Xinyi Media, and South Korea’s Union Investment...

4:30 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by Patrick Brzeski The Chinese studio, which has an 18-picture financing and distribution deal with STX Entertainment, has hired former DreamWorks Animation and Fox executive Joe Aguilar to lead the new division. Leading Chinese film studio Huayi Brothers said on Monday that it would launch an animation division headed by veteran Hollywood producer Joe Aguilar, formerly of Oriental DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox, as CEO. “The establishment of an animation company signifies that the company...

2:26 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by Patrick Brzeski The Chinese conglomerate will inject its film production units, including Legendary Entertainment, into movie theater unit Wanda Cinema Line, whose stock trades on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is planning a major restructuring of its film assets, according to a document filed by the company with regulators According to the filing, Wanda plans to inject its movie production subsidiary Wanda Pictures into its publicly traded movie theater unit, Wanda Cinema...

1:50 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by Alex Ritman Ward’s credits also include upcoming projects ‘Stan & Ollie’ and Netflix’s ‘The Crown.’ Sony Pictures Television has bought a minority stake in Fable Pictures, the new production banner launched by Faye Ward, the British producer behind Suffragette who has seen her star ascend dramatically over the past year. The deal, announced Monday, will focus on high-end drama series with international appeal, which Sony Pictures Television will distribute globally. “Faye...

8:50 PM PDT 3/13/2016 by Karen Chu Lau’s new production company, Infinitus Films, will be involved in the production. Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau will produce and star in Shock Wave, the new project from Universe Films, co-financed with China’s Bona Film Group. The $23 million film will be directed by Herman Yau, with a screenplay by Herman Yau and Erica Lee. Andy Lau explains his decision to produce the film in an interview: “I’ve seen an early draft of Shock Wave from Herman three years ago, but then we were...

7:24 PM PDT 3/13/2016 by Etan Vlessing It was the hostage drama’s night as Jacob Tremblay and Joan Allen also nabbed trophies for their own performances. The Brie Larson-starring hostage drama Room gave the Canadian Screen Awards a post-Oscars glow Sunday night as it nabbbed nine prizes, including best film and best director for Lenny Abrahamson. The Canada-Ireland co-production blitzed the film categories as Larson, who plays a woman held captive with her young son in the harrowing drama, picked up the best film actress prize...

5:00 PM PDT 3/13/2016 by Gavin J. Blair Nikkatsu’s big screen soft porn productions are to be relaunched with five Japanese helmers taking charge of the first slate of releases. Five leading Japanese directors, including Hideo Nakata (The Ring) and festival favorite Sion Sono, are to helm a film each for the relaunch of Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno soft-core series. More than 1,100 of the series, referred to as Roman Porno in Japan, were released in theaters by Nikkatsu in the 1970s and 1980s. Filmmakers were given creative freedom...

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Block 2 Pictures/Photofest Two cheated-on neighbors fall in love but don’t want to commit their spouses’ foul acts, which creates a simultaneously glowing and glowering sense of romantic tension in Wong’s undisputed masterpiece. This is, quite simply, the most gorgeously aching neon fever dream in cinema history. ...

The Warner Bros. film will star Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Mamoa and Amy Adams. The Justice League has found its Commissioner Gordon. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons has been cast as the Gotham City police commissioner. Justice League, which will be directed by Zack Snyder, sees heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) teaming up to combat a threat beyond each member’s capabilities. Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay...

Gotham can be yours (kind of). Pieces of the set from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are to be auctioned off as part of a new charity campaign benefiting — fittingly — a non-profit organization dedicated to bat conservation. The Organization for Bat Conversation launched an online auction of 110 bat houses built out of pieces of the Batman v Superman set by the movie’s cast and crew Monday, with 23 of the houses signed by BvS director Zack Snyder, star Ben Affleck, or both. “Zack contacted us...

11:55 AM PST 3/7/2016 by Nick Holdsworth Robert Folk is to score and produce a film starring Isabella Rossellini and Franco Nero. Robert Folk, the composer for Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, set to produce and score a film starring Isabella Rossellini and the voice talents of Franco Nero about a heartthrob of Hollywood’s early silent era, Rudolph Valentino. Folk, who has dozens of film scores to his credit, including those for Police Academy and The Never Ending Story II, is teaming up with Los Angeles-based Russian...

The injunction is not intended to kill the documentary, but to save time, money and court resources while Franklin and ‘Amazing Grace’ producer Alan Elliot come to terms on a deal. The Amazing Grace documentary featuring 1972 concert footage of music icon Aretha Franklin can’t be screened or released without the singer’s permission, according to an injunction issued Monday.  The late Sydney Pollack shot much of the footage from Franklin’s performance at the New Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles...

Holland will star as the web-slinger in the Sony and Marvel film. Zendaya will join Tom Holland in Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot. Holland is starring as Peter Parker in Sony’s new take on the webslinger. Zendaya’s role is currently being kept under wraps, but sources say it is not a lead role. Marisa Tomei is attached to play Aunt May. Jon Watts is directing the currently untitled Spider-Man reboot from Marvel and Sony. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing the film, which focuses on a teenage Parker. Zendaya...

9:40 AM PST 3/7/2016 by Etan Vlessing “The Carmike deal provides potentially more locations for us to grow with, together,” Richard Gelfond told the Deutsche Bank annual media Internet and telecom conference. AMC Theatres’ $1.1 billion deal to acquire the Carmike theater chain will grow Imax’s domestic theater network, company CEO Richard Gelfond said Monday, but owing more to Adam Aron, who became AMC CEO and president in January. “The Carmike deal provides potentially more locations for us to grow with,...

8:16 AM PST 3/7/2016 by THR Staff “I think it’s a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let’s own who we are and use it as a strength.” Ahead of hitting the big screen as Wonder Woman in this month’s Batman v. Superman, Gal Gadot talked about her much-anticipated role with Glamour. “It was important for me that we show how independent she is,” Gadot says. “She is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story. She’s not there to serve...

The high court won’t jumpstart a review of copyright or antitrust laws. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court passed on the opportunity to review two cases that have garnered attention in the entertainment industry. In one case, Mark Towle, a California mechanic who made replica Batmobiles, aimed to have the high court take a look at an opinion from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that Batman’s vehicle of choice deserves copyright protection. Towle, who sold his replicas for $90,000 apiece and was sued by...

7:29 AM PST 3/7/2016 by Alex Ritman ‘Tootsie’ is among the first batch of the Criterion’s releases in the U.K. Six titles are included in the first slate of releases from Criterion’s catalog. The U.K. is getting its first taste of the Criterion Collection’s film catalog. Following a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, the New York-based video specialist in “important classic and contemporary films” will launch titles from its slate in the U.K. for the first time. The first...

6:46 AM PST 3/7/2016 by THR Staff “We got a lot of stuff we gotta handle, a lot of stuff going on in our world right now,” she continued. “We gotta keep it moving.” Jada Pinkett Smith has responded to Oscars host Chris Rock’s jokes about the actress. “Jada says she’s not coming. Protesting. I’m like, ‘Ain’t she on a TV show?’” he said during his opening monologue regarding the controversy of the acting nominations’ lack of diversity, and Pinkett-Smith’s...

5:30 AM PST 2/22/2016 by Ashley Lee “While I believe it is a cynical ending, it is an honest ending, and I can’t help but see the hope there,” Jason Sudeikis told THR of the closing moments, based on actual events. [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the movie Race.] Beyond the finish line of Race is a bittersweet ending. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, the Focus Features release — which sees Stephan James as Jesse Owens, the track and field athlete who overcame adversity to win four gold medals at...

“People are dying, thousands, tens of thousands … we can’t just watch and do nothing,” Gianfranco Rosi tells THR about the motivation behind his documentary ‘Fire at Sea.’ Fire at Sea, the documentary from Italian director Gianfranco Rosi, which won the Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday,...

3:53 AM PST 2/22/2016 by Nyay Bhushan The Film Foundation, backed by the Oscar-winning director, is teaming with India’s Film Heritage Foundation for a second time for a film preservation workshop in the country. The Film Foundation, backed by Martin Scorsese, is again partnering with India’s Film Heritage Foundation for the latter’s second Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop, with the Hollywood director emphasizing the importance of preservation. “The language of cinema is universal,” Scorsese...

3:17 AM PST 2/22/2016 by Pamela Rolfe The sale follows an EU decision that state subsidies made the studio’s rates unfair, forcing the facility to pay back $345 million. The regional government of Valencia, Spain will auction off the state-of-the-art studio complex Ciudad de la Luz, which it owns and which boasts the natural-horizon water tank used in The Impossible, for a target price of $104.4 million (€94.4 million). The move comes after European antitrust authorities ruled in 2012 against the blue-chip property, saying...