Paramount has announced that mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence, has been added to the 2017 schedule, slotted in on Oct. 13. The film stars Lawrence as part of a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home. The movie also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Domhnall Gleeson. The film is replacing Paramount’s planned reboot of the Friday the 13th series, which is now completely off the schedule. The movie company has also revealed that they have pulled the sequel to World War Z from their schedule as well.
Well, alright, alright, alright. Matthew McConaughey has landed a role in the next Harmony Korine film. The comedy is titled The Beach Bum, and Variety reports that the film follows the adventures of a rebellious and lovable rogue named Moondog.
Aja Naomi King, who turned heads in The Birth of a Nation, has joined the cast of the upcoming film Untouchable. The movie stars Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman and Genevieve Angelson and is based on a true story about the friendship that develops between a quadriplegic millionaire (Cranston) and his caregiver Dell (Hart). According to Deadline, King will play Latrice, the mother of Dell’s son who becomes suspicious when the checks from his new job start coming in.
Michael Sheen and Michelle Monaghan will reportedly star in The Price of Admission. According to Deadline, the dramedy/thriller centers on a playwright (Sheen) who finds inspiration in his mid-life crisis and failing marriage, using his latest story as a way to build his own elaborate story about his life.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jack Huston have signed on to star in the new thriller Militia. Writer Henry Dunham has been attached to direct the highly lauded script. The movie reportedly picks up after a shooting at a police funeral by a suspected militia member. A recluse former cop and a fellow militia member then take it upon themselves to find and interrogate the suspected gunman and solve the case before copycat attacks start taking place nationwide.
Who’s ready for the returns of Orphan Black and Veep? BBC America has announced that the fifth and final season of Orphan Black will premiere on Saturday, June 10 at 10PM. Meanwhile, Julia Louis Dreyfus and the cast of Veep will return to HBO’s airwaves on Sunday, April 16 at 10:30PM.
In cancellation news, the long running TV magazine The Insider has been canceled after 13 years on the air. The show is set to end its run in September with current hosts Louis Aguirre and Debbie Matenopoulos.
That didn’t take long. Shortly after the cancellation of Girl Meets World, series star Rowan Blanchard has booked a guest turn on the hit ABC sitcom The Goldbergs. According to TV Line, Blanchard will appear in at least one Season 4 episode as the editor of the school’s student-run sci-fi/fantasy magazine.
Neophyte actor Jalen Rose will be surrounded by several TV vets in the new ABC pilot, Jalen vs. Everybody. According to Deadline, Anna Maria Horsford will play Rose’s mother, while Marla Gibbs is on board as his grandmother. The show, written by Fresh Off the Boat’s Nahnatchka Khan, follows the former NBA star and current ESPN basketball analyst as he tries to balance his career with being a single dad.
Nathan Fillion has been making the most of his free time since the end of Castle. He’s had a recurring guest spot on ABC’s Modern Family and now will make a guest turn on FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. EW reports that in an upcoming episode, Fillion will star as an actor on a police-based TV show who thinks that his acting job makes him qualified to help out Jake and Rosa on a crime that happened on the set of his TV series. The episode is expected to air this spring.
Yesterday we told you about the casting of Jack Coleman in the still untitled series starring Reba McEntire from dramatic producer Marc Cherry. Now, we’ve got another NBC series alum joining the cast. According to Deadline, Chuck’s Ryan McPartlin (aka Captain Awesome) will play the slick mayor of the Kentucky town in which McEntire’s sheriff is investigating a horrific crime with the help of a Middle Eastern FBI agent.
The Good Wife had a good run. But after seven years, and despite the series still having a sizable, dedicated core audience, CBS decided to pull the plug. Because the show was still successful, many cast members were caught off guard by the announcement. Christine Baranski, who picked up six consecutive Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Diane Lockhart, says that while she was surprised the show was cancelled, she was thrilled when creators Michelle & Robert King decided to continue the story with a spin-off, The Good Fight, based on her character. (Click on the media bar to hear Christine Baranski)
Baranski, Cush Jumbo, and Sarah Steele reprise their roles from The Good Wife when The Good Fight premieres February 19 on CBS All Access.
When John Wick was released in 2014, it was met with modest box-office results: $43 million domestically, and an additional $43 million internationally. Given the numbers alone, a sequel was far from guaranteed. However, the overwhelmingly positive critical reaction to the movie helped push the filmmakers and studio toward trying again. Keanu Reeves was quick to jump back on board for John Wick: Chapter 2 because the character has become one of his favorites.
Keanu Reeves, Common, and Lawrence Fishburne star in John Wick: Chapter 2, which opens in theaters Friday
One of this year’s egregious Oscar nominations came with the omission of The Handmaiden, director Park Chan-wook’s visually stunning adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith. Cinephiles can now check out the film at their leisure, as the film has been released on DVD via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Set in 1930s colonial Korea, the narrative centers on Sook-Hee (Kim Tae-ri), a woman who conspires with a con artist (Jung-Woo Ha) to swindle a Japanese woman (Min-hee Kim) from her inheritance. Sook-Hee becomes the rich woman’s handmaiden, and the pair develop a gradual attraction for on another.
Director Park, whose twist-laden takes on family are borne to full effect with Oldboy and Stoker, paints his finest masterpiece with The Handmaiden. Although it runs at 145 minutes, the movie never drags thanks to the director’s seductively fluid camerawork and attention to detail. The story also takes the point of view from the three main characters, thus always keeping viewers on their toes. Both Kim Tae-ri and Min-Hee Kim give inspired performances, and a huge part of The Handmaiden’s success centers on their finely tuned work.
Although the DVD doesn’t come with special features (hopefully a deluxe edition will come out down the road), The Handmaiden is still worth grabbing, especially if you’re a fan of cinema.
Will Arnett voices the Caped Crusader in The LEGO Batman Movie, a comedic installment which also features Zach Galifianakis as the Joker.
Arnett, who also voiced Batman in The LEGO Movie, had a healthy share of creative interpretation in terms of shaping the iconic superhero.
“It’s very fun to take an iconic character like Batman and kind of play with the rules that have always been there for him,” says Arnett, who teams up with Arrested Development collaborator Michael Cera on the film. “Keep it consistent in terms of him being good at what he does and kind of having that bravado and machismo. But at the same time, make him a little bit more flawed and goofier. That’s the license that we took and it made sense (in) the LEGO world to be able to do that.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Arnett explain why he laughed on a “profound level” while making The LEGO Batman Movie.
The LEGO Batman Movie, which features Cera as Robin and Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon, opens nationwide February 10.
It looks as though the next X-Men film is starting to take shape. My Entertainment World reports that X-Men: Supernova will start shooting on June 15 in Montreal. The film finds the X-Men dealing with one of their toughest decisions to date as Jean Grey has gained powers beyond her control and the power has corrupted her, leaving the X-Men to decide if the life of the woman they cherish is worth the existence of the entire universe.
Josh Hartnett is heading back to the big screen. Screen Daily reports the Penny Dreadful actor will start in The Last Draw of Jack of Hearts, a thriller that reunites him with Bunraku director Guy Moshe. Hartnett will play a former black ops soldier betrayed and left for dead during a covert operation in Africa, only to resurface later in Naples with a thirst for revenge and a desire to win back the mysterious love of his life.
Sarah Paulson is set to star in the new film Lost Girls, about a real-life serial killer who found his victims on Craigs List. The film centers on Mari (Paulson), the mother of a daughter who is one of several girls who has gone missing. The murderer has used a waterfront roadside in Long Island to dump all his victims, all of whom advertised themselves as escorts on the site.
Annette Bening has landed a juicy new TV role, joining the cast of the FX series, Katrina: American Crime Story. Deadline reports that Bening will play Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana, during and after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina will be the second installment of the American Crime Story series after their highly lauded O.J. Simpson-centric run in 2016.
Jack Coleman, most recently seen in NBC’s Heroes reboot, will co-star opposite Reba McEntire in a still-untitled drama for ABC. According to Deadline, the show centers on McEntire character Ruby Adair, the sheriff in a small Kentucky town who finds herself challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent helps her solve a horrific crime. Coleman stars of Ruby’s ex-husband Deke, who is married to Ruby’s former best friend Randa (Amanda Detmer). Marc Cherry is one board to produce.
Judy Greer has landed a recurring role on the Hulu hit series Casual. Greer will play Judy, a wry and self aware single mother forced to do multiple jobs at a digital branding firm. The overworked Judy finds herself being distracted by Alex during the course of the upcoming season.
Larenz Tate will have a recurring role on the fourth season of Starz original series Power. Tate will portray city councilman Rashad Tate from Jamaica Queens. Power will return to the Starz lineup this summer.
Kathleen Rose Perkins, excellent on Showtime’s Episodes, is set to star in the new NBC drama pilot Good Girls. The potential series follows three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers who suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe. The cast also includes Reno Wilson and Manny Montana.
After two seasons away, Gwen Stefani is back in the judge’s chair on The Voice. During her hiatus, she went on tour behind her This Is What The Truth Feels Like album, voiced a character in the Trolls movie, and contributed several songs to the film’s soundtrack. While she hasn’t mentored a winning contestant yet on The Voice, she’s feeling optimistic that her recent experiences will make her a better coach and mentor, and she’s looking forward to seeing what kinds of talent the new season will bring.
The 12th season of The Voice premieres February 27 on NBC.
After the phenomenal success of Fifty Shades of Grey, both on the bestseller list and at the box office, a sequel was inevitable. So writer E.L. James gave us Fifty Shades Darker. The book, as expected, went to No. 1 on the bestseller list, and the movie adaptation arrives in theaters on Friday. The first Fifty Shades flick made Dakota Johnson one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, and she’s back in the role of Anastasia Steele for “Darker.” When we talked to Johnson, she expressed tremendous gratitude for the role, and for the way the character has been written by James. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dakota Johnson)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fifty Shades Darker opens in theaters this Friday.