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‘The Mummy’ Star Sofia Boutella in Talks to Join Jodie Foster for ‘Hotel Artemis’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Sofia Boutella, who wreaks havoc as the titular monster in Universal’s upcoming “The Mummy,” is in talks to join Jodie Foster in Drew Pearce’s “Hotel Artemis.” Simon and Stephen Cornwell are producing for The Ink Factory, which will also finance. Pearce, whose writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” will direct from… Read more »

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Universal Moves ‘Doctor Dolittle’ Up to April 2019 to Avoid ‘Star Wars IX’

Universal Pictures has moved up its untitled “Doctor Dolittle” pic from May 24, 2019 to Apr. 12, 2019. The move is likely being made to avoid “Star Wars: Episode IX”, which Disney recently announced would also be opening that weekend. Universal recently won a bidding war for the new “Doctor Dolittle” that has Robert Downey Jr…. Read more »

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Liev Schreiber on ‘Chuck,’ Fame, and How He Almost Appeared in ‘Logan’

Chuck Wepner tried to do a lot with his fifteen minutes of fame. The journeyman boxer stunned everyone by going fifteen rounds in a 1975 title fight against Muhammad Ali, even knocking him down at one point. His million-to-one shot helped inspire “Rocky,” which sanded off some of Wepner’s rougher edges as it punched its… Read more »

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‘Logan’ Gets B&W Release in Theaters

Following its box office success earlier this year, Fox has decided to release a black and white version of “Logan” in theaters on May 16 for a limited run. Director James Mangold tweeted the news telling fans who wanted to see that version to “not make any plans on the evening of May 16.” Suggestion…. Read more »

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MPAA Shakeup: Chief Chris Dodd to Be Replaced by Charles Rivkin

Chris Dodd is stepping down as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Variety has confirmed. He will be replaced by Charles Rivkin, the former assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs under President Barack Obama. Though not as well known as Dodd, Rivkin boasts film business and Beltway ties. He was president of… Read more »

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Universal Dates Robert Zemeckis-Helmed Steve Carell Pic for November 2018

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have dated Robert Zemeckis next pic starring Steve Carell for Nov. 21, 2018. The project had been going by the running title “Marwencol,” and is based on the true story of a man who — after being brutally attacked — finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through… Read more »

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WGA Says Estimated $156 Million in Increased Payments Would Be ‘Reasonable’

With no resolution in sight for contract negotiations, the Writers Guild of America is estimating that it would cost employers $156 million annually to increase payments to writers under its proposal to production companies. The WGA West, in a Friday afternoon post on its website, said, “The cost of settling is reasonable.” It also estimated that the… Read more »

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Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Runs Circles Around Tom Hanks-Emma Watson Thriller

Universal’s tentpole “The Fate of the Furious” will win its third straight box office crown with about $18 million this weekend, easily fending off the Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle,” early estimates showed Friday. “The Circle” will wind up the weekend with about $11 million at 3,163 sites. Romantic comedy “How to be a… Read more »

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