There are two stories today that should not be ignored.
The first is the interview conducted by the New York Times with the cast of “Arrested Development.” In it, actress Jessica Walter opens up, through tears, about the way she was treated by Jeffrey Tambor on the set of the popular comedy series. During the interview, fellow cast-mates Jason Bateman and David Cross basically come to Tambor’s defense, saying his rude, inappropriate actions were somehow justified by the “acting process” to which Walter responds by saying in her 60 years of acting, she’s never come across that.
The other piece you must read is an essay from Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. In the essay, Moses bears all about his rough childhood under the duress of his controlling, emotionally and mentally abusive mother. Moses uses the essay to try and clear up the allegations about Allen’s alleged sexual abuse of his younger sister, from his in-depth point-of-view. The raw details that Moses delves into provides for one of the most honest and bearing essays that I think I have ever read. Regardless of your feelings on the subject, the essay is still worth a read for its attempt to provide a firsthand account of something so many people, mostly strangers, have an opinion about.
IT: CHAPTER TWO || Following last week’s casting news where James Ransone and Andy Bean were added to the cast of the “It” sequel, joining the already cast Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, best known for his role in the CW television series “Beauty and the Beast,” has now been cast to play the grown-up Ben Hanscom. John Ritter played this role in the 1990 “It” mini-series. Read more at: Deadline.
BLACK WIDOW || As if the connections weren’t already too close, it has now been reported that the upcoming Black Widow standalone film has hired production designer Maria Djurkovic, who helmed the Jennifer Lawrence spy film “Red Sparrow” earlier this year. No director has been announced for the film but Jac Schaeffer was tapped to the write the script last January. Read more at: Screen Rant.
MEN IN BLACK 4 || Liam Neeson has entered negotiations to join F. Gary Gray’s “Men In Black 4” film, set to play the head of the U.K. branch of M.I.B., a counterpart to the role Rip Torn played in the first three films. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompsons are also currently slated to appear in the film. Read more at : Variety.
20TH CENTURY FOX || The Disney-Fox deal is still in the works, but Comcast is officially going on the record as an interested party, backing the claims that they will offer an all-cash deal of $60 billion for the company, a much better deal than Disney’s $52.4 billion all stock deal offered by in December. Initially reported, Comcast was waiting for the June 12 verdict on the AT&T and Time Warner anti-trust court proceedings but it seems now that the offer still might go out despite that outcome. Read more at: The Wall Street Journal.
WATCHMEN || The Damon Lindeloff led HBO series “Watchmen” has announced its six leads including Regina King, Don Johnson (“Miami Vice”), Tim Blake Nelson (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), Louis Gossett Jr. (“An Officer and a Gentleman”), Adelaide Clemens (“Rectify”) and Andrew Howard (“Hatfields & McCoys”). Read more at: The Hollywood Reporter.
UGLYDOLLS || The plush toy line called Uglydolls will not only have their own animated feature film next year but it’s not being reported that Hulu has purchased the rights to the IP and will develop a 26-episode series. Read more at: Bloody Disgusting.
DISENCHANTMENT || All those who have been waiting for Matt Groening to take a step outside “The Simpsons” don’t have to wait much longer, as his adult-oriented, animated Netflix series “Disenchantment” has a release date set for August 17th, 2018. Stills were released depicting the main character, which can be seen below. Read more at: Variety.
SKYSCRAPER – OFFICIAL TRAILER
SKYSCRAPER || Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch), Johnson, Thurber and Hiram Garcia (San Andreas, Central Intelligence). Skyscraper’s executive producers are Dany Garcia (Baywatch, Ballers), Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas), Eric McLeod (Kong: Skull Island, Pirates of the Caribbean series) and Eric Hedayat (The Great Wall, Real Steel). The film will be released by Universal Pictures on July 13th, 2018.
HOTEL ARTEMIS – OFFICIAL RED-BAND TRAILER
HOTEL ARTEMIS || In HOTEL ARTEMIS, set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. Surrounded by an all-star cast that includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista, HOTEL ARTEMIS is a stylish, high-octane action-thriller written and directed by Drew Pearce (writer of IRON MAN 3, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION, SHERLOCK HOLMES 3).
WILDFIRE – OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER
WILDFIRE || IFC Films presents WILDLIFE, the directorial debut of Paul Dano (THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), co-written along with Zoe Kazan (THE BIG SICK). Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford’s novel of the same name, Carey Mulligan (MUDBOUND, AN EDUCATION) delivers one of her finest performances to date as Jeanette, a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. Fourteen-year-old Joe played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould, is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal)—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, WILDLIFE commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and will also screened as the opening night film in La Semaine de la Critique at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. WILDLIFE will be released by IFC Films on October 19, 2018.