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Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal on DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’ Shortlist (Exclusive)
Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal are on the shortlist of actors DC Entertainment is considering pursuing for the role of Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern Corps,” multiple people with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap. The casting process is still in the very early stages, and there are no talks with any of the actors as of yet. DC is considering whether Reynolds, who played Jordan in the 2011 film “Green Lantern,” should return to the role, an insider told TheWrap. His superhero stock soared last year when he starred in “Deadpool. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Gets Premiere Date, Teaser
While the eyes of the country are on Washington, D.C., for the presidential inauguration, “House of Cards” announced the date for yet another transition of power: the premiere of Season 5.
With a post on Twitter, the Netflix drama revealed that the DC-set drama will return May 30. The date was revealed at the end of a somber recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and the ominous message “We make the terror.” Netflix has also released the same teaser on YouTube, which you can watch above.
We make the terror. pic.twitter.com/VpChwGOSMj
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) January 20, 2017
The line is a recall of the quote from the season finale, when president Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) said, “We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror.” His wife, Claire (Robin Wright), subsequently broke the fourth wall for the first time. The two have been each other’s strongest allies, but »
- Debra Birnbaum
'Wayne's World' Returning to Cinemas for 25th Anniversary
Wayne's World, the 1992 Saturday Night Live spinoff film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, will return to select cinemas on February 7th and 8th for 25th anniversary screenings. The wacky comedy will feature a pre-recorded, post-film roundtable discussion with director Penelope Spheeris, Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers and select cast members.
The Wayne's World 25 website offers a searchable theater guide for the screenings. Also marking the anniversary, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release a Wayne's World double feature via DVD and digital HD on February 14th, Pitchfork reports. The »
TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ Gets a Premiere Date
Amazon original “I Love Dick” will premiere on Friday, May 12 on Amazon. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Griffin Dunne plays Chris’ husband, and Kevin Bacon as the eponymous Dick, an enigmatic, macho scholar. The series, from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is also getting a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23.
TV Land has cast actor and social media celebrity Ray Diaz as a series regular on the second season of “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez. Diaz will make his debut in the first episode of the new season as Hector, a friend from Manolo’s (Anthony Campos) past, who »
- Will Thorne
Paramount, CBS Settle ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Lawsuit
Paramount Pictures, CBS Studios and producer Alec Peters and his Axanar Productions have settled a lawsuit over Peters’ crowdfunded “Star Trek” fan film “Axanar,” according to a joint statement released Friday by the parties. As part of the settlement, Peters has agreed to make “substantial changes” to “Axanar” and also affirmed that future “Star Trek” fan films produced by him or his company will follow the “Guidelines for Fan Films” distributed by CBS and Paramount in June 2016. “Paramount and CBS continue to be big believers in fan fiction and fan creativity,” they said in the statement. “They encourage amateur filmmakers to. »
- Matt Pressberg
Women's March: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Moore Among Stars Set to Protest in D.C.
Determined to push back against the new president, thousands of women descended on the capital Saturday for a march aimed at showing Donald Trump they won't be silent over the next four years.
Organizers of the Women's March on Washington expected more than 200,000 people to turn out for a more orderly show of force than the chaos created by self-described anarchists who took to the streets on Inauguration Day in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests.
Hundreds of anti-Trump marches were planned elsewhere across the country and around the world.
Hours before the women's »
- the Associated Press
Watch Stephen Colbert's Derisive Recap of Trump's Inauguration
Stephen Colbert delivered a long rundown of Inauguration Day Friday on the Late Show. "So that's it. Donald Trump is president. He knows the launch codes, and he hasn't tweeted them yet, so far so good," the host said.
"If you're waking up from a coma… Donald Trump has been sworn in as president of the United States," Colbert said to open as the audience booed. "I know, I know. Listen, we're just as confused as you are, and we've been awake this whole time."
The host joined with the »
How Obama's Legacy Can Help Hollywood Work More Democratically — and Creatively (Guest Column)
Resting quietly amid the deafening debate over Obama’s legacy is a historic reform signed by President Obama, passed by Congress, and likely to have a lasting positive impact on the economy. Already this act is taking root in Hollywood.
Congress passed the Jobs Act in 2012 with rare bipartisan support, just before Obama’s second term. There was no debate, disagreement or salacious tweeting about it, which perhaps explains why this one of Obama’s initiatives has not gotten its due attention. The Jobs Act bill was put forward with support from both sides to amend the antiquated, sometimes unfair, and certainly »
- Paul Scanlan,Jeff Annison
‘Ingrid Goes West’ Sundance Review: Aubrey Plaza Is a Social-Media Stalker to Relish
On paper, the idea of making a comedy about a mental disturbed stalker does not sound terribly promising. On screen at Sundance, though, Matt Spicer’s “Ingrid Goes West” pulled off that tricky balancing act with style, drawing a rapturous reception in its world premiere at the Library Theatre on Friday night. “Ingrid Goes West” is part black comedy, part psychological melodrama and part examination of the perils of social media, and it’s a lot of other things to boot. But Spicer has a deft touch with his story, and his cast marvelously fleshes out a bunch of people we care. »
- Steve Pond
Sundance Film Review: ‘The Discovery’
Following up their delightfully original debut “The One I Love” with a less playful piece of speculative fiction, writer-director Charlie McDowell and co-scenarist Justin Lader suggest the unexpected, even disastrous consequences that might arise if mankind were to receive definitive proof that there is an afterlife. Though “The Discovery” starts out with a great premise, its mystery dissipates over a somewhat tepid course as the concept ultimately heads in a direction we’ve seen many times before, and depends overmuch on chemistry that fails to materialize between stars Jason Segel and Rooney Mara. Netflix is releasing the film both to theaters and streaming on March 31; response is likely to be muted.
Long estranged from his father for reasons that emerge later on, neurologist Will (Segel) is nonetheless visiting him now, at a time when the latter has retreated from enormous public controversy. Two years earlier, Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford »
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance Film Review: ‘Ingrid Goes West’
If Sun Tzu were alive today, he’d be on Instagram, and his profile would probably read, “Keep your friends close and your followers closer.” Certainly, that advice might apply to social-media celebrity Taylor Sloane, whose phony online persona attracts a sad-sack stalker in Matt Spicer’s darkly comedic “Ingrid Goes West.” A semi-ironic, yet still-empathetic “Single White Female” for the Facebook generation, Spicer’s squirm-inducing directorial debut understands both the pleasures and frustrations of judging one’s worth via virtual connections. If positioned correctly, it’s the sort of timely satire that could click with younger audiences — and further bolster Aubrey Plaza’s value in the title role.
All Ingrid Thorburn wants is friends, and the only way she knows to make them is online, via apps such as Instagram, where the word has been rendered meaningless. Ingrid’s strategy is to identify the most fabulous person she can »
- Peter Debruge
Sundance Film Review: ‘Killing Ground’
In the movies, it’s almost invariably a terrible, if not downright fatal, decision to go camping — as we have learned over and over in films like “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Blair Witch,” to name just a couple. The regularity with which those dark woods (or that stark desert) proves full of murderous psychopaths brings with it a sense of rote slasher-pic deja vu. But Tasmania-born Damien Power’s impressive first feature, “Killing Ground,” transcends the cliches even as the film uses plenty of familiar tropes, laying down a solid hour of effective buildup to a duly hair-raising, prolonged climax. This simultaneously tricky and straightforward thriller should provide a significant career leg-up for its writer-director, inviting remake interest as well as offshore distribution in various formats.
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance Film Review: ‘Give Me Future’
The music of tomorrow is electronic, according to “Give Me Future,” a documentary about the March 2016 concert put on in Havana — following President Obama’s efforts to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba — by dance-hall mega-band Major Lazer, comprised of superstars Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Alas, there’s far more talk about the forward-thinking quality of Major Lazer’s output than there is actual evidence, as director Austin Peters’ documentary is a cursory affair that skimps on depth in favor of uplifting soundbites and chopped-up snippets of performance footage. Most interesting when it ditches its subjects to focus on Cuba’s Diy information culture, the film, premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is likely best suited to play to its niche audience on VOD.
Influenced by, and combining elements of, various Caribbean styles, Major Lazer is an eclectic group interested — per its members’ repeated statements »
- Nick Schager
‘Give Me Future’ Sundance Review: Major Lazer Rocks Havana
It’s no less true for being a cliché: art has the power to bring people together. And that power is at the center of the joyous “Give Me Future,” a film about electronic-dance wizards Major Lazer bringing their act to Havana, Cuba. What results is that rarest of creations: the feel-good documentary. In following the Edm combo — Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire — to Cuba, director Austin Peters (“Haim Forever”) goes beyond the usual concert movie beats. Major Lazer’s 2016 live performance in downtown Havana is electrifying, to be sure, but “Give Me Future” is just as interested in »
- Alonso Duralde
‘La Times’ Sundance Review: Here’s a Different Look at La La Land
The best place to see “L.A. Times” is unquestionably L.A. – more to the point, probably the Los Feliz or the Vista theaters over by the hipster enclaves of Silver Lake and vicinity. But it’s safe to say that a very good second option would be the Sundance Film Festival, where writer-director-actor Michelle Morgan’s comedy had its world premiere on Friday night. “L.A. Times” is an indie rom-com for the 21st century, steeped in the trends and foibles of trendy Millennials who work in or around the entertainment industry. It’s a film made for audiences with personal experience negotiating Santa. »
- Steve Pond
Sundance Film Review: ‘The Big Sick’
Every year filmmakers flock to Sundance with deeply personal movies inspired by their lives and experiences. But rarely do those films also fire on all cylinders as fully fleshed-out pieces of entertainment. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in “The Big Sick,” a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious. It’s a no-brainer to connect with art-house crowds who like their comedies smart and funny, but this one deserves a shot at the multiplex, too.
Well known in standup circles and a reliable scene stealer in both film and television (perhaps most notably on HBO’s sterling “Silicon Valley”), Nanjiani is overdue for a lead role — and if it takes playing a character loosely based on himself in a movie co-written with his wife, so be it. Nanjiani and Gordon manage the tricky »
- Geoff Berkshire
'Person to Person': Film Review | Sundance 2017
A proudly analog day-in-the-life comedy whose ensemble members scatter across New York City without stepping on each other's toes, Dustin Guy Defa's Person to Person looks and feels (in a good way) like something that might have played Sundance twenty or more years ago. Investing the least in its biggest names (Michael Cera and Abbi Jacobson), the picture identifies beautifully with marginal characters who, in a mid-2000s Sundance film, would have been milked ruthlessly for quirk value. Focused on amiable local color instead of escalating laughs, it will find many fans on the fest circuit and deserves its moment in »
- John DeFore
Watch Bill Maher’s Trump Inauguration Takedown: ‘We’re All F—ed’ (Video)
Bill Maher celebrated his birthday Friday on the same day Donald Trump celebrated his inauguration as president — which made perfect sense to Maher. “What does every kid want for his birthday?” he asked. “A clown.” Maher’s birthday and Trump’s inauguration also coincided with the new season of Maher’s “Real Time” on HBO — which gave Maher plenty of material for his monologue. (You can watch the entire episode above.) Also Read: Kellyanne Conway's Outfit Mocked: 'This Is What Happens When the Gays Won't Dress You' “We Americans have a new leader,” he said. “Vladimir Putin.” He also »
- Tim Molloy
‘The Big Sick’ a Hilarious Remedy for Trump-Distracted Sundance
After a day of Trump distractions, the lingering sobriety of “An Inconvenient Sequel,” the looming Women’s March on Main Street and an assault of rain and snow — Sundance delivered the home run we needed. It’s “The Big Sick,” a deserved leading man turn for “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel. It’s a Hollywood version of the funny, sweet and sad story of Nanjiani and wife Emily Gordon. The pair wrote the screenplay together though Zoe Kazan ably takes her role on screen. Also Read: So How Did Kristen Stewart's Directorial. »
- Matt Donnelly
‘Tokyo Idols’: Film Review | Sundance 2017
The Japanese pop music trend featuring young, predominantly female singers known as “idols” has been around since at least the 1990s and shows no sign of fading anytime soon. Idols rarely play their own instruments, instead performing J-Pop tunes in fancifully styled, colorful costumes while dancing energetically to recorded tracks or backing bands. They will also be familiar to fans of many anime films and TV programs as the performers on the genre’s uplifting theme songs that typically celebrate individuality and personal fulfillment.
Filmmaker Kyoko Miyake’s lively documentary attempts a critical examination of the role that the idol industry plays »
- Justin Lowe
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