Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan

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The “Thor” actor is set to play wrestler and 80s’ icon Hulk Hogan in the upcoming biopic.

The film is set to be directed by “The Hangover” film series creator and director Todd Phillips, with the script to be written by Scott Silver. The two recently worked together in the upcoming “The Joker” film with stars Joaquin Phoenix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will focus on the rise of Hogan’s popularity and is described as an origin story of Hulkamania.

Hogan, who’s real name is Terry Gene Bollea, has had a big following in the world of pro wrestling, which later led to his mainstream popularity. He also appeared in a few films including his portrayal as “Thunderlips” in “Rocky III” (1982). In recent years, Hogan has faced scandals which led to WWE, formerly WWF (World Wrestling Federation) terminating his contract.

Bollea himself will be serving as a consultant on the movie as well as executive producer.

Hemsworth will next be seen in this summer’s upcoming blockbusters “Avengers: Endgame” and “Men in Black: International” and possibly later this year in “Dhaka”.

Alfonso Cuaron Take Top Honor At DGA Awards

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Alfonso Cuarón’s march towards Oscars 2019 glory continues after winning top feature film for “Roma” at Saturday’s Directors Guild Awards, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.

The director won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, beating out other nominees such as Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book.”

The same award was won last year by Guillermo del Toro, who later won Best Director at the 2018 Oscars for “The Shape of Water” which also won Best Picture.

Cuaron is on his way to potentially repeating a feat he achieved with 2013 sci-fi thriller “Gravity” which also won him best director at both the DGAs and the Academy Awards. He also wrote, co-edited, co-photographed, co-produced the film, which stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

The black and white semi-autobiographical drama chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Other big winners on Saturday were McKay, taking the the drama series award for HBO’s “Succession,” and Ben Stiller for movies for television and limited series category for Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora.” See the full list of winners at www.dga.org.

Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” Is Coming To Broadway

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Maverick – Reprise

Alanis Morissette’s seminal 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” is coming to Broadway in Fall of 2019, announced this week.

The musical is set to incorporate lyrics and themes from the album to tell the story, which deals with relationships, pain and empowerment as well as social issues and hardships. “Inspired by the groundbreaking album by Alanis Morissette,” it says on the promo.

The Canadian singer herself posted the announcement on her twitter: “Our new musical comes to #Broadway this fall. We want you to know everything first—sign up by Feb. 11 to get priority access to tickets and to stream an exclusive first listen of “All I Really Want”, featuring our World Premiere cast.”

Last May, the rock musical production premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts for a ten-week run. It was directed by Diane Paulus, who won a Tony Award in 2013 for the revival of Pippin. It also has a book by Diablo Cody, who won an Academy Award for the screenplay for the 2007 coming of age teen comedy film “Juno.”

Alanis Morissette’s album remains one of the most influential of all time. Released in 1995, it became a worldwide phenomenon, selling 33 million copies worldwide and won five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. Morissette co-wrote the album with Glen Ballard.

Review: “I Am the Night” Delves Into The Black Dahlia Mystery

By Armando

TNT

Thanks in part to numerous stories, books and a couple of films about the unsolved 1947 murder mystery of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, dubbed by sensational media as the “Black Dahlia,” the decades old gruesome murder continues to intrigue and capture people’s imagination.

Patty Jenkins is the latest to revisit the mystery with “I Am the Night,” a six-episode limited series which premiered its pilot episode on TNT on Monday, with the rest set to air on succeeding Mondays.

The series features a wide-eyed 16-year old schoolgirl Fauna Hodel (played by India Eisley) who, grappling with her mixed-race identity and struggling with her relationship with her alcoholic adoptive mother, decides to travel to Los Angeles in search for her elusive birth mother.

Chris Pine is Jay Singletary, a disgraced, drug-addicted journalist haunted by his past and literally at the end of his rope, and whose path changes after receiving an anonymous phone call.

It took a while for the story to take hold, initially building Jay’s character and Fauna’s biracial background, both depicting the 60s’ rough racial and social relations at school and in the neighborhood. But when the two finally meets, the story takes off into high gear while spinning around the fascinating mysteries of the Black Dahlia murder.

Pine is the big name draw of the show and it’s easy to see why. He is always intense in everything he does. When the guys dragged him out of the Los Angeles County coroner, he maniacally laughs it all off as he is beaten to a pulp. He’s a naturally talented and effective actor and he carries the series on his shoulders effortlessly from the very first episode to the last.

Credit goes to Jenkin’s solid and creative direction, taking us into a foreboding yet alluring trip of that era in Los Angeles. Here, she goes back to a medium that allows her to flesh out the density of the story into multiple episodes. It’s interesting to note that Jenkins’ move to TV after a hugely successful film has precedent. In 2004, she directed an episode of “Arrested Development” (“The One Where They Build a House”) in its second season right after her award-winning film “Monster” put her on top of Hollywood.

It helps that Pine and Jenkins have worked together incredibly well before, in the acclaimed superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman, and their chemistry paid off here as well.

Jenkins directed the pilot and second episodes while Victoria Mahoney directed the third and fourth episodes. The series is written by Jenkins husband Sam Sheridan.

SAG Awards 2019 List Of Winners

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Black Panther (Marvel Studios), The Wife ( Sony Pictures Classics), Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox)

The cast of “Black Panther” took home the best ensemble prize at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Glenn Close and Rami Malek also had plenty to be happy about after receiving Best Actress for “The Wife” and Best Actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody” respectively. Malek’s win is particularly surprising, coming into the event, with many expecting Christian Bale winning the category.

The event was held tonight at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and was aired live on TNT and TBS.

Here is the complete list of winners at 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

FILMS:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Black Panther

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Glenn Close — The Wife

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Rami Malek — Bohemian Rhapsody

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Emily Blunt — A Quiet Place

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali — Green Book
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Sony Sets “Ghostbusters” Sequel To July 2020

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Sony Pictures has just announced that there will be a Ghostbusters sequel, and have in fact dated its release: July 10th of 2020.

That will be the same month as the studio’s own the Spider-Man spinoff Morbius, is set to be released, solidifying Sony Pictures’ grip on the summer month of July 2020. Morbius is based on the character from Marvel Comics’ gritty anti-hero Morbius the Living Vampire and is set to feature Jared Leto portraying the character.

The Ghostbusters sequel release date announcement confirms the film is moving forward. This comes after the studio announced earlier this month that Jason Reitman will be directed the sequel. Fans of the original should remember that it was Jason’s father, Ivan Reitman who was responsible for bringing the original films to the big screen, directing both Ghostbusters (1984) and its sequel Ghostbusters II (1989).

Though not much info about the upcoming film has been release, nor a cast has been announced, Jason Reitman posted a teaser trailer on his Twitter account. “Everybody can relax, I found the car. #GB20,” Reitman posted.

Jason Reitman recently helmed this year’s Charlize Theron starrer “Tully.” He also directed acclaimed boxoffice hits Juno (2007) and Up in the Air (2009).

Mark Hamill, RZA, Clark Gregg, and Felicia Day Among Stars to Speak at Stan Lee Tribute

New details emerge on tribute for legendary storyteller to be honored on January 30, 2019 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

Next week, “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” will be attended by Mark Hamill, RZA, Clark Gregg, Felicia Day, Bill Duke, cast members from Marvel’s “The Runaways,” cast members from FX’s “Legion,” and Fox’s “The Gifted,” among many other luminaries from the entertainment world.

Fans wishing to attend “Excelsior! A Stan Lee Celebration” can get a limited number of tickets at legionm.com/stantribute. All net proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will go to the non-profit organization The Hero Initiative, a charity supporting comic book creators, artists and writers in need.

The tribute event on Wednesday, January 30, will begin at 4 p.m. PT with a section of the TCL Chinese Theatre forecourt transformed into a fan experience of Stan Lee’s life and career. There will be a memorial centered around his cement imprint which will be displayed next to the speaker’s podium. Ticketed fans will be allowed to leave flowers, candles and sign a book of condolences.
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New Audio Trailer For Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

TNT and Cadence13, a leading podcast media company, is revealing the NEW audio trailer for the ground-breaking eight-part podcast documentary series, Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia, a companion to TNT’s six-episode suspense drama I Am the Night.

The podcast series will premiere Wednesday, February 13 and joins Turner Podcast Network’s portfolio of podcasts available on Apple Podcasts and wherever podcasts are available.

I Am the Night, from director Patty Jenkins and writer Sam Sheridan, starring Chris Pine, is slated to premiere on Monday, January 28, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT.

Root of Evil, hosted by Fauna Hodel’s daughters Yvette Gentile and Rasha Pecoraro and executive produced by Emmy® award-winner Zak Levitt, EVP of Documentary Content at Cadence13, is the Hodel family’s story in their own words, a behind-the-scenes revelation of their family’s crimes, secrets and multi-generational struggles carrying the Hodel name. Family members will open up and share their own psychological traumas and perspectives on their ties to Hollywood’s notorious Black Dahlia murder.

Through powerful, never before-heard archival audio, along with expansive interviews with each family member, including visits to the most important locations in this story, Root of Evil will prove how immersive the storytelling experience can be in this genre.

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Prolific Composer Yoshiki Teams With The H Collective On ‘XXX 4’ and ‘Spycies’

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The H Collective Expands Portfolio with First Animated Feature with Entertainment Giant IQIYI

The H Collective has partnered with prolific Japanese composer and musician Yoshiki on the next installment in the xXx franchise, xXx 4 starring Vin Diesel. The film will feature a theme song with music written by Yoshiki. xXx 4 is in pre-production with casting currently under way, and principal photography set to commence this year.

In addition, The H Collective has invested in its first animated feature , Spycies , an action spy comedy produced by Chinese entertainment giant iQiyi. Yoshiki will be working on the theme song and music for the feature which has been animated in France by Lux Populi Production . Spycies will be released in theatres across China on August 8th, 2019.

Yoshiki is a composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the world-famous rock group X Japan, who has sold 30 million singles and albums combined. Yoshiki’s film and television credits include composing music for Saw IV , Repo! The Genetic Opera, “The Golden Globe Awards,” and the hit anime series “Attack on Titan.” After receiving the Asian Icon Award from Classic Rock magazine U.K., Yoshiki was chosen as the first Japanese man to appear on the cover of Vogue Japan. Yoshiki is currently finalizing X Japan’s first new studio album in over 22 years.

“Yoshiki is a great friend of ours at THC and we are incredibly proud to be working with such a talent on two movies which are both global in scope,” said The H Collective CEO Nic Crawley. “Spycies brings together talent from the US, Japan, China and France.”

Yoshiki said, “I’m excited to be part of the new xXx film and Spycies; composing the new theme songs and collaborating on the film scores.”

Yoshiki is represented by WME.

James Gandolfini’s Son Cast As Tony Soprano

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In a stroke of casting genius, Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, is set to play the iconic role of Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie, Deadline reports.

Michael, 19, is set to play a young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” a film that tells the background story of the crime drama television series. Most recently, he is on the TV period drama series “The Deuce.”

Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys) is set to direct the movie for New Line. The film is written by The Sopranos creator and writer David Chase as well as show writer Lawrence Konner who collaborated with Chase on the late 80s TV series “Almost Grown”.

Also in the cast are Vera Farmiga, Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Corey Stoll.

Though no official synopsis has been released, the film will be set during the Newark riots in July, 1967, centering on Tony’s uncle Dickie Moltisanti (Nivola). The film’s release date is yet to be announced.

Regarded by many as one of the greatest TV series ever, The Sopranos ran for six seasons from January 10, 1999 to June 10, 2007.

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