HBO’s long-gestating miniseries Criminal Justice — originally planned as a starring vehicle for the late James Gandolfini — has undergone a casting change. Robert De Niro, who signed on to replace the late Sopranos star, has exited the seven-hour miniseries due to a scheduling conflict, with O Brother, Where Art Thou’s John Turturro taking over the lead role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
“Magic Mike 2,’ the followup to the 2012 film that starred Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey as strippers, hits theaters July 3, 2015, Warner Bros. said Tuesday. The first fillm was a major hit. Made for $7 million, it brought in more than $167 million at the worldwide box office. It helped fuel the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey and the ascent of Channing Tatum. Director Steven Soderbergh is handing the sequel off to his assistant director, Greg Jacobs.
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to “Tupac,” with John Singleton on board to direct. The pic will be produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Prod…
For the second week in a row, the top spot is going to be a toss-up between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's Transcendence got off to a horrible start on Good Friday, and is now on pace for an opening weekend around $12 million.Captain America: The Winter Soldier took first place with an estimated $9.6 million. In its 15th day in theaters, it passed the lifetime gross of the first Captain America ($176.7 million). So far, it’s earned $184.5 million, and could cross $200 million on Sunday.Rio 2 was a close second with $9.2 million, which is off from the first Rio’s $10.7 million Good Friday gross.
The Starz Network is teaming up with Project Greenlight producer Chris Moore on its first unscripted series, The Chair. The filmmaking docuseries will pit two up-and-coming directors against one another as they work to bring the same script to the big screen. The film in question is a coming-of-age comedy called How Soon is Now, about a group of college freshmen coming home for Thanksgiving.
Seth Rogen returned to host “Saturday Night Live" for the third time and, as you’d expect, there were a bunch of cameos. Rogen’s good buddy and frequent co-star James Franco came on to try and make light of his recent Instagram/teenage girl “scandal.” Zooey Deschanel brought her banjo. And, Taylor Swift? Well, we’re 99% sure she isn’t actually good friends with Rogen and his crew (but then again?). Still, she did have a reason which worked in context. Trust us.
It’s a tale of two hairpieces. The producers of “The Wolf of Wall Street” are biting back at one unhappy broker’s $25 million defamation suit against the Oscar-nominated film, claiming in court filings that their right to free speech supersedes his right to privacy.
The renewal comes on the heels of a record-breaking fourth season premiere April 6, with the series garnering 6.6 million viewers. That made the premiere episode HBO’s most-watched program since The Sopranos’ series finale in 2007. Two replays of the Thrones episode propelled the full-night tally up to 8.2 million viewers.
Less than a month after HBO Go crashed during the True Detective finale, the service was down again on Sunday night during the Game of Thrones premiere. Some viewers logging on to the streaming service — you have to be an HBO subscriber to access it — to watch the season four opener were met with long load times or the following message: “Fatal error - Failed to load the service error definitions.”
Lewis Tice, a longtime champion of LGBT cinema who worked as a publicist, producer, film critic and film festival programmer, died Tuesday at 44.