Whitney Houston was an incomparable, chart-topping singer with a powerful voice and a vivacious presence. So finding someone to play the singer/actress required a worldwide search to find the perfect actress to bring her to life in the upcoming biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody. But rather than finding an unknown star, it’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker co-star Naomi Ackie who has landed the lead role in the Sony/TriStar production coming to theaters in the fall of 2022. Read More »
From the late 1990s through the early 2000s, boy bands were all the rage, and one of the best and most popular was undoubtedly NSYNC. Comprised of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Joey Fatone, the pop musical group had tons of hit singles and millions of adoring fans around the world. Since the nostalgia for that time is increasing everyday, it should come as no surprise that there’s an NSYNC-centric movie in the works for the Sony Pictures arm TriStar.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator and star Rachel Bloom will write the script for a currently untitled movie that tells the true story about real life best friends Meredith Sandberg and Winter Byington, who spent an entire summer following NSYNC on their last world tour before the band said bye, bye, bye. Read More »
The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood has an exciting project on the horizon. Prince-Bythewood will direct Viola Davis in The Woman King, about a female general leading an all-female military unit in Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. The film is inspired by true events, and at one point, Lupita Nyong’o was attached to the project playing the daughter of Davis’ character, but that no longer appears to be the case.
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After all these years, Labyrinth still has the power of voodoo over us. Jim Henson‘s 1986 cult hit is getting a long-awaited sequel, which has been in the works under TriStar Pictures in some form since at least 2014. But after hiring Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez to helm the sequel in 2017, TriStar Pictures has found a new filmmaker to dance, magic, dance into the director’s chair. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, who recently left Marvel over creative differences with Doctor Strange 2, has been tapped to helm the Labyrinth sequel.
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We’re finally getting an NSYNC movie, but there are some strings attached. First of all, it’s not quite an NSYNC movie. And second, there’s no hope of Justin Timberlake reuniting with his old boy bandmates. The untitled NSYNC movie, which TriStar Pictures has just picked up, will center around NSYNC…superfans who followed the boy band on tour in 2001.
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In 1988, author Roald Dahl published Matilda, a book about an exceptionally smart young girl who develops telekinetic powers and thwarts her overbearing and evil headmistress. The story was adapted into a movie in 1996 and a stage production in 2010, the latter of which won five Tony Awards and became a long-running hit.
Now, in a case of the snake eating its own tail, Sony and Netflix are teaming up to adapt that musical version of the story into a new Matilda movie. But it looks like it won’t come to theaters in the United States, and instead will go straight to streaming. Get the details below. Read More »
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the family adventure movie Jumanji. Adapted from the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, the movie features a board game that brings all the dangers of a jungle into the suburbs. Stampedes, mischievous monkeys, deadly spiders, a relentless hunter, and a grown man sucked into the game 20 years before all wreak havoc on the lives of two young orphans. Now you can bring a Jumanji board game replica home to play yourself. Read More »
Within the war movie genre, the American Civil War hasn’t beget as many classics as World War II or Vietnam. One indisputable classic, however, is Glory, the powerful 1989 film based on a true story about one of the first all-black volunteer regiments in the Union Army. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for this movie. You may recall the scene where his character, Trip — the defiant slave turned soldier turned AWOL shoe-hunter — tries to keep a stiff upper lip but starts leaking tears as he’s whipped across his back, which already bears the scars of a runaway slave.
This year, at an AFI tribute to Washington, Michael B. Jordan cited those scars as the inspiration for Killmonger’s in Black Panther. Glory is a film where a similar transference of legacy can be felt in the actors’ performances. Bolstered by one of the all-time great film scores (composed by the late James Horner and featuring the Harlem Boys Choir), it’s a movie that seeks to pass the generational torch, putting viewers in touch with the past so that its forgotten sacrifices can help light the way forward to a better tomorrow for all.
Seeing “Old Glory,” the flag, wave in Glory, the film, as Americans fight other Americans on the battlefield at Antietam Creek certainly hits close to home in 2019, when the country feels less united than ever, up a different kind of creek. With HBO’s Watchmen having recently drawn attention to the Tulsa Race Massacre, Glory offers another indelible screen depiction of an important episode in American history. Rewatching it on its thirtieth anniversary, here at the tail end of the 2010s, is an emotional experience: at once humbling and cathartic and inspiring all over again.
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San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner, and some of the best exclusives for the annual convention come from toy manufacturer NECA. They’ve already revealed a new four-pack of figures from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, and now they’re bringing a new Terminator 2: Judgment Day figure to the table that fans have wanted for a long time.
NECA has already released several outstanding action figures from James Cameron’s 1992 Terminator sequel, but today they finally announced that John Connor will be joining the roster as a San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive, and he even comes with the dirt bike that he uses to skip school and speed around Los Angeles. Read More »
The popular Broadway show Guys and Dolls was adapted into a movie in 1950 with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra in the lead roles, and Hollywood has been trying to remake it for years. Now the rights have been scooped up by TriStar Pictures, who hopes to finally bring the song-filled story of gamblers and dames to the big screen once again.
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