wecrashed tv series

Apple TV+ is developing a WeCrashed TV series based on the podcast of the same name, and Jared Leto is in talks to star. This Is Us directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are set to helm the series, which tells the true story of WeWork, a commercial real estate company once valued at $47 billion dollars until it all came crashing down due to mismanagement and a general lack of vision. Basically, the folks behind the company bullshitted their way to success, but bullshit only gets you so far.

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Who Is Playing Whitney Houston? - Naomi Ackie

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 »

david fincher on hollywood

I’m tipsy, and I’m thinking about Mank, both the movie and the man. I like to think he’d enjoy the thought of somebody drinking and writing about a portrayal of himself almost 70 years after his death. Maybe I’m wrong. What I do know is that Mank is a great movie.

Mank is also Fincher’s most revealing work to date. It is an epic drama that conveys what he has to say about films and the people behind them. Fincher isn’t exactly known for his warmth as a storyteller. The ending of The Game and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are the possible exceptions, but even those are about how death is coming for us all. Mank is a rare life-affirming experience from the filmmaker, about the importance of people, not films. 

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the young woman and the sea

Daisy Ridley is about to make a splash with her next project under Disney, a true-story drama about the first woman to swim across the English Channel, Young Woman and the Sea. Ridley is set to star in the Disney+ feature film as Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle, who made the 21-mile swim in 1926 and set a record that stood for 81 years.

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the tender bar movie

Ben Affleck is reuniting with his Argo producer George Clooney for an Amazon Studios drama. Affleck is set to star in The Tender Bar, an adaptation of the J.R. Moehringer memoir to be directed by Clooney. The stars have been trying to work together for years, and when Clooney landed The Tender Bar as his follow-up to the upcoming The Midnight Sky, Affleck was at the top of his list.

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the crown disclaimer

For three seasons, Peter Morgan’s drama series The Crown has received praise and accolades for its complex character work and lavish depiction of the British royal family. But then season 4 hit Netflix, introducing the popular Princess Diana (played by newcomer Emma Corrin) to the fray. And it stirred up enough controversy that snowballed into the U.K. government sending a request to Netflix to add a disclaimer deeming The Crown “a work of fiction.” Netflix has denied that request.

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the dig trailer

Carey Mulligan had her flirtation with playing something other than the repressed British housewife, but now she’s back to period dramas — this time playing a repressed British widow. Jokes aside, The Dig, which also stars Ralph Fiennes and Lily James, looks to be the most British drama Netflix has released in a while, and one that the streamer is also squeezing into the Oscar race. Watch The Dig trailer below.

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the mauritanian trailer

STX Films has debuted the trailer for a true-life courtroom drama with such a star-studded cast that it’s no wonder they squeezed it in just under the wire for awards season. The Mauritanian is based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (A Prophet breakout Tahar Rahim) who, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, was held captive and tortured by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay detention camp for 10 years without charge or trial. Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Shailene Woodley star, with varying levels of believable accents, as the attorneys who cross swords on the courtroom over Slahi’s case. Watch The Mauritanian trailer below.

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Armie Hammer in The Offer

Apparently, someone just made Armie Hammer an offer he couldn’t refuse.

That offer: to play producer Al Ruddy in The Offer, an upcoming television series about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic classic The Godfather. The show is aiming to be one of the big titles for the streaming service Paramount+, which is soon being rebranded from its current name, CBS All Access. Get more info about Armie Hammer in The Offer below.
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Heart biopic

Heart, the rock band that rose to popularity in the 1970s and ’80s thanks to its shredding guitar riffs and powerful vocals from sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, is getting the biopic treatment.

Carrie Brownstein, the Peabody Award-winning writer and actress who starred alongside Fred Armisen in the comedy series Portlandia, is set to direct the Heart biopic for Amazon Studios. Read More »