Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Remake

The female-driven Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake The Hustle is officially rated PG-13. The film, which stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, had originally been awarded an R-Rating, but producers weren’t happy. While many modern comedies embrace their R-ratings, The Hustle was hoping to reach a wider audience. Now it has the chance.

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the dark knight rises

(Welcome to The Dark Knight Legacy, a series of articles that explore Christopher Nolan’s superhero masterpiece in celebration of its 10th anniversary.)

(The Unpopular Opinion is a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: we sing the praises of Christopher Nolan’s somewhat misunderstood Dark Knight follow-up The Dark Knight Rises.)

I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss.” – Jim Gordon (and Charles Dickens).

How do you follow up The Dark Knight? The movie changed the face of superhero cinema, and became almost instantly iconic. Another sequel wasn’t just required, it was practically demanded by audiences. Director Christopher Nolan had several choices – he could forge ahead with a sequel that copied the layout of The Dark Knight, he could create something completely new, or he could walk away entirely.

To Nolan, the third option seemed most appealing. Despite all the success, despite all the acclaim, the director wasn’t exactly keen making a third film in his Batman series. But over time, Nolan began to form a plan. A plan that seems almost insane in our current age of never-ending superhero sagas: he would craft a conclusion. A film that would actually bring the story he started back with Batman Begins to a close. That film was The Dark Knight Rises.

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casting bits

A whole bunch of casting news happened this week, and we went ahead and rounded it all up for you in one spot. You’re welcome! In this edition of Casting Bits:

  • Ben Affleck and more join Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees new movie The Last Thing He Wanted.
  • Julianne Moore will co-star with Amy Adams in The Woman in the Window.
  • Ralph Fiennes will star in Terry Gilliam‘s Mr. Vertigo.
  • Rosario Dawson takes the lead in USA Network pilot Briarpatch.
  • Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman, and Bokeem Woodbine will appear in the Netflix drama In The Shadow of the Moon.
  • Quentin Tarantino has added even more people to his never-ending Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cast.

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Serenity trailer

Interstellar‘s Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are together again for Serenity, a “sexy, stylized thriller” from Steven Knight (and definitely not a remake of the Joss Whedon movie of the same name). Watch the Serenity trailer below.

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The Last Thing He Wanted

Mudbound director Dee Rees is headed back to Netflix with her new film. Rees will adapt Joan Didion’s book The Last Thing He Wanted for the streaming platform, with Anne Hathaway set to star.

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ocean's 8 trailer

Ocean’s 8 looks like a lot of fun, thanks primarily to the stellar cast director Gary Ross has lined-up to lead the film. With that in mind, a new Ocean’s 8 trailer has just arrived, and it runs through the cast of characters one by one. Watch it below.

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Ocean's 8 box office tracking

It’s been more than ten years since Ocean’s 13 wrapped up director Steven Soderbergh‘s Ocean’s 11 trilogy, but now The Hunger Games director Gary Ross is reviving the franchise with a new female-led heist movie set in the same universe. The Ocean’s 8 box office tracking projections have arrived, and if they turn out to be accurate, it seems like Warner Bros. is going to be happy they rolled the dice on this particular gamble.
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Barbie movie

Back in 2015, Juno and Tully screenwriter Diablo Cody was hired to pen the script for Sony’s Barbie movie. Except here’s the thing: according to Cody, she never even finished a first draft.

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Ocean's 8 trailer

A new Ocean’s 8 trailer is here, reminding us all that this impeccably-cast film is probably going to be a lot of fun. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter star in the female-driven sequel/reboot of Steven Soderbergh‘s Ocean’s 11 films.

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the last thing he wanted

While all of the attention has gone to socially conscious Oscar front-runners like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Get Out, Anne Hathaway and Dee Rees both quietly delivered two of the most powerful movies of 2017. Hathaway starred in the clever Colossal, whose themes of domestic violence elevated its quirky sci-fi underpinnings, while Rees directed the racially-charged period drama Mudbound. Now, the two of them will be teaming up for their next project.

Hathaway will be starring in The Last Thing He Wanted, an adaptation of a Joan Didion political thriller directed by Rees.

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