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Kathryn Newton, Angus Cloud, Will Catlett Join Untitled Monster Movie From ‘Scream VI’ Filmmakers

Kathryn Newton, Angus Cloud and Will Catlett have jumped on board Universal Pictures’ untitled monster thriller from the filmmaker duo known as Radio Silence.  They join Melissa Barrera and Alisha Weir in the feature directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who helmed the two latest Scream movies. Newton most recently appeared in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the […]

Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake Tease ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘Trolls’ Sequels

Dreamworks Animation got some help from Jack Black, Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake to highlight its upcoming slate, including Trolls Band Together — a new movie from its Trolls franchise set to open Nov. 17 — and Kung Fu Panda 4, slated for a March 8, 2024 release. Jack Black — the voice of panda […]

Christopher Nolan Brings Gripping ‘Oppenheimer’ Footage to CinemaCon

Christopher Nolan’s anticipated introduction of his upcoming film Oppenheimer at CinemaCon didn’t disappoint. The filmmaker got a hero’s welcome from theater owners, who cheered and whistled as he walked onstage to show an extended look at the film. The World War II-set biopic, which opens July 21, stars Cillian Murphy as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, known […]

Louis Leterrier to Direct 11th ‘Fast & Furious’ Film

Louis Leterrier, the director of Now You See Me and several Transporter action movies, is Universal’s choice to direct the 11th Fast & Furious film after he stepped in to direct Fast X, set to hit theaters on May 19. The 11th film will be a companion to Fast X, Universal says. “Louis joined the Fast & Furious team seamlessly, with […]

James McAvoy, Blumhouse Reteam for Horror Thriller ‘Speak No Evil’

James McAvoy is getting back in business with Blumhouse, the studio behind his M. Night Shyamalan features Split and Glass. The actor is set to star in Speak No Evil, a remake of the Danish psychological horror thriller Gaesterne. Universal has set a date of Aug. 9, 2024, for the film. The remake hails from […]

Anthony Ramos Joins Daisy Edgar-Jones in ‘Twisters’ Movie

Anthony Ramos is in talks to star in Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment’s Twisters, a new chapter following the 1996 storm-chasing blockbuster Twister. Top Gun: Maverick breakout star Glen Powell was already announced to join Daisy Edgar-Jones in the movie that Minari helmer Lee Isaac Chung will direct from a script by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). Ramos will next […]

‘Lore’ Adaptation in the Works at Universal From ‘Snake Eyes’ Writers (Exclusive)

Universal will develop an adaption of the New York Times best-seller Lore as a feature. Amy Pascal (Spider-Man movies) is attached to produce the project, which has Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse set to pen the screenplay. Alexandra Bracken’s Lore, described as Hunger Games meets Greek mythology, follows Lore Perseous whose family was murdered as […]

Animated Family Ducks Soar in Illumination’s First ‘Migration’ Trailer

As Minions studio Illumination Entertainment and Universal launch The Super Mario Bros. Movie as their first blockbuster of 2023, they have released a first-look trailer for the upcoming animated family ducks franchise pic Migration. The teaser, which is playing before Super Mario, spends much time recalling Illumination blockbuster animation franchises like Despicable Me, Sing and […]

Universal Pictures Hires Business Affairs Chief

Universal Pictures has named CAA veteran Matt Leaf as its executive vp, head of business affairs. Leaf will lead Universal’s theatrical business affairs team as they negotiate major talent deals, hammer out terms for project development, financing, production and distribution by Universal, and how projects are sold to or licensed by the Hollywood studio. He […]

Nicolas Cage Dismisses Reports He Went Method as Dracula on ‘Renfield’ Set: “I Had a Lot of Laughs in Between Takes”

Blame it on the fangs. On the heels of Renfield director Chris McKay saying Nicolas Cage went method on the set while playing Dracula — the filmmaker told Insider “whatever scene we did he would still be 100 percent living in that attitude after we stopped shooting” — the veteran actor recalled his own version […]

‘Trolls Band Together’ to Get Thanksgiving Release

Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have set a Thanksgiving release date for Trolls Band Together, the latest chapter in the Trolls franchise. The threequel will hit theaters on Nov. 17, 2023, as Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return as the voices of Queen Poppy and Branch, now officially a couple. They’re on a mission to save one Troll Village’s […]

Disney, Major Studios Get $30M From Illegal Streaming Sites Amid Piracy Crackdown

A coalition of top movie and TV studios have secured a $30 million judgment against the operator of two illegal streaming sites. The studios and defendant Dwayne Johnson (no relation to the actor) agreed to resolve the suit in a deal that includes an injunction barring him from continuing to operate any service that allows […]