Dwayne Johnson Confirmed for ‘Doc Savage’

Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in the Sony Pictures adaptation of “Doc Savage.” Shane Black is directing the pic from a script he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Black made it clear while promoting his film “The Nice Guys” that he wanted Johnson for “Doc Savage” and Johnson made it official on… Read more »

Bon Iver & The National Collaborate On Invisible Bridge Project

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11:  Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs on stage at the Sydney Opera House on March 11, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)The National’s Bryce Dessner teamed with Bon Iver to put on a concert in Paris called the Invisible Bridge. The show will take place on 9/25 at Paris’ Philharmonie, and Dessner enlisted his brother Aaron to accompany, as well as the French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèqu. The Chicago-based eighth blackbird quartet, who contributed … More »

Box Office: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Tops With $80 Million, ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Bombs

“X-Men: Apocalypse” easily topped the Memorial Day weekend box office, racking up $80 million over the four-day holiday. Its victory came at the expense of “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest bombs. The follow-up to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” eked out $34.2 million over the… Read more »

André Rousselet Dies: Canal Plus Founder & Mitterand Cabinet Director Was 93

André Rousselet, founder of Canal Plus, passed away Sunday at his home in Paris. He was 93. Vendome Pictures, the production company of his son, Philippe Rousselet, confirmed the news to Deadline. Former colleagues, including Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure, have taken to Twitter to mourn the passing (see below).
Rousselet was born in Nancy in 1922 and was educated as a magistrate before turning to politics and business. In 1960, he became the owner of taxi…

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Anika Noni Rose on ‘Roots’ Remake: ‘It Is the Story of America’

When “Roots” debuted on ABC in 1977, it shattered ratings records and went on to win nine Emmy Awards. Now History is remaking the classic for modern audiences. The story of Kunta Kinte, which is based on Alex Haley’s novel, follows his capture in Africa through his enslavement in colonial America, as well as the lives… Read more »

Wanda Opens Nanchang Theme Park, Stirs China Rivalry With Disney

China’s Dalian Wanda group this weekend opened its latest theme park in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. And immediately stirred the rivalry with Disney, which will open its first theme park in mainland China next month. Snow White and Captain America characters were reportedly seen as part of a parade at the Saturday opening of the Wanda… Read more »

‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’ Trailer: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts & Selena Gomez Hit The Road

Rob Burnett’s sophomore feature helming effort, The Fundamentals Of Caring, was the closing night film at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Based on the novel by Jonathan Evision, it stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson and Frederick Weller. Netflix, which snapped up the title’s SVOD rights for an estimated $7M, is premiering the drama on June 24. Check out the trailer above.
Rudd plays Ben, a retired writer who becomes a…

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Anthony Hopkins on ‘The Dresser,’ ‘Westworld’ and Why He Hates Car Chases

Anthony Hopkins famously walked away from stage work decades ago — but he finally returns (sort of) in Starz’s “The Dresser,” which premieres May 30. The TV movie is an adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play set in World War II-era London about an aging actor, Sir (Hopkins), who’s struggling to prepare for his upcoming performance… Read more »

Watch Bono Join Bruce Springsteen On “Because The Night” In Dublin

Watch Bono Join Bruce Springsteen On "Because The Night" In DublinBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were joined onstage by Bono last night during their second show at Dublin’s Croke Park. The U2 frontman performed a rendition of “Because The Night,” which Springsteen co-wrote with Patti Smith and was originally released as a single off of her album Easter in 1978. Bono and Springsteen … More »