Joss Whedon surprised attendees at the Tribeca Film Festival’s world premiere of new film “In Your Eyes” when he appeared in a video announcement following the April 20 screening to announce that Whedon and Kai Cole’s Bellwether Pictures had just released the movie digitally, directly to consumers, as a $5 digital rental.
HBO’s long-gestating miniseries Criminal Justice — originally planned as a starring vehicle for the late James Gandolfini — has undergone a casting change. Robert De Niro, who signed on to replace the late Sopranos star, has exited the seven-hour miniseries due to a scheduling conflict, with O Brother, Where Art Thou’s John Turturro taking over the lead role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Quentin Tarantino told a standing-room-only crowd gathered for a staged reading of his latest film script, The Hateful Eight, that this was the one and only time they would see it with the current ending, in which all of the movie’s major characters die. Speaking to an eclectic crowd that included only a handful of prominent industry-ites (among them Harvey Weinstein and Tarantino’s Wme agent, Mike Simpson), he said the movie was divided into five parts, or “chapters,” and that “I am working right now on a second draft.
Gwen Stefani may be headed for The Voice. The No Doubt singer is in talks to join the NBC competition series for season seven as a coach, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. She would take over for Christina Aguilera, who announced in February that she was pregnant with her second child. Photos: ‘The Voice’: Meet the Season 6 Singers The season, which begins shooting in June, will also see Pharrell Williams taking over the big red chair for Cee Lo Green. Coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are expected to return.
For the second week in a row, the top spot is going to be a toss-up between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's Transcendence got off to a horrible start on Good Friday, and is now on pace for an opening weekend around $12 million.Captain America: The Winter Soldier took first place with an estimated $9.6 million. In its 15th day in theaters, it passed the lifetime gross of the first Captain America ($176.7 million). So far, it’s earned $184.5 million, and could cross $200 million on Sunday.Rio 2 was a close second with $9.2 million, which is off from the first Rio’s $10.7 million Good Friday gross.
Animal Kingdom director David Michôd's post-apocalyptic Western The Rover is set to premiere at Cannes next month, and judging by the trailer, festival-goers can expect a lot of bleak, parched landscapes, Australian accents (at least, we think that’s what Robert Pattinson is going for) and Rust Cohle-style macho philosophizing. Also: a solid amount of Guy Pearce/Robert Pattinson bromance, which is a draw that should not be underestimated.
Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.
Though he’s still mulling what his next directing gig will be, Steven Spielberg has added another project to his development slate: a religious drama titled “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” written by “Lincoln” and “Munich” scribe Tony Kushner. Spielberg plans to direct and produce the drama, which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co.
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to “Tupac,” with John Singleton on board to direct. The pic will be produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Prod…