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Max Landis’ An American Werewolf In London Remake Probably Not Happening

Part of a series of projects that writer-director Max Landis has been attached to, a remake of his father’s An American Werewolf in London now seems to be off the table, according to ScreenRant. Landis had been involved with the pic for several years, but development had been stalled by multiple accusations of sexual assault against the writer of, among others, Chronicle, American Ultra and Bright. According to reports, Landis’ upcoming screenplays, including Shadow in the Cloud, will likely continue without his direct input due to his significantly damaged reputation in Hollywood.

The original 1981 An American Werewolf in London by John Landis remains a horror-comedy classic for its mixture of an engaging story and groundbreaking special effects. A poorly-received sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, followed in 1997. We first reported on a remake of the initial movie in 2016, with The Walking Dead‘s David Alpert and Robert Kirkman producing alongside Landis Sr.
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Connie Britton Inks First Look Deal With Amazon Studios

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Connie Britton Inks First Look Deal With Amazon Studios
Connie Britton has signed a first look deal with Amazon Studios.

The beloved actress and producer will work with the entity to develop new television series to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

“Connie Britton is a multi-talented actress who has captivated audiences with her portrayal of smart, complicated women,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Britton’s ability to create memorable characters and identify compelling stories makes her a perfect fit for Amazon Studios. We look forward to seeing what she creates for the global Amazon Prime Video audience.”

Four-time Emmy-nominated Britton is known for standout roles in television comedies such as “Spin City,” dramas including “24,” “The West Wing,” “Nashville,” “9-1-1-” and “Friday Night Lights,” and anthology series “American Horror Story” and, most recently, “Dirty John,” on which she also served as executive producer. Her film work includes “The Mustang,” Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman,” “Beatriz at Dinner,
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Connie Britton Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon

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Connie Britton Signs First-Look Deal With Amazon
“Nashville” and “9-1-1” alum Connie Britton has signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios, the streaming service announced during the Television Critics Association press tour Saturday.

Per the studio, “Britton will work with Amazon Studios to develop television series to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.”

“Connie Britton is a multi-talented actress who has captivated audiences with her portrayal of smart, complicated women,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said. “Britton’s ability to create memorable characters and identify compelling stories makes her a perfect fit for Amazon Studios. We look forward to seeing what she creates for the global Amazon Prime Video audience.”

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“I’m thrilled to be joining Jen and the team at Amazon, and my hope is to contribute thoughtful, provocative, female driven and inclusive programming to their exceptional platform,
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Back to One, Episode 66: Jesse Eisenberg

While he might be best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg’s preternatural ability for making unique characterization choices has won him roles in wildly original films, both indie and studio, such as The End of the Tour, Adventureland, Holy Rollers, American Ultra, Zombieland, and two of my favorites, The Squid and the Whale and The Double. Now he continues that trend with Riley Stearns’ The Art of Self Defense. In this half hour he talks about the effort he put into finding the right tone to play the absurdity in that film, […]
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Back to One, Episode 66: Jesse Eisenberg

While he might be best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg’s preternatural ability for making unique characterization choices has won him roles in wildly original films, both indie and studio, such as The End of the Tour, Adventureland, Holy Rollers, American Ultra, Zombieland, and two of my favorites, The Squid and the Whale and The Double. Now he continues that trend with Riley Stearns’ The Art of Self Defense. In this half hour he talks about the effort he put into finding the right tone to play the absurdity in that film, […]
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MGM drops Max Landis sci-fi Deeper following sexual assault allegations

Earlier this week, The Daily Beast posted a damning article on Hollywood screenwriter, producer and scumbag Max Landis, which included multiple allegations of sexual assault and abuse from numerous women dating back many years.

In response to the shocking allegations in the expose, MGM has confirmed via IndieWire that it has decided to drop the Landis-penned sci-fi thriller Deeper, which was set to see Baltasar Kormakur (Everest) directing and Idris Elba (Thor: Ragnarok) starring, while Landis’ management company have also severed all ties.

Landis – whose credits include the likes of Chronicle, American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein and Bright – has long been criticised for misogynistic statements, and back in December 2017 he was accused of sexual assault by actress and comedian Anna Akana. His alleged abuse of women was described as an “open secret” in Hollywood, with claims that he’d avoided being called to task due to his status as a rising talent,
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Paramount TV Names Three New Hires To Executive Team

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Paramount Television has made three new hires for its executive leadership team, naming Rob Ortiz as its new senior vice president of physical production, Brian Agboh as senior vice president of business affairs, and Julie Katchen Swidler as director of Paramount TV’s newly created current team.

“I’m so excited to welcome these new valuable executives to Paramount,” said Paramount TV president Nicole Clemens in a statement. “It thrills me to see my department heads attracting and building such solid teams as we continue to evolve the studio.”

Ortiz, who now reports to head of physical production Debra Bergman, has an extensive background as a producer and unit production manager in TV and film. Series he has worked on include “Titans,” “Salvation,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The Beguiled,” “American Ultra,” “Homefront,” and others. Previously based in New York, he is now working out of Paramount’s L.A. office.

Agboh,
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Max Landis Should Have Been Thrown Out of Hollywood Years Ago — Analysis

In April 2016, MGM won an auction for a Max Landis-penned underwater horror script, “Deeper,” with Bradley Cooper and “White God” director Kornel Mundruczo attached. When the timing didn’t work for the talent, MGM pressed forward on the project, hiring Baltasar Kormakur (“Everest”) last fall; in February, Idris Elba was reportedly in talks to star. Today, Landis is the subject of a searing expose by Amy Zimmerman in The Daily Beast — and, according to sources who requested anonymity, “Deeper” has fallen apart.

Of course, movies come together or don’t all the time, for reasons large and small. However, this may be the first indication that Landis’ counterintuitive, decade-long career path — one that included making critically reviled films while enjoying a long-term reputation as an unabashed emotional and sexual abuser of women — is no longer one that will scale.

Landis first garnered attention as the screenwriter of Josh Trank’s 2012 everyman-superhero film “Chronicle.
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Josh Trank Banned Max Landis From ‘Chronicle’ Set and Hasn’t Spoken to Him Since 2012

Josh Trank Banned Max Landis From ‘Chronicle’ Set and Hasn’t Spoken to Him Since 2012
Josh Trank reacted to the latest sexual and emotional abuse allegations made against Max Landis by revealing on social media that he banned Landis from the set of their 2012 superhero movie “Chronicle.” Trank and Landis came up with the “Chronicle” story together, with Landis getting sole screenplay credit and Trank directing the project. The film, released by 20th Century Fox, was a platform at the time for rising actors Dane DeHaan and Michael B. Jordan.

“I 100% believe every word of this article about Max,” Trank wrote on Twitter. “I banned him from visiting principal photography of ‘Chronicle,’ and I haven’t spoken to him since 2012. To read about the terror he’s inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach. Heartbroken beyond measure.”

Landis, son of comedy director John Landis, was accused of sexual and emotional abuse by eight women in a lengthy exposé published June 18 by The Daily Beast.
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Max Landis Accused of Sexual and Emotional Abuse by Eight Women in New Exposé

Max Landis Accused of Sexual and Emotional Abuse by Eight Women in New Exposé
Max Landis, son of comedy director John Landis and the screenwriter of films such as “Bright,” “American Ultra,” and “Chronicle,” has been accused of sexual and emotional abuse by eight women in a lengthy exposé published by The Daily Beast. The women, many of whom chose to speak out anonymously, claim Landis manipulated his relationships with them in order to get them into his inner circle, after which he allegedly physically and/or psychologically abused them.

Ani Baker took to social media earlier this month to warn women about Landis after she discovered videos of her still existed on his Instagram page. Baker shared with The Daily Beast some of her experiences with Landis, including a moment when he got violent after the two had consensual sex. Baker said she slapped Landis’ butt in what she thought was a playful manner and he “snapped” on her.

“He turned around and
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Lilly Wachowski & Circle Of Confusion Board Indie Episodic ‘Work In Progress’ – Sundance

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Lilly Wachowski & Circle Of Confusion Board Indie Episodic ‘Work In Progress’ – Sundance
Exclusive: The Matrix franchise and Sense8 co-creator Lilly Wachowski has come on board to produce, co-write, and co-direct a series to be based on Abby McEnany and Tim Mason’s pilot, Work in Progress, which is making its premiere in the Indie Episodic Section at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

In Work in Progress, Abby is forced to re-evaluate her life choices, her dating options, and whether or not to confront the woman responsible for ‘ruining her life’: SNL’s Julia Sweeney. Abby’s therapist dies mid-session, and she begins to date a trans man. Mason and McEnany co-wrote the pilot, Mason directed it with McEnany starring. Circle of Confusion’s Josh Adler, Ashley Berns and Lawrence Mattis will executive produce along with Wachowski, McEnany, Mason and Lisa Masseur.

McEnany is a mainstay of the Chicago improvisational comedy scene where she has performed with The Second City
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Who plays Debra Newell on Dirty John?

It may not have come as a big surprise when Connie Britton was chosen to play Debra Newell on Bravo’s new scripted show, Dirty John. She appears to be the queen of television series’, as she’s appeared on many well-known shows throughout the years. While she may best be known for her roles in American Ultra, Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, Nashville, and This is Where I Leave You, she’s also made notable appearances on Smilf, American Horror Story, 9-1-1, American Crime Story, Friday Night Lights, 24, Lost at Homes, The West Wing, The Fighting Fitzgeralds, […]

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Anna and the Apocalypse Comic-Con Poster Brings Zombie Slaying Mayhem

A brand new poster for Anna and the Apocalypse has arrived. The poster comes fresh from San Diego Comic-Con, which is happening now through Sunday and is the premiere pop culture destination of the year. If you haven't heard of Anna and the Apocalypse just yet, it's being billed as the first-ever zombie Christmas musical and is set to arrive in theaters just in time for the holiday season later this year. Now, thanks to this new poster, people have a great idea of what to expect from what could very well be positioning itself as a future cult classic.

The poster is the first in a series of four designed by award-winning artist Jim Evans, who has also created posters for movies such as American Ultra, Shogun Assassin, The Green Inferno and some of the Saw sequels. He's also done work for bands like U2, The Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters,
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Netflix Recruits ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Screenwriter for David Ayer’s ‘Bright’ Sequel

David Ayer is getting some backup on his upcoming sequel to Bright. Netflix has recruited screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos to pen the script for the sequel to the action fantasy, which starred Joel Edgarton and Will Smith as two odd couple policemen working in an alternate reality Los Angeles where all manner of magical creatures walk the warring streets. Spiliotopoulos is no stranger to the fantastical, having penned a number of Dtv Disney animated movies before writing the screenplays for the blockbuster fantasy films Beauty and the Beast and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Max Landis (American Ultra) wrote the initial …
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‘Bright’ Review (Netflix Original)

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Stars: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry | Written by Max Landis | Directed by David Ayer

Max Landis (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein) is now as synonymous with writing pop genre mashups as director David Ayer (Harsh Times, End of Watch) is with brutal La-based cops ‘n’ robbers pictures. Bright offers a combo that has the air of a panicked producer meeting about it – ‘How about… Lord of the Rings meets Training Day!?’ – but ultimately it serves neither genre very well. Eschewing the world-building politics of Tolkien in favour of the bridge-building racial politics of today’s America, this is allegory drawn in thick crayon, and any meaningful social commentary is basically forgotten by the end.

The setting is a parallel-universe Los Angeles, where humans live tensely alongside downtrodden, ghettoised orcs and privileged, self-segregated elves. There are also mischievous fairies and (in a neat visual joke) the odd centaur roaming about.
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Bright movie review: every little thing it does is the opposite of magic

MaryAnn’s quick take… Trolls the viewer and condescends to genre fans. A smirking, tone-deaf parable about racism that is itself racist, including about its made-up orcs and elves. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big genre dork

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There are so many appalling things about Bright that it’s hard to know where to start. Netflix’s most expensive original movie yet is a big ball of knotted-up awful, so many threads of insult and injury that finding a way into it is giving me a headache, much as the movie itself did. Just when I think I’ve pinned down the right example of idiocy to use as a launchpad for diving into the deep end of the dumb, I realize how I can’t even begin to explain that one nasty
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Bright review

Tolkien meets La cop thriller in Netflix’s Bright. Blockbuster or Christmas turkey? Here’s our review...

Back in the 1980s, when the buddy-cop thriller was all the rage, Alien Nation took the genre’s staples and threw a bit of sci-fi into the mix. In a future Los Angeles where extraterrestrials live among humans, an Earth-born cop (James Caan) is reluctantly partnered with an alien law enforcer (Mandy Potenkin); as they solve a case involving murder and narcotics, their antipathy eventually gives way to friendship and respect. It was familiar stuff, even back then, but the sci-fi angle gave it a certain freshness, not to mention a neat (if less than subtle) allegory for racial intolerance and hatred.

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Nearly 30 years later,
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‘Bright’ Sequel In The Works At Netflix

With a global reach, and over 100 million subscribers tuning in, the Netflix footprint is as historic as it is staggering. No other movie studio in town can claim having simultaneous, instant access into homes all around the world. The industry is still figuring out the ramifications of what all this means, but on a fundamental level, it changes the landscape of what it means for a show or movie to succeed. Reviews are less important than sheer numbers; it’s why something like “Fuller House” can share the same space as “Mindhunter.”

This week, the streaming service goes blockbuster with “Bright.” It’s a fairly dumb looking movie, directed by David Ayer (“Suicide Squad,” “End Of Watch“), and penned by Max Landis (“American Ultra,” “Victor Frankenstein“) that basically presents a buddy cop movie in a world populated by humans, orcs, and fairies.

Continue reading ‘Bright’ Sequel In The Works At Netflix at The Playlist.
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Final ‘Bright’ Trailer Reveals That Orcs Love Speed Metal

Netflix has released and new and final trailer for the upcoming original film Bright. Scripted by Max Landis (American Ultra) and directed by David Ayer (Fury), the action-thriller takes place in an alternate present day in which humans live alongside magic folk like elves and orcs. Joel Edgerton plays the first orc to join the Lapd, and he’s paired with a human character played by Will Smith. Together, the two must navigate their own personal differences while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the future of the world as they know it. This new trailer goes all-in on …
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Professor Marston & the Wonder Women movie review: secret identities (#LFF2017)

MaryAnn’s quick take… A sweet, romantic story about the polyamorous triad that created a beloved superhero… and about the power of comic books to speak to our inner lives. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Sorry, all you dudes who may have been expecting something salacious and debauched from a movie about the guy who created Wonder Woman for DC Comics. Cuz you’ve heard that he was into bondage and somehow managed to convince his wife to bring another woman into their lives and their bed: woo-hoo, threesome! But Professor Marston & the Wonder Women isn’t perverted, and it’s not pornographic, not even of the softest-core type. And this ain’t Fifty Shades of Grey, either. Thank Aphrodite. This is a sweet story about people
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