Pete Davidson teaming with Judd Apatow on semi-autobiographical comedy

Pete Davidson is working with Judd Apatow on a semi-autobiographical comedy film.The American star, who does stand-up comedy and is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, rose to global fame following his brief engagement to popstar Ariana Grande in mid…

Pete Davidson is working with Judd Apatow on a semi-autobiographical comedy film.

The American star, who does stand-up comedy and is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, rose to global fame following his brief engagement to popstar Ariana Grande in mid-2018.

Now, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Davidson is partnering with Apatow on a new movie project, which is currently untitled. It is anticipated that the film will mirror aspects of the 25-year-old’s own life, including how he spent his childhood in Staten Island, New York and the impact of the tragic death of his father, New York City firefighter father Scott Davidson, during the September 11 terror attacks in 2001. When he joined Saturday Night Live in September 2014 at the age of 20, Davidson also became one of the show’s youngest cast members ever and the first to be born in the 1990s.

Neither Davidson nor Apatow have commented on the film, which is set to be overseen by studio executives at Universal. However, the movie will mark Apatow’s first directing project since he made 2015 romantic comedy Trainwreck with Amy Schumer. Production is due to begin in May or June (19).

Barry Mendel, who teamed with Apatow on films such as Funny People and The Big Sick, and was also a producer on hit comedies such as Bridesmaids and This Is 40, will serve as a producer.

In addition to his Saturday Night Live gig, Davidson has a number of films on the go, including a part in Taraji P. Henson’s What Men Want, and a lead role in Big Time Adolescence alongside Jon Cryer and Machine Gun Kelly.

He recently wrapped on John Turturro’s Going Places, a spin-off of The Big Lebowski centred on notable bowler Jesus Quintana.

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Jordan Peele’s movie Us inspired by The Twilight Zone

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to hit movie Get Out was inspired by a classic episode of TV series The Twilight Zone.The Oscar-winning writer/director’s second film Us is set to debut in March, starring Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a co…

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to hit movie Get Out was inspired by a classic episode of TV series The Twilight Zone.

The Oscar-winning writer/director’s second film Us is set to debut in March, starring Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple with two children who are terrorised by doppelgangers called the Tethered.

And in a cover interview with Rolling Stone, Peele shared his inspiration for the feature came from a 1960 episode of the Rod Serling anthology series called Mirror Image, in which a woman encounters her double in a bus station and becomes convinced it arrived from a parallel universe, bent on replacing her.

“It’s terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling and it opens up a world,” Peele, who is also executive producing a reboot of the classic series for CBS All Access, told the publication. “It opens up your imagination.”

In contrast to his directorial debut, which he made on shoestring budget of less than $5 million (£3.8 million), and grossed more than $250 million (£190 million) worldwide, Peele explained that despite casting the main parts with all black actors, Us will not be a direct commentary on race.

“It’s important to me that we can tell black stories without it being about race,” the 39-year-old explained. “I realised I had never seen a horror movie of this kind, where there’s an African-American family at the centre that just is.

“After you get over the initial realisation that you’re watching a black family in a horror film, you’re just watching a movie. You’re just watching people,” he continued. “I feel like it proves a very valid and different point than Get Out, which is, not everything is about race. Get Out proved the point that everything is about race. I’ve proved both points!”

Us sees Oscar-winning actress Lupita take on dual roles and the director was full of praise for her dark performance.

“She carried this anticipatory gravity in that scene where you just know,” he praised. “I feel like her performance is on par with Hannibal Lecter gravitas in this movie.”

Us hits cinemas in March.

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Zac Efron was shocked by ‘charming’ Ted Bundy

Zac Efron turned on the charm to play Ted Bundy in his new film after realising just how charismatic the serial killer was. Efron takes on the controversial role in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile, and admits that his Bundy research suggested…

Zac Efron turned on the charm to play Ted Bundy in his new film after realising just how charismatic the serial killer was.

Efron takes on the controversial role in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile, and admits that his Bundy research suggested Ted was incredibly popular and well-liked – even after he was charged with several gruesome deaths.

“I knew a little bit about him,” The Greatest Showman star tells WENN. “I knew he was a scary dude and I knew that my parents were freaked out when I said I’m thinking about reading a script about him… Then I did a little bit of research.

“(Director) Joe (Berlinger) knows so much about Ted Bundy, so he was my amazing resource. The most interesting and exciting thing for me to contribute to the movie was Ted had this thing about him, this facade, his charm, and the way that he worked with people.

“A lot of people in prison loved him. Cops that knew him seemed to think he was an OK guy. It wasn’t until after he fully admitted to everything that most of the world really believed that Ted was even capable of these things. He pulled the wool over our eyes.”

Bundy is still proving to be popular among women and Netflix bosses have released a statement urging fans who are swooning after watching their newly-released docu-series Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes to look beyond the killer’s looks.

“I’ve seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service (Netflix) – almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers,” the message reads.

The series chronicles conversations with Bundy, who ultimately confessed to 30 killings in seven states.

He was executed at Florida State Prison in 1989.

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Zack Snyder plots filmmaking return for Netflix

Director Zack Snyder is returning to work for a new zombie movie, 20 months after stepping away from the spotlight following the death of his daughter. The filmmaker walked away from post-production work on superhero movie Justice League in May, 2017,…

Director Zack Snyder is returning to work for a new zombie movie, 20 months after stepping away from the spotlight following the death of his daughter.

The filmmaker walked away from post-production work on superhero movie Justice League in May, 2017, two months after his daughter Autumn took her own life, and Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought into help complete the DC Comics blockbuster.

Last year (18), Snyder signed on to a drama called The Last Photograph, while he also expressed an interest in adapting author Ayn Rand’s 1943 book The Fountainhead for the big screen.

However, it appears his first project to move into production will be Army of the Dead, a sci-fi horror movie for bosses at streaming services Netflix.

Based on a story by Snyder, the film follows a group of mercenaries which attempts a daring heist at the height of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas – and Zack promises fans it will be one of his wildest pictures to date.

“There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought this was a good palate cleanser to really dig in with both hands and make something fun and epic and crazy and bonkers in the best possible way…”

“This is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though a genre. It will be the most kick-a**, self-aware – but not in a wink-to-the-camera way – balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one’s ever let me completely loose (like this).”

Screenwriter Joby Harold penned the script, which Snyder will produce with his business partner and wife, Deborah, for their company Stone Quarry.

Casting details have yet to be released, but principal photography is expected to begin later this year (19), and Snyder will be getting back in the director’s chair with a renewed passion for filmmaking.

“I love big action, I love big sequences,” he continues. “My movie brain starts clicking around and I was like, ‘We need to be shooting this now!’ Constructing these sequences really fired me up.”

Snyder is no stranger to the world of zombies, having made his directorial debut with Dawn of the Dead back in 2004.

Army of the Dead has actually been in the works for over a decade, as it was initially set up at Warner Bros. studios back in 2007.

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Dwayne Johnson used road wrestling experience for Fighting With My Family

Action man Dwayne Johnson drew from his own family “dysfunction” to bolster the storyline of his new real-life wrestling comedy Fighting with My Family. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star, aka The Rock, returns to his ring roots for the movie, wh…

Action man Dwayne Johnson drew from his own family “dysfunction” to bolster the storyline of his new real-life wrestling comedy Fighting with My Family.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star, aka The Rock, returns to his ring roots for the movie, which is based on British sportswoman Paige’s rise to fame within her wrestler relatives.

Johnson portrays himself onscreen, but admits many of the scenes depicting the chaos Paige had to deal with at home while pursuing her WWE dreams reflected what he went through, growing up as the son of wrestler Rocky Johnson.

“I grew up in a wrestling family and we live like gypsies, so a lot of fun dysfunction,” he told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “The dysfunction you see in the movie, it’s just taken from our lives.”

The project, written and directed by The Office co-creator and star Stephen Merchant, was inspired by U.K. TV documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family, but Johnson reveals getting the film to the big screen was a struggle, as it was initially rejected by bosses at every major movie studio.

Despite the setbacks, Johnson and his team at his Seven Bucks Production company pressed on, and executive producer Hiram Garcia, who is also Dwayne’s former brother-in-law, reveals they never gave up on the project.

“It’s a story that we felt, no matter what scale we made it, it’s something that will always resonate with audiences globally, so no matter what, we were gonna get the movie made,” he said.

Fighting With My Family had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Monday (28Jan19), after which it received early praise from critics. It opens in the U.S. next month (Feb19).

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