Laura Dern overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character is feminist icon

Laura Dern is overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character Dr. Ellie Sattler is a feminist icon for women.The no-nonsense paleobotanist needs no leading man to save her in the 1993 movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, as she battles velociraptors to save…

Laura Dern is overjoyed that her Jurassic Park character Dr. Ellie Sattler is a feminist icon for women.

The no-nonsense paleobotanist needs no leading man to save her in the 1993 movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, as she battles velociraptors to save the lives of Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum at the ill-fated dinosaur park.

Since then, Laura revealed that she’s been approached by women who love telling her how much they adore Ellie.

“I’ve had so many girls and women come up to me over the years talking about her being an icon for them, and that’s meant so much to me,” she told Deadline.

And the 52-year-old is proud that she played such a strong character in Spielberg’s groundbreaking film.

“I think the thing I love the most about playing Ellie Sattler, and this was the early ’90s, was that it was the first CGI movie ever,” Laura explained. “We were going to do, it felt like, this wild thing that Steven wanted to attempt, which had never been done before.

“And he wanted to make sure that if all worked well, that the female in the centre of the story was as much of a bada*s and as fearless as anyone else. He took it seriously, and she was kind of a feminist.”

The Golden Globe-winning actress is excited to reprise her role for the upcoming Jurassic World 3, alongside her original Jurassic Park co-stars, ahead of a 2021 cinema release.

“It’s exciting to continue that journey and see what they come up with, and I’m excited to learn. Steven seems excited. Sam and Jeff seem excited, and I love that, so it’s really fun to think about,” she gushed.

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Regina King kicks off production on One Night in Miami

Regina King has officially begun production on her directorial debut in New Orleans, Louisiana.The Oscar-winning actress announced last July that she would be stepping behind the camera for One Night in Miami, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’s 2013 play o…

Regina King has officially begun production on her directorial debut in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Oscar-winning actress announced last July that she would be stepping behind the camera for One Night in Miami, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’s 2013 play of the same name.

King’s film will be set in February 1964, on the night boxer Cassius Clay became world heavyweight champion following a shock victory over Sonny Liston.

The fictional narrative will be focused on the aftermath of the fight, with Clay, civil rights activist Malcolm X, soul singer Sam Cooke, and American football player Jim Brown meeting for hours at a Miami motel.

Kingsley Ben-Adir will portray Malcolm X, Riverdale star Eli Goree will play boxing great Clay before he became known as Muhammad Ali, Leslie Odom, Jr. will feature as Sam Cooke, while Aldis Hodge will take on the part of Jim Brown.

“One Night in Miami is a love letter to black manhood that powerfully explores themes of race, identity and friendship,” King told Deadline. “We’re so excited to have Kingsley, Eli, Aldis, and Leslie in the lead roles showing a different side of these iconic men.”

Powers penned the screenplay for the project. His original play explored the possibility of what the successful men of colour may have discussed as they fought for equality in the face of racism and white supremacy during the 1960s civil rights movement.

In the past, If Beale Street Could Talk star King has directed episodes of TV shows such as Scandal, Shameless, The Good Doctor, and This Is Us, but One Night in Miami marks her first time helming a feature film.

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Olivia Wilde stunned by bidding war over upcoming thriller

Olivia Wilde was left stunned when studio executives entered into a bidding war over her next project, Don’t Worry, Darling.The actress/filmmaker made her directorial debut with teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart earlier this year, with the critically…

Olivia Wilde was left stunned when studio executives entered into a bidding war over her next project, Don’t Worry, Darling.

The actress/filmmaker made her directorial debut with teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart earlier this year, with the critically acclaimed movie featuring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein and grossing over $24 million (£18 million) at the worldwide box office.

In August, Wilde confirmed she had signed on to direct and produce Don’t Worry, Darling, which will centre on an unhappy 1950s housewife, and was amazed to discover that her upcoming feature was generating a huge deal of interest from studio bosses.

“It was extraordinary and unexpected,” she told Deadline. “The groundswell of support and enthusiasm was extraordinary. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t know what to expect. I just hoped I’d be able to direct again, and this was even before the release.”

The star went on to explain that she had hoped Booksmart would do well enough to allow her to have another shot at directing.

“You know, just finishing the film, I thought, ‘I want to do well enough that I get to do this again’, and then, when I did feel an incredible amount of curiosity about what I wanted to do next, and a lot of offers coming my way, I was encouraged,” the 35-year-old shared.

And Wilde hopes her success is symbolic of a large shift in Hollywood for women.

“There is, of course, a pattern in Hollywood of particularly women not being given an opportunity to make their second feature, if their first doesn’t score at the box office,” she added. “So many female directors had one chance, and they aren’t given another chance as rapidly as the men are.”

Don’t Worry, Darling is currently in development. No casting details have been announced.

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Bohemian Rhapsody producer to tackle Michael Jackson biopic

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is to make a film about the life of Michael Jackson.GK Films has secured the rights from the King of Pop’s estate to make the biopic, and the movie will have unprecedented access to all of his music, according to …

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is to make a film about the life of Michael Jackson.

GK Films has secured the rights from the King of Pop’s estate to make the biopic, and the movie will have unprecedented access to all of his music, according to Deadline.

Three-time Oscar-nominated writer John Logan, who wrote the screenplays for Skyfall and Gladiator, has been hired to write the script.

King has previously worked with Logan on movies such as Hugo, Rango and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, which was a biopic of aviation businessman and film director Howard Hughes and followed the billionaire’s rise to huge success and his mental health issues.

Editors at Deadline report that the film will include all details of Jackson’s complex and controversial life, which ended with his death in June 2009 at the age of 50.

The pop icon began his career with his four brothers in The Jackson 5, before going on to create classic pop albums pop as Thriller, Off the Wall and Bad.

Jackson’s life was mired with controversy, and he was embroiled in several allegations of child abuse, some of which were documented in this year’s Emmy-winning HBO film Leaving Neverland.

Fresh from the success of last year’s biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – which landed leading man Rami Malek a Best Actor Oscar – King and his production company recently signed a deal to showcase the story of disco legends the Bee Gees.

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Joker becomes first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion at worldwide box office

Joker has become the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion (£771 million) at the worldwide box office.The psychological thriller, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, reached the milestone on Friday, according to editors at Deadl…

Joker has become the first R-rated movie to hit $1 billion (£771 million) at the worldwide box office.

The psychological thriller, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Batman villain, reached the milestone on Friday, according to editors at Deadline.

Directed by Todd Phillips, the film follows the story of failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who begins a slow descent into madness and transforms into the criminal mastermind called Joker after he is disregarded by society.

The movie joins three other DC superhero movies released by Warner Bros. to reach the coveted milestone: Aquaman, which raked in $1.148 billion (£879 million), 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which hit $1.08 billion (£832 million), and The Dark Knight in 2008, which made just over $1 billion (£774 million).

The latter films were directed by Christopher Nolan, with The Dark Knight also featuring the Joker, who was played by the late Heath Ledger. The Australian actor won a posthumous Oscar for his unnerving performance, which was collected by his family at the 2009 Academy Awards.

Joker is also the seventh film by Warner Bros. to cross the $1 billion mark, joining the likes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Last month, Phillips’s bleak comic book drama also overtook The Matrix Reloaded and Deadpool 2 as the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all-time.

And as reporters at Forbes have noted, the success of Joker was helped by the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die and superhero flick Wonder Woman 1984.

Both films were due to be released earlier this month but were rescheduled to April and June 2020, respectively.

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Michael Caine leads cast of new Oliver Twist movie

Michael Caine is returning to the world of Charles Dickens for a modern-day take on Oliver Twist.The Oscar winner, who portrayed miser Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol, will play master thief Fagin opposite Game of Thrones star Lena Heade…

Michael Caine is returning to the world of Charles Dickens for a modern-day take on Oliver Twist.

The Oscar winner, who portrayed miser Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol, will play master thief Fagin opposite Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, singer Rita Ora, and comedian and author David Walliams in the new movie Twist.

The film, which will be set in modern-day London, will also feature Jude Law’s son Rafferty in the title role.

Martin Owen will direct from a script he has co-written.

Announcing his casting, Caine commented, “Fagin is such an infamous character, it’s going to be great fun playing him. I’m really looking forward to working with Lena, Raff and the rest of the cast in London when we start shooting.”

While Headey added that she would be taking on the role of Sikes in the project.

“Flipping roles without apology or character softening is a brilliant way to breathe new life into established materials and bring it to new audiences,” she shared.

Production on the movie will kick off later this year. And accordingly, Law can’t wait to get started on his first major role.

“I’m excited to play such a well-loved literary character, and I’m looking forward to working with Martin Owen to bring to life his new take on the character in modern-day London,” the 23-year-old added.

Oliver Twist, Dickens’s second novel, was first published as a serial from 1837 to 1839. The story has been the subject of numerous adaptations over the years, including the musical play Oliver! and the multiple Academy Award-winning 1968 film.

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Alfred Molina to make directorial debut with adaptation of wife’s novel

Alfred Molina is to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of a novel written by his wife Jill Gascoine.Actress and writer Gascoine released Lilian in 1995, with the book telling the story of Jessica Wooldridge, a cancer survivor who receives an…

Alfred Molina is to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of a novel written by his wife Jill Gascoine.

Actress and writer Gascoine released Lilian in 1995, with the book telling the story of Jessica Wooldridge, a cancer survivor who receives an invitation to visit California for a few weeks. She decides to leave her husband, and during the vacation, falls in love with another woman.

Now, Molina has confirmed in an interview with Deadline that he is working on the project and will also serve as an executive producer.

“Lilian is such a beautiful story about a woman getting on in years who finds the spark of love and passion again after losing hope and a clear idea of her purpose,” he told the film publication. “I’m going to focus all of my energy and passion into bringing this story to life with a wonderful group of artists that I know and trust.”

Over the course of his career, Molina has appeared in movies such as Boogie Nights, Chocolat, Frida, and Spider-Man 2, and produced 2016 TV movie Sister Cities and 2018’s Saint Judy.

While he was always interested in directing, he never came across a script that really grabbed his attention.

“I’ve always known that I eventually wanted to direct,” the 66-year-old commented. “When I was young, I was moved by the films of Carol Reed. That’s what started this journey in fact. That was the first time I realised there was a guiding hand behind the camera. The idea of being that guiding hand has always interested me.

“When I read the novel Lilian years ago it touched me deeply. I started seeing the film and feeling the characters’ journeys, and I knew that I wanted to direct this film.”

Production on the movie is set to begin in Los Angeles later in the year. Casting details and a potential release date have not been announced.

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Taika Waititi set to tackle animated Flash Gordon movie 

Taika Waititi has reportedly been tasked with revamping Flash Gordon for an animated movie.The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker has signed on to write and direct the project for Fox/Disney bosses, according to editors at Deadline. The news emerges four years a…

Taika Waititi has reportedly been tasked with revamping Flash Gordon for an animated movie.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker has signed on to write and direct the project for Fox/Disney bosses, according to editors at Deadline.

The news emerges four years after Matthew Vaughn was first tapped to take charge of the remake, only to step down last year to focus on his Kingsman franchise.

He remained attached as a producer as director Julius Avery was brought on board in October, but now studio officials have turned to Waititi to recreate the superhero story in animated form. It’s unclear if Vaughn is still involved.

Flash Gordon is based on the 1934 comic strip about an adventurer who battles a tyrannical ruler on the planet Mongo.

The character has appeared in various movies and TV series, portrayed by the likes of Buster Crabbe and Sam J. Jones.

Waititi is currently one of the busiest names in Hollywood, having recently completed production on his latest film Jojo Rabbit, as well as an episode of upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

The New Zealander was set to co-direct an animated movie about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles with Mark Gustafson too, but last month, it was reported that he had abandoned the project due to scheduling conflicts and his commitments to developing a live-action version of Japanese graphic novel Akira.

Written by Isaac Adamson, the script for Bubbles topped The Black List – an annual survey of “most liked” screenplays not yet produced – in 2015. The concept was focused on exploring Jackson’s life from Bubbles’ perspective.

In addition, Waititi is to direct an episode of Time Bandits, a TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film.

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Michael Fassbender to star in spy thriller Malko

Michael Fassbender is set to headline and produce a film adaptation of the bestselling spy series S.A.S. The big screen production will be titled Malko and is based on Gerard de Villiers’ serialised novels, consisting of over 200 books. Oscar nominat…

Michael Fassbender is set to headline and produce a film adaptation of the bestselling spy series S.A.S.

The big screen production will be titled Malko and is based on Gerard de Villiers’ serialised novels, consisting of over 200 books.

Oscar nominated American Hustle screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will pen the script, while bosses at Lionsgate will develop the thriller into a possible franchise.

Fassbender will star as super spy for hire Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and CIA agent who endured imprisonment in a Nazi work camp for captured spies.

According to editors at Deadline, the first film will largely be based upon de Villiers’ book Checkpoint Charlie. The actor will work on the project as part of his production company DMC Film.

“We are enormously excited to be teaming with Greg Shapiro and Michael Fassbender as well as Lars Sylvest from Black Magic and Thorsten Schumacher from Rocket Science to develop Malko,” said Lionsgate president Joe Drake in a statement.

“This is a character with a tremendous 200 title library of amazing spy stories to draw from and we believe we have a world-class creative team in place with Michael and Eric Warren Singer as we move forward on this project.”

Currently starring in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fassbender, 42, is next set to begin work on David Sandberg’s Kung Fury 2.

The S.A.S. book series has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide and have been translated into multiple languages.

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Melissa McCarthy set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on The Starling

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids. Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCar…

Melissa McCarthy is set to reunite with Chris O’Dowd on upcoming movie The Starling.

The pair previously co-starred in Theodore Melfi’s 2014 comedy-drama St. Vincent and Paul Feig’s 2011 hit Bridesmaids.

Now, editors at Deadline have reported that McCarthy and O’Dowd are in talks to appear in The Starling, with Melfi eyed to direct.

With a script from Matt Harris, the plot will follow a married couple who suffer a tragedy which puts a great strain on their relationship. The wife, set to be portrayed by McCarthy, stays home and builds a beautiful garden, though unfortunately, her tranquil space is interrupted by a sizeable black starling that has nested there. According to Deadline, the plot will be “an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief”.

The script for The Starling has been floating around Hollywood for several years, with Keanu Reeves and Isla Fisher attached to appear back in 2017. That version was to be directed by Dome Karukoski, but never came to fruition.

Melfi most recently directed 2016’s Hidden Figures and is in the pre-production phases of animated comedy The Fourteenth Goldfish and I am Rose Fatou, in which he serves as a writer and producer.

Meanwhile, McCarthy is coming off the back of her Oscar-nominated performance as Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and a role as Detective Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders. The 48-year-old has also completed filming on Andrea Berloff’s crime film The Kitchen and action-comedy Superintelligence, which was directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

O’Dowd has been working on How to Build a Girl with Emma Thompson and Beanie Feldstein, slated to hit cinemas later in the year, and is linked to Adventures of Super Frank, about an Irishman who embarks on a road trip in search of his girlfriend.

A potential release date for The Starling is yet to be announced.

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