Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo reuniting for new comedy

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. …

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are reuniting for a new comedy.

The duo, who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2011 film, have signed on to star and co-write Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.

To be directed by Josh Greenbaum, the movie will tell the story of Barb, to be played by Wiig, and her best friend Star, as portrayed by Mumolo, who leave their small town for the first time to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida, where they quickly find themselves embroiled in an adventure.

“I’m so excited to be a part of this movie which showcases Kristen and Annie’s original, fresh and undeniably hilarious voice in spades,” said Greenbaum, known for directing episodes of New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, in a statement. “I’m also always looking for projects with titles that rhyme, so it really all worked out on this one.”

In addition, Wiig and Mumolo will serve as producers, working alongside Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gloria Sanchez Productions, a female-focused production company.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group executive vice president of production and development Jim Miller and vice president of production and development Meredith Wieck will oversee Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, with studio president Nathan Kahane thrilled by the premise of the upcoming flick.

“It is such an honour that Kristen and Annie have entrusted us with their follow-up to Bridesmaids. Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love – men and women, young and old,” he commented. “Barb and Star are true cultural icons in the making, and as they embark on this hilarious adventure, we are more than thrilled to partner with Kristen, Annie and Gloria Sanchez on what we know is going to be a great ride.”

Wiig will next be seen onscreen in Where’d You Go, Bernadette and as Barbara Minerva / Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984, while Mumolo penned the story for 2015 Jennifer Lawrence feature Joy and most recently acted in TV movie Amy’s Brother.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is set to hit cinemas sometime in 2020.

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Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins and Maggie Smith board A Boy Called Christmas

Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins and Maggie Smith have all signed on to star in A Boy Called Christmas.Back in 2016, executives at StudioCanal and Blueprint Pictures announced they had tapped writer/director Ol Parker to adapt Matt Haig’s acclaimed 2015 nov…

Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins and Maggie Smith have all signed on to star in A Boy Called Christmas.

Back in 2016, executives at StudioCanal and Blueprint Pictures announced they had tapped writer/director Ol Parker to adapt Matt Haig’s acclaimed 2015 novel, which follows an 11-year-old boy named Nikolas, nicknamed Christmas, who must travel to the North Pole in order to save his father.

Now, film bosses have unveiled the all-star cast, with Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins, Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, and Toby Jones all nabbing roles. In addition, Zoe Colletti, Michiel Huisman, Henry Lawfull, Rune Temte, and Indica Watson will appear, with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gil Kenan to direct. It remains unclear which roles each actor will take on.

Along with StudioCanal executives, Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin will produce, while the team at Framestore will provide visual effects.

Principal photography is now underway in Lapland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and London, though a potential release date has not yet been set.

“The origin story of Father Christmas is re-imagined in Gil Kenan’s live-action A Boy Called Christmas,” the official synopsis reads. “An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible.”

StudioCanal will release the film in the U.K, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, and China, while Netflix has the rights for the rest of the world.

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Melissa McCarthy ‘all for’ new Ghostbusters sequel

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has thrown her support behind filmmaker Jason Reitman’s planned revamp of the Ghostbusters franchise, less than three years after starring in an all-female reboot. The Can You Ever Forgive Me? actress featured alongside …

Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has thrown her support behind filmmaker Jason Reitman’s planned revamp of the Ghostbusters franchise, less than three years after starring in an all-female reboot.

The Can You Ever Forgive Me? actress featured alongside comediennes Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones in Paul Feig’s 2016 version, which flopped with critics and fans of the original 1980s movies, despite including appearances by franchise stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson.

Jason, whose dad Ivan Reitman directed the first two Ghostbusters installments, recently announced he had started work on a new Ghostbusters movie, which will serve as a sequel to his father’s Ghostbusters II and not be connected in any way to Feig’s film.

The news angered Leslie, who fumed about the plans on Twitter: ”So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint (didn’t) count,” she raged last month (Jan19). ”It’s like something (controversial U.S. President Donald) Trump would do… ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying (sic). Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!”

Feig showed his support for Leslie following her outburst, but expressed his interest in seeing what Reitman came up with, even though he was disappointed his leading ladies wouldn’t be invited to take part in the action.

Now Melissa has weighed in on the dispute, insisting she has no hard feelings towards Juno director Reitman, and is excited to check out his take on the beloved franchise.

“I’m for anybody who’s making movies,” she told Entertainment Tonight. I talked to Jason about it, he’s just always had this idea, and his goes back to the world where the guys (from the original films) did exist and I’m like, ‘I want to see that.’

“I’m all for it. I say like, ‘Tell the story.'”

She added, “I think there’s a million stories to be told. He’s a really, really good filmmaker and a really good storyteller, so I will be there buying my ticket. I’m all for it.”

A teaser for Jason’s Ghostbusters 3 debuted online in January (19) and featured the fabled Ghostbusters car under a dust cover in a barn.

It’s not yet known if Hudson, Murray, and Aykroyd will appear in his sequel.

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Jason Reitman to direct new Ghostbusters movie

Jason Reitman is following in his father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps by directing a new Ghostbusters movie. The Juno moviemaker will direct and co-write another instalment set in the original Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 fi…

Jason Reitman is following in his father Ivan Reitman’s footsteps by directing a new Ghostbusters movie.

The Juno moviemaker will direct and co-write another instalment set in the original Ghostbusters franchise, following on from the 1984 and 1989 films directed by his dad.

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a six-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Jason told Entertainment Weekly. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s, and this is set in the present day.”

The sequel, which will be produced by Ivan, will be released by Sony Pictures in summer 2020 and is likely to begin filming in the next few months, from a script the Up in the Air director co-wrote with Gil Kenan.

Jason was reluctant to reveal any further details about the plot, new characters or whether original actors Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson or Bill Murray would return.

However, he made it clear his chapter will not be connected to Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

“I have so much respect for what Paul created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film,” he said.

Jason’s new project brings his career full circle, as he shot a scene for the original but it was cut. He eventually appeared in the sequel, playing a birthday boy who was unimpressed by the Ghostbusters.

The 41-year-old has been asked about making his own Ghostbusters since his directorial debut in 2005 and he would usually crack a joke, when he had actually been considering it.

“I’ve thought about this franchise and it has occupied a piece of my heart for basically as long as I can remember,” he gushed.

Ivan, 72, told the publication he was touched and surprised that his son wanted to carry on his legacy, and said, “It will be a passing of the torch both inside and out… It was a decision he had to come to himself.”

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Wonder Woman release date pushed back

Wonder Woman fans will have to wait an extra seven months to see the second instalment in the franchise, after movie bosses confirmed the release date has been pushed back.Wonder Woman 1984 was due to hit screens in November 2019, but Warner Bros execu…

Wonder Woman fans will have to wait an extra seven months to see the second instalment in the franchise, after movie bosses confirmed the release date has been pushed back.

Wonder Woman 1984 was due to hit screens in November 2019, but Warner Bros executives have decided on a June 2020 release date instead.

Lead actress Gal Gadot broke the news to her fans on her social media accounts, revealing she was excited by the schedule shake-up.

“Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!” she wrote, referring to the original film’s release over the summer months last year (17).

Warner Bros president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein echoed Gal’s sentiment in an official statement.

“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs,” he said.

Director Patty Jenkins shared Gal’s Twitter message with her own followers, adding: “Our weekend. Feels like home. Can’t wait for the day to come to share so many people’s great work, blowing me away every day.”

The official release date for the comic book follow up is 5 June. Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal co-star, with reports that original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, who played the superhero on the small screen in the ‘70s, will also be making an appearance.

Moving into the slot left by Wonder Woman 1984 is the rebooted Charlie’s Angels franchise, which features Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the three detectives.

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Kristen Wiig departing TV comedy due to Wonder Woman commitments

Kristen Wiig is exiting a comedy project due to a scheduling conflict with Wonder Woman 1984.The actress confirmed in January (18) that she was to star and executive produce a TV series for Apple inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection, …

Kristen Wiig is exiting a comedy project due to a scheduling conflict with Wonder Woman 1984.

The actress confirmed in January (18) that she was to star and executive produce a TV series for Apple inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection, with Reese Witherspoon set to produce the 10-episode show under her Hello Sunshine banner.

However, an Apple spokesperson has now confirmed to Deadline that Kristen’s role as primary antagonist Cheetah/Barbara Ann Minerva in the second instalment of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman franchise has meant that she can no longer front the TV programme.

The Apple show, which would have marked Kristen’s first major TV role since her stint on NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live from 2005 until 2012, is reportedly on hold while producers decide how to proceed, but they are apparently keen to investigate casting a different actress.

Colleen McGuinness, who has previously produced TV shows such as 30 Rock and Friends from College, is to be the showrunner, while Lauren Neustadter is to act as a producer.

Production on Wonder Woman 1984 is currently underway, with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine reprising their roles from Patty Jenkins’ hit 2017 film.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film will follow Gal’s character as she comes into conflict with the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Kristen will play a British anthropologist who, after locating the lost city of Urzkartagan and stumbling into an ancient ritual, becomes the avatar of their Cheetah god.

Kristen was last seen onscreen in features films such Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters and 2017’s Downsizing, starring opposite Matt Damon. She has recently wrapped production on Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, on a voice role in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and is also attached to Toni Erdmann, a remake of the popular 2016 German film about a father who creates an alter ego for himself in an effort to connect with his daughter.

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Cate Blanchett: ‘Reception to all-female Ghostbusters reboot was atrocious’

Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway have attacked male critics of 2016’s all-female Ghostbusters revamp, insisting no one would stand for their “atrocious” remarks in the current Hollywood climate. Funnywomen Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon…

Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway have attacked male critics of 2016’s all-female Ghostbusters revamp, insisting no one would stand for their “atrocious” remarks in the current Hollywood climate.

Funnywomen Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones faced a huge backlash for their gender-bending take on the classic franchise, which originally featured Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd.

The film was released more than a year before the ongoing #MeToo and Time’s Up movements to end sexual misconduct, discrimination, and pay inequality in the workplace gathered pace, and the actresses behind the new Ocean’s 8 heist movie, which is also a female-led affair, are convinced the Ghostbusters detractors wouldn’t dare to utter the same comments if the action comedy was released today.

“(Ocean’s 8 was made) after what I think was an atrocious male-dominated reception of Ghostbusters,” Cate said, “which was a great film, those women were hilarious, and I think that film was treated in a way that that film wouldn’t be treated now if it was released.”

Anne blames members of the press for helping to fan the flames of the revolt against the Ghostbusters reboot.

“The reception that Ghostbusters got, the media really glommed (jumped) onto that narrative and that took over whatever anybody was doing,” the Les Miserables star added in the Today show cast interview. “That took over whether or not the film had merit, it was about these men’s feelings about it, and I don’t think that would happen nowadays; I hope not.”

Blanchett and Hathaway feature alongside Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina in the crime caper, and Bullock admits the timing of the Ocean’s 8 release is interesting, because the industry had yet to make the progressive shift towards more female-focused projects when the movie was being developed.

“Publicly the shift did not happen when we started filming this, so… I don’t think we were looked at as, ‘Oh, this is really timely,'” she shared. “It was, ‘Oh… OK, we’ll try it…'”

But they are determined to prove to Hollywood executives that women can turn blockbuster titles into global box office hits without the support of leading men.

“(The notion that) ensembles of women just ‘don’t sell’ – it’s just lazy thinking,” Cate insisted, claiming only “lazy, stupid people” still think that way.

And Sandra makes it clear there was no feuding between the stars, despite what gossipmongers may think.

“The media did want us to be fighting,” she said. “They tried to drop bombs (fake rumours). We’re like, ‘No, no, no…'”

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Patty Jenkins to receive 2018 Women in Motion Award

Patty Jenkins is to receive the Women in Motion Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.The Wonder Woman director will be honoured with the prize at a special dinner to be held on 13 May (18). She will be presented with the accolade by festival presiden…

Patty Jenkins is to receive the Women in Motion Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The Wonder Woman director will be honoured with the prize at a special dinner to be held on 13 May (18). She will be presented with the accolade by festival president Pierre Lescure, its director, Thierry Fremaux, and Francois-Henri Pinault, president and chief executive officer of international luxury group Kering, which is behind the Women in Motion initiative.

“The past year has represented, in many ways, a turning point in the fight for gender equality,” Pinault said in a statement, praising the changes Jenkins “brought about” in the film industry.

“A true source of inspiration for new generations of women in cinema, she has shown them that anything is possible,” he continued. “And because with Wonder Woman she has shaped such a true superhero, she has enabled the young generations to imagine a world that can be saved by women and no longer only by men.”

Jane Fonda was the first woman to receive the award in 2015, followed by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in 2016, while French actress Isabelle Huppert took home the 2017 prize.

The Woman in Motion feature also consists of industry talks focused on women’s contribution to cinema, with actresses Robin Wright, Salma Hayek and Diane Kruger all signed up to speak at the event later this month.

Wonder Woman was the first female-fronted superhero movie to be released since Elektra in 2005 and went on to be the highest-grossing summer film of 2017.

Jenkins is now working on the upcoming sequel, which will see Israeli actress Gal Gadot reprise her titular role alongside Kristen Wiig and Narcos star Pedro Pascal. The picture is currently in pre-production and is expected to hit cinemas in late 2019.

Aside from Wonder Woman, Jenkins also directed 2003 film Monster, which starred Charlize Theron.

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Kristen Wiig officially onboard for Wonder Woman 2

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and her director Patty Jenkins have officially welcomed Kristen Wiig to the superhero sequel. The Ghostbusters actress entered talks to tackle the DC Comics supervillain Cheetah last week (ends02Mar18), and on Friday (09Mar…

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and her director Patty Jenkins have officially welcomed Kristen Wiig to the superhero sequel.

The Ghostbusters actress entered talks to tackle the DC Comics supervillain Cheetah last week (ends02Mar18), and on Friday (09Mar18), Jenkins announced Wiig had signed on to the forthcoming project.

“So excited to confirm the most thrilling news!,” she wrote on Twitter. “Yes! It’s true. So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot.”

Israeli actress Gadot, who will reprise her titular role as the Amazonian princess, also celebrated the news online.

“I’m SO excited welcome on board Kristen!,” she posted, quipping, “This is going to be WONDERful!”

Wonder Woman 2, which is due to hit theatres in November, 2019, will be set in the 1980s, during the Cold War between Russia and the U.S.

Cheetah has been the alter ego for a few different comic book characters since its creation by William Moulton Marston in 1943, and although it is not yet known which incarnation Wiig will play onscreen, she has long been a major adversary of Wonder Woman, and possesses feline-like qualities, including an enhanced sense of smell, quick reaction times, strength, and the ability to see in the dark.

Warner Bros. studio executives will be banking on repeating the box office success of 2017’s Wonder Woman with the highly-anticipated follow-up, as Gadot’s first solo superhero outing earned a stunning $821.9 million (£592.6 million) worldwide.

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Kristen Wiig eyed for villain role in Wonder Woman 2

Kristen Wiig is in talks to join the Wonder Woman sequel as a villain.The actress and comedienne is known for her work on NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live and films such as Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters and Anchorman 2. But it appears Kristen is consid…

Kristen Wiig is in talks to join the Wonder Woman sequel as a villain.

The actress and comedienne is known for her work on NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live and films such as Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters and Anchorman 2.

But it appears Kristen is considering taking on the part of an antagonist, with Deadline reporting that she is in negotiations to play Cheetah in the follow-up to the hit 2017 superhero flick.

Created by William Moulton Marston, and appearing in DC Comics, the character of Cheetah is a major adversary of Wonder Woman, and possesses feline-like qualities, including an enhanced sense of smell, quick reaction times, strength and ability to see in the dark.

Representatives for Warner Bros. have yet to comment on the potential casting.

Filmmaker Patty Jenkins confirmed she would be returning to direct Wonder Woman 2 in June (17) following the success of the film starring Gal Gadot as the titular character. The flick made history at the box office following its release, becoming the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman ever with worldwide earnings of $663 million (£482 million).

Plot details about the sequel are being kept under wraps, but it is believed that it will be set in the 1980s, during the Cold War between Russia and the United States.

Warner Bros. executives had originally pegged 13 December 2019 as the release date for the film, but in November it was announced that the project would hit theatres more than a month earlier than expected, on 1 November (19).

The new date means Wonder Woman 2 will no longer have to compete with Star Wars: Episode IX for box office attention so soon after its release, as the sci-fi epic is scheduled to open on 20 December 2019.

Kristen was last seen opposite Matt Damon in Alexander Payne’s Downsizing and is gearing up to start promoting her next film, Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette, also starring Cate Blanchett and Judy Greer.

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