The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the results of its latest board of governors elections Thursday.
Among those joining the 54-member board are actor Alfred Molina, who has starred in films such as “Frida” and “Spider-Man 2” and the TV series “Feud,” and Danish director Susanne Bier, who won the foreign-language Oscar for her 2010 film “In a Better World.”
Along with Molina and Bier — who will assume the seats vacated by Tom Hanks and Michael Mann — other first-time board members are Tom Duffield, who hails from the designers branch, and Bonnie Arnold, who will represent the short-films and feature-animation branch. (Actress Brie Larson and director John Ridley were reportedly among the finalists in their respective branches.)
Alice Marie Johnson finally had the opportunity to meet guardian angel Kim Kardashian West in person, thanks to an interview with Hoda Kotb on the “Today” show.
The business mogul and social media icon met with President Trump in May on behalf of Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who was serving a life sentence for drug possession and money-laundering charges.
Hopefully audiences aren’t tired of Tiffany Haddish yet as the “Girls Trip” breakout is showing no signs of slowing down. The South Los Angeles native is starring in at least four movies coming out this year.
Roadside Attractions and Topic Studios announced Wednesday that they have acquired North American distribution rights to “The Oath,” the directorial debut of actor Ike Barinholtz ("The Mindy Project," "Blockers," "Neighbors"). Producers include QC Entertainment, one of the companies behind Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.”
The as-yet-undated fall release centers on a man (Barinholtz) and his wife (Haddish) whose Thanksgiving takes a turn when two federal agents — being held captive in their living room — give the extended family something to worry about beyond their typical holiday dinner table political rifts. John Cho, Carrie Brownstein and Billy Magnussen also star. A first look at the film is below.
Just a few months ago, it seemed 20th Century Fox wanted nothing to do with Bryan Singer.
When the studio put on a big presentation touting its upcoming Queen biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," at CinemaCon in April, the filmmaker's name was not even uttered once. Roughly five months prior, he'd been fired as the director of the project, forcing the London production to temporarily shut down until Dexter Fletcher was hired to wrap up the shoot.
Despite the controversy, Fox confirmed Wednesday that Singer will be credited as director on the finished film, which is set for release Nov. 2, in the heart of Hollywood’s awards season. (Empire magazine first reported the news.)
Singer was let go on Dec. 1 and subsequently denied reports that he had clashed with the movie's star, Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury.
In a statement, Singer said he had not behaved unprofessionally, "wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project," but that "Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first."
Singer continued to make headlines that month. Just days after he was removed from "Bohemian Rhapsody," he was sued over a 2003 allegation that he raped a 17-year-old boy — a charge he has denied. And his production company, Bad Hat Harry, was booted from the Fox lot. (The company’s first-look deal had not been renewed, a decision made prior to the “Bohemian Rhapsody” firing.)
Fox did not respond to questions about whether Fletcher, best known for directing 2016's "Eddie the Eagle," would receive any credit on the finished film. Directors Guild of America rules do not permit two directors to be credited on a film unless they work as a team.
Fletcher worked on the project for about 16 days, according to the picture's producer, Graham King.
"Basically, Bryan had some personal issues going on," King told Empire. "He wanted to hiatus the movie to deal with them, and the movie had to get finished. That was what it came down to …. It wasn’t about reinventing the wheel. We needed someone who would have some creative freedom, but work inside a box.”