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.”
Filming has begun on director Patty Jenkins’ highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Wonder Woman.”
Officially titled “Wonder Woman 1984,” the sequel will see star Gal Gadot reprise the character of Diana Prince (a.k.a. Wonder Woman) opposite a new foe named the Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig.
Warner Bros. unveiled the title in a press release Wednesday, also confirming the return of “Wonder Woman” costar Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, the U.S. Army pilot and spy who encountered the super-powered heroine circa World War I in the first film.
The eighth film in DC’s superhero franchise marks the fourth big-screen appearance of Gadot’s Wonder Woman and is set in the 1980s. First-look images show Diana in front of a bank of televisions taking in the candy-colored, totally ‘80s news (and apparently catching up on episodes of “Dallas”).
The teaser trailer for Disney's live-action version of "Dumbo."
Dumbo takes flight in the first trailer for Disney and Tim Burton’s live-action “Dumbo,” which expands the flying elephant’s back story and delves into the underbelly of the circus that recruits him.
In Ehren Kruger’s screenplay, former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his two children (Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins) are enlisted by circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) to care for the timid calf, whose oversized ears have made him the laughing stock of an already struggling circus.
When they discover that Dumbo can fly, Medici’s circus makes a comeback and attracts entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for Dreamland, his latest glitzy entertainment venture, according to a statement Disney released Wednesday.
When I asked [Stanley Kubrick] very early on, have you got any ideas about this, he looked at me incredulously and said, 'Gee, mate, that's why I hired you.' I was like 'What? Stanley, look at the call sheet. It says here 'S. Kubrick, director.' How about a bit of direction?' He just went, 'You're getting it.’
On “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah began his analysis of the meeting with a chastened apology.
“We’ve all got to admit that we were wrong,” Noah said Tuesday night. “We said the man couldn’t do it, we said his temper would blow up the summit — but yesterday he proved everyone wrong and turned the nuclear summit in Singapore into a huge win for himself.
Now that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has wrapped and his 65-minute news conference is in the history books, President Trump finally had time to catch up with the Tony Awards. Which, of course, means the president took to Twitter on Tuesday to call out actor Robert De Niro.
De Niro had been tapped to introduce a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the Tony Awards on Sunday, and the vocal Trump critic used his moment onstage to hurl a certain expletive at the president that CBS had to bleep out from its telecast. Twice.
In response, the president called De Niro a “very Low IQ individual” who may be “punch-drunk.”
As Kanye West well knows by now, controversy sells.
The polarizing rapper’s new album, “Ye,” is No. 1 in the country, weeks after his comments on slavery and public support of President Trump led to a backlash and calls to boycott the performer.
“Ye” is West’s eighth consecutive album to open atop the Billboard 200 chart — a feat that ties him with Eminem and the Beatles for the longest streak of No. 1s — and all seven tracks of the record have debuted on Billboard’s Top 40 chart.
There’s a glimmer of heartening news for Anthony Bourdain fans who have been taking solace in his globetrotting culinary adventures in the wake of his death last week.
Netflix announced Tuesday that it has extended licensing rights for “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” enabling the streaming giant to continue offering the travel and food series past its original June 16 expiration date.
“As of today, we’ve extended our agreement that will keep ‘Parts Unknown’ on the service for months to come,” a tweet from Netflix read.
Some fans have noticed that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was scheduled to come off Netflix US on June 16. As of today, we’ve extended our agreement that will keep Parts Unknown on the service for months to come.
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