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Film News Roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Boards ‘The Spoils’

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Film News Roundup: ‘Girls Trip’ Director Malcolm D. Lee Boards ‘The Spoils’
In today’s film news roundup, Malcolm D. Lee is developing an action comedy, a Steve McQueen biopic is in the works and the Meet the Press Film Festival is set for Oct. 7.

Project Launches

Girls Trip” director-producer Malcolm D. Lee is developing the action comedy “The Spoils” for Lionsgate to produce through his Blackmaled Productions.

The studio has hired Roshan Sethi and Hayley Schore to write the script, which centers on a group of immigrants who decide to recover stolen artifacts from a museum in London. Sethi and Schore wrote “The Resident” for Fox and “Code Black” for TBS.

Lee’s directing credits include “Night School,” “Barbershop: The Next Cut” and “The Best Man Holiday,” which he also produced. He’s currently shooting “Space Jam 2.”

Lee is repped by Paradigm and Del, Shaw, Moonves; Sethi and Schore are repped by Lit Entertainment and The Nord Group. The news was first reported by Deadline.
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Malcolm D. Lee is the New Director for ‘Space Jam 2’

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As work continues on Space Jam 2, word has come out that the project has a new director, as Terence Nance is officially out, citing “creative differences.” Nance is being replaced in the director’s seat by Malcolm D. Lee, known for films like Night School, Scary Movie 5, and Barbershop: The Next Cut. It’s important […]

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Malcolm D Lee to Replace Terence Nance as Director on ‘Space Jam 2’

Malcolm D Lee to Replace Terence Nance as Director on ‘Space Jam 2’
Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee will replace Terence Nance as the director of “Space Jam 2,” starring LeBron James at Warner Bros. and SpringHill Entertainment, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The reason for Nance’s departure was not given.

Space Jam 2” is the sequel to the Looney Tunes movie that starred Michael Jordan playing basketball alongside Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang. Ryan Coogler is producing, and the film slated is for a July 16, 2021 release.

Also Read: 'Night School' Director Malcolm D. Lee to Direct Hip-Hop Film 'Real Talk'

Don Cheadle recently joined the cast as well, and additional current NBA stars are expected to make cameos, just like in the original film.

Lee last directed “Night School,” starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, which grossed $77.3 million domestically. “Girls Trip” was a box office smash, making $140.5 million globally,
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‘Girls Trip’ Screenwriter Tracy Oliver Has a Winning Strategy: Show Nerve

‘Girls Trip’ Screenwriter Tracy Oliver Has a Winning Strategy: Show Nerve
“Breaking Black” is a weekly column focused on emerging black talent.

Girls Trip” screenwriter Tracy Y. Oliver got a career by getting mad. Before she became the co-star, writer, and producer on fellow Stanford University alum Issa Rae’s web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” she watched the 2009 ensemble rom-com “He’s Just Not That Into You” starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly and Scarlett Johansson. The film was set in Baltimore, which has a population that is 64% black and 30% white.

That let to a spec script: “Marriage Is for White People.” She said she wrote it in jest, but it stemmed from a very real response. “It had an all-white cast, which made little sense to me,” she said. “Baltimore is very black, and it felt like an aggressive erasure of people of color. So instead of just being upset about it, I thought, let me
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‘Little’ Screenwriter Speaks Out Against Film’s ‘Insensitive’ Transphobic Joke: ‘I Did Not Write It’

‘Little’ Screenwriter Speaks Out Against Film’s ‘Insensitive’ Transphobic Joke: ‘I Did Not Write It’
Screenwriter Tracy Oliver spoke out on social media about her latest feature, “Little,” in the wake of backlash over a transphobic joke made in the Regina Hall and Issa Rae-starring comedy. The movie has been at the center of controversy since its April 12 release due to a joke towards the beginning in which Hall’s ruthless tech mogul Jordan confuses a young girl for being a young boy. When the child’s mother tries to correct Jordan, she snaps back, “Oh, he’s transitioning?”

The transphobic joke has been called out by many film critics and moviegoers, and now Oliver says she too found the bit “mean-spirited” and “insensitive.” The “Little” screenplay is credited to both Oliver and director Tina Gordon. Oliver came forward on Twitter to distance herself from the joke, writing she never wrote the transphobic moment into her draft of “Little.”

“As a feature writer, when
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'Shazam!' Poised for Second Weekend at #1, Topping 'Hellboy' & 'Little'

'Shazam!' Poised for Second Weekend at #1, Topping 'Hellboy' & 'Little'
This weekend sees four new wide releases hitting theaters, though it will be WB's Shazam! enjoying a second go round as the weekend's number one film. As for the week's new releases, look for Hellboy and Little in what could be a tight race for runner-up position, while Laika's latest, Missing Link, vies for a spot in the top five and Aviron's After settles near the bottom of the top ten. After a solid start last weekend, which saw Shazam! exceed industry expectations, the superhero feature is likely to take a bit of a dive this weekend, though should remain in the top spot barring an over performance from a couple of the weekend's newcomers. We're currently anticipating a -58% dip for a three-day around $22.5 million and a ~$92 million domestic cume by the end of the weekend. Second place could be a tight race between Lionsgate's R-rated adaptation
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Songs for Screens: Lizzo Explains How Synchs Paved the Way for Her Breakthrough

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If there was an artist who owned South by Southwest this year, it was Lizzo. As a longtime cult favorite of the Minneapolis and indie R&B scenes, the singer has spent years training for the mainstream breakthrough she’s poised to enjoy with her major-label debut album, “Cuz I Love You,” due next Friday (April 19) via Atlantic. The singer’s buoyant blend of pop, R&B, funk, hip-hop and jazz flute has struck a chord with a wide range of audiences this year, checking off an early Song of the Summer contender with Missy Elliott collab “Tempo,” making buzzy performances on “The Ellen Show” and “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” as well as a viral “Anchorman” parody this year.

But Lizzo’s support from the synch community helped introduce her music to the masses. Since 2016, her songs have been steadily woven into pop culture through a series of
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New Line Taps Yulin Kuang To Write ‘Jade Palace’

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Exclusive: New Line has hired scribe Yulin Kuang to pen Jade Palace.

The comedy follows a young professional Asian American woman who moves back to New Jersey to help her father manage the family Chinese restaurant she has spent her life running away from.

Kuang, who is repped by UTA, was recently the showrunner on the Streamy-Award winning series, I Ship It, and also created two YouTube channel series, YulinisWorking and Shipwrecked Comedy, as well as short films The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested and Angie + Zahra.

New Line has a history of comedies in the multi-cultural space including the upcoming Shaft, and recent titles such as Central Intelligence and Barbershop: The Next Cut, as well as the Rush Hour, Harold & Kumar and Friday franchises.

New Line’s parent studio Warner Bros. saw phenomenal success from Crazy Rich Asians last year, which resuscitated the romantic comedy genre with $238.5M at
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Samuel L. Jackson And Richard Roundtree Featured In First Photos From Director Tim Story’s Shaft Movie

© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Photo Credit: Kyle Kaplan (L-r) Alexandra Shipp as Sasha, Jesse Usher as John “Jj” Shaft, Samuel Jackson as John Shaft and Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, Sr. in New Line Cinema’s action comedy “Shaft,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Warner Bros. Pictures has released two photos from the upcoming movie Shaft.

New Line Cinema’s action comedy is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. Shaft is set for release on June 14, 2019

Tim Story (the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” franchises) directs this all-new take on a legend, starring Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Matt Lauria, Titus Welliver, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, and Richard Roundtree, the original John Shaft.

Jj, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT,
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Nicki Minaj joins The Angry Birds Movie 2

Variety is reporting that hip hop star Nicki Minaj has joined the voice cast of Sony Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie 2.

Minaj, whose film credits include Ice Age: Continental Drift and Barbershop: The Next Cut, will feature alongside returning voice actors Jason Sudeikis (Red), Josh Gad (Chuck The Yellow Bird of Speed), Bill Hader (King Mudbeard), Danny McBride (Bomb The Bird of Bomber) and Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle) and new additions Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, and Zach Woods. Details on her role are being kept under wraps.

The sequel to the hit 2016 video game adaptation is set for release in September 2019, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the hugely successful Rovio Entertainment mobile game series.

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Nicki Minaj Joins ‘Angry Birds Movie 2’ Voice Cast (Exclusive)

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Nicki Minaj Joins ‘Angry Birds Movie 2’ Voice Cast (Exclusive)
Nicki Minaj has joined “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The Sony Animation sequel hits theaters on Aug. 16, 2019.

Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Peter Dinklage will all reprise their roles from the first film. They are joined by Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, and Zach Woods. Minaj’s role is currently unknown.

“Angry Birds Movie 2” is directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice. The pic is produced by John Cohen and co-produced by Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews. David Maisel and Catherine Winder are executive producer. Sony Pictures Imageworks handles the animation.

The release date for “Angry Birds Movie 2” coincides with the 10th anniversary of the hit video game. The “Angry Birds” games have been downloaded more than 4 billion times.

“Angry Birds” grossed $350 million worldwide, including $107.5 million domestically, in 2016. The film,
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‘Clueless’ Movie Remake in the Works

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‘Clueless’ Movie Remake in the Works
As if! “Clueless” is getting a remake.

Paramount Pictures is developing a remake of its 1995 comedy with “Girls Trip” writer Tracy Oliver producing.

Marquita Robinson, a story editor and writer on the Netflix comedy series “Glow,” has been hired to write the script.

Clueless,” directed and written by Amy Heckerling, was set at a Beverly Hills high school and starred Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, along with Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer, Jeremy Sisto, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, and Dan Hedaya. The film, produced by Scott Rudin and Robert Lawrence, was loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel, “Emma,” with Silverstone playing the Emma Woodhouse character and Rudd as George Knightley, the ultimate object of her affection.

The famous quote “as if!” — short for “as if that were true” — came from Heckerling’s study of how that era’s teenagers talked. The movie earned $56 million in the U.S. on a $12 million budget,
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A Happening Of Monumental Proportions Arrives on DVD, Digital and On Demand October 23rs

The hilarious film, A Happening of Monumental Proportion comes to DVD, Digital and On Demand October 23 from Lionsgate. A school day is turned around as a dead body turns up on school premises! Watch what happens as the kids and school administrators decide to do everything else about the body except the right thing.

The hilarious and incredibly talented Judy Greer steps behind the camera for her directorial debut when A Happening of Monumental Proportions arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand October 23 from Lionsgate. Featuring an all-star cast including Common, Bradley Whitford, Anders Holm, and Allison Janney, the film takes place over the course of one day and follows a group of school administrators as they find themselves caught up in a plot of sex, lies, and dead bodies. The A Happening of Monumental Proportions DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette, “A Sneak Peek at A Happening of Monumental Proportions,
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Space Jam 2: Cast, Release Date, and News

Alec Bojalad Jul 16, 2019

The LeBron James-starring Space Jam sequel is officially happening with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler producing.

Space Jam 2 is happening. Really! Honestly! Truly! It’s happening this time.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the long-rumored Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James is officially a-go at Warner Bros., thanks to the addition of a prominent producer. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will produce the untitled Space Jam sequel.

Space Jam 2 News

Malcolm D. Lee is stepping onto the Space Jam 2 court as its new director, replacing Terrence Nance, reports Deadline. Lee has helmed prominent comedies, with recent offerings like Night School, Girls Trip and Barbershop: The Next Cut, as well as horror offering Scary Movie 5 and, years earlier, Undercover Brother and The Best Man.

Terrence Nance, creator of HBO’s experimental series, Random Acts of Flyness, made an amicable exit as director, according to the report,
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Malcolm D. Lee in Talks to Direct Kevin Hart’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)

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Malcolm D. Lee in Talks to Direct Kevin Hart’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Exclusive)
Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee is in early negotiations to direct Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s remake of “Uptown Saturday Night” starring Kevin Hart, sources tell Variety.

Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris writing the most recent draft of the script. For years, the project was developed as a possible starring vehicle for Smith and Denzel Washington, but busy schedules for both A-listers have forced Smith to serve as a producer on the project, opening the door for Hart to take the lead.

Kevin Hart and John Cheng will also produce through their HartBeat banner.

The original pic starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby and followed two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class but illegal club, and trouble ensues. Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for the studio.

Sources say that once Hart was attached to the project,
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MGM names new co-presidents of production

Cassidy Lange and Adam Rosenberg promoted to work on slate including next Bond film.

MGM has promoted Cassidy Lange and Adam Rosenberg to co-presidents of production.

The two executives, who will work on MGM’s film franchises and reimagined library IP as well as original productions, will report to MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman.

Lange joined MGM in 2011 as senior vice president of development and production, after stints at Fox Atomic and Spyglass Entertainment. At MGM she has shepherded films including Me Before You, Tomb Raider and the recent remake of Overboard. She is currently developing the third
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MGM names new co-presidents of production

Cassidy Lange and Adam Rosenberg promoted to work on slate including next Bond film.

MGM has promoted Cassidy Lange and Adam Rosenberg to co-presidents of production.

The two executives, who will work on MGM’s film franchises and reimagined library IP as well as original productions, will report to MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman.

Lange joined MGM in 2011 as senior vice president of development and production, after stints at Fox Atomic and Spyglass Entertainment. At MGM she has shepherded films including Me Before You, Tomb Raider and the recent remake of Overboard. She is currently developing the third
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MGM Promotes Cassidy Lange, Adam Rosenberg to Co-Presidents of Production

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has promoted veteran executives Cassidy Lange and Adam Rosenberg to co-presidents of production.

Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM’s Motion Picture Group, made the announcement on Thursday. The pair will report to Glickman and be responsible for MGM’s growth in film franchises, re-imagined movies based on the studio’s library, and original productions.

“Cassidy and Adam are the perfect pair to seamlessly lead MGM’s production team into the future,” Glickman said. “They have worked collaboratively for seven years, supervising a diverse slate of films ranging from revitalizing a franchise like ‘Creed’ to the international breakout romance ‘Me Before You’ and everything in between. As I’ve seen firsthand, they balance their strong business sense with extraordinary creative passion and we couldn’t have a more complementary and formidable team overseeing theatrical production.”

MGM’s upcoming slate includes the 25th James Bond movie, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Daniel Craig.
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‘True Detective’: Deborah Ayorinde To Recur In Season 3 Of HBO Series

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‘True Detective’: Deborah Ayorinde To Recur In Season 3 Of HBO Series
Girls Trip‘s Deborah Ayorinde is set to recur opposite Mahershala Ali in the third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO crime anthology series True Detective.

Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy, Mamie Gummer and Ray Fisher also star in the next installment, which tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

Ayorinde will play Becca Hayes, the estranged daughter of retired Arkansas State Police detective Wayne Hayes (Ali). She joins previously announced recurring cast Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney, Rhys Wakefield, Sarah Gadon, Emily Nelson, Brandon Flynn, Michael Graziadei, Josh Hopkins and Jodi Balfour.

As with the breakout original installment of True Detective, Pizzolatto is the sole writer of the third season with the exception of Episode 4, which he co-wrote with David Milch. Daniel Sackheim directs alongside Pizzolatto, who will make his directorial debut.
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Weekend Forecast: 'Uncle Drew' & 'Sicario 2' Offer Blockbuster Alternatives

Weekend Forecast: 'Uncle Drew' & 'Sicario 2' Offer Blockbuster Alternatives
Last weekend delivered the largest overall June weekend ever. The top twelve films grossed a combined $271.2 million, of which the top two films — Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 — accounted for 84% of that gross. While this weekend's two new wide releases — Summit's Uncle Drew and Sony's Sicario: Day of the Soldado — offer an alternative to summer blockbuster fair, last weekend's chart toppers will once again dominate, expected to combine for over $100 million alone. Overall, Summer 2018 has grossed over $2 billion thus far, pacing ~18% ahead of last year's dismal returns, which resulted in the worst summer movie season in over ten years. This year's summer grosses are contributing to a year that is currently pacing 9% ahead of 2017 while the month of June alone is pacing 16% ahead of last year, currently positioned as the second largest June ever. This weekend looks to keep that pace, expected to deliver a combined gross ahead
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