Alec Baldwin Is "Saturday Night Live’s" New Donald Trump
The Oct. 1 season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” will see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head-to-head once again, with a familiar face playing the Republican presidential nominee.
Alec Baldwin will be making a guest appearance as Trump in what will likely be a parody of the nominees’ recent presidential debate, as shown in a new promo that NBC released on Wednesday. In it, Baldwin can be seen getting into character, donning some bushy white eyebrows and a suit jacket.
“SNL” cast member Kate McKinnon, who’s also seen in the promo, will reprise her Clinton impression, one that’s been put to good use during this election cycle. At the end of the promo, Baldwin does his best Trump face, pursing his month in a full blonde wig.
Baldwin has been a presence on “SNL” for decades. He made his first appearance on the show in 1990, and has since guest-hosted a record-breaking 16 times. Among his celebrity impressions is Gov. Rick Perry, who was also a Republican presidential hopeful.
“SNL” made headlines last year when it had Trump host a November 2015 show. The decision drew controversy and protests, largely from Latino groups who criticized Trump’s comments about undocumented immigration from Mexico.
The Oct. 1 Season 42 premiere of “SNL” will be hosted by Margot Robbie, with the Weeknd serving as musical guest.
Julie Bowen Joins Melissa McCarthy’s Comedy ‘Life of the Party’
“Modern Family” star Julie Bowen has joined New Line’s “Life of the Party” and will portray the enemy of Melissa McCarthy’s lead character.
New Line has given “Life of the Party” a prime summer release date of May 11, 2018. McCarthy will star while her husband Ben Falcone directs the film.
As with “The Boss,” McCarthy and Falcone wrote the script and are producing through their On the Way production company, along with Chris Henchy (“Daddy’s Home”). Details of the plot are being kept under wraps. The movie will be in the vein of the Rodney Dangerfield’s “Back to School.”
Production started last week in Atlanta. Cast members include Maya Rudolph, Gillian Jacobs, Debby Ryan, and “Animal Kingdom” star Molly Gordon.Bowen has won two Emmys for her work on the ABC series “Modern Family.” Her movie credits include Rob Lowe’s drama “Knife Fight” and New Line’s 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses.”
Bowen is repped by Paradigm and Liberman Zerman Management.
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Team With 'Silicon Valley' Writer for AI Comedy at FX
'Singularity' has landed at the cable network with a pilot order after sparking a bidding war in May.
FX is going to the future with Preacher duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as well as Silicon Valley's Sonny Lee.
Following a multiple-network bidding war, FX has handed out a pilot order to Singularity, a futuristic comedy written by Lee, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Based on an idea by Lee, the comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence and resulting in profound changes to society. Because of its similar tone to Rogen and Goldberg's feature This Is The End, Lee reached out to the duo to come on board to produce via their Point Grey banner.
For Rogen and Goldberg, Singularity marks the duo's latest TV foray. It joins AMC's already renewed comic book adaptation Preacher as well as Hulu pilot Future Man.
For FX, meanwhile, Singularity joins a comedy pilot starring Cristin Milioti and Nina Pedrad as the cable network is poised to launch Pamela Adlon entry Better Things and Donald Glover vehicle Atlanta.
Brad Pitt, David Fincher in Talks to Reunite for 'World War Z' Sequel
The sequel to zombie apocalypse thriller World War Z may yet come back to life.
The project recently lost director J.A. Bayona and, for all intents and purposes, looked like it was going to die on the vine. But producer Brad Pitt is looking to his Seven and Fight Club director David Fincher to potentially come in and rescue it.
Pitt, Paramount and Skydance have had meetings with Fincher to direct the follow-up, according to several sources.
It is unclear if a deal will be made, but Fincher is surprisingly open to the idea. The picky auteur tends to eschew the tentpole and sequel game, preferring to focus on original material or adaptation of elevated material, mostly of the gritty and grounded variety.
Fincher also has plenty of room on his schedule. The filmmaker has been spending time in TV land (he was a key player in House of Cards) but had two HBO series fall apart: Living on Video, about the early 1980s music video scene, and Utopia, which was to have starred Rooney Mara.
World War Z had its own production woes that were well chronicled, as helmer Marc Forster was sidelined as the third act of the movie was reconceived, rewritten and reshot. The intervention worked and the movie became a big hit, grossing $540 million worldwide.
Fincher, who last directed Gone Girl, also worked with Pitt on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
“Suicide Squad” Adds Key DC Character Weeks Before Release
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How’s this for a news Flash: Due to a last-minute bout of filming, The Flash will be making an appearance in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.’ heavily-hyped DC superhero movie that opens in one week, according to several sources.
Ezra Miller, who plays the hero, recently wrapped shooting a scene that will be inserted into the movie, which bows Aug. 5. It is unclear whether the scene was shot in April, when the movie underwent over a week of reshoots, or more recently.
Warners had no comment.
The scene, according to sources, will not be an end credit insert but in the movie itself.
Suicide Squad, which counts Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie amongst its ensemble cast, already has enormous audience interest and is tracking to debut to a $125 million opening weekend, if not significantly higher.
But the fact that Warner Bros. added The Flash late in the process is a testament to how it sees the character as being integral to the DC Extended Universe and as a character who can tie many threads together.
Fans seem to be embracing Miller as that character, who is younger and less serious in tone than Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) or Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). It also highlights the studio's desire to cement an interlocking series of films to rival Marvel Studios' successful Avengers movies.
After the disappointing audience reaction to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warners sought to reshape the tone of Justice League, which began shooting just weeks after BvS opened and is set for a Nov. 17, 2017, release. The footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con included one-liners and a snappy tone lacking from BvS (and present in most of the Marvel Studios movies). And the key scene presented was Bruce Wayne recruiting Barry Allen, aka The Flash.
As opposed to the usual take on The Flash, who in comic book lore is generally portrayed as a forensic police officer, Justice League seems to be casting the character as a weird but funny loner who knows he needs friends and is in awe of the other superheroes. He seems to be acting as the audience’s eyes in the story, the human amongst the titans (even though he can stop time).
The scene shown to the Comic-Con faithful was funny and fresh, and the slow, crackling lightning around Allen received an enthusiastic response. Warners was taking notes.
The question now is whether or not The Flash, who can travel through time, will pop up in Wonder Woman.
Box Office: “Star Trek Beyond” Blasts Off With $5.5 Million on Thursday
Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” has launched impressively with $5.5 million in Thursday night preview showings at 3,100 U.S. locations.
New Line’s horror-thriller “Lights Out” debuted decently with $1.8 million on Thursday night and Fox’s animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course” opened with $850,000 from 2,858 locations.
About 20% of the “Star Trek Beyond” grosses came from 387 Imax screens, where it grossed $1.1 million. Paramount noted the Thursday night preview number is comparable to “Spectre,” which opened with $5.3 million in November and went on to post a $70.4 million opening weekend.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series, opens Friday at 3,928 sites and is expected to dominate weekend moviegoing with a solid $55 million, with some analysts projecting it could hit $60 million. That’s down from the $70.2 million launch of 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” and the $75.2 million bow of 2009’s “Star Trek” — both directed by J.J. Abrams.
Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious 6”) directs the new film, which premiered at Comic-Con on Wednesday. It has a hefty $185 million production budget and brings back Chris Pine as Capt. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, and Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, with Idris Elba joining the franchise as a villainous alien commander.
Reviews for “Star Trek Beyond,” the 13th movie in the franchise, have been mostly positive with an 87% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film also marks one of the final appearances of Anton Yelchin, who portrayed Pavel Chekov in the rebooted films and died last month in a car accident. The film is dedicated to Yelchin and original “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away in 2015.
Fox is countering with the fifth iteration of its “Ice Age” franchise with “Ice Age: Collision Course” at 3,992 locations, where it is expected to pull in $25 million. The films follow a collection of Paleolithic creatures and feature vocal performances by the likes of Ray Romano, Simon Pegg, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Lopez.
“Collision Course” cost $105 million to produce and should be quite profitable. The four films have taken in $2.8 billion worldwide with 2012’s “Continental Drift” taking in $877.2 million with 82% of that overseas. “Collision Course” has already grossed over $140 million internationally in 60 markets.
New Line Cinema’s “Lights Out,” which is about an evil spirit that haunts a family when the lights are out, is looking at an opening between $13 million to $15 million at 2,818 locations. “Lights Out” cost less than $5 million to produce.
A pair of holdovers will battle “Ice Age Collision Course” for second place — Illumination-Universal’s third weekend of “The Secret Life of Pets” and Sony’s second frame of “Ghostbusters.” “Pets” won last weekend with $50 million and has topped $225 million in less than two weeks while “Ghostbusters” hit $62 million in its first six days.