It’s official, Taraji P. Henson will star in a gender-flipped remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want, which told the story of a man whose life is changed when he suddenly acquires the ability to read women’s minds.
Deadlinereports that the remake of the Nancy Meyers directed hit is being fast-tracked for a January 2019 release, and will see Henson playing a sports agent who develops the power to read her male colleagues’ minds (it will now be titled What Men Want.) Her newfound abilities will help her in her quest to sign the next big NBA star.
Will Packer, James Lopez and Henson are set to executive produce.
Henson’s most recent work includes the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures and her starring role as Cookie on Fox’s Empire.
Today MØ releases the music video for “When I Was Young,” the title track off of her surprise 6-track EP that dropped last week.
It’s directed by J.A.C.K., who has previously worked with Madonna and Christine & The Queens. The When I Was Young EP is MØ’s follow-up to 2014’s No Mythologies to Follow.
“I’m so happy to present this video because it feels very true to the song and to who I am,” she enthuses. “It was inspired by a painting called ‘The Dance Of Life’ by one of my favorite artists, Edvard Munch. It’s an illustration of three women – one in white, one in red and one in black – and tells a story about three stages of human life: youth, maturity, and old age. I was always drawn to this image as a kid due to its simple symbolism and emotion and have been dying to do a video that could reflect on it.”
After three seasons, Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner’s dry comedy series Difficult People is getting cancelled by Hulu, Deadlinereports.
The series was created and executive produced by Klausner, with Amy Poehler also serving as an exec producer, and was Hulu’s first original series of such caliber. The show also starred Andrea Martin, James Urbaniak and Cole Escola.
All 28 episodes from the series’ three seasons are still streaming on Hulu.
“I feel great about the show that I got to make,” Klausner told Entertainment Weekly. “I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. There are amazing shows that have ended after three seasons, like Strangers with Candy, Arrested Development – I don’t mean to self-aggrandize myself by comparing myself to those great shows – but I’m really proud of the work we did and the series as a whole.”
One groundbreaking aspect of the show was its fearlessness in calling out sexual predators in Hollywood.
“We have three seasons full of Kevin Spacey jokes,” Klausner explains. “To the point where I was worried we had too many. I think season 2, I made a point of making sure every script had one.”
While she’s sad the show has ended, she says she wouldn’t be opposed to doing a film version as a closing chapter for fans.
“I would love for it to live again; I would love to do a movie at some point.”
Amazon has acquired the rights to produce a Lord of the Rings multi-season television series, Deadlinereports. The distribution juggernaut paid close to $250 million just to acquire the rights to the show – that’s before any production costs at all, including talent, equipment and development.
Netflix and HBO had also been in consideration to acquire the show from author J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate; but Amazon ultimately won out in one of the most expensive acquisition deals in history. The move is made more intense by the fact that no creative choices on the show have been made yet, save that it will be a prequel series taking place before the first LOTR film, The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy racked up 17 Oscars in total, 11 of which came from the third and final film, The Return of the King – which is tied with Titanic and Ben-Hur for most Academy Awards ever for a single film. The original trilogy starred Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom – no word yet if any of the original cast will be asked to be in the Amazon series.
“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Head of Scripted Series at Amazon Studios Sharon Tal Yguado in Deadline’s report. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television, and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”
Ridley Scott’s drama about the true story of the Getty family, All The Money In The World, is set for release next month. It features an all star cast led by Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, and, until very recently, Kevin Spacey. The film was completely finished and had an official trailer.
Now, in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Spacey, Scott is making a move unprecedented in film history: reshooting all of Spacey’s scenes with a new actor, while still adhering to the December 22 release date.
Spacey will be replaced by the legendary Christopher Plummer (the captain in The Sound of Music), in the pivotal role of J. Paul Getty, the oil tycoon who refused to pay his 16-year-old grandson’s ransom after he was kidnapped. Williams, Wahlberg and the entire rest of the cast and crew all agreed unanimously to reshoot Spacey’s scenes, Deadline reports. The film had also been set to close out the AFI Film Festival, but has been pulled.
Spacey’s role took between 8 and 10 days to film, and his character plays a pivotal part in the story, obviously. Scott has once before had to reshoot important parts of a film, when Oliver Reed died during production of Gladiator – though these are obviously very different circumstances. No other major film has ever attempted reshoots so close to release – even Woody Allen’s September (1987), which saw the director recast and reshoot several parts after editing.
Take a look at the now defunct trailer for All The Money In The World below.
With her new single “What About Us” moving into the number 1 spot on the BillboardAdult Pop chart this week, P!nk has broken a tie with Katy Perry to become the female artist with the highest number of Adult Pop top singles in history.
She now has nine – her others include “Just Give Me a Reason,” “Who Knew,” “So What,” “Sober,” “Raise Your Glass,” “F**kin’ Perfect,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” and “Try.”
The Adult Pop Songs chart was established in 1996 and measures success by weekly plays across 84 of the nation’s largest top 40 radio stations. Maroon 5 is the only act with more number 1s than P!nk; they boast 12. Perry has 8, Taylor Swift has 6, and Adele and Nickelback each have 5.
Congratulations to our favorite angsty punk mom. Check out the “What About Us” video below.
On the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Pussy Riot has released their dystopian new music video “Police State,” directed by Matt Creed.
It stars Chloë Sevigny as a violent law-enforcement officer destroying children’s toys in front of their eyes. It also sees masked kids strapped to chairs and forced to watch political leaders annihilate the world on television.
“Pro-authoritarian trends and autocratic, conservative, right-wing leaders are spreading around the world like a sexually transmitted disease,” said Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova in a statement. “What can we do? If we find a way how to act together, be articulate, focused and persuasive, we can shift mountains. Look back: people did it before. Soviet dissidents were fighting against one of the most oppressive governments on the planet and shared their own DIY magazines (Samizdat) via secret networks. Labor union leaders and civil rights activists were dying for their beliefs in the US. And it actually did make our world a better place.”
Pussy Riot released their xxx EP last year, which spawned the video for “Make America Great Again,” directed by frequent Gaga collaborator Jonas Akerlund. It spotlighted the chaos that ensued from Trump’s election exactly one year ago.
“Actions are more important than opinions and comments,” Tolokonnikova continued. “It’s crucial to build alternative institutions, establish alternative power structures and networks, especially when your government sucks. There’s a lot that can be done and should be done. Putin will not disappear tomorrow, but we can show our fellow Russians how corrupted, damaging and ineffective his rule is. If everybody who denounced Trump on social media showed up on the streets and refused to leave until he’s gone, he’d be out of office in a week. What it takes is just to abandon our learned helplessness.”
After disbanding in 1997, Bikini Kill, widely considered to be the pioneers behind the femi-punk ‘riot grrrl’ movement, reunited onstage last night at The Kitchen in New York City.
They were celebrating the release of Jenn Pelly’s new 33 1/3 book about the self-titled The Raincoats album, and sang one song, “For Tammy Rae,” before handing the stage over to The Raincoats themselves.
Bikini Kill released two full-length albums over the course of their time together: Pussy Whipped and Reject All American. In 2015, they re-released their demo tape from 1991, Revolution Girl Style Now!, with previously unreleased tracks “Playground” and “Ocean Song.”
Also that year, Boston declared April 9 ‘Riot Grrrl Day’ in honor of lead singer Kathleen Hanna.
Kelela’s “Blue Light” video, out today, sees the singer-songwriter stripped bare by her own sentient hair, until she’s wearing nothing but her dreadlocks in an intricate web. The stunningly imagined video was directed by Helmi.
“Baby, keep the blue light on,” she pleads during the song. “My chains, they come falling down.”
The “Blue Light” visual comes ahead of the premiere of her short film ALL IT TOOK, debuting at the New Museum in New York City on November 12.
Take a look below.
Watch the trailer for ALL IT TOOK, directed by award-winning filmmaker Wu Tsang.