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Shaft Getting Remake From Black-ish Creator

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Paul Archuleta—FilmMagic enya Barris attends the Television Academy Honors at the Montage Beverly Hills on May 27, 2015

New Line wants to give you the shaft.

The company, which opens the reboot of Vacation on Wednesday, is in development on a reboot of Shaft, the cult Blaxploitation movie from the 1970s.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, an executive producer-writer on ABC’s The Goldbergs, have been tapped to write the script.

John Davis, who is producing the upcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot and the new take on Frankenstein with Victor Frankenstein, is producing with Ira Napoliello.

The original movie told of a private detective named John Shaft, played by Richard Roundtree, who is hired to find a missing girl in Harlem. The movie was on the leading edge of Blaxploitation, a new genre that seemed to embrace and empower a rising black culture (although some said it only enforced stereotypes). The soundtrack by Isaac Hayes (the theme is one of filmdom’s classics) also contributed to the film’s cult status.

Shaft got a slick and polished 21st century reboot in 2000 when John Singleton directed Samuel L. Jackson, who played the nephew of the character.

This new iteration will have a comedic tone but will retain its action roots.

Richard Brener and Samuel J. Brown are overseeing for the studio.

Barris’ Black-ish mixes race and comedy as it tells of a black family living in a mostly white upper-class neighborhood. The show’s Anthony Anderson is up for an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy category.

Barris, repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Morris Yorn, also worked on Barbershop 3, currently in production, and has a big-screen version of TV show Good Times in development as well as an untitled girls trip comedy that Will Packer is producing at Universal.

In addition to his work on Goldbergs, Barnow co-created the Matthew Perry comedy Mr. Sunshine and was a staff writer on The Family Guy. He is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.

Barris and Barnow previously teamed up for an untitled comedy about a white guy who begins to hear Ice Cube’s voice in his head, which New Line picked up earlier this spring.

This article originally appeared on Hollywoodreporter.com

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Jane Birkin Asks Hermès to Take Her Name Off Bags

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Francois Guillot—AFP/Getty Images Jane Birkin poses at the Tuileries gardens in Paris on June 4, 2015

Birkin bags — with their years-long wait lists, five-digit price tags and cult-like celebrity following — have long been considered a status symbol. Now the inspiration behind Hermès‘s high-fashion bag, British singer and style icon Jane Birkin, is speaking out about the practices used to created one of the label’s most notable (and expensive) iterations, the crocodile Birkin.

Following an investigation conducted by PETA (which the organization published footage of on its website), Birkin released a statement to the AFP. “Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermès handbags carrying my name… I have asked Hermès to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,” she said.

In response, Hermès released the following statement to PEOPLE: “Jane Birkin has expressed her concerns regarding practices for slaughtering crocodiles. Her comments do not in any way influence the friendship and confidence that we have shared for many years. Hermès respects and shares her emotions and was also shocked by the images recently broadcast.”

The statement continues: “An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and sanctioned. Hermès specifies that this farm does not belong to them and that the crocodile skins supplied are not used for the fabrication of Birkin bags.”

Celebrities are notoriously fond of Birkin bags — many willing to wait as long as it takes (or pay an upward of $150,000) to sling one over their shoulders. Ashley Tisdale, for example, once waited two years for this cobalt blue handbag. And Eric Johnson surprised (his then fiancée) Jessica Simpson with an orange one for her 31st birthday. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian West, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Lopez have all been spotted carrying croc versions.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Watch Cara Delevingne Endure a Painfully Awkward Interview

British supermodel, Taylor Swift squad member, and newly minted movie star Cara Delevingne has been promoting Paper Towns for a few weeks now and has apparently just about had it with morning talk show hosts.

In the disastrously awkward interview below, after first addressing Delevingne as “Carla,” a Good Day Sacramento host asks the actress whether she bothered to read Paper Towns before starring in the adaptation. Her co-host follows up by asking if being so busy makes it easier to focus, and Delevingne, speaking for us all, looks perplexed and says, “No. I don’t know where that comes from.”

After a third anchor jumps in and asks why she isn’t visibly thrilled to be talking to them (“are you just exhausted?”), the interview comes to a mercifully early conclusion.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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It Must Be Oscar Season Because the Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Has Been Announced

2015 Toronto International Film Festival Press Conference
Isaiah Trickey—FilmMagic Piers Handling, CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron Bailey, artistic director, attend a press conference at TIFF Bell Lightbox on July 28, 2015, in Toronto

300 movies feature in total

The Toronto International Film Festival, considered the opening of Oscar contender season, will kick off on Sept. 10 in Toronto. It will be the festival’s 40th anniversary.

Demolition, a film starring Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays a forlorn banker with family troubles, will open the 10-day event, according to the Toronto Star.

Among other highlights, Eddie Redmayne will play a transgender woman in The Danish Girl, while Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will feature as lesbian lovers in Freeheld. The festival will also have its fair share of thrillers, with Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch heading up the Whitey Bulger biopic, Black Mass, and Matt Damon starring as a lost astronaut in The Martian.

The screening list of documentaries will be announced later this summer, the Star says, but Academy Award winner Michael Moore’s latest film, Where to Invade Next, is expected to be the leader of the pack.

See the full list of 300 feature films, with 49 special presentations, here.

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Brittany Snow Will Return for Pitch Perfect 3

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C Flanigan—Getty Images Actress Brittany Snow attends the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville.

The third Pitch Perfect movie will be released in 2017

And Brittany makes three.

Brittany Snow will reprise her role as the nodes-stricken Chloe in the upcoming Pitch Perfect 3, joining fellow (former) Barden Bellas Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson in the third installment of the powerhouse a cappella franchise. The film will be released on July 21, 2017.

Kendrick and Wilson have already confirmed their returns to the second sequel, which is being penned by Kay Cannon, who wrote the first two films.

To date, this summer’s Pitch Perfect 2 has grossed $282 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical of all time. The first film brought in $115 million worldwide after its smashing 2012 debut.

No director has been named yet for the Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Entertainment production—Jason Moore directed the original 2012 film and producer/actress Elizabeth Banks helmed the second. Banks will return to produce Pitch Perfect 3 under her Brownstone Productions shingle with Max Handelman.

This story originally appeared on EW.com

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Why Game of Thrones Actor Pedro Pascal Doesn’t Need Dragons

“We don’t need dragons. We got cocaine!”

Westeros palace intrigue and Colombian drug cartels: kinda similar? Definitely, according to former Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal, who chatted with reporters Tuesday about his new 10-hour Netflix series Narcos, which chronicles the rise and fall of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 1980s.

Pascal memorably played Prince Oberyn Martell in the HBO fantasy drama’s fourth season, and in Narcos he co-stars as Javier Pena, a Mexican DEA agent.

“They’re very comparable to one another,” said Pascal. “There’s the size of the story. Game of Thrones would take a lot of inspiration from the story of what went down in Colombia and the war that was fought. The thing that seems most important was capturing the physical environment we were in. When I got to Croatia for Thrones and we were shooting over the Adriatic Sea and thinking that as a fan I thought it was CGI. My physical experience similar [on Narcos] where I’m in these physical locations and what you see is what you get.”

Not to mention, Pascal added, “We don’t need dragons. We got cocaine!”

Other notes from the panel: Narcos stars Wagner Moura as Esocbar, and drew on the classic mob drama Goodfellas for inspiration. Executive producer Jose Padilha declared the U.S. drug war a failure and also said drug users should have a better appreciation of the real human cost of the drugs they take. “If you’re at a party and snort a gram of cocaine, look at how many people died (for it), how many lives were destroyed … The drug policy that we have in the U.S. hasn’t worked in the last 30 years.”

Head here for more coverage from TCA.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Watch Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Trailer for Christmas Bro Comedy The Night Before

Time to whip out that Christmas (or Hanukkah) sweater

As a genre, Christmas movies tend toward themes of family togetherness and forgiveness, peace and goodwill. But in the hands of Evan Goldberg and Kyle Hunter, the writing/producing duo behind Neighbors and The Interview, the goodwill comes in the form of a small box of drugs given to Isaac (Seth Rogen) by his pregnant wife (Jillian Bell), and the togetherness consists of three bros painting New York City red, green and—this is a Seth Rogen movie—vomit.

In the slightly NSFW trailer for The Night Before, we meet three friends—Rogen’s Isaac, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Ethan and Anthony Mackie’s Chris—who have spent every Christmas Eve together since Ethan’s parents died. Now that Chris is famous and Isaac is preparing for a baby, the buddies are spending one last holiday together, and it’s going to be epic—although perhaps not in the way they imagined.

Throughout the course of their unconventional revelry, Isaac throws up in the middle of Mass, Ethan dons an elf suit and lady friends played by Mindy Kaling and Lizzy Caplan discuss the merits of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” The Night Before hits theaters on Nov. 25, just in time for a Thanksgiving family outing.

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Marvel Will Release a New Netflix Show Every 6 Months

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Barry Wetcher— Netflix, Inc. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil”

Jessica Jones will premiere before the end of 2015

Though the next Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War, won’t premiere until May, more Marvel heroes are coming to your streaming queue—and soon. Netflix announced at the Television Critics Association summer meeting on Tuesday that it will be rolling out a new Marvel superhero series every six months.

Marvel and Netflix teamed up to bring five separate shows to the streaming service, focusing on a group of comic book heroes called The Defenders, a street-level Avengers team. The first in the series, Daredevil, premiered in April. Jessica Jones will be the next superhero to get a Netflix treatment before the end of 2015, followed by Iron Fist and Luke Cage, according to the Associated Press. After each has starred in their own series, all four will join forces for a Defenders show.

The announcement comes as anticipation for Jessica Jones, the first female superhero to headline her own Marvel project, grows. “I’ve been coming to Comic-Con for 12 years, and I think a lot of fans here have been eager to see more women onscreen for a long time,” Dawn Keiser, a 30-year-old Californian told TIME at San Diego Comic-Con in early July. “I was really happy to see the characters Karen and Claire become these heroes on Daredevil, but I really can’t wait for Jessica Jones to be the hero of her own show.”

Krysten Ritter, star of Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, will portray the first major female character with superpowers in a Marvel Studios project. Though Captain America character Peggy Carter stars in a 1940s-set Agent Carter on ABC, she has no powers—nor does Black Widow, the only female Avenger in the films. The first Marvel female superhero movie, Captain Marvel, won’t hit screens until 2018.

If the tone of Daredevil is any indication, Jessica Jones and the other Marvel Netflix shows will be much darker and bloodier than the one audiences know from films like Iron Man and The Avengers.

[AP]

TIME Music

Rapper Chief Keef Wants To Become Mayor of Chicago

But don't get your hopes up just yet

Could Chicago be getting a new mayor?

Controversial rapper Chief Keef took to Twitter on Tuesday to say he’s out for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s job. “Vote for me!!!! … Yall gonna love me in the Office,” the 19-year-old tweeted.

He followed up the tweets with an Instagram post, captioned “Sosa 4 Mayor.”

Sosa 4 Mayor

A photo posted by Chief Keef (@chieffkeeffsossa) on

The social media posts are all part of the teenage rapper’s beef with Emanuel, whose office canceled a benefit concert that Chief Keef had been due to headline in July out of concerns for public safety, NBC reports.

The rapper, who has a long history of run-ins with the law, had planned to perform via hologram as he is unable to appear in person in Chicago, where there is an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges related to child support. On Monday, Keef encouraged his Twitter followers to call Emanuel and “tell him to stay the f— off the people’s music,” providing them with a phone number to the city directory.

Keef may have to wait a while for his mayoral dreams to become reality, however. Emanuel was sworn in for his second term in May after winning a runoff mayoral election with 56 percent of the vote, and the next election is due in 2019.

 

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Taylor Swift Posts Behind-the-Scenes Footage From ‘Bad Blood’ Music Video

Taylor Swift at The 1989 World Tour in Foxboro, Mass. on July 24, 2015.
Michael Loccisano—LP5/Getty Images for TAS Taylor Swift at The 1989 World Tour in Foxboro, Mass. on July 24, 2015.

"First up: Frostbyte"

Since its high-profile debut at the Billboard Music Awards in May, Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video has become a cultural phenomenon, breaking streaming records on Vevo, catapulting the single to the top spot on the Hot 100, and even spawning parody videos.

To capitalize on the video’s popularity—and to entice VMA voters—Swift began posting behind-the-scenes footage from its filming via Instagram. “Bad Blood got a 6TH WEEK at #1 at pop radio!” Swift captioned the footage, which captures the snow scene involving her and supermodel Lily Aldridge. “To celebrate, I’ll be posting some behind the scenes clips of our video shoot. First up: Frostbyte.”

The post comes just days after the public back-and-forth between Swift and Nicki Minaj concerning the VMA nominations, which the network announced July 21.

Check out the behind-the-scenes clip and the video that started it all below.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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