1. Jimmy Kimmel will get to have another go at this whole Oscars thing
Prepare yourself for a whole lot more jokes about Matt Damon, folks! Jimmy Kimmel has been announced as the host of the 90th Academy Awards. In a statement, the Academy praised “one of our finest hosts in Oscar history,” while Kimmel promised that “if you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”
Although Kimmel was a fairly big hit for his work back in February, his presence didn’t stop the ratings slide for the telecast. Instead, the show’s average of 32.9 million viewers marked a 4 percent drop from the previous year. Still, Kimmel will have lots to talk about from last year. That’ll probably help things along come 2018. [via Deadline]
2. Who will direct The Flash?
Warner Bros. is apparently thiiis close to appointing a director for The Flash. Having each met with the studio in recent weeks, Matthew Vaughn, Robert Zemeckis and Sam Raimi are considered the frontrunners to fill the seat vacated first by Seth Grahame-Smith, then Rick Famuyiwa. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zemeckis is currently heading the list but, as reported back in March, Vaughn has had a lot of face-time with the studio over the last few months on joining the DC Extended Universe. Back then we thought it would likely concern Man of Steel 2, but the times they are a’becoming quite different. As for Raimi, The Flash would be his first film since 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, and he would represent a fairly safe pair of hands – which, considering the perennially empty director’s chair, could be a positive.
3. Crazy, Stupid, Love Fifteen
The first trailer for Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes has dropped. And very jazzy it is too. Steve Carell is Bobby Riggs; Emma Stone is Billie Jean King. Together the two will duke it out in that time-honoured fashion: on the tennis court. Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, here reuniting with their Little Miss Sunshine star Carell, have ensured it at least looks like a pretty fun ride. Plus, with a cast that also includes Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming and Elisabeth Shue, we’re looking forward to seeing what Dayton and Faris serve up. Like in tennis.
4. Step aside Portman and Johansson, Claire Foy wants that dragon tat too
Variety is reporting that it looks like Sony have their Lisbeth Salander – specifically, for their reboot of the Millennium series. The studio has apparently met with dozens of actors for the role and Foy, best-known for her work in the Netflix series The Crown, is leading the pack. In March it seemed like Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson were in the mix but it’s possible, possible mind, that that was industry talk to get some buzz.
While no offer has yet been made, it’s thought Sony are keen to move on the project. The first re-instalment is titled The Girl in the Spider’s Web. However, in a novel twist, Foy is set to meet with Damien Chazelle regarding his Ryan-Gosling-as-Neil-Armstrong project, First Man, and that could really scupper things. Either way, buy your Claire Foy stock early.
5. Zac Efron will lose that good-guy image by murdering a bunch of people
Way back when, in the heady days of 2015, our very own Nick Evan-Cook was puzzled by Zac Efron. How did this genuine triple-threat not yet have a “worthy, ‘proper’ adult film” under his belt? “Will the upcoming DJ drama We Are Your Friends provide Efron with such an opportunity?” wrote Nick (it was a simpler time). Obviously, no, it absolutely did not, but Hollywood is ready to roll the dice once more.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Efron is set to play the infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be directed by Joe Berlinger from a script by Michael Werwie and recounts Bundy’s actions through the eyes of his formerly-devoted girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer. The script managed to land on the Black List, is currently being shopped around Cannes and has been described by Nicolas Chartier of Voltage (who are co-producing) as “in the vein of Nightcrawler or even The Jinx.” If you think that sounds more promising than a story about a mega-mashing EDM DJ starring Wes Bentley, well, that’s your prerogative.
6. Farewell happy fields, Where joy forever dwells: Hail, horrors, hail
Yes, The Emoji Movie has a trailer. If you’re a fan of bright colours and exposition, you may get a kick out of the following; if not, skip past it. Telling the tale of T.J. Miller’s “meh” emoji and his attempts to fit into a pre-determined role, the 150-second trailer shows off a world not unlike Wreck-It Ralph. Except where that film featured video games trying to find their true self and venturing out of previously safe and expected confines to do so, this uses emoji. You’d have a tough time proving blatant copycatism in court, buddy. Also starring Anna Faris, Patrick Stewart, Sofia Vergara and James Corden, The Emoji Movie is released August 4. It will make several hundred million dollars.
7. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are entering the Slaughterhouse
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are getting back into the comedy-horror game. The two actors, four years on from their last on-screen performance together in The World’s End have formed a new production banner, Stolen Picture, and have a new film on the books. Titled Slaughterhouse Rulez, the plot follows a new student who, in between the usual sadistic practices that television has taught us exist in boarding schools, must survive an upturned world when an unspeakable horror is released from a nearby fracking site. What ensues is what will presumably happen in Socialist Britain: the closure of elite education facilities, students attacking teachers, sexual awakening gone wild. Really, it sounds a little like If…. meets This Is the End but with amusing names on the script like Clemsie, Don Wallace and Crispian Mills. Actually, that last one’s the co-writer-director. Go figure. [via Deadline]