Music games appear to be making a comeback with this year’s Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live leading the way.
The film project, from company called Stampede, is being headed by the newly-promoted Director of Development Cara Fans as a feature meant to explore a “world on the brink of destruction where the only hope is to unite through the universal language of dance.”
Dance Revolution is extremely popular in the west as well as in Japan and elsewhere, but it features no story, no characterization beyond the various dancers you can choose to play as, and nothing that would lend itself well to a movie.
What it’s about: This true story recounts the ordeal of WWII’s 10th mountain division ski troops, who trained in the snowy mountains so they could take on snowy conditions in the war.
Who’s starring: Robert Redford will produce the film, which has not been cast yet.
What it’s about: This young adult sci-fi tale is the first book in a trilogy about Kady and Ezra, two former love interests whose planet is invaded in the year 2575. Breakup stress and intergalactic warfare abound.
Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Brad Pitt is producing the film.
Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick
What it’s about: An upbeat teen’s positive outlook is challenged by personal tragedy in this YA drama.
Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Youth in Revolt‘s Miguel Arteta has signed on to direct
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
What it’s about: Set during the Prohibition era, private detective Nick Charles gives up on his career when he marries a wealthy socialite. The plot thickens when he gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
Who’s starring: Johnny Depp will take on a remake of the film based on the novel
Looking For Alaska by John Green
What it’s about: A cerebral teen falls for a girl, the titular Alaska, in this novel from The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.
Who’s starring: There’s no cast yet, but the screenplay will be adapted by the same team who did The Fault in Our Stars
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
What it’s about: A glamorous 20-something New Yorker hides a dark secret in her past.
Who’s starring: No one has been cast yet, but Reese Witherspoon is producing the movie.
The Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström
What it’s about: A convict works undercover for the FBI infiltrating the mob’s drug trade in NY.
Who’s starring: Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Ana de Armas, and Joel Kinnaman are starring.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
What it’s about: In the May 2017 novel from the writer of The Girl on the Train, the body of a woman and that of a teenage girl are found at the bottom of the same river in a small town.
Who’s starring: The novel was optioned in February by Dreamworks, but no one has been cast yet.
The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
What it’s about: The book changes perspective between a couple who has been together for 20 years while she takes care of him and he cheats on her.
Who’s starring: Nicole Kidman will produce and star in the adaptation as the wife.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
What it’s about: Two generations of brothers with very different natures come of age in the Salinas Valley, CA.
Who’s starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Cathy, the cold mother of the two boys. Gary Ross will direct.
Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
What it’s about: This historical account tells the true story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the highest-ranking person of color to serve in a European army, and also the father of the Count of Monte Cristo‘s author.
Who’s starring: It hasn’t been cast yet, but True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga is directing and John Legend is producing
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
What it’s about: The historical drama tells the story of an Englishman, Stephen, and an older married Frenchwoman, Isabelle. After their affair, Stephen can’t help but hold onto the romance while he serves in WWI.
Who’s starring: Nicholas Hoult will star in Birdsong as Stephen, the 21-year-old WWI army officer.
The Black Hand by Stephan Talty
What it’s about: Set in the the Summer of 1903, a detective investigates a crime outbreak that has ties the beginnings of the mafia in America.
Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and produce the adaptation.
Release date: 2018
Van Cliburn by Howard Reich
What it’s about: This biography follows Van Cliburn, a famous American pianist who first reached fame at the age of 23 during the Cold War.
Who’s starring:The Fault of our Stars’ Ansel Elgort will play Van Cliburn.
The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes
What it’s about: It’s the true story of Billy Milligan, the first defendant in the US law system to use multiple personality disorder as a defense.
Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and possibly star as Milligan in the adaptation, which will be titled The Crowded Room
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
What it’s about: In the 1960s, single Kitty owns a bookshop but dreams of a life where she’s married with children — and she starts to blur the lines between reality and fantasy.
Who’s starring: Julia Roberts will play Kitty.
Witness For the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
What it’s about: The short story follows a courtroom drama of a murder case with lots of twists, turns, and marital intrigue.
Who’s starring: Ben Affleck will direct and star in the movie.
The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
What it’s about: A rich man spends an ungodly amount of money on one bottle of wine — only to suspect that he’s been duped.
Who’s starring: Matthew McConaughey will star.
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
What it’s about: A young slave nicknamed “Onion” joins forces with an abolitionist who travels around the country for the cause.
Who’s starring: Liev Schreiber is playing the abolitionist, with Jaden Smith as Onion.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
What it’s about: The nonfiction book focuses on the diagnoses and behaviors of actual psychopaths.
Who’s starring: Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in the adaptation, which is being described as a psychological thriller.
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
What it’s about: A suburban couple attend a disastrous barbecue in this mystery.
Who’s starring: Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon (who both star in another Moriarty adaptation, Big Little Lies) will produce the adaptation, though there is no news yet on whether either actress will star
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
What it’s about: The timely novel (one of our favorites of the year) tells the story of young Starr Carter, who witnesses her best friend being killed at the hands of a police officer.
Who’s starring: Amandla Stenberg is playing Starr; Regina King will play her mother, and Anthony Mackie, Common, and Issa Rae all costar.
It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario
What it’s about: War photographer Lynsey Addario recounts her exploits in wartime and battle-ridden places like Afghanistan.
Who’s starring: Jennifer Lawrence will play Lynsey, and Steven Spielberg will direct.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
What it’s about: This nonfiction story follows William Dodd, the US ambassador to Berlin in 1933. His socialite daughter Martha had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy, creating a mounting brutality around them.
Who’s starring: Tom Hanks will produce and star in the film, while The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius will direct.
The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell
What it’s about: When a woman loses her whole family in a plane crash, she seeks revenge after being recruited by an intelligence agency.
Who’s starring: Blake Lively (who has been unrecognizable on set) is playing Stephanie. Jude Law costars.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray
What it’s about: This bestseller argues that the most common relationship problems can be attributed to fundamental personality differences between guys and girls.
Who’s starring: Reese Witherspoon is set to headline the film.
King of Heists by J. North Conway
What it’s about: The aptly named film takes on the true life story of the biggest bank robbery in American history, masterminded by George Leslie.
Who’s starring: Jeremy Renner is attached to star as George.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
What it’s about: A secret haunts the residents of a black community in a Southern California town.
Who’s starring: Kerry Washington will produce, with no word on whether she will also star.
Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
What it’s about: A federal agent in charge of a group of gifted humans has to stop one of them from starting a war.
Who’s starring: Though Jared Leto and Will Smith have both been attached to star, they have both dropped out; Noomi Rapace will star, however.
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
What it’s about: The unbelievable true story of Daniel Burnham, the architect responsible for the construction of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the fair to lure victims to his own “World’s Fair Hotel” — and to their deaths.
Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will play the sick-minded Holmes, though there’s no word yet on who will step in as Burnham. Martin Scorsese will direct.
Black Public Media (BPM) held a summit at Google’s New York City offices on April 6. The event brought together Black filmmakers, producers, writers and directors, along with social justice activists, media and entertainment executives, funders, investors, and distributors to discuss ways to get Black content into the distribution pipeline.
The summit was part of BPM’s new initiative WOKE! Broadening Access to Black Public Media, which is designed to connect creatives working with new technologies to funding and resources, and help promote diversity in media.
Funders for the one-day historic event include the MacArthur Foundation, Google, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the Wyncote Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Among many notables in attendance were TV One host Roland Martin, Lisa Cortes (Precious, Monster’s Ball), Yance Ford (Strong Island), Thomas Allen Harris (Through a Lens Darkly), Shola Lynch (Free Angela & All Political Prisoners), Richard Parsons (Imagination Capital), and Shukree Hassan Tilghman (This Is Us).
BPM’s overall mission is to help develop, produce and distribute “innovative media” about the Black experience, as well as invest in Black filmmakers, producers and directors.
Top Democrats are concerned about the merger, which could potentially violate antitrust laws. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee, is concerned about the impact of this transaction on American consumers, and also commented that this merger was “another industry-changing merger, which would have major implications in television, film, and media.”
Klobucher has reportedly asked Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chair the antitrust subcommittee and the Judiciary Committee, respectively, to schedule a hearing on the matter.
Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) called for his committee, the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee, to take a closer look at the deal as well. “Disney’s proposed purchase of 21st Century Fox threatens to put control of TV, movie, and news content into the hands of a single media giant,” he said.
“If it’s approved,” he continued, “this merger could allow Disney to limit what consumers can watch and increase their cable bills. Disney will gain more than 300 channels, 22 regional sports networks, control over Hulu, and a significant portion of Roku.”
Episode 5 of the of Game of Thrones will air on Sunday. As with episode 4, an outline of the script has been circulating online in what seems to be the latest leak from the huge HBO hack. It seemed like a big deal at first. Nearly two weeks ago, HBO confirmed that hackers had penetrated its servers and stolen some “proprietary information.” A hacker who identifies himself as “Mr. Smith” then leaked the script outlinefor episode 4 of Game of Thrones, some episodes of Ballers, as well as some information about other HBO shows, like Room 104. At the time, the hacker claimed to have stolen some 1.5 terabytes of data, including information about HBO employees, and demanded a $6 million ransom. But HBO stood fast. Variety reported that the hacked data included the some emails of a senior HBO executive. The entertainment newspaper also claimed that there is an image file that “appears to show screenshots of HBO’s internal administration tools, listing employee names and email addresses and their functions within the organization.” That’s when comparisons to the catastrophic Sony hack of 2014 really heated up. If these hackers released a boatload of private and confidential information, and if the leaked data included financial information about the company, HBO could be in real trouble.
HBO corporate is now reassuring staff that their email inboxes were not implicated in the attack.
Hackers who posted several of HBO’s new episodes and a “Game of Thrones” script online in late July have published a month’s worth of emails from the inbox of one of the entertainment company’s executives. The Hackers also addressed a video letter to HBO CEO Richard Plepler that demands the company demand payment of money, although the figure was redacted, according to the report. The hackers said HBO marked their 17th victim, and only three have failed to pay. HBO said its forensic review of the incident is ongoing and noted that it believed further leaks were forthcoming.
HBO private emails in the hands of hackers, came Monday in an email message to The Hollywood Reporter that also contained nine files with such labels as “Confidential” and “Script GOT7.” The hackers also delivered a video letter to HBO CEO Richard Plepler that says, “We successfully breached into your huge network. … HBO was one of our difficult targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months).”
They say that the frequency of the attacks has overwhelmed the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, which has been unable to properly investigate all of them. The FBI’s surprising advice, according to industry sources: Pay the ransom.
FBI spokesperson in the L.A. office denied that the agency is telling companies to cough up the bitcoins in cases of ransomware. “The FBI does not encourage payment of ransom as it keeps the criminals in business,” says Laura Eimiller. “Of course, the individual victim must weigh their options.”
“The FBI will say it’s easier to pay it than it is to try to fight to get it back,” says Hemanshu Nigam, a former federal prosecutor of online crime in L.A. and onetime chief security officer for News Corp. “And if one company pays the ransom, the entire hacking community knows about it.”