SONY GRABS RIGHTS TO LIAM NEESON VEHICLE THE SILENT MAN: Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed North American rights to the Watergate-focused film The Silent Film in which Liam Neeson portrays the infamous figure Deep Throat. The Peter Landesman-helmed movie depicts of Mark Felt (a.k.a. Deep Throat), the longtime FBI #2 man under J. Edgar Hoover, and the whistle-blower on the Watergate scandal that toppled the Nixon administration.
SUITS CREATOR AARON KORSH SIGNS NEW DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL: Suits creator and exec producer Aaron Korsh has inked a two-year overall deal with Universal Cable Productions, which is behind the USA hit drama Suits. The deal has Korsh returning as Suits showrunner for its seventh season and developing a Suits spinoff starring Gina Torres as her character Jessica Pearson. He will also develop new projects.
WOMEN-ONLY WONDER WOMAN FILM SCREENING ENGRAGES SOME: A women-only screening of DC’s Wonder Woman in Austin, Texas sold out within hours, and the movie theater is already planning another. Not everyone’s pleased though. After announcing the screening, the Alamo Drafthouse’s Twitter feed and Facebook page were flooded with accusations of “reverse sexism” and “misandry.” What say you? Should a women-only screening be stopped or is it harmless?
THE MUMMY PREMIERE CANCELED IN LONDON: Universal has canceled the London premiere for The Mummy in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack. “All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers. Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for The Mummy scheduled to take place next week,” Universal said in a statement. The premiere was scheduled for June 1st. The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, is slated for U.S. release on June 9th.
STUDY FINDS LGBTQ CHARACTERS UNDER-REPRESENTED: Hollywood studios have failed to accurately represent the LGBTQ community, according to GLAAD’s 2016 Studio Responsibility Index. Inclusion of nonwhite characters is faltering as well, with mainstream movies showing 5.5% fewer nonwhite characters year-over-year. The study shows only 18.4% of 125 movies released contained roles with people identified as LGBTQ characters. GLAAD called out movies that it claimed perpetuate stereotypes. Especially harsh criticism was directed at Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Brothers Grimsby, Kevin Hart’s Ride Along 2, Dirty Grandpa and Central Intelligence for offensive humor. Do you think Hollywood’s depictions of the LGBTQ community have gotten better or worse?