Ford narrates the trailer, spinning the story of Buck, a big-hearted Saint Bernard mix who's kidnapped from his blissful life in California and forced to live and work in the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.
As in the book, Buck escapes his abusive captors and undertakes the adventure of a lifetime -- in this version, with the help of some digital wizardry to bring him to life.
"He was a dog like no other," says Ford's character, who comes to care for the determined dog. "He'd been spoiled, and he'd suffered -- but he could not be broken."
The Call of the Wild, which also stars Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan and Bradley Whitford, opens February 21. 2020.
L-R - Phoenix, Phillips/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hollywood Reportersays that Todd Phillips is working on a sequel to Joker, and Warner Bros. is looking toward having the filmmaker develop more DC Comics-based origin stories.
While the studio has a sequel option in place for star Joaquin Phoenix, there's no news yet on his participation as yet.
The Joker sequel should come as no surprise: it's already the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time globally, with over a billion dollars gross earnings since its release, as well as the most profitable DC film ever made.
With The Batman underway with writer-director Matt Reeves, a follow-up to the blockbuster Wonder Woman from director Patty Jenkins in production, and director James Wan developing, and possibly directing a sequel to his WB hit Aquaman, it's likely Phillips will explore more DC villains, the trade speculates.
By the way, THR reports Phillips' Joker payday could be 100 million bucks. That's because instead of taking a director's salary on the film, he chose a bigger portion of the profits, called "back end" in the industry. When your movie crosses the billion dollar mark, that "backend" means somebody's backing up the Brinks trucks for you.
Incidentally, THR also notes Phillips opted for a similar deal with The Hangover. Made for a modest budget, like Joker was, the 2009 comedy raked in $467.5 million worldwide, which also spelled a sweet payout for Phillips. All told, the three Hangover movies grossed $1.42 billion.
Glen Wilson/Focus Features(LOS ANGELES) -- Before Cynthia Erivo landed the coveted role in the historical drama Harriet -- based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman -- the film's screenwriter says one studio exec had the nerve, or the ignorance, to suggest Julia Roberts should portray the historical figure.
To avoid any confusion, yes, Julia Roberts is still a white woman.
In a recent Focus Features Q&A session with Harriet screenwriter Gregory Allen, Allen revealed the jarring 1994 conversation which he says reflected "the climate in Hollywood" some 25 years ago.
“I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, ‘This script is fantastic. Let’s get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman,'” Allen explained. “When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, ‘It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference.'"
Thankfully, other studio execs did know the difference, and went against casting Roberts in the role. Since that encounter, Allen says business and profitability of diverse narratives has totally changed.
“When 12 Years a Slave became a hit and did a couple hundred million dollars worldwide, I told my agent, ‘You can’t say this kind of story won’t make money now,’" Allen said. "Then Black Panther really blew the doors open."
Clearly, black Twitter wasn't having it.
"I can't believe this is real," one person tweeted.
"Serious question: how often are black actors cast to play white people? Like, did anyone think of Morgan Freeman as Mr. Rogers?," another shared.
"The worst part is I bet that white studio exec never gave it another thought until this went public yesterday," said another fan. "Now he’s sweating, and he should be."
Chris Pine in "Star Trek: Beyond" - Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramount has announced a new Star Trek movie, with Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley set to write and direct, according to Deadline.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are also expected to return. The film will would serve as the fourth installment of the franchise J.J. Abrams revamped in 2009.
An earlier version, that would have reunited Pine's Captain James T. Kirk with his father, played by Chris Hemsworth, was shelved when negotiations with the two actors fell apart.
It should be noted that the upcoming film is also separate from the R-rated "Pulp Fiction in space" Trek project to which Quentin Tarantino has been attached for two years.
Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Despite reports thatHenry Cavillwon't return as Superman in any future Warner Bros. movies, he insists his run as the Man of Steel is not over yet.
The cape is in the closet,” Cavill tellsMen’s Healthin its December cover story. “It’s still mine."
I’ve not given up the role," he continues . "There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honest of the character I wasn’t to get into."
"I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me," adds Cavill. "There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.
In the issue, Cavill also recalls being turned down for the role of James Bond in 2006'sCasino Royalebecause of his weight.
"Looking a little chubby there, Henry," Cavill recalls directorMartin Campbelltelling him at the audition.
"I didn’t know how to train or diet," he admits. "And I’m glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.” And added, “It’s terrifying going into auditions. You put your hand in a dark hole and just hope that something comes out. It’s not like being fast or strong, or being good at football. Sometimes the acting is just bad.”
Cavill will next be seen inThe Witcher, premiering December 21 on Netflix.
Walt Disney Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- With Disney's Frozen 2skating into theaters this Friday, the actresses behind the iconic sister duo Elsa and Anna have something else to celebrate: their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, who play Elsa and Anna respectively, were honored with the Walk's 2681st and 2682ndstars on Tuesday. However, it was Kristen's speech that might have stolen the show.
Her acceptance speech was riddled with her on brand dirty humor. "I'm so grateful to be accepting this award on these hallowed streets wherePretty Womensold her body for money. It's really a dream," She begins before mentioning that her "husband always jokes I was born with a horseshoe up my a**" because "I am suspiciously lucky."
Bell also adorably recounted what it was like to first hear her on-screen sister sing.
"When I heard Idina sing for the first time and I felt a newness that I'd never felt before. Like a baby who had just experienced rain for the first time," She then turned to a chuckling Menzel and complimented slyly, "Did you know that's what it feels like when people hear you sing for the first time? It's the truth."
The ceremony also doubled as a mini Frozenreunion because Josh Gad, who voices the affable Olaf, was on hand to honor Menzel. He was joined by Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer for The Walt Disney Studios.
Good Placecreator Michael Schur, alongside actress Jackie Tohn, honored Bell during the ceremony.
For those excited to scope out the Walk's newest additions, you can find Menzel's and Bell's stars near Hollywood’s historic Pantages Theatre at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard, which is close to the famous corner of Hollywood and Vine.
Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Tuesday’s episode ofThe Voice, the 13 artists who performed on Monday learned thatCali Wilson, from TeamBlake Shelton, andMax Boyle, fromKelly Clarkson’s team, were sent home.
Wilson and Boyle were eliminated at the end of the one-hour results show. They lost an "Instant Save" vote toJoana Martinez, from TeamGwen Stefani.
There are now 11 artists remaining in the competition.
Prior to the vote, Wilson, Boyle and Martinez sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Wilson performed “The Chain” byFleetwood Mac; Boyle coveredEd Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”; and Martinez tackledAlicia Keys’ “Superwoman.”
The results show also featured Gwen joining her team for a group performance ofLizzo’s “Good As Hell,” and Kelly leading her team in version ofThe Cranberries’ “Linger.”
The Voicereturns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- While a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright, those in the know know that holiday movies are the perfect compliment to the Christmas season.
With that in mind, AMC has announced that, like you on Thanksgiving, it's stuffing itself to the gills -- but with a full slate of holiday movies starting November 25.
Things kick off with an All-Day National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Marathon, starting on November 25 at 9 a.m.
That's followed by a full compliment of Claymation classics, with AMC's Rankin-Bass Christmas Weekend. Starting Saturday, November 30 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern time through Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern, the network is rolling out The Year Without a Santa Claus, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack Frost, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, "and many more."
Other holiday hits include Jon Favreau's Will Ferrell comedy, Elf, the Vince Vaughn movies Fred Claus and Four Christmases, as well as Miracle on 34th Street and the reality show the Great Christmas Light Fight.
Here's the full schedule:
Tuesday, 11/26: Christmas with the Kranks - 5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., Elf - 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/27: Fred Claus - 4:30 p.m., Four Christmases - 7:00 p.m., Fred Claus - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/28: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - 4:30 p.m., Great Christmas Light Fight - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/29: Kung Fu Panda - 5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., The Polar Express - 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 11/30: The Year Without a Santa Claus - 5:45 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., Elf - 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12/1: 6:00 p.m. - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - 6:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:15 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 10:30 p.m.
Monday, 12/2: Planes, Trains & Automobiles - 5:00 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 7:00 p.m., Fred Claus - 9:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/3: Fred Claus - 5:30 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:00 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/11: Elf - 6:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 10:15 p.m.
Thursday 12/12: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 5:45 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 8:00 p.m., Fred Claus - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/13: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - 4:30 p.m., The Polar Express - 7:00 p.m., How Murray Saved Christmas - 9:00 p.m., The Year Without a Santa Claus - 10:00 p.m., Frosty’s Winter Wonderland - 11:15 p.m.
Saturday, 12/14: The Polar Express - 5:00 p.m, Elf - 7:00 p.m & 9:00 p.m., Ice Age - 11:00 p.m
Thursday, 12/19: Elf - 6:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 8:00 p.m., Love the Coopers - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/20: Four Christmases - 6:00 p.m., Elf - 8:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/21: Christmas with the Kranks - 4:00 p.m. & 10:15 p.m., Elf - 6:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12/22: Ernest Saves Christmas - 4:30 p.m., Fred Claus - 6:30 p.m., Four Christmases - 9:00 p.m., The Polar Express - 11:00 p.m.
Monday, 12/23: Four Christmases - 6:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:00 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/24: The Polar Express - 5:00 p.m., Elf - 7:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 9:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 11:15 p.m.
Wednesday 12/25: All-Day National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Marathon - beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern.
Thursday 12/26: Snow Day - 6:00 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 8:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 10:00 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 12:00 a.m., Four Christmases - 2:00 a.m., All I Want for Christmas - 4:00 a.m.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- By now it's well known that Martin Scorsese doesn't think Marvel movies are "cinema," so in the interest of bridging the impasse between the legendary director and the blockbuster-minting studio, enter Jimmy Kimmel.
On Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the late-night host teased the "first ever collaboration" between Marvel Studios and The Irishman director, with the superhero spoof Irish Man.
The trailer supposes Robert De Niro's hit man character is given a magic ring, emblazoned with a shamrock, that lets him not only shoot powerful beams like Doctor Strange can, but also transforms him into Irish Man, a guy in a flying, green Iron Man suit, compliments of some crude CGI.
Irish Man even gets the attention from Samuel L. Jackson, in hacked-up sequence from the first Marvel after-credits scene from 2008's Iron Man. When Irish Man is recruited to be a part of the Avengers Initiative, De Niro's character replies, "I don't think so."
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Kevin Hart is giving fans unprecedented access to his life in the new Netflix docuseries, Don’t F**k This Up.
In an Instagram post Tuesday, Hart shared the announcement that his new personal doc would be hitting the streamer on December 27.
"I'm excited about it," he says in a video. "It's a look into my life for the past year and a half, which has been a hell of a roller coaster. Peaks, hills, valleys, ups, down. It as real, as raw, as transparent you can be. It's something that I think people need to see."
"Always looking for way to improve and progress and this documentary was one of those ways that I felt would be put in position to do just that,” he added.
According to Deadline, Hart's six-episode series will feature a close-up look at his life as he dealt with several highly-publicized hardships, including his reported affair and the 2019 Oscars-hosting controversy. It will also include interviews from his family and friends, and archival footage of his childhood.
The announcement comes after Hart's car accident on September 1, which resulted in a 10-day hospital stay and left him with serious back injuries.
Don't F**k This Up expands Hart's relationship with Netflix. This year, he released two comedy specials on the streaming giant: Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History Himself and Kevin Hart: Irresponsible.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Bros. Television and Prop Store are joining forces for Giving Tuesday, putting props, costumes, and other one-of-a-kind items from Friends up for auction, for a good cause.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.
Bidding starts on Giving Day Tuesday, December 3, and runs through December 17, at PropStore.com/FRIENDS.
The 80 items that are up for grabs include the wood canoe and paddles owned by Matt LeBlanc's Joey Tribbiani and Matthew Perry's Chandler Bing; those are going for an estimated $4,000-$6,000.
Also hitting the block is a studio-authorized reproduction of the "Holiday Armadillo" costume worn by David Schwimmer's Ross Geller. That's estimated to go for anywhere from 10 thousand to 50 thousand bucks.
Other items include a Hawaiian print dress worn by Jennifer Aniston's Rachel Green, expected to fetch between $3,000-$5,000, and a "studio-edition authorized reproduction" of the apartment door picture frame seen throughout the series. That's estimated to fetch between two and three thousand bucks.
Other lots are more moderately priced, including a wedding invitation for Courteney Cox's Monica and Perry's Chandler, expected to raise between $1,000-$1,500.
NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Kelly Clarkson's daytime chat show will be back for season two.
NBC has announced the syndicated talk show has been renewed through the 2020-21 season. "The Kelly Clarkson Show is connecting with viewers in a unique way and we are so happy to build on that momentum, bringing Kelly’s brand of humor, heart, and, of course, the incredible 'Kellyoke,' to stations for a second season," says Tracie Wilson, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs for NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
ABC News/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) -- Idris Elba is putting on some cowboy boots for his next major role.
Netflix has announced that Elba will saddle up with Jonathan Majors for the all-black Western feature The Harder They Fall.
The film will follow Majors as Nat Love, an outlaw who discovers that the man-- played by Elba-- who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison. To seek revenge, Love reunites with his gang to track his enemy down.
Produced by music mogul Jay-Z, The Harder They Fall will be the directorial debut of Jeymes Samuel. The two had previously collaborated together on The Great Gatsby soundtrack and will write and produce original music for the upcoming project.
This is the latest project for Elba, who just just wrapped another Western feature, Concrete Cowboys. Majors, meanwhile, recently starred in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and will also star in HBO's Lovecraft Country and Spike Lee's Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods, with Chadwick Boseman.
ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Emotions were already riding high on Monday's Dancing with the Starsas the competitors had one last shot to make it to the finals. However, the night was rife with heartbreaking moments that brought the audience and the judges to tears.
The most devastating moment of the night occurred in the last five minutes when the season's two habitual highest scorers, Ally Brookeand James Van Der Beek, were sent to the bottom two.
With only one save, judges Carrie Ann Inabaand Bruno Tonioli regretfully chose to send Van Der Beek home, which caused Ally to dissolve into tears and as she begged, "Can I give it to James, please?"
The night ended with Van Der Beek, Brooke, their respective dancing partners, along with the rest of the DWTS cast holding each other in shock. "It's not fair. It's not right," an inconsolable Brooke sobbed.
The shocking elimination was only a fraction of the raw emotion the audience endured over the two hour emotional roller coaster.
Just before Van Der Beek's second dance, a foxtrot to Hozier's "Take Me to Church," he revealed that he and his wife Kimberlysuffered an immense tragedy on Saturday. He grieved, "My wife, Kimberly, and I went through every expecting parent's worst nightmare. We lost the baby."
The Van Der Beeks were expecting their sixth child together -- due in April -- and joyfully revealed their pregnancy earlier in the season. He spoke more about the loss on his personalInstagram.
Another raw moment came from comedian Kel Mitchell, who opened up about how gun violence affected him personally when it claimed the life of one of his closest friends when they were kids. Mitchell channeled his grief into an emotional contemporary to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," which depicted the story of him breaking free from a life of violence by choosing love instead.
JudgeLen Goodmanwas so moved and impressed, he wordlessly stood and gave Mitchell a standing ovation -- the season's first. However, he wasn't the only judge with an emotional response, Carrie Ann fought through tears as she praised and thanked Kel for his beautiful performance. The judges awarded him straight 10s.
Bachelorette star Hannah Brownalso laid her emotions bare on the ballroom for both her performances. For her first number, which was the night's redemption dance where judges assigned the competitors to improve on the routine that wasn't their best, it was the rumba. She and her partner Alan Berstenreceived a personal lesson from the judge who the reality star clashed with most -- Carrie Ann.
Their interaction was tense from start to finish, with Inaba trying to break down Hannah's walls. The two eventually resolved their differences, with Brown confessing to Inaba that she shuts down whenever she feels personally attacked, to which Carrie Ann assured while holding back tears that her job is to help the competitors, not tear them down, and that she believes in Hannah.
Brown's rumba to Sam Smith's "Dancing with a Stranger" earned her straight nines.
For her second dance -- a contemporary to Selena Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me" -- Brown opened up about her series of heartbreaks while on the Bacheloretteand her desire to be loved. The raw yet graceful number, complete with complicated lifts and catches, also earned her straight nines and a combined score of 54/60.
Emotions aside, there is one standout dance worth noting: Ally Brooke's feisty and quick Charleston. The routine, which earned the night's only other perfect score, left her and her dance partner gasping for air at the end of the routine -- which made her descent into the bottom two all the more shocking.
Dancing with the Stars' returns next Monday, November 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC where superstar Cher along withPitbulland Ne-Yo will join theDWTScast for the season finale.
Here are the current standings:
First place: Ally Brooke with Sasha Farber -- 59/60
Kel Mitchell with Witney Carson -- 57/50
Lowest score: Lauren Alaina with Gleb Savchenko -- 54/60 Hannah Brown with Alan Bersten -- 54/60