Jake Gyllenhaal, Ansel Elgort, Zendaya to Star in Crime Drama ‘Finest Kind’

Producing are Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, and Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment. Gyllenhaal and his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker are also producing. 30WEST is financing the film.
STX Entertainment is handling international distribution on the new project which will be introduced to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market. CAA and Endeavor Content is repping domestic rights.

Reg E. Cathey, Emmy-Winning ‘House of Cards’ and ‘The Wire’ Actor, Dies at 59

Reg E. Cathey, who was best known for playing Freddy on “House of Cards,” has died at age 59. The news first announced by “The Wire” creator David Simon, who called Cathey “not only a fine, masterful actor — but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set.” Netflix has since confirmed the news to IndieWire.

John Gavin, Actor in ‘Psycho’ and ‘Spartacus,’ Dies at 86

John Gavin, who reached the pinnacle of his acting career with roles in Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and the epic “Spartacus,” later serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the early ’70s and as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86.

Alex Garland Reveals New FX Sci-Fi Series Shooting This Year

No matter the behind the scenes drama that led Paramount to sell most of the international rights of “Annihilation” to Netflix, the early word on the picture is that Alex Garland has delivered the goods yet again. Now, it looks like fans of the director and sci-fi in general, will have even more to look forward to.

NBC’s Jennifer Salke Named Head of Amazon Studios

After a long search process that captivated Hollywood insiders, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke has been named head of Amazon Studios.
Salke will oversee all television and film production for the digital behemoth’s entertainment arm, reporting to Jeff Blackburn, Amazon’s senior VP of business development and digital entertainment. She fills the leadership void that opened in early November when longtime Amazon Studios head Roy Price was forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

Meryl Streep in ‘The Bridges of Madison County’: A look back at her 10th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

After steamrolling through the 1980s, racking up half a dozen Best Actress Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep experienced a more subdued reception in the early 1990s.
The decade started off on just the right note, with a ninth Oscar nomination for “Postcards from the Edge” (1990). Streep also garnered praise for her turn opposite Albert Brooks in “Defending Your Life” (1991).

Why the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trilogy Is an Ode to the Idea of Consent

Here lies Anastasia Steele, blindfolded and hog-tied. The innocent “Fifty Shades of Grey” heroine is just out of college and being whipped by a billionaire. Five months into the #MeToo movement, the franchise finale “Fifty Shades Freed” is hitting theaters — and despite our mental image of Dakota Johnson’s submissive Miss Steele, she might be a role model for the moment.

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play the Joker in Todd Phillips’ Standalone Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

While studio negotiations are not yet underway, Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star and sources now tell Variety that, after thinking it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role. WB had no comment.
Phillips is on board to co-write and direct the movie. Phillips had met with Phoenix before the new year and was just waiting for the studio’s go-ahead, sources say.

Jennifer Garner to Make TV Return in HBO Comedy Camping, From Girls EPs Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner

Jennifer Garner will make her return to live-action television with a leading role in HBO’s forthcoming comedy Camping, TVLine has learned.
Garner’s last regular TV gig was Alias, J.J. Abrams’ grad-student-turned-spy drama, in which she starred for five seasons. Since Alias ended in 2006, Garner has focused on her film career, taking roles in movies like Dallas Buyers Club, Butter, The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Miracles From Heaven. She also voices Mama Llama in Netflix’s animated Llama Llama.

Timothee Chalamet to Play Henry V in Drama ‘The King’

Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet is set to star as a young Henry V in The King, a drama from director David Michod and co-writer Joel Edgerton, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Chalamet has nabbed the lead role in the long-gestating modern-day Shakespearan adaptation from Edgerton and Michod, who earlier worked together on the screenplay for Animal Kingdom, which Michod directed.