The Best Web: Weinstein headed to court; Phoenix eyes Joker; Apple builds super-team
Harvey Weinstein found himself one step closer to the courtroom this week as the LAPD sent three cases to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. The trio of cases, which are currently under review, add to the mounting allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct levied against the disgraced Hollywood film mogul. Keep those eyes peeled, folks – definitely more on this to come.
Apple is continuing to bolster its scripted development plans by teaming with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters behind The Big Sick, as well as SMILF producer Lee Eisenberg and Master of None co-creator Alan Yang. The impressive creative team will develop Little America, an immigration-themed anthology series. Apple unmistakably wants a slice of that sweet streaming pie.
While we’re on the topic of streaming, Netflix has announced its acquisition of Extinction, a high-profile sci-fi flick directed by Ben Young from a screenplay written by Spenser Cohen and Brad Kane. It comes days after Netflix pulled its cheeky Cloverfield Paradox stunt at the Super Bowl – a show of the platform’s never-ending pockets.
Deadline reports on how Lionsgate managed to topple Wall Street’s expectations with strong results during its third fiscal quarter. Total revenue surpassed $1 billion, up 52% from the same period a year ago. CEO Jon Feltheimer put it down to “our success in creating premium content that cuts through the clutter of a crowded marketplace”.
Another twist in the Tarantino tale – the director has issued an apology for a 2003 interview in which he justified Roman Polanski’s rape of Samantha Geimer. In a statement to IndieWire, Tarantino said, “I incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative.” What!? That doesn’t sound like him . . .
From playing an alcoholic cartoonist to a wicked criminal, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to fill the role of the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Bros. Pictures‘ untitled Joker origin movie, set to be directed by Todd Phillips. Although negotiations are not yet underway, Phoenix is apparently “top choice”.
IndieWire explores the tough competition cinematographer Roger Deakins faces at this year’s Oscars, concluding that despite the fierce opposition, “after 14 nominations, the timing seems right for Deakins . . . to finally win for Blade Runner 2049.”
Variety uncovers how Hulu is even deeper into the red this year after a staggering loss of $920 million in 2017, boosted by the streaming platform’s spending on original programming and the introduction of its live TV service. Bad news: The losses are expected to mount even higher in 2018 as the streaming site continues to invest for the future. Yeowch!
You know you’re doing something right when your film gets its very own sex toy – the stuff filmmakers dream about, no doubt. Yes, some twisted (or maybe genius) individual has created a dildo inspired by the merman in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. Head over to Mashable to check it out, but be warned – it’s kinda NSFW.