All Of Us Strangers gets an India release date

All of Us Strangers, starring Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott in lead roles, is all set to release in theatres in India on March 8. The film, which was released globally on December 22, has been receiving critical acclaim. The film also stars Claire Foy and Jamie Bell. 

All Of Us Strangers is an adaptation of Taichi Yamada’s 1987 Japanese novel Strangers. It is to be noted that the novel Taichi Yamada penned in 1987 was already made into a Japanese language film in 1988. The upcoming film follows the storyline of the novel but takes place in present-day London instead of 1980s Tokyo.

The official logline of the film reads, "One night in his empty tower block in contemporary London, Adam (Andrew Scott) has a chance encounter with his neighbour Harry (Paul Mescal) that punctures the rhythms of his everyday life. As Adam and Harry get closer, Adam is pulled back to his childhood home, where it appears his long-dead parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell) are both living and look the same age as the day they died 30 years before." 

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Produced by Pete Czerin and Graham Broadbent under Blueprint alongside Sarah Harvey, All of Us Strangers hails from Searchlight Pictures.

Eddie Murphy-starrer The Pickup adds Eva Longoria, Ismael Cruz Cordova and more

Eddie Murphy's The Pickup had added a number of actors to its ensemble. Eva Longoria, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Jack Kasy and Marshawn Lynch are on board the upcoming heist comedy from Amazon MGM. 

The makers are yet to disclose details regarding their roles and the film's plot. The new cast members will join already-announced stars Pete Davidson, Keke Palmer and Andrew Dice Clay. 

The Pickup is helmed by Tim Story, who has previously helmed The Blackening. The film's script is penned by Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider. 

John Davis and John Fox are backing the film under the Davis Entertainment banner, along with Murphy and Charisse Hewitt-Webster for Eddie Murphy Productions, and Story for The Story Company.

Liam Neeson's Naked Gun Reboot gets a release date

A long-pending reboot of the Naked Gun franchise with Liam Neeson is finally moving forward at Paramount, landing a release date of July 18, 2025. The film was first announced back in 2022.

The currently untitled project will be directed and executive produced by Akiva Schaffer, who co-wrote the draft script alongside Dan Gregor and Doug Mand, reprising their partnership from the Emmy-winning film Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers.

In 2014, reports of a reboot cropped up, with The Hangover actor Ed Helms reported to star as Nielsen’s character Frank Drebin. However, in 2021, Neeson told People magazine that McFarlane and Paramount Studios approached him to star in The Naked Gun reboot. Now, roughly 14 years after reports of Naked Gun 4, The Naked Gun reboot has evolved from casting rumour to a sure thing.

According to Deadline, Neeson committed to starring in the role after being approached by MacFarlane, whom he worked with on other films like Ted 2, The Orville, and A Million Ways To Die In The West

The Naked Gun films, derived from the TV series Police Squad!, were high-water marks for slapstick comedy. They ran over six years: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988), The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994).

Auli’i Cravalho to voice for Moana in the Disney film's sequel

Actor Auli’i Cravalho will lend her voice to the titular character of Moana 2, the sequel to the 2016 animated film. This has ended the speculation about her involvement in the film. The casting also means that Cravalho will team up again with Dwayne Johnson, who will reprise the demigod Maui in the film.

This is the second biggest announcement related to the film after Disney's CEO, Robert Allen Iger, told CNBC that it would release on November 27 this year, a day before Thanksgiving.

The director of Moana 2 is Dave Derrick Jr., and the film has Emily Bear and Abigail Barlow as music composers, along with Opetaia Foa'i and Mark Mancina.

It is worth noting that the casting of Cravalho concerns the animated version of the film, not its live-action remake. Last May, Cravalho stated that she wouldn't take part in that live-action film to ensure that the casting correctly represents its story and characters. It has been eight years since the release of Moana, and Cravalho has become older.

Recently, she starred in the TV shows Rise, The Power, and Hailey’s on It!, as well as Paramount's Mean Girls retelling.


Charles Dierkop, known for his roles in The Sting and Butch Cassidy passes away

American actor Charles Dierkop, best known for his appearances in The StingButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Police Woman, died on Sunday, Deadline reported. He was 87.

Dierkop had a heart attack and contracted pneumonia. The Wisconsin-born character actor began his career in an uncredited appearance opposite Paul Newman in The Hustler. He appeared beside him as Flat Nose Curry in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and as a bodyguard in the Best Picture Oscar-winning 1973 film The StingStar TrekBatmanAdam-12It Takes a ThiefLoveAmerican StyleVoyage to the Bottom of the SeaLost in SpaceThe Girl From U.N.C.L.E.MannixKung FuThe F.B.I., and The Andy Griffith Show, all gave him constant work in television.

He would reteam with Newman and Hill once more in the Oscar best picture winner The Sting (1973), this time playing Floyd, the bodyguard who serves as protection for Robert Shaw’s crime boss Doyle Lonnegan.

Dierkop also appeared in two episodes of the Joseph Wambaugh-created NBC drama Police Story, the second as Det. Pete Royster on March 1974’s The Gamble, which served as the de facto pilot for Police Woman, a spinoff of Police Story.

His 1980s and ’90s work included guest roles on such popular series as Simon & Simon, The Fall Guy, T.J. Hooker, Matt Houston and MacGyver. Dierkop also appeared in a number of B-movies well into the 2000s. His last credited role was in the 2018 film Heaven & Hell.

Dierkop is survived by his daughter, Lynn.

Jessica Chastain and Al Pacino to headline King Lear adaptation

Hollywood legend Al Pacino is set to play King Lear in writer-director Bernard Rose's Lear, Rex, opposite Jessica Chastain. As the name implies, Lear, Rex is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play King Lear.

Barry Navidi is the producer of the film. It marks Navidi's fifth film with Pacino. The duo's previous collaborations include The Merchant of Venice, Wilde Salomé, Salomé, and Modi.

The film follows King Lear at an old age as he gives his daughters an equal share of his property to keep any bitter disagreement from arising between them. The king has three daughters, but he puts more trust in his malicious daughters, who not only make him powerless but also drive him into a place of insanity and horror. Chastain will play the king's eldest daughter, Goneril. The rest of the cast announcements are yet to be made.

“This project has been Al’s labor of love for over a decade,” said producer Navidi to Deadline. “I am overjoyed to bring this amazing venture to the screen with Bernard Rose’s brilliant adaptation and bold unique vision. I am so excited to team up again with Jess since Pacino’s Wilde Salome.”

On the other hand, writer-director Rose said, “Al and I are going to make a bold, cinematic Lear that will be as accessible moving and powerful as the play was for its original audiences. I am thrilled to have Jessica Chastain join us on this journey.”

The film's shoot is set to commence in LA this summer.


Catherine McCormack joins Colin Firth-starrer Lockerbie's cast

Actress Catherine McCormack has signed up for Lockerbie, Sky's upcoming limited series based on the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. In the series, Firth plays Dr Jim Swire, and McCormack will essay the role of his wife Jane Swire. Lockerbie follows the couple as they look for justice after the loss of their daughter in the terrorist attack. The show will have five parts and will premiere on Sky's OTT platform Peacock, whose partner in India is JioCinema.

The series also includes actors such as Sam Troughton (Murray Guthrie), Selwa Jghalef (Aisha), Mark Bonnar (Roderick McGill), Ardalan Esmaili (Abdelbaset al-Megrahi), and Andy Nyman (Edwin Bollier).

A co-produced venture of Sky Studios and Carnival Films, Lockerbie is written by David Harrower and directed by Otto Bathurst. Harrower is best known for the 2005 play 'Blackbird', whereas Harrower is the lead director of Peaky Blinders.

Exploring the attack and its repercussions, the series will offer “an intimate account of a man, a husband, and a father who risks everything in memory of his daughter and the unflinching pursuit of truth and justice.”

Lockerbie will premiere on Sky, the OTT platform called Now in Ireland, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, as well as on Peacock in America. It will also release internatioinally.


Eight actors to play The Jackson 5 siblings in Michael Jackson's biopic Michael

Jackson 5 members have been selected for the Michael Jackson biography.

Eight additional cast members, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito, and Jackie Jackson, who made up the family band that became well-known in the 1970s, were revealed by the production firm on Tuesday. They will be appearing in the biographical film Michael, playing both younger and older roles. The film, which has the pop star's nephew Jafaar Jackson, essaying Michael's role, is set for a theatrical release on April 18, 2025.

Oscar nominee Colman Domingo is all set to essay the role of Joe Jackson, father of the music icon with Nia Long as mother Katherine Jackson. Miles Teller plays lawyer JoEight hn Branca.

Following an extensive search all across the globe, it has been revealed that the younger version of Michael will be played by 9-year-old Juliano Krue Valdi.

According to Deadline, Jamal R. Henderson and Jayden Harville will play the respective older and younger versions of Jermaine Jackson, Tre Horton and Jaylen Lyndon Hunger will play Marlon, Rhyan Hill and Judah Edwards are Tito, and Joseph David-Jones and Nathaniel Logan McIntyre have been cast as Jackie.

The project is directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer franchise) and written by John Logan (Gladiator), with a producing team that includes Graham King (Bohemian Rhapsody). John Branca and John McClain will be the executive producers.

Michael is set to cover all aspects of Michael Jackson's life which will also include the child sexual assault allegations that have been made against him.

Michael will be the first major film role for 26-year-old Jaafar, who is the second-youngest son of  Michael Jackson's older brother and Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson. However, the plot details of the film have not been revealed yet.

Popularly referred to as 'King of Pop', Michael Jackson is a renowned pop culture icon. He popularised the moonwalk dance move, and holds 15 Grammy Awards, 39 Guinness World Records, and one Golden Globe Award, to name a few. He died in 2009, at the age of 50.

Chris Geere joins Amy Schumer's Kinda Pregnant

Amy Schumer's Kinda Pregnant has added Chris Geere, known for This Is Us, to the cast. With Schumer starring and producing, the rom-com is helmed by Tyler Spindel for Netflix. 

Kinda Pregnant is written by Julie Paiva. Schumer will be seen as Lainy, who, out of envy over her best friend's pregnancy, wears a fake baby bump, when she also ends up meeting the man of her dreams.

Jillian Bell, Will Forte, Damon Wayans Jr., and Brianne Howey round out the cast of Kinda Pregnant.  

Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Judit Maull, Kevin Grady and Eli Thomas are also producing alongside Schumer for Happy Madison. Molly Sims is producing for Something Happy Productions. Barry Bernardi, Michael D Robins and Kevin Kane are executive producers. 

First teaser trailer of Ishana Night Shyamalan's The Watchers out

Warner Bros unveiled the first teaser trailer of the directorial debut of Ishana Night Shyamalan, daughter of veteran filmmaker M Night Shyamalan, titled The Watchers. An adaptation of AM Shine's novel of the same name, the film stars Dakota Fanning in the lead role. 

The Watchers is a horror adventure novel set in the remote forests of Galway. Mysterious creatures in the forest house humans as pets. Mina, a young woman, escapes from the mysterious creatures when her car breaks down near the forest. She remains inside a concrete bunker with other people who are kept in observation by the creatures after she escapes them. The rest of the story revolves around how they figure out the identity of the watchers (mysterious creatures) and why they keep humans inside a cage. 

Georgina Campbell, Oliver Finnegan, and Olwen Fouere also star in key roles in The Watchers. M. Night Shyamalan, Nimitt Mankad and Ashwin Rajan are the producers of the film. The Watchers will hit theatres on June 7.