All posts by Justin Kroll

James Corden to Voice Title Character in Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Super Intelligence’ (EXCLUSIVE)

James Corden is joining Melissa McCarthy in the New Line sci-fi comedy “Super Intelligence,” providing the voice of the title character. McCarthy will play the lead role of Carol Peters, a former corporate executive whose earnest, yet unfulfilled, life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence (Corden) […]

Netflix Acquires Rights to ‘Last Summer’ With ‘Riverdale’ Star K.J. Apa (EXCLUSIVE)

Netflix has acquired worldwide film rights to “The Last Summer,” an ensemble romantic comedy led by “Riverdale” star K.J. Apa. The Gulfstream Pictures Production’s film also features Maia Mitchell (“The Fosters”), Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”), Jacob Latimore (“The Chi”), Halston Sage (“Paper Towns”), Sosie Bacon (“13 Reasons Why”), Gage Golightly (“Red Oaks”), Wolfgang Novogratz (“Grown-ish”), […]

Tika Sumpter Lands Female Lead in ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

“Ride Along” star Tika Sumpter is in negotiations to star opposite James Marsden in Paramount’s live-action/animation hybrid movie “Sonic the Hedgehog,” an adaptation of the classic video game, sources tell Variety. The studio landed the film rights in 2017 and tapped Jeff Fowler to direct. Neal H. Moritz, who recently signed a first-look deal with […]

Chrissy Metz, Taylor Lewan Help CAA Raise $30,000-Plus for Charity at Pre-CMA Event

CAA hosted its annual pre-CMA Fest BBQ on Monday evening at Martin’s Bar-B-Que in Nashville, and in the process, helped raise more than $30,000 for two organizations that help support students at local public schools. Communities in Schools of Tennessee in Nashville and the PENCIL Foundation, both of which have a long-standing relationship with the […]

Publicists Megan Brophy, Matt Haberman Join Narrative (EXCLUSIVE)

Talent publicists Megan Brophy and Matt Haberman have joined the east coast staff of entertainment PR firm Narrative. Prior to joining Narrative, Brophy worked at Big Machine Record Label in Nashville, where she successfully managed Grammy and ACM Award campaigns. Before that, she worked with Haberman at public relations firm ID, where they were integral […]

Lee Daniels in Talks to Helm Billie Holiday Biopic, Andra Day Eyed to Star (EXCLUSIVE)

With his hip hop drama “Empire” already renewed for a fifth season, Lee Daniels is setting his sights on a real-world musical icon for his next feature film. Sources tell Variety that Daniels is in talks to direct the Billie Holiday biopic “Billie.” Sources also add that R&B singer Andra Day is the top choice […]

Jared Leto’s Joker Is Getting His Own Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Warner Bros. is looking to expand on Jared Leto’s version of the Joker, which debuted in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” with a movie of his own. Sources tell Variety that Leto is set to star and exec produce an untitled standalone film, paving the way for future movies branching from “Suicide Squad.” Plot details are currently […]

Yvette Nicole Brown and Alphonso McAuley Join Ben Platt in ‘Love & Oatmeal’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Community’s” Yvette Nicole Brown and “The Middle’s” Alphonso McAuley have joined Ben Platt in Black Label Media’s “Love & Oatmeal.” “Camp X-Ray” director Peter Sattler is helming the project, with Steve Waverly penning the script. Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Thad Luckinbill, and Trent Luckinbill are producing, along with Trina Wyatt. BLM’s Jon […]

‘Pet Sematary’: ‘Alien: Covenant’s’ Amy Seimetz to Co-Star With Jason Clarke in Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)

Amy Seimetz is in talks to join Jason Clarke in Paramount’s reboot of the Stephen King classic “Pet Sematary,” sources tell Variety. John Lithgow is on board to play the role made famous by Fred Gwynne in the 1989 original. “Starry Eyes” co-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer will helm the film. Lorenzo di Bonaventura […]