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Hannibal Buress Joins Cast of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ for Sony and Marvel

Hannibal Buress Spider-Man: Homecoming
Hannibal Buress (ROB LATOUR/VARIETY/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK)

article by Justin Kroll via Variety.com

Hannibal Buress is joining the cast of Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Tom Holland will play Peter Parker in the reboot with Marisa Tomei taking on Aunt May. Michael Keaton is also on board for the role of a villain. Other actors who have joined the cast over the last several weeks include Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Zendaya and Tony Revolori.

Jon Watts has been hired to direct with Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige producing. Plot details are still being heavily guarded as is Buress’ character. “Vacation” directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein wrote the script.

Production is expected to start this summer with the film hitting theaters on July 7, 2017.

Buress, a stand-up comedian, has recently shifted gears to film, with upcoming roles in some of next year’s more anticipated comedies. First he has “The Masterpiece,” opposite Dave and James Franco, which is a movie about the making of what is widely considered the worst film of all-time, “The Room.”  He will follow that up with Dwayne Johnson’s reboot of “Baywatch,” which bows next summer. He also lent his voice to Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets.”

To read more, go to: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/spider-man-homecoming-hannibal-buress-1201799535/

Zendaya Joins Marvel and Sony Pictures’ ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot

Zendaya as Cut Throat in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" video (photo via YouTube)
Zendaya as Cut Throat in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video (photo via YouTube)

article by Justin Kroll via Variety.com

Zendaya has landed a key role in Marvel and Sony’s “Spider-Man” reboot starring Tom Holland, sources confirmed to Variety.

Jon Watts is directing the currently untitled “Spider-Man” film from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing the movie, which focuses on a teenage Peter Parker’s high school days.

Holland is starring as Parker, while Zendaya’s role is still under wraps. Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May.

Zendaya was one of a handful of actresses who had been testing with Holland for the past couple of weeks, but insiders stress that the character is neither Parker’s love interest nor a lead role. She will, however, play a bigger part in future installments.  Plot details are still being heavily guarded.

Holland’s Spider-Man will first make an appearance in the upcoming “Captain American: Civil War” with a standalone pic bowing on July 7, 2017. Production is expected to start this summer.

Zendaya is the star of the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!” and “K.C. Undercover.” The actress-singer also appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2013 and recently had a guest role on “Black-ish.”

To read more, go to: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/spider-man-reboot-zendaya-1201724216/

Shonda Rhimes Calls Out Sony Email Exchange as “Racist” Not “Racially Insensitive”

Shonda Rhimes

In the latest fallout from the Sony hack, “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” Creator/Producer Shonda Rhimes has responded bluntly to a leaked email exchange between Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin.

“Calling Sony comments”racially insensitive remarks” instead of “racist”? U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don’t make it a sundae,” the Scandal showrunner wrote on her Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday evening, BuzzFeed posted excerpts of leaked emails between Rudin and Pascal in which they corresponded about a Jeffrey Katzenberg democratic fundraiser and made mention of Kevin HartQuentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained and Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave.

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Earlier in the day, Hart responded with a statement of his own, saying that is “able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward.”

Pascal and Rudin have both issued apologies for the email exchange.

Rhimes, who was honored at The Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment event on Wednesday, spoke about race and gender in the industry during the breakfast.

“The view from here  —  way up here where the glass ceiling is broken  —  would be incredible. Right? So how come I don’t remember the moment? When me with my woman-ness and my brown skin went running full speed, gravity be damned, into that thick layer of glass and smashed right through it? How come I don’t remember that happening? Here’s why: It’s 2014,” she stated. Read her entire speech here.

article via hollywoodreporter.com

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