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Will Smith in early talks to star in Tim Burton’s live-action ‘Dumbo’ movie

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Will Smith, fresh off of the not-so-successful drama Collateral Beauty, is already in early talks to star in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Dumbo, the classic tale of the sweet little elephant with the huge floppy ears that help make him the world’s only flying elephant.

According to Variety, sources tell them that Smith would play the father of children who develop a friendship with the elephant after seeing him at the circus. Whew, isn’t that a relief? After seeing Smith in Collateral Beauty, I don’t think any of us were ready to see him take on the role of a circus animal with insanely large ears. However, if Smith does decide to take the Dumbo route, it could put the upcoming installment in the Bad Boys franchise on hold.

As noted in the original report, sources also mentioned that both Dumbo and Bad Boys For Life would begin shooting around the same time, ultimately putting Smith in a bit of a difficult situation. Now, let’s say Smith were to choose Dumbo over Bad Boys 3—the latter would then be forced to push back its production start date and could possibly be halted entirely.

Tim Burton will direct the Dumbo reimagining from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger, who is also serving as a producer on the film alongside Justin Springer. Tom Hanks, who’s also been eyed for the World War II drama The Grey Hound, was offered the role of the villain in the film.

Disney’s roster of upcoming live-action movies includes The Lion King, Mulan, Aladdin, and this year’s Beauty and the Beast. A release date for Dumbo has not been announced.

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Our first look at Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ is finally here and it’s absolutely incredible

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As if we weren’t already excited enough to see what Greta Gerwig has in store for us with her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women, the first official images from the writer-director’s eagerly awaited Lady Bird follow-up debuted today in Vanity Fair and it just looks so damn good.

Perhaps even more personal to her than Lady Bird was, Little Women feels like somewhat of an autobiography to Gerwig, she says, and follows the lives of the March sisters—Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh), and Beth (Eliza Scanlan)—as they navigate their journies from childhood to womanhood in Civil War-era America.

“When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life,” Gerwig explained to Vanity Fair. “It becomes part of you, in a profound way.”

In addition to Ronan, Little Women also reunites Gerwig with her other Lady Bird star Timothée Chalamet, who plays Laurie, “the literal boy next door who develops an intense friendship with Jo,” but it never blossoms into anything beyond that.

“I loved that in Lady Bird, he was the one that broke my heart, but I got to break his heart in Little Women,” Ronan said. Lady Bird finally got her revenge against Kyle, it seems.

Rounding out the film’s ensemble cast is Laura “I Will Not Not Be Rich” Dern as Margaret “Marmee” March, the girls’ mother, and Meryl “My Grief Is Too Loud For You?” Streep as Aunt March, their old and cranky rich aunt who often provides financial support for the family.

Little Women will hit theaters on December 25. You can check out the first official images from the film (via Vanity Fair) below.

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Shocking: Max Landis is an abusive piece of shit who deserves to be blacklisted in Hollywood

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In a bombshell exposé published by The Daily Beast this morning, eight women detailed the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that they suffered at the hands of Bright and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, which is not particularly surprising given the fact that we’ve heard about this kind of stuff about Landis before—but no one did anything about it.

Before we go any further, a quick warning: the exposé is disturbing, to say the least, and contains graphic descriptions of the aforementioned abuse. Reader discretion is most definitely advised. 

In one part of the story, an ex-girlfriend and former friend of Landis going by the name of Julie (some of the names used in the story are aliases so as to protect the anonymity of the victims) describes how she “didn’t realize that I had been raped consistently and deliberately by this man for two years until today, when I wrote it down.”

Julie, after detailing some of the emotional abuse Landis inflicted upon her, goes on to say, “He choked me until I passed out and did humiliating, degrading things to me that I still can’t manage to write out on paper.”

Another ex-girlfriend, Kerry, wrote about how Landis “choked me and told me he wanted to kill me. And I would wind up reassuring him that he wasn’t a monster when he felt bad about it. Because I felt bad that he was so sick.”

Ani Baker, who also had a romantic relationship with Landis at one point, described a similar event in which Landis snapped, put his hands around her throat, and got very close to her face, saying, “I will fucking kill you. Do you understand what I’m saying? I will fucking kill you.”

These are just a few of the very harrowing accounts Landis’ victims tell in the exposé and help paint a picture that shows who Landis truly is: a violent sexual abuser. You can read the piece by Daily Beast entertainment reporter by Amy Zimmerman in its entirety here. (Again, please keep in mind that the exposé contains graphic descriptions of abuse and you should only read it at your own discretion.)

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Samara Weaving finds herself in a deadly game of hide and seek in the ‘Ready or Not’ trailer

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The first trailer for Ready or Not reveals the latest offering from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, two-thirds of the filmmaking collective Radio Silence, which has brought us wonderfully fucked-up genre works like the Rosemary’s Baby riff Devil’s Due and the 10/31/98 segment from the V/H/S anthology.

Ready or Not appears to be equally (if not more) fucked-up than Radio Silence’s previous efforts and follows a young bride named Grace (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family for some sort of time-honored tradition.

Little does Grace know, though, that this time-honored tradition is about to turn into a lethal game of hide-and-go-seek that, by the looks of the trailer, will have everyone fighting for their survival—not just Grace.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting some very strong Clue and You’re Next vibes from this trailer and everything about it just looks absolutely phenomenal. Plus, there’s something about a bunch of rich white people killing each other for the hell of it that I find particularly interesting. Consider me sold.

Ready or Not also stars Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell, and will hit theaters on August 23 via Fox Searchlight. Let me know your thoughts on the trailer by sounding off in the comments section below.

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