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Jared Leto to Star as Hugh Hefner in Biopic

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Jared Leto, 45, will soon be donning the iconic silk pajamas and smoking jacket of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died Sept. 27 at age 91, for an upcoming biopic from Brett Ratner.

“Jared is an old friend,” says Ratner, 48, who will direct the film. “When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him.’ And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today.”

The project is in early development with Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. The director-producer has been set on helming the movie since 2007, when it was initially set up at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Robert Downey Jr. had once been attached to play Hef.

When the rights expired, they were purchased by producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven, HBO’s Westworld) for Warner Bros. After Weintraub died in 2015, Ratner snapped up the rights for his own company. Says Ratner, “My goal is to do the motion picture as an event.”

In April, Ratner invited Leto to the Playboy Mansion for the premiere of Amazon’s docu-series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, which doubled as a celebration of Hefner turning 91.

Ratner had hoped to introduce Leto to the man he’d be playing on the big screen, but Hefner was in failing health and not greeting guests that day. But Ratner isn’t worried. “There’s enough footage on Hef out there that Jared will be able to get as much information as he wants,” he says.

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Jeff Bridges Gives Big Lebowski Remake His Blessing, On One Condition

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The man, the myth, the Dude himself, actor Jeff Bridges is currently on the press tour for his latest feature Bad Times at the El Royale, and naturally the beloved thespian was asked about The Big Lebowski.

Given Hollywood’s propensity for rebooting, remaking, and reimagining anything that anyone, anywhere even vaguely recollects, Variety decided to get out in front of tinsel town’s favourite business model, and to ask Bridges if  he would be interested in a remake of The Big Lebowski.

“Yeah, if I was in it!” he laughed with a shrug.

To be clear, no remake of The Big Lebowski has been officially announced, but it’s a fairly good bet that some executive somewhere has floated the idea at least once.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cult-classic, which starred Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore in the story of a legendary slacker who is mistaken for a millionaire, and embroiled in a series of darkly comic criminal hijinks. The picture was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, who recently allowed a reimagining/continuation of their 1996 picture Fargo to be adapted to television.

Bad Times at the El Royale also stars Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm. It’s due for release in UK cinemas on the 12th of October, this year.

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls Tops Box Office, Fahrenheit 11/9 Lands With A Thud

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Eli Roth’s family fantasy adaptation of classic children’s novel The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black, has debuted at the top of the domestic box office – surpassing expectations with a very respectable $26.8 million opening weekend.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls is now Roth’s highest-ever opening, beating the previous record of his grisly horror feature Hostel, which opened to $19 million back in 2005. The flick beat out other newcomer Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore’s latest scathing documentary on the Trump administration, which only managed a paltry $3.1 million. The film is the latest in a line of diminishing returns for Moore’s work.

Internationally, Conjuring-spinoff The Nun still held the gold medal at the box office with an impressive $35 million weekly taking, bringing its total earnings to $292.6 million worldwide.

This week’s features should have a pretty comfortable run over the next nine days to continue earning as the Summer movie season officially draws to a close, and studios shift to their Autumn slates. October 3rd will see the next big competition of the year, as Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born opens opposite Tom Hardy’s super-antihero Venom.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Foxx Join Untitled Netflix Sci-Fi

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Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are boarding Netflix’s untitled sci-fi movie which long-time collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are directing off Mattson Tomlin’s screenplay.

The pic’s storyline is being kept under wraps.

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade will produce as part of their first look deal with Netflix. Newman, who has been behind such productions as the Oscar-nominated Children of Men, and Zack Snyder’s reboot of Dawn of The Dead, has a strong, on-going relationship with Netflix that goes back to the streaming service’s second original series Hemlock Grove.  He also conceived and packaged Narcos for Netflix on which he serves as writer, show-runner and EP.

Unkeless recently produced the three-time Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney; the latter winning an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Unkeless’ film First Match, which he produced for Netflix, won the Audience Award at SXSW earlier this year.

Ray Oscar best actor winner Foxx is currently shooting the courtroom drama, Just Mercy opposite Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson for director Destin Cretton.  Foxx can next be seen in Lionsgate’s Robin Hood on Nov. 21 and his Fox show Beat Shazam, which he serves as EP and hosts, was recently renewed for a third season. Gordon-Levitt can next be seen in the airline hijacking thriller, 7500 from Patrick Vollarth. Gordon-Levitt is a two-Golden Globe nominee in the comedy/musical lead actor category for 50/50 and (500) Days of Summer.

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