It’s official: Peter Rabbit is hopping from books to the big screen.
Sony’s Columbia Pictures has officially announced that it’s adapting Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s book as a live-action and CG film. As reported last month, Easy A director Will Gluck is helming Peter Rabbit, with James Corden set to star as the titular rabbit.
Rose Byrne is also on board to play the live-action role of Bea, and Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the voice cast in unspecified roles.
Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) wrote the script with revisions by Gluck. The Australian studio Animal Logic, best known for its work on The LEGO Movie, is handling the animation.
Columbia is working on the film with Frederick Warne & Co. of Penguin Random House UK, which first published The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth.
“I am delighted to be teaming up with Frederick Warne,” Gluck said in a statement. “Their expertise and stewardship is absolutely critical to making a film that honors the legacy of Beatrix Potter.”
Production is set to begin in January 2017, with Peter Rabbit hitting theaters in April 2018.
Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman are set to join the cast of Stan’s comedy series No Activity for its second season, which will premiere in late October.
Also joining the cast this season are Chum Ehelepola (Rake), Anthony Hayes (The Rover), Susie Youssef (Here Come the Habibs) and Kim Gyngell (Jack Irish). The actors join the returning cast which includes Patrick Brammall (Offspring), Darren Gilshenan (Here Come the Habibs), Dan Wyllie (Offspring), David Field (A Moody Christmas), Harriet Dyer (Love Child) and Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc.).
No Activity is an improvised comedy series from Jungle, the team behind Here Come the Habibs, A Moody Christmas and Review with Myles Barlow. The series is created by Trent O’Donnell and Patrick Brammall, written and directed by O’Donnell, and was developed together with Darren Gilshenan and David Field. Chloe Rickard is the producer, and Jason Burrows, Trent O’Donnell, Patrick Brammall, Nick Forward and Rob Gibson are executive producers.
All six episodes of the second season of No Activity will premiere at once on October 26 on Stan.
The garden is starting to bloom.
James Corden and Rose Byrne are in negotiations to star in Peter Rabbit, Sony’s live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the children’s tale written by Beatrix Potter. Will Gluck is on board to direct what is being described as a modern interpretation centering on the rivalry between mischievous young hopper Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor, a senior trying to keep a rabbit-free garden.
Corden would voice Peter Rabbit, while Byrne would take one of the live-action roles. Gluck is producing with Zareh Nalbandian of Animal Logic Entertainment. Gluck also has been revising the latest draft of the script, which was written by Rob Lieber.
Byrne is the Australian actress who has been playing the role of Moira Mactaggert in the X-Men movies. Peter Rabbit reteams her with Gluck, for whom she starred in Sony’s 2014 remake of Annie. Corden is repped by CAA, United Agents and Sloane Offer; Byrne is repped by CAA and RGM Artists.
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Damages alumna Rose Byrne has been cast opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO Films’ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
Byrne will play Rebecca Skloot, a young journalist who, in her efforts to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and her “immortal” cells, forms a close bond with Deborah, Henrietta’s charismatic, complicated daughter, played by Winfrey. Rebecca’s quest resulted in the NY Times best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Byrne’s most recent film credits include X-Men: Apocalypse and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. She previously starred opposite Glenn Close in FX’s Damages. She has also formed a Sydney-based production company called The Dollhouse Collective, whose mission statement is to focus on being champions of change, risk takers, friends and passionate storytellers. Byrne is repped by CAA and RGM.
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Several famous Australians, including Lachlan and James Murdoch and actress Rose Byrne, have been invited to join one of the world’s most illustrious clubs.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday it was recruiting a record 683 new members to try to diversify its largely male and white membership.
A furore erupted in January when the academy announced its nominees for February’s awards ceremony and for the second straight year black actors were snubbed.
The academy went global in its new search, with at least 13 of the 283 international invitees Australian, although most were white.
Joining the Murdochs and Byrne on the list are horror film director James Wan and the large contingent of Australian crew members who won Oscars this year for their work on George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
They include production designers Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson, editor Margaret Sixel, make-up and hairstyling artist Lesley Vanderwalt, sound mixer Ben Osmo, sound editor David White and visual effects expert Tom Wood. Australian make-up artist Dave Elsey, who won the Oscar in 2011 for The Wolfman, and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, also received invites, along with Kiwis Cliff Curtis and Taika Waititi.
The academy’s membership is 90 per cent white and 75 per cent male. Of the 683 new invitees, 46 per cent are female and 41 per cent are people of colour. With the addition of the new members being invited, the academy’s female membership will rise from 25 per cent to 27 per cent and for people of colour from eight per cent to 11 per cent.
“We’re proud to welcome these new members to the academy, and know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation, a mission and not just a membership,” academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said.
Other new members include Anthony Anderson, Regina King, America Ferrara, Marlon Wayans, Rachel McAdams, Kate Beckinsale, Tom Hiddleston, Alicia Vikander and Mark Rylance.
EXCLUSIVE: Larrikins, which is Aussie slang for “maverick” or “rebel,” is digging deep Down Under. DreamWorks Animation has culled together an all-Aussie cast of Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne and Ben Mendelsohn to join previously announced fellow Aussie Margot Robbie as voice actors for its new film.
Tim Minchin and Chris Miller are directing the animal rock ‘n’ roll musical. Minchin, composer-lyricist of the five-time Tony-winning Matilda The Musical, is composing the music for Larrikins. The film is expected to shift over from Fox to Universal for release, given the NBCUni acquisition of DWA two months ago. It was originally scheduled to hit theaters on February 16, 2018.
Rounding out the all-Australian cast are Jacki Weaver (Secret City, Silver Linings Playbook), Josh Lawson (House Of Lies, Free Birds), Damon Herriman (Flesh And Bone, The Lone Ranger) and Ewen Leslie (Janet King, The Mule).
The story follows a desert-dwelling marsupial known as a bilby who has lived under a rock his entire life before he is kicked out by his parents and told to get a life. He does so by going on a road trip with a band in the Australian Outback. The project was written by Harry Cripps and is being produced by Gregg Taylor, who transitioned from his head of development job at DreamWorks Animation to go all out on this film.
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Rose Byrne (Neighbors) is in negotiations to star in the comedy Home Again for writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who is also financing. Based on a script by Meyers-Shyer, Home Again follows a recently separated mother of two whose new life in Los Angeles is overturned when she decides to take in three young, charismatic guys. Production is set to begin in August in Los Angeles with MadRiver Pictures introducing the film to international buyers in Cannes. CAA and WME are co-repping domestic rights.
Multi-hyphenate Meyers has a long, successful career working in the femme-oriented comedy and dramedy genres. She most recently wrote, directed and produced The Intern starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro for Warner Bros. Credits also include It’s Complicated starring Meryl Streep; The Holiday starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz; and Something’s Gotta Give starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.
Byrne can next be seen in Universal’s Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Meyers-Shyer is represented by WME and Byrne, Meyers and Olde are represented by CAA.
Launched in 2014 by filmmaker Erika Olde, Black Bicycle Entertainment develops, finances and produces commercial and prestige feature films and has sought to establish itself as a talent-friendly home for filmmakers to pursue bold, character-driven material. The company is also financing and producing Claire and Jake Scott’s The Burning Woman with Scott Free Productions and written by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace). Black Bicycle Entertainment is in pre-production on Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead starring Jessica Chastain and in currently in post-production on Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.
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Lorene Scafaria tweeted a few hours ago the poster for The Meddler! Also, the movie is supposed to hit theaters on April, 22nd!
I’m so glad and excited for them!
Rose Byrne and her longtime boyfriend Bobby Cannavale have welcomed a baby boy named Rocco!
The 36-year-old actress gave birth to her son on Monday (February 1), Bobby revealed during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday night. “I had a baby on Monday, yes,” Bobby said. “You know, I didn’t do anything. We [men] don’t do anything and I’m so tired. I think I’ve gained 28 pounds since Monday. I mean, I’m not kidding you. Like, this jacket fit so well, like, last Thursday. But I’ve been eating so much.” Bobby later told the crowd the name of his son and that Rocco “is doing great.”
Congratulations Rose & @bobbycannavale for your little baby boy! 👶🏻🎉💙
— Rose Byrne Source (@rbyrnesource) 7 Février 2016
(Also, we’re posting the news as Bobby publicly said it but we won’t be posting any paparazzi pictures of this little baby boy, just as we don’t post candids pics of Rose, for the respect of her private life!)
Ladies, let me rap with you for a second (turns chair around to straddle it like A.C. Slater): Is your relationship a little wobbly? Does your boo/bae/boyf/man/legal partner do something that you simply do not like? Have you been meaning to tell him in a non-passive-aggressive way that also manages to inspire the fear of God in him? Amy (played by Rose Byrne) and her clueless husband, Craig (played by Damon Herriman), have just the relationship advice for you: exercise.
Amy is eager to tell you that “we’re going to be giving our relationships a workout” until, of course, she boils over in rage at the male inability to listen. The video, from new female-driven comedy site PYPO, is the first in a series of videos that will premiere exclusively on the Cut. Co-founded by Veep’s Emmy-winning producer Stephanie Laing, PYPO, which is an acronym for “Put Your Pretty On,” came from Laing’s 4-year-old daughter grabbing for some Chapstick before saying, “Wait, Mama. I have to put my pretty on.” Laing wrote in a Medium essay, “We’re taking back lady, bitch, girl, milf, sweetie, honey, and more, only to redefine them. We’ll update ‘having it all’ and show the world how we ‘put our pretty on.’ We have to help each other.”
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