Industry News: The Weinstein Co., Keri Russell, Amy Adams and More!
THE WEINSTEIN CO., LANTERN AGREE ON PRICE, CLOSING DATE: Lantern Entertainment and The Weinstein Co. have come to terms on two major sticking points in their deal: a price and a close date. They agreed on a final purchase price of $21 million and expect to close on July 13th. A bankruptcy court hearing is scheduled for July 11th. Lantern also agreed to make numerous payments to creditors to avoid a lengthy court battle, Deadline reports. TWC landed on the block after founder Harvey Weinstein was accused by more than 80 women of sexual misconduct, including rape. “Lantern has been steadfast in its dedication to consummate this sale as a going concern, with our employees and assets as the core of its business and with Lantern’s commitment to diversity and respect for all,” said the Board of Representatives of The Weinstein Company. “We wish Lantern all the best as they embark on the exciting challenge of revitalizing these valuable assets.”
KERI RUSSELL TO JOIN STAR WARS EPISODE IX? Felicity alum Keri Russell may join J.J. Abram’s Star Wars: Episode IX, according to Variety. No word yet on whether she’ll tackle a hero or villain in the epic franchise. The movie begins shooting in London this month and currently stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, among others.
AMY ADAMS SAYS SHE IS ‘WORKING ON’ ENCHANTED SEQUEL: Amy Adams filled fans in on the status of Disenchanted, Disney’s hotly anticipated sequel to 2007’s Enchanted. “I am absolutely up for that,” Adams when asked by co-host Sara Gilbert about reprising her role in a sequel. “We’re working on it — so hopefully.” Adam Shankman is attached to direct the sequel, but no word on when it would move forward. The original pulled in $340.5 million globally, was nominated for three Best Song Oscars and starred (in addition to Adams), Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey and Susan Sarandon.
SACHA BARON COHEN IN TALKS TO STAR IN SHOWTIME COMEDY SERIES: The Ali G Show star Sacha Baron Cohen is in talks to do a comedy series trolling President Donald Trump, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He teased the show in a July 4thtweet, captioning a logo of Trump University, “Sacha graduates soon.” Showtime has also been teasing a comedy series with videos that promise “the most dangerous show in the history of television. It is expected to drop July 15th.
TOMI LAHREN AND MILO YIANNOPOULOS HAVE CAMEOS IN ROE V. WADE FILM: The (no-longer) secret Nick Loeb-helmed Roe. V. Wade movie starring Jon Voight just keeps getting bigger. Per the Daily Beast, Tomi Lahren and Milo Yiannopoulus have cameo roles. There aren’t even pictures up of them in the production office,” one crew member told the Daily Beast. “Somebody requested that no pictures of them be up.” The pro-life film has divided Hollywood, with several cast and crew reportedly quitting once they get ahold of the full script. Loeb is most famous for battling his ex Sofia Vergara for their frozen embryos. (He lost).