In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Sony announces a giant slate of new movies that includes -- yup! -- TWO new "Bad Boys" movies, Steven Spielberg and a fresh "Jumanji."

Other stories in our eyeballs this week:

Miley Cyrus crashed a hair metal party this week...

HBO made some David Simon pickups...

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star together in the first "By the Sea" trailer...

The National's frontman has a new band...

"Gambit" short-lists female leads...

And more!

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie live unhappily ever after in first ‘By the Sea’ trailer

    The movie that brought Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie together, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” had them playing a married couple at odds. Their next project will too, but this ain’t no “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” That movie was fun. “By the Sea” doesn’t look fun. It looks bleak.

    “By the Sea,” which Jolie wrote and directed, is a romantic drama set in the mid-1970s. Jolie and Pitt play a married couple that’s growing apart when they take a vacation to the seaside in France.

    Check out that first trailer above. — Emily Rome

  • Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘Bad Boys’ sequels, ‘Ghostbusters’ get release dates
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    Grab your calendars — we have a lot of new movie release dates for you to pencil in.

    First order of business: You can start counting down the days (861, to be exact) until you get to see Steven Spielberg’s next sci-fi project, “Ready Player One.” The film is an adaptation of the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. announced this week that the movie will get a Dec. 15, 2017 release. “Ready Player One will be the first sci-fi film since “War of the Worlds” that’s had Spielberg in the director’s chair. (Unless you’re counting “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” I really wish you wouldn’t.)

    Ben Affleck is keeping plenty busy with Warner Bros., appearing in multiple films as Batman. Now two of his non-comic book-based projects with the studio are getting pushed to later dates. Prohibition Era drama “Live by Night,” which Affleck is set to direct, got pushed from an October 2016 release to undated in 2017. Originally the film was slated for December of this year. And “The Accountant” will open in theaters on Oct. 7, 2016 instead of in January. The film stars Affleck as a mild-mannered accountant with Asperger's who moonlights as an assassin.

    Next up: The female cast-led “Ghostbusters,” which got its release date moved one week earlier, to July 15. Worth noting: That’s one week before San Diego Comic-Con, which now puts a Comic-Con panel and world premiere squarely in the realm of possibility.

    “Ghostbusters” is among many Sony projects that got release date announcements this week. Here are some more, including a “Jumanji” reboot, two “Bad Boys” sequels and the first film in the ambitious adaptation of Steven King’s “The Dark Tower.”

    “Money Monster,” directed by Jodie Foster, starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney — April 8, 2016
    “Patient Zero,” zombie film starring Matt Smith, Stanley Tucci and Natalie Dormer — Sept. 2, 2016
    “Underworld 5” — Oct. 21, 2016
    “Passengers,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and (just announced this week) Laurence Fishbone — December 21, 2016
    “Jumanji” — December 25, 2016
    “Bad Boys 3” — February 17, 2017
    “The Dark Tower” — Jan. 13, 2017
    “Resident Evil 6” — Jan. 27, 2017
    “Barbie” — June 2, 2017
    “Bad Boys 4” — July 3, 2019

    —Emily Rome

  • Two ‘Mission: Impossible’ ladies, one ‘Mad Max’ actress on shortlist for ‘Gambit’
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    Last week, Channing Tatum finally closed the deal to play the lead in “X-Men” spinoff “Gambit.” Now it’s time to cast his leading lady.

    Deadline reports that three women are in the running for the female lead, Bella Donna Boudreaux: model-actress Abbey Lee, who played one of Immortan Joe’s wives in “Mad Max: Fury Road”; Rebecca Ferguson, who’s garnering attention with her kick-ass and alluring turn in “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation”; and Lea Seydoux, who played a diamond-collecting assassin in “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” and is also known for the Palme d’Or-winner “Blue is the Warmest Color.”

    They’re three gorgeous actresses who have proven their stunt skills — Ferguson and Seydoux especially, with some memorable “M:I” fights — so here’s hoping Bella Donna gets to be in the thick of the action in this movie.

    In the comic books, Bella Donna meets Remy LeBeau (that’s Gambit) when they’re both kids. They become friends, though they don’t find out until later that they come from rival Guilds (Thieves and Assassins). In a bit of a “Romeo and Juliet” story with a twist, Bella Donna’s and Remy’s fathers arrange for them to marry, hoping the union would unite the guilds. Less than pleased with this plan, Julian, Bella’s brother, challenges Remy in a fight to the death. When Remy kills him, he’s exiled from New Orleans. — Emily Rome

  • Miley Cyrus delivered a guest spot at a Steel Panther concert

    The House of Blues in Los Angeles hosted its final shows this week, and among its last guests was satirical metal-heads (and Immaculate Noise favorites) Steel Panther.

    Billy Ray Cyrus dropped in on the set. And along with Cyrus came another Cyrus: 2015 MTV VMAs host and singer Miley Cyrus.

    The Cyruses helped out on a cover of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me." Check out the video.

  • The National's frontman starts side project with Menomena member

    Matt Berninger, frontman of The National and co-star of documentary "Mistake for Strangers," has stepped out of his usual rock troupe to join forces with Brent Knopf of Menomena/Ramona Falls to form the new band El Vy.

    The duo will drop their first album "Return to the Moon" on Oct. 30 via 4AD. You can check out a stream of the title track in the video.

    “This record is more autobiographical than anything else I’ve written,” said Berninger in a statement, “but the details aren’t true. It’s written in the voices of a few invented characters, composites of different people – myself, my wife, and other people I was thinking about.”

  • Did you know Chris Farley was the original 'Shrek' voice? Hear it

    Chris Farley was originally cast as the voice of Shrek in the hit '90s family movie franchise of the same name. The comedian died of a drug overdose in 1997 before the film was completed, which is when Mike Myers stepped into those green shoes.

    A new video has surfaced of Farley voicing the character for the story reel of "Shrek," along with co-star Eddie Murphy.

    “Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy,” Kevin Farley told Yahoo! of his brother.

  • Carla Gugino replaces Christina Hendricks in Showtime comedy pilot "Roadies"
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    Carla Gugino ("Wayward Pines") is slated to take over Christina Hendricks' role in the hourlong comedy pilot "Roadies" for Showtime, which has been reworked from its original incarnation. The show "follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road."

    The pilot will undergo reshoots with Gugino (playing the band's production manager Shelli) and co-stars Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Peter Cambor and Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly.


  • HBO halts production on "Lewis & Clark" miniseries starring Casey Affleck
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    HBO has announced a temporary pause in production of their six-hour miniseries "Lewis and Clark" starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts due to a number of factors, including weather-related issues. The network also revealed that the series' director and cinematographer will be replaced before filming resumes.

    “We are temporarily pausing production on the HBO miniseries Lewis And Clark,” said HBO in a statement to Deadline. “For creative reasons, director John Curran and director of photography Rob Hardy will be leaving the production. We will be bringing on a new director, and we plan to resume filming as soon as possible.”



  • George Clooney to be Stephen Colbert's first "Late Show" guest
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    Incoming "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert has announced that mega-movie star George Clooney will be his first guest in a tweet posted Friday that reads:

    "George Clooney will be my first-ever #LSSC guest on September 8th! Could one of you let him know?"

    We're guessing Clooney has been made aware by now.

  • HBO orders two drama pilots from "The Wire" creator David Simon, one starring James Franco
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    HBO is linking back up with "The Wire" and "Treme" creator David Simon for two new pilots:

    1. "The Deuce," a period drama about the New York porn industry in the 1970s and '80s starring James Franco in a dual role as twins who became "fronts for mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry" in NYC's gritty Times Square district.

    “We’re interested in what it means when profit is the primary metric for what we call society,” said Simon of the project. “In that sense, this story is intended as neither prurient nor puritan. It’s about a product, and those human beings who created, sold, profited from and suffered with that product.”

    2. An "untitled Capitol Hill project" co-created by famed journalist Carl Bernstein that's described as "a modern-day examination of partisanship and the influence of money on national governance." The project is set to begin production after "The Deuce."

    “We are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with preeminent producer David Simon, whose keen eye and visceral perspective on today’s socio-economic ills have set him apart from all others," said HBO president Michael Lombardo in a statement. "No one else creates with such authenticity, integrity and brilliant realism. We are so fortunate to support David’s efforts and to reap the benefits of his distinctive voice.”


After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.