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Filmmaker David Ayer has exited Universal's upcoming Scarface reboot starring Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alum Diego Luna.

Ayer's take on the source material, which would have taken place in Los Angeles, was deemed "too dark" by the studio, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

The director had signed on to helm the project in place of Antoine Fuqua who left the film due to scheduling conflicts with his sequel to The Equalizer.

Universal is said to be looking for a new director to get Scarface up and running by the fall, Variety reported. The reboot is being produced by Dylan Clark and Martin Bregman who produced the 1983 version of Scarface starring Al Pacino that was set in 1980s Miami.

Ayer currently has Bright starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton set for release on Netflix in December. The 49-year-old is also developing Gotham City Sirens which will feature Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn alongside fellow Batman villains Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

Most people forget that the 1983 version of Scarface is actually a remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks' film Scarface. 'Member that?!

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Joe Pesci reunites with Robert De Niro, Martin Scorcese in 'The Irishman'
Actor Joe Pesci will reunite with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorcese in the upcoming, The Irishman.

The movie is based on the book, I Heard You Paint Houses, about a gangster's deathbed confession regarding the death of Teamsters boss, Jimmy Hoffa.

Pesci will play Russell Bufalino, a mafia boss suspected of being involved with the suspected murder of Hoffa, whose body has never been found.

Pesci and De Niro each starred in Scorcese's most well-known gangster movies, Goodfellas and Casino, as well as his legendary biopic of Bronx boxer Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull.

Deadline reported that Pesci had turned down the role several times, but finally signed on.

The Irishman will also star Al Pacino, another New York actor who has done famous turns as tough guys and mafia men. But this movie will mark the first time Pacino has worked with either Scorcese or Pesci.

Pacino previously starred opposite De Niro in 1995's Heat, directed by Michael Mann.


Steven Spielberg documentary to premiere on HBO Oct. 7
Director-producer Susan Lacy's documentary about Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg is to premiere on HBO Oct. 7.

Lacy interviewed more than 80 people for Spielberg, including J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis.

"One of the most famous filmmakers in the world, Steven Spielberg pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before in the exclusive HBO presentation, Spielberg," a press release said. "The feature-length documentary examines Spielberg's filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time."

Among Spielberg's blockbusters are Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies.


LOOSE LIPS:
"I guess that was my sex education. Being on Game of Thrones."
--Sophie Turner, on learning about oral sex while reading the show's script, to the U.K.'s Sunday Times



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Sophie Turner on Maisie Williams: We have a 'true friendship'
Sophie Turner says she has a "true friendship" with Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams.

The 21-year-old British actress said an interview with W magazine that Williams has been her "rock" throughout the ups and downs of the HBO show's success.

"Maisie and I have the purest form of true, true friendship," Turner said of the 20-year-old actress. "She's been my rock."

"We are kind of the only two people who know what it feels like to go through this very scenario from pretty much the same background, and ending up where we are and kind of finding ourselves as we go," she explained. "I think that's why people respond so well to our friendship, I guess. They see the true, pure love between us."

Turner and Williams play sisters Sansa and Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, which will return for a seventh season Sunday. The pair were just 15 and 14 years old, respectively, when the series debuted in 2011.

"This has been amazing and hard," Turner confessed in the May issue of InStyle. "To have someone who understands what you're going through, who's the same age, who came from pretty much the same background -- that is so rare."

"We've had the same struggles in terms of dealing with body image and puberty and growing up in the public eye," she told the magazine. "But I found my strength in her, and I think she found her strength in me."

Game of Thrones co-stars Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Turner told W the new season will see Sansa explore her newfound power.

"Now that she's become a leader, she has Winterfell, she has her home, she has her brother [Jon]," the actress said. "She's got to the point where she has that power that she's been longing for. And the ability to kind of hopefully bring the people that she loves back to her or create a safe haven if they do come back to her."

"It's more about her figuring out how to treat that power and how to surround herself with the people that are best for her," she added. "This season is about trust and loyalty."


Jessica Biel on Justin Timberlake: 'We believe in loyalty, honesty'
Jessica Biel says her relationship with Justin Timberlake is built on "loyalty" and other shared values.

The 35-year-old actress said in the August issue of Marie Claire that the secret behind her happy marriage to Timberlake is their similar beliefs and interests.

"We have similar values; we believe in honesty, loyalty," Biel told the magazine. "We like to have fun. We like a lot of the same things."

"Also, in the business, we're all very career-oriented, and you have to be a little selfish," she added. "I understand that about my peers -- about being focused and driven -- and if you can find that and someone who shares the same values as you, it's like: Score!"

Biel and Timberlake married in Fasano, Italy, in October 2012 after more than five years of dating. The couple welcomed their first child, son Silas Randall, in April 2015.

"[Fatherhood] changes everything," Timberlake said in an interview with Today in October. "It's crazy. There's new appreciation for both of them -- her and him. It's humiliating and it's humbling at the same time."

Biel will next star in USA Network adaptation of the Petra Hammesfahr novel The Sinner. She told E! News in April that Timberlake has done nothing but support her "dark" role in the forthcoming show.

"He supported me from the very beginning," the actress said. "He's excited because I'm excited. He's just been a wonderful partner. Completely supportive, even though it is dark."

"I have to really put myself out there in a way that feels a little scary and is a little exposing," she added. "He understands because he's an actor and that's what we do. He's just been a great partner in all of it."


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Which "Rock" star hints at possible run for the Senate in 2018?

Kid Rock hinted at a possible 2018 run for Senate in Michigan in a tweet Wednesday.

"I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real... kidrockforsenate.com The answer is an absolute YES," he tweeted, adding: "Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future."

Judith Ingram, a spokeswoman for the FEC, told CNN that the FEC does not currently have a filing for Kid Rock or his official name, Robert Ritchie. But she added that Senate applications "would first go to the Secretary of the Senate, which is the entry point for Senate filings."

The website Kid Rock tweeted only has a homepage with a photo of him in a leather jacket sitting in a senatorial-like office and sitting next to a stuffed deer. Underneath is a link to buy t-shirts and a number of stickers along with a graphic of alternating slogans, including, "I'll rock the party," "You've never met a politician quite like me" and "Pimp of the nation."

Kid Rock, a self-declared conservative who endorsed Donald Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012, has been been considered by the Michigan GOP to be the party's challenger in 2018 to face-off against incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Roll Call reported in February.

In an interview with The Guardian in 2015, Kid Rock laid out some of his political views.

"I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues," he said. "I am no fan of abortion, but it's not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don't look forward to marrying gay people, but I'm not opposed to it."

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