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Remakes aren't even using the name of the original movie from which it came anymore. What's the deal with that?

Rebel Wilson has announced that her upcoming comedy remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Anne Hathaway has been renamed The Hustle and will arrive in theaters on June 29.

"Announcing that our film together will officially be called The Hustle and now will be released early on June 29th this year! Directed by @mrchrisaddison get ready for this beaut. The CON is ON," the actress said on Twitter Wednesday alongside a photo of Hathaway hugging her from behind.

The Hustle, from Veep director Chris Addison and screenwriter Jac Schaeffer, is based on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which starred Steve Martin, Michael Caine and Glenne Headly. The film will follow Wilson and Hathaway as they team up to con a tech billionaire played by Alex Sharp, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

The Hustle was originally titled Nasty Women, a reference to a phrase used by President Donald Trump to describe Democrat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. The film was also originally set to hit theaters on Aug. 10.

Isn't the whole point of remaking a movie just a cheaper way to market an already existing property? Why would you change the recognizable name of the product you're going to put out? Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is not only a great movie, but it's has a memorable title that has instant recognition. Why change the only thing that this remake has going for it? Is this weird or is it just me or do I need to get out more?

Be Well,
Steve


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Director Ryan Coogler thanks fans for 'Black Panther' success
Director Ryan Coogler thanked fans on Twitter for coming out to the movie theater and making his latest film, the Marvel epic Black Panther, a box office success.

Black Panther, which stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright, grossed $242 million in North America during its opening weekend making it the second-highest four-day weekend haul behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

"I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try," Coogler said Tuesday in his letter addressed to moviegoers. "Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent."

"Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong," he continued. "It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film- But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters- often moved me and my wife to tears."

"Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you," Coogler continued after more thanks for fans and critics who praised the film and before mentioning a line from the film, "Wakanda Forever."

Boseman will be returning as Black Panther in Marvel's upcoming Avengers sequel, Infinity War which is set to arrive on May 4.


Jessica Chastain in talks to star in 'It' sequel
Jessica Chastain is being eyed to star in New Line Cinema's upcoming horror sequel to Stephen King's It.

Chastain is in negotiations to star as an older version of Beverly, who was first portrayed by Sophia Lillis in the first film, released in 2017, Variety reported.

Director Andy Muschietti and Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown are returning for the sequel with Gary Dauberman writing the script. Muschietti, who directed Chastain in Mama, previously said he hoped to recruit the actress for the role.

The It sequel, set to arrive in theaters on Sept. 6, 2019, will take place 27 years following the original as the Losers Club, which included Beverly, return home to the town of Derry to face Pennywise once again.

Muschietti has also said that Lillis and the other young stars that make up the Losers Club may also return for flashback scenes.

It, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, earned $700 million worldwide -- making it the largest-grossing horror film of all time.


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"I don't even think he'll have a middle name because we can't even think of a first name."
--Chrissy Teigen, revealing she and husband John Legend don't have a name for their son, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show



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George and Amal Clooney donate $500K to gun control march
George and Amal Clooney have donated $500,000 in support of stricter gun control.

The 56-year-old actor and 40-year-old barrister gave the sum to the upcoming March for Our Lives event that will take place March 24 in Washington, D.C. The couple donated in the name of their 8-month-old twins, Ella and Alexander.

"Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School," George said in a statement to People.

George and Amal will attend the march alongside survivors of the school shooting that left 17 dead Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla. Five students organized the rally in collaboration with Everytown for Gun Safety, according to Variety.

"Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we're donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event," George said. "Our children's lives depend on it."

Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Zendaya are among the other celebrities who have voiced support for Stoneman Douglas students and March for Our Lives. Lady Gaga called the survivors "true models" in a tweet Monday.

"Parkland Survivors and others that are standing up through the media are so brave and are true role models," the 31-year-old singer wrote. "I'm speechless at their courage. And so proud that these kids and young adults are our future. #GunControl #ParklandStudents The question now is will our leaders listen."

Bieber also took to Twitter to praise survivor Cameron Kasky, who helped organize the march.

"Cameron good talking to you last night. All of your bravery is amazing. I stand with you guys. #march24 #marchforourlives," the 23-year-old singer wrote.


Ryan Reynolds meets with Make-A-Wish kids on set of 'Deadpool 2'
Ryan Reynolds posted on Instagram photos of himself spending time with children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children's Wish Foundation on the set of Deadpool 2.

"One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set," the actor said alongside the photo set which features Reynolds posing with families, talking with the kids and sharing autographed toy swords.

"Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile," he continued.

"HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)"

Reynolds' character in the Deadpool, Wade Wilson, is diagnosed with terminal cancer in the film before he undergoes an experimental mutation that leads to him becoming the mutant mercenary.

Reynolds previously paid tribute to Deadpool fan Connor McGrath who he met while the 13-year-old battled cancer.

Deadpool 2 is set to arrive in theaters on May 18.


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Jay Hernandez has been cast in the title role in CBS's upcoming reboot pilot based on 1980s crime drama, Magnum, P.I.

Hernandez, best known for starring in 2016's Suicide Squad as El Diablo, will be taking on the iconic private eye role first held by Tom Selleck, who currently stars on the CBS police drama Blue Bloods. The original Magnum, P.I. aired from 1980 to 1988.

The pilot will feature the actor becoming a private investigator upon returning home from Afghanistan where he served as a decorated Navy SEAL, Variety reported.

The show will once again take place in Hawaii, but will feature a female version of sidekick Higgins, a character first portrayed by John Hillerman.

Peter Lenkov, the writer and producer of CBS reboots Hawaii Five-O and MacGuyver, is set to write and executive produce the new Magnum, P.I.

Hernandez has also starred in Netflix's Bright, the Bad Moms film series and in Scandal, Nashville and The Expanse on television.

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