Barcelona Terrorist Attack: Police Thwart Second Plot After 13 Killed, 100+ Hurt In City – Update

UPDATED with details of another attack: U.S. cable networks went live today with coverage of what Barcelona police say was a “massive” act of terrorism in Spain’s second-largest city. Officials say at least 13 people are dead and more than 100 injured after a van traveling at 80 km an hour (50 mph) jumped a curb and drove down the middle of a crowded pedestrian walkway in the Las Ramblas district, a popular tourist area.

Later tonight, Spanish officials confirmed that police thwarted a second possible terrorist attack in Cambrils, a seaside resort town about 60 miles south of Barcelona. In the early morning hours Friday local time, troopers shot and killed four suspects and wounded another, less than eight hours after the tragic afternoon in Barcelona, the capital of the country’s Catalonia region. Media reports say the Cambrils suspects may have also been attempting to drive a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians. Several injuries have been reported.

The number of dead in the van attack, meanwhile, is expected to rise as many suffered severe injuries, a police official said. ISIS has claimed responsibility, as it generally does with nearly every terrorist attack around the world. Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the attack “jihad terrorism” and declared three days of mourning across the country.

A manhunt is still underway for the Barcelona driver, who witnesses say fled on foot after plowing into the crowd. Spanish police confirm that they have arrested two men they believe were involved in the attack; neither was the driver of the van, but one of them had rented it. Local media has identified that man, but Deadline will not name him. Reports say the man posted anti-Israeli remarks on his Facebook page last night. Police say he rented the van used in the assault. There are no details yet about the second man in custody.

Video from social media that was shown American cable news appeared to show multiple bodies, including that of a young child.

President Donald Trump tweeted this as 11 AM PT:

The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

Local reports earlier said that two armed men were holed up a nearby bar, but police now confirm that is not the case and that there is no hostage situation.

Police cordoned off the scene of the attack, and officers — some in riot gear — were seen running down the streets and through a market, checking in stores and cafes.

The U.S. government is warning Americans to avoid the area.

Police said a third separate incident, in which a car sped through a checkpoint outside Barcelona, injuring a police officer, was not related to the van attack. That driver was shot and killed after a chase about six miles from the location of Las Ramblas.

Pundits on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC spent the day discussing jihadists, “lone wolves” and how the incident bears the hallmarks of ISIS-style vehicle-as-weapon attacks that have become all-too-familiar in Europe. In June, seven people died after a van drove into pedestrians on the London Bridge; a dozen people were killed in December after a hijacked trick plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin; and 84 people died and more than were 450 injured in July 2016 when a tractor trailer accelerated into a crowd gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, on the French Riviera.

Today’s attack also comes just days after a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA.

Lisa de Moraes contributed to this report.


Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Wants Wicked Director Stephen Daldry

News of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie finally emerged today and rumors are suggesting that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) will direct the often talked about spin-off. This is terrific news for Star Wars fans who have been bothering Ewan McGregor for years about an Obi-Wan spin-off movie. Castings have not been announced yet, but McGregor has expressed interest over the years about reprising his role as the sensitive Jedi Master. It has also been reported that there is not a script just yet, so it could be a while before we end up seeing the project.

The Hollywood Reporter were the first to announce the next Star Wars Story. It has been reported that Stephen Daldry is in the very early stages of talking to Disney about possibly helming the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. Looking at the Tony Award winning director’s slate shows that he’s directing the big screen adaptation of Wicked next, which has been talked about for years. Daldry has said that production is to start in 2018 for that project, so we’re looking at quite a wait for the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie if Lucasfilm and Daldry strike a deal.

Stephen Daldry has never directed anything remotely close to a Star Wars movie, so it will be interesting to see his take on one of the galaxy’s most beloved characters. Daldry’s most recent work was directing some episodes of Netflix’s The Crown, a project that earned the director an Emmy nomination. If the Hollywood Reporter sources are to be believed, Daldry will work closely with Lucasfilm throughout the development phase of the spin-off, including the writing of the spin-off. The news is coming from unnamed sources. Nothing has been officially announced by Stephen Daldry or Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Lucasfilm is about to wrap production on the upcoming Han Solo movie, which has seen its fair share of turbulence during its production. Original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were reportedly fired for not seeing eye to eye with the brass at Lucasfilm and were swiftly replaced by Ron Howard. Questions arose about how much creative control Disney and Lucasfilm allow their directors while taking on such mammoth projects. Star Wars is a big deal to a lot of people all over the world, so one can assume that Stephen Daldry has a lot to consider before jumping into such a large project.

As previously stated, Stephen Daldry directing the movie is an unconfirmed rumor at this point, but it looks as if Disney and Lucasfilm are ready to get to work on the future of the Star Wars universe. It is also rumored that talks of the Boba Fett spin-off and Yoda spin-off are being discussed at this very moment. We could end up getting a lot more Star Wars sooner than later, which is awesome. Lucasfilm had a massive hit with Rogue One so one can see why they want to explore even more of the Star Wars universe in a more detailed manner. Let’s just hope that if Daldry does end up taking on the project that he keeps it and sees it through to the end.


Eric Zumbrunnen Dies: Spike Jonze’s Go-To Film Editor Was 52

Eric Zumbrunnen, an ACE Award-winning film editor who worked on several Spike Jonze films including Being John Malkovich and Best Picture Oscar nominee Her, has died. He was 52. His publicist Jason Kasperski told Deadline that Zumbrunnen died August 1 of cancer.

Zumbrunnen began his career editing music videos and documentaries, including Iron Maiden: Donington Live 1992 and The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. In the mid-1990s, he edited the videos for such modern rock hit songs as the Breeders’ “Cannonball,” Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight,” and Beck’s “Where It’s At,” landing MTV Video Music Award noms for the latter two. He won the Best Editing VMA for Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” in 1995 and Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” in 2001.

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Zumbrunnen’s first feature was Being John Malkovich (1999), the Jonze-directed and Charlie Kaufman-penned pic that earned three Oscar nominations including mentions for Jonze and Kaufman. The film earned Zumbrunnen an ACE Award from the American Cinema Editors and a BAFTA Film Award nomination.

Known to many as “EZ,” he continued editing music videos for the like of Bjork and Tesla, then scored another ACE nom for his next film, Jonze’s Adaptation (2002). That Jonze pic, also scripted by — and about — Kaufman, featured Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton and Chris Cooper, who won an Oscar for his supporting role. Zumbrunnen also was the editor on Jonze’s next film, 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are.

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His first non-Jonze feature was the infamous John Carter in 2012, but Zumbrunnen followed that by editing Her, Jonze’s typically quirky 2013 pic that earned five Oscar noms, including Best Picture, and earned Jonze his only Oscar, for his original screenplay about a writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls for the Siri-esque operating system designed to cater to his every whim.

Zumbrunnen recently was awarded a Bronze Lion for Editing at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for his work on Jonze’s Kenzo World fragrance ad, “My Mutant Brain.” He was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year based on his body of work.


‘For the People’ Creator Paul William Davies Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Paul William Davies, creator/executive producer of the upcoming ABC/Shondaland legal drama For the People, has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the series, ABC Studios.

Written by Davies, For The People is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” and follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution

Davies comes from a legal background. He holds a J.D. degree from Stanford and clerked for a federal judge before a nearly decade-long stint as a litigator at O’Melveny & Myers while aspiring to become a TV Writer.  He developed half-hours for 20th TV, NBC and Sony TV before he landed his first staff writing job on the ABC/ABC Studios drama series Betrayal in 2013. He entered the Shondaland universe as a writer on Scandal before conceiving For The People. 

Davis executive produces For the People, slated for a midseason premiere, with Don Dodd (the two also are co-running the show), and Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Davies’ overall deal was closed before this week’s news of Rhimes’ move from ABC Studios to Netflix. Shindaland will continue to produce For The People, along with all other series the company has at ABC.

Davies is repped by WME.


‘The Tick’ Review: Amazon’s First Superhero Series Works Best Weird

The debut of Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix tomorrow and The Tick on Amazon on August 25 makes clear that the summer is ending with a superhero show of strength, with the latter series from the House of Bezos distinctly and sometimes rather wonderfully weird.

This version of the much-adapted Tick depicts a world where superheroes are the norm but real super villains are thought to be the stuff of myth. Simultaneously parodying and loving up the genre, the six-episode first installment of the series executive produced by Ben Edlund, Barry Josephson and David Fury and co-produced with Sony Pictures Television is well worth a quick contained binge.

Starring Peter Serafinowicz as the often clueless but mighty Tick himself and Griffin Newman as his often petrified and unwilling sidekick Arthur, this latest version of the Edlund-created character is more pertinent than ever as costumed heroes swarm the big and small screens and pop culture itself. However, like Amazon’s underappreciated Patriot, what truly makes this Tick soar is how high its freak flag flies, as I say in my video review above.

With Watchmen alum Jackie Earle Haley chewing up every scene as presumed dead villain the Terror, it’s a bit amazing that the Serafinowicz and Newman starrer — along with co-stars Valorie Curry, Michael Cerveris, Yara Martinez and Scott Speiser as ultra-violent vigilante Overkill — is Amazon’s first superhero series. After the crowds that The Tick exhibit attracted at Comic-Con last month, it undoubtedly won’t be the streamer’s last, but this Tick has set a genuine tone that all concerned will be hard-pressed to replicate, and I mean that in the most flattering of ways with this nice dollop of awkward fun.

In fact, no need to totally wait until August 25 for The Tick as you can check out the pilot on the streaming service right now — it has been up last summer. And you won’t have to wait long for more after next Friday, as a second set of six episodes will debut next year.

With all that in mind, click on my review above to see what I mean. Will you be cutting through the comic book clutter and watch The Tick on August 25?


New Captain Marvel Writer Won’t Start Script from Scratch

A few days ago, we reported that Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel has found itself a new writer, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet coming aboard to work on the script. It wasn’t specified in the report if she was going to be starting over from scratch with a page one rewrite, or if she would be working off the original script by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), but today we got confirmation of the latter. Nicole Perlman took to Twitter to confirm that Geneva Robertson-Dworet will in fact be the “next writer” to work on Captain Marvel. Here’s what Nicole Perlman had to say in a brief statement.

“Happy to confirm my pal Geneva Robertson-Dworet will be the next writer to help guide #CaptainMarvel’s journey to the screen. She’s stellar! I was lucky to have the years on CM that I did, I’m excited to see where Geneva (who’s got incredible character chops) takes our beloved CM.”

The statement came from Nicole Perlman’s Twitter, where she also answered a few questions from fans. She confirmed that she is not working with Geneva, adding that she thinks the new writer will “knock it out of the park” and that it’s been a great 2.5 years working on the script. Marvel hired both Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve in April 2015 to work on the script, with the writer revealing that they were working on it for so long because Marvel had originally planned a 2018 release for Captain Marvel, but that all changed when the studio brought Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp and other projects into the mix.

Nicole Perlman also confirmed that all of the details announced at Comic-Con 2017, such as the 1990s setting and the Skrulls as the villains, came from the script that she worked on with Meg LeFauve. She added that all of those details will remain as Geneva Robertson-Dworet works on a new script, although she wouldn’t add any additional details about what may or may not be included in this story. She also would not address when production may begin, or any rumors about Kree hero Mar-Vell, which have surfaced recently. It is believed that filming will begin sometime in 2018, as we get closer and closer to the March 8, 2019 release date.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) are set to direct, with Brie Larson starring as Carol Danvers, and Samuel L. Jackson also making his return to the MCU as Nick Fury. Since the story will be set in the 1990s, it is believed that fans will get to see Nick Fury with two working eyes for the first time, with speculation surfacing that this movie may show how in fact the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director lost his left eye. While we wait for more details on Captain Marvel, take a look at the recent tweets from writer Nicole Perlman about this highly-anticipated adaptation.

Happy to confirm my pal Geneva Robertson-Dworet will be the next writer to help guide #CaptainMarvel’s journey to the screen. She’s stellar!

— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 15, 2017

I was lucky to have the years on CM that I did – I’m excited to see where Geneva (who’s got incredible character chops) takes our beloved CM

— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 15, 2017

No – Geneva is taking it from here and I’m sure she’ll knock it out of the park. It’s been a great 2.5 years though. ;-)

— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 15, 2017

Because Marvel started development originally w/ a 2018 release date in mind, then we got pushed due to Spiderman, Ant Man & the Wasp, etc.

— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 16, 2017

Yes, of course. All the ideas the SDCC Marvel panel shared this year were pre-Geneva’s involvement. Others will stay too. Can’t say more.

— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 16, 2017

Which is all to say – it’s going to be fine, and the project is in excellent hands.

— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) August 16, 2017


Conjuring Short The Nurse Will Creep You Out

Last month, Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg announced a contest that asked fans to shoot a short film set within The Conjuring universe. Those who participated had to make a short that felt as though it could fit in with The Conjuring movies that ran two minutes or less, and they had less than a month to make it happen. The winner has been chosen. Filmmaker Julian Terry managed to beat out the competition with his super creepy short called The Nurse, which you can watch for yourself online right now.

Julian Terry has released The Nurse online, which is the U.S. winner of the contest. Different winners are going to be selected for the U.K. and Mexico. Terry, for his efforts, is going to get an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood where he’ll meet with New Line Cinema and David F. Sandberg. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to wind up directing a movie in The Conjuring franchise or anything like that, but it does represent a nice chance for a young filmmaker to get his foot in the door.

The Nurse absolutely feels like something that could exist within The Conjuring universe. The short features a girl who is recovering from an unknown injury in a suspiciously dark, creepy hospital. She has bandages on her eyes as a result of said injury, which Julian Terry uses to create some extra chilling moments. The whole thing culminates with a vision of a terrifying nurse who is the last thing anyone wants to see when they hit their call button during a hospital stay. This short looks really impressive for something that was shot in just four days. This seems to take some inspiration from the demon nun Valak that was featured in The Conjuring 2, which will be the subject of a spin-off titled The Nun next year.

David F. Sandberg broke out last year with his horror hit Lights Out. As it turns out, he actually got his start and was allowed to make that movie because of a short film he made of the same name. The short made the rounds online and won some awards, which got the attention of some folks in Hollywood. That led to James Wan producing the movie, which was a huge box office success. Sandberg then took over the Annabelle franchise, which has turned out to be another great movie. Annabelle: Creation has already made $83 million at the box office and is a dramatic improvement over the first movie. Now, he is moving on to direct Shazam for the DC Extended Universe. That is an impressive resume for a guy who started with a short horror movie.

The point being, a big career can start with something very small like The Nurse. One also has to wonder if New Line would actually consider making a feature-length movie based on this video. They are already planning other Conjuring spin-offs like The Crooked Man. If they can find a way to fit The Nurse into that mythology and if Julian Terry has a pitch, who knows? One of the studio’s most promising directors started in the exact same way. Be sure to check out The Nurse for yourself below.

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‘Shut Eye’ Casts Rowena King; Jeremy Bobb In ‘Escape At Dannemora’

Rowena King (Of Kings and Prophets) is set for a key recurring role in Season 2 of Hulu’s Shut Eye. Created and executive produced by Les Bohem, Shut Eye centers on Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan), a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and who contracts building tricks for a family that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. King will play Maggie. Once a high level advertising executive, Maggie was known for her ability to read and manipulate consumers’ desires. She is the backbone to “Psychic to the Stars”, Paz Kapoor’s (Aasif Mandvi) business and the one responsible for taking his street corner mystic act to its world famous status. Charlie (Jeffrey Donovan) will shortly learn that the British-born Maggie is not only his rival in charm, but also in skill. King, repped by Domain and Thirdhill Entertainment, just finished shooting a lead role in ITV drama Trauma, opposite Adrian Lester and John Simm and had a supporting role in ABC’s Of Kings and Prophets.

The Knick alum Jeremy Bobb has been tapped for a recurring role in Showtime’s limited series Escape At Dannemora, directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller. Escape At Dannemora, starring Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano and Arquette, is based on the headline-making true story of a 2015 prison break in upstate New York, which spawned a massive manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt (played by del Toro) and David Sweat (Dano). The pair were aided in their escape by married female prison worker, Tilly Mitchell (Arquette), with whom they both became sexually entangled. Bobb will play Dennis Lambert, a corrections officer who supervises Tilly’s (Arquette) tailor shop at Clinton Correctional and is good friends with her husband, Lyle ((Eric Lange). Bobb, repped by Gersh and Suskin Management, can currently be seen in Manhunt: Unabomber for Discovery Channel, and also will be seen in the upcoming Godless for Netflix.

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