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Hollywood Notebook: A "Rogue One" payday, Schumer is Barbie and more

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" will mean a $5 million payday for writer Tony Gilroy. | Photo by Lucasfilm, used by permission.

In this week's edition: Amy Schumer is Barbie, "Jurassic World 2" adds a star and more.

The Call Sheet:

  • Screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who did a rewrite and oversaw reshoots on the upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," stands to earn $5 million extra for his efforts, sources said. Gilroy was initially hired simply to write extra dialogue and scenes at the standard $200,000 a week, but his role expanded on the Gareth Edwards-directed film as the revisions did. The Hollywood Reporter
  • Justice Smith ("The Get Down") joins the cast of "Jurassic World 2," alongside returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. It's not yet clear what role Smith will play in the sequel, which is being written by "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage") will direct the film, which is in pre-production. The Hollywood Reporter
  • Amy Schumer ("Trainwreck") is in negotiations to play Barbie, based on the Mattel fashion doll toy, in a live-action film adaptation for Sony Pictures, which is aiming at a 2018 release. She and sister Kim Caramele will also do a rewrite of the script by Hilary Winston. The unexpected casting is part of the film's goal to look at Barbie's evolution. Deadline

The Ledger:

  • Disney's animated "Moana" took the top slot at the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row, hauling in $28.4 million for the period for a total of $119.9 million in North America. Warner Bros.' "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" came in second, with a domestic total so far of $183.5 million. Placing third was "Arrival," with a domestic total of $73 million. The Hollywood Reporter
  • Universal Parks and Resorts struck a deal with Nintendo to add game-themed areas to its theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Osaka, featuring such characters as Mario. Under the deal, Universal will develop attractions, shops and restaurants tied to Nintendo properties. The areas will roll out over the next few years. Variety
  • Lionsgate sealed an output deal with China's iQIYI, an online video platform, that grants it video streaming rights to the studio's upcoming films and some back catalog. The pact expands Lionsgate's existing agreement with iQIYI, which has 500 million unique users. Deadline

The Docket:

  • A Pennsylvania judge ruled that a sexual assault trial against Bill Cosby may use depositions from 2005 and 2006 as evidence. Cosby admitted in the depositions that he used drugs to have sex with women. The trial deals with the alleged 2004 assault against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand and is set to begin in 2017. Deadline


  • Margaret Whitton, who played a showgirl-turned-team owner in two "Major League" movies, died at her home in Palm Beach, Fla. Whitton also appeared in "9 1/2 Weeks," "The Secret of My Success," "Ironweed" and "The Man Without a Face," as well as in theatrical productions and TV series. She was 67. The Hollywood Reporter

Look Ahead:

  • Director Ridley Scott ("Alien," "Blade Runner," "The Martian") will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America on Feb. 4, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The award recognizes Scott's "groundbreaking methods and peerless directing instincts" in such movies as "Black Hawk Down," "Gladiator" and "Thelma & Louise," the guild said. Deadline

The Credits:

  • "I want to be paid fairly for the work that I'm doing. That's what every single woman around the world wants. We want to be paid on parity with a man in a similar position. And I think it's important to talk about it. ... It's brave of those women to come forward and make a point about it. Now younger actresses will have a confidence in those discussions with their agents and be able to say, 'Can we make sure that I'm being paid the right amount for the work that I'm doing?'" —"Rogue One" star Felicity Jones, on Jennifer Lawrence's and Patricia Arquette's advocacy for equal pay for actresses. Glamour​


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December 6, 2016 - 10:55am