In short: “Licorice Pizza” and others hailed by the Writers Guild; Christian Slater Joins John Cena’s ‘Freelance,’ and More

Mister Robotit is christian slater was selected to play alongside John Cena, Alison Brie and NarcosJuan Pablo Raba in Taken director Pierre Morelaction comedy Freelanceaccording to Deadline. Freelance follows Cena as a former Special Forces operative who accepts a security job for a reporter – played by Brie – who hopes to save her career by interviewing a dictator. Things go awry when a military coup breaks out in the middle of the interview, and the mismatched duo, along with the dictator, escape into the jungle where they must survive the military and wild animals, as well as between them. Slater’s role has not been revealed…

Be the Ricardos, Don’t look up, The French Dispatch, King Richard and Licorice Pizza are all up for the Original Screenplay trophies at the 74th Annual Writers Guild Awards. CODA, Dunes, alley of nightmares, tick, tick… BOOM! and West Side Story will compete in the adapted scenario. In the documentary category, Being Cousteau, Expose Muybridge and Like a rolling stone deserved nods. The winners will be announced on March 20. The full list of nominees can be found here…

Upcoming Netflix Chainsaw Massacrethe direct sequel to the 1974 horror classic, pays homage to the original film by bringing back Jean Larroquette to narrate the film’s opening, recreating the role that launched his career. “It was important to honor the original TCM at every opportunity”, director David Blue Garcia Recount Variety via email, “John’s voice is iconic in the original opener and we thought it would help set the perfect tone in our own intro. It’s also a subtle way to let fans know they One of the original working Poulan chainsaws from the original film also makes a return appearance in the sequel. Chainsaw Massacre will be launched on February 18 on Netflix…

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