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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski to star in “A Quiet Place”

Backstage has learned that husband and wife duo Emily Blunt and John Krasinski will team up onscreen for the first time in the feature film, “A Quiet Place.” B

In addition to starring, Krasinski will also write and direct the horror-suspense film. Though “The Office” alum has directed two films previously, “A Quiet Place,” from Paramount/Platinum Dunes, will mark his first directorial gig with a major studio.

Details about the project’s plot are scant so far, however, the production is slated to begin this September in upstate New York. Blunt and Krasinski will play parents, while “Suburbicon” actor Noah Jupe has signed on for the role of their son.

Laura Rosenthal and Maribeth Fox are splitting duties as casting directors.

Krasinski will executive produce along with Allyson Seeger and Scott Beck & Bryan Woods. Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, meanwhile, will produce.

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“Sicario” Selected For TIFF 2015!

“Sicario” Selected For TIFF 2015!

The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the first batch of titles for this year’s line-up and it was announced that “Sicario” has been selected for the festival. The film will be screened as part of the ‘Special Presentations’ lineup.

Plot: An idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) joins two shadowy government operatives (Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro) in a high-risk, cross-border sting against a Mexican cartel boss, in this gritty drug-war thriller from Quebec’s Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners).
Principal Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Berthal, Victor Garber, Daniel Kaluuya

The TIFF runs from September 10-20 and for more information be sure to head over to the festival’s official website.

Emily To Appear On NBC’s Red Nose Day Special

Emily is set to appear on NBC’s Red Nose Day Special. The special will air on NBC on May 21.

NBC announced Thursday that it will air “Red Nose Day,” a live three-hour event to raise money for children living in poverty in both the U.S. and abroad.

The event will feature a number of A-list celebrities, videos produced by comedy site Funny or Die and musical performances from some of today’s biggest artists.

Celebrities slated to appear include: Will Ferrell; Jennifer Hudson; Jack Black; John Krasinski; Emily Blunt; Michelle Rodriguez; and Gwyneth Paltrow.

As previously announced, the money raised during Red Nose Day will fund programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S., Africa, Asia and Latin America. Charity partners include: Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; Lift; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and United Way.

Richard Curtis is an executive producer for the NBC telecast, along with Hamish Hamilton and Ian Stewart of Done Dusted Productions. Henrietta Conrad and Lily Sobhani will also serve as executive producers, as will Mike Farah, Anna Wenger and Joe Farrell from Funny or Die. Hamilton is set to direct.

“Red Nose Day” will air on NBC on May 21 at 8 p.m./7c.

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“Sicario” Selected For Cannes 2015!

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival unveiled the first part of their official selection earlier today. It was announced that Emily’s upcoming movie “Sicario” is selected for the competition of the festival which is very exciting news. The movie is directed by Denis Villeneuve and Emily stars alongside Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. The running time is 1h45 according to the official website. The festival runs from May 13-May 24.

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“Sicario” (Denis Villeneuve, U.S.). The Canadian director is no stranger to Cannes, which screened his films “Cosmos” (1996, Directors’ Fortnight), “August 32nd on Earth” (1998, Un Certain Regard) and “Polytechnique” (2009, Directors’ Fortnight). Since then, Villeneuve has become one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood, and he cracks the competition for the first time with this crime drama starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Jon Bernthal, and set against the backdrop of the Mexican drug trade. (Sales: Lionsgate Intl.)

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Emily Featured On ‘Lip Sync Battle’

Spike TV has announced that Emily will be featured in Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle. Emily’s husband John Krasinski is one of the executive produces.

“Lip Sync Battle” fans have a reason to rejoice! Spike TV has greenlit eight more episodes of highly-anticipated new, original series, “Lip Sync Battle.” The series is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online.

“Lip Sync Battle” debuts on Thursday, April 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT and features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

The featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews among others to be announced shortly.

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Emily Closes ‘Huntsman’ Deal

Rumors about Emily joining ‘The Huntsman’ spinoff have been circulating for weeks now. As we reported back in January Emily was eying the villain role but various media outlets are now reporting Emily’s deal finally closed. Jessica Chastain also joined the cast.

Jessica Chastain has closed a deal to join Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in Universal’s “The Huntsman.”

Emily Blunt is also set to join the cast. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is directing the pic, with Joe Roth producing and Palak Patel exec producing.

Plot details are vague beyond that the film reveals how the fates of two characters, the Huntsman Eric (Hemsworth) and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White. Details on Chastain’s character are also vague.

Frank Darabont, who was previously attached to direct before falling off, wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

The pic is set to bow on April 22, 2016. Universal’s vice president of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.

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