News Bits: Day, Purge, Woody, X-Men

Patriot’s Day
J.K. Simmons is set to join Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s Boston Marathon bombing drama “Patriots’ Day” for CBS Films and Lionsgate. Wahlberg will portray a Boston Police Department officer who was central to the investigation and manhunt.

Simmons will play Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the Watertown Police Department. Four days after the 2013 bombing, the off-duty officer jumped fences and went through backyards to flank bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. [Source: Variety]

The Purge: Election Year
Milking its election theme for all its worth, a new TV spot for the third film in “The Purge” series has been released following its premiere during the final pre-Super Tuesday Republican debate. The fake campaign ad features regular Americans proclaiming their patriotic reasons for purging and makes fun of the whole process. Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Mykelti Williamson star in the new film which opens July 1st.

Woody Allen’s Next
Not content enough with his upcoming six-episode TV series, Amazon Studios is doubling down on its alliance with Woody Allen with the streaming service acquiring North American rights, sight unseen, to Allen’s new and currently untitled film starring Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart.

The deal is reportedly worth a whopping $15 million upfront, with more than $20 million with prints-and-advertising costs – way up on the $1 million upfront and $4 million for P&A that Sony Classics paid for Allen’s last film “Irrational Man”. The film will score a theatrical release later this year. [Source: THR]

X-Men: Apocalypse
We’re still three months out from the release of Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and the director is currently back in Montreal for some last minute additional photography and pick-up shots. Today he’s posted a brief video from the set filming what looks like a scene set on a ship in the middle of a gale. The film itself is slated to open May 27th.

Pick up day. #XMen #xmenapocalypse

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