News Bits: Masculinity, Stone, Drunk, Gafin

Screen Masculinity
Dark Horizons regular and good friend Blake Howard today continues his and my column exploring masculinity in movies. His truly stellar second piece which just went online explores the relationships of fathers and sons in “Superman” and “The Judge” and how his own personal experiences come into play in his assessment. Check out the feature by clicking here.

Sharone Stone
Last month came word that Sharon Stone would appear in an upcoming Marvel movie with several outlets speculating it would be as Janet Van Dyne in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.

Stone couldn’t confirm though, saying that along with having already signed the contract, she also had to sign an NDA. In a new interview this week though, she offered two brief clues – revealing that her secret power is heat and the character is a hero. [Source: AARP]

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
A+E Studios is developing “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead,” a scripted workplace dramedy series based on Douglas Tirola’s 2015 documentary film about National Lampoon magazine and its foundation.

This is A+E Studios first development project for a scripted series using one of A+E Studios’ Indie Films feature documentaries as primary source material. Tirola and Susan Bedusa will executive produce while magazine co-founder Matty Simmons will serve as consulting producer. [Source: Variety]

The Gafin Academy
John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle are set to direct the action-thriller heist feature “The Gafin Academy” for Image Movers and Voltage Films. Aaron Rapke and Stewart Kaye penned the screenplay adapted from Danny King’s 2008 novel “School For Scumbags”.

The story centers on Banners, a habitual teenage delinquent who finds himself hauled off to Gafin Academy, a reformative school that plays host to the worst of thieves, bullies, arsonists and vandals. Said Academy utilizes their unique skill sets to pull off a massive heist. Filming begins this Fall. [Source: Deadline]