News Briefs: Madonna Biopic ‘Blond Ambition’ Heads to Big Screen


Blond Ambition: Madonna will head to the big screen in Blond Ambition. Universal has acquired rights to a screenplay by Elyse Hollander that follows Madonna after she moved to New York in 1978 and eventually found success with the release of her first album in 1983. The script was the most popular title on the 2016 Black List ranking of the best unproduced screenplays. [THR]


Hue 68: Michael Mann (Blackhat, above) will produce a small-screen version of Mark Bowden’s book Hue 1968. The book, which will be published on June 6, examines the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, known as the turning point for the U.S. during the years-long war. It’s envisioned as an 8- to 10-hour series; Mann plans to direct multiple episodes. [Deadline]

Mad Dog and Glory

The War with Grandpa: Uma Thurman, who starred opposite Robert De Niro in Mad Dog and Glory (above), will reteam with the actor in The War with Grandpa. Rob Riggle has also joined the cast, which includes Christopher Walken. The comedy follows a young boy who is not very happy when his grandfather moves into the family home and occupies his bedroom. [Deadline]

The Exception

The Exception Trailer: Christopher Plummer stars in The Exception as Kaiser Wilhelm. As the first trailer explains, the former German emperor is living in exile at the start of World War II. Then a German soldier (Jai Courtney) arrives to investigate his circumstances and falls in love with a local Jewish woman (Lily James). The movie premieres tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be available to watch on DirecTV ahead of its theatrical release on June 2. [Movieclips]