WHO Mel Gibson
THE MOVIE “The Professor and the Madman”
THE DEAL The Australian actor may co-star with Sean Penn in a movie about the creation of “The Oxford English Dictionary,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Penn is said to be in negotiations to join the adaptation of Simon Winchester’s bestseller about two obsessive men who began working on the famous dictionary in the mid-1800s. Gibson, who purchased rights to the book in 1998, has been on the comeback trail of late, earning raves for his action film “Blood Father,” which screened at Cannes in May.
THE MOVIE “Suicide Squad”
THE DEAL The DC comic-book adaptation could score the highest opening weekend gross for an August release in history, Deadline reports. The film, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and others as villains recruited to undertake a dangerous mission, opens Friday on a whopping 4,200 screens, about 100 more than 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” currently the August record-holder with a $94.3-million opening weekend. “Suicide Squad,” which is enjoying hot advance ticket sales at online seller Fandango, could open with more than $140 million.
THE MOVIE “Betting on Zero”
THE DEAL Ted Braun’s documentary focuses on activist investor Bill Ackman and his crusade to prove that the nutritional giant Herbalife is history’s largest pyramid scheme. The film plays this weekend as part of the SummerDocs series presented by the Hamptons International Film Festival. Braun and Ackman will speak at the screening with Alec Baldwin hosting.
INFO Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton. Tickets are $25. Call 631-324-0806 or go to guildhall.org