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Craig Gerard and Matthew Zinman (Trial & Error) have signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, the duo has joined the studio’s upcoming CBS comedy series Happy Together as writers/co-executive producers. They also will develop new scripted projects for the studio. Written/executive produced by Tim McAuliffe and Austen Earl and executive produced by Ben Winston and Harry Styles, Happy Together stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West as…
Folks love those Halloween-themed amusement parks — the ones where ghouls dart out of the shadows and monsters lie in wait to scare the bejeezus out of their quarry. But what if a maniacal killer decides to up the realism factor to 11 while the patrons it’s all part of the show? Here is the first teaser trailer for Hell Fest, in which just a creepy scenario plays out. The logline: College student Natalie (Amy Forsyth) is visiting her best friend Brooke (Reign Edwards) and…
EXCLUSIVE: Turkish-born actor Numan Acar has come aboard Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man sequel, now titled Spider-Man: Far From Home, which has Tom Holland reprising his role as the teenage webslinger. Not much is known about Acar’s role, other than his character’s name is Dimitri. Sony declined to comment. He joins new castmember J.B. Smooth and potentially Jake Gyllenhaal, who is in talks to play the big baddie Mysterio. Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei are also…
EXCLUSIVECharter Communications continues to ramp up the original scripted series slate for its Spectrum cable systems. I have learned that the company is in advanced negotiations with Lionsgate Television for a two-season order to anthology series Manhunt. I hear the first of the two 10-episode seasons would chronicle the manhunt for domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph, known as the Olympic Park Bomber. It will be shepherded by the core creative team behind Manhunt: Unabom…
The Sundance Film Festival has grown at a record pace over the past three years, with year-on-year increases in attendance, wages, jobs created, tax revenue and economic impact for Utah. This year’s festival generated more than $191 million in economic activity, more than half of which was in wages for Utah workers. The festival also saw record attendance levels, with more than 124,000 people visiting the 11-day event in January – up a whopping 73% from the year before…
Amazon Studios has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to Tales From the Loop, an hour-long genre series based on the acclaimed sci-fi art of Simon Stålenhag, from writer Nathaniel Halpern (Legion), director Mark Romanek, Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho, and Swedish production and management company Indio. A co-production with Fox 21 Television Studios, Tales from the Loop is slated to premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video. It marks the 20th TV cable/streaming unit…
ABC is piloting a remake of quirky British gameshow The Time It Takes with former The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson presenting. The U.S. network has ordered the pilot weeks after it was picked up by the BBC for an eight-part run. It is being produced by Episodes and Flack producer Hat Trick Productions, best known in the UK for making long-running political comedy panel show Have I Got News For You. The U.S. pilot is being recorded at the BBC studios in Pacific Quay…
EXCLUSIVE: Victor Rasuk has joined the cast of The Mule, the Warner Bros. crime drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Eastwood plays Earl Stone, an eightysomething guy who is broke, alone and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. That sounds easy enough, but unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel and also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates played by…
BET Networks and Paramount Players have revealed top ten semifinalists of Project Cre8, a nationwide search for the next big filmmaker, which was launched in January. These aspiring filmmakers are a step closer to the opportunity to produce a feature film with a million-dollar budget. This initiative, which was announced at Sundance, aims to create opportunities for African American content creators both in front of and behind the camera in order to cultivate the next…
Broadway’s School of Rock – The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black film comedy, will end its run at the Winter Garden Theatre January 20, 2019, bringing a finale to an engagement of more than three years. When it closes, School of Rock, which began previews November 9, 2015, and opened the following December 6, will have played 1,307 performances and 31 previews. The production recouped its Broadway investment in May of 2017. The…
Lionsgate has released the official trailer for Summit Entertainment’s Robin Hood, its updated take on the legendary bandit of Sherwood Forest that stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and Eve Hewson. From this look, the film directed by Peaky Blinders helmer Otto Bathurst dives head-first into the “steals from the rich” part of the tale with a heist/buddy movie vibe after Robin of Loxley (Egerton), war-hardened from fighting in the Crusades, comes back home to…
In the latest jolt to Hispanic media giant Univision, Chief Content Officer Isaac Lee is exiting the company. After nearly eight years at Univision, Lee plans to start an independent production company. Patricio Wills, an exec with Univision’s Mexican partner, Televisa, will take over Lee's content duties. The move is another dose of corporate drama at Univision, which has hit some turbulence in recent months. After board members opted to pull a planned IPO and engage a…
President Donald Trump lives in a world in which he “had a great meeting with NATO” and “an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia.” “Sadly, it is not being reported that way – the Fake News is going Crazy!” he tweeted late this morning. Among recent emigres to the Land of Fake News are normally reliable media outlets and personalities,  including Fox Business Network star Maria Bartiromo, who called it "probably the low point of the presidency so far,” Fox & Fr…
EXCLUSIVE: David Arquette has come on board The MisEducation of Bindu, a coming-of-age comedy which was one of the winning titles of Mark and Jay Duplass' Campaign to find America's Next Generation of Indie Filmmakers. Directed by Prarthana Mohan, the plot follows a bright and awkward Bindu, a 14-year-old Indian American girl who's not only caught between girlhood and womanhood, but also with a foot in India's traditional past and the promise of global future. Arquette…
“I love you,” the small-town Baptist pastor tell his son, “but we cannot see a way that you can live under this roof if you’re gonna fundamentally go against the grain of our beliefs.” And when 19-year-old Jared admits to his folks, “I think about men — I don’t know why,” he is faced with an ultimatum: Attend a conversion-therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends and faith. Here’s the first trailer for Boy Erased, starring Lucas Hedges
EXCLUSIVE: Arbelos Films has constructed a trailer for The Last Movie, the now cult Dennis Hopper experimental indie that has divided film aficionados since its 1971 release. Arbelos has completed its 4K film restoration of the pic that now becomes a notable distribution kickoff for the company, which acquired Cinelicious after it dissolved more than a year ago. The Last Movie opens August 3 at the Metrograph in New York, the city that marked the site of the original’s…
Netflix is building a Mark Millar TV-film universe with the pickup of two series based on the comic book writer’s stories, superhero epic Jupiter’s Legacy and American Jesus, a multi-lingual series that follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ; and three films, Empress, Huck and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter. They will be shepherded by such top creative auspices as Steven S. DeKnight and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Jupiter’s Legacy)…
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has rebranded Craftsy, the digital service it bought a little more than a year ago, as Bluprint. The new entity’s “expanded subscription service and premier digital destination for lifestyle learning” will cost $15 a month, accessible via apps including one on Roku. It will feature online classes in crafting as well as offering content in complementary lifestyle categories including music, writing, dance, yoga, fitness, home decor…
RLJE Films and UMC have acquired the North American rights to the Jeremy Ungar-directed thriller Ride starring Bella Thorne (Famous in Love), Jessie T. Usher (Shaft), and Will Brill (The OA). Ride is the feature debut for Ungar, who also wrote the script. The film is set to open nationwide in theaters and will also be available on VOD as well as Digital HD this fall. The film from Unified Pictures follows James rideshare driver James (Usher) and passenger Jessica…
The Hard Problem, a new play by Arcadia playwright Tom Stoppard to be staged by his The Coast of Utophia director Jack O’Brien, will premiere next fall as a Lincoln Center Theater production. The Stoppard play is one of two new Lincoln Center Theater productions announced today for the fall season. Also coming: Miranda Rose Hall’s Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, to be directed by Margot Bordelon. Stoppard’s The Hard Problem begins previews Thursday, October 25 with…