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Who says TV programmers have run out of ideas?
Why, just in the last week, the trade papers have announced deals and casting for as many as 15 new reboots spinoff series and specials. Some sound like familiar shows, others like mutant Frankenstein hybrids of familiar shows. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these programs sound like must-see-tv and which sound like much-skip-tv.
"Care Bears and Cousins." Fuzzy is the new black at Netflix, which is reviving the candy-colored kiddie cartoon series but adding some new characters. No, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are not going to have a threesome with one of them.
"Cheerleader Death Squad." The CW has ordered this series, from the showrunners behind "Desperate Housewives" and "Under the Dome" (that'd be Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, respectively) about an elite prep school where the pep squad is made up of spies-in-training. Dan Truly ("Blue »
- Gary Susman
Two more adaptations have been added to the list of TV series based on films. EW can confirm that a script has been ordered by The CW for a show based on the 2006 film The Illusionist, which starred Ed Norton as the titular character. The project is being written by Mark Hudis and executive produced by Ben Silverman and Bob Yari. The show comes from CBS Television Studios, Electus, and the Yari Film Group. The TV adaptation would transplant the film from its Vienna locale to turn-of-the-20th-century New York, where a renowned illusionist has returned to his home after a 10-year stint in prison. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Original creator Paul Weitz will head the project, while brother Chris will executive produce, reports Deadline.
The 2004 original followed the story of advertising executive Dan (Quaid), whose new boss is half his age (Topher Grace). Dan then has to deal with the fact that his daughter (Scarlett Johansson) starts to date his boss.
Watch the trailer for In Good Company below: »
The story revolves around a middle-aged executive dealing with a new boss half his age who is also dating his daughter. The project will be a combination multi- and single-camera show.
Josh Bycel and Jon Fenner ("Happy Endings") are writing the script with the original film's writer/director Paul Weitz. All three will executive produce along with Andrew Maniao, Chris Weitz and Kerry Kohansky.
The news is just the latest in a rush of TV adaptations of films that are on the way. These include shows based on the likes of "Underworld," "Resident Evil," "The Mortal Instruments," "Monster-in-Law," "Rush Hour," "12 Monkeys," "Uncle Buck," "Big,""Real Genius," and "In America".
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
“In Good Company” is the latest movie getting a TV remake CBS is developing the 2004 film starring Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson in which Grace falls for the boss’ daughter as a comedy based on Paul Weitz’s script. Another movie remake: CW orders “The Illusionist” The 2006 magician film starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel will be remade as a TV series set in turn-of-the-century New York City. Coming soon: “Real Housewives of Philly”? A producer from the Bravo franchise has been recently interviewing Philadelphia’s most successful and glamorous women. Click Read Full Post For More “About a Boy’s” David Walton: "This is my first Season 2 experience, and I really like it” ""It's just nice to be employed,” says Walton, who’s starred in six failed network shows over the past decade. Steve McQueen’s HBO drama project gets a name and a star The »
- Norman Weiss
The Universal TV project is the latest in a slew of movie-to-tv adaptations floating around this development cycle. It’s a symptom of how few experienced writers and showrunners are available to develop original ideas.
Sitcom vets Josh Bycel and Jon Fenner (“Happy Endings”) are writing the script with Paul Weitz, who wrote and directed the film. “Company” revolves around a middle-aged exec who has to contend with a new boss who is half his age and is also dating his daughter. If it goes to pilot, the plan is to produce it as a hybrid multi- and single-camera show.
- Cynthia Littleton
By Anjelica Oswald
The conversation surrounding potential supporting actress nominees includes some names familiar to the Oscar race, such as Meryl Streep (Into the Woods), and some that could be nominated for the first time, such as Emma Stone (Birdman). The list of potential contenders also includes Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Rene Russo (Nightcrawler), two ladies that have flown under the radar since the 90s but could mark their return with first-time Oscar nominations.
Arquette’s role as the mother in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a film that chronicles 12 years in a young boy’s (played by Ellar Coltrane) life as he grows up in a divorced household, has been generating Oscar buzz since the film premiered at Sundance. Arquette was involved in a few projects during those 12 years of filming, which was possible due to the sporadic nature of shooting, only three to four days a year. »
- Anjelica Oswald
The 2014/2015 NFL season is well under way, with some teams already looking like genuine Super Bowl contenders and others looking so bad they seem to be playing a different sport entirely.
With the time difference between the UK and Us meaning that most games don't kick-off until the evening hours over here, there's plenty of time to kill on Sundays waiting for the matches to start. Digital Spy picks out nine American football-based movies to pass the time on Sundays and get in the mood for the real thing...
1. Friday Night Lights (2004)
Based on the book of the same name (the TV series came later), Friday Night Lights tells the story of a high school American football outfit struggling to be the best they can be under the extreme pressure of expectation placed on them by the small Texan community they represent.
Each of the kids in the team dreams »
"Game of Thrones" actor Richard Madden has signed on to join Idris Elba and Adele Exarchopoulos in James Watkins' action-thriller "Bastille Day" at Focus Features. No word on which character he will play.
The story follows a rogue CIA agent who sets out to apprehend and quietly dispatch an American man in Paris, a man linked to an attack on the metro system. The agent soon discovers the American is innocent and he may be the only link to the actual person responsible. [Source: Variety]
The true story tale follows the developing relationship between a wealthy quadriplegic and his immigrant caregiver. [Source: Allocine]
- Garth Franklin
• Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the true story crime biopic The Godmother about Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. Norwegian filmmaker Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes) is directing the Oscar winner as one of the most fearsome figures in the Miami drug wars of the '70s and '80s who was killed in a motorcycle drive-by assassination in 2012 after serving 18 years in prison. Filming will begin early next year with a script by Frank Baldwin. [Deadline] • Erica Bana has joined the ensemble of Disney's The Finest Hours directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm). Bana will play Daniel Cluff, the deeply respected Coast »
- Jake Perlman
The behind-the-scenes expose of Dan Rather’s scandalous George W. Bush story has landed another two additions to its expanding cast. Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter each bagged the news that Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) and John Benjamin Hickey (HBO’s The Normal Heart) have signed on for Truth.
The true life story of CBS newscaster Dan Rather’s ruinous report has already attracted a strong cast. It’s not a surprise, either, with a scandal as juicy as the one in which Rather found himself. Based on the memoir by the anchor’s producer, Mary Mapes, the movie investigates what happened as Rather alleged that former President George W. Bush had been granted special preferential treatment during the Vietnam draft.
Grace will play one of the key figures behind Rather’s downfall, Mike Smith. He’s been described as “a researcher who helped figure out the truth behind the »
- Gem Seddon
• Benjamin Walker will part with his presidential past as the male lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star will play Travis Parker in the story that spans a decade long love affair in a small coastal town. Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles) wrote the screenplay with no director currently attached. [Deadline] • Rosa Salazar has just joined the cast of another Ya trilogy. The Parenthood actress will play Brenda in the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which will once again be directed by Wes Ball and star Dylan O'Brien. »
- Jake Perlman
EW has confirmed that Dennis Quaid has been cast in Truth, the drama pic that depicts Dan Rather's fall from grace at CBS when he infamously reported a damaging report on George W. Bush that turned out to be false. Deadline first reported the news of Quaid's casting. Quaid will play Colonel Roger Charles and joins a cast that includes Robert Redford, who will be playing Dan Rather; Cate Blanchett, who will be playing 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes; and Elisabeth Moss. James Vanderbilt will direct and write the project, which is currently in pre-production. »
- Teresa Jue
The story behind Dan Rather’s ruined reputation following his report on George W. Bush’s dodginess during Vietnam is heading to the big screen. That logline alone is enough to warrant a starry line-up, due to its heavy-hitting nature. Plus, who doesn’t love a juicy scandal? With principal photography set to begin next week on Truth, another big name has joined the cast.
The news comes via Deadline, whose sources reveal that Dennis Quaid has signed on to appear as Colonel Roger Charles. He’ll be starring alongside Robert Redford who’s snagged the role of iconic newscaster, Rather; and Cate Blanchett who’s tackling the part of 60 Minutes producer, Mary Mapes. Charles was a key figure in the drama, which saw all three embroiled in a plot to uncover Bush’s deserter tactics:
Charles served two tours in Vietnam, then in the Pentagon before becoming a liaison working with 60 Minutes II. »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Dennis Quaid has landed the role of Col. Roger Charles in Truth, the story of the scandal that ended the careers of veteran CBS newsman Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. The film stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in those two roles, with James Vanderbilt directing his script. Film starts shooting this week. Elizabeth Moss also signed on.
Quaid’s character served two tours in Vietnam, then in the Pentagon before becoming a liaison working with 60 Minutes II. He was invaluable in working with Mapes when she broke the blockbuster scandalous news story of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. On the heels of that triumph, Charles chased the rumor that then-President George W. Bush had ducked serving in Vietnam after he graduated Yale in 1968 and instead got a cushy gig in the National Guard because of the clout of his father, who was an ambassador at the time. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
American Psycho screenwriter Guinevere Turner will adapt the 1971 book about Charles Manson, The Family, for a feature film being developed by Roxwell Films. It tells the story of Manson's life leading up to the 1969 murders of at least nine people including Sharon Tate. The writer had this to say in a statement:
“It’s exciting to explore the psychology of the young women who followed Manson. What makes a 19-year-old in 1968 follow a man to the extreme of killing innocent people for him? We all know how it ends — people die and people go to jail — but how did it get to that?”
The movie will be directed by Jonas Akerlund, who has directed concert films for musicians such as Madonna and U2. He's also directed a few movie such as Horsemen with Dennis Quaid. This is what he had to say about his latest project:
“This has long »
- Joey Paur
Chicago – “Breaking Away,” the classic Oscar-winning film of 1979, will be shown on the big screen at Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton, Ill. – on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, at 7:30pm (click on the link below to purchase tickets). It will be hosted by Film Critic Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com. McDonald is also an alumnus of Indiana University, where “Breaking Away” was filmed, and the event is co-presented by the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Indiana University Alumni Association Chicago Chapter and the Studio Movie Grill.
’Breaking Away’ Will Be Presented at the Studio Movie Grill
Photo credit: Chicago Film Critics Association
“Breaking Away” is a hilarious and bittersweet comedy about four 19 year old guys from Bloomington, Indiana – where the Indiana University campus is located – who seem stuck at an age in which a college campus surrounds them, but can’t get rid of the feeling that they don’t belong there. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
If you aren’t completely up on everything come your way with the new season, one of the things that might have slipped past you is Celebrity Name Game, and it’s one that you want to make sure you don’t miss. Craig Ferguson moves on from his late night show to a game show, which isn’t exactly the switch you might have expected from him, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.
It isn’t like any other game show you’ve seen before, and that’s exactly the way Craig wants it. In fact, to listen to him tell it, he’d be happiest if it progressively gets less and less like a game show as it goes.
Check out the preview above, and then take in the interview below.
You’ll have to check your local listings, but it starts on Monday, »
- Marc Eastman
Andrew Garfield has been locked up in “Spider-Man” world for quite some time now, but he’s used his down time judiciously. He acted alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway, something he’ll likely never forget, but since he was cast as the cheeky webslinger, Garfield’s only acted in one film. And he’s chosen well with “99 Homes,” the fifth feature-length effort by indie director Ramin Bahrani. Cherished by the late Roger Ebert and Werner Herzog (who voiced his 2009 short, “Plastic Bag”) Bahrani went slightly mainstream with 2013's drama "At Any Price," an imperfect but still compelling "Crimes And Misdemeanors"-esque tale set in the heartland of America starring Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid and Heather Graham no less. And while it was his first movie with a name cast, the filmmaker’s intentions were still much the same (and it was easily »
- Edward Davis
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