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From 'Big' to 'Marley & Me': We weigh in on TV's remake fad

29 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Casting Net: Keanu Reeves takes lead in 'Replicas'

28 October 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Greg Kinnear, Jon Voight, Renee Zellweger, and Djimon Hounsou are set to star in Paramount Pictures' Same Kind of Different as Me, EW has confirmed. Michael Carney will make his directorial debut. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Ron Hall. Based on the book by Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer (Kinnear) who befriends a homeless man (Honsou) in order to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). The unexpected friendship takes the three on an incredible journey, and helps Hall reconnect with his father (Voight). Mary Parent and Cale Boyter »

- C. Molly Smith

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Bruce Greenwood Joins Truth, About The Dan Rather Scandal

28 October 2014 10:54 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Recent events in America and the world at large have provided plenty of fodder for Hollywood adaptation. There have been movies about everything from hunting Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty to the Valerie Plame scandal to weird biopics about George W. Bush. But it has been awhile since we had a good movie about scandal in America’s press corps. That gap will be filled with Truth, a movie about the scandal that eventually got Dan Rather in serious trouble with CBS.

Truth is based on the memoir by Mary Mapes and concerns the public brouhaha in 2004 following a CBS report that George W. Bush received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. The documents the report was based on were suspected of being forgeries. The upshot of the scandal resulted in serious damage to Rather’s reputation and the firing of his producer Mapes. »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Us drama spending $11 million in Nsw

22 October 2014 6:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss lead the cast in Truth, a Us political drama now shooting in Sydney. The Nsw government confirmed its financial support via the State Investment Attraction Scheme and said the film would inject more than $11 million in direct production expenditure into the State's economy, creating 208 jobs. Most of the post will happen in Sydney.

Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes in the tale of the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.

Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.

The film marks the directing debut of screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, »

- Don Groves

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15 Outlandish New-But-Familiar-Sounding TV Pilots

17 October 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Movies continue to invade TV with 'Illusionist,' 'In Good Company' series

15 October 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

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

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23 movies currently being turned into TV shows

15 October 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Big and Uncle Buck to Shutter Island and Rush Hour, here are 23 films that are getting the television treatment...

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...

Big

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.

The TV show: Big is set to be a half hour comedy show from 20th Century Fox Television. Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are executive producing and writing, and Big the TV show is set to »

- louisamellor

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Dennis Quaid movie In Good Company to be adapted into CBS TV series

15 October 2014 5:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dennis Quaid movie In Good Company is being adapted into a CBS television series.

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.

The series will be co-written by Paul Weitz, Josh Bycel and Jon Fener (Happy Endings).

The half-hour comedy joins fellow movie project Rush Hour, which is being developed into a series by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence.

Brett Ratner, who directed the Rush Hour films, will serve as an executive producer on the series.

Watch the trailer for In Good Company below: »

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"In Good Company" Becomes A TV Series

14 October 2014 7:36 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

CBS and Universal TV developing a comedy series based on the Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace-led 2004 film "In Good Company".

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

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'In Good Company' is the latest movie getting a TV remake

14 October 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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CBS Developing Comedy Based on Weitz Brothers’ Pic ‘In Good Company’

14 October 2014 6:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS is developing a comedy based on the 2004 Weitz brothers’ feature “In Good Company,” which starred Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace.

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.

Bycel, Fenner and Paul Weitz exec produce along with Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz of the brothers’ Depth of Field banner. Kerry Kohansky is also an Ep.

 

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- Cynthia Littleton

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From Under the Radar to Potential Oscar Contention

7 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

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

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9 greatest American football movies: Waterboy to Friday Night Lights

5 October 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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 »

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Casting: Madden, Hart, Greene, Hickey

2 October 2014 9:27 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Bastille Day

"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 Intouchables

Kevin Hart will join Colin Firth in the upcoming remake of the French drama "The Intouchables". Paul Feig was previously attached to direct.

The true story tale follows the developing relationship between a wealthy quadriplegic and his immigrant caregiver. [Source: Allocine]

Urge

Ashley Greene ("Twilight") has signed on to star alongside Pierce Brosnan in Aaron Kaufman's upcoming thriller "Urge". Greene plays a young »

- Garth Franklin

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Casting Net: Catherine Zeta-Jones to play real-life drug kingpin in 'The Godmother'

2 October 2014 5:22 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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

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Dan Rather Biopic Truth Lands Topher Grace And John Benjamin Hickey

2 October 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Casting Net: Benjamin Walker lands lead in Nicholas Sparks' 'The Choice'

30 September 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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

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Dennis Quaid cast in Dan Rather drama 'Truth'

30 September 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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

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Dennis Quaid Will Seek Out The Truth In Dan Rather Scandal Flick

30 September 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Dennis Quaid Joins Dan Rather-George W. Bush Scandal Pic ‘Truth’

30 September 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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