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The return of “The X-Files” and the reboot of “Rush Hour” stirred strong buzz among the nearly 2,000 international television buyers who converged in Los Angeles this week for the annual L.A. Screenings program market.
Buyers made the rounds of studio screenings and parties throughout the week to get a first look at series that have been picked up by broadcast networks for the 2015-16 season, as well as new cable and digital productions.
For most buyers, the screenings are the first step in dealmaking negotiations that are finalized later. But some put their money on the table right away. »
- Cynthia Littleton
In a mansion-sized tent at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc outside Cannes, Tom Ford and Eva Longoria were trying to sell a collection of dresses to the highest bidder. The garments up for grabs at the Thursday night’s amfAR Cinema Against AIDS auction had just been showcased in a fashion show on steroids, which featured 40 models strutting up and down the runway and then returning onstage for an impromptu dance. The crowd of A-list celebrities, oligarchs and other rich-and-famous were impressed.
But nobody seemed to love the spectacle more than “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke, 38, who sat a table close to the action. He kept standing up, sitting down, standing up and clapping, like he was cheering on his favorite sports team. His date, 20-year-old April Love Geary (also a model), didn’t seem to mind.
This annual amfAR event feels like the Golden Globes (or the Met Gala) of France. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Bill Lawrence is sticking with Warner Bros. Television. The “Cougar Town” co-creator has entered a new multi-year deal with the studio, an individual with knowledge of the new agreement tells TheWrap. Also Read: 2015-2016 TV Season: TheWrap's Complete Network Guide For next season, CBS has already ordered “Rush Hour,” an adaptation of the 1998 action film with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker that Lawrence co-wrote and is producing. Lawrence, whose resume includes “Scrubs,” “Spin City,” and “Undateable,” which NBC has picked up for a third season. »
- Tim Kenneally
No trailer yet, but here's your first official look at CBS' "Rush Hour" series (via several photos), which the network has set for a mid-season 2016 premiere. Previously, Damon Wayans Jr was offered the part originated by Chris Tucker in the movie franchise, but he passed (or something else happened that led to his not signing on); The role was officially given to actor/comedian Justin Hires of "Key & Peele" fame (he's also appeared on the big screen in films like "21 Jump Street"). To, of course, be based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, the series is expected »
- Tambay A. Obenson
No trailer yet, but here's your first official look at CBS' "Rush Hour" series (via several photos), which the network has set for a mid-season 2016 premiere. Previously, Damon Wayans Jr was offered the part originated by Chris Tucker in the movie franchise, but he passed (or something else happened that led to his not signing on); The role was officially given to actor/comedian Justin Hires of "Key & Peele" fame (he's also appeared on the big screen in films like "21 Jump Street"). To, of course, be based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, the series is expected to follow a similar story, style and structure as the films - the misadventures of a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (played by Jackie Chan in the movies) and his not-so straight-laced black Lapd officer (originally portrayed by »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The movie is an adaptation of the novel by John Williams. The story follows the hardscrabble life, both interior and exterior, of a farmer turned academic making his way through the first half of the 20th century.
All three partners on the movie have had a stellar year: Blumhouse’s first micro-budget drama, “Whiplash,” won three Academy Awards; Cohen Media Group’s “Timbuktu” was an Academy Award nominee for foreign-language film; and Film4’s recent credits include Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina,” which has been a specialty hit in the U.S., and the company »
- Leo Barraclough
Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights stars Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan have signed on for the new sequel Shanghai Dawn, which is moving forward at MGM Studios. Jonathan Glickman will oversee the project for MGM, which is currently seeking a screenwriter to craft a new story. No plot details were released at this time, and it isn't known when production may begin.
Owen Wilson's Roy O'Bannon, a small-time thief, and Jackie Chan's Chon Wang, an Imperial Guard, first teamed up in 2000's Shanghai Noon, which was coming off the heels of 's success in teaming up with Chris Tucker in 1998's Rush Hour. The story followed the unlikely team of O'Bannon and Wang as they joined forces to save a kidnapped princess. The movie only made $99.2 million worldwide from a $55 million budget, but it spawned the sequel Shanghai Knights in 2003, which took the action to London. The sequel »
Back in October 2014 it was revealed that Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs) was developing a TV reboot of the popular Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy Rush Hour. It was then announced in January that CBS had picked up pilot and now we’ve finally got our first look at the new double act in action.
Check out the images and official synopsis below:
Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick Lapd detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together.
Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s »
- Gavin Logan
CBS is clearly saving the first images of Kara Zor-El in motion for the "Supergirl" trailer premiering during the network's upfront presentation on Wednesday (May 13) afternoon, but we finally have our first normal images from the buzz-y pilot. It turns out that glasses are as effective at disguising Kara as they are at obfuscating Clark Kent's identity. And it turns out that Kara's boss, Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant appears to be a very busy woman. CBS announced its full schedule on Wednesday morning and also dropped a handful of pictures from its new shows. You have Justin Hires and Jon Foo getting their respective Chris Tucker and Jackie Chans on in pictures from the midseason police dramedy "Rush Hour." You've got Dianne Wiest and James Brolin leading a superior ensemble in "Life in Pieces." There's Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden in a frenzied ER in "Code Black." And Jake McDorman »
- Daniel Fienberg
Rush Hour is back - but this time, the popular action franchise is making the leap to television.
The Rush Hour series is being held back til midseason by CBS, meaning it will launch in early-to-mid 2016.
Also on the network's slate and set to debut this fall include a series based on the movie Limitless, with Jake McDorman replacing Bradley Cooper in the lead role of Brian Finch. Cooper will recur on the show - but playing a new character.
Fresh off its Supergirl pickup on Wednesday and ahead of its upfronts presentation next week, CBS announced orders for six new series, some of which have familiar titles.
On the drama front, CBS greenlit TV adaptations of the films Limitless and Rush Hour and picked up the Criminal Minds spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The network also finally added a medical drama to its roster in the form of Code Black.
Based on the 2011 feature film starring Bradley Cooper, Limitless follows Brian Finch as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug Nzt and uses his drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. It stars Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Cooper is executive producing along with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, Craig Sweeny, and Marc Webb.
- A.R. Wilson
Today it’s CBS’ turn to announce which pilots it is moving forward with, and unsurprisingly the theme is franchises. The network announced that the Rush Hour and Limitless TV show adaptations will be greenlit, as will a Criminal Minds spinoff, a medical drama, and two comedies. Let’s take a closer look… Rush Hour is, of course, an adaptation of the feature film trilogy of the same name that starred Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. This hourlong dramedy revolves around a by-the-books Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo) who is assigned a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to team up with a cocky Lapd officer (Justin Hires). The pilot was penned by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Cougar Town alum Blake McCormick, with the two are executive producing alongside Jeff Ingold and the film’s Brett Ratner, Arthur Sark, and Jon Turtletaub, who directed the pilot. »
- Adam Chitwood
Previously, Damon Wayans Jr was offered the part originated by Chris Tucker in the movie franchise, but he passed (or something else happened that led to his not signing on); The role officially given to actor/comedian Justin Hires of "Key & Peele" fame (he's also appeared on the big screen in films like "21 Jump Street"). CBS has now given a series order to what will be a TV serial adaptation of "Rush Hour" which will, of course, be based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Expected to follow a similar story, style and structure as the films, the TV series will »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Previously, Damon Wayans Jr was offered the part originated by Chris Tucker in the movie franchise, but he passed (or something else happened that led to his not signing on); The role officially given to actor/comedian Justin Hires of "Key & Peele" fame (he's also appeared on the big screen in films like "21 Jump Street"). CBS has now given a series order to what will be a TV serial adaptation of "Rush Hour" which will, of course, be based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Expected to follow a similar story, style and structure as the films, the TV series will follow the misadventures of a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (played by Jackie Chan in the movies) and his not-so straight-laced black Lapd officer (originally portrayed by Chris Tucker). Justin Hires will play the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
CBS has handed series orders to four dramas and two comedies, following the “Supergirl” pickup earlier this week.
“Criminal Minds” is officially getting another installment with “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” which focuses on a division of the FBI that helps Americans who find themselves in danger abroad. The series starring Gary Sinise (“CSI: NY”), Daniel Henney and Tyler James debuted as a planted spinoff during the flagship show on April 8. Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper and writer Erica Messer are exec producers on the ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios production, with Glenn Kershaw directing.
The network has also greenlit two movie-to-television adaptations with “Limitless,” based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper film, and “Rush Hour,” inspired by the ’90s Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan franchise from New Line Cinema.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The actor and comedian takes the lead as Andre Allen, a stand-up comic and recovering alcoholic who's desperate to be taken seriously in the shallow world of Hollywood while becoming submerged within a celebrity-obsessed culture.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Chris reveals he's currently writing a script for his next movie. It's not, as previously reported, a sequel to Top Five, but will have a similar tone and some of the same cast.
Chris talks about Jay Z and Kanye West's involvement as co-producers, and how there's perhaps a "dash of Kardashian" in Gabrielle Union's reality TV star Erica Long. He also responds to Woody Allen comparisons, and tells us who us his top five stand-up comedians of all time are:
How much of your own personal experiences did you carry into Top Five? »
Ang Lee has quite the ensemble for his latest, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk already, and he’s not finished constructing the roster. With Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker all aboard, Tim Blake Nelson is the latest addition.Adapted by Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy from Ben Fountain's novel, Billy Lynn follows the titular 19-year-old soldier (Alwyn), who along with his squad has survived a tough battle in Iraq that made headlines and turned the troops into instant celebrities.Shipped home for a promotional tour by the army, they’re scheduled to return to combat after the final engagement of the trip, a halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day American football game in Texas. As the game progresses, we see flashbacks to what Billy and his platoon endured in the heat of battle. Nelson is filling the role of Wayne Foster for the film, »
Lee discussed the film — his first since he won an Oscar for directing “Life of Pi” — as part of Sony’s CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday in a special video message from the set in Georgia. He said it will be the first film ever shot entirely at the 120 frames per second rate, which is aimed at immersing viewers in modern-day military combat that soldiers experience.
Sony executives have been touting the notion that they are pushing ahead on the technical front in filming. Lee had previously announced that he is using the Sony F65 camera and shooting at the ultra-high frame rate — more than twice the rate at which Peter Jackson shot the last two Hobbit films.
Sony has dated “Billy Lynn’s Long »
- Dave McNary
“Friday,” the cult classic about a day in the life of unemployed slackers Craig and Smokey, returned to theaters Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of the film’s April 1995 release. The stoner comedy played in select theaters around the country on 4/20 — national weed day — as part of a one night only special event courtesy of Fathom Events, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Also Read: 11 Best Lines From Ice Cube's 'Friday' in Honor of Movie's 20th Anniversary (Video) Ice Cube, who produced, co-wrote and starred in the film alongside Chris Tucker recently sat down with TheWrap to »
- Wrap Staff
To mark the 20th anniversary of the April 1995 release of “Friday,” the cult classic about a day in the life of unemployed slackers Craig and Smokey, is returning to theaters on Monday, April 20. In case you were wondering why it’s playing on a Monday instead of Friday, 4/20 is national weed day. It’s a fitting tribute to the stoner flick starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Paula Jai Parker, Angela Means and the late Bernie Mac. Fathom Events is showing F. Gary Gray‘s Director’s Cut in select theaters around the country at 7:30 p. »
- Anita Bennett and Lia Haberman
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