12 items from 2014
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we »
- Jeff Labrecque
Spotlight features 31 films comprising 22 narratives and nine documentaries, of which 20 receive world premieres. The Midnight section will open with Preservation and includes the Efm buzz title Zombeavers.
Special Screenings include 6, a work-in-progress documentary by The Cove director Louie Psihoyos. The transmedia Storyscapes line-up returns for the second year. As previously announced, the festival will open on April 16 with the Nas documentary Time Is Illmatic and runs through April 27.
“Spotlight and Special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s programme, both in range of styles and stories,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we see personal relationships at pivotal moments of transition. We look forward to sharing these engaging stories with audiences.”
“Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the »
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Entourage: The Movie
Rachel Dratch, Trevor St John, Wendy Moniz, Oona Laurence, Jeremy Shinder, Sonya Harum and Mike Faist have all joined the cast of "In the Family" filmmaker Patrick Wang's second directorial effort "The Grief of Others".
Based on the novel by Leah Hager Cohen, the story centers on a couple who attempt to move on following the death of their baby. Filming begins in New York state in April. [Source: Screen]
Micah Hauptman ("Parker," "Silver Skies") has joined the cast of Baltasar Kormakur's currently filming action adventure drama "Everest" at Working Title and Universal. Hauptman will play filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears, »
- Garth Franklin
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment proudly announces the home entertainment release of the heartwarming drama Saving Mr. Banks, arriving on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand on March 18, 2014.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers' (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won't budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.
Midnight Rider has cast three more stars.
Ritter will play the young Allman, while Hurt will play the older version of the rocker. Ritter is the lead singer of the All-American Rejects.
The film's title is taken from one of Allman's most successful songs.
Charles Dutton, Aldis Hodge and Kathy Baker have joined the cast of Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic being made by Unclaimed Freight Productions' Randall Miller and Jody Savin. The trio join a production that sees Tyson Ritter and William Hurt portraying Allman young and old, respectively, while Wyatt Russell will play brother Duane Allman. Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, Joel David Moore, Zoey Deutch and Chad Lindberg are also already cast. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies The movie tells two stories: Gregg Allman's journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of The Allman Brothers Band,
- Borys Kit
Film: "Saving Mr. Banks"; Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Dendrie Taylor, Kathy Baker, Victoria Summer, Ronan Vibert, Annie Buckley and Melanie Paxson; Director: John Hancock; Rating: ****1/2
The film is a very intimate representation that unravels the source, adaptation and making of the legendary classic, "Mary Poppins". Touted to be a "real story" of Walter Disney's travails in the making of the film, it also encapsulates the life of the author, P.L. Travers. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Comedy Central has greenlighted 10 episodes of “Big Time In Hollywood, Fl,” a comedy about two haphazard brothers trying to make it as filmmakers after being kicked out of their parent’s house. The show is produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and penned by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf. The show’s pilot is being directed and produced by Schimpf, and Anfanger is executive producing with Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld, Mike Rosenstein, Lee Kernis and Brian Stern. “‘Big Time’ combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of Streep, the budget of ‘House of Payne,’ and the nutritional value of Velveeta,” said Stiller. “I think people’s minds will be blown wide open. For real.” The brothers’ father is played by Backstage’s own Working Actor columnist Stephen Tobolowsky; the family’s matriarch is played by Kathy Baker (“Saving Mr. Banks”). Anfanger—who »
Comedy Central has picked up to series pilot Big Time In Hollywood, Fl with a 10-episode order. The project, produced by Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is written by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf. It follows two delusional brothers and self-proclaimed filmmakers, played by Anfanger and Lenny Jacobson, who are kicked out of their parents’ house and forced to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives, leading them on an epic journey in pursuit of their American dream. Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky play the brothers’ parents, and Jon Bass co-stars in the series, whose pilot was directed by Schimpf. “Ben, Alex and Dan have fulfilled my career-long dream of having a show based in Hollywood, Fl,” said Comedy Central president of original programming Kent Alterman. Added Stiller, “Big Time combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of Streep, the budget of House Of Payne, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Comedy Central execs are expected to announce the pickup Friday during the cabler’s sesh at the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.
Series follows two brothers and aspiring filmmakers who head out on a journey to pursue their dream after being kicked out of their parents’ house. “Big Time” was created by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, the pair behind the Red Hour-produced Web comedy “Next Time on Lonny,’ also produced by Red Hour for Maker Studios.
Anfanger also stars in “Big Time” opposite Lenny Jacobson. Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky and Jon Bass round out the cast. Schimpf directed the pilot. Stiller, Anfanger and Schimpf exec produce with Red Hour’s Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein, and Brillstein »
- Cynthia Littleton
Comedy Central is expanding its scripted offerings, picking up Ben Stiller-produced half-hour Big Time in Hollywood, Fl to series. The Viacom-owned cable network has ordered 10 episodes of the series from writer/executive producer/star Alex Anfanger. The comedy, which was picked up to pilot in August, follows two delusional brothers/self-proclaimed filmmakers -- portrayed by Anfanger and Lenny Jacobson -- who are kicked out of their parents' house and forced to fend for themselves for the first time, leading them on a journey in pursuit of the American dream. Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky and Jon Bass co-star. Story:
- Lesley Goldberg
Comedy Central announced today that it has greenlit 10 episodes of the weekly, half-hour scripted series, "Big Time in Hollywood, Fl." Produced by Red Hour and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, the new series is executive produced and written by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, along with Red Hour's Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein, and Brillstein Entertainment Partners' Lee Kernis and Brian Stern. Anfanger will also star in the series, along with Lenny Jacobson, Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky and Jon Bass. Schimpf directed the pilot. "Ben, Alex and Dan have fulfilled my career-long dream of having a show based in Hollywood, Fl," said Alterman. "'Big Time' combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of »
12 items from 2014
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