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TV News Roundup: Nasim Pedrad Joins TBS Comedy ‘People of Earth’ as Series Regular

27 April 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV news roundup, “Saturday Night Live” alum Nasim Pedrad joins TBS’ “People of Earth,” PBS greenlights new docu-series “Chasing the Moon” that follows the space race from the lunar landing to the present day, and more. 

Casting 

Saturday Night Live” alum Nasim Pedrad has joined TBS’s comedy “People of Earth” as a series regular, beginning this summer with the show’s second season. Executive produced by Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels, the series follows a group of alien abductees, also known as “experiencers,” living in the small town of Beacon, N.Y.

MTV has tapped Asia Kate Dillon as the presenter of the first award of the night — Best Actor in a Movie — at the 2017 MTV Music Awards, which airs Sunday, May 7 at 8 P.M. Et. MTV has done away with gender-specific categories for the upcoming ceremony, and the “Billions” actress is also the first gender non-binary identifying actor to be cast »

- Sarah Ahern

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TruTV’s Andrea Savage Comedy ‘I’m Sorry’ Casts Up With Kathy Baker, Martin Mull

27 April 2017 12:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Kathy Baker, Nelson Franklin and Martin Mull are among the recurring cast newly set for I’m Sorry, Andrea Savage’s upcoming scripted comedy for TruTV. I’m Sorry stars writer/creator Savage (Veep) as a comedy writer/wife/mom “who comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations,” per Turner’s TruTV. Set for recurring roles are Kathy Baker, Nelson Franklin, Judy Greer, Jason Mantzoukas, Martin Mull, Lyndon Smith, Gary Anthony Williams… »

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Ventures Picks Up ‘Elian,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ and More

14 April 2017 6:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. theatrical, digital and video rights to “Elián,” the story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, and how the fight over his future sparked a flashpoint for U.S. and Cuban tensions. Directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden, the film is executive produced by Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Elián” is slated for a platform theatrical release beginning in New York and Los Angeles on May 19. The film will also be premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on »

- Graham Winfrey

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Bill Pullman’s ‘Ballad of Lefty Brown’ Picked up by A24, DirecTV

13 April 2017 3:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A24 and DirecTV have acquired the Bill Pullman Western “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” which made its world premiere last month at SXSW.

The film will be first released in a 30-day exclusive window on DirecTV, followed by a theatrical rollout by A24. The film was shot in Montana in September with a supporting cast that includes Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker, Tommy Flanagan, Diego Josef, and Peter Fonda.

The film was written, directed, and produced by Jared Moshé, who previously wrote and directed “Dead Man’s Burden” and produced “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.” Edward Parks, Neda Armian, and Dan Burks also produced with Niraj Bhatia serving as executive producer.

Pullman plays a sidekick to a famed frontier lawman, portrayed by Fonda, who is unexpectedly killed. Pullman’s Lefty Brown will stop at nothing to avenge the killing.

Variety’s Joe Leydon gave the film a strong »

- Dave McNary

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Bill Pullman Gives His Best Performance in Years With Western ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’ — SXSW 2017 Review

13 March 2017 3:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bill Pullman might not be the most obvious choice for a western hero at this stage of his career, but that’s exactly what makes him ideal for “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” which isn’t about an obvious Western hero. As the titular Lefty, Pullman plays a 63-year-old sidekick in the wilds of late 19th century Montana, where he’s forced to take charge when the traditional hero (Peter Fonda) is suddenly killed. By giving the spotlight to an archetype usually relegated to the background, writer-director Jared Moshé puts a revisionist spin on the familiar oater, but everything else about “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” is by the book.

Moshé’s sophomore effort further illustrates his obsession and deep familiarity with the classic Western mold. His debut, 2012’s “Dead Man’s Burden,” was a taut, minimalist tale of a family battling to save its land from a greedy mining »

- Eric Kohn

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’

12 March 2017 3:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Imagine a Western in which Walter Brennan goes gunning for the varmints who bushwhacked John Wayne. That’s pretty much the logline for “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” writer-director Jared Moshé’s solidly entertaining period drama, which can be enjoyed as both a straight-shooting homage to crotchety sidekicks and shoot-’em-up conventions, and a well-crafted movie about loyalty, betrayal, and redemption that dutifully acknowledges, without slavishly mimicking, the classic oaters that introduced those sidekicks, and established those conventions. Even as Moshé respectfully tips his Stetson to a variety of cinematic forebearers — masterworks by John Ford and Howard Hawks, revisionist ’70s horse operas, Clint Eastwood’s down-and-dirty “Unforgiven” — he rides clear of wink-wink pastiche, and sets his sights on making something that can stand on its own merits as a worthy addition to the genre.

Bill Pullman gets in touch with his inner Gabby Hayes — a rather more serious Gabby Hayes, »

- Joe Leydon

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17 Buzziest Movies and TV Shows at SXSW

10 March 2017 9:25 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday

afternoon.The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.

Movies

1. “Song To Song

In a major coup that »

- Andrew Barker, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Joe Leydon and Ramin Setoodeh

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17 Buzziest Movies and TV Shows at SXSW

10 March 2017 9:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

South by Southwest, once known as an intimate stomping ground for tiny films, has turned into the Comic-Con of the spring. Starting today, thousands will descend in Austin for the splashy red-carpet movie and TV premieres, as well as concerts (hello, Solange), panels and keynotes speeches ranging from Joe Biden to Lee Daniels. In keeping up with the political climate, there’s even a Planned Parenthood rally, called “Never Going Back,” co-hosted by Tumblr on Sunday afternoon.

The annual gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987 and has quickly expanded from there, is now a must-stop for studios and networks. In recent years, hits like “Furious 7,” “Sausage Party,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and “Neighbors” have all come to Texas before dominating multiplexes across the country. And in 2012, “Girls’” debuted with a then-unknown Lena Dunham. Here are Variety’s pick for the 17 buzziest projects at this year’s SXSW.

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- Andrew Barker, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Joe Leydon and Ramin Setoodeh

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