12 items from 2014
The half-hour multicamera project produced by 20th Century Fox Television stars Tom Papa as a husband and father who decides to make a career change so he can, as the show’s title suggests, spend more time with his family. Lenehan (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) will play Tom’s mother. Joe Pantoliano has already been cast as his father.
- Whitney Friedlander
Wendell Pierce (The Wire) has signed on to CBS‘ multi-camera comedy pilot The Odd Couple, a take on the Neil Simon classic. Co-written and executive produced by Matthew Perry, Odd Couple revolves around two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon). Pierce will play Teddy, a neurotic cop and a good buddy of Oscar’s who goes to his apartment every week for Game Night. Pierce, repped by Chris Schmidt at Paradigm and Donald Spradlin at Essential Talent, recently wrapped the fourth and final season of HBO’s Treme and will appear in a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Nancy Lenehan has been cast in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot More Time With Family, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and written/exec produced by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Based on the stand-up of Tom Papa and the experiences of Damon, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
MGM’s plan to remake the award-winning 1980 musical drama The Idolmaker has so far had a bumpy ride. Ryan Gosling was originally attached to star, as well as intending to make it his directorial debut, but pulled out due to scheduling issues. Now, as Justin Timberlake closes a deal to produce, director Craig Brewer (Hustle And Flow, Footloose) has reportedly thrown his hat in the ring.
The Idolmaker was originally directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), written by Edward Di Lorenzo (Miami Vice), and starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher and Joe Pantoliano. Loosely based on the life of Bob Marcucci – the rock promoter and manager responsible for the careers of artists such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian – the story follows songwriter and manager Vincent Vacari through his obsession with finding ‘the next big thing’. After guiding a local band to success and expanding his client list, his obsession becomes a destructive »
- Sarah Myles
The original film, released in 1980, starred Ray Sharkey as a mercenary music promoter who takes on two boys with the intent of turning them into teen idols. The story was based on the life of the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
“The Idolmaker” was one of the MGM library projects that were put into development in 2011 after the storied studio went through a pre-packaged bankruptcy in late 2010. It also began working at that point on reboots of “RoboCop,” which was released through Sony last month, and “Poltergeist,” due to be released next eyar through Fox. »
- Dave McNary
The filmmakers are rumored to have already turned in outlines and treatments to the studio, which is desperate for a big blockbuster franchise. Warner Bros. reportedly wants the first movie ready by 2017 so it can compete against the highly-anticipated sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Avatar 3, which are slated for release that year.
While it isn't clear which way the filmmakers plan on taking this new trilogy, one of the early outlines reportedly explores how The Matrix was first created. It's too early to tell if this is the route they plan on taking since the story is still very fluid. It also isn't clear if Keanu Reeves will be back as Neo, or if any of the other cast members will be back. »
Exclusive: CBS‘ comedy pilot More Time With Family continues to add boldface names. Emmy-winning Sopranos alum Joe Pantoliano has joined the multi-camera project, toplined by Tom Papa and Alyson Hannigan, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, written/exec produced by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith and directed by James Burrows. Based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, the 20th TV-produced project centers on Tom (Papa), a husband and father making a career change to spend more time with his family. Apa-repped Pantoliano plays Stan Rizzo, Tom’s brash, opinionated, old-school father. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Much like The Burning, The Final Terror is one of those early Eighties slasher-in-the-woods flicks that may actually be more noteworthy because of how many members of its young cast would go on to greater stardom.
Scream Factory is dusting off this nearly forgotten screamer for Blu-ray release as part of its “Summer of Fear”.
Forest rangers go camping in the woods and trespass into wilderness territory they shouldn’t have. Pot is smoked. Sex is had. Canoes are paddled. Throats are cut.
A fairly standard 1982 slasher that’s better than some, worse than others, The Final Terror has primarily toiled in obscurity since the VHS days, a little surprising considering it boasted a cast that would go on to bigger and better things.
Here’s another oft-requested title finally making the jump from VHS to Blu-ray: The Final Terror! This early 80s slasher is being resurrected from Scream Factory, continuing their massive rollout in bringing some of the best vintage slashers to HD.
Read the official word below, and expect The Final Terror to make it’s way onto DVD & Blu-ray this July!
Our 2014 “Summer of Fear” release schedule is about to get even better with the following title reveal–one which we’re sure will please so many of you that have requested it. The long-lost 1983 slasher film The Final Terror is coming to Blu-ray & DVD for the first time ever!
As some of you already know, this killer-in-the-woods entry stars an eclectic group of stars including Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds, Night School), Daryl Hannah (Splash, Blade Runner), Adrian Zmed (Grease 2, Bachelor Party, Tj Hooker) and Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos »
- Justin Edwards
Scream Factory continues to announce new titles for 2014 and they’ve revealed that 1983′s The Final Terror is coming to Blu-ray and DVD:
via Scream Factory: “Our 2014 “Summer of Fear” release schedule is about to get even better with the following title reveal–one which we’re sure will please so many of you that have requested it. The long-lost 1983 slasher film The Final Terror is coming to Blu-ray & DVD for the first time ever!
As some of you already know, this killer-in-the-woods entry stars an eclectic group of stars including Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds, Night School), Daryl Hannah (Splash, Blade Runner), Adrian Zmed (Grease 2, Bachelor Party, Tj Hooker) and Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos).
We’re aiming for a July release. No details on extras to report at this time but the key art you see here – adapted from the original theatrical key art – is final (no pun »
- Jonathan James
We have already seen car manufacturer Toyota bring out The Muppets and actor Terry Crews for their TV spot that will air during Super Bowl Xlviii on Sunday, February 2. One of Toyota's rivals, Kia, has also delved into the movie world for their "big game" TV spot, featuring Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus from The Matrix. The commercial showcases Kia's new K900 vehicle, with the actor reenacting the famous "red pill/blue pill" scene, holding a red key and a blue key for a couple to choose from. We also see other touchstones from The Matrix with a few "agents" eating at a diner and a bending spoon. Check out this video below, and stay tuned for more Super Bowl Xlviii TV spots as we get closer and closer to the big game.
Super Bowl episode 48.1, "Super Bowl Xlviii" airs on NBC February 2nd, 2014.
While the vitriol has subsided considerably, there was a massive outpouring of negativity from fanboys around the world when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in Batman Vs. Superman. The actor, of course, is no stranger to the superhero genre, portraying blind vigilante Matt Murdock in Marvel's 2003 adventure Daredevil. During a recent interview with Playboy, the actor revealed that Daredevil was the only movie he ever regretted, which may have been part of the motivation in taking on the Batman role. The actor also spoke about the immense negative reactions from the fans and how he handled that, how Zack Snyder's vision convinced him to take the role, how this new version of Batman doesn't "compete" with Christian Bale's version, and how he has grown as an actor and an artist over the past 10 years.
The actor was told that George Clooney keeps a photo of himself as »
Simon Brand is on board to direct with shooting expected to start in March.
Producers are Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert of Management 360, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Marina Bespalov of Aldamisa Entertainment and Michael London of Groundswell. Aldamisa is financing and selling worldwide rights.
London developed the story of an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom at a prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill while a detective specializing in ransom cases tries to find him.
Schwarzenegger had been attached to “Captive” when it was first unveiled »
- Dave McNary
12 items from 2014
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