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Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.
Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.
Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »
- Gary Susman
It's 1986 again! Jon Cryer appeared on The Late Late Show and blessed viewers with a reprisal of his iconic dance from Pretty in Pink. That's right...Duckie is back! We just had to wait for Two and a Half Men to come to an end. With host James Corden by his side, somehow this little reboot might be better than the original. Clad in matching wigs, white winklepickers and outfits, Corden and Cryer lip-synced Otis Redding's "Try and Little Tenderness" on the set that was decorated to match the record store from the movie. Even though it has been 29 years since the film, which also starred Molly Ringwald and Annie Potts, was released, Cryer clearly had no problem remembering his signature dance »
Last year, ABC Family paired new sitcoms Mystery Girls and Young & Hungry together. Mystery Girls was cancelled while Young & Hungry was renewed. Will it get a third season? Stay tuned.
Young & Hungry revolves around a food blogger (Emily Osment) who goes to work for a wealthy tech entrepreneur (Jonathan Sadowski) as his personal chef. The rest of the cast includes Rex Lee, Aimee Carrero, Kym Whitley, and Annie Potts.
Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress: (more…) »
1989’s Ghostbusters II was nowhere near as good, as it was aimed more at children and felt like a less funny, watered-down version of the original, but it proved to be nearly as popular as its predecessor in terms of box office success. That alone is testament to the enduring appeal of the franchise that will continue with a whole new cast in 2016.
Though how much they will have to do with the “reboot” remains unclear, the cast was undoubtedly a key factor in the success of the franchise, with Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis joined by the often over-looked Ernie Hudson and the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts. All brilliantly talented.
Away from Ghostbusters, »
- K.J. Stewart
Few films have captured the complex inner lives of American teenagers better than John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.” Released three decades ago on February 15, the movie, with its expert casting, pitch-perfect dialogue and refreshing sincerity, helped pave the way for others like “Heathers,” “Say Anything” and “Mean Girls,” as well as groundbreaking TV shows like “My So Called Life” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Virtually overnight, Hughes became the poet laureate of teen angst and a passionate chronicler of the modern high school experience. On the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club,” here’s a look back at John Hughes’ 10 finest films, plus five that didn’t quite make the grade.
10) Uncle Buck (1989)
John Candy played the title role of a lovable oaf whose babysitting skills are put to the test in this lightweight yet undeniably funny family comedy. The fifth of eight Hughes films in which he appeared, »
- Matthew Chernov
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The news of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been met with decidedly mixed reactions in certain corners of the internet. But whether they're for or against Feig's proposed reboot, nobody has a good word to say about the original film's sequel, Ghostbusters II (1989), and this, frankly, will not stand. Though perceived as a failure, the sequel is a far, far better film than its reputation suggests.
Five years on from the phenomenal success of the original, Ghostbusters II reassembles all the same creative elements - scripting by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman as director, the entire cast reprising their roles. The key players were famously reluctant, but the film had made a ridiculous amount of money and spawned the hugely successful spin-off cartoon The Real Ghostbusters, so the follow-up was inevitable.
Despite a briefly record-breaking opening weekend of $29 million, Ghostbusters II went on to make a mere $112 million at the Us box office, »
If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?
Feig sent ghoulies and demons running for cover by tipping his all-female cast for the Ghostbusters reboot.
Aside from supernatural griping, Twitter had quite a fun time with the news that a whole new crew will be bustin' ghosts in the near future.
Digital Spy gathers the best reactions below:
Very excited for the female Ghostbusters but even more excited for Gay Caddyshack.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 27, 2015
Bustin' has always made me feel good, but today more than ever. http://t.co/E85AoJYYz0
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) January 27, 2015
Notably, if you were casting a new Ghostbusters movie without any regard for gender, you couldn't get much funnier than those four humans.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) January »
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
9 items from 2015
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