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Monday’s “Bachelorette” finale closed with Kaitlyn Bristowe’s happy ending, but host Chris Harrison doesn’t see a fairytale in Lifetime’s “UnReal,” the scripted series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a reality TV show modeled after “The Bachelor” franchise.
“Really, the main difference that I’ve seen is that people watch ‘The Bachelor,'” Harrison told Variety when asked what he thinks about “UnReal” at “The Bachelorette: Men Tell All” taping earlier this month. “It’s complete fiction. As much as they would love to jump on our coattails — they were begging for us to talk about it and for people to write about it — at the end of the day, no one is watching. I mean, absolutely nobody is watching that show. Why? It is terrible. It is really terrible.”
Lifetime renewed “UnReal” for Season 2 in early July, after a series-high 0.35 rating in adults 18- »
- Seth Kelley
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? Ant-Man gets mashed up with Zoolander, Real Fake History explores the battle of Klendathu in Starship Troopers, Mission: Impossible gets an Honest Trailer and the Fantastic Four reboot gets a meta mashup with Roger Corman's unreleased 1994 version. We also have a complete breakdown of the specific changes made from the original Star Wars movies for the Special Edition releases. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mission: Impossible Honest Trailer
It's Tuesday, and you know what that means? Another Honest Trailer from the Screen Junkies crew. Today they break down Mission: Impossible and all of its sequels, in honor of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation's release this Friday. »
In an interview with Variety, Harrison didn't mince words when asked for his thoughts on the drama, which revolves around the behind-the-scenes action on a fictional dating reality show that resembles "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." Despite the show's critical acclaim, Harrison isn't a fan.
"Really, the main difference that I've seen is that people watch 'The Bachelor,'" Harrison told the trade during an interview at "The Bachelorette: Men Tell All" taping, which took place earlier this month. "It's complete fiction. As much as they would love to jump on our coattails - they were begging for us to talk about it and for people to write about it - at the end of the day, no one is watching. »
- Katie Roberts
★★★☆☆ For his sixth feature as writer-director, Noah Baumbach continues a newly prolific streak with While We're Young (2014), which furthers his approach to infusing his cinema with his own thoughts, feelings and verdicts on specific areas of contemporary culture. Where his previous film, the monochrome crowd-pleaser Frances Ha (2012), saw him breaking from the existential miserablism that has peppered his films thus far, this sees Baumbach taking an honest look at what it's like to grow old in a world of retro hipsterism, to mostly successful results. In his best role since his first collaboration with the director - the brilliantly acerbic Greenberg (2010) - Ben Stiller plays documentary filmmaker Josh.
- CineVue UK
Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh have spent years earning laughs together on the small screen, both key members of the brilliant comedic ensemble starring in the HBO series Veep, but now they will be bringing their talents to the world of features. They've collaborated on a new football comedy script called Red Shirt, and now that screenplay is going to be turned into a movie by Paramount Pictures. Variety has the scoop of not only the studio pickup, but also that Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films is on board producing the movie as well. For now, any and all plot details are being kept a secret, though it has been confirmed that the story will be set in the world of college football (sorry, Star Trek fans, this isn't about doomed Enterprise crew members). Red Shirt will be the first feature written by Simons, though Walsh has a number »
Usually found trading barbs on the set of comedy series Veep, actor/writers Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons are slightly better at collaborating in real life. In fact, they’ve written a script together, with Paramount picking up Red Shirt as a potential film.Nothing to do with Star Trek’s ill-fated crew members, Red Shirt is actually set in the world of American college football. The term – which can actually apply to any sport at the collegiate level – means putting a player on suspension so as to extend their eligibility. This happens for various reasons, including waiting for them to be ready to juggle the challenges of the sport and their athletic demands, having the chance to practice with the team without needing to play and building their strength and stamina ready for the rigours of a season.Exactly how that will play into the plot remains to be seen, »
Cyrus Arnold scored the sweet role of playing the son of Derek Zoolander in the upcoming "Zoolander 2" and he signed a deal so good ... Maury Ballstein must have gotten it for him. According to his contract, Arnold will make around $25k for an eight week shoot -- working alongside Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and probably tons of other huge stars since they'll All being making cameos. But the best part of 13-year-old Cyrus' deal »
- TMZ Staff
In college football, the practice of “redshirting” is widely employed: A player’s participation is delayed for a year in order to maintain his eligibility for another year.
HBO has ordered a fifth season of “Veep,” in which Simons plays former White House liaison Jonah Ryan and Walsh portrays the vice president’s director of communications Mike McLintock.
Simons is due to appear in “Goosebumps” with Jack Black, in “Michelle Darnell” with Melissa McCarthy and in “Gold” with Matthew McConaughey. Walsh appeared in “Get Hard” and is in Paul Feig’s upcoming “Ghostbusters,” starring McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
Paramount-based Red Hour is in post-production on Stiller’s “Zoolander 2,” due out Feb. 12.
Simons is repped by UTA and Brillstein. »
- Dave McNary
Reese Witherspoon is set to receive the 29th American Cinematheque award at the organization's annual black-tie benefit gala on Friday, October 30 in the ballroom of La's Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Witherspoon was unanimously chosen by the Cinematheque board for her work as an actress, and as a producer under her Pacific Standard production banner, which she founded with Bruna Papandrea in 2012. This year, she was Oscar-nominated for her performance as Cheryl Strayed in the redemption drama "Wild." Witherspoon, who recently launched her own retail brand, took the 2006 Best Actress Academy Award for her steely portrayal of June Carter Cash. Read More: Recipe for a Successful Cinematheque Ball: Matthew McConaughey Last year's American Cinematheque award went to Witherspoon's "Mud" costar Matthew McConaughey. Recent honorees include Julia Roberts (2007), Samuel L. Jackson (2008), Matt Damon (2010), Robert Downey Jr. (2011), Ben Stiller (2013) and Jerry »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The paparazzi have been busy this year chasing stars filming in the Eternal City, as Hollywood has rediscovered Italy, making the country — and Rome’s storied Cinecitta Studios — a hot destination for foreign shoots.
Competitive tax breaks, a great euro-to-dollar exchange rate, and Italy’s depth of crew and craftsmen recently lured Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” as well as MGM and Paramount’s “Ben-Hur” remake, marking the first time in at least a decade that Cinecitta has hosted two big Hollywood productions. Ron Howard’s “Inferno” and the next James Bond installment, “Spectre,” have also shot in Rome and other parts of Italy.
Growing its production sector could be a shot in the arm for the nation’s ailing economy — after all, as former prime minister Giulio Andreotti famously said of an earlier epic film shoot, “ ‘Quo Vadis’ did more for Italy than the Marshall Plan.”
It was only a »
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.
Starting at Universal in 2006, Jarmain most recently served as senior sales manager for the UK.
During his tenure at Universal he worked on titles including Jurassic World, Minions, the Fast & Furious franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mamma Mia!, as well as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Asif Kapadia’s Senna.
Jarmain replaces Jeremy Baum who has joined StudioCanal.
Jarmain said: “At Universal I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on such a varied and successful slate of films. Icon has an enviable line-up for the rest of 2015, into 2016 and beyond. It’s an exciting time to be joining them.”
Icon’s slate »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler said in statement Tuesday: “We are elated to expand upon our already extraordinary relationship with John and feel honored to be able to enhance our creative horizons together. He is truly a force of nature and we are proud to be part of his world.”
Under the deal, Green will collaborate with Temple Hill Entertainment principals Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen on several projects. Temple Hill, which produced the “Twilight” movies and “The Fault in Our Stars” film, already has a first-look deal at Fox.
“The Fault in Our Stars” was a breakout hit last year with over $300 million in worldwide grosses on a budget of under $15 million. The film adaptation of “Paper Towns” — produced by Bowen, Godfrey and Green — opens Friday »
- Dave McNary
Seeing a movie is usually a pretty safe bet for a first date. But what about the people in the movie that are going on dates themselves? They’re either having the best date of their lives or the worst, so your own date will almost definitely lie somewhere in the middle.
We’ve compiled some of the best and worst movie dates in honour of the release of Trainwreck! Judd Apatow’s latest stars Amy Schumer as a woman afraid of commitment until Bill Hader proves he might just be the one. Trainwreck also stars LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, and Brie Larson.
Catch Trainwreck in Cineplex theatres on July 17th, and see if your favourite movie date made it onto our list!
Good: Before Sunrise (1995)
- Sasha James and Amanda Wood
Director: Noah Baumbach
Running Time: 94 minutes
Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young bridges the gap between the 20-something movies where people try and find ‘themselves’ and wraps it into the world of Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 but, saying that, still holds all the unique quirks and intelligence of Baumbach’s previous work. With a smart cast of Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin, here you find an honest and entertaining exploration of what it feels like to grow older without dragging its desires in cliché.
Josh (Stiller) and Cornelia (Watts) are our happy middle-aged couple, whatever that age is, who have noticed everyone around them is settling down, having kids and they »
- Dan Bullock
Quick, pull a Blue Steel! Kris Jenner channeled a fashion great last weekend when she wore a colorful Valentino camouflage jacket and matching pants at the airport. The momager, 59, rocked the same coat that Derek Zoolander (aka Ben Stiller) wore back in March while shooting a campaign for the Italian designer. The photos were taken to promote the upcoming Zoolander sequel, which costars Owen Wilson and is set to hit theaters on Feb. 12, 2016. This isn't the first time Jenner has copied a star's style. Last month [...] »
Neil Calloway looks at what Star Wars films Disney could make (but probably won’t)…
With Rogue One apparently well into production and The Force Awakens juggernaut rumbling on, it might seem like we’ve reached “Peak Star Wars”. Yesterday I saw a grown man wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Chewie, we’re home”. When people are quoting a film they can’t possibly have seen you know you have a phenomenon on your hands. Guillermo del Toro suggested a Godfather style movie about Jabba The Hutt, which seems like a movie too far, but why stop there? There are countless movies to set in the Star Wars Universe. Or should that be Star Wars Galaxy? Here are just a few…
- Neil Calloway
UK TV ratings roundup – data supplied by Barb
The BBC One show averaged 2.59m (16.3%) from 7pm, before The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins earned 3.34m (19.5%). Casualty rose to 4.15m (23.2%) from 8.55pm, and The John Bishop Show appealed to 3.1m (18.4%) afterwards.
ITV aired Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 from 7pm, which was enjoyed by 2.76m (16.5%). Later on, live boxing between Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez Jr drew an audience of 1.6m (10.5%).
Owen Wilson has reportedly signed on to play Ed Helms’ brother in an upcoming roadtrip comedy entitled Bastards. According to THR, the film will be based on a script by Justin Malen (who’s credited for writing the newly announced Bad Teacher 2) and will serve as the directorial debut for The Hangover cinematographer Larry Sher.
Bastards follows two brothers (Wilson and Helms) who, after learning of their mother’s reputation for shacking up with famous men back in the 1970s Studio 54 scene, hit the road to track down their birth father.
Wilson, who recently co-starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and is set to head the upcoming thriller No Escape (hitting theaters in late August), appears to be setting his sights back on comedy with Bastards. He is set to appear in the Jared Hess ensemble comedy Masterminds, starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, »
- William Fanelli
New Indie: It may not be the utter triumph that his previous film Frances Ha was, but Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young (Lionsgate Home Entertainment) sees the filmmaker slicing into both Gen X growing pains and Millennial narcissism with razor-sharp precision. It’s a contemporary comedy that’s both knowingly witty and uncompromisingly satirical. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play husband-and-wife documentary filmmakers feeling alienated from their best pals who’ve just had a baby. Along come young upstarts Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver, who pull the older couple into their world of vinyl albums, vintage VHS cassettes and hipster street happenings. Are Stiller and Watts exploiting their new friends for their youthful energy and bravado, or do the kids...
- Alonso Duralde
Geek legend Joss Whedon made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday night, but rather than taking a seat on the panel, he stepped up to the podium to moderate Comedy Central's Another Period. Comedy Central's Drunk History revolves around sisters Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt (creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, respectively), the first family of Newport, R.I., at the turn of the 20th century who only care about fame. It's a satire on reality staples like Keeping Up With the Kardashians blended with Downton Abbey. The series is produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour and directed by
- Lesley Goldberg
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