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Over the past few years, the Lifetime Network has been in the process of rebanding itself, debuting controversial "unauthorized" movies that went behind-the-scenes of hit sitcoms like Saved By the Bell and Full House. Their rebranding has also included the Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig thriller A Deadly Adoption and the cult-classic remake of Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? from James Franco. Today we have word that the network has ordered a biopic centering on pop icon Britney Spears, simply entitled Britney.
TV Line reports that the network has cast Natasha Bassett as the Princess of Pop, although no other cast members have come aboard quite yet. The biopic will be produced by Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime, with production scheduled to begin in Vancouver on September 19, with Lifetime eyeing a 2017 debut. Here's the official plot description, courtesy of the network.
"Britney Jean Spears was just a young girl from »
The Hollywood Reporter has caught wind of a new, independent Ronald Reagan biopic picking up steam and today, it’s found its director.
According to the report, it is Soul Surfer and The King’s Daughter helmer Sean McNamara that will take point on the political picture, one that’s set to recount the “40th president’s life as chronicled by a Kgb agent who was assigned to follow him during the early days of the Cold War, when the future president was vehemently anti-Communist while running the Screen Actors Guild.”
Simply titled Reagan, THR notes that Howie Klausner (Space Cowboys) is attached to the pen the script – mining material from Paul Kengor’s pair of biographies – and though there’s no mention of who will step into the Oval Office as Ronald Reagan, we understand that Disney breakout David Henrie (Wizard’s of Waverly Place) is on board to »
- Michael Briers
War Dogs is the latest film from Todd Phillips, the director of The Hangover trilogy, a series of films that thankfully came to an end back in 2013 after making a total of $1.4 billion worldwide. The last movie in that series is enough to make most cinema-goers to head for the proverbial hills when the mention of a new Phillips movie hits, but there’s one thing that you can’t deny this filmmaker for – his ability to execute a comedy. Here, Phillips turns to the likes of Scorsese or De Palma for inspiration and brings a very true story to screens, albeit mixed with his customary wit and laughs aplenty.
- Paul Heath
If nothing else, the fact that this is the same production collaboration that brought you Welcome to Me should be enough to get people to pay attention. That film, an Indie gem starring Kristen Wiig, was on my list of the year’s best, and this one looks just as interesting.
While not quite as offbeat in its premise as Welcome to Me, Friend of Bill has Lizzy Caplan playing a writer who is arrested for public intoxication, and forced to take a sabbatical. This leads to her return to her small hometown, where she has to deal with her mother, and two suitors while she struggles with sobriety. »
- Marc Eastman
The first trailer has arrived online for director James Franco’s upcoming comedy drama Zeroville. Based on Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel of the same name, the film stars Franco alongside Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Joey King, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride; take a look below after the official synopsis…
Join Vikar (James Franco), a wide-eyed innocent in love with the movies, on one wicked trip to the heart of a pulsating, kaleidoscopic Hollywood. Naïve newcomer to the City of Angels, carrying nothing but his “outsider” past and a huge tattoo of Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor inked on his shaved skull; driven by the allure of cinema to the glittering temptations of Zeroville; a town where anything goes.
Encounter the parasites, the punks, the wannabes, the power-brokers and the crazies: meet Viking Man (Seth Rogen) – gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide. »
- Amie Cranswick
Viewed from a certain angle, James Franco is like the arthouse Adam Sandler. When it’s time to make a movie, he calls up a bunch of his friends, and off they go. Thankfully, the results are always interesting, even if they don’t always work. And while Franco will be unveiling his John Steinbeck adaptation “In […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
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First off, we are absolutely loving the news that Disney actress Zendaya has been cast in the role of Mary-Jane Watson in the highly anticipated Spider-Man reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is huge news and a major progressive step in casting. She will star alongside Tom Holland, who already has won our hearts as Spidey, as he stole the show in Captain America: Civil War.
- Adriana Floridia
James Franco and Seth Rogen, the creative duo behind such cult comedy hits as The Interview and This is the End, are Hollywood bound in the first trailer for Zeroville, a biting satirical period romp hailing from Franco himself.
It’s pitched as his most ambitious directorial effort to date, and after clocking eyes on the extensive first trailer, we’re inclined to believe those claims. Featuring a host of regular faces in Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, Zeroville is set against the Tinsel Town of ’69 where Ike “Vikar” Jerome stars out on a journey that offers up tragedy and discovery in equal measure.
Placing a laser focus on celebrity culture and all things Hollywood, Seth Rogen is on board as a character known as Viking Man – “gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide” – while the »
- Michael Briers
Freeform is developing Santa Monica Shores, a high-concept comedy from Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith and Gary Sanchez Productions. The premise for the comedy is being kept under wraps. Gary Sanchez’s Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick will executive produce, along with Smith. Smith has a longstanding relationship with Freeform and its predecessor ABC Family. He created the 2007 drama Greek, one of the first original scripted series on ABC Family that… »
After adapting William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, what looks to be James Franco‘s most ambitious directorial effort yet is an adaptation of Zeroville, based on Steve Erickson‘s book, which serves as a dark parody of the New Hollywood movement. Now the first sales trailer, clocking in at over four minutes, has landed.
The story focuses on Ike “Vikar” Jerome, who has just moved to Hollywood in 1969. With tattoos of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his head, his journey “ends in both tragedy and discovery.” The book features many New Hollywood icons, such as Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, John Milius and Paul Schrader, with the ghost of Clift even showing up.
However, outside of the cast — including Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride — in terms of filmmaking icons, the first trailer only features a Wim Wenders cameo, which makes »
- Jordan Raup
Here is more of the history they never taught you. Below, watch an extended trailer for the fourth season of the Drunk History TV show. Season four premieres on Comedy Central, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10:30pm Et/Pt. Created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, Drunk History is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and executive produced by Waters and Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Owen Burke.Hamilton alum Lin-Manuel Miranda guest stars in Drunk History's fourth season. The new season also features: Billie Joe Armstrong, Steve Berg, Rachel Bilson, Paget Brewster, Michael Cera, Josh Charles, Kat Dennings, Ben Folds, Dave Grohl, Tony Hale, Ed Helms, Jack McBrayer, Allan McLeod, Thomas Middleditch, Elizabeth Olsen, Busy Phillips, Aubrey Plaza, Ronda Rousey, »
Titled Holmes & Watson, the new Sherlock Holmes movie (yes, another one for the pile) will reunite Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly once again. According to Deadline the Talladega Nights and Step Brothers stars will play the detective duo in a new comedy from Sony Pictures. As you can probably guess Will Ferrell will […]
For those who have long been clamoring to see a sequel to one of the century’s finest comedies, Step Brothers, that day has yet to arrive. However, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will once again reteam, this time for a the Sherlock-inspired Holmes & Watson. Directed by Etan Cohen, Ferrell will take the role of Holmes and Reilly will take on the Watson role. It’s not said yet which time period the film will take place in, but production on the Sony Pictures production begins later this year, so expect more news soon.
Next up, Deadline reports Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård are set to star in an adaptation of the best selling novel The Aftermath, which Fox Searchlight have acquired the rights to after an intense bidding war. The story is set in post-war Germany and concerns a Rachael (probably Knightley) who reunites with her husband (probably »
- Mike Mazzanti
Freeform is taking an interesting tack with the battle of the sexes. Deadline reports the cable channel has put the Motherland TV show pilot into development. The project hails from Gary Sanchez Productions. Eliot Laurence is writing. He wrote 14 episodes of The Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo. He is also credited for the screenplay of the Welcome to Me feature film, starring Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Loretta Devine, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Messick will executive produce Motherland. The report describes the supernatural drama's one-hour pilot as, "...an epic military fantasy set in an alternate America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country."Read More… »
From "D--- in a Box" to that full-frontal scene in Popstar, Andy Samberg is no stranger to a little raunchy comedy - but don't expect him to ever actually go pantsless on camera himself. "I don't think I'd ever do it, because of the Internet," the actor tells Playboy in an interview for the magazine's September issue, on newsstands Friday. "Once you show your d---, that's the first image that comes up on Google for the rest of your life," says Samberg, 37. "I don't want my d--- on the Internet."That being said, he did drop trou for his original »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Lizzy Caplan’s spent a lot of time working on period dramas lately. She recently wrapped the WWII film, Allied, co-starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, and she’ll be back for a fourth season of sexology and making Michael Sheen really work for a living when Masters Of Sex returns on September 11. But according to Deadline, she’ll soon find herself stuck in a troubled present. Caplan’s signed on to star in Friend Of Bill, a dark new comedy from Bron Studios and Gloria Sanchez Productions, the woman-led arm of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production company. Caplan is producing along with Ferrell and McKay.
The title is a reference to members of Alcoholics Anonymous—the “Bill” or “Bill W.” in question is the organization’s co-founder, William Griffith Wilson. Caplan will play an alcoholic writer who, after being arrested for public intoxication, withdraws to her ...
- Danette Chavez
With Benedict Cumberbatch playing the super sleuth for the BBC, the character getting an American makeover with Elementary, and Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law apparently getting ready for a third installment of the feature film franchise, you might think we’re all a bit Sherlock Holmes-ed out at this stage. Well, Sony Pictures don’t seem to think so, tapping Tropic Thunder screenwriter and Get Hard director Etan Cohen to take the reins of Holmes & Watson, a comedic take on the super sleuth and his loyal side kick. What will make you stand up and take notice though is that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have signed on the dotted line to take the lead roles of Sherlock Holmes and James Watson respectively, marking the third feature collaboration between the pair following Talladega Nights and, of course, Step Brothers (I’m not counting Reilly’s cameo in »
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Holmes & Watson: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who previously starred together in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers (above), will reunite in Holmes & Watson. It's a comedy about famed fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his investigative partner Dr. Holmes. Etan Cohen (Get Hard) will direct. [Deadline] The Flash: We first heard back in April that the half-machine, half-man comic book character Cyborg might be joining The Flash spin-off movie and now...
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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly stole the show when they teamed up for Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, but they’re now set to finally reunite in a brand new comedy for Sony Pictures. According to Deadline, they’ll be paired up for Holmes & Watson, a PG-13 movie with a similar tone to their previous collaborations. […]
- Josh Wilding
Ferrell will star as Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, while Reilly will play his trusted sidekick. Etan Cohen will direct and wrote the script for Holmes and Watson, which puts a comedic spin on a story inspired by a classic Sherlock Holmes tale. Cohen has penned several beloved comedies, including Tropic Thunder and Idiocracy, and he made »
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