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As Deadline reported last Friday, Paradigm has confirmed that agents Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer have joined the agency after their abrupt exits from Resolution. Word had raced last week that this was happening, as the two agents did not want to take paycuts from their low-seven-figure salaries. The two joined Jeff Berg last year shortly after he left ICM to launch Resolution, and those agents came from CAA. At Paradigm, they should feel right at home alongside former CAA cohorts Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz, Rand Holston and most recently Manny Nunez. Related: Resolution Agents Martin Spencer, Adam Kanter Exiting; Paradigm Next Stop? So now, the big question is which clients will join them in the move. Here are the ones I’m hearing are most likely to make the jump to Paradigm: Stuart Beattie, Stalingrad helmer Fedor Bondarchuk, Joe Johnston, Mark Steven Johnson, Malcolm Lee, Rob Minkoff, Evan and Shea Mirzai, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Will Packer, producer of the Us comedy smash hit Ride Along, is setting up his first project over at Universal titled Girls Trip. Packer is obviously hot property at the moment since he actually has two films in the top 10, the second being About Last Night, which has grossed $38 million in just two weeks. While Packer produces, directorial duties for Girls Trip will be handled by Malcolm D. Lee.
Packer has another film fast approaching release in the form of Think Like A Man Too, which will hit Us cinemas on 20th June and UK cinemas on 19th September. After that film’s released it’s straight on to Ride Along 2, which will start filming this summer. It’s a busy time for Packer and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Packer’s had 5 films open at the number one spot in the Us and Girls »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
6 Miranda Drive
Kevin Bacon is set and Radha Mitchell is in negotiations to star in this story of a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force with them when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation. [Source: THR]
Set inside a toy store, the story follows a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside a new Fao type store. Their sleepover is interrupted when thieves break in. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Plot details on the film are being kept under wraps.
- Justin Kroll
And the beat goes on for super producer Will Packer who's now teaming with director Malcolm D. Lee on a new project titled Girls Trip. Set up at Universal Pictures - the studio with which Packer inked a 3-year first-look production deal last year, under his newly-formed Will Packer Productions banner - details on Girls Trip are being kept under-wraps for now, so let the speculation begin, if only based on the title alone! The announcement comes on the heels of hits for both Packer (Ride Along) and Lee (Best Man Holiday), both at Universal as well, by the way. A summer production start date is eyed for Girls Trip. Packer, whose 2014 slate includes a sequel to 2012's »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Breaking: Will Packer, who produced the $123.1M-to-date grosser Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube and currently has two pictures in the box office Top 10 with About Last Night (also a Hart vehicle that has grossed $38M in two weeks), has set up his next film with Universal Pictures via his Will Packer Productions banner. It’s a comedy, Girls Trip, with Best Man’s Holiday helmer Malcolm D. Lee set to direct. It has yet to set a writer. Ride Along 2 will be Packer’s next picture with Tim Story at the helm, it was just confirmed. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart recently closed a deal to reprise their roles as the quick-witted security guard (Hart) who has his eye on his partner’s (Cube’s) sister. The sequel will start shooting a week after Think Like A Man 2 opens on June 20, 2014. Related: ‘Ride Along 2′ Gets Rolling, »
- ANITA BUSCH
Will Packer and Malcolm D. Lee, two of the most successful filmmakers of the past six months, have teamed up for a new movie called “Girls Trip,” which Universal will release. Packer recently produced “Ride Along,” which has grossed more than $120 million since opening in January, while Lee directed “The Best Man Holiday,” which has grossed more than $70 million. Universal released both films, and Packer’s production company has a deal at the studio. Neither Packer nor Universal provided any details about the film’s subject, but one can bet that, based on Packer and Lee’s respective track records, »
- Lucas Shaw
The Best Man Holiday helmer Malcolm D. Lee has signed on to direct Girls Trip for Universal. William Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man) will produce the pic via his Will Packer Productions banner. Details of the film are currently being kept under wraps, but production is expected to begin this summer. Story: 'Best Man Holiday’ Cast Reveals Favorite Holiday Traditions at Premiere Lee's The Best Man Holiday was a strong hit for Universal. The sequel, which came out more than a decade after The Best Man (which Lee also directed), opened in mid-November to $30.1 million.
- Rebecca Ford
The news comes just weeks after William Packer set up a sequel to Ride Along, which has earned an impressive $123.1 million since its release in mid-January, after a record-breaking $48.6 million opening weekend over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Ride Along 2 will be next up for the producer, with production tentatively scheduled to begin in June or July. Tim Story is returning to direct from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, bringing the entire creative team from Ride Along back together for the sequel. »
Universal Pictures clearly knows when they have a good thing going and having already had an early January hit with the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart action-comedy Ride Along , they're reteaming with that movie's producer Will Packer (pictured) for another comedy called Girls Trip under his Will Packer Productions banner. If that weren't enough to guarantee a hit, they've also hired director Malcolm Lee to helm the comedy, Lee coming off his own enormous Universal hit The Best Man Holiday , which opened to the tune of $30 million in just 2,024 theaters last November and grossed $70 million domestically. Packer is having a good year already between the $123 million grossed by Ride Along since opening and the recent $25.6 million opening of the romantic comedy remake About Last Night , »
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
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We’re a little light on quantity at What to Watch this week but not on quality. And our newest contributor, Dave Canfield, has already handled today’s release of “All is Lost,” a film you really should add to whatever queue allows you to see quality films. When you’re done with that, pick one of these five. Ok, four. Ignore “Diana.” Please.
The Returned: Season One
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“The Returned: Season One”
Netflix landed a lot of press for the way they stormed the gates of the TV industry in 2013 but I think the story of The Sundance Channel’s evolution into a major player was under-reported. Jane Campion’s “The Top of the Lake” and the brilliant “Rectify” would have been enough but this import of a French series was actually their best program, and one of the best on TV overall. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
One of the scenes in The Best Man Holiday that’s sure to be talked about (and enjoyed) is when the male cast members entertain their female counterparts with a performance of New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain.” Director Malcolm D. Lee sets up the scene, which has its roots in his own lip-synching days at Georgetown. “After dinner, Mia (played by Monica Calhoun), tells the guys that they are not going to have dessert until they do ‘air band.’ This catches them by surprise. She has the jackets, hats and outfits they had circa 1991, and they’re going to … Continue reading →
The post VOD Spotlight: The Best Man Holiday appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Arriving just in time for that perfect stay at home Valentine's Day date is the romantic comedy smash hit of last year, The Best Man Holiday, which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The cast of 1999's The Best Man reunite more than ten years later, realizing that while times change, friendships don't.
To celebrate the release, we caught up with one of the returning stars behind this ensemble. Monica Calhoun plays Mia Sullivan, the one responsible for bringing all of her old college pals back together. This comes just as Mia receives some serious news about her health that will have complications for everyone involved. (Be sure to stock up on the tissues!)
Here is our exclusive interview with Monica, where we chat about everything from resurrecting her character ten years later to Morris Chestnut's essence. Just don't ask her about the third chapter of this saga. »
For those is the New York City area, here's an event, taking place today, Saturday, February 1. A timely symposium, for what should be obvious reasons, taking place at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Queens, and put together by Warrington Hudlin. Titled "Massa's Gaze: Screenings and Critical Discussions of the Depictions of Slavery in Film and Television," the event's panelists include: Sheril Antonio, Neema Barnette, Jelani Cobb, Stanley Crouch, Nelson George, Warrington Hudlin, Felicia Lee, Malcolm Lee, Shola Lynch, and Khalil Muhammad. The event is part of MoMI's Changing the Picture (2014) program, sponsored by Time Warner Inc. Again, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
One of the nicest surprises when the 45th NAACP Image Awards Nominations were announced recently, was the nomination for Outstanding Direction for A Motion Picture, which went to Jono Oliver for his independent film Home. He joins Steve McQueen, Malcolm D. Lee and Lee Daniels, who were also nominated for best director.And no doubt both Tambay and I have both raved about Home, because, simply, it’s really worth it (Here, Here and Here); but what about Oliver himself? Though Home is his first feature film as a director, he has had years of experience in filmmaking as a DGA assistant director on films and TV shows as such The Great Debaters, Notorious, Guess Who, Barbershop 2, »
A tight-knit group of college friends reunites for the first time in 14 years for an unforgettable celebration in The Best Man Holiday, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet on February 11, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The all-new sequel to 1999's beloved ensemble comedy The Best Man finds all nine friends together again for a reunion packed with laughter, love, and surprises. The Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive bonus features that include an alternate ending and deleted & extended scenes.
The film's stellar ensemble cast includes Morris Chestnut (Identity Thief), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Taye Diggs (Baggage Claim), Nia Long (Soul Food), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball) and Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality), all reprising their career-launching roles, as well as Eddie Cibrian (Good Deeds) and John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) in »
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for “12 Years a Slave.”
Bet and CBS lead TV nominees, with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC (15) and HBO (13). RCA leads the recording category with 10 noms, followed by Atlantic Records (eight) and Columbia Pictures (seven).
Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and some will be announced Feb. 21 during an awards ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced during a two-hour TV One telecast Feb. 22.
The nominees were announced during a press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena. NAACP Image Awards committee chairman is Leonard James and TV One prez-ceo is Alfred Liggins. Roslyn M. Brock is chairman of the NAACP. »
- Tim Gray
The 2014 NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Thursday (Jan. 9) at the Television Critics Association press tour by David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), Joe Morton ("Scandal"), Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool"), Bresha Webb ("Love That Girl!") and Gina Torres ("Suits").
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards airs live Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on TVOne.
The list of nominees:
Outstanding Comedy Series
· "House of Lies" (Showtime)
· "Modern Family" (ABC)
· "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
· "The Game" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
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