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Essence Atkins Books Female Lead in NBC's Marlon Wayans Comedy Pilot

8 February 2016 3:23 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Essence Atkins has booked the female lead role in NBC's new comedy pilot from Marlon Wayans, titled "Marlon," which is inspired by the actor/comedian's life.  Wayans will star in (and produce) the series that will follow the escapades of an unfitting but loving father who is committed to successful co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife. Atkins will play his ex-wife. The comedy series will be produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts and Wayans Brothers Entertainment. Chris Moynihan will pen the script and executive produce alongside Rick Alvarez and Michael Rotenberg. Wayans and Atkins previously worked together in the first "Haunted House" horror »

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Essence Atkins Books Female Lead in NBC's Marlon Wayans Comedy Pilot

8 February 2016 3:23 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Essence Atkins has booked the female lead role in NBC's new comedy pilot from Marlon Wayans, titled "Marlon," which is inspired by the actor/comedian's life.  Wayans will star in (and produce) the series that will follow the escapades of an unfitting but loving father who is committed to successful co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife. Atkins will play his ex-wife. The comedy series will be produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts and Wayans Brothers Entertainment. Chris Moynihan will pen the script and executive produce alongside Rick Alvarez and Michael Rotenberg. Wayans and Atkins previously worked together in the first "Haunted House" horror comedy a couple of years ago, which was a sleeper hit and spawned a sequel that was released last year.  Deadline was first to report the news of Atkins' casting.

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Essence Atkins Set As The Female Lead In Marlon Wayans’ NBC Comedy Pilot

8 February 2016 3:02 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Essence Atkins has landed the female lead opposite Marlon Wayans in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Marlon. Loosely inspired by Wayans' life, Marlon centers on Marlon (Wayans), an inappropriate, but loving father who is committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife Angie (Atkins). Angie is a type-a interior designer by trade and something of a control freak who did one reckless and spontaneous thing in her life: fell in love with Marlon. This… »

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James Dean's 85th Birthday: 9 Ways His Legacy Lives On After Death

8 February 2016 10:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

James Dean would have turned 85 years old on Monday. Feb. 8. Of course, Dean died in an automobile crash on Sept. 30, 1955. He was only 24 years old at the time, meaning that he's been dead almost three times as long as he was alive, yet the image of the heartthrob star still persists - uniquely among stars of his era and uniquely among stars who died young. He still appears on posters, in magazines and in representations on film, and young people today might well know who he is, even if they've never seen one of his movies. In celebration of Dean's 85th birthday, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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James Dean's 85th Birthday: 9 Ways His Legacy Lives On After Death

8 February 2016 10:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

James Dean would have turned 85 years old on Monday. Feb. 8. Of course, Dean died in an automobile crash on Sept. 30, 1955. He was only 24 years old at the time, meaning that he's been dead almost three times as long as he was alive, yet the image of the heartthrob star still persists - uniquely among stars of his era and uniquely among stars who died young. He still appears on posters, in magazines and in representations on film, and young people today might well know who he is, even if they've never seen one of his movies. In celebration of Dean's 85th birthday, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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How the Coen Brothers Survived Hollywood and Lived to Make ‘Hail, Caesar!’

3 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and not knowing what to do with the awkward silences. “Joel was intimidating,” Brolin says. “He didn’t say anything.” Months later, he was having dinner with Ethan, and noticed his friend continually glancing at his lap. “I looked down,” Brolin says. “He had been reading a book under the table. I was like, ‘Come on!’ ”

Photographed in New York City by François Dischinger for Variety

In this age of Twitter and Instagram, the directors of such beloved classics as “The Big Lebowski,” “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” are still fairly private — and awkward with press interviews. Although they grew up together making films on their Super 8 cameras in Minnesota, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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NBC Orders Comedy Pilots from ‘Undateable’ Producers, Greg Garcia, David Janollari

2 February 2016 2:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has picked up three more comedy pilots for the 2015-16 season, Variety has learned.

“Sebastian,” from CBS Television Studios and Amigos de Garcia, stars stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, who also serves as writer and co-executive producer, along with Austen Earl. In this multi-camera comedy, Sebastian’s old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father, are constantly put to the test by his new wife, her family, and the absurdities of the modern world. Greg Garcia is also executive producing.

Vladimir Caamano will star in, write and co-executive produce an untitled project from Warner Bros. Television and Bill Lawrence’s Doozer Productions shingle. Lawrence, Jeff Ingold and Adam Sztykiel will executive produce. Sztykiel also penned the script with Caamano. The multi-camera comedy centers around Vlad, the son of Dominican immigrants, who wants to carve his own path in life, which proves difficult as his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship. »

- Laura Prudom

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Box Office: Why 'Finest Hours' and 'Jane Got a Gun' Fell Way Short This Weekend

31 January 2016 12:47 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The math doesn't add up.

This has been a surprisingly strong January at the box office, with Hollywood raking in more than $1 billion during a month that's traditionally a big post-holiday let-down at the multiplex. This weekend's take was 20 percent above last weekend's. So why do this weekend's four new releases seem like such box office disappointments?

Well, okay, two of them -- "Fifty Shades of Black" and "Jane Got a Gun," really are disappointments. The other two -- "Kung Fu Panda 3" and "The Finest Hours," may just be the victims of overinflated expectations. We have to keep remembering: this is still January, box office no-man's-land. Expecting too much of certain movies because other similar movies did okay at this time of year is foolish.

Really, the makers of "Panda 3" should be pretty happy with the movie's estimated $41.0 million take, even though that opening is on the lower-end of expectations. »

- Gary Susman

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' Takes the Weekend Box Office with $41M

31 January 2016 11:11 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While January isn't typically a big month for box office blockbusters, there can be the occasional movie that opens big. Two weeks ago, Ride Along 2 breathed some life into the new year with a respectable $35.2 million opening frame, but last weekend, it dropped a whopping 64.7% and slipped from first to third place, with the holdover The Revenant taking the top spot in its fifth week in theaters. This weekend is shaping up to be the biggest frame of the new year so far, with three heavily-promoted new releases, Kung Fu Panda 3, Fifty Shades of Black and The Finest Hours. Box Office Mojo is reporting that Kung Fu Panda 3 took the top spot at the box office with $41 million.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is expected to easily take the top spot with a projected $48 million, which isn't terribly surprising given this franchise's pedigree of critical acclaim and box office success. »

- MovieWeb

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Movie Review – Fifty Shades of Black (2016)

31 January 2016 9:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fifty Shades of Black, 2016.

Directed by Michael Tiddes.

Starring Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Affion Crockett, Jane Seymour, Florence Henderson, Jenny Zigrino, Fred Willard, and Mike Epps.

Synopsis:

An inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship.

Normally, whenever I’m about to watch a modern-day Marlon Wayans comedy (I use that term loosely as to not insult actual comedies) I am mentally crying inside, trying to prepare myself for the next 90 minutes that will inexplicably feel as long as some epic Christopher Nolan movie. This time though, I had some hope coming in. After all, this time around it is Fifty Shades of Grey being parodied and roasted; a movie so unintentionally hilarious and plagued with both despicable and idiotic characters, it feels as if the spoof material would write itself.

The answer to that inquiry is both yes and no, as »

- Robert Kojder

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'Kung Fu Panda 3' #1; Holdovers Make Up for Money Lost in the Snow

31 January 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Kung Fu Panda 3 reigns atop the weekend box office, bringing in more than enough to become the largest January animated opening of all-time. Meanwhile, fellow newcomers The Finest Hours, Fifty Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun didn't fair so well as holdovers from last weekend make up for dollars lost due to last weekend's snowstorm. Not a single film in the top ten dropped more than 34% and the overall top twelve was up nearly 25% compared to last weekend, which is also a 46% improvement over the same weekend last year. With an estimated $41 million, Kung Fu Panda 3 crushed the previous January, animated opening weekend record of $19.4 million held by The Nut Job (2014). It's also bordering on a enough to become the second largest January opening of all-time, just shy of Ride Along's $41.5 million from 2014. Compared to the first two Panda films, the opening does signify yet another »

- Brad Brevet <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Kicks Up $41 Million to Dominate U.S. Box Office

31 January 2016 7:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” showed plenty of power at the U.S. box office with a solid opening weekend of $41 million at 3,955 theaters as the durable family franchise dominated moviegoing.

Disney’s launch of Coast Guard rescue adventure “The Finest Hours” saw only modest returns with $10.3 million at 3,143 sites — trailing both “The Revenant” and the seventh weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Marlon Wayans’ spoof “Fifty Shades of Black” generated only middling business with $6.2 million at 2,075 locations and Natalie Portman’s oft-delayed western “Jane Got a Gun” was nearly invisible with $803,000 at 1,210 screens.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Fox for DreamWorks Animation, will finish its first weekend near 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which opened with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original bowed to $60.2 million and ended its U.S. run with $215 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak, noted that Fox had opted to launch “Kung Fu Panda »

- Dave McNary

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Does ‘Fifty Shades of Black’ Signal the Death of Parody Movies?

30 January 2016 10:22 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Marlon Wayans‘ spoof film “Fifty Shades of Black” opened domestically on Friday and is looking to make an estimated $6 million this weekend — far short of its parodic predecessors. Has the parody’s popularity passed? Some box office experts think so. “Pure parodies are not popular anymore, primarily because they aren’t as timely in today’s society,” BoxOffice.com senior analyst Shawn Robbins told TheWrap. “Audiences are consuming content on a daily basis which lampoons pop culture and real world news as it’s happening. In the social media age, most straight-up parody films cannot capture that zeitgeist anymore without having something else to offer. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Fifty Shades of Black’ Clobbered By Critics: ‘There is Absolutely Nothing to Recommend’

30 January 2016 9:52 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fifty Shades of Black,” Marlon Wayans‘ spoof of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is getting clobbered by critics, who gave the comedy a meager 14 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which grossed $2.2 million at the Friday box office and is looking to make $6 million its opening weekend, follows E. L. James’ “Fifty Shades” plot with the occasional shifts to movies like “Magic Mike” and “Whiplash.” Critics seem to be in consensus that the movie has no business mocking anyone. “Compared to other recent Wayans efforts, this one at least maintains a sense of focus, slogging through a scene-by-scene »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Clobbers Competition, Tracking for $40 Million Weekend

30 January 2016 8:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks’ animated sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3” is vanquishing its competition at the domestic box office this weekend, outstripping other new releases including “The Finest Hours” and “Fifty Shades of Black” with ease, according to studio estimates.

The Jack Black starrer took in $10 million on Friday, forecasting a three-day total of $40 million from 3,955 locations. Friday estimates had suggested the pic would gross as much as $45 million in its debut.

Po the Panda isn’t the only hero at the multiplex. Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” which follows the courageous Coast Guard rescue mission of 1952, generated $3.3 million on Friday, portending a weekend haul of $9.5 million. The Chris Pine starrer unspools in 3,143 locations.

Also new to theaters this weekend is “Fifty Shades of Black,” a Wayans spoof of racy box office smash “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It pulled in $2.2 million on Friday, so expect a weekend total around $6 million from 2,075 locations. Marlon Wayans »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Fifty Shades Of Black Review

30 January 2016 8:22 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It astounds me that so many critics can vehemently spit venom at Kevin Smith, proclaiming he only makes movies for himself, yet that same scrutiny seems to avoid a borderline selfish filmmaker like Marlon Wayans. Given the right script and role, Wayans is a funny, talented performer. That I won’t argue. Yet these flavor-of-the-week spoofs he constantly churns out sport the same, unfunny, low-brow sense of humor every single time. These are jokes that make Wayans and his writing buddy Rick Alvarez laugh like pre-pubescent boys – or maybe the jokes were written by pre-pubescent boys, and they just make Wayans and Alvarez laugh. Either way, Fifty Shades Of Black is fifty despicable shades too many. Shocker, right?

Wayans stars as Christian Black, a wealthy “bidness” man who made his money like any other successful entrepreneur – by learning the coke trade and sucking a few dicks! (Yup, strap in.) It »

- Matt Donato

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Digital Tracking: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Fights Off Competition

29 January 2016 6:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns are at their peak.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” 20th Century Fox

Moviepilot Prediction: $48 million

Kung Fu Panda 3” is set to brave the winter cold and climb its way to top spot at the box office this weekend with a take of over $50 million. Po the panda is currently pacing very similarly to “Home,” which opened to $52.1 million for Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox early last year.

Social has played a large role in re-activating franchise fans and letting them know that »

- Tobias Bauckhage

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Dominating U.S. Box Office, Aiming for $44 Million Weekend

29 January 2016 2:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Po the panda will rule the U.S. box office this weekend with “Kung Fu Panda 3” grossing four times as much as nearest rival “The Finest Hours,” early estimates showed Friday.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” which has been expected to dominate with at least $40 million at 3,955 theaters, is heading for a $13 million opening day — dwarfing a trio of Friday launches for Chris Pine’s “The Finest Hours” with $4 million at 3,143 sites, Marlon Wayans’ “Fifty Shades of Black” with $3.2 million at 2,075 locations and Natalie Portman’s “Jane Got a Gun” with a miniscule $300,000 at 1,210 screens.

Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Fox for DreamWorks Animation, appears likely to finish with $44 million, or close to 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which opened with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original bowed to $60.2 million and ended its U.S. run with $215 million.

The cartoon is a tonic for the box office following a weekend »

- Dave McNary

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Open Road Films Promotes Sophie Cassidy to Svp of Production, Acquisitions

29 January 2016 12:46 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Open Road Films has promoted Sophie Cassidy to senior VP of production and acquisitions, it was announced Friday by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg. Cassidy, who previously served as VP of production and acquisitions, joined Open Road in 2014.  She has been part of the team acquiring and producing such projects as John Hillcoat‘s heist thriller “Triple 9,” Open Road’s first production “Sleepless Night” starring Jamie Foxx, Garry Marshall‘s star-studded comedy “Mother’s Day,” Oliver Stone‘s “Snowden” and the comedy “50 Shades of Black” starring Marlon Wayans, as well as Sundance acquisition “Dope,” the acclaimed box office hit “Nightcrawler” starring Jake. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Exclusive Clip: 'Fifty Shades of Black'

29 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

A young student gets caught up in a sadomasochistic relationship with a wealthy young businessman. Sound familiar? Guess again, because Fifty Shades of Black is anything but an erotic drama. Writer-producer Marlon Wayans is back skewering Hollywood's biggest box office genres like he did with his successful Scary Movie franchise. In this outrageous comedy, Wayans, along with Rick Alvarez and director Michael Tiddes, brilliantly send up Fifty Shades of Grey, the popular novel turned movie...

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