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The fate of comedy "The Interview" is looking grim, after Sony has canceled domestic and international theatrical release this week. The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starrer had been in the works for half a decade. In it, a tabloid news show host and his producer are roped into an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un via the urging of the FBI. While the plot sounds somewhat serious, it looped its way through plenty of weiner and butthole jokes, and also grounded its digs in North Korean propaganda, the criminal dehumanization of its people and the un-deifying of its Dear Leader (through dick and butt jokes, of course, plus violence). But cutting down a tyrannical world leader is no new feat, of course. "South Park" and "Looney Tunes" took down Kim Jong-Il and Hitler in cartoons. "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" brought abroad baddies to their knees for the small screen. »
- Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg
At the end of the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, the counselors at Camp Firewood agree to meet up ten years down the line. 2011 has come and gone, but if new reports are to be believed, the reunion might only be a few years behind schedule. According to E!, Netflix is moving forward with a Wet Hot American Summer miniseries, with the film's director, David Wain, on board.
A Netflix version of Wet Hot American Summer has been rumored since May, and if E!'s report is to be believed, the project will begin production in January, with Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter returning to pen the script. Wain has already shown off his ability to write and direct compelling content on the Internet; his web series Wainy Days won multiple awards across five seasons.
The big question, though, is whether the original film's cast will reprise their roles in the sequel. »
- Sam Gutelle
History has announced that its historical action drama series "Vikings" is set to kick off its ten-episode third season on Thursday February 19th at 10pm.
Several new characters are joining this year including Lagertha's second-in-command Kalf (Ben Robson), a wanderer named Harbard (Kevin Durand), Emperor Charles of France (Lothaire Bluteau), and Charles' daughter Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski). [Source: TV Line]
FX's biker drama "Sons of Anarchy" came to a close this past weekend and now Live+3 ratings are in. Unsurprisingly the show broke more ratings records with its seventh season and series finale.
The series averaged 9.26 million viewers with than 6 million among adults 18-49, just ahead of this season's premiere with 9.25 million viewers. This final season averaged 7.54 million viewers in Live+3, up from the 6.98 million in Live+3 for the sixth season. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Seven months after it was first announced that Netflix is planning a 10-episode TV series sequel for the 2001 indie comedy Wet Hot American Summer, E! Online reports that the series is now moving forward. Production is scheduled to begin in January, although none of the original cast members from Wet Hot American Summer have been confirmed to return quite yet. David Wain, who made his feature directorial debut with Wet Hot American Summer, is executive producing alongside Michael Showalter, who co-wrote the movie with David Wain, Jonathan Stern, Peter Principato and Howard Bernstein.
Back in June, Michael Showalter revealed they plan on bringing the entire original cast back, which includes Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, Joe Lo Truglio, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper. Michael Showalter also revealed that the entire 10-episode series will take place on the first day of camp, »
Continuing its swift domination of the world’s collective free time, Netflix is apparently moving ahead with a miniseries that will serve as a follow-up to David Wain’s beloved 2001 cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer. E! News reports that the series, which will either be a prequel or a sequel to the original film, is set to begin production this January.
Wet Hot American Summer, though hardly seen at the time of its release, starred a ridiculous number of actors who would go on to become comedy A-listers, including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks. One would imagine that most or all of the cast members would return for this series, though none of them have yet been confirmed (Netflix also has yet to comment).
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix has two bona fide original series hits on its hands with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, but the streaming service is also very much in the business of “adapting” existing IP. Netflix gave us the fourth season of Arrested Development, it premiered the fourth and final season of The Killing, and it’s also home to the sixth season of The Clone Wars. While it continues to develop its own original programming in-house (including The Wachowski Siblings’ Sense8 and a slate of Marvel shows), it appears that Netflix is set to continue another existing property: Wet Hot American Summer. We heard earlier this year that discussions were taking place to produce a TV series continuation of David Wain’s star-studded 2001 cult comedy, and now word comes that Netflix is indeed moving forward with a sequel miniseries. More after the jump. The folks over at E! »
- Adam Chitwood
The Oscars are coming up, the Sundance and Berlin film festivals are just around the corner, and Hollywood is already taking the long distance view of the movies that will wow us in years to come. But it all starts with a good script, and today the annual The Black List is upon us, highlighting the very best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Voted on by executives and insiders, winding up on the list can lead to a tremendous career boost. Since 2005, Black List scripts have gone on to earn 196 Oscar nominations, resulting in 37 wins. In short, the players in Hollywood pay attention, as evidenced this year by a raft of big names—John August, Elizabeth Banks, Travis Beacham, Max Borenstein, Aline Brosh McKenna, Scott Z Burns, Ty Burrell, Damien Chazelle, Ava Duvernay, Nathan Fillion, Seth Grahame-Smith, Rian Johnson, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, Simon Kinberg, Brian Koppelman, Alex Kurtzman, Allan. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The script centers on the upbringing and marriage of the woman who became the empress of Russia.
The annual lineup consists of the year’s best unproduced scripts in Hollywood as voted on by more than 250 studio execs. Previous alumni of the list include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “The Imitation Game.”
This year’s announcement was made by tweets with a YouTube link to a video announcement. Participants included Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Radcliffe, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Rian Johnson, Ava Duvernay, Damien Chazelle, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Matthew Weiner and Billy Ray.
The first project announcement, presented by Nathan Fillion, was for “Professor Pasghetti” by Jeff Feuerstein. It centers on a famous children’s author with an affinity for drugs and hookers. »
- Dave McNary
The Black List announced the 2014 list of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays Monday through Twitter. This year's list, the 10th installment, was announced by 70 writers, directors, producers, and actors — including Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Radcliffe, David Oyelowo, Rian Johnson, Ava Duvernay and Damien Chazelle. YouTube videos featuring the stars began rolling out at 10 a.m. Pt Monday, presenting the 70 scripts on the list in a random order. Three of the last six Academy Awards for best picture were based on scripts featured on previous Black Lists, and seven of the last 14 screenwriting Oscars were
- Rebecca Ford
Raise a glass to the Barden Bellas, who are back in the first official pictures from Pitch Perfect 2! The sequel to 2012's musical hit already looks amazing, from the trailer to the many behind-the-scenes pictures. While we already know quite a bit about the movie, we've been hoping to get an official look at Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, newbie Hailee Steinfeld, and the whole cast. Take a look ahead to see a bunch of the girls, including producer/director/star Elizabeth Banks! »
Rebel Wilson ain't afraid of no ghosts. Paul Feig is set to direct a new, female-led "Ghostbusters" film -- and it looks like she may nab one of those coveted roles. They have a history together, as Feig directed the actress in "Bridesmaids,""I have had a meeting," the "Pitch Perfect 2" star told Matt Lauer on "Today." "I would even do that without the money truck. I'd do that for free. I probably shouldn't say that live on TV." Rumors surrounding a third "Ghostbusters" film have been around for years, although things appear to finally be in motion. In fact, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Shailene Woodley and more stars are offering up their dream female casting for the highly-anticipated flick. With leading ladies like Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks (who chose herself!) in the mix, we can't wait to see who lands the gig. »
- tooFab Staff
Earlier today we brought you the news that Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect 2) had met with Paul Feig for the Ghostbusters reboot. And now we bring word that Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) has also met with the director about a role.
Speaking with MTV (via Cbm) Lawrence said, “I actually met with the director. I had dinner with him. Yeah I sure did… I will never cross the streams.”
Lawrence and Wilson are the only confirmed names for having met with Feig, but it is assumed that Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Melissa McCarthy (St. Vincent), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Linda Cardellini (Scooby Doo) are on the shortlist. Well, at least that was original Ghostbuster Bill Murray had on his wish list.
- Luke Owen
Paul Feig’s take on supernatural comedy franchise, Ghostbusters, doesn’t even have a completed script yet, but speculation surrounding who will bag a role is at fever pitch. The reboot is slated to kickstart the series with an entirely new all-female cast and story, leaving the first two instalments as is, and introducing a new generation of moviegoers to the magic of spook huntin’. With no confirmed cast members at this time, it’s no surprise that the entire world has thrown in their two cents on which actresses should be strapping on proton packs.
During an MTV interview (via Cbm), Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence – among many other starry names – was grilled on who she would select for the honour. In a most surprising turn, she revealed that she had in fact met with Feig over dinner to discuss the possibility of an appearance:
“I actually met with the director. »
- Gem Seddon
In between some more comedic work in The Lego Movie, her directorial debut in Pitch Perfect 2, and a return to blockbuster cinema with Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Elizabeth Banks decided to go dramatic with a role in the upcoming indie, Little Accidents.
Set in a small town recently devastated by a catastrophic mining accident, the drama of Little Accidents unfolds when a teenage boy suddenly goes missing, sending the community reeling once more. The boy’s father (Josh Lucas), an executive at the mining company, is hated for his role in the accident, and in the wake of their son’s disappearance his wife (Banks) finds herself drifting away, drawn instead to the disaster’s sole survivor (Boyd Holbrook). The trailer paints the film as an exploration of grief, human relationships, and how we come together or fall apart in the face of tragedy. - It looks like different »
- Zach Dennis
Small town, unexpected accidents, life-affecting problems. Little Accidents runs down the route of the local community and what happens when something goes wrong, plus those consequences that effect everyone – right through the grain.
Sara Colangelo has written and directed her debut feature that stars a back-to-basics Elizabeth Banks, alongside Boyd Holbrook, Chloe Sevingy, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas. Like many local town dramas, this one looks set to play the honesty card and will explore the lives of ordinary folk. The trailer might undersell this one though because it picks up on a few cliches and this is a story told quite a few times before and especially in recent years.
However, saying all this, the end result is always different but it’s maybe the pulsing latter score on this trailer that makes it looks like a thriller, when I’m assuming it’s more of a slow-burner. Check »
- Dan Bullock
Little Accidents has released its first trailer.
The film is set in a town torn apart by an accident that kills a group of local miners.
The family of the man in charge (Josh Lucas) is blamed for the deaths, but when their son goes missing his mother (Banks) finds herself drawn to the only survivor of the tragedy (Holbrook).
Chloe Sevingy and Jacob Lofland also feature in the movie.
Little Accidents will open in Us cinemas and VOD on January 16. A UK cinematic release date is yet to be announced. »
In a speech both touching and funny at Friday’s March of Dimes Celebration of Babies, Chris Pratt shared about his son Jack’s premature birth, born nine weeks early at just 3 pounds, 12 ounces. “That’s a decent-sized bass,” he said to laughs from the star-studded crowd at the Beverly Wilshire. “Very small for a human.”
“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” Pratt said. While Jack was in the Nicu, Pratt said he cherished moments where he’d cradle his son skin-to-skin. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”
Pratt and his »
- Janine Lew
The first trailer has arrived for Little Accidents. Sara Colangelo makes her directorial debut with this stirring drama, which stars Elizabeth Banks, Josh Lucas and Chloë Sevigny. An intimate portrait of a small town in shambles, the story tracks one desperate mother's search for her son.
When a teenage boy goes missing in a small town already devastated by a fatal mining accident, three strangers find themselves drawn together in a tangle of secrets, lies, and the collective grief of the community. Reeling from the disappearance of her son, Diane (Elizabeth Banks) finds herself drifting away from her husband (Josh Lucas), a mining company executive whose role in the accident has made her family the prime target for the town's anger.
When she forms a dangerous bond with the sole survivor of the disaster (Boyd Holbrook), truths will be uncovered that threaten to tear apart the few remaining threads holding »
The first trailer for director Sara Colangelo's debut feature Little Accidents just arrived and it's some seriously heavy stuff. Set in a small town recently devastated by a catastrophic mining accident, the drama unfolds when a teenage boy suddenly goes missing, sending the community reeling once more. The boy's father (Josh Lucas), an executive at the mining company, is hated for his role in the accident, and in the wake of their son's disappearance his wife (Elizabeth Banks) finds herself drifting away, drawn instead to the disaster's sole survivor (Boyd Holbrook). The trailer paints the film as an exploration of grief, human relationships, and how we come together or fall apart in the face of tragedy. It's the kind of story that provides opportunity for some excellent performances, and I'm particularly excited to see what Elizabeth Banks does with it as a theatrically trained actress who hasn't had many »
- Haleigh Foutch
Elizabeth Banks is most often thought of in relation to her deadpan comedy stylings or her eccentric turn as bizarre fashionista, Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games franchise. While she did take a brief sidestep into more dramatic fare for People Like Us, it wasn’t long before she returned to her chuckle-inducing ways. In Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents, it looks like Banks is headed back into darker territory as a mourning mother.
The film, which bagged critical acclaim earlier this year during its festival run, centres around a small mining town. When a major mining accident kills a bunch of miners, the repercussions ripple out through the community. In the throes of grief, the town suffers another major blow when a young boy goes missing. His mother (Banks) and father (Josh Lucas) begin to fall apart, and seek comfort elsewhere.
Judging by this first trailer, its components definitely hanker to an indie crowd. »
- Gem Seddon
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