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Fresh off making waves with the VOD release of “Snowpiercer,” the Weinstein Company is toying with the distribution model once more by pre-releasing a film on the Internet. The indiedistrib will debut “One Chance,” the true story of a “Britain’s Got Talent” winner, exclusively on Yahoo Screen 10 days before releasing it theatrically.
It’s not clear what the reaction will be from exhibitors, but companies that release pictures simultaneously on demand and in theaters are sometimes banned from showing their film in certain theaters.
“One Chance” has already played musical chairs with release dates. It had originally been scheduled for release on Feb. 7 before being moved back to March 14 and pushed yet again to Aug. 29. A new date hasn’t been announced, but it will likely be in theaters in September or October.
Some films that have played around with their distribution model have been rewarded for their boldness. »
- Brent Lang
Yahoo made two major announcements at its 2014 Digital Content NewFronts presentation. The first was a tease of a sci-fi comedy set in space from Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig. The second was a partnership with Live Nation Entertainment that promised to produce a year’s worth of live concerts featuring talent with recognizable names streamed to the online video masses exclusively by way of Yahoo. And while Feig’s Other Space still appears to be orbiting production and release dates, Yahoo and Live Nation’s initiative is just released some concrete information of when it’s set to launch. A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on July 15, 2014 will kick off 365 days of live concerts on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo’s online video destination, Yahoo Screen. More high-profile acts performing live from famous stages and locals to audiences worldwide are set to follow, »
- Joshua Cohen
The Hungarian film biz is on a roll, and keen to maintain its momentum. Variety spoke to Agnes Havas, head of the Hungarian National Film Fund, who is attending the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival this week, about the three Hungarian features playing in Karlovy Vary, the imminent rise of the production incentive to 25%, and the return of the national movie kudofest, the Hungarian Film Week.
The renaissance of Hungary’s film biz continues a year on from the Crystal Globe victory at Karlovy Vary for Janos Szasz’s “The Notebook,” the first film to receive coin from Hungary’s new movie support org, the Hungarian National Film Fund, which launched in late 2011. The film went on to be selected as Hungary’s Oscar entry and reached the Academy’s short-list of nine films. It was acquired in North America by Sony Pictures Classics. At Cannes this year, another Hungarian film, »
- Leo Barraclough
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
It’s a relief, after the wretched Identity Thief, to see movies whose makers love Melissa McCarthy as much as audiences do. Identity Thief’s comic centerpiece was predicated on the idea that McCarthy having sex is a hilarious gross-out, like she’s the pie Jason Biggs once had to diddle. Half an hour later, McCarthy’s defiantly horny slob got a makeover and a new wardrobe, and the movie presented this new, softened-up McCarthy as if it had discovered something we didn’t already know: This crazy woman’s actually worthy of love! We know, you idiots. I swear, if I ever see Identity Thief walking down the street I’m going to kick it in the crotch. Paul Feig’s The Heat, a much funnier comedy than »
Yahoo teased its foray into longform original programming in April at the Digital Content NewFronts with the announcement of projects from exec producers Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and Mike Tollin (Smallville). Some attendees grumbled that the small slate failed to impress, but the Sunnyvale tech giant has more than compensated for those concerns with a landmark decision to revive cult comedy Community for a sixth season. The deal comes after studio Sony Pictures Television spoke to several suitors, including online streamer Hulu, about the former NBC comedy from exec producer Dan Harmon. Yahoo chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt, who has been leading
- Natalie Jarvey
Community fans can rejoice, because operation #SixSeasonsAndAMovie is still alive. Yahoo has announced that it has picked up the cancelled NBC comedy for a 13-episode sixth season, which will air exclusively on Yahoo Screen. Community was seen as a strong candidate for online renewal as soon as NBC axed it on May 11th. Inquiring minds first turned to Netflix, in hopes that the platform responsible for the Arrested Development reboot would do the same for Community; however, Netflix immediately stated that it would not host a sixth season. A few weeks later, rumors began to circulate that Hulu would claim Community's sixth season, since the show's episodes consistently ranked among that site's most popular. Two weeks later, it was Community creator Dan Harmon who shot down the Hulu rumor, explaining that he was "pessimistic" about the possibility of a sixth season. Enter Yahoo Screen. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has »
- Sam Gutelle
School’s not out yet “Community,” fans.
The 13 new episodes, featuring original cast members of the canceled NBC series, will be available exclusively on Yahoo Screen.
Dan Harmon, who created the show, will exec produce the new episodes.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!”
The news brings the series closer to its goal of #sixseasonsandamovie, a campaign fans backed to bring the show back after NBC cancelled it in March.
Joel McHale, who stars in the series, added: “‘The reports of »
- Alex Stedman
Fox Home Entertainment exec Keith Feldman has been elevated to president of worldwide distribution, the studio said Tuesday. Feldman, previously president of international distribution, will expand his portfolio with the promotion. Also read: Paul Feig to Produce Movie Musical for 20th Century Fox The position calls for Feldman to “lead all customer engagement and activities across global physical and digital home entertainment transactional businesses for 20th Century Fox and 3rd party partners including DreamWorks Animation, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Relativity Media.” In the streaming era, the job encompasses not just DVD and Blu-ray sales, but Digital HD, VOD and third party vendors such as Amazon, »
- Jordan Zakarin
In this week’s Variety cover story, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone talk about diving into comedy production with their own company, On the Day. The first project on the list: “Tammy,” which opens Fourth of July weekend, about a Midwestern heroine who takes a road trip with her alcoholic and promiscuous grandmother (Susan Sarandon). McCarthy stars, co-wrote the script, produces the film and even considered co-directing until her TV schedule with CBS’ “Mike and Molly” got in the way. Instead, the director job went to her husband (and frequent comedy collaborator) Falcone, who additionally co-wrote the script with her (on napkins), executive produces and pops up as a grumpy fast food manager in early scenes.
Over a 2.5-hour dinner in Budapest last May, the McCarthy-Falcones gave Variety an exclusive look at their upcoming projects.
(1) “The Memory of Running.” Falcone revealed for the first time that he and McCarthy have »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Melissa McCarthy has emerged as one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. But her offscreen lifestyle suggests otherwise.
She still resides in a small three-bedroom house in Los Angeles suburb Toluca Lake with her husband, Ben Falcone.
Their two young daughters share a room, and her Mac computer is packed in the closet.
“We’re in the tiniest bedroom on Earth,” McCarthy confesses. On the morning of the 2012 Oscars, when she was getting dolled up for her big evening as a supporting actress nominee for her breakout role as the loudmouth sidekick in “Bridesmaids,” she didn’t have any space in the house to get dressed. “I had my stylist come to my garage,” McCarthy says. “My friends are like, ‘Get it together!’”
(Danielle Levitt for Variety)
McCarthy recounts this story on a recent evening in Budapest over a long dinner of veggie burgers, cucumber salad and beer. Her husband of nine years, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Melissa McCarthy is happy with who she is.
Melissa McCarthy Covers Rolling Stone's Summer Double Issue, in which she gets candid about her philosophies in life -- including curbing any "self-destructive habits."
"I could eat healthier, I could drink less," she admits. "I should be learning another language and working out more, but I'm just always saying, 'Ah, I could get hit by a bus tomorrow.'"
Related: Melissa McCarthy -- I Couldn't Find Anybody to Dress Me for the Oscars
McCarthy, 43, also opens up to the magazine about actually starting her career in comedy doing stand-up as a drag queen named Miss Y.
"I really dressed to rival a drag queen, for sure," she recalls, also revealing that her roommate at 20 years old was the now popular luxury shoe designer Brian Atwood. "I had a gold lamé swing coat on, a huge wig, big eyelashes. I talked about being incredibly wealthy and beautiful and living extravagantly »
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
She's brassy, hilarious and just about the only comedian around who can almost single-handedly carry a movie to a $35 million opening: Tammy star Melissa McCarthy is on the cover of our Summer Double issue (on stands Friday), flexing her muscles for a revealing story that details her long rise to stardom and (sometimes unusual) acting techniques.
Rated Xx: A Brief History of Female Comedies
McCarthy may be known for swearing onscreen, but hanging out with contributing editor Erik Hedegaard, she offers more "holy smokies!" than fucks, explaining how she spent »
Fresh off her incredible turn in this summer’s comedy hit Neighbors, comedy actress Rose Byrne has become one of the hottest actresses in the industry. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Byrne’s Neighbors producers (Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures, Good Universe) and studio (Universal) are keenly interested in working with her again, as soon as possible, though the part that they have in mind for her may surprise you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Byrne is being eyed for a supporting role in a film called The Something, about astronauts who end up lost in space.
We don’t know a lot about The Something, but Rodney Rothman (a former writer for Late Show With David Letterman) is lined up to direct. Point Grey, Good Universe and Universal want Byrne to come aboard as the love interest, described as someone with “an approachable beauty, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Josh Brolin will join Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt in Denis Villenueve's "Sicario" for Lionsgate. Brolin plays a CIA guy who runs the task force that recruits Blunt's character from a Swat squad near Tucson.
The story is set against the backdrop of the border wars between the cartels in Mexico, and the Americans trying to stem the violence from coming over our borders. Del Toro plays a mysterious and lethal character who is working with Brolin's team. [Source: Deadline]
Rodrigo Santoro ("300: Rise of an Empire") has joined the cast of the indie drama "Dominion" about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (played by Rhys Ifans). The story is based on the last day of Thomas' short life at the White Horse Tavern in New York
Santoro will play the bartender at the White Horse, a pivotal role as a character who continues to communicate with Thomas throughout the film. »
- Garth Franklin
Paul Feig's female spy comedy starring Melissa McCarthy has added New Girl actress Jessica Chaffin. Spy (which was at one point called Susan Cooper) centers on a CIA analyst (McCarthy) who goes out into the field for the first time. Feig wrote and directs the comedy, which is currently shooting in Budapest. Exclusive: 'New Girl' Casts an Amorous Bus Driver for Winston The Fox film, which is set for release on Memorial Day 2015, also stars Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale and Allison Janney. It's produced by Feig, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Jessie Henderson.
- Rebecca Ford
For a long time, the buddy action comedy was almost exclusively a male thing. Then, last summer, Paul Feig made The Heat and proved to Hollywood that a team of two women could be just as awesome and profitable. Next Summer we’re getting a similar movie. Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are set to co-star in a […]
- Germain Lussier
A full-length trailer for Melissa McCarthy-led summer comedy Tammy has been released today with our first look at the road trip she is forced to take with her Grandmother (Susan Sarandon) as her only means out of town. Directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone (his directorial debut) and co-written by the two the movie follows Tammy after she loses her job and finds out her husband is cheating on her. Desperate to get away for a while she is forced to team up with her kooky, slightly alcoholic Grandmother for a ride to pastures new.
Don’t get us wrong Melissa McCarthy could be funny with a bag on her head, in fact she proves just that in both the teaser trailer and this extended version, and she has proved her comedy chops in several movies. In 2013′s Heat she showed she can pull off being one part »
- Victoria Bull
Melissa McCarthy may well have another box-office success on her hands with "Tammy" -- helmed by her husband Ben Falcone -- and hitting theaters over the July 4 weekend. A new trailer has arrived for the comedy, which follows a bumbling fast-food restaurant robber (McCarthy), and the on-the-lam road trip she embarks upon with her mother (a de-glammed Susan Sarandon). Watch below. As per usual, there's plenty of gags involving McCarthy's physicality and her inimitable line delivery. The actress has proven herself a bankable headliner over the past three years, stealing the show in 2011's "Bridesmaids," and then delivering two hit comedies last summer -- the poorly reviewed "Identity Thief" opposite Jason Bateman, and Paul Feig's "The Heat," where McCarthy was one of an odd-couple police duo with mega-star Sandra Bullock. »
- Beth Hanna
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