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Unless your name is Edgar Wright, it’s hard to imagine a superhero movie of any caliber and pedigree not somehow getting made in today’s day and age.
And yet in 1997, that’s exactly what happened. Tim Burton, many years after the success of his original Batman, was attached to direct Superman Lives, originally starring none other than Nicolas Cage as everyone’s favorite Kryptonian and adapted from a screenplay by Kevin Smith.
Just how in God’s green Earth did this brilliant, strange mash-up of talents in a movie never come to light is the question behind a documentary currently in production, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The film is being directed by Jon Schnepp, »
- Brian Welk
While living in Chile, self-centred drug dabbler Jamie (Michael Cera) goes in search of the ultimate high - a heady brew concocted from the legendary San Pedro cactus. Joining his little band of pleasure seekers is American hippy 'Crystal Fairy' (Gaby Hoffman), an uninhibited eccentric who gets into Jamie's head more than any mind-altering substance. Although mishaps and mood swings are inevitable, this is a pretty mellow trip with no severe after effects. »
It sounded like a triumphant return to television for Charlie Kaufman, the Academy Award-winning writer of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, but 'twas not to be, at least at one U.S. cable broadcaster. How & Why, a comedy pilot created by Kaufman and starring Michael Cera, has not been picked up by FX, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Netflix has turned it down as well. The show is still being shopped around to other networks, with IFC considered a possibility, but the price tag associated with the series is considered a possible stumbling block. The series' premise sounded intriguing, revolving around "a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is otherwise clueless about life." The great John Hawkes was set to...
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With the animated, Kickstarter funded animated effort "Anomalisa" presumably on the way, it's not like we have nothing to look forward to from Charlie Kaufman ("Synecdoche, New York," "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind") but it has been frustrating watching his projects sputter in development (don't get us started on the meta-musical "Frank Or Francis"). Which is why this latest bit of news is a bummer... but has a silver lining. FX has passed on "How & Why," a comedy pilot they ordered from Kaufman. Led by Michael Cera and John Hawkes (killer), with supporting turns by Sally Hawkins and Catherine Keener (again, killer) this one follows a man clueless about life, yet who is smart enough to explain how and why a nuclear reactor works. Perfectly absurd, but it seems the price tag is a sticking point. According to THR, the project is being shopped around, but Netflix has already passed, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Photos from the upcoming eighth series finale showcase that the episode is set to recreate the iconic scenes from the second Doctor serial "The Invasion" a full 46 years after the original.
The famous photo of Cybermen marching down the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral is being redone with the latest version of the Cybermen. [Source: io9]
BBC America has unveiled an extended trailer for its new sci-fi series "Intruders" starring John Simm, Mira Sorvino, Robert Forester and James Frain. Almost David Lynch-ian in its flat out cryptic nature and obtuseness, it kind of looks like an "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" update.
The event miniseries follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar. »
- Garth Franklin
The prospect of seeing an original TV series from the mind of Charlie Kaufman was almost too good to be true. Alas, after producing a pilot for a comedy called How and Why, FX has decided to pass on the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation. scribe’s potential series, per Deadline. The show was to star John Hawkes as a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life. The promising cast also included Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener, but apparently it wasn’t up to snuff for the network. Hit the jump for more. FX has shown a willingness to go left-of-center with Louis C.K.’ Louie—which is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking and also exceedingly strange—but its new comedy series outputs haven’t exactly been of the same ilk. The network recently launched a pair of more traditional comedies, »
- Adam Chitwood
For a while there, things were looking pretty good for Charlie Kaufman‘s return to TV. FX ordered his sitcom How & Why to pilot last year, and in short order it managed to attract talents like John Hawkes, Michael Cera, Sally Hawkins, and Catherine Keener. But now the project has hit a snag. FX is reportedly passing […]
- Angie Han
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It was a sad day for Arrested Development fans back in 2006 when it was cancelled after three seasons. One of the most original and innovative, not to mention funny, shows on television it didn't conform to any of the usual norms for television comedy, and instead forged its own wry, witty path as the saga of the Bluth family unfolded on our screens.
When Netflix announced that they were bringing it back there was joy in this reviewer's heart as I'd missed the Bluth family, as dysfunctional and appalling as they are, and couldn't wait to see what further adventures they would get up to.
This being Arrested Development, nothing about returning for a fourth season was ever going to be conventional. Rather than being shown weekly, all fifteen new episodes were released simultaneously on Netflix, and for good reason, as while they »
Charlie Kaufman's return to TV may not be as soon as he thought it would be. The comedy pilot How & Why from Kaufman, who won an Oscar for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, has been passed over at FX, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Producers are now shopping the comedy starring Michael Cera to other outlets, with Netflix having already passed on the project, THR has learned. IFC is seen as a potential home for the comedy, though it's unclear if that will actually happen given the price tag associated with the comedy. How & Why, which was ordered to pilot in
- Lesley Goldberg
Xbox Entertainment Studios won’t be posting casting notices anytime soon. Back in April, Microsoft’s aspiring TV studio, which is based in Santa Monica, was reportedly set to produce a comedy sketch show with Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera’s group Jash. But that project and others in its pipeline appear to be on permanent hiatus after the parent company announced it was closing Xes as part of a massive personnel overhaul that could see 18,000 jobs lost. “As part of the planned reduction to our overall workforce announced today and in light of the Xbox vision to focus more on games and gamers, we plan to streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. “One such plan is that we will expect to close XboxEntertainment Studios in the coming months.” Nancy Tellem, the former CBS executive hired to lead »
It centres around an ageing comic known only as The Comedian (Turkington), who travels across the South-Western Us to reunite with his estranged daughter while he also attempts to revive his flagging career.
He finds himself lost and disillusioned among the desert populace.
Turkington, Alverson and writer-comedian Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric) wrote the screenplay.
Entertainment will be released in 2015. »
Brooke Bernard, Ryan Zacarias, and Ryan Lough’s Nomadic Independence announced that Rick Alverson’s Entertainment is officially in greenlight mode and cast alongside the already pegged Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker we have now have Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan and veteran Dean Stockwell filling out the supporting cast with Angeliki Papoulia rejoining her The Lobster co-star John C. Reilly. Jagjaguwar’s Chris & Ben Swanson, Electric Dynamite’s Jack Black (yes the actor) will Executive Produce while George Rush (Ping Pong Summer), and Epic Pictures Group’ Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson will co-Executive Produce.
Gist: Written by Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington and Tim Heidecker, this is set in the Mojave Desert, the film follows a broken-down comedian (Turkington) playing clubs across the Southwest, working his way to Los Angeles to meet his estranged daughter (Kalia Prescott). Along the way, his identity begins to deteriorate amid a series of encounters with »
- Eric Lavallee
John C. Reilly and Michael Cera will be joining Neil Hamburger, who takes on a role quite similar to his own stage persona. He will play an aging and broken down stand-up comedian known only as 'The Comedian' as he travels around the Southwestern United States. He is on a mission to meet his estranged daughter while also trying to revive his failing career.
Nomadic Independence and record label Jagjaguwar will co-finance the independent project. Production is already underway in Southern California. Also joining the cast are Tye Sheridan, Angeliki Papoulia and iconic actor Dean Stockwell.
Presumably Hollywood's next hot thing, with "Fifty Shades Of Grey" ready to shackle up audiences next year, Dakota Johnson is probably getting more than a few things crossing her desk. And one of them is "Forever, Interrupted." The actress will star in the adaptation of the Taylor Jenkins Reid novel about "a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband. She must come to terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother — who didn't know she existed." No word yet on who will write or direct. [The Wrap] Around The Playlist offices, "The Comedy" is one of our faves, and so we're pleased to see Rick Alverson moving on a new movie, and it has attracted some exciting folk. John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, Tye Sheridan, Angeliki Papoulia ("Dogtooth"), Dean Stockwell are joining the "Entertainment" which will star Gregg. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
On July 8, J.K. Rowling released a short, short story about grown-up Harry Potter and the Sequel She Swore She’d Never Write, and over in the magical land of central Florida, the Harry Potter theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion is entertaining six-hour lines on opening day. So apparently, it’s Harry Potter day, and to celebrate this completely random occasion, I’ve decided to do something equally arbitrary and sort a bunch of celebrities into the four houses of Hogwarts. Why? Art needs no reason.
First, the criteria. The Hogwarts houses are divided based on traits: Slytherins are cunning, »
- Marc Snetiker
Not quite as busy a week as last, but I still managed to see five movies, which begins with the two I saw in theaters -- Melissa McCarthy's Tammy and Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us from Evil. At home I continued my Zatoichi journey with Zatoichi at Large, which was quite good, Werner Herzog's Land of Silence and Darkness, which might end up being the hardest review for one of his movies I've ever had to write, and then, last night, I watched all of This is the End after having previously only watched the beginning for the Michael Cera scenes. I'd forgotten how good the scene in Heaven at the end of that movie was, but I had remembered how the middle section tends to drag, especially on repeat viewings. Otherwise, I did finish reading Chris Pavone's "The Expats", which is a solid little thriller and »
- Brad Brevet
The logline smacks of “Groundhog Day” — a virginal high-school senior repeatedly relives the same day until he achieves enlightenment, if not defloration — but “Premature” winds up resembling nothing so much as the coarsely smutty teen-sex comedies that abounded throughout the ’80s in the wake of “Porky’s.” A final-reel lurch into romantic sweetness suggests the original “American Pie” also was an inspiration for helmer Dan Beers and co-scripter Matthew Harawitz, but that fails to make their half-baked recycling of leftover elements any more palatable. Only undiscriminating audiences with a pronounced taste for crotch-centric tomfoolery will sample this goulash during its simultaneous theatrical and VOD exposure.
John Karna appears to tap into his inner Michael Cera as Rob, the nebbishy protagonist who’s inexplicably cursed to repeat an eventful day that begins, embarrassingly, with his mother walking into his bedroom and spotting the aftermath of his copiously wet dream. Each time he ejaculates — usually, »
- Joe Leydon
Another day, another comedy pickup for the FX/Fxx family. Just two days after Denis Leary's "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" earned a 10-episode series pickup, Fxx has done the same for the Jay Baruchel vehicle "Man Seeking Woman." The 10-episode run of "Man Seeking Woman" will premiere on Fxx in 2015. ["Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" will premiere on FX in 2015.] Based on Simon Rich's short story collection "The Last Girlfriend On Earth," the comedy features "Undeclared" star Baruchel as Josh Greenberg, a "naive romantic on a desperate quest for love." The series also stars Eric Andre, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine. "I’m incredibly grateful to Jon Krisel, Jay Baruchel and Broadway Video for bringing my book to life," Rich blurbs. "Most of all, I’m thankful to John Landgraf and his team at Fxx, who believed in us from the start and gave us great advice at every turn." Adds Nick Grad, one of the Presidents of Original Programming, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Sometimes you just want to get drunk and talk history with your friends — or at least Derek Waters does. In anticipation of Tuesday night's Season 2 premiere on Comedy Central, the actor and co-creator of “Drunk History” spoke about the, err, history of his boozy-spoof show with TheWrap. Waters recalled the wasted night he shared with “New Girl” actor Jake Johnson, telling tall tales about Otis Redding and unintentionally kicking off what would become one of the most popular underground comedy shows among celebrities. He also praised the Michael Cera effect and shouted-out Jack Black for giving his silly idea »
- Tony Maglio
Contrary to popular belief, Derek Waters – the mastermind behind the Comedy Central show Drunk History — does not always take his work home with him. "People usually think I'm drunk, but it's just how I talk," says the series host and co-creator in his friendly, languid Baltimore drawl (which does, indeed, share the slight slur of some of his more inebriated guests). "But I'm not drunk right now. This is iced coffee."
Summer TV Smackdown: Our Complete 2014 Watch List
Waters hasn't had much time for benders lately; when he calls Rolling Stone from Los Angeles, »
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