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Seinfeld certainly had its provocative moments (see: “sponge-worthy”). So it’s hard to imagine that there was any subject too controversial for the hit comedy. But one topic did manage to cross the line: guns.
The cast and crew refused to shoot what would have been the show’s ninth episode, “The Bet.” The second season episode, written by Borat director Larry Charles, followed the friends making a bet whether or not Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Elaine Benes would purchase a gun for protection. The narrative was inspired by a firearm purchase made by Seinfeld writer Elaine Pope.
Charles told Screen Crush »
- C. Molly Smith
Matt Nix, the creator and executive producer of USA’s long-running “Burn Notice,” has signed a new overall deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Television Studios for both broadcast and cable.
The deal, which was announced today by Twentieth Century Fox Television chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman and Fox Television Studios president David Madden, comes at a busy time for Nix. He also created USA’s new drama “Complications” and co-created the upcoming Billy Crystal-Josh Gad FX series “The Comedians,” which he is exec producing with Larry Charles and Ben Wexler. Other items in development include an HBO series and several feature film projects.
Nix has had a overall deal in place with Fox Television Studios since 2008 that primarily focused on cable properties. His credits also include creating the cop comedy “The Good Guys” with Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks and writing a “Burn Notice” TV movie. »
- Whitney Friedlander
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Babel: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s masterpiece of interlocking stories of violence and human disconnection [at Netflix] Teenage: snappy documentary assembles a slew of retro footage to tell the history of the concept of the “teenager” [at Netflix]
docs you missed
Ghosts of the Abyss: James Cameron returns to his obsession with the Titanic with state-of-the-art (2003) tech to explore the wreck; heart-stopping and chills-inducing [my review] [at Netflix] Religulous: Bill Maher and director Larry Charles look at the state of religion in the modern world, and while Maher might be kind of an asshole, his conclusion is solid: religion is poison [at Netflix] Trekkies: amusingly but compassionately dissects the phenomenon of Star Trek fandom and the beneficial impact it has on everyone it touches [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
Leave to Remain: compassionate, humane, and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The project is a sequel to the 1989 hit “War of the Roses,” starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and based on Warren Adler’s novel of the same name. The black comedy grossed $160 million worldwide for Fox.
Adler’s “The War of the Roses — The Children” follows the children of the divorce of Jonathan and Barbara Rose. Their son’s marriage falls apart due to what should have been an inconsequential incident involving a missing Milky Way bar — setting off a series of events that unleashes the deep-rooted damage that both adult children carry due to their upbringing in broken homes.
McAulay’s Black List screenplay »
- Dave McNary
With Spike Lee's Kickstarter-funded "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" set to premiere at the American Black Film Festival next month, the always busy filmmaker isn't stopping for a moment. He's got a handful of projects on the horizon, including comedy specials for both Katt Williams and Jerrod Carmichael, and there's now a documentary to keep an eye out for. The Daily Beast reveals that Lee is already at work on "Go Brazil Go," a movie that chronicles the efforts of journalist group Midia Ninja and activist group Foro do Eixo. With the World Cup coming up, Midia Ninja is promising to cover all angles of the events, from what's happening on the pitch to what's going down in the streets, while the latter organization is committed to helping regular citizens get their voices heard online, with tools provided for blogging, video editing and more. There's not much word on »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Larry Charles (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Borat) has been hired to write a remake of The Man Who Sued God, the 2001 Australian film that was a tidy hit in its home country when released almost fifteen years ago. And while the decision hasn’t been made yet, Charles could end up directing as well, making it his follow-up to […]
- Russ Fischer
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, Wendy Hughes and Emily Browning starred in the original about an ex-lawyer who files a claim against God after his insurance company dismisses the destruction of his boat as an "act of God."
Clark is expected to put his own spin on the original film's premise. The original film has also already spawned a Bollywood remake.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
It was revealed today that Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator, TV's Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) will write a reimagined version of the cult Australian hit The Man Who Sued God for New Films International (Nfi) with an eye toward directing.
Nfi founder and President Nesim Hason and Mace Neufeld (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Sony's upcoming The Equalizer with Denzel Washington) are producing the new project with Sixth Sense Productions principals Richard Harding and Sam Feuer (The First Grader).
Charles' take on The Man Who Sued God is expected to veer from the original premise, which involves a former lawyer who had found happiness with a simpler life and career - until a natural disaster strikes and he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God'. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself. »
Since he's no longer at the helm of A Walk in the Woods, director Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator) is on the hunt for a new project, and it seems he's found one. Deadline has word that New Films International has hired Charles, who was also behind "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld," to write The Man Who Sued God, based on a 2001 Australian cult favorite of the same name. Charles also has expressed interest in directing the film where he'll put his own spin on the story about an ex-lawyer who files a claim against God himself after his insurance company dismisses the destruction of his boat as an “act of God.” Read on! Here's the trailer for the original Australian comedy from 2001: As you can see, Billy Connolly starred in the original film, and it opened at #1 at the box office down under. There was already a Bollywood remake, »
- Ethan Anderton
While the period of time between original films and their eventual remakes is getting shorter and shorter, some projects just call out to certain filmmakers. As such, Larry Charles has been set to pen the New Films International remake of The Man Who Sued God. The original 2001 Australian film from director Mark Joffe starred Billy Connolly as a lawyer-turned-fisherman whose only possession - his boat - is destroyed by lightning. When the insurance company turns down his claim citing the uncovered "acts of God", he decides not to take on the deep-pocketed insurance men, but rather God himself. Charles will write the script with an eye to direct. Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for the original film. Deadline reports that Charles will write the remake of The Man Who Sued God with a possibility of directing. He's said to be putting his own spin on the story in his reimagining. »
- Dave Trumbore
Charles’ take on The Man Who Sued God is expected to veer from the original premise, which involves a former lawyer who sues an insurance company pretending to be the Almighty.
The Man Who Sued God is the second project to come through Nfi’s multi-title development deal with Neufeld after WWII action thriller The Pursuit. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
It's just raining remakes today isn't it? Larry Charles, the director of Borat, Bruno, and one of the best writers on Seinfeld is set to write the remake of the 2001 Australian film The Man Who Sued God. There is also the possibility of Charles directing the movie. The original film starred fellow Scotsman Billy Connolly and having watched it I can certainly see the appeal to someone like Larry Charles. Here’s the synopsis of the original: Billy Connolly plays »
- Graham McMorrow
With Nick Nolte and Robert Redford teaming up for the adaptation of Bill Bryson's memoir A Walk in the Woods we were already pretty excited. Then the addition of Borat director Larry Charles sweetened the deal even more. However, a new report from Deadline reports He's Just Not That Into You and "The Office" director Ken Kwapis will be at the helm, so we're a little less interested. But with that news also comes the addition of Nick Offerman ("Parks & Recreation"), Kristen Schaal ("Bob's Burgers"), Emma Thompson and Mary Steenburgen in the supporting cast, though we're not sure who they're playing. For those who don't know, Redford is playing Bill Bryson, an aging travel writer an Iowa native who has been living in England for 20 years, as he aims to reconnect with America by hiking the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail. But his connection with the homeland isn't smooth as he »
- Ethan Anderton
Him: A celebrated actor, writer, and comedian who won our hearts long ago in one of the most romantic movies of all time.
Her: An award-winning actress, writer, and TV show creator who makes us laugh on The Mindy Project, while keeping the dream for true love alive.
Together: Two massively creative people who came together for a legendary interview — conducted by Mindy Kaling, ahead of Tuesday’s Mindy Project season finale — about television, When Harry Met Sally, the art of collaboration, and the glorious mystery of on-screen chemistry that you’ll only see here on EW.
This is when »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Wildwood Enterprises and Route One Films started production Monday on the film, an adaptation of travel writer Bill Bryson’s memoir. Ken Kwapis (“He’s Just Not That Into You”) is directing from a script by “Little Miss Sunshine” writer Michael Arndt.
Nick Nolte will also star.
Im Global was selling international territories in November at the American Film Market. The project is adapted from Bryson’s 1998 book “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail,” which recounts his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine, with a friend.
- Dave McNary
With executive producers/writers Larry Charles, Matt Nix, Ben Wexler, and Billy Crystal, FX‘s new sit-com order for The Comedians should be about the closest thing television has to a slam dunk. Add Josh Gad to the cast, and build it off of something we already know is a pretty solid format, and it looks like FX has the next great show locked up.
Having just announced a 13-episode order based on the Swedish show of the same name, this is one you’re going to hear about a lot in the future, and by the time it rolls around, a lot of people are going to be pretty excited for this one. It’s one thing to build a new version of a show that is, reportedly, already a strong series, but it’s quite another to throw in a mix of Arrested Development, Burn Notice, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. »
- Marc Eastman
Billy Crystal is returning to primetime series television for the first time since he co-starred on Soap in the 1970s and 1980s. FX has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a sitcom to star Crystal and Josh Gad. The new show is expected to debut in 2015.
Produced by Fox Television Studios
Production Will Begin This Year and Air on FX in 2015
In an alliance few saw coming, Billy Crystal has seen his new pilot, The Comedians, get a 13 episode order from FX. Production will begin later this year and the series will launch in 2015. This will mark Crystal’s first excursion into the TV universe in over 30 years, as he was last seen on the small screen in the 1977-81 ABC comedy, Soap.
Crystal will be surrounded by a team of comedic all-stars, as rising talent Josh Gad (New Girl, The Internship, Frozen) will play his younger foil, stepping into the role of a more youthful, edgier talent that works with Crystal’s veteran superstar on a late night sketch comedy show.
Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry Charles directed the pilot and co-wrote the script with Crystal, Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and Ben Wexler (best known for his work on The Good Guys and the criminally underrated family sitcom Still Standing »
- Jeff Castilla
After conquering the Oscars, for which he earned four Emmys, and winning a Tony, Billy Crystal is coming back to series television.
He'll tackle his first regular role on a prime-time series since the 1977-81 sitcom "Soap" by teaming with Josh Gad ("Frozen," "The Book of Mormon") in "The Comedians," which FX gave a 13-episode order Wednesday (March 19). (Crystal was also a regular on "Saturday Night Live" for one season in 1984-85.)
"It's based on a Swedish show, of all the places to be funny," Crystal tells Zap2it. "You think of that as the land of [filmmaker] Ingmar Bergman and death. This is the story of the pairing of a veteran comedian and a young comedian, and they're put together by a network to do a sketch variety show. Reluctantly."
It’s official — Billy Crystal is returning to television, and he’s bringing funnyman Josh Gad with him.FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a single-camera comedy series that takes us behind the scenes of a late-night sketch show. Crystal will star as a famous comedian who is, much to his dismay, paired up with Gad (1600 Penn, Frozen, The Book of Mormon). Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg, and Megan Ferguson will also star.The role marks Crystal’s return to television, as it will be the comedian’s first regular appearance since starring as Jodie Dallas »
- Andrea Towers
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