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Joining the growing trend of Chinese companies seeking out a role in the movie business, Internet giant Youku is launching Heyi Film. A wholly owned film production subsidiary, it will make films “to the tastes of the Chinese audience” and “improve film marketing and distribution,” Tech in Asia reported. Heyi is eyeing major theatrical releases and helping online talent branch out. Among the first projects are Bad Sister, starring Ivy Chen; Vacation In Paris, starring Amber Kuo and Louis Koo; and The Master, a co-production with Beijing Century Partner Culture and Media. There’s also a plan to transfer popular web series Yes Boss! and Miss Puff, Tia says. Alibaba is the most recent Chinese company to add film production to its portfolio. However, a red flag was raised over its $804M acquisition of ChinaVision Media Group when the company said it had discovered suspicious accounting and suspended its shares »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Exclusive: Indie distributor XLrator Media is diving into content creation with John Suits and Gabriel Cowan’s film production shingle New Artists Alliance. The companies have inked a three-picture production and distribution deal to co-produce low-budget science fiction action thrillers, starting with the Brandon Routh-Caity Lotz astronaut pic 400 Days, now in post-production.
After seeing a self-described successful digital and VOD return on the $1.5 million-budgeted April sci-fier The Machine, XLrator’s CEO Barry Gordon was seeking similarly budgeted high-concept acquisition titles but found niche offerings to be sparse. He linked up with Naa, the producers behind recent genre pics Bad Milo and SXSW winner Cheap Thrills. The deal gives XLrator a stake in the pipeline driving content tailored to the kind of multiplatform release that made British android pic The Machine an iTunes high performer.
The two companies initially pacted on graphic novel adaptation The Scribbler, the upcoming Suits-helmed »
- Jen Yamato
It was announced today that Content Film, the worldwide sales arm of Content Media Corporation Ltd., has acquired international sales rights to the high concept sci-fi thriller 400 Days, starring Caity Lotz (The Machine, The Pact, Arrow), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Arrow), Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck, Dan in Real Life) and Ben Feldman (Cloverfield, Friday the 13th, Mad Men).
Buyers will get their first glimpse of 400 Days in Toronto where exclusive, first time footage will be shown.
It was revealed earlier this week that the film will be distributed in North America and co-produced by XLrator Media. The film is currently in post-production.
Content Film President Jamie Carmichael had this to say in a statement.
"Matt, Gabriel and John have done an outstanding job on »
Matt Osterman directs the thriller from New Artists Alliance and North American distributor XLrator Media about astronauts who agree to take part in a simulated mission that may not be all that it seems. Dane Cook and Ben Feldman round out the key cast.
“Matt has penned a mind-bending screenplay that reminds us why we make movies to begin with,” said Naa’s Cowan. “Its complete sense of awe, mystery, and character grabbed us right away. And the crazy reality is that Nasa and »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
It's back-to-school time and if you're in the mood to get educated, might I suggest... Detention (2011) Director: Joseph Kahn Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Dane Cook A killer from the popular slasher film Cinderhella begins offing teenagers at a local high school and [Pop Culture Head Explosion Insanity]. Detention is borderline genius and almost equally offensive. It's completely manic and insane and self-referential. It constantly jump genres and »
- Jason Adams
After getting naked with stars like Conan O'Brien and Sandra Bullock, Chelsea Handler took her last shower on "Chelsea Lately" on Tuesday night for the final episode ... and it may be the funniest video yet!The series finale of the comedian's E! talk show aired tonight, with a surprise appearance from Ellen DeGeneres herself.Chelsea Handler Goes Naked, Pokes Fun At The KardashiansBut while Handler once again put her entire body on display for the bit, the daytime host stayed in one of her trademark suits while grilling Chelsea about why she's never been invited on her show."Is it because I'm a lesbian?" she asked, before Handler said she's a lesbian too. Just watch the video above already ... it's hilarious.Ellen was hardly the only celebrity who stopped by to say goodbye to Handler though.Brandi Glanville Tells Chelsea Handler to "Suck It" After "Housewives" Diss Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock »
- tooFab Staff
The stars are aligning once again to support Stand Up to Cancer, which will stage its fourth telethon on Sept. 5.
The broadcast, which airs live across ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC and 28 cable nets, will feature appearances from Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Ben Stiller, Danny McBride, Dane Cook and many more. Performances by the Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco & Common, Ariana Grande and Dave Matthews will also be featured.
Rather than a traditional celeb-staffed phone bank, the telecast will also feature a “digital lounge” hosted by Yahoo News Global’s Couric. Stars in the lounge will reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook and other social media platforms as part of a campaign, We’re Calling You. »
- Shelli Weinstein
The old adage claims that laughter is the best medicine, and Sept. 5's “Stand Up to Cancer” telecast will have that in spades. It also contains tremendous star power, as first wave of participating entertainers proves. Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Rob Lowe are just a handful of the stars joining host Katie Couric in the digital lounge next month. Also involved are Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon, Danny McBride, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Dane Cook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marg Helgenberger, Matt Passmore, Rob Riggle, Italia Ricci and. »
- Tony Maglio
Stand Up to Cancer is back and bigger than ever. The charitable event, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, returns for its fourth biennial fundraising telecast. Sept. 5. Participants will include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan, Dane Cook, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Mark Harmon, Marg Helgenberger, Rob Lowe, Danny McBride, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Passmore, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Ben Stiller, Eric Stonestreet, Kiefer Sutherland, Bree Turner and Reese Witherspoon. Ariana Grande, Lupe Fiasco and Common, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Matthews and The Who will perform. Additional celebrities and performers will be announced in the coming »
By: CBS News
News: Pardo Passes Away at 96
"My voice is my Achilles' heel," Pardo said in a 1985 interview with The Associated Press. "When I get sick, it's always my voice."
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) August 19, 2014
Don Pardo thank you for saying my name twice. Dream come true. Rip Legend!
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) August 19, 2014
rip to the most golden voice of all golden voices. SNL's and your »
Don Pardo -- the man who famously announced "It's Saturday Night Live!" starting from the very first episode of "SNL" in 1975 -- passed away Monday night at the age of 96 ... NBC officials confirm. Pardo reportedly died in his sleep in Tucson, Az. The man with the booming voice was hand-picked for the "SNL" job by creator Lorne Michaels -- and was featured on 38 of the 39 seasons (he missed season 7). He also missed 2 eps in 2013 after suffering a broken hip. »
- TMZ Staff
This piece originally ran in July 2013. We are republishing it as a new season of Franklin & Bash kicks off. There are three kinds of pop-culture punch lines — by which I mean an actor, band, movie, or TV show that is regularly used as an all-purpose kicker to jokes. Type 1: The very successful person or piece of art that is deemed ridiculous by those who consider themselves to have "good taste." Examples: Two and a Half Men, Dane Cook, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Nickelback, Twilight, reality television. Type 2: The huge, high-profile bomb, often synonymous with the Hollywood’s hubris: Gigli, Ishtar, Battlefield Earth. And then there is the third type, the rarest type of punch line. Something in this category is neither wildly popular nor a huge disaster. It’s not so good it’s bad or so bad it’s good. It’s something in which every element, »
- Jesse David Fox
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA -- Dane Cook returns to the stage with his directorial debut in Dane Cook Troublemaker, premiering Friday, October 17th at 10 p.m. (Et/Pt) on Showtime. Filmed last fall in front of a raucous audience, Cook’s acerbic wit and patented brand of provocative, on-fire comedic insight skewers the hilarious aspects of everyday life and human behavior. This comedy event shows off Cook's ability to not only perform in-depth comedy routines, but film them in a style that speaks to a new generation of comedy fans everywhere. In Troublemaker, Cook dismantles the modern-day relationship, holds a mirror up to society and generally torches observational humor to the bone. Cook shares his beliefs and perspectives with his fans and he does not hold back. Delving into a »
- Pietro Filipponi
Brace yourselves, America; Dane Cook is coming to your living rooms in October. Cook's new comedy special, “Troublemaker,” will premiere on Showtime Oct. 17 at 10 p.m., the network said Thursday. Also read: Dane Cook Apologizes for ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting Joke Besides showcasing Cook's “acerbic wit and patented brand of provocative, on-fire comedic insight,” the special also serves as his directorial debut, so audiences will be exposed to yet another talent of the comedian, who's known to some as America's funnyman. “This comedy event shows off Cook's ability to not only perform in-depth comedy routines, but film them in a style that. »
- Tim Kenneally
Director: Roberts Gannaway; Screenwriter Jeffrey M Howard ; Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, Teri Hatcher, John Michael Higgins, Patrick Warburton, Wes Studi; Running time: 84 mins; Certificate: U
After Planes flew into cinemas last summer and proved to be a crushing disappointment, it's probably fair to say that nobody is getting particularly hyped up for its sequel, Fire & Rescue. Perhaps these rock-bottom expectations are a good thing, because Planes 2 feels like a significant upgrade on its distinctly run-of-the-mill predecessor, which was initially going to be a direct-to-dvd release before it found its way onto the big screen.
Dane Cook returns to voice Dusty Crophopper, who this time around sees his racing career shot to pieces when he discovers a fault in his gearbox. This immediately creates a search for purpose and meaning more compelling than anything in Planes - what's more heartbreaking, chasing a dream or coming »
You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk knows what it's like to make a comeback. The showrunner had his first series — NBC's Dane Cook comedy Next Caller — canceled months before it was scheduled to air as a midseason replacement. Four of the show's six-episode order had already been completed before the network opted to scrap the series set in the office of a satellite radio station. Story 'Next Caller' Creator Bares Soul Over NBC Abandonment Following the abrupt cancellation — which came only five months after it was picked up to series — Weeds alum Falk took to his
- Lesley Goldberg
In this high-flying sequel, Dusty Crophopper's faulty gearbox causes a fire that closes down Propwash Junction's airport. Determined to make amends, Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) heads off to Piston Peak National Park to undergo training as an aerial firefighter. However, he struggles to impress hard-as-nails helicopter mentor Blade Ranger (Ed Harris) until Dusty is called upon to rescue two campers from a raging forest fire. »
Dusty Crophopper is back for a brand new adventure, and this time it’s a blockbuster. Faced with the dual threats of an early end to his racing career and Propwash Junction’s closure, Dusty and his ailing torque gauge fly west to Piston Peak National Park to train as a firefighter. Thunderclouds recall military aircraft as towns and valleys with ingenious engine details unfurl below him and beckon him on his way. Toby Wilson and team’s sumptuous animation is as characterful and joyous as the tiny craft ought to be. Drawing heavily on Top Gun themes of arrogance, loss and redemption, this summer holiday release aims high but stalls before breaking cloud cover.
On arrival at the Air Attack Base Dusty (Dane Cook) tries his best to assimilate with the team. However, the resentment of his trainer Blade Ranger (Ed Harris sounding pleasingly like Billy Bob Thornton) coupled »
- Emily Breen
Kate Hudson's kissing ... and telling! The "Wish I Was Here" actress stopped by Wednesday's "Watch What Happens Live" with costar Zach Braff, where Kate revealed who has been her best on-screen kiss thus far. Photos: Kate Hudson Looks Hot in Midriff-Baring Gown at "Wish I Was Here" Screening.Check out the video above to see which actor was her favorite! Hudson has been lucky enough to stars like Matthew McConaughey, Dane Cook, Luke Wilson and Matt Dillion -- but, the late Heath Ledger was the blonde beauty's favorite Hollywood kiss. Photos: Remembering Heath Ledger.While we're sure Hudon still misses the "Dark Knight" star -- who passed away in 2008 -- we think it's great that the actor holds such a special place in the 35-year-old's heart. "He was just so beautiful, sweet and gentle," she told Andy. "He was lovely." What do you think about Kate's confession? Tell toofab in the comment section below! »
- tooFab Staff
Planes Fire & Rescue pulled out all the stops for it’s gala premiere with Bobs Gannaway and Ferrell Barron. Check out the cool video of all the action at yesterday’s premiere. "Planes 2 Fire & Rescue" is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
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