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Sony Pictures Animation has emerged victorious in a bidding war for a project based on the social media icons known as Emoji. Warner Bros. and Paramount were also vying for the project, but Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Animation was much more aggressive in their pursuit of the animated movie. Anthony Leondis (B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) is attached to direct and he is co-writing the screenplay with Eric Siegel.
What makes this project unique is there are no underlying rights to purchase, because the Emoji icons are in public domain. There is reportedly another pitch that will be shopped to the studios soon centering on Emoji, but it isn't clear who is behind that project quite yet. No details were given about how the story will be brought to life, but director Anthony Leondis pitched the studios using storyboards that explained how the movie would play out.
Emoji icons »
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office gave us so much, not least its intermittently excellent Us remake and the many other sitcoms it inspired. Its hand-held single camera style and wryly observed mundanity became so seminal that for a period in 2009, it was technically illegal to launch a new Us sitcom that didn’t emulate them.
Thus arrived Modern Family and Parks And Recreation, two shows filmed in the mockumentary style for no discernible reason besides a love of The Office and its Us remake. (Parks And Rec grew out of NBC originally »
Throughout its almost-decade-long, 167-episode run, Seinfeld gave us myriad moments of pure joy and utter hilarity, many of which were at the expense of Jerry Seinfeld’s dignity. (Seinfeld the character, that is.) Now that the entire series is available on Hulu, Seinfeld (the human) has been reflecting on the legacy and history of the show, including a memorable appearance at this year’s Vulture Fest. But what about the women? Seinfeld’s failed flings and romances, particularly the inimitable Elaine, were among the show’s finest qualities.Now the folks at GQ have compiled an abridged oral history of (character) Seinfeld’s girlfriends. The actresses, including Jennifer Coolidge, Anna Gunn, Janeane Garofalo, Lauren Graham, and Teri Hatcher (though not Julia Louis-Dreyfus), share their memories: how they came to be on the show, their wardrobe dilemmas, the intimidation of lifelong curmudgeon Larry David, and the magnanimity of appearing on the best show about nothing ever. »
- Greg Cwik
Read More: Provincetown Film Festival Releases Lineup For 17th Edition Jennifer Coolidge, the actress best known for her role as Stifler's mother in the "American Pie" franchise and her work with director Christopher Guest on his beloved improvised comedies "Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind" and "For Your Consideration," made a trip to the beachside town of Provincetown, Massachusetts over the weekend to pick up the event's Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. The actress, who got her start as a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe alongside Will Ferrell, has worked non-stop since the late '80s in both TV and film. On top of the "American Pie" and Guest movies, Coolidge has memorably appeared on the small screen in "Seinfeld," "Sex and the City" and most recently "2 Broke Girls," and in the two "Legally Blonde" films as a daffy beautician who perfects the Bend and Snap to bag a man. »
- Nigel M Smith
Read More: Provincetown Film Festival to Honor Bobcat Goldthwait, Jennifer Coolidge The official poster has been unveiled for the 17th annual Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff), which is set to showcase some of the best films hitting the festival circuit this year. For the third year in a row, Piff has enlisted Ultra Creative for the poster design. In this year's vibrant offering, iconic imagery associated with the arts colony -- including idiosyncratic architecture and a classic town sign -- has been integrated into the key art along with one central message: "Filmmaking on the edge." Major films set to screen at this year's Piff include the controversial James Franco pic "I Am Michael," Lily Tomlin's potential Oscar vehicle "Grandma" and the warmly-received ensemble comedy "Sleeping with Other People." Beloved cult director Bobcat Goldthwait and comedy scene-stealer Jennifer Coolidge will be honored with lifetime »
- David Canfield
Time to hit the beach, moviegoers! The Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) recently announced the honorees for its 17th edition, taking place June 17–21 at the scenic Massachusetts town. Founded in 1999 as a means to promote Provincetown’s rich cultural history, the festival honors innovation in independent filmmaking and has become a top destination for both industry pros and cinephiles looking to welcome summer. 2015’s recipient of the coveted Filmmaker on the Edge Award, recognizing visionaries in the film world, will be presented to Bobcat Goldthwait (“Call Me Lucky”) on June 20 at the town hall. The award has been previously given to luminaries such as Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, and John Waters, the festival’s resident artist. Actor Jennifer Coolidge (“Best in Show,” “Legally Blonde”) will receive the Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award. “This year’s honorees underscore the importance of comedy to independent film—not only surprising and delighting us, »
Child pageants are easy spoof targets, since most of them -- especially the reality TV versions -- already seem like parodies of themselves. So maybe "Inside Amy Schumer" could've gone even further with its "Babies & Bustiers" sketch, which went for a "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" style mocking of "Toddlers & Tiaras," with maybe a touch of "Dance Moms," and the intriguing twist of Amy's character suffering from "Benjamin Button's disease."
At least that's how her mother, played by the inimitable Jennifer Coolidge, put it. Amy's character actually has the opposite problem -- instead of aging in reverse like Brad Pitt's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" character, she's a 6-year-old who happens to look like the grown-up Amy Schumer. This makes things awkward during a pageant when a wardrobe malfunction rips part of her top off.
The 5-minute video ends with "To Be Continued unfortunately..." so, if you watched the show, »
- Gina Carbone
“Give a round of applause for the Texas Sparklettes!”“Inside Amy Schumer” nails TLC in a most delicious way, and lampoons Toddlers & Tiaras And Honey Boo Boo in one fell swoop as the incredible Jennifer Coolidge is drafted to guest as baby Amy’s mama, Cleopatricia Sherman. Schumer’s take is “Babies & Bustiers.” Amy is a giant infantile “Amy Merryweather Sherman” who “spreads the word of the Almighty” via her shellacked face and big ol’ hair. We learn Cleopatricia has created a reverse Benjamin Buttons effect and her daughter has “Fetal Red Bull Disease,” which means Amy is six years old but twice […] »
- April Neale
In the 2 Broke Girls Season 4 finale “And the Disappointing Unit,” Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) in a race against time to retrieve Sophie’s (Jennifer Coolidge) wedding dress from customs and get it to the church on time. “And the Disappointing Unit” premieres on CBS Monday, May 18, at 8pm Et/Pt. CBS has renewed 2 Broke Girls for Season 5, likely debuting in midseason 2016. Photo: Credit: Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. © 2015 Wbei. All rights reserved.
The post Can Max and Caroline get Sophie’s dress to the church on time? “2 Broke Girls” Season 4 finale preview appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
Freestyle Releasing has acquired all North American rights to animated comedy “Hell and Back” and set a Sept. 25 release date.
Tom Gianas (“Saturday Night Live”) and Ross Shuman (“Robot Chicken”) directed the story of two best friends who must rescue their buddy after he’s accidentally dragged to hell. Producers are Corey Campodonico, Alexander Bulkey and Eric Blyler, all of “Robot Chicken.”
Freestyle’s top performer has been the faith-based drama “God’s Not Dead” with $60 million in U.S. grosses. It also has released Nicolas Cage’s “Left Behind” and Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes,” starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
- Dave McNary
CBS‘ 2 Broke Girls And The Grate Expectations TV Show Review. 2 Broke Girls: Season 4, Episode 21: And The Grate Expectations definitely brings up the expectations of the cast as Han’s (Matthew Moy) humor really goes up a notch and Oleg (Jonathan Kite) shows another side to him. As Sophie (Jennifer Coolidge) and Oleg’s wedding approaches, Oleg finds out that […] »
- Shivangi Patel
The Exchange is launching international sales of stop-motion animated comedy “Hell and Back” at Cannes, Variety has learned exclusively.
Tom Gianas (“SNL”) and Ross Shuman (“Robot Chicken”) directed the story of two best friends who must rescue their friend after he’s accidentally dragged to hell. Producers are Corey Campodonico, Alexander Bulkey and Eric Blyler, all of “Robot Chicken.”
“The film has incredible production value, very original story and lots of physical comedy,” said The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea. “This makes easy to translate into non-English markets.”
- Dave McNary
The Exchange has released the first Hell & Back image online. The studio picked up the international rights at Cannes for the film, which is billed as being in the vein of South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut and Team America: World Police. That’s a high bar, but Hell & Back has the distinction of being stop-motion animated, and it also has a strong voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, T.J. Miller, Bob Odenkirk, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Coolidge, and Rob Riggle. The plot “follows two best friends who must rescue their friend after he’s accidentally dragged to hell," so you can see the potential for R-rated comedy. Check out the Hell & Back image below. Directed by Tom Gianas (SNL) and Ross Shuman (Robot Chicken), the movie is due out in theaters this fall. [caption id="attachment_457931" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via The Exchange[/caption]
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- Matt Goldberg
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
How many times can movies rehash the story of a child determined to pursue his or her passion butting heads with parents who refuse to understand? The beauty of the otherwise formulaic “La Famille Belier” is the way this affable crowdpleaser manages to twist its overplayed setup: Teenage Paula (played by Louane Emera, a semifinalist in France’s “The Voice” competish) discovers that she has a God-given talent for singing, but can’t communicate that desire to her deaf family. The scene in which she succeeds in sharing her gift with them, finally bridging the fact that they can’t hear, ranks as perhaps the most touching moment in French cinema last year. A holiday hit in Gaul, this feel-good family dramedy seems ripe for remake, though it would be tricky to release in its current form since the premise would play best to those with little patience for subtitles. »
- Peter Debruge
With little more to go on than a lot of buzz surrounding the music video, critical acclaim, and, I suppose, having seen where the third season goes, the show is set to return.
It’s big news for a show like this, and a serious vote of confidence. It also opens a lot of doors for the show’s direction, with a lot of room to play now.
Be sure to tune in tonight, and catch some previews with our look at Inside Amy Schumer Season Three here.
Catch all the info below.
Fresh off hosting the MTV Movie Awards, gracing the cover ofEntertainment Weekly, receiving a Peabody® Award for “Inside Amy Schumer,” and being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, »
- Marc Eastman
Good news, "Inside Amy Schumer" fans: The show just got picked up for a fourth season, ahead of its season three premiere.
Schumer made the announcement herself during an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night, where she told the host she just got word about the pickup before heading out onstage. Letterman congratulated the comedienne, and the duo chatted about the highs and lows of working on series television, where Schumer quipped that the annual effort doesn't get any easier, but "I find I'm getting easier."
In a statement released Tuesday, Comedy Central praised the show and Schumer.
"I'm so happy to keep the 'Inside Amy Schumer' family together," Schumer added in her own statement. "Excited »
- Katie Roberts
Long before he scored his big break as one of the original Not Ready for Primetime Players on “Saturday Night Live,” Garrett Morris, a New Orleans native, was treading the boards in New York. He racked up mentions in Variety throughout the ’60s, but his first was for the recording of a musical called “The Bible Salesman.” Now, at 78, he’s a regular on CBS’ “2 Broke Girls.”
What do you remember about “The Bible Salesman”?
It was the first official Off Broadway show I did with Rosetta (LeNoire) way back when. A very talented composer by the name of Jay Thompson had written this piece, and it was marvelous to work with Rosetta, a great lady and great performer. At a certain time, she was the only black lady on Broadway.
What were your career ambitions?
My degree officially is in music, with a minor in composition but I always wanted to be an actor, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Yesterday, we reported that Mom (season three) and Mike & Molly (season six) had been renewed for the 2015-16 season. Now, CBS has made their renewals official and have also renewed 2 Broke Girls for a fifth season.
Airing Mondays, 2 Broke Girls, streetwise Max Black (Kat Dennings) and formerly-wealthy Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) work in a greasy diner. The unlikely partners try to earn enough money to pay their bills and develop their cupcake business. The sitcom co-stars Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy, and Jennifer Coolidge.
Warning: We're about to recap all of the surprises and shocks from Glee's most-recent wedding! If you want to know the details of the day (and potentially catch the bouquet!) keep on reading. If you don’t, well … fine then. You weren't invited anyway.
Here come the brides… and the grooms!
Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana's (Naya Rivera) wedding was the most highly anticipated TV wedding of the year, and at the last minute, Glee decided to up the romance ante with a surprising twist. (But of course, all you devoted Gleeks have known about this double wedding for months, haven't you?)
Just moments before the big "I do," Brittany unveiled that her wedding day wish was to see Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) get married alongside her and Santana. After some slight hesitation, the newly rekindled couple decided to dive head-first back into a relationship and the two pairs tied the knot in »
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