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Every day, small-screen addicts have the chance to check out dozens upon dozens of offerings: network police procedurals, basic-cable sketch shows, late-night hosts gaming with their guests, streaming sitcoms, Britcoms and rebooted series, premium-channel prestige dramas, off-brand reality TV and those unclassifiable oddities that reside left of the virtual dial. But here at Rolling Stone's new column, we're zeroing in on and counting down the five best moments of the viewing week — from the scenes everyone's been talking/recapping/tweeting about to the underseen, undersung performances and undeservedly neglected episodes you might have missed. »
The proposed reboot of cult classic The Crow has had an incredibly rough time of it as far back as 2010, when director Stephen Norrington signed on for the remake of the 1994 comic book adaption, working from a rewritten script from Nick Cave. When Norrington parted ways with the project, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo came on board with Bradley Cooper in talks to play supernatural vigilante Eric Draven. This iteration didn’t last either, so F. Javier Guiterrez took the helm, and everything seems to be going right at last. The original comic book’s creator, James O’Barr, came on as creative consultant, slightly appeasing a number of fans (myself included) who weren’t too happy with the reboot, and after a long search, which included Tom Hiddleston and James McAvoy, Luke Evans officially signed on for the lead role in 2013. Then, both actor and director left the project last year. »
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From an all-star reboot of the 2001 summer-camp comedy on Netflix to the depressing but unintentionally hilarious Klan documentary on All4
Remember how the stars of 2001 satirical comedy Wet Hot American Summer were all a touch old for their roles? Well now they’re all plenty older still and, in most cases, plenty more famous. Which, on the basis of the opening episode, looks likely to make this Netflix prequel even dafter and even funnier. With Amy Poehler, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Cooper, Jon Hamm, Janeane Garofalo and many more on board, this now looks a stellar cast. Willingly, they travel back to 1981. Camp Firewood is full of the usual slackers, misfits and geeks. Just over the way, there’s preppie, stuck-up Camp Tigerclaw. Let the illicit liaisons, burping contests and air guitar marathons commence.
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- Rachel Aroesti, Phil Harrison & Luke Holland
The bankruptcy of Relativity may have struck a fatal blow to the planned reboot of The Crow...
To call the planned reboot of The Crow troubled would be something of an understatement. Word of a new take on the material first surfaced back in 2010, when it looked as though The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen helmer Stephen Norrington may return to directing to take the project on. Yet he did not.
Finally, it looked as if the project had settled, with Corin Hardy signing on the dotted line to direct. But further problems ensued when Evans dropped out, »
A year ago today, most of us laid eyes on what we might call a masterpiece. When Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters August 1, 2014, we witnessed a visually stunning film that not only opened up a bigger story for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also gave fans around the world a film that we could enjoy for many years to come! This film featured fan favorites such as Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista ,and Bradley Cooper who brought our comic book characters to life, while giving us one hell of a film in the process. Even though this film may have shocked some fans (because of its surprising success), it gave others memories that they will cherish forever. With that said, I will leave it to James Gunn, who personally wrote a heartfelt letter to the many Guardians of the Galaxy fans around the world. Fellow »
Here we go again! Just as production on the long-delayed Fletch Remake beings to heat up, The Crow beings to cool down. Way down. Even though things have been looking better for the reboot, it has been troubled ever since it was announced. So much so, some believe it is cursed, a thought that goes all the way back to the original 1994 The Crow, which saw star Brandon Lee shot and killed on set. Creator of the comic book James O'Barr claims that $20 million has already been spent trying to get this new iteration off the ground. And while claims were made that the production would still shoot in the fall, despite Relativity filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it seems that initial report was a little premature.
Relativity Media is in the midst of disruptive financial problems, but several of the most popular TV properties to come from the shop will continue to air, according to people familiar with the programs.
“We will continue to move forward with a robust production slate of scripted and non-scripted shows during the reorganization process,” Ryan Kavanaugh, the entrepreneur who is chief executive of the beleaguered production house, said in a letter posted on the company’s website. “In our television business, ‘Limitless,’ which is based on the Relativity movie starring Bradley Cooper, is slated to debut on CBS’ primetime lineup this fall. And we continue to leverage our MTV ratings hit ‘Catfish’ by developing a number of international versions of the show, as well a planned sequel called ‘Truce,’ which is currently in production.”
This may be the one bright spot in a process that could see Relativity pushed toward auction. »
- Brian Steinberg
Who says you can’t do a prequel 14 years after the original? Netflix is out to prove you can do just that with “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” and even have a the cast playing characters half their age. The revival features Hollywood galore. Seriously — everyone who’s anyone made it into the cast. Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig and Molly Shannon are just a few of the big names who are enrolled in this fantasy summer camp. The actors may have gotten older, but their talent is aging like fine wine. »
- Wrap Staff
The broadcast networks have more than 20 shows debuting this fall, including a soaring Supergirl, reborn Heroes, reanimated Muppets and sexy Scream Queens. To help you prep, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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Ready for camp, Wet Hot American Summer fans? The cult comedy, from Michael Showalter and David Wain, is hitting Netflix as a rebooted prequel series on July 31, and the new show — Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp — is packed with even more famous faces than before. The original film, about a group of counselors and their charges at a summer camp in the '80s, stars the likes of Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, and Elizabeth Banks. The actors, whose quirky and [...] »
Talent is currently being sought for the upcoming CBS drama “Limitless.” Inspired by the film of the same name, “Limitless” stars Bradley Cooper, Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, and others, and follows Brian (McDorman) who gains the ability to use all of his brain’s capabilities. Four background roles are being cast for the network show, and submissions are being sought from the NYC area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Limitless” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
The Netflix series provides an origin story like no other for the cult movie, with enough ridiculous plotlines and cameos to make happy campers out of the most diehard fans (even if the format is skewed)
There is one thing that Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the new prequel series to the cult classic movie that Netflix started streaming on Friday, has that its predecessor never did: anticipation. When Whas arrived in theaters in 2001 the only really recognizable cast members were David Hyde Pierce – who was starring in Frasier at the time – and the alumni from MTV’s too-short-lived sketch comedy program The State. No one cared that it was coming and it was a huge dud, at least at the box office.
- Brian Moylan
Mark this down in your gournal: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is available today, bringing the counselors of Camp Firewood back for more of the antics started in the 2001 film.
Is the premiere of the eight-episode Netflix series as satisfying as gooey s’mores roasted over an outdoor fire? Or is it as limp as a sweaty athletic sock left to molder under a bunk? In a moment, we’ll tell you our thoughts — and ask for yours. But first, a quick recap:
The action takes place on June 24, 1981, the titular opening to Camp Firewood’s summer season. »
It’s been a long road back to Camp Firewood.
It seems that ever since the release of the original Wet Hot American Summer movie back in 2001, writers David Wain and Michael Showalter have been teasing the idea of a reunion. However, given that the film featured a cast which included Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd - each only a fraction as famous at the time as they are now - the idea fast became a dangled carrot which seemed to get further and further from anyone’s grasp. It was going to take a Goliath to make it happen.
Enter Netflix, who in January announced (following a long period of speculation) that it would be stumping up the cash to get the band back together. »
After trying to stay afloat for several weeks, Relativity Media officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier today. The company's film and TV divisions will be sold off at an auction, according to Variety, but the separate units Relativity Sports, Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution and Relativity Education will not be a part of the proceedings. Relativity recently laid of 75 of its 350 employees, but the company still plans to move forward with its remake of The Crow this fall. Production on the movie remake was originally scheduled to begin this spring, but now it seems shooting will begin in a few months.
The Crow currently has Jessica Brown Findlay attached to star as Shelly, the fiancee of rocker Eric Draven. She is currently the only cast member on board, after Jack Huston dropped out of playing Eric Draven last month. Corin Hardy is attached to direct from a script by Jesse Wigutow and Alex Tse, »
If you plan to visit Camp Firewood for Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer prequel series — which hits the streaming service at midnight on Friday — make sure to leave some room in your duffel bag for suspension of disbelief.
Executive producers David Wain and Michael Showalter, who also wrote the eight-episode limited series, are well aware that the camp’s counselors don’t look exactly as they did in 2001, when the feature film was released.
“When we made the original movie, we were 30 playing 16. Now, we’re in our forties playing 16. There’s only so much you can do to de-age that, »
Relativity Media — the digital-age entertainment company that claimed clever financing and data analysis could help it unlock the secret to box office riches — filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday against a swarm of disgruntled investors and other creditors. The 11-year-old company that founder Ryan Kavanaugh had styled as a “next-generation global media company” will be sold at auction, a statement from the company said.
The upcoming sale will center on the enterprise’s film and television units. Left outside of the insolvency action are Relativity Sports; Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution, a joint venture with the European film operator; and Relativity Education. All those units will continue on as independent concerns. The company’s fashion operation, M3/Relativity, was shut down this week and its employees laid off Wednesday as part of a pinkslipping of 75 employees.
Kavanaugh and his board proposed the immediate auction of the company, which stated liabilities of up to $1 billion, »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
Read More: Cannes Review: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' is a Masterful Lesbian Romance Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara As awards season approaches at an ever-more rapid rate, The Weinstein Company has made a few changes to their upcoming schedule, including an earlier release date for Todd Haynes' awards favorite and Cannes hit, "Carol." The drama will now open in limited release on November 20, moving up nearly a full month from its original release date of December 18. Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the feature will now go up directly against the final "Hunger Games" film, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2," but should benefit from an earlier start than was originally planned. TWC has also pushed back their Bradley Cooper chef comedy, once known as "Adam Jones," from October 2 to October 23. The film has also been retitled "Burnt," marking its second title change -- it was originally known as. »
- Kate Erbland
The original cast have gone on to bigger things and that means they’re going to bring along some of their famous friends for the Netflix reinvention
Related: Wet Hot American Summer is back – but did it typecast its comedy all-stars?
The most amazing thing about Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the eight-episode prequel to the cult classic that starts streaming on Netflix on Friday 31 July, is that creators David Wain and Michael Showalter got all the original cast members to come back to reprise their roles no matter how famous they had become since the 2001 flick hit theaters. That means former nobodies such as Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler signed on to take bit parts in an ensemble comedy when they could be, you know, headlining Marvel superhero flicks or starring in network sitcoms.
Related: Wet Hot American Summer: the obscure cult favourite »
- Brian Moylan
The Weinstein Company did some release date juggling Wednesday on two films likely to be in this year’s awards conversations — and gave one a new title. The name of the comedy starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller formerly known as “Adam Jones” has been changed to “Burnt,” and it has a new October 23 release date, TWC said. John Wells directs the tale of a chef struggling to rebuild a promising career he’s thrown away, which is written by Steven Knight. That new date became more attractive Wednesday when Stx Enterainment shifted the Julia Roberts-Nicole Kidman thriller »
- Todd Cunningham
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