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Asylum will continue to operate as a separate company, reporting to Bruce Rosenblum, president of Legendary Television and Digital Media.
In addition to “The Kennedys,” Asylum has produced the telepic “Ring of Fire,” starring Jewel. But it’s mainly known for producing unscripted fare like “Beverly Hills Pawn,” “Addicted,” Fox Sports’ “Beyond the Glory” and three “30 for 30″ documentaries for Espn Films, including “The Price of Gold” that will air in January.
However, the Legendary deal will now enable Asylum, founded in 2003, to expand further into non-scripted fare, sports and other genres as it develops projects for multiple platforms.
Next year, the company will release its first film, “Small Time,” written and directed by “24” co-creator Joel Surnow. It’s currently producing the feature-length documentary “Happy Valley,” about the sexual abuse scandal that »
- Marc Graser
Legendary Televison has teamed up with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Films to develop and co-produce content for both TV and digital platforms. An important move for recently launched Legendary TV, the deal was announced by its Television and Digital president, Bruce Rosenblum, and Red Hour Television president, Debbie Liebling on Friday. “All of us at Legendary are thrilled to be working with Ben, Stuart and their Red Hour team,” Rosenblum said. “Their comedic programming is broadly appealing, yet fulfills the edginess and irreverence that is so on brand for Legendary. Red Hour is an ideal addition to our. »
- Jethro Nededog
Pact is the first major deal for Bruce Rosenblum, the former head of Warner Bros. Television, who became Legendary’s president of television and digital media this summer.
Debbie Liebling, president of Red Hour Television, will oversee the development of the company’s series for Legendary. Her prior credits mainly include such comedies as “Bridesmaids,’ “The Change-Up,” “Borat” and Red Hour’s “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”
As a shingle, Red Hour Television was launched in 2012. While it’s set up shows at HBO, FX, Fox, NBC, ABC and USA Network, only IFC’s “Birthday Boys” and “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” at Comedy Central, have received greenlights. »
- Marc Graser
In Legendary Television & Digital‘s first major producing deal, the company has signed a multi-year pact with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Films. The company’s TV development will continue to be run by Red Hour president Debbie Liebling, while Red Hour Director of Digital Mike Rosenstein oversees digital. “All of us at Legendary are thrilled to be working with Ben, Stuart and their Red Hour team,” Legendary TV & Digital president Bruce Rosenblum said. “Their comedic programming is broadly appealing, yet fulfills the edginess and irreverence that is so on brand for Legendary.” At Legendary, Red Hour’s development will be overseen by Tom Lesinski, President of Legendary Digital Media, on the digital side and Peter Johnson, Evp Scripted Entertainment, in the TV side. “We are very excited to partner with Legendary, though I am a little concerned that Bruce called me ‘Mr. Affleck’ when discussing the deal on the phone, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Watch a new clip from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller, Kristin Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, Adrian Martinez, Kai Lennox, Nicole Neuman, Paul Fitzgerald, Gary Wilmes. Stiller also directs the film scripted by Steve Conrad which is based on the James Thurber short story. 20th Century Fox releases the film into theaters on December 25th, 2013. Pic is produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr., John Goldwyn, Stuart Cornfeld and Stiller. »
The American Film Institute has added the world premiere of Mark Wahlberg’s “Lone Survivor” to its AFI Fest gala lineup along with “August: Osage County” and Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor 3D.”
“Lone Survivor,” directed by Peter Berg, will screen at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Nov. 12. Story is based on the autobiography of Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell who led a team into Afghanistan on a mission to kill a Taliban leader.
“August: Osage County,” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, has been set for Nov. 8 at the Chinese, filling the slot vacated by “Foxcatcher” due to the decision by filmmakers to delay its release until next year. “August” premiered last month at the Toronto Film Festival.
“The Last Emperor 3D,” which screened at Cannes this year, will be shown on Nov. 10.
- Dave McNary
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the first theatrical film directed by Ben Stiller since 2008′s “Tropic Thunder,” premiered on Oct. 5 at the New York Film Festival’s Alice Tully Hall. On the red carpet outside Lincoln Center, the cast talked about the last time they, like the protagonist based on a James Thurber short story, got lost in their own imagination.
Stiller, who has seen the movie at least 150 times in the editing room, admitted that “I sometimes daydream about silly things, like our dogs” and going on vacation with his family. “But I’m pretty happy with my life right now.”
Adrian Martinez copped to fantasizing about playing for the Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl. He was on his high school football team until he injured his knee. “I was actually very fast,” Martinez said. “I ran 100 yards in 10.4 seconds.”
Adam Scott, who plays a nasty »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional red carpet Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest presented by Audi, including the World Premiere of Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace; Alexander Payne’s Nebraska; accompanied by a Tribute to Bruce Dern; and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Stuart Cornfeld, an AFI Conservatory alumnus and recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony held last June, is one of the producers of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. All galas will be presented in the historic Tcl Theatre.
As previously announced, the North American Premiere of Saving Mr. Banks (Dir John Lee Hancock) is the Opening Night Gala and Inside Llewyn Davis (Dir Ethan Coen, Joel Coen) is the Closing Night Gala. The Guest Artistic Director is Agnès Varda. The previously announced Foxcatcher Premiere is no longer »
- Melissa Thompson
The “centerpiece gala” films will screen at the Chinese Theater.
“Furnace,” starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson, will screen on Nov. 9. “Nebraska,” which launched at Cannes in May, will screen on Nov. 11 and include a tribute to star Bruce Dern.
“Walter Mitty,” directed by and starring Stiller and produced by AFI Conservatory alumnus Stuart Cornfeld, will screen on Nov. 13.
The AFI Fest is still searching a replacement for Sony Classics’ “Foxcatcher,” which had been set for a Nov. 8 world premiere at the Chinese Theater before being pushed back to next year.
- Dave McNary
A week after they lost the world premiere of "Foxcatcher" due to delays in the film's release, the 2013 edition of AFI Fest has landed another world premiere, Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace." The film will screen as a centerpiece at the festival alongside Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Full press release below. For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, CA, September 30, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional red carpet Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest presented by Audi, including the World Premiere of Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace; Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, accompanied by a Tribute to Bruce Dern; and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, directed by and starring Ben Stiller and produced by AFI Conservatory alumnus Stuart Cornfeld, recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony held last June. »
Check out movie poster 5 for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller. The film which is also helmed by Sitller, opens on December 25th, 2013, with support from Kristin Wiig, Kathryn Hahn Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt. Walter Mitty follows an office worker who lives inside fantasy worlds where he leads an adventurous life, romancing his co-worker. When both their jobs are threatened, Walter Mitty sets off on a global journey to fix things. Steve Conrad wrote the script based on James Thurber's short story. Samuel Goldwyn Jr., John Goldwyn, Stuart Cornfeld and Stiller produce. »
It's been almost 20 years since "Reality Bites" became one of the cinematic landmarks of '90s slackerdom, and director/co-star Ben Stiller is looking to bring it back on the small screen. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Stiller has a "Reality Bites" TV series adaptation in development at NBC, with Helen Childress, who wrote the original screenplay, on board to pen the script. Stiller will executive produce via his Red Hour company. Like the film, the potential series will be set in the early 1990s, making it a period piece of sorts -- no internet, recession in place, everyone wearing chokers and Doc Martens with dresses. Lelaina Pierce will still be the main character, a recent college grad struggling to find her way in Houston, where she uses a no doubt giant, decade-appropriate video camera to chronicle the lives of her Gen X friends and roommates. The project is coming through Universal Television, »
- Alison Willmore
Helen Childress, who wrote the original Reality Bites screenplay, is writing the pilot episode that centers on recent college graduate Lelaina Pierce, the character portrayed by Winona Ryder in the movie, and her struggles in early 1990s Houston. Lelaina will capture the lives of herself and her slacker roommates with a video camera.
Reality Bites was released February 18th, 1994 and stars Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Ben Stiller, Swoosie Kurtz, Harry O'Reilly, Susan Norfleet. The film is directed by Ben Stiller. »
NBC hopes to tap a vein of early 1990s nostalgia with plans to adapt the 1994 pic “Reality Bites” as a half-hour comedy series. Ben Stiller is on board to exec produce, with screenwriter Helen Childress set to pen the pilot script.
Red Hour’s Stuart Cornfeld and Red Hour TV head Debbie Liebling are also exec producing along with Double Feature’s Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg. Sher and Shamberg were formerly principals in Jersey Films, which produced the 1994 pic that was distribbed by Universal.
The small screen rendition will be closely based on the movie and revolve around recent college grad Lelaina Pierce as she struggles to make her way romantically and professionally in the recession-plagued, pre-Internet early 1990s in Houston, where she shares an apartment with slacker friends.
The original pic starred Winona Ryder, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Reality Bites, the cult 1994 romantic comedy that examined the angst of Generation X college graduates, is heading to primetime. The film’s director Ben Stiller and writer Helen Childress have teamed for a TV series version of the movie that starred Winona Ryder, Stiller and Ethan Hawke. Childress will write the single-camera comedy project, which is set up at NBC. It centers on recent college graduate Lelaina Pierce, the character played in the movie by Ryder, as she struggles to make her way — romantically and professionally — in the recession-plagued, pre-Internet early 1990s. Set in Houston, the show, and Lelaina herself with her video camera, chronicles the lives of her “slacker” friends with whom she shares an apartment. The series is produced by Universal Television, sibling to the film’s producer Universal Pictures. Co-producing with Uni TV are Stiller’s Red Hour Television and Double Feature Films, the company run by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Comedy Central has greenlighted Big Time In Hollywood, Fl, a single-camera comedy from Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour. Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky have been cast in the project, written/executive produced by comedy duo Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf. Big Time follows two delusional brothers, who are self-proclaimed filmmakers, as they are kicked out of their parents’ (Baker, Tobolowsky) house and end up on an epic cinematic journey. Also executive producing are Red Hour’s Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein and Brillstein Entertainment’s Brian Stern and Lee Kernis. Filming is slated to begin later this month. This is the second green light at Comedy Central for Red Hour, which also has recently ordered stand-up comedy series The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail, which will spotlight hot comedians. The company also has sketch comedy series The Birthday Boys picked up at IFC. Anfanger and Schimpf, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Interview Simon Brew 7 Aug 2013 - 06:36
Whereas many of the team behind the Alan Partridge movie have worked on shows surrounding the character for years, director Declan Lowney is a newcomer to Partridgeland. A veteran of lots of TV, and the director of the wonderful Cruise Of The Gods, he chatted to us about Alan, Norwich, and a big sinking ship.
Please note: this interview talks loosely about things that happen in the film. We don't think what's here spoils anything, but if you want to see the film 100% cold, it's probably best to come back to this interview afterwards.
Watching The Guard a few years ago, it's got a great end action sequence. Until I saw Alpha Papa, outside of Arctic-based films, that seemed to be the most freezing cold looking action sequence I'd seen. »
Stiller took the first footage from the movie to CinemaCon back in the spring, where it was received with a very positive response. Out of that early reception, the Oscar buzz quickly began to gain momentum, and now the first trailer has arrived to give us an idea of what we have coming our way this December.
Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking »
- Kenji Lloyd
NBCUniversal’s E! will air the second and third seasons of web-based series “Burning Love” in the fall, the network announced.
“Burning Love” is a spoof of dating reality shows. The series is distributed and produced by Paramount’s Insurge Pictures, and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein, Abominable Pictures’ Jonathan Stern, Ken Marino and Erica Oyama. The series was created and written by Erica Oyama and directed by Ken Marino.
The announcement follows the success of season one on E! this spring. “Burning Love” is nominated for a 2013 Prime-time Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format, Live-Action, Entertainment Program.”
In season two, men will compete in a quest to find true love. New cast members include Jerry O’Connell, Michael Cera, Adam Brody, Colin Hanks, Joe Lo Truglio, Ryan Hansen, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, Nick Thune, Martin Starr »
- Brian Steinberg
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage. During a morning producers panel at TCA that focused on the brave new world of web television, a handful of pros held court to talk about all of the ways the Internet is changing the content game and taking the programming monopoly away from the living room. The five included Jane Espenson and Jeff Greenstein, producers of the Internet sensation Husbands (along with many network series); Mike Rosenstein and Stuart Cornfeld, exec producers of the web reality dating spoof Burning Love; and Ryan Lewis, exec producer of the web series Chosen. The beauty of fledgling form, all agreed, was how freeing the medium is in releasing writers and producers from the tyranny of their network overlords. “We are answerable only to ourselves,” boasted Greenstein, whose credits include Desperate Housewives, Friends and Will & Grace. “Yet we hold ourselves to the same standard as »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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