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15 items from 2014


Casting Net: Penelope Cruz signs on for 'Zoolander 2'

20 November 2014 6:02 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline] • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, »

- C. Molly Smith

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James Gunn on why 'Guardians of the Galaxy' isn't weird (and the sequel he'd like to make)

12 November 2014 1:17 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

James Gunn used to be the beloved cult filmmaker behind low-budget genre flicks like Slither and Super. Then August happened, and James Gunn became the beloved filmmaker behind the decidedly-not-low-budget space-(rock-)opera Guardians of the Galaxy, currently the highest grossing movie of 2014 at the domestic box office. Guardians arrives on Blu-Ray on December 9. At a special screening of the Blu-Ray extras on Wednesday morning, Gunn looked like a man midway between the victory lap and the next race. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is already in the works for 2017, and word spread across the Internet that he was already thinking »

- Darren Franich

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Los Angeles Film Festival Reveals 2014 Juries

9 June 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival has revealed its jurors for the 2014 summer festival, its 20th, which runs from Wednesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 19 in downtown Los Angeles. The narrative jury:Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton, whose "Short Term 12" won the Laff Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature in 2013Veteran producer Stuart Cornfeld ("Zoolander," "The Fly")  Film critic Ella Taylor (NPR, Elle)   The documentary jury:Editor Lynzee Klingman ("Hearts and Minds") Director Margaret Brown ("The Great Invisible," "The Order Of Myths")Film critic and author Justin Chang (Variety) The La Muse jury:Composer-singer-songwriter Kathryn Bostic ("Middle of Nowhere," "Dear White People")Writer-director,-producer Maryam Keshavarz ("Circumstance") Nicole Bernard, Executive Vice President at Laff sponsor Fox Audience Strategy Director Kevin Bray ("Walking Tall")   The shorts jury:Writer-actor-director Todd Berger ("It’s a Disaster," »

- Anne Thompson

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Comedy Central Gives Series Orders To ‘Another Period’ & ‘Idiotsitter’, Renews ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ Review’ & ‘TripTank’

9 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Comedy Central has picked up to series Another Period, a spoof of a Keeping Up With The Kardashians-like reality show set in Victorian times, and Idiotsitter, a TV version of the digital series. The network also has renewed the well-received original series Inside Amy Schumer for a third season as well as freshmen Review and TripTank for a second season. In addition, Comedy Central has ordered five original digital series: 300 Sunnyside, New Timers, Pie Guys, Roustabout With Kurt Braunohler and Team Tiger Awesome to premiere later this year. Here are details about Comedy Central’s newly picked up and renewed series: Series Orders Another Period -  set at the turn of the century, “Another Period” follows the misadventures of the Bellacourts, Newport, Ri’s first family, who have absolutely nothing to offer to the world, but who have so much money it doesn’t matter. The series focuses on »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Comedy Central Renews ‘Amy Schumer,’ Orders Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome Series, More

9 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central is beefing up its female-focused content, renewing “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season and giving series orders to “Another Period” starring Natasha Leggero and Garfunkel and OatesRiki Lindhome and “Idiotsitter,” the digital project created by Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell.

Another Period” is set at the turn of the century and follows the misadventures of a Rhode Island family who — apart from their exceedingly deep pockets — have absolutely nothing to offer the rest of the world. The series is written by, executive produced by and stars Leggero and Lindhome and is executive produced and directed by Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”) and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. The pilot also stars Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Tom Lennon, Jason Ritter, Rosa Salazar and Armen Weitzman.

Idiotsitter,” which follows Ari Shaffir’s “This is »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Lonny’ Debuts Season 2 Online Amid Maker Cuts

3 June 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Next Time On Lonny, the satirical online video series executive produced by Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour Digital and Disney-owned Maker Studios, debuts the first three episodes of its second season today on Maker.TV with a raft of guest appearances by Hollywood notables including Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell, Kathy Baker and Paul Scheer. The entire season is being sponsored by Verizon, with more episodes rolling out twice a week on Maker.TV and Maker’s comedy hub, Nacho Punch. The show is a satire of reality TV, blending sketch comedy and imaginary film preview segments. It was created by Alex Anfanger, who also stars, and Dan Schimpf, who directs. Besides Stiller, Anfanger and Schimpf, executive producers of the show include Stuart Cornfeld, Mike Rosenstein and Debbie Liebling. Brillstein Entertainment Partners represent Anfanger and Schimpf. Yesterday, reports surfaced that about 10% of the company’s 380 employees had been laid off, »

- DAVID BLOOM

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‘South Park’ Exec Producer Anne Garefino Wins AFI Alumni Medal

28 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The American Film Institute has selected producer Anne Garefino as the recipient of the 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

She will be presented the award as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute for Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 5.

Garefino is a 1988 graduate of AFI. The Schaffner award recognizes a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Stuart Cornfeld, Amy Heckerling, Patty  Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Edward Zwick.

Garefino has been the executive producer of the animated series “South Park” since 2007 and produced two films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone — “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” and “Team America: World Police.” She made her Broadway debut as a producer on “The Book of Mormon,” winning a Tony and a Grammy.

Garefino was a producing fellow at AFI. Before moving to Los Angeles, »

- Dave McNary

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‘South Park’ Exec Producer Anne Garefino Wins AFI Alumni Medal

28 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has selected producer Anne Garefino as the recipient of the 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

She will be presented the award as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute for Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 5.

Garefino is a 1988 graduate of AFI. The Schaffner award recognizes a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Stuart Cornfeld, Amy Heckerling, Patty  Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Edward Zwick.

Garefino has been the executive producer of the animated series “South Park” since 2007 and produced two films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone — “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” and “Team America: World Police.” She made her Broadway debut as a producer on “The Book of Mormon,” winning a Tony and a Grammy.

Garefino was a producing fellow at AFI. Before moving to Los Angeles, »

- Dave McNary

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P.J. Byrne Sets up Comedy ‘Brothers of the Bride’

6 May 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Intelligence” actor P.J. Byrne will be one of the “Brothers of the Bride,” with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour producing for New Line.

Stuart Cornfeld and Debbie Liebling from Red Hour are attached to produce.

The studio acquired Byrne’s pitch, and he will pen the script with Terry Scannell, Aaron Ginsburg and Wade McIntyre. Story centers on three estranged sons promising their dying father that they will their sister from marrying her “douchey” fiance.

Byrne will play the middle brother. He was most recently seen in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Final Destination 5.”

Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada will oversee it for New Line.

Byrne is repped by Michael Greene and Associates and Principato-Young.

 

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- Dave McNary

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Legendary Backs ‘Jurassic World,’ Signs TV Deal with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Exclusive)

6 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Legendary Entertainment will unleash its version of “Godzilla” this month, the company has officially come on board to back two other monster movies with new studio partner Universal Pictures, “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold.”

The films are the first Legendary will help co-finance with Universal as part of a five-year deal that kicked off in January. Both projects fit in well with Legendary’s taste for fanboy and genre fare. “Jurassic World” is shooting now under the helm of Colin Trevorrow, while Gary Shore’s “Dracula Untold” will be released in October with Luke Evans as the iconic vampire.

On the television front, former Warner Bros. Television chief Bruce Rosenblum has been busy building Legendary’s TV division, and has just closed an overall deal with prolific film producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and former DreamWorks TV president Dan McDermott to move their TV production arm from ABC Studios to Legendary. »

- Marc Graser

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Legendary Backs ‘Jurassic World,’ Signs TV Deal with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Exclusive)

6 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While Legendary Entertainment will unleash its version of “Godzilla” this month, the company has officially come on board to back two other monster movies with new studio partner Universal Pictures, “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold.”

The films are the first Legendary will help co-finance with Universal as part of a five-year deal that kicked off in January. Both projects fit in well with Legendary’s taste for fanboy and genre fare. “Jurassic World” is shooting now under the helm of Colin Trevorrow, while Gary Shore’s “Dracula Untold” will be released in October with Luke Evans as the iconic vampire.

On the television front, former Warner Bros. Television chief Bruce Rosenblum has been busy building Legendary’s TV division, and has just closed an overall deal with prolific film producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and former DreamWorks TV president Dan McDermott to move their TV production arm from ABC Studios to Legendary. »

- Marc Graser

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Comedy Central Has Officially Gone ‘Big Time’

10 January 2014 1:10 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Comedy Central has greenlighted 10 episodes of “Big Time In Hollywood, Fl,” a comedy about two haphazard brothers trying to make it as filmmakers after being kicked out of their parent’s house. The show is produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and penned by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf. The show’s pilot is being directed and produced by Schimpf, and Anfanger is executive producing with Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld, Mike Rosenstein, Lee Kernis and Brian Stern. “‘Big Time’ combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of Streep, the budget of ‘House of Payne,’ and the nutritional value of Velveeta,” said Stiller. “I think people’s minds will be blown wide open. For real.” The brothers’ father is played by Backstage’s own Working Actor columnist Stephen Tobolowsky; the family’s matriarch is played by Kathy Baker (“Saving Mr. Banks”). Anfanger—who »

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Comedy Central Gives Series Order To Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Big Time In Hollywood, Fl’

10 January 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Comedy Central has picked up to series pilot Big Time In Hollywood, Fl with a 10-episode order. The project, produced by Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is written by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf. It follows two delusional brothers and self-proclaimed filmmakers, played by Anfanger and Lenny Jacobson, who are kicked out of their parents’ house and forced to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives, leading them on an epic journey in pursuit of their American dream. Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky play the brothers’ parents, and Jon Bass co-stars in the series, whose pilot was directed by Schimpf. “Ben, Alex and Dan have fulfilled my career-long dream of having a show based in Hollywood, Fl,” said Comedy Central president of original programming Kent Alterman. Added Stiller, “Big Time combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of Streep, the budget of House Of Payne, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Comedy Central Orders Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Big Time’

10 January 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central has given a 10-episode order to “Big Time in Hollywood, Fl,” a scripted half-hour from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour banner and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Comedy Central execs are expected to announce the pickup Friday during the cabler’s sesh at the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

Series follows two brothers and aspiring filmmakers who head out on a journey to pursue their dream after being kicked out of their parents’ house. “Big Time” was created by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, the pair behind the Red Hour-produced Web comedy “Next Time on Lonny,’ also produced by Red Hour for Maker Studios.

Anfanger also stars in “Big Time” opposite Lenny Jacobson. Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky and Jon Bass round out the cast.  Schimpf directed the pilot. Stiller, Anfanger and Schimpf exec produce with Red Hour’s Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein, and Brillstein »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Comedy Central Goes Big Time in Hollywood, Fl

10 January 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Comedy Central announced today that it has greenlit 10 episodes of the weekly, half-hour scripted series, "Big Time in Hollywood, Fl." Produced by Red Hour and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, the new series is executive produced and written by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf, along with Red Hour's Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein, and Brillstein Entertainment Partners' Lee Kernis and Brian Stern. Anfanger will also star in the series, along with Lenny Jacobson, Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky and Jon Bass. Schimpf directed the pilot. "Ben, Alex and Dan have fulfilled my career-long dream of having a show based in Hollywood, Fl," said Alterman. "'Big Time' combines the directorial style of Hitchcock, the acting prowess of »

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