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In Song One, Anne Hathaway plays Franny, an academic whose research in North Africa is cut short by an emergency phone call from home: her younger brother Henry has been hit by a car and is in a coma. Henry was an aspiring Brooklyn musician, a career development that had soured the siblings' relationship. But as she and her mother (Mary Steenburgen) reconnect around his hospital bed, she also gains a greater appreciation for her brother's commitment to music from the songs he left behind. She visits the clubs he frequented, and when the opportunity presents itself, she approaches her brother's favorite singer, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In a major combination in the management business, Evolution Management is merging into music specialist Primary Wave.
Evolution, which recently financed “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” will become part of Primary Wave’s Talent Management division and will operate under the Primary Wave name.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In an announcement Monday, the companies touted the combination as a major expansion of Primary Wave’s existing in-house film/TV development, management and production division.
“The partnership also offers Primary Wave Music’s talent roster the ability to tap the Evolution managers’ reach in film and TV while further enabling both companies to expand their development projects,” they added.
The new company will move to expanded offices in 2015.
- Dave McNary
Animated feature Animal Crackers has added some heavyweights to its voice cast. Sir Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, and Sylvester Stallone will lend their voices to the Blue Dream Studios film about a family whose life is turned upside down when they inherit a rundown circus and a mysterious box of Animal Crackers that turn the person who eats them into the animal they’ve just snacked on. Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven-Symoné, Harvey Fierstein, James Arnold Taylor, Tara Strong, and newcomer Lydia Taylor round out the line-up for co-directors Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft. Sava and Dean Lorey are co-writers; Sava is also producing with George Lee and Marcus Englefield from Storyoscopic Films, Jamie Thomason, and Leiming Guan. Odins Eye Entertainment is repping international sales.
- Jen Yamato
Radiant Films International is selling international rights to the comedy at Afm. Elijah Kelley is also in talks to star.
Mandalay Pictures developed the project and Cathy Schulman — who won a best picture Oscar for “Crash” — will produce. Prescience Film Finance, which backed “The King’s Speech,” will be involved as a financier.
The story centers on a trio of suburban mothers who have been friends since their sons were in grade school together. Two decades later, the mothers — feeling marginalized and »
- Dave McNary
Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Stephen Amell are in talks to star in Mandalay Pictures’ comedy Whatever Makes You Happy. Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has introduced the project to buyers at Afm.
Whatever Makes You Happy is based on the novel of the same name by William Sutcliffe and an earlier draft by Mark Andrus about a pair of suburban women in New York who pay an impromptu visit to their grown-up sons in an effort to reconnect.
Principal photography on the current draft by Chupack is set to begin in New York in June 2015. Elijah Kelly is also in talks to join the cast.
“As one of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Manuel here with some Streeptastic news.
Meryl Streep has just signed on to play Florence Foster Jenkins in an upcoming Stephen Frears film. Florence will follow the eponymous protagonist, a New York heiress whose lack of musical talent didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in opera in the early twentieth century. This should be good news for us Streep fans because it means we may get three back-to-back-to-back musically-centered Meryl films in a row. Remember she’s set to play Maria Callas for Mike Nichols’ HBO adaptation of Terence McNally’s Master Class while she’s currently filming Ricky and the Flash, the Diablo Cody-penned Jonathan Demme film about an aging rock-star. More thrillingly, the Frears/Demme/Nichols triple punch is the closest we’ve gotten in a while to Streep committing to working with top-tier directing talent (no offense to David Frankel, Philippa Lloyd and Philip Noyce »
- Manuel Betancourt
Do you want to watch David Frankel’s big screen adaptation of the John Grogan book Marley & Me? Not in my apartment. I read the book before catching the film so knew what was coming the whole time, but even then, the way Frankel depicts the book’s big finish is so gratuitous that I refuse to let anyone else watch it while in my presence. Now in addition to avoiding Frankel’s film, it looks as though I’ll have to avoid a TV series as well because it’s being reported that NBC just scored a single-camera comedy sequel in a “competitive situation.” Hit the jump for more on the Marley & Me TV series. According to Deadline, the project got a put pilot commitment. Sex and the City’s Jenny Bicks is writing the script and Frankel is set to direct. The feature film’s producer, Karen Rosenfelt, »
- Perri Nemiroff
NBC is refusing to let sleeping dogs lie.
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Penned by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) and directed by the film’s director David Frankel, NBC’s Marley pilot reportedly picks up where the movie left off, with John and Jenny Grogan moving back to Florida with their three children.
Considering Marley died at the end of the movie — sorry, spoiler alert! — you might be asking yourself, »
NBC has issued a put pilot order for a Marley & Me TV show, which picks up where the movie left off. NBC acquired the project in a competitive bidding situation. The pilot will be written by Jenny Bicks,
The story follows John and Jenny Grogan, the characters played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in the 2008 movie, who have moved back to Florida with their two sons, ages 14 and 11, so John can get back to work as a newspaper columnist. They find a stray puppy on their doorstep, which belongs to their neighbors, although the Grogan's end up adopting him. They name the puppy Marley, using the old tags from their beloved pet, who is just as destructive and adorable as the original Marley.
NBC is developing a project with writer Jenny Bicks and director David Frankel that is billed as a sequel to “Marley & Me,” the best-selling novel and 2008 feature starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.
“Marley & Me,” written by John Grogan, told the tear-jerking story of a family’s experience with a high-maintenance dog. The half-hour TV version from 20th Century Fox TV, is designed to pick up a few years after the movie’s end when the family encounters a new dog, according to Deadline.
Frankel, who helmed the successful Fox 2000 feature, is on board as an exec producer with Bicks along with Karen Rosenfelt, producer of the pic.
- Variety Staff
The 20th Century Fox TV-produced project has received a put pilot commitment with the original film's director David Frankel on board to direct the potential pilot. Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City") will write the script.
The original film followed John and Jenny Grogan, a couple who take in a puppy as they consider parenthood. This follow-up has them and their kids moving back to Florida where John can take up his newspaper column once again.
A stray puppy ends up on their doorstep and they are forced to adopt it, naming the pooch Marley as the unimaginative cheapskates opt to re-use the original Marley's old leash and tags on her.
The "destructive and delightful" pooch will shed light on the emotional pains of the family, their neighbors »
- Garth Franklin
NBC has given a put-pilot commitment to Marley & Me, a single-camera comedy that will serve as a sequel to the 2008 comedy-drama film of the same name, EW has confirmed. The film's director, David Frankel, is set to direct the pilot; Jenny Bicks will write the script. Bicks, Frankel and film producer Karen Rosenfelt will executive produce the show under the 20th Century Fox Television banner. The movie was based on John Grogan's book of the same name and starred Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as couple John and Jenny Grogan. It followed their relationship and the influence of their dog, »
- Teresa Jue
The 2008 canine smash, Marley And Me, was clearly in need of a sequel. Thankfully, NBC heard the cries of fans everywhere who demanded to know what happened to Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston’s cookie cutter family once the damn dog bit it! There’s no need to ponder anymore, as a put pilot order (meaning the network is obliged to broadcast that one episode) has been commissioned for the single camera doggy show.
20th Century Fox TV will be producing the sequel series, with original movie director David Frankel signed on to helm the pilot episode. Whether or not anyone genuinely wants a continuation of the Grogan family’s dog-related antics might seem like a relevant query at this point. However, there is a shred of hope; the writer attached to script the pilot is Sex And The City alum, Jenny Bicks. The thought of a wittier, insightful approach »
- Gem Seddon
NBC is popping ideas out for series like no tomorrow, which they reminded us of again. Rumor has it that they are now looking into TV series based best selling book and movie, Marley & me. The sad book and movie covers 14 years of Marley and his owners through their biggest life moments. It was easily one of the highest grossing holiday opening movie. That is likely a huge reason NBC is wanting to cash in on the love of the tale.
Jenny Bicks and David Frankel will work the show. It is expected to pick up where the filmed ended with the family adopting a new dog that they name after Marley. It will certainly be hard to see how this will go over for their fans. Especially since their idea may not meet what they typically think of a sequel. No word on cast or even if NBC will pick it up. »
- Sarah Peel
The Weinstein Co.’s biopic “One Chance” generated just $32,800 in its U.S. theatrical debut this weekend, after the film was available for free on Yahoo 10 days before it hit theaters.
Now, TWC has reupped its deal with Yahoo to extend the free streaming window until Nov. 9 for “One Chance,” which tells the true story an amateur opera singer who won the first season of the “Britain’s Got Talent” competition show. Originally, the Yahoo deal was set to expire Oct. 10 with the theatrical release.
“Our fans love the movie and the unique opportunity to experience it online through Yahoo,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Weinstein Co. “After watching the film on Yahoo myself, I see how Yahoo was able to build such an engaged audience for the film. We’re thrilled with the incredible job Yahoo did in marketing the movie.”
The film, which opened domestically Oct. 10, grossed $32,800 over the weekend at 43 screens, »
- Todd Spangler
Underdog achievement stories, from Breaking Away to Rudy and Kung Fu Panda, are practically defined by the multitude of voices telling the hero that he's not good enough. Such was the real-life case of Paul Potts, the Welsh opera singer with a blue-collar background who blew away the judges of Britain's Got Talent in 2007. In David Frankel's One Chance, Paul is played by James Corden, the comic charmer who portrayed Craig Owens in two funny Doctor Who episodes, now set to take over Craig Ferguson's late-night spot on CBS. The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template, populating the world with near-mythological threshold guardians who exist to assure the hero that he isn't good enough, including his dad, his teachers, »
Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.
Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
- Leo Barraclough
Yahoo will debut Weinstein Co. biopic “One Chance” for free on Sept. 30 on its video-streaming service — a full 10 days before the movie hits theaters Oct. 10, as the studio hopes to generate coin from digital viewers in addition to specialty box office.
Financial terms of the unusual Yahoo-Weinstein deal for “One Chance” were not disclosed. Yahoo will serve both pre-roll and mid-roll video ads in the movie. In addition, the Internet media company expects to drive viewers to the Yahoo Screen destination through the pact, with the idea that they’ll find other content to watch.
The free premiere of the movie on Yahoo has “allowed us to adapt and expand our reach to limitless audiences,” Weinstein Co. COO »
- Todd Spangler
Though the film doesn’t bow till next month, Warner Bros. is looking to stay in business with “This Is Where I Leave You” author-screenwriter Jonathan Tropper and has attached him to pen the Steve Carell film “The Priority List.”
Pic is based on the David Menasche book about a terminally ill teacher who travels the world to reconnect with hundreds of his students.
Carell is repped by Wme and Media Four and can »
- Justin Kroll
Lionsgate has announced plans for a re-release of the original 2004 franchise launching horror film "Saw" in a limited nationwide run this Halloween.
"Saw" will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31st with Thursday midnights in select locations. The micro budget serial killer film spawned a seven film franchise that has grossed $874 million worldwide. [Source: Lionsgate]
Open Road Films has announced a September 11th 2015 release for John Hillcoat's heist thriller "Triple Nine". Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Godot and Norman Reedus star.
The story centers on a crew of crooked cops executing a heist during which they must manufacture a 999 call, police code for "officer down". The plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
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