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12 items from 2015

Good Universe Hires Kelli Konop for Production Post

2 September 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production-sales company Good Universe has named veteran executive Kelli Konop as exec VP of physical production, Variety has learned exclusively.

Konop’s first projects are “Neighbors 2” for Universal, currently shooting in Atlanta, and the untitled Fede Alvarez thriller for Sony, which is in post-production.

Konop oversaw production at Mandate Pictures between 2004 and 2011 with Good Universe co-founders Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake, including “Juno,” “50/50,” “Young Adult” and “Hope Springs.” She was executive in charge of production on Ghost House films “Drag Me to Hell” and “30 Days of Night,” directed by David Slade, and a co-producer on “The Possession.”

Konop will report to Kahane and run all aspects of physical production for Good Universe’s slate of films from pre-production through post-production, including formulation of production plans, budgeting, scheduling and managing day-to-day operations.

Konop has produced 37 films, including “Bring It on Again,” “The Breed” for Sony Screen Gems and Steve James’ “Joe and Max” for Starz. »

- Dave McNary

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Cain & Abel Drama From ‘How To Make It In America’ Creator & Imagine TV Gets NBC Put Pilot Order

21 August 2015 4:52 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

On the heels of the runaway success of its hip-hop soap Empire, Imagine TV is developing a soapy family drama set in another community with a vibrant music backdrop: the Cuban exiles in Miami. NBC has given a put pilot commitment to an untitled drama from Imagine, How To Make It In America creator Ian Edelman and The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel. 20th Century Fox Television, where Imagine TV is based, is the studio. Written by Edelman and to be directed by… »

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All the Bgt winners: Ranking the winning acts by their success post-Britain's Got Talent

1 June 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Congratulations to Jules O'Dwyer and her loveable border collie Matisse who won Britain's Got Talent last night (May 31). We must admit we came over a tad teary-eyed when Matisse's three-legged collie companion Skippy made his debut in their final act.

Last night's final prompted us to look back at all eight winners from the ITV talent show to see how they faired after their victories.

From Collabro to Pudsey the dog - which acts have had the most success post-bgt? Here's our ranking below:

1. Paul Potts

Paul Potts stunned the judges, audience and viewers of Bgt alike with his breathtaking rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' on the ITV talent show's first run in 2007. His audition became a YouTube sensation and was later confirmed as the fourth most viewed YouTube video in the UK.

Following his transition from Carphone Warehouse salesman to Bgt winner, Potts released his debut album One Chance »

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28 May 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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‘The Devil Wears Prada’ To Be Adapted Into A Musical

12 May 2015 7:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Devil Wears Prada’ is set to become a Broadway musical.

The popular David Frankel-directed film – which starred Anne Hathaway as an aspiring journalist working as the assistant to a high-fashion magazine editor, played by Meryl Streep – will be adapted into a musical by Kevin McCollum, the producer behind the ‘Rent’ stage show.

The Tony Award-winning producer – whose Broadway credits also include ‘Something Rotten!’ and ‘Hand to God” – entered into a deal with Twentieth Century Fox in 2013 to turn their blockbuster films into musicals.

Kevin has been particularly eager to transform the well-loved movie – which also starred Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci – into a similarly successful musical, Time magazine reports.

The cast of the musical has still to be confirmed, but members of the original cast have previously suggested they’d be happy to return for a movie sequel and have also been linked to the much-discussed stage production. »

- The Hollywood News

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Sarah Jessica Parker turns 50: 6 best roles from Sex and the City star

25 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It is a momentous day for Sex and the City fans around the world as Sarah Jessica Parker celebrates her 50th birthday. While the role of Carrie Bradshaw made Sarah a fashion icon and a superstar, she has starred in a wide variety of films and television shows over four decades. Parker began her career as a child star on the stage in Annie, and has gone on to become an enduring fixture in pop culture.

Her movie career was launched with supporting roles in '80s teen comedies Footloose and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, but soon she grew into a leading lady with memorable roles in a string of early 1990s comedies. Parker might be best known for romantic comedies these days, but over the last 30 years she's impressed critics in roles as diverse a mystical witch, an egotistical talkshow host and the embodiment of a single woman of the 2000s. »

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Wild Bunch Bows E-Cinema Venture with Mikkel Nørgaard’s Nordic Noir

18 March 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris–Pan-European super indie Wild Bunch is kicking off its digital distribution company with Mikkel Nørgaard’s hit ‘Nordic Noir’ thriller “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestselling Department Q literary franchise.

“The Keeper of Lost Causes,” whose Gallic title is “Misericorde,” will roll out on March 27 across most digital platforms – Club Video Sfr, FilmoTV, Google Play, iTunes, MyTF1 VOD, Orange, Pluzz Vad, Videofuture and Wuaki.TV. The movie will be available on every ISP operators — Bouygues, Free, Numéricable, Orange and Sfr — in order to cover about 80 percent of French households.

Wild Bunch will then release Norgaard’s “The Absent One,” (pictured above) the second opus based Adler-Olsen’s Department Q novels, in French theaters on April 8.

Repped in international markets by TrustNordisk, both “The Keeper of Lost Causes” and “The Absent One” were Denmark’s highest-grossing local films of 2013 and 2014, respectively. Alder-Olsen’s Department Q »

- Elsa Keslassy

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27 February 2015 2:54 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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Craig Ferguson To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘The King of 7B’

27 February 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With his Late Late Show stint over, Craig Ferguson is returning to acting with a starring role in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B. The ensemble project, written by Howard Franklin and directed by David Frankel, focuses on Prentiss Porter (Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. Ben Karlin — who, like Ferguson, has extensive… »

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12 February 2015 4:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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Berlin: Mary-Louise Parker, Ashley Benson Join ‘Chronically Metropolitan’

29 January 2015 6:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mary-Louise Parker, Ashley Benson, Chris Noth and Shiloh Fernandez will star in the independent comedy “Chronically Metropolitan.”

Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films is handling international sales and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Wme is handling U.S. rights.

Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L. Blanc are producing through the Community, and David Frankel is exec producing. Xavier Manrique is making his feature film directorial debut from a script by newcomer Nicholas Schutt.

Principal photography on the project is slated to begin in February.

Fernandez will play a first-time novelist who returns to New York City unannounced ready to reclaim his lost love, played by Benson, who is engaged to be married. Noth and Parker will play the parents of Fernandez’s character.

Parker is repped by Wme, Noth by the Gersh Agency and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, Benson by CAA and Lbi Entertainment, »

- Dave McNary

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13 Films boards Chronically Metropolitan

28 January 2015 5:29 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The La-based sales company will kick off sales at Efm next week on The Community’s comedy to star Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson.

Xavier Manrique will direct his feature debut from a screenplay by Nicholas Schutt. The Community’s Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L Blanc produce while David Frankel is attached as executive producer.

Chronically Metropolitan is set to begin shooting in February and tells of a novellist in New York who enlists his sister and drug dealer best friend to help him win back his lost love.

Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films handles international sales and Wme Global represents Us rights.

“We want to make films that the studios have abandoned in lieu of tentpoles,” said The Community co-head O’Brien. “Chronically Metropolitan is incredibly smart and full of depth, all while being commercially viable and accessible to large audiences.”

“Producer Jamin O’Brien has assembled a strong cast anchored »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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