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15 items from 2015


Comedy Central Renews Chris Hardwick’s ‘@midnight’ for Season 3

14 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central has renewed wee-hours program “@midnight” for a third season, ensuring the quirky look at the latest in trending topics and social media hosted by Chris Hardwick will remain on the Viacom network’s lineup throughout 2016.

“Creating a new franchise in latenight is no small feat, and we couldn’t be more proud of Chris and the entire team for what they’ve accomplished,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for the network, in a prepared statement.

The series taps a rotating lineup of comedians in a fake game show setting to dissect the most absurd news and tidbits emerging each day on social media, whether they be  the latest celebrity Instagram shots or the creepiest Craigslist posting. The program debuted in the 12 a.m. slot in the fall of 2013, following the now-defunct “Colbert Report.” The series airs Monday through Thursday.

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- Brian Steinberg

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'Naked Gun' Remake May Not Be a Spoof Movie

12 March 2015 9:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in December 2013, we reported that Ed Helms signed on to star in Paramount's remake of The Naked Gun, although the initial story hinted that it may not be a straight-up crime procedural parody like the 1988 comedy classic The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. The last we heard about the project was in January 2014, when screenwriter Robert Ben Garant insisted that it will be more of a "continuation" of the franchise than a reboot. Now, according to original Naked Gun director David Zucker, this new incarnation won't be a parody or a spoof, essentially confirming the original report. Here's what David Zucker had to say, when asked by Yahoo! Movies if he is involved in this updated version of The Naked Gun.

"I have no involvement in it. They own it and they wanted to do it with Ed Helms and two writers. It won't be »

- MovieWeb

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The Naked Gun reboot “won’t be that kind of spoof”, says original director David Zucker

12 March 2015 2:51 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Remakes. They are all the rage these days, and as time moves forward, many films close to the hearts of different generations of film lovers are come onto the radar for the remake/reboot/reset treatment.

Last year, news broke that classic comedy spoof The Naked Gun (From The Files of Police Squad! of course) would be given a new 21st century makeover, with The Hangover star Ed Helms to take over as the new leading man from the legendary Leslie Nielsen.

Many have reacted negatively to the thought of the new version, and this week Empire spoke to original director and co-writer of the films David Zucker, who has added to the reactions by telling the magazine that Naked Gun 2016 will be a very different beast.

“It won’t be like the Naked Gun that I did,” he said, speaking to the magazine at a screening of Airplane in Nashville. »

- Scott J. Davis

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The Fear Monger: Alien Tampon Trailer Is The Craziest Thing You'll See This Week

22 February 2015 10:48 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Good day, horror fans. I trust that most people reading this story were curled up with a fabulous scary movie (or The Walking Dead, more likely) rather than tuning into the Oscars, a ceremony where horror has been almost completely sidelined for the last 87 years. Maybe you.re watching the now-on-Blu-ray anthology V/H/S Viral, which includes the previously unreleased segment "Gorgeous Vortex" from Todd Lincoln, or the madness that is Adam Green.s Digging Up the Marrow, which was released on Friday. In smaller news, it looks like micro-budget horror factor Blumhouse Productions will be teaming Mortal Instruments director Harold Zwart with screenwriter Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby) for a family-friendly horror. And the "shot on an iPhone" thriller Hooked Up was picked up by indie distributors Uncork.d, who will release the flick on VOD on April 7. And now for the best three minutes of your life. »

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News Bits: Sculptor, Zwart, Leftraro, Seven

18 February 2015 8:56 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sculptor

Sony Pictures has picked up the film rights to Scott McCloud's recently released graphic novel "The Sculptor," and have secured Scott Rudin and Josh Bratman as producers.

The story centers on an artist, destitute and living on the streets, who makes a deal with Death: the power to create with his hands. But after 200 days, his time on Earth is up. Art begins to flow from his hands, but complications ensue when he meets the girl of his dreams. [Source: Heat Vision]

Untitled Blumhouse Family Horror Tale

Harald Zwart ("The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," "The Karate Kid") has signed on to direct Blumhouse Productions' latest micro budgeted horror film, though this one is reportedly being geared toward families. The film presently does not have a title or synopsis available, though Robert Ben Garant ("Jessabelle") wrote the script and will produce alongside Jason Blum. [Source: THR]

Leftraro

"300" writer Michael B. Gordon has been »

- Garth Franklin

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Harald Zwart Will Direct Blumhouse Family Horror

18 February 2015 6:49 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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There are so many films in development at Blumhouse that it’s hard to keep track of them all. One will stand apart from the pack, however, as it’s being specifically targeted at families. This is a significant departure for the production company behind the Paranormal Activity, Purge, Sinister and Insidious series.

The only information THR have on the film so far is that Robert Ben Garant is writing and Harald Zwart is directing. They have much more kid-friendly experience than Jason Blum and co., thanks to the Night at the Museum films, Cody Banks and the Karate Kid remake.

Garant’s actually been busy at Blumhouse of late, also working on some proper adult-targeted horror fare. I’m not at all surprised; he’s also the author of Writing Movies for Fun and Profit with his co-writer Thomas Lennon and they weren’t joking about the profit part. »

- Brendon Connelly

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Horror Round-Up: Blumhouse’s Family-Friendly Horror Movie, Enormous Event Series Adaptation, New Videodrome Poster, Muck Hollywood Screening

17 February 2015 2:02 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Welcome to our latest horror round-up! We have news on Blumhouse Productions' upcoming family-friendly horror film and the event series adaptation of the massive monster comic book, Enormous, as well as a look at a new Videodrome-inspired poster from Cavity Colors and a special Hollywood screening for the Kane Hodder-starring fright film, Muck.

Blumhouse Family Horror Movie: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harald Zwart (2010's The Karate Kid, Agent Cody Banks, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) will direct an upcoming, untitled family-friendly horror film from Blumhouse Productions.

Robert Ben Garant (who played Deputy Travis Junior in the Reno 911! TV series and has co-penned Hell Baby and scripted Jessabelle and Blumhouse and Universal's upcoming The Veil) wrote the screenplay for the film, the plot of which has not yet been revealed. Jason Blum produces the project with Jeanette Brill and Couper Samuelson executive producing. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates. »

- Derek Anderson

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Harald Zwart Will Direct Blumhouse Family Horror Pic

17 February 2015 11:31 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After spectacularly failing to launch a franchise with Screen Gems’ awful The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, director Harald Zwart is scaling down for his next film, having signed on to direct a microbudgeted horror flick for Blumhouse Productions.

Details about the pic are being kept tightly under wraps for now, but one intriguing aspect of the project, scripted by Robert Ben Garant (Jessabelle), is that it’s being aimed at families, not typically a target audience for horror films.

Still, if any studio can pull off a family-friendly horror movie, it’s Blumhouse, which has taken the genre by storm in the past few years with titles like Paranormal ActivityThe Purge and Insidious.

Though Zwart’s credibility as a director was somewhat tarnished by City of Bones‘ abject failure at the box office and with critics, he pulled off a huge hit in 2010 with The Karate Kid, and »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Blumhouse Producing Family-Geared Horror Film

17 February 2015 10:54 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Blumhouse Productions, the seemingly omnipresenters of current studio horror are teaming with director Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid 2010, The Mortal Instruments) for a family-oriented horror film.  Though details, including plot, aren’t revealed, THR reports the script for the family film comes from R. Ben Garant. Garant is likely best known as the screenwriting partner…

The post Blumhouse Producing Family-Geared Horror Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Harald Zwart to Direct Blumhouse Family Horror Film (Exclusive)

16 February 2015 10:47 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones director Harald Zwart has signed on to direct Blumhouse Productions' latest microbudgeted horror film. Robert Ben Garant (Jessabelle) wrote the script. Blumhouse has an excellent track record when it comes to making highly profitable microbudgeted horror features (including Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious), but the interesting part of this new feature is that it's geared toward families. The logline is being kept under wraps for now. Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is producing with Garant, while Jeanette Brill and Couper Samuelson will executive produce. Zwart directed the 2013 Ya adaptation Mortal Instruments and also helmed

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- Rebecca Ford

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Gone Girl’ Nab Top Screenwriting Prizes at Final Draft Awards

12 February 2015 8:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Birdman” and “Gone Girl” took home the top feature film honors at the 10th Annual Final Draft Awards, held Thursday night at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles.

The “Birdman” team of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo drew the prize for best original screenplay, while “Gone Girl’s” Gillian Flynn won for adapted screenplay.

True Detective,” written by Nic Pizzolatto, nabbed the television drama prize, and Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady of “The Big Bang Theory” won for television comedy.

The 11 winners of the Big Break Screenwriting Contest were also announced, with Chad Rhiness and Christopher Iannacone taking the grand prizes for the feature and TV categories, respectively.

The evening was hosted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who presented the Hall of Fame award to Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the team behind scripts including “Big Eyes,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Gone Girl’ Nab Top Screenwriting Prizes at Final Draft Awards

12 February 2015 8:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Birdman” and “Gone Girl” took home the top feature film honors at the 10th Annual Final Draft Awards, held Thursday night at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles.

The “Birdman” team of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo drew the prize for best original screenplay, while “Gone Girl’s” Gillian Flynn won for adapted screenplay.

True Detective,” written by Nic Pizzolatto, nabbed the television drama prize, and Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady of “The Big Bang Theory” won for television comedy.

The 11 winners of the Big Break Screenwriting Contest were also announced, with Chad Rhiness and Christopher Iannacone taking the grand prizes for the feature and TV categories, respectively.

The evening was hosted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who presented the Hall of Fame award to Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the team behind scripts including “Big Eyes,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood. »

- Marianne Zumberge

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‘Jessabelle’ Review

10 February 2015 11:14 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Ana de la Reguera, Amber Stevens, Chris Ellis, Brian Hallisay, Vaughn Wilson, Larisa Oleynik, Fran Bennett, Lucius Baston | Written by Robert Ben Garant | Directed by Kevin Greutert

Jessabelle is yet another in the long line of Blumhouse-inspired supernatural thrillers that have flooded the market since the success of the like of Insidious, The Conjuring et al. This time round we follow a young woman, the titular Jessabelle, returning to her childhood home in Louisiana in order to recuperate from a horrific car accident which killed her boyfriend – on the very day they were set to move in together (oh the irony). Once settled in, she comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return; and – in a complete twist – has no intention of letting her leave. Dun dun dun!!!

Ok, so maybe I’m being a little harsh on Jessabelle, »

- Phil Wheat

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Directed by Bob Odenkirk

16 January 2015 6:29 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In addition to being a modern comedy giant, Bob Odenkirk seems like a really nice guy. He’s like the Dave Grohl of comedy, minus the backlash. The movies have not treated him all that well, however, particularly in the case of the Mr. Show-derived Run Ronnie Run, which became a heavily-compromised affair. Still, Odenkirk has to date managed to produce three features as a director, and they remain largely under the radar as far as mainstream audiences are concerned. With his star having risen via Breaking Bad, and now Better Call Saul, Odenkirk seems poised for greater popular recognition. Here’s hoping the extra clout can him back behind the camera making features because, as good as the first three are, it feels like the best is still ahead of him.

Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

Mr. Show fans could not have expected Odenkirk’s debut feature to be »

- Steven Fouchard

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ Renewed by Fox for Season 6

8 January 2015 2:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fox has renewed “Bob’s Burgers” for Season 6. The animated comedy will have a full 22 episodes.

“We can’t help but love the Belcher family,” said Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “This gem of a series is a rare feel-good blend of sharp wit and genuine heart that fans and critics alike have continued to love throughout its five seasons on Fox,” said Walden and Newman. “We are proud of Loren and Jim and the extremely talented voice cast who bring these unique characters to life with both humor and charm each week.  We »

- Tony Maglio

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