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Twilight parody trailer: Twiharder (image: John Gearries and Tanya Zoeller in Twiharder) [See previous post: "Twilight Parody vs. Lionsgate and Summit: $500 Million Lawsuit."] Say what you will about the productions values found in (or missing from) the Twiharder clip below, but you must admit that in the first scene leading lady Tanya Zoeller does a really good imitation of Kristen Stewart’s voice and mannerisms (e.g., lip-biting). And I gotta admit that I found kinda kinky-funny watching Christopher Sean’s use of his abs to stop the bleeding on the forehead of Zoeller’s Stella Pond. Edward Cullen parodist John Gearries, for his part, does a pretty good imitation of John Gilbert in His Glorious Night, repeating "I love you" ad nauseam. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain, by the way, had Kelly parodying John Gilbert in that early talkie. Now, why didn’t anyone try to stop them? Well, a key reason is that the »
- Andre Soares
The Producers Guild of America’s plan to certify film credits is gaining traction with Disney in final talks to be the fifth major film company to agree to the voluntary process.
The Weinstein Co. was the first to agree to use of the Producers Mark — a lower-case “p.g.a.” after a certified producer’s name — on its prohibition era drama “Lawless” when it screened last May at Cannes. The process received a major boost in November when Fox, Sony and Universal signed off on agreements.
Additionally, Warner Bros. is in negotiations with the PGA over coming on board but those talks are not at the conclusive stage.
The mark has been used on more than 20 titles including “Fast and Furious 6,” “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Magic of Belle Isle,” “Lonely Boy,” “Rise of Guardians” and “The Croods.”
- Dave McNary
The extension comes six years after the exec launched the sales-financing-production banner at Cannes — and two days after the conclusion of this year’s market.
Im Global usually brings 15 to 18 new projects a year into the market via its separate sales labels handling mainstream commercial, arthouse, genre and foreign language films. It’s been backed by Reliance Entertainment since 2010, when Ford sold a majority stake in the business to the Indian conglomerate
Ford remains the second-biggest shareholder and oversees day-to-day production, financing, sales, distribution, marketing, acquisitions, legal and strategic activities.
- Dave McNary
20th Century Fox TV
Robin Williams’ biggest commitment to series television since the days of “Mork & Mindy” highlights a 20th TV slate that is deep, even if not necessarily brimming with international star appeal.
Williams is teaming with another recognizable face, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in the single-cam, father-daughter workplace comedy “The Crazy Ones,” from the pen of a scribe with no small amount of global cachet himself: David E. Kelley.
Kelley’s star Stateside hasn’t shined quite as brightly of late — “Harry’s Law” (NBC) lasted only two seasons, while “Monday Mornings” (TNT) didn’t make it past one, and half-hour isn’t exactly where the “Picket Fences” and “Ally McBeal” creator made his bones, but a series starring Williams in an accessible setting is filled with worldwide potential.
A slam dunk for interest is the limited-series return of Kiefer Sutherland in “24: Live Another Day.” The condensed format »
- Cynthia Littleton
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot banner had a prosperous pilot season in setting up two big dramas, Fox’s “Almost Human” and NBC’s “Believe.” So did Bill Lawrence’s Doozer banner, with comedies on Fox (“Surviving Jack”) and NBC (“Undateable”), not to mention a newbie ordered by TBS last week (“Ground Floor”).
See also: Studios Score as Series Orders Soar
Others who made the Mvp roster in this year’s network development derby:
- Cynthia Littleton
The director mingled at one end of Emmett/Furla’s yacht party on Thursday to promote “Silence,” Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project that Im Global is shopping at Cannes. Arguably the market’s highest-profile title, Ford has been putting Scorsese’s star power to work: The helmer spoke at a buyers-only presentation on Wednesday and has been hosting private Q&As with potential bidders.
Cannes: Anthony Hopkins Joins ‘Gotti’ (Exclusive)
Ford’s intensely focused approach is indicative of what it’s taken to make Im Global one of the most muscular sales agencies working today. “Silence” may lead to Ford’s involvement in another Scorsese project, “The Irishman,” in which Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are attached to star. There’s chatter about Im Global shopping that pic, which »
- Rachel Abrams
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.
The king of the networks easily remains in charge despite "Elementary" being their only fresh hit of last season's new shows. The network's line-up remains fairly stable with only a few key moves such as Thursday being expanded to include two hours of comedy programming, and "Hawaii Five-0" moving to Fridays.
Several other pilots didn't make the cut this week including the series sequel to the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies, a TV version of the comedy "Bad Teacher", the "NCIS" mobile spin-off "NCIS: Red," a procedural based on Leif G.W. Persson's literary homicide detective Everett Backstrom, the Frank Marshall-produced political thriller "The Ordained" about a priest turned lawyer trying to save his sister from assassination, »
- Garth Franklin
As the upfronts continue, the television news keeps coming out. ABC has picked up 3 women created pilots, including Super Fun Night from the hilarious Rebel Wilson and Trophy Wife from Emily Halpern and the very funny Sarah Haskins. CBS has picked up the gloriously soapy sounding Reckless from Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. While we're glad about the pick up of these shows, that still totals only 8 women-created pilots that were picked up thus far between all the networks. And that's a really low number. Below you'll find descriptions of the shows picked up at ABC and CBS. (All descriptions courtesy of Deadline) ABC "Super Fun Night" Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call "Friday Night Fun Night": "Always together! »
- Kerensa Cadenas
Having decided that a Shawn Ryan-run, Eddie Murphy-assisted Beverly Hills Cop TV show was too big of a risk, likely due to the volatility of Judge Reinhold, CBS has instead picked up the legal drama Reckless, a show whose title is an ironic twist on the actual relative safety of the network’s decision. The network describes Reckless, which marks a reunion between Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke and its sort-of-star Cam Gigandet, as “a sultry legal show.” Possibly this is just because it’s set in South Carolina, where even getting your teeth cleaned is “sultry,” but also because it »
The news about the networks fall schedules is coming hot and fast now. CBS has picked up the James Van Der Beek sitcom Friends With Better Lives, about a group of friends who each think the others have better lives. Really quite literal in terms of title. It’s multi-camera, which tends to be my personal preference on comedies, even if it’s out of style.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray were both asked yesterday what they thought about an out tennis player, and both were confident tennis could handle it. Federer said “I don’t think it would be a problem. We’re very relaxed. We don’t play a team sport and see each other all the time. … We’re very open. So whatever happens, happens. I don’t know if there »
- Ed Kennedy
CBS has sent two more pilots to series for the 2013-2014 season, picking up the legal drama "Reckless" and the James Van Der Beek comedy "Friends With Better Lives." Cam Gigandet stars in "Reckless" as a fish-out-of-water litigator who goes South to Charleston for a case involving a police sex scandal and becomes involved with the local city attorney, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Reckless" is a "Twilight" reunion of sorts, since Gigandet was directed in the pilot by Catherine Hardwicke, who will also serve as an executive producer on the Dana Stevens-scripted drama. Co-stars include Shawn Hatosy, »
- HitFix Staff
CBS is ready to get "Reckless" next season. The network has picked up the pilot "Reckless," described as a sultry legal show set in Charleston, S.C. that's being written and co-executive produced by Dana Stevens. Also read: Network Upfronts 2013: The Scorecard So Far (Updated) The pilot reunites "Twilight" actor Cam Gigandet, who stars in the series, and Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the inaugural film of the vampire series and directed the "Reckless" pilot and is also executive producing. Anna Wood (of NBC's recently canceled "Deception") also stars. See photos: The New Shows of the 2013-2014 »
- Tim Kenneally
CBS has announced the purchase of its third new drama for the 2013-14 season, giving "Reckless" a series order on Sunday (May 12).
The drama, billed by the network as a "sultry legal show" set in Charleston, South Carolina, centers on a Yankee litigator and a Southern city attorney who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.
Billed as a “sultry legal show,” “Reckless” takes place in Charleston, South Carolina where a Yankee litigator and a southern city attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.
- AJ Marechal
CBS has picked up a third new drama series for next season. The order went to soapy legal drama Reckless. Written by Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Reckless is a sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet, Anna Wood) struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. CBS TV Studios is producing, with Kim Moses, Ian Sander and Hardwicke executive producing and Stevens co-executive producing. Reckless joins procedural Intelligence from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios and serialized thriller Hostages from Warner Bros TV. Nice going for the soapy Reckless, which was the last drama to get a pilot order at CBS and now has snagged a last-minute series order. Word is CBS is not necessarily done. Reckless had been one of five pilots left in contention, along with dramas »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Directors Guild of America's Women's Steering Committee hosted last month a full day of panels and conversations that sought to bolster support for female voices in cinema (a presence, yet again, lacking at this year's Cannes Film Festival). The 2013 Women of Action Summit in La featured a keynote presentation by actress Geena Davis, who spoke about the stagnant number of women seen not just in front of the camera -- a meager 17% relative to men -- but behind the camera as well. "The most powerful agents of change are the women in this room," Davis said at the discussion. Three panels rounded out the summit. Moderated by Martha Coolidge, "Employment Equity Matters" brought together directors Debbie Allen, Catherine Hardwicke, Nancy Meyers and Nia Vardalos, among others, to discuss discrimination of female directors and producers within the industry. Meyers said that women in film need to "make noise wherever [they] can, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Update: Salesmen have a saying, "Always ask for the order." That's exactly what Blake Cooper did to get the role of Chuck in The Maze Runner. The young actor did the digital equivalent of raising and waving his hand in the air. He tweeted the film's director Wes Ball to let make him aware that he wanted the role - and it worked! Cooper doesn't have too many credits, although plays a speech student in Parental Guidance. Still, he had the look and it turns out, the chops, so he got the job.
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Twilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke has signed on to direct a big screen adaptation of the sci-fi saga Age of Miracles for River Road Entertainment. The project is based on Karen Thompson Walker’s best-selling debut novel of the same name which revolves around a young girl who deals with coming of age while the world is seemingly coming to an end. At this moment – nothing about the possible cast, but what we do know is that Hardwicke will direct the whole thing from a script written by Seth Lochhead and as we said at the beginning, the movie will follow young girl named Julia and...
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Twentieth Century Fox’s adaptation of The Maze Runner, a young adult novel from James Dashner, has been in development for several years now, and is finally heading into production. Since we first reported on it, director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) was replaced by newcomer Wes Ball, a VFX artist who made waves last year with a post-apocalyptic short film called The Ruin.
This background may have been one of the reasons he was selected for The Maze Runner, which also takes place in a dystopian future, where teenage boys have their memories wiped before being sent to a compound called “The Glade” that lies on the edge of an enormous maze.
Along with a script by Today Show producer Noah Oppenheim, the film has also gained two members of the male supporting cast: Kidulthood ...
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- Hannah Shaw-Williams
It’s official – Kaya Scodelario is definitely on board for The Maze Runner movie! Skins star jumps in to play a character named Teresa aka the only female Glader in Wes Ball‘s upcoming adaptation of James Dashner‘s book of the same name. Now, when we have a female lead, we can’t wait to hear who will star as the lead character – Thomas! This update comes straight from director Ball who tweeted: Aml Ameen and Kaya Scodelario were mesmerizing on camera today. Oops. Did I just reveal @kScodders is our Teresa? So, while we’re still at the cast-part of the story, let us remind you...
- Jeanne Standal
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