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Remember The Adventures of Pete & Pete? Recently, Great Big Story caught up with the stars of the '90s Nickelodeon TV show.The kids comedy followed the surreal and eccentric lives of two brothers named Pete Wrigley. The cast included Michael Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Judy Grafe, and Hardy Rawls. Guest stars included Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Patty Hearst, and LL Cool J. The show ran for three seasons before ending in 1996.Read More… »
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary titled Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, profiling the life and work of literary icon Joan Didion, who is currently still alive at 82 years old. Directed by actor Griffin Dunne, who is Didion's nephew, the film dives deep into the 50-year career of this acclaimed and beloved writer, exploring her style and desires. She was most prominent in the 1960s and 70s counterculture movement, publishing a number of best-selling books and magazine essays. She also wrote a few screenplays and wrote about various topics from politics and the drug culture to the Charles Manson murders and the Patty Hearst trial. This doc seems to go into her personal life as well as her career, profiling the talented, inspiring woman in all her facets. Take a look. Trailer for Griffin Dunne's documentary »
- Alex Billington
She'll play the role of Jenny Shimada
- Jenna Busch
Chau will play Jenny Shimada, a 25-year-old former radical on the run for an act of violence against the American government who agrees to care for three younger fugitives delivered to her by an individual from her former life. One of them, Hearst, the kidnapped granddaughter of a wealthy newspaper magnate in San Francisco, has become a national celebrity for embracing her captors’ ideology and joining their revolutionary cell.
The studio is currently looking to land an actress for the key role of Hearst.
“American Woman” isn’t the only Hearst project in development. Fox 2000 is developing the book “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes »
- Justin Kroll
Now that he’s done sending unwanted gifts to his “Suicide Squad” co-stars, Jared Leto is asking Americans to send him videos about people’s conceptions of the country for a project called “A Day in the Life of America.” The “portrait” was launched by 30 Seconds to Mars, which Leto fronts, as a means of celebrating Independence Day.
Read More: Jared Leto Is The New Chief Creative Officer of Streaming Service Fandor
Here’s what Leto — who, for accuracy’s sake, we’re required to mention is an Academy Award winner — would like to see from you:
“A baby being born, the complete circle of life, a billionaire, a family living in a shelter, police patrolling the streets, protesters, refugees, heroes and villains, a truck driver, a sky diver, a sex worker, a base jumper, a firefighter, and every great race, color and creed that make up the fabric of our nation. »
- Michael Nordine
CNN continues to add to its library of original documentary programming, and said it would add five new original non-fiction series to its schedule in 2018. Hln, a sister cable outlet, plans to add a new original series next year as well.
The new CNN series are:
*Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City (working title): Executive produced by Anthony Bourdain and Lydia Tenaglia this four-part series fpcuses on the history of Detroit, particularly at its high point. The docuseries, produced by Zero Point Zero, will take viewers back to a time in America when people believed in the power and goodness of big corporations, had high hopes for racial parity, and looked to institutions like unions and the government to solve their problems.
*American Heiress: The Patty Hearst Story: Executive produced by Jeffrey Toobin and Bat Bridge Entertainment, this six-part series follows the transformation of Patricia Hearst from heiress to terrorist. The »
- Brian Steinberg
Patty Hearst and the Kennedy family are the subjects of two of the five new original CNN series, network president Jeff Zucker announced Wednesday. “American Heiress: The Patty Hearst Story,” is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book about one of the most bizarre stories in modern American history. “Kennedys: An American Dynasty,” is a six-part series that examines how personal relationships within the Kennedys helped shaped national and global events from the Cold War to the Wall Street crash. Also Read: Comey Chaos Pays Off: CNN's Primetime Ratings Up 53 Percent Last Week In addition, the network announced “Detroit 1963: Once in a Great City, »
- Brian Flood
For this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD releases, we have an eclectic assortment of titles coming home, including films from the likes of Frank Henenlotter, John Waters, Roland Emmerich, and Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic film. Scream Factory is keeping busy this week with two different titles—Serial Mom and Psycho (1998)—and Arrow Video has put together an impressive special edition set for Henenlotter’s cult classic Brain Damage.
For those who may have missed it earlier this year, the surreal indie horror flick The Void makes it way to DVD on May 9th, and we have a bunch of other notable titles arriving on Tuesday, too, including Making Contact, American Mummy, The Gorenos, Clown Kill, and The Evangelist.
- Heather Wixson
The "perfect" nuclear family gets a blood-stained twist as only John Waters can provide in Serial Mom, and Scream Factory is releasing the cult 1994 film on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray that would meet even Beverly Sutphin's high standards. To celebrate the new home media release, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Serial Mom.
How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:
1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:
2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to email@example.com with the subject “Serial Mom Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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- Derek Anderson
On May 9th, Scream Factory is going to remind viewers why you don't dare cross Beverly Sutphin with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of John Waters' Serial Mom, and we have high-def clips and a trailer that tease what to expect from the new home media release.
Director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) brings his twisted cinematic vision to the seemingly mundane world of suburbia in Serial Mom, an outrageous dark comedy starring Kathleen Turner (Body Heat, Romancing The Stone).
Beverly (Turner) is the perfect happy homemaker. Along with her doting husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard), she lives a life straight out of Good Housekeeping. But this nuclear family just might explode when Beverly's fascination with serial killers collides with her ever-so-proper code of »
- Derek Anderson
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Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of April 24 to April 30, this is what we’re most excited about:
Why We’re Obsessed With ‘The Lost Tapes: L.A. Riots’
On April 29, 1992, following the acquittal of four white Lapd officers in the beating of a black motorist named Rodney King, Los Angeles became a war zone as protestors took to the streets to stand up to the injustice that had occurred. The protests quickly turned violent, leaving 50 people dead and hundreds more in hospitals, while laying waste to parts of the city. On the 25th anniversary of the event, a trio of documentaries -- A&E’s L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later, Showtime’s Burn Motherf**ker, Burn! and The Lost Tapes: L.A. Riots -- look back on what happened during those six days. The latter »
Through a combinationof crazy prolificacy and an accident of timing, John Ridley's name is behind somany hours of television this month that he could program an entire network forthe better part of a day. As it stands, three different Ridley projects willoverlap by the end of April, each a testament to his interest in social justiceand upheaval, from contemporary labor and immigration problems in NorthCarolina to racial upheaval and violence in the early 1970s England and early 1990sLos Angeles. Though Ridley has been working steadily on TV and film for twodecades, »
At first blush, Showtime’s debut event series “Guerrilla” resembles a standalone potboiler, reminiscent of well-drawn spy stories like the many excellent adaptations of John Le Carré novels. It has that gloss of period romance — whether that is nightclubs filled with cigarette smoke, where shadowy figures come to deal and dance; or the quaint tools of pre-Internet revolution — typewriters, communiqués, the odd persistence of the rotary phone. Stories like this always play a little with that inherent dramatic irony of the period piece — where the audience knows, in broad sketches, what the world will become, but the characters still don’t.
Except “Guerrilla” doesn’t revolve around a mystery, where a secret is buried somewhere and must be found. It is not a story about discovering, but rather about becoming; the mystery, if there is one, is how it happens that militants, once so much like everyone else, come to the point where they choose infamy and »
- Sonia Saraiya
“Welcome to ‘American Crime.’”
That’s how showrunner John Ridley greeted actor Babou Ceesay on his first day on set. Which would have been fine — except that they were filming “Guerrilla,” the new six-episode limited series Ridley created, wrote, and directed for Showtime (premiering April 16).
“Guerrilla” star Freida Pinto laughs at the memory, which became a running joke for her and her co-star, dismissing it as a rare slip for an otherwise intensely focused filmmaker. “He’s one of the few male multi-taskers who can give everything its due attention,” she says.
In fact, it had been quite a busy year for Ridley: While “Guerrilla” was under way in London, the third season of ABC’s “American Crime” was in production in Los Angeles. He was also juggling “Let It Fall,” a two-hour documentary about the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots for ABC News (April 28), and a pilot, “Presence »
- Debra Birnbaum
Disney is in early talks with Jared Leto for the actor to star in and produce a live-action “Tron 3” movie.
“Tron: Legacy” was a sequel to the 1982 movie “Tron,” starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner inside a computer world. Garrett Hedlund portrayed the son of Bridges’ character in “Legacy,” while Olivia Wilde portrayed a humanized algorithm.
Paramount announced on Feb. 15 that Leto would »
- Dave McNary
Oscar winner Jared Leto is in talks to star in a new “Tron” movie at Disney that is in the very early stages, TheWrap has learned. If the project moves forward, Justin Springer will produce, with Leto and Emma Ludbrook involved in some level of producing capacity. No writer has been hired and no director is attached yet. Also Read: Jared Leto to Direct Patty Hearst Police Drama '77' in Feature Debut Disney released the first “Tron” movie back in 1982, it was set in the fantastic world inside a computer program, a cyberspace called the Grid. Starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Viacom has set an interim committee of internal executives — including film group chief Marc Evans and TV head Amy Powell — to run Paramount Pictures until a successor can be found for outgoing studio chief Brad Grey. Grey is finalizing his exit deal and an agreement could be reached as early as Tuesday. He has three years to go on the five-year contract he signed in 2015, so a financial settlement has to be consummated before he formally resigns under pressure from Viacom’s new CEO, Bob Bakish. Grey’s departure had long been expected in the industry amid the top-to-bottom shakeup at Viacom and the continued poor performance of Paramount.
The internal committee that will lead the studio in the wake of Grey’s departure includes Andrew Gumpert, the Sony alum who joined Paramount as chief operating officer in November; Megan Colligan, president of distribution and marketing; Evans, president of the motion picture group; and Powell, »
- Brent Lang and Cynthia Littleton
77: Academy Award winner Jared Leto, most recently seen in Suicide Squad (above), will direct 77, described as a political thriller. Set in 1974 Los Angeles, the story follows two police officers who investigate the kidnapping of heiress Patricia Hearst as well as the nasty murder of a fellow officer. James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) was involved in crafting the original screenplay. [THR] Crazy Rich Asians: Constance Wu (above), currently starring on the hit TV show Fresh Off the Boat, is in negotiations to star in romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. It's based on Kevin Kwan's novel about three wealthy Chinese families and the conflicts that arise when one of the heirs brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend to the social event of the year in Singapore. Jon...
- Peter Martin
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for its comedian-studded farce, directed by Andrew Jay Cohen from a script he co-wrote with “Neighbors” collaborator, Brendan O’Brien. The movie stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as a married couple who start an illegal casino in their basement in order to raise money to send their daughter to the college of her dreams.
The trailer shows Jason Mantzoukas (“The League,” “Enlightened”) promising the desperate couple a way to make “four years’ tuition in one month” with an underground casino. “You wanna make money like Vegas, you’ve gotta look like Vegas,” he says, as he enthusiastically guides the couple through a nail salon, massage parlor, and even a strip club. The trailer features cameos from comedy favorites such as »
- Jude Dry
After amassing an array of directing credits on music videos, commercials and documentaries in the vein of Great Wide Open, Into The Wild and Beyond the Horizon, Jared Leto is now poised to take the reins on his first feature film.
It’s called 77, a brutal hostage thriller adapted from James Ellroy’s novel of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has appointed screenwriter David Matthews (Narcos) to hash out a script, with Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films on board to produce. Much like his involvement in the aforementioned doc Into the Wild, Leto will also hold a producing role on the project.
Set against the politically volatile landscape of 1974 Los Angeles, 77 tells the story of “two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst while simultaneously investigating the brutal murder of a fellow officer. They uncover not only relentless corruption and crime, »
- Michael Briers
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