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AMC is in discussions with BBC Worldwide for 50 percent of its United States cable television channel, BBC America. Individuals with knowledge of the situation told Bloomberg News that BBC Worldwide is looking for a partnership that would allow it to cut costs, use AMC's advertising sales, distribution networks and tap into AMC's programming team. Also read: Ron Livingston Cast in AMC's ‘We Hate Paul Revere’ Pilot AMC would pay for its stake in cash and majority ownership of BBC America would stay with BBC. Together, AMC and BBC could better weather the changing media landscape. AMC would be able to renegotiate cable costs. »
- Jethro Nededog
The duo join O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell have been cast as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-e respectively in the story of the five members of the famed 1980s rap group. [Source: Deadline]
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Cuba Gooding Jr, Michael Madsen and Keith David have joined the cast of Comedy Central’s new scripted series "Big Time In Hollywood, Fl." Gooding will play a fictionalized version of himself, Madsen will play a grizzled and alcoholic P.I., David will play a federal agent sent to investigate Cartel activity.
- Garth Franklin
Ron Livingston (“Swingers,” “Sex and the City”) has been added to the cast of AMC’s comedy pilot “We Hate Paul Revere.” A comedy veteran, Livingston will star as the famed Revolutionary rider in the pilot, also starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner.
Sandler and Wenner will also be writing and executive producing the half-hour pilot. Matt Piedmont (“Saturday Night Live,” “The Spoils of Babylon”) is on board to direct with Troy Miller as a non-writing executive producer through his Dakota Films.
“We Hate Paul Revere” tells the story of two brothers trying to find their place in colonial Boston.
The pilot is a new genre for the network, which is currently prepping to roll out the highly-anticipated “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul.” In March AMC also revealed a development slate that included unscripted projects and comedies alongside new drama pieces.
“We Hate Paul Revere” is set to begin »
- Shelli Weinstein
Ron Livingston is going for a midnight ride.
The actor, who played Carrie Bradshaw’s short-term beau Jack Berger on Sex and the City, has been cast as the titular patriot in AMC’s comedy pilot We Hate Paul Revere.
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Matt Piedmont (Saturday Night Live) is on board to direct the half-hour pilot, which tells the story of Hugh and Ebenezer Moody, brothers whose contribution to history in colonial Boston has been overshadowed by Revere. Executive producers Ethan Sandler (Crossing Jordan) and Adrian Wenner (My Boys) will also star.
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AMC has found its Paul Revere. The network's We Hate Paul Revere pilot, its potential foray into scripted comedy, has cast Ron Livingston in the title role. Perhaps best known for his work in comedic films Office Space and Swingers, Livingston most recently enjoyed a TV stint on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Story AMC Orders First Comedy Pilot We Hate Paul Revere, ordered to pilot back in March, is set to film in Los Angeles this summer. A twist on the period piece, it tells the story of brothers Hugh and Ebenezer Moody — both forced to strive for recognition in
- Michael O'Connell
Ron Livingston has been cast as Paul Revere in the AMC comedy pilot “We Hate Paul Revere,” shooting next month. Livingston, perhaps best known for “Office Space” and “Sex and the City,” also appeared last season on “Boardwalk Empire.” Also read: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, More Talk ‘Drinking Buddies’ at L.A. Premiere (Video) The AMC Studios half-hour pilot is written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner. Matt Piedmont (“Saturday Night Live,” “Vibe,” “The Spoils of Babylon”) is directing, and Troy Miller (“Arrested Development,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd”) is a non-writing executive. »
- Tim Molloy
Julya Johnson, a meteorologist for Wate TV in Knoxville, Tn, made headlines this week when a letter from one of her longtime viewers went viral. The note - which was sent to Julya from "an elderly person who depends on" the station for daily news and weather - focuses mainly on the dresses she wears on air, which the viewer claims "fit snugly under [Julya's] bust." Julya shared the letter on her Facebook page Friday along with a heartfelt, poised response detailing her disappointment: "So, it's not fun to wake up to things like this. No return address was left, so I'll address it here. I will never, ever be able to please everyone with my appearance. It's not possible. I have tried for 12 years on-air to do that. I have 'changed my appearance' to try to please people before. It never works. So, I please myself. I like my dresses. »
- Brittney Stephens
Michelle Monaghan stars as a decorated Army medic who returns from a 15-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and tries desperately to reconnect with her 5-year-old son, who initially wants nothing to do with her. As they try to restore a bond, she is faced with redeployment — and the likelihood of losing everything she worked to rebuild. Ron Livingston, Pablo Schreiber, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Dash Mihok and young newcomer Oakes Fegley co-star in Fort Bliss, from writer-director-producer Claudia Myers. Phase 4 Films opens the drama September 19 in theaters and VOD. Here’s the new trailer: »
She’s back and creepy girl is starring in her own movie.
New Line Cinema’s 2013 film drew from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Based on a true story, The Conjuring was the horrifying tale of how these world renowned paranormal investigators were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Confronted by a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens found themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Check out the first trailer for Annabelle below.
Last summer, James Wan’s terrifying supernatural horror thriller opened to rave reviews from critics and had a $41.9 million opening weekend at the domestic box office, »
- Michelle McCue
In a canny move surprising few, Amazon have gone and echoed a pattern Netflix began around a year ago and nabbed a series from the Us where they will add an episode each week the day after its Us broadcast. This practice worked well with Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn in the past year and the publicity it got could well be the reason why you might encounter so many people who are only now making their way through five seasons of Breaking Bad via Netflix. So the show in question which be all exclusive up in here is the new Steven Spielberg/Halle Berry joint called Extant.
I knew nothing about this show going in and that is perhaps the best way to view it. I’m not going to claim this is the new Lost or whatever at this point but the first episode was ‘promising »
- Chris Holt
Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have issued an October 3, 2014 release date for The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle. The thriller will go up against 20th Century Fox's Gone Girl in wide release, along with limited release titles The Good Lie and The Hero of Color City.
No story details have been confirmed, but the project is based on the haunted doll Annabelle, which was featured in last year's hit thriller The Conjuring. The demonic toy was a part of a collection kept by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorrainne Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Vera Farmiga) in The Conjuring.
Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard and Eric Ladin star in Annabelle, with The Conjuring cinematographer John R. Leonetti directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Peter Safran will serve as producer with The Conjuring director James Wan executive producing.
With its release just three months away, the first footage and images will likely surface in the near future, »
Billy Zane has joined the cast of indie Supreme Ruler, starring Ron Livingston. Marking the feature directorial debut of Duane Edwards, Supreme Ruler also will star Natalie Zea, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marcia Gay Harden and Brian Geraghty. The drama with comedic sensibilities follows a small-town man (Livingston) who dreams of becoming "Supreme Ruler" of his local Buffalo Lodge, but is challenged by a hard-drinking womanizer (D'Onofrio). The two adversaries are forced to travel to the Buffalo National Convention in Chicago in order to win the support of the organization's national leaders. Photos 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-
- Rebecca Ford
Welcome to the latest entry in our brand-new feature here on Nerdly – the Review Round-Up – where we take a look at some of the weeks new releases in smaller, more succinct capsule reviews with a rating to let you know whether to Rent, Buy, or wait for Netflix and/or other streaming services…
What starts out as a seemingly geriatric take on The Hangover, Last Vegas sees wealthy and wild bachelor Billy (Douglas), grouchy grump Paddy (De Niro), lovable family man Archie (Freeman) and ladies man Sam (Kline), who have been best friends since childhood, journey to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and to relive their glory days when Billy, the group’s young at heart ladies’ man, »
- Phil Wheat
It may not be revolutionary to note that twentysomethings are different from thirtysomethings, but in director Joe Swanberg’s latest, Happy Christmas, he takes that idea to the next level when Anna Kendrick’s hard-partying Jenny moves in with her brother (Swanberg), his wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their young child.
Though Jenny might neglect responsibility at every turn, her presence actually helps Kelly (Lynskey) confront the state of her own artistic aspirations, allowing Swanberg to explore the very real tensions that emerge when one party in the relationship takes on the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities. “I’m excited »
- Lindsey Bahr
Written and directed by Jenée Lamarque, the dark comedy The Pretty One features Zoe Kazan in a complex, balancing act of a performance as she plays identical twin sisters Laurel and Audrey. The two young women reunite for their birthday, and when tragedy strikes, Laurel, the sweet but painfully awkward sister, finds a chance to reinvent herself with all the confidence, style and independence that Audrey possesses. Check out our exclusive clip as the DVD and Digital HD debuts this week, featuring a confrontation between Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston as they come to blows on Audrey's porch over a misunderstanding.
Audrey (Zoe Kazan) has all of the qualities that her identical twin sister Laurel (Zoe Kazan) wishes she possessed: confidence, style, independence. Alternately, Laurel, sweet but painfully awkward, feels stuck in her life, still living at home, coddling their father and obsessed with the boy next door, for whom she used to babysit. »
You might be inclined to make a few quick assumptions about the intentions of Happy Christmas by virtue of its title alone. After all, what else could a film so monikered be about other than finding sappy, phone baloney catharsis in the spirit of the season? In nine out of ten cases, you’d be spot-on with any preconceptions you brew up about a film with that sort of appellation, but Happy Christmas is the ten where your guesswork will fail you.
That’s because Happy Christmas is the product of Joe Swanberg, perhaps best known for his 2013 film, Drinking Buddies, which saw him collaborate with performers like Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, and Anna Kendrick. Happy Christmas sees Swanberg re-team with Kendrick in his Chicago roots; this time around, though, she’s Swanberg’s star, the figure at the center of his latest movie about arrested ...
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- Andy Crump
Joe Swanberg just cannot stop making movies. Since 2011, he has directed eleven feature films and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon. Last year marked Swanberg’s first real flirtation into the mainstream with Drinking Buddies, which featured Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick – by far the starriest cast he’s ever had. Now, a trailer has dropped for Swanberg’s latest, Happy Christmas, which finds him reuniting with Anna Kendrick once again. Could this be the beginning of a new phase in the director’s career?
The trailer for Happy Christmas certainly seems similar, tonally, to Drinking Buddies, but this time the focus is primarily on Kendrick. She plays Jenny, an immature young adult who moves in with her brother’s family and proceeds to shake up their idyllic life while simultaneously entering a relationship with the family’s baby-sitter/pot dealer. Joe Swanberg »
- Ken Guidry
Entertainment One has picked up North American rights to fashion documentary "Dior And I" for a theatrical release later this year. Frederic Tcheng's behind-the-scenes dock looks at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Haute Couture collection for the House of Christian Dior.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights for Susanna Fogel's "Life Partners". Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody and Gabourey Sidibe star in the story of a straight woman and a lesbian best friend who find their relationship dynamics changing after the former falls for a new man.
Lionsgate has acquired U.K. rights to Adam Smith's directorial debut "Trespass Against Us" which begins shooting this Summer. Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal and Rory Kinnear star in the story of three generations of the rowdy outlaw Cutler family.
The Weinstein Company has payed an estimated $3 million for U.S. rights to the Irish filmmaker John Carney »
- Garth Franklin
• Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Claudia Myers directed from her own script. Monaghan portrays a U.S. Army medic and single mother who returns home after an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her five-year-old son has been broken.
The deal was negotiated by Phase 4′s Katharyn Howe with Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard of Voltage on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Dave McNary
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