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Sony Pictures Classics Will Release Toronto Title 'The Meddler'

25 August 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought worldwide rights to "The Meddler," starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons, before the start of the production and will distribute internationally. Sony Pictures Classics will handle the 2016 North American release. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film will world premiere at the The Toronto International Film Festival. On the strength of her screenplay for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," Scafaria wrote and directed 2012's "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," starring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell, which was not well-reviewed. In "The Meddler," recent widow Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) decides to start a new life, moving from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne). Also starring are Cecily Strong, Jerrod Carmichael and Michael McKean. Produced by Joy Gorman Wettels of Anonymous Content, »

- Anne Thompson

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Susan Sarandon-Rose Byrne Drama ‘The Meddler’ Goes to Sony Classics

25 August 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Signaling a potential awards-season campaign, Sony Pictures Classics will release the drama “The Meddler,” starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons, in North America.

Sony Classics did not disclose the release date for “The Meddler,” directed by Lorene Scafaria (“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”) from her own script. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought worldwide rights to the film prior to the start of the production and will distribute internationally.

Sarandon plays a recent widow and eternal optimist who moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter, played by Byrne. Cecily Strong (“Saturday Night Live”), Jerrod Carmichael and Michael McKean also star.

The Meddler” is produced by Joy Gorman Wettels of Anonymous Content. Sarandon exec produces with Anonymous’ Paul Green and Steve Golin.

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- Dave McNary

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Netflix snaps up Christopher Guest’s new film Mascots

12 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Wrap is reporting that Netflix is continuing its investment in new feature films with news that the online subscription service has acquired “mockumentary” comedy Mascots.

The film is directed by Christopher Guest (This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind) and tells the story of the World Mascot Championships, in the similar mockumentary style as some of the directors previous works. It will feature “all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world.”

Mascots marks the first feature from Guest since 2006’s For Your Consideration, and will more than likely see him re-team with his usual troupe of actors including Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch and Harry Shearer. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Christopher Guest Lands Netflix Deal for New Film, 'Mascots'

11 August 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Actor-filmmaker Christopher Guest has revolutionized the "mockumentary" format, satirizing rock spectacle (This Is Spinal Tap), stage musicals (Waiting for Guffman), dog shows (Best in Show) and folk music (A Mighty Wind). For his latest project, he's teamed with Netflix to poke fun at a more obscure topic: the grueling grind of mascot competitions. The streaming service announced Mascots on Tuesday, Deadline reports, teasing the movie with a poster outlining the basic plot. 

"Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a »

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Netflix Suiting Up to Distribute Christopher Guest's 'Mascots'

11 August 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Now Christopher Guest joins the Netflix conga line. Walking his way behind Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais, Chelsea Handler, Adam Sandler, the Wachowskis and Mark & Jay Duplass, just to name a few, the mockumentary actor-director has agreed to put Mascots, his first movie since 2006, on the streaming site according to Variety. In the past, the filmmaker already mocked dog shows, home town theater, the movie industry and folk and hair metal music before by making Best in Show, Waiting For Guffman, For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and starring in /co-writing This is Spinal Tap, respectively, and with his latest faux documentary Guest takes the piss out of... mascot conventions. The movie, to debut sometime in 2016, takes audiences to the 8th World Mascot Association Championships as men and women compete to bring home the Gold Fluffy Award, the competition's top prize. The premise and concept aren't necessarily as universal »

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Christopher Guest is returning to the world of mockumentary in the Netflix movie Mascots

11 August 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christopher Guest will return to the world of mockumentaries for a new Netflix movie.

He is making his first feature film in nine years with the 2016 project Mascots.

Guest's forthcoming comedy will be told in the faux-documentary style within the world of competitive sports mascots.

Netflix describes the project as having "all the drama, intrigue, and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of 'unusual' men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world."

Mascots marks the director's return to the faux-documentary style in a feature for the first time on film since A Mighty Wind.

He more recently used the style on television for Family Tree, which was cancelled by HBO after a single season in 2013.

No word yet if Guest's regular ensemble cast - which includes Jane Lynch, »

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Chris Guest & Netflix Team For "Mascots"

11 August 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Nine years after his last film, legendary mockumentary filmmaker Christopher Guest ("Best in Show," "Waiting for Huffman") is returning to direct a new film and is doing it with the help of Netflix.

The streaming service made the announcement in a tweet, confirming this Netflix Original film will be titled "Mascots" and will premiere exclusively on the service in 2016. The film promises the following:

"Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of 'unusual' men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world."

No doubt cutting jokes about the cutthroat world of profesional flurries will ensue. How many Guest regulars like Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy and Jim Piddock might show up at this point is unknown. 3

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- Garth Franklin

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Netflix Acquires Christopher Guest’s ‘Mascots’ Mockumentary

11 August 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher Guest has set up a “Mascots” movie with Netflix for exclusive release next year.

The streaming service made the announcement for “Mascots” on Tuesday through a flyer for a mascot competition that gave few details. “Mascots” appears to be in the style of Guest’s mockumentaries “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best In Show,” “A Mighty Wind” and “For Your Consideration.”

“Mascots” follows the “unusual” men and women of the 8th World Mascot Association championships competing for the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award.

Guest often writes with Eugene Levy and has used the same actors, including Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch and John Michael Higgins, in several films. “Mascots” will be Guest’s first film since “For Your Consideration” in 2006.

Netflix has been ramping up its feature film slate. In addition to signing a four-movie deal with Adam Sandler in 2014, Netflix landed worldwide rights »

- Dave McNary

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'Better Call Saul' Season 2 First Look Has Bob Odenkirk in Trouble

31 July 2015 10:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

AMC released two first look photos from the set of Better Call Saul today during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour. The series is currently shooting Season 2 in Albuquerque, Nm and is set to debut early next year on AMC. The first photo features series star Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, who is being confronted by two unspecified characters. The second photo features series creators and executive producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould on the set.

The series' first season was recently recognized with seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Bob Odenkirk), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Jonathan Banks) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, among others. Better Call Saul, which tracks small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill's transformation into a man who puts the criminal in "criminal lawyer," is executive produced by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, »

- MovieWeb

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First look at Better Call Saul season 2

31 July 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Netflix have released two new images from the upcoming second season of Better Call Saul. The streaming service have also released an updated character/ actor list for the new series, which you can read below.

Better Call Saul is a prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad created by Vince Gilligan and writer/producer Peter Gould. The story is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) meets Walter White. When we meet him in Season 1, the man who will become Saul is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside and often against Jimmy is fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a beloved character first introduced in Breaking Bad. The series tracks Jimmy’s transformation into a man who puts the criminal in “criminal attorney.”

The new season debuts in 2016.

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill – Better Call Saul _ Season »

- Paul Heath

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Emmys Reactions 2015: Amy Schumer, Bob Odenkirk, Tatiana Maslany, Viola Davis and More Celebrate the Nominations

16 July 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul" "I am truly blown away at this nomination. I am grateful to Vince, Peter, and the writing staff. I also have to thank my amazing cast mates Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian and Rhea Seehorn because everyone raises everyone’s game. I promise to wear a tux to the ceremony. And of course thank you to the Academy!!!!" Chris Miller and Phil Lord, "The Last Man on Earth" "We are so happy for our dear friend Will Forte.  His genius is to make us laugh and think and care all at the same time.  We feel really lucky to receive this directing nomination, but even luckier to work with such a talented group of actors, writers, editors and filmmakers as we did on 'Last Man,' including our fellow nominee editor Stacey Schroeder.  They made us look really good, and they made »

- Ben Travers

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Emmys Reactions 2015: Amy Schumer, Bob Odenkirk, Tatiana Maslany, Viola Davis and More Celebrate the Nominations

16 July 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul" "I am truly blown away at this nomination. I am grateful to Vince, Peter, and the writing staff. I also have to thank my amazing cast mates Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian and Rhea Seehorn because everyone raises everyone’s game. I promise to wear a tux to the ceremony. And of course thank you to the Academy!!!!" Chris Miller and Phil Lord, "The Last Man on Earth" "We are so happy for our dear friend Will Forte.  His genius is to make us laugh and think and care all at the same time.  We feel really lucky to receive this directing nomination, but even luckier to work with such a talented group of actors, writers, editors and filmmakers as we did on 'Last Man,' including our fellow nominee editor Stacey Schroeder.  They made us look really good, and they made »

- Ben Travers

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Tatiana Maslany, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ricky Gervais react to Emmy nominations

16 July 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tatiana Maslany, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ricky Gervais, Julie Bowen, Allison Janney and others have weighed in on their 2015 Emmy Awards Nominations. As expected: everyone's pretty happy. We are all ecstatic about the #EmmyNoms for #InsideAmy I am celebrating! #giammati #12angrymen #directing #writing pic.twitter.com/SRZf5KC88v — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 16, 2015 Bob Odenkirk, nominated for lead actor in a drama series, for "Better Call Saul": "I am truly blown away at this nomination. I am grateful to Vince, Peter, and the writing staff. I also have to thank my amazing cast mates Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian and Rhea Seehorn because everyone raises everyone’s game. I promise to wear a tux to the ceremony. And of course thank you to the Academy!!!!" #CloneClub & #clonesbians, this bud's for you. Thanks buddies :) — Tatiana Maslany (@tatianamaslany) July 16, 2015   "Masters of Sex" and "Mom" nominee Allison Janney: "I »

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People Just Do Nothing: From YouTube origins to BBC Three success

14 July 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

People Just Do Nothing returns to BBC Three tonight for a second run - one year on from its first full series, three years after its launch as an iPlayer 'Comedy Feed' pilot, and five years since its earliest outings on YouTube.

Devised by a group of friends, the sitcom / mockumentary was inspired by The Office, Spinal Tap and Curb Your Enthusiasm - but especially (and appropriately) by a BBC Three documentary series, Tower Block Dreams, which explored the underground music scene in UK council estates.

The early webisodes of People Just Do Nothing - following the deluded crew of pirate radio station Kurupt FM, led by Mc Grindah (Allan Mustafa) and DJ Beats (Hugo Chegwin) - were shot guerilla-style, with no budget and, for the most part, no scripts.

But these early amateur efforts generated a cult following and eventually attracted the attention of Roughcut TV's Ash Atalla, producer on The Office. »

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The Avengers' Patrick Macnee Dead at 93; Dapper Actor Memorably Played John Steed in British Spy-Fi Series

25 June 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Only time could get the better of John Steed. Patrick Macnee, the prominent British actor best known for his evil-scheme-fighting role on The Avengers, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., according to a statement posted on his website. He was 93. Macnee played the bowler-wearing and umbrella-toting Steed most famously opposite Diana Riggs' Emma Peel and Honor Blackman's Cathy Gale on the 1960s TV series. The Avengers, which originated on Britain's ITV, ran from 1961 until 1969. "Rip The Awesome Patrick Macnee," wrote Michael McKean as the tributes started pouring in on Twitter. Breaking news, more to come »

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Lizzy Caplan, Allison Janney Riff on Improv, Theater and Emotional Scenes (Video)

11 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Though one’s now starring in a drama, the other in a comedy, Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”) have both famously spent time in the other category — and agree that the lines are now getting blurred. Their back-and-forth banter at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” studio proved the point, as the actresses chatted about the thrill of doing theater, and the emotional toll of getting into character.

Lizzy Caplan: I was wondering what your first job on television was.

Allison Janney: It was a small teeny role on a Bill Cosby show.

Caplan: Stop.

Janney: I’m not kidding you!

Caplan: Did he give you any…

Janney: Nothing untoward happened! He wanted me to play a janitor and then I was a school teacher. He kept changing what my part was. I don’t remember what the show was called. And that was my first TV show! »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘Better Call Saul’ Creators Talk Character Backstory & Tease Season 2

9 June 2015 6:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The creative team behind “Better Call Saul” joined together Tuesday for the closing panel at Variety‘s annual TV Summit, moderated Debra Birnbaum, to talk about their stellar spinoff.

“I’m just glad it just didn’t take an enormous dump when it came out,” co-creator Vince Gilligan said, sparking laughter from the packed room. “That was very gratifying for me.”

Peter Gould agreed with his co-creator’s sentiment on the series’ freshman success. “‘Breaking Bad’ was lighting in a bottle and it would be really unrealistic to expect that again, but people seemed to really enjoy it.”

Gould was also joined by staff writer Gordon Smith, supervising producer Gennifer Hutchinson and co-exec producer Thomas Schnauz on the panel. They discussed the unusual nature of the character development process on “Saul,” given the situation that the audience knows what is coming in the future for the main character played by Bob Odenkirk. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Peter Gould & Sarah Treem on the Lessons of First-Time Showrunners

8 June 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Gould and Sarah Treem have more in common than you might expect. Their freshman dramas — “Better Call Saul,” AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel, and Showtime’s marriage drama “The Affair,” respectively — burst onto screens this season to critical acclaim. And both writer-producers assumed the role of showrunner for the first time. Gould had birthed Saul Goodman back in the “Bad” days along with his fellow “Saul” exec producer Vince Gilligan, while Treem conceived “Affair” alongside Hagai Levi (“In Treatment”). During their hourlong conversation with Variety, Gould and Treem charted lessons learned along the path from script to screen, and discovered even more shared interests: intelligent actors, clever costume designers and the captivating humor of Amy Schumer.

You were both first-time showrunners. What did you learn from the first season?

Sarah Treem: I think I learned more than anything that television really is a team sport, which I knew »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Joel McHale Is Cast In The X Files, Confirming The Re-Boot Is Getting It Right

4 June 2015 4:37 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Over the course of its 202 episodes, The X Files attracted many notable guest stars. Some appeared before they hit the big time (Ryan Reynolds, Jack Black, Seth Green, Felicity Huffman, Shia Labeouf, James Franco, Jane Lynch, Bradley Whitford, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Luke Wilson, Grant Heslov, Giovanni Ribisi and Titus Welliver), while many appearances were made by people who were already legends in their own fields, with talented performers such as Lily Tomlin, Ed Asner, Michael McKean, Peter Boyle, Gary Shandling, Lance Henriksen, Roy Thinnes, Veronica Cartwright, Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, Brad Dourif, Kathy Griffin and Ricky Jay providing some of the show’s most memorable moments. With six new episodes about to shoot for a limited series event, that prestigious list of guest stars is already expanding, with Joel McHale being the latest addition.

The plot of the brief new series remains unknown, but Deadline is reporting »

- Sarah Myles

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Rip, Anne Meara: Stars Tweet Tributes, Ben Stiller Thanks Fans for 'Kind Words'

25 May 2015 3:40 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Actress/comedy legend Anne Meara -- who was also wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben Stiller -- died of undisclosed causes on Saturday, May 23. The Stiller family shared a statement with the Associated Press, calling Jerry Anne's "husband and partner in life," adding that "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long. [...] Anne's memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne."

Some of those millions were her Hollywood peers, and they took to Twitter to react to the news of her death:

I did 2 films with Anne Meara, a lovely, gracious & Funny Lady. We lost one of the Good Ones! Rip Ms Anne.

- Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) May 25, 2015

Anne Meara--- no words. I had the immense honor of working with her. »

- Gina Carbone

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