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Got Director? Fox Pushes For Scripts To Secure Helmers Before Pilot Pickup

6 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

It has been a noticeable trend at Fox this pilot season — many of the network’s pilot orders came with a director already on board, leapfrogging the first stage in pilot production which involves locking in a helmer. All of Fox’s comedy pilots except for the very first to get ordered — Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Julius Sharpe’s time-travel half-hour — were picked up with directors attached. (Ironically, the Lord/Miller comedy pilot, greenlighted a month ago, still… »

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Fox Orders Pilots for Female Buddy Cop Comedy & Interracial Family Sitcom

5 February 2016 12:33 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox is continuing to beef up its pilot slate of comedies, ordering two more projects, Variety has learned.

“The Enforcers,” a female buddy cop comedy, hails from writers Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. It centers around two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse.   

The single-cam, half-hour comedy hails from Warner Bros. TV, with the writing duo serving as exec producers, along with “Modern Family’s” Gail Mancuso, who will direct.

Fox has also ordered an untitled comedy pilot from writer Chris Case. The interracial family sitcom follows Jay “Havoc” Hammond,  an African-American, ex-nfl lineman who recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons. The potential series will center around him »

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Johnny Depp Recalls Finding Jack Sparrow in the Sauna and Torturing Leonardo DiCaprio

5 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Santa Barbara, Calif. — It was a rare treat for those who managed tickets to Thursday night’s presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award to Johnny Depp to kick off the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival’s roll call of fetes this year. After all, the “Black Mass” star never does this kind of thing, a two-hour sit-down chat about his career with plenty of fireside-like anecdotes and even a streak of dead-on impressions of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Donald Trump.

“I’m scared to death,” Depp said at the start of the discussion, moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin, after whom the festival’s highest honor was named last year.

Maltin began by noting that few would have expected the star of television’s “21 Jump Street” to one day immerse himself in the role of ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. “That’s a journey,” Maltin said of such an unlikely trajectory. »

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Fox Orders Workplace Comedy Pilot Directed by ‘The League’ Creator

4 February 2016 6:32 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With the bulk of pilot orders seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, Fox still has a few comedy pick-ups to go — and the latest is an untitled workplace comedy from writer Laura Steinel, Variety has learned.

The half hour, single-cam comedy centers around Jane who is caught between trying to manage her charmingly incompetent human resources department and a new eccentric CEO who dreams of bringing the New Jersey plastics plant into the future.

From Steinel, who’s a staff writer on Amazon’s “Red Oaks,” the pilot will be exec produced by Sue Naegle (“Outcast”) and “The League’s” Jeff Schaffer, who is also attached to direct. Steinel will also serve as co-exec producer. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio.

Fox’s comedy pilot slate is still light with just two projects in contention: “The Mick” from scribes John Chernin and Dave Chernin, which revolves around a hard-living, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Why Everyone’s Wrong About the Second Season of 'Serial'

4 February 2016 7:51 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the olden days — that would be the 1300's — people woke up before dawn to get hammered and see 50 plays they'd seen a dozen times already. Long before that, our ancestors gathered around the fire for stories they could recite as well as you and I can rattle off our favorite "Simpsons" bits. Shakespeare's audiences knew how his plays would end before they took their seats: if it's a tragedy, everyone dies; if it's a comedy, everyone gets married. How predictable, how dry! And yet, look, Shakespeare still gets produced and people still read the "Iliad," we gluttons for punishment keep trudging back for more of the familiar. What could possibly be the allure? Read More: Phil Lord and Chris Miller Adapting 'Serial' Podcast for Television (Really!) The answer is simple: a good story is a good story. And a good story, compellingly told, is an even better story. Which brings us to "Serial. »

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The Serial effect: making true crime hot TV property

3 February 2016 2:19 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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A salute to the hit crime podcast that paved the way for TV’s Making A Murderer and American Crime Story: Serial, now airing season 2…

Despite playing a role in geek culture for years, it’s taken one expertly told story for podcasts to finally penetrate the mainstream. True Crime podcast Serial received massive acclaim and global attention in 2015, uniting its millions of listeners with a compelling narrative and a terrific storyteller.

With new Netflix series Making A Murderer and FX show American Crime Story attempting to capture the same public attention, let’s consider what made Serial such a hit.

For the uninitiated, Serial span off from This American Life, a weekly podcast that unwound from October to December 2014. Its first season picked apart the case of Adnan Syed, a Baltimore man who was imprisoned at the age of 18 for the murder of his former girlfriend, »

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Young Han Solo Hopefuls Jack Reynor, Logan Lerman Talk Iconic 'Star Wars' Role

26 January 2016 3:36 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought back the iconic Han Solo (Harrison Ford) for the first time in 32 years, although this reuinon with fans was bittersweet, to say the least. While there have been rumors that this beloved character will return in Star Wars: Episode VIII, nothing is set in stone yet, but even if he doesn't appear in that movie, we'll get to see a younger version of Han Solo in the new Star Wars spinoff Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo. As of now, Disney and LucasFilm haven't made a final decision about who will be cast yet, a report from earlier this month revealed that Jack Reynor and Logan Lerman are on the short list for this role, and both of them recently spoke about this project with MTV.

Jack Reynor and Logan Lerman were among the finalists up for the Han Solo role, which also included Miles Teller, »

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Disney: Star Wars Universe Won’t End With Episode IX; Marvel Cinematic Universe “Could Go On Forever”

26 January 2016 1:50 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As if there was ever any doubt, Disney Chairman Bob Iger has confirmed the modern Star Wars saga will continue beyond Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX in 2019, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemingly has the depth to outlive us all.

In terms of the rejuvenated galaxy far, far away, news that the House of Mouse plans to continue expanding the Star Wars universe long into the future should come as no surprise; after all, between the initial $4 billion investment and the early boon from last year’s The Force Awakens – to the tune of $1.8 billion at the time of writing – Disney is only getting started.

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When quizzed about the franchise’s staying power by the BBC, Iger noted that there are currently four Star Wars films incubating in varying stages of development. They are, in order of release date, Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story, »

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Han Solo Hopefuls On Whether They're Intimidated

26 January 2016 1:04 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

While at this year's Sundance Film Festival, actors Jack Reynor and Logan Lerman spoke to MTV News about the magnitude of stepping into Harrison Ford's shoes to play Han Solo.  "We’re talking about Harrison Ford. He’s no chump," said Reynor.  He added, "You can’t do an imitation. You can’t try and just emulate what that is. It’s got to be something new. It’s also got to be something that the audience is going to respond to, [it] "would be kind of an incredible gig to get."  Logan Lerman apparently has no fear.  "I don’t think I’d be intimidated.  It would just be fun." Which do you think is the proper approach to playing Han Solo - cocky or reverent?  Should the actor try to replicate Harrison Ford or put his own spin on Solo?  Phil Lord and Chris Miller direct the picture »

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Actors Jack Reynor and Logan Lerman Talk Han Solo Casting Rumors

26 January 2016 5:41 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

MTV News caught up with actors Jack Reynor ("MacBeth") and Logan Lerman ("Fury") at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where the topic for both of the interviews were about the two actors being up for the role of young Han Solo in a standalone Star Wars film which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The film is rumored to take place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and tell the story of how Han Solo came to be the legendary pilot of the Millennium Falcon along with his trusted Wookiee, Chewbacca. 

During the interview, Reynor was asked about the pressure of portraying the iconic smuggler with the actor saying:

"We’re talking about Harrison Ford. He’s no chump. “You can’t do an imitation. You can’t try and just emulate what that is. It’s got to be something new. It »

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Logan Lerman and Jack Reynor on being linked to young Han Solo role

25 January 2016 8:34 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier this month it was revealed that Disney and Lucasfilm have narrowed their search for the young Han Solo in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s upcoming Star Wars anthology movie to around twelve actors, with Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner all said to be in the running.

During the Sundance Festival, MTV caught up with two of those names – Logan Lerman and Jack Reynor – to ask about the rumours linking them to the iconic role of the smuggler.

“I don’t think I’d be intimidated,” said Lerman. “It would just be fun. ut, I mean, I really can’t speak about it. There’s nothing I can really say about it right now, at this point in time.”

“We’re talking about Harrison Ford,” adds Reynor. “He’s no chump. You can’t do an imitation. »

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The Exorcist: Fox orders 'psychological thriller' TV pilot

24 January 2016 11:24 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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William Blatty’s The Exorcist novel will be adapted again, this time for Fox on the small screen…

The iconic horror novel The Exorcist, by William Blatty, was the inspiration for the 1973 cinematic classic of the same name. Now, it’s being adapted again, this time for the small screen. Fox has ordered a TV pilot episode based on the novel.

This hour-long drama pilot has been described as ‘a modern reinvention inspired by Blatty’s book — a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.’

We don’t know much more than that, at this stage, other than the fact that Jeremy Slater (who worked on the scripts for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four and the sci-fi thriller The Lazarus Effect, both released in 2015) has written the pilot. He »

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‘The Exorcist’ Pilot Ordered at Fox with Modern Twist

22 January 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has ordered a pilot for “The Exorcist,” based on William Blatty’s 1971 novel, which inspired the iconic 1973 horror film of the same name.

The one-hour drama pilot is described as a modern reinvention inspired by Blatty’s book — a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.

The project hails from 20th Century Fox Television, in association with Morgan Creek Productions, and was written by Jeremy Slater, who also executive produces alongside James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall.

This development season, diversity is a high priority for Fox — the broadcaster has already ordered a pilot for a “24” spinoff with a non-white lead; Dan Fogelman’s female baseball drama “Pitch,” starring Kylie Bunbury; and Lee Daniels’ untitled music drama, starring Queen Latifah, which is centered around the making of a girl group. »

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Has the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ film finally found a director?

22 January 2016 8:58 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The long-planned Masters Of The Universe movie may have found its director over at Sony. Deadline report that none other than Charlie’s Angels director McG is circling the project at the studio.

The trade blog reports that Sony are pretty keen to get this going Asap and McG is set to start to rework the screenplay before potentially directing.

The story revolves around He-Man, ‘a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world that has been ravaged by the sinister Skeletor.’

The film will be based on the classic Mattel toy line that was famous turned into a movie starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987. Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox also appeared in the almost universally panned movie from Cannon Films. It was also the subject of a very famous cartoon series that ran from 1983.

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Pilot Season 2016: Time-Travel Craze And What It Means For Kevin Williamson’s ‘Time After Time’ (& His Hot CW Drama)

21 January 2016 7:03 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Maybe it was the buildup toward Back To the Future Day, but time travel became a favorite arena this development season, with some of the top creators and producers — Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke, Phil Lord & Chris Miller and Kevin Williamson — tackling it with high profile projects. Ryan and Kripke’s drama Time came to market first in August, sparking a bidding war and landing a pilot production commitment at NBC. Williamson’s Time After Time, based on the 1979 novel by Karl… »

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Star Wars: upcoming UK movie release dates calendar

18 January 2016 4:06 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Here’s our primer on all the upcoming Star Wars movies, including Rogue One and Episode VIII…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently making short work of the worldwide box office. Despite the fact that said Jj Abrams film hasn’t event left cinemas yet, Lucasfilm and Disney are already working on its follow-up and a whole host of other Star Wars movies (namely a handful of spin-offs that will expand on the story of the main saga).

As with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney’s plan here is to squeeze as Star Wars movie into cinemas every year. Here’s when UK audiences can expect all the of them…

16th December 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Next out of the gate is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (previously known as Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One). This one arrives in December of 2016, pretty »

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In your future: a wealth of time travel movies and TV shows

16 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Time travel TV is officially a trend. Earlier this week, Fox announced a new time travel TV show, coming from “Last Man on Earth” creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The network has ordered a pilot of the duo’s half hour comedy about three unlikely friends who find an even less likely way to travel through time, irreversibly complicating their personal lives in 2016. If Fox decides to put the (as yet untitled) Lord-Miller comedy on TV, it will join “Outlander,” Syfy’s television adaptation of “12 Monkeys,” and, of course, the long-running, celebrated “Doctor Who.” Now, why do we say turn-back-the-clock television is now a trend? Because tales of time travel on the small screen don’t stop there. Fox and Comedy Central are also delving into wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff with shows that we might see next TV season. Coming to our small screens even sooner are the »

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J.J. Abrams says whoever is cast as young Han Solo should watch Raiders of the Lost Ark

14 January 2016 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Casting for the Han Solo spin-off movie was shortened down to just 12 names this week from an original list of 2,500 actors. The hot rumour at the moment is that Disney are looking to fast-track the casting for a potential cameo in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is serving as an executive producer on the project, but it seems that he has no control over who will be taking on the role.

“I wish I had something to say, but I don’t,” he told Variety when they asked him about casting. “I haven’t turned my attention to that.”

Abrams then gave jokingly some advice for the lucky winner: “Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’ll all be right there.”

See Also: Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie will be set 10 years before A New Hope

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Here's J.J. Abrams Advice for the Young Han Solo Actor

13 January 2016 4:43 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If a report from earlier this week is to be believed, Disney and LucasFilm will be casting the title character in Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo within the next few weeks. The report claims that there are roughly a dozen young actors still in the running to play Han Solo, including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner. Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was recently asked by Variety if he has any advice for the young actor who will take on this iconic role. Here's what he had to say, which may surprise you.

"Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It'll all be right there."

It's interesting that J.J. Abrams would pick Harrison Ford's other franchise for these young actors to study, instead of the original Star Wars trilogy. All we know about the Han Solo »

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Star Wars: J.J. Abrams' Advice On Playing A Young Han Solo

13 January 2016 8:21 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In order to play  a young Han Solo in Disney and Lucasfilm's forthcoming prequel, does The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams think the actors should study Star Wars: A New Hope? Nope! He thinks they should study Indiana Jones instead.  "Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’ll all be right there." Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan previously stated that the Han Solo prequel wouldn't focus on the character's childhood but would instead, pick up about 10 years before the events of A New Hope. Actors on the shortlist include Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and and Blake Jenner.  Fans should remember that Disney has a history of seldom picking names that emerge on the initial shortlist so just because your personal pick may not be listed that doesn't necessarily mean they're not in the running.  Director Chris Miller and Phil Lord are »

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