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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura'

10 August 2014 3:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "The Mysteries of Laura" (NBC) The Pitch: I'll go with NPR's Linda Holmes on this one: "CopMom MomCop." Quick Response: "The Mysteries of Laura" is a broad cop drama, a broad family drama and a broad character-driven comedy all squished together. In order to achieve the absolute peak of its potential value, this premise needed a director with a genuine mastery of tones, somebody gifted with each of those sides. I think a Mimi Leder or a Tommy Schlamme or somebody from the "Shameless" factory could have made that side of things work (even if the script still would have been weak). Instead, "Mysteries of Laura" got McG and the resulting pilot is just an amorphous and ludicrous blob of hammy inconsistency centered around a performance from Debra Messing that's best described as "Robert Greenblatt loves Debra Messing, but Robert Greenblatt doesn't quite get what Debra Messing does well. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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A Shel Silverstein Biopic Is in the Works; But Will It Rhyme?

21 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

If you were ever a grade schooler in desperate need of clever rhymes and you had finally graduated to the point where you were just a hair too mature for the wacky words of a one Dr. Seuss, your grubby little hands likely reached for a heavy Shel Silverstein tome like “Where the Sidewalk Ends” or “A Light in the Attic.” His sprawling books of colorful poetry and beautiful accompanying illustrations (all his own) chronicled all the issues that mattered the most to children. For instance, flipping open a Silverstein book could point you to the plight of a modern day King Midas, who turns everything he touches to raspberry jello. A perfect hell! Or maybe you’d settle on the story of Melinda Mae, the girl who tried to eat an entire whale, an actually does so in the span of 80 years. That’s just silly. Now, the man who brought so much joy to our »

- Samantha Wilson

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Shel Silverstein Biopic in the Works at McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision (Exclusive)

21 July 2014 6:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wonderland Sound and Vision has launched development on a biopic about Shel Silverstein, the prolific children’s book author, cartoonist and lyricist.

Wonderland principals McG (pictured) and Mary Viola are producing with Sean Sorensen and Motion Theory’s Mathew Cullen. Writing partners Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair are adapting “A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein” by Lisa Rogak.

Wonderland optioned the material and will be funding development. Wonderland’s Nathan Stadler will oversee the project.

The project marks the fourth time that Wonderland has worked with Shafer and Vicknair, most recently on “1:30 Train,” starring Chris Evans and Alice Eve in what was Wonderland’s first in-house financed film.

“A Boy Named Shel” explores the personal and professional struggles that made Silverstein, who died in 1999, a unique voice. Silverstein’s resume includes best-selling books such as “The Giving Tree,” poetry collections “Where the Sidewalk Ends »

- Dave McNary

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Quotes Without Context: Debra Messing Thinks "Everything Has to Do With Murder"

13 July 2014 2:54 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Debra Messing is a funny lady, but she can be even funnier without any context. She and her costars just appeared on the Summer TCA panel for her new Fall detective comedy, The Mysteries of Laura, and the cast was pretty hilarious. They spoke about their upcoming show, cracked some jokes, and divulged a borderline unhealthy relationship with murder shows. Here are the funniest quotes from Messing, costars Josh Lucas and Janina Gavankar, and producer McG - with zero context, because they're funnier that way. Source: NBC »

- Maggie Pehanick

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The Fault in Our Stars hits big at UK box office

24 June 2014 4:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Fault in Our Stars has topped the box office on its opening weekend on release.

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort's romantic drama has already struck a chord with audiences Stateside, and has replicated its success with audiences across UK and Ireland.

The film, which has already earned more than $160 million (£94 million) from the worldwide box office, added £3.4 million to its running total after releasing in the UK on June 19.

The adaptation of John Green's best-selling Ya novel charted ahead of last week's number one movie 22 Jump Street and Angelina Jolie-led Disney blockbuster Maleficent.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is in fourth place with £564,649 on its fifth weekend on release. The superhero sequel has now earned £25.7 million from UK cinemas.

Elsewhere, new films from Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner failed to light up the chart. Eastwood's musical Jersey Boys debuted at number six ahead of the McG »

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'Supernatural' Season 9 Blu-ray and DVD Coming September 9th

17 June 2014 7:14 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The exhilarating and terrifying journey of the Winchester brothers continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group delivers the ninth season of Supernatural on Blu-ray and DVD on September 9, 2014. Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season contains all 23 gripping episodes from Season 9 and is packed with over four hours of bonus content - including featurettes, commentaries, a Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Fans that purchase the Blu-ray will also have access to a Digital HD copy of all 23 episodes. Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season is priced at $59.98 Srp on DVD and $69.97 Srp on Blu-ray.

How do you deal with a fallout of heavenly proportions? With the angelic Host's descent to Earth, Sam and Dean are now facing a world inhabited by thousands of powerful beings, who soon form their own chaotic agendas. Before tackling the threat of the "loose nukes" roaming the globe, however, the Winchesters engage in their most personal conflict yet. »

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3 Days to Kill review: Not quite the comeback Kevin Costner deserves

17 June 2014 6:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: McG; Screenwriters: Adi Hasak, Luc Besson; Starring: Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard; Running time: 117 mins; Certificate: 12A

After spending the noughties in the Hollywood wilderness, Kevin Costner is experiencing something of a career comeback as he approaches his 60th birthday. No longer running with the A-list leading men, he's reshaped himself on the small screen (in historical drama Hatfields & McCoys) and taken on key supporting roles in Man of Steel and Jack Ryan. The one-two punch of sports drama Draft Day and 3 Days to Kill has him back above the title, and it's the latter that finds its way to UK cinemas this week after a so-so run in the Us earlier this year.

It's not the comeback vehicle Costner really deserves, but it's diverting enough thanks to a typically dependable performance from its leading man and some decent set pieces to keep pulses racing. Sprung »

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Allison Janney Joins The D.U.F.F For CBS Films

11 June 2014 6:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The onslaught of adaptations of Young Adult fiction continues with The D.U.F.F – an upcoming movie from CBS Films, which has just added award-winning Allison Janney to its cast. Based on the debut novel of author Kody Keplinger, the film has Academy Award winner Ari Sandel (Aim High) on board to direct, from a screenplay penned by Josh A. Cagan (Undergrads).

With Mae Whitman (Arrested Development) in the lead role, the story sees a high school senior devastated as her happy world is shaken by the realization that her fellow students routinely refer to her as The D.U.F.F (Designated Ugly Fat Friend to pretty students). Incensed, she drafts in the help of a male friend (Robbie Amell from The Tomorrow People) to aid in her personal reinvention, as she moves to undermine the school’s ruthless label maker (Bella Thorne from Blended).

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- Sarah Myles

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CBS Films Rounds Out Cast For ‘The Duff’ With Allison Janney

10 June 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: CBS Films has added Allison Janney and Romany Malco to join Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman and Ken Jeong in The Duff, an adaptation of the Kody Keplinger novel that Ari Sandel will direct from a script by Josh Cagan. McG, Mary Viola, and Susan Cartsonis are producing with Lane Bishop exec producing. Pic will shoot in the summer. Whitman plays a happy high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff, meaning designated ugly fat friend to her pretty, popular friends. She […] »

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Exclusive Clip for McG’s 3 Days to Kill starring Kevin Costner & Amber Heard

9 June 2014 3:21 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

3 Days to Kills hits UK cinemas 20th June and we’ve been given this exclusive clip from the movie which stars Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen. The movie is helmed by Director McG who has worked previously on Terminator Salvation and This Means War. The screenplay comes from the brilliant Luc Besson and this new clip gives us a little more of an idea of what we can expect from the new movie with a great interation between Costner and Heard’s characters. Check it out embedde below.

Secret Service field agent Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) dedicated his life to the CIA but when he’s diagnosed with a terminal illness, he retires from his high stakes life in order to reconnect with his estranged family.

When the agency offers him a life-saving experimental drug in exchange for one final but extremely dangerous mission, he reluctantly agrees. »

- David Sztypuljak

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UK movie releases: June 2014

29 May 2014 4:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

June 6, 2014

22 Jump Street

Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill

Running time: 112 mins

Certificate: 15

Fruitvale Station

Director: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer

Running time: 85 mins

Certificate: 15

Grace of Monaco

Director: Olivier Dahan

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth

Running time: 103 mins

Certificate: PG

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

Director: Florian Habicht

Starring: Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks

Running time: 90 mins

Certificate: Tbc

June 13

Belle

Director: Amma Asante

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson

Running time: 104 mins

Certificate: 12A

Devil's Knot

Director: Atom Egoyan

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth

Running time: 114 mins

Certificate: 15

Oculus

Director: Mike Flanagan

Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff

Running time: 104 mins

Certificate: 15

Young and Prodigious Ts Spivet

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Maillet

Running time: 105 mins

Certificate: Tbc

The Wizard of Oz - IMAX

Director: Victor Fleming, George Cukor

Starring: Judy Garland, »

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'The Duff' Announces Full Cast Led by 'Parenthood' Star Mae Whitman

28 May 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

CBS Films (@CBSFilms) announced today that Mae Whitman (@maebirdwing), Robbie Amell (@RobbieAmell), Bella Thorne (@bellathorne), Bianca Santos (@Bianca00Alexa), Skyler Samuels (@SkylerSamuels), Nick Eversman (@NickEversman) and Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) will lead the cast of The Duff. Based on the acclaimed novel by Kody Keplinger (@Kody_Keplinger) The Duff was adapted for the screen by Josh A. Cagan (@joshacagan) and will be directed by Ari Sandel. McG (@McGsWonderland), Mary Viola (@ItsMaryViola), Susan Cartsonis (@SusanCartsonis) are producing with Lane Shefter Bishop (@LaneShefterBish) serving as executive producer on the comedy which will shoot in Atlanta (@gdecd) this summer.

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, »

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'The Duff' Announces Full Cast Lead by 'Parenthood' Star Mae Whitman

28 May 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

CBS Films (@CBSFilms) announced today that Mae Whitman (@maebirdwing), Robbie Amell (@RobbieAmell), Bella Thorne (@bellathorne), Bianca Santos (@Bianca00Alexa), Skyler Samuels (@SkylerSamuels), Nick Eversman (@NickEversman) and Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) will lead the cast of The Duff. Based on the acclaimed novel by Kody Keplinger (@Kody_Keplinger) The Duff was adapted for the screen by Josh A. Cagan (@joshacagan) and will be directed by Ari Sandel. McG (@McGsWonderland), Mary Viola (@ItsMaryViola), Susan Cartsonis (@SusanCartsonis) are producing with Lane Shefter Bishop (@LaneShefterBish) serving as executive producer on the comedy which will shoot in Atlanta (@gdecd) this summer.

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, »

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Robbie Amell Joins Cast of CBS Films’ ‘The Duff’

27 May 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robbie Amell has landed the male lead in CBS Films’ pic “The Duff” alongside Mae Whitman.

Last year Ari Sandel became attached to direct the project from Josh A. Cagan’s adaptation of the novel by Kody Keplinger. The story follows a high school senior whose world is turned upside down when she learns that her group of friends has labeled her the Duff (designated ugly fat friend) — a sidekick to her prettier, more popular friends. She becomes determined to reinvent herself — and enlist her fellow DUFFs — in a scheme to overthrow the school’s evil queen.

McG, Susan Cartsonis and Mary Viola are producing for Wonderland Sound and Vision; Vast Entertainment’s Lane Shefter Bishop exec produces.

CBS Films acquired the feature rights to Keplinger’s “The D.U.F.F.” in 2011. Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.

Amell is coming off his CW show “The Tomorrow People »

- Justin Kroll

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Bianca Santos Joins Mae Whitman in ‘The Duff’ (Exclusive)

27 May 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bianca Santos has been cast as a lead in the CBS Films high-school comedy “The Duff,” opposite Mae Whitman.

McG and Mary Viola are producing for Wonderland Sound and Vision along with Susan Cartsonis. Vast Entertainment’s Lane Shefter Bishop, who brought the book to Wonderland, is exec producing.

The feature film is set to begin shooting in Atlanta in June. Ari Sandel was attached to direct the project last year from Josh A. Cagan’s adaptation of the novel by Kody Keplinger.

The story is centered on a high school senior whose world is turned upside down when she learns that she has been labeled by her group of friends as the Duff (designated ugly fat friend), a sidekick to her prettier, more popular friends.

Santos will play Casey Cordero, the best friend to Whitman’s character, who opts to dump Casey rather than remain the group Duff.

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- Dave McNary

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La Screenings: New Series That Are Getting Buzz As International VOD Buyers Rise

23 May 2014 6:06 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After the euphoria of upfront presentations, where network executives touted their new shows with short trailers, those shows are getting their first real test at the L.A. Screenings, where international buyers watch the full pilots of all new shows. It has been a strong development season for drama, not so much for comedy, and that has made for solid screenings as high-end drama series is U.S. top TV export. Related: 2014 Fall Schedule: Full Grid & Top Face-Offs “This could be one of the best years we’ve had in 10 years,” said Jeffrey Schlesinger, President of Warner Bros Worldwide Television Distribution. “Big shows, big producers, big stars and strong concepts.” That is the case across the board this year. Warner Bros, which saw all seven of its regular hourlong pilots picked up to series, has been getting buzz for the Batman origin series Gotham, from Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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3 Days to Kill Blu-ray Review

23 May 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

With middle-aged Kevin Costner brandishing a gun on the Blu-ray cover, 3 Days to Kill teases a knockoff of Liam Neeson's recent success playing the part of a grizzled older action hero. Instead, this Parisian-set story from Luc Besson takes a passive turn to explore the impossible task of simultaneously juggling the life of a successful family man and CIA operative once the explosive opening act wraps. As with similar Besson projects of the past involving aging hit-men and their real-world struggles, such serious subject matter takes a backseat to amazingly improbable coincidences and black humor, resulting in a disjointed affair that stumbles to the ground as many times as Costner's character does in the heat of confrontation.

Costner's Ethan Renner discovers after a botched hotel mission in the opening act that he's dying of a terminal cancer and has at most two-to-three months left to live. His life as »

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Videos from the Set of 'Terminator: Genesis' Confirm There Will be Explosions

22 May 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

You can rest easy, three videos from the set of Terminator: Genesis (aka Terminator 5) have appeared on YouTube, confirming the film from director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) will feature explosions in a post-apocalyptic setting. In all seriousness, the videos look like they could be from McG's Terminator Salvation as much as they could be from any of the Terminator films, which only makes me wonder what will make this one different from any of the othersc Back again is Arnold Schwarzenegger whose appearance as an older Terminator has already been speculated upon and discussed as he's joined by Jason Clarke as John Connor,Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Byung Hun Lee and Matt Smith as a new character said to have a strong connection to John Connor. The film is set for a July 1, 2015 release. yt id »

- Brad Brevet

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'Nine Lives of Chloe King' Star Joins CBS Films' 'The Duff' (Exclusive)

22 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Skyler Samuels, who starred in ABC Family’s The Nine Lives of Chloe King, is joining Mae Whitman and Bella Thorne in CBS Film’s The Duff. The teen comedy, being directed by Ari Sandel, adapts the Kody Keplinger Ya novel. McG and Mary Viola of Wonderland Sound and Vision are producing. The script centers on Bianca (Whitman), an off-beat honor roll student who discovers she is considered the Duff -- designated ugly fat friend. She then enlists the help of her neighbor, a jock, to give her a social makeover so she can ask her longtime crush on a date. Photos:

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NBC To Shift ‘Blacklist’ To Thursdays As Peacock Works To Extend Dominance In 2014-2015

11 May 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC said it would shift its freshman hit “The Blacklist’ from its Monday-night roost to Thursdays as part of its plan for the 2014-15 TV season, a bid to bring new life to an evening the Peacock once dominated but on which it has fallen short in recent years.

The James Spader-led drama is one of the few hits of the 2013-14 season and in moving it to Thursday, NBC hopes to reinvigorate a night once known for such TV-ratings juggernauts as “The Cosby Show,” ‘Seinfeld” and “Cheers.”  Thursdays are one of the most important nights of the week for advertisers, particularly retailers and movie studios who want to pitch weekend sales events and Friday-night movie openings.

See Also: Analysis: NBC Spreads the Wealth (Full NBC Schedule Posted Below)

NBC’s weakness on the evening has stuck out, even as the network has seen its viewership among people between »

- Brian Steinberg

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