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- Debi Moore
The logline is under wraps.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
The multi-year agreement kicks off in 2015 with teen comedy The Duff, which Sierra/Affinity is selling internationally according to a prior agreement.
CBS Films will continue to acquire, produce and self-distribute its own limited releases.
“Making movies is only half of the equation – today’s marketplace demands a strategic approach to marketing and distribution that is fluid and creative, and no company has demonstrated more vision and innovation than Lionsgate,” said CBS Films president Terry Press.
“As we build our home-grown slate and expand our efforts in the acquisition space, we’re thrilled to partner with the outstanding Lionsgate team on a plan that provides the flexibility to handle these ambitions.”
“CBS Films has emerged as a creative force that will serve as a commercially exciting and reliable source of quality mainstream theatrical releases for years »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Lionsgate and CBS Films announced a multi-year distribution partnership this morning, which will begin with the 2015 release of the teen comedy The Duff. Along with the press release, they have debuted a first look at the cast, which features Disney superstar Bella Thorne and Parenthood favorite Mae Whitman.
The high school comedy The Duff is based on the bestselling novel by Kody Keplinger and is directed by Ari Sandel from a screenplay by Josh Cagan.  McG, Mary Viola and Susan Cartsonis produced The Duff with Lane Bishop serving as executive producer.
The film follows Bianca (Mae Whitman), a high school senior whose world is shattered when a charming jock (Robbie Amell) informs her that the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos).
Lionsgate, a premier next-generation global content leader, and CBS Films, a multifaceted feature film studio releasing quality films in all genres, have formed a multi-year distribution partnership which will begin with the 2015 release of the teen comedy The Duff, the two companies announced today.
Under the agreement, CBS Films will acquire or produce the films and shepherd the marketing efforts with Lionsgate overseeing distribution initiatives across all media, including theatrical and home entertainment platforms. In addition, Lionsgate will handle exclusive international sales for all titles under the agreement with the exception of The Duff.
The agreement gives CBS Films access to Lionsgate's distribution prowess as well as its global sales infrastructure, while Lionsgate will receive a new and consistent source of branded quality wide release films for its theatrical and home entertainment pipelines. Outside of this new strategic arrangement, CBS Films will continue to acquire, produce and self-distribute its own limited releases. »
Vancouver, BC. It's time to bring out the big guns. Last month, I was on a "Supernatural" 200th episode red carpet in Vancouver. So far this week, I've posted the majority of the interviews. First I posted my red carpet Q&As with series creator Eric Kripke, plus long-time Ep Robert Singer and slight-less-tenured Ep Adam Glass. Then I posted my Q&As with supporting favorites Misha Collins, Felicia Day, Mark Sheppard and Genevieve Padalecki. But now, with Tuesday (November 11) night's 200th episode just hours away, it's time to post my interviews with Sam & Dean Winchester themselves. Because of all of their photo responsibilities and their various commitments at the party, I got Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki at the very end of the red carpet time and Jared in particular was only able to spare a couple minutes. But they're still fun, if brief, interviews. They're also the only »
- Daniel Fienberg
Vancouver, BC. To recap, back in October I worked the red carpet at a special 200th episode gala in Vancouver for The CW's "Supernatural." Last night, I posted my red carpet Q&As with series creator Eric Kripke, plus long-time Ep Robert Singer and slight-less-tenured Ep Adam Glass. Now it's time for my interviews with the assortment of beloved "Supernatural" supporting players who attended the 200th episode party, actors who may not have been around for the duration of the show, but have made their marks in different ways. That certainly includes Misha Collins, whose Castiel didn't arrive until the fourth "Supernatural" season, but has played a key role in the move to shift the drama from its monster-of-the-week format to the higher Heaven-and-Hell stakes that have characterized its later years. Showing up a season later was Crossroads demon Crowley, played by Mark Sheppard. Thanks to "Supernatural," "Doctor Who," "Battlestar Galactica" and "The X Files, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Formerly known as A Many Splintered Thing, the film will open theatrically in the first quarter of 2015 and also stars Patrick Warburton, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Ioan Gruffudd, and Philip Baker Hall.
Playing It Cool follows an imaginative young man who meets the (engaged) woman of his dreams at a dinner where he pretends to be a philanthropist and resolves to win her heart. Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair wrote the screenplay.
“We are looking forward to working with Chris Evans and the rest of the cast for the Us release of Playing It Cool,” said Vertical co-president Mitch Budin. “We think audiences will appreciate the unique storytelling and the honest intimacy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
NBC has given Debra Messing’s cop dramedy “Mysteries of Laura” a full-season order, picking up an additional nine episodes of the freshman series.
“Debra has effortlessly infused Laura with a relatability that is captivating audiences,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see how Laura will continue to evolve throughout the entire season.”
“Laura” has established itself as a solid ratings performer for NBC on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., averaging a 1.8 demo rating in adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers overall. NBC notes that the series is the only freshman drama on the Big Four networks to remain within 0.2 demo points of its series premiere in its subsequent episodes. It has improved its 8 p.m. Wednesday timeslot 58% or 3.3 million year-over-year.
- Laura Prudom
NBC has solved the mystery of whether of not Debra Messing's latest show will continue to air. The network has given a full-season 22-episode order the new drama “The Mysteries of Laura.” Emmy Award winner Messing stars as a New York homicide Detective named Laura Diamond, who has to juggle the responsibilities of being a cop and being a mom. After six episodes, "Laura" has averaged a 1.8 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers overall. While the overall viewer numbers have been good, the series is skewing toward a very old audience. It also stars Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar and Max Jenkins. Writer Jeff Rake ("Boston Legal") and director McG ("Supernatural") are executive producing the series along with Greg Berlanti ("Arrow"), Aaron Kaplan ("The Neighbors"), Todd Lituchy and Sarah Schechter. “Debra has effortlessly infused Laura with a relatability that is captivating audiences,” said NBC president Jennifer Salke in a press release. »
- Dave Lewis
After scoring big in the ratings department, NBC has given "The Mysteries of Laura" a full-season pickup.
"Laura," which stars "Will and Grace" alum Debra Messing as the titular mom and cop, will now run for 22 episodes in its inaugural season. The show has been pulling in an average of 10.6 million viewers per episode, numbers that NBC hopes will continue.
"Debra has effortlessly infused Laura with a relatability that is captivating audiences," NBC president Jennifer Salke said in a press release announcing the news. "We can't wait to see how Laura will continue to evolve throughout the entire season."
"The Mysteries of Laura" co-stars Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar, and Max Jenkins, and is co-executive produced by McG ("Supernatural") and Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "Dawson's Creek"), among others. It airs on Wednesdays on NBC.
Photo credit: Will Hart/NBC »
- Katie Roberts
I've been a huge fan of the Terminator franchise ever since I watched the first film at a shockingly young age. It's fair to say that, being the wee boy I was on my first few viewings, I struggled to understand everything I was seeing, but something about the film connected with me enough to keep me coming back again and again. As I grew up, I started to recognise the film's strengths: the compelling storytelling, amazing action (robots! lasers!), and likeable characters, to name just a few.
By the time Terminator 2: Judgment Day rolled around, I'd watched the original film many times, and fallen deeply in love with it. The sequel blew me away, and was also my first introduction to the horrors of nuclear »
The Mysteries of Laura Review
The aftermath of a long-running show isn’t an impossible hurdle to overcome, but it’s a tricky one, and Debra Messing is about due for another success.
Unfortunately, the best case scenario for The Mysteries of Laura involves a large enough demographic that is looking for a mix of soap opera and crime drama that leans heavily into the guilty pleasure realm. That might not actually give a fair account of the show, especially because a certain number of series that are on the air now, and doing quite well, could be thought to fall into that realm themselves. The Mysteries of Laura demands we go further than we’re used to, even in thinking of a television show as being a certain kind of ridiculous, and in this case what we’re looking for is akin to Scooby Doo showing up in a modern-setting romance novel. »
- Marc Eastman
After taking something of a left turn with his latest, the lighthearted TV miniseries "P'tit Quinquin," Bruno Dumont is moving in yet another interesting, unforeseen direction. The filmmaker is sticking in the world of TV, preparing a musical titled "Jeanette" for the channel Arte. It is about the childhood of Joan of Arc, and is based on the works of writer Charles Péguy, who wrote poetry and plays about the religious figure and "her personal struggle to come to terms with evil and her despair regarding the coming of God's kingdom." If anyone can pull off a musical about that, we suppose it's Dumont. [Telerama] "Hunter Killer" has hooked many directors over the years—Antoine Fuqua, Phillip Noyce, McG and Steven Quayle—without actually being made, and now Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") is the latest to come in through the rotating doors of the forever developing movie. If it actually films. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) has been in some great films, but when asked if he regrets anything on his movie resume, the actor said that he's not very proud of "This Means War," a romantic comedy that was directed by McG (Terminator Salvation) and co-starred Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. "I love to do things I hadn't done before," Hardy told USA Today. "I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won't do a romantic comedy again." When his "The Drop" director Michael B. Roskam asked: "So you won't do mine?" Hardy replied: "With you, it would be different." In other words, Hardy would never work with McG again. »
Cut off from all outside communication, a submarine commander and an elite Navy special forces unit are all that stand between the Russian assault and all-out war.
Campbell is just the latest name attached to the helm of the project, and this would mark his first film since "Green Lantern".
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The game of Hot Potato over the spy thriller Hunter Killer continues. The film has seen directors like Phillip Noyce, Antoine Fuqua, and most recently McG attached at one point or another, but has failed to come to fruition in the years that it’s been in development. Relativity is still trying, though, and The Wrap now reports that Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell is in early talks to direct the pic, which is an adaptation of the novel Firing Point by George Wallace and Don Keith. The story revolves around an American sub commander and a Navy Seal team that must rescue the Russian president and defeat a renegade admiral who’s attempting a coup. Campbell hasn’t directed a film since 2011’s Green Lantern, and while he wasn’t a great match for superhero material, he helmed the excellent The Mask of Zorro and rebooted the James Bond »
- Adam Chitwood
Without putting too fine a point on it, “The Mysteries of Laura” is designed for people who really, really love Debra Messing — who have been pining for her return to NBC ever since “Will & Grace,” and were even willing to forgive and forget her role in “Smash.” That contingent, alas, had better be fairly sizable, since there’s precious little else to recommend this new series, which liberally mixes the struggles-of-motherhood comedy with standard police procedural fare. Although Laura’s partner playfully refers to her as “Columbo,” the more apt comparison for NBC might be its “Ironside” revival.
At times, Laura’s commitment to whimsy makes the crime in the premiere — a hard-to-explain murder, committed in plain view — feel almost like an afterthought. That’s because she spends much of her time dealing with her mischievous preschoolers and a philandering husband (Josh Lucas) who, in addition to also being on the police force, »
- Brian Lowry
This means why?! Tom Hardy said he was not a fan of working on a rom-com, and he will probably never do it again. The British hunk, 37, opened up to USA Today about his experience on set with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine back in 2012's big studio romantic comedy This Means War. "I love to do things I hadn't done before," Hardy said of working on the McG-directed flick. Except he hated the experience. In the movie, Hardy and Pine played CIA agents and best [...] »
And you thought you had bad memories of the film This Means War. Tom Hardy, who starred opposite Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon in the McG-directed 2012 action comedy, told USA Today that his negative experience filming the movie makes it unlikely he'll ever agree to appear in another rom-com. "I love to do things I hadn't done before," the actor said, explaining why he signed on for the film that is clearly outside of his grittier wheelhouse. "I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it.
- Ryan Gajewski
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