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10 items from 2015


'Limitless' Sequel TV Show Gets a Pilot Order at CBS

11 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

CBS has officially ordered a pilot for a new TV series based on the 2011 feature film Limitless, with the movie's star Bradley Cooper serving as an executive producer. We first reported on the project back in October 2013, with CBS issuing a pilot production commitment nearly a year later, in October 2014. Neil Burger, who directed the feature which took in $161.8 million worldwide from a $27 million budget, will also serve as an executive producer and direct the pilot episode.

The pilot episode was written by Craig Sweeny (Medium, Elementary). In the movie, a drug is discovered by a struggling writer (Bradley Cooper), which unlocks 100% of his brain's capabilities, as he uses his new gifts to become a financial whiz kid. The series will follow a man who discovers the drug Nzt, and becomes coerced into using his amazing new abilities to solve cases every week for the FBI.

Bradley Cooper, Neil Burger »

- MovieWeb

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CBS orders pilot based on Bradley Cooper film Limitless

16 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

CBS has ordered a pilot based on the 2011 film Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper.

Described as a television sequel, the drama is being directed by Neil Burger - who also helmed the original movie.

The show will focus on Brian Sinclair, who is forced into solving cases for the FBI using enhanced abilities acquired from taking the mysterious drug Nzt.

Cooper is executive producing the project, alongside production company partner Todd Phillips, writer Craig Sweeny, Heather Kadin, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

However, Cooper is not expected to reprise his role from the original film.

The big-screen feature topped box office charts when it debuted in 2011, and has since made more than $160 million worldwide. »

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Bradley Cooper Drama ‘Limitless’ Among CBS Pilot Orders

28 January 2015 7:30 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS has ordered three new pilots, including an adaptation of a 2011 Bradley Cooper film that counts the Oscar nominee as an executive producer.

Limitless,” originally a feature starring Cooper and Robert DeNiro, will hit the small screen steered by original director Neil Berger, Cooper and his “Hangover” director Todd Phillips.

The series will pick up where the film left off, following a man with access to a mysterious prescription drug that expands his mental capacity. In the show, the character uses his abilities to help the FBI solve crimes.  The project has additional producers in Relativity honchos Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Bradley Cooper’s ‘Limitless’ Drama Pilot Picked Up at CBS, Plus 2 Comedies

28 January 2015 7:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bradley Cooper is heading behind the camera for CBS’ drama pilot “Limitless,” based on the 2011 movie of the same name. The net also picked up two comedies — “Angel From Hell” and an untitled project from Dan O’Shannon and Peter Warren.

Limitless,” from CBS TV Studios, in association with Relativity Media and exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products banner, follows a man who discovers the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced into using his newfound, powerfully drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.

Cooper will serve as an exec producer, along with Neil Berger (who directed the feature film), Craig Sweeny, Todd Phillips, Heather KadinRyan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, plus Kurtzman and Orci, who wrote the “Transformers” screenplay and produce “Hawaii Five-o” and “Scorpion” together. Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord will co-exec produce. Sweeny will pen the hourlong drama pilot, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Film Review: ‘Project Almanac’

28 January 2015 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Let’s say you discover a time machine in your basement. Would you use it to go back and stop Hitler, or would you instead make tiny jumps to tweak the quality of your own life — like taking your friends to Lollapalooza, or perfecting the all-important kiss you flubbed the first time around? For the teens in the found-footage time-travel movie “Project Almanac,” the chance to rewrite history is wasted trying to perfect their high-school experience, which naturally leads to unforeseen consequences — for them, at least, although the aftermath will be plenty familiar to butterfly-effect believers — in a film that squanders its potential.

Nearly five years after Paramount announced its Insurge initiative — a plan to generate 10 pics in the ballpark of $100,000 a year, conceived in the wake of the 2007 microbudget phenom “Paranormal Activity” — the studio has finally unveiled its first title (not counting 2012’s shoestring pickup “The Devil Inside”). But »

- Peter Debruge

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eOne acquires Mark Gordon for $133m

6 January 2015 5:36 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Deal for 51% of the Mark Gordon Company is worth $132.6m.

Entertainment One (eOne) and The Mark Gordon Company have partnered to create an independent studio that will finance and produce film, network, cable, and digital content, which eOne will distribute internationally. 

The deal, in which eOne has taken a 51% stake, is worth $132.6m. As part of the deal, eOne will be able to buy the remaining 49% in The Mark Gordon Company after seven years.

The venture, led by Mark Gordon as CEO, will continue producing ‘Mark Gordon’ content and will also expand to finance projects by other producers. It will be based in Los Angeles.

Gordon, who set up his company in 1987, is a film and television producer with titles including Speed, The Day After Tomorrow, Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot, 2012 and Source Code as well as TV series Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Army Wives, and Ray Donovan.

Upcoming projects from its film division include the Untitled »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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EOne Acquires 51% Stake in the Mark Gordon Co. for $133 Million

5 January 2015 11:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The U.K.- and Canada-based film and TV company Entertainment One has acquired a 51% stake in the Mark Gordon Co., the production outfit behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The deal is worth $132.6 million.

The partners will create an independent studio that will finance and produce movies and TV shows for the networks, cable channels and digital platforms for eOne to distribute internationally. Mark Gordon will take the role of chief executive officer at the studio, which will remain L.A.-based. As well as producing Gordon’s TV shows and films, the new company will finance projects by other producers. Gordon said the partners “are building an alternative to the traditional studio way.”

As part of the deal eOne will be able to buy the remaining 49% in the Mark Gordon Co. after seven years. In the year to Dec. 31, 2013, the Mark Gordon Co. reported net »

- Leo Barraclough

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EOne Acquires 51% Stake in the Mark Gordon Co. for $133 Million

5 January 2015 11:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The U.K.- and Canada-based film and TV company Entertainment One has acquired a 51% stake in the Mark Gordon Co., the production outfit behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Saving Private Ryan.” The deal is worth $132.6 million.

The partners will create an independent studio that will finance and produce movies and TV shows for the networks, cable channels and digital platforms for eOne to distribute internationally. Mark Gordon will take the role of chief executive officer at the studio, which will remain L.A.-based. As well as producing Gordon’s TV shows and films, the new company will finance projects by other producers. Gordon said the partners “are building an alternative to the traditional studio way.”

As part of the deal eOne will be able to buy the remaining 49% in the Mark Gordon Co. after seven years. In the year to Dec. 31, 2013, the Mark Gordon Co. reported net »

- Leo Barraclough

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Q&A: Bradley Cooper on ‘American Sniper,’ Packing on 40 Pounds and Turning 40

5 January 2015 1:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even if “American Sniper” missed out on Golden Globe nominations, it still emerged as one of the big winners of the holiday season. Clint Eastwood’s drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has grossed a stellar $2.2 million since it opened in only four theaters on Christmas, and the Warner Bros. release expands on Jan. 16.

The Oscar best-actor race is especially overcrowded this year, but as ballots are due on Wednesday, voters should take a look — if they haven’t already — at Bradley Cooper’s career-best performance. It’s a transformation that had Kyle’s widow Taya in tears the first time she saw the film, and she’s been talking about how Cooper captured her husband’s essence. In the last few weeks, many actors, including Ben Affleck, Jane Fonda, Julia Roberts and Jonah Hill, have also been singing Cooper’s praises.

To play Kyle, Cooper spent six months working out 4.5 hours a day, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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10 Directors to Watch: Comedy Scribe Jeremy Garelick Gets Last Laugh

2 January 2015 4:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Screen Gems releases “The Wedding Ringer” on Jan. 16, the Kevin Hart comedy marks not only screenwriter Garelick’s directorial debut, but also the end of a very long and winding road for the project.

“I wrote it over 13 years ago with Jay Lavender, when it was called ‘The Golden Tux,’ ” he says. (The team also co-wrote 2006’s unusually realistic relationship comedy “The Break-Up” for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.) “I was shooting second unit in Dublin on Joel Schumacher’s ‘Veronica Guerin’ at the time, and Jay was in L.A. We sent stuff back and forth, and we sold it in 2002 to Todd Phillips.” Since then, the project may have languished, but Garelick — a Yale graduate who started at CAA before getting his big break as Schumacher’s assistant — has worked hard to learn everything he could about becoming a director.

“I was on the set of ‘Tigerland, »

- Iain Blair

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