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Paris– Mark Gordon, one of Hollywood’s most prolific film and TV producers, is set to deliver a keynote at Mipcom, the Cannes-set international TV confab.
Gordon’s keynote, scheduled on Oct. 5, will be part of the Mipcom’s “A New Creative Excellence” conference program.
The Mark Gordon Company develops and produces upscale content for global distribution. Through its alliance with Entertainment One (eOne), Gordon’s shingle also finances independent, third-party film and television productions. The partnership with eOne has led to the creation of an independent studio that combines Gordon’s track record of working with emerging and established talent with the financial and distribution expertise of eOne.
Gordon ’s TV slate includes five scripted series across multiple platforms: “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC and “Criminal Minds” on CBS — two of the longest-running series in recent television history; “Ray Donovan” on Showtime; upcoming drama series “Quantico,” premiering Sep. 27 on ABC; and spinof. »
- Elsa Keslassy
There are a special collection of films that the masses tend to endlessly gravitate around; films that the collective human race are somehow pre-programmed to re-watch over and over again on a regular basis, for no reason other than: “This… again!”
You know the films. Romantic comedies slapped with slightly suggestive two-word titles like Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. Lengthy, hopeful dramas with life-affirming messages such as The Shawshank Redemption. Mainstream flicks with just a hint of edginess, like Fight Club. And, of course… anything that Christopher Nolan turns out.
Not that there’s anything nothing wrong with these particular movies; they’re popular for a reason, and people go back to them time and time again because they offer up a sense of tried and tested goodness – they’re comforting, like your favourite hot meal.
But whereas a lot of very popular motion pictures deserve their good reputations, »
- Sam Hill
- Sasha Stone
There was a point four or five years ago where it seemed like every studio comedy released was some variation of the guys-being-guys trademarked formula. You know – dudes knocking down beers, talking about chicks, engaging in various gross out antics, ribbing one another… Judd Apatow ushered in this bromance with The 40-Year Old Virgin and Todd Phillips took the blueprints to its nihilistic breaking point with his Hangover series. These were the biggest comedies around… until suddenly they weren’t. Look no further than the not-so-spectacular box-office results of Entourage and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 as proof. There’s something almost quaint nowadays about the genre. Watching out-of-shape grown men playing x-box, smoking a doob, picking their noses, lying about not doing anything, cursing one another off, scratching their balls – it’s all become dare-i-say… humdrum. I guess part of the initial appeal is the shock value, that ‘oh »
- Tommy Cook
After American Sniper was the biggest box office draw of 2014, it seems anyone will pay to see Bradley Cooper in uniform again. Deadline reports Cooper is set to produce Ghost Army, a World War II story about an agency tasked with feeding the Nazis fake intelligence about the actual number of American troops, with the hope that Cooper will star. Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Andrew Lazar are producing a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), working from a non-fiction book entitled The Ghost Army of World War II and a 2013 documentary also titled Ghost Army.
Not even a year after Tom Wilkinson portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma, Woody Harrelson will now portray our former president in Rob Reiner’s political drama simply titled Lbj. Via Variety, production will begin in the fall on a film about the life of Johnson up through his childhood and how he was »
- Brian Welk
Aloha was a rare stumble for Bradley Cooper, but now he’s dusting himself off and pressing forward with another intriguing project. Cooper and Todd Phillips are teaming up for Ghost Army, a World War II adventure based on real events. The title refers not to a squadron of lost dead souls, but to a special […]
- Angie Han
Though Aloha was a critically derided dud, the film’s failure isn’t expected to hurt star Bradley Cooper, seeing as much of the scorn was leveled at director Cameron Crowe and (to a lesser extent) Emma Stone for playing a character outside her race. With culinary pic Adam Jones and biopic Joy out this fall, Cooper is gearing up for a much better rest of his 2015, and now he’s boarding another fascinating project.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has secured rights to Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles’ WWII nonfiction The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery. Cooper and Todd Phillips are producing out of 22 & Green, with American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar also on board in the same capacity, and they’ve set Earth to Echo writer Henry Gayden to pen a script. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back when The Monuments Men came out, Dave suggested that Hollywood turn The Ghost Army into a movie and a year later, it's happening! Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. just scored the rights to Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles' The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery. [caption id="attachment_473607" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via PBS[/caption] Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips are producing via 22 & Green and will be joined by American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar. The trio and the studio have locked Earth to Echo scribe Henry Gayden to pen the script about the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, an army unit of artists, architects, actors, set designers and engineers who were assigned to pose as Us Army soldiers and stage combat to deceive the enemy. Apparently the group's actions saved thousands of lives and there's currently a campaign underway »
- Perri Nemiroff
Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the rights to tell the true story tale "Ghost Army".
The WW2-set story follows a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Clearly enjoying the producer's hat he recently donned for Hyperion, Bradley Cooper is now also putting together a WWII project at Warner Bros. He's developing, along with regular honcho Todd Phillips and American Sniper's Andrew Lazar, the WWII tall tale Ghost Army. Henry Gayden (Earth To Echo) has been tasked with the screenplay, adapting Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles' recently-published history The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy With Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery. Beyer already used the material in a 2013 documentary, also called Ghost Army.That extended title probably tells you all to need to know about the film in the offing. The stranger-than-fiction story involves a secret squad made up of artists, designers, advertising execs and other creative types who were tasked with making the Us army look a lot bigger than it was, and in a »
Exclusive: Warner Bros has acquired rights to tell the story of Ghost Army, a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did. Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips’ 22 & Green are teaming with Andrew Lazar, who just teamed with Cooper on American Sniper. The studio has acquired The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceive… »
Bradley Cooper’s long-planned adaptation of Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-wining sci-fi novel Hyperion is heading to Syfy as an event series. Cooper is set to produce alongside Graham King and Todd Phillipps, while Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will handle scripting duties.
“It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences,” said Cooper, who has been circling the adaptation since 2011.
“As Syfy continues to forge important partnerships with award-winning talent on and off screen, this powerhouse team led by Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips brings an extraordinary track record in producing entertainment of the highest creative ambition,” added Syfy President Dave Howe. “Epitomizing the gold standard of science fiction story-telling, Hyperion tackles smart and provocative themes that help define Syfy’s development vision.”
Set on the »
- Gary Collinson
Dan Simmons' Hugo Award-winning novel Hyperion is getting the small screen treatment as a Syfy Channel event series. Boardwalk Empire and Men of a Certain Age scribe Itamar Moses will write the adaptation, and will also serve as a co-executive producer on the project alongside Gk Films' Graham King (The Departed, Argo), and Bradley Cooper and his The Hangover director Todd Phillips through... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Four years ago came the surprising news that Bradley Cooper had written, on spec, an adaptation of Dan Simmons' astonishing sci-fi novel Hyperion and was developing it with producer Graham King and Warner Bros. That iteration of the project ultimately came to nothing, but Cooper and King have now regrouped and repurposed Hyperion as an "event series" for SyFy. The pair will act as executive producers along with Todd Phillips, while Boardwalk Empire's Itamar Moses has taken over the writing duties.The Hyperion sequence, modelled on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and channelling Boccaccio and Keats, deals with an intergalactic war against the titular planet, which does a nice line in energy trees, time-travelling artefacts and dangerous beasties (namely the enigmatic and terrifying Shrike). It follows seven pilgrims, alternately taking each of their viewpoints, as they undertake a journey to end the conflict and resolve their own personal dramas.But »
Starz has gone on a serious Power trip.
Less than a week after its Season 2 debut, the crime drama has been renewed for a 10-episode third season, the premium cabler announced Wednesday.
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Power‘s June 6 season premiere brought in 1.4 million total viewers — tripling its June 2014 series debut, up 32 percent versus its freshman finale and delivering the largest audience ever for a Starz season premiere.
Production on Season 3 will begin in Brooklyn this September, with a premiere slated for 2016.
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The Dan Simmons novel Hyperion, along with its companion/second-half novel The Fall of Hyperion, is one of the great modern works of science fiction. With a story of seven characters on a pilgrimage to enter a time-warped tomb, the story adopts the structure of the Canterbury Tales to weave together disparate genres, the influence of poetry by […]
- Russ Fischer
Syfy is teaming up with producers Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Graham King (The Departed, Argo), and Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Due Date) to adapt Dan Simmons' Hugo award-winning science fiction epic Hyperion as an event series. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Holy hell, this is exciting. I've been waiting years for this one. Hyperion is a space opera of the highest caliber and and one of the best science fiction series of all time. Simmons created a universe that is complex, engrossing, often terrifying, and populated by fascinating characters. What's more, Syfy has assembled an excellent team of producers to bring the story to TV. [caption id="attachment_471143" align="alignright" width="230"] Image via Doubleday/Bantam Books[/caption] I'm intrigued to find out how they will handle the unconventional narrative of the books - the first is told in a series of vignettes introducing the characters, while the second installment, »
- Haleigh Foutch
In another example of Syfy upping its star wattage, the cabler announced today that it is partnering with Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips to develop an event series based on Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-winning bestselling novel “Hyperion.”
The three men will exec produce. Itamar Moses (“Boardwalk Empire”) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio. “Hyperion” will be a production of King’s Gk Films and Cooper and Phillips’ 22nd and Green.
“It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences,” said Cooper.
- Whitney Friedlander
Syfy is joining forces with Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips to develop Dan Simmons' Hugo Award-winning novel Hyperion as an event series. Cooper will executive produce along with King and Phillips. Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will write the screenplay and serve as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Prods is the studio. Hyperion will be a production of King’s Gk Films and Cooper and Phillips' 22nd and Green. Set on the eve of Armageddon with the… »
Todd Phillips, Graham King and Bradley Cooper are teaming up to develop an event series adaptation of Dan Simmons’ “Hyperion” for Syfy, the cable network announced Wednesday. Cooper will executive produce along with King and Phillips. Itamar Moses will write the screenplay and act as co-executive producer. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio and the series will be a production of Graham King‘s Gk Films and Cooper and Phillips’ 22nd and Green. Also Read: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour (Photos) Set on the eve of Armageddon with the entire galaxy at. »
- Linda Ge
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