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A dramedy that the Duplass bros. were originally looking to add to their film canon, it’s Sundance habitual Jeffrey Blitz who would pick up with torch for a project that would also coincidentally see him reteam with his Rocket Science starlet Anna Kendrick. We’re thinking that after having his entire filmography in Spellbound (2002), Rocket Science (2007) and Lucky (2010) play out in Park City that this might be a fourth time’s a charm. Also starring Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew, filming on the Atlanta set Fox Searchlight production began last March. We’re assuming that the trimmings and cutlery on Table 19 are more than ready.
Gist: Written by the the Duplass Brothers, this is described as a singles-at-the-wedding pic, the ensemble comedy follows a group of strangers who meet at the “losers” table at a wedding. Told from their perspective, »
- Eric Lavallee
His sophomore film received a ton of fanfare after premiering at Sundance’s Next section (and the first edition of the Next Weekend event) back in ’13, and there is no reason to think that this comedic schnitzel travelogue wouldn’t follow suit. Chad Hartigan‘s This Is Martin Bonner landed the filmmaker the coveted John Cassavetes Award at the 2013 Indie Spirit Awards, and his follow-up landed a nicely mixed bunch of actors (Craig Robinson, Carla Juri) including a newbie child protag (newcomer Markees Christmas). Production on Morris From America took place in Germany thus summer. This will indeed be ready for Park City.
Hartigan’s Martin Bonner, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
Gist: This is a coming-of-age tale about a 13-year-old hip-hop-loving American boy Morris (Christmas) who moves to Heidelberg with his father (Robinson) and is forced to navigate the trials and tribulations of adolescence in a foreign place. »
- Eric Lavallee
When Seth Rogen was at our offices last week to discuss his new film 'The Night Before," we touched on a number of subjects, and the conversation turned at one point to "Sausage Party," an animated film directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. For those who haven't heard of the film, it's understandable. It's not due in theaters until August of 2016, but it's been in production for a while now. The film tells the story of Barry, a hot dog voiced by Michael Cera, who begins to suspect that the entire ideological afterlife that has been explained to him for his entire existence is, in fact, a lie. What that lie is and how his adventure peels back the layers of reality is something you'll have to see for yourself, but it's a blisteringly filthy script, and very, very funny. It's got a great voice cast, including Rogen, »
- Drew McWeeny
True to its name, Universal Pictures captured audiences in 2015 with a diverse slate boasting universal appeal.
“They had a well-rounded roster of films,” says media analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen and Co. “Something for everybody.”
Diversity not only characterizes Universal’s hit pics. It also reflects the cast and crew of many of its latest and greatest. As with any good cocktail, the mix landed just right. And without a single superhero cape. Universal’s franchises, multicultural cast, crew and marketing teams, female-centric stories and women both behind and in front of the camera strongly contrast to the strategies of old.
With box office revenue pushing the studio well past $6 billion worldwide, Universal’s landmark success adds support to the truism that diversity is more than PC — it’s profitable.
Even though diversity may be one of Hollywood’s hottest tickets, it is not the latest. “Since I’ve been here, »
- Lisa Klug
Exclusive: 21 Laps and 3311 have teamed to make the coming-of-age comedy Henry The Second, a script by Tripper Clancy that they hope to put in production next summer. Pic will be financed by 3311, which previously teamed with Shawn Levy’s shingle on the Fox Searchlight wedding comedy Table 19. That Jeffrey Blitz-directed film is in post-production, starring Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda… »
The New York Comedy Festival has announced a slew of additions to its 2015 line-up, including its first Brooklyn show as well as panel talks with the writers from “The Tonight Show” and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”
Taking place at Brooklyn’s Kings Theater, “Comedy Central Live” will include stand-up from Hannibal Buress and performances by Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, John Mulaney and Jeff Ross, with more unannounced talent coming. The show is set for Nov. 13.
The next day, “A Sit-Down With The Tonight Show Writers” will bring Jimmy Fallon’s writing team together to discuss their technique and style for putting on the NBC show. Also on Nov. 14, a panel called “Keepin It 100: An Evening With The Creative Team of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” will feature Willmore and the team behind the show.
- Jacob Bryant
On Friday, September 18th, Universal Studios Hollywood kicked off the haunting season in grand fashion with their annual Halloween Horror Nights, which celebrates everything we love about this time of year: monsters, mayhem, unexpected frights, and ghouls waiting to terrorize you at every turn. This is my seventh year attending Hhn and I can say that this may very well be one of the best years yet, all created by designer John Murdy and his entire team who worked tirelessly to bring the gruesome festivities to life.
While I enjoyed everything about the experience at Universal Studios overall, the three standout attractions for me at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights were the Halloween, Crimson Peak and This is the End 3D mazes, and all for very different reasons. With the Halloween house, attendees get immersed into the world of the first three films from the series, which was an enjoyable twist for me, »
- Heather Wixson
Episodes: Six (half-hour)
TV show dates: August 5, 2015 -- August 19, 2015
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This comedy series revolves around Craig Robinson (Craig Robinson), the lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious. While waiting for his big break, Craig needs to pay the bills so he takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. The kids think his class is an easy "A", while Craig is moved to inspire students like Halle Foster (Amandla Stenberg).
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Mr. Robinson revolves around the lead singer and keyboardist (Craig Robinson) of a funk band. While waiting for his big break, he takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. The kids think his class is an easy A, while Craig is moved to inspire his students. The rest of the cast includes Peri Gilpin, Ben Koldyke, Brandon T. Jackson, Spencer Grammer, Amandla Stenberg, Tim Bagley, and Meagan Good.
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On the heels of my post listing the new TV series with black actors in starring/lead/series regular roles coming to your TV screens this fall... NBC has announced that it has canceled “Mr. Robinson,” its summer series starring Craig Robinson as lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, who finds himself short on cash, and takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. Meagan Good, Amandla Stenberg, Brandon T. Jackson, Spencer Grammer, Tim Bagley and Peri Gilpin rounded out the cast. Worth noting is that the debut of "Mr Robinson" was strong for NBC considering that it was a summer series, with 4.6 million viewers. It was the most-watched summer-comedy debut on any of the Big 4 networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) since 2007, and the #2 highest-rated summer comedy debut of the Big 4 networks since 2009. It dropped a little bit in viewership as the season continued, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
On the heels of my post listing the new TV series with black actors in starring/lead/series regular roles coming to your TV screens this fall... NBC has announced that it has canceled “Mr. Robinson,” its summer series starring Craig Robinson as lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, who finds himself short on cash, and takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. Meagan Good, Amandla Stenberg, Brandon T. Jackson, Spencer Grammer, Tim Bagley and Peri Gilpin rounded out the cast. Worth noting is that the debut of "Mr Robinson" was strong for NBC considering that it was a summer series, with 4.6 million viewers. It was the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Both shows debuted this summer with six episodes.
“Mr. Robinson” was developed in 2013 by Universal Television and underwent recastings and a move from single- to multi-camera. Showrunners Mark and Robb Cullen took over the series from “The Office’s” Owen Ellickson and Greg Daniels. It joins NBC’s fellow cancelled summer comedy “Welcome to Sweden.”
“Carmichael,” a Universal and 20th Century Fox Television co-production, is based on comedian Jerrod Carmichael’s real-life relationships. Unlike “Mr. Robinson,” the series has enjoyed critical support and strong ratings. “Carmichael’s” premiere was the most-watched summer comedy on broadcast in eight years, drawing 4.8 million total viewers, and tied for the No. 1 summer comedy over that span among viewers in the 18-49 demographic.
- Maane Khatchatourian
If you didn't even realize that Craig Robinson's show has been airing on NBC for weeks now, you're sadly in the majority. NBC has canceled Mr. Robinson after six episodes. Though the premiere scored solid ratings, it wasn't enough to keep audiences excited about the show. The good news is that the network has chosen to renew The Carmichael Show, which aired on the same night. One for two isn't so bad, right? Congrats to Jerrod Carmichael on his show surviving its first season! It's official. Season 2 of The Carmichael Show. — Jerrod Carmichael (@NotoriousROD) September 14, 2015 »
- Maggie Pehanick
School’s out for summer forever for NBC’s Mr. Robinson.
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The Peacock net has pulled the plug on funnyman Craig Robinson’s sitcom about a substitute teacher with dreams of music stardom, TVLine had confirmed.
TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect the news.
Mr. Robinson ended its six-episode run in August with back-to-back installments that drew »
NBC has given a second-season order to summer comedy series “The Carmichael Show,” while canceling its other freshman summer comedy “Mr. Robinson,” TheWrap has learned. Starring comedian Craig Robinson of “The Office” as a music teacher, “Mr. Robinson” originally received a series order for the 2014-15 season. It was developed as a single camera comedy by “The Office’s” Owen Ellickson and Greg Daniels with Universal Television producing. Showrunners Mark and Robb Cullen joined the show when it became a mutlicamera project. Also Read: Ratings: NBC's 'Carmichael Show' Is Most-Watched Broadcast Summer Comedy Debut in 8 Years NBC eventually burned off all six. »
- Linda Ge
Alchemy has found all the right ingredients in James Franco‘s latest big-screen effort, acquiring the North American rights to “Zeroville” in Toronto. Directed and starring the multitasking Franco, the film is an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel about a young man obsessed with cinema who climbs the ranks of 1970s Hollywood. The film stars Franco pal Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jacki Weaver, Joey King and James’ brother Dave Franco. Also Read: 10 Toronto Breakouts: From 'Len and Company' Star Jack Kilmer to 'Hardcore' Director Ilya Naishuller “Erickson’s novel is a hysterical trip into Hollywood history, »
- Matt Donnelly
The film, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Steve Erickson, stars Franco, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Joey King, Dave Franco and Danny McBride. Filming began last October in Los Angeles.
Franco directs from a screenplay by Paul Felten and Ian Olds. The story centers on a young man obsessed with cinema who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 and climbs the ranks of Hollywood’s ’70s movie elite while finding true love to be a dangerous romance.
- Dave McNary
In a preemptive swoop, the distributor has picked up James Franco’s dramedy about a young man obsessed with cinema who rises through the ranks in 1970s Hollywood.
Alchemy plans to release the film, currently in post-production, in 2016.
Vice-president of acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with Patriot CEO Mendelsohn. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
While we’re still waiting for the big deals to pop, there are some small ones trickling in. Alchemy acquired North American distribution rights to Zeroville, the film James Franco wrote, directed, and stars in with Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jacki Weaver, Joey King and Dave Franco. James Franco and Vince Jolivette are producing via their Rabbit Bandini Productions banner, along with Caroline Aragon and Michael Mendelsohn. Pic will release next… »
NBC's new summer comedy The Carmichael Show finished its third week Wednesday, which normally would serve as a reasonable time to check in on a show's progress, assess what's working and what needs refinement and to reflect on the future. Instead, completing NBC's second comedy burn-off in less than two months, The Carmichael Show has ended its run, and it moves off into limbo, joining Mr. Robinson, which had its own three-week/six-episode audition in August. The fate of Mr. Robinson doesn't particularly interest me. Craig Robinson has a varied skill set that was utilized, but ultimately stranded
- Daniel Fienberg
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