8 items from 2016
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are returning to direct from their own script with stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn reprising their characters. The film will be produced by Suzanne Todd and executive produced by Bill Block; the duo produced “Bad Moms.”
“Bad Moms,” which focused on over-stressed mothers, was produced for $20 million and took in more than $180 million worldwide when it was released earlier this year. In “A Bad Moms Christmas,” the trio must deal with the stresses of their own mothers visiting for the holidays.
Making Comedy on a Budget Pays Off for Studios, Networks
“This is a brand that has enormous goodwill all over the world, so expanding and extending the Bad Moms franchise in an authentic and irreverent way has been a priority for our team, »
- Dave McNary
Ah, the actor’s life. For those who are smitten by the slings and arrows of mostly not outrageous fortune, the choice of a career is inescapable. It’s something they were born to do, something in their blood. Such a person is Lester Rosenthal (stage name Lawrence Rose), played with understated aplomb by Gabriel Byrne in “No Pay, Nudity.” (The unusual title refers to how a casting ad might read in a theater trade paper.) Crisply written by TV producer Ethan Sandler (“New Girl”) and directed by theater veteran Lee Wilkof with an eye for small details and a lifetime of experience, »
- James Greenberg
Fox already has funny cops, but what about funny doctors? Deadline reports the network has ordered a new series called This Might Hurt.From New Girl writers Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner, the medical comedy "revolves around the brilliant doctors at Wilshire Wellness who struggle to conceal the fact that their multi-specialty private practice has become an ethical and interpersonal sh*t-show."Read More… »
Life in Pieces director/executive producer Jason Winer has teamed with two old college buddies — New Girl co-executive producers Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner — for This Might Hurt, a single-camera medical workplace comedy. The project from 20th TV, where Winer is under an overall deal and Sandler & Wenner work on New Girl, has been set up at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. Written/executive produced by Sandler and Wenner and executive produced by Winer… »
“No Pay, Nudity” premiered in July at the Stony Brook Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize Achievement in Filmmaking. The U.S. theatrical launch is planned for November.
“Funny and charming, and also infused with the emotions faced by so many of us as life doesn’t always deliver the hoped for rewards, were my first wonderful thoughts upon seeing the film,” said Scott Mansfield, Monterey Media managing partner.
Byrne portrays a middle-aged actor who has lost his way and how he relies on his friends (Lane and Conroy) in the Equity Lounge. He returns to his hometown in Dayton, »
- Dave McNary
It's a weekday and I'm sitting in a director's chair between a produce display and a freezer holding frozen alligator meat. I'm in the back row of a small group of reporters who are all fixated on a monitor, watching Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn sprint down a cereal aisle. Hahn stops halfway through the take and voraciously makes out with a confused (but satisfied) stock boy. Later, our group moves into the salad dressing aisle to watch the trio repeatedly waterfall vodka, Kahlúa, and milk into their mouths. It's the set of Bad Moms, a comedy so acutely focused on the trials facing modern mothers that you may be wary to learn that it's directed by a couple of men. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote the Hangover trilogy, but both they and the cast are careful not to label Bad Moms as the "Female Hangover." Sure, »
- Maggie Pehanick
Winer is a veteran TV director and executive producer, most recently on “Life in Pieces” for CBS and 20th Century Fox TV, where he has an overall deal. He has also directed many episodes of “Modern Family” and “The Crazy Ones.”
Winer directed the remake of “Arthur” in 2011 for his first feature film credit. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has set up East/West, a cross-cultural comedy vehicle for Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi. The film will be directed by Jason Winer, and Ethan Sandler & Adrian Wenner will write the script. Tory Metzger and David Linde will produce along with Winer, Zhang and Ling Lucas. The scribes’ credits include We Hate Paul Revere and New Girl. Linde teamed with the actress on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Winer is coming off the CBS/20th Century Fox TV… »
8 items from 2016
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