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TV News Roundup: ‘Riverdale’ Casts Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones

23 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CW’s “Riverdale” pilot, based on Archie Comics, casts Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones — and one is a Disney Channel alum — plus, more in today’s television news roundup . . .

Casting News:

The CW’s pilot “Riverdale,” based on the Archie Comics, has cast characters Jughead Jones and Betty Cooper. Former Disney Channel star Cole Sprouse will play Jughead Jones, and Lili Reinhart will play Betty.

“Riverdale” is set in the present day and follows Archie and his friends attempt to survive small-town life. Reinhart’s Betty Cooper is the ideal daughter with a crush on Archie, her best friend, who gets sick of being picture perfect and turns to her new friend Veronica for advice. Sprouse’s Jughead Jones is the former best friend of Archie’s who is still prickly about what has come between them.

The casting was first reported by Deadline, though Sprouse — who rose to fame early, »

- Jacob Bryant

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Sundance’s ‘Other People’ Breakout Jj Totah Inks With Wme

9 February 2016 9:21 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Jj Totah, the young star of the Sundance Film Festival dark comedy Other People, has been scooped up by Wme post-festival. Totah, who was Glee‘s youngest castmember in that show’s final season, starred alongside Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in SNL writer Chris Kelly’s Sundance pic, about a struggling comedy writer who moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother after a breakup with his boyfriend — forcing him to live with his conservative… »

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Sundance’s ‘Other People’ Breakout Jj Totah Inks With Wme

9 February 2016 9:21 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jj Totah, the young star of the Sundance Film Festival dark comedy Other People, has been scooped up by Wme post-festival. Totah, who was Glee‘s youngest castmember in that show’s final season, starred alongside Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in SNL writer Chris Kelly’s Sundance pic, about a struggling comedy writer who moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother after a breakup with his boyfriend — forcing him to live with his conservative… »

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Watch: How Maya Rudolph and Danny Glover Worked Opposite 'Mr. Pig' (Sundance Exclusive)

5 February 2016 11:26 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year's "Indiewire in Conversation at Chase Sapphire on Main" panels at the 2016 Sundance Film festival were concluded with a frank discussion about Diego Luna's third feature film, "Mr. Pig." Read: Watch: Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon on the Trials and Tribulations of 'Other People' (Sundance Exclusive) The road film follows Eubanks (Danny Glover), who has lost or fumbled just about everything in his life except the one thing he loves most: his pigs. His daughter, Eunice (Maya Rudolph), yearns for her father to be there for her and his grandchildren. But despite Eunice's pleas of closeness, Eubanks remains distant and overwhelmed with stress, so much so that he is goaded into taking his last prized pig down to Mexico in order to sell it for upwards of $50,000. In an attempt to save her father, Eunice travels with the aging man to Mexico, in a last ditch effort to find love, »

- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Animals Season 1 Review

5 February 2016 9:42 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Five episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

HBO’s Animals wears its twin inspirations on its sleeve – in five episodes, the New York-set series often reflects both the existential ennui of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and the urban absurdity of that hallowed Internet celebrity known to all as Pizza Rat. With the former’s anthropomorphic setup and the latter’s scrappy, go-for-broke spirit, the series is a lightweight sort of lark, filled with little observations and quirky, dialogue-driven comedy. It’s also one of the strangest shows HBO has aired in some time.

Focusing on a menagerie of inner-city critters suffering from decidedly human afflictions, the series (from Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, and produced by the Duplass brothers of Togetherness fame) has one, major hook: the idea that, in their daily struggles to survive everything from being poisoned to embarrassing themselves in social settings, the animals of the title »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Hologram Specialist Pulse Receives $10 Million Investment From Chinese Companies (Exclusive)

5 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pulse Evolution, a specialist in creating holograms, has received a $10 million investment from Chinese companies Original Force Computer Animation Co. and Shanghai U9 Game Co., Variety has learned exclusively.

The companies have bought $10 million in Pulse common stock at a valuation of $1 per share. Both Original Force and U9 Game are backed by Chinese digital-entertainment giant Tencent Holding Limited.

Pulse Evolution’s principals gained notice for their computer-generated animation of Tupac Shakur, projected in holographic form at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music Festival. In 2014 they launched Pulse with the production of a “virtual” Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards.

“We are certainly pleased to have the support of Original Force and its chairman, Harley Zhao,” said John Textor, executive chairman of Pulse. “We have great respect for their commitment to story-based content, and we share a belief that the greatest of stories deserve the very best in visual imagery.”

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- Dave McNary

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Sean Hayes Will Star as 'God' in the Broadway Comedy An Act of God - See the Pictures!

4 February 2016 5:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sean Hayes has landed his holiest role yet! The Emmy award-winning actor will star as "God" in Broadway's hit comedy An Act of God, a play written by David Javerbaum. The Will and Grace star and his angels - played by David Josefsberg and James Gleason - will touch down on Earth for 90 precious minutes to answer some of mankind's deepest questions during the comedy directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. Hayes made his Broadway debut in 2010 when he starred in Promises, Promises alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Molly Shannon and Tony Goldwyn. An Act of God officially open on Feb. »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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Sean Hayes Will Star as 'God' in the Broadway Comedy An Act of God - See the Pictures!

4 February 2016 5:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sean Hayes has landed his holiest role yet! The Emmy award-winning actor will star as "God" in Broadway's hit comedy An Act of God, a play written by David Javerbaum. The Will and Grace star and his angels - played by David Josefsberg and James Gleason - will touch down on Earth for 90 precious minutes to answer some of mankind's deepest questions during the comedy directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. Hayes made his Broadway debut in 2010 when he starred in Promises, Promises alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Molly Shannon and Tony Goldwyn. An Act of God officially open on Feb. »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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Jim Gaffigan, Carl Reiner Join ‘Duck Duck Goose’ Animated Movie

2 February 2016 4:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jim Gaffigan and Carl Reiner have joined the voice cast of China-based Original Force Animation’s animated feature “Duck Duck Goose.”

Gaffigan will voice a goose who rescues two ducklings from an eccentric cat. Reiner will voice a wise turtle. The cast includes Stephen Fry, Jennifer GreyMolly Shannon, Diedrich Bader and Rick Overton.

Duck Duck Goose” is the first of three feature animated films currently in production at Original Force Animation. The company opened a Los Angeles-based production and development office in August, led by Penny Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins.

The film is directed by Christopher Jenkins (“Home”) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Rob Muir. Jenkins previously collaborated with Finkelman Cox and Rabins on “Surf’s Up” when the two execs launched Sony Pictures Animation.

Rabins and Finkelman Cox are producing the feature along with Viola Chen.

The story will center on Gaffigan’s character, Peng, being »

- Dave McNary

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Us Briefs: Lauren Russell earns StarStream stripes

2 February 2016 3:23 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: FilmBuff acquires world on ‘Who’s Driving Doug’; and more…StarStream has promoted Lauren Russell to vp of production and development. Russell was a key figure in bringing three productions to Sundance: Jeff Beana’s Joshy (pictured), Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers and Frankie Shaw’s short film Too Legit.

FilmBuff has picked up worldwide rights to David Michael Conley’s Who’s Driving Doug that will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 5 ahead of launch in select theatres and VOD on February 26. Rj Mitte of Breaking Bad, Pamela Kwiatkowski of Bates Motel and Ray William Johnson of The Equals Three Show star. Jake Hanley of FilmBuff negotiated the deal with Nicola Carbonetta and David Katz.

Jim Gaffigan has been cast in one of the lead roles of Original Force Animation’s first feature Duck Duck Goose alongside Carl Reiner and the previously announced cast of Stephen Fry, Zendaya, [link »

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Jim Gaffigan, Carl Reiner Join Voice Cast of Animated Movie ‘Duck Duck Goose’

2 February 2016 11:33 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jim Gaffigan and comedy legend Carl Reiner have joined the voice cast of Original Force Animation’s first animated feature “Duck Duck Goose,” while Mark Isham has come on to compose the score, it was announced Tuesday by the company’s co-presidents Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox. Gaffigan will voice one of the leads, a rebellious yet lovable goose named Peng, who rescues two young ducklings, Chi and Chao (Zendaya and Lance Lim), from an eccentric but deadly cat named Banzou (Greg Proops). Reiner will voice a wise turtle named Larry. The cast also includes Stephen Fry, Jennifer Grey, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Watch: Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano on the Farts and Brilliance of 'Swiss Army Man' (Sundance Exclusive)

1 February 2016 2:16 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No Sundance movie made a louder impression last week than Daniel Scheinart and Daniel Kwan's "Swiss Army Man." The filmmakers, known together as "The Daniels," rocked the festival to its core thanks to a farting corpse, a phallic compass and a handful of other unforgettable visuals. While their film ended up being the love-it-or-hate-it cult hit of the festival, it impressed enough people at A24 to be picked up for U.S. distribution and it blew away enough members of the Sundance jury to earn the filmmaking duo the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award. Read More: Watch: Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon on the Trials and Tribulations of 'Other People' (Sundance Exclusive) The survival indie stars a bearded Paul Dano as Hank. As he prepares to commit suicide on a deserted island, Hank discovers a corpse on the shore (Daniel Radcliffe) and uses it as a survival »

- Zack Sharf

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The Women of Sundance 2016 [Photos]

1 February 2016 8:58 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After Saturday's awards and yesterday's final screenings, the book has now been closed on Sundance 2016. So what should we take away from this annual Utah cinematic retreat? One possible lasting impression: Women once again made some vital and lasting contributions to this year's slate. Whether it was in front of the camera or as a director, writer, producer, editor or documentary subject (like Laura Albert, pictured above, from "Author: The Jt LeRoy Story"), Sundance 2016 brought a variety of women to the attention of the film world. As part of our annual Indiewire Portrait Studio at the Chase Sapphire Lounge, we had the good fortune to feature some of these talented individuals. Read More: Sundance 2016: Group Portraits from the Festival's Top Titles and More [Photos] As with our previous Sundance portraits, all photos below were taken by photographer Daniel Bergeron. Narges Rashidi (Under The Shadow) Elizabeth Wood and Morgan Saylor (White Girl)Molly Shannon (Other. »

- Steve Greene

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Oscars 2017: Sundance Launches Strong Contenders Like ‘Birth of a Nation,’ ‘Weiner’

31 January 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may seem nuts to start handicapping next year’s Oscars race before this year’s ceremony has even aired, but Sundance has proven that it’s now a launching pad for awards season contenders.

After January 2014’s debut of “Boyhood” and January 2015’s premiere of “Brooklyn” (both at the Eccles Theater), Sundance may have doubled up and unveiled two best picture nominees in 2016. Those would be “Manchester By the Sea” and “The Birth of a Nation.”

Let’s start with the second title. Nate Parker’s retelling of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner is a one-man tour-de-force: starring Parker, directed by Parker, produced by Parker and written by the actor best known until now as the star of “Beyond the Lights.” “The Birth of a Nation” will change that. Not only did the historical epic receive the most prolonged standing ovation at this year’s Sundance, it »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Sundance: 19 Biggest Breakthrough Performances

30 January 2016 12:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance has always served as a springboard to launch the careers of under-the-radar actors — just ask Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Ryan Gosling (“The Believer”) — and the 2016 edition of the festival was no exception. Variety’s critics Justin Chang, Guy Lodge and Geoff Berkshire and film reporters Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang weighed in on their favorite breakthrough performances at this year’s Sundance.

(1) Narges Rashidi, “Under the Shadow”

Babak Anvari’s wartime creeptacular has already drawn well-deserved comparisons to another Sundance-premiered horror hit, “The Babadook,” and along similar lines, Rashidi’s intense yet fine-grained work here deserves to be spoken of in the same lofty tones as Essie Davis’. As a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution, Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of »

- Variety Staff

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Watch: Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon on the Trials and Tribulations of 'Other People' (Sundance Exclusive)

29 January 2016 2:17 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Indiewire partnered up again with Chase Sapphire at Sundance this year to facilitate a series of panels on this festival's standout hits. The "Indiewire in Conversation at Chase Sapphire on Main" panels kicked off earlier this week with a discussion about the Adam Scott-produced "Other People." Read: Sundance Review: 'Other People' Starring Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Zach Woods, And Bradley Whitford The drama follows David, a struggling 29-year-old comedy writer who moves back in with Joanne, his mother, following her diagnosis with cancer. But David's challenges are only beginning as his conservative family does not accept him for who he is. Furthermore, as Joanne's cancer continues to get worse, each family member struggles to deal with the inevitable loss in their own way. Indiewire's Managing Editor Kate Erbland joined the film's director, former "SNL" writer Chris Kelly, and cast -- Molly Shannon, Jesse Plemons, Maude Apatow and »

- Riyad Mammadyarov

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The 2016 Sundance Market: A Tale of Two Festivals

29 January 2016 11:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. On one hand, there were record-breaking deals — such as the $17.5 million Fox Searchlight forked over for “The Birth of a Nation,” Nate Parker’s retelling of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner; and the $10 million that Amazon Studios splurged on “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a janitor (Casey Affleck) returning home after a family tragedy.

But while serious money was spent in Park City, it also created an “Upstairs Downstairs” effect, in part because the deep-pocketed bids from Netflix and Amazon contrasted with purse-tightening by traditional distributors. The Sundance market might look healthy, but only a select few are benefiting from the shopping sprees led by the new players. As agents scrambled to drive prices up, buyers grumbled that even mediocre »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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Sundance 2016 Interview: Adam Scott Gets Rad With Other People

26 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

SNL writer, Chris Kelly's new film, Other People, gets its first hearty laugh before it even begins. This is on account of the film's production company title card, which proudly presents a crudely animated tiger with cool shades tipped down its nose, as if to say, 'sup'. This is the hysterical logo for Adam and Naomi Scott's Gettin' Rad Productions. The company made its debut last year at Sundance with Patrick Brice's insane sex romp, The Overnight, which Adam Scott appears in as an unendowed La newbie.This year Gettin' Rad proves two for two with Other People, starring Jesse Plemons as a younger version of Kelly dealing with the impending death of his mother, triumphantly played by Molly Shannon. The plot may sound bleak, but...

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The Funniest Movie at Sundance Is Also the Sobbiest

26 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Maybe you've never heard of writer/director Chris Kelly, but you definitely know Saturday Night Live, and you have probably seen - and adored - the Beygency skit and last Fall's Adele Thanksgiving skit, both written by SNL alum Kelly. Now he's moved on to films with Other People, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and is blowing audiences away with how funny it is - while also being one of the teariest showings. In Kelly's debut as a feature film writer and director, he goes to the trusty well of his own life: the movie follows a young man named David (played by Jesse Plemons), a comedy writer who moves home from New York City when his mother gets cancer. Molly Shannon plays David's mother, Joanne, and holy hell: she is incredible. Joanne, a retired teacher, has a rare form of cancer, and the movie chronicles a year »

- Shannon Vestal Robson

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Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons on His Sad Sex Scene, Star Wars Rumors, and the Funny Things About Dying

25 January 2016 11:38 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

One of the joys of Sundance is watching sweet, low-budget movies that bring together nice people whom you might never have thought to pair up. Such is the case with Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons, who play dying mother and gay son in Saturday Night Live writer Chris Kelly's first feature, Other People, an oftentimes funny look at a family dealing with cancer that earned the festival's prestigious opening-night slot. The movie opens with Shannon having just died at home, with her family, including Plemons, Bradley Whitford as her husband, and Maude Apatow and Madisen Beaty as her daughters, weeping on the bed, when a friend calls the answering machine to check in — while ordering fast food at a drive-in. From there it rewinds nearly a year, to the moment when Plemons's character, David, a comedy writer fresh out of work who has just broken up with his longtime »

- Jada Yuan

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