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Actor-comedian Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang! Bang!) will star opposite Molly Shannon in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot from creator Brian Gallivan, Sony TV and Olive Bridge Prods. It centers on an overworked father (Tompkins) dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages but rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. Shannon plays his wife. Also cast in the pilot is Tessa Albertson as the couple’s older daughter. Repped by Innovative/Mksd. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Strangers With Candy‘s Amy Sedaris will co-star opposite Jane Krakowski in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Comedian Paul F. Tompkins is heading to ABC. Tompkins will star in ABC's New Hampshire-set family single-camera comedy from executive producer Brian Gallivan opposite Molly Shannon. The untitled single-camera comedy (formerly known as Bambi Cottages) centers on an overworked father (Tompkins) dreaming of being "on vacation all year" who moves his family, the Burkes, from the city to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Tompkins will play the charming and likable Teddy, who describes himself as a dreamer -- and there's little that can quash Teddy's child-
- Philiana Ng
Also starring Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon and Felicity Huffman, Trust Me is the second feature film written and directed by Gregg who made his directing debut with Choke, an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel. Trust Me tells the sharp, comic story of Howard Holloway (Gregg), a down-on-his luck agent for child actors and truly one the last good guys left in Hollywood. After discovering a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Sharbino), he is poised to close the deal of a lifetime which would catapult his tween client and, at long last, himself, into the big time. With the support of his gorgeous new neighbor (Peet), he must wrangle the actress' volatile, overprotective father, dodge a scheming producer (Felicity Huffman), and outwit his uber-slick »
- Pietro Filipponi
Koch Media has secured a hat-trick of acquisitions for UK distribution, following thsi month’s Efm in Berlin, including Zac Braff comedy drama Wish I Was Here, Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton rom com And So It Goes…, and zombie comedy Life After Beth, headed by rising stars Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza.
Koch will release all three titles in 2014.
Marking Zac Braff’s first film behind the camera since Garden State in 2004, Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here tells the story of a man in his 30s whose life has become directionless, but is forced to change drastically on learning of his father’s terminal cancer. Braff takes the lead role alongside Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene and Mandy Patinkin.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
We apologise profusely and you can stop reading this now if you so choose to, but the sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop has added five new names to its cast.
Wizards of Waverly Place and Grown Ups 2 star David Henrie has signed on as a charming valet attendant whom Blart’s (Kevin James) daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) develops a crush on. while Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) will also co-star along with Eduardo Verastegui (Bella), Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry) and James' brother Gary Valentine (The King of Queens), who'll be playing fellow security guards.
- Gary Collinson
I missed out on the joy of watching Paul Blart: Mall Cop on its release in 2009, having feasted upon its delightful fruits a couple of months ago through a popular video streaming service, you know the one, the film was a masterpiece of comic genius and really should have been considered at the Oscars.
I am, of course, lying.
Paul Blart was a mediocre-at-best, flat, predictable and meandering film that all revolved around the core ‘joke‘ of Kevin James on a segway. Despite this, it was inoffensive and did provide a few chuckles (for me, mainly just because the name ‘Blart’ itself sounded funny), doing well enough that a sequel was considered and now put into production.
James returns to security guard Blart’s shoes in the inventively-titled Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. This time taking place in Vegas, at a security guard convention of all places, Blart must once »
- Tom Durbin
In the sequel, Paul Blart and his daughter attend a security guard convention in Las Vegas. He is mocked by casino security until he helps them bring down a group of art thieves.
Rodriguez will reprise the role of Blart's daughter Maya, while Henrie will play a valet attendant who Maya has a crush on.
Turturro is cast as one of Blart's security guard enemies, with Valentine a sympathetic colleague.
Watch the trailer for the original Paul Blart: Mall Cop below: »
Back in January, Sony Pictures announced that it's moving forward with a sequel to "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," which hit theaters four years ago and grossed $183 million worldwide on a budget of only $26 million. Kevin James is returning, and now comes word that Molly Shannon, David Henrie, Nicholas Turturro, Gary Valentine and David Henrie have joined the cast. Raini Rodriguez is also in negotiations to reprise her role as Maya, the daughter of Paul Blart. The story is set in Las Vegas, where Paul and Maya attend a security guard convention. After being constantly mocked by casino security, he helps them bring down a dangerous group of art thieves. Andy Fickman (The Game Plan) is directing. Shooting is expected to begin in April in Las Vegas. »
TV news and notes:
- Krysten Ritter is joining the space race. The former "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" star has taken a lead role in NBC's comedy pilot "Mission Control" as a woman who comes into conflict with a macho astronaut during the run-up to Nasa's missions to the moon in the 1960s. Ritter will also be a producer on the project.
- Now that she's no longer a series regular on "Homeland," Morena Baccarin has found her next TV role. The "Firefly" alum will star in "Warriors," an ABC drama pilot about military doctors and nurses. Her character is a psychiatrist and expert on post-traumatic stress who's also suffering from the disorder following a stint in Afghanistan.
The ninety minute film follows the story of Howard Holloway (Gregg) as a failed child actor turned agent whose strong morals continue to make him unsuccessful in life, all until he meets teen actress Lydia (played by Saxon Sharbino), a fourteen year old talented actress whose alcoholic father is a major setback in her life. Howard promises himself that he won’t let the chance of a lifetime to represent Lydia slip away in this captivating black comedy about a generally ruthless business.
The film stars not only Gregg and Sharbino but also Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon and Paul Sparks and was produced by Keith Kjarval, Aaron Gilbert, Mary Vernieu and many more. »
- Catherina Gioino
First, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is happening!
Second, it will take place in Las Vegas! The story has Paul Blart taking his daughter to a security guard expo in Vegas. He's
Third, the cast will look very familiar to people who watch a lot of Kevin James movies (that would be us). Yep, looks like Kevin James' is following his friend Adam Sandler's lead and filling out the cast with his friends. That makes sense, the movie is from Sandler's company Happy Madison and he's an executive producer along with James. Here's who has signed on:
Raini Rodriguez: obviously, she played Paul Blart's only child Maya in the original.
David Henrie ("Wizards of Waverly Place"): David will play the boy Maya is crushing on. David was not only in Grown Ups 2, he and Kevin James made the upcoming Woirld War II dramedy Little Boy together. »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Here's today's latest casting news: Jack O'Connell is in final negotiations star in Universal's spy thriller Station 6 as the younger lead. Colin Quinn is the latest performer to join Amy Schumer in Judd Apatow’s next directorial effort, Trainwreck. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will add David Henrie, Eduardo Verastegui, Nicholas Turturro, and Gary Valentine, with Molly Shannon and Raini Rodriguez in negotiations to star alongside Kevin James. Hit the jump for more. First up from The Wrap is news that Universal is high on O'Connell, who is negotiating a lead role in Station 6, the first installment in the studio's potential franchise. Universal acquired Aaron Berg’s spec script for a reported price tag north of $1 million. "The historical spy thriller follows the World War I-era formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the “James Bond” series. »
- Dave Trumbore
Just over a month after the sequel was announced, the supporting cast of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is starting to come together, with Molly Shannon, David Henrie, Nicholas Turturro and Gary Valentine in talks to star. Raini Rodriguez is also in negotiations to reprise her role from Paul Blart: Mall Cop as Maya, the daughter of Kevin James' title character.
The story is set in Las Vegas, where Paul and Maya attend a security guard convention. After being constantly mocked by casino security, he helps them bring down a dangerous group of art thieves. No details were given for Molly Shannon's character, but David Henrie is playing a Vegas valet attendant who Maya has a crush on. Nicholas Turturro will play one of Blart's security guard adversaries, while Gary Valentine is portraying a colleague who is sympathetic to the title character's plight.
Molly Shannon has been tapped as the female lead in ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot from creator Brian Gallivan, Sony TV and Will Gluck‘s studio-based Olive Bridge Productions. She also is in negotiations for a co-starring role in the feature Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The untitled ABC project (aka Bambi Cottages) centers on an overworked father dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages but rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. SNL alumna Shannon will play his deadpan wife Cathleen, an exhausted but loving mother. Gallivan is exec producing with Gluck and Richie Schwartz. Shannon, repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment, is coming off an arc on HBO’s comedy series Getting On and an Emmy nomination for Enlightened. She just wrapped The Affair »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Molly Shannon is moving to New Hampshire. The Saturday Night Live alum will co-star in ABC's New Hampshire-set family comedy from Brian Gallivan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide The untitled single-camera comedy (known as Bambi Cottages) centers on an overworked father dreaming of being "on vacation all year" who moves his family from the city to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages. Shannon will co-star as Cathleen Burke, a wife and mother of six kids with a keen sense of humor. She's a frazzled mom
- Lesley Goldberg
Getting On has been renewed for a second season by HBO! Wait, you haven't heard of Getting On? Well, let's change that. The HBO comedy hails from Big Love creators Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen. It stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash and was host to guest stars including Molly Shannon, June Squibb and Telma Hopkins. Metcalf plays Dr. Jenna James, the head of an extended care geriatric unit. Borstein and Nash are the nurses to the elderly patients. It's based on the hit BBC series of the same name and is hilarious. Read: Why You Should Be Watching HBO's Getting On The first season of six episodes premiered in November 2013 to 520,000 viewers. Season two will again be six »
Melissa McCarthy is on a roll. Not only did she star in two of last year’s biggest comedies, but she’s also hosted Saturday Night Live in each of the last three seasons — the only performer to achieve that feat in that span. This past weekend, she didn’t even have a project to plug — a detail that became a funny gag in her opening monologue — but she’s one of those guests who clearly loves the show’s comedy environment. In fact, no one throws him or herself into characters more than McCarthy, who craves physical comedy perhaps »
- Jeff Labrecque
by Scarlett Redgrave, MoreHorror.com
The highly anticipated follow up to the surprise genre hit Dead Snow, Dead Snow; Red Vs. Dead, has been picked up for distribution. While screening at this years Sundance Film Festival, Well Go USA Entertainment snagged the U.S. rights to the film. Check out all the details below!
From The Press Release
In a competitive situation at Sundance, distributor Well Go USA Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to the Park City at Midnight crowd favorite, Dead Snow; Red Vs. Dead, the sequel to the successful cult hit Dead Snow, which debuted at Sundance in 2009. The Norwegian and English-language film was written and directed by Tommy Wirkola and stars Martin Starr, Vegar Hoel, Ingrid Haas, Stig Frode Henriksen, Jocelyn DeBoer and Ørjan Gamst. Kjetil Omberg and Terje Stroemstad of Tappeluft Pictures produced the film. Xyz Films’ Nick Spicer and Todd Brown executive produced, »
It's been awhile since last we heard anything regarding Christopher Denham's new film, Preservation, but with the European Film Market now looming in the distance, we have an update for you cats! Read on!
From the Press Release
Xyz Films announces that it has picked up worldwide sales rights to writer/director Christopher Denham’s latest horror/thriller, Preservation, starring Wrenn Schmidt ("Boardwalk Empire"), Aaron Staton ("Mad Men"), and Pablo Schreiber (HBO's upcoming "The Brink," "Orange Is the New Black").
Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson of Present Pictures are producing, with executive producing duties handled by Connie Cummings and Anne Renton of Certainty Films. Preservation will be introduced to buyers by Xyz Films at the European Film Market in February.
In the film, Wit (Schmidt), a brainy anesthesiologist, heads out on a hunting trip in a forest preserve with her husband, Mike (Staton), a hedge fund manager, and his brother, »
- Uncle Creepy
Sometimes the chemistry on a set works just perfectly, and you can just tell the cast had a ball making the movie. Such is the case with “Life After Beth,” Jeff Baena’s directorial debut, which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival. The zombie comedy has a lively cast led by Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan, with comic talents Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser offering zany support. Baena, who co-wrote “I Heart Huckabees” with David O. Russell over a decade ago (and is Plaza's boyfriend today), here offers a fresh and funny take on what can be an overplayed genre. Rather than highlighting the zombies’ flesh-eating qualities, the film focuses on the love story between Plaza and DeHaan—after what is kindly described as his dead girlfriend’s “resurrection,” he remains determined to see past her indiscretions. (Plus, »
- Kristin McCracken
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