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10 Sitcom Pilots Inspired by Real People: Which Will You Watch?

17 April 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.

Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.

Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »

- Gary Susman

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Hope-watching vs. hate-watching in TV's new Golden Age

16 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A little over a year ago, my wife wondered why I was still sitting down every Monday night for "How I Met Your Mother," given how much I would complain about it to her afterwards. "Is this one of those hate-watching things?" she asked. I told her that life was too short for hate-watching — especially in this new Golden Age of Too Much Good TV — and that I was with "Himym" til the end because the show gave me enough occasional glimpses of what it was like when it was good that I kept sticking around to see if they could get it together one more time, especially for the finale. (As it turned out, no they couldn't.) "Oh, I get it," she said. "You're not hate-watching. You're hope-watching!" And there it was: Hope-watching. It isn't the act of enduring a bad show for the sole purpose of mocking it, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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14 Historical Inaccuracies In The West Wing You Totally Missed

14 April 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Few political dramas have ever captured the imagination of the public quite like The West Wing. Running for seven seasons, with 156 episodes in all, the programme brought American politics to the fore and also revolutionised the filming of television shows with its famous “walk-and-talk” scenes.

The brainchild of creator Aaron Sorkin, the programme was set in the West Wing of the White House, with the series following fictional Democratic President Josiah Bartlet and his political staff during their two-terms in office and it ran between 1999 and 2006.

An extremely well-researched show, The West Wing proved extremely informative as well as throughly entertaining and captivating. But, as with any series that reach more than 150 episodes in all, some factual and historical errors did manage to slip through the researchers’ nets.

For example, Communications Director Toby Ziegler declares the “incredible history” of second inaugural presidential addresses, yet manages to reference the wrong speech. »

- Chris Waugh

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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in the Movies

13 April 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Alex Simon

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Veep Creator Armando Iannucci Leaving HBO Series

10 April 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Some sad news for fans of HBO’s stellar comedy series Veep. The show’s creator and showrunner, Armando Iannucci, is stepping down at the end of the series’ upcoming fourth season. In a statement to THR, an HBO rep said, “We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the states,” and Iannucci hasn’t been shy in the past about saying he would likely move on from the series sooner rather than later. But this is indeed unfortunate. Iannucci—who also spearheaded the British series The Thick of It and the political comedy feature In the Loop—imbued Veep with his signature sense of humor, resulting in a political comedy that’s akin to if Aaron Sorkin lost his romanticism and had a dirty mouth. The cast is undeniably phenomenal, but can Veep »

- Adam Chitwood

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TV Review: ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Veep’

9 April 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While “Game of Thrones” sucks up oxygen with the frenzy surrounding its spring return, HBO also brings back two comedies preoccupied with money and power, respectively, in the sitcoms “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.” Granted, the latter is now actually misnamed, given that its central figure has received an improbable promotion, although given the headaches that bedevil her team, being “Veep” is really more a state of mind than a title. “Silicon Valley,” meanwhile, has impressively built into its storyline a real-life development that struck the show, and come away not only unbowed but with perhaps a renewed sense of vigor.

The relationship between these two programs isn’t immediately obvious, but both strive for a lighthearted tone, compared with the indie-film-like sensibilities of HBO’s “Girls,” “Looking” and “Togetherness,” all relatively dour examinations of personal relationships and urban self-absorption.

By contrast, “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” are in essence workplace comedies, »

- Brian Lowry

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It’s Opening Week: Best Baseball Movies

6 April 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.

Recently Mlb rounded up a group of players to recite, word for word, James Earl Jones’ famous “people will come, Ray” speech from Field Of Dreams.

Wamg declares America’s national pastime, Baseball, to be the official sport of movie fans everywhere. As Brad Pitt said in Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about Baseball?”

It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.

To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.

The Rookie

One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »

- Movie Geeks

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Katie Couric Pitching Morning-News Comedy Series with Michelle Pfeiffer (Exclusive)

1 April 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cable channels and streaming services may not be in the morning TV news business, but they’re considering entry in the form of a fictional comedy series set in that world.

That’s the premise of a hot pitch making the rounds this week at HBO, Showtime, AMC, Netflix and Amazon that would star Michelle Pfeiffer as an anchor not unlike the one once played in real life by Katie Couric, the “Today” veteran who is attached to the project as an executive producer.

The series would be a comedic look behind-the-scenes of a morning news show. Though storylines aren’t drawn directly from Couric’s experiences, she is expected to ensure the series strikes realistic notes.

A source familiar with the pitch said both Pfeiffer and Couric are pitching along with the show’s creator, Diane English, who is no stranger to fictionalized versions of TV news operations having »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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8 Unmade Steven Spielberg Films

31 March 2015 10:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.

That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »

- Brian Welk

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25 Mind-Blowing Facts About The West Wing

31 March 2015 1:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Few political dramas have ever captured the imagination of the public quite like The West Wing. Running for seven seasons, with 156 episodes in all, the programme brought American politics to the fore and also revolutionised the filming of television shows with its famous “walk-and-talk” scenes.

The brainchild of creator Aaron Sorkin, the programme was set in the West Wing of the White House, with the series following fictional Democratic President Josiah Bartlet and his political staff during their two-terms in office and ran between 1999 and 2006. Although certain things about The West Wing are widely known – like the fact that Sorkin quit the show after a dispute with network NBC – other interesting facts are not as commonly appreciated.

For example, it is not widely-known that there were five actors who were considered for the role of President Bartlet before Martin Sheen accepted it. Also, the programme would have had a »

- Chris Waugh

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Network (1976) Blu-ray Review

24 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

“I would like at this moment to announce that I will be retiring from this program in two weeks’ time because of poor ratings. Since this show is the only thing I had going for me in my life, I’ve decided to kill myself. I’m going to blow my brains out right on this program a week from today. So tune in next Tuesday…“

Director: Sidney Lumet

Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 121 Minutes

Special Features: The Directors: Sidney Lumet a 1999 documentary on the director, containing interviews with Jack Lemmon, Rod Steiger, Christopher Walken and others ,Tune in Next Tuesday a visual essay by Dave Itzkoff, the author of Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies, Theatrical Trailer

When Network was originally released in 1976, the world of the TV wasn »

- Dan Bullock

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‘Network’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Academy)

20 March 2015 2:33 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty | Written by Paddy Chayefsky | Directed by Sidney Lumet

In the cynical age of the Internet we’ve grown to understand how the news works and how the networks manipulate information into a form that will try to persuade the people watching just what the truth is (in a totally biased way of course).  If you’ve not worked it out yet, then maybe you need to take a few notes from Arrow Academy’s latest release, Sidney Lumet’s Network.

When Howard Beale (Peter Finch) the news anchor for the Ubs Television Network finds he is losing his job because he no longer pulls in the ratings he announces live on television he will commit suicide live on television next week.  Causing controversy the network give him another chance, only to lead him to yet another rant to the audience. »

- Paul Metcalf

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First Look at Michael Fassbender as NeXT-era 'Steve Jobs'

17 March 2015 1:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production started back in January on Universal Pictures' Steve Jobs biopic, but we have yet to see an official image of Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder. Today, Instagram user Sean Nung posted a photo depicting a set poster with Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, promoting his NeXT computer system. The poster uses the actual tagline used in 1988, "Computing advances to the NeXT level," although the real-life poster did not feature Steve Jobs himself.

Cult of Mac reveals that this poster was on display at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, where the production is shooting a "major scene" involving Michael Fassbender's Steve Jobs unveiling the NeXT system in October 1988. The actual event took place at San Francisco's Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, directly across the street from the War Memorial Opera House, which was considered "a huge coming out event" for Steve Jobs, since this »

- MovieWeb

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See Michael Fassbender As Steve Jobs In New Promo Poster

17 March 2015 8:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After Christian Bale exited Danny Boyle’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, many believed the project to have lost its driving element. Bale’s resemblance to the Apple founder is perhaps greater than the man who would actually go on to play him; Michael Fassbender. Regardless, in this first leaked poster it appears as if Fassbender is right at home in the shoes of the technological pioneer.

The poster is a replica of the original promotional ad for Jobs’ NeXT computer. In the snap, Fassbender occupies the same space that Jobs did during that round of marketing and while he doesn’t look remotely like the man, this is a movie. Disbelief has to be suspended just a little.

For those of you who may need a refresher, the movie is scripted by Aaron Sorkin who has repeatedly affirmed that the finished feature won’t resemble a traditional biopic. Instead it »

- Gem Seddon

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Check Out Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs Promoting the NeXT

17 March 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Earlier this year, we got a look at one of the sets for Steve Jobs, the film about the iconic technology innovator and co-founder of Apple Computers. Director Danny Boyle was using the real garage that Jobs created Apple in along with his right hand man Steve Wozniak, and it was made to look just as it did decades ago. However, with the exception of some spy photos from production on-location in California, we've yet to get a good look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. But now we have one glimpse of the actor in the role in the form of a vintage promotional poster that has him promoting Apple's NeXT line of computers. This poster surfaced online, likely from another on-location set (originally found via The Playlist): #michaelfassbender A photo posted by @seannung on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:29pm Pdt Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Poster: Michael Fassbender As Steve Jobs

17 March 2015 7:42 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

There's been a few set photos around of Michael Fassbender as Apple co-creator Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's upcoming biopic. Now, a new shot has gone online showcasing a vintage poster reproduction for Apple's NeXT computers with Fassbender in character as Jobs.

Aaron Sorkin's script centers around three product launches, the middle one being that of the NeXT which didn't catch on, but whose design ultimately had an influence on what we use today. The film itself hits October 9th.

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A photo posted by @seannung on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:29pm Pdt

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- Garth Franklin

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Take A Look Michael Fassbender As Steve Jobs Selling NeXT Computers In This Poster

17 March 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While there have plenty of set photos flying around of Michael Fassbender playing Apple icon "Steve Jobs" in Danny Boyle's upcoming biopic, there hasn't been much in the way of official photography just yet. And while this is sort of somewhere in the middle, it'll have to suffice. A reproduction of a vintage poster for Apple's NeXT line of computers featuring Fassy as the computer company's honcho has surfaced online. For those of you who have been following the film thus far, you'll know that Aaron Sorkin's script is centered around the product launches of the Mac, NeXT, and iPod in 1984, 1997, and 2001 respectively. The thing to keep in mind is that NeXT was actually the company that Steve Jobs started after he was ousted from Apple in the '80s. It wasn't a big hit, but elements such as its interface were influential on the industry. "Steve Jobs" opens on October 9th. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Mark Gordon, eOne Team on ‘All the Old Knives’

16 March 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Mark Gordon Co. and Entertainment One are teaming on the spy thriller “All the Old Knives” as the first project from their recently launched independent studio.

Neil Burger, “Divergent” director, is attached to helm the project, which Olen Steinhauer (author of “The Tourist” and “An American Spy”) adapted from his novel of the same name. Nick Wechsler will produce with Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz along with Chockstone’s Roger Schwartz, who will serve as a co-producer.

Shooting is expected to commence by the end of the year.

All the Old Knives” takes place in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where two ex-lovers — one CIA spy and one ex-cia spy — meet for dinner and to relive their memories of a disastrous hijacking, possibly in an effort to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.

Gordon and eOne announced the partnership in January. EOne will handle »

- Dave McNary

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SXSW: 13 Buzziest Movies at This Year’s Film Festival

13 March 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SXSW kicks off on Friday, with thousands arriving in Austin, Texas, to attend the film festival component. While there won’t be as many distribution deals as at Sundance or Toronto, SXSW can offer a strong launching pad for upcoming releases — last year, both “Neighbors” and “Chef” attracted lots of attention in Texas to  before they went on to becomes box office hits. And, of course, the festival is also as a showcase for smaller films seeking buyers, such as the Katie Holmes drama “Mania Days.” Here are the 13 buzziest titles playing at SXSW this year.

1. “Trainwreck

The hottest ticket at SXSW will be for Judd Apatow’s new comedy starring Amy Schumer as a thirtysomething journalist who, after a series of one-night stands, sparks a connection with a subject she’s profiling (Bill Hader). Over the years, Apatow has helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest »

- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang and Dennis Harvey

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Lee Daniels Won’t Rest Until Oprah Agrees to Guest Star on ‘Empire’ Season 2

11 March 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Have you enjoyed the Empire guest stars this season? Do you agree that there’s one special performer who can arguably take the already successful show to the next level? Beyoncé Oprah might be closer to linking up with Cookie than you think.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (yes, Doyle from Gilmore Girls) revealed some of what they’re cooking up for the second season — and yes, it involves the billionaire media queen.

Danny Strong, producer Brian Grazer, Lee Daniels [Photo Credit: Getty Images]

 

Here’s what to expect on Empire’s second season:

1. The show will be back sooner rather than later.

Fox has clearly benefited from Empire‘s ratings explosion over the past 10 weeks. Rather than risk losing some of the momentum with a midseason return (like it did after long hiatuses for season two of The Following and Sleepy Hollow), the network expects »

- Emily Exton

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