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TBS has passed on the untitled comedy pilot from writer Matt Fogel (Bob: The Musical) and writer-director Todd Strauss-Schulson (The Final Girls). The project’s studio, Legendary TV, is currently shopping it to other outlets. As a new generation of women becomes more independent and assertive, their male counterparts are becoming more self-aware and sensitive. The untitled half-hour show is about two of those men – Todd (played by Adam Shapiro) and Fogel (Jack Carpenter)… »
The project is described as having “shades of The Hangover and Wedding Crashers” and “centers on a group of immature bachelors who stage pregnancies in order to get time off and go on an all-expenses-paid trip.”
- Gary Collinson
Hatched by New Line and director Todd Strauss-Schulson (Final Girls), the story follows “three immature friends who team with their pregnant friend to plan a hoax that would get them receive three months paternity leave.” That doesn’t sound too far removed from a plot that would appear in Comedy Central’s office sitcom, Workaholics. Indeed the ongoing series helped fire Devine into the limelight, who has since appeared across the Pitch Perfect franchise and, soon, matrimonial comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Working closely with Strauss-Schulson to develop Paternity Leave, next port of call for Devine will be assisting on script duties, and it’s safe to assume New Line will be busy scouting »
- Michael Briers
The story follows three immature friends who team with their pregnant friend to plan a hoax that would get them receive three months paternity leave. Andrew Panay is producing.
Devine first broke through on his Comedy Central series “Workaholics.” As of late, the actor has moved toward the film side, starring in the “Pitch Perfect” franchise as well as the upcoming Fox comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” which co-stars Zac Efron.
Devine recently received Cinemacon’s Comedy Stars of the Year Award with his “Mike and Dave” co-stars Efron and Anna Kendrick. Insiders tell Variety the studio felt it was time to let Devine carry his own picture.
- Justin Kroll
You steal enough scenes as a supporting player, and eventually they begin building movies around you. That’s happening for Adam Devine, who has just made a deal at New Line to star in Paternity Leave, which Todd Strauss-Schulson is set to direct. Adam Cole-Kelly and Sam Pitman wrote the most recent draft. This comes after Devine’s showy roles in the Pitch Perfect films and The Intern. He’ll next be seen starring with Zac Efron in the Fox comedy Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dat… »
Todd Strauss-Schulson's The Final Girls was a big hit outta SXSW 2015, where it quickly garnered praise as both a glowing love letter to and hardcore deconstruction of 80s slashers. The flick kept building momentum along the festival circuit throughout the year, and as is usual these days in our culture of volume, had a quick theatrical release before shuffling off to VOD. But the thing is The Final Girls by its very gleeful and gory nature, by the absolute horror legacy it holds, is a film that is best experienced in a movie theatre with an audience that is just as eager to laugh as they are to scream. While Midnight Movie culture generally commences around retrospectives of older filmic fare, The Final Girls...
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Bruce Rosenblum has exited as president of Legendary Television and Digital Media after nearly three years at the company, which was acquired in January by Chinese conglom Dalian Wanda Group.
Rosenblum’s exit comes as Legendary has tapped film veteran Mary Parent to serve as vice chairman overseeing all aspects of film, TV and digital development and production.
Rosenblum joined Legendary in July 2013 after nearly 25 years at Warner Bros. and its Lorimar predecessor company, with the goal of overseeing the expansion of TV and digital media production. He also serves as chairman of the Television Academy, having extended his term through the end of this year.
Rosenblum’s departure is no surprise amid the changes at the company headed by Thomas Tull. Industry sources said Rosenblum had privately expressed a desire to move on from the company.
“Obviously, with the change at the top of Legendary, subsequent changes throughout the company were inevitable, »
- Cynthia Littleton
I’ve always thought that Thomas Jane deserved more frequent zany roles, which The Veil certainly provides for him – it’s just a shame his twisted charisma will most likely go unnoticed. Phil Joanou’s cultish thriller (penned by Robert Ben Garant) is the latest Blumhouse indie to be unceremoniously dumped straight to Netflix, like last year’s backlog purge that included Mockingbird, Mercy, and a few other buried thrillers. But it’s not without reason, as questions of quality are answered within the film’s dreary first few scenes, even with Jessica Alba leading the show. Spiffy cultist ideas shine through, mixed with a supernatural story, but Joanou’s vision is the blandest shade of grey imaginable – or, in this case, visibly seen as a color-blocking filter in every shot.
Abla plays a filmmaker named Maggie Price, who returns to where her FBI agent father stumbled upon the largest mass-suicide in history, »
- Matt Donato
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