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Atx Television Festival has announced the new Advisory Board members and Ambassadors.
Joining the Atx Advisory Board are “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley, “House of Cards” boss Beau Willimon, Graham Yost (“Justified,” “The Americans”) and Kevin Falls (“Minority Report,” “Franklin and Bash”). Abigail Spencer (“Rectify,” “True Detective”) joins the festival as an Ambassador.
The new additions join current Advisory Board members — who help to curate the festival’s programming and provide guidance with their range of expertise and knowledge in the television industry — Peter Billingsley, Ben Blacker, Dina Hillier, David Hudgins, Arielle Kebbel, Kyle Killen, Laura Kincaid, Jordan Levin, Richard Linklater, Julie Plec, Michael Rauch, Bryan Seabury, Betty Thomas and Liz Tigelaar, and Ambassadors Wilson Cruz, Matt Lauria, Scott Porter, Nick Wechsler and Mae Whitman, who serve as the festival’s spokespeople.
“We are thrilled to add Graham, Noah, Beau and Kevin to our Advisory Board,” said Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland, »
- Jacob Bryant
The studio has been developing the project for some time with Neil Meron, Craig Zadan, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and their Fake Empire shingle. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar penned the script with Schwartz and Savage.
The female-skewing property focuses on the spawn of famous monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman (Draculaura, Frankie Stein and Clawdeen Wolf, respectively) undergoing the trials and tribulations of high school.
Mattel’s Playground Productions is executive producing.
From entertainment and publishing to video games and apparel, Monster High — a $1 billion franchise — is one of the biggest properties to launch in the last five years.
Schwartz and Savage have an overall deal with Universal Pictures »
- Justin Kroll
Lauren Graham has starred in two of the most beloved television series since the new millennium: the WB's cult classic "Gilmore Girls" and NBC's critically acclaimed "Parenthood." Both shows have famously dedicated fanbases, so it comes as no surprise that a reunion between Graham and each of her onscreen daughters has people freaking out. "Gilmore Girls" fans' wildest dreams came true yesterday when it was revealed that Lorelai (Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) would resume their lively, ever-quotable banter in a limited-series revival on Netflix. Earlier in the day, it was reported that Graham would be re-teaming with her "Parenthood" daughter Mae Whitman ("The Duff"), though not in the "Parenthood" universe: The two are set to adapt the novel "The Royal We" for CBS Films. TVLine reports that the "Gilmore Girls" cast is still in negotiations -- in fact, only in the beginning stages of them...
- Laura Berger
It’s a good day to be a fan of Lauren Graham and her TV daughters. Following news that Gilmore Girls, in which Graham starred alongside Alexis Bledel, is headed for a Netflix-wrangled revival comes word that Graham is working with Parenthood sprog Mae Whitman on an adaptation of The Royal We.The book, which hit shelves this year, sprang – with a little real-life inspiration – from the brains of Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, who share their fashion focused wit on the web via the website GoFugYourself.Com.Graham is aboard to adapt the script, which Whitman will star in, putting a spin on the relationship of Kate Middleton and Prince William. The story finds a young American woman who moves to the UK to study at one of Oxford’s colleges and falls in love with a fellow student. He’s no ordinary bloke though – he just so happens »
Netflix is planning a return trip to Stars Hollow.
The digital channel is developing a revival of the much-loved Warner Bros. series “Gilmore Girls” with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband, exec producer Daniel Palladino. The project would be four 90-minute movies, rather than a series, Variety has learned. Warner Bros. and Netflix both declined to comment.
Set in the small, fictional town of Stars Hollow, Ct., the original series starred Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as fast-talking, pop-culture loving mother-daughter duo Lorelei and Rory Gilmore. It ran for seven seasons, starting out on the WB and then moving to the CW after the 2006 merger. Other actors appearing over the course of the run include Melissa McCarthy, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann, Jared Padalecki, Sean Gunn, Milo Ventimiglia, Matt Czuchry and Chad Michael Murray.
Rumors of a revival have long been in the works, with Sherman-Palladino telling fans at »
- Whitney Friedlander
It has been a busy day for new feature film projects based on existing material.
First up, "Parenthood" duo Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are teaming up to adapt Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks' novel "The Royal We" for CBS Films. Graham will write the script for the project, which is being eyed as an acting vehicle for Whitman. The pair will also produce.
The story follows an American girl-next-door who moves to England to study at Oxford and falls in love with a fellow student, who happens to be the future King of England. There's also elements such as a red-headed troublemaking brother, her sudden tabloid fame and the royal family's many requirements.
Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer have nabbed the rights to S. Bergstrom's 2014 debut young adult action-thriller "The Cruelty". Bergstrom is already writing the next book in what could end up being a trilogy.
The story »
- Garth Franklin
You may have shed your last tear with the Braverman clan, but that doesn't mean that the onscreen force of Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman is over. THR reports that the fictional mother-daughter pair is reuniting to produce the adaptation of The Royal We, a fictionalized account of the courtship between Kate Middleton and Prince William, written by the Fug Girls, Heather Cocks, and Jessica Morgan for CBS Films. Graham is writing the script with Whitman set to star as Rebecca Porter, who lives the American dream as the future princess of the United Kingdom. We eagerly await the moment when the royal family sees Whitman and asks, "Her?" »
- E. Alex Jung
Graham and Whitman will produce while Graham also adapts the script from the novel by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. The story follows a young American woman studying at Oxford who falls in love with Great Britain’s future king, but finds herself having second thoughts about becoming part of the royal family on the eve of the wedding of the century.
The book was released earlier this year by Grand Central Publishing. Morgan and Cocks are the creators of the fashion blog GoFugYourself.com.
Graham and Whitman played mother and daughter on “Parenthood” for six seasons. They »
- Dave McNary
Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman, who worked together on TV’s long-running drama Parenthood, are teaming up to adapt the The Royal We, the book by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, for CBS Films. Graham will write the script for the project, which is being eyed as an acting vehicle for Whitman. The duo will also produce. Published earlier this year by Grand Central Publishing, We takes its cues from the real-life courtship of Kate Middleton and Prince William. The story is of an American girl-next-door who moves to England to study at Oxford and falls in
- Borys Kit
We saw a trailer during the San Diego Comic-Con International [watch it here], and now DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim have announced that Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship is set to air on midnight on Sunday, October 18th.
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship surrenders DC Comics’ multitude of Super Heroes and Super-Villains to the demented whims of the award-winning Robot Chicken for a triumphant third time. This time around, Batman and Superman’s bromance takes a competitive turn and the fate of the universe somehow hangs in the balance!
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 3: Magical Friendship features a cast that includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, plus Adam West and Burt Ward.
- Gary Collinson
The list of presenters at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards includes reality stars … and those who pretend to work on a reality show.
The list also includes past and current nominees Scott Aukerman, who was part of the “Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis” team that took home the 2014 Emmy for outstanding short-format live-action entertainment program; “House of Cards'” Reg E. Cathey, who is nominated for his second year in a row in the guest actor in a drama series category; and “Big Bang Theory” co-creator Chuck Lorre.
The final list of presenters also features Pamela Adlon (“Louie”), Sasha Alexander (“Rizzoli & Isles”), Kristen Schaal (“The Last Man on Earth”), Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street,” “Difficult People”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Brink”), Katharine McPhee »
- Whitney Friedlander
How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
To celebrate the release of The Duff – which is out on DVD and Blu-ray today – we’ve got three fantastic prize packs to give away, which include a copy of the film on DVD, a vest, stadium up, iPhone case and a branded bag. Read on for details of how to enter…
Every high school loves their labels but when Bianca’s (Mae Whitman) world is shattered from the discovery that her entire school knows her as ‘The Duff’, she enlists slick but charming Wesley (Robbie Amell) to help shed her label and overthrow the school’s mean girl Madison (Bella Thorne).
As Bianca delves deeper, she begins to discover that nothing is as it once seemed: friendships are lost, relationships questioned and could her all-time crush, Toby, (Nick Eversman) be in on the game too? In a race to right these wrongs, Bianca sets out on a one-woman mission »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆ Teen comedies have been responsible for a whole glossary of fictional slang, much of which has made its way into the real life teenage lexicon. Clueless (1996) introduced a world of 'Baldwins' and 'Bettys', while American Pie (1999) bestowed the term 'Milf' upon the world. Slightly more mean spirited is the meaning behind the title of The Duff (2015). Mae Whitman plays Bianca, a quirky high schooler who is informed by her jock neighbour Wesley (Robbie Amell) that she is the 'Duff' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her two best friends. Devastated by this revelation, she enlists Wesley to help her change her reputation and win over the object of her affections.
- CineVue UK
The Duff, 2015.
Directed by Ari Sandel.
A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the Duff – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts.
In high school trying to fit in is one of the hardest things to do. Being friends with two of the most popular and attractive girls should help your popularity. At least that’s what someone would think until they find out they may only being your friends because you make them look better. That’s the situation we find Bianca (Mae Whitman) in when she finds out that she is her friends Duff, Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Bianca and her friends Casey (Bianca A. Santos) and Jess (Skyler Samuels) have been best friends »
- Jake Peffer
The Teen Choice Awards are kicking off Sunday night, gathering some of the biggest stars in music, movie, TV and the Web world to let teenagers decide who wins.
“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Furious 7” head up the nominations, nabbing five each. Also strong contenders, “Insurgent,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” “Avengers” and “Empire” received four nominations each.
See a full list of nominees below, updated live as winners are announced.
Choice Movie Actor: Action
Dylan O’Brien, The Maze Runner
Choice Movie: Action
Furious 7 (Winner)
- Variety Staff
The Teen Choice Awards are kicked off Sunday night, gathering some of the biggest stars in music, movie, TV and the Web world to let teenagers decide who wins.
In music, One Direction and Fifth Harmony took home an impressive bounty, winning such awards as choice selfie taker and choice summer song, respectively. “Empire” unsurprisingly won the prize for best breakout TV show, and “The Vampire Diaries'” Nina Dobrev won her final award for the drama.
See a full list of winners below.
Choice Web Star: Female
Bethany Mota (Winner »
- Variety Staff
Stars: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Nick Eversman, Chris Wylde, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney | Written by Josh A. Cagan | Directed by Ari Sandel
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favourite teacher (Ken Jeong), she enlists the slick but charming Wesley (Robbie Amell), to help take back her ‘label’ and overthrow the school’s resident mean girl Madison (Bella Thorne) reminding everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s Duff.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If there’s one genre I have a soft spot for, even as a thirty-odd year old man, it’s the teen movie. »
- Phil Wheat
To mark the release of The Duff on 17th August, we’ve been given 3 merchandise packs including a copy of The Duff on DVD, a vest (M), a stadium cup, a iPhone case, and a branded bag to give away. Every high school loves their labels but when Bianca’s (Mae Whitman) world is shattered from
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Michael Fassbender as The Dude? Patton Oswalt as Walter? Jennifer Lawrence as Maude? Mae Whitman as Donny? Dennis freakin Quaid as the real Lebowski? Mike Judge stepping in for Sam Elliott as deep voiced, »
- Jordan Ruimy
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