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Simply put, the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive Festival is one of the biggest, most prestigious events in the media calendar. Taking place annually in Austin, Texas, it is beloved by film fans and filmmakers from all over the world, and has reached such heights by building a reputation for showcasing excellent content. This results in a high level of competition, with the Narrative Feature category alone having received 1442 submissions this year, and the documentary feature category having received 1,013.
The 2016 event looks to be particularly exciting, with many world premieres and feature debuts already announced. The Narrative Feature category will include Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens, Debra Eisenstadt’s Before The Sun Explodes, Joey Klein’s The Other Half, and Musa Syeed’s A Stray, among others, while the Headliner category will feature Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.
- Sarah Myles
SXSW announced Tuesday its Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events for its 23rd edition, running March 11-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The festival opens with the previously announced Richard Linklater comedy-drama “Everybody Wants Some.”
Bell stars in “Carnage Park” from Mickey Keating in which a team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert. Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert and Michael Villar also star.
Rory Culkin stars in the world premiere of “Jack Goes Home” from Thomas Dekker. After his father is killed in a car crash, his character travels home to Colorado to help nurse his mother (who was injured in the crash) back to health. »
- Dave McNary
ABC has ordered the TV show pilot for Hail Mary, a single camera comedy, based on the Australian TV series, Braunschlag. The pilot is from Brian Gallivan, creator of The McCarthys -- which was cancelled by CBS after one season -- with The Goldbergs' Seth Gordon and Operation Repo's Tariq Jalil.
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Baywatch has added some comic relief, with Variety reporting that Jon Bass (Big Tim in Hollywood, Fl) has joined the cast of the upcoming big screen remake. Bass will play Ronnie, a character who is described as “funny, awkward and a skilled disco dancer. He falls in love with Kelly Rohrbach’s C.J. Parker character at the beach”.
Baywatch is being directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and sees Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 7) leading a cast that also includes Zac Efron (Dirty Grandpa), Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Kelly Rohrbach (Two and a Half Men), Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) and Ilfenesh Hadera (Billions). The film is set for release on May 19th 2017. »
- Gary Collinson
Summer may be several months away, but we’re already getting in notices for auditions and submissions to summer projects across film, TV, and theater—and did somebody say cruise?! Saint Michael’s Playhouse, for instance, is casting for a handful of its summer productions. Check that out and more below. Saint Michael’S Playhouse 2016 SEASONThis resident stock theater based in Colchester, Vermont, is holding auditions in New York City, Feb. 16–18 for its summer 2016 season. Looking to hire Equity actors for “as many consecutive productions as possible,” Saint Michael’s has a great lineup for this year, including Broadway smash “Sister Act”! “Sweeney Todd”Most famously brought to life by Johnny Depp in director Tim Burton’s Oscar-winning film adaptation, the demon barber of Fleet Street and his cohorts are hitting North Carolina. PlayMaker’s Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is holding auditions for all major roles Feb. »
“Gleason” centers on the former NFL player who revealed in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The disclosure came five years after Gleason had memorably blocked a punt on the night the Louisiana Superdome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina.
Amazon has bought theatrical, Tvod and Svod rights, and is partnering with Open Road Films to co-release “Gleason” theatrically.
The films includes footage shot over four years of Gleason’s post-diagnosis activities, which include becoming a father, skydiving, speaking at the United Nations, attending the State of the Union Address, founding an Als research project and the organization Team Gleason — which has a mission to improve the lives of those who have Als, »
- Dave McNary
ABC is wrapping the bulk of its pilot pickups today with several more orders, to drama Notorious, based on Mark Geragos, from Josh Berman and The Firm; and four comedies: Shondaland’s Toast, written by Felicity alums and long-time friends Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg; Hail Mary, an adaptation of the Austrian series Braunschlag, from Brian Gallivan and Seth Gordon; a lesbian-straight duo comedy, from writers Ed Weeks & Hannah Mackay and exec producer Andrew Reich; and The… »
The same day ABC picked up four drama pilots, the network ordered five more — one additional drama and four comedies, Variety has learned.
“Toast” hails from writers Foley and Greg Grunberg, who will both exec produce along with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. From ABC Studios, the hybrid comedy follows a couple’s road to marriage. Over the course of Max and Page’s wedding rehearsal dinner, their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the real story of their complicated, funny, and relatable road to marriage. The story is by by Foley and Grunberg, and the teleplay by Foley.
“Toast” marks the second pilot order from Shondaland this cycle, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Producers are Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman with Johnson and partner Dany Garcia producing in some capacity. Executive producers are Tom Pollock, Greg Bonnan, Michelle Berk, Michael Berk, Doug Schwartz and Tripp Vinson.
Bass will play the role of Ronnie, who’s described as funny, awkward and a skilled disco dancer. He falls in love with Rohrbach’s C.J. Parker character at the beach.
- Dave McNary
After being nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Film Festival with their documentary Finders Keepers, director Clay Tweel and producer Seth Gordon are back this year with Gleason, a documentary about former New Orleans Saints NFL player Steve Gleason. On the field, Gleason made his mark with his blocked punt during a 2006 game, which became a symbol of recovery for the city during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. However, in 2011, Gleason was… »
Triple Frontier: Johnny Depp (above in Black Mass) is in early talks to star in crime thriller Triple Nine. Academy Award winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) wrote the original script, which is set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, a notorious haven for criminal activity. J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) will direct. [Variety] Baywatch: Ilfenesh Hadera (HBO's Show Me a Hero) will costar in Baywatch as Dwayne Johnson's love interest. Johnson made the announcement via social media, describing her as "smart and tougher than new rope .. just the way we like 'em." Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach will also star; Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) will direct the lifeguard comedy, based on the popular TV show. The...
- Peter Martin
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures have removed the sequel to "Terminator: Genysis" off their release schedule and replaced it with director Seth Gordon's comedy-revamp of "Baywatch", starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Ilfenesh Hadera, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach.
"Terminator 2" was set to open on May 19th, 2017; but with poor box-office performance in the U.S. market and the negative reception from "Terminator: Genysis", it looks as though Paramount Pictures and Skydance Entertainment, who produced the film, will have to rethink their strategy for releasing the next entry in the "Terminator" franchise. "Terminator: Genysis" was directed by Alan Taylor and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Jason Clarke, Byung-hun Lee and Matt Smith.
- J.B. Casas
“For our coveted role of Stef, she had to be a lot of things: Strong, intelligent, formidable, beautiful and funny,” states Johnson. “Want to welcome the talented Ilfenesh Hadera Hadera to our Baywatch family. She’s a 5’11 walkin’ smokestack with legs for days. Smart and tougher than new rope.. just the way we like ’em. And seeing as she’s playing my love interest – my strong calloused hands are the Only Hands allowed to rub suntan oil on her soft supple skin.”
Johnson also promised some further casting announcements in the coming weeks, while Paramount Pictures has announced that the film will hit cinemas on May 19th, 2017 – a date previously occupied by the Terminator Genisys sequel, which Paramount has now pulled from its schedule. »
- Gary Collinson
The studios have had a busy day changing release dates left and right, with everything from Star Wars: Episode VIII to Jumanji getting new slots on the release calendar. Paramount has also decided to give their highly-anticipated Baywatch a new release date, slotting it for May 19, 2017. The Baywatch remake doesn't currently have any direct competition, but this was the same date the studio had set for Terminator Genisys 2, but that movie was just taken off the release calendar.
In related news, the cast of Paramount's Baywatch remake is coming together nicely, with a strong supporting cast surrounding stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Just weeks after Dwayne Johnson himself revealed that Kelly Rohrbach has come aboard to play Pamela Anderson's beloved character C.J. Parker, the actor took to his Instagram page earlier today to reveal yet another cast member, Ilfenesh Hadera, who is playing the actor's love interest Stef. »
“Terminator: Genisys,” the franchise’s reboot starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke,” grossed only $89 million domestically last summer before slightly rebounding overseas to $350 million. It was also a misfire with critics, scoring a weak 26% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.
Skydance, which co-financed “Terminator: Genisys,” had originally planned a new trilogy with Paramount but said in October were “re-adjusting” after the disappointing ticket sales.
Paramount announced in 2014 that it had the dated “Terminator 2” for May 19, 2017, and “Terminator 3” on June 29, 2018. Under rules, North American rights to The Terminator franchise would revert back to creator James Cameron in 2019 — 35 years after the original “Terminator” was released.
- Dave McNary
Johnson will also produce the movie with his partner Dany Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman are producing as well, along with Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonann.
Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script. Plot details are currently vague, but sources close to the project reveal that the studio is taking a comedic route with the movie. Production is expected to begin in the next few months.
- Justin Kroll
Paramount’s casting process for its “badass” and R-rated Baywatch movie has been fascinating to watch largely because it’s shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Only last week, Quantico starlet Priyanka Chopra was the latest actress to board the studio’s burgeoning ensemble piece, and now Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has formally confirmed the addition of Ilfenesh Hadera.
Announced via the actor’s ever-popular Instagram, the actress best known for her roles in Chi-Raq and HBO’s Show Me a Hero is set to play Stef, a “strong, intelligent and formidable” love interest to Johnson’s Mitch Buchannon. Here’s the official post:
Exclusive: Casting my #Baywatch love interest wasn’t easy (extremely tough job but hey I’m one of the producers;) but we finally found her. For our coveted role of “Stef”, she had to be a lot of things: Strong, intelligent, formidable, beautiful and funny. »
- Michael Briers
"Billions" actress Ilfenesh Hadera has joined the cast of the upcoming "Baywatch" film alongside Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach. "Quantico" star Priyanka Chopra was also previously reported to be in talks for a role.
An action-comedy feature take on the 1990s syndicated series about Californian lifeguards, Damian Shannon and Mark Swift penned the most recent draft which Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") helms the project which Johnson, Michael Berk, Greg Bonann, Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia, Ivan Reitman and Douglas Schwartz will produce. Johnson broke the news on Instagram which you can see below:
Exclusive: Casting my #Baywatch love interest wasn't easy (extremely tough job but hey I'm one of the producers;) but we finally found her. For our coveted role of "Stef", she had to be a lot of things: Strong, intelligent, formidable, beautiful and funny. Want to welcome the talented @ilfenator Ilfenesh Hadera to our #Baywatch family. »
- Garth Franklin
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled jury members for its feature film competition programs for its 22nd edition during Jan. 22-28, Variety has learned.
Along with Peli, the best-known Slamdance alumni include Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles that debuted at Slamdance include “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.”
The Slamdance feature competition is limited to films made with budgets under $1 million and made by first-time directors. The awards will be presented Jan. 28 at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah.
Narrative features jury members include Russell, »
- Dave McNary
Who will Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario square off against in Seth Gordon’s Baywatch reboot? Well, the movie has now found a villain in the form of Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, though specific character details haven’t been disclosed. It was recently revealed that Johnson is taking over as Mitch Buchannon from David Hasselhoff, and
The post Big screen Baywatch reboot starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson finds its villain appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
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