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Undefeated producer Ed Cunningham is turning his attention to the strange case of an amputated foot for his next documentary. The producer, whose credits also include Seth Gordon's The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, announced production on Finders Keepers and is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the final stages of physical production as well as post-production. Cunningham, who also announces college football for Espn, will produce through his World Record Headquarters shingle and has put together a team that includes director Bryan Carberry and indie producer Adam Gibbs. With more than 50 hours of footage already shot, Finders Keepers
- Tatiana Siegel
It’s difficult to imagine Identity Thief, this year’s biggest comedy, without Melissa McCarthy. But when Jason Bateman and director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) were originally planning their buddy-road movie with its nods to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Midnight Run, the Oscar-nominated actress wasn’t part of the picture. In fact, her felonious character who steals people’s identities and maxes out their credit limits wasn’t even a she — it was a he. Then came Bridesmaids, which opened Hollywood’s eyes to a new brand of bawdy female comedy that was the perfect match for Gordon’s R-rated comedy. »
- Jeff Labrecque
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot banner had a prosperous pilot season in setting up two big dramas, Fox’s “Almost Human” and NBC’s “Believe.” So did Bill Lawrence’s Doozer banner, with comedies on Fox (“Surviving Jack”) and NBC (“Undateable”), not to mention a newbie ordered by TBS last week (“Ground Floor”).
See also: Studios Score as Series Orders Soar
Others who made the Mvp roster in this year’s network development derby:
- Cynthia Littleton
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced earlier today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
The network is changing up some of its serialized dramas - removing random repeats in favor of two "uninterrupted runs" of twelve episodes each (one in the fall, one in the spring) for shows like "Once Upon A Time," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal" and "Revenge". The large gaps between the two half-seasons will be bridged by "limited series" designed around only 12-13 episode seasons.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen including the high-profile "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" rip-off "Gothica", McG's rip-off of Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" entitled "Westside", the series based on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain ride, the Annie Potts-led "Murder in Manhattan" about »
- Garth Franklin
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
In anticipation of a series order, one of ABC‘s hottest pilots, the Adam F. Goldberg comedy, started making offers to writers last night, an indication of an imminent pickup. The project, from Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison, has been building momentum since it moved from Fox, which it was originally set up last season, to ABC this past summer. The 1980s family comedy, inspired by Goldberg’s experience growing up, centers on an in-your-face mother and hot-tempered father who love their three eccentric kids so much, they can’t bear to see them grow up. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal, Darien Provost and Troy Gentil star in the pilot, directed by Seth Gordon. After passing on several pilots yesterday, ABC is expected to begin handing out series orders today. Related: Primetime Pilot Panic: Rumor Mill »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A mild-mannered businessman and the spend-happy con woman who stole his identity embark on an uproarious, cross-country road trip in the blockbuster comedy Identity Thief, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand June 4, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Identity Thief’s stars – Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Emmy® winner Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) – charmed critics and audiences alike with their off-the-wall outrageous banter. Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Identity Thief also features an all-star ensemble cast including Jon Favreau (Iron Man series), Amanda Peet (2012), Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris (American Gangster), Genesis Rodriguez (What to Expect When You’re Expecting), John Cho (Star Trek,
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Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) may be lending his voice to character in an upcoming animated feature from Walt Disney Animation. Directed by Byron Howard (Tangled), the logline on the project is being kept under wraps, but appears to be an animal comedy of some sort. The picture has no release date at the moment. This would mark the first feature voice role for Bateman and could be the first solo directing job for Howard, who co-directed both Bolt and Tangled. Hit the jump for more. Heat Vision reports that Bateman is in talks to join this super-secret picture but few other details are available. It's possible that a recent report of voice actors on Disney's premiere Adr studio at Stage B has something to do with the new film. From Bleeding Cool, this tweet from voice-actor Bill Farmer (Toy Story) came to our attention: Bill Farmer @GoofyBill Had a great »
- Dave Trumbore
Seth Gordon is one of the only R-rated comedy directors that I absolutely cannot stand. Usually I’m one of the biggest suckers for R-rated comedy, because I’m easily amused when it comes to vulgar and inappropriate comedy. Just throw in some rude humor or some easy jokes and I’ll be rolling on the floor.
Apparently that doesn’t work with Seth Gordon, because he has now made two back-to-back R-rated comedies that I have deemed far from funny and mostly disappointing, especially when given the cast that he’s able to work with.
Identity Thief doesn’t fail because of Bateman or McCarthy. It instead fizzles out because of Gordon and his failure to capture comedy in the right moments and instead focusing on reoccurring gags that »
- Jeremy Lebens
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
In the movie, Bateman plays Sandy Patterson, a mild-mannered accounts rep whose far from home in Florida. McCarthy plays Diana, who’s living it up on the outskirts of Orlando thanks to Patterson’s stolen ID. With a week to bring down the con artist, Patterson goes to extreme measures to clear his name.
Critics didn’t think much of the film, with Miami Herald’s Rene Rodriguez writing: “Identity Thief apparently forgets it was supposed to be a comedy.” Still, the movie’s stars brought in $130 million at the box office. »
Identity Thief was a big box office success this winter, taking over the number one slot during its opening weekend. If you.ve been waiting to catch the film another time or just want to hear what the buzz is all about, you won.t have to wait much longer. Universal Studios Home Entertainment is bringing Identity Thief to Blu-ray, DVD, digital download and On Demand on June 4. Until Seth Gordon.s film came together, I never considered the possibility of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy headlining the same movie about two people roadtripping after unfortunate circumstances bring them both together. They.re both capable, funny comedians, but Identity Thief ended up being way more of a riot than I counted on, thanks to a clever script and what I.m sure was plenty of improvising by the cast. Plus, the two leads have a bizarre chemistry you wouldn.t »
A mild-mannered businessman and the spend-happy con woman who stole his identity embark on an uproarious, cross-country road trip in the number one comedy blockbuster Identity Thief, available on Blu-ray™Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand June 4, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Identity Thief’s fearlessly funny stars – Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Emmy® winner Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) – charmed critics and audiences alike with their off-the-wall outrageous banter. Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Identity Thief also features an all-star ensemble cast including Jon Favreau (Iron Man series), Amanda Peet (2012), Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris (American Gangster), Genesis Rodriguez (What to Expect When You’re Expecting), John Cho (Harold & Kumar series), Robert Patrick (Safe House) and Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”).
Both the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD include an unrated, extended version of the film featuring exclusive footage not shown in theaters, as well as a gag reel and making »
- Michelle McCue
Universal’s “Identity Thief”, still riding high at the box office with $146 million in worldwide box office (from a miniscule $35 million budget), is set for DVD and Blu-ray this June 4, 2013. A mild-mannered businessman and the spend-happy con woman who stole his identity embark on an uproarious, cross-country road trip in the number one comedy blockbuster Identity Thief, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand June 4, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Identity Thief’s fearlessly funny stars – Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Emmy® winner Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) – charmed critics and audiences alike with their off-the-wall outrageous banter. Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Identity Thief also features an all-star ensemble cast including Jon Favreau (Iron Man series), Amanda Peet (2012), Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris (American Gangster), Genesis Rodriguez (What to Expect When You’re Expecting), John Cho (Harold & Kumar series), Robert Patrick (Safe House) and Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family »
- BeyondHollywood Staff
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
The year's first White House movie ahead of early estimates, but is it a bona fide box-office hit? Olympus Has Fallen, featuring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart (neither of whom has been terribly lucky at the domestic box office of late), will be this March 22-24 weekend's no. 2 movie, behind only the 3D animated feature The Croods and easily surpassing early predictions. Antoine Fuqua, probably best known for Ethan Hawke / Denzel Washington's Training Day (which earned Washington a Best Actor Academy Award), directed the R-rated thriller should earn around $28 million on its debut weekend -- it opened with $10.4 million at 3,098 sites this past Friday as per studio estimates found on the web site Box Office Mojo -- thus boasting this year's second highest R-rated debut and providing relatively new distributing company FilmDistrict with its most impressive opening weekend to date. Early predictions by various pundits had the year's "first »
- Zac Gille
Post Tenebras Lux | Jack The Giant Slayer | Reality | Compliance | Identity Thief | The Croods | Neighbouring Sounds | Stolen | Reincarnated | Small Apartments | The Servant | I, Superbiker: Day Of Reckoning
Post Tenebras Lux (18)
Terence Malick gone a bit mainstream for you? Then try this latest litmus test, in which Mexican auteur Reygadas takes his penchant for striking imagery and disjointed narratives to commendably ambitious/infuriatingly inscrutable extremes. Centred on a troubled architect and his family, it's a shuffled jigsaw puzzle involving class tensions, rugby, swingers' parties and an animated Satan.
Jack The Giant Slayer (12A)
Another souped-up fairytale offering commercially calibrated spectacle rather than genuine wonder. The promising cast and giant budget amount to a hill of beans.
TV's celebrity culture exuberantly satirised, »
- Steve Rose
Sandy Bigelow Patterson is a careful man. A conscientious employee, husband and father, he doesn’t break rules and he refuses to live beyond his means. Sandy has determined to realise the American dream for his family through sheer old-fashioned hard work.
Sandy Bigelow Patterson is a lonely, duplicitous, shopaholic. The only thing louder than her garish blue eyeshadow is the drunken bray of her laugh. She purchases friendships with round after round of drinks and loses them as swiftly as the shots are downed – the moment her irrepressible personality breaks free. Half of Florida has made merry at Sandy’s expense, only Sandy isn’t Sandy and the real Sandy is about to pay a heavy price for her largesse…
- Emily Breen
Review Simon Brew 22 Mar 2013 - 06:13
Currently riding high at the Us box office, road trip comedy Identity Thief is far from a great night at the pictures, Simon writes...
The beauty of John Hughes' Planes Trains And Automobiles is that, in the depths of everything he puts Steve Martin's character through, you still care and feel sympathy for John Candy's shower ring salesman. That's really hard to do: by most measures, he should be the kind of character who, given how unreasonable he is at his worst, you simply want to see the back of. But you don't, and when Martin invites him into his home at the end of the film, you can, at the very least, understand why.
Identity Thief, at the time of writing the biggest grossing comedy of 2013 in the Us, never gets anywhere close. Not once. It puts at its heart »
★☆☆☆☆ With its flabby runtime, redundant set-pieces and ersatz moralising, Identity Thief (2013) is a précis of the current dire state of Us studio comedy. The success of the few has become the curse of the many; for every Bridesmaids (2011), there are a dozen like Identity Thief. Seth Gordon's follow-up to Horrible Bosses (2011) has already taken over $100 million in the Us despite a hostile critical reception. The film overestimates the ability of Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman (both skilled comic performers) to overcome a flat, laugh-free script which ultimately lacks the courage to make the most of its sub-Midnight Run set-up.
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- CineVue UK
The Seth Gordon-directed road movie sees Bateman play a mild-mannered accountant who has his identity stolen by Miami fraudster Diana (McCarthy). Bateman's financially-stricken Sandy Patterson treks cross-country to catch Diana in the act, and naturally there are tears, laughs and trauma along the way.
Digital Spy caught up with McCarthy and Bateman to discuss the best things about working with each other, why Bateman smells like "sour vanilla" and picking up injuries in their "messy" fight scenes.
"I got a taste for Bateman blood," McCarthy said after revealing that she gave her co-star two bloody noses. "One would have been equal. The second one... she started a new round with a second one," Bateman quipped.
In the video above, »
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