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Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda

Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount buys the Diane Keaton-Jane Fonda comedy “The Book Club,” Gravitas picks up “Public Schooled,” and Saban strikes a Canadian output deal.

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Paramount Pictures is in negotiations for the rights to the comedy “The Book Club,” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen.

The deal covers North American, U.K., and French rights for the June Pictures project. Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey, Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr., and Wallace Shawn are also starring

Bill Holderman is directing from a script co-wrote with Erin Simms about four friends in their 60s who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed. Holderman, Simms, Andrew Duncan, and Alex Saks are producing the project.

“The Book Club” is financed by June Pictures and Endeavor Content. Bloom is selling
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AFM: Paramount Nabs Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen's 'Book Club' for $10M

AFM: Paramount Nabs Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen's 'Book Club' for $10M
In one of the biggest deals of the AFM announced so far, Paramount has picked up North American, U.K. and French rights to Book Club for $10 million, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The deal was brokered by Endeavor Content, with Paramount planning a wide release of the June Pictures project in 2018.

Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey, Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr and Wallace Shawn, the comedy is the directorial debyt oif Bill Holderman, who co-wrote the screenplay with Erin Simms.
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‘Casual,’ An Important Stepping Stone In Hulu History, Will End After Its Fourth Season

Hulu has set an end date for its Casual relationship. The streaming service has picked up a fourth and final season of Zander Lehmann's dramedy.

Casual tells the story of Valerie (Michaela Watkins), who moves in with her brother Alex (Tommy Dewey) after going through a divorce. All three seasons of the show have received mostly positive reviews from critics, though the decision to cancel the program after its fourth go-around is likely due a relative lack of interest from Hulu subscribers.

Even if it ultimately leaves a minimal impression on viewers, Casual will still go down as a relevant part of its distributor's history. The show's nomination at the 2015 Golden Globes, where it was up for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, represented the most significant piece of award show recognition Hulu had received up to that point. Two years later, the streaming service would notch a
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Casual: Is the Hulu TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

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Vulture Watch What does the future hold for Alex, Valerie, and Laura? Has the Casual TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Hulu? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Casual season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Streaming on the Hulu paid subscription platform, Casual stars Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins, Tara Lynne Barr, Nyasha Hatendi, Julie Berman, and Katie Aselton. A dysfunctional family sitcom, the Casual TV show centers on Alex Cole (Dewey), founder of online dating site Snooger.com, his therapist sister Valerie Meyers (Watkins), and her teenaged daughter, Laura (Barr). After Valerie’s husband, Drew (Orth), leaves her for a younger woman, she and Laura move in with Alex, who has
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Casual: Fourth and Final Season Renewal for Hulu TV Series

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While it is not technically cancelled, the Casual TV show on Hulu is coming to an end. Today, Hulu renewed Casual for a fourth and final season of eight episodes. The third season premiered on Hulu, on May 23rd of this year. A scripted Hulu dramedy, Casual stars Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins, Tara Lynne Barr, Nyasha Hatendi, Julie Berman, and Katie Aselton. Casual centers on Alex Cole (Dewey), founder an online dating site, his therapist sister Valerie Meyers (Watkins), and her teen daughter, Laura (Barr). After Valerie’s husband, Drew (Orth), leaves her for a younger woman, she and Laura move in with Alex, who has been dealing with clinical depression. Together, they try to help each other navigate modern dating, both online and off. Read More…
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‘Casual’ to End on Hulu After Season 4

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‘Casual’ to End on Hulu After Season 4
Hulu’s “Casual” has a formal end in sight. The comedy series created by Zander Lehmann has been renewed for a fourth and final season. The last eight-episode run will premiere in 2018. “Casual” launched in October 2015 and stars Michaela Watkins as Valerie, a single mother living with brother Alex (Tommy Dewey) and daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr). Frances Conroy and Nyasha Hatendi round out the main cast. Also Read: 'Designated Survivor' Boss Says Natascha McElhone Exit Will Lead to 'New Ground' for Series The series from Lionsgate Television and Right of Way Films was directed by Jason Reitman.
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Casual Renewed for Final Season

Casual Renewed for Final Season
Hulu is breaking up with Casual, but not before one final fling.

The sibling dramedy, starring Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey, has been renewed for an abbreviated fourth and final season, our sister site Deadline reports. The farewell run will debut in 2018 and consist of eight episodes.

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Casual wrapped its third season on Aug. 1 with a string of cliffhangers: Alex had just discovered that Rae was pregnant with his baby after a drunken one-night romp. Val, meanwhile, found out that daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) had packed her bags and left for Sacramento,
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'Casual' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Hulu

The end is near for Casual.

Hulu has renewed the series for a fourth and final season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The last eight-episode season will premiere sometime in 2018. The renewal comes two and a half months after the end of season three.

Starring Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey, Casual marked one of the streamer's first forays into original scripted programming. Launching in 2015, the half-hour also helped usher Hulu into the awards-season conversation, earning a Golden Globe nomination for best TV series musical or comedy that same year. 

Zander Lehmann created the Lionsgate TV series, while Liz...
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First Look at Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner

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Hugh Jackman unveiled a first look at himself as 1980s Presidential candidate Gary Hart in the new biopic The Front Runner, which started production today. While the actor will be surrounded by an all-star supporting cast, we only get to see our leading man, which appears to be taken during one of Gary Hart's events during his Presidential campaign, before things went completely off the rails in 1987, helping spark a new era in political journalism.

This first look photo was revealed on the official Hugh Jackman Twitter. The film is based on the book All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai, who also had a hand in adapting the screenplay alongside director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and Jay Carson (House of Cards). In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart was easily considered the front runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination for the 1988 Presidential election,
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The Guest Book: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on TBS?

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Vulture Watch How are things at Froggy Cottage? Has The Guest Book TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on TBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Guest Book season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? Airing on the TBS cable channel, The Guest Book stars Kellie Martin, Charlie Robinson, Aloma Wright, Carly Jibson, Lou Wilson, Garret Dillahunt, Laura Bell Bundy, and Eddie Steeples. The series centers on the vacationers who stay in Froggy Cottage, in the town of Mount Trace. While the cabin and townie characters remain the same, each episode follows new guests. Guest stars in the first season include: Danny Pudi, Jenna Fischer, Tommy Dewey,
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The Guest Book: Season One Ratings

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TBS can't resist a quirky comedy, so The Guest Book TV show looks right up their alley. Generally speaking, TBS TV series draw pretty low ratings. Some of their shows have been cancelled after one season, while others have managed to score a renewal. Could this new comedy attract more viewers and earn higher ratings? Will The Guest Book be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.A TBS anthology-style sitcom, The Guest Book stars Kellie Martin, Charlie Robinson, Aloma Wright, Carly Jibson, Lou Wilson, Garret Dillahunt, Laura Bell Bundy, and Eddie Steeples. The series centers on the vacationers who stay in Froggy Cottage, in a small mountain town. While the house and townie characters remain the same, each episode features new guests staying in the cottage. Guest stars in the first season include: Danny Pudi, Jenna Fischer, Tommy Dewey, Lauren Lapkus, Michaela
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Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and more join Hugh Jackman in Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner

Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and more join Hugh Jackman in Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner
Entertainment Weekly has announced details of the supporting cast set to join Hugh Jackman in the upcoming Gary Hart biopic The Front Runner, which sees the former Wolverine taking on the role of the senator and 80s presidential candidate.

Joining Jackman in the project are Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Mamoudou Athie (The Detour), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Kaitlyn Dever (Justified), Tommy Dewey (Justified), Molly Ephraim (Last Man Standing), Spencer Garrett (Thank You for Smoking), Ari Graynor (I’m Dying Up Here), Toby Huss (Halt and Catch Fire), Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Mark O’Brien (Halt and Catch Fire), Sara Paxton (Murder in the First), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) and Steve Zissis (Baghead).

The film, which is being directed by Jason Reitman (Juno), is described as “a political comedy about the moment in our history when tabloid journalism and political journalism drove into the same lane.
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Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey & Katie Aselton Cast In ‘Book Club’

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Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey & Katie Aselton Cast In ‘Book Club’
Exclusive: Alicia Silverstone, Casual star Tommy Dewey and Katie Aselton are set to appear in June Pictures’ upcoming film Book Club, joining Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr and Wallace Shawn. The pic is from first-time director Bill Holderman, who co-worte the screenplay with Erin Simms. It follows four lifelong friends in their 60s — Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and…
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The Guest Book: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on TBS?

Vulture Watch How are things at Froggy Cottage? Has The Guest Book TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on TBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Guest Book season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? Airing on the TBS cable channel, The Guest Book stars Kellie Martin, Charlie Robinson, Aloma Wright, Carly Jibson, Lou Wilson, Garret Dillahunt, Laura Bell Bundy, and Eddie Steeples. The series centers on the vacationers who stay in Froggy Cottage, in the town of Mount Trace. While the cabin and townie characters remain the same, each episode follows new guests. Guest stars in the first season include: Danny Pudi, Jenna Fischer, Tommy Dewey,
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The Guest Book: Season One Ratings

TBS can't resist a quirky comedy, so The Guest Book TV show looks right up their alley. Generally speaking, TBS TV series draw pretty low ratings. Some of their shows have been cancelled after one season, while others have managed to score a renewal. Could this new comedy attract more viewers and earn higher ratings? Will The Guest Book be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.A TBS anthology-style sitcom, The Guest Book stars Kellie Martin, Charlie Robinson, Aloma Wright, Carly Jibson, Lou Wilson, Garret Dillahunt, Laura Bell Bundy, and Eddie Steeples. The series centers on the vacationers who stay in Froggy Cottage, in a small mountain town. While the house and townie characters remain the same, each episode features new guests staying in the cottage. Guest stars in the first season include: Danny Pudi, Jenna Fischer, Tommy Dewey, Lauren Lapkus, Michaela
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Casual: Is the Hulu TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

Vulture Watch What does the future hold for Alex, Valerie, and Laura? Has the Casual TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Hulu? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Casual season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Streaming on the Hulu paid subscription platform, Casual stars Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins, Tara Lynne Barr, Nyasha Hatendi, Julie Berman, and Katie Aselton. A dysfunctional family sitcom, the Casual TV show centers on Alex Cole (Dewey), founder of online dating site Snooger.com, his therapist sister Valerie Meyers (Watkins), and her teenaged daughter, Laura (Barr). After Valerie’s husband, Drew (Orth), leaves her for a younger woman, she and Laura move in with Alex, who has
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‘The Guest Book’ Review: The TBS Hotel Comedy Can Be Anything, And That’s Its Biggest Problem

‘The Guest Book’ Review: The TBS Hotel Comedy Can Be Anything, And That’s Its Biggest Problem
The premise of the new comedy “The Guest Book” is an exciting one: a quiet, unassuming cottage at a cozy mountain getaway plays host to a number of weekend travelers with something to work out or something to hide. Each of them relate their wacky adventures in the room’s guest book, using a few pages to write a confession, an alibi or a farewell. It’s the kind of “if these walls could talk” setup that makes you wonder why TV hasn’t taken advantage of hotel-adjacent stories more often.

There’s a certain flexibility that comes with getting to reinvent a show’s character list every episode. Like its new motel counterpart “Room 104,” each episode of the first season of “The Guest Book” focuses on a different set of occupants: These vacationers range from scientists to quarreling spouses to parents with misplaced preoccupations.

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‘The Guest Book’ Review: The TBS Hotel Comedy Can Be Anything, And That’s Its Biggest Problem

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‘The Guest Book’ Review: The TBS Hotel Comedy Can Be Anything, And That’s Its Biggest Problem
The premise of the new comedy “The Guest Book” is an exciting one: a quiet, unassuming cottage at a cozy mountain getaway plays host to a number of weekend travelers with something to work out or something to hide. Each of them relate their wacky adventures in the room’s guest book, using a few pages to write a confession, an alibi or a farewell. It’s the kind of “if these walls could talk” setup that makes you wonder why TV hasn’t taken advantage of hotel-adjacent stories more often.

There’s a certain flexibility that comes with getting to reinvent a show’s character list every episode. Like its new motel counterpart “Room 104,” each episode of the first season of “The Guest Book” focuses on a different set of occupants: These vacationers range from scientists to quarreling spouses to parents with misplaced preoccupations.

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But the problem with cycling so many of these performers in and out of the world of the show is that creator Greg Garcia has essentially made 10 different pilots. Rather than treating these individual chapters like short stories, there’s an unspoken effort to squeeze a season’s worth of quirks and angst into a twenty-minute window.

Over the course of his work on “My Name is Earl” and “Raising Hope,” Greg Garcia shepherded shows that presented unconventional family dynamics and disjointed inner circles of friendship. But, despite their collective shortcomings, the offbeat characters of those series worked together to create something built on love, appreciation, and understanding. To see so many episodes of “The Guest Book” tinged with cynicism and frustration seems like a misstep that doesn’t play to his strengths as a writer and observer of human tendencies. The humor here often seems forced, both in its writing and the physicality of the performances it asks of its actors.

It’s all the more frustrating when some episodes seem to strike the ideal tone that the others strive for. Episodes 4 and 5 are probably the strongest efforts of this first season, the latter of which stars Jenna Fischer as a scientist uncovering some unexpected memories of an Alzheimer’s patient left in her care. Some of those developments are legitimately shocking, but it doesn’t have the same manufactured chaos that plagues so many of the other installments.

The Guest Book” boasts an impressive roster of guest stars, including Michaela Watkins, Danny Pudi, Lauren Lapkus, Stockard Channing Tommy Dewey, and Michael Rappaport. But the actors who have worked in previous Garcia shows seem to be the only natural fits for this new venture. Jamie Pressly, a bright spot on “My Name is Earl,” instantly finds the heart a character that in lesser hands could have been an episode-length punchline. Same goes for Shannon Woodward, who finds some an extra emotional layer in a character that could easily be a fodder for sight gags.

And although many of the recurring side players in the town surrounding the cottage are little more than means for advancing the handful of season-long throughlines, Garret Dillahunt is an exception. As Andrew, a local doctor whose marital foibles and parenting misadventures pop up across the season, Dillahunt gets another much-deserved chance to show off his comic chops. The shifting dynamic between Andrew and Kellie Martin’s Officer Kimberly hints at an alternate foundation for the show that might not be as formally innovative, but would make for a more satisfying series.

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The stealth stars of “The Guest Book” might just be Arjay Smith and John Milhiser as two office co-workers who serve as the show’s “Previously On” Greek chorus. Reorienting audiences at the start of each episode, their changing 15-second banter is one of the show’s best bits of character development. That they make such an impression in short snippets is a testament to Garcia’s ability to find some fun developments with a repeatable framework, but it also emphasizes that the constant cast list churn of check-ins and check-outs is rarely the part of this show that’s most engaging.

With a handful of drug-fueled benders and neuroses-driven montages, “The Guest Book” gets the chance to match its changing cast list with a few visual switch-ups. Some split-screen episode bookends and some inventive camera placements keep the cottage from getting too familiar. But those occasional touches can’t replace the fact that the show lives and dies on the strength of its episode-to-episode stories. A few of them are entertaining enough, but a show that’s still in search of its strengths still keeps it from being a reliable trip worth taking every week.

Grade: C+

The Guest Book” airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on TBS.

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Tommy Dewey & Francois Arnaud To Star In Marc Carlini’s ‘She’s In Portland’

Tommy Dewey & Francois Arnaud To Star In Marc Carlini’s ‘She’s In Portland’
Exclusive: Causal star Tommy Dewey and Midnight, Texas lead Francois Arnaud are attached to star in writer-director Marc Carlini's indie film She’s in Portland, which Carlini also is producing under his Tilt/Shift Films banner. It follows two thirtysomething guys who, after a college reunion, decide to take a road trip up the California coast to find Maggie, the one that got away. Dewey plays Wes, a charismatic East Coast banker grappling with a stressful home life and a…
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Short Form Content Attracts Big Interest From Production Houses

Short-form content isn’t new, but it’s gaining popularity among creators, production companies and viewers. And it’s just getting started.

“Just because it’s short in length doesn’t mean it has any less effect on an audience or requires any less skill to make,” says Matthew Henick, head of development at BuzzFeed, which upped production of original short-form series from two or three to about 30.

He’s noticing TV-like consumption behavior, too, as each episode of “Worth It” garners tens of millions of views. “People are seeking it out and showing their affinity for it just as they would a TV show,” Henick says. He notes this is BuzzFeed’s first year submitting in short form: “Try Guys” for short form variety series, and “Worth It” for short form non-fiction/reality.

Condé Nast Entertainment began investing in digital and short form five years ago and now has 18 branded channels. Condé
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