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MTV has picked up the distribution rights to No Cameras Allowed, a documentary directed by and starring James Marcus Haney, who turned a penchant for crashing the backstage of rock concerts into a budding career as a rock videographer. Lis Rowinski, who runs motion picture for Fake Empire, the production entity run by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, is producing the doc along with Matt Barber and Michelle Knudsen. Photos Capitol Music Group Celebrates Banner Year Schwartz and Savage are exec producing along with Haney, frequent Fake Empire music collaborator Alexandra Patsavas, Robyn Demarco, Joshua Vodnoy, Michael Raimondi, Mason Novick
- Borys Kit
The CW is answering for its crimes cancellations: three fan-favorite shows and one spin-off that are still fueling the voices of sad fans.
Though CW president Mark Pedowitz has previously addressed the scrapping of both The Tomorrow People and the Supernatural spin-off Bloodlines, the network chief fielded cancellation questions aplenty during the CW’s executive panel on the Television Critics Association semi-annual press tour.
Here’s what Pedowitz had to say about four axed shows:
- Marc Snetiker
Universal Pictures has signed a two-year, first-look deal with Fake Empire, the company run by “Fun Size” producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Universal will get first dibs on all projects that Fake Empire develops for the big screen. The studio and Fake Empire already worked together on the 2014 film “Endless Love,” a movie about young love, and are collaborating on “Monster High,” based on the Mattel franchise. Schwartz and Savage have had tremendous success in television, producing ‘The O.C.,” “Gossip Girl” and “Chuck.” Those TV shows target the same young audience Universal would like to attract on the feature side. »
- Lucas Shaw
Universal Pictures has signed a two-year first-look production deal with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire banner. The announcement was made by co-presidents of production Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum. Schwartz and Savage are currently writing and will produce the studio's live-action feature Monster High, based on the Mattel franchise of the same name, alongside Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Schwartz and Savage also produced Endless Love for Universal. "Josh and Stephanie's ability to generate quality entertainment with a particular appeal for younger audiences has fuelled their success, and we look forward to working with
- Tatiana Siegel
The duo, known for TV hits like “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.,” are currently in production on summer sudser “The Astronaut Wives Club,” which ABC picked up in a 10-episode straight-to-series order earlier this year and for which Savage penned the pilot. (The team moved Fake Empire from Warners to ABC in 2013).
- Justin Kroll
The production partners have agreed with Imax for the latter to release up to 15 of their films through 2017.
The extension incorporates Imax into Universal and Legendary’s release strategy for their tentpole roster, which includes Dracula Untold in October, Seventh Son in February 2015, Fast & Furious in April 2015, Jurassic World in June 2015, Everest in September 2015, Crimson Peak in October 2015 and Warcraft in March 2016.
“The IMAX platform has performed over and over again for Legendary, and through this deal we will continue to deliver an unparalleled filmed entertainment experience, as well as showcase the work of our directors in a way that resonates with audiences around the world,” said Legendary chairman and CEO Thomas Tull.
“Universal and our partners at Legendary are committed to the tentpole business and this deal ensures audiences will experience our films in the unparalleled environment of an IMAX »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
First they were freaky fashion dolls. Then they had their own webseries, books, and straight-to-dvd movie. Now the terrifying teens of Monster High are gearing up for their big screen debut. And for this one, they'll be in the flesh. Variety reports Universal has announced a release date for a live-action Monster High movie. It will open opposite Ben Affleck's Live By Night on October 7, 2016. No talent or director has yet been attached to the project, but its producers include Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The Carrie Diaries), Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Endless Love), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Footloose, Drop Dead Diva). Monster High's story will follow a cast of characters that basically blend Barbie with Universal's classic monsters. For instance, the Monster High class includes Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura, Lagoona Blue, as well as Cleo de Nile, Deuce Gorgon, Ghoulia Yelps, Abbey Bominable, and Spectra Vondergeist. »
Universal Pictures has handed out an October 7, 2016 release date for Monster High, which we reported in November will be written by Gossip Girl producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The adaptation based on Mattel's popular toy line will go up against Warner Bros.' Live by Night from star-direcor Ben Affleck. Here's the official description of Monster High from Universal.
"Surviving high school's tough enough when your parents aren't the most legendary monsters in history. Finding your real identity while figuring out what to do with your secret one is just part of what the teenagers who attend super-secret academy Monster High go through every day-and night. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (TV's Gossip Girl and The O.C., Endless Love) wrote the screenplay based on the hugely successful Mattel franchise. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray, Chicago) will produce under their Storyline Entertainment banner, and Schwartz and Savage will produce for Fake Empire. »
Here's a look at some recent release dates: A Universal R-Rated Comedy will be released on May 13, 2016. Universal Pictures’ Monster High will be released on October 7, 2016. Fox's supernatural thriller Home moves from November 26, 2014 to March 27, 2015. Fox's animated picture The Penguins of Madagascar takes the vacant November 26, 2014 slot, moving up from March 2015. Relativity's Untitled Armored Car Project will open on August 14, 2015. Hit the jump for more on each film. Universal's untitled R-rated comedy might just be a follow-up to this year's recently released Nicholas Stoller film Neighbors. The film, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, has already earned over $150 million in its first two weeks, so I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel was in the works. There's nothing official to suggest this is the case just yet, as it could simply be a new project they're not ready to announce just yet. Here's the official word on the Universal project, »
- Dave Trumbore
The live-action adaptation of Mattel’s Monster High doll franchise is produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage under their Fake Empire banner along with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron via their Storyline Entertainment shingle.
The story centers on teens finding their real identities while figuring out what to do with their secret ones at the secret academy Monster High. Schwartz and Savage are also writing the script.
- Dave McNary
Universal Pictures has set an October 7, 2016 release date for Monster High, an adaptation of the popular Mattel franchise. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (TV’s "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C.," Endless Love) wrote the screenplay. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray, Chicago) will produce under their Storyline Entertainment banner, and Schwartz and Savage will…
The post Universal to Start the Academic Year at Monster High in Oct. 2016 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
Universal Pictures has put two films on its calendar for 2016. First up is an undisclosed R-rated comedy, which will hit theaters Friday, May 13, 2016. The studio wouldn't release any details about the project, but an insider says it has never been announced. Then, in time for the Halloween season, the studio will release Monster High on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Story: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage to Write, Produce 'Monster High' Adaptation Monster High centers on the teenage spawn of some of history's most legendary monsters, who attend a super-secret academy and go through every day -- and
- Tatiana Siegel
It used to be that summer was a desolate wasteland, at least when it came to original television. The networks, like teachers, pretty much took the season off and cable was still in its infancy, struggling to find a way to quench that particular thirst. But these days, summer is just as viable for original programming as the fall and midseason, and this year is no different.
We've decided to run down the biggest premieres from the hottest networks (in alphabetical order), making sure to note the starriest, sexiest, most interesting new and returning programs for you to watch at the end of a long, hot summer day. It's enough to make you wonder how anyone ever survived the summer without shows of this caliber popping up. Dog days, indeed.
While there certainly seems to be some promising things coming down the pike for ABC, including a series based on »
- Drew Taylor
Joel Johnstone (Getting On, The Newsroom) has been cast in ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book and directed by Nick Cassavetes, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Johnstone, repped by Brs/Gage and Working Entertainment, will play Gus Grissom, an average student and athlete who may be the least likely astronaut but proves himself to be one of Nasa’s top men. He’s an extraordinary engineer who flies on the Mercury and Gemini missions, and becomes the first man to go into space twice. Rahart Adams (Nowhere Boys) has landed a series regular role in Nickelodeon’s, Every Witch Way. It centers on a teenage girl who deals »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
ABC's Astronaut Wives Club is staging a Breaking In reunion. Bret Harrison has boarded the drama series from Gossip Girl's Stephanie Savage, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 1960s-set drama tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. The series marks the first pilot Savage has written since she co-created the CW's long-running Gossip Girl with her Fake Empire cohort Josh Schwartz. The series is based on Lily Koppel's best-selling novel published last summer. Janice Williams brought the project
- Lesley Goldberg
Updated: Bret Harrison (Orange County) and Aaron McCusker (Shameless, Dexter) have been cast as series regulars in ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios, eyed for 2015. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book and directed by Nick Cassavetes, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Harrison will play Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, one of the original astronauts. His wandering ways pushed his wife, Trudy, to the brink of divorce, but he’s convinced her to come back so he can have his shot at space. McCusker, repped by UK’s Curtis Brown and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment, will play Wally Schirra, another one of the original astronauts who’s also a prankster. Daniel London (Minority Report, Patch Adams »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Hell On Wheels alumna Dominique McElligott is set for a starring role in ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s non-fiction book and directed by Nick Cassavetes, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. CAA-repped McElligott will play Louise Shepard, a real life “Sabrina” whose father was the head of maintenance at the Duponts’ Longwood Gardens estate. She struggles to uphold her “perfect” image and her complicated marriage once her husband Alan becomes the first American in space. Louise and Alan had one of the few marriages that survived the space program, staying together for 53 years. Originally scheduled to launch this summer, the series was recently pushed to midseason as its scope »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Following an extensive casting search, ABC has cast the lead for its drama series Astronaut Wives Club. Hell on Wheels alum Dominique McElligott will topline the drama from Gossip Girl's Stephanie Savage, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide The 1960s-set drama tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. The series marks the first pilot Savage has written since she co-created The CW's long-running Gossip Girl with her Fake Empire cohort Josh Schwartz. The
- Lesley Goldberg
“Astronaut Wives,” the upcoming drama from “Gossip Girl” executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, has been moved from the summer schedule to the fall midseason, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. Adapted from Lily Koppel's book of the same name, “Astronaut Wives Club” follows the “real story” of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. The drama has been re-conceived from covering just the Mercury mission to including the Gemini and Apollo missions, as well. Also read: ‘Dexter’ Star Desmond Harrington Joins »
- Jethro Nededog
Exclusive: There is a change in plans for ABC‘s 10-episode limited series The Astronaut Wives Club. The project, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios, had been actively casting and getting ready to go into production for a July 24 premiere. Now production has been put on hold, and the series will undergo a creative change. It eyes a fall production start for a midseason 2014-15 launch. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s 2013 book, Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. The book profiles dozens of the wives of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts. Originally, the series was envisioned to cover only the wives of the astronauts from the Mercury missions. Now ABC is expanding the scope to also include the Gemini and Apollo missions. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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