Two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather: Part II, 1974; Best Actor, Raging Bull, 1980) stars as an aging insult comic trying to reinvent himself for acclaimed filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Ray) in the comedy-drama The Comedian. De Niro’s eight-years-in-the-making passion project also stars Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Danny DeVito (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Charles Grodin (Dave), Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman (Best Supporting Actress, The Last Picture Show, 1971), Patti LuPone (“Penny Dreadful”), and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (Best Supporting Actor, Bugsy, 1991), with a cast that includes Lucy DeVito (Leaves of Grass) and Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally…). In addition, the film features a veritable who’s who of stand-up comedians,
Shades of Blue, NBC’s gritty drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta about corruption in the NYPD and the ramifications that ensue, has been renewed for a third season.
The announcement was made by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.
“We’re so hugely appreciative of everything Jennifer and Ray do, and know it is due to their dedication, as well as the hard work of our incredible cast and producers, that Shades of Blue has so clearly and compellingly earned a third-season renewal, Salke said.
“This show continues to mine powerful stories that always leave us hungry for more.”
Thus far in its second season, Shades of Blue is dominating the Sunday 10/9c hour among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas, generating a +50% margin of victory in the of victory in the timeslot in adult 18-49 rating.
It.s the first feature from New Zealand producers Ronel Schodt, managing director of Shotz Productions, and Brent Macpherson, director/producer of Stretch Productions, through their Stretch Motion Pictures.
In an unusual twist, the female protagonist is fluent in sign language, and Macpherson is a Deaf director.
The plot revolves around Valerie Crowther (yet to be cast), a Scotland Yard detective whose mother was Deaf. Valerie is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at London.s Wandsworth University, a learning institution for the Deaf.
Sorbo will play Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Bennett, who is her ex-husband, meaning they have a difficult working relationship. Valerie's arrival at Wandsworth University coincides with the death of a student from a deadly flu virus as the government closes the borders to prevent the entry of
Bridget Jones star Renée Zellweger is to make her feature-directing debut with the comedy-circuit yarn 4 1/2 Minutes. She will also act in the film, alongside Johnny Knoxville, who will take the lead role of a messed-up comedian who has to look after her character's son. The script will be written by Anthony Tambakis, and is apparently based on the experiences of real-life standup Dov Davidoff.
Zellweger has been increasingly moving into behind-camera duties in recent months. She and Tambakis are sharing writing credits on a TV series, Cinnamon Girl, which received an order from the Lifetime channel in July. She is also still attached to star in Bridget Jones's Baby, the third movie in the series, but according to reports the project is on hold indefinitely.
Other major roles appear to be thin on the ground.
Based around the life of stand-up comedian Dov Davidoff. Anthony Tambakis ("Warrior") penned the script in which Johnny Knoxville plays a "commitment-phobic trainwreck" of a comedian whose life is collapsing.
He soon takes a job babysitting the child genius of a single mother (Zellweger). Zellweger, Tambakis and Kevin Frakes will produce and shooting kicks off in February in New York City.
The story centers on a comic named Jimmy Bennett (Johnny Knoxville), whose life is falling apart due to his commitment issues. He takes a job looking after the brilliant young son of single mother P.J. Andersen (Renée Zellweger).
Anthony Tambakis (Warrior) wrote the screenplay, with Dov Davidoff receiving a story credit. Renée Zellweger and Anthony Tambakis will also produce alongside PalmStar Media Capital's Kevin Scott Frakes.
Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in New York City.
Set in the New York stand-up comedy world, the film will star Johnny Knoxville of Jackass fame as a commitment-phobic, downward-spiraling comic who takes a job babysitting the genius son of a single mom, played by Zellweger. Scripted by Warrior co-writer Anthony Tambakis, the comedy is based on the life and comedy of stand-up Dov Davidoff.
Jackass star Johnny Knoxville is set to star alongside Zellweger in her indie comedy titled 4 1/2 Minutes. Anthony Tambakis, who wrote Warrior and also worked with Zellweger on an upcoming Lifetime pilot, has scripted this one, which is based on stand-up comedian Dov Davidoff‘s life. Knoxville leads the film as Jimmy Bennett, “a commitment-phobic, train-wreck of a comedian whose life is falling apart when he takes a job looking after the genius son of single mom P.J. Andersen,” played by Zellweger.
After the success of Louie and Sleepwalk Walk with Me, I’m enjoying this string of slightly biographical takes on the lives
Summer is when the laughter dies. That's not just the title of my hauntingly powerful new young adult novel, it's also an accurate summation of the current schedules. The networks are now adopting a half rerun/half reality format, and cable proudly rolls out the drama. But if the sudden lack of comedy threatens to make you cranky and unfocused, there are a few avenues worth investigating.
IFC offers the TV adaptation of the popular podcast Comedy Bang Bang. There may be almost as many unlistened-to podcasts moldering on my iTunes as there are unwatched episodes on my DVR, but that doesn't mean I'm not a fan of the medium. On the contrary: I'm overwhelmed! In the same way BBC radio has acted as a breeding ground
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