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Last year, NBC lost The Office and 30 Rock. It canceled Community, and sometime next year, we'll see the last of the Parks & Rec gang. The future has seemed bleak for NBC's once-lauded comedy content, so maybe that explains why it's digging through old projects to turn things around: Deadline reports that Cougar Town and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has signed on to produce an NBC adaptation of the popular British sitcom The It Crowd. NBC has been here before. It picked up an It Crowd pilot starring Joel McHale (and Richard Ayoade, from the original British version) in the 2006-2007 season, »
- Eric Renner Brown
The It Crowd is getting a new Us remake from NBC.
Despite a failed pilot back in 2006, another attempt is being made at adapting beloved British sitcom "The It Crowd" for the United States.
Bill Lawrence ("Scrubs," "Spin City") along with "Community" executive producers Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan are shepherding the new multi-camera series adaptation which Warner Bros. TV will produce.
The project has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Funnily enough, NBC was the network behind the original failed attempt at a remake which starred Joel McHale and original series transplant Richard Ayoade.
Ayoade, Chris O'Dowd and Katherine Parkinson starred in the original series which ran from 2006-2010 and was wrapped up with a one-off special that aired in December last year. It won numerous awards for its sharp writing and performances.
The show followed two male geeks and their new female manager working in the It department of the London offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries. Further »
- Garth Franklin
Whenever you get Bill Murray in a room, you can expect to see a pretty good performance. But add in his "St. Vincent" co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd, and the one-liners were flying fast during a press conference held at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, where the film came in as a second runner-up for the fest's People's Choice Award.
"If I can be very serious for a second ... I would," joked Murray, later saying, "We're performing for each other this morning. You're just stuck with us, but we're amusing the hell out of ourselves."
In the film, the legendary comedian stars as Vincent, a cantankerous Vietnam vet who begrudgingly agrees to babysit his neighbour's 10-year-old son (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher) for the extra cash. Along with a pregnant Russian stripper (Naomi Watts), Vincent becomes something of a mentor to the youngster, teaching him how to fight and gamble, among »
- Rick Mele
U.S. television network ABC will work with Chris O'Dowd to adapt his Irish television show Moone Boy for an American audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. O'Dowd will not star in the show but will pen the script and serve as executive producer. The network has handed out a put-pilot commitment to O'Dowd. This means that ABC will air the pilot episode or pay monetary penalties to the studios who will produce the pilot: Sony, 3 Arts Entertainment, and original producers Sprout Pictures Limited, Baby Cow Productions and Hot Cod Productions.For those of you keeping score at home, if you are not familiar with Moone Boy, O'Dowd plays Sean, the adult imaginary friend of Marin Moone, a 12-year old boy who lives in Boyle, Ireland. Along...
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, a put-pilot commitment has been ordered of the Emmy-winning comedy.
O'Dowd will write the script and executive produce ABC's single-camera adaptation but the actor is not expected to have an on-screen role.
Series two of the original show aired on Sky1 earlier this year, while a third series has already been filmed and will air in 2015.
Both series have aired on PBS in the Us and are available to watch on Hulu. »
Archie Panjabi, who plays investigator Kalinda Sharma in CBS' "The Good Wife," will depart the show at the end of the current sixth season when her contract expores. Panjabi has signed a development/holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television to star in a drama pilot for the studio in the spring.
A frequent scene stealer in early seasons and somewhat adrift in latter ons due to weak subplots, Panjabi's work often stood out even amongst the high calibre of actors on the show. Her role as Kalinda scored her three Emmy nominations, including one win, and a Golden Globe nomination. [Source: The Live Feed]
The coming-of-age story follows a 12-year-old boy and his sarcastic, imaginary friend who helps him navigate childhood challenges. »
- Garth Franklin
We're not sure we can remember the last time a husband and wife battled each other for no. 1 at the box office, but it looks like that's whats in store for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner this weekend. Affleck stars in "Gone Girl," the David Fincher's thriller which has already earned over $48 million in the U.S. and should find somewhere between $20-22 million in its second frame. Garner appears opposite Steve Carell in Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" which is also expected to earn between $20-24 million over the weekend. For "Girl" it will be the second time it's trying to sneak by a competitor after the 20th Century Fox flick beat "Annabelle" by just $378,000. The other new wide releases may be close, but likely won't be battling for no. 1. Universal Pictures' "Dracula Untold" is expected to pull in $18-20 million »
- Gregory Ellwood
Director Stephen Frears is to receive a BFI Fellowship.
The British filmmaker, who has directed movies including Philomena, The Queen and Dangerous Liasons, will be presented with the accolade at this year's BFI London Film Festival annual awards ceremony.
The award, which recognises outstanding contribution to film or television, is the highest honour bestowed by the British Film Institute.
Frears said: "I've spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at BFI Southbank. I am thrilled by this Fellowship."
BFI chairman Greg Dyke added: "Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike.
"He is one of the UK's most important directors and we are delighted to honour him. »
St Vincent has released a new clip.
The film centres around Vincent, an ageing and broke bachelor whose antagonistic behaviour has left him alone in the world.
When a new neighbour (McCarthy) moves in next door, he forms an unlikely bond with her young son (Jaeden Lieberher).
Murray was most recently seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Monuments Men.
He has also recently thrown his support behind a female-led Ghostbusters reboot.
St Vincent will be released in the Us on October 24, and opens in the UK on December 5. »
Resting a movie on an actor's shoulders can be challenge for marketing wizards. The performer needs to be (or at least appear) at the top to convince audience the film is time well spent. That can often mean touting the transcendent moments — which explains why the scene from Weinstein Company's upcoming dramedy "St. Vincent" is now available for previewing. The story of a cantankerous Brooklynite (played by Bill Murray) who forms a philosophically symbiotic relationship with a wimpy kid next door, "St. Vincent" marks the feature film debut of Theodore Melfi, who has earned love for the film since the script landed on the Black List back in 2011. Vincent's lackadaisical nature is a perfect fit for Murray; The actor's skills are all about turning any grimy burnout into an empathetic character. The recently released snippet of footage, yanked from the film's end credits (and existing in a vacuum, worried spoilerphobes), says it all. »
- Matt Patches
The cast of characters in 'St. Vincent' get their own one-sheets.
The heartfelt dramedy St. Vincent, which won the hearts of audience members at the 2014 Toronto International Film Fest earlier this month, has just released a series of character posters that reveal the angelic side of the film's sad cast of characters.
In the movie, Bill Murray plays Vincent, a hedonistic, misanthrope who is befriended by his neighbor's 12-year-old son and hired by his mom (Melissa McCarthy) to look after him. Taking the boy under his wing, and end up bringing him on a series of inappropriate adventures to strip clubs and various unsavory locales until the two begin to become close friends.
The film was written and directed by Theodore Melfi, and is his feature film debut. An impressive feat, considering the film's cast, which consists of Murray, McCarthy, [link »
There's a weird netherworld that movies sometimes fall into, films that were completed, or as good as, but whether because of issues of quality, or because of circumstances outside their control, never saw release in any form, or at best were buried on DVD or VOD somewhere. Jerry Lewis' "The Day The Clown Cried" was a famous example, Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" lingered in limbo for six years before release, and more recently, films such as David O Russell's "Nailed" and Sienna Miller/Chris O'Dowd drama "Hippie Hippie Shake" finished principal photography, but never made it to a screen of any kind. And now, there's worrying signs that another film has joined those ranks. A couple of years ago, Dylan Kidd, director of the great "Roger Dodger" and the underrated "P.S," went behind cameras for the first time in nearly a decade with "Get A Job." An ensemble »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The party can finally start at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival now that Bill Murray has arrived. Not even a torrential downpour could stop the eccentric fan favorite from thrilling fans on the red carpet at the premiere of his new comedy "St. Vincent," along with his co-stars Chris O'Dowd, Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy and Jaeden Lieberher. Check out Bill Murray's latest red carpet shenanigans here: »
- Dave Lewis
While many consider Groundhog Day to be an annual celebration to the hilarious and distinguished career of Bill Murray, the Toronto International Film Festival officially declared September 5th as "Bill Murray Day," and the fest and its attendees paid tribute to the comedian with a retrospective of his work (including screenings of Ghostbusters and Stripes), a Q&A session, and the world premiere of Murray's latest film St. Vincent with Melissa McCarthy.
A sudden burst of heavy rain attempted to mar "Bill Murray Day" in the Canadian city as hundreds of fans became soaked, »
The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
Glee star Heather Morris is getting married - Us Weekly Another celebrity couple bites the dust - HuffPost Celebrity Would Sofia Vergara be a good matchmaker? - Gossip Girl Robert Pattinson hits the town with a mystery girl - Lainey Gossip Benedict Cumberbatch is coming to the Rockies - Hollywood Reporter Kylie Jenner isn't fazed about living with cameras - TooFab Will you see Robin Wright's latest? - Rotten Tomatoes Miley Cyrus cuddles her adorable pup - Wonderwall Chris O'Dowd and his wife are expecting - The Frisky »
Pregnant celebrities - Chris O'Dowd and Dawn O'Porter ( pictured above) are expecting their first baby, it has been revealed. The 'Bridesmaids' star, 34, debuted his wife's baby bump in a video clip of his Als Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday. Upon completing the challenge, which involves pouring a bucket of freezing cold water over his head to raise awareness and funds for Lou Gehrig's disease, the Irish star said: ''I'd like to nominate Richard Ayoade, Graham Linehan and Baby O'Porter. So brave.'' He then panned the camera over to TV presenter Dawn, who shrieked as she poured a small glass of ice cubes and water over her baby bump. Shortly after Chris posted the footage, the British star acknowledged the happy news on Twitter, writing: ''Thought we'd better mention it, before I got O'Busted (sic)!'' The 'It Crowd' star married author Dawn, 35, in a low-key ceremony in »
Chris O'Dowd may have just nominated the youngest person possible for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge. The 34-year-old actor headed to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to share his highly anticipated soaking. "I've been nominated by a bunch of bloody idiots," O'Dowd jokes. "So I guess it's time." But in a surprise turn of events, O'Dowd decides to pass the challenge on to a very special person. "I'd like to nominate Baby O'Porter," he shares with fans. Yes, O'Dowd and his wife, Dawn O'Porter, are expecting a baby! The camera pans to O'Porter who can't help but show off her growing baby bump. Holding a small »
As with every year, we are closing out our Emmys coverage will a behind-the-scenes pre- and post-party timeline. So many flies, so many walls. See you in this space in 2015! Saturday, August 23: Pre-parties hosted by BAFTA, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety and Women in Film 3:15 p.m. Standing on the patio at the Beverly Hills Sls hotel for the BAFTA TV Tea is Chris O'Dowd. He feels way overdressed. “I feel dapper," he says. "And it’s hard to feel dapper amongst Brits, because they’re the most dapper people on Earth." Is he excited to go to Monday night's award ceremony? "I’m not even going to the Emmys this year. I live around the corner; I thought I’d come over. Fuck it, why not?"4:35 p.m. Fargo’s Noah Hawley, who will go on to win an Emmy Monday night, offers some tidbits on season two of the FX drama. »
- Diane Gordon,Denise Martin,Valentina I. Valentini
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