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12 items from 2017


Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Buys ‘Kings,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ and More

19 May 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the rights to “Kings,” the drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Deadline reports. The film focuses on a foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.

Ergüven previously directed “Mustang,” which received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. Charles Gilbert and Vincent Maraval served as the producers on “Kings.”

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks up ‘Sweet Virginia,’ Oscilloscope Buys ‘Song of Granite’ and More

Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the crime-thriller “Dragged Across Concrete” The film will be released by the »

- Graham Winfrey

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Jim Gaffigan’s Animated Comedy ‘Duck Duck Goose’ Flies to Open Road

17 May 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the animated family comedy “Duck Duck Goose,” starring Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, and Lance Lim.

Duck Duck Goose” will hit theaters on April 20. The film was produced and financed by Original Force. The deal was announced on Wednesday by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Harley Zhao, president and CEO of Original Force.

The movie is directed by Christopher Jenkins, written by Jenkins and Rob Muir, and produced by Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Gfm Films and Gfm Animation are handling international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gaffigan voices a high-flying bachelor goose who’s injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two demanding ducklings (voiced by Zendaya and Lim), on a long journey south that will turn this scrappy threesome into a family.

Duck Duck Goose” also features the voices of Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: Open Road Nabs U.S. Rights to Animated 'Duck Duck Goose'

17 May 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the animated family comedy Duck Duck Goose.

Featuring a voice cast headed up by Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Lance Lim, the film is directed by Christopher Jenkins from a screenplay he wrote with Rob Muir.

China-based Original Force produced and financed the film, which Open Road will release April 20, 2018.

Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, Reggie Watts, Diedrich Bader, Jennifer Grey, Rick Overton, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Fry and Carl Reiner round out the voice cast.

The story centers on a high-flying bachelor goose named Peng (Gaffigan) who is injured in flight »

- Tatiana Siegel

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Family Comedy from Erica Oyama in Development at Fox

26 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Erica Oyama: Steamy Awards/YouTube

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon’s “UnREAL” has earned rave reviews for depicting the disturbing drama and ugliness behind the scenes of a “Bachelor”-esque reality show. But before the Lifetime series came along, E!’s “Burning Love” took a more comedic approach to riffing on the long-running Chris Harrison-hosted series. “Burning Love’s” creator, writer, and executive producer, Erica Oyama, has a new project in the works. Deadline reports that she has a half-hour single camera comedy series in development at Fox.

“Based on Oyama’s life, the family comedy centers on Olivia, a single mom who returns to Alabama where her Japanese karate-master father still lives and teaches,” the source summarizes. “She joins the family business while enlisting her father’s help in toughening up her pessimistic nine-year-old son.”

A parody of “The Bachelor” and its spinoffs, “Burning Love” originally debuted on the web on Yahoo! Screen’s Comedy Channel before being picked up by E!. The Emmy-nominated series ran for three seasons. Its rotating cast included Jennifer Aniston, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman (“Billions”), June Diane Raphael (“Grace and Frankie”), and Natasha Leggero (“Another Period”).

“Children’s Hospital,” “Ntsf:sd:suv,” and “The Eric Andre Show” are among Oyama’s other credits.

“It’s just so funny to hear, ‘female comedies are so hot right now,’ because, of course, they’re just comedies that have females in them,” Oyama said in a 2014 interview. “I guess it’s just encouraging that everyone’s sort of like, ‘Yes, these women are hilarious, and we should be watching them as much as we’re watching these guys be ridiculous, too.’ I hope it keeps going. I want to be a part of it, of writing it. Obviously, women are just as funny — it’s such a silly discussion that people are still having,” she emphasized.

Family Comedy from Erica Oyama in Development at Fox was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Albert Einstein, Comedy Icon? 9 Examples of How Film and TV Depict His Lighter Side

25 April 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The legacy of Albert Einstein cannot be overstated — even when we take the scientist’s accomplishments for granted, he’s one of our planet’s most famous pop culture figures, recognizable across generations. The way he’s been depicted on screen has ranged from well-researched takes on the man’s life, such as Nat Geo Channel’s new anthology series “Genius,” premiering today, to, shall we say, somewhat more out-there fare.

Read More: ‘Genius’: Albert Einstein Undergoes a Heated Interrogation in Exclusive Sneak Peek — Watch

Below are some of the most notable examples we found featuring the great scientist depicted in a less-than-serious state. What’s interesting about looking at all of these examples together is how on the one hand, Einstein as an icon has been utilized for the sake of comedy for decades now. But when film or TV choose to engage with the reality of the man himself, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Albert Einstein, Comedy Icon? 9 Examples of How Film and TV Depict His Lighter Side

25 April 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The legacy of Albert Einstein cannot be overstated — even when we take the scientist’s accomplishments for granted, he’s one of our planet’s most famous pop culture figures, recognizable across generations. The way he’s been depicted on screen has ranged from well-researched takes on the man’s life, such as Nat Geo Channel’s new anthology series “Genius,” premiering today, to, shall we say, somewhat more out-there fare.

Read More: ‘Genius’: Albert Einstein Undergoes a Heated Interrogation in Exclusive Sneak Peek — Watch

Below are some of the most notable examples we found featuring the great scientist depicted in a less-than-serious state. What’s interesting about looking at all of these examples together is how on the one hand, Einstein as an icon has been utilized for the sake of comedy for decades now. But when film or TV choose to engage with the reality of the man himself, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Tribeca Film Festival to Live-Stream 12 Panels Free on Facebook, Including ‘Godfather’ Cast Reunion

19 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Can’t make it to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival? This year, the New York fest is bringing a dozen live sessions to internet users — for free — via an exclusive pact with Facebook, including the much-anticipated cast reunion of “The Godfather” films.

While Tribeca live-streamed a few panels on Facebook from the 2016 festival and has made other sessions available free online in past years, organizers say the Facebook Live lineup this year is unprecedented in scope.

For the first time in Tribeca’s history, internet users worldwide will be able to watch the festival’s closing-night event on April 29, with a panel discussion about “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part II” with director Francis Ford Coppola and actors Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert De Niro. (“Godfather” star Marlon Brando died in 2004.)

Other sessions to be available include conversations featuring Kobe Bryant, Lena Dunham, Ron Howard, »

- Todd Spangler

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

The TV lineup »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

The TV lineup »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ NatGeo’s ‘Genius’ to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival’s TV Program

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has set the lineup for its second annual TV festival, Tribeca TV. Five series, including Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and NatGeo’s Albert Einstein bioseries “Genius,” will have their series premieres, and events for 10 other shows will be held during the run of the Festival, from April 19-30.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” will screen its premiere, followed by a conversation with cast members Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel, Samira Wiley, and Max Minghella. “Genius” will get a similar treatment, with an after-premiere panel featuring executive producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Gigi Pritzker, as well as stars Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush. USA’s anthology crime thriller “The Sinner,” starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, will open at Tribeca TV as well and be accompanied by a discussion with Biel, Pullman, and director Antonio Campos. Comedy streaming service Seeso will debut the Tony Danza-starring “There’s…Johnny »

- Oriana Schwindt

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TV News Roundup: ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘Master of None’ Get Premiere Dates

15 March 2017 3:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s TV News Roundup, “My Little Pony” and Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” get premiere dates for their upcoming seasons, Hailey Baldwin and Method Man get a hosting gig on James Corden’s celebrity rap battle show, Disney Junior renews “The Lion Guard,” and more.

Dates

Thanks to Aziz Ansari‘s Instagram and Twitter, fans know to save the date for the May 12 Season 2 premiere of his Emmy-winning Netflix original series “Master of None.” Ansari created the show with Alan Yang, and the two serve as executive producers alongside Michael Schur, Dave Becky, David Miner and Igor Srubshchik. Universal Television produces. Watch a teaser for the new season of “Master of None” below:

 

Everyone’s favorite magical horses are back April 15 at 11:30 a/10:30c as “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” returns to Discovery Family. The premiere will consist of two back-to-back episodes, titled “Celestial Advice” and “All Bottled Up,” launching »

- Dani Levy

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Comedy Central Will Launch 3-Day Comedy and Music Festival

28 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central wants to move stand-up comedy out of the clubs and into the realm occupied by massive outdoor events like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza.

The Viacom-owned cable network plans to launch the “Colossal Clusterfest,” a three-day event that will feature comedy showcases, music, podcast recordings and collaborations by the artists attending, all held at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from Friday, June 2 to Sunday June 4. Comedy Central plans to air a 90-minute live special from teh event on June 4.

Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Bill Burr will headline the event, which will also feature Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Pete Davidson, Fred Armisen, Natasha Leggero, Tegan and Sara, Chromeo,  Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from the Comedy Central series “Broad City,” Bob Odenkirk, Vince Staples, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Princess featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum.

“We have been looking at the festival space »

- Brian Steinberg

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