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Mitch Silpa, Ryan Gaul Cast In ‘The Happytime Murder’

Mitch Silpa, Ryan Gaul Cast In ‘The Happytime Murder’
Mitch Silpa and Ryan Gaul are joining Melissa McCarthy in STXfilms, Brian Henson-directed comedy, The Happytime Murder, which is set in the underbelly of a Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist. Two clashing detectives, one human (McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together to figure out who is brutally murdering the former cast of a classic puppet show The Happytime Gang. Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks, and Joel McHale co-star. Todd Berger, Robertson…
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Elizabeth Banks Joins Gang For ‘The Happytime Murders’

Elizabeth Banks Joins Gang For ‘The Happytime Murders’
Elizabeth Banks has been set to join Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph in The Happytime Murders, the puppet-filled comedy from STXfilms. Brian Henson is directing the pic, which began shooting this week in Los Angeles. The script from Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, Erich & Jon Hoeber and McCarthy is set in the L.A. underbelly where puppets and humans co-exist and centers on clashing detectives — one human (McCarthy) and the other a puppet — who are forced to work together to…
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Joker/Harley Quinn Spinoff in the Works + More Projects and Casting News

With dozens of castings announced and new projects coming down the pipeline each week across television, film, and theater, it can be near-impossible to keep up. Luckily, Backstage is here to help. Every Friday, we’re rounding up the week's industry news you shouldn’t miss so you can be sure you're firmly in the know! The Joker and Harley Quinn will meet cute.Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are in final negotiations to reprise their “Suicide Squad” roles in a spinoff feature from the creative minds behind “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and NBC’s tearjerking drama, “This Is Us.” The film is described as a “criminal love story,” and comes courtesy of the uber-successful DC cinematic universe and Warner Bros. collaboration. It’s a “Bridesmaids” reunion.Maya Rudolph has officially signed on for STXFilm’s “The Happytime Murders.” The film will star and be produced by Melissa McCarthy, as we previously reported,
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Maya Rudolph Joins The Happytime Murders with Melissa McCarthy

Maya Rudolph is teaming up once again with Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy in The Happytime Murders. The comedy is set in Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist.

The story follows "two clashing detectives, one human (McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together to figure out who is brutally murdering the former cast of The Happytime Gang, a beloved classic puppet show."

Brian Henson will direct in conjunction with Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner. The story is by Todd Berger & Dee Robertson; the script was written by Berger, Robertson, Erich & Jon Hoeber and McCarthy.

Rudolph and McCarthy were in the same cast together in 2011's comedy Bridesmaids. Jamie Fox was supposed to join the project at one point but things didn't work out with that.

Via: Deadline
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Maya Rudolph to Reunite With Melissa McCarthy in ‘Happytime Murders’

Maya Rudolph to Reunite With Melissa McCarthy in ‘Happytime Murders’
Maya Rudolph has joined Melissa McCarthy in the dark comedy “The Happytime Murders.”

The casting represents a reunion for longtime friends McCarthy and Rudolph, who first shared the big screen in 2011’s comedy blockbuster “Bridesmaids” and will next be seen together in Warner Bros.’ “Life of the Party.” McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in “Bridesmaids.”

STXfilms’ “The Happytime Murders” is centered on two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to find the killer who’s murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a classic puppet show.

The production companies are Henson Alternative, On the Day Productions, and STXfilms. McCarthy is producing with partner Ben Falcone, along with Brian Henson and Jeffrey Hayes. Executive producers are Lisa Henson, Dee Robertson, and John W. Hyde.

Brian Henson is directing from a script by Todd Berger, Dee Robertson,
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Melissa McCarthy’s R-Rated Puppet Comedy ‘Happytime Murders’ is a Go

Welcome back to our guide for what’s casting! As usual, we’ve scoured the landscape to bring you information on all the best projects in film, theater, and television, sourced with information from the most reliable sources. This is show business we’re talking about, though, and as quickly as a play can bring down its curtain, a project can end before it’s even begun; that said, here’s what you can currently look out for! Depending on your disposition, this project may either be a dream come true or your worst nightmare. Melissa McCarthy has teamed with STXfilms for “The Happytime Murders,” a raunchy comedy set in the depth of Los Angeles, where puppets and humans coexist. McCarthy will play one half of a mismatched detective duo (the other half is a puppet), who team up to solve the mysterious muders of the cast of a beloved television show.
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STX Films Sets Dates for ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Happytime Murders’ With Melissa McCarthy

STX Films Sets Dates for ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Happytime Murders’ With Melissa McCarthy
STXfilms announced late Friday night that they have set dates for two of their upcoming projects, “Molly’s Game” and “The Happytime Murders.”

Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game” was bought by Stx Entertainment for $9 million at Cannes last year, and will be released Nov. 22 — the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Sorkin’s directorial debut drama stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, the real life underground poker ringleader who wrote 2014’s “Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.”

Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd, and Bill Camp also star. Mark Gordon, Amy Pascal, and Matt Jackson are producing.

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A little further into the future, the Jim Henson Company’s “The Happytime Murders” starring Melissa McCarthy is scheduled to hit theaters August 17, 2018.

Brian Henson is directing the noir comedy
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Dark Comedy Puppet Movie The Happytime Murders Moving Forward with Melissa McCarthy

After years in development, it looks like viewers will finally get to see a darkly comedic take on the world of puppets in The Happytime Murders. Taking place in a world where puppets and humans live together, the film will feature a grisly murder mystery that must be solved by a pair of detectives, one human and one puppet. The movie is now finally moving forward with Melissa McCarthy set to star and produce, Brian Henson (son of the legendary Jim Henson) on board as the director, and filming expected to begin this August.

Press Release: (Burbank, CA, May 2, 2017) — STXfilms, whose Bad Moms was 2016’s highest grossing R-rated comedy, teams with comedic genius Melissa McCarthy in The Happytime Murders, directed by Brian Henson. The announcement was made today by STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson and Sam Brown, President of Production for STXfilms, a division of Stx Entertainment.

The comedy is set
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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Puppet Comedy ‘Happytime Murders’

Melissa McCarthy to Star in Puppet Comedy ‘Happytime Murders’
Melissa McCarthy has come on board Stx’s noir comedy “The Happytime Murders.”

The comedy, directed by Brian Henson, is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives, one human and one puppet, are forced to work together to try and solve the mystery of who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

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“When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly, and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true,” McCarthy said in a press release.

The film is set to begin production this August and will be produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner, On the Day Productions, and STXfilms. Producers are Brian Henson, Jeffrey Hayes, McCarthy, and Ben Falcone. Lisa Henson
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STXfilms, Melissa McCarthy unite for 'The Happytime Murders'

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STXfilms, Melissa McCarthy unite for 'The Happytime Murders'
Comedy takes place in world where humans and puppets co-exist.

STXfilms and Melissa McCarthy are teaming up on The Happytime Murders, which is scheduled to go into production in August.

McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s On The Day Productions will produce the buddy comedy set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where humans and puppets coexist.

Two detectives – one from each species – must work together to solve the slaying of a former cast member on beloved puppet show The Happytime Gang.

The project hails from The Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative label, On The Day Productions, and Stx films. Brian Henson will direct and produces alongside Jeffrey Hayes, McCarthy and Falcone. Lisa Henson and John W. Hyde will serve as executive producers.

Todd Berger wrote the screenplay from a story he co-created with Dee Robertson.

Melissa McCarthy is the reigning queen of comedy and we believe she will make The Happytime Murders the kind of hysterical
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Slamdance Filmmakers Offer Up Their Best Festival-Going Tips and ‘Park City Hacks’ in Exclusive New Video — Watch

If you’re heading up to Park City next week to check out the various festival offerings, we’ve got some tips for you. Thanks to Slamdance Polytechnic and Creative Future, a gaggle of Slamdance filmmaking alums, friends of the festival and knowledgeable cinephiles have joined together to offer up some “Park City Hacks” to their fest-attending brethren.

From what to pack (warm stuff, and then more warm stuff, and then probably still more warm stuff) to the best places to decompress and some very key notes on what kind of stuff to consume while you’re in Utah (more water, less booze), the video also includes plenty of tips on how to best navigate the business side of the festival. In short, it’s got something for everyone.

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The video includes tips from Slamdance alumni like Peter Baxter,
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‘Fallen Stars’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Lost Souls Develop a Friendship in Los Angeles’ Koreatown Neighborhood

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‘Fallen Stars’ Exclusive Trailer: Two Lost Souls Develop a Friendship in Los Angeles’ Koreatown Neighborhood
This past year, actress Michelle Ang’s performance in the web series “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462” garnered her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. But Ang’s work in 2016 doesn’t stop there, as she also co-stars in the new indie drama “Fallen Stars” alongside Ryan O’Nan (“Fargo,” “Ray Donovan”), which will finally see a theatrical release this week.

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Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood, the film chronicles the unexpected friendship that develops between Cooper (O’Nan), a burnt-out bartender in her mid-30s who still isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life, and Daisy (Ang), an accomplished, socially awkward girl in her early 20s. Despite differences in age and background, the two gradually get to know each other and begin to share their lives together.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Picks Up ‘Queen of the Desert,’ The Orchard Grabs ‘Carrie Pilby’ and More

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.

– Open Road Films has announced that it has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Spark,” an animated space adventure starring voice talent from Academy Award-winning actresses Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon, Golden Globe nominee Patrick Stewart, Jessica Biel, and introducing Jace Norman. The animated film is directed by Canadian filmmaker Aaron Woodley. Open Road Films plans to release the film in theatres on April 14, 2017.

IFC Films has announced at the American Film Market conference that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert.” The film, written and directed by Herzog, stars Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis. They will the release the film in the spring of next year.
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Katie Cassidy’s Murder Mystery ‘Cover Versions’ Bought by Sony

Katie Cassidy’s Murder Mystery ‘Cover Versions’ Bought by Sony
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought worldwide rights to the murder mystery feature “Cover Versions,” starring Katie Cassidy, Drake Bell, Austin Swift, Jerry Trainor, and Debby Ryan.

Lakeshore Entertainment’s Off the Dock division made the sale of “Cover Versions,” directed by Todd Berger from his own script. The story focuses on four band members who tell disparate recaps of a night of sex, drugs, and murder that takes place before their show at a music festival.

Producers are Marc Reid and Mark Korshak. The film recently completed shooting.

Cassidy is known for her starring role on the CW’s “Arrow” as attorney-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance/Black Canary, based on the DC Comics character.

Bell’s credits include the Fox series “Grandfathered” and Swift will be seen opposite Ben Affleck in Warner Bros.’ “Live By Night.” Ryan is starring New Line Cinema’s “Life of the Party.”

Berger directed “It’s
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Gets Rights To ‘Cover Versions’

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Gets Rights To ‘Cover Versions’
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has just picked up worldwide rights to the murder mystery feature Cover Versions from Lakeshore Entertainment’s Off the Dock. Written and directed by Todd Berger, the film, which stars Katie Cassidy, Drake Bell, Austin Swift, Jerry Trainor and Debby Ryan, is about four band members who tell varying accounts of a night of sex, drugs, and murder before their first big show at a popular music festival. The film was produced by…
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Jamie Foxx Gets R-Rated with Muppets in The Happytime Murders

Jamie Foxx Gets R-Rated with Muppets in The Happytime Murders
After several years of development, the The Happytime Murders is finally moving forward in the right direction. The Jim Henson Company and Stx Entertainment are in early talks with actor Jamie Foxx to star in this comedy, which will be R-rated and feature a blend of live-action and brand new muppet characters. Stx hasn't issued a release date for the unconventional comedy at this time, and it isn't known when production may begin.

The Happytime Murders is set in a city where humans and puppets co-exist. Some of the biggest celebrities in the world are the stars of a hit TV series entitled The Happytime Gang. But behind-the-scenes, these stars lead horrifying lives that don't exactly match their family-friendly on-camera personas. When the stars of this show start getting killed off in gruesome ways, two Lapd detectives must put their differences aside to solve the case.

According to Deadline, Jamie Foxx will play Detective Edwards,
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Jamie Foxx Looking to Join Jim Henson Company’s The Happytime Murders

Jamie Fox is in negotiations to star in The Jim Henson Company’s upcoming film The Happytime Murders. The movie is described as a raucous R-rated comedy that will combine live-action characters with puppets.

The project is set to be directed by Brian Henson, and the “story follows puppet stars of an iconic TV show The Happytime Gang who are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off-camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush. When the Happytime Gang stars begin to be mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives – one a type-a, take-no-prisoners human with a secret and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims – must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit, all the while trying to resist the temptation to murder each other.”

Deadline says that Foxx will play Detective Edwards,
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Jamie Foxx is eyeing up unusual puppet comedy ‘The Happytime Murders’

This sounds like a movie that is right up our street. According to a report over at Deadline, Jamie Foxx may be looking to join the very unusual R-rated comedy The Happytime Murders over at Stx Entertainment.

The film is also a co-production with The Jim Henson Company, who will provide the puppets for the film too. Here’s a look at the intriguing plot.

In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, ?The Happytime Gang.? As the killings continue, Phil?s former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It?s up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface
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Jamie Foxx Circling Comedy ‘The Happytime Murders’

Jamie Foxx Circling Comedy ‘The Happytime Murders’
Jamie Foxx is in early talks to star in the Stx and Jim Henson Company co-production “The Happytime Murders.”

If a deal (now in its nascent stages) is completed, Foxx would star in the film directed and produced by Brian Henson. Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber are writing the script.

The raucous comedy explores a world where puppets and humans live side by side, and the puppet stars of the iconic TV show “The Happytime Gang” are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush.

When the stars of “The Happytime Gang” are mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives — one a type-a, take-no-prisoners human with a secret, and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims — must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit,
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg developing Where’s Waldo? movie

The Tracking Board is reporting that MGM has tapped Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to develop an adaptation of Martin Handford’s children’s book series Where’s Wally?, known as Where’s Waldo? in North America.

The live-action take “centers around Waldo, the janitor/inventor who wears a distinctive red-and-white shirt with glasses, a stocking cap, and a walking stick. As he embarks on adventures, traveling through space and time, he often appears in colorful, crowded scenes from the past, the present – even the future.”

A Where’s Waldo? movie has been in the pipeline for several years, having passed through the hands of Nickelodeon/Paramount and Universal/Illumination Entertainment before landing at MGM in 2011. The most recent draft of the script was written by Todd Berger (It’s a Disaster).
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