13 items from 2016
Nothing is a coincidence or an accident in Mr. Robot, Sam Esmail's hacker psychothriller that wormed its way into last year's TV season like a particularly efficient computer virus. Visually stunning and meticulously plotted, the first season tapped into a rich vein of paranoia and disillusion running through the heart of late-stage capitalist society — in other words, it's not exactly your typical USA Network fare, a channel known for play-it-safe shows like Royal Pains and White Collar.
Told from the perspective of Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a brilliant but »
A bunch of new stills are out from "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's latest feature "The Neon Demon" which premieres during the Cannes Film Festival next summer. Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves all star in the horror tale about an aspiring L.A. model who finds her youth and beauty the envy of the beauty-obsessed women around her. [Source: The Film Stage]
Disney Pictures has announced a June 7th Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date for "Zootopia," their animated feature that has proven a smash with both audiences and critics - taking in $910 million at the global box office to date along with a stunning 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger continues to build up its cast, with Flaked actress Frankie Shaw signing on in the role of Gail. Based on the nonfiction bestseller of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, the working class Boston man who became the subject of a now-iconic photo after losing his legs in the attack. The story is a deeply personal account of his journey of recovery, examining his… »
It seems almost inevitable that Rooney frontman, Coppola scion, and Jason Schwartzman brother Robert Schwartzman would eventually make a movie, and he makes his directorial debut with an earnest, musically themed take on the Mrs. Robinson myth with “Dreamland." Co-written with Benjamin Font, the film stars the endearing, almost cherubic Johnny Simmons as Monty Fagan, a struggling piano player who becomes entangled with an older lover/benefactress, Olivia (Amy Landecker), while trying to sort out his life. Monty, peddling piano lessons for $25 bucks a pop, dreams of opening his own piano bar, but he settles for a replacement gig filling in at the swanky La Petit Bel Ami hotel. It’s where he meets Olivia, an older woman who actually wants to have sex with him, unlike his longtime girlfriend Lizzie (Frankie Shaw). Their mojo has fizzled, partially thanks to her mom (Beverly D’Angelo), whom they live with. So when Olivia turns up, »
- Katie Walsh
The first wave of films screening at the 15th Tribeca Film Festival have been announced and this year, the Narrative program has been split into two separate sections: the Us Narrative competition which celebrates the works of American filmmakers and the International Narrative competition which will showcase cinematic works spanning five continents.
With one third of the Festival’s feature films being directed by women – the highest percentage in history – the Festival is becoming renown for its discovery of new and distinct voices.
“In our 15th year we wanted to deepen our support of American narrative filmmakers and have opened our competition to separately showcase the Us and International films,” said Genna Terranova, Festival Director. “We are very impressed by the films this year and inspired to see new voices transcending traditions and taking risks by telling their stories their own way. We are excited to share with audiences how »
- Sacha Hall
Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland is a drug-fueled dystopian comedy that would make Rob Gronkowski blush – we’re coming out of the gate guns-blazing on this one! Everything that television audiences love about the hard-partying Mountain Goats makes a return in Lev L. Spiro’s spinoff film, as creators Eric Falconer and Romanski leave a trail of cocaine dust while they unleash epic, Thad-Castle-approved anarchy.
It’s perversely familiar and relentlessly immature (in a good way), which is everything Bms fans have come to expect. We’re gifted an epic, multi-day party that reunites all our favorite characters, but with the calculated exclusion of on-field football antics, something feels slightly amiss. Not enough to detract immensely, just a little more welcomed playmaking to balance…ah, who am I kidding. You’re watching for the sloots and booze, and that’s exactly what you’ll get!
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- Matt Donato
Plus: FilmBuff acquires world on ‘Who’s Driving Doug’; and more…StarStream has promoted Lauren Russell to vp of production and development. Russell was a key figure in bringing three productions to Sundance: Jeff Beana’s Joshy (pictured), Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers and Frankie Shaw’s short film Too Legit.
FilmBuff has picked up worldwide rights to David Michael Conley’s Who’s Driving Doug that will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 5 ahead of launch in select theatres and VOD on February 26. Rj Mitte of Breaking Bad, Pamela Kwiatkowski of Bates Motel and Ray William Johnson of The Equals Three Show star. Jake Hanley of FilmBuff negotiated the deal with Nicola Carbonetta and David Katz.
Jim Gaffigan has been cast in one of the lead roles of Original Force Animation’s first feature Duck Duck Goose alongside Carl Reiner and the previously announced cast of Stephen Fry, Zendaya, [link »
Television and motion picture production and financing company StarStream has promoted Lauren Russell to Vice President of Production and Development. Russell has been a key figure in bringing three productions to this year’s Sundance Film Festival, including Jeff Beana’s "Joshy," Kevin Smith’s "Yoga Hosers" and Frankie Shaw’s short film "Too Legit." Prior to joining StarStream, Russell produced several short films and web series. She's worked as the assistant to StarStream CEO Kim Leadford for the past two years. Read More: Julie Menin is New York City's New Film Commissioner "In this short period of time, Lauren has optioned a script that made it onto the Black List ('Big Time Adolescence'), helped produce 3 films and 1 television pilot, closed a complicated debt deal and became a steady force in helping to shape the company's operations," said Leadford in an official statement. "This year, Lauren is producing. »
- Zack Sharf
Kevin Smith‘s comedy pilot “Hollyweed” has completed production, TheWrap has learned. The half-hour pilot, written and directed by Smith, is set in a Los Angeles marijuana dispensary. Smith and Donnell Rawlings star as two friends who recruit the help of a porn star, played by Frankie Shaw, to help them manage their small business. Kristin Bauer van Straten also stars as the dispensary’s cookie magnate neighbor. The pilot is produced by FremantleMedia North America and StarStream Media. Also read: NBC Orders 2 Pilots: Fantasy Drama From 'True Blood' Author, Legal Soap Produced on spec, the pilot was »
- Reid Nakamura
Kevin Smith has wrapped production on “Hollyweed,” a half-hour comedy produced by FremantleMedia North America and StarStream Media, Variety has learned.
The project, written, directed by and starring Smith, is set in a Los Angeles cannabis dispensary. It follows two potheads, played by Smith and Donnell Rawlings (“Chappelle’s Show”), who battle a neighboring cookie magnate played by Kristin Bauer van Straten (“True Blood”) and enlist the help of a charming porn star played by Frankie Shaw (“Mr. Robot”), to help them navigate the ups and downs of managing a small business in their quest for profits and the perfect bud.
The half-hour episode was shot on spec with financing from FremantleMedia and five firms with ties to the booming cannabis industry: Weedmaps.com, a social media community for medicinal marijuana users; G-Pen (Grenco Science), a manufacturer of portable vaporizers; DNA Genetics, a pot seed company; Acme Elixirs, an organic cannabis oil company; and Raw, »
- Laura Prudom
Smith announced he is currently filming the pilot for the show which has been financed by Starstream, who helped fund his latest film Yoga Hosers. Hollyweed takes place at a dispensary called L.A. Confidential (which is a real shop) and will feature Smith as one of the lead characters alongside Donnell Rawlings (Chappelle’s Show), who he describes as the show’s Randal in reference to his first feature film Clerks.
Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood) stars as the owner of a cookie store across the street. Also in the cast are Smith’s real-life daughter Harley Quinn-Smith (Yoga Hosers) who will play his on-screen daughter, Frankie Shaw (Mr. Robot) and Jason Mewes (Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back). Smith’s Hollywood »
- Luke Owen
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More sloots. More party favors. More Thad. The Blue Mountain State TV series ran three seasons, before being cancelled by Spike, in 2011. Now, Lionsgate is releasing a revival film, February 2, 2016. Like Veronica Mars, the Blue Mountain State revival was crowd-sourced on Kickstarter. This release is direct-to-digital and On-Demand.
Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, revisits Blue Mountain State University and its Mountain Goats football team, with football, sex, and plenty of booze. Television series creators Eric Falconer and Romanski (Chris Romano) reunite the original cast. Stars include: Alan Ritchson, Romanski, Darin Brooks, James Cade, and Frankie Shaw, with Ed Marinaro. Watch the trailers, below.
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Get ready to go back to the Goat House, “Blue Mountain State” fans. Lionsgate announced Friday that it has set the digital release date for the crowdfunded “Blue Mountain State” movie for Feb. 2, 2016. The film reprises the antics of fictional Blue Mountain State University and its Mountain Goats football team, set in the madcap, over-the-top world of football, sex, binge drinking and wild partying. Television series creators Eric Falconer and Romanski reunite the original cast starring Alan Ritchson, Romanski, Darin Brooks, James Cade and Frankie Shaw. Also Read: 'Divergent 4' 'Power Rangers' Pushed Back by Lionsgate In the movie, Thad »
- Joe Otterson
13 items from 2016
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