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Taking on a classic is a gutsy move, even for an award-winning filmmaker. And when director Kimberly Peirce signed on to re-imagine Stephen King's horror classic "Carrie," about a teenage girl with telekinetic powers hellbent on revenge, she knew she had some sky-high expectations to meet.
"I'd make a joke and say, 'I didn't give a f*ck,' but of course I felt pressure!" she told us recently while doing press for "Carrie." "But I think pressure is good."
All that pressure had Peirce thinking long and hard about what it would mean to sign on to a project of this scale, with its history and existing fan base. Having made just one film, 2008's "Stop-Loss," since her 1999 directorial debut, "Boys Don't Cry," it's clear, as a filmmaker, she doesn't make decisions lightly.
"I walked into this feeling a huge responsibility, much like I did with 'Boys Don't Cry »
- Tim Hayne
Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have signed on to direct the adaptation I'm Proud of You. The story is based on Tim Madigan's memoir, about his friendship with Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Here's a description of the book from the author's official website.
"It began as another newspaper assignment, a celebrity profile of the children's television icon. But in Fred Rogers, Texas journalist Tim Madigan found more than a fascinating subject. From their first meeting in 1995, at Rogers' invitation, the two became unlikely friends, a deep and abiding relationship that lasted until Rogers' death in 2003.
In that time, Madigan found Rogers to be much more than the calm and compassionate personality of television. He was a person of unique human greatness who embodied love, compassion and wisdom his every waking moment. He was the transcendent being who guided Madigan through periods of life-threatening depression and the tragic »
Little Miss Sunshine's directors have announced a Mr Rogers film as their next project.
The book centres around the disillusioned journalist and family man who strikes up an unlikely friendship with TV host Fred Rogers after interviewing him in 1995.
Madigan discovered the compassionate man behind the public persona, a man who helped him through his struggle with depression and family tragedy until his death in 2003.
Dayton and Faris most recently directed 2012's Ruby Sparks.
There can never be too much love for Mister Rogers.
That's what lies beneath a new digital remix from PBS, "Sing Together." Called the "B-Side" version, this is the second video to feature the words and kindness of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" star Fred Rogers auto-tuned into a song.
Yet again, the result is beautiful and happiness-inducing.
The original, PBS-sanctioned auto-tune remix for Mister Rogers hit the Internet almost exactly one year ago, on June 7, 2012. With footage and lyrics taken from episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the tune was a nostalgic flashback to decades of childhoods.
And it did rather well for PBS -- "Garden of Your Mind" has over 8.7 million views in its first year.
Can "Sing Together" replicate that success? While it's unlikely that this newest remix, made as before by MelodySheep (Symphony of Science's John D. Boswell), will replicate the initial video's viral status, there's still plenty of Mister Rogers nostalgia out there. »
Deadline is reporting that a spec script for "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," a biopic about the late Fred Rogers, has been sold to Treehouse Pictures. Details about the storyline are being kept under wraps at this time, but producer Justin Nappi does say that Rogers was an inspiration who deserves to have his story told.
"Fred Rogers was such an inspirational man for so many people. His keen ability to find the good in anyone, or anything, will make for a truly inspiring cinematic experience," says Nappi. "In literally shaping the world around him to fit into his own unique perspective, he created what is arguably the most influential American children's television show of all time."
Rogers passed away in 2003 after hosting his PBS show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" from 1968 to 2001. A documentary titled "Mister Rogers & Me" previously aired on PBS in 2010.
What do you think, readers? Who should play the iconic TV host? »
More than ten years after the passing of Fred Rogers - one of television's greatest icons - his life story is being adapted into the feature film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Taken from the lyrics of his introductory song to each episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the picture was written on spec by Alexis Jolly, a writer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The spec was recently picked up by Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen’s Treehouse Pictures but no story details are available. Hit the jump for more on the picture and to watch a timelapse of Rogers' introductions over the years. Deadline reported on the sale of Jolly's script. Here's what Nappi had to say about the project: “Fred Rogers was such an inspirational man for so many people. His keen ability to find the good in anyone, or anything, will make for a truly inspiring cinematic experience. »
- Dave Trumbore
Few children's entertainers can hold a candle to Fred Rogers. The creator and star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood has been a force in children's television since1968, when the educational program premiered, and still has an impact even beyond its cancellation, still available in syndication on PBS in some areas. While Rogers sadly died in 2003, he remains a figure of inspiration and joy on the internet where he and his lessons have found a second life with fans posting inspirational quotes, and creating memes as well as wide-ranging fan art. So, basically, it's about time he got a biopic. Deadline reports Treehouse Pictures has bought a Fred Rogers biopic spec script named for a lyric from his show's memorable opening theme: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Story details are currently being withheld, but considering the screenplay was penned by The Ellen DeGeneres Show staff writer Alexis Jolly, we're expecting this »
It's a beautiful day in Hollywood for fans of the dearly departed Fred Rogers, who Deadline reports is getting a biopic. A spec script about Rogers's life, entitled “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” just sold to Treehouse Pictures. Details about the script -- penned by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” writer Alexis Jolly -- were not revealed. Rogers was the creator and star of beloved children's program “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” which ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001. Rogers, who studied music and theology and was an ordained Presbyterian minister, went into broadcasting to change what he saw as unsatisfactory children's television at the time. His show went on to become a staple of early childhood programming, featuring songs, puppets, a trolley, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, all masterminded by the sweater-clad Rogers. “Fred Rogers was such an inspirational man for so many people,” said Justin Nappi of Treehouse Pictures. “His keen »
- Katie Roberts
Who says you can't deal with multiple serious issues in a single hour of television? "Glee" doesn't seem to have any problem with that at all! After all, in "Lights Out," we dealt with sexual molestation, the nature of relationships and trust, and how to sing during a power outage. All in one hour!
Warning: There is sarcasm and subtly implied criticism ahead. If you can't handle that, this probably isn't the article for you.
1. Sexual molestation in childhood is a serious and disturbingly common issue that can be effectively dealt with in a few minutes of screen time. Also, teachers have to report the crime, even if they don't have to explain to their students why making jokes is totally inappropriate and should stop.
9 items from 2013
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