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Variety is reporting that director Michael Winterbottom (9 Songs, The Emperor’s New Clothes) is in talks to direct Russ and Roger Go Beyond.
Will Ferrell (Get Hard) is set to play famed director Russ Meyer in the film, which is based on the true story about how softcore porn maestro Russ Meyer teamed with Roger Ebert on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls – the first X-rated film to be released by a studio. Early word had Josh Gad (Frozen) rumoured to be up for the part of the late Ebert, but those rumours have yet to come to fruition.
The film is being produced by Mark Amin’s Sobini Films, David Permut and Richard Waltzer, with a script by Emmy-winning writer Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons). Bob Simonds’ Stx Entertainment will finance and distribute the pic, which is set to go into production later this year.
Winterbottom’s latest film, the »
- Scott J. Davis
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Will Ferrell as cinematic cult icon Russ Meyer? Um, yes please. First announced last summer, word on "Russ & Roger Go Beyond" has been a bit quiet, other than Josh Gad being eyed to play the famous critic (though it doesn't seem to have panned out). But now it looks to have attracted a very interesting name to get behind the camera. Michael Winterbottom ("24 Hour Party People," "The Trip") is in talks to direct the movie that will tell the tale of Ebert and Meyer, who traveled to Hollywood and the 20th Century Fox lot to write the X-rated “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” Christopher Cluess (“The Simpsons,” “SNL”) penned the script about this rather wild chapter in Roger Ebert's life. Filming will begin later in the year, but of course, the role of Ebert needs to be filled. Suggestions? Meanwhile, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch continue their victory lap following "John Wick. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As is customary with development of feature films in Hollywood, it's been a slow road for the real-life inspired showbiz tale of Russ & Roger Go Beyond. The project first surfaced in the fall of 2013, with Sobini Films, Permut Presentations and Chautauqua Entertainment announcing the acquisition of the screenplay from Christopher Cluess (a writer on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons") which follows the friendship between filmmaker Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert while working on the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls for Fox in the late 1960s. And now, a year and a half later, the film just may have a director. THR reports A Mighty Heart and 24 Hour Party People director Michael Winterbottom is in talks to direct the film that already has Will Ferrell attached to play Meyer, the king of sexploitation films responsible for films like Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill! In the 1960s, Meyer teamed with »
- Ethan Anderton
The following post contains spoilers from Tuesday’s Forever.
Tuesday’s episode revealed that Abe’s mother had experienced a change of heart after leaving her son and husband in the 1980s, and that she’d planned for them to reunite as a family, but a chance encounter with Adam had ended with her death.
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Bob Simonds’ Stx Entertainment will finance and distribute the pic, which is based on the true story about how softcore porn maestro Russ Meyer teamed with Roger Ebert on “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” the first X-rated film to be released by a studio.
Production is set to start later this year.
“Russ & Roger Go Beyond” joins a slate of Stx films that include Civil War pic “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey with Gary Ross directing, and “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Winterbottom has recently directed the BBC drama “The Faces of an Angel,” starring Kate Beckinsale, »
- Justin Kroll
Seth MacFarlane's Emmy-winning series originally launched on the channel in 2005, before moving to BBC Three for the past eight years.
In March of this year, ITV2 announced that it would become the UK home of Family Guy from autumn 2015, beginning with the show's 15th season.
Airing since 1999 on Fox in the Us, the show charts the misadventures of the Griffin family, led by overweight oaf father Peter (voiced by series creator MacFarlane).
Stoller's original screenplay will poke fun at the fabled place of storks in Western culture.
Warner Bros presidents Dan Fellman and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg said in a statement that they are "thrilled to be broadening [the studio's] animation slate".
"Storks is an innovative idea that is sure to delight kids and families all over the world," Kwan Vandenberg commented.
Storks is set for release on September 23, 2016. »
Mad Men’s writing and direction continue to be first-class as its final season moves towards an endgame for Don Draper...
This review contains spoilers.
7.10 The Forecast
What happens next? Don Draper was canvassing opinion in this week’s future anxiety-themed episode of Mad Men, and failing to find a satisfying answer. While 1970 America was asking itself what the new decade meant, its fictional analogue in the sharp suit was staring out of a window pondering the same question.
No matter who Don asked to do his “what we want from the future” homework, nobody could provide him with a good enough answer. The man signing million dollar cheques and sitting in an office decorated with awards scoffed at their material dreams of bigger accounts and personal fame. “And then?” was his repeated refrain. When you’ve got the dream job, made the cash, bought the Jaguar or the Hershey »
Darth Vader, zombies, and Riverdale's Archie are featured in our latest round-up, in which we take a look at the first trailer and release details for Star Wars Battlefront, the Wizard World Minneapolis variant cover for The Walking Dead #1, and release details for the Archie vs. Sharknado one-shot.
Press Release -- "Redwood City, Calif.--(Business Wire)--Dice™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq:ea) studio, and Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars™ Battlefront™ will be released beginning November 17, 2015 in North America (November 19 in Europe) as the first full-length trailer for this highly anticipated title premiered to thousands of fans at Star Wars™ Celebration. Combining an unprecedented collaboration with Lucasfilm and the award-winning Frostbite™ game engine, Star Wars Battlefront will deliver an incredibly authentic and »
- Derek Anderson
Ted Cruz has made it his adoration for The Simpsons public, recently citing his two favorite episodes. The Presidential candidate said he loved “‘Round Springfield,” which sparked the post 9/11 French slur “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”, and “Treehouse of Horror VII,” when aliens took over Bill Clinton and Bob Dole’s bodies. Unfortunately for Cruz, the feeling isn’t mutual, as the Simpson’s show runner doesn’t reciprocate the love. Also Read: CNBC Reporter Calls Out Ted Cruz For Being Shaky on Facts (Video) “To paraphrase Kang, ‘Ted Cruz?’” he said to The Daily Beast. “Go ahead, throw your vote away, »
- Jordan Chariton
After Stause tweeted about her gig on Thursday, TVLine confirmed that she will guest-star in the fifth episode of Season 3 as a woman April encounters when she gives “hot yoga” a try.
In addition to her runs on AMC and more recently Days of Our Lives, Stause’s »
So actually, that whole Lena Dunham–on–The Simpsons thing has expanded a bit: Now all of the Girls from Girls are heading to Springfield. Recall: Dunham was set to voice Homer's funny, pharmacist fling, Candace, in the season 27 premiere (September 27). EW adds that Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Allison Williams will, naturally, play Candace's friends. "We're having a Girls reunion, even though Girls is still on the air," Simpsons executive producer Al Jean told the mag. "They're asking her the question that anybody normally would: 'Why Homer?' — fulfilling the role that Patty and Selma have played on the show all these years." Classic, on all counts.And here's what that'll look like: »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Every single one of Nashville‘s ladies gets exactly what she desires in this week’s episode — but that may not be a good thing.
While I’m all for Rayna, Juliette, Layla, Scarlett and hell, even Jade-i-Barely-Know-Ya-But-You-Dumped-Jeff-So-You-Can’t-Be-All-Bad-St.-John having their needs and/or wants met, let’s talk for a moment about Maddie.
Rayna and Deacon’s daughter spends yet another episode being a teenage girl (Aka the kind of horrific monster about which kraken and yetis tell scary campfire stories), yet ends the hour with all of her whims catered to and with her parents standing by and smiling. »
Perhaps the Castle finale takes place in an alt-universe?
Fringe vet Lance Reddick will guest-star in the ABC drama’s hush-hush Season 7 closer, an ABC rep confirms to TVLine. Details on his character — and the episode’s overall storyline — are being kept under wraps.
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Previously, showrunner David Amann told »
Spoilers for The Sopranos ending lie ahead.
The last episode of The Sopranos is one of the most debated endings in TV history. Some people were infuriated by it, others thought it was brilliant. On June 10, 2007, Steve Perry stopped believing, the onion rings were finished and Tony Soprano gave a quick glance at a passing stranger in a Member’s Only jacket.
David Chase, brought The Sopranos into this world and took them out. He directed the Made In America episode. He always maintained that everything you needed to know about the fate of Tony Soprano was on that screen so stop asking.
But when DGA Quarterly asked Chase, he gave a shot-by-shot explanation of what he put on the plate.
"When it's over," Chase told DGA, "I think you're probably always blindsided by it. That's all I can say. »
In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Rick Grimes and and the living dead of Robert Kirkman's comic book world get a new look from artist Gilbert Hernandez in the Wizard World Las Vegas variant cover art for The Walking Dead #1. Also featured in our latest round-up are release details for The Lazarus Effect Blu-ray, as well as the trailer for The Dead Lands.
Variant Cover for The Walking Dead #1: Press Release - "Las Vegas, April 13, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Love & Rockets creator Gilbert Hernandez has drawn the seventh in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, April 24-26. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide. »
- Derek Anderson
Netflix’s upcoming series The Get Down has cast its four lead roles. The hip hop drama, set in New York in the 70s, has tapped Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremain Brown Jr. to star in the series. Moore, who will soon be seen on the big screen in the Sundance feature Dope, will be playing Shaolin Fantastic, while Smith, who is in this summer’s Paper Towns, will play Ezekiel. Brown Jr. will make his acting debut on the series by playing Boo-Boo, while Brooks, who was one of the two leads in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, will play Ra-Ra.
Netflix describes The Get Down thusly.
The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The death of physical media has been discussed ever since digital downloads and online streaming began making their way into the mainstream, when Apple started selling music via iTunes, digital copies began arriving inside our Blu-ray/DVD combo packs, and streaming a TV series on Netflix became a replacement for making a trip to the video store. Now it may really be time to start thinking about funeral plans, as Fox Home Entertainment will no longer release seasons of its long-running animated hit "The Simpsons" on DVD or Blu-ray, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Polygon. The series' showrunner, Al Jean, announced on Twitter earlier this week, "I personally am very sorry to see DVDs discontinued. We did them purely for the love of hearing ourselves talk." He later replied to a fan, adding "'Simpsons' fans are great (which is why we will do commentaries and anything else we can). The DVD market is dying. »
- Jordan Benesh
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