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“No man is immune to all of this,” the doc declares, gesturing at herself. Wade’s face when she emerges from the lake in a bikini and then seduces him in a sexy outfit suggests that she is very, very right.
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It’s pretty apparent when a film takes itself a bit too seriously. On the flipside to that, it’s also apparent when you know that the actors involved in a film are well aware of it being a tad bit silly, and in turn, give performances that are not only in on the joke, but are playful and entertaining the whole time. If either of those approaches apply to Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Drive Hard, it would the latter, with Thomas Jane and John Cusack knowing how ridiculous and silly the film is, and giving viewers a fun, funny, and wild ride of car chases and over the top performances.
Having once been a talk of the town race car driver, Jane’s Peter Roberts character spends his days being a driver’s ed instructor, and being looked down on by his wife, the reason he gave his dreams up. »
- Jerry Smith
I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »
- Alan Sepinwall
Disney’s Princesses are some of the most beloved cartoon figures in history, but even they have come under scrutiny as Hollywood pushes for more diversity in their films. Disney’s latest princess will be the first of Pacific Islander descent (unless you count Lilo of Lilo & Stitch as a princess). The CG-animated film is Moana, the story of a born navigator who travels through ancient Oceania along with a demi-God pal named Maui in order to find a secret island.
Deadline reported Monday that the film would be aiming for a November 2016 release date and would be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog). In the meantime, we’ll be awaiting Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dory, both anticipated for 2015. And Deadline reported back in 2013 several other slots for two other Disney and Pixar films in both March and »
- Brian Welk
NBC has issued a put pilot order for a Marley & Me TV show, which picks up where the movie left off. NBC acquired the project in a competitive bidding situation. The pilot will be written by Jenny Bicks,
The story follows John and Jenny Grogan, the characters played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in the 2008 movie, who have moved back to Florida with their two sons, ages 14 and 11, so John can get back to work as a newspaper columnist. They find a stray puppy on their doorstep, which belongs to their neighbors, although the Grogan's end up adopting him. They name the puppy Marley, using the old tags from their beloved pet, who is just as destructive and adorable as the original Marley.
Who says TV programmers have run out of ideas?
Why, just in the last week, the trade papers have announced deals and casting for as many as 15 new reboots spinoff series and specials. Some sound like familiar shows, others like mutant Frankenstein hybrids of familiar shows. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these programs sound like must-see-tv and which sound like much-skip-tv.
"Care Bears and Cousins." Fuzzy is the new black at Netflix, which is reviving the candy-colored kiddie cartoon series but adding some new characters. No, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are not going to have a threesome with one of them.
"Cheerleader Death Squad." The CW has ordered this series, from the showrunners behind "Desperate Housewives" and "Under the Dome" (that'd be Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, respectively) about an elite prep school where the pep squad is made up of spies-in-training. Dan Truly ("Blue »
- Gary Susman
Chances are if there was a moderately successful-to-full blown beloved hit movie, a TV show version of it is in the works this season. There's Big, Rush Hour, Uncle Buck, Real Genius, In the Heat of the Night, Problem Child…you get the picture. NBC made headlines when they bought a script for a continuation of Say Anything, the Cameron Crowe hit starring John Cusack and Ione Skye. Shortly after the project was announced, Crowe, who wrote and directed the 1989 flick, and Cusack took to social media and blasted the proposed sequel TV series. It's since been shelved. To prevent such a thing from happening again, we've taken the liberty of coming up with the movies—both classic, cult-hit and »
With the many prospective reboots and remakes in the pipeline right now, it comes as no surprise that discussions continue to crop up about loyalty to and respect for the originals. Last week, ABC and Universal TV announced plans for creating a TV version of John Hughes’ 1989 film Uncle Buck, which starred John Candy as the titular family member who arrives to take care of his brother’s kids and turns their lives upside down. With the announcement of the TV series comes the inevitable critical response – how can you remake a classic? – and, perhaps a bit more surprising, an appeal from the families of both Hughes and Candy against the very idea of an Uncle Buck TV series.
In a statement to Deadline, the families expressed their extreme displeasure at being “blindsided” by the announcement of the series; apparently no one even told them before details were released to the media. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
It was announced earlier this week that the new TV series has been handed a script order at ABC.
In a statement to Deadline the families said: "Disappointment has been expressed by both the John Hughes and John Candy families over the conduct and decision by the ABC Network and Universal Television to develop a comedy series based on the feature film Uncle Buck. Rather than either entity providing advance information to the estates, the families learned of the project's potential via the media.
"The families feel a strong attachment to the original film, which symbolised the great and unique collaboration between Hughes and Candy. Recalling that the director was displeased with first Uncle Buck TV show effort which failed on CBS in 1990, it is well expected that he »
That movie starred comedian/actor John Candy and was directed by beloved filmmaker John Hughes, both of whom have passed on. Today, the families of the late John Candy and John Hughes, have released a statement to Deadline voicing their disapproval of the project.
The statement indicates neither of the Estates of the two John's were given advance notice of the project, with the families learning of the project when it hit the media this week. Hughes was famously displeased with CBS' failed attempt to transfer "Uncle Buck" to TV back in 1990, so it is expected he would not have been supportive of this current attempt.
Universal TV however is within their rights to exploit titles from their libraries without the filmmakers' consent.
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- Garth Franklin
Earlier this week, director Cameron Crowe was successful in killing off a planned TV show based on his first directorial feature Say Anything. Now, the families of John Hughes and John Candy are attempting to achieve the same results, rallying against ABC's plans for an Uncle Buck sitcom.
Neither John Candy nor John Hughes are still among the living, having passed on many years ago. But the families of both have united to voice their disapproval of this impending project. The following statement was sent to Deadline:
Disappointment has been expressed by both the John Hughes and John Candy families over the conduct and decision by the ABC Network and Universal Television to develop a comedy series based on the feature film Uncle Buck. Rather than either entity providing advance information to the Estates, the families learned of the project's potential via the media.
The families feel a strong attachment »
TV networks may want to start checking with filmmakers before rushing ahead to remake their works. Earlier this week, a Say Anything… TV series was announced and then swiftly scrapped when Say Anything… movie director Cameron Crowe objected loudly and publicly. Now it’s possible ABC’s planned Uncle Buck reboot could meet the same fate. While […]
- Angie Han
There's a lot to unpack in this week's news that, 25 years after its demise, the groundbreaking dreamscape of "Twin Peaks" will be returning in 2016 as a nine-episode mini-series on Showtime. In this one news nugget, there's so many conclusions to be drawn about how much TV has changed in the last quarter century, what the medium is like now, and what viewers can and do expect from TV dramas these days. So pour yourself some damn fine coffee, dig into a slice of pie, and read on.
1. The medium to which the series is returning is one that "Twin Peaks" itself profoundly changed. For viewers too young to remember, it's hard to convey just how weird and wonderful "Twin Peaks" seemed when it appeared on network TV in 1990. On the surface, it seemed a pop-savvy blend of some favorite genres (murder mystery, nighttime soap, 1950s-style teen melodrama), but it unfurled »
- Gary Susman
Just to recap, so far this week we’ve heard news that Uncle Buck, In The Heat Of The Night and Say Anything have been earmarked for TV treatment. While Say Anything has already been canned due to original director-writer Cameron Crowe’s vocal disapproval of the project, there’s still a clear trend emerging. And that’s not taking into account other titles announced in recent months; Real Genius, Minority Report and Rush Hour. With TV networks increasingly turning to film for inspiration (caused by a lack thereof), today we can add another title to the list, as Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is now destined for the small screen.
Sony Pictures Animation have joined forces with Dhx Media in developing a spinoff TV series of the successful animated franchise. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series will contain 26 22-minute episodes that are set to follow »
- Gem Seddon
It's normal to get upset about beloved movies being recycled into other movies and TV shows. The latest you might have groaned in response to could be Uncle Buck, Big, Problem Child or Say Anything, all of which have recently been announced for series adaptations on the small screen. Fortunately Cameron Crowe helped to shut down that last one, but as for the others maybe there's no reason to worry. After all, Parenthood and Fargo turned out pretty well. And the thing about those two successes is they were both the second attempt at turning their respective movies into TV shows. Things used to be a lot worse for the idea. After Peyton Place, M*A*S*H, The Odd Couple and Alice all became so popular that many viewers weren't even aware they had been movies first, we saw...
- Christopher Campbell
Fans of the 80s classic film Say Anything had mixed feelings when a possible TV series was announced. Now it has been canned due to the stars and writer of the film speaking out. Cameron Crowe was quick to call out the project once he heard about the sequel that would catch up with the stars later on. Cameron was quick to join John Cusack and Ione Skye in protesting the show. Here is what he had to say about the concept, which in the end worked for his benefit.
Regarding the announcement of a “Say Anything” tv show… @JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement… except in trying to stop it.
We are sad, but we get why he wouldn’t want a TV series based upon the movie. It was a success in its own right and they do not need to cash in on the latest trend. »
- Sarah Peel
A to Z‘s hopeful romantic Andrew has gotten the girl, but will he keep her?
After locking lips at the end of the pilot, Andrew and Zelda must now deal with a morning after of sorts as Episode 2 (airing this Thursday at 9:30/8:30c on NBC) picks up the very next day. And there’s a bit of a hiccup.
“He was supposed to go out on a date with someone else,” star Cristin Milioti teases.
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Television executives want to party like it's 1989.
On the heels of the news that NBC is considering a TV sequel to "Say Anything" comes a report from Variety that ABC wants to turn John Candy's 1989 comedy "Uncle Buck" into a series. If it goes through, it would actually the second time "Uncle Buck" was adapted for television; CBS tried in 1990, but the sitcom quickly fizzled.
In the original movie, Candy played a gambling, ne'er-do-well bachelor who has to watch his brother's three rowdy kids. In the CBS series, Buck gained custody of the kids after his brother and sister-in-law died in a car accident.
"Uncle Buck" Is just the latest '80s-era film to be unearthed from the vault for a spin on TV. As we mentioned, NBC wanted to do that with "Say Anything," though it looks like the project will be quashed over objections from director Cameron Crowe and star John Cusack. »
- Kelly Woo
You knew it was only a matter of time before The Mysteries of Laura‘s titular detective suffered a mental breakdown.
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In TVLine’s exclusive first look at Wednesday’s episode (NBC, 8/7c), Miz Diamond checks herself into a mental health facility. And while she’s allegedly doing it as part of an undercover job, there’s no denying that she really could use the rest.
“I had gummy bears for dinner last night,” she confesses to the poor receptionist. “I don’t remember the last time both legs were shaved, »
Some movies make for great TV shows: Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and Fargo are just a few examples of recent, successful series that were born out of big-screen versions. Other movies do not—including Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Say Anything is latest subjected to the movie-to-tv transition, although it didn't last too long—after NBC announced plans for a half-hour comedy based on the 1989 movie, Say Anything director Cameron Crowe made his objections known and within 24 hours, the show was done. And, from the looks of a clip from the TV version of Ferris Bueller that a Reddit user dug up, »
- Ariana Bacle
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