Playwright Tony Kushner, producer Marcy Carsey, and casting director Ellen Chenoweth will be honored by the Casting Society of America at this year's Artios Awards. The nominees for this year's awards—to be presented Nov. 1 in dual ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the American Airlines Theatre in New York—were announced today. Kushner, Carsey, and Chenoweth will be presented with special awards. The complete list of nominees follows.Big budget feature, drama"Avatar," Margery Simkin and Mali Finn (initial casting)"Inglourious Basterds," Johanna Ray and Jenny Jue"Nine," Francine Maisler"Sherlock Holmes," Reg Poerscout-Edgerton"Shutter Island," Ellen Lewis and Carolyn Pickman (location casting)Big budget feature, comedy"Couples Retreat," Sarah Halley Finn and Randi Hiller"Date Night," Donna Isaacson"Julie and Julia," Francine Maisler"The Proposal," Amanda Mackey Johnson, Cathy Sandrich Gelfond, and Angela Peri (location casting)"Valentine's Day," Deborah Aquila and Tricia WoodFeature, »
Though it opened some time ago, seeing The Addams Family recently reminded me that one can occasionally enjoy a musical while still recognizing that it is not a particularly good show. The issues with the show are easy to recognize, yet I have to admit that I found The Addams Family to be surprisingly entertaining.
This new Broadway musical is, of course, based on the famous Charles Addams characters, who have previously appeared in cartoons, in a 1960s television series, and in feature films.
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Still, the show has been very popular with theatre goers and has consistently been one of Broadway's top revenue makers. It typically nets more than $1.1 million a week and places in the top three sellers.
Last week, Lane took time off from the show and the ticket sales reportedly dropped 32%, more than $350,000. While the $764,231 the show did take in is enough to keep The Addams Family -- The Musical in the top ten, this doesn't seem to bode well for »
New York -- If the new "Date Night" DVD had sold only 25,000 copies, there would have been hell to pay for studio executives. But for Steven Hirsch -- or anyone else in the adult entertainment business, for that matter -- that figure represents a blockbuster.
The founder of Vivid Entertainment, the leading purveyor of pornographic videos, has built a business estimated to pull in as much as a $100 million slice of an industry estimated to bring in as much as $13 billion a year (compared to mainstream box office of $10.6 billion). The key to thriving even as free online porn services eat away at the DVD market is being nimble enough to adapt principles familiar to the rest of the showbiz world: celebrity scandal and superhero tentpoles. Laurence Fishburne's daughter Montana's sex tape and "Batman: a XXX Porn Parody" -- both from Vivid »
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After a horrific car accident, Anna wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon preparing her body for burial. Confused, terrified and still feeling very much alive, Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, despite Deacon’s reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Does Deacon really have the ability to communicate with the dead and the only one who can help her? Trapped inside the funeral parlour, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her death. But Anna’s boyfriend Paul still can’t shake the nagging suspicion that Deacon isn’t what he appears to be. As Anna’s funeral nears, Paul gets closer to unlocking the disturbing truth. However, it could be too late; Anna may have already begun to crossover to the other side. With an unrelenting edge of menace, this stylish and erotic chiller provocatively questions the line between life and death. »
Last thing we heard about this project was that things were (and apparently still are) moving forward, and today we’re here to report that Burton will reunite with Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for this project.
“The project is based on artwork that Tim absolutely loves. The retrospective in New York of Tim’s own artwork showed how much of an influence Charles Addams was to him. We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings, and we’ve come up with an approach that nobody has ever done before,” Karaszewski said.
And, like that’s not enough of collaboration, Burton has also tapped the writers to pen Big Eyes a new project that he won’t be directing, »
Remember that odd creepy clan called the Addams family that seemed as if it came straight from the mind of Tim Burton? Well now in the works is a stop motion remake of this quirky family produced by Tim Burton, and the writers of his first biopic Ed Wood are coming along for the ride to put the ideas to paper and scribe this lovely picture.
The Addams Family started out decades ago as a one panel comic strip created by Charles Adams and was originally published for The New Yorker. It was then broad casted as a tv series during the 60′s and later turned into two major motion pictures in the early 90′s. It now stands as a broadway musical filling New York City with it’s wacky and fun ideals and music.
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Tim Burton has signed up to work with the writers of Ed Wood on a forthcoming Addams Family project. Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski wrote the screenplay for Burton's 1994 film, which starred Johnny Depp as cross-dressing B-movie legend Ed Wood. The Alice In Wonderland director will now work with the duo on a forthcoming adaptation of The Addams Family. The 3D stop-motion film will be based on the drawings published in The New Yorker by celebrated cartoonist Charles Addams. The deal will (more) »
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We've known for awhile that Tim Burton obviously has his hands on a stop-motion animated version of "The Addams Family", and that was it. The news today is that "Ed Wood" writers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander are teaming up with the popular director on the scrips for "The Addams Family" and "Big Eyes". But wait, what is "Big Eyes"? The fact-based drama focuses on artist Margaret Keane's struggle to get some credit for the paintings she did in the '60s of big-eyed children that became a huge hit. Mind you, Burton's attachment to both projects is only as a producer, this isn't any sort of directing gig for the wild-haired man. Karaszewski and Alexander continue on with basically explaining how much of a good fit Burton is with both projects amongst other things."Both of these projects are based on artwork that Tim absolutely loves," Karasewski said. "The »
Karaszewski said of the collaboration, “We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings, and we’ve come up with an approach that nobody has ever done before.”
In other Burton news, he’s set to produce Alexander and Keraszewski’s directorial debut, Big Eyes. The fact-based drama is based on Margaret Keane’s struggle to receive financing for her popular line of paintings in the 60′s.
Burton said of Big Eyes, “‘I am excited to be working with Scott and Larry again [...] I’ve always been a great »
- Jamie Neish
Back in March it was announced that Tim “I’m attached to more projects than Guillermo del Toro and Timur Bekmambetov combined” Burton would be directing a 3-D stop-motion animated film of The Addams Family inspired by Charles Addams’ original cartoons. Today it has hit the web that a pair of scribes (who have worked with Burton before) is penning the film. »
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Deadline confirms that Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, The Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas) will reunite with Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the screenwriters behind one of Burton's better films, Ed Wood. Alexander and Karaszewski will write the script for Burton's stop-motion animated film, The Addams Family. Burton was already attached to direct The Addams Family, a new take on Charles Addams' fictional family that first appeared in the New Yorker in a series of single-panel cartoons that ran periodically from 1938 to Addams' death in 1988, but was later immortalized on television in the mid-1960s, for Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures under the stewardship of Chris Meledandri.
Meledandri scored a $200 million box-office hit this summer with the Illuminatio-produced 3D animated film, Despicable Me. He purchased the rights to the Addams Family earlier this year specifically with Burton in mind to direct. Now Meledandri has writers who »
- Mel Valentin
Back in March we told you that Tim Burton was set to create a new stop-motion, 3D adaptation of The Addams Family. The film will be based on the original cartoons by Charles Addams, which appeared in The New Yorker from 1938 to 1988 and have absolutely nothing to do with the 1960s TV series or the 1990s films.
Now, Tim Burton (Frankenweenie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will reportedly join forces with his Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander (Big Eyes) and Larry Karaszewski (1408) for his upcoming big-screen take on The Addams Family.
“The retrospective in New York of Tim’s own artwork showed how much of an influence Charles Addams was to him. We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings, »
- Jason Moore
Team is also developing 'Big Eyes,' based on artist Margaret Keane and her portraits of big-eyed children.
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One of filmmaker Tim Burton's strongest efforts of the past 30 years is, ironically, "Ed Wood," a biopic charting the life of the famed director of 1959's "Plan 9 From Outer Space," a work widely regarded as the worst film of all time. It's great then to see that Burton is reuniting with the writing team behind the 1994 release.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will join Burton in developing a script for the planned stop-motion adaptation of Charles Addams' famed comic strip, "The Addams Family," Deadline reports. Burton will also produce with Chris Meledandri for Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
The same article reveals that Burton will also produce the writing duo's fact-based drama "Big Eyes," which is "based on artist »
Blow up the balloons and buy an oversized cake because it's reunion time as Tim Burton joins forces with the screenwriters of his 1994 film Ed Wood for a new big screen version of The Addams Family, which Burton will direct. Although you should probably make those black balloons and a sinister-looking cake, because knowing Burton and The Addams Family, this is going to be one dark tale.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are getting to work on penning the script for the 3D stop-motion animated adaptation, which will stick closely to the source material of Charles Addams' original cartoon strips from The New Yorker. The writing duo's other works include The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Man On The Moon, Agent Cody Banks and 1408.
Karaszewski told Deadline: "[The project is] based on artwork that Tim absolutely loves. The retrospective in New York of Tim's own artwork showed how much of an influence Charles Addams was to him. »
What television themes get your toes tappin'? Do you find some worming their way into your head and never leaving? What makes a good TV intro? Zap2it has rounded up our favorite TV theme songs.
On the air: The show may be getting a little stale, but "CSI's" "Who Are You," with the evocative crime scene and blood spatter images, has always been a favorite. And "The Simpsons" and "The Office" themes may be my favorite instrumental TV pieces of all time.
Off the air: There are too many. I am not kidding when I say I have a CD full of TV themes, from classic classics like "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Beverly Hillbillies" to '70s and '80s classics like "The Addams Family," "Perfect Strangers" and "Growing Pains" to '90s classics like "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Roundhouse" to modern classics like "The West Wing. »
Deadline is reporting that eccentric filmmaker Tim Burton (Alice In Wonderland, Sweeney Todd) is re-teaming with his Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for a pair of upcoming projects: The Addams Family and Big Eyes. We first heard about Burton's involvement with The Addams Family back in March. There it was revealed that the film would be a stop-motion animated adaptation of the Charles Addams drawings first featured in The New Yorker in the late 1930s. »
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According to reports, Universal Pictures' Illumination Entertainment and producer Chris Meledandri continue to develop a 3D, stop-motion, animated "Addams Family" feature, based on the New Yorker magazine illustrations by cartoonist Charles Addams, to be directed by Tim Burton.
“We’ve come up with an approach that nobody has ever done before", said Karaszewski."We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings.”
Addams never attributed names to his morbid characters, until an ABC TV live-action comedy sitcom was being developed, with the cartoonist naming the father 'Gomez', the mother 'Morticia', the uncle 'Fester', the butler 'Lurch', the daughter 'Wednesday' and the son 'Pubert', (later changed to 'Pugsley' at the insistence of the network).
The handy creature called 'Thing' was based on a New Yorker cartoon depicting a shocked mailman reacting to a »
- Michael Stevens
Tim Burton's The Addams Family adds Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski Producer/director Tim Burton will reunite with his Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for his upcoming film The Addams Family, according to Deadline New York.
Alexander and Karaszewski will write the film that Burton will direct, with Christopher Meledandri producing alongside Burton. At the same time, when Burton was discussing The Addams Family with Alexander and Karaszewski, they brought up their own new film project Big Eyes, a biopic on artist Margaret Keane, and Burton agreed to come onto that film as a producer. Here's an excerpt from the site's article:
"Both of these projects are based on artwork that Tim absolutely loves. The retrospective in New York of Tim's own artwork showed how much of an influence Charles Addams was to him. We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings, »
Tim Burton has reunited with his Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski on a pair of projects, one of which will be The Addams Family, the stop-motion animated film that Burton and Chris Meledandri are producing for Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures, reports Deadline. Alexander and Karaszewski boarded the project when Meledandri bought the rights to the ghoulish, darkly humorous drawings that Charles Addams created for The New Yorker. Those drawings also formed the basis for the toned down TV show and subsequent feature film comedies and Broadway musical. Tim Burton will direct. Alexander and Karaszewski also penned 1408 and The People Vs. Larry Flynt. »
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