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The Sony Pictures hack has been a trending topic for weeks now, with headlines getting juicier and juicier as reporters comb through material. (Even Saturday Night Live has taken note - James Franco and Seth Rogen made light of the scandal in a recent episode.) While some information poses threats to Sony's stars and products, other pieces provide a window into the inner workings of Hollywood. Read on to find out what we've learned about Jennifer Lawrence, Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, Kanye West, and more stars affected by the massive hack. Kanye West will reportedly appear in a holiday movie costarring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which is expected to hit theaters next year. In 2013, Beyoncé's dad, Matthew Knowles, reportedly approached Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper about a Destiny's Child biopic. "Do we think it would be a successful film? They're on Sony label. I'm just not sure that it's not too soon, »
90s reboots are all the range as of late in the Us, which China is noticing. Thus the country decided to join that bandwagon by announcing a surprising series to be heading their way, Mad About You. The classic comedy mixed with love had become a quick staple thanks to Paul Riser and Helen Hunt staring. Now China will be doing their own version with Sony Pictures’ Chinese being behind it. The rumor has it that they are trying to cast their leads with a 2015 premier day being aimed for.
China is clearly trying to step up their TV game. With a new deal with HBO, we may see them starting to consume entertainment like we do. However, we do applaud them for taking a risk. I am not sure how a newly wed couple based series will bode with their audiences, unless they make culture changes. But it will »
- Sarah Peel
Huaso Film/TV Digital Production, a joint-venture production company of Sony Pictures Television and CCTV6's HuaCheng Pictures, has concluded a deal with Croton Media to co-produce a Chinese version of classic NBC sitcom Mad About You, which starred Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser, the companies said Monday. This is the first adaptation of the comedy series in Asia by Sony Pictures Television. Read more TV Comedy Competition Format 'Crack Them Up' to Get China Remake "Based on the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy series that ran in the U.S. for seven seasons, Mad About You follows
- Georg Szalai
NBC has for the past several seasons offered hints that it’s getting out of the quirky-comedy business, something that has sustained the Peacock from the days of “Seinfeld.” Now it has figured out it can still keep adding to its long line of sitcoms about rich, single city-dwellers – so long as it makes them for someone else.
Kimmy Schmidt may be unbreakable, but tradition, especially in this era of technology disrupting decades of standard operating practice in the media industry, is not. Schmidt is the fictional protagonist of the Tina Fey-led comedy “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” that NBC was supposed to launch sometime in 2015. Now the show will debut with a two-season guarantee on video-streamer Netflix. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt described as a maneuver that will give a worthy comedy more of a chance, which it may not have received on “drama heavy” NBC.
Yet chalking the »
- Brian Steinberg
Sitcoms, like every other TV genre, start off with something Buzzy and Conceptual to grab audience attention, before jettisoning it, to some extent, to get down to the business of what the show is actually about. Which, more often than not in sitcom-land, is the dating misadventures of a group of friends in a large city.
Marry Me, the NBC sitcom about a long-term couple about to get engaged, fits this mold. It was created by David Caspe and stars Casey Wilson, who previously worked together on Happy Endings, a fantastic ABC comedy that ran for three seasons before getting cancelled. One reason this former effort never quite garnered viewing momentum was that it took too long to move past the initial Big Concept; the series was ostensibly about the will-they-won’t-they of formerly engaged couple Dave and Alex, who in the pilot fail to get married when Alex (Elisha Cuthbert »
- Claire Hellar
Stage and screen actress Carol Ann Susi passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a brief battle with terminal cancer. She was 62.
Pics: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
The news was confirmed by Susi's reps, who released their own statement regarding the actress' passing. It reads in part:
"A spunky Italian gal from Brooklyn whose passionate interests included Doctor Who, Halloween horror mazes, cooking and the Magic Castle, Carol Ann drew fervent circles of followers. She was a force of nature who didn’t suffer fools and was fiercely loyal to her friends. Known only to a very lucky few, she was a world-class culinary genius who frequently scored blue ribbons at the very competitive cooking competitions at the Los Angeles County Fair…. Carol Ann used to »
Character actress Carol Ann Susi, known as the voice of the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory,” died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with cancer, according to Warner Bros. Television. Susi was 62 and had appeared in numerous TV shows since the 1970s.
“The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz. Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance,” said a statement from Warner Bros. Television, CBS and “Big Bang Theory” exec producers Chuck Lorre, »
- Pat Saperstein
Last month David Fincher’s Gone Girl made a smash at the box office. As if plugged directly into the Zeitgeist, it seemed as if everyone had a take on the film’s views on gender, the media and marriage. Gone Girl was a sensation that turned the camera inward, revealing our discomfort with the institution of marriage. While the butt of many jokes, marriage is perceived as an important pillar in our understanding of families, social values and personal happiness. Yet, it remains behind closed doors. We understand marriage within the realms of our own experience, our parents, our friends and our own marriages. Yet, we are only ever truly familiar with our own intimate relationships and even that is under debate. If anything, Gone Girl shows that within marriage there are two sides to every story. Marriage is veiled with a certain air of mystery and the question »
- Justine 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
What happens when one of your favorite television shows visits another one of your favorite television shows? Magic, that’s what! There’s a certain feeling you get from finding out your favorite characters exist in the same fantasy world as another one of your favorite characters, like you’ve been let in on some very special little secret (never mind that everyone else watching is in on that secret, too).
While some shows have recurring crossover characters — like the wonderful sharing of Ursula Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) on Friends and Mad About You — others are just a one-off, like the appearance of the cast of St. Elsewhere on the classic sitcom, Cheers. More recently, Parenthood jumped over to About A Boy and The Simpsons and Family Guy met in an epic battle (although that’s not our favorite Simpsons cross over — you’ll see). All this, plus the time Ray Romano »
- Kat George
Elizabeth Norment Dead At 61
Norment’s sister Kate confirmed her death on Tuesday, Oct. 28 to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress had passed away at New York City’s Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Details on Norment’s exact cause of death have not been revealed.
On House of Cards, Norment’s character worked for the series’ sinister protagonist Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. Nancy had been a loyal member of Underwood’s administration from his inexplicable rise from the House of Representatives to the West Wing. She had even aided Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) give the troubled Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan) a place to stay.
The I.T Crowd is something of a British institution. It is a beloved TV comedy from the pen of the incredibly talented Graham Linehan (Father Ted), which follows the slightly surreal, completely hilarious escapades of some technical support workers at a large corporation. Ultimately comprising four 6 episode seasons and a one-off ‘special’, the show aired in the UK from 2006 to 2010, with its single, triumphant return hitting screens to great acclaim in 2013. It helped launch the careers of its three main cast members – Chris O’Dowd (Dinner For Schmucks, Bridesmaids, This Is 40), Richard Ayoade (Submarine, The Watch, The Double) and Katherine Parkinson (Sherlock, The Honourable Woman), and also its main supporting player, Matt Berry (Moon, Snow White And The Huntsman). In the UK, it is widely held as the gold standard for TV comedy, and now, NBC have committed themselves to a Us pilot of the show, from Scrubs creator, »
- Sarah Myles
There's something to be said about a simple one-sheet that manages to send a bit of a shiver down the old spine. This first piece of artwork for The Taking of Deborah Logan manages to do that and then some!
Adam Robitel directs the film, which he wrote with Gavin Heffernan. Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang, and Ryan Cutrona star. Millennium Entertainment is releasing the flick on VOD and DVD this fall; stay tuned for an exact date.
Mia Medina (Michelle Ang; My Wedding and Other Secrets, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease. For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan (Jill Larson; ABC’s “All My Children,” Shutter Island) and her daughter, Sarah (Anne Ramsay; Planet of the Apes, A League of Their Own, NBC’s “Mad About You, »
- Steve Barton
Amazon Studios have always done things a little differently. Firstly, their door is always open to creators wishing to submit material. Secondly, when they produce that material, it’s for the audience to decide if it is of sufficient quality to warrant further investment. They make a pilot available, people watch it, and its fate is determined by user comments and ratings. Among the latest of these offerings is Red Oaks – a comedy written by Joe Gangemi (Wind Chill) and Gregory Jacobs (Criminal), directed by David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche) and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. To say it is worth checking out is an understatement.
Starring Craig Roberts (22 Jump Street), Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Obvious Child) and Jennifer Grey (The Bling Ring), the show is set in the 1980s, and sees a college student take a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at a country club. »
- Sarah Myles
Amazon on Thursday morning debuted its third pilot season, where you, the consumer, can screen and vote on a total of five new projects featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent (premiering Sept. 26; watch trailer), X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.
The new crop of pilots can be sampled in the »
Source: ABC A reboot for Full House is reportedly in the works, '90s kids! Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show? Several of the show's stars have been sharing the spotlight lately. Candace Cameron Bure competed on Dancing With the Stars, and a few of her former castmates cheered for her from the stands. She also reunited on screen with Scott Weinger, who played D.J.'s boyfriend Steve, for an episode of The Neighbors, and all three of the main Full House guys came together for a Super Bowl commercial earlier this year. To relive all the Full House excitement, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show was originally going to be called House of Comics, »
With her fourth victory Monday night as Best Comedy Actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is another step closer to Emmy immortality. She is now tied with Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") in this category and just one behind the all-time record holders Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Mary Tyler Moore ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"). -Break- Louis-Dreyfus has now won three straight times for her role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO series "Veep. She previously won as the lead on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" in 2006. Her first Emmy was as Best Comedy Supporting Actress for "Seinfeld" in 1996. She has been setting Emmy records over her three-decade television career. Last year, she surpassed legend Lucille Ball by receiving her 14th comedic acting nomination (this year's nod brought the total to 15). Following Tyne Daly, she is only the seco..."' »
Zach has a second chance at love, but it’s because his girlfriend, Beth, has come back from the dead. They still care for each other, but their relationship will be tested by Beth’s voracious appetite for human flesh. Lionsgate Home Entertainment is bringing Life After Beth to Blu-ray and DVD in time for Halloween, and we have the release details and a look at the official cover art.
Life After Beth hits Blu-ray (with Digital HD) and DVD (with Digital) on October 21st, with each release containing the following special features:
*Subject to change
Press Release — “It’s never too late for a second chance at love in Life After Beth, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD »
- Derek Anderson
Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
Amazon has set an Aug. 28 premiere for its third pilot season, at which time viewers can screen and vote on a total of five new projects, featuring familiar faces such as Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Dana Delany (Body of Proof), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy).
This past April, Amazon customers had a role in greenlighting six series, including the Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy Transparent, X-Files creator Chris Carter’s The After and the novels-to-screen adaptation Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. (Premiere timetables for those shows can be found here.)
Related Amazon Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, »
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