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Imagine Entertainment has confirmed that it has a new financial backer, the Raine Group.
Variety first broke the news that the merchant bank was putting more than $100 million into the production company behind “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” and “The Da Vinci Code.” Imagine did not confirm the size of the investment beyond dubbing it “significant.”
Imagine is headed up by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The investment comes as other top-shelf production companies, among them Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, are on the prowl for new financial partners who will give them the capital to compete in a changing movie and media business.
“The ways in which content is created and consumed are transforming faster than ever before, expanding in directions that hadn’t been conceived even a few years ago,” Grazer said in a statement. “The opportunity to extend Imagine’s reach across this expanding landscape is a driving force for us. »
- Brent Lang
Here's the status of TV shows like Saints & Sinners, Salem, Satisfaction, Schitt's Creek, Scream, Scrotal Recall, Search Party, See Dad Run, Sense8, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Shadowhunters, Shameless, The Shannara Chronicles, Shut Eye, Silicon Valley, Sin City Saints, Single Ladies, Sirens, Sisters, Six, Sneaky Pete, The Son, The Soul Man, South of Hell, South Park, The Spoils of Babylon, Spotless, The Stinky & Dirty Show, Stitchers, The Strain, Strike Back, Suits, SuperMansion, Survivor's Remorse, Switched at Birth, Taboo, Tales from the Crypt, Tatau, Teachers, Teen Wolf, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, Thirteen, This Is Not Happening, Those Who Can't, Ties That Bind, Time Traveling Bong, Togetherness, Top of the Lake, Tosh.0, Transparent, Trial, Triptank, True Detective, Tumble Leaf, Turn: Washington Spies, Twin Peaks, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse, Tyrant, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Uncle, Undercover, Underground, Unforgettable, UnREAL, Veep, Vice Principals, Vikings, Vinyl, The Walking Dead, Westworld, Wet Hot American Summer, »
Every Dachshund Has His Day: Solondz Provides Droll Despair
It’s been five years since we were last graced with Todd Solondz’s particular brand of muted anguish and he returns rejuvenated with Wiener-Dog, a quartet of sequences fixated on its titular canine. A kinda-sorta follow-up to the director’s 1995 breakout Welcome to the Dollhouse since it refurbishes one of his most famous characters for a segment, we find the auteur simultaneously at his most pleasant and melancholy. The titular pooch ties together these loosely related moments meditating on life’s predilection for cruelty and utter disappointment, some more exacting (and memorable) than others. Fans of his previous titles will most assuredly appreciate the infectious sense of misanthropy occluding tiny tendrils of hope, the potent stain of regret marking all the human characters observed through the eyes of an affable Dachshund.
As with many films formed by intersecting narratives, it »
- Nicholas Bell
According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Time Warner is in the early stages of conversations that would see the media giant buy 25% of Hulu. Seems rational enough to me. But in the story, one of the ideas that is floated is that Time Warner is worried about cord cutting and looking to downplay or even end one of the main functions of Hulu as a service by doing away with next-day streaming episodes of current TV shows. If it's true, then my relationship with Hulu Plus will end immediately after a very happy nine year subscription to the service. I was an early adopter, first signing up in late 2007, and, yes, I would love to cut the cable cord completely. I have Charter Communications as my cable/Internet provider right now, and my service on the cable side is, in a word, awful. I detest cable. »
- Drew McWeeny
You might not believe this but South Park is going into it’s 20th season. Yes, 20 seasons. Want some perspective? The show began airing before Kylie Jenner was even born. I mean I hate to use that analogy but it’s pretty darned good don’t you think? And for nearly 20 seasons Matt Stone and Trey Parker have been making us laugh our collective butts off. Even more amazing is the fact they these guys don’t seem to be slowing down at all. So what have we learned after nearly 20 years? Well, we’ve learned plenty. But well bet you a
20 South Park Facts You Can Tell People at Parties »
- Nat Berman
Imagine Entertainment, the production powerhouse led by longtime partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is poised for a significant expansion, powered by a $100 million-plus investment from the Raine Group under a new partnership agreement, according to multiple sources familiar with the impending deal.
The arrangement anticipates building Imagine into a major media player with other investors as part of the transaction, said two individuals familiar with the pact. The deal has yet to be signed but is just days away from being finalized.
Raine, the 6-year-old New York merchant bank, has ready access to capital and myriad potential partners. While the new allies have no current acquisition targets, they will scout out other media assets for acquisition on an opportunistic basis. In the near term, the $100 million infusion will help Imagine generate new film and television projects.
The new partnership will leave producer Grazer, 64, and director Howard, 61, atop the company they founded 30 years ago, »
- James Rainey
We don’t talk about the world of Cosplay that often on TVOvermind because that world used to belong to video games and comics. But since that world has expanded to television we have to pay our respects to the people of the world that do incredible work in impersonating their favorite television characters. I wanted to start off by posting what I think is one of the funniest and accurate cosplays I’ve ever seen from the show South Park. This is almost a Cosplay of a Cosplay is it not? Everyone knows the dorky comic book guy from South Park.
Is This The Best South Park Cosplay of All-Time? »
- Nat Berman
The proverbial dog has its day — a day of misfortune, indigestion and possible death, but a day nonetheless — in “Wiener-Dog,” the eighth and perhaps most blithely eccentric feature to date from Todd Solondz. A wandering short story compendium, bound by deadpan musings on mortality and the presence of one winsome Dachshund, this elegantly wrought oddity appears at the halfway mark to be heading into uncharacteristically hopeful territory for Solondz — until a toe-tapping intermission marks a reassuring plunge into abject despair. Students of the filmmaker’s exactingly composed mise-en-thropy will revel in the new pic’s freezing wit, jaundiced societal observation and inventive star casting, feeling the human ache in its glassy delivery. The unconverted will remain bemusedly in their camp, though all should agree that the eponymous pooch is now an uncontested winner in the “most lovable Todd Solondz character” sweepstakes.
It takes a director with casual confidence in his brand, »
- Guy Lodge
After appearing on our 25 New Faces list in 2012, director, writer, producer and actor Jim Cummings has popped into the page of Filmmaker from time to time, offering advise on making and marketing short films and what filmmakers can learn from South Park. Cummings, who is a producer of two of the past year’s best independents (Krisha and The Grief of Others), has an intriguingly hard-to-pin down filmmaking personality. So, when he suggested that Filmmaker partner with him on a series of videos documenting the journey of his new short, Thunder Road, to Sundance, we quickly agreed. Of course, […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival In a 1998 episode of "South Park," an animated Robert Redford grows tired of holding the Sundance Film Festival in Park City and sets up shop in the show's small town Colorado setting instead. Addressing locals, he announces plans to demolish the local library and build a "Hollywood Planet" restaurant in its place. "Can they do that?" asks one local. "They're Hollywood," the mayor replies, "they can do anything." In the years since that parodic assessment, the idea of Sundance as a commercial platform in arthouse clothing has only intensified, with filmmaker alumni such as Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed") and Jon Watts ("Cop Car") going on from success at the festival to make huge studio tentpoles ("Jurassic World" and "Spider-Man," respectively). In the context of these »
- Eric Kohn
Harvey took that cue and grew up dreaming of being an actor. Along the way, he sold insurance and worked for a carpet cleaning company among other many odd jobs. An open mic night at a Cleveland comedy club in 1985 sent him off into the world of standup comedy.
A decade later, Harvey got his big break when he was cast in the ABC sitcom “Me and the Boys.” The show was short-lived, but Harvey has been a force in television ever since. His standing as a comedian, talk show host, game show host and yes, accident-prone Miss Universe emcee was saluted Wednesday night at Natpe’s 13th annual Brandon Tartikoff Awards, held at Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel as part of the org’s annual conference. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Network is easy to avoid. On the surface, it looks like another dated boardroom drama about white men who argue about white, male issues. On top of that, its director, Sidney Lumet, has an established legacy of maleness and moralism. 12 Angry Men (1957) is a courtroom drama about one man’s attempt to prove another man’s innocence. Serpico (1973) tells of the real-life New York City cop who uncovered corruption in the force. The Verdict (1982) is about a lawyer’s hard-won fight for justice. While Network is not without its share of men in suits and ethical quandaries, it’s much more than that. Between its Shakespearean dialogue, biting sense of satire and famous speeches (“I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”), it’s as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. However, instead of focusing this appreciation on the film’s creepily accurate »
- Erica Peplin
So, you’ve enjoyed most of last year’s animated feature films? Yes, 2015 was a pretty good year, but doesn’t match up to the gold standard of 1999 (Toy Story 2, The Iron Giant, Disney’S Tarzan, and South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut). Still Pixar had its best work in years with Inside Out and that Shaun The Sheep was a loving tribute to classic silent comedies, but the other major hits like Minions and The Good Dinosaur were geared toward the small fry (not that Out and The Peanuts Movie didn’t appeal to all ages). For this new film, definitely leave the kiddos at home. Yes we did have an “R” rated animated film last year with Hell And Back, but that flick was chocked full of sophomoric sex jokes and “gross-out” gags. This holdover from ’15 (now getting a wide release) is truly adult in subject matter and graphics, »
- Jim Batts
The great Charlie Kaufman has made his first foray into the world of animation with the critically praised Anomalisa, which we named one of the best films of 2015. Finally expanding over the next few weeks, to celebrate, we’ve decided to look back at some of the finest animated films that one might not want to show the entire family.
Who said cartoons were just for kids? As this week’s list will demonstrate, some of the finest weren’t necessarily designed with undiscerning young audiences in mind. Crossing genres and styles, these fifteen amazing features should probably be watched after this kids have been put to bed. Of course, there are many great examples beyond these, so please suggest your own favorites in the comments.
- Tony Hinds
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Doug Herzog's television career has come full circle. At 56, the president of Viacom's Music and Entertainment Group oversees a vast cable portfolio that includes his first network homes: MTV and Comedy Central, where he launched such iconic series as The Real World, South Park and The Daily Show. In his few years not at Viacom, he brought Monk (USA) and Malcolm in the Middle (Fox) to the air. Those credits, among others, now find
- Michael O'Connell
Why does it never fail to water our eyes when Vin Diesel honors Paul Walker? He did it again last night at the People's Choice Awards, when giving a lengthy acceptance speech for "Furious 7," which won two awards. Vin name dropped the late actor, whom he has called his brother, and at the end of the speech he sang a verse from the film's end song, "See You Again."
Here's his full speech:
— People's Choice (@peopleschoice) January 7, 2016
The PCAs are sort of the start of awards season, but things don't really kick off until this Sunday's Golden Globes. There was a stage-crasher promoting a new album (that's him below), and Dakota Johnson talked about her boobs, but otherwise the 2016 PCAs just stuck with the tradition of honoring celebs »
- Gina Carbone
Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.
1.Annie Hall (1977)
2. Some Like it Hot (1959)
3. Groundhog Day (1993)
4. Airplane! (1980)
5. Tootsie (1982)
6. Young Frankenstein (1974)
8. Blazing Saddles (1974)
9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Producers (1967)
13. The Big Lebowski (1998)
14. Ghostbusters (1984)
15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
16. Bridesmaids (2011)
17. Duck Soup (1933)
18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
19. The Jerk (1979)
20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
21. His Girl Friday (1940)
22. The Princess Bride (1987)
23. Raising Arizona (1987)
24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
25. Caddyshack (1980)
26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
27. The Graduate (1967)
28. The Apartment (1960)
30. The Hangover (2009)
31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
32. The Lady Eve »
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17 items from 2016
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