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Nia Vardalos has booked her next TV role. The writer, director, and actress will star in a dramedy series for Bravo, tentatively titled “Suburbs Famous.” Vardalos will portray a suburban housewife who becomes the unwitting star of a viral video, Deadline confirms.
“Thrust into the cutthroat world of celebrity chefs, the newly divorced mom must navigate between the intense public scrutiny which could destroy her and the investors who want to make her a star… all while realizing she suddenly has the one thing everyone wants: power,” the source summarizes.
Vardalos took inspiration from viral video star Chewbacca Mom when she began work on “Suburbs Famous.” “I wanted to explore the concept of sudden fame for someone who isn’t prepared and doesn’t want it, for someone who gets power and doesn’t know what to do with it, as well as what happens next,” she explained.
The “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” writer-star’s own experiences with fame also helped shape “Suburbs Famous.” “I worked hard to maintain my normal, average life every day, not wanting a personal assistant for example,” Vardalos recalled of her post-big break life. “You have struggles to maintain your ethics, morals, and friendships.”
“Suburbs Famous” is penned by Vardalos and Mike Mariano (“Raising Hope”). The duo will serve as EPs on the show alongside Untitled Entertainment’s Jennifer Levine and Stephanie Simon and Flame Ventures’ Tony Krantz. Krantz is also producing, as are ITV Studios America and Universal Cable Productions.
Vardalos wrote the 2002 box office hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and its 2016 follow-up, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” She appeared as protagonist Toula in both films. In 2009 Vardalos made her directorial debut with the romantic comedy “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” which she also penned. Her recent screen roles include “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” “Graves,” and Shondaland series “The Catch.” You can see Vardalos next with Sandra Oh, Emily Watson, and Melora Hardin (“Transparent”) in “33 Liberty Lane,” an upcoming comedy about four friends who launch a phone-sex company.
“Tiny Beautiful Things,” Vardalos’ play adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book of the same name, will return to New York’s Public Theater September 19. Vardalos stars as Sugar, the anonymous persona Strayed employed when she worked as The Rumpus’ advice columnist.
Nia Vardalos to Star in Dramedy Series for Bravo was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star will also draw from her own life experiences for the show. »
- Halle Kiefer
Update: Move signals broader transition likely to take effect in 2018.
The move is a precursor for Amazon Studios’ broader plan to self-distribute full-time, which has been the subject of speculation for many months and Screen understands will occur in 2018.
Amazon Studios has been quietly building up its distribution team and sources said while the initial focus will remain on arthouse films, the infrastructure could grow to accommodate wider releases.
The Film Society »
Things are looking up at the specialty box office as two festival hits, Sundance breakout “The Big Sick” (Amazon/Lionsgate) and Sofia Coppola’s Cannes director-winner “The Beguiled” (Focus Features) both beat all the 2017 limited openings to date. With $87,000 and $60,000 per theater averages respectively, they both accomplished something only one platform film (“Cafe Society”) achieved all last summer. And they did so the same weekend in some of the same theaters.
This shows that core specialty audiences are starving for cinematic nourishment they aren’t getting from mainstream studio fare.
The Big Sick (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 87; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, Seattle 2017
$435,000 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $87,000
Amazon strikes again with its $12-million Sundance acquisition marking the biggest limited opening of the year, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Madrid — Women might well write more of the future, in real terms and fiction. First projects at Spain’s inaugural Conecta Fiction, a pioneering Latin America-Europe co-production forum, underscore how screenwriters, women and men, are rewriting women’s roles in the past.
Ambitious historical drama-thrillers produced by some of Latin America’s most prominent production houses, such as Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula (“Neruda”) in Chile and Dynamo Producciones, the Colombian producer of “Narcos,” this new breed of often super women series add a novel dimension to Latin America’s vibrant high-end drama scene.
Other projects at Conecta Fiction’s first Intl. Co-production Pitching Session, to take place June 21, include sci-fi “Strange Fishing Sundays” and crime thriller “Crack,” from Buenos Aires-based Storylab, backers of Netflix’s first Argentine premiere “Stockholm” – showing Spanish-language producers boldly embracing modern genre.
Produced by Chilean broadcaster Fabula (“Gloria,” “A Fantastic Woman”) and Chilevision, owned »
- John Hopewell
Fifteen years ago, Swimfan came to the big screen. Made for $10 million, Swimfan grossed $34 million worldwide. This tale of a swimmer (Jesse Bradford) who engages the wrong girl (Erika Christensen) in a one night stand, was essentially Fatal Attraction for the teen set. And, as hyperbolic as this may sound, it was also the best film of 2002. Even if it doesn't make IMDb's most underrated list for the Aughts.
Okay, so it came nowhere near an Academy Award nomination. Hell, it didn't even pick up an MTV Movie Awards nod. Does anybody believe that the best picture winner for any given year is really The best picture? If we ignore that idea altogether, then it is plausible Swimfan was indeed the best overall film released all throughout 2002. It may not have done the biggest box office, barely anyone remembers it now, but what it did in a cerebral sense, and with its visceral imagery, »
Another one of our favorite shows is back this week, as the whole of Master of None’s Season 2 hits Netflix, and one of the most hopeful new series of the year, Amazon’s I Love Dick, makes its leap from pilot to full first season the same day. There’s also the end of the first season of Riverdale, more Fargo and Better Call Saul, a must-see installment of Saturday Night Live, reason to check out the new sitcom Great News, and why we’re paying attention to the MTV Movie Awards this year.
To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for May 7–13 (all times Eastern):
SUNDAY2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards (MTV, 8pm)
Yeah, it’s MTV, and yes they still have awards like “Best Kiss,” but »
- Christopher Campbell
I bring up the name Andrea Martin because it was recently announced she’ll be starring in a new television series that has none other than Tina Fey at the helm. Fey herself isn’t in the show but she’s got her fingerprints all over it. “I have loved Andrea Martin from afar for so many years,” Fey wrote for the cover blurb of Martin’s 2014 autobiography, “but now, after reading this funny and heroically honest book, I would like to take things to the ‘next level’ and marry her.” Instead, she hired her to play Carol, the overbearing mother of a
- Nat Berman
Screenwriter-actress Nia Vardolous initially wrote “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” thinking a few people who identified with her might appreciate it. But the indie movie, starring John Corbett — then the hunky Aidan Shaw on HBO’s “Sex and the City” — went on to become the sleeper hit of the summer in 2002 and remains the highest-grossing romantic comedy until this day. Take a look back at the origins of the hit indie movie: Fotoula “Toula” Portokalos is the leading role written and played by Nia Vardalos. It is based on her own upbringing as a Greek American — as »
- Meriah Doty
From humble beginnings to the big screen, Indie Studio Compulsion Games' We Happy Few is getting a film adaptation! Come inside for more details!
For those of you who haven't played Compulsion Games' We Happy Few, the video game is about an isolated English town in an alternate 1960s. The residents of this town are forced to take "happy pills", aka "Joy", to keep them seeing the world as it truly is. In the game, we follow the one person who has decided to stop taking his Joy and discover the mysteries within this violent, creepy town.
If that doesn't sound like the premise for a feature film, I don't know what does. Luckily, Gold Circle Films and dj2 Entertainment tend to agree and have bought the rights to the IP, in order to adapt this story for the big screen!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Videogame developer Compulsion Games has partnered with dj2 Entertainment on the project. Gold Circle’s Paul Brooks and dj2 Entertainment CEO Dmitri M. Johnson and Chief Content Officer Dan Jevons will produce the project with dj2’s Stephan Bugaj serving as executive producer.
“We Happy Few” is set in an eerie and isolated English town during an alternate-1960s, where the government has imposed a drug-induced happiness to mask gruesome violence and conceal a nefarious mystery. The story revolves around one rebellious resident illegally free of the drug’s effects, who risks his life to learn why his home is a bizarre open-air prison.
Howard Bliss, head of business affairs at dj2 Entertainment, helped land the project at Gold Circle, and the two companies are seeking writers. »
- Dave McNary
Since saying “Bye, Bye, Bye” in 2002, Justin Timberlake, Jc Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick have each built careers for themselves outside of ‘Nsync — the blockbuster boyband that brought them worldwide fame in the ’90s.
Though there aren’t plans for the group to get back together and make music any time soon, they’re still good friends — reuniting most recently in August for Chasez’s 40th birthday bash.
“The guys spent the entire night together,” a source told People at the time. “They all sat in a group and just reunited, relived and had such a ball. »
- Dave Quinn
Nothing goes better with popcorn, friends, and a nice glass of wine than a good ol' wedding flick.
Wedding movies are needed in the cinematic world; they may not take our breath away, but you can watch them no matter what time of year it is or what mood you're in because they are the perfect amount of fun, relatable and enjoyable.
There are just too many classic wedding movies that could make our favourite's list: Wedding Crashers, 27 Dresses, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Wedding Singer and more, but we have come up with our top four!
To celebrate the release of Table 19, check out Cineplex's favourite wedding movies below:
There’s always two types of people at weddings: those who »
- Garrett McCormick
The big winner at hte box office this weekend was M Night Shyamalan's split personality thriller Split starring James McAvoy, Betty Buckley (!!!) and The Witch's Anya-Taylor Joy. Hidden Figures continued to show signs of a hefty box office tally to come with another very low percentage drop and Sing has become the biggest grossing movie of all time that never hit #1 at the box office, surpassing the previous record holder My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Martin Scorsese's Silence has gone wide but is still struggling to find takers and The Founder, after a long delayed release, opened as well to $3+ million. Meanwhile 20th Century Women added 600+ theaters and is finally ready for your eyeballs and you Must see it. It's marvelous. Silence added over 800 screens but to little traction from moviegoers.
(over 800 screens)
01 Split $40.1 New
02 xXx: Return of Xander Cage $20 New
03 Hidden Figures $16.2 (cum. $84.2) Podcast
04 Sing $9 (cum. »
- NATHANIEL R
That’s a marked improvement over recent weeks as the weekend total upticked ahead of 2016 for the first time since before Christmas. The lesson is always the same: audiences like it when they get something completely different.
The Top Ten
1. Split (Universal) New – Cinemascore: B+; Metacritic: 64; Est. budget: $9 million
$40,190,000 in 3,038 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $13,229; Cumulative: $40,190,000
2. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (Paramount) New – Cinemascore: A-; Metacritic: 42; Est. budget: $85 million
$20,000,000 in 3,561 theaters; PTA: $5,478; Cumulative: $20,000,000
$16,250,000 (-22%) in 3,416 theaters (+130); PTA: $4,757; Cumulative: $84,249,000
4. Sing (Universal) Week 5 – Last weekend #3
$9,037,000 (-36%) in 3,193 theaters (-500); PTA: $2,830; Cumulative: $249,362,000
$8,350,000 (-42%) in 1,865 theaters (+17); PTA: $4,477; Cumulative: $89,680,000
$7,036,000 (-48%) in 2,653 theaters (-559); PTA: $2,703; Cumulative: $512,202,000
7. Monster Trucks »
- Tom Brueggemann
It doesn’t take long to realize that the title of the Georgian drama “My Happy Family” is ironic. Directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Grob plunge into the restless lifestyle of 52-year-old Manana (Ia Shuvliashvili), the matriarch of a cramped and multigenerational household that includes her husband, grown children, parents and various in-laws who pull her from every angle. And it doesn’t take long for Mañana to realize that to escape the mayhem, much to the shock of everyone around her, she can simply move out.
The ease with which she embarks on this new stage, even as it baffles her entire community, speaks to the remarkable blend of comedy and sadness that characterizes this sophomore effort from the directors of “In Bloom.” It’s at once a celebration of individuality and its potential to unnerve those who resist it.
Manana’s life is defined by routine. She’s a pinball in her apartment, »
- Eric Kohn
Lifetime’s remake of the classic 1988 tearjerker Beaches aired Saturday night — with Broadway star Idina Menzel and Big Momma’s House Nia Long stepping into the iconic roles of entertainer C.C. Bloom and her aristocratic Bff Hillary Whitney — made famous on screen by Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.
The made-for-tv movie did an excellent job of capturing the ups and downs of a 30-year friendship, staying true to most of plot points in the Garry Marshall feature and Iris Rainer Dart’s original book. (Spoiler alert: that death is still there, and it’s just as devastating).
But there »
- Dave Quinn
Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and more celebrate big movie anniversaries in 2017!Adriana Floridia1/5/2017 4:36:00 Pm
One thing we all look forward to every year is our birthday, and we here at Cineplex like to celebrate the birthdays of movies too!
In 2017, there are tons of memorable films that are hitting milestone ages. While it makes us feel a little old, it also gives us a reason to look back on some of our favourite films and have epic movie marathons (oftentimes, ones where we know all of the lines).
We did some research and compiled a master list of all of the notable films that are celebrating big anniversaries this year. Among the crop are films like Titanic, Blade Runner, The Graduate, and more.
Check out the best movie anniversaries of 2017 below and start planning your movie-themed parties accordingly! »
- Adriana Floridia
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”
Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
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