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Word is Ronnie and his brood will be the neighbors from hell.
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In addition to his regular roles on HBO’s Treme and ABC’s quickly-cancelled Mind Games, Zahn’s TV credits include guest stints on Monk and Friends. His big-screen credits include National Security, Daddy Day Care and Employee of the Month. »
Joe Roth’s 14-year-old Revolution Studios has been acquired for $250 million by Fortress Investment Group, according to several sources close to the sale. Revolution was carrying roughly $175 million in debt, which was absorbed by Fortress, which borrowed approximately $150 million to make the sale, say several sources familiar with the transaction. Sun Trust was the lead lending bank.
Fortress made the announcement Thursday as part of disclosing its plans to recapitalize Revolution — which stopped film production in 2007 — and position it for growth by developing, producing and distributing new content for TV and exploiting its library of 50 films and over 200 TV episodes.
A previous report suggested the company would sell for $500 million but sources tell Variety that figure is inaccurate.
Roth and Revolution retained Evolution Media Capital at the close of 2013 to run a structured process to find a new investor as the studios’ previous credit facility was coming to an end »
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Are you sitting down? Are you ready for this? Promise not to poop yourself with excitement: there's a sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop coming out. It's called Pall Blart: Mall Cop 2, and Kevin James returns to the segway and tight dress pants of the hit film. And now, you can plan your schedule to avoid missing what may be the cinematic event of 2015. Columbia Pictures (via Variety) has officially announced that April 17, 2015 is the landing point for the continuing saga of Blart, the defender of the mall. The original was helmed by Steve Carr (Daddy Day Care) but this installment falls under the leadership of Parental Guidance steward Andy Fickman. The hope is that they'll preserve the dignity and continuity of the first film, which saw James as the titular security guard helping to defend the mall from criminals. This time around, Blart is at a security convention when »
As though this polar vortex nonsense wasn't bad enough, word has come out that Sony Pictures is planning to move forward with a Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequel. 2014 is proving to be a real punch in the teeth so far. THR reports Sony is in talks with Andy Flickman to helm the Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequel, leaving the first film's director, Steve Carr, out in the cold. Kevin James will reprise his role as the titular mall security officer, and he's once again written the script with Nick Bakay. No details are available regarding what kind of misadventures and mayhem this mediocre mall cop will get up to this time. But we do know James will produce alongside returning producers Todd Garner and Adam Sandler of Happy Madison. It's not said why Carr, who previously helmed comedies like Are We Done Yet? and Daddy Day Care, won't be back »
4 items from 2014
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