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Change can be swift over the course of 12 years. Opinions are formed, relationships sour, and unused gift cards expire. 12 years is also quite a risky timetable to film a movie, but that didn't stop director Richard Linklater (director of "School of Rock," and "Bernie"). "Boyhood" is one of the most frustrating films I've had to explain my opinion on in a while. For one, it's a milestone in cinematic history, the early stages of a life captured in real time with one cast over the course of one film. On the other hand, it's hyperbolic in its minimalism and boring in spots and its overall narrative reach often exceeds its grasp. Even still, it's one »
- Dylan Green
Keanu Reeves‘ next excellent adventure may be on the small screen.
Related Nickelodeon Orders School of Rock Series to Premiere in 2015
Reeves will headline and executive-produce Rain, a potential hour-long action series about a half-Japanese assassin whose job makes it difficult for him to form relationships, our sister site Deadline is reporting. Based on a book series by Barry Eisler, and produced by Slingshot Global Media, Rain is not yet attached to a network.
Despite appearing on several shows during his career, Rain would mark Reeves’ first starring role on television.
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Who wouldn’t want to go to Italy in the summer for good food and entertaining conversation with a clever traveling companion? Quite a few people did just that, at least vicariously, via IFC Films‘ The Trip To Italy. The light-hearted sequel to The Trip easily had the weekend’s highest bow among specialty films, grossing $71,577 and averaging a tasty $23,859 in three theaters.
“The Trip to Italy opened with one of the highest per-screen (average)s of the summer, playing to sold-out shows this weekend in New York and Los Angeles,” IFC said in a statement. “The Michael Winterbottom-directed sequel has received wonderful reviews and strong word of mouth.” As with The Trip, which also starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a food and talk travelogue across U.K. countryside, the road ahead looks wide open for the Italian Trip. The original opened in June 2011 with a $12,984 PTA in 6 theaters, »
- Brian Brooks
HBO has delivered some terrific comedies over the years, from the quirky musical series Flight of the Conchords to biting political satire Veep, and with the cast that the premium cable network is pulling together for its upcoming comedy The Brink, there’s reason to believe HBO has another major hit on its hands.
Now, our anticipation has been raised with news that Watchmen actress Carla Gugino has joined the cast in a multi-episode arc. Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Jack Black (School of Rock) and Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black) all topline The Brink, which is described as “an epic dark comedy.”
As per Deadline: The Brink focuses on “a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins); Alex Coppins (Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Domestically, the film kicked up a sterling $65 million from 3,845 locations.
So cowabunga and cue the follow-up. Part two will land in theaters on June 3, 2016, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes returning again as a producer and screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”) coming back as screenwriters.
The sequel announcement comes after the film managed to hold off “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Analysts expected the Marvel film to take a bigger chunk out of “Ninja Turtles'” profits given that both films were expected to appeal to younger males. The comicbook film still managed to bring in $41.5 million in its sophomore weekend, a 56% drop from its debut that pushed its Stateside haul to $175.9 million. That »
- Brent Lang
A character actor with more than 80 film and TV projects to his name, Austin, Tex.-based Marco Perella is receiving his widest exposure ever—for a movie he finished shooting eight years ago. As the drunk disciplinarian stepfather of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) in Richard Linklater’s decades-spanning Boyhood, Perella plays the pathetic bully with a finesse that’s left some viewers thinking the movie was all too real.
EW spoke to Perella about his role in the film and the choice of words when he’s being praised for being bad.
The interview below references specific scenes and plot details of Boyhood. »
- Joe McGovern
Warner Bros. and Boyhood director Richard Linklater have parted ways on the studio’s planned remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, despite the helmer having been attached to the project since 2011. Apparently, Warner Bros. eventually realized that Linklater’s schedule would not allow production on the film to commence in a timely fashion, and it wants to get The Incredible Mr. Limpet into theaters sooner rather than later.
Other directors have been approached by the studio, but no names have been dropped in association with the remake just yet. Like the 1964 family film, this take on the novel by Theodore Pratt will also focus on a man who is transformed into a fish. However, the story will no longer take place during World War II. This time around, The Incredible Mr. Limpet will find the title character as a beach bum and conservationist who is devoted to saving the fish population around his town. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Now this is the kind of news I like hearing because I'd much rather see Richard Linklater working on That's What I'm Talking About, which he's described as a "spiritual sequel" to his 1993 classic Dazed and Confused, than some remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet of which he told me recently he didn't see happening. Oddly enough, almost as soon as I posted that interview news surfaced that Jon Hamm would join Zach Galfianakis in Limpet along with Danny McBride, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele with Linklater still attached. Even then, however, he sounded dismissive of the entire thing saying, "That thing has been in development for over three years. Interesting how the week I have a film coming out someone decides it's a good idea to promote this. Not sure what they hope to gain." Now THR is saying we can put »
- Brad Brevet
School of Rock is heading to the small screen courtesy of Nickelodeon. The movie’s director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudkin will serve as executive producers on the project alongside Jim and Steve Armogida (Crash & Bernstein)
Released in 2003, School of Rock saw a down-on-his-luck musician pose as a school teacher to make some money. But when he discovers the kids are really talented classical musicians, he trains them to be miniature rock stars to help him win a battle of the bands contest.
The TV series will not feature Jack Black, but will be centred around his character Dewey Finn and a similar plot. “With Dewey’s outrageous personality and rock star sensibilities taking centre stage, School of Rock will be an irresistibly fun show for the whole family,” said Paramount TV President Amy Powell.
- Luke Owen
You’re not hardcore, unless you live hardcore. But is the legend of the TV remake way hardcore? Only time will tell.
Ahem. Anyway, there’s a new version of School Of Rock on the way, destined for the small screen and ordered by Nickelodeon (owned by Paramount, who made the original film).
On executive production duties are cinematic School Of Rock producer Scott Rudin and Richard Linklater, who directed the original (and currently has the astounding Boyhood in cinemas). This will hopefully ensure that the new version, which won’t star Jack Black, will at least have some quality control from the team behind the much-loved film.
Despite Black’s absence, his character Dewey is still the protagonist. We've no idea yet who will be stepping into his shoes, though.
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- NATHANIEL R
If there are three things that Richard Linklater‘s School of Rock taught us about the fine art of hard rocking and getting good grades in elementary school, it’s that rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme and you better get to school on time. Those timeless lessons, drilled into audiences’ heads by the grand master of rock n’ roll Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black, would be immortal by themselves, but now Linklater and Scott Rudin are bringing School of Rock to Nickelodeon as a TV show so the children of the world never have to go without that sweet, sweet hard rocking. The live-action series has an immediate order for 13 episodes with production begining this fall, and it will follow the same premise of the movie: Finn, a rocker who has seen better days (he will totally have his rent by the end of the week, dudes »
- Samantha Wilson
Nickelodeon is taking a risk by picking up a series based off of 11 year film. Yes, School of Rock has been ordered by Nickelodeon for a 13 episodes season. This comes as a shock as Nickelodeon made the film’s Miranda Cosgrove a star, making us wonder why the delayed the interest on making a TV version of the story. Much like the film it will star rocker who is out of work finding himself working at a prep school. He then uses his music as a way to teach kids lessons and have fun. No word on when it will premier other than sometime early next year or who will star on the series.
This is certainly news that perhaps could be showing that Nickelodeon is having issues. With Sam & Cat being over, it looks like they may not be having the greatest luck with series. We expect to hear »
- Sarah Peel
We last saw Jack Black in Sex Tape playing the owner of “YouPorn,” but the comedian once portrayed a much more innocent character in 2003 for Richard Linklater’s School of Rock. The film found Black as a struggling musician who gets work as a substitute teacher and leads his students to victory in a Battle of the Bands. School of Rock charmed the pants off audiences with lots of heart, laughs and kids that didn’t annoy the living daylights out of everyone. Now, Coming Soon reports that Nickelodeon and Paramount Television will be producing a live-action, musical-comedy series based on the film. Nick has ordered 13 episodes of the series, scheduled to go before cameras this fall. We can expect to see a bevy of talented kids jamming in the...
- Alison Nastasi
For those about to rock, Nickelodeon salutes you.
A School of Rock kids show is a no-brainer. Not only did the kid-centric, family friendly film make up to the tune of $131 million, it’s a great opportunity for Nick to trot out a cast of talented, singing and dancing actors/pop stars as they and the Disney Channel are so committed to churning out.
It’s frankly amazing it didn’t happen sooner. What’s even more amazing is this comes after news from earlier this year that Andrew Lloyd Webber is developing a School of Rock musical that may premiere on Broadway.
The show will be a live-action series, not a cartoon, and will follow the same storyline of the Linklater film, in which Dewey Finn (ahem, »
- Brian Welk
Looks like we’ll be pledging our allegiance to the band of Mr. Schneebly again in 2015 because Nickelodeon is bringing back School of Rock – as a TV show. The network just put in a straight-to-series order for a live-action show that’s based on the 2003 Richard Linklater comedy starring Jack Black. The odds of Black joining the cast are slim to none, but the show is bringing back Dewey Finn, a guy who’s having a tough time making it as a rock star so poses as a substitute teacher at a ritzy prep school and turns his students into his very own rock band. Hit the jump for more on what Nickelodeon’s got planned. The network placed an order for 13 episodes of the show and aims to start shooting them in the fall so that they’re ready for a spring 2015 debut. The press release didn’t come with any casting details, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Nickelodeon has ordered a new TV show based on the School of Rock feature film from 2003. There will be 13 episodes. No word yet if there will be any involvement from members of the movie cast -- like perhaps Miranda Cosgrove, the star of the cable channel's hit series iCarly.
Here's the press release:
Network Orders 13 Episodes of Series Based on 2003 Hit Film
Los Angeles, Calif., (August 4, 2014) – Viacom Inc.’s (Nasdaq: Viab and Via) Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, and Paramount Television divisions are teaming up for the first time to produce the new live-action, musical-comedy series School of Rock, based on the 2003 hit film from Paramount Pictures.
Nickelodeon has ordered 13 episodes of the series, which »
Lindsay Lohan is about to get even more personal (if that’s possible), School of Rock will be hitting the small screen, Big Bang Theory stars make ridiculous cash, and more pop culture news to wrap up your day.
Lindsay Lohan is writing a tell-all book about all of the drama in her life (including which stars she really had sex with from that infamous list). [Daily Mail] Big Bang Theory stars have signed a three-year contract which entitles them to $1 million per episode. [Us Weekly] Keke Palmer has signed on to be Broadway’s first African-American Cinderella. [ABC News] Nickelodeon is relaunching School of Rock as a live-action series. [EW] Orlando Bloom is far too busy living it up in Ibiza to be feuding with anyone. [PopSugar]
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- Taylor Ferber
"School of Rock" is coming to the small screen. Nickelodeon has greenlit a TV adaptation of the popular 2003 film straight-to-series, with 13 episodes set to begin production in the fall, according to the network. Casting is set to be announced shortly. Like the movie, which starred Jack Black in his breakthrough role, the series will center on down-on-his-luck slacker/wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school and upends the curriculum to teach the basics of rock 'n' roll to a group of young students. “'School of Rock' is one of those great movies that always felt quintessentially Nickelodeon in its tone and humor, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Paramount Television and bring it to life as a TV series,” said Nickelodeon Content and Development President Russell Hicks in a statement. “Once again, kids will be able to laugh and rock! »
- Chris Eggertsen
Are you ready to rock? Nickelodeon just ordered School of Rock, a 13-episode series based on the 2003 movie of the same name and we can barely contain our excitement! Also, we can't stop quoting the decade-old movie now. ("You're tacky and I hate you" is still one of our go-to insults.) Unfortunately, Jack Black isn't set to reprise his movie role on the show, though the part is pretty much the same as it was in the movie. The School of Rock TV show (scheduled to begin production this fall and will premiere in spring of 2015) centers on Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school as he teaches his eccentric, unconventional and overachieving »
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