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It's hard to keep track of the ream of projects the Oscar-snubbed Linklater is courting on a given day. For one, he's executive-producing a TV sitcom restart of his 2003 "School of Rock" slated for Nickelodeon later this year. Also, the Independent Spirit Winner — a no-show at the ceremony, where Ethan Hawke accepted the prize — is wrapping "That's What I'm Talking About," a sort of "Dazed and Confused" sequel about the lives of baseball players on and off the field. And he's thinking seriously about a "Boyhood" sequel, albeit not one that would take place across 12 years. The Hollywood Reporter now says that Linklater is circling "Where'd You Go Bernadette" for Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. Based on Maria Semple's 2012 bestseller that unfolds via epistolary missives — emails, letters, legal documents, psychiatric visits and more — the book follows the story of an agoraphobic architect who mysteriously disappears before a »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Kid-focused Nickelodeon expects to air more than 600 episodes of new and returning series in the TV season to come, part of an effort to win advertisers over with a surfeit of the original programming its executives said the network’s young audience craves.
“We’re making more and we are making it faster,” said Cyma Zarghami, president of the Viscom Kids and Family Group, the Viacom unit that houses Nick and a suite of other youth-skewing outlets.
On the docket for the season ahead: Three new series meant to run five days a week for several weeks at a time; a live-action series based on the movie “School of Rock”; and a new series from producers Sid and Marty Kroft. Nickelodeon also articulated developing plans to put popular character SpongeBob SquarePants in a Broadway musical and to extend its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
Nickelodeon’s reveal of its future »
- Brian Steinberg
The blind auditions might be over on The Voice UK, but there is still so much to come. There's no hanging about - we're straight into the battle rounds on Saturday as the first batch of contestants attempt to outshine their partners.
It's not that all is lost if they don't win their battle - the coaches each have not one, but two steals this series - but that doesn't mean the pressure is off! Read on to find out who you'll see battling this weekend - and what they'll be singing (complete with sneaky pictures of the battles themselves)...
Joyful Soundz vs Newtion Matthews
Song: 'Shout' - Isley Brothers
Remind me who they are! Joyful Soundz - aka Patrick and Simone - are friends from church from Luton who just want to bring a little joy to the world! Newtion, 30, previously had a record deal with Warner »
It’s time for die-hard fans of Richard Linklater’s sublime 12-year project, “Boyhood,” to lick their wounds after the “Birdman” win at yesterday’s Oscars. If it’s any consolation, both “Boyhood” and “Birdman” were inventive and daring in their own ways, and a win for either should provide Hollywood with some incentive to jump out of its comfort zone and pursue interesting and subversive material. If one of the bland biopics like “The Imitation Game” or “The Theory of Everything” had won, we’d be looking down the barrel of lazy Oscar bait for years to come. That being said, it’s perfectly understandable that Linklater fans are frustrated by the Academy’s vote. Perhaps in order to remind them that Linklater never needed the Academy’s support in order to create versatile and original material, YouTube’s Joel Walden put together a skillfully edited and brisk three-and-a-half »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Sir Tom Jones is an old hand at The Voice UK now - he's four series in, after all. But he still waited until the penultimate act before completing his team! Read on for your round-up of the 12 contestants batting for Team Tom...
1. Cai Williams
From: Blaenavon, South Wales, but lives on the Gower, Swansea
What you need to know: Cai is a model with 3,000 Instagram followers who says he's often compared to a young Sir Tom! Sir Tom, meanwhile, praised his "powerful" voice.
2. Claudia Rose
Blind audition song: 'Love You I Do' - Jennifer Hudson
What you need to know: Claudia was once in a girl band that won Cork's Got Talent! Sir Tom battled hard with Ricky to win her and eventually did when he described her as a "powerhouse".
3. Daniel Duke
From: Banbridge, »
Sony Pictures has brought John Lesher and Megan Ellison on-board to produce the narrative feature adaptation of "The Seven Five," Tiller Russell's documentary about one of the most corrupt police forces in 1980s New York.
The story focuses on Michael Dowd, who was arrested in 1992 arrest for leading a ring of dirty cops for eight years. Dowd’s case exposed widespread corruption in the NYPD and sent him to prison for fourteen years. [Source: Deadline]
Described as "School Of Rock" meets "WarGames," the story follows a tech camp counselor and his campers stumble upon a serious cyberterrorist threat, they soon become embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. »
- Garth Franklin
Comedian Jack Black will make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence” says Zadan and Meron.
Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass.
Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards. »
- Michelle McCue
The versatile actor, singer and comedian Jack Black will make a special appearance at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. “Jack Black is a complete original comic voice and we’re beyond thrilled that he has agreed to join the Oscars show in a very special sequence” says Zadan and Meron. Black has starred in such films as “High Fidelity,” “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “King Kong,” and “Tropic Thunder,” and is voicing the title character in “Kung Fu Panda 3,” his third turn in the animated feature series. He also is the lead singer and guitarist of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, which he formed in 1994 with Kyle Gass. Black has made three previous appearances on the Oscars, most recently as a presenter at the 81st Academy Awards. »
- Josh Abraham
The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing over in Utah, and a whole host of films have had their premieres in the variety of showcases across the festival. As ever, many of the films have had distributors clamouring over each other to purchase the distribution rights and a lucky few have been successfully picked up for cinema or VOD release.
Starring Jack Black (School of Rock) and James Marsden (The Best of Me), The D Train is close to being acquired by IFC Films. Variety reports that the comedy, directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, sees Black star as an insecure guy heading preparations for his 20th high school reunion, and takes to befriending the most popular guy in his class (Marsden) in order to boost the profile of both the reunion and his own life.
The deal for the film, set to be over in the seven-figure range, »
- Scott J. Davis
Most Richard Linklater fans can tell you which film – and sometimes which scene – ignited their enthusiasm for the director, whether it was 1991’s influential indie Slacker, 1993’s high-school classic Dazed and Confused or 2003’s comedy School of Rock.
But, it all began with Before Sunrise.
Released 20 years ago this week, Before Sunrise boasted fresh-faced actors and a swoon-worthy premise: An American man (Ethan Hawke) meets a French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train, and they spend one magical evening together in Vienna. That alone was enough to attract my 17-year-old self to the theater, as was the case with many of my peers.
News: Julie & Ethan Reunite 'Before Midnight'
The true magic of Before Sunrise, however, lies beyond the picturesque scenery and smitten gazes. Building upon his gift for crafting relatable and engrossing conversation, Linklater’s characters feel fully formed, discussing everything from philosophy and religion to love and their hopes for the future.
Jack Black has discussed the difficulties of making an independent film, saying it is "a miracle if you can".
The actor and producer is currently promoting his new film The D Train - which he produced and stars in - at the Sundance Festival, and spoke to Deadline about the struggles of an independent film.
"As a producer when you're doing an indie film, it's all just about getting the film made, because it's a miracle if you can," he said. "If you can scrape the money together that's the first hurdle.
"That's the hardest hurdle really because it's a tough investment. It's tough to get even billionaires to part with a couple of their millions to make a movie."
Black, who is known for his roles in Hollywood movies King Kong and School of Rock, added that he thinks the growth of high-quality television has played a part in making film production more difficult. »
One noticeable consequence of this current golden age of television is that you’re no longer seeing the success of a show measured by how likely it is to get an awkwardly cobbled together payday at the cinema. Instead the best shows are staying on your screens at home, and it’s movies that are looking to make the leap across the artistic divide.
While the very mention of the film-to-tv spin off invokes horrible flashbacks to My Big Fat Greek Life and The Young Indiana Jones, the adaptation of the Coen Brothers dark comedy Fargo proved two important things. Firstly that any movie can make the transition into the world of television so long as there’s a strong enough idea at its heart and the writing’s good enough, and, secondly, that you should never run across an icy lake in heavy boots.
But what next? »
- Adam Clery
Last night, we saw Richard Linklater win Best Director and Best Picture for his movie Boyhood along with Patricia Arquette picking up a trophy for her role in the film. This also gave an opportunity to see several of Linklater's prior collaborators applaud the director they have come to know and admire. Jack Black (School Of Rock, Bernie) was there as was Dazed And Confused veteran Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey, in the middle of a resurgence in his career, was smiling from ear to ear at »
- Alex Maidy
The Voice UK is back - and the coaches aren't messing about. Well, they are - from Rita's flirting to will.i.am's babbling about steak - but even so, in just one episode, six acts made it through to the battle rounds after wowing with their blind auditions.
Read on to see how we ranked the first episode's blind auditions - and then let us know who you enjoyed by voting in our poll and leaving your comments below!
1. Lucy O'Byrne
'Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana' - Katherine Jenkins
Lucy won bonus points from us pretty early on, when she revealed her Nana Rose had got a passport specifically so she could fly to London for her audition (which is just adorable). And we couldn't help but love the ridiculous Vt, which saw her drop her coat when she got to a West End theatre to reveal an usher's outfit. »
Fox has handed out the first pilot order of the season today for a TV series based on Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi feature Minority Report. We first reported on the project back in September, when Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment hired Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein to write the pilot script. Kevin Falls has signed on to serve as the showrunner and executive produce alongside Steven Spielberg, Max Borenstein and Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
The original film Minority Report centered on the Precrime unit in Washington D.C., where three "precogs" can see crimes before they are committed. Tom Cruise starred as John Anderton, who leads the Precrime unit before one of the precogs sees him committing a murder, as Anderton goes on the lam to clear his name. The series will be set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C., where one of the Precogs »
Fox Searchlight’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is easily 2014’s Specialty Release box office champion. The film outpaced second ranked St. Vincent by just over $16M. In all, the 2014 Specialty Top 10 amounted to over $277.6 million, about 10% greater than last year’s $249.2M-plus Top 10 total, which included titles Instructions Not Included, Oscar-winner 12 Years A Slave and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. As with all the films surveyed here, the numbers reflect theatrical grosses and do not take into account VOD/digital, which remain state secrets for the most part for a huge swath of distributors. RADiUS did reveal some of their on-demand numbers in 2014, while Sony has been forthcoming with its recent digital roll out of its controversial The Interview. The term “specialty release” can be a slippery slope, but for this article, titles considered were in limited release for a significant period during their launch.
Wes Anderson’s title was »
- Brian Brooks
“My ideas were all over the place,” he said in an appearance at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “An Evening with Richard Linklater,” sponsored by Film Independent.
The writer-director, who already had “Dazed and Confused” and “Before Sunrise” under his belt at that point, recalled in a conversation with Film Independent programmer Elvis Mitchell that back in 2002, he was baffled as far as how to approach the “Boyhood” narrative structure — so much so, that he was instead embarking on writing a novel.
“I just didn’t ‘have’ the film, and I had pretty much given up on it,” Linklater said. “And just as my fingers hit the keyboard, the whole film popped into my head — proving that I’m not a novelist, »
- Dave McNary
There's surely no better place than an IMAX screen to watch a story about a 700-foot-high wall.
But the announcement this week that the two most recent "Game of Thrones" episodes (the epic ice battle episode "The Watchers on the Wall" and the shocking Season 4 finale "The Children") and a Season 5 trailer are coming to IMAX screens on Jan. 23 brings to mind another wall under assault -- the increasingly academic wall between movies and TV.
Granted, it makes sense for HBO to give theatergoers a healthy helping of its popular swords-and-skin fantasy series. After all, as large as George R.R. Martin's saga looms in pop culture chatter, there's still a majority of Americans who don't subscribe to the premium cable channel and haven't seen the show. The IMAX event is a good way to mobilize both newbies and longtime fans and to get both groups primed for this spring's new season. »
- Gary Susman
Nickelodeon has ordered a 13-episode adaptation of the 2003 film, while it will also be adapted into a Broadway musical under the guidance of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, Black said: "School of Rock is cropping up in the strangest places, on Nickelodeon and on Broadway with Andrew Lloyd Webber. And I have nothing to do with any of them.
"It's kind of like one of my kids grew up and did things without my approval."
Asked whether he will be involved with the projects in any capacity, he replied: "No, my plate's pretty full. I don't like looking back. I only look forward."
Last month, it was announced that the School of Rock musical will open at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre in November.
Watch Jack Black in a scene »
Jack Black is making is rounds for his HBO TV series, but he is not a fan of Nickelodeon right now. The star of School of Rock is upset that they will be turning it to a TV series. This is on top of Andrew Webber turned it into a musical. Jack said that he finds it all weird and betrayed as he never wanted this for the film. Here is what he all had to say when asked about it at Television Critics Association press tour.
School of Rock is cropping up in the strangest places, on Nickelodeon and on Broadway with Andrew Lloyd Webber. And I have nothing to do with any of them, It’s kind of like one of my kids grew up and did things without my approval. (on appearing)No, my plate’s pretty full. I don’t like looking back. I only look forward. »
- Sarah Peel
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