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The release of Saturday Night Live head writer — and Staten Island native — Colin Jost’s coming-of-age comedy Staten Island Summer (available on Netflix Friday after a one-week run in theaters) isn’t the first time the “forgotten borough” has taken center stage in a movie or TV show. But as a native myself, I’ve always been surprised by how underrepresented the Island has been onscreen. Apart from 2009’s Staten Island (a barely noticed crime drama starring Ethan Hawke), the Island’s main claim to fame on the big screen has been when it doubled for other places in movies: The Godfather (Long Island), Safe Men (Rhode Island, weirdly enough), and School of Rock, where the venerable St. George Theatre was the setting for the final battle of the bands, though the location was never identified. The theater also performed double-duty on TV’s Smash, where it served as both »
- Ivan Cohen
Last summer, Movieweb was invited by Sony Pictures to the set of Goosebumps in Atlanta, Georgia. Goosebumps, for anyone living under a rock for the last thirty years, is a collection of children's horror books by author R.L. Stine. Stine is one of the best-selling writers in history with over four hundred million books sold. Goosebumps has had several adaptations over the years, but this is the first big-budget, Hollywood movie. Goosebumps is produced by Scholastic Media's Executive Vice-President, Deborah Forte; an industry stalwart who was also responsible for the popular 90s TV show based on the books. Jack Black stars with direction by animation and effects veteran Rob Letterman.
Our first note from Sony was to wear proper shoes. This is what you want to hear as a reporter attending a movie set. Why? Because the odds of just sitting around in a studio for hours watching takes is substantially decreased. »
The movie, based on the Graeme Simsion novel, centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a science-based survey to find the perfect mate — only to see those theories splintered when he meets the spontaneous Rosie Jarman (played by Lawrence), who possesses the opposite qualities.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who teamed on “(500) Days of Summer,” have revised Simsion’s adaptation of the novel. “The Lego Movie” co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were initially interested, but have opted to take on Disney’s Han Solo “Star Wars” standalone movie.
Paramount announced Monday that it will release Linklater’s baseball comedy — formerly titled “That’s What I’m Talking About »
- Dave McNary
Well, here’s some news that won’t make Happyish‘s Thom Payne any less depressed: TVLine has confirmed that the Showtime comedy will not return for a second season.
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Originally a vehicle for Philip Seymour-Hoffman — who filmed an unaired pilot before his death in 2014 — Happyish eventually starred Steve Coogan as Thom, a downtrodden advertiser forced to accept that he might never be fully happy in his life. As you might imagine, this was wonderful news to his angry artist wife Lee (Kathryn Hahn »
Going on a set visit is a bit like going on a blind date. Despite a detailed itinerary, you never really know what you’ve signed up for. But if you’re lucky it will make a great story later. A little over a year ago, I went on a date with “Goosebumps.” By the end of it, I was muddy, had surreptitiously broken part of a set, had my picture taken with a dummy, and fallen down a nostalgia rabbit hole deep enough to drown in. Climb inside my brain for a front row seat to the ups and downs of visiting the set of “Goosebumps”! Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment #1: Sweet mercy, the Georgia tax incentives must be Amazing to justify filming anything in this heat. I am being slowly suffocated by a moist blanket of air. Please Lord, take me now. #2: Blessed is Willis Carrier, »
- Donna Dickens
With a trailer on the horizon, the first poster has arrived online for Goosebumps, the upcoming movie adaptation of R.L. Stine’s series of children’s horror books, and you can check it out right here…
See Also: Meet the monsters of Goosebumps
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping »
- Gary Collinson
Fox is teaming up with Mad Men writers André Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton to write and executive produce an event series based on the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction. The one-hour series is being developed through Paramount Television, with the Fox Broadcasting Company commissioning the script. Fox's president of entertainment, David Madden, developed the original Fatal Attraction movie while working as a Paramount executive.
No specific plot details were released, but the event series will follow a married man's affair that haunts him in deadly ways. The original thriller, directed by Adrian Lyne, centered on Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas), a wealthy lawyer who has a weekend fling with a publishing executive named Alex Forest (Glenn Close) that leads to the deranged woman stalking his family. The movie spawned the popular term "bunny boiler", after one of the thriller's most memorable scenes where Alex literally boils a rabbit.
André Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton »
Eight years after the popular teen drama ended its TV run, The O.C. is being revived for a musical version. Directed/adapted by Jordan Ross and produced by Lindsey Rosin, the one-night-only event will take place August 30th in Los Angeles, Variety reports.
Casting information has not been announced, but the roles of Luke Ward and Kirsten Cohen have reportedly been secured. Adding a meta feel, O.C. creator Josh Schwartz will also be characterized for the production, albeit with a non-singing role.
The O.C. debuted on Fox in 2003 and »
The film, which is written and directed by Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”), stars Dakota Fanning (“Night Moves,” “The Runaways” and the upcoming “Franny”), Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “Lawless”) and Carice van Houten (“Black Book,” “Valkyrie”). Fanning stars as Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and chased by Pearce’s character, the diabolical Preacher. The movie is described as “a vivid and powerful epic of one woman’s defiant resistance.”
Els Vandevorst (“Winter in Wartime,” “The Surprise,” “Dogville”) of Holland’s N279 Entertainment produces, alongside Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) of X-Filme. Antonino Lombardo of Belgium’s Prime Time, »
- Leo Barraclough
In HBO’s The Brink, which premiered Sunday, a low-level bureaucrat, a drug-dealing navy commander and the U.S. Secretary of State were faced with the rise of a schizophrenic dictator and the dawn of World War III.
The dark comedy, starring Jack Black (School of Rock), Tim Robbins (Mystic River) and a pornstache-less Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black), is meant to serve as an over-the-top satire on present-day geopolitical affairs. Unfortunately, its heightened reality and trio of drugged-up caricatures make it hard »
With multiplatform content, A-list stars and better programming than ever before, TV is the new cool kid in town. But the smallscreen hasn’t forgotten about the bigscreen.
Feature films have inspired 10 series set to premiere this summer and throughout the upcoming season across broadcast, cable and streaming services.
Before the networks unveiled their 2015-16 slates, even more scripted adaptations of movie screenplays were filtered through the pilot cycle, including NBC’s “Problem Child” sitcom, based on the 1990 John Ritter comedy, which ultimately wasn’t handed a series order. NBC, which until recently was home to both “Parenthood” and “About a Boy,” is now the only big four network not to have a movie adaptation on its upcoming schedule.
Over at CBS, two features and a documentary are being converted into series.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Lord Lloyd Webber’s fall show, School of Rock — The Musical is doing some test marketing with “pre-previews” at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. Although the shows were originally announced as invite-only to theatergoers culled from the lists of Broadway landlords, the composer-producer-theater-owner announced this morning that tickets are available to the general public for tonight’s 7:30 performance. “A limited number of general admission tickets will be available beginning… »
The new pact with Scott Rudin Productions has Rudin developing and producing television projects for Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. All projects developed for Fox will be produced by Twentieth Century Fox TV, and those developed for FX Networks and National Geographic Channel will be produced by FX Productions.
“Scott is an extraordinary creative producer, and we are thrilled he is choosing to bring his unique passion for storytelling and storytellers to Fox’s unique portfolio of studios and channels,” said Peter Rice, chairman-ceo of Fox Networks Group.
Rudin commented, “Peter Rice has been a close collaborator and great friend for years; I’ve had the luck of partnering with Peter on many projects — and I’ve never gone wrong following his lead. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
If the ideas of angels among us comes as a comfort, then you haven’t been watching Syfy’s Dominion.
Don’t worry — this exclusive first look at the series’ Season 2 trailer will bring you up to sacred speed faster than you can say “what a wingspan!”
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Upcoming episodes of the post-apocalyptic series, which returns on Thursday, July 9 (10/9c), will see a continuation of Gabriel and Michael’s ongoing angelic battle at the same time that Claire and David find themselves on opposite sides of a human civil war brewing in Vega. »
Brewer is on board to writer and direct the pilot and exec produce the series for Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV. It’s eyed as a possible companion piece for Fox’s mega hit “Empire” although the project is still in the early script stage.
From the small-world department, “Empire” is toplined by Terrence Howard, who starred in Brewer’s breakthrough feature, 2005’s “Hustle and Flow.”
Chris Levinson (“Tyrant”) is set to serve as showrunner and exec producer. Robert Evans, who produced the original Paramount film, and HBO alum Sue Naegle are also on board as exec producers. Robert Evans Co.’s James Sikura will co-exec produce.
Like the movie, the TV adaptation of “Urban Cowboy” will follow the star-crossed relationship of Sissy »
- Cynthia Littleton
Paramount Television has named Jessica Rovins its new exec vice president of communications, Variety has learned.
Rovins is currently senior vice president of publicity at Paramount Pictures and will stay on to oversee coverage of upcoming summer releases “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and “Terminator Genisys” before transitioning into her new role. She will report to Paramount TV president Amy Powell.
“I have had the privilege to work with Jessica for many years now and am thrilled that she will be joining our team as we continue to grow our portfolio,” said Powell. “She is valued by both the media and our creative partners as a strategic and talented executive, and I know she will play a critical role in shaping the television studio and our story going forward.”
- Whitney Friedlander
Jack Black movie “Micronations” has found a producer in the Buffalo Film Company. The comedy will reunite the “School of Rock” funnyman with director Jared Hess; the duo previously worked together on “Nacho Libre.” The “Micronations” screenplay was penned by “New Girl” writers Robert Snow and Christian Magalhaes. Brandt Andersen, Dave Hunter and Hess are producing the film under their newly launched banner Buffalo Film Company. Jack Black‘s company, Electric Dynamite, and Damon Ross (also of “Nacho Libre”) will produce as well. In “Micronations,” a lovable oddball finds a place to belong among the bizarre and ridiculous world of “do-it-yourself countries, »
- Tony Maglio
Good news for Comingsoon.net's Joshua Starnes. He can recycle his critique of Pitch Perfect (2012) for its sequel: "Pitch Perfect isn't particularly bad. It isn't particularly anything. And that's what's most disappointing about it."
The low-costing original Pitch took in $113,042,075 worldwide on a production budget of $17 million, which deemed it the second highest grossing comedy/musical since 1984, losing the top spot only to School of Rock (2003). No wonder there is a follow-up.
The semi-sad result is that although Pitch 2 is mostly painless, with several fine musical numbers, especially Snoop Dogg's Christmas duet with Anna Kendrick's Beta, the dialogue voiced between the often agreeable a cappella chorals seldom rises above the lame. "I'd like to be the brisket in that man sandwich" is possibly passable. "The air we're breathing now is 90% fart" isn't. "Fart" also appears as a password to get into a party of sorts, but it must »
- Brandon Judell
Next week marks the 35th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and it will be screening during the 16th season of Film on the Rocks on June 9th. Also in this round-up: a Dark Was the Night trailer and listing information for the house from Poltergeist.
The Shining 35th Anniversary Screening: Press Release -- "Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues announced the line-up for the 2015 edition of Film on the Rocks (Fotr). Presented by Pepsi, the 16th season includes nine events throughout the summer. Each film is preceded by a live concert and local comedian, courtesy of Comedy Works.
"Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start to Summer and Film on the Rocks is a Colorado Summer tradition," said Britta Erickson, Festival Director for the Denver Film Society. "We are so excited to kick off the season on the holiday weekend and bring cult-classic and fan-favorite films, great »
- Tamika Jones
Exclusive: Mia Wasikowska thriller goes to France, Germany ahead of June 15 shoot.
Writer-director Martin Koolhoven’s (Winter in Wartime) upcoming thriller Brimstone, starring Mia Wasikowska (Maps to the Stars), Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker), Robert Pattinson (Twilight Saga) and Carice van Houten (Black Book), has closed key deals and added finance ahead of its June 15 shoot.
Among pre-sales to close for Embankment Films are Germany (Koch Media) and France (The Jokers Films) with savvy French outfit Back-Up Media and Holland’s N279 Entertainment arranging financing on the film with London-based New Sparta Films and Filmwave.
In Brimstone, Wasikowska will play a heroine on the run from her past, chased by a diabolical preacher played by Pearce. Set in the American West, Paterson is set to play an outlaw.
The film will shoot in Romania, Spain and Germany »
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