9 items from 2013
Deadline reports that Ellen DeGeneres has sold a comedy to NBC about a lesbian who gets pregnant with her straight best friend just as he meets the love of her life.
Diane Keaton has bought the rights to remake Last Tango in Halifax for American TV, preferably for HBO.
And just to point out that our shows get adapted for other audiences, too, Nigerian TV is getting an African take on Desperate Housewives.
Lee Tergesen will be a part of The Following‘s second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s probably a good bet that his character won’t be what he initially seems.
Tergensen in The River.
- Lyle Masaki
It's taken Terry Zwigoff seven years to fully recover from the debacle of Art School Confidential, a film he said "nearly ended my career." But now the Bad Santa and Ghost World director is ready to come roaring back with two new films in the works. The first, at one point called Justice For Al (though that title seems to have been dropped), stars Portlandia's Fred Armisen as a man framed for a crime and sentenced to house arrest in his parents' home. He recruits his childhood friends to help him clear his name and enact revenge, reliving »
It’s been seven years since acclaimed Ghost World and Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff’s last film, Art School Confidential. The filmmaker’s efforts usually find their own unique cult following and now we have word Nicolas Cage is set to star in Zwigoff’s upcoming offbeat comedy drama, Lost Melody. Cage is expected to take the role of a man who’s trapped in a loveless marriage to a bitter and angry women but falls in love with the local prostitute.
We unsure is this will shoot or be released before Zwigoff’s recently announced untitled project featuring Saturday Night Live alumni Fred Armisen but knowing they’re two projects on the horizon from the Bad Santa helmer is exciting in itself. We’ll keep you posted as the film comes together.
Source: The Wrap
- Craig Hunter
It’s been too long since we saw a film from director Terry Zwigoff. His movies have a cult following and Bad Santa, his most successful movie, has become a holiday staple. Seven years after his last feature, Art School Confidential, Zwigoff might be returning with Lost Melody. According to The Wrap, Nicolas Cage is set to star as “a man who's trapped in a marriage to a shrewish wife and falls in love with a prostitute.” It sounds fairly bland, but I’m assuming that logline doesn’t do justice to the tone and style Zwigoff has planned. It’s worth noting that a few weeks ago, we reported that Zwigoff had also signed on to direct Fred Armisen in an untitled comedy about “a man forced to grow up a second time.” The filmmakers are in the process of trying to finance that picture for a fall shoot. »
- Matt Goldberg
It’s been seven long years since a Terry Zwigoff-helmed film has graced the silver screen -- 2006’s “Art School Confidential” was his last effort, which he said “nearly ended [his] career for good” -- but hot on the heels of his recently announced film with Fred Armisen, Zwigoff is mounting a second film and it looks like he has the interest of the incomparable Nicolas Cage. The Wrap is reporting that Cage is talks to star in “Lost Melody.” Set to be directed by Zwigoff -- and co-written by himself and Melissa Axelrod -- Cage would “play a man who’s trapped in a marriage to a shrewish wife and falls in love with a prostitute.” “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans” aside, Cage’s filmography has been mired with dreck lately but with David Gordon Green’s “Joe” on the horizon and now this, is »
- Cain Rodriguez
Director Terry Zwigoff is not what anyone would call a prolific filmmaker, having started his career with 1985.s Howard Armstrong documentary Louie Bluie, only to follow it nine years later with 1994.s stellar biographical documentary Crumb. Since then? Just three narrative features - Bad Santa, Ghost World, and Art School Confidential - all of which retain differing amounts of cult value. And now here we are in July 2013, reporting the second potential Terry Zwigoff project to pop up just this summer. What, is he going all Terrence Malick now? Because we.d be perfectly fine with that. Not only is Zwigoff going back to the dark comedy genre he performs so wellin, he.s bringing in Nicolas Cage as his leading man, according to The Wrap. The film is titled Lost Melody, and will be produced by Edward R. Pressman and his Pressman Films imprint. In the film Cage will »
The story centers on a man stuck in a marriage to a shrew of a woman, whose life is upended when he falls in love with a prostitute. The man's wife and prostitute have not yet been cast at this time.
Terry Zwigoff is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Melissa Axlerod, who formerly served as the director's assistant on his 2003 comedy Bad Santa. Edward R. Pressman is producing, with Anthony Scaramucci and Jon Katz executive producing. Here's what Edward R. Pressman had to say about the project in a statement.
"When considering a project, I think it most important that the director and the film live in the same universe and Terry certainly achieves this with Lost Melody. I've always wanted to work with Terry and am excited to be teaming on a wonderful »
It has been seven long years since Terry Zwigoff's last film, "Art School Confidential," and as he told us in our candid interview with him last year, it "nearly ended my career for good. It was very hard to get another film going after that. Still trying." Well, it looks like the wheels are finally in motion for Zwigoff to get back behind the camera. The Wrap reveals that "Portlandia" star and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Fred Armisen will star in Zwigoff's "Justice For Al," a project he co-wrote with Melissa Axelrod, who worked on both "Bad Santa" and "Ghost World." The story will center around a man who is framed for a crime, convicted, and sentenced to house arrest, living with his parents in his childhood home, and how, with the help of his friends, he seeks revenge on the person who set him up. It sounds a bit familiar and almost ordinary, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Braff launched the project in April on Kickstarter, and after completing its goal within a matter of days, it was fully funded at just over $3m. at the end of last month.
With much of the leading cast already set, Braff has begun meeting with people to work on the other side of the camera alongside him, and after sitting down with Betsy Heimann, he’s announced that she’s officially on board to be the costume designer for Wish I Was Here.
Heimann’s career spans across three decades, and she has worked on some of the most memorable and acclaimed films over the years, including (but certainly not limited to) Reservoir Dogs, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Art School Confidential, Funny People, and what Braff notes is his personal favourite, »
- Kenji Lloyd
9 items from 2013