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“This is going to be a lot of fun watching people get killed!”
So joked director Jason Reitman as he kicked off the latest installment of Film Independent’s popular Live Read series on Thursday night with perhaps his boldest selection yet: Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”
At the event, which returned to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art following last month’s sojourn to downtown L.A., Reitman praised the gangster classic as having “a perfect screenplay.”
To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Reitman cast a fresh ensemble of actors, including Laurence Fishburne (in the part originated by Robert De Niro) and Fred Savage (in Ray Liotta’s signature role), to read the Oscar-nominated screenplay before a live audience.
Before the show began, »
- Matthew Chernov
As Netflix continues to expand internationally, Ted Sarandos said he’s got sights on offering as many as 20 original scripted series per year as he sat in conversation with Netflix-friendly creators Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) on Wednesday at Natpe. “I think we can launch — successfully, high quality — around 20 original scripted shows a year, which means every 2 1/2 to three weeks you're launching a new season or a new show on… »
- Jen Yamato
As Netflix continues to expand internationally, Ted Sarandos said he’s got sights on offering as many as 20 original scripted series per year as he sat in conversation with Netflix-friendly creators Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) on Wednesday at Natpe.
“I think we can launch — successfully, high quality — around 20 original scripted shows a year, which means every 2 1/2 to three weeks you’re launching a new season or a new show on Netflix meant to be for really diverse tastes all around the world,” he said.
The question came in reference to Netflix’s recent original series Marco Polo, a $90 million production that drew mixed reviews but, he said, played extremely well overseas. “The launch and completion rates were comparable with Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards, and more than that it’s happening around the world at the same time,” Sarandos said. »
- Jen Yamato
The goal is to serve “really diverse tastes all around the world,” Sarandos said during a Q&A with “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz and “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, held as part of the Natpe confab.
Netflix is focused on having a broad menu of original shows that target different niches.
“We really are not trying to define the brand by any one show,” he said.
The new show will “reposition Chelsea away from what she was at E,” he said. “The show became something she was not happy with.” He said the focus would be on interview, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Image courtesy of Collider
Two shows starring Will Arnett are not enough for Netflix as the streaming service is set to bring the actor on for another series.
The show will take place in Venice, California and star Arnett as a self-appointed “guru” who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Arnett co-created and co-wrote the “serio-comic” series with Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz will serve as an executive producer. Arnett has been steadily working lately with the short-lived CBS show The Millers, an appearance Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and voicing Batman in The Lego Movie. While there have been murmurs of another season of Arrested Development on the horizon, »
- Zach Dennis
There were a lot of quick finishes and long soliloquies last night, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There was also a legends panel and a Raw reunion, not all of which was necessarily great. But all anyone will remember is Sting staring down Triple H and Brock Lesnar launching Big Show like he was a duffel bag stuffed with down.
So without either of my feet touching the floor, here are the five things I took away (in addition to some sidebar observations) from the January 19, pre-Royal Rumble edition of Raw. »
The slate of upcoming productions at Netflix just got a little more exciting, with the news that the streaming channel has acquired a new series from fan favourite Will Arnett. Described as “serio-comic” in nature, the 8 episode first season of Flaked is planned to debut in 2016, with Arnett in the lead role. The star is also co-writing the show with Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret), and executive producing alongside Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development), Ben Silverman (The Office) and Peter Principato (Black-ish).
The synopsis suggests a plot that will provide an ample showcase for Will Arnett’s particular skill-set:
“Set in the insular world of Venice, California, Flaked is the serio-comedy story of a self-appointed “guru” who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon, the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullsh*t that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel. Arnett plays Chip, »
- Sarah Myles
It’s safe to say that Will Arnett really likes Netflix, and the feeling appears to be mutual. The streaming service has ordered a new comedy series entitled Flake that was created by and will star the writer/actor. Per The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story, Flaked is “set in the insular world of Venice, Calif.” and is “the serio-comic story of a self-appointed ‘guru,’ Chip, who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bull[crap] that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel.” Netflix has ordered eight episode of Flaked, which will be written by Arnett and co-creator Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret). Ben Silverman, Peter Principato, and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz will all serve as executive producers on the series, which will debut on Netlfix, in all territories, in 2016. “We are »
- Chris King
Netflix appears to like working with Will Arnett. The streaming service has ordered the actor’s comedy series Flaked for exclusive distribution.
Eight episodes of Flaked will follow the story of Chip (played by Arnett), a man who falls for his best friend’s fixation of interest and must struggle to keep up his self-appointed “guru” image as his web of lies starts to fall apart around him. Netflix will produce the show co-created and co-written by executive producers Arnett and Mark Chappell (of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret). Ben Silverman, Peter Principato, and Mitch Hurwitz will also executive produce. Silverman’s Electus studio will provide production services along with Principato-Young.
"We're very excited to partner with Netflix-- the home of original, original content -- and the network I knew would be the ideal home for this passion project,” said Arnett in the release.
Arnett is already a »
- Bree Brouwer
Will Arnett already stars in Arrested Development and Bojack Horseman, and now he's getting a third Netflix project, just in case he was thinking of leaving the office once in a while. It's an eight-episode TV show called Flaked, and it'll star Arnett as an L.A. lifestyle guru who falls for his best friend's crush. Arnett's writing the show alongside Todd Margaret's Mark Chappell, and Mitch Hurwitz is helping executive-produce — it's the Running Wilde reunion fans have been clamoring for for years! »
- Nate Jones
Netflix isn't "Horsin' Around" when it comes to Will Arnett. The streaming service has ordered a new series starring the "Arrested Development" and "Bojack Horseman" actor, which will premiere in 2016. That's right. If you're counting, this will be the third original Netflix series featuring Arnett. Netflix's summary: "Set in the insular world of Venice, California, 'Flaked' is the serio-comic story of a self-appointed 'guru' who falls for the object of his best friend's fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel. Arnett plays Chip, a man doing his honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies." So Arnett will be playing a manipulative ego monster... Hmmm. Well. It's nice to see him stretching. But in seriousness, "Flaked" could be interesting. Netflix has yet to make any huge mistakes in »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Series will follow a self-appointed guru struggling to stay a step ahead of his own lies
Arnett, who voices the title character in Netflix’s animated offering “BoJack Horseman” and starred as Gob in the Netflix revival of “Arrested Development,” has landed a new comedy series, “Flaked,” with Netflix.
In addition to starring in the series, Arnett co-created and co-wrote it with Mark Chappell (“The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”), who is also executive producing the series with Arnett.
Set in Venice, »
- Tim Kenneally
Will Arnett is already plotting his post-Millers TV comeback.
The former Arrested Development star has been tapped to lead Flaked, a new comedy series for Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Arnett plays a self-appointed guru named Chip who inadvertently falls in love with his best friend’s crush.
Arnett will write Flaked with co-creator Mark Chappell (The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret). The two will executive-produce the series alongside Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Peter Principato (Blask-ish).
Ordered for eight episodes, Flaked will premiere on Netflix in 2016.
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"Flaked" will be an eight-episode comedy centered around Chip (Arnett), a so-called "guru" in Venice, California who falls for his best friend's crush, and then attempts "to stay one step ahead of his own lies," per an official synopsis. Arnett co-created and co-wrote the series with Mark Chappell ("The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret"), and is also re-teaming with his "Arrested" boss Mitch Hurwitz, who is co-executive producing the project.
"We're very excited to partner with Netflix -- the home of original, original content - and the network I knew would be the ideal home for this passion project," Arnett said in a statement.
"We are thrilled to be the home of Will Arnett's next series, and look forward to Chip joining his repertoire »
- Katie Roberts
Not content with simply being part of the cast for Arrested Development or voicing the title character in the streaming service’s oddball Hollywood ‘toon BoJack Horseman, Will Arnett is next set to co-create and star in a show for Netflix. He’s one of the people behind the new comedy Flaked.The sitcom, which he’s working on with The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret’s Mark Chappell, will find Arnett playing a role that seems well suited to his usual blowhard style. Flaked follows a self-appointed guru in Venice, California named Chip who has built a web of half-truths and full lies around his adopted personality. But when he falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination, the shell of nonsense he’s so carefully constructed starts to fall apart, bringing down his image and any claim to sobriety with it.Arnett has roped in »
TCA 2015: The comedies will air in April
The debut season of “Comedians” will feature 13 episodes of the new series.
On “The Comedians,” Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, »
- Itay Hod
Amazon, the online shopping destination slash purveyor of e-books slash TV and movie production house has already proven quite capable of handling original series. Its freshman comedy “Transparent” nabbed two prestigious Golden Globes just this past weekend. Jeffrey Tambor (of “Arrested Development” fame, among many other things) took home the prize for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series, and the show itself won best show in the musical/comedy category. Could "Bosch" big their next big hit? Amazon Studios has released a trailer for its upcoming series. Based on the novels by Michael Connelly, the show centers on Los Angeles homicide detective Harry Bosch, whose mother — a prostitute — was murdered when Bosch was just a boy. That death helped turn Bosch into the man he is today, a cop on trial for fatally shooting a suspected serial killer. Titus Welliver plays the titular troubled detective. Welliver is »
- Zach Hollwedel
The first look of new character posters for the upcoming comedy “The Duff” were released Wednesday.
Mae Whitman plays Bianca, a high school senior who is shocked to learn she’s considered the Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) of her more attractive best friends. Determined not to let herself be remembered this way by her graduating class, she enlists »
- Joe Otterson
Ellen DeGeneres is taking a stand against recent allegations that she's pushing a gay agenda on her young viewers.
Taking a break from from the usual jokes, Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none Ellen got serious for a moment during her monologue on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, to address a recent Christian Post article that criticizes the 56-year-old daytime host -- amongst other TV shows and films -- for pushing a gay agenda.
"The indoctrination and propaganda coming from those advocating a gay lifestyle in our country, classrooms and culture are increasing," pastor and author Larry Tomczak wrote in an article titled "Are You Aware of the Avalanche of Gay Programming Assaulting Your Home?."
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"All of us need to take note and take action to guard those we love," he continued before specifically calling out Ellen in the article, alleging that she uses her popular guests to influence »
With Smith himself portraying one of the film’s monsters, he’s had to shave his trademark beard in order for the necessary prosthetics to be applied, and the filmmaker has taken to Twitter to post a picture of his clean-shaven self, along with a snap of him in first stage of prosthetics…
Yoga Hosers sees Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp leading the cast as convenience store clerks Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who team up with Depp’s Guy Lapointe in order to battle an ancient evil. Also featuring in the cast are Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf »
- Gary Collinson
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