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Kristen Johnston Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Real Life’ From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators

Kristen Johnston Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Real Life’ From ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators
Kristen Johnston has joined the cast of the CBS comedy pilot “Real Life,” which hails from the creators of “How I Met Your Mother,” Variety has learned.

“Real Life” chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office. Rebecca Rittenhouse is playing the female lead, Nora. Her male co-lead has yet to be cast.

Johnston will play Nora’s boss, Beverly, who is described as loud, confident and fabulous — on most days.

Along with Rittenhouse and Johnston, previously announced cast members include Brenda Song, who will play Nora’s best friend and roommate, plus Lucas Hazlett, who will play Nora’s co-worker in human resources at her office.

“Real Life” was written by Hilary Winston, who will serve as executive producer with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman who’s directing the pilot. Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios are
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Rob Burnett On ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’: “Once You Have Paul Rudd, You Have A Movie” – Sundance Studio

Rob Burnett On ‘The Fundamentals Of Caring’: “Once You Have Paul Rudd, You Have A Movie” – Sundance Studio
While Emmy-winning Late Show With David Letterman Ep Rob Burnett has been behind a number of TV shows such as Bonnie, Strangers With Candy and Ed, he also does double duty as a film director. This week he showed up at the Sundance Film Festival with his second feature The Fundamentals Of Caring based on Jonathan Evison’s 2012 novel. “I said to CAA of all the books you sent me, I’d like to buy the one where the guy kills his child by mistake and takes care of a guy with…
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Guidance | Review

Life Coach: Mills’ Debut a Showcase for Own Multi-talents

Toronto based filmmaker Pat Mills makes his directorial debut with Guidance, a dark hearted comedy that gets a lot of traction from exaggerated, inappropriate behavior draping its endearing core. Aping the hook of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Mills manages to surpass David Spade’s limitations with a basic premise that has a myriad of possibilities, and, as far as comedies hinged on adults behaving badly goes, Mills’ film works on a variety of entertaining levels. Director, screenwriter, and star, his strongest asset happens to be himself in an entertaining performance that is as unabashedly off-putting as it is strangely empathetic. His onscreen persona manages to help us overlook some of the film’s minor sleights to the development of supporting characters necessary for the attempted third act pathos. Nevertheless, this is an impressionable first feature, one deserving of attention as
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Chris Pratt's Hollywood transformation in pictures over the years

Chris Pratt's Hollywood transformation in pictures over the years
Chris Pratt looked as though he had undergone a complete Hollywood transformation as he attended the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in Hollywood last night (July 21).

The 35-year-old star, sporting a new spiky hairdo, was looking bronzed and groomed on the red carpet for the Marvel movie, in which he plays the lead role of Star-Lord.

We take a look at the ever-changing Chris Pratt over the years below:

A fresh-faced, curly-haired Chris Pratt attends AMC & Movieline's Hollywood Life Magazine's Young Hollywood Awards in La back in 2002.

A bespectacled Chris Pratt arrives at the 2003 Teen People American Music Awards after-party (honouring Sean Paul!) in Los Angeles.

Chris Pratt looks slightly startled as he attends the screening of Strangers With Candy - a prequel to the acclaimed TV series - at the 2006 CineVegas.

A smiley Pratt arrives at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival opening night of Angelina Jolie's action thriller Wanted.
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Sander/Moses Sells Two Projects, Including Turkish Drama Adaptation With Peter Horton

Exclusive: Turkey is being tipped as one of the potential new hot destinations for formats. Now the country, which straddles Europe and Asia, is making a big entrance into the Us marketplace with the first scripted format set up at a network by American producers, Ghost Whisperer alums Ian Sander and Kim Moses. The project, The End, to be directed and executive produced by Peter Horton and written by feature writer Michael Cooney (Identity), is one of two dramas sold by Sander/Moses Prods., along with The Edge, written by another feature scribe, Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes) and produced by Mark Roberts (Strangers With Candy). Sander and Moses are executive producing both projects while also prepping their midseason CBS drama series, Reckless. The End, which is set up at Fox with 20th TV producing, centers on Lauren Marks who believes she is leading a perfect life — she has a loving husband,
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Harpo taps Valerie Schaer

Valerie Schaer has been named executive vp creative development at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Prods.

Schaer, who starts Aug. 17, comes to Harpo from David Letterman's Worldwide Pants, where she was executive vp, overseeing all production, development, new media and business development.

She will work in partnership with Harriet Seitler, Harpo's executive vp marketing and development, on creating syndication, network, cable, and digital projects.

Schaer will be based in New York and will report to Harpo president Tim Bennett and chairman Oprah Winfrey.

Schaer has spent six years at Worldwide Pants, which produces "Late Show With David Letterman" and "The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson."

She also was producer on the feature "Strangers With Candy" and the feature documentary "The Youngest Candidate."

Schaer was executive vp programming and development at Universal Domestic TV from 1999-2003, where she developed such syndicated series as "Crossing Over With John Edward."

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Chandra Wilson butches up Broadway

While Chandra Wilson might be in limbo for the next season of Grey's Anatomy, she's not going anywhere out of the spotlight. Starting today, she'll be playing Matron Mama Morton on the Broadway production of Chicago, a role made famous in the film version by Queen Latifah.

Wilson recently spoke to The Advocate about her new role and what could be coming up for Callie and Arizona on Grey's:

On Mama Morton's butch qualities:

When someone new takes over a role, the company doesn't change anything from the script, but they do lay it all out there and let people take from it what they take from it. So sometimes, depending on who's playing Mama, it might sound crazy calling Mama butch. I decided that I'll give Mama her look, her walk, and her demeanor, and then I'll let the words fall where they fall.

Queen Latifah in "Chicago"

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Granada eyes country songs for drama series

Granada eyes country songs for drama series
Country songs sure can tell stories. Now TV production company Granada America wants to make some of those stories into a series of one-hour TV dramas.

The film-producing duo of Mark Roberts and Lorena David ("Strangers With Candy," "Extreme Dating") pitched the project to Granada and will executive produce it with veteran music supervisor Joel C. High of Creative Control Entertainment. Dubbed "American Storytellers," the series will have access to least seven songs from Sony/Atv Music Publishing as well as works by other publishers to be named.

"We have worked with them for upwards of two years to find the right songs for the project," Sony/Atv Nashville president Troy Tomlinson said. "The music was to be the driving force behind the series."

The music publisher boasts a formidable country catalog that includes classics by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Roger Miller as well as recent hits by Taylor Swift,
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8th CineVegas to unspool 'Candy,' 'Lies'

8th CineVegas to unspool 'Candy,' 'Lies'
The 2006 CineVegas Film Festival will open June 9 with the Paul Dinello comedy Strangers With Candy, and closes June 17 with the U.S. premiere of The Alibi, a romantic dramedy from Matt Checkowski and Kurt Mattila. Candy is the prequel to the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series of the same name and stars Amy Sedaris as a 46-year-old ex-con who returns to high school. Alibis focuses on an ex-confidence man (Steve Coogan) who runs an alibi service for adulterous husbands and finds himself in a jam with a new client. Among the festival's programs is the Jackpot Premieres section, which will unveil drug drama 5 Up 2 Down, directed by Steven Kessler; and the psychological thriller Danika, directed by Ariel Vromen and starring Oscar winner Marisa Tomei.

Warner Indpendent Pictures sweet on 'Candy'

PARK CITY -- Warner Independent Pictures acquired its second film of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday as it picked up Strangers With Candy, starring comedian Amy Sedaris. The film, in which Sedaris plays an ex-con who returns to high school after 32 years in jail, couldn't be more different from WIP's first acquisition, the penguin documentary The Emperor's Journey. In other acquisitions action late Thursday, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions acquired domestic rights to the provocative high school comedy Pretty Persuasion, starring Evan Rachel Wood and James Woods, for something less than $1 million. WIP purchased North American rights to Strangers, produced by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company and Lorena David and Mark Roberts of Roberts/David Films. The brainchild of Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, Strangers With Candy began as a cult television show on Comedy Central. Dinello directed the feature film.

'Candy' lures ensemble cast

Not everyone is afraid of Strangers With Candy. Dan Hedaya, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ian Holm, Allison Janney, Kristen Johnston, Chris Pratt, Deborah Rush and Justin Theroux have signed on to star in the feature film version of the cult hit Comedy Central series. The actors join original cast members and creators Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert in the film, which is lensing in New Jersey with Dinello at the helm. As previously reported, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick also have roles in the film.

The Vine: Broderick, Parker sweet on 'Candy'

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker aren't afraid of Strangers With Candy. The couple have agreed to star in a feature film based on the Comedy Central series, their respective reps have confirmed. Their attachment comes as a result of a close friendship with Amy Sedaris, the co-creator and star of the cult series. There is no formal deal for Broderick and Parker, and it is still unclear what characters they will be playing. Filming of the project, which is being produced by Mark Roberts and Lorena David, is set to start in June in New York City. The Strangers With Candy show starred Sedaris alongside fellow co-creators Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert and aired for three seasons on Comedy Central beginning in 1999. It is a dark satire of moralistic afterschool specials starring Sedaris as Jerri, a frumpy and unattractive outcast who returned to high school after 30 years of hard living on the streets and in prison. However, the rough times don't end at school as, while trying to shed her immoral past, she's forced to mix and mingle with kids who are hipper, more beautiful and more popular than she is. Sedaris, Dinello and Colbert are writing the script with a director to be announced shortly. Sedaris previously teamed with Parker on Sex and the City, playing Carrie Bradshaw's editor. Broderick is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment. Parker is repped by CAA.

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