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Ron Hogan Jul 7, 2016
Preacher continues to find comedy in violence, yet displays some degree of thoughtfulness too...
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Preacher, on the surface, isn't really a fit for AMC. It's going to be controversial, if it's not already. There's no way a show like this can avoid courting controversy. The language and situations have been toned down. However, that hasn't been detrimental to the show; if anything, not being able to lean on profanity and scatological humor has helped the show be a little less juvenile while still being true to the source material. Sure, there are things they can't do, but there are a lot of things that they can do, and in some cases, implied violence works much better than showing actual violence. On a show where people die horribly, the ability to do funny violence makes all the difference between a black comedy and a snuff film. »
If there is a reliable truism that can coexist alongside the American film industry’s dance of death with economically insane budgets that now routinely soar north of $200 million, it is that (most) critics and potential ticket-buyers can be counted on to review bad buzz and publicized woes of dollars and production instead of the actual movie once it finally finds its way to a screen. And it may in fact be true that the drama behind the scenes often outstrips the quality of the wide-screen finished product, though certainly this is not always the case. The reception of big-budget box-office flops like John Carter, The Lone Ranger, Jupiter Ascending and Oliver Stone’s Alexander are but some late examples of our number-crunching obsession with pop culture minutiae and the fascination of a behemoth’s preordained fall. Most who trudged out to see any of these films during their theatrical »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Jason Moring, Double Dutch International president, recently announced seven deals for the picture, "Man Vs." Double Dutch has sold the picture in the following territories: United Kingdom to Metronome, Japan to At Entertainment, Commonwealth of Independent States to Top Film, Pan Asia Pay TV to Fox International, Middle East to Gulf Films, Turkey to Sinema TV, and Thailand to Major Katana.
"Man Vs." follows the host of a hit TV series, 'Man Vs.', Doug Woods is forced to fend for himself for five days in remote locations with no crew, food, or water, only the cameras he carries on his back to film his experiences. Doug's in the remote woods for a routine episode, until he's awoken by an earth-shaking crash. Things get weirder as it becomes clear Doug isn't alone. Someone or something is watching him. Man Vs is a gripping 'found footage' thriller about one man's extraordinary desire to survive at all costs.
"We are very excited to have made these deals for Man Vs," says Moring, "Terror is a universal emotion and Man Vs is terrifying not matter where you are from. Audiences in the UK, Japan and the others are going to be scared well into the night!" »
- Sydney Levine
Deadline is reporting that C3 Entertainment has tapped Harris Goldberg (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) to write and direct The Three Little Stooges, a comedy that will revolve around the adventures of a pre-teen Larry, Moe and Curly.
Although plot details are being kept under wraps, Deadline’s report suggests “it is not an origins story and rather an original tale for family audiences with a view to building a franchise.” Production is expected to get underway in the summer.
C3 Entertainment, the rights holders for The Three Stooges brand, also have another Stooges project in the works, with Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso – stars of the Farrelly Brothers’ 2012 comedy – set to reprise their roles for an action comedy, which remains in development.
- Amie Cranswick
Dear lord, it's come down to this! The Three Stooges are getting a second modern day reboot. Only this time, there is a twist! The Three Little Stooges will show everyone's favorite slapstick trio going on one of their first adventures.
Yes, that's right. The Three Stooges is getting a Pre-Teen reboot. The search is currently on for three 12-year-old boys to play pint-sized versions of Larry, Moe and Curly. The movie is coming from C3 Entertainment, who currently own The Three Little Stooges brand.
C3 Entertainment worked with 20th Century Fox on their 2012 The Three Stooges reboot, which was directed by Bobby Farrelly and his brother Peter Farrelly. The new movie will arrive in North American theaters through Arc Entertainment, with The Exchange handling sales at the Efm next week.
C3 Entertainment is launching a new Three Stooges film franchise with the trio as 12-year-olds in a tentatively titled “The Three Little Stooges” movie.
“Three Little Stooges” will be based on 12-year-old versions of Larry, Moe and Curly. The pic will be a live-action family film with Harris Goldberg directing from his own script. His credits include “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and “The Master of Disguise.”
Arc Entertainment will distribute the film in North America while the Exchange will present the film to international distributors at the Berlin Film Festival this month. C3 Entertainment’s licensing division will handle merchandising and promotional tie-ins for the new film.
Casting director Joey Paul Jensen has launched a nationwide search to find actors to to play the 12-year-old versions of Larry, Moe and Curly. Production is scheduled to begin this summer in Vancouver. »
- Dave McNary
6 items from 2016
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