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Looks like someone is really stepping up their game in the perpetual “I can nap through a movie more consistently than you” competition with Bruce Willis. Steven Seagal, who is only vaguely aware that he’s continued to make movies throughout the 21st century (including, let us never forget, his immortal role as “Cock Puncher” in The Onion Movie), is back with what appears to be his seventh (!) role in 2016, for End Of A Gun. While costar Jade Ewen seems determined to actually act, Seagal once again proves he knows better than to exert effort. Effort, after all, can lead to the heartbreak of sweat. So instead, he sleepily ambles his way through a plot involving a former DEA agent stealing two million dollars from a drug lord, and then going after the blow-dried villain when he kidnaps the woman who helped Seagal.
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- Alex McCown-Levy
MTV has hit the gas on development under the regime installed last fall when former Discovery digital exec Sean Atkins took over as president.
The cabler unveiled more than a dozen new series and specials on tap for the coming year. It also touted another nine development prospects, ranging from a comedic spin on movie news exec produced by Dwayne Johnson to a scripted projects shepherded by Pitbull and Drew Barrymore.
MTV is hoping to dazzle advertising buyers with the breadth of its new slate as its upfront presentation Thursday night at Manhattan’s Skylight at Moynihan Station event space. MTV needs to generate some heat as it has suffered steep ratings declines during the past two years.
“Greatest Movie Show of All Time, This Week” is billed as a weekly comedy talk show that takes on movie news through interviews, sketches and panel discussions. It’s produced by Johnson »
- Cynthia Littleton
In case you need a reminder how flush and competitive the TV landscape is at the moment: Netflix is spending $5 billion dollars on programming this year. So, if you want to keep pace, you have to throw down some cash, and that's exactly what their rivals Amazon are doing. Today it emerged that the online retailer is backing a whole new slate of feature films. From "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway (who is already brewing a new comedy for Amazon titled "I Love Dick"), the studio is developing “Ten Aker Wood,” a coming-of-age story about a woman who leaves her failing marriage and life on a pot farm, and falls in love a biker and his lifestyle. Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages,” “Slums of Beverly Hills”) is working on the drama “Private Life” about a woman in her 40s who will do anything to have a child. Meanwhile, Barry Levinson has a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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