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The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.
Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.
And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »
- Brian Welk
In summers past, Hollywood used to give audiences a break from all the action-packed sequels targeted to teenage boys. Usually, that came in the form of counterprogramming known as the romantic comedy. For most of the late ’90s, Julia Roberts carried the genre: she opened 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which grossed nearly $300 million worldwide, against the disastrous “Batman and Robin.” She was also the star of such summertime hits as 1999’s “Notting Hill” ($364 million worldwide), “Runaway Bride” ($309 million) and 2001’s “America’s Sweethearts” ($138 million), which marked the end of her reign as the queen of romantic comedies.
One of the reasons that the summer of 2014 has been so catastrophic, with box office grosses down 18 percent, is the glut of indistinguishable product. Every movie, from “Transformers 4” to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” feels like a photocopy of something that came before it. But the biggest profit margins aren’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
The Wire creator David Simon has set up a new series at HBO called Show Me a Hero. It will be a six-hour miniseries based on the civil rights book of the same name written by Lisa Belkin. Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VII) and Catherine Keener (The 40 Year Old Virgin) will star in the series.
The story follows "a young Yonkers mayor who is faced with a federal court order requiring that he build a small number of low-income housing units in his town’s Caucasian neighborhoods. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the entire municipal government and, ultimately, destroys [him] and his political future. The series takes place in the 1980s and 90s."
Isaac will play Nick Wasicsko in the story, "the politiican at the center of this controversy." Keener is set to play Mary Dorman, "an East Yonkers homeowner who comes to »
- Joey Paur
The actress will drop by Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Season 2 premiere, airing Sept. 28 on Fox, EW.com reports.
Related Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2 Poster Promises Same Shift on a Different Day — Plus: An ‘Artsy’ Photo Shoot Video
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See David Simon at the Observer's Ideas festival, 12 October
Simon, who will co-write the show with William F. Zorni, has assembled some blue-chip talent to back him up. Paul Haggis, whose 2004 film Crash won a best picture Oscar, is to direct, with Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener to take starring roles. Isaac broke through with his leading role in the Coen brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis, and is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII, while Keener is celebrated for her subtle work in anything from broad comedy (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) to drama (Synecdoche, New York).
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Not just a great comedian, but a savvy businessman, Steve Carell has been producing his own vehicles since the 2005 smash hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Now, hot on the heels of the debut of his latest project -- the celebrity-studded game show Riot -- Carell has sold a new venture to Disney. This one called Brooklyn Family Robinson. THR reports Steve Carell will produce and star in Brooklyn Family Robinson, a family adventure comedy penned by David Reynolds, writer of the beloved Pixar classic Finding Nemo. The project will reteam Carell with the House of Mouse, which recently wrapped on Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, in which the former Office star appears alongside Bella Thorne, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Jennifer Coolidge and Dick Van Dyke. A cast like that suggests that Disney can dig deep to build a fantastic ensemble to stand beside Carell for Brooklyn »
Thanks to NY Times, we now have the first photo from the set of the upcoming "Trainwreck" comedy, which is directed by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin). Check it out below. While Apatow usually writes his own scripts, this time, the script is provided by Amy Schumer, who has gained popularity thanks to her Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer." She not only wrote the script, but is starring in the film alongside Bill Hader, Daniel Radcliffe, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Ezra Miller, LeBron James, and Method Man. We don't know too much about the plot, but it's been said that Schumer plays "a basket case who tries to rebuild her life." The new movie is set to hit theaters on July 24th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
A glob of stray semen is slathered on as impromptu hair gel. A high school flutist describes all the graphic details of her "one time at band camp." A slobbering frat boy climbs a ladder for a close look at disrobing co-eds — a glimpse so revelatory that he plummets backward without batting an eye. Raunch-comedy history is littered with off-color climaxes, and the genre hasn't blown its load quite yet.
Barely Legal: 30 Nearly Pornographic Films
From full-blown sex romps to softcore substitutes spruced up with gags, Hollywood's history of »
While actor Steve Carell is primarily known for his role in films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Anchorman, the actor has also received acclaim for his dramatic turn in movies such as Little Miss Sunshine and The Way Way Back. With a varied career that includes dramas alongside romantic and comedic fare, Channing Tatum has similarly gained an umber of fans over the course of his career, leading many to be intrigued at the news that the two actors would be working together on their next project. Titled Foxcatcher, the film is directed by Bennett Miller, working from a script by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, and Tatum and Carell star alongside Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see the film at Cannes 2014, and our review can be read here. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
After the modest performances of This is 40 ($67.5 million) and Funny People ($51.8 million), director Judd Apatow might need a little magic to reclaim the box-office dominance of Knocked Up ($148 million) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin ($109.4M). Which might explain why he.s leaning on the world.s most powerful wizard for his next comedy, the Amy Schumer-led Trainwreck. The Internet caught fire today with bizarre pictures of Harry Potter sensation Daniel Radcliffe smoking and walking around New York City with a pack of dogs. Has Daniel Radcliffe fallen on hard times after the Harry Potter franchise wrapped? Is he killing time between performances on Broadway in The Cripple of Inishmaan by walking packs of posh Upper East Side pooches? Neither, as it seems. As the day progressed, Daniel Radcliffe was linked to a possible cameo in Judd Apatow.s comedy Trainwreck, built around the brilliantly funny Amy Schumer. Twitter user »
It’s not so much that the world needs yet another spoof of romantic comedies. Whether it’s through direct parodies like Date Movie, or through reinventions like The 40 Year-Old Virgin, the genre has had enough holes poked in it over the years. Even without those films, we’ve groaned through the clichés enough times on our own. But David Wain’s rom-com spoof They Came Together, which on paper sounds like it’s way late to the party, sneaks up on you. Taking pretty much every rom-com trope and distilling it into highly concentrated ridiculousness, Wain’s film is both a takedown and a tribute: As with his summer-camp-movie spoof Wet Hot American Summer, you walk away with a renewed love for the genre.They Came Together starts off as a variation on You’ve Got Mail (which itself was a variation on The Shop Around the Corner). Amy Poehler is Molly, »
- Bilge Ebiri
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its 2014 invitees to join the Academy, and the list has plenty of familiar faces.
Of the 271 invitees, 20 are actors, 11 are directors, 19 are writers, and 12 are composers. Many were nominees or winners of Oscars this year.
"This year's class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today," said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement. "Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy."
Some of the actors who will join the fold this year include: Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"); Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Enough Said"); Best Supporting Actor nominees Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave") and Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips"); Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games"); Clark Gregg ("The Avengers"); Best Supporting Actress nominee June Squibb ("Nebraska"); and Jason Statham. »
- Katie Roberts
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
David Javerbaum, who was a former head writer on The Daily Show, will write the script based on his pitch to Summit Entertainment, which follows five United Nations delegates who embark on a road trip to find one of their lost lovers. No details were given for Ken Jeong's character, and it isn't known if Steve Carell plans on starring as well, or if he will only produce.
The project will mark Ken Jeong's first leading role in a studio project, following memorable turns in The Hangover trilogy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pain & Gain, along with voice roles in Despicable Me 2, Turbo and the upcoming The Penguins of Madagascar. The former doctor-turned-actor is also attached to star in The Duff and Truth or Dare.
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the “Think Like a Man” sequel “Think Like a Man Too” starring Kevin Hart and Taraji P. Henson!
“Think Like a Man Too,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on June 20, 2014, also stars Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union, Adam Brody, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Dennis Haysbert, Terrence Jenkins, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Tim Story, Keith Merryman and David A. Newman from director Tim Story and writers Keith Merryman and David A. Newman.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This post is in partnership with Cadillac Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants will make a short film over a single weekend in late June, and the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. We caught up with Seth Rogen at the PGA-sponsored Produced By Conference on the Warners lot where he, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver were offering advice that might be useful for aspiring filmmakers planning to enter. Although they currently have Neighbors in theaters — which a weary Goldberg said there’s already discussions about making a sequel — the three men were not in attendance to promote any project in particular. They primarily discussed their history together and, best of all, the kinds of stories they’re interested in and how they want to go »
- Jack Giroux
In the highly anticipated sequel, Think Like A Man Too, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.
All the original comedy’s stars return––La La Anthony (“La La’s Full Court Life,” Baggage Claim), Michael Ealy (“Almost Human,” About Last Night), Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”), Meagan Good (Anchorman 2, “Deception,”), Regina Hall (Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie), Kevin Hart (Ride Along, Let Me Explain), Taraji P. Henson (“Person of Interest,” No Good Deed), Terrence J (“E! News,” Baggage Claim), Jenifer Lewis (Baggage Claim), Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Gary Owen (Ride Along, Little Man) and Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane,” Cadillac Records). Adam Brody (Lovelace, »
- Movie Geeks
The onslaught of adaptations of Young Adult fiction continues with The D.U.F.F – an upcoming movie from CBS Films, which has just added award-winning Allison Janney to its cast. Based on the debut novel of author Kody Keplinger, the film has Academy Award winner Ari Sandel (Aim High) on board to direct, from a screenplay penned by Josh A. Cagan (Undergrads).
With Mae Whitman (Arrested Development) in the lead role, the story sees a high school senior devastated as her happy world is shaken by the realization that her fellow students routinely refer to her as The D.U.F.F (Designated Ugly Fat Friend to pretty students). Incensed, she drafts in the help of a male friend (Robbie Amell from The Tomorrow People) to aid in her personal reinvention, as she moves to undermine the school’s ruthless label maker (Bella Thorne from Blended).
The cast also »
- Sarah Myles
To mark the release of Family Guy Season 13 on 9th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Reaching new heights of outrageous comedy Season 13 of Family Guy delivers 22 jaw-droppingly funny episodes, including fan-favourite Into Fat Air, where the Griffins climb that small hill, Mount Everest. Elsewhere, the comedy jackpot is hit in Roads to Vegas and the smash hit animation celebrates its milestone 200th episode in Yug Ylimaf, in which Brian and Stewie develop a curious case of reverse aging thanks to a time machine foul-up. Emmy Award® winning creator Seth MacFarlane (Ted, A Million Ways to Die in The West) continues to flaunt the creatively absurd as Lois battles mid-life crisis and Meg face’s a love triangle with a boy and her own brother Chris.
“We are having a lot of discussions,” the actor told an audience of about 400 in the opening panel at Saturday’s Produced By conference at the Warner Bros. lot.
In a wide ranging-discussion moderated by Producers Guild of America co-president Mark Gordon , Rogen stressed that he and his partners will continue specializing in low-budget R-rated comedies through their Point Grey production company.
Rogen asserted that — following a long series of studio notes — he cut the budget for “Neighbors” in half to $18 million to minimize interference by studio execs. “At least we didn’t make a movie we hate and had to work on for a year and a half,” he added.
Rogen also revealed that he’s attempting to pull together the “Jazz Cops” project, »
- Dave McNary
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