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On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Running Time: 1 hr 23 mins
Release Date: June 27, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: Two New Yorkers (Rudd and Poehler) recount the unexpected tale of how they met.
The formula of the romantic comedy remains one of the most unchanged in all of Earth’s science; the gravity of characters within a film of this type can feel more guaranteed than gravity in real life itself. Thus, there is a grandiose amount of catharsis, and stupidly loud baboon-like laughter, to be experienced with David Wain’s They Came Together, a mad man’s giddy concoction that is spirited by its bold, »
- Nick Allen
We don’t see enough of Octavia Spencer in comedy. She has continually and carefully mixed things up throughout her career – appearing in TV dramas such as ER, The X Files and CSI: NY, before taking home an Oscar for 2011’s The Help – but, she is also a gifted comedic performer. She has previously showcased those skills in most notably in Dinner For Schmucks, 30 Rock and Mom – but now she gets to really stretch those funny wings as one of the three leads in the upcoming Las Madres.
In joining this movie, she will star alongside the already cast Leslie Mann, who is riding a wave of box office success created by the recent double-whammy of Rio 2 and The Other Woman. Mann – gifted at comedy herself – had long been biding her time in small supporting roles in films such as The Cable Guy, Big Daddy and The 40 Year Old Virgin, »
- Sarah Myles
The not-long wait is over: The post-Daily Show slot on Comedy Central that is being vacated by The Colbert Report will be filled by The Daily Show’s Larry Wilmore, who has been named as host of The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore.
The Minority Report is slated to begin airing weeknights at 11:30 p.m. in January as Stephen Colbert exits the network in December before taking over for David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show next year. The series, which was created by Daily Show host Jon Stewart, aims to be “a comedic look at news, current events »
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Though Ben Affleck and Matt Damon haven’t appeared together onscreen in starring roles for quite some time, the duo have been trying to get another project off the ground. A few years ago, it looked as though the reunion would happen on a film based on the 1970s baseball scandal involving the swapping of wives between New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich. Titled The Trade, the idea was that Damon would direct and star opposite Affleck and Casey Affleck, but their busy schedules forced the project into limbo. Now it appears that Warner Bros. is reviving the project with a new director at the helm: Jay Roach. Hit the jump for more, including what roles Damon and Affleck will fill in this new iteration of the project. Per Variety, Recount and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach is in negotiations to helm The Trade for Warner Bros. »
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Telemundo has signed an exclusive multi-project deal with Mexican actress Blanca Soto, the star of competitor Univision's hit telenovela “Eva Luna.” The television, film and stage actress (and former Miss Mexico) has starred in other Spanish-language soaps, including ”Porque el Amor Manda,” and “El Talisman,” as well as the English-language comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.” She's also appeared in several music videos, including Billy Currington's ”Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” winner of the sexiest video of the year award at the Country Music Association in 2006. Soto is the current spokesperson for Garnier Nutrisse. Also read: Telemundo Partners With ‘Access Hollywood »
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London — The Sundance Institute and Mumbai Mantra, the media and entertainment arm of Indian conglomerate the Mahindra Group, have announced the eight projects picked for their annual screenwriters lab, now in its third year.
The projects are selected from more than 500 submissions from India and the Indian diaspora. This year’s picks are Navneet Behal’s “Experiments with Truth”, Ashvin Kumar’s “Noor”, Bornila Chatterjee’s “Nuclear Hearts”, Gaurav Madan’s “Shaktipur Crude”, Deepanjali B Sarkar’s “Svadharma”, Dylan Mohan Gray’s “The Last Day of Winter”, Sanjay Talreja “The River Murder” and Neeraj Ghaywan and Varun Grover’s “Fly Away”.
The projects are being mentored by writers Naomi Foner (“Very Good Girls”), Michael Handelman (“Dinner for Schmucks”), James V Hart (“Epic”), Malia Scotch Marmo (“Good Morning Karachi”), Anjum Rajabali (“Satyagraha”), Elena Soarez (“Xingu”), Rose Troche (“The Safety of Objects”), Sooni Taraporevala (“The Namesake”) and multi-hyphenate Dante Harper (“The Delicate Art of the Rifle »
- Naman Ramachandran
Exclusive: The Londoner who starred opposite Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher has inked with CAA. Lucy Punch, who starred on the 2012-13 Fox comedy Ben And Kate, next appears in the upcoming musical Into The Woods, with Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, and director Peter Bogdanovich’s 2015 pic Squirrels To The Nuts. Her big-screen credits also include Hot Fuzz, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Dinner For Schmucks. Her TV gigs have included Vexed and The Class. Punch continues to be managed by the Schiff Company and repped by United Agents in the UK. »
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Andrea Savage (Dinner for Schmucks) is set to co-star opposite Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Pro, from ABC Studios and Uni TV. Written by Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory, The Pro centers on former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm (Lowe), whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club. Savage, repped by UTA and Mosaic, will play Paula, the Club manager, who is in way over her head and has a wee little crush on Big Ben. She will next be seen on the Hulu series Hotwives of Orlando. Lindsay Price is set to co-star opposite Christian Borle and Jonathan Ryland in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Uni TV and Tbd Entertainment. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham »
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• Bruce Willis (Die Hard) is set to star in the action thriller Captive, taking over for the previously rumored Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon Brand (Unknown) is directing with a script by Benjamin van der Even (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. Production is set to begin in March. [Deadline]
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10 items from 2014
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