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11 items from 2017


The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

25 May 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series

Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »

- Ben Travers

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The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

25 May 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series

Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »

- Ben Travers

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Jason Reitman’s newest collaboration with Diablo Cody gets acquired by Focus Features

5 May 2017 4:15 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

A few years ago, filmmaker Jason Reitman could do no wrong. The man who made an impressive debut with Thank You For Smoking had followed it up with the Academy Award winning Juno and then the phenomenal Up in the Air, which for a brief moment was the Oscar frontrunner in Best Picture. Since then, Reitman’s movies have gotten a more mixed reception, between Young Adult, Labor Day, and the deeply divisive Men, Women, and Children. His films remain something to look forward to though, and his next one has found a home. Focus Features has announced that they’ve picked it up and will be putting it out next April. We’re less than a year out now from a new Reitman work. Fans should rejoice about that. His new movie is Tully, another collaboration with screenwriter Diablo Cody. Not a whole lot is known about it right now, »

- Joey Magidson

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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

20 April 2017 1:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is »

- Dave McNary

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‘Thank You for Smoking’ Being Adapted as Gun Control Series ‘Thank You for Shooting’

28 March 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While bumming a cigarette off a stranger is becoming rarer these days, “Thank You for Smoking” could end up coming to our TVs anyway, reports Variety.

Thanks to Keshet Studios, the 2005 Jason Reitman satire is being adapted into an anthology series that would focus on a social issue each season. The first season of the revamped comedy would look at the gun control debate using the new title “Thank You for Shooting.”

Read More: The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

In the original film, Aaron Eckhart starred as Big Tobacco spokesman Nick Naylor who used everything in his power, including bribes, charisma and the logic of false equivalency to push his agenda. The movie also co-starred Maria Bello, William H. Macy, Rob Lowe, Adam Brody, Katie Holmes, J.K. Simmons, and Robert Duvall.

Thank You for Smoking” is just one of many concepts being developed by Keshet, including »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Thank You for Smoking’ Being Adapted as Gun Control Series ‘Thank You for Shooting’

28 March 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While bumming a cigarette off a stranger is becoming rarer these days, “Thank You for Smoking” could end up coming to our TVs anyway, reports Variety.

Thanks to Keshet Studios, the 2005 Jason Reitman satire is being adapted into an anthology series that would focus on a social issue each season. The first season of the revamped comedy would look at the gun control debate using the new title “Thank You for Shooting.”

Read More: The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

In the original film, Aaron Eckhart starred as Big Tobacco spokesman Nick Naylor who used everything in his power, including bribes, charisma and the logic of false equivalency to push his agenda. The movie also co-starred Maria Bello, William H. Macy, Rob Lowe, Adam Brody, Katie Holmes, J.K. Simmons, and Robert Duvall.

Thank You for Smoking” is just one of many concepts being developed by Keshet, including »

- Hanh Nguyen

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NBC Developing ‘Thank You For Smoking’ Issues-Based Anthology Series

28 March 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are two big trends going on in TV nowadays. One is the reboot of an existing property, and the other is the anthology series. According to Variety, NBC is hoping to cash in on both trends with a small screen adaptation of the 2006 film, “Thank You for Smoking.”

The film, directed by Jason Reitman, starred Aaron Eckhart as a smooth-talking, big tobacco lobbyist who tried to protect the tobacco companies from government sanctions.

Continue reading NBC Developing ‘Thank You For Smoking’ Issues-Based Anthology Series at The Playlist. »

- Charles Dean

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Newswire: A Thank You For Smoking anthology series is in the works

24 March 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The anthology series is in the middle of a resurgence right now, thanks to Ryan Murphy and FX, who have produced American Horror Story, Feud, American Crime Story, and the forthcoming Pose. There’s also that Tales From The Crypt reboot on the way from M. Night Shyamalan (and viewers like you), and ABC’s doing its part with American Crime. John Ridley’s drama has mostly focused on tackling hot-button issues, including the immigration debate that’s dominating the current season. But if that earnest exploration of the current topics of national conversation isn’t quite your style, Variety reports there’s a Thank You For Smoking anthology series in the works that’s more interested in giving them the satirical treatment.

Keshet Studios is adapting Jason Reitman’s 2005 send-up of the long-running smoking debate (otherwise known as the last good movie Aaron Eckhart made) for the small ...

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- Danette Chavez

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Keshet Studios Eyes ‘Thank You for Smoking’ TV Adaptation as L.A. Scripted Arm Hits High Gear

23 March 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Keshet Studios, the Los Angeles-based development arm of the Israeli powerhouse, is coming off its first full scripted development season with a trifecta of broadcast pilots and two cable series on the way.

TV biz vets Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan were recruited by Keshet in mid-2015 to focus on scripted development in the heart of the U.S. creative community. The pair have juggled a mix of home-grown development and projects that come through various channels of Keshet’s growing worldwide operation. Traugott is president of scripted for Keshet Studios; Kaplan is exec VP of scripted.

Traugott and Kaplan’s move to Keshet coincided with the industry’s increasing focus on fully packaged series projects being sent out for auction. The Los Angeles office is a lean operation with a handful of execs working with Traugott and Kaplan. But the ability to connect with the Keshet teams in Israel and London extends their talent-scouting ability and »

- Cynthia Littleton

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A Delightful SXSW Conversation with Some ‘Muppet Guys Talking’

15 March 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We talk to Frank Oz and the other original Muppeteers about creating characters, watching them evolve, and giving them sentience.

After a few moving documentaries about individual puppeteers, this year’s SXSW debuted a new documentary directed by Frank Oz called Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets of the Show the Whole World Watched. The film is an hour-long free form discussion with Jerry Nelson (The Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus), Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew), Fran Brill (Zoe, Prairie Dawn), and Bill Barretta (Pepe, Tree-Face-Guy) loosely moderated by Oz. Because it features so many of the key personalities that have been only briefly touched upon in spotlight docs on Big Bird or Elmo, it’s a must-watch for any Muppet Show obsessive who wants to hear about what it’s like being buried in a room under a fire pit so they could perform a song with John Denver.

You wouldn’t know it from the way they talk »

- Da7e Gonzales

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Interview: Dale Robinette, on His Iconic Photo From ‘La La Land’

23 February 2017 6:15 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The photograph of the 2016 movie year is undoubtedbly the iconic shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, caught in mid dance, in the musical “La La Land.” The film received 14 nominations for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony (Feb. 26th), and the “Unit Still Photographer” who got the shot was Dale Robinette.

“Uncle Dale” Robinette first contacted me via email in 2013, to give information about some photos he took on the film “Lovelace.” Ever since then he has been a reliable email pal, sending me image after image from the movie sets that he is “blessed” (his word) to work on. He has plied his skills in Hollywood as a Unit Still Photographer since 1988, after a career as a stage and television actor in New York and Los Angeles. Starting with a TV short called “The Big Five” (1988), he has worked his way up the ladder, and has built »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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