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Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry

Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry
Jim Carrey is reuniting with his “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry to star in a new half-hour comedy for Showtime. “Kidding,” which has been given a 10-episode order, will represent Carrey’s first series regular role in more than two decades.

“Kidding” stars Carrey as Jeff, also known as beloved children’s TV personality Mr. Pickles. Here’s the logline: “A beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – [Jeff] also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
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Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry

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Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry
Jim Carrey is reuniting with his “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry to star in a new half-hour comedy for Showtime. “Kidding,” which has been given a 10-episode order, will represent Carrey’s first series regular role in more than two decades.

“Kidding” stars Carrey as Jeff, also known as beloved children’s TV personality Mr. Pickles. Here’s the logline: “A beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – [Jeff] also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017
The idea of a “fall TV season” feels particularly antiquated in 2017, as two of the year’s buzziest series (“Game of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks”) have already wrapped for the year. Fall may even be a bit of an afterthought now compared to spring, as networks aim to catch Emmy voters with prestige TV premieres when campaign season gets underway.

And yet, there’s nearly 70 years of tradition with the fall TV season. It’s when Nielsen still resets the calendar for the new TV year; when blue chip advertisers like the automotive sector roll out their own new wares; football season returns (don’t discount that huge impact on TV schedules); and the weather gets chilly, which conceivably means more viewers watching TV indoors.

This year, they’ll find a lot of familiar titles on broadcast TV, including the return of NBC’s “Will & Grace”; a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,
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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017

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Fall TV Preview: The 25 Most Anticipated New Shows of 2017
The idea of a “fall TV season” feels particularly antiquated in 2017, as two of the year’s buzziest series (“Game of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks”) have already wrapped for the year. Fall may even be a bit of an afterthought now compared to spring, as networks aim to catch Emmy voters with prestige TV premieres when campaign season gets underway.

And yet, there’s nearly 70 years of tradition with the fall TV season. It’s when Nielsen still resets the calendar for the new TV year; when blue chip advertisers like the automotive sector roll out their own new wares; football season returns (don’t discount that huge impact on TV schedules); and the weather gets chilly, which conceivably means more viewers watching TV indoors.

This year, they’ll find a lot of familiar titles on broadcast TV, including the return of NBC’s “Will & Grace”; a prequel to “The Big Bang Theory,
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‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal

‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal
Albert Einstein: physicist, Nobel laureate, romantic and … owl? Trying to get a handle on the complex person whose name is literally synonymous with genius was the biggest challenge for Nat Geo Channel’s first scripted anthology series, which even has the title “Genius.

Einstein was best associated with his theory of relativity, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics, and his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc². Beyond the science and iconic shock of grey hair, though, was a man who started out very differently from how we now perceive him.

Read More: Ron Howard Avoided Directing TV Until ‘Genius,’ and He Has a Reason for That — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

“The goal of the show is to really humanize, get under the skin of Albert Einstein,” showrunner Ken Biller said. “We discovered that he lived this big, bold, brash, complicated, messy life.”

Einstein as a
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‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal

‘Genius’ Star Johnny Flynn on How He and Geoffrey Rush Cracked Einstein: They Assigned Him a Spirit Animal
Albert Einstein: physicist, Nobel laureate, romantic and … owl? Trying to get a handle on the complex person whose name is literally synonymous with genius was the biggest challenge for Nat Geo Channel’s first scripted anthology series, which even has the title “Genius.

Einstein was best associated with his theory of relativity, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics, and his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc². Beyond the science and iconic shock of grey hair, though, was a man who started out very differently from how we now perceive him.

Read More: Ron Howard Avoided Directing TV Until ‘Genius,’ and He Has a Reason for That — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

“The goal of the show is to really humanize, get under the skin of Albert Einstein,” showrunner Ken Biller said. “We discovered that he lived this big, bold, brash, complicated, messy life.”

Einstein as a
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‘Big Little Lies’ Finale: Director Jean-Marc Vallée on the Long-Awaited Answer to the Mystery

‘Big Little Lies’ Finale: Director Jean-Marc Vallée on the Long-Awaited Answer to the Mystery
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the finale of “Big Little Lies,” which aired April 2.

The mystery is finally solved: Not only do we know who did it, we also know who the victim is, too. And we know who the father is of Jane’s son, Ziggy — the man who assaulted her that horrible night seven years ago. And thanks to director Jean-Marc Vallee’s visual storytelling style, it was all delivered without a single word spoken.

It was justice a long time coming for Celeste’s abusive husband, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård) who suffered a fatal fall at the hands of Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz). The women bonded together to keep the secret, refusing to tell the authorities the truth — but they’re each finally unburdened of the painful, deep secrets they’ve been keeping all series long.

Vallée and writer David E. Kelley nudged the significance of the ending to be a slightly
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New TV Promos – Beyond, Trial & Error, 24: Legacy, Chicago Justice, Billions, The Magicians

A selection of new TV promos have arrived on this week, giving us a look at the upcoming shows Beyond, Trial & Error, 24: Legacy, Chicago Justice, along with the second seasons of Billions and The Magicians; check them out here…

Beyond” is a one-hour drama about Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now Holden must try and figure out what happened to him during those 12 years; how to survive a world that changed while he was gone; and answer the question, why did this happen to him?

Trial & Error is your new weekly addiction. A serialized murder-mystery comedy from Jeff Astrof (Ground Floor, Friends) and Matt Miller (Forever, Chuck), this documentary-style single-camera series goes into the heart of a quirky, small Southern town to follow the arrest and murder trial
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‘Shots Fired’: New Fox Drama Brings Feature Film Directors to the Black Lives Matter Movement

‘Shots Fired’: New Fox Drama Brings Feature Film Directors to the Black Lives Matter Movement
Richard Dreyfuss would like you to know that Fox’s upcoming event series, “Shots Fired,” is “probably the most current show you’ll ever see.” According to the “Jaws” star, “When we were shooting it was happening and when we left it happened there… it’s exactly current with the world.”

And that’s by design. At the TCA Winter Press Tour, the producers and stars of Fox’s 10-episode drama explained that the show came about right after the chaos that rocked Ferguson, Missouri in the summer of 2014.

Read More: Dustin Lance Black Wants to Unite the Nation, Even Trump, With Gay Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise

According to co-creator Gina Prince-Bythewood, after the events following the death of Michael Brown, Fox CEO Dana Walden went to producer Brian Grazer regarding a project that would take on the issues Ferguson brought up. Grazer then enlisted Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood
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‘Shots Fired’: New Fox Drama Brings Feature Film Directors to the Black Lives Matter Movement

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‘Shots Fired’: New Fox Drama Brings Feature Film Directors to the Black Lives Matter Movement
Richard Dreyfuss would like you to know that Fox’s upcoming event series, “Shots Fired,” is “probably the most current show you’ll ever see.” According to the “Jaws” star, “When we were shooting it was happening and when we left it happened there… it’s exactly current with the world.”

And that’s by design. At the TCA Winter Press Tour, the producers and stars of Fox’s 10-episode drama explained that the show came about right after the chaos that rocked Ferguson, Missouri in the summer of 2014.

Read More: Dustin Lance Black Wants to Unite the Nation, Even Trump, With Gay Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise

According to co-creator Gina Prince-Bythewood, after the events following the death of Michael Brown, Fox CEO Dana Walden went to producer Brian Grazer regarding a project that would take on the issues Ferguson brought up. Grazer then enlisted Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Bythewood
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‘Twin Peaks’: Showtime Boss on the Revival’s Launch Plans and How It’s ‘Pure Heroin’ David Lynch

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‘Twin Peaks’: Showtime Boss on the Revival’s Launch Plans and How It’s ‘Pure Heroin’ David Lynch
Showtime is bracing for the “Twin Peaks” effect.

Network president/CEO David Nevins expects to see a tremendous surge in sign-ups for Showtime’s streaming service come May 21, when “Twin Peaks” premieres, and hopes to capitalize on that interest.

Showtime is expected to see its over-the-top service explode that day, given that episodes 3 and 4 will be available on the service the same day as the show’s two-hour linear premiere. Beyond that, the show will roll out in a traditional weekly fashion.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Release Date Announced For David Lynch’s Iconic Series

“More or less it will be once a week,” he said. “We’re not breaking it into two seasons. David really believes in the drip of weekly television.”

He also believes in keeping the show hush-hush ­­ – so much that a proper “Twin Peaks” trailer probably won’t be released before premiere. “You’ll see film pieces come out,
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‘Twin Peaks’: Showtime Boss on the Revival’s Launch Plans and How It’s ‘Pure Heroin’ David Lynch

‘Twin Peaks’: Showtime Boss on the Revival’s Launch Plans and How It’s ‘Pure Heroin’ David Lynch
Showtime is bracing for the “Twin Peaks” effect.

Network president/CEO David Nevins expects to see a tremendous surge in sign-ups for Showtime’s streaming service come May 21, when “Twin Peaks” premieres, and hopes to capitalize on that interest.

Showtime is expected to see its over-the-top service explode that day, given that episodes 3 and 4 will be available on the service the same day as the show’s two-hour linear premiere. Beyond that, the show will roll out in a traditional weekly fashion.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Release Date Announced For David Lynch’s Iconic Series

“More or less it will be once a week,” he said. “We’re not breaking it into two seasons. David really believes in the drip of weekly television.”

He also believes in keeping the show hush-hush ­­ – so much that a proper “Twin Peaks” trailer probably won’t be released before premiere. “You’ll see film pieces come out,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Blue Crush’ TV Show in the Works From NBC and Producer Brian Grazer

‘Blue Crush’ TV Show in the Works From NBC and Producer Brian Grazer
Blue Crush has its fans. A lot of them, I’d wager. The film performed well enough when it was released in 2002, but it became more popular when it hit home video. Around five years ago a direct-to-video sequel was made by Universal. Beyond the title and surfing, though, Blue Crush 2 has little to do with John Stockwell‘s […]

The post ‘Blue Crush’ TV Show in the Works From NBC and Producer Brian Grazer appeared first on /Film.
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Culture of Collaboration Spurs Activity at RadicalMedia

RadicalMedia, a player on the New York production scene for nearly 25 years, has two floors worth of hustle and bustle going on most days at its heavily trafficked West Village headquarters.

The production company, founded in 1993 by producer Jon Kamen, is active in everything from film, TV, commercials, and music videos to post-production, app development, and staging live branded “experiences” for corporate clients. Radical boasts the infrastructure and the reputation that make it perfectly situated to capitalize on the explosive growth in the demand for content, particularly the documentary and music-driven projects for which the company is best known.

“We’ve gone from three to four series and three to four films in production a year, to now 12 series in production and four to five films at any given time,” says Justin Wilkes, Radical partner and president of entertainment. “It’s been a rising tide that has lifted all boats.”

Among
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Culture of Collaboration Spurs Activity at RadicalMedia

RadicalMedia, a player on the New York production scene for nearly 25 years, has two floors worth of hustle and bustle going on most days at its heavily trafficked West Village headquarters.

The production company, founded in 1993 by producer Jon Kamen, is active in everything from film, TV, commercials, and music videos to post-production, app development, and staging live branded “experiences” for corporate clients. Radical boasts the infrastructure and the reputation that make it perfectly situated to capitalize on the explosive growth in the demand for content, particularly the documentary and music-driven projects for which the company is best known.

“We’ve gone from three to four series and three to four films in production a year, to now 12 series in production and four to five films at any given time,” says Justin Wilkes, Radical partner and president of entertainment. “It’s been a rising tide that has lifted all boats.
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Rings Delayed For Third (And Final?) Time, Friday The 13th Also Pushed

Not for the first time, Paramount has announced plans to shuffle its slate of upcoming horror films, bumping long-in-development sequel Rings for the third and surely final time. It’ll now open on February 3, 2017 instead of October, which is the fourth release date reserved for F. Javier Gutiérrez nerve-shredding pic, though it wasn’t the only movie to receive a new due date today.

That’s because Paramount’s long-gestating Friday the 13th reboot, one that has seemingly been through the wringer since emerging three years back, has been hit with a nine-month delay, meaning that the franchise revival will now shuffle onto the silver screen on October 13, 2017. First reported by Variety, no formal reason was disclosed at the time of going to press, but we’ll update this post if and when the studio breaks its silence.

As mentioned before, this is by no means the first time that
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Fall TV Preview: The 17 Most Anticipated Dramas of 2016

Fall TV Preview: The 17 Most Anticipated Dramas of 2016
Queen Sugar

September 6, 2016 on Own

What Is It? Ava DuVernay has teamed with Oprah for this series about a family reunited by tragedy in Louisiana, and she’s brought with her an entirely female director roster (a first).

I’ll Like It If I Like… Stories set in the South, stories that feature strong female characters and stories that aren’t afraid of taking on big issues head-on.

Why Should I Care? “Queen Sugar” has its flaws, but there’s some rich filmmaking on display and there’s potential for growth with these characters.

Read More: ‘Queen Sugar’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Own Series is Frustratingly Familiar

Quarry

September 9, 2016 on Cinemax

What Is It? Based on the novels by Max Allan Collins, “Quarry” tells the story of Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green), a Marine who returns home to Memphis after serving in Vietnam. Conway finds that his war has yet to end,
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Fall TV Preview: The 17 Most Anticipated Dramas of 2016

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Fall TV Preview: The 17 Most Anticipated Dramas of 2016
Queen Sugar

September 6, 2016 on Own

What Is It? Ava DuVernay has teamed with Oprah for this series about a family reunited by tragedy in Louisiana, and she’s brought with her an entirely female director roster (a first).

I’ll Like It If I Like… Stories set in the South, stories that feature strong female characters and stories that aren’t afraid of taking on big issues head-on.

Why Should I Care? “Queen Sugar” has its flaws, but there’s some rich filmmaking on display and there’s potential for growth with these characters.

Read More: ‘Queen Sugar’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Own Series is Frustratingly Familiar

Quarry

September 9, 2016 on Cinemax

What Is It? Based on the novels by Max Allan Collins, “Quarry” tells the story of Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green), a Marine who returns home to Memphis after serving in Vietnam. Conway finds that his war has yet to end,
See full article at Indiewire »

Idris Elba, John Ridley Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’ Ordered at Showtime

Idris Elba, John Ridley Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’ Ordered at Showtime
Showtime has ordered “Guerrilla,” a limited series from “American Crime” creator John Ridley, starring Idris Elba. The six-episode drama will be broadcast in the U.S. on Showtime and in the U.K. on Sky Atlantic.

Ridley will write the bulk of the episodes and direct the first two. A love story set in one of the most explosive political times in U.K. history, the miniseries tells the story of a 1970s London couple who liberates a political prisoner and forms a radical underground cell. The group targets the Black Power Desk, a true-life counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Though set against a backdrop of social upheaval and activism, the story focuses on the relationship between the two characters at its center.

“Guerrilla” will be co-produced by Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature, and will begin production in London late this summer.
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Emmy Parties: Variety and Women in Film, Heifer’s Beyond Hunger and More

Emmy Parties: Variety and Women in Film, Heifer’s Beyond Hunger and More
The Emmy Awards aren’t till Sunday, Sept. 20, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nosh and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Friday, Sept. 18.

Variety and Women in Film’s Emmy Nominee Reception, Gracias Madre:

Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen yelled, “Everybody’s at this Variety party!” on the red carpet, and she was right. Emmy power couple Felicity Huffman (newly brunette) and William H. Macy hobnobbed with “American Horror Story’s” Sarah Paulson, Huffman lovingly planting a kiss on Paulson’s cheek as a photographer snapped a shot. Amanda Peet also chatted with the two ladies bar-side.

Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones’” Gwendoline Christie hung out with co-star Alfie Allen (who later showed his dance moves). The party boasted so much talent, especially of the celebrated kicka– actress type, including “Orphan Black’s” Tatiana Maslany,
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