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If you're a carbon based life form, chances are you feel a certain amount of affection for the opening notes and images of the main title designs of certain TV series. These things have a way of seeping into our DNA.
I cannot watch True Blood's titles, for example, without singing along "...I wanna do bad things to you ♫" and it would probably take my Emmy award if the Outstanding Main Title Design were handed out only once every 10 years. Unfortunately it has been ripped off ever since and now every remotely creepy TV series aims for a mix of slow-mo vs sped up montage of religious, violent, and sensual grotesquerie from American Horror Storyto Penny Dreadful. But True Blood's titles were the perfect marriage of everything that makes that show that show. It's actually even Better than the show itself. True Blood lost this category in its »
- NATHANIEL R
This weekend saw Clint Eastwood’s stage-to-screen musical Jersey Boys struggle to strike a chord with moviegoers. But for every fourth-place finish, there’s a smash success like Les Misérables, Chicago, or Mamma Mia!—which all speak to the power of a musical adaptation done right.
Below, EW staffers name their top picks for adaptation—some of which have been announced and need to be expedited, others which are still but a glint in our theater-geek eyes.
Sure, the 2007 Best Musical Tony winner is a little racy: abortion, rape, child abuse, suicide… for starters. But Duncan Sheik’s rock opera, »
- Lanford Beard
“Portlandia” co-creator, writer and star Carrie Brownstein has just signed on to Jill Soloway's buzzy Amazon series, “Transparent,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. A representative for Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Brownstein will play Gaby Hoffman's best friend Syd on the dark comedy, which follows a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues. Also read: ‘Portlandia’ Tailgates, ‘Prairie Home Companion'-Style (Video) In addition to Hoffman, Brownstein joins the previously announced cast of Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under,” “United States of Tara »
- Jethro Nededog and Jeff Sneider
Remember the days when network cancelations felt absolutely irreversible? I’m sure networks do. But a world with Kickstarter, Netflix, Hulu, social media, and all things interactive, cancelation has morphed from a death knell to a possible new beginning.
As Veronica Mars fans know, if you want more of your favorite story, it’s not impossible to get your wish — and in their case, they helped to make the revival happen. The latest example: Community getting canceled, only to be in talks for a Hulu pickup. If Community ends up getting its #sixseasons, could Hulu become TV’s newest superhero? »
- Samantha Highfill
On the surface, Disney's Jon Hamm-starring feel-good family film "Million Dollar Arm" has all the makings of a typical studio sports movie, but dig deeper and you'll be surprised to learn the project has some serious indie cred going for it. For starters, it boasts a screenplay by multiple Independent Spirit Award-winner Thomas McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor"), who makes his foray into live action studio filmmaking with this project. Adding to its indie appeal is the director Disney employed for the gig, Craig Gillespie, of "Lars and the Real Girl" fame. In addition to "Lars" and "Million Dollar Arm," Gillespie is best known for directing multiple episodes of the Showtime series "United States of Tara," the remake of "Fright Night," and countless commercials and music videos for artists like Kid Cudi. "Million Dollar Arm," based on actual events, centers on a desperate sports agent (Hamm) who concocts a »
- Nigel M Smith
Actress Toni Collette, Emmy winner for United States of Tara, has signed with CAA. In features, Collette recently starred in The Way Way Back and Enough Said and next will be seen in Lucky Them, which is executive produced by Joanne Woodward and the late Paul Newman, premiered at Toronto and screened at Tribeca. Collette, who was with Wme, can be seen on Broadway in Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, for which she earned a Drama Desk Special Award. Collete also recently signed with Lee-Anne Higgins of United Management in Australia, and continues to be repped by Jen Turner of Viking Entertainment, Dean Michaels of The Asteri Group, and attorney Debbie Klein. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
It has been causing problems since neanderthals began walking the earth. It has grown more powerful over the centuries. It's now ready to take action. What is it? It's It! What is it? Damn you, Faith No More! Now try getting that out of your head today, and read on for your first look at It Follows!
With a riveting central performance from Maika Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell (whose The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics' Week in 2010).
- Steve Barton
New York (AP) — The musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," a comedic romp in which a poor man eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday. Nominations were spread out for most other shows, reflecting the lack of a juggernaut this year. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a cult off-Broadway hit about a transgender East German performer, stars Neil Patrick Harris and won eight nominations, while "After Midnight," a musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub, got seven, tied with "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" and a British revival of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Bryan Cranston won a nod for playing Lyndon Johnson in "All the Way," and Woody Allen got one for turning his film "Bullets Over Broadway" into a musical. The nominations also made waves for snubbing some big names, including Denzel Washington, »
- Mark Kennedy (AP)
Scandal cast member Columbus Short has driven gossip headlines in the past several weeks with personal problems (often including accusations of violent behavior). Now he won’t return for Scandal‘s fourth season. I guess that answers that cliffhanger.
Disney is planning a sequel for the cheesy fun of Teen Beach Movie. The original was a hit not only in terms of TV ratings but also sold plenty of copies of the soundtrack.
More Garrett Clayton on TV. Nothing to complain about.
The credibility of the CNN reality series Chicagoland, which claimed to document the real-life challenges faced by the city of Chicago, was challenged by a report in the Chicago Tribune. According to e-mails obtained by the Tribune, producers coordinated with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to coordinate storylines, plan shots and pick subjects who would be featured in the series. Even when depicting some of the difficulties faced by the city, »
- Lyle Masaki
Ryan Eggold has raised his profile for playing mysterious character Tom on The Blacklist, but he's about to break out in a whole new way. In Lucky Them, currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival and in theaters on May 30, Eggold shows off his musical side, with his character, Lucas, singing his way into the heart of rock journalist Ellie (Toni Collette). When we caught up with the actor in NYC, he revealed how his "naive, puppy-ish" character helps Ellie through a midlife crisis, when we can expect to hear more of his original music, and some fun memories from his first series regular TV role on Dirt with Courteney Cox. Source: IFC Films Popsugar: What's interesting about Lucky Them is that it's not confined to one genre - it's not a romantic comedy or a full-on drama. How would you describe the film? Ryan Eggold: That's interesting that you thought it was genre-less. »
- Alyse Whitney
(Pictured left to right: Nina Dobrev as Katherine, Nina Dobrev as Amara, Nina Dobrev as Elena) On "The Vampire Diaries," Nina Dobrev has played so many characters -- and versions of characters -- it's a bloody travesty she's never been recognized by the TV academy. For those keeping track at home, over the first five seasons Dobrev effortlessly portrayed human Elena, human Katherine, vampire Elena, vampire Katherine, Elena pretending to be Katherine, Katherine pretending to be Elena, Katherine's soul inside of Elena's body and original immortal Amara. Whew -- did we forget anybody? -Break- The Emmys usually go crazy over actors and actresses who undergo multiple personalities or play various characters (like Toni Collette for "United States of Tara") so why is Dobrev the unfortunate exception to the rule? Gold Derby Emmy Mvp: Maisie Williams kills competition on 'Game of Thrones' Thanks to her lack of Emmy attent. »
Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette are two fine actors who should have made a deeper impression in Hollywood by now. Both bring their A-game to each film they are in, but they do not always pick the right projects. Occasionally though, we see a masterful performance (Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea, Collette on Showtime’s The United States of Tara) that reminds us of their talents. Now, both actresses are attached to Miss You Already, a drama following two best friends going through an emotional crisis.
Collette has been linked to this project since 2012, when Jennifer Aniston was signed on. Weisz, however, is only now coming on board to take Aniston’s role, as one of the forty-something friends who gets diagnosed with breast cancer, while Collette is a woman who becomes pregnant for the first time and starts a family. Both are lifelong friends torn apart by the changing world around them. »
- Jordan Adler
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
The jurors for »
- Jeff Labrecque
With a career that has spanned both film and television, Toni Collette has garnered a number of fans from appearances in In Her Shoes, About a Boy, and Little Miss Sunshine, as well as a leading role in the series United States of Tara. Her addition to a project thus brings with it the interest of those who follow her work, which held true for her latest feature as well. Titled Lucky Them, the film is directed by Megan Griffiths, with a screenplay by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko. Collette stars in the film alongside Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, and Ryan Eggold. The first trailer for the movie has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight also saw this film at Tiff 2013, and our review can be read here.
(Source: Women and Hollywood)
- Deepayan Sengupta
The exclusive licensing deal announced today makes Hulu Plus the exclusive destination for all previous seasons of Universal TV’s The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with Bravo series like The Real Housewives and Top Chef franchises and E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians also available exclusively in the coming weeks — and Parks And Recreation coming non-exclusively. The multi-year Svod rights deal follows similar Hulu pacts inked in February — one an extension with CBS for 2,600 new episodes of shows including Undercover Boss, United States Of Tara, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ghost Whisperer and library fare like The Brady Bunch and Laverne & Shirley; and another with Disney/ABC Television group that netted Svod rights to Nashville. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced the deal via a blog post today. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
TriStar Productions today announced an all-star band of film talent will collaborate on Ricki and the Flash. Produced by Marc Platt and Mason Novick, the film unites Oscar winners Diablo Cody, who wrote the original screenplay, director Jonathan Demme, and Meryl Streep, who will star in the title role.
Ricki and the Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n' roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right. Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin' mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.
TriStar Productions, which won the rights in a competitive situation, made a production commitment and »
TriStar Productions today announced an all-star band of film talent will collaborate on Ricki And The Flash.
Ricki And The Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right.
Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin’ mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.
TriStar Productions, which won the rights in a competitive situation, made a production »
- Michelle McCue
With the success of Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead, AMC shows no signs of slowing down on new TV series development. Two of their upcoming projects include Knifeman and Galyntine, and they’ve announced who will be directing the pilot episodes:
“Knifeman” will be directed by Brian Percival, whose directing credits include “Downton Abbey” and “The Book Thief.” David Mackenzie will direct “Galyntine.” His credits include the films “Starred Up,” and “Perfect Sense.”
“These are both big, bold pilots that take us into worlds never before explored on television, and they needed the perfect directors to bring them to life,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s executive vice president of programming, production and digital content. “We feel like we »
- Jonathan James
AMC Studios has tapped The Book Thief director Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) to helm the pilot for Knifeman, the drama about a charming, arrogant surgeon who robs graves and harvests organs in 18th century London. Rolin Jones (United States of Tara) wrote the pilot, adapted from Wendy Moore’s John Hunter biography The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery, which he developed with Ron Fitzgerald; both will exec produce. Another 2014 AMC pilot, Galyntine, will be directed by David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Perfect Sense). The fantasy-action adventure with hints of sci-fi is set in a postapocalyptic future without technology where a band of survivors is forced to adapt to isolation and the challenges of their new world. Jason Cahill (Halt and Catch Fire) wrote the pilot and is exec producing with The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero. Scott Free’s David Zucker and Ridley Scott also »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
AMC has two brand new original series this year, in addition to "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" -- Revolutionary War spy saga "Turn," premiering April 6th, and '80s tech drama "Halt and Catch Fire," premiering June 1st. And the network's been trying to step up the pace of its original series game with two more pilots in the works -- "Knifeman" and "Galyntine" Today AMC announced that pilots have been hired for both pilots, which are being produced by AMC Studios and will be shot this year for 2015 series consideration. Brian Percival ("The Book Thief," "Downton Abbey") will direct "Knifeman," set in 18th century London and centered on the hard-drinking surgeon/barber John Tattersal, who pushed the boundaries of modern medicine while making money on the side harvesting organs for his brother's teaching hospital. Rolin Jones ("United States of Tara," "Friday Night Lights") wrote the pilot, and developed »
- Alison Willmore
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