14 items from 2016
What if you just walked away from your life and completely started over? What if you walked away from that new life and started over again? What if you did that again and again and again? That’s the premise of Joshua Marston’s new romantic identity drama “Complete Unknown,” starring Rachel Weisz as a woman who constantly reinvents herself and soon brings an ex-lover Tom (Michael Shannon) into her manufactured world.
As Tom celebrates his birthday with a group of close friends, he sees a woman from his distant past at the party. At first Jenny, or Alice as she prefers to call herself, pretends to have never met Tom before, she eventually reveals that she began to create different identities for herself after she left Tom’s life 20 years earlier, taking on new names and careers every time. »
- Vikram Murthi
RelatedMindy Project: Chris Messina Returning for Season 5 But Not as a Series Regular
The actor will recur as Ben, the new pediatric nurse forced to deal with Mindy and her child’s ever-changing illnesses, our sister site Deadline reports.
The Mindy Project Season 5 premieres Oct. 4 on Hulu.
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Bryan Greenberg (How To Make It In America) and Blood & Oil alumna Rebecca Rittenhouse have booked recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of The Mindy Project, created by and starring Mindy Kaling. Greenberg will play Ben, the new pediatric nurse forced to deal with Mindy and her child's ever changing illnesses. Rittenhouse will portray Anna, a young, put-together but slightly evil doctor in the office who becomes a new foil for Mindy. Greenberg’s recent credits… »
Seth Rosenfeld will write the script for the remake. The original film, released in 1975 by American International Pictures, was set in 1964 Chicago and focused on a pair of high school seniors who are best friends — played by Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs — during the final weeks of the school year.
“Cooley High,” which had a $750,000 budget, was a major success with $13 million in domestic grosses. Tony Krantz’ father Steve Krantz was the producer with Michael Schultz directing from Eric Monte’s script.
Franklin will produce the remake through his Franklin Entertainment while Common produces under his Freedom Road Productions and Krantz through Flame Ventures. Drew Comins will executive produce for Flame Ventures along with Derek Dudley for Freedom Road.
MGM’s production chief Jonathan Glickman »
- Dave McNary
Press Release (via TheFutonCritic.com): New York, NY, July 15, 2016 – Morgan Spector has joined the cast to star in Spike’s new scripted original series “The Mist.” From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.
“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?
- Derek Anderson
Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out last week’s Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why.
– The independent production and distribution company D Street Media Group has tapped Ephraim Walker to serve as President of Production of D Street Pictures. He will oversee the company’s film projects and its production unit. Previously, Walker worked closely with “Fruitvale Station” filmmaker Ryan Coogler to develop the successful indie film based on the 2008 killing of Oscar Grant by an Oakland Bart police officer.
“We’re excited to have Ephraim join our team to oversee D Street’s exciting slate of films and work closely with the development department. His appointment comes at a time when the company continues to expand our international reach, »
- Kate Erbland
Hall comes from HBO where he most recently served as senior vice president of comedy.
At HBO, Hall worked on series including the fan-favorite” Looking,” the return of “The Comeback,” “Enlightened,” “How to Make It in America,” “Project Greenlight” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which was recently announced to be coming back for a ninth season. He also helped develop Judd Apatow’s upcoming HBO comedy “Crashing,” among other projects.
Hall’s departure from HBO is the premium cabler’s latest shakeup, following the exit of president Michael Lombardo. Casey Bloys was named the new programming president. HBO recently upped drama execs Francesca Orsi and David Levine, who in 2014, were promoted at the same time as Hall.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Amazon Studios has named Nick Hall Head of Development, Half Hour TV Series. Hall will report to Joe Lewis, the studio’s Head of Half Hour TV Series. Hall comes to Amazon Studios from HBO, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Comedy. During his time at the network, Hall developed series including “Looking,” “The Comeback,” “Enlightened,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “How to Make It in America,” “Project Greenlight” and Judd Apatow‘s upcoming series “Crashing.” Also Read: Amazon to Expand Empire With New Music Streaming Service Prior to joining HBO in 2008, Hall served as Manager of Comedy Development at Warner Bros. TV. »
- Reid Nakamura
Chicago – Occasionally, a film breaks through the miasma of images, and proclaims its uniqueness by just being weird. Case in point, the strange and wacky “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” which may have been created after two rich film producers made a one dollar bet (ala “Trading Places”) that they could come up with a movie simply based on the title.
With a plot that would be at home in a 1970s cop drama – New York City undercover cops of Puerto Rican heritage go to Paris to break up a counterfeit designer purse crime – the absurdity of the situation and the actors playing the cops are almost secondary to the off-the-grid humor that emerges both because of and despite the situation. The film also looks good, better than would be expected for such a story, and Paris gets its due as a destination. One of the best examples of the bizarre nature of the way this film was approached, is the casting of Edgar Garcia (whose only major credit was in HBO’s “How to Make it in America,” created by Ian Edelman, the director of this film). He portrays the more romantic of the two cops in Paris, despite his tattooed girth and bald head. Obviously, Edgar has something on Ian.
Luis (Luis Guzmán) and Eddie (Edgar Garcia) are undercover New York City cops, whose beat is busting counterfeit designer purse criminals. After a successful exposure of a one such crook, they are approached by a Paris designer named Collette (Alice Taglioni) to come to the City of Lights to retrieve a hot designer bag – stolen right before its anticipated release.
Lured by a large reward, the two fish-out-of-water lawmen start living in luxury in Paris, while coming up with ever more outlandish ways to check out Collette’s staff for the possible thief. In the meantime, the same Collette has a crush on Eddie, which wouldn’t sit right with his wife Gloria (Rosie Perez). There are many complications to consider before this case can be solved.
”Puerto Ricans in Paris” continues its limited release in Chicago on June 10th, and is available through digital download. See local listings for theaters and showtimes, plus see digital providers for availability. Featuring Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Miriam Shor and Alice Taglioni. Written by Ian Edelman and Neel Shah. Directed by Ian Edelman. Rated “R”
Photo credit: Focus World
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Back in the 1980s, films like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours were instrumental in the creation and popularization of the modern buddy cop comedy, and ever since, countless other releases — from Rush Hour to 21 Jump Street — have built franchises off of the appeal of a mismatched pair of do-gooders who bicker just as often as they take down the criminal element. It’s with this history in its rearview that Puerto Ricans in Paris must contend, as it attempts to provide its own take on the tried-and-true broad appeal that the buddy cop genre has cultivated over the past 30 years.
The film stars character actor Luis Guzmán — who also produces the film — and Edgar Garcia (not to be confused with the mixed martial artist with whom he shares his name) as two New York City cops who are recruited to track down a stolen purse in Paris and prevent an elaborate counterfeiting scheme. »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
When two of New York’s (Puerto Rican) finest head to Paris in search of a kidnapped purse, hilarity should hopefully follow. And it mostly does in Luis Guzmán’s latest comedy, Puerto Ricans in Paris. No rules, no “merci” is the tagline, and the movie lives up to it. It never makes the fatal mistake of many comedies, of taking itself too seriously. Instead, it works because it conveys with pride its light touch and slapstick humor.
Guzmán plays the lead character, NYPD detective Luis, who, along with his partner Eddie is in charge of a beat that traces counterfeit items in Chinatown. After a successful takedown, they are approached by a beautiful French designer, Collette, and her business partner. The duo wants the cops to track down an important new handbag Collette designed that has been stolen and is being held for ransom. Eddie is played by the comedic actor Edgar Garcia, »
- J Don Birnam
Ever since AMC debuted Mad Men in July of 2007, TV aficionados have learned to keep an eye on what the channel slips onto the air during the dog days. Past summers have brought the likes of Humans and Halt and Catch Fire; the same time frame also brought us Rubicon, because hey, nobody's perfect. This year's contender for possible out-of-left-field Mvp is Feed the Beast: a drama about crime and cuisine starring Jim Sturgess as a coked-up ex-con chef and David Schwimmer as his morose sommelier best friend. Developed »
Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson, Rosie Perez, Miriam Shor, Lilou Fogli, Julie Ferrier, Charlotte Mangel, Frederic Ansombre, and others star in the comedy "Puerto Ricans in Paris" - a USA/France/Czech Republic co-production directed by Ian Edelman (HBO’s "How to Make It in America"), with a story that follows 2 detectives working in NYPD’s Luxury Goods Recovery Unit, who are responsible for taking down bootleggers selling knockoff consumer items. The 2 cops are played by Luiz Guzmán and Edgar Garcia, a series regular on "How to Make It in America." The pair is sent to Paris to help a French designer recover a bag that is of some »
- Tambay A. Obenson
According to Film Music Reporter, the thriller follows a suburban loner, played by Emile Hirsch, and a punk rocker, played by Zoë Kravitz, who fall in love but are followed by violence after they go on the run. Gary Michael Schultz (Devil in My Ride) directed the feature, which will also star Kid Cudi as a character named Suga.
Questlove had previously scored »
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