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Chicago – The 2013 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival and Michael Kutza – Festival Founder and Artistic Director – announced the competition award winners at a ceremony in the ‘W’ Hotel City Center on October 18th. The Gold Hugo for Best Film went to “My Sweet Pepper Land,” from Iraq, France and Germany.
Kutza made the announcements along with Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, Programmers Alex Kopecky and Penny Bartlett, plus members of the various juries who worked evaluating the competition. The W Hotel City Center is near Chicago’s financial district and the Sears (now Willis) Tower. The Festival’s highest honor is the Gold Hugo, named for the mythical God of Discovery.
International Feature Film Competition
Photo Credit: © Chicago International Film Festival
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The Hollywood Reporter has learned that "The Whole Shebang" follows a newly single soccer mom who ends up inheriting a strip club business. The site reports that she "unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life."
Garner will executive produce the show if it gets picked up to series, but she is not expected to star in it. Her last foray into television was in the ABC drama "Alias," which ended its run in 2006. »
The story follows a newly single soccer mom who inherits a rundown male strip club.
She soon finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The popularity of Magic Mike has given rise not only to talk of a sequel, plans for a Broadway version, and even bars where the stripping is just part of a way classier "theme," it’s also given some the idea that the “male stripper story” is a genre begging to have others grind away on it until it’s left spent and chafed. Waiting in line just behind that Chippendales biopic is Jennifer Garner, who’s tossing the crumpled singles of her production company behind the Fox pilot The Whole Shebang, an hourlong drama from Butter writer Jason Micallef »
Jennifer Garner and Fox are hitting the strip clubs together. Fox has given a pilot order to the drama “The Whole Shebang,” which Garner is executive producing along with Jason Micallef (“Butter”), who wrote the pilot. The project has bee given a put-pilot commitment by the network. Also read: New ‘Alias’ Series for Syndication? The one-hour drama revolves around a newly single soccer mom who inherits a rundown male strip club and unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life. Garner’s Vandalia Films is producing the project in association with Warner Bros. »
Fox is getting into the strip club biz with Jennifer Garner.
Project centers on a newly single soccer mom who inherits a rundown male strip club. She unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life.
Garner, who rose to fame on ABC’s spy drama “Alias,” has focused her energy primarily on the film space after the Alphabet series ended in 2006. Her producer credits include some of the final segs of “Alias,” along with 2011 pic “Butter.”
- AJ Marechal
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to The Whole Shebang, a drama from Warner Bros TV and Jennifer Garner‘s Vandalia Films. Written by Jason Micallef — who wrote the 2011 feature Butter, also co-produced by Vandalia and starring Garner — Whole Shebang centers on a newly single soccer mom who inherits a rundown male strip club and unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life. Garner and Micallef, repped by Wme and Underground, executive produce. This is the first sale for Vandalia under the overall deal the company inked with Wbtv in June. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fox is getting into the strip club business. The network has given a hefty put pilot commitment to The Whole Shebang, a drama from Jennifer Garner and penned by Butter screenwriter Jason Micallef, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Shebang revolves around a newly single soccer mom who inherits a run-down male strip club and unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life. Photos: Faces of Fall TV 2013 Garner will executive produce the drama via her Vandalia Films banner for Warner Bros. Television, where in June she inked a two-
- Lesley Goldberg
The Whole Shebang from Jennifer Garner's Vandalia and Warner Bros. lands at Fox The hourlong drama follows a soccer mom who is newly single and inherits a rundown strip club. She finds herself in the middle of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that aids her in taking charge of her life. Variety reports that Jason Micallef (Butter) is writing the pilot and will serve as executive producer on The Whole Shebang. Garner can be seen in Dallas Buyers Club alongside Matthew McConaughey and prior to that joined Joel Edgerton in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. She's in post-production phase on Ivan Reitman's Draft Day »
Though Netflix and an increased cable presence have allowed for British comedies to cross the Atlantic, find new audiences, and vice-versa, that exchange still hasn't stopped the practice of ungodly U.S. remakes from happening. “Coupling” turned into a ghastly form in 2003, while the McG-produced remake of “Spaced” never even made it past an embarrassingly botched pilot. The latest case sits with “The Inbetweeners,” an E4 comedy that gained a massive U.K. following and a successful film adaptation. And while a 2012 MTV remake only ran stateside for one season, but that hasn't stopped the forces that be from attempting another version. Deadline reports director Jim Field Smith has been tapped by Paramount to front the remake, promisingly titled “Virgins America,” after directing mid-level comedies such as 2011's “Butter” and “She's Out of My League.” A cast is yet to be attached, but—so as not to draw associations to the failed MTV. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The project follows "a group of kids straddling the line between dorks and cool". It's also a remake of the hit UK comedy franchise "The Inbetweeners".
Don Granger is producing the film, no word yet on a production schedule.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
We first reported on the remake last June, when the studio had set The Inbetweeners TV series creator Iain Morris to write the screenplay and direct, but it isn't known if he is still involved. The original series centers on four friends (Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas) who fall right in the middle of the cool and nerdy spectrum of high school popularity. The Inbetweeners movie followed the main characters as they go on holiday to the island of Crete.
The Inbetweeners movie was the highest grossing comedy ever in the U.K. before it was released in the U.S. last September. MTV has also launched an American The Inbetweeners TV series starring Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman, Joey Pollari and Mark L. Young. »
Paramount has enlisted Jim Field Smith to direct Virgins America.
The film is a remake of the popular UK comedy The Inbetweeners.
Don Granger (Snakes on the Plane) is scheduled to produce.
The original Inbetweeners revolves around a group of uncool friends who take a trip abroad in search of a wild time.
Watch The Inbetweeners movie trailer below: »
Jim Field Smith, who directed the Jennifer Garner comedy Butter, has nabbed the gig to helm Virgins America, Paramount’s remake of the British hit The Inbetweeners. Inbetweeners started life as a Brit sitcom, then became an international hit as a movie in 2011. In fact, it became the U.K.’s top-grossing comedy of all time. Paramount picked up the rights in 2012. MTV tried to do a TV translation of the show, but it lasted only one season. Photos: Best Cameos in Prequels, Reboots and Remakes The story follows the misadventures of four suburban teens. Smith
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Paramount has found its director for Virgins America, the remake of the hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners, about a group of kids straddling the line between dorks and cool. The studio is setting Jim Field Smith to helm the remake. His credits include She’s Out Of My League, Butter, and the TV series Episodes, and The Wrong Mans. Aaron Kaplan is producing for Kapital Entertainment; Don Granger is producing for the studio. He’s repped by Wme, United Agents and Underground. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
A box office hit in Great Britain, the feature film adaptation of the popular series "The Inbetweeners" is, as announced last year , going to receive the American remake treatment. Today, Deadline reports that the project has found a director in She's Out of My League and Butter helmer Jim Field Smith. The Paramount production will be retitled Virgins America . Likened to American Pie , the original The Inbetweeners is a racy comedy about four uncool friends (Will, Jay, Simon and Neil) who go on their first vacation to Greece in search of high times and wild sex - with no parents, no teachers, no money, and little to no chance with the ladies. Iain Morris, who created the series with Damon Beesley, was initially going to write and direct the American version. »
In the new film Drinking Buddies, Olivia Wilde delivers the best performance of her career by painting a stunning portrait of a woman absentmindedly approaching an emotional precipice. A feat made all the more impressive once you learn that the entire film was improvised by Wilde and fellow actors, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston.
That's the signature of writer/director Joe Swanberg and the biggest reason why Olivia accepted the role of Kate, a brewery manager who attempts to juggle feelings for boyfriend Chris (Livingston) and co-worker/drinking buddy Luke (Johnson) with little success.
I caught up with Wilde to talk about tackling this intimidating role, uncover her personal history with alcohol and find out what she makes of Josh Schwartz revealing where her character from The O.C. is today!
ETonline: What attracted you to Drinking Buddies?
Olivia Wilde: This was not a project that I did for the result, and it's probably »
Disclaimer: we love Jennifer Garner. We love her adorable kids, we worship her very real marriage, and we binge watch Alias whenever we get the flu. So it pains us to highlight her as our latest "hot mess"—this is the woman who brought us 13 Going on 30! And yet, facts are fact, and the fact is that Mrs. Ben Affleck looks like she just stepped out of the shower and grabbed an outfit from the hamper! With three little kids at home, it's entirely possible that our hypothetical is the reality. The Butter star obviously didn't have time to blow dry, and we're not sure she put more than thirty seconds of thought into this denim shirt and too-big skirt combo. But in the spirit of »
More Anna Kendrick casting news has come in today, although this time she is out rather than in. Seems like her schedule has become a little too full with all her recent casting announcements as she will no longer be starring in Zach Braff’s kickstarter project Wish I Was Here. The role has been taken over by her former Twilight co-star Ashley Greene. In the last few weeks Kendrick has joined projects including musical adaption The Last Five Years, Disney’s live fairy tale adaptation Into The Woods and just today she was announced as starring in the zombie comedy Life After Beth alongside Aubrey Plaza and Dane Dehaan.
Here’s what Braff himself had to say about the swap:
“We’ve tried our hardest, but we’ve been unable to figure out the lovely Anna Kendrick’s scheduling conflicts with another movie she’s doing. This happens all the time in movie-land. »
- Victoria Bull
At Vandalia, Garner is joined by executive Juliana Janes, where they have several other projects in development. Per this production agreement, Garner will receive executive producer credit on projects that are developed and produced by her company for Warner Bros. TV.
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