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NBC announced Thursday premiere dates for its summer slate of programming, including the debut of two new comedies and two new reality series.
Freshmen sitcoms "Mr. Robinson" and "The Carmichael Show" will anchor a new comedy block beginning on Wednesday, August 5. "Robinson" stars "The Office" alum Craig Robinson as a professional musician turned substitute high school music teacher, and features a supporting cast including Peri Gilpin ("Frasier") and Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man"). "Carmichael" focuses on the life of comedian Jerrod Carmichael ("Neighbors") and his relationships with his larger-than-life family, including his contrarian father (played by David Allen Grier) and religious mother (played by Loretta Devine).
Returning comedy "Welcome to Sweden" kicks off its second season this summer beginning July 19. The show will pick up after the engagement of Bruce (Greg Poehler, brother of Amy Poehler, who also produces the show) and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and their transitioning careers. »
- Katie Roberts
Interesting development, roughly 9 months after news of the dissolving of Rainforest Films was made public, with Will Packer inking a 3-year first-look production agreement with Universal Pictures, that would see the producer develop new scripted projects for the studio under his newly formed Will Packer Productions banner. The obvious question I had at the time of the above announcements was what it meant for the Rainforest Films Banner, and Packer's partner Rob Hardy - a company responsible for films like "Takers," "Stomp The Yard," "This Christmas," "Obsessed," "Think Like A Man," and others. We now have »
- Tambay A. Obenson
In case you didn’t know, Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson is a boss lady who plays boss-ass roles. Check out these past credits that prove she’s always been a winner, just like her Empire character.
Here’s looking at you, Cookie Lyon.
1. Shug in Hustle & Flow
We wouldn’t be waiting for Cookie Lyon’s musical moment if we didn’t already know that Taraji has it in her. She starred alongside Terrence Howard in 2005′s Hustle & Flow, as a pregnant prostitute who DJay (Howard) can’t help but love. Shrewd woman that she is, Shug maneuvers her way into joining DJay in his musical endeavors — most notably, by recording the song “Hard Out Here for a Pimp” with him. The song won Three Six Mafia an Oscar for Best Original Song, and Taraji earned a Bet Best Actress Award for her performance.
2. Queenie in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button »
- Alexa Tietjen
Kevin Hart will receive the comedy star of the year award at CinemaCon, the upcoming exhibition industry conference.
The comic star has emerged as one of the movie business’s most reliable box office draws, stringing together such hits as “Ride Along,” “The Wedding Ringer” and “Think Like a Man.” He’s also been wildly prolific, appearing in more than a half dozen movies over the past two years.
Hart will pick up his award at CinemaCon’s awards ceremony on Thursday, April 23, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
- Brent Lang
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
The classic 1989 comedy Uncle Buck, written and directed by John Hughes, is getting a modern day reboot on ABC. Comedian Mike Epps will step into the role made famous by John Candy. He will star opposite Nia Long in this single-camera half hour comedy pilot from Universal TV and Will Packer Productions.
Uncle Buck will stay true to the original storyline, centering on a loutish bachelor who is forced to care for his brother's kids. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley wrote the pilot script. While brother Will has yet to be cast, Nia Long is starring as Will's strong-willed wife, and mother to three children.
This is the second time Uncle Buck has been turned into a television series. Kevin Meaney starred as the title character in the first sitcom attempt, which only lasted a season back in 1990, a year after the original movie came out. This time, the character of Buck is African-American, »
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis) has secured the lead role in Fox’s upcoming TV sequel to the 2002 sci-fi Minority Report, with Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) has also signed on to the cast.
The site reports that the series “takes place 10 years after the end of Precrime in Washington, D.C., and centers on one of the three Precogs who struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions the future, when he meets a detective (Meagan Good) haunted by her past, who just may help him find a purpose to his gift.”
Sands is set to portray the dual role of the precogs Dashiell and Arthur, who were played by Michael Dickman and Matthew Dickman in the film. Also featuring in the cast are Li Jun Li and Laura Regan, along with Daniel London who reprises the role of Wally the Caretaker. »
- Gary Collinson
Back in January, we reported that Fox had given a pilot order to their small-screen Minority Report sequel and over the past week, with production expected to begin soon, Fox has finalized its main cast for the upcoming sci-fi series. Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Meagan Good (Think Like A Man) have landed the lead roles with Sands playing the dual roles of Dash and Arthur, the two male Precogs, and Good playing Lara Vega, a detective haunted by her past, who will work with Dash to help him find a purpose for his gift. Laura Regan (Mad Men), Li Jun Li (Damages), and Daniel London (Minority Report) round out the rest of the cast with Regan playing Agatha, the Precog played by Samantha Morton in the original film, Li will play a CSI technician named Akeela, and London will reprise his role as Wally the Caretaker from the original 2002 film. »
We recently heard that Daniel London would appear in the Minority Report series, reprising his role from the film as Wally the caretaker for the TV series set ten years after Tom Cruise brought the whole PreCrime system crashing down.
Now, we know who the two lead characters will be played by. They look a bit like this…
The lead role has long been listed as Detective Lara Vega, who we now know will be played by Meagan Good of Think Like A Man, Anchorman 2 and Brick. Her character is a detective who’s ‘not afraid to break a few rules.’ The action of the series will see her helping a former Precog Dash, who still needs help reintegrating into society ten years after the events of film. »
Rather than spread the casting net a little wider in search for some actual twins, Fox have found a fella to play both for the upcoming Minority Report TV show, that will follow on from the 2002 film. EW have got the skinny that Stark Sands, through a good amount of camera work and clever jiggery-pokery will be taking the precognitive roles of twin brothers Arthur, and lead character, Dash.
Set ten years after the first film, Minority Report: The TV Show (definitely not the title), will see one party of the precognitives, Dash, struggle to block out his dark visions of the future. The burden will come as a blessing to a female detective that crosses paths with the gifted gent and will use him to find answers to her past, as well as crack a case every week or so.
Considering that Stark (no relation to the iron-clad »
- Nicholas Staniforth
Stark Sands ("Inside Llewyn Davis," "NYC 22") and Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man," "Anchorman: The Legend Continues") have scored the leading roles in Fox's TV series follow-up to the 2002 Spielberg sci-fi film "Minority Report". The series is set ten years after the end of the Precrime Division in the nation's capital.
Sands plays Dash, one of the three Precogs who struggles to lead a "normal" human life yet remains haunted by visions the future. He soon meets a detective (Good) haunted by her past who helps him find a purpose for his gift.
- Garth Franklin
This isn't just any old shooting contest! Gabrielle Union and Josh Duhamel stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday for one of Jimmy Fallon's most random games yet. The 42-year-old actress and Fallon went head-to-head in his Random Object Shootout game with some help from Fergie's other half -- but there was a catch. Instead of actual basketballs, they all had to make the shots using a plethora of inanimate objects. In the silly video above the "Think Like A Man" star and Fallon attempt to throw everything from a turkey sandwich to a bathtub filled with bouncy balls through the net. Did the fact that Gabrielle is married to Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade give her a slight advantage?Watch the video above to see if she has her hubby's shooting skills! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Starz's live-action comedy series Blunt Talk, from Seth MacFarlane and Bored To Death creator Jonathan Ames and Mrc, is building up its cast, adding several recurring and guest roles for the first season. Ed Begley Jr. (Arrested Development, St. Elsewhere), Mary Holland (Silicon Valley, Parks And Recreation), Karan Soni (Safety Not Guaranteed, Betas) and Romany Malco (Think Like A Man, Top Five) have been cast in recurring roles on the series. Additionally musician and… »
The Wedding Ringer, 2015.
Directed by Jeremy Garelick.
Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need.
In a week which saw long-running NBC show Saturday Night Live celebrate its 40th anniversary as the staple of American comedy, it seems apt that a comedy starring Kevin Hart, who auditioned for the show a few years back similarly to Jim Carrey and Zach Galifianakis, is released. Like Ride Along and Think Like A Man, The Wedding Ringer relies heavily of Hart’s usual charm and comedic talents to carry a somewhat mediocre concept through to box office glory, but with a less than stellar box office take in the Us thus far (the No. »
- Scott J. Davis
Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Affleck, a two-time Academy Award® winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar® for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.” Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »
- Josh Abraham
Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Affleck, a two-time Academy Award winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.”
Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »
- Michelle McCue
Park City. Jim Strouse's "People, Places, Things" plays like an 86 minute pilot for an HBO comedy series and even in this age of "TV and Movies Have Achieved Parity," I doubt that's what anybody wants to hear. But if you know me, you know I mean it largely as a compliment. And what does that mean? Well, not too much happens in "People, Places, Things." It's a low-incident narrative that's supposed to be about emotional truth mixed with humor, but a lot of the comedic beats are being played rather broadly. It feels as if the basic plot elements and, particularly, characters are in place at the end of the film for an ongoing storyline that might be amusing. Give me this cast and some of these characters on a weekly basis for 10 or 13 half-hour episodes per season and I could grow to really like them. And speaking of growth, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Coming off a very surprising opening, American Sniper reinforced its status as a box office heavyweight by scoring one of the biggest second weekends ever.With over $200 million in the bank already, Sniper is now on track to be the highest-grossing movie from 2014 (it opened in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day). Among the new releases, Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door got off to a decent start, while Mortdecai and Strange Magic were dead on arrival.Expanding to 3,705 locations*the widest release ever for an R-rated movie*American Sniper added $64.6 million this weekend. That ranks eighth all-time among second weekends, ahead of movies like The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games and The Passion of the Christ.That $64.6 million tally is off just 28 percent from the movie's opening frame, which is the best second weekend hold ever for a movie that opened above $80 million.With fantastic »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The romantic comedy centers on three single friends who vow to find Mr. Right within a year, after attending their best friend’s wedding without dates. It co-stars Grammy Award winners Jill Scott (“Get on Up” ), rapper-turned-actress Eve Jeffers Cooper (“Whip It”), Brooklyn Sudano »
- Anita Bennett
6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.
The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
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