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Exclusive: Morris Chestnut, who made his film debut in John Singleton’s seminal 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, has signed a three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut. The next film to follow will be When The Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall.
Bough, directed by Jon Cassar, tracks a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. The pic is being produced by New Line founders and Lord of the Rings EPs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and Chestnut will exec produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be The Syndicate, from writer Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell. »
- Jen Yamato
Dwayne Johnson recently tweeted a photo of him reading the script for his next movie. He described it as a “big action comedy” and said his co-star would soon be revealed. That’s now happened. It’s none other than Kevin Hart, the current go-to second lead in big comedies (Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Get Hard, […]
- Germain Lussier
Powerhouse movie producer Will Packer (Think Like A Man, About Last Night) has just sold his fourth series pitch under his company’s Universal Television deal, and it is an as-yet-untitled female buddy-cop show written by Amanda Lasher (Gossip Girl). With Lasher set to executive produce the show along with Packer, NBC have provided the creators with a script commitment.
Ccharacterizedas a “light” female cop show that centres on two Lapd homicide detectives trying to balance “messy” personal lives with their work on terrible crime scenes, the show seems to fall into a particular niche for the network that is currently poorly filled. While female-led drama – across the networks – boasts a vast array of strong characters, having those female characters lead a police-themed show as a pair is almost unheard of. Not since the days of Cagney And Lacey have we seen a cop show in which the female characters »
- Sarah Myles
Earlier this week, director Cameron Crowe was successful in killing off a planned TV show based on his first directorial feature Say Anything. Now, the families of John Hughes and John Candy are attempting to achieve the same results, rallying against ABC's plans for an Uncle Buck sitcom.
Neither John Candy nor John Hughes are still among the living, having passed on many years ago. But the families of both have united to voice their disapproval of this impending project. The following statement was sent to Deadline:
Disappointment has been expressed by both the John Hughes and John Candy families over the conduct and decision by the ABC Network and Universal Television to develop a comedy series based on the feature film Uncle Buck. Rather than either entity providing advance information to the Estates, the families learned of the project's potential via the media.
The families feel a strong attachment »
Did you like the movies of the eighties? Then you’re going to love the television series of the teens. Deadline reports that ABC is currently working on a half-hour sitcom based on John Hughes‘ 1989 “New Classic” (we use the TNT designations in this house) Uncle Buck, with Universal TV and producer Will Packer (the immensely successful producer behind both Ride Along and the Think Like a Man features) on board to turn the film into a weekly offering. The new Uncle Buck will be, well, pretty much just like the old Uncle Buck, as Deadline reports it “will center on a childish man, played in the film by [John] Candy, who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way.” Weirdly enough, this isn’t even the first time that Uncle Buck has been turned into a small screen offering — a CBS series based on the movie »
- Kate Erbland
The latest cinematic comedy getting the small screen treatment? That’d be Uncle Buck...
Regular readers of this site (or the internet in general) will know that stories about movies becoming TV shows have been a dime a dozen for the last few months.
Widen that search to action movies and dramas and you get Minority Report, The Devil’s Advocate, Westworld and Mark Whalberg’s Shooter too, amongst others.
Today, we’ve heard word that John Hughes and John Candy comedy Uncle Buck is coming to our telly-boxes. The late, great Mr Candy left behind big shoes to fill, so ABC/Universal will surely already have a name in mind if they’ve gone ahead and announced the show.
There’s no word »
Shortly after NBC killed its planned TV adaptation of the 1989 Cameron Crowe directed romantic comedy Say Anything, ABC has stepped in to announce that another film from that same year is heading to the small screen. Producer William Packer (Think Like a Man, Ride Along 2) and his Will Packer Prods. are planning an update of the classic John Hughes comedy Uncle Buck. Seeing as how John Hughes passed away many years ago, there should be no objections this time out.
That would be unlikely anyway, as this is the second time Uncle Buck has been adapted for the small screen. CBS launched their own Uncle Buck sitcom in 1990 with Kevin Meaney stepping into replace John Candy.
It's not yet known who will replace John Candy in this version, which will be a half-hour multi-camera comedy. It is being produced by Universal TV, and will follow an Uncle, described as a childish man, »
The latest trend that’s spreading through TV-land like the clap at summer camp is the ‘nostalgia movie revival.’ If your favourite comedy was released sometime in the 80s, there’s a strong chance you’re about to see it rebooted beyond recognition. We’ve witnessed the era of the unwanted sequel, the disastrous remake, and the pointless reboot, and we’re now well into a new season of reinvention. Movies are now considered ripe fruit for the plucking as TV networks are snapping up rights to the popular features of yesteryear like they’re going out of style. Next up on the chopping block is John Hughes’ cult classic, Uncle Buck.
ABC is in charge of developing the show in cahoots with Universal TV as a half-hour multi-camera comedy (that means it’ll look like an old-school sitcom). Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley are on board to write the show for Universal, »
- Gem Seddon
Though the first attempt to turn John Hughes’ 1989 comedy Uncle Buck into a TV series lasted all of one season back in 1990, that hasn't stopped someone from trying again. Us network ABC is working up a new televisual take on the character embodied by John Candy.Will Packer, who has had film success with Ride Along, Think Like A Man and, more recently, No Good Deed, is the producer spearheading this one for Universal TV and his own company.Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley are writing the pilot for the show, which will spin the concept of the loutish man-child forced to grow up just a little when he has to take care of his brother’s kids into a multi-camera comedy series.Though the film was a hit in 1989, the first try at a TV series (with Kevin Meaney taking over the title role) flopped, so all involved will »
French comedy-drama The Intouchables, about a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a street-wise minority from the projects as his caretaker, grossed over $425 million in theaters worldwide throughout 2012, so naturally rights were quickly acquired for an upcoming English-language retelling of the story. Now it's being reported the U.S. remake, headed up by The Weinstein Company, has finally found its star duo in Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man). Firth, long attached to the project, will take over as Fran?ois Cluzet's wealthy quadriplegic character, while Hart will replace Omar Sy as the young man from the projects who cares for him. Hart brings bankability to the project via a built-in fan base, largely from his stand-up comedy but more recently in films such as Think Like a Man, Ride Along, and About Last Night. However, the large bulk of his work relies on out-and-out hilarity, »
- Jordan Benesh
Gabrielle Union, who is best known for her role in the 2012 film “Think Like a Man,” is among the latest batch of celebrities who saw their private, and in many cases nude, photos pop up online over the weekend and she’s dropped a dime on the perps who hacked them. Union, 41, revealed in a statement that she called the FBI to complain about the leak of what she called “private keepsakes” meant for her boyfriend, Miami Heat basketball player Dwayne Wade. Union also cited race and the historic victimization of women as factors in the release of her photos. ...Read More »
Meagan Good is not taking the recent invasion of her privacy quietly. The Think Like a Man actress, 33, who was one of many female stars who had her private accounts hacked and nude photos leaked, spoke out this past weekend. Good took to Instagram on Sunday, Sept. 21, writing that she is in "shock" over the leak, and condemning those who share the images. "I'm definitely in shock," the Don Jon star said. "Saddened for everyone who is experiencing this. But I choose not to give the [...] »
New bangs for the newlywed! After returning from what was sure to be a romantic honeymoon with her new husband Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union resurfaced rocking a fresh set of fringe. The striking Being Mary Jane actress, 41, beamed with her new bangs at an unveiling event for Hublot watches in NYC on Sept. 16. Photos: Celebrity Weddings of 2014 The Think Like A Man star’s new hair features highlights and a multitude of choppy layers, styled by celebrity stylist Larry Sims. “We wanted to create something fresh and sexy [...] »
Landing the role of Jeremy in the “Think Like a Man” movies came with some perks and pitfalls for Jerry Ferrara. The actor, who's best known for his role as Turtle in the HBO series “Entourage,” told TheWrap that playing Gabrielle Union‘s underachieving husband Jeremy in “Think Like a Man Too” was no easy task. “It was very stressful having to make people believe I could get Gabrielle Union, 'cause Gabrielle is very, very beautiful and talented,” Ferrara said of the film, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday. ”So, I also thought it would be a nice little feather in. »
- Anita Bennett
5th Update, Monday, 3:18 Pm: Screen Gems’ thriller No Good Deed fell right in line with other distribs’ estimates over the weekend to end the three-day at $24.2M, while Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment’s Dolphin Tale 2 just fell short of $16M to gross a total cume of $15.8M; it was a softer-than-hoped-for opening for the sequel to the 2011 family film, which bowed to $19M on its way for a $95M worldwide haul). Chernin Entertainment’s crime drama The Drop ended the weekend at No. 6 for a $4.1M take or a respectable $5,000+ per screen for Fox Searchlight; it is James Gandolfini’s last film in release. The Identical dropped like a bomb in its second weekend (-75%) falling out of the Top 20 after a dismal opening. In fact, it’s even behind Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight which is its eighth week of release. It was a very soft box office weekend overall, »
- Anita Busch
On paper, "Dolphin Tale 2" looked like a stronger box office contender than "No Good Deed." Star-filled, family-friendly, upbeat animal sequel playing on nearly 3,700 screens vs. grim, modest-budget thriller debuting on about 2,200 screens? No wonder pundits predicted an opening around $24 million for "Dolphin" and $17 million for "Deed."
And yet, when Sunday's estimates came in, it was "Deed" boasting a $24.5 million debut and the top slot, while "Dolphin" settled for second place with $16.6 million.
What's behind the upset? A look at how the two films matched up head-to-head in their various elements offers some clues.
Empty Marketplace. Both films were positioned to take advantage of the current box office doldrums. Sure, there were other family films and action movies/thrillers playing, but they were all several weeks old and vulnerable. That said, September is generally not a good time for a family-friendly release (even though the first "Dolphin Tale" opened well »
- Gary Susman
Star power and social media savvy propelled “No Good Deed” to the top of the box office this weekend.
The $13 million film nearly doubled its production budget in its first three days of release, pulling in an impressive $24.5 million. The home invasion thriller was able to trump box office predictions because Sony and Screen Gems, the companies behind the film, expertly deployed Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson on Twitter to hawk the story of a district attorney menaced by a killer.
“You have two terrific actors who have followings and this weekend showed their collective star power is very powerful,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
Both actors will likely see their stars rise as a result. Elba has had showy supporting roles in “Thor” and “Prometheus,” but hasn’t carried a film to these kind of heights on his own shoulders since 2009’s “Obsessed.” He retains »
- Brent Lang
'No Good Deed' movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in 'No Good Deed') Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film's plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics' derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist »
- Zac Gille
There’s a new “guardian” of the box office.
A newcomer, Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson’s “No Good Deed,” has finally pushed “Guardians of the Galaxy” off its throne. The Sony thriller opened to $8.8 million Stateside on Friday and is headed for a $24 to $25 million launch that will provide a much-needed boost to the historically low U.S. box office earnings.
“No Good Deed” stars Elba as an escaped convict who terrorizes Henson (a Da-turned-stay-at-home) and her two children in their own house.
The film, which carries a modest $13 million production budget, stands to benefit from targeting under-served African American audiences. It reunites Elba with his “Luther” TV show director, Sam Miller, and “Obsessed” producer, Will Packer, who »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Exclusive: Golden Globe-nominated Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man Too, Sleeper Cell) will star as civil rights activist Dr. Gilbert Mason in biopic A Civil Right, the first feature from Michael Benaroya and Darryl Taja’s new Revolution Media shingle. The film tells the story of the Biloxi physician who led nonviolent “wade-ins” against segregation on Gulf Coast beaches between 1959 and 1963, protests that sparked violence from whites and resulted in the first successful anti-discrimination suit against the state of Mississippi. Mason’s activism landed him at #3 on the FBI’s civil rights agitators most-watched list, and he went on to successfully fight for school desegregation in the state and help form the Council of Federated Organizations (Cofo). He served as President of the Mississippi NAACP for three decades before his death in 2006.
Salvatore Stabile will direct from his own script. “Sal wrote an amazing script that I’ve wanted to make for two years, »
- Jen Yamato
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