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After landing his first two TV series — comedies People Are Talking on NBC and Uncle Buck on ABC — Ride Along and Think Like A Man producer Will Packer is jumping back into development. Looking to expand his brand into drama, the first TV sale for his Will Packer Prods. this season is hourlong project Buckhead, which has been set up at NBC through Universal TV where Packer recently re-upped his overall deal through 2017. Written and executive produced by David McMillan, Bu… »
La La Anthony has joined Spike Lee’s Amazon Studios film Chiraq. Anthony will play Hecuba, a very strong, fiesty, outspoken woman who is part of a female crew/gang. Set against the violence in inner city Chicago, Chiraq touts a top-billed cast that includes Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Anthony is a series regular on A&E’s Unforgettable and starred in the Think Like A Man franchise. She is repped by UTA and… »
Producer Will Packer has renewed his deal with Universal Television and will remain at the studio through 2017. Packer, known for producing films such as “Think Like a Man” and “The Wedding Ringer,” has produced through his Will Packer Production two broadcast comedies set for this Fall — NBC’s “People Are Talking” and ABC’s “Uncle Buck.” Packer is also producing A+E Networks’ upcoming revival of the miniseries “Roots.” “Will Packer is energetic, passionate, creative and wants to win,” said Universal Television president Bela Bajaria. “He is a collaborative partner, a hands-on producer and is absolutely the best dressed!” Also Read: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Sitcom 'People. »
- Daniel Holloway
“The Wedding Ringer” and “Think Like a Man” producer is taking a major step into TV this fall, exec producing NBC comedy “People Are Talking,” and sitcom “Uncle Buck,” which debuts midseason on ABC. He’s also set to exec produce the “Roots” revival, which will air next year on History, A&E and Lifetime.
“Talking” stars Mark Paul-Gosselaar, Vanessa Lachey, Tone Bell and Bresha Webb as two different couples who are neighbors and best friends. Packer exec produces alongside scribe D.J. Nash with director Pam Fryman. “Buck,” a take on John Hughes’ 1989 film, stars comedian Mike Epps as the title character.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Laurence Fishburne is set to star as Alex Haley on A&E’s “Roots” remake. Haley is the author of the novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” which was an origin story based on the life of Kunta Kinte. The new version of the miniseries will incorporate material from both Haley’s book and newly researched scholarship of the time. As previously reported, the star of the original “Roots,” LeVar Burton, will serve as executive producer on the new event series. Will Packer (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man”) executive produces alongside Mark Wolper, whose Wolper Organization produced the original 1977 ABC miniseries. »
- Tony Maglio
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room
The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers »
Set your scream times for this fall, because Fox has announced their fall TV series premiere times, slating Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens for a two-hour premiere on September 22nd, Sleepy Hollow’s third season debut for October 1st, and Minority Report’s series premiere for September 21st.
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers): "Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
The 2015-2016 season begins with the 67Th Primetime Emmy® Awards, which returns to Fox, airing Live coast-to-coast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 Pm Et live/5:00-8:00 Pm Pt live). The special will be hosted by Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor and comedian Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-nine).
- Derek Anderson
"Cooley High" ought to be remembered as a cinema milestone, and its writer and director remembered as pioneers.
Released 40 years ago this week (on June 25, 1975), it ought to be celebrated for its vast influence on movies, TV, and music. As a young-men-coming-of-age movie, it deserves to be mentioned alongside Fellini's "I Vitelloni," George Lucas's "American Graffiti," Barry Levinson's "Diner," and John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood." And yet, the film and its creators have been largely forgotten, lost to history.
The story behind "Cooley High" is even more dramatic than the comedy-drama that unspooled on the screen. It's the story of Kenneth Williams, who, like protagonist Preach, left Chicago's Cabrini-Green projects with dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter. Having dropped out of high school, he hitchhiked from the Windy City to Hollywood with $5 in his pocket and no connections, and for a while he supported himself selling drugs. »
- Gary Susman
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 TV & Film Panels, Hosts, Events, and Fandom Nominations. ABC, NBC, CBS, Showtime, The CW, A&E, Fox, Starz, HBO, and Cartoon Network will all be represented at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. A number of movie studios like Legendary Pictures will be at the Comic-Con. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will not be present. All of the events will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. The 2015 has announced the line-up for its Preview Night, which will take place on July 8, 2015
TV Preview Night Schedule
A&E, CBS, Fox, Cartoon Network, The CW, NBC, Wgn Amercia, Fox, and FX.
Wednesday, July 8 (Preview Night)
6-10 p.m. — Wbtv Preview Screenings
The first time is always the best time. Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue our annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of four of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015-16 television season — “Supergirl, »
- Rollo Tomasi
Packer’s producing credits include “No Good Deed,” “Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man” and its sequel, “Takers” and the upcoming “Ride Along 2.” He is exec producing “Straight Outta Compton” for Universal.
Barris is adapting the 1970s TV show “Good Times” for the bigscreen. »
- Dave McNary
The pair displayed an easy and playful camaraderie as they explained their working relationship to a crowd of Emmy voters, among them many costume designers.
“I just like being surrounded by costume designers,” said Kaling. “You guys are like f—ing crazy people. When you’re around the artists in the Costume Designers Guild, it’s like the Hunger Games. It’s, like, white women in turbans, and they have their department and they all look equally fabulous.”
“And horrifyingly, I’m the elected leader of all of them, so what does that say about me?” retorted Perez, president of the Costume Designers Guild.
How they met and clicked:
“I had seen ‘Think Like a Man.’ It’s a movie that’s super-funny. »
- Janine Lew
It's hard to believe it's been 11 years since we first met big screen heartthrob Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier) and his boys, Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), Eric "E" Murphy (Kevin Connolly) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) on HBO's "Entourage." And, who can forget our favorite hot-headed agent, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven)?! The eight-season series was filled to the brim with celebrity cameos, hot Hollywood nightclubs and a whole lot of partying -- and we loved every minute of it. While we finally get to see these boys back together on-screen in the "Entourage" movie on June 5, toofab is taking a look at what Vinny and his pack-mates have been up to since the show premiered over a decade ago in 2004. Grenier was probably best known for starring in the movie "Drive Me Crazy" before he nabbed his "Entourage" role. He later co-starred with Anne Hathaway in "The Devil Wears Prada" and directed two documentaries, »
- tooFab Staff
With San Diego Comic-Con coming up (July 9th–12th), 20th Century Fox Television recently ensured that horror hounds will have a lot to look forward to, including an American Horror Story: Hotel panel and the world premiere of Scream Queens:
Press Release (via IGN) -- "American Horror Story & Scream Queens Get ready to scream! It’s a Comic-Con horror fest when members of the all-star cast of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan’s Fox comedy “Scream Queens” (Jamie Lee Curtis—the original “scream queen”—Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer) come face to face with the stars of Murphy and Falchuk’s FX dramas “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and upcoming “American Horror Story: Hotel” (Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer). This lively gathering of headliners promises laughs, scares and secrets from the sets.
- Derek Anderson
Fox favorites Sleepy Hollow, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons and more will return to the event, taking place July 8-12, while newcomers Damien (to air on A&E), Minority Report and The Last Man on Earth (both on Fox) and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (FX) will make their first trip to San Diego. »
Universal has set an awards season launch for crime thriller “Legend” with an Oct. 2 platform debut.
“Legend,” directed by Brian Helgeland from his own script, is based on the rise and fall of Reggie and Ronnie Kray, twins who dominated organized crime in London during the 1960s before their 1969 convictions for murder. Hardy, who stars in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” portrays both Kray brothers.
The brothers were widely feared and involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults and the murders of Jack “the Hat” McVitie and George Cornell. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Productions companies are Studiocanal, Working Title Films and Cross Creek Pictures. Producers are Working Title Film’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Chris Clark and Quentin Curtis.
- Dave McNary
Over the weekend Fox announced that it has placed a full series order for Minority Report, the small screen sequel to the 2002 sci-fi thriller from director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Cruise, and now the first trailer has arrived online, which we have for you here…
Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen.
Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals…before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs – “precognitives” Dash, Arthur and Agatha – who were able to see the future. »
- Gary Collinson
With the 2014-2015 television season winding down, many television fans and channels are looking ahead to the new series that will make their debut over the next television season. Fox is no different, having announced their renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups over the last week, and the network has now released trailers for a number of their new series.
First up is the trailer for the new animated series Bordertown.
From Family Guy’s Mark Hentemann comes Bordertown, a new animated comedy about two families living in a Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border. The series takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America, where the U.S. Census forecasts that by 2017, ethnic minorities will become the majority. Set against this increasingly diverse backdrop, the comedy explores family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink. Bordertown centers on two clans: the Buckwalds and the Gonzalezes. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
"The Devil has come to Los Angeles… Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.
Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, »
- Derek Anderson
Last week, Fox issued a series order for Minority Report, based on director Steven Spielberg's 2002 theatrical blockbuster of the same name. During the network's upfront presentation in New York City today, the first trailer was unveiled, giving us our first look at Washington D.C. in the year 2065, 10 years after the Precrime era came to an end. This series marks the first ever TV adaptation of a Steven Spielberg movie.
follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals...before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs - "precognitives" Dash, Arthur and Agatha - »
Fox released its new 2015-2016 TV Schedule in advance of the network’s upfront presentation on Monday in New York. Here’s a sneak peek at some the new comedies and dramas coming to the primetime network. Minority Report Based on Steven Spielberg‘s international blockbuster film and the first of his films to be adapted for television, “Minority Report” follows the partnership between a man (Stark Sands, “Inside Llewyn Davis”) haunted by the future and a cop (Meagan Good, “Think Like A Man” franchise, “Californication”) haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes before they happen. »
- Linda Ge
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