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Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)
Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.
Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)
May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends. »
- Variety Staff
All this has happened before and all this will happen again thanks to a deal Universal has made to develop the long-gestating Battlestar Galactica film.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, producer Michael De Luca is teaming up with producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films to bring Battlestar Galactica to the big screen. Ever since the rebooted television series ended in 2009, Universal has been looking to bring the Battlestar franchise to the big screen, attaching Bryan Singer to direct at one point. He eventually left the project when it couldn’t get off the ground, but in 2014 it was said series creator Glen A. Larson was working on the project with Transcendence writer Jack Palgen. That project again fell through.
- Ricky Church
Since its debut in 1978, Battlestar Galactica has never really been absent from popular culture. That first series may have only run for one season, but it has been rebooted, re-imagined and re-worked more times than anyone over the age of 35 would probably care to remember. Despite more failures to launch than successful orbits, Universal has assembled a team of powerhouse producers to make a Battlestar Galactica movie franchise a reality.
Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips, Moneyball, The Social Network, and the Fifty Shades franchise), Scott Stuber (The Break-Up, The Kingdom, Ted) and Dylan Clark (The Heat, the Planet Of The Apes franchise) are combining their considerable forces to begin piecing together what the studio hopes will become a movie series of the tent-pole variety. While that sounds, perhaps, ill-advised, it is certainly the case that the Battlestar Galactica brand has enormous potential for development.
Created by Glen A. Larson (Magnum P. »
- Sarah Myles
De Luca finalized a three-year first-look deal to produce movies for Universal Pictures last year and is producing the next two “Fifty Shades of Grey” films. Stuber and Clark operate through Bluegrass Films, based at Universal.
Variety reported in April 2014 that original series creator Glen Larson was on board to produce the “Battlestar Galactica” film at Universal with “Transcendence” writer Jack Paglen on board. Larson died later that year.
There have been four “Galactica” TV series (including the brief “Galactica 1980” and “Caprica”). The first, starring Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, ran during the 1978-79 season and was centered on humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth.
In 2003, a reimagined »
- Dave McNary
Virginia Madsen (Joy, Sideways) and Patrick Warburton (Ted, Family Guy, Seinfeld) have joined the cast of Safe Neighbourhood, currently shooting at Sydney's Fox Studios and starring Olivia DeJonge (M. Night Shyamalan.s The Visit), Levi Miller (Pan, Jasper Jones, Red Dog: True Blue) and Ed Oxenbould (The Visit, Paper Planes).
"Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house - »
- Staff Writer
The film follows a group of overweight dads who get a wake-up call and abruptly change their hard-drinking, hard-eating lifestyles when a member of their group has a heart attack.
Exec vice president of production Jon Mone will oversee the project for Universal.
Wild wrote and executive produced “Ted” and “Ted 2,” alongside producers Stuber and Clark. The two films, released by Universal, collectively grossed more than $760 million worldwide. Wild also serves as executive producer, writer and voice cast on Fox’s “Family Guy.”
Bluegrass Films is »
- Justin Kroll
Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy pitch from writers Wellesley Wild, Kevin Biggins and Mike Desilets, the studio announced Friday. The story follows a group of enthusiastically overweight dads who get a wake-up call when a member of their group has a heart attack, forcing them to abruptly change their hard-drinking and hard-eating lifestyle. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce under their Universal-based Bluegrass Films banner. Universal executive Jon Mone will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Also Read: Jimmy Kimmel and Seth MacFarlane Expertly Sketch ABC Audience Members (Video) Wild (pictured above) wrote and executive produced “Ted” and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy pitch from writers Wellesley Wild, Kevin Biggins and Mike Desilets, who all work together on Fox’s Family Guy. The project will be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark for their Uni-based Bluegrass Films. Family Guy veteran Wild wrote and executive produced the Ted movies which Stuber and Clark produced. The logline of the new one: A group of enthusiastically overweight dads get a wake-up call when a member of their… »
2015 offered some terrific films for audiences – The Martian, Creed, Straight Outta Compton, Brooklyn and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to name a few. They were huge crowd-pleasers and very successful at the box office. But not every movie connected with audiences this past year, as much as we wanted them to.
Wamg takes a look at the past 12 months and the movies that we really wanted to love, but just couldn’t. Here we go with our Top 10 list of the Most Disappointing Films of 2015.
Dishonorable Mention: Seventh Son
It’s hard to decipher exactly what Jeff Bridges is saying under his accent that sounds like a cross between Gandalf and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. And that is only one of the many problems with this film. Seventh Son is nothing but hallow, visual clutter that is cobbled together to form something that struggles to appeal to the »
- Movie Geeks
Friendly warning: This article contains major spoilers from Sunday’s season finale of The Royals.
Nary a back went un-stabbed on The Royals‘ season-ender as the world learned of Simon’s killer, Cyrus’ scheme unraveled and a presumed-dead character was revealed to be… well, not so dead.
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Let’s begin with that closing twist, the three words that will haunt us until The Royals returns for Season 3: Robert. Is. Alive.
The final moments of Sunday’s season-ender found the (presumed dead) royal lying on a beach, »
After a long stint in Pawnee, Ind., Michael Schur is heading to a very different place — a “Good Place,” in fact.
The latest project from “Parks and Recreation” executive producer Schur is a straight-to-series 13-episode comedy starring Kristen Bell (“House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”) and Ted Danson. The NBC comedy is about a New Jersey woman who realizes that she’s not actually a very good person and tries to change — if only she can figure out what positive changes look like.
Danson, most recently seen in FX’s “Fargo,” will play a man who helps Bell’s character, Eleanor, on her self-improvement path. In his first interview about the new show, Schur, who is also an executive producer on “Master of None” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” said that there is a third major character to be cast, as well as an ensemble of a few other series regulars, but the »
- Maureen Ryan
Over the weekend, most of Hollywood had all eyes on the Golden Globes. Myself included. But just because you aren’t paying attention doesn’t mean superhero news isn’t raining from the sky. From “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” to “Suicide Squad,” Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment shared a plethora of new information. Including hints as to how big this shared universe really is. #1: New “Batman V Superman” footage Two TV spots were recently released for the upcoming showdown. One of them is just a recut of scenes we’ve already watched but one had a tiny morsel of new dialogue at the end. Batman doesn’t make threats, he makes promises. #2: How many Justice League members will cameo in “Batman v Superman”? All of them. Maybe. Not really, but the core team might put in an appearance. Speaking to USA Today, director Zack Snyder gave »
- Donna Dickens
Get ready to meet... the boy. Scream Factory will release The Boy, produced by Chiller Films and Elijah Wood's company SpectreVision, on Blu-ray / DVD this spring. Also: Dark Blue first details, a new All Mistakes Buried poster, four images from Axeman II: Overkill, and Serial Kaller.
The Boy: Press Release: "From Elijah Wood's SpectreVision and Chiller Films comes a disturbing new vision exploring the birth of evil. On March 1st, Chiller Film’s enigmatic psychological thriller The Boy makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut courtesy of Scream Factory. Starring Jared Breeze, Rainn Wilson (Cooties, The Office)), and David Morse, the release also includes a behind the scenes featurette as a bonus feature. Fans of this creepily suspenseful film can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.
- Tamika Jones
Want to go to Hell and back without the, you know, going to Hell part? Daily Dead's Hell and Back DVD contest details are after the jump. Also in this round-up: a teaser trailer for The Harvesters, details on the Netflix series Gypsy, and an update on the release of The Abandoned.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Hell and Back Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01 am Est on January 12th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA (December 3, 2015) – Freestyle Digital Media announced today that »
- Tamika Jones
Refreshing in its silliness as well as its commitment to offend, “Man Seeking Woman” crams a lot into each half-hour episode, sometimes to its detriment. On the whole, though, this Fxx comedy (a castoff from its flagship network), culled from author-creator Simon Rich’s short stories, departs from many of today’s more-admired comedies in its steadfast determination to be funny, incorporating wild, cartoon-like flights of fancy into the narrative. Not everything works, but the previewed episodes again establish this as a series with a singular vision, elevating the indignities of dating to an epic level.
Comparisons to early Woody Allen remain inevitable, especially with the way Jay Baruchel plays the perpetually flustered, inordinately imaginative Josh, who, in the first season, was the only one in his circle bothered by the fact that his ex-girlfriend was dating Hitler (yes, that Hitler). The new campaign opens with Josh actually having a girlfriend, »
- Brian Lowry
15 items from 2016
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