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Huayi Brothers will invest up to $350m in the project.
Huayi Brothers is investing $250m in the new venture for project development, IP acquisition and developing theme parks based on the company’s properties – and plans to tip in a further $100m to cover production costs.
The Beijing-based studio will retain exclusive distribution rights to the joint venture’s productions in Greater China and Southeast Asia.
The new venture plans to produce big-budget, English-language franchise movies, with the Russo Brothers producing and sometimes also directing. Production is not expected to commence until the Russo Brothers have completed their existing commitments on Disney/Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers movies.
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MADtv is bringing out the big guns to help usher in its new era on The CW.
Nicole Sullivan, who starred on the original MADtv from 1995 to 2001, and Will Sasso (1997–2002) will guest-star in the new series’ premiere on July 26 (9/8c), TVLine has learned exclusively. Bobby Lee (2001–2009) is also confirmed to appear in an upcoming episode.
RelatedMADtv Gets Premiere Date on The CW — Meet the Revival’s New Cast
Since leaving MADtv, Sullivan has recurred on Scrubs, Cougar Town and The King of Queens, in addition to starring in her own short-lived Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks; Sasso went on to appear on shows like Justified, »
Can you dig it? Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, of Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier fame are developing The Warriors TV show with Paramount and Hulu. The Russos executive produced the Animal Practice TV show which was cancelled after six of nine episodes aired on NBC. They also served as executive producers on cancelled series Community and Happy Endings.The brothers will reimagine the 1979 Walter Hill film of the same name, for television. The cult-classic feature was based on Sol Yurick's 1965 novel. Deadline says, "Their take will honor the original film while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence. The Russo brothers will team with writer Frank Baldwin on the series. The Russo brothers will »
Iron Fisting is “billed as an ’80s Romanian cop show that will follow the adventures of a pair of mismatched policemen partners. The series will poke fun at the buddy cop genre, as the two protagonists strive to protect the Communism of 1980s Romania from the evils of Capitalism.”
- Gary Collinson
The series is described as a fictional 1980s Romania-set cop show that will follow the adventures of a pair of mismatched policemen partners. Along the way it will skew the buddy cop genre as the two protagonists strive to protect the Communism of 1980s Romania from the evils of Capitalism.
Like a real Romanian series, the project will be dubbed in English and will be shot in Eastern Europe in September. No actors have been cast, and no network is yet attached.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Four years ago, NBC previewed new comedies Go On and Animal Practice during the London Summer Olympics. This year, the network is taking its only returning comedy series, Superstore, which will produce an original episode to air following one night of coverage from the games in Rio. “We think that can give this show an enormous amount of attention,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said during the network’s upfront call. Coming directly off the games will be new reality series… »
Are you an animal-loving actor? Then you know that even in movies starring the likes of Ben Stiller, Ian McKellen, or Jim Carrey, a talented dolphin, horse, dog, or monkey can run away with the show. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite animal actors in everything from “Mr. Poppers Penguins” to “The Lord of the Rings.” Now who’s a good boy? Crystal the MonkeyThere’s no monkeying around when this little lady hits the set—she’s a professional! Named in 2012 as one of television’s highest paid actors, audiences know Crystal from feature comedies like the “Night at the Museum” franchise and “The Hangover Part II,” as well as television series “Community” and “Animal Practice.” Cosmo the DogThis talented Jack Russell terrier made such an impact on set that “Beginners” star Ewan McGregor wrapped shooting and adopted a dog of his own. Cosmo has also had »
After years of difficulty, TV is tuning in something it hasn’t had in a long time: pricing power.
In the weeks to come, advertisers are likely to hear about new Thursday-night football games on NBC, an attempt to revive the fortunes of MTV, and the vision of a new entertainment chief at ABC. They will encounter something else, as well: For the first time in four years, they may have to capitulate to demands that they pay higher rates of increase to reach the TV audiences they need to buy their laundry detergent, hamburgers and smartphones.
TV continues to face audience erosion brought on by streaming video that beams across the rival screens of laptop computers, mobile tablets and smartphones. In 2016, however, TV has more wind at its back. Advertisers purchasing so-called “scatter” inventory, or ad time bought closer to air date, have found that prices have risen steeply »
- Brian Steinberg
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