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Lifetime is making it official with two of its frequent collaborators, Queen Latifah and Toni Braxton. Variety confirms that both multi-hyphenates have signed major production deals with the network. Latifah will exec produce two music documentary projects, and Braxton is on-board for multiple TV movies.
“Both Queen Latifah and Toni Braxton have been part of the Lifetime family for many years,” said Lifetime and Lmn Evp Tanya Lopez. “Our audiences love them as much as we do and we are excited they will be back on the network for even more.”
Latifah will Ep doc “Where Did the Women of Hip Hop Go?,” which covers the history women in hip hop and rap and “explores what the future holds for the next generation of female emcees.” The “Girls Trip” star will also topline and Ep “U.N.I.T.Y.,” a one-hour special that will
The move came a week and a half after Frances McDorrmand sparked interest and support for the term after she concluded her Oscars best actress acceptance speech by saying, “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.”
“Thrilled to announce that Feigco Entertainment is officially adopting an #inclusionrider for all our film and TV productions moving forward,” Feig wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “Thank you to @Inclusionists and Stacy L. Smith for their guidance and inspiration. We challenge other companies and studios to do the same.”
Backstage at the 90th Academy Awards, McDormand explained an inclusion rider can be added to contracts so that at least 50% of the cast and crew have to be diverse. The topic of diversity and inclusion in Hollywood
Lionsgate Television Group has signed multi-hyphenate Paul Feig and his producing partner Jessie Henderson to a first-look deal covering scripted and unscripted series and formats.
Feig, best known in the TV world as creator of Freaks And Geeks and director and co-executive producer of the Us version of The Office, will work on projects through his Feigco Entertainment banner and join a creative roster at Lionsgate Television that already includes Kevin Hart, Jenji Kohan, Courtney Kemp, Matt Kunitz, Jeff Apploff, K P Anderson, Joel Silver and John Goldwyn.
If you’ve been missing Cameron and Donna since “Halt and Catch Fire” concluded its four-season run in October, we’ve got some good news for you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Freeform has given a pilot order to “Girl Code,” a new series about female coders from “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig and “Glow” scribe Kim Rosenstock.
Described as “an odd-couple partnership between a brazen, self-centered tech CEO and a community-building social entrepreneur who must overcome their many issues with each other in order to co-run a groundbreaking, all-female tech incubator,” the project was brought to Feig and Rosenstock by Anonymous Content’s Joy Gorman Wettels. Feig is signed on to direct and Rosenstock is penning the script.
The workplace comedy is “inspired by female coders, robotic scientists, and social entrepreneurs.”
Feig created the short-lived but beloved series “Freaks and Geeks.” The four-time Emmy nominee has
The program reunites McHale with several other alumni from The Soup, the long-running E! series he hosted from July 2004 to December 2015. Brad Stevens, K.P. Anderson and Boyd Vico will executive produce alongside McHale, Jessie Henderson (Snatched, The Heat
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The English-language debut of Swiss director Baran bo Odar delivers nothing of what we want, namely: half-decent action, interesting characters, witty writing, or surprising plot deviations.
Jamie Foxx plays Vegas cop Vincent Downs, whom we first meet in the throes of a violent robbery. He’s stealing a whole bunch of cocaine, which belongs to a casino owner named Rubino (Dermot Mulroney). Problem is, Rubino himself owes it to fearsome gangster Novak (Scoot McNairy), who in turn is in thrall to his megalomaniac father.
After his son is kidnapped by Rubino’s thugs, Downs tries to return the drugs. But he is confounded by Internal Affairs partners Bryant (Michelle Monaghan) and Dennison (David Harbour); suspecting corruption, they step in to disrupt the deal. But in doing so they instigate a sleepless night of fighting,
The deal was announced out of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Vigilance” follows an American who gets a job at a London armored car company that was the target of a robbery. Her motivations for working there grow more mysterious and tangled.
Bullock most recently starred in “Our Brand Is Crisis,” a box office flop that premiered at Toronto in 2015. Her other credits include the hits “Gravity” and “The Heat,” as well as her Oscar-winning turn in “The Blind Side.”
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Josef Wladyka (“Narcos”) will direct the picture. Joel Silver, the producer of “The Matrix,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Die Hard” franchises, is overseeing the production. Despite his earlier run of successes, Silver has had a rough spell of late, with recent films such as “The Nice Guys” and
Melissa McCarthy has lined up her next project. The comedy superstar will team up with her producing partner, frequent collaborator, and husband Ben Falcone on an untitled film about Boston’s first female cops in the 1970s, Variety reports. McCarthy and Falcone have signed on to produce the New Line project, which will be based on an as-yet unpublished book by Alexandra Lydon. McCarthy is also expected to star in the drama as one of Boston’s inaugural policewomen.
Lydon’s book was bought by Picador USA and “follows the transition of black and white women joining the Boston Police Department as they find themselves on the front lines of a racially divided city and become unwitting participants in a social revolution,” Variety summarizes.
McCarthy and Falcone will produce via their On the Day production company and Lydon will serve as executive producer. No word on a director or screenwriter yet.
This will not be the first time McCarthy has portrayed a Boston cop. The “Ghostbusters” star took on the role of Detective Shannon Mullins in the 2013 comedy “The Heat” opposite Sandra Bullock. McCarthy will also play a detective investigating a serial killer who is targeting puppets in “The Happytime Murders,” an R-rated comedy set to hit theaters August 17, 2018. The Emmy winner is attached to produce that project as well.
McCarthy’s next gigs include two features directed by Falcone: “Life of the Party,” a college-set comedy, and “Margie Claus,” a holiday musical revolving around Santa Claus’ wife. McCarthy co-wrote both scripts.
She’s also signed up to star in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” a dark comedy about a journalist who forges letters from late writers and actors.
McCarthy won an Emmy for her role in the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly” in 2011 and received an Oscar nomination for “Bridesmaids” in 2012. She reprised her role as Sookie St. James in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” for Netflix in November. McCarthy has also recently appeared as Sean Spicer on “Saturday Night Live” and as herself on the TV Land series “Nobodies,” on which she serves as exec producer.
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Paul Feig is directing the film, with shooting starting on Aug. 14 in Toronto. Kendrick will play a mommy blogger trying to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend, portrayed by Lively. Golding has been cast as Lively’s character’s husband.
Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing through their Feigco production company. Jessica Sharzer wrote the script based on Darcey Bell’s book of the same name.
Fox 2000 was originally developing the project after buying the movie rights to “A Simple Favor” in a preemptive deal. The story is in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl” and Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut “The Girl on the Train” — two best-selling thrillers in which a female protagonist disappears from a seemingly perfect relationship, part of the “domestic noir” genre.
“A Simple Favor
Falcone will direct as well as produce along with McCarthy via their On the Day banner.
The spec is another high-concept action, unconventional buddy comedy, like McCarthy’s “The Heat” and “Spy,” but this time set against the phenomena of technological singularity.
Mallory, McCarthy and Falcone have a history of working together, most recently teaming on the Universal comedy “The Boss,” which grossed $78.8 million worldwide.
New Line also is releasing upcoming comedy “Life of the Party,” which stars McCarthy and is helmed by Falcone. The film is set to bow on May 11, 2018.
Mallory is represented by Mgmt and Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman.
McCarthy will soon be seen in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me” for Fox Searchlight which was written by Nicole Holofcener and is attached to produce and
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively may be teaming up for a murder mystery. Deadline reports that the actresses are in talks to star in “A Simple Favor,” a project being set up at Lionsgate. Paul Feig has signed on to write and direct the film.
Based on Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel of the same name, “A Simple Favor” centers on a mommy blogger whose best friend suddenly disappears. The book has earned comparisons to two other page-turners that went on to receive big screen adaptations, Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” and Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train.”
The project is expected to shoot this August in Toronto.
Feig is best known for female-driven comedies like “Spy,” “The Heat,” and “Bridesmaids.”
Kendrick will next be seen in the third installment of the “Pitch Perfect” aca-franchise. Directed by Trish Sie, “Pitch Perfect 3” is set to bow December 22. Lively’s newest film, “All I See Is You,” hits theaters September 15. The “Gossip Girl” alumna plays a blind woman who regains her sight.
Lively has already signed on to star in another adaptation of a mystery novel, “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret.” “The Shallows” star will play a woman who discovers a shocking secret that her husband has been hiding for years.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) and Keir Gilchrist (“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”) play the mother and son duo in this heartfelt coming-of-age story that unfolds from the point-of-view of Sam (Keir Gilchrist).
According to the summary provided by Netflix, “Sam decides it is time to go on a date, find a girlfriend and hopefully love, a journey that sets Sam’s mother, Elsa (played by Jason Leigh), on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence. Sam’s entire family must adjust to change, all
After the Oscar-nominated, $288m global success of Bridesmaids, it seemed as if the film industry would finally put to rest the tired assumption that female-fronted comedies can’t be just as successful as their male counterparts (in fact, it remains the highest-grossing Judd Apatow-produced film to date). But progress was strangely, frustratingly slow, and despite the darnedest efforts of Bridesmaids director Paul Feig (who went on to make The Heat, Spy and Ghostbusters) and, well, Bad Moms, this particular glass ceiling has remained relatively crack-free.
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We still have a few blessed months before we’re bombarded with Christmas-themed advertising, but here’s some holiday news worth celebrating in June: Melissa McCarthy is set to topline and produce “Margie Claus,” a holiday musical she co-wrote. The Hollywood Reporter writes that New Line has picked up the comedy project.
The Oscar winner will play the title character, Santa Claus’ wife Margie. After Santa goes missing while delivering presents on Christmas Eve, Margie swings into action. She puts together a rescue team and ventures away from the North Pole — for the first time in decades — to save Santa and Christmas.
Described as a “broad holiday family musical that New Line hopes will be in the same spirit (and have the same success) as another company Christmas movie, ‘Elf,’” “Margie Claus” will be directed by McCarthy’s frequent collaborator — and husband — Ben Falcone.
The film is scheduled for release on November 15, 2019.
McCarthy received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for smash hit “Bridesmaids.” “The Heat,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” and “Tammy” are among her biggest box office successes. Her upcoming projects include college-set comedy “Life of the Party” with “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs, R-rated puppet comedy “The Happytime Murders,” and Marielle Heller’s follow-up to “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Melissa McCarthy to Star in Christmas Musical “Margie Claus” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
There are even some you may not consider to be straightforward comedies. You may not think of “Lost in Translation” or “Mistress America” as laugh riots, but we felt it best to be broad in our approach — any movie that balances its darker shades with cathartic humor was eligible. You’ll notice that we like women and Working Title (the British production company responsible for several titles on this list), which is to say: This is less a definitive
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