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Film News Roundup: Produced By Conference Adds Paul Feig, Neal Moritz

Film News Roundup: Produced By Conference Adds Paul Feig, Neal Moritz
In today’s film news roundup, Paul Feig and Neal Moritz are added to the Produced By Conference, a “Jumanji” double feature gets scheduled, and Jean-Luc Godard’s “The Image Book” gets bought.

Conference Additions

The Producers Guild of America has added Paul Feig and Neal Moritz as speakers at its 10th annual Produced By Conference, which will be held June 9 and 10 at Paramount Pictures Studios.

Moritz will be joining Jim Gianopulos in his headlining “Conversations With…” session. Additional speakers include Stephanie Allain, Ian Bryce, Donald DeLine, Tracey Edmonds, Lucy Fisher, Lynette Howell Taylor, James F. Lopez, Chris Moore, Ronald D. Moore, Mary Parent, Stacy Rukeyser, and Doug Wick.

The Produced By Conference will bring back its Mentoring Roundtables to give attendees a chance to ask questions about their own projects in development and learn in a more personalized, intimate setting with one-on-one feedback. No pitching is allowed — the roundtables
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Produced By Conference Adds Stephanie Allain, Paul Feig & Others As Speakers

The Producers Guild of America unveiled a new wave of participants for its 10th annual Produced By Conference next month. Among those added to the lineup are Dear White People producer Stephanie Allain, Bridesmaids director-producer Paul Feig, Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz along with Ian Bryce, Donald DeLine, Tracey Edmonds, Lucy Fisher, Lynette Howell Taylor, James F. Lopez, Chris Moore, Ronald D. Moore, Mary Parent, Stacy Rukeyser, Doug Wick and more. The…
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Produced By Conference Adds Stephanie Allain, Paul Feig & Others As Speakers

The Producers Guild of America unveiled a new wave of participants for its 10th annual Produced By Conference next month. Among those added to the lineup are Dear White People producer Stephanie Allain, Bridesmaids director-producer Paul Feig, Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz along with Ian Bryce, Donald DeLine, Tracey Edmonds, Lucy Fisher, Lynette Howell Taylor, James F. Lopez, Chris Moore, Ronald D. Moore, Mary Parent, Stacy Rukeyser, Doug Wick and more. The…
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‘Outlander’ stars Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe react to the show’s Huge multi-season renewal: ‘Thank you to our fans’

‘Outlander’ stars Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe react to the show’s Huge multi-season renewal: ‘Thank you to our fans’
“I feel so lucky,” tweeted Sam Heughan upon the renewal of “Outlander” on Starz. “Thank you to [author Diana Gabaldon] and our great fans for supporting us on this memorable and life changing journey. So thrilled to play this character for two more! Big thank you to the cast, crew and of course, the sublime Claire herself.” This week it was announced that “Outlander” would be returning for season four this fall, but that’s not all. It will also be back for seasons five and six in the coming years. Are you excited to get your guaranteed “Outlander” fix for the foreseeable future? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the grateful reactions of both Heughan and his co-star Caitriona Balfe.

Outlander” is based on the romantic fantasy novels by Gabaldon and developed for television by Ronald D. Moore, who was previously known for his work on
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Knock knock! Amazon’s Emmy Fyc mailer has arrived, showcasing ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Long Strange Trip’ and more

TV academy members, check your doorsteps as Amazon’s 2018 Emmy Fyc mailer has arrived. The glossy package features three separate booklets (see photos above and below) highlighting their original programs that streamed during the 2017-18 television season. Comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and documentary series “Long Strange Trip” are showcased in their own booklets, while the the third highlights “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” “The Tick,” “Transparent,” Mozart in the Jungle,” “Grand Tour” and “Electric Dreams.”

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” stars Rachel Brosnahan as the titular Midge Maisel, a 1950s New York housewife, who has a midlife crisis and becomes a standup comedian. The show has already won top honors at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and PGA Awards, and is considered a frontrunner for Best Comedy Series at the Emmys.

Midge’s husband Joel Maisel (Michael Zegen
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Outlander Renewed For Seasons 5 And 6 Ahead Of Fourth Season November Premiere

While it is by now not uncommon for series to get early renewals, Starz is taking the advice I’ve been giving for years and has announced that it is renewing Outlander for two more seasons months before season four hits in November. It isn’t exactly a stretch, because the show has managed great ratings and critics have been overwhelmingly positive towards the series. But, Starz is getting a jump on things by committing to the show long before a fresh batch of ratings come out. As I’ve been saying for years, in the new television world in which we live, audiences are less and less likely to try out new shows, because they know that so many get pulled just after they’ve been hooked. That’s nothing new, but there is too much stuff out there now. Too many series they can binge several seasons of,
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‘Outlander’ Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6 at Starz

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‘Outlander’ Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6 at Starz
Outlander” has been renewed for Seasons 5 and 6, Starz announced Wednesday.

The time traveling drama will return to the network with Season 4 this November, though a specific date has not been set. The series, based on Diana Gabaldon’s popular novel series, stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser.

Seasons 5 and 6 will be based on material from Gabaldon’s fifth and sixth books, “The Fiery Cross” and “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” in 12 episodes each season.

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“Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures in seasons five and six as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht.

Outlander” is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Toni Graphia, Matthew B. Roberts, and Andy Harries. It is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Season 4 production is currently underway in Scotland, and will be 13 episodes, based on the fourth book in the series, “Drums of Autumn.”

Read original story ‘Outlander’ Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6 at Starz At TheWrap
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Starz Orders Two More Seasons of ‘Outlander’

Starz has given a two-season renewal to fantasy drama “Outlander,” taking the show into its sixth season.

The series from Sony Pictures Television is among the most-watched premium TV programs with an average of 5.8 million viewers per episode in season three, based on multiplatform viewing. “Outlander’s” fourth season, now shooting in Scotland, will premiere in November, Starz chief Chris Albrecht said Wednesday.

“Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures in seasons five and six as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as
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The 18 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Set In Space, Ranked

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Space is a scary place, as we’ve seen in countless movies and TV shows — but the thrills that come with these stories prove that while the dangers of venturing off this planet are many, there are still thrills a’plenty in the great unknown, and adventures beyond our potential comprehension.

Timed to the Season 3 premiere of Syfy’s “The Expanse” and the launch of the Netflix’s “Lost in Space” reboot, here’s a look back at all the great sci-fi television we’ve seen set in the cosmos, a rich tradition of storytelling that’s captured our imagination for decades.

Debating what counts as a “space show” is tricky, though one easy rule was that the show has to center around a spaceship or space station of some sort. Some of these selections below didn’t last all that long — several Season 1s weren’t followed by Season 2s — as television,
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Apple picks up TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

Last summer it was announced that Skydance Television had picked up the rights to Isaac Asimov’s classic sci-fi trilogy Foundation, tapping David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Josh Friedman (Emerald City) to develop a TV adaptation.

Originally launching as a series of short stories in Astounding Magazine beginning in 1942, Foundation follows a psycho-historian living under the rule of the Galactic Empire who foresees its imminent collapse and sets out to preserve mankind’s knowledge by assembling a group of talented artisans and engineers to serve as the foundation for a new society.

Foundation becomes the latest acquisition for Apple, which has snapped up a host of original programming for its streaming service, including the Octavia Spencer-headlined drama Are You Sleeping, Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence’s See, a Damien Chazelle series, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a morning TV show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston,
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13 Notable Male Roles Rewritten as Amazing Women

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High Fidelity is the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby that was adapted into the 2000 film starring John Cusack.

It is now being developed into a TV series with one major change: the lead role is being written for a woman.

Let's check out some of the other times that a woman stepped into a role originally created for a man.

1. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Battlestar Galactica) When Ronald D. Moore's re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica announced that Starbuck was going to be a woman, there were many skeptics. Katee Sackhoff ultimately landed the role and quickly won over viewers with her powerful portrayal. 2. Lenny (Legion) Showrunner Noah Hawley first envisioned David's friend Lenny as a middle-aged man. Once he met Aubrey Plaza, Hawley rewrote the role so she could play it. 3. Jeri Hogarth (Marvel Netflix Universe) In adapting comic character Jeryn Hogarth for the Marvel/Netflix franchise, he became a she.
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‘Battlestar Galactica’ is coming to tabletops!

Italian board game publisher Ares Games – whose game Divinity Derby we recently reviewed – have announced they are set to publish and distribute, worldwide, a starship combat miniature game based on the Battlestar Galactica TV series – including both the classic series, created by Glen A. Larson in the late ‘70s, and the re-imagined series developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, which aired until 2010.

Created by the same designers of the popular Wings of Glory and Sails of Glory game systems (Andrea Angiolino and Andrea Mainini), the Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles game will be first presented to the public at Gen Con 2018. Release date has not been announced yet.

Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles will feature ready to play, painted and assembled miniatures, with a special base to support its unique game mechanics. Players will take control of one or more Colonial and Cylon ships and face each other in furious
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Apple May Not Buy A24, But Don’t Be Surprised If It Did: Silicon Valley Increasingly Defines Hollywood

After a brief flurry of acquisitions gossip, and Monday’s announcement that A24 co-founder John Hodges will exit the company, A24 and/or Apple “insiders” let it be known that Apple wasn’t going to buy the hot young indie studio. Per Deadline, talks between A24 and Apple “so far appear to only be for partnerships on projects.”

While this deal appears to be a nonstarter, it speaks to the presence of Silicon Valley in Hollywood, and with the independents as well. It’s very likely that Apple will consider film acquisitions, just as A24 will continue to see overtures. But more than ever, it’s the techies who will call the shots.

For decades, six major studios ruled film and television. As studios’ output continues to shrink, with their parent companies increasingly disenchanted with the movie business, it’s likely that the new six will be Amazon, Apple, Disney/Fox/ABC,
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Critics Pick the Best TV Reboots and Revivals Ever — IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best reboot/revival of a TV show? (Not of a movie, so no “Fargo.”)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

Although I’m not a fan of much rebooted or revived TV, I do absolutely love the relaunched version of “Battlestar Galactica”. In the early aughts, Ronald D. Moore reimagined Glen A. Larsen’s 1978 series as a sleek, sexy space opera for what was then known as the Sci-Fi Channel. The obsession with this series is really best described by that classic “Portlandia” sketch, as the new “Battlestar” was accessible even to those who (like myself) are not usually that into sci-fi series.

A good
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Rejoice, Sassenachs: Outlander Execs "Have No Doubt" There Will Be a Fifth Season

Few things can cure the Droughtlander we're currently experiencing as we eagerly await season four of Outlander, but the latest news about Starz's time-traveling drama might come close. At the For Your Consideration: Outlander panel in La on Sunday, executive producer Ronald D. Moore had an exciting tidbit to share with the audience. Even though season four has yet to hit our TV screens, Moore confirmed that season five is already in the works, according to Entertainment Weekly. Now, Starz hasn't officially renewed it, but Moore mentioned that's only because the "usual negotiations and conversations" have been delaying things. That being said, Moore declared it's pretty much a done deal. "We are certainly going to do it," he said. "I have no doubt we are doing a season five." You hear that, Sassenachs? More near-death experiences for Claire and Jamie are in our future! Outlander is based on Diana Gabaldon
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‘Outlander’ Team Confirm Brianna and Jamie Reunion in Season 4, Jamie’s Appearance in the Pilot Episode

The Droughtlander is halfway over for fans of the breakout Starz drama, “Outlander.” And when the fourth season of the series returns, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) will be trying to build a new life for themselves — with their daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) still weighing heavily on their minds.

“Season 3 was a year of transition, whereas Season 4 is more about settling down and finding a home. Claire and Jamie are literally building a house on the frontier. There’s an element of ‘Little House on the Prairie,’” showrunner Ronald D. Moore teased at an Fyc panel for the show.
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Inside Stephen Hawking’s Classic ‘Star Trek’ Cameo as Told by the Man Who Wrote It

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Inside Stephen Hawking’s Classic ‘Star Trek’ Cameo as Told by the Man Who Wrote It
When Ronald D. Moore was on the writing team for “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” he rarely appeared on set for the episodes he wrote. But he made a special exception for the show’s sixth season finale, “Descent,” an episode that kicked off with the only guest appearance in “Star Trek” history from a celebrity playing himself: the late physicist Stephen Hawking. “Only the people involved in filming the scene were actually allowed in the room,” Moore recalled in an interview with TheWrap. “Everyone else was crammed out in the hallway peeking in. It was a really exciting scene and...
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Bob’s Burgers creator’s new series Central Park picked up by Apple

Apple TV has won a competitive bidding war for the new animated musical comedy series Central Park, which comes from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, executive producer Nora Smith, and actor Josh Gad (Frozen).

The series has been granted a two-season, 26-episode straight to series order, and will see Gad joined in the voice cast by Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.

The show will tell the story of a family of caretakers living and working in Central Park, who end up saving not only the park, but the entire world. The project was originally developed by 20th Century Television for Fox, and when the network passed it received interest from Apple, Netflix and Hulu.

See Also: Apple investing $1 billion in original TV and movie content

Central Park is the latest project to be picked up by Apple TV, and joins
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Apple Orders Animated Comedy ‘Central Park’ From ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Creator

Apple continues to grow it series-programming slate, adding its first animated show.

The digital giant has given a two-season series order to “Central Park,” a musical comedy from “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard and 20th Century Fox Television. Written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, the series is described as telling the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television — where Bouchard is under an overall deal — “Central Park” stars Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell,
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Battlestar Galactica Movie Wants to Gender-Swap Roles?

Battlestar Galactica Movie Wants to Gender-Swap Roles?
Universal's long-gestating Battlestar Galactica movie is still moving forward, with director Francis Lawrence offering an interesting update while promoting his new movie Red Sparrow. While there is still no indication as to when production may actually take place, the filmmaker has been developing the script with Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, and while no specific plot details have been divulged, the filmmaker revealed there is a strong possibility some of the iconic roles from the TV series may be gender-swapped. Here's what the director had to say when asked about the possibility of gender-swapping certain Battlestar Galactica roles.

"Yes absolutely 100 per cent! I'm not going to give any details but 100% there's room for that."

While there has been little to no movement on the project since Lawrence was brought on as director in June 2016, the director revealed in an interview last month that Battlestar Galactica is in fact still happening, although
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