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Review: The Final Girls (2015), a charming and hilarious satire of 80s slasher movies

Imagine a mix between the first two Scream movies and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods, minus the over-the-top gore; the end result would be something akin to Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls. Part deconstruction of 80s slasher movies, and part emotional mother-daughter bonding drama, the film works surprisingly well considering it lacks many of the staples horror flicks such as Friday the 13th were famous for; namely, the blood and nudity. Yes, it’s a PG-13 satire of R-rated movies, which puts a limit on what can and can’t be shown regarding its Jason-Voorhees-like killer, but it also gives it a lighter, more playful tone, which helps differentiate it from the aforementioned films. Taissa (sister of Vera) Farmiga plays Max Cartwright, a young...

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Betty Gilpin Joins Rebel Wilson In New Line’s ‘Isn’t It Romantic’

Betty Gilpin Joins Rebel Wilson In New Line’s ‘Isn’t It Romantic’
Exclusive: Betty Gilpin, who co-stars in Netflix’s upcoming women’s wrestling dramedy Glow, has been set to join the cast of Isn’t It Romantic, a New Line Cinema comedy toplined by Rebel Wilson. The pic, to be directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, has a February 14, 2019 release date. Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine and Priyanka Chopra are also already aboard. Wilson stars as Natalie, a cynical woman who doesn’t believe in love, who wakes up one day to find herself trapped…
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Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Adds Thomas Middleditch to the Cast

Following the recent news that Adam Wingard will direct Godzilla vs. Kong, the cast for another entry in Legendary and Warner Bros.' MonsterVerse is continuing to expand, as Godzilla: King of the Monsters has added Thomas Middleditch to the cast.

The news of Middleditch's casting comes from THR. It's not yet known what type of character will be played by Middleditch, who currently stars on HBO's Silicon Valley and also appeared in Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta horror comedy The Final Girls.

Middleditch joins a cast that includes Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Charles Dance, and Sally Hawkins reprising her role as Project Monarch scientist Dr. Vivienne Graham.

Plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but it was teased several years ago that the antagonistic creatures Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah are expected to appear in the follow-up film,
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Priyanka Chopra Joins Octavia Spencer’s ‘A Kid Like Jake,’ ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ (Exclusive)

Priyanka Chopra Joins Octavia Spencer’s ‘A Kid Like Jake,’ ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ (Exclusive)
With her ABC show “Quantico” on summer hiatus, Priyanka Chopra is making waves on the big screen.

Sources tell Variety that the “Baywatch” star is in negotiations to join the indie drama “A Kid Like Jake,” starring Octavia Spencer, and is also in talks to board the New Line comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” opposite Rebel Wilson.

Chopra will shoot “A Kid Like Jake” in June and then immediately begin production on “Isn’t It Romantic” in July before returning to “Quantico” this fall.

Most network stars with lengthy TV seasons are usually only able to fit one movie into their hiatus schedule, but Chopra will be juggling two, in addition to continuing doing press for “Baywatch.”

Silas Howard is directing “A Kid Like Jake,” which also stars Jim Parsons and Claire Danes. The pic follows two parents
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Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine join Rebel Wilson in Isn’t It Romantic

THR is reporting that Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect 2) have joined the cast of the romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic, where they will star alongside the previously cast Rebel Wilson.

The film is being directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) and follows “a cynical woman (Wilson) who discovers that her life has become a romantic comedy, and she goes from sidekick to center stage.” Devine will play a character stuck in the friend zone, while Hemsworth is the object of Wilson’s affections.

Liam Hemsworth will next be seen in Duel alongside Woody Harrelson, and has recently signed on to the lead in the action thriller Killerman, while Devine has the Netflix series Game Over, Man! on the horizon [watch the trailer here].
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Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine Join Rebel Wilson in ‘Isn’t It Romantic’

Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine Join Rebel Wilson in ‘Isn’t It Romantic’
Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine are set to star opposite Rebel Wilson in the New Line comedy “Isn’t It Romantic.”

Todd Strauss-Schulson is directing the movie.

The film follows a cynical woman, played by Wilson, who discovers that her life has become a romantic comedy. The two actors are involved in a love triangle with Wilson, with Devine playing a character who is stuck in the friend zone and Hemsworth as the object of Wilson’s affections.

Erin Cardillo wrote the first draft of the script. Dana Fox, Katie Silberman, and Paula Pell worked on the screenplay as well, with the most recent revisions by Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly.

Todd Garner, Grant Scharbo, Gina Matthews, and Jeremy Stein are producing the comedy. Production is set to start in June.

Devine and Wilson last worked together on the “Pitch Perfect” franchise. Devine is currently shooting “Game Over, Man,” a
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Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth Join Rebel Wilson in 'Isn't It Romantic' (Exclusive)

Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth Join Rebel Wilson in 'Isn't It Romantic' (Exclusive)
Adam Devine and Liam Hemsworth will star opposite Rebel Wilson in Isn't It Romantic, a New Line romantic comedy that Todd Strauss-Schulson is directing.

The story tells of a cynical woman (Wilson) who discovers that her life has become a romantic comedy, and she goes from sidekick to center stage.

The two actors are two points in a love triangle with Wilson, with Devine playing a character who is stuck in the friend zone and Hemsworth the hunky object of Wilson’s affections.

Erin Cardillo wrote the initial script; Dana Fox, Katie Silberman and Paula Pell worked on it as well,...
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Rebel Wilson’s Romantic Comedy Draws Director Todd Strauss-Schulson

Rebel Wilson’s Romantic Comedy Draws Director Todd Strauss-Schulson
Todd Strauss-Schulson will direct Rebel Wilson’s comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” for New Line.

Todd Garner, Grant Scharbo, and Gina Matthews are producing the film. Erin Cardillo wrote the original script with revisions by Dana Fox and Katie Silberman, and the latest draft by Paula Pell

The film follows a cynical woman who doesn’t believe in love and then wakes up to discover that her life has become a romantic comedy.

Wilson starred in both “Pitch Perfect” movies and is attached to the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3.” Credits for the Australian actress include “Bridesmaids,” “How to Be Single,” “The Brothers Grimsby,” and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”

Garner produced both the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” movies, along with “Into the Storm” and “Knight and Day.” Scharbo and Matthews were executive producers on several TV series, including “The Gates,” “Missing,” and “Rush.” Matthews was also a producer on the feature
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New Line's Rebel Wilson Romantic Comedy Finds Director (Exclusive)

New Line's Rebel Wilson Romantic Comedy Finds Director (Exclusive)
Todd Strauss-Schulson, who directed New Line’s 2011 movie A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, is returning to the company for Isn’t It Romantic, a romantic comedy that has Rebel Wilson attached to star.

Todd Garner, Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews are producing.

The story tells of a cynical woman who discovers that her life has become a romantic comedy, and she goes from sidekick to center stage.

Erin Cardillo wrote the initial script; Dana Fox, Katie Silberman and Paula Pell worked on it as well.

Strauss-Schulson was known for his comedic shorts when he landed the gig of helming...
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Sundance 2017: Jaunt Announces Virtual Reality Series Reimagining of The Lawnmower Man Movie

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The Sundance Film Festival is just getting started in Park City, Utah, and virtual reality company Jaunt Inc. is heating things up at the winter event by announcing a Vr series reimagining of The Lawnmower Man, the 1992 film based on the Stephen King short story of the same name.

A far cry from King’s short story upon which it is based, Brett Leonard’s The Lawnmower Man movie heavily incorporated virtual reality in its plot. No details on the Vr series’ plot are known at this time, other than the fact that it will be a “reimagination of the film.”

We have the full press release with more details on Janut’s upcoming Vr slate below, as well as trailer for The Lawnmower Man film, which stars Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Fahey. In case you missed it, Scream Factory recently announced an upcoming collector’s edition Blu-ray of The Lawnmower Man.
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The Final Girls Review

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The Final Girls is a strange beast. In fact director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) seemingly achieves the impossible – knocking out a horror-comedy starved of both scares and laughs that somehow still works. It’s saved by a surprisingly touching mother-daughter dynamic that – by the end – packs a genuine […]

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Movie Review – The Final Girls (2015)

The Final Girls, 2015.

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson

Starring Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, Adam DeVine, Chloe Bridges, Tory N. Thompson, and Angela Trimbur.

Synopsis:

A high school student is grieving the loss of her mother. She soon finds herself and her friends transported into the cult slasher film that starred her mother Camp Bloodbath. To survive they must follow and understand the 80s slasher tropes.

In a blog for Film 4 director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D) mentions the passing of his father and the importance the arrival of The Final Girls script was. As the blog goes on to recall his cinephilic childhood of three films a day, one comes to understand that many of those intense memories transcend onto the screen. The underpinning theme of parental loss is emotionally charged and is of much dramatic weight. In parallel is
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*Updated* Comic-Con 2016: The Final Girls Panel, Midnight Screening, and “I Scream Truck” Announced

*Updated with new panel time and additional guest.* Comic-Con attendees who saw The Final Girls last fall or still have it at the top of their to-do lists are in for a treat, as the film’s self-aware humor and horror will set up camp in San Diego at a cast and crew panel, a midnight screening, and a special “I Scream Truck” packed with goodies.

On Saturday, July 23rd from 5:30pm–6:30pm in The Grand Horton, director Todd Strauss-Schulson, writers Joshua John Miller and M.A. Fortin, director of photography Elie Smolkin, and cast members Thomas Middleditch and Angela Trimbur will take part in a panel to discuss the making of The Final Girls and the future of the midnight movie. Actresses who have played popular final girls throughout horror movie history will also pop up as surprise guests, and attendees of the panel will have the chance
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Matt Fogel Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward At TBS, To Be Shopped Elsewhere

TBS has passed on the untitled comedy pilot from writer Matt Fogel (Bob: The Musical) and writer-director Todd Strauss-Schulson (The Final Girls). The project’s studio, Legendary TV, is currently shopping it to other outlets. As a new generation of women becomes more independent and assertive, their male counterparts are becoming more self-aware and sensitive. The untitled half-hour show is about two of those men – Todd (played by Adam Shapiro) and Fogel (Jack Carpenter)…
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Adam DeVine to take Paternity Leave for New Line Cinema

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Adam DeVine (Workaholics, Pitch Perfect) has signed on to lead New Line Cinema’s comedy Paternity Leave.

The project is described as having “shades of The Hangover and Wedding Crashers” and “centers on a group of immature bachelors who stage pregnancies in order to get time off and go on an all-expenses-paid trip.”

Paternity Leave has been in the works since 2005 and is based on a concept from Andrew Panay, who produces. Todd Strauss-Schulson (The Final Girls) is directing.

DeVine will next be seen opposite Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which opens in August. Watch the trailer here.
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Workaholics Star Adam Devine Tapped To Headline New Comedy Paternity Leave

Ever the dependable supporting actor when it comes to comedy, Adam Devine looks set to make the jump to mainline star now that Deadline reports the actor has been tapped to headline Paternity Leave.

Hatched by New Line and director Todd Strauss-Schulson (Final Girls), the story follows “three immature friends who team with their pregnant friend to plan a hoax that would get them receive three months paternity leave.” That doesn’t sound too far removed from a plot that would appear in Comedy Central’s office sitcom, Workaholics. Indeed the ongoing series helped fire Devine into the limelight, who has since appeared across the Pitch Perfect franchise and, soon, matrimonial comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Working closely with Strauss-Schulson to develop Paternity Leave, next port of call for Devine will be assisting on script duties, and it’s safe to assume New Line will be busy scouting
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Adam Devine to Star in New Line Comedy ‘Paternity Leave’

Adam Devine to Star in New Line Comedy ‘Paternity Leave’
Adam Devine is attached to star in the New Line comedy “Paternity Leave” with Final Girls helmer Todd Strauss-Schulson set to direct.

The story follows three immature friends who team with their pregnant friend to plan a hoax that would get them receive three months paternity leave. Andrew Panay is producing.

Devine first broke through on his Comedy Central series “Workaholics.” As of late, the actor has moved toward the film side, starring in the “Pitch Perfect” franchise as well as the upcoming Fox comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” which co-stars Zac Efron.

Devine recently received Cinemacon’s Comedy Stars of the Year Award with his “Mike and Dave” co-stars Efron and Anna Kendrick. Insiders tell Variety the studio felt it was time to let Devine carry his own picture.

Strauss-Schulson directed the cult horror film “The Final Girls,” starring Malin Akerman and Thomas Middleditch, and “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
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Adam Devine Set For New Line Comedy ‘Paternity Leave’

Adam Devine Set For New Line Comedy ‘Paternity Leave’
You steal enough scenes as a supporting player, and eventually they begin building movies around you. That’s happening for Adam Devine, who has just made a deal at New Line to star in Paternity Leave, which Todd Strauss-Schulson is set to direct. Adam Cole-Kelly and Sam Pitman wrote the most recent draft. This comes after Devine’s showy roles in the Pitch Perfect films and The Intern. He’ll next be seen starring with Zac Efron in the Fox comedy Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dat…
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NYC Happenings: The Final Girls Kill At Midnight!

Todd Strauss-Schulson's The Final Girls was a big hit outta SXSW 2015, where it quickly garnered praise as both a glowing love letter to and hardcore deconstruction of 80s slashers. The flick kept building momentum along the festival circuit throughout the year, and as is usual these days in our culture of volume, had a quick theatrical release before shuffling off to VOD. But the thing is The Final Girls by its very gleeful and gory nature, by the absolute horror legacy it holds, is a film that is best experienced in a movie theatre with an audience that is just as eager to laugh as they are to scream. While Midnight Movie culture generally commences around retrospectives of older filmic fare, The Final Girls...

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Bruce Rosenblum Exits as Legendary Television and Digital Media Chief (Exclusive)

Bruce Rosenblum Exits as Legendary Television and Digital Media Chief (Exclusive)
Bruce Rosenblum has exited as president of Legendary Television and Digital Media after nearly three years at the company, which was acquired in January by Chinese conglom Dalian Wanda Group.

Rosenblum’s exit comes as Legendary has tapped film veteran Mary Parent to serve as vice chairman overseeing all aspects of film, TV and digital development and production.

Rosenblum joined Legendary in July 2013 after nearly 25 years at Warner Bros. and its Lorimar predecessor company, with the goal of overseeing the expansion of TV and digital media production. He also serves as chairman of the Television Academy, having extended his term through the end of this year.

Rosenblum’s departure is no surprise amid the changes at the company headed by Thomas Tull. Industry sources said Rosenblum had privately expressed a desire to move on from the company.

“Obviously, with the change at the top of Legendary, subsequent changes throughout the company were inevitable,
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