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Mike Scully Signs New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Mike Scully has signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

Scully has a longstanding relationship with 20th TV, having served as a producer on “The Simpsons” beginning in 1993 and also serving as a writer on a dozen episodes. He also served as a co-executive producer and consulting producer on the 20th-produced NBC comedy “The Carmichael Show” and developed the “Napoleon Dynamite” animated series for television in 2013, among other projects.

“Thanks to Dana, Gary, Jonnie and Howard and everyone at 20th for helping me realize my dream of dying on the Fox lot with my
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‘Brigsby Bear’ DVD Review

Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Claire Danes, Chance Crimin, Beck Bennett, Andy Samberg | Written by Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney | Directed by Dave McCary

Saturday Night Live alumnus Dave McCary makes his directorial debut with Brigsby Bear, an engaging and smartly judged indie comedy-drama that mixes elements from several different movies but still manages to feel entirely original.

SNL’s Kyle Mooney (who co-wrote the script with Kevin Costello) plays twenty-five year-old James, who grows up in an underground desert bunker with his “parents” Ted (Mark Hamil) and April (Jane Adams). Kyle’s only entertainment is Brigsby Bear, a children’s fantasy TV show about a talking bear who protects the universe and dispenses weekly life lessons like “curiosity is an unnatural emotion” and “trust only the family unit”.

When the FBI raid the bunker, James
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30West Hires Sundance Programming Director Trevor Groth

30West Hires Sundance Programming Director Trevor Groth
30West has hired Trevor Groth, the longtime director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival, for an undisclosed post.

Groth will join the finance-production company in February. He first joined the programming staff of the Sundance festival in 1993, was named senior programmer in 2003, and director in 2009. While at Sundance, Groth was an advocate for a variety of notable independent titles including “Whiplash,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Hard Eight,” “Pi,” “Memento,” and “Napoleon Dynamite.”

Under his direction as head programmer for the festival’s Short Film Section, Groth also showcased the work of prominent filmmakers such as Spike Jonze, Cary Fukunaga, Taika Waititi, and Sarah Polley.

“For over twenty years Trevor has been one of the film community’s most consistent champions of original creative voices, all while exhibiting a fearless commitment to pushing the boundaries of film creation and distribution,” 30West said. “We could not be more thrilled that he has chosen to join us.”

30West announced
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Sundance Film Festival Programming Chief Trevor Groth Heads to 30West

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Sundance Film Festival Programming Chief Trevor Groth Heads to 30West
30West has hired Sundance Film Festival programming chief Trevor Groth, who will join the company in February, it was announced Monday. Groth joined the festival in 1993 and was named Senior Programmer in 2003 and Director in 2009. During his time with the festival staff, he helped champion acclaimed titles such as “Whiplash,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Hard Eight,” “Pi,” “Memento” and “Napoleon Dynamite.” In his post, he also was one of the first to showcase the shorts of now prominent filmmakers such as Spike Jonze, Cary Fukunaga, Taika Waititi and Sarah Polley. Also Read: 2018 Sundance Film Festival Awards: The Complete Winners List “It’s...
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Anthony Padilla, Jenn McAllister Lend Voices To Lionsgate’s ‘Hedgehogs’ Film

A brand new animated film from Lionsgate employs the voices of a bevy of top YouTube stars. Hedgehogs, which saw a limited in release in select theaters last Friday -- and which is also available digitally on demand -- features Smosh founders Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla as well as comedy vlogger Jenn McAllister (Foursome). They join Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder and comedy legend Chevy Chase, who have also lent their voices to the film.

Hedgehogs tells the story of a mischievous hedgehog (Padilla) who leaves his home in the wilderness to join a pigeon friend (Heder) on a wild adventure in the big city, where they must calm nervous citizens who are losing their minds. The film, from China, was directed by Huang Jianming, who also penned the script alongside Wu Xiaoyu.

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The Thrift Store Palette of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’

By Jacob Oller

These colors are washed-out and washed-up. he cinematography of most indie films values practicality over all else. Your budget is small, your schedule is hurried. You’re shooting for speed and efficiency. But there’s always room for art. Look at Napoleon Dynamite’s director of photography, Munn Powell. Powell created a pastel lookbook that shaped Urban Outfitters […]

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'Veep' Star Diedrich Bader Says Oswald Acted Alone in Kennedy Assassination

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[[tmz:video id="0_bgyd694j"]] "Veep" star Diedrich Bader thinks the thousands of soon-to-be-released secret documents relating to the Kennedy assassination will not change the government's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Diedrich -- who played Rex Kwan Do in "Napoleon Dynamite" -- was strolling in Larchmont Village Sunday when he took a minute to scoff at Trump's proclamation that he will not stand in the way of the documents being released this week. Intelligence officials have been lobbying
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‘The Tiger Hunter’ Headed to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in Early 2018

Shout! Factory has announced plans to bring the directorial debut of writer/director Lena Khan, The Tiger Hunter, to home video as part of their Shout Select line on January 9th, 2018.

The Tiger Hunter stars Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Rizwan Manji (Outsourced), Sam Page (Mad Men), Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Outsourced) and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects). It's a comedy about an immigrant seeking to achieve the American dream.

A pair of bonus features will be included on The Tiger Hunter home video release:

“Not Just an Immigrant Story: The Making of The Tiger Hunter” feaurette featuring interviews and a look behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers

Original Theatrical Trailer

Check out The Tiger Hunter official trailer and Blu-ray cover art below.
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Jon Heder Stars In ‘When Jeff Tried To Save The World’ From Director Kendall Goldberg

Jon Heder Stars In ‘When Jeff Tried To Save The World’ From Director Kendall Goldberg
Napoleon Dynamite actor Jon Heder is set to topline the indie film When Jeff Tried To Save The World, along with Parks and Recreation alum Jim O'Heir, Maya Erskine (Fxx's Man Seeking Woman), Brendan Meyer (The Oa), Anna Konkle (Rosewood) and Steve Berg (Comedy Central's Idiotsitter). Kendall Goldberg is onboard to helm, from a script co-written by Rachel Borgo and Goldberg. It follows Jeff (Heder), the manager of an old-school bowling alley called Winky's World, a…
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Video: 6 Unexpected, Yet Awesome Dance Scenes

Dancing in movies is nothing new, since the early days of cinema dancing has been a great way to perform a scene. However, most of these routines, as you’d expect, are in musicals. Yet there are a few non-musical films that throw in the odd surprising dance scene to great effect. Here are 6 unexpected yet awesome dance scenes.

6. Club Cringe – The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

For some dancing isn’t easy, but in this case these guys make it look almost impossible. With the juxtaposition of Neil (Blake Harrison) flailing his limbs with some sort of rhythm next to Simon (Joe Thomas) jittering nervously and Will (Simon Bird) galloping his way to sheer embarrassment, this one hits the list for cringe factor alone. The final stage in this act results in Simon and Will choosing to copy Neil and if you ever think that Neil is the one to follow, you’re in the shit.
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Watch The Rock Reboot Home Alone, Goodfellas and Napoleon Dynamite

Watch The Rock Reboot Home Alone, Goodfellas and Napoleon Dynamite
It's hard to argue against the logic that Dwayne Johnson is the biggest movie star in the world these days, especially after a report from last year that revealed he is now the highest-paid actor in all 7 continents. The actor even has a pretty good sense of humor about all of his astronomical success, which is proven in a hilarious new video where he's being pitched a number of ludicrous projects by his "agent," played by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Titus Burgess. This video shows what sequels to Home Alone, Goodfellas, Napoleon Dynamite and even The Revenant might look like, starring The Rock.

This video comes from GQ, as part of the publication's "comedy issue," which starts with The Rock coming in for a meeting with his agent, where he says there are some lucrative franchises being lined up for the actor. First up, Martin Scorsese wants The Rock to
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Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter” Picked Up by Shout! Factory

“The Tiger Company”

Lena Khan’s feature directorial debut has secured distribution. Deadline reports that Shout! Factory has acquired all of the North American rights to “The Tiger Hunter,” a timely comedy about a young immigrant’s life in the U.S.

Set in the 1970s, “The Tiger Hunter” follows Sami Malik (Danny Pudi, “Community”), a young Indian man who travels to to the U.S. with the hopes of becoming an an engineer, a job that will help him live up to the legacy of his father, who is a legendary tiger hunter, and impress his childhood crush. “When Sami’s job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is … or perhaps ever could be,” the project’s logline reads.

The supporting cast includes Karen David (“Once Upon a Time”) Rizwan Manji (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), and Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”).

Khan co-wrote the script with Sameer Gardezi (“Mr. Sunshine,” “Aliens in America”). The film was produced by Khan, Megha Kadakia, and Nazia Khan.

The Tiger Hunter” was partly “inspired both by my grandfather, who was a larger than life tiger hunter in India, and also from growing up hearing so much about what it was like for so many young immigrants like my father to come to America in the 1970s,” Khan has explained in an interview. “My dad, for example, once told me how he stole a stool sample from some Europeans in order to get an expedited Visa to America! And from there, I interviewed dozens of immigrants who came at the same time, and they had tons of heartfelt and hilarious stories that worked with the narrative I wanted to tell.” Since launching her career in the film industry, her goal has been “to make entertainment that calls attention to some of the more salient and overlooked social issues of our society.

Khan has previously directed three shorts: “A Land Called Paradise,” “The Sleeper Cell,” and “Circumstance.”

Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter” Picked Up by Shout! Factory was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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My World Of Flops: Going for the gold! case file #84: The Bronze

My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.

The runaway success of Napoleon Dynamite gave a lot of small-time filmmakers false hope. Jared Hess’ surprise hit convinced aspiring creative types that with the right combination of elements, a low-budget comedy with an unlikable protagonist, costumes that look like they were procured from a Sears catalog in 1986, and production design heavy in wood paneling could break their films out of the indie film/arthouse ghetto and become a hit.

Like a lot of movies that flourished at Sundance, only to die a painful death outside it, 2015’s The Bronze shares a certain sour, curdled sensibility with Napoleon Dynamite, though The Bronze is the far superior film. The Bronze was picked up for a wide release ...
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‘Ren and Stimpy’ Will Not Be Part of Any Nicktoons Reboot or Movie

‘Ren and Stimpy’ Will Not Be Part of Any Nicktoons Reboot or Movie
Back in the fall of 2015, news surfaced that Paramount Pictures was working on a live-action animated hybrid movie that would bring back some of the staple Nicktoons from the ’90s era of Nickelodeon. Since then, Napoleon Dynamite director Jerusha Hess was brought on as director, but it’s been over a year and we haven’t heard any significant […]

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Octane Entertainment launches Efm sales on 'Carter & June'

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Octane Entertainment launches Efm sales on 'Carter & June'
Jack Campbell and his sales team arrive in Berlin with worldwide rights to the heist caper from Napoleon Dynamite producer Sean Covel.

Michael Raymond-James, Samaire Armstrong and Timothy Omundson star and Nicholas Kalikow directs from his screenplay.

Campbell will show a new trailer to Carter & June for Efm buyers this week. The story combines violent bank robberies, inventive blackmail schemes, flamboyant gangsters, power politics, greed, evangelicals and sex.

Covel serves as producer alongside Diane Richey and Kyle Roper of Sacred Bull Media, whileThe Doors guitarist Robby Krieger composed original songs for the soundtrack.

Campbell’s sales roster include Cops And Robbers, Blood Circus, Delinquent and Punching Henry.
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Masterminds Blu-ray Preview Exposes the Truth Behind the Heist | Exclusive

Masterminds Blu-ray Preview Exposes the Truth Behind the Heist | Exclusive
Last fall, the story behind one of the most outrageous heists in American history hit the big screen with Relativity Media's Masterminds, starring Zach Galifianakis as David Ghantt. In case you missed it in theaters, this action comedy will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD January 31. Today we have an exclusive Blu-ray preview with the real-life David Ghantt, taking fans through the actual robbery, along with footage from the movie. The unlikely criminal explains how difficult it was to actually load up $17 million into the back of a van.

In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight.
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Film Feature: 10 Worst Films of 2016, by

Chicago – Film reviewing can be a blood sport – not everything is a highfalutin art night at the cinema. The three reviewers of – Patrick McDonald, Spike Walters and Jon Espino – did spend some time wasting energy on some really bad movies in 2016, and lived to tell about it.

There are no rankings, because they are all rank. The ten are listed in descending levels of dread, with stars like Bobby De Niro and George Clooney representing, as well as superheroes and overwrought CGI epics making the “grade.” The persons responsible for the descriptive honors are marked accordingly, Pm for for Patrick, Sw for Spike and Je for Jon. Cover your eyes and gird your loins, these are the 10 Worst Films of 2016, by

Dirty Grandpa

Dirty Grandpa

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To this day, even while writing this, I get a stomach ache recalling how prodigiously disgusting “Dirty Grandpa” turned out to be.
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Newswire: Wedding Crashers’ David Dobkin to direct Disney’s “trapped in a toy store” movie

Disney has been fighting to make a movie about a kid who gets trapped in a toy store overnight since at least 2014, when Will Ferrell and his Gary Sanchez Productions company were developing the project with Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink. By 2015, though, Pink and Ferrell were both off the film, which had been named Overnight At 42nd Street, and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess had stepped up to direct it instead. Now, nearly two years since then, Variety is reporting that Disney has brought in Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin to helm the project—which is now going by the simpler title Overnight.

Variety doesn’t say what happened to Hess, but it does have slightly more details about the plot. Apparently, it’s about “a father and son who win a contest to spend a night in a lavish toy store” and then have ...
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Disney in Talks With David Dobkin to Direct Toy Store Movie ‘Overnight’

Disney in Talks With David Dobkin to Direct Toy Store Movie ‘Overnight’
Disney is in talks with David Dobkin, director of Robert Downey, Jr.’s “The Judge,” to come on board family adventure “Overnight.”

Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing through their Original Films company. The script, by Oren Uziel, is based on a father and son who win a contest to spend a night in a lavish toy store — which gets hit by burglars on the same night.

Variety reported “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess was attached to direct “Overnight” last year but he has since fallen out. The project, which Disney picked up in turnaround from Sony, was originally planned as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell when Gary Sanchez Productions was involved as a producer.

No actors have been cast yet for “Overnight.”

Dobkin’s has strong comedy credits including New Line’s “Wedding Crashers,” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; Disney’s “Shanghai Knights with Owen Wilson
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Will Ferrell Is a Competitive Gamer in New eSports Comedy

Will Ferrell Is a Competitive Gamer in New eSports Comedy
Will Ferrell has tried his best to branch out from comedy over the years, doing everything from foreign beer commercials to a Lifetime Original movie with Kristen Wiig. But comedy is clearly what he is best at and what brings in the most at the box office, so that is what he is sticking to at the moment. That being the case, Legendary Pictures has tapped him to star in and produce a new comedy about the world of eSports.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Will Ferrell had been tapped for the as-of-yet untitled comedy that will take place in the world of competitive gaming. In the movie, Will Ferrell will be playing something of a fish out of water, as he will be a middle aged guy competing against a bunch of teenagers for large sums of money. Here is how THR is describing the movie.

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