Josh Duhamel To Make Directing Debut On WWE Studios’ ‘The Buddy Games’
Josh Duhamel will make his directorial debut for WWE Studios on The Buddy Games. He also will star in the film alongside wrestling star Seamus and Nick Swardson. Actually, you would know all this if you were watching WWE Raw, as Duhamel just announced it on the broadcast.
Duhamel, who just opened in Transformers: The Last Knight, wrote the script with Jude Weng and Bob Schwartz. The premise: A group of thirtysomething friends reunite to play the Buddy Game. That is a wild… Read
‘The Earliest Show’s Ben Schwartz Discusses His Short-Form Roots & Finding Guests For A Fake Talk Show
With Funny or Die’s The Earliest Show, Parks and Recreation alum Ben Schwartz finds himself amongst a venerable group of comedians venturing out as creators in the short-form space, though for Schwartz in particular, this is nothing new.
A well-known presence at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and other venues around Los Angeles, who has sold a series of scripts in between notable turns in film and television, Schwartz started out by building his own online… Read
Ben Affleck & Gavin O’Connor Back For ‘The Accountant’ Sequel; Will Jon Bernthal Return?
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is mobilizing a sequel to the 2016 hit The Accountant. Screenwriter Bill Dubuque, director Gavin O’Connor and Ben Affleck are in talks to return, along with the producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams. All those deals are being worked out right now. I’m told they will then work out the beats of the story, which likely will include Jon Bernthal, whose character asserted himself at the conclusion of the first film.
The original starred… Read
‘Our Fascinating Planet’s Demetri Martin On Short-Form Satisfaction And Expanding The Narrative With ‘Dean’
The last couple of years have been a productive and experimental time for Emmy-nominated comedian Demetri Martin.
With his feature directorial debut, Dean, rolling out in theaters this month, Martin also recently created Our Fascinating Planet, a short-form, Cosmos-inspired series, in which he plays Ted Remmarniet, a puffed-up, self-absorbed scientific educator. Comprised of archival footage-driven narratives based in alternative facts, the series was developed before… Read
‘Rats’ Director Morgan Spurlock On Crafting A Documentary That Plays Like A Horror Film
Ever since his first directorial outing—with the revelatory Super Size Me—documentarian Morgan Spurlock has always been in favor of embracing experience, throwing himself into a subject, however discomfiting, to create an eye-opening experience for the viewer.
Suffice it to say that with Discovery Channel’s Rats—based on Robert Sullivan’s book of the same name—Spurlock once again immersed himself in the material. A documentary that plays as a horror film, the project… Read
‘Bright Lights’ Directors Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens On Two Hollywood Icons Who Never Stopped Performing
Pulling double duty this year as an Emmy contender for two equally powerful and entirely different documentaries—including NatGeo’s climate change doc Before the Flood—Fisher Stevens teamed with his partner Alexis Bloom on HBO’s Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a look at the unique and enduring love shared by two of Hollywood’s most beloved icons.
Premiering the film at Cannes last year, the pair could scarcely imagine that at the close of 2016… Read
How ‘The Immortal Life’ Director George C. Wolfe Honored The Life And Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks
An African-American woman living through the “peak of segregation,” Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, unaware that cells taken from her body would go on to transform modern medicine and history at large. Now known as HeLa cells, Henrietta’s “immortal” cells aided in the development of the polio vaccine, and remain an essential resource for medical research today—and yet for years, Lacks remained anonymous in and outside of the medical field, never… Read
Ron Howard Talks Han Solo Movie & ‘Star Wars’ Universe – Cannes Lions
UPDATED With Ron Howard Tweets One day after he was confirmed to be directing Disney/Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo movie, Ron Howard appeared on the main Palais stage here at Cannes Lions. In a discussion alongside New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, there were many subjects touched upon, but the audience was clearly clamoring for comment from Howard on his new gig.
Smiling, he called his first foray into the Star Wars universe, “A little opportunity that came my… Read
‘The Leftovers’ Star Scott Glenn & Director Mimi Leder On Their Exposure To “The Oldest Culture On Planet Earth”
Several weeks ago—as the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers was about to air on the East Coast—director and executive producer Mimi Leder and star Scott Glenn were feeling nostalgic. Sitting together and reflecting back on the series an hour before a series finale event presented by Deadline, neither Glenn nor Leder could stop complimenting the other.
Directing the Season 3 premiere and finale, Leder also directed the third episode of the season, “Crazy Whitefella… Read
Jennifer Lopez Boards STX’s ‘Second Act’ With Director Peter Segal
Jennifer Lopez, who is is working on the third season of her hit NBC series Shades of Blue, has come aboard to star in and produce the romantic comedy Second Act, which Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Anger Management) is directing for STXfilms. In the vein of Working Girl and Lopez’s 2002 starrer Maid in Manhattan, the film is about a big-box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle and gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as… Read
Ron Howard Confirmed As New ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Director
UPDATED with Lucasfilm confirmation: As Deadline scooped shortly after Disney and Lucasfilm dropped the bombshell that Phil Lord & Christopher Miller were dropped from the Star Wars Han Solo film that has been six months into production, Ron Howard has been set to replace the duo. Contrary to catch-up reports elsewhere claiming there were multiple candidates, Howard had been working out a deal since the other filmmakers were let go.
Lucasfilm made the hire official this… Read
‘Sea Oak’: Amazon Comedy Pilot Taps Hiro Murai To Direct; Evan Dunsky As EP/Co-Showrunner; Adds Cast
Atlanta producer-director Hiro Murai is set to direct and executive produce Amazon comedy pilot Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close. In addition, Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie, Hemlock Grove) has signed on as executive producer and showrunner alongside George Saunders, and Rae Gray (Fear The Walking Dead) and Jack Quaid (Vinyl) have joined the cast as series regulars.
Written by Saunders based on his short story, the genre-bending Sea Oak focuses on Aunt Bernie (Close) a meek… Read