Indie Comedy ‘The Truth About Lies’ Scores Deal With Newcomer Blue Fox
EXCLUSIVE: Newbie distributor Blue Fox Entertainment has made its second acquisition, scoring North American rights to The Truth About Lies, a comedy from first-time feature film director Phil Allocco that stars Fran Kranz, Supergirl‘s Odette Annable and Colleen Camp. It has set an October 27 theatrical and on-demand release date.
Blue Fox’s first theatrical distribution deal came last month for Big Bear, a comedy starring Adam Brody and Pablo Schreiber from first-time… Read
Paramount Stakes Graham King GK Films To 3-Year First Look
EXCLUSIVE: As Paramount Pictures chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos bolsters his film ranks, he has staked Graham King and his GK Films to a three year first look deal to make movies for the studio. King will move his company onto the Paramount lot right away. The studio confirmed the deal to Deadline. Even though they’ve yet to collaborate on a movie, King and Gianopulos have had a close relationship for years, going back to King’s origins in distribution.
Said King: "Jim is… Read
Tribeca TV Festival: Amy Sedaris, ‘Will & Grace’, ‘Ten Days In The Valley’ Topline Fest Debut
The debut of the Tribeca TV Festival is set for September 22-24 in New York City and will feature an impressive lineup of series premieres and sneak peeks. Over three days, the festival will present curated shows and conversations representative of the cultural zeitgeist, featuring creators from both sides of the camera. TruTV's At Home With Amy Sedaris and ABC’s Ten Days In The Valley with Kyra Sedgwick will bow at the fest, while audiences will get a preview of shows… Read
‘Wolf’ Whistles To $685M; ‘Annabelle’ Conjures $35M+; ‘Spider-Man’ Leaps Past $700M WW – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU with actuals: New Line/Warner Bros’ Annabelle: Creation came to life at the international box office this weekend with $35.4M in her first wide frame. That was a slight bump for the doll versus Sunday estimates. The prequel spinoff was the major expanded title in overseas markets, while pictures like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Valerian and more passed new milestones. Nevertheless, offshore play continued to be dominated by China‘s action phenom, Wol… Read
STXfilms Setting Jennifer Aniston, Helmer Sophie Goodhart For Comedy
STXfilms is negotiating with Jennifer Aniston to star in an untitled R-rated suburban parenting comedy that Sophie Goodhart wrote and will direct. The logline: An over-scheduled and over-burdened suburban couple go to great lengths to try to recapture the fun of their youth.
Safehouse Pictures’ Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell are producing. Safehouse previously produced Goodheart's My Blind Brother, which was the biggest deal at 2016’s SXSW and stars Jenny Slate, Adam Scott… Read
‘Dear White People’ Team Reunites On Justin Simien-Directed ‘Bad Hair’
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Simien, who wrote and directed the lauded Sundance indie Dear White People which he turned into the Netflix series, will next write and direct Bad Hair. He will team with Sight Unseen, the newly formed production shingle of Julia Lebedev, Eddie Vaisman, and Oren Moverman. Lebedev and Angel Lopez produced Dear White People, and Lebedev is exec producer of the Netflix series spinoff.
Paralleling the rise of New Jack Swing in 1989, Bad Hair is a horror… Read
Ali Wong & Randall Park Set To Star In Netflix Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has set American Housewife‘s Ali Wong and Fresh Off The Boat‘s Randall Park to star in an untitled feature comedy they wrote with Michael Golamco. The film follows two childhood friends who find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic situations when they fall in love as adults. Netflix is moving quickly to hire a director.
Wong, who is upcoming in the Sam Elliott pic Hero, and worked with Park in the years she was a writer/consultant on Fresh Off T… Read
Danielle Campbell & Nathan Kress Star In Fullscreen Series ‘Alive In Denver’
EXCLUSIVE: The Originals actor Danielle Campbell and Nathan Kress, who starred on all six season of Nickelodeon’s iCarly, topline the digital scripted show Alive In Denver at Fullscreen. Described as a post non-apocalyptic comedy, the series was created and written by Michael Levin (The Grinder, Trial & Error).
It centers around a group of friends who get together the night before the apocalypse and reveal their deepest secrets to each other…only the the world doesn’t… Read
Leah Remini Posts Photo Of “Amazing First Week” On ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Set
Leah Remini is feeling good about her TV reunion with Kevin James. She’s posted the first photo of herself on the set of Kevin Can Wait with her old/new co-star. (See it below).
“It’s been an amazing first week on @kevincanwaitcbs, so blessed that I had my family with me,” said Remini’s comment on Instagram with her photo. “Thank you to all who came out tonight, cast, crew, writers, thank you for the love!”
James and Remini previously starred together for nine seasons on… Read
‘Insecure’s Jay Ellis Sets Web Series At UMC; YouTuber Chris Fleming Inks With Avalon Management
Urban Movie Channel, a subscription-based streaming service created by Robert L. Johnson, is teaming with Insecure star Jay Ellis to premiere his latest project Hard Medicine, a web comedy series produced by Ellis and producing partner Paula Bryant-Ellis. Created by Melissa Eno Effa, the eight-episode project centers on a quirky medical doctor of a low-income health clinic who must maneuver between demanding corporate heads, outlandish patients and her wacky but loyal… Read
Bill Hader Mooches Up ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Summer Edition
UPDATE with videos Bill Hader was the Mooch, Erik Trump was transfixed by a Fidget Spinner and Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update Summer Edition brought some of last season’s political fever to this hot-weather month.
“The Mooch has no regrets, baby!,” said Hader as Anthony Scaramucci paying a visit to the Weekend Update desk (watch it above). “All I did was sell my company, miss the birth of my child and ruin my entire reputation, all to be king of Idiot Mountain for… Read
‘GLOW’: Netflix Renews Women’s Wrestling Comedy For Season 2
Netflix has another keeper from Jenji Kohan on its hands. The Internet network has renewed new 1980s wrestling comedy GLOW for a 10-episode second season.
Kohan, who is behind one of Netflix’s signature series, Orange Is the New Black, executive produces GLOW, created/executive produced by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.
Like Orange Is the New Black, GLOW, inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the '80s, has been a critical and pop culture hit. Set in 1985 Los… Read