Posts Tagged ‘news’

ABC Gives Put Pilot to Project Based on Tom Hanks’ ‘Bachelor Party’

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Doubling down on two TV trends — mining nostalgic movies for TV source materials and the new fall shows’ infatuation with romantic comedies — ABC has given a put pilot with a heavy penalty to a half-hour comedy anthology series based on the raunchy Tom Hanks comedy “Bachelor Party.” The project, which hails from Small... Read more

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NBC Buys Comedy Script from ‘The Millers” Austen Earl, Greg Garcia

October 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

NBC has bought a comedy script penned by “The Millers” scribe Austen Earl, Variety has learned. The project, which is exec produced by Earl and “Millers” creator Greg Garcia, follows a newly married man who attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a world full of people he finds increasingly offensive.... Read more

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New ‘John Carter’ Movie Planned as Rights Revert Back to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney may not have scored with an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars,” but the author’s estate still hopes his book series can become a film franchise. The movie, TV and merchandise rights to “John Carter” have reverted back to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., it announced this week, saying it will seek... Read more

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Mesa Global Taps Kevin Covert as Managing Director

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mesa Global is expanding its Los Angeles presence and has tapped veteran banker Kevin Covert as its managing director. Covert joins Mesa from Covert & Co., an investment bank he founded and oversaw as CEO. He will advise on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital, and will focus primarily on digital media and technology. Mesa... Read more

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Sony Takes Stake in Telenovela Channels in Israel, Indonesia

October 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Sony Pictures Television is to acquire 50% of Israel’s VIVA and VIVA Plus cable channels, and online service VIVA Walla, along with 50% of Baby TV in Indonesia. Deals are part of an agreement inked with Dori Media Group. The VIVA branded telenovela channels, VIVA and VIVA Plus, are carried by all Israeli... Read more

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USA Renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for Season 3, Sets Holiday Special

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

USA Network loves the Chrisley clan. The cabler has given a third-season renewal to “Chrisley Knows Best,” the comedy-reality series following a larger-than-life father, Todd Chrisley, a wealthy businessman who heads sprawling family of five children and two grandchildren in Atlanta. The series opened its second season last week to strong ratings rivaling USA’s original... Read more

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Netflix Pacts for Original Canadian Thriller Series ‘Between’

October 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Netflix has cut a three-way deal for original survivalist thriller series “Between,” under which the streaming service will premiere it alongside its debut on Canadian TV and subscription VOD. The first season of “Between,” with six hour-long episodes, will premiere on Rogers Broadcasting’s City stations and Canadian SVOD service Shomi as well as on Netflix... Read more

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Fox Trims ‘Mulaney’ to 13 Episodes

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It looks like there will be a little less “Mulaney” than originally planned. Fox has cut the new comedy from 16 episodes to 13. The call came as the series wrapped production on its 13th episode, before it started its 14th. A rep for the Lorne Michaels-produced show clarified that “Mulaney” will stay in its... Read more

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Russian Oscar Entry ‘Leviathan’ Takes Top Prize at London Film Fest

October 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It may have received only a screenplay award at Cannes, but Andrei Zvyagintsev’s stinging satirical drama “Leviathan” came out on top at the 58th BFI London Film Festival. At a lavish awards dinner in Westminster’s Banqueting Hall, the Russian critical favorite was presented with the festival’s sixth annual Best Film prize by this year’s jury... Read more

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Watch: Chris Hemsworth in First ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Trailer

October 18, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“We were headed for the edge of sanity, like we were apparitions, phantoms,” Brendan Gleeson narrates over haunting vfx in the first trailer for Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea.” “Trust gave way to doubt. Hope to superstition.” Chris Hemsworth battles a bull sperm whale — and personal demons — in the movie... Read more

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