Starz Digital has acquired U.S. rights to Boulevard, featuring Robin Williams in his final feature performance. Director Dito Montiel’s film, which bowed at Tribeca last year, is set for theatrical release starting July 17 in NYC and other markets. Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk and Roberto Aguire co-star in the pic, which stars Williams as a lonely married man who begins to confront the emptiness that permeates his life. His life changes in surprising ways after recklessly picking up a young male hustler (Aguire). Williams officially joined the project in January 2013; he died in August 2014. “Boulevard is a complex, life-affirming and surprising film, and Robin’s final performance is absolutely remarkable,” said Kevin Kasha, head of acquisitions for Starz. “We are honored to be able to share Dito’s beautiful film with audiences this summer.” Douglas Soesbe wrote the screenplay for Boulevard, which was produced by Monica Aguirre Diez Barroso, Ryan Belenzon, Mia Chang and Jeffrey Gelber. The film was represented by Preferred Content and WME Global. Original story via Deadline.
Billy Zane is set to join the cast of Paramount’s “Zoolander 2,” starring Ben Stiller. Stiller announced the news on his Instagram account with Zane disguised as Owen Wilson’s character Hansel. He joins original stars Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell as well as Penelope Cruz, who recently joined the long-awaited sequel. “Zoolander 2″ is set to hit theaters on Feb. 12, 2016. Zane appeared in the original film in a small but memorable role, offering advice to Stiller’s Zoolander in a crucial moment. Stiller and Wilson announced the film’s release date by walking in the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week in March. The original “Zoolander” was released in 2001 and grossed $60 million worldwide on a budget of $28 million. The sequel is written by Stiller and Justin Theroux — who last teamed on “Tropic Thunder” — with Stiller set to direct. Zane is repped by Underground. Original story by Justin Kroll in Variety
Nominations for the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards were announced this morning by The Riot Club‘s Freddie Fox and Sherlock‘s Amanda Abbington at the org’s London headquarters. Abbington’s co-star Benedict Cumberbatch scored his third nomination in a row for playing the titular detective, although the series itself did not receive a nod. The BBC nevertheless had a big morning, taking each of the nominees in the Single Drama and Drama Series categories. In the latter are Happy Valley, Line Of Duty, The Missing and Peaky Blinders. Happy Valley, Line Of Duty and The Missing led the day with three nominations each, alongside single drama Marvellous. BBC One’s The Voice also took its first-ever nomination for Entertainment Programme. While Broadchurch was not eligible this year, the drama’s Olivia Colman nabbed her fourth mention in a row — for comedy — this time in BBC Two’s Rev. Also recognized for comedy is Hugh Bonneville in the BBC’s W1A, a follow-up to its Olympics satire Twenty Twelve. However, Bonneville’s other show, Downton Abbey, was completely shut out of the races today, as was BBC Two’s The Fall with many having expected Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan to pick up a mention for his … Read More
20th Century Fox is making a deal with Hasbro for a live-action film based on the venerable toy brand Play-Doh. Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig is in talks to direct the film, with Jason Micallef writing the script. Hasbro will produce with Chernin Entertainment. This becomes the latest example of studios embracing branded products for tentpole entertainment. It’s the latest film project for Hasbro, which has about as much momentum in the branded film realm as anybody. Before you start writing a catty comment about how Play-Doh isn’t a movie and Hollywood has run out of ideas, remember it’s the same one you wrote when Warner Bros began planning movies based on LEGO. There, the talented team of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller found a disruptive movie in those building blocks that cost $60 million, grossed $658 million worldwide, and hatched not only a sequel but spinoffs. Fox has the same caliber of filmmaker to shape the film adaptation of Play-Doh, the multi-colored blobs of clay that have sold over 2 billion cans. Feig, coming off the Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock comedy Heat, is prepping to release the Fox comedy Spy and he’ll next direct a new Ghostbusters at Sony with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. This comes after Hasbro — led by CEO … Read More
FX has put in development Brightmore Elementary, an animated comedy executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Written by King of the Hill alum Chip Hall and rising Detroit comedian Chris Powell aka Comedian CP, Brightmore Elementary is described as South Park set in inner city Detroit. It revolves around the African American pupils at Brightmore Elementary. Combs, Underground’s Trevor Engelson, and Five All In The Fifth’s Doug Banker are executive producing. FX has been looking to find a second hit animated series to join Archer. Its previous efforts have included Unsupervised and Chozen. Hall’s credits also include Blue Mountain State. Comedian CP recently made his acting debut on Fox smash Empire. Original story appeared on Deadline, written by Nellie Andreeva.
Major Lazer is ready to take its signature bashment-meets-EDM aesthetic from the dance hall to the small screen. Thanks to FXX’s new Animation Domination lineup, Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire are getting their own animated series, appropriately called Major Lazer. “It’s been almost five years in the making,” Diplo tells Billboard, “but it was worth it to have such a succinct TV show for our music fans and cartoon fans alike.” The show, which centers on an eponymous superhero in a future, dystopian Jamaica, features the voice of recent Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, as well as guest appearances from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Charli XCX, Riff Raff, Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari. Diplo speaks about why Jamaica has inspired him and how the series is perfect for “any fans of hip-hop, electronic music or ’80s cartoons and the culture that gave birth to [Major Lazer’s] musical landscape.” More to the point: “It’s like being high,” according to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, the voice of Major Lazer, the show’s eponymous superhero. Major Lazer premieres Thursday, April 16, at midnight, as part of Animation Domination on FXX. This story first appeared in the Hollywood Reporter, written by Natalie Weiner.