By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 12:45pm PDT Fox has given a put pilot commitment to The Whole Shebang, a drama from Warner Bros TV and Jennifer Garner‘s Vandalia Films. Written by Jason Micallef — who wrote the 2011 feature Butter, also co-produced by Vandalia and starring Garner — Whole Shebang centers on a newly single soccer mom who inherits a rundown male strip club and unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life. Garner and Micallef, repped by WME and Underground, executive produce. This is the first sale for Vandalia under the overall deal the company inked with WBTV in June.
9/17/2013 by Borys Kit | The Hollywood Reporter Charlie Bean, who directed Disney XD’s animated series Tron: Uprising, has nabbed the gig to direct Ninjago, Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of the popular Lego toy line. Brothers Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, who received “story by” credit on The Lego Movie, are writing Ninjago. The Lego line has already spawned the hit Cartoon Network animated series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, which the Hageman brothers also wrote. Ninjago sees ninjas, samurais, and senseis fight side-by-side against dragons, armies of snake men, and Lord Gagmadon, an evil warlord banished to an underworld who now seeks to return to power. Warners-based Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who are producing The Lego Movie, will produce Ninjago alongside Chris Miller and Phil Lord. The latter two are the directors of Lego Movie, the computer-animated adventure-comedy that is scheduled to be released Feb. 7, 2014. Lego’s Jill Wilfert, who oversees all the Lego movies on behalf of the company, is executive producing. Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for Warners. Ninjago will be the feature directorial debut for Bean, who also directed Cartoon Network’s Robotboy and acted as layout artist, storyboard artist and writer for influential animated shows such as Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls and The Ren & Stimpy Show. He is repped by Verve.
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Sunday September 15, 2013 The first 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out this afternoon at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. HBO led with 20 Emmys, followed by CBS with 15 and NBC’s with 11. HBO’s Behind the Candelabra was the most awarded program with 8 Emmys. CBS’ Undercover Boss won best reality show, South Park was named best animated show, while Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn took best reality hosts. The Guest Actor/Actress categories were the highlight of the ceremony with emotional wins for comedy great Bob Newhart, who snagged his first Emmy for The Big Bang Theory, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Melissa Leo (Louie) and Carrie Preston (The Good Wife). A new 45-second rule imposed on winners’ walk to the stage and acceptance speeches created quite a stir at the ceremony, which still ran for almost 4 hours, clocking in at 3 hr 49 min. A two-hour, edited version will air Saturday, September 21st on FXX. Diane Haithman, Ray Richmond and Anthony D’Alessandro were on the scene at the Nokia for Deadline: Balmier weather than last year’s 100-degree heat made for a livelier Red Carpet. Matt Weiner, whose Mad Men suffered a historic shutout last year with 17 nominations and no wins, was optimistic heading into the ceremony. “Ya know what, anything … Read More
9/5/2013 by Michael O’Connell | The Hollywood Reporter After a strong network launch on Monday that easily eclipsed previous ratings performances from former channel holder Fox Soccer, FXX delivered its first night of original programming on Wednesday. The comedy-centric cable outlet debuted new seasons of FX imports It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and talker Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell. And while the late-night offering did see sharper dips, the scripted efforts were largely in line with last season’s hauls in the targeted demographics. Always Sunny, kicking off its ninth season, anchored the block at 10 p.m. The comedy averaged 757,000 viewers in its first airing on the new network. It also averaged 648,000 adults 18-49 and 575,000 adults 18-34, retention of 80 and 85 percent, respectively, from last season’s opener. Although down from last fall’s 1-million-strong premiere, its losses were small considering the move — and it actually grew 8 percent in men 18-34 to 396,000. FXX currently airs in 72 million homes, 26 million fewer homes than FX, which accounts for much of the initial audience dip. It’s also a credit to Sunny that this is the first time it has had to go head-to-head with A&E juggernaut and cable’s current demo … Read More
09/04/2013 by Tatiana Siegel | The Hollywood Reporter Paramount Pictures is set to reteam with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark on the high-concept handheld-camera thriller Raindrop. The studio, which recently wrapped production on Pagan and Stark’s $13 million thriller Almanac, nabbed the Raindrop pitch pre-emptively. The project is described as a sci-fi thriller with a teenage protagonist that will employ innovative handheld camera work similar to that seen in the Dean Israelite-helmed Almanac, which also was produced by Platinum Dunes and will be released by Paramount on Feb. 28, 2014. Almanac follows in a string of low-budget handheld-camera films, including the Paranormal Activity franchise, that has become a hallmark of Paramount president Adam Goodman’s tenure. Plot details on Raindrop are being kept under wraps, but insiders say it is being envisioned with a slightly higher budget than that of Almanac. Bay is producing Raindrop via his first-look deal with the studio. Pagan and Stark are repped by WME, manager Trevor Engelson at Underground and attorney Andrew Hurwitz.
Marlow Stern 08.29.13 | The Daily Beast A group of modish young Angelenos has congregated at Eveleigh, a bistro off Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. During the day, many of them work as chauffeurs, waiters, or in retail. But their real passion is Vine, where these up-and-coming comedians have amassed millions of followers. They are Vinelebrities. A friend of a friend gives me the lay of the land. That’s Brittany Furlan, she has 2.4 million followers … she’s the Queen of Vine. And that’s Iman Crosson, or Alphacat, with almost a million followers. He does a great Obama impersonation. For the uninitiated, Vine is a Twitter-owned mobile app that allows its users to post niftily edited video clips up to six seconds in length, which can then be shared via Twitter or Facebook. The app was launched on January 24 as a free iOS app on the iPhone and iPod Touch, and a version for Android phones was made available on June 3. The app has been used to debut footage from the superhero blockbuster Wolverine, by journalists to cover breaking news in war zones, and by major record labels to promote various releases. But the most effective usage of Vine, so far, has been in the realm of comedy, … Read More
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Tuesday August 27, 2013 After focusing on comedy with series orders for Sirens and Playing House and pilot pickups for Love Is Dead and Divide & Conquer, top-rated cable network USA is making its first major move in drama this year, greenlighting an hourlong pilot from writer-producer Sean Jablonski. Produced by Universal Cable Prods., the untitled project is described as a provocative drama that follows investment banker Neil Truman and his wife Grace who are sifting through their stagnant relationship when Neil discovers that Grace is seeing a male escort and accidentally gains possession of the escort’s phone. He gains a unique perspective on his life and what motivates women, while Grace contemplates whether her needs are being met and whether her marriage is worth saving. Jablonski is executive producing the pilot with Russ Krasnoff (Community). This marks Jablonski’s return to USA and UCP where he served as executive producer/showrunner on the first season of hit drama Suits. On the drama side, USA most recently picked up period sci-fi drama pilot Horizon last December. That project is now filming. While half-hour comedy has been a priority for USA brass in light of next month’s off-network launch of Modern Family, drama remains the network’s bread and butter, with several new hourlong pilots expected to be … Read More
Andrew Unterberger | 08/22/2013 | PopDust Have you seen the video for Avril Lavigne’s “Rock N Roll” yet? If not, it’s like we just don’t know you at all, man. Avril’s super-schticky new video is probably one of the year’s best and definitely one of the year’s zaniest, and the vision for that can be traced back largely to one man: Director Chris Marrs Piliero, who’s already made a career out of filming these kind of loony, unpredictable, celebrity-cameo-strewn music videos, for pop stars and alt-rockers alike. Piliero’s vids have been some of the funniest and most memorable of the decade thusfar, to the point where it’s just about worth auto-watching any vid with his name attached to it. Looking for some quality examples of Piliero’s work, perhaps even some ones you might already be familiar with? Well, good thing music videos are easily accessed on the internet in 2013, then! BLACK KEYS, “TIGHTEN UP” & “HOWLIN’ FOR YOU” Piliero’s first two videos for the Black Keys (he’d also direct their later “Baddest Man Alive” not only marked his MTV breakthrough, but helped turn the Black Keys from cult blues-rock band to one of the nation’s biggest mainstream touring and recording acts. “Tighten Up” … Read More