By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Monday December 16, 2013 Rookie helmer Dean Israelite’s found-footage pic from Platinum Dunes has been rechristened Welcome To Yesterday and will keep its February 28 release date. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller produced the sci-fi film formerly known as Almanac from a 2012 Black List script by Jason Pagan & Andrew Stark. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are exec producing.
DEC 12, 2013 / THE YEAR IN REVIEW Alexander Abad-Santos, Joe Reid, Esther Zuckerman Every year, there are those actors who make their presence felt and demand a place for themselves in the entertainment landscape. Be they world-weary prostitutes or adorable children. These are the ten who have made themselves the most indispensable. Annaleigh Ashford There’s a reason why Masters of Sex is bringing Ashford, 28, back for its second season: she’s fantastic, a multitalented lady we would call a “firecracker” … if we were in an 1940s romantic comedy. The Broadway veteran—she’s done stints in Wicked, Legally Blonde, and Hair—not only got a Tony nomination for Kinky Boots this year, she also enjoyed a hilarious and weirdly touching stint on Masters of Sex. While Kinky Boots, in which she played a lovelorn and industrious employee of a shoe factory that starts producing footwear for drag queens, showed off her talent for musical comedy, her Masters of Sex role, Betty, proved that she could strike some emotional chords. Ashford had the chance to play Betty’s sadness beautifully, taking her out of a sassy prostitute stereotype. It’s great she’ll be back. — Esther Zuckerman Danielle Brooks Litchfield prison, the setting of the Netflix original Orange Is the New Black, might be the least appealing place on television. Federal prisons … Read More
Our critics weigh in on the year’s best releases from Mike Birbiglia, Louis C.K. Bill Cosby and more, be they on CD, on DVD or self-produced online. By Steve Heisler, Matthew Love and Julie Seabaugh | Mon Dec 9 2013 Maria Bamford, Ask Me About My New God! (Comedy Central Records, CD-and-DVD set $14) Though some of its material overlaps with last year’s The Special Special Special!, the Bammer’s fourth album is her most cohesive and revealing to date. In her previous outings, an inherent contriteness muffled her anxieties and feelings of alienation, but God lays bare her personal struggles—familial interactions, online dating—with striking defiance.—JS Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (New Wave Dynamics; CD $10, DVD $13) Birbiglia’s follow-up to one-man show Sleepwalk with Me isn’t as linear as its popular predecessor, but it does exhibit pronounced personal growth. No bad dreams or dramatic tales about leaping from windows this time around: just a guy coming to terms with some harsh truths about his emotional roadblocks…and allowing himself to be loved in the process.—JS Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land? (Kill Rock Stars, $10) “I want to insert stupidity or absurdity into strangers’ lives, because I believe it could make the world a better place,” says Kurt Braunohler early on … Read More
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Wednesday December 4, 2013 HBO has put in development Club Life: Miami, a drama written and directed by filmmaker John Singleton (Boyz N The Hood, Shaft) who is executive producing with Russell Simmons. Set against the South Beach club scene, the project follows a reformed criminal who moves to Miami and gains a new lease on life as he embraces the vibrant, youthful and transgressive world. Simmons has a first-look deal with HBO where he also is executive producing a high-profile drama project from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen. Singleton is repped by WME and Underground’s Trevor Engelson; Simmons is with WME.
The Oscar-nominated “Boyz n the Hood” multihyphenate will write the script and executive produce “Club Life: Miami.” 12/4/2013 by Lesley Goldberg John Singleton is heading to HBO. The Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood writer-director-producer is developing drama Club Life: Miami with Russell Simmons at HBO, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Club Life: Miami is set against the South Beach club scene and follows a reformed criminal who moves to Miami and gains a new lease on life as he embraces the vibrant, youthful and transgressive world. Singleton will write and executive produce the project. Simmons also is on board to executive produce Club Life via his overall deal with the premium cable network. The sale marks the second for Simmons at HBO; he most recently set up an untitled drama from 12 Years a Slave’s Steve McQueen and World War Z scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan about a young African-American man with a mysterious past as he experiences life in New York high society. Singleton is best known for Boyz n the Hood, for which he earned Academy Award nominations for directing and the original screenplay. His credits include Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Baby Boy and Four Brothers. He’s repped by WME, Trevor Engelson at Underground and Steve Barnes. Simmons, who inked his HBO pact in May, is repped by CAA. Club Life comes as premium cabler Starz is readying Power, a New York-set … Read More
12/3/2013 by Borys Kit Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a book that scared a generation of kids with its surprisingly frightening tales and perhaps even scarier pictures, is heading to the big screen. CBS Films has picked up the rights and acquired an accompanying pitch by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the duo wrote a slew of the Saw horror movies. Sean Daniels and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company are on board to produce along with Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment. Melton and Dunstan will now write the script, which will use the horror folktale anthology as a jumping off point and incorporate some of the book’s short stories, while concentrating on a group of kids who band together to save their town from living nightmares. 1212 initially optioned rights to the book, written by Alvin Schwartz with art by Stephen Gammell, before teaming up with Daniels, a producer on Universal’s Mummy franchise (he is also working on the reboot) and Brown. The book was initially published in 1981 and went on to sell seven million copies. Several sequel books followed. Roberto Grande and Joshua Long are serving as executive producers. CBS Films vice president Mark Ross and creative executive Alex Ginno are overseeing the project. Melton and Dunstan are names in the scary movie set. They wrote four of … Read More