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FX Orders Pilot For B.J. Novak Anthology ‘Platform’; Cast Includes Lucas Hedges, Jon Bernthal & Kaitlyn Dever

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Exclusive: FX Networks has given a pilot green light to Platform, a half-hour anthology pilot, written, directed and executive produced by B.J. Novak (The Office).

Lucas Hedges, Jon Bernthal, Kaitlyn Dever, Boyd Holbrook, O’Shea Jackson Jr., George Wallace and Ed Asner are among the actors set to star in the pilot, with the deals for few others being finalized. FX Productions is the studio.

Platform, which starts filming today, is an anthological series that uses the boldest issues of our times as a jumping-off point to tell singular, character-driven stories about the world we live in today.

I hear the plan is to film two episodes, which are very different in tone — one is said to be more dramatic, tackling a tough subject, and the other more comedic, with a small animation element.

Novak was a writer, executive producer, director and played Ryan Howard on The Office, which aired from 2005-13 on NBC.
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Movie Review – Booksmart (2019)

Booksmart, 2019.

Directed by Olivia Wilde.

Starring Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Billie Lourd, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis.

Synopsis:

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realise they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Olivia Wilde instantly earmarks herself as an unexpected filmmaking talent to watch with this distinctive – yet just familiar enough – entry into the crowded coming-of-age genre. Girded by two killer central performances and uncommonly strong technicals, Booksmart has untapped potential to become a cultural milestone within its target demo and beyond.

Hundreds of reviewers will inevitably be comparing this movie to Greg Mottola’s iconic Superbad, and while that might initially sound like a glib if not downright cynical touchstone, it is one this film certainly earns.
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Kevin Hart-Produced Comedy Series With Rapper Lil Dicky Heads to FX

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Kevin Hart-Produced Comedy Series With Rapper Lil Dicky Heads to FX
FX has ordered a comedy series based on the life of rapper and comedian Dave Burd, known best by his stage name Lil Dicky, starring Burd himself.

Kevin Hart will executive produce the untitled series, which follows a suburban guy in his late 20s who becomes convinced he’s destined to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world.

“Not only has Dave Burd cemented his place in the rap community, but he’s now poised to take over TV with his infectious comedic sensibility in his own series,” Nick Grad, president original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with an impressive creative team featuring Jeff Schaffer, Saladin Patterson, Kevin Hart, Greg Mottola and Scooter Braun to bring the story of Lil Dicky to TV audiences.
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Lil Dicky Comedy Ordered to Series at FX

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Lil Dicky Comedy Ordered to Series at FX
Lil Dicky is officially coming to TV.

FX has ordered an untitled half-hour comedy series based on the life of the rapper and comedian to series, Variety has learned. The series is centered on a suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world. FX had ordered a pilot for the project last May.

Lil Dicky, whose real name is Dave Burd, achieved critical acclaim and commercial success with his album “Professional Rapper,” which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Comedy, Rap and Independent Charts, and featured the multi-platinum single “Save Dat Money.” Another of his singles, “FreakyFriday,” peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has gone on to achieve over one billion streams
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FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy To Series Based On Life Of Rapper-Comedian From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart

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FX Orders Lil Dicky Comedy To Series Based On Life Of Rapper-Comedian From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart
FX Networks has handed a series order to a half-hour comedy based on the life of rapper and comedian Lil Dicky. This comes after it piloted the project with the star, whose real name is Dave Burd.

The Untitled Lil Dicky series is co-created by Burd and The League creator Jeff Schaffer and is exec produced by Kevin Hart, Superbad’s Greg Mottola, who directed the pilot, The Big Bang Theory writer Saladin Patterson, Scooter Braun, Marty Bowen, Mike Hertz, James Shin and Scott Manson.

The show centers on a suburban neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world.

The series is produced by FX Productions, in association with Hart’s Hartbeat Productions and Sb Projects. It
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Alfonso Cuaron wins the DGA Award for Roma, full list of winners revealed

Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar hopes received a major boost last night with the Director’s Guild of America honouring the filmmaker with the DGA Award for Best Feature Film for his acclaimed Netflix drama Roma.

The DGA Award is seen as a major indicator for the Best Director Oscar, having only differed with the Academy Awards on seven occasions since its inception in 1949. Cuaron previously won the DGA Award for Gravity, and went on to receive the Best Director Award that same year, while last year’s winner Guillermo del Toro also won the Oscar for the Best Picture-winning The Shape of Water.

Other winners from the 71st annual DGA Awards including Bo Burnham (First Time Feature Film Director for Eighth Grade), Tim Wardle (Documentary Director for Three Identical Strangers), Adam McKay (Drama Series Director for Succession), Bill Hader (Comedy Series Director for Barry) and Ben Stiller (Movies for Television
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DGA Awards 2019: Alfonso Cuarón, Bo Burnham, and Bill Hader Triumph

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DGA Awards 2019: Alfonso Cuarón, Bo Burnham, and Bill Hader Triumph
Alfonso Cuarón has triumphed at the Directors Guild of America Awards, making the “Roma” auteur the official frontrunner as we near the Academy Awards in just a few weeks. There’s significant overlap between the two voting groups, and the DGA winner tends to be similarly awarded by the Academy — their selections have diverged only seven times since 1949. Cuarón previously won the award for “Gravity,” for which he also won the Oscar.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Feature Film

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” (winner)

Peter Farrelly, “Green Book

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, “Vice

Documentaries

Morgan Neville, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

RaMell Ross, “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, “Free Solo”

Tim Wardle, “Three Identical Strangers”

Betsy West and Julie Cohen, “Rbg”

First-Time Feature Film

Bo Burnham, “Eighth Grade” (winner)

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born

Carlos López Estrada,
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2019 DGA Awards: Complete winners list in all 11 categories

2019 DGA Awards: Complete winners list in all 11 categories
The 71st Annual Directors Guild of America Awards will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, with awards to be given out in 11 categories across film and television.

Alfonso Cuaron is the runaway favorite to take home his second feature film DGA Award for “Roma,” which would set him up for the corresponding Oscar since the two bodies have only ever disagreed seven times in 70 years. He previously won both for “Gravity” (2013). Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) is in second place in our odds and would be the first black winner in DGA history.

Last year, Cuaron’s friend Guillermo del Toro took home the DGA and Oscar for “The Shape of Water.”

See DGA Awards: Alfonso Cuaron all but certain to win key Oscar precursor

On the TV side, “The Americans” is predicted to bag another farewell prize, while it’s a tight one between “Atlanta” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” for comedy honors.
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Still The Smartest Guy On The Hill 30 Years After Sex, Lies & Videotape: Steven Soderbergh Unravels Hollywood Chaos

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Still The Smartest Guy On The Hill 30 Years After Sex, Lies & Videotape: Steven Soderbergh Unravels Hollywood Chaos
It’s three decades ago that Steven Soderbergh’s debut sex lies & videotape won the top Sundance Film Festival prize and turned the indie film into an industry after his $1 million film grossed $36 million for Miramax. He’s since generated Oscar winners and launched blockbuster franchises, but at heart has remained a maverick with innate curiosity and restlessness that led him to test every possible distribution model. And, retirement, briefly.

Soderbergh returned to Park City this year to accept the Icon Award from rival Slamdance, and launch his iPhone-shot Netflix film High Flying Bird there with his The Knick star Andre Holland. And oversee the Sundance launch of The Report, the true torture cover-up tale he produced that got a $14 million world rights deal from Amazon Studios. In a time of unparalleled chaos in the film industry, who better to tell us
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Slamdance’s Greatest Hits

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Slamdance’s Greatest Hits
Over the past quarter century, the Slamdance Film Festival has served as a launchpad for a number of now high profile filmmakers at the very start of their careers. Here is a baker’s dozen of some of the festival’s greatest discoveries.

Marc Forster

“Loungers”

Forster premiered his $10,000 debut in 1995 and grabbed the Audience Award, and has become one of the most versatile directors working, with other credits including “Monster’s Ball,” “Finding Neverland,” “Stay,” “The Kite Runner,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Quantum of Solace,” “World War Z” and “Christopher Robin.”

Rian Johnson

“Evil Demon Golfball from Hell!!!”

Johnson’s irreverent short film played the festival in 1996, launching a career that has dabbled in artistic indies and big-budget franchise blockbusters (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”).

Greg Mottola

The Daytrippers

The writer-director’s 1996 feature debut was produced by Steven Soderbergh and got Mottola work on cult-classic television series “Undeclared,” “Arrested Development,
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Slamdance Film Festival Marks 25th Anniversary in Style

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Slamdance Film Festival Marks 25th Anniversary in Style
The 25th anniversary edition of the Slamdance Film Festival kicks off Jan. 25-31 in Park City, Utah, with a line-up of world premieres, guest speakers and filmmaking seminars all geared toward fresh storytellers who are looking for their cinematic breakthroughs.

This year, further underscoring a desire for world cinema, there are 11 narrative and nine documentary features that will be showcased in competition, from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Poland, South Africa and the U.K., alongside the U.S. All competition films are feature-length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million, and lack American distribution.

Founded by current president Peter Baxter, as well as Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn, Dan Mirvish and Paul Rachman, Slamdance has screened more than 2,000 films over the years, with notable alumni including Christopher Nolan (whose 1999 drama “Following” debuted at the fest), Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), Bong Joon-ho (“Okja”), Lynn Shelton (“Outside In”), Ari Aster
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Jonah Hill May Have Abandoned Comedy, But ‘Mid90s’ Wouldn’t Exist Without ‘Superbad’

Jonah Hill May Have Abandoned Comedy, But ‘Mid90s’ Wouldn’t Exist Without ‘Superbad’
In promoting his directorial debut, “Mid90s,” a sweet, perceptive look at teen skateboarders in the titular era, Jonah Hill has spent a lot of time explaining himself. He’s touched on the 20 drafts he wrote over four years to craft a passion project that draws from the nostalgia of his youth, and why his skateboarding movie is “the anti-‘Kids,'” but more than that, a lot of people keep asking him about his comedy roots.

He’s endured this several times before, with each of his Oscar-nominated performances (in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Moneyball”), and it kicked off again this fall. A dramatic New York magazine cover story presented Hill in a grave black-and-white portrait, with the actor casting a provocative gaze at the camera under the dramatic headline: “Jonah Hill, filmmaker.”

Indeed. That transition comes out of careful brand management that, to date, yielded mixed results.
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Jonah Hill Had a Four-Hour Meeting With Martin Scorsese, Got Advice From Ethan Coen Before Directing ‘Mid90s’

Jonah Hill Had a Four-Hour Meeting With Martin Scorsese, Got Advice From Ethan Coen Before Directing ‘Mid90s’
Jonah Hill has amassed an impressive list of collaborators throughout his years in Hollywood as an actor, from Martin Scorsese to Bennett Miller and Quentin Tarantino, so it’s only fitting he relied on some of them to steer him in the right direction before cameras started rolling on his feature directorial debut, “Mid90s.” The night before Hill kicked off production, for instance, he ran into Ethan Coen at a restaurant (via Vulture) and asked the legendary filmmaker for advice.

Coen, who directed Hill in “Hail, Caesar!,” told the new director: “Just try and enjoy it. I was so stressed out during my first movie, I didn’t enjoy anything. Even try to enjoy the stress. Just enjoy the newness of it.”

Prior to seeking advice from one of the Coen brothers, Hill had an extensive meeting with Martin Scorsese. Hill earned his second Oscar nomination for starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio
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‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ Trailer: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Reunite for a New Horror Comedy

‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ Trailer: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Reunite for a New Horror Comedy
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been collaborating for decades, from the British TV series Spaced to director Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy and the Greg Mottola alien comedy Paul. But now the beloved duo have formed Stolen Picture, and they’re both co-starring in the new production company’s debut film called Slaughterhouse Rulez. It’s a cheesy-looking […]

The post ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ Trailer: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Reunite for a New Horror Comedy appeared first on /Film.
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The Dangerous Book for Boys

Network: Amazon.

Episodes: Six (half-hour).

Seasons: One.

TV show dates: March 29, 2018.

Series status: Cancelled.

Performers include: Chris Diamantopoulos, Gabriel Bateman, Drew Powell, Kyan Zielinski, Erinn Hayes, Athan Sporek, Sophia Valinotti, and Swoosie Kurtz.

TV show description:

Inspired by the book from Conn and Hal Iggulden, The Dangerous Book for Boys TV show is a family comedy-drama from creators Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola. The Amazon TV series follows the McKenna family, as they mourn and adapt to the loss of Patrick (Diamantopoulos).

In addition to being the husband of Beth (Hayes) and father of Dash (Powell), Liam (Zielinski), and Wyatt (Bateman), Patrick was a playful inventor, as well as the kind of good man who touched the
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Bryan Cranston’s ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’ Canceled After One Season at Amazon

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Amazon has canceled the comedy series “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” TheWrap has confirmed.

The series, co-created by Bryan Cranston and “Superbad” director Greg Mottola, has not been picked up for a second season after its first outing failed to attract an audience.

Inspired by the 2006 book of the same name by Conn and Hal Iggulden, the Amazon Studios-Sony Pictures Television co-production debuted in March following a long development process which included a brief period at NBC.

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The comedy followed a boy named Wyatt who, along with his brothers, is mourning the death of their father, a brilliant inventor named Patrick. The story begins when Wyatt receives a copy of “The Dangerous Book For Boys” bequeathed by his father. The book triggers Wyatt’s imagination, as he weaves a
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‘Dangerous Book for Boys’ Canceled After One Season at Amazon

  • Variety
Amazon has canceled “The Dangerous Book for Boys” after just one season, Variety has confirmed with sources.

The series was co-created by Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola and is based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden. The book itself has no plot per se, but instead offers boys advice on a wide variety of topics like fishing, juggling, histories of famous battles, and marbles, among many others. The book became a bestseller in the U.K. in 2006 and has since been adapted for the U.S. and other markets.

The series follows a boy named Wyatt and his brothers as they deal with the death of their father. He leaves his sons a copy of “The Dangerous Book for Boys,” which inspires a fantasy world in which Wyatt reconnects with his father while learning important life lessons.

Cranston first put the book into development as a series in 2014, which Variety exclusively reported.
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‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Canceled By Amazon After One Season

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‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Canceled By Amazon After One Season
Exclusive: Amazon has opted not to order a second season of Bryan Cranston’s family comedy-drama The Dangerous Book For Boys. The decision comes four months after the series’ first season was released.

The cancellation should not come as a surprise. When Deadline asked new Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke about The Dangerous Book For Boys‘ renewal chances in June, she said, “It’s looking very tough for the cost of the show. It’s really difficult, coming from the genre where it exists and the kind of audience it’s drawing. The math doesn’t quite work.”

Created by Cranston and Greg Mottola based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden, the series follows the McKenna family as they cope with the untimely passing of Patrick (Chris Diamantopoulos), their patriarch and a whimsical inventor. His death has left the family reeling, but hope appears in the form of
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Bryan Cranston (‘Dangerous Book for Boys’): Amazon series provides ‘sense of hope’ needed in the country [Complete Interview Transcript]

Bryan Cranston (‘Dangerous Book for Boys’): Amazon series provides ‘sense of hope’ needed in the country [Complete Interview Transcript]
Bryan Cranston may be more known for his acting in shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” but he has his producer’s hat on this year with Amazon’s “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” The family series, which he created with Greg Mottola, centers on young brothers whose father has died but left behind the titular “Dangerous Book,” giving them guidance for their lives.

Cranston recently spoke with Gold Derby editor in chief Tom O’Neil about his inspiration for “The Dangerous Book for Boys” and how it found a home on Amazon, while reminiscing about winning his first Emmy for “Breaking Bad.” Watch the exclusive video in full above and read the complete interview transcript below.

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Bryan Cranston: How I re-created ‘Dangerous Book for Boys’ and brought a gung-ho dad back from the dead [Exclusive Video]

Bryan Cranston: How I re-created ‘Dangerous Book for Boys’ and brought a gung-ho dad back from the dead [Exclusive Video]
Working behind the TV scenes as a producer, Bryan Cranston faced his biggest challenge when he created an imaginative screen adaptation of popular book “Dangerous Book for Boys,” an Emmy contender for Best Children’s Series that’s now streaming on Amazon.

“It’s a how-to book,” he notes in our webcam chat. Watch above. “There are no characters. There’s no plot. I had to come up with something from scratch.”

To do so, Cranston had to stretch beyond the traditional producer roles as fundraiser and employer of cast and crew: He needed to rescue the project creatively by coming up with a way to stage it as a drama. As a book, “Dangerous” is a giant, overstuffed scrapbook created by a loving dad who wanted to teach his three boys how to build a treehouse, talk to girls and grow a crystal. Upon his death, the book suddenly
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