The Wrong Mans Comedy From James Corden & Bad Robot Set At Showtime; Ben Schwartz To Star In Remake of UK Series
Showtime has given a pilot production commitment to The Wrong Mans, a half-hour single-camera action comedy based on the 2013 British series created by and starring James Corden & Matthew Baynton. The U.S. version, from The Late Late Show host Corden, Baynton, J.J. Abrams Bad Robot Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, will star Ben Schwartz in his return to Showtime where he co-starred on House of Lies. Written by Corden, Bayton and U.S. TV writer Ian Maxtone-Graham (Veep, Man Se… Read
Shark Tanks Daymond John Latest Star To Join Michelle Obamas College Initiative
By Anita Busch
Shark Tank star Daymond John is joining Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Nick Cannon, Rebel Wilson, and Zendaya in former first lady Michelle Obamas college initiative at Temple University on May 2. About 8,000 students are expected to attend during what is National Signing Day. The day celebrates high school seniors who are choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or the military. This… Read
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy & More Join Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson Comedy Late Night
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Veeps Reid Scott, and I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser have come aboard the comedy, Late Night, written by Mindy Kaling, who also stars alongside Emma Thompson. Nisha Ganatra is attached to direct the project which follows late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Filming is slated to begin next week with Kaling… Read
Jason Clarke Circles Paramounts Pet Sematary Redo
Jason Clarke, who stars in the just-released indie drama Chappaquiddick, is in talks to star in Pet Sematary, Paramounts redo of its 1989 horror pic based on Stephen Kings 1983 novel, Deadline has confirmed. The studio has already set an April 19, 2019 release date for this one. Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) are directing the pic, which Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) is adapting, about the Creed family that moves in next door to a pet… Read
Deadlines The Contenders Emmys Photo Studio 2018
The third annual The Contenders Emmys, Deadline's television awards-season event, was held yesterday at the DGA Theater in Hollywood, where a total of 24 networks and studios showed off 43 of their Emmy-contender programs to kick off Emmy season. The event lasted all day in front of a packed, invitation-only audience of Television Academy voters and PGA, SAG-AFTRA, WGAW and DGA members. Take a look at some of our beautiful, exclusive portraits by photographer Michael… Read
Amy Schumer Circling Dramatic Boxing Film Christy Martin
EXCLUSIVE:Amy Schumer, whose highly anticipated comedy I Feel Pretty opens this weekend wide from STX, is now circling another Voltage Pictures project. Written by Katherine Fugate (Valentines Day), Christy Martin is a true story about the world champion boxer of the same name who had to fight through a mans world to gain success and later personally found herself fighting for her life. This would be a decided turn for Schumer as it is a gritty drama — but what a great… Read
The Four: Fox Brings Back Original Host & Judges For Season 2, Sans Charlie Walk; June Premiere Set
Fox said today that the original judges panel for The Four: Battle for Stardom — sans the fired Charlie Walk — will return for Season 2. Fergie also is back as host of the singing competition alongside judges Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor. The premiere is set for 8 PM Thursday, June 7. The show launched January 4 but made unwanted headlines later that month when judge and record exec Walk was axed from the series amid allegations of past sexual… Read
Byron Allens Entertainment Studios Bags Joe Carnahans Boss Level For U.S. Bow
By Anita Busch
Byron Allens Entertainment Studios has just acquired distribution rights to the $45M action/thriller Boss Level from writer/director Joe Carnahan. The film stars Frank Grillo, Ken Jeong, Mel Gibson, and Naomi Watts. The film will get a U.S. theatrical release next year from the studio. Entertainment Studios last released the controversial Chappaquiddick. The company acquired the film from The Fyzz Facility and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The film is about a retired U.S… Read
Starz Acquires Ex-Seeso Comedy Series & Specials Including Take My Wife & Night Train With Wyatt Cenac
Starz has acquired a slew of comedy series, specials and films that launched on Seeso, the NBCUniversal-owned SVOD service that shuttered last year. Among the series in the deal are Take My Wife, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and The UCB Show. It also includes stand-up specials from the Sklar Brothers, Brian Posehn and Lachlan Patterson, along with The Pistol Shrimps, the documentary about a group of showbiz folks including Aubrey Plaza who play in a women's recreational… Read
Tribeca Sets Juries For Features, Shorts, Awards & More
The Tribeca Film Festival has finalized its juries for the 2018 fest, two days before it kicks off its 17th edition. Names including Martha Coolidge, Norman Reedus, André Holland, Ray Liotta, Chris Messina, Zosia Mamet, Sasheer Zamata, Alyssa Reiner, Josh Charles, Haifaa Al Mansour and Lakeith Stanfield have been set to oversee the features, shorts, Storyscapes section and awards categories. The fest launches Wednesday night with the world premiere of the Gilda Radner… Read
Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Rothschild Dynasty Drama With Jemima Khan At Sky Atlantic
By Peter White
EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a man who knows a thing or two about writing about the wealthy, has set his sights on the richest family in history for his next project. I hear that Fellowes is developing a TV series about the Rothschild banking dynasty, who, in one generation, rose from the deprivation of the ghetto to become the richest and most powerful family in history. Fellowes is collaborating on the script with Ian Kelly (Mr Foote's Other Leg). Fi… Read
HBO Preps John McCain Documentary From Kunhardt Films
John McCain certainly has led an extraordinary American life, and now HBO has begun work on a documentary about the six-term senator, 2008 GOP presidential nominee and longtime Vietnam POW. Produced and directed by multiple Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt (HBO's Jim: The James Foley Story, King in the Wilderness), along with his Emmy-winning sons George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt (Jim: The James Foley Story), the untitled film is an exclusive profile of one of the most… Read
‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.