Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are living in the past. The modern TV “event series” has its roots in, well, Roots, and other mini-series adaptations of popular epic fiction. The late ’70s and early ’80s saw a rash of highly-touted adaptations of historical novels and family sagas, with the runaway success of Roots followed by Jesus of Nazareth, Shogun, The Thorn Birds, The Winds of War, and many more.
The basic format has changed little today — you’ll still see mini-series novel adaptations with a high-profile cast and a budget that outstrips some television. but there’s a way of advertising these events that has changed a little bit.
For their IFC mini-series The Spoils of Babylon, Ferrell and McKay are taking aim at those TV events, and they’ve appropriated the old ’80s ad style to go along with it. Or a comic version of it, at least. I don’t know if this will work on people under 30, but anyone who was watching TV in the late ’70s and early ’80s will chuckle at this spot. (The series features Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and Haley Joel Osment, but none of them show up in this teaser, just warning.) Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
If I asked you to guess what Robogeddon was, would you surmise that it was a new TV project by James Cameron? Also after the jump:
- The final season of Breaking Bad will be split in two
- Glee, New Girl, and Raising Hope get renewals
- Southland will probably be back for a fifth season
- Another, longer behind-the-scenes Veep featurette
- Lauren Cohan is now a regular on The Walking Dead
- Kristen Wiig still deciding about Saturday Night Live
- Of course Game of Thrones will be back for Season 3
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Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s a ton of TV news coming down the pipeline, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:
- The Newsroom and True Blood get premiere dates
- Fox will celebrate its 25th birthday with its biggest stars
- Elisha Cuthbert says she’s “on standby” for the 24 movie
- Is Saturday Night Live losing three of its cast members?
- The CW’s Supernatural finds a new co-showrunner
- A This American Life segment turns into an HBO drama
- Funny or Die’s Drunk History heads to Comedy Central
- Is this really the script of Breaking Bad‘s season premiere?
- Jimmy Smits turns to the dark side on FX’s Sons of Anarchy
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Posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
Until recently, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon were mainly known for their work in front of the camera. But their screenwriting work for last year’s The Descendants changed that, and with this weekend’s Best Adapted Screenplay win, the future’s looking brighter than ever for the pair.
Among their several upcoming projects are an action comedy recently picked up by Indian Paintbrush, which has Kristen Wiig attached to star. In addition, there’s also another collaboration with Alexander Payne in the works, and a directorial debut with Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney set to star. More after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
Though Melissa McCarthy was the big breakout star of last spring’s Bridesmaids, it was really Kristen Wiig‘s movie. The Saturday Night Live vet not only played the lead, she also co-produced the project and penned its script with co-writer Annie Mumolo. It’s tough to imagine seeing another Bridesmaids without Wiig — but apparently, that’s exactly what Universal is considering.
With Wiig and Mumolo reportedly uninterested in doing a sequel, the studio is now weighing the possibility of moving forward without them, and pinning its hopes on McCarthy to help get the project going. More details after the jump.
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Kristen Wiig is on the verge of being able to shoot a film she’s been wanting to make for the past couple years. Imogene, written by Michelle Morgan and to be directed by Shari Springer Bergman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor, Cinema Verite), . The project isn’t new, with reports of it having surfaced last summer and earlier this year, but now thanks to the success of Bridesmaids it is looking like a go. Read More »
The website for Paul, the film written by and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Adventureland‘s Greg Mottola, has gone live. Whatispaul.com already has a handful of image galleries with on-set photos and a couple of video blogs featuring Pegg, Frost and co-stars Kristin Wiig and Joe Lo Truglio. The Jo Lo Truglio bit is probably the best, as he shows how the production is trying to go green. But Pegg and Frost’s introduction is a nice way to get into their entertaining world. Both are after the jump. Read More »