FX Orders Zach Galifianakis Comedy BASKETS to Series; Co-Created by Galifainakis, Louis C.K., and Jonathan Krisel

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FX is adding another comedy series to its roster, and this one has a fantastic pedigree.  The network announced today that it has picked up the pilot Baskets to series, which stars Zach Galifianakis as Chip Baskets (brilliant name), a Bakersfield native who dreams of becoming a clown.  After an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clown school in Paris, however, Baskets finds himself taking on the only clowning job that will have him: the local rodeo.  Galifianakis created the series with Louis C.K.  and Portlandia/SNL alum Jonathan Krisel, and all three will executive produce the show with Krisel acting as showrunner.

Given Galifianakis’ busy schedule, production on Baskets won’t begin until next year.  As such, FX has slated the 10-episode first season to debut in 2016.  That’s a long time to wait before we see the show, but this feels like a stellar marriage of talent and material (that name…) so I’m confident it will be well worth it.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Producers Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese Talk THE DIVIDE, the Season Finale, Re-Shooting The Pilot, SCANDAL, and More

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The WE TV drama series The Divide follows Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), a whip-smart caseworker with a knack for getting herself in and out of trouble, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton), the youngest DA in the history of Philadelphia, both on opposite sides of a case where the outcome could either protect or destroy their reputations.  Created by Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese, the show also stars Nia Long, Paul Schneider, Joe Anderson and Clarke Peters.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers Tony Goldwyn (who also directed the pilot) and Richard LaGravenese talked about how they came to be working together, what drew them to the themes of this story, their road to getting this show on the air, re-shooting the original pilot (that was shot for AMC, before moving to WE tv), setting up the show’s structure for future seasons, why it was so important to them to collaborate with the African American actors on their characters, and what they love about long-term storytelling on television.  LaGravenese also talked about the experience of shooting the feature film The Last 5 Years, with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, while Goldwyn talked about how exciting it is to be a part of a show like Scandal, that so many people talk about every week.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

THE FLASH Trailer Has Great Production Value, Little Originality

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s poster reveal, The CW has released a new trailer for The Flash, their new series based on the DC Comics character of the same name.  CW’s other superhero Arrow also makes  a brief appearance which makes sense given the fact that this is essentially a spinoff of that show.  The two series will actually crossover in Episode 8 of both shows’ upcoming seasons.  While we got a teaser a few weeks back, today’s look at the show features a lot more footage.  I’m sort of underwhelmed by this trailer though.  While it has some impressive production value, it also feels rote and generic.

But make up your own mind! Hit the jump to check out The Flash trailer.  The show stars Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Rick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp with Robbie Amell, Wentworth Miller, and Clancy Brown poised for guest appearances.  The Flash premieres on The CW on October 7th at 8/7c.

Robert Downey Jr. Defends His Honor in THE JUDGE Poster; Plus New Posters for FOXCATCHER and PADDINGTON

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Posters for a trio of fall releases have landed online.  Briefly:

  • The Judge – The first The Judge poster puts Robert Downey Jr. in a precarious position, as he’s forced to defend his father (Robert Duvall)—a judge—in the court of law.  The film marks director David Dobkin’s first foray into drama and I’m curious to see how it comes together when I catch its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.  The tagline is…interesting.  The pic opens in theaters on October 10th.
  • Foxcatcher – The previous poster for Bennett Miller’s highly anticipated drama focused on Channing Tatum’s Olympic wrestler character, but this new poster is all about the transformed Steve Carell as eccentric millionaire John du Pont.  This is another film that will be screening at TIFF before its theatrical bow on November 14th.
  • Paddington – A new poster for the live-action/CG animation hybrid family adventure puts the adorable titular bear front and center while also highlighting the film’s holiday release date.  Starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville with the voice of Ben Whishaw as Paddington, the pic opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

Hit the jump to check out posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Writers Board ACME Movie; CRAZY STUPID LOVE Helmers in Talks to Direct

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Warner Bros.’ untitled Acme movie is taking shape.  Heat Vision reports that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to write the script for the project, while Crazy Stupid Love writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in early talks to direct.  The film is planned as a CG/live-action hybrid and while story details are under wraps, producer Dan Lin previously told us that the lead character is a Steve Jobs-type and the story revolves around the titular company that makes everything.  Steve Carell is attached to star in what is being envisioned as a big family adventure movie.

Ficarra and Requa just helmed the upcoming con artist pic Focus, starring Will Smith and Margo Robbie, but it’s unclear if Acme would be their next directorial effort.  Miller and Stentz, meanwhile, are currently busy writing the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.

THE SOPRANOS Ending Answered Once and For All by Creator David Chase; Did Tony Die?

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Well, we’ve finally done it.  Humanity and its unrelenting thirst to end ambiguity as we know it has finally worn poor David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos,  down on what exactly did or didn’t happen to Tony Soprano on the last episode of the show.  Given that the episode aired seven years ago, I was sure Chase had made it through the worst of it and would take the secret to his grave, but I guess not.

Before we go any further, because I’m not going to spoil what happened for you above the jump, I’d like to say that I loved the ending of the show.  At first I was angry, but a few days later I began to really appreciate the way Chase allowed us into the lives of these characters for eight or so years and then simply closed the hatch when it came to the audience’s ability to access them.  I totally get why some people didn’t like it, but I found it intriguing.  Hit the jump to find out what happened to Tony Soprano.

THE ACT OF KILLING Follow-Up THE LOOK OF SILENCE Set for Summer 2015 Release by Drafthouse Films

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Director Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Act of Killing was not only one of the best films of last year, but also one of the most harrowing, disturbing, and impactful documentaries ever made.  So it comes as great news that Oppenheimer’s companion piece, The Look of Silence, has been acquired by Drafthouse Films and Participant Media and slated for a theatrical release in the summer of 2015.  While The Act of Killing explored the Indonesian genocide from the point of view of the perpetrators, The Look of Silence is compiled of footage Oppenheimer shot during the same period of time and tells the story from the victim’s point of view, specifically following one man as he confronts his brother’s killers.

The Look of Silence will have its world premiere this week at the Venice Film Festival and is also slated to screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.  You can expect a full review of the film from our own Matt Goldberg around that time.  Read the full press release concerning the acquisition of The Look of Silence after the jump.  The film is again executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog.

The Rebels Take Flight in New THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Posters

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For some reason I keep forgetting that there’s a new Hunger Games movie coming this year.  Catching Fire surprised the hell out of me and was my favorite studio tentpole of last year, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how Francis Lawrence tackles the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy (well the first half of the final book, technically).  A peek into what’s in store has surfaced today by way of a new collection of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters that introduce the leaders of the rebellion.  There’s Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, of course, but I’m really excited to see Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer’s portrayal of Cressida; Dormer’s look for the character is positively fantastic.  And yes, that’s Elden Henson aka Fulton from The Mighty Ducks as Pollux.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 posters, which also feature Evan Ross as Messalla, Mahershala Ali as Boggs, and Wes Chatham as Castor.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and Donald SutherlandThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

Oscar Beat: Which Awards Contenders Will Emerge from the Fall Film Festival Season?

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Ready or not, the awards season is about to begin.  Every year, Oscar season kicks off with the series of film festivals in late August and early September.  It’s at these festivals—Telluride, Toronto, and Venice—that a hefty number of the year’s Oscar hopefuls debut and begin what they hope will be long and prosperous campaigns.  Four out of the last five Best Picture winners screened at both Telluride and Toronto, and as the festivals are about to start later this week, now felt like a good time to preview the block of awards hopefuls that will be screening since the odds are pretty good that this year’s Best Picture winner will have debuted by mid-September.

Hit the jump for the Fall Film Festival Preview 2014 edition of Oscar Beat.

Early BIRDMAN Reviews Offer Ecstatic Praise for Michael Keaton, Alejandro González Iñárritu; Oscar Future Looks Bright

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Oscar season has begun.  With the Fall Film Festival season kicking off this week, the awards contenders are about to emerge.  I’ll have a full rundown of the potential players in a new Oscar Beat coming shortly, but for now we have the first Birdman reviews for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s highly anticipated black comedy, which just premiered at the Venice Film Festival.  For those unaware, the pic stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  This has been high on my most anticipated list for some time, and I’m happy to see that the first reviews out of Venice are positively glowing, heaping praise upon Keaton’s lead performance and Iñárritu’s ambitious one-take style, and predicting a heavy awards presence for the film overall.

Since the film doesn’t open stateside until October 17th, we’ve rounded up some highlights from a few of the very first Birdman reviews for your perusing pleasure.  Hit the jump for an overview of the reaction.

International HORNS Trailer Ditches the Comedy and Puts Creepy Visuals and Suspense in Its Place

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It’s been a little tough getting used to Daniel Radcliffe as a guy with horns on his head, but ever since the trailers for Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of the Joe Hill novel, Horns, started hitting, it’s become easier and easier to take it for what it is and appreciate the fun and absurdity of the situation.

That last trailer was a major game changer courtesy of the surprising sense of humor and playful tone and now this new one does the same, but by taking a different approach.  There are no jokes here, but rather a very thoughtful representation of Ig’s love life followed by a far darker and horror-like summary of what goes down after his girlfriend (Juno Temple) is murdered and he winds up with horns on him.  Hit the jump to catch the latest Horns trailer yourself.  The film will arrive in theaters on October 31st and also stars Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner and James Remar.

New PADDINGTON Image Reveals Nicole Kidman as a Sinister Taxidermist

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The Weinstein Company has released a new Paddington image from director Paul King’s (The Mighty Boosh) upcoming film about the lovable bear.  The story centers on said bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who is lost at Paddington Station in London, adopted by a kind family, and then sets out in search of an explorer who inspired his aunt years before.  The first trailer revealed the tomfoolery that ensues, and while the pic had a bit of a creative shakeup when Colin Firth opted to step down from main voicing duties, I still remain hopeful that Paddington will be an adorable family friendly adventure comedy.  Today’s new image reveals Nicole Kidman’s character, who happens to be the antagonist of the pic—a sinister, seductive taxidermist.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Paddington image.  The live-action cast also includes Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Peter CapaldiPaddington opens in theaters on December 25th.

New International TRASH Trailer Features Rooney Mara Opposite Three Young Newcomers

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That international trailer for Stephen Daldry’s Trash that dropped just about a month ago did offer up a solid preview of the film’s style and tone, but it’s much nicer when you can actually understand the dialogue.  This latest promo is in English and has subtitles when it’s not, offering up a much clearer picture of the trouble that Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Raphael (Rickson Tevez) get themselves into after finding a bag in the dump.

The details on why what’s inside the bag could change the nation aren’t particularly clear, but the trio is likable and engaging enough to inspire you to believe in and get behind what they’re fighting for.  Hit the jump to check out the new Trash trailer for yourself.  The film also stars Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura and Selton Mello, and is due to make its world premiere at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival in October.

New Image of Jennifer Lawrence in SERENA; Film Gets October 24th UK Release Date, But Remains in Limbo Stateside

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Given the popularity of both Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper—especially after the one-two punch of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle—it’s somewhat baffling that director Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World) drama Serena has sat on the shelf for this long.  The movie was shot back in 2012, and since it was completed Bier has found the time to shoot and finish another movie, with Serena still remaining unreleased.  That changes today, though, as StudioCanal has announced that it will be releasing the film internationally this fall, with a UK bow set for October 24th.  Lawrence and Cooper star as a 1920s newlywed couple who travel to North Carolina to seize control of the timber industry. Infidelity and infertility leads Serena (Lawrence) to plot the murder of George’s (Cooper) illegitimate son while attempting to keep their timber land from being taken by the government.

It’s a promising premise with fantastic pedigree, but the fact that it still hasn’t been released in the US despite Lawrence’s starpower is troubling.  Here’s hoping the fininshed feature is a pleasant surprise.  For now, check out a new Serena image featuring Lawrence after the jump, along with release date news for other international territories.

First Look at the Outside Riley from Pixar’s INSIDE OUT

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In Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out, a group of emotions— Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black)—guide the life of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson.  We previously saw the emotions, and now a brief featurette on Disney Movies Anywhere has provided the first look at Riley.  As you’d expect, she’s an adorable little girl, but it’s important to remember she’s almost a supporting character in this story.  The plot involves Riley moving to a new town and a new school, which forces Joy and Sadness away from the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.  No disrespect to the studio’s recent movies, but Inside Out easily looks like one of Pixar’s most exciting projects in years.

Hit the jump to see the first Inside Out image of Riley.  The film opens June 19, 2015.

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