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Showtime Orders ‘The Curse’ Comedy Pilot From the Safdie Brothers & Nathan Fielder

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Showtime Orders ‘The Curse’ Comedy Pilot From the Safdie Brothers & Nathan Fielder
Exclusive: Showtime has given a pilot green light to The Curse, a half-hour comedy from Uncut Gems directors/co-writers Benny & Josh Safdie and Nathan for You creator and star Nathan Fielder, I have learned.

Written by Fielder and Benny Safdie, The Curse stars Fielder and co-stars Benny Safdie. It explores how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple who star in Flipanthropy, their troubled Hgtv show, I hear.

Fielder will play the husband; Benny Safdie will play the producer of the Hgtv show.

The Curse does not cite any real-life inspirations, though its description does bring to mind Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead, stars of Hgtv’s popular series Flip or Flop, whose marriage fell apart after the success of their show made them household names.

Fielder, Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie executive produce the pilot, which is produced by Showtime. I hear the project
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Will the Golden Globes predict the 2020 Oscars?

Will the Golden Globes predict the 2020 Oscars?
The Golden Globes, now in its 77th year, offers one of the best previews of what will win at the Academy Awards. With separate awards for drama and comedy/musical films, the Globes doubles its chances of getting Best Picture and the lead acting races right at the Oscars. Last year, their comedy/musical pick, “Green Book” edged out the drama choice “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the Academy Awards. Three years ago the reverse happened when the Golden Globe winner for Best Drama, “Moonlight,” prevailed over the comedy/musical champ “La La Land” at the Oscars.

All four of the 2019 Oscar winners for acting had first won Golden Globes: leads Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) and Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and supporting players Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) and Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”). Among those that Colman and Malek defeated at the Academy Awards were the other two lead acting
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The Ten Best Films Of The Decade

Well, the decade is almost up, so right under the wire, I’m chiming in with my best of the decade post. Below you will see the ten movies I’ve chosen as the top cinematic efforts of the decade, along with a few bonus lists (minus commentary there). I won’t be going too in depth, since I’ve raved about everything here multiple times, but these all get my highest recommendations. Where possible, I’ve just quoted from the reviews already found here on the site. If you’re looking for something to put on as you get set to close out the year, these will do it! Here are my ten favorite films of the decade: 10. Blinded by the Light – I’ll just leave my initial reaction on social media from the first time I laid eyes on this one: “It doesn’t happen often, but every
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‘Dave’: Here Is the Cast Of New FXX Comedy Series Starring Lil Dicky From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart

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‘Dave’: Here Is the Cast Of New FXX Comedy Series Starring Lil Dicky From ‘The League’ Creator & Kevin Hart
Meet the cast of Dave (fka Untitled Lil Dicky), a new Kevin Hart-produced comedy series based on the life of rapper and comedian Lil Dicky, which will premiere on Fxx in March and will stream as part of FX on Hulu.

The project, which had been originally piloted by FX, was picked up to series as Untitled Lil Dicky by FX Networks in February. It recently received a title, Dave, after the series star’s real name, Dave Burd, and a spring launch. We can now report that Dave will air on FX Networks’ comedy-centric Fxx and will premiere in March. We can also reveal its cast, which had not been officially confirmed.

Taylor Misiak, Andrew Santino, GaTa, Travis Bennett and Christine Ko co-star opposite Burd in Dave, co-created by Burd and The League co-creator Jeff Schaffer and is exec produced by Hart, Greg Mottola, who directed the pilot,
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On Eve Of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Return, Eddie Murphy & Producer John Davis Talk ‘Dolemite’ And Cooking Up More Comedies

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On Eve Of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Return, Eddie Murphy & Producer John Davis Talk ‘Dolemite’ And Cooking Up More Comedies
Exclusive: Eddie Murphy’s return to the screen in Dolemite Is My Name has put him in the awards mix, and he seems poised to regain his position atop the comedy heap starting with tomorrow’s historic return to Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years, and with a stand-up comedy special and reprises in Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop. The latter will be at Netflix, which turned the long-gestating Dolemite project into a hit viewed by more than 40 million in its first two weeks. It’s the fifth movie collaboration between Murphy and producer John Davis — along with Doctor Dolittle and its sequel, Daddy Day Care, and the outrageous Norbit, in which Murphy played dual roles. Here, they talk about a long collaborative relationship.

Deadline: Eddie, what is the biggest thing John Davis has done to endear himself to you that you have now made five movies with him,
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SAG Awards Nominations Analysis: ‘Bombshell’ and ‘Parasite’ Stand Out in a Typically Random Field

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The Screen Actors Guild is the biggest Hollywood guild that gives out awards, with more than 100,000 members. But the SAG Awards nominations are only given out by a fraction of that number, by randomly chosen film and television nominating committees of a little more than 2,000 people each — and because of that, the results can seem a little random at times, too.

And so they did on Wednesday, when the 26th annual SAG Awards nominations were announced. “The Irishman” landed an all-important ensemble nomination, along with individual noms for costars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci — but Robert De Niro, an acting icon who plays the lead in the film, was overlooked just as he was in the Golden Globe nominations on Monday. Of course, he can take some solace in the fact that SAG is giving him a Lifetime Achievement Award this year, so maybe voters figured he didn’t need
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The Grudge Red-Band Trailer Promises a Blood-Soaked, R-Rated Reboot

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Sony Pictures has released a new red-band trailer for The Grudge reboot. This latest movie in the horror franchise sees Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) returning as a producer, with director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) at the helm. With this latest trailer, the studio is really showing off the R-rated goods and revealing that they're not pulling any punches this time around. This is most definitely Nsfw. You've been warned.

The Grudge reboot trailer starts off with an extended look at a truly horrifying scene that sees a police officer checking in on a woman who, to say the least, seems distressed. As the sequence unfolds, we come to find out why. I personally felt my stomach turn a bit at points and this is certainly not for the faint of heart. We then move to a sequence of various, horrific shots from elsewhere in the movie.
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National Board of Review awards: Don’t count on these when making your 2020 Oscar predictions

National Board of Review awards: Don’t count on these when making your 2020 Oscar predictions
Fans of “The Irishman” be warned. The National Board of Review, which named Martin Scorsese‘s crime epic as the best movie of the year, has a spotty record at crystal-balling the Academy Awards. While it previewed the Best Picture win for “Green Book” and the Supporting Actress victory by Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) last year, its overall track record of predicting the Oscars is uneven.

Last year the National Board of Review awarded Best Actor to “Green Book” leading man Viggo Mortensen. The big winner was “A Star is Born” which picked up Best Director (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott). “If Beale Street Could Talk” also won Best Adapted Screenplay (Barry Jenkins) while writer/director Paul Shrader won for his original screenplay for “First Reformed.”

All four of these films figured in the Nbr Top 10, which also includes: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,
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Paul Simms FX Comedy Pilot Casts Ari Graynor, Chris Messina in Lead Roles

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Paul Simms FX Comedy Pilot Casts Ari Graynor, Chris Messina in Lead Roles
Ari Graynor and Chris Messina are set for the lead roles in an untitled comedy pilot at FX that hails from Paul Simms, Variety has confirmed.

In additon, Jonathan Krisel is set to direct. Krisel previously co-created the FX series “Baskets,” which recently ended after four seasons. The pilot is about a family surviving a widespread technological crisis. Graynor will play the mother, Rachel, while Messina will play the father, Hunt.

Simms wrote the script and will also executive produce, with M. Blair Breard also executive producing. FX Productions will produce. Simms is currently under an overall deal at FX, while Breard has a first-look deal.

Messina’s previous TV credits include starring roles in “The Mindy Project” and “Sharp Objects.” He has also appeared on shows such as “The Newsroom,” “Damages,” and “Six Feet Under.” On the feature side, he will appear as Victor Zsasz in the upcoming release
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Chris Messina & Ari Graynor To Star In Paul Simms Comedy Pilot At FX, Jonathan Krisel To Direct

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Chris Messina & Ari Graynor To Star In Paul Simms Comedy Pilot At FX, Jonathan Krisel To Direct
Exclusive: Chris Messina (HBO’s Sharp Objects) and Ari Graynor (Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here) are set to headline a single-camera comedy from Atlanta and What We Do In the Shadows executive producer Paul Simms, which has received a formal green light at FX with Baskets co-creator/executive producer Jonathan Krisel directing.

Written by Simms, the untitled comedy is about a family surviving a widespread technological crisis. Messina and Graynor will play the parents, Hunt, a lawyer, and Rachel, an Hr executive, respectively.

Simms executive produces with M. Blair Breard. FX Productions, where Simms is under an overall deal and Breard has a first-look pact, is the studio.

The project had had a blinking green light at FX for awhile, looking for the rights actors to play the leads Hunt and Rachel.

Messina will next be seen in the Warner Bros. DC film, Birds Of Prey,
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Alison Brie "InStyle"

Actress Alison Brie ("Glow") poses for the December 2019 issue of "InStyle" (Russia) magazine, wearing Givenchy, Alberta Ferretti and a whole lot more, photographed by David Roemer:

Brie is best known for her starring role as 'Annie Edison' in the sitcom "Community" (2009–2015)...

...and as 'Trudy Campbell' in AMC's "Mad Men" (2007–2015).

Brie currently voices the character 'Diane Nguyen' on the Netflix animated series "BoJack Horseman" (2014–present) and as 'Ruth Wilder' in "Glow" (2017–present).

Brie has also starred in several feature films including "Scream 4" (2011), "The Five-Year Engagement" (2012), "The Lego Movie" (2014), "Get Hard" (2015)...

..."Sleeping with Other People" (2015), "How to Be Single" (2016), "The Little Hours" (2017), "The Disaster Artist" (2017), and "The Post" (2017).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Alison Brie...
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Dolemite Is My Name: 10 Hidden Facts About Rudy Ray Moore The Movie Doesn't Show

Netflix's Dolemite is My Name is a pure delight to behold. It eschews the typical biopic narrative of portraying the dangers of success and fame in favor of a more positive story reflecting Rudy Ray Moore's ultimate message of striving for one's goal no matter how impossible it may seem.

Related: Dolemite is My Name: 5 Reasons The Netflix Movie Is Better Than The Disaster Artist (& 5 Why The Disaster Artist Is Better)

Self-financing a movie today is nearly impossible, and it was even harder in the mid 1970s when Moore made Dolemite. As fascinating and accurate as the Eddie Murphy movie is, it does leave out several key details and interesting tidbits. The following list will look to remedy this and garner and even deeper appreciation of the revolutionary comedian and pop culture icon.
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Elizabeth Gabler’s 3000 Lands First Deal: Kevin Wilson Novel ‘Nothing To See Here;’ Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber Adapt

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Exclusive: In what marks her first major acquisition since leaving Fox 2000 and forming the Sony-based production label 3000 Pictures to make book-friendly films, Elizabeth Gabler won an auction for screen rights to Nothing to See Here, the just published Kevin Wilson novel from Ecco/HarperCollins. Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber are attached to write the script and produce the film. That duo adapted The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns for Gabler at Fox 2000. Their other credits include (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, and The Disaster Artist.

Sources said that at least four bidders chased the deal in an auction that played out over the weekend. The book transaction is mid- to high- six figures for the book, and seven figures to engage the writers. The author will be exec producer and his book is expected to be a big bestseller.

If the book package wasn’t
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Sharon Stone Gets "Bazaar"

"Basic Instinct" star Sharon Stone poses for the November 2019 issue of "Harper's Bazaar" (Spain) magazine, photographed by Juankr, wearing Oscar de la Renta, Gucci and Stella McCartney:

After modelling in television commercials and print advertisements, Stone made her film debut as an extra in "Stardust Memories" (1980), followed by a speaking part in the horror feature "Deadly Blessing" (1981)...

..."Irreconcilable Differences" (1984), "King Solomon's Mines" (1985), "Cold Steel" (1987), "Action Jackson" (1988), "Above the Law" (1988) and "Total Recall" (1990).

Her breakout role as 'Catherine Tramell" in director Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct" (1992), earned Stone a 'Golden Globe Award' nomination for 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama'.

She received further critical acclaim in director Martin Scorsese's "Casino (1995), garnering an 'Academy Award' nomination for 'Best Actress', receiving two more 'Golden Globe Award' nominations for her roles in "The Mighty" (1998) and "The Muse" (1999).

Other notable film roles include "Sliver" (1993), "The Specialist" (1994), "The Quick and the Dead" (1995), "Last Dance
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Quibi Orders Dave Franco-Led Comedy Series ‘The Now’

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Quibi Orders Dave Franco-Led Comedy Series ‘The Now’
Quibi has ordered a comedy series starring Dave Franco called “The Now.”

Directed by the Oscar-winning duo Peter and Bobby Farrelly of “Green Book” fame, the series will be produced by Anonymous Content.

Described as “a comedy that examines what exactly makes life worth living,” the series follows Ed Poole (Franco), who finds clarity when a secret from his past emerges and seemingly destroys his future. He soon realizes the only thing that will make his life worth living is to forget the past, screw the future and just live in “The Now.”

Also Read: Rachel Brosnahan, Christina Ricci to Star in Quibi Horror Series From Executive Producer Sam Raimi

Peter Farrelly, Steve Leff and Pete Jones signed on to write, while Steve Golin and Jeff Okin will executive produce.

Franco is an actor, producer and director most recently seen in Barry Jenkins’s Oscar-nominated drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,
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Oscars love a comeback: Are Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Renee Zellweger & Joe Pesci next?

Oscars love a comeback: Are Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Renee Zellweger & Joe Pesci next?
It is mightily important to have an knockout script to work with when starring in a movie that has hopes for awards season attention. But it might be even more essential to have a compelling off-screen narrative that convinces voters that a performer is even more deserving of being granted a gold trophy.

One of the more popular tropes to latch onto while stumping for kudos? The career comeback. Think Matthew McConaughey capping off his so-called McConaissance with a lead actor Oscar win for 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club.”

This year, there are four noteworthy but very different thespians who are bouncing back on the big screen with a perfectly tailored role to showcase their talents. Their common ground? All are playing characters based on real people.

Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”): This former “Saturday Night Live” cast member in the ’80s went on to have a string of
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Dolemite Is My Name: 5 Reasons The Netflix Movie Is Better Than The Disaster Artist (& 5 Reasons The Disaster Artist Is Better)

Netflix's new comedy Dolemite is My Name is an energetic and wildly entertaining romp made better by the fact that it is a true story. The movie focuses on Rudy Ray Moore, a man who wanted to make it in show business so bad, he went out to make his own film which became a legendary Blaxploitation film called Dolemite.

Related: Seth Rogen and James Franco Movies: Ranked from Worst to Best

Many people have pointed to similarities between this film and James Franco's The Disaster Artist, which is about the making of The Room. Both Dolemite is My Name and The Disaster Artist are tales of the unusual films made by strange yet passionate men. While they share a lot in common, there are some things each film does better than the other. Here are some reasons Dolemite is My Name is the better film and some reasons The Disaster Artist is better.
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‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Review: An Energetic Ode to a Determined Entertainer

This is a repost of my review from the 2019 Toronto International Film Fesitval. Dolemite Is My Name is now streaming on Netflix. Regardless of how you feel about 1975’s Dolemite, you’ll likely get swept up in Craig Brewer’s joyous, upbeat ode to its creator Rudy Ray Moore, Dolemite Is My Name. A film in the vein of “Let’s put on a show!” celebrations like Ed Wood (which shares Dolemite Is My Name’s writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski) and The Disaster Artist, Brewer avoids trying to paint a complex portrait of Moore and instead …
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‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Review: Dir. Craig Brewer (2019)

Rudy Ray Moore is not a name muttered much in the mainstream these days despite his incredible contribution to all arts and entertainment. Some of his projects may not be considered high art, but the passion and drive of those projects attracted audiences. If you’re not familiar with his work then you are in for a real treat with Dolemite is My Name, especially as you can then explore his work afterwards. A cult icon in terms of comedy and blaxploitation films, you will have digested some of his work whether that be from the hilarious parody Black Dynamite, or from the Odb video for Baby, I Got Your Money. In terms of filmmaking, Moore could be said to have had aspirations above his station, like a latter day Tommy Wiseu. But there’s more to it than that, though The Room/The Disaster Artist and Dolemite/Dolemite is My Name,
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‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Film Review: Eddie Murphy Is a Soulfully Vulgar Blast as Comedy Legend Rudy Ray Moore

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‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Film Review: Eddie Murphy Is a Soulfully Vulgar Blast as Comedy Legend Rudy Ray Moore
Like the aroma of any home-cooked favorite wafting from a kitchen long unused, watching Eddie Murphy’s beautifully funny and exuberant performance in “Dolemite Is My Name” playing bootleg-to-blaxploitation entertainer Rudy Ray Moore — the reclusive megastar’s first worthy comedy lead in ages — amounts to a longing well and truly satisfied.

Murphy’s resplendent turn anchors a true if predictably told story of showbiz aspirations and can-do spirit, but in the great whoosh of majestically profane, beaming energy he provides from beginning to end, it’s clear that his brand of electrifying, in-the-moment comedy has sorely been missed.

The fit of This Legend playing That Legend (one comedy giant cosplaying his forebear) is so perfect that it lifts director Craig Brewer’s rudimentary handling of Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski’s affectionately raucous if predictable script into a joyful realm. (It’s a reminder of how great comedy stars always plugged
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