EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winning co-director/co-scribe/producer of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , Rodney Rothman , and former MGM exec Adam Rosenberg , have inked a first look deal with Sony Pictures to develop, produce, write, and direct feature films through their company, Modern Magic . Under their deal with the studio, Rothman and Rosenberg are developing a feature film based on an original idea by Emmy Award winner Quinta Brunson ( Abbott Elementary ), with Emmy Award nominee Jonathan Krisel ( Portlandia ) attached to direct. “Rodney Rothman is the ultimate paradox, wickedly funny yet also highly capable of the most sophisticated, heartfelt storytelling. He is an extraordinary talent and we are thrilled to expand our relationship with him. He and his producing partner Adam Rosenberg have a great plan for their new company now solidified in this new first-look deal,” said Sanford Panitch, President, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. Said Rothman, … [Read more...] about Rodney Rothman & Adam Rosenberg’s Modern Magic Signs First Look Deal With Sony; Quinta Brunson Pic In The Works
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‘SNL’ Promo: Quinta Brunson Takes April Fool’s “Pranks” To An Unusual New Level
Maybe Quinta Brunson learned about April Fool’s Day “pranks” from some confused kids at Abbott Elementary. The Emmy-winning creator, writer and star of ABC’s breakout comedy will be the teacher — er, host — of Saturday Night Live this weekend for the first time , and she tries her hand at making an April fool of castmember Molly Kearney . There’s just one teensy little problem: Brunson appears unclear on the concept. Poor Kearney is just minding her own business while getting a drink at the watercooler when Brunson leaps from behind some boxes with flowers and candy and yells, “Prank!” — eliciting an old-school spit take. Later she pops out of a closet with balloons and a gift basket. The bemused Kearney then tells the camera about their doubts in re Brunson’s notion of a prank. Cut to Brunson saying to the camera, “Molly said that?” She then lets slip with her plan for the next “prank.” Suffice it to say, Kearney embraces the host’s giving nature this time. … [Read more...] about ‘SNL’ Promo: Quinta Brunson Takes April Fool’s “Pranks” To An Unusual New Level
‘Hotel Cocaine’: Yul Vazquez Joins Danny Pino & Michael Chiklis In MGM+ Series
EXCLUSIVE: Yul Vazquez is set as a lead opposite Danny Pino & Michael Chiklis in Hotel Cocaine , MGM+ ’s upcoming crime thriller from creator Chris Brancato. Hotel Cocaine is the story of Roman Compte (Pino), a Cuban expatriate who fought against Fidel Castro in the Bay of Pigs invasion and re-made his life in Miami. He is general manager of the Mutiny Hotel, the glamorous epicenter of the Miami cocaine scene of late ‘70s and early ‘80s. The Mutiny Hotel was Casablanca on cocaine, a glitzy nightclub, restaurant and hotel frequented by Florida businessmen and politicians, international narcos, CIA and FBI agents, models, sports stars and musicians. Vazquez will play Nestor Cabal, Roman Compte’s (Pino) brother and one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine to a coke-hungry Miami population. He’s dangerous, funny, wily, and seeking reunion with his long-lost brother. Chiklis plays Agent Zulio who will stop at nothing to shut down the drug trade, even if it … [Read more...] about ‘Hotel Cocaine’: Yul Vazquez Joins Danny Pino & Michael Chiklis In MGM+ Series
‘American Ninja Warrior’ Lands Bumper Renewal Order At NBC With Taller Mega Wall Among Format Changes
EXCLUSIVE: American Ninja Warrior will be back on NBC for a while. The competition format, which is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, returns this June for season 15 and has already been picked up for season 16. Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, along with co-host Zuri Hall, are back to call the action as the ninjas make their way through the qualifying and semifinal rounds in Los Angeles before moving to the national finals in Las Vegas. There are a number of new additions to the seasons including a Mega Wall with ninjas also racing side-by-side and head-to-head for the first time, marking the biggest changes to the show in its history. Production is currently underway on both seasons, with A. Smith & Co. filming the seasons back-to-back with select ninjas featured in both seasons. Season 15 will premiere on June 5 and season 16 returns in 2024. It marks a major statement of intent from NBCU unscripted chief Corie Henson, who joined last … [Read more...] about ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Lands Bumper Renewal Order At NBC With Taller Mega Wall Among Format Changes
Wild Bunch International Reveals New Name – Does It Amuse You?
Wild Bunch International, which bid farewell to its legendary company moniker at a bash in Paris in January, has announced its new name. Taking inspiration from Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated 1990 hit, the international sales company has been renamed as Goodfellas . The dropping of the original name marks the final act in the company’s departure from the pan-European Wild Bunch AG film group that began in 2019. “The international sales company will now be called Goodfellas. There are no other changes to the structure created in 2019,” the company said in a short statement. It has yet to release a logo for the new banner. The Wild Bunch Group was created in 2015 out of the merger of French company Wild Bunch and Germany’s Senator and is now majority owned by German entrepreneur Lars Windhorst. Original Wild Bunch co-founders Vincent Maraval and Brahim Chioua and their 15-person-strong team struck out as a standalone international sales company under the … [Read more...] about Wild Bunch International Reveals New Name – Does It Amuse You?
Ben Affleck Jokes About Having a Very Unhappy Resting Face
ABC Ben Affleck is clearing the air on what he says is a widely held misconception -- that he's totally miserable most of the time ... even when he's pretty damn happy. Ben was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday to promote his new movie "Air," and the guys chatted about a number of things, including Ben's RBF ... y'know the thing he went viral for at this year's Grammys. You'll recall, he looked very unamused as his wife Jennifer Lopez danced alongside him. CBS Now, Ben cleaned it up a bit for Kimmel, instead of "resting bitch face" ... he said, "I have a very unhappy-looking resting face." The guys joked Ben's face played a key role during a Christmas party Ben and Jen threw. They'd invited Jimmy and his wife, but as JK put it, "It did seem like you weren't quite as psyched about the party as everybody else". ABC Ben then tried to address the issue once and for all ... by showing a range of emotions on his face. Amused and … [Read more...] about Ben Affleck Jokes About Having a Very Unhappy Resting Face