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Quibi Orders Adam Rippon Celebrity Throwback Daily Show From Hearst (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Quibi Orders Adam Rippon Celebrity Throwback Daily Show From Hearst (Exclusive)
Adam Rippon will serve up a daily dish of “useless” throwback celebrity moments for Quibi, the short-form mobile TV streaming service set to hit phones in the spring of 2020.

The former Olympic ice skater will host “This Day in Useless Celebrity History,” produced by Hearst Magazines’ originals division, for Quibi’s Daily Essentials news and entertainment lineup. Rippon will take viewers on a ride down memory lane, revisiting stars’ breakups, makeups and other outrageous events from the early 2000s to the present day.

Rippon promises that the celebrity rehash show for Quibi will be “a witty retrospective look at pop culture.” The show is scheduled to run Monday-Friday and premiere in April 2020. Each “day in history” will coincide with the actual calendar date that the event occurred.

“There are so many great moments to choose from, and I’ll be there breaking it down for Quibi’s viewers and reminding
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: October 15)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: October 15)
Predicting the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture is never easy. We were sure the top prize at the 2019 Oscars would go to “Roma” but it was “Green Book” that won. In coming up with our 2020 Oscar predictions, we considered a slew of factors, starting with the preferential ballot used to determine the winner. Add in the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to the films, the box office tally and the track record of the studios. We take all of these into consideration again as we look ahead to the 2020 Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Picture.)

Contenders began to emerge at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Others will be seen for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival in May. However, most of the top tier of Best Picture hopefuls won’t screen until September at four film festivals: Venice,
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Trailer for Arman Nshanian's Songs of Solomon will not be silenced

  • JoBlo
Today brings an emotionally-charged trailer for Songs Of Solomon, an upcoming historical drama from producer Nick Vallelonga, known to many as the Oscar-winning producer/screenwriter of director Peter Farrelly's Green Book. Based on true events, Songs Of Solomon tells the powerful story of a childhood friendship, torn apart by the horrific Hamidian massacres and infiltrated by the Ottoman…
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Quibi’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman to Deliver CES 2020 Keynote

  • Variety
Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman are slated to hit the CES 2020 keynote stage in Las Vegas to talk up their billion-dollar bet on mobile TV streaming, three months ahead of its scheduled debut.

The duo are to deliver a keynote presentation at the annual consumer-electronics convention on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. in Park Theater at the Park MGM Hotel.

Quibi (short for “quick bites”) set a April 6, 2020, launch date for its service, with shows delivered in sub-10-minute episodes, and is targeting around 7,000 episodes in the first year. The company plans to charge $5 monthly for a version with ads and $8 for an ad-free tier.

The company has raised $1 billion from investors including Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, WarnerMedia, Lionsgate, MGM, ITV and Entertainment One and expects to spend a little over that amount — $1.1 billion — on content in Year One, Whitman told Variety in June.
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10 Comedy Directors Who Went Serious, From Jay Roach to Todd Phillips (Photos)

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10 Comedy Directors Who Went Serious, From Jay Roach to Todd Phillips (Photos)
Why so serious? While some filmmakers get their start making cheaply made B-movies or horror films, there’s a new crop of directors emerging who previously cut their teeth making classic comedies. And while most haven’t abandoned their sense of humor entirely, they’ve finally been recognized at both the box office and awards circuit by veering into prestige pictures. The latest example is Todd Phillips, the director of “Joker,” which as the darkly disturbed origin story of the iconic Batman villain is no laughing matter. Here are some other directors who have re-emerged as more than just funny men.

Preston Sturges – Comedy Classic: “The Lady Eve”/Dramatic Turn: “Sullivan’s Travels”

Preston Sturges, one of the signature directors of Old Hollywood, would likely still be admired today based solely on the success of his screwball comedies like “The Great McGinty” and “The Lady Eve.” But he took a
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Toronto: A Massive Lineup Of Oscar Contenders, But Is There Another ‘Green Book’ Waiting To Surprise?

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Toronto: A Massive Lineup Of Oscar Contenders, But Is There Another ‘Green Book’ Waiting To Surprise?
After Venice and Telluride, the Fall Festival Trifecta continues with the Toronto International Film Festival, where the world premieres just keep on coming. It opens tonight with several of them competing for attention. Most awaited probably is tonight’s debut of The Personal History of David Copperfield from Veep creator Armando Iannucci, which also will open the London Film Festival next month. But distributor Fox Searchlight is holding its U.S. release until next year, so it is one of the rare top titles here with an eye on Oscar in 2021, not this year.

In terms of other Tiff debuts that didn’t pop up first at the other two fests, or earlier at Sundance or Cannes, the odds of most of them going all the way to the Academy Awards are not all that clear. But compare that to a heady 2018, when Green Book showed up on the sixth
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‘Traveling While Black’: Roger Ross Williams’ Vr Doc Reclaims ‘Green Book’ Narrative

‘Traveling While Black’: Roger Ross Williams’ Vr Doc Reclaims ‘Green Book’ Narrative
“Traveling While Black,” a new virtual reality (Vr) documentary from Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program in January. Released on the Oculus Go and Oculus Rift headsets, as well as the New York Times Op-Docs page, the film makes a direct connection between segregationist policies of Jim Crow-era America to police violence in the present day. It is Emmy nominated for Outstanding Original Interactive Program, and above and beyond that, the film is leading the charge of Vr as an instrument of social change.

Virtual reality is most commonly used in entertainment applications such as video gaming. Consumer virtual reality headsets were first released by video game companies in the 1990s, although it wasn’t until the 2010s when a new wave of application development was set off by the introduction of next-generation commercial headsets by companies like Oculus (Rift
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Director Roger Ross Williams On Emmy-Nominated Vr Film ‘Traveling While Black’: “It’s A Big Moment”

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Director Roger Ross Williams On Emmy-Nominated Vr Film ‘Traveling While Black’: “It’s A Big Moment”
The medium of virtual reality has been marshaled to explore everything from nature to outer space, roller coaster thrills, the human body and fictional stories, but it’s never been put to use quite in the way of Traveling While Black.

The Emmy-nominated Vr film directed by Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams immerses viewers in a fundamental aspect of the black experience in America: the peril of facing racially-motivated assault in public settings and the need for safe spaces free of that threat.

“It’s a big moment, almost a groundbreaking moment for virtual reality,” Williams tells Deadline. “You don’t think about Vr as a tool of social justice…I think very few [of] these sort of social justice pieces are made in Vr.”

The Vr documentary unfolds mostly in Ben’s Chili Bowl, an institution in Washington, D.C. famous for its conviviality, but most importantly as
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Kevin Hart Sets Quibi Action Series

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Kevin Hart Sets Quibi Action Series
Kevin Hart is the latest A-lister to sign up for a Quibi project.

Hart and his Laugh Out Loud Network have teamed with the upcoming streamer for a series titled “Action Scene.” Hart will star as a fictionalized version of himself on a quest to land the action movie role of a lifetime. After being rejected for the role, Kevin randomly encounters a leading A-List action movie star which inadvertently sets off a chain of events, causing Kevin to fight his way through a series of over-the-top action sequences with the help of some of Hollywood’s biggest action movie heroes.

Hart will executive produce in addition to starring. Jeff Clanagan, Laugh Out Loud’s president and Hart’s long-time business partner, will serve as as a producer on the project. Dave Becky will also executive produce.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring big action and even bigger
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Vancouver Film - "Batwoman", "Charmed", "Siren"

From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for August 2019, including "Batwoman", "Charmed", "Siren" and a whole lot more:

Feature Film

Godfrey

Local Production Company: Godfrey Production Inc.

Director: Ken Mok

Producer: Jason Bourque, Tim Marlowe, JJ Dubois

Aug 06/19 - Sep 09/19

To All The Boys 3

Local Production Company: All The Boys Productions Inc.

Director: Michael Fimognari

Producer: Matt Kaplan, Chris Foss

Jul 15/19 - Aug 20/19

New Media Feature

A Babysitters Guide To Monster Hunting

Local Production Company: Double Double Productions Ulc.

Producer: Ivan Reitman, Amie Karp

Sep 03/19 - Nov 13/19

Christmas Chronicles 2

Local Production Company: Maple Syrup Productions Ulc.

Director: Chris Columbus

Producer: Mark Radclliffe

Sep 23/19 - Dec 19/19

The Main Event

Local Production Company: Main Event Movie Inc.

Director: Jay Karas

Producer: Ian Hay

Jun 19/19 - Aug 12/19

There's Someone Inside Your House

Local Production Company: Beaver Tail Productions Ulc.

Director: Patrick Brice

Producer: Dan Cohen, James Wan, Michael Clear

Aug
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‘Skinny Dip’ Series, Based On Carl Hiaasen Novel And Previously A CW Pilot, Now Set At Quibi

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‘Skinny Dip’ Series, Based On Carl Hiaasen Novel And Previously A CW Pilot, Now Set At Quibi
Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s Quibi has picked up Skinny Dip, a comedy series based on Carl Hiaasen’s 2004 satirical novel. The project had been set up as a drama pilot at the CW in the 2018 cycle but did not move forward there.

The same core group remains attached: Producer Kashet Studios, writers Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner and executive producers Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Alon Shtruzman, Avi Nir, Friend and Lerner.

The mobile-first content company describes the series as a darkly comedic odyssey of revenge. A jilted woman miraculously survives a night in the open ocean after her husband suddenly flings her overboard on their anniversary cruise. Plucked to safety serendipitously by a retired cop, the two team up to gaslight her husband.

Matt Barr and Ben Aldridge had been cast in the CW pilot, which was being produced by Keshet at CBS TV Studios. Kj Smith and
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Peter Farrelly to Judge Sun Valley Film Festival’s Film Lab Competition

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Peter Farrelly to Judge Sun Valley Film Festival’s Film Lab Competition
Sun Valley Film Festival has set “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly as the judge for the sixth annual Film Lab competition.

The program, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is in its sixth year, selects one team of filmmakers to work with the festival to complete their film projects. The director and producer of the winning film will receive travel, lodging and the chance to screen their rough cut during a work-in-progress event in Austin, Texas on Oct. 10. Additionally, filmmakers will gather critiques from an audience of filmmakers.

“The Film Lab is the embodiment of Svff’s core mission to provide practical support to filmmakers and to deliver industry access and unique opportunities,” the film festival’s executive director Teddy Grennan.

Filmmakers, upon receiving feedback, will finish their film with post-production company the Farm La, which will provide up to $185,000 in services and will screen as part of the official 2020 Sun Valley Film Festival,
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Marvel Is Making Blade Because of Mahershala Ali Says Kevin Feige

Last night, Marvel ended their epic Comic-Con panel with the announcement that Moonlight and True Detective season 3 star Mahershala Ali will be our new Eric Brooks in an all-new Blade movie. And now we have word from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige on jut how Ali was cast as the Daywalker. It turns out Ali called up Marvel after winning Best Actor for his role in Green Book, and straight-up told the powers that be that he wanted to play Blade. Plain and simple. Feige says this.

"When Marhershala calls, you answer."

About this exciting news that arrived from Comic-Con last night? Works for me. Mahershala Ali looks like a perfect person to take over the role of Eric Brook Aka Blade to this here movie fan. After all, as mentioned above, Ali recently won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role opposite Viggo Mortensen in Peter Farrelly's Green Book.
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Veena Sud Sets Thriller Series ‘The Stranger’ At Quibi

  • Deadline
Quibi continues its content spree with a new series from The Killing creator Veena Sud. She is set to create, write, direct and executive produce The Stranger, a shortform thriller from Fox 21 Television Studios.

The logline: An unassuming young rideshare driver is thrown into her worst nightmare when a mysterious Hollywood Hills passenger enters her car. Her terrifying, heart-stopping ride with the stranger unfolds over 12 hours as she navigates the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles in a chilling game of cat and mouse.

The project is Sud’s first for Quibi since she signed last month to develop shows for the digital service run by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. Along with creating the 2011-14 crime drama The Killing, Sud also was behind last year’s Netflix miniseries Seven Seconds. She also directed The Lie, a feature that premiered at Toronto last year, and earlier was a writer-producer for CBSCold Case.
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Quibi Orders Up ‘Biggest Little Cook-Off’ Food Competition Series

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Quibi Orders Up ‘Biggest Little Cook-Off’ Food Competition Series
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s shortform video platform Quibi has cooked up a new unscripted series titled Biggest Little Cook-Off.

The comedic miniature food competition series will offer an absurd showdown with two top chefs battling to create the most delicious, salivating, mouth-watering, single bite of food.

The series is produced by Levity Productions, a Levity Live Company, for Quibi. Judi Marmel, Johnny Milord and Aron Korney are executive producers on the show.

Quibi has been on a content tear for the past week-plus. The platform has Since July 8 has announced Winos, a vineyard comedy from Thomas Lennon; a Varsity Blues revival, the female-wrestling docuseries Fight Like a Girl, Darren Criss musical comedy Royalties, Peter Farrelly comedy The Now, drama series The Fugitive,psychological thriller Blood Orange and a pair of series from Doug Liman’s 30 Ninjas: sci-fi drama Don’t Look Deeper and quasi-superhero tale Crazy Talented.
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Sebastian Maniscalco Moves Into Movies With ‘Green Book’ and ‘The Irishman’

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Sebastian Maniscalco Moves Into Movies With ‘Green Book’ and ‘The Irishman’
As a comedian whose routines not only lampoon Italian stereotypes but demand larger-than-life performances of those cultural peccadilloes, Sebastian Maniscalco has carefully — if inadvertently — created a niche for himself as an actor. In 2018, in between selling out shows at Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden, he took his first steps into film work with a small role in Peter Farrelly’s Oscar-winning “Green Book,” playing Johnny Venere, the fast-talking brother-in-law of Viggo Mortensen’s Nick Vallelonga.

Next up is a part in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” playing “CrazyJoe Gallo opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. But never having supplemented his standup career with acting or other industry side projects, Maniscalco seems eager to take his time exploring this new career path.

“The acting and the film stuff is something really fun and cool to do while I’m doing standup comedy,” he tells Variety. “I
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‘Winos’: Thomas Lennon To Write & Star In Vineyard Workplace Comedy For Quibi

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‘Winos’: Thomas Lennon To Write & Star In Vineyard Workplace Comedy For Quibi
Quibi’s busy month continues as it pops the cork on another shortform series announcement. The Odd Couple and Reno 911! alum Thomas Lennon is set to create, write, executive produce and star in Winos, a workplace comedy for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s digital platform.

The logline: After failing spectacularly in Silicon Valley, a misguided entrepreneur moves one valley over into wine country and tries to turn a run-down vineyard into a success. Winos follows the antics of this ragtag group of employees who have no business running a winery.

Peter Principato of Artists First also is serving as an executive producer on the series. No other cast or crew was announced. Lennon is repped by Artists First, UTA, Jackoway Austen and Rogers & Cowan.

Quibi has been on a content tear the past week. Along with Winos, the platform has Since July 8 has announced a Varsity Blues revival,
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Quibi announces The Fugitive and Varsity Blues reboots, superhero series Crazy Talented

The upcoming short-form streaming service Quibi has announced three new projects in development for the platform in remakes of The Fugitive and Varsity Blues, as well as the original superhero series Crazy Talented.

Nick Santora is producing the reimagined take on The Fugitive, based upon the classic 60s TV series and the 1993 movie starring Harrison Ford. It will follow “blue collar worker Mike Russo, who just wants to make sure his wife, Allison, and 10-year-old daughter, Pearl, are safe, when a bomb rips through the Los Angeles subway train he’s riding on. But the faulty evidence on the ground and ‘tweet-now, confirm-later’ journalism paint a nightmarish picture: it looks to all the world that Mike was responsible for the heinous act. Wrongfully—and very publicly—accused, Mike must prove his innocence by uncovering the real perpetrator, before the legendary cop heading the investigation can apprehend him. With the city
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‘Crazy Talented’: Doug Liman To Direct Quibi Series With His 30 Ninjas Producing

  • Deadline
Quibi continues to ramp up its original programming with Crazy Talented, a superhero tale with a twist directed by Doug Liman and produced by his company 30 Ninjas.

Here’s the logline: The world’s most powerful superheroes are trying to stop the world’s most devastating threat — alien weapons falling into the wrong hands and obliterating life as we know it. At least that’s what they’ve been told. Patients in a psych ward are convinced by a charismatic leader that their defects actually are extraordinary “talents.” He’s clearly out of his mind. But just because it’s crazy doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Michael Karnow (Alphas) writes Crazy Talented based on a short story by Jumper creator Steve Gould, whose novel Jumper became a 2008 film that Liman directed. Julia Tatlock and Jed Weintrob of 30 Ninjas are the executive producers.

Liman’s directing credits range
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Director Peter Farrelly is Developing a Comedy Series About Suicide Called The Now

Green Book and Dumb and Dumber director Peter Farrelly is developing a new comedy series for the upcoming streaming service Quibi that will center around suicide. Because… suicide is funny? Suicide is definitely an odd subject matter for a comedy, but the series will involve an uplifting story and message.

The show will be called The Now and the story “centers around a guy who is about to commit suicide when he finds out from his mother that his brother just committed suicide and his dad committed suicide in the past as well.” It’s explained that the series’ central character has to “learn to live life for today, in the now.”

There are people out there that might be able to relate to and enjoy a series like this. It’s being produced by Steve Golin and his Anonymous Content, which also produces Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which also deals with suicide.
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