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David Schwimmer To Topline & Produce ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Irreversible’

By | Friday January 31, 2014 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

davidschwimmerDavid Schwimmer is eyeing a return to the small screen. In his first major broadcast TV role since Friends, Schwimmer has signed on as the male lead in the ABC comedy pilot Irreversible, from Peter Tolan and Sony Pictures TV. Schwimmer also will serve as a producer on the project, based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich. I hear the premium deal also includes a future pilot directing commitment from ABC. Following his 10-season run on NBC’s mega-hit Friends, Schwimmer had focused on directing, helming two features — Run, Fatboy, Run and Trust — episodic television and two pilots, one of which, last season’s Growing Up Fisher, was picked up to series by NBC.

Irreversible, which is partially improvised in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm, centers on Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Bilti Hafich became an instant hit when it launched last January, ranking as the No. 1 original comedy on Israeli broadcast TV and earning a second-season renewal. Sony’s adaptation sparked a heated bidding in August, scoring a rare pilot greenlight with a big, seven-figure penalty off of a pitch.

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 3:29am PST

With the first two grossing more than $1.1 billion worldwide, it’s a cinch we were going to see more of these guys. This time they travel through Europe with a circus. Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer return, with Frances McDormand in pursuit as a French law enforcement officer (shades of Fargo?). Noah Baumbach scripted, Eric Darnell directed. Opens June 8.

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David Schwimmer Loses Ratings Appeal On ‘Trust’

Mike Fleming

Citing “disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content and some violence,” the Classification and Rating Appeals Board upheld the R rating given Trust. The David Schwimmer-directed film for Millennium Entertainment is a drama about a family’s struggle to deal with tragedy after their underage daughter is lured by an online predator and attacked. Schwimmer wanted a PG-13 rating and argued that the film is a cautionary tale that should be seen by teens who could be vulnerable to such approaches. The appeal was argued by executive producer and financier Avi Lerner as well as George Gale, the veep of post-production for Nu Image, which produced the film. Schwimmer told Deadline he did not want to cut the films, but he will have to if he doesn’t want to release the film with an R. The film stars Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis.

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David Schwimmer Laments That MPAA R Rating Breaches ‘Trust’

Mike Fleming

David Schwimmer tells me that whether Millennium Entertainment is successful or not in overturning the R rating that the MPAA has given his upcoming film Trust, he will not alter the scenes that prompted the rating on a film about a family trying to deal with every parent’s nightmare: their 14-year old daughter is lured into a rendezvous by an online predator who rapes her.

The ratings board objected to a scene in which the father (Clive Owen), out of his mind with anger and a desire for revenge, plays back the attack in his mind. The images are disturbing. Schwimmer said the scene is powerful, but he was careful in how he shot it.

“There is no nudity, no overt sexuality other that what needed to be implied for a scene in the hotel room where we learn that a rape took place,” Schwimmer told me. “I think the scene was tastefully handled.”

There is profanity. While the ratings board gives leeway to scenes of violence, a couple of F-bombs is the surest way to get an R.  That is something The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper discovered after a scene in which Colin Firth uses the word repeatedly to help overcome a debilitating stutter.

Like Hooper, Schwimmer said he won’t alter his film if the appeal is rejected. He feels it will rob the picture of any chance of being taken seriously … Read More »

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