It’s been 20 years since the antics of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne scored a $247M worldwide hit for New Line and WB, and at long last Peter and Bobby Farrelly are back with more Dumb and Dumber. Here’s the first official trailer for Dumb and Dumber To, directed by the Farrelly brothers from a script credited to the Farrellys, Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, John Morris, and Bennett Yellin. Watch Golden Globe-winner Jim Carrey and Emmy-winning Jeff Daniels reprise their most cherished screen roles in the November 14 Universal release:
The L-O-N-G-time-coming sequel will arrive in less than a year — well, four days less. Universal said today that Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, is coming to your local multiplex on November 14, 2014. If you’re scoring along at home, that’ll be three weeks short of the 20-year anniversary of Dumb And Dumber, which raked in more than $250M worldwide. Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who made their directorial debuts on the original, are back to helm the new pic. They’re also producing with Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland of Red Granite Pictures, Charles Wessler and Bradley Thomas. Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom also star in Dumb And Dumber To, which finds Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to locate a child never knew he had. Whether that kid is old enough to drink remains to be seen.
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And now the moment a few of you might have been waiting for: Here’s the first look of the stars on the set of Dumb And Dumber To: Jeff Daniels, hot off his Best Actor Emmy win on Sunday, and Jim Carrey, hot off — well, Kick-Ass 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The lads appear to have lapsed easily back into those lovable knuckleheads Harry and Lloyd, a mere two decades after New Line’s Dumb And Dumber grossed a quarter-billion dollars worldwide. Universal is shepherding the silliness this time around. No word yet on a release date.
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It was obviously another huge night for AMC, which took home the most prestigious Emmy prize of Outstanding Drama Series for the 5th time in the last six years, this time for long overdue Breaking Bad. Inside the Governors Ball following the Emmys, a raucous celebration at the 400 tables, 3-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston didn’t seem to care that he personally lost in a shocker to The Newsroom’s Jeff Daniels. “This is the one I really wanted,” he told me about the show’s win. I asked AMC topper Charlie Collier why he programmed a new episode of Breaking Bad against the Emmy broadcast instead of running a repeat. ”There may be a few thousand people here who pay attention to the Emmys tonight. But there are millions who want to know what’s going to happen on Breaking Bad!,” he told me. As for the win, ”this was a show no one could believe got on the air, didn’t get cancelled, and kept thriving,” he added.
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Even AMC stable mate and 4-time drama series winner Mad Men’s Matt Weiner came by and hugged Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, perhaps the nicest guy who has never won an Emmy until now. I asked Gilligan if he really thought any of the other shows he mentioned by name in his acceptance speech were going to win over his. “Oh yes, absolutely. I was convinced House Of Cards would win,” he told me. A day earlier, Saturday’s … Read More »
Though D.C. rarely returns the favor, Hollywood continued to fawn over Washington at the Emmys. Neither Netflix’s political thriller House Of Cards nor Showtime’s domestic terrorism drama Homeland took home The Big One — best drama series — but plenty of trophies were handed out to Washington-centric shows.
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HBO’s Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus gave the night’s best acceptance speech, when she repeated her win for best comedy actress with her made-for-TV assistant Tony Hale standing behind her, holding her evening bag, and tactfully cueing her when she forgot to thank her family. Hale had, moments earlier, been named best supporting actor in a comedy. In what was maybe the night’s biggest surprise, Jeff Daniels won the Emmy for best lead actor in a drama series for his starring role in HBO’s political/media fantasy The Newsroom — his first win, he said, since winning a Golden Barcalounger from the AARP as Best Actor over 50 for The Squid And The Whale. Backstage, Daniels insisted he’d tweeted correctly when he said The Newsroom has been renewed for a third season, but they’re still trying to work out the schedule.
House Of Cards — the first online show to be nominated in Emmy glam categories — took home one statuette, for best drama director. Sadly, David Fincher was not there to pick up his trophy. House Of Cards had won two Emmys the previous Sunday during the Creative Arts portion of the two-night Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, for best drama-series casting and best single-cam cinematography.
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UPDATE WEDNESDAY 4:50 PM: HBO just issued a statement in response to The Newsroom‘s star Jeff Daniel’s tweet from last night that the show has been picked up for a third season. “We are excited about proceeding to a Season 3 and are continuing our conversations with Aaron about schedules.”
PREVIOUS TUESDAY 9:15 PM: Aaron Sorkin‘s cable news network drama series The Newsroom has been renewed for a third season by HBO, its star Jeff Daniels tweeted tonight. “It’s official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3“, the Emmy nominee wrote. No response from HBO yet, but sources confirm that The Newsroom, now wrapping Season 2, indeed has been picked up. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has closed a deal for domestic distribution on Dumb And Dumber To, the sequel to the classic comedy that brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, with Peter and Bobby Farrelly directing their rewrite of the script by Sean Anders and John Morris. Wolf Of Wall Street financier Red Granite is stepping up to finance the $35 million budget film and sell foreign territories. Deadline reported this is how it would likely go after Warner Bros finally stepped away from the project, after hovering over it like a dark cloud since January. That studio will retain a participation stake in the film, but its exit made all this possible.
All this is going down as we speak, and now the scheduling will begin for a movie that will find its way into production very quickly, with Conundrum’s Bradley Thomas and The Farrellys producing with Charlie Wessler. The film will be PG-13 like the original, and once again it puts Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) back on a road trip. The urgency has to do with scheduling: Daniels needs to do it soon before returning for his Aaron Sorkin HBO series The Newsroom. Carrey also has that bank heist comedy at Relativity with Jared Hess directing and Owen Wilson co-starring. For physical comedy fans, this is a real win. The package was put together by CAA and WME, and attorneys Cindy Farrelly Gesner and Peter … Read More »
The news that Warner Bros exited Dumb And Dumber To is hardly surprising. The studio has hovered over this sequel package like a wet blanket since January, unable to decide what it wanted to do with the property that originated through its production label New Line. Warners execs have hemmed and hawed over whether to let someone else finance while they distributed, or let it go completely. That apathy finally led to Warner Bros bailing a few days ago. At Cannes, the project was being discussed a lot, and I’m told that Wolf Of Wall Street financier Red Granite is in first position to finance the film and sell foreign. That company launched in Cannes with a Kanye West concert and fireworks on the beach a couple of years ago with a solid sales team headed by Danny Dimbort. But everybody’s waiting for them to start committing to splashy projects beyond the Martin Scorsese-Leo DiCaprio stockbroker film. This might be the moment for Red Granite to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. There are about five distributors ready to take domestic. Keep an eye on Universal! Read More »
UPDATED: Has Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming HBO drama series, known as More As This Story Develops gotten an official title? That’s according to TV Newser, which says the show will be titled Newsroom. That indeed is the top choice for a title but it has not been cleared, so it is not clear if it will work. The project stars Jeff Daniels as Will McCallister, anchor of a primetime program on cable news network UBS; Emily Mortimer as his new executive producer; Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Thomas Sadoski as newsroom staffers; and Sam Waterston as UBS News president Charlie Skinner. The West Wing creator Sorkin, an Oscar winner for his The Social Network screenplay, executive produces the new series with Scott Rudin.
It’s official: HBO has picked up Aaron Sorkin’s hourlong cable news network pilot to series. The now untitled drama (formerly More As This Story Develops), which has been a virtual lock for a series order, centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski), and their boss (Sam Waterston). Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements. The size of the order for the series is yet to be determined, but it should be around 10 episodes.
Sorkin wrote the pilot after lengthy research during which he spent time at Keith Olbermann’s and Chris Matthews’ MSNBC shows as well as behind the scenes at Fox News Channel and CNN programs. Sorkin executive produced the pilot, which was directed by Greg Mottola, with Scott Rudin and Alan Poul. This is Sorkin’s fourth series after Sports Night, the Emmy-winning The West Wing and Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip, and the first one on cable. Sorkin, who won an Academy Award in March for penning The Social Network, is now the second writer-creator to do an HBO series right after winning an Oscar. Alan Ball followed his Academy Award for American Beauty with HBO’s Six Feet Under.
UTA has just signed Aaron Paul, the Emmy-winning Breaking Bad co-star. It was a competitive signing among the major agencies after Paul shook loose from ICM. Paul is best known for TV; before his turn as a drug dealer on AMC’s Breaking Bad, Paul starred in HBO’s Big Love. The agency will build him on the feature side as well. He’s so far been in the remake of the Wes Craven horror film The Last House on the Left, and next stars with Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels and Tom Sizemore in Right Angle. Paul plays a hotshot Detroit mortgage broker whose left a quadriplegic after a drunken dive into a lake shatters his spine. Paul continues to be managed by Leverage’s Loch Powell.
EXCLUSIVE: A frenzied Saturday auction on the Croisette has ended with FilmDistrict in final negotiations for U.S. distribution rights to Looper, the Rian Johnson-directed science fiction film that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis. There were at least six bidders spanning major studios and independents, and it sounds like some serious upfront money was paid. But the intriguing part is that the deal orchestrated between CAA and FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel will likely end in FilmDistrict using an option with Sony Pictures, which would release and market the film through the TriStar label. That replicates the distribution structure of District 9, which Schlessel acquired while he was at Sony. The picture has a similarly brainy construct and is also reminiscent of the first Terminator.
Johnson wrote the script, about a contract killer who works for the mob of the future, and who kills victims that are sent back in time 30 years, so there is no trace of the crime in the future. It’s a great gig, until the killer (Gordon-Levitt) recognizes that one of his targets (Willis) is a futuristic version of himself. Piper Perabo, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels also star. The film was financed by Endgame’s James Stern, who produced with Johnson’s partner Ram Bergman.
CAA still has to paper the deal, but that likely gives Sony and Amy Pascal its second release schedule addition in the last 24 hours. As Deadline revealed early Saturday, the studio acquired the David Frankel-directed Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell starring. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Sony Pictures Classics partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are tying up a deal to acquire US rights to God Of Carnage, the Roman Polanski-directed feature adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play. Polanski shot the film in Paris, with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly starring.
This is just one of several plum pictures currently being shopped for distribution. Others include the Phyllida Lloyd-directed Margaret Thatcher pic The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep starring (the ask is $7 million for US rights), and the Paolo Sorrentino-directed This Must Be The Place, starring Sean Penn as a bored, retired rock star who tries to find his father’s killer, an ex-Nazi war criminal hiding in the U.S.
Back to God of Carnage. It’s a strong cast, and counting Polanski, everyone has won Oscars except Reilly, who has been nominated. The plot: two sets of parents meet after their kids brawl in the schoolyard, and get along worse than the kids did. The Broadway show ran 452 performances with roles originated by James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. ICM packaged the film and is making the distribution deal.
Jeff Daniels has closed his deal to play the male lead in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama pilot set behind the scenes at a cable news show. The project, which recent Oscar winner Sorkin is executive producing with Scott Rudin, centers on news anchor Will McCallister (Daniels), who has his own cable show, a female executive producer and staff. Greg Mottola is directing. Daniels is with ICM.
David Rasche (Ugly Betty) has joined the cast of HBO’s comedy series Bored to Death as a recurring. He will play Bernard Morse, a West Coast rival for George Christopher (Ted Danson). Morse is a health nut with an affinity for Scottish Terriers, and he made his fortune in Silicon Valley with Philip K. Dick-like innovations. Rasche, repped by Innovative and Liebman Entertainment, also recently booked the role of Agent X in Men in Black 3D, which originally was planned for Alec Baldwin.
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Greg Mottola is set to direct Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama pilot set behind the scenes at a cable news show. The project, which recent Oscar winner Sorkin is executive producing with Scott Rudin, centers on news anchor Will McCallister, a role Jeff Daniels has been in negotiations to play, who has his own cable show; his female executive producer; and his staff. After making his feature directing debut with the 1996 indie The Daytrippers, which he also wrote, Mottola ventured into TV directing, working on such cult faves as Undeclared, Arrested Development and The Comeback. Mottola then switched back to features with the boxoffice hit Superbad and went on to direct Adventureland and, most recently, Paul.
Jeff Daniels is in negotiations for the male lead in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama pilot set behind the scenes of a cable news show. The project, which recent Oscar winner Sorkin is executive producing with Scott Rudin, centers on news anchor Will McCallister (Daniels) who has his own cable show, his female executive producer and his staff. Will is described as a famous cable newsman of the Anderson Cooper/Brian Williams mold who is smart and talented guy but just a pain in the ass to work with and for. In his research for the show, Sorkin spent time at Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews’ MSNBC shows as well as at Fox News Channel and CNN programs. ICM-repped Daniels, a Tony nominee in 2009 for Gods of Carnage, recently co-created with Tomothy Busfield Happily Ever After, a series project for Showtime, which Daniels wrote and was attached to star in.
With a foot of snow on my Long Island doorstep, it’s already easy to envy anyone in Los Angeles. Now, the original cast of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play God of Carnage has agreed to reunite for a six-week run at the Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre from April 5 through May 15. Opening night is April 13. Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden will star. They were all nominated for Tonys when they opened the show on Broadway. Harden won and so did director Matthew Warchus, who’s also back with producers Stuart Thompson and Robert Fox. The show ended its Broadway run last June, with Dylan Baker, Daniels, Lucy Liu and Janet McTeer taking the final bows.
Roman Polanski is about to get underway with the feature adaptation in Paris. John C. Reilly stars with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in the drama about two sets of parents who meet after their kids brawl in the schoolyard, and get along worse than the kids.