The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences‘ new weekly video series Academy Originals launched today with three episodes. The digital documentary-style video series will examine everything from the creative process, to the moments that changed the course of filmmaking, to the artists who are charting its future. Here’s a look at one of three episodes that debuted today: Let’s Go To The Movies With Patton Oswalt, which follows the comedian/actor/movie fanatic who is offered the opportunity to screen any film from the Academy Film Archive and analyze it with comedian Karen Kilgariff. Original episodes will be available every Monday from the Academy’s digital team, which will draw on the expertise of the organization’s membership and collection of archival material. Here’s the Oswalt bit focusing on the noir classic Blast Of Silence:
The actor and comic will preside over Film Independent’s 29th annual trophy show March 1 under a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Patton Oswalt appears in Ben Stiller’s upcoming awards contender The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and narrates ABC’s freshman comedy The Goldbergs. Other recent credits include the animated PBS series WordGirl and recurring on Two And A Half Men and Justified. Oswalt also is a regular at Film Independent’s Live Reads at LACMA series. “Patton is an incredibly talented writer, actor and comedian whose irreverent humor is the perfect fit for our show,” Spirit Awards executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey said. Nominations for the 2014 awards will be announced November 26.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is setting Patton Oswalt, Bob Oedenkirk and Ian Roberts to round out the cast of Kitchen Sink, the genre mash-up that stars Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, newcomer Josh Fadem, Joan Cusack Keegan-Michael Key, Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary. The pic, directed by Robbie Pickering from a script by Oren Uziel, is just getting underway in Los Angeles. Matt Tolmach is producing with Ron Schmidt and Jonah Hill exec producing.
The action takes place in Dilford, a place where vampires were at the top of the social order, zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were in the middle. This all goes awry and it’s a battle, and it’s up to three reps of those groups to restore harmony. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: While Fox’s pilot season is about live-action comedies, the network also is keeping its animated pipeline flowing. Fox has given a presenation order to Working Class Hero, an animated comedy starring actor-comedian Patton Oswalt and co-written and executive produced by American Dad co-creator/executive producer Mike Barker. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, is set in a world where superheroing is just another low-paid government job and centers on a dad (Oswalt) whose powers are no match for his misfit superhero co-workers and his demanding family. WME-repped Barker co-wrote Working Class Hero with American Dad animator Brent Woods and the show’s staff writer Jordan Blum, who co-wrote an episode of the animated comedy earlier this season. Woods and Blum, who is with UTA and 3 Arts, serve as co-executive producers. Oswalt, repped by CAA and Generate, will produce. Over the past year, Fox introduced as many new animated comedy series, three, as it did live-action. Of them one, last year’s midseason entry Bob’s Burgers, was renewed for a second season; another, Allen Gregory, has been canceled; and Napoleon Dynamite is doing so-so in the ratings.
EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt have signed on to star in an untitled comedy that will be directed by Todd Rohal and financed by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf’s Big Beach Films. Knoxville and Oswalt will play battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a camping trip. It all goes awry. Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney and Patrice O’Neal also star.
Rohal, who originally wrote the script under the title Scout Master, most recently directed The Catechism Cataclysm. Production on the new comedy starts this week. Turtletaub and Saraf are producing with Lisa Muskat, David Gordon Green is exec producer, and Big Beach’s Michael Clark and John Hodges are overseeing production. Big Beach produced the Paul Rudd comedy Our Idiot Brother, which The Weinstein Co launches on Aug. 26. Rohal, Knoxville and Oswalt are repped by CAA, Knoxville’s managed by 3 Arts and Oswalt by Generate.
THURSDAY, JULY 22
The Real Start Day Of The Con
Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:
10:00-11:00 AM: DreamWorks Animation: Megamind. I can’t say the posters for this new 3-D animated movie starring Will Ferrell were particularly appealing. A hybrid Smurf-Martian thing with a goatee, and, one imagines, Ferrell doing the same voice he always does? Not super-exciting. But the recently released trailer made things look up a bit – Ferrell’s character is the last son of a dying planet like Krypton, who learns in short order that a far more Superman-like character (Brad Pitt) has a similar story, and made it to Earth first. Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill will be in attendance, and there are rumors Pitt may even make a surprise appearance, but don’t hold us to that. Hall H
10:30-11:30 AM: Danny Elfman. Everybody loves Danny Elfman. Right? Even if you think that faux-lullabye-over-brooding thing he does has gotten stale, I guarantee that you love at least one soundtrack he’s done, whether it be the TALES FROM THE CRYPT intro, 1989 BATMAN theme, those infernal NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS songs, or my personal fave, the PE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE music. It’s been 25 years since that movie teamed him with Tim Burton for the first time, so instead of sending him an anniversary card, you can just show up here and listen to him speak. Room 6BCF
10:30-11:30 AM: TheOneRing.net Talks The Hobbit movies. Considering there isn’t … Read More »