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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon has put in development Nobody’s Princess, a musical comedy, which puts a contemporary spin on classic fairytale princesses. The project hails from writer Nicole Delaney, Life Sentence creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, songwriters/screenwriters Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner First Date musical, Fulwell 73 Late Late Show with James Corden and CBS TV Studios, where Fulwell 73 is under a deal.Richard Keith
Written and executive produced by Delaney, Cardillo, Keith, Zachary and Weiner, Noboby’s Princess is an irreverent musical comedy that reimagines the stories of four classic fairy tale princesses for today's generation. Instead of being set “once upon a time, in a land far away” where princesses were waiting around for true love to find them, the time is now, the setting is New York City, and the princesses are a group of friends in their twenties who are setting out to create their own happily-ever-afters - even if that means crappy jobs, hangovers, and one night stands. The series will feature original songs by Zachary and Weiner.
James Corden, Ben Winston, Leo Pearlman and Jeff Grosvenor executive produce for Fulwell 73. CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 co-produce.
The project was originally set up at the CW last season with Cardillo, Keith, Zachary and Weiner writing. Because Cardillo and Keith are under an exclusive overall deal at WBTV, they could no longer be active writers on the project once it moved to Amazon. Delaney was brought in to work with Zachary and Weiner. Cardillo and Keith remain executive producers under their In Good Company banner.
Delaney wrote and directed the short film Thirsty starring Maya Rudolph and Jay Ellis through FX’s Cake that premiered in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. She previously staffed on HBO's Vegetable, Nick Kroll's Big Mouth on Netflix and TBS’ Search Party. Previously, her short film, Yoyo, premiered at Tribeca in 2017.
Under Cardillo and Keith’s WBTV overall deal, they have one-hour drama The Beach, based Melissa de la Cruz's book Beach Lane, with Julie Plec set up at HBO Max, and one-hour drama Love Me, executive produced by Brownstone's Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, set at ABC as put pilot. The duo created Life Sentence which aired for one season on The CW. They also created the CW's Significant Mother and served as co-executive producers on Fuller House.Courtesy of CBS
Zachary and Weiner have been a songwriting and screenwriting team since their high school days as drama jocks at Oakwood in North Hollywood. The first song they sold was for Hanna-Barbera's A Flintstone Family Christmas, which ultimately led to other projects such as...
Rogue One almost featured Darth Vader starting his Rebel slaughter on the Scarif beach. Original screenwriter Gary Whitta made the reveal on social media earlier this week. For many Star Wars fans, Rogue One is one of the best projects Disney has put out with the franchise since 2015, though there are still some very disliked portions of it. Whatever the case may be, there was a lot that changed behind-the-scenes before the final cut ended up on the big screen.
When asked if there was anything crazy that he had to leave out of Rogue One, Gary Whitta went back to the iconic Darth Vader scene. As it turns out, we were originally going to see Vader a lot sooner than what was shown, which would have had an entirely different effect. Gary Whitta had this to say about adding Vader in earlier.'Rebel ground troops bunkered in around the Imperial comms tower on Scarif, stormtroopers can't break through to get to Jyn who's on her way to transmit plans. Vader says. 'put me on that beach.' Carnage ensues. You ended up seeing something like that in the corridor scene though.'
Had Darth Vader stormed the beach in Rogue One, there would have been a lot of Star Wars fans pointing out that Anakin Skywalker hates sand. Skywalker has said it himself, so it would have been a deeply frustrating moment for the villain to step foot on a sandy beach to take out some Rebel scum. Regardless, Vader probably would have done what needed to be done to complete his mission, even if it included having to get some sand out of his suit afterwards.
While seeing Darth Vader mow down Rebels on the beach would have been a neat visual, it also would have taken away from how well the movie ends. There are still a number of Star Wars fans who aren't into the way it lines up with A New Hope for various reasons, but the majority of fans were shocked by the big reveal at the tail-end of Rogue One. The Scarif scene would have introduced Vader earlier and could have made the corridor scene less effective as a result, so it seems it's for the better that it didn't make it into the movie.Apparently, Gary Whitta had a much different ending for Rogue One than what made the final cut. Screenwriter Chris Weitz revealed that before he joined the project, the story had a happy ending, which involved a wedding under the 'presumption that Disney wouldn't allow characters to die with such abandon.' Weitz went on to say, 'I felt it was necessary to kill off the characters because nobody ever mentions them or sees them again,' he said. 'But also because we've done this whole sort of theme about sacrifice that it was appropriate that all of our main characters die.' In the end, it seems that the darker ending was the right choice. You can check out Gary Whitta's Twitter reveal below.
Rebel ground troops bunkered in around the Imperial comms tower on Scarif, stormtroopers can't break through to get to Jyn who's on her way to...
It’s almost time for Adventure Time to return to our screens. The acclaimed Cartoon Network show is making a short comeback on HBO Max in the form of four animated specials that catch up with our favorite residents of the Land of Ooo. As we near the May launch of HBO Max, the streamer has released the first Adventure Time: Distant Lands teaser, along with synopses of the four exciting new specials.Adventure Time Distant Lands Teaser
Come on, grab your friends. The adventure continues with Adventure Time: Distant Lands, a series of four animated specials that will each focus on a different character from the disarmingly good Cartoon Network series created by Pendleton Ward. The teaser for Adventure Time: Distant Lands doesn’t show us much from the upcoming specials apart from some flashes of our favorite characters including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and Peppermint Butler, but it’s enough.
It feels like it’s been years since we’ve seen these characters, who all went through drastic journeys during the whimsical, surprisingly sad, original series. But the synopses for the specials hint at an exciting reunion for Finn the human and his best friend Jake the dog, after the ambiguous, bittersweet ending of the original series. The other specials focus on BMO, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and Peppermint Butler.
Here are the official synopses for the four specials:
Episode 1 titled “BMO” – “When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!”
Episode 2 titled “Obsidian” – “Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom — and deep into their tumultuous past — to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.”
Episode 3 titled “Wizard City” – “Peppermint Butler starts over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?”
Episode 4 titled “Together Again” – “Finn and Jake [reunite] to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”
Adventure Time: Distant Lands debuts on HBO Max soon.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: