Less than a week after the show’s debut, Starz has renewed LeBron James comedy Survivor’s Remorse for season 2.
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Whether it’s a small indie flick or a summer blockbuster, making a movie isn’t easy. First you need an idea, then a script, money, and lots and lots of people to fill all the roles—both on camera and off. In its first original unscripted series, Starz gives viewers a front-row seat to this complicated world in The Chair.
The premise is simple enough: Two aspiring filmmakers are given the chance to make their first feature film with the help of executive producer Chris Moore, who you might remember also produced the late Project Greenlight. What makes The Chair different is that both films have to be made from the same original screenplay (written by Dan Schoffer) and filmed entirely in and around Pittsburgh. Throughout the 10-part docuseries, the audience will watch the creation, marketing, and theatrical release of both films before voting on which director deserves the $250,000 prize at the end.
And it is a competition—although that competitive aspect is rarely talked about by the pair of directors—recent NYU film grad Anna Martemucci and YouTube sensation Shane Dawson. The two directors fall on different ends of the cinematic spectrum, which makes their personal interpretations of Schoffer’s coming-of-age dramedy much more distinct and interesting to watch. Dawson could probably find another way to make a movie if he really wanted to; his current videos are already seen by 10 million subscribers and have more than 1 billion views. Martemucci, on the other hand, is a writer trying her hand behind the camera, which of course means she has some trouble accepting that she can only adapt, not write, the screenplay that will eventually become her first film.
Of course, there are a lot more problems that occur in just the premiere than a little bruise of the ego. Most notably, Martemucci struggles with the decision to bring her husband along to Pennsylvania (or not) while Shane can’t determine how extreme (i.e. dumb) he wants his comedy to go just yet. The best part for the audience (though probably the worst part for the directors) is the gripping meta world created as the filmmakers are suddenly the ones being filmed. Both directors constantly break the fourth wall when they’re not supposed to and are open to talking about the challenges of not only creating your first movie, but having to do it with the added pressure of having each decision and step watched and critiqued before the actual work is even done.
In addition to Moore, Pittsburgh native Zachary Quinto serves as a mentor to both directors. First he must give full disclosure that he knew Martemucci prior through her husband and other work she had done—which basically resulted in this opportunity. Considering her competitor has a billion people watching him on YouTube, that small advantage still seems fair. And Quinto’s involvement isn’t just for added marquee value; through late night phone calls and emotional freak outs, Quinto is there for personal (and financial) support every step of the way. The premiere gives a preview at some of the other players likely to get involved in the unique chaos, including Dawson’s much more down-to-earth producer and the female director of photography Martemucci is desperate to have on her team.
Win or lose, both films will still air on Starz and be released in theaters in the fall. The Chair is the perfect show for any cinephile with a guilty pleasure for reality TV. Lights, camera… drama!
Party Down, Rob Thomas’ excellent show about caterers/struggling actors and other show-business types, criminally lasted only two seasons. But as of today, all of its hilarious episodes are streaming on Hulu Plus; the first five episodes are also streaming for a limited time for free on Hulu.com. There’s just one way to celebrate: By watching Martin Starr hit Ryan Hansen a bunch of times in this exclusive blooper reel. READ FULL STORY
Make room, Claire Beauchamp: Another modern-day lass will find herself transported back to 18th-century Scotland during this week’s episode of Outlander. That lass? She’s none other than Diana Gabaldon, whose eight-part book series serves as the basis for Starz’s new drama. READ FULL STORY
I didn’t want to watch Outlander. Bodice-rippers generally make me roll my eyes.
Then I learned that Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the book series that inspired the Starz drama, wasn’t a huge fan of romance either. Gabaldon recently told Buzzfeed that her agent encouraged her to bill the first Outlander book as a romance novel, even though it also dabbles in historical fiction, science fiction, and other genres. The idea was that a science fiction best-seller usually sold around 50,000 copies, while romances could reach 500,000. So Gabaldon reached a compromise with her publisher: she’d agree to file it under “romance,” but if the book did well, they’d recast it as “general fiction.”
I totally understand the impulse: unfairly or not, “romance” seems to imply that the book belongs on the shelf alongside this guy. Therefore, it probably doesn’t appeal to the most intellectual readers.
So imagine my surprise when a sex scene was what actually made me take Outlander seriously.
Could Outlander become a breakout hit for Starz? The premium cable network’s buzzy new fantasy drama, based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel series, has been viewed nearly 1 million times in the run up to its official Saturday night premiere.
Starz put the first episode (“Sassenach”) of its adaptation online and On Demand this week. So far, the hour has been viewed 897,372 times by more than 600,000 unique viewers. (So, yes, some fans are apparently watching more than once.) Those numbers include viewing via Starz On Demand, Starz.com, YouTube, and Xfinity. Reviewers have been largely positive, including EW’s own Jeff Jensen. Yet it’s tough to say at this point what the sampling will mean for the show’s official premiere and beyond.
Outlander follows a WWII combat nurse (Caitriona Balfe) who is is mysteriously transported back to 1743 Scotland, where she is kidnapped by a group of Highlanders. If you haven’t already, check out the NSFW pilot below: READ FULL STORY
We could have had a super explicit Fifty Shades of Grey TV show.
Starz’ CEO Chris Albrecht told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour Friday that he lobbied Universal for the rights to the bestselling S&M book series. His pitch: A three-season TV series where each E L James novel was told over the course of a full season.
Albrecht was originally talking about his upcoming series Outlander, a romantic fantasy (with much softer sexual content than Fifty Shades). Outlander is based on a series of books by Diana Gabaldon and each season will roughly follow the course of one of her novels. READ FULL STORY
In Starz’s competition series The Chair, two filmmakers are given the same script and the same budget—then challenged to make two different movies. YouTube star Shane Dawson is one of those directors. The trailer for his movie delivers just the sort of comedy his fans might expect, with sight gags aplenty. But Dawson also tells EW that he also tried moving away from his typical mode of comedy, using the feature film timeframe and budget to focus more on his characters.
Using a screenplay by Dan Schoffer titled How Soon is Now, Dawson’s take (which has been retitled Not Cool) follows a group of college students who return home for Thanksgiving. Dawson said that the film’s title comes from the experience he and many of his peers felt after leaving high school and realizing the rules of popularity don’t matter anymore. “The movie is about how important ‘being cool’ is when you’re in high school,” he said, “and the realization you have after you graduate that maybe it doesn’t matter that much anymore.”
American Gods is coming to Starz.
The premium cable network has announced a deal for script-to-series development for the acclaimed fantasy novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
The pilot script will be written by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Heroes) and Michael Green (The River, Kings, Heroes), who will also be the showrunners of the series. They will executive produce along with Gaiman. The 2001 novel—which has been translated into more than 30 languages—centers on a brewing war between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. READ FULL STORY
Steven Soderbergh, who’s been as prolific as ever since announcing his plans to quit directing movies, is bringing his 2009 indie, The Girlfriend Experience, to Starz as a 13-episode series. The half-hour show “explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex,” according to a press release. “These purveyors—or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience)—share intimacies more common to romantic partners or husbands and wives, becoming quasi-lovers and confidants who are richly paid for their time.” READ FULL STORY
Starz has already given the green light to a 10-episode second season of the new drama Power.
The New York-set drama just premiered last week, starring Omari Hardwick as a nightclub owner by day and the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York by night. Power comes from creator, showrunner, and executive producer Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife) and fellow executive producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Mark Canton, David Knoller, and Randall Emmett, who will all return for the sophomore season. READ FULL STORY
New 'Power' trailer: Starz series from 50 Cent shows dark world of clubs and drugs -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
For some, great power comes with great responsibility. For James “Ghost” St. Patrick, power only brings problems.
Ghost is the focus of Power, a new drama executive produced by Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson. An official trailer was released in March — and now EW has an exclusive, extended look at the series. Omari Hardwick (The A-Team) stars as Ghost, a wealthy NYC nightclub owner living a double life as one of the most lucrative drug dealers in the city. As the show begins, he’s trying to leave his life of crime behind to improve his business and the lives of his family. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
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