For years, Hollywood producers have been cannibalizing television shows to come up with concepts for movies. The trend might have looked like it was on its way out after the low-rent megaplex versions of Starsky & Hutch and The Dukes of Hazzard (the latter of which I actually liked), but no, it’s still very much with us, from The A-Team to Dark Shadows to 21 Jump Street (can Doctor Who be far behind?). Reality TV, on the other hand, is a different animal, resistant by nature to being translated to the big screen. It’s not that you can’t do it. As far back as the late ’60s, when Candid Camera was a seminal early example of reality programming, that show spawned a smuttier-than-the-small-screen movie version, the boob-tube-plus-boobs What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? (1970). And given that a great many reality shows exploit our attraction to salacious subject matter, it would have seemed far from totally absurd if they’d come up with, say, a movie version of Jersey Shore, where the hot-tub cavorting didn’t need to be fuzzed out and The Situation could have gotten into some situations too risqué for TV. READ FULL STORY
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The blowhard standing in the Annie Hall movie line was right, of course: After a while, Federico Fellini really did get to be an “indulgent” filmmaker. But before that dreaded word Felliniesque was turned into a lazy pop- cultural signifier for clowns, dwarves, big-bosomed earth- mother Italian sirens, and a general wearying frenzy of circuslike surrealism, it was a term — and a film aesthetic — that meant something, that conjured the modern madness of everyday life. Reality, the first film directed by Matteo Garrone since Gomorra (2008) — his coldly visionary dissection of an Italian society run at every level by the Mafia — is the rare movie that has some of that old, classic Fellini insanity in its overheated blood. It’s about a man named Luciano (played by Aniello Arena, pictured above, who’s like a jumpy, head-in-the-clouds Frank Stallone), a fish seller in Naples who is pushed into auditioning for the Italian version of the perennial (if not eternal) reality-TV show Big Brother. READ FULL STORY
EW has confirmed that Jon Hamm will headline Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, as first reported by Deadline. The Mad Men star will play sports agent-turned-reality show creator J.B. Bernstein, whose reality show Million Dollar Arm documented his search to find promising baseball players in India’s thriving cricket community. The show resulted in the signing of the MLB’s first two Indian players, though neither has yet advanced far in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor-league system. Oscar nominee Thomas McCarthy (Win Win) scripted the film. No further production details have been disclosed.
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