Briefs : New Jackass images, First looks at Black Adam & Little Mermaid & more!

A round-up of what’s been happening in entertainment

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced that principal photography has begun in Los Angeles on the upcoming scripted limited event series, THE OFFER.


CBS and the Television Academy announced today a return to a live show for the “73rd EMMY(R) AWARDS” hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, star and executive producer of CBS’ hit comedy THE NEIGHBORHOOD, marking his first time as Master of Ceremonies for the event. CBS Presents the 73RD EMMY AWARDS on Sunday, Sept. 19 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/5:00-8:00 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.


“24” alum Jean Smart has joined the cast of Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon”.  The veteran actress will play a journo and film critic with enough power to make or break careers. [More…]


Rob Zombie hit Instagram today to share a blueprint for the iconic house at the center of his upcoming “Munsters” bigscreen reboot.


From Paramount Television Studios, THE OFFER is based on Oscar(R)-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy’s extraordinary, never-revealed experiences of making “The Godfather.” The series stars Miles Teller as Albert S. Ruddy, Matthew Goode as Robert Evans, Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola, Burn Gorman as Charles Bluhdorn, Colin Hanks as Barry Lapidus, Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo and Juno Temple as Bettye McCartt.

SHOWTIME has picked up the half-hour comedy series I LOVE THIS FOR YOU, starring and executive produced by Emmy(R) nominee Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live), along with fellow nominee Molly Shannon (The White Lotus, The Other Two) also leading the cast. Bayer co-created the series with Emmy nominee and two-time Peabody winner Jeremy Beiler (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer, I Think You Should Leave), who will executive produce. Emmy and Peabody winner Jessi Klein (Inside Amy Schumer, Dead to Me, Transparent) will serve as showrunner and executive produce along with Michael Showalter (The Big Sick, Wet Hot American Summer). The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.


Motion Picture Exchange (MPX), a Global Film Sales Company, has sold distribution and NFT rights to 1091 Pictures of the new 80’s throwback music-comedy, “Electric Jesus”-the story of a never-famous 80’s teen Christian hair metal band who spends the summer of 1986 playing rock music meant to ‘make Jesus famous.’
Written and directed by Chris White, the film features Brian Baumgartner (NBC’s The Office), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Shawn Parsons, Rhoda Griffis and Claire Bronson. “Electric Jesus” is produced by Chris White and Emily Reach for Hair Band Glory, LLC.
1091 Pictures and MPX have specifically negotiated rights around the films’ NFT and digital merchandising rights, the first official announcement of these rights in the independent distribution space. James Andrew Felts, CEO of MPX elaborates, “The practical application of non-fungible media rights will have a material impact on deal structures similarly to the SVOD rights craze of the mid-2000’s.” He continues, “As a sales organization we are highly invested in understanding and properly capitalizing this new media right for our clients. In this case we are motivated by 1091’s vision and plan for the handling and monetization of these rights.”


Fathom Events and Grindhouse Releasing are set to bring writer/director Sam Raimi’s original 1981 horror classic, “THE EVIL DEAD” back to cinemas nationwide for its 40th anniversary. In addition to the movie that spawned a film, TV, and video game franchise, attendees will be treated to an exclusive introduction from Bruce Campbell, who portrayed the film’s iconic lead character, Ashley “Ash” Williams. The seminal film spawned a multimedia franchise including the upcoming feature installment “EVIL DEAD RISE.”
“THE EVIL DEAD 40th Anniversary” comes to movie theaters nationwide on Thurs., Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). Tickets for “THE EVIL DEAD 40th Anniversary” are on sale Fri., Aug. 13 at and through participating cinemas’ box offices. For the most updated list of exhibiting movie theaters, visit the Fathom Events website.


Speaking of “Evil Dead”, the next film in the series “Evil Dead Rise” will be all about The Necronomicon, according to producer Bruce Campbell.

“It’s book-centric. It’s all about [the Necronomicon]. Where does this book wind up and what happens to it over the millennia?” he elaborated. “In this case, it’s set in the city, it’s no more cabin in the woods. It’s entirely different, unsuspecting heroines who are going to save the day.” [More…]


First looks at “Black Adam” and “The Little Mermaid” via Dwayne Johnson and Halle Bailey’s instagrams today :


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Five new images from Paramount’s “Jackass Forever” have been released ahead of the October 22nd theatrical release.

Celebrating the joy of being back together with your best friends and a perfectly executed shot to the dingdong, the original jackass crew return for another round of hilarious, wildly absurd, and often dangerous displays of comedy with a little help from some exciting new cast. Johnny and the team push the envelope even further on October 22 in jackass forever.


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