Scott has been tapped to star in the straight-to-series, 10-episode drama Severance, which is exec produced and directed by DGA winner Stiller Escape at Dannemora.
Severance is a workplace thriller that is set at Lumen Industries, a company looking to take work-life balance to a new level. Scott will star as Mark, an employeewith a dark past trying to put himself back together.
Dan Erickson created the series, and will pen the scripts and exec produce alongside Chris Black Outcast, Desperate Housewives. Stiller's Red Hour Productions' Nicky Weinstock and Jackie Cohn will also exec produce. Big Little Lies and Parks and Recreation grad Scott will also be credited as a producer.
This is Stiller's latest TV foray following Showtime's awards darling limited series Escape at Dannemora. He also exec produces The CW's sophomore drama In the Dark. He's repped by WME, Untitled and Gang Tyre. Scott, meanwhile, counts two seasons of HBO's Big Little Lies, Fox's Ghosted and NBC's The Good Place among his credits.He's with WME, Rise Management and Ziffren Brittenham. Erickson is with Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Wertheimer Austen.
Severance, which has been in the works for months, hails from Endeavor Content, the combined financing and sales efforts of WME and IMG. Endeavor Content also produces Apple TV+'s recently renewed Jason Momoa drama See and its upcoming Truth Be Told.
Apple TV+ launched Nov. 1 at a cost of $5 a month. The platform has been aggressively spending billions on scripted originals as it builds a roster of library content in a bid to provide additional value to Apple
As long as there are an infinite number of holidays, there will always be holiday ensemble comedies. But Friendsgiving one might be one that we can give thanks for. Produced by Ben Stiller and starring an all-star cast of comedians that includes Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Chelsea Peretti, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymour, and more, Friendsgiving has just been picked up by Saban Films with a planned theatrical release for long after Thanksgiving. But hey, being thankful is a year-round experience.
Saban Films announced that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Friendsgiving, an ensemble comedy directed by Funny People and The Big Gay Sketch Show actress Nicol Paone in her directorial debut. The film is set to star Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Chelsea Peretti, Christine Taylor, Jane Seymour, Aisha Tyler, Deon Cole, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, and Fortune Feimster in a comedy that follows a “motley crew of close friends” during the new Thanksgiving tradition celebrated by friend groups across the country and inspired partly by the popularity of the Friends episodes set during the holiday.
Here is the synopsis for Friendsgiving:
Friendsgiving follows Molly Akerman, a glamorous, newly divorced actor, and Abby Dennings, her recently-dumped lesbian best friend. Together, along with their motley crew of close friends and strange acquaintances, they host a dysfunctional, comical and chaotic Thanksgiving dinner.
Saban Films, which is behind such independent films as Lizzie, Night Hunter, and the upcoming Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, plans to release the film in 2020, presumably during Thanksgiving.
“We are thrilled to be championing Friendsgiving along with Red Hour and Endeavor Content,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “This is a witty and relatable story, along with an outstanding and endearing ensemble cast that our audiences will be enjoying next holiday season.”
But unlike other cheesy holiday-themed ensemble movies that sprung up in the wake of Love, Actually like Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, etc., the holiday in Friendsgiving doesn’t seem as central to the plot of the movie. With Ben Stiller producing alongside Nicholas Weinstock and Haroon Saleem for Red Hour Films, it seems more like a straight-up comedy than a holiday-themed studio cash grab. Akerman is also producing while Tara L. Craig is executive producing.
Well, it’s happened. There are so many streaming services now we have to round-up the news about them into one big post. I hope you’re happy. Here’s what’s new on the streaming service front: Apple TV+ has launched, but no one seems to care. But hey, Apple just renewed a bunch of shows anyway. Disney+, meanwhile, is about to kick-off in the U.S., but won’t arrive in the U.K. until March. And finally, if you have an older Samsung Smart TV, you might not be able to watch Netflix in December.
Apple TV+’s Soft Launch
Hey, did you know Apple TV+ is live? More than a few people seem to be unaware of this fact, and it’s showing. Parrot Analytics examined the 24-hour period following the Apple TV+ launch, then compared it against the same demand levels following the release of all the other new streaming titles debuting in 2019 via Variety. The results weren’t great. Of all the Apple TV+ shows, only one – See – cracked the top 20.
The Morning Show, perhaps the most high-profile series on Apple TV+, seems to have performed the worst. Ouch. Despite all this, Apple has gone ahead and renewed almost everything. They actually revealed this news weeks ago, but for some reason, it’s making the rounds again today. According to THR, Dickinson, See, and For All Mankind and The Morning Show have all been given second seasons.
Disney+ Across the Pond and Beyond
Disney+ goes live in the U.S. on November 12, but there’s been no word about other countries – until now. Disney has confirmed that on March 31 the service will be live in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, with more locations announced soon.
Just announced: #DisneyPlus will be available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and more to be announced soon starting on March 31st. Please note: Titles may vary by territory. pic.twitter.com/lE6nzBeaXy
— Disney+ @disneyplus November 7, 2019
Netflix Woes for Smart TVs
Do you have a Samsung Smart TV from 2010 and 2011? If so, you might run into some trouble next month trying to watch Netflix. Samsung has announced that “Due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be supported on 2010 and 2011 TVs beginning on December 1st, 2019.” They add:
If you have one of the affected models, you may see a message on your TV indicating that Netflix will no longer be available on this device. You’ll still be able to watch Netflix on your TV by connecting another device with Netflix on it.
Although some of our older TV’s 2010 and 2011 models, with C or D after the screen size in the model code will no longer support Netflix directly beginning December 1st, 2019, many other devices you may have connected to your TV are still supported. You can find a list from Netflix at netflix.com/compatibledevices. As long as you have one of the supported devices, like a game console, streaming media player, or set-top box, you’ll still be able to watch Netflix on your TV
So head’s up. And hey, Black Friday deals are coming. Why not splurge on a new TV anyway? That’s how capitalism works, baby!
Apple TV+ may have just launched with a small collection of original TV shows to try out, but they’re wasting no time releasing some lower key dramas into theaters before sending them to their streaming library as the year winds down. This week brought the first trailer for The Banker starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie, and now we have the trailer for Hala, an acquisition Apple made after the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of this year.
Hala follows Blockers star Geraldine Viswanathan as a 17-year old Pakistani-American girl who is having difficulty balancing her contemporary American life with her Pakistani cultural and religious obligations being thrust upon her by family. It’s the typical coming of age drama that you expect to see at Sundance, but it still looks quite good. Watch the Hala trailer below.
This looks like a beautiful coming-of-age story, one that is very relevant for a group of young girls living in America who haven’t seen their story told on the big screen before. They’ll have a small window to see it in select theaters starting on November 22, 2019, and then it will become available on Apple TV+ starting on December 6.
It’s always frustrating to me when movies like this are R-rated. In this case, it’s simply for “a scene of sexuality,” and while there are parents who try to shield their kids from those kind of things until they’re 18, it’s those formative teenage years leading up to that where kids need to see these kinds of stories, so they don’t feel alone. Everyone has at least one movie they latched onto as teenagers because it made them feel seen and it comforted them by them know that someone knows what they’re going through. Hala looks like it could be that for many people out there, so I hope those kids get a chance to see this one.
Hala also stars Jack Kilmer Palo Alto as the titular character’s love interest, as well as Terminator: Dark Fate star Gabriel Luna, Purbi Joshi, Azad Khan and Anna Chlumsky. The film is written and directed by Minhal Baig.
Hala follows the story of seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala Geraldine Viswanathan, who struggles to balance desire with her familial, cultural and religious obligations. As she comes into her own, she grapples with a secret that threatens to unravel her family.
le TV+ launched November 1 with original dramas such as “The Morning Show,” “See,” “For All Mankind,” and “Dickinson,” none of which earned much critical acclaim to become appointment viewing in the ever-expanding world of television streaming. The low profile debuts of Apple’s first four series is surely not what the new streamer was hoping for, although they can probably rely on M. Night Shyamalan to stir up buzz for the new streaming platform. The hit-or-miss horror favorite is behind Apple TV+’s upcoming “Servant,” debuting this Thanksgiving.
“Servant” is billed as a psychological thriller that “follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy,” which creates a “rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.” Apple TV+ has debuted the official “Servant” trailer, which gives away one of the series’ most disturbing secrets: The central couple played by Toby Kebbell and Lauren Ambrose lost their child and has replaced it with an extremely lifelike doll. They’ve even hired a new nanny to care for the fake child. The supporting cast includes Nell Tiger Free “Game of Thrones” and “Harry Potter” favorite Rupert Grint.
Shyamalan directed the series alongside BAFTA-nominated creator, executive producer, and writer Tony Basgallop “Inside Men,” “What Remains,” “24: Live Another Day”. For Shyamalan, “Servant” marks a return to television after his Fox mystery series “Wayward Pines,” which ran for two seasons in 2015 and 2016. Shyamalan took a hit earlier this year when his passion project “Glass” opened to dismal film reviews IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called the movie the biggest disappointment of the director’s career, but moviegoers know you can never count out Shyamalan. Whenever the director seems down and out see “Lady in the Water”, he bounces back with a winning surprise “The Visit,” “Split”.
“Servant” will premiere November 28 on Apple TV+. Watch the official trailer for the series in the video below.
Apple TV+ has already launched, and with it has come a handful of new shows for subscribers to users to take a chance on. But Apple isn’t just making new TV shows. They’ve got original movies on the way too, and the first major theatrical release from the tech company will be arriving next month.
The Banker is a true story following Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as two black businessmen who concoct a plan to subvert the racist system that keeps black families from moving into white neighborhoods. The first trailer has arrived, and with one of their first of many hopeful theatrical releases, it would seem as if Apple is hoping to make a run at awards season right out of the gate. Watch The Banker trailer below.
On the surface, this sounds like the kind of movie that Oscar voters would latch onto, especially after they fell for Green Book last year. However, the trailer doesn’t really pack a significant dramatic punch, despite the intriguing premise that’s based on a true story. Stories of overcoming racism are a safe bet when it comes to awards season, but there’s no powerful hook her to latch onto. This could easily end up being one of those movies that strives for social significance but misses the mark. Even so, it’s rather bold of Apple to make such a play so early in their foray into creating movies and TV shows.
George Nolfi The Adjustment Bureau is behind the camera for The Banker, who also wrote the script with, working from a script by Niceole Levy, David Lewis Smith and Stan Younger. The latter two also cracked the story with Brad Caleb Kane. Nolfi is also producing along with Joel Viertel, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, David Lewis Smith and Anthony Mackie while Joseph F. Ingrassia, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Greenfield, David Gendron and Ali Jazayeri are all executive producing.
Based on a true story, The Banker centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett Anthony Mackie and Joe Morris Samuel L. Jackson, who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice Nia Long, they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner Nicholas Hoult, to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.
The Banker opens in theaters on December 6, 2019 and then arrives on Apple TV+ sometime in January 2020.