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‘Insecure,’ ‘Ballers’ Renewed at HBO

‘Insecure,’ ‘Ballers’ Renewed at HBO
HBO has renewed “Insecure” for Season 3 and “Ballers” for Season 4, the network announced Tuesday.

“We’re thrilled that the summer lineup of ‘Ballers’ and ‘Insecure’ connected with our viewers out of the gate,” said Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming.. “We’re so proud to work with Dwayne, Issa and all of the amazing talent in both shows.”

Ballers” stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-athlete Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today’s top players sports today. Created by Stephen Levinson, the hit comedy series returned for its ten-episode third season on July 23. Other cast regulars for the current season include: Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill.

The series is executive produced by Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Johnson, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian Farino, Denis Biggs, Karyn McCarthy.

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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Ballers’ Makes California Move Official With Big State Tax Credit

Last month, HBO said it was “evaluating” whether Season 3 of Ballers would be shot in Florida, and now we know it won't. The Dwayne Johnson-starring football comedy is officially relocating from the Sunshine State to the Golden State, the California Film Commission confirmed today in unveiling its latest list TV series tax credit recipients. With the move, the series created by Stephen Levinson and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg and Rob Weiss is now set…
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NBC revving up a TV adaptation of The Italian Job

It looks like we can add The Italian Job to the ever-increasing list of movies heading to the small screen, with Deadline reporting that NBC has given a script commitment to a drama series inspired by the 1969 classic and its 2003 remake.

The site reports that the TV series, which hails from Paramount TV, is described as “a noisy, sexy, thrill-ride that follows a make-shift family of expert criminals, who are forced out of retirement when an opportunity arises to get their beloved ‘patriarch’ out of jail. At the core of this dysfunctional family is Charlie Croker — played by Michael Caine and Mark Wahlberg in the movies — a handsome and charming ex-con, who tried to go straight, but like the rest of his crew, can’t resist the adrenaline rush of the high-stakes heist world.”

Rob Weiss (Ballers) and Benjamin Brand (Bollywood Hero) are writing the series – which is said to preserve the action,
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Paramount Revving Up “Noisy, Sexy” Reboot Of The Italian Job

Citing both the 1969 original and its subsequent 2003 remake as inspiration, Paramount is said to be revving up a new interpretation of The Italian Job for TV.

Deadline broke the news yesterday evening, confirming that Rob Weiss (Ballers, Entourage) and Benjamin Brand will join forces to flesh out the script, before going on to executive produce alongside Donald De Line, the producer involved in that 2003 remake headlined by Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg.

If you’re unfamiliar with the property, The Italian Job is a British crime caper centering on a make-shift family of expert criminals. Forced out of retirement to complete one last job – a time-honored action trope if ever there was one – their mission involves rescuing their beloved “patriarch” from a long sentence behind bars. Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine and later Wahlberg, is the crooning ex-con at the heart of the story, with Deadline noting that the
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TVLine Items: NBC Nabs Italian Job, Lifetime Casts Timberlake and More

TVLine Items: NBC Nabs Italian Job, Lifetime Casts Timberlake and More
Another day, another reboot: NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Italian Job, a potential series inspired by the 1969 film of the same name and the 2003 remake, which starred Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The drama project — written/executive produced by Rob Weiss (Entourage, Ballers) and Benjamin Brand (Bollywood Hero) — is described as “a noisy, sexy thrill ride” about a makeshift family of expert criminals who are forced out of retirement when an opportunity arises to get
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Newswire: Rev up the Mini Coopers: The Italian Job is coming to TV

NBC is working on a TV version of iconic heist caper movie The Italian Job. That’s per Deadline, which says that the network has given a script commitment to a new crime drama based on the 1969 Michael Caine classic. The show is being written and produced by BallersRob Weiss, whose old Entourage co-producer Mark Wahlberg starred in the original’s 2003 remake.

NBC is promising a “noisy, sexy, thrill-ride” with its new show, along with—presumably—a whole host of product placement for BMW’s Mini Cooper. Coopers—originally produced by the British Motor Corporation—were a key component of the climax of both films, with the Quincy Jones-scored Cooper chase from the original a regular entry in lists of the best cinematic car chases of all time.

A sequel to the 2003 film, tentatively titled The Brazilian Job, has been in the works for years, but ...
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Italian Job TV series in the works at NBC

Kayti Burt Sep 29, 2016

How will the heist film classic translate to the small screen? NBC is planning to find out...

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that NBC has given a script commitment to a TV series based on The Italian Job. The show will follow a found family of expert criminals who come out of retirement to try to save their beloved patriarch from jail. Like the previous films, the TV show will feature the character of Charlie Croker at its centre, a criminal trying to go straight, but who can't help but get pulled back into this adrenaline-fuelled world of high-stakes crime. You know how it is.

Unlike the movies, it seems that the show will feature a prison break rather than a heist. But, hey, who says we can't have both? According to the report, the show hopes to "preserve the action, humour, romance and picturesque international locales from the movies.
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‘The Italian Job’ Drama Series Inspired By Movies Set At NBC From Paramount TV

NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Italian Job, a drama series inspired by the classic 1969 film and its 2003 remake. The project hails from Paramount TV, whose sister movie studio was behind the original British caper starring Michael Caine and the hit 2003 film toplined by Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. Written/executive produced by Rob Weiss (HBO’s Entourage, Ballers) and Benjamin Brand (IFC’s Bollywood Hero) and executive produced by the 2003…
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Ballers’ Renewed for Season 3 on HBO

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Ballers’ Renewed for Season 3 on HBO
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s comedy “Ballers” has been renewed for a third season at HBO, Variety has confirmed.

Johnson broke the news via his Instagram.

While not necessarily a critical darling, “Ballers” finished out its first season as the network’s most-watched comedy in six years, once viewership from all airings and streaming were tallied. According to HBO, 8.8 million people watched each episode within seven days. The Season 1 finale garnered 1.43 million viewers in Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day count.

In its first two episodes of Season 2, ratings have settled into the 1.3-million range in L+Sd, with a .6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, with 5.7 million having checked out the second season premiere since July 17. While that kind of viewership lift through delayed viewing and streaming could be troublesome for ad-supported networks, since HBO’s business depends on subscribership, when people watch is less important than the mere fact of them watching (and subscribing).

In addition to Johnson, the
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HBO's 'Ballers' Renewed for Season 3

HBO's 'Ballers' Renewed for Season 3
Ballers is staying in the game. HBO has renewed the football comedy starring Dwayne Johnson for a third season, the star announced Thursday on social media. Shortly thereafter, HBO confirmed the pickup, which comes just two episodes into the second season. “Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the Ballers team have once again delivered a winner for our viewers,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “We look forward to another great season of Ballers next year.” In addition to headlining the series, Johnson exec produces with creator Stephen Levinson as well as Mark Wahlberg, Dany Garcia, Peter Berg, Evan Reilly, Rob Weiss, Julian

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IndieWire Turns 20: An Oral History of Supporting Filmmakers and Partying at Sundance From Those Who Lived It

On July 15, 1996, IndieWire launched as an e-mail newsletter providing “the daily news service for independent film.” (See the first newsletter here.) The original iteration of the site was the brainchild of Cheri Barner, Eugene Hernandez and Mark Rabinowitz, three recent college students obsessed with the movies. In the ensuing years, IndieWire grew and changed hands many times over. Barner now works as a talent manager in Los Angeles, Hernandez is the deputy director of the Film Society Lincoln Center, and Rabinowitz is a freelance publicist, consultant and programmer.

But they have remained a part of our close-knit community. As IndieWire arrives at its 20th anniversary, the trio gathered together for their first joint interview to recall the early days of IndieWire — as well as the thriving American independent film scene that inspired the publication.

Eugene Hernandez: IndieWire was an outgrowth of something that Mark, Cheri and I had started in 1995. At the time,
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'American Psycho' at 25: Bret Easton Ellis on Patrick Bateman's Legacy

'American Psycho' at 25: Bret Easton Ellis on Patrick Bateman's Legacy
Before American Psycho came out, 25 years ago this month, it was already the most controversial novel of the Nineties. Its vivid depictions of gruesome murders of women, men, children and animals preceded wherever it went. The original publisher dropped it and told author Bret Easton Ellis to keep the money — but to please go away. The New York Times titled its book review "Snuff This Book!" On the opposite coast, Los Angeles Times begrudgingly wrote that "Free Speech Protects Even an 'American Psycho.'" The National Organization of Women attempted to organize boycotts.
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'Ballers' Season 2 Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Has a New Enemy

'Ballers' Season 2 Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Has a New Enemy
'You're no one until you have enemies!' That's the tagline for Ballers as it prepares to unleash all-new episodes. Dwayne Johnson returns as Spencer Strasmore for Season 2 this summer on HBO. And it looks like he's not making new friends as much as he is setting up a bitter rivalry with a soon to be enemy, played by Andy Garcia. About continuing this hit drama, HBO Programming president had this to say.

"The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the Ballers cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience. We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season."

A superstar during his football playing days, Spencer Strasmore tries to find the same success as a financial manager for current players in sun-splashed Miami. Heeding his boss Joe's instruction to "monetize his friendships," Spencer
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Open casting call for HBO series 'Ballers' - La Acting Auditions Examiner

Casting director Bill Marinella of Marinella Hume Casting has scheduled an open casting call for January 9, 2016 for the hit HBO series 'Ballers'. The show needs adults of all types and ages to work throughout season 2 as paid extras. The series stars two-time Image Awards nominee Dwayne Johnson, two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Rob Corrdry, Black Reel Awards nominee Omar Benson Miller, Golden Globe Award nominee Troy Garity, Teen Choice Awards nominee Arielle Kebbel, Jazmyn Simon, John David Washington, and Donovan Carter. 'Ballers' is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, two-time Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg, seven-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Stephen Levinson, four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Julian Farino, two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Peter Berg, and three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Rob Weiss. Evan T. Reilly is head writer and showrunner.
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Open casting call for HBO series 'Ballers' - La Acting Auditions Examiner

Casting director Bill Marinella of Marinella Hume Casting has scheduled an open casting call for January 9, 2016 for the hit HBO series 'Ballers'. The show needs adults of all types and ages to work throughout season 2 as paid extras. The series stars two-time Image Awards nominee Dwayne Johnson, two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Rob Corrdry, Black Reel Awards nominee Omar Benson Miller, Golden Globe Award nominee Troy Garity, Teen Choice Awards nominee Arielle Kebbel, Jazmyn Simon, John David Washington, and Donovan Carter. 'Ballers' is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, two-time Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg, seven-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Stephen Levinson, four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Julian Farino, two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Peter Berg, and three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Rob Weiss. Evan T. Reilly is head writer and showrunner.
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HBO Renews Dwayne Johnson Comedy ‘Ballers’ for Season 2

HBO has renewed the Dwayne Johnson sports comedy “Ballers” for a second season.

The half-hour series has generated strong buzz for HBO since its June 21 debut.

“The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the ‘Ballers’ cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience,” said HBO original programming chief Michael Lombardo. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season.”

Ballers” is akin to “Entourage” set among athletes, and it hails from many alums of that show. HBO bills the first episode of “Ballers” as its most-watched episode of a comedy series since 2009, with multiplatform plays totaling 8.9 million viewers to date, plus another 5.6 million views arising from the decision to make the pilot available via Johnson’s Facebook page.

Johnson plays a former football player who is restyling himself as a financial manager to players based in Miami.
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HBO Launches Free Episodes on Facebook of ‘Ballers,’ ‘The Brink’

HBO Launches Free Episodes on Facebook of ‘Ballers,’ ‘The Brink’
For the first time, HBO is offering free access to full episodes of its original programming on Facebook, a move that if nothing else shows the growing clout in the video space of the social-media giant.

The premiere episodes of “Ballers” and “The Brink,” the premium cabler’s newest comedy series, will be available starting Wednesday on Facebook for a limited time, after their June 21 TV debuts.

Ballers” star and exec producer Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will host the episode directly on his Facebook page, which includes an intro by Johnson. “The Brink” can be seen on the series’ page on Facebook.

According to HBO, the episodes will not be available on YouTube or any other third-party digital platform, nor will they be available on cable, satellite or telco TV services (except to HBO subs). In addition to Facebook, the episodes are also available on HBO Now — its recently introduced over-the-top service — and HBO Go,
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'Ballers' Premieres on HBO This Weekend. Here's What Critics Are Saying About It...

'Ballers' Premieres on HBO This Weekend. Here's What Critics Are Saying About It...
HBO's new comedy series "Ballers" will kick off a 10-episode season starting this Sunday, June 21, at 10pm (it's a 30-minute show). Looking at the lives of former and current football players, "Ballers" follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement, while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football. Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son, in his first major acting role), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Rob Corrdry, Jazmyn Simon, and Arielle Kebble also star in the series, which is set in Miami, Fl, and is created and executive produced by Steve Levinson, with executive producing duties by Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss. John David Washington is also a former college football player who had a stint in the NFL,
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Entourage review: HBO's Hollywood hit lacks big screen sparkle

Entourage review: HBO's Hollywood hit lacks big screen sparkle
Director: Doug Ellin; Screenwriter: Doug Ellin, Rob Weiss; Starring: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15

An entertaining and undemanding watch on the small screen, HBO's Entourage lifted the lid on the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to show what it might be like to live the life of a movie A-lister. Heavy on star cameos and bro banter, the show whizzed by in 30-minute instalments and swiftly built up a cult following.

There was something hugely appealing about living vicariously through fast-rising star Vincent Chase and his boys from Queens. That's not to mention Jeremy Piven's agent Ari Gold, whose unwavering loyalty to Vince was matched only by his explosive temper.

An Entourage film has been long in the works, though its arrival long after the show's creative and pop cultural peak can't
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Review: 'Ballers' is the 'Entourage' Update You Wish the Movie Had Been

Review: 'Ballers' is the 'Entourage' Update You Wish the Movie Had Been
The financial failing and critical lashing the "Entourage" movie faced earlier this month proved the former HBO series had no place in modern society. Yet previews for the creative team's follow-up series looked an awful lot like what the bros' tried to sell us before. From former "Entourage" executive producers Rob Weiss, Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson comes "Ballers," a trip inside the lives of NFL athletes via their financial manager Spencer Strassmore. Played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (who also executive produced the new series), Spencer is an ex-Miami Dolphins linebacker known for his punishing hits more than his monetary wherewithal. But nothing will stop Spencer from winning over former teammates and rivals to his new business via outlandish parties, big money promises and lots and lots of women. Read More: The 15 Best TV Episodes of 2015 (So Far) Sound familiar? Part of "Ballers" certainly is, and anyone who loved.
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