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Sports Illustrated TV, Filmmaker Mike Tollin To Release Docu ‘We Town’

Sports Illustrated TV, Filmmaker Mike Tollin To Release Docu ‘We Town’
Sports Illustrated TV (Si TV) is set to collaborate with award-winning filmmaker and co-chair of Mandalay Sports Media, Mike Tollin, and Gary Cohen's Triple Threat TV to produce the documentary, We Town. This will be the first original film for the newly launched streaming network. "Si TV is a one-stop shop for any sports lover, and We Town is a terrific example of our commitment to bringing premium original programming to the service," said Josh Oshinsky, VP of…
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Msm Nabs ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ About Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

Msm Nabs ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ About Nation’s Opioid Epidemic
Exclusive: Peter Guber and Mike Tollin's Msm has optioned the rights to journalist Paul Solotaroff's in-depth account of the fentanyl epidemic which is currently devastating the suburban communities of New England. The article delves into a local DEA bureau chief's relentless pursuit to fight the war on drugs. Published yesterday in Men’s Journal, the 8,000-word piece is titled “The Needle and the Damage Done.” It will be developed as a one-hour drama designed for cable…
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Espn ’30 for 30': ‘Morningside 5’ Revisits La High School Basketball Stars 25 Years Later

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Espn ’30 for 30': ‘Morningside 5’ Revisits La High School Basketball Stars 25 Years Later
Coming off the network’s first Oscar win for “Oj: Made in America,” Espn’s latest “30 for 30” film delves into Los Angeles sports history once again. Premiering Tuesday night, “Morningside 5” is a fresh, new story for most viewers, but it’s well-traveled ground for filmmaker Mike Tollin, who first filmed five high school basketball stars — Stais Boseman, Dwight Curry, Corey Saffold, Dominic Ellison and Sean Harris — from Inglewood, California, back in 1992. Then new to Hollywood himself, documentary filmmaker Tollin teamed up with “Head of the Class” actor Brian Robbins to capture the essence of inner city high school basketball in.
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James Van Der Beek Is Ready for Varsity Blues 2, Will It Happen?

James Van Der Beek Is Ready for Varsity Blues 2, Will It Happen?
Before Friday Night Lights, both the movie and hit TV series of the same name, fans got a glimpse at the football-crazed way of life in West Texas in the 1999 film Varsity Blues. The R-rated movie, one of the first under the nascent MTV Films banner, was a modest hit, earning $52.8 million from a $16 million budget, and now it seems we may be returning to this world with a sequel set in modern-day. While nothing is set in stone, James Van Der Beek hinted in a recent interview that there are talks under way to continue this story.

The actor made this surprising revelation during a Facebook Live Q&A with Yahoo! Movies, when a fan asked, since everything is getting a remake or a sequel these days, what are the chances that a new Varsity Blues movie may happen. There was talk of a Varsity Blues TV series happening with Cmt,
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Gunpowder & Sky, Mandalay Team Up for Sports-Horror Movie ‘Lucky Number’

Gunpowder & Sky, Mandalay Team Up for Sports-Horror Movie ‘Lucky Number’
Gunpowder & Sky and Mandalay Sports Media are teaming to create sports-themed horror movies and have unveiled their first film in the genre titled “Lucky Number.”

“Digital audiences are devouring horror films and sports entertainment so it only seemed natural to create content that caters to both passions, at the same time,” said Van Toffler, CEO and co-founder of Gunpowder & Sky.

The films, dubbed “sporror” as a new genre, will be set in and star celebrities from the world of sports. “Lucky Number,” to be written by Aaron Cooley (“Shaken Not Stirred”), centers around a pro basketball superstar who must pay up on a deal he made with the devil, transforming into the most athletic — and frightening — killer in cinematic history.

Mike Tollin and I go back to 1999 when we made ‘Varsity Blues’ together so I’m happy to be working with him again — not to mention Dick Glover, maestro of
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Chuck: Liev Schreiber Takes On Troubled Boxing Great Chuck Wepner -- Interview

It would be tough finding a harder working actor than Liev Schreiber who has successfully transitioned from supporting roles in movies to his very own TV show, playing fixer Ray Donovan on the Showtime series for five seasons. He’s received four Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations playing that role.

In between seasons he’s found the time to make Chuck, a movie about the famed “Bayonne Brawler,” Chuck Wepner, whose career was documented in the Espn “30 for 30” doc, The Real Rocky. Besides being the New Jersey Heavyweight Champion in the ‘70s, Wepner famously went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, but his somewhat tragic story was also the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone to make Rocky.

The movie, directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), recreates Chuck’s family life with his second wife Phyllis (Elisabeth Moss) and daughter. It then shows how his brush with fame led to drinking and
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How ‘Real Rocky’ Chuck Wepner Survived Ring Beatings And 14 Year Biopic Ordeal

How ‘Real Rocky’ Chuck Wepner Survived Ring Beatings And 14 Year Biopic Ordeal
Here is an exclusive clip before tonight’s premiere of the finished feature biopic of boxer Chuck Wepner gets a splashy Tribeca Film Festival premiere, the film showing for the first time under its new title Chuck. Producer Mike Tollin, who has been promising Wepner his life story would make the screen for real since he optioned his rights in 2003 — you can’t count Best Picture winner Rocky even though many, Wepner included, felt Sylvester Stallone channeled Wepner’s…
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Chuck Trailer: The True Story Behind Rocky Balboa

Chuck Trailer: The True Story Behind Rocky Balboa
IFC has released the first trailer for its upcoming biopic Chuck, which is set to hit theaters on May 5. While many fans may not know Chuck Wepner by name, the New Jersey boxer served as the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's iconic character Rocky Balboa. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner, whose extraordinary true story is told for the first time on the big screen.

Chuck Wepner was a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In his ten years in the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, eight broken noses, and 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside the ring: an epic life of drugs, booze, wild women, incredible highs and extraordinary lows in IFC's biopic.

Liev Schreiber is joined by an all-star cast that also includes Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport and Pooch Hall, with
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The Real “Rocky” Balboa Story In Chuck Trailer

“Sometimes Life Is Like A Movie. Sometimes It’S Better”

Watch the trailer for the upcoming movie Chuck – we can’t wait for this one! In theaters May 5th.

Directed by Philippe Falardeau, Chuck stars Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman, Elisabeth Moss, Liev Schreiber, Jim Gaffigan, and Morgan Spector.

He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match.

It’s the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame—but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up?

Driven by a committed performance from Liev Schreiber,
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Beyond ‘O.J.:’ How Espn Became The Most Powerful Platform for Docs To Make a Difference

Beyond ‘O.J.:’ How Espn Became The Most Powerful Platform for Docs To Make a Difference
Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature last night at the 2017 Academy Awards. It was a major coup for Espn, a media behemoth known for live sports events and shows, not movies. Yet what is more remarkable about “O.J.” is how many people have seen the clear-eyed, seven-hour-and-forty-five-minute historical examination of race in America.

Read More: Oscar Nominated Filmmakers Take Us Inside Their Artistic Process

From its June 11 premiere through the month of July, 41 million viewers tuned into watch one of the 40 telecasts of “O.J.” on ABC, Espn, and ESPN2. An additional 3.4 million unique viewers streamed the doc through the network’s streaming app WatchESPN. And while total viewership numbers are unavailable for Cable VOD, Espn told IndieWire the film has seen at least 7.1 million transactions. Not included in these numbers are how many viewers watched the film in theaters, on Hulu this August,
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IFC Films acquires 'The Bleeder'

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Philippe Falardeau’s drama starring Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts has gone to IFC Films in a Us deal in Toronto.

EuropaCorp sources confirmed they had acquired Us rights from CAA to Lone Scherfig’s rom-com Their Finest, which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy and premiered as a Gala Presentation.

Meanwhile Netflix continued to pursue Us and select international rights to Fabrice Du Welz’s Message From The King starring Chadwick Boseman, the Vanguard selection it has been stalking since the weekend.

Buyers were understood to be circling Onur Tukel’s black comedy Catfight starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche and interest was coalescing around George Nolfi’s Birth Of The Dragon following its world premiere on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday Music Box announced it had acquired Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion.

Returning to The Bleeder, IFC Films brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group in the wake of last weekend
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IFC acquires 'The Bleeder'

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Philippe Falardeau’s drama starring Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts has gone to IFC Films in a Us deal in Toronto.

EuropaCorp sources confirmed they had acquired Us rights from CAA to Lone Scherfig’s rom-com Their Finest, which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy and premiered as a Gala Presentation.

Meanwhile Netflix continued to pursue Us and select international rights to Fabrice Du Welz’s Message From The King starring Chadwick Boseman, the Vanguard selection it has been stalking since the weekend.

Buyers were understood to be circling Onur Tukel’s black comedy Catfight starring Sandra Oh and Anne Heche and interest was coalescing around George Nolfi’s Birth Of The Dragon following its world premiere on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday Music Box announced it had acquired Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion.

Returning to The Bleeder, IFC Films brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group in the wake of last weekend
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Mandalay Sports Media Teams With Obb Pictures For Sports Projects; 76ers’ Joel Embiid First In Lineup

Mandalay Sports Media and Michael D. Ratner's Obb Pictures have entered into a co-production agreement to develop and produce a slate of sports-themed films, TV projects and multiplatform programming. Their first series project is Embiid, a documentary that centers on Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid's journey from Cameroon to Kansas, and ultimately the NBA. Msm's Mike Tollin is producing and Ratner is directing and producing. Ratner will also direct six episodes of Ride…
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Mandalay Sports Media Teams With Obb Pictures For Sports Projects; 76ers’ Joel Embiid First In Lineup

Mandalay Sports Media Teams With Obb Pictures For Sports Projects; 76ers’ Joel Embiid First In Lineup
Mandalay Sports Media and Michael D. Ratner's Obb Pictures have entered into a co-production agreement to develop and produce a slate of sports-themed films, TV projects and multiplatform programming. Their first series project is Embiid, a documentary that centers on Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid's journey from Cameroon to Kansas, and ultimately the NBA. Msm's Mike Tollin is producing and Ratner is directing and producing. Ratner will also direct six episodes of Ride…
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’51 Dons’ College Football Movie in the Works

A movie about the University of San Francisco 1951 Dons football team is in development at Walden Media and Mandalay Sports Media.

Mike Tollin in producing for Mandalay. The project is being written by Isaac Adamson about the undefeated football team that turned down a bid to play in the Orange Bowl in Miami after being told that the team would not be allowed to use its two black players — running back Ollie Matson and linebacker Burl Toler. The team unanimously voted to decline the invitation.

The team’s defensive star Gino Marchetti told the New York Times in 2009, “We answered, ‘No, we’d never do that.’ And after we said no and removed ourselves from consideration, nobody ever had a second thought about it.”

The team lost $70,000 over that season. With no bowl money to offset the deficit, the university discontinued its football program.

Naia Cucukov will oversee the project on behalf of Walden Media,
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Walden Media & Mandalay Sports Media Team For ‘51 Dons’ College Football Tolerance Tale

Walden Media & Mandalay Sports Media Team For ‘51 Dons’ College Football Tolerance Tale
Exclusive: Walden Media and Mandalay Sports Media’s Mike Tollin are joining forces on 51 Dons, a feature film about the 1951 University of San Francisco Dons football team whose story rivals the racial tolerance tales told in 42 and Remember The Titans. It’s a fast-tracked project and comes after Mandalay Sports just completed the Chuck Wepner boxing biopic The Bleeder with Spotlight and Ray Donovan‘s Liev Schreiber playing the brawler with the high threshold for…
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E! Greenlights Docuseries About L.A. Clippers Dance Team

E! has greenlit eight one-hour episodes of “L.A. Clippers Dance Squad,” an unscripted series chronicling the lives of the Clippers dance team, Variety has learned.

“L.A. Clippers Dance Squad” hails from Mandalay Sports Media, and is slated to premiere in early 2016 on the cable net.

The series will give fans an inside look at what it takes to be a member of the L.A. Clippers dance team, both on and off the court, from hours of auditions and rehearsals to the Staples Center to balancing personal lives and relationships.

“The Clippers dance team is an established and popular part of L.A.’s sports story, and we are excited to give our fans an exclusive peek into this high-energy world,” said Jeff Olde, exec vice president of programming and development at E! “This series will bring a fascinating and revealing look at this exclusive organization and the glamorous,
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Schreiber, Watts Team For "The Bleeder"

Liev Schreiber and his wife Naomi Watts are set to play heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner and Chuck's wife Linda respectively in "The Bleeder" for Mandalay Sports Media and Campbell Grobman Films.

The story follows the New Jersey liquor salesman and boxer who at age 35 got a shot to fight Muhammad Ali right after the infamous 'Rumble in the Jungle' bout. The 40-1 underdog Wepner surprised everybody when he became only the third man to knock Ali to the canvas.

Ali got up and pummeled Wepne until the fight ended, but Wepner became a folk hero and an inspiration for Sly Stallone's "Rocky" script. The film will also deal with Wepner's sudden fame and hard partying lifestyle.

Philippe Falardeau ("The Good Lie," "Monsieur Lazhar") helms from a script by Jeff Feuerzeig & Jerry Stahl and Michael Cristofer. Schreiber, Mike Tollin, Carl Hampe, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman are producing and shooting kicks
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Funny Or Die’s Dick Glover Departs to Become Mandalay Sports Media CEO: Read His Internal Memo

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Mandalay Sports Media (Msm) has named Funny Or Die’s Dick Glover as its new CEO. In the role, Glover will oversee Msm’s day-to-day business operations, including merges and acquisitions activity, business development and strategic partnerships, while working closely with co-founder Mike Tollin to develop original sports properties across all media. Glover will remain on Funny Or Die’s Board; Mitch Galbraith will take over day-to-day CEO duties. Prior to his tenure at the Will Ferrell-Adam McKay comedy company, Glover served as vice president of Broadcasting and New Media for Nascar and its Digital Entertainment wing, overseeing all television,
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Mandalay Sports Media Taps Dick Glover To Be CEO

The new CEO at Peter Guber and Mike Tollin’s sports media enterprise replaces Rich Battista. He left in April, after two years on the job, for Time Inc. where he’s an Evp overseeing People and Entertainment Weekly. New CEO Dick Glover comes to Mandalay Sports Media from Funny or Die, where he was CEO. He’ll remain on the comedy venture’s board and will “maintain close ties with the company,” Msm says. Glover knows sports, though. He was Nascar’s VP Broadcasting and New…
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