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Cable casting influences the big screen

- September 9th, 2013

How much of an impact crater has premium cable made on the movies?

John Krokidas is director of nourish Kill Your Darlings – about a real-life ’40s murder and same-sex menage a trois that connected then college-age “Beat” darlings Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. He had his revelation  while looking at the movie poster.

“As I look at it, I realize that HBO is responsible for 80 per cent of my cast,” Krokidas told us in a TIFF interview. Bona fide movie star Daniel Radcliffe is the lead as Ginsberg. “But Jack Huston (Kerouac)? Boardwalk Empire. Ben Foster (Burroughs)? Six Feet Under. Michael C. Hall? Six Feet Under. (And, we must add, Dexter). Dane Dehaan? True Blood. Who knew?”

“Being a television nerd finally paid off, I guess. It gives me an advantage when it comes to casting actors.”

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Jack Huston, Boardwalk Empire

‘Entourage’ headed to the big screen

- January 30th, 2013

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Two years after it ended its small-screen run, HBO’s Entourage is headed to the big-screen.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is pushing ahead with a sequel to the long-running series.

Doug Ellin, who created the series, is writing and directing the film, with deals being ironed out for Adrian Grenier (who played the actor Vincent “Vinnie” Chase), Kevin Connolly (his manager, Eric “E” Murphy), Kevin Dillon (his brother, Johnny Drama), Jerry Ferrara (his friend Turtle), and Jeremy Piven, who played the scene-stealing Hollywood agent Ari Gold.

No release date or production start has been announced, but series producer Mark Wahlberg tells MTV he hopes filming starts this summer.

Entourage ran for 8 seasons between 2004-2011.

In an exclusive with MTV, Wahlberg says he always saw the show making the leap to the big screen.

“I mean, we always felt like it was a movie, but we had to just make these 30-minute episodes. That was one of the one of the frustrating things… I think its story and its characters were a world people really missed and really enjoyed.”

And if Ellin asks him to do a cameo, Wahlberg is more than happy to oblige.

“You know me, man. If they want me, I’m in.”

As we all know, TV-to-film translations aren’t always a slam dunk. For every Miami Vice, there’s a Sex and the City 2.

Filmmakers beware!