Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is reportedly in talks to adapt Michael Lewis' book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt for the big screen.
If Sorkin signs on to the project, it will reunite him with his The Social Network producer Scott Rudin, according to Variety.com.
The Newsroom writer also adapted Lewis' Moneyball for the screen, with Brad Pitt portraying real-life baseball boss Billy Beane. The film picked up six Academy Awards nominations, including a Best Screenplay nod for Sorkin.
Flash Boys will focus on high-frequency trading in the financial market.
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After years of campaigning, tweeting, and generally taking over the Internet with their rally cries, Community fans might finally be getting that highly-anticipated, long-prophesied sixth season. According to Deadline, Hulu has begun talks with Sony, who produces the cult hit, about acquiring more original episodes of the show after it was canceled by NBC earlier this month. The talks are still in their very early stages, and a deal is nowhere close to guaranteed, but that hasn't prevented Community fans from whipping themselves into a frenzy over the possibility. Creator Dan Harmon has also promised to return if the show does, stating, “I’m not going to be the guy that re-cancels cancelled Community.”
The dedication of Community's fans has helped keep the show on the air for most of its run, so it's no surprise that they're determined to spend one more year at Greendale, no matter where the show moves. But while there are still plenty of reasons to give the show another shot, and lots of questions left to wrap up — Will Jeff end up with Britta or Annie? Are Rachel and Abed still together? Did Troy and Levar Burton manage to escape from those pirates? — resurrecting Community might not be for the best in the long run. Perhaps it's finally time for fans and characters alike to graduate and move forward with their lives.
The fifth season had a lot of obstacles to overcome, from the firing, departure and re-hiring of Harmon to several key cast members leaving to finding a way to keep the premise intact after the characters graduated at the end of Season 4. Both the fans and writers viewed it as a re-building season, designed to get Community back to feeling like its old self again. And while there were many aspects of that reset that were successful, the show never quite managed to flow the way it used to, and there were plenty of problems that seemed to suggest that it might be time for Community to begin wrapping up its stories.
The departure of Donald Glover and Chevy Chase has had a major impact on the study group's dynamic, as well as on the show as a whole. Without Pierce to be the unpredictable, over-the-top antagonist, the show had to invent more and more ridiculous ways to pit the characters against each other and the people around them to generate conflict. Without Troy, there was nobody left to balance Abed, and the frequency and absurdity of the jokes in every episode rapidly declined. While the addition of John Oliver's Professor Duncan and Jonathan Banks' Professor Hickey went a long way towards filling the holes left by their absences, both actors have starring roles on high-profile shows that will no doubt conflict with their ability to appear on Community next season, and their loss will only make the dramatic shift in dynamic and tone more obvious and more difficult to overcome.
Pierce and Troy's absence wasn't the only major problem the fifth season had. Many of the plots seemed to be repeating themselves — Greendale's in danger, it's saved by the study group, it's in danger again; Chang is evil, now he's reformed, no wait, now he's evil again; Jeff likes Britta, then he likes Annie, then he likes a random guest star, now he's back to Annie, now he's going to stay single — and the gimmicks that were once creative and interesting now seemed uninspired. Community mostly seemed to be spinning its wheels in its fifth season, and the writers seemed hesitant to commit to taking the plots in different, unexpected directions the way they used to. Even Harmon's return wasn't enough to get Community back to its old self. Though his work on the fifth season managed to right a lot of the wrongs of the season four "gas leak," it still didn't feel like the show had regained whatever spark it has lost over time. If anything, the latest season of Community seemed to suggest that the show has finally run out of steam.
Every show eventually hits a point when it becomes time to wrap things up, and it's impossible to sustain the concept or storylines or the writers just run out of new, wacky situations for the characters to wind up in. Community is a more high-concept, inventive show than most other sitcoms, and eventually, that began to weigh things down. There's a chance that a sixth season could give Community the kick it needs to wake up, but it seems more likely that it will just make the show's fatigue more obvious. The last two seasons have struggled to recapture the show's essence and what made it so special, but if Harmon couldn't bring it back, a sixth season probably won't manage the trick either. Is it really worth getting a sixth season of Community if it's no longer truly Community?
Over the course of the show's run, we've watched our favorite characters grow, change and mature. They've had epic paintball battles, survived campus-wide apocalypses, and supported Cougar Town through a cancelation scare, move to mid-season and the transition to a new network. But the end goal has always been graduation, accomplishing their goals and moving on to the real world. Eventually things have to come to an end, and maybe it's time for Community to do just that. Five seasons is an impressive run, especially for a show as weird and self-referential as this one. So maybe instead of hitting an arbitrary goal that we've assigned an incredible amount of importance to we should celebrate the time we spent with the study group, and move on along with them.
Whether Hulu decides to pick up the show or not, at least Community got the run that The Cape never did. If that's not justice, we don't know what is.
Guitar great Carlos Santana revelled in the recording of his new Spanish collaborative album because he discovered a whole new appreciation for Latin classics he had never heard before. The veteran Mexican musician recruited an all-star line-up to cover famous Latin songs for his new release Corazon, but he admits many of the old tunes were completely new to him as he had grown up in California.
He tells the New York Daily News, "A lot of the songs I never heard before. I was raised in the '60s here in the United States so I wasn't hearing the frequency of the Latinos. But that gave me an advantage. Since I haven't heard it I get to make it new."
Romeo Santos, Pitbull, Lila Downs and Miguel all feature on the album, while Juanes performs La Flaca and Gloria Estefan sings Besos De Lejos.
Many of the guests performed their tunes with Santana at a show in Guadalajara, Mexico in December (13) and the concert special will air in the U.S. on Saturday (03May14).
British rockers Klaxons have dismissed rumours they were high on drugs during recording sessions for their new album Love Frequency. The band's new record features a picture of what appears to be a small white pill stamped with the group's 'K' logo, prompting speculation the musicians indulged in illegal substances during the making of the album.
However, singer James Righton, who is married to Hollywood actress Keira Knightley, is adamant the record does not have a drug theme despite the psychedelic sound.
He tells NME, "There were no drugs involved in the making of this record... It's not a pill (in the cover art). It's plastic. It's a piece we commission (DJ/artist) Trevor Jackson to design. We asked him to design it using his impression of what the record is."
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If there’s something strange with your sequel, and your director drops out and it don’t look good, who are you gonna call? Well, if you’re the team behind the perpetually in-development Ghostbusters 3, you call Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the duo behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street . The pair is reportedly in talks to helm the film after Ivan Reitman recently stepped down. Since they have yet to officially sign on, it’s unclear whether the change in directors will affect the proposed 2015 release date, although if Miller and Lord plan on making any adjustments to Etan Cohen’s script, it could mean that fans will need to wait even longer to finally see Ghostbusters 3.
Miller and Lord’s successful track record might not be enough to satisfy all fans, especially those who want Ghostbusters 3 to have the same style and tone as the first two. Miller and Lord have a very distinct directorial style and all of the films they’ve made – regardless of whether they wrote the script or not – bear their signature. The pair does have a lot in common with Reitman and the original team, which could help that Ghostbusters tone to remain in place, but those key stylistic differences could keep Ghostbusters 3 from slotting neatly into the lineup, even if it is a major success. So, how do Miller and Lord's directorial trademarks match up with the Ghostbusters films? Let's take a look:
Pacing One of the trademarks of a Miller and Lord production is manic pace. Their jokes fly at the audience rapid-fire, cramming as many gags as possible into a single scene. Ghostbusters, meanwhile, takes its time with its jokes, and isn’t afraid to draw out a long scene for a really good punch line. Part of this is likely due to the amount of ad-libbing that the actors have done, resulting in a film that feels loose and laid-back.
Pop Culture References Miller and Lord love a good pop culture reference – think the Batman song in The Lego Movie, or the way the mere mention of Glee becomes a running joke in 21 Jump Street, or the entire premise of Clone High – which is something they share with the Ghostbusters crew (the climax of the movie centered on a popular advertising mascot destroying a city). Of course, Miller and Lord manage to pack about 50 times more references into their projects than Reitman ever has, but it appears that Miller and Lord tend to draw comedy from many of the same sources as the Ghostbusters films, which is a good sign for this potential partnership.
Visual Gags Another good sign is the fact that Miller and Lord tend to utilize sight gags in much the same way that the Ghostbusters films do. Again, they probably appear with a bit more frequency, but it's another way that the two find humor in the same places. In order to overcome the difference pace with which the pair use these visual gags, they will likely have to rely on Cohen's script, but in the end, Miller and Lord's skill with visual gags should make them a great fit for the film.
Self-AwarenessAlthough Miller and Lord aren't afraid to get goofy with their characters or jokes, there's always a level of self-awareness that adds another dimension of humor to their work. They're always willing to parody themselves or the genre that they're working in, and a similar kind of wry self-awareness exists in the Ghostbusters films. The films are never afraid to point out when the characters or situations are getting a little ridiculous, which is part of what makes them not only enjoyable, but also helps them appeal to a wider range of audience. Miller and Lord should have no problem imbuing their Ghostbusters installment with much the same tone, which would help them overcome some of the stylistic disparities that still remain.
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Characters One such key instance where Miller and Lord’s style differs from that of the Ghostbusters films is on the issue of character development. On Clone High, they sacrificed a lot of character continuity in favor of independent jokes, which worked perfectly for that kind of show. 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie used characters in a similar way, though to a lesser extent. Sure, they had their fair share of witty one-liners and goofy punchlines, but they existed in the film, and the Ghostbusters universe, as actual people, rather than a way to fill the runtime with jokes.
Use of MusicThe Ghostbusters theme is perhaps the greatest film theme song in history. Luckily, Miller and Lord know their way around a musical number, as almost all of their projects have featured at least one instance of characters singing and dancing. Of course, Ghostbusters 3 is probably not the best venue for a big musical number, but the pair are also skilled at using music cues to brilliant comedic effect, which is likely the route they would take with this film. After all, what's the point of having a theme song that epic if you're not going to use it?
AnimationYou can't have a Ghostbusters film without the ghosts, and the best way for them to show up onscreen is animation. With Clone High, The Lego Movie, and two Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs films under their belt, Miller and Lord have more than enough experience with animation to take on the cast of ridiculous, hilarious and sometimes terrifying ghosts. Although their animated features have all been targeted at children, they have been equally appealing to adults, which means that Ghostbusters fans don't have to worry about the film being dumbed-down or made into a kid's movie simply because of the animation. Plus, anyone who has ever seen Clone High can attest that these two know how to make smart, goofy, adult-friendly cartoons.
Ghosts If you're looking for even more overlaps between Miller and Lord and the Ghostbusters films, look no further than the ghost of Vitruvius, who delivered the funniest scene in The Lego Movie. You want ridiculous, funny, sarcastic ghosts? These are your guys.
Chris Brown narrowly escaped jail on Monday (03Feb14) after a Los Angeles judge shut down prosecutors' requests to put the singer behind bars for violating probation. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was in court for a hearing into his 2009 Rihanna assault case, when his possible probation violation relating to a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel was raised.
The prosecutors argued that Brown's violent behaviour "continues to increase in severity and frequency" adding he poses an "increasing danger to society".
The District Attorney's office representatives claimed there is probable cause to believe Brown is guilty as charged of beating up a man in Washington, D.C., according to TMZ.com.
But the judge, who also oversaw Brown's assault trial after he beat up ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, ruled against the prosecutors and insisted the R&B star was better off completing his ongoing 90-day rehab for anger management.
Brown wasn't the only R&B star in court in Los Angeles on Monday - Cee Lo Green was also there for a routine hearing in his felony drug case.
Well, it turns out that selfies are officially no longer as completely ridiculous as they used to be. Oxford Dictionaries, the go-to guide for the English language, has just named "selfie" 2013's international Word of the Year. We should all be very, very ashamed for making that possible.
According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the official definition of '"selfie" (also, selfy; plural selfies) is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website."
Up against "selfie" for the Word of the Year prize were "bedroom tax," "binge-watch," "bitcoin," "olinguito," "schmeat," "showrooming," and, of course, "twerk." But luckily for us, the fact that the frequency of the word "selfie" in the English language increased by 17,000 percent since this time last year caused it to beat out all of the other words. (We're assuming we can thank Kim Kardashian for about half of that number.)
Check out our gallery of some of the best celebrity selfies while you bask in the glory of what the English language has become.
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Just like Call the Midwife, Sherlock and all the other hugely entertaining British imports before it, action-comedy series The Wrong Mans will be all the rage. Stay ahead of that inevitable cocktail party conversation when everyone shows off their knowledge of the BBC's latest cultural contribution by catching it when it premieres on Hulu this month.
Co-created by Mathew Baynton (Peep Show), James Corden (Gavin & Stacey), and director/producer Jim Field Smith (Butter), The Wrong Mans stars Baynton and Corden as two aimless government workers who are caught in a web of intrigue and danger when they answer the wrong phone call. A screening of the first two episodes closed the 2013 New York Television Festival. Baynton and Field Smith were in attendance for a post-show Q&A, while recent Tony-winner Corden was stuck filming Rob Marshall's Into the Woods. The audience responded positively to the unique tenor of the show, with pyrotechnics and laughs coming at almost the same frequency. Baynton and Corden started dreaming up the show when they were working together on Gavin & Stacey, before teaming up with their third collaborator to put pen to paper. We asked what their writing process was like. "90% unproductive, talking about stuff that's nothing to do with the show; 5% going for lunch...," Field Smith said. "And 5% working on an actual TV program," Baynton finished. But they agree that even their goofing off had a positive impact on what's on screen. "I think having the two writers also be the stars of the show means there's some sort of in-built chemistry there," Field Smith said.
Check out the trailer for The Wrong Mans below and catch the series on Hulu on Nov. 11.
Apparently, not everyone can get away with "just being Miley." Administrators at Michigan's Grand Valley State University decided to remove a campus landmark on Tuesday after students decided to re-create Cyrus' infamous "Wrecking Ball" video. A sculpture that resembles a wrecking ball had been located outside of the school's Padnos Hall of Science since 1995 before its recent move into storage. The decision came in the wake of at least one Vine video of a student riding the installation naked and singing Cyrus' song and has sparked a great deal of protest both on and off campus.
Although students have been riding on the pendulum for years — clothed, of course — the recent popularity of the video has resulted in a higher frequency of wrecking ball rides. Tim Thimmesch, the associate vice president of facilities services at GVSU, explained the reason for its removal by saying the school is "trying to decide whether we really need to look at structural integrity of the installation." However, students are upset about losing a campus landmark regardless of its structural stability and held a protest Tuesday night outside of the science building.
Since then, the story has been picked up by various media outlets, including a hilarious local news report (below), which featured clips of one of the nefarious "Wrecking Ball" Vines. You haven't truly lived until you've seen a drunk, naked college student singing a Miley Cyrus song off-key interrupt a very serious news anchor. That naked guy may have ruined things for everyone at GVSU, but he will delight the Internet forever. Cyrus, meanwhile, still has yet to comment about the incident.
In the meantime, students at GVSU, may we suggest this awesome "Wrecking Ball"/Nicholas Cage mashup to tide you over until your beloved landmark is reinstated?
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The producers of Simon Cowell's hit U.K. show Britain's Got Talent have found themselves in trouble with officials at TV regulator Ofcom over their decision to air a striptease on a spin-off show earlier this year (Apr13). Bosses at the watchdog group claim British network executives at ITV and producers "crossed the line" by broadcasting a burlesque routine on Britain's Got More Talent at a time when kids were likely to be watching.
Ofcom officials have accused the TV chiefs of failing to protect kids and therefore breaking the U.K. broadcasting code.
The 90-second clip featured a woman removing items of clothing and then "shaking her naked bottom at the audience".
ITV chiefs have highlighted that the stripper's backside was pixellated for broadcast, prompting the watchdog officials to state the measure was "of limited effectiveness", adding it "did not sufficiently obscure the performer's naked buttocks".
A statement from Ofcom representatives reads: "The frequency and detail of these images in context of a striptease in a burlesque act meant that on balance they were not suitable for children."