Ted Heads to TV, Helen Mirren Asks for More Females: Biz Break

In Monday afternoon's round up of news briefs, a network has bought the television rights to foul-mouthed teddy bear comedy Ted. Mirren appeals for more female filmmakers at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Andie MacDowell and daughter join a project, and Paramount is pursuing a U.S. version of Inbetweeners.

FX Picks Up TV Rights to Ted
The network will premiere the Seth MacFarlane-directed comedy that make $52 million at the box office this weekend, Deadline reports.

Craig Gillespie Catching Flamingo Thief
Gillespie is in negotiations to direct Red Hour Films' Flamingo Thief which Will Ferrell will likely star. He will play a lawyer who becomes obsessed with stealing figurines of flamingos after his wife leaves him, Variety reports.

Helen Mirren Asks for More Female Filmmakers at Karlovy Vary
Picking up her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic, actor Helen Mirren said, "I don't know how many female directors are presenting their films in this festival. I very much doubt that it's 50%. Not too many, I'm sure," she said during a speech in which she paid tribute to the film-maker Nora Ephron, who died last week. "When I was making films [early in my career] there were very, very few female directors, and there were certainly no women on set, which made taking one's clothes off all the more difficult…Things have moved on, but as far as I'm concerned, they haven't moved on enough," The Guardian reports.

Andie MacDowell and Daughter Tie Up for Mother's Day
Andie MacDowell and Rainey Qualley have joined the cast of Mother's Day, joining previously announced cast members Susan Sarandon, her daughter Eva Amurri Martino and Christina Ricci in the indie drama. The story revolves around the relationship between 12 mothers and their daughter, directed by Paul Duddridge, Deadline reports.

Paramount Looking to Bring UK's Inbetweeners to Big Screen
The studio has tapped the series' co-creator Iain Morris to write and direct a U.S. version of the popular British sitcom. The program follows several suburban teens who range from somewhere in the middle in the cool to geek spectrum, THR reports.

Studios & Teamsters, Other Crafts Unions Reach Tentative Agreement
The three tentative agreements include a 2 percent annual wage increase and additional funding of union health plans, THR reports.


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