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Rob Reiner

Son of comic genius Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner has picked up the family torch and directed some of the most memorable, quotable, and endearing comedies of the last two decades, and he’s no schmuck when it comes to dramas either.

This is a hilarious spoof filled with biting satire about a filmmaker making a documentary (or “rockumentary” if you will) about a once famous raucous British heavy metal band on a disastrous U.S concert tour, featuring the magnificent talents of co-stars/co-scripters Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. This granddaddy of the mocumentary speaks to the hard rockin’, air guitar playing 14-year-old boy in us all.

In this low-key sleeper hit based on a Stephen King story four young boys in 1959 Oregon set out on a camping trip in order to see a dead body one of them accidentally found. This is a loving memoir to a simpler time with an exceptionally talented young cast tentatively taking the steps on a road that leads to maturity.

Reiner turns a wry, even caustic, eye on men and women in friendship and in love, and that gray area in between. This is an engaging and smartly performed comedy about a pair of longtime platonic friends who turn a feud into a lasting friendship, determined not to let sex mess up a great relationship, until love threatens to ruin everything.

Recommended by CarrieSpecht


“Final Destination” Scribe Turns His Attentions to "Tamara"

By ChrisFaile

January 22nd, 2004

Jeffrey Reddick, the writer and creator of “Final Destination,” is at work on his next project, a supernatural thriller called “Tamara,” has learned from its sources. Described as a “sexy, supernatural thriller,” it will be directed by first-time feature director David Sporn. According to casting notes we have since obtained, the film is now casting the lead role, with an eye towards luring star/recognizable names to the project.

According to our sources, the story begins with a vicious prank taking the life of an awkward and unpopular teen and then shifts both backwards and forwards in time to show her life before and after. Described as “unattractive and without self-esteem,” high school senior Tamara Riley can't even enjoy her dawning sexual fantasies due to the polluting effect of her father's inappropriate advances. She is completely helpless against her classmates' biting comments and cruel pranks—almost. Tamara studies witchcraft, and when the burning anger bubbling inside her erupts, her magic spells pay off with surprising force.

After Tamara's death, she returns as the beautiful seductress from her fantasies, equipped with the power to entrance people and turn their own vanity and weaknesses against them. Though still interested in "fitting in," Tamara has little patience for her fellow students' attitudes and fears, finding it easier to destroy them than to become part of the in crowd.

The film begins shooting in mid-June, although the shooting location has not yet been chosen. “Tamara” will be co-financed by both City Lights Pictures, which is also producing a Larry Clark film focusing on the life of director Nicholas Ray, and Armada Pictures, an independent production company headed by former Kinowelt-USA Chairman Chris Sievernich. Of note of the many producers attached to the project (as listed below), co-executive producer Steve Whitney is also involved with the remake of “The Amityville Horror” remake led by Michael Bay.

The Scorecard
Producers: Danny Fisher, Chris Sievernich
Executive Producers: The Fisher Brothers, Michael Almog and Matt Milich
Co-Executive Producers: Andrew Trapani and Steve Whitney
Director: David Sporn
Writer: Jeff Reddick
Casting Director: Lindsay Chag
Start Date: June 15, 2004
Location: TBD
Production Companies: City Lights Pictures and Armada Pictures
International Distribution: Armada Pictures International