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‘Limitless’, from Justin Berfield’s Virgin Produced

Justin Berfield (Reese) role as Chief Creative Officer in Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced TV and film production company means he is the one overseeing the creative direction of the company. And clearly he’s been at work, as Virgin Produced presents its first feature release, Limitless, premiering in the US on March 18th, 2011.

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fuelled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret “smart drug” that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself.

His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this suspenseful and provocative film.

Aspiring author Eddie Morra (Cooper) is suffering from chronic writer’s block, but his life changes instantly when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a revolutionary new pharmaceutical that allows him to tap his full potential. With every synapse crackling, Eddie can recall everything he has ever read, seen or heard, learn any language in a day, comprehend complex equations and beguile anyone he meets — as long as he keeps taking the untested drug.

Soon Eddie takes Wall Street by storm, parlaying a small stake into millions. His accomplishments catch the eye of mega-mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who invites him to help broker the largest merger in corporate history. But they also bring Eddie to the attention of people willing to do anything to get their hands on his stash if NZT. With his life in jeopardy and the drug’s brutal side effects taking their toll, Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster and intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies.

Limitless starts Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, The A-Team), Oscar winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver), Abbie Cornish (Bright Star), Anna Friel (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger), Andrew Howard (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Johnny Whitworth (3:IO to Yuma) and Thomas Arana (The Bourne Supremacy).

For more information about Limitless, you can go to the official website, or its IMDb page.

March 8th, 2011 (1) Comments - Post a Comment

Justin Berfield Interview with Agoura Hills Patch

Justin Berfield in 2008

Justin Berfield (Reese) recently gave an interview to Agoura Hills Patch, where he talks about his life and the transition from child actor in Unhappily Ever After and Malcolm to producer in his new role in Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced.

We also hear mention of Virgin Produced’s first feature release, Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro, which opens later this month.

Having starred in two television sitcoms (Unhappily Ever After and Malcolm in the Middle) all before this Agoura Hills native’s 20th birthday, Justin Berfield is undoubtedly one of the city’s most notable hometown stars.

His recent accomplishment of becoming a partner with world-renown mogul Sir Richard Branson at his film and television company VIRGIN Produced certainly solidifies Berfield as one of the reigning forces working in entertainment today.

Although he is very busy traveling and working most of the time, the now Calabasas resident set aside some time to chat with Patch and lend some insight into his life as a young actor-turned-media juggernaut.

Describing himself as a “pretty simple” guy, Berfield, who turned 25 on Feb. 25, has undeniably achieved some “pretty extraordinary” feats. An acclaimed actor, producer, and industry guru, who calls one of the most successful men in the world his “partner,” is not too shabby for having just turned a quarter-century old.

Agoura Hills Patch: Did you enjoy growing up in Agoura Hills? 

Justin Berfield: I really enjoyed growing up in Agoura Hills, because it was a big enough city that there was always something going on, but it also had the charm where you really got to know the people that worked in the community. It felt like a small town, although it really isn’t.

Patch: At which Agoura Hills establishments would you frequently get stopped to sign autographs or pose for photos?

Berfield: No particular place really stands out to me except for maybe the theaters or at the nearby Calabasas Commons. I think my peers pretty much knew the job I did, and since we all grew up together, it never was that big of a deal for anyone. I think people in our area are used to having actors around. Agoura isn’t that far from Los Angeles and there certainly were and are bigger “names” around town than me. 

Patch: Do you have a favorite memory from Agoura High School? How were you involved at school?

Berfield: I was home schooled throughout high school and only got the opportunity to attend classes at Agoura High for a couple months before Malcolm in the Middle took off. Although I wasn’t able to join clubs, I enjoyed going to the football games every Friday. It was always a good opportunity for me to get together with the friends I couldn’t see during the week because of work.

Patch: How would you spend an ideal day in Agoura Hills? Do you come back to visit often?   

Berfield: As a little kid, I would spend my days investigating the many creeks and parks around the community. Being so close to Malibu, I would often times head out that way with my dad and go fishing. As I got older, I spent most evenings, as every teenager does, with friends at the Agoura movie theater or around the shopping centers along Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Kanan Road. I live in Calabasas now, so I am back there often. 

Patch: Has transitioning from “child star” to a more mature actor and producer been a smooth process?

Berfield: I’d say so, because I got my start behind the camera just before Malcolm in the Middle was ending. Since then, it has gone pretty smoothly. I started a company, J2TV, and now I am a partner in Sir Richard Branson’s film/television company, VIRGIN Produced.

Patch: What have been your personal career highlights?

Berfield: The point when I realized that I had been on two shows that syndicated to over 100 episodes, and that I felt fulfilled as an actor and decided to try my hand at producing. I think people constantly are looking for fulfilment, and nothing is ever good enough, but I feel fortunate enough to have had the journey I have had so far.

Patch: What is your dream project and dream actor or actress to collaborate with in the future? 

Berfield: I’d have to say anything that would involve Tom Hanks. He is truly an inspiration, both as an actor and producer. 

Patch: A lot of ‘Young Hollywood’ seems to find themselves in trouble more often than not, yet you’ve managed to stay out of trouble and keep a wonderful reputation for yourself. What do you attribute this to? 

Berfield: I always had supportive parents and a good group of people around me. It’s really about who you surround yourself with. Too many times, people are surrounded by those on their payroll. Those aren’t the best people to look out for you, because they’ll never tell you ‘no.’ I typically do not take advice from people who I pay, and most people who find themselves in trouble do just the opposite. Living in Agoura and Calabasas has probably helped a great deal as well.

Patch: What advice can you offer Agoura Hills residents who are looking to get into the entertainment industry? 

Berfield: Local theater is a great way to get into the business. There are a lot of great opportunities out there locally, but also don’t be afraid to ask questions. Information is power, and the more you know, the more you will be better poised to help yourself deliver on your own personal goals instead of relying on others.

Patch: What do you do in your spare time, when you’re not busy working as an actor and producer? 

Berfield: Hiking with my dogs, hanging with my friends, traveling abroad and enjoying time around town with family. I am a pretty simple guy.

Check out the latest flick Berfield worked on with Virgin Produced, “Limitless,” starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, and Robert DeNiro, when it hits theatres Mar. 18, 2011.

Source: Agoura Hills Patch

March 4th, 2011 (2) Comments - Post a Comment

Justin Berfield Sells $2.5m Calabasas Home

Justin Berfield's Calabasas Home

The Los Angeles Times is reportin that Justin Berfield (Reese) has sold his Calabasas house for $2.5 million. He bought the house from Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey in 2006, tried to put it on the market in August 2009 after slashing the price by half a million from the price he originally paid for it to $3.4 million.

Clearly it has lost even more value since then, selling at $2.5m, and securing a sale has obviously been very difficult. The house itself features 6,483 square feet of space, a home theatre, bar, four sun decks, five bathrooms and even a dedicated wine cellar.

You can see a gallery of photos of the property from when it was put on sale in 2009.

Update: Actor Justin Berfield, the wise-aleck sibling Reese on “Malcolm in the Middle,” has sold a Calabasas house he bought for $3.75 million four years ago for $2.1 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows.

The Mediterranean home, on a half-acre in a gated community, had been listed as “approved for short sale at $2.5 million.” The 6,483-square-foot house has travertine floors, a home theater, a wine cellar, a bar, four sun decks, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. A soundproof room can be used as a recording studio. The grounds include an infinity pool, an outdoor dining area and a built-in barbecue.

Berfield, 24, bought the house in 2006 from Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. Since playing Malcolm’s second-oldest brother from 2000 to 2006, he has become a producer of films and shows such as “Sons of Tuscon” (2010).

Sue Walsmith and Melinda Feldman at Ewing & Associates, Sotheby’s International Realty, handled both sides of the transaction, according to the MLS.

Source: LA Times

November 20th, 2010 (0) Comments - Post a Comment

First Film from Virgin Produced to be “Untitled Comedy”

Jason Felts, Sir Richard Branson and Justin Berfield

The official Twitter account for Virgin Produced recently announced the first project from the new production and packaging company.

The film, currently known only as ‘Untitled Comedy’, is set to feature a whole host of stars and be in the format of a series of risqué comedy sketches that will be connected with a ‘unifying storyline’. Actors already on board include such big names as Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Richard Gere, Anton Yelchin, Gerard Butler, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Johnny Knoxville and many more.

Relativity Media, LLC (RML) announced today it has begun production on the UNTITLED COMEDY project. In January, Relativity Media came aboard to co-finance and co-produce the project, and will arrange distribution through one of their studio partners. Production will continue thru late May.

Peter Farrelly, Charles Wessler, GreeneStreet Films’ John Penotti and Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh are producing the project. Executive producers are Tim Williams of GreeneStreet Films and Tucker Tooley of Relativity Media. Co-producers are Tom Gormican and Marc Ambrose. Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko also serve as associate producers. Witness Protection Films also serves as a production company partner.

Originally set up at Overture Films, the project kicked into high gear after the producers met with Relativity Media last December. The brainstorming session lead to a revamp of the central premise of the film. The new team created the template for a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits Kentucky Fried Movie and Groove Tube.

“Relativity has been the perfect partner through the extraordinarily complicated process of putting this movie together. We are thrilled to be underway,” commented Farrelly.

The filmmakers who have already completed their work are Peter Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk, and Griffin Dunne. Additional directors will be announced shortly.

The growing cast includes, Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet. The producers will announce additional cast members as further deals are solidified.

“We all sat down and came up with what we think is a hilarious through-line for the movie,” said Wessler. “Given the amount of pot I had smoked, at least I think it is hilarious.”

Penotti added, “This has been one of the most fun and challenging projects we have ever undertaken. We are completely blown away by the caliber of talent that this project has attracted. It is a testament to the quality of Charlie and Pete’s original concept.”

Farrelly and Wessler are long time collaborators, working on many of the classic Farrelly Brothers comedies including There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber and Shallow Hal.

Production on “Untitled Comedy” is reportedly ongoing: 14 of the sketches have been shot, with 5 to go. It is expected to be in cinemas this year.

The first film that gets Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced film shingle off the tarmac–it was innocuously mentioned as an untitled Peter Farrelly film in the announcement of Branson’s joint venture with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity–has a bigger concentration of first class cabin-caliber actors than any under-$8 million film I can remember. And the cast is still growing. Deadline was first to reveal the Kentucky Fried Movie-style laffer when Kavanaugh replaced Overture Films as financier and the film started production. They had a good cast then, but the filmmakers keep bolstering by showing prospective talent the raucous segments shot so far, especially the Farrelly-directed seg with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet that is especially outrageous and R-rated. Aside from Jackman and Winslet, the cast now includes Richard Gere, Anton Yelchin, Gerard Butler, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Johnny Knoxville, Julianne Moore, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jack McBrayer, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Uma Thurman. 14 segments are in the can, with 5 to go. Steve Brill, Steve Carr and James Gunn have joined a director roster that already had Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Banks and Griffin Dunne. The pic, a co-production between Greene Street and Relativity, is produced by Kavanaugh, John Penotti, Peter Farrelly and Charlie Wessler. Tim Williams and Tucker Tooley are exec producers.

Source: deadline.com

August 18th, 2010 (0) Comments - Post a Comment

Justin Berfield to Guest Star on ‘Sons of Tucson’ Tonight

In more Justin news, Berfield will guest star on tonight’s episode of Sons of Tucson, in the season finale, and likely the last ever episode of the whole show, ‘Ron Quits’.

Justin Berfield as 'Barry' in Sons of Tucson

He will play ‘Barry’, a character who we are told bears more than a passing resemblance to Reese, the character he spent several years as on Malcolm. This is also the first time we will have seen Justin in front of the cameras since the final episode of Malcolm in the Middle.

SONS OF TUCSON “Ron Quits” Episode 13 – When Ron starts spending too much time with his girlfriend, the boys get upset and Ron decides to quit. The boys then hire their bully neighbor, Barry (Justin Berfield), as their new live-in caretaker. But when the boys discover they’re out of money and realize that Barry isn’t working out, they come to the conclusion that Ron was a better fake father than they thought in “Ron Quits,” the series finale episode of SONS OF TUCSON, airing Sunday, Aug. 1 (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Tune in to Sons of Tucson tonight, August 1st 2010, at 7pm on FOX.

Thanks to Ryebeach on our forums for pointing this out!

August 1st, 2010 (17) Comments - Post a Comment

Justin Berfield to Run Virgin Produced, New Film & TV Production Company

Justin Berfield (Reese) has for the past few years been working with Jason Felts to run his own production company for TV and films, J2TV. It was announced today that J2TV will close its doors and Justin and Jason will lead a new TV and film production company, Virgin Produced, with the backing of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2010 – Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced today the launch of Virgin Produced, a film and television development, packaging and production company which has entered into a joint venture with Relativity Media’s Rogue Pictures to develop, produce and market films.

The Los Angeles-based Virgin Produced is led by former J2TV / J2 Pictures producers Jason Felts and Justin Berfield. Felts serves as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the company’s entire operation, and Berfield, Chief Creative Officer, will oversee the development team.

“For 40 years, Virgin has pushed the envelope.” Felts said. “At Virgin Produced, we look to break some old molds while providing talent a place where they know their work will be embraced and supported. With Rogue’s boundary breaking approach and Virgin’s entrepreneurial strength, the brands are perfectly suited for each other. We’ve got a great opportunity to provide a collaborative experience and produce amazing results.”

“Virgin has always been about doing it your way, expressing oneself through innovation,” said Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. “It dares to be different. We believe that their approach to film is suited to do just that and pairing the Virgin and Rogue brands together to create innovation couldn’t be more natural.”

Deemed one of the most exciting brands in the world, with a culture of innovation and fun across its diverse range of businesses, Virgin’s mission is clear: to enter markets with opportunities to shake things up and offer a better experience.

“Entertainment has long been a focus of the Virgin brand, and I’m excited for the chance to further grow in this space,” said Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson. “Jason and Justin’s approach is very entrepreneurial, very Virgin. We share a passion for creating and nurturing communities of talent and fresh material. The Rogue and Virgin brands seem an obvious fit for each other.”

In addition to developing and producing original films, it is anticipated that Virgin will co-produce two to three motion pictures a year with Relativity/Rogue, which allows the studio to utilize Virgin’s marketing capabilities to reach millions of consumers within the Virgin and Rogue target audience. The first film is Peter Farrelly’s Movie 43.

“There is real opportunity to provide a great, collaborative experience for talent to hone and shape their ideas and to reach a valuable, cutting-edge, media-hungry audience that enjoys interacting with the Virgin brand,” said Berfield. “We look forward to working with the Virgin family to strategically tap into the vast Virgin network of loyal brand fans, allowing Virgin Produced projects to be enjoyed by a broad audience.”

The relative stability and certainty of the production world, compared to being an actor, has been something that Justin has cited in the past for why he was always interested in the production side of the TV and film worlds. This new venture, with the big-gun backing of the Virgin Group, seems to be consistent with that.

But it seems there is more to this than merely getting a big brand behind Justin and Jason’s business — the marketing copy refers to innovation a lot, even wanting to “break the corrosive mould” of how ‘Old Hollywood’ works. The company seems keen to want to connect directly with talent and create community around it, in a way that perhaps really is different to the way that many production companies are run today. It will certainly be interesting to see how this vision of doing things differently evolves as Virgin Produced gets into its first projects.

Virgin Produced is a new kind of production company. One that is creative, not controlling. One that refuses to cut corners and doesn’t use money to buy your love. One that has faith in its projects. Virgin Produced very simply has balls, and we’re not afraid to show them. In fact, we’re gonna go ahead and apologize ahead of time. You might see our balls. Our bad.

We will certainly be following this new development as we hear more!

Jason Felts

As one of the youngest CEOs within the Virgin Group of companies, producer Jason Felts was born in 2002 (everyone knows you don’t give your real age in this town). At the ripe age of 2, in Hollywood years, he and his business partner Justin Berfield co-founded J2 Pictures & J2TV proving quickly to have a keen eye for concept, story and talent. More importantly was their priority of fostering a creative environment for writers, directors and actors. First out of the gate was some trainwreck reality tv and then ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, the John Turturro motion picture in which they co-produced and helped finance. Not a bad bet, since the film starred James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Christopher Walken and others. As J2, Felts then went on to package and produce a few more films and television including FOX’s latest Sunday night sitcom, SONS OF TUCSON. Although the show was highly regarded by the critics, it was ultimately cancelled as good shows often are. Don’t worry, Jason dusted himself off, had a shot and is now leading the Virgin charge into Hollywood.

Justin Berfield

Actor/Producer Justin Berfield starred in or has produced over 250 episodes of television before he even grew a whisker. That’s right, we’re talking six shows before puberty. As an actor, Justin is best known for portraying the role of the rebellious ‘Reese’ on FOX’s Emmy Award winning series MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. In 2004, Justin moved behind the camera, co-founding J2 Pictures & J2TV with his much goofier-looking producing partner. Together, they created and executive produced several unscripted pilots and series including E! Entertainment’s FILTHY RICH: CATTLE DRIVE starring Kourtney Kardashian, Animal Planet’s THE PET DETECTIVE, and CMT’s IN THE PITS starring Nascar’s Richard Petty. Oh yeah, and although you could say TV is within Justin’s DNA, he has produced a few films as well. As Chief Creative Officer at Virgin Produced, Justin watches over the brand and ensures that we don’t produce DRIVING MISS DAISY 2.

Ted Vidmar

As the Chief Calculator, Ted Vidmar, CPA graduated Magna Cum Laude from some fancy college that makes us all look rather stupid. This is why Ted and his team of certified public accountants oversee all things financial and strategic. If Ted sounds important, well that’s because he is.

Darin Frank

Virgin’s main legal eagle, Darin Frank is around to keep us creative types on the straight and narrow. No, he is not exclusively ours, because he has his own practice and a much fancier office somewhere in Beverly Hills. Besides, if he was, it would cost a friggin’ fortune because this guy is Chair of his firm’s entertainment department, and represents lots of others who probably pay him more than we do. He did go to law school at UC Berkeley but we’ll forgive him for that.

Rebecca Farrell

Rebecca, aka The Glue, serves as Director of Operations for Virgin Produced. She’s the adhesive that keeps this place together. Rebecca oversees every aspect of everything that’s important and nobody messes with her, mainly because she is a former rugby player from back east. Prior to joining Virgin Produced, Rebecca worked for J2TV & J2 Pictures where she did the same job without the business card to prove it.

Assistants

We looked around and no company has an online profile on their assistants, and we think that is just rude. After all, everyone knows that they do everything. Our incredibly talented, sexy (can we say that?) and hardworking support team consists of some wonderful individuals that you will meet when we invite you over!

Source: Virgin Produced, Press release, Virgin Group News page

July 30th, 2010 (4) Comments - Post a Comment

Sons of Tucson Cancelled – Remaining Episodes will Air in June

Justin Berfield’s new show Sons of Tucson has unfortunately not been popular enough and it has been confirmed by FOX (via Variety) that the show will be removed from its current time slot. Effectively, the show has been cancelled.

Sons of Tucson promotional image

Thankfully, the remaining episodes will air in the summer, in a process known as ‘burning off’ (where the network just seeks to fill less popular time slots). From June 6, the remaining 9 episodes will air on Sundays at 7:30pm.

This is a big disappointment for the show as well for those who worked on it and means almost certainly that there won’t be a second season.

It’s no consolation, but perhaps fans should be glad that the show got this far — it sounds obvious, but getting a TV show on US national television is very hard. The fact that Sons of Tucson got this far genuinely is an achievement. While the viewing numbers weren’t enough for FOX to want to keep it in its slot, let us not forget that several million people did enjoy watching it.

We look forward to seeing the rest of the episodes in the summer and wish Justin luck in his future projects!

Source: Gouki on our forums, Variety

April 9th, 2010 (15) Comments - Post a Comment

Justin Berfield Shares Behind-The-Scenes Photos of Sons of Tucson

Justin Berfield (Reese) recently had a ‘live tweet’ event where he shared behind-the-scenes information and photos from the set of Episode 3 of the new show he is producing, Sons of Tucson. The live tweet event is now over, but you can follow him on Twitter — @justinberfield.

Tyler Labine's glasses

“those were Tylers glasses in the 1st scene.The sun was killing him and we thought they looked Snuffkin like.”

http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225516126

Buddy Handleson as Gabe

“Gabe AKA “Asskiss” is played by buddy Handleson. He appears in a later episode called “Kisses and Beads” ”

http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225633031

Fred Savage directed Season 1 Episode 3

“Fred Savage directed this episode.”

http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225982945

Faking Bad Acting

“In this episode the boys make a short film that required to fake “bad acting” Not easy!”

http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225746436

Storm Drain Leaked

“We created the storm drain on stage and it leaked nearly collapsing the entire stage floor.”

http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227368512

'Steer Cleer of Illegal Viagra'

“HOPE EVERY1 ENJOYED #SONSOFTUCSON. LESSON: BE NICE TO ALPACAS, COPS, AND STEER CLEAR OF ILLEGAL VIAGRA!”

http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227959070

Sound advice from Justin there. You can see all these photos (plus a few more) in our Sons of Tucson Season 1 Behind the Scenes Gallery.

After the jump, read all of the Justin’s questions and answers from the live tweet.

Questions & Answers

Note: most of Justin’s answers are in capitals, so you can tell where the question ends and his answer begins

RT @BlackCat1986: @justinberfield how did you and jason meet and what made you wnt to make #SonsofTucson FAM FRIENDS, & WRITERS HAD GR8 IDEA
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227772161

RT @GAdams01: @justinberfield #SonsOfTucson are your fingers tired yet? HAH SORTA
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227716719

RT @katiemizanin: @justinberfield Do u think ull produce any other shows after this? ABSOLUTELY. JUST GETTING STARTED
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227669715

FACT: The Alpacas lovesick sound at the end was really one of the producers desperate groan. Be glad you didnt have to witness that!
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227646210

RT @ahbean: @justinberfield You saw that the Wall Street Journal gave SOT a favorable review?YES, THX WSJ
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227563383

RT @Hi_im_zoey: @justinberfield why were the original Brandon & Robby recast? SCHEDULING CONFLICTS AND CREATIVE CHANGE. MATT AND BEN R GR8
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227512605

RT @dontforgett: @justinberfield #SonsOfTucson what inspired you to go behind the camera? TO PRODUCE ENTERTAINING TV
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227467718

RT @stupified12004: @justinberfield #SonsofTucson what about the Malcolm cast you still friends with them all? YUP. THEY ARE FAMILY!
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227440701

RT @PerryHank: @justinberfield what is sons of tuscon??? TV SHOW ON FOX SUNDAY NIGHTS 9:30/8:30c
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227418317

RT @howeda7: @justinberfield I hope Fox has patience. Other then Malcolm That 70′s they haven’t had a decent live sitcom I HOPE SO
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227303596

RT @ItsKathyOk: @justinberfield Do you guys have Fun making #SonsofTuscon episodes? EVERY DAY…SERIOUSLY FUN SET
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227259089

RT @TorreyHam: More people should watch #SonsofTucson. It’s a cute show SPREAD THE WORD
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227228980

RT @Micsters1121: @justinberfield You should get Justin Bieber to guest star. haha jk ; ) #SonsofTucson WHO’S BIEBER?
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227209425

It took 8 crew from 2 depts. to construct the mini city in the boys room. And 1 big shoe to bring it down….
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227188600

RT @BlackCat1986: @justinberfield do you think any of your old cast mates from Malcolm will be on #SonsofTucson NEVER KNOW. STAY TUNED
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227124811

RT @howeda7: Hey. Like the show. It grows on you over time. Are you and Jason co-executive producers or is one top dog? TAKES A TEAM
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11227087918

RT @fatimalovesjb: @justinberfield is this your first show?:D FIRST SCRIPTED SHOW ON FOX
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226964686

There really are “Golden Tickets” even they dont “officially” exist. Anyone got one???
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226944447

RT @joeljamison:will email mr. Rice at fox!! Lots of us here in Hawaii love the show but we’re the last 2 c it! :( it’s only 4:30 here. THX!
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226915707

RT @matty2207: @justinberfield What do u like being an actor or being a producer and being behind the cameras? I LIKE BOTH FOR DIF REASONS
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226893512

RT @AshMichelle831: @justinberfield are you the producer of Sons of Tuscon? whats your role/ YES. IM PART OF THE TEAM
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226778175

RT @KimberlyGoodwin: @justinberfield How would you feel getting Bryan Cranston to appear on this show? #SonsofTucson WOULD LOVE IT!
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226750403

RT @kimber23us: @justinberfield#SonsofTuscon How long does it take to make an episode? 5 DAYS PER EPISODE
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226739507

The Alpacas we used made themselves at home. Note: They are not potty trained.
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226714885

RT @joeljamison: can let FOX know how much we like the show so it will stay on the air!!? LET PETER RICE KNOW! HES MY BOSS!
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226655979

RT @matty2207: @justinberfield U need to have a guest appearance by Eric Per Sullivan!! ERIK WAS ON SET EVERY FRI. I THINK FOR THE FOOD HAH
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226509210

RT @kimber23us: @justinberfield#SonsofTuscon .Is SOT getting good reviews? ITS GETTING INCREDIBLE REVIEWS. FINGERS CROSSED
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226443293

RT @katiemizanin: @justinberfield How long do u think the show will run for… As long as malcom? IF YOU LIKE IT. TELL FOX
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226369006

RT @KristaVolpe: @justinberfield Is there a way to watch #SonsOfTucson online for free, streaming? HULU.COM AFTER AIRING
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226346193

RT @TorreyHam: tonight’s episode was labeled #11. What was the reason for jumping ahead so far? JUST THE ORDER WE SHOT IN
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226330721

RT @BlackCat1986: @justinberfield can you give a little hint on what next weeks #SonsofTucson is like. SCHOOL BECOMES VERY SUSPICIOUS!
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226177420

RT @brett_e_Howard: #sonsoftucson was ron in anything else we might have seen b4 SOT? REAPER
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226144110

RT @pallavi101: @justinberfield #sonsoftucson Are all episodes going to be on iTunes for free? or just the first one. FIRST ONE RIGHT NOW
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226136693

RT @DBRPM17: #Sonsoftucson How much do the actors improvise? TYLER BRINGS HIS OWN CRAZINESS TO THE ROLE. HES AWESOME
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226113617

RT @KimberlyGoodwin: @justinberfield Is Sons of Tucson actually filmed in Tucson? #SonsofTucson NOPE. Santa Clarita due to $$
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226057219

RT @Hollibird: @justinberfield #sonsoftucson how many episodes this season? 13 this season.
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11226029377

RT @CeddyBrewer: #SonsofTucson I know this has nothin to do w/ the show but did u play Reese on Malcolm in the Middle I DID
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225999281

RT @walt773563: #Sonsoftucson Great show Justin, Want to ask you, do you have a chair w/exective producer YES THEY ARE GREEN
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225935314

RT @rell_b: @justinberfield are you going to be in #SonsofTucson..THE SEASON FINALE I MAKE A LITTLE APPEARANCE!
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225895218

RT @stupified12004: @justinberfield #SonsofTucson how did you come up with the gay cop idea..WRITERS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD TWIST
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225870150

RT @1Markanthony: #SonsofTucson ,btw I definately didn’t know it was illegal to have a bunch of viagra..FROM MEXICO IT PROB IS
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225843542

RT @ChadB72: #SonsofTucson Seems like I notice lots of little musical references in SOT… YOU ARE RIGHT..GOOD EAR
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225797517

RT @Micsters1121: @justinberfield #SonsofTucson Who’s your favorite character??–I like them all obviously. But you cant deny that Ron rocks
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225694592

RT @bstudie: #SonsofTucson Will Fred Savage be directing more episodes? Fred was great. If we are renewed wed love to have him back.
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225544341

RT @ChadB72: #SonsofTucson So how awesome is it to have Frank Dolce in the show! That kid rocks. …hes a really talented kid!
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225389687

RT @jennifersym: @justinberfield hey! big fan! what was you favorite part of the episode?…When Ron discovers theres more than porn online.
http://twitter.com/justinberfield/status/11225315929

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‘Malcolm in the Middle’ Crew Reunited on ‘Sons of Tucson’

6x09 Malcolm's Car still

Sons of Tucson is as close to a Malcolm in the Middle reunion as there ever has been, but its all behind the scenes. As I’m sure you know Son of Tucson is produced by Justin Berfield (Reese) and directed/produced by Todd Holland who worked on many Malcolm episodes.

Justin was responsible for this reunion and had this to say…

We all knew a show revolving around three young kids requires someone who’s done it before and Todd fit that bill immediately, I’d actually been dying to work with him again for the last three years, so I’m glad everything worked out.

The reason why we brought a lot of the people from Malcolm is, especially when you’re working with kids, time is extremely important, and that’s a group of people that worked together for seven years straight, and they all know what to do and the timing needed to get it done.

You can’t say enough about that when you’re on a TV show with kids. You want everything to run as smoothly as possible because, especially with Ben Stockham who plays Robby, you only have him on set working hours like four hours a day, and if he’s in three or four scenes, everything has got to be running smoothly, and so that’s why we brought on everybody from Malcolm, not only because they’re the best if not some of the best in the business at their jobs, but because they all have a short-hand knowledge with each other, and they just work together great.

People who made the move (and their Malcolm contribution):

Matthew Carlson (Producer/Writer/Director – 81 episodes) Janice Carr (Producer – 44 episodes) Peter Lauer (Director – 12 episodes) David D’Ovidio (Director – 12 episodes) Matt Marshall (Director – 11 episodes) Andy Bobrow (Writer – 15 episodes) Joaquin Sedillo (Cameras – Pilot) Ken Miller (Casting – 22 episodes) Nikki Valko (Casting – 23 episodes) Laverne Caracuzzi (Make-up – 22 episodes) Andrew Adams (Boom Operator – 126 episodes) Ken Sega (Sound Mixer – 150 episodes) Laura Dash (Stunts) Chris Haynes (Driver – 3 episodes) Jaime Abarca Jr. (Location Security – 25 episodes) Brooks Bonstin (Location Manager – 66 episodes) Robert L. Dohan (Location Manager – 151 episodes) [based on IMDB]

Source: dailybruin.com monstersandcritics.com

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4.5M Watch Justin Berfield & Todd Holland’s ‘Sons of Tucson’

Sons of Tucson Season 1 Promotional Image

Justin tweeted the good news this week that early figures say 4.5 million tuned in for the Sons of Tucson premiere. Lets hope the success continues, the second episode airs tonight (March 21) 9:30/8:30 Central on FOX.

Here’s a round-up of what Justin has had to say about himself and the show in recent weeks…

During Malcolm in the Middle – I think I was around 15 or 16 – instead of running to my trailer after a scene I would stay on set. I would ask questions. I would hang out with the crew. I would hang out with the grips, you know, the guys doing all the work. I would ask questions, and I would look around. I would talk to the writers. I actually went to Linwood Boomer a few times with some treatments, ideas for some episodes. I’d submit it to him. He’d give me his notes. So it was actually really early in the process or early in Malcolm where I would start doing that. I was always thinking towards the future. So that was with it for me. – MediaWeek

The idea came up from our creators, Tommy Dewey and Greg Bratman. They brought this idea to us way back when, and we just sort of developed it from an idea to scripts. Finally, we took it to Fox because I had some relationships there obviously, and they purchased it from us. It was exciting. It was like our first scripted show that we sold as a company at J2, and we couldn’t be happier with the people that we’re working with and the two guys that wrote it. Visually and maybe tonally, everyone’s going to compare it to Malcolm, but I think story wise you can’t really compare it to any show that’s been out there. It’s a truly unique concept, and we’re excited that Fox and everyone has a vision to see this through because on the face of it, it is kind of crazy. It’s kind of out there, but they were behind it from day one. It’s not really a concept that comes up too much in the show, and it sort of naturally weaves its way into every script, so it’s not like if someone tunes in four episodes into the season that they’re going to be lost. It’s really easy to catch up on it. – tvismypacifier.com

I don’t really consider myself the big boss, but that’s the title they’ve given me. I act the same way I did before – just be respectful to everyone. As long as everyone does their job, hopefully we will have a successful show. That’s all you can hope for. It should be simple. That’s my philosophy. – zap2it.com

“Being in front of the camera, you never got to see the whole process from the conception of the script all the way through to the filming process. And building the pilot…selling this little inkling of an idea has just been eye-opening for me, I especially love the whole casting process because I’ve been on the other side of the process in those rooms, and now I get to sit behind the camera and sort of–” “…Judge!” Tyler Labine pipes up, and they both laugh. – examiner.com

Network brass were hovering around when the show was in its nascent stages. “That’s a heavy understatement” says Justin…Todd Holland adds “You have never had so much participation, shall we say. I mean, it really started to be like, ‘Please love us less.’” All that attention from the top caused a good bit of frustration, it would seem. “It’s like a parent that doesn’t give you clear instructions and you don’t know how to please them,”…“So it’s always like a weird thing trying to figure out: What do they want? What are they saying? Even if we did understand the instructions, would we agree enough to do it that way, or would we have to push back?” Berfield and his partner Jason Felts had tried to interest the illustrious Holland in directing other projects of theirs in the past, to no avail. “I think it’s good it didn’t work out in the beginning. It was a learning process for us. I was young, just starting out as a producer, seeing different material – striking out a few times, I think it helps you grow.” – jaxobserver.com

Todd Holland - Behind the Scenes - Sons of Tucson - 1x02

Todd Holland had a few other things to say on ‘Tucson

Holland acknowledged that after Berfield and his business partner presented him with the script to consider, he didn’t even read it at first, because he had what he described as a sort of patronizing “Uncle Todd attitude” resulting from having known Berfield since he was a kid. But he finally got around to reading the script, at which point, “suddenly, it was business.” – npr.org

“It was the simplest thing on the planet – it was funny.”…”So much stuff that has ‘comedy’ labeled on it is not funny to me, so I have a simplistic little litmus test: Did I laugh when I read it?”…“Humor is better as a side dish,”…”It’s like fettuccine alfredo, nobody wants it as a whole dish, but on the side, then it’s really yummy,” That said, “Sons” has a wacky premise that is inherently funny. “There are four little con artists, one of which is not little,”…But it is also about the idea of a chosen family. “In Sons, four people are slammed together to make a family, thrown together by circumstance, and they end up having a sense of place from sharing their lives together,”…”But, we’re not schmaltzy. We’re the anti-schmaltz.” – dailybruin.com

“I never totally saw Sons of Tucson as clearly as when we saw Tyler Labine. When we found him, it was like, ‘Oh my God. I totally see the show,’”…”Now I can’t read our scripts without hearing him. He’s such a specific voice and he so captures the lovable scoundrel.”…”Sons is about the inevitable gravitational pull of family, even when no one actually wants to be a family. Even in this crazy, cut-throat, spiraling-down-the-drain world we live in – people still choose family,“…”They may not be bio-parents or blood relations — but family matters.” – tvguide.com

If anything, his new show is “the anti-’Earl.’ ” “We heard about ‘Earl’ a lot” while the show was being developed, he said. “So we really worked hard” to distinguish it…the show was much more a hybrid of his previous series “Malcolm in the Middle” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”latimes.com

US readers can watch Sons of Tucson for free on Hulu, iTunes and FOX.

Thanks Rye

March 22nd, 2010 (0) Comments - Post a Comment

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