Friday Night Lights

(2004)

Friday Night Lights chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship.

A town for sale, Odessa, Texas has seen better days--the financial bust evident in its boarded-up shops and broken lives. Yet one hope sustains the community where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night lights...when the Permian High Panthers take to the field. In a city where economic uncertainty has eroded the spirit of its inhabitants, nearly everyone seeks comfort in the religion of the Friday night ritual, where the unfulfilled dreams of an entire community are shifted onto the shoulder pads of a team of high-school athletes.

Friday Night Lights captures the frenzy of a small town that reveres its school team and their weekly games. With Odessa standing in for places just like it all across America, the film provides an illuminating look at the hoped-for successes and the built-in failures of trying to live the American Dream through the efforts of a group of talented young men.

‘Friday Night Lights’ May Move Back to the Big Screen

NBC and DirecTV's Friday Night Lights, which was an adaptation of the hit theatrical movie Friday Night Lights, may be headed back to the big screen with its small screen cast intact.

This new movie will pick up right after the series' finale, and will center on Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and Tami (Connie Britton). Peter Berg, director of the original movie as well as numerous episodes of the TV show, is pushing forward, hoping to make this project a reality.

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The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) tonight announced the winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, and videogame writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm hosted the East Coast show, which was executive produced by Craig Shemin, who was also the head writer. Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr.

The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: Alan Zweibel - Ian McLellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award; Gary David Goldberg - Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Edward Albee - Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions bringing honor and dignity to writers everywhere; David Steven Cohen - Jablow Award for devoted service to the Guild, and Philippa Leverman - John Merriman Award for Study of Broadcast Journalism at American University. In addition, the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation presented the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting to Antal Zambo of Wayne State University.

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‘Friday Night Lights’ Shines on Blu-ray on January 6th

You can enjoy some good ol' Texas football in 1080p at the start of next year. Friday Night Lights will be released on Blu-ray on January 6. We don't have any cover art or pricing details as of yet, but we'll surely update this story as soon as more information comes in. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton, Tim McGraw, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez and Lucas Black.

Friday Night Lights was released October 8th, 2004.

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NBC Greenlights ‘Friday Night Lights’ Series

According to Variety, NBC has officially greenlit the TV version of Friday Night Lights.

NBC originally picked up "Lights" as a cast-contingent project last fall (Daily Variety, Sept. 20). Although there's still no cast, that contingency has been lifted and "Lights" has a firm go to move forward.

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NBC Readies ‘Friday Night Lights’ Series

According to Variety, NBC is getting ready to turn up the Friday Night Lights, pacting with helmer Peter Berg to turn his Universal-produced feature into a weekly drama series. The project reps the most advanced example of cross-pollination between the Peacock and its feature sibling since the merger of NBC and Universal. Pilot will be produced by NBC U Television Studio in association with Imagine Television.

Lights is said to be on the development fast track at NBC, with an eye on a fall 2006 bow. That would coincide with the return of the NFL to NBC -- giving the Peacock a perfect promo platform for the project.

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‘The Village’ takes the #1 selling DVD slot

Movie PictureAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Friday Night Lights sold about 1.3 million combined DVD and VHS units to rental and retail stores nationwide Tuesday, its first day in release, according to industry sources. That sales figure bodes well for the Universal Pictures drama based on the true story of an Odessa, Texas, high school's 1998 football season, considering the film's domestic boxoffice take was about $61.2 million.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment's release of Touchstone's suspense thriller The Village was the best-selling and -renting DVD last week, according to Nielsen VideoScan and Home Media Retailing magazine, respectively. (Video Store magazine, which reports weekly rental revenue statistics for the home video industry, officially changed its name this week to Home Media Retailing magazine.) The film generated an estimated $11.96 million in consumer rental spending during its first week in release, or roughly 10.5% of its $114.2 million domestic boxoffice take, according to HMR.

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CONTEST: Take home ‘Friday Night Lights’ on DVD!

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