British Plays, American Tuners Split 2015 Tony Nominations; ‘Fish,’ ‘Finding Neverland,’ ‘Doctor Zhivago’ Blanked
UPDATES with complete list of nominees, quotes: The National Theatre of Great Britain’s ingenious adaptation of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time and a revival of David Hare’s end-of-the-affair romance Skylight, with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, were among the most… Read
Xavier Dolan Lines Up ‘It’s Only The End Of The World’ Next With Loaded Cast
Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel will lead a loaded cast for It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde), written and directed by Cannes-winning Canadian director Xavier Dolan. It looks to be his next pic now as it is set to kick off sales at this year’s Cannes market and likely will begin production next month.
That puts it ahead of shooting Dolan’s English-language debut The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan, the… Read
Harvey Weinstein On Tony Snub For ‘Finding Neverland’
Reacting to the snub this morning by the Tony nominating committee, which declined to give Finding Neverland any love at all, producer Harvey Weinstein took the high road:
"With 27 nominations today for Fun Home, The Elephant Man, The Audience and Wolf Hall, shows that we either co-invested or co-produced, we couldn't be more thrilled. As as for Finding Neverland, our passion for it remains unwavering. I could not be more proud of the magic created on our stage by Diane… Read
Emmy-Nominated TV Writer Chris Case Juices Up Latest SGN Game
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Case – a long-time writer on shows such as Spin City, Titus and Mad About You who is exec producer on Yahoo’s new Sin City Saints – ended up with a very different writing assignment recently, punching up the story line, characters and emotional engagement of a new mobile game, Juice Jam, from SGN.
“Mobile for me is the Wild, Wild West,” said Case. “It was an opportunity to understand what’s happening here. It’s really cool to try to innovate. It’s wide… Read
CBS Sets ‘The Briefcase’ Reality Series From ‘The Biggest Loser’ Creator
CBS has set The Briefcase, a new reality series for summer from The Biggest Loser creator/executive producer Dave Broome. The show, which will premiere May 27 and air in Survivor‘s Wednesday 8 PM time period, feature a social experiment element. In each episode, two hard-working American families experiencing financial setbacks are presented by the show’s producers with a briefcase containing $101,000 and a potentially life-altering decision: they can keep all of the… Read
David Krumholtz Comedy ‘Gigi’s Bucket List’ Gets Series Order By IFC
IFC has greenlighted comedy series Gigi's Bucket List, starring David Krumholtz. The eight half-hour episodes will shoot this June in Los Angeles for a premiere later this year.
Gertrude Rotblum, aka "Gigi," just lost her beloved husband Harold, but has gained a new lease on life with the help of an unknown bank account discovered in his will. With her dead husband's secret millions, this 76-year-old yenta with a heart of gold and a razor-sharp tongue sets out to… Read
Evan Handler To Topline CIA-Set Digital Series ‘The Analyst’
Evan Handler (Californication) is set to star in a 10-episode digital series produced by Cinelan and veteran film producer Barbara DeFina, set inside the CIA’s terrorism finance tracking unit.
Based on an original story by screenwriter J.D. Zeik, The Analyst stars Handler as Kevin Mercer, a CIA analyst targeted by an unknown enemy as he navigates the increasingly murky, dangerous world of financial espionage. The series is comprised of ten eight-minute real-time episodes… Read
YouTube Backs Movies, Series With AwesomenessTV, Four Of Its Biggest Stars
Faced with stiffening demand for its home-grown stars from online competitors and traditional media, YouTube said it will back original series by four of its best-known creators, including the Fine Brothers, Prank vs. Prank, Joey Graceffa and SMOSH. The Google subsidiary will also partner with DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV to create “several” films featuring YouTube stars over the next two years.
Together, the deals mark a significant shift in approach for… Read
Maker Studios Will Develop Online Videos With Marvel And Other Disney Units
Like other digital video providers, Maker Studios is using its NewFront presentation in New York this morning to introduce new shows. But the short-form content specialist is especially eager to highlight its alliances — including with parent Disney, advertiser data services, and celebs such as designer Rachel Zoe, actress Taryn Southern, comedian Lisa Schwartz, and web-series star Meghan Camarena (a/k/a Strawburry17).
Maker will team with Disney-owned Marvel to develop… Read
Andrew Lesnie Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Cinematographer Was 59
Andrew Lesnie, the cinematographer on all six of Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit movies and an Oscar winner in 2002 for the seminal franchise kickoff The Fellowship Of The Ring, died Monday. He was 59. The Australian Cinematographers Society confirmed “the sudden death of Andrew,” according to Australian news outlets.
The Aussie-born DP’s most recent film was Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner, which debuted in the U.S. in a platform release… Read
Refinery29 Distills $50 Million From Scripps Interactive, WPP In Series D Round
Refinery29 – the female-centric online-media company – has raised another $50 million in a Series D round of funding from Scripps Networks Interactive and the WPP Ventures arm of giant advertising and marketing holding company WPP, the company announced.
The round, which brings to $80 million the total raised by Refinery29, will be used to expand its video and entertainment programming targeting Millennial generation women, to expand internationally, and to build more… Read
Seville Int’l Brings ‘Sleeping Giant’ To Cannes; Series Mania Fest Boosts Attendance: Global Briefs
Seville International, the boutique sales outfit of eOne, is set to handle sales on Cannes Critics' Week selection Sleeping Giant. It’s the feature directorial debut of writer-director Andrew Cividino, which is in competition for the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. Newcomers Nick Serino and Reece Moffett star alongside Jackson Martin, David Disher and Erika Brodzky. The story follows Adam, a teenager who is spending his summer vacation with his parents on Lake Superior. His dull… Read