‘The White Queen’ Sequel ‘The White Princess’ Greenlighted By Starz
The long-gestating The White Queen sequel is finally a go. Starz has greenlighted The White Princess, the follow-up to its critically-acclaimed original miniseries The White Queen, from Company Pictures. Adapted from Philippa Gregory's best-selling novel of the same name and part of The Cousins' War book series, The White Princess tells the story of England's War of the Roses from the perspective of the women. The 8-episode limited series drama is currently in… Read
Super Bowl 50: ‘Bourne’ Explodes On Social Media, But Isn’t The ‘Captain’
EXCLUSIVE: A pre-game SuperBowl spot that aired just before kick-off has certainly paid off for Disney and Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. The trailer for the film, which will bow summer, was shown to have had the most social activity of all trailers from the major studios in the 24-hour window after the Big Game. Of all of the spots aired, the :30-second trailer for the Captain took the trophy in the social media universe with 292M across FB, Twitter, YouTube and… Read
‘The Killing’s Veena Sud To Pen Remake Of ‘We Monsters’ For Broad Green
Broad Green Pictures said that Veena Sud, who created the AMC crime series The Killing, has signed on to write a remake of We Monsters, the Sebastian Ko film that played at the Toronto Film Festival last year.
In We Monsters, a husband and wife struggle with their consciences after they try to conceal a terrible crime committed by their teenage daughter. The suspense drama made its North American premiere at TIFF in the Discovery sidebar.
Alix Madigan and Shary Shirazi… Read
Josh Gad Set To Star In ‘Heavy Duty’ Comedy From Paramount, Based On His Idea
Paramount Pictures today announced that the comedian (Frozen, The Wedding Ringer, Broadway’s The Book Of Mormon) will star in "Heavy Duty,” a comedy based on Gad’s original idea and scripted by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (1600 Penn, Super Fun Night). Disruption Entertainment's Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce with Gad. Drew Pearce (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3) will executive produce.
Pic is the story of an ordinary guy who believes losing… Read
‘Vinyl’ Review: Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger’s HBO Series Rocks
On the surface, it may not seem the most appropriate Valentine's Day gift, but if you are as in love with rock'n'roll and storytelling from the likes of Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, then HBO's Vinyl is a TV kiss you don't want to miss. Debuting on February 14 with a two-hour pilot directed by the Oscar winner, Vinyl, as I say in my video review above, literally and figuratively rocks.
And yes, from its NYC circa 1973 mean streets to blasting the New… Read
BET Taps Brie Miranda Bryant As SVP Unscripted, Original Programming
BET Networks has named Brie Miranda Bryant Senior Vice President of Unscripted, Original Programming. Reporting to Zola Mashariki, EVP, Head of Original Programming, Bryant will be responsible for overseeing all unscripted development and production for the network. She will be based in New York.
"Brie is a talented creative executive with a knack for identifying complex, real life experiences and transforming them into rich and nuanced stories that audiences can't get… Read
‘Deadpool’ To Rule Holiday Weekend, But Women Have Eyes For ‘Zoolander 2’ & ‘How To Be Single’
With the Super Bowl box office blues behind them, distributors are drooling over what is expected to be a huge four-day Presidents’ Day weekend, further boosted by Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday. Whenever the lovers’ day falls on a Saturday, such as last year when Fifty Shades of Grey posted a record February debut of $85.2M, that’s ideal. But when Valentine’s falls on a Sunday and Monday is a holiday, the sky is still the limit.
As such look for 20th Century Fox’s… Read
‘Star Wars’ Helps Disney To Beat Year-End Financial Expectations But ESPN Slips
Time to break out all your jokes about The Force. Star Wars: The Force Awakens helped Disney to soar past Wall Street’s financial expectations for the last three months of 2015.
We’ll have to see, though, whether that’s enough to outweigh concerns about the continuing slippage at ESPN — a much bigger force for Disney’s bottom line. Company shares were up initially in post market trading, but then dropped to -4.8%..
Disney reported net income of $2.88 billion, up 32% vs… Read
Glenn Fleshler Joins HBO’s Comedy Pilot ‘Barry’; Matt Barr In Amazon’s ‘The Interestings’
Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) has booked a series regular role on HBO’s Barry, a half-hour comedy pilot starring, directed and co-written by Bill Hader. It centers on an ex-Marine (Hader) who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene. Fleshler, repped by Gersh and Suskin… Read
Wall Street Clobbers Viacom Shares Following Disappointing Reports
Wall Street delivered its response to Viacom’s recent performance, and CEO Philippe Dauman’s latest forecasts for the company, and it’s ugly: Traders drove Viacom’s share price down 21.5% today to $32.86, the lowest it’s closed since mid-2010.
The pummeling slashed $3.5 billion from Viacom’s market value. At $12.7 billion, the entertainment company that owns MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and Paramount Pictures is worth less than Nielsen and Liberty Interactive… Read
Jermaine Fowler To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Superior Donuts’, James Burrows To Direct
Jermaine Fowler has closed a deal to star in and co-executive produce Superior Donuts, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by The Odd Couple showrunner Bob Daily and Community alums Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan. James Burrows has come on board to direct the pilot for CBS TV Studios.
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur, his new young employee, Franco (Fowler), and… Read
‘Riverdale’ Archie Comics CW Pilot Casts Its Betty Cooper & Jughead Jones
EXCLUSIVE: Riverdale has cast two of its four main characters. Lili Reinhart (Surviving Jack) is set to play Betty Cooper, while former Disney Channel star Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody) will play Jughead Jones in the CW pilot based on Archie Comics.
Set in present time, Riverdale, from producer Greg Berlanti, is a subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling… Read