Global Showbiz Briefs: South Korea Submits ‘Sea Fog’ For Foreign-Language Oscar Race; Winnie Lau Joins Jet Tone Films
Sea Fog (Haemoo) is South Korea's official submission for the Foreign-Language Feature Oscar race. Shim Sung-ho's mostly ocean-set drama focuses on Chinese economic refugees and the fishermen-turned-human traffickers who transport them. Kim Yoon-seok, Park Yoo-chun, Han Ye-ri and Moon Sung-keun star. Snowpiercer helmer Bong Joon-ho executive produced the film, which was produced by Lewis Kim. It played Toronto this month. Finecut is handling international sales.
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Exposé! Neil LaBute Discovers Hollywood ‘Me’-ism, Finds It Vapid; ‘Scenes From A Marriage’ Deconstructed: N.Y. Stage
Neil LaBute's new play is called The Money Shot and how depressing refreshing is it that I overheard so many people patiently telling so many other people outside the theater the meaning of the phrase. I mean the show is running on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, you kind of expect a certain familiarity with, you know, racy sexual squalidness savvy in those precincts, no?
So: Two Hollywood couples. The lesbians are Karen (Elizabeth Reaser, all five Twilight sagas… Read
Peter Dinklage Set For ‘The Thicket'; John Magaro Joins ‘The Finest Hours'; Celebrity Death Pool Pic Adds 6 To Cast
Peter Dinklage is set to star in period crime drama The Thicket, based on Joe Lansdale's novel. He plays Shorty, a crafty bounty hunter enlisted to find a woman who has been kidnapped by a violent killer at the turn of the 20th century. He and his fellow trackers venture into the deadly no-man's land known as the Big Thicket, a place where blood and chaos reign. Gianni Nunnari's Hollywood Gang is producing with Dinklage and the actor's manager David Ginsberg. Dinklage… Read
Interns Fight ICM Partners’ “Premature” Attempt To Toss Their Class Action Lawsuit
Two weeks after ICM Partners sought to have the potential class-action lawsuit by two former interns dismissed, Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau have hit back.
"The Court should deny Defendant International Creative Management Partners LLC's motion to dismiss the Fair Labor Standards Act claims of Plaintiff Jason Rindenau because the motion is premature and cannot be decided at the pleading stage before the parties have engaged in discovery," said the opposition filing… Read
John Candy’s Son Takes The Lead In ‘Bar America': Hot Trailer
British filmmaker Matthew Jacobs has made his mark as a scribe with such fare as The Emperor's New Groove, Dr. Who and on the TV series The Adventures of Indiana Jones, however, his directorial features are often smaller and more personal. Jacobs' Bar America, which is premiering at the Catalina Film Festival Thursday Sept. 25, and the Napa Valley Film Festival Nov. 12-14, follows Charlie, an Iraq and Afghanistan war vet, and his drinking buddy, Hank; two affable… Read
John Travolta, Kate Bosworth & Devon Sawa Wired Up For ‘Life On The Line’
Production begins next week in Vancouver on Life On The Line, an indie drama about a crew of eccentric linemen who do the dangerous high-wire work of fixing the electrical grid. They struggle to hold on to the women they love, until a massive storm threatens to rip their lives apart. John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Devon Sawa star in director David Hackl's film, which was scripted by Primo Brown, Dylan Scott and Peter Horton and is produced by Marro Films and Elite Film… Read
Michael Eisner Sued In Fraud Case Over New ‘Judge Faith’ Show By ‘Judge Judy’ Director
Looks like the producers of the brand-new syndicated show from the bench could end up in front of a judge themselves. Michael Eisner and his Tornante Company were sued today in a breach-of-contract and fraud compliant along with co-defendants Trifecta Entertainment and its CEO Hank Cohen for pushing a longtime legal show director off the Judge Faith series he claims to have helped create.
"Had Defendants not breached their contract with Jerry Kupcinet, he would have… Read
Nastaran Dibai & Aaron Kaplan Re-Team For ABC Romantic Comedy
Five years ago, when Aaron Kaplan was transitioning from agenting to producing, he landed his first pilot order at ABC for the comedy Funny In Farsi, written by Nastaran Dibai and her late husband and writing partner Jeffrey Hodes. Now Kaplan and Dibai are back developing together with another comedy sale at ABC. The single-camera Follow Your Heart hails from Warner Bros TV and Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment. It centers on a widow and single mother who, after having given… Read
‘Kingsman: The Secret Service': Hot Trailer
It's been four months since Fox laid the first trailer on us, now it's time for Round 2. Based on the comic series by Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service earned strong responses with sneaks at CinemaCon and WonderCon and also got some face time at Comic-Con. The stylishly comic espionage actioner follows a veteran secret agent (Colin Firth) who leads a young protege (Taron Egerton) into the shadowy business. The kid gets into the… Read
CBS Buys Comedy From Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen & Gail Berman
For her first official sale through her new production company the Jackal Group, Gail Berman has teamed with Friends alums Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen for a multi-camera comedy that has sold to CBS in a competitive situation. It has been laid off at sibling CBS TV Studios, which will produce in association with the Jackal Group. Written by Reich and Cohen, the untitled project is described as a big, multi-generational family comedy. Reich and Cohen executive produce with… Read
Marcia Gay Harden Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Actress Marcia Gay Harden has signed with ICM Partners. Harden won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in 2000's Pollock and was again nominated for 2003's Mystic River. She next appears opposite Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer in Millenium's Elsa & Fred and will play mother to Christian Grey in Universal's Valentine's Day 2015 tentpole Fifty Shades of Grey. Harden recently starred on ABC's Trophy Wife and will return to HBO's The Newsroo… Read
‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5: Hot TV Teaser
“It's not over till they're all dead.” Sinister thought. It's T-minus 20 days until the return of cable's biggest scripted series, and here's a look at Season 5 of AMC's zombie drama. The new half-minute teaser is chock-full of wary faces, whispered worry, anguished yells and gun-cocking sound effects. The Season 4 finale in March drew a rotted-head-turning 15.7 million viewers, including a literally eye-popping 10.2 million in the adults 18-49 demo. The Walking Dead… Read