IFC Films Acquires Asif Kapadia’s ‘Ali & Nino’ For North America
IFC Films has fallen hard for Oscar winner Asif Kapadia’s epic love story, Ali & Nino, with the company taking North American rights. This follows the film’s January premiere at Sundance. IM Global and CAA handled the sale. The adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kurban Said was scripted by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton.
Maria Valverde, Adam Bakri, Mandy Patinkin and Connie Nielsen star in the Azerbaijan-set story about two star-crossed lovers in the melting pot… Read
Alicia Vikander Launches Vikarious Productions; Sets First Project ‘Euphoria’ With Eva Green- Cannes
EXCLUSIVE– Oscar winner Alicia Vikander just added a new hyphen to her considerable list of talents: that of producer. The 27-year-old Swedish actress, arguably the hottest and most in-demand young European actress working today, has launched her own production banner Vikarious Productions along with her London-based agent Charles Collier of Tavistock Wood. The company has set its first feature, Euphoria, with Vikander also set to star alongside Eva Green as sisters in… Read
WGA Panel Sees More Viewer And Network Acceptance of LGBT Themes
There's never been more LGBT characters on network television, and according to a panel discussion tonight at the Writers Guild, there's never been a better time to write about LGBT characters. The old stereotypes are out, and the new openness is in. Too open, apparently, for some people. Earlier in the day, the conservative Parents Television Council called on the FCC to reign in the networks.
However, six of the seven panelists are writers and showrunners on network… Read
Harvey Weinstein Gives ‘Finding Neverland’ The Hook, Sets August Broadway Closing
Finding Neverland, the passion project that marked Harvey Weinstein’s debut as the lead producer of a Broadway musical, will close on August 21. Weinstein and executive producer Victoria Parker informed the cast Thursday night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where the musical opened April 15, 2015 after a month of previews. It earned mixed reviews, was entirely snubbed at the Tony Awards and has had a roller-coaster run, often grossing over $1 million during holiday periods… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys Video: ABC’s ‘American Crime’ Cast Talks About Second Season’s Explosive Storyline
ABC’s American Crime anthology series won ten Emmy nominations including Best Limited Series in its first season, even winning an acting statuette for Regina King. The series examines a different crime over the course of each season and in season two it involved a male student accusing several members of a private school’s basketball team of sexually assaulting him and posting it on the internet. The explosive topic, rarely if ever dealt with on a network TV series… Read
ABC Nears ‘Castle’ Renewal Decision For Season 9, Nathan Fillion Set To Return
It looks like we will know very soon whether ABC’s veteran procedural drama Castle will return for a ninth season. I have learned that the network has until end of day tomorrow, May 6, to make a renewal decision, determining whether the May 16 finale will be branded as a season or series finale and which of the two final scenes shot will make it to air. Regardless, it will be female lead Stana Katic’s last episode on the show.
I hear that star Nathan Fillion has closed a… Read
‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Film: Alden Ehrenreich Lands The Lead In Spinoff
UPDATED, 7:22 PM: We don’t know if he’ll shoot first, but he has the job. Alden Ehrenreich will play Han Solo in Disney’s stand-alone Star Wars movie, confirming what Deadline reported exclusively three weeks ago. Sources say the Hail Caesar! star is negotiating to seal the deal.
No story details about exactly what events in Han Solo’s life prior to his appearance on screen in Star Wars: A New Hope have been revealed, but prior to Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm, the… Read
‘Supergirl’ Eyes Move To Vancouver To Reduce Costs As Season 2 Stays In Limbo
EXCLUSIVE: Supergirl’s next flight might be to the north. As the freshman CBS drama’s future continues to be uncertain, I hear studio Warner Bros TV is seriously considering moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver next season. There have been exploratory conversations with the cast during the past couple of weeks, and, while I hear many are not thrilled about the potential move, it is a realistic possibility as the series is looking to reduce costs.
Supergirl was… Read
‘Being Charlie’ Clip: Director Rob Reiner’s Personal Film Written By His Son
EXCLUSIVE: The Rob Reiner-directed Being Charlie comes out from Paladin on Friday. Financed and produced by Jorva Entertainment Productions, the film was co-scripted by Reiner’s son Nick and Matt Elisofon about Nick’s personal battle with addiction. The clip features Cary Elwes as a candidate for California governor and Susan Misner as his wife — the parents of an addict (Nick Robertson) who have a heated argument about how they are dealing with their son. Morgan Saylor… Read
New York Drama Critics’ Circle Votes ‘The Humans’ Best Play, ‘Shuffle Along’ Best Musical
The New York Drama Critics’ Circle today named Stephen Karam’s The Humans as best play and Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed as best musical of the 2015-2016 season. The winners were chosen during the organization’s 81st annual meeting, with the awards to be bestowed May 17. Hamilton, widely expected to win the Tony Award for Best Musical on June 12, won the Critics’ Circle award last year and was not in the running.
Helen Hunt Reteams With ‘Soul Surfer’ Helmer For Sports Tale ‘Live Like Line’
EXCLUSIVE: Helen Hunt has been tapped to star in Live Like Line, an inspirational sports movie to be directed by Sean McNamara, her director on 2011’s Soul Surfer. LD Entertainment is producing the pic, which chronicles Iowa City's West High girls volleyball team and its improbable run to the state championship under the guidance of their tough-love coach Kathy Bresnahan (Hunt) after the death of their star player Caroline "Line" Found.
LD is fully financing, and casting… Read
Petition Calling For SAG Pension Plan Audit Nets 1,000 Signatures
EXCLUSIVE: More than 1,000 actors have signed an online petition calling for a forensic audit of the $3 billion SAG Pension & Health Plans. The petition campaign is in response to allegations of a cover-up of malfeasance and the recent conviction of Nader Karimi, the Plans' former chief information technology officer, who was sentenced to five years' probation last month for filing a false tax report by failing to report more than $700,000 in kickbacks he received from… Read