Gareth Neame On ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: No Script Or Plan Yet – TCA
Ending Downton Abbey with Season 6 set in 1925, rather than taking the long-running ITV/PBS series through the stock market crash of 1929 leaves “a lot of rich territory” to explore if a movie “ever happens,” Carnival Films chief Gareth Neams told grieving journalists at TCA this evening.
“There’s rumor and speculation,” Neame said when pressed. “I’m not denying anything; I think a Downton movie could be a wonderful thing. But we don’t have a script or plan yet,” he said… Read
RADiUS-TWC Pacts With Amazon Prime For VOD On ‘Macbeth’
The Weinstein Company’s multi-platform distribution sibling RADiUS-TWC has made a deal that gives Amazon Prime limited exclusive streaming rights to Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth relatively quickly after the movie’s theatrical opening in December. Michael Fassbinder stars as the title character and Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth.
The Weinstein Company hasn’t set a specific theatrical date for Macbeth other than it will be in December, and the… Read
Norman Lear Updates ‘One Day At A Time,’ ‘Good Times’ Reboots – TCA
Norman Lear updated reporters this afternoon on reboot plans for his hit sitcoms One Day At A Time and Good Times.
Lear was at TCA to talk about his profile on PBS’s American Masters franchise, in which filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were given unprecedented access to his work and personal archives to track his turbulent childhood through his record-setting TV successes and social activism. PBS says it will air in fall of ’16.
Asked if he was interested in, or… Read
Non Story Of The Weekend: Channing Tatum And ‘Gambit’
Channing Tatum, long touted to star in the X-Men spinoff Gambit, closed his deal. Is that a story? The only qualification was that one outlet, hearing the same rumor as every other outlet, ran a big misleading headline saying Tatum would drop out of the film, though in the story got only as concrete as saying “something’s up” in his deal making. Fox business affairs is a nightmare in any deal, and the rumor was that Tatum’s deal wasn’t making easily. Nobody really thought… Read
‘Mercy Street’ Very Contemporary In Subject And Facial Hair – TCA
PBS’s first original American drama in more than a decade, Mercy Street follows doctors, nurses, contraband laborers and Southern loyalists in Union-occupied Alexandria, VA in the early years of the Civil War, but could not be more relevant, co-creator David Zabel told journalists at TCA this afternoon.
“This show is not a political show – we’re trying to capture a cross-section of characters, as the War is just getting going,” Zabel said in response to a question about… Read
‘Descendants’ Draws 6.6 Million Viewers In Disney Channel Premiere
How long before Disney Channel greenlights a sequel? The cable channel has another potential hit movie franchise on its hands with Descendants, a modern-day coming-of-age tale about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains. In its premiere at 8 PM Friday night, the movie drew strong 6.6 million total viewers, including 3.0 million Kids 2-11. Additionally, the movie set a record with 1.4 million views on the WATCH Disney Channel app since Friday… Read
‘Sherlock’ Victorian-Set Special Remains Shrouded In Mystery After Q&A – TCA
Sherlock EP Steven Moffat and PBS’s Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton worked like gangbusters this morning, for the better part of an hour, making sure to convey no actual information about the Sherlock one-off special, which will be set in the Victorian era.
Though it’s been widely reported the program will be a Christmas special in the UK, and a trailer of what has been described as such was screened at Comic-Con (watch it below), Eaton and Moffat steadfastly declined to… Read
Salon Accepts WGA East As Staff Union
Salon Media has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America East as the collective bargaining unit for its editorial staff, whose vote to unionize was unanimous.
“We are very pleased” with management’s decision, WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson said in a statement. Negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement are expected to begin promptly.
Salon’s announcement follows the staff’s decision a month ago to unionize with WGA East. Salon’s vote came less… Read
PBS Sets Michael Jackson Tribute, “Show Boat,” Chita Rivera and Danny Elfman Concerts For Fall Fest: TCA
A Latin musical tribute to Michael Jackson, concerts by Chita Rivera and Danny Elfman, and productions of Show Boat and Billy Elliott The Musical are among this year’s line-up of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, the network announced at Saturday’s TCA.
The fifth-annual fest kicks off October 9 with Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, hosted by Sheila E and featuring Latin artists performing Jackson’s hits. Along with a 37-piece orchestra, the various performers will… Read
‘Downton Abbey’ Will Ride Rose Parade Float To Launch Final Season On PBS; ‘Finding Your Roots’ Season 3 In Works – TCA
Downton Abbey will get its own float at the Rose Bowl Parade on January 1, to plug the PBS hit drama’s final season debut two nights later on January 3.
PBS chief Paula Kerger, announcing the Season 6 kickoff stunt this morning at TCA, called it a “beautiful sendoff” but declined to give any more details except that “it’s a float and will have a lot of flowers on it and it will be a Downton Abbey theme. Sometimes at public television we are accused of not having a sense… Read
‘Mission: Impossible’ Takes Off To $26.4M Overseas; Sets Records For Tom Cruise
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the 5th installment in the $2.1B franchise, took flight overseas on Thursday with rollout beginning in such key markets as Korea, the UK, Mexico and Australia. The opening gross through Friday is a muscular $26.4M and the offshore frame is on track for about $60M. Coupled with an expected domestic debut of $52.5M, Rogue has lit the fuse towards a $112M opening worldwide session. In total this… Read
PBS Brings Back “Curious George” and “Super Why!” For Kiddies – TCA
Curious George returns to PBS Kids August 17 in his third feature-length adventure Curious George 3: Back To The Jungle, featuring the voices of John Goodman and Angela Bassett and music by the Plain White Ts, the network announced at TCA Saturday.
Also announced were new episodes of the Emmy-nominated pre-school series Super Why!, also bowing August 17.
The third George movie, already available on Netflix, is set in Africa, where the cartoon chimp crash-lands after a… Read