‘Peace Officer’ SXSW Clip: SWAT Veteran Takes On The Unit He Founded & Trained
EXCLUSIVE: The topical documentary from directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber centers on William "Dub" Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state's first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Peace Officer follows an obsessed Dub as he investigates this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community. The film also tackles larger questions about the use of… Read
Jane Lynch To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Angel From Hell’
As she just wrapped her Emmy-winning turn on Glee, Jane Lynch has lined up her next TV series role, signing on as one of the two leads in CBS’ half-hour comedy pilot Angel From Hell, from writer-executive producer Tad Quill and CBS TV Studios. The project, whose format is still TBD, centers on an unlikely pair. When the larger-than-life, brassy and flamboyant Amy (Lynch) enters Allison's life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship, and… Read
‘Parks And Recreation’ Finale Draws Fond Farewell In Twitter TV Ratings
The finale of Parks And Recreation proved as much a winner in Nielsen’s TV ratings as it was on the broadcast side, topping the week’s series and specials with more than 4.6 million people reached by 346,000 tweets.
On the sports side, Ronda Rousey’s 14-second win over not-very-challenging challenger Cat Zingano punched through most of the online/on-air competition, ending third behind two NBA games but ahead of five others as well as a big matchup in European… Read
Rob Kazinsky Is Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’ Monster
Fox has found its monster. True Blood alumnus Rob Kazinsky has landed the lead role in the Fox pilot Frankenstein, from Rand Ravich and Howard Gordon. Taking inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing god, Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard (Kazinsky), a morally corrupt retired cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. The “monster” is athletic, strong and handsome — the… Read
‘Fifty Shades’ Is Uni’s Biggest R-Rated Film Abroad; Nears $500M Global B.O. – Update
Report includes Monday updates
Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s grasp on international audiences remains tight with the erotic love story coming in No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive weekend, per Universal and industry estimates. Adding $34.3M in 59 territorires, the bondage bonanza dropped about 43% and now has a total of $337M in offshore play. That takes it past the overseas lifetime of Universal’s highest-grossing original R-rated comedy, Ted, which topped out at $332.4M. It also… Read
KaDee Strickland To Topline CBS Pilot ‘Doubt’
Private Practice alumna KaDee Strickland is set as the lead in Doubt, CBS’ hourlong pilot from Timberman/Beverly and CBS TV Studios. Written by longtime Grey's Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater and directed by Adam Bernstein, the project centers on Sadie (Srickland), a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets involved romantically with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Review: Pete Hammond Happily Checks In
As I put it in my video review above, the movie business’ favorite set of geezers are back and in fine form in the sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Returning from the 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are such stalwarts as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith (now playing co-manager of the hotel), Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, along with Tina Desai, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle and Celia Imrie.
Also checking in are Tamsin Greig and, in a bit of a surprise but a… Read
Netflix Outbidding Movie Buyers? Near Whopping Deal For ‘Beasts Of No Nation’
EXCLUSIVE: This is all going down right now, but I’m hearing that Netflix is near a deal to acquire Beasts Of No Nation, the new film by True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga about the experiences of a child soldier fighting in a civil war in an African country. The movie has been screened quietly by WME Global and Craig Emanuel, and numerous bids came in. I’m hearing that Netflix is closing a deal in the vicinity of $12 million for worldwide rights. The big play is for its… Read
Colton Dunn, Mark McKinney & Nico Santos Join NBC Pilot ‘Superstore’
Colton Dunn (Key And Peele), Mark McKinney (The Kids In The Hall) and Nico Santos have joined the cast of NBC comedy pilot Superstore. Written by former The Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer and directed by Ruben Fleischer, Superstore is about a group of employees at a big-box store and examines love, friendship and the beauty of everyday moments.
Paradigm-repped Dunn will play Garrett, the often-sarcastic narrator of the piece who frequently shares his philosophical… Read
Keith Olbermann Returns Contritely To ESPN2 After Suspension Over Twitter War
Keith Olbermann returned from suspension to his ESPN2 show this afternoon with a lengthy apology for a war he engaged in with Penn State University students that caused him to appear as if he were calling “pitiful” some students’ efforts to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
“Since I did a commentary in January slamming part of those in the Penn State U community that still prioritize its football team’s stats over the awful legacy of Jerry Sandusky, I… Read
Christine Lahti Joins ABC Pilot ‘The Adversaries’
Christine Lahti is set to co-star opposite Terry O'Quinn in ABC drama pilot The Adversaries, from ABC Studios and writer/executive producer David Zabel and ABC Studios, It centers on the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty, Charles Fisher (O’Quinn), who becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, and his federal prosecutor daughter must decide which side she will fight on. Lahti, repped by ICM Partners and MGMT Entertainment, plays Charles’ estranged wife Katherine. She… Read
‘Everly’ Producer Vega Baby Ramps Up With $25M-$30M Film Fund
EXCLUSIVE: Indie filmmakers have a new source of funding. Vega Baby, the Singapore-based film production and distribution company, has set up a fund to finance two to three films a year with budgets up to $10 million. The company says it will finance projects from domestic and international partners, with a select number of films to be distributed through its releasing arm. Company officials say they're "committed to a filmmaker-friendly approach" while focusing on a… Read