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Josh Lucas Cast In Fox’s Faith-Based Drama ‘The Impossible’

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Lucas is the latest to come aboard Fox 2000’s The Impossible, the faith-based drama based on the true story Joyce Smith's account of her son’s miraculous recovery, which she detailed in her novel, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection. Lucas joins a cast led by Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Topher Grace (That ’70s Show).  Roxann Dawson is at the helm. Lucas will play Brain Smith, the… Read


ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Takes Total Viewers And News Demo For Second Straight Week

ABC's David Muir-anchored evening newscast led the genre's ratings race for a second consecutive week in both overall audience (8.813 million viewers ) and in the news demographic (1.5 rating). World News Tonight celebrated its first back-to-back wins in both metrics in nearly three years, outscoring NBC Nightly News (1.4, 7.857M), as well as CBS Evening News (1.2, 6.70M). CBS’s newscast aired with low coverage on Thu and Fri  due to NCAA Basketball, and on those nights… Read


Universal Wins ‘Good Boys:’ Edgy Comedy Stars Jacob Tremblay With Eisenberg & Stupnitsky Directing

Jacob Tremblay

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures acquired Good Boys, a randy comedy vehicle for Jacob Tremblay — the young star of Room and Wonder — with a script by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky and the duo set to make its directorial debut. Universal acquired a package that came with a green light and a July production start with a budget in the $20 million range. Tremblay has proven himself to be an adorable screen presence in his first two films. This film… Read


Gunpowder & Sky Nabs Brett Haley’s Sundance Closer ‘Hearts Beat Loud; June Release Set

UPDATED with release date: Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the North American rights to Sundance veteran Brett Haley's Hearts Beat Loud, an ode to the bonding powers of music starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons as a father and daughter living in Brooklyn who become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college. Gunpowder & Sky will release the film limited June 8, with an expansion planned in the following weeks. The cast also includes… Read


‘Tag’ Trailer: Five Adult Friends, One Epic Kids Game, No Holds Barred

Here is your one-sentence logline for this new comedy: “Our group of friends have been playing the same game of tag for 30 years.” To which the new bride of one replies, simply, “What?” You might get the same reaction when people hear that it’s based on a true story. Behold the first trailer for Tag, starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Hannibal Buress, with Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. For one month every year, five… Read


Hal Ashby Documentary ‘Hal’ Will Get Theatrical Bow Via Oscilloscope


Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Hal, the Amy Scott documentary about iconoclast director Hal Ashby that had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. A theatrical release later this year is planned. Ashby, whose work especially in the 1970s included Harold & Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo and Coming Home, is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. The docu employs rare archival materials… Read


Olivia De Havilland’s Feud With FX Moves To California Court Of Appeal

Feud Olivia De Havilland

The California Court of Appeal will hear arguments today over whether Olivia de Havilland can proceed with her lawsuit against the FX Network and Ryan Murphy Productions over her portrayal in the FX series Feuddepicting the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The Oscar-winning actress objected to her portrayal by actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, claiming her name and likeness were used to promote the docudrama without her permission and that the series damaged… Read


‘Preacher’: Adam Croasdell & Prema Cruz Set To Recur On AMC Drama Series

Adam Croasdell (Reign) and Prema Cruz (Mozart in the Jungle) have joined the recurring cast for Season 3 of AMC’s Preacher. Based on the popular cult comic book franchise, Preacher is a supernatural and darkly comedic drama that follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, played by Dominic Cooper, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him the power to make people do whatever he commands. Croasdell will play Eccarius, a 350-year-old vampire who… Read


‘The Voice’ Continues To Drown Out Returning ‘American Idol’ In Monday Ratings

In their second Monday of hand to hand combat, NBC's The Voice (2.3 demo rating, 10.7 million viewers) drowned out ABC's American Idol (1.6, 7.7M) with a better-than-previous-week's 44% lead in the 18-49 year old demographic. Idol held 92% of its week-ago premiere on the night in total viewers and 89% in the demo. ABC’s The Good Doctor (1.6, 9.1M) took the lead at 10 PM, besting NBC’s Good Girls (1.0, 4.27M) and CBS’s Scorpion (0.8, 4.89M). While Voice and Idol slugged it… Read


‘So Close’: Julie Klausner To Co-Star In NBC Comedy Pilot

Julie Klausner has been cast opposite  Sasheer Zamata and Sean Kleier in NBC comedy pilot So Close from Greg Malins, Hazy Mills and Universal TV. Written by Malins and directed by Gail Mancuso, So Close centers on hopeless romantics Riley (Zamata) & Kyle (Kleier). At crossroads in their separate lives, they are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and may be each other's soul mates. Klausner will play Amy. A bit of a crazy with… Read


Maryland High School Shooter Dead, Two Classmates In Critical Condition – Update

Update A Maryland high school student who shot two classmates with a handgun this morning has died, local law enforcement officials have confirmed. The two other students remain in critical condition. According to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, a school resource officer responded to the hallway shooting by firing a round at the shooter. Sheriff Tim Cameron said at a press conference that it had not been determined whether the gunman died from the officer’s… Read


Lantern’s Bid For The Weinstein Co. Is $310M In Cash, $450M Including Fees And Assumption Of Liabilities

Lantern Asset Management, whose stalking-horse bid for The Weinstein Co. was revealed in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last night, is offering $310 million in cash for the assets of the company. With an additional $125 million in assumption of liabilities and $15 million in fees related to current projects, the total offer is about $450 million. In a filing this morning in Delaware bankruptcy court, The Weinstein Co. lays out its assets. On the film side, there is a… Read