Ex-NBA Star Baron Davis Gets Comedy About His Life Produced By Jake Johnson
The story of former NBA all-star Baron Davis is heading to television as a single-camera comedy at Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and the Walcott Co., the studio-based shingle of New Girl's co-star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler. The untitled project, written by Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show), is loosely based on Baron Davis' life. It is about a kid from South Central who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious suburban school and has to find a balance… Read
Chiwetel Ejiofor Lands On ‘The Martian’
Add 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejoifor to Fox's The Martian, the Ridley Scott-directed film that stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristin Wiig in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. Ejiofor plays Venkat Kapoor, the Director of the Mars Mission. Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sean Bean are also cast. The script is adapted by Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after enjoying meteoric sales as an… Read
Kiernan Shipka, Meg Ryan Board Teen Comedy ‘Fan Girl’
Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom's Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and worshiping her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together. Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and appears as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6), Joshua Boone… Read
DirecTV Picks Up ‘Downton Abbey’ Parody Series ‘The Britishes’ From Electus Digital
Electus Digital's video content studio Big Breakfast, the production team of CollegeHumor Originals, has teamed with DirecTV for original comedy The Britishes starring Peter Serafinowicz and Will Sasso. A collection of eight sketches, The Britishes parodies the world depicted on hit British costume drama Downton Abbey in a style inspired by the absurdist sensibility of another staple of British television, comedy classic Monty Python's Flying Circus. The series, written… Read
Amazon Shares Fall After Q3 Losses Exceed Expectations
The stock price is down more than 10% in post-market trading shortly after the company released its Q3 report. Amazon said that it lost $437 million, down from a $41 million loss in the period last year, on revenues of $20.58 billion, +20.4%. Analysts expected revenues to come in slightly higher, at $20.84 billion. But the big chill comes from a loss of 95 cents per share, which was far worse than the 74 cent loss the Street anticipated. Amazon says that it expects net… Read
Electric Entertainment To Co-Fi Anthony Hopkins Pic ‘Go With Me’
Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment will co-finance and take world rights to Go With Me, a Daniel Alfredson-directed adaptation of the Castle Freeman Jr novel. The film will star Anthony Hopkins. Pic will be sold at AFM. Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs wrote the script, and Rick Dugdale will produce with Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Gregory Jacobs. Hopkins also will be a producer. It's a modern fable set in the Pacific Northwest logging community. A young… Read
‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Drama Set At ABC With Marc Cherry Producing
Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is returning to ABC with Phantom Of The Opera, a contemporary reimagining of Gaston Leroux's gothic novel that was the basis for the famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Phantom Of The Opera drama, from Cherry and Sabrina Wind's Cherry/Wind Prods. and ABC Studios, will be penned by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner, writers of the musical First Date, which ran on Broadway last season and starred Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez… Read
‘Ouija’ To Scare Up No. 1 At Box Office, ‘John Wick’ Another Test For Keanu – B.O. Preview
Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Warning, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 PM in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to… Read
Archie Comics Drama Series ‘Riverdale’ Set At Fox With Greg Berlanti Producing
After Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, Greg Berlanti is helping bring another set of iconic comic book characters to television: Archie, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats. Riverdale, a drama based on the characters from the Archie comics, has landed at Fox with a script deal plus penalty. Warner Bros TV is producing with with studio-based Berlanti Productions.
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Riverdale is named after the… Read
‘Constantine’ Review: Dominic Patten Says Demon Drama Doesn’t Catch Fire
With Halloween just on the horizon, NBC is bring Constantine to the small screen on October 24 as part of its darkly themed Friday night. Unfortunately, as my video review states, where the adaptation of the hugely successful and influential Hellblazer comic series should burn, it barely smolders.
The series is executive produced by David S. Goyer, the go-to screenwriter for DC Comics, with the Dark Knight trilogy, Man Of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of J… Read
Mary McCormack & Alicia Witt Join ‘House Of Lies'; Lindsey Gort In ‘Self Promotion’
Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Alicia Witt (Justified) are set to guest star on the fourth season of Showtime comedy House Of Lies. McCormack will play Denna Altshuler, a tough, highly successful white knight investor who Marty (Don Cheadle) recruits to help save Kaan & Associates. Witt will play Maya Lindholm, a brilliant engineer who comes to Marty's rescue when he's in a bind. McCormack, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, recently wrapped indie features The… Read
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization
UPDATE 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:
It's been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.