‘Carol’ Gets A Head Start On Awards Season, ‘Adam Jones’ Retitled ‘Burnt’
Director Todd Haynes’ popular Cannes Film Festival entry Carol is now slotted to open November 20, the Weinstein Company announced today. That four-week head start positions it earlier than its previous pre-Christmas frame of December 18, but puts the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara into a similar awards season slot as prior TWC successes The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech.
Those pictures went on to collect multiple Oscar nominations and wins. The King… Read
Melina Kanakaredes To Topline & Produce Drama Series For Dynamic Television
CSI: NY alumna Melina Kanakaredes is attached to star in a new drama series project, which she also is co-writing and executive producing with Immortals scribes Vlas and Charlie Parlapanides. The series, Stolen For Good, is for indie production company Dynamic Television.
The project, which has Saving Grace creator Nancy Miller on board as executive producer/showrunner, centers on the mysterious “Hermes Thief” (Kanakaredes), a renowned international thief whose true… Read
STX Spills Release Date For ‘Secret In Their Eyes’
The release date for crime thriller Secret In Their Eyes is no longer hidden from view; STX Entertainment announced today that the film will hit theaters November 20.
Adapted from the Argentine film by Juan José Campanella, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for 2010, Secret In Their Eyes follows the murder of the teenage daughter of an FBI investigator. Teaming with a district attorney, the investigator and her partner discover that the killer is a… Read
‘Jane Got A Gun’ Gets A Break: Film Shakes Loose From Relativity
EXCLUSIVE: Thanks to some persuasion by famed attorney and the film’s principal financier David Boies, Jane Got A Gun has just been extricated from Relativity Media ahead of an expected Chapter 11 filing tomorrow. Boies, the attorney who has been involved in everything from successfully suing states over Proposition 8 that led to a Supreme Court victory in 2013 to defending Sony in the hacking case, is principal backer of the film that’s produced by Zack Schiller, the son… Read
Nat Geo ‘Explorer’ Host Bryan Christy Recalls Run-In With Tanzanian Authorities – TCA
National Geographic Magazine investigative journalist Bryan Christy was so determined to expose the international ivory trade network on the first episode of NatGeo’s returning documentary series Explorer, he wound up being arrested in Tanzania when he was attempting to ship fake tusks through the country’s borders.
The episode entitled, Warlords Of Ivory, was an 18-month investigation for Christy and his producer J.J. Kelly whereby they traced the smuggling of elephant… Read
Kate Walsh Signs With WME
Kate Walsh has signed with WME. She was previously at CAA. Walsh is probably best known for playing Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and toplining spinoff Private Practice which ran for six seasons. She is coming off a starring role on the short-lived NBC comedy series Bad Judge and a recurring role on the first season of Fargo on FX. On the film side, she can currently be seen in Lorne Michaels’ Staten Island Summer. Her other feature credits include Kicking… Read
DGA Second VP Jace Alexander Arrested On Child Porn Charges
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says frequent Law & Order director and former Blacklist co-EP Jason “Jace” Alexander was arrested today for "possessing and file-sharing illegal and obscene performances of sexual conduct by children less than seventeen years of age." The journeyman helmer, who was recently elected Second Vice President of the DGA, faces up to seven years behind bars for the felony charges. He was released on $10,000 bail today and is… Read
Tom Cruise To Jon Stewart: ‘M:I-6′ Is Already In The Works
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation opens Friday, but with rave reviews piling up, Tom Cruise and company don’t want to waste any time getting started on M:I-6. “We’re starting to work on it now,” Cruise told Stewart last night on The Daily Show. “We'll probably start shooting it next summer."
Assuming that a script, director and supporting cast come together quickly, this means that the sixth movie in the series would appear to be on course to follow its predecessor… Read
Alex Ranarivelo Reined In To Direct Ranching Drama ‘Running Wild’
Director Alex Ranarivelo has signed on to helm the drama Running Wild, for Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar's newly launched ESX Entertainment. The film follows a widowed ranch owner who works with ex convicts to rehabilitate the wild horses that wander onto her property. In doing so she saves her ranch, but must confront prejudice, greed, vanity and bureaucracy while learning that helping other living creatures is a great remedy for misfortune.
Running Wild is tied to… Read
Nat Geo Sets Projects With Ron Howard & Brian Grazer, Alex Gibney And Tom Fontana – TCA
National Geographic Channel has set three separate projects with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Alex Gibney and Tom Fontana, the network announced today during its panel at the Television Critics Association summer tour.
Red Planet (wt), an event series which tells the epic story of the quest to colonize Mars, is executive produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and Dave O’Connor of RadicalMedia. A hybrid of scripted and unscripted elements, Red Plane… Read
Vincent Kartheiser Of Nat Geo’s ‘Saints & Strangers’ On Playing Plymouth Colony Governor
Vincent Kartheiser, Mad Men’s Pete Campbell, plays the English separatist who served as Plymouth Colony’s governor for about 30 years in Nat Geo's first scripted miniseries Saints & Strangers. He says he had been looking to do a very different role than that he’d played the last seven or eight years.
And, he told TV critics this afternoon at TCA, he knew “Nat Geo would honor and bring historical accuracy” to the story.
On the heels of the record-breaking ratings for Killin… Read
AMC Entertainment Reports Record-Setting Q2 As CEO Talks Up Innovation
Strange as it sounds, recliner seats and upscale concessions were the stars of the show for financial types at AMC Entertainment in Q2. The No. 2 theater chain reported record ticket and concession sales.
It showed that “guests are driven by more than a movie slate,” outgoing CEO Gerry Lopez said in his last call with the exhibition company’s analysts. AMC’s venues with plush recliner seats “exceed our 25% [profit] return hurdle by a wide margin.” As AMC expands the build… Read