‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Toys Unwrapped Tonight Via Fanboy Short Series ‘#GoRogue’ – Watch
Tonight, Disney is unveiling the new toy line from its upcoming prequel Rogue One: A Star Wars Story via auteurish-fanboy means.
Rather than just unbox toys across several international time zones like last year’s “Force Friday” – which earned an estimated $1B in Star Wars Force Awakens merchandise retails sales – Rogue One toys are being revealed in #GoRogue, a four-part series of fan-made stop-motion animated shorts that spotlight the action figures. The shorts are… Read
‘Bachelorette’ Runner-Up Will Be New ‘Bachelor’; Diversity Issue Remains
Nick Viall, the runner-up on both Kaitlyn Bristowe's and Andi Dorfman's seasons of The Bachelorette and a current participant on the third season of Bachelor in Paradise, will be the next star of ABC’s The Bachelor when the series returns in January 2017.
The announcement was made live tonight on Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, and, though apparently a franchise favorite, Viall does nothing to address the long-standing issue of diversity – or lack thereof – in the… Read
Michael Shannon & Taylor Kitsch Topline Weinstein Co. Series ‘Waco’, Based On 1993 Siege
The Weinstein Company is developing a TV series about the 1993 Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, and has set Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch to star. Brothers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle will write the series with the former directing.
Shannon will play lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner, and Kitsch is set as David Koresh, notorious leader of the religious group that was holed up in their compound for nearly two months. The pair will executive produce along with… Read
$4.3 Billion Summer, +3% From 2015, To Go Out With A Whimper Over Labor Day – Box Office Preview
Many expected last weekend to be the second most lackluster of 2016, with no title exceeding $20M at the box office.
Scratch that – it’s actually this coming weekend.
Unlike the weekend of Jan. 22-24, when ticket sales bottomed to a 2016 low of $66.2M due to a brutal snowstorm that closed Northeast theaters, this weekend just won’t have enough intriguing product to distract folks from summer’s final huzzah, the four-day Labor Day holiday. With moviegoers shelling out… Read
One World Sports Network Drops Off Dish; Sides Blame Each Other
One World Sports, the Connecticut-based multiplatform sports network, said today that it will not extend a five-year agreement with Dish and its Sling platform, dropping off the platform immediately. Dish counters that it made the decision, not One World.
According to a statement released by One World, the decision was “largely driven by Dish's desire for certain (most favored nations) provisions, which limit a network's ability to expand in a rapidly changing… Read
CBS Developing New Adaptation Of UK Comedy Series ‘Friday Night Dinner’
CBS has put in development Sunday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy based on the British series Friday Night Dinner. The U.S. adaptation — about a couple with two grown boys who gather every week for a family dinner — will be written by The King of Queens co-creator Michael Weithorn and former Modern Family executive producer Dan O'Shannon.
The two executive produce with the creator of the original series, Robert Popper, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. CBS TV Studios… Read
Singer Chris Brown Arrested For Assault With A Deadly Weapon
Singer Chris Brown was arrested late this afternoon in Tarzana, CA, and will be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest comes after a long stand-off with police where the singer holed up inside his mansion while taking to Instagram in a rambling, profanity-laced denunciation of the police, protesting his innocence – and to promote his latest music video.
The singer is in custody and being transported to the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los… Read
WME Vet Cliff Roberts Exiting; Will He End Up At CAA?
EXCLUSIVE: This is unfolding in real time. Longtime WME agent Cliff Roberts has just parted company with the agency after 10 years there (with another six years spent as an agent at WMA after starting in the mailroom). The word is that CAA is his likely landing place, but that part hasn’t yet happened.
Roberts has a stellar client list. His longtime clients include Oscar-winning The Big Short co-writer and director Adam McKay, Central Intelligence helmer Rawson Thurber, Th… Read
ABC Buys Laura Krafft Family Comedy
In a competitive situation, ABC has nabbed The Favorite, a single-camera multi-generational comedy from writer Laura Krafft, ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
The Favorite centers on a woman who comes home for a visit to help her siblings with their aging parents and ends up moving in to care for them full time. A comedic examination of the tricky but ultimately rewarding relationship between adult children and their parents, one of the rarely… Read
Don Buchwald & Associates Expands Team With Four New Agents, Promotes Two
Don Buchwald & Associates is bolstering its growing team, adding three new agents in its L.A. office, and a fourth in New York, and promoting two.
In Los Angeles, Donyea Rochlin joins as an agent in DBA’s Literary department representing writers and directors in both television and film. Rochlin's diverse background includes stints at Dimension/Miramax Films, Revolution Studios, The Huffington Post and Storyline Entertainment. She most recently was Head of Development at… Read
Josh Hartnett In Talks To Star In Indie ‘A Moment To Remember’
EXCLUSIVE: Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett is in talks to star in A Moment to Remember, an indie drama to be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions). Lewin penned the screenplay with Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) about a young woman who falls in love with a brusque but sweet man, but their marriage is destroyed after she develops a rare case of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Production is set to begin in November.
Jena Malone joined in May as the female lead and remains… Read
‘The Blacklist’ Adds Leon Rippy; Phylicia Rashad Joins ‘Empire’
Saving Grace alum Leon Rippy has booked a recurring role on the fourth season of NBC’s hit drama series The Blacklist. Rippy will play Hunter, a mysterious survivalist who stumbles upon a secret that will have dire consequences. He's an enigmatic character whose unhinged behavior makes him hard to pin down as friend or foe. Rippy, who starred in HBO’s Deadwood, most recently was seen on Hulu miniseries 11.22.63. He is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency.
The Cosby… Read