January 2011 Archive

TV

Kristen Bell To Co-Star In Showtime's 'House of Lies' Comedy Pilot

Former Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell has been tapped for a lead role opposite Don Cheadle in Showtime's dark comedy pilot House of Lies. Written by Matthew Carnahan based on the book by Martin Kihn, the project centers on Marty (Cheadle), a self-loathing highly successful management consultant from a top-tier firm who is never above using any means necessary to get his clients the information they want. Bell will play Jeannie Van Der Hooven, a razor-sharp, Ivy-League… Read

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Honest Abe? Joaquin Phoenix Mulls Acting Return in Fox's 'Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

EXCLUSIVE: Joaquin Phoenix is the front-runner to play the mentor who teaches the 16th President how to kill bloodsuckers in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox. Phoenix has met on the project and I'm told that it's his if he wants it. He would join Benjamin Walker, who last Thursday was set to play the title character in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel whose producers include Tim Burton. It's an encouraging sign… Read

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Tyler Perry As Alex Cross In James Patterson Franchise Reboot

QED has packaged an adaptation of I, Alex Cross, the James Patterson novel that is essentially a reboot of the James Patterson mystery series that starred Morgan Freeman as the detective/psychologist based in D.C. Tyler Perry will headline this version, and Rob Cohen will direct. Distributors are circling the project right now. In fact, Paramount, which distributed the Cross mysteries Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider, is interested in taking the project off the… Read

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TV CASTINGS: Teri Polo, Darrell Hammond Book Pilots, 'Boardwalk' Adds A Recurring

Teri Polo and Mather Zickel have landed co-starring roles on the ABC comedy pilot Man Up!. The project, from 100 Questions creator Chris Moynihan, ABC Studios and Tagline, is a look at what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through the eyes of three best friends and the women in their lives. Moynihan and Zickel (I Love You, Man) will play two of the friends, while Polo will play the wife of the third friend, a playful super-mom who is addicted to Facebook… Read

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ABC Family Greenlights 3 New Series – One Comedy And Two Dramas

New ABC Family president Michael Riley is making his first new series pickups today, ordering 3 new shows, the Raven Symone comedy The Great State of Georgia and 2 dramas, The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Switched at Birth. The orders to all 3 are for 10 episodes, including the pilot. The Great State of Georgia, from ABC Studios, centers on Georgia (Raven Symone), an exuberant curvy performer from the south, and her science geek best friend Jo (Majandra Delfino) who… Read

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RIPPLE EFFECT: How Charlie Sheen's Rehab Stint Affects Cast, Crew & CBS' Schedule

With Charlie Sheen in rehab, the focus is shifting to the aftermath of his departure from the hit CBS show. Luckily (and sadly), CBS and the series producers from Warner Bros TV have been down that road before with Sheen's month-long stint in rehab last year, so they are dusting off the contingency plan they implemented a year ago with a few wrinkles. Last year, the month-long shutdown resulted in the loss of only 2 episodes from Two and a Half Men's 24-episode order, so… Read

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Sundance: Oprah's OWN Acquires Docu 'Crime After Crime'

EXCLUSIVE: Oprah Winfrey's upstart cable network OWN continued its aggressive buying at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival by acquiring North American rights to Crime After Crime, the Yoav Potash-directed documentary. I'm told the deal was six figures, and that OWN will afford the film a qualifying Oscar run before it airs on Oprah's new network. OWN chief creative officer Lisa Erspamer made the deal with Submarine's Josh Braun and David Koh. The doc is about Deborah… Read

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Remake Of John Woo's 'The Killer' Reloading

Hollywood has long wanted to remake John Woo's Hong Kong action classic The Killer and I was always kind of happy when past attempts fell apart because I've yet to see an assassin as cool as Chow Yun-Fat was in the  1989 original. To me, it's almost like trying to remake The Godfather or some other sacrosanct picture considered best in its genre, even though its balletic violence and over the top gunplay informed so many movies, including The Matrix. Now it looks like a… Read

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'Daily Show' Claims First Weekly Ratings Victory Over 'Conan' In Young Demos

Possibly boosted by State of the Union coverage, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart posted its first weekly win over TBS' Conan in adults 18-34, according to the network. Conan had a huge premiere in November, dominating the cable and broadcast late-night field for its first couple of weeks on the air, but The Daily Show has been steadily chipping away at Conan's ratings lead for the past two months. It has beaten Conan in total viewers every week since the… Read

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Rialto Acquires Martin Scorsese's 'Public Speaking'

Specialized distributor Rialto Pictures has acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to Martin Scorsese's PUBLIC SPEAKING, the director's portrait of author, social critic, and acerbic wit Fran Lebowitz. The company will open the acclaimed new documentary on February 23 at New York's Film Forum, with special engagements in select U.S. cities to follow throughout 2011. Directed by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese and produced by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, an Emmy- and… Read

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CABLE RATINGS: Solid Debut For 'Working Class', 'Jerseylicious' Sets Record

CMT's new sitcom, the Melissa Peterman/Ed Asner starrer Working Class, drew 1.2 million viewers and a .50 rating in adults 18-49 in its Friday premiere to rank as the highest rated and most watched series debut in the network's history. Of course, Working Class is CMT's first scripted series, so that means it outperformed all of the network's reality series debuts. Working Class didn't come close to the blockbuster summer premiere of TV Land's first original sitcom, Hot In… Read

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