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March 2012 Archive


Mike Jones To Write 'Second Act' For Fox Searchlight

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Jones will write Second Act based on a story by Teddy Grennan. Alexander Payne, Jim Burke and Jim Taylor’s Ad Hominem will produce the project, which is being kept under wraps. David Greenbaum will oversee Second Act for Fox Searchlight. Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash recently received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants. Jones is currently writing Marco Polo at Warners for Erwin Stoff. His spec In The Event Of A Moon Disaster… Read


Dermot Mulroney Joins HBO's 'Enlightened', Bobbi Kristina Cast In 'For Better Or Worse'

Dermot Mulroney has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming second season of Mike White's HBO series Enlightened. The single-camera comedy stars Laura Dern as Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and decides to live an enlightened life, which creates havoc at home and work. Mulroney will play Jeff Flender, an investigative reporter Amy enlists to help her bring down Abaddonn, who eventually becomes her love interest. Additionally… Read


Philip Anschutz Still Wants LA Stadium: Bloomberg

All this time the NFL still doesn’t have a football team in the major TV market of Los Angeles. Now billionaire entrepreneur Philip Anschutz hasn’t given up on his plans to build a football stadium in Downtown LA to lure an NFL team (or 2) back to town, according to Bloomberg. The prospects of his AEG Worldwide proceeding with the long-discussed Farmers Stadium seemed to dim earlier this week when an investment team lead by former LA Lakers’ star Magic Johnson bought the… Read

Yahoo Layoffs Coming Next Week: AllThingsD

The layoff of “what could be thousands of employees” would come ahead of an announcement the following week of a restructuring at Yahoo, according to the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog. The same blog said this was coming earlier this month. The latest report says most of the cuts from the 14,000-plus work force would come in the products, research and marketing divisions and were decided upon during meetings between CEO Scott Thompson and top management held… Read


Patty Jenkins To Direct Second Season Finale Of AMC's 'The Killing'

EXCLUSIVE: Patty Jenkins, who directed the pilot for AMC’s mystery drama The Killing, is back to helm the pivotal second season finale, which will resolve the two-season-long murder mystery that started in the pilot episode and will finally answer the question “Who killed Rosie Larsen?”. There is a lot riding on that episode following the backlash among fans after Season One ended with no resolution. This will be Jenkins’ first directing gig on The Killing since the… Read


FX Developing Cop Drama Produced by Philip Seymour Hoffman

FX has put in development Inside, a drama project from playwright-screenwriter Kyle Jarrow and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Ziff Cooper's Town Prods. The semi-serialized cop drama follows a San Francisco homicide detective who discovers his real father is a convicted serial killer who claims to be innocent of murdering the cop’s mother. Hoffman and Ziff will executive produce, with Sara Murphy also producing. Jarrow, repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment, had his… Read


Discovery Chief David Zaslav Scores $52.4M In 2011, A 23% Raise

It’s a sweet deal, especially when you consider that Discovery shares lost 2.8% of their value in 2011 and three of the company’s four other top execs made less than they did in 2010. Zaslav’s compensation, reported in an SEC filing, consisted of nearly $3M in salary, $20.3M in stock awards, $23.9M in option awards, $4.8M in non-equity incentives, and $430,379 in other compensation. The last category includes personal use of aircraft, car service and security services… Read


David Costabile Joins USA's 'Suits', Mahershala Ali Added To 'House Of Cards'

David Costabile has landed a big new recurring role on the upcoming season of USA Network’s breakout series Suits. He will play Jessica (Gina Torres) and Harvey’s (Gabriel Macht) former managing partner Daniel Hardman, a brilliant lawyer who, following the death of his wife, returns to the firm, which had been run by Jessica in his absence. In another major boss addition to a USA series, Rebecca Creskoff (Hung) has joined the upcoming season of CIA drama Covert Affairs… Read


Warner Bros Unveils 'Man Of Steel' Logo

The logo for Man Of Steel was released this week on the film’s Facebook page, and it confirms that director Zack Snyder and writers Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer are creating a moody, atmospheric and edgy Superman for Warner Bros. From the moment the first stills were released last summer, it was clear this summer 2013 tentpole would be darker than previous versions. The iconic “S” that has been part of the Superman look from the time Joe Shuster designed him in… Read


David Slade To Direct NBC Drama 'Hannibal'

Feature director David Slade (Eclipse) is set to direct the pilot for Hannibal, NBC's 13-episode series from Gaumont International Television, written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller and executive produced by Martha DeLaurentiis. The project is described as a contemporary thriller featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter — who are re-introduced at the beginning of… Read


Viacom Mogul Sumner Redstone Lands Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor. At the risk of sounding ghoulish, here’s the first thing many people will want to know: The 88-year-old owner of Viacom and CBS seemed relatively alert and steady in his appearance today to celebrate his becoming the 2,467th person to have a star on the walk. Sumner Redstone‘s health is an ongoing concern in business circles, and he raised new questions this month when he said that he wouldn’t show at Viacom’s… Read