November 2012 Archive


Actor Chris Cooper Leaves Paradigm After Decade

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Cooper has left Paradigm, Deadline has learned. The actor is said to be in talks with CAA, according to a source but will remain agentless for the time being. This comes after a decade at Paradigm for the Oscar winner, who will continue to be repped by his managers at Untitled Entertainment. (Cooper's manager Michael Lazo was his agent at Paradigm before leaving for Untitled in 2010; Jack Kingsrud had been handling Cooper since then.) Cooper is currently… Read


Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin To Return To ‘The Killing’ As Executive Producers

AMC, Fox TV Studios and The Killing developer/executive producer Veena Sud are putting the team back together in anticipation of a formal green light for a third season of the mystery series to air on AMC and Netflix. Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, who served as co-executive producers in the first and second season, are expected to return as executive producers, and have started working with Sud on stories for Season 3. Related: AMC And Netflix Near Deal To Resurrect 'T… Read


Lifetime To Do Chris Porco Movie With Matt Barr, Eric McCormack & Lolita Davidovich

EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime is turning another infamous real-life crime story into a TV movie with Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story. Matt Barr, Eric McCormack and Lolita Davidovich star in the project, inspired by the true story of Christopher Porco, who was convicted of killing his father and attempting to murder his mother. Written by Edithe Swensen and to be directed by Norma Bailey, Romeo Killer centers on beloved, handsome college student Chris Porco (Barr), who was every… Read


Broken News: Local TV Station Reports Staged ‘Chicago Fire’ Plane Crash As Real

Looks like someone didn't get the memo. WGN Chicago urgently reported this morning on a plane crash "in the middle of the road" on the south side of the city. What the TV station didn't realize was that it was a scene being filmed for NBC's freshman drama Chicago Fire. "One wing was knocked off; I don't know if this just happened," anchor Robin Baumgarten said at around 8 AM local time as the station's Skycam tried to show the scene at the intersection of 29th and Martin… Read


Monty Python Stars Sued Over ‘Spamalot’

Monty Python And The Holy Grail producer Mark Forstater is suing the British comedy troupe over profits he says he's owed from the spin-off Broadway musical Spamalot. Three members of the troupe, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones were in a London court today for opening arguments in the case Reuters reports. Forstater says that under a 1974 agreement with the Pythons he is entitled to one-seventh of profits derived from Holy Grail and any merchandise or spin-offs… Read


‘The Nazi And The Psychiatrist’ Rights Acquired By Mythology Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Mythology Entertainment partners Bradley Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Laeta Kalogridis have secured rights to turn the non-fiction book The Nazi And The Psychiatrist into a feature film and a play. The book, written by Jack El-Hai and slated for publication by PublicAffairs Books, explores the complex relationship between American psychiatrist Dr. Douglas M. Kelley and Nazi war criminal and Hitler's right-hand man Hermann Goering. The book is the first to… Read


Warner Bros And Todd Phillips Hire Peter O’Brien To Adapt ‘Trust Your Eyes’

EXCLUSIVE: Peter O'Brien has just been hired by Warner Bros to adapt Trust Your Eyes, the Linwood Barclay novel that Todd Phillips is attached to direct. Phillips and his Green Hat Films banner are producing with Dan Lin. The book is a Rear Window-style paranoid thriller. A map-obsessed schizophrenic savant witnesses a murder in New York through a computer map program, and then convinces his brother to investigate. These impulses never end well, and the siblings find… Read


ABC Family Developing Series Adaptation Of Novel ‘I Hunt Killers’ From Joel Silver

EXCLUSIVE: ABC Family has teamed with producer Joel Silver to develop I Hunt Killers, a drama series based on Barry Lyga's young-adult novel. The project, from Silver Pictures and Warner Horizon, centers on the teenage daughter of an imprisoned notorious serial killer, a likable girl who becomes a suspect after a string of copy-cat murders. (In the book, the teen is a boy). It will be written by Dexter scribe Arika Mittman, which is appropriate as I Hunt Killers has a… Read


Starz’s ‘Black Sails’, MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’ Add To Casts

Veteran British actor Mark Ryan has joined Starz's upcoming series Black Sails, the eight-episode pirate adventure executive produced by Michael Bay that is set 20 years before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Ryan will play Gates, Captain Flint's (Toby Stephens) right-hand man. Ryan, who has been the on-set presence of the Autobots on all three Transformers movies, is managed by Sandy Oroumieh. Haley Webb is set for a major recurring role on the… Read


PGA Announces Documentary Film Nominees

Related: TV Nominees For PGA Awards Announced LOS ANGELES, CA (November 30, 2012) - The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Documentary Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are: A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED THE GATEKEEPERS THE ISLAND PRESIDENT THE OTHER DREAM TEAM SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN All other nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild… Read


Academy Pitches Oscarcast Roles For Film Students With Contest

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been trying to draw younger eyeballs to its Oscar telecast for years. Here's the latest way to entice them to tune in: make them part of the show. The Academy and mtvU announced today they are partnering for “The Oscar Experience College Search”, whereby college students interested in pursuing careers in film will compete for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters during… Read


‘End Of Watch’ Returns To Theaters Dec. 7 In Awards-Season Push

End Of Watch, which opened to No. 1 at the box office in September, will be back in theaters nationwide December 7 to give awards voters another crack at the LA cop drama written and directed by David Ayer. Distributor Open Road Films said guild members and awards organizations — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, ACE, ADG, ASC, BAFTA, CAS, DGA, HFPA, MPEG, MPSE, PGA, SAG NOM COM, WGA. — can use their cards to get in free depending on individual theater… Read


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