September 2013 Archive

International

Global Showbiz Briefs: Egypt Extends Canadian Filmmaker’s Detention; Helen Flint Launches Little Island Productions; More

Egypt Extends Detention Of Canadian Filmmaker Held Since August Egyptian authorities have extended the detention of Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and his colleague Tarek Loubani, who have been held since August without being charged. Officials say they are being held during an investigating of items found in the men's hotel room, including a camera attached to a small plane. The Canadian government has called for the release of Greyson and Loubani, who have been on a… Read

TV

CBS Loses Its Raiders-Chargers Game To NFL Network Because Of Baseball Playoffs

File this under "cable confounds broadcast again": CBS is losing an NFL rivalry game between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers this Sunday because grounds crews won't have enough time to convert the O.co Coliseum from a diamond to a gridiron after a baseball playoff game the night before. Major League Baseball didn't announce the start time for Saturday's Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series, hosted by the Oakland A's, until late Monday afternoon. Now… Read

Film

Logan Marshall-Green Joins ‘Madame Bovary'; ‘Senior Project’ Adds Sterling Beaumon

Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) has joined director Sophie Barthes' Madame Bovary along with Cesar-nominated Olivier Gourmet and Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael. The Occupant Entertainment-produced adaptation also stars Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, and Henry Lloyd-Hughes and begins production this week in Normandy, France. Rose Barrenche and Barthes scripted from Gustave Flaubert's classic novel about Emma (Wasikowska), who escapes her… Read

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Alicia Witt & Edi Gathegi Join FX’s ‘Justified’

EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Witt and Edi Gathegi (The Twilight Saga, X-Men: First Class) have been cast in major recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of FX/Sony TV's drama series Justified. Witt will play Wendy Crowe, the smart, sexy sister of crime lord Dale Crowe (Michael Rapaport). She's a paralegal and the public face of the Crowe crime family. She dickers with Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) to cut a nice deal for Dale, in exchange for essentially nothing tangible, and… Read

TV

Broadcasters Ambushed By Hysteria Around ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale

It may be too much to say last night was the night cable overtook broadcast TV for good — as some media have claimed —  but it sure felt that way today. It's not like broadcasters have never competed on Sunday against numbers like the 10.3 million Breaking Bad attracted in its series finale — HBO's The Sopranos used to log those crowds on a weekly basis. But broadcasters definitely did not anticipate the media hysteria over the Breaking Bad wrapup, to which they had… Read

Film

‘Runner Runner’ Director Brad Furman Boards Joe Weider Bodybuilding Pic ‘Bigger’

EXCLUSIVE: With his Runner Runner set to hit theaters this week, Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) has signed to write and direct Bigger for Bee Holder Productions. The biopic tells the story of the Weider brothers — bodybuilding icon Joe Weider, the Canadian entrepreneur who created the Mr. Olympia competition and mentored budding champ Arnold Schwarzenegger, and brother Ben, who co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding with Joe in 1946. Steve Lee Jones and… Read

TV

ABC Buys Drama From Don Todd & Jason Winer With Penalty

Beverly Kills, a drama from Don Todd (Samantha Who?) and Jason Winer, has landed at ABC with significant penalty. The project, from 20th TV and Winer's studio-based Small Dog Picture Co., is based on an original idea by Winer. Written by Todd, it centers on a wife and mom who retires from her job – as a highly skilled hit-woman for the mob – and settles into domesticity. But try as she might to live the life of a normal housewife, she soon spots crime, corruption, and… Read

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EOne Names Eric Shiu VP Marketing & Communications

Eric Shiu will oversee eOne TV's worldwide marketing and communications efforts from the company's LA office, reporting to Peter Emerson, President, eOne Television International, the company announced today. Prior to eOne, Shiu spent 15 years in TV marketing and creative advertising, including executive stints at Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and FX Networks. Shiu is credited with re-positioning and elevating the FEARnet brand as well as launching FEARnet's traditional cable… Read

Film

Between ‘Hercules’ Set-Ups, Brett Ratner Becomes Media Mogul With Eye On China

Brett Ratner took a few minutes away from directing Dwayne Johnson in the MGM/Paramount film Hercules: The Thracian Wars to talk about being in the center of a herculean $450 million slate financing deal that RatPac-Dune Entertainment finally closed with Warner Bros. It is an arrangement that will cover as many as 75 of the biggest films made by Warner Bros and New Line for the next few years. Ratner tells me that this is a straight financing deal, but one that will allow… Read

TV

Disney And Dish Reach Short-Term Deal To Continue Retrans Talks

The companies said today that they have reached a short-term extension of their carriage contract to keep Disney's channels on Dish Network's systems. The sides say talks will continue on a contract first inked in 2005 and set to expire at the end of the month. At stake is the continued carriage of Disney networks including ESPN, Disney Channel and ABC Family and ABC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and… Read

Film

Hot Trailer: James Franco’s ‘Sal’

James Franco directs the pic about 1950s teen idol and Oscar-nominated actor Sal Mineo, who rocketed to fame with his turns in Rebel Without A Cause and Otto Preminger's Exodus before he was stabbed to death at age 37. Sal, scripted by Stacey Miller with a story by Miller, Franco, Vince Jolivette, and Val Lauren from Michael Gregg Michaud's book on the actor, follows Mineo in his final hours as he struggles to regain career momentum. Lauren stars as Mineo alongside… Read

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Fox Nabs Family Comedy From Chris Miller & Phil Lord, Johnny Depp And Chris Romano With Put Pilot Commitment

EXCLUSIVE: For their first sale through their overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, Chris Miller and Phil Lord have teamed with Johnny Depp to produce Torched, a comedy project that has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. The single-camera family comedy hails from Blue Mountain State co-creator/star Chris Romano. It centers on a fast-talking, fun-loving dad, who through his very unique — and sometimes law-breaking — job, strives to give his young son the life he… Read