Global Showbiz Briefs: New Revelations In Phone-Hacking Scandal; Claire Danes To Host Nobel Peace Prize Concert; More
Hacking Trial Lawyer: Brooks And Coulson Had 6-Year Affair
The phone-hacking trial taking place in London was the source of new revelations Thursday as prosecuting attorney Andrew Edis told jurors that defendants Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson carried on a six-year “secret” affair from 1998-2004. Brooks is the former head of News International (now News UK), the British press arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, and Coulson was editor of the now-closed News Of The World… Read
Warner Bros Sued By Estate Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Star’s Heir Over Docu
There's some legal action down that Yellow Brick Road. Just in time for the upcoming 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros were sued Wednesday by the estate of the Emmy winning late son of the actor who played the Tin Man in the movie. At dispute in the breach of fiduciary duties action (read it here) filed in federal court in Georgia is a documentary on the classic pic that the estate of Jack Haley Jr says WB is choking off unless it is given full rights to… Read
Female Writers Sell Comedies To NBC, ABC
NBC has put in development Olivia Jones Is My Girlfriend, a multi-camera comedy from Warner Bros. TV. Written/co-exec produced by Laura Gutin (Enlisted, 1600 Penn), it about the unlikely friendship between a girl who's never had a boyfriend and a girl who has never had any girl friends. Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer exec produce. Gutin is with UTA.
ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to an untitled project from Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and… Read
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Sue YouTube Co-Founder Over Proposal Footage Intended For E! Reality Series
So for once a Kardashian doesn't want some video of herself out there - at least not yet. Keeping Up With The Kardashians' Kim and hubby-to be Kanye West today filed a complaint in LA Superior Court against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for filming the rapper's October 21 marriage proposal to the E! star and putting it online. The breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment filing (read it here) seeks a jury trial as well as unspecified damages galore and gate… Read
ABC Developing Crime Thriller From Charles Randolph & Peter Traugott Based On Swedish Book Series
EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development a crime thriller from writer Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs), Peter Traugott's TBD Entertainment and Sweden-based Yellow Bird Entertainment. The project, from Universal TV where TBD is based, is an adaptation of the best-selling novels by Liza Marklund that also were the basis for the hit Swedish drama series Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, also produced by Yellow Bird (watch the trailer below). Written by Randolph, the drama… Read
CNN Falls To Lowest Primetime In Over A Year; Fox’s Megyn Kelly Returns To Cable News Ratings Top Spot
A busy news day of combative Congressional Obamacare hearings and Presidential speeches did CNN no favors in primetime last night. The Jeff Zucker-run cable network hit its lowest primetime time result among adults 25-54 in over a year Wednesday despite all the cable newers being up double digits over the day before during Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius' morning testimony. Between 8 PM and 11 PM last night, CNN had a mere 67,000 viewers among the key… Read
David O. Russell Gets Tribute Treatment At AFI Fest
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 31, 2013 - AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced a Special Tribute to David O. Russell on Friday, November 8. AFI FEST will take place November 7 through 14 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings. Free individual tickets to AFI FEST… Read
USA Drama Pilot ‘The Novice’ Casts Its Lead
EXCLUSIVE: Shane Coffey has landed the lead in USA Network's recently greenlighted drama pilot The Novice, from Fox 21. Written by Hell On Wheels creators Joe and Tony Gayton, The Novice centers on Kyle (Coffey), a charming and highly intelligent recent college graduate who is forced to move back home with his parents and siblings when his job search stalls. However, after a strange quirk of fate proves oddly fortuitous, he lands a position with a Korean crime… Read
Ratings Rat Race: World Series Ends With A Bang; What Comedies Will ABC Pick Up?
UPDATE 2:30 PM: The finals are in, and Game 6 of the World Series went up to 19.2 million viewers and a 5.7 in 18-49. World Series 2013 averaged 14.9 million viewers and a 4.2 in 18-49, both up 17% from last year. Also, Super Fun Night and CSI went down a tenth to a 1.7. The Middle and Arrow were adjusted up a tenth.
PREVIOUS 9:30 AM: First off, congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning their first World Series on home turf in almost a century. Fox sure wouldn't… Read
Ewan McGregor To Make Broadway Debut In Tom Stoppard’s ‘The Real Thing’
Previews begin October 2, 2014, at the American Airlines Theatre for The Real Thing, the Tom Stoppard play that originally premiered in 1982 in London. It won the 1984 Tony Award for Best Play and most recently was produced on Broadway 14 years ago. Sam Gold is directing the latest incarnation, which will open October 30, 2014, and run through January 4, 2015, and is from the Roundabout Theatre Company. Ewan McGregor will play Henry, a playwright not so happily married to… Read
Comedian Moshe Kasher To Create & Star In Autobiographical Half-Hour For Showtime
EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has put in development a dark comedy project created by and starring Moshe Kasher, from 3 Arts Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Prods. Based on the comedian's stand-up and his 2012 memoir, Kasher In The Rye: The True Tale Of A White Boy From Oakland Who Became A Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient … And Then Turned Sixteen, the project chronicles Kasher's teenage years in Oakland in the 1990s and his deaf mother's struggles to raise him. Kasher will… Read
NBC Adapting New Chelsea Cain Book Series With Matt Lopez & Sara Colleton
EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development One Kick, a drama based on the upcoming book series by Chelsea Cain, the best-selling author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series of thriller novels. Feature writer Matt Lopez will write the adaptation and will executive produce with former Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton, who was with the hit Showtime drama for its entire eight-season run. One Kick tells the story of Kick Lannigan, who made national news as a child… Read