UTA Vs. CAA Agent-Poaching Lawsuit: Judge Officially Hits Pause Button
EXCLUSIVE: The lawyers on both sides were starting to sweat a bit, but nearly a month after almost formally ruling on whether to halt the court battle between the uber-agencies over the spring 2015 poaching of five senior CAA comedy agents and many of their clients by UTA, the judge has now made her move — and its 2-0 for CAA in what is still a very fluid situation.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Nancy Newman finally ruled Tuesday to pause the open court case against UTA and… Read
Ghost Story Pic ‘The Lodgers’ Sets Lead Cast As Production Begins In Ireland
EXCLUSIVE: Art imitates life and vice versa as filming has begun on Epic Pictures Group’s gothic horror story The Lodgers.
Directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) from a script by David Turpin, the film stars Game of Thrones and Harry Potter alum David Bradley, fellow Game of Thrones vet Eugene Simon, Bill Milner, Charlotte Vega and Moe Dunford. The story follows a sister (Vega) and brother (Milner) haunted by a secret curse that forces them to remain in the large estate… Read
‘Black Panther’ Finds Another Villain: Winston Duke To Play M’Baku/Man-Ape
Marvel looks to be throwing everything and the kitchen sink into Black Panther, with Person of Interest vet Winston Duke signing on to play M’Baku – otherwise known as Man-Ape – in the super hero pic set for release February 16, 2018. Duke is best known for playing for playing Dominc on Person of Interest, and was recently seen on Major Crimes and The Messengers.
Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, Man-Ape/M’Baku debuted in Avengers #62 in 1969. Once one the greatest… Read
Fox Buys ‘The Underlings’ Legal Dramedy From ‘Hart of Dixie’ Creator
Fourteen years after the end of Ally McBeal, Fox is returning to the legal dramedy arena with another female-centered young ensemble. The network has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Underlings, from Hart of Dixie creator producer Leila Gerstein and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Written/executive produced by Gerstein, The Underlings is set at a corporate law firm fueled by greed where a group of beleaguered, hapless assistants, led by a plucky… Read
Nancy Pelosi To Host Congressional Screening Of Gun Violence Documentary
In the homestretch of a heated election season where gun laws and regulations have been the at the forefront of discussion, Robert Greenwald’s documentary Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA is set for a congressional screening led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She will be joined by other congressional members at Thursday’s screening in Washington, D.C., which is said to be a push toward sparking serious conversations about sensible gun legislation.
Andrea Tantaros’ Shrink Backs Sexual Harassment Claims Against Roger Ailes & Fox News
The battle between former The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros and Fox News Channel and Roger Ailes just took a detour from the courts to the shrink's couch and back again today. In filings her lawyer Wednesday to stop the multimillion-dollar sexual harassment suit against the cable news giant, its former boss and its current brass from going to arbitration, Tantaros' psychologist says she knew about the alleged bad behavior at FNC for years.
"In 2014, Andrea told me about… Read
ABC Nabs Political Family Comedy Starring Felicity Huffman From Kenya Barris & Vijal Patel With Big Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: In one of the biggest half-hour sales so far this season, ABC has landed a family comedy from Black-ish creator/executive producer Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel, which has Emmy winner Felicity Huffman attached to star and executive produce. The single-camera project about a politically divided family hails from ABC Studios, where Barris and Patel are under overall deals. The big commitment, a rarity for a deal between a studio and its… Read
‘Angry Birds’ Helmer Clay Kaytis Aligned With Amblin’s ‘The Lunch Witch’
EXCLUSIVE: Amblin Partners has acquired Deb Lucke’s YA novel The Lunch Witch, with Angry Birds co-director Clay Kaytis attached to make his live-action directing debut. Michael De Luca is producing. They will set a writer quickly.
The setup: For generations and generations, the women of Grunhilda’s family have stirred up trouble in a big, black pot. Grunhilda inherits her famous ancestors’ recipes and cauldron, but no one believes in magic anymore. Despite the fact that… Read
‘The Magicians’ Casts Christopher Gorham; ‘Outcast’ Adds C. Thomas Howell
Covert Affairs alum Christopher Gorham is set for a recurring role on the second season of Syfy’s The Magicians. Based on the bestselling novels from Lev Grossman, The Magicians centers on Quentin (Jason Ralph), a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. Gorham will play Sen. John Gaines, who discovers he's in possession of unusual abilities. Gorham is in post-production on… Read
Nancy Travis Cast In ‘Bernard And Huey’; Jonathan Baker To Co-Star In ‘Inconceivable’
Nancy Travis has been tapped as the lead in Bernard and Huey, written by Pulitzer-winning satirist and screenwriter Jules Feiffer. Based on Feiffer’s comic strip characters, the Dan Mirvish-directed pic follows two old friends and a woman who complicates their lives. Travis will play Mona, a stylish, decisive, opinionated and brutally honest editor at a New York publishing house. She stars as the matriarch opposite Tim Allen on ABC’s Last Man Standing, whose sixth season p… Read
‘NCIS’ Current & Former Cast & Crew Remember Gary Glasberg: “Our Rock, Our Cheerleader, Our Team Captain” – Update
UPDATED with additional reaction: It is a day of mourning on the sets of NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans where the casts and crews are trying to come to grips with the devastating news about the sudden death of the series’ executive producer Gary Glasberg. Here is the statement released on behalf of the actors and crew members of mothership NCIS, on which Glasberg served as showrunner, followed by messages by current and former cast members of the venerable drama series.
‘Imaginary Mary’ Order Trimmed By ABC
ABC has cut the order for midseason live-action/CGI-hybrid comedy series Imaginary Mary to nine episodes (pilot plus eight), from its original 13-episode order.
The pilot, from The Goldbergs team of Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio and Happy Madison, was well received at ABC last spring, though the live-action portion, especially star Jenna Elfman, scored higher marks than the CGI elements. A decision was made to make some tweaks to the animation which require more time… Read