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Chris Chalk Cast As Lucius Fox On ‘Gotham’

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Another key character from the DC Batman universe is heading to Gotham. Chris Chalk (12 Years a Slave) has been cast as Lucius Fox in the Fox drama series. He will appear in the penultimate episode 21 of the current first season season with an option to return in Season 2. Lucius Fox is Wayne Enterprise’s resident tech genius. In a corporation shadowed by nefarious dealings, Fox emerges as a moral beacon for young Bruce Wayne. His desire to help Bruce uphold Thomas… Read


Lorene Scafaria Helms ‘The Meddler’ With Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, JK Simmons

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EXCLUSIVE: Lorene Scafaria wrote and will direct The Meddler, a film that will star Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and freshly minted Oscar winner JK Simmons. Pic is Scafaria’s directing followup to Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. Pic tells the story of Marnie Minervini, recent widow and eternal optimist, who transplants to Hollywood to be closer to her daughter, only to embark on a sea change all her own. Armed with an iPhone and a full bank account, Marnie sets… Read


Benjamin Bratt Joins Bryan Cranston In ‘The Infiltrator’

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EXCLUSIVE: Benjamin Bratt has been set to star alongside Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger in The Infiltrator, a fact-based thriller that will be directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer). Pic's produced by Good Films' Miriam Segal and production begins shortly. Based on the Robert Mazur autobiography with a script by Ellen Brown Furman, The Infiltrator revolves around a customs and excise agent (Cranston), who went undercover as a money launderer and infiltrated the… Read


Shelley Conn Joins NBC’s ‘Heart Matters'; Carlease Burke In Suzanne Martin Pilot

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Shelley Conn (Terra Nova) has booked a regular role in NBC's drama pilot Heart Matters. Inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, the medical soap follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. Conn will play Millicent. She and Alex are not exactly rivals but they do not… Read


‘Chappie’ Review: Pete Hammond Says This Robot Is A Heavy Metal Mess

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After a promising start with District 9, it has been straight downhill for writer-director Neill Blomkamp. That 2009 film won four Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture. But his follow-up, Elysium, failed to excite, and now a ridiculous robot movie Chappie takes Blomkamp even further away from the early potential he showed. Bottom line is this so-called “futuristic” tale is a bit of a mess, a hybrid of Robocop and Short Circuit with none of the know-how that… Read


Lauren Ambrose To Star In ABC’s ‘Broad Squad'; Michael Gaston, Others Also Cast


ABC has set the four leads in its period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, with the last one going to Lauren Ambrose, currently seen in USA’s limited series DIG. Also cast in the pilot, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc, are Michael Gaston (The Mentalist), Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho) and Alberto Frezza. Broad Squad, from Kapital Entertainment, Fake Empire and ABC Studios, is a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first… Read


‘Dating Naked’ $10M Lawsuit Stripped By Judge

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EXCLUSIVE: Almost six months after Jessie Nizewitz took Viacom and the producers of the VH1 series Dating Naked to court for some big bucks for showing too much of her skin, the reality show contestant's case has been left in its own birthday suit. A New York State Supreme Court judge has granted the defendants' motion for dismissal against the former model (read it here). In a hearing Wednesday, Judge Anil Singh not only dispensed with the August 19, 2014 filed complaint… Read


The Oscars May Be Over But Next Year’s Race Is Already On — Will Redmayne And Inarritu Be Back For Round Two?


With the 2014 Oscar race fading further into memory, I say it’s never too early to look ahead to what’s in store for the nascent 2015 contest. It should start coming into the beginnings of focus when Cannes starts in May, or maybe even at CinemaCon in late April (though that National Association of Theatre Owners confab usually highlights more obviously commercial stuff, not necessarily Oscar bait). It’s interesting to note that by this time last year, three of the eight… Read

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‘Chappie’ Tracking For A $16M Weekend – Friday Box Office


UPDATE, 2:46 PM: According to mid-day industry estimates, Sony/Media Rights Capital’s Chappie from director Neill Blomkamp is tracking above studio weekend estimates of $14M, looking at $16M with an eye on a $5.5M Friday at 3,201 theaters. Sure, that’s lower than opening days of the director’s previous two films — 2009’s District 9 (opening day $14.16M, weekend $37.4M) and 2013’s Elysium (opening day $11M, weekend $29.8M) — but both those titles were August launches when… Read


Relativity Sets Adam Targum To Adapt SEAL Team Six Hero Tale ‘Fearless’


Relativity Studios set Banshee exec producer Adam Targum to adapt Fearless, the Eric Blehm bestselling book about SEAL Team Six operator Adam Brown, who overcame personal demons including drug addiction and jail time, to fulfill his dream of making the SEAL squad. With the support of his wife and family, and drawing on his faith, Brown persevered through relapses and injuries that should have been career ending, but ultimately earning a spot on the elite SEAL Team Six. In… Read


Melanie Griffith To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot About Family With Genius Kids


Melanie Griffith is set to co-star in ABC’s untitled Molyneux comedy pilot (formerly The Brainy Bunch), from Imagine TV and 20th TV. The single-camera project, written/executive produced by Wendy & Lizzie Molyneux, is inspired by the book by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding. Through a combination of genetics and dynamic home schooling, Kip and Mona Lisa Mitchell find themselves raising extraordinarily intelligent kids. Griffith will play Mona Lisa’s mom Celeste, a former pageant… Read


‘Happyish’ Trailer: Steve Coogan’s Search For Happiness — And An Erection

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Showtime has dropped the first full trailer for its new half-hour comedy Happyish ahead of its April 26 premiere. Steve Coogan stars as Thom Payne, a 44-year-old whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old wunderkind boss arrives, saying things like "digital," "social" and "viral." Is he in need of a "rebranding," or does he just have a "low joy ceiling?" Check out the trailer above in which we see the troubled Payne mulling the idea of happiness with… Read