Simon Pegg, Mike Myers Join Feature Thriller ‘Terminal’
Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons (The Riot Club), Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Kick-Ass) have joined Margot Robbie in the cast of Vaughn Stein's noir thriller, Terminal.
Terminal tells the story of two hit-men (Fletcher and Irons) as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair come across a dynamic woman named Annie (Robbie) who may be more involved than they had… Read
Oscilloscope Acquires Cannes Critics’ Week Pic ‘One Week And A Day’; FilmRise Gets Dose Of ‘The Sunshine Makers’
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Asaph Polonsky's debut feature film One Week And A Day. The Hebrew-language movie just had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Critics’ Week sidebar, where it won a pair of awards. A theatrical release is planned. The plot of the pic from the Israeli-American writer-director Polonsky: The day following a week of mourning of their late son is the one on which Eyal and his wife, Vicky, are supposed to… Read
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tony Hale, Margot Robbie & More Join NBC’s ‘Red Nose Day Special’
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tony Hale, Iwan Rheon, Sterling K. Brown, Yvette Nicole Brown, Margot Robbie, Jane Lynch, Connie Britton, Jay Pharaoh and Mayim Bialik are among the celebrities who have signed on for NBC’s Red Nose Day Special. The fundraiser that aims to help lift kids out of poverty will be broadcast live on May 26 from 9-11 PM ET on NBC. The special, hosted by Craig Ferguson, features comedy, music performances, and short films that shed light on children in need… Read
ITV Studios America Taps Michael Azzolino As EVP Creative Affairs
Former Jerry Bruckheimer TV SVP Michael Azzolino is moving to ITV Studios America as EVP Creative Affairs. Based in Los Angeles, Azzolino will oversee development and current operations for the growing roster of scripted television programming produced by ITV Studios in the U.S. market. He begins his new job on June 13, reporting to Philippe Maigret, President, ITV Studios America.
"Michael will bring with him deep relationships in the creative community and his… Read
Bill Cosby To Face Trial Over 2004 Alleged Rape, Judge Rules
3RD UPDATE, 9:59 AM: Bill Cosby will face a trial on criminal charges of allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, Judge Elizabeth McHugh has just ruled. Cosby has waived a formal arraignment appearance so the process moves straight to a trial on three felony second-degree aggravated indecent assault charges — or a plea bargain.
Outside the Norristown, PA courthouse, Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle called the ruling a “travesty of justice.” He went… Read
‘The Bachelorette’ Solid In Return, All Season Finale Ratings Down Vs. Last Year
It’s been a long broadcast season, so TV viewers may be ready for new summer offerings. A summer staple, ABC’s The Bachelorette, returned last night in solid fighting form, drawing a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating in the fast nationals. That is currently the top demo rating of the night, edging the performance finales of NBC’s The Voice and Dancing with the Stars (both at a 1.9). There may be upward adjustments in the finals but the two-hour The Bachelorette will likely end up… Read
CAA Cooks Up Culinary Division
CAA hopes its new division has the recipe for success. The agency announced today the launch of CAA Culinary, a full-service culinary marketing and hospitality branch. The unit’s top chef will be veteran talent manager Andrew Chason, who joins CAA from Vector Eats, a talent management agency he co-founded and that specializes in representing high-profile culinary personalities.
The CAA Culinary team will work to create new business opportunities for clients and the agency… Read
‘Spider-Man’ Homecoming’ Scribes On Board For ‘Game Night’ At New Line
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are game to reunite with New Line Cinema. The Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters have been hired to rewrite Game Night, the pic being produced by Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films. Goldstein and Daley, who made their directorial debut on last summer’s Vacation reboot for New Line that grossed $104.9 million worldwide, are also attached to direct this one.
Game Night follows a group of couples gather for their regularly planned… Read
Franka Potente Joins ‘Dark Matter’ Season 2 As Recurring
Franka Potente (The Bridge, Copper) has booked a recurring role on Season 2 of Syfy's space opera Dark Matter. The series, created by Stargate writers/EPs Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, follows six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got onboard.
Potente will play Commander Shaddick, Chief Inspector of the Galactic Authority Serious Crimes Division. She is cool, calculated and determined to prove the crew of the Raza… Read
All3Media Takes Stake In Caravan; Cannes Marché Hits Record – Briefs
All3Media has come aboard to back UK-based factual TV and film producer Caravan, taking an undisclosed stake in the company. Founded by Dinah Lord and Juliet Singer in 2015, Caravan’s recent credits include Panorama – Britain's Mental Health Crisis and A Royal Wedding: Indian Style. The company is currently in production with shows for Sky Arts, BBC Three and NHK. Lord previously executive produced at Brook Lapping, Swan Films, Silver River and Pulse Films for the UK and… Read
James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke: J.J. Abrams Gives “Director Notes” To Chewbacca Mom
What could be better than “director notes” from Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams himself? If you’re the Chewbacca Mask Mom – nothing.
North Carolina mom Candace Payne (aka Chewbacca Mask Mom) got the expert advice from Abrams as Payne, whose Facebook clip of herself wearing a talking Chewbacca mask went viral, drove CBS’ Late Late Show host James Corden to work. Abrams came along for the ride, and of course, had to give her a few Chewbacca tips. Corden… Read
Burt Kwouk Dies: Actor Played Cato In Seven ‘Pink Panther’ Movies
Burt Kwouk, the veteran actor most closely associated with the role of the long-suffering Cato in The Pink Panther series opposite Peter Sellers, has died at age 85. A statement released by the actor’s family confirmed Kwouk passed away peacefully May 24. Kwouk was born in Warrington in the UK but lived in Shanghai until he was 17. His long career took in seven Pink Panther films, three James Bonds as well as appearances in Doctor Who and The Avengers.
Kwouk’s big break… Read