New ‘Jesse Stone’ Movie Ordered By Hallmark; Tom Selleck Returns As Star
Jesse Stone fans’ prayers have been answered — after a four-year break, the popular Jesse Stone TV movie franchise will resume with its signature star, Tom Selleck, on a new network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Hallmark has picked up Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise, a ninth movie in the detective series, which is in pre-production in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a fall 2015 premiere. The previous eight movies aired on CBS, which opted not to order more after No.8, Jesse Stone… Read
‘Guardians’, ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Lead MTV Movie Award Noms
Just when you thought it was safe to move on from awards season (relax, it is), we have the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. You know, the trophy show that hands out hardware for categories including Best Kiss, Fight, Shirtless Performance and WTF Moment. This year's eight nominees for Movie of the Year include four Best Picture Oscar also-rans — American Sniper, Boyhood, Selma and Whiplash – along with the two highest-grossing films of 2014: The Hunger Games: Mocki… Read
Sling TV Folds IFC, Sundance TV, And EPIX Into Its Program Offerings
This is the shoe that had to drop after Dish Network’s $20 a month live streaming service announced that it had struck carriage deals with AMC Networks and EPIX, the premium service co-owned by Viacom, Lionsgate, and MGM.
Sling TV says today that it added IFC to its basic package, with no change in price. It has already folded in AMC. So subscribers can watch series including Better Call Saul, Mad Men and, now, IFC’s Portlandia. VOD content from the channels will be… Read
Who Wins Most With Andy Lack Back At NBC News?
Word that NBCUniversal is in talks to bring back Andrew Lack as news chief in hopes of restoring the division’s stature — and ratings — set industry observers to talking about who’d be the big winners in this development, and who not so much.
Brian Williams, for instance, will now have another pal in the place, as the company mulls whether his imaginative renderings of his role in events he covered for the division, including that helicopter attack in the early days of… Read
Alibaba Buys $380 Million Stake In Chinese Production Company Enlight
Jack Ma’s Alibaba has acquired an 8.8% stake in Enlight, one of China’s leading film and TV production companies, again highlighting the online giant’s eagerness to increase its presence in content creation. The stake is valued at $380 million. The news came in an announcement to the Shenzhen stock exchange.
The move to buy into Enlight, which last year struck a deal with Israel's Read
ITV Sees Strong Growth In 2014 Revenues; Production Arm At Nearly £1B
The home of Broadchurch and Downton Abbey, ITV this morning reported strong revenue growth for the full year ended December 31. Pre-tax profit was up 23% to £712M ($1.09B), beating analyst estimates. There was a 6% hike in net advertising revenue to £1.63B and expectation is that the trend will continue with an 11% jump in the first quarter of 2015. The production division, ITV Studios, saw 9% revenue growth to £933M and a 22% increase in profits to £162M. That trajectory… Read
How Warner Bros And Andrew Lazar Won War Photog Book Scrum
EXCLUSIVE: How did Warner Bros win the most hotly contested book auction in a long time, closing a deal last night for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, the memoir of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario? I’m hearing they were in a dead heat with several other suitors, until they executed the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass to get Steven Spielberg. Warner Bros, led by Greg Silverman, Racheline Benveniste and Julia Spiro, was squarely in… Read
Lina Esco Hellbent For ‘Lucifer'; Elliot Knight Joins ‘The Advocate’
Lina Esco (Cane) has booked a role in Fox’s drama pilot Lucifer, from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the show centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. Esco will play Lucifer’s best friend Maze, a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman… Read
Warner Bros Shifts ‘Max’ To June; RLJ Entertainment Ups One Exec, Hires Another
Call it the dog days of summer. Warner Bros has moved the release of its Boaz Yakin-directed pic Max up by two months to June 26. The film about a wayward teen who befriends the military dog that was partnered to his older brother, a Marine killed in action in Afghanistan, was set to bow August 21. Josh Wiggins, Thomas Haden Church and Lauren Graham star. It now will face off against a pair of comedies: Universal’s Seth MacFarlane sequel Ted 2 and Clarius Entertainment’s T… Read
‘He Never Died’ Clip: Henry Rollins Even More Badass In SXSW Midnight Pic
Henry Rollins is an actor, musician, author, journalist, radio host, world traveler, publisher and a whole lot more — but Los Angeles folks of a certain age might remember him best at the ’80s frontman for punk legends Black Flag. Regardless, it’s unlikely anyone has seen him like this: with a hunger for human flesh. Welcome to He Never Died, writer-director Jason Krawczyk’s film about Jack (Rollins), an outcast and recluse with a violent past who battles his eternal… Read
Luis Guzman To Star In CBS’ ‘Code Black'; Cody Horn In ABC’s ‘Broad Squad’
Veteran Luis Guzman is set as a lead opposite Maggie Grace in CBS pilot Code Black, a medical drama written by Michael Seitzman and directed by David Semel for ABC Studios. Based on Ryan McGarry's feature documentary of the same name, the show is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation and revolves around four residents who are getting their first taste of ER medicine and the medical staff who mentor, teach and terrify them. Guzman, repped by Gersh… Read
‘CSI: Cyber’ Review: Patricia Arquette Plugs In Franchise, Says Dominic Patten
Debuting Wednesday on CBS, the newest installment in the CSI franchise features Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette. Yet, despite being the fourth series in the franchise the show is, as I say in my video review above, surprisingly fresh.
And make no mistake about it, CSI: Cyber is truly the Patricia Arquette show. The first CSI to be led by a woman, this latest incarnation is very 2015 while not trying any sort of genre or franchise overreach in what has obviously… Read