‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Stuntman Slaps Age-Discrimination Suit On Sony, Marvel & Others
Veteran stuntman BJ Davis has sued the stunt coordinator of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — along with Sony Pictures, Marvel and others — for age discrimination, claiming that he "made no secret of the fact that he felt plaintiff was too old to work as a stunt man." The case, his suit states, "represents a particularly violent instance of age discrimination and exposes the pervasive problem of age discrimination in the stunt industry." Columbia Pictures, Avi Arad Productions… Read
‘Steve Jobs’, ‘A Better You’, ‘Trash’, ‘Ladrones’ & More Face Off At Specialty B.O.
Only days after its bow at the New York Film Festival, Universal Pictures will begin rolling out the Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs in four theaters this weekend. Though a studio offering, the title has some kinship with its more traditional specialty counterparts with a limited release positioned to capitalize on festival buzz. The film leads a busy pack of openers this weekend including Kino Lorber's The Forbidden Room, which also screened at NYFF this week after its… Read
Hollywood Accused Of “White-Washing” Roles Meant For Asians
Hollywood again is being accused of "white-washing" roles originally written as Asian characters. The latest incident is on Ridley Scott's The Martian, in which white actress Mackenzie Davis stars as Mindy Park, who's identified as a Korean-American scientist in the book the film was based on.
"This insulting practice of white-washing has got to stop," said Aki Aleong, President of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which has been battling the problem for… Read
ABC Buys Paul Lieberstein Legal Dramedy
Former The Office executive producer/showrunner Paul Lieberstein has sold a second broadcast project, the hourlong Negotiations. Set up at ABC through ABC Studios, Negotiations is a comedic drama about life, politics and romance in one of the world’s largest law firms. Lieberstein will write the script and will executive produce alongside 3 Arts’ Howard Klein.
This would mark the second consecutive hourlong series for comedy veteran Lieberstein, who recently served as an… Read
Ernie Hudson Joins Epix Comedy Series ‘Graves’; Ari Graynor In Showtime’s ‘I’m Dying Up Here’
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) has been cast as a semi-regular on Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. In Graves, 25 years after his presidency, former Commander in Chief Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades and so, with his young assistant (Skylar Astin), he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration's wrongs just as his wife, the former… Read
‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ Opens And 916K Watch On CNBC
The debut of Jay Leno’s Garage clocked CNBC’s biggest primetime audience last night with 916K viewers. In addition to being far and away CNBC’s biggest primetime audience Wednesday night – the closest competitor was the 8 PM Shark Tank repeat with 645K viewers – Leno’s debut also came in 40% better than same day last week in the time slot (a Shark Tank repeat that logged 653K) and 66% better than CNBC did same day last year in primetime (551K).
But in the network’s target… Read
NBC Developing Dramedy Inspired By Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis made national headlines in 2013 for filibustering anti-abortion legislation in the Texas Senate. Now the former Democratic state senator is poised for more national attention as the inspiration for a dramedy series in development at NBC.
Written by Jennifer Cecil, the untitled project centers on a female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor's race, gets her world turned upside down. In the vein of The Good Wife, while she pieces her pride… Read
Vin Scully To Miss Dodgers Postseason After Medical Procedure
How about that? Vin Scully, who has been calling Dodgers games since the Truman administration, will miss the team’s playoff run as he recovers from a medical procedure. The team announced the unwelcome news on Twitter:
Vin Scully underwent a recommended medical procedure this morning and is resting comfortably. (1/3)
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 8, 2015
On the advice of his doctors, Scully will miss the Dodgers' postseason games to rest up but is… Read
Trevor Noah First Week Hosting ‘The Daily Show’: 1.02M Viewers
Trevor Noah averaged 1.02 million viewers in his first week as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show – a 33% decline compared to the franchise’s same week year ago crowd. The drop is not surprising, given that Jon Stewart was a much regarded host who’d built the franchise into a major player in the political and cultural conversation, while Noah is a South African comedian who’s relatively unknown in this country.
More surprising, perhaps, is the median age of Noah’s… Read
Frank Langella Inks With ICM Partners & Circle Of Confusion
EXCLUSIVE: Frank Langella has returned to ICM Partners and has additionally signed with Circle of Confusion for management. He had been at Paradigm since May 2014.
The Oscar nominee and three-time Tony winner is shooting HBO’s LBJ film All The Way starring Bryan Cranston as the president; Langella plays LBJ’s mentor Sen. Richard Russell. Langella will next be seen opposite Viggo Mortenson in Captain Fantastic and starring alongside Billy Crudup in Youth In Oregon. He also… Read
‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Review: Make A Date With Witty Work In Progress
We all know relationships can be tricky, but as The CW's only new addition of the fall makes very clear, they can be nutty too and also a sight to behold. Debuting on October 12 before the second season of Jane The Virgin begins, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as my video review above says, can be sing-out-loud fun, sometimes floundering and, from what I've seen, a strong work in progress. And it is also worth going on a first date with for the wit, the humor and the chance to see… Read
Stan Lee & William Shatner To Unveil Collaboration At Comikaze 2015; ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Adds Peter Nyong’o
Stan Lee and William Shatner will unveil a collaborative project at the fifth annual Stan Lee Comikaze Expo. The convention returns to Los Angeles on Halloween weekend, October 30-November 1. Details of the collaboration between Lee and Shatner remain under wraps. In addition, Comikaze has announced a still-developing slate of appearances and events throughout the event. Among them special sessions with comics legends Lee, Mike Mignola, Grant Morrison, Marc Silvestri, Rob… Read