Kevin Costner Sues Kylin Pictures For $3.85M Over ‘Shanghai Sojourners’ Breach
Kevin Costner and his Treehouse Films have filed a $3,85 million breach of contract suit against Chinese financier Kylin Pictures and various unnamed defendants for backing out of a proposed film Shanghai Sojourners.
The film is described on Kylin’s website as follows: “During WWII while Shanghai was under control by Japanese forces, a young Chinese woman falls in love with a young Jewish man exiled from his home in Europe. Together, they plot his escape from China before… Read
Will Ferrell Visits ‘@Midnight’ As George W. Bush To Defend Family Honor
Will Ferrell visits Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick tonight as George W. Bush, to defend the family name, in the wake of The Washington Post‘s release of the Access Hollywood tape of “my cousin Billy Bush.”
“He’s been in the news a lot lately, him and and that disgraced pumpkin Donald Trump, talking on that bus….We Bushes don’t act like that,” Ferrell/Bush… Read
‘The Punisher’ Recruits Paul Schulze, Others For Netflix’s New Marvel Series
Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie) has been cast as a series regular in Netflix’s upcoming The Punisher. One of five newly announced castings for the Marvel’s Daredevil spinoff, Schulze will play Rawlins, a high-ranking member of the CIA whose operations in Afghanistan intersect with topliner Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle.
The other newcomers include Daniel Webber (11.22.63), Jason R. Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel) and, as reported exclusively by… Read
Donald Trump-ian ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Episode Gets Post-Election Airdate
There’s been a new airdate sighting for Law & Order: SVU’s Donald Trump-ian episode, “Unstoppable.” That new date: Wednesday, November 16, 9 PM.
When last we checked in on the elusive episode, 11 days ago, NBC had removed it from its previous October 26 airdate, deciding to hold it until some unspecified date after the November 8 Election Day.
The new airdate presumably gives interested parties time to sort out election results that Trump already has said will be rigged… Read
Janet Patterson Dies: Costume Designer & Jane Campion Regular Was Four-Time Oscar Nominee
Janet Patterson, a costume designer who worked on several Jane Campion films and amassed four Oscar nominations over a 30-year career, has died. Rocco Hindman, head of the agency that repped Patterson, told the Associated Press that she died recently in Australia but did not provide details, including her age.
She launched her career with the 1984 Australian TV series Sweet and Sour and the 1986 miniseries Palace of Dreams, then turned her focus exclusively to features… Read
‘24: Legacy’ Trailer: “Everything You Think You Know About Me, You Don’t”
It’s been nearly eight years since Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer kept the world safe for democracy in 24 and more than two since he returned for 24: Live Another Day. Well, this is 2016, and a new man is on the case for the revived Counter Terrorist Unit in Washington. That guy is Eric Carter (Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins), and he’s got some bad-guy dodging, butt-kicking and score settling to do in 24: Legacy.
Here’s the new trailer for Fox’s upcoming franchise… Read
Ludacris To Star In Indie BMX Action Drama ‘Ride’
EXCLUSIVE: Fast & Furious regular and rap star Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has been tapped to star in BMX, an inspirational action drama based on the true story of BMX rider John Buultjens. Alex Ranarivelo (Running Wild, Praying For Rain) is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Hadeel Reda, Jean-Marie Sobeck and Jack Reher. Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar’s ESX Entertainment are producing in their latest collaboration with the director.
Shane Graham (Boyhood) stars… Read
‘Moonlight’ Review: Moving Story Of Self-Discovery Should Resonate At Oscar Time
Moonlight, a fall festival breakout, opened on just four screens in Los Angeles and New York over the weekend and immediately began challenging records for an independent film. As I say in my video review above, it is more than worthy of this kind of box office and critical acclaim. An intensely personal film from writer-director Barry Jenkins, Moonlight is a moving and pertinent coming-of-age story of a young African American named Chiron, growing up in a tough South… Read
The CW Buys Action Drama ‘Searchers’ From ‘The 100’ Creator & Greg Berlanti
Greg Berlanti Productions is capping a very prolific development season with another sale at the CW. The Warner Bros. TV-based company has teamed with Jason Rothenberg, developer, executive producer and showrunner of the CW/WBTV series The 100, for action/adventure drama project Searchers.
Written by Rothenberg, Searchers is about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the death of their parents, a pragmatic brother… Read
Sumner Redstone Files $150M Lawsuit Against Ex-Companions
UPDATE with statements from Herzer and Holland: Sumner Redstone, the 93-year-old media icon, has filed an elder abuse lawsuit against two of his former caregivers, claiming that they "commandeered" his life and "abused their positions of trust" by accepting more than $150 million in “gifts” from the ailing tycoon. Now he wants the money back, according to a fraud and breach of fiduciary lawsuit (read it here) filed by his attorneys today in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Colin Firth & Ged Doherty Take Lessons From ‘Filmmaking For Dummies’ To Hatch Two Genuine Oscar Contenders
EXCLUSIVE: “You’re popping our cherry,” Colin Firth laughed as I sat down to lunch with him and his production partner Ged Doherty last week at the Four Seasons.
He was referring to the fact that he and Doherty had not done any interviews to date about Raindog Films, the production company they founded in 2011. It has been five years since the Oscar-winning actor of The King’s Speech, and so many other films, teamed with Doherty, the former music company executive who was… Read
‘Walking Dead’: Scene Showing Alternate Negan Victim Surfaces
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of Sunday’s Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead.
Producers of AMC’s monster hit series The Walking Dead said they shot multiple versions of the pivotal death scene involving top bad guy Negan that took place during the Season 7 premiere Sunday. It was mostly done to deter spoilers from the actual brutal outcome of who bought the farm at the business end of Negan’s bat, and it worked — the uncertainty helped persuade 17… Read