Trevor Noah Assures Correspondents “Nothing’s Going To Change” On ‘The Daily Show’
“It's still The Daily Show, nothing's going to change," Trevor Noah assures the three remaining members of Jon Stewart’s Best F#@king News Team Ever – and viewers – in a new promo video for Noah’s September 28 debut as host.
Days earlier, The Daily Show announced it had hired Baratunde Thurston to oversee creation and production of original content for digital and social outlets, calling the hire part of the “evolution of The Daily Show under new host Trevor Noah."… Read
WGA Candidates Issue “Strike Threat” For 2017: Cable Parity, New Media, Packaging & Paper Teams Among Hot-Button Issues
When the WGA's current contract expires in May 2017, it will have been almost 10 years since writers last struck the film and TV industry. Negotiations for a new contract won't start for another 18 months, but the topic is taking center stage in the the guild's ongoing officer and board elections as those elected will represent film and TV writers in the upcoming negotiations with producers. Gearing up for tough talks, WGA candidates are already talking about the need for… Read
Ross Partridge Joins Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’; Sarah Carter In ‘Hawaii-Five-O’
Ross Partridge has been cast opposite Winona Ryder in Netflix’s supernatural period drama Stranger Things (fka Montauk). Described as a love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1980 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little… Read
Karen Gillan Completes ‘Circle’, Lands Final Lead In James Ponsoldt Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Karen Gillan has been tapped to co-star in James Ponsoldt’s film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ The Circle. The Doctor Who and Guardians Of The Galaxy actress joins a loaded cast that includes Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega.
Gillan has been set to play Annie, a warm, cute, goofy, old-money confident and fiercely intelligent member of The Circle, an Internet monopoly that links users' personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal… Read
Vincent Cassel Set To Join ‘Bourne’ Movie
Vincent Cassel has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' yet-untitled Jason Bourne movie, which has Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass returning to the fold. Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Julia Stiles have also been cast in the pic, the logline of which is being kept quiet. Greengrass and Christopher Rouse are writing the script.
Frank Marshall is producing the action-thriller alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment as well as Greengrass, Damon… Read
L.A. City Council Unanimously Votes For 2024 Olympics Bid, Hollywood “On-Board”
It has been a 40-year wait but Los Angeles may be hosting another Summer Olympics in the next decade. Today, the L.A. City Council took a big step towards making that a reality. In a unanimous 15-0 vote Tuesday, the council and Mayor Eric Garcetti said Yes to making a bid to secure the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games for the home of Hollywood. “We all know the next two years are about fleshing out the details, but this is in our DNA,” Garcetti said after the vote this… Read
Lester Holt Trumps David Muir And Pope Francis In Early Ratings
Lester Holt outstripped David Muir’s virtual audience with Pope Francis last night in preliminary ratings. Holt-anchored NBC Nightly News clocked a timeslot affiliate stat of 8.51 million viewers, besting ABC World News Tonight (7.65M) which Muir anchored from the Vatican, having snagged a very big “get” on the eve of his his first anniversary as host of the newscast. The evening newscast included portions of a Muir-moderated satellite audience with Pope Francis, in… Read
‘Everest’: Baltasar Kormakur, Tim Bevan & Jason Clarke on Mounting An Epic – Venice Q&A
SPOILER ALERT: While Everest is based upon real events which made headlines around the world in 1996 and spawned numerous accounts, the following includes details that may be unfamiliar to those who didn’t follow the original news.
Mounting Working Title's Everest, which opens the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, was a climb that Sisyphus wouldn't have envied. A long development period came with financing issues and the inherent challenges of shooting in a decidely… Read
Zachary Levi Replaces Josh Radnor in Broadway’s ‘She Loves Me’ Revival
The Chuck and Tangled star has taken over the lead role of Georg opposite the Amalia of Tony winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy) in a revival of the 1963 romantic musical about shop clerks in love. The show, scheduled for a limited run in the spring, also stars René Auberjonois, Gavin Creel, Michael McGrath and Jane Krakowski; Scott Ellis is directing, with choreography by Warren Carlyle and musical direction by Paul Gemignani.
The Roundabout earlier announced Josh Radnor (How I… Read
‘River’ Teaser: In Toronto Thriller Prognosis Not Good For Rossif Sutherland
Bad times for a do-gooder abound in River, a new thriller from first time feature director Jamie M. Dagg. The film follows an American volunteer doctor in Laos who, after refusing the orders of a senior surgeon is forced to take a leave of absence. Heading to a remote island in the south of Laos, his solace is shattered after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young Laotian woman, accidentally killing her assailant. Horrified and panicked, he flees, soon finding… Read
‘Lost City Of Z’ Adds ‘Turn’s Angus Macfadyen
EXCLUSIVE: From the American Revolution to the jungles of the early 20th century, the adaptation of David Grann's bestseller has another explorer. Angus Macfadyen has joined the cast of The Lost City Of Z. Best known for his role as Robert The Bruce in Braveheart and currently playing Major Robert Rogers on AMC's Turn, Macfadyen will play James Murray in the James Grey helmed film.
The real-life explorer Murray went into the jungles of South America with Percy Fawcett… Read
Analeigh Tipton To Star In Thriller ‘Sadie’
Up and comer Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love, Warm Bodies, Mississippi Grind) will star in filmmaker Craig Goodwill's psychological thriller Sadie from a script with and written by Brian Clark. Goodwill, whose feature Patch Town recently bowed, will helm the story that centers on a young female novelist (Tipton) who, along with an enigmatic woman named Charlotte, are enticed by an ex-lover to join him at his Italian villa for a weekend celebration being held to honor… Read