Robert Wagner Joins Sci-Fi Thriller ‘What Happened To Monday’; ‘Little Pink House’ Adds Jeanne Tripplehorn, Callum Keith Rennie
Robert Wagner is joining Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe on the sci-fi action thriller What Happened To Monday?, currently shooting in Bucharest, Romania. The film is set in a blighted, overpopulated future where governments have been forced to enact drastic population control measures limiting people to one child only. One family however has circumvented the restrictions, raising identical septuplet girls who each get to spend one day of the week out in the… Read
Hulu And Viacom Renew And Expand Streaming Programming Deal
This should help Hulu, and add fuel to the debate among Viacom watchers over whether it benefits — or shoots itself in the foot — when it syndicates popular shows to subscription VOD services.
The companies just renewed and expanded their multiyear pact that makes Hulu the exclusive SVOD home for popular shows from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV.
Kids shows in the agreement include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rabbids Invasion, Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Bella… Read
Blake Jenner Joins Hailee Steinfeld In Untitled Coming Of Age Drama
Blake Jenner is joining Hailee Steinfeld in the upcoming untitled coming of age drama formerly called Besties. The film centers on Nadine Byrd (Steinfeld), whose father tragically dies when she is seven. She grows up to become a disaffected, emotionally isolated teenager, but when Nadine’s best friend begins dating her brother, she melts down. One of her teachers, as well as a fellow student and potential love interest, try to help her get through her angst.
Jenner will… Read
Matt Phelps Tapped For Ubisoft Motion Pictures VP Role As L.A. Office Opens Doors
EXCLUSIVE: Former Gulfstream Pictures exec Matt Phelps has moved on to Ubisoft Motion Pictures as the studio’s new VP Development. He is heading up the opening of the company’s Los Angeles offices as selected staff relocate to Southern California from Paris.
While at Warner Bros-based Gulfstream, Phelps worked on the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy Blended, as well as the Open Road animated film The Nut Job. Upcoming Gulfstream projects he oversaw before moving to… Read
Kevin Pereira To Host Celebrity Passion Series ‘Super Into’ For TruTV
TruTV has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of Super Into, a series in which celebrities take us inside their private passions, with Kevin Pereira (Attack Of The Show!) as host. It’s set to premiere on October 26.
With guest stars including Michelle Rodriguez, Rob Corddry, Kesha, Margaret Cho and Nick Young, Super Into lets viewers see how each celeb geeks out on everything from sneakers to marijuana to motorcycles. Each episode is packed with short animations and stylized… Read
Alchemy Expands Exec Roles For Brooke Ford & Jeff Deutchman
Indie distribution outfit Alchemy has promoted Brooke Ford to EVP Marketing, Acquisitions & Productions, and Jeff Deutchman to SVP Acquisitions & Productions. Ford, who had been EVP Marketing, will now also oversee Alchemy's film acquisitions team. Deutchman, formerly VP Acquisitions, will report to her and continue to fine-tune the the company's project pipeline. Ford will report to CEO Bill Lee.
Ford has been at the company — formerly known as First Look, then… Read
‘The Leftovers’ Opens Season 2 With Early 713K Tuned In To Premiere In L+SD
With a good-ish portion of Season 1’s cast gone, and a somewhat sunnier reboot, the Season 2 opener of HBO’s rapture-drama The Leftovers averaged 713,000 total and 413,000 demo viewers Sunday in Live+Same Day ratings for its time-slot premiere.
On June 29, 2014, the series premiere of the high-concept post-rapture drama pulled in 1.8M viewers in its 10 PM slot on a Sunday. (Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers originally had been set to debut June 15 of that year, following the… Read
‘The Last Kingdom’ First-Look Clip: Uhtred’s Life-Changing Moment
BBC America has dropped some pretty intense footage from the series premiere of The Last Kingdom. The historical drama from BBC America, BBC Two and Carnival Films debuts October 10 in the U.S. setting up the adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of books, The Saxon Stories.
The eight-part drama follows young warrior and outsider, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon), on a fierce mission to reclaim his birthright, while re-telling the history of King Alfred the Great… Read
Hilary Swank Moves To WME
EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has joined WME. This is a big get for the agency, with the versatile actress capable of moving between multiple genres and ready to return to the heights of a career that saw her win two Best Actress Oscars by the age of 30. Swank joins from CAA. Her most recent film, The Homesman in which she starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones, John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep premiered at Cannes last year.
Swank memorably… Read
Chantal Akerman Dies: Pioneering Belgian Filmmaker Was 65
A director, cinematographer, writer, editor and sometime actress, Belgian-born filmmaker Chantal Akerman has died. The death was confirmed by French film industry organization ARP. Le Monde has reported that Akerman committed suicide Monday night. She was 65.
Akerman began making movies at age 17 with her first short, 1968’s Saute Ma Ville. Among her oeuvre are such films as Je, Tu, Il, Elle in which she starred with Niels Arestrup; Les Rendez-Vous D’Anna and The Captive… Read
ABC Family To Be Renamed As Freeform
ABC Family is changing its name. Starting in January 2016, the Disney-owned TV network targeting younger viewers will be known as Freeform. The network will begin promoting the new branding right away, while the new logo will be unveiled in a few months.
This will be the first time in 27 years that the cable channel won’t have “family” in its name. Launched in 1977 by Pat Robertson, it was named the CBN Family Channel in 1988 and kept the word in as it went through… Read
‘Scorpion’ Ratings Inch Up While ‘Minority Report’ Slips To 0.7 In Adults 18-49
Snapshot: New series Week 3 retention – Blindspot (2.5 in 18-49, 96%), Life In Pieces (1.9, 100% in fast nationals, may be adjusted down in the finals), Minority Report (0.7, 78%). Most other series were on par or off by a tenth while CBS' Scorpion was up a tenth.
We may see the first scheduling change this fall after Fox freshman Minority Report posted a 22% Week 2-to-Week 3 drop to hit the dreaded 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. No series has been able to recover and stay… Read