Kevin Costner Walks Away From Amazon Drama ‘Trial’
It wasn’t mean to be. After weeks of courtship and a week of of negotiations, Kevin Costner has opted not to proceed with Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. For a few days, it looked like Costner was well on his way to toplining his first TV series (Amazon was ready to go straight-to-series on Trial with him on board). But negotiations ultimately unraveled. Word is that Amazon is now moving on with the… Read
‘Creed’ Trailer: Latest ‘Rocky’ Sequel Enters The Ring And This One Has Punch
This is two minutes and forty three seconds of just pure sublime. Arguably, this trailer is as good, if not better than the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser: Ryan Coogler’s Creed, which Warner Bros./New Line & MGM are releasing this fall. This ain’t no Rocky reboot, no way. When Fruitvale Station director Coogler was signed by WME, he mentioned Creed as his dream project which follows the late Apollo Creed’s son Adonis Johnson stepping into the boxing ring, a… Read
‘The Whispers': No Decision On Season 2 As Cast Options Expire
ABC is taking a wait and see approach with new drama series The Whispers. Not ready to make a renewal or cancellation call on the series five episodes into its run, ABC and producing studio ABC Studios are allowing the options on the cast of the midseason-turned-summer series to expire today.
Before making a decision, the network is expected to take a few more weeks to sift through ratings data for the heavily DVR-ed series, particularly the important C3 ratings, which… Read
‘Scream’ Review: MTV Series Goes Straight For The Entertaining Jugular
Almost 20 years after the first witty and scary movie came out, Scream is back, this time on the small screen. Debuting on MTV tonight, Scream the TV series is, as my video review above says, a light but surprising shot of un-self-conscious summer entertainment.
While updated from the 1990s with YouTube postings and smartphone stalkings, this Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein-executive produced series still distinctly has a bloodied foot or two in its origins. Yes, for… Read
Parkes+MacDonald Names Owen Shiflett As Head Of TV, To Adapt ‘RASL’ Comic
Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have brought in former AMC executive Owen Shiflett as new head of television. He will shepherd TV development and production under Parkes + MacDonald’s first-look deal with Universal TV. One of the first projects Parkes, MacDonald and Shiflett are exploring is a TV drama adaptation of RASL, the black-and-white science fiction noir comic book by award-winning Bone creator Jeff Smith.
Parkes+MacDonald are closing a deal for the… Read
Broadway Follies: AIDS Changed Theater, The Supremes Changed Everything & Staging A Living
Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. Here they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred.
ROTH: Everything is different now. As the President said, our union became a little more perfect… Read
No Females In Fall Guy Frat: Why Women Remain Excluded from Stuntmen Groups
EXCLUSIVE: Tolerance and inclusion are ringing through the air this week, and all of Hollywood is struggling to create jobs in the creative ranks for women and people of color, or pay a high price. But there is still one showbiz segment that still holds itself out as a throwback to the 1950s – the stuntmen's groups, which continue to exclude women as members in their all boys' clubs. While the groups may call themselves "fraternal organizations," they're really enclaves… Read
Donald Trump Hits Univision With $500M Miss USA Lawsuit, Network Calls It “Ridiculous” – Update
UPDATED from 2:23 PM with Univision statement: He said last week that he would go after them in the courts and today the GOP Presidential candidate did just that. Donald Trump slammed Univision Tuesday with an over $500 million lawsuit over the Spanish-language network ending their plans on June 25 to show the July 12 Miss USA pageant. Univision said that the severing of ties was because of remarks Trump made in May about “rapists” immigrants flooding into America. Filed… Read
‘It Shoulda Been You’ With Tyne Daly Posts Broadway Closing Notice
No surprise, a musical about the run-up to a wedding fraught with all sorts of incompatibilities, will shutter after the Sunday, August 9 matinee. The show, by Brian Hargrove (book and lyrics) and Barbara Anselmi (music), is staged by David Hyde Pierce and stars Daly and Harriet Harris as warring mothers-in-law-to-be. The cast includes Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Lisa Howard in a star-making role as the bride’s put-upon sister, along with Edward Hibbert, Montego… Read
Neve Campbell Joins ‘House Of Cards’ As New Regular
As House Of Cards’ Frank and Claire Underwood head into an election, they will face a new lady in Season 4 played by Neve Campbell. The former Party Of Five and Scream star has joined the cast of the Netflix White House drama as a new series regular. Everyone is staying mum on the character Campbell will be playing. There had been speculation that Season 4 would introduce a new, younger couple to rival Frank and Claire.
Stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return as power… Read
Abi Morgan To Adapt ‘Ashley’s War’ For Fox 2000 And Reese Witherspoon
EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has set Abi Morgan to adapt the Gayle Tzemach Lemmon book Ashley's War: The Untold Story Of A Team of Women Soldiers On The Special Ops Battlefield. The studio, led by Elizabeth Gabler, won an auction in March at a time when several military-themed books were selling after the outsized grosses of American Sniper. Pacific Standard's Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea are producing with Natalie Krinsky, and the expectation is that Witherspoon will… Read
Horror Anthology Series From Max Landis & Nick Antosca In Works At Syfy
In their latest collaboration, Syfy and Universal Cable Prods are teaming on horror anthology series Channel Zero from Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday The 13th). Antosca will pen the script and Landis will produce and oversee creative direction with Antosca. Universal Cable Prods is the studio.
Each season of Channel Zero will focus on a new story. The first season of the series will be based on Candle Cove by Kris Straub, a short… Read