Arclight Celebrates ‘Happy Birthday’ With Steven Tyler; Epic Boards ‘Abulele’ – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films has added psychedelic thriller Happy Birthday by concert films and music video director Casey Tebo to its EFM sales slate. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler appears in the horror pic about two friends who venture across the border to Mexicali for a night of birthday revelry. Before they know it, their trip spins out of control and their psychedelic exploits take a turn for the worse. Britne Oldford (Loiterng With Intent), Matt Bush (The Goldbergs)… Read
‘Hardcore Henry’: Trailer For First-Person POV Toronto Hit – Update
UPDATED with full trailer: A lot of movies have been adapted from video games but, so far as I know anyway, there hasn’t yet been a feature-length film that mines video games for inspiration but also cuts out the middle man entirely. Quite literally that’s the case with Hardcore Henry, an action film shot entirely in first person perspective that aims to capture the look and feel of a first-person shooter (think Call Of Duty), in essence making the audience the… Read
Oscars: Pete Hammond Handicaps The Best Director Race – AwardsLine
This issue of AwardsLine went to press moments before the DGA Awards results were unveiled on February 6, but without question the big shocker in the AMPAS list—and isn't there always at least one of those in this category?—was the omission of veteran Ridley Scott for his superb work on The Martian. Scott was the one DGA nominee who did not repeat on Oscar's list, replaced instead by Room's Lenny Abrahamson, with a small film that couldn’t possibly be more different from… Read
Herb Braha Dies: ‘Godspell’ Original & Founder Of Costume Supply House Was 69
Herb Braha, a stage and actor who later founded LA-based costume supplier Richard the Thread, died February 6 of congestive heart failure. He was 69.
A native of Hyannis, MA, who spent his formative years in Miami, Braha moved to New York to pursue a stage career. He landed a role in the original 1971 off-Broadway production of Godspell, whose original cast album went gold and won a Grammy. Later in the decade and through the 1980s, Braha guested on such popular TV series… Read
Fox Orders ‘Chad’ Comedy Pilot Starring Nasim Pedrad As Teen Middle Eastern Boy
Fox has given a late pilot order to Chad: An American Boy, a single-camera Middle Eastern family comedy co-created by and starring Saturday Night Live alumna Nasim Pedrad and directed by Jason Winer.
Written by Pedrad & Rob Rosell, Chad centers on a 14-year-old boy (Pedrad) in the throes of adolescence is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks. Pedrad, Rosell and Winer executive… Read
Uncork’d Pops For ‘The Hollow’ In North America; FilmBuff Accepts ‘Cash Only’ – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Uncork'd Entertainment has acquired North American rights to The Hollow, written and directed by Miles Doleac (The Historian). The cast includes James Callis (Bridget Jones), Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire) Jeff Fahey (Lost), William Sadler (Freeheld), William Forsythe and David Warshofsky (Now You See Me). A festival run is planned this year, before rollout on the drama begins. The story chronicles an investigation into the mysterious murder of a… Read
‘Rosewood’ Adds Sam Huntington To Cast
Being Human alum Sam Huntington is joining the cast of Fox’s freshman drama Rosewood. He’s been tapped for a recurring role with an option to become a regular in Season 2.
Huntington will play Mitchie Brickman, a fun, fast talking new-to-town private pathologist who was forced to close his lab in Pensacola due a penchant for doing pro bono work.
Huntington starred as Josh Levison on all four seasons of Syfy’s Being Human. His other recent credits include Veronica Mars The… Read
MTV Developing ’99 Days’ Comedy Based On Katie Cotugno Book
MTV has put in development 99 Days, a half-hour single camera comedy based on the New York Times bestselling book by Katie Cotugno, from Lila Feinberg, Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl) and Warner Horizon TV.
The book centers on Molly Barlow, who’s facing one long, hot summer – 99 days — with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for … his brother.
Feinberg is writing the series adaptation and serves as supervising producer. Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and… Read
SAG-AFTRA On Diversity: “This Moment Isn’t Only About Race”
SAG-AFTRA has weighed in on the lack of diversity in Hollywood, releasing a statement today saying: "We proudly wish to publicly speak to our partners throughout the entertainment and news media with an invitation to continue the dialogue and, perhaps most importantly, suggest solutions to the situation in which we still find ourselves in 2016." (Read the full statement below.)
But while SAG-AFTRA’s statement offers to "suggest solutions," it not did offer any.
"A lack of… Read
Obamageddon’s Back As POTUS In Town Thursday For ‘Ellen’ & Fundraisers
President Barack Obama is back in L.A. tomorrow to grab some Hollywood cash and to play onscreen softball with Ellen DeGeneres. And for the 19 hours that POTUS is in town, you know what that means, Angelenos – the road closures and traffic delays of Obamagadden all over the City of Angels are back too. (See the full list of closures from the LAPD below.)
The President arrives at LAX around 3:25 PM tomorrow afternoon as part of a multi-day trip to California. He’ll head… Read
Dutch Tilt Film Sees The Light And Options Dutch Bestseller ‘Girl In The Dark’ – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE– NY-based production company Dutch Tilt Film has optioned the screen rights to Marion Pauw’s thriller Girl In The Dark. Originally published in Dutch in 2008, the book was a bestseller in the Netherlands, winning the annual award for the best Dutch crime fiction and adapted into a 2013 Dutch-language film. The book now is being published for the first time in English, presumably hoping to catch the current wave of female protagonist-led thrillers as witnessed by… Read
Universal & ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Crew Want “Egregious” Suit By Ex-N.W.A Manager Gutted
They took their time and had the case moved to federal court but today Universal, Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Grey, Legendary Pictures Funding, Dr Dre, Ice Cube and more dropped the mic on former N.W.A manager Gerald Heller's defamation, misappropriation of likeness and copyright infringement lawsuit. With two separate filings Wednesday claiming First Amendment and anti-SLAPP protection, the defendants call Heller's first amended complaint of last month "a… Read