David Spade Joins Bruce Dern-Starring Indie Drama ‘Warning Shot’
EXCLUSIVE: David Spade has joined the cast of Warning Shot, with the comedic actor taking on a rare dramatic role in the indie being directed by first-time helmer Dustin Fairbanks. Breanne Mattson penned the script, which was a Nicholl quarterfinalist in 2011. Bruce Dern, James Earl Jones, Tammy Blanchard, Guillermo Diaz, Onata Aprile, Frank Whaley and Dwight Henry also star. Production began this week.
The plot centers on a single mother and her young daughter struggling… Read
Fox Taps Craig Kurland As EVP Business Affairs
Veteran exec Craig Kurland has been named EVP Business Affairs, Fox Broadcasting Company, moving from Twentieth Century Fox Television where he served as SVP Business Affairs. In his new position, effective immediately, Kurland is responsible for overseeing legal and business affairs for the network. Kurland is based in Los Angeles and reports directly to Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, who announced his appointment today. He takes… Read
Bob Odenkirk & Jonathan Banks Reflect On ‘Better Call Saul’: “I Had No Status I Could Lose”
It could so easily have gone drastically wrong, and for a minute it felt like it might. When Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould announced they were looking to spin Breaking Bad's zany lawyer Saul Goodman off into his own half-hour sitcom, none of the precedent set by Bad could settle fan fears that it was a big mistake. How could one of the most highly acclaimed crime dramas in television history spawn a law procedural sitcom without fracturing memories of the serious… Read
Daniel Craig And Katherine Heigl Finalizing Deals To Join Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ As James Bond News Surfaces
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Craig and Katherine Heigl are said to be finalizing deals to join Steven Soderbergh's heist film Logan Lucky about brothers who plan a crime during a NASCAR race in Charlotte. The film is scheduled for a fall start date, which puts further into question the actor’s willingness to return to the Bond franchise for MGM. Pre-production on Logan Lucky starts this weekend at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 and NASCAR says it has thrown its support… Read
‘Maya & Marty’: NBC Sets Big-Name Guests For Variety Series Premiere
NBC has landed a fearsome foursome of guest stars for the first episode of its variety series starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. Tom Hanks, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus will hit the stage as Maya & Marty bows at 10 PM Tuesday. The network did tip any details about what each guest will be doing on the music-and-comedy program, which also features weekly regular Kenan Thompson.
Maya & Marty will air live each week from NBC's headquarters at 30 Rockefeller… Read
Esquire Rides With Motorcycle Build Competition Series For Fall
Esquire Network has ordered new hourlong motorcycle building competition series Wrench Against The Machine for fall.
Hosted by motorcycle aficionados, Brian Schaffran and Dani Pajak, Wrench Against the Machine will feature bike builder contestants who will be tasked with building everything from café racers to choppers, bobbers and beyond. Expert judges include master motorcycle designers Roland Sands, founder of custom motorcycle, motorcycle product and apparel company… Read
‘Nashville’ Signs Off ABC With 10-Week High, ‘Wayward Pines’ Slow Burner In S2 Start
About 4.2 million viewers came to ABC last night to watch Nashville’s cliffhanger series-finale-but-maybe-not episode last night. It continued to come in No. 3 in its 10 PM time slot in both overall audience and in the demo (0.9/3) but said so long to ABC with its biggest crowd in 10 weeks. (Lionsgate TV is optimistic the series, while ending its four-season run on ABC, will find another home for a Season 5.)
It was NBC’s 9 PM Law & Order: SVU season finale (1.5/5, 7.1M)… Read
Colin Firth In Talks To Board Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Kursk’
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Firth is in talks to board Thomas Vinterberg’s submarine pic Kursk opposite Matthias Schoenaerts. The fact-based survival drama, which starts production this fall, has Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat adapting the Robert Moore book A Time To Die. The film centers on the true story of the Kursk, a nuclear-powered Russian submarine that sank during a training exercise in the Barents Sea in 2000. Twenty-three sailors survive the crash and desperately… Read
Tony Awards Presenters: Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett & More
Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Patina Miller and Saoirse Ronan will join nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell as presenters for the 70th Tony Awards, set for June 12 on CBS. Martin and Brickell are behind the musical Bright Star, which garnered five nominations.
James Corden will host the ceremony live at the Beacon Theatre. The show is presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American… Read
Whitney Berry Joins Bungalow|Storied Media As SVP Development & Production
Former Invention Studios exec Whitney Berry, née Thomas, has joined Bungalow|Storied Media Group as SVP Development and Production.
In her new role, Berry will develop and sell projects for new client NPR as well as oversee development for the company. Todd Hoffman and Dennis Kim’s Bungalow|SMG also reps the New York Times, 60 Minutes, Smithsonian Enterprises, New York magazine, Emmis Publishing, the McClatchy Newspaper Group and The New Republic.
"Dennis and Todd’s… Read
‘Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously’: Exclusive First Look
EXCLUSIVE: The documentary Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously will be exclusively shown on Vimeo, starting on July 8th. The film chronicles Gaiman’s childhood in Portsmouth UK to his initial success in writing The Sandman comic series to his more recent work with novels such as Coraline and The Graveyard Book where he became the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work. His novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year… Read
‘The Little Prince’ Gets Netflix Release Date & New Trailer
The Little Prince is gearing up for its stateside debut. Netflix announced today the animated film will be released in select theaters and streaming on Netflix in the U.S. on August 5.
Netflix picked up the pic in March after Paramount Pictures unexpectedly dropped the film from its schedule only days before its planned theatrical release.
The animated adaptation of Antoine Saint-Exupery's classic centers on a Little Girl and her mother who is preparing her for the world… Read