‘Masterpiece’ Options Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘The Signature Of All Things’
PBS’s Masterpiece producing public broadcasting channel WGBH announced this morning it had “optioned” the novel The Signature of All Things, written by Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and “inspired by the true-life adventures of real 19th century female botanical explorers.” UK film and TV production company Origin Pictures, helmed by David Thompson, is developing the project; Origin's recent titles include Death Comes to Pemberley starring Matthew Rhys, and Woman i… Read
‘Younger’ Renewed For Second Season By TV Land
Four episodes into Younger‘s freshman season, TV Land has renewed the single-camera comedy for a second season with a 12-episode order. Created and executive produced by Darren Star, Younger stars Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella.
Younger is TV Land’s second original single-camera comedy series, following Jennifer Falls, which lasted one season. The network has a number of other new single-camera originals on tap, including Impastor… Read
Steve Coogan To Star In Oliver Schmitz’s ‘Shepherds And Butchers’
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Coogan (Philomena) will star in Oliver Schmitz’s Shepherds and Butchers. The film is set in South Africa as Apartheid crumbles. A hotshot lawyer faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a white prison guard who has killed seven black men. The ensuing case will make headlines and change the course of history.
Principal photography begins June 15th in South Africa. Schmitz previously directed South African drama Life, Above All. Coogan has Showtime… Read
‘Tomorrowland’ Trailer: Watch George Clooney In Battle
Disney has dropped the latest trailer for Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland. The newest version gives a much longer look at the interaction between George Clooney and Britt Robertson’s characters and reveals a big battle scene with some pretty impressive weaponry in which they fight to escape to the film’s mysterious hidden world.
Tomorrowland, which hits theaters May 22, also stars Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael… Read
‘The Little Prince’ Flies In With New International Trailer – Cannes
Kung Fu Panda-helmer Mark Osborne’s animated The Little Prince has a Special Screening berth in Cannes next month, the second time he’s had a movie open out of competition at the festival. The adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic and timeless novella comes with a twist: It’s framed by the story of a young girl with an overachieving mother whose new next door neighbor is an old aviator. He recounts to her his tale of crashing in a desert and meeting a boy from… Read
ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Takes Third Week In Evening News Ratings
ABC’s World News Tonight has taken its third consecutive week as the country’s most watched newscast after edging out NBC Nightly News in overall audience. WNT also celebrated another weekly win among adults aged 18-49. NBC’s newscast prevailed in the news demo.
Muir’s newscast clocked 7.891 million viewers, edging out Lester Holt’s 7.737 mil for NBC. CBS Evening News clocked 6.780 million viewers. In the news demo, ABC led with 1.788 million viewers; NBC won with 1.795… Read
‘Veep’s Anna Chlumsky Ignites Renée Fleming’s Broadway Debut in ‘Living On Love’ – Review
Sometimes, what happens in Williamstown really oughta stay in Williamstown. That Berkshires burg with its annual summer-theater festival has been sending shows to Broadway left (The Elephant Man, a hit earlier this season) and right (The Visit, opening later this week). Last year’s The Bridges of Madison County started off at Williamstown, a siren call to stars looking for a summer fling or producers angling for a cheap tryout in country surroundings. So the Broadway lure… Read
Saban Films Decides To ‘Man Up'; Acquires RomCom Starring Simon Pegg – Tribeca
Following Sunday’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere for Man Up, Saban Films has acquired the North American rights to director Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear and Olivia Williams. Pic follows Nancy (Bell) who after being mistaken for Jack’s (Pegg) blind date under the clock at Waterloo Station, decides to take fate into her own hands and just go with it.
Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films with… Read
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Calls For BBC License Fee To Be Cut By Two-Thirds
UKIP leader Nigel Farage, whose party believes the UK should leave Europe and clamp down on immigration amongst other policies, has called for the BBC to be “cut back to the bone.” The outspoken leader, who is vying to become a kingmaker in next month’s general election, was speaking at a public rally in Rochdale on the campaign trail when he went on the attack against the public broadcaster.
“”I would like to see the BBC cut back to the bone to be purely a public service… Read
Matthew Warchus Takes Reins At Old Vic; 2016 ‘Groundhog Day’ World Premiere Set
Before it heads to Broadway for a March 9, 2017 bow, Groundhog Day, the upcoming musical based on the classic 1993 Bill Murray comedy, will have its world premiere in London. Beginning in June 2016, the tuner will play the Old Vic where Artistic Director Matthew Warchus has just taken over from longtime resident Kevin Spacey. The new spin on the time-loop movie was announced earlier this month with Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the script for the film, writing the book. The… Read
Fandango Inks Multi-Year Pact With Marcus Theatres — CinemaCon
Online movie ticket sales destination Fandango announced this morning that it will become the preferred online/mobile ticketing partner to Milwaukee-based theatrical exhibitor Marcus Theatres, comprising 685 screens. Adding Marcus, the fifth largest exhib chain stateside, to its roster makes Fandango the largest online ticket-seller for the nation’s top seven theater chains — Regal, AMC, Cinemark, Carmike, Marcus, Southern and Harkins. Marcus will join Fandango in the… Read
Sky Earnings, Subscribers Up As UK And Germany Drive Growth
In only its second report since it consolidated its operations in the UK, Germany and Italy to create Europe’s biggest pay TV platform, Sky reported increased earnings as television subscriber growth and demand for products such as broadband in the UK and Germany drove revenue for the pan-Euro giant.
Shares in Sky at one point rose almost 5% in early trading on the FTSE 100 as the company posted a 20% jump in nine-month profit from the same period the previous year and… Read