Quartet Cast In HBO’s ‘Crime’ Miniseries
Michael Kenneth Williams, Amara Karan, Jeannie Berlin and Glenne Headly have joined the cast of HBO's eight-hour miniseries Crime (formerly Criminal Justice). The project's executive producer Steven Zaillian, who helmed the original pilot co-starring the late James Gandolfini, is set to direct multiple episodes, with James Marsh (The Theory Of Everything) tapped to direct one. The New York crime story, a passion project of Gandolfini, centers on Jack Stone — played by Jo… Read
Amanda Righetti Joins Carlton Cuse’s USA Pilot ‘Colony’
In her first regular role since The Mentalist, Amanda Righetti has been cast opposite Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony, USA Network's drama pilot from Carlton Cuse. A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Prods., Colony is a family drama/thriller about life in Los Angeles after a mysterious "foreign" occupation. Righetti will play Madeline, younger sister of Katie (Callies) and the mother of a diabetic child in need of insulin. She… Read
Steve Coogan To Succeed Philip Seymour Hoffman In Showtime Comedy ‘Happyish’
Eight months after the sudden death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Showtime has found an actor to replace him in the network's dark comedy project Happyish. British actor-writer-comedian Steve Coogan (Philomena) is set to topline a new pilot for Happyish, which will be filmed in New York this December.
Happyish's original pilot starring Hoffman had just been picked up to series last January when Hoffman passed away. Showtime took time after the shocking news before… Read
Morena Baccarin Joins ‘Gotham’ Cast
Following her acclaimed performance on Homeland, which earned her an Emmy nomination, Morena Baccarin is returning to her genre roots with a role on Fox's Gotham. She has joined the cast of the Batman universe drama as a recurring this season and is slated to become a regular in Season 2.
She will play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Bruce Wayne's parents, Thomas and Martha. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham's… Read
Jeremy Sisto & More Join ‘Love Is All You Need,’ Kea Ho Gets ‘Urge’
EXCLUSIVE: Reverse gay-bullying drama Love Is All You Need? has bolstered its cast as filming continues in LA. Suburgatory's Jeremy Sisto, Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz, Deception's Katherine La Nasa, Trophy Wife's Jenica Bergere, and Drumline's Leonard Roberts have joined Briana Evigan, Emily Osment, and Kyla Kennedy in the film set in a world where being gay is the norm and heterosexual persons are bullied. Director Kim Rocco Shields has also tapped Pretty Little Liars' Tyler… Read
Michaela Conlin Joins Kate Beckinsale In ‘The Disappointments Room’
EXCLUSIVE: Bones actress Michaela Conlin is the latest to enter Relativity's The Disappointments Room, the psychological thriller currently filming in North Carolina under director DJ Caruso. Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) scripted the Shining-esque ghost story “inspired by true events” about Dana (Beckinsale), who moves with her 5-year-old son into a rural dream house and accidentally unlocks unimaginable horrors in the attic.
Conlin will play Jules, one half of a… Read
Christian Slater To Star In USA Pilot ‘Mr. Robot’
Christian Slater has been cast in the title role of USA Network's cyber-crime drama pilot Mr Robot. The project, from Universal Cable Prods, centers on a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations recruiting him to bring down corporate… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer Heads To ‘The Forest’
Game Of Thrones and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay star Natalie Dormer will lead the David Goyer-produced supernatural thriller The Forest, about an American woman who ventures into Japan's legendary Aokigahara forest in search of her missing twin sister. Jason Zada is directing from a script by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca, based on a Goyer idea. Goyer is producing for Phantom Four alongside Lava Bear Films, whose Tory Metzger is overseeing for the company.
Focus has… Read
Meryl Streep & Hugh Grant Tune Up For Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence’ – AFM
Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an… Read
Lucas Hedges & Penn Badgley Join ‘The Slap’ Miniseries On NBC; ‘Full Circle’ Sets Cast
UPDATED: NBC's The Slap is rounding out its cast. Lucas Hedges (Kill The Messenger) has signed on as a regular and Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl) is set as a recurring in the 8-episode miniseries starring Peter Sarsgaard and Mary Louise-Parker. Based on the 2011 Australian short-run series, The Slap is described as a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the… Read
Renee Zellweger Set For ‘Same Kind Of Different As Me’
EXCLUSIVE: Renee Zellweger has boarded Paramount's faith-based drama Same Kind Of Different As Me, adapted from the 2006 nonfiction best-seller about the unlikely friendship between wealthy white art dealer Ron Hall and former sharecropper-turned-drifter Denver Moore. Introduced by Hall's wife Deborah, the two men from opposite walks of life met at a homeless shelter where Hall was volunteering. Their self-published book Same Kind Of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, An… Read
Bella Thorne Joins Animated ‘Underdogs’
EXCLUSIVE: Disney Channel star Bella Thorne has joined the voice cast of Underdogs, the animated Weinstein Co. release hitting theaters April 10, 2015. The Argentine-Spanish family flick from director Juan J. Campanella tracks a shy but talented foosball player who defends his town and his girl from a nefarious soccer player with the help of his foosball table figurines, who come magically to life. The film is undergoing a Hollywood revision and Ariana Grande, Nicholas… Read