‘American Sniper’ Helmer Clint Eastwood Finds Jewell Project; Can Fox And Warner Bros Work It Out?
EXCLUSIVE: Clint Eastwood is seriously circling the job of directing Fox’s high profile Billy Ray-scripted untitled project about Richard Jewell, the heroic security guard who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound during the 1996 games in Atlanta. Jewell, who’ll be played by two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill, was vilified as a possible terrorist, and his good work in helping clear bystanders from the area before the bomb exploded turned into a trip to… Read
‘The Blacklist’ Promotes Hisham Tawfiq To Series Regular For Season 3
Dembe Zuma will not be leaving Raymond Reddington’s side anytime soon. Hisham Tawfiq, who has been recurring on The Blacklist, playing Red’s bodyguard and protector, has been promoted to a series regular for NBC drama’s recently picked up third season. Introduced in the first episode after the pilot, Tawfiq’s Dembe has appeared in virtually every episode since. His backstory revealed that he shares a special bond with Red who years before had saved him from the world of… Read
‘Bloodline’ Renewed For Second Season By Netflix
Just days after releasing the first season of its latest original drama series Bloodline, Netflix has renewed the family thriller for a second season. The series, created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Damages), will go back into production later this year for a 2016 release in all Netflix territories.
In Bloodline, when the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home, he exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the… Read
CBS Films Sets Boston Marathon Bombing Pic ‘Patriots’ Day'; Mark Wahlberg Eyes Police Commish Ed Davis Role
EXCLUSIVE: In a move that creates a race between two major feature films about the Boston Marathon bombing and the citywide manhunt that led to the killing of one terrorist and the arrest of the other, CBS Films is fast-tracking Patriots’ Day. This film will tell the story based on the firsthand account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, with help from research done and footage shot by 60 Minutes. A script is nearly complete from Matt Charman, who scripted Bridge Of S… Read
Three More CAA Agents Join UTA – Update
On the heels of the bombshell move of five top CAA comedy agents to UTA earlier today, three of their colleagues at CAA — agents John Sacks, Susie Fox and Joanna Scott — have followed them. That brings the number of agent defections in one of the biggest exoduses in recent memory to eight. And I hear there may be more, with the final tally of CAA agent departures rumored to be as high as 12-13.
Sacks, Fox and Scott were among the names speculated about today as… Read
Trevor Noah Dismisses Controversial Tweets As Jokes That “Didn’t Land” – Update
UPDATE, 2:30 PM: The new host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has issued a semi, sort-of apology for tweets he posted over the years that have offended Jews and women for their subject matter, and talented comedy writers for not being funny. In his latest tweet, he seemed to agree with the latter group, calling the tweets that the media uncovered this morning jokes that “didn’t land.”
To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true… Read
‘House of Lies’ Renewed For Fifth Season By Showtime
On the heels of House Of Lies‘ fourth-season finale on Sunday, Showtime’s dark comedy has been renewed for a 10-episode fifth season to air in 2016. The Don Cheadle-starring series joins companion dramedy Shameless, which was renewed for a sixth season in January. The third series of Showtime’s comedy-themed Q1 original lineup, half-hour Episodes, is yet to be renewed, but a pickup is expected — with the question being whether it would be Hollywood satire’s final… Read
‘Ingress’ TV Series Based On Google Game In Works With ‘The Expanse’ Producer
Google’s augmented reality game Ingress is eyeing a leap to television. I’ve learned that the web giant has teamed with The Sean Daniel Company, which produces Syfy’s upcoming space opera The Expanse, to develop a TV drama series based on Ingress, a game which uses real locations and social media interactivity to bring its 10 million players together in a global sci-fi mystery. This would mark Google’s first foray into television.
The Sean Daniel Co. is meeting with… Read
History Eyeing Vietnam Series ‘The Boys Of ’67’ From ‘Die Hard’ Scribe
History has gone into development on The Boys Of ’67, a potential scripted series about the First Platoon of Charlie Company, 9th Infantry Division, the only unit raised, trained and deployed en masse to service in Vietnam. Die Hard and The Fugitive scribe Jeb Stuart is reuniting with the network to write and executive produce the project, based on the book by Andrew Wiest.
No other details are available, but among his recent credits Stuart just finished adapting The Liber… Read
UTA Lands Chris Pratt: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Star Moves From CAA With Longtime Agents
EXCLUSIVE: The first big shoe has dropped after the exit of five senior CAA comedy agents to UTA. I’m told that Chris Pratt has followed his reps Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak to UTA. When Pratt began working with those agents, he was a comedy client, a cast member on Parks And Recreation. That series has just finished its run, and now Pratt has become so much more than that. He has emerged as perhaps the brightest leading man to come along in a long time. He starred in Gu… Read
‘The Americans’ Renewed For Season 4
Philip and Elizabeth may keep going all the way to the end of the Cold War. FX has ordered a 13-episode fourth season of its praised 1980s Russian spy drama The Americans. The pickup comes four episodes remaining in the current third season, which will conclude with the finale on April 22.
"Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons,” FX’s Nick Grad said. “The series has cemented it status with critics as… Read
‘Longmire’ Producers Implement Safety Measure Following Accident
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix and Warner Horizon Television has undertaken new measures on the set of their wildly popular crime drama series Longmire to help ensure the safety of their production crew by providing charter buses to take the crew to and from remote shooting locations. The decision is welcome news to crew members.
The move follows the death last year of 48-year-old Longmire crew member Gary Joe Tuck. He fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his car on a New Mexico… Read