BBC Sets New Dramas With Heyday, NBC Universal Int’l And ‘Thirteen’ Creator Marnie Dickens
The BBC has ordered four new dramas for BBC One, including surveillance thriller The Capture with David Heyman’s Heyday Television and NBC Universal International Studios, and Marnie Dickens series Gold Digger.
London-set spy thriller The Capture, the brainchild of writer-director Ben Chanan (Cyberbully), will begin with the unjust arrest of an innocent man and escalate into a multi-layered conspiracy of manipulated evidence. The 6x60mins series will be executive produced… Read
‘Isle Of Dogs’ Review: Wes Anderson’s Weirdly Wonderful Canine Epic Is A Toon Worth Telling
No matter the subject matter, you can always count on Wes Anderson to come up with something unlike anything else out there. From his most recent Oscar-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel and past gems like Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic, Anderson’s movies may be an acquired taste for some but definitely belong on the must-see list for smart audiences. This also includes his occasional dalliances with animation, particularly the handcrafted… Read
H Collective Lands Aaron W. Sala Horror Spec ‘The Beast’
EXCLUSIVE: In a preemptive mid-six figure deal, The H Collective has acquired the Aaron W. Sala's horror thriller spec The Beast. Busted Shark Productions' Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield, Super 8) will produce alongside The H Collective, who will also fully finance the feature. After a passenger plane goes down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a woman finds herself washed ashore and the sole survivor on a mysterious island where she faces her worst fears.
A search for a… Read
Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano To Head Sam Shepard’s ‘True West’ On Broadway
Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano will square off in a new Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s True West, the Roundabout Theatre Company announced today. They’ll be directed by James Macdonald, whose acclaimed production of Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children recently closed off-Broadway.
Hawke and Dano will play Lee and Austin, respectively, the battling brothers of the late Shepard’s modern classic. True West will being previews on December 27, with an official opening of the… Read
Gunpowder & Sky Nabs Brett Haley’s Sundance Closer ‘Hearts Beat Loud; June Release Set
UPDATED with release date: Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the North American rights to Sundance veteran Brett Haley's Hearts Beat Loud, an ode to the bonding powers of music starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons as a father and daughter living in Brooklyn who become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college.
Gunpowder & Sky will release the film limited June 8, with an expansion planned in the following weeks.
The cast also includes… Read
‘High Castle’s Sebastian Roché Sets West End Debut In Modern ‘Tartuffe’
The Man in the High Castle‘s Sebastian Roché will make his West End stage debut alongside Peaky Blinders‘ Paul Anderson in playwright Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Moliere's Tartuffe.
Performances are set to begin May 25 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, with Roché playing Orgon to Anderson’s Tartuffe. Gerald Garutti, the former dramaturg of the French People's National Theatre, directs the production that’s being billed as the West End’s first-ever dual language… Read
‘The Crown’ Producers Apologize To Claire Foy, Matt Smith Over Salary Storm
Left Bank Pictures, producer of Netflix’s The Crown, has issued a statement apologizing to Claire Foy and Matt Smith for fallout from comments made last week about the salaries of the series’ stars. The actors “have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own,” Left Bank said.
During a panel at the INTV conference in Jerusalem last week, Crown exec producer Suzanne Mackie spoke to Deadline’s Peter White about gender pay equality… Read
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Nabs China Release In Hat Trick For Fox Searchlight
China last month rang in the Year of the Dog, and on April 20 will spread the puppy love with Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs. The stop-motion animated pic debuted as the opener of the Berlin Film Festival in February and yesterday secured an official release date in the Middle Kingdom.
This is the third Fox Searchlight title ever to be released in China, after Oscar winners The Shape Of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Isle Of Dogs is going in as a… Read
‘Tomb Raider’ Tops $105M Offshore, Digs $41M In China – International Box Office
TUESDAY AM UPDATE, writethru with actuals: In its 2nd weekend of overseas play, Warner Bros/MGM's Tomb Raider unearthed $87.2M across 65 markets, coming in well ahead of the Sunday estimate. That includes China where the No. 1 debut was a solid $41.3M, ranking as Warner Bros' 7th biggest opener ever and landing on par with Wonder Woman and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. The full cume at the international box office is $105.2M for $129M worldwide through Sunday.
ITV Orders Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Beecham House’; Period Drama To Be Set In India
ITV has ordered India-set drama Beecham House from Bend It Like Beckham filmmaker Gurinder Chadha and her Bend It TV. The six-part series takes place on the cusp of 19th century in Delhi, following the fortunes of the residents of the titular mansion. Written by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Shahrukh Husain and Victor Levin (Mad Men, Mad About You), it will be filmed in India during the fall of this year for air in 2019.
The story begins as handsome and soulful former… Read
WGA Not Alone in Challenging TV Packaging Deals; 9th Circuit To Rule In Legal Case
Oral arguments heard last month in an anti-packaging case before the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals are drawing parallels to allegations made by the WGA, which has accused the major Hollywood talent agencies of monopolizing the packaging of scripted TV shows.
The WGA East and WGA West claim the packaging profits reaped by the top agencies pose an inherent "conflict of interest" to their fiduciary duty to represent the best interests of writers, and are preparing to r… Read
Peter Bart: Donald Trump’s Nightmare, Stormy Daniels Has A Secret Side As Prolific Film Director With Skills
Along with the compelling stage name Stormy Daniels, Stephanie Clifford has more sides to her than the ones for which she has become best known – porn film star and giant thorn in the side of the President of the United States.
Clifford’s lesser known side is that she is a prolific director of movies, albeit porn titles that include Sex Door Neighbors, Lust on the Prairie, and Space Nuts. At a moment where women are gaining ever greater recognition for their ability to… Read