Latest News

TV

‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’ Averages 525,000 Viewers In HBO Unveiling

Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck poster

The unveiling of HBO’s Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck last night at 9 PM averaged 525,000 viewers of all ages and 370,000 viewers of them were aged 18-49. HBO does not issue same-day stats because, the network accurately says, the stats are a very poor reflection of the performance of its product even on its own schedule. Many other networks also have stopped issuing these early stats for same reason. For comparison sake, HBO’s recent, much-ballyhooed Going Clear docu… Read

TV

Jamie Anne Allman & Derek Wilson Join ‘Preacher'; ‘Stitchers’ Adds 2

Jamie Anne Allman Derek Wilson

Jamie Anne Allman (The Killing) and Derek Wilson (Rectify) have booked recurring roles on AMC drama pilot Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, centers on Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his… Read

exclusiveFilm

Horror Sniper Pic ‘Carnage Park’ Sets Its Sight On Four Leads – Cannes

'Carnage Park' Goes Into Production, Sells At Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Bell, Darby Stanchfield, Pat Healy and Alan Ruck are boarding crime caper/horror pic Carnage Park. Written and directed by Mickey Keating, the film goes into production on May 11 in Los Angeles. CAA is representing domestic sales during the Cannes Film Festival market.  Set during the 1970s, Carnage Park follows a pair of wannabe crooks who botch a bank heist and flee into the desert. There, they stumble upon Carnage Park, a remote wilderness occupied… Read

exclusiveFilm

Walden, Montecito Scare Up Deal For Joe Ballarini’s ‘A Babysitter’s Guide To Monsters’

joe_ballarini_deadline_pic_wife_approved

EXCLUSIVE: Another day, another big material sale. Joe Ballarini has made a deal with Walden and Montecito Pictures for A Babysitter’s Guide To Monsters, a children’s book by Ballarini, best known for scriping My Little Pony. Ballarini will write the script. After closing a six-figure, three-book deal from the HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books, the film rights had several suitors circling before Walden and Montecito closed in with a mid-six-figure deal. The book… Read

exclusiveFilm

‘Terminator Genisys’ Byung-hun Lee Joins ‘Magnificent Seven’ For MGM

lee-byung-hun

EXCLUSIVE: MGM and Sony are putting some international flair into its ensemble cast for the The Magnificent Seven remake. Byung-hun Lee is getting the role of Billy Rocks, and the South Korean star joins the Antoine Fuqua-directed ensemble cast led by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. Lee had showy turns in two G.I. Joe movies, but the international action star gets a real shot in Terminator: Genisys, playing the T-1000 cyborg that has all… Read

TV

Josh Charles Joins ‘Masters Of Sex’

Josh Charles 2

Emmy-nominated Josh Charles, who recently wrapped his run as Will Gardner on The Good Wife, has booked a season-long arc on the third season of Showtime’s drama Masters Of Sex. Set in 1966, Season 3 finds the famed duo of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution — and Masters and Johnson's work will have a profound impact on… Read

Video

‘Maggie’ Review: Arnold Embraces Zombies & Lets Acting Chops Come Alive

Maggie

I didn’t find the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger was starring in a zombie-themed movie very surprising, but as I say in my video review above, what’s really an eye opener is that the movie is honest, emotional and understated. And so is Arnold. This may be the most subtle work he has ever done in movies, pre or post political career, and he’s quite touching as a father unwilling to let go of his teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin) who is about to join the walking dead… Read

TV

Asylum Entertainment & Pilgrim Studios To Produce Sports Documentary Series

STeve Michaels Craig Piligian

Legendary’s Asylum Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Ghost Hunters) are teaming to produce an event sports documentary series that explores sports on a global scale. Tentatively titled Planet Sport, and reminiscent of BBC series Planet Earth, the series will examine how sports shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world. Asylum’s Steven Michaels and Jonathan Koch, Piligian and David Michaels will… Read

exclusiveFilm

‘Foxcatcher’ And ‘Capote’ Scribe Dan Futterman To Craft Movie On Eric Harroun, American Who Fought With Syrian Rebels

dan futterman

EXCLUSIVE: Dan Futterman has co-written two scripts on complex, fact-based tales, and both got Oscar nominations. Now, he has found his third. The scribe behind Capote and Foxcatcher has optioned Robert Young Pelton’s Vice magazine article “The All-American Life and Death of Eric Harroun.” Futterman will write the script and produce the film, and Pelton will be co-producer and consultant as his Vice article and other stories he wrote on Harroun will help inform… Read

breakingFilm

Steven Miller Set To Direct Kellan Lutz In ‘The Feud’

Kellan_Lutz

Steven C. Miller has been set to direct Kellan Lutz in Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment’s action-thriller The Feud. Based on a script by David Matalon (Lemonade) and Matthew Altman (Sam & Liz: A Killer Love Story), the story follows a man named Toland (Lutz), who returns to his rural home town in the Midwest for his brother's funeral. Going head-to-head with the local crime lord who traps him and his friends in an abandoned farming complex, Toland must… Read

exclusiveTV

DNA Ramps Up TV Division With Projects From Nick Hornby, Alex Garland And Hilary Mantel Adaptation

Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich

EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich’s DNA is enjoying a banner moment with two hit films either side of the Atlantic — Ex Machina domestically and Far From The Madding Crowd in the UK both exceeding expectations — and a pivot toward TV production that could see the London-based company become a small-screen powerhouse. The company has a slew of high-profile TV projects in the pipeline, including: – An adaptation of Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel’s A Place Of Greate… Read

breakingFilm

Martin Freeman Joins ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Freeman’s 7th place ranking came solely from his part as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ($249M in 2014) and The Battle Of The Five Armies ($405M). In between those two releases, the busy actor toiled in television, with a Golden Globe nomination for Fargo.

The Doctor is in…the Marvel universe. Martin Freeman, whose hot streak includes roles as Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick in PBS’ Sherlock, FX’s Fargo and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, has been tapped to join the cast of Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Marvel.com just dropped the news but as per usual gave no further details, but most of the Marvel superheroes are in mix for this one including fellow franchise newcomer Chadwick Boseman who plays Black… Read