Jackson Rathbone Boards TNT’s ‘The Last Ship’; Darren Mann Joins Pilot ‘Let The Right One In’
Jackson Rathbone (Finding Carter) has joined the Season 4 cast of The Last Ship, TNT’s drama that already has been renewed for a fifth season. Created by Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane based on William Brinkley's popular novel, The Last Ship chronicles the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world's population. Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few… Read
Shawn Levy To Direct ‘Uncharted’; PlayStation Vidgame Movie On Fast Track
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has set Shawn Levy to direct Uncharted, the long-awaited live-action feature film based on the PlayStation video game series featuring the treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Joe Carnahan, who wrote the most recent script draft, had an eye to direct, but he has moved over to focus on helming Sony’s Bad Boys For Life, the action comedy that reunites Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Uncharted is an Arad/Atlas Entertainment Production, with Charles Roven… Read
Ed Helms & Tracy Morgan Up For Game Of ‘TAG’ At New Line
EXCLUSIVE: New Line has set Ed Helms and is negotiating with Tracy Morgan to star in TAG. The studio has set Jeff Tomsic to direct a comedy based on an actual group of friends who for 30 years played a bizarre cross country version of the venerable kids game Tag. The script was written by Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick, and Todd Garner and Sean Robins are producing with Steilen.
The idea for the film came from a Wall Street Journal feature in 2013 about the "Tag… Read
Donald Trump Insists He’s Not Test-Driving Trump TV With Nightly Facebook Program
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told a Cincinnati radio station today he had no interest in launching Trump TV.
“I have no interest in Trump TV," Trump said during an interview broadcast on 700WLW. "I hear it all over the place. I have a tremendous fan base, we have a tremendous base. We have the most incredible people, but I just don't have any interest in that."
But, of course, that interview comes days after Trump's campaign CEO told Politico, when asked if his… Read
‘LoveTrue’ & ‘Bombay Beach’ Director Alma Har’el Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Israeli-American director Alma Har'el, the filmmaker behind titles such as LoveTrue and Bombay Beach, to its books.
Har’el is recognized for artistically blurring the lines between documentary and fiction and her first film, Bombay Beach, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011, received a nomination for an Independent Spirit award and has been taught in several universities, including Harvard's Film Center. The doc takes place… Read
Sony’s Tom Rothman To Receive PGA’s Milestone Award
The Producers Guild of America will bestow its prestigious 2017 Milestone Award to Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman at their 28th PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 in Los Angeles.
The Milestone Award recognizes an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry, and during Rothman’s 30-year film career, 400-plus titles under his purview earned more than $50 billion at the global B.O., 150-plus Oscar… Read
Wolf|Kasteler Public Relations Hires Pair
Annett Wolf and Lisa Kasteler said today that publicists Annick Oppenheim and Caryn Leeds have joined their Wolf|Kasteler Public Relations as Senior Account Executives. Oppenheim will be based in the Los Angeles office on Sunset Boulevard and Leeds in the New York office on Park Avenue. Both had been with Sunshine Sachs.
Founded in 1989, Wolf|Kasteler specializes in film, TV, music, fashion, entertainment integration and cause… Read
Sumner Redstone Files $150M Lawsuit Against Ex-Companions
UPDATE with response from Herzer’s attorney: Sumner Redstone, the 93-year-old media icon, has filed an elder abuse lawsuit against two of his former caregivers, claiming that they "commandeered" his life and "abused their positions of trust" by accepting more than $150 million in “gifts” from the ailing tycoon. Now he wants the money back, according to a fraud and breach of fiduciary lawsuit (read it here) filed by his attorneys today in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Apple’s iPhone Sales Continued To Fall In September Quarter
Apple’s iPhone sales continued to slip in the September quarter, the company says in its just-released earnings report for the period — although its guidance for the holiday season suggests that it may grow again.
The company sold 45.5 million iPhones in its fiscal Q4, a 5% drop vs the period last year.
That contributed to a 19% drop in net income, to $9.01 billion, on revenues of $46.85 billion, down 9%. The top line was a hair below the $46.89 billion that analysts… Read
DraftKings & FanDuel Settle NY Lawsuits For $12M
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said today that the state has reached a settlement with daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings And FanDuel, ending the state’s high-profile investigation into alleged false and deceptive advertising practices by the companies in the Empire State.
Each company has agreed to pay $6 million as part of the settlement. The agreement “resolves all outstanding claims against DraftKings and FanDuel by the OAG,” Schneiderman’s office said… Read
‘Man With A Plan’ Off To OK Ratings Start
UPDATE 1:45 PM: As expected, the CW ratings were adjusted down in the finals after an NFL preemption had inflated the fast nationals. Supergirl (0.8 in Live+Same Day) slipped a tenth week to week, while Jane the Virgin (0.4) was even with its season premiere last week. Also adjusted down was NBC’s freshman drama Timeless (1.3), down -0.2 from last week to a new Live+same day low. CBS’ Kevin Can Wait (1.7) ticked up a tenth, so it’s now down -19% from last week’s telecast… Read
CNN Logs Fourth Demo Win For 15-Year Best; FNC Tops Cable In Total Viewers For 10th Week
CNN won the week of Debate 3, October 17-23, in the adults 25-54 news demo for a fourth consecutive week. The cable news network now has topped Fox News Channel and MSNBC in the key ad-sales age bracket in total day, and primetime.
In total day, CNN nabbed 360K news-demo viewers, to Fox News’ 345K and MSNBC's 243K. For the full week in primetime, CNN logged 813K news demo viewers, edging out FNC's 755K and MSNBC's 484K.
In Monday-Friday primetime, CNN clocked 1.023M… Read