Glenne Headly Will Go ‘Fish’ With Jason Alexander In Larry David’s Broadway Smash
Fish In The Dark, Larry David’s runaway Broadway hit, has extended its limited run and will make a go of it with two new stars: The previously announced Jason Alexander, replacing David as Norman Drexel, and now Glenne Headly, replacing Rita Wilson as Norman’s wife Brenda. Headly and Alexander take over the roles beginning June 9 at the Shubert-owned Cort Theatre, with David and Wilson bowing out after the June 7 matinee. The run has been initially extended six weeks… Read
Imax Shares Leap As It Announces Hong Kong IPO Plan
Imax shares are up more than 7% in pre-market trading — potentially headed for a new all-time high — following the long-expected formal announcement of an IPO for its Chinese venues that could boost the parent company’s valuation. The large screen theater company says that a Cayman Islands subsidiary, Imax China Holding, filed for the public offering with shares to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Imax will own 80% of the entity.
Last year two local companies… Read
FIFA President Sepp Blatter Targeted As Visa, Coke Kick Up Pressure
Less than a day before FIFA’s elections, beleaguered president Sepp Blatter is facing growing pressure to speak out or resign following Wednesday’s arrests in Switzerland of top executives from the world soccer organization. Major sponsors threatened to take action in response to the crisis.
Visa, McDonald’s, The Coca-Cola Co., Adidas, Budweiser and Hyundai all released statements following the dramatic arrests yesterday of seven senior FIFA officials, along with seven… Read
Paramount, Mary Parent To Turn ‘Beyblade’ Into Live Action Feature
EXCLUSIVE: After turning the Hasbro toys Transformers and G.I. Joe into hit feature franchises, Paramount Pictures will try again with Beyblade. The studio has acquired rights to turn Beyblade into a live action feature that will be produced by Mary Parent through her Disruption Entertainment banner. Beyblade is a line of customizable toys modeled after traditional Japanese fighting tops, developed and manufactured by Takaratomy, the creator of Transformers. The toys have… Read
‘The End Of The Tour’ Trailer: Jason Segel As David Foster Wallace
Here’s another hot ticket out of this year’s Sundance, acquired by distributor A24 as the fest was getting under way. The End of the Tour is based on David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. The trip was arranged as an interview Lipsky undertook for Rolling Stone after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s Infinite Jest. The movie stars an almost unrecognizable (and seemingly unlikely) Jason Segel as the… Read
ABC Signs Talent Deal With NBA Pilot Star Blondy Baruti
ABC and ABC Studios, which cast newcomer Blondy Baruti after looking at a hundreds of young actors for the lead in its NBA comedy pilot this season, are holding onto their find. Baruti has been signed into a talent holding deal with the network and the studio, which produced the NBA pilot and is still trying to land it a series order somewhere after coming close to one at ABC but ultimately missing the cut.
Baruti, a 6-foot-10 former basketball player out of Oklahoma… Read
Kate Shepherd Named EVP Content At Contend
Veteran unscripted TV executive and producer Kate Shepherd has been tapped as EVP of Content at Contend. Shepherd moves to Contend from Shine America where she served as VP of Development, overseeing global format development and acquisitions. She has produced, directed and developed TV series for Fox, Univision, NBC, The CW, ABC, TNT/TBS, BBC, ITV, C4UK.
Contend also named Jon Sneider as Chief Marketing Officer/EVP, Client Partnerships for Contend. In his new position… Read
Sky To Invest $20M In Milan Hub For Arts; Fremantle Picks Up Jude Law’s ‘The Young Pope': Global Briefs
Europe’s largest pan-continental pay TV platform Sky is setting up a dedicated Sky Arts Production Hub in Milan to bring new dedicated content its 21 million customers across Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK. The move, which carries with it a commitment of $20 million in new spending, is one of the first moves since BSkyB completed its acquisition in November last year of Sky Italia and majority interest in Sky Deutschland to create a European TV giant in a… Read
Former MTV Exec Joins CMT As SVP Communications
CMT has named Kurt Patat as SVP Communications. He reports to CMT President Brian Phillips, and his appointment is effective immediately.
In his new role, Patat will oversee all media relations as well as internal communications for CMT, managing publicity teams in both Santa Monica and Nashville, where he will divide his time. He also will direct the publicity campaigns for CMT's original series, documentaries and tentpole events. Additionally, Patat will be responsible… Read
‘How He Fell In Love’ Clip: Exploring Faithfulness And Betrayal
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Film Festival entry How He Fell In Love is a drama about a young musician (Matt McGorry) who is coping with the death of his bandmate and begins an affair with a married yoga teacher (Amy Hargreaves). Their relationship tests her marriage and his ability to move forward. In the clip here, the two lead characters discuss their relationship, edging but then retreating from polyamory in favor of a kind of faithful infidelity.
Written and directed by Mar… Read
Utkarsh Ambudkar Joins ‘Barbershop 3′
Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) has joined the cast of Barbershop 3, the MGM sequel that New Line will distribute. He will play Samir, an extremely talented barber from Detroit who is picked on constantly for his Indian-American roots — though always taking the hits in stride with swag and humor.
Ambudkar joins Ice Cube, Common and Cedric the Entertainer in the cast for director Malcolm D. Lee. Cube Vision is producing, and MGM will run production. Bob Teitel and George… Read
‘A Walk In The Woods’ Trailer: Redford & Nolte Take A Hike
Robert Redford decides it would be great idea to undertake a trek along the 2100-plus-mile Appalachian Trail with old high school buddy Nick Nolte in this Sundance 2015 entry. Before too long the two estranged chums discover the hike through 14 states from Georgia to Maine is going to be an uphill struggle. Literally and figuratively.
The movie sparked heated bidding that upstart distributor Broad Green Pictures won with a whopping high-seven-figure P&A commitment… Read