‘Resident Evil’ Sets Ali Larter To Reprise Opposite Milla Jovovich
EXCLUSIVE: Ali Larter is set to reprise as Claire Redfield in the final chapter of the Screen Gems post-apocalyptic franchise Resident Evil, with Paul W.S. Anderson back to direct a script he wrote. Constantin Film's Robert Kulzer, Impact Pictures' Jeremy Bolt, Davis-Films' Samuel Hadida, and Anderson are producing and Martin Moszkowicz serving as executive producer. The film starts shooting this September in South Africa.
The story picks up after the events of Resident Ev… Read
New Line Buys Fast-Tracked Thriller Pitch ‘The Children’
EXCLUSIVE: New Line has just closed a deal to acquire The Children, a pitch by the writing team of Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis. This is being fast-tracked; New Line is looking to get it into production early next year. The general gist: a social worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children discovers her own family might also be in jeopardy.
The scribes made the 2013 Black List for their spec Elsewhere, and they just adapted the Spanish film Sleep T… Read
Chernin Entertainment Names Dante Di Loreto President Of Television
Former Ryan Murphy Television president Dante Di Loreto has been named President of Television at Chernin Entertainment, where he will oversee the day-to-day development and production for the company in the TV arena. He will report to Jenno Topping, Head of Film and Television.
Di Loreto most recently worked for his own WatchWorks Entertainment, which he started this year after parting ways with Murphy seven months ago. He spent eight years working for Murphy’s company… Read
Jeremy Schaap Re-ups With ESPN
Jeremy Schaap has been a full-timer at ESPN since 1994, and he’s not going anywhere soon. The sports giant said today that it has signed the reporter-commentator to a long-term contract extension. Terms were not announced.
Schaap, he of the measured delivery, will continue to work on ESPN’s newsmagazine E:60, host ESPN Radio's The Sporting Life and contribute to Outside The Lines, SportsCenter, NFL Countdown and College GameDay, among other ESPN platforms. He also will… Read
The Return Of Tom Cruise In ‘Rogue Nation'; ‘Vacation’s Length – Weekend Box Office Postmortem
7TH UPDATE, Monday 2:58PM – Final weekend actuals: Paramount/Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation arrived closer to the industry’s estimates yesterday morning with $55.5M, still a gross that’s considered a comeback for both Tom Cruise and the M:I franchise. The sequel, according to distrib experts, is expected to slide 50%-55% this coming weekend with $25M-$27.8M, the average second-weekend drop for a tentpole of this type. 20th Century Fox’s reboot of The Fantast… Read
TriStar TV’s Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs Reveals Slate, Label’s Focus On “Prestige, Character-Driven, Serialized Projects”
A familiar TV brand is making a return as Sony Pictures TV is relaunching TriStar Television with Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs at the helm. She recently segued into the position after a three-year stint as EVP Drama Development at Sony Pictures Television, whose presidents of programming and production Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg oversee the new division. TriStar TV 2.0, which started as part of the Tom Rothman-led TriStar revival, already has some 20 projects in different… Read
‘Red Oaks’ Star Jennifer Grey: “The ’80s Were Very Good To Me” – TCA
“It takes me back to a time I enjoyed for obvious reasons – the ’80s were very good to me,” Red Oaks cast member Jennifer Grey said this morning of Steven Soderbergh’s coming-of-age comedy for Amazon.
“I felt like it was a movie, as if Caddy Shack and Dirty Dancing had a baby raised by John Cassavetes.”
But exec producer Gregory Jacobs insisted the series was more The Graduate meets Caddyshack, talking to reporters this morning at TCA.
“One of the things we wanted to… Read
Controversy Becomes Amazon With Additions Of Jeremy Clarkson & Woody Allen
A few days after Jeremy Clarkson ended weeks of speculation and confirmed that his new car show had landed at Amazon, reuniting him with his former Top Gear colleagues James May and Richard Hammond for an Amazon Prime series, Amazon execs got asked what ground rules, if any, they’d set for Clarkson in terms of language, slurs and staff assaults.
Clarkson, whose BBC contract was allowed to expire after he assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, confirmed via Twitter ”… Read
‘Mozart In The Jungle': Through The Chaos Is Passion For The Music – TCA
The cast and creatives appeared via satellite to talk about the musical drama Mozart In The Jungle today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. The Amazon series, which will debut its second season in January, has been well-received by the classical community.
“It was really amazing to be welcomed into the orchestra world and be around the actual scene. said Paul Weitz, exec producer. “They like the idea that there’s a show exposing classical music to… Read
Jim Jefferies Signs With Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies has signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He’s also with UTA.
Jefferies made his mark in the UK where he lived for eight years, performing at the Manchester Comedy Store, before coming to the U.S. His major break come with his 2009 HBO special I Swear To God. He co-created and starred in his own semi-autobiographical sitcom, Legit, which ran for two seasons on FX and FXX. His other TV credits include @midnight, The Librarians and… Read
‘Mission: Impossible’ Accepted At FX – Along With ‘Trainwreck’, ‘Pixels’ & Others
FX Networks continues to gobble up TV rights to hit movies. This time the slew of pickups includes Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which dominated the domestic and overseas box office over the weekend. The Tom Cruise-led sequel is headed to the company’s suite of networks – FX, FXX and FXM and FXNow for VOD, along with the Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, Adam Sandler’s Pixels, the John Green adaptation Paper Towns and recent No. 1 opener Spy, starring… Read
‘Hamilton’ Juggernaut Includes A Show Before The Show As Broadway Box Office Stays Steady At $28.8M
In the final week of previews before its August 6 opening, Hamilton put on a couple of noteworthy side shows: The historico-comico-rapico-dramatico musicale brings $32-million in advance sales to the table, a pre-opening safe deposit that’s rarer than a straight play in the district. With a weekly gross of $1.5 million at the Nederlander-owned Richard Rodgers Theater, the Lin-Manuel Miranda show registered a Street high of 112% of potential, outflanking the over-100% club… Read