‘Victoria’ Producers & Cast Talk Story, Long-Term Potential & Filling That ‘Downton Abbey’ Slot – TCA
PBS' new Masterpiece drama series Victoria, premiering January 2017, follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman) for the first three years from the time she is crowned Queen in 1837 at age 18.
But is it more difficult to become a teenage queen than it is to inherit the slot vacated by megahit Downton Abbey on the PBS schedule?
Before two Masterpiece panels today (Season 2 Poldark and Victoria) series executive producer Rebecca Eaton stressed the importance of both shows in filling… Read
Eddie Murphy’s ‘Mr. Church’ Gets Fall Release Date
For those who’ve been thinking, “Geez, it’s been awhile since Eddie Murphy was in a movie,” listen up: Cinelou Films has set a September 16 bow for Mr. Church, the actor’s first flick in four years. The drama centers on the lifelong friendship that develops between a young girl (Tomorrowland‘s Britt Robertson) and the cook (Murphy) hired to help care for her dying mother (Natascha McElhone).
Bruce Beresford directed the film from a script by Susan McMartin. Cinelou… Read
Paul Greengrass On Setting Up Jason Bourne For More Sequels, Jimi Hendrix
EXCLUSIVE: When Paul Greengrass told Deadline during the awards season push for Captain Phillips that he would never make another Jason Bourne film, he was sincere. And why not believe him, when he followed two superb Bourne films with that terrific Somali pirate drama, and had so many other hot button projects behind it to spark him? Here, the documentarian-turned director of Bloody Sunday, United 93, Green Zone and now a trilogy of Bourne films based on the Robert Ludlum… Read
‘Empire’ & Fox Beat $10M Copyright Suit From “Gangsta Pimp”s Memoir & Script
Over a year after Fox, Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, series star Terrence Howard, writer Malcolm Spellman and media mogul Rupert Murdoch were sued in a $10 million copyright infringement suit by "self-described 'gangsta pimp'" Ron Newt, a federal judge has tossed the case out.
"Although the parties' works each follow an African American man who was involved in drug dealing and has sons pursuing a music career, Plaintiff's works and Empire are not… Read
Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer Made $10.9M In Fiscal 2016, Up 61.5%
Lionsgate’s share price fell 35.6% in the fiscal year that ended in March, and the board acknowledged that — with declining film sales — the “year-end numbers did not reflect the financial performance it expected and that it has consistently delivered in recent years.”
Still, CEO Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns ended up with big raises, the company discloses today in a proxy filed at the SEC: Feltheimer’s compensation package rose 61.5% to $10.9 million… Read
Bond/360 Nabs Docu ‘God Knows Where I Am’; XLrator Lands Slasher Pic ‘The Windmill’
The documentary God Knows Where I Am has been acquired in North America by Bond/360 with theatrical release set for fall, 2016 in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a planned forty market expansion. The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated producers Jedd and Todd Wider, the film follows the struggle of Linda Bishop, a well educated New Hampshire mother determined to stay free of the mental health system following early release from a psychiatric hospital after a diagnosis… Read
‘Disjointed’: Dougie Baldwin Cast In Netflix Pot Comedy Series From Chuck Lorre
Young Australian actor Dougie Baldwin has landed a co-starring role opposite Kathy Bates in Disjointed, Netflix’s pot-themed workplace multi-camera comedy from Chuck Lorre, former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum and Warner Bros. TV.
Writing and executive produced by Lorre and Javerbaum, Disjointed, which has 20-episode straight-to-series order, stars Bates as Ruth, a lifelong advocate for legalization who's finally living her dream as the owner of an L.A.-area… Read
Bill Cosby Ends Lawsuit Against 2004 Rape Accuser & ‘National Enquirer’
Bill Cosby is still facing a potential criminal trial over the alleged 2004 drugging and sexual assault of a Temple University employee but he won't be facing the matter in a civil case after all – by his own choice. "Plaintiff William H. Cosby, Jr. hereby voluntarily dismisses the above-captioned action without prejudice," said brevity fueled paperwork filed today by lawyers for the much-accused The Cosby Show creator (read it here).
After just over six months, this… Read
Ken Burns On PBS Docu ‘Defying The Nazis’: “I Didn’t Shoot A Single Interview” – TCA
At today's TCA, Ken Burns, co-director and executive producer of PBS' Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War, said that of his many documentaries this is "different from any other. I didn't shoot a single interview."
That's because Burns shares directorship with Artemis W. Joukowsky, grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, MA, a couple who helped refugees and dissidents escape from Nazis in Eastern Europe. Joukowsky had been… Read
“New” Michael Crichton Novel ‘Dragon Teeth’ Coming Out Next Year
HarperCollins Publishers has acquired world English rights to Dragon Teeth, a manuscript penned by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton. The upcoming book, centered on the golden age of American fossil hunting, will be published in May 2017 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.
Harper publisher Jonathan Burnham and executive editor Jennifer Barth negotiated the deal with CrichtonSun's Sherri Crichton through Sloan Harris and Jennifer Joel of ICM… Read
‘Bad Moms’ Review: Perfect Movie For Moms To Ditch The Kids And Have Some Raunchy Fun
Bad and good moms and maybe even their husbands will get a load of laughs from the blissfully politically incorrect summer comedy Bad Moms. The title doesn’t really describe who these hardworking but frustrated women really are, but is designed to lure an audience with the promise of some good old-fashioned raunch. As I say in my video review above, we get that — and then some — but also a surprising amount of heart and tender moments that underline the fact this is… Read
Masterpiece Boards ‘King Charles III’ Adaptation As Franchise Looks To Bolster Slate Post-‘Downton Abbey’ – TCA
Masterpiece on PBS and the BBC are teaming on a television adaptation of the Tony-nominated play King Charles III, as the franchise looks to beef up its slate in the post-Downton Abbey era.
It was among the announcements made by PBS’ Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton at the beginning of the Victoria panel today at TCA. The new drama series is set to air in the Sunday time slot that has been occupied by departing Downton Abbey for the past six years. It stars… Read