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‘Controversy’: Austin Stowell To Star In Fox Drama Pilot From Sheldon Turner

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'In Dubious Battle' film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 15 Feb 2017

Austin Stowell (Whiplash) has been cast as the central character in Controversy, Fox’s investigative thriller drama pilot written by Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner, directed by This Is Us' John Requa & Glenn Ficarra and executive produced by Scandal co-executive producer Judy Smith. The project hails from 20th TV and Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Productions. Written by Turner, Controversy tackles the hot-button topic of college campus sexual assault. It… Read


Fox & Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Acquire ‘Three Dark Crowns’


EXCLUSIVE: Fox has acquired feature rights to Three Dark Crowns, the bestselling Kendare Blake novel published by Harper Teen Books. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment will produce. It is the second recent big book deal for Fox and Levy: they just won an auction for A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising. Three Dark Crowns is the first of four planned volumes, a fantasy series about magically gifted triplet queens who must use their powers against each other in a… Read


‘Twin Peaks’ Star Kyle MacLachlan To Appear At Showtime’s SXSW Event


We’re getting a few more details about the Twin Peaks experience at next month’s South By Southwest Conference and Film Festival in Austin, TX. Series star Kyle MacLachlan will make a special appearance Thursday night March 16 at The Showtime House at Clive Bar on Rainey Street. Showtime will also host a special two-day musical lineup March 16 and March 17, with afternoon and evening sessions, featuring music inspired by Twin Peaks. Performers will include Neko Case, Real… Read


WGA & AMPTP Set Date For Start Of Contract Talks


The WGA West and East and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said today that they will begin formal contract negotiations March 13 at the AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks. The current Minimum Basic Agreement expires on May 1. As reported here yesterday, the guilds' chief goals in the talks will be to increase compensation for series TV writer-producers; stop the decade-long decline in screenwriters' earnings; and stabilize its ailing health… Read


Time Warner Sells Atlanta TV Station To Meredith, Possibly Helping AT&T Deal


The case for an FCC review of AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner weakened today: The entertainment company agreed to sell its independent Atlanta TV station — WPCH — to Meredith for $70 million. The FCC will have to approve the TV station sale. But if there’s no hitch there, then Time Warner’s agreement with AT&T might not include a license that would fall under the FCC’s purview. That could help the AT&T deal. If the Trump administration opposes it — the… Read


Maker Studios’ Latest Round Of Layoffs Claims 80


Disney's Maker Studios is in the midst of another round of layoffs today, which follows a round in July that claimed about 30 employees. A source close to the situation says the total number of layoffs now underway is around 80, at various levels of the operation. In December, Disney folded Maker’s digital operation into its content and media business division run by Andrew Sugerman, EVP Publishing and Digital Media at the Disney Consumer Products and Interactive… Read


‘The Commuter’: Lionsgate Moves Liam Neeson Thriller To January


Lionsgate said today that The Commuter, its thriller starring Liam Neeson, has moved from an October bow to January 12. Vera Farmiga co-stars as a mysterious woman who boards a commuter train and proposes an enticing opportunity to Neeson's character — one that has dire circumstances if he accepts. The film has Hitchcock-ian elements like North by Northwest and Strangers on a Train. Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern and Jonathan Banks co-star in the film from… Read


Sienna Miller, Giancarlo Giannini Join ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’


EXCLUSIVE:  Sienna Miller and Giancarlo Giannini have joined The Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed drama that stars Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Robert Rodat adapted the script from Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book that tells the true story of Moe Berg, a major league ballplayer who was an important spy against the Nazis in WWII. While they call catcher’s equipment “the tools of ignorance,” Berg was the extreme exception, an Ivy… Read


John Gay Dies: ‘Run Silent Run Deep’ Screenwriter Was 92


John Gay, whose writing credits for film and TV include big-screen fare like Run Silent Run Deep and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and, on the small screen reach back to television’s Golden Age and continued through the 1980s and ’90s with such mini-series as Fatal Vision and Cruel Doubt, died February 4 in Santa Monica. He was 92. His death was announced by the Writers Guild of America, West. Gay co-wrote a 2008 autobiography Any Way I Can – 50 Years in Show Business… Read


Jeffrey Nachmanoff To Helm Jackie Chan In Sony’s ‘Five Against A Bullet’


EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has set Jeffrey Nachmanoff to direct Five Against A Bullet, the action thriller that is anchored by Jackie Chan. Matt Corman and Chris Ord (Covert Affairs) are writing the latest draft under Nachmanoff’s supervision. Nachmanoff most recently wrapped the Keanu Reeves-starrer Replicas. Here, five bodyguards from around the world, with a variety of complementary skills and abilities — led by the infamous Frank (Chan) — are hired by a Latin American… Read


Matthew Broderick Cast In FX’s ‘Katrina: American Crime Story’

Matthew Broderick in 'Katrina'

Matthew Broderick has joined the cast of FX's Katrina: American Crime Story, the second installment of the Emmy-winning limited series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Broderick will play Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael D. Brown, who was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina. Brown became famous overnight when President George W. Bush praised him with "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job," while much… Read


Oscar Isaac, Keegan-Michael Key Set Public Theater ‘Hamlet’

Oscar Isaac (Show Me a Hero) Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Inside Llewyn Davis) will play the melancholy Dane beginning in June at the Public Theater, in a staging of the Shakespeare tragedy by Sam Gold. The director, who previously staged the Tony-winning Fun Home at the Public and on Broadway, is fairly busy: His revival of The Glass Menagerie, starring Sally Field, is about to open on Broadway, to be quickly followed by a new play, A Doll’s House, Part 2, on Broadway in April. Earlier… Read