HBO Developing ‘The Commissar’s Report’ Russian Spy Series From Martyn Burke
Two decades after the end of the Cold War, Russian spies have never been hotter on American television. FX has The Americans, NBC has upcoming drama Allegiance, and now HBO has put in development The Commissar's Report, a comedic drama thriller based on author-writer-director Martyn Burke's 1984 Cold War satire. Burke will adapt his novel, writing the pilot script. Writer/director Jerry Zucker (Airplane!, Naked Gun, Ghost) and his wife, producer Janet Zucker (Friends With… Read
E! To Continue ‘Fashion Police’ Without Joan Rivers
Hours before E! is scheduled to air its Joan Rivers tribute episode of Fashion Police as part of today's Joan Day marathon, the network has announced it will continue the franchise despite the death of its most important on-air team member.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms,” the network said moments ago in a statement. “We have also thought long and hard… Read
Al Gore Sued Back By Al Jazeera America Over “Sham Lawsuit”
A month after the former VP and ex-Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt went after Al Jazeera America for $65 million held in escrow, the Qatar-backed outlet has rippingly responded. Stressing that they had legitimate claims to the funds to handle various distribution schisms, AJAM's redacted September 18 counterclaim calls the breach of contract and fraud action by Gore and Hyatt last month a "sham lawsuit, larded with vituperative and irrelevant accusations."
AJAM asserts that… Read
HBO Suspends Pre-Production On Joe Paterno Movie With Brian De Palma & Al Pacino
It's been 20 months since Deadline broke the story of the Scarface duo of director Brian De Palma and Al Pacino's re-teaming for Happy Valley. The film chronicles the fall of Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, whose legend was undone by revelations he and others in the football program were aware that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was molesting children, and did little to stop it.
We can exclusively report that the project, based on the bestselling… Read
Peter Kujawski Named Managing Director Of Universal Pictures Int’l Productions
Peter Kujawski is moving from EVP Worldwide Acquisitions at Universal Pictures to a newly created position. He'll become Managing Director of Universal Pictures International Productions, the division that expands the studio's overseas presence through local production, financing partnerships, acquisitions in emerging markets and the acquisition of English-language films for the studio on a worldwide basis. Kujawski will continue to report to Universal Pictures Chairman… Read
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Won’t Resign Over League’s Growing Domestic Abuse Scandal
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said today he will not resign, but will implement new policies of conduct for team players, and mandate education and training of players and staff for all of the league's 32 teams about how to prevent domestic violence and child abuse - for those in the NFL who do not yet know it's wrong to punch women in the face and knock them out, or whip children with a switch.
“We will get our house in order," Goodell said, in his first public… Read
Pauly Shore Documentary Acquired By Showtime
EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has picked up Pauly Shore's revealing road documentary Pauly Shore Stands Alone and slated it to air December 4. The feature-length film directed by and starring Shore tracks the popular '90s actor and comedian as he embarks on a stand-up tour across the Midwest while grappling with aging, fading fame and his relationship with his mother, Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore, who has Parkinson's. Unlike his 2003 directing debut Pauly Shore Is Dead, the new… Read
Daniel Sauli Joins HBO Miniseries ‘Show Me A Hero'; Daren Kagasoff in Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’
Daniel Sauli has joined the cast of HBO's miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, the six-hour mini stars Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy when a federal court orders him to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town, Yonkers, NY. His attempt to do so tears… Read
Actress Who Leapt To Death From Hollywood Sign Finally Getting Her Movie
EXCLUSIVE: Arthur Sarkissian and writer-director Tony Kaye are teaming to bring the story of Peg Entwistle to light as a movie. She is the blond-haired, blue-eyed actress who committed suicide by jumping off the 'H' of the Hollywood sign in 1932 after she was cut out of the David O. Selznick film Thirteen Women. She was only 24.
Sarkissian (Rush Hour) will produce the picture, and Kaye will write and plans to direct.
The Wales-born Entwistle started her career on Broadway… Read
‘Mommy’ To Rep Canada In Foreign-Lingo Oscar Race; Belgium Picks ‘Two Days, One Night’
Canadian wunderkind director Xavier Dolan scored the Jury Prize in his first time in the main Cannes Competition earlier this year with Mommy. The film has now been selected to represent Canada in the Foreign Language Oscar race. While the last Canadian film to win an Oscar was 2003's The Barbarian Invasions, the country has had a strong showing with four nominees since 2006. Mommy is 25-year-old Dolan's fifth film as director and his second to rep Canada after his 2009… Read
Eva Longoria To Produce Texas Political Drama For ABC With Conde Nast
The colorful and cutthroat world of Texas politics will serve as backdrop of a Latino family drama from Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment, which has landed at ABC with penalty. The project is loosely inspired by a 2003 Vogue article that profiled Democratic rising-star twins Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, and Joaquin, then-newly elected U.S. congressman.
Created and written by Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin (ABC's Nashville), Pai… Read
Ever After High Mattel Property Being Developed As Film
EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment is working with Mattel to help develop an Ever After High feature film based on the popular toy line (and which has already morphed into an animated kids series). The brand is ripe for a feature film franchise. It's based on the make-believe teenage sons and daughters of famous fairy tale parents such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks, King Charming, Rapunzel, the Frog Prince, the Swan Princess, the… Read