‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’s Jamie Dornan To Star In Miramax’s ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax,’ Alexandre Aja Directing
Miramax has tapped French director Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) to direct psychological thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax, with Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan in the lead role. The adaptation of Liz Jensen's bestselling novel follows young Louis Drax, who suffers a near-fatal fall on his ninth birthday. In order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the boy's accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling… Read
Longtime Fox TV Sales Exec Jean Rossi Exiting
Jean Rossi, who joined Fox Broadcasting 27 years ago just after the the launch of the network, is not renewing her contract and will exit the company August 31. She currently is EVP Sales at Fox Broadcasting and president of integrated sales and marketing group Fox One. Rossi joined Fox's sales department in March 1987 as an account executive and by 1994 was promoted to SVP Sales. She become EVP Sales in 1996, and in 2002 was given additional responsibilities as president… Read
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady, ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Even, CW’s Maroon 5 Special Soft
The last days of summer aren't letting up when it comes to reality TV. While Fox and CBS were all encores last night, unscripted was in the ring last night on NBC and ABC and on The CW, in a way. The heavyweight was of course America's Got Talent (2.1/7). Heading toward the Season 9 finale on September 17, the first round of this year's Semifinals kicked off with the return of four acts that had been previously given the boot. With three of the four onstage on Tuesday the… Read
Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Set For September 26 Debut: Video
Amazon will premiere all 10 episodes of Jill Soloway's dark comedy Transparent on September 26 on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. and UK. Written, directed and exec produced by Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under), Transparent centers on Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) who gathers his three adult kids for a talk about the future, but everyone is shocked to learn that it's not a financial inheritance at stake, but rather the complex legacy of a secret life as a transgender… Read
Reality TV Trade Group Nearly Triples Membership
The newly formed Non-Fiction Producers Association has added 14 member-companies to its fold, bringing its total membership to 22. The new recruits are Bunim-Murray Productions, Evolution Media, Eyeworks USA, Go Go Luckey Entertainment, GRB Entertainment, High Noon Entertainment, Lighthearted Entertainment, LMNO Productions, MY Entertainment, Optomen, Renegade 83, Sharp Entertainment, The Ebersol Lanigan Company, and Zodiak New York.
"We are gratified by the continuing… Read
Harvey Weinstein Wants To Give Negatory ‘Neverland’ Columnist Riedel The Hook
UPDATE #2 Aug. 27: Riedel responds.
Update Friday morning: Motown The Musical announced its January, 2015 closing — paving the way, maybe, for Finding Neverland to be the next tenant at the Nederlander-owned Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The Riedel Watch: I promised occasional updates on reaction to some of my pal Michael Riedel's more combustible columns (so many to choose from!), and on Wednesday he produced a doozy. Surveying two New York reviews of Finding Neverland, the Bro… Read
Starz’s Cult Comedy ‘Party Down’ Heads To Hulu
Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the entire series of cult comedy Party Down. Beginning Friday, all episodes will be available for streaming on Hulu Plus, Hulu and Starz said today. The first five episodes will be available for a limited time on Hulu.com. Party Down follows a group of Hollywood acting wannabes who pay the bills by working for a Los Angeles catering company. The comedy, created by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), John Enbom, Paul Rudd, and Dan… Read
EOne Gets Into Business With Indie Producer David Lancaster
Entertainment One has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Rumble Films, the company just launched by veteran indie producer David Lancaster, whose recent credits include the Sundance hit Whiplash and the upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer Nightcrawler. Under terms of the deal, eOne will have a first look at financing and distributing all Rumble feature films, and Lancaster will consult on eOne's own productions under film production president Xavier Marchand and… Read
Venice: ‘Birdman’s Michael Keaton Is “OK With The Elephant In The Room”
Michael Keaton's character in raved-about Venice Film Festival opener and Competition entry Birdman and the actor himself share a common thread — they both gained enormous fame playing superheroes in the '90s. In the film, Keaton's Riggan Thompson is unable to escape his winged, spandex-clad alter ego who haunts, taunts and goads him incessantly. Keaton and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu both feel everybody has their own sort of Birdman, but for Keaton it's not the… Read
Napa Valley Film Fest Says “The Show Must Go On” Despite Quakes, Sets Lineup
As aftershocks continue to rock California's wine country, the Napa Valley Film Festival unveiled its competition lineup today. "Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who has suffered losses from the recent earthquake," said fest Co-Founder/Artistic Director Marc Lhormer of Sunday's temblor, the Bay Area's biggest in a quarter-century. "We are proud to be part of a community that rallies in support of each other in such a generous and big hearted way. As they… Read
Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart To Host 4th Streamy Awards
Breakout YouTube comedians Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart will host the 4th annual Streamy Awards on Sept. 7. The awards, produced by dick clark productions and Tubefilter, also announced finalists for two fan-voted “audience choice” categories. entertainer of the year and show of the year.
The awards will handed out in 14 categories at the Beverly Hilton. Winners of about two-dozen other categories will be announced in a Sept. 4 reception at the YouTube Space L.A.
The Plot Thickens: Will A ‘New’ Shubert Theater Tower Over Broadway?
UPDATE Wednesday morning: Michael Riedel accepts Harvey Weinstein's Finding Neverland challenge.
Since everyone is dousing everyone else these dog days with buckets of ice to raise money for ALS research, I offer a challenge of my own to The New York Post's Michael Riedel: Meet me at Bar Centrale the day after Labor Day 2019. If, five years from now, there's a new, 1,500-seat Broadway theater around the corner on Eighth Avenue between 45th and 46th streets, you can douse… Read