Kathleen Robertson Writing Dramedy For Lionsgate TV With Christina Applegate Attached To Star
Murder In The First star Kathleen Robertson has been steadily carving out a parallel second career as a writer. In a competitive situation, she has sold to Lionsgate TV the dramedy project Your Time Is Up, which has sought-after actress Christina Applegate attached to star. Written by Robertson and produced by Oscar-nominated producer Gil Netter (Life Of Pi, The Blind Side), Your Time Is Up is described as a family saga in the vein of Six Feet Under centering around… Read
Marg Helgenberger Tweets Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of ‘CSI’ Finale
The gang is back for the CSI finale. Marg Helgenberger has tweeted behind-the scenes pics from the set of the 2-hour CSI: Crime Scene Investigation finale, which will air on Sunday, September 27. Above is Helgenberger with fellow original star William Petersen. Helgenberger’s second tweet below shows five original characters: Catherine Willows (Helgenberger), Dr. Gil Grissom (Petersen), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda), and Jim Brass (Paul… Read
Ian McShane & Max Von Sydow Join ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 6
Deadwood‘s Ian McShane and Max von Sydow (Minority Report, The Exorcist) are the latest to sign on to Season 6 of Game Of Thrones, HBO has confirmed. McShane’s role is being kept under wraps, but Von Sydow will play the Three-Eyed Raven, the mystical tutor of Bran Stark who was seen briefly in the Season 4 finale (played by a different actor).
HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo said last week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the… Read
‘Pirates’ Scribe Terry Rossio Hit With Commissions Non-Payment Lawsuit
Dead men tell no tales, to riff off the title of the next Pirates Of The Caribbean pic, but old managers certainly can – and they can sue too. And that is exactly what Dodie Gold Management and Dodie Herskovitz has done to its former client Terry Rossio over 10% commissions they say they are owed the past two years for his writing and other work on the Pirates pics, Instant Karma, The Lone Ranger and more.
These cases come up all the time in Tinseltown and usually get… Read
ABC Nabs Monsters Drama From ‘Saw’ Writers & Aaron Kaplan As Put Pilot
In one of the first big drama sales this development season, a genre-themed project from Saw IV and V writers Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan and producer Aaron Kaplan sparked a bidding before landing at ABC with a big put pilot commitment. The intention is to lay off the project, tentatively titled Monstropolis, at ABC Studios.
In Monstropolis, monsters are real, living amongst the humans in the city of New Manhattan (aka Monstropolis). But now someone is killing… Read
Norman Lear Comedy ‘All That Glitters’ Sparks Reboot Interest
It has been a transformative year for transgender people on television, from Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox becoming the first transgender performer to earn an acting Emmy nomination to Transparent earning star Jeffrey Tambor accolades to Bruce Jenner unveiling his transition to Caitlyn in a high-rated TV special on ABC, followed by an E! reality series.
But long before Cox's Sophia on OITNB and Tambor's Maura on Amazon's Transparent — and before Rebecca Romijn’s… Read
Tanc Sade Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Roadies'; Scottie Thompson In Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’
Australian actor Tanc Sade (Matador, Gilmore Girls) is set for a guest role in Showtime’s hourlong comedy pilot Roadies, from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams. Roadies follows the day-to-day life of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of music's unsung heroes – the crew members who get the show on the road. Sade, repped by Untitled Entertainment and Don Buchwald & Associates, will play Christopher House, the tortured songwriter and guitarist for the Staton-House… Read
‘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