Move Over 007: Paramount Plans Pic Series On Brit Spy Alex Hawke
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to the Ted Bell action espionage novel series based on British MI6 agent Sir Alexander Hawke. The studio has set Salt scribe Kurt Wimmer to adapt it, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing. The series began in 2003 with Hawke, and has spanned nine bestsellers. The most recent, Patriot, pitted Hawke against Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who has been a frequent nemesis in the series. The next book, Overkill, will be… Read
AT&T CEO Says DirecTV Now Will Offer 100+ Channels For $35 A Month
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson just unveiled a key piece of information about DirecTV Now, the streaming service he plans to introduce at the end of November: It will offer more than 100 channels at a cost of $35 a month “and that includes your mobile streaming cost,” he said today at the WSJDLive Conference.
“We think this is big,” he said in a joint appearance with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes just days after AT&T agreed to pay $84.7 billion for the entertainment… Read
Lauren Ambrose Lands Female Lead In TNT Drama Pilot ‘Monsters Of God’
EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Ambrose has been tapped to play the female lead in TNT’s high-profile pilot Monsters Of God. She will co-star alongside Garret Dillahunt in the period drama set in post-Civil War Texas. Rod Lurie is writing, directing and executive produces with his Battle Plan Productions partner Marc Frydman and Plan B Entertainment's Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg.
Ambrose, the two-time Emmy nominee for Six Feet Under, will play Cynthia Lancaster, wife… Read
‘The Punisher’: Michael Nathanson Joins Cast Of New Marvel Series For Netflix
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Nathanson (The Knick, Wolf of Wall Street), has been cast as a series regular in the upcoming Netflix series The Punisher, the Jon Bernthal-toplined spinoff from Marvel’s Daredevil.
Nathanson will play Sam Stein, a Homeland Security agent, somewhat disillusioned with his job, who is partnered with character Dinah Madani, played by Amber Rose Revah.
In addition to Bernthal, who plays Frank Castle/The Punisher and Revah, Nathanson joins fellow series… Read
Obama Wins Late-Night As ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Tops Preliminary Ratings
President Obama-boosted Jimmy Kimmel Live ranked as the No. 1 late-night show in households in the 56 metered markets (2.7/7) last night. The ABC show bested NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.1/6) and CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2.1/6).
In the demo, Kimmel (0.7/4) also finished first in the 25 Local People Meter markets, besting Tonight (0.6/3) and Late Show (0.4/2).
Monday's JKL tied its best late-night household performance for an original on… Read
Fox Animation Picks Up ‘The Girl Who Drank The Moon’ For ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Writer Marc Haimes
EXCLUSIVE: Fox Animation has acquired the rights to acclaimed children's novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon, an epic coming-of-age fairy tale written by Kelly Barnhill. Marc Haimes, who recently co-wrote the script for Laika and Focus Features' Kubo and the Two Strings, has been set to adapt the script.
Veteran animation director Carlos Saldanha, who directed Rio for Fox, and Maresa Pullman will produce through their BottleCap Productions banner. Darlene Caamano Loquet… Read
‘Married At First Sight’ Renewed For Season 5 On FYI
FYI’s docuseries that pronounces couples legally wed on their initial meeting is headed back to the altar. The cable net has greenlighted a fifth season of Married at First Sight, set this time in Chicago and premiering next year. The Season 4 finale airs Tuesday night, with a reunion special set for November 1.
The social experiment series follows singles yearning for a lifelong partnership as they agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger… Read
‘Doctor Strange’ To Cast Spell Over International Box Office – Weekend Preview
Disney/Marvel's Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Doctor Strange debuts in 32 markets — about 45% of its international footprint — this week, and one frame ahead of the domestic (and China) release. It's been six months since the last MCU superheroes roamed the globe with Captain America: Civil War capturing a 2016 high of $1.15B worldwide after its April start. Doctor Strange is a different sort of Marvel beast, making his first major leap from the page to the screen with… Read
‘Notorious’ Order Cut To 10 Episodes By ABC
So it starts. After the back series orders for the strongest new fall series, the networks are starting to address the bubble freshman shows. First off, ABC’s Notorious, whose 13-episode order has been trimmed to 10.
This is not an outright cancellation as Notorious will remain on the air, and the network plans to air all 10 produced episodes. But, following a slow ratings start and mostly negative reviews, this is not a good sign for the new drama. Virtually no series… Read
‘Six’: History’s Military Drama Gets 2017 Premiere Date
History’s military drama series finally has a deployment date. The cable net said today that the eight-episode first season of the show that follows the members of Navy SEAL Team Six will premiere at 10 PM ET on January 18.
Vice Principals star and Justified alum Walton Goggins toplines the series, which follows the modern American warriors as their covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with… Read
Tom Hanks Negotiates With ‘Big’s Zoltar To Be Made 30 Again
Tom Hanks, who’s been doing the late-night circuit to plug the opening of Inferno, reconnected with Zoltar on Late Show last night, and asked Big’s mechanical fortune teller to make him 30 years old again.
Zoltar, aka Late Show host Stephen Colbert, reminded Hanks he’d learned a heart-warming lesson about age-envy in that earlier movie.
"Yeah, I learned being older isn't always what it's cracked up to be — a lesson I'm constantly learning every day at my age," Hanks shot… Read
‘Knight Rider’ To Ride Again As Machinima Digital Series With Justin Lin At The Wheel
Knight Rider, the 1980s action series that made David Hasselhoff a star, is getting the Machinima treatment. The digital network said today it is partnering with producer-director Justin Lin, YOMYOMF and NBCUniversal Brand Development to produce a digital series reboot that will target a 2017 launch.
Lin, who knows something about the care and feeding of franchises after directing Fast & Furious 6 and most recently Star Trek Beyond, is set to produce the series which is… Read