‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ Opens For Business As Broadway B.O. Eases Into Holidays
Jason Robert Brown is back on Broadway, in a much lighter vein than his ill-fated Bridges Of Madison County a year ago, as Honeymoon In Vegas began eight weeks (!) of previews at the Nederlander Theatre in anticipation of a January 15 opening. The musical, headlined by Tony Danza and co-written with the 1992 film's writer/director Andrew Bergman, played seven performances and took in $366,136, just over one-third of its gross potential. The New York critics weighed in… Read
‘True Detective’ Co-Stars Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams, Kelly Reilly Confirmed By HBO For Season 2
HBO is following its own timetable in announcing the cast of the second season of True Detective. Filming on the eight-episode season has already begun in California. Meanwhile, the pay cable network has just made the second casting announcement, confirming Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kirsch and Kelly Reilly. In the first announcement, the network announced Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. All five are series regulars.
The eight-episode second season of the Nic Pizzolatto crime… Read
‘Anne Frank: Then And Now’ – Exclusive First Look At Gaza-Shot Film
Here's an exclusive first-look at Anne Frank: Then And Now, which explores the lives of Anne Frank and the eight Palestinian girls cast to play her in a retelling of Frank's famous diary. Part drama and part documentary, it was shot in Arabic with English subtitles. The film was shooting in Gaza in July when the Israel-Gaza war broke out, sending cast and crew scrambling for cover from incoming Israeli airstrikes. More than 500 Palestinian children and one Israeli child… Read
Conversations With Jeremy Gerard: Bradley Cooper on ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Elephant Man’
EXCLUSIVE: You would be hard-pressed to find two more unalike human beings, not to say heroes, than Chris Kyle--dubbed "Legend" by his fellow Navy SEALS--and Joseph Merrick, known throughout late 19th-century London as the Elephant Man: One, a slab of Texas masculinity groomed for the war machine as a sharpshooter in Iraq; the other a specimen of nature gone cruel in the face of a forgiving God, his tortured body a twisted mess of bone and hanging flesh concealing a mind… Read
Leslie Zemeckis Sells Book On Burlesque Siren Lili St. Cyr
Award-winning documentary film maker, Leslie Zemeckis, wife of director Robert Zemeckis, has just sold her second book at auction via agent Eileen Cope at Mark Creative Management. The book is based on the story of legendary, but-little-known, burlesque queen Lili St. Cyr. Producers are kicking the tires for the dramatic rights about the sex symbol and mistress to Orson Welles, Yul Brynner, and Artie Shaw. Her tragic end included living as a recluse addicted to heroin… Read
Michael Stahl-David To Topline Drug-Trade Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay
Michael Stahl-David (In Your Eyes) has been cast as the lead in TNT's Untitled Miami Project executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. It centers on Bobby Nickel (Stahl-David), a charismatic, brilliant and driven man who came from nothing and quickly learned to make his own… Read
Weinstein Collars Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani For ‘Paddington’ Tune
TWC has commandeered half the judging panel of The Voice for its upcoming pic Paddington. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani will co-write and perform the original song Shine for the family film that gets released January 16 in the U.S. and Canada after a qualifying run in December. Before he made parents wish for deafness with the Despicable Me 2 tune Happy (lovely song, but man did it get overplayed), Pharrell and Gwen previously teamed up on songs including Hollaback G… Read
David Dobkin To Direct ‘Badlands’ AMC Series; Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger Cast
Shanghai Knights director David Dobkin is reuniting with the film's writers Al Gough and Miles Millar for another martial arts project, AMC series Badlands (working title). Dobkin has been tapped as a director and executive producer of the straight-to-series project, which has cast Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) and Oliver Stark (The Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box) as regulars.
The six-episode Badlands is described as a genre-bending… Read
Wonderland Buys Insurgent Scribe Brian Duffield’s ‘The Babysitter’ Spec In Auction
EXCLUSIVE: McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision has just picked up the Brian Duffield spec script The Babysitter in an auction. McG and Mary Viola will produce the unique horror/coming of age story. Duffield will Executive Produce along with Wonderland's Director of Development Steven Bello, who brought the project in to the company. Wonderland's COO James McGough brokered the deal along with David Boyle.
Duffield wrote Jane Got A Gun, the troubled Western that got made by… Read
How ‘The Lego Movie’ Is Like A ‘Brick Movie': Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the brains behind the huge animated hit The Lego Movie, talk with Deadline's Pete Hammond about their “iterative” creative process, finding spontaneity in the grind of making animated films, and capturing the DIY spirit of amateurs making “brick movies.” They were speaking at Deadline's recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
The voice cast includes Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie and David Burrows… Read
‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Beat ‘The Walking Dead’ After Three Weeks
All good things must come to an end, and for The Walking Dead that happened last night. After beating NBC's three weeks in a row and four times this season, the AMC zombie-apocalypse series came up just a little short. Walking Dead got a 7.0 among adults 18-49, while the Dallas Cowboys' incredibly dramatic 31-28 nail-biter win over the New York Giants had a 7.1 in fast nationals - a number that likely will rise.
Even with two major-market teams… Read
Oscar Isaac To Play Villain In ‘X-Men: Apocalypse
Twentieth Century Fox has closed a deal for Oscar Isaac to star as Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse. Isaac, stellar in Inside Llewyn Davis, will next be seen opposite Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year. In X-Men, he plays the most powerful mutant ever and the most menacing foe the X-Men have ever faced. Tracks back to ancient times. The main villain of the film. Considers himself a god. From the look of the comic character, Isaac's going to have to do some benching.