Anders Holm To Topline Mindy Kaling/Charlie Grandy NBC Comedy Pilot
The Mindy Project creator, executive producer and star Mindy Kaling and executive producer Charlie Grandy have recruited the series’ recurring player Anders Holm as the lead of their single-camera NBC comedy pilot, in which Kaling has a recurring role.
Written by Kaling and Grandy and directed by Michael Spiller, the untitled comedy centers on Vince (Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot. Their simple… Read
‘Logan’: Hugh Jackman & James Mangold On A Movie Made To Do More Than Sell Happy Meals – Berlin
20th Century Fox's Logan is world premiering tonight at the Berlin Film Festival, with stars Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in the German capital alongside director James Mangold and producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker. This is Jackman's last turn as Wolverine in a gritty look at the weary X-Man and the little girl (Dafne Keen) who claws her way into his world and heart.
The R-rated film is a departure for X-Men movies — Deadpool notwithstanding — and the… Read
GOP’s Jack Kingston Looking Forward To Doing ‘Real Time’ Tonight, Might Be Disappointed
Former Republican congressman Jack Kingston certainly isn’t taking Jeremy Scahill’s lead, saying he’s looking forward to being on Real Time with Bill Maher tonight with the controversial Milo Yiannopoulos.
But Kingston, one of CNN’s go-to supporters of President Donald Trump, might be in for a disappointment — he won’t be sharing the panel with the flame-throwing Breitbart provocateur.
“Milo tees it up,” Kingston tweeted today (see it below), a reference to Yiannopoulos… Read
‘The Sinner’ Trailer: Jessica Biel Kills In USA’s Anthology Drama Series
We’re getting the first look at Jessica Biel as a killer without a cause in USA’s upcoming crime thriller anthology series The Sinner. Bill Pullman also stars as an investigator who’s trying to figure it all out.
Written by Derek Simonds, the first installment of the close-ended series, based on Petra Hammesfahr's book, follows a young mother (Biel) who, when overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and, to her horror, has no idea why… Read
Is TV Writers Income In Decline? Fact-Checking WGA Leaders’ Claims In Pre-Negotiations Manifesto
As negotiations between the WGA and the studios draw near, the drumbeat for a writers strike intensifies. As part of the union's preparations for tough bargaining with the producers and a potential walkout, leaders of the WGA East and WGA West last week sent a letter to members, outlining top battleground issues including improving the union's ailing health fund, getting paid family leave, raising compensation in new media, closing the pay gap between basic cable and… Read
‘American Idol’ Reboot Legally Moves Closer To Reality
No word if Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will be back as judges, but the resurrection of American Idol less than a year after the once ratings blockbuster ended its 15-season run on Fox looks like more of a done deal – at least legally.
As talks with NBC over a possible Idol revival still going on, producers FreemantleMedia and the Core Media-owned19 Entertainment submitted a plan late last month to the federal judge overseeing the April 2016 filed bankruptcy of the… Read
Naomie Harris On Bridging The Chasm With Paula In ‘Moonlight’ And Her ‘Jungle Book’ Dream Job
Editors Note: This story originally ran on December 6, 2016.
When a waiter comes to congratulate Naomie Harris "for all those films" on a bright afternoon at a West Hollywood hotel, it's fairly clear which ones he means. The highest profile, of course, is her work as a different kind of Moneypenny in the Daniel Craig-era Bond series; there is also the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean, Miami Vice and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on her filmography. But as Paula in Barry… Read
Wrestling Drama ‘Heels’ From Paramount TV Heats Up At Starz, Eyeing Series Order
Heels, an hourlong drama set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling, has been put on the fast track at Starz. I hear the project from Paramount TV is in active development, eyeing a potential eight-episode straight-to-series order.
Written by Michael Waldron and to be directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment), Heels is the story of two brothers and rivals – one a villain, or "heel," in the ring; the other a hero, or "face."… Read
Dev Patel Roars Like A ‘Lion’ This Oscar Season – The Actor’s Side
The movie that launched Dev Patel to U.S. audiences, 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, went on to collect eight Oscars. But Patel personally has landed his first nomination this year in the Supporting Actor category for The Weinstein Co.’s Lion. Last Sunday, he took home the BAFTA for his turn in the Garth Davis movie. Lion has racked up six nominations and $70.8 million at the global box office.
In this edition of The Actor’s Side, Patel talks about the road that brought him… Read
TWC Acquires Remake Rights To Italian Comedy ‘Perfect Strangers’
The Weinstein Company is snagging the English language remake rights to the hit Italian com Perfetti Sconociuti, which translates to Perfect Strangers — a film that was released last year in the country and won a number of top film awards. It also was a local-language success when it was released last year.
The film is about seven lifelong friends — three married couples and a divorcee — and at a dinner they play a game. To prove how well they know each other, they all… Read
George “The Animal” Steele Dies: Iconic Wrestler Starred With Johnny Depp In ‘Ed Wood’
William James Myers, who as his pro wrestling alter-ego George “The Animal” Steele became one of the iconic names in the sport, has died. He was 79. Steele’s persona — wild eyes, a furball body, green tongue, mute and a slightly unhinged penchant for eating turnbuckle padding — made him a star well before the WWE came into prominence on TV and pay-per-view in the 1980s. He later caught the eye of Tim Burton, who cast him as Swedish actor Tor Johnson in his 1994 pic Ed Wood… Read
‘The Big Bang Theory’ Ratings Slip To Series Low; ‘Scandal’ & ‘Supernatural’ Up
With a date-night dinner, unwelcomed financial independence and bickering couples, it was a night of strife on The Big Bang Theory (2.7/10) on Thursday – and that included the ratings.
While still easily the top-rated and most-watched (13.3 million) show on the Big 4 and the CW last night, the science-geek comedy was down 10% among adults 18-49 from last week to hit an all-time series low. And it has been a long, long time since Big Bang Theory has known such depths. The… Read