Lifetime Orders 3 Kim Raver-Produced Movies Based On Jane Green Novels; Alyssa Milano To Star In ‘Tempting Fate’
EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime has greenlighted three original movies based on novels by international best-selling author Jane Green, Tempting Fate, To Have and To Hold and Family Pictures, executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy‘s Kim Raver. Former Mistresses star Alyssa Milano will lead the cast of the first film in the series, Tempting Fate, which Raver will co-direct with her husband, indie helmer, Manu Boyer, in her directorial debut.
Steve Kazee (Shameless) and Zane Holtz (From D… Read
‘The Couple Next Door’ Thriller Novel Being Developed As Series By Paramount TV, Anonymous Content & Sugar23
Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Sugar23 have optioned the rights to Shari Lapena’s bestselling thriller novel The Couple Next Door to develop as a television series.
Written by playwright/TV writer Lila Feinberg (Younger) based on the book, the potential series will follow three couples, living in the same apartment building in Manhattan, as their lives intertwine and unfold in the aftermath of a dinner party that ends in a shocking crime.
Feinberg executive… Read
MoviePass The Morning After AMC’s $20/Month Ticket Program: $164M Bond Sale, Surge Pricing & More
MoviePass parent Helios & Matheson (HMNY) announced today that it has reached an agreement with institutional investors to issue series B-2 senior convertible notes for $164M, as well as 20,5K shares of preferred stock, in addition to other changes in its movie ticket subscription program.
The news hits in the wake of the world’s biggest theater chain, AMC, announcing a $20/month movie ticket subscription program to rival MoviePass. AMC Stubs A-List program comes with a… Read
PGA Awards Set 2019 Date & Timeline
The Producers Guild said its 30th annual PGA Awards are set for Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton. Donald De Line and Amy Pascal return as awards chairs for a third consecutive year.
Submissions are now open in all categories — Motion Pictures, Television Series/Specials, Long and Short Form Television, Sports Programs and Children's Programs — for calendar year 2018 via the guild’s website (see the full timeline below). Nominations in film and TV… Read
‘IT Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel
EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema's IT Chapter Two for director Andy Muschietti, who helmed the original. The sequel portrays the kids — members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormented by Pennywise — as adults. James McAvoy plays Bill, Bill Hader is Richie, Jessica Chastain is Beverly, James Ransone is Eddie, Andy Bean is Stanley, Jay Ryan is Ben and Isaiah Mustafa is Mike. Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise.
Randall Stephenson Talks AT&T’s Next Chapter As “Modern Media Company”
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson talked the telecommunications giant’s transformation into a “modern media company,” and laid out his plans for the future — including investing in content and capitalizing on technology to deliver entertainment in new ways.
In a morning keynote at the Wells Fargo Securities 2918 Telecom 5G forum in New York, Stephenson offered an upbeat assessment of the company’s prospects now that its $85 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Inc. has finally… Read
Merritt Wever On The Importance Of Her Nonconforming Role In ‘Godless’ & Her Upcoming Noah Baumbach Project
Merritt Wever has been in many, many fan favorite shows and films—The Good Wife, New Girl, Birdman, The Walking Dead, and Nurse Jackie, for which she won an Emmy—but it perhaps wasn't until Scott Frank's Netflix Western Godless that we've seen a different side to her work; one that allowed her to really show a new side to her multi-faceted acting chops.
The Godless action centers around the town of La Belle, which is mostly governed by women, following a massacre that… Read
Lena Waithe On Mentoring, Accountability & The Next Frontier – Cannes Lions
Actress and Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe stopped at Cannes Lions today to discuss her role as a mentor in AT&T's Hello Lab program as well as what she sees as “the next frontier” in filmmaking. During a panel titled Diversity in Filmmaking: From Empowerment to Execution, the Master Of None and Ready Player One star said, “It's important for us as artists” to write “something that feels vulnerable or brutally honest. We have to go beyond 'I want to see myself.' It's… Read
‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ & Others Join TV Scribes’ Border Family Separation Halt Initiative
Two days after One Day at a Time and Vida writers put out a challenge to fellow television scribes to protest and donate against family separation and Donald Trump's baby snatching border policy, over half a dozen series are on board – including last year's Emmy Best Drama winner, The Handmaid's Tale.
One of the primary originators of the initiative, ODAAT executive producer Gloria Caldron Kellett gave a shout out to the Elisabeth Moss starring and Bruce Miller run series… Read
Hank Azaria Offers “Money-Back Guarantee” For His Home Run ‘Brockmire’ – The Contenders Emmys Video
Hank Azaria’s IFC series Brockmire, about a down-and-out alcoholic baseball announcer who hits rock bottom in both his life and his once-stellar career, has taken some mighty swings. The results have seen the dark comedy resonate not just among TV watchers but among baseball watchers as well: he already has appeared in character as Jim Brockmire on ESPN more than once.
It’s a strong hint that the series, and its main character, are genuine.
“It’s genuinely funny… Read
Nickelodeon To Produce Animated TV Show ‘Pinky Malinky’ For Netflix
Nickelodeon will produce Pinky Malinky, a new animated series for Netflix based on its character, as Viacom’s cable networks begin to develop shows for digital outlets and other third parties.
This new strategy, which Viacom dubs the “studio model,” marks an attempt to take advantage of streaming services and mobile carriers to capture audiences that can’t be found on pay TV. Viacom’s six flagship networks — MTV, Comedy Central, BET among them — will begin identifying… Read
‘Mr. Mercedes’ Returning To Comic-Con With Season 2 Cast & Creators, “Immersive Experience”
AT&T Audience Network series Mr. Mercedes is making a return appearance at San Diego Comic-Con with the cast and creators of Season 2 for the show’s panel.
The Sonar Entertainment-produced series, based on the trilogy by Stephen King, also will give fans a glimpse into the past and peek into the future with the “Mr. Mercedes Immersive Experience.” It will include a virtual reality escape room game set inside Brady’s lair and an augmented reality adventure game in which… Read