Nat Wolff is joining Palo Alto Stories in a leading role. Gia Coppola is writing and directing the project based on James Franco’s short stories. Wolff plays stars as Fred, a gangly …
Jack Black, Patton Oswalt, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell and Jeffrey Katzenberg will lend support as live presenters. Ben Stiller receives the American Cinematheque Award at the organization’s November 15 gala at the Beverly Hilton. The star of the upcoming The Secret Life of …
BBC Comedies Vie For Commissions At Salford Sitcom Showcase
The BBC is taking a shot at remaking It Takes A Village, the 2010 ABC pilot by Casey Johnson & David Windsor that starred Leah Remini. Whether the UK version actually goes forward, however, will be in the hands of a live studio audience next month. For the second year in a row, the BBC is testing a crop of potential shows in front of a live audience at the Salford Sitcom Showcase, a three-day event during which six comedy pilots are performed onstage to a packed house as execs take notes. The first edition spawned commissions for family sitcoms Citizen Khan, which BBC One just picked up for a second season, and Hebburn which debuted on BBC Two this month. On deck at this year’s showcase with It Takes A Village are the battling-neighbors show 1987, from Sherlock producers Beryl and Sue Vertue; Just Us, about a couple forced to downsize from London that’s exec produced by Don Taffner for DLT Entertainment and stars Downton Abbey‘s Samantha Bond; The Gatekeeper, from exec producers Gareth Edwards and Saurabh Kakkar about a 40-ish man who works the nightshift as a security guard; the Pete Thornton exec produced Chain Gang about life in a Bristol coffee bar and family show Homeboys from exec producer Mario Stylianides for Lucky Giant. This year, the Salford Showcase runs from Nov 21-23.
On the day that AFM 2012 opens, a film that was sold at AFM 2009 got pulled into court. In a civil complaint filed today (read it here), MIME Investments claims that they lost $4 million on Little Murder because GK Films lied to them about how much the film would make in international sales. “Defendants intentionally provided Plaintiffs with overinflated false estimates for the foreign sales of the Picture and provided Plaintiffs with false assurances that the estimates would be achieved”, says the Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation suit. A Little Murder sizzle reel was shown to buyers at the 2009 AFM. The thriller released in 2011 stars Josh Lucas and Terrence Howard. GK Film’s former President of International Distribution Lisa Wilson, Parlay Films, cited as a banner of GK Films, and other company employees are also targeted as defendants in the case.
Millennium Films has acquired to rights to Eliza Graves, a thrilller to be directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist). The movie is about a new physician who arrives to apprentice at a mental institution where he falls in love …
2ND UPDATE: Mike Fleming and his family are very appreciative of the tremendous outpouring of sympathy from the entertainment community and Deadline readership. He asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Long Island Cares Food Bank at 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin …
William Morris Endeavor today filed a petition to get Tommy Lee Jones to pay the $1.95 million in commissions the state Labor Commissioner recently ruled the No Country For Old Men actor owes the agency. WME’s filing today (read it here) with the California Superior Court arises out of the appeal the Oscar winner filed on October 10, with an amendment on October 19, against the Labor Commissioner’s October 1 ruling. WME says it can still push for its money now because Jones did not follow procedure. “A prevailing party in a Labor Commission proceeding may enforce an award where the opposing party has appealed the award but has failed to post the requisite bond,” WME’s action today noted. “To date, Jones has not posted a bond…Absent a satisfactory bond, an award issued by the Labor Commissioner is not stayed and may be confirmed by the Superior Court,” it added. Today’s petition requests a hearing date from the court for a ruling on its request.
USA Network has made its decision on Common Law official, pulling the plug on the freshman drama. “I can confirm to those who have asked that we are not renewing Common Law,” USA’s SVP Ted Linhart tweeted this afternoon. “Thanks to all the fans who watched and expressed their support.”
This Friday, November 2, CBS was slated to air the episode in which Jennifer Esposito’s character Jackie Curatola is being put on a leave of absence, and the first temporary new partner for Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), played by Megan Ketch, is introduced. However, I hear Hurricane Sandy delayed post-production on the episode of the drama, which is based in New York. As a result, Blue Bloods will air another original on Friday, a standalone episode featuring Danny working protection detail for an infamous photographer who is a witness for Danny’s sister, prosecutor Erin Reagan-Boyle (Bridget Moynahan). Esposito does not appear in the episode (she also was not in the episode that aired last Friday). Esposito’s last episode (for now) has been rescheduled for next Friday.
EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Garner is in talks to star in the long-gestating drama Dallas Buyers Club alongside Matthew McConaughey. The plot centers on a man who was given six months to live after contracting AIDS in 1986; he lived another six years by illegally smuggling medicine into the U.S., making sure a lot of other sufferers got them too. The spirit of the drama paints a picture at the time of powerful and unyielding bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration. We’re hearing that the production is also close to casting the key role of a cross-dresser, but nothing’s been sealed. Worldwide rights are available with Voltage Pictures’ Nicolas Chartier setting up sales at AFM.
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A year ago, ABC’s Revenge kicked off its run and its mystery with a body found on a Hamptons beach. The soap put on the TV map Marty Bowen & Wyck Godfrey’s Twilight producer Temple Hill, which is looking to replicate its success with another drama that starts with a body found on the opposite coast. Feature writer Michael Tolkin (Changing Lanes) will write/exec produce the project, titled Hollywood & Vines. In it, an A-list actress’s body is discovered lifeless in her pool, sending three sisters from a dynastic Hollywood family into panic mode as each discovers how their lives are connected to and affected by the actress’s death. ABC Studios, where Temple Hill is under an overall deal, produces.
The CW announced today it is wrapping Gossip Girl‘s six-season run with a two-hour series finale Monday, December 17 from 8-10 PM ET. The network said the episode will feature interviews with the cast and creators, and will give viewers …
EXCLUSIVE: Greek Gods are hot at Fox this development season. The network has put in development Olympus, an action drama created by writer-director Peter Berg and actor-writer Taylor Sheridan (Sons Of Anarchy). The project, from Universal TV and Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s studio-based Film 44, is described as “Bourne by way of 300.” It centers on a decorated soldier-turned-spy who finds out he actually is descended from the Greek Gods and may just be humanity’s last hope. In his broadcast pilot writing debut, Sheridan will write the script.
After lengthy negotiations, FX has renewed comedy Wilfred for a third season with a 13-episode order. The pickup was never in doubt, but it took longer than usual as FX had been trying to hammer out a new deal with the series’ showrunner David Zuckerman. (Most FX series have their showrunners locked in for the first two years only). In the end, Zuckerman, who adapted Wilfred for American television and has served as executive producer and showrunner for the first two seasons, closed a pact to continue as an executive producer but opted to step down as showrunner. He will still be involved in the show on a daily basis, likely not full-time.
NEW YORK, NY (October 31, 2012) – News Corporation today announced it will donate $1 million to help victims of Hurricane Sandy — $500,000 to the Mayor’s Fund for NYC and $500,000 for relief in New Jersey. The storm affected millions of people and, with the Company’s global headquarters in New York City, had a direct impact on the communities within which many News Corporation employees live and work.
AFM Roundup: Image Acquires ‘The Numbers Station’; Sales For Liam Neeson-Starrer ‘Tombstones’, Market Teams With AFI For Screening Program
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Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights from Content Media to The Numbers Station, starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman and directed by Kasper Barfoed. The deal came as the first day of the American Film Market kicked off in Santa Monica. Image is planning a first-quarter 2013 theatrical release for the action thriller, which is premiering at AFM. Written by F. Scott Frazier, the film stars Cusack as Emerson, a disgraced former black ops agent who is tasked with a dead-end job protecting Katherine (Akerman), the code operator for a small CIA broadcast station in a barren region. When a car bomb outside the station signals an ambush, the pair is forced to take refuge in the station and the truth becomes their priority if they want to make it out alive. ….
Exclusive Media has sold its Liam Neeson-starring thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones to several overseas territories in including Alliance for Canada, UK (Momentum) and Spain (Aurum). Production is set to start in February 2013 on location in New York City. Universal is releasing in the U.S. Written and to be directed by Scott Frank, the film is based on the Matt Scudder books series written by Lawrence Block…..
Anchor Bay Films announced the pick-up of multiple territorial rights including North America, UK and Australia to the horror film No One Lives from Pathé International. The film was co-produced by WWE Studios and Pathé and helmed by Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train). Brodus Clay, Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lindsey Shaw, Derek Magyar, Lee Tergesen and America Olivo star….