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 teen with a habit of getting into trouble. Stories is produced by Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini Productions and Sebastian Pardo. Wolff, son of actress Polly Draper, appears in upcoming Focus Features’ Admissions with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd and Feed The Dog opposite Selena Gomez. He is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Bryan Callen has been cast in Universal Pictures’ Ride Along with Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, John Leguizamo and Laurence Fishburne. Callen’s character is Miggs, a wily and somewhat sketchy undercover cop. Tim Story directs. Will Packer, Cube, Matt Alvarez and Larry Brezner are producing. Callen is repped by Innovative Artists and managed by Ray Moheet at LEG.
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 Walter Mitty as well as the Meet The Fockers, Madagascar and Night At The Museum movies plus Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, Along Came Polly, is the Cinematheque’s 26th honoree. Others signed up to poke fun at Stiller include Bob Odenkirk, Jay Roach, Laura Dern and Christine Taylor.
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.
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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.
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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 with a patient under circumstances that are more complicated than they seem. Joseph Gangemi’s screenplay is based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.” Bruce Davey and Mel Gibson are producing Eliza Graves for Icon Productions. Also producing for Sobini Pictures are Mark Amin and Cami Winikoff, and Oren Peli. Exec producers are David Higgins, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman. Millennium plans to start production in spring 2013 and will begin making offers to principal cast next week.
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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. Read More »
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.”
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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. Read More »
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. Read More »
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 a sneak peek at the upcoming series The Carrie Diaries.
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. Read More »
Currently the highest-grossing DreamWorks Animation title of all time internationally is Shrek Forever After, which racked up $513.9M. With holidays in the UK, Germany, and other markets continuing to perform well with Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, the title is well on its way to become the highest-grossing DreamWorks Animation title of all time internationally. Madagascar 3 crossed the $500 million overseas box office mark on Tuesday, bringing its international cume to $500.5M, which passed Kung Fu Panda 2 to become the 2nd highest-grossing DreamWorks Animation title of all time internationally.
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Fandango has signed an exclusive ticketing deal with New Orleans-based regional exhibitor Southern Theatres. This adds 300 screens in key Southeast territories — and marks just the latest takeaway from longtime rival MovieTickets.com. Though MovieTickets has been ceding ground in the U.S., its international presence has grown with online ticketing for nearly 250 exhibitors available in 17 territories. Fandango, meanwhile, has been content to focus on dominating domestically, with other recent Stateside sign-ups including Bartlett Cinemas, Memphis Cinemas, Cinetopia, TriStone Cinemas, and CineLux.
Former Warner Bros executive John Ridley has joined Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way as Vice-President of Production. “I’m looking forward to John helping us to connect with the best filmmakers and storytellers in the business,” said DiCaprio today. Ridley will work directly with Appian’s President of Production Jennifer Davisson Killoran. “We are so pleased to bring John into the Appian Way family,” said Killoran. Formally joining the Warner Bros-based production company next week, Ridley will work on the Eli Roth-directed and Brian Tucker re-written Harker, starring Russell Crowe. He will also be a part of Appian’s development of Erik Larson’s 2003 Devil In The White City and Gone Baby Gone author Dennis Lehane’s new novel Live By Night. DiCaprio, who is currently filming Appian’s The Wolf of Wall Street with director Martin Scorsese, will star in White City. Ben Affleck is set to write, direct and star in the Live By Night adaptation. Ridley was recently VP of production and development at Hollywood Gang Productions A former assistant to Jeff Robinov, he was a Creative Executive at Warner Bros from 2008 to 2010 when he left to join Hollywood Gang.
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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…. Read More »