Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene, King Kelly) and Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, My Sister’s Keeper) will star in indie psychological thriller The Confines, from C Plus Pictures. Eytan Rockaway makes his directorial debut with the film (formerly known as Lot 451), penned by Ido Fluk. Krause plays Julia Streak, a struggling single mother who works as a security guard at an enormous, modern residential complex which, thanks to the recession, hasn’t got a single resident. Over the course of one night her brusque partner Cooper (Patric) and a local vagrant (Breaking Bad‘s Mark Margolis) toy with Streak leading her into the decaying catacombs beneath the building where her sanity is tested. C Plus Pictures’ Mike Landry and Carlos Velasquez are producers with co-producers Ryan Charles Griffin and Claudia Bellante, and executive producers Allen Loeb, Jeff Hoffman, and Luigi Ghilardi II. Filming has wrapped in NYC. Arclight Film is repping international sales while Traction Media and CAA handle N.A. sales. Krause is repped by the Gersh Agency. Patric is repped by KLWGN. Margolis is repped by Red Letter Management.
The director of this year’s slick magic drama Now You See Me and such tentpole fare as Clash Of The Titans and 2008′s The Incredible Hulk will direct Sacha Baron Cohen in Paramount‘s Grimsby, a spy comedy written by Baron Cohen and Phil Johnson. The plot centers on a British black ops agent forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother — a northern English soccer hooligan. Our sister pub Variety broke the Louis Leterrier news first.
FX Networks is making it clear it wants to stay in the Louis CK business. The network already has Louis CK’s acclaimed comedy series Louie, produced by FX Productions. Now FX Prods. has inked an overall deal with Louis CK and his company Pig Newton to develop and produce new series. The agreement is separate from Louie, which this year earned ad-supported cable’s first best comedy series Emmy nomination. It returns for Season 4 in May 2014. The new series under the overall pact, Louis CK’s first, will be created or supervised by Louis CK, who would have the option to write or direct any of them and will executive produce. Blair Breard, an executive producer on Louie, would also serve as a producer or executive producer, with 3 Arts Entertainment attached as producers. Louis CK already is a Renaissance man, writing, directing, editing and starring in his shows. Now he will add a new role — guiding other creators as they get their projects off the ground. “Working with Louis CK has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my career,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “So many incredibly talented artists want to work with Louis and follow down the independent and idiosyncratic creative trail he has blazed. I can’t wait to see who he brings through our door, not to mention any new projects that he wants …
Republicans are crediting A&E’s Duck Dynasty with a political upset in Louisiana over the weekend that thumped both the Tea Party and the GOP establishment. State Sen. Neil Riser was considered something of a certainty in Saturday’s election to determine who would replace former Rep. Rodney Alexander; Alexander resigned from Congress in September to join the administration of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Riser was backed by the Tea Party, the GOP establishment, and the outgoing Alexander. In the other corner: GOP businessman Vance McAllister, a political newbie who was quoted saying the state should expand Medicaid under Obamacare because the rural district he’d represent is one of the nation’s poorest. Riser responded with ads declaring a vote for McAllister to be “a vote for Obamacare,” which, in theory, should have polished McAllister off in the state described by the Wall Street Journal as “deep red.” Instead, McAllister won with 60% of the vote. Caddo Parish GOP chair Harold Coates sniffed that McAllister was pals with the Duck Dynasty guys, who live in McAllister’s 5th District and endorsed him in ads and in personal appearances (check out an endorsement from series star Jep Robertson below). This plays into the whole Hollywood’s Fault storyline, or, as Coates put it: “Entertainers should stay out of elections. I feel like Duck Dynasty absolutely swayed the election, and it’s a disappointment.” This tickled some of The Reporters Who Cover Politics, who said Washington …
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Broadchurch’ Book; ‘The Escape Artist’ Sales; Bassem Youssef; Louis Delluc Shortlist; More
‘Broadchurch’ Gets Book Treatment
Little, Brown has acquired world rights to a novel inspired by ITV crime series Broadchurch. According to Bookseller, Sphere Fiction’s Jade Chandler bought the book from Cathy King at the UK’s Independent Talent, representing Broadchurch screenwriter Chris Chibnall. He’ll co-write the novel with thriller author Erin Kelly. To be published next August, it will add material to the existing story and delve deeper into the back stories of the characters. Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, was a massive hit for ITV this year in the UK. It also aired on BBC America and is being remade by Fox with Tennant playing an American detective brought to a small town where a young boy has been killed under mysterious circumstances.
‘The Escape Artist’ Sells In Scandinavia
In related David Tennant news, Norway’s TV2 and TV4 in Sweden have taken rights to Red Arrow International’s three-part drama The Escape Artist. Tennant stars in the thriller that debuts on BBC One tonight. David Wolstencroft wrote the series that’s produced by Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift of Red Arrow’s Endor Productions. Tennant plays defense lawyer Will Burton who specializes in getting people out of tight legal corners. But when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, the tables turn. I saw the debut episode last week in London and, without giving away any spoilers, I will say it packs a wallop.
Eliza Dushku and Louisa Krause have been cast in Jane Wants A Boyfriend, which is now shooting in Brooklyn. Inspired by true events, the story explores a week in the life of a young woman (Krause) with Asperger’s, who enlists her older sister (Dushku) to help her find her first boyfriend. William C. Sullivan is directing Jarret Kerr’s script. Lauren Brady is producing the pic from Copperline Creative, a new NY-based production company with a focus on purchasing, developing and promoting unique independent projects in theater and film with a philanthropic bent. Its founder and CEO Anne Dempsey comes from the ad world. Dushku recently wrapped shooting the reboot of The Saint as a backdoor pilot. She is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman. Krause’s recent credits include Martha Marcy May Marlene and Young Adult.
A lawsuit filed this week proves that money is no laughing matter to Louis C.K. The production company run by the creator and star of FX’s Louie took the boards of the Motion Picture Industry Pension Plan, the Motion Picture Industry Individual Account Plan, and the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan to federal court Wednesday over $28,000 in health and benefit contributions that his Pig Newton shingle says it doesn’t owe. Owned by Louis Szekely (his real name), Pig Newton wants the NY-based District Court to grant a declaration that it doesn’t have to pay the dough as the unions are demanding. The union claim actually comes from the multi-tasking comedian’s role as editor on the Emmy-nominated series; Szekley is the main writer, director and EP of the series as well as its star. He actually fired himself as editor in February 2012 and brought aboard Woody Allen veteran Susan E. Morse in the position. The dispute comes out of how contributions are assessed by the plans — a process the lawsuit calls “an invalid rule.” Pig Newton claims it has made all necessary contribution based on the hours worked by all the company’s employees and has an audit to prove it. The plans are saying that’s true, but that they also assess contributions based on Szekley’s role …
The Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken tells the true story of U.S. Olympian-turned-WWII prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. Universal today released the first photo of Jolie alongside Zamperini, played by Jack O’Connell in this big-time project adapted from Lauren Hillenbrand’s nonfiction bestseller. Universal optioned the rights to the book in 2010. It’s set for a Christmas 2014 release.
EXCLUSIVE: John Magaro (Not Fade Away) has been cast in Unbroken, the true story of U.S. Olympian-turned-WWII prisoner of war Louis Zamperini which Angelina Jolie is helming for Universal. Magaro will play Frank A. Tinker, an Air Force dive bomb pilot and opera singer who befriends Zamperini en route to a Japanese POW camp. Jack O’Connell won the role of Zamperini and leads a cast that includes Garrett Hedlund and Domhnall Gleeson. The script, adapted from Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand’s nonfiction bestseller, is by William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese with a rewrite by Joel and Ethan Coen. Filming begins mid-October under DP Roger Deakins ahead of an already-set Christmas 2014 release. Magaro is repped by Abrams Artists and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
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Looking and sounding more relaxed than he has, well, maybe ever, Louis C.K. told a sold-out PaleyFest: Made in NY audience tonight at the Paley Center in New York that his look of renewed vigor is no illusion. “I’m feeling a huge amount more energy,” C.K. said, explaining that it’s the result of his having taken a year off from his Emmy-nominated FX comedy Louie. The reigning comic’s comic — widely considered to have the most creative freedom of perhaps any human in television history – made the commitment to take a 12-month sabbatical “for the good of the show. I didn’t want to start making the show with diminishing returns.” He stressed that as his show’s writer, producer, director, editor and star, he would be juggling so many balls that he’d turned in some episodes “that I knew weren’t good enough. It had been kind of a nightmare. We took a year off to kind of hit the reset button.”
So now for the fourth season of the critical smash Louie that he just began shooting, the pace of production will be far more leisurely. “We usually start shooting in February for that year’s show, and we’re four months ahead this time. So we have much, much more time.” The entire season now will be in the can when it returns to the air next spring. But at the same time, C.K. is – by his standards – taking his time. “We have 60 shooting days this year; we usually do 48,” he said. “I feel like we’re doing it a lot smarter, besides finally having the luxury of time.”
Primetime Emmys 2013 Winners’ List: Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Laura Linney, ‘The Voice’, Jeff Daniels, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Michael Douglas, ‘The Colbert Report’, ‘Behind The Candelabra’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Breaking Bad’
The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Lionsgate Television, A Caryn Mandabach Production, Clyde Phillips Productions, Jackson Group Entertainment
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
30 Rock • Last Lunch • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Tina Fey, Written by
Tracey Wigfield, Written by
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Modern Family • Arrested • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Gail Mancuso, Directed by
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Toronto: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gets Emotional Recalling Co-Star James Gandolfini At World Premiere Of ‘Enough Said’
As the end credits began to roll at this afternoon’s Toronto World Premiere of Fox Searchlight‘s romantic comedy Enough Said, two simple words came up in white on the all black background that caused an eruption of applause and cheers in the Elgin Theatre: “For Jim”. Director Nicole Holofcener‘s new film represents the next to last film the late James Gandolfini made before his untimely death earlier this year at the age of 51. And when you see such a different side of him as displayed in this comedic leading role opposite a wonderful Julia Louis-Dreyfus, you once again realize what a tragic loss his early death continues to be.
At a brief post-Q&A Louis-Dreyfus was asked what her fondest memory was of working with Gandofini, with whom she shares many intimate scenes in the film. She got emotional as she struggled to get just the right words out. “Well there are an endless number of fond memories. I have to say watching this right now (choking up) …the last scene was very joyful. There was debate as to how to end the film and when we nailed it we just fell into each other’s arms because we knew it just felt right. That was a great close moment that we all felt, cast and crew together, in that moment,” she …
EXCLUSIVE: César-nominated French actress Louise Bourgoin will join Oscar Isaac and Garret Hedlund in Mojave, the thriller to be directed by William Monahan from his original screenplay. The film is about a desolated, violent artist who escapes into the desert and encounters a worthy antagonist in the form of a brilliant, homicidal drifter. Bourgoin is best known for the French films La fille de Monaco and L’amour dure trois ans. Monahan’s Henceforth Pictures will co-produce the film with Atlas Independent. The actress is repped by WME, which also reps Monahan. The writer/director is also repped by 42 and David Weber.
Jack O’Connell was one of three young actors who had recently tested for the role of the young Louis Zamperini in Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie-directed biopic that Universal has just dated for Christmas 2014. O’Connell has won the part and will play Zamperini from the time he was a wunderkind member of the USA track team that competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics to his survival of a harrowing plane crash in the Pacific Ocean during WWII through 47 days adrift in a life raft to becoming a POW in a Japanese prison camp. The film is based on the New York Times bestseller Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, And Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, and production is set to start in September. O’Connell is starring in the sequel 300: Rise Of An Empire that is due out next March, and his credits include This Is England, Eden Lake, Harry Brown and TV’s Skins. He is repped by CAA in the U.S. and Conway van Gelder Grant in the UK.
Related: Angelina Jolie To Direct ‘Unbroken’
Last month, BBC One set Matthew Rhys to play Mr. Darcy in Death Comes To Pemberley, the three-part serial based on P.D. James’ suspense novel which revisits Jane Austen’s most iconic characters. A vast lineup of British TV talent has now been added to the cast, including Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman as Lydia Wickham, the sister of Austen’s Pride And Prejudice heroine Elizabeth Bennett. As previously announced, Anna Maxwell Martin is playing Bennett and Matthew Goode is George Wickham, Lydia’s husband. The story picks up six years into Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage as they prepare for their annual ball. When Lydia arrives, she brings a shocking halt to the proceedings and a murder investigation unfolds. Also joining the cast are Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It), James Fleet (Sense And Sensibility), Penelope Keith (To The Manor Born), Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It), Tom Ward (Silent Witness), Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen) and James Norton (Rush). Calendar Girls‘ Juliette Towhidi penned the adaptation which will be directed by Daniel Percival (Crossing Lines). Shooting starts this month in Yorkshire. Origin Pictures is producing for BBC One.
EXCLUSIVE: James Caan and Louis Gossett Jr. star in the boxing drama A Fighting Man, written and directed by Damian Lee (A Dark Truth, Breakout). The cast also includes Dominic Purcell, Famke Janssen, Adam Beach, Kim Coates, Michael Ironside, Sheila McCarthy and Izaak Smith in his feature debut. A Fighting Man tells the story of two men who meet head to head in the ring for a fight that will change their lives. One man fights for redemption and forgiveness while the other fights for hope and change. In the end, win or lose, they realize they need each other to make it through. A Fighting Man is a Rollercoaster Entertainment and Vortex Words + Pictures production. Gary Jowsam and Bill Marks are producing and TAJJ Media’s Jeff Sackman is executive producer. TAJJ Media also is handling worldwide distribution. Shooting begins this week in Ontario, Canada.
The Weeds veteran is heading back to Broadway this fall. Mary-Louise Parker will star as Elizabeth Gaesling, the newly widowed matriarch of a family that gathers at their home in upstate New York for a hunting party, in Sharr White’s WWI family drama The Snow Geese. MTC and MCC Theater’s world premiere co-production opens October 24 for a limited 11-week engagement at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, where Parker earned a Tony nomination for her turn in 2004′s Reckless. The last time Parker and director Daniel Sullivan collaborated on Broadway, both nabbed Tonys for their 2000 production of David Auburn’s Proof. On the big screen, Parker next appears in two summer actioners facing off July 19: Universal’s R.I.P.D. and Summit’s RED 2. She is repped by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: The CW‘s The Selection reboot has found its queen. CSI and Stargate Universe alumna Louise Lombard has joined the project based on Kiera Cass’ book. The Selection, written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain and directed by Alex Graves, is an epic romance centering on America Singer (Yael Grobglas), a working-class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Lombard will play the current queen, Queen Amberly. Refined, intelligent and beloved by the people, Queen Amberly is a canny political player within the palace, and knows everything there is to know about every single girl in The Selection competition. The role was played by Leonor Varela in the original pilot last year. Lombard, repped by Paradigm and Affirmative Entertainment, was recently seen in the BBC film Dripping In Chocolate.
The next season of Louie won’t arrive until spring 2014 on FX, but anyone who’s Jonesing for something fresh from Louis C.K. can look forward to his HBO special Oh My God that premieres April 13: