SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the Season 9 finale of Bones.
The Comic-Con panel for 20th Century Fox TV’s Bones was chock-full of spoilers for Season 10 (watch the trailer below), but a balance of optimism and vagueness pervaded when it came to how long this series will be on the air. As Fox Networks Group Chairman/CEO Peter Rice mentioned at TCA, Fox would love more seasons of Bones, but it boils down to renewing the contracts of leads Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, which are up at the end of the season. “To go 10 seasons like this was inconceivable, and I know these guys feel the same,” said executive producer Stephen Nathan. “They are so inspirational and kept these characters alive. … Hopefully you’ll see us going to 20 seasons.”
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Boreanaz responded to Nathan’s optimism by closing his eyes, a sign that 20 is just way too long.
“I like to work in the present on what we’re working on now,” Boreanaz said about his future with the show. “It’s always a moment-for-moment thing for me. Whether it’s Episode 500 or Episode 1,000, it’s just about the moment at hand.” Read More »
UPDATE: 5:49 PM: There were a few surprises at the Hannibal panel today after all. Both leads Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy appeared to Ballroom 20 via short individual video greetings with the former in Denmark and the latter from Australia.
Also, it turns out Season 3 will pick up a year after the brutal events of the Season 2 finale. Episode 4 of Season 3 will fill in what happened between the two cycles, Bryan Fuller disclosed. He also revealed after a half-joking question by moderator Jonathan Ross that Eddie Izzard in fact will return to the series. “We’re writing for Eddie Izzard to return in a flashback scene,” said Fuller to applause from the packed ballroom about the reappearance of the losing limbs Dr. Abel Gideon. Izzard appeared in 5 episodes in Season 2. BTW – Raul Esparza did show up, and he’s coming back to the show.
PREVIOUS, 4:05 PM: Bryan Fuller doesn’t spare Hannibal viewers the raw deal on the show and he has no intention of doing otherwise today at Comic-Con. “We’re pretty generous with the spoilers,” the showrunner refreshingly told me just before this afternoon’s panel. “We will be talking fairly openly about events in Season 3 and hopefully getting people excited.” If last year’s SDCC appearance by the NBC series is any indication, the fans in Ballroom 20 will be very exited indeed. Despite a sometime … Read More »
Looming in the wake of Boyhood‘s hot box office roll out earlier this month, some heavy-hitters will enter the Specialty fray this weekend which should shape up to be rather interesting come Sunday box office time. Woody Allen blitzed theaters last July with a smashing roll out of Blue Jasmine and he’s back, courtesy once again of Sony Classics with his latest Magic In The Moonlight. The distributor, however, is taking a somewhat different release track this time around. Lionsgate/Roadside is opening Philip Seymour Hoffman starrer A Most Wanted Man after delaying the title’s bow in the wake of its star’s death. The film will have a sizable theater count as it heads out to the box office Friday. But the weekend’s biggest Specialty opener in terms of location tally is Open Road’s The Fluffy Movie, which will hit several hundred locations nationwide though the bulk of its marketing has been targeted to a particular audience. On the other end of the scale is Oscilloscope’s Tribeca-winner The Kill Team which will bow at a single exclusive showing in NYC, while Magnolia’s Happy Christmas will have its theatrical launch in several locations after launching via ultra-VOD in late June.
Magic In The Moonlight
Director-writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews, Valérie Beaulieu, Jackie Weaver, Peter Wollasch
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
SPC has had a winning streak with Woody Allen summer releases and it’s sticking to that formula for the filmmaker’s latest. Last year’s Oscar winner Blue Jasmine launched as a Specialty behemoth July 26 in 6 theaters, with a dazzling $102K average, eventually grossing over $33.4 million domestically. To Rome With Love was a comparatively more “modest” release, with a $72,272 PTA in five theaters in June 2012 ($16.69M cume), while 2011′s Midnight In Paris rocketed a $99,834 launch weekend PTA with six runs — eventually grossing over $56.8 million. “His films really seem to work in summer time,” said SPC co-president Michael Barker whose company has released Allen’s most recent five movies (and others in the past). The only recent exception was 2010′s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger which opened in September of that year ($3.24M gross).” Read More »
HBO is assembling a star-studded cast for 7 Days In Hell, an original comedy movie toplined by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg and Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington. Written by Murray Miller (Girls) based on an original concept by him and Samberg, the sports mockumentary stars Samberg and Harington as fierce tennis rivals in an epic, seven-day match at 2004 Wimbledon. The location is hardly random — the longest tennis match on record was held on Court 18 at Wimbledon during the 2010 championships when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut battled it out for 11 hours over three days, with the American ultimately clinching a victory, 70-68 in the fifth set.
Confirmed to co-star in the film so far are Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Soledad O’Brien (playing herself), Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen and June Squibb. Based on breakdowns I’ve seen, Samberg’s Aaron Williams is tennis’ superstar bad boy, while Brit Harington’s Charles Poole is channeling Andy Murray, a tennis prodigy and certified truck driver. Adding to their rivalry is Gillan’s supermodel Lily, Charles’ childhood friend who made a sex tape with Aaron. Steenburgen plays Charles’ psychotic and controlling mother, while Forte plays a tennis historian. Jake Szymanski (SNL) is directing. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Community‘s Charley Koontz has landed his first series regular gig, a co-starring role opposite Patricia Arquette in CBS’ upcoming CSI spinoff, CSI: Cyber. Inspired by the work of real-life CyberPsychologist Mary Aiken, CSI: Cyber centers on Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette) who heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. The project originated as planted spinoff episodes on CSI last season, which only featured Arquette. The rest of the series’ cast is currently being assembled, with Koontz as the first actor locked in. Koontz plays Agent Daniel Grummitz with the Cyber Crime Division — a social introvert and a tech genius with a quick wit and self-deprecating honesty. Workaholic by day and night, Grumitz rarely, if ever, goes home. Indeed, he spends countless hours cracking cyber cases while on the clock. Off the clock, he practices penetration tests on Conficker clones. While Koontz has an occasional drama credit, including playing a rape/murder suspect in an episode of NBC’s Awake, the young actor is known mostly for his comedic chops, as showcased in his recurring role as (Fat) Neil on Community. Like most CBS procedurals, CSI: Cyber, created by Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker and Ann Donahue, is expected to feature lighter moments, with Koontz likely to provide some of them. … Read More »
UPDATED, 8:40 AM: The 39th Toronto Film Festival, running September 4-14, will close with the world premiere of Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts and Stanley Tucci. The opening-night film was not announced at this morning’s press conference.
“A Little Chaos is the perfect closing-night film – it transports audiences to another time, another place, full of beauty, complexity, rivalry, politics and romance,” said Toronto artistic director Cameron Bailey. “Alan Rickman’s film will wind audiences up just as our festival is winding down.”
In this sumptuous historical drama Sabine De Barra (Winslet) — a landscaper with a taste for the unconventional — is invited to design one of the fountains at the Palace of Versailles. As she battles with the weather, the perilous rivalries at the court of Louis XIV and her own private demons, she finds herself drawn inescapably closer to the formality and enigma of the architect who hired her.
Of the 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations announced, the initial lineup includes 37 world premieres from directors including Noah Baumbach, Susanne Bier, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, David Dobkin, Philippe Falardeau, Mia Hansen-Løve, Ning Hao, François Ozon, Christian Petzold, Lone Scherfig and Chris Rock. Here’s the list: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: LA- and Aussie-based surfing co. Globe and Whyte House Entertainment have teamed on new globe-trotting, psychedelic surfing docufilm Strange Rumblings In Shangri-La, which will world-premiere simultaneously in London and Long Beach at the U.S. Open of Surfing on July 31. Surf cinema veteran Joe G directed the film on Kodak Super 16mm, capturing a previously uncharted surfing expedition across waters off of Iceland, Mozambique, Indonesia, and Brazil with pro surfers from the Globe Surf Team including Dion Agius, Nate Tyler, Taj Burrow, Yadin Nicol, Damien Hobgood, Creed Mctaggart, CJ Hobgood, Alex Smith, Noa Deane, and Brendon Gibbens. Read More »
Steven Pasquale has joined the cast of the upcoming sixth season of CBS’ The Good Wife. He is slated for a two-episode arc as Elfman, one of the top campaign managers in the country who Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) is trying to convince to run Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) possible campaign. Pasquale, repped by ICM Partners and manager Emily Gerson Saines, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his starring role in The Bridges Of Madison County on Broadway. He also has a recurring role on Netflix’s untitled psychological thriller drama from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. The Good Wife returns to originals on September 21.
Ghostbusters‘ Ernie Hudson has booked a recurring role on Lifetime’s conspiracy thriller The Lottery. Produced by Warner Horizon, the 10-episode series is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. Mavrick Artists-repped Hudson will play Randall Mitchell, a former Attorney General who uses his access to get the truth about his son (August Richard). Hudson has appeared recently on Mob City, The Millers, and Rizzoli & Isles. The Lottery premieres on July 20.
UPDATED with more information throughout: The Broadway star who turned Stephen Sondheim’s song of survival “I’m Still Here” into a personal anthem of triumph over booze, diabetes, unfaithful lovers, indifferent producers, demanding directors, fawning fans and long stretches of unemployment before achieving the status of Living Legend in her later decades, died Thursday in Birmingham, MI, the Detroit suburb to which she decamped a year ago after living the fabulous life for years at Madison Avenue’s Hotel Carlyle. She was 89. Broadway dimmed its lights for one minute on Friday at 7:45 PM in tribute.
Stritch may have found the widest audience of her storied career playing Alec Baldwin’s sharp-tongued mother on the NBC comedy 30 Rock. She was also a sometime favorite of Woody Allen, having appeared in the films Small Time Crooks and September.
But Stritch was first and foremost a creature of the stage, playing large roles and small and always, essentially, Elaine Stritch. Slight and charismatic, she proffered a mezzo soprano that, in youth, had a hungering quality one can hear in “I Never Know When,” from 1958′s Goldilocks – an otherwise forgotten musical by Jean and Walter Kerr, with songs by Leroy Anderson, Joan Ford and the Kerrs — in which Stritch starred with Don Ameche and Russell Nype. Later, that voice would become as distinctive as Tom Waits’, invariably described as sandpaper soaked in whisky or some variation of the two. Still, it never lost that sense of urgency, and the two qualities combined to distinguished Stritch from the other Broadway divas of an era long enough to encompass Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Art forger Mark Landis has been plying his talents for three decades, creating masterful knock-offs of some of the greatest painted works in history and skirting the law by donating his forgeries to museums and collections around the world – for free. His work, psyche, and motivations, along with the efforts of one dogged museum registrar to bring him down in the name of authenticity, are the subject of Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s upcoming documentary Art and Craft. Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up the film in March before it premiered at Tribeca and now Deadline’s got the exclusive trailer (watch it below). Read More »
Relativity is releasing the Peter Chelsom-directed Hector And The Search For Happiness on September 19 in New York and LA with a select city rollout and expansion following. The studio acquired the comedy that’s based on Francis Lelord’s eponymous novel in a seven-figure deal in April this year. Maria von Heland, Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay penned the adaptation about an eccentric London psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to discover what makes people happy. The international cast features Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. Here’s the latest international trailer for the pic that bows in the UK and Germany in mid-August:
Off-Broadway powerhouse Second Stage will present the U.S. premiere of the much praised (and much debated) American Psycho, the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel (and 2000 Christian Bale-starring film) about excess, murder and flashing the right labels. The show — with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, staging by Rupert Goold and a starring performance by Matt “Dr. Who” Smith – opened last December at London’s Almeida Theatre and was considered a shoo-in for Broadway next season. It still may be.
For now, however, the show will begin performances in February 2015 and open in March at Second Stage’s West 43rd Street home base. It will be mounted in association with Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R. Pressman (who produced the film). Act 4 is a Los Angeles-based film and new media development company founded by David Johnson and committed to projects that “motivate and inspire audiences across the world toward social action.”
That’s a challenge for the Ellis novel, which prompted furious protests from feminist and human rights groups in reaction to its explicit, play-by-play depiction of the brutal torture and murder of women at the hands of protagonist Patrick Bateman, which the book’s defenders insisted was satire of a society gone mad with material obsession and moral vacuity. The musical has inspired almost inevitable comparisons to Sweeney Todd. Read More »
Telenovela actress Angelica Celaya will join the cast of NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine as the character Zed, the show’s producers revealed at today’s TCA panels.
Executive producer Daniel Cerone — appearing on the panel with EP David S. Goyer and cast members Harrold Perrineau, Matt Ryan (who plays the title role) and Charles Halford — described Zed as a character with “an interesting dark past” and called her a perfect foil for the Constantine character. “Zed is intuitive, she can detect bulls***,” he said, and Constantine is a “bulls*** artist.”
The psychic Zed character will serve as a replacement of sorts for the character of Liv Aberdine, played by True Blood actress Lucy Griffiths, who is leaving the show. The network had previously announced that the Zed character, who appears in the Hellblazer and Constantine comics series on which the series is based, would be aded during early episodes of the show.
The producers said that there was no need to reshoot the pilot without Griffiths. In Constantine’s life, Goyer said, “characters drop around him like flies” and having the character leave the show seemed “kind of consistent with the character.”
Goyer called Constantine “one of the great characters of modern literature” but added that the success of the 2005 movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves “didn’t hurt.“ He says when he was given his choice of comic-book characters for a TV franchise, he chose Constantine. “He is the best the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Since the staggering success of HBO’s limited series True Detective with Emmy nominees Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, speculation has been rampant about who might take part in the show’s second season. I can tell you that Colin Farrell is deep in negotiations to play one of what is expected to be three main roles in Season 2. HBO has been mum about cast so far, as rumors have swirled that Jessica Chastain and some others will be one of the other leads. HBO would not confirm any of the potential castings, but I am confident that Farrell will be in the cast.
Like McConaughey and Harrelson, he seems the ideal movie star to take a leap and immerse himself in writer Nic Pizzolatto’s follow-up to a game-changing first season. Pizzolatto has set a high bar for himself, but the idea of taking movie stars and allowing them to play in this sandbox with such rich character development that isn’t possible with two-hour time constraints, and then go back to their movie careers, is something that will continue to draw big names if the payweb can keep the storytelling bar high. Read More »
“George hasn’t finished the next book – any concerns about that?” a TV critic asked HBO execs this afternoon at TCA, referring to Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Bleary-eyed TV critics, who gotten up pre-dawn to cover this morning’s Primetime Emmy nominations unveiling, understandably had the series very much on their minds, what with the show clocking a pack-leading 19 noms. “His book’s not finished at this point, but we’re not concerned about it,” HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo said of the writer’s progress on his most recent book in the series. “We’re not losing sleep,” chimed in HBO CEO Richard Plepler, dismissing the critics’ suggestion that Martin was leaving the premium network hanging.
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Another critic tried baiting the execs to confirm speculation that next season of anthology series True Detective would star two men and one woman — seriously, just the gender, no names. “We’re going to do the next season with puppets,” Lombardo snarked. “They’re being built right now.” Look for the tweets.
Related: EMMYS: Overall Nominations By Network
Not that the two guys onstage sent critics away empty-handed. They did reveal that the first two scripts of the second season of True Detective are “more exciting than the first season.” They also announced the show’s casting — is likely to be announced in the coming week. “Is it two lead actors and one actress?” the intrepid journalist with no name persevered. “We’ll let you know,” Plepler joshed. Read More »
Relativity has closed a deal to to fully finance The Disappointments Room, a psychological thriller in the vein of The Shining that will begin shooting in August with Kate Beckinsale starring for director DJ Caruso. Geyer Kosinski is producing and Robbie Brenner will oversee for Relativity.
Inspired by a true event, The Disappointments Room tells the story of one family’s terror-filled encounter within their own home. Looking for a fresh start, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David, together with their 5-year-old son Jeremy, move into their dream house, a beautiful old rural home. Hidden within the attic was a secret room. When frightening and unexplainable events lead Dana to discover the long lost key to this room, she accidentally unlocks a host of unimaginable horrors that reveal the house’s past is terrifyingly tied with her own. The ghost story was shopped at AFM, but those entities aren’t involved. The script was written by Wentworth Miller, the Prison Break star who wrote Stoker. Caruso has done the most recent pass on the script.
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The worst part of the nakedness on Discovery Channel‘s Naked And Afraid? Bare feet, according to four alums who showed up at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014 to plug the show’s new season.
“Being barefoot was one of the worst parts about being [naked] for me,” said Jeff Zausch. Dani Julien said the most important prep she did for her 21 days without shelter, clothing, food or water was to walk around barefoot in the days leading up to her TV debut.
One critic wondered how the four former show participants on stage would rate the quality of the pixilation of their various body parts. “They could have made my blur spot bigger,” Justin Bullard complained.
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Boy, this brings back psychedelic memories from Brazil. Amplify released a fresh trailer for Terry Gilliam‘s upcoming The Zero Theorem about an eccentric hacker, Quohen (Christoph Waltz), whose given an opportunity by “The Management” to crack an enigmatic code. All the great Gilliam earmarks are here: the monstrous technology, the paranoia with authority, and the mysterious dame (in this case it’s Melanie Thierry’s Bainsley who seduces Quohen) who can possibly provide the escape from it all…or not. Also along for the ride: Matt Damon as Quohen’s boss, Lucas Hedges as a teenage boy who intends to assist the hacker as well as Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis and Ben Whishaw. The Zero Theorem is set to unspool theatrically on Sept. 19. Take a look:
Three months ahead of the premiere of Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl movie at Fox, eOne Television said today that it will develop and produce her first novel Sharp Objects as a one-hour drama series. Marti Noxon will serve as showrunner/writer on the project, while Flynn will be an executive producer (she adapted her own book for Gone Girl). Blumhouse Productions is producing and Jason Blum and Charles Layton will also executive produce, extending that shingle’s relationship with eOne which produced Blumhouse’s Sinister and Insidious films. eOne Television CEO John Morayniss and EVP US Scripted Television Michael Rosenberg will oversee the drama sereis for eOne, which is handling worldwide distribution.
Sharp Objects, published by Crown in 2006, centers on reporter Camille Preaker, who after a short stay at a psych hospital must return to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls — and deal with her neurotic, hypochondriac mother and the half-sister she barely knows. She must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story and survive the homecoming. Read More »