EXCLUSIVE: Back in July the USA Network legal drama star tweeted how he was “hooked” on the BBC America show. Well, now Patrick J. Adams is in Toronto today shooting a guest appearance for the upcoming second season of Orphan Black, I’ve learned. Suits’ Adams will play the character of Jesse on a yet undated episode of the clone-heavy sci-fi drama series. Described as a brave but regular guy, Jesse lands in a ton of trouble when the clone characters played by Tatiana Maslany enter his life. Season 2 of Orphan Black is set to debut on BBC America and Canada’s Space on April 19, 2014. Suits is scheduled to return for a third season on USA Network on March 6 next year. Adams is repped by UTA, Andy Corren Management and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
Just over two months to the day that Hearst-owned WCVB-TV was denied its preliminary injunction motion against the Barry Diller-backed streaming service, the Boston ABC affiliate has began its predictable appeal. “Simply put, this case affects the very future of over-the-air broadcasting as we know it,” says the distinctly not understated 160-page appeal made Monday to the First Circuit (read it here). As others have argued about Aereo in other cases, part of their latest copyright argument against the service is that Massachusetts-based federal District Judge Nathaniel Gorton didn’t know what he was talking about in his October 8 order. “In denying WCVB’s public performance argument, the district court failed to engage in any independent analysis and appears to have relied exclusively on the reasoning of a Second Circuit case, which has been harshly criticized by copyright scholars and had not been followed by any other court outside that circuit,” asserts the filing. This week’s latest Aereo legal action comes as Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal, WNET, Fox, and Univision await to learn if the Supreme Court will hear their potentially game changing October 11 submitted petition to review a 2012 ruling not to shut Aereo down pending a trial. It also comes as Aereo announced plans to expand to new markets the likes of Detroit and Denver and has been slapped with a second injunction motion in Utah.
In the last of its official program unveilings, the Sundance Film Festival today revealed the Short Films set to be shown in Utah next month. The Zambia Space Academy’s race to the moon, a billion people dance event, teen love amidst a 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders game and a look at the life and work of painter Robert De Niro Sr. are among the U.S., International, Documentary and Animated shorts chosen for the 2014 Fest, which runs from January 16-26. The upcoming 30th anniversary of the festival sees 66 short films to be screened from a record-breaking total of 8,161 submissions. Check out the Short Film slates here:
U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
130919 • A Portrait of Marina Abramović / U.S.A. (Director: Matthu Placek) — This one-take, 3-D film majestically documents legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic, capturing the breadth of space in infinite detail: the life of an artist, her keen sense of transition, a space’s decay, and the ripeness of rebirth.
Afronauts / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Frances Bodomo) — On July 16th 1969, America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.
4th UPDATE, 4:31 PM: NBC, ABC and CBS and cable news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC intend to go early, long and live with the Nelson Mandela memorial tomorrow morning. Broadcasting the NBC Nightly News tonight and Tuesday from Pretoria, Brian Williams will front the network and MSNBC’s coverage of the memorial at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium starting at 1 AM PT. Among the heads of state in attendance, President Obama, who traveled to South Africa today with the First Lady, is scheduled to speak. Former Presidents Carter, Bush II and Clinton will be there too as will former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama will fly back to the U.S. later in the day. ABC’s Good Morning America hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor their network’s special report coverage at the same time from NYC with Terry Moran and Byron Pitts reporting from South Africa. CBS’ Anne-Marie Green will cover the memorial from New York during the network’s Up To The Minute show in the early hours. All the nets plan to stream the memorial on their websites and platforms.
Related: R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
A+E Networks announced today that Henry Hoberman has been named EVP and General Counsel and Douglas Jacobs was been appointed to a new role as EVP and Senior Counsel. Both will report to President and CEO Nancy Dubuc and their appointments take effect on January 13 next year. As general counsel, Hoberman will oversee all legal and business affairs teams for A&E and will spearhead all production and talent contracts, among his duties. The new General Counsel will also oversee the legal and business affairs work for acquisitions made by the newly formed A+E Networks Studios and A&E IndieFilms. In his role as Senior Counsel, Jacobs will be in charge of content compliance and risk management for A+E, including vetting for Constitutional issues, as well as Standards & Practices and rights management, among others duties.
The only real surprise here is what took the studio so long. Warner Bros on Wednesday formally swung back at the plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the 2012 Clint Eastwood-Amy Adams baseball pic Trouble With The Curve. To continue the ballgame lingo, the studio doesn’t think the court should even step up to the plate to claims by Ryan A. Brooks and Gold Glove Productions, first filed October 1, that the idea for the Randy Brown-written film was stolen — WB wants the case thrown out. “The Warner Defendants’ motion for summary judgment should be granted and this case should be brought to a halt before defendants have to incur any further costs in defending it,” says the motion (read it here) filed Wednesday in federal court. “The Warner Defendants appreciate that early summary judgment motions are not the norm, but this case calls out for it, especially given the salaciousness of the complaint and Plaintiffs’ abject refusal to face the reality — attested to by various third-party witnesses — that Mr. Brown wrote TWTC in the 1990s.” Brooks is seeking tens of millions in his case as well as all the profits for the film. Curve came out in September 2012 and was a middling success with $35.8 million grossed domestically and about $50 million worldwide.
The mantra over at Stan Lee Media Inc must be “if first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Certainly that is its legal strategy. Almost three months after a federal judge in Colorado granted Disney’s request for dismissal of SLMI’s multibillion-dollar Marvel superhero copyright suit, the company is back in Pennsylvania court this week claiming it owns the rights to Spider-Man. “In response to Disney’s Spider-Man claims and/or in response to [American Music Theater's] counterclaims and third-party claims, SLMI respectfully seeks a declaratory judgment … that Disney cannot bar SLMI from using or licensing the Spider-Man copyrights and trademarks by virtue of the fact that SLMI (not Disney) is the owner of various copyrights and trademarks regarding Spider-Man and has properly licensed the copyrights and trademarks to AMT,” says the third-party defendant paperwork (read it here) filed Tuesday.
Forty years after it debuted on Broadway, Veronica’s Room is finally heading to the big screen. Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s TWC-Dimension moniker will executive produce, finance and distribute an adaptation of the thriller by Rosemary’s Baby author Ira Levin, the company said today. The film of the play by Levin, who passed away in 2007, will be produced by The Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine, who brought the project to TWC-Dimension. The Allegiance Theater’s Tim Crane is an EP and the company’s head of development, Carly Norris, who brought the project to Allegiance to develop, is co-producer. “From Rosemary’s Baby to Deathtrap, Harvey and I have been admirers of Ira Levin, as he has created some of the greatest thrillers in film history,” said Bob Weinstein in a statement today. “With Veronica’s Room, we have discovered a hidden gem that is going to reintroduce Ira’s genius to a new generation. It will also provide a fantastic opportunity for top tier actors and actresses to embody Ira Levin’s fascinating, complicated characters.”
Veronica’s Room centers on two students who find themselves invited to a crumbling New England estate for an audience with the last surviving member of the family that once lived there. The purpose of the visit is so that Susan, one of the students, will agree to impersonate Veronica, the long-dead sister of the fading Cissie. And that’s where the line between what’s real and what’s not begins to blur. The pic is the fifth film under the TWC-Dimension name joining Paddington, Murder Mystery, Passengers and Regression.