Alan Alda & Norman Lear To Receive Special Int’l Emmy Founders Awards

By | Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 9:01am PDT

The special Founders Awards will be bestowed during the 40th International Emmy Awards gala November 19 in New York. Both Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) and Norman Lear (All Read More »

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Ben Stiller To Star, Direct And Produce HBO Comedy Pilot Produced By Scott Rudin; Alan Alda In Negotiations To Co-Star

By | Monday January 23, 2012 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

HBO has assembled another star-studded team for its next pilot, comedy All Talk. Ben Stiller has signed on to star, direct and executive produce the project from acclaimed novelist Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). Emmy winner … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Tower Heist’

Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures has released a trailer for the Brett Ratner-directed Tower Heist, a comedy that stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda and Tea Leoni. Alda plays a Bernie Madoff-like financier whose ponzi scheme wipes out the pensions of the staff of a luxury high rise … Read More »

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Alan Alda, Hugh Dancy Join ‘The Big C’

By | Monday March 28, 2011 @ 1:24pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Alan Alda, best known for his portrayal of Army hospital doctor Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, will put on a white coat again for a guest appearance on Showtime’s dark comedy The Big C, playing an oncologist who Cathy Jamison (Laura … Read More »

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Showtime Acquires ‘Behind The Burly Q’ Documentary From Zemeckis Family

By | Monday February 7, 2011 @ 4:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has picked up the documentary Behind the Burly Q, from first-time filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis, which is executive produced by her husband, Robert Zemeckis. Behind the Burly Q, which chronicles the art of burlesque’s golden age through the stories of  the performers who lived it, will debut on Showtime on March 31. Featured in the docu are  interviews with Alan Alda, whose father was a straight man at burlesque performances, journalist Nat Bodian, who wrote about the shows in the 1930s, Lorraine Lee, who danced for the likes of Bonnie & Clyde and Pretty Boy Floyd, Abbott & Costello, Tempest Storm, who still performs today, and the notorious Blaze Starr. Below is a trailer: Read More »

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Matthew Broderick Joins ‘Tower Heist’

Mike Fleming

One of the benefits of shooting a movie in Manhattan is getting access to the town’s stage talent. Matthew Broderick has been set by director Brett Ratner to join the cast of Tower Heist. He joins Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, … Read More »

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Tea Leoni Joins ‘Tower Heist’

Mike Fleming

Brett Ratner, who considers The Family Man one of his best films, has reunited with its star, Tea Leoni. She’ll join him for Tower Heist, the Universal Pictures/Imagine Entertainment action comedy. Leoni, a gifted comedienne, plays an FBI agent who … Read More »

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Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Pena Join Brett Ratner’s ‘Tower Heist’ Crew

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Brett Ratner has set Oscar-nominated Precious star Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Pena to join Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda in Tower Heist, the action-comedy that Universal Pictures is gearing up to start production in New York next month. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer is producing. Sidibe and Pena will play employees who work in a luxury high-rise and discover their pension funds have been drained by a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook who is living under house arrest in the opulent penthouse apartment. Led by the building’s manager (Stiller), the employees figure out a way to use their knowledge of the building to rip him off. Read More »

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Eddie Murphy In Universal’s ‘Tower Heist’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Murphy is set to join Ben Stiller and Alan Alda in Tower Heist, the Brett Ratner-directed caper film for Universal Pictures. Imagine’s Brian Grazer is producing, and Murphy will join Karen Kehela Sherwood and Kim Roth as executive producers. Jeff Nathanson, Ratner’s accomplice in the Rush Hour films, is rewriting the latest version by Ted Griffin. Murphy has been mentioned as a possible participant going back to the film’s original configuration as an African American version of Ocean’s Eleven, when it was called Trump Heist. Trump was dropped as was that casting equation, and now, the storyline deals with operations and maintenance workers in a luxury Manhattan high-rise whose pension funds were looted by a Bernie Madoff-like  Wall Street crook, who is living high style in a penthouse apartment, under house arrest. Read More »

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And In Other Film Deals…

Mike Fleming

Universal closed a 2-pic deal with Alan Alda. He’ll play the head of a naturist village opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd in the David Wain-directed WanderLust. Then join Ben Stiller in the Brett Ratner-directed Tower Heist.

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