EXCLUSIVE: Storyline Entertainment partners Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed on with The Weinstein Company to produce Pippin, the screen adaptation of the musical that recently won Best Revival of a Musical among a four-Tony Award haul. This puts Zadan and Meron back with Weinstein, with whom they most successfully teamed on Chicago, the 2002 screen adaptation that won Best Picture among six Oscars. The duo also produced the hit movie musical Hairspray.
With book by Roger O. Hirson and music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin originally launched in 1972 with Bob Fosse directing. It focused on the existential journey of the title character, a son of King Charlemagne trying to find his place in the Middle Ages. The Spectacular Now helmer James Ponsoldt is writing the screenplay adaptation of Pippin. Read More »
Along with a tribute to James Bond’s 50th anniversary, Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today they’ll also pay homage to recent movie musicals during the ceremony February 24. The pair knows a thing or two about big-screen tuners with credits that include Footloose, Hairspray and 2002′s Oscar winner Chicago. The latter is part of the showcase as is this year’s Best Picture nominee Les Misérables. Here’s the release:
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Oscars will include a special celebration of movie musicals of the last ten years, the telecast’s producers announced today.
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Marty Richards, producer and philanthropist, died yesterday at age 80. The New Yorker’s stage producing credits included Chicago, Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles, and Crimes of the Heart. While Broadway was his stomping grounds over a 50 year career, Richards had a pretty good film resume as well. It includes winning Best Picture for the 2002 film Chicago, as well as The Boys From Brazil, Fort Apache, The Bronx, and the Stanley Kubrick-directed The Shining. Funeral services will be held later this week in New York for Richards, whose philanthropic efforts included the formation of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Meals On Wheels. He also made possible the liver and kidney transplant unit at NYU Medical Center.
Deadline told you about the Kelsey Grammer Starz series Boss last fall, and now the network has confirmed everything, with Gus Van Sant set to make his TV directing debut. Not included in the release is that Troy Garity will join the series for a key story arc as a newspaper reporter. Here’s the release:
Beverly Hills, Calif. – April 20, 2011 – Production begins April 27 in Chicago on “Boss,” an original dramatic series from STARZ and Lionsgate Television, starring TV icon Kelsey Grammer and with its first episode directed by acclaimed filmmaker Gus Van Sant in his TV helming debut. Over its eight-episode season, the show centers on the Machiavellian machinations of a fictional Chicago mayor with a dark secret and is set to premiere exclusively on STARZ in October 2011.
Joining Grammer, who will be making his first dramatic TV series debut as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, in the main cast on “Boss” are Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, The Devil’s Advocate) as his wife Meredith, a formidable Chicago power in her own right; Jeff Hephner (“The O.C.,” “Hellcats,” “Easy Money”) as ambitious young politician Alex Zajac; Hannah Ware (Cop Out) as the Kanes’ estranged daughter Emma; and Kathleen Robertson (“Girls Club,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Hollywoodland) as Mayor Kane’s supremely organized aide Kitty O’Neil.
“Boss” was created by Farhad Safinia (Apocalypto), who is also an executive producer on the series, along with Grammer, Van Sant, Brian Sher, Stella Stolper,
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A CBS2 TV station’s investigative report (video below) is alleging that the local transit authority in Chicago tried to elicit an alleged bribe for services on the Summit Entertainment movie Source Code. I’m told that Summit is not commenting since the studio was not directly involved. But the TV station is calling this “like something out of a movie.” ”The movie industry has brought millions of dollars to the Chicago area, shooting scenes all over the city and suburbs. One or more Metra employees may have tried to get a piece of the action, CBS2 and the Better Government Association have learned. Now, the rail agency’s inspector general is investigating.” A Metra train has a starring role in the film and was ”one of the many movie negotiations handled for more than a decade by Jonathan Gottlieb, a Metra special transportation services manager. But after Gottlieb negotiated a $19,000 contract for Source Code last year, a film location manager reportedly complained that Gottlieb demanded additional cash for all his hard work — $2,000 — be delivered in an envelope to him or another Metra employee. On the morning of the first shoot, the complainant said, Gottlieb was furious to learn the money would not be delivered and told her she’d never be able to work with Metra again.” Gottlieb has denied any involvement and said his record is unblemished. But “soon after the alleged incident, he retired from his $73,000-a-year job,” CBS2 reported. Read More »
Amid chants in the Chicago Theatre of “Detroit sucks,” the second night of Charlie Sheen’s concert tour Sunday went way better than Saturday in the Motor City — and by better we mean he actually made it through the entire show without being booed off the stage. According to the Chicago Tribune, the former Two And A Half Men star was much more mellow than on Night 1 of the Charlie Sheen Live: My Violent Torpedo Of Truth tour, answering an interviewer’s questions and interacting with the crowd. He also talked about returning to his hit show. From the Tribune:
Sheen said he would return to “Two and a Half Men,” the hit CBS sitcom that fired him after he viciously criticized creator Chuck Lorre. “If they say ‘Here’s your job back,’ I’ll go back to work,” he said. “I think it’s a great (f***ing) show,” he said, but his bosses, not so great: “They didn’t give a (f***ing) that I was hammered for eight years … money, ratings, money, ratings.”
Sheen’s LiveNation-sponsored tour continues Tuesday in Cleveland and Wednesday in Columbus before hitting New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Friday.