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‘Mice’ Roar More: James Franco, Chris O’Dowd & Co. Will Get ‘NT Live’ Broadcasts

‘Mice’ Roar More: James Franco, Chris O’Dowd & Co. Will Get ‘NT Live’ BroadcastsProducer David Binder, juggling the smash success of two star-driven Broadway revivals — Hedwig And The Angry Inch and Of Mice And Men — added another arrow to his quiver of successful producing tips this morning by announcing a deal has been struck making the Steinbeck drama, starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, the first Broadway show to be filmed for telecast under the wing of the UK’s National Theatre Live.

The deal was made in a flurry of activity over the last several days, Wayne Wolfe, a spokesman for the show, told Deadline, including securing the OKs of Broadway’s particularly protective unions. Read More »

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Broadway Box Office: Slow But Steady, ‘Mice’, ‘Cripple’ Leap $100K-plus

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: Slow But Steady, ‘Mice’, ‘Cripple’ Leap $100K-plusUPDATE: CORRECTED FIGURES The Broadway League released corrected figures for Cabaret that changed the weekly totals. Correct figures  are: Week 7 of the Broadway season held fairly steady over the previous week, showing a gain of $517,224 over the week before to a total take of $25,634,839, according to figures released by the trade group the Broadway League

More than half the uptick came from increases for two star-driven dramas. Of Mice And Men, featuring James Franco and  Chris O’Dowd in the John Steinbeck revival, took in $862,862, an increase of $107,506 over the week before at the Longacre  Theatre, with nearly every one of its 1,073 seats filled for all eight performances. Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple Of Inishmaan, at the 1,073-seat Cort, was up $129,241 to $596,630. That’s 61% of its $970,200 gross potential; the show played to 85 percent of capacity.

Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, AWalter Kerr TheatreTony best musical winner A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder gained again, by $14,841, to $901,681 and played to full houses. Also at or near SRO: Aladdin, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Matilda, Newsies, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King (which advanced again, to a Street-topping tally of $2,151,409), and Wicked.

Total season-to-date gross was $196,147,592, up 17.7% from the same week last season. Priciest average ducat was Book Of Mormon ($185.25), followed by Lion King ($160.74) Beautiful ($151.87)  and Hedwig ($148.66).

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‘Mice’ Man James Franco Will Make Stage Directing Debut Off-Off-Broadway

By | Monday June 16, 2014 @ 2:00pm PDT

‘Mice’ Man James Franco Will Make Stage Directing Debut Off-Off-BroadwayNot content to be starring with Chris O’Dowd on Broadway in a revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, James Franco is simultaneously directing the world premiere of The Long Shrift for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a highly regarded off-off-Broadway company based in Greenwich Village. Novelist Robert Boswell’s play concerns the return home of a teenage boy after serving nine years for rape. Show is slated to run July 7-August 23 at the company’s home base at 224 Waverly Place.

The company’s “special summer season” will continue with Phoenix, a love story in which Julia Stiles will star with James Wirt about a couple in the aftermath of a one-night stand. Jennifer DeLia will direct the show, running July 28 through August 23 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

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`Theatre World’ Awards Salute Bryan Cranston, Chris O’Dowd Broadway Bows

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 8:16am PDT

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsBryan Cranston, starring on Broadway as LBJ in Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, and Chris O’Dowd, co-starring with James Franco in the Broadway revival of Of Mice And Men, were among the winners of Theatre World‘s 70th annual awards this morning. Kudos give the nod to outstanding Broadway and off-Broadway debuts. Also cited were Mary Bridget Davies, whose uncanny imitation of Janis Joplin recently aborted its Broadway-to-off-Broadway move, and Zachary Levi, who debuted in the Broadway tuner First Date. The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre went to Celia Keenan-Bolger, Laura in the Tony-nominated revival of The Glass Menagerie. Canadian thesp Christopher Plummer got the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement. Willis was the founder and longtime editor of Theatre World and Screen World seasonal compendia. The awards will be handed out at a June 2 ceremony at Circle In The Square Theatre. A complete list of winners follows: Read More »

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James Franco, Chris O’Dowd Debut On Broadway In ‘Of Mice And Men’

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 3:04am PST
Mike Fleming

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd have signed on to make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice And Men, the first new production of the John Steinbeck novel in 40 years. It will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro, who won the Tony for August: Osage County. Franco, who has now tried just about every outlet an actor can try, will play George, while The Sapphires star O’Dowd will play Lennie. The play will be staged at the Longacre Theatre with previews starting March 19. It officially opens April 16 and will run through July 27. They’ll start selling tickets January 11. David Binder is producing Of Mice And Men with Darren Bagert, Kate Lear and Barbara Whitman.

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‘Sapphires’ Star Chris O’Dowd In ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys’ Talks

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 8:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chris O’Dowd, who opens today in The Sapphires, is in early talks to join Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, the film that Ted Melfi will direct from his script for The Weinstein Company and Chernin Entertainment. O’Dowd will play a sympathetic Catholic priest shocked to see the influence that the title character has on an angelic 12-year-old boy whose hardworking single mother (McCarthy) foists the child care duties on Murray’s character. He is a cantankerous train wreck who takes the kid under his corrupt wing. The project, which Chernin Entertainment developed for two years with Melfi’s Black List script, has been compared to As Good As It Gets or even TWC’s recent Silver Linings Playbook for the way it mixes comedy and human pathos.

Related: Melissa McCarthy To Get Offer For Coveted Female Lead In ‘St. Vincent De Van Nuys’ Read More »

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Searching For Roots In ‘Family Tree’: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 5:22pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

There are a lot of slashes in the titles of the guys in charge of HBO’s new series Family Tree, making its debut in the spring. Christopher Guest is writer/director/executive producer, and Jim Piddock is writer/creator/executive producer and also plays the role of Martin Pfister in the single-camera, documentary style show. (Executive producer Karen Murphy was not present).

Only actor Chris O’Dowd, who portrays Tom Chadwick, has no official title slash. But even his work calls for an extra level of creativity, since the show’s structure will reflect the improvisational mockumentary elements of Guest’s movies. “It’s very freeing, but very pressured at the moment,” said O’Dowd.

Related: Before ‘Downton Abbey’ There Was ‘Parade’s End’: TCA

Dowd’s character, Tom, is a 30-year-old man who has recently lost his job and girlfriend, and goes on a quest for his family identity when he inherits a mysterious box of memorabilia from a great aunt he never met. That story, Guest said, is based on his own experience going through the inherited belongings of his father, who died 16 years ago. Read More »

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HBO And BBC Two Greenlight Christopher Guest Comedy Series Starring Chris O’Dowd

By | Thursday August 16, 2012 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO has given a straight-to-series order to Family Tree, a single-camera comedy from Christopher Guest starring BridesmaidsChris O’Dowd. Written and created by Guest and frequent collaborator Jim Piddock and to be be directed by Guest, Family Tree is a documentary-style comedy in the style of Christopher Guest’s films, which follows the world and journey of 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (O’Dowd). Having recently lost his job and girlfriend, Tom has a rather unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt that he never met, he starts investigating his family lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters and a growing sense of who he is and who his real family are. Like he does with his movies, Guest will appear on the show along with Piddock, who had roles in Guest’s three most recent features, For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best In Show. The two will executive produce the series with Karen Murphy, who has produced all of Guest’s films.

The order for Family Tree, which will air on BBC Two in the UK, is yet to be finalized but is expected to be around 8 episodes. The series is being produced by NBCUniversal International TV Production-owned U.K. company A Lucky Giant, which developed the project with UTA-repped Guest. Casting begins right away with David Rubin … Read More »

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Brits Dominate BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Longlist

The longlist for BAFTA’s 2012 Orange Rising Star Award has been announced. The group is made up of 4 Brits, 2 Americans, an Irishman and an Aussie who are seen as the hottest up-and-comers of the year – though some of them are so high-profile already, it’s hard to think of them as newbies.

On the list are: Thor stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones, My Week With Marilyn‘s Eddie Redmayne, Bridesmaids‘ Chris O’Dowd, last year’s Best Actress Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, Tree Of Life‘s Jessica Chastain and actor/rapper Adam Deacon, who’s mostly known to UK auds for pics like Kidulthood, Adulthood and Anuvahood. A judging panel that includes Sienna Miller, Simon Pegg and Harry Potter director David Yates came up with the initial group while the British public will vote to whittle the list down to 5 finalists who’ll be announced Jan 11. Another vote will follow with the winner announced at the BAFTA ceremony on Feb 12. The special prize has previously gone to the likes of Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, Shia LaBeouf and James McAvoy.

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Weight Loss Comedy From Chris O’Dowd & Port/Wiseman Lands At NBC With Penalty

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 5:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After a lengthy four-way bidding war among ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS, Big Men, a comedy from Irish actor-comedian (and Bridesmaids standout) Chris O’Dowd and writer-producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, has landed at NBC with a script commitment plus significant penalty. Setting the single-camera project at the network of The Biggest Loser seems appropriate as it revolves around a group of men who meet at a weight loss clinic. O’Dowd will write the script based on his idea, with Port and Wiseman on board as showrunners. The three will executive produce with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Nick Frenkel for 20th Century Fox TV.

O’Dowd had been enjoying a solid acting career in the U.K., including starring on the popular series The IT Crowd. His career shifted into high gear this summer with his breakout performance in the runaway hit Bridesmaids. This marks O’Dowd’s American writing debut. In Britain, he recently created and co-wrote Moone Boy, a comedy series for Sky TV inspired by his childhood, which is now filming. He also is penning a comedy feature funded by the Irish Film Board. UTA-repped Port and Wiseman, who are under an overall deal at 20th TV, serve as co-executive produces on the red-hot new comedy series New Girl. Last season, they created the Fox comedy pilot Family Album. Coincidentally, … Read More »

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