Curb Your Enthusiasm standout JB Smoove will co-star opposite Will Arnett in CBS‘ untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot. The project, written and executive produced by Garcia, centers on Jack (Arnett), a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own. Smoove will play Deweyne, Jack’s good friend. Margo Martindale also co-stars.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation Entertainment is fully financing an untitled thriller hatched by Paranormal Activity helmer Oren Peli, which is just getting underway in Eastern Europe. Peli wrote the story and Brad Parker is directing. Peli wrote the script with Shane and Carey Van Dyke. Peli is producing with Brian Witten. The film centers on a group of friends stranded in an eerie and desolate city that was abandoned in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster. Nature has begun to reclaim everything and as the sun sets on the radioactive ghost town, the group hears inhuman-sounding cries that indicate they are not alone. The ensemble cast includes Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Dimitri Diatchenko. CAA will broker the domestic deal. FilmNation is handling international sales.
“We looked at a lot of projects to find FilmNation’s first fully financed movie, and when we were presented with the brilliant concept of this film, coupled with Oren’s pedigree, it the made the decision very easy,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. FilmNation wrapped the Jennifer Lawrence-starrer House At The End Of The Street, and The Raven, which stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe. FilmNation is in production with the Jeff Nichols-directed Mud, starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey.
All My Children creator Agnes Nixon will appear on the daytime drama, which is nearing the end of its run on ABC. In an arc starting Aug. 31, she will reprise her role as Agnes Eckhart, a long-standing board member of Pine Valley Hospital, which she created for herself in 2005 when she first appeared on the show as part of its 35th anniversary. This time around, Eckhart is admitted to Pine Valley Hospital, where Cara (Lindsay Hartley) and David (Vincent Irizarry) tend to her. She also crosses paths with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).
Another soap veteran, The Young and the Restless regular Michael Graziadei, has booked a recurring role on FX’s upcoming drama series American Horror Story. The thriller, from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, is about a couple (Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton) moving into a 1920s house and their new nosy neighbor Constance (Jessica Lange). Graziadei, repped by Innovative and Main Title, will play Constance’s new, young boyfriend.