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Liz Friedlander, Craig Zisk, James Foley & Don Scardino Among Pilot Director Hires

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 8:28am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Liz Friedlander is set to direct CBS’ Kevin Williamson drama pilot, from WBTV. Written and executive produced by The Following creator Williamson, the psychological thriller centers around a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD. Friedlander has a shorthand with Williamson — she has directed multiple episodes of The Following and Williamson’s CW series The Vampire Diaries and helmed the pilot and multiple episodes of CW’s The Secret Circle, which Williamson executive produced.

ziskCraig Zisk (New Girl, Parks & Recreation) is set to direct NBC’s comedy pilot Two To Go, from Universal TV, David Janollari Entertainment and Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films. Written by Kevin Chelsey and Bryan Shukoff, the project centers on long-time best friends Kurt and Laura who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating. This marks the second pilot for Zisk this season — he just wrapped ABC’s comedy An American Education. He also was a co-executive producer/director on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and attorney Jared Levine. Read More »

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Don Scardino To Helm ‘Going In Style’ Remake For New Line

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 5:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone helmer Don Scardino is in talks to go right back to work for New Line and helm Going In Style, the remake of the 1979 caper pic.

The original starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as geriatrics who are bored with their lives and decide to knock off a bank. The remake is being scripted by Ted Melfi, who wrote and will direct Saint Vincent de Van Nuys with Bill Murray starring.

Donald De Line is producing on board to produce. Tony Bill, the producer on the original, will executive produce.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone stars Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi as Vegas magicians, bows March 15. Scardino’s repped by CAA and Parseghian/Planco.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 7:49pm PST

Steve Carell (as the title character), Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi and Alan Arkin work their magic in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock, 2 Broke Girls), the Warner Bros release opens March 13th:

WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Trailer

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Tyler Mitchell Heading Feature Films At Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Landscape Entertainment CEO Bob Cooper has hired producer Tyler Mitchell to be his head of feature films. Mitchell is one of the producers of Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed New Line comedy that has Steve Carell set to star and Jim Carrey in talks to play rival Las Vegas magicians. He’s also a producer on the period bank robbery drama The Architect at Warner Bros and recently sold the Jonathan Abrams pitch Legal Aide to the CW. Mitchell is exec producing that pilot with Jason Smilovic, Timberman/Beverly and Robert Luketic. Luketic is directing the pilot.

“Tyler’s expertise in all aspects of production will make him a huge asset to our company,” Cooper said.

Mitchell started as a production vice president and head of development for FilmEngine, where he worked on the films The Butterfly Effect and Lucky Number Slevin. He left to become a partner in Dark & Stormy Entertainment, a partnership with Smilovic and Robert Kravis that hatched the NBC series Kidnapped and My Own Worst Enemy.

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Jim Carrey Goes Mano A Mano Opposite Steve Carell In ‘Burt Wonderstone’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jim Carrey is negotiating to star with Steve Carell in Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed New Line comedy. Carell plays the title character, a Las Vegas magician who breaks with his longtime stage partner and finds himself upstaged by a rival hip street magician who is stealing his thunder. Carrey is coming off Mr. Popper’s Penguins and I Love You, Philip Morris. The film’s produced by Carell’s Carousel banner. Carrey last made The Number 23 with New Line, but he launched his star there with The Mask and Dumb and Dumber.

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