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Hot Cannes Sales Title: Chace Crawford Stars In Psychological Thriller ‘Eloise’

By | Friday April 25, 2014 @ 3:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

chaceEXCLUSIVE: Chace Crawford, Eliza Dushku, Brandon T. Jackson and PJ Byrne are set to start production on Eloise, the Robert Legato-directed psychological thriller. Pic’s just getting underway in Detroit, a co-production between Slam Productions, Vinson Films and Legato, who has won two Oscars for visual effects work on Hugo and Titanic. Shooting begins May 5, with Tripp Vinson and Sanford Nelson producing and Linden Nelson, Don Foss, Lisa Zambri and Sean Gowrie exec producing. The script was written by Chris Borrelli (Vatican Tapes).

dushThe film is set in a defunct insane asylum known as “Eloise.” Four friends break into the abandoned institution in hopes of finding a death certificate, which will provide Jacob (Crawford) with the rights to a sizable inheritance. While inside the asylum, the group not only finds that the institution houses a horrifying history but also the truth about their own tragic pasts. They’re shooting in the Eloise Insane Asylum which was one of the largest mental institutions in the world. Read More »

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Eliza Dushku & Louisa Krause Board Indie Drama ‘Jane Wants A Boyfriend’

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 12:19pm PDT

Eliza Dushku and Louisa Krause have been cast in Jane Wants A Boyfriend, which is now shooting in Brooklyn. Inspired by true events, the story explores a week in the life of a young woman (Krause) with Asperger’s, who enlists her older sister (Dushku) to help her find her first boyfriend. William C. Sullivan is directing Jarret Kerr’s script. Lauren Brady is producing the pic from Copperline Creative, a new NY-based production company with a focus on purchasing, developing and promoting unique independent projects in theater and film with a philanthropic bent. Its founder and CEO Anne Dempsey comes from the ad world. Dushku recently wrapped shooting the reboot of The Saint as a backdoor pilot. She is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman. Krause’s recent credits include Martha Marcy May Marlene and Young Adult.

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Eliza Dushku To Co-Star In ‘The Saint’ Backdoor Pilot, Roger Moore To Co-Produce

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 10:14am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumna Eliza Dushku is set to co-star opposite Adam Rayner in The Saint, a backdoor pilot from Brad Krevoy’s film and TV production company MPCA. No network has been attached. Simon West is directing the pilot from a script by Jesse Alexander. Alexander is set as showrunner of the project, a new take on Leslie Charteris’ The Saint 70-book franchise. It will follow the exploits of Simon Templar (Rayner), a brilliant criminal who uses his considerable illicit skills as a modern-day Robin Hood as he infuriates local law enforcement and woos Patricia Holm (Dushku), his on-again, off-again romance.

Related: Adam Rayner Lands Lead In ‘The Saint’ Remake

Roger Moore, who played Templar in Lew Grade’s popular 1962 Saint British TV series, has joined as a co-producer along with with his son Geoffrey Moore, Lulu Moore, and Louisa Macdonald. Author Ian Dickerson, an expert on the history of Charteris’ creation, will serve as a creative consultant. Read More »

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PILOT CASTINGS: Eliza Dushku Exits ‘Bird Dog’, Ricky Schroder Joins ‘Meet Jane’

Nellie Andreeva

That was quick: Eliza Dushku has pulled out of TNT’s drama pilot Bird Dog. I hear she exited the project over the weekend, several days after she closed a deal to star in the drama, a mystery fashioned around an unlikely partnership of a father-daughter cop duo.

Meanwhile, NYPD Blue and 24 alum Ricky Schroder has signed on to star opposite Molly Parker in the Lifetime pilot Meet Jane. The project, from Warner Horizon, centers on Jane Bilinski (Parker) whose stale life as an unhappily married mother of two daughters in the Washington, DC area is suddenly re-energized and empowered when the FBI enlists her to spy on her husband (Schroder), a computer technician the government suspects is selling top-secret information to Russia. Read More »

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Eliza Dushku To Star In TNT Pilot ‘Bird Dog,’ D.B. Sweeney To Lead TBS Pilot ‘Brain Trust’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku is returning to series television as the female lead in Mike Robe’s TNT drama pilot Bird Dog, while  D.B. Sweeney has landed the lead in Dean Devlin’s hourlong TBS pilot Brain Trust.

Bird Dog is a mystery fashioned around an unlikely partnership of two cops who happen to be father and daughter. It centers on Gail McGrath (Dushku), who followed in her father’s footsteps in becoming a police officer but had little else in common with him. She left the big city she had grown up in to move to a small Pacific Northwestern town where she was patrolling the streets until her dad, a NYC cop, showed up on her front doorstep to join her as her new partner. Now this father-daughter team, call sign “Bird Dog,” is being put to the test — not only in solving crimes, but with each other. Robe wrote the script and is directing the pilot. Warner Horizon is producing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumna Dushku, repped by UTA and the Collective, recently guest starred in a highly-rated episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Brain Trust, written by Marco Schnabel, centers on Detective Billy Doyle (Sweeney), whose career and life have hit rock bottom after he accidentally ends his partner’s career. Doyle’s life gets turned around, however, when a recent murder case gets unexpected and unconventional help from three … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS And ABC Down, CBS’ ‘$#*!’ & ‘The Mentalist’ Hit Season Lows

Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 2PM: As expected, NBC’s series were adjusted down in the finals which the NFL game in Baltimore was taken out. Community, The Office and Outsourced slipped a tenth each to 2.0, 3.6 and 2.6, respectively; 30 Rock and The Apprentice dropped two tenths each to 2.4 and 1.4, respectively. Adjusting up was $#*! (2.9/8), up a tenth from its series-low fast national number. Private Practice and The Mentalist were unchanged, keeping Private Practice as the winner in the 10 PM hour among 18-49.  

PREVIOUS 9 AM: What goes up must come down. After posting double-digit gains last Thursday, ABC’s dramas and CBS’ comedies slipped last night. With its lead-in, a Grey’s Anatomy rerun (1.0/3), down 17%, the Grey’s Anatomy (4.0/10) original at 9 PM was down 7%. And after surging by 44% last week with the heavily promoted episode dealing with the sexual assault of Charlotte King (KaDee Strickland), Private Practice (2.9/8) was down 26% but still edged CBS’ The Mentalist (2.8/8), at least in the fast nationals, for the top spot at 10 PM among adults 18-49.

CBS’ Big Bang Theory (4.2/12, 13.1 million) was down 9% from its fast national demo result last week when it featured the return of star Kaley Cuoco and a guest appearance by Eliza Dushku. (The hit comedy always adjusts up by a tenth in the finals). Big Bang still ranked as the highest-rated series on Thursday among 18-49. After posting … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Comedies & ABC Dramas Up Led By Surging ‘Private Practice’

Nellie Andreeva

With leading lady Kaley Cuoco back from her injury break and fan favorite Eliza Dushku as guest star, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.6/14, 13.9 million) rose 12% from last week’s fast national demo delivery. (The hit comedy always adds another tenth in the finals.) Freshman $#*! My Dad Says (3.4/10, 10.9 million) was also up, by 10%, with both comedies posting their best demo and total viewer deliveries since the premiere and easily winning the 8PM hour. Big Bang maintained its status as the top program on Thursday night among adults 18-49 despite a challenge from a resurgent Grey’s Anatomy. The rating gains didn’t carry over to CBS’ dramas as they faced stiffer competition from ABC’s medical drama lineup. CSI (3.3/9, 13.9 million) was flat with last week, while The Mentalist (2.9/8, 14.3 million) was down 9% to tie its 18-49 season low. CBS still won the night in 18-49 (3.4/10) and total viewers (13.5 million).

Despite a weaker lead-in, a Grey’s Anatomy repeat (1.2/3) vs. the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown special (2.2/6) last week, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (4.3/11) at 9 PM was up 10% from last week. With a heavily promoted episode that dealt with the sexual assault of one of the show’s primary characters, Charlotte King (KaDee Strickland), Private Practice (3.9/11) was up 44%. Both ABC dramas dominated their time slots in the demo.

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