AFM: Isla Fisher, Ellen Barkin, Jim Parsons Haunt Blumhouse Thriller ‘Visions’

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 7:42am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse continues to refine its micro-budget genre formula, and it looks like one evolving factor is the casts are getting better. Jason Blum’s division is negotiating with Isla Fisher, Ellen Barkin and Jim Parsons to … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘The New Normal’ Cast & Producers On Show’s Gay Themes: TCA

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 2:14pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

John Stamos dropped by a TCA panel discussion today for NBC‘s The New Normal held on the set at Paramount featuring the cast and executive producer Ali Adler (co-creator with Ryan Murphy). Stamos is guesting in an episode in which he plays a character of ambiguous sexual orientation (to explore the fallacy of “gay-dar”). Stamos was asked to compare today’s TV sitcom world — which can accommodate the “new normal” of a gay couple who are expectant parents via a surrogate — to his days on Full House“It was three men living together in San Francisco raising a couple of kids. It’s the same thing,” Stamos quipped.

Ellen Barkin, who portrays the bigoted mother of the pregnant surrogate (Georgia King), said she was not surprised by the controversy surrounding the show (a Utah TV station has refused to air it). “It’s part of the reason why many of us got involved in the show, it was saying something that is not always said in a sitcom,” she said. Barkin last summer told Deadline she believes an affiliate has the right to ban something, but considers it censorship. Read More »

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Ellen Barkin Says Utah NBC Affilate Dropping of ‘The New Normal’ Is “Censorship”

By | Wednesday August 29, 2012 @ 11:31am PDT

Ellen Barkin came out swinging again against the NBC Utah affiliate that decided not to show The New Normal. “Yes, it’s an affiliate’s right to ban something but I think it is censorship,” the actress told Deadline today … Read More »

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Ellen Barkin To Co-Star In Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler’s NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The New Normal’

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 1:43pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Ellen Barkin is in final negotiations to co-star in The New Normal, NBC’s comedy pilot from the Glee duo of Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler. The single-camera project, co-written by Glee co-creator Murphy and Adler and … Read More »

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Another Happy Day’

Mike Fleming

Phase 4 has released a new red-band trailer for Another Happy Day, the film written and directed by Sam Levinson that won him the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. High-strung Lynn (Ellen Barkin) and her three troubled children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky) are hurled deep into the … Read More »

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Barry Levinson Books ‘Diner’ For Broadway Bow, Sheryl Crow To Write Music

By | Tuesday September 20, 2011 @ 8:28am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Barry Levinson’s 1982 film Diner is headed for Broadway in fall 2012. Base Entertainment’s Scott Zeiger and Brian Becker have announced a musical adaptation with book by Levinson and music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow. The musical marks the … Read More »

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Cannes: ‘Another Happy Day’ For Phase 4

By | Friday May 13, 2011 @ 9:18am PDT

Phase 4 Films has acquired domestic rights to Another Happy Day, writer-director Sam Levinson’s dark comedy about a dysfunctional family that won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film — starring Ellen Barkin, Demi … Read More »

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Ellen Barkin Joins NBC’s ‘A Mann’s World’

By | Thursday March 10, 2011 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

In her first series gig, Ellen Barkin is set to co-star opposite Don Johnson in Michael Patrick King’s drama pilot A Mann’s World. The Warner Bros. TV-produced project stars Don Johnson as Allan Mann, a fiftysomething handsome and sexy straight … Read More »

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