EXCLUSIVE: Shawn Christensen won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for Curfew, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. Now the musician-turned-filmmaker, who also fronts the NY indie band stellastarr*, has cast Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), Emmy Rossum, and Ron Perlman in the untitled feature film based loosely on his Oscar short. Pic follows Richie (Christensen), who at the lowest point of his life gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to look after his 11-year-old niece Sophia for the night. Fatima Ptacek played the niece role in the original Curfew and will reprise the role again in what will mark Christensen’s feature directing debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Milestone Media is just getting underway with Comet, a quirky indie romantic comedy that stars Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Justin Long. Sam Esmail is directing his screenplay, and Scott Stone and Farnaz Fahid are producing for Milestone along with Lee Clay and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton and Steve Golin.
Set in a parallel universe, Comet bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple’s six-year relationship. “Comet is about the drama, comedy and utterly surreal state of heartbreak — a subject in which I am well versed,” the writer-director explained. Besides her role as Fiona Gallagher on the Showtime comedy-drama, Rossum shot You’re Not You with Hilary Swank for Alcon Entertainment. Long most recently starred in the Kat Coiro-directed IFC film In Case Of You opposite Evan Rachel Wood, Sam Rockwell, Sienna Miller, Busy Philipps, Peter Dinklage, Vince Vaughn and Brendan Fraser. That film premiered at Tribeca, and Long co-wrote it with Christian Long and Keir O’Donnell, and he’s also serves as producer. Rossum is repped by The Schiff Company and ICM Partners. Long is repped by CAA and Intellectual Artists Management and Esmail by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.
Emmy Rossum (Shameless) is in final talks to star opposite Viola Davis and Emma Thompson in Beautiful Creatures. Richard LGravenese (P.S. I Love You) will direct the supernatural love story from his adaptation. Rossum’s credits include credits include Mystic River, The Phantom of the Opera and The Day After Tomorrow.
The cast of Showtime’s drama series Shameless is getting into the holiday spirit while staying true to the irreverent spirit of the show. The actors have recorded a non-PC Christmas carol, with music and lyrics by star William H. Macy, who also plays the ukulele. The song showcases the music talents of co-star Emmy Rossum, a trained opera singer. The clip was created to promote the upcoming Season 2 of Shameless, which premieres on January 8.
Showtime has renewed both of its freshman series, drama Shameless and comedy Episodes, for a second season. The William H. Macy-Emmy Rossum-starring family drama Shameless received a 12-episode order, while the size of the order for the Hollywood-centric Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc is yet to be determined. Production on both series will begin later this year. With the pickups for Shameless and Episodes, Showtime is now bringing back its entire winter Sunday lineup. In January, the pay cable network gave an early renewal to veteran comedy Californication. “The viewer loyalty and critical acclaim that has met both SHAMELESS and EPISODES since their January debuts makes it clear that these two brash and sophisticated series are burgeoning hits,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “John Wells is carving out a tone that is truly unique in the television landscape—equal parts drama and comedy. And Episodes marks the universally embraced and hilarious return to television of an inspired comedy triumvirate: Matt LeBlanc, and creators Jeffrey Klarik and David …
Showtime will use the Dexter finale to get big sampling for new drama Shameless, which is slated to premiere January 9. The pay cable network will preview the first 20 minutes of Shameless following the Dexter season finale this Sunday. Based on the UK series, Shameless, from John Wells and Paul Abbott, stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Macy plays Frank Gallagher, a far-from-stellar working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter (Rossum) keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. Joan Cusack recurs as an agoraphobic Chicago housewife who strikes up a special friendship with Frank. Here is the trailer:
Showtime has announced January premiere dates for new drama series Shameless, new comedy series Episodes and the fourth season of Californication. Shameless, John Wells and Paul Abbott’s adaptation of Abbott’s British series, will debut on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 10 PM. It stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Episodes, from David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, will premiere on Jan 10 at 10:30 PM. The series, about a British couple trying to adapt their hit British series in the U.S., stars Matt LeBlanc. The fourth season of Californication, starring David Duchovny as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody, will unspool on Jan. 10 at 10 PM, leading into the debut of Episodes. In addition to Shameless and Episodes, Showtime has one more new series in the hopper greenlighted by outgoing entertainment president Bob Greenblatt, period drama The Borgias.