Halle Berry, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Name 606 Films Shingle After Anti-Paparazzi Bill

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 9:58am PST
Mike Fleming

hallebEXCLUSIVE: Halle Berry and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas have christened a new company that has come out of the Oscar-winning actress’ decision to star in the CBS series Extant. They’ve hatched 606 Films, a shingle that will be housed at CBS Television Studios and is named for the anti-paparazzi bill that Berry championed to keep over-aggressive shutterbugs from harassing the children of celebrities. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law last fall after testimony by Berry, Jennifer Garner and others.

Berry and Goldsmith-Thomas have hired Kathryn Tyus-Adair to be SVP of 606 Films. She moves from Don Cheadle’s Crescendo Productions where she spent five years working on TV and film projects including the upcoming St. Vincent. She has also worked as development exec for Robert Redford, Curtis Hanson and George Tillman Jr in projects that include The Horse Whisperer, A Civil Action, Barbership and the Showtime series Soul Food. CAA reps the new company.

The production deal came as part of the deal for Berry to be co-executive producer and star of Extant, a new series that will premiere July 2 on CBS, a co-production between CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. The series is exec produced by Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher (who wrote the pilot), Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Read More »

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Grace Gummer Boards CBS’ ‘Extant’

By | Saturday February 1, 2014 @ 3:00pm PST

Grace Gummer (The Newsroom) has been tapped as aGrace Gummer Extant CBS regular on CBS‘ upcoming summer drama series Extant from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. The serialized mystery thriller centers on Molly (Halle Berry), … Read More »

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Goran Visnjic To Co-Star In CBS’ ‘Extant’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 3:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Goran Visnjic Extant CBSER alum Goran Visnjic is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS‘ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. The serialized mystery thriller centers on Molly (Berry), an … Read More »

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Camryn Manheim To Co-Star In CBS Series ‘Extant’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 11:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Camryn ManheimEXCLUSIVE: Camryn Manheim is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS‘ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. The serialized mystery thriller centers on Molly (Berry), an astronaut … Read More »

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History Developing Hannibal Barca Miniseries Produced By Halle Berry

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 10:24am PST
Nellie Andreeva

HannibalBarcaHalle Berry is set to executive produce Hannibal (working title), a miniseries about the great generals in antiquity — Hannibal Barca and his archrival Scipio Africanus — who went head-to-head in the Second Punic War.berryhalle Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) is penning the script for the project, co-produced by A+E Studios and Red Arrow Entertainment. “Hannibal was not only the greatest African general to ever live, he may have been the greatest general, period,” said Berry. “His story is an intricate and captivating ride, and I’m thrilled to get this project off the ground with our partners at History.” Read More »

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Halle Berry To Topline CBS Series ‘Extant’

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Halle Berry ExtantThe fairytale ride of sci-fi spec Extant continues. After snagging one of the biggest commitments this season, a 13-episode straight to series order from CBS for next summer, the project has landed Oscar winner Halle Berry as the lead in her first series regular role in a quarter-century. Additionally, Berry and her producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, have entered into a two-year, first-look production deal with CBS TV Studios.

Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios, centers on an astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. “There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career,” Spielberg said. “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.” Added CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, “Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as Extant.

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Codeblack Acquires Halle Berry-Starrer ‘Frankie & Alice’

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 10:37am PDT

Lionsgate label Codeblack Films has picked up North American rights to Frankie & Alice and has set an April 4, 2014 release date. The deal ends a long-in-coming domestic deal for the Halle Berry drama thriller about … Read More »

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Halle Berry To Return As Storm In Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 11:42am PST
Mike Fleming

Deadline has confirmed the actress will reprise her role as Storm in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. There had been serious concern this wouldn’t work out, but I’m told it has. The X-Men: First Class will be bolstered … Read More »

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Oscars Fashion: Who Wore What?

By | Sunday February 24, 2013 @ 10:01pm PST

Monica Corcoran Harel is contributing to Deadline’s Oscar coverage.

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Jennifer Lawrence Oscars Red CarpetNever mind “Who are you wearing?” When the economy of the Red Carpet at the Oscars could rival the GNP of Zanzibar, the real question tonight should be: “Why are you wearing…?”

In certain cases, the answer is elementary. Jennifer Lawrence showed up in a voluminous pink confection by Dior because she’s the face of the brand’s Miss Dior handbags. (People magazine even predicted that she might wear this gown almost two weeks beforehand.) In fact, the notoriously raw Lawrence — who admitted to Ryan Seacrest that she couldn’t define “haute couture” at the recent Golden Globes — didn’t say that her dress was designed by some dude in Paris. Rather, she pronounced the French term for high fashion with staged aplomb. Someone at Dior probably said, “cut the merde” to her or we won’t cut another check.

Charlize Theron, the face of the house’s J’Adore perfume since 2004, arrived tonight in a Dior Haute Couture gown too, natch. She reportedly makes about $2 million per year to hawk the fragrance — and presumably, wear the pretty dresses too. Tough job.

Of course, stars have long been loyal to designers. Audrey Hepburn favored the frothy frocks of Hubert de Givenchy for 40 years; the couturier even served as a pallbearer for the spritely actress in 1993. Bob Mackie once called Cher his “big Barbie doll” — especially when he outfitted her in a two-foot feathered headdress for the 1986 Oscars. But back in those days, the relationships crested more on affinity than currency. Read More »

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OSCARS: Past Winners Berry, Bullock, Kidman & Witherspoon Set As Presenters

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 7:58am PST

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Academy Award® winners Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will present on the Oscar telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. All four have previously won the award for Best Actress.

Berry won the award for her performance in “Monster’s Ball” (2001), Bullock for “The Blind Side” (2009), Kidman for “The Hours” (2002) and Witherspoon for “Walk the Line” (2005).

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Hot Trailer: Halle Berry In ‘The Call’

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 10:34pm PST

This Sony/TriStar release from WWE Studios features Halle Berry as a 911 call center operator and Abigail Breslin as a kidnap victim she’s trying to save plus Morris Chestnut as a detective. Brad Anderson directs from a script by Richard D’Ovidio. The Call (formerly called The Hive) opens March … Read More »

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WWE Studios, Troika Pictures Join Halle Berry Thriller ‘The Hive’

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 11:07am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: WWE Studios and Troika Pictures are teaming to co-produce and co-finance The Hive, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. The thriller, to be directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian), was written by Rich … Read More »

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OSCARS: Halle Berry Named Presenter

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 11:06am PST

Beverly Hills, CA – Academy Award®-winning actress Halle Berry will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. Berry won an Oscar® in 2001 for her lead performance in “Monster’s Ball.”

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Lionsgate And Wrekin Hill Go VOD First On Halle Berry Pic ‘Dark Tide’

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 8:22am PST
Mike Fleming

Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment will go for a VOD first release after acquiring the John Stockwell-directed Halle Berry-Olivier Martinez action thriller Dark Tide. Wrekin Hill acquired U.S. rights with Row 1 Productions. Lionsgate will release the film on VOD, electronic sell-through and packaged media. Wrekin Hill will do theatrical. The distribution plan leads off with a three-week Ultra VOD window on March 8th with a theatrical release on March 30th, culminating in a packaged media and Digital Download release. “The star power that Halle Berry brings to Dark Tide paired with a genre that hits VOD audiences make it a perfect addition to our Ultra VOD strategy.” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘New Year’s Eve’

Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve from New Line has a new trailer showing its ensemble cast preparing for the big night. Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker and Halle Berry are seriously ready to get this party started on Dec. 9.

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Hot Drama Series Spec With Halle Berry Attached To Star Eyes Pay Cable Networks

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Could Halle Berry be doing a TV series? TV industry people are buzzing this afternoon about a hot drama spec that has Halle Berry attached to star. Word is the spec, titled Higher Learning, was sent out today to … Read More »

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Samuel L. Jackson Makes Broadway Debut As Martin Luther King Jr.

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 4:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

While there is currently uncertainty over the status of the Paul Greengrass-directed Martin Luther King Jr film Memphis and the Lee Daniels-directed MLK film Selma, Samuel L. Jackson has just committed to playing the civil rights leader on Broadway in The Mountaintop. The move was long-rumored, but he will not be joined by Halle Berry, whose child-custody issues will keep her from joining Jackson. He becomes the latest film star to take a stage turn, and Broadway has been the better for it. Here’s the official announcement:

New York, NY – It was announced today that Samuel L. Jackson will make his Broadway debut starring as Dr. Martin Luther King in the Broadway production of the new play, The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall directed by Tony Award Nominee Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun). The Mountaintop will begin performances on September 22, 2011, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street), with an official opening on Thursday, October 13, 2011. Tickets for The Mountaintop will go on sale at a later date.

The Mountaintop is produced by Jean Doumanian Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ambassador Theatre Group, Jerry Frankel, Ted Snowdon, Bob Bartner, and Tom Wirtshafter.

In a joint statement, Ms. Doumanian and Ms. Friedman said, “The Mountaintop is a brilliantly conceived gem of a play. An ambitious work of fiction that is powerful, heartbreaking, humorous and exhilarating. We are thrilled to be bringing Katori Hall’s remarkable, Olivier-winning work to New York, and to present a singular new American voice to Broadway audiences. And we are honored to be presenting the Broadway debut of the great Samuel L. Jackson.”

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‘For Colored Girls’, Denzel, Halle, & Tyler Perry Win At NAACP Image Awards

Tyler Perry won bigtime in the movie and TV categories, while Prince was a surprise guest to give Halle Berry the Best Actress award for Frankie & Alice as the 42nd NAACP Image Awards were announced tonight during the live broadcast from … Read More »

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OSCAR: First Award Presenters Announced

Beverly Hills, CA — Past winners and/or nominees Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei and Oprah Winfrey will present on the 83rd Academy Awards, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on February 27.

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