EXCLUSIVE: Golden Globe winner James Brolin is joining Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Universal’s comedy The Nest, about two sisters who throw one last rager before their parents’ house is sold. Brolin will play Fey and Poehler’s father in a cast that also includes Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project, Eastbound & Down). Tony-nominated Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is directing The Nest from an original script by Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell. Fey will produce for her Little Stranger Inc. banner alongside Jay Roach for Everyman Pictures and John Lyons. Poehler is exec producer alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell. Universal’s Erik Baiers and Chloe Yellin will oversee for the studio. Pic will get a Christmas-timed release on December 18, 2015.
IFC Films bought North American rights to Love, Wedding, Marriage, the directing debut of actor Dermot Mulroney. Kellen Lutz, Mandy Moore, James Brolin, Jane Seymour and Jessica Szohr star. Moore plays a marriage counselor determined to save her parents’ faltering marriage on the eve of their 30th anniversary surprise party. Pic was written by Anouska Chydzik Bryson and Caprice Crane. Chydzik Media Group and Voodoo Pictures financed the film and ICM brokered the sale.
This is the third formal state dinner of the Obama administration and each time Hollywood has been invited. Last night’s was for Chinese President Hu Jintao and featured a list of 225 guests: Disney CEO Robert Iger and wife Willow Bay, Wendi Deng without media mogul husband Rupert Murdoch who reportedly was traveling, Barbra Streisand with husband James Brolin, action star Jackie Chan, and Law & Order: SVU shrink B.D. Wong were among the guests, with after-dinner entertainment provided by Herbie Hancock. Also on the list: GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt who doesn’t qualify as a media mogul anymore now that the FCC has okayed the Comcast takeover of NBC Universal.