Universal Cable Prods Signs Deals With Steve Carell & Jessica Biel’s Companies

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carell1bielUniversal Cable Productions has signed exclusive development deals with Steve Carell’s Carousel Television and Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Productions. Both companies already are  developing projects with the studio. Carousel has a an untitled drama about the onset of Hollywood’s golden age, focusing on actual Hollywood events and characters dating back 100 years. Iron Ocean is working on two projects. Pop Culture — written by Melissa Hilfers and executive produced by Royal Pains‘ Michael Rauch, who is under an overall deal at UCP – centers on a bachelor ucp_01living the high life in NYC who has a sudden change of heart after babysitting his nephew. He hires an aspiring actress to play his wife, and things get complicated when he finds himself falling for her. Moguls, penned by Geoff Moore & David Posmentier, is a half-hour workplace comedy about the eccentric twentysomethings employed at a family-owned Colorado ski resort whose way of life is challenged when the mountain is purchased by a corporate behemoth.

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Jessica Biel Signs For Management With LBI

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Jessica Biel has signed to be managed by Rick Yorn’s LBI. This comes after the actress left both Management 360 and CAA, and then postponed the exit with the agency. Now, it looks like Biel may well … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Playing For Keeps’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 2:26pm PDT

Here’s a look at Gerard Butler as a retired soccer pro in Playing For Keeps. Butler’s character suffers from a roving eye that ruined his marriage and alienated his son (Noah Lomax), and he moves closer to them to try to mend the relationships. Directed by Gabriele Read More »

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No Deal For Jessica Biel On ‘The Wolverine’

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 8:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

Remember at Comic-Con when I told you Jessica Biel would play Viper in The Wolverine? Talks fell apart and it’s not going to happen. Director James Mangold will meet with other actresses to fill that role.

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Jessica Biel To Play Viper In ‘Wolverine’

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 12:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING… Jessica Biel has been cast as Viper in 20th Century Fox‘s The Wolverine. The Victoria/Viper character has a long arc in the X-Men mythology and is a juicy role in the film. Read More »

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AngelWorld Dives Into ‘Devil And The Deep Blue Sea’; Biel, Moretz, Morgan To Star

Jessica Biel Devil And The Deep Blue SeaTwo days ago, AngelWorld Entertainment announced the creation of a $150M equity fund with merchant bank First Wall Street. The next day, it said it would finance and produce The Big Read More »

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Millennium Films Acquires ‘My Owner’s Wedding’

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 4:49pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Jessica Biel My Owner's WeddingEXCLUSIVE: Millennium Films has acquired My Owner’s Wedding, a Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins script, and the producer-distributor is in early talks with Jessica Biel to play one of the leads. My Owner’s Wedding is a romantic comedy about two eligible young women, the man both of them want, and his dog. The latter will go to any length to make sure his owner ends up with the right girl.

Cary directed and co-wrote Anything But Love and directed Ira & Abby and Save Me. Tolins co-wrote New Line’s Martian Child and Twilight Of The Golds, based on his Broadway play. He also wrote multiple episodes of Queer As Folk and has written for the Academy Awards and the Tonys. Read More »

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Jessica Biel Joins Making Of Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ Film

By | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 10:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Jessica Biel HitchcockEXCLUSIVE: Jessica Biel committed today to the second female lead in the Sacha Gervasi-directed Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho. Biel will play the role of Vera Miles, who played Lila Crane in the 1960 classic. … Read More »

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Image Entertainment Acquires Jessica Biel-Starrer ‘The Tall Man’: SXSW

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 10:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: The film premiered last night as SXSW and today Image Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to The Tall Man. Here’s the announcement:

CHATSWORTH, CA – Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: DISK) has acquired the U.S. rights including theatrical, home entertainment, digital, VOD and broadcast, to the new thriller, THE TALL MAN. The film premiered recently at the Berlin Film Festival and is being shown at this year’s SXSW Festival. A dark and mysterious film about an unidentified child abductor, THE TALL MAN stars Jessica Biel (New Years Eve, The A-Team), Jodelle Ferland (The Cabin in the Woods, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Stephen McHattie (Immortals, 2012), William B. Davis (“The X-Files,” Passengers), Samantha Ferris (Along Came a Spider) and Katherine Ramdeen (The World, The Flesh & The Devil) and was directed by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs). The film was produced by SND, Radar Films and Mind’s Eye Entertainment. Today’s announcement was made by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer Bill Bromiley.

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New Line Looking To Conjure ‘Burt Wonderstone’ Female Lead

Mike Fleming

New Line is zeroing in on the female lead for Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed comedy that will star Steve Carell and Jim Carrey as rival magicians on Read More »

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Heads To ‘Broken City’

Mike Fleming

Catherine Zeta-Jones has closed her deal to star in Broken City, joining Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in the Allen Hughes-directed drama. Zeta-Jones will play the philandering wife of the mayor of New York (Crowe).  When a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) … 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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CANNES: FilmDistrict Buys Gerard Butler Soccer Comedy ‘Playing The Field’

Mike Fleming

FilmDistrict bought U.S. rights to Playing the Field, the Nu Image/Millennium Films Gabriele Muccino-directed comedy that stars Gerard Butler as a retired soccer star. His penchant for scoring off the field ruined his marriage and his relationship with his … Read More »

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Who’s Reading For ‘Total Recall’ Gals?

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures is casting up its Total Recall remake, which Len Wiseman will direct with Colin Farrell starring in the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are two major female roles in the film, and several top actresses are vying … Read More »

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‘Nailed’ Gets Test Screening, Though Nobody Told The Cast And Filmmakers

Mike Fleming

Remember Nailed, the film David O Russell helmed before he made the Oscar-nominated The Fighter? That picture, which endured a litany of production shutdowns before Russell finally exited because he couldn’t get the money for post-production, got a recruited screening … Read More »

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Katherine Heigl Will Celebrate ‘New Year’s Eve’ With Bon Jovi Instead Of Halle Berry

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl, not Halle Berry,  will be the one smooching Jon Bon Jovi in New Line’s ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve. I’m told Berry has dropped out of the picture, which is just getting underway. Heigl was available … Read More »

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David O. Russell Film Shut Down 3rd Time

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Either this indie is horribly cursed, or Capitol Films is completely busted, or both. I’m told that IATSE today ordered its members off the political comedy Nailed because the crew haven’t been paid. There are no plans to resume filming until next Thursday at the earliest. This … Read More »

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URGENT! Jake & Jessica Sidelined Again: IATSE Shuts Down David O. Russell Film

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EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that, this time around, it’s IATSE who has put the screws to the Capitol Films indie film Nailed because its crew members weren’t being paid. The pic’s union members had been begging IATSE for weeks to get involved over all the payroll irregularities. Friday was supposed to … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: David O. Russell Film Drama! Jessica Biel & Jake Gyllenhaal Sidelined

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SATURDAY UPDATE: ON SET DRAMA: SAG Shuts Down David O. Russell Film.
All new details…

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