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John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins & Jim Belushi Cast In ‘The Man On Carrion Road’; Meegan Warner Joins ‘The Veil’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 1:31pm PDT

Lynn CollinsJohn LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo, Lynn Collins and Jim Belushi have joined the cast of thriller The Man On Carrion Road for director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane star in Atlas Independent’s story of a botched Mexican cartel Jim Belushideal in the back roads of a border town that leads to the brutalization of its residents. Production begins April 14. Leguizamo, repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, was in Ride Along and Kick-Ass 2 and next appears in Jon Favreau’s Chef. Collins’ credits include John Carter and X-Men Origins: Wolverine; she is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment. Belushi, whose recent credits include The Defenders and According To Jim is repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment.

Meegan Warner squareMeegan Warner has been cast in horror pic The Veil for Blumhouse Productions and Universal. Jessica Alba, Thomas Jane and Lily Rabe star in the horror pic about the lone survivor of a cult’s mass suicide who returns to the scene with a documentary film crew 30 years later. Warner will play Ann, one of the members of the documentary film crew led by Alba. Shooting begins this month. Warner stars in the AMC spy drama Turn, which premieres Sunday on AMC. She is … Read More »

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AMC Greenlights First Comedy Pilot, Sets Projects From Chris Carter, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg And Kevin Smith, Adds Dave Erickson To ‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 1:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

amclogo4As part of its upfront, AMC as usual is making a slew of programming announcements. They include an increased focus on comedy development, including a first pilot green light to a half-hour project, We Hate Paul Revere, written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner, and several comedy projects in development including one from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End) and half-hours toplined/written by John Leguizamo and Wyatt Cenac. On the drama side, AMC’s development slate includes projects from Chris Carter, Amy Lippman and Josh Applebaum, André Nemec, Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner and producer Aaron Kaplan.

Related: AMC Sets Projects With John Leguizamo & Wyatt Cenac As Part Of Push In Comedy

Kevin SmithAMC also announced the renewal of Kevin Smith’s unscripted series Comic Book Men for a fourth season.The network is expanding its relationship with Smith to include the development of a late-night project, Hollywood Babble-On, starring Smith and his co-host of their popular podcast, Ralph Garman, to be produced by Wilshire Studios and executive produced by Smith, Ralph Garman and Gary Auerbach. Additionally, AMC is also working with Smith on the development of a docu-series featuring super-collector and Comic Book Men regular Robert Bruce. Produced by Original Media and Smith’s Smodcast Pictures, and exec produced by Dan Laikind, Charlie Corwin, Elyse Seiden and Smith, Bruce and his fellow experts scour the country searching real estate sales, auction houses and flea markets on a quest to find rare items that will feed the needs of his demanding clients and add to Bruce’s own colossal collection.

AMC also has made an overall deal with Dave Erickson (Sons Of Anarchy), who will co-write, along with Robert Kirkman, and serve as an executive producer on the unnamed The Walking Dead companion series. “AMC is introducing more hours of original programming and the most robust, diverse development slate in our network’s history,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. Unwavering is our commitment to the eclectic, quality dramatic series that have come to define our brand and to the unconventional unscripted worlds we love to explore. And today we also happily dive head-first into our first-ever scripted comedy pilot.”  Here is AMC’s full slate, which includes drama, comedy and unscripted projects as well as two books optioned for series: Read More »

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AMC Sets Projects With John Leguizamo & Wyatt Cenac As Part Of Push In Comedy

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

cenacLeguizamoEXCLUSIVE: After establishing footprint in drama and reality programming, AMC is focusing on expanding into comedy next. The network’s upfront slate, which will be announced later today, is expected to feature a number of half-hour projects, including two starring, written and executive produced by John Leguizamo and former The Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac.

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Drawing inspiration from Leguizamo’s real-life three best friends, the untitled John Leguizamo project follows a group of men in Queens, The Bronx and upper Manhattan wrestling with careers, relationships, family, ambition, and getting older. In addition to starring, Leguizamo is co-writing the script with Sal Stabile (Revenge). The two executive produce with Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew of Silver Lining Entertainment, which reps Leguizamo alongside UTA and Sloane, Offer. Recently seen in Ride Along, Leguizamo is attached to play Pablo Escobar in the Relativity feature and has his 5th HBO special, Ghetto Klown, coming up.
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John Leguizamo’s One-Man Show ‘Ghetto Klown’ To Become HBO Special

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 12:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After an 11-year break, John Leguizamo is back at HBO for another comedy special. The pay cable network will tape Leguizamo’s latest one-man show, Ghetto Klown, on November 16 at the Victoria Theatre, NJPAC for debut next spring. This is Leguizamo’s fifth one-man show, all of which have become specials on HBO. That includes Mambo Mouth (1991); Spic-O-Rama (1993); Freak (1998), for which he won an Emmy Award; and Sexaholic…A Love Story (2002).

Ghetto Klown, for which Luguizamo received a Drama Desk Award, is a semi-authobiographical show about his path to stardom based on his memoir Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, And All The Rest Of My Hollywood Friends. Ghetto Klown was written by Leguizamo and will be directed by Fisher Stevens, who also directed the successful 2012 Broadway production and national tour. Arnold Engelman produced the live show and will take on producing duties for the taped version as well. The special is produced by Rebel Prods, Insurgent Films and Silver Lining Entertainment. Leguizamo, Stevens, Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew executive produce. The Broadway production Ghetto Klown was originally produced by WestBeth Entertainment, Daveed D. Frazier and Nelle Nugent. Leguizamo is reppted by Silver Lining Entertainment, UTA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

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Relativity To Distribute ‘King Of Cocaine’; How John Leguizamo Won Pablo Escobar Role

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 10:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media has signed on for King Of Cocaine, and the long-gestating Brad Furman-directed biopic of Medellin Cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar is finally in shape to start production in Colombia in January. In an intriguing development, John Leguizamo has been set to play the lead role. After watching actors from Oscar Isaac to Benecio Del Toro circle this and other Escobar pics, Leguizamo got the job basically because he refused to take no for an answer, a trait that Escobar could probably relate to if he was still alive.

Leguizamo, who was born in Colombia, has long felt he was born to play the role of Escobar, who rose from poverty to riches as a notorious drug kingpin until his murderous reign ended in a hail of bullets in 1993. How did Leguizamo get the job? Furman made his first film with Leguizamo, The Take, and he has always credited the actor with giving him his directing career. He wanted Leguizamo from the start. But the foreign sales numbers didn’t work. They worked better with actors like Oscar Isaac.

After Inside Llewyn Davis star Isaac dropped out, Leguizamo was once again told no by producer/financier Scott Steindorff, with whom he had just worked in the Jon Favreau-directed Chef. Leguizamo then went out and spent upwards of $15,000 of his own money for a fat suit and prosthetic makeup that rendered him a dead ringer for Escobar at his prime. Leguizamo and Furman filmed a screen test, and got it to Steindorff, who once again said no. Furman fought for it and got the producer to submit it to Relativity execs, without disclosing the identity of the actor. It not only showed him portraying Escobar, it even had a split screen comparison to the actual drug kingpin. Relativity’s Tucker Tooley and Ryan Kavanaugh for the test enough to ask who the actor was. Furman told them, and suddenly they took Leguizamo seriously. He was hired shortly after to star in the $25 million film. If this gives Leguizamo a new identity, it follows a tradition of examples that include the time that Coppola shot Al Pacino from low angle to get him The Godfather lead and did the famous test with Marlon Brando, who stuffed cotton in his cheeks. Or the time that Elijah Wood went Middle Earth for his own screen test and won over Peter Jackson for The Lord Of The Rings. Read More »

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John Leguizamo Pilot, ‘Backstrom’, ‘Two Wrongs’ & Halpern/Schumacker Add Actors

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 9:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Boss alum Troy Garity has joined ABC‘s untitled John Leguizamo comedy pilot, co-created and starring Leguizamo and based on his life as a husband, father and fish out of water on New York’s Upper West Side. Garity, repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, plays Crash, a loyal friend of John’s from the Old Neighborhood who was a talented graffiti artist and now is John’s personal assistant and lives in the basement of John’s brownstone.

Argentinian actor Ezekiel Stremiz has joined Fox comedy pilot Two Wrongs. It centers on Zach (Jake Hoffman) and Jenny (Kelli Garner), a couple whose friends and family don’t think they are right for each other. Recent Hollywood transplant Stremiz, repped by APA and DePaz Management, plays Johnny, Jenny’s unbelievably sexy ex-boyfriend. Read More »

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Jessica Szohr To Star In Fox’s ‘List’, Camille Guaty & Elizabeth Pena Join ABC Comedies

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Gossip Girl alumna Jessica Szohr has been cast as the female lead opposite Michael Peña in The List, Fox‘s drama pilot from Paul Zbyszewski, Ruben Fleischer and 20th TV. The project centers on the intense Deputy U.S. Marshal Soto (Peña) who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program start getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole “the list” – a file with the identities of every member of the program. Szohr, repped by ICM Partners, Mosaic and Dave Feldman, will play Special Agent Natalie Voss, a fearless FBI agent who detests dealing with the Witness Security Program but is intrigued by the quirky, twitchy Soto. The List reunites Szohr with Fleischer who recently produced the indie Two Night Stand, in which she co-starred. Read More »

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Jeff Astrof To Write & Exec Produce ABC’s John Leguizamo Pilot As It Changes Formats

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 10:58am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy veteran Jeff Astrof (Grounded For Life) has come on board to write and executive produce ABC’s comedy pilot co-created and starring John Leguizamo as the project changes formats from single- to multi-camera. The untitled comedy is based on Leguizamo’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York as reflected in his one-person shows. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality. Read More »

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EFM Roundup: K5 Lands Rights To Tim Robbins’ ‘Man Under’, Political Thriller ‘The Lion’s Share’; WestEnd Secures Atom Bomb Drama ‘Midnight Sun’

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K5 International has acquired international rights to Man Under, which will be directed by and star Tim Robbins. Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz co-star in the pic, about a Yonkers family swept up in New York’s art and high society scene after their picture is taken by a photographer whose tragic death raises her profile and that of her subjects. Ann Cherkis (The Secret) wrote the screenplay, and Alexandra Milchan through her EMJAG Prods, Scott Lambert of Film 360, and Aimée Peyronnet of Wild Child Films are producing. K5 is introducing Man Under to EFM buyers at the Berlin Film Festival; UTA Independent Film Group is repping North American rights. Robbins is represented by UTA and 3 Arts, Pfeiffer by CAA and Management 360, and Moretz by WME and 3 Arts.

K5 also has taken worldwide rights to the political thriller The Lion’s Share, to be directed by Nathan Morlando and star Jim Sturgess and Djimon Hounsou. It begins shooting in September and is the story of journalist Aaron Fletcher (Sturgess), who travels to Somalia to secure a career-making interview with highly dangerous pirate Samakab “Kab” Roble (Hounsou). The danger escalates for both men and the interview takes on new stakes as the journalist learns the only way out may be to deliver the head of a man who is both hero and criminal. Morlando and Allison Black co-wrote; Black and Genevieve Hofmeyr are producing. … Read More »

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ABC Greenlights Multicamera Comedy Pilot Starring John Leguizamo Based On His Life

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 8:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC just ordered a third comedy pilot starring John Leguizamo in twelve months. The untitled multi-camera comedy is based on Leguizamo’s life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York as reflected in his one-person shows. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality. Leguizamo co-wrote the story for the pilot with former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner Chris Sheridan. Sheridan wrote the teleplay and executive produces with Leguizamo, Leguizamo’s longtime manager Jeff Golenberg of the Collective, the company’s Sam Maydew as well as Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Maria Crenna.

The project has been in the works since early February of last year when Leguizamo signed a deal with ABC and ABC Studios with the intention to develop a single-camera comedy inspired by his life for him to star in and executive produce with Golenberg and Mandeville, the company he worked with on Edison. But just a week later, UTA-repped Leguizamo was cast in the ABC/ABC Studios multi-camera pilot The Kings Of Van Nuys (then Only Fools And Horses). Earlier this development season, Sheridan was brought in to Leguizamo’s semi-autobiographical project, which continued to be dormant because, after passing … Read More »

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John Leguizamo To Topline, Co-Write And Produce ABC Comedy Based On His Life

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 5:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Days after ABC passed on comedy pilot The Kings Of Van Nuys starring John Leguizamo, the network has lined up another half-hour project toplined by the ER alum based on his life as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York. Woven into this world are his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality. Leguizamo will co-write the story for the untitled single-camera comedy with former Family Guy executive producer/co-showrunner Chris Sheridan. Sheridan will write the teleplay and will executive produce with Leguizamo, Leguizamo’s longtime manager Jeff Golenberg of the Collective as well as Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Kings Of Van Nuys’ Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward

By | Saturday December 8, 2012 @ 2:57pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has passed on Kings Of Van Nuys, its comedy pilot starring John Leguizamo. This was the second pilot for the multi-camera project based on the British format Only Fools And Horses, which was originally developed and picked up the pilot last season. It missed the cut but ABC chief Paul Lee, a big fan of the original series, liked it enough to order a retooling. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who wrote the original pilot, penned the new version. Virtually the entire team from the first pilot, including everyone from the cast and director Ted Wass, returned for the new pilot, which was formally greenlighted in late August. After screening the second pilot, ABC brass decided not to go forward with the project. The timing is fortunate for the cast as they will now be available for pilot season.

The ABC Studios-produced Kings Of Van Nuys chronicled the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney (Dustin Ybarra), and their aging grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. Co-starring in the pilot were Bridesmaids‘ Wendi McLendon-Covey and BJ Bales.

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New Pilot For ABC Comedy ‘Kings Of Van Nuys’ Is A Go, Cast & Crew Are Back

By | Friday August 24, 2012 @ 7:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has given a formal green light to a new pilot for Kings Of Van Nuys starring John Leguizamo. ABC first ordered a pilot for the multi-camera project, based on the British format Only Fools And Horses, last season. It missed the cut but ABC chief Paul Lee, a big fan of the original series, liked it enough to order a retooling. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, who wrote the original pilot, penned a new version. A month ago at TCA, stressing the ABC’s ongoing commitment to the multi-camera comedy genre, Lee noted that Kings Of Van Nuys was being re-piloted. Back then, the new script was still being written and deals with the actors were being made.

The network is now going ahead with shooting a new pilot after securing virtually the entire team from the original pilot, including the entire cast and director Ted Wass. The ABC Studios-produced Kings Of Van Nuys chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney (Dustin Ybarra), and their aging grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. Co-starring in the pilot, now in pre-production to tape Oct. 2, are Bridesmaids‘ Wendi McLendon-Covey and BJ Bales.

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John Leguizamo Sets Two Films Before Making ABC Pilot

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 5:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: John Leguizamo, who just made a deal to star in the ABC pilot Only Fools and Horses, has just signed for roles in the Ridley Scott-directed The Counselor and the Jeff Wadlow-scripted Kick-Ass 2. In The Counselor, he’ll play a low level drug dealer, in a Cormac McCarthy-scripted film that stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz. In Kick-Ass 2, he’ll play Javier, the bodyguard assigned to protect aspiring evil guy Red Mist, the role to be reprised by Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz are back along with Nicolas Cage. Leguizamo is repped by UTA and The Collective.

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John Leguizamo To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Only Fools And Horses’

By | Friday February 17, 2012 @ 6:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Just 10 days after actor-comedian John Leguizamo signed a development deal with ABC and ABC Studios, he has signed on to star in the ABC/ABC Studios multicamera comedy pilot Only Fools And Horses. Based on the British format, the multicamera comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney, and their aging grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. Del, the older brother, is the leader of the team. He is an overly confident bon vivant and con artist who trades crap out of the back of his car, cheerful and oblivious to the fact that he is a lowlife scamster. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley wrote the adaptation and will executive produce with Leguizamo’s longtime manager Jeff Golenberg of the Collective. As part of Leguizamo’s deal with ABC, if Only Fools And Horses doesn’t go to series, the network will develop a single-camera comedy inspired by Leguizamo’s professional, personal and family life in New York City for him to star in and executive produce. UTA-repped Leguizamo is currently touring with his fifth one-man show, Ghetto Klown.

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John Leguizamo Signs Development Deal With ABC And ABC Studios

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 2:02pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actor-comedian John Leguizamo has signed a development deal with ABC and ABC Studios. Under the pact, Leguizamo will star in and executive produce a single-camera comedy inspired by his professional, personal and family life in New York City. This would be the first comedy series for Leguizamo who previously co-starred on ER and The Kill Point and toplined the 2006 CBS drama pilot Edison. Search is underway for a writer to pen the comedy project, which will likely be developed off-cycle given the timing of the deal. Leguizamo will executive produce with his longtime manager Jeff Golenberg of the Collective as well as Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Leguizamo is re-teaming with Mandeville after working with the company on Edison. He is not obligated to do an ABC pilot this season but will be exposed to some and could do one. Leguizamo is currently touring the country with his fifth one-man show, Ghetto Klown, following a successful summer run on Broadway. One of his previous stage shows, Freak, was televised by HBO and earned him an Emmy Award. Leguizamo, repped by UTA and attorneys Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman, recently completed the indie feature Fugly, which he wrote and starred in, and can be seen opposite Katherine Heigl in One for the Money.

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