NBC Gives Series Orders To ‘Emerald City’ & ‘The Slap’, Pilot Order To Katherine Heigl Drama

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 9:35am PST
Nellie Andreeva

wizardofozUPDATED: NBC has given a 10-episode order to Emerald City, an Oz-themed drama from Siberia creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold. The order comes after Josh Friedman, who supervised the writing, recently took a pass at the script. The two executive produce through Universal Television where Friedman is under a deal. A writers room is slated to get up and running soon but casting may be postponed until after pilot season.   Emerald City is described as a modern and dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game Of Thrones, drawing upon stories from Baum’s original 14 books that include lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before. A head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz. Following the success of the 1900 The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Baum wrote 13 sequel novels. Emerald City is the one of several Wizard Of Oz in development at various networks and the first to get a green light.

Related: NBC Buys ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama From Matt Arnold As Frank Baum’s Classic Becomes The Hottest TV Property This Season

NBC also has greenlighted The Slap, an eight-episode miniseries based on the 2011 Australian short-run series. Read More »

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NBC Lands Katherine Heigl’s CIA Drama Project With Put Pilot Commitment

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After lengthy negotiations, NBC has closed a deal for a drama project starring Grey’s Anatomy alumna Katherine Heigl with a put pilot commitment. Written by Alexi Hawley (The Following), the untitled drama, laid off at … Read More »

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Networks Eyeing CIA Drama Starring Katherine Heigl

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 8:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Three and a half years after her exit from Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl is looking to return to primetime as the lead of a new drama project, which has been shopped to broadcast and cable networks. … Read More »

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Katherine Heigl & Patrick Wilson Headed ‘North Of Hell’

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 11:54am PDT

Katherine HeiglPatrick WilsonEXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson have signed on for Darko Entertainment’s dark comedy North Of Hell. Wilson will play Don Champage, a successful businessman who seems to have it all — including an obsessive wife (Heigl) who relentlessly controls everything in his life. Darko is financing the film with Skateland’s Anthony Burns directing and writing based on a story by Carlo Allen, Ted Elrick & Tom Lavagnino. Darko’s Sean McKittrick and Jeff Culotta, Burns, and AJ Buckley are producing. Darko’s Edward H. Hamm Jr., and Andre J. Champagne are executive producing. North Of Hell is scheduled to start production in Louisiana next month. Read More »

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Shonda Rhimes On Katherine Heigl’s Diss: Video

By | Sunday December 9, 2012 @ 11:31am PST

On tonight’s Oprah’s Next Chapter, TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes reveals how she felt when former Grey’s Anatomy reguler Katherine Heigl said in 2008 she wanted her name taken out of Emmy consideration because she hadn’t been “given the material to warrant a nomination” in the show’s writing. Winfrey asks Rhimes, … Read More »

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Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser Lend Voices To Animated ‘The Nut Job’

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 1:04pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The animated feature The Nut Job has drawn a voice cast that will be led by Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon, and Jeff Dunham. The feature, which Peter LepeniotisRead More »

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Katherine Heigl Signs With CAA

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 12:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Exactly a week after exiting Paradigm, actress Katherine Heigl has signed with CAA. Heigl left Paradigm following the exit of her longtime agent Norm Aladjem, who moved to Levity Entertainment Group. Heigl is a two-time Golden Globe … Read More »

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Katherine Heigl Leaves Longtime Agency

By | Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 11:31am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The following announcement just went out internally at Paradigm about Katherine Heigl and her momager. “With Norm Aladjem’s departure last week, this was inevitable, as they were very close,” an insider tells me.

Related: Senior Agent Norm Aladjem Leaving Paradigm For Levity Entertainment Group

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GoDigital Acquires Katherine Heigl Pic Called ‘Lowest Grossing Film Ever” With $30 Gross

By | Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 12:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

GoDigital has acquired the U.S. digital rights to the indie thriller Zyzzyx Road, which stars Katherine Heigl, Tom Sizemore and Leo Grillo. The purchaser is embracing the fact that the film has been called the lowest grossing film of all … Read More »

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IM Global Brings Katherine Heigl Film ‘The Happytime Murders’: Berlin

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 12:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

Fortissimo Acquires ‘Monsoon Shootout’, Mark Ruffalo & Scarlett Johansson Join ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’: Berlin

IM Global will take to Berlin The Happytime Murders, directed by Brian Henson (A Muppets Christmas Carol) and penned by Todd Berger (Kung Read More »

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Katherine Heigl To Star In Thriller ‘Face Blind’

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 10:33am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Heigl will star in Face Blind, an independent thriller about a psychologist struck with a rare affliction that makes it impossible to distinguish people by their faces. When a man who terrorized her most vulnerable patient stalks her, … Read More »

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CW Buys Drama Produced By Katherine Heigl, Fox Buys Dan Lagana Comedy

By | Wednesday October 12, 2011 @ 3:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The CW has bought Trending, a drama series project executive produced by Katherine Heigl, while Fox has bought Step-Dan, a multi-camera comedy written by Dan Lagana.

Inspired by the Cynthia Langston’s novel Bi-Coastal Babe, which Heigl read and fell in love … Read More »

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Does 8 Years Of $100 Million WW Grossing Films Put Jennifer Aniston In Elite Company?

Mike Fleming

When Horrible Bosses passed the $100 million worldwide gross mark recently, it became the eighth film in the last eight years to hit that milestone with Jennifer Aniston in a starring role. Right now, only a few actresses mean much at the box office, a list that includes Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Katherine Heigl. Has Aniston quietly joined that group?

While Aniston hasn’t had to carry all of those films, her worldwide gross track record compares favorably to the other actresses over the same eight-year period. Aside from Horrible Bosses, Just Go With It, The Bounty Hunter, He’s Just Not That Into You, Marley & Me, The Break-Up, Along Came Polly and Bruce Almighty all passed the $100 million mark worldwide. Over the same corresponding period, only Jolie had that many cross the $100 million WW mark. I didn’t count animated films, but for Jolie I did include Beowulf, because she gave a performance that was converted to performance capture format. Jolie’s other films that passed $100 million worldwide in the last eight years: The Tourist, Salt, Wanted, Changeling, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Alexander, and the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider sequel.

Roberts had six films cross $100 million worldwide in the last eight years: Eat Pray Love, Valentine’s Day, Charlie Wilson’s War, Ocean’s 12, Closer and Mona Lisa Smile. Earlier in her career, her films routinely became blockbusters, when she was clearly Hollywood’s top actress.

Streep, who’s in her 60s, has become as bankable as any female star this side of Jolie. She has had five films cross $100 million in worldwide grosses in the last eight years: It’s Complicated, Julie & Julia, Mamma Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Bullock has had four films cross $100 million WW in the last eight years: The Blind Side, The Proposal, The Lake House, and Miss Congeniality 2.

Witherspoon had five films cross that mark in the last eight years: Water for Elephants, Four Christmases, Just Like Heaven, Walk the Line and Legally Blonde 2.

Heigl had four of her films cross $100 million worldwide, all since her movie career was launched by 2007′s Knocked Up. Since that movie crossed $100 million WW, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth and Life As We Know It also passed the mark, and Killers barely missed. Read More »

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Lionsgate Acquires U.S. And UK Distribution For ‘The Big Wedding’

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate has acquired U.S. and UK rights to the ensemble comedy The Big Wedding, and has set an Oct. 19, 2012 release for the Nu Image/Millennium Films pic that stars Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton as a long-divorced couple … Read More »

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Topher Grace Heads ‘Gently Down The Stream’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace will star in Gently Down The Stream, which Justin Zackham is directing from his script for Millennium Films/Nu Image. He joins Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried. Grace will play Jared, the … Read More »

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Katherine Heigl To Produce And Star In Movie Project For HBO

By | Friday April 8, 2011 @ 10:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO Films has optioned the rights to Ann Hood’s bestselling novel The Knitting Circle as a starring vehicle for Katherine Heigl. In her first TV project since leaving ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and her first collaboration with HBO, Heigl … Read More »

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Lionsgate Moves Katherine Heigl’s ‘One For The Money’ To 2012

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 6:30pm PDT

Lionsgate has confirmed that it is moving the release of its action comedy One for the Money from this July to Jan. 27, 2012. The film is based on the bestselling novel by Janet Evanovich about a bounty hunter, played by Katherine Heigl.

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Summit Makes ‘Unexpected’ Pitch Deal

Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment has acquired Unexpected, a pitch comedy that will be written by Ian Deitchman and Kristin Rusk Robinson, based on a treatment by Jennifer Eatz. Todd Garner will produce with Eatz. The writers, who scripted the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel-starrer Life As We Know It, this time focus on … 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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