Money disputes couldn’t stop the Entourage movie from going forward and neither can Kevin Connolly breaking his leg. The actor broke his left leg in two places Wednesday while playing football on set in L.A. with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, I’ve learned. The accident, which Connolly posted a pic of on Twitter on March 21, occurred while the cameras were rolling on the Warner Bros pic. (UPDATE 12:53 PM - According to a tweet from director Doug Ellin, the actor caught the ball.) Connolly immediately iced his leg, I’m told, and went back to work to do the next scene soon afterward. He showed up for work the next day, and production on the movie based on the long-running HBO Hollywood hustle series has not been interrupted at all. Super Bowl XLVIII-winning Wilson is set to make a cameo in the movie.
With Wilson, Connolly, Jeremy Piven and the rest of the gang on screen, the Entourage movie is due to hit theaters on June 12, 2015 – four years after the series wrapped on HBO. Read More »
Jack-of-many-trades Kevin Connolly is in Berlin this week to talk up his latest directorial effort, The Wright Girls. The soon-to-be 40-year-old Connolly, who’s been working in the business for more than 30 years, also stars in upcoming comedy Friends With Better Lives which debuts on CBS following the finale of How I Met Your Mother. Nevertheless, this is his first sales market. Despite being awed by the process, he told me tonight, “The more you know about every aspect of the business, the better.” The Wright Girls is a remake based on the Japanese movie 2LDK and centers on two female co-stars of a past-its-prime sitcom who are roommates in real life. When they realize they are both up for the same lead role in a big movie, they go from best friends to worst enemies in the course of one action-packed night. Atlas Independent’s William Green and Aaron Ginsberg are producing with Atlas Entertainment’s Alex Gartner. Highland Film Group is selling here at EFM. Jessica Alba stars in the movie with the other lead to be cast soon. Alba, who Connolly recently directed in Dear Eleanor on which he’s in post, was the one to float the Wright Girls script to him — and he bit, quickly. Both Dear Eleanor and The Wright Girls are female driven movies; a seeming departure for the star who is most closely associated with the ultimate bro-fest, HBO series Entourage. “I’m a rah, rah guy’s guy. I like to talk about sports and put people in headlocks,” he told me today. But the unintentional bent towards working wth women could be a product of a decade of the testosterone-fueled Entourage, he allows. By the time that the Entourage movie starts principal photography on February 19, it will have been just about 10 years since the seminal series began. Or “maybe I’m preparing for marriage,” Connolly joked. Read More »
In his first TV role since Entourage, Kevin Connolly is set to co-star in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, revolves around six 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. Connolly will play Bobby Lutz, a gynecologist who’s best friends with Will (James Van Der Beek).
Lyndon Smith (90210) has been added to the cast of ABC‘s drama pilot Reckless. Written by Chris Black and directed by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on David (Patrick Fugit) a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife Sarah (Eloise Mumford) is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Smith, repped by Main Title and Buchwald/Fortitude, will play Sarah’s sister Allie.
EXCLUSIVE: Boss star Kelsey Grammer and former Closer star Kyra Sedgwick have been added to the ensemble cast of Reach Me. Entourage’s Kevin Connolly, former Hung star Thomas Jane, Tom Berenger and Cary Elwes have also joined the John Herzfeld-directed film. Reach Me follows several characters whose lives cross and smash into each other due to a self-help book and its football coach author. Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Henstridge, Danny Aiello, Terry Crews, Omari Hardwick and rapper Nelly also appear in the film, which is currently shooting. Herzfeld, who previously directed 2 Days In The Valley and the Robert De Niro starrer 15 Minutes, wrote the script for Reach Me too. Rebekah Chaney and Cassian Elwes are producing the film. Seraphim Films Productions is financing Reach Me with Paradox Entertainment. Jane is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group. Elwes is repped by APA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment. Connolly is repped by CAA and 3 Arts. Berenger is repped by Evolution Entertainment. Sedgwick is repped by UTA and Impression Entertainment. Grammer is repped by WME.
EXCLUSIVE: E is back! Kevin Connolly, who played Vincent Chase’s best friend/manager Eric “E” Murphy on HBO’s Entourage, is attached to star in a multi-camera family comedy project that has been set up at CBS. Titled I Love You Like A Brother, the comedy hails from CBS TV Studios and The Tannenbaum Co. and will be written by Tad Safran. Loosely based on Safran’s own messed-up family, I Love You Like A Brother stars Connolly as the youngest of three brothers who realizes that his non-communicative family isn’t normal or healthy, and tries to force his brothers and parents to become closer. Comedy veteran Rob Long (Cheers), who co-created/executive produces the TBS comedy series Sullivan & Son, is on board as executive producer alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. Safran co-executive produces, with Connolly serving as producer.
Safran, Long and the Tannenbaum Co. also are collaborating on a dark, single-camera comedy at Showtime. Titled The Death Pact, it is co-written by Safran and Long and revolves around a group of friends who, approaching middle age, find themselves living unfulfilled lives until an old acquaintance re-enters their lives with unexpected consequences. On the feature side, Safran, repped by ICM and manager Carel Cutler, has an untitled Young Sherlock Holmes project in development with Gold Circle. Connolly, repped by CAA and 3 Arts, is the second Entourage star to be … Read More »