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Krysten Ritter To Star In NBC’s ‘Mission Control’

By | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 6:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

krystenritterKrysten Ritter, who toplined NBC’s comedy pilot Assistance last season, is back as the star of another NBC/Universal TV half-hour pilot. Ritter is finalizing a deal for Mission Control, from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell and writer David Hornsby. Ritter also will serve as a producer on the project, a workplace ensemble is set in 1962 that examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. In addition to being pursued for pilots, this season Ritter also developed and sold projects under a first-look deal with Uni TV. Ritter, repped by WME, The Group Entertainment, Sanders Armstrong Caserta and attorney Dave Feldman, recently appeared in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and will next be seen in the Veronica Mars film, reprising her role from the series.

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NBC Nabs Light Procedural Produced By Krysten Ritter & David Janollari

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 3:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former MTV programming chief David Janollari is reuniting with more creative auspices he worked with at the cable network. His Universal TV-based David Janollari Entertainment has partnered with Krysten Ritter’s also Uni TV-based Silent Machine Entertainment for Six Months, Three Days, an hourlong project, which has been sold to NBC. Based on the 2012 Hugo Award winning novelette of the same name by Charlie Jane Anders, Six Months, Three Days is a light procedural about a mismatched pair of San Francisco private investigators — an upbeat, free-spirited idealist and a swoon-worthy, brooding fatalist –- both of whom can see the future. Forced to team up, the pair knows their relationship is destined to grow from antagonistic rivalry into fairy-tale true love… but only if they can stop him from being killed in six months and three days. The adaptation will being written by film and TV writer Eric Garcia, author of the novel Matchstick Men, on which the feature film was based. Ritter, Garcia, Janollari and Silent Machine’s Lindsey Liberatore are executive producing. Read More »

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NBC Buys Sibling Comedy From Krysten Ritter & Writer Heather Hach

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 6:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development My Parents Are Too F**king Happy, a single-camera comedy from feature writer Heather Hach (Freaky Friday, What To Expect When You’re Expecting) and Krysten Ritter‘s Silent Machine Entertainment. Written by Hach and produced by Universal TV, the project is an irreverent comedy about three romantically inept siblings who have been emotionally traumatized by their parents’ blissfully perfect marriage. This marks the second sale for Silent Machine in its first development cycle under the first-look deal the company inked with Uni TV in February, in conjunction of Ritter’s casting in the NBC/Uni TV comedy pilot Assistance, which remains in contention. Read More »

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‘If I Stay’ Adds Jamie Blackley, Odeya Rush Lands ‘The Giver,’ Krysten Ritter Joins ‘Listen Up Philip’

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 6:21pm PDT

Jamie Blackley (Snow White And The Huntsman, The Fifth Estate) has snagged the male lead in MGM‘s book adaptation If I Stay. He’ll play Adam opposite Chloe Moretz in the pic directed by R.J. Cutler, based on Gayle Forman’s YA novel about a comatose teenager who has an out-of-body experience in the hospital and is faced with choosing between living a difficult life or giving up altogether. Blackley, an Isle of Man native, next stars in the Bryan Singer-produced uwantme2killhim? He is repped by WME, United Agents in the UK and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

The Weinstein Co.’s lit adaptation The Giver has added 16-year-old Odeya Rush to its cast. The actress, seen in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, joins Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites in the dystopian tale adapted from Lois Lowry’s novel about Jonas (Thwaites), a young man who is chosen to receive memories of life before emotion was wiped from society. Israel-born Rush will play Fiona, the best friend and love interest to Jonas. She is repped by Gersh, Magnolia Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow.

Indie comedy Listen Up Philip has cast Krysten Ritter as Melanie, the daughter of renowned writer Ike Zimmerman, who is living proof of her … Read More »

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NBC Buys Bowling Comedy From Krysten Ritter, Liz Vassey & Aaron Kaplan

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 12:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has closed deals for a comedy project from two actresses in writer-producer roles. The network has put in development a multi-camera comedy executive produced by Don’t Trust The B star Krysten Ritter and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment and written by CSI alumna Liz Vassey through Universal TV. Based on an idea by Kaplan, the comedy revolves around a group of six friends who meet each Wednesday night for their weekly bowling league and centers on two of them — a couple, now broken up, who refuse to give up custody of their bowling league. Kaplan took the idea to Ritter, an avid bowling fan, who came on board as an executive producer. Vassey, who has developed with NBC and Uni TV in the past, was tapped to pen the script. Read More »

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Krysten Ritter To Star In Jake Hoffman Directorial Debut ‘Asthma’

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 6:21pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Dustin Hoffman made his directorial debut last year with Quartet and now son Jake Hoffman is helming his first feature. Starring Krysten Ritter and Aussie newcomer Benedict Samuel, Hoffman’s Asthma examines the consequences of the live fast, die young mentality in NYC’s indie rock scene. Produced by Noah C. Haeussner and executive produced by Michael Raimondi, the Hoffman written film will begin production in the fall. Union Entertainment Group is producing and co-financing, and WME is handling domestic sales. Christine Lahti is also in the indie as is Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes playing himself. Benedict Samuel is with WME, Management 360 and United Management in Australia. Lahti is represented by ICM Partners  and Management 360. Currently filming the Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in  film and in the NBC comedy pilot Assistance, former Don’t Trust the B—- In Apt 23 star Ritter is repped by WME, The Group Entertainment and Sanders Armstrong Casert. Jake Hoffman is with WME and Generate.

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NBC’s ‘Assistance’ Gets Order For 3 More Scripts, Actors’ Options Extended

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 6:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I hear NBC is keeping comedy pilot Assistance in contention with an order for three more scripts. Additionally, I hear producing studio Universal TV has extended the options on several cast members, including star Krysten Ritter and pilot standout Alfred Molina. Assistance, from  Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods, is based on the play by Leslye Headland, who wrote the adaptation. It centers on an idealistic “working girl” assistant (Ritter) who is pulled between her colleague (“work husband”) and her real-life fiance while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss.

Related: Josh Bycel & Jonathan Fener Ink Overall Deal With Uni TV, Join ‘Assistance’ As EPs

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UPDATE: Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen On Board For ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

By | Friday June 14, 2013 @ 11:00pm PDT

UPDATE: The latest Veronica Mars alum to join the Rob Thomas’ movie, Ryan Hansen, made the announcement with a choreographed video (watch below).

PREVIOUS: Krysten Ritter today made it official, announcing on Twitter that she also is coming back for Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars pic. G-G-G-Gia!!!! I’m thrilled to be reprising my role of Gia Goodman in the Veronica Mars movie!!! It’s gonna be very juicy. … This will truly be an awesome shoot, not only because we all get to be reunited (can’t WAIT!) but because of the revolutionary way this all was able to come to life!, she tweeted. Thomas confirmed the news in a note to fans who donated to the Kickstarter project. Ritter will join Kristen Bell, Tina Majorino, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell and Francis Capra who have all signed on for the film. 

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Krysten Ritter Joins Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 3:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Krysten Ritter has joined Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in Big Eyes. The Tim Burton-directed film is about Margaret and Walter Keane, the married couple whose paintings of large-eyed children became one of the first mass-marketed art sensations of the 1950s and ’60s. Adams plays the San Francisco housewife who actually generated the paintings. Her husband (Waltz) was a charismatic marketing wiz who went on talk shows claiming he was also responsible for the brush strokes. The movie is about how Margaret came out of her shell to try and claim the credit she deserved, after they split up. Ritter, most recently seen as the title character in Don’t Trust The B____ In Apt. 23 and in Breaking Bad, will play DeeAnn, the free-spirited confidante to Margaret who tries to coax her friend to come out of her shy shell. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the script and The Weinstein Company is financing and distributing. Alexander, Karaszewski, Burton and Electric City Entertainment’s Lynette Howell are producing the film, which begins production this summer. Ritter is repped by WME, is co-managed by The Group Entertainment and Sanders Armstrong Caserta, and lawyered by Dave Feldman.

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Zach Cregger Joins NBC’s ‘Assistance’, Frances Fisher Boards ABC’s ‘The Returned’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 8:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Guys With KidsZach Cregger is set to co-star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Assistance, from Gary Sanchez Prods. and Universal TV. Written by Leslye Headland, Assistance centers on Nora (Ritter), an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague (Cregger) and her real-life fiance (Peter Cambor) while trying to manage a demanding boss. Cregger’s casting is in second position to Guys With Kids. Both projects are with NBC/Universal TV. I hear that was important to Cregger who wanted to remain loyal to his current series and didn’t entertain interest from pilots on other nets. Cregger, repped by WME and Principato-Young, is starring in the Lionsgate film Gay Dude as well as the indie The Bounceback, which premiers at the SXSW film festival. He is a founding member and creator of the sketch group The Whitest Kidsu’know.

Frances FisherFrances Fisher has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot The Returned, from Brillstein Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and ABC Studios. Written by Aaron Zelman and directed by Charles McDougall, the project chronicles how the lives of the people in Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return. Fisher, repped by Greene & Assoc., Sanders Armstrong Caserta and attorney Jeff Bernstein, will play Lucille, who lives with her husband Harold in Arcadia and is amazed when Read More »

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Krysten Ritter To Star In, Produce NBC Pilot ‘Assistance’; Inks First-Look Uni TV Deal

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Krysten Ritter is eying a quick return to primetime. The star of ABC’s recently cancelled Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 has been tapped as the lead of NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Assistance, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and Universal TV. Ritter also will serve as a producer on the project, written by Leslye Headland. Additionally, I’ve learned that Ritter, who was hotly pursued for comedy pilots the moment she became available last month, has signed a first-look deal with Universal TV. Read More »

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PILOT SEASON: Which Actors Are Getting The Most Offers

By | Monday February 11, 2013 @ 3:39pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jason IsaacsRose ByrneThe annual courtship known as chasing name actors for network pilots is in full force. So far, Rose Byrne, Jason Isaacs, Felicity Huffman, Kyle Chandler and Kevin Kline have proven hard to get, raking up a slew of offers each, though most are zeroing in on pilots and appear ready to commit. They would join other sought after names, including James Wolk, Ellie Kemper, David Walton, Allison Janney, Josh Holloway and Terry Crews, who settled on pilots after fielding multiple offers. Still in play after saying “no” to at least one pilot each are Jessica Alba, John Cusack, Jason Ritter, House star Hugh Laurie, former CSI leading man William Petersen, Law & Order: SVU alum Chris Meloni, Justin Long, Deadwood‘s Ian McShane, Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell, Minnie Driver, Amanda Peet  and Mike O’Malley.

Several actors from shows that have been cancelled this season are also the object of pilot casting directors’ affection. That includes The Office‘s John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, Private Practice‘s Kate Walsh and KaDee Strickland, Don’t Trust The B—‘s Krysten Ritter, Last Resort’s Andre Braugher, Animal Practice‘s Justin Kirk, The Goodwin Games‘ Becki Newton and Ben & Kate‘s Echo Kellum, who already booked two pilots, one as a regular (NBC’s Happiness) and one as a guest star (NBC’s The Gates). … Read More »

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Krysten Ritter/Eric Garcia Drama ‘Finishing School For Boys’ Gets Pilot Order At MTV

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV has handed a pilot pickup to Cassandra French’s Finishing School For Boys, a drama from actress Krysten Ritter and writer Eric Garcia based on Garcia’s novel of the same name. Garcia (Matchstick Men) wrote the adaptation, described as being in the tone of Heathers. It centers on Cassie French, a 22-year-old overachiever who gets her dream job as a lawyer for a Hollywood studio but can’t find a guy ready for a real, mature relationship. After the latest disappointment, she locks a guy up in her basement in order to train him to become the perfect gentleman. Ritter and Garcia are executive producing Finishing School For Boys, which was the first TV project Ritter ever sold as a producer. She next stars in of ABC’s midseason comedy series Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23, which premieres April 11. Two days later, indie Life Happens which Ritter co-wrote, produced and stars in, will being released. She is with WME, the Group Entertainment & Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta. Garcia, repped by WME and IPG, is writing Wheel Of Time for Universal and The Prize Of Peril for Sony.

MTV has been aggressive in expanding its scripted series slate recently. The network has two scripted shows, Teen Wolf and Awkward, set to return in the summer, and another, freshman I Just Want My Pants Back, looking good be renewed with solid ratings on Thursday … Read More »

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MTV Buys Krysten Ritter/Eric Garcia Drama, USA Buys Richard Murphy Dramedy

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Krysten Ritter, star of ABC’s upcoming  comedy series Apartment 23, has sold her first TV project as a producer, the hourlong drama Cassandra French’s Finishing School For Boys based on Eric Garcia’s novel of the same name. Garcia (Matchstick Men) will write the adaptation, described as being in the tone of Heathers. It centers on a 22-year-old overachiever who gets her dream job as a lawyer for a Hollywood studio but can’t find a guy ready for a real, mature relationship. After the latest disappointment, she locks a guy up in her basement in order to train him to become the perfect gentleman. Ritter and Garcia are executive producing. Ritter, repped by WME, the Group Entertainment and Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta, co-wrote, produced and stars in the indie Life Happens. Garcia, repped by WME and IPG, is writing Wheel Of Time for Universal and The Prize Of Peril for Sony.

USA also has bought a project by a screenwriter/novelist. The cable network has closed a deal for Wayward Bound, an hourlong dramedy from Richard Murphy about employees at a boutique travel company struggling to navigate life while guiding their clients through the concrete jungle that is Los Angeles. Murphy will executive produce with Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso. Sony TV, where the two are based, is producing. Murphy, managed by Anonymous, previously wrote an adaptation of … Read More »

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ARC And XLrator Acquire Rock ‘N Roll Comedy ‘Killing Bono’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media have teamed to acquire North American distribution rights to the rock and roll comedy Killing Bono, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. They plan a VOD release in October and a theatrical release a month later.

The film’s directed by Nick Hamm, stars Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter and Martin McCann and features the last performance by the late actor Pete Postlethwaite. Written by The Commitments scribes Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and Simon Maxwell, the film tells the story of young Irish rock musician Neil McCormick and his brother Ivan. They try to become rock stars in Dublin but are upstaged by four of their friends when they form the band U2 and become the biggest rock stars in the world. Pic’s an adaptation of Neil McCormick’s memoir Killing Bono: I Am Bono’s Doppelganger. ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater and XLrator Media head Barry Gordon have now teamed on their fifth film acquisition. They also acquired Ironclad, John Carpenter’s The Ward, the martial arts film Bunraku and Knuckle, the documentary about rival bare knuckle boxers in Ireland that premiered at Sundance. WME Global’s Alexis Garcia and Samantha Horley from SALT Company International brokered the deal. The pic’s produced by Hamm, Ian Flooks, Mark Huffam, Piers Tempest and is co-produced by Isibeal Ballance.

“One of the freshest and funniest rock & roll movies in a long time, Killing Bono is going to thrill not … Read More »

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Krysten Ritter Set For Title Role In ABC’ ‘Don’t Trust The Bitch’ Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Krysten Ritter, who has been among the most sought-after actresses this pilot season with multiple offers, will play the lead in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 (working title), which is directed by Modern Family‘s Jason Winer. Additionally, Ritter has signed on to topline the indie feature Refuge.

On the 20th TV-produced Bitch, Ritter joins Dreama Walker (The Good Wife) who was cast a week ago as the co-lead. Written by Nahnatchka Khan, Bitch centers on June (Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who, due to circumstances beyond her control, is forced to move in with Chloe (Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate.

Refuge, based on Jessica Goldberg’s play, tells the story of a young woman (Ritter), who is forced to care for her younger brother and sister after her parents have abandoned the family and ends up forming an unorthodox “family” with a young drifter. Ritter, repped by WME, Sanders Armstrong Caserta and The Group, recently wrapped production on comedy BFF & Baby, which she co-wrote with Kat Coiro and in which she  stars opposite Kate Bosworth. Her series credits include Gilmore Girls, Breaking Bad and Gravity.

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