NBC has cast one of the title characters in its multi-camera comedy pilot Joe & Joe & Jane. Army Wives’ Sally Pressman has been cast as Jane in the project, from writers-executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and 20th Century Fox TV. Loosely based on the relationship between Port, Wiseman and Wiseman’s wife, Joe, Joe & Jane centers on a conflict-avoidant children’s book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife (Pressman) and his co-author/ best friend. It’s not about a couple, it’s about a trouple. Pressman, whose casting was first reported by TVLine, became available for pilots after her regular role as Roxy on Army Wives was downgraded to recurring heading into Season 7. NBC has had its eye on Pressman for awhile. When she was in her then-last year on Army Wives in September 2011, the network signed the actress in a development deal. But then Lifetime ordered 10 additional episodes of the veteran drama series in November 2011 to film during last year’s pilot season. While her NBC deal eventually expired, Pressman is back at the network a year later as a lead of a pilot.
Marcia Gay Harden will replace Rosemarie DeWitt on Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. DeWitt was originally cast in November for a recurring role on the series’ upcoming second season but recently pulled out because of a scheduling conflict. Harden will now play the role, Rebecca Halliday, a litigator who’s been hired to defend the fictional Atlantis Cable News channel, where the show is set, in a multimillion-dollar wrongful-termination suit.
BREAKING: Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden have joined Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver in Parkland, which Peter Landesman wrote and will direct based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy. The film is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and also is being produced and financed by Exclusive Media and its co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.
Bugliosi’s mammoth book, which Playtone and Landesman originally set up at HBO, refuted the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination that were embraced in the Oliver Stone-directed JFK. The film does not address the conspiracy aspect and focuses only on what happened at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The film, to be shot in Austin, is destined for a 2013 U.S. theatrical release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
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Marcia Gay Harden will co-star in the film now known as Get A Job, directed by Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger). The project began production March 12th in Los Angeles. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Joining Oscar- and Tony-winner Marcia Gay Harden are Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Brian Geraghty and Vincent D’Onofrio in the film set in a small Midwestern town. Supreme Ruler follows Steve (Morgan) as he campaigns to become “Supreme Ruler” of his local Buffalo lodge. He soon finds himself challenged by Hank (D’Onofrio), an elder lodge member. To gain more support, he travels to the Order’s annual convention in Chicago where he befriends Nancy (Harden), a more established “Supreme Ruler.” The project is the directorial debut of Duane Edwards, who previously directed the shorts Hit And Run and The Confession. Steven A. Jones (Wild Things) will produce. Read More »
Marcia Gay Harden has been tapped to star in NBC’s comedy pilot Isabel. Inspired by the French-Canadian series Le Monde De Charlotte, Isabel centers on an otherwise normal, angry middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Sony Pictures Classics partners Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are tying up a deal to acquire US rights to God Of Carnage, the Roman Polanski-directed feature adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play. Polanski shot the film … Read More »
Andrew J. West (Greek) is set as the lead in NBC’s untitled Dan Goor pilot. The multicamera comedy, from writer-exec producer Dan Goor, centers on Adam Foote (West), a young doctor who joins his parents’ medical practice and spends … Read More »
With a foot of snow on my Long Island doorstep, it’s already easy to envy anyone in Los Angeles. Now, the original cast of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play God of Carnage has agreed to reunite for a six-week run at … Read More »
The Italian production starts shooting today in Central Park, New York City. The Oscar-winning actress joins Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Regbo (Harry Potter), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels), Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) in this coming-of-age story. … Read More »