EXCLUSIVE: After appearing in almost all episodes of The Bridge‘s first season, recurring cast members Emily Rios and Matthew Lillard are being promoted to regulars for Season 2. The move also signals their characters’ increasing importance in the upcoming storyline. Rios and Lillard play El Paso Times reporters Ariana Mendez and Daniel Frye. In the season one finale, the two came across a home filled with cash that will lead to an investigation on both sides of the border in the second season. The Bridge also is undergoing a behind-the-scenes change, with Meredith Stiehm, who developed the series with Elwood Reid and served as executive producer/co-showrunner on Season 1, returning to Showtime’s Homeland full-time, with Reid taking over day-to-day-responsibilities on The Bridge. (Stiehm remains an executive producer.) Rios, repped by Domain and Kass Management, is probably best known for playing Jessie Pinkman’s ill-fated girlfriend Andrea Cantillo on Breaking Bad. She also has recurred on Men Of A Certain Age and Friday Night Lights. Lillard is best known for the Scooby-Doo and Scream franchises.
Matthew Lillard will co-star opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Written by Mark Goffman based on Jo Nesbo’s book, it centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Lillard, repped by Paradigm, plays Victor’s best friend Elliott, an off-beat, off-books former cop who helps Victor acquire information and things, legally and otherwise.
EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Belber has finally turned his 2004 Tony-nominated play Match into a feature. It stars Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard to star. The film, produced by David Permut, Rick Rosenthal and Matt Ratner, and it has just wrapped its New York City shoot.
Stewart plays a reclusive, eccentric Juilliard dance instructor and former choreographer, who is visited by a Seattle couple, (Gugino and Lillard) under the pretense of interviewing the dancer for her thesis on the New York dance movement in the 1960s. However, as the couple’s true intentions are revealed, he finds himself unable to dance around the impact of decisions he made long ago.
Belber wrote and directed the 2008 Jennifer Aniston-starrer Management and his other plays turned into films include the Richard Linklater-directed Tape and HBO’s The Laramie Project. He also created an untitled dramatic thriller that FX recently put into development as a potential series.
ARC Entertainment acquired North American distribution rights to Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut Fat Kid Rules The World, a comedy that won the Narrative Feature Spotlight Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The film will be launched through a social media strategy that includes a $150,000 P&A spend raised through Kickstarter. Pic stars Jacob Wysocki, Matt O’Leary, and Billy Campbell. Lillard, last seen in The Descendants, made his directing debut on a film based on the K.L. Going novel.
The protagonist is 17, overweight, and suicidal, and when he’s about to jump in front of a bus, he’s saved by a charming street musician. The two begin an uneasy friendship when Marcus enlists the musically challenged kid to become the drummer in a new punk rock band. The youth’s father becomes increasingly concerned about his son’s new friendship.
Alexander Payne’s dramedy starring George Clooney has good momentum heading into its opening weekend expansion today into a total 29 locations in 11 additional markets (including Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Denver, Minneapolis, and Toronto). So far Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants has made $79K from Wednesday and Thursday grosses at 5 theaters (2 in NY and 3 in LA). The production budget was $20 million with tax rebates and the Academy Awards talk should help the film perform through March. “This comedy/drama is attracting the over-30 upscale audience who is aware of the terrific reviews we have received,” a Fox Searchlight exec tells me. “And exhibition is very excited about the film after seeing it at the Show East Convention in late October.” On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, The Descendants increases to over 60 markets and about 425 theaters. “We feel the Thanksgiving Holiday is an excellent time to be playing wider as it is counter programming to the 3 wide kids films opening on this date. At Searchlight, we fell it really is a marathon and not a race with our releases.”
The initial marketing campaign was launched virally in early May with a web teaser called “Who is he?” which consisted only of a scene from the film with George Clooney goofily running to his neighbor’s house to ask – you guessed it – “Who is he?” Then, at the end of May, Searchlight launched The Descendants trailer …