Offbeat playwright Will Eno’s Broadway debut, The Realistic Joneses, will end its limited run this Sunday, having played 132 performances at the Lyceum Theatre since March 13. The dramedy about a suburban couple whose life is changed when a weird pair moves in next door stars Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts and was staged by Sam Gold. The play had its world premiere last year at the Yale Repertory Theater and came to New York on the strength of some positive reviews and a desire by game lead producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel to risk bringing a fresh voice to the commercial bazaar that is Broadway.
Here’s the official trailer for Michael C. Hall‘s first post-Dexter project. He plays Richard, a small-town guy who’s hailed as a hero after he offs a burglar. But then the crook’s ex-con dad (Sam Shepard) shows up with vengeance on his mind and Richard’s family in his sights. But do the cops know more that they’re saying? Cold In July also stars Don Johnson as a private eye. Director Jim Mickle’s pic premiered at Sundance, where it was acquired by IFC Films. Scripted by Nick Damici and based on Joe R. Lansdale’s book, the film hits theaters and VOD on May 23. Take a look:
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 1:00 am PST: It took awhile, but the Sundance deals are now moving faster as the festival heads toward its final weekend. IFC is closing a deal for Cold In July, the Jim Mickle-directed drama that stars Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw. I’m hearing the deal is in the vicinity of $2 million for North American rights, with WME Global negotiating. Hall plays a small town Texas man who kills a home intruder and finds his life unraveling into a dark underworld of corruption and violence when the dead man’s father insists on eye for an eye justice. The film premiered last Saturday in the Library Theater, in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. This is the second IFC deal tonight, as the label is also closing God’s Pocket, the Philip Seymour Hoffman-starrer that marks the feature directing debut of Mad Man star John Slattery.
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IFC Films announced today from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to Jim Mickle’s COLD IN JULY. The film, with a screenplay by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, stars Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, and Wyatt Russell.COLD IN JULY was produced by Linda Moran, René Bastian of Belladonna Productions, Marie Savare de Laitre and
EXCLUSIVE: Michael C. Hall, whose final season as Showtime’s signature serial killer Dexter starts June 30, has just landed the lead role in Cold In July. That’s the feature adaptation of the Joe Lansdale cult novel that will be directed by Jim Mickle, whose horror film We Are What We Are just played at the Cannes Film Festival. He plays the protagonist Richard Dane, who shoots and kills an armed burglar in his living room. It’s a clear-cut case of self defense to everyone but the burglar’s father, who vows Old Testament-style eye-for-an-eye justice. Here, that means son for son. The cops, the feds, and the Dixie mafia all play a part in the ensuing mayhem. The picture was introduced at Cannes by Paris-based Backup Media and Memento Films International, which are financing.
Hall most recently starred in John Krokidas’s Kill Your Darlings, playing David Kammerer, the older former professor obsessed with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Sony Pictures Classics has a fall release planned for the Beat Generation drama that also stars Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg. Hall is separately developing and exec producing American Dream Machine, a series adaptation of Matthew Specktor’s novel about a talent agent and his troubled sons – two generations of Hollywood royalty — for Showtime. Dexter showrunner Scott Buck will supervise the pilot script, which Specktor is writing. Hall …
Showtime today finally confirmed that its flagship drama Dexter will end its run with its upcoming eighth season. “When it debuted in 2006, Dexter redefined the genre, by taking the anti-hero to new heights and pushing the boundaries of the television landscape,” said Showtime Networks chairman and CEO Matthew C. Blank. “Dexter paved the way for the next generation of award-winning hit Showtime series, and its cultural impact will be felt for years to come.” In addition to breaking ratings records, something the veteran series continued to do even in its most recent seventh season, Dexter has been a great launching pad for Showtime. It helped establish Homeland as a hit, serving as a lead-in for the terrorism drama’s first two seasons. And now Dexter is tasked again to launch a new series with its final season, which will lead into new drama Ray Donovan. It premieres June 30 at 9 PM. The end game of Dexter was mapped out two years ago when Showtime closed a two-year deal with series star Michael C. Hall after difficult negotiations and gave the drama a two-season renewal to wrap its story. Showtime brass never publicly confirmed the plan so it could be announced closer to the final-season premiere for bigger impact, though CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves let the “secret” slip last month when he talked about “Dexter‘s last season starting in June” at an investor conference. …
The upcoming seventh season of Dexter sees the Miami serial killer busted by his own sister, Comic-Con fans learned today. A brief look (see below) at the opening minutes of the upcoming Showtime series’ next-to-last season showed Dexter Morgan caught by his homicide detective foster sibling Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) as he cuts up the series’ Travis character. After trying to talk his way out of the situation, the forensic analyst finally seems to lose his cool when Debra goes to call in the incident. That’s when the screen went black and the crowd went wild. Otherwise, despite a lengthy Q&A from adoring fans, cast members Michael C. Hall, Carpenter, and executive producer Scott Buck kept pretty quiet about what the new season will bring. What was not quiet was that Yvonne Strahovski, the former Chuck co-star, would be joining the show this year as Hanna. Described by the actress, who was also on the panel, as “a woman of mystery who meets Dexter and helps him with an old murder investigation,” the Hanna character seemed to be a pivotal figure in the season. “I can’t say more, there are lots of things I’m not allowed to say or I’ll get in trouble,” said Strahovski. She did say that while she had …
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen, Dane Dehaan and Jack Huston also star in addition to Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The thriller Kill Your Darlings is from Killer Films and Benaroya Pictures. Principal photography is to begin March 19 at New York City’s Columbia University. John Krokidas directs a script he wrote with Austin Bunn. The story of friendship and murder sees Radcliffe continuing to distance himself from his Harry Potter persona, here playing Allen Ginsberg. Huston is Jack Kerouac and Foster is William Burroughs. Hall will play Burrough’s longtime friend who fell victim to a murder that helped spark the Beat Revolution in 1944. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon is producing with Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Rose Ganguzza of Rose Pictures. Killer’s Pamela Koffer is executive producer. Inferno Entertainment is selling international rights here in Berlin. UTA Independent Film Group and Cassian Elwes are repping US rights. Hall is represented by WME and Authentic’s Jon Rubenstein, Sedgwick is represented by UTA and manager Jill Littman at Impression Entertainment, Leigh is represented by Untitled Entertainment and UTA, Foster is represented by WME and manager Ken Jacobson.
Variance Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to The Trouble With Bliss, the Michael Knowles-directed film that stars Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi, and Chris Messina. The film will get a theatrical release on March 23, 2012, per Variance founder Dylan Marchetti. Hall plays 35-year-old Morris Bliss, who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Liu), Morris realizes that even though his life is unraveling, it’s also opening up in ways that are long overdue.
“The Trouble With Bliss absolutely charmed me,” said Marchetti. “The characters aren’t phony, the lessons learned aren’t clichéd, and any chance to see a cast like this work together is worth it in my book.” Knowles wrote the script with Douglas Light, based on Light’s novel East Fifth Bliss. The film was acquired after it played the Newport Beach Film Festival. It was produced by John Ramos and John Will.
After lengthy negotiations, Showtime has closed a new two-year deal with Dexter star Michael C. Hall. With him locked in, the pay cable network has renewed its flagship series for 2 more seasons, bringing the its run to 8 seasons. Each season will consist of 12 episodes, with production on Season 7 slated to begin next year in Los Angeles. “Dexter‘s enormous success is a real tribute to the great achievements of its cast, producers, and the powerhouse performance of Michael C. Hall,” Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said. “The series is bigger than it’s ever been in its sixth season, both in terms of audience and its impact on the cultural landscape.” This past week, Dexter inched up again in the ratings for a fifth consecutive week, delivering 1.99 million viewers (2.61 million for the night), the show’s largest audience since the sixth season premiere. Season-to-date, the dark drama averages 5.12 million viewers per week on all platforms. “On behalf of the entire Dexter family, we relish the invitation to delve ever deeper into Dexter’s world,” said Hall, who is executive producing the show with John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck and Manny Coto. The deal with Hall comes after some tense moments last month …
EXCLUSIVE: Showtime’s flagship drama Dexter opened its sixth season on Sunday with a stellar 2.2 million viewers, up 24% from last year to mark the hit series’ highest-rated premiere ever and Showtime’s best original series opener in at least 14 years. But the prospects of the hit drama going to a seventh season are now uncertain as negotiations between Dexter star Michael C. Hall and Showtime have broken down. I hear that the two sides reached an impasse yesterday, the same day Dexter‘s big Season 6 premiere ratings came out. Hall’s contract for Dexter is up after the current sixth season, which is about to wrap production. He has been negotiating with Showtime for a while, but I hear talks broke down after the two sides couldn’t bridge a $4 million gap in proposed salary for a new deal, with Showtime offering $20 million for two more seasons and Hall’s team asking for $24 million. Either figure would make Hall one of the highest-paid actors in cable.
EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Dexter star Michael C. Hall is negotiating to play the lead in Big Fish on Broadway next year. Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, who produced the Tim Burton-directed film, are producing the musical stage adaptation. Susan Stroman (The Scottsboro Boys) is directing and Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) wrote the music. John August wrote the book for the musical, based on his movie script from the novel by Daniel Wallace. It is expected to be quite the stage event. The part was originally written for Hugh Jackman, but his movie schedule got in the way and the producers turned to Hall. Before he became TV’s best-known serial killer by merit of the Showtime series, Hall performed in numerous musicals that include Cabaret and Chicago, so he’s certainly got the chops to play Edward Bloom, the man who filled his son’s head with so many unbelievable adventures that occurred during the course of his life. Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney played that role in the movie.
Red Hill Entertainment, a group led by former University of Alabama football star Jay Barker and Alabama businessmen Christopher E. Norris and John Brooks Klingenbeck, have formed an alliance with Hollywood Studios International. Red Hill’s initial commitment will be to co-finance and produce four films that include Masterwork, the Jon Amiel-directed film that’s being produced by Paul Schiff, and the Jorge Olguin-directed The Elementals. HSI’s management company, Artist International, reps Olguin, and HSI’s production credits include The Kids Are All Right and Love, Scotch and Death, a film that’ll star Dexter’s Michael C. Hall and Vera Farmiga. In a statement, Barker said the alliance will enable Red Hill “to build our brand as an entertainment company focused on financing motion pictures, management of writers, directors, actors and professional athletes, and Hollywood and college sports-related radio programming. We believe our access to capital can assist HSI’s management division through acquisitions, strategic hires, and organic growth.”
‘Dexter’ Creator James Manos Jr. To Direct Michael C. Hall And Vera Farmiga In ‘Love, Scotch And Death’
EXCLUSIVE: Dexter creator James Manos Jr and Michael C. Hall will collaborate on the big screen after Hall wraps the sixth season as the strangely likable serial killer title character hatched in the Jeff Lindsay novel series. They will team on the independent feature Love, Scotch and Death, with Hall playing a character based on Manos, during a most stressful week filled with unimaginable mishaps. Vera Farmiga will star with Hall. Manos will make his feature directing debut, with shooting to begin in November.
When Manos first wrote the script, he called it The Slow And Complete Decompensation of Jim Manos. It covers a rather bizarre week in the man’s life. After returning from a stressful vacation, he discovers his parents have died of natural causes together in bed, which forces him to navigate his way past an unsympathetic funeral director, his bewildered children and manic wife, an eccentric priest and some over-sexed neighbors. There is also an arrest for assault and the death of his wife’s beloved dog.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer John Palermo’s Palermo Pictures banner is eyeing a summer start for The Dead Circus, a drama that builds a fictitious storyline into the actual mysterious death of I Fought The Law singer Bobby Fuller. James Marsden, Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon [UPDATE: Shannon's reps said scheduling has knocked him out of the role], Dexter star Michael C. Hall and Oscar winner Melissa Leo are attached. The script is by Adam Davenport and John Kaye, based on Kaye’s novel. Davenport will make his directing debut on the film.
Fuller’s song became a hit in 1966, but a week after, the 23-year-old singer was found dead. It was ruled a suicide even though his body was battered, with gasoline poured down his throat. In the drama, a grieving screenwriter (still to be cast) plunges into a crusade to solve the mystery of Fuller’s death. Leo will play a Manson Family matriarch who comes out of hiding five years after the murder to reveal to the writer that the answer to his questions might be found in 16 mm snuff films buried in Death Valley. Marsden, who stars this weekend in Hop, will play Charles Manson. Hall will play a corrupt, wheelchair-bound manager of the dead musician. Palermo, who split with longtime Seed Productions partner Hugh Jackman, is solidifying the financing …
Craig Bankey has left WKT Public Relations to form his own company repping actors and filmmakers. He made the move last Friday, and said he is bringing with him clients that include Muhammad Ali, Matthew Goode, Michael C. Hall, Djimon Hounsou, Daniel Dae Kim, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe and Sendhil Ramamurthy. Bankey hasn’t named his company yet but will soon.
No surprise here: Showtime this morning formally picked up its flagship series Dexter for a sixth season. There had been doubt whether the drama starring Michael C. Hall would be able to match the performance of its highly-rated Season 4 featuring John Lithgow, but Season 5, which wraps next week, has done very well, recently posting the show’s second-highest rated episode ever behind the Season 4 finale. Here is the announcement:
LOS ANGELES, CA — (December 6, 2010) — As season five of SHOWTIME’s top-rated drama series DEXTER, starring Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe award-winning actor Michael C. Hall, heads toward another powerful, suspense-filled finale on Sunday, December 12th at 9 PM ET/PT, the network has renewed the series for a sixth season. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. Season 6’s episodes will go into production next spring in Los Angeles.
EXCLUSIVE: IFC Films has made yet another significant acquisition of a Toronto International Film Festival film, paying a low seven-figure minimum guarantee for domestic distribution rights on Peep World, the Barry W. Blaustein-directed film that stars Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Ben Schwartz, Judy Greer, Kate Mara, Taraji Henson, Lesley Ann Warren and Ron Rifkin. The deal was made by CAA, which repped Peep World producers Occupant Films. Occupant principals Joe Neurauter, Felipe Marino and Keith Calder produced the picture.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Drama Series Actor race:
BRYAN CRANSTON, BREAKING BAD
Why He Got Nominated: He’s won two years running, and the TV Academy isn’t in the habit of failing to nominate guys who won the year before (except in rare instances). Plus, if anything, Cranston just enjoyed his best season onscreen.
Why He Has To Win: The episode Cranston submitted to voters, “Full Measure”, was the season-ending cliffhanger that shows his character continuing a mindbending personality transformation. Voters like it that kind of risk, particularly when the judges are teams of acting contemporaries. Believes one of those voters: “This man isn’t merely acting. He’s creating art.” Also his performance is fresh in voters minds, since the show’s season finished in June.
Why He Can’t Possibly Win: The AMC show’s ratings are still comparatively miniscule, which could hurt Cranston’s bid to three-peat. There’s also tough competition from Jon Hamm and Michael C. Hall for their own breakthrough seasons.
JON HAMM, MAD MEN
Why He Got Nominated: No one in the Industry can overlook AMC’s Mad Men or Jon Hamm come Emmy-time. Plus, the actor has shown his range with guest appearances on 30 Rock and SNL. Now more than ever, the TV Academy knows he’s the real deal.
Why He Has To Win: After two earlier years as the heavy favorite, he’s not this year. That means a win would be unexpected, which is the TV Academy’s way of showing he was overdue. Plus, Hamm’s submitted episode “The Gypsy and the Hobo” is a whopper …
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s Emmy coverage.
I’ve just learned that the TV Academy has 6 names on its list of ineligible producers for Emmy-nominated programs. (Not 7: one producer was bumped from two shows.) See my previous, EMMYS: Waiting For That Producer List… and EMMYS: Producer Credits Still Controversial.
Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall was disqualified from participation for a 2nd consecutive year for his Showtime hourlong’s Outstanding Drama Series nomination, but naturally his nomination for lead actor in a drama is unaffected. By contrast, CSI star William Petersen was included as part of the CBS series production team in 2002, 2003, and 2004 when the mothership hourlong was nominated for top drama. But Hall hasn’t been able to pull a similar trick.
Only one other producer in a non-executive position was ruled ineligible: Michael Novick, who brought the original script for Fox’s Glee to the attention of showrunner Ryan Murphy. Novick’s contributions to the show’s ongoing production were viewed as insufficient to qualify him as part of the show’s production team.
The other four are: Ian Jones and Alison Rayson for the PBS Masterpiece Contemporary entry Endgame; Susan Werbe for the History Channel project Moonshot; and Rebecca Eaton, named for both Endgame and the Masterpiece Classic two-parter Return to Cranford.
Some 223 producers passed muster.
After the controversy that erupted in past years, not a single writer-producer is on the bumped list this time, …