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Michael Rosenbaum To Star In TV Land Pilot ‘Impastor’, Lifting Contingency

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Michael Rosenbaum To Star In TV Land Pilot ‘Impastor’, Lifting ContingencyTV Land‘s single-camera pilot Impastor is a go for production with the casting of Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum as the title character. Originally picked up as cast-contingent, Impastor, from veteran comedy writer Christopher Vane, centers on a lowlife on the run from his debts (Rosenbaum) who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he’s their newly hired gay pastor. Vane wrote the script and is executive producing alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum as well as Rosenbaum. They are joined by comedy veteran Robert Greenberg, who also will executive produce and direct the pilot. Rosenbaum, repped by APA and Untitled, previously took a comedic turn on the Fox single-camera series Breaking In and co-starred on the NBC half-hour pilot Mission Control this past season.

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Screen Media Goes ‘Back In The Day’ With Michael Rosenbaum

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 2:58pm PDT

Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) wrote, directed, and stars in the raunchy high school reunion comedy Back In The Day, which Screen Media Films scooped up and will release to theaters and on VOD. Morena Baccarin, Nick Swardson, Harland Williams, Sarah Colonna, and Isaiah Mustafa co-star in Rosenbaum’s helming debut, which follows Jim Owens (Rosenbaum) as he hits his high school reunion and wrangles his now-married friends together to relive their glory days, landing him in hot water with his pals and their wives. Rosenbaum shot the pic in Newburgh and Evansville, Indiana, where he grew up. Kim Waltrip produced for Kim and Jim Productions alongside Rose and Bomb Production. Screen Media has set an ultra VOD date of January 7, 2014 followed by a February 7, 2014 theatrical debut. Screen Media’s Suzanne Blech and Seth Needle negotiated the deal with Will Lowery repping the filmmakers. Rosenbaum is repped by APA, Untitled and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.

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Michael Rosenbaum To Direct ‘Old Days’ With Morena Baccarin

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 4:30pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: Old Days marks Michael Rosenbaum’s (Smallville) feature directorial debut after recently completing first short, Fade Into You, a horror-thriller currently in post-production. Rosenbaum wrote and will direct and star in the new project. Morena Baccarin, who currently appears on the series Homeland will also star in the film which is slated to shoot beginning March 5th with co-stars Sarah Colonna, Harland Williams, Jay Ferguson and Kris Palohu. The film follows Jim Owens (Rosenbaum), a discouraged actor who returns home to Indiana for his 15th high school reunion. There he gets into mischief with his friends and falls for his high school sweetheart (Baccarin). Rosenbaum is producing under the Rose & Bomb Productions banner with Kim Waltrip, whose film Outrun starring Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard, Kristin Chenoweth is scheduled for release on August 24th. Rosenbaum is repped by APA and Untitled.

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Open Road Acquires Ensemble Comedy ‘Outrun’

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 18, 2011 – Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the romantic action comedy Outrun — starring, written and co-directed by comic talent Dax Shepard (NBC’s “Parenthood”) with an all-star ensemble cast including Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Joy Bryant, and Ryan Hansen. David Palmer co-directed with Shepard. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.

Outrun is the story of Charlie Bronson (Shepard), a former getaway driver who busts out of the Witness Protection Program to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles so she can land her dream job. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds (led by Tom Arnold), and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former gang of criminals (led by Bradley Cooper) enter the fray.

Outrun was produced by Andrew Panay with Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey. Exclusive Media Group acquired the international rights.

“Dax Shepard is one of the most exciting comedic talents working today,” stated Ortenberg. “He has assembled a brilliantly talented cast in a wildly fun and funny movie. We are thrilled to be in business with him, as well as producer Andrew Panay, and look forward to bringing Outrun to audiences around the country.”

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TV Teaser: CW’s ‘Smallville’

By | Friday April 22, 2011 @ 11:19am PDT

Our colleagues over at TVLine have nabbed exclusive video of Michael Rosenbaum reprising his juicy role as Clark Kent’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor on the CW’s Smallville, which airs the first of its final four episodes tonight at 8. The series is ending its 10-year run, and Rosenbaum’s re-emergence came together late and fast, with less than a week elapsing between his agreeing to return and the actual day of production. “I really didn’t want the day to end,” Rosenbaum said of his whirlwind, marathon shoot. “Once you’re there, you always want more. Like, ‘Oh c’mon, this is fun. Write something else!’ ”

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Michael Rosenbaum To Pen Project For Fox

By | Monday March 28, 2011 @ 4:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Actor Michael Rosenbaum, who recurs on Fox’s upcoming comedy series Breaking In, is expanding his relationship with the network. The former Smallville star, who has been  pursuing writing for the past couple of years, has received a blind script commitment from the network in a joint deal with 20th Century Fox TV. A year ago, Rosenbaum set up single-camera comedy Saved by Zeroes at Syfy. The project, from  Sony and Happy Madison, the companies behind Breaking In, was  created by and written by Rosenbaum, who was also attached to star. Based on his personal experiences, it revolved around two friends (Rosenbaum, Jonathan Silverman), former actors on a science fiction show. Rosenbaum next reprises his breakout role as Lex Luthor in the series finale of Smallville in May.

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Lex Returns: Michael Rosenbaum To Come Back For ‘Smallville’ Series Finale

By | Friday February 11, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Deadline/TVLine EXCLUSIVE: Fans’ prayers have been answered – Clark Kent and Lex Luthor will meet again on Smallville. After months of speculation, Michael Rosenbaum just closed a deal to return to the CW series for the May 13 finale, reprising his role as Lex Luthor. Rosenbaum, who left Smallville in 2008 to focus on his writing career, had been courted for awhile to return for the closer. Talks heated up over the past week, leading to the deal which was signed tonight.

“It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited about having Michael back,” Smallville executive producers/showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson said. “And as far as the way he returns … there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”

Rosenbaum said he was “delighted” to return for the series finale. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is,” he said. “I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again….. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”

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TCA: Dawn Ostroff Says “Days Of Waking Up And Looking At Overnight Ratings Gone”

By | Thursday July 29, 2010 @ 3:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff touted the network’s online sales initiative introduced at this year’s upfront market where the CW sold both airings of its shows on TV as well as online streaming with full commercial load. “We’re no longer looking at digital pennies, we have achieved digital dollars,” Ostroff said. The new initiative accounts for young viewers who watch shows online, something traditional ratings don’t reflect, she said. ”The days of waking up and looking at the overnight ratings are gone, especially for the younger demographic,” she said.

Ostroff  is now the longest-running sitting broadcast entertainment president, having been in the job for 9 years (at CW and predecessor UPN). She was asked about Steve McPherson’s recent departure from ABC. ”I wish him all the best,” she said. “I always say these jobs are rented chairs. I’ve been sitting here for 9 years, having seen a lot of people come and go. Unfortunately for us, it’s not that unusual.” Read More »

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