Lifetime has given the green light to Beautiful And Twisted, a TV movie starring and executive produced by Rob Lowe. Set in Miami against a backdrop of money, hotels and excess, Beautiful And Twisted is based on the true story of Ben Novack Jr (Lowe), millionaire heir to the Fountainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune, whose brutal murder shook the city’s elite to the core. In the aftermath of the killing, police untangle the sex, lies and payback behind Ben’s marriage to his wife and former stripper Narcy (Paz Vega), who they identify as the prime suspect in a killing that rivals history’s most chilling cases. Candice Bergen also stars as Ben’s mother, Bernice Novak.
Sony Pictures TV is producing. Teena Booth, Inon Shampanier, Natalie Shampanier and Stephen Kay will pen the script. Judith Verno also exec produces with Lowe.
EXCLUSIVE:Rob Lowe is the latest cast member to join Paramount Animation’s hybrid pic Monster Trucks, which already has set Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, Holt McCallany, Thomas Lennon, and Barry Pepper. Plot details are being kept under wraps on the May 29, 2015, release, which will mark Lowe’s second straight summer in a studio movie after this July’s Sony comedy Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal. Lowe is a producer and star on NBC’s country club pilot The Pro and leads Comedy Central’s new animated series Moonbeam City, which debuts next year. He’s repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
EXCLUSIVE:National Geographic Channel wants to stay in business with Rob Lowe. After starring as President John F. Kennedy in last year’s Killing Kennedy and narrating The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us last spring, NGC has signed Lowe to narrate the sequel. The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? will premiere over three nights in July on NGC in the U.S., followed globally in 171 countries and on Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo “I’m excited to be back working with the team at National Geographic Channel, who continue to show their commitment to creating great, entertaining and thought-provoking television programming,” said Lowe. “No one has really examined the ’90s like this before, and I think viewers will be fascinated by the dramatic changes we’ve seen in even the small amount of time that’s passed since Y2K.” Read More »
UPDATE:NBC also gave a pilot order to single-camera comedy The Pro, starring and executive produced by Rob Lowe. Comedy veterans Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote write the script and serve as showrunners, with Todd Holland set to direct. The project, which had a production commitment, stems from a development deal NBC inked with Lowe in the summer when he was finalizing his upcoming exit from Parks And Recreation. It is co-produced by ABC Studios, which has a deal with Huyck and Gregory, and Universal TV, with ABC Studios taking lead. The Pro stars Lowe as former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm, whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. Huyck and Gregory are executive producing with Holland and Karey Burke through their Uni TV-based Dark Toy banner, and Brillstein Entertainment’s Marc Gurvitz. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has given a 10-episode order to animated comedy series Moonbeam City, an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s. Created and executive produced by Scott Gairdner (Conan), executive produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment’s Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz and produced by Rob Lowe, Moonbeam City features a voice cast led by Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte and Kate Mara. It follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak (Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Banks), won’t get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham (Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work. Gairdner and Olive Bridge developed the project, which falls outside of Olive Bridge’s deal with Sony TV, and took it to Lowe who came on board to star and produce. “I was hoping for 10,000 episodes, but 10 is a good start,” said Gairdner. Retorted Comedy Central’s president of original programming Kent Alterman, “Had Scott just asked, we would have given him a 10,000-episode order. Oh well, lesson learned for him.” Mark Brooks serves as supervising director, with animation by Titmouse. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Former West Wing star Rob Lowe has reunited with the acclaimed drama’s co-executive producer Kevin Falls for a new ABC drama project informed by Lowe’s years growing up in Malibu. Co-created by Lowe and Falls, The Point centers on a single mother and her two teenagers who move from Indiana to Malibu in the summer of 1976. The Byrd family must navigate the cross currents of colorful personalities, power land grabs, dead friends and lovers, cheating hearts, and seismic cultural changes that will transform Malibu from a quirky middle-class beach town to the iconic coastal destination of today’s rich and famous. As depicted in Lowe’s bestselling 2011 memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends, the actor grew up in Ohio before moving to Malibu’s Point Dume area with his mom and brother when he was a teenager. Falls will write the project for Sony Pictures TV where he is under an overall deal. He and Lowe executive produce. WME-repped Falls, who shared in three of West Wing‘s four best drama series Emmys, is the co-creator/executive producer of Sony TV’s TNT dramedy Franklin & Bash, which was recently renewed for a fourth season. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Departing Parks And Recreation co-star Rob Lowe is on track to return to NBC‘s primetime with another single-camera workplace comedy series. The network has given a production commitment to The Pro, starring and executive produced by Lowe. Comedy veterans Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory (The Larry Sanders Show, Frasier) will write the script and serve as showrunners, with Todd Holland set to direct. The project stems from a development deal NBC inked with Lowe in the summer when he was finalizing his upcoming exit from Parks And Recreation after the first 13 episodes of the current sixth season. It will be co-produced by ABC Studios, which has a deal with Huyck and Gregory, and Universal TV, with ABC Studios taking lead. The Pro stars Lowe as former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm, whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. WME-repped Huyck and Gregory are executive producing with Holland and Karey Burke through their Uni TV-based Dark Toy banner, and Brillstein Entertainment’s Marc Gurvitz. This marks the latest big commitment from an outside network for ABC Studios in its first season actively selling on the open marketplace. It has two put pilot commitments at CBS for comedies from Jonathan Groff and Lee Eisenberg, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Sony has signed Rob Lowe to join Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal in Sex Tape, the comedy that Jake Kasdan co-wrote and is directing. Segal and Diaz play a husband and wife who try to re-energize their marriage by making a personal sex tape which finds its way outside of their home. Lowe will play a mysterious, and highly strung CEO of a publicly traded Children’s Toy Company who inadvertently receives the couples tape, which they must attempt to steal back. Rob Corddry and Jack Black also star and Escape Artists’ Todd Black and Steve Tisch are producing. Lowe plays JFK in Killing Kennedy, the docudrama adaptation of the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard which airs November 10 on the National Geographic Channel. Here’s a look at Lowe in that role:
National Geographic Channel chose today — which would have been the diamond wedding anniversary of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy — to announce the premiere date for its JFK assassination movie. Anyone else creeped out by that? Anyway, Killing Kennedy, based on the book of same name by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, will premiere on Sunday, November 10. It’s timed to the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Killing Kennedy will be released globally in 171 countries, in 48 languages. NatGeo’s first original feature, Killing Lincoln,premiered in February to a crowd of 3.4 million, which made it the most-watched program in the network’s history. Killing Lincoln also was based on a book of same name also by O’Reilly and Dugard. (Watch an exclusive clip from Killing Kennedy after the jump.) Read More »
NBC‘s Parks & Recreation may have been renewed for 22 episodes, but two of its co-stars, Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones, are only staying for the first 13. Lowe and Jones are set to exit the off-beat comedy halfway through Parks & Recreation‘s upcoming sixth season. I hear NBC is looking to keep Lowe in the fold, finalizing a development deal with an actor for a potential new series. Meanwhile, Jones has been ramping up her producing career, setting her production company with Will McCormack at Warner Bros. TV and tapping Wonderland Sound and Vision’s Jeff Grosvenor to run it. Jones was the first actor to join Amy Poehler on Parks & Rec (then still perceived to be an Office spinoff). Lowe, who next stars in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy, joined as a guest star at the end of Season 2. Their characters share a storyline on the show — they’re having a baby. The duo’s departure was first reported by Buzzfeed. Season 6 of Parks & Recreation launches on September 26 with the daunting task of its hour-long premiere facing the hour-long season opener of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.
Rob Lowe, who stars as President John F. Kennedy in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy, says he’s not off-put by the fact that it’s based on a book by Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly. “I didn’t think about it all, because the book had come out and been so successful,” Lowe, who dabbled in politics, on the Dem side, in the past, said this morning at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013. Anyone working in show business today is looking to get a big on a project with “an advantage”, Lowe explained, and “the book’s a massive best-seller.” “Five million books in the last year”, NatGeo Channels president Howard Owens jumped in during the Q&A session. “And when you read the book it’s nothing if not very straightforward about the facts of the story,” Lowe said.
A TV critic wondered if the panel worried this project would be boycotted like efforts to boycottEnder’s Game, based on the book by controversial author and anti-gay advocate Orson Scott Card. Not sure why critics thought that was a possibility, given the big ratings NatGeo did not so long ago with O’Reilly’s other book, Killing Lincoln. Anyway, Killing Kennedy screenwriter Kelly Masterson said not, because while he has “a different political position” than does O’Reilly, he was “happy to learn I had an awful lot in common” with the Fox … Read More »
For some people, Rob Lowe will forever be associated with that group of young actors who emerged in the mid-1980s and remain known as the Brat Pack. But a more considered look at Lowe’s career reveals a steadily evolving performer, now 49—one who has grown from matinee idol to more mature leading man and, most recently, character actor. That last distinction finds its fullest expression thus far in Lowe’s commandingly creepy portrayal of Dr. Jack Startz, the pill-pushing plastic surgeon who handily holds his own opposite Michael Douglas’s Liberace and Matt Damon’s Scott Thorson in Steven Soderbergh’s cinematic swan song, Behind The Candelabra.
Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time) and Michelle Trachtenberg are set to star in National Geographic’s two-hour original factual drama Killing Kennedy, from Scott Free Prods. Based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard and a sequel to Nat Geo’s Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy begins in 1959 and follows the paths of Kennedy (Lowe) — a member of one of the United States’ most wealthy and powerful families — and his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald — a disillusioned former Marine and Marxist — until they collide in Dallas four years later. Goodwin will play former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, while Trachtenberg will play Oswald’s Russian wife Marina. Production on Killing Kennedy will begin in June in Richmond, Va., with Nelson McCormick directing from a script by Kelly Masterson, for a premiere later this year in the United States and globally in 171 countries, timed to the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination. This is the Nat Geo’s second collaboration with Lowe this year. In April, he narrated the network’s six-part miniseries The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us. JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy were recently played by Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes in the ReelzChannel mini The Kennedys.
New York, NY (August 9, 2012) – IFC Films announced today the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to director Bill Guttentag’s (SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION) political drama KNIFE FIGHT. Guttentag wrote the screenplay with political consultant Chris Lehane, who served as White House advisor to President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton andserved as Vice President Al Gore’s press secretary. The film stars Rob Lowe,Jaime Chung, Julie Bowen, Richard Schiff, Saffron Burrows, Jennifer Morrison, David Harbour, EricMcCormack, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Guerrino De Luca and Catherine and Daniel Davila produced the film, with Lowe and William Green executive producing. KNIFE FIGHT had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
If a political candidate is personally flawed, but stands to make a positive difference in millions of lives, would you help him win? That question looms over the life of “true believer” Paul Turner (Lowe), a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office in KNIFE FIGHT. With the help of a bright young assistant (Chung) and a seedy operative (Schiff), Turner spins every news cycle and a shrewd reporter (Bowen) on behalf of his clients: a philandering Kentucky governor (McCormack), a blackmailed California senator (Harbour), and an idealistic doctor turned gubernatorial candidate (Moss). When the ugly side of Turner’s work begins to haunt him, he learns that even in the bloodiest of battles, sometimes you have to fight clean.
Rob Lowe is in talks to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon in Behind The Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed film for HBO that stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his young limo driver and live-in lover Scott Thorson in a chronicle of their tempestuous hush-hush relationship. Dan Aykroyd and Debbie Reynolds are also starring and Jerry Weintraub is exec producer, with script by Richard LaGravanese.
Nicky Katt is also in talks to join the film, playing Mr. Y, a mysterious figure in the life of Liberace and Thorson. Katt starred in Soderbergh’s Full Frontal and The Limey, as well as Boiler Room and Sin City.
The project originated as an indie feature, but seems a strong fit for HBO, where everybody will see it. Gregory Jacobs and Susan Ekins are producing.
Lowe most recently completed the indie political film Knife Fight, and is currently shooting a Lifetime film about the prosecution of Casey Anthony. He’s also made a Simon & Schuster to write a sequel to his memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends.
Rob Lowe has been cast as prosecutor Jeff Ashton in the Lifetime movie about last year’s Caylee Anthony murder trial. Based on Ashton’s best-selling book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, the story will unfold from the prosecutor’s perspective in the controversial case in which Caylee’s mother Casey was acquitted of murder despite what many believed was overwhelming evidence of guilt. The tentatively titled Prosecuting Casey Anthony will illustrate how Ashton built the case against Casey Anthony and why Ashton remains convinced of the mother’s guilt. Lowe previously starred in Lifetime’s Drew Peterson: Untouchable.
Drew Peterson might have found the Lifetime film about him “hysterical”, but the network had the last laugh. The Lifetime Original Movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable drew 5.8 million viewers in its premiere on Saturday to become the most watched movie on cable in two years — since Lifetime’s The Pregnancy Pact on January 23, 2010. It edged the January 2011 hit The Craiglist Killer (5.4 million) in total viewers, though it trailed behind in adults 25-54 (2.5 million vs. 2.7 million) and all key demos, ranking as the Lifetime’s highest-rated movie since then. Untouchable is based on a true story of veteran police officer Drew Peterson and stars Rob Lowe as the disgraced cop awaiting trial for the murder of his third wife following the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife (played by Kaley Cuoco). As for the real Peterson, in jail on $20 million bail, “he thought (the movie) was hysterical,” his lawyer Joel Brodsky told the AP. “He chuckled at all of the inaccuracies and things that never happened.” The attorney shared Peterson’s concern over the film’s affect on the potential jury pool, which will probably grow given Untouchable‘s large premiere audience. “Obviously (Peterson) is concerned people might be influenced by the movie’s inaccuracies,” Brodsky said. “But we agreed that anyone who thinks a Lifetime movie is factual shouldn’t be on a jury in the first place.” Ouch.
EXCLUSIVE: It escaped almost everybody’s notice that Colony Capital’s Tom Barrack and his buddy and business associate Rob Lowe attended the November 14th premiere of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. There appeared no reason for the pair to be there: they had no stake in the film, and they are not teenage girls. They did pose on the Red Carpet for a photo with Summit co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger (see right). And they did have a very good reason to be there, Deadline has learned. Because Santa Monica-based Colony Capital is exploring a deal in which Barrack would take a large equity stake in Summit Entertainment.
Until now, the only potential marriage partner poised for Summit has been Lionsgate, with the two companies engaged in a long and public flirtation to merge. We are told that Colony Capital is not proposing a merger. Instead, Summit would be a friendly takeover target, with the braintrust continuing to run the show, and Summit investors cashing out. There are two ways to proceed being mulled by Colony Capital right now. Barrack is a key owner of Miramax, and in one scenario, Barrack would meld the assets of Summit with a Miramax library. The other scenario has Colony Capital setting up a different company to take a large equity stake in Summit and leave it as a freestanding mini-studio. Barrack and Lowe (yes, Lowe is very much part of this and his … Read More »