The constellation of stars signing on for the late-summer revival of You Can’t Take It With You starring James Earl Jones just expanded by two: Rose Byrne (Neighbors, Damages), in her Broadway debut, and Annaleigh Ashford (Masters Of Sex, Broadway’s Kinky Boots) will appear, along with Kristine Nielsen (Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike).
The cast will also include stage veteran Mark Linn-Baker (also Perfect Strangers), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy), Patrick Kerr (Stage Kiss) and Reg Rogers (Holiday). The director is Scott Ellis. Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges Of Madison County, the upcoming Honeymoon In Vegas) is writing incidental music for George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 comedy about the extended, eccentric Sycamore family and what happens when a daughter brings her uptight fiancé and his up tighter parent to dinner.
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The latest trailer for the comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne has dropped. Nick Stoller directs Neighbors (formerly known as Townies), about a couple forced to live next to a fraternity house after their baby is born. Efron plays the leader of the frat bros they face off against in a war for the neighborhood. The pic marks his second 2014 comedy following January’s That Awkward Moment after a recent run of indie dramas (The Paperboy, At Any Price, Parkland). Universal will release the pic May 9. Check out the trailer:
The romantic comedy stars Jason Sudeikis and Rose Byrne is set to begin production in October in Vancouver. Sean Mewshaw is directing Desi Van Til’s original screenplay and Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Blythe Danner, Michael McKean and Beau Bridges co-star. Kristin Hahn of Indigo Films and Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand of Bron Studios are producing Tumbledown, which follows a young widow (Byrne) who falls for a brash New York writer (Sudeikis) who barrels into her rural Maine town to investigate the death of her husband, a folk-music hero. CAA packaged the project on Tumbledown and will rep North American rights. Read More »
The annual courtship known as chasing name actors for network pilots is in full force. So far, Rose Byrne, Jason Isaacs, Felicity Huffman, Kyle Chandler and Kevin Kline have proven hard to get, raking up a slew of offers each, though most are zeroing in on pilots and appear ready to commit. They would join other sought after names, including James Wolk, Ellie Kemper, David Walton, Allison Janney, Josh Holloway and Terry Crews, who settled on pilots after fielding multiple offers. Still in play after saying “no” to at least one pilot each are Jessica Alba, John Cusack, Jason Ritter, House star Hugh Laurie, former CSI leading man William Petersen, Law & Order: SVU alum Chris Meloni, Justin Long, Deadwood‘s Ian McShane, Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell, Minnie Driver, Amanda Peet and Mike O’Malley.
Several actors from shows that have been cancelled this season are also the object of pilot casting directors’ affection. That includes The Office‘s John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, Private Practice‘s Kate Walsh and KaDee Strickland, Don’t Trust The B—‘s Krysten Ritter, Last Resort’s Andre Braugher, Animal Practice‘s Justin Kirk, The Goodwin Games‘ Becki Newton and Ben & Kate‘s Echo Kellum, who already booked two pilots, one as a regular (NBC’s Happiness) and one as a guest star (NBC’s The Gates). … Read More »