Hot Trailer: Michael C. Hall In ‘Cold In July’

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 2:43pm PDT

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. … Read More »

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Sam Shepard To Co-Star In Netflix Drama Series From ‘Damages’ Creators

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sam Shepard (August: Osage County) samshepardhas joined the cast of Netflix‘s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (KZK), the 13-episode series centers … Read More »

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Sundance: IFC Acquiring Jim Mickle-Directed ‘Cold In July’

Mike Fleming

coldjulyUPDATE: IFC has confirmed Deadline’s scoop on this deal. Release appears below the original break.

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. … Read More »

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‘Klondike’ Delivers Discovery’s Biggest Monday Ever With 3.4 Million Viewers

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 12:54pm PST

KlondikeDiscovery Channel‘s first-ever miniseries Klondike clocked 3.4 million viewers Monday — the network’s largest ever Monday primetime audience. It also delivered the network’s most-watched Monday among men 18+ and the highest-rated Monday in more than a decade in the 25-54 demo. Featuring a cast including Richard Madden, Abbie Cornish, Tim Roth and Sam Shepard, Part 1 of Klondike repeats tonight at 7 PM, followed by the premiere of Part 2 at 9. The third and final installment of the miniseries premieres tomorrow at 9 PM. Read More »

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TCA: “I Was Out Of Work” Sam Shepard Says Of Taking ‘Klondike’ Role

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 11:04am PST

TCADeadline__140109155905“It’s another piece of American madness,” Sam Shepard said today of Discovery‘s first scripted project, Klondike.  “You know, another chunk of insanity that we carry around with us, regardless of whether it’s involved in technology or involved in trapping beavers.” 2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 1In December, Discovery announced its miniseries about the Klondike Gold Rush of 1895, co-produced by Scott Free Television, eOne and Nomadic Pictures and based on Canadian journalist Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich In The Klondike. The script, written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, tells the story of six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small frontier town in the remote Klondike. Chris Cooper, cast in February as Father Judge — who has come to Klondike to atone for his violent past on a mission to save souls — exited in March after suffering a minor heart attack.  Shepard replaced him.

discoverychannel1__130822172412-275x132One TV critic wanted to know if Scheuring was intimidated writing for actor-playwright Shepard.  “I wrote it before I knew he was going to be Judge – it’s easy to write in a vacuum.” he responded. That said, Shepard “was willing to collaborate; he had his thoughts,” he continued, adding quickly, “It’s obviously an honor – he’s Sam Shepard!” Shepard didn’t think much of a question about the difference between wearing the “writer hat” and the “actor hat.”  “Hats look exactly the same. There’s no difference between The Writing Hat and The Acting Hat,” he said dismissively.

A question about his “motivation” for taking on this role, and whether his motivation for accepting roles has changed over his long career, didn’t play too well either. “Yeah. I was out of work…the landlord was going to kick me out,” he responded. Read More »

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Sam Shepard To Star In Discovery Channel’s ‘Klondike’ Miniseries

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 8:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sam Shepard has joined the cast of Discovery Channel’s miniseries Klondike, which marks the channel’s first scripted project. Shepard replaces Chris Cooper, who pulled out last week to attend to … Read More »

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Relativity Sets Cast For ‘Out Of The Furnace’

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 3:08pm PDT

Relativity Media has firmed up casting for Out Of The Furnace with Sam Shepard joining Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana as the production directed by Scott Cooper gets under way later this month. Cooper also wrote the script based on an initial version by Brad Inglesby titled The Read More »

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Jeff Nichols Adds Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson to ‘Mud’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Director Jeff Nichols has added his Take Shelter star Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Joe Don Baker and Paul Sparks to Mud, the drama that stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tye Sheridan. Production began today … Read More »

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Sam Shepard Western ‘Blackthorn’ Acquired By Magnolia

By | Thursday April 28, 2011 @ 12:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Blackthorn, a Western about the final days of Butch Cassidy. Pic stars Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea, Eduardo Noriega and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau. Mateo Gil directed it from script by Miguel Barros. Ibon Cormenzana and Andres Santana produced. Pic premiered last week in downtown … Read More »

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Vera Farmiga Joins Thriller ‘Safe House’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Vera Farmiga to star with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House, the Daniel Espinosa-directed drama. Production is already under way, with Reynolds playing a young agent assigned to escort a dangerous criminal to … Read More »

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Butch Cassidy Sequel Finds UK Investor

By | Thursday October 14, 2010 @ 1:24am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Quickfire is co-financing Blackthorn, a Spanish film which imagines what happened to Butch Cassidy after the notorious 1908 shootout at the climax of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Sam Shepard plays Cassidy.  In … Read More »

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Epix Axes Nashville Drama ‘Tough Trade’ But Says It Will Stay In The Series Business

By | Tuesday October 5, 2010 @ 7:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Is Epix ready to commit to a scripted series order? That is what creative types have been pondering in the past few days, following the demise of the fledging premium cable channel/broadband service’s first scripted pilot Tough Trade. It was groomed to be Epix’s first original scripted series. But 20 months after originally greenlighting it, Epix, a partnership of Lionsgate, Viacom and MGM, has pulled the plug on the project. The show, created by Chris Offutt and produced by Lionsgate TV, revolved around three generations of a Nashvile music dynasty and starred Sam Shepard, Trace Adkins, Cary Elwes, Lucas Black and Joey Lauren Adams. The project, which was once set up at TNT, also boasted big names behind the camera: Weeds creator Jenji Kohan was executive producer/showrunner, Gavin Hood directed the pilot, T-Bone Burnett served as executive musical producer, and Sean and Bryan Furst also executive produced. Read More »

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