Paul Feig Taps Offshore Talent For Melissa McCarthy Spy Tale

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 11:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

nargisEXCLUSIVE: An international spy comedy needs some offshore talent, and director Paul Feig has found his for Spy, the comedy that stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Bobby Cannavale, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson and Miranda Hart. Feig has added Bollywood star Nargis Fakhri, British comic actor Peter Serafinowicz and Swedish comedian Bjorn Gustafsson. “There are so many actors worldwide that I’ve been dying to work with and Nargis, Peter and Bjorn have always been at the top of my list,” Feig said. “Peter and Bjorn are comic geniuses and Nargis is cool, funny and drop-dead gorgeous, which ironically are three adjectives that have been used to describe me. So, I feel a special kinship with her.”

Feig also added Verka Serduchka, the transgender Ukrainian pop star famous for coming in second place in the Eurovision song competition in 2007. She and her dancers are going to re-create that performance in this movie. Russian chief Vladimir Putin recently wouldn’t let them into Russia to perform because of their anti-gay laws, so maybe they’ll see the performance in the movie. Read More »

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Nat Faxon Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Spy’

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ben & Kate alum Nat Faxon has been tapped to guest star in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy. The story centers on Tim (Rob Corddry), a well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, Marcus … Read More »

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Jessica Szohr To Star In Fox’s ‘List’, Camille Guaty & Elizabeth Pena Join ABC Comedies

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Gossip Girl alumna Jessica Szohr has been cast as the female lead opposite Michael Peña in The List, Fox‘s drama pilot from Paul Zbyszewski, Ruben Fleischer and 20th TV. The project centers on the intense Deputy U.S. Marshal Soto (Peña) who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program start getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole “the list” – a file with the identities of every member of the program. Szohr, repped by ICM Partners, Mosaic and Dave Feldman, will play Special Agent Natalie Voss, a fearless FBI agent who detests dealing with the Witness Security Program but is intrigued by the quirky, twitchy Soto. The List reunites Szohr with Fleischer who recently produced the indie Two Night Stand, in which she co-starred. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Spy’, CW’s ‘Oxygen’ & Amazon’s Onion Pilots Add To Casts

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Actor-comedian Moshe Kasher has been cast opposite Rob Corddry and Mason Cook in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy, about Tim (Corddry), a well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Cook) who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Kasher, repped by 3 Arts and WME, will play Tim’s co-worker Chris. He is currently writing on The New Normal.

Malcolm In The Middle alum Chris Masterson co-stars opposite  Jeffery Tambor in Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot, The Onion Presents: The News, a fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network. Masterson plays rookie reporter Scott West, who joins the team full of hope and idealism but quickly learns from the demented ONN ensemble that the world of network news is more about selling soda and sunscreen and kidnapping cute white girls to get ratings, than uncovering actual news. Read More »

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‘Community’s Ken Jeong Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Spy’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

On the same day NBC’s Community posted a series low, its co-star Ken Jeong was cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy. The casting of course is in second position to Community, but ABC is clearly betting that … Read More »

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Paget Brewster Cast In ABC Pilot ‘Spy,’ Henry Thomas In ‘Betrayal’

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Criminal Minds alumna Paget Brewster will co-star opposite Rob Corddry and Mason Cook in Spy, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the UK series. Spy centers on Tim (Corddry), a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent … Read More »

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Mason Cook To Co-Star In ABC’s ‘Spy’ Pilot

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 8:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Mason Cook, who played  Eddie Munster in Bryan Fuller’s NBC pilot/special Mockingbird Lane, has been cast as the young lead opposite Rob Corddry in Spy, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the 2011 Sky … Read More »

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Rob Corddry To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Spy’

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 6:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rob Corddry has been tapped as the lead in Spy, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the 2011 Sky 1 comedy produced by Hat Trick Prods. Spy centers on Tim (Corddry), a well intentioned father of … Read More »

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Adaptation Of British Comedy ‘Spy’ Gets ABC Pilot Order

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 2:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hot British comedy format Spy is heading to ABC‘s primetime. The network has ordered a pilot for an adaptation of the 2011 Sky 1 comedy produced by Hat Trick Prods. The original series’ creator Simeon Goulden wrote the U.S. version, which had a put pilot commitment from ABC. ABC Studios and Hat Trick produce, with Goulden and Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams executive producing. Spy centers on a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, who also happens to be his complete opposite, who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Read More »

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ABC Nears Put Pilot Deal For U.S. Version of British Comedy ‘Spy’

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 11:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hot British comedy format Spy is crossing the pond. ABC is planning to develop an adaptation of the 2011 Sky 1 comedy produced by Hat Trick Prods. The original series’ creator Simeon Goulden is in … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’

Mike Fleming

There’s a new trailer up for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the Tomas Alfredson-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre espionage novel. The film stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciaran Hinds. Oldman unbelievably has managed to exist as one of the most consistently great … Read More »

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‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ Gets Release Date, But Was Not Dropped By Universal

Mike Fleming

Reports about Universal’s dating of the John Le Carre adaptation Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on November 18 have blown out of proportion about what occurred. Reports make it sound like the movie changed hands. It hasn’t, at all. Universal-owned Focus Features will put the picture out, something that was a … Read More »

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