PILOT SEASON: Which Actors Are Getting The Early Offers

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Pilot-Season-300x147We’re in the midst of the annual ritual of broadcast casting executives chasing their tails, also known as casting the leads of dozens of network pilots at the same time. As usual, many pilots go after the same names, resulting in … Read More »

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Tea Leoni To Play U.S. Secretary Of State In CBS Drama Pilot ‘Madam Secretary’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 3:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tea Leoni Secretary Of State CBS PilotThis is a big casting coup right off the bat this pilot casting season. CBS has set Tea Leoni as the lead in drama pilot Madam Secretary, from Joan Of Arcadia creator … Read More »

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Acting Teacher Larry Moss Makes Feature Directing Debut With Chekhov Adaptation

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Larry Moss has set Helen Hunt, David Duchovny, Maggie Grace, Joan Chen and John Robinson to star in Relative Insanity, a contemporary Hampons-set adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Pier 3 Pictures’ Michael Din and Juri Henley-Cohn wrote the … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Tower Heist’

Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures has released a trailer for the Brett Ratner-directed Tower Heist, a comedy that stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda and Tea Leoni. Alda plays a Bernie Madoff-like financier whose ponzi scheme wipes out the pensions of the staff of a luxury high rise … Read More »

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‘September Issue’ Helmer Moves To ‘Maynard & Jennica’

Mike Fleming

RJ Cutler, director of the Anna Wintour documentary The September Issue, has optioned the rights to Rudolph Delson’s 2007 novel Maynard & Jennica, which he will adapt to direct as a feature. Maynard & Jennica is romantic comedy about a Gotham-based … Read More »

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Hope Davis To Star In HBO’s Comedy Pilot ‘Spring/Fall’, Jake Kasdan To Direct

By | Wednesday April 6, 2011 @ 4:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hope Davis is set to star opposite Tea Leoni in HBO’s half-hour comedy pilot Spring/Fall. Jake Kasdan has come on board to direct the project, which is set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world and centers on the dysfunctional partnership between Margo (Leoni) and Eden (Davis), two women with different approaches to career, family and friendship. Margo is a successful designer and a happily married mother of 5-year-old twins working for famous fashion designer Victor Cross. When he commits suicide, Margo takes over his line and quickly realizes she’s in over her head, so she reaches out to her estranged former best friend and collaborator Eden, a onetime famous fashion designer herself, and convinces her to come work for her. Read More »

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HBO Greenlights Comedy Pilot ‘Spring/Fall’ Starring Tea Leoni

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 6:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has given the green light to Spring/Fall, a half-hour comedy pilot staring Tea Leoni. The project is set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world and stars Leoni as half of a dysfunctional partnership … Read More »

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Matthew Broderick Joins ‘Tower Heist’

Mike Fleming

One of the benefits of shooting a movie in Manhattan is getting access to the town’s stage talent. Matthew Broderick has been set by director Brett Ratner to join the cast of Tower Heist. He joins Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, … Read More »

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Tea Leoni Joins ‘Tower Heist’

Mike Fleming

Brett Ratner, who considers The Family Man one of his best films, has reunited with its star, Tea Leoni. She’ll join him for Tower Heist, the Universal Pictures/Imagine Entertainment action comedy. Leoni, a gifted comedienne, plays an FBI agent who … Read More »

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HBO Eyes Tea Leoni Fashion Comedy Pilot

By | Thursday October 14, 2010 @ 2:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO is looking to add more estrogen to its current slate of all-guy comedy series: Entourgage, Eastbound & Down, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bored to Death, Hung, The Life and Times of Tim and How to Make it America. A new comedy project staring and produced by Tea Leoni is in serious consideration for a pilot pickup at the pay cable network, whose biggest comedy hit was the female-centered Sex and the City. Like Sex and the City, the Tea Leoni comedy, tentatively titled Spring/Fall, also takes place in New York City. It is set against the backdrop of New York’s fashion world and stars Leoni as half of a dysfunctional partnership between two women with different approaches to career, family, and friendship. Kate Robin who was a writer/producer on HBO’s Six Feet Under, wrote the script. She and Leoni are executive producing Spring/Fall with documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler, who knows a thing or two about fashion having directed The September Issue documentary last year. Read More »

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