Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Alan Partridge’ Bows To Social Media Pressure; John Woo Starts Work On Two-Part Epic Film; More

Social Media Campaign Nets ‘Alan Partridge’ Premiere For English Town
The people of Norwich, England, have won. After a Facebook and Twitter campaign to bring the premiere of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa to the town that’s the setting for the film, distributor StudioCanal and writer Armando Iannucci today announced it will indeed launch at Norwich’s Anglia Square on July 24. Steve Coogan plays the cult character whose fictional radio station, North Norfolk Digital, is located in Norwich. The movie will premiere at a lunchtime showing in Norwich before being screened later that evening in London’s Leicester Square. The official UK release is August 7. Click on the image at left to enlarge the note Iannucci tweeted from Partridge himself.

John Woo Begins Work On What Local Media Is Calling Chinese ‘Titanic’
Director John Woo has started production on his next helming effort, The Crossing. Beijing Galloping Horse is producing the war epic/disaster movie as a two-part feature. The film, set in 1940s Shanghai and Taiwan, revolves around three couples from different backgrounds whose lives are affected by the tide of history. It’s been dubbed by local media as the Chinese Titanic. The lead cast includes Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro (House Of Flying Daggers), Huang Xiao Ming (The Banquet), Tong Dawei (The Flowers Of War) and Japan’s Masami Nagasawa. Veteran director Woo, whose U.S. titles include M-I:2 Mission: Impossible 2 and Face/Off, last helmed 2009′s Red Cliff II.

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CW’s ‘Heavenly’ Finds Male Lead, NBC’s ‘The Crossing’ Taps Villain

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British actor Ben Aldridge has landed the male lead in the CW supernatural drama pilot Heavenly. The project, from CBS TV Studios and writer Richard Hatem, centers on Lily, a dedicated young female attorney, and a former angel, Dashiel Coffee … Read More »

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Martin Henderson, Sarah Paulson & Lauren Ambrose Tapped As The Leads Of 3 Pilots

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Three high-profile pilots just landed their leads: Martin Henderson will headline NBC’s drama The Crossing, Sarah Paulson will star in NBC’s Kari Lizer comedy and Lauren Ambrose will topline Fox’s drama Weekends at Bellevue.

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Rachelle Lefevre To Star In NBC’s ‘The Crossing’

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Twilight alumna Rachelle Lefevre has been tapped as the female lead in the NBC drama pilot The Crossing. Written by Josh Brand, it is set in a Missouri town during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era and centers on Jason, a … Read More »

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Two More Actors Join Broadcast Pilots

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TJ Miller is the first actor cast in Tucker Cawley’s comedy pilot for CBS The Assistants, a young ensemble about four assistants who work for a celebrity couple. WME-repped Miller will play one of them, who at night he plays drums for a struggling band. Read More »

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NBC Picks Up Period Western Drama Pilot, Gives Formal Green Light To ‘Prime Suspect’

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