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Tim Roth, ‘Grimm’s Bitsie Tulloch Join Michel Franco’s ‘Chronic’

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 11:16am PDT

Tim Roth, ‘Grimm’s Bitsie Tulloch Join Michel Franco’s ‘Chronic’EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated Tim Roth and Grimm star Bitsie Tulloch are set to star in Chronic, the English-language debut of After Lucia helmer Michel Franco. Chronic tracks a depressed nurse practitioner who assists terminally ill patients and tries to reconnect with the family he abandoned. Tulloch will play Lidia, whose father John will be played by Pulitzer-winning playwright Michael Cristofer. Prisoners‘ David Dastmalchian, recently cast in Marvel’s Ant-Man, s also in talks to join the film.

Roth and Franco go back a few years: The thesp served as president of the Cannes jury that awarded Mexican director Franco the top prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar for his teen bullying drama Despues De Lucia (After Lucia) in 2012.

Tulloch stars on NBC’s hit series Grimm appeared in the JFK drama Parkland. She recently wrapped crime thriller Dead Draw with Gil Bellows and is repped by ICM Partners and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Roth recently starred on Discovery’s Klondike miniseries, in Cannes opener Grace Of Monaco, and last month joined the cast of Paramount’s MLK pic Selma as Governor George Wallace. He’s repped by CAA, Markham Froggatt and Irwin, and Jackoway Tyerman.

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Tim Roth To Play Alabama Governor George Wallace In MLK Pic ‘Selma’

Mike Fleming

timroEXCLUSIVE: After playing Monaco’s Prince Rainer III in the Cannes opening-night film Grace Of Monaco, Tim Roth will play another period figure in a major feature. He’s signing on to the cast of Selma, and he will be playing George Wallace, the Alabama governor who favored segregation and whose bullying tactics galvanized Martin Luther King Jr and the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. The Ava DuVernay-directed film for Paramount is shaping up with a strong cast that includes David Oyelowo as Dr. King and Tom Wilkinson is President Lyndon Johnson. Wallace turned out to be a key player in the proceedings, though it wallacehardly ended up like he hoped it would. He vowed to stop the march, and when the first wave of protesters turned up, they were brutally beaten by Wallace’s Alabama State Troopers. This created national outrage, and protesters white and black began arriving from all over the country. The continued violence led LBJ to say that this was not a black problem or a white problem but an American problem, and it prompted the president to push for the Voting Rights Act, which guaranteed African-Americans the right to vote.

Related: Cuba Gooding Jr Boards MLK Pic ‘Selma’

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Quentin Tarantino’s Staged ‘Hateful Eight’ Reading Reveals Pic Not Dead Yet

hateful 8 Quentin Tarantino as director“We’ve been rehearsing this for the last three days and we’re not bad,” Quentin Tarantino told a packed crowd tonight at the live staged reading of his The Hateful Eight script. With alumni from his past pics such as Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, James Parks, Amber Tamblyn Michael Madsen, Denis Menochet, James Remar and Walton Goggins plus Bruce Dern by his side onstage at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, the director’s 3.5-hour performance of the five-chapter Western set in post-Civil War Wyoming revealed that Tarantino has a career in theater if he ever decided to chuck the whole moviemaking thing.

Related: Samuel L. Jackson Part Of Saturday’s ‘Hateful Eight’ Reading

Despite the controversy and legal action surrounding the leaked script, which Gawker put online in January, tonight’s Film Independent Presents the World Premiere of a Staged Reading by Quentin Tarantino: The Hateful Eight, as it was formally titled, also revealed that the big-screen version might not be as shelved as the director first told my colleague Mike Fleming Jr. on January 21. “I’m working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we’re reading from the first draft,” Tarantino, wearing a black Stetson and red ribbed cowboy shirt, said to the 1,200 patrons in the almost SRO theater before the performance started. (The well-heeled crowd included longtime Tarantino producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein.) “The Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever.”

Hateful 8 Samuel L. Jackson as the majorRegardless of how Hateful Eight lives on, the crowd loved the show they saw tonight — especially the hands-on onstage narration and direction from Tarantino. “Guys, you are starting to drift away from the dialogue on the page,” the Oscar winner told the actors at one point around halfway through. “No more co-writing,” he added to a big laugh from the audience. “He’s directing,” said Jackson at another part when Tarantino ran across the stage to whisper something into his ear. That also got a big roar from the crowd. A couple of other times, the director asked the actors to start a particular scene over again. Near the end of the performance, Tarantino playfully told Goggins to just read the script and not worry about the imaginary guns in his hands. Also during the later part of the show, both Goggins and Madsen broke from the script and joked with Tarantino about a narration line where Madsen’s character was described as looking like “he’s cumming in his pants.” Madsen told the director that “it’s never happened before.” Tarantino shot back that he’d show him one day what it was like.

Besides several standing ovations, only a 20-minute intermission broke up the show. Tickets for tonight’s event went for $150-$200 a pop, with all proceeds going to Film Independent’s programming efforts at LACMA. Security was a top concern, with the crowd having to give up their cell phones and other electronics before entering the downtown theater. 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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Tim Roth To Star In MRC’s ‘Knifeman’ Series From David Cronenberg And Rolin Jones

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Tim Roth has signed on to star in Media Rights Capital’s TV series project Knifeman. David Cronenberg is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the series, which centers on John Tattersall (Roth), a radical, self-educated surgeon who will go to unorthodox lengths to uncover the secrets of the human body. The straight-to-series project, which is expected to be taken out to networks shortly, was written by Emmy-nominated writer-producer Rolin Jones (Boardwalk Empire, Friday Night Lights, Weeds) from a story by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights, Weeds). Jones and Fitzgerald serve as Executive Producers with Cronenberg. Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Robert Zotnowski of Stars Road are also Executive Producers, with Sentient’s Renee Tab serving as Co-Executive Producer.

This marks British actor Roth’s second U.S.series gig following his starring turn on the Fox drama Lie To Me. For the past year, he was under a deal at 20th Century Fox, which produced Lie To Me. Out of that pact, which just expired, came out a drama project, which Roth and former Lie To Me co-showrunner Alexander Cary recently sold to FX. The untitled project, now in development, was created by the two as a potential starring vehicle for Roth, with 20th TV’s cable division Fox21 producing. The project is still moving forward, with Roth, repped by CAA and attorney Geoff Oblath, and Cary currently writing the script. Given Roth’s commitment to Knifeman, if the FX … Read More »

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Tim Roth & Alexander Cary Create FX Bank Robbery Family Drama For Roth To Star

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 2:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: FX has put in development a drama project created by Oscar-nominated actor Tim Roth and Homeland co-executive producer Alexander Cary as a starring vehicle for Roth. The untitled project, from Fox21, is described as a drama about addiction, bank robbery, and an extremely volatile family dynamic.

The FX project, which has received a script commitment, stems from the deals both Roth and Cary have with Fox21 parent 20th Century Fox TV. It reunites the duo who first worked together on the Fox/20th TV drama series Lie To Me. In his first U.S. series gig, British actor Roth starred in the drama procedural, which Cary joined as a story editor at the beginning of the second season, rising quickly by the end of the season to executive producer and co-showrunner. Roth is with CAA and attorney Geoff Oblath, Cary is with WME and New Wave.

RelatedTim Roth Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox TV, ‘Homeland’ Co-Executive Producer Alex Cary Signs New Overall Deal With 20th TV

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2012 Cannes: Tim Roth Tapped As President of Un Certain Regard Jury

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 9:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

English actor and director Tim Roth will be the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury, part of the Festival de Cannes Official Selection, for which twenty films will be announced at the same time as those for the Competition during the press conference on April, 19th.

He is an English actor who began his career in television before moving on to cinema with The Hit directed by Stephen Frears, Tim Roth made his first appearances at Cannes with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino (Palme d’or, 1994) which earned him international renown. In 1995, he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Rob Roy directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Roth directed his first film in 1999: The War Zone, which received nominations at Cannes, Sundance and Toronto. He also appeared in Don’t Come Knocking directed by Wim Wenders, Planet of the Apes directed by Tim Burton, Funny Games directed by Michael Haneke and Everyone Says I Love You directed by Woody Allen. Since 2009, he has starred in the lead role of successful American TV series Lie to Me.

Accompanied by a jury made up of artists, journalists and festival directors to be announced in the next few days, Tim Roth will award the Prix Un Certain Regard along with the other awards on Saturday May, 26th, the day before the Festival draws to a close.

The 2011 Prix Un Certain Regard was awarded ex-aequo to Arirang directed

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Awaiting New TV Series, Tim Roth Sets Back-To-Back UK Films

By | Friday October 7, 2011 @ 8:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Lie To Me star Tim Roth waits for his next series that will come from the deal he signed with 20th Century Fox TV, he’ll first go back to the UK to star in a pair of films he’ll make back to back. Roth and Cillian Murphy will star with newcomer Eloise Laurence in Broken, an adaptation of the Daniel Clay novel that was scripted by Mark O’Rowe and will be directed by Rufus Norris, the British theater director whose credits include the Tony-nominated Les Liasons Dangereuses. The film will be produced by Dixie Linder, Nick Marston and Tally Garner, and funded by BBC Films and the BFI in association with Lip Sync and Bill Kenwright Ltd, a Cuba Pictures Production. BBC Films developed it.

Roth plays the father of an 11-year-old girl living in North London who witnesses a violent attack that changes the way she looks at the world around her. Shooting begins this month in England.

Roth follows with The Liability, starring with Peter Mullan and Talulah Riley. The film’s directed by Craig Viveiros, whose debut film Ghosted just made its premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. John Wrathall wrote the script and Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn of Corona Pictures are producing. Funding comes partly from Northstar Ventures through the North East Creative Content Fund, in association with Northern Film and Media. The film is a darkly comic road trip taken by an aspiring hit … Read More »

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Tim Roth Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

By | Tuesday September 6, 2011 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lie To Me star Tim Roth is staying in business with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the Fox drama series, through a talent holding/producing deal. Under the pact, 20th TV will develop a new series as an acting vehicle for Roth. Additionally, the deal includes a first-look component, allowing Roth to pitch series projects to the studio that he may or may not be attached to star in. Feature actor Roth, who made his series debut with Lie To Me, would executive produce any shows that he brings to 20th TV. The studio’s chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman met with Roth in New York in May, just a couple of days after Fox cancelled Lie To Me after 3 seasons, to pitch the British actor the idea of doing a new project together. Walden and Newman were in town or the broadcast network’s upfront presentations, while CAA-repped Roth was filming feature Arbitrage there. “While Lie To Me never had the opportunity to take off, Tim did a fantastic job on the show,” Walden said. “He is incredibly smart, has very good instincts and all creative executives across the board at 20th TV, Fox 21 and Fox TV Studios are excited about possibly working with him.

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Tim Roth Joins ‘Arbitrage’ Cast

Mike Fleming

Tim Roth has closed a deal to costar in Arbitrage, the Nicholas Jarecki-directed drama that begins shooting shortly in New York. Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon star. Roth will play Michael Gower, a detective investigating a murder. Jarecki’s script focuses on a troubled hedge fund magnate, so desperate to sell his trading empire that when he makes a mistake he turns to an unlikely person for help and that leads him down a dangerous trail. Laura Bickford is producing with Kevin Turen, Bob Salerno and Justin Nappi. CAA-repped Roth is working the role around his lead role in the FBC drama Lie To Me.

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No Back 9 Order For Fox’s ‘Lie To Me’

By | Tuesday December 7, 2010 @ 1:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox will not be giving a back-nine order to crime procedural Lie to Me, whose current third season will consist of 13 episodes.  Sources at the network stress that the show has not been canceled, with final decision expected to be made in the spring. The rationale for the order cutback is that Fox won’t need more episodes from the Tim Roth-starring series because, according to the network’s recently announced midseason schedule, Lie To Me is only slated to run through Jan. 31, with midseason drama The Chicago Code taking over its Monday 9 PM slot on Feb. 7. Last season, Fox ended up with 12 episodes of Lie to Me in the can after ordering 22 and only using the series for the fall. The network ended up airing those 12 episodes over the summer.

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