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The List of the Open Lead Roles Currently Casing on Digital Shows, Including Amazon, Yahoo! and MoreAmazon shows like Mad Dogs and The Man in the High Castle and Xbox’s Quantum Break are still looking to cast a lot of prime characters. (SSN) (SSN)
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Although September is the month where countless fall shows premiere and duke it out for series orders, there are still plenty of roles that are just waiting for that certain actor to bring the character to life. Below SSN has complied the TV Grid list of the lead roles that are currently open on premium cable shows along with the directors in charge of casting. Good luck!
Companies: Cinemax (Network) Fox Int’l, Circle of Confusion (Production Co.) Dates: November through December 2014 Casting Director: Laray Mayfield , Julie Schubert Logline: After assisting Reverend Anderson in the exorcism of a child, Kyle Barnes finally realizes what he's denied all his life: the three separate instances of child abuse were in fact supernatural in their essence, and he is, for reasons unknown, a demon magnet.
Kyle (Male 30-35): Kyle’s handsome but hasn’t showered in days and is a disheveled mess. He became a social outcast when he took the blame for his child’s injuries to protect his wife and now he’s severely depressed. But after helping with an exorcism he realizes that he's in a supernatural war and finally can fight back.
Reverend Anderson (Male 40-59): He is the weary local preacher who smokes, swears, drinks, gambles and has a short temper. He believes in demons and knows they have taken over his hometown. He’s determined to use his smarts, compassion, and deep faith of God to take them down.
Companies: HBO (Network) Dates: October/November Casting Director: Laura Rosenthal , Mark Bennett Logline: A combat medic returns from war to find her husband divorcing her and taking her daughter, and she hides her PTSD to get a job as a Sacramento police officer. Note- this is a drama, not a comedy.
Steven (Male 30-35): Billie’s husband and Penny’s dad and works as a prison guard. He’s trying his utmost to help his wife get back into normal life after the war, but it’s not an easy road.
Penny (Female, 5): She is Billie and Steven's young daughter. While she’s fine when talking to her mom over the phone, she’s petrified when her mom comes home because she forgot what she looks like.
Companies: HBO (Network) Dates: o/a October- end of January Casting Director: Libby Goldstein , Junie Lowry Johnson Logline: When the corrupt City Manager of a small city in LA County involved in a trailblazing deal that would change California freeway grid-lock is found murdered, three law enforcement officers from different sectors will go deeper and deeper to find out the truth.
Jordan Semyon (Female, 35): She’s the sultry, incredibly intelligent wife of Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn). She has the poise of a diplomat and she's charming with a devious and mercurial edge.
Companies: HBO (Network) Lionsgate TV (Studio) Dates: Possible September through October 2014 Casting Director: Jennifer Euston Logline: Explores the circumstances surrounding a time when intolerance and repression set neighbor against neighbor and led the town of Salem to mass hysteria.
Thomas Putnam (Male, 45): He’s the leader and quite the powerful man in town. He is Ann and Robert’s father. After a bad deal with Israel, he uses underhanded methods to get his land back.
Israel Porter (Female, 17): He’s the dignified business man who bought the iron works factory from Thomas Putnman and doesn’t care for the man.
Ann Putnam Jr. (Female 15): She is Thomas' daughter and one crafty seductress. She convinces Moses to testify against Israel in order to help her dad get the iron works factory back.
Minister Samuel Parris (Male, 38): The town minister who’s really depressed because his sermons don’t amount to any change in the town. He’s also humiliated by his daughter Betty's outbursts.
Betty Parris (Female, 12): Samuel's daughter who becomes possessed and begins seeing horrible visions of crow heads on human bodies throughout the town.
Henry Paine (Male, 24): Fresh off the boat from England, he moves to Salem to meet up with his uncle and get a brand new start on life.
Mercy Lewis (Female, 17): She is a young maid in Maine who has a crush on the handsome town reverend, George. When the town’s attacked, she’s forced to be the Native American’s prisoner but fights her way out and escapes into the forest.
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Companies: HBO (Network) RSTV (Production Co.) Dates: October 2014 Casting Director: Richard Hicks , Cindy Tolan , Francine Maisler Logline: An exploration of young African American man Beverly’s experience of entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems.
Esther (Female 48-58): Smart, sexy and rich, she lives on Park Avenue. She and the charismatic Beverly (lead) have a synergetic, comfortable relationship.
Harriet (Female 19-28): She one of the most gorgeous women in the world. Her curiosity is finally peeked when she finally finds a man who doesn’t bore her- the impressive and captivating Beverly. Note- only open to non-Caucasian and must be taller than 5’5”.
Jared (Male 40-45): The average looking owner of an upscale club, who’s intrigued by Beverly. He’s rich, but doesn’t conspicuously suggest it. He keeps his outfits casual, but with just a hint of flair to suggest wealth.
PJ Buckley (Male 25-38): A boyish Irish cop and closet homosexual/bisexual with a crush on Beverly. He’s aware that being a cop also means having power and influence.
Thick (Female 50-55): She’s a Jewish, smart, sexy, full-figured woman who’s seen a lot of life and married to a successful lawyer with children. She once had a one night stand with Beverly.
Companies: HBO (Network) Dates: January Casting Director: Nina Gold , Kathleen Chopin Logline: Based in a prestigious, fledging music academy in Vienna in 1791 amidst political unrest, Italian composer Antonio Salieri trains young adult music prodigies to become Europe's next musical sensation - and their wealthy patrons seek to win royal favor through their protégés' talents.
Leonid Belarusov (Male, 22): A music instructor who’s an excellent cellist. He’s a trim and striking and a touch androgynous.
Franz Engel (Male, 17): Good looking but poor violinist who must travel playing his violin for money.
Isidoro Aguilas (Male, 21): A guitar and flute prodigy brought up in a rural Spanish town with a dark family history of schizophrenia. He’s talented and handsome and enjoys sex with no shortage of partners. Note- must have authentic European accent and know at least one European language. Nudity involved.
Marie Delacroix (Female, 18): French soprano prodigy from a respected, wealthy Catholic family in Paris in the middle of the revolution. She’s a virgin but knows how to use her attractiveness to her own ends. Note- must have authentic European accent and know at least one European language. Nudity involved.
Heinrich Von Faust (Male, 22): A handsome, Austrian Piano aristocrat prodigy who’s immaculately dressed. Due to a toxic relationship with his father he’s cold to the world around him although has a resilient spirit. Note- must have authentic British or European accent. Nudity involved.
Companies: Showtime (Network) Showtime (Studio) Dates: October through November 2014 Casting Director: Avy Kaufman Logline: A drama about the collision and collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.
Chuck Rhodes (Male 40-45): he's the U.S. attorney of a New York district that’s handsome and devoted to his job, albeit with a dark side. He wants to bring down Axe’s firm after hearing about some illegal activity, but is hesitant because his wife Wendy works there.
Wendy Rhodes (Female 35-45): The wife of Chuck and in-house psychiatrist for Axe's firm is beautiful, smart and has a professional demeanor during the day and moonlights as a dominatrix.
Lara Axlerod (Female 35-39): She is the stunning, fresh-faced and beautifully dressed wife of Axe. She grew up far away in a blue-collar, big Irish family in one house.
Companies: Showtime (Network) Warner Bros TV (Studio) Bad Robot, Vinyl Films (Production Co.) Dates: December through January 2015 Casting Director: Gail Levin Logline: Follows a hot-ticket tour, but with a simple twist: the band is in the background and the roadies take the spotlight in this single camera comedy.
Kelly Ann (Female, 24): Radiate, driven, athletic, feminine and an excellent electrical tech. She’s respected, and has a great heart, but not the best people skills.
Bill Thompson (Male 35-39): The tour manager with an athletic build and tattooed sleeves. He’s overworked and tired. He’s 5 years sober and has a good team member in Sherri.
Sherri Anderson (Female 30-39): The band’s production manager is beautiful, tough, sexy, smart and highly-efficient, she hides her banging body under work clothes. Practically built for the road she works well with men but doesn’t trust women.
Jeffo (Male, 24): This adorable, lovable, handsome guy has spent one too many years on the road and is beginning to tear at the seams emotionally speaking. On the cusp of a breakdown, he wears his heart on his sleeve.
Reg Whitehead (Male 26-34): A brilliant businessman from England, he’s been sent over by the higher ups to reign in the finances. He comes from a upscale family and has a background in sports and real estate, not music.
Milo (Male, 32): The guitar tech is handsome with an interesting, rockin’ look. He might be American, but after years on Elvis Costello's crew, he’s developed a would-be British accent. Note- prefers talent that can play guitar.
Companies: Starz (Network) MRC (Studio) Fuzzy Door Prod (Production Co.) Dates: December through January 2015 Casting Director: Jeanne Mccarthy , Nicole Abellera Logline: The host of his own talk show, the infrequently sober but legendary Brit Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart) is a public relations nightmare whose latest escapade threatens his job and those of his production team.
Harry Chandler (Male 65-75): He’s Blunt's driver and best-friend, who served in the Royal Marines with him. Short and squat, he likes to drink and can easily charm women. Note- must be able to do a cockney accent.
Jim Klein (Male 35-45): The head writer of the show is madly smart, with a short temper, and deeply insecure. He has odd hobbies and he’s a hoarder. He's not afraid to stand up to Walter, but prone to backing off quickly. He's single but always looking.
Rosalie (Female 55-65): Blunt’s producer-manager oversees his career and helps shape the show. She and Walter been working together for twenty years, but once they made love. She is straight-talking, stern and motherly with him.
Sarah Havemeyer (Female 30-40): A Yale grad and the head producer/writer of the show. She’s an idealist who deeply believes in her work. She has S&M fantasies about her secret crush Jim.
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Companies: Starz (Network) MRC (Studio) Dates: possibly January Casting Director: Francine Maisler Logline: Follows downtrodden farmer Alfred Murphy as he struggles to hold onto his family and his farm, when a bizarre twist of fate becomes a life-changing secret that will either save them or ruin them.
James (Male, 21): Alfred’s son isn’t the smartest but admires his grandfather’s passion.
Abigail (Female, 16): Alfred’s daughter who takes more after her dad than her mom.
Companies: Starz (Network) CBS TV Studios (Studio) Atmosphere Ent, Cheetah Vision Films (Production Co.) Dates: September through October 2014 Casting Director: Christine Kromer Logline: James “Ghost” St. Patrick is a wealthy nightclub owner who wants to build an empire and turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but he's living a double life as the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York.
Miguel (Male 40-45): The handsome new Chief of the Crime Division who’s an alpha male who leads any room he’s in. He moved from Southern California to NY to make sure the investigation is run correctly. Note- Only accepting Latin actors who are fluent in Spanish. Possible nudity involved.
American Crime Story Network: FX Studio: Fox 21 Production Companies: FX Productions, Ryan Murphy Productions, Color Force Executive Producers: Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski Director: Ryan Murphy Logline: The O.J. Simpson trial is told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the case, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s black community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt. Details: Project has been ordered straight to series with a 10 episode commitment. SSN Insight: Murphy’s other anthology series, American Horror Story, will begin airing its fourth season tomorrow night.
Untitled Howard Gordon / James Wong Project Network: CBS Studio: 20th Century Fox Production Company: Teakwood Lane Productions Executive Producer: Howard Gordon Writer: James Wong Logline: Centers on an angel who, after losing his wings, saves the life of a female police detective and together they try to uncover the mystery of why the angel is stranded as a mortal on earth. SSN Insight: Teakwood Lane just inked a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox. Gordon’s company is behind projects such as Homeland, Tyrant, Legends and the recent event series 24: Live Another Day.
First Lady Network: CW Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Companies: Intrigue, Vandalia Films Executive Producers: Jenni Ross, Tariq Jalil, Jennifer Garner, Juliana Janes Writer: Jenni Ross Logline: Chronicles one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House, where she battles injustice and her own sordid past which has come back to haunt her. Details: Based on Primera Dama, created by Sebastián Arrau and distributed by Latin Media, which aired on Canal 13-Chile in 2010 and has been sold or remade in multiple countries. SSN Insight: Garner’s, Vandalia Films, is also developing Fox’s Half Full, which is being written by Matthew Nicklaw, while Ross’ Intrigue is developing Game Of Silence, being written by David Hudgins.
Wendy And Peter Network: NBC Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Le Train Train Productions Executive Producers: Marisa Coughlan, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack Co-Executive Producer: Jeff Grosvenor Writer: Marisa Coughlan Logline: The story is told from the point of view of Wendy, a woman who wants to find love with a real man, but finds herself falling for Peter, who refuses to fully embrace adulthood. Details: Loosely inspired by Marisa Coughlan’s own dating experiences and on the characters created by J.M. Barrie. SSN Insight: Le Train Train Productions has three other projects in development and is also behind the current project A to Z airing on NBC.
Untitled Carol Mendelsohn / Felicity Huffman Project Network: ABC Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Companies: Carol Mendelsohn Productions, Madhouse Entertainment Executive Producers: Carol Mendelsohn, Felicity Huffman, Michael Dinner, Rachel Winter, Robyn Meisinger, Adam Kolbrenner, Julie Weitz Producer: Kate DiMento Writer: Carol Mendelsohn Director: Michael Dinner Cast: Felicity Huffman Logline: A special agent who is the fearless leader of a team of young agents on the New York City Joint Terrorism Task Force. A self-proclaimed sexual omnivore but true romantic at heart, she relies on her innate intuition, wry sense of humor and unbelievable ability to draw connections between disconnected bits of information that come across her desk. Armed with intelligence of immediate threats from law enforcement agencies around the city and governments throughout the world, she and her team must confront and neutralize dangerous situations before they escalate. SSN Insight: Huffman will also be starring in ABC’s limited series American Crime, which will air in 2015.
Las Reinas Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Mark Gordon Company Executive Producers: Dean Georgaris, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper Writer: Dean Georgaris Logline: Follows the lives of the men and women in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Miami Police department. It centers on the mercurial heart and soul of the squad, Alex De La Reina, a woman who turned her back on her natal family when she discovered they run Florida’s most powerful and dangerous criminal syndicate. SSN Insight: Gordon has also sold an Untitled Quantico Project to ABC with Josh Safran and Pariahs, also to ABC, with Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price.
C.H.A.O.S. — Downtown Division Network: CBS Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Company: Lynda Obst Productions Executive Producers: K.J. Steinberg, Lynda Obst Writer: K.J. Steinberg Logline: Nic Fontana and Abigail Luce are promoted as the new faces of Los Angeles’ most embattled police division. At the peak of their careers, with the respect and trust of their new charges hard enough to win, the women are forced to implement the newest trend in police and citizen oversight sweeping the country: the body cam. Charged with running this controversial program, their whole tenure relies on their success as they navigate what also are to become the most challenging years of their personal lives. SSN Insight: Project stems from Steinberg’s recent two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures.
Uncle Chubby’s Network: IFC Production Company: Apostle Pictures Executive Producers: Denis Leary, Tom Sellitti Writers: Jim Serpico, Tom Sellitti Logline: A group of friends in their late 20s play on an ice hockey team, determined to win the adult league title despite little experience playing the sport competitively.
Bone House Network: CW Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Jerry Bruckheimer Television Executive Producers: Sheri Elwood, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed Writer: Sheri Elwood Logline: Centers on an estranged group of siblings who own and operate a private autopsy company. SSN Insight: Bruckheimer is also developing ABC’s Couch Detective, Fox’s event series Two Black Cadillacs and an Untitled Cocaine Project with Michael Bay for TNT.
Broad Squad Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Companies: Fake Empire, Kapital Entertainment Executive Producers: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Leonard Goldstein, Aaron Kaplan Co-Executive Producer: Bess Wohl Producer: Alexandra Lydon Writer: Bess Wohl Logline: Set in 1978, the series is a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers. Dubbed "The Broad Squad" by the local press, they arrived at a tumultuous time in Boston’s history, marked by corruption within the police force and a heightened organized crime presence in the city. Navigating rival neighborhoods as well as the conflicting attitudes toward them from everyone, they find themselves tested both on and off duty. SSN Insight: This marks the first collaboration between Fake Empire and Kapital Entertainment, who are both actively developing multiple project for this upcoming season.
Raven Rock Network: NBC Studio: Paramount Television Production Companies: Landscape Entertainment, Compari Entertainment, eOne Television Executive Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine, Bob Cooper, Tyler Mitchell, Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia Writers: Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia Logline: The series is based on the book about the history of our government’s secret efforts to ensure survival if most of America or its leaders are killed in a nuclear attack on the U.S. There is what is known as "CoG" or "Continuity of Government", which are top secret, highly detailed plans on how to save the highest ranks; start over; and save America or, at the very least, the idea of America. Details: Based on the book, Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government’s Secret Plan To Save Itself – While The Rest Of Us Die, written by Garrett Graff and scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. SSN Insight: Paramount and Compari are also developing The Fermata together, though a network has not yet been attached.
Rush Hour Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Doozer Productions Executive Producers: Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Brett Ratner, Arthur Sarkissian, Jeff Ingold Writers: Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick Logline: A stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Details: Based on the film, Rush Hour (USA/ 1998), directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Project has been ordered to pilot. SSN Insight: Doozer Productions also received a pilot order from CBS for an Untitled Tommy Johnagin Project, starring the comedian, and written by Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Tommy Johnagin.
Big Network: FOX Studio: 20th Century Fox Executive Producers: Kevin Biegel, Mike Royce Writers: Kevin Biegel, Mike Royce Logline: The show explores what it means to be an adult, what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever. Details: Based on the film Big (USA/1988), directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks.
Twin Peaks Network: Showtime Executive Producers: David Lynch, Mark Frost Writers: David Lynch, Mark Frost Director: David Lynch Logline: About the mysterious murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. Details: This limited series picks up 20 years after the events in Twin Peaks, which was created by David Lynch and Mark Frost and aired on ABC in 1990. Showtime will air 9 episodes in 2016.
Junior Bender Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: Ella Communications Executive Producers: Eddie Izzard, Sarah Townsend, Jessica Ball Writer: Jessica Ball Logline: A high-end thief with a taste for the finer things in life sidelines as a private eye for criminals. Those who can't go to the police go to Junior Bender. Details: Based on the four-book "Junior Bender" novel series, including "Crashed" (2010), "Little Elvises" (2011), "The Fame Thief" (2013) and "Herbie's Game" (2014), written by Timothy Halinan. SSN Insight: Izzard will be seen in Playstation’s new series Powers, which has been ordered for 10 episodes.
TV Development for 10/07/14: Ryan Murphy Develops ‘American Crime Story,’ Robert Zemeckis is EP on ‘Raven ‘RockABC, NBC, Fox, The CW, CBS, IFC and Showtime are among the networks moving projects through their pipelines. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)
Just Days Before the Premiere of Season Five, AMC Announces ‘The Walking Dead’ Has Been Renewed for Season SixThe series remains the number one show on television in the adults 18-49 demo, and is the highest-rated show in cable history. (VAR) (DS) (HUFFPO) (BC) (SAA)
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Gore Verbinski and Steve Carell Team for a Paranoia Thriller, While Casey Affleck Will Be Boston StrongVerbinski’s film will be the first of three straight he will make for New Regency, while Affleck signs on to thriller about the manhunt that followed last year’s Boston Marathon terrorist attack, from the writing team behind The Fighter. (TFS) (TF) (IW) (SM)
Toks Olagundoye will guest star and potentially recur on Amazon’s Salem Rogers: Model of the Year, 1998, that centers on a self-centered former supermodel who is trying to return to the spotlight with a book deal.
Sarah Wayne Callies will star opposite Josh Holloway in USA’s Colony, that centers on a former FBI agent who — to protect his family — is forced to collaborate with the occupational government to bring down the growing resistance movement inside the Los Angeles colony.
Dolly Wells joins Starz’s Blunt Talk, that revolves around Walter Blunt, an infrequently sober but legendary British import intent on conquering the world of American cable news.
Joel de la Fuente has been cast as a regular, while Michael Rispoli is set to recur on Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle, that explores an alternative-reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan won World War II and occupy the United States, with the East Coast controlled by the Nazis and the West Coast owned by Japan - and a chunk of the Midwest still up for grabs.
Ellen Woglom joins AMC’s White City, that centers on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan.
Tim DeKay will guest star on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Nicholas D'Agosto has been cast in Fox’s Gotham.
Adina Porter is set to recur in season 2 of CW’s The 100.
Bailey Chase has landed a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago PD.
Courtney Ford will recur in the fourth season of ABC’s Revenge.
Tyler Hilton will guest star on ABC’s Castle.
Nicholas Brendon is scheduled to appear on MTV’s Faking It.
Alia Shawkat, Jayma Mays, Mary Kay Place, Carrie Preston and Lynn Cohen are scheduled to appear in season 2 of HBO’s Getting On.
Lisa Bonet will guest star on Fox’s New Girl.
Sandra Bernhard and Stephen Root will both guest star on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Will Rothhaar has joined NBC’s Grimm.
Peter Fonda will guest star on NBC’s The Blacklist.
Mike Pniewski has been cast in CBS’ Blue Bloods.
Derek Phillips and Rob Belushi are set to guest star on CBS’ The Mentalist.
Dana Delany will recur on FX’s The Comedians.
Angela Kinsey is set to recur on NBC’s Bad Judge.
Paulina Rubio will play herself on CW’s Jane The Virgin.
Brian Dennehy and Neal McDonough will recur on TNT’s Public Morals.
Uber-Producer Greg Berlanti Flashes Through Pilot Season and Divulges What He’s Learned from Reinventing His CareerThe Writer-Producer-Director has carved out a nice corner of the medium with character-driven dramas through his Warner Bros.-based Berlanti Productions. (SSN)
AwesomenessTV’s Carter Hansen and Others Talk Pinpointed Targeting, YouTube Celebs and How Trends Affect the Way Hollywood Does BusinessThe rise of technology, the phasing out of Baby Boomers as targeted consumers, and a generation of millennials with an increasingly DIY attitude and the ability to consume content in more ways than ever, continues to affect the entertainment industry. (SSN)
TV Casting for 10/08/14: Peter Fonda to Guest on ‘The Blacklist,’ and Dana Delany to Recur on ‘Comedians’The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies gets a gig on a new USA pilot, Michael Rispoli will get a spot in the High Castle, and Longmire’s Bailey Chase heads to Chicago Fire. (SSN)
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Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden Spec, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt Attached to Star, Goes Up for Auction TomorrowA select few studio heads will be reading the Oscar-winning writer-director’s script, which has financing from Canal Plus and will start shooting in in Munich in January. (DH) (CB) (EMP)
Alphabet Is Treading Where The Eye Previously Failed, Will Try to Bring ‘Uncle Buck’ Back to the Small ScreenUndeterred by this week’s Say Anything … kerfuffle and CBS’ previous failure with the Buck property, ABC is moving forward to the pilot stage with a new adaptation of the John Candy comedy. (MF) (IW) (VUL) (COL) (DS)
Untitled (Warner Bros./I Am Legend Reboot Project) Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Production Companies: Weed Road Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, Safehouse Pictures Producers: Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Roy Lee, Brooklyn Weaver, Joby Harold, Jonathan Krauss (Executive Producer), Ian Puente (Executive Producer), John Middleton (Executive Producer) Writer: Gary Graham SSN Insight: Project was originally bought by Warner Bros. and was titled " A Garden At The End Of The World", but Warner Bros. decided that they could retrofit the story with the sequel to "I Am Legend".
Snow Leopard Logline: A competition between the world's most valuable soldiers. Studio/Distributor: 20th Century Fox Production Companies: Scott Free Productions, Temple Hill Entertainment, Kingsgate Films, Storied Media Group Producers: Greg Shapiro, Todd Hoffman, Ridley Scott, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen Writer: Ryan Knight SSN Insight: Project marks the 2nd writing gig for Ryan Knight at Fox (Wings of Madness).
The Infiltrator Logline: The true story of Robert Mazur, a Customs official, who helped uncover a massive money laundering scheme that involved Pablo Escobar. Production Company: Good Films Producer: Miriam Segal Cast: Bryan Cranston Writers: Ellen Brown Furman (current adaptation), Alex Holmes (previous adaptation) Director: Brad Furman Details: Based on the book "The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel" written by Robert Mazur and published by Arcade on April 15 2009. SSN Insight: Project marks the second collaboration of Cranston and Furman since 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer.
Ghostbusters (Reboot) Logline: Storyline is under wraps, but this reboot will focus on female Ghostbusters. Studio/Distributor: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Ocean Pictures, Apatow Productions. The Montecito Picture Company, Quantity Entertainment Producers: Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Stupinsky, Ali Bell, Lee Eisenberg, Alex Plapinger, Judd Apatow (Co-Producer), Paul Feig (Executive Producer), Jessie Henderson (Executive Producer) Cast: Dan Aykroyd Writers: Katie Dippold & Paul Feig (current draft), Etan Cohen (previous draft), Dan Aykroyd (previous draft), Ivan Reitman (previous draft), Lee Eisenberg (previous draft), Gene Stupinsky (previous draft) Director: Paul Feig Details: Reboot of "Ghostbusters" (USA/1984) and "Ghostbusters II" (USA/1989) both directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. SSN Insight: Project reteams Dippold with Feig since 2013’s The Heat.
Rocky Mountain High Logline: Storyline is under wraps, but the setting in Colorado. Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Prospect Park, Flynn Picture Co., CubeVision Producers: Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz, Beau Flynn Cast: Ice Cube Writers: Ice Cube & Jeff Kwatinetz (Treatment) SSN Insight: Universal Pictures won a bidding war against Relativity, Paramount, MGM and New Line with a six-figure deal for the five-page treatment written by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz.
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace Logline: The true story of how Robert Peace left Newark’s crime-filled streets for Yale where he excelled in his studies of molecular biochemistry and biophysics, but his troubled past led to his violent and early death. Production Companies: IM Global, Film 44, Rebel Entertainment Partners, Inc. Producers: Rebecca Hobbs, Matt Jackson, Stuart Ford (Executive Producer) Director: Antoine Fuqua Details: Based on the book "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League" written by Jeff Hobbs and published by First Scribner on September 23, 2014. SSN Insight: Project marks first collaboration of Fuqua Films and IM Global since they made their deal.
Untitled New Regency/ Gore Verbinsky Paranoid Thriller Logline: A Westerner cartoonist working in North Korea finds himself a suspect in an espionage plot. Studio/Distributor: Regency Enterprises Production Companies: New Regency Productions, BlindWink Productions Producer: Gore Verbinski Cast: Steve Carell Writer: Steve Conrad Director: Gore Verbinski Details: Based on the graphic novel "Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea," written by Guy Delisle and published by Drawn and Quarterly on May 1, 2007. SSN Insight: Project marks the first in the multiyear deal between BlindWink and New Regency.
May You Live in Interesting Times Logline: A highly-trained woman who works for a global intelligence organization is sent to Hong Kong to assassinate an older associate, which proves to be more challenging than she expected. Production Companies: Voltage Pictures, The Picture Company Producers: Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman, Nicolas Chartier, Craig Flores Writers: Tony Jaswinski (spec), Luke Goltz & Anthony Jaswinski (Story By) SSN Insight: Project marks 2nd collaboration for newly minted Picture Company with Voltage (Home Invasion).
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Film Development for 10/09/14: Universal Nabs Ice Cube’s ‘Rocky Mountain High’ in Bidding War, Akiva Goldsman Jumps Aboard ‘I Am Legend’ RebootOther updates include a new writer for Fox’s Snow Leopard and a pair of production shingles living in Interesting Times. (SSN)
A Day After Comcast Shareholders Approved the Prospective Merger With Time Warner, TWC Shareholders Do the SameMore than 99 percent of shareholders cast votes and went overwhelmingly for the deal, which would merge the nations’ top two cable providers. (VAR) (THR) (DH) (MF) (HUFFPO)
In Case You’re Wondering How Paul Feig Is Going to Reboot ‘Ghostbusters’ Without Screwing It Up, Rest Easy: So Is HeThe director is re-teaming with his The Heat writer, Katie Dippold, to crack the long-gestating project, which now has all of Hollywood’s eyes on it. (EW) (TOH)
‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion’ Earns a Showing on ABC in Primetime, and Will Have a Heavy Breathing Special GuestDarth Vader himself will make an appearance, with James Earl Jones again providing the signature vocals. (CBR)
Exec Shuffle for 10/10/14: ‘Cake Boss’ Star Buddy Valastro Launches Cakehouse Media, Deborah Kaufman Named VP at Legendary Ent.Also, Lynn Harris and her husband star Weimaranar Republic Pictures, as well as lots of movement at A&E Studios, ABC Family, Paramount International, and more. (SSN)
Rep Moves for 10/10/14: ‘Supernatural’’s Jensen Ackles Now Repped by Gersh, J.K. Simmons Signs With Wolf-Kasteler PRAgencies like Abrams, ICM, UTA and Verve also get new clients, as does management firm Apex. (SSN) (VAR) (THR) (CBR) (CS) (SAA)
The Expansion of the DC Universe on The CW Continues, as ‘The Flash’ Casts the Second Half of a Major HeroVictor Garber will recur as Dr. Martin Stein who, along with Ronnie Raymond (the already cast Robbie Amell), will make up the hero Firestorm. (NEWSA) (HUFFPO) (MO)
Abrams Artists Agency: Actor David Alan Basche has signed with Abrams Artists Agency in Los Angeles. He will be repped by Marni Rosenzweig, Jay Schachter, Justin Baxter, Evan Miller, Sharon Paz and Harry Abrams. Basche is currently a series regular on TV Land’s The Exes, which was just picked up for an additional 12 episodes. He also has an extensive feature film resume, which includes Real Steel, The Adjustment Bureau and War of the Worlds. Basche continues to be managed by Mark Rousso at New Wave Entertainment and represented in New York by Harden / Curtis and Associates.
Gersh: Actor and director Jensen Ackles is now repped by Alex Yarosh and Bob Gersh. Ackles currently stars as Dean Winchester on CW's long-running series Supernatural, a role he has played since 2005. Beginning his career in the mid-nineties Ackles starred as Eric Brady on the soap Days of Our Lives from 1998 until 2002, earning several Daytime Emmy nominations in the process. He's also appeared as Alec/X5-494 on Dark Angel, CJ on Dawson’s Creek and Jason Teague on Smallville. Ackles’ film credits include the 2009 horror hit My Bloody Valentine 3D. In addition to acting in Supernatural, Ackles has directed several episodes of that series as well.
ICM Partners: Writer and actress Arielle Holmes is now repped by Kevin Hussey, Sarah Kelly and Joanne Wiles. A newcomer to the film industry, Holmes is making her big screen debut in the upcoming indie Heaven Knows What, directed by Benny and Joshua Safdi. The filmmaking brothers first discovered Holmes while she was living on the streets of New York and addicted to heroin. Convincing Holmes to write about her experiences in the unpublished memoir Mad Love in New York City, the brothers soon adapted her story into the screenplay for Heaven Knows What. Holmes is now starring in the drama as a fictionalized version of herself. The film has been generating considerable buzz since its Venice premiere and Radius recently picked up the US rights, planning to release the film in 2015.
UTA: Rising French actor Tahar Rahim is now a client. Rahim most recently appeared in the features The Cut, which played in competition at Venice, and Samba, which premiered at Toronto. Last year, Rahim appeared in Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed feature The Past, as well as Rebecca Zlootowski’s Grand Central, which was screened in Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Starting his career in 2006, Rahim first drew international attention with his starring role in Jacquies Audiard’s A Prophet, which racked up numerous awards including prizes at the Cannes and London film festivals. That film also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Rahim’s other screen credits have included The Eagle, Les Hommes libres, Love and Bruises, Black Gold and Our Children. Up next, Rahim will appear in the six-part crime drama The Last Panthers, opposite Samantha Morton and John Hurt.
Verve: Writer and director Kimberly Peirce is now repped by Bill Weinstein, Tanya Cohen and Amy Retzinger. Pierce most recently helmed the 2013 remake of Carrie, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel that starred Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. Peirce first burst onto the scene in 1999 with the indie hit Boys Don’t Cry, which racked up numerous awards and nominations, including earning Hilary Swank an Academy Award for Best Actress. Since then, Peirce has directed an episode of The L Word, as well as the 2008 drama Stop-Loss, which starred Ryan Phillippe and Channing Tatum. Pierce will next direct an episode of the AMC series Turn. She also recently made an overall deal with ABC Studios, where she has several projects in development. Peirce has just signed with Britton Rizzo at Circle of Confusion for management as well.
Apex Talent Group: Actor Kevin Rock is now repped by Richard Makarewicz. Rock recently guest-starred in episodes of Franklin & Bash, The Kroll Show,and Criminal Minds, and can be seen in his regular role in the PBS Digital series, Frankenstein, M.D. He also recently wrapped the feature, 96 Souls, a sci-fi thriller scheduled for release next year. Rock continues to be repped theatrically by David Shapira & Associates and commercially by Baron Entertainment.
Public Relations Companies
Wolf-Kasteler Public Relations: Veteran actor J.K. Simmons is now repped by Lisa Kasteler. Simmons is currently starring in a buzzed-about performance in the feature film Whiplash, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year and is already generating Oscar talk for the actor. Simmons also has a role in Jason Reitman’s new feature Men Women & Children and the upcoming indie Murder of a Cat. Starting his career in the eighties, Simmons has led a prolific career with numerous credits across film and television. Some of his more notable roles including his portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC’s Law & Order, Vernon Schillinger on HBO’s Oz and Will Pope on TNT’s The Closer. Next up, Simmons will appear in Terminator: Genisys, set for release next year.
Cakehouse Media: Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro and producer Art Edwards have launched a new television production shingle, Cakehouse Media. The company will focus on developing lifestyle content for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Buddy Valastro will serve as President while Art Edwards will serve as Chief Executive Officer.
Weimaraner Republic Pictures: Lynn Harris and husband Matti Leshem have launched a new production shingle, Weimaraner Republic Pictures. The new company will utilize Harris’s studio experience and relationships to develop and produce a wide variety of content for television, features and digital platforms.
Studios, Networks, and Media Conglomerates
A+E Networks: Amy Baker has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, Lifetime, LMN and FYI. Mel Berning has been named President, Ad Sales & Chief Revenue Officer. Brian Joyce has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Ad Sales, A&E, History, and H2. Peter Olsen has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Ad Sales.
ABC Family: Karey Burke has joined as Executive Vice President, Programming & Development.
Entertainment One: Audrey Gardiner has been named Head, Canadian Sales. Joey Sabella has been named Head, US Sales. Charlotte Thorp has been named Head of UK Sales.
Fox Broadcasting Company: Jonathan Gabay has been named Executive Director, Comedy Development.
Fox Entertainment Group: Nicole Bernard has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Audience Strategy.
Fox Networks Group: Claudia Teran has been named Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel, Fox Sports.
Paramount Pictures International: Nic Crawley and Mark Viane have been promoted to co-Presidents, International Marketing & Distribution.
Relativity Media: Steven Mnuchin has joined as co-Chairman.
Time Warner Inc.: Doug Horne has been named Senior Vice President, Controller.
Turner Broadcasting System: Pascal Desroches has joined as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Michael Bonner has been named Executive Vice President, Digital Distribution. Paul Chesney has been named Executive Vice President, Operations. Hilary Hoffman has been named Executive Vice President, Marketing. Melanie Laithwaite has been named Executive Vice President, Business Affairs & Business Operations. John Morici has been named Executive Vice President, Regional Managing Director, U.S. & Canadian Operating Companies. Helen Parker has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&R. John Revill has been named Executive Vice President, Global Partners & Sales. Glenn Ross has been named Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment.
Athena Studios: Vince De Quattro has joined as Executive in Charge of Production.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions: Steve Ronson has joined as Chief Executive Officer.
Legendary Entertainment: Deborah Kaufman has joined as Vice President.
Village Roadshow: Bonni Lee has joined as Senior Vice President, Production.
51 Minds: Elyse Adams has joined as Manager, Current Programming. Angela Aguilera has been named Vice President, Current Programming. Jessica Bofshever has joined as Director of Development. Andrew Jacobson has joined as Director of Development. Chris Kinsella has been named Vice President, Development. Temple Williams has joined as Chief Operating Officer.
All3Media International: Gordon Synn has joined as Senior Vice President, Digital & Business Development.
DNA TV Limited: Tom Winchester has joined as Head of Television Development.
Leftfield Pictures: Jerry DiMeglio has been named Chief Financial Officer.
MGM Television: Laura Black Dawson has joined as Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.
Red Arrow Entertainment: Nina Etspueler has joined as Senior Creative Producer.
Talpa Middle East: Ziad Kebbi has joined as Chief Executive Officer.
The Fremantle Corporation: Brad Pelman has joined as Chief Executive Officer.
Working Title: Gina Girolamo has joined as Executive Vice President, Television.
Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law Firms
CAA: Rob Herting has joined as Agent, Motion Picture Literary.
Circle of Confusion: Matt Smith has joined as Head, Feature Production.
Kuhn Projects: Laura Nolan has joined as Agent, Literary.
The Shuman Co.: Robert Lazar has joined as Manager, Literary.
Verve: Melissa Darman has joined as Agent.
Bravo Media: Robert Mancini has been named Vice President, Digital Content.
Comedy Central: Ian Friedman has been promoted to Vice President, Original Programming & Development.
GSN: Chris Moseley has joined as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
Syfy: Maureen Granados has been promoted to Vice President, Communications.
AOL: Dermot McCormack has joined as President, Video & AOL Studios.
Big Frame: Andrew Graham has joined as Talent Manager. Larry Shapiro has joined as co-President. Rana Zand has joined as Talent Manager.
Blue Chalk Media: Maria Ishak has been named Vice President, New Business Development.
Conde Nast Entertainment: Joe Sabia has joined as Head, Digital Development.
YouTube: Alex Corliss has been named Head, Original Programming. Ben Relles has been named Head, Comedy Originals. Tim Shey has been named Head, Scripted Originals.
Activision Blizzard Inc: Mary Osako has joined as Senior Vice President, Global Communications.
Spotlight: ‘Alexander and the Terrible … Day’ Director Miguel Arteta — “We Had 40 Days to Do a Movie With Babies, Animals, Fires and Car Crashes”Going from dark indie films to a Disney family movie might not seem like the most obvious career choice, but that’s what the director has done. (SSN)
‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ and the Ingredients for Producing a Successful Live Action Family ComedyWith funds harder to come by and studios always looking for ways to mitigate risk, the hunt is on for properties that have solid pre-awareness and the potential to make a hefty percentage of their gross overseas. (SSN)
Spotlight: Filmmaker David Dobkin Talks Using Stanislavski Methods with Robert Downey Jr. to Get Real Character BehaviorFilmmaker explores who Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark-esque character of Hank would be if he was a real character and not a superhero. Dobkin divulges the methods he used on the new film to get the characters he wanted onscreen.(SSN)
Spotlight: ‘Kill the Messenger’ Screenwriter and EP Peter Landesman on “A Personal Mission to Tell Gary’s Story as a Way of Telling My Own”Filmmaker comes from the world of journalism, where he spent years covering war-torn countries and trafficking networks. His new movie, starring Jeremy Renner, his screens today. (SSN) (SSN)
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Uber-Producer Greg Berlanti Flashes Through Pilot Season and Divulges What He’s Learned from Reinventing His CareerThe Writer-Producer-Director has carved out a nice corner of the medium with character-driven dramas through his Warner Bros.-based Berlanti Productions. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)
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Bastille Day 10/13/2014 Logline: A meddlesome and allegedly nefarious young American and the washed-up CIA agent tasked with making him disappear must work together as they attempt to stop a massive terrorist attack in Paris. Production Companies: Anonymous Content, Vendome Pictures Director: James Watkins Producers: Steve Golin, Bard Dorros, David J Kanter, Philippe Rousselet Cast: Idris Elba, Adéle Exarchopoulos, Richard Madden Screenwriter: Andrew Baldwin SSN Insight: Screenwriter Andrew Baldwin wrote the new draft of the Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Logan’s Run” remake, as well as Universal Pictures’ upcoming “Untitled Bourne Legacy Sequel,” both in development.
Mr. Right 10/13/2014 Logline: A woman has found Mr. Right at last. But he’s a reformed hit man, and when his past catches up with him, their new relationship and their lives are in danger. Production Company: Circle of Confusion Director: Paco Cabezas Executive Producers: Stephen Emery, Max Landis, Avram "Butch" Kaplan Producers: Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, Lawrence Mattis, Rick Jacobs Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Don Johnson, Tim Roth, RZA Screenwriter: Max Landis SSN Insight: Circle of Confusion produced the recently wrapped “American Ultra,” also written by Max Landis, and the just-wrapped “Straight Outta Compton,” directed by F. Gary Gray.
That’s What I’m Talking About 10/11/2014 Logline: Based on writer/director Richard Linklater's own experiences, set in 1980s Texas, freshman find their way through the first year of college life as they try to make the baseball team. Production Companies: The Sean Daniel Company, Frelaine Productions, Detour Filmproduction Director: Richard Linklater Producers: Richard Linklater, Jim Jacks, Sean Daniel, Anne Walker-McBay, Megan Ellison Cast: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch Screenwriter: Richard Linklater SSN Insight: Richard Linklater was previously attached to direct the Warner Bros. Pictures’ remake of “The Incredible Mr. Limpet,” but he recently left that project to instead make “That’s What I’m Talking About.”
Truth 10/07/2014 Logline: Based on the true story of iconic newscaster Dan Rather’s report that George W. Bush had received preferential treatment to avoid the Vietnam War draft, which resulted in a scandal that damaged Rather’s career. Production Companies: Mythology Entertainment, RatPac Entertainment Director: James Vanderbilt Executive Producers: James Packer, Neil Tabatznik, Steven Silver Producers: James Vanderbilt, Bradley Fischer, William Sherak, Mikkel Bondesen, Brett Ratner, Douglas Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding Cast: Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace Screenwriter: James Vanderbilt Details: Based on the memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power" written by Mary Mapes and published by St. Martin's Press in 2006. SSN Insight: Project marks the feature directorial debut of noted screenwriter James Vanderbilt.
Straight Outta Compton 10/09/2014 Logline: The story of the rise and fall of Compton, California rap group N.W.A., with a special focus on the life, career, and death of rapper Eazy-E. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Companies: CubeVision, Circle of Confusion, Crucial Films, Will Packer Productions Director: F. Gary Gray Executive Producers: William Packer, David Engel, Bill Straus, F. Gary Gray Producers: Ice Cube, Scott Bernstein, Matt Alvarez, Tomica Woods-Wright, Michele Weiss, David Alpert, Dr. Dre Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Paul Giamatti, Keith Stanfield, Sheldon Smith, Carra Patterson Screenwriters: Jonathan Herman (current draft); Andrea Berloff, Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus (previous draft) SSN Insight: Previously in development at New Line.
Good Kids 10/08/2014 Logline: Four overachievers set out to reinvent themselves the summer after they graduate high school. Production Company: Depth of Field Director: Chris McCoy Executive Producers: Dom Rustam, Justin Bursch Producers: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano Cast: Nicholas Braun, Zoey Deutch, Israel Broussard, Ashley Judd, Demián Bichir Screenwriter: Chris McCoy SSN Insight: Screenplay was on the 2011 Black List.
Netflix Signs a Major European Deal, ’Better Call Saul,’ Shonda Rhimes Going Global and Other Reasons to Pay Attention to MIPCOMThe international TV market, which launches this week in Cannes, has been the leading market for discovering, buying and selling international shows across all genres and platforms since 1985. (SSN)
On the Set for 10/13/14: Idris Elba Starts ‘Bastille Day,’ Richard Linklater Begins ‘That’s What I’m Talking About’Other projects, like Truth and Mr. Right, get rolling, while F. Gary Gray wraps his N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton. (SSN)
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If You Were Wondering When Marvel Would Announce Rosario Dawson’s Role in the ‘Daredevil’ TV Show, Today’s Your Lucky DayAlong with announcement that Vondie Curtis-Hall as reporter/Daredevil confidant Ben Urich comes news that Dawson is Claire Temple, who will factor into Marvel’s other Netflix shows. (SAA)
More Than Two Years After Its Release, R.J. Palacio’s ‘Wonder’ Is Finally Getting the Film TreatmentYoung adult book about a different looking kid who wants to be treated like everyone else has been on the bestseller list for 96 weeks, has Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas attached. (WAF)
Bill Murray Is Going to Star In His Own Christmas Special, and Sofia Coppola Is Directing It. Yes, ReallyDetails haven’t been ironed out yet, but it is apparently not going to be live, won’t have a format, but will have music and Murray will sing. (VAR) (CB) (FTN)
‘The Mortal Instruments’ Will Not Have a Sequel, After All, But Will Instead Continue as a TV SeriesConstantin Film, which owns the rights to the series, has hired Ed Decter as show runner for the project, which will go into production in 2015. (TVW) (PPL) (DH) (TOW) (CBM) (DS)
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