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STARTSHome Invasion 11/25 Logline: A dysfunctional family must fight for their lives against home invaders. Production Company: Zinc Entertainment Director: Sean Carter Executive Producers: Steve Richards, Joel Silver, Michael Fiore Producers: Andrew Rona, Alex Heineman, Craig J Flores, Nicola Chartier Cast: Bella Thorne, Natalie Martinez, Ioan Gruffudd Screenwriter: Joseph Dembner SSN Insight: This is Sean Carter’s directorial debut 1:30 Train 11/22 Logline: When two strangers are forced to spend a night together in New York, their late night adventures lead them to question the choices they have made and open them up to the possibility of love. Production Companies: Baldwin Entertainment Group, Wonderland Sound and Vision Director: Chris Evans Executive Producers: Nick Morton, Julie Yorn Producers: Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin, Ron Bass, McG, Mary Viola, William J. Immerman Cast: Chris Evans, Alice Eve Screenwriters: Ron Bass, Jen Smolka SSN Insight: Joel Schumacher was previously attached to direct, this marks Chris Evans’ directorial debut.
WRAPSTop Dog 11/23 Logline: A London criminal gets in over his head when he screws over a dangerous gang. Production Company: Richwater Films Director: Martin Kemp Producer: Jonathan Sothcott Cast: Leo Gregory Screenwriter: Dougie Brimson Details: Based on the novel Top Dog, written by Dougie Brimson and published by Headline on April 1, 2002. SSN Insight: Jonathan Sothcott previously worked with Martin Kemp on Assassin. How to Make Love Like an Englishman 11/20 Logline: When a Cambridge University professor with a playboy lifestyle meets a wonderful woman, he decides to change his ways, but the situation becomes complicated when he he impregnates her stepsister. Production Companies: Irish DreamTime, Southpaw Entertainment Director: Tom Vaughan Executive Producers: Jim Seibel, Stepan Martirosyan, Remington Chase, Raj Singh, Kevin Scott Frakes, Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel, Jon Amiel Producers: Bill Johnson, Richard Barton Lewis, Beau St. Clair, Grant Cramer Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek, Kristin Scott Thomas Screenwriter: Matthew Newman SSN Insight: Malin Akerman was previously mentioned to star and Michelle Pfeiffer was originally attached to star. Wild 11/25 Logline: After a series of hardships, an inexperienced hiker tackles an 1100 mile hike to reclaim her life. Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures Production Companies: Pacific Standard, River Road Entertainment Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Executive Producers: Nathan Ross, Nick Hornby, Cheryl Strayed Producers: Reese Witherspoon, Bill Pohlad, Bruna Papandrea Cast: Reese Witherspoon Writer: Nick Hornby Details: Based on the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, written by Cheryl Strayed and published by Knopf on March 20, 2012. SSN Insight: This is Jean-Marc Vallée’s much anticipated follow up movie after Dallas Buyers Club. Madame Bovary 11/23 Logline: The wife of a provincial doctor, Emma Bovary defies cultural expectations in an effort to escape boredom and depression. Production Company: Occupant Entertainment Director: Sophie Barthes Producers: Felipe Marino, Joe Neurauter Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller Writer: Rose Barreneche Details: Based on the novel Madame Bovary, written by Gustave Flaubert and published in 1857. SSN Insight: Paul Giamatti starred in Sophie Barthes 2009 movie Cold Souls that she wrote and directed. Pele 11/20 Logline: A young boy, Pele, goes through many ups and downs growing up on the path to winning his first World Cup at age 17. Production Company: Imagine Entertainment Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist Executive Producers: Pelé, Paul Kemsley, Guy East, Sarah Bowen Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Ivan Orlic, Colin Wilson, Kim Roth, Dany Wolf Cast: Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney, George Raynor, Seu Jorge Writers: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist SSN Insight: This is the Zimbalist’s first major motion picture
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Three the Hard Way Network: Fox Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Company: Tollin Productions, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Mandalay Sports Media Executive Producer: Benjamin Watkins, Dwayne Wade, Justin Lin, Michael Tollin, Danielle Woodrow, Tony Craig Poon Writer: Benjamin Watkins Director: Justin Lin Logline: Centers on superstar Daryl Wade and his entourage of eccentric friends who find themselves parenting by committee after he gets full custody of his two young sons. Details: Based on the book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, by Dwyane Wade. SSN Insight: Lin is also directing an untitled project with Shawn Ryan for Fox and an untitled project with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Nick Santora for CBS. Two To Go Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: Aggregate Films Executive Producer: Bryan Shukoff, Kevin Chesley, Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente Writer: Bryan Shukoff, Kevin Chesley Logline: Centers on the last two singles in a group of friends moving into marriage and parenthood, navigating life and love, as they Friday night barhop and Saturday morning moon bounce surrounded by kids — none of whom are their own. SSN Insight: Aggregate Films is also developing Wife Nanny for Fox with Spike Feresten. The Right Mistake Network: HBO Studio: Fox Television Studios Production Company: Cinema Gypsy Productions, Inc. Executive Producer: Laurence Fishburne, Walter Mosley, Helen Sugland, Tom Russo, Diane Houslin Co-Executive Producer: Patrick Charles Writer: Patrick Charles Cast: Laurence Fishburne Logline: An ex-convict seeks redemption while battling inner demons and external forces after serving 27 years in prison. Details: Based on the series of novels by Mosley featuring the character of Socrates Fortlow, including Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, Walkin’ the Dog and The Right Mistake. The Woods Network: Syfy Production Company: Universal Cable Productions, Amblin Television Executive Producer: Chris Fedak, Liz Phang, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey Writer: Chris Fedak, Liz Phang Logline: A young woman returns to the mysterious wooded mansion her sister disappeared from when they were girls, only to learn that the sinister beings that took her are still there. SSN Insight: Fedak is also developing an untitled project at NBC and Midnighters for Fox. Untitled Diablo Cody Project Network: HBO Production Company: Harpo Films Executive Producer: Diablo Cody, Oprah Winfrey Co-Executive Producer: Dr. Julie Holland Writer: Diablo Cody Logline: An exploration the pros and cons of the drugs people are being offered as well as some surprising and highly effective natural therapies. Exposes the truth about the drugs you're taking, the sex you're not having, the sleep you're missing and what's really making you crazy. Details: Based on the forthcoming book, Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, the Sex You're Not Having, The Sleep You're Missing and What's Really Making You Crazy, written by Dr. Julie Holland. SSN Insight: Cody is also developing Prodigy at Fox with Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Wunderland at Fox with Amanda Lund and Matt Gourley. Untitled Trevor Noah Project Network: Fox Production Company: Legendary TV, Overbrook Entertainment Executive Producer: Sameer Gardezi, Norman Aladjem, Randy Chalawsky, James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett, Producer: Trevor Noah Writer: Sameer Gardezi Logline: Draws on Noah's experience growing up in Soweto as the son of a Swiss father and South African mother and reflects his observations on race and ethnicity. Details: Inspired by Trevor Noah’s comedy and life. The Code Network: FX Production Company: Grammnet Productions Executive Producer: Kelsey Grammer Co-Executive Producer: Brian Taylor, James McBride Writer: James McBride Logline: A black woman makes a desperate dash to freedom, on the run from a torn white waterman and able slave catcher, who takes on one last job — only to find himself in a war against a notorious female slave stealer. Details: Based on the novel, Song Yet Sung, written by James McBride. Planned as a limited series. Doc Ford Network: CBS Studio: CBS Television Studios Executive Producer: Chris Gerolmo, Jeffrey Kramer Writer: Chris Gerolmo Logline: A retired NSA agent-turned-marine biologist gets justice for those in need on the Gulf Coast of southern Florida. Details: Based on the Doc Ford book series written by Randy Wayne White, which consists of over 20 novels. 30 And Counting Network: NBC Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Kapital Entertainment, Bwark Productions Executive Producer: Justin Adler, John Hamburg, Aaron Kaplan, Chris Little, Tom Vinnicombe, Iain Morris Writer: Justin Adler Director: John Hamburg Logline: Centers on three college friends who are convinced that while their 20s were a time of discovery and their 40s a time of responsibility, their 30s is the decade that will define them. Details: Based on the 2013 Sky Living series created by Chris Little and Tom Vinnicombe. SSN Insight: Hamburg and Kaplan are also developing The Henchman at Fox, which has a put pilot commitment.
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AWARDS SPOTLIGHT: ‘MONSTER’S UNIVERSITY’ DIRECTOR DAN SCANLON
BY ZORIANNA KIT
When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences introduced the Best Animated Feature Oscar category in 2001, Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. was nominated alongside Shrek and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Shrek emerged the winner that evening, but now, 12 yeas later, the prequel Monster’s University is ready to get back in the Oscars game. SSN spoke with Monster’s Universitydirector Dan Scanlon about the film, in which Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles as the lovable monsters Mike and Sully. SSN: When working on the next installment of a pre-existing movie, are things generally smoother because there’s already a base in place? Scanlon: Sequels are their own challenge. One of the pluses is that John and Billy trust you, they know who their characters are, and they trust that it’s going to look a certain way. But this film takes place 15 years earlier, so their characters are very different [than they were in Monsters Inc.] Here they are 18, 19 years old—think of how different we all were at that age. It was a bit of a challenge finding the new voice of these guys, yet keeping them familiar enough that we still feel like we’re getting the same two monsters we remember and love. SSN: How were those new voices found? Scanlon: Billy’s character in the first film, Mike, was very much the comic relief. In this film he has to support the whole story. We really needed to see more of a sincerity in Mike. We needed to see him at an age where he was maybe a little more naïve and excited about the world, with big dreams. SSN: And what about John Goodman’s James P. Sullivan, aka Sully? Scanlon: Sully was very sweet in Monster’s Inc. But in this film, we wanted to see how he became that guy. He’s like an 18-year-old quarterback. He’s cocky, he knows he’s good. John really appreciated that and had fun finding a lovable arrogant take on this character. To read the full story, click here.
AWARDS SPOTLIGHT: ‘FROZEN’ DIRECTOR CHRIS BUCK ON CRAFTING WELL-ROUNDED FEMALE CHARACTERSBY ZORIANNA KIT Disney has long been inspired by the work of Hans Christian Andersen, having animated several of the Danish author’s tales, including The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, and The Little Matchgirl, among others. Andersen’s The Snow Queen serves as inspiration for Disney’s latest film, Frozen. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the film tells the story of a fearless princess (Kristen Bell) who sets off to find her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), a queen whose powers have enveloped the kingdom in an eternal, icy winter. Buck spoke to SSN about the film and the process it took to turn the 170-year-old fairy tale into an epic animated musical. SSN: What aspects of The Snow Queen did you first take to begin to creating Frozen? Buck: I looked for what spoke to me the most, which was the theme of love conquering fear … The Snow Queen isn’t defined very well in the book. She’s a villain but you’re not sure why or how she got that way. Still, there’s something very intriguing about her. The environment I found to be magical on its own, the snow and ice. Those three things were standouts for me. SSN: Frozen features new Disney princesses Elsa and Anna. Were you actively creating more to add to the fold of classic princess characters? Buck: They weren’t royals when we first pitched it. We added the royalty because it added stakes to the story. Anna has to not only save herself from eternal winter, but her entire kingdom. SSN: These princesses are not dependent on being rescued by a prince like some princesses of the past. Was that something you consciously strived to portray? Buck: I never thought of them as princesses. To me, they were two interesting, flawed female characters … When it comes to certain things earlier princesses may have done, I think Disney has grown up a bit, and a slightly more well-rounded female character is appreciated these days. To read the full story, click here.
AWARDS SPOTLIGHT: ‘EPIC’ DIRECTOR CHRIS WEDGE ON SURMOUNTING CREATIVE CHALLENGES
BY DINA GACHMAN
The animated adventure fantasy Epic, which is loosely based on William Joyce’s tale The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs, had a long road to production. Director Chris Wedge, who is a longtime collaborator of Joyce’s, tried for over ten years to get the project made, but even though Fox loved it, they couldn’t figure out how to market the film, and so Wedge endured the dreaded development hell for years.The film was at Pixar for a brief time, but Wedge eventually ended up making the film at his company Blue Sky, back at Fox, and now instead of hearing doors slamming in his face, he’s hearing Oscar buzz. SSN spoke to Wedge about enduring development hell, the good, the bad, and the ugly of animation, and what allowed him to stick with Epic for so long until he finally got the greenlight. SSN: I spoke to William Joyce when the film came out and he talked about what great collaborators you guys are. How did you guys first team up on Epic? Wedge: Bill and I are good friends so it’s mostly fun. Bill’s the first guy I talked to about this movie way back in 1998. He’d spent the day at an exhibition of Victorian fairy paintings and he showed me the brochure from it and it just blew my mind and I told Bill we should do a movie in that world. That’s where the idea started, and Bill and I loved the same movies. It was the notion that we could do a rollicking adventure movie in animation, which I feel is ideally suited for that sort of thing. We took one of Bill’s ideas from his book about these heroes of the forest and I wanted to amp it up and make it more action oriented so we turned them into samurai and put them on hummingbirds like they were jet fighter pilots, and made them much more kinetic and cool. I loved Bill’s whimsical retro style and wanted to apply it to animation. To read the full story, click here.
PilotsElizabeth Rohm and J.R. Ramirez have joined Starz’s Power, the story of a New York night club owner who walks the line between legal and illegal activity. Marley Shelton has been set as the lead, and David Alpay will co-star, in Lifetime’s The Lottery, set in a world destined for extinction as women have stopped having children. When, remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this important scientific breakthrough unfolds, government interests and power begin to dominate one of the most personal and basic elements of humanity — the right to have a family. Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf, Demetrius Grosse and Lauren Stamile have joined USA’s Complications, about an ER doctor whose life changes after he is involved in a gang shooting and he is forced to explore how active a doctor can be in treating the cause of his patients' medical problems. Aasif Mandvi has been cast in HBO’s The Brink, that focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. The three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Katherine LaNasa is set to co-star in USA’s Untitled Sean Jablonski project, that follows investment banker Neil Truman and his wife Grace. The couple are sifting through their stagnant relationship when Neil discovers that Grace is seeing a male escort - and accidentally gains possession of the escort’s phone. He gains a unique perspective on his life and what motivates women, while Grace contemplates whether her needs are being met and if her marriage is worth saving. Wilmer Valderrama joins El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, that centers on career criminal Seth Gecko and his older, seriously unstable brother Richie - as well as a Texas Ranger who sets out in pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers. Tom Ellis and Rick Gonzalez have booked USA’s Rush, following a highly-paid, private on- call doctor, who rushes in whenever his clients need immediate medical attention, but because of who they are, what they've done, or what they are hiding, can't seek traditional treatment.
Current SeriesOdette Annable has booked a multi-episode arc on CBS’ Two and a Half Men as a possible love interest to Ashton Kutcher’s character. Elizabeth Hurley will lend her voice to CW’s Tomorrow People, playing the voice of Ultra’s computer. Leah Remini will recur on TV Land’s The Exes. Andrew J. West is set to guest and possibly recur on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Jack Davenport has booked a guest star role on CBS’ The Good Wife. Chris Gorham will guest star on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Walton Goggins has landed a guest starring role on NBC’s Community, playing an investigator. Amy Brenneman will play Adelaide Kane’s mother on CW’s Reign. Andrew Rannells is set to guest star on Fox’s How I Met Your Mother. Sprague Grayden and Gregg Henry will appear on Fox’s The Following. Adam Brody has booked a guest star role on Fox's New Girl, playing an ex of Zooey Deschanel's character.
New SeriesMichelle Forbes will guest star on Fox’s Rake.
Event SeriesRachel Blanchard will recur on FX’s Fargo. Noah Bean and Zeljko Ivanek join Syfy’s 12 Monkeys.
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Awards Spotlight: Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez Make Beautiful Music Together for Disney’s ‘FrozenSSN spoke with Lopez and Anderson-Lopez about creating the song Let It Go and what it is like to mix work and marriage. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)
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STARTSThe Prince 12/01/2013 Logline: A retired mob enforcer must return to Las Vegas, his former base of operations, to find his missing daughter. Production Companies: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Aperture Films Director: Brian A. Miller Executive Producer: Brandon Grimes Producers: Randall Emmett, George Furla, Adam Goldworm, Barry Brooker, Stan Wertieb, Tim Sullivan, Ho-Sung Pak, Fred Song Cast: Bruce Willis, John Cusack, 50 Cent, Gia Mantegna, Rain Screenwriters: Jeremy Passmore, Andre Fabrizio SSN Insight: Project was previously set up at Worldview Entertainment with Christopher Woodrow attached to produce. Fifty Shades of Grey 12/02/2013 Logline: A young college woman gets involved in a bondage relationship with a wealthy man. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Producers: Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti, E.L James Cast: Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Dakota Johnson, Eloise Mumford Screenwriters: Kelly Marcel, Patrick Marber ( 1st polish), Mark Bomback (2nd polish) Details: Based on the book Fifty Shades of Grey, written by E.L. James and published by Vintage on April 3, 2012. SSN Insight: Charlie Hunnam was previously attached to star, then notably dropped out pushing production.
WRAPSInto the Woods 11/26/2013 Logline: A baker and his wife who desperately want children strike a deal with a Witch. The witch promises to give them a child, but in order to fulfill the demands the baker must set out on a dangerous and perilous adventure. Studio: Walt Disney Studios Production Company: Lucamar Productions Director: Rob Marshall Producers: Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt Cast: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt Screenwriter: James Lapine Details: Based on the Broadway musical Into the Woods, directed by James Lapine, music by Stephen Sondheim, which opened on November 5, 1987 at the Martin Beck Theater. SSN Insight: Project was previously in development at The Jim Henson Company and Storyline. Dumb and Dumber To 11/25/2013 Logline: When Harry needs a kidney transplant, he hits the road with Lloyd to find his possible illegitimate child who can donate a kidney. Studio: Universal Pictures Production Companies: Red Granite Pictures, Conundrum Entertainment Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly Executive Producers: Marc S Fischer Producers: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Charles B Wessler, Bradley Thomas Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, Rob Riggle Screenwriter: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin SSN Insight: The sequel to Dumb and Dumber was previously set up at New Line Cinema. It is looking for a 2014 release to mark the 20th anniversary.
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Globes Spotlight: Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan on “Getting to Know Oscar Through All the People Who Knew Him”Jordan first came to the public’s notice during season one of The Wire before landing major roles in Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and the 2012 sleeper Chronicle. Now, with his star on the rise, he’s rumored to be in the running for some of the biggest parts in Hollywood. (SSN) (SSN) (SSN)
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The WolfMan Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: Scott Stuber Productions Executive Producer: Daniel Knauf, Quan Phung, Scott Stuber Writer: Daniel Knauf Logline: Centers on a man who is afflicted by an ancient curse and jacks into the powerful, primordial soul of the alpha-predator. Details: Based on the 2010 feature The Wolfman, produced by Scott Stuber and Universal Pictures, starring Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, which was a remake of the 1941 feature. SSN Insight: Knauf is also developing an untitled project with Electus Entertainment about a women’s club, part of the 3-for-1 NBC deal that joins Black Widow, already in development. Nemesis Network: NBC Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Company: Storyline Entertainment, Aperture Entertainment Executive Producer: Benjamin Brand, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Adam Goldworm Producer: Mark Nicholson Writer: Benjamin Brand Logline: The true story of Ness in 1935 as Cleveland’s newly appointed Director of Public Safety. Bodies have started turning up — each one decapitated and dissected with a doctor’s skill and a madman’s bent. The police are baffled and the population is terrorized over America’s first serial killer, the so-called "Torso Killer." While it’s not his turf, Ness is forced to take over the case; the more energy he pours into the investigation, the more it takes over and threatens to destroy his life. Details: Based on the novel Nemesis: The Final Case Of Eliot Ness, written by William Bernhardt. Planned as an eight-hour miniseries. SSN Insight: Zadan and Meron are behind the upcoming miniseries Bonnie & Clyde, which will air on the History Channel. Mr. Romance Network: HBO Production Company: RipCord Productions Executive Producer: Joshuah Bearman, Mike White, David Bernad Writer: Murray Miller, Casper Christensen Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Details: Based on the article The Only Muscle I Can’t Control: In Search Of The Next Romance Novel Cover Man, written by Joshuah Bearman. SSN Insight: Miller has just closed a two year overall deal with HBO and will be upped to an executive producer on HBO’s Girls this season. Hannibal Network: History Studio: A&E Studios Production Company: Red Arrow Entertainment Group Executive Producer: Halle Berry, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Jensen, Vincent Cirrincione, Simon Maxwell Writer: Jeffrey Caine Logline: The story begins in Carthage, 264 BC, at the beginning of his life in North Africa and proceeds through the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome. In what became legend, Hannibal and his archrival Scipio Africanus take a sacred vow to destroy the other and the nation he served. However, despite their fiercely opposed allegiances, the two are brought together and grow to respect each other as brothers. Details: Planned as a miniseries. SSN Insight: Red Arrow is also developing Odyssey, which was picked up straight to pilot for NBC with Adam Armus, Kay Foster and Peter Horton. Wisdom Network: ABC Studio: ABC Television Studios Executive Producer: Marcus Wiley, Julia Franz, Jonathan Abrams Writer: Jonathan Abrams Logline: A sprawling, sexy soap fraught with secrets, lies, and a huge mystery involving the Murdoch-like dynasty of the first family of Silicon Valley. The Double Life of Emily Reed Network: ABC Studio: ABC Television Studios Production Company: Temple Hill Entertainment Executive Producer: David Weissman, David Diamond, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Larry Gilbert Writer: David Weissman, David Diamond Logline: Emily Reed is at a tipping point in her New Jersey, single mom life, when she wakes up the next day as a dazzling, successful (and childless), New York executive. Thus begins the double life of Emily Reed as she moves forward living each day twice. SSN Insight: Temple Hill is also developing Let’s Pretend This Never Happened for ABC with Christine Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein and Beta for ABC with Lindsay Devlin.
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Globes Spotlight: ‘The Way, Way Back’ Writers/Directors Jim Rash & Nat Faxon on Getting Past Writer’s Block & their Next ProjectFaxon and Rash are no newcomers to the awards circuit, having brought home an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay last year with Alexander Payne for The Descendants. Despite its mid-summer release date, The Way, Way Back struck a chord with audiences, giving it a good chance at being remembered this year in the comedy category of the Golden Globes. SSN caught up with the jet setters, who have just returned from the Torino Film Festival. (SSN)
Globes Spotlight: Nicole Holofcener on Writing/Directing ‘Enough Said’ & Finding the Unexpected in James GandolfiniOnly six months since the untimely death of her star, James Gandolfini, Holofcener finds herself and her stars (Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus) in the midst of awards buzz, especially as a Golden Globes contender. SSN had the opportunity to sit down with Holofcener and talk about her career thus far. (SSN) (SSN)
Exec Spotlight: Turner President of Programming Michael Wright On Mob City, Falling Skies & The Pete Holmes ShowSSN checked in with Michael Wright, the President of Programming for TNT, TBS and TCM. Wright studied acting in college , wound up on the business side of television and is a genuine fan of the medium: “Entertainment can be a cynical business. I don’t feel that way. I get paid to work on TV shows. If you can’t do this gig, and be enthused and grateful … don’t do it.” (SSN) (SSN)
PilotsKevin Ryan will recur on NBC’s Crossbones, about a diabolical pirate who reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Pablo Schreiber, Maribeth Monroe and Geoffrey Pierson have joined HBO’s The Brink, about a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. The three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Martin Donovan joins Lifetime’s The Lottery as a series regular, and Salli Richardson-Whitfield will recur, on the project set in a world destined for extinction as women have stopped having children. When, remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this important scientific breakthrough unfolds, government interests and power begin to dominate one of the most personal and basic elements of humanity — the right to have a family. Constance Zimmer has booked a guest star role on USA’s Complications, about an ER doctor whose life changes after he is involved in a gang shooting and forced to explore how active a doctor can be in treating the cause of his patients' medical problems. McKaley Miller will play Kelsey Grammer’s daughter and Daniele Watts will play Martin Lawrence’s daughter on FX’s Braddock & Jackson, centered on lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who develop a partnership after they unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. Robert Wisdom co-stars opposite Paul Giamattin in FX’s Hoke, a story of mid-life crisis and murder that features the hard-boiled and possibly insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley in pre-chic Miami, circa 1985. Nate Mooney is the first to join the cast of NBC’s Odyssey, that centers on three families who are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.
Current SeriesMelissa Ponzio will recur on NBC’s Chicago Fire, as a love interest for Eamonn Walker’s character. Barbara Hershey will appear on ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, as the Queen of Hearts. Malcom-Jamal Warner is set to guest star in a two-episode arc on TNT’s Major Crimes. Victor Garber has been cast in at least one episode of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Dan Hedaya will play Chris Messina’s Dad on Fox’s The Mindy Project. Matthew Goode is set for a major recurring role on CBS’ The Good Wife, playing a prosecutor. Bret Michaels will play a version of himself on NBC’s Revolution. Ryan Phillippe, David Krumholtz, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Lance Bass will appear on TBS’ Men at Work. Brianna Brown plays a new love interest for Simon Baker’s character on CBS’ The Mentalist. Elyse Levesque has landed a recurring role on CW’s The Originals.
New SeriesKate del Castillo and Melinda Page Hamilton will guest star in the same episode on ABC’s Killer Women. Vinnie Jones and Luis Guzman are set to recur on ABC’s Mind Games. Constance Zimmer has landed a recurring role on NBC’s Growing Up Fisher.
Event SeriesKevin Rankin and Virginia Kull have joined Fox’s Gracepoint.
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Globes Spotlight: Actor/Filmmaker Eugenio Derbez & Composer Carlo Siliotto Discuss 'Instructions Not Included’s 12 Year JourneyIt took Derbez 12 years to finance his dream project, Instructions Not Included, which he stars in and directs. The movie became the fourth-highest grossing foreign film in history. Derbez’s composer Carlo Siliotto brought a poignant depth to the story with his score. SSN brings you our conversation with them. (SSN) (SSN)
Globes Spotlight: ‘Croods’ Writer/Directors Kirk De Micco & Chris Sanders on “Cavemen Pretty”, De-Evolving Characters & Fast SlothsCroods writer/directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders spoke to SSN about creating this family, the intricate world they live in, and some of the memorable creatures surrounding them. (SSN)
Globes Spotlight: Composer T-Bone Burnett on ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, the Coens & the “Biggest Con in the History of the World”He worked with the Coens on The Big Lebowski, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Lady Killers, and this year, he reteams with the brothers on the folk drama Inside Llewyn Davis. SSN spoke with Burnett about writing songs for the film, about the evolution of folk music and being an artist in today’s electronic age. (SSN)
Globes Spotlight: ‘Captain Phillips’ Composer Henry Jackman Talks Paul Greengrass & Crafting “Home-Spun Sonic Material”With credits that include Turbo, Puss in Boots, G.I. Joe Retaliation, X-Men: First Class, and Kick-Ass, Captain Phillips marks a departure for Jackman into psychological thrillers. SSN sat down with the composer to discuss the challenges in scoring a realistic film and what it was like working closely with Paul Greengrass. (SSN) (SSN)
Globes Spotlight: Composer Trevor Morris on Infusing the ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Score with Real Threat, Loss & CourageHow do you score a film that involves copious amounts of explosions and special effects and keep your music from getting drowned out? SSN turned to composer Trevor Morris to find out about his process for his work on Olympus Has Fallen. (SSN)
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NEW ATTACHMENTSStealing Cars Logline: A rebellious teenager, guilt-ridden over the accidental death of his father, spirals into delinquency that lands him at the tough and corrupt Arizona Juvenile Institution. Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Production Company: Fluent Entertainment, Maverick Films Producers: Rachel Winter, Dan Keston, Stephen Levinson (Executive Producer), Mark Wahlberg (Executive Producer), Erika Hampson (Executive Producer) Cast: Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mike Epps, Emory Cohen, John Leguizamo Writer: Will Aldis, Steve Mackall Director: Bradley J. Kaplan SSN Insight: This project has been in development for 14 years and also marks documentary director Bradley J. Kaplan’s first narrative film. Fathers & Daughters Logline: While trying to get over her fear of emotional involvement with her boyfriend, a woman thinks back on her relationship with her famous father. Studio/Distributor: Voltage Pictures , Andrea Leone, Telepool GmbH Production Company: Busted Shark, Voltage Pictures, Fear of God Films, Leone Films Producers: Sherryl Clark, Craig J. Flores, Nicholas Chartier, Romilda DeLuca (Executive Producer), Keith Rodger (Executive Producer), Russell Crowe (Executive Producer), Bill Karesh (Executive Producer) Cast: Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul Writer: Brad Desch Director: Gabrielle Muccino Details: A spec script from the 2012 Black List. SSN Insight: Reunites former Big Love co-stars Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried. Castro’s Daughter Logline: The story of Fidel Castro's exiled daughter Alina Fernandez. Production Company: Mankind Entertainment, Smokewood Entertainment Group Producers: Joe Lamy, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness, John Martinez O’Felan, Luillo Ruiz (Executive Producer) Cast: Antonio Banderas, Catalina Sandino-Moreno Writer: Nilo Cruz (adaptation), Robert Moresco (adaptation) Director: Sarah Siegel-Magness Details: Based on the biography Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba, written by Alina Fernandez and published by St. Martin's Press October 15, 1998. SSN Insight: Colombian-born Catalina Sandino-Moreno played the wife of Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Stephen Soderbergh’s two-part biopic, Che in 2008 and in this project, she will play the daughter of Fidel Castro, Che’s former colleague.
NEW PROJECTSSister Logline: Although it was ruled a suicide, Beatrice is convinced that her sister was murdered and sets out to learn the truth. Production Company: Langley Park Pictures, StudioCanal Producers: Kevin McCormick Cast: Emily Blunt Details: Based on the novel Sister, written by Rosamund Lupton and published by Center Point Publishing in 2011. SSN Insight: Ironically, Emily Blunt is set to star and her real life sister, Felicity Blunt, is the book agent for the novel. Kicking Up Dirt Logline: The inspirational true story of Ashley Fiolek, the deaf, four-time Women’s Motocross Association champion. Studio/Distributor: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Production Company: AFFIRM Films, Oops Doughnuts Producers: Andy Fickman, Betsy Sullenger Writers: Kristin Rusk Robinson, Ian Deichtman Director: Andy Fickman Details: Based on Fiolek’s autobiography Kicking Up Dirt: A True Story of Determination, Deafness and Daring, which she co-wrote with Caroline Ryder. SSN Insight: Ashley Fiolek was also featured in The Undying Dream, a short film that Honda produced as part a series of short films for the Sundance Film Festival called “Dream the Impossible”. Mary/Homer Logline: A live-in nanny and struggling comedian are both fired on the same day and forced to house-sit together. Cast: Katharine Emmer. Josh McDermitt, Adam Lustick, Nikki DeLoach Writer: Katharine Emmer Director: Katharine Emmer SSN Insight: Aspiring actress, Katharine Emmer, inspired by Lena Dunham and the Duplass brothers, decided rather than wait around for a role, she would write a screenplay as a vehicle for her to star in. She is financing via Indiegogo and offering perks to supporters.
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Globes Spotlight: Exec. Producer/Writer Beau Willimon on the International Appeal of ‘House of Cards’, Binge Viewing & PowerAs the Golden Globe nominations near, SSN talked to Willimon about House of Cards’ second season and why he thinks the show struck such a major chord with viewers around the world. (SSN)
Globes Spotlight: Natasha Lyonne & Taylor Schilling Talk ‘Orange Is the New Black’, the Nightmare of Being Human & Fluid SexualitySSN talked to Lyonne and co-star Taylor Schilling about their roles, how OITNB has impacted their lives, and why they think viewers all over the world have responded to it. (SSN) (SSN)
Globes Spotlight: ‘Masters of Sex’ Star Lizzy Caplan Schools Us About Playing A Woman Ahead of Her Time & Girl-on-Girl CrimeSSN spoke with Caplan about playing a woman considered ahead of her time, her onscreen chemistry with Michael Sheen—who plays Johnson’s research partner Dr. William Masters—and their emotionally tough, physically intimate scenes together. (SSN) (SSN)
Company LaunchesOutpost Entertainment: Jodi Flynn has been named President of this new joint venture with Leftfield Entertainment. She will be based in Leftfield’s Los Angeles offices. Warehouse 51 Productions: Carl Hall has started this production company, based in London.
Studios, Networks, and Media ConglomeratesFox International Channels: Francis Chang has joined as Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, based in Hong Kong. NBCUniversal: Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza has joined as Vice President, Community Affairs, Hispanic Enterprises & Content, in New York, beginning December 9th. News Corp.: Jim Kennedy has joined as Chief Communications Officer, based in New York. Walt Disney Imagineering: Valerie Van Galder has joined as a Franchise Management executive.
FilmLegendary Entertainment: Emily Castel has been named Chief Marketing Officer. Imagine Entertainment: Michael Rosenberg has been promoted to Co-Chairman. Rentrak: Laurie Kaman has joined as Senior Vice President, Branded Entertainment. Suretone Pictures: Lauren Pettit has been named Vice President, Film and Television. Screen Australia: Sally Caplan has joined as Head, Production.
TelevisionAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS): Rob Swartz has been elected to serve a two-year term as Secretary, beginning January, 2014. Channel Four (UK): Nick Mirsky has been promoted to Head of Specialist Factual Programming. Channel Four (UK): David Glover has been promoted to Head of Documentaries. Electus: Jessica Sebastian has joined as Vice President, Unscripted Television. FremantleMedia International: Angela Neillis has joined as Director, Non-Scripted Content, in London. Rive Gauche Television: Cindie Nemes has joined as Vice President, Development. Ryan Seacrest Productions: Jeff Refold has expanded his Chief Financial Officer role to include Chief Operating Officer. Kelly Mullens Brown has taken the new title of President, Strategy, Marketing, Communications, at Ryan Seacrest Enterprises. Sky Vision Productions: Jane Millichip has been promoted to General Manager, while Niki Page will join as Head, Acquisitions, Factual, as of January 2014, both in London. Tricon Films & Television: Jeffrey Hevert has joined as Vice President, U.S. Factual Development. Veria Living: Eric Sherman has joined as Chief Executive Officer.
Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law FirmsAPA: Montana Artists’ Matt Birch and Ralph Berge have joined as Senior Vice Presidents and Co-Heads, Physical Production. APA: Montana Artists’ VP Brady Torgeson, agents Julian Savodivker and Amanda Pecora-Sutphen, and business affairs executive Larry Sheffield have also joined APA. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD): Sarah Kate Ellis has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2014. WME: Alix Gucovsky has joined as Agent, Commercial.
CableE! Entertainment: Lauren Celinski has joined as Director, Programming & Development. El Rey Network: Chad Blankenship has joined as Vice President, Consumer Marketing El Rey Network: Clarissa Colmenero has joined as Executive Director, Public Relations. El Rey Network: Jose Antonio Hernandez has joined as Vice President, Trade Marketing, based in Miami. Food Network and Cooking Channel: Andrew Schechter has been promoted to Vice President, Programming & Development, in New York. Outdoor Channel: Jason Brist has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales. Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI): Julie Taylor has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Program Planning. Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI): Cindy Brown has been promoted to Vice President, Program Planning. Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI): Carrie Regan has joined as Director, Programming and Development. Shaw Communications: Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications, has postponed his previously announced retirement until December 2015. Shaw Communications: Jay Mehr has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Shaw Communications: Jim Little has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer. Spike TV: Jeff Savaiano has been promoted to Senior Director, Original Series. Tori Socha has joined as Senior Director, Original Series. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific: Ricky Ow has been named President. He will be based in Hong Kong.
DigitalAOL: Brian Balthazar will join as Vice President, Head of Programming and Executive Producer, AOL.com, beginning January 6th 2014. Crackle: Anil Kurian has joined as Manager, Digital Development. Facebook: Michel Protti has been named Director, Emerging Business. Twitter: Marjorie Scardino has joined the Board of Directors. Vice Media: James Murdoch has joined the company’s executive board.
PublishingThe Hollywood Reporter: Kimberly Speight Nordyke has been promoted to Deputy Editor, THR.com
MusicAEG Live: In a restructuring, Jay Marciano has been appointed Chairman, Paul Tollett has been named to the Board and assumed the title of Chief Executive Officer and President, Goldenvoice. John Meglen has been named President, Global Touring, Shawn Trell has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and Rick Mueller has been named President, AEG Live North America.
AdvertisingMindshare: David Lang has been promoted to Chief Content Officer, North America, Mindshare and President, Mindshare Entertainment, in New York.
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