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Sony Signs On for ‘The Eden Project, Equalizer Gets More Than Even, ‘Scorch Trials’ Has Its Villain


THE EQUALIZER, Denzel Washington, 2014. ph: Phillip Caruso/©Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett

Sony Bites the Apple, Signs on for Female-Centric Sci-Fi Spec, 'The Eden Project'

Script from Blacklist writer Christina Hodson has Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe attached to produce. (THR)

‘The Equalizer’ Gets More Than Even at the Box Office

Denzel’s new flick clears $35 million for one of the best September openings ever. (SSN)

Foursome of Actresses Form "Scirens" to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the Entertainment Industry

Group intends to share and discuss science news, advocate for its literacy and inspire scientifically infused entertainment in all forms. (IO9)

‘The Scorch Trials’ Has Its Villain, and He Comes in the Form of Aiden Gillen

The Wire and Game of Thrones alum set to be the Big Bad in Maze Runner sequel to hit screens next year. (MF)

There is a ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Script, and It is Apparently Quite Good

Star Alex Winter says the whole filmmaking team is set, and the project has Dean Parisot attached to direct. (EMP)

Japan-based Softbank Rumored to be Looking to Buy DreamWorks Animation

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s animation studio expected to go for approximately $3.4 billion. (DH)

In a Time without Any Real Movie Stars Anymore, Why Denzel Washington Might Be the One Exception

The star, coming off a big opening of his new movie, continues to draw at the box office while others fall by the wayside. (VAR)

New Line’s Option Expires on ‘Y: The Last Man’ Comic Property

Rights revert back to creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, project considered dead. (NEWSA)

In Case You’re in Need of an Updated Release Schedule for IMAX, 3D, and 4D

Dracula Untold and Interstellar lead the list of upcoming IMAX films. (IW)

Marvel Settles Long-Running Lawsuit Over Creator Rights With Jack Kirby’s Family

Family of legendary co-creator of Captain America, The Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and countless other heroes sought royalties from company. (LAT)

On The Set For 9/29/14: Tom Hardy & DiCaprio Start The Revenant, Seth Rogen Wraps Good Universe Project


at arrivals for THE DROP Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014, Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, ON September 5, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio Binuya/Everett Collection


  The Revenant 09/29/2014 Logline: After a 19th-century fur trapper gets mauled to near-death by a grizzly bear, robbed by his companions, and left behind to perish in the woods, he survives against all odds and seeks revenge on his betrayers. Production Companies: Anonymous Content, New Regency Productions, Zeta Films Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Executive Producer: Paul Green Producers: Keith Redmon, Steve Golin, David J Kanter, Arnon Milchan, Brad Weston, James Skotchdopole, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter Screenwriters: Mark L Smith; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (current draft) Details: Based on the novel "The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge" by Michael Punke and published by Carroll & Graf in March 2003. SSN Insight: Sean Penn was previously mentioned to star. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 09/24/2014 Logline: The timeless story of Elizabeth Bennet's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the dead into zombies. Production Companies: Handsomecharlie Films, Darko Entertainment, Allison Shearmur Productions Director: Burr Steers Executive Producers: Ted Hamm, Aleen Keshishian Producers: Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick, Allison Shearmur, Brian Oliver, Marc Butan, Tyler Thompson Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston Screenwriter: Burr Steers, David O. Russell (current draft); Marti Noxon (previous draft); Craig Gillespie (previous draft); Seth Grahame-Smith (previous draft) Details: Based on the novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" written by by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen and published by Quirk Books on April 1, 2009. SSN Insight: Previously in development at Lionsgate. Wait Till Helen Comes 09/28/2014 Logline: When a family moves into a new home, their little girl becomes friends with, and gets tormented by, a lonely ghost. Production Companies: DCP Mystery Arts, Just Believe Productions, Caramel Films, Inferno Pictures Director: Dominic James Producers: Don Carmody,Victoria Sanchez Mandryk, André Rouleau, Ian Dimerman Cast: Maria Bello, Sophie Nélisse, Isabelle Nelisse, Liam Dickinson Screenwriter: Victoria Sanchez Mandryk Details: Based on the novel "Wait Till Helen Comes" written by Mary Downing Hahn and published by Avon Camelot in 1986. SSN Insight: Jennifer Love Hewitt was previously attached to make her feature directorial debut and produce via her Fedora Films. Freeheld 09/29/2014 Logline: The true story of Laurel Hester, a detective with the New Jersey Police Department, who spends the final year of her life fighting a policy that will not allow her to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. Production Companies: Endgame Entertainment, Double Feature Films, Incognito Pictures, Vie Entertainment Director: Peter Sollett Executive Producer: Douglas E. Hansen Producers: Ellen Page, James D. Stern, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Kelly Bush Novak, Cynthia Wade, Jack Selby, Richard Fischoff, Duncan Montgomery Cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell Screenwriter: Ron Nyswaner Details: Based on the short film "Freeheld" (USA/2007) directed by Cynthia Wade, which won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. SSN Insight: Catherine Hardwicke was previously in discussions to direct.


  We Are Your Friends 09/26/2014 Logline: In this coming-of-age story set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, a young DJ navigates relationships, his passions, and his prospects for the future while he works on what he hopes will become his first hit track. Production Company: Working Title Films Director: Max Joseph Executive Producer: Richard Silverman Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin, Johanna Byer Cast: Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Jon Abrahams, Wes Bentley, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer Screenwriters: Max Joseph, Meaghan Oppenheimer; Richard Silverman (story by) SSN Insight: Co-lead Emily Ratajkowski also played the role of Andie Fitzgerald in the upcoming feature release “Gone Girl” (USA/2014), directed by David Fincher, and she gained fame last year by appearing in the music video for the Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines.” Untitled (Sony/Point Grey/Good Universe Xmas Comedy Project) 09/29/2014 Logline: Three childhood best friends reunite for their annual Christmas Eve outing in Manhattan. Studio: Columbia Pictures Production Companies: Good Universe, Point Grey Pictures Director: Jonathan Levine Executive Producers: Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir Producers: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver Cast: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Ilana Glazer Screenwriter: Jonathan Levine SSN Insight: During the project's late-summer production schedule, the filmmakers used massive quantities of fake snow to give several Lower East Side street locations a Christmas vibe, even though the temperature in New York was topping 86 degrees.

Fincher To Direct Entire First Season of ‘Utopia,’‘Magic Mike XXL’ Cast Keeps Growing, Trailer for ‘Inherent Vice’ Arrives


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Following in the Footsteps of Soderbergh, David Fincher Will Spend 2015 Directing the Entire First Season of ‘Utopia’

HBO adaptation of British conspiracy thriller also has Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn as a producer. (IW)

The List of Actors Joining the Cast of ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Continues to Grow

Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover join Channing Tatum, and other new recruits Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Strahan. (EMP)

The New Trailer for P.T. Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Has Arrived, to Great Fanfare

Film is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival, opens wide December 12th. (HUFFPO)

‘Walking Dead’ Fans Excited for the Announced Spin-Off Will Want to Read This List of the New Show’s Main Characters

Show will debut on AMC at some point in 2015, but no set premiere date has been announced. (MF)

Groundbreaking Deal Will See ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel Hit Netflix and IMAX Simultaneously

The Weinstein Company will release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on all formats August 28th, 2015. (THR)

With DreamWorks Animation Talks Rumored to be Stalled, SoftBank Now Targets Legendary Pictures

Japanese company looking to buy a minor but substantial share in Thomas Tull’s production shingle. (VAR)

Cindy Chupack Sells New Girlfriends Comedy to ABC

Single camera show from the Sex and the City alum follows three friends living in Venice, CA. (DH)

The First Wave of Programming for Quentin Tarantino’s Beverly Cinema Has Been Announced

Aside from his own films, QT will show double features that include tributes to Robin Williams, Sam Peckinpah and Paul Mazurky. (SLASH)

‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2’ Now Will Need to Find a New Director

Tommy Wirkola, who helmed the first film to a surprising box office success, will still write and produce. (COL)

TV Development For 9/30/14: Jennifer Garner Putting on EP Hat to Develop Half Full for Fox, Josh Schwartz EP on Felony Twins


at arrivals for DRAFT DAY Premiere, The Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, CA April 7, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

Untitled John Krasinski/ Shawn Wines/ Aaron Kaplan Garbage Collection Comedy Project Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Companies: Sunday Night Productions, Kapital Entertainment Executive Producers: John Krasinski, Allyson Seeger, Mike Sablone, Shawn Wines, Aaron Kaplan Writer: Shawn Wines Logline: A disgraced law student, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection. SSN Insight:Krasinski’s, Sunday Night Productions, has also sold an Untitled Josh Siegal Project to NBC about a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own grassroots agency from his garage.

Queen Of The South Network: USA Studio: Fox Television Studios Production Company: Friendly Films Executive Producers: Mark Fortin, Joshua Miller, David T. Friendly, Pancho Mansfield Writers: M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller  Logline: After her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa Mendoza is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America. There, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the same drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the cartel. Details: Based on the novel, La Reina Del Sur, written by Arturo Perez-Reverte, which was also the inspiration for the Telemundo series, which premiered in 2011.

Eat, Sleep, Poop Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: Storyline Entertainment Executive Producers: David Bickel, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron Consulting Producers: Mark Nicholson, Dr. Scott W. Cohen Writer: David Bickel Logline: A celebrity pediatrician is top of the line and revered at work but is not as good practicing what he preaches with his wife and kids at home. Details: Inspired by the book Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide To Your Baby’s First Year, written by Dr. Scott W. Cohen.

Real Genius Network: NBC Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Companies: Happy Madison Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment Executive Producers: Craig DiGregorio, Dave King, Doug Robinson, Oly Obst Writers: Craig DiGregorio, Dave King Logline: A look at the relationship between a rock star-like genius and a sheltered, naive co-worker. Details: Based on the 1985 movie, Real Genius, (USA/1985) directed by Martha Coolidge and starring Val Kilmer. SSN Insight: Project will be written in present day.

Telenova Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: UnbeliEVAble Entertainment Executive Producers: Eva Longoria, Ben Spector, Christine Pietrosh, Jessica Goldstein Writer: Christine Pietrosh, Jessica Goldstein Logline: An ambitious telenovela star struggles to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera. Details: The project will get a 13-episode order if Longoria commits to star or a pilot order if she doesn’t. SSN Insight: An Untitled Emily Halpern / Sarah Haskins Project is also being developed at ABC with eyes on Longoria to star and Executive Produce. If she commits, there will be a 13-episode penalty attached to the project. This project centers on a successful home renovator who can’t stop problem solving when she leaves the job site – especially when it comes to her boyfriend, her family, a random delivery guy, and basically everyone she comes into contact with.

Tuned Network: NBC Studio: Universal Television Production Company: UnbeliEVAble Entertainment Executive Producers: Zachary Levi, Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Eva Longoria, Ben Spector Writers: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont Cast: Zachary Levi (has been mentioned) Logline: An ambitious New Yorker's life is upended by sudden musical hallucinations. While these vivid hallucinations threaten to completely derail his enviable life, he’ll eventually realize that they might lead him on a more fulfilling journey. SSN Insight: This marks the fifth sale for Eva Longoria's shingle UnbeliEVAble Entertainment this season.

The Felony Twins Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Fake Empire Executive Producers: David Hemingson, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Leonard Goldstein Writer: David Hemingson Logline: An unlikely trio of investigators' social lives are as wild as their cases. A young lawyer at an upscale firm discovers that two eccentric sisters at his downscale Hollywood apartment have an obsession with crime and covertly enlists them as investigators in his cases. But he must keep them a secret from his superiors at the firm. SSN Insight: This is the second project for Fake Empire who are also developing a project with Jeff Wadlow at ABC.

Untitled Tommy Johnagin Comedy Project Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Doozer Productions Executive Producers: Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold Co-Executive Producer: Tommy Johnagin Writers: Tommy Johnagin, Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker Cast: Tommy Johnagin Logline: A standup comic raises a family in a small Midwestern town.  Details: Inspired by Tommy Johnagin's life. Ordered to pilot. SSN Insight: Halpern and Schumacker are also developing ABC’s, Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth.

Untitled Jenna Bans Drama Project Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Mandeville Films/TV Executive Producers: Jenna Bans, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laura Zaks Writer: Jenna Bans Logline: The return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade earlier, sends shockwaves throughout their tight knit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? SSN Insight: Project stems from Bans' deal with ABC Studios and is also a producer on ABC’s Scandal.

Half Full Network: FOX Studio: Warner Bros. Television Production Company: Vandalia Films Executive Producer: Jennifer Garner Co-Executive Producer: Matthew Nicklaw Producer: Juliana Janes Writer: Matthew Nicklaw Logline: A newlywed couple are forced to put their dreams of moving to New York City on hold because of the impending doom of (unexpected) parenthood. Instead, they have no choice but to stay at home in "beautiful" Agawam, Massachusetts, keeping themselves within a five-mile radius of the husband's five bitter, older siblings. SSN Insight: Vandalia Films is also developing a project for Bravo called All The Pretty Faces with J. Mills Goodloe.

Funhouse Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Mandeville Films/TV Executive Producers: Fred Goss, Laurie Zaks, David Hoberman, Todd Liberman Writer: Fred Goss Logline: Jack Babbit kidnaps his estranged father from a nursing home, along with his 24-hour male nurse, and brings them to his home. This upsets the already chaotic existence between Jack, his wife, three kids and extended family but ultimately helps them discover what they all mean to each other. Details: Put Pilot + Penalty SSN Insight: In addition to the Untitled Jenna Bans Project listed above, Mandeville is also developing L.A. Crime for ABC with Steven Baigelman.

If We're Not Married By 30 Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television Co-Executive Producers: Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch Writers: Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch Logline: A guy comes to collect on a pre-teen promise made by his childhood best friend — whom he hasn't seen in more than a decade.

In Security Network: NBC Studio: Sony Pictures Television Production Company: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment Executive Producers: Annabel Oakes, Phil Traill, Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone Writer: Annabel Oakes Logline: Four very un-Charlie's Angels female bodyguards/private investigators find that their invisibility in society makes their jobs easier — and everything else harder.    Details: Oaks is currently a writer on USA’s Sirens.

Dish Network: ABC Studio: ABC Studios Production Company: Dark Toy Entertainment Executive Producers: Cindy Chupack, Karey Burke, Todd Holland Writer: Cindy Chupack Logline: Three female friends in Venice, CA – one single, one married, and one a single mother – meet once a week at a restaurant called Dish to dish about life, love, career, and the myth of "having it all." They do "have it all" among the three of them, just not individually. Details: Inspired by Cindy Chupack’s real-life experiences. SSN Insight: Dark Toy Entertainment is also developing Nuclear Family for ABC and Random Acts for AMC.

Emily Kapnek Talks ‘Selfie,’ Six Celebrity Books to Read This Fall, TV Development for 9/30/14: Jennifer Garner Wears Her EP Hat


at arrivals for DRAFT DAY Premiere, The Regency Village Theatre, Westwood, CA April 7, 2014. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection


Creator Emily Kapnek Takes SSN Behind the Scenes of ‘Selfie,’ Her modern ‘My Fair Lady’

The retelling of Pygmalion sets its protagonist in the world of social media, and comes to a television landscape ripe with rom-coms. (SSN)

Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl,’ and Five Other Books to Check Out This Fall from Celebrity Authors

Amy Poehler, Bob Odenkirk, B.J. Novak and Neil Patrick Harris all have very different tomes coming to bookshelves in the next few months. (SSN)

TV Development for 9/30/14: Jennifer Garner Puts On Her EP Hat for ‘Half Full’ at Fox

Josh Schwartz, Jon Krasinski and Zadan & Meron among the other EP’s setting up pilots. (SSN)


Marvel’s Mid-Season Series ‘Agent Carter’ Lands Some Star-Studded Talent

Dominic Cooper will reprise his role as Howard Stark, father of RDJ’s Tony, which he originated in Captain America: The First Avenger. (THR)

E! Entertainment TV is Now in the Hunt for a New Topper, as Suzanne Kolb Resigns

NBCU said to be prepping a larger management overhaul for the network and other lifestyle and reality cablers. (VAR)

A Year After His Ill-Received Kickstarter Campaign, Zach Braff Admits to Being “Shocked" at the Backlash

Filmmaker explains at Zurich Film Festival he thought a lot of the criticism was “unfair and unfounded.” (IW)

Larry David is Apparently as Hopeful That There Will Be Another Season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ as the Rest of Us

Three years after the show last aired, the show’s writer and star admits in an interview that he wants to do Season Nine, but isn’t sure if he has enough ideas. (HUFFPO)

The ‘Vacation’ Reboot Adds Some Impressive Talent, as Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall Jump On Board

Pair will play an “annoyingly perfect” couple who is friends of the Griswolds, played by Ed Helms and Christina Applegate. (EMP)

Elizabeth Murdoch Ankles Shine After the Upcoming Endemol-Core Merger

Founder of the company, and Rupert Murdoch’s daughter, had already begun distancing herself from the day-to-day, has no set future plans. (DH)

At Long Last, Richard Linklater’s ‘That’s What I’m Talking About’ is Finally Going to Shoot

Annapurna will help finance and Paramount will distribute “spiritual” sequel to Dazed and Confused. (SLASH)

CBS Loses Wrongful Death Suit, Theater Chains to Boycott ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel, ‘Zombieland’ Sequel Back in Action



CBS Loses $10 Million Judgment in ‘NCIS’ Security Guard’s Family Wrongful Death Suit

Julio Villamariona, 52, was hit by a van driven by a network employee while shuttling cast and crew to the Santa Clarita set in February 2011. (DH)

Multiple Theater Chains Set to Boycott ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel in Major Blow to Netlflix and IMAX

AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike own 257 of IMAX’s 418 screens in the U.S., joined by Canada’s Cineplex and Europe’s Cineworld. (VAR)

Five Years Later, the Zombieland Sequel is Finally Moving Forward with New Writers

Ruben Fleischer, who directed the 2009 cult hit, will oversee writer Dave Callaham who got a story credit on this summer’s Godzilla reboot. (THR)

FX Renews Both ‘You’re the Worst’ and ‘Married’ for Second Seasons

Both series to return in 2015, but network will move demented rom-com Worst to younger viewing-skewing FXX. (IW)

Add ‘Big’ to the List of Movies Being Turned Into a Television Event Series

Fox is moving forward with the project, to be written by Enlisted co-creators Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, will be half-hour format. (MF)

Football, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Are the Two Most Expensive Ad Buys on TV

The Walking Dead is the most expensive hour-long, with The Blacklist also one of the top shows for advertisers. (AD)

The Video Game-to-Movie Trend Continues: There Is Now a Tetris Flick in Development

Game originally created by Soviet Alexey Pajitnov is moving forward thanks to Threshold Entertainment. (EMP)

Yvette Nicole Brown Becomes the Latest Cast Member to Leave ‘Community’

Actress is leaving the show, recently rescued by Yahoo, for family reasons. (COL)

For Those Looking Forward to Seeing ‘Interstellar’ Next Month, There’s Good News

The film will open on IMAX November 4th, three days before its normal, wide release. (SLASH)

TV Castings For 10/01/14: Josh Holloway to Star in USA’s ‘Colony’, Molly Shannon to Guest on ‘The Millers’


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Josh Holloway will star in USA’s Colony, about a family forced to make difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving an existential threat to the human race

Santino Fontana, Michael McDonald, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III join Showtime’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend that follows a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure in West Covina, CA.

Yvonne Strahovski has joined ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club, that tells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history.

Current Series:

Nina Dobrev will guest star on CW’s The Originals.

Fred Armisen, Colleen Ballinge, Bill Burr, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer and Ali Wentworth have signed on to season 5 of Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Patricia Richardson will guest star and reunite with Tim Allen on ABC’s Last Man Standing.

Ksenia Solo has been cast as a regular on season 2 of AMC’s Turn.

Ian Nelson will guest star on CBS’ Criminal Minds.

Sasha Alexander has landed a recurring role on Showtime’s Shameless.

Tyler James Williams is scheduled to guest star on AMC’s Walking Dead.

Sally Pressman will appear in season 11 of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. 

Molly Shannon will guest star on CBS’ The Millers.

Penn Jillette, Rachel Maddow and George Stephanopoulos will appear in season 2 of Amazon’s Alpha House.

Valorie Curry and Demetri Martin have landed recurring roles on Showtime’s House of Lies.

Christian Camargo will guest star on CBS’ Elementary.

Ernie Hudson will guest star on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.

Jenifer Lewis has landed a recurring role on ABC’s Black-ish.

New Series:

John Ratzenberger is set to guest star on CBS’ The McCarthys.

Ernie Hudson will recur on Netflix’s Grace And Frankie.

Rutger Hauer is set to recur on ABC’s Galavant.

Naomi Campbell will recur on Fox’s Empire.

Tina Casciani has joined CW’s Jane The Virgin playing a telenovela star.

Ryan Hansen will guest star on CW’s iZombie.

How Adam Sandler Can Stay Relevant, Kevin Williamson Goes Behind the Scenes with ‘Stalker,’ TV Castings for 10/01/14, Sudeikis, Hader and Dinklage Headline ‘Angry Birds’ Voices




How Adam Sandler and Other Big Name Comedic Actors Can Stay Relevant in an Unforgiving World

With a new film coming out today that has little buzz attached to it, and another that got terrible reviews in Toronto, SSN looks at how the superstar can keep his audience intact. (SSN)

Kevin Williamson Brings SSN Behind the Scenes of His New Thriller, ‘Stalker’

The experienced showrunner, still hot from the success of The Following, has his new show premiere tonight on CBS. (SSN)

TV Castings for 10/01/14: Josh Holloway to Star in USA’s ‘Colony,’ Molly Shannon to Guest on ‘The Millers’

Other shows, like Showtime’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Astronaut Wives Club get new cast, while Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars announces new lineup. (SSN)


Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage Lead ‘Angry Birds’ Voice Cast

Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Tony Hale and a host of others also on tap for animated flick, to hit theaters July 1, 2016. (THR)

Sony Wins Heated Battle for Hot Pitch, ’The West’

Franchise play reimagines characters from the Old West as modern-day thieves in Los Angeles, will be written by Michael Diliberti, produced by Mythology partners Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt. (DH)

Warner TV Working With Brett Ratner and Bill Lawrence to Develop a ‘Rush Hour’ TV Show

Ratner directed the original trilogy, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, Lawrence known best for Scrubs and Cougar Town. (COL)

LeBron James Continues to Expand His Empire, Serves as EP on ESPN Films and Disney XD’s New Series, ‘Becoming’

Superstar’s Springhill Production Company behind show telling inspirational journeys of modern athletes. (IW)

As Rosamund Pike’s Career is About to Explode, a Look at How Other Bond Girls Have Fared

Actresses like Diana Rigg, Jane Seymour, Famke Janssen, and Michelle Yeoh have done okay for themselves, post-Bond. (EMP)

Diddy’s Revolt TV Answers Critics by Putting Together an Impressive New Deal

Twenty-four hour music network enters into multi-platform agreement with Verizon FiOS for system’s Ultimate HD package and Mobile app. (HUFFPO)

Introduction of Mockingbird into ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Could Lead to Big Screen Appearances

Actress playing the character, Friday Night Lights’ Adrianne Palicki, says discussions have already been had. (NEWSA)

Sandler Signs Four-Film Deal with Netflix, Affleck Punching In for ‘The Accountant,’ Tracy Morgan’s Performing Future In Doubt



Adam Sandler and Netflix Enter Into a Four Picture Deal Together

“Let the streaming begin!” the star announces. It is unclear if the new deal impacts the first look deal his Happy Madison shingle has with Sony. (THR)

Deafening ‘Gone Girl’ Buzz Leads to Star Affleck Taking Another Big Role, ‘The Accountant’

Script by Bill Dubuque has been in development at WB for years, follows number cruncher by day, assassin by night. (EMP)

In the Wake of His Terrible Car Accident, Tracy Morgan Might Never Be Able to Perform Again

Doctors are unsure if the comedian and actor will be able to take the stage again, due to a crippling brain injury suffered in the crash. (IW)

With the Season Premiere Coming on Sunday Night, a Comprehensive Look at the Major 'Walking Dead' Characters, from Most to Least Expendable

Surprisingly, young Carl is not at the top, and the rest of the list is sure to incite arguments among the show’s diehard fans. (MF)

K.J. Steinberg Inks Overall Deal with Sony TV, Sells Police Procedural to CBS

Writer-producer will be show runner for C.H.A.O.S. — Downtown Division, which follows two female cops charged with running a controversial new program. (DH)

‘Pirates 5’ Sets Sail At Last, as Depp and Company Schedule February Shoot in Australia

Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg to helm the latest in the franchise, officially titled, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. (THR)

It Appears That Kevin Hart May Have Been Cast in the Lead of the American Remake of ‘The Intouchables’

Hart will take the part originated Omar Sy, while Colin Firth takes over the other lead, first played by Francois Cluzet. (SAA)

It’s Promotion Day at Universal, as Nicholas Carpou Gets the Call to be President of Domestic Distribution

Exec has been at the studio since 2011, will take over for Nikki Rocco, who is retiring. Carpou will enter the new role next year. (VAR)

The Real Story Behind Season One of ‘True Detective’ Comes Out

A series of Satanic murders in Louisiana may have been the inspiration for the acclaimed series. (HUFFPO)

For Anyone Who Loves a Good Chase Scene, a Look at How They Have Evolved Through the Years

From Westerns to Bond, McQueen to Vin Diesel, a reel less than two-minutes long spans the entire history of movies. (ESQ)

Film Development For 10/02/14: Neil Burger Signs on to Direct ‘All the Old Knives’, L. Frank Baum Biopic ‘Road to Oz’ in Development


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All the Old Knives Logline: Two ex-lovers, a CIA spy and ex-CIA spy, meet for dinner and discuss a disastrous plane hijacking. Are they there to renew their romance or solve the case? One may not live through dinner. Production Companies:  Chockstone Pictures, Nick Wechsler Producers:  Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, Nick Wechsler, Roger Schwartz (Co-Producer), Felicity Aldridge (Co-Producer) Writer:  Olen Steinhauer (adaptation) Director: Neil Burger Details: Based on the novel "All the Old Knives" written by Olen Steinhauer and to be published in 2015. SSN Insight: Project marks first adaptation gig for author Olen Steinhauer.

All Quiet on the Western Front Logline: Young German student Paul Baumer enlists with his friends to fight in World War I, only to forget all his training when the bombs rain down on their trenches. As time goes on, Paul comes face-to-face with the senselessness of war. Production Companies: Radar Pictures, Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment Producers:  Ted Field, Mike Weber, Michael Napoliello, Ian Stokell, Lesley Paterson Writers:  Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson (adaptation) Director: Roger Donaldson Details: Based on the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front," by Erich Maria Remarque, published in 1929 by Little, Brown. SSN Insight: Project reunites Ted Field and Roger Donaldson after more than two decades since they teamed on 1988’s Cocktail.

Gumball 3000 Logline: The caper revolves around the annual British race, the Gumball 3000. Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Production Company:  Chernin Entertainment Producers:  Peter Chernin, Maximillion Cooper (Executive Producer) Writers: Trey Kollmer & John Blickstead SSN Insight: Project marks the writing duo’s first joint gig for a major studio movie.


Road to Oz Logline: The early days of author L. Frank Baum who wrote the children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its thirteen sequels are chronicled. Studio/Distributor: New Line Cinema Production Company: Flynn Picture Co. Producer: Beau Flynn Writer:  Josh Golden SSN Insight: Project and Josh Golden are finalists for the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship.

In the Land of Imagined Things Logline: Storyline is under wraps. Studio/Distributor: Disney Production Company:  Secret Machine Producer: Justin Springer Writer:  Joe Henderson (spec) Director: Charlie Bean SSN Insight: Project marks sophomore directing gig for former storyboard artist Charlie Bean (Ninjago).

Neverhome Logline: A farmer’s wife leaves her husband to join the Union army disguised as a man. She becomes a hero, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause. Production Company: Element Pictures Producer:  Ed Guiney Director: Lenny Abrahamson Details: Based on the novel "Neverhome" written by Laird Hunt and published by Little, Brown and Co. in 2014. SSN Insight: Project marks a reteam for Element and Abrahamson after collaborating on such recent films as 2012’s What Richard Did, 2014’s Frank and the upcoming project currently in preproduction, Room.

The List of the Open Lead Roles Currently Casting on Network TV Shows


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big 5 tv networksAlthough 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 shows slated for the networks along with the directors in charge of casting.  Good luck and keep reading SSN Insider next week as we'll reveal the open casting lists for Digital and Premium Cable series.


Companies: ABC (Network) ABC TV Studios (Studio) Marvel (Production Co.) Dates: September-October 2014 Casting Director: Sarah Finn, Marci Phillips, Tamara Hunter, Kate Dowd Logline: The one-hour drama follows Captain America’s girlfriend Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell, and chronicles her life as a budding secret agent after her boyfriend is stranded in ice. Edward Hutchins (Male 30-49): Smart, completely capable, and often inadvertently amusing. Beneath the English manners, he is also brave when called to action. He carefully balances his personal and professional life, not wanting to upset or worry his wife over his dangerous job.

Angie Martinelli (Female 20-35): A girl from Queens whose dreams of being on Broadway keep her in high spirits while she spends her time in a thankless waitress job. She’s sassy and a little rough around the edges, but extremely sociable. Charming with the guys but a best friend to women. Singing a plus.

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Companies: CBS (Network) CBS TV Studios (Studio) Dates: TBD Casting Director: Susan Edelman , Amy Herzig , Katharina Eggmann Logline: Willy is a cab driver in New York City, and he's a gruff, selfish middle-aged guy whose chatter can get on his customers' nerves. He’s alienated most of the people in his life, one way or another, but keeps on trying to find the path -- because finding the path is in his job description.

Willy (Male 40-59): Willy is a New York City cab driver- he's charismatic but quarrelsome and clueless that he’s offending his customers. His wife Vanessa has divorced him and he has a contentious relationship with his gay son. In spite of his money troubles and pelvic pain, he tries to do the right thing.

Sean (Male 20-29): The son of Willy and Vanessa, Sean is mid 20s, an intelligent but somewhat sharp tongued gay man. He's in love with Andrew, a bartender, and his life revolves around choreographing the ultimate marriage proposal. He and Willy have never gotten along because they have little in common.

Rosa (Female, 35-45): A wholehearted, grounded waitress with great humanity and a good sense of humor, Rosa works at a diner where Willy is a regular. Rosa moonlights as a blues singer, and she'd be open to dating Willy, but he’s too blind to see it. Open to any ethnicity, please indicate if the actress can sing.

Nishi (Male 45-59): Willy's boss at the Yellow Cab Garage, a Pakistani-American man, Nishi owns a medallion for a cab, and he's selling it at a steep price so he can pay for his son's college at Columbia University.

Valentine (Male 35-45): A Nigerian, soccer-loving cab driver who’s got a love-hate relationship with his co-worker Willy who often irritates him. He hopes that he can get the money to buy the medallion from Nishi.


Companies: CBS (Network) CBS TV Studios (Studio) Treeline Film (Production Co.) Dates: January 2015 Casting Director: TBD Logline: Set amidst a wave of violent animal attacks sweeping across the planet, a young renegade scientist is thrust into a race to unlock the mystery behind this pandemic before time runs out for animals and humans alike.

Jackson Oz (Male 30-39): The show's hero, he’s a scientist who's rugged, smart and manly.  The title ‘hero’ would come as quite a surprise to him, given his emotional weariness with life. We first meet him while he has a major hangover.

Jamie Paulson (Female 24): Pouty and edgy, she is a cub reporter on the metro desk. She gets the news first that something odd happening with the animals and is determined to get the scoop.

Chloe Tousignant (Female 30): Beautiful despite her wasted, tired appearance. She is French with a thick accent and speaks little English. She is in Africa after recently breaking up with her fiancé when her tour bus is attacked by lions.

Mitch Larkin (Male, 30): Hyper-intelligent with an endearing gawkiness. He is a student who works for the Zoo studying animals on his off hours.


Companies: FOX (Network) Twentieth TV (Studio) Dates: Late October 2014 Casting Director: TBD Logline: Centers on a woman who believes she is leading a perfect life — she has a loving family, a rewarding career and close friends. However, overnight her life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate – she soon realizes she must follow a trail of lies to reveal the truth.

Emily (Female 30-39): Lauren's sister-in-law is strong, caring and sympathetic. A special needs educator who is frantic to have a child of her own.

Lauren Marks (Female 30-35): Gorgeous, smart and ambitious. A mother and career woman. She finds out that her husband, Adam, is not who she thinks he is when he disappears.

Simon Marks (Male 30-39): Lauren's brother in-law is married to Emily and a San Francisco police detective. Rugged, strong and truthful. He does whatever he can to help Lauren find her husband.

Troy (Male 30-39): Adam's childhood friend, but Lauren’s family no longer speak to him because Simon's son accidentally shot himself with his gun. He may be Lauren's only hope to finding her husband. Looking for Latin talent.

Agent Danzinger (Male 30-45): An experienced government agent who you do not want to mess with. He is involved with taking down the Mexican weapons cartel. He has clues about Adam's disappearance.

Josh Marks (Male 30-39): Adam's younger brother and married to Rebecca is an architect. Good-looking, artistic and brooding.

Rebecca Marks (Female 30-39): Lauren and Adam's sister-in-law married to Josh. Pretty, punky and dark.

Adam Marks (Male 30-39): Lauren's husband and a doctor of Pediatric Oncology. We first meet him as an intelligent and caring husband. He disappears after not boarding a plane that crashed. He is then seen with another woman and then disappears.


Companies: FOX (Network) Twentieth TV (Studio) Lord Miller (Production Co.) Dates: September through December 2014 Casting Director: TBD Logline: A single-camera comedy about the last man (Will Forte) on earth, who used to be just an average family guy. Now Phil searches the country for other survivors but has found no one. But, he’s not about to give up now because he has hope that there is another survivor.

Todd (Male, 30-39): He's a force of positive energy. Todd's trusting warm nature makes him instantly likeable. He was made fun of about his weight growing up, but he managed to turn make millions in the tech industry and eventually started a charity for underprivileged kids.

Melissa (Female 25-35): She's a stunning, smart, no-nonsense Midwestern girl-next-door with a good sense of humor and a local sports fan. Melissa developed her strong independent nature growing up with three older brothers.


Companies: NBC (Network) Universal TV (Studio) Lightworkers Media (Production Co.) Dates: September-October 2014 Casting Director: Jeremy Zimmerman Logline: A 12-part mini-series of faith and heroic struggle, AD begins in the dark days after Jesus’ betrayal and death and in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus’ disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities.

Peter (Male 25-40): The leader of the Christians and hero of the series. He recovers from deep guilt to take charge. He’s not naturally charismatic but he’s a quick learner.

Pilate (Male 40-60): Roman Governor of Judea who orders the crucifixion of Jesus, but feels increasingly pressured by others to deal with the affair. He’s become a smart, ambitious politician.

Caiaphas (Male 40-60): High Priest of the Holy Temple. He is a shrewd, calculated politician who sees the followers of Jesus as inherently dangerous. His failure to close out the Jesus affair puts him under pressure.

Mary Magdalene (Female 28-38): The pillar of the Christian group and she works tirelessly to keep the movement going amidst enormous challenges. Feisty, ingenious and brave, she takes the initiative when the men must hide out.

Leah (Female 30-45): Wife of Caiaphas and arguably the more intelligent of the pair. This proud noblewoman holds much sway in the High Priest family and calls the shots in her marriage.

John (Male, 25-30): Brother of James and the only apostle to be there for the crucifixion. He is a serene soul who acts as a good balance to Peter's alpha male. Looking for African-American, Black-African, Black-Caribbean.


Companies: NBC (Network) Universal TV (Studio) Gary Sanchez (Production Co.) Dates: January 2015 Casting Director: Susie Farris , Julie Tucker , Ross Meyerson Logline: Dr. Mary Kendricks is a tough but brilliant aerospace engineer, leading a team of NASA scientists. Navigating this ridiculous boys' club is no easy task in the 1960s, especially when her boss brings on a former hotshot test pilot to co-manage her team.

Conner (Male 30-39): Type A, straight-laced astronaut much like John Glenn who’s dating Mary. A future politician, he is the kind of guy who Mary’s proud to introduce to her parents. He excels at his job, but is definitely prone to ego.

New & Noteworthy Fall 2014 – People, Places and Things for Your Radar, Spotlight: Jay Weingarten, Phoenix Won’t Be ‘Strange’


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New & Noteworthy Fall 2014 — The People, Places and Things to Put on Your Radar

Every few months we bring you a rundown of the people, places and things we think you should about, both for your own entertainment and for project ideas. (SSN)

New & Noteworthy Spotlight: Up and Coming Comedian to Watch — Jay Weingarten

A Los Angeles-based writer, standup and performer whose offbeat style is totally unique and whom you’ll be hearing more about very soon. (SSN)

Open Lead Roles Currently Casting on Network TV Shows

Agent Carter, Taxi-22, Zoo and Will Forte’s show about the last man on Earth are all still looking for lead talent. (SSN)

Film Development for 10/02/14: Neil Berger Signs on to Direct ‘All the Old Knives,’ L. Frank Baum Biopic ‘Road to Oz’ in Development

Also, Roger Donaldson sings on to All Quite on the Western Front remake, Gumball 3000 gets writers, and a pair of new projects are also announced. (SSN)


It’s Official: Joaquin Phoenix Will NOT Be Playing Marvel’s ‘Dr. Strange’

Negotiations between star and studio end, with some observers pointing to the long contract demanded by the company. (VAR)

Disney is Keeping Bob Iger Around for Another Few Years, At Least

Company CEO was set to retire in 2016, but with his contract extended through June 2018, has put those plans on hold. (THR)

Bygones: Five Big Differences Between ‘Gone Girl’ the Movie and ‘Gone Girl’ the Novel

As hard as it is for an author to adapt his or her own work, Gillian Flynn is clearly willing to ditch whatever is necessary to make a good thriller. (WF)

It Looks Like Warner Will Reboot ‘I Am Legend’ as a Potential Franchise

Gary Graham, who wrote a spec similar in tone to the Will Smith film, has been hired to rework his original to include a new take on Robert Neville. (EMP)

Google Responds to Threats of $100 Million Lawsuit Threat About “Facilitating” Nude Celeb Hacking Scandal

Site has been working to remove pictures from their sites and search engines, have “removed tens of thousands of pictures,” and “closed hundreds of accounts.” (DH)

Screenwriters: Advice — Take the Soup

When it comes to getting what you think your script is worth, “You may long for steak, but when you have nothing and you are a mere guest at the table, and the host offers you soup, you say thank you and take the soup.” (SM)

Rep Moves For 10/03/14: D.L. Hughley Moves to Gersh, Oscar Winner Shawn Christensen Now at Brillstein & More


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APA: Actor Justin Chon is now repped by Dan Baron, Bradie Steinlauf and Paul Santana. Chon is currently starring in the Andrew Lau feature Revenge of the Green Dragons, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese and recently had its premiere at Toronto. Chon also recently starred in the 2013 feature 21 & Over, opposite Skyler Astin and Miles Teller.  He began his career in 2005 with guest spots on such series as Jack & Bobby and The O.C. In 2008, Chon landed his best-known role, playing Erik Yorkie in The Twilight Saga. Outside of the Twilight franchise, his other credits have included a series regular role on Nickelodeon’s Just Jordan, as well as the features Detention of the Dead and Hang Loose.

CAA: Actor, writer, director and producer Xavier Dolan is now repped by Bryan Lourd, Craig Gering, Franklin Latt and Alex Mebed. Dolan most recently wrote, directed and produced the feature film Mommy, which was chosen as Canada’s official selection for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2015 Academy Awards. That film also won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, Dolan got his big break with his feature debut I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mere), which premiered in the Directors Fortnight program at Cannes and won the Art Cinema Award, the Prix Regards Jeunes and the SACD Prize. In addition to numerous acting credits, Dolan’s other directing efforts have included Heartbeats (Les Amours imaginaires), Laurence Anyways and Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme). Dolan is currently starting pre-production on this next film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, with Jessica Chastain attached to star.

Dattner Dispoto and Associates (DDA): Production designers Ariana Nakata and Carl Swanberg have both signed for commercial representation. Outside of commercial work, Nakata’s credits have included multiple episodes of The Bachelorette, as well as the television series Fraternity Life, Sorority Life and College Hill. Nakata also worked on the indie feature Dark Summer and she is slated to work on the upcoming Sister Cities. Swanberg’s commercial credits have included work for such clients as Jaguar, Cadillac, Vizio, Nationwide, Lexus, Sony Playstation, Home Depot, Sprint and Rock the Vote.

Gersh: Actor and stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley is now a client. Hughley currently hosts The D.L. Hughley Show on radio stations across the nation. He also starred in his ninth stand-up comedy special on Showtime last April. In 2013, he was the ninth contestant on Dancing with the Stars and he also co-hosted the series Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host with Michael Ian Black. Hughley launched his career back in the early nineties hosting BET’s Comicview. Shortly afterwards, he created and starred in the television series The Hughleys, which ran for four seasons on ABC and UPN. A member of the Original Kings of Comedy, Hughley’s led a busy career, appearing in such series as Scrubs and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, as well as hosting CNN’s D.L. Hughley Breaks the News and the 2006 series Weekends at the DL. His 2012 Comedy Central comedy special, D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List, was recognized with a Peabody Award.

Kaplan Stahler Agency: Veteran comedy showrunner Judd Pillot is now repped by Dino Carlaftes and Cindy Mintz. He was previously at UTA. Pilott most recently served as the executive producer and showrunner for the Disney Channel series I Didn’t Do It.  That series marked Pillot’s first solo gig after splitting with his long-time writing partner of 25 years John Peaslee. Pillot started his career in the late eighties, working alongside Peaslee on the classic sitcom Coach. The pair went on to write and showrun multiple series including According to Jim, 8 Simple Rules… for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Something So Right, which they also created. Pillot’s other major credits have included Just Shoot Me, Mad about You, Working Class and Sherri. Pillot and Peaslee last worked together on the Disney Channel series Dog with a Blog.

Paradigm: Actor Mark Valley is now repped by Scott Melrose, Jeff Kolodny and Douglas Fronk. Valley is currently set to recur on the new season of CSI, which premiered this last weekend. He also recently had a recurring role on the NBC series Crisis. Valley started his career in the early nineties, landing his first role in the feature film The Innocent while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany. Valley has since gone on to lead a prolific career in film and television, with career highlights that have included roles on Boston Legal, Harry’s Law, Fringe, Body of Proof and a starring part on the Fox series Human Target. Valley’s feature credits have included Zero Dark Thirty and he voiced Superman/Clark Kent in the animated feature Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

UTA: VICE correspondent Ryan Duffy is now a client. Duffy started as an intern with VICE magazine while he was studying journalism at NYU. As the VICE brand has grown, Duffy has become one of the media company’s main correspondents, covering events ranging from the Arab Spring, where he was jailed, to Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea. In May, HBO renewed its VICE television series for two more seasons until 2016.

Management Companies

Brillstein Entertainment Partners: Academy Award winning actor/writer/director Shawn Christensen is now a client. He wrote/directed and starred in the short film “Curfew,” which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film last year. He then turned his short film into a feature which he wrote/directed and starred in, called Before I Disappear, which won the Audience Award at South by Southwest. IFC will release the film at the end of November. He also co-wrote Sydney Hall, which was on the Black List.

Exec Shuffle For 10/03/14: Juliana Margulies Launches Toast Productions, Melissa Wells Joins The Weinstein Company & More


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Company Launches

Archery Pictures: Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier have launched a new production shingle, Archery Pictures. The company plans to produce for both film and television. Thykier is closing down his company PeaPie Films and bringing his staff and development slate over to the new venture. Pip Williams is joining as a Senior Development and Production Executive and Mairi Bett is joining as Head of Physical Production.

Grand Electric Entertainment: Producer Eric Newman has launched a new Los Angeles-based production company, Grand Electric Entertainment. Newman launched the company under a deal with StudioCanal in which they will act as financier, creative collaborator and distributor for Grand Electric projects within the UK, French, German, Australian and New Zealand markets. Newman is focusing on producing elevated genre pieces for the United States and European markets.

Toast Productions: Juliana Margulies has started a new production shingle, Toast Productions. The company has launched with a production deal with CBS Television Studios and will focus on developing series, limited-event series and TV movies for various platforms.

Studios, Networks, and Media Conglomerates

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment: Tedd Cittadine has been promoted to Senior Vice President,

Comcast: Charlie Herrin has been named Senior Vice President, Customer Experience.

Discovery Communications: Ben Price has been promoted to Executive Vice President, National Ad Sales.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment: Frances Berwick has been named President, Lifestyle Networks Group. Adam Stotsky has been named General Manager, E!.

Universal Pictures: Nicholas Carpou has been named President, Domestic Distribution as of January 01, 2015.

Viacom Entertainment & Music Groups: Eddie Dalva has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Content & Programming Enterprises.


C4: Ben Spergel has joined as Executive Vice President, Consumer Insights.

Das Films: Meredith Littas has been promoted to Development Executive.

Formosa Group: Tracey Grimes has joined as Director, Business Development.

Fox Searchlight: Ray Strache has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions.

Heretic Films: Greg Segal has joined as President.

Radiant Productions: Rachel Walens has been promoted to Vice President, Development, Film & Television.

Red Granite Pictures: Mike Pryce has joined as Creative Executive.

Svensk Filmindustri: Jenny Stjernstömer Björk has joined as Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions.

The Weinstein Company: Melissa Wells has joined as Senior Vice President, Production & Development.

Unnamed Robert Simonds Studio: Jack Pan has joined as President, Motion Picture Marketing.

Zodiak Media: Marc Nowak has been named Chief Operating Officer, Drama Zodiak France.


Gaumont International Television: Hana Zidek has joined as Vice President, Distribution.

IFC TV: Caroline Hoffman has been promoted to Manager, Original Programming.

ITV Studios America: Bruce Robertson has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Creative Strategy.

Part2 Pictures: Emily Harding has joined as Director, Strategy. Rachael Profiloski has been named Director of Development.

Peace Points Entertainment: Julie Chang has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Acquisitions. Nicole Hamilton has joined as Vice President, Creative & Development. Eric Mueller has been named Senior Vice President, International Sales & Acquisitions.

REVOLT: Berto Guzman has joined as Vice President, Content Distribution.

The Jim Henson Company: Amy Takahara has joined as Director, International Distribution & Sales.

Agencies, Management Companies, Public Relations, and Law Firms

Hawthorne Direct: Kurt Werderman has joined as Media Strategist & Analyst.

ICM Partners: Mo Mostashari has been promoted to Agent, Global Branded Entertainment.

Luber Roklin Entertainment: Mark Pfeffer has joined as Manager, Talent.

Resolution: Mia Chang has joined as Agent, Talent & Literary.

Troika: Sarah Stephenson has been promoted to Agent, Talent.

UTA: Nick Shumaker has joined as Agent, Independent Film Group.

Verve: Melissa Darman has joined as Agent, TV Literary as of October 13, 2014.


Starz: Bertt Marottoli has been promoted to Vice President, Program Acquisitions.

The Hub/Discovery Family: Tom Cosgrove has joined as Managing Director. Henry Schleiff has joined as President.


Otter Media: Tom Pickett has joined as Head of Targeted Channels. Virasb Vahidi has joined as Chief Executive Officer.

Relativity Digital Studios: Lisa Eisenpresser has joined as a Consultant.

Zealot Networks: Conn Fishburn has joined as Chief Strategy Officer. Chad Seymour has joined as Chief Marketing Officer. Bob Vanech has joined as Chief Financial Officer.

Exec Shuffle and Rep Moves for 10/03/14, Hollywood Salaries Revealed!, Sony Thinks Big for Jobs Biopic



Exec Shuffle for 10/03/14: Juliana Margulies Launches Toast Productions, Melissa Wells Joins The Weinstein Company & More

New shingles like Archery Productions and Grand Electric Entertainment also begun, while Robert Simonds’ unnamed new studio gets a president of marketing. (SSN)

Rep Moves for 10/03/14: D.L. Hughley to Gersh, Oscar Winner Shawn Christensen to Brillstein, & More

Among other moves, Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan signs with CAA, while Mark Valley heads to Paradigm. (SSN)

Hollywood Salaries Revealed! From Stars, to Their Agents, to the Assistants

You will be amazed (or maybe not) just how much (and how little) some people are making. (THR)

With DiCaprio Now Out, Sony Has a Pretty Impressive Wish List for Its Steve Jobs Biopic

Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Christian Bale all thought to be in the running for the film, to be directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle. (TPL)

Your Creative Calendar: 54 Things to Do, Watch, Hear and Read in October

List features the biggest movies, new albums, books, and events to add to your schedule, including a brand new Fleetwood Mac tour, with Christine McVie on board for the first time in 16 years. (FCC)

Tragedy in Motion: Chronicling the Sad, Paranoid Descent of Randy and Evi Quaid

A chronological account from family, friends, law enforcement and the couple themselves of how the pair became fugitives from the law and flew the country. (UR)

Trailer Buzz: First Look at Bradley Cooper in ‘American Sniper’

Film’s star also serves as producer in film directed by Clint Eastwood, due in theaters Christmas Day. (VAR)

Six Filmmaking Tips from David Lynch

Even though he hasn’t made a movie in almost a decade, the legendary director’s work is an eternal entry point for cinephiles. (FSR)

Five Ways to Boost Your Twitter Engagement

Looking for tips to get your numbers back up? A few simple tweaks can get you more attention and interaction. (SWR)

Screenwriters: ‘Field of Dreams’

The 116-page screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson, based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. (AF)

SSN Screening Series Wrap-Up: ‘Whiplash,’‘Annabelle’ and Why Dolls Continue to Freak Us Out, ROI Insight: David Fincher Box Office


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SSN Screening Series: ‘Whiplash’

Director Damien Chazelle and stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons appear to discuss the Sundance hit and expected awards season contender. (SSN)

The Horror Film ‘Annabelle,’ and Why Dolls Continue to Freak Us Out

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, and no, we’re not talking about The Addams Family. (SSN)

ROI Insight: “What’s in the Box” Office of ‘Gone Girl’ Director David Fincher’s Films

Much has been said over the years of how challenging it is to work with the demanding director. Is it worth the money? The answer is yes … to a point. (SSN)


Jessica Chastain to Get Yet Another Shot at Oscar This Fall, as Wrekin Hill Buys ‘Miss Julie’ for U.S. Distribution

Film, directed by the legendary Liv Ullman, premiered three weeks ago in Toronto, will get a December release. (VAR)

Amazon Makes Its Official Pilot Orders, Settling on Soderbergh and Gordon Green’s ‘Red Oaks’ and Forster’s ‘Hand of God’

Stillman’s Cosmopolitans gets a request for more scripts, while Really and Hysteria both fall by the wayside. (IW)

Post ‘Boxtrolls,’ Focus Features and LAIKA Make a Pact for Three More Films

Following the success of Coraline and ParaNorman, distributor and animation house will stay in business for another trio of projects. (DH)

A Hollywood Screenwriter Experiences the Real Gaza War

Dan Gordon is writing a book and a movie based on what Hamas did to Israel that he believes most Americans don’t understand. (THR)

With ‘Gone Girl’ Opening Today, Seven Movies to Check Out Before You Check In to David Fincher’s Latest

Films from Directors like Hitchcock, Kubrick and De Palma are all on the list, along with a couple surprises. (TFS)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Inside Out’

Pixar’s next flick, the company’s first in two years, will hit theaters June 19, 2015. (PS)

Screenwriters: How Technology Has Ruined Romantic Comedy

Back in the good old days, there was a whole journey involved to find one’s lost soul mate. Now, you go on Facebook and it’s done in 30 seconds. Story over. (MO)

ICYMI 9/29-10/3: SSN’s “Whiplash” Screening, New & Noteworthy, Open Casting Roles, Sandler Staying Relevant, Lena Dunham’s book, Awards Watch Docs


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SSN Screening Series: ‘Whiplash’

Director Damien Chazelle and stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons appear to discuss the Sundance hit and expected awards season contender. (SSN)

New & Noteworthy Fall 2014 — The People, Places and Things to Put on Your Radar

Every few months we bring you a rundown of the people, places and things we think you should about, both for your own entertainment and for project ideas. (SSN)

Open Lead Roles Currently Casting on Network TV Shows

Agent Carter, Taxi-22, Zoo and Will Forte’s show about the last man on Earth are all still looking for lead talent. (SSN)

How Adam Sandler and Other Big Name Comedic Actors Can Stay Relevant in an Unforgiving World

With a new film coming out today that has little buzz attached to it, and another that got terrible reviews in Toronto, SSN looks at how the superstar can keep his audience intact. (SSN)

Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl,’ and Five Other Books to Check Out This Fall from Celebrity Authors

Amy Poehler, Bob Odenkirk, B.J. Novak and Neil Patrick Harris all have very different tomes coming to bookshelves in the next few months. (SSN)

SSN Awards Watch: ‘Take Me to the River’ & the Doc Features That Are Making Waves

Titles like Watchers of the Sky, The Green Prince, Fed Up and The Great Invisible join the list of potential nominees. (SSN)

‘Gone Girl’ Edges ‘Annabelle’ at the Box Office, FCC Pauses Comcast-TWC “Shot Clock,” Redbox Shuts Down Streaming Service


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A Strong Weekend at the Box Office Ends with ‘Gone Girl’ Edging ‘Annabelle’

David Fincher’s highly anticipated adaptation beats out horror spinoff by less than $1 million. (SSN)

FCC Pauses Its “Shot Clock” to Review the Much Discussed Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

Opponents like Dish Network will have an additional three weeks, until October 29th, to submit responses to the lengthy and strident filing by Comcast. (VAR)

Unable to Compete with Netflix and Amazon, Redbox Shuts Down Its Streaming Service

With the end of Redbox Instant (a joint operation with Verizon), company will continue to focus on its ubiquitous kiosks. (THR)

Robert Downey Jr. Will Do ‘Iron Man 4’ on One Condition

The highest paid star in Hollywood wants an old friend to get a second chance, and thinks the resulting film would be “bananas.” (DH)

Dwayne Johnson is Signing on to Star in a ‘Baywatch’ Movie for Paramount

Horrible Bosses 2 co-helmers Sean Anders and John Morris are on board to direct, with Justin Melan brought in to work on the script, but no start date announced. (TF)

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The List of the Open Lead Roles Currently Casting on Digital Shows Incl. Amazon, Yahoo! & More


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This is Part Two of the List of Open Lead Roles Currently Casting. Click here to read Part One Detailing Roles on Network TV.

digital networksAlthough 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 the digital, online front along with the directors in charge of casting.  Good luck and stay tuned to SSN for tomorrow’s look at the open roles on premium cable stations.


Companies: Amazon Studios (Network) Sony TV (Studio) Woodridge Prod, Left Bank Pictures (Production Co.) Dates: Late September, Early October Casting Director: Wendy Weidman , Rebecca Mangieri Logline: A group of four former frat brothers travel to Belize for a reunion with their fabulously wealthy old college pal -- only to have their luxurious vacation rudely interrupted by murder, conspiracy, and a psychotic gang lord out for their hides.

Milo (Male 35-45): A cunning, charismatic, quick-witted entrepreneur— he’s equally sentimental and harsh. He made his riches in Belize real estate using dangerous shortcuts to get there. His attempt to quit and refusal to take on another job has angered his enemies. Drunk and hostile, he wills his estate to his friends right before he’s gunned down. Open to all ethnicities.


Companies: Amazon Studios (Network) Scott Free (Production Co.) Dates: Mid-September, Early October Casting Director: Priscilla John , Denise Chamian Logline: It's 1962, World War II has been over for 17 years, and the bad guys won. An aging Hitler is dying and the Japanese are preparing a sneak attack all the while there’s a U.S. underground resistance brewing.

Obergruppen Fuhrer John Smith (Male 40-49): Incredibly intelligent, tall, good-looking and resilient, he is a good father but also happens to be an American Nazi officer. This New York spymaster is in charge of finding a trail to the leader of the American Resistance.

Ed McCarthy (Male 30-35): Ed has a slight build, an anxious personality and not coincidently lacks self-confidence. He works alongside series regular Frank Frink at the factory, where he manufactures replica Colt .45s. He gossips about the rumored failing health of Adolf Hitler, and he's a doom-sayer.


Companies: Amazon Studios (Network) Dates: Mid-September, Early October Casting Director: Julie Ashton Logline: Former supermodel Salem Rogers is very self-centered and has spent the past ten years in rehab. Her former mousy assistant has meanwhile made a huge success writing tween self-help books. Salem instinctively seeks out Agatha who wants to have nothing more to do with her--until the book deal of her dreams falls into her lap.

Agatha Todd (Female 30-39): She’s a cute nerd who’s a moderately successful tween self-help author. But this underdog needs a dose of her own self-help medicine. Agatha has grown dissatisfied and wants to venture into the adult market. Although determined not to be undermined by Salem's toxicity, when her publishers want her to write an adult bully-to-best-friend book about Salem, she’s begrudgingly signs on.


Companies: Xbox (Network) Microsoft (Studio) Remedy Ent (Production Co.) Dates: Late Ocotber Casting Director: Steve Brooksbank Logline: After a time machine experiment goes horribly wrong, three life-long friends gain the ability to manipulate time. But they are pitted against each other in mortal struggle that only one will survive as time itself begins to fracture. This innovative series’ plotlines will be affected by the videogame version and vice versa.

Martin Cane (Male 40-59): The second in command of a cutting edge tech corporation, who has the confident air of a top predator. He has an easy humor but can switch personalities instantly depending on his shifting motivations. A string-puller so good that people think he could actually be sincere. Note- this role may involve motion capture for the videogame portion.

Charlie Wincott (Male 20-29): This smart, funny, and arrogant tech expert “cleans” data for corporations. He lacks a moral compass and has a chip on his shoulder.  He craves mental challenges and doesn’t give up until he solves them by any means necessary. Still, underneath he could be a good guy.

Fiona Miller (Female, 20-29): A cute, brilliant scientist who wears her heart on her sleeve. She's upbeat and cheerful and sees the best in people. Although positive, she tells it like she sees it and doesn’t let anyone get away with bad behavior.

Liam Burke (Male 30-39): A former black ops military-trained assassin who’s gone to the private security sector. While cold on the job, he feels emotions deeply. He absolutely adores his pregnant wife and he's a different person around her, although he thinks he doesn’t deserve her. In the end he will discover he has the power to choose the man he wants to be.

Emily Burke (Female 20-35): Gorgeous and playful but when times get tough she’s unafraid to do what’s needed. She loves her husband very much and discovers he is a paid assassin. She doesn’t push him away, but rather becomes stronger and decides to hold him accountable and convince him he can be a good man.


Companies: Yahoo (Network) Yahoo (Studio) Feigco Ent (Production Co.) Dates: Early October Casting Director: Allison Jones, Beth Bowling, Kim Miscia Logline: In the far future, the Universal Mapping Project has been created to map the universe. This particular ship is run by fresh talent straight out of the Academy, and charged with heading out to parts unknown. The mission may be dangerous, but the day to day stuff still seems like high school. Note- casting for all parts is open to any ethnicity.

Stewart Lipinsky (Male, 20-25): He’s the gifted and goofy young captain of the ship. He’s upbeat and excitable and also naïve in an annoying way. But his positive attitude keeps everyone going and his abilities save his crew from danger.

Karen Lipinsky (Female 20-25): Stewart’s sarcastic older sister, Karen is envious of Stewart. She’s extremely competitive and intense.  She and Stewart balance each other and work well together… when they're getting along.

Michael Newman (Male 20-25): He’s the captain’s BFF, but has a bitterness that he denies.  While usually he’s cool and great to be around, he sometimes has a buildup of frustration that causes him to explode.

Kent Woolworth (Male 20-25): Kent’s a nerd and is awkward outside of the lab. His insecurity is due to this bully of a father. The only time he feels confident is when he’s utilizing his vast scientific know-how.

Natasha (Female 20-25): Stunning and proficient, she might look human but she’s actually a computer simulation that has a thing for Nicholas Sparks romances and feels like an outsider. She's aware she was programmed to be oddly neurotic about her looks.

Tina Hendrick (Female, 20-25): The ship’s navigator, Tina’s the cute, cheerful, girl-next-door. She can’t stop talking about her boring long-distance boyfriend.  She’s not great at her job and can get really defensive about it.

Zalian Fletcher (Male 40-50): He’s a disheveled mess of an engineer directly due to decades of radiation exposure that’s given him ADD and delusions. He’s honest to the core and a loyal friend. He’s a history buff that collects 1990s memorabilia.


Companies: Yahoo (Network) Yahoo (Studio) Tollin Prod (Production Co.) Dates: Mid-September, Early October Casting Director: Wendy O’Brien, Jeffrey Gafner Logline: A single camera comedy following the internet billionaire playboy owner of the basketball team the Las Vegas Saints whose life hits the dirt when his star player gets sidelined causing him to scramble to find some way of keeping his team out of the gutter.

Dusty Halford (Female 35): A PR expert hired to clean up the Ladarius Pope half-time accident. She's confident on the outside but underneath she had major issues.

Coach Phelps (Male, 45): The Saints coach is worn-out due to putting basketball above everything in his life, be it health or personal relationships.

Byron Summers (Male, 25): He’s the total nerd of the Satins staff. He’s awkward but knows his stats on a genius level.

Melissa Stanton (Female, 30): The Saints corporate publicist.  She may be overweight, but she’s  unexpectedly dexterous for a larger lady.

Ladarius Pope (Male 20-25): He’s the Saints’ star rookie who unluckily gets injured during a halftime accident. Looking for African-Americans.

On The Set For 10/06/14: Liam Neeson Starts A Monster Calls, Alexander Skarsgard Wraps Tarzan


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A Monster Calls 09/30/2014 Logline: A boy deals with his mother’s illness and bullies at school by living in a world of fairy tales and monsters. Studio: Focus Features Production Companies: Apaches Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, Participant Media Director: J. A. Bayona Executive Producers: Bill Pohlad, Jeff Skoll, Mitch Horwits, Jonathan King, Patrick Wachsberger Producer: Belén Atienza Cast: Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Lewis MacDougall, Geraldine Chaplin Screenwriter: Patrick Ness Details: Based on the children’s novel "A Monster Calls" written by Patrick Ness and published by Walker Books on September 27, 2011. The novel was based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. SSN Insight: Screenplay was included in the 2013 Black List.

Urge 10/06/2014 Logline: A group of friends on an island vacation try a new designer drug that makes them lose all ability to control their urges. Production Company: Blackmrkt Incorporated Director: Aaron Kaufman Executive Producers: Tim Smith, Alastair Burlingham, Lee Vandermolen, Yoram Barzilai, Frank Martinez, Anthony Gudas, Clayton Pecorin, Peter Fruchtman, Russell Geyser Producers: Skip Williamson, Mark Neveldine Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Ashley Greene Screenwriters: Aaron Kaufman, Jason Zumwalt SSN Insight: Directorial debut of noted feature film producer Aaron Kaufman, whose producing credits include “Machete Kills” (USA/2013) and “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (USA/2014).

Ricki and the Flash 10/01/2014 Logline: A fading rock star tries to reconnect with her children as one of them goes through a difficult divorce. Studio: TriStar Productions Production Companies: Marc Platt Productions, MXN Entertainment Director: Jonathan Demme Producers: Marc Platt, Mason Novick Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield, Ben Platt Screenwriter: Diablo Cody SSN Insight: TriStar Productions Chairman Tom Rothman assertively pursued, and ultimately won, a competitive situation in March 2014 that also saw Universal, The Weinstein Company, and Fox 2000 vying to collaborate on the project.


Tarzan 10/03/2014 Logline: John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, formerly known as Tarzan, a man who grew up in the wild, finds himself returning to the African jungle as the unwitting victim of a deadly plot of greed and revenge – but those orchestrating the conspiracy have no idea what they are about to unleash. Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Production Companies: Riche Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment Director: David Yates Executive Producers: David Yates, Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, Mike Richardson, Bruce Berman, Scott Cherrin Producers: Alan Riche, Tony Ludwig, Jill Arthur, Jerry Weintraub, Peter Riche, Keith Goldberg, David Barron Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt Screenwriters: Craig Brewer, Adam Cozad (current draft); Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Sellek Wibberley, John August, John Collee, Stuart Beattie, Stephen Sommers (previous draft) Details: Based on the novel "Tarzan of the Apes" written by Edgar Rice Burroughs published in 1912. SSN Insight: Warner Bros. hired Craig Brewer and Adam Cozad to work on two separate scripts for the project, then fused both, focusing on Cozad's action set pieces and story structure while incorporating Brewer's character elements.

Director’s Cut 9/29/2014 Logline: A murderous psychotic who is stalking a film actress believes he is directing her film. Production Company: Golden Entertainment West Director: Adam Rifkin Producers: Penn Jillette, Adam Golden Cast: Penn Jillette, Glenn Beck, Lawrence O'Donnell Jr., Missi Pyle Screenwriter: Penn Jillette SSN Insight: The film’s director, Adam Rifkin, previously probed themes of Hollywood, celebrity, and filmmaking when he co-wrote, co-directed, and acted in the mockumentary “Welcome to Hollywood” (USA/1998).