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Emma Stone just won her first Oscar in February, and the “La La Land” actress may be in running for the 2018 Academy Awards as well. Fox Searchlight has announced an awards-friendly release date for Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes,” Deadline reports. The film will hit theaters September 22. Stone stars in the tennis comedy alongside her “Crazy Stupid Love” co-star Steve Carell.
The film chronicles the “legendary 1973 tennis match between ex-champ/hustler Bobby Riggs and world №1 Billie Jean King,” the source summarizes. The 29-year-old King handily defeated the 55-year-old Riggs in one of the most-watched sports events of all time.
Penned by Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”), “Battle of the Sexes” co-stars Elisabeth Shue (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”), Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Andrea Riseborough (“Bloodline”), Sarah Silverman (“Masters of Sex”), and Bill Pullman (“The Equalizer”).
Carell appeared in Faris and Dayton’s feature debut, 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine.” The comedy, which follows a dysfunctional family as they embark on a road trip to a beauty pageant, received four Oscar nominations including Best Picture, and took home two trophies. The collaborators’ critically acclaimed follow-up, 2012’s “Ruby Sparks,” was written by Zoe Kazan, who also starred in the unconventional romantic comedy about a writer (Paul Dano) who writes a love interest into existence (Kazan).
There have been previous films about the King-Riggs match, including Jane Anderson’s 2001 TV movie “When Billie Beat Bobby” starring Holly Hunter, and James Erskine and Zara Hayes’ 2013 documentary “The Battle of the Sexes.” The epic rivalry between King and Riggs will be depicted by Elizabeth Banks (“Pitch Perfect” franchise) and Paul Giamatti (“Billions”) in an upcoming HBO film, and serves as the inspiration behind “Balls,” an upcoming opera from composer Laura Karpman and librettist Gail Collins.
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- Laura Berger
The film will see Stone as tennis player Billie Jean King as she prepares for her intergender match against ex-champion Bobby Riggs. The 1973 match began a discussion on gender equality and became a big moment for the feminist movement.
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. »
- Ricky Church
21 March 2017 1:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Fox Searchlight has set a date for Battle of the Sexes.
The ripped-from-the-headlines story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs — starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell — will hit theaters Sept. 22. It is set to open opposite Lionsgate's firefighting drama Granite Mountain and Warner Bros.' animated Lego Movie spinoff Ninjago.
Battle of the Sexes recounts the showdown between world No. 1 King and retired champ and serial hustler Riggs that became one of the »
- Ashley Lee
Hi, Alan! Where are you?
I’m in New York, just going off for rehearsals. I’m doing a pilot for CBS (1). It’s based on a James Patterson novel, which has not come out yet, about a professor and former CIA agent who gets pulled back into the field.
Are you the lead?
Number one, baby. Number one.
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- Stuart Heritage
More (mostly) TV pilot season casting news you can use… — Khandi Alexander has booked a co-starring role opposite Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic’s in the CBS drama pilot “Instinct.” Based on the upcoming book by James Patterson and directed by… Continue Reading → »
CSI: Miami alumna Khandi Alexander is returning to CBS with a co-starring role opposite Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic’s in the drama pilot Instinct. Written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James Patterson and directed by Marc Webb, Instinct centers on Dylan (Cumming), a former CIA operative who has since built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer but is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the… »
Listen up, actors! Today’s roundup is filled with jobs across the country and across mediums. A forthcoming CBS pilot is casting, as is a web series, a Broadway show, and more. Now, get to auditioning! CBS Pilot “Instinct”Background talent is needed for “Instinct,” a CBS pilot starring Alan Cumming. Seeking actors ages 18–30 to depict college students, and actors ages 18–40 to play “stylish club-goers,” shooting is set for March 13 or 28, depending on the role. Those hired will be compensated $121/10 hours. “Captive State”“Captive State,” an upcoming feature starring Vera Farmiga and John Goodman, is casting talent for several background roles. Production is slated for March 10–April 4 in Chicago, Illinois and will provide some pay. “Coolidge”Casting is underway for a lead and four supporting roles in “Coolidge,” a 21-episode web series following “a series of supposedly stolen clips [that] show the sexcapades of a character that’s always off-screen.” Shooting »
Last night during the commercial breaks of the Oscars, there were several TV spots featuring celebrities reading sound bites for Audible, an Amazon company. Below, watch Jim Dale reading an excerpt from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” as part of the ad campaign.
The Audible app helps you discover books ranging from any genre. You can follow channels of books that can direct you towards something you might be interested in hearing next; AmazonPrime members get to stream free, unlimited listening to Audible Channels.
There are a few Oscar TV Spots of celebrities reading excerpts from books. Some include:
- Kerry Levielle
Daniel Ings has booked a key series-regular role in Instinct, CBS' drama pilot starring and executive produced by Alan Cumming. Written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James Patterson and directed by Marc Webb, Instinct (fka Killer Instinct and Dr. Death) centers on Dylan, a former CIA operative (Cumming) who since has built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer but is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial… »
RelatedMeet Dr. Ken‘s New Boss
During the Season 2 finale, Harmon will play the creator of a new TV comedy set at a community college, who invites Ken to audition for a part — blissfully unaware of what he’s getting himself into.
The episode airs Friday, March 31 at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.
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Lost alum Naveen Andrews is set for a lead role in Instinct, CBS' drama pilot starring and executive produced by Alan Cumming. Written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James Patterson and directed by Marc Webb, Instinct (fka Killer Instinct and Dr. Death), centers on Dylan, a former CIA operative (Cumming) who has since built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer but is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial… »
When a character played by Margo Martindale (Ruth Eastman) is only No. 27 on the list of best characters, you’re talking about a pretty excellent show. Join us as we say goodbye to “The Good Wife.” From Alicia Florick (Juliana Margulies) to Eli Roth (Alan Cumming) and Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), here are the best “Good Wife” characters. Also Read: 'The Good Wife's' Matthew Morrison Laughs Off Terrible Movie He Did With Christine Baranski You know how Batman is maybe the fourth most-interesting person in Gotham? So it is with St. Alicia. There’s no show without her, »
- Tim Molloy
“Instinct” — formerly titled “Killer Instinct” and “Dr. Death” — is about Dylan, a former CIA operative, played by Cumming, who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer, and is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Novakovic will play Lizzie, a top detective with the NYPD who approaches Dylan to help with a case.
The TV project is based on James Patterson’s soon-to-be released book. Patterson will serve as an executive producer on the pilot.
Written by Michael Rauch, the hourlong drama hails from CBS Television Studios. Rauch will exec produce with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Patterson. Cumming will also pull double duty, serving as an executive producer, in »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
BFI Flare, the U.K.’s leading Lgbt film festival, has announced the full lineup for its 31st edition, which includes world premieres for the BBC’s “Against the Law” and U.S. drama “After Louie,” starring Alan Cumming.
“Against the Law” (pictured) will open the festival, one of several screenings and events marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1967 Sexual Offenses Act, which decriminalized gay sex in England and Wales. The film, produced for BBC Two, is based on the true story of journalist and gay-rights campaigner Peter Wildeblood, who was jailed in 1954 for homosexual offenses and whose case ultimately led to the creation of the Wolfenden Committee on sexual-law reform that eventually resulted in the passing of the 1967 statute.
As part of the anniversary, the festival will host an afternoon of talks, screenings and storytelling with historians, archivists and others, under the banner “Fifty Years of Queer History »
- Robert Mitchell
European premiere of animated musical Torrey Pines among festival highlights.
BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival (March 16-26) has revealed the line-up for its 2017 edition.
Now in its 31st year, the festival will feature more than 50 features and 100 shorts, as well as a range of special events, guest appearances and workshops.
As previously announced, this year’s event will open with the world premiere of Against The Law, a BBC-produced political drama made in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts between adult males in England and Wales.
One of the highlights of the main programme this year will be the European premiere of Torrey Pines [pictured], the stop-motion animation about a child grappling with gender identity and a schizophrenic mother.
The film world premiered at Seattle Queer Film Festival in October last year. At BFI Flare, the screening will be accompanied by a live score from director Clyde Peterson’s band »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Marc Webb is set to direct and executive produce Instinct, CBS’ drama pilot starring and executive produced by Alan Cumming. Written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James Patterson, Instinct (fka Killer Instinct and Dr. Death), centers on a former CIA operative (Cumming) who has since built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer but is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Rauch… »
CBS has added another comedy pilot to its pickups on Tuesday. “Living Biblically” has officially been ordered to production at the Eye, Variety has learned.
The half-hour multicam will center on a young man who comes to a crossroads in his life and decides to live according to the Bible — i.e. no shellfish, no cotton-poly blends (fabric mixing). Based on the bestselling book by A.J. Jacobs, “2 Broke Girls” scribe Patrick Walsh wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer. “The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki will also exec produce, alongside Spencer Medof and Andrew Haas.
This is CBS’ second pilot pickup of the day. Earlier, the network ordered “Distefano” from comedian Chris Distefano and “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas; the two are also behind the redeveloped “Real Life” at the network with writer »
- Oriana Schwindt
CBS is getting the “How I Met Your Mother” team back together for yet another pilot, Variety has learned.
The project, formerly known as just “Untitled Bays & Thomas,” has been christened “Distefano.” The pilot centers around new 20-something parents Izzy and Chris, who have to juggle taking care of a newborn with merging their meddling families — one Puerto Rican, one Italian.
The half-hour multicam/hybrid is based on the comedy of Chris Distefano, who will co-executive produce and gets a story co-writing credit. “Himym” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will serve as executive producers, while longtime directing partner Pamela Fryman will shoot the pilot and serve as an exec producer as well. “Distefano” is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.
This is CBS’ second pilot for the 2017 season with Bays and Thomas; the two are also behind the redeveloped “Real Life” with writer Hilary Winston. On »
- Oriana Schwindt
CBS has given a pilot order to “Brothered Up,” a multiracial cop multi-cam, Variety has learned.
The pilot, from “Man With a Plan” co-exec producer Mark Gross, centers around to Detroit cops: an emotionally guarded African American, and an emotionally available Pakistani. The opposites have to find a way to connect as they patrol their Detroit neighborhood. Gross, who also co-exec produced on “Mike & Molly,” will serve as writer and exec producer.
“Brothered Up” is produced by CBS Television Studios.
CBS has ordered drama pilots for a Mexican-American family cop drama from the creator of “Bull;” a Navy Seal project; “Dr. Death,” starring Alan Cumming; “Perfect Citizen” from “The Good Wife” alum Craig Turk; “The Get,” about internet journalists pursue and expose stories of injustice using unique investigative skills; and Nasa series “Mission Control.”
On the comedy side, in addition to “Brothered Up, the network has picked up a re-developed pilot from last season, “Real »
- Oriana Schwindt
Carol Burnett just may be returning to television.
The TV icon’s comedy pilot, “Household Name,” has scored a formal pilot pickup from ABC, Variety has learned.
“Household Name” follows a family who has an opportunity to buy the house of their dreams, but under extremely abnormal circumstances: they must live with the previous owner, an eccentric, larger-than-life actress, played by Burnett.
The multi-camera comedy hails from Universal Television. Other exec producers are Brooke Posch of Poehler’s Paper Kite banner, Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment, and Michael Pelmont of the Nacelle Company.
Burnett was attached to the project from the offset of it going into development. She is the latest piece of talent who has proven to be a powerful pilot-pickup tool, following »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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