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Actor Derek Magyar piloted a new course into producing and directing with his new movie Flying Lessons, which is this month arriving in select theaters with the aim of attracting attention for awards season.
At first slotted to act in the indie heartbreaker, his passion for the project and his relationship with its creators saw him plucked from the stage and dropped into the director's chair.
It tells the story of 25-year-old Sophie Conway (Lost's Maggie Grace), who has hit rock bottom and returns to her hometown and all the baggage she's left behind.
While struggling against a tangled relationship with her mother, portrayed by Academy Award winner Christine Lahti, Sophie finds solace in her bond with an Alzheimer's patient (Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook) as she battles to remember her own troubled past.
- Michael Pellegrini
Anchor Bay has acquired North American distribution rights to Touchback, the Don Handfield-directed gridiron drama that stars Kurt Russell, Brian Presley, Melanie Lynskey, Christine Lahti, Drew Powell, Kevin Covais and Marc Blucas. The plan is to release the film next year. Presley stars as a struggling farmer and former football hero who laments scoring the winning touchdown in the Ohio State High School Championship game years ago, because he injured his knee and was robbed of a pro career. He goes back in time to the week before the game and struggles over whether to call a different play, and whether he should marry his shigh school sweetheart. Handfield wrote the script, and Freedom Films’ Brian Presley, Kevin Matusow and Carissa Buffel produced. Anchor Bay’s Kevin Kasha brokered the deal with Gersh’s Jay Cohen. Hannibal Classics is handling foreign sales. »
- MIKE FLEMING
The American Foundation for Equal Rights (Afer), in partnership with Broadway Impact, has announced additional casting and roles for the highly anticipated one-night only staged reading of “8,” a new play chronicling the historic trial in the federal legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8.
Academy, Tony and four-time Emmy Award nominee Bob Balaban; acclaimed “White Collar” television star Matt Bomer; Emmy Award-winning journalist Campbell Brown; celebrated playwright and gay rights activist Larry Kramer; two-time Academy Award-nominated, multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning, two-time Tony Award-winning actor John Lithgow; Tony Award nominee and Broadway Impact Co-Founder Rory O’Malley; and Emmy Award winner and three-time Golden Globe Award nominee Bradley Whitford will appear in the world premiere of “8” on Broadway, joining the previously announced Anthony Edwards, »
"Glee" star Cheyenne Jackson and partner Monte Lapka tied the knot on Sept. 3, 2011 in the Hamptons, according to People. Using Twitter to herald the nuptials and post a public picture, Jackson Tweeted: "Married the best man I've ever known." The couple have been together for eleven years and had waited for the New York marriage laws to change before setting a date. Previously announced news for Jackson includes the one-night-only staged reading of Dustin Lance Black's new play 8. Directed by Joe Mantello, the cast will include Anthony Edwards, Morgan Freeman, Cheyenne Jackson, Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner, Yeardley Smith and Marisa Tomei. The world premiere reading of the play takes place September »
- April MacIntyre
" Cash Cab " star Ben Bailey had a Christine Lahti moment during the Daytime Emmy Awards last night. Bailey was named Outstanding Game Show Host for his work on the Discovery Channel show -- but once his name was read, Bailey was Mia! When he finally ran on stage for claim his trophy, Ben quipped he "couldn't catch a cab," before revealing he was actually "urinating backstage." Check out the gallery below for all the red carpet fashion -- including shots of Susan Lucci , Vanna White , Marie Osmond , Meredith Vieira , Rachel Ray and more! The full list of winners: Outstanding drama: The Bold and the Beautiful Outstanding actor: Michael Park (As the World Turns) Outstanding actress: Laura Wright (General Hospital) Supporting actor: Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital) Supporting actress: Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful) Game and audience participation show: Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune Talk Show Informative: The Dr. Oz Show »
- tooFab Staff
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.
Still faring well, though not as indomitable as it used to be, CBS made headlines more this year for the antics of "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen than any of its other shows. With Ashton Kutcher now replacing Sheen, the new look 'Men' is staying in the same time slot and you can bet the network is desperately hoping it'll perform as well.
In any case, CBS is actually making some significant changes this year in terms of scheduling. Most notably the new J.J. Abrams series "Person of Interest" is getting the highly coveted Thursday 9pm slot which has been the home of the original "CSI" for the past decade, »
- Garth Franklin
After spending untold amounts of cash on hundreds of dramas and comedies — most of which will never make it to your living rooms — the five broadcast networks will begin announcing in New York next week which projects are good enough to earn a coveted fall pickup. (NBC and Fox will present their fall schedule to advertisers on Monday, followed by ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday and the CW on Thursday).
Buzz is already strong for several projects (for more on the hot ones, click here). But every year, we always wonder what diamond-in-the-rough was left on the cutting room »
- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd
When he was asked to be guest director for a festival dedicated to films based on books, Jonathan Coe set out to disprove the adage that great literature makes terrible movies
In the course of their famous book-length interview, François Truffaut once asked Alfred Hitchcock about his approach to literary adaptation, and Hitch's response was as magisterial, worldly and mischievous as one would expect: "What I do is to read a story only once, and if I like the basic idea, I just forget all about the book and start to create cinema. Today I would be unable to tell you the story of Daphne du Maurier's The Birds. I read it only once, and very quickly at that."
Hitchcock's comment was the first thing that occurred to me when, towards the end of last year, I was approached with an interesting proposition. "From Page to Screen" is the »
And they’re off! Casting is all but completed and production has already begun on scores of pilots for the five broadcast networks. But not every comedy and drama will go the distance. Which project has the right stuff? What pilot already has you feeling like you popped a Lunesta? Check out the mammoth slate for fall consideration. (And remember, all projects are whittled down in late April/early May before the nets present their fall slates to advertisers in New York):
- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd
Here is the full list of the CBS fall pilots. Any new additions/updates are in bold. What looks good? What looks bad? Tell us what you think in the comments below. The Doctor Format: One-Hour Drama Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television Producers: Rina Mimoun, David Nutter Writer: Rina Mimoun Director: David Nutter Logline: A mother reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. Cast: Christine Lahti as “Emily” Eva Amurri as “Natasha” Michael Boatman as “Dr. Brody” Scott Foley as “David” Kyle MacLachlan as “Jason” Hail Mary Format: One-Hour Drama Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television »
Scott Foley and Michael Boatman have reportedly landed roles in CBS's pilot The Doctor. The show stars Christine Lahti as a doctor who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. TV Line says that Foley has now signed up to play David, the son of Lahti's character. David is thought to be an arrogant cardiologist. Foley has appeared in this season of Grey's Anatomy as Henry and has previously had roles in shows including Cougar Town, (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Part of a series that takes an analytical look at the current broadcast pilot season and some of its trends and heroes. Maybe it's the Tom Selleck/Kathy Bates effect, but the broadcast networks seem more open than ever to shows fronted by older leads this pilot season. Until recently, actors in their 60s and late 50s were relegated to supporting parts as parents or grandparents of TV shows' main characters. Now they're the main attraction. Michael Patrick King's NBC drama pilot A Mann's World stars 62-year-old Don Johnson. CBS' pilot The Doctor is toplined by 61-year-old Christine Lahti. ABC has an untitled comedy pilot written for and starring 57-year-old Tim Allen. And ABC's drama pilot Grace is headlined by 55-year-old Eric Roberts. The trend started last year with several pilots going older with their leads than the characters had been originally written. Blue Bloods (then Reagan's Law) whose »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
CBS' upcoming medical drama "The Doctor" is staffing up. Scott Foley ("Grey's Anatomy," "Felicity"), Kyle MacLachlan ("Desperate Housewives," "Twin Peaks") and Michael Boatman ("Spin City," "Law & Order: Svu") have all been tapped to co-star in the pilot, alongside star Christine Lahti, according to Deadline.com. The pilot will be written by Rina Mimoun ("Privileged") and directed by David Nutter -- whose credits include "Entourage," "X-Files" and a number of pilots for hit shows. In "The Doctor," Lahti plays Emily, a woman who joins the family medical practice after her husband's death. There she reconnects with her children, played by Foley and »
- HitFix Staff
Brewster has landed a starring role in an NBC comedy pilot called "My Life as an Experiment." The show is based on writer A.J. Jacobs' book "Guinea Pig Diaries" and will star comedian Jon Dore as a journalist who submits to a range of lifestyle experiments, from "radical honesty" to crashing the Oscars. Brewster will play his no-nonsense wife, TVLine reports.
Brewster's last episode of "Criminal Minds" airs Wednesday (March 16), but it may not be the last viewers see of her on the CBS show. Should "Experiment" not get picked up, the "Minds" producers have offered to make her an every-episode regular next season.
Other casting news:
Foley — who is currently recurring as Kim Raver’s spouse of convenience on the ABC hit — will costar on Doctor as David, a cocky cardiologist and the son of Lahti’s lead character.
- Michael Ausiello
Scott Foley, Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Boatman are set to co-star opposite Christine Lahti in CBS' medical-family drama pilot The Doctor. Written by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun and directed by David Nutter, the project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on Emily (Lahti) a mother who reconnects with her two adult children - son David (Foley) and daughter Natasha (Eva Amurri) when she joins the family medical practice after the death of her husband Ben. Emily is taking over Ben's third of the practice, which he ran with his friend Jason (MacLachlan), a sympathetic pediatrician who has always harbored feelings for Emily, and David. Spin City alum Boatman will play the chief of staff at the hospital where Emily is doing her residency who becomes her mentor. Both Foley, repped by Paradigm, and MacLachlan, repped by Gersh and Management 360, recently did stints on hit ABC series: Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Christine Lahti is the star of the show, playing mom who reconnects with her grown-up kids when she joins the family’s medical practice. Lahti’s fellow Law & Order: Svu veteran Michael Boatman is also on board. Foley will play Lahti’s character’s son, a talented surgeon who may not be the perfect man Emily thought she’d raised. Also just cast: Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, »
- James Hibberd
Eva Amurri has reportedly signed up for a role in a new CBS pilot. The Doctor stars Christine Lahti as a doctor who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. Deadline says that Amurri has joined the show as Natasha, one of Lahti's character's children. Amurri previously played Jackie in Californication and has also (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
The Fighter, Black Swan, and the other nominations for the 2011 Prism Awards have been announced. The 15th Annual Prism Awards are presented by the Entertainment Industries Council (Eic) “for outstanding accomplishments in the accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental health disorders: prevention, treatment and recovery, in film, television, interactive, comic book, music, and DVD entertainment…The ceremony for the 15th Annual Prism Awards will be held on April 28, 2011 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.” The full listing of the 2011 Prism Awards is below.
Feature Film – Substance Use
White Irish Drinkers
Feature Film – Mental Health
All Good Things
Frankie and Alice
Mother and Child
Performance in a Feature Film
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Ryan Gosling, All Good Things
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Comedy Series Episode or Multi-Episode Storyline
The Big C – “Happy Birthday, »
Eva Amurri (Californication) is set to star opposite Christine Lahti in CBS' medical-family drama pilot The Doctor, written by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun and directed by David Nutter. The project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a mother (Lahti) who reconnects with her two adult children - son David and daughter Natasha (Amurri) when she joins the family medical practice. Judy Marte, Tom Reed and Stark Sands have joined Leelee Sobieski in the CBS' drama pilot Rookies, an ensemble cop show from writer Richard Price, which is executive produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. In the James Mangold-directed pilot, about six NYPD rookies who balance their personal lives with learning the beat on the streets of Manhattan, Marte, Reed, Sands and Sobieski play 4 of the rookies. Marte (Raising Victor Vargas) is with Greene & Assoc. and managers Eunice Lee & Tim Jordan. Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Leah Renee have joined NBC's drama pilot Playboy. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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