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Derek Magyar on his Flying Lessons directing debut and his next film Rewind

23 December 2011 6:05 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

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.

Magyar also recently wrapped the adventure thriller Phantom, in which he plays Garin alongside David Duchovny, William Fichtner and Ed Harris. »

- Michael Pellegrini

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George Clooney openly supporting gays and gay marriage (finally)?

15 December 2011 7:49 PM, PST | Green Celebrity | See recent Green Celebrity news »

The Wrap (an entertainment news website) reports Clooney will star in a one-night-only production of "8". The theater production will happen at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, 2012. Directed by Rob Reiner, all proceeds from the Lgbt civil rights supporting event will go to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, of which Reiner and play writer Dustin Lance Black are founding members. The show "8" will be a rendition of the same production that ran in New York City in September of 2011. That production cast boasts other big name Hollywood star celebs like Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, and Christine Lahti. Keep reading »

- Kae Davis

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Anchor Bay Acquires Kurt Russell-Starrer ‘Touchback’

16 November 2011 11:33 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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 FilmsBrian 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. »


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'8': On the scene at the new, star-studded Broadway play by Dustin Lance Black

20 September 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

For one night only, the stars turned out on Broadway last night to stage a reading of 8, the new dramatization — directed by Joe Mantello and penned by Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk — of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the landmark 2010 trial that led the Federal Court to rule Proposition 8 unconstitutional. To say that the night’s cast was star-studded is an understatement; performers included Morgan Freeman, Rob Reiner, John Lithgow, Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin, Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Bomer, and Christine Lahti, among many other big names.

A crowd of celebrities, theater lovers, and Lgbt rights supporters packed into the »

- Stephan Lee

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Play Enacting Prop 8 Trial Debuts At Same Time Video Of Trail Is Released

20 September 2011 5:53 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York -- A play based on last year's federal court fight over California's gay marriage ban made its Broadway debut on Monday night with an all-star cast, only hours after a federal judge decided to unseal the trial's video recordings.

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's play "8" was born, in part, by frustration that Proposition 8 backers had succeeded in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to bar broadcast of the landmark case.

During the trial, former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson and attorney David Boies – best known as adversaries who represented opposing sides in the disputed 2000 presidential election – put on a powerfully clear argument in favor of gay marriage. Prop. 8 was eventually ruled unconstitutional in August 2010. The case is under appeal.

Black, a member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, wrote his play using the trial transcript, firsthand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. »

- AP

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Another Star Joins Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow In Prop 8 Play

15 September 2011 2:15 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York -- Producers have revealed the glittering final cast list for a new Broadway play about the legal battle over same-sex marriage in California.

Ellen Barkin, Kate Shindle and Stephen Spinella have been added to "8," a play about Proposition 8 by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

The play is based on the trial transcript and interviews from last year's court fight over California's gay marriage ban. It will be performed as a reading at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre for one night only – Monday.

The new cast members join already announced Morgan Freeman, Anthony Edwards, John Lithgow, Cheyenne Jackson, Campbell Brown, Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner and Larry Kramer. Marisa Tomei had to withdraw from the reading because of a film scheduling conflict.


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- AP

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Celebrity Cast For New Proposition 8 Play

14 September 2011 5:30 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

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.

The play is written by Afer Founding Board Member and Academy Award-winning writer Dustin Lance Black and will be directed by two-time Tony Award-winning actor and director Joe Mantello.

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, »

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'Glee' star Cheyenne Jackson and partner Monte Lapka wed in New York

4 September 2011 2:09 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

"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

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'Cash Cab' Host In Bathroom for Daytime Emmy Win

20 June 2011 6:25 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

" 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

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New TV Season Breakdown: CBS

18 May 2011 10:35 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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

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Fall 2011-12 drama and comedy pilots: What's the next hit (and what's headed to the trash bin)

10 May 2011 2:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

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

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Good book, great film

1 April 2011 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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 »

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Fall 2011-12 pilots: What will make the cut for fall?

23 March 2011 4:15 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

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):  


The Doctor (Rina Mimoun, David Nutter). A mother (Christine Lahti) reconnects with her adult children when »

- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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Fall TV Pilots: CBS

17 March 2011 8:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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 »

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Foley, Boatman join 'The Doctor' pilot

14 March 2011 3:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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

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Pilot Season: The End Of Ageism?

13 March 2011 7:10 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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 »


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Scott Foley, Kyle McLachlan, Michael Boatman join CBS' 'The Doctor' pilot

12 March 2011 1:36 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Paget Brewster part of NBC's 'Experiment'; Scott Foley plays 'Doctor' at CBS

12 March 2011 12:53 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Paget Brewster's time on "Criminal Minds" is coming to an end (for now), but she could be back on TV next season.

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:

Scott Foley, Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Boatman have come aboard CBS' drama "The Doctor." The show stars Christine Lahti »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Pilot Scoop: Scott Foley to Play Doctor for CBS

11 March 2011 3:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

This is going to put a serious crimp in Teddy and Henry’s “marriage” on Grey’s Anatomy: Scott Foley is set to play Christine Lahti’s son in the CBS drama pilot The Doctor.

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.

Doctor, written by Everwood/Privileged vet Rina Mimoun, centers on a mother (Lahti) who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice.

Also joining the cast is The Good Wife‘s Michael Boatman. »

- Michael Ausiello

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Scott Foley, Kyle MacLachlan & Michael Boatman Cast In CBS Pilot 'The Doctor'

11 March 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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, »


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