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Exclusive: Modern Family star Ed O’Neill has signed with Paradigm, joining his longtime agent Iris Grossman who moved from ICM Partners to Paradigm earlier this month. O’Neill, who is managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is the third major Grossman client to follow her from ICM to Paradigm joining Mandy Patinkin and Fraces Conroy. O’Neill stars as patriarch Jay Pritchett on ABC’s Emmy-winning comedy Modern Family, a role that has earned him two Emmy nominations. He is one of the highest-paid actors on TV as he also has ownership in the show. O’Neill’s previous series credits include Married… With Children, John From Cincinnati and The West Wing. In features and on stage, O’Neill has a decades-spanning affiliation with the Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet, appearing in his films The Spanish Prisoner, Spartan and Redbelt and stage productions of Lakeboat and Keep Your Pantheon. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Veteran TV, film and stage actress Frances Conroy has signed with Paradigm, joining her agent Iris Grossman who moved from ICM Partners to Paradigm last week. Conroy, who is managed by Paul Martino, is the second Grossman client to follow her from ICM to Paradigm, along with Mandy Patinkin. Conroy co-stars on FX’s American Horror Story, appearing in all three seasons to date and earning an Emmy nomination for the first cycle. She also received a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy nominations for her role on HBO’s Six Feet Under. On Broadway, Conroy earned a Tony nomination for Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
But, the longtime actor admitted at a Emmy roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter (above) that he wasn't aways so jovial on set, specifically while he was playing Dr. Jeffrey Geiger on "Chicago Hope."
"I was very defensive in the beginning, because I didn't let myself trust the directors," he said. "I was arrogant. I wasn't trustful, and I was pretty f***in' insecure. I wouldn't listen to them. When I was doing 'Chicago Hope,' I literally said, 'Tell these people not to talk to me.' And I really can't get over that I had the nerve to do that ... The blessing of surviving, and being 60 years old now and still getting the privilege to do this ... is I learned to listen to them. »
- Leigh Weingus
Exclusive: Emmy and Tony-winning actor Mandy Patinkin has signed with Paradigm, joining his longtime agent Iris Grossman who moved from ICM Partners to Paradigm last week. Patinkin is one of Grossman’s top clients, along with Ed O’Neill. He is currently garnering attention for his co-starring role on Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama Homeland, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Patinkin won an Emmy for Chicago Hope and also starred on Criminal Minds and Dead Like Me, leaving Chicago Hope and Criminal Minds early in their runs. On the feature side, he continues to be best known for William Goldman/Rob Reiner’s classic The Princess Bride. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
As many concerned television executives will tell you, Americans rarely sit down to watch TV at the same time anymore — unless an awards show is on, that is, in which case everyone orders a pizza and fires up Twitter simultaneously, so that we can all snark on celebrities in real time. It’s our new national pastime. So in that spirit, here are Vulture’s ten favorite moments from awards-show telecasts from the past year. It probably isn't a surprise to learn that Amy Poehler features heavily. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes You want a single joke? Okay, fine. How about the James Cameron one? Or when they made Daniel Day-Lewis do the little E.T. finger? Or Amy Poehler’s fake teeth? Or Amy Poehler sitting on George Clooney’s lap? Yeah, sorry, can’t pick just one. “Mandy Patinkin, holla.” — Claire Danes at the Emmys »
- Amanda Dobbins
This story first appeared in the June 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The gathering of six actors on an early April afternoon in Hollywood felt less like professional duty and more like group therapy. The performers -- Kevin Bacon, 54 (Fox's The Following); Jeff Daniels, 58 (HBO's The Newsroom); Mandy Patinkin, 60 (Showtime's Homeland); Dennis Quaid, 59 (CBS' Vegas); John Slattery, 50 (AMC's Mad Men); and Corey Stoll, 37 (Netflix's House of Cards) -- shared and commiserated like old friends (and with equal parts happiness and horror) as they dissected the terrible auditions, egotistical outbursts, bizarre fan interactions and ongoing
- Stacey Wilson, Matthew Belloni
Braff launched the project in April on Kickstarter, and after completing its goal within a matter of days, it was fully funded at just over $3m. at the end of last month.
With much of the leading cast already set, Braff has begun meeting with people to work on the other side of the camera alongside him, and after sitting down with Betsy Heimann, he’s announced that she’s officially on board to be the costume designer for Wish I Was Here.
Heimann’s career spans across three decades, and she has worked on some of the most memorable and acclaimed films over the years, including (but certainly not limited to) Reservoir Dogs, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Art School Confidential, Funny People, and what Braff notes is his personal favourite, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Iris Grossman has joined Paradigm, the agency announced on Thursday. Grossman had been at ICM Partners, where she represented clients such as Kim Cattrall, Jeff Garlin and "Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin. It remains unclear if any of those clients will join her at Paradigm. "As an agent with exquisite taste, deep relationships in the community and an impeccable reputation; Iris will continue to fortify our senior talent agent ranks while also serving as a mentor and role model for our outstanding young agents," Paradigm's talent department head Andrew Ruf said in a sttaement. Prior »
- Lucas Shaw
Grossman had been with ICM for more than 20 years, though her tenure was broken up by a stint in the 1990s as a casting exec at TNT. She’s also president emeritus of Women in Film and chair of the org’s Crystal + Lucy Awards.
At Paradigm, she’ll work with talent department chief Andrew Ruf. Grossman has repped a slew of TV stars over the course of her career, including Jon Hamm, Mandy Patinkin and Ed O’Neill. There’s no word yet on whether any existing clients will follow her to Paradigm.
“As an agent with exquisite taste, deep relationships in the community and an impeccable reputation, Iris will continue to fortify our senior talent agent ranks while also serving as a mentor and role model for our outstanding young agents,” Ruf said.
Grossman added: “The »
- Cynthia Littleton
Veteran talent agent Iris Grossman has left ICM Partners to join Paradigm as an agent in the talent department. It is unclear which of Grossman’s clients will follow her to Paradigm. Her client list includes Modern Family star Ed O’Neill and Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin. Grossman was a long-time talent agent at ICM and previously served as Svp of Talent and Casting for TNT. “Iris Grossman is someone we have known and respected for many years,” said Paradigm chairman Sam Gores. “We worked very closely together when she was a network executive at TNT, that experience gives her a unique set of skills which her clients are the beneficiaries of and we are very pleased to have her join us.” Grossman’s future at ICM had been uncertain. She was among the veteran agents who did not get offered partnership during last year’s management buyout. “The agency wishes her the best, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Kickstarter has leveled the playing field for artists in need of funding. But the influx of pros like Zach Braff has many wondering how crowdfunding will be transformed by showbiz (and vice versa).
Over the past four years, Kickstarter has earned a reputation as the place where creators can make their dreams come true by tapping funding outside of traditional industry sources.
It’s not an inaccurate picture of the website, but it’s hardly a complete one. The perception is somewhat blurred by the entry in recent months of high-profile projects that successfully mined millions of dollars in donations, including a Warner Bros.-backed film adaptation of the defunct TV series “Veronica Mars” and Zach Braff-led indie pic “Wish I Was Here.” Studio-based projects with name talent attached will likely follow, carrying with them the potential to reshape at least one corner of the film-financing world.
“We’re a guinea pig, »
- Gregg Goldstein and Chris Morris
Kickstarter is not just for the "Veronica Mars" crowd, it appears. While not every celeb — lookin' at you, Melissa Joan Hart — can turn to the internet fundraising machine to make his or her little pet project happen, Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" campaign has effectively proven that the "Mars" loot scoop was no fluke.
Braff's own Kickstarter campaign, which promises a writer-directorial follow-up to his hip 2004 indie "Garden State," closed on Friday with a whopping $3.1 million from 46,520 backers, which is 150-plus percent of what he'd aimed for when originating the campaign in late April.
Apparently, he'd had financiers lined up for the project already but saw what Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas were able to wrangle up with the "Mars" crowd and thought, hey, why make Money Guy-based sacrifices to the story when the public might be willing to pony up the production dough themselves? (Braff co-wrote the »
- Amanda Bell
Zach Braff's bid to fund a follow-up to Garden State, his critically acclaimed 2004 directing debut, closed on Friday after gathering support worth a total of $3.1m from more than 46,000 supporters and fans on Kickstarter.
Braff's campaign for Wish I Was Here, the latest high-profile bid for financial support through the crowdfunding site, achieved its goal of $2m in pledged funds just days after launching on 24 April. Since then, the former star of TV comedy Scrubs has signed Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons and Homeland's Mandy Patinkin to appear in the film, which he co-wrote with his brother, Adam. Braff will also play the lead role of a father, actor and husband struggling to find his identity.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you. I won't let you down! Let's do this, »
- Ben Child
Despite polarized reactions, Zach Braff's contentious Kickstarter campaign closed Friday with more than $3.1 million in pledged donations. That figure significantly surpasses the project's $2 million goal, which was met within two days of its launch.
The "Scrubs" actor took to Twitter to thank the 46,520 supporters who contributed:
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I won't let you down! Lets do this. twitter.com/zachbraff/stat…
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 24, 2013
Braff's efforts will float a hefty portion of "Wish I Was Here," his directorial follow-up to 2004's "Garden State." The remainder of the funding will come from movie investment company Worldview Entertainment, which kicked in the balance in a deal made at the Cannes Film Festival.
Despite Braff's decided success, the Kickstarter endeavor has seemed to garner as »
- The Huffington Post
The Garden State director took to the crowd funding site with an initial goal of $2m to finance his latest project.
After surpassing his goal in just three days, the former Scrubs star continued to receive donations. On Friday (May 24) he ended the campaign, tweeting: "Thank you, thank you, thank you. I won't let you down! Lets do this."
Braff came under fire from critics who suggested that he was using his celebrity status to take advantage of fans.
Despite the criticism, 46,520 backers donated to the fundraising effort, with a final result of $3.1m (£2m).
According to Deadline, Worldview Entertainment has stepped in to provide gap financing for the film.
The campaign raised the funds from 46,520 fans with pledges from $10 for T-shirts and production notes to two $10,000 pledges –one for the slate used on the film signed by the cast and the other for being a cast member with Braff promising to put the donor in a scene with a spoken line.
“We’d like to shoot in August in La, so if you would like a walk on role to complement your credit, you’ll need to be available then,” Braff explained. “You will provide your own travel and accommodation.”
- Dave McNary
Zach Braff, who launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to get his upcoming film off the ground, says he explained crowd-funding to none other than Woody Allen. Braff has become an evangelist of sorts for the financing platform, on which he recently raised millions in four days for his passion project Wish I Was Here. The former Scrubs actor will direct and also star in the movie alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Jim Parsons. In an interview on the SiriusXM show Unmasked, Braff told host Ron Bennington of a recent meeting with Allen that happened when his Kickstarter to create a follow-up to
- Erin Carlson
With production on the third season getting underway on Wednesday, Homeland is adding a slew of guest stars to a cast that saw more than a few character casualties during its last few episodes. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that David Aaron Baker is set to play Dr. Harlan, an assessment shrink who'll likely be meeting with Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Carrie (Claire Danes) and the countless other C.I.A. survivors of the deadly blast that rocked the December finale. Photos: 'Homeland': Portraits of the Emmy-Winning Cast and Creators Baker, whose recent TV credits include The Big C, The
- Michael O'Connell
Expect to see a lot of new faces in "Homeland" Season 3. Showtime has unveiled a list of eight new guest stars who have joined the cast.
The list includes Joanna Merlin as Grandma Lois, Jessica Brody's mother; Nazanin Boniadi as Fara, a capable analyst despite her young appearance; Amy Morton as Erin Kimball, Carrie Mathison's CIA appointed attorney; Gary Wilmes as Dr. Richardson, a psychiatrist helping Dana Brody cope with recent events; and Sam Underwood as Leo, a new friend of Dana's with a troubled past.
Other new cast members will play government newcomers looking for answers in the wake of Season 2's terror attack. Tracy Letts portrays Senator Andrew Lockhard, the powerful, authoritative and commanding Committee Chairman; Lawrence Clayton portrays Admiral Jim Pennington, the Presiden't National Security Advisor; and Pedro Pascal portrays Majority Counsel David Portillo, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
In addition to these eight newcomers, »
Amy Morton will play recurring character Erin Kimball, the CIA attorney appointed to Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) following the events of Season 2. "Law & Order: Svu" star Joanna Merlin will appear as Grandma Lois, Jessica Brody’s (Morena Baccarin) mother.
Nazanin Boniadi will appear as Fara, a capable analyst despite her young appearance, while Gary Wilmes will play Dr. Richardson, a psychiatrist helping Dana Brody (Morgan Saylor) cope with recent events. Sam Underwood will play Leo, a new friend of Dana’s with a troubled past.
In the wake of the terror attack on U.S. soil, the government’s investigation deepens, and according to Showtime, those asking for answers include Tracy Letts ("Prison Break") as Senator Andrew Lockhart, the powerful, authoritative »
- The Huffington Post
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