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Morris Chestnut has inked a 3-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems, that will see him act in, as well as produce projects for the studio. He's already booked for the upcoming thriller "The Perfect Guy," which he co-stars in with Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy, and he's now also landed a starring role in the psychological thriller "When the Bough Breaks," joining Regina Hall. To be directed by Jon Cassar, "When the Bough Breaks" (previously titled "The Surrogate"), tells the story of a couple who hire a surrogate to have their baby, but, as you might expect, things don't go entirely as »
- Tambay A. Obenson
• Hannibal Buress is joining Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home. Sean Ander and John Morris are directing the film, which tells the story of a radio executive (Ferrell) who wants to be the best stepdad he can to his wife's two children. But, his plans are disrupted when the children's biological father shows up. Buress will play a sarcastic handyman who believes the stepdad to be racist, the result of some ploying on the part of Wahlberg's character. Linda Cardellini also stars as Ferrell's wife. The film began shooting on Monday in New Orleans. [THR] • Clive Owen, Jaeden Lieberher, »
- C. Molly Smith
Story follows a professional couple that is unable to conceive a child and decides to hire a young blue collar woman as a surrogate, before she develops a psychotic fixation on the husband. Cassar is best known for his work on the TV series “24.”
The “Bough”attachment is part of a three-picture deal between Chestnut and Screen Gems. He will also star and produce Screen Gems’ “The Syndicate” with Cliff Dorfman writing and will star in the previously announced Screen Gems thriller “The Perfect Guy” along with Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy.
Chestnut is repped by The Gersh Agency and Link Entertainment.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Morris Chestnut, who made his film debut in John Singleton’s seminal 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, has signed a three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut. The next film to follow will be When The Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall.
Bough, directed by Jon Cassar, tracks a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. The pic is being produced by New Line founders and Lord of the Rings EPs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and Chestnut will exec produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be The Syndicate, from writer Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell. »
- Jen Yamato
Heist film “Bus 657″ has sold to a dozen territories with production wrapping in Mobile, Ala.
Hannibal Classics is handling foreign sales at next week’s American Film Market.
Morgan and Bautista portray characters who partner to rob the casino where they both work – only to end up hijacking a bus and using the hostages as collateral when plans go awry. Chestnut portrays the enforcer for the casino’s owner, played by De Niro.
Bus 657 has sold in Benelux to Bbi Films; France to Marco Polo Production Sas; Germany to Elite Film »
- Dave McNary
Morris Chestnut has joined the cast of director Scott Mann's thriller "Bus 657," which stars Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano in a film about a father who decides to rob a casino in order to come up with the money to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment; as expected, things don't go exactly as planned. De Niro will play the owner of the casino, and Chestnut will be his right-hand man, Derrick "Dog" Prince, whose job is to recover the stolen money before the cops do. Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing via their Emmett/Furla/Oasis shingle. Stephen Sepher and Max Adams wrote the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
James Cosmo ("Game of Thrones") has joined the Martha Pinson-directed military drama "Tomorrow" which Martin Scorsese will executive produce. Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye and Joss Stone also star.
The story explores the difficulty and loneliness soldiers encounter as they try to reintegrate into society having after serving their countries and deals with post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV and AIDS. [Source: Variety]
Morris Chestnut has joined Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano in Scott Mann's "Bus 657". Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing and shooting begins this week in Alabama.
The story centers on a father without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker to rob a casino and the two hijack a bus full of hostages and things go awry. »
- Garth Franklin
• Game of Thrones' James Cosmo has signed on for Tomorrow. Martin Scorsese is executive producing the military drama. Cosmo joins previously announced cast members Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye, and Joss Stone. Martha Pinson, Scorsese's long-time script supervisor, will make her feature directorial debut with the film, which follows the lives of soldiers trying to re-immerse themselves into society. Street and Brennan wrote the script. They are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is executive producing with Scorsese. [Variety] • Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, and Clancy Brown have been cast in Hail, »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Morris Chestnut has joined Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano in the Scott Mann-directed Bus 657. He plays the role of Derrick “Dog” Prince in the film that began shooting this week in Alabama, with Randall Emmett and George Furla producing for Emmett/Furla/Oasis. Stephen Sepher and Max Adams wrote the script.
This pic centers on a father without the means to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker to rob a casino and the two hijack a bus full of hostages and things go awry. De Niro will play Frank “The Pope,” owner of the casino, and Chestnut will play De Niro’s right-hand man tasked with bringing the money back before the cops seize it and realize it’s dirty.
Chestnut, who’s currently starring with Sean Bean in the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
This week sees our bakers dealing with patisserie as they battle it out for a place in the final.
Legends: Sky1, 10pm
Martin (Sean Bean) dons an interesting disguise in order to infiltrate a gang of kidnappers.
The Strain: Watch, 10pm
After the full effect of the virus emerges, Setrakian (David Bradley) takes drastic action to control the infection.
Stan, Kyle, Cartman and co return to screens for the animated comedy's 18th season. »
TNT has had some mixed success launching new dramas this summer. The Last Ship has been a ratings success while Murder in the First just did okay. How will Legends do? Will it be a hit and be renewed for a second season, or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.
Based on the award-winning book by spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), an undercover agent who can transform himself into a different person for each case. A mysterious stranger causes him to start questioning his sanity. Others in the cast are Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Amber Valletta, Mason Cook, Tina Majorino, Rob Mayes, and Steve Harris.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings »
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: August 13, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
Martin Odum (Sean Bean) is an undercover agent working for the FBI's Deep Cover Operations (Dco) division. He has the ability to transform himself into a different person for each of his cases but a mysterious stranger causes him to start questioning his sanity.
Rutina Wesley (Sookie Stackhouse's best friend, Tara, on HBO's "True Blood") has joined Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut in Sony/Screen Gems thriller titled "The Perfect Guy," which will be directed by David Rosenthal. The film follows a woman (Lathan) who meets an It expert (Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he disrupts her life. James Lopez and Clint Culpepper are executive producing for Screen Gems. It does remind me a bit »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Everyone out there is searching for their perfect partner. Until I found mine, I was happy just chilling with my pets and playing video games in between drunken stupors which led to polka dancing and random acts of violence and nudity. And if you think that's scary...
Deadline is reporting that Kathryn Morris (pictured) has joined the Screen Gems thriller The Perfect Guy. Sanaa Lathan stars as a woman who meets the seemingly perfect guy (Michael Ealy), but he turns into a sociopathic stalker when she breaks up with him.
Morris will play Karen, the mother of an all-boys family who is a close confidante of Lathan’s character and offers counsel and wisdom about her romances. Morris Chestnut and Rutina Wesley also star in the film from director David M. Rosenthal and writer Tyger Williams.
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- Steve Barton
Martin Odum has some issues. He hasn’t seen his son in months; he’s divorced; his one-time hook-up looks like she’s going to remain a one-time hook-up. And he might not even be Martin Odum.
A “legend,” as a title credit in TNT’s Legends so helpfully informs us, is a fabricated identity within U.S. undercover government work. Martin Odum, played by Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean, has a few of these legends, but he is struggling to separate himself from these false identities and starting to question who he really is. That’s an intriguing premise, »
- Ariana Bacle
TNT‘s new drama, Legends, doesn’t play around with the long arc of the series, which involves Sean Bean‘s Martin Odum losing touch with the reality of his life as an FBI deep cover operative (see the promo below, which would lead you to believe that this is the entire focus of the show), but as we get through the first few episodes, this plot is largely sideline material.
The show kicks off with Martin trying to expose the leader of a terrorist group. He’s been living the life of a member of the “militia” group for six months, and just as he’s about to get somewhere, another law enforcement group moves in on the camp. This takes Martin out of the game, which means he can visit his ex-wife and son, and get back to reality. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t want to sit still, »
- Marc Eastman
The new TNT series Legends, based on the book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division, who has such an uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job that he begins to question whether he really is the man he believes himself to be. The show also stars Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Tina Majorino, Steve Harris, Amber Valletta and Mason Cook. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Tina Majorino (who plays Maggie Harris, the newest member of the Dco team) talked about how she got involved with this show, that a different actor had originally been cast in Sean Bean’s role, how the rewrites of the original script changed the backstory of her character, how Maggie fits in with the team, and the research she did »
- Christina Radish
TNT's new series, Legends, is centered around an undercover operative, Martin Odum, who has multiple "legends" which allow him to infiltrate criminal enterprises and bring down the bad guys. He's not alone though, he has a team which supports him on his missions.
This summer, Executive Producer David Wilcox and stars Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut and Tina Majorino spoke with reporters about their new series, including the characters, source material, Bean's multiple roles and more. »
'Cold Case' star Kathryn Morris (below) has signed up for Screen Gems' new thriller 'The Perfect Guy'. The 45-year old hottie is set to play Karen, the mother of an all boys family and a close confidante to that of lead star Sanaa Lathan's character. The movie is directed by David Rosenthal and is currently shooting in La and looks to have much in common with past relationship-based thrillers such as Steve Shill's 'Obsessed'. 'The Perfect Guy' also stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Rutina Wesley, Sarah Domin, Duncan Joiner, Holt McCallany, Jeff Davis and Julia Larson. Head below for the full plot breakdown. »
• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
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