Tom Cruise Absolutely Not Inspiration For ‘The Arrangement,’ Creator & Cast Insist – TCA

As you are telling us this is absolutely, positively not a show about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Scientology, “could you legally tell us if it were?” a TV critic asked The Arrangement executive producer Jonathan Abrams, kicking off E!’s Q&A for its upcoming scripted series. The 10-part drama follows aspiring actress Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista), who lands a Cinderella-esque date with A-list movie star Kyle West (Josh Henderson), after which she is offered a…
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Enter ‘Mariah’s World’ with First Look at Singer’s E! Reality Show

Enter ‘Mariah’s World’ with First Look at Singer’s E! Reality Show
E! has unveiled the first trailers for the cabler’s newest shows: their second scripted drama, “The Arrangement,” and a reality series that centers around Mariah Carey, titled “Mariah’s World.

“Mariah’s World” will take viewers into Carey’s private life, offering a behind-the-scenes look at her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour. The 8-part event-series will also focus on Carey’s wedding to Australian business mogul James Packer.

“I’m not Cinderella, my life has not been a fairy tale. Forget the image, forget the rumors. I owe this to the fans,” says Carey in the trailer.

According to Carey “she’s just like everybody else.” The series showcases an intimate look at Mariah’s day to day life, including her refusal to take off her sunglasses in fluorescent lighting, which she admits is “very ’90s” of her.

The Arrangement” follows Megan Morrison (Christine Evangelista), a beautiful young actress who
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Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Diplomacy Will Somehow Become a Feature Film

Years from now, our children and grandchildren will want to know about the early 21st century. Of its great moments. Nay, its greatest moment. They’ll gather in a circle, and ask, “Pop-pop? Will you tell us of Dennis Rodman‘s journeys to North Korea?” And we will show them Diplomats. One of real life’s great untapped comedy premises has finally been tapped. As per The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has bought the rights to Diplomats, a comedy pitch based off Earth’s premiere former pro baller/ruthless dictator bromance. Fox has tasked Ride Along director Tim Story with the project, with Jonathan Abrams on script duties and The Heat producer Peter Chernin producing. THR describes the film as a two-hander (that is, a film focusing around two co-leads), so it makes perfect sense that Fox would pass this to the guy who just made $100M off a buddy comedy. Plus
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Dennis Rodman's North Korea Visit Inspires Comedy Movie 'Diplomats'

Dennis Rodman's North Korea Visit Inspires Comedy Movie 'Diplomats'
20th Century Fox has given the green light to a comedy inspired by flamboyant forward Dennis Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" visit to North Korea last year. Titled Diplomats, the movie will be directed by Tim Story, who previously helmed Ride Along, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Barbershop. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Jonathan Abrams has based the movie on the many antics Rodman carried out while in the country.

Dennis Rodman's Visit to North Korea and 21 More of the Biggest Sports Controversies of 2013

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Kim Jong-un, Dennis Rodman film planned by Ride Along director Tim Story

Kim Jong-un, Dennis Rodman film planned by Ride Along director Tim Story
Tim Story will direct a film about Dennis Rodman's relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

The Ride Along director has signed on for 20th Century Fox's comedy Diplomats, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will centre around the retired NBA sportsman's "hoops diplomacy" mission to the secretive country.

He visited North Korea last year, befriending Kim Jong-un, and returned in January to organise a basketball game in Pyongyang and sing 'Happy Birthday' to the despot.

Peter Chernin (The Heat) will produce through Chernin Entertainment, with Jonathan Abrams writing the script.

Ride Along was a hit when it arrived in the Us earlier this month. A sequel to the action comedy will enter production in the summer.
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Tim Story To Direct ‘Diplomats,’ Based On The Relationship Between Dennis Rodman & Kim Jong Un

He had a runaway success with the film Ride Along when it was released in the United States (catch it in UK cinemas from Friday), and now it looks like director Tim Story is all set to directed a new movie based on the relationship between basketball star Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The planned film is called Dictators and is based on a script pitch by Jonathan Abrams.

Peter Chernin (The Heat) will produce for 20th Century Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Rodman has traveled to North Korea a number of times and has striked up quite a relationship with Kim Jong Un, and even sang Happy Birthday to him earlier this year.

THR says that the film pitch is described as ‘a two-hander that takes its cues from the antics of the 6-foot-7 former NBA player Rodman, known as “The Worm.”‘

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Dennis Rodman In Korea Story Becomes A Film

"Ride Along" director Tim Story is set to helm 20th Century Fox's comedy "Diplomats," a film inspired by Dennis Rodman's "hoops diplomacy" mission to North Korea.

Rodman visited North Korea last year and befriended the country's dictator, Kim Jong Un. He returned there last month after organising a basketball game in Pyongyang.

Jonathan Abrams is writing the script while Peter Chernin ("The Heat") will produce the film which is described as a "two-hander" comedy that takes its cues from those real life events.

Source: THR
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Ride Along Director Tim Story to Helm Diplomats Based on the Relationship between Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un

Last February, former NBA player/Simon Sez star Dennis Rodman made headlines by becoming pals with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. I’m surprised it took so long for this dynamic to become the basis for a movie, but THR is reporting that Tim Story (Ride Along) will direct Diplomats. 20th Century Fox bought the pitch, Peter Chernin will produce, and Jonathan Abrams will write the script. Story is currently finishing up on Think Like a Man Too, and he’s also attached to direct a sequel to Ride Along. I assume there’s no rush on Diplomats since it’s not like the relationship between Rodman and Kim is going to become less insane. Rodman has already sung “Happy Birthday” to a man whose country is a nightmare. If there is a rush, it will be to beat another comedy involving the North Korean dictator, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview.
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Fox Is Making a Movie Out of Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Trips

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Fox Is Making a Movie Out of Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Trips
What do a heartless North Korean dictator and a troubled former NBA star have it common? Probably something really, really sad, but 20th Century Fox is prepared to mine whatever it is for comedy gold with Diplomats, a comedy pitch based on Rodman's newfound friendship with Kim Jong-un. Ride Along director Tim Story is set to direct, Jonathan Abrams is set to write, and both Rodman and Kim are set to be pretty peeved at how they come off in the movie.
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Dennis Rodman North Korea Mission to Become Fox Movie (Exclusive)

Dennis Rodman North Korea Mission to Become Fox Movie (Exclusive)
Could the world's strangest "diplomatic mission" be fodder for one of Hollywood's hottest comedic directors? 20th Century Fox has bought the comedy pitch Diplomats, inspired by Dennis Rodman's so-called "hoops diplomacy" mission to North Korea, as a directing vehicle for Ride Along's Tim Story (pictured below). Photos: Hollywood's Best Basketball Movies Peter Chernin, hot off the hit Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat, is producing via his Fox-based shingle Chernin EntertainmentJonathan Abrams is writing the script. The ever eccentric Rodman became a lightning rod last year when he visited North Korea and befriended the country's dictator, Kim Jong Un. In January, he returned

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Ride Along's Tim Story Tracks Down Diplomats

Ride Along's Tim Story Tracks Down Diplomats
As Mr. Spock once put it, only Nixon could go to China. But it took erstwhile basketball stalwart and one-time wannabe movie star Dennis Rodman to go to North Korea, and his weird overtures to despot Kim Jong-un are now the subject of a planned comedy at Fox called Diplomats. And Ride Along director Tim Story is the man the studio wants to make it happen.Story, of course, is riding high at the moment thanks to the smash success of the Ice Cube/Kevin Hart mismatched buddy cop comedy. He’s in the middle of juggling the final work on Think Like A Man Too before he segues into the planned Ride Along sequel.Fox has Jonathan Abrams writing Diplomats as a two-hander comedy based on Rodman’s visits to North Korea last year and this past January, where he organized a basketball game, schmoozed with the leader and
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ABC Buys Dramas From David Diamond, David Weissman & Temple Hill; Jonathan Abrams, Marcus Wiley & Julia Franz

Writers David Diamond and David Weissman (The Family Man) have sold dual-reality drama The Double Life Of Emily Reed to ABC through ABC Studios and studio-based Temple Hill. Emily Reed is a 35-year-old divorcee from New Jersey with two kids who’s at a tipping point in her life when she makes the life-changing decision to move herself and her kids in with her mom. Just when she gives up on all her dreams, Emily magically wakes up the next morning in a gorgeous Soho loft lying next to an even more gorgeous naked man. And thus begins the double life of Emily Reed, where she lives each day twice — once as a divorced mother of two in suburban New Jersey, and again as a successful independent New York business woman. The premise is reminiscent of the parallel universe movie Sliding Doors and the NBC series Awake. Diamond and Weissman
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Espn Reverses Twitter Policy for Trayvon Martin Case, Employees Don Hoodies (Updated)

Espn has made an exception to its Twitter policy for the Trayvon Martin case, permitting employees to wear hoodies in their online avatars (the picture by your name) after initially warning them not to take a political stance. Martin, a 17-year old teenager from Sanford, Fla., was gunned down by George Zimmerman in late February, sparking a national controversy and making the hoodie, which Martin was wearing at the time, a national symbol. A few Espn employees, such as NFL reporter and senior writer Michael Smith and Grantland’s Jonathan Abrams, changed their
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Tyler Mitchell Heading Feature Films At Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment

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Exclusive: Landscape Entertainment CEO Bob Cooper has hired producer Tyler Mitchell to be his head of feature films. Mitchell is one of the producers of Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed New Line comedy that has Steve Carell set to star and Jim Carrey in talks to play rival Las Vegas magicians. He’s also a producer on the period bank robbery drama The Architect at Warner Bros and recently sold the Jonathan Abrams pitch Legal Aide to the CW. Mitchell is exec producing that pilot with Jason Smilovic, Timberman/Beverly and Robert Luketic. Luketic is directing the pilot. “Tyler’s expertise in all aspects of production will make him a huge asset to our company,” Cooper said. Mitchell started as a production vice president and head of development for FilmEngine, where he worked on the films The Butterfly Effect and Lucky Number Slevin. He left to become a partner in Dark & Stormy Entertainment,
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Andre Leon Talley leaving 'Top Model'; 'Lost's' Sonya Walger joins USA's 'Common Law'

Enjoy some bite-sized pieces of TV news, including a very early pickup for a cable series and some notes on the pilot front.

- "America's Next Top Model" is going through another judge shakeup. Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley will leave the show after this cycle and be replaced by Kelly Cutrone ("The Hills," "Kell on Earth"), who runs the fashion publicity/marketing firm People's Revolution. "I had a great ride and will always consider my experience with 'Top Model' one of the best moments of my life," Talley says. [People]

- "FlashForward" star and "Lost" star-crossed lover Sonya Walger will head to USA for her next series project. She's joined the cable channel's "Common Law," about two cops (Michael Ealy and Warren Kole) whose constant conflict lands them in couples therapy -- with Walger as their therapist. [EW]

- Starz has given a second-season order to its drama "Boss" -- even
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The CW begins work on 'Legal Aid'

The CW has started developing a new comedy drama called Legal Aid. The project focuses on a first-year law associate, Deadline reports. Her life is shaken up when her estranged father, a former TV star, decides to join her firm. The project has been penned by Jonathan Abrams and the pilot will be directed by Robert Luketic, whose previous credits include the movies The Ugly Truth, Monster In Law, 21 and Legally Blonde. (more)
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The CW Gets Some Legal Aid

The CW has bought a legal dramedy, Deadline reports.

Legal Aid follows a first-year law associate whose life is upset when her father — a big TV star two decades ago — joins her firm. Jonathan Abrams is writing with Tyler Mitchell, Jason Smilovic, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Robert Luketic executive-producing. Luketic, (The Ugly Truth) will also direct the pilot.

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Just Another F-ing Observer: J.A.F.O. #007

Why The Hell Are So Many Movie Geeks And Journalists Jizzing Their Pants Over 'Super 8'?I became a fan of J.J. Abrams back in 1991, when the now defunct Premiere Magazine did a piece on him regarding his screenplays for Regarding Henry and Forever Young. Back then he was Jonathan Abrams and he seemed like a promising and ambitious young writer. Some years later he would make a name for himself with hit television series such as Felicity, Alias and of course, Lost (boy this guy likes one word titles). When Tom Cruise took a chance on Abrams and gave him the directing gig for M:i-iii, probably the best and first true Mission: Impossible film in the series, it proved the former screenwriter could helm a picture, but he didn't break any new ground either. The same could be said for the latest re-imagining/re-boot for Star Trek
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