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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, »
- MIKE FLEMING
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 »
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) »
- By Catriona Wightman
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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- Robyn Ross
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 »
5 items from 2011
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