Four trying their 'Luck' in HBO pilot

Four trying their 'Luck' in HBO pilot
Kevin Dunn has been tapped to co-star on HBO's drama pilot "Luck," with "Rome" alumna Kerry Condon and Tom Payne also set and Nick Nolte in talks for the horse drama starring Dustin Hoffman.

"Luck," from Michael Mann and David Milch, takes a look at the worlds of horse racing and gambling through a diverse group of characters surrounding a racetrack. It centers on an intelligent, intuitive tough man (Hoffman) who always has been involved with gambling.

Dunn will play the prodigious misanthrope who is the ringmaster of a syndicate of misfits. Nolte would play the trainer of a top racehorse. Condon will play the exercise rider for the horse who is interested in Bug Boy (British actor Payne), an apprentice jockey.

The quartet joins previously cast Hoffman, Dennis Farina and John Ortiz.

Dunn, who next appears in Tony Scott's "Unstoppable," in negotiations to reprise his role as Sam
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'Unstoppable' adds two to cast

'Unstoppable' adds two to cast
Jessy Schram and Kevin Dunn have boarded Fox's action drama "Unstoppable," joining Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson, who also recently was cast.

Tony Scott is directing the Mark Bomback-scripted film about the desperate efforts of a veteran engineer and novice conductor to stop a train laden with toxic cargo speeding out of control toward a nearby city.

Schram will play the estranged wife of Pine's character. Dawson will take on the role of a train dispatcher helping the men via radio, and Dunn will play her boss.

Julie Yorn is producing with Scott and Mimi Rogers; Chris Ciaffa is an executive producer.

The project lost some momentum two months ago when budget concerns knocked it off track, but it again is scheduled to begin production in the fall in Pittsburgh.

Schram, repped by UTA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment, had recurring roles on NBC's "Life" and the CW's "Veronica Mars.
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Weinsteins pick up 'Cristina'

The Weinstein Co. has picked up North American distribution rights to Woody Allen's romantic comedy/drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson.

Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall and Chris Messina also star in the tale of Vicky and Christina Hall and Johansson), two Americans vacationing in the title's Spanish city, who become part of a chain of romances involving an artist (Bardem) and his nutty ex-wife (Cruz).

A steamy menage a trios sequence between Bardem, Cruz and Johansson was the talk of the American Film Market when it previewed in Santa Monica in November.

Another selling point might be the offscreen romance between Bardem and Cruz. The pair also are coming together for the Weinstein Co.'s adaptation of the Broadway musical Nine for director Rob Marshall.

The film marks Allen's sixth partnership with Bob and Harvey Weinstein, one that began in their Miramax days with his 1994 comedy Bullets Over Broadway and continues this month with Cassandra's Dream. A 2008 release of Barcelona is planned.

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