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Cannes — Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Prods. has inked a first-look deal with Tandem Communications, which produces NBC crime series “Crossing Lines.” Spotnitz’s credits include “The X-Files,” “Strike Back” and “Hunted.”
American writer Spotnitz, who is based in London, has worked with a range of broadcasters, distributors and production partners. Action series “Strike Back” was produced by Left Bank Pictures for Cinemax in the U.S. and BSkyB in the U.K. Spy thriller “Hunted,” which stars Melissa George, was produced with Shine-owned Kudos for Cinemax and the BBC in the U.K.
Spotnitz is working on the second season of “Transporter: The Series.” The action skein will air in the U.S. on TNT starting this fall. Other broadcasters include M6 in France and HBO in Canada. It is produced by Atlantique Productions.
- Leo Barraclough
• Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Sam Worthington (Avatar) will join the cast of director Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest, which is currently shooting in Nepal. The large ensemble includes Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and John Hawkes. Worthington will play a climbing expert, and Wright will play the wife of Brolin’s character. The Universal pic is set for Sept. 18, 2015, release. [Deadline]
• John Leguizamo (Kick Ass 2) has reportedly signed on to American Ultra, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) is directing the action/comedy about a stoner who becomes the target of a hostile government operation. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Paramount have released the first trailer for plastic starring a great British cast including Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen, Will Poulter, Sebastian de Souza and Emma Rigby alongside Graham McTavish and Thomas Kretschmann. The movie will be with us 2nd May and the trailer is embedded below. Plastic is directed by Julian Gilbey who previously brought us Rise of the Foot Soldier and A Lonely Place To Die starring Melissa George.
High octane thriller Plastic tells the story of intelligent and brazen Sam (Ed Speleers), who leads a ring of university students to become credit card thieves in order to augment their income. As their activities become more daring, they accidentally rob a notorious gangster named Marcel (Thomas Kretschmann) and are forced to up their game to pay him back 10 times the amount they stole … with interest. To pay off the debt, they take their scam on the road to Miami »
- David Sztypuljak
It's nine years since we last experienced an Amityville Horror, in the form of Andrew Douglas's remake with Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. Since then there's been the brilliant documentary My Amityville Horror, picking up with the real-life Amityville "survivor" Daniel Lutz to genuinely alarming effect, but more familiarly fictionalised versions of the story have been languishing in development hell for years. Hannibal Classics' Amityville Legacy remains there, but the Weinsteins' The Amityville Tapes has just resurfaced and finally been given the green light. Franck Khalfoun (the Maniac remake) is directing, and Bd are also reporting that Jennifer Jason Leigh will star.This Amityville has been in the works since before all the problems at MGM (remember those?), and comes as part of the Weinsteins' / Dimension's Miramax deal to revisit their "library" and produce sequels to established properties.Hannibal's Legacy was going to be based on an elderly Amityville »
Set your DVRs. ABC has released its season finale dates for spring. They begin with “The Neighbors” on Friday, April 11 and continue through the Wednesday, May 21 season-enders for comedies “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Mixology.” Notably, fairy tale drama “Once Upon a Time” will air a two-hour season finale on Sunday, May 11 at 8 p.m. And “The Middle” will air a one-hour season finale on May 21 at 8 p.m. Also read: ‘Banshee's’ Odette Annable, ‘Good Wife's’ Melissa George Join ABC Drama Projects Here's the schedule: Fri, April 11, 2014 8:31-9:00Pm “The Neighbors” Thu, April 17, 2014 10:00-11:00Pm “Scandal” Fri, »
- Jethro Nededog
All the latest news from around your TV dial:
- "How I Met Your Dad," the spinoff to CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" series, has added two new cast members: Nick D'Agosto ("Masters of Sex," above middle) and "Mixology's" Andrew Santino. D'Agosto will play Frank, the "Robin" of the group, though Frank's relationship to Sally (the "Ted") is quite different than the Ted-Robin relationship that kicked off "Himym." Santino has been cast as Danny, Sally's older brother. His "Himyd" role is secondary to his "Mixology" role. They join the already-cast Greta Gerwig as Sally. [THR]
- Odette Annable ("Banshee," above right) has been cast in "Astronaut Wives Club," the ABC drama about the women behind the men participating in the 1960s space race. Annable is Trudy Cooper, the youngest of the wives and also a licensed pilot. [Deadline]
Odette Annable and Melissa George have joined ABC projects, representatives for the actresses told TheWrap. Annable will co-star on “Astronaut Wives Club” from “Gossip Girl” executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz for Fake Empire, which was given a 10-episode series order. Michael London (“Betas,” “The Illusionist”) will executive produce for Groundswell. Set in the 1960s, the series focuses on the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Also read: ‘Once Upon a Time's’ Joanna Garcia Swisher Joins ABC's ‘Astronaut Wives Club’ She'll play Trudy Cooper, the wife of Gordo Cooper and. »
- Jethro Nededog
Three faces familiar to TV viewers have been confirmed as joining broadcast drama pilots slated for next season.
Anthony Lapaglia is returning to CBS to lead the network’s untitled terrorism drama from Nikki Toscano (Revenge) and Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel). The actor, who could be seen on Without a Trace for seven seasons, will play a retired CIA operative-turned-high school football coach. When a catastrophic event hits Washington, D.C., he is pulled back into action to investigate the new generation of terrorists.
Lapaglia won a Golden Globe and earned Emmy and SAG nominations for his role as Jack »
- Amber Ray
Melissa George has been tapped as the female lead opposite Rufus Sewell in ABC’s Richard Lagravenese drama pilot. Also cast in the pilot, in the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, is Elliot Knight. The untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites, Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Sewell) and Margot Worth Cole (George), who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. Brit Knight, repped by Resolution, Affirmative Entertainment, UK’s Payne Management and Mike Adler, plays Philip’s right-hand man Leo who is loyal to his boss and keeps all of his secrets. This marks the second consecutive ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot for Aussie George, who toplined Gothica last season. She also played the lead in the Cinemax/BBC drama Hunted. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Melissa George is headed to ABC. The Hunted alum has nabbed the second female lead in ABC's Richard Lagravenese soapy drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Set in New York City, the drama revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction to and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 George will play Margot Worth Cole, a beautiful woman whose power, style and intellect command attention the instant she enters a room. Margot has been a member of high society for
- Lesley Goldberg
A traffic accident involving a young boy spins a web of lies, suspicion and cover-ups around three policemen in “Felony,” a tension-packed drama from Aussie helmer Matthew Saville. The script, written by lead actor Joel Edgerton, teems with moral conundrums, as straight-arrow righteousness, self-serving pragmatism and plain, old-fashioned guilt duke it out amid drug busts and family disintegration. Thanks to Saville’s tightly controlled direction and a superlative cast, the mere exchange of glances builds as much suspense as the kinetic action sequence that opens the pic. This stylish psychological thriller could gather momentum after its projected late-summer Australian and Stateside release.
The camera follows policeman Mal Toohey (Edgerton) with handheld immediacy as he chases an escaping suspect during a raid on a drug lab; he gets a bullet lodged in his protective vest and hero status for his trouble. Driving home late at night after partaking of a few »
- Ronnie Scheib
Director: Michael Rowe
Writer: Michael Rowe
Producers: Possibles Media, Freshwater Pictures
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We’ve been a huge of Michael Rowe since his unsettling 2010 debut, Leap Year. An Australian who has lived in Mexico City for the past two decades, Rowe makes his English language debut with his third film, Rest Home, which should film in early 2014. Rowe has been able to work magic with a microbudget, so we’re curious to see how his vision expands as notable names both in front of and behind the camera flock to be a part of his work (Gael Garcia Bernal produced his second feature, 2013’s The Well, which played at the Rome and Morelia Film Festivals). While Us audiences are perhaps most familiar with Australian actress Melissa George from her television work, she’s had memorable roles in works by Christopher Smith, »
- Nicholas Bell
Kurt Wimmer penned the script for the new film which shifts the action from surfing and skydiving to a more extreme sports angle. Filming aims to begin this Summer.
Bracey played Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," was recently cast in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Best of Me," and was said to be a major contender for the "50 Shades of Grey" film adaptation.
- Garth Franklin
A long-gestating series offshoot from TNT‘s successful The Librarian original movies is inching closer to a green light as a 10-episode, straight-to-series at TNT. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which was behind the three Librarian movies, would be back as producer, partnering with the movies’ star Noah Wyle, who is in early talks to serve as an executive producer as well as reprise his role as Flynn Carsen in several episodes as he has a full-time job on TNT’s hit series Falling Skies. Also eyed to reprise their roles from the movies are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin. Tentatively titled The Librarians, the proposed series would revolve around a group of younger men and women eager to become Flynn’s successor as the protector of secret artifacts. The green light for the series is cast-contingent, hinging on finding an actress for the lead role of a strong, ass-kicking woman. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Pregnant celebrities - Melissa George is a new mom - she has given birth to her first son and made the announcement to fans on Twitter. The 'Good Wife' actress and her boyfriend Jean-David Blanc welcomed baby Raphaël into the world last Thursday and the 37-year-old beauty couldn't be happier. She announced the news on twitter earlier this week, writing: ''Welcome to the world! Our beautiful son just born at the American hospital of Paris. ''There are no words to describe the love.'' The 'Alias' actress previously revealed she fell for the French entrepreneur instantly when they met in 2012 and always knew he'd make a great father. She said: ''It's a cliché that when you know, you know, but it was kind of effortless. When I met Jean-David, it just evolved into an extension of our love. It's absolutely the greatest news because we're so right for each other. »
Paris prince! Melissa George and her French boyfriend Jean-David Blanc have welcomed their first child together - in the city of lights! The Good Wife actress revealed their baby boy's arrival via Twitter on Monday, Feb. 10. "Welcome To The World! Our Beautiful Son Raphael Blanc just born at the American hospital of Paris," George, 37, exclaimed. "There Are No Words To Describe The Love." George and Blanc first met at a BAFTA after party in 2012 and have been dating for nearly two years. (Blanc is the [...] »
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Paris, Feb 11: Actress Melissa George has given birth to her first child, a son, with her boyfriend Jean-David Blanc. The newborn has been named Raphael.
The 37-year-old gave birth to Raphael Feb 6 here and she shared the news on microblogging website Twitter, reports contactmusic.com.
"Welcome to the world! Our beautiful son just born at the American hospital of Paris. There are no words to describe the love," George tweeted.
The actress was married to director Claudio Dabed for 11 years until they split in 2011.
- Rahul Kapoor
Melissa George is a mommy! The Australian-born actress and her French businessman boyfriend, Jean-David Blanc, welcomed their first child together on Monday. George tweeted the happy news: "Welcome To The World! Our Beautiful Son Raphaël Blanc just born at the American Hospital of Paris. There Are No Words To Describe The Love." But happily, there are cap locks. The proud parents have been dating for close to two years, since meeting at a BAFTA after-party in 2012. George has most recently been on the small screen playing Chris Noth's comely pregnant ethics expert on The Good Wife. Blanc is founder of the French cinema information »
Dan Snow's History of the Winter Olympics
While traditionally the domain of those from chillier climes, it was the Edwardian-era Britons, taken with the notion of being flung down continental mountains, who helped to forge the Winter Olympiad as we know it. The appropriately monikered Dan Snow sifts through the 90 years of Winter Olympic history, including the story of the Winter Olympics in Nazi Germany, Soviet domination of the games throughout the cold war and Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards facing off against one Johnny Carson. Mark Jones
The Truth About Your Dog's Food
9pm, Channel 5
According to this enlightening programme, there are eight million dogs in the UK, and every year we spend £2bn feeding them. But with 80% of the market dominated by just five companies, »
- Mark Jones, Bim Adewunmi, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Hannah J Davies
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