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NBC Developing Drama ‘Spirit Of The Law’ Based On Life Of California Pastor/Doj Agent From Tony Krantz & DeVon Franklin

NBC has put in development drama Spirit of the Law, based on the life of California pastor Kalvin Cressel, from former Nashville co-executive producer David Gould, Tony Krantz's Flame Ventures and Miracles From Heaven producer DeVon Franklin. ITV Studios America, where Flame Ventures has a first-look deal, is the studio. Written and executive produced by Gould, Spirit of the Law is the story of a real-life Compton, CA, pastor who was a federal special agent for 30 years…
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Nia Vardalos to Star in Dramedy Series for Bravo

Nia Vardalos in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”: Universal Pictures

Nia Vardalos has booked her next TV role. The writer, director, and actress will star in a dramedy series for Bravo, tentatively titled “Suburbs Famous.” Vardalos will portray a suburban housewife who becomes the unwitting star of a viral video, Deadline confirms.

“Thrust into the cutthroat world of celebrity chefs, the newly divorced mom must navigate between the intense public scrutiny which could destroy her and the investors who want to make her a star… all while realizing she suddenly has the one thing everyone wants: power,” the source summarizes.

Vardalos took inspiration from viral video star Chewbacca Mom when she began work on “Suburbs Famous.” “I wanted to explore the concept of sudden fame for someone who isn’t prepared and doesn’t want it, for someone who gets power and doesn’t know what to do with it, as well as what happens next,” she explained.

The “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” writer-star’s own experiences with fame also helped shape “Suburbs Famous.” “I worked hard to maintain my normal, average life every day, not wanting a personal assistant for example,” Vardalos recalled of her post-big break life. “You have struggles to maintain your ethics, morals, and friendships.”

Suburbs Famous” is penned by Vardalos and Mike Mariano (“Raising Hope”). The duo will serve as EPs on the show alongside Untitled Entertainment’s Jennifer Levine and Stephanie Simon and Flame VenturesTony Krantz. Krantz is also producing, as are ITV Studios America and Universal Cable Productions.

Vardalos wrote the 2002 box office hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and its 2016 follow-up, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” She appeared as protagonist Toula in both films. In 2009 Vardalos made her directorial debut with the romantic comedy “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” which she also penned. Her recent screen roles include “Star vs. the Forces of Evil,” “Graves,” and Shondaland series “The Catch.” You can see Vardalos next with Sandra Oh, Emily Watson, and Melora Hardin (“Transparent”) in “33 Liberty Lane,” an upcoming comedy about four friends who launch a phone-sex company.

“Tiny Beautiful Things,” Vardalos’ play adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book of the same name, will return to New York’s Public Theater September 19. Vardalos stars as Sugar, the anonymous persona Strayed employed when she worked as The Rumpus’ advice columnist.

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Welcome to Twin Peaks: A Place Both Wonderful and Strange

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To celebrate the release of Notebook contributor Clare Nina Norelli's book for the 33 1/3 series, Soundtrack from Twin Peaks, the following is an excerpt from its introduction. A bass sounds a twangy, resonant low F accompanied by a barely there, quarter-note cymbal ostinato. An F(add2) chord follows on Rhodes, warm and inviting, like a secret confession. Straining for resolution, the chord descends to settle on a straight F chord, its downward trajectory forming the musical approximation of a lovelorn sigh. The pattern is repeated, but two steps lower, beginning on a D in the bass. Suddenly, a wash of synthesized strings and French horn pours over the mix accompanied by a cool wave of guitar tremolo, oscillating between B-flat(sus2) and B-flat major chords and then sliding up to C(sus2) and C major. The melody in the synth-strings and French horn swirls, as if caught in a whirlwind, and then begins to rise,
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Meagan Good to star in Foxy Brown TV reboot for Hulu

THR is reporting that Meagan Good (Minority Report) is set to star in a TV reboot of the 70s cult classic Foxy Brown, which is being developed by MGM Television for the streaming service Hulu.

The script for Foxy Brown is been penned by Malcolm Spellman (Empire) and Ben Watkins (Hand of God), and will see Good taking on the title role, played by Pam Grier in the movie, as well as executive producing with her husband DeVon Franklin of Franklin Entertainment, Flame VenturesTony Krantz, and Untitled Entertainment’s Jason Weinberg and Evan Hainey,

Released in 1974, Foxy Brown follows a woman who seeks revenge for her boyfriend’s murder by members of a drug syndicate.
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‘Foxy Brown’ TV Series Starring Meagan Good in Development at Hulu

‘Foxy Brown’ TV Series Starring Meagan Good in Development at Hulu
The 1974 film “Foxy Brown” starring Pam Grier was a financial success, grossing $2.4 million on a $500,000 budget. At the time, the cult movie was recognized and praised for depicting a strong and powerful African-American woman. Now, per Deadline, a TV adaption of the classic is in development at Hulu with Meagan Good as the lead.

The project, executive produced by DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz, will be written by “Empire” scribe Malcolm Spellman and Ben Watkins (“Burn Notice”). The original film followed Brown as she sought revenge against the man who murdered her boyfriend. The TV series is being reimagined as a modern version of the original Jack Hill-directed feature.

Good is also set to serve as producer, with Jason Weinberg, Evan Hainey and Drew Comins as executive producers. MGM TV is the studio.

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Hulu Developing 'Foxy Brown' TV Reboot Starring Meagan Good

Hulu is getting in on the television reboot craze.

The streamer is developing a Foxy Brown TV series based on the 1974 cult classic film. Minority Report alum Meagan Good is signed on to star in the adaptation, which hails from studio MGM Television.

Good will also executive produce alongside her husband, Franklin Entertainment's DeVon Franklin, Flame Ventures' Tony Krantz, Untitled Entertainment's Jason Weinberg and Evan Hainey, Malcolm Spellman (Empire) and Ben Watkins (Hand of God). The latter two will pen the script and take on the role of co-showrunners, as well. Drew Comins will serve as a co-executive...
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CBS Developing CIA Terrorism Drama From ‘Parts Per Billion’ Writer

Writer Brian Horiuchi has sold a CIA drama, “Extraction,” to CBS, Variety has learned.

“Extraction” is about a brilliant CIA field officer and complex chameleon who leads a new agency program to continue the war on terror by operating on U.S. soil for the first time in history.

The script deal marks a major move into TV for Horiuchi, whose credits are largely in film. He wrote and directed the 2014 romantic film “Parts Per Billion,” which starred the ensemble cast of Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Gena Rowlands, and Frank Langella. He also co-wrote the screenplays for films “Circle of Eight” and “America So Beautiful.”

Horiuchi will serve as an executive producer, along with Ed Redlich, Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures and Jennifer Levine of Untitled Entertainment. Flame VenturesDrew Comins will serve as co-executive producer. CBS Television Studios is producing.

The hourlong project will be created with “unique access” to the CIA
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Morena Baccarin Joins NBC Legal Pilot — What Does This Mean For Gotham?

Morena Baccarin Joins NBC Legal Pilot — What Does This Mean For Gotham?
Morena Baccarin has found a part that’s even more complicated than being Jim Gordon’s ex.

The Gotham star has signed on to star in and executive-produce a legal pilot for NBC, our sister site Deadline reports. In the project, she’ll play a former cop who’s now a powerful attorney who defends — wait for it — New York City police officers. (Think The Good Wife meets The Wire.)

The potential series is produced by Tony Krantz (Felicity), Ken Sanzel (Numb3rs) and ITV Studios America.
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‘Gotham’s Morena Baccarin To Star In NBC Legal Drama From Tony Krantz, Ken Sanzel

NBC has nabbed a legal drama starring and executive produced by Gotham‘s Morena Baccarin. The project hails from Tony Krantz and his Flame Ventures, ITV Studios America and former Numbers showrunner Ken Sanzel. Baccarin is doing the project with the blessing of Gotham producer Warner Bros. TV. She will leave the Fox drama as a regular only if her NBC project goes to series, in which case she will continue on Gotham as a recurring. Written by Sanzel, the untitled NBC…
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The Best Movie of the 21st Century: Why Critics Keep Voting for David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive’

The Best Movie of the 21st Century: Why Critics Keep Voting for David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive’
Getting film critics to agree on the best movie from a particular time period can be like herding cats. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” is the exception to that rule.

Prior to being voted the best film of the 21st century in a BBC poll this week, the 2001 movie claimed the number one spot on “Best of the Decade” polls from Film Comment, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), Reverse Shot, and IndieWire. The BBC list polled 177 film critics from 36 countries around the world.

Ironically, “Mulholland Drive” wasn’t originally conceived as a movie at all. The project started as a television pilot that Lynch shot in 1999 that was rejected by ABC. French producers Pierre Edelman and Alain Sarde put up additional funds for Lynch to finish the project as a feature film in 2000 through StudioCanal. Tony Krantz, another producer on the movie who had previously packaged the director
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News Shorts: July 25th 2016

Release Dates

Several key release date announcements and changes have taken place recently, starting with Matthew McConaughey's "Gold" entering the awards race with a December 25th limited opening. Then there's the fifth "Shrek" film which Dreamworks Animation has set for a 2019 release.

Meanwhile Daniela Amavia's drama "A Beautiful Now" starring Abigail Spencer has been picked up by Monterey Media with plans for a September /October release. Kino Lorber has secured U.S. distribution rights for Simon Stone's Australian drama "The Daughter" with plans for an end of year release.

Insidious: Chapter 4

"The Dark Knight Rises" and "Dirt" actor Josh Stewart has joined the cast of "Insidious: Chapter 4" in a yet to be announced role. Adam Robitel will direct from a script by co-creator Leigh Whannell. Lin Shaye returns as parapsychologist Elise Rainier in the project which is targeting an October 20th 2017 release. [Source: More Details]

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Newswire: Yeah, Cooley High is getting a remake, too

Your favorite movie is going to be remade or re-imagined. Just take a breath and accept that. Speaking of: Deadline announced yesterday that the 1975 coming-of-age tale Cooley High will be getting the reboot treatment. Devon Franklin, Tony Krantz (son to Steve Krantz, who produced the original) and Chicago’s own Common will be teaming up to bring a new version of the Chicago-shot classic to to theaters.

Cooley High was more sentimental than most of its blaxploitation counterparts, with more in common with American Graffiti and The Wanderers than Dolemite and Black Caesar. The story focused on the characters of Preach (Glynn Turman) and Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) as they make their way through teenage life on the south side of Chicago circa 1964. The film was lauded for mixing comedy and drama upon its release, dealing with themes of education and sexuality during teens’ formative years as well as ...
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Common Boarding MGM’s ‘Cooley High’ Remake

Common Boarding MGM’s ‘Cooley High’ Remake
Common has signed on to produce and star in MGM’s remake of coming-of-age drama “Cooley High” with DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz also producing.

Seth Rosenfeld will write the script for the remake. The original film, released in 1975 by American International Pictures, was set in 1964 Chicago and focused on a pair of high school seniors who are best friends — played by Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs — during the final weeks of the school year.

Cooley High,” which had a $750,000 budget, was a major success with $13 million in domestic grosses. Tony Krantz’ father Steve Krantz was the producer with Michael Schultz directing from Eric Monte’s script.

Franklin will produce the remake through his Franklin Entertainment while Common produces under his Freedom Road Productions and Krantz through Flame Ventures. Drew Comins will executive produce for Flame Ventures along with Derek Dudley for Freedom Road.

MGM’s production chief Jonathan Glickman
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‘Cooley High’ Remake For MGM, DeVon Franklin, Common & Tony Krantz

‘Cooley High’ Remake For MGM, DeVon Franklin, Common & Tony Krantz
Exclusive: Cooley High has been set for a remake at MGM with DeVon Franklin, Common and Tony Krantz partnering on the seminal 1975 coming-of-age drama. Seth Rosenfeld will write the script. Set in 1960s Chicago and focused on a group of high school pals with big dreams of getting out of the South Side, Cooley High fell in with a series of terrific coming-of-age films that included American Graffiti, The Lords Of Flatbush and The Wanderers. Beyond that, the original became…
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Mulholland Dr.

Ambiguous Ave.?  Bizarro Blvd.?  David Lynch's major mystery movie is back looking better than ever in a 4K transfer. Criterion's presentation accompanies it with a stack of interesting interviews with Lynch, Naomi Watts, Laura Herring plus other actors and crew people. The movie began, it seems, as sort of a non-spinoff spinoff of Twin Peaks. Mulholland Dr. Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 779 2001 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 146 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 27, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller, Scott Wulff, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Maya Bond, Patrick Fischler, Michael Cooke, Bonnie Aarons, Lee Grant, Chad Everett, James Karen, Dan Hedaya, Monty Montgomery, Rebekah Del Rio. Cinematography Peter Deming Production Designer Jack Fisk Film Editor Mary Sweeney Original Music Angelo Badalamenti Written by David Lynch Produced by Neal Edelstein, Tony Krantz, Michael Polaire, Alain Sarde, Mary Sweeney Directed by David Lynch

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Time alters everything,
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ABC Cuts Don Johnson’s ‘Blood & Oil’ to 10 Episodes

ABC Cuts Don Johnson’s ‘Blood & Oil’ to 10 Episodes
ABC has trimmed the episode order of its Sunday night soapy drama “Blood & Oil,” which stars Don Johnson and Chace Crawford. The freshman show will now air 10 episodes and likely conclude in December.

“Blood & Oil” debuted Sept. 27 to a modest 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million total viewers, airing behind “Once Upon a Time.” It dropped off the following week before stabilizing last Sunday.

The show was also met with lukewarm reviews, with Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry calling it “just another attempt to update ‘Dallas.’”

The series, which was created by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, was mired by as much drama off screen as was shown on. Despite ABC having bought the script in 2011 and TV vet Tony Krantz serving as an exec producer, the project bounced between the Alphabet and USA Network under various titles (“Boom” at one point; simply “Oil” at another). Once it was picked up to series,
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Showrunner Shuffle: Last Minute Departures Explained by Booming TV Biz

Showrunner Shuffle: Last Minute Departures Explained by Booming TV Biz
The 2015-16 television season has yet to begin, but high drama is already taking place behind the scenes. With less than one month until new shows premiere, four network series have seen their showrunners exit.

In the run-up to the fall season, NBC’s “Chicago Med,” Fox’s “The Grinder” and ABC’s “Blood & Oil” and “The Catch” have all parted ways with the original showrunners.

Why the sudden shuffle? In this era of “too much TV” — as FX Networks chief John Landgraf pointed out at this summer’s Television Critics’ Assn. press tour — insiders report the fallout is serious, with most veteran showrunners already booked on one of the 400-plus shows on air.

“Everyone is trying to jockey for position,” said Landgraf, giving a sobering assessment of the state of the TV biz. “We’re playing a game of musical chairs, and they’re starting to take away chairs.
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Wilson Bethel Joins ABC’s ‘Blood & Oil’; Jackson Rathbone In MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’

Wilson Bethel (The Astronaut Wives Club) has joined ABC’s new fall drama series Blood & Oil in a recurring role. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and executive produced by Tony Krantz, Blood & Oil centers on a young working-class couple (Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse) who move to "The Bakken" in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re pitted against a ruthless tycoon (Don Johnson) who forces them to bet big and put…
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Blood & Oil Baron Don Johnson Deflects Dallas/J.R. Ewing Comparisons

Blood & Oil Baron Don Johnson Deflects Dallas/J.R. Ewing Comparisons
Though Don Johnson plays a ruthless oil baron on the new ABC drama Blood & Oil (fka Oil fka Boom), any comparisons to Dallas end there.

“The only thing that we have in common is that tangentially oil is a part of it,” the actor attested Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

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And while Johnson holds the iconic TV character of J.R. Ewing, played by the late Larry Hagman, in high regard, he shrugs off that comparison as well. “I know a lot of these [powerful] guys,
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Miranda Mayo Joins ABC’s ‘Blood And Oil’ In Recasting

Miranda Mayo Joins ABC’s ‘Blood And Oil’ In Recasting
Miranda Mayo (Pretty Little Liars, The Game) has joined ABC’s new fall drama Blood And Oil as a series regular in a recasting. She’ll take over the role of Lacey Briggs, the younger daughter of Hap, played by Caitlin Carver in the pilot. The recasting of the role was due to the character being reconceived to be a bit older, according to ABC. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and executive produced by Tony Krantz, Blood And Oil, centers on a young working-class…
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