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Lauren Holly pulls off wicked stepmother with a delightful iciness in After the Ball, a Cinderella-inspired fairy tale set in a modern fashion world. Even over the phone, Lauren can hardly contain her excitement. “This was such a special movie for me. It makes me feel proud.”
Lauren’s character, Elise, is stepmother to Kate (Portia Doubleday), the young and talented fashion designer and estranged daughter of retail tycoon, Lee (Chris Noth). When Elise sabotages Kate’s career at her father’s company, Kate must transform into designer “Nate” in order to claw her way back into the company and her father’s heart.
When asked if it was difficult to play an “evil” character, Lauren laughs. “It’s always fun to do a role like this because you can go bigger with it and be more exaggerated.” In fact, the hardest part for Lauren was her fingernails in the movie. »
- Tiffany Wong
On the eve of the Oscars, the Emmys are the winner for “best rules changes by an industry award voting body.”
A series of new provisions announced Friday have brought long overdue common sense to the Emmy Awards, imposing some hard-and-fast guidelines (subject to petition, naturally) that will prevent some of the category shopping that has produced strange bedfellows in recent ceremonies.
Foremost among the revisions, the Television Academy will now define “comedy” as half-hour programs and dramas as hours, keeping series like “Glee” and “Orange Is the New Black” in the latter race. The number of nominees in each marquee bracket will also be expanded to seven, which is not only good news for all the media outlets who sell “For Your Consideration” ads (yay, team) but recognition of the volume of quality work that’s being done.
Other key moves include trying to draw clearer lines between “series” and “limited series, »
- Brian Lowry
One of the most popular television series of all time may be poised to return to airwaves, with news that NBC is looking at possibly bringing Dick Wolf’s original Law & Order back to the land of the living.
Reboots are all the rage these days; Fox resuscitated Jack Bauer for 24: Live Another Day, and NBC is already wheeling out Heroes for 13-episode miniseries Heroes Reborn, so the idea of making more Law & Order isn’t completely out of left field.
In fact, network brass note that this isn’t the first time they’ve discussed a reboot of its longest-running drama series. However, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva thinks that movement is happening on that front, with NBC potentially looking at assembling an all-star lineup of heavy hitters from Law & Order‘s past, including stalwarts Chris Noth and Sam Waterston, for a 10-episode limited series.
Law & Order somehow never »
- Isaac Feldberg
A&E is expected to revive the canceled CBS drama "Unforgettable" for a fourth season of thirteen episodes.
CBS axed the series after its first year before deciding to pick it up for an additional two seasons to air during Summer. They then cancelled it again in October last year, but now A&E has stepped in to revive the Poppy Montgomery-led series.
It's an interesting bit of irony considering A&E recently cancelled its own popular procedural "Longmire" after three seasons, only for Netflix to pick it up for a fourth.
Meanwhile, NBC is aiming to revive its longest-running drama series, the original "Law & Order" which was cancelled after twenty seasons in 2010. Ten new episodes are said to be under consideration.
Though the project is not in active development at the moment, the network has reportedly been exploring the possibility of re-assembling the cast from the early years »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: 13 Films licenses Germany and all German-speaking rights in all media to Constantin Film.
Extortion centres on a doctor and his family who fall foul of local fishermen in the Bahamas after a joyride leaves them stranded on an island.
13 Films president Tannaz Anisi and her team handle worldwide rights.
“Constantin is one of the leading independent distributors in Germany and as such, is the perfect partner to release Extortion to German audiences,” said Anisi. “I look forward to collaborating with them on what promises to be a very entertaining and action-packed film as production starts this month »
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Deadline reports that NBC is considering reviving the original Law & Order series for a limited run, as they're doing with the Heroes 13 episode mini-series.
Network sources note that the idea has been floated in the past and the idea is not currently in active development. Several past castmembers have been approached about potentially taking part -- including Sam Watterson and Chris Noth. Word is that there would likely be 10 episodes.
Doink doink. Fans of Law and Order, are you sitting down? (Why wouldn't you be, unless you're at a standing desk or walking while reading this on your phone, in that case, look up you're about to walk into a pole). According to reports, NBC is looking at bringing back the mothership, Law and Order original flavor. Everything old is new again! Deadline reports talks about bringing Law and Order back for a limited series are starting, but nothing is in development just yet. It could be 10 episodes with members of the original cast, including Chris Noth and Sam Waterston, returning to the fold. NBC did not immediately respond to request for comment. Revivals of popular brands are all the rage these »
NBC may be considering reviving the original Law & Order for a ten-episode limited series. According to Deadline, there's no official plan in place or active development, but there is "movement" on the idea, and both Chris Noth and Sam Waterston have reportedly been approached to reprise their roles. It's not a half-bad idea, really: L&O creator Dick Wolf has three dramas currently on NBC and another in the works, limited rerurns of canceled series are very trendy right now, and America's appetite for crime procedurals remains high. If only there were a way to bring Claire Kincaid back from the dead »
- Margaret Lyons
NBC is looking to dole out more Law & Order — by bringing back the mothership show as a limited series.
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According to our sister site Deadline, the Peacock network is aiming for a 10-episode order, featuring original and previous cast members.
Law & Order was abruptly canceled in May 2010 after Season 20. Its spinoff Svu was renewed for Season 17 this week. »
Michel Huisman ("Game of Thrones," "Orphan Black") will star opposite Teresa Palmer in Paul Currie's romantic action thriller "2:22" which starts shooting next week in Sydney, Australia. Houseman will replace Benjamin Walker who has left the project.
The actor portrays a man whose life is derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, ending at precisely 2:22 p.m. He falls for a beautiful woman whose life is threatened by these strange events. [Source: Variety]
Dornan plays an Irish commandant who leads a stand-off with troops against French and Belgian mercenaries in the Congo during in 1961. Canet plays a French commander. Smyth is directing from a script by Kevin Brodbin. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films is handling international sales and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Wme is handling U.S. rights.
Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L. Blanc are producing through the Community, and David Frankel is exec producing. Xavier Manrique is making his feature film directorial debut from a script by newcomer Nicholas Schutt.
Principal photography on the project is slated to begin in February.
Fernandez will play a first-time novelist who returns to New York City unannounced ready to reclaim his lost love, played by Benson, who is engaged to be married. Noth and Parker will play the parents of Fernandez’s character.
Parker is repped by Wme, Noth by the Gersh Agency and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, Benson by CAA and Lbi Entertainment, »
- Dave McNary
Chronically Metropolitan is set to begin shooting in February and tells of a novellist in New York who enlists his sister and drug dealer best friend to help him win back his lost love.
Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films handles international sales and Wme Global represents Us rights.
“We want to make films that the studios have abandoned in lieu of tentpoles,” said The Community co-head O’Brien. “Chronically Metropolitan is incredibly smart and full of depth, all while being commercially viable and accessible to large audiences.”
“Producer Jamin O’Brien has assembled a strong cast anchored »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Written by Andy Bellin
In Billy Wilder’s excellent 1951 drama Ace in the Hole, which is a classic showcase of media manipulation, ambitious city-slicker reporter Chuck Tatum (played by an enthusiastic Kirk Douglas) finds himself stuck in Albuquerque, New Mexico with hopes to find that one big story that will jettison him to the big-leagues again. Tatum lucks out when he is informed about a man trapped in a cave-in and uses this opportunity to break big. When Tatum’s photographer asks why this will make a big story, Tatum responds that it’s a “human interest” subject and that if you can get readers to sympathize with the narrative then you have the reader’s attention. But, he also elaborates that a human interest story has to focus on one person; if you focus on others involved with the story, »
- Christopher Koenig
The things we do for fashion!
"After the Ball" is a modern-day fairy tale set in the world of fashion, starring Portia Doubleday ("Youth in Revolt," "Her") Marc-André Grondin ("Goon"), Chris Noth ("Sex and the City"), Lauren Holly ("Dumb & Dumber), Mimi Kuzyk, and Carlo Rota. The light-hearted movie is directed by Sean Garrity ("My Awkward Sexual Adventure").
"After the Ball," which features elements of "Cinderella" and "Twelfth Night," takes place in the contemporary fashion industry. Kate's (Doubleday) dream is to design for couturier houses. Although she's a bright new talent, she can't get a job. No one trusts the daughter of Lee Kassell (Noth), a retail guru who markets clothes "inspired" by the very designers Kate wants to work for. Who wants a spy among the sequins and stilettos?
Reluctantly, Kate joins the family business where she must navigate around her duplicitous stepmother (Holly) and two "wicked" stepsisters. With the »
- Chris Jancelewicz
The fashion world comes alive in the modern day fairytale After the Ball, and we’ve got an exclusive look at the film to share!
Kate (Portia Doubleday) dreams of designing for the big fashion houses, but the path to fashion is paved with disappointment. Between a trio of duplicitous design mavens (who just happen to be Kate’s stepsisters), and an evil stepmother, it’s up to Kate to unveil a new fashion identity and save her father’s company. With the help to a charming prince in the shoe department and her godmother’s vintage wardrobe, Kate will try to achieve her dreams of sequins and stilettos.
Lauren Holly, Chris Noth, Colin Mochrie, and Marc-Andre Grondin round out the cast of the fashion-forward film which recently held its premiere at the Whistler Film Festival. Check out this exclusive clip from After the Ball and see the film’s »
- Rachel West
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