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Over a year after Fox, Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, series star Terrence Howard, writer Malcolm Spellman and media mogul Rupert Murdoch were sued in a $10 million copyright infringement suit by "self-described 'gangsta pimp'" Ron Newt, a federal judge has tossed the case out. "Although the parties' works each follow an African American man who was involved in drug dealing and has sons pursuing a music career, Plaintiff's works and Empire are not… »
It’ll be a very “Gilmore” Black Friday. All four 90-minute “chapters” of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” will premiere on Netflix at midnight Pacific Time on Friday, Nov. 25, meaning that fans are officially 120 days from fresh quips from Lorelai and Rory.
To tide you over until then, Netflix has also released a clip featuring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham together again. They tease what’s to come while trading lines about Amy Schumer and John Oliver:
Schumer responded to the teaser, writing “I’ve only done two water sports and they took pictures of it both times. I promise I usually just lay there (sex too),” in reference to Rory telling Lorelai in the promo that Schumer wouldn’t like her because her mom is no fan of water sports.
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- Oriana Schwindt
Today’s top casting notices could get you cast in Fox’s smash hit “Empire” as a speaking supporting role, as background talent on an episode of Amazon’s “The Patriot,” and more. “Empire” Executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are seeking to fill several supporting roles for the upcoming third season of “Empire” with the help of casting director Jess Gisin. Teenage rappers and beat boxers are needed from Chicago area, as are two 18- to 19-year-old female actors to play a teenage Carol (Tasha Smith) and a teenage Candace (Vivica A. Fox) in a flashback. Some pay will be provided for this July 7–18 Chicago shoot. “The Patriot”Gisin is also working on casting this Amazon series that follows a father who works for the U.S. State Department and has two sons in opposition with one another. One’s a senator, the other’s a war vet-turned-folk singer. »
“Empire” co-creator Danny Strong has just closed a multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday. Under the pact, he will develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio, in addition to continuing as executive producer and frequent director and writer on “Empire,” which he developed with Lee Daniels.
“Our relationship with Danny goes all the way back to his days as an actor on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'” commented Dana Walden and Gary Newman, CEOs of 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Television Group. “Little did we know then that he would one day go on to co-create one of the biggest hits in the history of our studio and network, let alone the No. 1 show on broadcast television. He’s a spectacular talent who can literally do it all, and everyone — from actors and writers, to the crew and executives — loves working with him. This is a big win for our company and we couldn’t be happier personally that Danny will continue to write, direct, supervise and develop series for us for years to come.”
“Working with Dana and Gary and their entire team has been one of the best experiences of my career. Without their guidance and creative instincts, ‘Empire’ never would have made it on the air, let alone become the success that it has. I’m so honored to be in business with a company that continues to raise the bar with excellent and original programming and am looking forward to many more years with such a fantastic and talented group of people,” Strong said in a statement.
Strong is wrapping his feature film directorial debut “Rebel in the Rye,” starring Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Victor Garber and Sarah Paulson for Black Label Media, about the early years of the author J.D. Salinger and the events that led him to write his masterpiece, “The Catcher in the Rye.” He has also written “Guys and Dolls” for 21st Century Fox, with Michael Grandage directing.
Strong previously wrote the screenplay for Daniels’ “The Butler,” along with co-writing “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts I and II.” He penned and produced HBO films “Recount” and “Game Change,” and will next be seen on screen in Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival.
- Laura Prudom
Empire co-creator Danny Strong has closed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind the hit Fox drama series. Under the pact, Strong, who co-created Empire with Lee Daniels, will continue to work on the series as executive producer and frequent director and writer. He also will develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio. "Our relationship with Danny goes all the way back to his days as an actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer,”… »
Danny Strong continues to build an empire of his own. Twentieth Century Fox Television has signed the “Empire” co-creator to a multiyear overall deal. Under the new pact, he’ll develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio. “Our relationship with Danny goes all the way back to his days as an actor on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'” said studio/network co-chiefs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “Little did we know then that he would one day go on to co-create one of the biggest hits in the history of our studio and network, let alone the No. »
- Tony Maglio
It’s fitting that there’s a Shakespeare quote on the cover page of every script for “Empire,” as the expansion of Terrence Howard’s role as former drug dealer turned hip hop mogul Lucious Lyon has created a “King Lear” overtone to the second season.
But despite the amping up of family melodrama and musical performance, editor Raul Davalos chose not to over-cut, in order to preserve the impact.
“Essentially, the guideline for me is try to let the actors perform within the frame and there’s no reason to rely heavily on close-ups,” Davalos explained.
This season’s showrunners Ilene Chaiken, Danny Strong and Lee Daniels have raised the stakes with the hostile family takeover of the Empire music company, pitting Lucious against ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and his three sons: Andre (Trai Byers), the eldest and bi-polar CFO; Jamal (Jussie Smollett), the gay singer-songwriter and Lyon “black sheep”; and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), a rising hip hop star and favorite son of Lucious.
At the same time, there are 56 original songs to help explore the emotional highs and lows. “I try to avoid over-cutting the musical sections also, but sometimes you can’t change the choreography,”added Davalos, “and so I’ve been tending to let things play a little longer so you could actually see the performance.”
One of the musical highlights was a freestyle battle rap in “My Bad Parts” between Hakeem and the more aggressive Freda Gatz (Bre-z).
“Initially, there were six performances, three each, but because of time constraints we had to narrow it down to two per,” said Davalos. “And that was a massive undertaking, not only with the performances and their behavior during the delivery of the lines, but also with the crowd reaction. And there’s also the subtext going on between Cookie and Lucious. And we had a more extended rehearsal/training sequence for eventual the rap battle.”
A different confrontation occurs between Lucious and Hakeem under a bridge by the river at the conclusion of “Death Will Have His Day,” in which the father dares his son to shoot him: “You want to be king? Kill your father and sit on his throne. Shoot me so I don’t have to do it to you.”
As scripted, the scene took place in the middle of the episode, but the editor rearranged it to achieve greater clarity and impact. “We realize two things: this guy’s crazy and he’s not going to shoot Hakeem because he’s a star of the show,”Davalos recalled. “But then in today’s world of series, anybody can go any time, as ‘Game of Thrones’ has so eloquently told everyone. I tried again not to over-cut it and let things play within the frame as much as I could to get the best performances.”
As for the cliff-hanging finale (“Past is Prologue”) featuring a mysterious fatality: “There were actually too many threads and we had to pull back and focus on the main story,” Davalos said. “So it’s a big picture sort of challenge rather than cutting a particular performance.”
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- Bill Desowitz
Sookie St. James is officially back in Stars Hollow.
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The photo is the first piece evidence that McCarthy will be part of the four-part series “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” which is set to premiere sometime this year.
After much back-and-forth on whether McCarthy would return to the “Gilmore Girls” reboot (she had originally said she was not asked to return), the comedy superstar confirmed her reprisal this April on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” saying: “Literally about an hour and half ago we figured out »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
If you are excited by the prospect of a Lonely Island movie, I have good news for you. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a Lonely Island movie in every way, packed with music and jokes. At 90 minutes, it moves fast, and it offers up some laser-sharp satire. If there’s any overall problem with the film, it is that they’ve made a very specific satire of a target that is so ridiculous it almost resists parody. It’s easy to just make the comparison to This Is Spinal Tap, the mockumentary that launched Rob Reiner’s career as a director, but Popstar is a reaction to a very different kind of film than Spinal Tap was. You have to go back and look at films like The Song Remains The Same or The Kids Are Alright to understand what the culture was that Spinal Tap targeted, while modern »
- Drew McWeeny
Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has given the go ahead to a remake of the classic musical Guys and Dolls, with Michael Grandage (Genius) set to direct from a script by Danny Strong (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).
Based on Damon Runyon’s short stories and the 1950 stage musical, Guys and Dolls was previously adapted for the screen by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and producer Samuel Goldwyn in 1955 and starred Frank Sinatra as Nathan Detroit, a gambler looking to set up an unlicensed game of craps. In order to do so, he makes a bet with acquaintance Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) where Sky must take the girl of Nathan’s choosing to dinner in Havana, with Nathan nominating the wholesome missionary sister Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons).
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: At long last, 20th Century Fox is moving forward with Guys And Dolls. The studio has set Michael Grandage to direct the picture, and casting is just getting underway on the remake of the stage and movie classic. Danny Strong wrote the script. John Goldwyn is producing the picture with Working Title. Bernie Telsey is casting. This is sure to set in motion a lot of lust from leading men and ladies who can sing and dance. When Deadline revealed that Fox finally… »
Urbaniak will be playing Gus Lobrano, who was the real-life fiction editor of the New Yorker during the Salinger’s most productive years in the late ’40s through the ’50s. Previously named cast include Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Lucy Boynton and Brian d’Arcy James.
The movie is based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” which Strong adapted. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman and Strong. CAA is representing North American rights.
The movie will cover Salinger’s rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, a life of rejection to the pages of the New Yorker and the Ptsd-fueled writer’s block that led to »
- Dave McNary
Black Label will also continue its strong partnership with Lionsgate, which now has worldwide distribution rights, including North America, through its Summit Entertainment label. This news comes on the heels of the project’s strong international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Tron: Legacy” helmer Joseph Kosinski will direct the film, which follows the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members. »
- Justin Kroll
Good news! The Gilmore Girls TV show revival on Netflix finally has a name: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Star Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) gave fans (not to mention entertainment writers, everywhere) a huge gift Thursday, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. No longer do we have to refer to the project as "the Gilmore Girls revival," or variations thereof. Watch a clip of Graham's blessed announcement, below.
The Gilmore Girls revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life TV show cast includes: Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Kelly Bishop, Matt Czuchry, Scott Patterson, Yanic Truesdale, Sean Gunn, Milo Ventimiglia, Melissa McCarthy, Jared Padaleki, Danny Strong, David Sutfcliffe, Liza Weil, Vanessa Marano, and everyone else you can imagine (and then some).
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Rebel In The Rye is the audacious story of Jd, a young man struggling to find his way in the bustling streets of 1930’s New York City. Like so many before him he aggressively pursues independence, love, sex and the stimulating experiences of life. He dreams of making it as a short-story writer, but it is only upon meeting Whit Burnett that he finds the mentor and friend he needs to help him break through his stubbornness and wayward ego, and start rendering his energy and life stories into words on the page.
And so is born the character of Holden Caulfield, a product of Jd’s own life experiences, in a short story eventually picked up by the New Yorker. »
- Amie Cranswick
There was a lot of corporate jockeying on Empire (3.7/12) last night as the question of who would be CEO of Lyonland was finally answered. There wasn't as much ratings movement on Fox drama – and that's relatively a good thing. After weeks of declines, Empire was even last night with its April 20 show among adults 18-49 and even saw a 3% rise in viewership to 9.85 million. While these are still near low numbers for the Lee Daniels- and Danny Strong-created blockbuster… »
One of the best things about American Crime Story: The People V O.J. Simpson, Sarah Paulson, is set to star in The Rebel In The Rye, alongside Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Brian d’Arcy James, Victor Garber and Hope Davis.
Variety reports that the movie will cover ‘Salinger’s rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of The New Yorker, and the Ptsd-fueled writer’s block that led to the birth of his iconic book “The Catcher in the Rye.”’ Paulson, who is are to be in demand following her turn on the aforementioned FX series, will play Dorothy Olding, the agent who believed in the young Jerry Salinger from his earliest short stories and was fiercely loyal to him throughout his entire career. »
- Paul Heath
Bloom handles international sales on the J.D. Salinger biopic that has begun principal photography in New York City.
Previously announced Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Brian D’Arcy James, Victor Garber and Hope Davis star and Danny Strong directors from his adapted screenplay based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life.
CAA represents North American rights. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Adapted from Kenneth Slawenski's biography, the story will cover Salinger's rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of WW2, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of The New Yorker, and the Ptsd-fuelled writer's block that led to the birth of his iconic book "The Catcher in the Rye."
Paulson will play Dorothy Olding, the agent who believed in the young Jerry Salinger from his earliest short stories and was fiercely loyal to him throughout his entire career. Paulson is coming off major acclaim for her work in FX's "The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"
Strong is directing from his own script with filming now underway in New York City. »
- Garth Franklin
“Rebel in the Rye” is financed by Black Label Media with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman and Strong. CAA is representing the North American rights with Bloom handling international.
The movie will cover Salinger’s rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of The New Yorker, and the Ptsd-fueled writer’s block that led to the birth of his iconic book “The Catcher in the Rye.”
Paulson will play Dorothy Olding, the »
- Dave McNary
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