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Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito join live-action 'Jungle Book'
Christopher Walken is officially king of the swingers.
Disney revealed today that the Oscar winner has joined the cast of its increasingly star-studded live action Jungle Book remake. Walken is set to voice the ape monarch King Louie, a part sure to be as flamboyant as his upcoming turn in NBC’s Peter Pan Live. (In Disney’s 1967 animated musical, Louie is the one who sings the jazzy classic “I Wanna Be Like You.”)
Also joining the film’s ranks: Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito, who already has experience playing a classic Disney character. (He portrayed Once Upon a Time’s »
- Hillary Busis
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Casts ‘Fringe’ Alum for Season 3
“Orange Is the New Black” is adding a “Fringe” element to its upcoming season. The Netflix series has added Blair Brown to its cast for Season 3, a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap on Monday. Further details about the character that Brown — who played Nina Sharp on Fox's J.J. Abrams series “Fringe” — will portray on “Orange Is the New Black” were not available. Brown joins a cast that will include new recruit Mary Steenburgen. »
- Tim Kenneally
Eva Green Eyes Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’
With a February start date line up, Tim Burton is going with a familiar face to lead the away in his next pic.
Based on the Ranson Riggs’ novel about a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. Green would play the title character, who acts as a guardian for these orphans.
Chernin Entertainment is producing the pic.
If the deal closes, the film would be a step closer to giving Burton another supernatural feature to tackle. Green and Burton had previously worked together on “Dark Shadows” and Burton has always enjoyed reteaming with thesps he has worked with in the past.
Green, who is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management, »
- Justin Kroll
'Veep' Star Heads to 'New Girl'
New Girl's season-premiere love triangle is complete. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Veep star Reid Scott will appear on the Fox comedy for its upcoming fourth season, playing a wedding guest and the object of Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) affection at a wedding. News of Scott's addition goes hand-in-hand with Jessica Biel's gig on the Sept. 16 season premiere. He'll play Ted, the charming man who inspires some not-so-friendly competition between Jess and Kat (Biel), "the hottest scientist in the world." In addition to his role as
- Michael O'Connell
DreamWorks Animation Names Mark Zoradi as COO; Ann Daly Becomes President
DreamWorks Animation has hired Mark Zoradi as COO of the company. Ann Daly will be promoted to president of the studio and Lew Coleman will also take on the vice chairman job, in addition to his roles as CFO and acting chief accounting officer.
“As DreamWorks grows, we are focusing on creating a strong management structure that has the expertise and capacity to best serve the changing needs of our company,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO, in a statement. “Ann and I are thrilled to welcome Mark to the DreamWorks family, and to recognize the current team for their tremendous contributions to the company.”
“I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to join the talented DreamWorks team at »
- Alexandra Cheney
'Batman '66: The Complete TV Series' release: Adam West knows what you want
(Cbr) Batman, Robin and Catwoman took over Hall H, and fans couldn't have been happier. Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar headlined Thursday's San Diego Comic-Con International panel celebrating the Nov. 11 launch of "Batman '66: The Complete Television Series" on Blu-ray. "Fans always ask me, 'When can we own the series? When is it coming to [Blu-ray]?'" West told the Hall H crowd, adding that he is now very happy to have an answer for those patient fans. Moderator and Los Angeles radio personality Ralph Garman introduced the panelists -- Newmar was escorted on stage by two "Henchman" wearing masks -- then West surprised fans by giving a shout out to another Catwoman in the crowd -- Lee Meriwether -- and then treated the excited crowd to both behind-the-scenes stories and clips from the remastered episodes. As much as fans were excited to see the celebrities on stage, »
- Philip Pirrello, Comic Book Resources
Comic-Con ‘Zombie Walk’ Accident: Fate of Next Year's Event Is Uncertain
As a 64-year-old woman recovers from injuries she suffered when she was struck by a car during the Comic-Con Zombie Walk, organizers of the event say its future is uncertain. “We haven't made any decisions and won't be doing so until the investigation is complete and we have all the facts,” organizers wrote on their official Facebook page. Also read: Comic-Con Accident: Deaf Family's Car Plows Into Pedestrians During ‘Zombie Walk’ (Video) The San Diego Police Department Traffic Division launched an investigation Saturday evening after a black Honda Accord being driven by a deaf man slowly rolled through a large crowd of pedestrians near. »
- Anita Bennett
Sherri Shepherd Joins Ice Cube, Kevin Hart in ‘Ride Along 2' for First Post-'View’ Gig
Sherri Shepherd has landed her first post-”View” gig and it's a plum one. Shepherd will join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the sequel to Universal's hit comedy “Ride Along,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. See video: Whoopi Goldberg on ‘View’ Panel Shakeup: ‘There Could Be Six Turtles at the Table’ Shepherd will co-host ABC's daytime talk show “The View” for the last time on Tuesday, and will next be seen in Chris Rock‘s “Top Five,” premiering in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Hart and Ice Cube are reprising their roles, »
- Linda Ge
Lindsay Lohan Somehow Makes Side Boob Look Sophisticated—See the Pic!
We never thought we'd live to see the day... Not only are we writing about a side boob showcaser that is as glamorous as it is sexy but Lindsay Lohan is wearing it! The fat lady is singing as Hell freezes over and pigs fly over her head. Kudos to the Lindsay star for managing to go where no celebrity has gone before. Yes, the slinky slip dress has more va-va-voom than a classic Hollywood gown, but the fit over the tata region manages to be tasteful thanks to some key elements. 1. The color. In red or even black this simple design would make the troubled child star look more like a vixen and less than an edgy fashion lover. White keeps it pure and simple. 2. The cut. The neckline could »
Kurt Sutter Inks New Deals with 20th TV and FX
The contract is an exclusivity agreement between the “Anarchy” scribe and exec producer-creator and 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21. Sutter will finish the final season of the biker drama — set to premiere September 9 on FX — and then move immediately into production on his new FX series, “The Bastard Executioner.”
“Kurt is that rare producer who is a triple threat — he writes, he showruns and he directs,” said Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden. “There is nothing he can’t do. He has a singular voice and he cares so deeply about the work, every detail of every moment in Sons is meticulously thought-out and perfectly executed. Kurt is quite simply one of a kind, and we love having him at this studio. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Kurt Sutter Inks New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
Kurt Sutter is staying put at 20th Century Fox Television. The Sons of Anarchy creator has inked a new three-year overall deal with the studio behind the FX biker drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story 'Sons of Anarchy's' Charlie Hunnam: 'I Don't Give a Shit' About Emmys Under the pact, his second, Sutter will develop new projects for the studio, with FX securing a first-look option on all the showrunner's new material. The new pact keeps Sutter specifically at 20th, which includes exclusive services at the studio and its cable outlet Fox 21. (His first deal was
- Lesley Goldberg
‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter Signs New Overall Deal With 20th TV
“Sons of Anarchy” might be preparing to ride off into the sunset when its final season premieres in September, but the man who created the FX biker drama will be plenty busy in the years to come. Also read: ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele to Guest on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ “Sons” creator Kurt Sutter has signed a new, three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, which will include his exclusive services with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21, along with a first-look deal with FX. Under the deal, Sutter will develop new projects, with FX receiving first look at all new. »
- Tim Kenneally
DreamWorks Animation Expands Senior Leadership Team
As DreamWorks Animation continues to build on its core film business and become a diversified family entertainment brand, the company is expanding its executive leadership team to best execute the business’ growth strategy. Prominent former Disney exec Mark Zoradi will join DreamWorks Animation as COO, while the studio has elevated Ann Daly to President of the company. Lew Coleman will assume the role of Vice-Chairman, in addition to his current roles of Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Accounting Officer. Also read: Anna Kendrick to Lead Voice Cast of ‘Trolls’ for DreamWorks Animation (Exclusive) “As DreamWorks grows, we are focusing on creating a strong. »
- Jeff Sneider
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Have a Daytime Date in L.A.—Check Out Her Adorable Baby Bump!
These two are too cute for words. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher stepped out on a daytime lunch date at L.A. eatery Musso & Frank Grill over the weekend and looked—as usual—downright adorable. The expectant actress wrapped her growing baby bump in a fitted white tank top and printed maxi skirt paired with colorful flip flops. Meanwhile, her fiancé went for an equally casual look in a pair of jeans and a plain white T-shirt. The future parents have been spotted grabbing meals all across town lately, likely indulging the brunette beauty in some pregnancy cravings along the way! Most recently the famous duo was spotted grabbing burgers at The Counter in Studio City, just »
‘The Hill’ Promotes Bob Cusack to Editor-in-Chief
Marking a new era for one of Washington D.C.'s more popular political newspapers, Bob Cusack has been named Editor-in-Chief of “The Hill.” “For more than a decade, Bob has played a leading role in keeping ‘The Hill’ at the forefront of Washington coverage and he has been a key player in our expansion,” James Finkelstein, Chairman of Capitol Hill Publishing, said in a statement. “Bob's talent as an editor and encyclopedic knowledge of politics will drive our continued growth, making this the most dynamic and essential news brand for policymakers and those who follow and influence politics.” Also read: The Hill Greets Crowded. »
- Moira Johnston
Jessie J's New Single "Bang Bang" With Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Leaks—Listen Now!
It's not too late to crown the song of the summer, right? Jessie J may just be deserving of the coveted title after her new single with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj leaked one day before its scheduled release. Titled "Bang Bang," the catchy song features powerful vocals from two music divas, as well as a rapid-fire rap from Minaj. "She got a body like an hourglass, but I can give it to you all the time," Jessie J sings in the first verse. "She got a booty like a Cadillac, but I can send you into overdrive." Intrigued, right? It only gets hotter when Minaj joins the party with her own signature rap. "It's Myx Moscato, It's frizz in a »
Kiefer Sutherland Responds to Freddie Prinze Jr.'s "Unprofessional" Diss, Says He ''Enjoyed'' Working Together
Kiefer Sutherland is responding to Freddie Prinze Jr.'s epic diss. While at Comic-Con over the weekend, Prinze blasted Sutherland and said working with him on the show 24 in 2010 made him want to quit acting. So what does Sutherland think of Prinze's major shade? "Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than 5 years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie's grievances," Sutherland's rep tells E! News in a statement. "Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best." How professional! Among Prinze's choice words for Sutherland, he said the other day, "I did 24. It was terrible. I hated every moment of it. Kiefer was the most »
Ben Kingsley Reveals His Trick to Playing Dastardly Roles
Sir Ben Kingsley, the legendary actor who won an Academy Award for his second role on film in "Gandhi," seems to approach every role with a fearless pursuit of depth and vulnerability. Even in the upcoming animated film "The Boxtrolls," his dastardliness as pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher comes alive thanks to his booming, authoritative voice. We talked to Kingsley at Comic-Con to discuss the upcoming film from Laika (the same folks who brought you "Coraline" and "ParaNorman"), his favorite actor, and what we can expect from his vocal work as Bagheera in the new "Jungle Book." »
- Louis Virtel
What We Learned From Comic-Con: Movies Were an Afterthought
Gale Ann Hurd rose to the pinnacle of Hollywood by producing some of the biggest and brashest films in history, none more so than “The Terminator,” directed by her then-husband James Cameron. Yet when thinking about the current state of the movie business, Hurd referenced another of Cameron's movies – “Titanic.” “They can see the iceberg coming,” Hurd told TheWrap at Comic-Con. Hurd is no longer on the ship. She has moved on to television, producing “The Walking Dead,” the highest-rated cable show in America. She will have no involvement in the upcoming reboot of “The Terminator,” nor does she seem. »
- Lucas Shaw
New 'Constantine' trailer raises hell on NBC: Watch
(Cbr) During Saturday's three-hour "Night of DC Entertainment" panel at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Television premiered a new trailer for "Constantine" that may win over a few skeptics. Although it contains some footage we've seen before, this preview is faster-paced, emphasizing the horror elements and John Constantine's struggles while playing down the role of actress Lucy Griffiths, whose character Liv has been written out of the NBC supernatural drama. Developed by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, "Constantine" stars Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford. It premieres Oct. 24 on NBC. Based on the wildly popular comic book series "Hellblazer" from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, "Criminal Minds") is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight - or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
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