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NBC Greenlights ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries
Nearly a week after the success of its live broadcast “The Sound of Music” musical, NBC has officially greenlit another version of a classic project and will be airing a four-hour miniseries adaptation of “Rosemary's Baby.”
Scott Abbott and James Wong are writing the screenplay based on the 1967 Ira Levin novel about the problems that arise when a young married couple who move into a haunted Paris apartment. Agnieszka Holland will direct. Lionsgate Television is producing, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern serving as executive producers. The project was announced as in development in July.
“Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be,” said Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to adapting his incredible work and bringing those indelible characters to a new generation of viewers. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Jason Momoa in Talks to Join Batman-Superman Movie (Exclusive)
Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the cast of the untitled Batman-Superman movie being made by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Zack Snyder is directing the Man of Steel follow-up, which is quickly turning into a who’s who of DC superheroes as Momoa joins Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Israeli supermodel and relative newcomer Gal Godot as Wonder Woman. It's unclear whom Momoa will play due to the Kryptonite lock on the project’s details. There's been speculation that
- Borys Kit
Tom Cruise Developing Jack Reacher Sequel at Paramount
The project is based on “Never Go Back,” published in September as Child’s 18th book in the series, in which Reacher heads to the Virginia headquarters of his old military unit and is arrested for a crime he doesn’t remember committing 16 years earlier.
The studio is seeking a writer to adapt “Never Go Back” and has not selected a director. Christopher McQuarrie directed “Jack Reacher” from his own script with Cruise, Paula Wagner, Gary Levinsohn and Dana Goldberg producing.
“Jack Reacher,” released last Dec. 21, grossed $216 million worldwide.
News was first reported by the Deadline.com site.
- Dave McNary
Sundance Premieres Include Roger Ebert, Whitey Bulger Documentaries, ‘The Raid 2′
Michael Fassbender’s “Frank,” Keira Knightley’s “Laggies,” Ryan Reynolds’ “The Voices” and “The Raid 2″ highlight the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s lineup of premieres along with documentaries about Whitey Bulger, Roger Ebert, Fela Kuti, Mitt Romney, Jerry Sandusky and George Takei. “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival. “In many of the. »
- Jeff Sneider
Law & Order: Svu Prepares For Shakeup—Dann Florek's Cragen Is Leaving the Show
The Svu squad room is in for another shakeup. Dann Florek—that's Captain Donald Cragen to Law & Order: Svu fans—will depart the series later this season. The exit comes weeks after Richard Belzer left the long-running NBC series. Showrunner Warren Leight tweeted photos from the set featuring Florek, Mariska Hargitay and Ice-t. "Friday was the last day 4 Cragen/Florek. It was a sweet send off! But he'll live on in syndication land 4 evah!" Florek tweeted on Dec. 9. Florek has been with Svu for the show's entire 15 season run. He also appeared as Captain Cragen on mothership Law & Order from 1990-1993. Florek isn't leaving because a bitter »
Bette Midler To Play Mae West In HBO Films Biopic From William Friedkin
Exclusive: The Divine Miss M. is taking on the great Mae West. HBO Films has put in development Mae West, a movie about the true Hollywood original, with Bette Midler attached to star and executive produce. The project is the brainchild of William Friedkin (The Exorcist), who will direct and executive produce. Broadway heavyweight Harvey Fierstein, who recently penned the book for Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, is writing the script. Also executive producing is Jerry Weintraub, who executive produced HBO Films’ Emmy-winning Behind The Candelabra. Mae West, based on West’s autobiography Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It, chronicles West’s rise to stardom when she takes New York by storm after writing and starring in her scandalous Broadway show Sex and battles authorities over obscenity charges. Instead of taking the road of a wide-eyed Hollywood ingenue, West forged her own path, writing and starring in her own risqué plays, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Actress Eleanor Parker, the Baroness in ‘The Sound of Music,’ Dies at 91
Oscar-nominated actress Eleanor Parker, best known today for her role as the Baroness, the lady friend of Captain Von Trapp who loses out to Julie Andrews’ Maria in 1966 film “The Sound of Music,” died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia at a medical facility near Palm Springs, Calif. She was 91.
In the 1950s, however, Parker earned three Oscar nominations for best actress: in 1951, for “Caged,” in which she played a naive young widow made cynical by her experiences in prison; in 1952, for William Wyler’s “Detective Story,” in which she portrayed the wife of a ruthless police detective (Kirk Douglas) who ultimately reveals that she has availed herself of the services of the abortionist he’s intent on imprisoning; and in 1956 for biopic “Interrupted Melody,” in which she portrayed Australian-born opera star Marjorie Lawrence, who battled back from polio.
Parker showed impressive range, which was clearly her intention. She once said, »
- Carmel Dagan
Heart Cancels SeaWorld Gig Owing to Blackfish Documentary
This week, Heart became the third act to cancel their show at SeaWorld after seeing Blackfish — a documentary that targets the water park for its mistreatment of killer whales. Heart's announcement follows similar cancellations from SeaWorld-scheduled acts Willie Nelson ("I don't agree with the way they treat their animals," he said to CNN's Brooke Baldwin) and Barenaked Ladies ("This is a complicated issue, and we don't claim to understand all of it, but we don't feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time," they wrote on their Facebook page). In response, SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck told CNN: "While we're disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld ... we respect the bands' decisions." »
- Lindsey Weber
Los Angeles Is Wimpy In "Cold" Weather and Jimmy Kimmel Has the Hard Evidence to Prove It
Leaves rustling! Hair blowing! Temperatures as low as 50 degrees! Cats and dogs living together! Mass hysteria! It must be winter in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel proved that Los Angeles is a town full of wusses when it comes to cold temperatures by showing a video montage of the local news stations covering the weather. If you were to just go off their TV packages, you would think Southern California was about to fall into total anarchy, complete with raiding of North Face stores and a shortage of slouchy knit caps. "Whenever the weather in L.A. drops below 70 degrees, our local news stations go nuts," Kimmel said before reminding the viewers that everything in the video was real (save for some body parts). A »
Ian McKellen Spoofs All Over ‘The Hobbit’ in ‘Sesame Street’ Sneak Peek (Video)
“The Hobbit” star Ian McKellen drops in on “Sesame Street” on Thursday, and a new sneak peek reveals that he takes a poke at his “Hobbit” character Gandalf — while delivering a lesson on the power of good manners. In a brief but charming clip, McKellen attempts to enter the store, only to be blocked by a felt version of his Gandalf character. Also read: ‘Hobbit’ Sequel’s High Frame Rate Theaters Nearly Doubled – But Warner Bros. Keeps It Quiet “You shall not pass!” McKellen’s Muppet doppelganger tells the actor. Fortunately, McKellen knows the magic word to gain entry. You know, »
- Tim Kenneally
CBS Ups Elizabeth Tumulty to President, Affiliate Relations
In her new role, Tumulty — who joined the company in June as Executive Vice President, Affiliate Relations — succeeds Diana Wilkin, who has held the position since 2008. Tumulty will oversee strategic planning, business affairs, affiliation agreements, and all operations of the department. She will report to Moonves.
“After a terrific tenure with the CW, Elizabeth has proven herself a formidable asset to the CBS Television Network and our affiliate body,” Moonves said in a statement. “She is a great negotiator who possesses a keen knowledge of the network-affiliate model, and I am confident she will be a terrific steward for the long-standing relationships we’ve had with one of our most important constituencies – the stations that broadcast our programming.”
Before joining CBS, Tumulty served as Executive Vice President, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Fox News Reporter Will Not Have to Testify in Aurora Shooting Case
In what journalists are calling a victory for freedom of the press, the New York State Court of Appeals decided Tuesday that FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter does not have to reveal her sources in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting case. “Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement. Also Read: FoxNews.com Reporter to Argue For Shield Law Protection Over James Holmes Story “The protection of Jana Winter’s confidential sources was necessary for the survival of journalism and democracy as a whole. We are »
- L.A. Ross
Britney Spears Debuts Sexy Music Video for "Perfume," Fans Petition to Release Director's Cut
She may be crying over a cheating lover, but Britney Spears looks downright sexy in the music video for "Perfume." The pop princess strips down to her white lacy skivvies (hello rocking bod!) and cuddles up to her hunky costar that plays her boyfriend in the video. Things get hot and heavy between the two as she sings about being paranoid that his roaming eye has lead him back into the arms of his ex-girlfriend. And how could you miss the bright pink bottle of Brit Brit's Fantasy perfume sprinkled throughout the Joseph Kahn-directed video? Speaking of…Kahn went on a Twitter rant early Tuesday morning explaining that he preferred the director's cut to the final »
Rumer Willis and Ex-Boyfriend Jayson Blair Caught Kissing After Breakup—See the Pda Pic!
Old flames die hard, apparently. At least that seems to be the case when it comes to Rumer Willis and ex-boyfriend Jayson Blair. While it was reported back in November that the pair had split up, the onetime couple appeared to be getting quite cozy with each other following director Baz Luhrmann's "For the Record" live show in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 7. A source told E! News that right after the performance, Willis, who appears in the show, went around and talked to several people for about 20-30 minutes before going over to "canoodle" wth Blair. "All of a sudden she was sitting on his lap kissing him," the source said. Reps for both Willis and Blair »
Comedy Central Renews ‘Tosh.0′ for 3 More Seasons
Comedy Central renewed internet clip comedy show “Tosh.0” for not one season, but three. The Daniel Tosh-hosted viral video-sharing platform, chock full of jokes, slow motion replays and insulting commentary, will continue on the cable channel through 2016. The upcoming sixth season of “Tosh.0” will have a 30-episode run, premiering on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in its regular 10 p.m. timeslot. Also read: Chris Hardwick’s ‘@Midnight’ Gets Comedy Central Series Order Currently in its fifth season, which concludes Tuesday night, “Tosh.0” has done well for Comedy Central, averaging 3.0 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating across its current season in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. »
- Tony Maglio
Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio Top IMDb’s 2013 Most Popular Stars List
Jennifer Lawrence is the most popular movie star of 2013 on IMDb, according to the site’s “Top 10 Stars” ranking determined purely by page views from the database’s more than 160 million monthly unique users. Chloë Grace Moretz, the 16-year-old star of “Carrie” and “Kick-Ass 2,” came in second, beating out leading men like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Johnny Depp and Chris Hemsworth. See photos: The Evolution of Jennifer Lawrence: From ‘Monk’ Mascot to Katniss Everdeen According to IMDb managing editor Keith Simanton, Lawrence blew even the closest competition away. She had 89 percent more page views than Moretz, »
- Greg Gilman
Comedy Centrals Orders Three More Seasons of 'Tosh.0'
Comedy Central is tripling down on Tosh.0. The cable network announced Tuesday that it has ordered three additional seasons of the weekly show, keeping it on the air through at least 2016. “We believe Tosh.0 has the potential to resonate with our audience, and we want to give it time to connect." said Comedy Central president of content development and original programming Kent Alterman. Currently in its fifth season, number six of Tosh.0, a 30-episode order, is set to premiere Feb. 18. The renewal is for seasons seven, eight and nine. “I am extremely fortunate
- Michael O'Connell
‘Tosh.0′ Nabs Three-Season Renewal From Comedy Central
Renewal takes “Tosh.0″ through its eighth season, slated for 2016.
“Tosh.0″ is currently wrapping its fifth season and is the top entertainment series with men 18-24 on Tuesday nights, averaging 3 million total viewers.
- AJ Marechal
Mickie Departs Entertainment One As It Launches New Global Sales Arm
The veteran international film sales exec will leave the company in mid-January. It’s not clear what her next move will be, considering that her exit comes during the run-up to February’s European Film Market in Berlin.
The company also announced today that it will be launching Seville Intl. through its Quebec-based Les Films Seville arm, with Montreal-based veep of international sales Anick Poirier at the helm. The new division will be part of eOne Films Intl. and will focus on exploiting independent films from Quebec and the world.
The company is expected to make further announcement regarding its international film operations »
- Jennie Punter
President Obama Poses for World Leaders Selfie at Mandela Memorial
Omg, sir. Did President Obama really join in a group selfie during Tuesday's memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela? Indeed he did, joining British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in a grinning snap as the trio sat among world leaders at the Fnb soccer stadium where thousands of mourners paid tribute, USA Today reported. The selfie drew some criticism in the blogosphere where some have chided it as in poor taste, given the solemnity of the occasion as South Africans and others around the world mourned their global human rights icon »
- Andrea Billups
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