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Four Books from “Big Little Lies” Author Liane Moriarty Headed to the Screen

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The “Big Little Lies” finale was less than two weeks ago and fans are clamoring for more time with Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Bonnie, and Renata. There have been rumors of a possible second season for the HBO series — although it was originally conceived as just seven episodes — but there are no concrete plans at the moment. Luckily, Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel the series is based upon, has plenty of other screen projects in the works. According to Entertainment Weekly, four of her novels have been optioned.

The adaptation of Moriarty’s “Truly Madly Guilty” will reunite “Bll” actresses and exec producers Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard and Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films will produce the story about a barbecue that ends in tragedy. As EW writes, the novel is “stacked with [Moriarty’s] signature themes: female friendship, duplicity, the darkness lurking beneath lucky, ordinary suburban lives.”

Although EW mentions that “Truly Madley Guilty” will be adapted for the big screen, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Papandrea is pushing for a four-episode series instead.

Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star in the film version of Moriarty’s “What Alice Forgot.” The book centers on a 39-year-old woman who sustains a head injury and forgets the previous decade of her life. “She comes to at the hospital thinking she’s still 29, newly married, and pregnant with her first child,” EW summarizes. “In reality, she has three kids and is in the midst of a bitter divorce from the former love of her life.”

In 2013 CBS Films acquired the rights to “The Husband’s Secret.” The book’s action kicks off when a woman finds a note from her alive-and-well husband. It begins, “To be opened only in the event of my death.” The Herald notes that the “Husband’s Secret” script has been finalized and the search for the leading lady has begun.

Moriarty’s “Three Wishes,” which examines the relationship between 33-year-old triplets, was optioned a few years back. No other details have been disclosed.

And, of course, there is the possibility that Moriarty will bring us more “Big Littles Lies.” Both the book and show center on a group of mothers involved in a murder that takes place during a trivia night hosted by their children’s elementary school. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Wild”) and written by David E. Kelley (“The Crazy Ones”), the television adaptation stars Witherspoon, Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz. The critically acclaimed project was a ratings hit, and is expected to rack up a number of Emmy nominations.

In an interview with the Herald, the author mentioned she’s open to writing more TV adventures for the women of Monterey, but isn’t planning to write a follow-up book.

“I’m absolutely open to it because, once I started thinking, it was too much fun to see what I could do and to see these characters again,” Moriarty explained.

Specifically, she’s excited to pick up Bonnie and Celeste’s stories. “The obvious thing is, first of all, I think we could bring in more of Bonnie’s story from the book,” Moriarty said. Bonnie, played by Kravitz (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), was probably the least developed character in the HBO series. The Bonnie of the book is a domestic abuse survivor, but that backstory was omitted from the series.

As for Celeste, Kidman’s character, Moriarty is interested in exploring her life after surviving an abusive marriage. “When you’ve been through a relationship like that, how do you feel now? How would she feel? She’s grieving. She’s still grieving for the end of a terrible relationship and I think that would be a really interesting thing to explore.”

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Exclusive: 'Big Little Lies' Author Liane Moriarty on the Power of Reese Witherspoon and That Twist Ending

Exclusive: 'Big Little Lies' Author Liane Moriarty on the Power of Reese Witherspoon and That Twist Ending
Because of the time difference between L.A. and Australia, when Liane Moriarty hopped on the phone with Et this week, she was technically already one day closer to Sunday's premiere of Big Little Lies, the HBO limited series adapted from her best-selling novel. "It is getting nearer and nearer!" the author exclaims, then adds reassuringly, "I feel very confident everybody's going to love it."

It helps if you consider the talent behind the series: Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as Californian mothers whose seemingly perfect lives begin to unravel following an incident at first grade orientation, culminating with a murder. All seven episodes were written by 10-time Emmy winner David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and directed by Oscar nominee Jean-Marc Vallé (Wild). Moriarty discusses that powerhouse team, the changes made to her source material and why her husband hopes Jennifer Aniston stars in her next movie.

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Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon to star in Big Little Lies

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Earlier this year Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson raised the bar for content on the small screen with the highly received limited series True Detective. Taking a page out of their book are Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon, the latest duo to pair up for a newly announced limited series. Deadline reports that the two Oscar winners are set to star in Big Little Lies, to be written by Emmy winner David E. Kelley.

Big Little Lies is described as a “subversive comedy” that follows three mothers of kindergarteners, whose seemingly perfect lives derail into a classic murder-mystery that takes place during a catastrophic parents’ night at a school fundraiser event.

The project is based on the book of the same name by the Australian author Liane Moriarty (What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes). It was published in July and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Kidman (Blossom Films
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Will Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman's new TV series be their 'True Detective'?

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Will Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman's new TV series be their 'True Detective'?
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are setting their sights a little...smaller. The Oscar winning actors are heading to television with a limited series adaptation of Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel "Big Little Lies," according to The Hollywood Reporter; Witherspoon and Kidman optioned the rights to the book back in August through their production companies Pacific Standard and Blossom Films, respectively. David E. Kelley, who most recently served as showrunner of the short-lived Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar sitcom "The Crazy Ones," will write and executive-produce the series, which will reportedly be shopped to both premium networks (HBO, Showtime, etc.) and streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu). "Big Little Lies" tells the story of three mothers of kindergartners who become embroiled in a murder mystery after an elementary school fundraiser turns sour. There's no word yet on which characters Kidman and Witherspoon will take on; this will be the first
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NBCUniversal International’s ‘Still Standing’ In First Format Sale To China

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Singapore – 12 April 2012 – NBCUniversal International today announced that Still Standing, its new primetime trivia competition format, has been sold to Chinese broadcaster, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation. This is NBCUniversal’s first format sale to China and the series will be aired in Mandarin, known locally as 一站到底. Still Standing China will debut in March and will run in a weekly primetime slot for 26 episodes. In China, Still Standing will be based on the hit Israeli format from Armoza Formats and July-August Productions where one contestant must compete and beat 10 challengers in a high-stakes trivia battle for top prizes. Still Standing is currently in production in seven countries, including Us, Spain and Turkey – with many versions in its second season. NBCUniversal recently announced that Brazilian Broadcaster, Bandeirantes also picked up the format – Still Standing’s first version in Latin America. Linfield Ng, Director Format Sales Liaison, recently joined NBCUniversal to lead the company’s format strategy in Apac.
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Gossip Girl Chair Tribute Video Contest Finalists: Watch, Vote Now!

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TV Fanatic has narrowed down dozens of submissions for our Gossip Girl Chair video tribute contest to the six finalists below. Now it's time to vote on the half dozen favorites selected by our editors!

Before Dan-Blair 'shippers go insane, a reminder - this Chair contest is due to the huge success of the previous Dair video tribute contest. We've already honored Dair, and you can still watch those videos!

As a second reminder, we considered only videos submitted by registered TV Fanatic users under the contest rules. We realize there are many other awesome videos not featured here. That's the reason.

What's at stake here? The winning video will be featured on our homepage, Twitter, and Facebook, and the more votes are cast, the more likely we are to run contests for more couples and shows.

And its creator wins a a $50 iTunes gift card! So what are you waiting for?
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DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2011 Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2011.

?The caliber of work being done on television these days is incredible, and our director nominees in each category are an indispensable element to the success of every project — establishing and enhancing the vision and tone, eliciting outstanding performances and furthering the narrative arc through their creative choices,? said Hackford. ?That they are able to create excellence regardless of obstacles like tighter schedules and in an environment in which audiences have more entertainment options to choose from — is a true testament to the importance of directorial skill in television.?

The winners will be announced at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.


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The nominees for the Directors Guild
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G.I. Joe 2 Catches Its Mouse

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Another actor is headed to the G.I. Joe 2 set. Actor Joe Mazzello has been tapped to play Mouse in the upcoming sequel. On Mazzello’s resume are the HBO miniseries The Pacific, The Social Network, Star Kid, The Lost World: Jurassic Park , Three Wishes, The Cure, The River Wild and Jurassic Park. One thing is for sure, the child actor is all grown up now.

I’ve heard of Muskrat and Mutt, but I’m not sure what character attributes Mouse will have. Can anyone help me out here?

Here at Boomtron we have heard actor Ray Stevenson will play Firefly, a Cobra mercenary, and actress Elodie Yung could win the role of Jinx, a hot ninja. Storm Shadow will return and Jon M. Chu will direct the Paramount film. Channing Tatum will also return with newcomers Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (as Roadblock? …heavy machine gunner and cook!) and Adrianne Palicki (as Lady Jaye?
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Former NBC Reality Exec Jayson Dinsmore Tapped As Head Of Development For Cmt

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Former Svp alternative development at NBC Jayson Dinsmore has joined Cmt as Evp development. He will oversee all development for the channel and manage the network’s development team, based primarily out of Cmt’s Santa Monica offices, reporting to Cmt president Brian Philips. Dinsmore succeeds Bob Kusbit who recently left to return to producing full-time. Philips called Dinsmore "a production-savvy executive with a deep background in hit reality, (who) enjoys a terrific reputation within the La community." Dinsmore exited NBC amidst an executive restructuring in the alternative department a year ago. He spent a decade at the peacock network serving in several capacities, including Svp alternative development and VP alternative programming and development. He oversaw such shows as Deal or No Deal, The Sing-Off, Minute To Win It, The Restaurant and Three Wishes as well as production on a number of specials, including the Golden Globes, the Tournament of
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Samuel Bayer to Direct Tumor

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Samuel Bayer to direct Tumor Exhibitor Daniel Crown and indie producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg have joined forces to create Red Crown Productions, which will focus on high-end specialty films in a market place filled with big budget franchise features. Their first project will be an adaptation of Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon's graphic novel Tumor.

A Nightmare on Elm Street director Samuel Bayer is set to helm this action-adventure, which focuses on a dying private investigator who takes on one last case. The man suffers from an inoperable brain tumor that causes him to experience time-bending hallucinations.

Red Crown is also working on a fictional tale based loosely on the life of Laura Bush entitled American Wife, as well as an adaptation of Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood, which was written by Carey Goldberg,
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Book Review: Quill & Candle by Scott Thomas

Alright, I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for a good spooky, atmospheric ghost story. Not that I mind a gore filled romp once in a while, but nothing is better to me than being afraid to turn out the lights when I finish a story, and Dark Regions’ new Ghost House imprint is releasing just the kind of stories I love.

Dark Regions Press has released the second title in their Ghost House imprint, Quill & Candle by Scott Thomas. The first was They That Dwell In Dark Places by Daniel McGachey which I reviewed here.

Dark Regions has a winning formula on their hands with their Ghost House imprint and hopefully will garner enough fans to keep it going.

“In “Quill and Candle” Scott Thomas invites the reader back to an earlier, quieter time, when travelers relied on horses, when cooking was done over a hearth, and frost nights were illuminated by tapers.
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Ghost Star Patrick Swayze Dies

Patrick Swayze was a charming cinematic rogue who starred as Sam Wheat in the romantic fantasy Ghost (1990). He portrayed the murdered lover of Demi Moore, who was able to communicate with his wife through a psychic, played by Whoopi Goldberg in an Oscar-winning performance.

Swayze was born in Houston, Texas, on April 18, 1952. His mother was choreographer Patsy Swayze, and Patrick trained as a dancer in the early 1970s. He made his film debut in the roller-disco flick Skatetown, U.S.A. in 1979.

Swayze earned honorary membership in `the Brat Pack’ with his role as Rob Lowe and C. Thomas Howell’s older brother in the 1983 film The Outsiders. He starred as Jed Eckert, leader of the Wolverines, the young freedom fighters who battled Soviet invaders in John Milius’ 1984 Cold War classic Red Dawn.

He was featured in an episode of Steven Spielberg’s fantasy television series Amazing Stories. He was
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Patrick Swayze: 1952-2009

Patrick Swayze: 1952-2009


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All films buffs have guilty pleasures. You know, those movies that high-minded cineastes love to turn their noses up at, especially critics for The New York Times, people with MFAs in some sort of film-related field, or just plain snobs who refuse to acknowledge anything released on celluloid that doesn’t have English subtitles and at least one reference to death, either as a character or a metaphor (and oftentimes both). Patrick Swayze was the undisputed King of the Guilty Pleasure. From his screen debut in Skatetown, USA in 1979, to his final appearance on television’s "The Beast" as a take-no-prisoners cop, Swayze was an unapologetic good ol’ boy who happened to be a classically-trained dancer, student of martial arts and Eastern philosophy, and possessor of an Iq that was nothing to sneeze at. In fact, he closely resembled Dalton, his character in
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Patrick Swayze dies of cancer at 57

Patrick Swayze dies of cancer at 57
Patrick Swayze, who soared to stardom as a heartthrob dancer in "Dirty Dancing" and ascended to romantic icon status as a deceased lover in "Ghost," died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist Annett Wolf.

The actor had kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting "The Beast," an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. It drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran last winter, but A&E said it had reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season.

Swayze, whose work on "The Beast" was singled out as being particularly compelling, said he opted not to use painkilling drugs while
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IMG, Glassman ink reality distribution deal

IMG Global Media head Chris Albrecht has made a deal with Glassman Media to partner on producing and distributing unscripted television series.

As part of the agreement, Glassman Media (Average Joe, Three Wishes, Bingo America) will exclusively develop and produce original reality formats for IMG, which will distribute the resulting projects worldwide.

"Partnering with Chris, Rob [Lee], and their team at IMG has been like joining a dream-team for creative development and business execution," said Glassman Media head Andrew Glassman. "I am thrilled to be a part of Chris and Rob's vision and their focus on quality."

Glassman Media's previous deal was with Fox Television Studios. The company's latest production, Bingo America, recently launched a 40-episode run on GSN.

Albrecht was formerly chairman and CEO of HBO.

Paradigm signs helmer Coolidge

Paradigm signs helmer Coolidge
Former DGA topper Martha Coolidge has inked with Paradigm Talent & Literary for representation. The filmmaker is in postproduction on the romantic comedy The Prince and Me, starring Julia Stiles and Luke Mably. The film, a Sobini Films production, is due for release early next year from Paramount Pictures. Coolidge's other credits include Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Out to Sea, Three Wishes, Lost in Yonkers, Rambling Rose and Real Genius. Coolidge served as president of the DGA for one year, taking over for Jack Shea in March 2002. She was replaced by Michael Apted in June and now serves as first vp of the DGA.

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