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Sheen + Estevez Team Up For TV Sitcom

7 November 2008 10:59 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez are to team up on the small screen for an episode of hit U.S. sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Estevez will play a drinking buddy of his brother's character Charlie Harper in an upcoming episode.

The Bobby director/star isn't the only member of Sheen's immediate family to appear on the show - the brothers' father Martin Sheen has also featured. »

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'My Own Worst Enemy' Star Talks About His Complicated Role

19 October 2008 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

We recently reported that NBC’s freshman offering, My Own Worst Enemy, which stars Christian Slater as the leading character with split personality, has received mixed reviews from several television critics.  Nonetheless, it seems that viewers are determined to give the new show another chance as it airs its second episode tonight at 10pm on NBC.

Titled “The Hummingbird,” Episode 1.02 follows Edward and Raymond as they are tasked to kidnap an engineer who keeps vital information about an upcoming terrorist attack.

Meanwhile, series star Christian Slater recently spoke about his experiences on the show, which is yet to be renewed by NBC depending on the ratings it receives in the coming weeks.

Slater plays a complicated role of a man with split personality and he admits that it was a challenge having to go through the transition from the big screen to television.  Formerly appearing on films Bobby, 3000 Miles to Graceland and Heathers, »

- BuddyTV

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Stone: 'I Felt Like A Hollywood Leper When I Turned 40'

19 October 2008 6:26 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Turning 40 was a big deal for Sharon Stone because suddenly movie roles and freebies dried up.

The actress admits she was looking forward to becoming a 40 something back in 1998, but ageist attitudes to Hollywood stars left her floored.

She tells More magazine, "I thought... 'I'm fantastic and sexy and amazing!'

"(But) it was like, 'You have leprosy.' I couldn't get a dress or a job."

She bounced back with acclaimed roles in the movies Broken Flowers and Bobby, and turned 50 earlier this year. »

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Triple feature for First Line, Bass

15 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- First Line Entertainment and producer Edward Bass are partnering to launch three features, including the thriller "As Good as Dead," starring Andie MacDowell, Cary Elwes and Brian Cox.

The other projects are Nick Stagliano's modern-day Western "Good Day for It" and "The Shadow of the Shah," a biopic about the Shah of Iran's twin sister.

"Dead" stars Elwes as Ethan, a left-wing extremist who goes on the run after killing the reverend (Cox) behind a white supremacist group. MacDowell plays the widow who hunts him down with two redneck accomplices (Frank Whaley, Matt Dallas). Jess Wexler plays Ethan's estranged wife, and Laura Harring plays his neighbor.

Jonathan Mossek is directing the feature, which he wrote with Erez Mossek and Eve Pomerance. Hubert Gibbs and Bass are producing, and Jonathan Pillot and Heidi Jo Markel are exec producing. Principal photography is under way in New York.

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- By Gregg Goldstein

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Geraghty: 'Lohan Bought Me My Home'

19 August 2008 6:27 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Brian Geraghty has credited Lindsay Lohan for providing a roof over his head - she helped him land his dream home in the Hollywood Hills.

The Jarhead star was still struggling to land on his feet in Hollywood when a bit part alongside Lohan in Emilio Estevez's Bobby movie landed him his first big paycheque in the film flop I Know Who Killed Me.

Geraghty has mixed emotions about making the thriller, which was shot as Lohan was coping with tabloid scandals, excess and rehab, but he'll always be grateful to the actress for giving him a big break.

He says, "She was really kind to me. I didn't really talk to many of the people on Bobby but Lindsay and I got along really well.

"Then, when they were struggling to find the character to play opposite her in I Know Who Killed Me, Lindsay suggested me. I met with the producers and got the part. It seemed to be a pretty good role and the cast was great.

"But Lindsay was going through a lot of personal things in the media and there was a lot of pressure on her. She's a tremendous talent but she was very young and she was basically carrying this multi-million movie.

"I've got nothing bad to say about Lindsay - she helped me buy my house." »

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Chris Columbus Sets a Course for Rfk Biopic

11 August 2008 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Adventures in Babysitting and early Harry Potter director Chris Columbus has secured the rights to bring to the big screen a biopic on Robert F. Kennedy based on a book by Thurston Clarke called "The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America." According to Variety, Columbus will write, direct and produce the project (much like Emilio Estevez's Bobby, which Estevez wrote and directed), which is being set up at Columbus' own 1492 Productions. The story follows the brief Presidential campaign Kennedy undertook on March 16, 1968 and his tragic assassination on June 4 of that year. I'm certainly not a history buff, but Kennedy's story is pretty riveting. Can Columbus do the material justice? Columbus' previous Mrs. Doubtfire and Rent experience doesn't exactly lend itself kindly to telling such a moving, historical story the way it should. However, the guy does have a blockbuster taste and apparently »

- Kevin Powers

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Columbus Discovers 'Bobby', Decides to Claim it as His Own

11 August 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- What's with these middle of the road filmmakers and their fascination with Robert F. Kennedy? First that auteur of the cinema Emilio Estevez examined (sort of) the American icon's assassination in the truly terrible Bobby, now Chris Columbus is going to try his hand at exploring the appeal of JFK's little brother in an adaptation of Thurston Clarke’s The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America. The book chronicles the 82 days of Rfk’s ill-fated 1968 presidential campaign that ended in his assassination in L.A. following his victory over Eugene McCarthy in the California primary. Focusing on the younger Kennedy’s idealistic campaign of change and how it inspired a nation, Clarke presents him as a tragic martyr whose fearlessness was both his greatest strength and his greatest mistake. The project is being developed by Columbus’ own 1492 Productions and is the first for the »

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Columbus to Make 'Bobby 2: A Prequel'

11 August 2008 3:57 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

One movie I did not like was Emilio Estevez's Bobby. As a film I thought Estevez managed to tell a story of a large amount of people I didn't care one bit about, that is outside of Lawrence Fishburne and his kitchen staff and a performance by Freddy Rodriguez that went largely ignored even though I thought it was one of the best performances of 2006 (not like there were a ton to choose from anyway). Then again, there wasn't a ton of love for the film one way or another as the Rotten Tomatoes score reads a pitiful 44%. Basically, it's just too bad a film about such an amazing man was limited to the stories of a bunch of inconsequential people. I understood Estevez's goal, and it was a good idea, it just wasn't executed all that well. The role of Bobby Kennedy also played a small role in »

- Brad Brevet

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More Casting News For 'Virtuality'

9 June 2008 11:16 PM, PDT | | See recent Airlock Alpha news »

Casting agents have been busy on Ronald D. Moore's upcoming backdoor pilot for Fox, "Virtuality." Five actors have been cast for the project that already includes James D'Arcy, Kerry Bishe and Jimmi Simpson. The new faces, according to The Hollywood Reporter are Joy Bryant, Sienna Guillory, Nelson Lee, Omar Metwally and Ritchie Coster. Bryant, who had a bit role in the 2004 film "Spider-Man 2" but has been very active in non-genre projects including "Bobby" in 2006, will place Alice Thibadeau. Guillory -- who played Jill Valentine in 2004's "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" and Arya in the 2006 film "Eragon" -- will play a character named Rika Goddard. Lee, who played Shen in the short lived television program "Blade: The Series," will bring to life the character of Keni Yamaguchi. »

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Stephen King's Dolan's Cadillac Filming in Canada!

29 May 2008 7:14 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Dolan's Cadillac Filming In Canada - Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Wes Bentley bring Stephen King short story to the big screen.

May 29, 2008 (Regina, Sk) ­ Dolan's Cadillac, a feature film adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed short story, began shooting in Regina, Canada and Moose Jaw, Canada on Monday, May 26.

The film stars Christian Slater (Bobby, Windtalkers), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Csi: Ny, Two and a Half Men) and Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider).

Based on one of Stephen King's most suspenseful short stories, Dolan's Cadillac is a psychological thriller in the vein of The Dead Zone and The Secret Window.

Tom Robinson (Wes Bentley) is a peaceful, law-abiding schoolteacher until his wife Elizabeth (Emmanuelle Vaugier) accidentally witnesses a murder. Jimmy Dolan (Christian Slater), Las Vegas' most ruthless and untouchable mob boss, never leaves behind a witness.

Haunted by the ghost of his wife, Robinson transforms himself into an obsessed vengeance machine, »

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NBC Universal aims to stop 'Runway' runaway

7 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It's gotten ugly behind the scenes at Project Runway.

In a bombshell announcement, Runway producer the Weinstein Co. said Monday that Bravo's signature series will be moving to Lifetime in a five-year deal, starting with its sixth season in November.

Bravo's parent company NBC Universal countered by filing a breach-of-contract lawsuit against TWC Monday aimed at preventing Runway's jump to Lifetime.

Runway has broken ratings records for Bravo, where it has aired for four seasons. Casting on the fifth cycle is under way.

The suit, filed in New York Supreme Court, claims that NBC Uni and TWC have been negotiating for more than a year over exclusive rights to additional seasons of the show, including the sixth, and says that TWC "threatened to take future cycles of the program to a competing television network unless (NBC Uni) agreed to pay many millions of additional dollars to TWC to acquire a 'package' that included television rights to second-tier TWC films unrelated" to Runway.

Those films include Miss Potter, The Great Debaters, Derailed, Bobby, Transamerica and The Nanny Diaries, which Lifetime also acquired as part of its deal with TWC.

NBC Uni's suit also claims that after TWC signed the deal with Lifetime on Feb. 7, the company continued to "engage in sham negotiations" with NBC Uni over those rights and "intentionally concealed" the fact that TWC had entered into an "invalid agreement" with Lifetime since NBC Uni has right of first refusal on the show. The suit claims that TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein assured NBC Uni that it would have the opportunity to match any other network's offer. »

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Fox's Hell's Kitchen 4: Meet the Cast

12 March 2008 4:21 PM, PDT | | See recent BuddyTV news »

Late last year, Fox announced that it would renew Hell's Kitchen for a fourth season. Due to the writer's strike and the resultant lack of scripted material to air, networks turned to reality shows to fill in the gaps. Hell's Kitchen is one of those reality shows, and it will soon be returning to our television screens for more foul-mouthed kitchen action that only Gordon Ramsay can create.

The fourth season of Hell's Kitchen is set to premiere on April 1, 2008 at 9pm on Fox, and the network has recently released a list of contenders for the new season. Read on to meet the fresh faces who will make up the fourth season of this exciting reality competition.

Coming together this season are 15 contestants from all over the country. With ages ranging from 24 to 47 years old, these individuals have made it down to the final list of contenders to test their »

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Jackson in for sci-fi 'Fringe'

8 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dawson's Creek alum Joshua Jackson is returning to television as the male lead in Fringe, Fox's high-profile sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

The two-hour $10 million pilot, directed by Alex Graves, centers on FBI agent Olivia Warren (Anna Torv) who teams with Peter Bishop (Jackson) and his estranged father, institutionalized scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), to confront the spread of unexplained phenomena.

Jackson was the producers' early choice for the role of Peter Bishop, a high-school dropout with an IQ of 190, and a misfit who is scrambling to erase a gambling debt.

Filming on the Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot-produced Fringe is under way in Toronto. The pilot's cast also includes Blair Brown, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo and Jasika Nicole.

Jackson and Abrams previously crossed paths at WB Network, where Dawson's and Abrams' Felicity launched in 1998 and helped establish the fledgling network.

Jackson, recently seen in Bobby, next stars in Fox's Shutter, which opens March 22.

He is repped by WMA, Waterstreet and attorney Steve Warren. »

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Estevez goes 'Public'

5 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BERLIN -- Emilio Estevez is filling out his library card for his next movie.

Estevez is prepping The Public, a social drama set in a public library that he wrote and will direct as his follow-up to Bobby.

The story is loosely based on a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece written by Chip Ward, a retiring librarian in Salt Lake City, which discussed the epidemic issue of libraries becoming de facto shelters for the homeless and the mentally ill in light of many social program cuts.

Estevez was on the awards circuit with Bobby, a film that he said brought him "out of the wilderness," when he had a conversation with Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co. distributed that 2006 film with MGM.

"Harvey said, 'You have a voice and use it. And don't follow up 'Bobby' with something frivolous, ' " Estevez recalled. "That stayed with me. And when I read this piece last April, I thought this could be it."

Estevez, who wrote and directed Bobby, did most of his research for that ensemble drama at Los Angeles' historic downtown public library and as such was familiar with it. »

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