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Helen Mirren Eyes Trumbo; Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber to Lead Good Lord Bird; Sharon Stone Joins American Ultra

15 April 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly: Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird. Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. The folks over at Variety report that Helen Mirren is in talks to star in the real-life drama TrumboBryan Cranston is onboard to play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose credits include Roman Holiday and SpartacusTrumbo refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was therefore blacklisted, but he continued to write under pseudonyms and even won two Oscars under different names.  Jay Roach (Recount) is set to direct. Deadline reports that »

- Adam Chitwood

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HBO Buckles Up For Female Space Comedy From Kristin Gore & Jay Roach

1 April 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Jay Roach first got in business with HBO as a director and producer of the network’s 2008 movie Recount, about the aftermath of the 2000 U.S. presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, which earned him two Emmy Awards and led to another Emmy-winning HBO movie, Game Change, and an overall deal with the pay cable network. Now Roach is teaming with Gore’s daughter, author-screenwriter Kristin Gore, for a half-hour comedy series project at HBO. Written by Gore, Women In Space follows a group of women exploring the final frontier on a mission to colonize another planet. Gore and Roach executive produce. Women In Space is part of Roach’s deal at HBO, which has yielded a new series, upcoming comedy The Brink starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black. A former editor of The Harvard Lampoon, Gore has written for Saturday Night Live and Futurama. She »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Kevin Spacey Will Play Winston Churchill In Biopic Captain Of The Gate

25 March 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Apparently, even the White House wasn’t enough. Hot off his acclaimed turn as dastardly politician Frank Underwood on the second season of Netflix’s hit drama House of Cards, Kevin Spacey has signed on to play former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a biopic titled Captain of the Gate.

The biopic, which hails from Sierra/Affinity (Oculus, the upcoming Kill the Messenger), will focus on Churchill’s rise to power as he heroically took a stand against Parliament in order to protect England from Adolf Hitler’s powerful Third Reich. The script was penned by Ben Kaplan, who recently worked on the History Channel’s documentary Reagan. Kaplan also wrote episodes of historical documentary series Vietnam in HD and WWII in HD, both also for the History Channel, but Captain of the Gate will mark his feature debut.

Churchill has understandably been the subject of countless biopics, including »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Women's History Month: Laura Dern as Katherine Harris

25 March 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Women's History Month continues with Adam Armstrong on Laura Dern in "Recount"  

Katherine Harris and Laura Dern as Katherine Harris

Born: Katherine Harris clawed her way into this world on April 5th, 1957 and, presumably, crawled to her mother’s boudoir to try her first crack at putting on lipstick and dabbling in the different shades of foundation. Rose to prominence as Florida’s Secretary of State during the 2000 election. 

Death (in politics): Still kicking, albeit no longer Florida’s Secretary of State. After a failed 2006 senate election run, she still combats jokes regarding her unfairly ridiculed makeup techniques during the 2000 election recount fiasco. 

In the 2008 HBO film Recount, we are introduced to Harris when she is awoken, startled, at 3:52 a.m. by a phone call on the night of the election. She groggily answers the phone while the voice on the other end heatedly asks who the winner »

- Adam Armstrong

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Terrence Howard To Play Hip Hop Mogul On TV Series Empire For Lee Daniels

21 February 2014 9:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It may have been hard out there when Terrence Howard was a pimp, but the actor is having an easy time finding work these days. He had a busy 2013, appearing in no fewer than six films, including The Best Man Holiday and Prisoners. However, it was Howard’s brief stint in the all-star cast for Lee DanielsThe Butler that brought him the biggest audience and the connection to what may be a major role on the small screen.

The actor is now set to star in a pilot of the hip hop drama Empire for Fox, which Lee Daniels will direct. Daniels will also co-write the pilot with his Butler screenwriter Danny Strong. On Empire, Howard will play Lucious Lyon, a rap record company executive. Lyon is “charismatic, tough, wise and a superstar in the music industry who oversees Empire Entertainment and is about to take the company public, »

- Jordan Adler

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HBO Orders Tim Robbins And Jack Black To The Brink

12 February 2014 4:15 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Having commissioned the pilot episode of The Brink – a half-hour dark political comedy – last year, HBO has now ordered the show to series, with Tim Robbins and Jack Black heading the cast.

The show centres around the main players caught in a geo-political crisis. Tim Robbins plays the Us Secretary of State, Walter Hollander, who has little patience for war-mongers, while Jack Black plays Alex Coppins – a Foreign Service Officer dealing with the crisis in the field. A third main role – that of a Navy fighter pilot – has yet to be cast, although the wider cast list includes Aasif Mandvi and Meera Syal. The pilot was written by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib – Roberto having previously worked on Ally McBeal and Weeds. Both will also serve as executive producers, alongside stars Black and Robbins, Jerry Weintraub (Behind The Candelabra) and Jay Roach (The Austin Powers franchise, The Campaign), who also directed the pilot. »

- Sarah Myles

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HBO Gives a Series Order to Jack Black and Tim Robbins Comedy 'The Brink'

11 February 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO must really like "The Brink." The premium network only ordered a pilot for the comedy, written by former "Weeds" executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, back in September. Today Deadline reports that it's been given a series order. Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber star in the dark comedy as a Foreign Service officer, the U.S. Secretary of State and Navy fighter pilot who are caught up in a geopolitical crisis and must try and save the planet from World War III. Jay Roach, who directed the HBO movies "Game Change" and "Recount," helmed the pilot, and is executive producing alongside Roberto Benabib and Jerry Weintraub, with Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive producing. "The Brink" will be Black's first regular TV role since the "Tenacious D," which ran irregularly on HBO. Robbins, who recently appeared in IFC miniseries "The Spoils of Babylon," has »

- Alison Willmore

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HBO Gives a Series Order to Jack Black and Tim Robbins Comedy 'The Brink'

11 February 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO must really like "The Brink." The premium network only ordered a pilot for the comedy, written by former "Weeds" executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, back in September. Today Deadline reports that it's been given a series order. Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber star in the dark comedy as a Foreign Service officer, the U.S. Secretary of State and Navy fighter pilot who are caught up in a geopolitical crisis and must try and save the planet from World War III. Jay Roach, who directed the HBO movies "Game Change" and "Recount," helmed the pilot, and is executive producing alongside Roberto Benabib and Jerry Weintraub, with Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive producing. "The Brink" will be Black's first regular TV role since the "Tenacious D," which ran irregularly on HBO. Robbins, who recently appeared in IFC miniseries "The Spoils of Babylon," has »

- Alison Willmore

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HBO Orders Jack Black/Tim Robbins Comedy The Brink to Series

11 February 2014 2:38 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though HBO recently opted not to pick up the comedy series Family Tree and Hello Ladies for second seasons, the network has now added a new comedy offering to its upcoming schedule.  THR reports that HBO has ordered to series the comedy The Brink, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins as a foreign service officer and the U.S. Secretary of State, respectively.  Executive produced by Jay Roach (Recount, Austin Powers) and Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), the show focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men.  Weeds alum Roberto Benabib wrote the pilot script alongside his brother Ken Benabib and will act as showrunner, while Roach will helm the pilot. The Brink will join HBO’s current comedy lineup, which includes Girls, the recently premiered Looking, and Mike Judge’s upcoming series Silicon Valley.  Production begins later this year, so the show »

- Adam Chitwood

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HBO's Jack Black-Tim Robbins Comedy Ordered to Series

31 January 2014 1:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

HBO is expanding its comedy offerings, ordering The Brink to series. From executive producers Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), Jay Roach (Game Change, Recount) and Roberto Benabib (Weeds), the comedy centers on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Oscar winner Tim Robbins stars as the U.S. secretary of state, while Jack Black plays a lowly foreign service officer caught in the middle of everything. Photos: 40 Years of HBO Benabib and his brother, Kim Benabib, will pen the script. Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach will executive produce, with Kim Benabib garnering a co-ep

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Lee Daniels Will Produce and Direct 'Empire,' a Drama Pilot Set in the World of Hip Hop

24 January 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Lee Daniels' "The Butler" may have gotten shut out at this year's Academy Awards, but the acclaimed filmmaker will certainly have an opportunity to make up for it with his new television project "Empire," which according to the Hollywood Reporter has just gotten a pilot order at Fox. "Empire" is a character-driven family drama depicting a behind the scenes look into the world of a hip hop empire and featuring both current and original music. Daniels brings with him onto the project his "The Butler" screenwriter Danny Strong (who recently wrote HBO's "Recount" and "Game Change") -- the two will executive producer alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Daniels will make his TV directing debut with the "Empire" pilot, which will be produced by Imagine Entertainment with 20th Century Fox Television, with the two of them additionally teaming up for "24: Live Another Day" and the upcoming midseason drama »

- Ziyad Saadi

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Lee Daniels Will Produce and Direct 'Empire,' a Drama Pilot Set in the World of Hip Hop

24 January 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lee Daniels' "The Butler" may have gotten shut out at this year's Academy Awards, but the acclaimed filmmaker will certainly have an opportunity to make up for it with his new television project "Empire," which according to the Hollywood Reporter has just gotten a pilot order at Fox. "Empire" is a character-driven family drama depicting a behind the scenes look into the world of a hip hop empire and featuring both current and original music. Daniels brings with him onto the project his "The Butler" screenwriter Danny Strong (who recently wrote HBO's "Recount" and "Game Change") -- the two will executive producer alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Daniels will make his TV directing debut with the "Empire" pilot, which will be produced by Imagine Entertainment with 20th Century Fox Television, with the two of them additionally teaming up for "24: Live Another Day" and the upcoming midseason drama »

- Ziyad Saadi

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Fox Picks Up Hip-Hop Drama Pilot From Brian Grazer, Lee Daniels & Danny Strong

23 January 2014 7:15 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Fox has given a pilot order to drama Empire, from the duo behind hit feature Lee DanielsThe Butler – writer Danny Strong and director Lee Daniels —  and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, who brought the two back together. Per Fox’s new development model, the project will be geared toward series, with Fox likely picking up additional materials, but the nature of that supplemental order (backup scripts, bible?) is still being fired out. Empire had a put pilot commitment at Fox after sparking a heated bidding war in September. Written by Strong and to be directed by Daniels, Empire is described as a unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire. 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV are producing, with Strong, Daniels, Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing. The project marks Daniels’ TV debut, while Strong started his writing career in TV with the HBO telefilms Recount and Game Change, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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