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Diane Haithman, Ray Richmond and Anthony D’Alessandro are contributing to Deadline’s TV coverage. Refresh For Latest… Related: Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking The 64th Emmys Kevin Costner has already won two Oscars for Dances With Wolves (directing and best picture) 21 years ago, so how will a first Emmy win impact his career going forward? “Hollywood works off perception,” said Costner, “I know what success means to people who deal with perception…I’ve been writing a lot of things. I haven’t really worked in five years because I had three babies with my wife, that is I haven’t worked a fraction of my counterparts. I’ve been writing and looking to direct a feature, but also writing some television because that’s how these stories play out. I’m not certain my children know that I’m an actor. My three and five-year old think I’m in construction,
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Casting Net: Kate Bosworth to play a meth-head in 'Homefront.' Plus: Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Katee Sackhoff

Casting Net: Kate Bosworth to play a meth-head in 'Homefront.' Plus: Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Katee Sackhoff
Kate Bosworth will star opposite Jason Statham and James Franco in the action thriller Homefront, as the meth-addicted sister of a drug kingpin (Franco) who runs up against a former DEA agent (Statham) looking for a quieter life in a small town that just happens to be ruled by a drug kingpin. Meanwhile, Frank Grillo (Warrior, Prison Break) is in talks to costar as a one of Franco’s henchmen. Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury) is directing from a script by…wait for it…Sylvester Stallone. [THR/Variety]

Parker Posey has joined, and Milo Ventimiglia is in talks to join, Grace of Monaco,
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Casting Net: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale board animated 'Great Migration.' Plus: Rachel Griffiths, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Rodriguez

Casting Net: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale board animated 'Great Migration.' Plus: Rachel Griffiths, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Rodriguez
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), and Big Time Rush members Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson have all signed on to lend their voices to the indie animated feature The Great Migration, about a predator whose altered state proves to be a threat to the local ecosystem. If the project wasn’t already chockablock with teen dreaminess, all of the actors will also contribute to the film’s original soundtrack. No director was announced, but screenwriter Kevin G. Schmidt (Cheaper By the Dozen) will also perform in the film. [THR]

Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker have signed onto Saving Mr. Banks,
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Casting Net: Bill Paxton aiming to fight with Tom Cruise in 'All You Need Is Kill.' Plus: Melissa Leo, Gong Li, Taryn Manning

Casting Net: Bill Paxton aiming to fight with Tom Cruise in 'All You Need Is Kill.' Plus: Melissa Leo, Gong Li, Taryn Manning
Bill Paxton is in talks to join Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in the sci-fi thriller All You Need Is Kill, playing the head of a platoon of soldiers that includes a man (Cruise) who re-lives the day he dies over and over again — so, Groundhog Day, but with aliens. (Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s based on a Japanese graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.) Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is directing from a script by Dante Harper (the upcoming Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Joby Harold (Awake). [Variety]

Melissa Leo will costar with Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, about a
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Kevin Costner Pursuing An Adventure Series And A Football Comedy

The Kevin Costner .Comeback Express. continues to gain steam. Next year, audiences will see the once-powerful A-lister as Pa Kent in Zack Snyder.s Man of Steel, followed by a part in the Tom Clancy adaptation Jack Ryan, with Chris Pine in the lead. Now the trades say Costner.s taking charge of two projects that speak to his storytelling sensibilities, and could keep his acting career rolling right along. Deadline, for starters, says Costner is circling the worldwide rights to The Explorers Guild, an illustrated adventure novel series that Costner would like to convert into multiple platforms, including an animated series and a film franchise, in which Costner would star. The actor compares the scope of the project to epic films from his youth, including The Red Badge of Courage or Arabian Nights. The stories would follow a group of explorers on heart-racing journeys to various locations, from the
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Kevin Costner Joins ‘The Explorers Guild’ & Signs Up For ‘Draft Day’

Kevin Costner appears to be getting back into mainstream filmmaking in a big way. The Hatfields and McCoys star has Man of Steel and Jack Ryan on the way next year, is developing a film adaptation of adventure novel series The Explorers Guild and he is close to signing onto the football comedyDraft Day.

Costner hopes that The Explorers Guild (which he has been developing for nearly five years) will ‘transfer to multiple platforms’ – i.e., TV, books and film - and appeal to young-adult and mature audiences alike, giving it massive crossover appeal. The actor has been working on the project with writer and art director Jon Baird and illustrator Rick Ross, and it now looks like the crucial elements have come together to make it work. He has just closed a deal with Atria ...

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Kevin Costner Just Gonna Engineer His Own Adventure Franchise

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Kevin Costner Just Gonna Engineer His Own Adventure Franchise
Not content to sit back and wait for someone to cast him in a blockbuster franchise adapted from a best-selling book, Kevin Costner is going to create the whole damn thing himself. For the first step the actor has signed a deal with Atria Books to release The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala, a book about adventurers solving "mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world." After the book's release in 2014 Costner will produce a cartoon, in which he'll do voices, and a feature film, in which he'll star. The only thing left to chance is whether or not people will like what he's doing — something Costner's had a little trouble with in the past.
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Kevin Costner Takes on The Explorers Guild

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Academy Award - winning director, producer and actor Kevin Costner has signed with Atria Books for a thrilling and innovative new serialized illustrated adventure called The Explorers Guild --reminiscent of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling, with the epic sweep of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first book in the series, The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage to Shambala} will be published in 2014. In the tradition of great books like Arabian Nights, the book will combine captivating storytelling with lush visuals to deliver a literate, wholly entertaining multi-book adventure that will be an exciting publishing event. Produced and developed with writer and art director Jon S. Baird, and to be illustrated by Rick Ross, the series will appeal to readers from young adult to more mature mystery and adventure enthusiasts.

A natural progression for Costner since it combines his passion for history, adventure, and storytelling, the project will be
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Kevin Costner is going to make his own big-ass adventure franchise from scratch

Never one to be accused of lacking ambition, Kevin Costner has added to a recent résumé of big things—including the Hatfields And McCoys miniseries, anchoring the next generation of Tom Clancy adaptations, and saving the oceans—the goal of engineering his very own multimedia franchise, The Explorers Guild, which could sprawl across books, movies, and both live-action and animated TV series, provided Costner can find someone to fund all those things. (Presumably he'll take care of the concept album himself.) The books, at least, are a done deal: He's partnered with writer Jon Baird to release ...
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Kevin Costner Signs Book Deal

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Kevin Costner Signs Book Deal
An unlikely author has arisen in actor Kevin Costner, who recently signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal is for a series of books called “Explorers Guild.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first book, “The Explorers Guild, Volume One: Passage to Shambhala,” arrives in 2014. The plot centers around members of the Explorers Guild, “a clandestine group of adventurers,” embarking on an expedition to locate the Shambhala, a mythic Buddist city. One release for the book said this about the plot: “Each member is driven toward the City for a different reason: one believes that finding it will [ Read More ]
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Kevin Costner Prepping Potential Franchise 'The Explorers Guild'

It seems all it took for Kevin Costner to get back on the Hollywood radar in a big way was to star in this summer's smash hit mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys." Since then, he's joined "Jack Ryan" with Paramount eyeing his character for his own movie in the series, and how the actor is gearing another vehicle as a potential franchise. Costner has signed on to produce and star in "The Explorers Guild" based on the forthcoming book series he's been putting together that will hit shelves in 2014 with the first title, "The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage To Shambhala." Prouducer/writer Jon Baird ("Filth," "Green Street Hooligans") will help develop the heavily illustrated books in what sounds like something up Costner's epic wheelhouse. Here's how Deadline breaks down what it's all about:  The Explorers Guild is a clandestine group of adventurers who seek out the places...
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Kevin Costner Signs Book Deal for Adventure Series

Kevin Costner Signs Book Deal for Adventure Series
Kevin Costner is now an author: the multi-hyphenate star will author an adventure series, per a deal he's signed with Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books. The first book, The Explorers Guild, Volume One: Passage to Shambhala, arrives in 2014. The plot involves members of the Explorers Guild, "a clandestine group of adventurers," embarking on an expedition to locate the Shambhala, a mythic Buddist city. "Each member is driven toward the City for a different reason: one believes that finding it will save his brother’s life; another hopes that it will reveal a path to spiritual enlightenment,"

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Kevin Costner Developing Explorers Guild for a Film and Series

Atria Books has announced that Kevin Costner will develop a new book series titled "The Explorers Guild" that may become an animated series and feature film, which would star the actor. You can read the full announcement and watch a video in which Costner talks about the project below: Academy Award . winning director, producer and actor Kevin Costner has signed with Atria Books for a thrilling and innovative new serialized illustrated adventure called The Explorers Guild --reminiscent of Conrad and Kipling, with the epic sweep of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first book in the series, The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage To Shambhala will be published in 2014. In the tradition of great books like Arabian Nights, the book will combine captivating storytelling with...
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Casting Net: Kevin Costner joining 'The Explorers Guild.' Plus: Isabelle Fuhrman, Ethan Embry, Natalie Portman

• Ahoy! There be Kevin Costner! The actor/filmmaker is attached to produce and star in a feature film adaptation of an upcoming illustrated novel series called The Explorers Guild. Costner is also working with writer Jon Baird, and illustrator Rick Ross, on the books themselves, the first volume of which – The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala, set during World War I – is aiming to publish in 2014. [Deadline]

Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games) will replace Chloe Moretz in The Wilderness of James, an indie about a kid (Kodi Smit-McPhee) coping with his absent father. Michael Johnson is making his
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Kevin Costner to Lead an Adventure with 'The Explorers Guild' Next

Kevin Costner is enjoying a nice uptick in his career after the success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and scoring a Nick Fury-esque role in Paramount's Jack Ryan franchise (playing the same role in Without Remorse). Now he's looking to continue that streak, as Deadline reports Costner is developing a multi-platform project called The Explorers Guild that will span multiple books and a feature film in which he'll also star. It's a new adventure series that he hopes will appeal to both the young adult crowd and more mature audiences, and Costner is even bold enough to compare it to famed classics like Arabian Nights as well. More below! Costner is working on this series with writer and art director Jon Baird as well as artist Rick Ross, and the first book, called The Explorers Guild, Volume One: The Passage to Shambhala, hits shelves in 2014. It follows the title group, an ...
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Costner Sets Up "The Explorers Guild"

Kevin Costner is a key part of a world rights deal with Atria Books for the serialized and illustrated adventure novel series "The Explorers Guild" says Deadline.

Costner is producing and developing the book series with writer and art director Jon Baird, and illustrator Rick Ross. He's aiming to transfer the property to multiple platforms including a feature film that he will star in and produce.

The story follows a clandestine group of adventurers who seek out mythical realms in our world in the most remote places.

Set against the backdrop of Wwi, the first book revolves around the quest to find the mythic Buddhist city of Shambhala (the same quest seen in Sony's highly acclaimed video game "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves").
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Kevin Costner Makes Atria Book Deal For ‘The Explorers Guild’, Eyes Series And Films For Epic Series

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Kevin Costner Makes Atria Book Deal For ‘The Explorers Guild’, Eyes Series And Films For Epic Series
Breaking: Kevin Costner is at the center of a world rights deal made with Atria Books for The Explorers Guild, an epic serialized illustrated adventure novel series that Costner hopes will transfer to multiple platforms including a feature film that he will star in and produce. The first book in the series, The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage To Shambhala, will be published in 2014. Costner told me he feels the book has the sweep of adventure classics he grew up reading, including Arabian Nights and The Red Badge Of Courage. He’s producing and developing the book with writer and art director Jon Baird, and it will be heavily illustrated by Rick Ross. The hope is to create a series that will have resonance for both a young-adult and mature audience. Publishing is a new foray, but Costner is no stranger to sprawling historical-based projects, from Dances With Wolves
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Kevin Costner's The Explorer's Guild to become a book and film series

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Kevin Costner is not going to sit around and wait for a project to fall in his lap. Instead, he came up with his own idea for a series which has been purchased by Atria Books. Costner's The Explorer's Guild is a planned line of serial adventures (think Indiana Jones or Jonny Quest) that will be published in book form. But, Costner is also looking to star and produce a feature film series based on the novels. According to Deadline, the series has a pretty epic plot: The Explorers Guild is...
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