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Adam Siegel and Benj Pasek are also producing with Platt. Pasek and Justin Paul provided the lyrics for the song “City of Stars,” performed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “La La Land” and nominated for a best original song Oscar.
Producer Marc Platt Sets First-Look Pact with 20th Century Fox TV
Platt is one of the best-picture nominated producers of “La La Land,” along with Fred Berger and Jordan Hurwitz. Platt’s producing credits include “Legally Blonde,” “Rachel Getting Married,” “2 Guns,” and the upcoming “Small Great Things,” starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts. He’s received back-to-back best picture »
- Dave McNary
Richard Shepard is set to direct and executive produce CBS’ drama pilot the Untitled Jenny Lumet Project, a character-based procedural from writer Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) and producers Katie Couric, David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters), Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. Penned by Lumet with Grant supervising, the untitled drama is being informally described as The Good Wife meets Homicide. It centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional… »
John Powers Middleton and Alex Foster of The Middleton Media Group, Neda Armian (“Rachel Getting Married”) of Armian Pictures, Adrian Politowski’s Umedia, and Glanz will produce. Casey Affleck, nominated for a best actor Academy Award for “Manchester by the Sea,” will executive produce through his company’s partnership with Middleton, The Affleck/Middleton Project.
Radiant Films is launching international sales at the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market this week.
“The Price of Admission” is in the tradition of “Being John Malkovich” and “Birdman” — a unique story that’s part dramedy and part existential thriller. Sheen will portray a middling playwright undergoing a midlife crisis whose wife (Monaghan) grows tired of being second-fiddle to his work.
Glanz is directing the film from his own screenplay. He also wrote and helmed the comedy “The Longest Week, »
- Dave McNary
For a short film, “Night Shift” has a backstory of its own which gives more than the film’s glimpse into a day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.
Filmmaker Marshall Tyler’s “Night Shift”, stars Tunde Adebimpe and is executive produced by JuVee Productions, the company founded by Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon established to empower diverse voices and emerging artists. It is produced by Moira Griffin, Efuru Flowers and Roberta Marie Munroe.
Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/198757828
Marshall and I had a long conversation at the Yarrow in Sundance the day of the premiere of his film.
Let’s start with who you are…
- Sydney Levine
CBS has given a pilot order to an untitled drama from Jenny Lumet and Katie Couric. The project is described as focusing on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit, who solve a myriad of crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases.
Lumet wrote the 2008 feature film “Rachel Getting Married” starring Anne Hathaway and directed by Jonathan Demme. She and Couric serve as executive producers with David Marshall Grant and Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout. CBS Television Studios is producing the pilot.
CBS has ordered drama pilots for a Navy Seal project; “Dr. Death,” starring Alan Cumming; “Perfect Citizen” from “The Good Wife” alum Craig Turk; “The Get,” which is about internet journalists; and Nasa series “Mission Control.”
- Daniel Holloway
CBS has given a pilot order to a character-based procedural from writer Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) and producers Katie Couric, David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters), Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman's company Secret Hideout is under an overall deal, is the studio. Penned by Lumet with Grant supervising, the untitled drama is being informally described as "The Good Wife meets Homicide." It centers on an elite team of… »
Katie Couric is returning to CBS.
The network on Monday ordered a drama pilot from the former CBS Evening News anchor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled project follows an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who solve a myriad of crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases.
Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) penned the pilot and will executive produce with Couric, David Marshall Grant, Alex Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout producing partner Heather Kadin. CBS Television Studios will produce.
This is the sixth drama set up at CBS this »
- Kate Stanhope
The attachment of Davis comes a day after she won a SAG Award for best supporting actress for “Fences.”
Viola Davis: #OscarSoWhite Not Responsible for Uptick in Black Nominees
“Small Great Things” centers on a labor/delivery nurse who takes care of newborns at a Connecticut hospital who’s ordered not touch the baby of a white supremacist couple. When the baby dies in her care, she’s then taken to court by the couple.
Roberts has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won Best Actress in 2001 for “Erin Brockovich.” Davis scored her third Oscar nomination for “Fences” in reprising her Tony-award portrayal for the film.
Picoult wrote “My Sister’s Keeper, »
- Dave McNary
Ocean's 8 will be a reboot of George Clooney's Ocean's 11 franchise, and while everyone involved has kept a tight lip about the plot we do know that it will feature an all female cast and pictured above are the eight women rumored to be the actual "Ocean's 8". Now, I know where almost everyone's mind is heading right now -- way back to 2016 when an all female cast massacred Ghostbusters, tore the franchise to shreds, and stomped in the face of "Bill effing Murray" who was actually kind enough to lend his celebrity status to the movie. I do not think this will be the case in Ocean's 8 and the main reason is the caliber of most of the actresses involved. Let's take a look at the eight in the picture and a few more ladies involved as well.
The Eight Sandra Bullock
I am guessing she »
- Drew Carlton
Anne Hathaway’s upcoming film “Colossal” is something different for the Oscar-winning actress. As someone who has taken on a variety of roles, her latest one is of an alcoholic named Gloria who finds out that her movements are controlling a giant monster terrorizing South Korea. Entertainment Weekly has shared the first teaser trailer for the sci-fi, action film, which is just as wacky as it sounds.
Hathaway previously explained that she took on the role of Gloria for her 16-year-old self. “I would have loved this movie and felt so cool knowing it existed,” she said, calling it the “sci-fi companion” to “Rachel Getting Married.”
The movie had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Liz Calvario
TV on the Radio musician and singer Tunde Adebimpe has long used his many talents to bolster indie film outings, from Joel Hopkins’ “Jump Tomorrow” to Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” and Sebastian Silva’s recent Sundance feature “Nasty Baby,” and he’s poised to return to the festival circuit with Marshall Tyler’s inventive and styling short film “Night Shift.”
In the Sundance premiere, Adebimpe stars as Olly Jeffries, a struggling actor whose need to pay the bills lands him a gig as a bathroom attendant at the swanky Hollywood nightclub The Fix. While Olly never intended for the job to be a permanent thing, he’s found that the work — and the weird solitude it offers — suits him.
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“Night Shift” follows Olly over the course of on particularly memorable night in which his old dreams and »
- Kate Erbland
Since 2001, actress Debra Winger has appeared sporadically in films and TV shows. She starred in and produced “Big Bad Love” opposite her husband Arliss Howard, co-starred in Jonathan Demme’s 2008 film “Rachel Getting Married” and the third season of HBO’s “In Treatment” and currently stars in the Netflix series “The Ranch.” But this year, she will star in her first film in over a decade opposite acclaimed playwright and actor Tracy Letts in “The Lovers.”
Read More: Review: ‘The Ranch’ Season 1 Makes You Wish It Was a Prank (Except for Sam Elliott)
“The Lovers” follows Mary (Winger) and Michael (Letts) as a down-and-out married couple. Both are having affairs (played by Aidan Gillen and Melora Walters, respectively) and are set to end their union, until they unexpectedly rekindle the passion between them and fall in love once again. Watch a trailer for the film below.
The film is directed by Azazel Jacobs. »
- Vikram Murthi
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