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NBC has handed out a script commitment for The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, a single-camera comedy from Justin Spitzer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Spitzer, who spent six seasons on NBC's The Office and is currently serving as a co-executive producer on Fox's Mulaney, will pen the script for the single-camera comedy about a disparate group of employees working at a big-box store in Middle America and the love stories that will ultimately unfold among them. Spitzer will also executive produce alongside Enlightened's David Bernad and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer, the latter of whom will direct
- Lesley Goldberg
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Bron Studios will produce the psychological drama, Meadowland, starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne, it was announced today by Aaron L. Gilbert, Bron's Managing Director.
The film marks the feature directorial debut of award-winning cinematographer Reed Morano, with a screenplay by Chris Rossi. Morano's credits include The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings, HBO's Looking and Frozen River. She is a member of the A.S.C.
Meadowland is a Bron Studios production in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance; Matt Tauber and Olivia Wilde are producing, alongside Bron's Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth serve as executive producers. Richard Hicks C.S.A. is the casting director.
The film will begin production in New York City in mid-August.
In Meadowland a couple, Sarah (Wilde) and David (Wilson) deal with the unthinkable in the wake of their son's disappearance. David, a New York City policeman, »
Elisabeth Moss and Nathasha Lyonne are joining the already cast Olivia Wilde as the principle female players and Luke Wilson is re-teaming with The Skeleton Twins (a brilliant Sundance dramedy - see trailer below) dp Reed Morano in the cinematographer’s directorial debut. Produced by Wilde, Matt Tauber (Autumn Blood), Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert (upcoming The Driftless Area), Margot Hand and executive produced by Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth, Meadowland will commence shooting in New York City next month.
Gist: Written by Chris Rossi, this follows a couple, Sarah (Wilde) and David (Wilson) who deal with the unthinkable in the wake of their son’s disappearance. David, a New York City policeman, attempts a more traditional form of healing, only to lose his moral compass. Sarah goes down an unexpected path towards acceptance as she places herself in increasingly dangerous situations.
Worth Noting: Perhaps taking a page from Elisabeth Moss, »
- Eric Lavallee
Andy Samberg is setting aside his badge and picking up a racket. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star is set to play a "superstar tennis bad boy" in a new HBO comedy event focused on a seven-day Wimbledon showdown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the one-off mockumentary, titled 7 Days in Hell, will find Samberg's character, Aaron Williams, squaring off with rival prodigy/"certified truck driver" Charles Lloyd Poole (Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) at Wimbledon 2004.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Rob Sheffield's Favorite 2013 TV
We first reported on the project back in April, when Disney was in negotiations to acquire the screen rights for Katherine Applegate's 2011 novel, which won the Newberry Medal. The story follows a silverback gorilla named Ivan, who lives in captivity at a massive shopping center with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog named Bob. While Ivan previously couldn't remember any part of his life after he was brought to this shopping center, he begins to recall vivid memories after a baby elephant arrives. Ivan teams up with Stella and Bob to escape and return this baby elephant back to the wild.
Katherine Applegate based her story on a real life gorilla named Ivan, who spent 27 years in a Washington D.C. shopping mall before being transferred to the Atlanta zoo. »
The book, published by HarperCollins in 2011, centers on the silverback gorilla Ivan, who is in a cage at a shopping center with an elderly elephant named Stella and a stray dog named Bob. When a baby elephant arrives, Ivan regains his memories and plans an escape to protect the new elephant from their abusive owner.
The book, illustrated by Patricia Castelao and written in the voice of Ivan, won the 2013 Newbery Medal. Applegate based the story of a gorilla named Ivan who spent 27 years in a Washington mall before being transferred to an Atlanta zoo.
White was the co-creator, co-executive producer, writer and actor for HBO’s “Enlightened” during its two-season run. »
- Dave McNary
According to a recent report from TV Line, the Shameless season 5 folks have hired actor, Dermot Mulroney (left), to come on and portray character ,Sean Pierce. Sean is described as being an “ex-bad boy and recovering addict,” Fiona’s manager at Patsy’s Pies, where she began working in the Season 4 finale. Sean will start to take an interest in Fiona, and will be a recurring character. Sean will also have to compete with 2 other males, vying for Fiona's attention. They will be played by Aussie actor Axle Whitehead and Tony winner Steve Kazee. Dermot Mulroney's acting credits include roles in Crisis, New Girl, and Enlightened. Season 5 is expected to premiere in early 2015 sometime. »
Mulroney most recently appeared in John Wells’ “August: Osage County” film adaptation alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and starred as a series regular in “Crisis.” He has also made television appearances on “Enlightened” and “New Girl.”
- Shelli Weinstein
Is Shameless‘ Fiona Gallagher angling to be the next Bachelorette?
Mulroney, who was last seen on NBC’s ill-fated Crisis, will recur as “ex-bad boy and recovering addict” Sean Pierce, Fiona’s manager at Patsy’s Pies — where she began working in the Season 4 finale. Throughout the season-long arc, Sean will take an interest in Fiona »
Reese Witherspoon is showing off her serious side!The just-released trailer for "Wild" finds the 38-year-old actress playing real-life author Cheryl Strayed, a recovering heroin addict from Oregon, in the gritty, emotional film based on Strayed's best-selling memoir. The character embarks on a treacherous 1,100-mile journey of self-discovery by herself through the mountains of the Pacific Crest Trail, which marks her first major hike.Reese Witherspoon Arrest Video Released ... And It's Epic! "Oh my God, what have I done," she says in the clip. Witherspoon's character comes face-to-face with wild animals and trudges through raging rivers, rocky terrain and snow but also witnesses breathtaking views as she ponders her past mistakes and reminisces about her loved ones."What if I forgive myself?" she says. "What if I was sorry?" Check Out Reese Witherspoon's Tight Tummy & Tattoo! "Wild" is adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby ("An Education"), and it »
- tooFab Staff
Reese Witherspoon’s looking to find herself—and maybe a little awards recognition along the way.
The just-released trailer for Wild finds Witherspoon playing real-life author Cheryl Strayed, who decided to take a 1,000-mile-plus hike along the Pacific Crest Trail alone to atone for years of addictive and destructive behavior. The film is based on the book Strayed wrote about the experience.
Given the upcoming slate of films starring the Oscar-winner (including Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice), it looks like Witherspoon is prepping for a possible Matthew McConaughey-like career resurgence. And it’s worth noting that Witherspoon starred in Mud, »
- Jackson McHenry
Mike White is a writer's writer. So when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences asked him to participate in its new digital series, naturally the topic was writing. Or more accurately, not writing. “Academy Originals” is the Academy's first original digital series, with new episodes every Monday. The doc-style show covers everything from creative process for filmmakers to historical moments in filmmaking, and more. In the video below, which launched on Monday, the former “Enlightened” showrunner discusses the value of procrastination and time not spent at the keyboard. In a conversation with TheWrap on the same day, White expounded on the. »
- Tony Maglio
Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because. Our next category: Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy The four returning nominees in this category are locks and, unlike some of the Lead Actor in a Comedy locks, they're not just default favorites. And, unlike the Lead Actor in a Comedy field, there »
- Daniel Fienberg
Looks like we’re going back Inside Amy Schumer: Comedy Central on Monday announced that the comedienne’s sketch series will return for a third season.
Related | TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
Also renewed: the cabler’s black comedy Review and anthology of animated shorts TripTank, which both received orders for a second season.
Photos | Emmys 2014: Outstanding Comedy Series — Our 6 Dream Nominees!
In addition, the channel issued series orders to the historical drama parody Another Period, starring Natasha Leggero (Burning Love) and Riki Lindhome (Enlightened, Super Fun Night), and Idiot Sitter, »
There's more than one love story in The Fault in Our Stars. Long before Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) spark a new relationship after meeting in a cancer support group, Hazel's parents Frannie and Michael fell in love. Photos: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort Fete Love Amid Cancer at 'Fault in Our Stars' NYC Premiere Played by Laura Dern (Enlightened) and Sam Trammell (True Blood), the Lancasters are "these sort of hippie people who have been learning to be parents by having, all of a sudden, a sick child," Trammell told The Hollywood Reporter at a recent Fault event. Dern
- Ashley Lee
If you are an aspiring composer, a musician, or simply a music fan interested in how a song actually comes together before you see it on the big screen, we have a peak behind the curtain for you. Composer John Fulford specializes in creating music for productions and has worked on shows like Breaking Bad, Glee and Enlightened as well as indie films like The Sunset Limited, studio releases like American Reunion and, most recently, Brick Mansions. Fulford knows how to work within tight deadlines (thanks to the weekly schedule of TV) and this discipline of constantly creating has helped train his ear in recognizing track elements that would work perfect on screen. Fulford was looking to get some music on Shawn Ryan’s The Chicago Code and figured the best way to achieve that goal was to work with Chicago-based artists. That led him to the artist N.E.P.H.E.W. Fulford and Nep began working together and created »
- Allison Loring
Port and Wiseman are represented by UTA and Myman Greenspan.
- Whitney Friedlander
On ABC’s wonderful Trophy Wife, Michaela Watkins plays Bradley Whitford’s second of three wives — the one who brought out his hippy-dippy side. The ease with which Watkins embodies the spirit of Jackie speaks to her ease with playing odd, goofy, slightly unhinged people, and her comfort is in high demand. She’s appeared in Wanderlust, Enlightened, and as part of the comedy multiverse that encapsulates friendly shows like Childrens’ Hospital and Kroll Show. We spoke to Watkins about the modern state of divorce and what her brief stint on Saturday Night Live taught her about doubling down with work.I don’t know how else to put this, but a lot of the characters you play, like Jackie on Trophy Wife, are on the verge of having a nervous breakdown …It’s so funny that you bring that up because just today I was talking to single friends of mine who are dating, »
- Steve Heisler
"Shameless" has not had much luck at the Emmys for its first three seasons. Indeed, the Showtime series has been shut out of these kudos save for three consecutive Drama Guest Actress bids by Joan Cusack. However, that losing streak could change this year with Tuesday's news that the TV academy has approved a request by the producers of the Showtime series to allow it to switch genres and contend over on the comedy side. Indeed, with the departure of perennial nominee "30 Rock, there is an opportunity for a new entry in the Comedy Series race. Likewise in the performance categories. -Break- Comedy Actress has at least two openings with "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey no longer eligible and 2013 nominee Laura Dern from the axed series "Enlightened out of the running as well. Could "Shameless" star Emmy Rossum reap her first Emmy bid for her sericomic performance as the put-upon Fiona Gallagher? »
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