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Rare: Movie musicals. Very rare: Original movie musicals. Basically non-existent: Original, live-action movie musicals. What was once the bread and butter of Hollywood’s studio system is basically the ambler-encased mosquito in "Jurassic Park." If anyone could revive that dino DNA into a brand new behemoth, it’s Hugh Jackman. He’ll do just that next summer, when he begins shooting the long-gestating "Greatest Showman on Earth." Attached to the project since 2009, "The Greatest Showman on Earth" will star Jackman as P.T. Barnum, in a story loosely based on the circus pioneer’s life story. The film is touted as a full-fledged musical, with a song-and-dance score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the twenty-something duo behind TV’s "Smash" and Broadway’s recent "A Christmas Story: The Musical." Bill Condon and Jenny Bicks and Jordan Roberts ("The Big C") worked on previous drafts of the script, but Jonathan Tropper »
- Matt Patches
ABC is going to the wolves. The network is teaming with The Big C's Jenny Bicks to adapt Karen Russell's best-selling book St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama centers on mysterious and attractive twins Claudette and Felix, 16, who, when they show up at the elite St. Lucy's boarding school, change the school and the tiny town of Green Hills, Maine, in ways no one could have imagined. The Walking Dead's Channing Powell will pen the script with Bicks on board to supervise. John Jacobs will also exec produce
- Lesley Goldberg
Asylum Entertainment, who previously delivered June Carter’s Cash’s biography to Lifetime, are teaming up with the network for another starry biopic; Marilyn. The show will take inspiration from the life of one of cinema’s greatest pin-ups, Marilyn Monroe, and has now landed its first cast member in Susan Sarandon.
Set to be a four-hour miniseries, the show will be based on Randy Taraborrelli’s book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe and written by 24‘s Stephen Kronish. Since its publication in 2010, Taraborrelli’s tome has been considered the definitive work on Monroe’s private life for its particular exploration of her drug issues and tumultuous relationship with her mother. While we’ve no word as yet on who the network have eyed for the titular role, Sarandon has signed on to play the actress’s notorious parent, Gladys Mortenson.
According to THR, Mortensen is described as “a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, »
- Gem Seddon
And the development season of film-to-tv adaptions continues. It appears that NBC may be trying to adapt another famous film for television, but this time, it doesn’t involve a beloved 1980s classic (guess they learned from what happened last time). The network has given a pilot commitment to a sequel to the 2008 film Marley & Me, which was based on John Grogan’s best-selling novel and starred Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. The single-camera comedy TV sequel comes from Jenny Bicks (The Big C, Sex and the City) and will reportedly pick up where Gorgan’s book left off. Here’s an official description for the potential series, per The Hollywood Reporter: John (played by Owen Wilson in the film) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) and their two boys, now 14 and 11, have just moved back to Florida so that John can take up his newspaper column again. However, when a stray puppy… »
- Chris King
The 2008 canine smash, Marley And Me, was clearly in need of a sequel. Thankfully, NBC heard the cries of fans everywhere who demanded to know what happened to Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston’s cookie cutter family once the damn dog bit it! There’s no need to ponder anymore, as a put pilot order (meaning the network is obliged to broadcast that one episode) has been commissioned for the single camera doggy show.
20th Century Fox TV will be producing the sequel series, with original movie director David Frankel signed on to helm the pilot episode. Whether or not anyone genuinely wants a continuation of the Grogan family’s dog-related antics might seem like a relevant query at this point. However, there is a shred of hope; the writer attached to script the pilot is Sex And The City alum, Jenny Bicks. The thought of a wittier, insightful approach »
- Gem Seddon
NBC has a real dog on its hands with its latest development project. The network is developing an adaptation of the 2008 Owen Wilson-Jennifer Aniston film “Marley & Me,” which will be written and executive produced by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City,” “The Big C”). Also read: Rob Lowe to Star in NBC Dad Comedy From ‘Frasier’ Writers The single-camera comedy project, which has received a put pilot commitment from the network, will be a sequel to the film, which was based on the John Grogan best-seller. John and Jenny Grogan and their two boys, now 14 and 11, have just. »
- Tim Kenneally
The season of adaptations continues. NBC has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to a sequel to 2008 feature Marley & Me, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From The Big C and Sex and the City alum Jenny Bicks, the single-camera comedy will pick up where the Fox 2000 Pictures/Regency Enterprises film — itself based on John Grogan's best-seller — left off. See more Movies That Became TV Shows John (played by Owen Wilson in the film) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) and their two boys, now 14 and 11, have just moved back to Florida so that
- Lesley Goldberg
The Academy Award winner will portray Monroe’s mentally ill mom, whose struggle with her own demons had a profound affect on her famous daughter’s life.
The four-hour miniseries, which has not yet cast its title role, is slated to air in 2015.
Sarandon is best known for »
Victor Garber has landed a recurring role on The Flash, EW has learned. The Alias alum will play Dr. Martin Stein, one-half of the Firestorm entity from DC Comics. Dr. Stein is a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it’s too late. Though Amell will first appear in the third episode of the season as Ronnie Raymond, who is also »
- Natalie Abrams
The behind-the-scenes expose of Dan Rather’s scandalous George W. Bush story has landed another two additions to its expanding cast. Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter each bagged the news that Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) and John Benjamin Hickey (HBO’s The Normal Heart) have signed on for Truth.
The true life story of CBS newscaster Dan Rather’s ruinous report has already attracted a strong cast. It’s not a surprise, either, with a scandal as juicy as the one in which Rather found himself. Based on the memoir by the anchor’s producer, Mary Mapes, the movie investigates what happened as Rather alleged that former President George W. Bush had been granted special preferential treatment during the Vietnam draft.
Grace will play one of the key figures behind Rather’s downfall, Mike Smith. He’s been described as “a researcher who helped figure out the truth behind the »
- Gem Seddon
At long last, the Kepner family tree is complete. Or at least it will be this fall when Grey’s Anatomy formally introduces April’s mother.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Connie Ray (The Big C, The Torkelsons) has been cast as the Kepner clan’s matriarch, Karen. This is technically a recast, since the character appeared briefly (sans dialogue) at April’s wedding to Jackson last season played by a different actress (the first person to ID said mystery actress in the comments wins a 20% off coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond).
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• Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as Ptsd and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
“The Big C” star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan's directorial debut “Ithaca,” an individual familiar with the indie movie has told TheWrap. Erik Jendresen's adapted William Saroyan's novel “The Human Comedy,” which chronicles life in a small California town during World War II. Also read: ‘Kings of Summer’ Star Gabriel Basso Joins Hailee Steinfeld in ‘Barely Lethal’ (Exclusive) Basso joins Ryan, Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard and Jack Quaid in the film, in which the young actor will play the role of Tobey George. Janet Brenner and Laura Ivey are producing while Hanks and »
- Jeff Sneider
After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."
Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."
Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?
Actually, you could argue that television has »
- Gary Susman
Exclusive: Producer and director Madeleine Sackler (The Lottery, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus) and actor and director Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Little Accidents, Behind the Candelabra) have teamed to launch their own development and production company, Madbrook Films. The New York City-based shingle will produce passion projects from both partners as well as other writers and directors, starting with the short film Peacock Killer.
Adapted from Sam Shepard’s story of the same name, Peacock Killer marks Holbrook’s debut as a writer and director. The film stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham and True Grit‘s Elizabeth Marvel in the tale of reconciliation between a man and his dog after a peacock comes between them. Holbrook filmed the project this winter in upstate New York and was completed with the help of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which raised over $17,000 for the project.
Madbrook is also developing Uncle Sam, »
- Jen Yamato
Check out the last five Emmy winners for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and you’ll notice a trend: Voters tend to gravitate toward long-standing movie actresses tackling small-screen roles.
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Indeed, the success of The Big C: Hereafter‘s Laura Linney, Game Change‘s Julianne Moore, Mildred Pierce‘s Kate Winslet, Temple Grandin‘s Claire Danes and Grey Gardens‘ Jessica Lange since 2009 could be good news for Burton and Taylor‘s Helena Bonham Carter, American Horror Story: Coven‘s Oscar-winning scene-stealer Lange or The Trip to Bountiful‘s Cicely Tyson. »
• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
When it comes to predicting Emmys, we might have a thing or two to learn from our Top 24 Users who reaped the best scores among all of our site readers last year. Out of those two dozen pundits, 19 scored better than any of our vaunted Experts and Editors, while the other five tied our very best Experts. And we all remember how many surprises there were in 2013. (Click here for our Top 24's current Emmy predictions.) -Break- Consider Philip T. In 2013, he tied two other users as Gold Derby's best Emmy predictor with 57% accuracy. He was one of the few to foresee the upset wins by Laura Linney (Movie/Mini Actress, "The Big C: Hereafter"), Ellen Burstyn (Movie/Mini Supporting Actress, "Political Animals"), and "Modern Family" for Best Comedy Directing. This year, he's going out on a limb for Josh Charles ("The Good Wife") for Drama Supporting Actor and "True Detective" for Best Drama Series, »
John Benjamin Hickey returns to the small screen with Wgn America's atomic bomb drama Manhattan, the cabler's second original scripted series. Manhattan centers on the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. Hickey (The Big C) plays Frank Winter, the professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project. Olivia Williams portrays his wife, Liza, while Ashley Zukerman plays Charlie, a hotshot new scientist who
- Lesley Goldberg
Fueled by mystery and suspense, Manhattan is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C) and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival. Once inside “The Hill,” a middle-class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can’t be found on any map. The series … Continue reading →
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- Jeff Pfeiffer
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