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Cinema Capital Group teamed with Original Entertainment to acquire the rights to the 2014 release from Millennium Films, based on the book by S. J. Watson. It’s part of a five-picture deal Original partners Daljit Parmar and Hunt Lowry have with Millennium that includes “Rambo” and “The Expendables.”
Production is set to start in September.
“Vipul is an extremely talented director and we are excited to be producing this remake with Sunshine Pictures, »
- Shalini Dore
Eliza Coupe, best known for her role as Jane Kerkovich-Williams on the ABC comedy series “Happy Endings,” has closed a production deal under which she will develop projects for ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios. Coupe most recently starred on the USA/ABC Signature series “Benched,” created by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones and just completed a five-episode arc on the new Hulu series “Casual,” created by Harris Danow and executive produced by Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook. Her other television credits include Showtime’s “House of Lies,” CBS’ “The Millers,” NBC’s “Scrubs,” HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” and ABC’s “Samantha Who. »
- Deborah Day
Under the pact, Coupe will develop projects for both studios.
She is best known for her starring role on ABC’s comedy “Happy Endings” and just wrapped a five-episode arc on Hulu’s “Casual.”
Coupe also starred on USA Network’s series “Benched,” which hailed from ABC Signature. Her other TV credits include “House of Lies,” “The Millers,” “Scrubs” and “Flight of the Conchords.” On the film side, she appeared in “What’s Your Number” and “Shanghai Calling,” among others.
Coupe is repped by UTA, Kirsten Ames Management and Jackoway Tyerman.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Actress Eliza Coupe, who played Jane Kerkovich-Williams for three seasons on the ABC sitcom Happy Endings, is about to come up with some endings of her own: She just forged a deal to develop projects for ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios. Coupe has history with the studios. She starred on USA’s Benched, a courtroom single-camera comedy developed ABC Signature — the boutique division of ABC Studios created in 2013. Early this year USA cancelled the series. Since then… »
Stark Sands remains onboard to play the lead of Dash, one of the three Precogs from the first film who are now living normal lives ten years after the end of Precrime in Washington. Dash remains haunted by visions the future and meets a detective (Meagan Good) haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose for his gift.
The other two precogs were Samantha and Dash's twin brother Arthur, and Sands was originally set to play Arthur as well. Digital effects have made one actor playing multiple roles a far easier technical feat these days, most notably in BBC America's "Orphan Black".
- Garth Franklin
Sands was originally cast in the dual roles of identical twins Dash and Arthur, both of whom receive precognitive visions that enable them to see crimes before they’re committed.
Sands will retain the lead role of Dash, who selflessly and heroically tries to stop the future murders he sees in his visions, while Zano will take over the role of Arthur, meaning that the twins will be portrayed as fraternal instead of identical.
Arthur is described as having a hard shell, borne of years of difficult experience in the outside world that Dash avoided. He’s confident and self-assured, even Machiavellian in his interaction with the world that once exploited him, using his gift to consolidate personal wealth and power in the building of an empire. Stronger together as a complete unit, »
- Laura Prudom
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The series picks up 10 years after the end of Pre-crime in Washington, D.C., where one of the three Pre-cogs, Dash (played by NYC 22′s Stark Sands), struggles to lead a “normal” human life, haunted as he is by visions of the future. »
Nick Zano has been recruited into Fox’s “Minority Report,” playing Stark Sands’ fraternal twin. The casting represents a departure from the creators’ initial plans. The two roles were originally intended as identical twins, each played by Sands. Owing to reasons both creative and production related, Zano (“Happy Endings,” “2 Broke Girls”) has been cast as Arthur, the twin who uses his precognitive powers to consolidate personal wealth and power, while Sands will play Dash, who selflessly applies his abilities toward the prevention of murders. In the Steven Spielberg sci-fi film on which the TV series is based, the two characters »
- Tony Maglio
Whether or not you agree with today's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage(*), there can be no argument that this was a historic day in America. (*) And as a reminder, this blog is not the place to debate the merits of that ruling. In watching the news coverage of the decision, reading the official Court opinion and the four dissenting ones, it was hard not to think of the not insignificant role TV played in paving the way for this decision. This was a case that wound its way through the courts, just as the wave of state-level cases did over the last few years, and it involved lawyers and activists and politicians and judges. But it also involved changing attitudes across the country about gay people and same-sex relationships, and that's where pop culture in general and TV in particular come into play. TV shows come into our homes (and these days, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Last weekend, comedian/former writer for Happy Endings and Brooklyn Nine-Nine Gil Ozeri watched every single episode of Entourage in a row without sleeping. This is his story. Shhh!! Do you hear that? That’s the sound of me crossing another incredibly stupid item off my bucket list. This past weekend, in an act of horrifying absurdity, I decided to watch every single episode of HBO’s Entourage in a row, without a break. 96 episodes. No sleep. Just me, Vinnie, and the boys, keeping each other company for 47 hours straight. Oh, yeaaah!!! Why would I ever do something that wonderfully dumb? Well, to tell you the truth, I had done one of these binge-marathons before with Two and Half Men, and it turns out, it was actually super fun. And since the Entourage movie had just come out, it seemed liked the universe was almost begging me to do it again. »
- Gil Ozeri
Entertainment One (eOne), and producers No Trace Camping and Caramel Films, have confirmed that Liev Schreiber will return as the iconic Ross “The Boss” Rhea alongside Seann William Scott as lovable enforcer Doug “The Thug” Glatt in the highly anticipated Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, set to begin production in Toronto on June 22nd.
Wyatt Russell, most recently seen in the 2014 hit 22 Jump Street and starring next in Richard Linklater’s That’S What I’M Talking About, played professional hockey in Canada and Europe following a collegiate career at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. »
- Michelle McCue
In 2011, Entourage, the greatest show ever to feature a character named Turtle, wrapped up its eight-season run. Also in 2011, comedian Gil Ozeri watched every episode of Two and a Half Men that aired up until that point in two-and-a-half days straight. So, this weekend, with the Entourage movie coming out, Ozeri, who co-wrote the legendary "Every Week on Entourage Sketch" and previously wrote for Happy Endings and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is going to watch every episode of Entourage. In a house in the Hollywood Hills, Ozeri, along with Adam Pally and John Gemberling, will be hosting over 50 comedians for a weekend of watching over 50 hours of Drama (the character, that is — the show featured zero actually dramatic moments), Ari, E, Vince, and, of course, Turtle. Fortunately, he will be streaming it all for your viewing pleasure. From Friday 3 p.m. Pst to Sunday 3 p.m. Pst, you »
- Jesse David Fox
The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has accused the six major studios of reusing film soundtrack clips without compensating musicians — including music from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Titanic.”
Afm filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles seeking a jury trial and damages for all losses, including prejudgment interest.
“Our agreements obligate the studios to make additional payments to musicians when soundtracks are reused, and Afm members are entitled to receive the benefit of that bargain,” said Afm International president Ray Hair. “Our efforts to resolve these contract violations and missing payments have been unproductive, so we are looking to the courts for relief.”
The union’s lawsuit specifically charges Columbia, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Walt Disney and Warner Bros. with allegedly reusing previously recorded film soundtracks in violation of Afm’s collective bargaining agreement with the studios. A spokesman for »
- Dave McNary
And then there was only one. On Friday (May 8), NBC officially cancelled "About a Boy," "Marry Me" and "One Big Happy," leaving "Undateable" as the network's only hope to avoid going into the 2015-2016 season without a single returning comedy. [There's some pretty wild, if not implausible speculation out there about the nature of a potential third "Undateable" season and I've been told it's nowhere close to locked down. That doesn't mean it won't happen. It just means that I'm trying to be professional and only report things I can confirm and I can't confirm a darned thing about "Undateable," which is good news in this case.] Neither "About a Boy" nor "Marry Me" has aired since February and even with many/most of their airings boosted by "The Voice," neither had the numbers to generate much of a renewal conversation. "Marry Me" averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 -- again, boosted by "The Voice" -- while "About a Boy" slipped to 3.5 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating in its second season. This is "About a Boy" showrunner Jason Katims' second series to end on NBC this year after the slightly-more-planned close to "Parenthood." Katims has a direct-to-series order for "The Way" at Hulu, so he's Ok. In what ended up being its series finale last Tuesday, »
- Daniel Fienberg
With all of the major TV networks holding their upfront presentations next week, a slew of series orders have been issued over the past few days. The latest of which is one of several movie-to-tv reboots, ABC's Uncle Buck, with the network revealing the first cast photo earlier today. The cast includes Mike Epps as Uncle Buck, played by John Candy in the original 1989 comedy classic Uncle Buck, alongside James Lesure as Buck's brother Will and Nia Long as Will's wife. Iman Benson, Aalyrah Caldwell and Sayeed Shahidi also star as Will and his wife's three children.
The TV series is slated to follow the same story as the original movie, centering on the immature title character who tries to reinvent himself as a mature and responsible adult when asked to watch over his nieces and nephews. In the original movie, Buck was asked out of desperation to watch the »
Well, you can file this under the pretty much expected. Vulture can confirm that five NBC shows have bit the dust: David Caspe's post–Happy Endings project Marry Me, Katherine Heigl's State of Affairs, second-year About a Boy, Constantine (showrunner Daniel Cerone is still holding out hope), and the Ellen Degeneres–produced One Big Happy. All five shows struggled to connect with audiences, so it comes as no surprise that we'll have to bid them farewell. »
- E. Alex Jung
Hope you weren't too attached to NBC's new shows Constantine, State of Affairs, Marry Me, and One Big Happy, because they have been canceled, along with About a Boy. Constantine, based on DC Comics' Hellblazer, starred Matt Ryan as a tortured soul tasked with saving humanity. The original run, which was only 13 episodes, concluded in February. The show originally aired on Fox, and Warner Bros. is expected to shop the series elsewhere. It's not completely infeasible that it could land online. After all, The Mindy Project may be heading to Hulu. Having said that, Constantine didn't have great ratings to begin with. Despite having the star power of Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard, State of Affairs lost nearly half its audience by the time its finale aired in February. Meanwhile, freshman comedy Marry Me failed to make an impact on audiences as well. It was created by Happy Endings »
Previously, Fener and Bycel worked on “Happy Endings,” with Fener as co-exec producer and Bycel as exec producer. Both also worked on “American Dad.” Bycel worked on “Psych” and was showrunner on “Scrubs.”
Most recently, the pair served as exec producers on NBC pilot “Old Soul.”
Both are repped by UTA and Jared Levine at Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The duo behind last year’s NBC comedy pilot Old Soul have signed a two-year overall deal with the Peacock’s sister studio Universal TV. Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener will serve as exec producers on Eva Longoria comedy Telenovela, which NBC ordered straight to series in January. The duo worked together on ABC’s Happy Endings, where Bycel was Ep and Fener was co-ep, and earlier were co-exec producers on Fox’s Seth MacFarlane toon American Dad. Bycel also was showrunner for S… »
Former “Happy Endings” producers Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener have inked a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television Studios, TheWrap has learned. The duo will immediately join NBC’s “Telenovela” as executive producers. Most recently, Bycel and Fener executive produced NBC pilot “Old Soul.” Also Read: Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan Among Cast for Season 2 of 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls' In addition to co-executive producing “Happy Endings,” Fener earned the same credit at “American Dad.” Bycel, a showrunner on “Scrubs,” had the full executive producer title at “Happy Endings.” He was co-exec producer on “Pysch” and “American Dad. »
- Tony Maglio
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