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Some new photos from the upcoming second season of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" are up at TV Line. The shots confirm Ichabod makes it out of his coffin and finds Abbie as the pair set out to protect their not-so-sleepy town.
HBO has opted not to move forward with "The Normal Heart" and "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy's sexuality drama "Open". HBO reportedly wanted to re-develop the drama but ultimately Murphy opted against reconceiving the pilot.
The story was described as a multicharacter exploration of the complex, ever-evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships. Anna Torv, Scott Speedman, Michelle Monaghan and Wes Bentley starred in the pilot. [Source: The Live Feed]
USA Network has moved up the six-episode, sixth and final season of "White Collar" which was originally slated to air next year. Instead, the network plans to premiere the new season on November 6th this year. The »
- Garth Franklin
(Left to right: Pepper in a 1952 freak show and Pepper in a 1964 asylum.) TV producer Ryan Murphy ("The Normal Heart," "Glee," "Nip/Tuck") is no stranger to controversy, but this week's "American Horror Story" news is one of the more shocking to come from his wheelhouse. Despite FX billing "American Horror Story" as a stand-alone anthology series every year, Murphy confirmed today that fan-favorite "Asylum" character Pepper (Naomi Grossman) would return in the upcoming "Freak Show" season, thus making 1952-set "Freak Show" an indirect prequel to "Asylum," which took place in 1964. Are you happy that "Freak Show" will be a prequel to "Asylum," or should "Ahs" have continued its stand-alone legacy? Vote in our poll below! -Break- "[We'll see] what happened to Pepper before she went to the asylum," Murphy told Entertainment Weekly. »
HBO has shut the door on Open, the Glee and American Horror Story co-creator’s risque take on modern romance that was described as “a multicharacter exploration of the complex, ever evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships.”
The premium network’s programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement: “After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt that Open was not the right next step for all involved. »
- James Hibberd
HBO has said no to Ryan Murphy. More than a year after ordering it to pilot, the premium cable network has opted to not move forward on the Glee and American Horror Story creator's sexuality drama Open, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt that Open was not the right next step for all involved," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "However, we fully expect to work together again in the near future." Sources tell THR that HBO wanted to redevelop the drama but ultimately Murphy opted against reconceiving the pilot. Open was a multicharacter exploration of the complex, ever-evolving
- Lesley Goldberg
TVLine has learned that the cabler is not moving forward with Ryan Murphy’s sex-and-relationships drama pilot, which starred Scott Speedman, Anna Torv, Wes Bentley, Michelle Monaghan and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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“After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt that Open was not the right next step for all involved,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. “However, we fully expect to work together again in the near future.”
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Many saw Foxcatcher when Bennett Miller and Sony Pictures Classics premiered it at Cannes. I saw it yesterday at Toronto, and the tale about two Olympic Gold Medalist brother wrestlers who get entwined with the bizarre Du Pont family scion John is just as soul crushing when it veers from a quirky character study to tragedy. The human need that gets twisted and corroded in the relationship between Mark and Dave Schultz with Du Pont is every bit as powerful as the strange bond between In Cold Blood killer Perry Smith and Truman Capote in Miller’s first narrative film. Capote got five Oscar noms and won Philip Seymour Hoffman his Best Actor Oscar, and Miller’s follow-up, Moneyball, got six Oscar noms including Best Picture. Foxcatcher’s had Oscar buzz on it since Cannes, where Miller was named Best Director and the film was a Palm d’Or nominee with praise for Steve Carell, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
FX has been keeping our thirst for gruesome horror quenched this summer with The Strain, but the network’s real frightfest is kicking off in October with the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, the sure-to-be terrifying fourth season of Ryan Murphy’s period anthology horror series. The past few weeks have seen a few tantalizing teasers for the season debut, but now FX is stepping up its game with an extended trailer revealing the appearances of many main characters.
Among the freaks glimpsed are Jessica Lange, playing a German ex-pat who runs the titular freak show; Sarah Paulson, as conjoined twins Bette and Dot; and Kathy Bates, as a bearded lady and mother to another freak (Evan Peters). Also in the cast this season are American Horror Story vets Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy and Gabourey Sidibe. Newcomers to the show include Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, Patti Labelle, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Mark Ruffalo is transforming.
With a string of films, from the lauded AIDS drama The Normal Heart to the musical rebirth tale Begin Again to the upcoming wrestling drama Foxcatcher, the man many know as the Hulk has muscled together a shape-shifting string of roles.
"You push and you work hard, you stay positive and eventually all the stars sort of align," Ruffalo said in an interview. "I feel like I'm kind of in one of those moments where everything converges at one time. It's been an interesting few years for me and kind of tough, just my inner-life. I feel like I had kind of a midlife thing going on. People close to me died. It's just been a really reflective time and a growing time, so where I'm at right now feels like, 'Ok, I'm coming out of the other side of that and I survived it.' »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Im Global, which is fully financing the project, is selling the rights to the project at the Toronto Film Festival.
The project had moved forward at Cannes when Ray, the writer of “Captain Phillips,” signed on to direct with Ejiofor and Paltrow attached to the adaptation of the Argentinean pic that won the 2009 Academy Award for foreign-language film.
The original, directed by Juan Jose Campanella and starring Ricardo Darin, was based on the Eduardo Sacheri novel about a romance between a retired judiciary employee and a judge who work to solve a 1974 rape and murder two decades after it took place.
Mark Johnson will produce along with John Ufland. The remake, described as a sophisticated crime thriller, is scheduled to start production this fall.
- Dave McNary
With festival season taking a hold of all things cinema at the moment, the slew of casting announcements is showing no signs of slowing down. Straight out of Toronto, Deadline reports that America’s sweetheart, Julia Roberts, is set to star in a remake of Oscar-winning Argentinian flick, The Secret In Their Eyes. The actress is on something of a winning streak lately, following on from her killer turn in last year’s August: Osage County and HBO’s The Normal Heart. Now, that trend looks set to continue with today’s news.
With Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) on board to direct, the movie has been passing through the development process at a steady pace. Plus, it already had a female lead – Gwyneth Paltrow. So, what does this mean for Gwynnie?
Even more interesting is that the report goes on to say they’re currently searching for a male lead. »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Here’s an instantly hot Toronto title. Julia Roberts has been set to join Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow in the Billy Ray-directed remake of The Secret In Their Eyes. Im Global is fully financing the film and making the deals worldwide at Toronto, in conjunction with CAA. This has turned the film into a hotly coveted sales title. Roberts is coming off a superb performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart.
Chiwetel Ejiofor was already set for the male lead, a former Mi-5 agent who returns to Boston on a joint task force with the FBI. Roberts plays his friend and former partner whose daughter is murdered. The ex-agent can’t get over it and digs up the case years later when he thinks he’s found the guy who got away with it. Shooting begins in L.A. in October, so it’s all happening fast. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
This summer had its ups and downs for The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons. The 41-year-old actor won his third Emmy last month for playing Sheldon on the hit CBS sitcom, along with picking up a nomination for his role in HBO's The Normal Heart. But he also made headlines for a less glamorous reason, as he and his Big Bang co-stars were embroiled in contract negotiations with Warner Bros. Television that briefly delayed production on the show's eighth season. "There's no joy in going, 'Ok, we're not starting,' " Parsons tells Adweek about
- Ryan Gajewski
Jason Blum’s production house is developing a miniseries in cahoots with Fox based on the story of Son Of Sam. Reportedly a six-hour series, the project led by Blumhouse Productions will delve into the inner workings of David Berkowitz and his killing spree in New York City. What’s exciting to us about the show is that it was written by Steven Katz – who also penned Steven Soderbergh’s latest hit The Knick.
The synopsis as revealed by Deadline, goes into further detail:
Son of Sam juxtaposes David Richard Berkowitz’s murder confession of Satan worship and human sacrifice with the actual police investigation of December 1975-1977. For almost two years, the self-proclaimed Son of Sam terrorized New York City, killing six people while eluding a massive manhunt and taunting the police with brazen letters. The spree finally came to an end in August 1977 when Berkowitz was arrested and »
- Gem Seddon
War is raging across Gold Derby over whether homophobia robbed "The Normal Heart," Matt Bomer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and others of deserved Emmy wins. I say that the answer is obviously "yes!" and I fume about it in my article "Why the Emmys bitch-slapped 'The Normal Heart.'" That piece builds upon the arguments laid out by Wayman Wong in his own article -- "Did homophobia crush 'The Normal Heart' at the Emmys?" -Break- However, legions of our users disagree in the forums where the clash gets nasty. But nobody has gotten more furious than I did when I watched three Gold Derby editors (Rob Licuria, Matt Noble and Ralph Galvan) voice their opinions on this controversy in their post-Emmys "smashfest" video. I was so outraged by their cavalier comments that I transcribed everything they said and vowed to hang them publicly with their own words in a new video slugfest if the. »
Now that the dust has settled on the Emmys, Gold Derby Editors Matt Noble, Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan joined me for one last slugfest to wrap things up in a neat little bow. Watch below as we dish the highlights and lowlights of this awardsfest and preview the upcoming Golden Globe and SAG Awards and even next year's Emmys. -Break- It is never too early to dish the Golden Globes and SAG Awards Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now We all agreed that many of the night's big winners, like five-time Best Comedy Series champ "Modern Family" and repeat Best Drama Series winner "Breaking Bad" were no-brainers. But there was much to discuss including those crazy, "where did that come from" surprises in the movie and miniseries categories such as when mortal lock Matt Bomer ("The Normal Heart") was skunked out of a trophy by »
Sure, no town on the planet speaks up louder in support of Lgbt rights than Hollywood, but the Emmys just provided (long suspected) proof that many of its leading citizens really don't mean it. Voters just dealt shocking losses to "The Normal Heart" that were so unjust, offensive, bizarre and ridiculous that the only thing that can explain them is that the ghost of "Brokeback Mountain" homophobia has returned to terrify awardsland. -Break- How could "The Normal Heart" and Matt Bomer have lost Best Screenplay and Supporting Actor? All 14 of the Experts polled by Gold Derby predicted Bomer was a shoo-in. Ten picked "Normal Heart" to snag the scripter's prize – the other four opted for "Fargo." "Heart" also seemed to be within striking distance of winning Best Actor (6 out of 14 Experts backed Mark Ruffalo) and Supporting Actress (4 of us picked Julia Roberts). Did homophobia crush 'The...' »
If the big banks were notoriously too big to fail, the TV awards process might finally have become too big to wrangle.
Granted, it’s now expected Emmy nominations and awards will yield gripes from fans and critics, lamenting programs and performers who were “snubbed,” along with the Television Academy’s historic blind spots toward areas like science fiction, fantasy — basically anything with aliens, zombies, vampires and dragons.
But even allowing for an element of hyperbole and ginned-up outrage, the cries about apples-and-oranges comparisons and category shopping seemed to crest this year. And when practically every major award chase can come with an asterisk, one has to wonder if we’ve moved beyond the customary Hollywood nips and tucks to the process, and require something more closely resembling an extreme makeover.
Host Seth Meyers took aim at the problem in his opening monologue, joking that the comedy field included shows »
- Brian Lowry
Heed the Creative Arts, yet pay them no attention. Basing predictions for the main ceremony over what transpired in the technical categories would have yielded mixed results this year. -Break- Our contest winner reveals Emmy prediction tips Except for a minor shift toward “Sherlock: His Last Vow" in the Best Movie/Mini Writing category that dubiously improved its Gold Derby odds from 50/1 to 33/1, its four Creative Arts wins (Cinematography, Editing, Music, Sound Editing) did not factor into predictions. The Creative Arts had actually been a bloodbath for favored “Fargo” and “The Normal Heart,” as they respectively claimed only Casting and Makeup from a combined 17 nominations. Despite these red flags, each maintained their frontrunner positions in just about every movie/mini category for the main ceremony, usually with the other as runner-up. However, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” again dominated w..." »
The Emmys proved a big night not just for the winners, but for the causes they support as well.
Winning his third Emmy for his role as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad,” Aaron Paul took the opportunity to thank his wife Lauren Parsekian, and made special note of the work she has done with the Kind Campaign, an anti-bullying program that she founded in 2009 with friend Molly Thompson.
“…And to my wife, my God, thank you for marrying me,” Paul said. “Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. If you guys don’t know what she does, look up ‘Kind Campaign.’ Do yourself and your children a favor: Kind Campaign.”
Paul’s heartfelt shout out generated so much buzz that the campaign’s website crashed almost immediately after the actor named it just after 7 p.m. Pt, and stayed down until somewhere between 5 and 6 a. »
- Shelli Weinstein
One of the standout moments from this year’s Emmys was undeniably the taped segment in which comedian Billy Eichner and host Seth Meyers ran around the streets of New York quizzing (or simply yelling at) people about the awards. And it wouldn’t have happened if Eichner had not decided to send a “ballsy” (his word) email to Meyers’ producer, Mike Shoemaker.But thanks to Eichner’s initiative, the evening had a refreshing dose of absurdity. In the segment, which mimicked the structure of the recurring games on Eichner’s Billy on the Street, Eichner called out the Academy’s snubbing of Tatiana Maslany, »
- Esther Zuckerman
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