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- Garth Franklin
• Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) and Rose Byrne (Insidious: Chapter 2) in the upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Jason Statham (The Transporter) has also been confirmed to co-star in the upcoming film, which centers on the adventures of a James Bond-esque female spy. [The Wrap]
• Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) is in talks to join Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book. Currently, the actor is in the final stages of negotiations to lend his voice to the character of Shere Khan the tiger. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Tony winner and Frasier alum Bebe Neuwirth is returning to series television. The actress has signed on to co-star in CBS' political drama Madam Secretary, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Created and written by Homeland's Barbara Hall, the drama centers on the personal and professional life of a maverick female secretary of state (Tea Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Neuwirth will play Nadine, the chief of staff to Leoni's Elizabeth. The role marks Neuwirth's return to series television following roles in Frasier, Cheers, Deadline,
- Lesley Goldberg
Shooting starts in Morocco today on the comedic drama A Hologram for the King, which is being directed by Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas, Perfume), who also adapted the script from the eponymous novel by Dave Eggers. The independently-financed production stars multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks alongside a remarkable cast including: Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway ("Enough Said"), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Skerritt (Ted, Top Gun).
A Hologram for the King is being produced by Uwe Schott (Cloud Atlas, Me and Kaminski) and Stefan Arndt (Cloud Atlas, Amour) of X Filme Creative Pool; Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O'Hair of Primeridian; and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Larry Crowne, Mamma Mia!) of Playtone; in Association with Silver Reel Entertainment, and Fábrica de Cine. Dave Eggers, Steve Shareshian of Playtone, Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, Gaston Pavlovich of Fabrica de Cine, and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel »
Shooting started in Morocco today on the comedic drama A Hologram For The King, which is being directed by Tom Tykwer (“Cloud Atlas”, “Perfume”), who also adapted the script from the eponymous novel by Dave Eggers.
The independently-financed production stars Tom Hanks. A Hologram For The King reunites Hanks, Tykwer, Schott, and Arndt after working together on Cloud Atlas, which has grossed over $130 million globally.
The picture takes place far away from the recession-weary USA, as an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city provides the backdrop for foundering American businessman Alan Clay’s (Tom Hanks) last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, pay his daughter’s college fees, and finally accomplish something big. A Hologram For The King is a gentle, crazy, wistful ballad recounting the journey of a man, who has lost almost everything, to a country that requires him to rise to completely unknown challenges – and that answers old questions in new and unexpected ways. »
- Michelle McCue
The commitment of Tom Hanks to the lead role had previously been announced, but it is now confirmed that he will be joined by Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty), and Tom Skerritt (Ted).
Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) adapted the bestselling novel himself, which is a comedy-drama set within an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city. In the film, American businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) mounts a final attempt to ward off bankruptcy, while simultaneously trying to finance his daughter’s college education and finally achieve something significant with his life. His desperate plan involves recouping his losses by travelling to Saudi Arabia and selling an idea to a wealthy and influential royal figure. »
- Sarah Myles
The cameras are already rolling on Tom Hanks’ latest, A Hologram For The King, which reunites him with Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer. Five more cast members have been announced, with Tom Skerritt, David Menkin, Tracey Fairaway, Omar Elba and Homeland’s Sarita Choudhury nabbing roles.Tykwer has adapted Dave Eggers’ 2012 book, which finds a struggling businessman (Hanks) realising he has pretty much failed in America when his home is threatened with foreclosure. Seeking a fresh start, he heads for a last chance in a growing Saudi Arabian city and hopes that if he’s able to pull off something memorable, he’ll re-launch his career and also help pay for his daughter’s college tuition.With funding from several independent companies and Hanks on board to produce via his Playtone outfit, shooting is set to continue into June in Morocco and Germany until June. We’ll likely see the »
“A Hologram for the King” is being produced by Uwe Schott and Stefan Arndt of X Filme Creative Pool; Arcadiy Golubovich and Timothy D. O’Hair of Primeridian; and Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone; in association with Silver Reel Entertainment and Fábrica de Cine. Eggers, Steven Shareshian of Playtone, Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, Gaston Pavlovich of Fabrica de Cine, and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel of Lotus International are exec producers.
Lotus made the announcement on the opening day of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. CAA reps the U. »
- Dave McNary
Mariana Klaveno (Devious Maids, True Blood) has been cast in CBS’ untitled Kevin Williamson drama pilot. Written by Williamson and directed by Liz Friedlander, the psychological thriller revolves around two detectives, Beth and Jack (McDermott), who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the Lapd. Klaveno, repped by Apa, Shelter Entertainment, and Lev Ginsburg, plays Janice, one of the Threat Assessment Unit’s detectives who is often underestimated because of her somewhat flashy appearance. Lost alum Neil Hopkins has been cast in Matador, the upcoming action drama series for Robert Rodriguez‘s El Rey Network, created by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It chronicles the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna), a popular soccer star who in reality is a covert operative for a little known branch of the CIA. Hopkins, repped by Sdb Partners and the Cornell Group, will play Noah, female lead Annie’s »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
We previously reported that Tom Hanks would be reteaming with his Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer for his adaptation of Dave Eggers' A Hologram for the King, but now the principal cast has been revealed. The film, which stars Hanks as down-on-his-luck American businessman Alan Clay relocating to Saudi Arabia for a last-ditch effort at making it big, just began production in Morocco. The principal cast features Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Skerritt (Ted). Hit the jump for the full press release. Tom Tykwer’S “A Hologram For The King” Starring Tom Hanks Locks In Cast As Principal Photography Begins In Morocco Produced by X Filme Creative Pool, Primeridian and Playtone in Association with Silver Reel Entertainment and Fábrica de Cine Berlin, 6th March 2014 - Shooting starts in Morocco today on the comedic drama “A Hologram for the King, »
- Dave Trumbore
Nir speaks primarily as a broadcaster and cultural leader, and also serves as an executive producer on Showtime’s “Homeland,” for which he was awarded an Emmy.
During his address, Nir will discuss how to drive innovation in television in today’s digital age by citing examples from Keshet’s variety of scripted and non-scripted shows on air and in development internationally.
Miptv will take place in Cannes, France, from April 7-10. The keynote address will be held on April 7, 11:30-12:00.
- Nikara Johns
A Hologram for the King, a comedic drama starring Tom Hanks, has rounded out the cast with Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Skerritt (Ted, Top Gun). The film, directed by Tom Tykwer, begins shooting in Morocco Thursday. Set in an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city, the film follows American businessman Alan Clay’s (Hanks) last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, pay his daughter’s college fees, and finally accomplish something big. Shooting will take place in Morocco and Germany through June. Photos: Tom Hanks Goes Disney: The
- Rebecca Ford
Universal Cable Productions is adding Steve Carell and Jessica Biel to its roster. The studio has inked Carell's Carousel Television and Biel's Iron Ocean Productions to exclusive development deals, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the pacts, the production companies will create and develop new projects for the studio. They join a roster of producers with pod deals at Ucp, including Gale Anne Hurd's (The Walking Dead) Valhalla Entertainment, Doug Liman's (Suits) Hypnotic Films as well as Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland). Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 "At a time when compelling content is thriving across multiple platforms
- Lesley Goldberg
Bresha Webb, who was among the finalists for the new cast member spot on SNL, has landed the female lead opposite Romany Malco in ABC‘s multi-camera comedy pilot Keep It Together, from actor-comedian Kevin Hart. Written by Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan based on Hart’s life and stand-up, the project takes a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple, Derek (Malco) and Lorraine (Webb), who are trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite their differences. Webb, repped by Greene & Assoc., Mosaic and Karl Austen, is recurring on Grey’s Anatomy and next will be seen in the feature Home. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Brianna Brown (Devious Maids, Homeland) has been added to in ABC drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV. Penned by Soo Hugh, it chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Focus Features has set a release date for "Homeland" executive producer and director Michael Cuesta's upcoming conspiracy thriller "Kill The Messenger," starring Jeremy Renner. Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, the film will hit select cities on October 10 before expanding on October 17, and again on the 24th. In the mid-1990s, Webb stumbled upon a massive coverup involving the CIA, which was allegedly using profits from the international drug trade to arm rebel fighters in Nicaragua. Webb kept digging the hole, ultimately unearthing a conspiracy that could only be described as "sprawling" -- a word on all our minds after last Sunday's conspiracy-loaded "True Detective." In "Kill The Messenger," directed by Cuesta from a screenplay by Peter Landesman, Renner stars as Webb, who was a San Jose Mercury-News scribe, opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Michael K. Williams and Ray Liotta. It's a juicy cast, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Focus Features announced today that their buzzy journalism drama Kill the Messenger, which features a talented ensemble cast led by two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town), has been set for a limited theatrical release beginning on October 10, with expansions occurring over the following two weekends.
The drama tells the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Renner), who was targeted by a brutal smear campaign when, in the late 1990s, he broke a huge story about the CIA’s hand in smuggling cocaine into the U.S. in order to secretly fund the Nicauraguan Contras.
Renner is best known to the general public for his action hero roles, with major parts in the Bourne franchise, The Avengers and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, but his acting gigs over the past few months have signified a clear desire to return to more weighty projects. His last two films, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Kill the Messenger,” a thriller about the CIA's Central American cocaine connection starring Jeremy Renner, will be released on October 10, Focus Features said Wednesday. It's based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, who's reporting leads to allegations that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. He becomes the target of a smear campaign that threatens his career, family and life. Also read: Oscars: '12 Years a Slave’ Screenplay Rift Between Steve McQueen, John Ridley Boils Over Michael Cuesta (TV's “Homeland”) directs. »
- Todd Cunningham
“Through a culturally resonant story of an imperfect marriage, the series takes a captivating look at real modern day issues facing couples in today’s complicated world,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber.
- Stephanie Robbins
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray combo pack, Blu-ray and DVD release of August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep, nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and Julia Roberts for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for their roles in August: Osage County. Most recently, the film received two Academy Award nominations including Meryl Streep for Best Actress and Julia Roberts for Best Supporting Actress.
August: Osage County, featuring an all-star cast, arrives at retail on April 8, 2014 for an Srp of $39.99 for the Blu-ray Combo Pack in Digital HD with UltraViolet, $34.99 for the Blu-ray and $29.98 for the DVD.
Academy Award Winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts star in the darkly hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives converge when a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, »
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