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It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of former Iranian nationals and their offspring live in Los Angeles (especially between Beverly Hills and West L.A., the heart of "Tehrangeles"), so it can't be said there's not an audience for this utterly vanilla Iranian-Angelino romantic comedy.
Written, produced, directed, edited, and stultified by Ramin Niami, this narrative mash-up of quarter-life crisis and gentle culture clashing stars Homeland's Nazanin Boniadi as Shirin — a moony part-time book critic for her dreadfully domineering mother's lifestyle rag.
Her quirkiness defined by frequent traffic violations and run-ins with George Wallace's softhearted cop in her beloved Vw beetle, the bane of her mom's status-seeking existence, Shirin feels trapped by h »
Sideshow Releasing’s “Shirin in Love” is a brand-new film that features romance, Iranian culture through the eyes of different generations and a coming-of-age story. The film, written by Ramin Niami and starring Nazanin Boniadi (“Scandal,” “Homeland,” “How I Met Your Mother”), Riley Smith, (CW’s “90210″), comedians Maz Jobrani (Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, “Friday After Next”) and George Wallace and Amy Madigan, will be released in theaters March 14. If you’re a fan of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” then you might like “Shirin in Love,” which takes the viewer on a ride through one woman’s journey of self-discovery, not just to find who she is as a person, but [ Read More ]
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Video-game adaptations are a dime a dozen, but it’s rare that any of them are worth even a cursory glance. The Resident Evil franchise, BloodRayne and Silent Hill are just a few of many that have fallen completely flat in their attempts to replicate the thrills of their source material on the big screen. However, based on casting alone, 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Hitman remake Agent 47 may actually be worth checking out.
With Homeland actor Rupert Friend stepping into the title role (replacing the late Paul Walker), and Zachary Quinto set to play the main villain, Agent 47 already has more going for it than most video-game adaptations. Now, it looks like the film will boast more than one baddie, with news that Thomas Kretschmann has signed on to play Le Clerq, the chairman of an nefarious organization called Syndicate International, which schemes to build its own army of assassins. »
- Isaac Feldberg
TNT is going for guys this summer with a trio of action dramas it will launch after its coverage of the NBA Playoffs.
The action kicks of Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. with the premiere of “The Last Ship,” from exec producer Michael Bay. Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra star in the series about a Navy vessel that may be humanity’s last hope in the wake of a worldwide catatastrophe.
- Rick Kissell
Now that winter's finally on the way out, it's time to look ahead to summer. TNT is gearing up for a jam-packed season of TV, as the network announced the premiere dates for three original series: "Falling Skies," "The Last Ship" and "Legends."
On Monday (March 10), in addition to setting the summer premiere dates for "Falling Skies" Season 4 and the new series "The Last Ship" and "Legends," TNT also debuted new trailers for the series before each show's panel at the SXSW festival in Austin.
New series "The Last Ship" premieres on Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m. Et. From executive producer Michael Bay, the series stars "Grey's Anatomy" alum Eric Dane and is about a Navy vessel that may be humanity's last hope in the wake of a worldwide catastrophe. Watch a trailer below:
The fourth season of “Falling Skies” will premiere June 22, the same night as the premiere of the new drama “The Last Ship,” the network announced Monday. Meanwhile, another new drama, “Legends,” will make its debut Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. See photos: TNT's ‘Dallas’ Stars Strip Down, Oil Up in Sexy Season 3 Teasers (Photos) “The Last Ship,” executive produced by Michael Bay, stars Eric Dane and Rhonda Mitra in a tale about a Navy vessel that might be humanity's last hope in the wake of a worldwide catastrophe. “Legends,” from “Homeland” executive producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary as well as. »
- Tim Kenneally
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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
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