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ABC Nabs ‘Romeos & Juliets’ CIA Light Drama From Julie Anne Robinson, Jay Scherick & David Ronn As Put Pilot

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Romeos & Juliets, a light one-hour from writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs, Zookeeeper), Julie Anne Robinson and her production company CannyLads Productions. Universal TV, where Robinson inked an overall deal in May, is the studio. Written by Scherick and Ronn and to be directed by Robinson, Romeos & Juliets centers on a badass, tough-as-nails female CIA operative who is forced to partner with a handsome, self-absorbed…
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CIA Drama From 'The Catch' Producer in the Works at ABC

Julie Anne Robinson is returning to ABC.

The network has given a put-pilot commitment to a CIA drama produced by the former executive producer of The Catch, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Titled Romeos & Juliets, the project centers on a badass, tough-as-nails female CIA operative who is forced to partner with a handsome, self-absorbed agent from the CIA's elite "Romeo and Juliet" division — agents who are trained to use sex and charm to keep America safe.

Jay Scherick and David Ronn (2017's Baywatch) wrote the hourlong and will exec produce with Robinson, who will also direct the pilot, should it move...
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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Hooks No. 1, ‘Baywatch’ Belly Flops

Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Hooks No. 1, ‘Baywatch’ Belly Flops
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is sailing into first place at the domestic box office this weekend, but the story the numbers dictate is not one of swashbuckling heroics.

Johnny Depp’s fifth outing as Jack Sparrow is looking at a three-day total of $62.2 million from 4,276 locations, and a four-day holiday weekend sum of $77 million. If not for international appeal, that would be a let down for a movie riding on a $230 million production budget.

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The first place finish also can’t cover up a serious case of franchise fatigue. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is the lowest opening for a Pirates movie apart from the original, which earned over $46 million in its first weekend (and was also the only installation approved by critics). Last time out in 2011, “On Stranger Tides” pulled
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Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Tells $75 Million Tale, ‘Baywatch’ Walks the Plank

Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Tells $75 Million Tale, ‘Baywatch’ Walks the Plank
Memorial Day weekend marks the opening for two summer blockbusters this year — “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Baywatch” — but only one of the nautical-themed narratives is sailing away with a 4-day win. That’s because Disney’s “Pirates” is currently on course for a debut just under $75 million, while Paramount’s “Baywatch” is expected to drown at just $21 million by weekend’s end.

After taking in $5.5 million in Thursday night previews, the fifth installment of Johnny Depp’s swashbuckling franchise added another $16 million to its domestic gross from 4,276 theaters on Friday, giving it a total of just about $21 million so far. However, the Dwayne Johnson-Zac Efron reboot isn’t expected to make much more than that — even with Saturday and Sunday factored in. “Baywatch” netted $4.5 million from Wednesday and Thursday night previews alone, but only added another $5.5 million from 3,647 locations on Friday. That
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Baywatch movie review: sun’s out, dumb’s out

MaryAnn’s quick take… A beach-slap to anyone with a brain. Embodies everything that is wrong with Hollywood today. It is proudly dumb. It is proudly sexist. It is proudly pointless. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

These are the shoals upon which critics are broken. Those gently susurrating waves? The bastard power of water to wear everything down. Those lovely soft grains of sand on the beach? Every one of them a thoughtful film lover who has dedicated her- or himself to considering cinema, now ground down into a tiny tiny pebble.

Baywatch is a beach-slap fuck-you to anyone with a brain. Your gonads may be engaged if you are a heterosexual man (or a homosexual woman, though that will be accidental) who has not graduated from a tween sexuality in which disembodied boobs
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Box Office: ‘Baywatch’ Dives in With $1.25 Million on Wednesday

Box Office: ‘Baywatch’ Dives in With $1.25 Million on Wednesday
Baywatch” got a head start on the competition by opening in previews on Wednesday, before it goes wide early on Thursday ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.

After its first night of earnings Paramount’s comedy made $1.25 million at 2,554 locations. Previews began at 7 p.m.

For its opening weekend, “Baywatch” is pegged at about $40 million from an eventual 3,647 locations. The summer comedy carries a $60 million production price tag.

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron star in the comedy that spawned from the 1990s NBC drama starring David Hasselhoff and a team of lifeguards who patrolled the beaches of Los Angeles. This time around it’s Johnson, an experienced and devoted lifeguard, who butts heads with a new recruit, Efron, until they uncover a criminal plot.

Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera also star. Seth Gordon directed the film based on a screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.
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Review: ‘Baywatch’ Drowns in Easy Jokes and Lazy Plotting

Blame it on 21 Jump Street. In 2012, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller rebooted a silly, cult television series with a clever wink. It was a hit that spawned a hit sequel. Now we have Baywatch, directed by Seth Gordon, a not-so-clever adaptation of an ultra-silly television series that got popular in the 90s. Dwayne Johnson stars as Mitch Buchannon, the studly leader of Baywatch, the world’s most elite lifeguard crew. Filling out his batch of loyal Baywatch-ers are Stephanie Holden (Ilfenesh Hadera), Cj Parker (Kelly Rohrbach), Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario), Ronnie (Jon Bass) and Matt Brody (Zac Efron), a disgraced Olympian forced to fulfill his community service with the team.

There are drugs on the beach and it’s on Mitch and co. to get to the bottom of things. But, also not really. It’s actually a job for the police, as the screenplay (from, take a deep breath,
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Latest ‘Baywatch’ Trailer Released

Zac Efron. Dwayne Johnson. Muscles. Beach. Zac Efron’s and Dwayne Johnson’s muscles at a beach…

Now that we objectified male actors for a change, let’s dive deep into Baywatch, a Seth Gordon film that’s set to be released on May 28 of this year. Judging just from Gordon’s previous work on Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, it looks funny, and it looks good.

Move over David Hasselhoff! Dwayne Johnson takes over his role as Mitch Buchanan, the super hunky main lifeguard who now has to deal with a new recruit, Matt Brody, and his sporadic ways. Originally played by David Charvet in the television series, this new lifeguard is, surprise, played by Zac Efron. Together, the two must learn to overcome their differences after they find some underground crime ring that could potentially destroy the Bay.

Mark Swift and Damian Shannon (both wrote Friday the 13th
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Vancouver Film: "Game Over Man", "Hardpowder", "Love Machine"

Thanks to VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for April 2017, including "Game Over Man", "Hardpowder", "Love Machine" and a whole lot more:  

Anthem

Feature

Local Production Company: Gandy's Rock Productions Inc

Director: Robin Hays

Producer: Tina Pehme, Kim Roberts

Mar 27/17 - Apr 15/17

Game Over, Man

Feature

Local Production Company: Lumberjackson Productions Inc.

Director: Kyle Newcheck

Exec. Producer(s): Ted Gidlow

Producer: Seth Rogan, Scott Rudin

Line Producer: Ted Gidlow

Apr 12/17 - Jun 05/17

Hardpowder

Feature

Local Production Company: Hardpowder Canada Inc

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Exec. Producer(s): Ameet Shukla, Michael Dreyer

Mar 20/17 - May 24/17

Love Machine

Feature

Local Production Company: Tcf Vancouve Productions Ltd

Director: David Leitch

Exec. Producer(s): Ethan Smith, Kelly McCormick

Jun 19/17 - Sep 18/17

Ollie (aka The Predator)

Feature

Local Production Company: Tcf Vancouver Productions Ltd.

Director: Shane Black

Exec. Producer(s): Bill Bannerman, John Davis

Sep 30/16 - May 15/17

Stingray
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Berto Colon Joins ABC’s ‘The Trustee’ Pilot; Robert Baker In ‘Charlie Foxtrot’

Berto Colon (Orange Is the New Black) has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds…
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L. Scott Caldwell Joins ‘The Trustee’ ABC Drama Pilot; Irene Choi In The CW’s ‘Insatiable’

L. Scott Caldwell (Mercy Street) has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who…
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Tim Kang Joins ‘The Trustee’ ABC Drama Pilot; Michael Rady In CBS’ ‘The Get’

The Mentalist alum Tim Kang is set for series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy-cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds…
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‘The Trustee’ ABC Pilot Casts David Warshofsky; Kelley Missal Joins ‘The Crossing’

David Warshofsky has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely…
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Laverne Cox Cast as Co-Lead in ABC Pilot ‘The Trustee’

Laverne Cox Cast as Co-Lead in ABC Pilot ‘The Trustee’
Laverne Cox has already found her next broadcast TV gig. Cox will be the co-lead on ABC’s “The Trustee,” a female buddy cop pilot from Warner Bros. TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s company Brownstone Productions.

She’ll play Amanda Jones, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Co-lead Meaghan Rath plays her counterpart, Eliza Radley, a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from Amanda.

Cox and Rath are joined by Michael Cudlitz of “The Walking Dead,” who will play Captain Timothy Waits, a wry and sardonic police captain who has learned to appreciate Eliza’s unorthodox policing methods. Jay Scherick and David Ronn penned the “Trustee” pilot and will serve as executive producers, along with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman.

Cox is fresh off CBS legal drama “Doubt,” which was pulled from the schedule after just two episodes. On
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Laverne Cox to Co-Star in The Trustee Female Buddy-Cop Pilot at ABC

After a brief stint on the other side of the law, Laverne Cox is going back to familiar ground: The Orange Is the New Black alum will play an ex-con in The Trustee, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Cox has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot in the role of Amanda Jones, the titular trustee, an inmate who’s spending the end of her prison sentence performing menial tasks around a police precinct. Cox will star opposite Meaghan Rath (Being Human), who will play Eliza,
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Laverne Cox To Star In ABC Pilot ‘The Trustee’ Produced By Elizabeth Banks

Orange Is the New Black alumna Laverne Cox has been tapped as the co-lead alongside Meaghan Rath in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from the Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros. TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Cox is coming off CBS’ midseason legal drama Doubt where she made history as the first transgender actor cast as a regular on a broadcast series. ABC and Wbtv were in the midst of casting…
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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Alum Lance Gross Cast In ABC Cop Dramedy Pilot ‘The Trustee’

Sleepy Hollow alum Lance Gross has booked a series regular role opposite Meaghan Rath in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from The Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros. TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely…
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‘The Walking Dead’ Alum Michael Cudlitz to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘The Trustee’

‘The Walking Dead’ Alum Michael Cudlitz to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘The Trustee’
Michael Cudlitz may be deader-than-dead on “The Walking Dead,” but he’s coming back to TV life in the form of a broadcast comedy.

Cudlitz has signed on to star in ABC’s hourlong pilot “The Trustee,” Variety has learned.

The Trustee” is described as a fun female buddy cop comedy. The pilot follows a stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Though the duo has completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.

Cudlitz will play Captain Timothy Waits, a wry and sardonic police captain who has learned to appreciate Eliza Radley’s — played by Meaghan Rath– unorthodox policing methods.

Jay Scherick and David Ronn penned the pilot and will serve as executive producers, along with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman. Warner Bros. Television is producing, along
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‘The Walking Dead’s Michael Cudlitz Cast In ABC Cop Dramedy Pilot ‘The Trustee’

Recent The Walking Dead alum Michael Cudlitz has found his next series, landing a co-starring role opposite Meaghan Rath in The Trustee, ABC's comedic one-hour pilot from the Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros. TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman's studio-based Brownstone Productions. Written by Scherick and Ronn and directed by Michael Engler, The Trustee is described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but…
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Michael Cudlitz Joins ABC's Female Buddy Cop Comedy Pilot The Trustee

Michael Cudlitz Joins ABC's Female Buddy Cop Comedy Pilot The Trustee
Ex-Southland lawman Michael Cudlitz is back on the beat via a series-regular role in ABC’s female buddy cop comedy pilot The Trustee, TVLine has learned.

The potential series centers on the driven-but-stubborn detective Eliza Radley (Meaghan Rath), who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s “trustee,” a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Though these two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.

Cudlitz, who was last seen getting his head smashed in on The Walking Dead
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