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Vanessa Taylor to Adapt “Hillbilly Elegy”

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The Oscar-nominated co-writer of “The Shape of Water” has booked her next gig. She’ll follow-up the otherworldly fairy tale with a gritty drama set in the Rust Belt, an adaptation of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Deadline broke the news.

J.D. Vance’s 2016 best-seller tackles the white underclass, race, and privilege in the United States. “Vance, raised poor among working-class ‘hillbillies,’ explores his childhood and family struggles as they navigate through drug addiction, and social, and economic challenges,” according to the source. “Supported by his larger-than-life grandmother, he developed a deep appreciation for education that laid the foundation for him to rise out of poverty and its cultural restraints.”

Taylor is up for an Oscar at this Sunday’s ceremony for penning Sally Hawkins-starrer “The Shape of Water.” “Divergent,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Hope Springs” are among her previous credits.
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Logan Lerman to play George Hamilton

Logan Lerman to play George Hamilton
Logan Lerman will play a young George Hamilton, starring in My One and Only opposite Renee Zellweger. Richard Loncraine is directing; Aaron Ryder is producing.

The movie is based on the story of the actor's early years, during which he accompanied his glamorous mother, Anne Hamilton Spalding, on an extended road trip across the country to track down a father for her boys.

Chris Noth, Steven Weber and Nick Stahl are among the suitors, while Mark Rendall is George's brother.

Shooting begins June 9 in the Baltimore area.

Lerman, represented by Endeavor and Lisa Lerman, is best known for his work in 3:10 to Yuma. He also starred in Jack and Bobby.

Scott Foley Engaged

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Scott Foley Engaged
Former Felicity star Scott Foley is engaged to his girlfriend of nearly three years, actress Marika Dominczyk. The couple met on the set of sitcom The Help. Foley's representative tells American publication People, "It happened about two weeks ago. They're very happy." Foley, 34, was previously married for three years to actress Jennifer Garner. They divorced in 2003. He currently stars on the CBS drama The Unit and is known for his guest-starring roles on television series including Scrubs and Jack & Bobby. Dominczyk, 26, who was born in Poland, has appeared on TV shows including Brothers & Sisters, Bones and North Shore. She also had a small role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. This will be her first marriage.

Ex-ICM agent Etz joins CAA

Nancy Etz has joined CAA as an agent in the TV literary department. Etz is one of nine ICM agents let go in the wake of ICM's purchase of the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency, which was announced last week (HR 7/31). She is the first one to land at a new company. Etz, an 11-year ICM veteran, most recently worked with such clients as Emmy-winning director-producer Alex Graves (The West Wing), Emmy-nominated writer Michael Caleo (The Sopranos), WGA-nominated writer Joel H. Cohen (The Simpsons), Maggie Friedman (Jack & Bobby), director Jon Amiel (Fox's Reunion), writer-producer Saladin K. Patterson (NBC's Frasier) and producer Ken Topolsky (CBS' Clubhouse). It is not clear which clients will follow her to CAA. While at ICM, Etz also guided the TV career of Everwood creator Greg Berlanti and his rise from a rookie staff writer on WB Network's Dawson's Creek to a sought-after creator-showrunner.

Berlanti starts his 'Phase 2' at Touchstone TV

Berlanti starts his 'Phase 2' at Touchstone TV
Greg Berlanti has inked a three-year overall deal with Touchstone Television. Under the mid-seven-figure pact, which starts today, the Everwood creator/executive producer will develop new series projects for the studio with his producing partner, Mickey Liddell. Berlanti moves to Touchstone after having spent the past three years at Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind Everwood. The deal marks a major transition for Berlanti, who got his start on WB Network's Dawson's Creek and went on to create Everwood and executive produce another WB/WBTV series, Jack & Bobby. "I grew up with the WB and Warner Bros., and now I'm ready to begin Phase 2 of my career," Berlanti said.

Fox, 'Idol' overpowering again in Wednesday race

NEW YORK -- American Idol came up big again Wednesday night, plowing through the competition at 9 p.m. Fox's Idol averaged 26.1 million viewers and an 11.5 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Its performance was more than double its nearest rival, ABC's Alias (10.5 million, 4.2/10) and better than NBC's West Wing (10.2 million, 3.1/7), CBS's comedy duo of King of Queens (10.4 million, 3.4/8) and Yes, Dear (9.3 million, 3.1/7) as well as WB's Jack & Bobby (2.3 million, 1.0/2) and UPN's Kevin Hill (2.4 million, 1.0/2).

Long sees 'Ghost' role for Col film

Long sees 'Ghost' role for Col film
Matt Long, who stars as Jack in the WB Network's Jack & Bobby, is in negotiations to play a younger version of the title character played by Nicolas Cage in Columbia Pictures' Ghost Rider, an adaptation of the Marvel Comics title. The movie stars Cage as a former motorcycle stuntman named Johnny Blaze who agrees to let his body become host to a vengeful spirit -- becoming a bike-riding demon in the process -- to secure the safety of his true love, to be played by Eva Mendes. Long would play a young Johnny, who makes the deal with the devil. Also starring are Wes Bentley and Sam Elliott. Mark Steven Johnson is directing and wrote the latest draft of the script. Shane Salerno wrote the original draft. Marvel Entertainment's Avi Arad and Crystal Sky's Steven Paul are producing the project with Johnson's producing partner Gary Foster and Michael De Luca. Matt Tolmach, the studio's co-president of production, is overseeing the project. Long is repped by CAA, One Entertainment and attorney Patti Felker.

I saw it on TV: Old, new mix at Paley fest

Newcomers Desperate Housewives, Jack & Bobby, Veronica Mars, Deadwood and The L Word will join such stalwarts as Law & Order and NYPD Blue in the spotlight in March at the 22nd annual William S. Paley Television Festival, hosted by the Museum of Television & Radio. The March 2-16 tribute to the small-screen's finest, held at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, will kick off with a panel on NYPD Blue, which comes the night after the veteran cop show created by Steven Bochco and David Milch ends its 12-season run on ABC.

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Go Sideways

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Go Sideways
Perennial awards favorite Sideways dominated the Screen Actors Guild nominations with a field-best four nominations, including Best Ensemble Cast. The Alexander Payne comedy also nabbed three individual acting nominations as well for lead Paul Giamatti and supporting players Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, putting it just ahead of a number of films that received three nominations each, including The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and Hotel Rwanda; all those movies also earned Best Ensemble nominations alongside Ray and Sideways. Jamie Foxx was once again the actor of the hour, taking home three individual nominations for Ray, Collateral, and TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story as well as an Ensemble nod for Ray. Foxx was followed by Hilary Swank, who received two solo nominations, for Million Dollar Baby and HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels, and an Ensemble mention for Million Dollar Baby.

With their film nominations, the SAGs threw a number of new names into the awards season mix, including Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), James Garner (The Notebook), Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Cloris Leachman (Spanglish), and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda). A few noticeable absentees included Liam Neeson (Kinsey), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside), and the entire cast of Closer, an actor-driven movie if there ever was one. On the TV side, familiar shows (The Sopranos, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc) rubbed elbows with a handful of newcomers, including Arrested Development and Desperate Housewives, and Patricia Heaton pulled a Hilary Swank of her own, getting two individual nominations for Everybody Loves Raymond and TV movie remake The Goodbye Girl as well as an Ensemble nomination for Raymond.

The SAGs will be handed out on Saturday, February 5. Here's the (very long) list of film and TV nominees:


Male Actor in a Leading Role: Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda; Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator; Jamie Foxx, Ray; Paul Giamatti, Sideways

Female Actor in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, Being Julia; Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace; Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake; Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby; Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways; Jamie Foxx, Collateral; Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby; James Garner, The Notebook; Freddie Highmore, Finding Neverland

Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator; Cloris Leachman, Spanglish; Laura Linney, Kinsey; Virginia Madsen, Sideways; Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda

Ensemble Cast: The Aviator; Finding Neverland; Hotel Rwanda; Million Dollar Baby; Ray; Sideways


Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story; William H. Macy, The Wool Cap; Barry Pepper, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story; Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers; Jon Voight, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter; Patricia Heaton, Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl; Keke Palmer, The Wool Cap; Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels; Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Male Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, Huff; James Gandolfini, The Sopranos; Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace; Jerry Orbach, Law & Order; Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Female Actor in a Drama Series: Drea De Matteo, The Sopranos; Edie Falco, The Sopranos; Jennifer Garner, Alias; Allison Janney, The West Wing; Christine Lahti, Jack & Bobby

Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development; Sean Hayes, Will & Grace; Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond; Tony Shalhoub, Monk; Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives; Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace; Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City; Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond

Ensemble in a Drama Series: 24; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Six Feet Under; The Sopranos; The West Wing

Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Arrested Development; Desperate Housewives; Everybody Loves Raymond; Sex and the City; Will & Grace


Votes are in: 'Jack & Bobby' gets picked up

Votes are in: 'Jack & Bobby' gets picked up
The WB Network has given a full-season vote of confidence to its new Sunday drama Jack & Bobby. The WB has ordered nine more episodes of the series, bringing the total number of episodes ordered to 22. The Warner Bros. TV drama that revolves around the boyhood of two brothers, one of whom will grow up to be president, has delivered only modest ratings in three airings to date in the Sunday 9 p.m. slot despite earning some of the strongest critical notices of any new fall series.

Partisan wins for WB's new 'Jack'

Partisan wins for WB's new 'Jack'
Teens and young women voted for Jack & Bobby, but otherwise the new WB Network drama pulled in underwhelming Nielsen numbers in its debut Sunday. Jack & Bobby, a coming-of-age drama about the boyhood of a future president, has earned some of the strongest critical appraisals of any new fall series, but it averaged only 4.7 million viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Jack & Bobby was down in viewers from its lead-in, the season premiere of Charmed (5.3 million), and it came in under the opening-night numbers in the same time slot last fall for the WB's short-lived Tarzan. The drama also slipped from Charmed's lead-in in adults 18-34 and other young demos.

Sorvino sworn in for WB's 'Bobby'

Paul Sorvino has been tapped for a guest-starring role on the WB Network's new drama series Jack & Bobby. Sorvino will portray President Lorio on the show, a coming-of-age drama set in the present day that chronicles the teenage years of brothers Jack and Bobby McCallister, one of whom will grow up to become president. As told in flash-forward segments, Lorio, a seasoned politician who serves as president from 2037-41, unwittingly comes to the aid of the future president during a political debate and helps seal his eventual victory. It's possible that Sorvino's guest-starring role could turn into a recurring.

WB Network ups Grasso to senior vp

WB Network ups Grasso to senior vp
Maria Grasso has been promoted to senior vp drama development at the WB Network. Grasso, who was vp drama development, has been instrumental in developing such WB series as Everwood, One Tree Hill and Summerland as well as the upcoming drama series Jack & Bobby, which premieres Sept. 12, and The Mountain, which bows Sept. 22. She also is a programming executive on Everwood, Jack & Bobby and One Tree Hill. "I've known and admired Maria for over a decade now, and I'm tremendously impressed with how much she brings to the network as both a top development executive and someone talented enough to shepherd her series development through their first few seasons on the air," said David Janollari, president of entertainment at the network.

'Jack & Bobby' makes AOL first

'Jack & Bobby' makes AOL first
An intriguing promotional agreement between America Online's AOL Television, the WB Network and Warner Bros. Television will enable AOL for Broadband subscribers to watch the premiere episode of Jack & Bobby before it airs Sept. 12. The initiative marks the first time a network program has been available online before its broadcast premiere, according to the partners. The episode will be commercial-free, on-demand and viewable in the subscriber's choice of segments or uninterrupted from beginning to end. Suzanne Kolb, executive vp marketing at the WB, said showing the "exceptional program" in this unusual way would stimulate word-of-mouth. "In a crowded environment, we have to be aggressive in finding ways to get our shows sampled, and this is definitely aggressive," she said.

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