Nia Long has joined WEtv’s first original scripted series The Divide. The legal thriller centers on District Attorney Adam Page (Damon Gupton), who uncovers new evidence that prompts the re-investigation of a sensational murder case. Long will play Billie Page, the Page’s hard-charging wife. Production is underway in Toronto. Long, repped by Resolution and Intellectual Artists Management, recently co-starred in Universal’s sequel The Best Man Holiday and on Showtime’s House Of Lies.
Homeland’s Shaun Toub has been cast as a series regular in the NBC pilot Tin Man, a futuristic thriller drama from feature writer Ehren Kruger. Set in the near future, it centers on a robot (Patrick Heusinger) accused of first-degree murder who may hold the key to the future of human evolution, and the female public defender forced to fight for his cause. Toub, repped by Abrams Artists Agency, will play David Dashiell, the CFO for Valence, a multitrillion-dollar corporation that designs and sells cutting-edge robots.
Olga Merediz has booked a series regular role on the George Lopez-starring FX series Saint George, the 10-90 family sitcom from Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury. She will play Lopez’s mother Alma, who is feisty, combative and domineering with an acerbic wit. Merediz, who starred in the Broadway musical In The Heights for the show’s entire run and earned a Tony nomination for it, was recently seen in the feature Place Beyond The Pines. She is repped by Hartig Hilepo Agency and Cyd LeVin & Assoc.
John Hillcoat’s “Triple Nine” is lining up an all-star cast of this year’s award contenders, with Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael B. Jordan in talks to star alongside Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Affleck is nearing a deal to replace Charlie Hunnam as the lead in the Megan Ellison-financed crime thriller, which is being produced by Anonymous Content.
Story follows a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD cop to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title “Triple Nine” refers to police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance.
Affleck will play the targeted officer, while Ejiofor is engaging on an offer to play a career criminal who masterminds the heist. Jordan is in talks to play a street-wise cop in Ejiofor’s gang who partners with Affleck and plans to set him up.
Anonymous Content’s Keith Redmon, Bard Dorros and Steve Golin are producing the movie, which Ellison is financing through her Panorama Media banner. Hillcoat (“The Road”) is directing from a script by Matt Cook.
The long-gestating project, which Hillcoat’s “Lawless” star Shia LaBeouf was once attached to, is expected to start production next year, and several other major stars are circling juicy supporting roles.
It has been an exciting week for Ejiofor, who received Golden Globe and SAG nominations for his devastating performance in “12 Years a Slave,” as well as a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the miniseries “Dancing on the Edge.” He’s repped by CAA, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and attorney Robert S. Wallerstein.
Affleck is in the awards conversation thanks to his supporting performance as Christian Bale’s younger brother in “Out of the Furnace.” He also starred in David Lowery’s critically acclaimed drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and recently wrapped Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.” Affleck, who received an Oscar nomination for “The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford,” is represented by WME.
Jordan was unfairly overlooked by Golden Globes voters, as his harrowing performance in “Fruitvale Station” has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. He next stars in the romantic comedy “That Awkward Moment,” and is set to play Apollo Creed’s grandson opposite Sylvester Stallone in Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.” Jordan, who is also the frontrunner to play the Human Torch in Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot, is repped by WME, the Schiff Company and attorney Gregory Slewett.
More to come…
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Ronni Chasen’s autopsy report reveals that first responders found her barely breathing and emergency surgeons’ desperate attempt to save her life — but the document otherwise provides scant insight into her killing.
According to the report, EMTs were dispatched within 3 minutes and arrived on the scene inside of 10 minutes. They found no pulse but did indicate that Chasen was breathing — if barely. She was intubated and operated on at Cedars-Sinai, but pronounced dead minutes later.
Ryan Katzenbach, the documentary filmmaker who sued investigators for access to Chasen’s case files has dismissed two defendants – the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office and its deputy chief Ed Winter – after they made her autopsy report public late Thursday.
“I felt that the autopsy was pretty garden-variety, what you would expect on any type of victim,” Katzenbach, who filed the lawsuit last month, told TheWrap. “It was very thorough, it was very complete. I am still at this point rather puzzled why there was such a need for secrecy, and why this was locked down for three years.”
Katzenbach is still seeking the full case file from the Beverly Hills Police Department for a film he’s working on about the veteran publicist and awards season consultant’s murder, ruled a homicide at the hands of transient felon Harold Smith. Though Katzenbach sees nothing unusual in the autopsy, he plans to turn it over to a medical expert who can possibly glean more details.
A synopsis in an attachment to the document, written just hours after Chasen’s death by a coroner’s investigator identified as Courtney Morrow, suggests that an “unknown vehicle pulled up and someone fired approximately 4 gunshots” as Chasen was driving home from a premiere afterparty on Nov. 17, 2010.
But detectives later determined that Smith approached Chasen’s car on foot or on a bicycle; as there were no known eyewitnesses to the crime, the “second vehicle” theory never materialized. A coroner’s spokesman told TheWrap that there is no meaningful contradiction between the initial report and police investigation, despite media reports this week suggesting one.
Minor discrepancies are commonplace in initial coroner’s documents, which are often based on “quick and dirty” assessments by investigators who’ve been on the scene only a short time, spokesman Craig Harvey told TheWrap on Friday. It’s highly likely that a detective’s early speculation about the “unknown vehicle” seeped into the report, but was later dispelled as more evidence about Smith’s botched robbery attempt came to light.
“It’s a preliminary document,” Harvey said. “It’s done on the fly. Everything is in flux – information changes.”
As for what is in the document:
_ Chasen sustained four gunshot wounds, only two of which were fatal. One shattered Chasen’s upper-arm bone and is a “fatal wound due to the extensive trauma to the right humerus bone with associated hemorrhage.” The other entered her shoulder, traveled through the chest and is a “rapidly fatal wound due to internal hemorrhage.” The other two wounds would not have killed her quickly.
_ Emergency responders were dispatched within 3 minutes and arrived on the scene inside of 10 minutes (approximately). They found no pulse but did indicate that Chasen was breathing — if barely.
_ Despite the seriousness of her wounds, there is evidence that emergency surgeons made every effort to keep her alive, including an endotracheal tube “present and in proper position within the trachea.” The report also notes incisions, an IV puncture, a vascular line and thoracotomy, or chest wall incision, “with attempted repair” of the heart and other organs internally.
_ The cause of death is “due to multiple gunshot wounds,” and the manner of death is listed as homicide. On November 16, 2010, Chasen was shot at approximately 12:27 a.m.; she was received at Cedars-Sinai at 12:55 a.m.; she was intubated and operated on at 1 a.m.; and was pronounced dead at 1:12 a.m.
_ Chasen’s death took place early Tuesday morning; her autopsy was performed beginning at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday. That’s a fairly quick turnaround even for a high-profile homicide investigation, though not unusual if the day’s workflow allowed it, Harvey said.
The defendants remaining in Katzenbach’s records-violation case include the BHPD; its chief, David Snowden; Lt. Lincoln Hoshino; and city clerk Melissa Crowder. Katzenbach believes there may be more telling details in ballistics reports, crime-scene photos, witness accounts and other police records that have been sealed since the investigation was closed.
For instance, investigators said a month after Chasen’s death that the gun Smith used to kill himself as detectives were closing in was a ballistics match to the murder weapon – but they’ve never revealed what type of gun it was. (Further evidence that initial coroner’s reports can be dodgy: the autopsy revealed Tuesday said the weapon was likely a 9mm, but it’s now believed that Smith used a stolen police-issue .38 pistol.)
“What’s always bothered me,” Katzenbach said of the BHPD’s final analysis, “is how vague they have been.”
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The offer will consist of cash and stock valued at less than $135 a share — lower than the $150+ that some analysts anticipated — Bloomberg reports citing “a person with knowledge of the matter.” That would be just marginally higher than the current trading price of about $131.75 and would amount to $38B not including debt. Normally a buyer would have to offer a substantial premium for an offer to be considered a “bear hug” — a bid that’s so high that the target company would be crazy to refuse. But Charter apparently will make the case that TWC’s operations are deteriorating, so it had better sell now. (TWC lost 304,000 video subscribers in Q3 which included more than a month without CBS.) Bloomberg adds that Comcast will see how TWC reacts to the Charter offer before deciding what it will do. It could launch a bidding war, offer to buy certain systems from Charter (such as TWC’s franchises in Manhattan and Los Angeles), or trade systems it owns for others it would prefer. John Malone, whose Liberty Media owns 27% of Charter, is one of the master minds behind the reported bid. But a successful offer would also be considered a coup for Charter’s advisers Goldman Sachs and Aryeh Bourkoff’s LionTree Advisors. The boutique investment bank turned heads over the last year after it helped Liberty Global buy UK’s Virgin Media and Warner Music Group buy Parlophone. Time Warner Cable shares are up about 35% in 2013 as investors became convinced that a buyout was coming.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has set Jonathan W. Stokes to adapt Six Years, the Harlan Coben novel that was bought by the studio early this year as a potential star vehicle for Hugh Jackman. Mark Gordon is producing. The logline: a man watches his life love marry another man. The groom dies six years later and the guy can’t help but try to glimpse the widow at the funeral. She’s not the same woman. The book was published last March and became another bestseller for Coben, whose Tell No One was turned into the Guillaume Canet French film, with remake rights at Warner Bros where Argo scribe Chris Terrio is writing it.
Stokes wrote three scripts that made the Black List. They are Blood Mountain, which is being financed independently by Derby Street Films and Movie Package Co. with Lawrence Bender producing and Sergei Bodrov attached to direct, and Stokes executive producing; Murders & Acquisitions, which is set up at Warner Bros. with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg producing; and Border Country. He recently scored a three-book deal, up starting with the debut novel Addison Cooke And The Treasure Of The Incas. for Penguin imprint Philomel Books. Stokes, who also scripted El Gringo, is repped by UTA, Management SGC and attorney Gregg Gellman.