EXCLUSIVE: MGM has acquired Let’s Get Married, a comic pitch that will be fast tracked as a star vehicle for Jillian Bell. Bell, who stars in Comedy Central’s Workaholics and HBO’s Eastbound & Down, as well as Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Inherent Vice, is writing the script with Charlotte Newhouse, her scripting partner on Idiot Sitter at Comedy Central. Bell will play half a couple that finds itself in an arranged marriage. The hope is to get the film into production by next spring. Bell, who most recently wrapped 22 Jump Street, is repped by Innovative and 3 Arts, Newhouse by Gersh and Evolution.
He launched TriStar Productions with Sony Pictures earlier this year and today Tom Rothman has another new gig. President Obama nominated the former Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO to join the National Council on the Arts. “These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my Administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” said the President today in nominating Rothman as well as several others to administration posts. A contributor and bundler for both Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Rothman was ousted in a studio shakeup last September and formally exited Fox in October 2012 after almost 20 years at the News Corp company. As well as now being the Chairman of the TriStar TV and Film venture with Sony, Rothman is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sundance Institute, a board member emeritus of the American Film Institute, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and on the boards of his alma mater Brown University and the California Institute of the Arts.
President Obama announced his intent to nominate Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony-based Tristar Productions, to the National Council on the Arts on Thursday.
The nomination will now go to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. If confirmed, Rothman will serve a six-year term on the council, which advises the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. The general public is also able to submit nominees for the council each year.
Rothman was chairman and CEO of Fox until 2012, and recently relaunched the Tristar brand under Sony Pictures Entertainment.
More to come…
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EXCLUSIVE: Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has lined up his follow-up series to the hit FX drama, and it is as far from SOA‘s contemporary Central Valley biker community as they come (but probably just as violent). Sutter has teamed with Imagine’s Brian Grazer for The Bastard Executioner, a period drama project, which has received a pilot greenlight from FX. The Bastard Executioner tells the story of a warrior knight in King Edward III’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all. “I love the network. I love the world. I love the blood,” Sutter said. He will write the script and will executive produce with Imagine’s Grazer and Francie Calfo for Fox 21 and FX Prods. through Sutter’s overall deal with Fox 21 parent 20th Century Fox TV where Imagine TV also is based. Sutter is expected to start working on The Bastard Executioner when he wraps the upcoming seventh and final season of SOA, with filming of the pilot slated to begin late next year. “For 13 years at FX, starting as a writer and working his way up to an Executive Producer on The Shield, then as Creator/Executive Producer of Sons of Anarchy, Kurt has interwoven literary and pulp storytelling within two of the most successful series in cable history,” said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. “Now he has conceived a deep, provocative and historically precise narrative journey into our Medieval past– and I have no doubt The Bastard Executioner will be another remarkably original and gripping series. We’re also thrilled to be in business with Brian Grazer who is one of the most gifted film and television producers in the business.”
The Bastard Executioner, which marks FX’s first pilot with Imagine TV, stems from an idea by Grazer, who had been exploring the arena for some time. “I find the executioner to be an incredibly fascinating and provocative character,” he said. “He deals with the highest order and the lowest order in the culture. It’s about as morally complex a profession as you can imagine, and it is going to make for a spellbinding series.” Grazer pitched the idea to 20th chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. The two, along with Fox21 president Bert Salke, suggested Sutter as writer. After meeting with Grazer and taking some time to contemplate the idea, Sutter built a whole world around it, and the pitch was taken to FX, which bought it on the spot. “It was our great pleasure to introduce Kurt to Brian Grazer, who is a powerful force in our industry and a great champion of breakthrough films and television shows like Imagine’s own 24 and Arrested Development,” Walden and Newman said. “Kurt and Brian together will be unstoppable.” The Bastard Executioner joins three other drama projects from A-list auspices that FX has ordered to pilot off a pitch/spec. The others, American Horror Story, The Strain and Tyrant, all have gone to series. Sutter, repped by WME and Michael Gendler, has several other projects in the works at FX, including a potential SOA prequel and a comedy starring his wife/SOA star Katey Sagal, but they will take a back seat to The Bastard Executioner for now. Sutter’s feature film script, Southpaw, has Antoine Fuqua attached to direct. He is with WME.
Showtime has decided not to move forward with The Vatican, TVGuide.com has learned.
The pilot starred Kyle Chandler as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, a charismatic yet mysterious Archbishop of New York whose progressive leanings enthuse some and worry others within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. According to a source...
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As the citizens of Port Charles reel from learning Robin is alive, and AJ’s murder trial continues, ABC’s General Hospital overtook CBS’ The Young And The Restless for the first time in more than six years to rank No. 1 in Daytime among women 25-54 (1.18 million/1.9 rating) the week of December 2. General Hospital also ranked No. 1 in Women 18-34 (289,000/0.9 rating) and Women 18-49 (880,000/1.4 rating), marking the series’ first sweep across the key female demos in more than six years.
General Hospital averaged 3.31 million viewers overall – its most watched week in nearly six years. The daytime drama is pacing to nab its most watched season in seven years. Turns out, returning legacy characters and sensational storylines brings back lost viewers.
“Whatevs,” CBS responded – or words to that effect, noting Y&R is No. 1 ranked this season among women 25-54 and 18-49. Y&R has been No. 1 in that 25-54 bracket for 354 of the past 356 weeks, and No. 1 in that 18-49 bracket for 349 of the past 352 weeks, CBS noted. And, Y&R is celebrating its 1,300th consecutive week — or 25 years — as the No. 1 daytime drama in overall audience, with the release of the Nielsen ratings for the week ending December 2. Y&R is averaging 5.1 million viewers – it’s largest audience to start a season since 2011-12.
EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema has acquired Fist Fight, a comic pitch based on an idea by New Girl star Max Greenfield. The actor brought the idea to 21 Laps and developed it with them and writers Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, the scribes behind the 2011 Black List script Chewi. Greenfield also will serve as a producer on the film. Shawn Levy will produce with Billy Rosenberg and Dan Cohen. New Line’s Richard Brener, Sam Brown and Dave Neustadter will referee.
The exact plot is being kept quiet, but the aspiration is a Horrible Bosses tone for a comedy that follows an epic fistfight between two high school teachers set against the backdrop of the broken-down school system. WME reps Levy, Greenfield, Susser, and Robichaux; Greenfield is managed by Greenlight Management.
EXCLUSIVE: CAA signed Peter Dinklage, who yesterday was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for playing Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Dinklage won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the series. Dinklage, who hadn’t been with an agency, has been busy on his series hiatus time. He’ll next be seen in the Bryan Singer-directed X-Men: Days Of Future Past, opposite John Hawkes and Glenn Close in Low Down, and opposite Mila Kunis in Angriest Man In Brooklyn. His breakout turn came in the Tom McCarthy-directed Station Agent. Dinklage is managed by David Ginsberg and lawyered by Karl Austen.