Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

Denis Leary Returns to FX With Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

June 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Nearly three years after the conclusion of Rescue Me, Denis Leary is returning to FX. Eric Schrier and Nick Grab, the presidents of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions, said today that the network had ordered 10 episodes of a new series created by and starring Leary called Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The show will be produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios and will premiere in 2015. Leary and Jim Serpico will executive produce, in partnership with their production company Apostle . SDRR will center around a washed-up rock star named Johnny Rock (Leary), who, 25 years after wrecking his and his best friend’s music career by overindulging in the usual slate of vices—booze, drugs, sex with the wrong people—is attempting to reunite his band, called the Heathens. The series also will star John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly. The pilot episode was written by Leary and directed by Michael Blieden. “As both actor and writer, Denis plunges into dazzlingly original arenas of dark comedy and, along with a stellar veteran cast, the results are just really funny,” said David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios. SDRR is one of several half-hour pilots that FX currently has in the works. According to the Hollywood Reporter , others include Charlie Kaufman’s How and Why, Simon Rich’s The Last Girlfriend on Earth, an untitled Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. entry and an animated show called Bigfoot.

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Sexual Abuse Suit Against Gary Goddard Withdrawn

June 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Michael Egan III (pictured above), who has filed sexual abuse lawsuits against director Bryan Singer and three Hollywood execs, has dismissed his suit against Broadway producer and theme park designer Gary Goddard. The motion was filed in federal court in Hawaii, where Egan had alleged that Goddard committed the abuse between in 1999 when Egan... Read more

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Former Dune Entertainment CEO Greg Coote Dead at 72

June 28, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Australian exec had interests which spanned Hollywood and Asia.

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Gary Oldman Blasts Liberal Hollywood, Defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin

June 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Gary Oldman has blasted Hollywood for what he perceives as a double standard — asserting that Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can get away with politically incorrect humor while others like Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin cannot. The profanity-laced statements are included in an interview with the July-August issue of Playboy. The most explosive part... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Altman’

June 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In "Altman," a who’s-who of collaborators and acolytes pay homage to the late Hollywood maverick, but director Ron Mann lets Altman himself do most of the talking.

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Catalonia Woos Hollywood With New Incentives

June 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID — Barcelona is coming to the table. Having born the brunt of a double-dip recession, on Friday a delegation from Catalonia, boasting Barcelona as its capital, will present at the Hotel Andaz in West Hollywood what Spain’s most modern region can offer to Tinseltown. A dinner cocktail, washed down by Codorniu and Gramona cavas,... Read more

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DreamWorks Alumni Bibo Bergeron and Mike de Seve Launch Monkey’s Uncle

June 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ANNECY– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s. An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents... Read more

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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Dropped Against Former Disney Executive

June 5, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Michael Egan, who has accused Bryan Singer and three other Hollywood figures of sexual abuse when he was a teenager, has voluntarily dismissed one of the lawsuits, against ex-Disney TV executive David Neuman. The notice of dismissal was filed in a Hawaii federal court on Wednesday. No reason was given, but Neuman’s attorneys filed a... Read more

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Film and TV Stars Set To Crash Tony Awards

June 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Take a stroll through the theater district these days, and one thing is obvious: You’re just as likely to come across a Hollywood name on a Broadway marquee as you are on a screen. Film and TV stars have shown up on the Main Stem with increasing frequency over the last several years, but this... Read more

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What Hollywood Can Learn From the Jill Abramson Controversy

May 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The evisceration of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times earlier this month has sparked spirited debate across the media landscape. Does a sexist double standard still exist in the world of top management? Do some male executives pursue a style of aggressive management behavior that would not be tolerated from women?... Read more

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