Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Columbia Pictures' Annie Movie Re-boot Now Filming in NYC: Starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale

[PR Newswire Press Release Sept/October 2013]

Filming began this month on location in New York for the movie Annie, starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz. The film is scheduled to be released by Columbia Pictures on December 19, 2014. It is set in the present day and will incorporate real New York locations.

The Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures’ musical comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards.

[Sony Pictures Press Release August 2013]


CULVER CITY, Calif., August 19, 2013 - Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale in Columbia Pictures' Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.

Cannavale will play the role of Guy, a bulldog political advisor to Foxx's character as he runs for mayor of New York. Annie is slated for release on Christmas Day, 2014. The cast also includes Rose Byrne.

Annie is being directed and produced by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith through Marcy Media. Gluck is currently revising the film's screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play "Annie," book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on "Little Orphan Annie," © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc. The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin.

Bobby Cannavale currently can be seen in Woody Allen's critically acclaimed film Blue Jasmine with Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins. Upcoming films for the actor include the Jon Favreau-directed Chef, in which he stars alongside Favreau and Scarlett Johansson, and Imagine, with Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening , directed by Dan Fogelman. Cannavale, already an Emmy Award winner, has been nominated for two Emmys this year – in the comedy category for "Nurse Jackie" and in drama for "Boardwalk Empire." He was nominated for his second Tony Award for his performance alongside Chris Rock in "The Motherf**ker with the Hat."

Cannavale is represented by ICM Partners, Framework Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams http://studiosystem.com/Company/4593893.

About Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/.

About Overbrook Entertainment
Overbrook Entertainment, founded by partners James Lassiter, Will Smith and run along with partner Jada Pinkett Smith, is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment focused in film and television and has produced a diverse slate of both critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films, which have generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts and even more in home video sales. Some of Overbrook's most successful films include ALI, HITCH, PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, SECRET LIVES OF BEES, and THE KARATE KID. They are also producing Queen Latifah's syndicated daytime talk show with Sony Pictures Television that will premiere this fall.

Steve Elzer
Senior Vice President, Media Relations
Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
(310) 244-7142

Friday, October 25, 2013

Grimm Season 3 Episode 1 "The Ungrateful Dead" Premieres Friday 10~25~2013 on NBC 9PM ET

[NBC/Universal Press Release]

"The Ungrateful Dead" is the first episode of Season 3 of Grimm and the forty-fifth episode overall. It is scheduled to air on October 25, 2013 9PM ET on NBC.

A panicked Juliette, Monroe, and Rosalee enlist Hank’s help in fending off a zombie hoard while trying to figure out what happened to Nick. Knowing the truth, Captain Renard takes measures to help rescue Nick from the clutches of his brother, Eric. Elsewhere, along with the help of the mysterious Stefania, Adalind finds herself facing her most gruesome task yet in her effort to regain her Hexenbiest abilities.

"Grimm" is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, “Caroline and Jackie”) discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as ‘Grimms,’ he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.

Now that Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch, “Parkland”) has learned Nick’s secret, he can bring her into the fold with his partner Hank (Russell Hornsby, “Lincoln Heights”) and his Wesen friends Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell, “My Name is Earl”) and Rosalee (Bree Turner, “The Ugly Truth”). Following the events of season two, Nick will learn his abilities have grown exponentially. Unfortunately, so have the dangers, and he now will need all the help he can get to bring order to Portland’s Wesen community.

In Europe, major events have begun to unfold on behalf of the Royals. Nick’s Captain, Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz, “Pompeii”), has done what he can about his estranged family while working stateside, but may find himself needing to take a long overdue trip across the Atlantic. Also overseas is Adalind (Claire Coffee, “Franklin and Bash”), who continues her quest to regain her Hexenbiest powers by using the biggest bargaining chip she has – her unborn child.

Reggie Lee (“The Dark Knight Rises”) returns as the ever-sarcastic Sgt. Wu. His time spent working with Nick and Hank may finally cause him to change his tone, however, when he sees more than he can handle.

“Grimm” is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production. The series was created by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner (NBC’s “Sean Saves the World” and “Hot in Cleveland”) and Norberto Barba (”The Bridge”) serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf.

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Witches of East End on Lifetime October 6 2013 10PM ET

[Lifetime Network Press Release]

The witching hour is coming. Get ready to meet the Beauchamps, the "Witches of East End."

Lifetime’s newest drama, "Witches of East End," featuring an all-star cast headlined by Emmy Award-winner Julia Ormond ("Temple Grandin," "Mad Men"), Mädchen Amick ("Mad Men," "Damages"), Jenna Dewan Tatum ("American Horror Story") and Rachel Boston ("In Plain Sight") as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven, will cast its spell beginning Sunday, October 6 at 10:00pm ET/PT. Also set to star are Eric Winter ("The Mentalist"), Daniel DiTomasso ("CSI"), Jason George ("Grey’s Anatomy") and Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee Virginia Madsen ("Sideways," "Anna Nicole").

Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times best-selling novel, "Witches of East End" centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright. Freya is recently engaged to the man of her dreams, wealthy playboy Dash Gardiner (Winter), but when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dash’s troubled, enigmatic brother Killian (DiTomasso), bizarre occurrences begin to manifest in her life.

Meanwhile, Joanna’s long-estranged sister Wendy (Amick) shows up with a warning that could change the Beauchamps’ fate forever, forcing Joanna to reveal to her daughters that they are, indeed, immortal witches who possess great untapped powers. With their idyllic small-town life now turned upside down, and a formidable and ancient enemy intent on ending the Beauchamp family line, will Freya and Ingrid be able to accept their true potential before it is too late?

Produced by Fox 21 ("Homeland," "Sons of Anarchy"), "Witches of East End" is executive produced by Maggie Friedman ("Eastwick"), Jonathan Kaplan ("Without a Trace," "ER"), Erwin Stoff ("The Matrix") and Josh Reims ("Brothers & Sisters"). Kaplan will also serve as the producing director on the series. The pilot was directed by Mark Waters ("Mean Girls") and written by Friedman.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Scandal "It's Handled" Season 3 Premieres Thursday 10~3~2013 10PM ET on ABC

[ABC Press Release - Entertainment - Scandal: "It's Handled" Season 3 Premieres Thursday 10~3~2013 10PM ET]

Scandal Season 3 Premiere Olivia Finds Out Just What Her Dad Is Capable Of In The Shocking Season 3 Premiere of ABC's "Scandal"

"It's Handled" - With Olivia's name out there as the President's mistress, both the White House and Pope & Associates face their biggest scandal to date, and a surprise allegiance is formed in order to get things handled. 

Meanwhile, Olivia's father, Rowan, will stop at nothing to carry out his orders and no one, including Olivia, can stand in his way, on the Season 3 Premiere of "Scandal," Thursday October 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

"Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins,Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Captain Jacob "Jake" Ballard. Guest cast TBA.

"It's Handled" was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Tom Verica.

"Scandal" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

ABC Media Relations: Kristen Andersen (818) 460-7421; kristen.andersen@abc.com Alison Daulerio (818) 460-7920; alison.k.daulerio@abc.com

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