Raising Hope star Garret Dillahunt is joining The Mindy Project. The role marks a return to his comedic roots, as he is coming off a turn as a villain in FX’s Justified. Dillahunt will play a doctor who replaces Mindy Kaling’s character when she goes on maternity leave.
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Disney has brought on songwriter Bret McKenzie and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon to rewrite the long-gestating comedy Bob The Musical. The project, which has been in development since 2004, centers on a man who suffers a blow on the head and begins to hear people’s inner songs.
Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater is in talks to direct Jennifer Lawrence in Sony’s dramedy The Rosie Project. The movie is based on a Grame Simison novel of the same name and centers on a socially awkward genetics professor who devises a scientific method for finding the perfect mate, only to meet a girl who defies all his rules.
Miguel Arteta is set to direct teenage drama All The Bright Places. Elle Fanning is set to star in the adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel, which centers on a young girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
“Thinking Out Loud” crooner Ed Sheeran has joined the cast of Kurt Sutter’s new FX series The Bastard Executioner. The singer-songwriter will play Sir Cormac, the ambitious right-hand man to a high-ranking church elder in the medieval drama about a warrior whose life is changed when he receives a message from heaven ordering him to become a traveling executioner.
High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega and American Idol’s Simon Cowell are teaming up to make music-driven drama Delinquents. Set up at Sony Pictures, it is the story of a group of teenage boys who meet in detention, form a band, and enter a battle of the bands competition.
Judy Greer has been confirmed as a guest star on the third season of Showtime’s Masters Of Sex. She will play the wife of guest star Josh Charles’ character, who is a perfume magnate interested in bottling in the smell of sex. The busy actress can also be seen in four major movies this summer, including Tomorrowland, Entourage, Jurassic World, and Ant-Man.
Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox are teaming up for The Cartel, an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel that centers on the Sonora drug cartel led by the infamous Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Scott is set to direct the project, with a script by Shane Salerno.
The sixth annual VidCon kicks off tomorrow at the Anaheim Convention Center and runs from July 23-25. Founded by the “Vlogbrothers” Hank and John Green, it is a celebration of all forms of online video and content. More than 300 of the most innovative and influential YouTube creators are scheduled to appear with more than 20,000 attendees.
Amy Poehler and Ike Barinholtz are pairing up for an untitled basketball comedy. Just picked up by Universal, Poehler will star as a washed-up basketball coach asked to lead an NBA team, forced to deal with the pressures of being the first female coach.
San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton is in talks to direct New Line’s videogame adaptation Rampage, reuniting him with star Dwayne Johnson and producer Beau Flynn. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the live-action adaptation will closely resemble the game, with three giant monsters destroying major cities that can only be stopped by Johnson.
Tyler Perry has been cast in the upcoming adaptation of Brain On Fire, based on journalist Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir. The film follows Susannah as she suffers from psychotic episodes and seizures, causing her to question her sanity while searching for a diagnosis. Perry will portray Susannah’s boss, an editor at The New York Post.
Sony Pictures Animation has won the rights to an animated movie pitch centering on the Emoji, in a heated three studio bidding war. The project will be co-written by Eric Siegel and Anthony Leondis. Leondis is also attached to direct.
Fox’s The X-Files reboot has recruited two more, as Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose and The Flash’s Robbie Amell have joined the cast for an episode of the upcoming miniseries.
Spider-Man reboot director Jon Watts has closed a deal with End Cue for a new project, currently called the Untitled Urban Explorers film.
The Masters of Sex star joins Sony Pictures’ sci-fi space romance, alongside Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.
Muschietti will replace Cary Fukunaga, who left the project in May due to creative differences.
The live-action prequel, titled Genies, will focus on the magical realm of the Genie and trace his journey into the lamp. Damian Shannon and Mark Swiftare set to pen the pic, which is planned to lead into a live-action Aladdin.
The Twilight alum will star as Betsy Ross, seamstress by day, spy for George Washington by night.
The Kingsman: The Secret Service star is set to appear as a journalist investigating the gruesome case of a priest convicted of murdering a nun after performing an exorcism on her.
Originally published in June in the New York Times Magazine, the article centers on the true story of when an army of well-paid “trolls” wreaked havoc all around the Internet and in real-life American communities from a nondescript office building in Russia.
Hot up-and-coming Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy has signed with Lee Stobby of Lee Stobby Entertainment on the heels of his award-winning Cannes debut, which has been met with universal critical acclaim and over thirty prestigious awards across the festival circuit.
Firth and Oliver Kramer will produce for Raindog, with Firth likely looking to star. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel scribe Ol Parker is set to adapt the story, which originally appeared on the popular program This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass.
The series follows a young Alexander the Great as he discovers his fated role in conquering the free world and resurrecting the four ancient lines of blood magic, aided by his long-lost twin sister, Katerina.
The novel, set to be published in early 2016 by HarperCollins, is an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that re-imagines World War II with female soldiers fighting on the front lines, following three different teenagers as they enlist for their own personal reasons.
The novel centers on three teenagers who are stranded on an island where day and night last 14 straight years at a time. As they try to escape, the friends confront terrifying hazards, unexpected transformations, and uncomfortable truths.
In his intensely personal memoir, Kozol tells the story of his father, a renowned neurological disorder specialist, who, at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, was able to narrate his own slow descent into dementia.