Evening News Update for Monday, 12/16/13.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Kevin Zegers Joins Fox’s ‘Gracepoint,’ Amy Gumenick Added To AMC’s ‘Turn’
Kevin Zegers is set to co-star in Fox‘s event series Gracepoint, a U.S. remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. Zegers will play Owen Burke, a handsome, clever and extremely laid back young reporter on the local town newspaper.

Amy Gumenick is set to recur on AMC’s upcoming period drama series Turn. Gumenick will play Philomena who is quite taken with British Spymaster John Andre (JJ Feild) and is recruited by him for some undercover work of her own.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/kevin-zegers-joins-foxs-gracepoint-amy-gumenick-added-to-amcs-turn/

New Girl: Linda Cardellini Cast as Jess’ Sis
New Girl has tapped Linda Cardellini to join the Season 3 cast in the recurring role of Abby, Jess’ (Zooey Deschanel) wild-child sister.
http://tvline.com/2013/12/16/new-girl-linda-cardellini-jess-sister-season-3-cast/

Jane Seymour, Ed Asner Headed to TBS’ Men at Work
The TBS comedy is adding Jane Seymour, Ed Asner and star Danny Masterson’s sister, Alanna, to its impressive list of guest stars for Season 3.
http://www.tvguide.com/News/Men-Work-Jane-Seymour-Ed-Asner-1074748.aspx

Wass Stevens Boards TNT’s Ed Burns Pilot
He’ll play a cop on "Public Morals," a period drama written by, starring and directed by the Burns.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/wass-stevens-boards-tnts-ed-665956

FEATURE NEWS:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Enters ‘Sandman’ at Warner Bros.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
and David S. Goyer have come on board to produce an adaptation of the DC Comics title “The Sandman” at Warner Bros. Gordon-Levitt, who made his feature directorial debut on “Don Jon,” is also eyeing the project as a possible directing and starring vehicle. Neil Gaiman, who authored the graphic novel series, will exec produce. “The Sandman” centers on the character Dream, also known as the Lord of Dreams. At the start of the series, the character was captured and held prisoner for 70 years before escaping into the modern day and rebuilding his kingdom, which has fallen into disrepair.
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/joseph-gordon-levitt-enters-sandman-at-warner-bros-1200966379/

Disney Tackling Jesse Owens Story With ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Director
Disney
is tackling the story of Jesse Owens, the black track-and-field star who broke down race barriers when he won four medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany. Antoine Fuqua is attached to direct the project, which also has David Seidler, the Oscar-winning scribe behind The King’s Speech, attached to write the screenplay. Seidler will adapt Triumph, the book by ESPN anchor Jeremy Schaap. Producing are BermanBraun’s Gail BermanandLloyd Braunand Netter Films’ Gil Netter.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-tackling-jesse-owens-story-666008

Sofia Coppola Heading to ‘Fairlyland’
Siblings Sofia Coppola and Roman Coppola will produce a movie version of Alysia Abbott’s “Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father”through the American Zoetrope banner. Sofia Coppola and Andrew Durham will co-write the screenplay for the coming of-age story, published in June by W. W. Norton & Co.Fairyland” is set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s cultural scene in the 1970s and ’80s, before and after the AIDS epidemic — which would later claim the life of Abbott’s father.A
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/sofia-coppola-heading-to-fairlyland-1200965124/

John Krasinski, Oren Uziel Sell Spec To Warner Bros; Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Producing
Warner Bros
has acquired an action adventure spec script written by John Krasinski and Oren Uziel. Krasinski and his Sunday Night banner will team with Pearl Street partners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to produce under their Warner-based company. Uziel will be exec producer along with Scott Z. Burns. The studio is keeping the log line under wraps.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/john-krasinski-oren-uziel-sell-spec-to-warner-bros-ben-affleck-matt-damon-producing/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

AMC Taps Marco Bresaz as Vice President of Unscripted
AMC
has chosen Marco Bresaz as vice president of unscripted programming. In his new position, Bresaz — who comes to AMC from its sister network Sundance Channel — will focus on identifying and developing compelling unscripted programming for the network.
http://www.thewrap.com/amc-marco-bresaz-unscipted-vice-president

ITV Studios America Inks Overall Deal With Justin Killion
ITV Studios America has pacted with Justin Killion in a non-scripted overall and first-look scripted deal to create, develop and exec produce television programming for the production entity.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/12/itv-studios-america-inks-overall-deal-with-justin-killion/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix Hires Comedy Development Exec from Chernin Entertainment
Netflix
may be looking to lighten up, if its latest hire is any indication. The streaming service has tapped a TV comedy veteran, the company announced Monday. Jane Wiseman joins Netflix from Chernin Entertainment. While Wiseman is expected to focus on drama efforts as well, the hire gives Netflix its first live-action comedy development specialist at a time when its only laffer to date, the “Arrested Development” revival, came fully formed from 21st Century Fox, and no original comedies are publicly known to be in its development pipeline.
http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/netflix-hires-comedy-development-exec-from-chernin-entertainment-1200966275/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Breaks Its All-Time Domestic Box Office Record
Buoyed by the stellar box office performances of Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Frozen and Monsters University, Disney has reached a new all-time high at the domestic box office, breaking its previous record of $1.547 billion set in 2012.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-breaks-all-time-domestic-666062

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Dwayne Johnson Is The Top-Grossing Actor Of 2013
Iron Man 3 is the highest-grossing movie of 2013 so far with $1.2 billion. But that’s not enough to put its star, Robert Downey Jr., on top of our list of the top-grossing actors. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson beat him this year by working more. Ranking third on our Top-Grossing list is Steve Carell. Vin Diesel lands in fourth place with $887 million. Rounding out our top five is Sandra Bullock.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2013/12/16/dwayne-johnson-is-the-top-grossing-actor-of-2013/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Are Millennial Women Finally Getting Paid The Same As Their Male Peers?
Last week, the Pew Research Center published some news that appeared to be of the good kind: Millennial women are finally closing the gender wage gap. Pew revealed that in 2012, the median hourly wage for women came out to 84% of men’s, while as recently as 1980, women had only reached 64%. But millennial women in particular were making larger strides, while millennial men were making slightly smaller ones; in 2012, millennial women made 93% as much as their male peers on the hour.
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3023471/are-millennial-women-finally-getting-paid-the-same-as-their-male-peers

Salon: How HBO lost its dominance
“Getting On” is unlikely to become the subject of national debate any time in the next few, foreseeable news cycles, despite the program’s rather timely focus on healthcare. Like its half-hour counterparts, “Hello Ladies” and “Ja’mie,” Getting On” is representative of the new HBO. Yeah, it’s HBO, but it’s still basically TV.
http://www.salon.com/2013/12/16/how_hbo_lost_its_dominance/

Facebook is tracking what you don’t do on Facebook
Facebook
released a study last week indicating that the company is moving into a new type of data collection in earnest: the things we do not say. For an analysis of self-censorship, two researchers at Facebook collected information on all of the statuses that five million users wrote out but did not post during the summer of 2012.
http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/12/facebook-collects-conducts-research-on-status-updates-you-never-post/

(music) Beyoncé’s surprise new release is the fastest-selling album on iTunes ever
Beyoncé’s surprise album release on iTunes this past Friday has, unsurprisingly, been a huge hit. Apple just announced that the self-titled video and song collection sold a whopping 828,773 copies in only three days, making it the fastest-selling album on iTunes ever.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/16/5216714/beyonces-surprise-new-release-is-the-fastest-selling-album-on-itunes

HBR: 10 Charts from 2013 That Changed the Way We Think
1. Asian countries are overtaking European countries when it comes to prosperity.
2. The most common area of weakness for ineffective senior leaders is their ability to develop others, followed by their ability to collaborate (but research shows it’s entirely possible to reverse these bad habits).
3. Here are the areas CEOs are getting coached in — but priorities differ depending on who you ask.
4. Go ahead, expense that chicken.
5. Cubicles are the absolute worst, in part because they’re so darned noisy.
6. What percentage of U.S. mothers work 50 or more hours a week during the key years of career advancement? Most people say half — and they’re wrong.
7. Even though recent Wharton grads say that parenting still matters, fewer and fewer think they’ll end up having kids.
8. It may be a good time to invest in Africa, which is more stable than you’ve been led to believe.
9. You’re probably in good shape if you’re set to graduate from a top-tier business school. If not, there’s reason to worry due to these hiring patterns.
10. And, just in time for bonus season, you may want to forgo those involving cash if your goal is increasing productivity.
http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/12/10-charts-from-2013-that-changed-the-way-we-think/