Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, 8/5/14:
Jaimie Alexander & Bernard White Join HBO Comedy ‘The Brink’
Jaimie Alexander and Bernard White have been tapped for major recurring roles opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins on HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink, from Jerry Weintraub.
‘Twisted,’ ‘Victorious’ Star to Play King Tut for Spike TV
Avan Jogia will star opposite Ben Kingsley in the cable network’s original miniseries "Tut."
Six Feet Under’s Mathew St. Patrick Joins Sons of Anarchy’s Final Season
Six Feet Under alum Mathew St. Patrick has signed for a recurring role on the FX series’ final season,
Ground Floor Adds Stand-Up Comic Emily Heller in Season 2
Bill Lawrence is elevating one of his charges from the writers room to the Ground Floor. Stand-up comic Emily Heller, who served as a scribe on Lawrence’s short-lived Fox comedy Surviving Jack, is joining Ground Floor in Season 2 in a recurring role.
(ratings) FX’s Latest 10/90 Comedy ‘Partners’ Debuts OK
The 9 PM debut had 1.2 million viewers with a 0.4 among the 18-49s while the follow-up 9:30 PM original drew 1.0 million viewers with a 0.3 among the demo. That’s a 33% drop among the demo for the 9 PM Partners from the 10 PM debut of Married on July 17.
Meet Matt Murdock, Attorney At Law
The Netflix/Marvel series Daredevil is filming in New York City this week under the name “Bluff“… and E-online got a few picks of Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) as attorney Matt Murdock.
Relativity Producing Alyson Richman’s WWII Romance Tale ‘The Lost Wife’
Relativity Studios will produce the adaptation of Alyson Richman’s bestselling novel “The Lost Wife” and distribute the movie worldwide. Marc Klein is set to adapt “The Lost Wife,” which is a romantic story of a young couple’s enduring love during and after World War II. The two young lovers are separated during the Nazi invasion in pre-war Prague. Decades later and thousands of miles away, the two reconnect and explore both the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.
‘Portlandia’s’ Carrie Brownstein to Finish Nora Ephron Script ‘Lost in Austen’
Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein — taking on her first feature writing project — will complete the late Nora Ephron’s unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and Neal Street Productions. Lost in Austen revolves around Amanda, who lives and works in present-day Brooklyn. Suddenly, she finds herself transported back in time and into the fictional world of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice.
Guardians of the Galaxy continues to close Marvel’s Gauntlet around Avengers 3
The first phase of the Marvel films revolved around the Tesseract, a powerful cube with magical powers. In other words, the McGuffin. Marvel does many things right with its cinematic world, but the best aspect of the movies can be found in their ability to weave in and out of each other. This is a hard trick to pull off, but Marvel has one of the best framing devices in the history of film. They don’t have one McGuffin, but six.
‘Intervention’ Revived for 14th Season on LMN
A year after A&E canceled the docuseries, its sibling network has ordered 15 new episodes.
A Primer on The Late Late Show’s Possible New Host, James Corden
British writer and actor James Corden is reportedly taking over Craig Ferguson’s late-night spot. But who is James Corden? Well, he’s a Tony winner, for starters; he’s the Baker in Into the Woods; he’s in Begin Again with Keira Knightley; and he’s pretty damn famous in the U.K. But he’s not a household name in the U.S. — yet. Here’s your quick and easy guide to Corden’s career so far.
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GSN’s Body-Painting Competition ‘Skin Wars’ to Launch an Aftershow
"Skin Wars: The Naked Truth," hosted by YouTube star Kandee Johnson, will debut digitally following each Wednesday episode starting Aug. 6.
Netflix Says a New Season of ‘Arrested Development’ Is "Just a Matter of When"
Sarandos is also "positive" that another season of Arrested Development is in the offing: "It’s just a matter of when," he says, adding that sorting out actors’ schedules is a concern: It was "a fair criticism" of last year’s revival of the cult comedy "that the cast didn’t appear on screen often enough together."
Walt Disney earnings surge 22% on strength of studio, theme parks
Walt Disney Co. reported a 22% increase in net income for its fiscal third quarter, buoyed by the strong performance of its film studio and theme parks division. The company’s media networks division, which includes ESPN and ABC, posted operating income of $2.3 billion, flat from a year earlier.http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-walt-disney-co-earnings-surge-on-strength-of-studio-20140805-story.html
Disney CEO Says ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Details Will Come In 2015
Not only will 2015 bring the release of the first newStar Wars movie in a decade, it’ll bring the first official news of Star Wars integration into Disney theme parks. Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t elaborate much, but said in a recent shareholder’s call that plans have begun and will be officially announced next year.
Debmar-Mercury Ups Alexandra Jewett To EVP Programming
Alexandra Jewett is moving up from SVP to EVP Programming at Debmar-Mercury. In her newly expanded role, Jewett will work in partnership with EVP Lonnie Burstein to oversee programming, development and production for the company.
(opinion) Kurt Sutter Attacks Google: Stop Profiting from Piracy
Open Letter to the Creative Community — Dear Family, Friends and Enemies: Recently, I responded to a Google-sponsored article in Slate. In my retort, I bitch-slapped Google and its half-bright shill for misrepresenting the truth about piracy and copyright laws. I won’t bore you by repeating myself, but in summary: Google is the establishment.
Pols Eye $400M For California Film & TV Tax Credit Expansion Bill
Taking it down to the wire, lawmakers in Sacramento are looking to increase California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program by up to 300%. As the multi-sponsored Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act heads to the important state Senate’s Appropriation committee on Monday, it will be amended to include a figure of around $400 million, sources tell me. In fact, the dollar figure for the annual incentive could go up to more than $400 million to exceeded the $420 million that New York state hands out each year to attract production to the Empire State.
LAT: USC study finds minorities are still scarce in Hollywood
With the success of "12 Years a Slave," "Fruitvale Station" and "The Butler," 2013 seemed like a banner year for African Americans in film. But a new study indicates that the movie business still has a long way to go when it comes to representing America’s diversity on the big screen.
Why Hollywood Shouldn’t Give Up on the Romantic Comedy
In summers past, Hollywood used to give audiences a break from all the action-packed sequels targeted to teenage boys. Usually, that came in the form of smart counterprogramming — the romantic comedy. The romantic comedy used to appeal to studio executives because they were relatively cheap to make and easy to sell. That was the thinking two decades ago, but Hollywood has all but forgotten how to tailor material to women audiences, who make up about 51 percent of all tickets sold at the multiplexes.