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Casting Roundup: ‘Grinder’ Adds Christina Applegate

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“The Grinder” gets a girlfriend and an “SVU” alum is on the case in “Survivor’s Remorse” in today’s casting roundup … Fox’s “The Grinder” may be down a showrunner, but that hasn’t stopped its casting announcements. Christina Applegate will guest star in an upcoming episode of the new comedy as an former high school flame of… Read more »

Hollywood Turned Out for Historic ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

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When singers and actors including Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson, Lena Horne, Sidney Poitier and Burt Lancaster assembled in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963, they undoubtedly knew they were part of a historic event, but they might not have realized how far-reaching Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech would become. More than… Read more »

Armie Hammer Joins Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’

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Armie Hammer is in talks to join the ensemble of Tom Ford’s next pic “Nocturnal Animals” starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also on board to star with Ford writing, producing and directing. Focus Features is handling worldwide distribution after winning a bidding war this past May at the… Read more »

USA Cancels Freshman Drama ‘Complications’

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USA has put an end to “Complications,” announcing it is not renewing the Matt Nix-created drama for another season. The series, which premiered in June, stars Jason O’Mara as a suburban ER doctor who winds up killing a street gang member after he rushes to help the victim of a drive-by shooting. His life changes dramatically in… Read more »

Digital Tracking: There’s ‘No Escape’ From ‘Compton’s’ Box Office Supremacy

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Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot — which studies social data and box office trends — analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in… Read more »

Box Office: Zac Efron Getting Outplayed by Faith-Based ‘War Room,’ ‘Compton’

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Zac Efron’s DJ drama “We Are Your Friends” is being silenced by the faith-based film “War Room” at the U.S. box office, according to early Friday estimates. “We Are Your Friends” would appear to have few friends heading into the weekend, and will likely finish with a dismal $2.6 million. Projections were as high as… Read more »

VH1 Scraps Second Season of Drama ‘Hindsight’

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VH1 has pulled the plug on drama series “Hindsight,” which was in the midst of preparing to film its second season. The decision comes amid belt-tightening at Viacom cablers and regime change at VH1, where Chris McCarthy took over the general manager post from Tom Calderone in July. “Hindsight” had a well-received first season run… Read more »

‘The Walking Dead’ Standalone Web Series Will Connect with ‘Fear’

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While AMC still isn’t planning any crossovers between “The Walking Dead” and its record-breaking companion series “Fear the Walking Dead,” a new special will bridge the gap between the two shows, in a manner of speaking. Variety has confirmed that a standalone “Walking Dead” web series is in the works, with plans to debut installments… Read more »

Bryce Dallas Howard Joins Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Gold’

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Bryce Dallas Howard has joined the cast of Matthew McConaughey’s mining drama “Gold,” currently shooting in New Mexico. She will portray the longtime girlfriend of McConaughey’s character, with her loyalty tested as the hunt for gold pushes their relationship to its breaking point. Edgar Ramirez, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach also… Read more »