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Saul Goodman’s Time to Shine at ‘Better Call Saul’ Premiere

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With shockingly little meth in sight, the cast and crew of “Better Call Saul” gathered Thursday night at L.A. Live for the AMC drama’s premiere, with “Breaking Bad” cast members including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, R.J. Mitte and Betsy Brandt in attendance. No meth, of course, because this isn’t Walter White’s show —… Read more »

Berlin: The Works Acquires ‘Elstree 1976′ — Docu about ‘Star Wars’ Actors, Extras

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LONDON — The Works Intl. has acquired exclusive worldwide sales rights for “Elstree 1976,” a documentary about the effect “Star Wars” had on the lives of some of actors and extras involved in making the film. Sales will commence in Berlin where The Works is screening a promo. The film is in post-production, following a… Read more »

Pre-Broadway Review: ‘Gigi’ Starring Vanessa Hudgens

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Can a polished chestnut best-known from a 57-year-old film capture the modern theater audiences that it failed to woo in 1973? That’s the operative question for producers of the spiffy but risky revival of the Lerner and Loewe staple “Gigi” that has bowed at the Kennedy Center en route to Broadway. Teen fave Vanessa Hudgens (Disney’s… Read more »

Anna Gunn to Co-Star in ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff With Gary Sinise

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CBS has added “Breaking Bad” star Anna Gunn to the “Criminal Minds” spinoff, Variety has learned. Gunn will co-star opposite Gary Sinise as the female lead in the potential series, which will follow an FBI division that helps American citizens in trouble abroad. The pilot episode, which will be penned by Erica Messer, is set to shoot this February and will… Read more »

‘Alien Outpost’ Helmer Options ‘Jack Sigler’ Book Series (EXCLUSIVE)

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With his new movie “Alien Outpost” bowing in theaters and VOD on Friday, Jabbar Raisani has optioned the bestselling “Jack Sigler” book series by Jeremy Robinson. Raisani plans to adapt and direct “Pulse,” the first book in the series and is currently talking to producers/financiers to develop the property. “Pulse” starts off with Richard Ridley,… Read more »

George Lucas Rips Hollywood, ‘Stupid’ Cat Videos at Sundance

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George Lucas offered a bleak assessment of the current state of the film business during a panel discussion with Robert Redford at the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, saying that the movies are “more and more circus without any substance behind it.” However, the “Star Wars” director hit back at critics who said his role… Read more »

‘Expelled’ Movie with Vine Star Cameron Dallas Coming to Netflix

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Teen comedy “Expelled,” a movie starring popular Vine creator Cameron Dallas and produced by digital studio AwesomenessTV, will become available on Netflix’s streaming service worldwide Feb. 1. In “Expelled,” Dallas — who has 6.8 million followers on Twitter’s Vine and 3.1 million on YouTube — plays Felix, a prankster who’s kicked out of Eastwood High after… Read more »

Berlin: Mary-Louise Parker, Ashley Benson Join ‘Chronically Metropolitan’

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Mary-Louise Parker, Ashley Benson, Chris Noth and Shiloh Fernandez will star in the independent comedy “Chronically Metropolitan.” Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films is handling international sales and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. WME is handling U.S. rights. Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L. Blanc are producing through the… Read more »

‘Parenthood’ EP Jason Katims Previews Series Finale: ‘It’s Ultimately An Uplifting Ending’

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After six seasons and just over 100 episodes, NBC’s “Parenthood” is signing off for good tonight. Executive producer Jason Katims previewed the series finale for Variety, and offered his take on the show’s legacy. “There’s some sadness, some celebration, but ultimately, an uplifting ending,” he promised. How hard is it for you to say goodbye to the Bravermans? It’s very… Read more »