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Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Morton Share Emmy Excitement, Wardrobe Plans at Performers Peer Group Celebration

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“It’s one of my favorite events of the year,” exclaimed TV Academy governor Bob Bergen of Monday’s Performers Peer Group party at Montage Beverly Hills. “We get to celebrate the Performers Peer Group and the nominees as well — it’s so wonderful.” And celebrate they did. Nominees and members of the Peer Group turned out… Read more »

London Theater Review: Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

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Two trajectories determine Benedict Andrews’ in-the-round production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”: the tragic arc of Gillian Anderson’s remarkably vivid Blanche, and that of the near-permanently revolving set. The latter creates a striking metaphor for Blanche’s whirling state of mind, but as it slowly wheels round you sense the two are somewhat at war. Although the movement’s… Read more »

‘Queen of Kentucky’ Movie in the Works With David Permut

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David Permut’s Permut Presentations and Unbridled Films are developing a movie version of “The Queen of Kentucky,” based on Alecia Whitaker’s young adult novel. Katie Ford, writer of Sandra Bullock’s “Miss Congeniality” and co-creator of NBC’s new sitcom “Working the Engles,” will adapt the novel. Permut will produce with Unbridled Film’s Merry-Kay Poe and Permut… Read more »

‘Covert Affairs’ Taps ‘Fargo’ Thesp Shawn Doyle in Recurring Role

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USA Network’s “Covert Affairs” has cast Shawn Doyle in a recurring season five guest role, Variety has learned exclusively. Doyle will appear as Aleksandre Belenko, a Georgian diplomat educated in the U.S. and celebrated for his work with charitable organizations worldwide. Despite his reputation as a charismatic humanitarian, Annie (Piper Perabo) senses Belenko may have… Read more »

Heinrich Himmler Documentary Gets U.S. Distribution After Winning at Jerusalem Festival

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Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to the Heinrich Himmler documentary “The Decent One,” which recently won the Best Documentary award at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Directed by Vanessa Lapa, “The Decent One” explores the personal writings and photographs from the private life of the Nazi SS commander. The film is told from the perspective… Read more »

VH1 Renews ‘Hit the Floor’ for a Third Season

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VH1 has renewed its cheerleading drama “Hit The Floor” for a third season. “’Hit The Floor’ delivered again with fantastic ratings and social media engagement in season two, especially among women,” said Susan Levison, EVP of original programming and production.  “We look forward to seeing what kind of trouble the Devil Girls will get into next… Read more »

‘We Hate Paul Revere': Ron Livingston Joins AMC Comedy Pilot

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Ron Livingston (“Swingers,” “Sex and the City”) has been added to the cast of AMC’s comedy pilot “We Hate Paul Revere.” A comedy veteran, Livingston will star as the famed Revolutionary rider in the pilot, also starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner. Sandler and Wenner will also be writing and executive producing the half-hour pilot…. Read more »

Sky Deutschland’s Second Biggest Shareholder Rejects BSkyB’s Offer

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LONDON — Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey, who is the former son-in-law of Rupert Murdoch, has turned down an offer from U.K. pay TV operator BSkyB to buy his shares in Germany’s Sky Deutschland, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. Odey’s hedge fund Odey Asset Management is Sky Deutschland’s second biggest shareholder, after… Read more »

Jenny Craig Lists Beachfront Mansion in Del Mar (EXCLUSIVE)

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SELLER: Jenny Craig LOCATION: Del Mar, CA PRICE: $39,500,000 SIZE: 8,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Thanks to a kindly snitch we’ll call May B. Lean, it’s come to Your Mama’s real estate attentions that octogenarian diet magnate Jenny Craig has slapped a downright obese $39,500,000 price tag on her big, bulky… Read more »