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ABC Orders Seven Comedy Pilots Including Johnny Knoxville Project

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ABC has picked up seven comedy pilots, including an untitled Johnny Knoxville project. Hailing from ABC Studios, Knoxville will narrate the family comedy based on his life, which follows a 12-year-old Johnny in his small hometown of Knoxville, TN. The series will expose his childhood experiences that inspired him to become the prankster that he his today…. Read more »

Sundance: Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis on Hollywood Diversity, TV Careers and ‘Lila & Eve’

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This year’s Sundance Film Festival closes with “Lila & Eve,” a gritty crime drama starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis as two moms who lose their children to crime, and take vigilantism into their own hands. The two actresses, who first worked together on 1998’s “Out of Sight,” share other common ground. Both of the… Read more »

Recording Academy Honoree Nile Rodgers Still Old School After All These Years

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As the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy prepares to honor him at its annual pre-Grammy celebration, producer-songwriter-musician Nile Rodgers is both humbled and reflective. “Life began for me when a single DJ dropped the needle on my vinyl record, and it’s true,” says Rodgers from his Connecticut home studio. “With the P&E Wing of the Grammys, you are with the people who actually make the music.”

First Lady Michelle Obama Offers Praise for ‘American Sniper’

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Speaking at an event to boost the image of veterans in entertainment, first lady Michelle Obama offered praise to the movie “American Sniper” for its depiction of military families and “the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure.” Obama spoke to a Washington gathering on Friday organized by Got Your 6, a group that… Read more »

Sundance Ignites 2016 Oscar Race with ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘Grandma’ and More

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“Brooklyn,” a drama about an Irish immigrant’s journey to America, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday night without much advance buzz. But when the lights at the Eccles Theatre in Park City came up two hours later to a rapturous standing ovation, it was clear that Sundance had just screened one of the… Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Photos: Meet the New Characters

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Hot on the heels of the newly released “Game of Thrones” season five trailer, HBO has debuted 18 photos from the show’s upcoming run. A number of new characters are featured in the stills, including Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow, an influential religious leader who will play a pivotal role in the political maneuvers… Read more »

Berlin: Nick Cannon Directing Romance ‘Three Little Words’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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“America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon will direct the independent romantic comedy “Three Little Words,” with Mike Karz and William Bindley producing. The Exchange acquired international rights for the project and will launch sales next week in Berlin. “Three  Little Words” is the story of a group of people dealing with various romantic relationships as they… Read more »

Digital Tracking: ‘Project Almanac’ to Score with Teens Over Super Bowl Weekend

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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 »