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Nathan Fillion Closes Deal to Return to ‘Castle’ Season 9

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If “Castle” is renewed for Season 9, the ABC drama will be back with Nathan Fillion. Fillion has closed a deal to return to the long-running police procedural for a potential ninth season, Variety has confirmed. The news comes as “Castle” still sits on the bubble, awaiting a renewal decision. However, sources have said for quite some… Read more »

Alden Ehrenreich to Play Han Solo in ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

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Disney and LucasFilm have found their new Han Solo. “Hail, Caesar!” thesp Alden Ehrenreich has been tapped to star in the “Star Wars”-universe standalone movie revolving around Han Solo, sources tell Variety. Deadline Hollywood first reported that Ehrenreich was the frontrunner to land the role, and sources have now confirmed that he’s set to play… Read more »

Lou Diamond Phillips’ ‘The Night Stalker’ Lands at LMN (EXCLUSIVE)

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LMN has acquired “The Night Stalker,” starring Lou Diamond Phillips and “Scandal” actress Bellamy Young, Variety has learned. The network will premiere the film on June 12. The movie will also compete at the New American Cinema competition at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 4. “The Night Stalker” was the name given to… Read more »

Tom Hooper to Direct ‘Cats’ Movie for Universal

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Tom Hooper will direct and produce a movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” for Universal and Working Title. Producers are Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title along with Debra Hayward and Hooper. Hooper teamed with Universal and Working Title for the 2012 movie adaptation of “Les Miserables,” starring Hugh Jackman, Russell… Read more »

Louis C.K. Partner Talks Making of ‘Horace and Pete,’ Fate of ‘Louie’

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It took a village to keep “Horace and Pete” under wraps until Louis C.K. was ready to raise the curtain on his self-financed drama series. M. Blair Breard, C.K.’s producing partner, spoke about the origins of “Horace and Pete” on Thursday during her appearance at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit in Manhattan. The 10-episode drama series… Read more »

10 Insights From Tyler Oakley, Timbaland and Top Execs at Variety’s Ent and Tech Summit

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The madness of metrics, the ins and outs of engagement, the explosion of new media platforms and the evolution of talent deals in the digital arena — all of these topics and more were dissected Thursday by a wide range of participants in Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit. The daylong gathering at Manhattan’s Intercontinental Barclay… Read more »

Broadway’s ‘The Humans,’ ‘Shuffle Along’ Win New York Drama Critics Circle Awards

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The New York Drama Critics Circle has named family drama “The Humans” the best play of the season, with “Shuffle Along” taking the award for musical. That’s a big win for Scott Rudin, the busy producer who brought both those Tony-nominated titles to Broadway. Voted on by a group of New York-based theater critics, the… Read more »