Feature scribes Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (“Not Another Teen Movie”) are shifting into television, pacting with Kelsey Grammer’s Paramount-based Grammnet Prods. to develop a half-hour laffer for Fox.
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The Sci Fi Channel, which is single-handedly keeping alive the low-budget, futuristic exploitation movie, has commissioned four more of them to premiere on its Saturday-night movie showcase.
Weekly series “Independent Lens” is primed to unspool Tuesday nights this winter on PBS.
ABC has snagged Oscar-winning helmer Sydney Pollack, thesp Billy Baldwin and scribe James Manos (“The Sopranos”) to create “The Rackets,” an hourlong family drama based on author Thomas Kelly’s epic novel about the inner workings of New York City’s political machine.
Miramax Films is to distribute its own movies in Germany, hiring its own local staff to handle releases through Buena Vista Intl.
“Carnage,” from France’s Delphine Gleize, took feature kudos at Kyiv’s traditional youth film fest, Molodist, on Oct. 28 — but Moscow’s theater hostage drama dominated the event in the Ukrainian capital.
Perhaps the oddest aspect of Alfred Uhry’s disappointing new play “Edgardo Mine” is that he has chosen to write about a deeply serious 19th century Vatican scandal in a comedic vein, presenting the play’s narrator and primary villain, Pope Pius IX, as a sort of standup comic.
Lanford Wilson paints a watercolor portrait of a small Southern town in “Book of Days,” a 1998 play making its Gotham premiere as part of the Signature Theater season dedicated to the playwright. Look closely at the pretty pastels, however, and some strange doings reveal themselves.
Al Pacino opens in “Salome” on Nov. 12, just two days after his last perf in “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” at Pace U.
Cowboy Pictures has picked up North American distrib rights to “The Slaughter Rule,” starring Ryan Gosling and David Morse. At the same time, Sundance Channel has nabbed pic’s pay TV and homevideo rights.