×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Players

Michael Rapaport has signed on to the Par/DreamWorks comedy “Numbers” for director Nora Ephron.

Rapaport joins Tim Roth, John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow in the Adam Resnick-penned film about a lottery scam. Rapaport will play a thug for hire, “the Babe Ruth of leg-breakers.”

Andrew Lazar, Jonathan Krane, Sean Daniel and Ephron serve as producers.

Rapaport also recently signed to join Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Wynter in the Phoenix/Col futuristic actioner “The Sixth Day.” He will begin “Numbers” on Nov. 15, as soon as he wraps the Spike Lee-helmed “Bamboozled” and before “The Sixth Day,” which he will begin work on in December.

The thesp, whose previous credits include the John Singleton-directed “Higher Learning” and Woody Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite,” is coming off roles in Allen’s latest untitled project and Fox 2000’s “Navy Diver.” He is repped by Innovative Artists.

* * *

Scott Bakula, who appears in DreamWorks’ “American Beauty,” has been tapped to star in the indie pic “Above Suspicion,” alongside Annabella Sciorra and George Dzundza.

The drama, penned and directed by Stephen LaRocque, centers on Bakula, who plays a fugitive from justice who may also be a killer.

The deal comes on the heels of Bakula landing a starring gig in the CBS telefilm “In the Name of the People,” with Amy Madigan, written by Richard Leder and directed by Peter Levin.

Both gigs, brokered by ICM’s Brian Mann and Chris Andrews, come as New Latin Pictures picked up rights to distrib the indie pic “Luminarias,” starring Bakula.

* * *

Isabella Hofmann, a series regular on Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” will join Billy Zane, Gloria Reuben and Anthony Michael Hall in the Col TriStar/Mandalay four-hour mini based on the Dean Koontz suspense novel “Sole Survivor” for Fox.

Mikael Solomon directs and Tom Patricia exec produces.

Separately, Hofmann is in negotiations to reprise her detective role for NBC Studios’ “Homicide: The Movie” telepic, based on the recent series. She is repped by Jerald J. Silverhardt of MB Artists Management and Don Buchwald & Associates.

* * *

Jane Seymour will topline CBS’ “Murder in the Mirror,” a mystery from scribe Rob Gilmer. Seymour and James Keach will exec produce through their Catfish Prods. with Keach also set to direct. Daniel Schneider is producing through the Larry Thompson Organization. Pic is skedded to air early next year.

Seymour and Keach are both repped by Metropolitan Talent Agency’s Christopher Barret.

* * *

Nicole Ari Parker (“200 Cigarettes”) will star in StarRise Entertainment and WeeCan Prods.’ “Dancing in September.” Pic is from writer-director Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Get on the Bus”) and centers on a black female TV producer and her struggles in Hollywood. Lensing is skedded to begin in L.A. this month.

Parker recently signed on to “Remember the Titans” with Denzel Washington. She is repped by Stephen Hirsch and Lorrie Bartlett of the Gersh Agency.

* * *

Actor and dancer Gregory Hines has inked to play a slick attorney in a recurring role on the NBC comedy “Will & Grace.”

The Emmy-nominated thesp (PBS’ “Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America”) is coming off a role in “Unanswered Questions” for Showtime.Hines’ “Will & Grace” episodes will begin airing Nov. 30. His deal was brokered by the Fran Saperstein Organization, the Gersh Agency and Bloom Hergott Cook Diemer and Klein.

* * *

Fox has tapped David Ramsey to star in the title role of the Muhammad Ali biopic “Ali,” skedded to air in February.

“Ali” is exec produced by Thomas Carter in association with Fox Television Studios. Last week, it was announced that Terrence Howard will topline ABC’s Ali biopic, “King of the World,” based on David Remnick’s 1998 book.

Ramsey is currently onscreen in WB’s “Three to Tango.” He is repped by William Morris’ Jeff Witjas and Jenny Delaney.

* * *

Morgan Fairchild has joined Dennis Hopper in Emmett/Furla Films and Miracle Entertainment’s “Held For Ransom,” which begins lensing this week in Florida.

The teen thriller is based on the novel by Lois Duncan (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) and will be directed by Lee Stanley, who also penned the adaptation. Co-stars include Debi Mazar, Timothy Bottoms and Joan Van Ark. She is repped by Gold Marshak Liedtke.

More Film

  • Aquaman 2018

    'Aquaman' Crosses $250 Million at Foreign Box Office

    Things are going swimmingly at the box office for “Aquaman” as the Warner Bros.’ superhero flick hits another major milestone overseas. James Wan’s take on the ruler of the seven seas just passed $250 million internationally, and a weekend haul of $126.4 million from 43 territories brings its foreign tally to $261.3 million. “Aquaman” — [...]

  • Mortal Engines

    'Mortal Engines' to Lose More Than $100 Million at Box Office

    “Mortal Engines,” a steampunk fantasy adventure, is also an epic flop. With a budget of just over $100 million and tens of millions in global marketing costs, executives at rival studios estimate that the movie will lose upwards of $100 million. Some even project that number could float to more than $125 million. “Mortal Engines” [...]

  • Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Honored

    Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members

    BUENOS AIRES — In a ceremony just before Friday’s prize announcements at Ventana Sur, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival, were named honorary members of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a new move for the Academy, out through by its new president, Bernardo [...]

  • Nona

    Film Review: 'Nona'

    Twenty years and 12 features down the line, it’s still hard to peg the directorial sensibility of Michael Polish, with or without the presence of brother Mark as frequent co-writer and actor. His output has been all over the place, from early Lynchian quirkfests to the very middle-of-the-road inspirational dramedy “The Astronaut Farmer,” not to [...]

  • Pawel Pawlikowski "Cold War"

    Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

    “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday. “Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor. Armando Iannucci’s [...]

  • The Favourite Bohemian Rapsody Star is

    The Best Movie Scenes of 2018

    When we think back on a movie that transported us, we often focus on a great scene — or maybe the greatest scene — in it. It’s natural. Those scenes are more than just defining. They can be the moment that lifts a movie into the stratosphere, that takes it to the higher reaches of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content