Summit Entertainment and OddLot Entertainment announced today that production has begun on director Ivan Reitman’s sports dramedy Draft Day. The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL Draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manger who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. As the day’s events unfold, “he must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.”
Filming is underway in New York, where the production will shoot some scenes at the actual 2013 NFL Draft. Once that is complete, filming will move to Cleveland. The ensemble includes Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Frank Langella, Josh Pence, Rosanna Arquette, Timothy Simons and 42 star Chadwick Boseman, and the start-of-production press release notes that Terry Crews and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs have also joined the cast. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the entire cast listing.
When last we reported on Running Scared-director Wayne Kramer’s Pawn Shop Chronicles, the picture had attached Paul Walker to star with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst set to direct. That’s old news. What’s current is the casting of Elijah Wood, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Vincent D’Onofrio in the dark comedy. The plot seems pretty much the same, which involves a local pawn shop in a small Southern town that is a link between a man searching for his kidnapped wife, two white-supremacist meth addicts and a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator. Production on the Adam Minarovich screenplay is underway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hit the jump for more casting news on Pawn Shop Chronicles.
On Season 2 of the action-adventure drama Human Target, British actress Indira Varma joins the cast as Ilsa Pucci, a beautiful, sophisticated and recently widowed billionaire who seeks the help of Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) after the mysterious murder of her philanthropist husband. Impressed with Chance’s expertise, Ilsa offers to be his benefactor and a silent owner of his protection agency, but it quickly becomes clear that this woman might not remain so silent.
During a recent interview, Indira Varma talked about being a part of her first American television series, working in Vancouver and juggling her career and family. She also talked about what it was like to work with Idris Elba on her BBC America series Luther, premiering on October 17th. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
The DC comics-based, action-adventure series Human Target centers on Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a unique private security expert who is hired when a threat can’t be eliminated through normal means of protection. Making amends for his former life as a mercenary and hired assassin, Chance’s only focus now is saving his clients’ lives, even if it means placing himself directly in the line of fire.
During a recent interview, co-stars Mark Valley and Jackie Earle Haley talked about returning to the series, adding a new female dynamic to the team, and how everything will be bigger and better in season two. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
by Nico Posted: July 26th, 2010 at 8:08 am
For those that don’t know, Human Target started as a DC Comics comic book. Fact. It was brought to television last year with a trio of talented actors at its core — Mark Valley as Christopher Chase, Chi McBride as Winston and Jackie Earle Haley as Guerrero. This season a new showrunner, Matthew Miller, takes the reins fresh off his work on Chuck. We got a chance to speak with all four and talk about season two. They talked about the storyline, casting, and a lot more:
by David Lane Posted: February 22nd, 2010 at 10:20 pm
Opening on April 6, in limited release, is director Jerry Zaks’ Who Do You Love. The movie is the story of legendary record producer Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, the label that helped popularize Blues music during the 1950s and ’60s.
To help promote the film, we’ve been given the poster to premiere, so hit the jump to check it out. We’ve also posted the full synopsis and cast list.
by Eli Posted: September 19th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
Nick Cannon’s stars as soon to be combat soldier Mike is this hybrid soldier/coming of age story. It seems clear that Cannon is making a play to be taken serious in this role, hoping to move on from lighter fare like Drumline. It’s a risky move; will Cannon prevail and show off his overlooked acting chops, or will he prove to be yet another shallow pretty face with nothing more than a smart mouth and flash in the pan success? Hit the jump to find out.
If Fox has a dog in the game of network television, it’s only because of “American Idol” and every other network head just thanks their respective deity that the show only runs between January and May and not year-round. There aren’t enough cop and medical dramas in the world to compete with that behemoth. Of course, networks and Americans could just try to embrace new and exciting programming, but that’s just too much work. Better to just crunch out forgettable pop singers.
But until the horrific day when Rupert Murdoch can clone Ryan Seacrest*, Fox must make do with original programming and thus, according to THR, they have picked up “Human Target” and “Sons of Tuscon”. “Human Target” sounds the more promising of the two. It’s based off a Vertigo comic book about a man who assumes the identity of people in danger and becomes the “human target”. The show will star Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride and will either fall short of its premise or be a smash genre hit that Fox will inevitably cancel.