Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time. The “Sopranos” actor appeared recently in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” He had been working on Fox Searchlight’s “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production,... Read more »
Netflix is scaring up a second season of “Hemlock Grove.” The streaming service has confirmed the horror series, which premiered in April, will return for another 10 episodes in 2014. Veteran showrunner Charles H. (Chic) Eglee (“Dexter”) will join as executive producer of the second season of “Grove,” which is produced by Gaumont International Television.... Read more »
Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to “Adventures in the Sin Bin,” the comedy that bowed last year at the Seattle Intl. Film Festival. The pic from writer Christopher Storer and tyro helmer Billy Federighi centers on a teen who loans out his retro van — the “Sin Bin” of the title — for... Read more »
The resurgence of the 1980s Brit megamusical continues, with producer Cameron Mackintosh locking in a West End revival of “Miss Saigon” that will open at the Prince Edward Theater in May. Originally helmed by Nicholas Hytner in its 1989 London bow, the new staging of “Saigon” will be directed by Laurence Connor, the co-director of the... Read more »
FX has given a 10-episode series order to a comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence. Series is produced by Debmar-Mercury and Lionsgate TV under Debmar’s “10/90″ deal format that calls for accelerated production of 100 episodes if the initial 10-episode test run fares well. Untitled comedy about two lawyer friends was created and is... Read more »
Although Alberto Barbera opted to slim down the Venice Film Festival lineup when he was appointed artistic director last year, the world’s oldest international sprocket opera appears to be setting a particularly lavish table for its 70th-anniversary edition.
With the film biz ailing on the plains in Spain, any new production is news. But "The Master of Altamira," skedded to start production this year, is noteworthy as a microcosm of trends now driving international film production.