News Briefs – February 15, 2014


The TV trailer for “Penny Dreadful”, the new John Logan-written/Sam Mendes-produced horror series that teams up some of cinema’s most famous horror characters, has been released. The show hits Showtime May 11.

Neve Campbell (“Party of Five”) will star in the new TNT drama “Guilty by Association”. The project, based on the book by former prosecutor Marcia Clark, “centers on Rachel Knight (Campbell), a gutsy Deputy District Attorney in the Special Trials Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who works closely with tough-as-nails female LAPD detective Bailey Keller (Elisabeth Rohm) and stylish female prosecutor Toni LaCollette (Rose Rollins), both of whom routinely crash at Rachel’s Elisabeth Rohmplace. Rachel is an unorthodox investigator and litigator who breezily thinks “evidence is for pussies” and uses her instincts and her formidable intelligence to get to the bottom of colleague Jake Pahlmeyer’s shocking death. Bailey is more by-the-book and is uneasy when Rachel starts digging into Jake’s death despite its being taken over by the FBI.” (Deadline)

Brittany Snow will reprise her role as Chloe in “Pitch Perfect 2” (Deadline)

Seems there’s a new season 4 trailer for “Game of Thrones” coming.

Dylan Minnette (“Alexander And The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day”) has been tapped to co-star opposite Jack Black in Sony and Rob Letterman’s film adaptation of the best-selling book series “Goosebumps”. (Deadline) Octavia Spencer, who was recently attached to a reboot of “Murder she Wrote” that is no longer going ahead (Angela Lansbury’s apparently doing cartwheels), is set to star on FOX’s “Red Band Society”. “Based on the acclaimed Spanish series Polseres Vermelles by Albert Espinosa, Red Band Society is a coming-of-age drama that explores with dark humor the daily lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. Spencer will play Nurse Jackson, who works in the pediatrics ward. She’s an excellent, intuitive nurse and a tough customer who doesn’t put up with any crap from anyone.” (Deadline) A new clip from Jason Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words”has been released.

Vic Armstrong (“Left Behind”) will direct “The Sunday Horse”. The movie is “inspired by the story of Debi Connor, a rider from the wrong side of the tracks who overcomes prejudice and a near-fatal accident to become the U.S. champion jumper on a horse that all the experts dismissed as untalented.” (Deadline)

A new TV spot for “300 : Rise of an Empire” has hit the net.

WGN America is developing a drama series based on the life of prohibition-era law-enforcer Elliot Ness, to be written by famed author Dennis Lehane (Deadline)

Kurt Russell says filming will resume on “Fast & Furious 7” in April. “I think that’s going to take place in April, if I’m not mistaken. I don’t know what they’re going to do. I haven’t spoken to them. I saw Vin [Diesel] at the memorial for Paul [Walker]. He was just a wonderful guy. He was the kind of guy that what you saw was what you got. He was a really good guy. The thing that was rough there was that we had some good conversations, but I sensed from them that this was a guy who enjoyed many things in his life and was very appreciative, but was also getting to a point where he wanted to begin to seriously, in an artistic sense, explore what would excited him and find out where he might go. He was literally just turning that page and just saying that he wanted to peak onto the other side, and then he was out.” (Collider)

Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter”) will star in USA Network’s event series “DIG”, which centers on “Peter (Isaacs), an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history.” (Deadline)

The first image from “Gracepoint“, the US remake of UK drama series “Broadchurch” (both star David Tennant), is up at EW.

“Weeds” alum Mary-Louise Parker is in talks to star in a new single-camera comedy, NBC’s “Feed Me”. “Feed Me is described as a comedic exploration of adult intimacy and desire that centers on a dysfunctional family bound by love and the restaurant they run together. And when daughter Emma’s husband has an affair, they circle the wagons to fiercely protect one of their own.” (Deadline)

A number of new high-res stills from “X-Men : Days of Future Past” are online.

Permut Presentations and Reunion Pictures have tapped David Rambo to pen “Hepburn & Tracey”, about the long love affair between the screen legends Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.(Deadline)

Big-time movie-star Tom Hardy will appear in season 2 of BBC gangster series “Peaky Blinders”, while Richard E.Grant and Anna Chancellor will appear on “Downton Abbey” next season. (Deadline)

An ad promoting the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey”… in twelve months time.

“30 Rock” alum Jane Krakowski will topline the new Fox sitcom “Dead Boss”. “An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence.” (Deadline)

The Muppets feature in a new commercial for Subway, one that promotes sandwiches and Muppet movies.