Davis & Spencer Get On Up
Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis, who starred together in The Help, will reunite on Get On Up which is based on the life of legendary singer James Brown. According to Deadline, Davis will play Brown’s mother Susie who gave birth at 16 and left the singer to be raised by family. Spencer will play Brown’s Aunt Honey who was a formative figure in his life.
So Bad it’s good
Deadline has reported that the series finale of Breaking Bad was seen by 10.3 million people in the US alone, which is a record for the US AMC series. Breaking Bad recently won the Emmy for Best Drama Series.
McCartney Flying High
Paul McCartney’s children’s book High In The Clouds is being developed into an animated movie, reports Variety. The story centres around a squirrel’s quest to find a fabled animal sanctuary called Animalia and is due for release in 2015.
Jackman joins Chappie
Hugh Jackman has joined the cast of director Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi feature Chappie, Deadline reports. Jackman will play the rival to Dev Patel's character in the South Africa-set pic about an android cop (motion capped by Sharlto Copley) who's kidnapped by gangsters.
Brown Findlay checks in to Jamaica Inn
Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay is set to headline BBC One's three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1936 gothic novel Jamaica Inn, Deadline reports. The White Queen's Emma Frost wrote the adaptation that will be directed by Call the Midwife's Philippa Lowthorpe.
CBS doesn't forget Unforgettable
CBS has renewed its procedural drama series Unforgettable starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh for a 13-episode third season, Deadline reports. The series was previously cancelled after its debut season but was later saved from the axe.Email Me! - When Available!
Modern Family spinoff in the works
The US ABC network is considering a spinoff series from its flagship comedy series Modern Family, Deadline reports. One concept being considered is a series featuring Season 4 guest star Rob Riggle's character Gil Thorpe.
Swift joins The Giver
Taylor Swift has been cast in the feature adaptation of Lois Lowry's dystopian young adult novel The Giver, Deadline reports. Swift joins Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush & Cameron Monaghan in the Philip Noyce-directed film.