We Just Can’t Get Enough Of Maddy!!

Madeleine Arthur has finished shooting a role on the pilot Chad!

Nasim Pedrad’s comedy has found a new home at TBS, which has picked it up to pilot three years after the project was ordered to pilot by Fox.

Chad, created and written by Pedrad, is a single-camera Middle-Eastern family comedy that follow a 14-year-old Persian boy, played by Pedrad during high school as he desperately tries to fit in, cope with his mother’s dating life, and reconcile his cultural identity.

The show was a creative swing for Fox, which picked it to pilot in 2016 that was directed by Jason Winer and searched worldwide for Middle-Eastern actors to play Chad’s family. After Fox ultimately passed on the pilot, producing studio 20thCentury Fox TV shopped it to other platforms. The studio is not involved in the TBS’ version of the project, which has been reworked for cable. Studio T is producing.

Pedrad, who made her name on Saturday Night Live, has played a number of young children on the NBC sketch show as well as Kim Kardashian.  She also played outspoken feminist cop Aly Nelson on New Girl and her gory comedy feature Corporate Animal, in which she stars alongside Ed Helms and Demi Moore, just premiered at Sundance.

The Iranian-American actress is exec producing and co-showrunning with Hayes Davenport. 3 Arts’ Oly Obst and Rob Rosell also serve as executive producers.

“I’m so grateful to TBS for believing in Chad and giving an adult Middle-Eastern woman the opportunity to play a teenage boy while also running the show behind the camera,” said Pedrad.

Added Thom Hinkle, TBS’ Executive VP of Original Programming, “Nasim embodies this role so perfectly, you forget you’re watching a woman playing a young boy. It’s such a funny, endearing script that evokes a modern-day Wonder Years centered around a middle eastern family.”

Terror-ific!

Kurt Ostlund is busy filming episode # 207 of The Terror and Hiro Thomas has recently completed filming episode #203 earlier this month.

The Terror is an American horror drama anthology television series for AMC. The first season was developed by David Kajganich based on the 2007 Dan Simmons novel of the same name. The series premiered on March 25, 2018, and is a fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845–1848. The first season cast includes Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, and Ciarán Hinds.

In June 2018, AMC renewed the series for a ten-episode second season to premiere in 2019. Titled The Terror: Infamy, it was developed by Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein. The story is set in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, and the cast includes Derek Mio and George Take

https://www.amc.com/shows/the-terror

Season 1 Trailer:
https://www.amc.com/shows/the-terror/video-extras/the-terror-season-1-trailer

Inspired by a true story, The Terror centres on the British Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.

Our ‘Next’ Heartthrob…

Zebastin Borjeau has booked a role on Fox’s pilot neXT!!

Mad Men
 alum John Slattery has been tapped as the lead of the AI thriller drama pilot from 20th Century Fox TV.

Written on spec by Manny Coto and directed by John Requa and Glenn FicarraneXT is described as a propulsive, fact-based thriller grounded in the latest A.I. research. It features a brilliant but paranoid former tech CEO, Paul Leblanc (Slattery), who joins a Homeland Cybersecurity Agent (Fernanda Andrade ) and her team to stop the world’s first artificial intelligence crisis: the emergence of a rogue AI with the ability to continuously improve itself. Marrying pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand, the series also presents us with a villain like we’ve never seen before, one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves.

Slattery’s Paul Leblanc is extremely intelligent. People think he may be a sociopath but he’s really just a narcissist with money instead of social graces. Eve Harlowe, Aaron Moten, Gerardo Celasco and Michael Mosley co-star.

Coto executive produces alongside Requa and Ficarra, who also direct, and Charlie Gogolak of Zaftig Films for 20th TV.

Alpha Males!

Shawn Burke has finished filming a role on The Marriage Course web series for Alpha, and Ron Wear who has also been filming a role this month will recur in a future episode.

The Alpha Series: The Marriage Course is a non-profit web series based out of the UK which will be distributed worldwide. It is a 7 episode marriage course and a 5 episode pre-marriage course that aids couples in pre-marriage and marriage counseling.

Producer: Dylan Jenkinson, Daniel Stewart
Executive Producer: Gordie Cochran
Director: Daniel Stewart
Writer: Nicky and Sila Lee

Story line: In this series we will be capturing many scenes in which couples will interact with one another in a scenario to help portray a concept or idea relating to the content. Some scenes will be filmed in a ‘Wes Anderson’ style set build location while others will be more abstract vignettes in studio. Some scenes will be more realistic on-location scenes that tell a story in amidst the teaching content of this series.

http://www.themarriagecourses.ca

What A Catch!

Monique Phillips has just finished filming a role on the feature film Little Fish.

Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell are set to star in Little Fish, a high-concept, sci-fi love story that will be directed by Chad Hartigan, the filmmaker behind the award-winning Sundance movies Morris From America and This Is Martin Bonner.

Tango Entertainment and Black Bear are financing the feature project, which comes with a bevy of producers: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Rian Cahill of Automatik; Tim Headington and Lia Buman of Tango; Chris Ferguson of Oddfellows Entertainment; and Mattson Tomlin.

Little Fish focuses on a young married couple who fight to keep their love alive in the face of a mysterious pandemic that erases people’s memories. Tomlin wrote the script, adapting an original short story by Aja Gabel.

Raul Castillo and Soko are also joining the cast of the production, which is set to begin shooting later this month.

Hartigan’s coming-of-age dramedy Morris From America won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, while This Is Martin Bonner won the Best of Next! Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and also received the John Cassavetes Award at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards.

O’Connell starred in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and on Netflix’s Western series Godless. Next up for the actor is Against All Enemies, a biopic of controversial French actress Jean Seberg featuring Kristen Stewart, Zazie Beetz and Vince Vaughn.

Cooke starred in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and in Thoroughbreds with Anton Yelchin. She will next be seen in The Sound of Metal with Riz Ahmed.

It’s All About Sharing…


Marybelle Sagard
and Jason Bempong have finished filming roles on the Life.Shared new media series for Alpha Ministries Canada — a British Columbian Ministry.


Life.Shared reflects Alpha’s new brand language to
communicate the idea that life is better when it’s shared.

Story line: Three vignette featuring different types of relationships that we all have. For this centerpiece video: neighbours, coworkers, and friends.

https://giveconfidently.ca/certified-member/alpha-ministries-canada/

Maddy In Living Color!!

Madeleine Arthur will be starring in Color Out of Space, with Nicolas Cage, a feature-length adaptation of terror-master H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 novella.  
 
The film is directed by South African filmmaker Richard Stanley in his first feature in 20 years. For Cage, it’s a re-team with SpectreVision after last year’s hit revenge thriller Mandy. Principal photography on the new project has just finished filming in Portugal.
 
The film will also star Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”Red Sparrow), Tommy Chong (Up in Smoke), Elliot Knight (DC’s “Titans”), Julian Hilliard (“The Haunting of Hill House”) and Q’Orianka Kilcher (“The Alienist”).

The film follows the Gardners, a family who moves to a remote New England farmstead to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. It seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color, and to the family’s horror they discover the alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches including them.

SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood are producing, with Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee and Peter Wong executive producing for ACE Pictures, which is also financing. Stacy Jorgensen will executive produce for SpectreVision.

Lovecraft is the dark father of modern horror, and we have been searching for an adaptation that captures the true scope of his cosmic dread for years,” Noah said in a release announcing the project. “Richard Stanley — a wizard in his own right — will at long last bring Lovecraft’s humbling power to the screen unfiltered.”

Stanley directed cult hits Hardware and Dust Devil and was famously excised from helming the eventual 1996 pic The Island Of Dr. Moreau based on the book of another famed writer, H.G. Wells.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5073642/