Fox's BH90210 revival will officially remain a limited series.
The network has opted to cancel the summer revival that featured the originalBeverly Hills, 90210 stars in a show-within-a-show after one low-rated season.
"We are so proud to have reunited in a very special summer event one of the network's legacy series and casts with 90210 fans across the country," the network said Thursday in a statement. "Profound thanks to and respect for Brian [Austin Green], Gabrielle [Carteris], Ian [Ziering], Jason [Priestley], Jennie [Garth], Shannen [Doherty] and Tori [Spelling], who, along with the entire crew and everyone at Fox andCBS Television Studios, poured their hearts and souls into this truly inventive and nostalgic revival."
Picked up straight to series as a six-episode "event series," BH90210 was co-created by Garth and Spelling, who executive produced alongside co-creators and showrunners Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini. The show averaged a 1.4 rating in the all-important adults 18-49 demo and 3.6 million total viewers — with three days of delayed viewing factored in after getting off to a hot start as summer's highest-rated premiere.
BH90210 suffered creative issues before its premiere, with a showrunner change and multiple writers quitting over the course of the short season as Spelling and Garth were said to want the revival to have a tone similar to Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sources say 13 writers quit the show throughout its run.
The revival of the teen soap, in which the original stars all played ened versions of themselves, was relatively inexpensive to make, even though Fox paid a licensing fee to producers CBS TV Studios.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that original stars Garth, Spelling, Carteris, Doherty, Priestley, Green and Ziering were making $70,000 per episode for BH90210. That translates to a $420,000 base salary for the six-episode project. Sources note that Garth and Spelling also received an additional $15,000 per-episode fee for co-creating the new take. Priestley, who helmed one episode, earned an additional $46,000 for his work behind the camera. That's the basic DGA primetime network directing rate.
The new salaries were a far cry from what many industry insiders anticipated for a pseudo-reboot of a beloved series with nearly the full cast participating. "I thought they would have made at least six figures," said one prolific talent agent.
The cancellation arrives after the original cast had hoped that BH90210 would run formultiple seasons. "We have so many stories to tell that this could keep going on season after season," said Spelling, who, with Garth, had beenshopping the new takefor nearly a year before the newly independent Fox Entertainment came through with theseries order.
The Full Metal Jacket and Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor will play American Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and conservative activist Jerry Falwell in Fox Searchlight’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye about the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Bakker.
As production starts today in Charlotte, North Carolina, Searchlight also announced Vincent D’Onofrio joining the cast in addition to Gabriel Olds Surrogates as televangelist, media mogul and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson, Mark Wystrach Johnny Christ as American actor and country music singer Gary Paxton.
They join previously announced cast Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker, Jessica Chastain who is also producing in the title role, Sam Jaeger as Roe Messner and Chandler Head as Little Tammy Faye, Cherry Jones as Tammy Faye's mother Rachel, and Fredric Lehne as Tammy Faye's step-father Fred,
Pic is based on Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s 2000 documentary of the same name. Pic is written by Abe Sylvia Dead to Me, Dirty Girl and directed by Michael Showalter The Big Sick.
In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world's largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn't long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.
Chastain is producing alongside Kelly Carmichael through their Freckle Films banner with Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane of MWM Studios. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Meredith Milton will serve as executive producers as well as Jordana Mollick of Semi-Formal Productions and Adrian Alperovich from MWM Studios. The film will be overseen by Presidents of Production for Film and Television Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, and Director of Production Richard Ruiz. Fox Searchlight is financing the film and will distribute worldwide.
Chastain said, “I was deeply moved by Tammy Faye's story from the moment I saw Fenton and Randy's documentary, so Kelly and I are thrilled to be partnering with them, Fox Searchlight, Michael Showalter, MWM Studios and the rest of the filmmaking team to bring such an incredible true story to audiences. We are looking forward to sharing Tammy Faye's story with the world, she was truly a woman ahead of her time.”
“We were determined to partner with Freckle Films in its adaptation of the documentary film immediately when Jessica presented Gigi and me with the idea,” said Shane, CCO MWM Studios. “Under the direction of Michael Showalter and a stunning screenplay by Abe Sylvia, we have an award-winning cast in place and look forward to working with Fox Searchlight to bring this incredible story to audiences.”
Showalter stated, “I am overjoyed to be working with the entire team at Searchlight on this film, and to collaborate with extraordinary actors like Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield who will bring so much warmth and intelligence to a pair of compelling and controversial evangelical powerhouses.”
“We are grateful that Jessica brought us this very special project and thrilled to see her and Andrew Garfield, two of the most extraordinary actors of their generation, completely transform themselves to bring the iconic duo of Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker to life. Together with the brilliant and unique sensibility of Michael Showalter, we have total faith that this entire creative team will work cinematic miracles,” said Greenbaum and Greenfield.
Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs round out the voice cast for the film.
Jamie Foxx encourages others to follow their dreams in the teaser trailer for Pixar's Soul.
The animated film follows middle school teacher Joe Gardner Foxx, who dreams of being a professional jazz musician and gets the opportunity to be the opening act at the Half Note Club. When Joe is in a life threatening accident, his soul is separated from his body and transported to the "You Seminar," a center where souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Joe learns that he must work with other souls in training in order to return to Earth.
Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs round out the voice cast for the film, which Pete Docter directed and co-wrote with Mike Jones and Kemp Powers.
The trailer opens with Joe asking, "What would you want to be known for on Earth?" A montage follows that shows people in their everyday lives, including commuting in a busy city and working jobs like a doctor, barber and hedge fund manager. "We only have a short time on this planet. You wanna become the person that you were born to be? Don't waste your time on all the junk of life," Joe continues in a voiceover.
"Spend your precious hours doing what will bring out to real you," he says as clips show people enjoying their passions, which include playing instruments and sewing. Viewers soon get to see Joe playing the piano onstage. "The brilliant, passionate you that's ready to contribute something meaningful into this world."
Joe later learns that he booked the gig and dodges a number of potential accidents before it's his time to take the stage. He eventually falls into an open pothole, where he is transported to the "You Seminar."
Now appearing as a blue blob, Joe asks his new peer at the seminar what she wants to be remembered for. "Probably for doing this funny cowboy dance," she responds before showing off her best moves.
Soul will be in theaters on June 19. Watch the full teaser trailer below.
The Sunday show host was the "special guest" at a campaign rally on Monday and fundraised for a State Senate candidate back in May.
Fox News host Mark Levin, a longtime conservative radio host who joined the network in 2017 to host a weekly television show, got personally involved in a Virginia State Senate election, serving as the "special guest" and speaker at a campaign rally on Monday.
Levin also participated in a May 19 fundraiser for the candidate, Republican Geary Higgins, who lost his race for a Senate seat to Democrat John Bell.
The candidate personally thanked Levin for his speech. "We had a fantastic rally yesterday with many fellow patriots!" he wrote yesterday on Facebook. "Thanks to Mark Levin for his rousing speech and for coming out to support our incredible Republican ticket."
Levin's participation in both a campaign rally and a campaign fundraiser is notable considering the network's general prohibition on such activity.
"Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events," the network said in a statement on Nov. 6, 2018, a day after hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro joined President Trump on-stage at a campaign rally and spoke. "This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed."
The Hollywood Reporter reached to Fox News for comment on Wednesday and will update the story in the event of a response.
Levin has been open about his support for Higgins. "My choice in a very important Virginia state senate race, Geary Higgins," he wrote on Twitter in June. The campaign included Levin in a graphic of "conservative Republicans" who have endorsed the candidate.
The Higgins campaign announced Levin's participation in the May fundraiser earlier in the spring. "Syndicated talk show host and best-selling author Mark Levin is headlining a fundraiser hosted by Loudoun County Supervisor Geary Higgins R-Catoctin on Sunday May 19th from 2-4PM at the Old Waterford School in Waterford, Virginia," a press release read.
In the release, Higgins said he was "honored" to have Levin's support: "Mark has championed conservative principles throughout his life and during his career in the Reagan administration. He continues to lead the charge in protecting our values and pushing back against the growing onslaught of attacks on our Constitution and liberties by the left.”
"I'm tired of the losers telling us we're going to lose," Levin said at the May fundraiser, according to a video broadcast by the campaign. "This is our country. It's our constitution. This is our state. This is our county. This is our candidate. We've got to make sure we pull him across the finish line."
Levin's show, Life, Liberty and Levin, was recently given a two-hour bump, and now airs at 8 p.m. on Sundays. He also hosts a syndicated radio show.
Fox Searchlight Pictures enters the awards conversation this year with a pair of stories set during World War II that are radically different in tone.
With Jojo Rabbit, director Taika Waititi manages to create dark satire out of the story of 10-year-old Jojo newcomer Roman Griffin Davis, who participates in Hitler Youth drills as Germany's war machine is starting to crumble. He shares a friendship with an imaginary Führer, with Waititi as a slapstick Hitler channeling Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. Jojo begins to re-evaluate his ideology when he discovers a Jewish girl Thomasin McKenzie hiding in his attic.
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Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino Up provided the score, which makes use of choral music among other elements. His working relationship with Waititi was ideal, the composer said.
“I really felt like we were on the same page from Day 1, and he just trusted me to take care of my job on the film,” Giacchino said. “We had amazing conversations about a lot of different scenes because it was a very unbelievably difficult movie to tightrope-walk. But the biggest thing is [Taika] is just so much fun to work with. It was like having one of my friends over, one of my 10-year-old friends over making movies, and it was great. It had a lot of silliness. It was good.”
DP Mihai Malaimare Jr. won Cinematographer of the Year at the Hollywood Film Awards for his work on Jojo Rabbit.
“It was very hard not to laugh” on set, Malaimare admitted, but he added: “I didn't really see it as a comedy. I think [Waititi] is using comedy for a bigger purpose.”
Jojo Rabbitwon the People's Choice audience award at TIFF and has collected $1.9M at the box office to date.
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Fox Searchlight's A Hidden Life, directed by legendary auteur Terrence Malick, tells an altogether more serious tale from the Second World War. It's based on the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who refused to fight for the Nazis.
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August Diehl Inglourious Basterds stars as Jägerstätter, with Austrian actress Valerie Pachner as his wife.
Pachner told the Contenders about landing the role of a woman facing the imminent loss of her husband, who faces death if he doesn't join the Nazi fight.
“I got called by a casting director in Berlin ... and I didn't have anything to prepare, which I liked,” she recalled. “I just got in and they gave me one of the original letters [from the couple] and I sort of improvised with it. Three weeks later, I got the call that I'm cast.”
'A Hidden Life' Trailer: Terrence Malick And Fox Searchlight Together Again For True WWII Tale
Malick won the François Chalais Award at the Cannes Film Festival, where A Hidden Life had its world premiere. Pachner described the filmmaker as a man of few words,
“He's all about deep talk and not small talk,” the actress observed. “He just infuses some calm and clarity that makes you forget about the small things in life.”
A Hidden Life, acquired in a deal in the $12M-14M range, played Telluride and TIFF after its Cannes debut. It hits theaters December 13.
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EXCLUSIVE: Fox is developing Sanchez, Ohio working title, a multi-camera/hybrid comedy written by Isaac Gonzalez Mr. Iglesias and comedy veteran Chris Case, creator of Retired at 35, and directed by Victor Gonzalez. The project hails from Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and SideCar Content Accelerator, the Fox Entertainment-owned production company ran by Gail Berman.
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In Sanchez, Ohio, after he gets a promotion, Tony Sanchez, a Mexican-American dad with traditional values, moves his family from liberal Los Angeles to conservative Ohio, where they find out they have more in common than they ever could have imagined with their new neighbors, a red state white family.
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Isaac Gonzalez and Case executive produce alongside Victor Gonzalez and Kapital's Kaplan and Dana Honor.
The project stems from Victor Gonzalez's exclusive development arrangement withKapital Entertainmentfocused on developing Latinx multi-camera comedy series for broadcast, cable and streaming.
Gonzalez, a sought-after multi-camera episodic director, has worked with Kaplan for years, first onInstant MomandWendell & Vinnie for Nick at Nite and more recently on CBS' Friends with Better Lives, 9JK and The Neighborhood, which has a similar to Sanchez, Ohio fish-out-of-water theme with social commentary on race, featuring a while family that moves into a predominantly black neighborhood.
Case, whose extensive resume also includes series Spin City, Reba, Titus, Legit, as well as Sin City Saints, which he co-created, has developed with Kaplan in the past. Isaac Iglesias also worked on Welcome To the Family and Victor & Valentino.