HBO is staying in business with Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter.
The premium cable network has picked up to series the Boardwalk Empire duo’s rock ‘n’ roll drama that’s also exec produced by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Breaking Bad’s George Mastras, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 1970s drama — which remains untitled — explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.
Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie) stars as Richie, the founder and president of American Century Records, who has a great ear for discovering talent and who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde stars as Richie’s wife, with Parenthood’s Ray Romano set as one of Richie’s partners. The cast also includes Juno Temple, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C.MacKenzie, Bo Dietel, Armen Gary, Robert Funaro and Joe Caniano.
Scorsese directed the pilot and executive produces alongside Jagger, Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Mastras. Winter is set as showrunner and penned the script with Mastras. A premiere date has not yet been determined.
For HBO, the rock drama continues the premium cabler’s relationship with Scorsese and Winter following the conclusion earlier this year of Boardwalk Empire. The drama, which was first put into development in 2011, becomes HBO’s latest series offering as it bulks up on hourlong fare following the end of staples True Blood, Boardwalk and The Newsroom. Last month, HBO added its Westworld adaptation to its series roster, picking up the drama with an all-star cast anchored by Anthony Hopkins in his first series-regular role.
The rock drama joins a roster of originals that also includes Game of Thrones, anthology True Detective, The Leftovers and upcoming Utopia.
HBO’s rock drama comes as scripted musical fare continues to be in demand at both broadcast and cable networks. Fox will launch Empire, a hip-hop drama starring Terrence Howard, in January, with ABC also poised to bow its musical fairy tale comedy Galavant during the same frame. ABC’s country drama Nashville is in its third season and Fox has the final season of Glee due in 2015. For its part, Starz on Monday put Storyville, a period jazz drama produced by Tony winner George C. Wolfe, into development.
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Olivia Wilde has never shied away from voicing her opinion on political matters, and this upcoming election is no exception.
The actress and new mother is speaking out in support of Proposition 47, a California voter initiative which reduces penalty time for certain crimes.
“Family is everything. I’ve always felt that way, but having a baby this year really drove that truism home,” Wilde began.
“Being a mother has reinforced and refined my thinking on many issues, including—believe it or not—our criminal justice system. That’s why I’m supporting Proposition 47.”
Wilde gave birth to her first child with Jason Sudeikis, a baby boy named Otis, earlier this year. She and Sudeikis are engaged but have yet to tie the knot.
Wilde continued on about the initiative, saying that her family “instilled, since I was a child, a commitment to critical thinking. Don’t believe what you hear; explore and analyze what you encounter to determine your own truth. This family trait has led me to not only think deeply about societal issues but also to act. Having my son has only increased my desire to do so.”
She continued, “I also am one of several Artists for 47 endorsing the initiative, ranging from Jay‐Z to Brad Pitt to Cameron Diaz and John Legend. We’re united in this effort because our current justice system is tearing apart families for low‐level crimes, and draining community resources and tax coffers to pay for it. It hasn’t worked, and I urge Californians to join me on November 4 in voting yes on Prop. 47.”
‘Kill List’ and ‘Sightseers’ writer-director Ben Wheatley has selected the action thriller ‘Free Fire’ for his next feature, with production scheduled for spring 2015.
Featuring a cast that includes tar Luke Evans (‘Dracula Untold,’ ‘The Hobbit’), Cillian Murphy (‘Inception,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’), Armie Hammer (‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ ‘The Social Network’), Olivia Wilde (‘Rush,’ ‘Her’) and Wheatley’s regular collaborator Michael Smiley (‘Kill List,’ ‘A Field in England’), the actioner revolves around an arms deal which goes spectacularly wrong. Set in Boston in 1978, the film sees Wilde playing a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (played by Murphy and Smiley) and a gang led by Evans and Hammer who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues.
“The idea for ‘Free Fire’ came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from ‘The Asphalt Jungle,’ ‘The Big Sleep,’ ‘The Killing’ and ‘The Big Combo’ through ‘The Driver,’ ‘Le Samourai’ and ‘The French Connection,’ to the modern cycle of ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Casino,’ ‘Hard Boiled’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ said Wheatley in a statement.
“Free Fire will take you and stick you in the middle of the action. I want the film to have the stylish, no nonsense feel that you get in Peckinpah’s The Getaway. It’s a modern ‘70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare.”
Wheatley is currently in post production on his latest effort, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s ‘High-Rise,’ which stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans.
Olivia Wilde had her big break thanks to roles on television shows such as The O.C. and House, but she credits The Gaiety School for honing her drama skills.
“I know it sounds funny but Colin Farrell was seriously like God to my whole class at the Gaiety…We had a photo of him in the in the studio and there were pictures of him all over the school.”
However, once she hit the big time in Hollywood, her own photo was then given pride of place in the acting school’s hall of fame.
“A girl came up to me in a coffee shop in New York and said ‘I was a student at the Gaiety School and we just loved you and had your photo on the wall and everyone dreams of having your career,’” she recalls. “That’s when I felt yes, that’s amazing because my time in Dublin, that’s really what got me to where I am today. I learned a huge amount from the Irish style of acting and it’s served me well.”
The 30-year-old actress was born Olivia Cockburn and spent her childhood summers at her Irish grandfather’s home in Ardmore, Co Waterford.
The mum-of-one is intent on making a movie based in the picturesque South East countryside, but has yet to find the right script.
“It’s so close to my heart…we spent summers on the beach in Waterford and riding horses near my grandfather’s house, I probably have such a romantic notion of Ireland but honestly my dream is to make a movie there.”