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Ben Mckenzie and Logan Marshall-Green Launch A Thing Or Two Productions.

Posted by Holly on April 05, 2014 | Filed under News & Gossip | Browse the News Archives

Actors Ben McKenzie and Logan Marshall-Green have joined forces to launch the shingle A Thing Or Two Productions. They come to the table in a big way. Tom Rothman’s TriStar Pictures has made a deal on a baseball memoir which the duo will produce with Michael De Luca. TriStar has optioned Wherever I Wind Up, the memoir by pitcher R.A. Dickey about his unusual life journey. Buzz Bissinger has been set to write the script. It becomes another eclectic project for Rothman’s upstart division.

McKenzie first starred on Fox’s The O.C. and now is playing the lead role of Detective Jim Gordon in the Bat-prequel series Gotham, while Marshall-Green played his brother on O.C. and has co-starred in Brooklyn’s Finest, Prometheus and As I Lay Dying. He just shot the pilot Quarry. They have been friends since doing theater together at Williamstown in 2001 and talked about partnering in a production company. It all crystallized when both sparked to Dickey’s memoir. Neither is looking to play the pitcher in the feature.

An Academic All-American at the University of Tennessee and an English lit major, Dickey didn’t write the usual jock story. His memoir was critically acclaimed as he told a tale of overcoming adversity that included being molested as an 8-year old and nearly losing his dream of becoming a pro pitcher. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers and offered a huge signing bonus, only to see the latter get taken away when the team discovered that Dickey was missing an important ligament in his pitching elbow. Undaunted, Dickey knocked around with a bunch of teams as he slowly harnessed an ability to throw the knuckleball, a pitch that fools batters because they have no idea (nor does his catcher) where the ball is going to go.

The memoir was released while Dickey pitched for the New York Mets, where in 2012 he was almost unhittable, winning 20 games, pitching in the All-Star Game, struck out 230 batters and became the first knuckleballer to be named the National League’s premier pitcher when he was voted Cy Young Award winner. Most unusual was that he hit his prime in his late thirties. He now pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Dickey was already entertaining bids for screen rights to his book when Marshall-Green and McKenzie flew to Nashville to sit with him. Their enthusiasm prompted the pitcher to entrust them with the rights, and they used their own money for the option. McKenzie, a former high school football player in Texas, was understandably enamored of Friday Night Lights author Bissinger, and enlisted him to write the script.

Dickey was repped in the deal by ICM Partners. Both McKenzie and Marshall-Green are repped by CAA, while McKenzie is managed by Management 360 and lawyered by PJ Shapiro and Marshall-Green is managed by 3 arts and lawyered by Rick Genow. Bissinger is repped by WME.

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‘Gotham’ TV Pilot Plot Details Revealed (Contains Spoilers for Pilot!)

Posted by Holly on March 04, 2014 | Filed under Gotham, TV News & Reviews | Browse the News Archives

Every pilot season, entertainment news is bombarded by the latest stories about casting and the like for the newest crop of projects, but usually only those in the business are lucky enough to read the scripts. Then there are those pilots shrouded in even more secrecy, with details only coming out through leaks. Shows from J.J. Abrams are often among those where the scripts are only read by a select few, and this year, FOX’s Gotham is also on that list.

So far we’ve only learned a few scant details about what to expect from Gotham. The show will follow a young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) patrolling the streets of Gotham City alongside Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue); a 10-to-12-year-old Bruce Wayne will appear; and future villains like The Penguin will get origin stories. And now we have our first glimpse at some story details.

io9 has obtained the ‘Second Network Draft’ of the pilot script, dated Jan. 31, 2014. This may not be the final draft, although it certainly isn’t a first draft either, and there’s always a possibility it may not even be real. Keep all this in mind as you read the plot details below.

The main issue with the pilot appears to be, as is often the case, that it’s more of an introduction to the world of the series than a story that stands on its own. In the episode, Jim Gordon is given a tour of the city by Harvey Bullock, all while trying to solve the murder of young Bruce Wayne’s parents. Along the way they meet the future Penguin, a 14-year-old Catwoman (already burgling and communing with cats) and a little girl named Ivy living with a lot of houseplants. In case all that wasn’t straight forward enough for Batman newbies, there are also lines like ”He looks like a penguin” to describe Oswald Cobblepot.

The dialogue seems to be another point of contention in their review. Playing into the noir-ness of its setting, the pilot tries to work every gangster phrase into its characters’ language. Sure, calling people “mopes,” “loonybirds,” “skell huggers, “sugar bunnies” or “a cool glass of milk” may be a way to to include period details into your pilot, but if not used sparingly, it’s also a way of alienating your viewers and making your show seem too cartoonish. Especially, if you have Alfred saying, “Oi! Master Bruce! Stop playing silly buggers! Get your bloody arse down off there!”

Finally, there’s the issue of having two opposing main characters in Gordon and Bullock, which we already know from Donal Logue will be set up as two sides of a coin. Gordon is idealistic, while Bullock is morally corrupt. There are clever ways to provide this character information to the viewers, but subtly doesn’t seem to be writer Bruno Heller’s (The Mentalist, Rome) forte when it comes to this script. Gordon spends a lot of the pilot amazed at the crime happening around him in Gotham City, to the point of appearing naive, until he at last comes out a changed man by episode’s end.

A pilot is meant to be a representation of what a network can expect to see from a show should it go to series, but with Gotham already picked up for a full season, that’s no longer the case. It seems that the main problem now is it’s really hard to tell what this series will end up being like past the first episode.

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Gary Oldman Offers Advice for Benjamin McKenzie About Gordon

Posted by Holly on February 15, 2014 | Filed under Film News & Reviews, Gotham | Browse the News Archives

Earlier this week it was announced that Ben McKenzie (Southland, Batman: Year One) will take on the role of Detective Jim Gordon in Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham, and now McKenzie has received some words of advice from the last man to don the ‘tache, Gary Oldman, who starred as Gordon in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

“I’m sure he’s going to be fabulous,” Oldman tells Access Hollywood. “[My advice is to] go back to the comic books. That’s what I did. There’s great stuff about Gordon. He had whole other life.” However, when told that the series will revolve around a pre-Dark Knight Bruce Wayne, Oldman responded with a ‘perplexed look on his face’, stating: “A show without Batman?”

Gotham has been created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) and will also feature Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot, Zabryna Guevara (The Guilt Trip) as Detective Essen, Erin Richards (Being Human) as Barbara Kean and Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Detective Harvey Bullock.

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‘Gotham’ TV Series Release Date & Cast Updates

Posted by Holly on February 14, 2014 | Filed under TV News & Reviews | Browse the News Archives

The announcement of four additional actors for the young “Batman” pilot is giving away the television series’ plotline. Warner Bros. recently announced four additional members who would be allies and enemies of the young Jim Gordon for the much-anticipated television series “Gotham,” said MTV News.

“Another Earth” actor Robin Lord Taylor is set to play the creepy Oswald Cobblepot, alias Penguin, while “Doomsday” actor Sean Pertwee will be playing Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler Alfred Pennyworth. Ben Mckenzie’s Jim Gordon character will be partnering up with “Being Human” actress Erin Richards, who will be playing Gordon’s fiancee Barbara Kean. Gordon’s boss Captain Essen will be played by none other than “Burn Notice” actress Zabryna Guevara.

E! Online hinted that the newly-hired actors will be playing departures from characters the movie screen came to know about. Taylor, who is also in “The Walking Dead,” will be giving depth to Penguin’s character as he will be attempting to stave off the villain’s lust for power while working as a polite member of Fish Mooney’s Gotham gang. Pertwee, on the other hand, will be portraying a more tougher Alfred as his back story is that of an ex-marine’s, said E! Online.

MTV News said that a love triangle will be played out between McKenzie, Guevara and Richards, as the television series will see Gordon and Captain Essen attempting to shut down feelings for each other typical of an office romance as the former returns to his loyal, emergency room doctor wife everyday.

E! Online noted that as Fox plans to debut the television series in the fall, Warner Bros. still has to cast actors to play the role of a young Selina Kyle, or Catwoman, and Bruce Wayne. The Hollywood Reporter said that the drama pilot with a committed series will be written by “The Mentalist” showrunner Bruno Heller, who will also be the pilot’s executive producer. Danny Cannon of “CSI” and “Nikita” will co-executive produce and direct the pilot.

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Ben McKenzie Joins Lead Cast in Fox’s Upcoming Batman Origin Series

Posted by Holly on February 09, 2014 | Filed under Batman Origins, Film News & Reviews | Browse the News Archives

Southland/O.C. vet Ben McKenzie will play the lead role of a young Commissioner Detective James Gordon in Fox’s upcoming Batman origin series, TVLine has learned.

Exec-produced and penned by The Mentalist‘s Bruno Heller, the one-hour drama promises to explore the origin stories of Commissioner Gordon and the DC Comics villains that made Gotham famous.

Last month at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Fox president Kevin Reilly confirmed that Gotham will also follow a young Bruce Wayne’s journey to becoming Batman.

“This is all of the classic Batman characters, with a young Bruce Wayne, the Penguin, the Riddler [and] how they came to be,” he explained. “What events led up to [someone] becoming Catwoman…. all with Gotham teetering on the edge.

“This is not some adjunct companion series,” he added. “This is the Batman franchise, just backing it up [in chronology].”

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