Jon Hamm to Host the ESPY Awards: The Mad Men star announced today on LIVE with Kelly and Michael that he was been asked to host the 2013 ESPYS. This is the first time the AMC actor will be hosting the sports-centric televised award ceremony. Fans can catch Hamm hosting the ESPYS Wednesday, July 17 at 9 PM on ESPN from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles. [Deadline]
ABC Family Picks Up Another Pilot: In addition to their two new dramas Twisted and The Fosters, ABC Family ordered a full season pick up of a third pilot. Chasing Life — formerly called Terminales — is an adaptation of a successful Mexican television series starring Italia Ricci as April, an ambitious young newspaper reporter who tries to balance her career aspirations with her hectic family. However, just as things are staring to look up for April, she is diagnosed with cancer. The drama is set to premiere in early 2014 on ABC Family. [Deadline]
Guillermo del Toro Teams Up With HBO: Looks like the infamous director is finally making the jump from the silver screen to the small screen. It has just been announced that Del Toro is developing a new show for HBO called Monster. The series is will be an adaptation from 18 volumes of Japanese Manga and the thriller is about the worldwide search by a young doctor for the most evil sociopath that has ever lived. Del Toro will direct the upcoming project and will co-write the story with Dr. Who’s Steven Thompson. [Deadline]
FOX Apologizes to Zooey Deschanel: During the coverage of last week’s search for the Boston Marathon Bomber, a FOX news affiliate KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, the closed captioning named the New Girl actress instead of the suspect. The text read, ““Marathon Bomber. He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel.” After reacting to the erroneous error on Twitter, Deschanel has received an official apology from the station. Company president Kala J. Patterson says in a statement issued Tuesday they “sincerely apologize for this error.” [EW]
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Just as his latest big-budget marvel is about to invade US theaters, Jerry Bruckheimer has coaxed his home team Disney to cough up a reported seven figure check (against $3.5 million) for Terry Rossio and Bill Marsilii's epic space adventure Lightspeed, says Variety.
The scribes had previously teamed on the thriller Deja Vu, which marked the highest spec sale ever when Disney and Bruckheimer paid mid-seven figures for the script in 2004. The story of their latest collaboration centers on a young pilot who makes the Earth Interstellar Racing Team and must take his ship on a perilous journey across the galaxy on the brink of war. Bruckheimer envisions the project as a live-action and potentially 3D pic.
While the news of the sale itself is remarkable (selling pitches in Tinsel Town without attached talent is very rare in today's marketplace), the creative team involved is no shocker. Rossio co-wrote (along with Ted Elliot) all three of Bruckheimer/Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean films and also worked on their National Treasure franchise. In addition, Rossio wrote the 1994 classic Aladdin, making him one of the Magic Kingdom's most trusted scribes.