Mark it down Jeff is scheduled to be a guest on Late Night with David Letterman Monday!
Congrats to both Jeff and Jane Fonda, nominated for Emmys!
Netflix is staging a Newsroom reunion.
The Newsroom’s Sam Waterston will co-star in the streaming service’s 13-episode comedy Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera comedy centers on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The women, much to their dismay, find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, much to their surprise, find they have each other. It comes as Netflix looks to push further into comedy, as original content vp Cindy Holland noted in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Munn, however, has more on her plate than just movies. She also plays Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s The Newsroom and is currently filming the third season.
“I’m going to say that (creator) Aaron Sorkin has put all of us into really intense situations,” Munn said. “We don’t know how the whole season and show will end. We’re all kind of like, ‘How do we get out of this? Or do we get out of this?’ He’s really layered it. None of us know what’s going on.”
Munn’s most well-known co-star on the show, perhaps, is Jeff Daniels, with whom she has a great working relationship.
“Daniels is awesome,” she said. “He works really, really hard. There’s so much dialogue for him to know.”
Because we can. We’re about to start shooting the final episode, this Thursday. On HBO, there’s no business incentive to keep something running longer than it should. So I just felt like it was a good time to stop. When I was doing shows like “Sports Night” and “West Wing,” it was 22 episodes a year. The first year of “West Wing” was the last year of “Sports Night.” We don’t want to get to the fifth season and have everyone go to space camp.
Question: Is there any chance that Chris Messina will have a bigger part this season on The Newsroom? Thanks! – Ali
Ausiello: Bigger? Unclear. Better, in the cosmic sense? Likely. Messina says that the usually prickly Reese “has a whole lot of change and a major difference in his philosophy” in the HBO drama’s final installments. “People will be excited about the last season and bummed that it’s ending, because I think it’ll be a really good one.”
Thomas Sadoski (“The Newsroom”) and “New Girl” star Hannah Simone are toplining indie romantic comedy “Lemonade” with Marisa Tomei and Jay Ellis in supporting roles.
Producers are Mark Mathias Sayre and Elliott Williams. Timothy Davis and Ellis are exec producing through Sunday Ruckus.
Dave Matalon will be making his feature-film directorial debut and directing from his own script. Sadoski portrays a neurotic and struggling theater director in New York who meets a successful woman, forcing him to reexamine himself, his values and notions of what makes life worth living.
30 Rock alum Keith Powell has been cast on the final season of HBO’s The Newsroom in the recurring role of Wyatt Geary, the new Human Resources Vice President for AWM. Powell, repped by SMS and Leverage, had a recurring part on NBC’s About a Boy and was a series regular on 30 Rock for seven seasons.
Jane Fonda will follow in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg when she’s honored with The American Film Institute’s 42nd Annual Life Achievement Award on June 5.
The two-time Academy Award winner will be presented the AFI award at a tribute gala in her honor which will take place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater.
Luminaries from across the film community including Rosanna Arquette, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Rosario Dawson, Cameron Diaz, Michael Douglas, Sally Field, Kathryn Hahn, Marcia Gay Harden, Chelsea Handler, Felicity Huffman, Catherine Keener, Grace Gummer, Diane Lane, Samantha Mathis, Penny Marshall, Chris Messina, Mary McCormack, Emily Mortimer, Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Wanda Sykes and Sam Waterston and more will come together for the private black tie gala to celebrate Fonda’s 40 films and decade-spanning career.
The gala will be broadcast on Saturday, June 14 at 9pm ET/PT with an encore at 10:30pm ET/PT on TNT and on Friday, August 1 at 8pm ET on Turner Classic Movies.