Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NEWS: Prospect Park, Anthony Geary, Josh Duhamel, Cindy Crawford, Nicholas Rodriguez

Prospect Park blames ABC lawsuit for its Chapter 7 bid
Production company Prospect Park Networks LLC has asked to convert its bankruptcy to Chapter 7 because it couldn't pay Jones Day's fees in a breach of contract suit against The Walt Disney Co.'s ABC network over the soap opera One Life to Live. PPN, which tried to revive OLTL and All My Children online, said in a Delaware bankruptcy court filing that it had hoped selling its Connecticut tax credits to Apple Inc. would pay for Jones Day to represent it in its $95 million lawsuit against ABC, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep the firm on board or to find a suitable replacement.

"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," the motion said. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."

Anthony Geary open to a General Hospital return
“If the story is interesting to me and it works out, I may come back to the show for six weeks or so,” Geary told EW.

Cindy Crawford developing NBC drama about 1980s modeling wars
The series, tentatively titled Icon, marks Crawford’s television producing debut. Anne Heche (Another World) and James Tupper will also serve as exec producers with Crawford and Robin Bissell, who will pen the project, hailing from Universal TV.

Icon, in very early development, revolves around the modeling wars in the ’80s that occurred between Ford Modeling Agency and Elite Model Management. The show is completely fictionalized, rather than a re-telling of Crawford’s own experiences. No actual names of models or figures from the time will be used.

One Life to Live alum Nicholas Rodriguez to lead all-Latino cast of Karen Zacarias' "Destiny of Desire" at Arena Stage
Rodriguez returns as part of an all-Latino ensemble playing Sebastian Jose Castillo, in a cast that includes Valenzuela's daughter and son, Esperanza America and Fidel Gomez, as Pilar Castillo and Dr. Diego Mendoza.

Former All My Children star Josh Duhamel joins Hulu's 11/22/63
Based on King's best-seller, 11/22/63 is described as a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald (played by Daniel Webber), falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.

Duhamel will play Frank Dunning, the father of Jake's student Harry Dunning (played by youngster Jack Fulton and Leon Rippy), in 1960s Kentucky. Frank is the rakish town butcher, a ladies' man with an effortless smile that everyone welcomes — except Jake, the only man who knows the full violence of which Frank is capable.

The Factory Manchester £110m arts venue approved
It will be located in a new area, St John's, which includes the former Granada Studios site in Manchester city center. The former Coronation Street set, which has been hosting visitor tours since April 2014, will be removed in early 2016 before the site is returned to developer Allied London.

Cinemax will end Banshee after fourth season
Banshee's upcoming eight-episode fourth season will be the show’s last.

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