Today in show business news: Disney's $200 million fantasy is doing some reshoots, American Horror Story is bigger than ever, and ABC stays in business with SHIELD.
Uh oh! Writer/director John Lee Hancock has been called in to do some rewrites for Disney's big movie Maleficent. He'll also be on set while the film's first-time director, Robert Stromberg, does some reshoots. But the $200 million Angelina Jolie vehicle isn't in trouble, producer Joe Roth insists. The last half is great and it looks real pretty and stuff, it's just that the beginning needs some tweaking. That's all. No reason to worry. And, y'know what, it's possible he's right. Remember all the supposedly disastrous reshoots that Jolie's partner Brad Pitt had to do for World War Z? Everyone was crying doom but then that turned out OK, didn't it? It sure did. So this could too. No reason to panic. Everything's fine. Just look into Angelina's eyes, or Brenton Thwaites's eyes if that's your thing, and let them soothe you. It's all fine. [The Hollywood Reporter]
American Horror Story: Coven premiered last night to record ratings for the horror anthology series. Five and a half million folks tuned in to see what the witches of New Orleans were up to, up 44 percent from last year's premiere. That's quite a jump! I guess people really liked the idea of a bunch of crow-eyed ladies going at each other's throats in darkest Nawlins. Anne Rice, or old Anne Rice, would be proud probably. [Entertainment Weekly]
Elsewhere in TV news, ABC has announced that Marvel's Agents of SHIELD has been picked up for a full season, the third new show to get a full order this year, after Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist. SHIELD debuted high but has slipped in the subsequent two weeks, though it's still faring decently enough. And come on, ABC was never going to cancel this thing early. They've put too much time and energy and promotion into it. They've gotta stick with this thing for at least the year. If not for themselves, for Ming-Na Wen. Do it for Ming-Na. (Seriously, she's great.) [Entertainment Weekly]
Though it doesn't come out for another year, Fox is so excited about the movie adaptation of the popular dystopian YA novel
The Hunger Games Divergent The Maze Runner that it's already putting the sequel into motion. That one's called The Corn Jogger, because I'm an idiot. No it's called The Scorch Trials, and the studio has already hired a writer to adapt it. Because what could go wrong? Look at all the super successful YA adaptations of late, like Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments. They were huge... flops. Hm. [Deadline]
Broadway wunderkind director Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher) has been hired to direct the movie Rosaline, the modern take on Romeo & Juliet told from the perspective of Romeo's scorned girlfriend, who is mentioned in the play but never seen. It's a cute idea for a movie and Timbers is probably a good choice to direct it, witty and inventive as he is, but hopefully all this movie stuff (he has two other films in the works) doesn't mean that he's abandoning the theater. Because it sucks when that happens. I know, I know, the money is great and you get to hang with wayyyy bigger celebrities, but still. Don't forget the little people, Timbers. Or the medium-sized peope, anyway. The really little people are probably long forgotten by now. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here are some posters for Lars von Trier's upcoming film Nymphomaniac, featuring many of the film's stars — among them Christian Slater, Stellan Skarsgård, Uma Thurmann, Jamie Bell (rowrr), and Willem Dafoe — showing us their O-face. Or their made-up O-face. Shia LaBeouf is just smoking a cigarette. But still. They're quite something. NSFW? Possibly. Depends on where you work. Are you wearing a sweater set or a shirt and tie and sitting in a cubicle? NSFW. Are you in tight jeans and sitting in an open-floor-plan office with hip music playing on office-wide speakers? Have at it. [The Hollywood Reporter]