FILMS & DEALS
Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired the feature film rights to “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” the New York Times bestselling biographical tale that questions the details about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Authored by Dr. Reza Aslan, “Zealot” was released to bookstores and online publishing retailers earlier this year.
“Reza Aslan has written a remarkable book that manages to bring the ancient world into contemporary relief and to make a timeless story very timely. We are excited to create this uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience,” said Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production, in announcing the deal.
Dr. Aslan commented, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Lionsgate. Their vision for ‘Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’ is aligned with my objective in writing the book, which was to illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context.”
“It started as a friendship, but one night became an obsession” is the message behind “Nurse 3D,” a new thriller that finds Paz de la Huerta (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Abby Russell, a nurse by day at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby hits up the hottest night clubs looking to lure unfaithful men into dangerous dalliances. A new arrival at the hospital, Danni Rogers (played by Katrina Bowden; ”30 Rock,” “One Life to Live”) finds herself receiving unwelcoming attention from Abby, who at first appears to want friendship, but when Danni doesn’t seem interested in the type friendship offered, Abby becomes obsessed and begins to turn Danni’s world into a living hell. Corbin Bleu (ex-Jeffrey King, “OLTL”) also stars in the film as Danni’s boyfriend, Steve. The cast is rounded out by Judd Nelson as Dr. Robert Morris, Boris Kodjoe as Detective Rogan, Adam Herschman as Jared, Niecy Nash as Regina, and Martin Donovan as Larry Cook.
So by now you may or may not know that same-day airings of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” are now available on TVGN after just over seven years on SOAPnet. To keep you up-to-date with the soaps transition, we thought it best to provide new and old viewers with some tidbits on TVGN and “Y&R’s” move to its new home.
After seven years of exclusive airing rights to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” departing SOAPnet is losing the anchor to its same day airings of daytime soaps at night. CBS’ recent 50% acquisition of TVGN (TV Guide Network) has resulted in the cable network snagging the exclusive basic cable home rights to daytime’s #1 daytime drama series, CBS announced today.