Will Jessica Chastain be the next big name star of HBO’s anthology drama series “True Detective“? A new report says that creator Nic Pizzolatto wants a female-driven cast for next year’s second season. This year was led by recent Oscar champ Matthew McConaughey and past Emmy winner Woody Harrelson, but their storyline is finished and they will not return. Chastain is a two-time nominee at the Academy Awards for “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty” and has a red hot film career right now. Her publicist Nicole Perna denies the report, and no official casting of any roles has been announced by the premium TV network. The Nerdist.
After a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein is planning a big awards season push for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” The Ned Benson-directed film stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. The version seen at Cannes is internally called “Them” and is a straight narrative that will be released on September 26. There are two alternate versions (“Him” and “Her”) that offer the two love stories as separate films. Those will be seen in the U.S. later in the year. Deadline.
The top-rated scripted program of the most recent TV season is “The Big Bang Theory.” It is actually in the second spot overall behind NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” Other non-sports programs near the top are “The Voice” (5), “Modern Family” (6), “Grey’s Anatomy” (7), “The Blacklist” (8), “How I Met Your Mother” (8), and “Scandal” (10). Entertainment Weekly.
One lucky “Star Wars” fan will have the thrill of a lifetime by appearing in the upcoming “Episode VII” directed by J.J. Abrams. Now filming in Abu Dhabi, Abrams announced in a new video that a new initiative to fund UNICEF will provide someone with a guest role in the film. Each fan that donates $10 or more to the group Force for Change will be entered into a random contest. The winner will go behind the scenes to meet the cast and be transformed by the costumers and makeup team into a character in the film. L.A. Times.
Jerry Seinfeld is now the world’s wealthiest actor according to a new survey. Wealth-X estimates the comedian’s fortune at $820 million. India’s Shah Rukh Khan is in second place with $600 million. The rest of the top eight are Tom Cruise ($480 million), Tyler Perry ($450 million), Johnny Depp ($450 million), Jack Nicholson ($400 million), Clint Eastwood ($370 million), and Tom Hanks ($390 million). Variety.
Bill Hader is the next “Saturday Night Live” alum to find a new home on television. He will develop and star in a comedy series for HBO. After his eight-season run on the NBC variety series, he has been guesting on programs like “The Mindy Project” and “Clear History.” With this move, he joins Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, and Andy Samberg as recent “SNL” stars to land their own shows. The Wrap.
Kristen Bell is tapped for a third time to host the CMT Music Awards. It will be her first time as a solo host after joining with Toby Keith in 2012 and Jason Aldean in 2013. Performers on the June 4 event will include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood. CMT.