•• World sales company Beta Cinema has picked up all distribution rights outside the U.S. and Canada to U.S. indie comedy “Walter,” which stars Virginia Madsen, William H. Macy, Neve Campbell and Andrew J. West.
West (CSI, Bones) plays the titular Walter, an usher at a movie theater who believes he is the son of God, with the responsibility of deciding whether people spend eternity in heaven or hell. Virginia Madsen is his loving but neurotic mother. A shrink, played by Macy, joins forces with a ghost stuck in purgatory, played by Justin Kirk, to help Walter reassess the meaning of life, and win the heart of a co-worker (Leven Rambin). The cast also includes Milo Ventimiglia.
The film, which is based on a short story by Paul Shoulberg, is helmed by Anna Mastro (Gossip Girl), and produced by Mark and Christine Holder for Zero Gravity, Brenden Hill for Purple Bench Films, Ryan Harris, and Benito Mueller for Barry Films. Demarest Films is on board as exec producer.
•• Here it is finally, the “Jake Squared” trailer. Hope you enjoy it!
Jake Klein, 50, sets out to make a movie. He hires an actor to play himself and throws a big party. His idea is to shoot the heck out of it and see what he gets. But, everything spins out of control as different, unexpected people show up. Old loves are there. New loves are there. His dead father, his mother when she was young, his kids, his ex-wife. Even his younger selves, Jake at 40, Jake at 30 and Jake at 17, are there, too! And every one of them has tons of advice on how to fix his screwed up life. Jake’s head reels as he staggers through what’s either a mystical experience, a nervous breakdown… or both!
•• Get ready to meet the “Witches of East End.” The newest Lifetime drama, inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, will premiere on Sunday, October 6 at 10 p.m. ET, just in time for Halloween.
“Witches of East End,” which stars Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Mädchen Amick and Rachel Boston, follows the Beauchamps, a family of witches who live in East Haven, a sleepy, secluded seaside town.
Ormond plays free-spirited Joanna, mother to wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (boston). Freya’s engaged to the man of her dreams, Dash Gardiner (Eric Winter), but she’s also drawn to his brother Killian (Daniel DiTomasso) — sound familiar, “Vampire Diaries” fans? — and she starts to notice some bizarre things happening around her. Though neither Freya nor her sister knows about their bewitching birthright, their aunt, Wendy (Amick) arrives with a warning that forces Joanna to reveal the truth.
The 10-episode Lifetime series, which new mom Dewan-Tatum noted at the Television Critics Association Summer 2013 press tour feels a lot like the 1998 movie “Practical Magic,” also features “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Jason George as Ingrid’s love interest Adam, and “Sideways” star Virginia Madsen as the Beauchamps future in-law, Dash’s mom Penelope Gardiner.
“Witches of East End” will premiere on Sunday, October 6 at 10 p.m. ET.