SAG National Board Votes To “Seek Engagement” With AFTRA To Bargain Jointly On Next TV/Theatrical Contract

By | Sunday January 31, 2010 @ 9:56pm PST

The SAG National Board of Directors met via videoconference in Los Angeles and New York:

SAGLos Angeles, (January 31, 2010) – Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors voted today to seek engagement with AFTRA in a joint bargaining agreement for negotiation of

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Sony Classics Buys ‘Winter In Wartime’

By | Sunday January 31, 2010 @ 8:43pm PST

NEW YORK, NY (January 31, 2010) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US rights to the Dutch film, WINTER IN WARTIME from High Point Films, the theatrical division of Carey Fitzgerald’s London based High Point Media Group. The film is directed by Martin Koolhoven

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Salma Hayek Drops Out Of Rock Actioner

By | Sunday January 31, 2010 @ 8:31pm PST
Mike Fleming

The CBS Films/Sony Pictures drama Faster didn’t start production quick enough to keep Salma Hayek who dropped out a week before shooting begins February 8th. Filmmakers will move fast to recast for the George Tillman Jr.-directed script from Tony and Joe Gayton that puts Dwayne Johnson back into action mode. … Read More »

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Indie Realities For Sundance Fest Films

By | Sunday January 31, 2010 @ 5:15pm PST
Mike Fleming

sundance 2010The Sundance trophies have been handed out. The film crowd has left Park City to the skiers. So what kind of market was it? Better than expected, even if most of the deals were small ones. And compared to … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Zachary Quinto (aka Spock & Sylar) Tunes Up For Spielberg’s Gershwin

By | Sunday January 31, 2010 @ 4:37pm PST
Mike Fleming

quintoSince he dropped out of Harvey, Steven Spielberg’s first project under the reconstituted DreamWorks has been a subject of much speculation. Now I hear who’s at the center of the director’s biopic of George Gershwin, which DreamWorks acquired last fall. It’s … Read More »

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H’wood Signings, Hirings, Firings, Pt 2

By | Sunday January 31, 2010 @ 2:34pm PST

UPDATES Hollywood Signings & Hirings & Firings

WME talent agent Michael Cooper is jumping to CAA, bringing with him clients Josh Brolin, Charlie Hunnam, and a few others. Cooper was considered William Morris chief Jim Wiatt’s go-to guy because he used to be an assistant on the CEO’s … Read More »

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#1 ‘Avatar’ Rides Past $2 Billion Worldwide And Reigns For 7th Straight Weekend; ‘Edge Of Darkness’ No Bright Spot For Mel; ‘When In Rome’ Gets Lost At Box Office

By | Sunday January 31, 2010 @ 12:30pm PST



avatar bigger posterSATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM: Now that 20th Century Fox’s Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all time (not … Read More »

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First Female Film Director Wins DGA: Award To ‘Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow; Female TV Helmer Wins For ‘Mad Men’

By | Saturday January 30, 2010 @ 11:57pm PST

bigelowWomen ruled at the DGA tonight for top honors in both film and TV drama direction. The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the Industry’s most accurate barometers for the Best Director Academy … Read More »

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R.I.P. Karen Schmeer

By | Saturday January 30, 2010 @ 10:48pm PST

Emails are pouring in about the “untimely, senseless, and tragic” passing of Karen Schmeer, a respected member of the American Cinema Editors, at age 39. She was a gifted editor of documentaries who, according to news reports, was run down by robbers during their getaway as she was crossing a … Read More »

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Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

By | Saturday January 30, 2010 @ 7:34pm PST
Mike Fleming

sundance 2010Here are the complete list of 2010 winners:
(continuously updated):

The Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic Film went to Winter’s Bone, the Debra Granik-directed drama set deep in the Ozark Mountains, where a teenage girl heads out to find her crystal meth-making father, who has gone missing. The film was acquired earlier this evening by Roadside Attractions.

The Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary was awarded to Restrepo, in which conflict journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington spent a year with the men of the 173rd Airborne’s Second Platoon in the Al Qaeda stronghold of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. The documentary was a hot ticket through the festival. Junger’s writing was the basis for The Perfect Storm. The title comes from Private First Class Juan Restrepo, who was slain, and whose comrades erected an outpost in his honor. National Geographic has broadcast rights to the docu.

The Best Director Prize for U.S. Dramatic Film went to Eric Mendelsohn for 3 Backyards, the drama that stars Edie Falco and Elias Koteas about three life-altering adventures that unfold on a seemingly ordinary day in the suburbs. The director hailed fest creator Robert Redford, saying he does what other governments do for film, and that “he can do no wrong”.

The Documentary Directing Award went to Leon Gast, for Smash His Camera, a well received documentary on paparazzi pioneer Ron Galella, who was sued by Jackie O for his invasive work, and had his jaw broken by Marlon Brando. Gast previously directed the boxing docu When We Were Kings.

The Dramatic Grand Jury Prize in world cinema went to David Michod’s Animal Kingdom.

The documentary The Oath won the Best Cinematography Award, accepted by DP Kirsten Johnson. The Laura Poitras-directed film is about two brothers in law who were associated with Al Qaeda.

The Cinematography Award for Drama went to Obselidia, directed by Diane Bell Several of those accepting awards hailed the work of Karen Schmeer, who was killed yesterday in a hit and run accident.

The U.S. Documentary Editing Award went to Penelope Falk.

The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award went to Winter’s Bone, scripted by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini.

The Audience Award for U.S. Documentary went to the Davis Guggenheim-directed Waiting for Superman.

The Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film went to the Josh Radnor-directed happythankyoumoreplease, a film that hasn’t yet received a domestic distribution deal, but which was well-liked by buyers and is expected sell.

The Special Jury Prize for Documentary went to the Josh Fox-directed GasLand, an expose on “fracking,” a method of extracting natural gas from the ground that is wreaking havoc on the environment.

A Special Jury Prize also was awarded Sympathy for Delicious, a film which marked the directing debut of Mark Ruffalo, who said he and his cohorts “have gotten our asses handed to us by reviewers, and yet we’re still here.” Read More »

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Sony Sells Oprah’s Nate To NBC O&Os

By | Saturday January 30, 2010 @ 4:31pm PST

Oprah and Nate Berkus photoI reported months ago that Sony Television, which has had considerable success hawking the syndicated talk show starring Oprah discovery Dr. Oz, was going to pimp still another Harpo discovery, Chicago designer and decorator Nate … Read More »

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When Twihards Attack At Sundance…

By | Saturday January 30, 2010 @ 4:03pm PST
Mike Fleming

sundance 2010This is hilarious. I’ve learned that a slew of Kristen Stewart fans somehow got the personal e-mails of Sundance buyers who were circling her Jake Scott-directed film Welcome To The Rileys. In their avalanche of messages, twitters and texts, … Read More »

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Sundance: ‘Winter’s Bone’ Goes Roadside

By | Saturday January 30, 2010 @ 3:45pm PST
Mike Fleming

sundance 2010There’s yet another Sundance deal: Roadside attractions paid in the low- to mid-6 figures for North American distribution rights to writer/director Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone. Roadside paid in the low- to mid-six figures for what’s expected to be a … Read More »

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Sundance: IFC Buys ‘The Killer Inside Me’

By | Saturday January 30, 2010 @ 9:11am PST
Mike Fleming

sundance 2010After a marathon negotiation session that ended this morning, IFC acquired screen rights to The Killer Inside Me, the Michael Winterbottom-directed adaptation of Jim Thompson’s best known work, the 1952 pulp fiction novel. Wild Bunch’s Carole Baraton and WME … Read More »

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Disney Exits Euro TV Managing Director

By | Saturday January 30, 2010 @ 7:33am PST

walt disney logo corporateLONDON — I’ve learned that Stephen Moore, TV managing director for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Canada, has been made redundant. He’d been in the job for less than a year. Moore was in charge … Read More »

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Sundance: Pyramide Buys ‘Holy Rollers’

By | Friday January 29, 2010 @ 10:52pm PST

sundance 2010PARK CITY, UT (January 28, 2010) – Flache Pyramide has acquired from Cinetic International the French distribution rights to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit “Holy Rollers.” Kevin Asch makes his directorial debut in the gritty coming of

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Secret J.D. Salinger Documentary & Book, Now Revealed (Mike Has Seen The Film)

By | Friday January 29, 2010 @ 1:20pm PST
Mike Fleming

jdsalinger3EXCLUSIVE: Judging by the J.D. Salinger obituaries and tributes, there is just as much interest in the Catcher in the Rye author after his death as there was during his life when he shunned the spotlight for reclusion in Cornish, New … Read More »

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Sundance Sales Update: ‘Blue Valentine’

By | Friday January 29, 2010 @ 12:20pm PST
Mike Fleming

sundance 2010As the Sundance fest comes to a close, Harvey Weinstein acquired Blue Valentine in a WME-brokered deal. While IFC, Goldwyn and Oscilloscope made offers, The Weinstein Co was particularly aggressive with a low 7-figure offer. While the film isn’t … Read More »

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MGM Gets More Time From Lenders – Until March 31 – While Sale Continues

By | Friday January 29, 2010 @ 12:13pm PST

MgmlogosmallThe studio issued the following statement: “MGM said today its lenders have agreed to extend the forbearance period until March 31, 2010. The lenders took this action in support of the Company’s efforts to strengthen its financial position and to … Read More »

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