Revolver Guns For British Youth Audience

By | Thursday February 25, 2010 @ 4:34am PST
Mike Fleming

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Revolver Entertainment, the British distribution company, plans to make 3 low-budget youth or urban movies a year. Each film will be budgeted up to £1 million. The company is high on its first in-house production, Shank, a futuristic gang thriller which sales agent AV … Read More »

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UK Exhibitors End Boycott Of Disney’s ‘Alice’

By | Thursday February 25, 2010 @ 4:16am PST

iger 2mouse smallFrom Deadline|London editor Tim Adler:The UK’s biggest movie theatre chain Odeon has now ended its standoff with the Walt Disney Co. It joined exhibitors Vue and Cineworld to show Alice In Wonderland as scheduled. What a win … Read More »

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McG Comedy In Need Of Male Frenemies

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 10:20pm PST
Mike Fleming

Bradley Cooper has fallen out of This Means War because the July start date overlapped the Warners comedy The Hangover 2, which is a big payday for Cooper. This Means War, the McG-directed Fox comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, now needs to find both of the best friends who become enemies … Read More »

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Whale Of A Uni Tale For Drew Barrymore

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 7:26pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: This may not be the best of times to develop a lovable whale tale considering the tragic death of that trainer by an Orca. Universal is making Everybody Loves Whales, a fact-based story of the 1988 rescue of a trio of California gray whales trapped under the ice of … Read More »

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Halle Berry Lands At CAA

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 6:49pm PST
Mike Fleming

Halle Berry, who left ICM two weeks ago, is back for the 2nd time with CAA. She left there to join WME and then moved to ICM. Berry continues to be managed by longtime rep Vince Cirrincione.

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Justin Theroux Readying ‘Zoolander 2′ For Ben Stiller And Paramount: Where’s Owen?

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 4:28pm PST

zoolanderEXCLUSIVE: What’s better than being really, really ridiculously good-looking like Zoolander? Being really, really ridiculously good-looking in the 2001 cult classic’s sequel. Finally, Paramount and Ben Stiller are pulling together a PG-13 Zoolander 2 with Tropic Thunder and Iron Read More »

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Mickey Rourke Wooed For Two Big Roles, Including Conan The Barbarian’s Father

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 12:59pm PST
Mike Fleming

mickey iron man 2Now that his career is resurrected from the ashes thanks to Darren Aronofsky and The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke is deservedly hot again and in demand. Currently, he’s being courted by Millennium Films and Lionsgate to join the remake of … Read More »

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CBS Reups Les Moonves Through 2015

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 12:38pm PST

Moonves CBSSo The $32 Million Man has signed a new employment agreement that will keep him in place as president and CEO of CBS Corp through Feb. 22, 2015. His previous contract was set to expire in 2011. Under the … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Who Will Be Captain America?

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 10:50am PST
Mike Fleming

marvel captainamericaUPDATE: I’ve learned that Marvel Studios and director Joe Johnston are testing candidates for The First Avenger: Captain America which Paramount will distribute on July 22, 2011. I’ve scooped their wish list: most but by no means all of the contenders … Read More »

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PR SHOCKER! Matt Labov Leaves B|W|R

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 9:35am PST

What’s bizarre is that Matt Labov’s decision to start his own flackery follows B|W|R last month promoting him to co-president with Leslie Sloane Zelnik. This is a major, major loss. Labov joined B|W|R in 1994 and built a comedy roster of Jack Black, Steve Carell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Seth … Read More »

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Deadline|Hollywood Traffic Doubles!

By | Wednesday February 24, 2010 @ 9:23am PST

Last month, I told you that Deadline|Hollywood, after just four years in existence, has a larger readership than Variety and The Hollywood Reporter print and online combined. Now I can tell you that, according to comScore, DH from January 1st-31st doubled its own … Read More »

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Matt Damon To Star In New RFK Biopic

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 8:19pm PST
Mike Fleming

MattDamon2010EXCLUSIVE: In this tough marketplace, if you want to make another movie about a complex historical figure like Robert F Kennedy, you’d better bring to the table an actor with chops and bankability to excite a financier. Matt Damon does both … Read More »

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Charlie Sheen On Rehab Break From ‘Men’

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 3:30pm PST

2ND UPDATE 3:30 PM: Here is the CBS/Warner Bros/Chuck Lorre statement.

(February 23, 2010) — Joint statement from Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment; Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television; Chuck Lorre, Creator/Executive Producer of Two And A Half Men:

“CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen

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WME Has Signed MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 2:46pm PST

This is the Hardball host who commented, after President Obama’s first State of the Union Address, “You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour.”

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Warner Bros Buys Majority Stake In Batman Video Game’s Rocksteady Studios

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 1:51pm PST

BURBANK, Calif., February 23, 2010 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced today the acquisition of a majority stake in Rocksteady Studios, a privately held developer of interactive entertainment targeted at teens and adults, continuing Warner Bros.’ pattern as one of the industry’s fastest growing games publishers.

“Rocksteady demonstrated its

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MEMO: ABC Latest To Gut News Division

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 1:18pm PST

From: Westin, David L.
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 3:40 PM
To: #ABCTV News ALL
Cc: Sweeney, Anne X.
Subject: ABC News Transformation

Over the past several years, we’ve seen a lot of changes — changes at ABC News and in the news industry overall. I’m proud of the way we’ve responded both to

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News Corp Invests In 2nd Largest Shareholder’s Middle East Media Group

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 12:50pm PST

London, February 23, 2010. News Corporation today announced that it has reached an agreement to buy a 9.09% stake in Rotana Group, the Middle East media group. Under the terms of the agreement, News Corporation will acquire newly-issued shares in Rotana for $70 million. The company has an option

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WGAW Signs 33rd Online Content Company

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 12:20pm PST

WGAW-LogoLos Angeles – Emmy-nominated production company Big Fantastic has signed on as a signatory to the Writers Guild of America, West. Going forward, all new media content produced by the company will be made in accordance with the WGA’s Minimum

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LA Times Prints Year-Old Showbiz News

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 11:50am PST

The Los Angeles Times must be desperate. Rachel Abramowitz is peddling the story of Angelina Jolie-as-Kay Scarpetta (novelist Patricia Cornwall’s signature character) as news when Mike Fleming wrote it for Variety back on April 21, 2009. By the way, his Deadline|New York site debuts on March 2nd. I’m going to miss sharing … Read More »

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