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12th Annual Young Hollywood Awards

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 6:55pm PDT

Hollywood Life presents

The 12th Annual Young Hollywood Awards
(Disclosure: These awards owned by my parent company MMC)

When: Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Where: Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 741 South Lucerne Blvd, Los Angeles
Timeline: 5:30 PM – Press Check-in
6:00-7:30 PM – Red Carpet Arrivals and Cocktail Reception
7:45-9:00 PM – Awards Ceremony and Guest Music Performances
9:00-11:30 PM – After-party
By invitation only

Young Hollywood Awards categories and recipients (so far):
Justin Bieber – Young Hollywood Newcomer of the Year
Nick Jonas – Young Hollywood Artist of the Year
Nikki Reed – Young Hollywood Superstar in the Making
Liam Hemsworth – Young Hollywood Breakthrough of the Year
Whitney Cummings – Young Hollywood Comedian of the Year
Cast of The Vampire Diaries – Young Hollywood Cast to Watch
Nina Dobrev – Young Hollywood Making Their Mark
Ashley Greene – Young Hollywood Style Icon
Chad Ochocinco – Young Hollywood Athlete of the Year
Jessica Stroup – Young Hollywood Sparkling Performance

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Tribeca Film Festival Deals 2010 Awards

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 6:33pm PDT
Mike Fleming

tribeca-o8The Tribeca Film Festival dished awards and over $150,000 in prize money to a slew of competition films tonight.

In the World Competition, the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature went to When We Leave (Die Fremde), the German film written and directed by Feo Aladag. The Best New Narrative Filmmaker prize went to Kim Chapiron for Dog Pound, the French film written by Chapiron and Jeremie Delon. Best Actor in a Narrative Feature went to Eric Elmosnino for Gainsbourg, Je t’Aime…Moi Non Plus, the French film directed by Joann Sfar. Best Actress in a Narrative Feature went to Sibell Kekilli for When We Leave.

Best Documentary Feature Prize went to the Alexandra Codina-directed Monica & David, and Best New Documentary Filmmaker prize went to Clio Barnard for the UK film The Arbor.

In the New York competition, the Best New York Narrative went to Monogamy, directed by Dana Adam Shapiro, who wrote the script with Evan M. Weiner. Best New York Documentary prize went to The Woodmans, directed by C. Scott Willis.

In the Short Film category, the Best Narrative Short prize went to the South African film Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here, directed by Bekhi Sibiya and written by Sibongile Nkosana and Bongi Ndaba. Best Documentary Short went to White Lines & The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, directed and written by Travis Senger. The Student Visionary Award went to some boys don’t leave, directed by Maggie Kiley and written by Kiley … Read More »

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Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ Set For Film Trilogy, TV Series By ‘Beautiful Mind’ Trio

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 6:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

GunslingerEXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal coming together quickly, Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to make a screen trilogy and TV series out of King’s epic novel series The Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman will write the script, Ron Howard will direct it, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.

Universal is in talks to acquire a package that included the books, and the attachment of the team behind the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. Both Universal –where Imagine is based—and Warner Bros—where Goldsman’s Weed Road banner is housed—have been vying for the project.

The Dark Tower is King’s answer to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the author will get his own screen trilogy. Like Tolkien, King’s epic novel series is set in an otherworldly but familiar world, and involves a quest to save the world. The series spanned seven novels that involved Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers who exists in a world that has an Old West feel, but which is infused with magic. He is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He encounters many allies and enemies along the way, as the world crumbles around him.

The book series was once developed by JJ Abrams and his Lost cohorts Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, … Read More »

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Outed CIA Op Valerie Plame Comes In From The Cold As Summit Seals ‘Fair Game’ Deal

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 4:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

fair_game_movie_image_sean_penn_naomi_watts_01As Deadline told you last night, Summit Entertainment has closed a deal for North American distribution rights to Fair Game, the politically charged film about Valerie Plame, whose CIA status was leaked to journalists by Bush Administration insiders. Naomi Watts plays Plame and Sean Penn plays husband Joseph Wilson, who wrote op-ed pieces charging that intelligence on weapons of mass destruction was manipulated to enable the invasion of Iraq. The Doug Liman-directed drama premieres in competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month, but it had been a hot potato. Warner Bros originally set up the project but dropped it. River Road, Participant Media and Imagenation stepped into the breach to finance the film. It is bound to create a stir in Cannes, which welcomed several films that bash American institutions, including the Oliver Stone-directed Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. While several outlets chased the film in an auction held by CAA, Summit was a logical choice: the company is already brokering deals for international distribution on the picture and has acquired distribution rights in Italy, Benelux, Scandanavia, Japan and CIS. Summit also steered the hot-button film The Hurt Locker to an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Jez Butterworth wrote the script, and Bill Pohlad produced with Janet and Jerry Zucker, Akiva Goldsman and Liman. The film was based on Plame’s memoir and Wilson’s book Politics of Truth.

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Universal Greenlights Whale Tale With John Krasinski And Drew Barrymore

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 4:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

John-Krasinski-01Universal Pictures has given the green light to Whales, setting  John Krasinski to join Drew Barrymore in the fact-based film about the 1988 rescue of a trio of California gray whales that got trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

Krasinski will play a small town newspaper reporter who breaks the story. Barrymore plays a Greenpeace activist, and they turn the potential tragedy into an international story. The incident created a temporary Cold War thaw as President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev found a common cause. They interceded to save the whales. Jack Amiel and Michael Begler wrote the script. The film is produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Michael Sugar and Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin.

Universal toppers Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley are scrutinizing films carefully, and this one got the thumbs up for its family appeal. I’ve heard production is planned for the fall, but that’s dependent on when Krasinski is free from The Office. Krasinski is currently in New York, shooting the Luke Greenfield-directed romantic comedy Something Borrowed alongside Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin.

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No Go On Paramount’s ‘Anchorman 2′?

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 4:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Writer/director Adam McKay has just twittered that the studio turned down a proposal for a sequel to the comedy, even after McKay had confirmed that Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd would take paycuts. Plans had been underway to start production in February.

Here is McKay’s Twitter: “So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried.”

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Fox Goes ‘Incognito’ For New Twist On Superhero Genre

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 3:53pm PDT
Mike Fleming

get-attachment.aspxEXCLUSIVE: Just when it seems we’ve seen every possible manifestation of superhero movie, 20th Century Fox has found an innovation. How about a supervillain who tries to survive in the witness protection program after he rats out his boss?

The studio has acquired screen rights to Incognito, a graphic novel series written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips. Robert Schenkkan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Kentucky Cycle, will write the screenplay. Peter Chernin and his Chernin Entertainment will produce with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel.

The protagonist is Zack Overkill, a ruthless villain who is powered by super strength. He is caught and rats out his boss, The Black Death. He goes into witness protection. He’s given a drug to dull his powers and takes a normal guy job as delivering the mail. By the time he discovers that messing with certain drugs restores his power, he has developed something of a conscience. He becomes a vigilante and soon, his exploits become known to The Black Death, who is out for revenge.get-attachment.aspx

Brubaker is an accomplished comics writer for Marvel whose recent works include Captain America—his installment, The Death of Captain America made global headlines—as well as Daredevil and others. Brubaker’s graphic novel Sleeper is being developed at Warner Bros as a potential Tom Cruise vehicle, and he wanted to find a completely different twist on the superhero genre.

“He’s not your typical … Read More »

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Michael Patrick King Back In Television With Warner Bros TV Mega-Deal

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 3:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Patrick King is returning to television. I hear Warner Bros kingTelevision is finalizing a mega deal with the Sex And The City writer /producer /director. Under the multi-year pact, King will launch his own TV production company based at WBTV. He plans to focus on cultivating new writers and overseeing the development of series projects for the studio. The deal will start in June, after King puts the finishing touches to Sex And The City 2 and wraps the promotional tour for the movie, which opens May 27th.

King started off in television, working on network sitcoms until he joined HBO’s Sex and the City after the pilot as a co-executive producer. He quickly rose to an executive producer on the hit comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and eventually took the reins of the Emmy-winning series as showrunner.

King left television after his underrated 2005 HBO comedy series The Comeback, which earned Lisa Kudrow an Emmy nomination, to mount the first Sex and The City movie that ended up grossing more than $400 million worldwide. He wrote, directed and produced both the 2008 Sex and the City movie and its upcoming sequel. But King had been looking to do television again and his experience working on the feature side with Warner Bros. with the two Sex and the City movies and with another Time Warner sibling, HBO, on the Sex and the City series no doubt factored into his decision to set … Read More »

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Conan on Leno: “I Wouldn’t Have Done That”; Conan On NBC: “Toxic” Relationship

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 3:18pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS News released an excerpt from 60 Minutes‘ interview with Conan O’Brien, which airs on Sunday. In the portion of the transcript made public, O’Brien talks about Jay Leno and NBC.

“He went and took that show back, and I think in a similar situation, if roles had been reversed, I know — I know me, I wouldn’t have done that,” O’Brien said of Leno. “If I had surrendered The Tonight Show and handed it over to somebody publicly and wished them well — and then … six months later. But that’s me, you know. Everyone’s got their own, you know, way of doing things.”

As for his decision to leave NBC, “I think this relationship is going be toxic and maybe we just need to go our separate ways,” he said. “I started to feel that I’m not sure these people even really want me here.”

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ABC Family Cancels ’10 Things’

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 3:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Another show cancelation news broken via Twitter. Carter Covington, executive producer of ABC Family’s comedy 10 Things I Hate About You tweeted to his followers today that the network had canceled the show. 10 Things, based on the 1999 movie, is in the middle of airing the back-10 episodes of its first season. After strong start last summer with its original 10-episode order, ABC Family picked up 10 more episodes. But the ratings went down in the comedy’s return this spring. The network will still air the five remaining episodes, which Covington says are “fantastic.” Other notable tweets announcing show cancelations include Thomas Carter writing on his Twitter feed of the demise of Comedy Central’s Reno 911! Last summer.

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Sony Sparks To ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Pitch

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 2:29pm PDT
Mike Fleming

singh-patel-baseballThe trouble with jock films about American sports like baseball and football  is, they do little business overseas. So how about a fact-based baseball film about a scout who hatched an Indian reality show to find pitching talent, and wound up signing a cricket player and javelin thrower to minor league contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Columbia Pictures has Mitch Glazer writing Million Dollar Arm, a film that will be produced by Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The movie borrows its title from a reality series by sports agent JB Bernstein that aired on TV in India. Bernstein watched a cricket match and noticed that the throwing motion was similar to baseball. Though scouts routinely scour Latin America and Japan for prospects, Bernstein wondered could the next Nolan Ryan reside in India? Over 40,000 auditioned, and Bernstein returned to the U.S. with 19-year old cricket player Rinku Singh and javelin thrower Dinesh Patel. Both grew up in strict Hindu households and neither had never ventured beyond their small rural villages. They learned English through rap songs and action movies, and the rules of baseball. Each  of them throws over 90 mph, and the Pirates signed them. They are working their way through the minors. Ciardi and Gray, the Mayhem Pictures duo who produced the fact-based sports films The Rookie, Miracle, Invincible and the upcoming Secretariat, see Million Dollar Arm as a combination of Slumdog Millionaire and Jerry Maguire.   Glazer just … Read More »

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‘The King Of Late Night’ Miniseries In Works — About Johnny, Not Jay/Dave/Conan

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 1:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: We’re probably years away from the sequel to HBO’s 1996 movie The Late Shift about the recent late-night shakeup at NBC. But, until then, there’s another longform TV project about turbulent times in NBC latenight already in the works. Clash of the Titans producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road and Kevin J. Cleary of Content House are developing The King of Late Night, a miniseries based on book The Tonight Show by Robert Metz, which was published by Playboy Press back in 1980. It chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the development of the show and its first three hosts, Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. The producers have done a treatment and are meeting with potential writers and directors for the mini, which is targeted for cable.

“Steve, Jack and Johnny all battled their personal daemons as well as network executives,” Cleary said.  “Network executives have been screwing with talent for a long, long time; it hasn’t just been David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. The only one who actually beat them at their own game was Johnny Carson who got to own the show.

Cleary calls the project  “The Rat Pack version of The Late Shift” with a lot of cigarette smoking and martini drinking, something that has been made cool again by AMC’s period drama Mad Men. The King of Late Night draws inspiration from other films made about the 1950s and 1960s TV industry like Quiz Show and Good Night, and Good Luck.

The producers have not … Read More »

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George Clooney’s Best One-Liner Ever

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 12:50pm PDT

Reaction statement from George Clooney regarding the finding of a World War II bomb near his property in Lake Como, Italy:

“This is not the first bomb I’ve experienced.”

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Andrea Wong Joins Liberty Media’s Board

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 12:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Andrea Wong has landed her first post-Lifetime gig.  Wong, who is departing her post as Lifetime president and CEO this week, has been elected to Liberty Media’s board of directors. “Andrea’s extensive experience in media and expertise in programming will be valuable in helping guide Liberty,” said Greg Maffei, President and CEO of Liberty Media.  ”We look forward to her contributions as our newest board member.”

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Shia LaBeouf In Mandate Pictures `Death’ Deal

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 11:42am PDT
Mike Fleming

shiaMandate Pictures has attached Shia LaBeouf to star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, a Mandate Pictures film that will be directed by hot commercials helmer Dante Ariola from a Matt Drake script. LaBeouf will play the title character, a normal guy who falls in love with a woman who might get him killed, since she has been claimed by an insanely violent crime boss. Numerous beat downs by his ruthless rival and his gang members don’t sway the young man’s determination to court the young woman and remove her from harm’s way, even if it kills him.

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions will produce with William Horberg, and Dean Parisot and Mandate president Nathan Kahane executive producers. They hope to start production in the fall. LaBeouf, who’ll be in Cannes for the premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, will next reprise in Transformers 3. Ariola has filmed commercials for Coke, Levi’s, Nike and Sony Playstation, among others. The script, which made the Black List, was written by Matt Drake. Drake also wrote the Todd Phillips-Joel Silver-produced Warner Bros comedy that is untitled but being called Project X.

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Lionsgate Buys Katherine Heigl’s New Film

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 11:10am PDT
Mike Fleming

katherine_heigl2EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is getting into further into business with Katherine Heigl, one of the few actresses who has proven some box office drawing power.  Lionsgate has closed a deal to acquire U.S. distribution rights to One for the Money, an adaptation of the Janet Evanovich crime novel series that  Heigl will star in.  The Last Song director Julie Ann Robinson will helm an adaptation that’s been rewritten by Nurse Jackie writer Liz Brixius.

Heigl also stars in Killers, which Lionsgate releases June 4. One For The Money was acquired from Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi producing with Sidney Kimmel and Wendy Finerman. Lakeshore’s Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard and Nick Meyer’s Sierra Pictures are selling international distribution.  Lionsgate COO/Motion Picture Group president Joe Drake made the deal with Rosenberg and Kimmel.

Heigl plays a 30ish divorcee who gets a job with her slimy cousin in the bail bond business. Her first big case involves a local cop wanted for murder who is the guy who broke her heart in high school. This leads to suspense, murder, and some romance.

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ICAHN: New Lionsgate Numbers “A Sham”; If No 51%, Might Extend Tender Offer; “Probably” Wage Proxy Fight For Studio

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 11:09am PDT


Here we go again! (See video below) Just now, on CNBC, Carl Icahn responded to Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns on-air boasts that studio management “crushed the numbers” and its current model is working. “The information Lionsgate is giving us is a sham,” Icahn declared. But the most interesting insight from the corporate raider/shareholder activist was his prediction about what will happen if he can’t get 51% of shareholders to accept his $7 per share tender offer by tomorrow’s expiration date:

“We’ll see if we get 51%. As far as I’m concerned, if we don’t get it, we don’t get it. That’s life. And we would probably have a proxy fight. But as far as I’m concerned, there are many avenues to achieve where you want to go. We’ve taken over many companies in different ways. And it wasn’t always that we had to do a tender offer. And if we don’t get the requisite amount on Friday, we’ll decide if we’ll extend… Let me repeat, if we don’t get the 51%, we might extend — we would consider doing that — or we might just consider other avenues.”

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Lionsgate’s Michael Burns Taunts Raider Carl Icahn: “We Crushed The Numbers”

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 10:53am PDT

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Competing Eating Disorder Cable Series

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 9:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has added another new unscripted series to its primetime lineup: Inside Rehab. The 8-episode hourlong docu-series, from Harpo Studios and Tijuana Entertainment’s Troy Searer and John Foy (Obsessed), follows eating disorder patients at a treatment facility as they undergo an intensive 42-day recovery program. The announcement comes a day after E! said it has ordered “What’s Eating You?,” a six-episode docu-series about eating disorders to air in the fall. OWN is set to launch in January.

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