Del Toro Leaves ‘The Hobbit’ As Helmer; Peter Jackson Won’t Retake Directing Reins

By | Sunday May 30, 2010 @ 5:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Peter_Jackson_and_Guillermo_del_ToroGuillermo del Toro announced today on the OneRing.net — the official Middle Earth sounding board — that he’s stepped out of the directing assignment on the two film versions of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, though he will continue to collaborate as … Read More »

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No Afterlife For Cancelled Series This Year

By | Sunday May 30, 2010 @ 5:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

network-logosAfter three cancelled broadcast series found new homes in the past two years – Scrubs moved from NBC to ABC, Medium from NBC to CBS and Southland from NBC to TNT – things looked hopeful that we may see multiple migrations … Read More »

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SHREK TAKES #1; ‘Prince Of Persia’ #2; ‘Sex And The City 2′ Falls off To #3

By | Sunday May 30, 2010 @ 9:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

sex-and-the-city-2MONDAY AM WRITETHRU:

SATURDAY 7 AM: Stats show that 90% of the audience was women. New Line/Warner Bros says Sex and the City 2 ended Friday #1 despite horrible reviews with a big domestic box office of $13 million (-9% from Thursday’s total) for a … Read More »

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New ABC Reality Series Subject Of Apparent Product Placement Scheme

By | Saturday May 29, 2010 @ 4:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

You know those deals that seem too good to be true? A few days ago, a number of people received an email with an offer for product placement on ABC’s upcoming reality series The Bachelor Pad, a spinoff from The Bachelor franchise. It read as follows:

NEW ABC TV SHOW

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R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

By | Saturday May 29, 2010 @ 11:37am PDT

DennisHopperHe died today reportedly surrounded by friends and family at his modern art-filled Venice home in Los Angeles. He had been fighting prostate cancer since 2009. He was 74. Dennis Hopper was a Hollywood original from the start, memorable despite average … Read More »

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Deadline Advisory: Nikki Back On June 4th

By | Saturday May 29, 2010 @ 8:45am PDT

Nikki Finke is on medical leave from May 23rd until June 4th.

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What Was Hot At LA Screenings’ TV Week?

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 11:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Gala0279After the networks tout their new shows to advertisers during upfront week in pursuit of ad dollars, it’s the TV studios’ turn to plug their new series to international buyers in an effort to recoup the deficits on their newly picked-up shows through international sales. The so-called LA Screenings week, which wrapped today, featured showings of the pilots of all new scripted series, often on a big screen at the studios’ movie theaters, as many or sometimes even more series stars than you could see at the upfronts and as good or even better parties too. (Everyone is still talking about the Warner Bros International TV Distribution carnival-themed gala for 1,500 on Tuesday, which featured trapeze artists and fire breathers.) Read More »

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Cruise Reprises ‘Tropic Thunder’ Character

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 6:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Les Grossman, the foul-mouthed, hot-headed studio executive Tom Cruise portrayed in Tropic Thunder, is back as “producer” of the MTV Movie Awards. In promos for the awards show, Grossman gives hair career advise to Twilight star Robert Pattinson and directs himself in Risky Business.

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Trio Joins Bill Condon’s HBO Pilot ‘Tilda’

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 4:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

wes_bentley--randEXCLUSIVE: Wes Bentley, David Harbour and Leland Orser have joined the cast of HBO’s comedy pilot Tilda, from Bill Condon. The project stars Diane Keaton as Tilda, a powerful female online Hollywood journalist with a no-holds-barred style. And no, her last … Read More »

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R.I.P. Gary Coleman

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 12:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

gary_coleman_1909914Former child star Gary Coleman has died. He was 42. Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, where he had been in a coma after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his Utah home … Read More »

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Christopher Titus Preps New Fox Comedy

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 11:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Christopher TitusEXCLUSIVE: Christopher Titus is back at Fox with a new comedy project loosely based on his life. Titus’ eponymous sitcom ran on Fox for three seasons before being abruptly cancelled in 2002. In the show, which Titus co-created with Jack Kenny and Brian Hargrove, he starred as a version of himself surrounded by his dimwitted stepbrother, his girlfriend, his goody-goody friend and his lewd, multiple-divorced father. Read More »

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Legendary Pictures Re-Teams With ‘Clash Of The Titans’ Scribe On ‘Pacific Rim’

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 10:34am PDT
Mike Fleming

clash-of-the-titans-2010-movie-poster1EXCLUSIVE: In a last dash pre-holiday deal, Legendary Pictures has closed a high-six figure preemptive acquisition of Pacific Rim, a science fiction film that will be written by Travis Beacham. Beacham was the original writer of Clash of the Titans, the 3D remake which has grossed $475 million worldwide for Legendary and Warner Bros.

Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace. The deal was made on the basis of a detailed 25-page treatment. Legendary acquired the project under its co-production and co-financing agreement with Warner Bros. The deal was made by the writer’s reps at WME and Anonymous Content. Read More »

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Johnny Depp: Only Star To Hit The Billion Dollar Gross Mark Twice

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 10:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

tim-burton-alice-in-wonderland-movie-photos-7When Alice in Wonderland this week became only the sixth film to cross the $1 billion gross mark, it certainly bolstered Johnny Depp’s case for being the biggest movie star in the world. He’s the only guy who has reached the … Read More »

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MTV Picks Up U.S. Version of ‘Inbetweeners’

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 9:40am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

43008-morris_beesley_341x182The Inbetweeners are coming to the U.S. via MTV. After a heated bidding for the rights to the British high school comedy series, I hear MTV is close to giving a pilot commitment to the project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Solid ‘Dance’ Start For Fox; Low-Rated ‘FlashForward’ ABC Exit

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 8:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox ruled the first night of the off-season with the premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, while ABC’s FlashForward and NBC’s 100 Questions made quiter exit/debut, respectively. The two-hour season 7 opener of Dance averaged a 3.0 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall. That … Read More »

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More Spanish Film Industry Cuts Coming

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 5:05am PDT

spainSpanish producers are braced for much deeper public funding cuts than those announced by Spanish film agency the ICAA. The top amount filmmakers can claim for through the automatic subsidy system – pegged to box office performance – is being halved … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Creator Bids $600M For CKX

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 4:25am PDT

american idol logoSimon Fuller has teamed up with former Barclay Capital banker Roger Jenkins to try and buy CKX, the entertainment group which owns the rights to the TV talent show. Jenkins and Fuller have amassed a $1 billion … Read More »

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New York Streets Ready To Fake Again (…On Universal’s Hollywood Backlot)

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 2:32am PDT
Mike Fleming

Universal Studios has unveiled the restored New York streetback-lot location that burned down in a fire in June 2008. The lot, which consists of 13 city blocks of buildings, has been a tourist attraction and frequent location for commercials and films from The Sting to Blues Brothers. Get a look … Read More »

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1492 Pictures And CJ Entertainment Scare Up Thriller Trio

By | Friday May 28, 2010 @ 2:14am PDT
Mike Fleming

Chris.Columbus1492 Pictures and South Korea-based CJ Entertainment unveiled their first slate this morning since signing a three-year development deal late last year to create family-friendly films with global appeal. 1492 partners Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe pick the projects, … Read More »

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